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Helen Wills

Full name: Helen Newington Wills (-Moody, -Roark)
Nickname(s): Little Miss Poker Face
Gender: Female
Born: October 6, 1905 in Berkeley, California, United States
Died: January 1, 1998 in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, United States
Affiliations: Berkeley Tennis Club/University of California, Berkeley
Country: USA United States
Sport: Tennis, Art Competitions

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

Biography

Rated by many authorities as the greatest woman player of her era, Helen Wills Moody won a total of 31 titles at Wimbledon and the U.S. and French championships. She came east from California while still a pigtailed teenager to win her first major title in 1922. She would eventually win eight Wimbledon and seven U.S. singles titles, with her last being the Wimbledon championship in 1938. This impressive total of victories was accomplished despite the fact that she did not play in the U.S. championships after 1933 because of an estrangement with the authorities. Helen Wills won the Olympic singles in 1924 without the loss of a set and added a second gold medal by taking the doubles with her coach, Hazel Wightman, who was almost 20 years her senior. Helen Wills was educated at the University of California (Berkeley). She also competed in the 1932 Olympic Arts Competition.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1924 Summer 18 Paris Tennis Women's Singles United States USA 1 Gold
1924 Summer 18 Paris Tennis Women's Doubles United States-1 USA 1 Gold
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Art Competitions Mixed Painting, Unknown Event United States USA AC
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Art Competitions Mixed Painting, Unknown Event United States USA AC
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Art Competitions Mixed Painting, Unknown Event United States USA AC
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Art Competitions Mixed Painting, Unknown Event United States USA AC
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Art Competitions Mixed Painting, Unknown Event United States USA AC
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Art Competitions Mixed Painting, Unknown Event United States USA AC
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Art Competitions Mixed Painting, Unknown Event United States USA AC
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Art Competitions Mixed Painting, Unknown Event United States USA AC
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Art Competitions Mixed Painting, Unknown Event United States USA AC
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Art Competitions Mixed Painting, Unknown Event United States USA AC
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Art Competitions Mixed Painting, Unknown Event United States USA AC
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Art Competitions Mixed Painting, Unknown Event United States USA AC

Women's Singles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1924 Summer 18 Paris Tennis United States USA Final Round Match 1/2 1 1924-07-20 Wills (USA) 2, Vlasto (FRA) 0 2
1924 Summer 18 Paris Tennis United States USA Semi-Finals Match #1 1 1924-07-18 Wills (USA) 2, Golding (FRA) 0 2
1924 Summer 18 Paris Tennis United States USA Quarter-Finals Match #1 1 1924-07-17 Wills (USA) 2, Bjurstedt-Mallory (NOR) 0 2
1924 Summer 18 Paris Tennis United States USA Round Three Match #1 1 Wills (USA) 2, Satterthwaite (GBR) 0 2
1924 Summer 18 Paris Tennis United States USA Round Two Match #1 AC Wills (USA) walkover
1924 Summer 18 Paris Tennis United States USA Round One Match #1 AC Wills (USA) bye

Women's Doubles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1924 Summer 18 Paris Tennis United States-1 USA Hazel Wightman Final Round Match 1/2 1 1924-07-19 USA-1 2, GBR-2 0 2
1924 Summer 18 Paris Tennis United States-1 USA Hazel Wightman Semi-Finals Match #2 1 1924-07-18 USA-1 2, GBR-1 1 2
1924 Summer 18 Paris Tennis United States-1 USA Hazel Wightman Quarter-Finals Match #4 AC 1924-07-17 USA-1 walkover
1924 Summer 18 Paris Tennis United States-1 USA Hazel Wightman Round Two Match #7 AC USA-1 walkover

Mixed Painting, Unknown Event

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank Title
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Art Competitions United States Final Standings AC Cilly Aussem I
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Art Competitions United States Final Standings AC Self Portrait No. 1
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Art Competitions United States Final Standings AC Self Portrait No. 2
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Art Competitions United States Final Standings AC Eileen Bennett
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Art Competitions United States Final Standings AC William T. Tilden
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Art Competitions United States Final Standings AC Ellsworth Vines
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Art Competitions United States Final Standings AC Henri Cochet
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Art Competitions United States Final Standings AC Cilly Aussem II
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Art Competitions United States Final Standings AC Senorita Lili de Alvarez
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Art Competitions United States Final Standings AC Eileen Bennett No. 1
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Art Competitions United States Final Standings AC Eileen Bennett No. 2
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Art Competitions United States Final Standings AC Self Portrait
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