Blanche Bingley Hillyard
BLANCHE BINGLEY HILLYARD

Great Britain
Born 3/11/1863 Died 6/8/1946
Wimbledon 1886,1889,1894,1897,1899,1900

Blanche Bingley was one of the great champions in the early days of womens tennis in Britain. She was a good mover compared to other players of her day, had a good forehand and was calm under pressure. She played in the first Grand Slam womens event at Wimbledon in 1884 and lost a tight semi final to eventual winner Maud Watson. In 1885 Bingley lost in the final to Watson. She gained revenge over Watson in 1886 to win her first title. Bingley lost the 1887 Challenge Round to 15 year old Lottie Dod. Dod beat her in the Challenge Round in 1888, but with Dod absent Bingley won the event in 1889. In 1891 Bingley lost in the All Comers final to Dod and the following two years lost to Dod again in the Challenge Round. Dod didn't play in 1894 so Bingley won the tournament. In 1897 Bingley won again beating defending champion Charlotte Cooper in the Challenge Round. In 1899 Bingley beat defending champion Cooper in the Challenge Round. In 1900 Bingley retained her title in the Challenge Round over Cooper. She continued playing at Wimbledon until 1913 and as late as 1912 made the semis, beating Elizabeth Ryan before losing to Ethel Thomson-Larcombe. Bingley married George Hillyard, a fine player and secretary of the All England Club.

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