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

Betty Stöve
Betty Stove 1966.jpg
Betty Stöve in 1966
Full nameBetty Flippina Stöve
ITF nameBetty Stove
Country (sports) Netherlands
ResidenceBrasschaat, Belgium
Born (1945-06-24) 24 June 1945 (age 74)
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
PlaysRight-handed
Prize moneyUS$1,047,356
Singles
Career record190–151
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 5 (3 July 1977)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (1967, 1980)
French Open3R (1965, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1979)
WimbledonF (1977)
US OpenSF (1977)
Doubles
Career record0–1
Career titles75
Highest rankingNo. 1
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenSF (1967)
French OpenW (1972, 1979)
WimbledonW (1972)
US OpenW (1972, 1977, 1979)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour FinalsW (1979)
Mixed doubles
Career titles4
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open
French OpenF (1973, 1981)
WimbledonW (1978, 1981)
US OpenW (1977, 1978)

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CareerEdit

Stöve 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 Navratilova 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 Navratilova. 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 activityEdit

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 finalsEdit

 
Betty Stöve in 1972
 
Betty Stöve in 1973

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Singles (1 runner-up)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1977 Wimbledon Grass   Virginia Wade 6–4, 3–6, 1–6

Doubles: 14 (6 titles, 8 runner-ups)Edit

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

Mixed doubles: 13 (4 titles, 9 runners-up)Edit

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

Year-End Championships finalsEdit

Doubles: 3 (1 title, 2 runners-up)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1973 New York City Carpet (i)   Françoise Dürr   Rosie Casals
  Margaret Court
2–6, 4–6
Loss 1974 Los Angeles Carpet (i)   Françoise Dürr   Rosie Casals
  Billie Jean King
1–6, 7–6, 5–7
Win 1979 New York City Carpet (i)   Françoise Dürr   Sue Barker
  Ann Kiyomura
7–6, 7–6

Titles (75)Edit

Singles (1)Edit

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

Doubles (75)Edit

Grand slam events in boldface.

Grand Slam singles tournament 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)
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

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

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e Betty Stove Biography. wtatennis.com
  2. ^ Musician Guide website, Bettie Serveert, accessed 28 March 2011
  3. ^ Hana Mandlíková; Betty Stove (January 1989). Total Tennis: A Guide to the Fundamentals of the Game. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0-7318-0066-7.

External linksEdit

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