Women Tennis Stars

Biographies and Records of Champions, 1800s to Today


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About the Book

From forehands to fashions, this book covers the careers of 35 champions who made significant contributions to the sport both on and off the court. Suzanne Lenglen, Helen Wills Moody, Maureen Connolly, Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf, Monica Seles, Venus and Serena Williams, and others are listed chronologically. Photographs, statistics and records of each player are included, as well as results of all the Grand Slams and the Fed Cup, Olympic Games, Wightman Cup, and Hopman Cup competitions.

The author is donating all royalties to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the grassroots network dedicated to the fight against breast cancer.

About the Author(s)

Dennis J. Phillips is a member of the library faculty at Pennsylvania State University and the library director at Penn State Lehigh Valley. He is the author of other books about tennis and golf.

Bibliographic Details

Dennis J. Phillips

Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 270
Bibliographic Info: 35 photos, appendices, index
Copyright Date: 2012 [2009]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6929-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii
Foreword by Bud Collins      1
Preface      3

I—Profiles of Champions
Charlotte Dod      7
Dorothea Katherine Douglass Lambert Chambers      9
Anna Margarethe Bjurstedt Mallory      12
May Godfray Sutton Bundy      15
Hazel Virginia Hotchkiss Wightman      18
Suzanne Rachel Flore Lenglen      21
Helen Newington Wills Moody Roark      24
Helen Hull Jacobs      28
Alice Marble      32
Margaret Evelyn Osborne duPont      36
Pauline May Betz Addie      40
Althea Louise Brough Clapp      43
Doris Jane Hart      46
Shirley June Fry Irvin      50
Althea Gibson      53
Maureen Catherine Connolly Brinker      57
Darlene Ruth Hard      60
Maria Ester Andion Bueno      64
Margaret Smith Court      68
Billie Jean Moffitt King      73
Sarah Virginia Wade      78
Evonne Fay Goolagong Cawley      81
Christine Marie Evert      85
Martina Navratilova      90
Hana Mandlikova      96
Tracy Austin      100
Jana Novotna      104
Steffi Graf      107
Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario      111
Monica Seles      116
Lindsay Davenport      120
Venus Williams      125
Martina Hingis      130
Serena Williams      134
Justine Henin      140

The Grand Slams
The Australian Championships      147
The French Championships      156
The Wimbledon Championships      164
The United States Championships      175
The Fed Cup      190
The Olympic Games      197
The Wightman Cup      201
The Hopman Cup      211

USTA Top 10 Women’s Singles Rankings      217
WTA Season-Ending Top 10 Singles Rankings      230
World Rankings      235

A. Career Earnings of Women Tennis Stars      247
B. Open Era Player Records of Women Tennis Stars      248
C. Chronolog y of Women Tennis Stars by Year of Birth      249
D. ITF World Champions      250
E. Women Tennis Stars Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame by Year      251
F. A Brief History of Women’s Tennis Fashion      252

Index      259

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “highly recommended”—Booklist
  • “long overdue…a welcome addition…easily recommended”—ARBA
  • “this useful volume will find eager readers in high school, public and academic libraries”—John R.M. Lawrence, Reference Reviews