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post #8 of (permalink) Old Mar 29th, 2002, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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Dates: June 30 to July 5 (July 3 and 4 for the Ladies)
Venue: The All-England Club, Wimbledon
Surface: Grass


Singles (Draw=4)

1st Round

May Jacks d. Edith Cole 6-4 7-5
Lena Rice (Ire) d. Mary Steedman 7-5 6-2


Lena Rice d. May Jacks 6-4 6-1

Hillyard does not defend title.



Wimbledon site
Thanks to Newmarlk for the report from Pastime.



A high point for Lena Rice, who becomes the only Irish woman to win Wimbledon., but a low point for the event, with the smallest entry ever(4). Lena never again plays competitive tennis.

A pregnant Hillyard doesn't defend.

From "Pastime", July 9, 1890: "The first round of the ladies' singles was played on Wednesday afternoon [July 2nd] at 3.30. Miss Lena Rice and Miss Mary Steedman played on the centre court. The former was hardly in such good form as in Dublin, her hitting being less powerful, but she placed very well and kept a good length. Miss Steedman, although out of practice, played well, frequently volleying with success.

"The first set reached games-all, and for a time Miss Steedman looked like winning it; but Miss Rice played very steadily, and, gaining the next two games, won the set at 7-5. In the second the Irish lady had matter pretty much her own way, although Miss Steedman played pluckily until the last stroke was decided.

"While this match was taking place, Mss May Jacks and Mrs Edith Cole were playing in an adjoining court, and proved to be very equally matched. Four-all was called in the first set, which Miss Jacks won at 6-4. In the second Mrs Cole got to 5-4 and 40-30, wanting but a stroke to make it set-all. This she could not obtain, and Miss Jacks won at 7-5.

"Mrs Cole was very weak in her forehand strokes, but her backhand was remarkably strong. Miss Jack showed the greater activity, and won by her superior steadiness.

"The All-Comers' Final was played on Friday [July 4th], and as it was known that Mrs Blanche Hillyard would not defend her title the match invested with all the importance of the championship round.

"Miss Jacks started very well, and the game was called at 4-2 in her favour. Miss Rice appeared to lack confidence, her returns being short. After the sixth game she steadily improved, and won ten out of the next eleven games. The last four games of the match were all won to love, one by Miss Jacks and three by Miss Rice.

"By her victory, Miss Rice becomes lady champion, and has the distinction of being the first lady to carry the title to Ireland. The winner won 58 strokes and lost 42."

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