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Old Feb 5th, 2012, 06:25 AM   #28
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1983 (age 39-40)

Listed below are 10 singles tournaments (2 of which she won), with a win-loss record of 25-8 (8-4 indoor, 16-2 grass, 1-1 hard, 0-1 unknown). (Her win-loss total does not include third-place matches.) She also won 4 women's doubles titles.

Week of January 17
Central Trust Tennis Championships, Cincinnati, Ohio


SF d. Tracy Austin 4-6, 6-2, 6-0

F lost to Hana Mandlikova 6-4, 6-3

Week of February 14
Virginia Slims of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Indoor carpet

Women's doubles (with Yvonne Vermaak):
1R lost to Helena Sukova / Catherine Tanvier 2-6, 6-4, 6-4

Week of February 28
Carta Blanca FCT Invitational, The Forum, Inglewood, California

King was unseeded

1R d. Betsy Nagelson 6-2, 6-1
QF d. Bettina Bunge [4] 6-4, 6-4
SF lost to Martina Navratilova [1] 6-1, 6-3

King lost the semifinal in only 43 minutes.

Week of March 14
Virginia Slims of Boston, Boston University (through the quarterfinals) & Boston Garden (in the semifinal), Boston, Massachusetts

King was seeded [5]

1R d. Anne White 6-2, 6-2
2R d. Kathy Jordan 6-4, 6-3
QF d. Kathy Horvath 6-4, 6-3
SF lost to Sylvia Hanika [4] 7-5, 6-2

King led Sylvia Hanika 4-2 in the first set before Hanika broke King in the eighth and twelfth games to win the set. In the second set, King had trouble with her usually reliable backhand. "I wanted so badly to play [in the final] tomorrow. Of all the nights I had to lose. In the second set, she just killed me. She was whaling at everything. Her spins were really heavy." The loss put a damper on the post-match ceremony to celebrate King's 25 years of professional tennis. Bobby Riggs and King's parents were among those in attendance.

Week of March 21
Virginia Slims Championships, Madison Square Garden, New York City

Indoor carpet
King was unseeded

1R d. Andrea Jaeger [3] 5-7, 6-2, 6-2

QF d. Barbara Potter 6-3, 6-1

SF lost to Chris Evert [2] 6-1, 6-1

Third place match: lost to Sylvia Hanika [8] 6-1, 7-6(5)

In front of a crowd of 10,383, 39-year old King upset 17-year old Andrea Jaeger in the first round. King said about Jaeger, "I think she just went and bagged it, just didn't want to be out there. Her heart and soul was not in it 100 percent. Sometimes you can play badly, but the effort is there. Maybe she injured herself during the match. I really don't know." King won 8 consecutive games against Barbara Potter in the quarterfinals to build a 5-0 second set lead. After winning the match, she said about her upcoming semifinal with Chris Evert, "Chris is always consistent and you always know what she's going to do. I only hope her execution is subpar." It wasn't, although King did not help her own cause by getting in only 54 percent of her first serves. King had a break point in each of Evert's first 2 service games but could not convert. In the third place match, King broke Sylvia Hanika's serve as she served for the match. But Hanika built an early lead in the tiebreak and held on for the win.

Women's doubles (with Candy Reynolds):
QF d. Rosemary Casals / Wendy Turnbull 7-6, 6-2
SF lost to Martina Navratilova / Pam Shriver [1] 6-2, 6-4

Week of March 28
Bridgestone Doubles Championships, Municipal Gymnasium, Tokyo

Indoor carpet
Played with Sharon Walsh Pete

1R/QF d. Rosemary Casals / Wendy Turnbull [2] 3-6, 6-3, 7-5
SF d. Mima Jausovec / Leslie Allen [4] 6-7(7), 7-5, 6-4
F d. Kathy Jordan / Anne Smith [1] 6-0, 6-1

Week of April 18
United Airlines Tournament of Champions, Haines City, Florida

King was seeded [5]

1R bye
2R d. Alycia Moulton 6-2, 6-3
QF lost to Hana Mandlikova [4] 6-3, 2-6, 7-5

Women's doubles (with Anne Smith):
QF d. Andrea Jaeger / Mary Lou Daniels 3-6, 7-6, 7-6
SF d. Rosemary Casals / Wendy Turnbull [2] 6-4, 6-1
F d. Martina Navratilova / Pam Shriver [1] 6-3, 1-6, 7-6(9)

King and Anne Smith handed the team of Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver their first loss since the 1982 US Open.

Week of May 9
Triumph International, Johannesburg, South Africa

Outdoors (surface unknown)

1R/SF lost to Chris Evert 6-4, 6-4
Third place match: d. Sylvia Hanika 6-3, 5-7, 6-4

Week of May 30
Kentish Times Festival, Beckenham, United Kingdom

King was seeded [1]

1R bye
2R d. Joy Tacon 6-1, 6-1
3R d. Florenta Mihai 6-1, 6-0
QF d. Sue Barker [6] 6-4, 7-5
SF d. Sharon Walsh Pete [4] 6-3, 6-4
F d. Barbara Potter [2] 6-4, 6-3

Women's doubles (with Ilana Kloss):
F not played versus Barbara Potter / Sharon Walsh Pete

Week of June 6
Edgbaston Cup, Birmingham, United Kingdom

King was seeded [1]

1R bye
2R d. Pam Casale 6-2, 6-4
3R d. Ann Kiyomura [10] 6-2, 6-1
QF d. Elizabeth Sayers Smylie 6-3, 6-4
SF d. Anne White [13] 7-5, 6-2
F d. Alycia Moulton [15] 6-0, 7-5

Women's doubles (with Sharon Walsh Pete) (seeded [3]):

1R d. Sandy Collins / Zina Garrison 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
2R d. Amanda Tobin-Evans / Deborah Jevans-Jarrett 6-2, 6-4
QF d. Susan Leo / Sabina Simmonds 6-2, 6-2
SF d. Evonne Goolagong Cawley / Rosalyn Fairbank Nideffer [6] 5-7, 7-6, 7-5
F d. Elizabeth Sayers Smylie / Beverly Mould [8] 6-2, 6-4

At 5-5, King recorded the only service break of the semifinal with Anne White. King needed only 58 minutes to defeat Alycia Moulton, 18 years her junior, in the final. King lost only 13 points in her 9 service games.

Week of June 20
Wimbledon, All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, London, United Kingdom

King was seeded [10]

1R d. Elizabeth Sayers Smylie 7-5, 6-3
2R d. Beth Herr 6-7(4), 6-2, 8-6 (Centre Court)
3R d. Rosemary Casals 6-3, 6-4 (Court No. 2)
4R d. Wendy Turnbull [7] 7-5, 6-3 (Court No. 14)

QF d. Kathy Jordan 7-5, 6-4 (Court No. 1)

SF lost to Andrea Jaeger [3] 6-1, 6-1 (Centre Court)

King leaving Centre Court for the last time in her singles career.

Women's doubles (with Chris Evert) (seeded [8]):
1R bye
2R d. Christiane Jolissaint / Petra Jauch Delhees 7-6, 6-2
3R lost to Kathy Jordan / Mima Jausovec [9] 5-7, 6-4, 6-3

Mixed doubles (with Steve Denton) (seeded [1]):
1R bye
2R d. R. Lewis / Michelle Torres 7-5, 6-3
3R d. David Lloyd / Sue Barker 6-1, 6-2
QF d. Tom Gullickson / Kathy Jordan [6] 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
SF d. Morris Skip Strode / Andrea Temesvári 6-4, 6-3
F lost to John Lloyd / Wendy Turnbull [2] 6-7(5), 7-6(5), 7-5

King was the oldest woman ever to be seeded in the Wimbledon singles competition. She trailed 5-6 in the final set of her second round Centre Court match with Beth Herr, which lasted exactly 2 hours. "When I fell behind, I didn't think about losing or that it might be my last match there. I said to myself, 'I love this court. What's wrong with you?' Then I buckled down and fought as hard as I could. Yes, I think she should have beaten me. It wasn't the court that bothered me - it was the balls. They seemed very heavy. I couldn't get the feel. My forehand was awful." By defeating Wendy Turnbull in the fourth round, King became the oldest women's quarterfinalist since 40-year-old Margaret Osborne DuPont in 1958. In the quarterfinals, King won the first point on her service games 8 of 11 times compared to Kathy Jordan's 4 of 11 times. "I have gotten this far because I have worked all year on my serve and my backward and forward mobility, which ... are the most important aspects of my game on grass." This win made King the oldest women's semifinalist since Dorothea Douglas Lambert Chambers in 1920. But Andrea Jaeger thrashed King in the semifinals in 56 minutes. "I had no injuries. No troubles. I was totally prepared for the match. But I just couldn't do one thing I had planned to do. She just cleaned my clock." The only service break in the mixed doubles final occurred in the last game of the match.

This picture was taken sometime during this tournament.

Week of August 15
Player's Challenge Canadian Open, Toronto


Women's doubles (with Sharon Walsh Pete):
1R d. Kathleen Horvath / Yvonne Vermaak 6-4, 6-2
2R d. Camille Benjamin / Corinne Vanier 6-1, 6-1
QF d. Hana Mandlikova / Betsy Nagelsen 6-4, 6-0
SF lost to Candy Reynolds / Rosalyn Fairbank Nideffer 6-2, 7-6

Week of August 29
US Open, USTA National Tennis Center, New York City


Women's doubles (with Sharon Walsh Pete) (seeded [5]):
1R d. Elizabeth Minter / Anne Minter 6-1, 6-3
2R d. Larisa Savchenko Neiland / Svetlana Parkhomenko 6-3, 6-3
3R d. Gretchen Magers Rush / Louise Allen 6-3, 6-2
QF d. Wendy White Prausa / Bonnie Gadusek 6-1, 6-1
SF lost to Candy Reynolds / Rosalyn Fairbank Nideffer [2] 7-6, 2-6, 7-5

Mixed doubles (with Trey Waltke) (seeded [6]):
1R d. Ross Case / Mary Lou Piatek 6-7, 6-3, 6-3
2R lost to Syd Ball / Kim Shaefer 7-5, 6-4

Week of September 26
U.S. Indoor Championships, Hartford, Connecticut

Indoor carpet

Women's doubles (with Sharon Walsh Pete) (seeded [2]):
1R d. Claudia Monteiro / Yvonne Vermaak 6-4, 6-4
QF d. Mary Lou Daniels / Wendy White Prausa 6-4, 6-1
SF d. Barbara Jordan / Elizabeth Sayers Smylie 6-3, 6-3
F d. Barbara Potter / Kathy Jordan [4] 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

Week of November 21
New South Wales Building Society Open, Sydney, Australia


Women's doubles (with Sharon Walsh Pete) (seeded [1]):
1R d. Sherry Acker / Lele Forood 6-3, 6-0
2R d. Barbara Jordan / Elizabeth Sayers Smylie 6-4, 6-4
QF d. Alycia Moulton / Paula Smith [8] 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
SF lost to Wendy Turnbull / Anne Hobbs [6] 6-3, 6-2

Week of November 28
Australian Open, Melbourne

King was seeded [7]

1R d. Laura Bernstein 6-2, 6-2
2R lost to Catherine Tanvier 7-6, 4-6, 6-4

Women's doubles (with Sharon Walsh Pete) (seeded [2]):
1R d. Debbie Freeman / Annette Gully 6-1, 6-2
2R d. Jennifer Mundel / Ann Henricksson 6-0, 6-0
QF d. Ilana Kloss / Heather Ludloff 4-6, 6-4, 6-0
SF lost to Wendy Turnbull / Anne Hobbs [6] 6-4, 6-1

There was no mixed doubles event.
Prominent women tennis players:
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