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Virgina Wade
Sue Barker
Jo Durie
Anne Hobbs
Annabel Croft


and many more!
 

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I like Sue Barker as a commentator and host in BBC, I knew nothing about her tennis apart from the fact that she won French Open as the top seed and have wins over all top player and almost beat out Martina in the quarters in Wimbledon (the year when Virginia Wade made her wimbedon win).

But anyway nice to see all those girls made their mark as a commentator
 

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Sue also got to the final of the virgina slims championships were she lost to Chrissie Evert and was a semi finalist in wimbledon loosing to Betty Stova in three sets!:sad: It would have been great having an all British final!
 

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British Babes....

Sarah Loosemore..... saw her when she first became pro and looked to have some promise. Disappeared!!!!

Sarah Gomer... sorry, but I can only credit her with using an unusual raquet called the Mad Raq. Strings were pulled diagnol, not up and down and left/right. Sarah seemed to cop a blasting from the British press. Got more publicity out of John Lloyd calling her fat, than any of her wins.

Monique Javer - USA come Brit, by virtue of her mother?? Her nervousness in a Fed Cup match was apparently dispelled by trying to imagine all the spectators being naked!!! Seemed a bit of a character, I remember her half laughing half crying over losing a match against Arantxa whilst leading 64 41, pts for 51.

Another ex-pat Rubanova, Olga Morozovas daughter who moved to England, never made a mark on the tour. Wasn't she up to it??? Or had other interests???

Anne Hobbs was pretty cool. Playing with Wendy Turnbull in doubles they were called Hobbitt and Rabbit.

Anabel Croft - probably better on the TV screen than the tennis court!

Jo Durie - said she could beat Martina during Martinas hey days, and copped a blasting from fellow tour players. They met a few days later in the Aus Open and Jo nearlly lived up to her boast losing 46 63 64. Her first set was desribed as one of the best seen in a match at Kooyong.
 

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Valda Lake still posts here but it isn't THE Valda Lake.
Sarah Loosemore looked like a potential top 50 back in the late '80s especially when she made a WTA tour final and lost a tough three setter to Naoko Sawamatsu. Sarah also took out the seeded Barbara Paulus at Wimbledon. She lost her way and interest which was a shame.
Sam Smith also never fulfilled her full potential except for 1 great grass court season.
Other big British disappointments who never made the top 100 despite looking like possible hopefuls were Shirli-Ann Siddall, Sarah Bentley and Colette Hall.
Annabel was a huge disappointment as a senior. She had won junior grand slams and was consistently better than Tauziat in juniors but Annabel was such a wimp in the seniors.
 

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I always loved Sue Barker. She had the most amazing and feared forehand, pre-Steffi Graf. I think she used a western grip and it looked strange, but she could blast winners from anywhere. She had a wonderful 1977 season (no# 4 for the year) and then...nothing.

She did beat Chris Evert in 1979, but it was a month or so before Chrissie's wedding and she was losing to everyone.
 

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Valda Lake still posts here but it isn't THE Valda Lake.
I knew she posted here before, but yeah I didn't know she was a tennis player until I was looking through my old tennis books/magazines and saw her name. And I was shocked. I assume she's retired now.

Anyone remember Claire Wood?
 

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I remember Clare Wood. She was a tryer with little natural ability but to her credit she did make the top 100 somehow! What we'd give for that now.
Clare is most famous for two hugely embarrassing losses. The first was in the Wightman Cup when a 13 year old Jennifer Capriati making her debut in a senior event drubbed her 6-0 6-0. At the time the talk was of it being the only rubber that GB could win in the match. How wrong we were. The other match was Clare's farewell Wimbledon. As she was retiring the committee in their wisdom put her on Centre Court for her match with Sanchez Vicario which she also lost 6-0 6-0. Not the kind of goodbye she was hoping for. In Clare's defence I did see her produce one quality performance in the second round of Tokyo one year when she lost 6-3 6-4 to Graf so she obviously could play well at times.
 

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Mirjanafan, sadly yes Clare will be remembered for those heavy losses. That's what I thought at first too. I didn't like her that much, but I thought she had potential. Plus it's not nice to be remembered by the heavy losses I suppose.
 

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I just finished reading "Our Ginny"s book Courting Triumph written a year or so after she won Wimby.

It wasn't that great a read and she didn't dish too much about the other players.

I do think that Ginny is the greatest Brit player since WWII and maybe since WWI.

She won the Aus. Italian, Wimbledon, U.S.

Compare that to her chief post WWII rivals, Ann Jones and Angela Mortimer

Jones won 2 RG and 1 Wimby. (Though she made a lot more GS finals than Ginny did. I think that Ginny won all of the GS finals she was ever in)

Mortimer won RG, AUS, and Wimby and I think made a couple of other finals.

Ginny easily had the most talent of the three as Ann and Angela were more of the "worker bee" types.

I always think of Barker and Christine Truman in the same light. Both had a lot of expectations, but neither fulfilled their promise (though Christine was around the top a lot longer than Sue). Both won 1 GS, (RG for each) and both had seemingly one great shot at winning Wimby-Barker in '77 in a semifinal match she should've won over Stove and Truman was up a set and a break in the final of '61 against Mortimer. Christine actually reached the semis of Wimby a couple of times (the first as a 16 year old) and I believe made the final of the U.S once as well. Sue had her two great years '76-'77 and then disappeared for awhile before having a minor resurgence in '81 winning Brighton over then No. 2 and recent U.S. Open Champ Austin.

The only other Brit girl that I can think of who won a GS aside from these girls was Shirley Bloomer who won RG at some point in the '50's. Don't think there were many others.

Just my thoughts on the Brit Babes!
 

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Thanx for sharing i forgot that i started this thread!
 
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