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Old Jan 16th, 2014, 11:24 PM   #29
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Re: The Helen Wills Thread

Helen Wills 1921 (age 15 most of the year)
Singles record: 14-5 (11 inferred)
Tournament victories 1 (of 6 played)


Context
Wallis Myers produced his first womens rankings for the 1921 season. Wills was not in the top 10, but has come to the tennis public attention in the US.
1 Suzanne Lenglen France
2 Mola Mallory US
3 Mary Browne US
4 Elizabeth Ryan US
5 Kitty McKane England
6 May Sutton Bundy US
7 Irene Peacock South Africa.
8 Geraldine Beamish England
9 Eleanor Goss US
10 Marion Zinderstein Jessup US


Tournaments

Circa early May,*San Francisco Championships, San Francisco, California, USA (Hard)
SF: Eleanor Goss d. Helen Wills 6-2 6-3
DF: Helen Baker/Helen Wills d. Eleanor Goss/Eleanor Tennant 6-3 6-4

Infer 2 wins before SF.
Record 2-1


May 28-30,*Central California Championships,*Sacramento, California, USA (Hard)
SF: Helen Baker d. Helen Wills 6-3 7-5
DF: Helen Baker/Helen Wills d. Mrs H. Allen/Marjorie Thorne 6-3 6-3

Infer 2 wins before SF.
Record 2-1


Circa June 13-18,*Pacific Coast Chamapionships, Berkeley, California, USA (Hard)
FI: Helen Baker d. Helen Wills 7-5 6-1
DF: Helen Baker/Helen Wills d. Anna McCune/Lucy McCune 8-6 6-4

Infer 3 wins before FI.
Record 3-1


July 25-31,*Women's New York State Championships, Bay Ridge, New York, USA (Grass)
2R: Mrs R. LeRoy d. Helen Wills default

It is likely that Wills did not play this tournament at all and that the match would be called w/o now. I have not included this match and tournament in the counts of wins, losses, or tournaments.


August 1-7,*Women's Metropolitan Grass Court Championships, Long Island, New York, USA (Grass)
QF: Marion Jessup d. Helen Wills 6-3 6-4
DF: May Bundy/Helen Wills d. Martha Bayard/Helen Gilleaudeau ????
Wills' partner is former USO/Wimbledon champ May Sutton Bundy who is 19 years her senior.

Infer 1 win before QF.
Record 1-1


August 8-14,*Seabright Invitational, Seabright, New Jersey, USA (Grass)
1R Helen Wills d. Mrs Young 6-1 6-1
2R Wills d. Ceres Baker 6-2 6-1
QF: Goss d. Wills 6-2 4-6 6-2

Record 2-1


USChps
Doubles
1R: El . Sears/Wills d. Bailey/Sexton 6-0 6-1*
2R: Bancroft/M.Bayard d. El. Sears/Wills 6-1 9-11 6-2
Wills partner, Eleonora Sears was 39 (b. 28 Sep 1881), 24 years her senior, more than doubles Wills age of 15.


September 4-11,*California State Championships, Berkeley, California, USA (Hard)
FI: Helen Wills d. Helen Baker 3-6 9-7 6-0
DF: Helen Baker/Helen Wills d. Anna McCune/Lucy McCune 8-6 6-8 7-5

Infer 3 wins before FI.
Record 4-0

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