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Singles, Women

Date16 – 24 August 1920
StatusOlympic
LocationRoyal Beerschot Tennis & Hockey Club, Antwerpen
Participants18 from 7 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament.

The women’s field was strong, owing mainly to the presence and grace of Suzanne Lenglen, easily the dominant women’s player in the world, and considered by some as the greatest female player of all time. Dorothy Holman and Kitty McKane of Britain were also top players. The strongest international players missing were Molla Mallory (né Bjurstedt) of the United States, a Norwegian emigré who had won a bronze medal in ladies’ singles at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm; Dorothea Lambert-Chambers of Great Britain, a four-time Wimbledon singles champion who had won the Olympic singles gold medal in 1908; and Elizabeth Ryan of the United States, who would be runner-up in 1921 at Wimbledon to Miss Lenglen, but who was best known as a doubles player. It is unlikely they would have challenged Miss Lenglen. Lenglen won the gold medal without losing a set and gave up only four games. In her first three matches, she won both sets at love, lost one game to Sigrid Fick in the semi-finals, and three to Dorothy Holman in the finals.

PosNrPlayerNOC
1Suzanne LenglenFRAGold
2Dorothy HolmanGBRSilver
3Kitty McKaneGBRBronze
4Sigrid FickSWE
=5Anne de BormanBEL
=5Lily StrömbergSWE
=5Élisabeth d'AyenFRA
=5Fernande ArendtBEL
=9Caro DahlNOR
=9Winifred McNairGBR
=9Elsebeth BrehmDEN
=9Rosetta GagliardiITA
=9Amory HansenDEN
=9Geraldine BeamishGBR
=15Marthe DupontBEL
=15Marie StormsBEL
=15Margareta LindbergSWE
=15Jeanne VaussardFRA
DNSMilada SkrbkováTCH
DNSGiulia PerelliITA
DNSPanchita SubarinaESP

Round One (16 August 1920)

Winner of each match advanced to round two.

Match #1 Anne de BormanBEL bye
Match #2 Milada SkrbkováTCH bye
Match #3 Sigrid FickSWE bye
Match #4 Caro DahlNOR bye
Match #5 Lily StrömbergSWE bye
Match #6 Elsebeth BrehmDEN Marthe DupontBEL 6-3, 6-4
Match #7 Winifred McNairGBR Panchita SubarinaESP walkover
Match #8 Suzanne LenglenFRA Marie StormsBEL 6-0, 6-0
Match #9 Rosetta GagliardiITA Margareta LindbergSWE 6-0 DNF
Match #10 Kitty McKaneGBR Jeanne VaussardFRA 6-4, 6-4
Match #11 Amory HansenDEN bye
Match #12 Élisabeth d'AyenFRA bye
Match #13 Giulia PerelliITA bye
Match #14 Fernande ArendtBEL bye
Match #15 Geraldine BeamishGBR bye
Match #16 Dorothy HolmanGBR bye

Round Two (17 – 18 August 1920)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Anne de BormanBEL Milada SkrbkováTCH walkover
Match #2 Sigrid FickSWE Caro DahlNOR 7-5, 6-2
Match #3 Lily StrömbergSWE Elsebeth BrehmDEN 7-5, 6-3
Match #4 Suzanne LenglenFRA Winifred McNairGBR 6-0, 6-0
Match #5 Kitty McKaneGBR Rosetta GagliardiITA 6-1, 1-6, 6-2
Match #6 Élisabeth d'AyenFRA Amory HansenDEN 6-2, 6-3
Match #7 Fernande ArendtBEL Giulia PerelliITA walkover
Match #8 Dorothy HolmanGBR Geraldine BeamishGBR 8-6, 6-2

Quarter-Finals (—)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Sigrid FickSWE Anne de BormanBEL 6-4, 8-6
Match #2 Suzanne LenglenFRA Lily StrömbergSWE 6-0, 6-0
Match #3 Kitty McKaneGBR Élisabeth d'AyenFRA 6-2, 6-3
Match #4 Dorothy HolmanGBR Fernande ArendtBEL 6-2, 6-3

Semi-Finals (—)

Winner of each match advanced to the final.

Match #1 Suzanne LenglenFRA Sigrid FickSWE 6-0, 6-1
Match #2 Dorothy HolmanGBR Kitty McKaneGBR walkover

Final Round (—)

Match 1/2 Suzanne LenglenFRA Dorothy HolmanGBR 6-3, 6-0
Match 3/4 Kitty McKaneGBR Sigrid FickSWE 6-2, 6-0