Lottie Dod
LOTTIE DOD

Great Britain
Born 24/9/1871 Died 27/6/1960
Wimbledon 1887,1888,1891,1892,1893

Lottie Dod was the youngest Wimbledon champion at 15 years 10 months (Suzanne Lenglen was younger when she won the World Hard Court in 1914). She was tall and athletic. She never lost a Grand Slam match. She was also a great all round sportswoman. She was an Olympic silver medalist in archery, was a fine ice skater, played for Britain at hockey and won the British womens golf championship in 1904. Dod served underarm and her athleticism proved too much for all her contemporaries. Making her debut in 1887, Cheshire schoolgirl Dod thrashed Blanche Bingley in the Challenge Round. In 1888 Bingley was her victim again. She next played in 1891, beating Bingley in the All comers final (there was no Challenge Round). In 1892 Dod beat Bingley again. In 1893 Bingley finally managed to put up some resistance, but Dod won in three sets to win her fifth and last title. She never played Wimbledon again, preferring to concentrate on her other sporting pursuits.

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