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Discussion Starter #24 (Edited)
1948

ends July 25 Swedish International, Bastad, Sweden

FI: d Jadwiga Jedrzjowska 8-6 0-6 6-1

This is the first known event for Hilde in over 3 years.

LKK posted this excerpt, a translation from Jaja's autobiography:

"(...) In July I was invited to participate in the Swedish International Championships in Baastad. When I arrived there, the first person I met was Hilde Krahwinkel-Sperling ! Despite our rivalry lasting so many years, we were pleased to see each other again. We fell into each other's arms.
- Poor Jadwiga, you had to suffer so much during the war ! What a disaster is a war !
I had to tell her about everything with details.
- Oh, how much I was happier than you - sighed Hilde - I didn't experience the disasters of war, I lived a common life, and I could play as much tennis as I wanted.

There was a tough competition in the Baastad tournament. (...) In the final I had to fight versus, I don't know how many times I had played against her in my life, Hilde Krahwinkel-Sperling. (...) The match started. Hilde attacked using long shots, I immediately counter-attacked and after a long duel I won the first set 8-6. But when I was hitting the winning ball, I understood that I was very exhausted. Hilde was 6 war years ahead of me. Then I lost two remaining sets 0-6, 1-6."
 

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Discussion Starter #25 (Edited)
1949

ends January 30
Won Scandinavian Indoors, Stockholm

FI: d. Betty Hilton (GB) 2-6 6-0 6-2

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July 11-17 Swedish Championships, Bastad (Clay)

FI: lost to Thelma Long (Aus) d 6-2 6-3

Doubles with Bibbi Gullbrandson

FI: lost to Joyce Fitch (Aus)/Thelma Long (Aus) 6-1 6-1
 

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Discussion Starter #26 (Edited)
1950


January 22-29 Scandanavian Covered Court Championships, Copenhagen, Denmark (Indoors on Wood)

QF: Hilde Sperling d Jacqueline Marcellin (Frn) 6-2 6-1
SF: d Jean Walker-Smith (GB) 6-1 6-3
FI: d. Joan Curry (GB) 6-3 6-0

Doubles with Bibbi Gullbrandson

FI: d. Anderson/Johansen 6-2 3-0 retired

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ends June 12 Norwegian Championships, Oslo, Norway (Clay)

SF: d. Betty Rosenquest (US) 6-4 6-3
FI: d. Dottie Head (USA) 6-4 6-1* (or possibly 6-4 4-1 retired)

Doubles with
Laila Schou-Nielsen

FI: d. Dottie Head (US)/Frau Staubo 6-4 6-1

Mixed with Johan Haanes

FI: d. Dottie Knode (US)/Jan Staubo 4-6 7-5 6-2

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July 10-16, Essen International, Essen, Germany (Clay)
Venue: Essener Turn- und Fechtklub Club

FI: d. Maria de Weiss (Arg) 6-2 6-1

This is Hilde's last known singles win in her long and storied career. Fittingly it came in her hometown.

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July 17-23 Swedish International Hard Court Championships, Bastad, Sweden (Clay)

?R: d Marta Barnett (US) 6-2 6-1
SF: d Joan Curry (GB) 6-0 4-6 6-2
FI: lost to Thelma Long (Aus) 3-6 6-2 6-4


There is no known activity from Hilde in 1951.

1952

January 20-27, Scandanavian Covered Courts, Stockholm (Indors on Wood)

Doubles with Bibbi Sanden

FI : lost to Jean Rinkel-Quertier (GB)/Susan Partridge (GB) 6-4 6-2
 

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Discussion Starter #27 (Edited)
Career Summary:


Confirmed Tournaments won in singles=106

Events by Title

01 Bad Homburg (1932)
01 Bad Pyrmont (1939)
01 Beaulieu (1939)
01 Belgian Championships (1935)
04 Berlin International (1932-33, 1936-37)
01 Berlin Indoors (1931)
01 Blau-Weiss, Berlin (1930)
01 Cairo (1937)
02 Capri (1935-36)
01 Cologne (1930)
01 Copenhagen (1935)
01 Czech International (1931)
12 Danish Indoor Championships (1932-1942,1944)
06 Danish Hard Court Championships (1937-1940, 1942,1944)
01 Dortmund (1929)
02 Dusseldorf (1929-1930)
01 Eastern Meditteranean Chmps, Athens (1936)
01 Egyptian Championships, Alexandria (1937)
01 Essen (1929 and 1950)
01 Finnish Chmps, Helsinki (1931)
01 Formby (1934)
03 French Championships (1935-1937)
06 German Championships (1933-1939)-- *No event held in 1936.
02 German Closed Championships (1929,1933)
07 German Indoor Championships (1930-1932,1934-1937)
01 Heidelberg (1929)
03 Hungarian (1929,1930,1933)
01 Irish Championships (1934)
01 Italian Championships (1935)
01 Kiel (1931)
03 Lido Championships,Venice (1935-1936,1938)
02 Merano (1933)
03 Merano, the Lenz Cup (1931,1934-1935,1938) *A round robin event (also=the Championships of the Dolomites from 1935)
01 Monte Carlo (1937)
01 Montreaux (1933)
01 Naples (1935)
02 Northern Tournament at Liverpool (1934,1938)
01 Norweijian Championships (1950)
01 Pforzheim (1929)
01 Priory Championships, Birmingham (1938)
05 Scandinavian Indoors (1936-37,1939,1949-50)
01 Sicilan International at Palermo (1935)
07 Swedish Championships, Bastad (1932-33,1935-36,1942,1944,1948)
01 Swiss Championships, Lucerne (1936)
02 Swiss French Championships, Montreux (1932-33)
01 Villa d'Este at Como (1934)
01 Welsh Championships (1934)
01 West of England Championships, Bristol (1936)
02 Wiesbaden (1932,1937)
01 Yugoslav (1933)
 

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I have the following tournaments for Sperling (final results).

1929-1931
290902 290902 Budapest Hungarian Championships Sperling Hoffman 64 61
300500 300500 Berlin Aussem Sperling 46 86 61
300803 300803 Hamburg German Championships Aussem Sperling 64 64
310202 310202 Bremen German Covered Sperling Rost 62 63
310600 310700 Wimbledon UK WIMBLEDON Aussem Sperling 62 57 63
310908 310915 Prague Czechoslovakian Sperling Mathieu 64 63

1933
330600 330600 Berlin Red-White Club Sperling Horn
330805 330813 Hamburg German Championships Sperling Henrotin 62 61
330831 330903 Zagreb Yugoslavian Championships Sperling Deutsch 61 61
330900 330900 Merano ITA Sperling Aussem 63 61
330900 330900 Montreux Territet Sperling Payot
330903 330909 Budapest Hungarian Championships Sperling Aussem 62 63


1934
340122 340128 Bremen German Covered Sperling Schomburgk 26 61 62
340604 340604 Liverpool Sperling Hartigan 75 86
340611 340611 Formby Sperling Strawson 68 61 63
340709 340709 Dublin IRL Irish Championships Sperling Hartigan 63 61
340716 340716 Newport UK Welsh Open Sperling Chuter 62 60
340804 340812 Hamburg German Championships Sperling Aussem 62 63
340900 340900 Como Sperling Valerio 62 62


1935
350121 350121 Bremen German Covered Sperling Payot
350128 350128 Copenhagen Danish Covered Court Sperling Horn 64 63
350415 350424 Rome Italian Championships Sperling Valerio 64 61
350520 350611 Paris FRA FRENCH OPEN Sperling Mathieu 62 61
350604 350610 Brussels Belgian Championships Sperling Mathieu 75 63
350803 350811 Hamburg German Championships Sperling Aussem 97 60
350900 350900 Lido Sperling Mathieu 97 63
350910 350910 Capri Sperling Manzutto 64 63


1936
360100 360100 Bremen German Covered Sperling Horn 60 63
360200 360200 Stockholm Scandinavian Championships Sperling Adamson 75 62
360500 360500 Athens Eastern Mediterranean Sperling Jedrzejowska
360519 360601 Paris FRA FRENCH OPEN Sperling Mathieu 63 64
360600 360600 Bristol UK West of England Champs Sperling
360622 360704 Wimbledon UK WIMBLEDON Jacobs Sperling 62 46 75
360900 360900 Lido Sperling Mathieu
360900 360900 Lucerne Sperling Mathieu


1937
370100 370100 Bremen German Covered Sperling Zehden 61 62
370215 370222 Beaulieu Mathieu Sperling 75 61
370222 370229 Monte Carlo Monte Carlo Cup Sperling Mathieu 86 retired
370300 370300 Cairo Championships of Egypt Sperling Mathieu 62 60
370500 370500 Berlin Red White Club Sperling Ullstein 60 63
370518 370530 Paris FRA FRENCH OPEN Sperling Mathieu 62 64
370607 370614 Bristol UK West of England Champs Lizana Sperling 62 97
370805 370812 Hamburg German Championships Sperling Horn 46 62 62


1938
380100 380100 Copenhagen Danish Covered Court Sperling Hollis 64 61
380530 380530 Liverpool Sperling Huntbach 63 63
380603 380603 Priory Edgbaston/ Birmingham Sperling Seaton 60 61
380613 380613 London UK London Queens GC Jedrzejowska Sperling 63 60
380709 380709 Hamburg German Championships Sperling Lumb 61 60


1939
390100 390100 Stockholm Scandinavian Championships Sperling Hollis 61 62
390619 390624 London UK London Queens GC Jedrzejowska Sperling 61 64
390700 390700 Hamburg German Championships Sperling Kovac 60 61
 

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Discussion Starter #29 (Edited)
That'll save a ton of time Andrew Tas-you're amazing as always:worship:

A German source lists her as having won 123 singles events-if true that's gives us a number to aim for.

Her last major was in 1939-after that she limited herself to smaller events in Scandinavia. Her last tournament win was in 1950-she apparently played until 1952.

I've always been intrigued by Hilde-she sounds like an Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario for the 30s, except she never made a fuss on court and was very tall.

Another mystery to me is how her life played out due to her marriage. It could have been ackward indeed being German when the Germans invaded Denmark in 1940-how did she feel or react to all that? Danes don't seem to eager to claim her, and unlike Aussem she never caught the fancy of the German public either.
 

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Interesting to note that (if my results are correct?) between losing to Aussem in the 1931 Wimbledon final and losing to Jacobs in the 1936 Wimbledon final she was undefeated in final matches and had won 27 straight finals going into the 1936 Wimbledon final. compare this to other champions and apart from lenglen who after 1919 never lost a final (excluding walkovers which dont count therefore won 70 finals) only Court had a better record with 31 straight final wins (between 1961 and 1963).

I also have Elizabeth Ryan winning 26 straight finals between 1924 and 1926 but dont have her complete record and am missing 35 tournament wins.
 

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Interesting to note that (if my results are correct?) between losing to Aussem in the 1931 Wimbledon final and losing to Jacobs in the 1936 Wimbledon final she was undefeated in final matches and had won 27 straight finals going into the 1936 Wimbledon final. compare this to other champions and apart from lenglen who after 1919 never lost a final (excluding walkovers which dont count therefore won 70 finals) only Court had a better record with 31 straight final wins (between 1961 and 1963).

I also have Elizabeth Ryan winning 26 straight finals between 1924 and 1926 but dont have her complete record and am missing 35 tournament wins.
Yet another apparent record for Court-I should stop being surprised. I wonder how long Hilde's clay court win streak was. Suzanne Lenglen beat Evert's 125, but Hilde may top it too. I noticed you had Simone Mathieu winning 15 straight Riviera events one year-that must put her up there as well-though short of 100.

Andrew Tas-would you be interested in doing Ryan's results thread? you have access to all those old results we don't. I'd pitch in with her US results, they can be dug up via the New York Times and American Lawn Tennis.
 

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I have to think that her time will come very soon. Simone Mathieu, a contemporary with fairly similar stats got in due to the veteran's committee (or whatever it's called) a year ago. Mathieu was a victim of Sperling in her French wins, but had a superior doubles record. I have to think Sperling has to be close behind.

Also, the ITHOF got off on the wrong foot. The organization started as an American Tennis Hall of Fame, which meant many American pioneers with inferior records got in in the early days. Unfortunately, some international greats have been left out and will have to be honored posthumously.
 

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Is there a beneath-the-surface suspicion of Sperling because she was originally German and participated in the Danish national championships while that country was occupied by Germany during World War II?
 

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Is there a beneath-the-surface suspicion of Sperling because she was originally German and participated in the Danish national championships while that country was occupied by Germany during World War II?
I was going to ask that question if she did do that. I was watching either the women's semi's or finals talking about Justine and her multiple wins at the French being 3. NBC put a graphic about all the players who have won three Evert 7, Graf 6, Court 6, Seles, Sanchez 3 and Hilde won 3 French Opens but is not in the Hall.
 

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I was going to ask that question if she did do that. I was watching either the women's semi's or finals talking about Justine and her multiple wins at the French being 3. NBC put a graphic about all the players who have won three Evert 7, Graf 6, Court 6, Seles, Sanchez 3 and Hilde won 3 French Opens but is not in the Hall.
Didn't Lenglen win quite a few titles at the French? (Yes, I know that the French Championships were open to French nationals only in the early part of the 20th century, but still...)

Oh, and Rev Mags has five titles at the French, not six.
 

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Didn't Lenglen win quite a few titles at the French? (Yes, I know that the French Championships were open to French nationals only in the early part of the 20th century, but still...)

Oh, and Rev Mags has five titles at the French, not six.
The official line is that the French doesn't count as a Slam until 1925 when it became open to world players.
 
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