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Charlotte Cooper (tennis player)

For other people of the same name, see Charlotte Cooper (disambiguation).
Charlotte Cooper Sterry
Full name Charlotte Reinagle Cooper Sterry
Country  United Kingdom
Born (1870-09-22)22 September 1870
Ealing, Enhgland
Died 10 October 1966(1966-10-10) (aged 96)
Helensburgh
Plays Right–handed
Singles
Career record
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon W (1895, 1896, 1899, 1901, 1908)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games Gold Medal (1900)
Doubles
Career record
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon F (1913)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon 3R (1914)
Other Mixed Doubles tournaments
Olympic Games Gold Medal (1900)
Olympic medal record
Women's Tennis
Gold 1900 Paris Singles
Gold 1900 Paris Mixed doubles

Charlotte Cooper Sterry (née Charlotte Reinagle Cooper, 22 September 1870 – 10 October 1966) was a female tennis player born in Ealing, Middlesex, England who won five singles titles at the Wimbledon Championships and in 1900 became the first female Olympic champion. As a young woman, she was a member of the Ealing Lawn Tennis Club. She won her first of five Wimbledon championships singles titles in 1895, wearing an ankle-length dress in accordance with proper Victorian attire. She won again the following year and for the third time in 1898. In total she participated in 21 Wimbledon tournaments over a period of 27 years from 1893 through 1919.[1] Her last title win in 1908 makes her the oldest Wimbledon female singles champion at 37 years and 282 days.[2] She won the tennis singles title at the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris, France where women were allowed to participate for the first time. She defeated Hélène Prévost in the final in straight sets. Together with Reginald Doherty she also won the mixed doubles title after a straight sets victory in the final against Hélène Prévost and Harold Mahoney.[3]

Cooper Sterry won seven All-England mixed doubles titles; five times with Harold Mahoney (1894–1898) and once with Laurence Doherty (1900) and Xenophon Casdagli (1908).

She won the singles title at the Irish Lawn Tennis Championships in 1895 and 1898. Cooper Sterry remained active in competitive tennis and continued to play in championship events well into her 50s. In 1901 she married Alfred Sterry who became President of the Lawn Tennis Association and their daughter, Gwen, played on Britain's Wightman Cup tennis team.[4]

In 1966, Charlotte Cooper Sterry died at the age of 96, in Helensburgh, Scotland.

Grand Slam finals

Singles

Wins (5)
Year Championship Opponent in final Score in final
1895 Wimbledon (1) United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Helen Jackson Atkins 7–5, 8–6
1896 Wimbledon (2) United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Alice Simpson Pickering 6–2, 6–3
1898 Wimbledon (3) United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Louisa Martin 6–4, 6–4
1901 Wimbledon (4) United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Blanche Bingley Hillyard 6–2, 6–2
1908 Wimbledon (5) United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Agnes Morton 6–4, 6–4
Runners-up (6)
Year Championship Opponent in final Score in final
1897 Wimbledon United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Blanche Bingley Hillyard 5–7, 7–5, 6–2
1899 Wimbledon United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Blanche Bingley Hillyard 6–2, 6–3
1900 Wimbledon United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Blanche Bingley Hillyard 4–6, 6–4, 6–4
1902 Wimbledon United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Muriel Robb 7–5, 6–1
1904 Wimbledon United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Dorothea Douglass Lambert Chambers 6–0, 6–3
1912 Wimbledon United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Ethel Thomson Larcombe 6–3, 6–1

Doubles

Runners-up (1)
Year Championship Partner Opponents in the final Score in final
1913 Wimbledon United Kingdom Dorothea Douglass United Kingdom Winifred McNair
United Kingdom Dora Boothby
4–6, 2–4 ret.

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