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1923 AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

Dates: Saturday August 11th - Saturday August 18th
Site: Milton Courts, in suburb of Auchenflower, Brisbane, Australia
Surface: Grass

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Singles (Draw=13)

1st Round

Mall Molesworth-bye
Alice Bell-bye
Sylvia Lance d. Mrs Docker 6-3 6-1
Emily Roe d. Keyden Irving 6-2 10-8

Margaret Haymen d. Beryl Turner 6-2 7-5
Jessie Watson d. Floris St George 10-8 6-1
Millie Mitchell d. Beryl Rosser 6-3 6-4
Esna Boyd-bye

Quarterfinals

Molesworth d. Bell 6-2 6-1
Lance d. Roe 6-0 6-4
Haymen d. Watson 7-5 8-6
Boyd d. Mitchell 6-1 6-3

Semifinals

Molesworth d. Lance 3-6 6-4 8-6
Boyd d. Haymen 6-2 6-2

Final

Mall Molesworth d. Esna Boyd 6-1 7-5

Esna Boyd-finalist for the 2nd year in a row




Doubles (Draw=9)

Preliminary Round

Emily Roe/Margaret Haymen d. Jessie Watson/Floris St George 3-6 6-4 6-1

Quarterfinals

Florence Jackson/W. Kelly d. Marjorie Byram/Dorothy Hawthorn 6-0 7-5
Mall Molesworth/Beryl Turner d. Corinne Gould/Keyden Irving 6-1 6-3
Esna Boyd/Sylvia Lance d Phyllis Briggs/Beryl Rosser 6-2 6-1
Roe/Haymen d. Mrs Docker/Millie Mitchell 6-4 6-4

Semifinals

Molesworth/Turner d. Jackson/Kelly default
Boyd/Lance d. Roe/Haymen 6-2 7-5

Final

Esna Boyd/Sylvia Lance d. Mall Molesworth/Beryl Turner 6-1 6-4

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Mixed Doubles (Draw=13)

1st Round

Sylvia Lance/Horrie Rice d. Mrs Parkinson/Vincent Swayne 6-4 6-0
Floris St. George/Lisle Terrey-bye
Esna Boyd/Pat O'Hara Wood d. Winifred Kelly/Walter Harold Smith 6-4 6-3
Keyden Irving/Fitzroy Cory-bye

Mall Molesworth/Bert St. John d Emily Roe/Alf Thurlow 6-4 6-1
Mrs Docker/Harold Illingworth-bye
Millicent Mitchell/Edward Jordan d Beryl Turner/Leonard Thulow 7-5 6-4
Jessie Watson/Dudley Bullough d Margaret Haymen/Dick North 4-6 6-3 6-1

Quarterfinals

Lance/Rice d. St George/Terry 10-8 6-2
Boyd/O'Hara Wood d. Irving/Cory 6-4 6-2
Molesworth/St. John d. Docker/Illingworth 6-3 6-1
Mitchell/Jordan d. Watson/Bullough 7-5 6-4

Semifinals

Lance/Rice d. Boyd/O'Hara Wood 6-4 6-4
Molesworth/St. John d. Mitchell/Jordan 7-5 6-3

Final

Sylvia Lance/Horrie Rice d. Mall Molesworth/Bert St John 2-6 6-4 6-4

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Draw notes:

Missing full names for:

Mrs Docker
W. Kelly
Mrs Parkinson

Miss Haymen, Mrs Jackson and Miss Kelly all hail from Queensland.

Mrs JL Briggs=nee Phyllis Moxon
Margaret Haymen (see note below for Roe)

*GeeTee notes that Miss W Kelly probably equals Winifred "Winnie" Kelly.

*Emily Dawson Roe (nee Haymen) married Arthur Stanley Roe on 22 January 1917. The official site incorrectly uses "Rose". Aussie papers list Mrs Roe as Mrs AS Roe. Judith (born by 1928), the only daughter of Dr and Mrs A.S. Roe, was married in 1948 to Eric Russell. The 3 Haymen daughters were the children of M. G. (Montague Granville) Haymen (died 1941), director of a Queenland Bank. Margaret Haymen (who wed Charles Clark (1902-1965) on 12 December 1928) and Nell Hayman (married to Englishman Timothy Patrick Honnor on 11 July 1937). Emily is our "Mrs Roe" in this draw.

Mrs H Turner=nee Beryl Spowers

AL North=Dr Allan Lindsay "Dick" North.

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Sources:

Andrew Tas
Gee Tee

A Brisbane Courier report on the final: 20 Aug 1923 - LAWN TENNIS. - Trove

24 Aug 1923 - WAS HE RUDE? - Trove [On how atrocious the umpire was to Boyd]

Other days reports:
18 Aug 1923 - QUEENSLANDERS SCORE. - Trove [The semifinals]
17 Aug 1923 - TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS. - Trove [The Mixed doubles final]
16 Aug 1923 - TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS. - Trove
15 Aug 1923 - TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS. - Trove
14 Aug 1923 - THE CHAMPIONSHIPS. - Trove
13 Aug 1923 - CHAMPIONSHIP TENNIS. - Trove [600 came to see play on day 1]

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Summary

Mall Molesworth is the favorite to defend her title from the day she arrives by mail train until finals day; though her defense is not without thrills. Unlike most players it is on the backhand that Mall is considered most deadly. By contrast her forehand and volleys often let her down this week.

Sylvia Lance was by far the best doubles player among the women, annexing the doubles and mixed titles. "She repeatedly scored with hard smashes" wrote the Courier in describing one of her doubles matches. She won several volleying duals in the mixed final over the male Bert St John. Lance's mixed partner Horrie Rice was 51 years of age, with finalist St John no spring chicken at 44.

Sylvia was part of the most exciting encounter of the week in the semis vs Molesworth, where she had a match point.Lance's volleying won the first set 6-3 and her backhand was standing up well. Molesworth switched attack in the 2nd set to Lance's stronger wing, the forehand, which broke up Lance's rhythm. Winning the 2nd set 6-4 and streaking to 5-2, Lance made a final stand to reach match point at 6-5 40-30. On this point she played a near perfect drop shot, in which Molesworth charged in, just reached the ball on spooned it over for a clear winner. Lance's chance was gone, and Molesworth won the 3rd 8-6. The last set saw 20 deuces.

Her finals opponent was again Boyd who recovered from a 1st set 1-6 beating to lead 3-1 40-30. But an appalling line call against Boyd demoralised her and Molesworth shot to 5-3. Despite a last desperate effort to retrieve the deficit, Boyd lost 6-1 7-5. The Brisbane Courier report indicates Boyd usually erred by hitting into the net.

The umpiring was so awful that the crowd frequently tried to influence decisions. When Boyd quietly asked about the controversial call she thought may have raised chalk the umpire told her. "Everybody could see the ball was out by inches." The crowd gave Esna loud and sympathetic applause when the match was over.

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