With her opponent limping throughout the second set, 32-year-old Mrs Helen Wills-Moody won the women’s singles lawn tennis championship for the eighth time on the Centre Court at Wimbledon on Saturday [July 2].
She beat the other Helen from California, unlucky Miss Jacobs, 6-4, 6-0, in a match which, because of a leg injury to Miss Jacobs, lasted only 35 minutes.
Mrs Moody, by recording eight wins in the greatest lawn tennis competition in the world, has beaten the record which she held jointly with Mrs Lambert Chambers.
Queen Mary and ex-Queen Ena of Spain saw her establish the record.
It was a pity that the accomplishment was not achieved without misfortune to Miss Jacobs, for it had promised to be a close match until near the end of the first set. Then Miss Jacobs started feeling her ankle, which was tightly bandaged, and it gradually became so bad that she could not run.
The second set lasted only a few minutes with Miss Jacobs suffering pain each time she tried to turn sharply. It was little wonder that she won only three points in all, four of the games going to Mrs Moody to love.
Immediately she came off court, Miss Jacobs was seen by an osteopath, who told a reporter that she had injured a tendon in her right leg.
The leg looked swollen and Miss Jacobs was advised to rest for at least three weeks.
America made a clean sweep, winning all five championships.