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Incredible stock photos show the earliest women playing at Wimbledon in front of the ladies final – The Sun

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These are the incredible archived pictures of some of the first women to play at the Wimbledon Championships more than 100 years ago.

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

    Dorothea Douglass Lambert Chambers won the title in 1914 - the last year she took home the trophy

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Dorothea Douglass Lambert Chambers won the title in 1914 – the last year she took home the trophyCredit: Getty Images International
    Ethel Larcombe plays against Mrs Chambers in the 1914 Women & # 39; s singles final

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Ethel Larcombe plays against Mrs Chambers in the 1914 Women & # 39; s singles finalCredit: Getty Images International
    Mrs Chambers plays in the 1919 Wimbledon Women's Singles final - the first after World War I

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Mrs Chambers plays in the 1919 Wimbledon Women's Singles final – the first after World War ICredit: Getty Images International

The first Wimbledon championship was held in 1877, but women did not compete before 1884 – the first winner of Women & # 39; s Singles was Maud Watson.

As the game evolved, fashion used women in the 1900's with high collars and sleeves, and skirts were not popularized until the 1930s.

Wearing white was and still virtually the color chosen during the Wimbledon Championships, but some tennis stars such as Serena Williams are known for their edgy ensemble.

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

Tomorrow, Williams and Romanian Simona Halep will be in the Women & # 39; s Singles Final at Center Court.

It would be Halep's first Wimbledon Grand Slam if she beats the seven tournament winner.

    Mrs Chambers plays in the 1908 Wimbledon Championships

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Mrs Chambers plays in the 1908 Wimbledon ChampionshipsCredit: Getty Images International
    There was no wimbledon championships in 1940 due to World War II, and the club was used as first aid headquarters as this nurse plays on one of the courts

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There was no wimbledon championships in 1940 due to World War II, and the club was used as first aid headquarters as this nurse plays on one of the courtsCredit: Getty Images International
    Large crowds of women queuing outside the courts to enter the Wimbledon Championships in 1953

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Large crowds of women queuing outside the courts to enter the Wimbledon Championships in 1953Credit: Getty Images International
    Women use umbrellas to stay dry after heavy rain at the tournament in 1954

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Women use umbrellas to stay dry after heavy rain at the tournament in 1954Credit: Getty Images International
    In 1936, these women used newspapers to stay dry during the tennis tournament

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In 1936, these women used newspapers to stay dry during the tennis tournamentCredit: Getty Images International
    Two women get their autograph from Kiwi Anthony Wilding, who won Wimbledon Men's Singles final in 1913

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Two women get their autograph from Kiwi Anthony Wilding, who won Wimbledon Men's Singles final in 1913Credit: Getty Images International
    Wilding played his last Wimbledon final in 1913 before being killed in World War I action

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Wilding played his last Wimbledon final in 1913 before being killed in World War I actionCredit: Getty Images International
    A man holds The Davis Cup in 1913

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A man holds The Davis Cup in 1913Credit: Getty Images International


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