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Dorothea Katharine Lambert Chambers

 

 

 

 

Dorothea Douglas

British lawn tennis player, Dorothea Katharine Lambert Chambers, the daughter of a parson, was born Dorothea Katherine Douglass, (3 September 1878  at Guayamas, Ealing, Middlesex - 1960). Also interested in badminton and field-hockey, she established herself as the leading female tennis competitor prior to World War I. Chambers won the Wimbledon singles seven separate times (1903 – 1904 : 1906 : 1910 – 1911, and 1913 – 1914), the record being only passed two decades later by American Helen Wills Moody.

In 1919, Lambert Chambers played the longest Wimbledon final up to that time: 44 games against Frenchwoman Suzanne Lenglen. Lambert Chambers held two match points at 6–5 in the third set but eventually lost to Lenglen 8–10, 6–4, 9–7. Chambers played on the British doubles team for the Wightman Cup, and reached the quarter-finals of the American championships at the age of forty-six (1925). Chambers later lost to French champion Suzanne Lenglen in a match that was long remembered (1929).

She married Robert Lambert Chambers and was thereafter known by her married surname Lambert Chamber.

Mrs Lambert Chambers had a son who joined the RAF at the start of the 1939-45 war and lost his life at Dunkirk. Before the war he was a prep school master on the staff of Mostyn House School, Parkgate, Cheshire.

Lambert Chambers was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1981. She died (7 Jan 1960) in Kensington, London.

Dorothea was the second daughter of The Rev Henry Charles Douglass, the first Vicar of St Matthew’s Church, Ealing Common, from 1884 -1916. He 'fell dead on Sunday morning while was about to celebrate the Holy Communion after having preached. had suffered from heart trouble for some years'.

Her sister, Isabella Roach was an actress, at the family's Standard Theatre, In London, where her sister Alice was a pianist and Agnes a vocalist.
 

 

 

 

 

 

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