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Phyllis Covell

Full name: Phyllis Lindrea Covell (Howkins-)
Gender: Female
Born: May 22, 1895 in Paddington, Greater London, Great Britain
Died: October 28, 1982 in Heyshott, West Sussex, Great Britain
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Tennis

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Phyllis Howkins was the daughter of a wealthy Berkshire flour miller. She made her Wimbledon début in 1920 and a year later reached the mixed doubles final with [Max Woosnam] but lost 3-6, 1-6 to Randolph Lycett (Great Britain) and Elizabeth Ryan (USA). She also enjoyed her best performance in the singles that year, losing to fellow Briton [Phyllis Satterthwaite] in the quarter-final. Phyllis married Beverley Covell in India in 1921 and in 1923 she won her only Grand Slam title when she captured the US doubles with [Kitty McKane] after beating the Americans [Hazel Wightman] and [Eleanor Goss] in three sets after losing the first set. Also in 1923 she appeared in the first Wightman Cup match against the United States and was a member of the first winning British team a year later when she won her two singles, against [Helen Wills] and [Molla Mallory] and, with Dorothy Shepherd-Barron, won the doubles as Great Britain won 6-1. She was the playing captain of the side in 1929.

Covell was runner-up at Wimbledon in 1924, again with McKane, and in 1929 was runner-up in three Grand Slam events - the ladies’ doubles with [Dorothy Shepherd-Barron] at the US Open and at Wimbledon, and in the mixed doubles at the US championships with Bunny Austin. She won the silver medal in doubles at the 1924 Olympics with Kitty McKane after a valiant effort in pushing the Americans Wightman and Wills before losing the final 7-5, 8-6.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1924 Summer 28 Paris Tennis Women's Singles Great Britain GBR 9T
1924 Summer 28 Paris Tennis Mixed Doubles Great Britain-2 GBR 5T
1924 Summer 28 Paris Tennis Women's Doubles Great Britain-2 GBR 2 Silver

Women's Singles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1924 Summer 28 Paris Tennis Great Britain GBR Round Three Match #4 2 Golding (FRA) 2, Covell (GBR) 1 1
1924 Summer 28 Paris Tennis Great Britain GBR Round Two Match #8 1 Covell (GBR) 2, Váradi-Péter (HUN) 0 2
1924 Summer 28 Paris Tennis Great Britain GBR Round One Match #24 1 Covell (GBR) 2, Wallis (IRL) 1 2

Mixed Doubles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1924 Summer 28 Paris Tennis Great Britain-2 GBR Leslie Godfree Quarter-Finals Match #2 2 NED 2, GBR-2 0 0
1924 Summer 28 Paris Tennis Great Britain-2 GBR Leslie Godfree Round Two Match #3 AC GBR-2 bye
1924 Summer 28 Paris Tennis Great Britain-2 GBR Leslie Godfree Round One Match #7 1 GBR-2 2, IRL-2 0 2

Women's Doubles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1924 Summer 28 Paris Tennis Great Britain-2 GBR Kitty McKane Final Round Match 1/2 2 1924-07-19 USA-1 2, GBR-2 0 0
1924 Summer 28 Paris Tennis Great Britain-2 GBR Kitty McKane Semi-Finals Match #1 1 1924-07-18 GBR-2 2, FRA-2 0 2
1924 Summer 28 Paris Tennis Great Britain-2 GBR Kitty McKane Quarter-Finals Match #2 1 1924-07-17 GBR-2 2, SWE 0 2
1924 Summer 28 Paris Tennis Great Britain-2 GBR Kitty McKane Round Two Match #4 1 GBR-2 2, BEL 0 2
1924 Summer 28 Paris Tennis Great Britain-2 GBR Kitty McKane Round One Match #1 1 1924-07-14 GBR-2 2, USA-2 0 2
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