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Suzanne Lenglen

Full name: Suzanne Rachel Flore Lenglen
Nickname(s): La Divine
Gender: Female
Born: May 24, 1899 in Paris, Paris, France
Died: July 4, 1938 in Paris, Paris, France
Country: FRA France
Sport: Tennis

Medals: 2 Gold, 1 Bronze (3 Total)

Biography

Suzanne Lenglen is usually considered the greatest female tennis player of the pre-World War II era. As an amateur she had a 181 match winning streak, and an overall record of 341 wins and 7 losses (98%), statistics that are hard to comprehend when compared to today’s players. Lenglen was French singles champion in 1920-23, and 1925-26 and won Wimbledon six of seven years – 1919-23 and 1925, losing in the semis in 1924 when she withdrew due to illness. Lenglen also won the 1914 World Hard Court Championship when she was only 15, which was then considered a major championship. Lenglen played at the US Championships only in 1921, when she lost in round two to [Molla Mallory], withdrawing in the first game of the second set, after losing the first set, because of a chronic cough. Lenglen avenged that defeat in the 1922 Wimbledon final, winning 6-2, 6-0, and then at a tournament in Nice later in 1922, Lenglen double bageled her. She was the world #1 ranked player from 1921-26.

Lenglen also won the French doubles in 1920-23 and 1925-26, and the mixed in 1914, 1920-23 and 1925-26. At Wimbledon she won the doubles in 1919-23 and 1925, and the mixed doubles in 1920, 1922, and 1925. Lenglen turned professional in 1927 and played a tour against Mary K. Browne, the 1912-14 US Champion, but it was no contest, Lenglen winning the series, 38-0. Lenglen was known for her flamboyance, and was considered the first tennis diva, actually nicknamed “La Divine.” She died quite suddenly in 1938, only one month after being diagnosed with leukemia.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Tennis Women's Singles France FRA 1 Gold
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Tennis Mixed Doubles France-3 FRA 1 Gold
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Tennis Women's Doubles France FRA 3 Bronze

Mixed Doubles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Tennis France-3 FRA Max Décugis Final Round Match 1/2 1 FRA-3 2, GBR-3 0 2
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Tennis France-3 FRA Max Décugis Semi-Finals Match #1 1 FRA-3 2, DEN 0 2
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Tennis France-3 FRA Max Décugis Quarter-Finals Match #2 1 FRA-3 2, BEL-1 1 2
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Tennis France-3 FRA Max Décugis Round Two Match #3 1 FRA-3 2, GBR-2 0 2

Women's Singles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Tennis France FRA Final Round Match 1/2 1 Lenglen (FRA) 2, Holman (GBR) 0 2
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Tennis France FRA Semi-Finals Match #1 1 Lenglen (FRA) 2, Fick (SWE) 0 2
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Tennis France FRA Quarter-Finals Match #2 1 Lenglen (FRA) 2, Strömberg-von Essen (SWE) 0 2
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Tennis France FRA Round Two Match #2 1 Lenglen (FRA) 2, McNair (GBR) 0 2
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Tennis France FRA Round One Match #2 1 1920-08-16 Lenglen (FRA) 2, Storms (BEL) 0 2

Women's Doubles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Tennis France FRA Élisabeth d'Ayen Final Round Match 3/4 AC FRA walkover
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Tennis France FRA Élisabeth d'Ayen Semi-Finals Match #1 2 GBR-1 2, FRA 1 1
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Tennis France FRA Élisabeth d'Ayen Quarter-Finals Match #1 1 FRA 2, SWE 0 2
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