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Dorothy Holman

Full name: Edith Dorothy Holman
Gender: Female
Born: July 18, 1883 in Kilburn, Greater London, Great Britain
Died: 1968 in Brent, Greater London, Great Britain
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Tennis

Medals: 2 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Dorothy Holman reached the ladies singles final at the 1920 Olympics but lost 6-3, 6-0 to [Suzanne Lenglen]. It was to remain the biggest win in an Olympics ladies singles final until [Serena Williams] beat [Mariya Sharapova] to win her first singles gold in 2012. Holman won a second silver in the ladies doubles with [Geraldine Beamish] when they were beaten in the final by another British pair, [Kitty McKane] and [Winifred McNair]. Dorothy won the Queen’s Club Championship (then known as the London Championship) in 1920 when the holder Ethel Larcombe scratched from the final. Dorothy was also runner-up in the championship on three occasions.

Between 1912 and 1925 Dorothy Holman won 22 titles, which included four British Covered court titles in 1912, 1914, 1921 and 1922. But her biggest triumph was in beating Germaine Goulding of France 6-3, 6-4 to capture the World covered court championship in Paris in 1919. Her best performance at Wimbledon was in reaching the semi-final on two occasions. Losing to [Charlotte Sterry] in three sets in 1912 and in 1913 when she again lost in three sets, to Winifred McNair. She also twice reached the ladies doubles semi-final.

A portrait of Dorothy was hung in the National Portrait Gallery in 1924.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 36 Antwerpen Tennis Women's Singles Great Britain GBR 2 Silver
1920 Summer 36 Antwerpen Tennis Mixed Doubles Great Britain-1 GBR 14T
1920 Summer 36 Antwerpen Tennis Women's Doubles Great Britain GBR 2 Silver

Women's Singles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1920 Summer 36 Antwerpen Tennis Great Britain GBR Final Round Match 1/2 2 Lenglen (FRA) 2, Holman (GBR) 0 0
1920 Summer 36 Antwerpen Tennis Great Britain GBR Semi-Finals Match #2 AC Holman (GBR) walkover
1920 Summer 36 Antwerpen Tennis Great Britain GBR Quarter-Finals Match #4 1 Holman (GBR) 2, Arendt (BEL) 0 2
1920 Summer 36 Antwerpen Tennis Great Britain GBR Round Two Match #6 1 Holman (GBR) 2, Beamish (GBR) 0 2

Mixed Doubles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1920 Summer 36 Antwerpen Tennis Great Britain-1 GBR Gordon Lowe Round One Match #3 2 GBR-3 2, GBR-1 0 0

Women's Doubles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1920 Summer 36 Antwerpen Tennis Great Britain-2 GBR Geraldine Beamish Final Round Match 1/2 2 GBR-1 2, GBR-2 0 0
1920 Summer 36 Antwerpen Tennis Great Britain-2 GBR Geraldine Beamish Semi-Finals Match #2 1 GBR-2 2, BEL-1 0 2
1920 Summer 36 Antwerpen Tennis Great Britain-2 GBR Geraldine Beamish Quarter-Finals Match #3 1 GBR-2 2, BEL-3 0 2
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