" (Kathryn Jordan)
Born 03 December 1959 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, US
Height: 5'8" (1.73 m)
Plays: Right-handed. Jordan was a serve and volley player with an unusual sliced backhand.
Career Span: 1978-September 1991.
Residence has been King of Prussia, Pennsylvania all her life. .One of the founding members of the Eastbourne Cabaret, an annual player skit lampooning the tennis community...Contributed two scholarships for promising youngsters from her hometown to WTA Camp in 1985-87...Named to All-Conference basketball team while at Upper Merion High...Father, Bob, was instrumental in development of WTA deferred compensation plan; elder sister, Barbara, was a regular on the tour and completed Law School at UCLA...Received a B.A. in Political Science at Stanford in June 1991.
In 1978, when she was still an amateur, she won the Western Pennsylvania championship. This event, played at Mt. Lebanon (a suburb of Pittsburgh), was also the National Amateur Clay Court Championship tournament that year. Weeks later Kathy made her slam debut at the US Open.
Kathy turned pro in 1979, leaving college at Stanford. She quickly made an impression by winning two Avon Futures titles and pushed Tracy Austin to the brink in the 4R of the US Open. A fiesty Jordan was two points from winning in a match that had a controversial line call. Austin went on to win the US Open that year.
In 1980 Kathy reached her first QF in a major at the French Open. She also won the French and Wimbledon titles with Anne Smith. The pair were named WTA doubles team of the year for 1980 and went on to win the US and Aussie titles in 1981 with Smith. Thus the duo is one of the few doubles teams in history to win all 4 majors in doubles as a pair.
Most dangerous on grass, Jordan upset Chris Evert in the 3R at Wimbledon. Her 6-1 7-6 (7-2) shocker over an ill Evert ended a streak. Dating from her first slam appearance in 1971 Evert had never failed to make the semis of a slam.
Jordan would defeat Evert again on grass at Eastbourne in 1984 and in 1985 at trhe Virginia Slims Championships.
1983 and 1984 saw her best singles results, as Kathy went on to make the QF at Wimbledon in 1983 (falling to Billie jean King) and then her only slam singles final at Kooyong, losing the Australian final to Martina Navratilova 6-2 7-6 (&-5). In 1984 Kathy upended Pam Shriver to make the semis at Wimbledon.
After her partnership with Anne Smith broke up Jordan had a tough time scaling the same heights of success in doubles. A notable exception was in 1985, when Kathy and Liz Smylie upset Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver at Wimbledon. The 5-7 6-3 6-4 win ended a 109 match win streak. Jordan had a penchant for ending streaks at Wimbledon; recall her earlier upset of Evert in 1983.
Jordan suffered from a serious right knee injury in 1987. It took her off the courts until August 1989 and more or less shortened her career. Her 1990 was a last hurrah of sorts, as she and Liz Smylie won 4 of 17 events and went 44-12, including a prrestigous won at the 1990 Virginia Slims Championships.
Slam Doubles titles and other majors
1980 French Open and Wimbledon (with Anne Smith)
1981 US Open and Australian Open (with Anne Smith)
1985 Wimbledon (with Liz Smylie)
1986 French and Wimbledon mixed crowns (with Kevin Flach)
1990 Virginia Slims Championships with Liz Smylie
In all Jordan won 42 doubles titles.
Year end singles rankings
1984: #10 (Acheived highest computer rank of #5 on 19 March, 1984 and remained #5 until 11 December 1984.)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open ----- RU (1983)
French Open--------- QF (1980)
Wimbledon----------- SF (1984)
US Open------------- 4R (1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1986)
Titles and finals
Won: Western Pennsylvania Chmps in 1978, San Antonio Futures and Avon Futures Championships in 1979 and Boston in 1982
Finalist: Kansas City (1978);Richmond (1979);Richmond, Sydney, Detroit, Atlanta, and Australian Open (5 finals) in 1983; Dallas and Eastbourne (1984); Melbourne Indoors (1985);Oakland (1986).
Note that the WTA site stats for Kathy are hopelessly incorrect. The wiki page is correct.
The 1990 WTA Media Guide
Indoors on the Avon circuit. KJ was best on fast surfaces.
[Thanks to Bionixal for this picture]