Originally Posted by urban
I think, Helen was coached by Bill Tilden for a while. Tilden liked her, and - always the Diva - disliked Lenglen and Wills immensely. Her rivalry with Wills, known as the Battle of the Helens, is famous and sometimes unpleasant. Wills wasn't called Ice Maiden for nothing. When Wills lost that US match, she simply walked of the court, because she didn't want to shake hands with her rival. At Wim, Jacobs had a big lead in one final, when she injured her leg and had to retire. Wills remarked somewhat like "She should have broken her leg".
Do you mean the 1938 Wimbledon final? Jacobs hurt her ankle at 4-4 in the first and played the match out. She lost the match 6-4 6-0 and the 2nd set supposedly only lasted about 8 minutes. She never retired in a final because she said she wanted to give the opponent the full pleasure of victory. She said that after the match, an obvious dig at Wills after the 1933 US Championship final. As for the Wills remark, that is interesting...I have read she said she was sorry about Helens ankle and she thought the humane thing to do was beat her as quickly as possible haha.