First half of July
July 3-8, London Championships
, London, England (Grass)
Venue: Queen’s Club
CR: Maud Shackle (holder) d. Edith Austin 6-2 6-1
THE CHAMPIONSHIPS (WIMBLEDON)
: July 10-20
Venue: The All-England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon, London, England
Champ Dod sits out until the Challenge Round.
Edith Austin d. S Robins 6-2 6-1
Maud Shackle d. Ruth Legh 10-8 6-1
Charlotte Cooper d. Henrietta Horncastle 6-4 6-1
Shackle d. Austin 6-0 6-2
Hillyard d. Cooper 6-3 6-1
Blanche Hillyard d. Maud Shackle 6-3 6-2
Lottie Dod (holder) d. Blanche Hillyard 6-8 6-1 6-4
In the first set there were six breaks of service in the first six games; at 5-4, 40-0, Lottie Dod had three set points, but could not convert any of them. In the second set Blanche Hillyard won her service to love in the first game and had three break points in the second game, which went to a total of ten deuces before Lottie Dod held serve. Lottie Dod then won the next five games to take the second set. In the final set there were six breaks of serve in the first six games once again. At 4-3, Lottie Dod got the vital break of serve and won her own serve to consolidate it.
Although Blanche Hillyard held to 4-5, Lottie Dod held on to win the set, match and championship in the next game. There was a break of a few minutes early in the third set when Lottie Dod slipped and fell, but she was not seriously hurt.
Hillyard tests Dod in the challenge round. Weeks before Wimbledon she had held 3 match points at Manchester, losing 6-3 3-6 7-5. This time she again falls in 3. A figure in white with her cricket cap secure on her head, Lottie moved about the court with her black stockings providing color. At the start of the third Lottie fell heavily. It was thought she might retire. However, she held on for her third straight crown. Lottie Dod never again played tennis competively. She went on to other sports, including golf, and archery, where she won a silver medal at the 1908 Olympics.
With a scant record of 8-0, Dod remains the only woman in tennis history NEVER to lose a singles match in a grand slam
began July 11, New York State Championships,
Saragota Springs, New York, US (Grass)
Venue: Saragota Athletic Club
FI: Mabel Cahill (Ire) d. Bessie Moore 9-7 6-1
MX: Bessie Moore/Fred Hovey d. Mabel Cahill (Ire)/Clarence Hobart 6-3 3-6 6-3