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Helen Hull Jacobs

Age: 88

winner of nine major tennis championships, including the U.S. national title four straight times from 1932–35; Wimbledon singles champ in 1936; was a regular on the U.S. Wightman Cup team from 1932–39; number one player in 1936 and ranked in the world top ten 12 straight times; her brilliant career was somewhat overshadowed by her one-sided rivalry with Helen Wills Moody; because she only beat Moody once in 11 matches Jacobs was often called “Helen the Second;” even her sole victory over Moody was not without controversy, it came when Moody decided to retire in the 1933 U.S. national final; also served as a commander in the U.S. Navy intelligence during World War II, one of only five women to achieve that rank in the Navy; of heart failure

Died: Easthampton, N.Y., June 2, 1997

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