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Suzanne Lenglen: The original tennis diva of the 1920s who brought the women's game alive

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Before the Williams sisters, Anna Kournikova and Maria Sharapova, there was Suzanne Lenglen, the original tennis celebrity of the 1920s whose antics would still raise a few court-side eyebrows today.

Tennis career

Just four years later, at the age of 14, Lenglen would play the final of the French Open, and only narrowly lose.

Her only defeat during this period was when whooping cough controversially forced her to withdraw in the middle of a New York match she was losing heavily.

And rather than the bottles of energy drink or water that today s stars keep at court side, Lenglen was partial to sipping from a flask of brandy at change overs.

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