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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old Jul 22nd, 2002, 10:09 PM Thread Starter
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Who am I?

Since I couldn't find the old thread via search, I decided to restart it. See if you can guess which WTA player this is. (Rollo and Way will have to sit out a turn, as I may have told them. )

I played in the late 70's and early 80's.

Despite my short stature, I hit what was (at the time) the second fastest serve ever for a woman; several MPH faster than the likes of Navratilova and Wade.

When I first went to college, I played on the varsity men's team.

Despite never winning a big title, I achieved a couple of firsts.

My nickname is "Pearl".

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post #2 of 36 (permalink) Old Jul 22nd, 2002, 10:21 PM
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Are you Brian Stewart?
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post #3 of 36 (permalink) Old Jul 22nd, 2002, 10:26 PM
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Oh good, I used to like this thread...

Are you Renne Richards?

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post #5 of 36 (permalink) Old Jul 22nd, 2002, 11:17 PM
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hey, brian, i know why you said you told me but you haven't "actually" told me.
So what's your offer to avoid me spoil this turn?
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post #6 of 36 (permalink) Old Jul 23rd, 2002, 02:48 AM
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The one who said "Renee Richards" got half the answer right!
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Richard Raskind.
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if you DO know the answer, why don't you give it, Zummi?
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post #9 of 36 (permalink) Old Jul 23rd, 2002, 10:32 AM
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have no clue
just wanted to say hi to you all as it's usually in this kind of topics you find the tennis enclop.....(sp?? but I'm sure you know what I mean )

Hi all keep it up
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post #10 of 36 (permalink) Old Jul 23rd, 2002, 12:55 PM
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Doris doesn't wanna open the dusty encyclopedia.

SMARTINA---The Thinking Game!!!!

SERENA---The Goddess in planet Venus.

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Trials make us Strong
Sorrows keep us Human
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Not too obvious, eh Zummi?

Not so subtle hint to Zummi's clue: it wasn't Vincent Richards.

Another hint: she was righthanded, with a one-handed backhand.
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I never know these....
but I'm dying to find out!
who was it????????????!!!
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No more guesses? If Way or Zummi wants to answer, go ahead.
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Bingo!

Despite being only 5'4", Renee managed to hit triple digits on her serve-- with a wooden racquet!

She was the first African-American to win a tournament in the Open era, and the first Af-Am to be seeded at a slam in the Open era.

She played on the Men's Varsity tennis team at the Hampton Institute. She quit tennis briefly, but returned at the encouragement of her family, and accepted a scholarship to UCLA.
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