Link to a tsn profile on Carling with pic and a great video(click under the pic)I've copied and pasted the text. The full broadcasr will be on Friday April 19 at. 5 pm. If I only got Canadian TV now!
She was Anna before Anna. She was Darling Carling, the best tennis player Canada has ever produced, and a phenom in the first degree. More than a decade after her salad days on the professional tennis circuit, Carling Bassett is still one of the nation's most recognizable faces.
She was born in 1967 in Toronto, the daughter of sports entrepreneur John Bassett. By the time she was 13, Bassett's tenacious style had made her the top female tennis player in Canada. And, thanks in part to her stunning good looks, she quickly became a national celebrity whose appeal went far beyond the scope of sports.
Her fame crossed international borders in 1982, when she starred with Susan Anton in a movie called "Spring Fever." Naturally, Bassett played a budding young tennis star.
Although her acting career never took off, Bassett continued to excel on the court.
A three-time national champion, Bassett was Canada's top-ranked player from 1982-86 and was on Canada's Federation Cup team every year from 1982 through 1987.
Between 1981 and 1991, Bassett was a regular in the WTA Tour's Top 20 rankings. She reached a career-high number eight ranking in 1985.
She was named WTA newcomer of the year in 1983 after taking Chris Evert to three sets in the final of the WTA Championship. Bassett went on to win three international tournaments, but the pinnacle of her career came in 1984 when she reached the semifinals of the U.S Open.
"She was a great competitor, an incredibly tenacious player," said noted tennis coach Nick Bollettieri.
Her exploits were not unnoticed at home. Bassett was named Canada's top female athlete in 1983 and again in 1985.
Following marriage to American doubles ace Robert Seguso, and the birth of their first of three children, Bassett returned to competition at the Seoul Olympics in 1988. She placed fifth in the doubles competition with partner Jill Hetherington. It remained Canada's best Olympic effort until Daniel Nestor and Sebastien Lareau won gold in 2000.
During the late 1980's, however, Bassett started to struggle with bulimia. The pressure of being a pro athlete and a much-sought after spokesperson proved difficult to handle.
"It becomes part of your life, like smoking. Or it's like being an alcoholic," she later said of her battle with bulimia." It's so easy to get into and so hard to get out of. I hated myself that I couldn't stop."
After successfully wrestling with her demons, Bassett made a brief comeback on the doubles circuit before retiring from the court for good. She was inducted into the Hall of Fame of Canadian Tennis in September of 1998, and this fall will be inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
She remains in touch with the game, playing charity events and serving as a color commentator for TSN.
And whether she's on the court or in the booth, she'll always be Canada's Darling Carling.