Phoebe Holcroft Watson
|Full name||Phoebe Catherine Holcroft Watson|
|Country (sports)||United Kingdom|
|Born||7 October 1898|
|Died||20 October 1980(aged 82)|
|Highest ranking||No. 2 (1929)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|French Open||QF (1929, 1930)|
|Wimbledon||QF (1927, 1928)|
|US Open||F (1929)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|French Open||W (1928)|
|Wimbledon||W (1928, 1929)|
|US Open||W (1929)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|US Open||SF (1930)|
|Wightman Cup||W (1928, 1930)|
Phoebe Catherine Holcroft Watson (née Holcroft; 7 October 1898 – 20 October 1980) was a tennis player from the United Kingdom whose best result in singles was reaching the final of the U.S. Championships in 1929, losing to Helen Wills in straight sets. According to A. Wallis Myers of The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail, Watson was ranked in the world top ten in 1926 and from 1928 through 1930, reaching a career high of World No. 2 in 1929.
Watson won the women's doubles title at Wimbledon in 1928 and 1929 and at the US Championships in 1929, all with partner Peggy Saunders Michell. Her other Grand Slam title was the women's doubles at the French Championships in 1928 with partner Eileen Bennett.
Grand Slam finals
Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)
|Runner-up||1929||U.S. Championships||Grass||Helen Wills||4–6, 2–6|
Doubles: 5 (4 titles, 1 runners-up)
|Runner-up||1927||French Championships||Clay||Peggy Saunders Michell|| Irene Bowder Peacock
|Winner||1928||French Championships||Clay||Eileen Bennett|| Suzanne Deve
|Winner||1928||Wimbledon Championships||Grass||Peggy Saunders Michell|| Ermyntrude Harvey
|Winner||1929||Wimbledon Championships||Grass||Peggy Saunders Michell|| Phyllis Covell
|Winner||1929||US National Championships||Grass||Peggy Saunders Michell|| Phyllis Covell
|2–6, 6–3, 6–4|
Grand Slam singles tournament timeline
|Australia||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 0|
|France1||A||NH||A||A||3R||2R||QF||QF||0 / 4|
|Wimbledon||1R||3R||1R||3R||QF||QF||3R||1R||0 / 8|
|United States||A||A||A||A||A||A||F||A||0 / 1|
|SR||0 / 1||0 / 1||0 / 1||0 / 1||0 / 2||0 / 2||0 / 3||0 / 2||0 / 13|
SR = the ratio of the number of Grand Slam singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played.
1Until 1923, the French Championships were open only to French nationals. The World Hard Court Championships (WHCC), actually played on clay in Paris or Brussels, began in 1912 and were open to all nationalities. The results from the 1923 edition of that tournament are shown here. The Olympics replaced the WHCC in 1924, as the Olympics were held in Paris. Beginning in 1925, the French Championships were open to all nationalities, with the results shown here beginning with that year.
- "Helen Wills Takes Sixth National Title". Chicago Tribune. AP. August 25, 1929. p. 1, Part 2.
- Collins, Bud (2008). The Bud Collins History of Tennis: An Authoritative Encyclopedia and Record Book. New York, N.Y: New Chapter Press. pp. 695, 701. ISBN 0-942257-41-3.
- "Wimbledon players archive – Phoebe Holcroft-Watson (Watson)". www.wimbledon.com. AELTC.