From 1982 through 1990, she reached the Wimbledon final nine consecutive times. She reached the US Open final five consecutive times from 1983 through 1987 and appeared in the French Open final five out of six years from 1982 through 1987. In 1985, Navratilova played in what many consider to be perhaps the best woman's match of all time, the French Open final against Chris Evert. Navratilova battled back from 3–6, 2–4 down to 5-5 all in the third set, before Evert hit a winning backhand passing shot on match point to defeat Navratilova 6–3, 6–7(4), 7–5.
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However, in the run-up to the 1982 season, Navratilova overhauled her game and fitness, and upgraded her racquet technology, which allowed her to build a 13-match winning streak that culminated at the 1984 US Open, on what came to be known as Super Saturday. They entered the final with 30 wins apiece. Navratilova overcame a first set deficit and a pro-Evert crowd to win 4–6, 6–4, 6–4. Eventually the rivalry saw a final match record of 43–37 in favor of Navratilova, who also led 14–8 in Grand Slam matches and 10–4 in Grand Slam finals. Though successful on all surfaces, it was on clay courts where Evert was most dominant.
Jaeger reached the singles final of Wimbledon in 1983 and the French Open in 1982. She reached the singles semifinals of the Australian Open in 1982 and of the U.S. Open in 1980 and 1982. She also won 10 singles titles. In mixed doubles, Jaeger won the French Open with Jimmy Arias in 1981. During her career, Jaeger won U.S. $1.4 million in prize money and millions more in endorsements. After retirement in 1987, she has prominently dedicated her life to public service, charities, and philanthropy. In 2006, she became "Sister Andrea" as a member of the Anglican Order of Preachers. She is a member of the Episcopal Church and based in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, U.S.
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Mandlíková was also the runner-up at the US Open in 1980 and 1982 and at Wimbledon in 1981, losing in all three finals to Evert. From the US Open 1980 through to Wimbledon 1981, she made four consecutive Grand Slam singles finals. Mandlikova ended Chris Evert's 72 match-win streak on clay at the 1981 French Open. In 1983, Mandlíková led Czechoslovakia to the first of three consecutive Fed Cup titles. The following year she defeated Martina Navratilova in three sets in the final at Oakland, California, ending Navratilova's 54-match winning streak, two short of tying the record held by Evert at the time. Navratilova then embarked on a 74-match winning streak, a record that still stands.
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Austin was the first opponent of Steffi Graf when the German made her professional debut at the 1982 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart. Austin defeated the 13-year-old Graf 6–4, 6–0. Back injuries and recurring sciatica then began to impair Austin's effectiveness and sidelined her for long stretches. Billie Jean King, seeded twelfth, upset third-seeded Austin in the 1982 Wimbledon quarterfinals. Several weeks later, however, Austin won her 30th and final top-level singles title in San Diego. Austin had a good showing at the 1982 season-ending Toyota Series Championships where she defeated Jaeger, the World No. 3, in straight sets to reach the semifinals.
In singles she reached a career high of No. 6 in 1982. Jaušovec's only Grand Slam triumph came in the 1977 French Open singles championship. In 1978, she again reached the final but was defeated by Virginia Ruzici. In 1983, she reached her third French Open singles final, losing to Chris Evert. Jaušovec's other notable tournament championships include the 1978 German Open and the 1976 Italian Open. Jaušovec teamed with Ruzici to win the women's doubles title at the 1978 French Open. They defeated Lesley Turner Bowrey and Gail Sherriff Lovera in the final. That same year, Jaušovec and Ruzici were the runners-up at Wimbledon, losing to Kerry Melville Reid and Wendy Turnbull.
In 1982, she registered her all-time best achievement in Grand Slam singles competition when she reached the semifinals of Wimbledon. She won four singles tournaments, including the tournaments at the German Open, Houston, and Tokyo in 1982, and Oakland in 1983. She was finalist in Sydney in 1979, Stockholm in 1980, Houston, Tampa, Cincinnati (indoor) and Tokyo in 1981, Mahwah in 1982 and Knokke in 1987. Bunge won four doubles tournaments, including the tournaments of Pan Pacific in Tokyo with Steffi Graf in 1986 and The Belgian Open with Manuela Maleeva in 1987.
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In 1982, King was 38 years old and the twelfth-seed at Wimbledon. In her third round match with Tanya Harford of South Africa, King was down 7–5, 5–4 (40–0) before saving three match points to win the second set 7–6(2) and then the third set 6–3. King said in her post-match press conference, "I can't recall the previous time I have been so close to defeat and won. When I was down 4–5 and love–40, I told myself, 'You have been here 21 years, so use that experience and hang on. In the fourth round, King upset sixth-seeded Australian Wendy Turnbull in straight sets.
A. SmithAnne Catherine Smith
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Virginia Ruzici (born 31 January 1955) is a former professional tennis player from Romania. She won the 1978 French Open singles championship.
Pamela Casale-Telford (née Casale; born December 20, 1963) is a former professional tennis player from the United States.
Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova are retired American and American/Czechoslovak professional tennis players who engaged in an iconic rivalry for dominance in women's tennis in the 1970s and 1980s. It is considered to be one of the greatest in women's tennis history and sports in general.
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Kathy Rinaldi-Stunkel (born March 24, 1967) is a former professional American tennis player, who retired in September 1997. She won three singles and two doubles titles during her career on the WTA Tour, and reached the semifinals of the 1985 Wimbledon Championships.
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She is best remembered for finishing runner-up at the French Open in 1981, and for winning the Year End Championships in 1982. She was ranked as high as No. 5 in the world and played left-handed. Hanika turned professional in 1977. In 1981, Hanika reached the women's singles final at the French Open, where she was defeated 6–2, 6–4 by Hana Mandlíková. In 1982, Hanika posted the biggest win of her career when she defeated world No. 2 Martina Navratilova 1–6, 6–3, 6–4 in the final of the Avon Series Championships at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
She turned pro in 1982 and appeared on the WTA pro rankings for the first time at No.18, a record for the highest first-time appearance in the pro tennis rankings that she still holds today. Leand rose to a career high No. 12. Leand was ranked in the top 10 of the world doubles rankings reaching the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in 1983. Leand represented the United States at the Federation Cup in 1982 and the Olympics in 1984. She competed on the WTA tour from 1981 to 1994. She won a singles title at the Pittsburgh Open in 1984 after a three-sets victory in the final against Pascale Paradis.
Performance timelines for all female tennis players who reached at least one Grand Slam finalPerformance timelines for all female tennis players who reached at least one Grand Slam or Olympic singles finalSingles performance timelines for all female tennis players who reached at least one Grand Slam or Olympic final
This article presents in a tabular form the career tennis Grand Slam, World Hard Court Championships and Olympic singles results of every woman who has reached the singles final of at least one Grand Slam, World Hard Court Championships or Olympic tournament (OLY) during her career. The Grand Slam tournaments are the Australian Open (AUS), the French Open (FRA), Wimbledon (WIM), and the US Open (USA).
These are all of the women's Grand Slam singles finals in the Open Era of tennis.
Seeded #9 overall in 1982 (quarterfinalist). Versus #1 seeds (domestic, foreign, or overall), King was 0–1 (Margaret Court (1965)). Versus #2 seeds (domestic, foreign, or overall), King was 0–2 (Chris Evert 1982, Margaret Court (1969)). Versus #3 seeds (domestic, foreign, or overall), King was 2–0 (Ann Haydon-Jones (1969), Judy Tegart Dalton (1968)). Versus #4 seeds (domestic, foreign, or overall), King was 1–0 (Robyn Ebbern (1965)). Versus #6 seeds (domestic, foreign, or overall), King was 1–0 (Karen Krantzcke (1969)). Versus #7 seeds (domestic, foreign, or overall), King was 2–0 (Barbara Potter (1982), Margaret Court (1968)). Seeded #1 in 1968 (semifinalist), 1967 (quarterfinalist).
This is a list of the main career statistics of former tennis player Martina Navratilova.
This is a list of the main career statistics of former professional tennis player Chris Evert.
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L. ThompsonLeigh Thompson
Thompson turned professional in February 1982. She had career wins over Andrea Jaeger, Helena Suková, Bettina Bunge, and Catarina Lindqvist. She won 1 singles title and reached a career-high ranking of World No. 27 in 1983. She retired in 1988. *
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