FERNANDEZ, "ISABEL" (María-Isabel Fernández de Soto)
Born 18 September 1950
From Cali, Columbia, she was the first Columbian female pro on the tennis tour. Her uncle introduced her to the sport at the age of seven. In 1969 she came to the University of South Florida. After two years Isa embarked on a pro career.
In 1972 Fernandez made an impact in the slams, reaching the quarters of the French and Wimbledon with Cornejo in mixed doubnles and the quarters of the doubles with Bonicelli.
1973 was her best year, getting to the last 16 in singles at the United States Open and the doubles semifinals at Wimbledon with Bonicelli. The next year, she and Martina Navratilova won the doubles at the Virginia Slims of Dallas.
For a time she dated John Lloyd, who was later the husband of Chris Evert. It was serious enough for the couple to consider marriage.
Some results list her as Isabel de Soto or Isa Fernandez, but for the most part went by Isabel Fernandez. Comfortable on clay, her dropshot was especially strong.
Isa was ranked #43 in 1975.
In 1979, Fernandez began teaching in New York City-later teaching at Sawmill.
South American Open 1968 and 1971
1975 World of Tennis
, page 249.
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