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When the female GOAT (greatest of all tome time) conversation comes up the divine Frenchwoman inevitably makes the list. Indeed, there are still some who say the conversation stops and ends with Lenglen, for she only lost 1 match as an adult.

For her career results please see: http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=194266


There are also many related Lenglen stories and photos in the the thread title "Flapper Girls-the Roaring 20s":
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=41797
 

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Glorious. There is just something so majestic about Suzanne that no one else in tennis history has ever had.

Evonne Goolagong had the angelic thing going on, but I think your title of the Divine Goddess for Suzanne is totally apt. She was a Goddess. Such a shame there isn't more footage available of her but I am so grateful for what I have seen, for it only reinforces the mystic that she possessed. :worship:
 

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What especially amazes me in the first big photo of this thread is the quality of the lawn! It's lawn, isn't it?

Must be something to play on this. Never did!
 

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Lenglen just weeks after Helen Jacobs beat "Ice Queen" Heen Wills, who had dominated the sport since the retirement of Suzanne.

At the French Championships Lenglen took Jacobs out to a side court for the express purpose of showing her how to beat Wills.

The tactic she suggested? Deep shots alternated with short angles to draw Wills forward and disrupt her rhythm.



Mlle Suzanne Lenglen demonstrating tennis strokes: before a class of juveniles in a-well-known sports depot in Oxford Street, London. Her costume is specially made to give freedom of action. (Evening Post, 27 October 1933).
 

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FAMOUS TENNIS PLAYER ACTS AS UMPIRE.—Mlle Suzanne Lenglen on the umpire's seat during Lady Wavertree's exhibition ■ tennis'matches at Sussex Lodge, Regent Park,.London,.on 4th July, [id aid..of invalid, children's charities. From left, Mrs. Lycett, Sidney Wood, Mrs. Fearnley Whittingstall, G. S.Mangin, whose match Mlle Lenglen umpired. j . ■ (Evening Post, 09 August 1932)
 

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July 5, 1919, before the final.

Not yet a diva. This outfit looks conservative enough, but she had bare arms under her coat and exposed her ankles-scandalous to matrons of pre-war times. Older women walked out with the words "hussy" under their breathe, young women stayed hoping to be like her, and the men gawked.

The coat came off and the hat stayed on for the final.

 

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A verite moment of joy for young Suzanne. She has just survived two match points vs Mrs Chambers and doubtless thrown off her hat-having just won her first Wimbledon. One match point was a lucky overhead she didn't even see-it tipped the edge of her racquet and landed just over the net.

The other match point saw a Chambers shot hit the net cord-and land on Dorothea's side.

She fairly leaps for joy.

 

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A mere 15 and ready to conquer the world. Here at the 1914 World Hard Court event she would upset Marguerite Broquedis and win her first major. The press wanted her to go on to Wimbledon, but cautious Papa Lenglen made her wait, afraid she was too young and of the foreign grass surface.

War came within weeks, delaying her Wimbledon debut until 1919.


 

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The world #1 and her challenger the "Viking" Molla Mallory. The friendly image below belies the tension underneath. The Lenglen family thought Molla was too inconsistent to challenge her. Tenacious fighting made up for any technical difficulties, and Mallory pushed Suzanne in the second set.

At one point Suzanne said she had a pebble in her shoe and made for the sidelines-apparently to default. Papa rose from the stands and loudly shouted he would disown her if she quit! A bottle of brandy was thrown down, Suzanne took a sip, and rolled on to a 6-2 6-3 victory.

Coming off court Molla hissed to Bill Tilden, "Wait til I get her on grass!". The remark was made well within Suzanne's hearing.

 

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The 1921 WHC doubles final. The rolling camera at the bottom (left corner of the stands) of the photo indicates this was filmed-could it still survive?

Film stock was made of nitrate in those days, one reason we have so little film from this era.

Lenglen and Golding d Holman/Peacock

 

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With Bill Tilden. Though the photo date is 1920 this is more than likely 1921 in the United States-note the flag in the background.

Despite the smiles they hated each other intensely.

Bill practiced poorly on purpose in front of Suzanne in 1921 at the World Hard Championships in Paris. Soon after he asked if she would like to play a set where he would spot her 40 love a game.

She fell for his trick-and was bageled 6-0.

 

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One of those incredible pics of Suzanne, post #17: she flies on the court!
 
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