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Six Feet Under
Jul 9th, 2009, 05:39 AM
Sorry the title is supposed to read Has a WTa plaer ever passed away before the retired

Six Feet Under
Jul 9th, 2009, 05:39 AM
I know it's a sad topic, but after the passing Mathieu Montcourt :sad: I wondered had this happened before? I'm only 15 and have only been following tennis for a couple of years so i only now of 1 person Daniela Klemenschits

Six Feet Under
Jul 9th, 2009, 05:40 AM
Sorry the title is supposed to read Has a WTA plaer ever passed away before the retired

Temperenka
Jul 9th, 2009, 05:47 AM
R.I.P. Mathieu :sad:

Serenita
Jul 9th, 2009, 06:10 AM
omg this is soo sad
R.I.P. Mathieu :sad::sad:

spiceboy
Jul 9th, 2009, 08:19 AM
I don't think so. I remember a Bulgarian player in the early 90's (Elena Pampoulova-Wagner) who lost her husband so she was the official widow of the Tour.

A couple of junior sisters died some years ago in a car accident shortly after playing in Wimbledon but they were not pro yet. There is a thread about it in the Juniors forum.

Xian
Jul 9th, 2009, 08:30 AM
sadly yes, as already mentioned Daniela Klemenschits because of cancer :sad:

danra
Jul 9th, 2009, 08:35 AM
Karen Krantze back in the 70s I believe.

janko
Jul 9th, 2009, 10:05 AM
The only one I can remember is American Cynthia MacGregor, who used to play doubles with her sister Cammy in the 80's and early 90's.

MyskinaManiac
Jul 9th, 2009, 10:49 AM
Daniela Klemenschits... her twin got cancer too I believe but survived. So sad. =[[ rip

Andy T
Jul 9th, 2009, 11:09 AM
Karen Krantzcke collapsed and died in 1977 aged 30 while still on tour. Karen lade the QF in singles at all four majors, was a three-times semifinalist and reached a further 6 QF in singles. She was Aussie doubles champ in '68 and Wimbledon finalist in 74. The WTA Sportsmanship award is named after her.

Andrea Buchanan was a US player who formed, along with Zina Garrison, Leslie Allen and Kim Sands, a quartet of very promising balck women players in the early 80s, who was shot dead in LA in 1982. She was in her mid 20s.

jimbo mack
Jul 9th, 2009, 11:56 AM
thankfully helen kelesi and corina morariu managed to battle and survive their illnesses, so fortunately are not on this list.

JackFrost
Jul 9th, 2009, 03:31 PM
On ATP Side I remember Michael Westphal, who died because of Aids in the early nineties.
The girlfriend of Westphal married Michael Stich a few years after that.

drake3781
Jul 9th, 2009, 04:47 PM
Interesting. Thanks for the responses.

iGOAT
Jul 9th, 2009, 05:18 PM
Daniela Klemenschits and Sandra Klemenschits both got stomach cancer. Daniela died :sad::hug: but Sandra overcame it and is now on the tour again. She plays challenger doubles frequently and has won a title or two in the past year I think. She also played in Budapest this week.

Yonexforever
Jul 9th, 2009, 06:58 PM
Karen Krantzcke collapsed and died in 1977 aged 30 while still on tour. Karen lade the QF in singles at all four majors, was a three-times semifinalist and reached a further 6 QF in singles. She was Aussie doubles champ in '68 and Wimbledon finalist in 74. The WTA Sportsmanship award is named after her.

Andrea Buchanan was a US player who formed, along with Zina Garrison, Leslie Allen and Kim Sands, a quartet of very promising balck women players in the early 80s, who was shot dead in LA in 1982. She was in her mid 20s.

WOW
Either you have the greatest memory or you do some good research.
Either way.. well done.
I remember seeing Karen's name and i remember Buchanan's story as well.
For some reason Karen's death seemed to have happened in the 80s in my brain, but you are probably right.
She had decent results when she played so maybe thats y the name is still so recent in my head!
:worship:

TS
Jul 9th, 2009, 11:25 PM
I remember reading about Buchanan's tragic death in Billie Jean King's book many years ago. Unfortunately I can't seem to find much information on her at all online...