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Charlotte Cooper (tennis)
Medal record
Women's Tennis
Gold 1900 Paris Singles
Gold 1900 Paris Mixed doubles

Charlotte Reinagle Cooper (22 September 1870 – 10 October 1966) was a tennis player born in Ealing, Middlesex, England where, as a young lady, 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.

Nicknamed "Chattie" she was a tall, slender, and elegant woman in appearance but a deceptively powerful athlete who became the first woman to win an Olympic champion title, medals were not awarded until the 1904 Summer Olympics. She won the tennis singles at the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris, France where women were allowed to participate for the first time. She followed this up with a second gold medal, winning the mixed doubles with partner, Reginald Doherty.

Still unmarried at age 30 she was what in her day was referred to as a "spinster" but on 12 January 1901 she married a tennis compatriot, Alfred Sterry. That year she captured the Wimbledon championship for the fourth time. After time off for family, she returned to active tennis, winning her fifth Wimbledon singles title in 1908 at the age of 37 years 282 days, an age record that still stands. In 1912, at age 41 she was still one of the best players in the game and that year made it to the Wimbledon finals.

Mrs. Cooper Sterry remained active in competitive tennis and continued to play in championship events well into her 50s. Her husband became President of the Lawn Tennis Association and their daughter, Gwen, played on Britain's Wightman Cup tennis team.

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

Grand Slam singles finals

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Wins (5)

Year Championship Opponent in Final Score in Final
18951 Wimbledon (1) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Helen Jackson Atkins 7–5, 8–6
1896 Wimbledon (2) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Alice Simpson Pickering 6–2, 6–3
18982 Wimbledon (3) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Louise Martin 6–4, 6–4
1901 Wimbledon (4) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Blanche Bingley Hillyard 6–2, 6–2
19083 Wimbledon (5) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Agnes Morton 6–4, 6–4

1This was actually the all-comers final as Blanche Bingley Hillyard did not defend her 1894 Wimbledon title, which resulted in the winner of the all-comers final winning the challenge round and, thus, Wimbledon in 1895 by walkover.
2This was actually the all-comers final as Blanche Bingley Hillyard did not defend her 1897 Wimbledon title, which resulted in the winner of the all-comers final winning the challenge round and, thus, Wimbledon in 1898 by walkover.
3This was actually the all-comers final as May Sutton did not defend her 1907 Wimbledon title, which resulted in the winner of the all-comers final winning the challenge round and, thus, Wimbledon in 1908 by walkover.

Runner-ups (6)

Year Championship Opponent in Final Score in Final
1897 Wimbledon Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Blanche Bingley Hillyard 5–7, 7–5, 6–2
1899 Wimbledon Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Blanche Bingley Hillyard 6–2, 6–3
1900 Wimbledon Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Blanche Bingley Hillyard 4–6, 6–4, 6–4
1902 Wimbledon Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Muriel Robb 7–5, 6–1
1904 Wimbledon Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Dorothea Douglass Lambert Chambers 6–0, 6–3
1912 Wimbledon Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ethel Thomson Larcombe 6–3, 6-1

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