Dorothea Douglass Lambert Chambers

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Dorothea Lambert Chambers
Dorothea Douglass.jpg
Full name Dorothea Katherine Douglass Lambert Chambers
Country  United Kingdom
Born (1878-09-03)3 September 1878
Ealing
Died 7 January 1960(1960-01-07) (aged 81)
Kensington
Int. Tennis HOF 1981 (member page)
Singles
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon W (1903, 1904, 1906, 1910, 1911, 1913, 1914)
US Open QF (1925)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games Gold medal.svg Gold Medal (1908)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon F (1913, 1919, 1920)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon F (1919)
Team competitions
Wightman Cup W (1925)
Olympic medal record
Women's tennis
Gold 1908 London Singles

Dorothea Lambert Chambers (née Dorothea Katherine Douglass, 3 September 1878 – 7 January 1960) was an English female tennis player who was a seven-time winner of Wimbledon.

Tennis career[edit]

In 1900, Douglass made her debut at The Championships, Wimbledon. Three years later, she won her first of seven ladies singles titles. In 1907, she married Robert Lambert Chambers and was thereafter known by her married surname Lambert Chambers.[1]

In 1908 she won the gold medal in the women's singles event at the 1908 Summer Olympics.[2]

She wrote Tennis for Ladies, which was published in 1910. The book contained photographs of tennis techniques and contained advice on attire and equipment.

In 1911 Lambert Chambers won the women's final at Wimbledon against Dora Boothby 6–0, 6–0. The only other female player who won a Grand Slam singles final without losing a game was Steffi Graf when she defeated Natalia Zvereva in the 1988 French Open final.

In 1919 Lambert Chambers played the longest Wimbledon final up to that time: 44 games against Frenchwoman Suzanne Lenglen. Lambert Chambers held two match points at 6–5 in the third set but eventually lost to Lenglen 8–10, 6–4, 9–7.[3]

Lambert Chambers only played sporadic singles after 1921 but continued to compete in doubles until 1927. She made the singles quarter-finals of the US Open in 1925[4] and, from 1924 to 1926, she captained Britain's Wightman Cup team. In the 1925 Wightman Cup edition she played, at the age of 46, a singles (against Eleanor Goss) and doubles match and won both.[5][6] In 1928 she turned to professional coaching.

Lambert Chambers was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1981. She died in Kensington, London.

Grand Slam record[edit]

  • Wimbledon
    • Singles champion: 1903, 1904, 1906, 1910, 1911, 1913, 1914
    • Singles runner-up: 1905, 1907, 1919, 1920
    • Women's Doubles runner-up: 1913, 1919, 1920
    • Mixed Doubles runner-up: 1919

Grand Slam singles finals[edit]

Wins (7)[edit]

Year Championship Opponent in Final Score in Final
19031 Wimbledon Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ethel Thomson Larcombe 4–6, 6–4, 6–2
1904 Wimbledon (2) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Charlotte Cooper Sterry 6–0, 6–3
1906 Wimbledon (3) Flag of the United States.svg May Sutton Bundy 6–3, 9–7
1910 Wimbledon (4) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Dora Boothby 6–2, 6–2
1911 Wimbledon (5) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Dora Boothby 6–0, 6–0
19132 Wimbledon (6) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Winifred Slocock McNair 6–0, 6–4
1914 Wimbledon (7) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ethel Thomson Larcombe 7–5, 6–4

1This was actually the all-comers final as Muriel Robb did not defend her 1902 Wimbledon title, which resulted in the winner of the all-comers final winning the challenge round and, thus, Wimbledon in 1903 by walkover.
2This was actually the all-comers final as Ethel Thomson Larcombe did not defend her 1912 Wimbledon title, which resulted in the winner of the all-comers final winning the challenge round and, thus, Wimbledon in 1913 by walkover.

Runner-ups (4)[edit]

Year Championship Opponent in Final Score in Final
1905 Wimbledon Flag of the United States.svg May Sutton Bundy 6–3, 6–4
1907 Wimbledon Flag of the United States.svg May Sutton Bundy 6–1, 6–4
1919 Wimbledon Flag of France.svg Suzanne Lenglen 10–8, 4–6, 9–7
1920 Wimbledon Flag of France.svg Suzanne Lenglen 6–3, 6–0

References[edit]

  1. ^ A historical dictionary of British women
  2. ^ "Dorothea Douglass Lambert Chambers Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  3. ^ "LADIES' LAWN TENNIS.". The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) (NSW: National Library of Australia). 10 June 1911. p. 7. 
  4. ^ "Encyclopaedia Britannica Biography". Retrieved 2013-05-06. 
  5. ^ "British Women in Tennis Victories". The Montreal Gazette. Aug 18, 1925. 
  6. ^ "Woman at Tennis". The Sydney Morning Herald. Aug 17, 1925. 

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