Dorothea Lambert Chambers (ne Dorothea Katherine Douglass, 3 September 1878 – 7 January 1960) was a British tennis player. She won seven Wimbledon Women’s Singles titles and a gold medal at the 1908 Summer Olympics.
In 1900 Douglass made her singles debut at Wimbledon and, after a bye in the first round, lost her second round match to Louisa Martin. Three years later, she won her first of seven ladies singles titles. On 6 April 1907 she married Robert Lambert Chambers and was thereafter known by her married surname Lambert Chambers.
She wrote Tennis for Ladies, which was published in 1910. The book contained photographs of tennis techniques and contained advice on attire and equipment.
In 1911 Lambert Chambers won the women’s final at Wimbledon against Dora Boothby 6-0, 6-0. The only other female player who won a Grand Slam singles final without losing a game was Steffi Graf when she defeated Natalia Zvereva in the 1988 French Open final.
In 1919 Lambert Chambers played the longest Wimbledon final up to that time: 44 games against Frenchwoman Suzanne Lenglen. Lambert Chambers held two match points at 6-5 in the third set but eventually lost to Lenglen 8-10, 6-4, 7-9.
Lambert Chambers only played sporadic singles after 1921 but continued to compete in doubles until 1927. She made the singles quarter-finals of the US Open in 1925 and, from 1924 to 1926, she captained Britain’s Wightman Cup team. In the 1925 Wightman Cup edition she played, at the age of 46, a singles (against Eleanor Goss) and doubles match and won both. In 1928 she turned to professional coaching.
Grand Slam finals
Singles: 11 (7 titles, 4 runner-ups)
|Winner *||1903||Wimbledon||Grass||Ethel Thomson||4-6, 6-4, 6-2|
|Winner||1904||Wimbledon (2)||Grass||Charlotte Cooper Sterry||6-0, 6-3|
|Runner-up||1905||Wimbledon||Grass||May Sutton||3-6, 4-6|
|Winner||1906||Wimbledon (3)||Grass||May Sutton||6-3, 9-7|
|Runner-up||1907||Wimbledon||Grass||May Sutton||1-6, 4-6|
|Winner||1910||Wimbledon (4)||Grass||Dora Boothby||6-2, 6-2|
|Winner||1911||Wimbledon (5)||Grass||Dora Boothby||6-0, 6-0|
|Winner **||1913||Wimbledon (6)||Grass||Winifred McNair||6-0, 6-4|
|Winner||1914||Wimbledon (7)||Grass||Ethel Thomson Larcombe||7-5, 6-4|
|Runner-up||1919||Wimbledon||Grass||Suzanne Lenglen||8-10, 6-4, 7-9|
|Runner-up||1920||Wimbledon||Grass||Suzanne Lenglen||3-6, 0-6|
* This was the all-comers final as Muriel Robb did not defend her 1902 Wimbledon title, which resulted in the winner of the all-comers final winning the challenge round and, thus, Wimbledon in 1903 by walkover.
** This was the all-comers final as Ethel Thomson Larcombe did not defend her 1912 Wimbledon title, which resulted in the winner of the all-comers final winning the challenge round and, thus, Wimbledon in 1913 by walkover.
Doubles: 3 runner-ups
|Runner-up||1913||Wimbledon||Grass||Charlotte Cooper Sterry|| Dora Boothby
|6-4, 4-2, retired|
|Runner-up||1919||Wimbledon||Grass||Ethel Thomson Larcombe|| Suzanne Lenglen
|6-4, 5-7, 3-6|
|Runner-up||1920||Wimbledon||Grass||Ethel Thomson Larcombe|| Suzanne Lenglen
Mixed doubles: 1 runner-up
|Runner-up||1919||Wimbledon||Grass||Albertem Prebble|| Elizabeth Ryan
In addition to playing tennis Lambert Chambers was one of the leading badminton players at the beginning of the 20th century. In 1903, 1904 and 1907 she was the runner-up at the singles event of the All England Badminton Championships.