Claire Taylor (tennis)

Claire Shepherd (born 17 February 1975) is a British former professional tennis player. She competed during her career as Claire Taylor.

Claire Taylor
Country (sports) United Kingdom
Born (1975-02-17) 17 February 1975 (age 44)
Banbury, England
PlaysLeft-handed
Prize money$77,207
Singles
Career titles2 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 183 (24 June 1997)
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon2R (1996)
Doubles
Career titles3 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 184 (23 December 1996)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon1R (1993, 1994, 1997)

A left-handed player from Oxfordshire, Taylor reached a best ranking of 183 in the world during her career.[1]

Taylor made three singles appearances in the main draw of Wimbledon, the first in 1994 when she came up against Martina Navratilova.[2] She won through to the second round once, in 1996, after beating Joanne Ward in a match between two British wildcards.

ITF finalsEdit

Singles: 6 (2–4)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 31 January 1994 Telford, United Kingdom Hard   Ekaterina Roubanova 6–3, 6–0
Runner–up 1. 9 May 1994 Bracknell, United Kingdom Hard   Nannie de Villiers 2–6, 2–6
Runner–up 2. 31 July 1995 Ilkley, United Kingdom Grass   Kate Warne-Holland 6–4, 4–6, 6–7(6)
Runner–up 3. 10 October 1995 Telford, United Kingdom Hard   Amanda Hopmans 4–6, 3–6
Winner 2. 15 January 1996 Woodlands, United States Hard   Hila Rosen 6–3, 7–6(5)
Runner–up 4. 10 February 1997 Birmingham, United Kingdom Hard   Shirli-Ann Siddall 4–6, 4–6

Doubles: 7 (3–4)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner–up 1. 3 May 1993 Bracknell, United Kingdom Hard   Lorna Woodroffe   Natalia Egorova
  Svetlana Parkhomenko
6–7, 1–6
Winner 1. 4 April 1994 Harare, Zimbabwe Hard   Kate Warne-Holland   Michele Mair
  Karen van der Merwe
6–4, 3–6, 6–3
Runner–up 2. May 1995 Edinburgh, United Kingdom Clay   Kaye Hand   Karen Cross
  Lizzie Jelfs
6–3, 3–6, 0–6
Runner–up 3. May 1995 Lee-on-the-Solent, United Kingdom Clay   Kaye Hand   Robyn Mawdsley
  Natalia Egorova
6–7(0), 2–6
Runner–up 4. 31 March 1996 Caen, France Clay   Amanda Wainwright   Annica Lindstedt
  Anna-Karin Svensson
4–6, 6–7
Winner 2. 15 April 1996 Elvas, Portugal Hard   Tessa Price   Hanna-Katri Aalto
  Kirsi Lampinen
6–2, 6–3
Winner 3. 29 April 1996 Guimarães, Portugal Hard   Kristina Triska   Jennifer Poulos
  Jody Yin
7–5, 6–3

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Growing champions at the double". The Independent. 26 July 2001.
  2. ^ "Wimbledon: Claire Taylor recalls facing Martina Navratilova on Centre Court". BBC. 1 July 2017.

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