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Old Jan 16th, 2014, 11:57 PM   #31
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Re: The Helen Wills Thread

Helen Wills 1923 (age 17 most of the year)
Singles record: 25-2 (3 inferred)
Tournament victories 4 (of 6 played)

Context
After Wimbledon had a successful championships with a new stadium the previous year, the US Championships (womens) had a new stadium as well and it was opened with the inauguration of the Wightman Cup. The US defeated Great Britain 7-0. Helen Wills (later Moody) won her first USA Championships after a so-so season. At Wimbledon Lenglen ruled supreme again losing 14 games in 6 matches and defeating McKane in the final. Also Molesworth retained the Australian Championships.

Top Ten Rankings by Wallis Myers-London Daily Telegraph
01 Suzanne Lenglen-France
02 Kitty McKane-England
03 Helen Wills-US
04 Geraldine Beamish-England
05 Molla Mallory-US
06 Eleanor Goss-US
07 Elizabeth Ryan-US
08 Didi Vlasto-France
09 Leslie Bancroft-US
010 Margaret "Mall" Molesworth-Australia

Many results are from research done by Newmark401. His original thread may be found at:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=421387
Jimbo109 also contributed many results.


Tournaments

June 23-July 1,*Pacific Coast Championships, Berkeley, California, USA (Hard)
Venue: Berkeley Club
Draw=21
2R: Helen Wills d Sue Maynard default
QF: Wills d Lucy McCune 6-2 6-3
SF: Wills d Patrick 6-0 6-2
FI: Helen Wills d Charlotte Hosmer 6-2 6-0
Doubles
1R: Hazel Wightman/Helen Wills d. Grace Kissinger/Ruth Patrick ????
SF: Hazel Wightman/Helen Wills d. Avert Follett/Carolyn Swartz 6-0 6-4
FI: Hazel Wightman/Helen Wills d. Mrs JC Cushing/Carmen Tarilton 6-2 6-2

Record 4-0


July 2-8,*Illinois State Championships, Chicago, Illinois, USA (Clay ??)
Venue: Slokie Country Club
1R: Helen Wills-bye (?)
2R: Wills d Margaret Anderson 6-1 6-0
SF: Helen Wills d. Mrs Leo Alter 6-0 6-0
FI: Helen Wills d. Marian Leighton 6-0 6-0
*The NYT calls this the Illinois State "hard court tournament.", which strongly suggests a clay surface or hard (cement-like) courts.
**Early round scores are correct, but the rounds themesleves may be off except for Wills semi and finals opponents.

Record 3-0


July 23-29*,*New York State Championships, Rye, New York, US (Grass)
Venue: Westchester-Biltmore Country Club
Draw=36
1R: Helen Wills d Mrs Nathaniel Dain 6-0 6-0
2R: Wills d Mary Childress 6-1 6-1
3R: Wills d Baker 6-2 6-2
QF: Wills d Raymond 6-1 6-1
SF: Wills d Lockhorn 7-5 6-0
FI: Molla Mallory d. Helen Wills 4-6 6-0 6-1
*The final was delayed for a week due to bad weather,being played on August 5th. In a battle of forehands Molla shows she is still superior after adjusting to the pace of Helen's shots. Mallory's forehand clicks as she pounds the Wills backhand in the last two sets. 1,000 show for the final.

Record 5-1


July 30-August 4,*Seabright Invitational, Seabright, New Jersey, US (Grass)
Venue: Seabright Lawn Tennis and Cricket Club
Singles*(Draw=32)
1R: Helen Wills d Phyllis Walsh 6-1 6-1
2R: Wills d Hansell 6-1 6-0
QF: Goss d Wills 5-7 6-3 6-2

A prelude of Wills woes at Seabright. This is her 3rd loss here. She doesn't win until her 6th attempt, in 1931.
Record 2-1


August 11 and 13*Wightman Cup, Forest Hills, New York, NY, US (Grass)
Venue: West Side Tennis Club
United States d Great Britain 7-0
Day 1*(5,000 attend)
Helen Wills d Kitty Mckane (GB) 6-2 7-5
Day 2 (1,500 attend)
Helen Wills d Mabel Clayton (GB) 6-2 6-3
Molla Mallory/Helen Wills d Geraldine Beamish/Mabel Clayton (GB) 6-2 6-3

Record 2-0


US Chps
Helen Wills d. Martha Bayard 6-1 6-3
Wills d. Baker 6-1 6-0
Wills d. Falk 6-0 6-1
Wills d. McKane 2-6 6-2 7-5
Wills d. Goss 6-4 6-0
Helen Wills d. Molla Mallory 6-2 6-1
6,000 show for the finals. Mrs. Wightman's new international competition brought a British contigent to the US to inaugerate a new stadium at Forest Hills

Record 6-0


Early September,*California State Championships, Berkeley, California, US (Hard)
FI: Helen Wills d. Charlotte Hosmer 6-3 6-1
MX: Helen Wills/Vincent Richards and Charlotte Hosmer/Phil Neer divided the prizes

Infer 3 wins before FI.
Record 4-0
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Re: The Helen Wills Thread

Helen Wills 1924 (age 18 most of the year)
Singles record: 21-3 (0 inferred)
Tournament victories 3 (of 4 played)

Context
Wills tours Europe for the first time and plays Wightman Cup and Wimbledon but loses to Kitty McKane at both events. England defeated the USA 6-1 in the Wightman Cup which was played at Wimbledon. Kitty McKane wins Wimbledon over Jessup in the QF and then recieves a walkover (due to weakness from jaundice) from Lenglen in semi-finals. In the final she just defeats Wills 4-6 6-4 6-4. Wills would rebound and with the absence of Lenglen she wins the Paris Olympic Games over Vlasto and then returns to the USA to win the USA Championships, over Mallory in the final. Also Sylvia Lance wins her first, and only Australian Championships. Even though she didnt win any tournament of note (in fact she won only 4 tournaments) Lenglen was still ranked No 1. by Myers.

Despite not winning a major Lenglen's record is sterling. In singles she won 4 of 6 events.compling a
23-0 match record, with 2 defaults. She also wins 9 doubles titles (7 with Ryan) and 9 mixed titles.
Elizabeth Ryan wins 24 events in singles.

Wallis Myers Top Ten----(London Daily Telegraph)
01 Suzanne Lenglen France
02 Kitty McKane England
03 Helen Wills US
04 Molla Mallory US
05 Mary K. Browne US
06 Eleanor Goss US
07 Elizabeth Ryan US
08 Phylis Satherthwaite England
09 Marion Zinderstein Jessup US
10 Sylvia Lance Australia


Tournaments
June 18-19*Wightman Cup, Wimbledon, GB (Grass)*Britian defeats the United States 6-1
Venue: Centre Court, Wimbledon.
Day 1
Phyllis Covell (GB) d Helen Wills 6-2 6-4
Day 2
Kitty Mckane (GB) d Helen Wills 6-2 6-2
Hazel Wightman/Wills (US) d Evelyn Colyer/Mckane 2-6 6-2 6-4

The US has its hopes quickly deflated when Wills easily goes down in the first match. She startred out hitting 3 aces, but was much too inconsistent despite her hard hitting. She also serves many doubles faults. Covell cleverly varied her tactics, slowed down play, and came to the net often.

Wills made no excuses after losing the match that decided the cup on day two. "The only thing the matter with us", she declared, "was the good play of the English ladies."

Record 0-2


Wimbledon
Helen Wills (US) d. Lilian Scharman (US) 6-1 6-0
Wills d. Dransfield 6-0 6-2
Wills d. Edgington 6-2 6-2
Wills d. Colegate 6-1 6-0
Wills d. Satterwaithe 6-2 6-1
Kitty McKane d. Helen Wills 4-6 6-4 6-4
Doubles
1R: bye
Hazel Wightman (US)/Helen Wills (US) d. Doris Craddock/Mabel Parton 6-4 6-0
Wightman/Wills d. Austin/Colyer 6-2 6-4
Wightman/Wills d. Lenglen/Ryan default
Wightman/Wills d. Goss/Jessup 8-6 6-4
Hazel Wightman/Helen Wills d. Phyllis Covell/Kitty McKane 6-4 6-4

Lenglen glides through until the second set of her QF with doubles partner Liz Ryan. Elizabeth holds on, smashing her way out of difficulty at 5-5 and closing out the set at 8-6. "The crowd erupted." It is Lenglen's first set dropped since 1921. Ryan stays on the attack in the third, driving games to 3-4 before Lenglen wins it on what many considered a bad call. Many cheers follow the two as they leave the court.

Two days later she officially withdrew on doctor's advice-missing the chance to play Helen Wills for the first time. She also withdrew from the Olympic Games in Paris and*does not enter another event for all of 1924.

Kitty Mckane takes advantage by winning a thrilling 3 set final over Wills. Helen barely fails to annex a Wimbledon crown on her first attempt. In her autobio 15-30 she says this was the first and last match she ever cried over losing.

In doubles Wightman and Wills prove impossible to beat. The final was contested under very windy conditions. Hazel lobbed to perfection despite the risks, and her tactics left Wills with many balls that the young American swated for outright winners. Covell served several double faults, one to lose the first set.*

Record 5-1


Olympics
Venue : Stade Colombes, Paris, France
Dates: July 13-21
Surface: Clay
Singles*(Draw=38)
First Round
Second Round*
Helen Wills (US) d. Maria-Luisa Marnet (Spain) default
Third Round
Wills d. Satterwaithe 6-1 6-2*
Quarterfinals
Wills d. Mallory 6-3 6-3
Semifinals
Wills d. Golding 6-1 6-2*
Final*
Helen Wills (US) d. Diddi Vlasto 6-2 6-2*
Doubles*(Draw=17)
First Round
Second Round*
Wightman/Wils d. Dahl/Mallory default
Quarterfinals
Wightman/Wills d. Krenesy/Peterdy default
Semis*
Wightman/Wills d. Colyer/Shepherd-Barron 6-3 1-6 7-5*
Final*
Hazel Wightman/Helen Wills d. Phyllis Covell/Kitty McKane 7-5 8-6

Helen Wills wins the gold before a French audience of 8,000 that cheers her every error and greets her winners with stony silence.*

The final was typical of the circus the 24 Oympics was, as Didi Vlasto was denied entrance to the finals she was due to play in! After arguing with a guard for 10 minutes outside a stadium where the crowd was stomping it's feet in impatience she simply ran past him. Boos showered the two finalists as they entered the court some 20 minutes late.

As small group of Californians amuses Helen and puzzles the crowd with a loud chant of her college song, "Oski-Oski-Wow-Wow!". It's the only support Wills has.

It doesn't matter as she exposes Didi Vlasto's weak backhand for an easy win. The match is not exciting as Wills loops high topspin shots to Vlasto's backhand until she gets a putaway shot or Didi drove out or into the net. Helen comes to the net only twice the whole match. Both times Vlasto passed her clean.*

In the end Wills coolness during the match won over the French, who gave her an ovation following the short affair.*

It was a better reaction than the finals of the doubles-where she was booed over a line call that went her way. Through it all she lived up to her reputation for showing no emotion .*

Wills and McKane were solid favorites after the withdrawal of Suzanne Lenglen, still ill after Wimbledon. Lenglen watched Wills' matches with great interest.In the semis Kitty seeemed set to win in set two before suffering a complete collapse after the crowd influenced line close line calls by yelling and screaming at linespeople.*
Covell/Mckane had a set point at 5-2 in the last set of the doubles but couldn't convert.*

Competitors were highly displeased with facilities. At one point the US team threatened to withdraw unless "civilized facilities" were provided. The list of demands included water, towels, and a place to rest, none of which had been provided. The French put up a tin shack for changing rooms and began to provide bottled water and towels. Even the courts came in for a blasting as when the players arrived they were only piles of sand. Though laid just in time, the courts kicked up a dust bowl at the slightest wind.*
To top if off the main stadium was next door. As one player recalled, "there was no knowing when a pistol would suddenly go off or a national anthem blare forth, or some announcements bellowed or rebellowed in some language. Vendors sold ice cream and bananas "at the top of their lungs" during points, and for many matches only the umpire showed, leading to the recruitment of lines people from spectators!*

All in all the event had so many problems that it contributed towards making this the last medal Olympics games for tennis until 1988.

Record 5-0


US Chps
Helen Wills [1] d. Mrs. L Beaupre (Can) 6-0 6-0*
Wills [1] d. Falk 6-0 6-0
Wills [1] d. Sackett 6-2 6-1
Wills [1] d. Jessup [5] 6-3 6-3
Wills [1] d. Browne [3] 6-4 4-6 6-3
Helen Wills [1] d. Molla Mallory [2] 6-1 6-3
Doubles
Wightman/Wills d. Stenz/Winn 6-4 6-1
Wightman/Wills d. Binzen/Stanwix 6-0 6-2
Wightman/Wills d. Ballin/Hutchins 6-2 6-3
Wightman/Wills d. Roeser/Waring 6-3 6-2
Wightman/Wills d. Browne/Dudley 9-7 6-1
Hazel Wightman/Helen Wills d. Eleanor Goss/Marion Jessup 6-4 6-3

Record 6-0


September 8-??*California State*Berkeley CA (Hard)
Venue: Berkely Tennis Club
Draw=at least 33
2R: Helen Wills d. Ila Wilcox 6-1 6-0
3R: Wills d. Leachman 6-0 6-1
QF: Wills d. Swartz 6-2 6-2 (77 points to 55)
SF: Wills d. Tennant 6-2 6-1
FI: Helen Wills d. May Sutton Bundy 6-3 6-4 (72 points to 52)

Just a couple days later, Wills beat Bundy in an exhibition at this same site 4-6 6-2 6-2 (99 points to 87).

Mixed doubles:
2R: Ray Casey - Helen Wills d. Morgan Fottrell - Carolyn Swartz 6-1 6-3
3R: ?
QF: Casey - Wills d. Tevis Martin - Avery Follett 6-3 6-1
SF: Casey - Wills d. Basham - Basham
FI: Casey - Wills d. Suhr - Hosmer 6-1 6-4

Record 5-0
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Re: The Helen Wills Thread

Helen Wills 1925 (age 19 most of the year)
Singles record: 38-1 (11 inferred)
Tournament victories 7 (of 8 played)

Context
Lenglen returned to Wimbledon triumph, winning her sixth title (and last). She lost 5 games in five matches and defeated Ryan, Goldsack, Beamish, McKane (last years champion by 60 60) and Fry. Before her Wimbledon title Lenglen wins the first French "Open" over McKane in the final, the championships were the first which was open to foreigners. Wills dominated in the USA winning 7 titles including the USA Championships defeating McKane in the final. Only Elizabeth Ryan defeated Wills during the year (final of Seabright).

England returned to the USA to defend the Wightman Cup and won 4-3 due to McKane's win over Mallory and Lambert Chambers (age 46) playing brilliantly to defeat Goss. Also Daphne Akhurst won her first Australian title (her name would adorn the trophy given to the womens Australian Champions now). This was also the first year Australian women conducted a private seperate tour of Europe and the USA.

Top 10 rankings by Wallis Myers of the Daily Mail
1 Suzanne Lenglen France
2 Helen Wills US
3 Kitty McKane England
4 Elizabeth Ryan US
5 Molla Bjurstedt Mallory US
6 Eleanor Goss US
7 Dorothea Douglass Chambers England
8 Joan Fry England
9 Marguerite Broquedis Billout France
10 Marion Zinderstein Jessup US

Much of the orignal research and summary was first completed by Andrew Tas. Austinrunner has also made contributions to the results.
Mark Ryan has mined Ayres Almanac for this year. His original work may be found at:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=421543
Thanks to Rollo for his original thread on 1925 at:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=422047


Tournaments

May 29-31,*Central California Championships, US (Hard)
FI: Helen Wills d. Charlotte Hosmer 6-2 6-2

Infer 3 wins before FI.
Record 4-0


June 20-28,*Pacific Coast Championships, California, US (Hard)
2R: Helen Wills [1] d Lois Hightower default
3R: Wills [1] d. Davies 6-0 6-0
QF: Wills [1] d ????
SF: Wills [1] d. Jacobs [4] 6-3 6-1
FI: Helen Wills [1] d. Charlotte Hosmer [3] 6-4 6-0

2R win over Hightower is treated as a w/o.
Record 4-0


July 13-18,*Longwood Invitational, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, USA (Grass)
SF: Helen Wills d. Ann Cole 6-4 6-0
FI: Helen Wills d. Marion Jessup 7-5 6-2

Infer 2 wins before SF.
Record 4-0


July 20-24,*Essex Country Club Invitational, Manchester, Massachusetts, USA (Grass)
SF: Helen Wills d. Marion Jessup 6-2 6-1
FI: Helen Wills d. Mary K. Browne 6-2 6-1
DF: Mary K. Browne/Helen Wills d. Eleanor Goss/Marion Jessup 6-2 6-3

Infer 2 wins before SF.
Record 4-0


July 27-August 2,*Seabright Invitational, New Jersey, USA (Grass)
QF: Helen Wills d. Marion Jessup 4-6 6-3 6-1
SF: Helen Wills d. Molla Mallory 6-1 6-0
FI: Elizabeth Ryan d. Helen Wills 6-3 6-3
DF: Eleanor Goss/Elizabeth Ryan d. Mary K. Browne/Helen Wills 11-9 6-1

Ryan's first American singles event in 13 years. 4,000 for final. The finals are delayed a day by heavy rain. The soggy court suits Ryan's assortment of chops and spins as the ball skids low off the turf. The match lasted 40 minutes. Net skimming shots caught Wills off guard repeatedly. Helen wore spikes to get footing, while Ryan discarded shoes and played in her stockings.

This was Helen Wills' first loss in singles in the United States since the 1923 Seabright event when she lost to Eleanor Goss.

Infer 1 win before QF.
Record 3-1


August 3-9,*New York State Championships, Rye, USA (Grass)
Venue: Westchester-Biltmore Country Club.
1R: Helen Wills bye
2R: Wills d. Beatrice Koukol 6-0 6-0
3R: Wills d. Alice Francis 6-1 6-0
QF: Wills d. Anderson 6-1 6-3
SF: Helen Wills d. Eleanor Goss 6-1 6-2
FI: Helen Wills d. Molla Mallory 3-6 6-2 6-2
DF: Mary K. Browne/Helen Wills d. May Bundy/Elizabeth Ryan 8-6 5-7 6-2

Record 5-0


August 14-15,*Wightman Cup, New York, US (Grass)*
Venue: West Side Tennis Club at Forest Hills
Great Britain d. United States 4-3
US Captain: Mary Browne
British Captain: Dorothea Douglass Chambers
Day 1:
Helen Wills d Joan Fry (GB) 6-0 7-5
Day 2:
Helen Wills d. Kitty Mckane (GB) 6-1 1-6 9-7
Evelyn Colyer/Kitty Mckane (GB) d. Mary Browne/Helen Wills 6-0 6-3

On the second day's play the crowd of 6,000 is at times unruly, as "storms of protest were showered down upon unhappy officials" at close or disputed line calls (NYT). Wills and McKane were both visibly affected by the horrible line calls and the protests from the crowd. Their match is a thriller, with Kitty seeking the net at every chance. She had a point ot go up 8-7 in the third but netted a drop volley.

During the final doubles match the crowd responded to the umpire's pleas for quiet by standing up and jeering. When Helen Wills arrived ten minutes late for the last match she was hissed by spectators.

Record 2-0


US Chps
Helen Wills d. Helena Pollak Falk 6-2 6-3
Wills d. Hubbard 6-1 6-0
Wills d. Sutton Bundy 6-3 6-2
Wills d. J. Fry 4-6 6-0 6-3
Wills d. Goss 3-6 6-0 6-2
Helen Wills d. Kitty McKane (GB) 3-6 6-0 6-2

Wills takes permanent possession of the cup with her 3rd US nationals in a row before a Monday finals crowd of 7,000. With her win over Kitty McKane in the finals Helen establishes a clear lead of 4-2 in their rivalry. After losing the first set Helen's shots only increased in pace as her foe tired, a pattern that followed the semis where Wills "raked her opponent's court with blistering shots".*

The match that "enthralled " all was the semi tussle between Mallory and McKane. "Marvelous Molla" was 2 points from a win at 5-3 when Kitty clawed back by taking the net. At 5-4 Molla was 6 times within two points of victory, only to see Kitty's volleys repeatedly dig her out of trouble. McKane got the game winning point to tie at 5-5 when Molla's passing shot clipped the net and bounced back. When it ended the pair got the biggest ovation of the week that even had the loser smiling as she left thew court.*

McKane had upset Elizabeth Ryan in the quarters. Ryan was an American expatriate who lived in England and was entered in her own championships for the first time ever. She was a co-favorite coming in, having upset Helen Wills at Seabright.*

Doubles*(Draw=36 pairs)
1R Browne/Wills d. Mallory/Marion Williams 8-6 6-3
2R Browne/Wills d. Roeser/Stenz 6-2 6-1
3R Browne/Wills d. Sohst/J.S. Taylor 6-2 6-0
QF Browne/Wills d. Ballin/Bickle 6-0 6-0
SF Browne/Wills d. Chambers/Harvey 6-3 6-2
FI Mary Browne/Helen Wills d. May Bundy/Elizabeth Ryan 6-4 6-3

Record 6-0


September 5-13,*California State Championships, Berkeley, USA (Hard)
FI: Helen Wills d. Lucy McCune 6-0 6-0
MX: Helen Wills/Gerald Stratford d. Avery Follett/Bradshaw Harrison 6-3 6-4

Infer 3 wins before FI.
Record 4-0


October 3-4,*Australia vs California, San Francisco, California, US (Hard)
California d. Australia 6-1
Helen Wills d. Sylvia Harper (Aus) 6-0 6-0
Helen Wills d. Esna Boyd (Aus) 6-0 6-1
Wills/Hosmer d. Harper/Akhurst (Aus) 6-2 6-4

Record 2-0
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Re: The Helen Wills Thread

Helen Wills 1926 (age 20 most of the year)
Singles record: 51-3 (6 inferred)
Tournament victories 8 (of 12 played)

Context
This is by far Wills most prolific year (54 singles matches). She journeys to France in January where she and Suzanne Lenglen create a media sensation that culminates with their match in Cannes. Lenglen seems to avoid Wills after her victory, but all is set for an epic showdown at the French Chps. But Wills gets appendicitis and eventually an appendectomy. She withdraws after her first match in Paris, and skips Wimbledon. After the operation she attempts to play in the US against doctor's orders. After two losses she stops for the year.

Summary*courtesy of*AndrewTas
Two major events occurred during this year, the first was the only meeting between the "Queen of the Courts", Lenglen and "Miss Poker Face", Helen Wills in Cannes Carlton in Febraruary. The media were all there for what was dubbed the match of the century and Lenglen just held back her younger opponent.The match has been written about and analysed by many people. After this match Wills who had dominated the Riviera season before continued her domination but after entering the French Championships she fell sick with appendicitis and withdrew from Wimbledon, returning to the USA. She did play three tournaments (winning 1) but lacked energy and decided to not play the USA Championships. Mallory took advantage and just defeated Ryan in the final of the US Championships for seventh and last title.

The other major event was the withdrawal of Lenglen from Wimbledon. Lenglen had won the French Championships again and returned to Wimbledon but after one of her matches was re-scheduled but she was not informed and turned up late. As a result she kept royalty waiting and there was such a commotion that she withdrew and declared herself a professional. She went on tour with Mary Browne. As a result Kitty McKane was given another opportunity and won her second title. Also Akhurst won her second Australian title while USA defeated Great Britain at Wimbledon in Wightman Cup play 4-3.

World Rankings*by Wallis Myers-of the London Daily Mail
1 Suzanne Lenglen France
2 Kitty McKane Godfree England
3 Lili de Alvarez Spain
4 Molla Bjurstedt Mallory US
5 Elizabeth Ryan US
6 Mary K. Browne England
7 Joan Fry England
8 Phoebe Holcroft Watson England
9 Marion Zinderstein Jessup US
10 Didi Vlasto France


Tournaments

January 18-24,*Metropole Hotel, Cannes, France (Clay)
Venue: The Metropole Hotel
Draw=27*
1R: Helen Wills (US) d Miss EM Green (GB) 6-0 6-0
2R: Wills d Saunders 6-2 6-1
QF: Wills d Aeschlimann 6-2 6-2
SF: Wills d Contostavlos 6-4 6-4
FI: Helen Wills (US) d. Diddie Vlasto 6-3 7-5

Draw notes: Lilie de Alvarez and Satterwaite were in the top half-with Wills in the bottom half of the draw.

From "Ayres' Almanack" (1927): "The chief interest in this tournament centred round Miss Helen Wills, who, recently arrived from California, entered for the singles. Although the American champion won the event without the loss of a set, her form revealed no sign of dominance or material advance. Against Mlle [Helene] Contostavlos in the semi-final she lost four games in each set, her opponent playing a baseline game with vigour and judgment. The final against Mlle [Diddie] Vlasto resolved itself into a somewhat monotonous sequence of backhand exchanges, Miss Wills preferring to neglect her opponent's powerful forehand. The score in favour of California does not do justice to Mlle Vlasto. In the first set she missed an easy smash to lead 4-3; in the second had she obtained the 3-1 lead, which was her due, she must have gone to 5-2 instead of 5-3..."
The stands are packed to overflowing, and the club must turn away spectators. The event has a record profit. In the quarters Helen gained revenge upon Aeslimann, nee Bancroft, who had beaten Helen when they last played in 1923 and 4 times in 1922. The lefty got ill in 1923 and her game stagnated. In 1925 she md Swiss player Charles Aeschlimann. Fans leave the other courts deserted when Wills plays. Even Lenglen sees nothing but empty seats when her doubles match is played at the same time as as a Wills match.

Helen's conservative style prompts both comment and copy. She is the only 1 of the 32 lady competitos not to have her hair bobbed, declaring. "I am old-fashioned." her green shade quickly becomes a fashion rage though, being copied by other women in droves.

Suzanne Lenglen did not play in the singles event at this tournament. In fact, the only Riviera tournament in which she and Helen Wills both entered the singles event was the Carlton Club tournament in late February 1926.

In the first round Wills dropped only 8 points against a nervous Miss Green.

Record 5-0


January 25-31,*Gallia Club, Cannes, France (Clay)
Venue: The Gallia Club
Draw= at least 45.
1R: Helen Wills (US) d Miss E Bendit 6-1 6-0
2R: Wills d Vlasto 6-0 6-2*
3R: Wills d Cadle 6-0 6-3
QF: Wills d Haylock 9-7 6-2
SF: Wills d Saunders 6-0 6-0
FI: Helen Wills (US) d. Helene Contostavlos (Gre) 6-3 6-2

Mixed Doubles
SF: E. Petchell (GB)/A.H. McCormick (GB) d. Helen Wills (US)/Jack Hillyard (GB) 1-6 6-4 7-5

Draw note: the NYT calls Wills 2R victim "Rosine". Based on Mark's research I am listing her as Regina. She is a cousin of Diddie Vlasto.

Bill Tilden is quoted on the possible result of a Wills-Lenlen Encounter. "Helen may have a poker face but Suzanne has a chess brain". He predicts Lenglen will win on her home turf, but adds that "Helen won't be afraid of her [Lenglen's] reputation. His advice to Wills is to "hit the cover off the ball."

Meanwhile Wills faces controversy over allegations that hwer riting jeapardizes her amateur standig. Questions are also raised ober how she can afford the expensive French gowns she is now wearing. French designers are naturally eager to dress her gratis in their creations as advertisement.

Will the match everyone wants to see even occur? Lenglen hedges,saying she might enter Nice or the Carlton event. Helen declares she is entered for both in singles. but later in the week hints she might skip the Carlton if they use "English' balls. The English balls are heavier and slow play down-conditions not suited to Helen's fast game.

Record 6-0


February 1-7,*Nice Second Meeting, Nice, France (Clay)
Venue: Parc Imperial
FI: Eileen Bennett (GB)/Helen Wills (US) d. Elsa Haylock (GB)/M. Wright (GB) 6-3 6-2
MX: Suzanne Lenglen/Umberto de Morpurgo (Ity) d. Helen Wills (US)/Charles Aeschlimann (Swt) 6-1 6-2

Suzanne Lenglen won five matches for the loss of no games. Helen Wills did not play in the singles event at this tournament, but she and Suzanne Lenglen met across the net for the first time in the mixed doubles final.

From "Ayres' Almanack" (1927): "Uncertain off the ground and carrying their lobbing tactics to excess, Aeschlimann and Miss Wills could only win three games against the infallible precision of Mlle Lenglen and the severe driving power of her opponent."


February 8-16,*Carlton Club, Cannes, France (Clay)
1R: Helen Wills (US) d KA Frisher 6-0 6-0
2R: ??
3R: Wills d Cosette St Omer Roy 6-0 6-0
QF: Helen Wills (US) d. Eileen Bennett (GB) 6-2 6-0
SF: Helen Wills (US) d. Diddie Vlasto 6-1 6-4
FI: Suzanne Lenglen d. Helen Wills (USA) 6-3 8-6

Doubles
FI: Suzanne Lenglen/Diddie Vlasto d. Helene Contostavlos (Gre)/Helen Wills (US) 6-4 8-6

* The women's doubles final, played a few hours after the women's single final, would be the last time Suzanne Lenglen and Helen Wills would face each other across the net.

The final is "the match of the century". Wills seems to win the second set, but a dubious line call goes in Lenglen's favour. Then Lenglen seems to win, but an official corrects a spectator's "out" call on a Wills ball and the match continues. In the end, Lenglen's superior placement wins the day. Many have speculated that the young Wills (20 years old) would have eventually prevailed had they played for more years. In 1938 Wills herself named Lenglen as the greatest player. An Associate Press poll of 1950 placed Wills at #1 and Lenglen at #2. Most contemporaries of both, Mallory, Lambert Chambers, Browne, Jacobs, Ryan, Tilden, say Lenglen was the best. Lenglen's record is more impressive (382-9, 83? tournament wins) than Wills (380-30, 56 tournament wins). Lenglen may have played in a (slightly) earlier time so the competition may not have been as tough, but they were near contemporaries (6.5 year difference) so the competition was probably not that much different.

Infer 1 win in 2R.
Record 5-1


February 15-21,*Beaulieu, France (Clay)
Venue: The Bristol Hotel
1R: Helen Wills (US) d Lily Hamerton (GB) 6-0 6-0
2R: Wills d Emily Wright (GB) 6-0 6-0
QF: Wills d Lycett 6-0 6-0
SF: Wills d Harvey 6-0 6-1
FI: Helen Wills (US) d. Phyllis Satterthwaite (GB) 6-1 6-1

Doubles
MX: Helen Wills (US)/Charles Kingsley (GB) d. Eileen Bennett (GB)/ F. M. B Fisher (NZ) 6-4 6-3
Rumors abound that Lenglen will face Wills again at Nice, which plans to put up stands for 10,000. This is put into much doubt when Lenglen collapses while horseback riding. Lenlgen plays a doubles match despite the collpase, being led into the stadium on the arms of her mother and friend Lady Wavertree before a crowd of thousands. suzanne wins easily with her partner Satterwaite, but withdraws the next day, citing exhuastion. By the end of the week she vows a return, saying "There are a few years of tennis left in the old women yet." Speaking of older women, Lambert Chambers wins the doubles at age 46.

Wills romps through the singles, winning her second round and quarterfinal matches back to back without even leaving the court for a break. She is often attacking the net, perhaps a response to critics who say she is weak at the net.

Record 5-0


February 22-March 1,*Monte Carlo Championships, Monte Carlo, Monaco (Clay)
Venue: La Festa
1R: Helen Wills (US) [1] d Molla Westselaar (Den) default
2R: Wills d ????
3R: Wills d Mrs Marriott 6-0 6-0
QF: Wills d Cadle 6-0 6-1
SF: Wills d Bennett 6-3 6-2
FI: Helen Wills (US) [1] d. Lili de Alvarez (Sp) [2] 6-2 6-3

Doubles
1R: Contostavlos (Gre)/Wills (US) d. Miss Green/Mrs Young 6-1 6-0
QF: Contostavlos (Gre)/Wills (US) d. Lesley Cadle/Emily Wright 6-3 6-4
SF: Contostavlos/Wills d. Dorothea Lambert Chambers (GB)/Phyllis Satterwaite (GB) 6-2 5-7 7-5
FI: Helene Contostavlos (Gre)/Helen Wills (US) d. Lili de Alvarez (Sp)/Diddie Vlasto (Frn) 6-3 8-6

Infer 1 win in 2R.
Record 5-0


Beaumont International Trophy*teams must be from same nation
February 22-28 Monte Carlo Chmps (La Festa) Monaco
1R: Leslie Aeschliman/Helen Wills (US) d Dorothea Lambert Chambers/Ermyntrude Harvey 2-6 6-4 6-3
SF: Bennett/Satterwaite d Aeschliman/Wills 6-3 6-1

Record crowds come out to see Wills. Spanish player Lili Alvarez is playing her first event in alsmost 1 year, so she is not in top form despite her second seeding. Players complain that the shiny silk dress worn by Eileen Bennett has the same sort of blinding reflection that a mirror does when hit by strong sunlight.

Lenglen, tears coming down her face, announces with certainty that she will not compete in the singles in Nice, nixing any possible rematch vs Helen Wills until late May or June in Paris. Over 100 workers who were busily putting up temporary stands at Nice were ordering to tear them down. Suzanne barely survives in a tense doubles fonal for the Beaumnont Cup. Suzanne's mother twice hands over a flask full of brandy to give Lenglen energy. Shockingly the British pair hit most shots to her, rather thasn Diddie.



March 1-7,*Riviera Championships, Mentone, France (Clay)
1R: Helen Wills (US) d Daisy Hamerton* 6-0 6-0
2R: Wills d Neppach 6-0 6-1
QF: Wills d Dearman 6-1 6-1
SF: Helen Wills (US) d. Ermyntrude Harvey (GB) 6-0 6-1
FI: Helen Wills (US) d. Lili de Alvarez (Sp) 6-4 6-4
MX: Diddie Vlasto/Henri Cochet d. Helen Wills (US)/Jimmy van Allen (US) 7-5 3-6 6-3

Record 5-0


Coupe des Nations/Nations Cup*(players must be from same nation)
FI: Diddie Vlasto/Henri Cochet d. Helen Wills (US)/Jimmy van Allen 6-2 6-2

From "Ayres' Almanack" (1927): "The mixed doubles final between Cochet and Mlle Vlasto and van Alen and Miss Wills provided a spectacular match. Cochet's overhead work was amazingly good, but van Alen failed to take advantage of his openings at the net which his partner's fine baseline play provided. These four met again in the final of the Coupe des Nations, but the French pair scored an easy win." Van Allen later famously brings sudden-death and the sudden-death tiebreak to tennis in the early 1970s.

Wills has wisely avoided questions about Lenglen for the most part, but she does provide one juicy quote this week. "I am sorry Miss Lenglen has gone off to Italy. But she stillknows gher own business best. ....Don't you feel she should have given me ar eturn match here?"

Hawkers are making money off of Helen Wills by falsely selling eyeshade with her fake signature. The Eyeshade is selling for anywhere from 5 to 10 US dollars.


March 8-14,*South of France Championships, Nice, France (Clay)
2R: Helen Wills (US) d Helen Shirley (GB) 6-0 6-0
QF: Wills d Ridley 6-0 6-2
SF: Wills d Petery 6-2 6-2
FI: Helen Wills (US) d. Isabella Mumford (US) 6-0 6-1
MX: Diddie Vlasto/Henri Cochet d Helen Wills (US)/Charles Kingsley (GB) 4-6 7-5 13-11

Interest in the Riviera season is starting to wane. Lenglen is gone, with no possibility now of a rematch with Wills. No one is left to challenge Wills now that she has proven she can beat everyone else. The event suffers another other blow when German Nelly Neppach finally caves in to pressure from her federation and returns back to Berlin. The German federation threatened to bar her from all German events,ignoring her contention that she was Austrian. The coup de grace is the withdrawal of Lili de Alvarez due to fatigue. Lili's father ordered her to rest one week.

Mumford's slow and defensive game leads to an upset over Bennett in the semis, but Helen kills ball after ball for an easy victory. Organizers complain about financial ruin due to low attendance.

Record 4-0


March 15-21,*Cote d'Azur Championships, Cannes, France (Clay)
Venue: Cannes Lawn Tennis Club
1R: Helen Wills (US) d LC Cuppage 6-1 6-0
2R: Wills d Mrs JR Hall (US) 6-0 6-0
3R: Wills d Mrs J Keays (SA) 6-1 6-0
QF: Wills d Mrs JM Padwick (GB) 6-0 6-0
SF: Wills d. Bennett 6-2 6-4*
FI: Helen Wills (US) d. Joan Ridley (GB) default
MX: Helen Wills (US)/Henri Cochet d Jean Radcliffe (GB)*/Captain Bernard Meyer (GB) 7-5 6-1

I did not count the FI default as this was likely a w/o by modern standards.
Record 5-0


May 28-30*United States vs France*Paris (Clay)*United States d France 8-3
Venue: Racing Club de France
Helen Wills (US) d Simone Mathieu 6-3 6-4
Helen Wills/Vinnie Richards (US) d Yvonne Bourgeois/Rene Lacoste 6-4 6-3
Suzanne decided not to play a match vs. The US in Paris, dissapointing those hoping for a repeat of a match with Wills. The much anticipated rematch never happened as Wills became ill in Paris during the French Open

Record 1-0


French Chps
1R: Helen Wills (US) [2] d. Germaine Golding 6-3 7-5
2R: Bouman (Neth) d. Wills(US) [2] default

I did not count the 2R default as this would be a w/o by modern standards.
Record 1-0


Wimbledon
Domini Crosfield d. Helen Wills (US) default
This default, and the one at the French, would be called walkovers by modern standards


July 29-August 1,*Maidstone Women's Invitational, East Hampton, New York, USA (Grass)
SF: Helen Wills d. Edna Hauslet-Roeser 6-3 9-7
FI: Helen Wills d. Mary K. Browne 6-3 6-2

Infer 2 wins before SF.
Record 4-0


August 2-7,*Seabright Invitational, Seabright, New Jersey, USA (Grass)
QF=2R
1R: ??
QF: Helen Wills d Charlotte Hosmer Chapin 8-6 6-4
SF: Wills d Goss 7-5 6-4
FI: Elizabeth Ryan d. Helen Wills 6-4 6-1
MX: Elizabeth Ryan/Cranston Holman d. Helen Wills/Edward Chandler 3-6 6-3 6-0

Overflow crowd of 4,000 on the turf and standing on chairs behind stands as Ryan upsets Wills on slick wet grass. Ryan wins a hat trick. Wills is recovering from an appendectomy.

Record 2-1


August 9-15,*Southern New York State Championships, Rye, New York, USA (Grass)
Venue: Westchester Biltmore Club*
QF=4R
1R: ??
2R: ??
3R: ??
QF: Helen Wills d Helene Pollak Falk 6-0 6-2
SF: Mallory d Wills 6-8 6-4 6-2
Wills has played apparently against the advice of her doctor, after the appendicitis that led to her withdrawal from the French and Wimbledon and eventual appendectomy.

Infer 2 wins before QF
Record 3-1

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Re: The Helen Wills Thread

Helen Wills 1927 (age 21 most of the year)
Singles record: 31-0 (2 inferred)
Tournament victories 6 (of 6 played)

Context
With no Lenglen, Wills returned to Europe to dominate Wimbledon and win her first of 8 titles. She defeated last years finalist Lili de Alvarez (later Countess Valdene). She returns to USA to help America defeat Great Britain 5-2 in Wightman Cup and then defeat Nuthall in the final of the USA Championships. From the 1927 Gipsy tournament in North London to the 1933 US Championships final Wills would compile a 158 match winning streak take that would incorporate 27 tournament wins. Esna Boyd (later Robertson) won her first and only Australian title after losing in each of the first 5 womens championships finals(she would also lose the 1928 final), while Kea Bouman wins the French and would be the only Dutch speaking player to win a Grand Slam until Henin wins the French Open in 2003. The year was also notable for the emergence of Cilly Aussem who won the German Championships.

Rankings by Wallis Myers -of the Daily Mail
1 Helen Wills US
2 Lili de Alvarez Spain
3 Elizabeth Ryan US
4 Molla Bjurstedt Mallory US
5 Kitty Godfree England
6 Betty Nuthall England
7 Bobbie Heine South Africa
8 Joan Fry England
9 Kea Bouman Netherlands
10 Charlotte Hosmer Chapin US


Tournaments

March 21-23*Hotel Huntington*Invitation,*Pasadena, California, US (Hard)
SF: Helen Wills d Carolyn Swartz 6-0 6-2
FI: Helen Wills d Marion Williams 6-2 6-1

Infer 1 win before SF
Record 3-0


May 30-June 4,*North London Championships, Stamford Hill, London, England
Venue: The Gipsy Club
R16: Helen Wills (US) d Mrs Alston 6-3 6-3
QF: Wills (US) d. Magde Valantine 6-2 6-4
SF: Helen Wills (US) d. Geraldine Beamish 6-4 6-3
FI: Helen Wills (US) d. Elizabeth Ryan (US) 6-2 6-2
A capacity crowd at the Gipsy Club watches Wills serve big

Record 4-0


June 6-11,*Kent Championships, Beckenham, Kent, England
?R: Helen Wills (US) d McArthur 6-1 6-2
?R: Wills d Weeta Crawshay Williams 6-1 6-1
QF: Wills d. Billie Tapscott (SA) 6-0 6-0
SF: Wills d. Mallory 6-0 6-1
FI: Helen Wills (US) d. Kitty Godfree 6-2 6-4

Record 5-0


Wimbledon
Helen Wills [1](US) d. Gwen Sterry 6-3 3-6 6-3
Wills [1] d. Lumley-Ellis 6-3 6-2
Wills [1] d. Bennett 7-5 6-3
Wills [1] d. Goldsack 6-1 6-3
Wills [1] d. Peacock [8] 6-3 6-1
Wills [1] d. J.Fry 6-3 6-1
Helen Wills [1] d. Lili de Alvarez [4] 6-2 6-4

A record entry of 80 for ladies singles, and the first time seeding is used. Helen Wills loses a set to Gwen Sterry (daughter of 5-time champ Charlotte) in round one. At the time it was not noteworthy until one considers that Wills didn't lose another set for 6 years!

The final was an entertaining match. After easily winning the first set 6-2 Wills finds herself in a battle. at 3-3 in the second set a long game goes to Alvarez. It is a pyhrric victory for Lili, as winning it and the next point sapped all of her strength. The spectacular rally of over 30 shots ended with both women leaning on their racquets. Wills then hits her way through the next 3 games to victory.

The NYT writer penned, "the Senorita would make as many as five brilliant shots in a rally, only to lose it on one wild swing."

Doubles
Elizabeth Ryan(US)/Helen Wills (US) [2] d N Welch/Phyllis Whitly 6-3 6-2
Ryan/Wills [2] d Covell/Sterry 6-2 6-3
Ryan/Wills [2] d Dransfield/Hogarth 6-2 6-1
Ryan/Wills [2] d. Goldsack/Watson 6-2 6-2
Ryan/Wills [2] d. Godfree/Nuthall [3] 6-2 6-2
Elizabeth Ryan (US)/Helen Wills (US) [2] d. Bobbie Heine (SA)/Irene Peacock (SA) [1] 6-3 6-2

Heine and Peacock had beaten Ryan/Wills a few weeks back-hence their #1 seeding. Wills cannonball serves and returns combined with Ryan's volleys to overwhelm the South Africans. The only two games in set two for the South Africans came on Bobbie Heine's serve.*

Record 7-0


July 18-24,*Maidstone Invitational, Easthampton, Long Island, New York, US (Grass)
Venue: Maidstone Club
SF: Eleanor Goss/Helen Wills d. Josephine Cruickshank/Marjorie Thorne 6-0 6-1
FI: Eleanor Goss/Helen Wills d. Helen Jacobs/Molla Mallory 6-1 4-6 7-5


July 25-30,*Essex County Club Invitational, Manchester, Massachusetts, US (Grass)
Venue: Essex County Club
QF: Helen Wills d Mrs BE Cole 6-3 6-1
SF: Helen Wills d. Elizabeth Corbiere 6-0 6-2
FI: Helen Wills d. Helen Jacobs 6-1 6-2

Doubles
SF: Hazel Wightman/Helen Wills d. Elizabeth Bright/Louise Iselin 6-1 6-0
FI: Hazel Wightman/Helen Wills d. Elizabeth Corbiere/Mrs William Endicott 6-2 6-3

Infer 1 win before QF.
Record 4-0


August 12-13*Wightman Cup,*New York, New York (Grass)*United States d Great Britian 5-2
Venue: West Side Tennis Club, Forest Hills
Day 1*(5,000 attend)
Helen Wills d Joan Fry (GB) 6-2 6-0
Day 2*(10,000 attend)
Helen Wills d Kitty Godfree (GB) 6-1 6-1
Hazel Wightman/Helen Wills d Kitty Godgree/Ermyntrude Harvey (GB) 6-4 4-6 6-3

Britain is in a hole almost immediately when Molla Mallory upsets British #1 Godfree on the opening day. A huge crowd of 10,000 comes out on day two. "Bounding Betty" Nuthall keeps British hopes alive by winning tomake it 3-2 for the US. Helen Wills then destroys Godgree as anticipated. Can the British capitalizie on Mrs Mallory's age to push the tie to 3-3? "Fighting Molla" leads a set and 5-1 before the slender British girl has the crowd in a tizzy as she battles back. The times in the last set the umpire pleads for the Americn crowd to be silent as they cheer the invader. All of his pleas are in vain. Only after winnign does Mallory gain the applause of the crowd. The Times reporter wrote that "To win Mrs Mallory played her game. ...it consits of standing at the baseline and hitting the ball so hard that the racquet of her opponent is knocked away."

Record 2-0


US Chps
Helen Wills [1] d. Josephine Cruickshank 6-0 6-1
Wills [1] d. Hester 6-0 6-2
Wills [1] d. Hill 6-1 6-4
Wills [1] d. Bouman 6-1 6-2
Wills [1] d. Jacobs 6-0 6-2
Helen Wills [1] d. Betty Nuthall 6-1 6-4

Summary: [Thanks to Newmark for what follows below]
From "Ayres' Lawn Tennis Almanack" (1928):

"A real American summer day favoured the final and attracted thousands to the stadium at Forest Hills. In exactly twelve minutes Miss Wills had carried the first set from one against Miss Nuthall. The relentless pressure applied by the American, coupled with her withering speed, was was too violent for the English girl's defence. She won her solitary game from 15-40 down when Miss Wills led 5-0.

"Having placed the first set to her credit, Miss Wills advanced to 4-1 in the second, having lost the second game on her service. But the cumulative speed involved by the pace of her drives was beginning to tell on the Californian, and in each rally the English girl was recovering her driving accuracy and tactical control. She was luring a tiring opponent forward at the end of exhausting rallies, a ruse which quickly reduced the lead to 4-3. Miss Wills took the eighth game to love, mainly by her opponent's errors. She lost the ninth, but, serving confidently in the tenth game, reached 40-15. Miss Nuthall kept her head in the two searching rallies which preceded this, but a lob by the English girl just outside the baseline gave Miss Wills the championship for the fourth time.

"Commenting on the final in the 'Daily Telegraph', Mr Wallis Myers wrote: 'Only for a brief period in the second set had the victory of the Wimbledon winner been in question. In service, in cross-driving, and in sustained accuracy she was superior to her young rival. But she betrayed in this match, as before, a tendency to loosen her control under astute tactical manoeuvring. Unfortunately for the British chances, Miss Nuthall did not reconcile herself to the unfamiliar pace until an almost irreducilbe lead had been built up. In facing her heavy task she delighted the throng with many beautiful shots, and above all, by her smiling ardour, her perseverance, and her perfectly composed demeanour under bombardment."

Record 6-0
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Re: The Helen Wills Thread

Helen Wills 1928 (age 22 most of the year)
Singles record: 29-0 (5 inferred)
Tournament victories 5 (of 5 played)

Context
Helen Wills powers were on full display as she wins the French Championships, Wimbledon and the USA Championships without losing a set. Surely she would have won the Grand Slam if she had come to Australia. Below her are Wimbledon constant finalist de Alvarez and USA finalist Helen Jacobs. Daphne Akhurst though wins her third Australian title and tours Europe reaching the SF of Wimbledon (defeating Jaobs) and winning the German Championships over Aussem. Great Britain defeats USA (4-3) in the Wightman Cup, played at Wimbledon, but Wills wins all her matches.

World Ranking by Wallis Myers-of the Daily Mail
1 Helen Wills US
2 Lili de Alvarez Spain
3 Daphne Akhurst Australia
4 Eileen Bennett England
5 Phoebe Holcroft Watson England
6 Elizabeth Ryan US
7 Cilly Aussem Germany
8 Kea Bouman Netherlands
9 Helen Jacobs US
10 Esna Boyd Australia


Tournaments

May 10-12*Netherlands vs US,*The Hague, Netherlands (Clay)*Netherlands d US 3-2
Day 1
Helen Wills (US) d Madzy Rollin Couquerque 6-2 6-2
Day 2
Kea Bouman d Penelope Anderson (US) 6-2 6-2
Kea Bouman/Rollin Couquerque d Anderson/Wills 9-7 4-6 6-3
Day 3
Helen Wills (US) d Kea Bouman 6-1 6-2
Madzy Rollin Couquerque d Penelope Anderson (US) 6-0 6-2
5,000 come out on the last day. Anderson was ill.*
Kea Bouman d Penelope Andderson (US) 6-1 6-2

Record 2-0


French Chps
May 20-June 4
at Roland Garros (Clay)
The first week at Roland Garros is predominently doubles
Doubles*Draw of 16
1R Anderson/Wills d. Jacqueline Gallay/Veronique Gallay 6-3 6-4
QF Deve/LaFaurie d. Anderson/Wills 3-6 7-5 6-4

Mixed Doubles
QF=4R
1R: Helen Wills/Frank Hunter d Helen Anthony(Aus) /Jack Peacock (Aus) 6-0 6-1
2R: Helen Wills/Frank Hunter d Joan Fry/Christian Boussus 6-2 9-7
3R: ??
QF: Helen Wills/Frank Hunter d Mrs Joan Lycett/Noel Turnbull 6-4 6-0
SF: Wills/Hunter d Boyd/Hawkes 6-4 7-5
FI: Eileen Bennett/Henri Cochet d Helen Wills/Frank Hunter 6-3 6-3

Singles
Helen Wills (US) [1]-bye
Wills [1] d. Mercou 6-0 6-3
Wills [1] d. Aussem 6-1 6-2
Wills [1] d. Couquerque 6-2 6-0
Wills [1] d. Hardie 6-1 6-1
Wills [1] d. Bennett [8] 6-1 6-2

A crowd of 8,000 comes to see Helen win her semifinal, a record for a tennis crowd in France. This is the first year of a new stadium at Roland Garros-the site of the French Open to this very day. When the site opened in 1928 there were only 5 courts on the site.

Record 5-0


June 15-16 Wightman Cup, London, England (Grass)*Great Britain d United States 4-3
Venue: Wimbledon, Centre Court
Captains Eleanor Goss (US)
Day 1*(3,500 attend)
Helen Wills (US) d Phoebe Holcroft-Watson 6-1 6-2
Day 2*(8,000 attend)
Helen Wills (US) d Eileen Bennett 6-3 6-2
Eileen Bennett/Phoebe Holcroft-Watson d Penelope Anderson/Helen Wills (US) 6-2 6-1

The NYT attributes the poor attendance on day 1 to "the sparing advertsing" of the All-England Club. A record 8,000 show on day two. When Jacobs upsets Nuthall with ease as Betty serves "at least" 12 double faults with her new overhead service.*

The Cup comes down to the last match. What could have been a thrilling finish ends tamely, as Anderson-Wills get trounced.

Record 2-0


Wimbledon
Helen Wills [1] (US) bye
Wills [1] d. Goldsack 6-2 6-1
Wills [1] d. V. Gallay 6-0 6-0
Wills [1] d. Harvey 6-2 6-3
Wills [1] d. P.Watson [6] 6-3 6-0
Wills [1] d. Ryan [4] 6-1 6-1
Wills [1] d. Alvarez [2] 6-2 6-3

Mixed
1R: Frank T Hunter(US)/ Helen Wills (US) [2] d. Jan Kozeluh (Cz)/ Madge Slaney 6-1 6-2
2R: FT Hunter/ H Wills d. JC Gregory/ EH Harvey 64 108
3R: FT Hunter/ H Wills d. JB Hawkes/ Boyd 63 46 63
QF: FT Hunter/ H Wills d. CF Scroope/ Shepherd Barron 61 63
SF: PDB Spence/ E Ryan d. FT Hunter/ H Wills 46 64 63

Record 6-0


July 23-29,*Essex Country Club, Manchester, Massachussetts, Boston, USA (Grass)
FI: Helen Wills d. Edith Cross 6-1 6-3

Infer 3 wins before FI.
Record 4-0


August 6-11,*Maidstone Women's Invitational, East Hampton, Long Island, New York, USA (Grass)
Singles (Draw=38)
1R: ??
2R: Wills d Rice 6-0 6-0
3R: Wills d Andrus 6-0 6-0
QF: ??
SF: ??
FI: Helen Wills d. Helen Jacobs 6-2 6-1

Doubles
SF: Anderson/Wills d Cross/Harper 6-1 6-1
FI: Penelope Anderson/Helen Wills d. Sarah Palfrey/Hazel Wightman 9-11 6-2 6-1

Infer QF and SF wins.
Record 5-0


US Chps
Helen Wills [1] bye
Wills [1] d. Taylor 6-0 6-1
Wills [1] d. Harper 6-0 6-2
Wills [1] d. Chapin [?] 6-2 6-4
Wills [1] d. Cross [?] 6-0 6-1
Wills [1] d. Jacobs [?] 6-2 6-1

Doubles
Wightman/Wills bye
Wightman/Wills d. Muhl/Tough 6-1 6-0
Wightman/Wills d. Parsons/Rice 6-3 6-0
Wightman/Wills d. Anderson/Chapin 6-0 6-2
Wightman/Wills d. Cross/Harper 6-2 6-2

ends September 1*US MIXED DOUBLES CHMPS*, Longwood, Massachusetts (Grass)*
FI: Helen Wills/Jack Hawkes d Edith Cross/Gar Moon (Aus) 6-1 6-3

Record 5-0
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Re: The Helen Wills Thread

Helen Wills 1929 (age 23 most of the year)
Singles record: 23-0 (0 inferred)
Tournament victories 3 (of 3 played)

Context
Summary (courtesy of AndrewTas)
Wills got better winning the French, Wimbledon and US Championships again without losing a set and in more commanding fashion. Phoebe Holcroft Watson is a finalist at the US Championships defeating Jacobs in the semi-finals (she also defeated Jacobs in the Wightman Cup the week before), while Jacobs was a finalist at Wimbledon. Von Reznicek emerged during the year as a contender winning the German Championships.

Daphne Akhurst wins her fourth Australian title but doesnt tour Europe. The USA defeats Great Britain 4-3 at Forest Hills therefore going ahead in the series 4-3 (since 1923). Also Simone Mathieu (nee Passamard) reaches her first French final (she won play another 7 more).

World Rankings by A Wallis Myers
01 Helen Wills Moody (US)
02 Phoebe Holcroft Watson (England)
03 Helen Jacobs (US)
04 Betty Nuthall (England)
05 Bobbie Heine (South Africa)
06 Simone Passemand Mathieu (France)
07 Eileen Bennett (England)
08 Paula von Reznicek (Germany)
09 Peggy Saunders Michell (England)
10 Elsie Goldsack (England)


Tournaments

May 10-12*Netherlands vs. United States*at the Hague, Netherlands.
US d. Netherlands 7-2.
Day 2:*
Helen Wills (US)d. Kea Bouman 6-1 6-1
Day 3:*
Helen Wills (US) d. Madzy Rollin Couquerque 6-1 6-1
Edith Cross/Helen Wills (US) d. Kea Bouman/Madzy Rollin Couquerque.
Wills shocks the Dutch by playing bare legged without stockings before 4,000. There was some controversy about the US women's tour when the USTA allowed Helen Wills to select other team members. Helen chose not to include #2 Helen Jacobs, causing an uproar among Jacob's supporters as the women on the USTA tour had all expenses paid through Wimbledon. Jacobs friends privately raised money to send her abroad this year.

Record 2-0


May 18-19*France vs. United States, Paris (Clay)
US d. France 4-3
Day 1:
Helen Wills (US) d. Sylvia Laufarie 6-0 6-2
Day 2:*
Helen Wills (US) d. Simone Mathieu 8-6 6-0
Edith Cross/Helen Wills (US) d. Sylvia Laufarie/Simone Mathieu 6-2 2-6 6-4

The womens contest inaugurates the new Roland Garros stadium, complete with an electric scoreboard and loudspeakers. (The 1928 French was held at Roland Garros, but in wooden stands). Helen's "sockettes" again garner much comment. The French women declare that it's a fashion faux pas that will soon be discarded. Simone Mathieu garners raves for pushing Willa to a deuce set. Simone is already the mother of two boys at the age of 21. Advised by her doctor not to play this year, Simone "was radiant" afterwards, even as she had to be helped from the court. Declared Simone, "I was never so happy in all my life. Maybe they will let me try to fill Suzanne's shoes some day."

Record 2-0


French Chps
Helen Wills (US)[1]-bye
Wills[1] d Hardie default
Wills[1] d. Tapscott 6-1 6-3
Wills[1] d. Lafaurie 6-4 6-1
Wills[1] d. Bennett [3] 6-2 7-5
Helen Wills[1] d. Simone Mathieu [6] 6-3 6-4

Doubles
1R - Edith Cross/Helen Wills d. Marie D'Anet/Daisy Speranza Wyns default
2R - Cross/Wills d. Fourcade/Johnstone 6-4 6-4
QF - Alvararez/Bouman d. Cross/Wills 8-6 6-4

Mixed
1R: Helen Wills/Frank Hunter d Doris Metaxa/Georges Glasser 6-3 6-3
2R: Wills/Hunter d Neufeld/Danet 6-1 6-4
3R: Wills/Hunter d Le Besnerias/Le Besnerias 6-1 6-3
QF: Wills/Hunter d Bordes/de Buzelet default
SF: Wills/Hunter d Goldsack/Collins 6-2 6-2
FI: Eileen Bennett/Henri Cochet d Helen Wills/Frank Hunter 6-3 6-2

Record 4-0


June 8-9*Germany vs. United States, Berlin, Germany (Clay)
Germany d. United States 4-3
Day 1:*
Helen Wills (US) d Paula Von Reznicek 6-3 6-2
Day 2:*
Helen Wills (US) d. Cilly Aussem 6-0 6-1
Edith Cross/Helen Wills (US) d. Cilly Aussem/Irmgard Rost 6-3 6-2

The Berlin press calls Wills the "Madonna of Tennis". She is still stockingless, prompting the All-England club to declare that women MUST wear stockings at this year's Wimbledon

Record 2-0


Wimbledon
Helen Wills (US)[1]-bye
Wills [1] d. Tomblin 6-0 6-0
Wills [1] d. Schomburg default
Wills [1] d. Sigart 6-2 6-3
Wills [1] d. Heine [6] 6-2 6-4
Wills [1] d. Goldsack 6-2 6-0
Helen Wills [1] d. Helen Jacobs [5] 6-1 6-2

Only 2 of 8 seeds are British. As seeds around her fall Helen Wills is as predictable as ever, giving up only 16 games in 6 matches. South African Bobbie Heine got the most games (6) in their quarterfinal.*

Doubles
1R: Edith Cross (US)/Helen Wills (US) d. Simone Barbier (Fr)/Simone Mathieu (Fr) 6-1 6-1
2R: Cross/Wills d. Mallory/de Smidt 6-1 5-7 6-1
3R: Harvey/McIlquham d. Cross/Wills 6-4 8-10 6-3

Mixed
Helen Wills (US)/Frank Hunter (US)[2] d Christine Tyrell/Alan Brown 6-1 6-0
Wills/Hunter d Hill/Hughes 6-3 6-2
Wills/Hunter d Matson/Crole Rees 6-1 6-4
Wills/Hunter d McIlquham/Greig 6-1 6-1
Wills/Hunter d Heine/Farquharson 6-8 6-2 6-3
Helen Wills/Frank Hunter d Joan Fry/Ian Collins 6-1 6-4

Record 5-0


ends August 5*Maidstone Invitation, East Hampton, New York, US (Grass)
DF: Edith Cross/Helen Wills d. Betty Nuthall (GB)/Phoebe Watson (GB) 6-3 6-0


August 9-10.*Wightman Cup, Forest Hills, New York City, New york, US. (Grass)
Venue: West Side Tennis Club
United States d. Great Britian 4-3
Day 1
Helen Wills d. Phoebe Watson (GB) 6-1 6-4
Peggy Michell/Phoebe Watson (GB) d. Edith Cross/Helen Wills 6-4 6-1
Day 2
Helen Wills d. Betty Nuthall (GB) 8-6 8-6

8,00 watch as Nuthall tests Wills 8-6 8-6 on day 2. Betty hit soft and deep down the middle to avoid Helen's powerful angles, then mixed in short angles and drop shots to run the world champion. At 6-5 and deuce in the second chapter the Brit was within two points of a set. 12,000 total.*

Record 2-0


US Chps
(1)Helen Wills d. Katherine Lamarche 6-0 6-0*
Wills(1) d. Chapin 6-1 6-0.
Wills(1) d. Francis 6-0 6-0.
Wills(1) d. Michell(3) 6-0 6-1.
Wills(1) d. Mallory(4) 6-0 6-0.
Wills(1) d. Watson 6-4 6-2

Record 6-0
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Re: The Helen Wills Thread

Helen Wills 1930 (age 24 most of the year)
Singles record: 20-0 (6 inferred)
Tournament victories 4 (of 4 played)

Context
Summary
Helen Wills is now Mrs Moody. What hasn't changed is her dominance over women's tennis. She plays a very reducred schedule that includes wins at Roland Garros and Wimbledon, setting her atop the world rankings for the 4th year in a row. Myers low ranking of US Chmps winner Betty Nuthall is explained by the weak field, as not one of Wimbledon's top 8 seeds competed at Forest Hills this year.

World Rankings by A Wallis Myers*of the Daily Mirror in London
01. Mrs Helen Wills Moody (US)
02. Cilly Aussem (Germany)
03. Mrs Phoebe Holcroft-Watson (GB)
04. Elizabeth Ryan (US)
05. Mrs Simone Mathieu (France)
06. Helen Jacobs (US)
07. Phyllis Mudford (GB)
08. Lili de Alvarez (Spain)
09. Betty Nuthall (GB)
10. Hilde Krahwinkel (Germany)


Tournaments

began March 14-16*Hotel Huntington Invitation Tournament*Pasadena, CA
Won by Helen Wills-Moody?
Helen's first event as a married woman.
The USTA writes "on March 14 we find her [Wills] playing in a week end affair at....

Infer 3 wins.
Record 3-0


French Chps
Helen Wills-Moody(US)[1- bye
Moody[1] d. Neufeld 6-0 6-0
Moody[1] d. Mudford 6-2 6-4
Moody[1] d. Rost 6-0 6-1
Moody[1] d. Aussem [4] 6-2 6-1
Moody[1] d. Jacobs [7] 6-2 6-1

Doubles
1st Round
Ryan/Wills bye
2nd Round*
Ryan/Wills d. Langourain/Oberschall default*
Quarters
Ryan/Wills d. Bordes/Henrotin 6-2 6-4
Semis
Ryan/Wills d. Fry/Harvey 6-1 6-2
Final
Ryan/Wills d. Barbier/Mathieu 6-3 6-1

Record 5-0


June 13-14*Wightman Cup, London, UK (Grass)*Britain d United States 4-3
Venue: Wimbledon (Centre Court)
US Captain: Helen Wills-Moody.
Day 1
Helen Wills Moody (US) d Joan Fry 6-1 6-1
Day 2
Helen Wills-Moody (US) d Phobe Holcroft-Watson 7-5 6-1
Kitty McKane Godfree/Phoebe Holcroft-Watson d Helen Jacobs/Helen Wills-Moody (US) 7-5 1-6 6-4

The NYT reports that Mrs Moody had a disagreement with the USTA President over her doubles partner, preferring Elizabeth Ryan over Helen Jacobs. Mr Daily, the USTA president, overruled her, stating that US players must have been active in American play over the last year. Daily is present in London for the cup matches. Daily had less success with the ILTF, which batted down his proposal that the US hold an open tennis championship where pros could enter to play alongside amateurs.

For the opening match Helen strides on court barelegged, ending the controversy of the late 1920s over whether or not women should play in stockings. Her opponent, newly engaged joan Fry, tried to outhit Mrs Moody with powerful forehands only to find the ball came back with even more pace. "In the final game Mrs Moody uncorked a series of drives that left the crowd gasping...."

The second match went to Britain as Mrs Watson wore down Jacobs, who wilted in the unusual heat. The third match also went to the Brits as Edith Cross has trouble holding serve.

Day two began with Jacobs crushing Joan Fry to level affairs at 2 apiece. With Mrs Moody up next Britain was prepared to lose, but the crowd of 10,000 was in for a shock as Phoebe Watson ran up a 5-0 30-0 lead-this against a player who had not dropped a set in 3 years! Moody digs in, playing defensively, pulls out the game, and then never looks back as all of the air goes out of Mrs Watson. Helen's "poker Face" expression amazed all, her expression never altering. Events swing back in Britain's favor though as Sarah Palfrey falls prey to Centre Court jitters.

That left only the final doubles to decide the Cup. The two Helens often are in each other's way yet manage to stay nearly even until the last game, when Wills-Moody commits 4 easy mistakes to hand the Cup to the British.

Record 2-0


Wimbledon
Helen Wills-Moody (US) [1] bye
Wills-Moody [1] d. Krahwinkel 6-2 6-1
Wills-Moody [1] d. Goldsworth 6-1 6-2
Wills-Moody [1] d. Canters 6-0 6-1
Wills-Moody [1] d. Mudford [7] 6-1 6-2
Wills-Moody [1] d. Mathieu [5] 6-3 6-2
Wills-Moody [1] d. Ryan [8] 6-2 6-2

Doubles
Elizabeth Ryan (US)/Helen Wills Moody (US) [1] d. Helen Burr/G.M. Thompson 6-0 6-0
Ryan/Moody [1] d. Sandison/Simon 6-0 6-4
Ryan/Moody [1] d. Owen/Stocks 6-1 6-3
Ryan/Moody [1] d. Hill/Lycett 6-2 6-0
Moody/Ryan [1] d. Henrotin/Sigart 6-2 6-0
Moody/Ryan [1] d. Cross/Palfrey [4] 6-2 9-7

Record 6-0


ends October 5*Pacific Coast Chmps,*Berkeley, CA, US (Hard)
FI: Helen Wills-Moody d Anna Harper 6-3 6-1
MX: helen Wills-Moody/George Lott d Edith Cross/Wilmer Allison 6-2 7-5

Infer 3 wins before final.
Record 4-0
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Helen Wills 1931 (age 25 most of the year)
Singles record: 19-0 (0 inferred)
Tournament victories 3 (of 3 played)

Context
German Cilly Aussem wins the French and Wimbledon in the absence of Wills. Wills does not play outside the US this year, and retains her stranglehold on the US Championships - her last.

Consolidated rankings of Myers, FG Lowe, Tilden, and Gillou
(consolidated numerically, 10 pts for 1st, 9 for 2nd, etc)
1. Helen Wills Moody (US)
2. Cilly Aussem (Ger)
3. Helen Jacobs (US)
4. Hilde Krahwinkel (Ger)
5. Betty Nuthall (GB)
6. Eileen Bennett Whittingstall (GB)
7. Simone Mathieu (Fra)
8. Phyllis Mudford (GB)
9. Anna McCune Harper
10. Lili de Alvarez (Esp)


Tournaments*

April 23-26,*Ojai Valley, California, US (Hard)
Venue: Ojai Tennis Club
MX: Helen Wills Moody/Phil Neer d. Dorothy Weisel/Lawrence Hall 6-2 6-3


Jul 13-18,*Longwood Bowl Tournament, Longwood, Massachusetts, US (Grass)
DF: Helen Wills Moody/Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman d. Mianne Palfrey/Sarah Palfrey 2-6 6-4 6-3


July 20-25,*Essex County Club Invitation, Manchester, Massachusetts (Grass)
1R: Helen Wills Moody d. Mrs R. Morris 6-0 6-1
2R: Helen Wills Moody d. Margaret Blake 6-3 6-1
3R: Helen Wills Moody d. Mrs A. Lamme 6-1 6-3 *
4R: Helen Wills Moody d. Charlotte Miller 6-2 6-2 *
* "Mrs Moody played a morning and an afternoon match before a large-sized gallery of North Shore folk on one of the hottest and muggiest days of the summer". From "The New York Times", July 22, 1931.
QF: Helen Wills Moody d. Virginia Hilleary 6-2 6-0
SF: Helen Wills Moody d. Dorothy Weisel 6-2 6-3
FI: Helen Wills Moody d. Anna McCune Harper 6-0 6-1 **

** "The former American and Wimbledon champion reeled off eight straight games before running into a series of errors that allowed Mrs Harper to win her only service game of the match in the third game of the second set. Following the loss of this ninth game, Mrs Moody won the next four, yielding only eight points." From "The New York Times", July 26, 1931.

The final lasted only 30 minutes. Anna McCune Harper was ranked number one in the United States at this point in time.

Record 7-0


July 27-August 1,*Seabright Invitational, New Jersey, US (Grass)
1R: Helen Wills Moody d. Betty Barber Corbiere, default
2R: Wills Moody d. Virginia Rice 6-0 6-1
QF: Wills Moody d. Maud Rosenbaum Levi 6-0 6-1
SF: Wills Moody d. Marion Zinderstein Jessup 6-4 6-3
FI: Helen Wills Moody d. Helen Jacobs 6-0 6-0

The NYT refers to Levi as "Baroness Giocomo Levi". 3,000 witness an absolute slaughter of a final, which mercifully ends after 32 minutes. This is Helen's first win at Seabright. She lost here in 1921 and 1923 to Eleanor Goss, to Leslie Bancroft in 1922, and in 1925 and 1926 to Elizabeth Ryan.

Record 4-0


August 7-8,*Wightman Cup, New York, US (Grass)*
Venue: Forest Hills
Captains were Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman (US) and Dorothy Shepherd Barron (GB)
United States d. Great Britain 5-2
Day 1 (2,500 attended)
Helen Wills Moody d. Phyllis Mudford (GB) 6-1 6-4
Day 2 (6,000 attended)
Helen Wils Moody d. Betty Nuthall (GB) 6-4 6-2
Betty Nuthall/Eileen Bennett Whittingstall (GB) d. Anna McCune Harper/Helen Wills Moody 8-6 5-7 6-3

Record 2-0


August 8-16,*Eastern Grass Court Championships, Rye, NY, US*
Draw=35?
2R: Alice Francis d. Helen Wills Moody default

This would likely be called a w/o now. Neither this match or this tournament are included in my counts.


US Chps
Helen Wills Moody [1] d. Edith Sigourney 6-0 6-0
Wills Moody [1] d. Greef 6-2 6-3
Wills Moody [1] d. Ridley [6F] 6-3 6-0
Wills Moody [1] d. Weisel [7] 6-1 6-2
Wills Moody [1] d. Mudford [2F] 6-2 6-4
Wills Moody [1] d. Bennett Whittingstall [4F] 6-4 6-1

Record 6-0


September 26-October 4,*Pacific Coast Championships, Berkeley, California (Hard)
MX: Helen Wills Moody/George Lott d. Edith Cross/George Hughes 6-3 3-6 6-0
Helen Wills Moody didn't defend her singles title but does play the mixed.
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Helen Wills 1932 (age 26 most of the year)
Singles record: 21-0 (4 inferred)
Tournament victories 4 (of 4 played)

Context
The return of Moody to Europe after a years absence dominated the year. Moody only played singles in four events, the French Championships, Wimbledon, Wightman Cup (played at Wimbledon) and the Dutch Championships and won all her singles matches. Critics though noted that she didn't have the same game as in her dominant years and started slowly in matches. She won her 4th and last French Championships and 5th Wimbledon title and then decided to stay in Europe to study art and played doubles and mixed doubles in Paris and in some exhibitions. As a result of Moody staying in Europe Helen Jacobs won her first US Championships. Jacobs was a finalist at Wimbledon, dominated the grass court season on the east coast of the USA and also played Wightman Cup, which USA won over England 4-3 after winning the first 4 rubbers. Other notable events of the year include the*
improvement of Alice Marble, Jedrzejowska, Sarah Palfrey and Stammers, the injury of Aussem (the previous years number one) and Coral Buttsworth retaining her Australian Championships. The rankings for the year were produced by A Wallis Myers.

Myers World Rankings
1 Helen Wills Moody (US)
2 Helen Jacobs (US)
3 Simone Mathieu (France)
4 Lolette Payot (Switzerland)
5 Hilde Krahwinkel (Germany)
6 Mary Heeley (England)
7 Eileen Whittingstall (England)
8 Marie Horn (Germany)
9 Kay Stammers (England)
10 Josane Sigart( Belgium)


Tournaments

French Chps
Helen Wills-Moody(US) [1] bye
Wills-Moody[1] d. Beauge 6-0 6-1
Wills-Moody [1] d. Couquerque 6-4 6-2
Wills-Moody [1] d. Payot 6-2 7-5
Wills-Moody [1] d. Krahwinkel [4] 6-3 10-8*
Helen Wills-Moody [1] d Simone Mathieu [3] 7-5 6-1

Notes: Helen Wills Moody wins her 4th French title. It's her 5th major win in Paris (she also won the '24 Olympics here), but she was never challenged until this year. The invincible Helen hasn't lost a set since 1927, 3 times this year she came within a point of dropping one. First, the Swiss star Payot had 2 set points in set 2 of their quarterfinal. In the semis, Mrs. Moody was severely pushed when the Krahwinkel had a set point and a sitter volley. The German missed the easy shot long. Helen's streak of match wins and sets continues, but Paris held out hope for those who wish to find a rival for the world conquering Helen.

Even the in final resistance was stiff. Mathieu led 4-1 before Wills marched back to take the first set. Helen wore the Frenchwoman down with defensive play, a very uncharacteristic tactic from the usually hard hitting American.

Doubles
1R Ryan/Wills bye
2R Ryan/Wills d. J.Gallay/V.Gallay 6-0 6-0
QF Ryan/Wills d. Barbier/Payot 7-5 5-7 6-0
SF Ryan/Wills d. Alvarez/Sigart 6-4 1-6 6-4
FI Moody/Ryan d. Nuthall/Whittingstall 6-1 6-3

Mixed Doubles
1R: Helen Wills-Moody/Sidney Wood d Margherita Dros-Canters/Frnaz Matejka 9-11 6-3 6-0
2R: ?
3R: Wills-Moody/Wood d Mme Cecile Durand Mercier/Francois Terrier 6-3 6-1
QF Helen Wills-Moody/Sidney Wood d Ida Adamoff/Christian Boussus 6-1 4-6 6-4
SF Wills-Moody/Wood d Sigart/Borotra 7-5 6-2
FI Betty Nuthall/Fred Perry d Helen Wills-Moody/Sidney Wood 6-4 6-2

Record 5-0


Jun 10-11*Wightman Cup,*Wimbledon, London, GB (Grass)*
Venue: The All-England Club
US d. G. Britain 4-3
Day 1:*
Helen Wills-Moody (US) d. Eileen Whittingstall 6-2 6-4
Day 2:*
Helen Wills-Moody (US) d. Dorothy Round 6-2 6-3
Nuthall/Whittingstall d. Moody/Sarah Palfrey (US) 6-3 1-6 10-8.

The largest crowds ever for a Wightman Cup contest at Wimbledon. Round is nervous in the opening match, committing numerous double faults. Mrs Whittingstall had a hopeless task in trying to beat Mrs Moody, but excited the schoolgirls in the stands when she ran out ot a 4-0 lead in set and had a point for 5-3. The last set Helen dropped was in 1927! The fact that the US won the first 4 matches and clinched the Cup early took some excitement out of the contest.

Record 2-0

Wimbledon
Helen Moody (US)[1] bye
Moody [1] d. Couquerque 6-1 6-1
Moody [1] d. Bower 6-1 6-0
Moody [1] d. Godfree 6-3 6-0
Moody [1] d. Round [8] 6-0 6-1
Moody [1] d. Heeley 6-2 6-0
Moody [1] d. Jacobs [5] 6-3 6-1

Moody returns after missing Wimbledon the year before and sweeps all before her in devastating fashion. If her foes thought she might have slipped a little Queen Helen soon dispelled the notion as she conceded only 13 games in 6 matches.*

The "other Helen", 5th seed Jacobs, got the honor of taking the most games (4) off Moody in one match.

A hoped-for match betwwen Moody and defending champ Aussem never materialized. Cilly was ill and off form for much of 1932, so much so that she was unseeded. Aussem defaulted her first round match and never did match her heights of 1931 when she took 2 slams in one season.

Mixed
1R: bye
2R: Ellsworth Vines (US)/ Helen Wills Moody (US) [1] d. Douglas Hodges/ Marjorie Stork 6-0 6-3
3R: HE Vines/ FS Moody [1] d. A Gentien/ D Metaxa 6-3 9-7
4R: HE Vines/ FS Moody [1] d. JH Knottenbelt/ MR Couquerque 6-2 6-4
QF: HC Hopman/ J Sigart [6] d. HE Vines/ FS Moody [1] wo

Record 6-0


Circa July 4-10,*Dutch Championships, Noordwijk, Holland (Clay)
SF: Helen Wills Moody (US) d. Dorothy Burke (US) 6-0 6-1
FI: Helen Wills Moody (US) d. Madzy Rollin-Couquerque 6-1 6-1
DF: Elizabeth Ryan (US)/Helen Wills Moody (US) d. Marguerite Dros-Canters/Madzy Rollin-Couquerque 6-0 6-2

Infer 2 wins before SF.
Record 4-0


July 11-17,*Strasbourg, Strabourg, France (Clay)
SF: Helen Wills Moody (US) d. Frau Richter (Ger) 6-0 6-0
FI: Helen Wills Moody (US) d. Ilse Friedleben (Ger) 6-0 8-6

Mixed
SF: Helen Wills Moody (US)/Toto Brugnon d. Frau Richter (Ger/Oppenheimer (Ger)) 6-3 6-0
FI: Helen Wills Moody (US)/Toto Brugnon d. Nanette Le Besnerais/Jean Borotra 6-2 3-6 6-0

Infer 2 wins before SF
Record 4-0


September 24-October 2*International Championships of Paris*Paris FRA (Clay)
Venue: Racing Club de France
Doubles
SF: Mathieu/Wills-Moody (US) d. Rosie Berthet/Colette Rosambert 6-3 6-3
FI: Simome Mathieu/Helen Wills-Moody (US) d. Ida Adamoff/ Sylvia Henrotin 6-2 6-8 6-3

Mixed Doubles*
QF: Toto Brugnon/Helen Wills Moody (US) d. Max Combemale/Mme Roche 6-1 4-6 7-5
SF: Sylvia Henrotin/Marcel Bernard d Helen Wills-Moody(US) /Jacques Brugnon 6-3 6-4

From "Le Figaro", October 2, 1932: "The women's doubles final was exceptionally interesting. Mlle Idamoff and Mme Henrotin were deservedly applauded numerous times for the strong resistance they put up against Mme Mathieu and Mrs Wills Moody. However, of the four players, Mlle Ida Adamoff was the best, working tirelessly, committing a minimum of errors and setting up her partner so that she could make winners at the net. Having been somewhat unsettled by such strong resistance, Mrs Wills Moody was able to regroup in the final set and seal the victory."


October 27-November 6*Tournoi de Toussaint/All Saints' Tournament*(Indoors)
DF Simone Barbier/Helen Wills-Moody (US) d Ida Adamoff/Colette Rosambert 2-6 6-3 6-4
MX: Helen Wills-Moody (US)/Jean Borotra d Colette Rosambert/Henri Cochet 6-4 6-4

A rare indoor appearence by Wills. She does not enter the singles.


November 19-20,*Brussels, Belgium, International Matches (Indoors)
featuring players from Belgium, France, Great Britain and the United States.
Helen Wills Moody (US) d. Leopold de Borman 6-4 (one set only)
Christian Boussus (Frn)/Helen Wills Moody (US) d. Leopold de Borman/Josane Sigart 6-3 6-1
Marcel Bernard (Frn)/Colette Rosambert (Frn) d. Andre Lacroix/Peggy Scriven (GB) 6-3 6-3

This seems to be an exhibition of sorts and because of the abbreviated match format I have not counted the match.
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Helen Wills 1933 (age 27 most of the year)
Singles record: 15-1 (4 inferred)
Tournament victories 1.5 (of 3 played, one final cancelled due to weather)

Context
World Top Ten Rankings*by Wallis Myers of the Daily Telegraph

01. Helen Wills Moody (US)
02. Helen Jacobs (US)
03. Dorothy Round (GB)
04. Hilde Krahwinkel (Ger)
05. Peggy Scriven (GB)
06. Simone Mathieu (Frn)
07. Sarah Palfrey (US)
08. Betty Nuthall (GB)
09. Lolette Payot (Swt)
10. Alice Marble (US)

Summary:
The Queen of Ice finally melted. In a stunning final at Forest Hills "little" Helen Jacobs finally beats Mrs Moody, who retires at 0-3 in the third set. Wills-Moody had been so invincible that she had not lost a match since 1926. Before 1933 she had not even dropped a set since 1927.*

Helen Wills Moody still sat upon the top of world rankings for 1933, but her injury would leave her off the courts for all of 1934, leaving a wide open field in her absence.*


Tournaments

June 12-17,*Kent Championships, Beckenham, Kent, England (Grass)
DF: Mary Heeley/Dorothy Round d. Elizabeth Ryan (US)/Helen Wills-Moody (US) 6-4 6-4
Helen Wills-Moody did not play in the singles event at this tournament this year.


June 19-24,*London Championships, London, England (Grass)
Venue: Queen's Club
FI: Helen Wills-Moody (US) and Elsie Pittman divided the prizes.
Due to heavy rain, it was not possible to play any of the five main finals at this tournament this year.

Counted as 0.5 tournament victories in my tallies.
Infer 4 wins before FI.
Record 4-0


Wimbledon
Helen Moody (US) [1] bye
Moody [1] d. Macready 6-0 6-0
Moody [1] d. Heeley 6-2 6-1
Moody [1] d. Henrotin 6-3 6-0
Moody [1] d. Payot [8] 6-4 6-1
Moody [1] d. Krahwinkel [6] 6-4 6-3
Moody [1] d. Round [2] 6-4 6-8 6-3

Mixed
1R: bye
2R: Pat Hughes/Helen Moody (US) [3] d. Ted Avory/Joan Strawson 6-2 6-2
3R: GP Hughes/ FS Moody [3] d. WAR Collins/ OL Webb 6-1 6-4
4R: GP Hughes/ FS Moody [3] d. H Timmer/ MR Couquerque 6-4 6-3
QF: Ch Kingsley/ LA Godfree d. GP Hughes/ FS Moody [3] 6-4 6-4

Record 6-0


US National
Helen Wills Moody [1] d. Esther Bartosh 6-1 6-2
Wills [1] d. Surber 6-2 6-1
Wills [1] d. Michell [7] 6-1 6-2
Moody [1] d. Heeley [3] 6-0 6-2
Moody [1] d. Nuthall [2] 2-6 6-3 6-2
Jacobs [2] d. Moody [1] 8-6 3-6 3-0 retired

Doubles
Moody/Ryan d. Hester/Le Boutillier 6-1 6-0
Moody/Ryan d. Dean/Hofmeister 6-1 6-1
Moody/Ryan d. Pearson/Sampson 6-1 6-0
Moody/Ryan d. Heeley/Round 6-2 7-5
FI: James/Nuthall d. Moody/Ryan default

From "Ayres' Lawn Tennis Almanack" (1934):
"The ladies's singles championship will be remembered as one of the most provoking and dramatic in the history of the meeting. Provoking because through the incidence of torrential rains and hurricanes it dragged on for twelve days. Dramatic because the long overdue final was never finished - Mrs Moody retiring to Miss Jacobs at 3-0 down in the third set.*

"But the excitement was not confined to one day. Betty Nuthall, 5-1 and 40-15 down in the final set against Alice Marble, actually extricated herself from this plight and went on to win the opening set from Mrs Moody [in their semi-final] - a concession the American had only allowed once before in the last six years. The gallery was so astonished and the umpire so enthralled at Miss Nuthall's achievement that he allowed Mrs Moody to serve twice in succession. Neither competitor noticed the irregularity, and as Miss Nuthall won both service games she could not complain. [...]*

"Mrs Moody had revealed that the task of summoning the will-to-win had become burdensome. The first set went to England at 6-2. It was won by Miss Nuthall's sterling drives and the champion's inability to handle shots of such fine length and speed. The crowd were almost too surprised to cheer when Miss Nuthall captured the first game of the second set. But in the fourth game Mrs Moody roused herself to force a 3-1 lead. Fighting splendidly, Miss Nuthall squared the set. But gradually the American's mechanical efficiency began to hold the English girl in check and the players were soon level at one set all. With her game improving in all departments, Mrs Moody passed to 5-1 in the final set. Miss Nuthall pluckily won the next game from 0-40 down, but in the next game she served two double faults and an exciting match was over.

"Then Helen Jacobs played a curious match against Dorothy Round in a twice-postponed semi-final tie. The American won the first set at 6-4 and reached 4-1 and 5-3 in the second. In the ninth game Miss Jacobs missed a couple of easy kills and her stamina appeared to be giving out. Miss Round saved the set by steady play. But any hopes that Miss Jacobs would yield were soon dashed after the ten minutes' interval. The American, renewing her stolid and crafty campaign, won the set conclusively.

"In the final Miss Jacobs beat Mrs Moody by two sets to one, fourteen games to twelve, eighty-one strokes to eighty. To sense the drama of the struggle it must be remembered that both Helens came from the same town of Berkeley, in California; they had attended the same school, were members of the same club. Differing in temperament and in stroke play, they shared the common ambition of conquering the world with their rackets. They had met seven times in two hemispheres. Until this eighth clash Mrs Moody had never yielded a set to her rival.

"Both Mrs Mooday and Miss Jacobs produced sound tennis in the first set. Miss Jacobs was more mobile than her opponent, and her accuracy in smashing any lob, however deep, reflected the confidence in the rest of her game. Miss Jacobs survived the crisis of the ninth game calmly, saving it from love-forty down to lead 5-4. Both players served remarkably well in the next few games, but the capture of Mrs Moody's service in the fourteenth game gave Miss Jacobs the set at 8-6.

"It was a curious feature of a strange match that the next twelve games went in 'breaks' of three, alternately in favour of the challenger and the defending champion. Temporarily losing her service accuracy, Miss Jacobs found herself 3-0 down in the second set. She rallied to 3-3, helped by Mrs Moody's failure over dropshots. The next three games, full of fluctuating phases, all went to Mrs Moody. The players left the court to recuperate for the fateful third set.

"Mrs Moody returned in advance of her opponent and, resting on the umpire's chair, looked quite unconcerned. There was nothing in her demeanour to prepare the gallery of 7,000 for an announcement fourteen minutes later that the Wimbledon champion did not feel capable of finishing the match. The public knew that Mrs Moody had been suffering from a strained back earlier in the tournament, but rain had allowed her to rest for four days, and in a doubles match on the previous day she appeared to have recoverd from this disability.

"Mrs Moody only won five points in the abbreviated third set. She served and scored the first point, but two double faults followed. The game ended in favour of Miss Jacobs, who won it with a beautiful backhand drive. Two brilliant drives, reminiscent of the first set, gave Mrs Moody the lead in the second game. But she followed these with two errors, and Miss Jacobs won the game with a timely volley and another fine drive. The match had fluctuated so often before that no one was prepared for the dénouement that followed.

"Miss Jacobs, sensing the value of a close-quarter attack, came up behind her drives in the third game. She won the game on a heavily-sliced forehand which came to Mrs Moody in mid-court. Mrs Moody was running hard and she drove the ball eight inches over the baseline. When she stopped at the umpire's chair spectators thought it was a normal pause before crossing over. Miss Jacobs was already on the other side, gathering the balls to serve. When she noticed Mrs Moody talking to the umpire she came up enquiringly and, noticing her opponent's look of resignation, suggested a halt. Two minutes later the umpire made his sensational announcement."

Record 5-1
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Re: The Helen Wills Thread

Helen Wills 1934 (age 28 most of the year)
Singles record: 0-0 (0 inferred)
Tournament victories 0 (of 0 played)

Context
Summary by Andrew Tas
The most dominant figure in womens tennis for the past decade, Moody, was missing due to injury and so Round stepped up and became the first British woman to win Wimbledon since Kitty McKane in 1926. Jacobs had a good year with losses to Round in the Wimbledon final, to Scriven in the French final but then winning the US Championships (She also won the Italian Champs). Sperling won the German while Palfrey was runner-up at the US Championships. At the Wightman Cup America defeated England 5-2 with Palfrey and Jacobs both defeating Round and Scriven during singles play.

World Top Ten Rankings*(consolidation of Myers, Gillou, and FG Lowe)
(consolidated numerically, 10 pts for 1st, 9 for 2nd, etc)
01. Dorothy Round (GB)
02. Helen Jacobs (US)
03. Peggy Scriven (GB)
04. Hilde Krahwinkel Sperling (Den)
05. Simone Mathieu (Frn)
06. Sarah Palfrey (US)
07. Joan Hartigan (Aus)
08. Lolette Payot (Swt)
09. Cilly Aussem (Ger)
10. Carolin Babcock (US)
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Helen Wills 1935 (age 29 most of the year)
Singles record: 14-1 (0 inferred)
Tournament victories 2 (of 3 played)

Context
The rankings for the year by A Wallis Myers were:
01. Moody
02. Jacobs
03. Stammers
04. Sperling
05. Fabyan
06. Round
07. Arnold
08. Mathieu
09. Hartigan
10. Scriven


Tournaments

June 3-8,*Saint George's Hill, Weybridge, Surrey, England
1R: Helen Wills Moody (US) bye
2R: Moody d Jill Notley 6-2 6-0
3R: Moody d Miss PN Morrison 6-1 6-0
QF: Moody d. Mary Hardwick 4-6 7-5 6-3
SF: Moody d. Billie Yorke 6-1 6-4
FI: Helen Wills Moody (US) d. Elsie Pittman 6-0 6-4

This marks the return of Mrs Moody to England after more than 2 years. In her first match 300 or so people crowd around the court, many of them sitting in lawn chairs. St. George's Hill has no center court. The courts are laid out in a line beneath a terraced clubhouse on a hill above.

In the quarters Mary Hardwick served for the match at 5-4 in the second set, but at 30-all she overdrove from the baseline and then doublefaulted to, according to the New York Times, "lose a golden opportunity." The match was played in a drizzling rain.

An enthusiastic crowd often applauded Wills in the semis, Yorke's "chop" shots bringing out the full arsenal of the American.

Helen easily defeated defending champ Elsie Goldsack Pittman in the final. Moody often did not run after shots far out of reach, a habit she displays in many matches.

Afterwards she said, "My game seems to be coming back to me. My back? I think we can forget about that."

Record 5-0


June 10-15,*Kent Championships, Beckenham, Kent, England (Grass)
2R: Helen Wills Moody (US) d Ermyntrude Harvey 6-3 6-1
QF: Moody d Nancy Lyle 6-1 6-2
SF: Stammers d. Moody 6-0 6-4

The bettting odds on Moody winning Wimbledon dive as she suffers a shock defeat. This is her first loss on British soil since 1924. She started the event in good cheer. In her first match she actually smiled 3 times and nearly laughed out loud "as a high wind played unexpected pranks with a ball", images totally out of character for "Miss Poker Face." Helen is all smiles as the crowds here gice her generous applause.

3,000 witnessed Stammers dismantle Mrs Moody. Kay said afterwards that Helen "Wasn't anywhere near her to. Possibly that was due to the damp court and the skidding balls." Kay makes history as the only player ever to defeat Wills by the set score of 6-0.

Record 2-1


Wimbledon
Helen Moody (US) [4] d. Magda Baumgarten (Hun) 6-0 6-1
Moody [4] d. Yorke 6-3 6-1
Moody [4] d. Noel 6-1 6-3
Moody [4] d. Cepkova 3-6 6-4 6-2
Moody [4] d. Mathieu [5] 6-3 6-0
Moody [4] d. Hartigan [8] 6-3 6-3
Moody [4] d. Jacobs [3] 6-3 3-6 7-5*

Record 7-0


began September 28*Pacific Coast,*Berkeley. (HD)
4R Nancy Lyle/Henry Culley d Helen Wills Moody/Bud Chandler [1] 6-4 6-4
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Helen Wills 1936 (age 30 most of the year)
Singles record: 0-0 (0 inferred)
Tournament victories 0 (of 0 played)

Wills does not play singles this year.


June 20-28,*California State Championships, Berkeley, US
Mixed
SF Helen Wills Moody/Bud Chandler d. Virgil/Joseph Hunt 7-9 6-0 6-2
FI Helen Wills Moody/Bud Chandler d. Margaret Osborne/Henry Culley 4-6 6-1 6-4


October 2,*Pacific Coast Championships, Berkeley, California, US
Mixed
SF Helen Wills Moody/Don Budge d. Cecil Miner/Robin Hippensteil 6-1 5-7 10-8
FI Moody/Budge d. Jacobs/Culley 5-7 10-8 6-4
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Helen Wills 1937 (age 31 most of the year)
Singles record: 0-0 (0 inferred)
Tournament victories 0 (of 0 played)

Wills does not play singles this year.


September 17-24,*Pacific Southwest Championships, Los Angeles, California, US
Mixed
SF Helen Wills Moody/Gottfried von Cramm (Ger) d. Henrotin/Joseph Hunt 8-6 8-6
FI Moody/Von Cramm d. Van Ryn/Budge 6-1 6-4

October 3-10,*Pacific Coast Championships, Berkeley, California, US
Mixed
SF Helen Wills Moody/Donald Budge d. Henrotin/Joseph Hunt 6-1 6-4
FI Wills Moody/Budge d. Stammers/Stratford 6-2 4-6 6-4
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