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Re: Alice Marble Career Results

1940 Results:

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May 6-12, Tennessee Valley Tournament, Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States

Mixed Doubles (partner Bobby Riggs)

FI: d. Virginia Wolfenden/Charles Hare (GB) 0-6 6-4 6-2

Marble's first event of 1940-she skips the singles and enters only the mixed doubles.

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May 14-20, Atlanta Invitation Tournament, Atlanta, Georgia, United States (Clay)

1R: bye
2R: d. Sara Comer 6-1 6-3
QF: d. Pat Canning 6-2 6-0
SF: d. Gracyn Wheeler 6-0 6-2
FI: d. Virginia Wolfenden 6-3 6-3

Mixed Doubles (Partner Russell Bobbitt)

FI: d. Virginia Wolfenden/Charles Hare (GB) 2-6 6-8 6-2

Alice's first singles event of 1940 and first tournament ever on green clay. She lost a match on red clay in 1934 during a US-France series. Marble was the star attraction in Atlanta. There was no women's doubles.

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June 15-21, United States Clay Court Championships, River Forest, Illinois, United States (Clay)
Venue: River Forest Country Club

1R: d. Kitty Lawrence 6-1 6-0
2R: d. Edna Shalala 6-3 6-1
QF: d. Mary Arnold 7-5 6-3
SF: d. Virginia Wolfenden 6-2 3-6 6-4
FI: d. Gracyn Wheeler 7-5 6-0

Doubles (partner Mary Arnold)

1R: d. N. Corbel/C. Spauld 6-1 6-0
SF: d. Pat Canning/Virginia Wolfenden 6-1 6-0
FI: d. Nina Brown (GB)/Mary Hardwick (GB) 7-5 6-1.

Marble's "inconsistency in clay court hitting duels" kept a couple of her matches close. In a major scare she drops a set to Wolfenden in the semis.

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June 22-30, Tri-State Championships, Cincinnati, Ohio, United States (Clay)

1R: d. Dorothy Henkel 6-0 6-1
2R: d. Jane Wagner 6-0 6-1
QF: d. Mary Arnold 6-2 6-1
SF: d. Helen Bernhard 6-3 1-6 7-5
FI: d. Gracyn Wheeler 6-3 6-4

Doubles (partner Mary Arnold)

SF: d. Pat Canning/Virginia Wolfenden 6-3 6-2
FI: d. Nina Brown (GB)/Mary Hardwick (GB) 7-5 6-4

Marble is severely tested by Bernhard in the SF, losing set and nearly the match itself. Alice is pushed to the limit by Bernhard, who has 6 match points! Alice as "on the brink at 1-5 and 4 -5" with 3 match points saved in each game. "To Helen's credit, she did not give an inch and Alice had to win outright nearly all of the six points."Helen was unlucky she had played Pat Canning a long 3 set match earlier in the day-the Tri State schedule being backed up by rain. American Lawn Tennis confirms that her last singles defeat was Wimbledon of 1938.

The rain contributed to slowing down Alice's game, which was based on attack.

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June 29-July 7, North Shore Invitation, Evanston, Illinois, United States

1R: d. Elizabeth Bunnell 6-0 6-1
2R: d. Dorothy Wilbur 6-0 6-0
QF: d. Helen Fulton Shockley 2-6 6-1 6-3
SF: Marble d. Gracyn Wheeler 6-1 8-6
FI: d. Virginia Wolfenden 6-4 6-3

Doubles (Partner Mary Arnold)

QF: d. Marjorie McDonald/Francigene Sheridan 6-0 6-0
SF: d. Nina Brown (GB)/Mary Hardwick (GB) 6-2 6-4
FI: d. Pat Canning/Virginia Wolfenden 6-4 6-1

Marble loses her third set in as many tournaments for 1940 but remains undefeated.

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July 8-15, Western Championships, Indianapolis, Indiana, United States (Clay)
Venue: Woodstock Country Club

[Singles. #1 seed]

1R: d. Florence Wolff 6-0 6-0
2R: d. Mary Ann Davis 6-1 6-2
QF: d. Jane Wagner 6-0 6-3
SF: d. Mary Arnold 6-1 6-3
FI: d. Virginia Wolfenden [2] 6-2 8-6

Mixed Doubles (with Bobby Riggs. #1 seeds)

QF: d. Florence Wolff/M. Ruehl 6-1 6-2
SF: d. Pat Canning/Bob Kamrath 6-3 6-3
FI : d. Virginia Wolfenden/Bill Talbert 11-9 3-6 6-1

Surface described as "green teniko" a surface close to har-tru. In the final Wolfenden ran off 4 straight games from 2-5 to lead 6-5 in the 2nd set but failed to close it out.

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July 15-21, Maryland State and Middle Atlantic Championships, Baltimore, Maryland, United States (Grass)
Venue: Baltimore Country Club

1R: d. Frances Mutthal 6-1 6-1
2R: d. Louise Raymond 6-0 6-1
QF: d. Hope Knowles 6-1 6-1
SF: d. Valerie Scott (GB) 6-3 7-5
FI: d. Pauline Betz 4-6 6-4 6-0

Doubles (partner Mary Arnold)


1R: bye
QF: d. Barbara Bradley/Helen Pedersen 6-1 6-3
SF: d. Helen Bernhard/Louise Brough 6-2 6-4
FI: d. Mary Hardwick (GB)/Valerie Scott (GB) 7-5 6-4

Valerie Scott charged the net in the semis-Alice's lobs often caught her off guard and ou of position for the smash.

In the final Pauline was "hitting hard off both sides and going to the net judiciously". The crowd was in disbelief as Betz shot out ot 3-0 lead, with Marble winning only 2 points. Pauline scored with fantastic passing shots, while Alice was off on her serve and her forehand. Pauline only two games away at 6-4 4-3 with her serve to come.

With her back to the wall the champion showed her mettle. Alice hot a rocket winner down the line to break Betz, sweeping 3 games and only losing 3 points to split sets. After the break Pauline was overwhelmed by a barrage of serves, overheads, and winners from every part of the court.

All 3,500 seats were full for the semis and finals. With Alice in the event all attendance records were broken.

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July 22-28, Seabright Invitation, Seabright, New Jersey, US (Grass)

Singles (Draw=32)


1R: d. Judy Atterbury default
2R: Millicent Hirsch 6-1 6-2
QF: Virginia Wolfenden d. Dorothy Andrus 6-2 6-2
SF: Sarah Palfrey d. Barbara Bradley 6-0 6-4
FI: d. Mary Hardwick (GB) 6-2 6-0

Doubles (partner Sarah Palfrey)


1R: d. Mrs Elliott Coleman/Mrs Schuyler Van Vechten default

QF: d. Dorothy Andrus/Sylvia Henrotin (Fra) 7-5 6-1
SF: d. Margaret Osborne/Kay Winthrop 6-3 6-2
FI: d. Mary Arnold/Dodo Bundy 5-7 6-4 7-5

After 2-2 it was all Alice in the final. Alice "played her best of the season" at this event as she shows off a new wrinkle to her game, changes of pace.

In doubles Arnold and Bundy had the crowd roaring in delight at the prospect of a major upset. The underdogs hit sizzling passing shots at Marble and Plafrey, who both camp out at the net. Arnold/Bundy were ahead 7-5 4-3. At that point Alice "turned the tide". It was close to the very end, with Alice and Sarah unable to close it at 5-3.

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August 3-11, 1940, Eastern Grass Court Championships, Rye, New York (Grass)

Singles (#1 seed)

1R: d. Gerry Mallory 6-2 6-0
2R: d. Argyll Rice 6-2 6-0
3R: d. Louise Brough 6-2 6-4
QF: d. Pauline Betz 3-6 6-0 6-2
SF: d. Gracyn Wheeler [5] 6-2 6-0
FI: d. Helen Jacobs [2] 6-1 6-0

Doubles (partner Sarah Palfrey. #1 seeds)

1R: bye
2R: Doris Hart/Nellie Sheer 6-2 6-3
QF: Pauline Betz/Margaret Osborne 0-6 6-0 6-2
SF: Pat Canning/Virginia Wolfenden 6-2 6-4
FI: d. Mary Hardwick (GB)/Valerie Scott (GB) 6-4 6-3

Marble is devastating in the final. Deadly in all departments, her backhand is especially great. She hits 18 winners and 2 aces in set one, and 8 winners and 2 aces in the 2nd set. 2,700 see the finals.

The only bump in the week came vs Pauline Betz. Alice played 2 singles and a doubles on the same day. She and Sarah dropped a shocking 6-0 set to Betz and Margaret Osbourne then ran off 6 straight games of their own to win 0-6 6-0 6-2. Marble also dropped a set vs Betz in singles. The Californian struggled all day on her forehand but fought throw it to stay undefeated.


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August 12-17, Essex County Invitation Tournament, Massachussets, US (Grass)
Venue: Essex County Club

Singles (Draw=45)


1R: d. Louise Raymond 6-4 6-4
2R: d. Anne Page 6-1 6-1
3R: d. Helen Pedersen 6-1 6-0
QF: d. Dodo Bundy 6-4 2-6 6-0
SF: d. Sarah Palfrey [3] 6-1 6-3
FI: d. Pauline Betz 6-2 6-2

Doubles (partner Sarah Palfrey. #1 seeds)

1R: bye
1R: Eunice Dean/Argyll Rice 6-1 6-1
QF: Louise Brough/Sissy Madden 6-2 6-2
SF: Pauline Betz/Margaret Osborne 3-6 6-3 6-4
FI: d. Mary Hardwick (GB)/Valerie Scott (GB) [1F] 10-12 8-6 6-3

Alice captures her 4th Essex title. More importantly, this is her 27th consecutive tournament win in a row. Marble rolled over Betz in a one sided final. Betz is the find of the season, having won 8 of her last 16 events. The last 3 times they met Betz took the first set. On this day Alice was at her best, never letting Pauline in the door.

The doubles was a stark contrast.

For 2 hours and over 40 games the British pair of Hardwick and Scott kept Marble and Palfrey on tenterhooks. Even closer was their semi, where Betz and Osborne came within 5 points of victory. At 4 all 40-0 Pauline and Margaret dropped 5 points and the game on 3 missed smashes and 1 botched volley.

Marble and Palfrey thus remained unbeaten-having never lost as a team since they first paired in 1936.

The world champ did get a scare in the quarters. Alice was hampered by a summer cold. Dodo Bundy took the middle set 6-2. The ladies left court for the 10 minute break with the crowd abuzz. Was the upset of the year in the offing? Hardly. Alice took revenge by sweeping the next 6 games. Dodo managed only 12 points.

ALT, page 19 of the September 5 1940 issue.

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UNITED STATES NATIONAL DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIPS

Dates: August 18-25
Venue: Longwood Cricket Club, Chesnut Hill (Brookline), Massachuesetts, United States
Surface: Grass

Doubles (Partner Sarah Palfrey. #1 seeds)

1R: d. Nancy Amory/Joan Humphrey 6-0 6-1
2R: d. Charlotte Prizer/Audrey Rust 6-1 6-0
QF: d. Emily Lincoln/Catherine Malcolm 6-3 6-2
SF: d. Pat Canning/Virginia Wolfenden [4] 6-3 6-3
FI: d. Dodo Bundy/Midge Van Ryn 6-4 6-3

Mixed Doubles (partner Boby Riggs-#1 seeds)

1R: d. Sissy Madden/Frank Froehling 7-5 6-3
2R: d. Sylvia Henrotin (Fra)/William Vogt 6-3 6-3
QF: d. Virginia Wolfenden/Frank Kovacs 3-6 6-1 6-4
SF: d. Pauline Betz/Ted Schroeder 6-3 7-5
FI: d. Dodo Bundy/Jack Kramer 9-7 6-1

A capacity crowd of about 3,600 watches the doubles semifinals at Longwood. Only half that show for the finals. Marble and Palfrey won for the 5th straight year. This is Palfrey's 8th US doubles crown.

The 35 minute final had a bit of drama as Bundy and Van Ryn led 4-3 in the first set. Alice was off form and Dodo was on, keeping things close. Bundy fell off in form though, and the superior team won in straights.

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August 27, Newport Exhibition, Newport, Rhode Island, United States (Grass)
Venue: Newport Casino

Mixed Singles: lost to Bill Talbert 6-3 4-6 6-2
Singles: d. Valerie Scott (GB) 6-4
Doubles: Marble/Kay Winthrop d. Betty Nuthall (GB)/Virginia Wolfenden 6-3 6-2

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United States Nationals Championships
Dates: September 2 to 9.
Venue: West Side Tennis Club, Forest Hills, Nre York City, New York
Surface: Grass

[Marble #1 seed]

1R: d. Barbara Strobhar 6-3 6-4
2R: d. Josephine Sanfilippo 6-0 6-1
3R: d. Rita Jarvis (GB) 6-3 6-0
QF: d. Helen Bernhard 6-2 6-3
SF: d. Valerie Scott (GB) [2F] 6-3 6-3
FI: d. Helen Jacobs 6-2 6-3

Marble waltzes to her 3rd consecutive title at a lose of only 27 game sin 6 matches. She has been undefeated since 1938. With a World War she has no hope of capturing what may have been many more Wimbledons. She retires from amateur tennis at the end of 1940 and plays a pro tour in 1941, later moving to tennis writing and commentary.

In the final Helen "tried everything from spinning chops to net rushing, to no avail ."

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The US Nationals wraps up Alice's 1940 campaign. When she turns pro for $25,000 weeks later it officially ends her amateur career. On October 2 Alice is the bridesmaid at the wedding of her friend and doubles partner Sarah Palfrey to Elwood Cooke.

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1940 Statistics

Won 10 of 10 events.
Record: 50 wins -0 defeats (100%)
United States ranking: #1

Marble won 8 doubles events and 4 mixed events. There is no record of a defeat in doubles or mixed. I cannot recall any female going undefeated in all 3 disciplines of tennis over a calendar year.

This is the last year a female goes undefeated in singles. The closest since then was in 1983, when Martina Navratilova lost only 1 match.


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Re: Alice Marble Career Results

1941 Results


January 6, New York City, New York, United States (Indoors)
Venue: Madison Square Garden

Singles: d. Mary Hardwick 8-6 8-6
Mixed: Marble/Bill Tilden d. Mary Hardwick/Don Budge 6-2 5-7 6-3

12,371 see the opening match of the 1941 pro tour. Alice plays without a cap for the first time in years. Hardwick is ahead 4-0, a lead mainly built on consistency. Marble gains on her with all round play, including her usual forays to the net.


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????, Chicago, Illinois, United States (Indoors)


Alice dodges 4 match points.





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????, Cincinnati, Ohio, United States (Indoors)

A near capacity crowd of 3,0000.

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January10, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States (Indoors)
Venue: Minneapolis Municipal Auditorium

Singles: d. Mary Hardwick 6-2 6-1
Mixed: Mary Hardwick/Don Budge d. Marble/Bill Tilden 9-11 6-1 6-4

Close to 5,000 attend

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January 18 Kansas City,Missouri, United States (Indoors)


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January 21 Cleveland, Ohio, United States (Indoors)


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January 23 Boston, Massachuesetts, United States (Indoors)


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January 25, Buffalo, New York, United States (Indoors)
Venue: Buffalo Memorial Auditorium


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January 28, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States (Indoors)


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January 29, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States (Indoors)


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January 31, Washington, District of Columbia, United States (Indoors)


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February 1, Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States (Indoors)


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February 2, Baltimore, Maryland, United States (Indoors)


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February 5, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States (Indoors)


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February 6, Charlotte, North Carolina, United States (Indoors)


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February 16, Miami, Florida, United States (Clay)
Venue: Flamingo Park



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February 11, Havana, Cuba (Clay)


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February 13, Palm Beach, Florida, United States (Clay)


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February 18, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States (Clay)


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February 20, Houston, Texas, United States (Clay)

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February 21, San Antonio, Texas, United States (Clay)


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February 23, Fort Worth, Texas, United States (Clay)


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February 23, Austin, Texas, United States (Clay)


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February 25, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States (Indoors)


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March 2, Los Angeles, California, United States (Outdoors on Wood)
Venue: Westwood Ice Rink

Singles: d. Mary Hardwick 6-3 6-3

The canvas court used in earlier events is used outdoors here on a cold and windy day. The court is laid over
wood and looks like an island in the middle of an ice sheet. When the ball hits a plywood crack the bounce is horrible.



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March 5, San Francisco, California, United States (Hard)


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March 8, Portland, Oregon, United States (Hard)


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March 10, Seattle, Washington, United States (Indoors)


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March 11, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (Indoors)


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March 16, Phoenix, Arizona, United States (Hard)
Venue: Phoenix Country Club


Singles: Mary Hardwick (GB) d. Alice Marble 6-6 6-2 8-6
Mixed: Mary Hardwick/Don Budge d. Marble/Bill Tilden 6-4 0-6 6-4



Both ladies had colds. Mary had driven 600 miles from Fresno in 1 day to get to Phoenix. The Brit comes back from 2-5 in the 3rd for big upset.


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Also played some pro matches in 1947 vs Hardwick.


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Re: Alice Marble Career Results

This project will take a while, but with given Marble's record this is overdue.

Tonight I added results from 1940.

It was an amazing year for Marble.

1940 Statistics

Won 10 of 10 events.
Record: 50 wins -0 defeats (100%)

Marble won 8 doubles events and 4 mixed events. There is no record of a defeat in doubles or mixed. I cannot recall any female going undefeated in all 3 disciplines of tennis over a calendar year.

This is the last year a female goes undefeated in singles. The closest since then was in 1983, when Martina Navratilova lost only 1 match.


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