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Bonnie Gadusek (born September 11, 1963) is a retired American professional tennis player.

Bonnie Gadusek
Country (sports) United States
ResidencePunta Gorda, Florida, U.S.[1]
Born (1963-09-11) September 11, 1963 (age 56)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Turned proSeptember 1981
RetiredApril 1987
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$504,238
Singles
Career record169–95
Career titles5
Highest rankingNo. 8 (July 9, 1984)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (1981)
French Open4R (1985)
Wimbledon2R (1985)
US OpenQF (1982, 1986)
Doubles
Career record83–71
Career titles3
Highest rankingNo. 59 (January 5, 1987)

CareerEdit

Gadusek started a career in gymnastics, training for the 1980 Olympics, but fell from uneven parallel bars and landed on her neck, dislocating two vertebrae.[2] While recovering from her injuries, she took up tennis as part of her therapy.[3] She played in her first junior tournament wearing a brace. She was named Junior of the Year in 1980 and Player of the Year in 1981 by the Florida Tennis Association. She won the 1981 French Open girls’ singles championship.

Gadusek played on the WTA Tour from 1981 to 1987. She was named Rookie of the Year in 1982. She won 5 singles and 3 doubles titles before retiring. The right-hander reached her highest career ranking on July 9, 1984, when she became the World No. 8. Her best Grand Slam finishes were two quarterfinals at the US Open, in 1982 and 1986.

Gadusek had career wins over Billie Jean King, Andrea Jaeger, Sue Barker, Hana Mandlíková, Manuela Maleeva, Wendy Turnbull, Gabriela Sabatini, Dianne Fromholtz, Claudia Kohde-Kilsch, Helena Suková, Zina Garrison, Mary Joe Fernandez, Sylvia Hanika, Jo Durie, and Rosie Casals. During her career, she was coached by renowned Australian coach Harry Hopman.

Gadusek was a member of the 1986 Wightman Cup Team. She helped coach the 1987 Wightman Cup Team. She retired with a 169–95 win/loss record.[4][dead link]

WTA Tour finalsEdit

Singles: 10 (5–5)Edit

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Virginia Slims, Avon, Other (5–5)
Titles by Surface
Hard (1–1)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (2–3)
Carpet (2–1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. July 12, 1982 Monte Carlo Clay   Virginia Ruzici 2–6, 6–7(5–7)
Runner-up 2. May 2, 1983 Perugia Clay   Andrea Temesvári 1–6, 0–6
Runner-up 3. November 7, 1983 Deerfield Beach Hard   Chris Evert-Lloyd 0–6, 4–6
Winner 1. January 23, 1984 Marco Island Clay   Kathleen Horvath 3–6, 6–0, 6–4
Runner-up 4. March 12, 1984 Palm Beach Gardens Clay   Chris Evert-Lloyd 0–6, 1–6
Winner 2. January 28, 1985 Marco Island Hard   Pam Casale 6–3, 6–4
Winner 3. May 20, 1985 Lugano Clay   Manuela Maleeva 6–2, 6–2
Winner 4. September 16, 1985 Chicago Carpet (I)   Kathy Rinaldi 6–1, 6–3
Winner 5. October 7, 1985 Indianapolis Carpet (I)   Pam Casale 6–0, 6–3
Runner-up 5. December 9, 1985 Tokyo Carpet (I)   Manuela Maleeva 6–7(2–7), 6–3, 5–7

Doubles: 6 (3–3)Edit

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Virginia Slims (3–3)
Titles by Surface
Hard (1–2)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (1–0)
Carpet (1–1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. October 10, 1983 Tampa Hard   Wendy White   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
0–6, 1–6
Winner 1. November 7, 1983 Deerfield Beach Hard   Wendy White   Pam Casale
  Mary-Lou Piatek
6–1, 3–6, 6–3
Runner-up 2. January 28, 1985 Marco Island Hard   Camille Benjamin   Kathy Jordan
  Elizabeth Smylie
3–6, 3–6
Winner 2. May 20, 1985 Lugano Clay   Helena Suková   Bettina Bunge
  Eva Pfaff
6–2, 6–4
Winner 3. October 7, 1985 Indianapolis Carpet (I)   Mary-Lou Piatek   Penny Barg
  Sandy Collins
6–1, 6–0
Runner-up 3. February 24, 1986 Oakland Carpet (I)   Helena Suková   Hana Mandlíková
  Wendy Turnbull
6–7(5–7), 1–6

Grand Slam singles 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)
Tournament 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 Career SR
Australian Open 2R A A A A NH A 0 / 1
French Open 1R 3R 1R A 4R A A 0 / 4
Wimbledon A A A A 2R A A 0 / 1
US Open A QF 4R 4R 3R QF 1R 0 / 6
SR 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 12
Year End Ranking 35 18 19 13 10 13 461

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bonnie S Gadusek". Florida Resident Directory. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  2. ^ Linz, Franz (February 11, 1985). "Bonnie Gadusek Calls Herself the Animal, But She Is a Dreamer, Too". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on 14 September 2010. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
  3. ^ Diliberto, Gioia (January 24, 1983). "A Near-Fatal Fall Broke Gymnast Bonnie Gadusek's Neck, but Not the Spirit That Made Her a Champion". People. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
  4. ^ "WTA Bonnie Gadusek (USA)". Retrieved 2011-12-06.

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