Dorothea Lambert Chambers

Dorothea Lambert Chambers

Dorothea Lambert Chambers
Full name Dorothea Katherine Douglass Lambert Chambers
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
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
Career record
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon W (1903, 1904, 1906, 1910, 1911, 1913, 1914)
US Open QF (1925)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games 1908)
Doubles
Career record
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon F (1913, 1919, 1920)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon F (1919)
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.

Biography

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]

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

In 1911, Lambert Chambers won the women's final at Wimbledon 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.[2]

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[3] and, from 1924 to 1926, she captained Britain's Wightman Cup team. 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

  • 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

Wins (7)

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

Year Championship Opponent in Final Score in Final
1905 Wimbledon May Sutton Bundy 6–3, 6–4
1907 Wimbledon May Sutton Bundy 6–1, 6–4
1919 Wimbledon Suzanne Lenglen 10–8, 4–6, 9–7
1920 Wimbledon Suzanne Lenglen 6–3, 6–0

References

External links

  • Project Gutenberg