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THOMAS, LINDA (nee Linda Rupert)
United States
Born 14 November 1952
Married Thomas, circa late 1975
[Active 1975-1978]

Finalist: 1976- Futures of Pensacola

1975 WTA ranking: #84 (where she is still listed as Rupert)

[From the Rubenstein site, where she works]

Linda is a former tour professional with a career high ranking of "76" in the 1978 Women's World computerized rankings. Linda has served on the H.T.A. Board, spearheaded the advancement of Wheelchair Tennis, and has been instrumental in partnering with the USTA on initiatives to grow the game. Linda earned a Bachelor of Science Degree with honors from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.

Cathy Beene [l] and Linda Rupert (on right)



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http://www.erjcchouston.org/indoor-tennis-center/tennis-staff/

[Thanks to Rollo for this information]
 

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TORRES, MICHELLE
United States
Born 27 June 1967 in Chicago, Illinois
Married Stephen Casati
Active 1982-1989

Tournament Record:

Singles: Won 52 matches-Lost 79 matches (.396%)

``She didn`t have any paticular shots, but she was very tough on the court. She won a lot of matches with her mind. She could wiggle out of matches you just couldn`t believe.”

``I think she could`ve made the top 10. She just had other interests.``

[Quotes from her coach Jack Sharpe]

“Weaned during the human-backboard era of women`s tennis, she idolized Chris Evert, playing her groundstrokes with a vengeance and treating a trip to the net like a dose of cod liver oil.

She trained with Andrea`s father, Roland, at the Courts on 22 in Lincolnshire, where the object was to keep the ball in play as long as possible. ``I could go out there and never miss,`` says Torres.

``Mr. Jaeger used to have us hit over these high nets, and if you missed it you had to run all around the court. I never wanted to do that.``
Evert-like in her play, Torres had her best year in 1984 at age 17.

That year she reached her only two finals on tour, winning the Florida Federal Open in Deerfield Beach to Navratilova (6-0 6-1) and winning in Tampa over Carling Bassett at the Maybelline Classic. She peaked at #18 on 12-Nov-1984, finishing the year at #20 and earning Tennis Magazine’s Rookie of the Year Award.

After that her interest and results waned. Married, she now has 3 children who play junior tennis- Alexis, Christopher, (born circa 2000), and Emily, (born circa 2002)

Source:
Tennis Was Both Burden, Blessing To Ex-state Champ, by Julie Hanna, The Chicago Tribune,
October 25, 1991

 

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JEYASEELAN, SONYA
Canada
Born 24 April 1976in New Westminster, British Columbia
Married Daniel Gibbons, July 2013 in Cartmel, England.

Finalist: 1998- Bogotà



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Who's Who in Canadian Sport 4th edition.

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RIEDL, MARIA TERESA ("Resi" or "Resy")
Italy
Born 14 December 1937 in Gorizia
Died 12 May 1995 in Brunico
[Active 1950s to 1970s]

From the corner of Italy near the border with Austria, Riedl was a stalwart among Italian females for 20 years.

Winner: 1961- Reggio Calabria, Salerno, Viareggio; 1965- World University Games; 1966- Cortina, Ortisei, Messina, Viareggio; 1967- Viareggio; 1968- Senigallia, Viareggio;

Finalist: 1959- Cannes Gallia; 1960- Stresa; 1963- Bastad, Palermo;







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