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Simone Mathieu
Personal information
Date of birth January 31, 1908
Country France France
Grand Slam singles championships (2)
French Championships 1938, 1939

Simone Mathieu (January 31, 1908 – January 7, 1980) was a female tennis player from France, born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine.

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Career

Mathieu is best remembered for winning the singles title at the French Championships in 1938 and 1939 and for reaching the final of that tournament an additional six times, in 1929, 1932, 1933, 1935, 1936, and 1937. In those finals, she lost three times to Hilde Krahwinkel Sperling, twice to Helen Wills Moody, and once to Margaret Scriven-Vivian.

Mathieu won 11 Grand Slam doubles championships: three women's doubles titles at Wimbledon (1933–34, 1937), six women's doubles titles at the French Championships (1933–34, 1936–39), and two mixed doubles titles at the French Championships (1937–38). She completed the rare triple at the French Championships in 1938, winning the singles, women's doubles, and mixed doubles titles.

Mathieu's 13 Grand Slam titles are second only to Suzanne Lenglen's 31 among French women.

According to Wallis Myers and John Olliff of The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail, Mathieu was ranked in the world top ten from 1929 through 1939 (no rankings issued from 1940 through 1945), reaching a career high of World No. 3 in those rankings in 1932.[1]

During the Second World War, Mathieu was head of the Corps Féminin Français, the women branch of the Free French Forces, similar to the British Auxiliary Territorial Service[2].

She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2006.

Grand Slam singles finals

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Wins (2)

Year Championship Opponent in Final Score in Final
1938 French Championships Flag of France.svg Nelly Adamson-Landry 6–0, 6–3
1939 French Championships (2) Flag of Poland.svg Jadwiga Jedrzejowska 6–3, 8–6

Runner-ups (6)

Year Championship Opponent in Final Score in Final
1929 French Championships Flag of the United States.svg Helen Wills Moody 6–3, 6–4
1932 French Championships Flag of the United States.svg Helen Wills Moody 7–5, 6–1
1933 French Championships Flag of Germany.svg Margaret Scriven-Vivian 6–2, 4–6, 6–4
1935 French Championships Flag of Germany.svg Hilde Krahwinkel Sperling 6–2, 6–1
1936 French Championships Flag of Germany.svg Hilde Krahwinkel Sperling 6–3, 6–4
1937 French Championships Flag of Germany.svg Hilde Krahwinkel Sperling 6–2, 6–4

Grand Slam singles tournament timeline

Tournament 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 - 1944 1945 19461 Career SR
Australia A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A NH NH A 0 / 0
France QF QF 3R A F QF QF F F SF F F F W W NH R A A 2 / 14
Wimbledon A 1R 2R A 3R SF SF SF QF SF QF SF SF QF QF NH NH NH 1R 0 / 14
United States A A A A A A A A A A A A A QF 1R A A A A 0 / 2
SR 0 / 1 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 0 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 2 1 / 3 1 / 3 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1 2 / 30

A = did not participate in the tournament.

NH = tournament not held.

R = tournament restricted to French nationals and held under German occupation.

SR = the ratio of the number of Grand Slam singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played.

1In 1946, the French Championships were held after Wimbledon.

See also

References

  1. ^ Collins, Bud (2008). The Bud Collins History of Tennis: An Authoritative Encyclopedia and Record Book. New York, N.Y: New Chapter Press. pp. 695, 701-2. ISBN 0-942257-41-3.  
  2. ^ Hammerton, John (editor) (10 April 1941). "Free French 'A.T.S.'". The War Illustrated (London: William Berry) (Volume 4, issue no. 84): 384. http://www.thewarillustrated.info/84/free-french-ats.asp. Retrieved 2008-10-19.  

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