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Blanche Bingley

Blanche Bingley
Full name Blanche Bingley Hillyard
Country (sports)  United Kingdom
Born (1863-11-03)3 November 1863
Greenford, England
Died 6 August 1946(1946-08-06) (aged 82)
London, England
Plays Right-handed
Int. Tennis HoF 2013 (member page)
Singles
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon W (1886, 1889, 1894, 1897, 1899, 1900)

Blanche Bingley Hillyard (3 November 1863 – 6 August 1946) was an English tennis player.

Born in Greenford in the London Borough of Ealing, Blanche Bingley was a member of the "Ealing Lawn Tennis & Archery Club." In 1884, she competed in the first ever Wimbledon championships for women and two years later captured the first of her six singles titles. A seven time runner-up, Bingley's thirteen finals remain a Wimbledon record as is the fourteen-year time span between her first and last title.[1][2]

Bingley's Wimbledon record suggests that she was the second strongest female player of her day, being inferior only to Lottie Dod, who defeated her in no fewer than five finals.[3][4]

Once married to Greenford on 13 July 1887), Bingley was recorded with her husband's name and is usually listed in various records as Blanche Bingley Hillyard. At age thirty-seven, she made it to the Wimbledon finals and continued to compete until age forty-eight, playing her last Wimbledon tourney in 1912.

During her career, she also won the Irish championships on three occasions (1888, 1894, 1897) and the German championship, played in Hamburg, twice; in 1897, defeating Charlotte Cooper Sterry in the final in three sets, and in 1900 against Muriel Robb, also in three sets. Additionally, she won the South of England Championships at Eastbourne, then a major event, eleven times between 1885 and 1905.[5]

Blanche Bingley Hillyard died in London in 1946.

Her husband

External links

  1. ^ Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. p. 693.  
  2. ^ "Lady Champion of England.". Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW : 1870 – 1907) (NSW: National Library of Australia). 14 October 1899. p. 55. 
  3. ^ "Lawn Tennis.". Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW : 1870 – 1907) (NSW: National Library of Australia). 8 September 1888. p. 41. 
  4. ^ "TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP.".  
  5. ^ Barrett, John (2001). Wimbledon : The Official History of the Championships. London: CollinsWillow. p. 37.  
  6. ^ "Hall of Famers – Blanche Bingley Hillyard". www.tennisfame.com. International Tennis Hall of Fame. 

References

See also

A=did not participate in the tournament.

1884 1885 1886 1887 1888 1889 1890 1891 1892 1893 1894 1895 1896 1897 1898 1899 1900 1901 1902 1903 1904 1905 1906 1907 1908 1909 1910 1911 1912
Wimbledon SF F W F F W SF F F F W A A W A W W F 2R A 3R SF Q SF 2R 2R 3R A SF

Grand Slam performance timeline

1This was actually the all-comers final as Helena Rice did not defend her 1890 Wimbledon title, which resulted in the winner of the all-comers final winning the challenge round and, thus, Wimbledon in 1891 by walkover.

Year Championship Opponent in Final Score
1885 Wimbledon Maud Watson 1–6, 5–7
1887 Wimbledon Lottie Dod 2–6, 0–6
1888 Wimbledon Lottie Dod 3–6, 3–6
18911 Wimbledon Lottie Dod 2–6, 1–6
1892 Wimbledon Lottie Dod 1–6, 1–6
1893 Wimbledon Lottie Dod 8–6, 1–6, 4–6
1901 Wimbledon Charlotte Cooper Sterry 2–6, 2–6

Runners-up (7)

1This was actually the all-comers final as Lottie Dod did not defend her 1888 Wimbledon title, which resulted in the winner of the all-comers final winning the challenge round and, thus, Wimbledon in 1889 by walkover.
2This was actually the all-comers final as Lottie Dod did not defend her 1893 Wimbledon title, which resulted in the winner of the all-comers final winning the challenge round and, thus, Wimbledon in 1894 by walkover.

Year Championship Opponent in Final Score
1886 Wimbledon Maud Watson 6–3, 6–3
18891 Wimbledon (2) Helena Rice 4–6, 8–6, 6–4
18942 Wimbledon (3) Edith Austin Greville 6–1, 6–1
1897 Wimbledon (4) Charlotte Cooper 5–7, 7–5, 6–2
1899 Wimbledon (5) Charlotte Cooper 6–2, 6–3
1900 Wimbledon (6) Charlotte Cooper 4–6, 6–4, 6–4

Titles (6)

Grand Slam singles finals

  • Wimbledon
    • Singles champion: 1886, 1889, 1894, 1897, 1899, 1900
    • Singles runner-up: 1885, 1887, 1888, 1891, 1892, 1893, 1901

Grand Slam record

Contents

  • Grand Slam record 1
  • Grand Slam singles finals 2
    • Titles (6) 2.1
    • Runners-up (7) 2.2
    • Grand Slam performance timeline 2.3
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2013.[6]

Blanche Bingley Hillyard vs Charlotte Cooper Sterry at Eastbourne
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