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Doubles, Women

Date17 – 24 August 1920
StatusOlympic
LocationRoyal Beerschot Tennis & Hockey Club, Antwerpen
Participants18 from 5 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament.

In women’s doubles, Winifred McNair and Kitty McKane won, defeating Suzanne Lenglen and her partner, Elisabeth d’Ayen, in the semi-finals, and their countrywomen, Geraldine Beamish and Dorothy Holman in the finals.

McNair and McKane were a formidable doubles team. McNair reached the finals of the All-Comers singles at Wimbledon in 1913, and won the doubles plate that year, partnered by Dora Boothby. She later turned to golf and was runner-up in the 1921 English Ladies Championship, and played internationally for England that year at Turnberry.

But Kitty McKane had one of the best records of any British female tennis player ever. Not least of this was her performance at the 1920 Olympics, at which she won medals in all three events, capped by her doubles gold. She won the Wimbledon singles title in 1924 and 1926, giving Helen Wills a rare defeat in the 1924 singles final. She was U.S. doubles champion in 1923 and 1927 and U.S. mixed doubles champion in 1925. She was equally adept at badminton, winning eight All-England titles – four singles, two doubles, and two mixed doubles.

PosNrPlayerNOC
1Winifred McNair / Kitty McKaneGBRGold
2Geraldine Beamish / Dorothy HolmanGBRSilver
3Suzanne Lenglen / Élisabeth d'AyenFRABronze
4Marie Storms / Fernande ArendtBEL
=5Lily Strömberg / Sigrid FickSWE
=5Marthe Dupont / Marguerite ChaudoirBEL
=5Anne de Borman / Lucienne TschaggenyBEL
=5Amory Hansen / Elsebeth BrehmDEN
9Marie Jones / Marguerite LaurenanBEL

Round One (17 August 1920)

Winner of each match advanced to round two.

Match #1 Suzanne Lenglen / Élisabeth d'AyenFRA walkover
Match #2 Sigrid Fick / Lily StrömbergSWE walkover
Match #3 Winifred McNair / Kitty McKaneGBR walkover
Match #4 Marthe Dupont / Marguerite ChaudoirBEL Marie Jones / Marguerite LaurenanBEL 6-3, 2-6, 6-2
Match #5 Anne de Borman / Lucienne TschaggenyBEL walkover
Match #6 Geraldine Beamish / Dorothy HolmanGBR walkover
Match #7 Amory Hansen / Elsebeth BrehmDEN walkover
Match #8 Marie Storms / Fernande ArendtBEL walkover

Quarter-Finals (17 – 18 August 1920)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Suzanne Lenglen / Élisabeth d'AyenFRA Sigrid Fick / Lily StrömbergSWE 6-4, 6-3
Match #2 Winifred McNair / Kitty McKaneGBR Marthe Dupont / Marguerite ChaudoirBEL 6-2, 7-5
Match #3 Geraldine Beamish / Dorothy HolmanGBR Anne de Borman / Lucienne TschaggenyBEL 6-2, 6-4
Match #4 Marie Storms / Fernande ArendtBEL Amory Hansen / Elsebeth BrehmDEN 6-1, 6-1

Semi-Finals (—)

Winner of each match advanced to the final.

Match #1 Winifred McNair / Kitty McKaneGBR Suzanne Lenglen / Élisabeth d'AyenFRA 2-6, 6-3, 8-6
Match #2 Geraldine Beamish / Dorothy HolmanGBR Marie Storms / Fernande ArendtBEL 6-1, 6-1

Final Round (—)

Match 1/2 Winifred McNair / Kitty McKaneGBR Geraldine Beamish / Dorothy HolmanGBR 8-6, 6-4
Match 3/4 Suzanne Lenglen / Élisabeth d'AyenFRA Marie Storms / Fernande ArendtBEL walkover