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BAKER, "ALLY" (Allison Baker)
United States
Born 10 April 1986, in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Played: lefthanded with two-handed backhand
[Active 2000-2004]

Educated University of North Carolina. Starting tennis at age 8, she was coached by John Evert, the brother of Chris Evert.

Only Grand Slam was 2002 US Championships where she lost in singles to Elena Likhotseva in a final set tie-break and in doubles partnering Bethane Mattek-Sands in a 1st round loss.

Left foot injury in January 2004 caused the end of career, later suing Adidas over the issue. Doctors told her the shoes provided by Adidas were 3 sizes too wide. She was unable to walk for a whole year after foot surgery in the summer of 2004.

“You get these huge bags of clothes and shoes. It was so cool,” she said. “It would be tons and tons of shoes. But it was always one kind of shoe, whatever they were marketing at the time. But when you are 12 and 13 and these big Adidas people are giving you shoes, you just take them and don’t question them.”-Baker on the how she got free shoes-later citing them as causing the end of her tennis career at only 18
Graduated in accountancy and from August 2010 to date (June 2017) works as an audit manager for PWC Nashville Tennessee.

Career High Singles Ranking: # 264 (02 February2004)
Career High Doubles Ranking: # 170 (23 February 2004)

Titles

Singles Titles

2001 $10,000 Greenville, SC (CL);

Doubles Titles

2003 $50,000 Columbus, OH (H) - w/T. ASHLEY
2001 $10,000 Raleigh, NC (CL) - w/M. CZINK



Sources:

Linkedin entry
Google
The Grand Slam Book Vol2.

Ally Baker, once a rising tennis star, blames shoes for career-ending injury :: WRALSportsFan.com

Holliday: Former tennis phenom Baker fights back :: WRALSportsFan.com [video of Ally]

http://www.itftennis.com/procircuit/players/player/profile.aspx?PlayerID=35014410
 

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BIELIK, "BEA" (BEATRIX BIELIK)
Hungary/United States
Born 28 November 1980, in Budapest , Hungary.
Height:1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Played: Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
[Active 1997-1999 and 2002-2005]

Bea grew up in New York, her parents emigrated to the US from Hungary in 1984.

"Bielik began playing tennis when she was 6 after watching Martina Navratilova beat Steffi Graf in the Wimbledon final in 1987. The next day, Bielik wanted to be like Graf. Her father bought rackets and taught her to play at nearby Oceanside Park." (the NYT)

''Her attitude and her being a professional rubbed off on me, without a doubt,'' Bielik said. ''She is the reason why I'm playing tennis right now.'-Bielik on Steffi Graf, her idol.
Educated at Wake Forest University, her education took 1st priority during this period and explains her absence from tour level events.

As the 2002 NCAA champion Bea was granted a wild card into the 2002 US Open. In an exciting grand slam debut and her 1st event as a pro Bielik won 2 rounds, upset world #30 Tamarine Tanasugarn, and lost 7-5 6-1 to Justine Henin, a respectable score. At the time she was still technically a Hungarian citizen.

In hindsight the 2002 US Open was her best singles performance in a major. Her upward mobility stalled, and she never managed to crack the top 100 on the computer. Her highest ranking was #130 on August 25, 2003.

Bea's best weapon was her powerful serve. She was capable of holding serve at love with four consecutive aces. Her serve was once clocked at 122 miles per hour. Her forehand and slice backhand were much less effective under pressure.

Latterly Director of Tennis at Sportime, Long Island.



Sources

Google
TENNIS; Long Islander Fulfills Her Childhood Dream - The New York Times
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea_Bielik
http://www.itftennis.com/procircuit/players/player/profile.aspx?PlayerID=35008975

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BUTH, DAWN
United States
Born 29 May 1976, in Wichita, Kansas.
Married Steven Spirak 15 April 2000.
[Active 1998-2001]

Educated University of Florida.

Played in 3 Grand Slams in 2000 and 2001.
Head of Tennis at GWU 2004-2013.
Associate Director for Leadership Development at NCCA from 2014 onwards

Sources:

WTA Media Guide 2001
Wikipedia

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CUMMINGS, KATHLEEN
United States
Born September 05 1961 in Catonsville, Maryland, USA.
[Active 1980-1987]

Educated University of Colorado (1979-1982) and University of Texas.

Played on WTA tour between June 1980 and June 1987.
Played in 8 Grand Slam singles between 1981 and 1985. Reached 3rd round of 1983 USA Championships losing to Hana Mandlikova.

Kathleen was ranked as high as #48-her 1981 year end ranking. After college she competed full time on the pro tour from 1984 to 1987.

Latterly became a nurse and as at June 2017 is a RN at Bon Secours MRRC , Richmond, Virginia.

1981 finalist at Fort Myers.



Sources:

1986 WTA Media guide.
Linkedin.
The Grand Slam recordbook Vol2
Texas Longhorns Athletics - Women's Athletics Hall of Honor to induct six new members
http://archivesdutennisfeminin.over-blog.com/2013/11/pam-teeguarden-et-kathleen-cummings.html

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DABEK, TIFFANY
United States
Born 14 March 1980 in Los Angeles, California
Married Christopher Davis.
[Active 1998-2006]

Qualified for 2005 US Open singles beating amongst others in qualifying Tsvetana Pironkova.
Played on USTA circuit 1998 to 2006.


Studied at Keiser University.
Former tennis pro at Riverstrand, Golf and Country Club.

Sources:

www.ancestry.co.uk
Tiffany Dabek
Manatee County Tax Collector for husbands name

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DABROWSKI, GABRIELA
Canada
Born 01 April 1992 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
[Active 2006-present]

The first Canadian female to win a grand slam, accomplishing this in winning the 2017 French Open Mixed Doubles title with Rohan Bopanna of India. Dabrowski is essentially a doubles specialist, though she still competes in singles.

In the French final Gabriela and Rohan saved 2 match points in a thrilling 12-10 supertiebreak; winning over Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Robert Farah. 6-2 2-6 [12-10]. Dabrowski hung tough towards the end in hitting volley winners and making stick saves off bullets directed her way from Farah.

Dabrowski with Bopanna at the 2017 French Open. Her mixed trophy is the 1st slam title for a Canadian female.




During the 2017 French Mixed title




DOUBLES

Winner (9): 2019 - Nürnberg (w/Xu); 2018 - Sydney, Eastbourne (both w/Xu), Doha (w/Ostapenko); 2017 - Miami, New Haven (both w/Xu); 2016 - Mallorca (w/Martínez Sánchez); 2015 - Monterrey (w/Rosolska); 2014 - Washington (w/Aoyama).
Finalist (7): 2019 - Madrid, Wimbledon (w/Xu); 2018 - Beijing (w/Xu); 2017 - Hobart (w/Z.Yang); 2016 - Nottingham (w/Yang); 2013 - Brussels (w/Peer), Linz (w/Rosolska).

MIXED DOUBLES


Winner (2): 2018 - Australian Open (w/Pavic); 2017 - Roland Garros (w/Bopanna)
Finalist (2): 2019 - Roland Garros (w/Pavic); 2018 - Roland Garros (w/Pavic).

Sources:

https://www.thestar.com/sports/tennis/2017/06/08/canadas-gabriela-dabrowski-wins-mixed-doubles-title-at-french-open.html

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/gabriela-dabrowski-humble-beginnings-french-open-champ-1.4152255

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabriela_Dabrowski

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TAPSCOTT, ELAINE (Elaine Rowe Tapscott)
South Africa
Born 11 Jun 1901 in Kimberley, North Cape Province,South Africa
Died 25 May 1980 in Umhlali, Natal, South Africa
Married Ronald Arthur Robbins circa 1936; 2 children
[Active in 1929]

Elaine toured Europe in 1929 with her her sister Billie Tapscott, who was by far the more accomplished tennis player. Both sisters wed a man with the surname of Robbins.

The 1929 French Championships was her only slam event. Elaine lost all 3 of her opening matches in singles, doubles, and mixed.

For her sister Billie Tapscott please see: http://www.tennisforum.com/25515186-post1917.html

Sources:

https://hayesgreene.wordpress.com/2014/09/09/the-tapscott-family/
 

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OSTAPENKO, JELENA (Jelena Ostapenko)
Latvia
Born 08 June 1997 in Riga, Latvia
Name variant:" Aļona" (her nickname)
Plays:Right Handed (Double Handed Backhand)
Height: 1.77 metre (5 ft. 10 in.)
Nicknames: The Riga Rocket
[Active: 2012-present]

The Baltic Ball Basher

The first native Latvian of either gender to win a slam, Jelena has become an overnight sensation on winning the 2017 French Open. The teenaged Ostapenko came back from behind repeatedly in her matches by hitting her opponents off the court with a spectacular series of winners. Her average speed off the forehand at the event was 76 mph, harder than most of the men.

Some noteworthy facts about her French victory:

  • she became the 1st unseeded winner of the women's singles since 1933 winner Peggy Scriven..
  • The 2017 French was her first tour-level title. She is be the first player to win a debut title at Paris since Gustavo Kuerten on June 8, 1997, which is the very same day Ostapenko was born.
  • Jelena dropped 5 sets in her 7 matches. She came back 4 times from losing the opening set.
  • In the final she roared back from 0-4 in the 3rd set to cap a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory over #3 seed Simona Halep.
“My dream came true,” said Ostapenko, currently ranked 47th. “I was just trying to go for shots when I could and on match point I have nothing to lose, I'm just going to hit a winner.”-her take on winning the 2017 French final, a match in which she hit 54 winners.


Ostapenko took up tennis at the age of 5. Her hero as a child was Serena Williams, in many way copying Williams' go for broke style. Outside of tennis Jelena is a keen ballroom dancer. At the age of 12 she choose to pursue tennis rather than dancing. It has paid off. Her fluent languages are Russian, Latvian and English.

In 2014 Jelena was the junior Wimbledon champion. Turning pro that year, she made her WTA tour debut in the fall. Since then her climb was steady but without fireworks until Roland Garros in 2017.

Flat laser-like winners off both wings and fearlessness have earned her a major. On the flip side a lack of spin and margin on her shots means her game can go sour at a moment's notice, resulting in a series of ugly errors. Other areas of needing improvement include a shaky serve and less than solid net game. An exciting future awaits for the Baltic Ball Basher if her game develops.

Coached by her mother until recently, was been coached by noted clay courter Anabel Medina Garrigues from 2017 to 2019. In Latvia Jelena is better known as Alona, the name she goes by among friends and family.

Jelena failed to defend her French title in 2018. Fans hardly despaired however, for she powered her way into the semifinals at Wimbledon.

2019 was distressing, with mindless first round defeats mounting. Ostapenko has the dubious distinction of being the only player in recorded tennis history to have won a grand slam title (French Open title in 2017), and lost in the first round the three other times she has competed at that same tournament (2016, 2018 and 2019).

The Baltic Basher turned things around somewhat late in the year with a title in Luxembourg and a final at Linz. The other highlight was being runnerup in the mixed at Wimbledon with Robert Lindstedt. Her new coach in the fall wa Marion Bartoli.

Career Highlights:

SINGLES

Winner (3): 2019: Luxembourg; 2017 - Roland Garros, Seoul.

Finalist (5): 2019: Linz; 2018 - Miami; 2017 - Charleston; 2016 - Doha; 2015 - Québec City.

DOUBLES

Winner (3): 2018 - Doha (w/Dabrowski); 2017 - Stuttgart (w/Atawo), St. Petersburg (w/Rosolska).

Finalist (2): 2019 - Jurmala (w/Voskoboeva), Beijing (w/Yastremska).

MIXED DOUBLES

Finalist (1): 2019 - Wimbledon (w/Lindstedt).

Year End WTA Singles Rankings

2019: #44
2018: #22 (Career high #5 on 19 March 2018)
2017: #07
2016: #43
2015: #79
2014: #308
2013: #672
2012: #892

Who's that girl? Let us introduce you to Jelena Ostapenko-the 2017 Roland Garros Champion.



Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Je%C4%BCena_Ostapenko
https://lv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aļona_Ostapenko [Latvian wiki, where she is called Alona]
https://www.wtatennis.com/players/player/319939/title/Jelena-OSTAPENKO-0


https://www.si.com/tennis/2017/06/08/jelena-ostapenko-french-open-finalist-timea-bacsinszky

ITF Tennis - Pro Circuit - Player Profile - OSTAPENKO, Jelena (LAT)

https://www.tennisforum.com/751-baltic-breeze/451580-jelena-ostapenko.html

No, Jelena Ostapenko did not come from 'out of nowhere' in Paris | TENNIS.com

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HALEP, SIMONA
Romania
Born 27 September 1991 in Constanța, Romania
Height: 5' 6" (1.68 m)
Plays: Right-handed with two-handed backhand
[Active: 2006-present]

2018 French Open and 2019 Wimbledon champion.

4 time grand slam finalist, finally taking taking the ultimate prize in a dramatic final at Roland Garros in 2018.

2014 and 2017 French finalist; having achieved the #1 world ranking on the WTA computer, she had yet to acheive her dream of winning a major. Her latest disappointment was a tough 3 set defeat to Caroline Woznacki at the 2018 Australian Open.

The bridesmaid tag has been put to rest in spectacular fashion the last couple of years. Her 2018 French Open victory finally validated all of hard work. 2019 was no less special. Simona's ranking dropped slightly to #4. None of that mattered, as Halep played the match of her life to win Wimbledon. Not only did she win it, Halep spanked Serena Williams 6-2 6-2. She wasn't supposed to win so easily, especially on grass. From the start Simona ran like a gazelle (as expected) and hit winner after winner (most unexpected).

With extraordinary speed and footwork she can wear down all but the best of the ball bashers dominating the WTA in the 2010s. Despite a smallish stature, the Romanian has powerful groundstrokes that allow her to mix attack with defence. Simona is prone to nerves, at times displaying a lack of self belief. More than anything else this emotional volatility has prevented her from winning more major titles. Though she lists the serve as her favorite shot, most view this as a relative liability, as she serves far more double faults than aces.



At her best, she does not play in patterns. She hits with surprising power. She covers the whole court. She hits balls with heavy power without making a sound. [...] Like Djokovic she has a talent for hitting winners from defensive positions. She is a defensive aggressor, an aggressive defender.-- She is becoming unclassifiable-Louisa Thomas-describing Halep's game
Her 2nd slam final was a perfect illustration of all her strengths and weaknesses. For a set and half she led Jelena Ostapenko, forging ahead 6-4 3-0. She even had points to lead 4-0. Holding back at the wrong time, her game became relatively tentative as Ostapenko came and swept 6 consecutive games for a 4-6 6-3 6-3 victory. This missed chance would have given Halep a world #1 ranking.

Early on in her career in 2010 Simona had breast reduction surgery to make her more competitive. Halep complained about the added weight and back pain associated with having a 34DD bust. A solid top 100 player from 2010 to 2012, in 2013 she had a giant leap forward. Simona won 6 titles that year, finishing 2013 as the WTA's Most Improved Player of the Year.

Since 2013 she has not looked back, registering several titles per year and reaching the quarters or better of all four majors.

Adored in her native country, the perky little Romanian is followed around the world by fans who chant "Simona!" during her matches.

[WTA Bio]

Personal:
Coached by Darren Cahill ... Aggressive baseliner whose favorite shot is serve; likes all surfaces ... Speaks Romanian, English ... Enjoys music, movies and handball ... Favorite food is pasta; favorite drink is orange juice ... Favorite city is Paris; favorite tournament is Roland Garros ... Tennis idols are Justine Henin and Roger Federer.

Career Highlights:

SINGLES

Winner (19): 2019 - Wimbledon; 2018 - Shenzhen, Roland Garros, Montréal; 2017 - Madrid; 2016 - Madrid, Bucharest, Montréal; 2015 - Shenzhen, Dubai, Indian Wells; 2014 - Doha, Bucharest; 2013 - Nürnberg, 's-Hertogenbosch, Budapest, New Haven, Moscow, Sofia.
Finalist (17): 2019 - Doha, Madrid; 2018 - Australian Open, Rome, Cincinnati; 2017 - Rome, Roland Garros, Cincinnati, Beijing; 2015 - Toronto, Cincinnati; 2014 - Madrid, Roland Garros, WTA Finals; 2012 - Brussels; 2011 - Fès; 2010 - Fès.

DOUBLES

Winner (1): 2018 - Shenzhen (w/Begu).

Finalist (1): 2016 - Montréal (w/Niculescu).

Grand Slam Highlights


Australian----------Finalist (2018); Quarterfinalist (2014, 2015)
French-------------Champion (2018), Finalist (2014, 2017), Quaterfinalist (2019)
Wimbledon-------Champion (2019) Semifinalist (2014)
US Open-----------Semifinalits (2015); Quartefinal (2016)

Other: WTA YEC Finalist (2014), Final 8 (2015, 2016)

WTA Year-End Rankings

2019: #04
2018: #01
2017: #01 (#1 for first time on 09 October 2017)
2016 # 04
2015 # 02
2014 # 03
2013 # 11
2012 # 47
2011 # 53
2010 # 81
2009 # 210
2008 # 352






Sources:

https://www.wtatennis.com/players/314320/simona-halep

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simona_Halep

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simona_Halep_career_statistics

https://www.si.com/tennis/2017/06/10/simona-halep-loses-jelena-ostapenko-french-open-final
 

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LISNER, FRANCES (Frances Mary Lisner)
Great Britain
Born in 1882 in London
Died 30 May 1952 in Isleworth, London
Did not marry.
[Active circa 1900-14]

Played the British Indoors in the autumn of 1910.

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TIMMIS, MARIA (nee Maria Fanny Best)
Great Britain
Born in 1868 in London, England
Died 11 October 1925 in London, England
Married Egdar William Timmis on 11 December 1895 in London, England
[Active circa 1895-1910]

Edgar Timmis was also a lawn tennis player.

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BROUN, EMILY (nee Emily Hilda Mahala Howard)
Great Britain
Born in 1864 in Bedford
Died 11 April 1927 in Bedford
Married Alfred Forbes Broun in 1892
[Active circa 1890-1900]

Emily (Howard) Broun notably won the women's singles title at the Ceylon Championships in 1893-95 and again in 1900. Alfred Broun was a forestry expert who worked in this capacity variously in India, Burma, Ceylon and Sudan. He and Emily were both keen mountaineers and she also made herself into an accomplished botanist.

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RYBARIKOVA, MAGDALENA
Slovakia
Born 04 October 1988 in Piestany, Slovak Republic
Plays: Right Handed (Double Handed Backhand)
[Active 2004-present]

Surprising 2017 Wimbledon semifinalist.

Personal:

Coached by Peter Huber; fitness coach is Kristian Cupak ... Father is Anton (retired after working in power stations); mother's name is Maria; has two siblings, Filip and Nada; has a dog named Dolor ... Began playing tennis at age 8; was born in Piestany but moved to Bratislava at age 15 to train at national tennis center ... Favorite surfaces are grass and hardcourts; favorite shots are serve and forehand ... Favorite food is sushi; favorite drinks are water and iced tea ... Favorite movie is Pretty Woman; favorite actors are Richard Gere and Tom Cruise ... Favorite group is Coldplay ... Favorite cities are New York and Paris; favorite tournaments are Wimbledon and US Open ... Admires Roger Federer for being a great player and person; also admires Martina Hingis ... If she weren't a tennis player would play another sport (loves all sports) ... Lucky charm is a toy duck ... Goal is to reach Top 10.

Singles Titles

2017 $80,000 Gifu; $60,000 Fukuoka; $100,000 Surbiton; $100,000 Ilkley
2013 Washington
2012 Citi Open
2011 Memphis; $100,000 Prague
2009 Birmingham
2008 $25,000 St.Petersburg-Vsevolozhsk; $50,000 Patra (H);
2005 $10,000 Cairo 2; $25,000 Mestre

Doubles Titles

2012 Budapest - w/J. HUSAROVA;
2008 $100,000+H Monterrey - w/J. PANDZIC;

Career High singles: #17 on 05 March 2018

YEAR-END WTA RANKING

2017: #20
2016: # 154
2015: # 077
2014: # 051
2013: # 038
2012: # 062
2011: # 072
2010: # 104
2009: # 045
2008: # 058
2007: # 279
2006: # 330
2005: # 302
2004: # 924





Sources:

ITF Tennis - Pro Circuit - Player Profile - RYBARIKOVA, Magdalena (SVK)

http://www.wtatennis.com/players/player/312580/title/Magdalena-Rybarikova-0

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MAHAN, MADELINE (nee Madeline Johnson)
United States
Born 02 July 1883 in New York City
Died in 1968 in London
Married (1) Lyle Evans Mahan (1881-1966 ) on 22 October 1904
Married (2) Doremus
[Active circa 1905-14]

Lyle Mahan was also a lawn tennis player and son of Alfred Mahan, the famous proponent of naval power.

Sources:

http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php?topic=616076.99

Marriage notice in the New York Times.

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ANDRUS, HELEN (Helen Palmer Andrus)
United States
Born 08 August 1912 in New York City, New York
Died 18 October 1998 in Sarasota, Florida
Did not marry.
[Active circa 1930-35]

Helen was the younger sister of fellow lawn tennis player Dorothy Andrus. She toured Europe with her sister in 1934.

Sources:

Here is Helen's entry in findagrave.com: https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/f...GRid=117541825

For her more famous sister Dorothy see: http://www.tennisforum.com/24966050-post50.html

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