Incredible archive pictures show the earliest women to play at Wimbledon ahead of ladies final

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THESE are the incredible archived photos of some of the first women to play at Wimbledon Championships more than a 100 years ago.

Dorothea Douglass Lambert Chambers won seven Wimbledon Women’s Singles titles between 1903 and 1914.

Mrs Chambers won the 1914 title - the last year she took home the trophy
Dorothea Douglass Lambert Chambers won the 1914 title – the last year she took home the trophy
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Ethel Larcombe playing against Dorothea Douglass Lambert Chambers in the 1914 Women's singles final
Ethel Larcombe playing against Mrs Chambers in the 1914 Women’s singles final
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Mrs Chambers playing in the 1919 Wimbledon Women's Singles final - the first one after World War I
Mrs Chambers playing in the 1919 Wimbledon Women’s Singles final – the first one after World War I
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The first Wimbledon Championships were held in 1877, but women didn’t compete until 1884 – where the first winner of the Women’s Singles was Maud Watson.

As the game evolved so did the fashion as women in the 1900s wore dresses with high collars and sleeves, and skirts didn’t become popularised until the 1930s.

Wearing white was and still is largely the colour of choice during the Wimbledon Championships, but some tennis stars like Serena Williams are known for ther edgy ensemble.


British women have largely dominated the Wimbledon Singles until the outbreak of World War I.

Tomorrow Williams and Romanian Simona Halep will face off in the Women’s Singles final at Centre Court.

It would Halep’s first Wimbledon Grand Slam if she beats the seven-time tournament winner.

Mrs Chambers playing in the 1908 Wimbledon Championships
Mrs Chambers playing in the 1908 Wimbledon Championships
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There was no Wimbledon Championships in 1940 due to World War II and the club was used as a First Aid headquarters as this nurse plays on one of the courts
There was no Wimbledon Championships in 1940 due to World War II and the club was used as a First Aid headquarters as this nurse plays on one of the courts
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Large crowds of women queue outside the courts to get into the Wimbledon Championships in 1953
Large crowds of women queue outside the courts to get in to the Wimbledon Championships in 1953
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Women use umbrellas to keep themselves dry after heavy rain at the tournament in 1954
Women use umbrellas to keep themselves dry after heavy rain at the tournament in 1954
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In 1936, these women used newspapers to keep themselves dry during the tennis tournament
In 1936, these women used newspapers to keep themselves dry during the tennis tournament
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Two women get their autograph from Kiwi Anthony Wilding, who came runner-up in the Wimbledon Men's Singles final
Two women get their autograph from Kiwi Anthony Wilding who won the Wimbledon Men’s Singles final in 1913
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Wilding playing his last Wimbledon final in 1913 before getting killed in action during World War I
Wilding playing his last Wimbledon final in 1913 before getting killed in action during World War I
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A man holds The Davis Cup in 1913
A man holds The Davis Cup in 1913
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