Elisabeth Moore
ELISABETH MOORE

U. S. A.
Born 5/3/1876 Died 22/1/1959
US Open 1896,1901,1903,1905

Elisabeth Moore was a New Yorker. In 1892, at 16, Moore became the youngest US finalist, a record she held for many years (Pam Shriver was younger in 1978). That year was the first to have a five set womens Challenge Round, Moore eventually losing the fifth set to Mabel Cahill. The following year she lost in the semis to Aline Terry. In 1895 she beat former champion Bertha Townsend-Toulmin before losing to Juliette Atkinson in the All Comers Final. She gained revenge on Atkinson in the Challenge Round the following year (in four sets) to win her first title. Atkinson beat her in five sets in the Challenge Round the following year. In 1901 Moore beat Atkinson in the semis. Then she won the final against Marion Jones and the Challenge Round against Myrtle McAteer in two five set epics. The committeemen that organised the tournament felt it was unfair for the women to play best of five sets, so women never played best of five sets in a Grand Slam again. The following year Moore only lasted a set before retiring in the Challenge Round to Jones. In 1903 she beat Jones in the Challenge Round to win her third title. In 1904 she lost easily to May Sutton. In 1905 Moore beat Helen Homans in the All Comers Final before winning the Challenge Round by default. It was the last time fans were to see the most successful pre-World War 1 US champion at her best.

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