Re: Betty Stove
Lance Tingay, in "100 Years of Wimbledon", has her name as Betty Flippina Stove. She was born 24 June 1945 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The WTA site says she is now living in Brasschadt, Belgium. Betty was voted Dutch Sportswoman of the Year in 1977 when she reached all six finals open to her at both Wimbledon and the US Open, except the singles at the latter tournament, where she reached the semi-final (lost to Evert, 6-3, 7-5, on the clay at Forest Hills).
Betty seems to have had very little success at winning singles tournaments, which is strange because she obviously had a strong, attacking game. She had a great doubles year in 1972, winning the French Open and Wimbledon with Billie Jean King and the US Open with Françoise Durr. Betty didn't play the Australian Open that year.
In 1977, she upset Martina Navratilova in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon, winning 9-8, 3-6, 6-1 before going on to the final where Virginia Wade beat her. (Betty beat Martina on grass again, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5, in the round of 16 at Eastbourne in 1980). Betty had no luck at Wimbledon in 1977, losing the ladies' doubles final with Navratilova and the mixed with Frew McMillan. However, she took the doubles and mixed at 1977 US Open with those same two partners.
Betty had another great year in 1979, winning the Avon Championships and Bridgestone Doubles with Françoise Durr and the Italian Open, French Open and US Open with Wendy Turnbull. She and Wendy were runner-up to Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova at Wimbledon that year.
Betty also won the mixed at Wimbledon and the US Open in 1978 and again at Wimbledon in 1981, all with Frew McMillan.
Apparently Betty's nickname was the "Duchess". She was President of the WTA Tour Players' Association three times. She also coached Hana Mandlikova and fellow Dutch player Kristie Boogert.
Last edited by newmark401; Sep 18th, 2009 at 11:12 PM.