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September 6-14, California State Championships, Oakland, California, United States (Hard)
Venue: Berkeley Tennis Club

1R: bye
2R: lost to Marjorie Wale 10-8 6-4


October 4-25, Bay Counties Championships, San Francisco, California, United States (Hard)
Venue: Golden Gate Park

1R: d. Sue Maynard 3-6 6-3 6-4
2R: d. Frances Humphries 6-3 6-3
3R: lost to Anita Myers 3-6 6-3 6-1


1919 record:

2 wins and 2 defeats.
Won 0 of 2 events

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Discussion Starter #4 (Edited)

May 29-31, Central California Championships, Sacramento, California, United States (Hard)
Venue: Sutter Lawn Tennis Club

1R: d. Helen Newman 6-1 6-0
2R: d. Pauline Wirtner 6-3 2-6 6-0
QF: d. Elizabeth Tschirhart 7-5 6-0
SF: lost to Anne Leachman 6-4 6-3


June 19-27, Pacific Coast Championships, Oakland, California, United States (Hard)
Venue: Berkeley Tennis Club

1R: bye
2R: Eunice Hillyard 7-5 6-1
3R: Amelia Grunig 6-2 6-2
QF: lost to Helen Baker 6-1 6-4


September 4-12, California State Championships, Oakland, California, United States (Hard)

1R: d. Dorothy Ewert 6-0 6-2
2R: d. Lucy McCune 6-3 2-6 6-4
3R: d. Winifred Suhr 6-2 6-1
QF: lost to Mrs C. G. Clute 8-6 6-4


October 2-9, Bay Counties Chanpionship, San Franciscom California, United States (Hard)

1R: d. Lilian Landers 6-2 6-0
2R: d. Mrs Jack Marlsch 6-1 6-1
3R: lost to Ruth Fjerem 9-7 3-6 6-4


1920 record:

10 wins and 4 defeats.
Won 0 of 4 events

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Discussion Starter #11 (Edited)

March 21-23 Hotel Huntington Invitation, Pasadena, California, United States (Hard)
Venue: Hotel Huntington

1R: d. Midge Gladman 6-0 6-1
SF: d. Carolyn Swartz 6-0 6-2
FI: d. Marian Williams 6-2 6-1

This small event was the start of a 161 match win streak for Helen, who would not be defeated again until late in 1933!


May 30-June 4. North London Championships, London, England (Grass)
Venue: Gipsy Lawn Tennis Club

1R: d. Bessie Holden 6-1 6-4
2R: d. Lavender Campbell default
3R: d. Tiny Alston 6-3 6-3
QF: d. Madge Valentine 6-2 6-4
SF: d. Geraldine Beamish 6-4 6-3
FI: d. Elizabeth Ryan (US) 6-2 6-2

A capacity crowd at the Gipsy Club watches Wills serve big. Despite not dropping a set she faces tough opposition, dropping at least 6 games to 3 foes.


June 6-11 Kent Championships, Beckenham, England (Grass)
Venue: Beckenham Cricket Club

1R: d. Mrs MacArthur 6-1 6-2
2R: d. Weeta Crawshay Williams 6-1 6-1
QF: d. Ruth Tapscott (SA) 6-0 6-0
SF: d. Molla Mallory (US) 6-0 6-1
FI: d. Kitty Godfree 6-2 6-4

Ruthless in her 2nd event on English grass, Wills romps through until Kitty Godfree tests the American in the final.


July 20-27, The Championships, Wimbledon. London, England (Grass)
Venue: The All-England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club

1R: d. Gwen Sterry 6-3 3-6 6-3
2R: d. Sylvia Lumley Ellis 6-3 6-2
3R: d. Eileen Bennett 7-5 6-3

4R: d. Elsie Pitman 6-1 6-3
QF: d. Irene Peacock (SA) 6-3 6-1
SF: d. Joan Fry 6-3 6-1
FI d. Lili de Alvarez (Sp) 6-2 6-4


Returning from Wimbledon.


July 25-30 Essex Country Club Invitation, Manchester-by-the Sea, Massachusetts, United Stares

1R: d. Isabella Mumford 6-1 6-1
2R: d. Sarah Palfrey 6-1 6-2
3R: d. Penelope Anderson 6-3 6-2
QF: d. Anne Cole 6-3 6-1
SF: d.Elizabeth Corbiere 6-0 6-2
FI: d. Helen Jacobs 6-1 6-2

Wills loses only 19 games in 6 matches.


August 12-13. Wightman Cup, New York City, New York, United States (Grass)
Venue: West Side Tennis Club, Forest Hills.

d. Joan Fry (GB) 6-2 6-0
d. Kitty Godfree (GB) 6-1 6-1


August 22-27. United States National Women's Championships. New York City, New York (Grass)
Venue: West Side Tennis Club at Forest Hills.

1R: d. Josephine Cruickshank 6-0 6-1
2R: d. Lilian Hester 6-0 6-2
3R: d. Dorothy Hill 6-1 6-4
QF: d. Kea Bouman (Neth) 6-1 6-2
SF: d. Helen Jacobs 6-0 6-2
FI: d. Betty Nuthall (GB) 6-1 6-4


Wills was immortalized by the avant-garde artist Alexander Calder in 1927. Calder used wire to depict Helen. Note the visor, which became one of Wills

1927 record:

34 wins and 0 defeats
Won 6 of 6 events

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Discussion Starter #16 (Edited)

May 22-June 6 French Championships, Paris, France (Clay)
Venue: Stade Roland Garros

1R: bye
2R: d. Marcelle Beauge 6-0 6-1
3R: d. Madzy Rollin-Couquerque (Neth) 6-4 6-2
QF: d. Lolette Payot (Sui) 6-2 7-5
SF: d. Hilde Krahwinkel (Ger) [4] 6-3 7-5
FI: d. Simone Mathieu [3] 7-5 6-1

The invincible Helen hasn't lost a set in singles since 1927, but twice this year she came within a point of dropping one. First, the Swiss star Lolette Payot had two set points in the second set of their quarter-final. In the semi-finals Moody was severely pushed when the German Hilde Krahwinkel had a set point and a sitter of a volley. The German hit the easy shot long. Helen’s streak of match wins and sets continues, but Paris held out hope for those who wished to find a rival for the world-conquering American.

Even in the final, resistance was stiff. Simone Mathieu led 4-1 before Moody marched back to take the first set. Helen wore the Frenchwoman down with defensive play, a very uncharacteristic tactic from the usually hard-hitting American.

Helen won the doubles with Elizabeth Ryan and was the mixed finalit with Sidney Wood.


June 10-11, Wightman Cup, London, England (Grass)
Venue: All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (Wimbledon) Centre Court

d. Dorothy Round 6-2 6-3
d. Eileen Whittingstall 6-2 6-4

The largest crowds ever for a Wightman Cup contest at Wimbledon. Round is nervous in the opening match, committing numerous double faults. Mrs Whittingstall had a hopeless task in trying to beat Mrs Moody, but excited the schoolgirls in the stands when she ran out to a 4-0 lead in set and had a point for 5-3. The fact that the US won the first 4 matches and clinched the Cup early took some excitement out of the contest


June 20-July 2, The Championships (Wimbledon), London, England (Grass)
Venue: All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club

1R: bye
2R: d. Madzy Rollin-Couquerque (Neth) 6-1 6-1
3R: d. Winifred Bower 6-1 6-0
4R: d. Kitty Godfree 6-3 6-0
QF: d. Dorothy Round [8] 6-0 6-1
SF: d. Mary Heeley 6-2 6-0
FI: d. Helen Jacobs (US) [5] 6-3 6-1

Moody returns after missing Wimbledon the year before and sweeps all before her in devastating fashion. If her foes thought she might have slipped a little Queen Helen soon dispelled the notion as she conceded only 13 games in 6 matches.

The "other Helen", 5th seed Jacobs, got the honor of taking the most games (4) off Moody in one match.

A hoped-for match betwwen Moody and defending champ Aussem never materialized. Cilly was ill and off form for much of 1932, so much so that she was unseeded. Aussem defaulted her first round match and never did match her heights of 1931 when she took 2 slams in one season.


July 4-9, Dutch International, Noordwijk, Netherlands (Clay)

1R: d. Mrs Boutmy 6-0 6-2
QF: d. Miss Sander 6-0 6-1
SF: d. Dorothy Andrus Burke (US) 6-0 6-1
FI: d. Madzy Rollin-Couquerque 6-1 6-1


July 11-16, Strasbourg International, Strausbourg, France (Clay)
Venue: Strasbourg Tennis Club

SF: d. Frau Richter (Ger) 6-0 6-0
FI: d. Ilse Friedleben (Ger) 6-0 8-6

Mrs Moody won the mixed doubles with Toto Brugnon.


1932 record

19 wins and 0 defeats*

Won 4 of 4 events

*We are lacking a full draw for Strausbourg, so there is a fair chance she won more matches.


The return of Moody to Europe after a years absence dominated the year. Moody only played singles in four events, the French Championships, Wimbledon, Wightman Cup (played at Wimbledon) the Dutch Championships, and a minor event in Strausbourg. She won all her singles matches. Critics though noted that she didnt have the same game as in her dominant years and started slowly in matches. She won her 4th and last French Championships and 5th Wimbledon title and then decided to stay in Europe to study art and played doubles and mixed doubles in Paris and in some exhibitions.

World Ranking: #1
No US ranking as she did not play in the United States.
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