Dora Boothby
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Full namePenelope Dora Harvey Boothby
Country (sports) United Kingdom
Born(1881-08-02)2 August 1881
Finchley, England
Died22 February 1970(1970-02-22) (aged 88)
Hammersmith, England
Grand Slam singles results
WimbledonW (1909)
Grand Slam doubles results
WimbledonW (1913)
Grand Slam mixed doubles results
Wimbledon3R (1913)
Medal record
Olympic Games – Tennis
Silver medal – second place 1908 London Singles

Penelope Dora Harvey Boothby (2 August 1881 – 22 February 1970) was an English female tennis player. She was born in Finchley, Middlesex. She is best remembered for her ladies' singles title at the 1909 Wimbledon Championships.[1]


Boothby was born in Finchley and, together with her older sister Gertrude, lived there with her step-parents, Harry and Gertrude Penn. Harry was a civil engineer, and by 1901, they had moved to South Norwood, where she played at Beulah Hill Club, and during the winter months, she played badminton.

In 1908 she won a silver medal in the women's singles event at the 1908 Summer Olympics.[2]

In 1909 when she won the Ladies' Singles at Wimbledon, the runner-up of the Men's Singles, Josiah Ritchie, was also living in Norwood.[3] Additionally that year she won the singles title of the British Covered Court Championships, played on wood courts at the Queen's Club in London, after defeating Madeline O’Neill in the final in straight sets.

In 1911 she became the first female player to lose a Wimbledon final without winning a game, losing to Dorothea Douglass Lambert Chambers 6–0, 6–0.

In 1914 she married Arthur C.Geen.[3]

She died in Hammersmith[2] or Hampstead,[3] London in 1970.

Grand Slam finals

Singles (1 titles, 2 runners-up)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 19091 Wimbledon Championships Grass United Kingdom Agnes Morton 6–4, 4–6, 8–6
Runner-up 1910 Wimbledon Championships Grass United Kingdom Dorothea Lambert Chambers 2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 1911 Wimbledon Championships Grass United Kingdom Dorothea Lambert Chambers 0–6, 0–6

1This was actually the all-comers final as Charlotte Cooper Sterry did not defend her 1908 Wimbledon title, which resulted in the winner of the all-comers final winning the challenge round and thus Wimbledon in 1909 by walkover.

Doubles (1 title)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1913 Wimbledon Championships Grass United Kingdom Winifred McNair United Kingdom Charlotte Cooper Sterry
United Kingdom Dorothea Lambert Chambers
4–6, 2–4 retired


  1. ^ "Dora Boothby". Olympedia. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Dora Boothby Olympic Results". Archived from the original on 2 February 2014. Retrieved 30 January 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "Dora Boothby". The Norwood Society. 18 May 2010.