Brenda Schultz-McCarthy

Brenda Anne Marie Schultz-McCarthy (born 28 December 1970) is a former Dutch tennis player. Primarily known by her maiden name Brenda Schultz, she married Sean McCarthy, a former American football player at University of Cincinnati, on 8 April 1995 and adopted his surname.[1] Schultz is known for her fast serve;[2] she has the eighth-fastest serve ever recorded by a female tennis player.

Brenda Schultz-McCarthy
Tennister Brenda Schultz in de Kennemer sporthal. NL-HlmNHA 54037361.JPG
Country (sports) Netherlands
ResidenceJuno Beach, Florida, United States
Born (1970-12-28) 28 December 1970 (age 49)
Haarlem, Netherlands
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Turned proSeptember 1986
Retired2008
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$2,620,024
Singles
Career record403–293
Career titles7 WTA, 2 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 9 (20 May 1996)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open4R (1989, 1995, 1996)
French Open4R (1988, 1993)
WimbledonQF (1995)
US OpenQF (1995)
Doubles
Career record238–177
Career titles9 WTA, 1 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 7 (2 October 1995)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenSF (1990, 1992)
French OpenSF (1989)
WimbledonSF (1995)
US OpenF (1995)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open2R (1992)
French OpenF (1988)
WimbledonQF (1991)
US OpenSF (1997)

Tennis careerEdit

Schultz' career high was in 1996 when she reached World No. 9. She reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon and the US Open in 1995. She retired from tennis in 1999 with longstanding injuries. She came out of retirement in 2005, playing Fed Cup and WTA tournaments in 2006. The best result of her comeback came in June 2006 at the Tier III Ordina Open in the Netherlands, reaching the quarterfinals with wins over two players ranked in the top 70 on the WTA Tour.

In July 2006, Schultz-McCarthy claimed her place as the fastest server in WTA history, recording a 130 mph (209 km/h) serve in the first round of the Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open qualifying tournament, held in Cincinnati, Ohio. Venus Williams previously held the women's record set in 1998 of 127 mph (204 km/h) in a match in a quarter-finals win against Mary Pierce in Zurich. Williams would tie the record in 2008. In June 2007, Schultz-McCarthy won an ITF tournament in Surbiton.

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Doubles: 1 (0–1)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1995 US Open Hard   Rennae Stubbs   Gigi Fernández
  Natasha Zvereva
5–7, 3–6

Mixed doubles: 1 (0–1)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1988 French Open Clay   Michiel Schapers   Lori McNeil
  Jorge Lozano
5–7, 2–6

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles (7 wins, 9 losses)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam (0–0)
WTA Tour Championship (0–0)
Tier I (0–1)
Tier II (0–0)
Tier III (5–3)
Tier IV & V (2–5)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1. Feb 1988 Oklahoma City, U.S. Carpet (i)   Lori McNeil 3–6, 2–6
Loss 2. Apr 1988 Taipei, Taiwan Carpet (i)   Stephanie Rehe 4–6, 4–6
Loss 3. Jan 1989 Brisbane, Australia Hard   Helena Suková 6–7(6–8), 6–7(6–8)
Win 1. Aug 1991 Schenectady, U.S. Hard   Alexia Dechaume 7–6(7–5), 6–2
Win 2. Jun 1992 Birmingham, UK Grass   Jenny Byrne 6–2, 6–2
Loss 4. Jul 1992 Palermo, Italy Clay   Mary Pierce 1–6, 7–6(7–3), 1–6
Loss 5. Aug 1992 Schenectady, U.S. Hard (i)   Barbara Rittner 6–7(3–7), 3–6
Win 3. May 1993 Taranto, Italy Clay   Debbie Graham 7–6(7–5), 6–2
Loss 6. Feb 1994 Oklahoma City, U.S. Hard (i)   Meredith McGrath 6–7(6–8), 6–7(4–7)
Loss 7. May 1994 Berlin, Germany Clay   Steffi Graf 6–7(6–8), 4–6
Loss 8. Jul 1994 Palermo, Italy Clay   Irina Spîrlea 4–6, 6–1, 6–7(5–7)
Loss 9. Nov 1994 Quebec City, Canada Carpet (i)   Katerina Maleeva 3–6, 3–6
Win 4. Feb 1995 Oklahoma City, U.S. Hard (i)   Elena Likhovtseva 6–1, 6–2
Win 5. Nov 1995 Quebec City, Canada Hard (i)   Dominique Monami 7–6(7–5), 6–2
Win 6. Feb 1996 Oklahoma City, U.S. Hard (i)   Amanda Coetzer 6–3, 6–2
Win 7. Oct 1997 Quebec City, Canada Hard (i)   Dominique Van Roost 6–4, 6–7(4–7), 7–5

Doubles (9 wins - 10 losses)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam
WTA Tour Championship
Tier I
Tier II
Tier III
Tier IV & V
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1. Apr 1989 Tampa, U.S. Clay   Andrea Temesvári   Elise Burgin
  Rosalyn Fairbank
7–6(8–6), 6–4
Loss 1. Jul 1989 Arcachon, France Clay   Mercedes Paz   Sandra Cecchini
  Patricia Tarabini
3–6, 6–7(5–7)
Loss 2. Nov 1990 Nashville, U.S. Hard (i)   Caroline Vis   Kathy Jordan
  Larisa Neiland
1–6, 2–6
Win 2. May 1993 Taranto, Italy Clay   Debbie Graham   Petra Langrová
  Mercedes Paz
6–0, 6–4
Loss 3. May 1993 Berlin, Germany Clay   Debbie Graham   Gigi Fernández
  Natasha Zvereva
1–6, 3–6
Loss 4. Jul 1993 Palermo, Italy Clay   Silvia Farina Elia   Karin Kschwendt
  Natalia Medvedeva
4–6, 6–7(4–7)
Loss 5. May 1994 Rome, Italy Clay   Gabriela Sabatini   Gigi Fernández
  Natasha Zvereva
1–6, 3–6
Loss 6. Nov 1994 Philadelphia, U.S. Carpet (i)   Gabriela Sabatini   Gigi Fernández
  Natasha Zvereva
6–4, 4–6, 2–6
Win 3. Feb 1995 Chicago, United States Carpet (i)   Gabriela Sabatini   Tami Whitlinger Jones
  Marianne Werdel
5–7, 7–6(7–4), 6–4
Loss 7. Feb 1995 Oklahoma City, U.S. Hard (i)   Katrina Adams   Nicole Arendt
  Laura Golarsa
4–6, 3–6
Win 4. Aug 1995 Toronto, Canada Hard   Gabriela Sabatini   Martina Hingis
  Iva Majoli
4–6, 6–0, 6–3
Loss 8. Sep 1995 US Open, Flushing Meadows Hard   Rennae Stubbs   Gigi Fernández
  Natasha Zvereva
5–7, 3–6
Loss 9. Oct 1995 Leipzig, Germany Carpet (i)   Caroline Vis   Meredith McGrath
  Larisa Neiland
4–6, 4–6
Win 5. Feb 1996 Oklahoma City, U.S. Hard (i)   Chanda Rubin   Katrina Adams
  Debbie Graham
6–3, 6–2
Win 6. Mar 1996 Indian Wells, U.S. Hard   Chanda Rubin   Julie Halard-Decugis
  Nathalie Tauziat
6–1, 6–4
Win 7. May 1996 Hamburg, Germany Clay   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario   Gigi Fernández
  Martina Hingis
4–6, 7–6(12–10), 6–4
Win 8. Jun 1996 Rosmalen, Netherlands Grass   Larisa Neiland   Kristie Boogert
  Helena Suková
6–4, 7–6(9–7)
Win 9. Oct 1996 Quebec City, Canada Hard (i)   Debbie Graham   Amy Frazier
  Kimberly Po
6–1, 6–4
Loss 10. Feb 1997 Hannover, Germany Carpet (i)   Larisa Neiland   Nicole Arendt
  Manon Bollegraf
6–4, 3–6, 6–7(4–7)

ITF finalsEdit

Singles (3–2)Edit

$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 5 January 1987 Chicago, United States Hard   Anne Grousbeck 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 2. 27 July 1987 Neumünster, West Germany Clay   Julie Halard-Decugis 2–6, 4–6
Winner 3. 6 February 1994 Midland, United States Hard   Meredith McGrath 6–2, 1–0 Ret.
Runner-up 4. 5 February 1995 Midland, United States Hard   Chanda Rubin 5–7, 4–6
Runner-up 5. 8 May 2007 Palm Beach, United States Clay   Rossana de los Ríos 5–7, 4–6
Winner 6. 9 June 2007 Surbiton, United Kingdom Grass   Ayumi Morita 4–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–5)

Doubles (1–1)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 17 August 1987 Manhasset, United States Clay   Marianne van der Torre   Ilana Berger
  Jane Thomas
4–6, 1–6
Winner 2. 5 February 1995 Midland, United States Hard   Chanda Rubin   Laxmi Poruri
  Varalee Sureephong
6–3, 6–2

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 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 Career SR
Australian Open A 1R 4R 2R 1R 1R A A 4R 4R 2R A A 0 / 8
French Open A 4R 1R 2R 1R 3R 4R 3R 2R 3R 3R 1R 1R 0 / 12
Wimbledon A 1R 1R 4R 4R 1R 3R 2R QF 3R 3R A A 0 / 10
US Open 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R 3R 3R 1R QF 2R 2R A A 0 / 11
SR 0 / 1 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 41

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