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Twenty years ago this week Helen Wills, then Mrs. Moody, won her seventh Wimbledon title by just managing to defeat her long-time court rival. Helen Jacobs, The victory was close enough to squeeze a rare public smile from "Little Miss Poker Face." Wills took the first set 6-3, lost the second 3-6 and was trailing 2-5 in the third, when she suddenly recaptured the power of her former, greater days and reeled off the final five straight games. Three years later Helen became the only woman in tennis history to take the Wimbledon title eight times.