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post #6 of (permalink) Old Mar 29th, 2002, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
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Dates: July 10-21 (the Ladies began on July 17)
Venue: All-England Club, Wimbledon, London, England
Surface: Grass

Singles (Draw=6, plus holder)


1st Round

Miss 'Howes'-bye
D. Patterson d. Blanche Williams 6-0 6-3
Blanche Hillyard d. Miss 'Canning' 6-2 6-2
Miss 'Phillimore'-bye

Semifinals

'Howes' d. Patterson 6-4 6-2
Hillyard d. 'Phillimore' default

All-Comer's Final

Blanche Hillyard d. Mrs 'Howes' 6-1 6-2

Challenge Round

Lottie Dod (holder) d. Blanche Hillyard 6-3 6-3

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Draw notes:


The Times initially announces "Miss Howes" as "Miss Holme". They correct it the next day.


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Sources:

The London Times (which has sparse coverage)

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Summary


Early on the Championships resembled a masked ball-with 3 of the 6 entrants hiding behind a false name. The use of pseudonyms was common before 1919, but never so pronounced as in this draw.

A record crowd came out for the Challenge Round. Blanche lost only 6 games in two matches to get to Lottie Dod; she did well to earn 6 games in losing. Play was quick, lasting some 35 minutes. Excited spectators cried out "Lottie!" several times during the match. The London Times noted that Miss Dod was even better than the year before.

Bingley is married and now plays as Hillyard. Her husband is later head of the All-England Club.

First prize was a 50 guinea challenge shield.

Last edited by Rollo; Mar 20th, 2016 at 12:58 AM.
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