Charlotte Cooper Sterry
CHARLOTTE COOPER STERRY

Great Britain
Born 22/9/1870 Died 10/10/1966
Wimbledon 1895,1896,1898,1901,1908

Charlotte Cooper first entered Wimbledon in 1893. She lost in the semis to Blanche Bingley. In 1895 she won the All Comers Final against Helen Jackson (there was no Challenge Round as the holder wasn't defending). Cooper then cycled home to nearby Surbiton after winning Wimbledon for the first time and saw her father clipping his hedge. "Where have you been, dear?" he asked. "To Wimbledon, of course, father", she replied. "Ah yes, I remember - you were playing the final weren't you? Did you win?" he asked. "Yes I did actually" she replied. "Well done, I'm so glad" replied her father. The following year Cooper defended her title in the Challenge Round, beating Alice Pickering. She lost a tough Challenge Round in 1897 to Bingley-Hillyard. In 1898 Cooper beat Louise Martin in the All Comers Final and won the Challenge Round by default. She lost in the 1899 Challenge Round to Bingley-Hillyard. Bingley-Hillyard beat her in the Challenge Round in 1900. Cooper then became Mrs. Sterry. She gained a rare victory over Bingley-Hillyard in 1901, winning easily to take her fourth title. She lost in the Challenge Round the following year to Muriel Robb. In 1904 she lost in the Challenge Round to Dorothea Douglass. She lost to Douglass in the All Comers final in 1906. In 1908 Charlotte beat Dorothea Douglass-Lambert Chambers in the quarters, Dora Boothby in the semis and Agatha Morton in the All comers final (there was no Challenge Round as the holder wasn't defending). In 1912 Charlotte lost in the All Comers final to Ethel Thomson-Larcombe. She last entered in 1919. She died aged 96 in 1966.

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