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LETCHER, VIDA (Vida Pretoria Irene Letcher)
Australia
Born 21 May 1900 in Petersburg, South Australia
Died 10 January 1993 in Adelaide, South Australia [Active circa 1919-25]

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REHE, STEPHANIE
United States
Born 05 November 1969 in Fontana, California
Height: 5' 11" (1.80 m)
Pronunciation: "Ray-hee"
[Active 1982-1988, 1990-1993]

Daugter of parents who escaped from East Germany and settle in California. Began tennis at age 7. Coached for a time by the famous Robert Lansdorf, who had Tracy Austin as his most famous pupil. Highly touted when young due to her stellar junior results and attractiveness. Her style of play resembled Chris Evert with a strong baseline game and double-fisted backhand. In game and frame she resembled Mary Joe Fernandez.

In 1982 she became the youngest ever to compete at a WTA event. Another record came in 1983 when Rehe became the youngest ever female to earn a WTA ranking.

Only months after turning pro Rehe a minor tour event at Utah; later that fall she won a big event at Tampa, besting Carling Basett and then Gabriela Sabatini in the final.

Rehe briefly dated Michael Graf, the brother of Steffi Graf.

Stephanie had to quit the tour due to a back injury sustained in a car wreck at the Chicago event in November of 1988. It required surgery and months of rehab for her to recover. She was totally off the tour for 21 months-missing all of 1989 and much of 1990. Rehe returned in 1990. In 1991 Rehe was voted the WTA Comeback Player of the Year.

Her best court surface (and all her titles) came on hard courts. Ultimately lacking stamina for singles, she turned to doubles in 1992, reaching #10 in the rankings.

After calling it quits in 1993 Rehe took up Physical Therapy.

Impressions of her game from Blast Posters:

Another Evert clone robot who came apart when matched up against the original. I, too, agree though that her career was cut too short to see how good she might have been. Reminded me of a taller MJ Fernandez with a little less shot-making ability. -
Because of her height and reach she became a competent volleyer, but was never instinctive up there. And as much as her strength was at the baseline, she had the traditional Eastern gripped forehand and straight arm two handed backhand that were strong and always had much depth, but were never really weapons, once again just like MJF. Not surprisingly of the top players of that era the only one Rehe had success against was Sabatini (another parallel with MJR) but really never brought much to her match-ups with Graf, Evert or Navratilova.
Titles

1985: Virginia Slims of Utah, Tampa.
1987: San Juan
1988: Taipei, San Diego

Singles

Career record151–99
Career titles: 5
Highest ranking
No. 10 (March 13, 1989)

Doubles

Career record: 72–61
Career titles:2
Highest ranking: No. 10 (October 5, 1992)



WTA Year End Ranking

1985: #18
1986: #19
1987: #28
1988: #14
1989 unranked [Ironically her career high at #10 in March]
1990: #58
1991:

1992: #75


Sources:

1986 World of Tennis, page 360.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephanie_Rehe
Rehe Wins, but Victory Came Last Week : Tennis: She beats Nagelsen, 6-4, 6-3, but is just happy to be back on the court after injuries caused by car wreck. - latimes
https://www.tennisforum.com/59-blast-past/205098-stephanie-rehe-article-world-tennis.html [Blast thread on an article from World Tennis]
 

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CROSKERY, LORNA
Great Britain (Northern Ireland)
Born 6 July 1946 in Bangor, County Down
Married Mr Agnew in 1968
[Active circa 1962-72]

Lorna (Croskery) Agnew notably won the women’s singles title at the Ulster Hard Court Championships in the years 1964-67 and again in 1969.

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GOMPERT, "KATE" (Katherine Annette Gompert)
United States
Born 11 January 1963 in Ames, Iowa
Played: Lefthanded with a two-handed backhand.
Height: 5' 10"
[Active 1980-1987 and 1989-1990]

1984: 2 satellite circuit titles.
1987 finalist at Tampa.
Career high at #18 on 17 July 1987.

Taught and coached by her father. Turning pro early, a knee injury requiring an operation forced her to scale back. Kate regained her amateur status and played college tennis for Standford in 1982 an 1983.

Part two of her career started in 1984. 2 minor tournament wins got her into the top 100. 1985 saw her climb the rankings by getting to the semis at the US Clay Courts and the 4th round at the US Open.

A baseliner in the Chris Evert mold; she had her best success in 1987. Kate beat her idol Chris Evert in 3 sets on a cement hard court at the Virginia Slims of Florida. Evert got revenge by beating Kate in their next 3 matches in 1987. Evert won 6-3 6-2 in the final at Tampa on clay. The score belies how hard Evert had to work for each point, as the match took 1 hour and 50 minutes. Gompert matches were long affairs.

Gompert's best slam result was getting to the 4th round at the 1985 US Open. She contested every US Open from 1980 to 1987. Totally off the tour in 1989, she returned in 1989 and 1990 with much lower ranking, being forced to play the US Open qualifying.

Gompert was known for being super steady. The serve was her Achilles Heel. As a Californian she was used to hard courts. An English major at Stanford, where she graduated in 1988. In personality she was one of the more personable and sporting on tour.

WTA Ranking

1984: #98 [2 minor titles]
1985: #25 [semis at US Clay Courts with upset of Maleeva]
1986: #33 [20 wins-19 defeats]
1987: #22 [Career high at #18. Made Tampa final and 4 other quarterfinals.]

In 1998 Gompert sued author David Foster Wallace for libel. In his famous novel Infinite Jest a character named Katherine A. Gompert attempts to kill herself several times, sleeps with many men, and is addicted to marijuana.

The jugde noted that "Plaintiff was a successful junior and college tennis player and then competed on the professional tour," Ware wrote. "She enjoys a good reputation and has often spoken to younger tennis players regarding the importance of leading a drug-free lifestyle. Plaintiffs allege that David Wallace, the author, purposely defamed her to satisfy his own feelings of hatred and malice towards her. Mr. Wallace apparently participated in the competitive junior tennis world in which plaintiff was well known."

Kate lost the case and was unable to collect any damages.



Sources:

1988 World of Tennis, page 315.
https://www.itftennis.com/procircuit/players/player/profile.aspx?playerid=20002994
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kate_Gompert
Week 2 - pp. 42-79 | Infinite Winter
https://www.facebook.com/katherine.gompert
Kate Gompert et Jill Davis - Le blog des archives du tennis feminin [Thanks to Binoxial for the image]

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CORRY, HILDA (Hilda Kathleen Stuart Corry)
Great britain (Northern Ireland)
Born 01 May 1910 in Newtownards, County Down, Northern Ireland
Died 11 March 1992 in Seaford, East Sussex, England
Married William Charles Tuke on 04 September 1935
[Active circa 1930-35]

Hilda Corry notably won the women’s singles event at the Ulster Hard Court Championships tournament in 1932. She was runner-up in the same event at the same tournament in 1933, 1934 and 1935, each time to Betty (Gardiner) Lee, a player with whom she enjoyed some success in women’s doubles events. Hilda lived in England in later life.

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VILLIGER, ISABELLE
Switzerland
Born 24 November 1962 in Zurich
[Active 1978-1982]

Right-handed player who seemingly had a short career which ended in 1982. Quarterfinalist at the junior US Open in 1978 and the junior French Open in 1980. Semifinalist at the junior Wimbledon Championships in 1979 and 1980. Competed in three Grand Slam tournaments in 1981 (excl US Open) and at the French Open in 1982. Coached by Andrés Gimeno.

Member of the Swiss Fed Cup team in 1978, 1981 and 1982.

Source: Who's who in international tennis (1983), p. 122.

ITF profile
WTA profile

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BURGIN, ELISE
United States
Born 05 March 1962 in Baltimore, Maryland
Played: Lefthanded
Height: 5' 4"
[Active 1980-1993]

Began tenis at the age of 8. Best friends on tour with Pam Shriver. Both were from Baltimore. Elise relied on her inelegant topspin groundstrokes. Despite this her best success came in doubles, where Burgin won 10 events and reached the semis in 3 of the 4 slams. Burgin "had a viciously funny sense of humor-with most of her barbs directed at herself-and was producer/director/writer of the annual talent show the plahers put on at the Eastboure pre-Wimbledon warm up tournament." (Hard Courts). She would burst into laughter when umpires sometimes mispronounced her name as "Elsie Virgin" or "Eileen Bugin-Virgin". The outgoing American also entertained crowds by keeping up a running monologue of how she viewed the march or yelling at herself.

Singles highlights included a round of 16 at the 1982 US Open and being a losing finalist to Martina Navratilova on clay at Houston in 1985. Later in 1985 Burgin helped the US reach the final of the Federation Cup.

The death of her mother in a car accident made 1989 an especially tough year. A 3rd higlight was denied to her in 1988. Elise was all set to play singles in the Seoul Olympics when the USTA booted her off the team to make way for Chris Evert.

Her partnership with Ros Fairbank worked as Ros was great at net while Elise supplied the consistency. She reached the semifinals in doubles or mixed doubles at each of the four Grand Slams during her career but never made a final. Closest she ever came? "Up 6-3, 5-3, 40-15, U.S. Open, 1986," she said. "I double-faulted. Not a gag -- though I guess that's open to interpretation. Then Hana [Mandlikova] hit an all-world return and we lost in three. Not that I remember it or anything."

Knee problems ended her playing days in 1993. One of the few tennis players to earn a college degree, Elsie graduated from Stanford with a degree in journalism. Her education and wit made her transition to life after tennis easier as she took up tennis commentary for television.







Singles

Career record: 158–194
Career titles: 1 (at Wild Dunes in 1986)
Highest ranking: #22 (on December 31 December 1985)

Doubles

Career record: 282–165
Career titles: 10
Highest ranking: #07 (on 13 April 1987)

Year-End WTA Rankings:

1981: #85
1982: #48
1983: #43
1984: #51 [out 6 months with back injury]
1985: #27
1986: #43 [Captain of winning Wightman Cup team]
1987: #65

Sources:


1988 World of Tennis, page 293.
Feinstein, John. Hard Courts: Real Life on the Professional Tennis Tours.
Life After Tennis
https://www.itftennis.com/procircuit/players/player/profile.aspx?PlayerID=20002312
 

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CHANDLER, DAISY (nee Daisy Gertrude Cummins)
Australia
Born 14 November 1887 in Hobart
Died ????
Married Robert Andrew Chandler on 5 December 1922 in Hobart
[Active circa 1925-30]

Robert Chandler was also a tennis player.

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CRAWLEY, JEAN (Jean Lesley Crawley)
Australia
Born 28 August 1917
Died 6 September 2016 in Goodwin Village, Ainslie, Canberra
Married Thomas Charles Boag
[Active both before and after World War Two]

Jean Crawley notably won the women's singles event at the Australian Capital Territory Championships in 1935. Charlie Boag was also a tennis player.

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BES, EVA (Eva Bes-Ostariz)
Spain
Born 14th January 1973 Zaragoza, Spain
[Active from 1990 to 2003]

Reached singles ranking of 90 on 4th March 2002.

Played in 6 Grand Slams singles from French 1998 to Wimbledon 2002. Best was 3rd round in French 2002 losing to Amelie Mauresmo. In only Wimbledon singles 2002 had the misfortune to draw 4th seed Monica Seles in the 1st round and suffered a double bagel defeat.
1991 French junior girls doubles champion.

In her tennis days the WTA computer and other sources listed her as Eva Bes, not Bes-Ostariz.

Source Wikipedia.

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JENNER, CECILY (Cecily Marian Jenner)
Australia
Born in 1903 in Hamilton, Victoria
Died ????
Married Hamilton Warren Clark on 22 April 1929 in Scots’ Church, Melbourne
[Active circa 1925-30]

Partnering Jack Hawkes, Cecily Jenner was notably runner-up in the mixed doubles event at the South Yarra Christmas/New Year tournament in 1927/28. She was the daughter of Leslie Jenner and Gulielina Bertha Jenner (née Sargood).

For more on Cecily's parents, see here: http://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/bi...ha-gulie-18912

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BLACKMAN, "GWEN"( nee Gwendolene Roberts)
Australia
Born circa 1920
Died
Married Ronald Ernest Clifton Blackman in 1943 in Armidale, New South Wales
[Active circa both before and World War Two]

Gwen (Roberts) Blackman notably won the women’s singles title at the Australian New England Championships tournament at least three times, in 1946, 1947 and 1948. This popular tournament was held in Armidale every Easter.
 

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HILLARD, DOROTHY (nee Dorothy Evelyn Burling)
Australia
Born 28 December 1907 in Warialda, New South Wales
Died ????
Married Eric Hillard on 13 February 1932 in Armidale, New South Wales
[Active both before and after World War Two.]


Dorothy (Burling) Hillard notably won the women’s singles title at the Australian New England Championships tournament four times, in 1933, 1936, 1937 and 1939; this popular tournament was held in Armidale every Easter.

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DIGHT, ALICE (Alice Mary Dight)
Australia
Born o8 May 1878 in Warialda, New South Wales
Died 12 July 1959
[Active both before and after World War One]

Alice Dight was a stalwart of lawn tennis in Armidale, New South Wales, for several decades. She enjoyed a good deal of success in the doubles events at the Australian New England Championships tournament, which was held in Armidale every Easter.

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FRAZIER, AMY
United States
Born 19 September 1972 in St. Louis, Missouri
Married a Mr Johnson in 2007
Height: 5' 8" (1.72m)
Played: Righthanded with two-handed backhand
Trademarks: a visor and very pale skin due to a lot of sunscreen

[Active 1986-2006]

2 time slam quarterfinalist at the 1992 Aussie and 1995 US Opens. Solid top 20 player without threatening the top 10.

Started tennis at 3. Coached by John Austin. Hit the ball as flat as a pancake. She loved to stay right on the baseline and take ball on the rise, which sometimes gave her little margin for error. Her two-hander off the backhand was her best shot. The backhand down the line was especilly wicked. Most effective on hard courts and, for some reason, in Japan. In fact Frazier won 2 Japan Opens and was a finalist there 4 times. Extremely pale, she always wore a visor. Quiet and shy on court, unlike most of her contemporaries Amy was always courteous to officials and famous for being nice to ball kids.

Amy notably defeated Steffi Graf in the German legend's last match in San Diego. After splitting sets Grad retired down 1-2 in the third.

Longevity was a feature of this mid-west blonde. For 18 years she was in the top 100. In that time Amy notched up 30 wins vs top tenners. Though never close to the top 10 herself, she has wins over Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova, Martina Hingis, Arantxa Sanchez, and a bevy of other stars. Amt has a winning 4-2 record over Mary Pierce.



Frazier's last match ever was at the 2006 US Open on her 20th consecutive appearance there.

Frazier appeared in a record 71 grand slam draws. This feat was surpassed by Venus Williams in 2016.

She has lived in Rochester, Michigan for over two decades and is now a married mother of a daughter.



WTA Rankings

2006: #120 (last year. Never announced official retirement)
2005: #55 (Won Quebec; ITF Houston)
2004: #26 (Won Hobart)
2003: #61 (RU Hobart)
2002: #39 (ITF Fresno
2001: #48
2000: #20 (RU Japan Open)
1999: #19 (Won Japan Open)
1998: #42 (Won ITF Mahwah)
1997: #37 (RU Japan Open)
1996: #29 (RU Japan Open)
1995: #18 (Won Japan Open. QF at US Open, where she upset Mary Pierce. Career high of #13)
1994: #16 (Won Los Angeles where she upset Gabriella Sabatii; an RU Japan Open)
1993: #39 (ranking dropped due to having a svere flu for 6 months)
1992: #19 (Won Lucerne, QF Aussie and qualified for YEC)
1991: #28 (last 16 at Aussie and Wimbledon)
1990: #16 (Won Oklahoma, RU Tokyo (upset Monica Seles)
1989: #33 (upset Pam Shriver in Los Angeles)
1988: #55 (Won Kansas City)
1987: #202 (Won USTA of Kona)
1986: #331


1995 US Open quarterfinal vs Steffi Graf


Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amy_Frazier
http://www.asapsports.com/show_player.php?id=12638
https://www.tennisforum.com/12-general-messages/1040873-amy-frazier-wins-usta-national-40-hard-court-championships.html

2000 World of Tennis, pages378-379
 

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AMANMURADOVA, AKGUL Akgul Charievna Amanmuradova (Uzbek: Оқгул Омонмуродова)
Uzbekistan
Born 23 June 1984 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Height: 6' 3" (1.90m)
Played: righthanded woth two-handed backhand
[Active 2000-present ]

Made top 100 4 years and in main draws in slams from 2006-2011. Since then stuck on ITF tour. Twice a finalist in her hometown of Tashkent. Defeated world top tenner Jelena Jankovic in 2009.

One of the tallesst women on tour, she is hampered by a lack of foot speed.


Currently without a coach ... Father, Chari, is a builder; mother, Saadat, is a high school music teacher; brother, Shokhrat, is a student; born and raised in Tashkent ... Began playing at age 10 when grandmother took her to local club ... As a child, also liked basketball (was asked to play on national junior team but declined) ... As a teenager, was part of the East Asia Grand Slam Development Fund through the ITF as well as the Tashkent State Fund; at age 18 was invited to be a member of the national tennis team; it was then she decided to make a career out of tennis ... Idolized Pete Sampras and Michael Jordan when growing up ... Works on improving her movement, which she classes as a weakness ... Best memories are winning 2005 Asian Tennis Championships, her first ITF title in India and her first WTA final at Tashkent ... Enjoys reading, surfing internet, playing basketball, watching soccer ... Studied International Tourism at Tashkent State University of Economics ... Collects giraffes (stuffed animals, wooden).

Career highlights:

SINGLES

Won 10 ITF titles
Finalist (2): 2009 - Tashkent; 2005 - Tashkent.
Highest ranking: # 50 on 26 May 2008

DOUBLES


Winner (3): 2012 - Seoul (w/King); 2011 - Strasbourg (w/Chuang); 2009 - Eastbourne (w/Sugiyama) Won 14 ITF titles

Finalist (1): 2013 - Pattaya City (w/Panova).
Highest ranking: #36 on 18 January 2010.

WTA Rankings Inside the Top 100

2010: #69
2009: #85
2008: #81
2007: #95




Sources:

2009 Official Guide to Professional Tennis. (page 63)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akgul_Amanmuradova

https://www.wtatennis.com/players/player/10362/title/Akgul-Amanmuradova
 
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