1956 French Championships – Women's Singles

Third-seeded Althea Gibson defeated Angela Mortimer 6–0, 12–10 in the final to win the Women's Singles tennis title at the 1956 French Championships.[1] With this win Gibson became the first African-American, woman or man, to win a Grand Slam Championship.

Women's Singles
1956 French Championships
ChampionUnited States Althea Gibson
Runner-upUnited Kingdom Angela Mortimer
Final score6–0, 12–10
Details
Seeds16
Events
Singles men women
Doubles men women
← 1955 · French Championships · 1957 →

SeedsEdit

The seeded players are listed below. Althea Gibson is the champion; others show the round in which they were eliminated.

  1.   Angela Mortimer (Finalist)
  2.   Dorothy Knode (Third round)
  3.   Althea Gibson (Champion)
  4.   Mary Hawton (First round)
  5.   Zsuzsi Körmöczy (Semifinalist)
  6.   Shirley Bloomer (Quarterfinalist)
  7.   Christiane Mercelis (Second round)
  8.   Barbara Davidson (Second round)
  9.   Suzanne Le Besnerais (Third round)
  10.   Edda Buding (Quarterfinalist)
  11.   Thelma Long (Third round)
  12.   Darlene Hard (Third round)
  13.   Annalissa Bellani (Third round)
  14.   Ginette Bucaille (Third round)
  15.   Angela Buxton (Semifinalist)
  16.   Myrtil Dubois (Third round)

DrawEdit

KeyEdit

  • Q = Qualifier
  • WC = Wild Card
  • LL = Lucky Loser
  • r. = retired

FinalsEdit

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
               
1   Angela Mortimer 6 4 7
    Jenny Hoad 0 6 5
1   Angela Mortimer 6 6
5   Zsuzsi Körmöczy 4 3
    Ilse Buding 1 1
5   Zsuzsi Körmöczy 6 6
1   Angela Mortimer 0 10
3   Althea Gibson 6 12
6   Shirley Bloomer 2 1
3   Althea Gibson 6 6
3   Althea Gibson 2 6 6
15   Angela Buxton 6 0 4
10   Edda Buding 6 2
15   Angela Buxton 8 6

Earlier roundsEdit

Section 1Edit

First Round Second Round Third Round Quarterfinals
1   Mortimer 7 6
  Salvet 5 2
1   Mortimer 6 6
16   Dubois 1 2
  Pouchain 4 0
16   Dubois 6 6
1   Mortimer 6 4 7
  Hoad 0 6 5
8   Davidson 6 2 5
  Hoad 6 6   Hoad 1 6 7
  Amouretti 1 3   Hoad
9   Le Besnerais 9   Le Besnerais
  Ramorino 9   Le Besnerais 6 4 6
  Hopman 6 5 3   Alhert 1 6 4
  Alhert 3 7 6

Section 2Edit

First Round Second Round Third Round Quarterfinals
4   Hawton 6 4 3
  Lemal 1 6 6   Lemal 0 1
  Buding 6 6   Buding 6 6
  Walter 0 2   Buding 1 6 6
  Bouchet 4 4 13   Bellani 6 3 2
  O'Donnell 6 6   O'Donnell 2 4
13   Bellani 6 6 13   Bellani 6 6
  Launay 0 3   Buding 1 1
5   Körmöczy 6 6 5   Körmöczy 6 6
  Varin 1 1 5   Körmöczy 6 6
  Coessens 3 4   Monnot 0 1
  Monnot 6 6 5   Körmöczy 4 7 6
  Kermina 6 6 6 12   Hard 6 5 3
  Trauttmann 0 8 2   Kermina 1 3
12   Hard 6 5 6 12   Hard 6 6
  Metzner 0 7 3

Section 3Edit

First Round Second Round Third Round Quarterfinals
  Trancart 1 2
11   Long 6 6 11   Long 7 6
  Migliori 3 6 6   Migliori 5 2
  Wienese 6 4 3 11   Long 3 5
  Bourbonnais 8 3 7 6   Bloomer 6 7
  Nenot 6 6 5   Bourbonnais 1 2
  Isaac 1 3 6   Bloomer 6 6
6   Bloomer 6 6 6   Bloomer 2 1
14   Bucaille 3 6 6 3   Gibson 6 6
  Barril 6 2 2 14   Bucaille 0 6 6
  Dittmeyer 3 6 4   Forbes 6 4 4
  Forbes 6 3 6 14   Bucaille 1 1
  Puzejova 6 6 3   Gibson 6 6
  Galtier 1 3   Puzejova 4 2
  Gimault 1 1 3   Gibson 6 6
3   Gibson 6 6

Section 4Edit

First Round Second Round Third Round Quarterfinals
  De Chambure 3 0
  Seeney 6 6   Seeney 6 7 9
  Seghers 6 6   Seghers 8 5 7
  Crowet 3 2   Seeney 2 3
10   Buding 6 6 10   Buding 6 6
  Wavre 1 4 10   Buding 6 9
  De La Courtie 4 2 7   Mercelis 4 7
7   Mercelis 6 6 10   Buding 8 6
15   Buxton 6 2
15   Buxton 6 6
  Muller 4 4
15   Buxton 4 7 6
2   Knode 6 5 1
  Coste 4 1
2   Knode 6 6

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. p. 395. ISBN 978-0942257700.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
1956 Australian Championships – Women's Singles
Grand Slam women's singles Succeeded by
1956 Wimbledon Championships – Women's Singles