Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman
HAZEL HOTCHKISS WIGHTMAN

U. S. A.
Born 20/12/1886 Died 5/12/1974
US Open 1909,1910,1911,1919

Hazel Hotchkiss was a good volleyer and quick around the court. She grew up in California and was a shy girl. She had not played on grass before winning her first US title in 1909, but in thrashing Maud Barger Wallach in the Challenge Round she looked like a seasoned master. The following year she retained the title beating Louise Hammond. In 1911 she was involved in a titanic struggle with Florence Sutton, eventually winning 9-7 nin the third set. In 1915, now Mrs. Wightman, Hazel beat Eleanora Sears in the quarters en route to the All Comers final, where she lost to Molla Bjurstedt. In 1919 Hotchkiss-Wightman won as a mother, beating Marion Zinderstein in the final to take her fourth title. After retirement she often coached people free of charge. The Wightman Cup, a women's team competition between U. S. A. and Great Britain, was named after her. The Wightman Cup eventually bit the dust when Britain became too uncompetitive for the competition to be worthwhile, but it was a main fixture in the calendar for many years.

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