Molla Bjurstedt Mallory
MOLLA BJURSTEDT MALLORY

Norway/U. S. A.
Born 6/3/1884 Died 22/11/1959
US Open 1915,1916,1917,1918,1920,1921,1922,1926

Molla Bjurstedt Mallory was determined, but lacked great strokes. She was a baseliner with a strong forehand who rarely ventured to the net. Originally from Norway, she emigrated to the US. Newly arrived in the US, she won the US championships in 1915, beating Hazel Hotchkiss-Wightman in the All comers final before winning the Challenge Round by default. The following year she successfully defended her title in the Challenge Round against Louise Hammond-Raymond. She won the Patriotic US tournament in 1917 over Marion Vanderhoef. In 1918 she won again beating Eleanor Goss in the last US Challenge Round. The following year she lost in the semis to Marion Zinderstein. At Wimbledon 1920 Molla (now Mrs. Mallory) lost in the semis to Dorothea Lambert-Chambers. Mallory gained revenge over Zinderstein in the US final in 1920. In 1921 at the first womens event held at Forest Hills, Mallory played brilliantly to take the first set off Suzanne Lenglen in an early round. Then Lenglen felt sick and retired (it was Lenglen's only loss after the First World War). Mallory then beat May Sutton Bundy and Mary K. Browne to win the title. The following year she won again, this time beating young Helen Wills in the final. At Wimbledon 1922 Mallory made the final but lost easily to Lenglen. Wills beat her in the US final in 1923 and 1924. In 1925 she lost a tight semi final to Kitty McKane. At Wimbledon 1926 she lost in the semis to Lili de Alvarez. In the 1926 US final she trailed 0-4 in third set against Elizabeth Ryan but managed to win to claim her eighth and last title at the age of 42 (the oldest winner of a Grand Slam singles title). She made the semis two years later but lost to Helen Jacobs. The following year, 1929, she made the semis again but was whitewashed by Helen Wills. It was her last appearance.

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