As Helen Wills Moody created a name for herself by having such a successful career, she was challenged to players across the country. In 1926, Wills faced a player from France named Suzanne Lenglen in Cannes. At the time, Lenglen was considered the best female player in the world and Wills was a 20-year-old who had already won three U.S. titles, so the match was called The Match of the Century. During the match, Wills had an emergency appendectomy forcing her to drop out. Lenglen and Wills never had the opportunity to play again, however, Wills met her first husband, Frederick Moody after the indecent. Moody was featured on the cover of Time Magazine twice in 1926 and in 1929. In her career she won 398 matches and was defeated 35 matches.
Helen Wills Moody was unlike any other athlete of her time. She played aggressively on the court, showed no emotion while doing so, and was immensely successful. Wills was featured on Time Magazine twice, once in July 26, 1926 and also in July 1, 1929. Although most of her time and dedication was put towards tennis, her other passion was art and journalism. She attended University of California, Berkeley where she studied fine arts. Because of her love for education and time spent at the University of California, Berkeley, she gave 10 million dollars to her alma mater after she died. The University was then able to start a Neuroscience PhD Program which opened in the fall of 2001.