Wendy was a fine player, but she was never really one of my favourites. I guess it's hard at a time that you have a few other Aussies in the top ten such as everyone's favourite Evonne plus the great hope Di Fromholtz, as well as the veteran Kerry Reid. We didn't know how well we had it...
I think it was a real shame Kerry and Wendy didn't keep playing through 1979. Wendy always seemed to be playing musical doubles and just as soon as you got used to her playing with a partner, she'd switch again. I never really liked her partnerships with Betty Stove (past her prime), Rosie Casals (even more past her prime) or Anne Hobbs (just not good enough).
She's still the last Aussie to make an Aussie final (oh so long ago now) but she was never at her best on grass although she was better on Aussie grass than Wimbledon. You just knew Wendy wasn't going far in the All-England singles. Funny that her first real success came on clay at the US Open in 77 as apart from the French a few years later, she never really seemed to like that surface either.
She also used to bitch about Evonne quite a bit in the press (complaining about appearance fees and Evonne's lack of participation in Fed Cup around 1979/81 for a start) which probably didn't help to increase her fan base too much.
Still there's much to admire about a woman who made singles finals at 3/4 slams, won 4 GS doubles and 6 GS mixed titles, stayed in the top ten for the best part of 10 years, represented Australia for a record number of Fed Cup appearances and shared in Australia's first ever Olympic medal in tennis.
Today it'd be rare to have a tennis player virtually unknown until she was 25 years of age.
ETA I was thinking 'surface' and typed 'service'