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Dates: June 23 to 27.
Venue: Philadelphia Country Club, Wissahickon Heights, (Chesnut Hill) Philadelphia
Surface: Grass

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Singles (Draw=9, plus holder)


*Holder E. Roosevelt "sits out" until the Challenge Round final.

Preliminary Round

Helen Day Harris d. Fannie Gregory 5-6 6-5 6-1

1st Round

Adelaide Clarkson d. Emma Morgan 6-2 6-5
Grace Roosevelt d. Harris 3-6 6-3 6-4
Mabel Cahill (Ire) d. Annabella Wistar 6-5 6-4
Lida Voorhees d. Amy Williams 4-6 6-3 6-3

Semifinals

G. Roosevelt d. Clarkson 6-0 6-1
Cahill d. Voorhees 6-1 6-0

Final

Mabel Cahill d. Grace Roosevelt 6-3 7-5

Challenge Round

Mabel Cahill d. Ellen Roosevelt (holder) 6-4 6-1 4-6 6-3

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Doubles (Draw=4)

1st Round

Ellen Roosevelt/Grace Roosevelt d. Helen Day Harris/Lida Voorhees 6-1 6-1
Mabel Cahill (Ire)/Emma Morgan d. Annie Burdette/Sarah Homans 5-6 6-3 6-4

Final

Mabel Cahill/Emma Morgan d. Ellen Roosevelt/Grace Roosevelt 2-6 8-6 6-4

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Draw notes:

Helen Day Harris=Mrs A. H. Harris
Sarah Homans is from the Englewood Field Club.
Emma Morgan=Mrs. Fellows Morgan of the Short Hills Tennis Club.
Grace Roosevelt was from the Newburg Lawn Tennis Club
Lida Voorhees represented the Bergen POint LTC.
Annabella Wistar=Miss B. C. Wistar of the Philadelphia Country Club

There was a mised doubles event, but this was not given championship status until 1892. It was won by Mabel Cahill/Wright over Grace Roosevelt/Lee 6-4 6-0 7-5 on June 27. The singles final took place on the 26th.

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Summary

Standards were still not in place for lawn tennis.

If contestants were tied at 5 games all the next game decided the set. Yet in the ladies doubles final the middle set was decided by an 8-6 score.

"A great crowd" watched the final match, "which was splendidly fought from start to finish, and every stroke was liberally applauded". Cahill attacked on her forehand with a "Lawford"-like stroke. (Lawford was a male champ who used a big topspin forehand). Generally hitting harder, she "passed" (hit winners) against her opponent 50 times to 26. Grace fought back from a 1-4 deficit to win 5 consecutive games for the third set. This was the first best of 5 finals match for the women, a practice that would continue until ended after the 1901 event.

In the doubles final the winners "were within a single point of losing the match." (NYT)

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