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Man, I loved Michelle Tyler. I remember thinking she was destined for good things, and then she disappeared. The last I heard of her, I read in a magazine that she was working at Harrods in London!
I thought the same thing about Sarah Loosemore, was making inroads in the rankings then went to University and nothing ever heard of again.
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I thought the same thing about Sarah Loosemore, was making inroads in the rankings then went to University and nothing ever heard of again.
Yes! Big splash in 1990-in fact, the only 2 seeds to lose in the first round at Wimbledon that year lost to Brits: Sara Gomer thrashing Manuela Maleeva (8), and Sarah Loosemore upsetting Barbara Paulus (16). She reached a WTA tour final in Singapore and cracked the Top 75. Then, a syou say, went off to university and was never heard of again!! Like Michelle Tyler, another good-looker, too - would have done well endorsement-wise.

Just remembered she reached the 3rd round at the Australian, too, where she took a set off Sukova.

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I think that if you check Loosemore's results you'll see that she went through a huge slump before leaving the tour. She was losing a bunch of 1rs in '91 I think and probably didn't have the heart to tough it out. It happens a lot with girls who debut very strongly and then wind up going through a sophomore slump once the other players have figured out their game.

A similar thing seemed to happen to Annabel Croft too, had a wonderful '85 winning San Diego and then really struggled to win matches in '86 and '87, part of it could've been injury, am not sure, but I would imagine that losing so much can be tough on the ego, especially for someone like Croft who had been in the spotlight for a while and whom much was expected.

ETA a fairly recent update on Ms. Loosemore
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/sports/...name_page.html

That's what she said!!!

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Loosemore had a pretty bad injury that took her off the tour for a long time, and she never really recovered. She was a beauty. I saw her play and beat Reggi at the Fed Cup in Atlanta in, maybe 1990. I think it was the very next tournament in Canada where she hurt herself. I had almost forgot that she tried to come back. It's interesting that Sam Smith suffered an injury, too, but kept persevering and had the best results of her career after the injury.
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I thought the same thing about Sarah Loosemore, was making inroads in the rankings then went to University and nothing ever heard of again.
It was dissapointing wasn't it? She looked like she could be very good. Hammering Mandlikova in the Hopman Cup at 17 and almost beating Shriver at the Australian Open.
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Yes! Big splash in 1990-in fact, the only 2 seeds to lose in the first round at Wimbledon that year lost to Brits: Sara Gomer thrashing Manuela Maleeva (8), and Sarah Loosemore upsetting Barbara Paulus (16). She reached a WTA tour final in Singapore and cracked the Top 75. Then, a syou say, went off to university and was never heard of again!! Like Michelle Tyler, another good-looker, too - would have done well endorsement-wise.

Just remembered she reached the 3rd round at the Australian, too, where she took a set off Sukova.
Did she take a set of Sukova in Melbourne- cool. She also came close to beating Shriver there one year I am certain-1989? I remember that day at Wimbledon. I am sure that Gomer and Loosemore won within a few hours of each other. I remember Loosemore got more publicity and they put her on court one for her next match. She really struggled with the effective grass court play of Elna Reinach and lost straight sets.
Yes she was a pretty girl and intelligent and would have been media friendly, in the narrow way the media like women to be!!!
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I agree with that. Mind you I always thought that there was a bit of the Michelle Tyler with Loosemore and that she didn't ever really 100% want the life of a professional tennis player. I think she was relieved to get off the tour and go to University.
Annabel Croft was much sadder, she did have the drive and wish to be a success. Mentally though she was so fragile and her game, while good, was not of the calibre of a Wade, Barker or Durie. However she received the same pressures from the media here and her game and psychology could not cope. A real fine player though and that win over Turnbull in San Diego 85 was great!!!
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Loosemore had a pretty bad injury that took her off the tour for a long time, and she never really recovered. She was a beauty. I saw her play and beat Reggi at the Fed Cup in Atlanta in, maybe 1990. I think it was the very next tournament in Canada where she hurt herself. I had almost forgot that she tried to come back. It's interesting that Sam Smith suffered an injury, too, but kept persevering and had the best results of her career after the injury.
That is true it was real fine when Sam Smith did finally live up to her talents that grass court season in 1998.
I had forgotten now that Loosemore had beaten Reggi at the Federation Cup in Atlanta. Did Great Britain win? I take it Jo Durie was the other singles player? Great win to beat Reggi. Loosemore was as talented as Annabel Croft albeit her game was less fragile.
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Did she take a set of Sukova in Melbourne- cool. She also came close to beating Shriver there one year I am certain-1989? I remember that day at Wimbledon. I am sure that Gomer and Loosemore won within a few hours of each other. I remember Loosemore got more publicity and they put her on court one for her next match. She really struggled with the effective grass court play of Elna Reinach and lost straight sets.
Yes she was a pretty girl and intelligent and would have been media friendly, in the narrow way the media like women to be!!!

Unfortunately I think that they lost the second round hours of each other too - I still have the Loosemore/Reinach 2nd round match on dvd, and I am sure that during change of ends when they went to see what was on other courts that the Gomer/Gavaldon match was being played.
Bad call by Wimbly, Gomer would have benefitted from a Court 1 appearance more that year.
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Unfortunately I think that they lost the second round hours of each other too - I still have the Loosemore/Reinach 2nd round match on dvd, and I am sure that during change of ends when they went to see what was on other courts that the Gomer/Gavaldon match was being played.
Bad call by Wimbly, Gomer would have benefitted from a Court 1 appearance more that year.
That is right, I was so dissapointed that Gomer went out to Gavaldon after beating Maleeva. I knew then that she would not make it ever to the latter stages at Wimbledon. Loosemore I was dissapointed but just assumed she would have many more years ahead of her there.
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That is right, I was so dissapointed that Gomer went out to Gavaldon after beating Maleeva.
Those ear-rings that Gavaldon wore would make anyone find it hard to concentrate playing her, good tactics on her part.
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Those ear-rings that Gavaldon wore would make anyone find it hard to concentrate playing her, good tactics on her part.
That is right I remember her more clearly now. Camp and loads of bling. Good groundstrokes though and good theatricallity if I remember.
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Gosh, that's the first I've seen anything of Hobbit for decades. Great to see her together with Jo.
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