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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Helen the Second ends Moody's 7-year win streak
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Aug. 26, 1933

Helen Wills Moody had dominated her competition, not losing a match - rarely even losing a set - since 1926. But that streak ends today.

In the final of the U.S. Nationals at Forest Hills, N.Y., Jacobs falls behind in the third set and then defaults to the woman known as Helen the Second, Helen Jacobs. In a well-played match, Jacobs wins the first set, 8-6, and Moody, who is wearing a back brace for her ailing right hip and right leg, takes the second, 6-3.

When Jacobs wins the first three games of the third set, Moody tells an amazed Jacobs that she can't go on. In a display of good sportsmanship, Jacobs, the defending champion, suggests they take a rest and then continue, but Moody declines.

"In the third set I felt as if I were going to faint," Moody says in a statement, "because of the pain in my back and hip, and a complete numbness of my right leg."

It is the first time Jacobs beats Moody in their eight matches.

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