BILL LARNED(U. S. A.)
Born: 30/12/1872 Died: 16/12/1926
US Open 1901,1902,1907,1908,1909,1910,1911
William Edward Larned dominated the game in the US in the early part of the 20th Century. Larned could be dazzlingly brilliant at times but he was erratic. When on form Larned hit a devastating unreadable backhand and a powerful topspin forehand, making life difficult for the net player. However, he would continue to go for his shots when he was missing them, which meant he suffered some embarrassing losses. Larned first entered the US championship in 1891, where he lost in the third round to C.T.Lee. In 1892 Larned beat former champion Henry Slocum before losing in the All Comers Final to Fred Hovey. In 1894 Larned lost to Manliffe Goodbody in the All Comers Final. The following year he lost to Fred Hovey in the All Comers Final. At Wimbledon in 1896 Larned lost in the quarters to Herbert Baddeley having been two sets to love up. At the US championships later in the year, Larned lost to Robert Wrenn in the All Comers Final having led two sets to love. In 1900 Larned lost to Mal Whitman in four sets in the Challenge Round. In 1901 Larned beat Beals Wright in four sets in the All Comers Final and won the Challenge Round by default to take his first Grand Slam title. In 1902 he successfully defended his crown, beating Reggie Doherty in four sets in the Challenge Round. The following year he lost in the Challenge Round to Reggie's brother Laurie Doherty in straight sets. At Wimbledon in 1905, Larned lost in the quarters to Sidney Smith in straight sets. At the US Open, Larned lost to Wright in the semis. In 1907 Larned beat Bob LeRoy in the All Comers Final in straight sets and took the Challenge Round by default to take his third US title. In 1908 he successfully defended the title in straight sets over Wright. In 1909 he was pushed all the way by Clothier before winning in five sets. In 1910 he beat Tom Bundy in five sets. In 1911 the 38 year old Larned was on blistering form as he thrashed 21 year old Maurice McLoughlin in straight sets to take his seventh title. The Challenge Round was abolished the following year and Larned decided that he did not want to play through the tournament and promptly retired. He fell on bad times and committed suicide in 1926 at the age of 53. No man has won more US titles than Larned.
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HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: F.Alexander 1-0, B.Clothier 1-1, L.Doherty 0-1, R.Doherty 1-0, F.Hovey 0-2, M.McLoughlin 1-0, H.Slocum 1-0, M.Whitman 1-1, R.Wrenn 0-1, B.Wright 4-1
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