Eileen Bennett Whittingstall
|File:Eileen Bennett 1928.jpg|
|Full name||Eileen Viviyen Bennett Fearnley-Whittingstall|
|Country||23x15px United Kingdom|
16 July 1907|
|Died||18 August 1979(aged 72)|
|Highest ranking||No.3 (1931)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|French Open||F (1928)|
|US Open||F (1931)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|French Open||W (1928, 1931)|
|US Open||W (1931)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|French Open||W (1928, 1929)|
|US Open||W (1927)|
Although most of her success was in women's doubles or mixed doubles, Whittingstall reached the singles final of the 1928 French Championships and the 1931 US Championships. She lost both of those finals to Helen Wills Moody, 1–6, 2–6 in 1928 and 4–6, 1–6 in 1931. She twice won the women's doubles title at the French Championships, in 1928 with Phoebe Holcroft Watson and in 1931 with Betty Nuthall Shoemaker. Whittingstall and Shoemaker lost the 1932 final to the team of Moody and Elizabeth Ryan.
Whittingstall teamed with Ermyntrude Harvey to reach the 1928 women's doubles final at Wimbledon, losing to the team of Watson and Peggy Saunders 2–6, 3–6. She also teamed with Shoemaker to win the 1931 women's doubles title at the US Championships, defeating Helen Jacobs and Dorothy Round Little in the final 6–2, 6–4. Whittingstall twice partnered with Henri Cochet to win the mixed doubles title at the French Championships. In both 1928 and 1929, they defeated the team of Moody and Frank Hunter in the final. Whittingstall and Cochet lost the 1930 French final to the team of Bill Tilden and Cilly Aussem.
According to A. Wallis Myers of The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail, Whittingstall was ranked in the world top ten in 1928, 1929, 1931, and 1932, reaching a career high of World No. 3 in those rankings in 1931.
Grand Slam tournaments
Singles: 2 (2 runner-ups)
|Runner-up||1928||French Championships||Clay||23x15px Helen Wills||1–6, 2–6|
|Runner-up||1931||US Championships||Grass||23x15px Helen Wills||4–6, 1–6|
Grand Slam singles tournament timeline
|Australian Championships||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 0|
|French Championships||A||A||SF||F||SF||2R||2R||QF||QF||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 7|
|Wimbledon||1R||2R||3R||QF||4R||2R||4R||QF||4R||2R||4R||A||A||2R||0 / 12|
|US Championships||A||A||3R||A||A||A||F||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 2|
|SR||0 / 1||0 / 1||0 / 3||0 / 2||0 / 2||0 / 2||0 / 3||0 / 2||0 / 2||0 / 1||0 / 1||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 1||0 / 21|
A = did not participate in the tournament.
SR = the ratio of the number of Grand Slam singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played.
- "Decree Nisi Against Mrs. Eileen Fearnley Whittingstall: Whittingstall v. Whittingstall And Marsh". The Times. 17 March 1936. p. 4.
- Collins, Bud (2008). The Bud Collins History of Tennis: An Authoritative Encyclopedia and Record Book. New York, N.Y: New Chapter Press. pp. 695, 701–2. ISBN 0-942257-41-3.
- At Forest Hills
- Christopher Breward, Becky Conekin, Caroline Cox, ed. (2002). The Englishness of English Dress. Berg Publishers. ISBN 978-1-85973-528-2.
- "Eileen Vivian Bennett (later Mrs Fearnley-Whittingstall) (1907–1979), Tennis player; former wife of Edmund Fearnley-Whittingstall". National Portrait Gallery. Set of eight portraits by Bassano's studio