Helen Wills Moody
HELEN WILLS MOODY

U. S. A.
Born 6/10/1905 Died 1/1/1998
French Open 1928,1929,1930,1932
Wimbledon 1927,1928,1929,1930,1932,1933,1935,1938
US Open 1923,1924,1925,1927,1928,1929,1931

Helen Wills Moody was one of the greatest women players ever. Only Steffi Graf and Margaret Court have won more Grand Slam singles titles than Wills Moody. She hit the ball hard from the baseline and rarely ventured to the net. Wills Moody was called 'Miss Poker face' because of her unflappable temperament. She won her first Grand Slam title at the U. S. in 1923 just before her eighteenth birthday. By 1931 she had seven U. S. titles to her name. At Wimbledon she won her last of eight titles in 1938 and she also won the French four times. She often faced Helen Jacobs in Grand Slam events. Wills Moody beat Jacobs in the French final of 1930, the Wimbledon final in 1929, 1932, 1935 (despite trailing 5-2 and match point in the third set) and 1938 and the U. S. semis in 1927 and the final in 1928. Jacobs' one victory over Wills Moody was in the U. S. final in 1933 when Wills Moody retired in the third set. Although Wills Moody's career overlapped Suzanne Lenglen's, they only played each other once, at Cannes in 1926, when Lenglen won.


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