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1926 results


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

Suzane Lenglen's year

Summary: Entered 12 tournaments in total.

Singles:Won 4 of 5 events entered. Defaults in 1 event (Wimbledon). 21-0 match record, with 1 default.
Doubles:Won of 8 of 12 events entered. Defaults in 3 events. 35-1 match record with 3 defaults.
Mixed:Won 6 of 9 events entered. 3 defaults. 29-0 match record with 3 defaults

From her defeat in 1921 until her last amateur match Suzanne had recorded 171 straight wins, an all-time record.

Kitty McKane Godfree's year

Kitty Mckane Godfree went undefeated in her South African tour early in the year in singles and doubles (partner Evelyn Colyer). Her only loss was 1 mixed doubles with Leslie Godfree, who became her husband on the trip. After a defeat in the qf of the French Chmps to Mary Browne it does not seem she lost the rest of the year, winning both her Wightman Cup matches, Wimbledon, and a series of British events at Southampton, Hythe, Folkestone, and Newcastle.


Big thank yous go out to Andrew Tas for initally providing many results, Ugarte for many detailed results, and to Mark Ryan for his superb work, which may be found in its original state at:

Covered January and June in the NYT.

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Re: 1926 results

Comings and Goings

Suzanne Lenglen retires as an amateur after Wimbledon and later in the year plays as a professional.


Charlotte Hosmer, on January 18, to Alfred H Chapin. Thereafter she is generally known as Charlotte Hosmer Chapin in American sources. The romance between the two tennis players began at last year's Mexican Chmps. Charlotte is ranked #9 in the US.

Kitty McKane, on January 19, in a secret ceremony, to Leslie Godfree. The pair is wed in Kimberley South Africa, where they are both part of a British touring team.

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Dates unknown

???? Barcelona International, Spain (Clay)

FI: Bella Pons vs Rosa Torras [?]


???? Bordighera, Italy (Clay)

FI: Phyllis Satterthwaite (GB) d. Honor Woolrych (GB) default


???? San Remo, Italy (Clay)

FI: Phyllis Satterthwaite (GBR) d. ??


????, Hunstanton, England

FI: Evelyn Colyer d. Olive Manser 9-7 6-2


????, Bedford, England

FI: Phoebe Watson d. Claire Beckingham 6-2 6-1


??, Ojai Valley, California, US

FI: Marion Williams d. Mary B. Taylor ??


Week of December 28-January 3

December 26-January 1 New Zealand Championships, Christchurch, New Zealand (Grass)

FI: May Speirs d. ????

DF: May Speirs/J. Scott d. May Tracy/Miss Travers 6-4 6-2

MX: ????

Scott is the married name of J Mclaren. Event considered the 1925/26 chmps.


December 26-January 2 Western Australian Championships, Perth, Western Australia, Australia (Grass)

FI: Margaret Officer d. Ida Wedin Macbeth 7-5 8-6


January 1-2 Great Britian vs South Africa Test Match, Pretouria, South Africa

Day 1

Kitty Mckane (GB) d Mrs McArthur 6-3 6-0
Evelyn Colyer/Kitty Mckane (GB) d. Mrs McArthur/Myburgh 6-3 6-0

Day 2

Evelyn Colyer (GB) d. Versfeld 10-8 2-6 6-3
Joan Ridley (GB) d. Ockerse 6-3 6-2
Phoebe Watson (GB) d. Myburgh 6-3 6-2


Last week of December 1925, Coupe de Noel, Paris, France (Indoors on Wood)
Venue: Sporting Club de Paris

FI: Suzanne Deve d. Nanette Le Besnerais 6-2 7-5

MX: Germaine Golding/Toto Brugnon d. Nanette Le Besnerais/Leonce Aslangul 6-4 5-7 7-5


circa December 28, 1925-January 2, 1926, Cumberland County Championships, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

FI: Daphne Akhurst d. Louie Bickerton 6-2, 8-6

DF: Daphne Akhurst/Marjorie Cox d. Louie Bickerton/Mary Elliott 8-6 6-3

MX: Daphne Akhurst/Jack Willard d. Marjorie Cox/Leslie Baker 3-6 6-1 8-6


circa December 28, 1925-January 4, 1926, Beau Site New Year Meeting, Cannes, France (Clay)

*The quarterfinals=3R

QF: Phyllis Satterthwaite d Mme Taunay 6-2 6-0
QF: Lady Domini Elliadi Crosfield (GB) d Leslie Bancroft Aeschliman (US) 6-2 9-7
QF: Simone Lafaurie d Olga Haycraft 6-4 8-6
QF: Eileen Bennett (GB) d Mrs Keays (SA) 1-6 6-2 8-6

SF: Satterthwaite d Crosfield ????
SF: Bennett d Laufaurie 6-3 6-2

FI: Phyllis Satterthwaite (GB) d. Eileen Bennett (GB) 6-2 6-0


1R: Suzanne Lenglen/Phyllis Satterwaite d Miss KA Fischer/Mlle A Mallet 6-0 6-0

QF: Lenglen/Satterwaite d Madeline O'Neill/Mme Tauney 6-0 6-0

SF: Simone Lafaurie/Mrs Morris d Lenglen/Satterwaite default

FI: Mrs Coleman (GB)/Emily Petchell (GB) d. Simone Lafaurie/Mrs Morris 6-1 4-6 6-2

MX: Phyllis Satterthwaite (GB)/Donald M. Greig (GB) d. Suzanne Lenglen/FMB Fisher (NZ) default

Draw note: F.M. B. (Francis) Fischer was a noted promotor of Riviera events. He preferred to be known as FMB.

Suzanne was indisposed for the mixed final. She had a nervous breakdown after two strenuous semis and had to be escorted back to the hotel by doctors, who declare she may be unfit to play for two months. Later that evening Suzanne is transported to Nice in an ambulance. This happens the same week that it is announced that Helen Wills is sailing for the Riviera. The press storm over a possible Lenglen-Wills meeting dominates the first two months of 1926, making world headlines.

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Week of January 4-10

January 4-10, Cannes, France (Clay)
Venue: Cannes Lawn Tennis Club


SF: Leslie Aeschlimann (Sui) d. Madeline O’Neill (GB) 6-4 6-0
SF: Eileen Bennett (GB) d. Dorothy Coleman (GB) 6-4 5-7 6-1

FI: Leslie Aeschlimann (Sui) d. Eileen Bennett (GB) 8-6 7-5

Mixed Doubles

SF: Eileen Bennett (GB)/Lord George Cholmondeley (GB) d. Agnes Hillyard (GB)/Brame Hillyard (GB) 6-1 6-4
SF: Leslie Aeschlimann (Sui)/Charles Aeschlimann (Sui) d. Dorothy Coleman (GB)/M.R. Philipson 6-3 8-6

FI: Eileen Bennett (GB)/Lord George Cholmondeley (GB) d. Leslie Aeschlimann (Sui)/Charles Aeschlimann (Sui) 13-11 8-6

Note: The above events were club championships and open only to club members.

From ‘Lawn Tennis and Badminton’, January 23, 1926:

The largest and best-balanced gathering was that at the Cannes Lawn Tennis Club, where the strength was comparable to an open tournament. [...] The ladies’ singles final gave rise to two exciting sets between Mrs Leslie Aeschlimann (holder of the Reid-Walker Cup) and Miss Eileen Bennett, but the play was not conspicuously good. Mrs Aeschlimann won because she was steadier and kept her head better in the crises, and Miss Bennett was no less than nine times within an ace of the winning the first set, and in the second she led by 3-1 and 4-2. She might have attacked Mrs Aeschlimann’s comparatively weak backhand more often, but Mrs Aeschlimann is left-handed, and Miss Bennett’s favourite shots both back- and forehanded are made to what is normally the backhand side.


January 4-10 Imperial Club Tennis Tournament, Nice, France (Clay)
Venue: The Parc Imperial

Singles (Draw=at least 5)

?R: Suzanne Lenglen d. Molly Smailes (GB) 6-0 6-0

SF: Suzanne Lenglen d. Mrs Bramley Moore 6-0 6-0
SF: Jeanne Franke d. Mlle Guinet 6-4 6-2

FI: Suzanne Lenlgen d. Jeanne Franke 6-0 6-0

Doubles (Draw=at least 4)

SF: Patricia du Cros/Suzanne Lenglen d. Mlle Crimon/Paulette Marjollet 6-0 6-0
SF: Mrs Bramley-Moore/Olga Haycraft (GB) d. Jeanne Franke/J. Martin 6-2 6-2

FI: Patricia du Cros/Suzanne Lenglen d. Mrs Bramley-Moore/Olga Haycroft 6-0 6-1

Mixed Doubles (Draw=at least 9)

1R: Suzanne Lenglen/Toto Brugnon d Olga Haycroft/Rogers 6-0 6-0

QF: Lenglen/Brugnon d Miss Hulbert/Christie 6-0 6-0

SF: Lenglen/Brugnon d. Paulette Marjollet/Pierson 6-0 6-0
SF: Jeanne Franke/Jean Rouillot d. S. Dormoy/Wilmerding 4-6 6-4 6-0

FI: Suzanne Lenglen/Toto Brugnon d. Jeanne Franke/Jean Rouillot

This event was limited to club members only. Lenglen denies reports of a nervous breakdown and insists she is ready to meet all comers. The Times does not provide results past those given above.


January ????, Royal South Yarra Championships, Melbourne, Australia (Grass)
Venue: Royal South Yarra Lawn TC

FI: Esna Boyd d. Youtha Anthony 6-4 6-2


January ????, Metropolitan Championships of Adelaide, Australia

FI: Kath Le Messurier d. Anna Menz 6-1 6-2

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Week of January 11-17

Circa January 2-16, Southern Transvaal Championships, Johannesburg, South Africa (Clay)
Venue: Ellis Park

SF: Vera Everett d. Miss Tandy 6-1 2-6 6-3
SF: Bobbie Heine d. Alida Smit 6-3 3-6 6-4

FI: Vera Everett d. Bobbie Heine 6-2 3-6 6-3


SF: Vera Everett/Maisie Hopkins d. Mrs Gilbert/Miss Tandy 9-7 7-5
SF: Miss Foote/Irene Peacock d. Mrs Kirby/Miss van Gelder 6-2 6-3

FI: Vera Everett/Miss Hopkins d. Miss Foote/Irene Peacock 7-5 6-4

MX: Irene Peacock/Jack Condon d. Mrs Hill/Cecil Blackbeard 6-4 6-3


January 11-18, New Courts Club Championships, Cannes, France (Clay)
venue: New Courts Club

Singles (Draw=32)

1R: Phyllis Satterthwaite (GB) d. Thelma Cazalet (GB) 6-0 6-0
1R: Mrs Harold Jones d. Mrs Sandilands 6-2 6-0
1R: Mrs Sinclair Westcott d. Lady Domini Crosfield (GB) default
1R: Mrs M. Morris d. Mrs J. Creasy 6-3 7-5
1R: Mrs Bramley-Moore d. E. de Anchorena 6-0 6-1
1R: Blanche Colston (GB) d. M.A. Dallett 6-4 6-1
1R: A. Redmayne d. Mrs Gregory default
1R: Margaret Tripp (GB) d. M.J. Coats-Hutton 6-2 6-1

1R: Lesley Cadle (GB) d. M.H. Marriage 6-0 6-0
1R: M. Ashby d. K.M. Scott 10-8 7-5
1R: Mrs Calder d. Elsa Haylock (GB) 2-6 6-0 6-1
1R: Winifred Keays (SA) d. D. Butler 6-0 6-1
1R: Cosette Saint-Omer-Roy d. J. Clarke 6-2 6-1
1R: Peggy Saunders (GB) d. Mrs C. Grey 6-4 6-2
1R: Madeline O’Neill (GB) d. Mrs V. Bishop 6-1 6-1
1R: Eileen Bennett (GB) d. A. de Anchorena 6-1 6-2

2R: Satterthwaite d. Jones 6-0 6-1
2R: Morris d. Sinclair Westcott 6-2 6-2
2R: Colston d. Redmayne 6-1 6-0
2R: Tripp d. Bramley-Moore 6-1 6-0

2R: Cadle d. Ashby 6-3 6-4
2R: Keays d. Calder 6-1 2-6 6-1
2R: Saint-Omer-Roy d. Peggy Saunders 6-4 6-4
2R: Bennett d. O’Neill 6-0 retired

QF: Satterthwaite d. Morris 6-0 6-2
QF: Tripp d. Colston default
QF: Cadle d. Keays 6-1 6-3
QF: Bennett d. Saint-Omer-Roy 6-3 6-2

SF: Satterthwaite d. Tripp default
SF: Bennett d. Cadle 6-0 6-1

FI: Phyllis Satterthwaite (GB) d. Eileen Bennett (GB) 6-2 6-1

Doubles (Draw=18)

1R: Lesley Cadle (GB)/Winifred Keays (Ind) d. Mrs Sandilands/L. Smedsrud default
1R: Dorothy Coleman (GB)/Eden Petchell (GB) d. Mrs Mackay/Lady Orr-Lewis 6-0 6-0

2R: Suzanne Lenglen/Phyllis Satterthwaite (GB) d. Mrs Bramley-Moore (GB)/Elsa Haylock (GB) 6-0 6-0
2R: Blanche Colston (GB)/Mrs E.B. Morris (GB) d. Lady Vera Fremantle (GB)/Mrs Harold Jones (GB) 7-5 6-3
2R: Cosette Saint-Omer-Roy/Margaret Tripp (GB) A. Anchorena/E. Anchorena 6-4 8-6
2R: Cadle/Keays d. M. Ashby/Agnes Hillyard (GB) 6-0 6-2

2R: Eileen Bennett (GB)/Peggy Saunders (GB) d. E.A. Bloxam/Mrs J.R. Hall 6-2 6-3
2R: M.A. Dallett/Mme de Iszkowski d. M.B. Brown/J.M. Padwick 9-7 6-4
2R: Lady Domini Crosfield (GB)/Lady Sophie Wavertree (GB) d. M.J. Coats-Hutton/M.H. Marriage 6-2 6-2
2R: Coleman/Petchell d. Mrs Calder/Madeline O’Neill (GB) 6-3 6-3

QF: Lenglen/Satterthwaite d. Colston/Morris default
QF: Cadle/Keays d. Saint-Omer-Roy/Tripp 6-2 6-2
QF: Bennett/Saunders d. Dallett/de Iszkowski 6-2 6-3
QF: Coleman/Petchell d. Crosfield/Wavertree 6-0 6-1

SF: Lenglen/Satterthwaite d. Cadle/Keays 6-0 6-0
SF: Coleman/Petchell d. Bennett/Saunders 2-6 7-5 6-2

FI: Suzanne Lenglen/Phyllis Satterthwaite (GB) d. Dorothy Coleman (GB)/Eden Petchell (GB) 6-1 6-1

Mixed Doubles (Draw=28)

1R: Suzanne Lenglen/Henri Cochet-bye
1R: Miss Hunter/Stanislav Czetwertynski (Pol) -bye
1R: Mrs Calder/Francis Fisher (NZ) d. Lady Vera Fremantle (GB)/Sir Selwyn Fremantle (GB) 6-0 6-4
1R: Eden Petchell (GB)/Lord Charles Hope (GB) d. Mrs R. McGrath/R. McGrath default
1R: Peggy Saunders (GB)/W.M. Sherring d. Thelma Cazalet (GB)/Clement Cazalet (GB) 6-3 6-2
1R: Agnes Hillyard (GB)/Brame Hillyard (GB) d. Mrs Bramley-Moore (GB)/P. Joseph 6-2 6-4
1R: Mrs C. Grogan/B. Elliott d. Blanche Colston/G. Millard default
1R: Lady Domini Crosfield (GB)/Colonel Henry Mayes (Can) d. Elsa Haylock (GB)/S. Glen Walker 6-4 4-6 6-1

1R: Eileen Bennett (GB)/Donald Greig (GB)-bye
1R: M.B. Brown/P.W. Brooks-bye
1R: Lesley Cadle (GB)/Arthur Wallis Myers (GB) d. Mrs E.B. Morris/W.M. Ross Skinner 6-2 6-4
1R: Madeline O’Neill (GB)/Frederick Scovell (US) d. J.M. Padwick/W.H. Grace 6-0 6-0
1R: Margaret Tripp (GB)/William Pinckney (GB) d. Mrs Sandilands/E.S.B Gaffney 6-1 6-0
1R: Winifred Keays (Ind)/Neil Louisson (NZ) d. Mrs Sinclair Westcott/B. Powell 6-0 6-4
1R: Dorothy Coleman (GB)/R.L. James d. Mrs J. Creasy/Edward Colston (GB) 6-1 6-3
1R: Phyllis Satterthwaite (GB)/Toto Brugnon d. Mrs J.R. Hall/P.F. Dorte 6-0 6-0

2R: Lenglen/Cochet d. Hunter/Czetwertynski 6-0 6-0
2R: Petchell/Hope d. Calder/Fisher 3-6 7-5 6-4
2R: Saunders/Sherring d. A. Hillyard/B. Hillyard 6-1 4-6 6-4
2R: Crosfield/Mayes d. Grogan/Elliott default

2R: Bennett/Greig d. Brown/Brooks 6-1 6-2
2R: O’Neill/Scovell d. Cadle/Wallis Myers 6-4 6-3
2R: Tripp/Pinckney d. Keays/Louisson 6-2 6-3
2R: Satterthwaite/Brugnon d. Coleman/James 6-0 6-0

QF: Lenglen/Cochet d. Petchell/Hope 6-0 6-0
QF: Crosfield/Mayes d. Saunders/Sherring 9-7 6-2
QF: Bennett/Greig d. O’Neill/Scovell 6-2 6-2
QF: Satterthwaite/Brugnon d. Tripp/Pinckney 6-0 6-2

SF: Lenglen/Cochet d. Crosfield/Mayes ????
SF: Satterthwaite/Brugnon d. Bennett/Greig 6-3 6-3

FI: Suzanne Lenglen/Henri Cochet d. Phyllis Satterthwaite (GB)/Toto Brugnon 6-0 6-4

This was the inaugural tournament at the New Courts Club. Suzanne Lenglen did not play in the singles event. Phyllis Sattterthwaite wins the singles and, with Lenglen, impressively takes the doubles, but all the attention of the public is focused on Paris, where on 15 February the American player Helen Wills is met at the train station by an excited throng of over 1,000. Wills arrives in Nice, meeting Suzanne in passing. A day later the American watched Lenglen and Brugnon win the mixed doubles title.

Draw notes:

* Toto was the preferred nickname of Jacques Brugnon, the doubles specialist among the four "French Muskateers."

* Mrs Jones is not the same person as Evelyn Jones.

* Lady Blanche Gladys Roundway (1879-1969) was married to Edward Colston, Lord (Or Baron) Roundway on 28 April 1904. Lord Roundway was a member of Parliament and died 29, March, 1944.
Their only child, a daughter, died tragically from a fall at their manor house. Lady Roundway was the daughter of George Duddell of Queen's Park, Brighton, and Hong Kong.


Circa January 15-February 20, Northern Suburbs Tournament, Killara, New South Wales, Australia

FI: Ula Valkenburg d. M. Harrington 5-7 6-0 6-1

DF: Miss Butcherine/Miss Lester d. Miss Schulze/Miss Watson 6-1 6-2

MX: M. Harrington/A. Walkom d. Miss Lester/H. Loes 6-4 6-4


Circa mid-January, All-India Championships, Allahabad, India (Grass?)

FI: Mrs L. McKenna d. Miss Holden 6-3 1-6 6-1

DF: E. Sandison/Jenny Sandison d. Miss Gibson/Miss Holden [score?]

MX: Mrs L. McKenna/Sri Krishna Prasada d. Mrs Stork/Cox 8-6 6-4

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Week of January 18-24

January 18-24, Metropole Hotel, Cannes, France (Clay)
Venue: The Metropole Hotel

Singles (Draw=27)

1R: Phyllis Satterwaite (GB)-bye
1R: Miss Best-bye
1R: M. Ashby d. Madeline O'Neill (GB) 7-5 4-6 6-2
1R: Lesley Cadle (GB) d. Mrs D. Young 6-2 6-2
1R: Eileen Bennett (GB) d. Mrs V. Rendall 6-2 6-0
1R: Helene Contostavlos (Gre)-bye
1R: Margaret Tripp (GB)-bye
1R: Thelma Cazelet (GB)-bye

1R: Dorothy Coleman (SA) d. Mrs Sinclair Westcott 6-0 6-1
1R: Lady Domini Crosfield d. M.A. Dallett 6-3 6-3
1R: Diddie Vlasto d. W. Saunders 6-0 6-0
1R: Calder d. Mrs Coats-Hutton 6-2 11-9
1R: Helen Wills (US) d. E.M. Green (GB) 6-0 6-0
1R: Peggy Saunders (GB) d. Cosette St Omer Roy 6-0 6-2
1R: Lady Blanche Roundway (GB) d. Elsa Haylock (GB) 6-3 6-1
1R: Leslie Aeschliman (Sui) d. Winifred Keays (Ind) 8-6 6-0

2R: Satterthwaite d Best 6-0 6-1
2R: Cadle d Ashby 6-3 6-2
2R: Contostavlos d Bennett 6-4 2-6 6-1
2R: Tripp d Cazelet 6-0 6-0

2R: Coleman d Crosfield 6-3 6-1
2R: Vlasto d Calder 6-2 6-0
2R: Wills d Saunders 6-2 6-1
2R: Aesclimann d Roundway 6-3 6-3

QF: Cadle d Satterwaite default
QF: Contostavlos d Tripp 6-1 6-2
QF: Vlasto d Coleman 6-2 3-6 6-1
QF: Wills d Aeschlimann 6-2 6-2

SF: Vlasto d Cadle 6-2 6-2
SF: Wills d Contostavlos 6-4 6-4

FI: Helen Wills (US) d. Diddie Vlasto 6-3 7-5

Doubles (Draw=16)

1R: Suzanne Lenglen/Diddie Vlasto d. M.B. Brown/K.M. Scott 6-0 6-1
1R: Lady Domini Crosfield (GB)/Mrs E.B. Morris d. Mrs Calder/M.A. Dallett 7- 5-7
1R: Eileen Bennett (GB)/Peggy Saunders (GB) d. Lady Vera Fremantle (GB)/Elsa Haylock (GB) 7-5 6-1
1R: Lesley Cadle (GB)/Margaret Tripp (GB) d. Mlle Agache/Miss O’Brien 6-0 6-0

1R: Phyllis Radcliffe (GB)/Nancy Radcliffe-Platt (GB) d. Madeline O’Neill (GB)/Winifred Keays (Ind) 6-2 6-2
1R: E.M. Green/Mrs D. Young d. Dorothy Coleman (GB)/Eden Petchell (GB) default
1R: Leslie Aeschlimann (Sui)/Cosette Saint-Omer-Roy d. M.H. Marriage/Lady Worthington-Evans 6-1 6-1
1R: Helene Contostavlos/Phyllis Satterthwaite (GB) d. E. Best/Mrs V. Rendall 6-0 6-0

QF: Lenglen/Vlasto d. Crosfield/Morris 6-2 6-0
QF: Cadle/Tripp d. Bennett/Saunders 6-2 2-6 6-3
QF: Radcliffe/Radcliffe-Platt d. Green/Young 6-3 4-6 6-3
QF: Contostavlos/Satterthwaite d. Aeschlimann/Saint-Omer-Roy 6-2 6-0

SF: Lenglen/Vlasto d. Cadle/Tripp 6-3 6-0
SF: Contostavlos/Satterthwaite d. Radcliffe/Radcliffe-Platt

FI: Suzanne Lenglen/Diddie Vlasto d. Helene Contostavlos/Phyllis Satterthwaite (GB) 6-0 6-1

Mixed Doubles (Draw=28)

1R: Suzanne Lenglen/Toto Brugnon d. Mrs Calder/A.D. Vickers 6-2 6-2
1R: Madeline O’Neill (GB)/William Pinckney (GB) d. M.J. Coats-Hutton/W.M. Ross Skinner 6-4 7-5
1R: Eileen Bennett (GB)/Frederick Scovel (US) d. Lesley Cadle (GB)/R.L. James 6-4 7-5
1R: Lady Domini Crosfield (GB)/Colonel Henry Mayes (Can) d. Elsa Haylock (GB)/G. Hocken 6-0 6-2
1R: Cosette Saint-Omer-Roy/Edouard Kleinadel d. Lady Vera Fremantle (GB)/Sir Selwyn Fremantle (GB) 6-2 6-2
1R: Eden Petchell (GB)/Charles Aeschlimann (Sui) d. Lady Sophie Wavertree (GB)/???? default
1R: Mrs E.B. Morris/“B. Powell”-bye
1R: Margaret Tripp (GB)/Stanislav Czetwertynski (Pol)-bye

1R: Phyllis Satterthwaite (GB)/Donald Greig (GB)-bye
1R: W.K. Gibbs/L.M. Colman-bye
1R: Peggy Saunders (GB)/Lord Charles Hope (GB) d. M. Ashby/Giorgio de Stefani (Ita) 6-2 6-2
1R: E.M. Green/C. Magrane d. Diddie Vlasto/Arthur Wallis Myers (GB) default
1R: Winifred Keays (Ind)/George Ball-Greene (Ire) d. Thelma Cazalet (GB)/Clement Cazalet (GB) default
1R: M.B. Brown/L. Crewe Wood d. Mrs J. Creasy/Edward Colston (GB) default
1R: Dorothy Coleman (GB)/Alexander-Hamilton McCormick (US) d. Mrs Sinclair Westcott/[????] default
1R: Helene Contostavlos/Francis Fisher (NZ) d. G. Travers/G. de Stefani (Ita) 6-2 6-2

2R: Lenglen/Brugnon d. O’Neill/Pinckney 6-0 6-2
2R: Bennett/Scovel d. Crosfield/Mayes 6-2 3-6 8-6
2R: Petchell/Aeschlimann d. Saint-Omer-Roy/Kleinadel 6-4 6-0
2R: Tripp/Czetwertynski d. Morris/“Powell” 6-0 6-4

2R: Phyllis Satterthwaite (GB)/Donald Greig (GB) d. W.K. Gibbs/L.M. Colman 6-0 6-1
2R: Saunders/Hope d. Green/Magrane 6-3 6-3
2R: Keays/Ball-Greene d. Brown/Crewe Wood 6-2 6-1
2R: Contostavlos/Fisher d. Coleman/McCormick 7-5 7-5

QF: Lenglen/Brugnon d. Bennett/Scovel 6-1 6-0
QF: Petchell/Aeschlimann d. Tripp/Czetwertynski 6-1 6-2
QF: Saunders/Hope d. Satterthwaite/Greig default
QF: Contostavlos/Fisher d. Keays/Ball-Greene 6-2 6-0

SF: Lenglen/Brugnon d. Petchell/Aeschlimann 6-1 6-0
SF: Contostavlos/Fisher d. Saunders/Hope 6-2 6-1

FI: Suzanne Lenglen/Jacques Brugnon d. Helene Contostavlos/Francis Fisher (NZ) 6-0 6-1

MX: Suzanne Lenglen/Toto Brugnon d. Helene Contostavlos (Gre)/FMB Fisher (NZ)/ 6-0 6-1

From ‘Lawn Tennis and Badminton’, February 6, 1926:

The entry of Miss Helen Wills, playing in her first tournament on the Riviera, was the distinguishing feature of the Metropole meeting at Cannes. She only competed in the singles, whereas Mlle Suzanne Lenglen, following her almost invariable practice, was confining her attention to doubles. But Miss Wills had strong opposition to face, nevertheless, from Mlle Diddie Vlasto and Mlle Helene Contostavlos, who are ranked next after “Suzanne” in France. She beat them both, the latter in the semi-final, and the former in the final, and so won the event.

The semi-final was in some respects a better match than the final. The driving of both players was hard and clean, and Mlle Contostavlos was giving away nothing, or very little, in the matter of pace; but she was not quite so accurate as Miss Wills who, moreover, was at her best when, after a somewhat inauspicious start, she won the first set from 2-4 down with a run of four games. In the second set the match was level up to 2-2. Then came a game in which Mlle Contostavlos went to 40-0, only to be “pulled back” by Miss Wills. The winning of this game by Miss Wills had its moral effect. Miss Wills went easily to 5-2, and although Mlle Contostavlos made a plucky effort which earned her two more games, the winning lead against her was too long, and Miss Wills clinched it in the tenth game.

The final was played in fine weather, but on a soft and yielding court which became more and more untrue as the match proceeded. Except that it was much closer, it was mainly a repetition of the Paris match of two years ago [at the Olympic Games], when Miss Wills beat Mlle Vlasto by 6-2, 6-2. Then Miss Wills, realising the potency of Mlle Vlasto’s forehand, waged a war of attrition against her backhand; she pursued the same tactics at the Metropole, to find that in the interval her adversary was very much stronger on the sinister side, and since Mlle Vlasto’s reply to a backhand attack is nearly always a cross-court shot, the match resolved into a somewhat monotonous sequence of backhand exchanges which had, of necessity, to be made with care because the ball was keeping so low it was very difficult to hit it really hard.

As a matter of fact, Mlle Vlasto was hitting rather the harder of the two and made the best use of nearly every forehand opening that came her way, and (as against Mlle Contostavlos) it was mainly Miss Wills’ accuracy that pulled her through. There was practically no volleying, and although Miss Wills occasionally scored with a drop shot which, if it did not score outright, paved the way for “the next one” – since Mlle Vlasto is weak on the volley – she was often countered successfully and did not really manage to make it pay.

Mlle Vlasto missed an easy smash for a 4-3 lead in the first set and was obviously disheartened thereby, so that Miss Wills, having herself secured the 4-3 lead instead, went out from that point at 6-3. In the second set Mlle Vlasto was within an ace of 3-1, and although she lost this chance and was subsequently led by 3-2, she rallied gamely and went to 5-3 before Miss Wills, with an answering run of three (which showed that she had a little bit in reserve), went out at 7-5. But if Mlle Vlasto had managed to win this set, she would have thoroughly deserved it. [end of LTB report]

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 married 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 competitors 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.


January 18-24, Western Australia Hard Court Championships, Albany, Western Australia, Australia
Venue: Lawley Park Courts

FI: Phyllis Richardson d. Peggy Murray 6-3 3-6 6-2

MX: Mrs A.F. Ladyman/Ernest Ladyman d. Phyllis Richardson/L. Forte 9-7 6-3

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Week of January 25-31

January 25-31, Gallia Club, Cannes, France (Clay)
Venue: The Gallia Club
Singles (Draw=47)

1R: Helen Wills (US) d. E. Bendit 6-1 6-0
1R: Regina Vlasto d. Nancy Radcliffe-Platt (GB) 6-3 6-0
1R: Lesley Cadle-bye
1R: Madeline O’Neill (GB) d. Mrs J. Creasy 6-3 6-3
1R: H. Evelyn-Jones (GB) d. G. Travers 6-4 6-2
1R: Mrs Jones-bye
1R: Eden Petchell (GB) d. Mrs J.R. Hall 6-1 8-6
1R: Elsa Haylock (GB) d. Mrs Bramley-Moore 6-2 6-2

1R: Dorothy Coleman (GB)-bye
1R: Mrs Sandilands-bye
1R: Leslie Aeschliman (Sui)-bye
1R: M.J. Coats-Hutton-bye
1R: K.M. Scott-bye
1R: Phyllis Satterthwaite (GB)-bye
1R: Peggy Saunders-bye
1R: Phyllis Radcliffe-bye

1R: Mrs E.B. Morris-bye
1R: Miss Grey-bye
1R: E.M. Green-bye
1R: Diddie Vlasto-bye
1R: M. Ashby-bye
1R: Lady Vera Fremantle (GB) d. Miss Rhodes 6-1 6-1
1R: Lady Domini Crosfield (GB)-bye
1R: F. Day-bye
1R: Cosette Saint-Omer-Roy d. Agnes Hillyard (GB) 6-2 6-3

1R: Winifred Keays (Ind) d. Mrs C. Grogan default
1R: E. Pierce d. G.M. Thomas 6-2 8-6
1R: Mrs D. Young d. M.A. Dallett 10-8 0-6 6-1
1R: Blanche Colston (GB) d. Thelma Cazalet (GB) 6-0 6-1
1R: 1R: Mrs Sinclair Westcott d. M.J. Clarke 6-3 4-6 6-2
1R: Miss Thynne d. Mme Petrocochino default
1R: Helene Contostavlos (Gre) d. P. Fahnestock 6-0 6-0

2R: Wills d. R. Vlasto 6-0 6-2
2R: Cadle d. O’Neill 6-3 6-2
2R: Evelyn-Jones d. Jones 6-2 6-2
2R: Haylock d. Petchell default
2R: Coleman d. Sandilands 6-0 6-0
2R: Aeschliman d. Coats-Hutton 6-0 6-1
2R: Scott d. Satterthwaite default
2R: Saunders d. Radcliffe 0-6 10-8 6-0

2R: Morris d. Grey 9-7 6-3
2R: Green d. D. Vlasto default
2R: Ashby d. Fremantle 6-4 4-6 6-0
2R: Crosfield d. Day 6-2 6-4
2R: Saint-Omer-Roy d. Pierce 6-2 6-1
2R: Winifred Keays (SA) d. Young 6-2 6-2
2R: Colston d. Sinclair Westcott 6-0 6-1
2R: Helene Contostavlos d. Thynne 6-0 6-0

3R: Wills d. Cadle 6-0 6-3
3R: Haylock d. Evelyn-Jones 6-4 12-10
3R: Coleman d. Aeschliman 6-4 2-6 6-2
3R: Saunders d. Scott 6-1 6-2

3R: Morris d. Green 9-7 6-0
3R: Lady Crosfield d. Ashby 6-3 6-2
3R: Saint-Omer-Roy d. Keays 6-3 5-7 6-2
3R: Contostavlos d. Colston 6-3 6-4

QF: Wills d. Haylock 9-7 6-2
QF: Saunders d. Coleman 3-6 6-3 6-2
QF: Morris d. Lady Crosfield 0-2 retired
QF: Contostavlos d. Saint-Omer-Roy 6-0 7-5

SF: Wills d. Saunders 6-0 6-0
SF: Contostavlos d. Morris 6-1 11-9

FI: Helen Wills (US) d. Helene Contostavlos (Gre) 6-3 6-2

Doubles (Draw=16)

1R: Phyllis Satterthwaite (GB)/Diddie Vlasto d. Miss Ashlin/M. Mahony 6-0 6-0
1R: H. Evelyn-Jones/Elsa Haylock (GB) d. E.M. Green/Mrs D. Young 6-3 6-8 6-3
1R: Leslie Aeschlimann (Sui)/Peggy Saunders (GB) d. M.B. Brown/L. Abel Smith 6-1 6-2
1R: Phyllis Radcliffe (GB)/Nancy Radcliffe-Platt (GB) d. Madeline O’Neill (GB)/G. Travers 1-6 6-3 6-3

1R: Dorothy Coleman (GB)/Eden Petchell (GB) d. M.A. Dallet/S. Gay 6-0 6-1
1R: Mrs Bramley-Moore/Lesley Cadle (GB) d. Mrs J. Creasy/Mrs Sinclair Westcott default
1R: Blanche Colston (GB)/Mrs E.B. Morris d. M.H. Marriage/Lady Worthington-Evans 6-0 6-0
1R: Helene Contostavlos/Regina Vlasto d. Mme Beley/Mlle Hoskier default

QF: Satterthwaite/D. Vlasto d. Evelyn-Jones/Haylock 6-2 6-2
QF: Radcliffe/Radcliffe-Platt d. Aeschlimann/Saunders 7-9 6-4 6-0
QF: Coleman/Petchell d. Bramley-Moore/Cadle 6-4 6-2
QF: Contostavlos/R. Vlasto d. Colston/Morris 2-6 6-2 8-6

SF: Satterthwaite/D. Vlasto d. Radcliffe/Radcliffe-Platt 6-4 6-4
SF: Contostavlos/R. Vlasto d. Coleman/Petchell 6-4 6-4

FI: Phyllis Satterthwaite (GB)/Diddie Vlasto d. Helene Contostavlos (Gre)/Regina Vlasto 6-2 6-3

Mixed Doubles (Draw=35)

1R: Helen Wills (US)/Jack Hillyard (GB) d. Mrs Harold Jones/H.C. Stone 6-0 6-1
1R: Elsa Haylock (GB)/Dr A.A. Warden d. Mrs Bramley-Moore/A.S. Butler 6-0 6-4
1R: Peggy Saunders (GB)/Lord Charles Hope (GB) d. Lesley Cadle (GB)/R.L James 7-5 10-12 6-4

2R: Diddie Vlasto/Henri Cochet d. ???? default
2R: C.R. de Mora/P.F. Dorte d. Lady Vera Fremantle (GB)/Sir Selwyn Fremantle (GB) 6-4 3-6 6-1
2R: Cosette Saint-Omer-Roy/Frederick Scovel (USA) d. M.J. Coats-Hutton/[????] default
2R: Winifred Keays (Ind)/Stanley Doust (Aus) d. Mrs Sandilands/P. Smedsand 6-0 6-1
2R: Lady Domini Crosfield (GB)/Colonel Henry Mayes (Can) d. Saunders/Hope 4-6 6-4 8-6
2R: Dorothy Coleman (GB)/René Gallèpe (Mon) d. Mrs E.B. Morris/Captain A.M. van der Byl 6-2 6-4
2R: Blanche Colston/G. Millard d. Phyllis Radcliffe/J. Crewe Wood 6-2 6-4
2R: Phyllis Satterthwaite (GB)/Charles Aeschlimann (Sui) d. M.B. Brown/P.H. Sanborn 6-0 6-0

2R: Wills/Hillyard d. Haylock/Warden 6-0 6-2
2R: H. Evelyn-Jones/Félix Poulin d. Agnes Hillyard (GB)/Brame Hillyard (GB) 6-1 6-3
2R: Leslie Aeschlimann (Sui)/J.H. Barnum d. Mrs J. Creasy/Edward Colston (GB) 3-6 6-3 6-4
2R: Regina Vlasto/Francis Fisher (Nzl) d. Mrs C. Grogan/W.M. Sherring default
2R: Helene Contostavlos/Stanislav Czetwertynski (Pol) d. Mrs J. Wilcox/Colonel van der Byl 6-1 6-0
2R: Thelma Cazalet (GB)/Clement Cazalet (GB) d. M.A. Dallet/Morris 6-1 6-1
2R: Madeline O’Neill (GB)/S.M. Sikri d. K.M. Scott/F.A. Ward 8-6 6-3
2R: Eden Petchell (GB)/Alexander-Hamilton McCormick (USA) d. M. Ashby/C. Magrane 4-6 7-5 6-2

3R: Vlasto/Cochet d. de Mora/Dorte 6-1 6-1
3R: Keays/Doust d. Saint-Omer-Roy/Scovel 6-2 6-1
3R: Crosfield/Mayes d. Coleman/Gallepe 6-4 6-2
3R: Satterthwaite/C. Aeschlimann d. Colston/Millard default

3R: Wills/Hillyard d. Evelyn-Jones/Poulin 6-1 6-3
3R: R. Vlasto/Fisher d. L. Aeschlimann/Barnum 6-1 6-0
3R: Contostavlos/Czetwertynski d. T. Cazalet/C. Cazalet 6-2 6-3
3R: Petchell/McCormick d. O’Neill/Sikri 6-1 6-3

QF: Vlasto/Cochet d. Keays/Doust 6-1 6-2
QF: Satterthwaite/C. Aeschlimann d. Crosfield/Mayes 6-4 6-1
QF: Wills/Hillyard d. R. Vlasto/Fisher 6-1 6-1
QF: Petchell/McCormick d. Contostavlos/Czetwertynski 7-5 4-6 8-6

SF: Vlasto/Cochet d. Satterthwaite/C. Aeschlimann 7-5 6-4
SF: Petchell/McCormick d. Wills/Hillyard 1-6 6-4 7-5

FI: Diddie Vlasto/Henri Cochet d. Eden Petchell (GB)/Alexander-Hamilton McCormick (US) 6-2 6-2

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 her writing jeopardizes her amateur standing. 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.


January 25-31, Closed French Covered Court Championships, Paris, France (Indoors on Wood)
Venue:Sporting Club de Paris

FI: Germaine Golding d. Marie Conquet 6-2 6-4

DF: Genevieve Cousin/Mlle Grasset d. Mlle Desclercs/Nanette Le Besnerais 6-3 11-9

MX: Yvonne Bourgeois/Rene Lacoste d. Marguerite Bordes/Jean Borotra 6-2 5-7 7-5


January 24-26 Test Match, Great Britain vs South Africa, Capetown, South Africa

Phoebe Watson (GB) d. Nash 6-1 6-0
Irene Peacock d. Joan Ridley (GB) 6-1 6-4
Phoebe Watson (GB) d. Audrey de Smit 6-4 7-5
Evelyn Colyer/Phoebe Watson (GB) d. Edward/Sanders 6-2 6-1
Hall/Audrey de Smit d. Joan Ridley/Phoebe Watson (GB) 6-3 6-2
Joan Ridley (GB) d. Greenhalgh 6-3 7-5
Evelyn Colyer/Kitty Mckane Godfree (GB) d. Frater/Newton Thompson 6-3 6-3
Evelyn Colyer/Phoebe Watson (GB) d. Frater/E.D. McDonald 6-2 6-2
Evelyn Colyer/Kitty McKane Godfree (GB) d. Parker/Irene Peacock 6-2 8-6


circa January 23-30, Bengal Lawn Tennis Championships, Calcutta, Bengal, India

FI: Mrs Graham d. Lena McKenna 5-7 6-2 8-6

Lena McKenna had a 5-1 lead in the third set.

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Dates: January 24-30
Site: Adelaide, Australia
Surface: Grass

Singles (Draw=18)

1st Round

Vera Mathias d. Margaret Officer 6-3 6-4
Minnie Richardson d. Joyce Lillecrapp 6-2 6-3

2nd Round

Daphne Akhurst [1] d. Dorothy Weston 6-4 6-3
Kath Le Messurier [6] d. Margaret Taylor 6-1 6-4
Marjorie Cox [4] d. Alison Hooper 6-1 6-1
Richardson [7] d. Mathias 6-3 6-2

Esna Boyd [2] d. Nell Hamilton 6-0 6-2
Meryl O'Hara Wood [5] d. Edna Lawrence 6-0 7-5
Sylvia Harper [3] d. Lorna Bollen 6-1 6-2
Beryl Turner [8]* d. Anna Menz 6-3 6-4


Akhurst [1] d. Le Messurier [6] 7-5 6-2
Cox [4] d. Richardson [7] 6-2 6-2
Boyd [2] d. O' Hara Wood [5] 6-1 7-5
Harper [3] d. Turner [8] 6-1 6-4


Akhurst [1] d. Cox [4] 6-1 6-3
Boyd [2] d. Harper [3] 6-4 4-6 6-3

Daphne Akhurst [1] d. Esna Boyd [2] 6-1 6-3


Draw of 13.

First Round

Esna Boyd/Meryl O'Hara Wood [1]-bye
Nell Hamilton/Edna Lawrence d Jean Laughton/Lois Laughton 6-3 6-2
Sylvia Harper/Miranda Richardson [3] d. Mrs Menzies/Agnes Ridgway 6-1 6-1
Alison Hooper/Beryl Turner d. Vera Mathias/Flora Rowe 4-6 6-2 6-0

Kath Le Messurier/Dorothy Weston [4]-bye
Molly Finlayson/Mary Laidlaw-bye
Margaret Officer/Margaret Taylor d. Jocelyn Bowman/Joyce Lillecrapp 8-6 9-7
Daphne Akhurst/Marjorie Cox [2] d. Lorna Bollen/Anna Menz 6-1 6-3


Boyd/O'Hara Wood [1] d. Hamilton/Lawrence 0-6 6-2 6-0
Harper/Richardson [3] d. Hooper/Turner 6-4 6-3
Messurier/Weston [4] d. Finlayson/Landlaw 6-1 6-4
Akhurst/Cox [2] d. Officer/Taylor 6-4 6-3


Boyd/O'Hara Wood [1] d. Harper/Richardson [3] 4-6 8-6 6-2
Akhurst/Cox [2] d. Le Messurier/Weston [4] 7-5 6-1

Esna Boyd/Meryl O'Hara Wood [1] d. Daphne Akhurst/Marjorie Cox [2] 6-3 6-8 8-6

Mixed Doubles (Draw=19)

First Round

Margaret Officer/Rice Gemmell d. Dorothy Weston/Ernest Rowe [8] 6-2 8-6
Lorna Bollen/Jack Crawford d. Anna Menz/Don Mellish 6-4 3-6 6-2
Daphne Akhurst/Jack Willard [1] d. Nell Hamilton/Ray Hone 7-5 7-5

Second Round

Esna Boyd/Jack Hawkes [2] d Edna Lawrence/Alan Treloar 6-3 6-0
Kath Le Messurier/Bob Schlesinger [6] d Margaret Taylor/Ken Berriman 6-4 6-4
Sylvia Harper/Gar Hone [4] d Jocelyn Bowman/John Sherwood 6-3 6-0
Bollen/Crawford d Officer/Gemmell 6-4 3-6 6-2

Akhurst/Willard [1] d Minnie Richardson/Colin Newton 6-3 6-1
Marjorie Cox/Rupert Wertheim d Contance Halloran/Bob Fotheringham 6-2 6-2
Meryl O'Hara Wood/Pat O'Hara Wood [3] d. Joyce Lillecrapp/Harry Hopman 6-1 6-3
Alison Hooper/Gar Moon d. Vera Mathias/Norman Peach [7] 6-4 6-4


Boyd/Hawkes [2] d Le Messurier/Schlesinger [6] 7-5 6-2
Harper/Hone [4] d Bollen/Crawford 6-4 6-4
Akhurst/Willard [1] d Cox/Wertheim [5] 7-9 6-3 6-3
O'Hara Wood/O'Hara Wood [3] d Hooper/Moon 6-0 6-0


Boyd/Hawkes [2] d Harper/Hone [4] 6-2 5-7 6-4
Akhurst/Willard [1] d O'Hara Wood/O'Hara Wood [3] 7-5 6-4

Esna Boyd /Jack Hawkes [2] d. Daphne Akhurst/Jack Willard [1] 6-1 6-4


Draw notes:

Mrs W. T. Rowe=Flora Rowe (nee Dailey)
Margaret Taylor listed as ML Taylor.
Beryl Turner (nee Spower)=Mrs H Turner of Queensland



Akhurst dominated the Australasian titles in Adelaide. Shaking off a persistent knee injury suffered during this overseas tour, Akhurst won the title without dropping a set. There was an air of finality about the whole championships, with Akhurst thumping Boyd 6-1 6-3. The last game of the final epitomised the women's singles as a whole. Akhurst won it to love and served a centre-line ace on the final point.

Most summary notes courtesy of Louloubelle

Sources :

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Week of February 1-7

February 1-6, Brooklyn Heights Casino, Brooklyn, New York, United States (Indoors on Wood )
Venue: Brooklyn Heights Casino

Singles (Draw=at least 17)

2R: Molla Mallory d Louise Raymond 6-2 6-1
2R: Mrs William Shedden d Mrs De Forest Candee 7-5 3-6 6-3
2R: Martha Bayard d Mrs Green 6-3 6-0
2R: Mrs Letson d Mrs Thomas Sturgis 6-1 6-1

2R: Mary Browne d Rosamond Newton 6-1 6-2
2R: Mrs Kaltenborn d Adele Cragin 6-1 6-2
2R: Elizabeth Corbiere d Dorothy Briggs 6-3 7-5
2R: Caroma Winn d Miss Blodgett 6-0 6-2

QF: Mallory d Shedden 6-4 6-3
QF: Bayard d Letson 4-6 6-4 6-1
QF: Browne d Kaltenborn 6-2 6-0
QF: Corbierre d Winn 6-2 6-0

SF: Mary K. Browne d. Mrs Elizabeth Corbiere 6-3 6-4
SF: Martha Bayard d. Molla Mallory 6-2 3-6 8-6

FI: Mary K. Browne d. Martha Bayard 6-3 2-6 6-4

DF: Mary K. Browne/Molla Mallory d. Martha Bayard/Mrs Elizabeth Corbiere 6-4 6-1

MX: Martha Bayard/Vincent Richards d. Mary K. Browne/Frank Hunter 9-7 9-7

Louise Raymond=Mrs Edward Raymond


February 1-7, Nice Second Meeting, Nice, France (Clay)
Venue: Parc Imperial

Singles (Draw=28)

1R: Suzanne Lenglen d. S. Haefferty 6-0 6-0
1R: Paulette Marjollet d. Miss Hamilton 6-3 6-0
1R: Mme Guinet d. Mrs Emmet 6-0 6-0
1R: Leslie Aeschlimann (Sui) d. Eileen Bennett (GB) default
1R: Molly Smailes (GB) d. Mlle Dungyersky 6-0 6-0
1R: Elsa Haylock (GB) d. S. Dormoy 6-2 6-2
1R: Margaret Tripp (GB)-bye
1R: Lucy Philip (GB)-bye

1R: Helene Contostavlos-bye
1R: W. Margadant-bye
1R: Mrs Bramley-Moore d. Mlle de Bourdineau 6-1 6-2
1R: Mlle van Meerten d. Patricia du Cros default
1R: Mme Neveu d. Mme Latty default
1R: Phyllis Satterthwaite (GB) d. M. Woods 6-0 6-0
1R: Jeanne Franke d. Mme de Andria 6-1 6-4
1R: Audrey Wright (GB) d. P. Joyeux 6-1 6-2

2R: Lenglen d. Marjollet 6-0 6-0
2R: Aeschliman d. Guinet 6-0 6-1
2R: Haylock d. Smailes 3-6 6-0 6-2
2R: Tripp d. Philip 6-4 6-0

2R: Margadant d. Contostavlos default
2R: Bramley-Moore d. van Meerten 6-1 6-1
2R: Neveu d. Satterthwaite default
2R: Wright d. Franke 6-4 6-3

QF: Lenglen d. Aeschliman 6-0 6-0
QF: Haylock d. Tripp 6-4 3-6 6-3
QF: Bramley-Moore d. Margadant 6-3 7-5
QF: Wright d. Neveu 6-1 6-4

SF: Lenglen d. Haylock 6-0 6-0
SF: Wright d. Bramley-Moore

FI: Suzanne Lenglen d. Audrey Wright (GB) 6-0 6-0

Doubles (Draw=13)

1R: Mrs Emmett/Mlle Hovaisky d. Miss Hamilton/M. Woods default
1R: Eileen Bennett (GB)/Helen Wills (US)-bye
1R: Phyllis Radcliffe (GB)/Nancy Radcliffe-Platt (GB) d.
1R: Miss Fargas/Miss Marshall

1R: Mrs Bramley-Moore/Mlle Crimon d. Mme Guinet/Mme Neveu 6-1 6-2
1R: Suzanne Lenglen/Phyllis Satterthwaite (GB) d. Mlle Bourdineau/P. Joyeux 6-0 6-0
1R: Jeanne Franke/Margaret Tripp (GB) d. Mlle Margadant/Mlle van Meerten 6-0 6-1
1R: Elsa Haylock (GB)/Audrey Wright (GB) d. Mrs E. Noble/Miss Savage default

QF: Bennett/Wills d. Emmett/Hovaisky 6-1 6-0
QF: Radcliffe/Radcliffe-Platt d. Fargas/Marshall default
QF: Bramley-Moore/Crimon d. Lenglen/Satterthwaite default
QF: Haylock/Wright d. Franke/Tripp 6-3 7-5

SF: Bennett/Wills d. Radcliffe/Radcliffe-Platt 8-6 4-6 8-6
SF: Haylock/Wright d. Bramley-Moore/Crimon 6-0 6-3

FI: Eileen Bennett (GB)/Helen Wills (USA) d. Elsa Haylock (GB)/Audrey Wright (GB) 6-3 6-2

Mixed Doubles (Draw=27)

1R: Miss Fargas/N.S. Hopkins-bye
1R: Suzanne Lenglen/Umberto de Morpurgo (Ita) d. Miss Marshall/Jauréguiberry 6-0 6-0
1R: Mlle Bonau/F. de Perier-bye
1R: Mme Petrocochino/Vladimir Landau (Mon) d. W. Saunders/Comte Fabricotti 6-2 6-3
1R: Jeanne Franke/R.L. James d. Miss Hamilton/G.M. Thomas default
1R: Elsa Haylock (GB)/Félix Poulin d. Patricia du Cros/Roberto Bocciardo (Ita) default
1R: Miss Marshall/S.M. Sikri d. Helene Contostavlos/Stanislav Czetwertynski default
1R: Eden Petchell/René Gallèpe (Mon)-bye

1R: Phyllis Radcliffe (GB)/Stanley Doust (Aus) d. Mrs E. Noble/N. Mikhailof 6-2 6-3
1R: Molly Smailes (GB)/George Lyttleton Rogers (IRL) d. P. Joyeux/Wilen 6-4 7-5
1R: Lucy Philip (GB)/David Morrice (Can) d. Mrs Bramley-Moore/R. Emmett 6-2 9-7
1R: Lady Sophie Wavertree (GB)/Francis Fisher (NZ)-bye
1R: Peggy Saunders (GB)/Frederick Scovel (USA) d. F. Franke/Rajah de Kalsia 6-2 6-0
1R: Paulette Marjollet/Xavier de Poligny d. S. Dormoy/David 4-6 6-1 8-6
1R: M. Woods/Caulfield-bye
1R: Helen Wills (US)/Charles Aeschlimann (Sui) d. Mme Neveu/Christie 6-0 6-0

2R: Lenglen/de Morpurgo d. Miss Fargas/N.S. Hopkins default
2R: Petrocochino/Landau d. Mlle Bonau/F. de Perier 6-2 6-3
2R: J. Franke/James d. Haylock/Poulin default
2R: Eden Petchell/René Gallèpe d. Marshall/Sikri default

2R: Radcliffe/Doust d. Smailes/Rogers 6-0 6-1
2R: Philip/Morice d. Wavertree/Fisher 6-3 6-3
2R: P. Saunders/Scovel d. Marjollet/de Poligny 6-2 6-2
2R: Wills/Aeschlimann d. M. Woods/Caulfield 6-0 6-1

QF: Lenglen/de Morpurgo d. Petrocochino/Landau 6-0 6-1
QF: Petchell/Gallèpe d. J. Franke/James 6-4 7-5
QF: Radcliffe/Doust d. Philip/Morice 6-2 6-2
QF: Wills/Aeschlimann d. P. Saunders/Scovel 4-6 6-1 6-2

SF: Lenglen/de Morpurgo d. Petchell/Gallèpe 6-1 6-1
SF: Wills/Aeschlimann d. Radcliffe/Doust 6-1 7-5

FI: Suzanne Lenglen/Umberto de Morpurgo (Ita) d. Helen Wills (US)/Charles Aeschlimann (Sui) 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."

Draw note: Audre Wright=Miss M. A. Wright. The name Emily is reported by several American papers.

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Week of February 8-14

February 8-16, Carlton Club International, Cannes, France (Clay)
Venue: Carlton Club

Singles (Draw=58)

1R: Suzanne Lenglen-bye
1R: M.C. Bower-bye
1R: Mary Cambridge-bye
1R: E. Pierce d. Mrs C. Grogan default
1R: Lesley Cadle (GB) d. R. Cory 6-4 6-3
1R: F. Bendit d. J. Clarke 6-2 1-6 6-1
1R: Mme Petrocochino d. Mrs Cazalet 6-0 6-2
1R: Lady Blanche Roundway (GB) d. Mrs Emmett 6-0 6-1

1R: M. Tripp (GB) d. Miss Redmayne 6-1 6-1
1R: M.A. Dallett d. Hope McMahon 6-0 6-2
1R: Honor Woolrych (GB) d. Mrs C. Grey 6-3 6-3
1R: Mme Taunay (Neth) d. E.M. Green 6-1 6-0
1R: Evelyn Jones (GB) d. S. Weil 6-1 6-0
1R: M. Ashby d. Mrs van Scherpenberg 6-3 6-0
1R: Nancy Radcliffe-Platt (GB) d. Thora Wallis Myers (GB) 6-1 6-4
1R: Helene Contostavlos (Gre) d. Mrs Bramley-Moore (GB) 6-0 6-2

1R: Diddie Vlasto d. E. Weil 6-0 6-0
1R: Mrs R. Holman d. E. Myers 6-1 6-1
1R: Mrs J. Hall d. Mrs Sinclair Westacott 6-3 6-0
1R: Leslie Aeschlimann (US) d. M.P. Wilson 6-3 6-3
1R: Ermyntrude Harvey (GB) d. S. Jackson 6-0 6-0
1R: Phyllis Radcliffe (GBR)-bye
1R: Mme Neven-bye
1R: L. Smedsrud-bye

1R: Eileen Bennett (GB) d. Mme de Izskowski retired
1R: Mrs Harold Jones d. Agnes Hillyard (GB) 6-0 6-0
1R: Mrs F. Day d. Lady Domini Crosfield (GB) 5-7 2-5, retired
1R: Elsa Haylock (GB) d. Mrs Morris 6-1 6-2
1R: Cosette Saint-Omer Roy d. A. Mallet 6-1 6-0
1R: S. Travers d. Mrs Young 6-2 6-4
1R: Madeline O’Neill (GB) d. G.M. Thomas 6-0 6-0
1R: Helen Wills (US) d. K.A. Frischer 6-0 6-0

2R: Lenglen d. Bower 6-0, 6-0
2R: Cambridge d. Pierce 6-3 7-5
2R: Cadle d. Bendit 6-1 6-2
2R: Roundway d. Petrocochino 6-0 6-2
2R: M Tripp d. Dallett 6-0 6-2
2R: Taunay d. Woolrych 6-4 4-6 6-3
2R: Jones d. Ashby 6-1 6-3
2R: Contostavlos d. Radcliffe-Platt 6-0 4-6 6-2

2R: Vlasto d. Holman 6-0 6-1
2R: Aeschlimann d. Hall 3-6 6-1 6-1
2R: Radcliffe d. Neven default
2R: Harvey d. Smedsrud 6-1 6-1
2R: Bennett d. Mrs H. Jones 6-3 6-2
2R: Haylock d. Day 6-1 6-2
2R: Saint-Omer Roy d. Travers 6-3 6-0
2R: Wills d. O’Neill 6-0 6-0

3R: Lenglen d. Cambridge 6-0 6-0
3R: Roundway d. Cadle 7-5 2-6 6-4
3R: Contostavlos d. Jones 6-3 6-3
3R: M Tripp d. Taunay 6-3 6-0

3R: Vlasto d Aeschliman 6-0 6-4
3R: Harvey d Radcliffe 6-1 6-1
3R: Bennett d. Haylock 3-6 6-4 6-4
3R: Wills d. St Omer Roy 6-0 6-0

QF: Lenglen d. Roundway 6-0 6-0
QF: Contostavlos (d. Tripp 4-6 6-1 6-2
QF: Diddie Vlasto d. Ermyntrude Harvey (GB) 6-1 6-2
QF: Helen Wills (US) d. Eileen Bennett (GB) 6-2 6-0

SF: Lenglen d. Contostavlos (Gre) 6-0 6-2
SF: Wills d. Vlasto 6-1 6-4

FI: Suzanne Lenglen d. Helen Wills (US) 6-3 8-6

Doubles (Draw=32)

1R: Suzanne Lenglen/Diddie Vlasto d. B. Gould/Mrs J. Hall 6-0 6-1
1R: M.A. Dallett/Mrs Sinclair Westacott d. Miss Buckley/E. Pierce 6-2 6-3
1R: Mrs Harold Jones/K. Scott d. M. Ashby/Lady Fremantle 6-2 6-1
1R: Lady Domini Crosfield (GB)/Mme Papalex d. H. Piper/P. Pryor 6-3 6-0
1R: Mrs Coleman/Eden Petchell d. Miss Padwick/Miss Sidebottom 6-1 6-4
1R: M. Brown/Mrs Creasy d. Miss Armytage/Mrs H.R. Pope 6-3 6-1
1R: Mary Cambridge (GB)/C. de Mora d. Mrs Grogan/A. Mallet 6-3 6-3
1R: Phyllis Radcliffe (GB)/Nancy Radcliffe-Platt (GB) d. G. East/Miss Wilson 6-3, 6-1

1R: Eileen Bennett (GB)/Ermyntrude Harvey (GB) d. D. Hamerton/W. Brown 6-1 6-3
1R: Madeline O’Neill (GB)/Mme Taunay (Neth) d. Miss Abel Smith/D. Young default
1R: Mlle Hoskier/Mrs Sandilands d. Mrs Bramley-Moore (GB/A.M. Pearson 6-3, 6-0
1R: Lesley Cadle (GB)/M. Tripp (GB) d. Mrs F.J. Gould/Lady Sophie Wavertree (GB) 6-1 6-1
1R: Elsa Haylock (GB)/Evelyn Jones (GB) d. K.A. Frischer/E. Weil 6-1 6-2
1R: R. Cory/Mrs Glover d. E. Myers/S. Weil 6-1 6-2
1R: Miss Green/Mrs Young d. A. Bordes/Miss Dutton 6-0 6-1
1R: Helene Contostavlos/Helen Wills (USA) d. S. Gay/Miss Howsen 6-0 6-0

2R: Lenglen/Vlasto d. Dallett/Westcott 6-0 6-0
2R: Crosfield/Papalex d. Jones/Scott 4-6 6-1 6-3
2R: Coleman/Petchell d. Brown/Creasy 6-1 6-1
2R: Radcliffe/Radcliffe-Platt d. Cambridge/de Mora 6-0 6-3

2R: Bennett/Harvey d. O’Neill/Taunay 6-3 7-5
2R: Cadle/Tripp d. Hoskier/Sandilands default
2R: Haylock/Jones d. Cory/Glover 6-1, 6-1
2R: Contostavlos/Wills d. Green/Young 6-0, 6-2

QF: Lenglen/Vlasto d. Crosfield/Papalex default
QF: Radcliffe/Radcliffe-Platt d. Coleman/Petchell default
QF: Bennett/Harvey d. Cadle/Tripp 2-6 6-3 6-4
QF: Contostavlos/Wills d. Haylock/Jones 6-1 6-1

SF: Lenglen/Vlasto d. Radcliffe/Radcliffe-Platt 6-0 6-1
SF: Contostavlos/Wills d. Bennett/Harvey 7-5 6-4

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

Mixed Doubles (Draw=39)

1R: Diddie Vlasto/Umberto de Morpurgo (Ita) d. Miss Magann/M.R. Philipson 6-1 6-1
1R: Mme Taunay (Den)/W. Merricks d. Mrs J. Creasy/Edward Colston (GB) 6-3 6-2
1R: Phyllis Radcliffe (GB)/David Morrice (Can) d. Miss Greene/M.R. Marsh 6-2 6-2
1R: Mme Petrocochino/Andre Aron d. Agnes Hillyard (GB)/Brame Hillyard (GB) 7-5 8-6
1R: C.R. de Mora/P.F. Dorte d. G. Yule/H.W. Brooks default
1R: Lady Vera Fremantle (GB)/Sir Selwyn Fremantle (GB) d. A. Mallet/Comte Fabricotti 6-2 6-1
1R: K.M. Scott/F.A. Ward d. M.B. Brown/Captain Farrell 6-4 6-3

2R: Vlasto/de Morpurgo d. Taunay/Merricks 6-0 6-1
2R: Radcliffe/Morrice d. Mrs Harold Jones/Potts 6-4 6-2
2R: Winifred Keays (Ind)/S.M. Sikri d. H. Evelyn-Jones/A.S. Butler 6-1 4-6 6-3
2R: Cosette Saint-Omer-Roy/Francis Leighton-Crawford (GB) d. Nancy Radcliffe-Platt (GB)/W.M. Sheering 6-3 6-3
2R: Elsa Haylock (GB)/Charles Aeschlimann (Sui) d. ????
2R: Ermyntrude Harvey (GB)/Arthur Wallis Myers (GB) d. Mrs Sandilands/Stanley Doust (Aus) 6-3 6-0
2R: Eden Petchell (GB)/Lord Charles Hope (GB) d. M. Hamerton/Cyril Tolley (GB) 6-3 6-3
2R: Margaret Tripp (GB)/Colonel Killery d. Mrs Morris/Captain A. van der Byl 6-4 6-4

2R: Mary Cambridge (GB)/Frederick Scovel (US) d. Mrs Bramley-Moore/Frank Abbatt (GB) default
2R: Dorothy Coleman (GB)/R.L. James d. M.A. Dallett/Alfred Dabney (US) 6-3 4-6 6-3
2R: A. Redmayne/H.A. Milne d. Suzanne Lenglen/Francis Fisher (NZ) default
2R: M. Ashby/C. Magrane d. Thelma Cazalet (GB)/Clement Cazalet (GB) 7-5 6-0
2R: Petrocochino/Aron d. de Mora/Dorte 6-1 6-1
2R: Scott/Ward d. Lady V. Fremantle/Sir S. Fremantle default
2R: Lesley Cadle (GB)/Mark Hick (GB) d. J.M. Padwick/W.H. Grace 6-2 6-4
2R: Eileen Bennett (GB)/Charles Kingsley (GB) d. Madeline O’Neill (GB)/G. Millard 6-2 6-2

3R: Vlasto/de Morpurgo d. Radcliffe/Morrice 6-0 6-3
3R: Saint-Omer-Roy/Crawford d. Keays/Sikri 6-4 6-4
3R: Haylock/Aeschlimann d. Harvey/Wallis Myers 6-3 6-2
3R: Tripp/Killery d. Petchell/Hope default

3R: Cambridge/Scovel d. Coleman/James 6-1 3-6 6-2
3R: Ashby/Magrane d. Redmayne/Milne 6-2 6-3
3R: Petrocochino/Aron d. Scott/Ward 6-4 6-2
3R: Bennett/Kingsley d. Cadle/Hick 6-2 6-4

QF: Vlasto/de Morpurgo d. Saint-Omer-Roy/Crawford 6-3 6-2
QF: Tripp/Killery d. Haylock/Aeschlimann default
QF: Cambridge/Scovel d. Ashby/Magrane 6-0 6-2
QF: Bennett/Kingsley d. Petrocochino/Aron 6-2 6-4

SF: Vlasto/de Morpurgo d. Tripp/Killery 6-0 6-2
SF: Bennett/Kingsley d. Scovel/Cambridge 8-6 3-6 6-2

FI: Diddie Vlasto/Umberto de Morpurgo (Ita) d. Eileen Bennett (GB)/Charles Kingsley (GB) 6-3 3-6 6-4

From ‘The Field’, February 25, 1926

By Arthur Wallis Myers

The final of the ladies’ singles, decided in perfect weather on February 16, attracted unprecedented interest. Spectators scaled trees and swarmed onto roofs, while in the stands provided by the management there must have been 3,000 people round the court. The match lasted 63 minutes, and was won by Mlle Suzanne Lenglen by two sets to love. The champion, however, met her match, and she only saved the second set after an effort which nearly exhausted her strength. She was not in her best form, but it is probable that some of her lapses were due to the psychological effect of discovering the unexpected strength of her opponent’s game.

Miss Helen Wills played better than on any previous occasion either in Europe or in her own country. She was tested at all points, and survived the ordeal with flying colours. She won many more games than the prophets had allotted to her; she might have won the second set, in which she held a winning lead more than once, had luck favoured and her tactical experience been a little greater. She played with the utmost confidence and courage, and though in the matter of finesse and of subtlety in defence she was not quite the equal of her opponent, the character of her play when she was attacking left no doubt in the mind of the impartial observer that she was in the same class as the champion, and equipped, moreover, with a more robust physique. Commander George Hillyard umpired the match. The Dunlop ball was used.

Mlle Lenglen opened with a love game on her service, but any prospect of an easy triumph disappeared in the next two games, which went to Miss Wills from 30 and deuce respectively. Against the well-timed defence of Mlle Lenglen she brought the mettle of fast drives shrewdly pitched. She gained nothing by her service at this stage, nor did she come to the net, but she exchanged drives with her opponent with equal facility and no lack of resource. If she made a mistake, it was in playing her backhand drive to Mlle Lenglen’s backhand. The champion may be less forceful on this wing, but she is surer and can place the ball down the line or across the court with equal precision. Shortening her length with the former shot she sometimes drew Miss Wills into a losing position. It would have been sounder tactics for the American had she aimed at Mlle Lenglen’s forehand corner and invited her to play the more difficult forehand shot down the line.

After Miss Wills had led 2-1 Mlle Lenglen won the next ten successive points. She drew errors from her opponent by mobile defence; she did not extract points by mobile coups. Miss Wills won the seventh game by her first volley of the match and reduced the lead against her to 4-3, but she lost the next two games with only one point in each to her credit, and the first set was Mlle Lenglen’s at 6-3. Though this margin was satisfying to French supporters, who saluted the champion warmly, it was obvious that she had experienced more physical strain than she had anticipated. An ominous sign was her consumption of brandy at regular intervals.

Miss Wills began the second set by winning her service to love; investing her strokes with more “devil” she captured the third game from 30 and the fourth from 15. In this phase her driving placed Mlle Lenglen entirely on the defensive; the American was in defiant mood and chose the right ball to flog with excellent judgment. In the fifth game, however, showing faulty judgment, she moderated her pace, using a higher trajectory and attempting to beat Mlle Lenglen by quiet and purposeful placing. In this art the champion knows no superior, and she exposed the futility of her opponent’s plan by taking the next two games from 15.

With the score level at 3-all the match entered the region where relative stamina governed it. The seventh game was the longest and hardest of all. Miss Wills was serving and Mlle Lenglen went to 15-40, taking the fourth point on a critical decision. Miss Wills then hammered her way to ‘vantage, showing a splendid spirit of resistance. Fourteen points were required in this game before the American eventually won it. The moral effect of losing it was visible in Mlle Lenglen’s play in the eighth game. She seemed to waver, though making no serious mistakes. When the score was 30-all Miss Wills got a decision on her forehand line which she evidently thought to be wrong. If Mr Cyril Tolley had given this ball out, Miss Wills would have been within a stroke of 5-3 and, with Mlle Lenglen obviously tiring, the advantage might have been material.

Miss Wills lost the next point while contemplating the past. She recovered brilliantly to win the ninth game and to lead 5-4. Then once more she modified her attack at the wrong moment. Suzanne won a love game by placing the ball very skilfully at half court down the line, bringing Miss Wills forward to overdrive. It was a most critical game for the champion; its loss might have meant the loss of the match. Mlle Lenglen took the eleventh game from 30, and in the twelfth appeared to have the match in her grasp when she led 40-15 on her service.

At this stage an incident quite unlooked for occurred. After a protracted rally Miss Wills hit a forehand winner on to Mlle Lenglen’s forehand line. Lord Charles Hope, the linesman, said nothing. It is possible that somebody shouted “Out” – there were many self-appointed linesmen among the spectators – and Mlle Lenglen, imagining this was an official verdict, thought the match was over. Both players went to the umpire’s chair, there was a hectic hiatus and then the court was invaded by eager partisans. The linesman, however, made his way quietly to the umpire and advised him that the ball was good. Of course, Commander Hillyard ordered the match to be resumed.

The players’ feelings under the circumstances may be better imagined than described. Mlle Lenglen was already exhausted; she needed a great effort of will-power to take up the threads of the match again. It is a tribute to her hardihood that she should have succeeded, more especially as Miss Wills, thus reprieved, won the twelfth game with great spirit and came within a stroke of capturing the thirteenth. The fourteenth and last game also went to deuce, Mlle Lenglen serving a double fault when within a stroke of the match. Miss Wills made errors of timing in it; she was probably reacting. By supreme steadiness Mlle Lenglen won the winning point.

* 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.


Circa mid-February, Championships of Southern India, Madras, India (Grass?)

FI: Mrs Hasler d. Mrs Judd 6-2 6-3

MX: H. Venkatramanjelu/Mrs Gompertz d. C. Johnstone/Mrs Hasler 12-10 6-3


February 1-15, Bombay Presidency Hard Court Championship, Bombay, India (Clay)

FI: Annie Clayton d. Mrs A.L. Cooper 6-1 7-5

MX: Annie Clayton/Udupi Diggavi Ranga Rao d. Kshama Row/R.A. Wagle 6-2 4-6 6-4

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Week of February 15-21

February 15-21, Beaulieu, France (Clay)
Venue: The Bristol Hotel

Singles (Draw=27)

1R: Helen Wills (US) d. M. Hamerton 6-0 6-0
1R: M.A. Wright (GB) d. Lavender Sloane-Stanley (GB) 6-4 6-4
1R: Joan Lycett (GB) d. L.M. Spencer 7-5 6-3
1R: Lesley Cadle (GB)-bye
1R: Mrs Bramley-Moore-bye
1R: Mrs C. Piman-bye
1R: G.A. Thompson d. M. Ley 6-1 6-1
1R: Ermyntrude Harvey (GB) d. M. Hamilton 6-0 6-1

1R: Mlle Bagehot-bye
1R: Mme G. Warre-bye
1R: Heather Woolrych (GB) d. J. Wallis default
1R: Cecily Marriott (GB) d. Eileen Connell (GB) 6-0 6-1
1R: Winifred Bower (GB) d. M. Mayne 6-3 6-0
1R: P. Bainbridge d. Eileen Bennett (GB) default
1R: Mme de Andria d. Dorothy Deen (GB) 6-2 6-0
1R: Phyllis Satterthwaite (GB) d. M. Cator 6-0 6-0

2R: Wills d. Wright 6-0 6-0
2R: Lycett d. Cadle 6-2 6-4
2R: Bramley-Moore d. Pitman 6-3 6-3
2R: Harvey d. Thompson 6-1 6-3

2R: Bagehot d. Warre default
2R: Woolrych d. Marriott 4-6 6-3 6-4
2R: Bower d. Bainbridge 6-3 6-2
2R: Satterthwaite d. de Andria 6-1 6-0

QF: Wills d. Lycett 6-0 6-1
QF: Harvey d. Bramley-Moore 6-0 6-3
QF: Woolrych d. Bagehot 6-3 6-4
QF: Satterthwaite d. Bower 6-2 6-1

SF: Wills d. Harvey 6-0 6-1
SF: Satterwaite d. Woolrych 6-1 6-1

FI: Helen Wills (US) d. Phyllis Satterthwaite (GB) 6-1 6-1

Women’s Doubles (Draw=14)

1R: Suzanne Lenglen/Phyllis Satterthwaite (GB)-bye

QF: Ermyntrude Harvey (GB)/Dorothea Lambert Chambers (GB) d. M. Hamilton/Mrs Hooker 6-0 6-0
QF: Lesley Cadle (GB)/Nelly Neppach (Ger) d. Eileen Bennett (GB)/Joan Lycett (GB) default
QF: Lenglen/Sattwerthwaite d. Mrs E. Noble/Mrs C. Pitman 6-0 6-0
QF: Mrs J. Creasy/Heather Woolrych (GB) d. P. Bainbridge/M. Ley 6-1 6-2

SF: Harvey/Lambert Chambers d. Cadle/Neppach 6-3 6-4
SF: Creasy/Woolrych d. Lenglen/Satterthwaite default

FI: Ermyntrude Harvey (GB)/Dorothea Lambert Chambers (GB) d. Mrs J. Creasy/Heather Woolrych (GB) 6-2 6-3

Mixed Doubles (Draw=28)

1R: Helen Wills (US)/Charles Kingsley (GB) d. Dorothy Thompson/Emmanuel Duplaix 6-1 6-0

2R: Wills/Kingsley d. Joan Lycett (GB)/Randolph Lycett (GB) 6-3 6-4
2R: Cecily Marriott (GB)/Douglas Hodges (GB) d. Dorothea Lambert Chambers (GB)/Andre Aron 2-6 6-2 6-2
2R: M.A. Wright (GB)/René Gallèpe (Mon) d. ????
2R: Phyllis Satterthwaite (GB)/Bela von Kehrling (Hun) d. Ermyntrude Harvey (GB)/Fred Scovel (US) 6-3 6-2

2R: Lesley Cadle (GB)/Lord Charles Hope (GB) d. Mrs Bramley-Moore/A.C.N. Bourner 4-6 6-4 6-2
2R: Mrs E. Noble/N. Mikhailof d. ????
2R: Lucy Philip (GB)/R.L. James d. ????
2R: Eileen Bennett (GB)/Francis Fisher (NZ) d. ????

QF: Wills/Kingsley d. Marriott/Hodges 6-3 6-3
QF: Sattherthwaite/Kehrling d. Wright/Gallèpe 7-5 6-3
QF: Cadle/Hope d. Noble/Mikhailof 7-5 1-6 6-0
QF: Bennett/Fisher d. Philips/James 6-1 7-5

SF: Wills/Kingsley d. Sattherthwaite/Kehrling 6-0 6-2
SF: Bennett/Fisher d. Cadle/Hope 6-0 retired

FI: Helen Wills (US)/Charles Kingsley (GB) d. Eileen Bennett (GB)/Francis 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 in this aspect of her game.

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Re: 1926 results

Week of February 22-28

February 22-28, Bermuda Championships, Hamilton, Bermuda (Grass?)

SF: Gladys Hutchings (US) d. Marion Jessup (US) 6-4 6-3
SF: Martha Bayard (US) d Edith Sigourney (US) 6-0 6-0

FI: Martha Bayard (US) d. Gladys Hutchings (US) 6-2 6-2

DF: Martha Bayard (US)/Edith Sigourney (US) d. Marion Jessup (US)/M. Robinson 6-2 7-5

MX: Martha Bayard (US)/Alexander Thayer (US) d. Marion Jessup (US)/Willard Crocker (Can) 5-7 6- 6-3


February 22-March 1, Monte Carlo Championships, Monte Carlo, Monaco (Clay)
Venue: La Festa Club

Singles (Draw=38)

1R: Mrs V. Rendall d. M. Morris default
1R: Nancy Radcliffe-Platt (GB) d. Winifred Bower (GB) 6-2 6-0
1R: Phyllis French d. Mrs B. Harvey 6-4 6-3
1R: Mrs Bramley-Moore d. M. Hamerton 7-5 6-3
1R: Mrs C. Pitman d. W. Thomas default
1R: Lili de Alvarez (Sp) [2] d. Lucy Philip (GB) 6-3 6-1

2R: Helen Wills (US) [1] d. Molla Westselaar (Den) default
2R: Cecily Marriott (GB) d. Evelyn Dearman (GB) 6-1 6-4
2R: Phyllis Radcliffe (GB) d. M. Ley 6-1 6-0
2R: Lesley Cadle (GB) d. M. Hamilton default
2R: Nelly Neppach (Ger) d. Mary Cambridge (GB) 6-2 2-6 6-2
2R: Heather Woolrych (GB) d. Mlle de Andria 6-3 6-3
2R: French d. Radcliffe-Platt 3-6 6-4 6-4
2R: Eileen Bennett (GB) d. Rendall 5-7 6-2 6-2

2R: Helene Contostavlos (Fra) d. Eileen Connell 6-1 6-4
2R: M.A. Wright (GB) d. P. Bainbridge 6-1 6-0
2R: G.N. Thompson d. J. Smith default
2R: Phyllis Satterthwaite (GB) d. Y.K. Philip default
2R: Ermyntrude Harvey (GB) d. A.M. Ritchie 6-0 9-7
2R: M.A. Dallett d. Thelma Wallis Myers (GB) 6-2 6-2
2R: Bramley-Moore d. V. Humphrey 6-0 6-0
2R: Alvarez d. Pitman 6-2 6-0

3R: Wills [1] d. Marriott 6-0 6-0
3R: Cadle d. Radcliffe 6-4 6-0
3R: Neppach d. Woolrych 6-1 4-6 6-3
3R: Bennett d. French 6-3 6-3

3R: Contostavlos d. Wright 6-2 6-2
3R: Satterthwaite d. Thompson 6-0 6-0
3R: Harvey d. Dallett 6-1 9-7
3R: Alvarez [2] d. Bramley-Moore 6-2 6-0

QF: Wills [1] d. Cadle 6-0 6-1
QF: Bennett d. Neppach 6-2 2-6 6-2
QF: Contostavlos d. Satterthwaite default
QF: Alvarez [2] d. Harvey 7-5 6-1

SF: Wills [1] d. Bennett 6-3 6-2
SF: Alvarez [2] d. Contostavlos 6-3 4-6 6-3

FI: Helen Wills (US) [1] d. Lili de Alvarez (Sp) [2] 6-2 6-3

Doubles (Draw=21)

[Missing the first round]

2R: Helene Contostavlos (Fra)/Helen Wills (US) d. E.M. Green/Mrs D. Young 6-1 6-0
2R: Lesley Cadle (GB)/M.A. Wright d. Mrs E. Noble/Mrs C. Pitman default
2R: Phyllis French/Eden Petchell (GB) d. Mrs Bramley-Moore/Lucy Philip (GB) default
2R: Dorothea Lambert Chambers (GB)/Phyllis Satterthwaite (GB) d. Evelyn Dearman (GB)/Mrs V. Rendall 6-1 6-0

2R: Eileen Bennett (GB)/Ermyntrude Harvey (GB) d. Miss Adams/Mrs Arthur default
2R: Nelly Neppach (Ger)/Heather Woolrych (GB) d. P. Bainbridge/M. Ley 6-0 6-1
2R: Dorothy Coleman (GB)/Phyllis Radcliffe (GB) d. Mme G. Warre/Hon. Mrs Westmacott 6-2 6-0
2R: Lili de Alvarez (Esp)/Diddie Vlasto (Fra) d. Mary Cambridge (GB)/Cecily Marriott (GB) 7-5 6-4

QF: Contostavlos/Wills d. Cadle/Wright 6-3 6-4
QF: Lambert Chambers/Satterthwaite d. French/Petchell 6-1 6-2
QF: Bennett/Harvey d. Neppach/Woolrych 6-4 6-4
QF: de Alvarez/Vlasto d. Coleman/Radcliffe 6-3 6-3

SF: Contostavlos/Wills d. Lambert Chambers/Satterthwaite 6-2 5-7 7-5
SF: de Alvarez/Vlasto d. Bennett/Harvey 7-5 6-3

FI: Helene Contostavlos (Fra)/Helen Wills (US) d. Lili de Alvarez (Sp)/Diddie Vlasto (Fra) 6-3 8-6

Mixed Doubles (Draw of 31)

Missing the first round

2R: Nelly Neppach (Ger)/Bela von Kehrling (Hun) d. G.N. Thompson/Cyril Tolley (GB) 6-1 6-1
2R: Dorothy Coleman (GB)/Alexander-Hamilton McCormick (USA) d. Evelyn Dearman (GB)/A.S. Butler 6-1 6-2
2R: Cecily Marriott (GB)/Charles Kingsley (GB) d. Lesley Cadle (GB)/Count Mino Balbi (Ita) default
2R: Phyllis French/Hendrik Timmer (Ned) d. Phyllis Satterthwaite (GB)/Etienne Micard (Fra) 6-4 6-1

2R: Dorothea Lambert Chambers (GB)/René Gallèpe d. M.A. Wright (GB)/Vladimir Landau 6-2 4-6 6-1
2R: Eileen Bennett (GB)/Jimmy van Alen (US) d. Nancy Radcliffe-Platt (GB)/Mark Hick (GB) 10-8 6-2
2R: Phyllis Radcliffe (GB)/David Morrice (Can) d. Mrs P. Thomas/P. Thomas 6-2 6-2
2R: Diddie Vlasto (Fra)/Umberto de Morpurgo (Ita) d. Ermyntrude Harvey (GB)/Douglas Hodges (GB) 6-4 6-3

QF: Neppach/von Kehrling d. Coleman/McCormick 6-4 6-2
QF: French/Timmer d. Marriott/Kingsley 7-5 4-6 6-4
QF: Lambert Chambers/Gallèpe d. Bennett/van Alen 10-8 6-2
QF: Vlasto/de Morpurgo d. Radcliffe/Morrice 6-3 5-7 6-2

SF: Neppach/von Kehrling d. French/Timmer 6-2 6-1
SF: Vlasto/de Morpurgo d. Lambert Chambers/Gallèpe 6-3 2-6 6-4

FI: Nelly Neppach (Ger)/Bela von Kehrling (Hun) d. Diddie Vlasto (Fra)/Umberto de Morpurgo (Ita) 5-7 6-0 6-4

Beaumont International Women’s Doubles Trophy (Draw=8)

* The pairs taking part in this event had to be from the same nation.

1R: Suzanne Lenglen/Diddie Vlasto (Fra) d. Mme Taunay/Molla Westselaar (Den) default
1R: Phyllis Radcliffe/Nancy Radcliffe-Platt (GB) d. Lady Vera Fremantle/Winifred Keays (Ind) 6-0 6-0
1R: Leslie Aeschliman/Helen Wills (US) d. Dorothea Lambert Chambers/Ermyntrude Harvey (GB) 2-6 6-4 6-3
1R: Eileen Bennett/Phyllis Satterthwaite (GB) d. Dorothy Coleman/Eden Petchell (SA) 6-3 6-4

SF: Lenglen/Vlasto d. Radcliffe/Radcliffe-Platt 6-3 6-0
SF: Bennett/Satterthwaite d. Aeschliman/Wills 6-3 6-1

FI: Suzanne Lenglen/Diddie Vlasto (Fra) d. Eileen Bennett/Phyllis Satterthwaite (GB) 6-4 8-6

From ‘The Field’, March 11, 1926:

By Arthur Wallis Myers

Miss Helen Wills, as expected, won the Duke of Connaught’s gold vase. Her match in the final was, in the matter of quality, one of the best ever seen on the Riviera. Indeed, in the second set, after Mlle de Alvarez had become reconciled to a speed she had never met before, the play had a compelling fascination for all who witnessed it. The well-disciplined strokes of the American champion, carrying the speed of a man’s, were parried and frequently frustrated by the more imaginative game of her opponent.

Finding herself too near the net for a normal drive, Mlle de Alvarez frequently made an audacious half-volley after the manner of Richard Norris Williams. Her placing of these shots was wonderfully accurate. Had she not made the mistake when leading 3-1 of playing to Miss Wills’ backhand, which was unbreakable in defence and ruthless in attack, she might have taken the match into three sets. As it was the Spanish champion was only a stroke removed from a 4-2 lead and played the critical sixth and seventh game with extraordinary courage and resource. Failing to win either of these she had little breath left for the remainder of the match. The American hit with beautiful precision the last few games, and her play throughout was a revelation to those who had seen her in a far more tentative mood at Cannes a month earlier.

Other notes from the event:

Record crowds come out to see Wills. Spanish player Lili Alvarez is playing her first event in almost 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 ordered to tear them down. Suzanne barely survives in a tense doubles final for the Beaumont 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 than Diddie.

The French pair barely win. French officials were in a panic in the second set, as they had already engraved the names of Lenglen and Vlasto on the trophies!


February 16-29, Western India Championships, Bombay, India

QF: Phyllis Covell d. Ida Chase 6-1 6-1
QF: Kshama Row d. Mrs A.L. Cooper 1-6 6-1 7-5
QF: Mrs H.E. Jones d. S.R.D. Tata 6-1 6-1
QF: Annie Clayton d. Mrs Prophet 6-2 6-1

SF: Covell d. Row 6-0 6-1
SF: Clayton d. Jones 6-2 6-2

FI: Phyllis Covell d. Annie Clayton 6-0 6-0

DF: Mrs A.L. Cooper/Mrs H.E. Jones d. Mrs P.C. Bamford/Mrs T.E. Cunningham 2-6 6-2 6-2

MX: Phyllis Covell/Beverly Covell d. Mrs H.E. Jones/S.M. Lahey-Bean 6-1 6-1


Date? Danish Covered Court Championships, Copenhagen, Denmark (Indoors on Wood)

FI: Ebba Meyer d. [????]

DF: Elsebeth Brehm/Tove Morville d. [????]

MX: Tove Morville/Donald M. Greig (GB) d. [????]

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Week of March 1-7

March 1-7, Riviera Championships, Menton, France (Clay)

Singles (Draw=32)

1R: Helen Wills (US) d. Daisy Hamerton 6-0 6-0
1R: Nelly Neppach (Ger) d. M. Norris 6-1 6-1
1R: Mary Cambridge (GB) d. Mrs E. Noble default
1R: Evelyn Dearman (GB) d. Cecily Marriott (GB) 5-7 retired
1R: Mrs C. Pitman d. Phyllis Satterthwaite (GB) default
1R: Mrs N. Hunt d. V. Humphrey 4-6 6-0 6-1
1R: M. Harland d. F. Dalton default
1R: Ermyntrude Harvey (GB) d Mrs G. Parsons 6-2 6-1

1R: Diddie Vlasto d. J. Campbell 6-1 6-0
1R: V. Shaw d. Mrs W. Merricks default
1R: P. Bainbridge d. M. Hands 6-0 6-3
1R: Ilona Peteri (Hun) d. A. Dashwood 6-0 6-1
1R: Eileen Connell (GB) d. M. Ley 6-3 6-2
1R: Honor Woolrych (GB) d. Winifred Bower (GB) 6-0 11-9
1R: G. Maynard d. Mrs J.M. More 6-1 6-1
1R: Lili de Alvarez (Sp) d. Mrs P. Thomas 6-1 6-0

2R: Wills d. Neppach 6-0 6-1
2R: Dearman d. Cambridge 1-6 1-5 retired
2R: Pitman d. Hunt 3-6 6-3 6-2
2R: Harvey d. Harland 6-0 6-2

2R: Vlasto d. Shaw 6-0 6-2
2R: Peteri d. Bainbridge 6-0 retired
2R: Woolrych d. Connell 6-2 3-6 6-3
2R: Alvarez d. Maynard 6-2 4-6 6-1

QF: Wills d. Dearman 6-1 6-1
QF: Harvey d. Pitman 6-4 6-3
QF: Vlasto d. Peteri 6-0 6-0
QF: Alvarez d. Woolrych 6-0 6-0

SF: Wills d. Harvey 6-0 6-1
SF: Alvarez d. Vlasto 7-5 8-6

FI: Helen Wills (US) d. Lili de Alvarez (Sp) 6-4 6-4

Doubles (Draw=at least 17)

[First two rounds missing]

QF: Lili de Alvarez (Esp)/Diddie Vlasto d. Winifred Bower (GB)/Miss Hamerton 6-0 6-0
QF: Ilona Peteri (Hun)/Heather Woolrych (GB) d. Sallie Maynard (GB)/Mrs S. Marsden 6-3 6-3
QF: Nelly Neppach (Ger)/Phyllis Satterthwaite (GB) d. J. Campbell/G.N. Thompson 6-2 6-1
QF: Ermyntrude Harvey (GB)/Dorothea Lambert Chambers (GB) d. M. Cator/Miss Reid default

SF: de Alvarez/Vlasto d. Peteri/Woolrych 6-4 7-5
SF: Harvey/Lambert Chambers d. Neppach/Satterthwaite 6-2 6-1

FI: Lili de Alvarez (Sp)/Diddie Vlasto d. Ermyntrude Harvey (GB)/Dorothea Lambert Chambers (GB) 4-6 7-5 7-5

Mixed Doubles (Draw=at least 33)

[First two rounds missing]

3R: Diddie Vlasto/Henri Cochet d. Mrs N. Hunt/N. Hunt 6-1 6-1
3R: Heather Woolrych (GB)/Captain Bernard Meyer (iND) d. Eileen Connell (GB)/George Horridge (GB) 6-0 6-3
3R: Nelly Neppach (Ger)/J. Andreu (sP) d. Sallie Maynard (GB)/Cecil Hartley (GB) 6-1 6-2
3R: Dorothea Lambert Chambers/René Gallèpe (Mon) d. Mary Cambridge (GB)/Frederick Scovel (US) 6-3 6-1

3R: Phyllis Satterthwaite (GB)/Bela von Kehrling (Hun) d. M. Hamilton/G.M. Thomas 6-1 6-1
3R: Ilona Peteri (Hun)/Count Mino Balbi (Ita) d. Agnes Hillyard (GB)/Brame Hilllyard (GB) 6-2 6-3
3R: Cecily Marriott (GB)/Charles Kingsley (GB) d. Mrs C. Pitman/George Groundsell (GB) 6-2 6-3
3R: Helen Wills (US)/Jimmy van Alen (US) d. Ermyntrude Harvey (GB)/Douglas Hodges (GB) 6-4 6-2

QF: Vlasto/Cochet d. Woolrych/Meyer 6-0 6-0
QF: Lambert Chambers/Gallèpe d. Neppach/Andreu 6-1 2-6 6-4
QF: Satterthwaite/von Kehrling d. Peteri/Balbi 6-2 6-1
QF: Wills/van Alen d. Marriott/Kingsley 6-4 6-2

SF: Vlasto/Cochet d. Lambert Chambers/Gallèpe 6-4 6-4
SF: Wills/van Alen d. Satterthwaite/von Kehrling 6-4 6-4

FI: Diddie Vlasto/Henri Cochet d. Helen Wills (US)/Jimmy van Alen (US) 7-5 3-6 6-3

Mixed Doubles: for the Coupe des Nations/Nations Cup (Draw=7)

*The pairs taking part in this event had to be from the same nation.

1R: Diddie Vlasto/Henri Cochet d. Leslie Aeschlimann/Charles Aeschlimann (Sui) default
1R: Dorothea Lambert Chambers/Charles Kingsley (GB) d. Lili de Alvarez/J. Andreu (Sp) 6-0 7-5
1R: Phyllis Satterthwaite/Jack Hillyard (GB) d. Ilona Peteri/Bela von Kehrling (Hun) 6-4 7-9 6-1
1R: Helen Wills/Jimmy van Alen (US)-a bye

SF: Vlasto/Cochet d. Lambert Chambers/Kingsley 6-0 6-3
SF: Wills/van Alen d. Satterthwaite/Hillyard 7-5 6-0

FI: Diddie Vlasto/Henri Cochet d. Helen Wills (US)/Jimmy van Alen (US) 6-2 6-2

Draw notes:

Daisy Hamerton (1R loser to Helen Wills) is likely to be a nickname for Lily Hamerton or a close relation.

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 stillk nows her own business best. ....Don't you feel she should have given me a return 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.

Nelly Neppach is having problems with her own federation, which has very publicaly made it clear that she is not officially representing Germany. Nelly has ignored their demands not to play on the Riviera. Germans are still barred from many events due to the Great War. Neppach remarked, "Do they want to keep this war going forever? I have never received a better welcome anywhere than from the French on the Riviera. This is my own people firing upon me from the rear."


March 1-6, Women's Championships of Florida, Palm Beach, Florida, United States (Clay)
Venue: Poinciana Hotel

1R: Elizabeth Ryan d Lucia Chase 6-0 6-0
1R: Phyllis Walsh d Lady Surdale (GB) 6-3 6-0
1R: Clare Cassel d Lady Cholmondeley (GB) 6-0 6-0

2R: Cassel d Walsh 6-2 6-4
2R: Ryan d Lady Dorren Hely-Hutchinson (GB) 6-0 6-1

QF: Mary Browne d Mrs Bernard Stenz 6-4 8-6
QF: Mrs J Saunders Taylor d Elizabeth Choate 8-6 6-1
QF: Ryan d Cassel 6-1 6-2
QF: Mrs Edward Raymond d Mrs WH Pritchard 6-3 6-2

SF: Browne d Saunders Taylor 6-3 6-0
SF: Ryan d Raymond 6-2 6-2

FI: Elizabeth Ryan d. Mary K. Browne 6-4 6-0

DF: Mary K. Browne/Phyllis Walsh d. Julia Brokaw/Elizabeth Ryan 6-3 7-5

MX: Elizabeth Ryan/A. Drexel-Biddle d. Mrs W. Pritchard/Jerry Lang 4-6 6-3 6-1

The influx of English nobility is due to the weather-this being "the season" the warm Flordia in winter. "Bunny" won the final despite serving 10 double faults. She often serves up a lot of doubles, but when her serve goes it is difficult to handle.

Draw notes: Mixed finalists Mrs Pritchard and Jerry Lang are brother and sister. Fuller results are in the NYT, which confusingly calls the opening round the Preliminary round AND the first round. I have settled on calling it the first round.

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Week of March 8-14

March 4-13, MCC Autumn Tournament, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

FI: Gladys Toyne d. Sylvia Harper 8-6 6-4

DF: Esna Boyd/Sylvia Harper d. M. Melver/R. Stephenson 6-3 8-6

MX: Esna Boyd/H. Schlesingerd. Sylvia Harper/Ian McInnes 9-7 1-6 6-3


March 7-11, Dixie Championships, Tampa, Florida, United States (Clay)
Venue: Davis Island Courts

Singles (Draw=at least 11)

1R: Elizabeth Ryan-bye
1R: Lady Doreen Hely-Hutchinson (GB) d Mrs George B Stanwix 6-2 6-3
1R: Louise Raymond d Miss Thompson 6-1 6-1
1R: Mrs J. Saunders Taylor d Miss Miller 6-0 6-0
1R: Mary Browne-bye

QF: Ryan d Helen McMillan 6-1 6-0
QF: Raymond d Hely-Hutchinson 4-6 6-0 6-1
QF: Saunders Taylor d Josina Vanderende 6-2 6-2
QF: Browne d ???? 6-0 6-0

SF: Ryan d Raymond 6-3 6-1
SF: Browne d Sanders Taylor 6-3 6-2

FI: Elizabeth Ryan d. Mary Browne 6-3 8-6

DF: Elizabeth Ryan/Mrs J. Saunders-Taylor d. Mary K. Browne/Mrs E. Raymond 6-3 6-4


March 8-14, Munich, Germany (Indoors)

FI: Ilse Friedleben d. Mrs Dyrenfurth 6-1 6-0

MX: IlseFriedleben/George Demasius d. Mrs Lemp/Knaw 6-1 6-1


March 8-14, South of France Championships, Nice, France (Clay)

Singles (Draw=48)

1R: Helen Wills (US)-bye
1R: Helen Shirley (GB)-bye
1R: Sallie Maynard (GB)-bye
1R: K.A. Frischer-bye
1R: Joan Ridley (GB)-bye
1R: Mme Neveu-bye
1R: J. Martin-bye
1R: Paulette Marjollet-bye

1R: Germaine Bourgeois d. Mrs Bramley-Moore 6-4 5-7 7-5
1R: Jeanne Franke d. Mrs D. Young 7-5 6-3
1R: Ermyntrude Harvey (GB) d. Mme A.M. Libbert 6-2 6-2
1R: D. Jacquier d. Mme Landau 6-2 6-2
1R: Mrs Mayne d. Nelly Neppach (Ger) default
1R: Baronne J. Riegerova d. Mme Feret-Dutard 6-1 6-2
1R: Mlle de Bourdineau d. Mlle Hulbert 6-4 6-3
1R: Ilona Peteri (Hun) d. Eileen Connell (GB) 6-3 6-4

1R: Mrs C. Pitman d. Miss Hood 6-0 6-0
1R: Molly Smailes (GB) d. Miss Wightman 6-0 6-1
1R: Patricia du Cros d. Ade de Bruyn Kops (Ned) 6-2 8-6
1R: Nancy Radcliffe-Platt (GB) d. Hon. Mrs G.M. Corbett default
1R: Yvonne Bourgeois d. M.A. Wright (GB) default
1R: Phyllis Radcliffe (GB) d. Mrs Brownlow 6-0 6-3
1R: Dorothy Deen (GB) d. Leslie Aeschlimann (Sui) default
1R: Isabella Mumford (USA) d. Lili de Alvarez (Esp) default

1R: Eileen Bennett-bye
1R: L. Boothe-bye
1R: Mme de Andria-bye
1R: E.M. Green-bye
1R: A.M. Ritchie-bye
1R: Mrs S. Marsden-bye
1R: A.M. Dashwood-bye
1R: Lesley Cadle (GB)-bye

2R: Wills d. Shirley 6-0 6-0
2R: Maynard d. Frischer 7-5 6-3
2R: Ridley d. Neveu 6-1 6-3
2R: Martin d. Marjollet 7-5 6-2
2R: G. Bourgeois d. Franke 7-5 6-0
2R: Harvey d. Jacquier 6-2 6-2
2R: Riegerova d. Mayne default
2R: Peteri d. de Bourdineau 6-0 6-1

2R: Smailes d. Pitman 6-4 0-6 6-3
2R: Radcliffe-Platt (GB) d. du Cros 6-0 6-0
2R: Y. Bourgeois d. Radcliffe 7-5 6-4
2R: Mumford d. Deen 6-0 6-0
2R: Eileen Bennett d. L. Boothe 6-1 6-0
2R: Mme de Andria d. E.M. Green 7-5 6-3
2R: A.M. Ritchie d. Mrs S. Marsden 6-2 6-3
2R: A.M. Dashwood d. Lesley Cadle (GB) default

3R: Wills d. Maynard 6-0 6-1
3R: Ridley d. Martin 6-2 6-0
3R: Harvey d. Y. Bourgeois 6-3 6-1
3R: Peteri d. Baronne Riegerova 6-0 6-1

3R: Smailes d. Radcliffe-Platt 6-3 0-6 6-4
3R: Mumford d. G. Bourgeois 6-1 retired
3R: Bennett d. de Andria 6-4 6-2
3R: Dashwood d. Ritchie 7-5 6-4

QF: Wills d. Ridley 6-0 6-2
QF: Peteri d. Harvey 6-1 6-2
QF: Mumford d. Smailes 6-1 6-3QF: Bennett d. Dashwood 6-4 1-6 6-3

SF: Wills d. Peteri 6-2 6-2
SF: Mumford d. Bennett 4-6 6-4 6-0

FI: Helen Wills (US) d. Isabella Mumford (US) 6-0 6-1

Doubles (Draw=at least 17)

Missing 1R and 2R

QF: Ermyntrude Harvey (GB)/Dorothea Lambert Chambers (GB) d. E.M. Green/Mrs D. Young 6-1 6-3
QF: Phyllis Radcliffe (GB)/Nancy Radcliffe-Platt (GB) d. Eileen Connell (GB)/A.M. Ritchie 7-5 6-3
QF: Lesley Cadle (GB)/Margaret Tripp (GB) d. Patricia du Cros/Jeanne Franke 6-2 6-1
QF: Eileen Bennett (GB)/Joan Ridley (GB) d. Leslie Aeschlimann (Sui)/Isabella Mumford (USA) 7-5 2-6 6-1

SF: Harvey/Lambert Chambers d. Radcliffe/Radcliffe-Platt 6-0 6-3
SF: Bennett/Ridley d. Cadle/Tripp 6-3 6-2

FI: Ermyntrude Harvey (GB)/Dorothea Lambert Chambers (GB) d. Eileen Bennett (GB)/Joan Ridley (GB) 6-4 7-5

Mixed doubles (Draw=at least 17)

Missing the 1R

2R: Diddie Vlasto/Henri Cochet d. Mrs Melrose/Carruthers 6-0 6-1
2R: Ilona Peteri (Hun)/J. Andreu (Sp) d. Molly Smailes (GB)/Xavier de Poligny 6-2 6-4
2R: Ermyntrude Harvey (GB)/Jack Hillyard (GB) d. Lesley Cadle (GB)/Captain Bernard Meyer (GB) 6-2 6-4
2R: Eileen Bennett (GB)/Jimmy van Alen (US) d. E.M. Green/Christie 6-2 6-3

2R: Eden Petchell (GB)/Charles Aeschlimann (Sui) d. Joan Ridley (GB)/Julian-Joseph Lezard (SA) 7-5 6-2
2R: Dorothea Lambert Chambers (GB)/René Gallèpe (Mon) d. Germaine Bourgeois/Emmanuel du Plaix 6-3 6-1
2R: Yvonne Bourgeois/André Aron d. Jeanne Franke/Hector Fisher (Sui) 6-2 6-4
2R: Helen Wills (US)/Charles Kingsley (GB) d. Miss Stanley/Frank Deen (GB) 6-0 6-0

QF: Vlasto/Cochet d. Peteri/Andreu default
QF: Bennett/van Alen d. Harvey/Hillyard 6-3 7-5
QF: Petchell/Aeschlimann d. Lambert Chambers/Gallèpe 6-1 2-6 6-4
QF: Wills/Kingsley d. Bourgeois/Aron 6-1 6-3

SF: Vlasto/Cochet d. Bennett/van Alen 6-1 6-3
SF: Wills/Kingsley d. Petchell/Aeschlimann 6-3 7-5

FI: 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.

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Re: 1926 results

Week of March 15-21

March 15-20, US Covered Court Championships, Boston, Massachusetts, United States (Indoors on Wood)
Venue: Longwood (Chesnut Hill Covered Courts)

Singles (Draw=27)

1R: Elizabeth Ryan d Mrs John L Bremer 10-8 6-3
1R: Julia Chapin d Mrs Robert Walcott 6-2 4-6 6-4
1R: Anna Fuller Hubbard d Mrs S.T. Crawford 6-3 6-3
1R: Edith Sigourney d Dorothy Briggs 6-1 6-0
1R: Martha Bayard d Margaret Blake 6-4 6-3
1R: Rosamund Newton-bye
1R: Mrs W. M Shedden-bye
1R: Mrs Paul Sanborn-bye

1R: Marion Zinderstein Jessup-bye
1R: Dorothy Blodgett-bye
1R: Katherine Gardner d Mrs A.C. Butler 6-1 6-1
1R: Mrs AL Robinson d Mrs H.R. Hardwick 6-3 6-3
1R: Elizabeth Corbiere d Mrs Lester Watson 6-0 6-1
1R: Mrs Franklin Reese d Mrs W.H. Trumball default
1R: Mrs ER Mitton d Mrs Ralph Hornblower 6-0 6-0
1R: Mary Browne d Mrs Delmar Leighton 6-1 6-3

2R Ryan d Chapin 6-0 6-1
2R: Hubbard d Sigourney 6-4 6-1
2R: Bayard d Newton 6-1 6-1
2R: Shedden d Sanborn 6-1 6-0

2R: Jessup d Blodgett 6-0 6-1
2R: Gardner d Robinson 6-1 6-1
2R: Corbiere d Reese 6-0 6-1
2R: Browne d Mitton 6-4 6-1

QF: Ryan d Hubbard 6-2 6-4
QF: Bayard d Shedden 6-2 6-3
QF: Jessup d Gardner 6-0 6-0
QF: Browne d Corbiere 6-2 6-0

SF: Ryan d Bayard 6-2 6-1
SF: Jessup d Browne 6-2 6-3

FI: Elizabeth Ryan d. Marion Jessup 1-6 6-2 6-3


SF: Jessup/Wightman d Bayard/Gardner 6-1 6-3
SF: Browne/Ryan d Corbierre/Endicott 6-2 6-2

FI: Mary Browne/Elizabeth Ryan d. Marion Jessup/Hazel Wightman 6-1 6-3

MX: Hazel Wightman/George Gardiner d Anna Hubbard/Arnold Jones 6-3 6-4

Draw notes:
Anna Fuller Hubbard is married to Charles J Hubbard. She was RU in the 1925 US Indoors.

Elizabeth Corbierre =Mrs J Dallas Corbierre


March 15-21, Côte d’Azur Championships, Cannes, France (Clay)
Venue: Cannes Lawn Tennis Club

Singles (Draw=64)

1R: Helen Wills (US) d. L.C. Cuppage 6-1 6-0
1R: Mrs J.R. Hall (US) d. E. Pierce 6-3 6-2
1R: Winifred Keays (Ind) d. S. Rhodes 6-0 6-0
1R: M. Ashby d. M.S. Armitage 6-3 6-3
1R: Mrs H.J. Hamilton-Fleming d. I.G. Clarke 6-1 6-1
1R: Cosette Saint-Omer-Roy d. M. Clery 6-3 6-1
1R: Maud Barger-Wallach d. E. van Scherpenberg 6-0 60
1R: Joan Padwick (GB) d. Mme de Iszkowski 6-3 6-3

1R: Eileen Bennet (GB) d. Hon. Mrs G.M. Corbett 6-2 6-3
1R: Colette de Fonvillars d. Mrs D. Young 7-5 7-5
1R: Baronne J. Riegerova d. F.M. Halkett 6-2 3-6 6-4
1R: Nancy Radcliffe-Platt (GB) d. Ade de Bruyn Kops (Neth) 6-2 6-4
1R: Eden Petchell (GB) d. Mrs Beaumont-Thomas 6-0 6-0
1R: Eileen Connell (GB) d. M. Woolland 6-2 6-1
1R: Germaine Bourgeois d. M. Hunter 6-2 6-1
1R: G.M. Garfit d. Miss Cowan 7-5 6-3

1R: Dorothy Shepherd-Barron d. C. Schmidt 6-0 6-0
1R: Mme Feret-Dutard d. Mrs O.A. Tweedie 6-4 6-3
1R: Madeline O’Neill (GB) d. Zeala Inder (GB) 6-0 6-1
1R: Sallie Maynard (GB) d. Mrs Hodgkinson 6-2 6-4
1R: Yvonne Bourgeois d. Mrs Sinclair Westcott 6-0 6-3
1R: M.A. Dallett d. Agnes Hillyard (GB) 6-2 6-2
1R: Leslie Aeschlimann (Sui) d. M.P. Wilson 0-6 8-6 6-4
1R: E.M. Green d. Mrs S. Marsden 6-4 6-1

1R: Isabella Mumford (US) d. Mrs Holman 6-4 6-4
1R: Phyllis Radcliffe (GB) d. Mme E.M. Schwabe 5-7 6-2 7-5
1R: G. Grasset d. M. Morris 6-1 7-5
1R: Kate Frischer (GB) d. Mrs C. Grey 8-6 6-3
1R: Joan Ridley (GB) d. D. McCarthy 6-2 6-1
1R: L. Smedsrud d. P. Brooks 6-1 6-2
1R: S. Travers d. ???? default
1R: Mrs H. Fleming d. Mrs C. Smithwick 6-3 6-1

2R: Wills d. Hall 6-0 6-0
2R: Keays d. Ashby 6-1 4-6 11-9
2R: Mrs H.J. Hamilton-Fleming d. Saint-Omer-Roy 6-3 6-3
2R: Padwick d. Barger-Wallach 5-7 6-3 6-
2R: Bennett d. de Fonvillars 6-1 6-0
2R: Radcliffe-Platt d. Baronne Riegerova 6-1 7-5
2R: G. Bourgeois d. Garfit 6-3 6-1
2R: Petchell d. Connell 6-0 6-2

2R: Shepherd-Barron d. Feret-Dutard 6-1 6-0
2R: O’Neill d. Maynard 6-3 6-3
2R: Aeschlimann d. Green 6-2 6-0
2R: Y. Bourgeois d. Dallett 6-1 6-1
2R: Grasset d. Frischer 6-0 6-0
2R: Mumford d. Radcliffe 6-0 11-9
2R: Travers d. Mrs H. Fleming 6-1 6-1
2R: Ridley d. Smedsrud 6-0 6-0

3R: Wills d. Keays 6-1 6-0
3R: Padwick d. Hamilton-Fleming 5-7 6-2 6-2
3R: Bennett d. Radcliffe-Platt 8-6 6-0
3R: Petchell d. G. Bourgeois 6-0 6-3

3R: Shepherd-Barron d. O’Neill 6-1 6-2
3R: Y. Bourgeois d. Aeschliman 9-7 6-3
3R: G. Grasset d. Mumford 6-1 6-1
3R: Ridley d. Travers 6-4 6-3

QF: Wills d. Padwick 6-0 6-0
QF: Bennett d. Petchell 6-3 7-5
QF: Y Bourgeois d Shepherd-Barron 7-5 6-1
QF: Ridley d. Grasset 3-6 6-1 6-1

SF: Wills d. Bennett 6-2 6-4
SF: Ridley d. Bourgeois 7-5 4-6 8-6

FI: Helen Wills (US) d. Joan Ridley (GB) default

Doubles (Draw=at least 17)

[First round missing]

2R: Eileen Bennett (GB)/Joan Ridley (GB) d. Mrs J.R. Hall (US)/E. Pierce default
2R: Eileen Connell (GB)/Thelma Wallis Myers (GB) d. Madeline O’Neill (GB)/Joan Padwick (GB) 6-4 6-3
2R: Isabella Mumford (US)/S. Travers d. Mme Bely/C. Schmidt 7-5 6-4
2R: Phyllis Radcliffe (GB)/Nancy Radcliffe-Platt (GB) d. A.M. Pigon/C. Starkie 6-2 6-0

2R: M. Ashby/M.A. Dallett d. Colette de Fonvillars/Cosette Saint-Omer-Roy 6-2 6-4
2R: Germaine Bourgeois/Yvonne Bourgeois d. E.M. Green/Mrs D. Young 6-1 6-4
2R: Winifred Keays (Ind)/Dorothy Shepherd-Barron (GB) d. C. Garfit/E. Perry 6-0 6-0
2R: Dorothy Coleman (GB)/Eden Petchell (GB) d. H. Fischer/M. Woolland 6-1 6-2

QF: Bennett/Ridley d. Connell/Wallis Myers 6-1 6-3
QF: Radcliffe/Radcliffe-Platt d. Mumford/Travers 4-6 6-4 6-2
QF: Ashby/Dallett d. G. Bourgeois/Y. Bourgeois
QF: Coleman/Petchell d. Keays/Shepherd-Barron 4-6 6-2 6-3

SF: Bennett/Ridley d. Radcliffe/Radcliffe-Platt 6-3 6-4
SF: Coleman/Petchell d. Ashby/Dallett 6-0 6-0

FI: Eileen Bennett (GB)/Joan Ridley (GB) d. Dorothy Coleman (GB)/Eden Petchell (GB) 6-4 5-7 4-4 retired

Mixed Doubles (Draw=at least 17)

[First round missing]

2R: Helen Wills (GB)/Henri Cochet d. Hon. Mrs Westmacott/J. Crewe 6-2 6-1
2R: Dorothy Coleman (GB)/A.D Vickers d. Mrs S. Marsden/Reginald Dunkerley 6-3 6-4
2R: Germaine Bourgeois/J. Andreu (Esp) d. Mlle Gevers/E.W. Leonard 6-3 6-1
2R: Joan Ridley (GB)/Frederick Scovel d. M.A. Dallett/Jimmy van Alen (US) 6-2 6-4

2R: Yvonne Bourgeois/Félix Poulin d. C. Schmidt/A. Ducreux 6-3 6-3
2R: Eden Petchell (GB)/Lord Charles Hope (GB) E.M. Green/F.T. McKeown 6-2 6-2
2R: Dorothy Shepherd-Barron (GB)/Charles Aeschlimann (Sui) d. Ade de Bruyn Kops (Ned)/Franz de Bruyn Kops (Ned) 6-0 6-3
2R: Phyllis Radcliffe (GB)/Captain Bernard Meyer (Ind) d. Winifred Keays (Ind)/Julian-Joseph Lezard (SA) 6-3 6-4

QF: Wills/Cochet d. Coleman/Vickers 6-2 6-1
QF: Ridley/Scovel d. G. Bourgeois/Andreu 6-2 6-2
QF: Y. Bourgeois/Poulin d. Petchell/Hope 7-5 6-4
QF: Radcliffe/Meyer d. Shepherd-Barron/Aeschlimann 6-2 6-3

SF: Wills/Cochet d. Ridley/Scovel 6-1 9-7
SF: Radcliffe/Meyer d. Y. Bourgeois/Poulin 6-0 6-3

FI: Helen Wills (US)/Henri Cochet d. Phyllis Radcliffe (GB)/Captain Bernard Meyer (Ind) 7-5 6-1

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