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Old Jan 17th, 2014, 12:41 AM   #30
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Re: The Helen Wills Thread

Helen Wills 1922 (age 16 most of the year)
Singles record: 27-9 (17 inferred)
Tournament victories 1 (of 10 played)


Context
Summary by Andrew Tas
Wimbledon was on the move and the Challenge Round abolished. But Lenglen continued her dominance and won her 4th Wimbledon. From six matches she lost 20 games and had to defeat McKane, Ryan and Mallory. She also won the womens and mixed doubles. Also Lenglen won the Hard Court Championships (d. Ryan) and the French Closed. Helen Wills was also a star of the year and at the age of 16 reached the final of the US Championships losing to Mallory 63 61. Also at the end of the year the first womens Australian Championships was played with Mall Molesworth winning out of a field of 15.

World rankings by Wallis Myers-London Daily Telegraph
1 Suzanne Lenglen France
2 Molla Mallory US
3 Helen Wills US
4 Kitty McKane England
5 Geraldine Beamish England
6 Irene Peacock South Africa
7 Elizabeth Ryan US
8 Marion Zinderstein Jessup US
9 May Sutton Bundy US
10 Margaret Molesworth Australia


Tournaments

Circa May 9-13,*Pacific Coast Championships, Berkeley, California, USA (Hard)
FI: Helen Wills d. Rea Leachman 6-1 6-0

Infer 3 wins before FI
Record 4-0

July 10-15,*Rhode Island State Championships, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
SF: Helen Wills d. Mrs F Godfrey 4-6 6-2 6-2
FI: Leslie Bancroft d. Helen Wills 4-6 6-4 6-3

Infer 2 wins before SF
Record 3-1


July 17-19,*Newport Invitational, Newport, Rhode Island, USA (Grass)
SF: Helen Wills d. Maud Barger-Walach 6-2 6-2
FI: Leslie Bancroft d. Helen Wills 6-4 6-3

Infer 2 wins before SF
Record 3-1


July 24-29,*New York State Championships, Harrison, New York, USA
2R: Martha Bayard d. Helen Wills 6-3 4-6 10-8

Infer 1 win before 2R
Record 1-1


July 31-August 5,*Seabright Invitational, Seabright, New Jersey, USA (Grass)
SF: Leslie Bancroft d. Helen Wills 6-3 6-3
DF: Marion Jessup/Helen Wills d. Molla Mallory/Phyllis Walsh 11-9 6-2

Infer 2 wins before SF
Record 2-1


August 7-13,*Womens' Metropolitan Championships, Glen Cove, Long Island, New York, USA (Grass)
QF: Molla Mallory d. Helen Wills 3-6 6-0 6-2
DF: Marion Jessup/Helen Wills d. May Bundy/Mrs W Henry 6-2 6-0

Infer 1 win before QF.
Record 1-1


US Chps
Helen Wills [3] d. Helen Collingwood 6-0 6-2
Wills [3] d. Lynch 6-0 6-1
Wills [3] d. Bickle 6-2 6-1
Wills [3] d. Jessup [6] 2-6 6-4 6-2
Wills [3] d. Bundy[2] 6-4 6-3
Mallory [1] d. Wills [3] 6-3 6-1

Doubles
Jessup/Wills d. Mumford/Trumbull 6-1 6-1
Jessup/Wills d. Davis/Sheddon 6-4 6-0
Jessup/Wills d. Chapman/Chapman 6-4 6-0
Jessup/Wills d. Bundy/Hooker 6-3 6-3
Jessup/Wills d. Mallory/Sigourney 6-4 7-9 6-3

A young sensation has arisen from the West to challenge Molla. Helen Wills wears her schoolgirl uniform to the court, but she is more apt to play the role of teacher than student. Even at 16 she posseses a better serve and net play than all entries. Only Molla is her superior off the ground. Helen whipped through the draw until she met Jessup in the quarters. Marion's serve and volleys won her a set before Wills barely pulled out the second. Helen's power took the third easily. Against 35 yr. old May Bundy in the semis Helen resorted to drop shots with telling effect, "though she was rather prone to overwork it." Helen tried off-pace tactics in the final. The change of pace didn't faze Molla a bit, as the Norse star ran Wills off the court in a 6-3 6-1 final witnessed by only 2,500. The lack of foreign entries kept many a fan away.

Record 5-1


August 21-29,*Brookline Women's Invitational, Boston, Massachussetts, US (Grass)
SF: Helen Wills d. May Bundy 7-5 6-2
FI: Molla Mallory d. Helen Wills 3-6 6-3 7-5

Infer 2 wins before SF.
Record 3-1


August 31-September 3,*Rockaway Hunting Club, Cedarhurst, Long Island, New York, USA
SF: Helen Wills d. Clare Cassel 6-0 6-0
FI: Molla Mallory d. Helen Wills 3-6 6-1 6-3
DF: Leslie Bancroft/Helen Wills d. Molla Mallory/Phyllis Walsh 6-1 7-5

Infer 2 wins before SF.
Record 3-1


September 11-16,*Women's Middle States Championships, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (Grass)
SF: Marion Jessup d. Helen Wills 9-7 6-3

Infer 2 wins before SF
Record 2-1

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