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Belinda Jane Cordwell (born 21 September 1965) is a sports commentator and a former professional tennis player from New Zealand, who represented her native country at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. There she lost in the first round of the women's singles competition to Great Britain's Sara Gomer.

Belinda Cordwell
Country (sports) New Zealand
ResidenceWairarapa, New Zealand
Born (1965-09-21) 21 September 1965 (age 54)
Wellington, New Zealand
Turned pro19 July 1982
Retired23 September 1991
PlaysLeft-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$ 310,585
Singles
Career record157–120
Career titles1 WTA, 5 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 17 (4 December 1989)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenSF (1989)
French Open1R (1986)
Wimbledon3R (1987, 1988)
US Open3R (1985)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games1R (1988)
Doubles
Career record122–99
Career titles2 WTA, 12 ITF
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (1987, 1989)
French Open1R (1986)
Wimbledon3R (1987)
US Open2R (1987, 1988, 1990)

BiographyEdit

During her career Cordwell won one WTA singles title (at Singapore) and two WTA doubles titles (at Singapore & Tokyo). Cordwell reached her highest individual ranking on the WTA Tour on 4 December 1989, when she became No. 17 ranked in the world. Her most notable result was reaching the semifinals of the Australian Open in 1989, where she lost to Helena Suková. After retiring Cordwell has worked as a television tennis commentator for One Sport and Sky Sport.

Career finalsEdit

Singles (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit

Result No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1. February 1989 Auckland, New Zealand Hard   Patty Fendick 2–6, 0–6
Win 1. April 1989 Singapore, Singapore Hard   Akiko Kijimuta 6–1, 6–0

Doubles (2 titles, 3 runner-ups)Edit

Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1. October 1985 Tokyo, Japan Hard   Julie Richardson   Laura Gildemeister
  Beth Herr
6–4, 6–4
Loss 2. February 1988 Wellington, New Zealand Hard   Julie Richardson   Patty Fendick
  Jill Hetherington
3–6, 3–6
Loss 3. April 1988 Taipei, Taiwan Carpet (i)   Julie Richardson   Patty Fendick
  Ann Henricksson
2–6, 6–2, 2–6
Loss 4. June 1988 Eastbourne, England Grass   Dinky Van Rensburg   Eva Pfaff
  Elizabeth Smylie
4–6, 6–7
Win 5. April 1989 Singapore, Singapore Hard   Elizabeth Smylie   Ann Henricksson
  Beth Herr
6–7(6–8), 6–2, 6–1

ITF FinalsEdit

Singles finals: (5–1)Edit

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Location Surface Opponent in final Score
Winner 1. 10 October 1983 Newcastle, Australia Grass   Dee-Ann Hansel 6–1, 6–2
Winner 2. 25 February 1985 Tasmania, Australia Hard   Rebecca Bryant 4–6, 6–3, 7–6
Runner–up 3. 11 March 1985 Adelaide, Australia Hard   Louise Field 3–6, 1–6
Winner 4. 29 April 1985 Canberra, Australia Grass   Rebecca Bryant 6–2, 4–6, 6–4
Winner 5. 16 March 1987 Canberra, Australia Hard   Amy Jönsson Raaholt 6–3, 6–2
Winner 6. 30 March 1987 Adelaide, Australia Hard   Louise Field 6–0, 4–6, 6–4

Doubles finals: (12–5)Edit

Outcome No. Date Location Surface Partnering Opponent in final Score
Winner 1. 28 May 1984 Flemington, United States Hard   Julie Richardson   Beverly Bowes
  Becky Callan
6–0, 6–1
Winner 2. 25 June 1984 Chatham, United States Hard   Julie Richardson   Rebecca Bryant
  Aschara Maranon
6–2, 6–0
Runner–up 3. 2 July 1984 Detroit, United States Hard   Rebecca Bryant   Patty Fendick
  Linda Howell
4–6, 6–7
Winner 4. 9 July 1984 West Palm Beach, United States Clay   Julie Richardson   Patty Fendick
  Linda Howell
7–6, 6–7, 6–3
Winner 5. 30 July 1984 Delray Beach, United States Hard   Julie Richardson   Linda Gates
  Cynthia MacGregor
7–5, 6–0
Runner–up 6. 8 October 1984 Wyong, Australia Grass   Colleen Carney   Stina Almgren
  Helen Olsson
5–7, 5–7
Winner 7. 15 October 1984 Newcastle, United States Grass   Julie Richardson   Amanda Tobin
  Annette Gulley
6–3, 6–2
Winner 8. 22 October 1984 Sydney, Australia Clay   Julie Richardson   Jackie Masters
  Michele Parun
6–0, 6–2
Runner–up 9. 22 October 1984 Sydney, Australia Grass   Julie Richardson   Diane Farrell
  Annette Gulley
3–6, 3–6
Winner 10. 11 March 1985 Adelaide, Australia Hard   Julie Richardson   Louise Field
  Janine Thompson
6–2, 2–6, 6–2
Runner–up 11. 30 September 1985 Chiba, Japan Hard   Julie Richardson   Niege Dias
  Patricia Medrado
6–4, 4–6, 4–6
Winner 12. 6 October 1986 Chiba, Japan Hard   Michelle Jaggard-Lai   Kumiko Okamoto
  Naoko Sato
6–2, 7–6(3)
Runner–up 13. 3 November 1986 Matsuyama, Japan Hard   Wendy Wood   Yayuk Basuki
  Suzanna Wibowo
6–0, 4–6, 2–6
Winner 14. 23 March 1987 Melbourne, Australia Hard   Louise Field   Colleen Carney
  Anna-Karin Olsson
6–2, 3–6, 6–3
Winner 15. 30 March 1987 Adelaide, Australia Hard   Louise Field   Colleen Carney
  Alison Scott
6–1, 1–6, 6–4
Winner 16. 8 August 1988 York, United States Hard   Kristine Kunce   Allyson Ingram
  Jennifer Young
6–3, 6–1
Winner 17. 25 September 1989 Chiba, Japan Hard   Julie Richardson   Ei Iida
  Maya Kidowaki
6–7, 4–6

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