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Barbara Potter (born October 22, 1961) is a former tennis player from the United States, who competed professionally on the WTA Tour between 1978 and 1989, winning six singles titles and 19 doubles titles. Her highest singles ranking was No. 7 in December 1982.

Barbara Potter
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceHarlem, Georgia, USA
Born (1961-10-22) October 22, 1961 (age 57)
Waterbury, Connecticut, U.S.
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro1978
Retired1989
PlaysLeft-handed
Prize moneyUS$ 1,313,808
Singles
Career record320–191
Career titles6
Highest rankingNo. 7 (December 6, 1982)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQF (1984)
French Open1R (1985)
WimbledonQF (1982, 1983, 1985)
US OpenSF (1981)
Doubles
Career record200–74
Career titles19
Highest rankingNo. 3
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenSF (1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1988)
WimbledonSF (1983, 1984)
US OpenF (1982)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
US OpenF (1982, 1983)

Contents

CareerEdit

Potter started playing tennis when she was eight years old.[1] After graduating from Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut in 1978 Potter elected to turn professional instead of accepting an offer of admission at Princeton.[1][2][3][4] A left-hander, she reached the semifinals at the U.S. Open in 1981[4] as well as the quarterfinals at the Australian Open in 1984, and Wimbledon in 1982, 1983 and 1985. At the WTA Tour Championships, she reached the semifinals in singles in 1984 and was a runner-up in doubles with Sharon Walsh in 1981.

Potter reached a career high ranking of No. 7 in 1982 and that year won the singles titles at the Avon Championships of Cincinnati and the US Indoor Championships.[4][3] She also played in three Grand Slam doubles finals, the 1982 US Open women's doubles with Sharon Walsh as well as the 1982 and 1983 US Open mixed doubles with Ferdi Taygan.

In 1986, Potter suffered two herniated disks in her back at a tournament in England and was forced off the tour several times. After a grueling exercise and fitness program, she successfully returned to the tour.

She was a member of the 1982 and 1984 U.S. Wightman Cup teams and the 1988 United States Fed Cup team. In 1989, she re-aggravated a persistent back condition at the beginning season when she was involved in an automobile accident. She retired in November 1989 due to deteriorating hip cartilage.

Potter currently resides in Harlem, Georgia.

Major finalsEdit

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Women's doubles (1 runner–up)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1982 US Open Hard   Sharon Walsh   Kathy Jordan
  Anne Smith
6–4, 6–4

Mixed doubles (2 runners-up)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1982 US Open Hard   Ferdi Taygan   Anne Smith
  Kevin Curren
6–7(4–7), 7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–5)
Runner-up 1983 US Open Hard   Ferdi Taygan   Elizabeth Sayers
  John Fitzgerald
3–6, 6–3, 6–4

Year-End Championships finalsEdit

Doubles: (1 runner–up)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1981 New York City Carpet (i)   Sharon Walsh   Martina Navrátilová
  Pam Shriver
6–0, 7–6(8–6)

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles: 14 (6–8)Edit

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I (0–0)
Tier II (0–0)
Tier III (1–0)
Tier IV (0–1)
Tier V (0–1)
Virginia Slims, Avon, Other (5–6)
Titles by surface
Hard (2–2)
Grass (0–1)
Clay (0–0)
Carpet (4–5)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. January 29, 1979 Toronto Carpet (i)   Bettina Bunge 6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 1. January 14, 1980 Las Vegas Hard (i)   Andrea Jaeger 6–7, 6–4, 1–6
Runner-up 2. February 23, 1981 Seattle Carpet (i)   Sylvia Hanika 2–6, 4–6
Winner 2. January 11, 1982 Cincinnati Carpet (i)   Bettina Bunge 6–2, 7–6(7–3)
Runner-up 3. February 8, 1982 Kansas City Carpet (i)   Martina Navratilova 2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 4. September 13, 1982 Tokyo Carpet (i)   Bettina Bunge 6–7(4–7), 2–6
Winner 3. September 27, 1982 Philadelphia Carpet (i)   Pam Shriver 6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 5. February 6, 1984 Chicago Carpet (i)   Pam Shriver 6–7(4–7), 6–2, 3–6
Winner 4. August 19, 1985 Monticello Hard   Helen Kelesi 4–6, 6–3, 6–2
Winner 5. February 2, 1987 Wichita Carpet (i)   Larisa Savchenko 7–6(8–6), 7–6(7–5)
Runner-up 6. March 23, 1987 Washington Carpet (i)   Hana Mandlíková 4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 7. July 11, 1988 Newport Grass   Lori McNeil 4–6, 6–4, 3–6
Winner 6. August 1, 1988 Cincinnati Hard   Helen Kelesi 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 8. February 20, 1989 Wichita Hard (i)   Amy Frazier 6–4, 4–6, 0–6

Doubles: 41 (19–22)Edit

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–1)
WTA Tour Championships (0–1)
Tier I (0–0)
Tier II (0–0)
Tier III (0–0)
Tier IV (1–0)
Tier V (0–0)
Virginia Slims, Avon, Other (18–20)
Titles by surface
Hard (3–5)
Grass (3–0)
Clay (1–1)
Carpet (12–16)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. August 21, 1978 Mahwah Hard   Pam Whytcross   Ilana Kloss
  Marise Kruger
3–6, 4–6
Winner 1. January 14, 1980 Las Vegas Hard (i)   Kay McDaniel   Diane Desfor
  Barbara Jordan
4–5, 7–6, 6–4
Winner 2. September 22, 1980 Atlanta Carpet (i)   Sharon Walsh   Kathy Jordan
  Anne Smith
6–3, 6–1
Winner 3. December 15, 1980 Tucson Carpet (i)   Leslie Allen   Mary-Lou Piatek
  Wendy White
7–6, 6–0
Winner 4. January 12, 1981 Kansas City Carpet (i)   Sharon Walsh   Rosie Casals
  Wendy Turnbull
6–2, 7–6(4)
Runner-up 2. January 26, 1981 Chicago Carpet (i)   Sharon Walsh   Martina Navrátilová
  Pam Shriver
3–6, 4–6
Winner 5. March 16, 1981 Boston Carpet (Ii)   Sharon Walsh   JoAnne Russell
  Virginia Ruzici
6–7, 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 3. March 25, 1981 Avon Championships Carpet (i)   Sharon Walsh   Martina Navrátilová
  Pam Shriver
0–6, 6–7(6)
Runner-up 4. May 4, 1981 Tokyo Carpet (i)   Sharon Walsh   Sue Barker
  Ann Kiyomura
5–7, 2–6
Winner 6. October 19, 1981 Brighton Carpet (i)   Anne Smith   Mima Jaušovec
  Pam Shriver
6–7, 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 5. October 26, 1981 Filderstadt Carpet (i)   Anne Smith   Mima Jaušovec
  Martina Navrátilová
4–6, 1–6
Winner 7. November 16, 1981 Perth Grass   Sharon Walsh   Betsy Nagelsen
  Candy Reynolds
6–4, 6–2
Winner 8. February 8, 1982 Kansas City Carpet (i)   Sharon Walsh   Mary-Lou Piatek
  Anne Smith
4–6, 6–2, 6–2
Winner 9. February 22, 1982 Oakland Carpet (i)   Sharon Walsh   Kathy Jordan
  Pam Shriver
6–1, 3–6, 7–6(5)
Runner-up 6. March 1, 1982 Los Angeles Carpet (i)   Sharon Walsh   Kathy Jordan
  Anne Smith
3–6, 5–7
Runner-up 7. April 19, 1982 Amelia Island Clay   Sharon Walsh   Leslie Allen
  Mima Jaušovec
1–6, 5–7
Runner-up 8. August 16, 1982 Montreal Hard   Sharon Walsh   Martina Navratilova
  Candy Reynolds
4–6, 4–6
Winner 10. August 23, 1982 Mahwah Hard   Sharon Walsh   Rosie Casals
  Wendy Turnbull
6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 9. August 30, 1982 US Open Hard   Sharon Walsh   Rosie Casals
  Wendy Turnbull
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 10. September 27, 1982 Philadelphia Carpet (i)   Sharon Walsh   Rosie Casals
  Wendy Turnbull
6–3, 6–7(5), 4–6
Winner 11. October 4, 1982 Deerfield Beach Hard   Sharon Walsh   Rosie Casals
  Wendy Turnbull
7–6(5), 7–6(3)
Runner-up 11. October 25, 1982 Brighton Carpet (i)   Sharon Walsh   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
6–2, 5–7, 4–6
Runner-up 12. January 10, 1983 Houston Carpet (i)   Jo Durie   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
4–6, 3–6
Winner 12. January 30, 1983 Palm Beach Garden Clay   Sharon Walsh   Kathy Jordan
  Paula Smith
6–4, 4–6, 6–2
Winner 13. July 11, 1983 Newport Grass   Sharon Walsh   Barbara Jordan
  Elizabeth Sayers
6–3, 6–1
Runner-up 13. September 19, 1983 Richmond Carpet (i)   Kathy Jordan   Rosalyn Fairbank
  Candy Reynolds
7–6(3), 2–6, 1–6
Runner-up 14. September 26, 1983 Hartford Carpet (i)   Kathy Jordan   Billie Jean King
  Sharon Walsh
6–3, 3–6, 4–6
Winner 14. October 2, 1983 Detroit Carpet (i)   Kathy Jordan   Rosie Casals
  Wendy Turnbull
6–4, 6–1
Winner 15. January 2, 1984 Washington Carpet (i)   Sharon Walsh   Leslie Allen
  Anne White
6–1, 6–7(7), 6–2
Runner-up 15. January 30, 1984 Houston Carpet (i)   Sharon Walsh   Mima Jaušovec
  Anne White
4–6, 6–3, 6–7(4)
Runner-up 16. February 6, 1984 Chicago Carpet (i)   Pam Shriver   Billie Jean King
  Sharon Walsh
7–5, 3–6, 3–6
Winner 16. March 26, 1984 Boston Carpet (i)   Sharon Walsh   Andrea Leand
  Mary-Lou Piatek
7–6(4), 6–0
Runner-up 17. September 17, 1984 Fort Lauderdale Hard   Sharon Walsh   Martina Navratilova
  Elizabeth Sayers
6–2, 2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 18. October 22, 1984 Brighton Carpet (i)   Sharon Walsh   Alycia Moulton
  Paula Smith
7–6, 3–6, 5–7
Winner 17. March 11, 1985 Dallas Carpet (i)   Sharon Walsh   Marcella Mesker
  Pascale Paradis
5–7, 6–4, 7–6(4)
Runner-up 19. May 6, 1985 Sydney Carpet (i)   Sharon Walsh   Pam Shriver
  Elizabeth Smylie
5–7, 5–7
Runner-up 20. October 21, 1985 Brighton Carpet (i)   Helena Suková   Lori McNeil
  Catherine Suire
6–4, 6–7(3), 4–6
Runner-up 21. January 27, 1986 Key Biscayne Hard   Betsy Nagelsen   Kathy Jordan
  Elizabeth Smylie
6–7(5), 6–2, 2–6
Winner 18. March 28, 1986 Nashville Carpet (i)   Pam Shriver   Kathy Jordan
  Elizabeth Smylie
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 22. February 2, 1987 Wichita Carpet (i)   Wendy White   Svetlana Parkhomenko
  Larisa Savchenko
2–6, 4–6
Winner 19. July 11, 1988 Newport Grass   Rosalyn Fairbank   Gigi Fernández
  Lori McNeil
6–4, 6–3

Grand Slam performance timelineEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)

SinglesEdit

Tournament 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 Career SR
Australian Open A A A 2R 3R 3R QF 2R NH A 4R 1R 0 / 7
French Open A A A A A A A 1R A A A A 0 / 1
Wimbledon 2R 1R 3R 4R QF QF 4R QF A 2R 4R A 0 / 10
U.S. Open 2R 3R 3R SF 2R 2R 4R 2R A 1R 4R A 0 / 10
SR 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 0 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 1 0 / 28
Year End Ranking 62 47 25 10 8 25 12 17 26 12 10 105

DoublesEdit

Tournament 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 Career SR
Australian Open A A A QF SF SF SF SF NH A SF 1R 0 / 7
French Open A A A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0
Wimbledon 2R 2R 1R QF 2R SF SF QF A A 2R 2R 0 / 10
U.S. Open A A A 1R F A QF QF A 2R 1R A 0 / 6
SR 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 23
Year End Ranking 3 9 25 26 51 356

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Thomas Rogers (March 25, 1981). "Miss Potter making a bid in title tennis". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Charles Friedman (March 21, 1982). "At 20, tennis star seeks to advance". The New York Times.
  3. ^ a b "Barbara Potter is facing the wall of the Charles..." UPI. March 31, 1984.
  4. ^ a b c Sarah Pileggi (March 8, 1982). "Young and old, wise and goofy". Sports Illustrated. Vol. 56 no. 10. pp. 36–39.

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