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Tennis at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games:

Women's Singles

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Host City: Antwerpen, Belgium
Venue(s): Royal Beerschot Tennis & Hockey Club, Antwerpen
Date Started: August 16, 1920
Date Finished: August 24, 1920
Format: Single-elimination tournament.

Gold: FRA Suzanne Lenglen
Silver: GBR Dorothy Holman
Bronze: GBR Kitty McKane

Summary

The women’s field was strong, owing mainly to the presence and grace of Suzanne Lenglen, easily the dominant women’s player in the world, and considered by some as the greatest female player of all time. Dorothy Holman and Kitty McKane of Britain were also top players. The strongest international players missing were Molla Mallory (né Bjurstedt) of the United States, a Norwegian emigré who had won a bronze medal in ladies’ singles at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm; Dorothea Lambert-Chambers of Great Britain, a four-time Wimbledon singles champion who had won the Olympic singles gold medal in 1908; and Elizabeth Ryan of the United States, who would be runner-up in 1921 at Wimbledon to Miss Lenglen, but who was best known as a doubles player. It is unlikely they would have challenged Miss Lenglen. Lenglen won the gold medal without losing a set and gave up only four games. In her first three matches, she won both sets at love, lost one game to Sigrid Fick in the semi-finals, and three to Dorothy Holman in the finals.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Suzanne Lenglen 20 France FRA Gold
2 Dorothy Holman 36 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Kitty McKane 23 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 Sigrid Fick 33 Sweden SWE
5T Anne de Borman 39 Belgium BEL
5T Lily Strömberg-von Essen 23 Sweden SWE
5T Élisabeth d'Ayen 21 France FRA
5T Fernande Arendt Belgium BEL
9T Caro Dahl 29 Norway NOR
9T Winifred McNair 42 Great Britain GBR
9T Elsebeth Brehm 18 Denmark DEN
9T Rosetta Gagliardi 25 Italy ITA
9T Amory Hansen 33 Denmark DEN
9T Geraldine Beamish 36 Great Britain GBR
15T Marthe Dupont-Trasenster 28 Belgium BEL
15T Marie Storms Belgium BEL
15T Margareta Lindberg 30 Sweden SWE
15T Jeanne Vaussard France FRA