Eileen Bennett Whittingstall

Eileen Bennett Whittingstall (* July 16, 1907, † 1979) was a British tennis player. She won in her career from 1927 to 1931, three titles in mixed doubles and women's doubles at Grand Slam tournaments.

Life and career

Bennett Whittingstall reached in 1928, the final of the French Tennis Championships (now the French Open ), but was defeated Helen Wills Moody in two sets 1:6, 2:6. Three years later (1931 ) she lost again against moody the final of the U.S. Tennis Championships (now the U.S. Open ) in women's singles, also in straight sets 4:6, 1:6.

Much more successful she was in the double competitions. With Phoebe Holcroft Watson she won in 1928 and with Betty Nuthall Shoemaker, 1931 in Paris. In 1932, she lost the final against Shoemaker Moody and Elizabeth Ryan.

Whittingstall reached in 1928 with Harvey Ermyntrude the final of the Wimbledon Championships. However, they lost to Phoebe Holcroft Watson and Peggy Saunders in two sets 2:6, 3:6. With Betty Shoemaker she won the tournament in 1931 with 6:2, 6:4 against Helen Jacobs and Dorothy Round. With the Frenchman Henri Cochet Eileen Bennett Whittingstall defeated in the years 1928 and 1929 Helen Wills Moody and Frank Hunter in the mixed doubles competition. The following year (1930 ) the British lost with the Cochet final against American Bill Tilden and the German Cecily Aussem. Whittingstall and Cochet also brought the title in the mixed doubles the U.S. Championships in 1927 against Hazel Wightman and Rene Lacoste. The result tepid ended 6:2, 6:0, 6:3.

Eileen Bennett Whittingstall ranked 1928, 1929, 1931 and 1932 among the top 10 tennis world rankings. In 1931 she achieved the highest placement of rank three.

The Briton was married to the painter Edmund Fearnley Whittingstall.