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From the early 1920s to 1938 the "Queen of Snow and Ice" ruled the courts. Her modest attire and attitude bloomed into a regal manner some found off-putting. Her virtual invincibility fed into the desire to see her beaten. After 1927 she would not lose again until 1933-retiring in the third set of the US Nationals at Forest Hills when 0-3 down to Helen Jacobs.
 

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1922: Next to Molla Mallory after getting beaten 6-3 6-1 at Forest Hills. Helen would get revenge the next year.

One rumor had it that Hazel Wightman, a former rival of Molla's, trained Wills with the sole purpose of unseating Mallory from her throne.

True or not Molla heartily returned the favor, supporting Helen Jacobs vs Wills.

Helen wears a "middy blouse" here. This style was popular in the early 1920s, inspired by midshipman in the navy.

Below is a color version of the middy:



 

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Helen Wills as a blonde with long false eyelashes at the Junior League's Mardi Gras Ball in San Francisco, February 26, 1936. Seated with her is James Montgomery Flood III

She was in her second hiatus from tennis after winning her 7th Wimbledon in 1935. It tied her with the record set by Dorothea Lambert Chambers. Helen went to England again in 1938 to break the record.

Martina Navratilova would not shatter this achievement until taking her 9th Wimbledon in 1990
 
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