5 youngest women's tennis gold medalists in Olympic History
#4 Marguerite Broquedis - 19 years, 78 days
Frenchwoman Marguerite Broquedis was one of the most highly regarded French tennis players of her time and had been nicknamed “the goddess” for being the only player to have ever beaten the legendary Suzanne Lenglen in a singles final when Broquedis beat a 15-year old Lenglen at the final of the French Open in 1914 when it was called the “French Championships”.
Broquedis was aged only 19 when she competed at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics. Having given a bye to the quarter-finals, Broquedis beat Sweden’s Margareta Cederschiold in her opening match before defeating Norwegian Molla Bjurstedt in a tightly contested three-set semi-final to set up a final encounter against Germany’s Dora Koring.
After losing the first set 4-6, Broquedis staged a remarkable comeback to win the next two sets 6-3, 6-4 and clinch the gold medal. At the time, Broquedis was the youngest ever tennis gold medalist at the Olympics and held the record for twelve years.