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Betty Stöve

Betty Stöve
Betty Stove in 1966
ITF name Betty Stove
Country (sports)  Netherlands
Residence Brasschaat, Belgium
Born (1945-06-24) 24 June 1945
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Plays Right-handed
Prize money US$ 1,047,356
Singles
Career record 190–151
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 5 (3 July 1977)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (1967, 1980)
French Open 3R (1965, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1979)
Wimbledon F (1977)
US Open SF (1977)
Doubles
Career titles 75
Highest ranking No. 1
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open SF (1967)
French Open W (1972, 1979)
Wimbledon W (1972)
US Open W (1972, 1977, 1979)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour Finals W (1979)
Mixed doubles
Career titles 4
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open
French Open F (1973, 1981)
Wimbledon W (1978, 1981)
US Open W (1977, 1978)
Last updated on: 18 September 2009.

Betty Stöve (born 24 June 1945) is a Dutch former professional tennis player. She is best remembered for reaching the ladies' singles final at Wimbledon in 1977. She also won ten Grand Slam titles in women's doubles and mixed doubles.[1]

Contents

  • Career 1
  • Post-retirement activity 2
  • Major finals 3
    • Grand Slam finals 3.1
      • Singles: 1 (0 titles, 1 runner-up) 3.1.1
      • Women's doubles: 14 (6 titles, 8 runner-ups) 3.1.2
      • Mixed doubles: 13 (4 titles, 9 runner-ups) 3.1.3
    • Year-End Championships finals 3.2
      • Doubles: 3 (1 title, 2 runner-ups) 3.2.1
  • Titles (75) 4
    • Singles (1) 4.1
    • Doubles (75) 4.2
  • Grand Slam singles tournament timeline 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Career

Stove began playing tennis internationally in the mid-1960s. She made her Grand Slam debut at the 1964 Wimbledon. A virus, complicated by a malfunctioning thyroid gland, forced Stöve out of tennis for an 18-month period in the late 1960s. Despite being advised that she should never play tennis again, Stöve recovered to have her best years on the circuit.[1]

Stöve's most notable singles match was the 1977 Wimbledon final, which she lost to Virginia Wade: 4–6, 6–3, 6–1. Queen Elizabeth II attended the final against Wade.

Stöve was also a semifinalist at the 1977 US Open, losing to Chris Evert. She also found success in the 1977 US Open by winning the women's doubles with Martina Navrátilová and the mixed doubles with Frew McMillan.

Stöve had her greatest success in doubles. She won ten Grand Slam doubles championships, six in women's doubles and four in mixed doubles. She won two women's doubles championships with Billie Jean King and two with Wendy Turnbull. Her other two titles were won with Françoise Dürr and Martina Navrátilová. All of her mixed doubles championships were with Frew McMillan. Stöve was the runner-up in seventeen Grand Slam doubles tournaments, eight in women's doubles and nine in mixed doubles.

During her career, Stöve won one singles title and 75 doubles titles. She reached a career-high singles rank of World No. 5 in 1977. She was also ranked World No. 1 in doubles.

Stöve competed in and lost all three finals at Wimbledon in 1977, failing to win any of them; the last player in any Grand Slam event to earn such a record.

She competed for the Netherlands Fed Cup team in 1966, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, and 1983.

The Dutch rock band Bettie Serveert is named after her book "Bettie Serveert", meaning "Bettie serves" or "service to Bettie" in Dutch.[2]

Post-retirement activity

Stöve coached Hana Mandlíková from 1980 through 1990. She also coached Kristie Boogert.[1]

Stöve is a former member of the ITF Committee of Management, its first female member.[1]

She received the WTA Tour Honorary Membership Award in November 1987. She served three terms as President of WTA Tour Players Association.

In 1989, Stöve and Mandlíková wrote Total Tennis, a tennis instruction book.[3] Stöve speaks six languages and is an accomplished photographer.[1]

Major finals

Betty Stove in 1972
Betty Stove in 1973

Grand Slam finals

Singles: 1 (0 titles, 1 runner-up)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1977 Wimbledon Grass Virginia Wade 4–6, 6–3, 6–1

Women's doubles: 14 (6 titles, 8 runner-ups)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner 1972 French Open Clay Billie Jean King Winnie Shaw
Nell Truman
6–1, 6–2
Winner 1972 Wimbledon Grass Billie Jean King Françoise Dürr
Judy Tegart Dalton
6–2, 4–6, 6–3
Winner 1972 US Open Grass Françoise Dürr Margaret Court
Virginia Wade
6–3, 1–6, 6–3
Runner-up 1973 French Open Clay Françoise Dürr Margaret Court
Virginia Wade
6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 1973 Wimbledon Grass Françoise Dürr Rosie Casals
Billie Jean King
6–1, 4–6, 7–5
Runner-up 1974 US Open Grass Françoise Dürr Rosie Casals
Billie Jean King
7–6, 6–7, 6–4
Runner-up 1975 Wimbledon Grass Françoise Dürr Ann Kiyomura
Kazuko Sawamatsu
7–5, 1–6, 7–5
Runner-up 1976 Wimbledon Grass Billie Jean King Chris Evert
Martina Navratilova
6–1, 3–6, 7–5
Runner-up 1977 Wimbledon Grass Martina Navratilova Helen Gourlay
JoAnne Russell
6–3, 6–3
Winner 1977 US Open (2) Clay Martina Navratilova Renée Richards
Betty-Ann Stuart
6–1, 7–6
Winner 1979 French Open (2) Clay Wendy Turnbull Françoise Dürr
Virginia Wade
3–6, 7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 1979 Wimbledon Grass Wendy Turnbull Billie Jean King
Martina Navratilova
5–7, 6–3, 6–2
Winner 1979 US Open (3) Hard Wendy Turnbull Billie Jean King
Martina Navratilova
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 1980 US Open Hard Pam Shriver Billie Jean King
Martina Navratilova
7–6, 7–5

Mixed doubles: 13 (4 titles, 9 runner-ups)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1971 US Open Grass Bob Maud Billie Jean King
Owen Davidson
6–3, 7–5
Runner-up 1973 French Open Clay Patrice Dominguez Françoise Dürr
Jean-Claude Barclay
6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 1975 Wimbledon Grass Allan Stone Margaret Court
Marty Riessen
6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 1976 US Open Clay Frew McMillan Billie Jean King
Phil Dent
3–6, 6–2, 7–5
Runner-up 1977 Wimbledon Grass Frew McMillan Greer Stevens
Bob Hewitt
3–6, 7–5, 6–4
Winner 1977 US Open Clay Frew McMillan Billie Jean King
Vitas Gerulaitis
6–2, 3–6, 6–3
Winner 1978 Wimbledon Grass Frew McMillan Billie Jean King
Ray Ruffels
6–2, 6–2
Winner 1978 US Open (2) Hard Frew McMillan Billie Jean King
Ray Ruffels
6–3, 7–6
Runner-up 1979 Wimbledon Grass Frew McMillan Greer Stevens
Bob Hewitt
7–5, 7–6
Runner-up 1979 US Open Hard Frew McMillan Greer Stevens
Bob Hewitt
6–3, 7–5
Runner-up 1980 US Open Hard Frew McMillan Wendy Turnbull
Marty Riessen
7–5, 6–2
Runner-up 1981 French Open Clay Fred McNair Andrea Jaeger
Jimmy Arias
7–6, 6–4
Winner 1981 Wimbledon (2) Grass Frew McMillan Tracy Austin
John Austin
4–6, 7–6, 6–3

Year-End Championships finals

Doubles: 3 (1 title, 2 runner-ups)

Outcome Year Location Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1973 New York City Carpet (i) Françoise Dürr Rosie Casals
Margaret Court
6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 1974 Los Angeles Carpet (i) Françoise Dürr Rosie Casals
Billie Jean King
6–1, 6–7, 7–5
Winner 1979 New York City Carpet (i) Françoise Dürr Sue Barker
Ann Kiyomura
7–6, 7–6

Titles (75)

Singles (1)

No. Date Location Surface Opponent in Final Score in Final
1. 27 September 1976 Tokyo, Japan (Sillook Open) Hard (I) Margaret Court 1–6, 6–4, 6–3

Doubles (75)

Grand slam events in boldface.

Grand Slam singles tournament timeline

Tournament 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 Career SR
Australia A A A 3R A A A A A A A A A A A A A 3R 2R 2R 0 / 4
France A 3R A 2R A A 1R 3R 3R 3R A A A A A 3R 2R 1R 2R 0 / 10
Wimbledon 2R 1R 3R 2R A 2R 2R 2R 4R 1R 1R QF 4R F 4R 4R 3R 2R A 0 / 17
United States 1R A A A A A A 1R 3R 2R 2R 2R 1R SF 4R 2R 1R 1R 1R 0 / 13
SR 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 44
Career statistics
Year End Ranking 22 7 7 8 22 28 123 47

A = did not participate in the tournament.

SR = the ratio of the number of Grand Slam singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played.

Note: The Australian Open was held twice in 1977, in January and December.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e Betty Stove Biography. wtatennis.com
  2. ^ Bettie Serveert website, Musician Guide, accessed 28 March 2011
  3. ^ Hana Mandlíková; Betty Stove (January 1989). Total Tennis: A Guide to the Fundamentals of the Game. Simon & Schuster.  

External links

Awards
Preceded by
Keetie van Oosten
Dutch Sportswoman of the Year
1977
Succeeded by
Keetie van Oosten
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