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Molla Bjurstedt-Mallory

Full name: Anna Margrethe "Molla" Bjurstedt-Mallory
Gender: Female
Born: March 6, 1884 in Mosvik, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway
Died: November 22, 1959 in Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden
Affiliations: Oslo Tennisklubb, Oslo (NOR)
Country: NOR Norway
Sport: Tennis

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Molla Bjurstedt-Mallory was the greatest ever Norwegian female tennis player, winning an Olympic bronze medal in singles in 1912. She was Norwegian Champion multiple times, before moving to New York City in 1915 where she worked as a masseuse. She won the 1915 US Indoor title, the first of her five titles in that event. She also won the US Open title in 1915, the first of her eight successes in that event, winning in 1915-18, 1920-22, and 1926. Bjurstedt-Mallory’s eight victories in the US Open is still the all-time best (as of 2015). She was runner-up at Wimbledon in 1922 to [Suzanne Lenglen], and won US doubles titles in 1916-17, partnered by Eleonora Sears, and won three US mixed titles, in 1917 partnered by Irving Wright, and in 1922-23, partnered by Bill Tilden.

Bjurstedt-Mallory’s most famous victory came in her second round match against Suzanne Lenglen at the 1921 US Championships. Lenglen was ill, later to be called whooping cough, and lost the first set 6-2. In the first game of the second set, Mallory led 40-love when Lenglen came to the net and withdrew. Lenglen avenged that loss at the 1922 Wimbledon final, winning 2 and love in 26 minutes, the shortest final in any Grand Slam championship. They played later that summer in Nice, with Lenglen winning a double bagel.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Tennis Women's Singles Norway NOR 3 Bronze
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Tennis Mixed Doubles Norway NOR 5T
1924 Summer 40 Paris Tennis Women's Singles Norway NOR 5T
1924 Summer 40 Paris Tennis Mixed Doubles Norway-2 NOR 9T

Women's Singles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Tennis Norway NOR Final Round Match 3/4 1 1912-07-04 Bjurstedt-Mallory (NOR) 2, Arnheim (SWE) 0 2
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Tennis Norway NOR Semi-Finals Match #2 2 1912-07-03 Broquedis-Billout (FRA) 2, Bjurstedt-Mallory (NOR) 1 1
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Tennis Norway NOR Quarter-Finals Match #4 AC 1912-07-03 Bjurstedt-Mallory (NOR) walkover
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Tennis Norway NOR Round One Match #3 AC 1912-07-01 Bjurstedt-Mallory (NOR) bye
1924 Summer 40 Paris Tennis Norway NOR Quarter-Finals Match #1 2 1924-07-17 Wills (USA) 2, Bjurstedt-Mallory (NOR) 0 0
1924 Summer 40 Paris Tennis Norway NOR Round Three Match #2 1 Bjurstedt-Mallory (NOR) 2, Bouman (NED) 0 2
1924 Summer 40 Paris Tennis Norway NOR Round Two Match #4 1 Bjurstedt-Mallory (NOR) 2, Vaussard (FRA) 0 2
1924 Summer 40 Paris Tennis Norway NOR Round One Match #5 AC Bjurstedt-Mallory (NOR) bye

Mixed Doubles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Tennis Norway NOR Conrad Langaard Round One Match #5 2 1912-07-01 SWE-2 2, NOR 1 1
1924 Summer 40 Paris Tennis Norway-2 NOR Jack Nielsen Round Two Match #2 2 USA-2 2, NOR-2 0 0
1924 Summer 40 Paris Tennis Norway-2 NOR Jack Nielsen Round One Match #6 1 NOR-2 2, BEL-2 1 2
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