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Clare Jacqueline Wood (born 8 March 1968) is a former British number 1[1] tennis player from Great Britain who began playing professionally in 1984 and retired in 1998.[2] Over the course of her career, she reached a career-high singles ranking of world No. 77 in singles (achieved 2 May 1994) and No. 59 in doubles (achieved 21 October 1996). Wood won one ITF singles title and six in doubles as well as won a WTA doubles title at the 1992 Wellington Classic, having been the runner-up the previous year. At the time of her retirement, she had a 212–223 singles win-loss record with notable wins over Jo Durie and Mary Pierce.

Clare Wood
Full nameClare Jacqueline Wood
Country (sports) United Kingdom
ResidenceBrighton, England
Born (1968-03-08) 8 March 1968 (age 51)
Zuzuland, South Africa
Turned pro1984
Retired1997
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$564,182
Singles
Career record212–233
Career titles0 WTA, 1 ITF
Highest ranking77 (2 May 1994)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (1991)
French Open2R (1994)
Wimbledon2R (1989, 1993)
US Open2R (1990, 1992, 1993)
Doubles
Career record156–186
Career titles1 WTA, 6 ITF
Highest ranking59 (21 October 1996)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (1992, 1996)
French Open3R (1991, 1992)
Wimbledon3R (1993, 1997)
US Open2R (1991, 1992)
Mixed doubles
Career titles0
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open1R (1992)
French Open3R (1992, 1995)
WimbledonQF (1995)
US Open-
Last updated on: 20 July 2011.

After her retirement from professional competition, Wood became a tennis officiator. From 1999 until 2002, she was a tournament supervisor on the WTA Tour, and from 2002 onward, she was an assistant referee at Wimbledon where she was responsible for the qualifying and junior events. In 2004, she was an assistant referee at the 2004 Olympic tennis event, and in 2008, it was announced that she would fulfil, the role of tennis competition manager at the 2012 Olympic Games.[1]

Wightman CupEdit

When Wood lost to Jennifer Capriati on 14 September 1989, her opponent became the youngest ever Wightman Cup player,[3] and the first player for four years to win a Wightman Cup match 6–0, 6–0.[4]

Fed CupEdit

Wood played 28 singles and 24 doubles matches for Great Britain in the Fed Cup from 1988 to 1997.

Olympic GamesEdit

Wood represented the United Kingdom in the Olympic Games in 1988, 1992 and 1996,[5].[6]

WTA tour and ITF circuit finalsEdit

Singles: 2 (1–1)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
WTA Tier I (0–0)
WTA Tier II – IV (0–0)
ITF Circuit (1–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–1)
Clay (1–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
Winner 8 September 1986 $10,000 Lisbon, Portugal Clay   María José Llorca 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 26 January 1987 $25,000 Tarzana, California, United States Hard   Leila Meskhi 6–1, 4–6, 2–6

Doubles: 11 (7–4)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
WTA Tier I (0–0)
WTA Tier II – IV (1–1)
ITF Circuit (6–3)
Finals by surface
Hard (4–2)
Clay (1–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponents in the final Score
Runner-up 20 January 1986 $10,000 San Antonio, Texas, United States Hard   Dinky Van Rensburg   Manon Bollegraf
  Marianne van der Torre
5–7, 7–6(7–4), 4–6
Winner 17 November 1986 $10,000 Croydon, Great Britain Carpet (i)   Valda Lake   Digna Ketelaar
  Simone Schilder
7–6, 2–6, 7–5
Runner-up 27 April 1987 $25,000 Taranto, Italy Clay   Simone Schilder   Leila Meskhi
  Natasha Zvereva
3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 4 February 1991 Wellington, New Zealand (1) Hard   Belinda Borneo   Jo-Anne Faull
  Julie Richardson
6–2, 5–7, 6–7(4–7)
Winner 3 February 1992 Wellington, New Zealand (2) Hard   Belinda Borneo   Jo-Anne Faull
  Julie Richardson
6–0, 7–6(7–5)
Winner 17 July 1995 $25,000 Wilmington, Delaware, United States Hard   Tessa Price   Catherine Barclay
  Audra Keller
3–6, 6–1, 6–1
Winner 26 February 1996 $50,000 Southampton, Great Britain Carpet (i)   Valda Lake   Laura Golarsa
  Tina Križan
6–4, 4–6, 6–3
Winner 12 August 1996 $25,000 Bronx, New York, United States Hard   Nanne Dahlman   Liezel Horn
  Christína Papadáki
6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 17 February 1997 $25,000 Redbridge, Great Britain Hard (i)   Kerry-Anne Guse   Julie Pullin
  Lorna Woodroffe
6–2, 4–6, 4–6
Winner 24 February 1997 $25,000 Bushey, Great Britain Carpet (i)   Olga Lugina   Kirstin Freye
  Elena Tatarkova
7–6(8–6), 6–7(6–8), 6–1
Winner 16 March 1998 $10,000 Jaffa, Israel Hard   Helen Reesby   Limor Gabai
  Kate Warne-Holland
7–5, 7–5

Grand Slam performance timelinesEdit

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)

SinglesEdit

Tournament 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 Career W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A A 1R 1R 1R 3R 1R 1R 1R LQ 1R A 2–8
French Open A A A 1R LQ LQ 1R LQ 1R 2R LQ LQ A 1–4
Wimbledon 1R A 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 2–12
U.S. Open A A A 1R LQ 2R 1R 2R 2R 1R LQ LQ A 3–6
Win-Loss 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–2 1–4 0–2 5–4 5–4 1–4 1–4 3–4 3–4 0–1 22–38
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics Not Held 1R Not Held A Not Held 1R NH 0–2

DoublesEdit

Tournament 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 Career W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A 1R 1R 1R 2R 3R 2R 2R 1R 3R 2R 1R 8–11
French Open A A 1R A 3R 3R 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R A 5–8
Wimbledon 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R 3R 1R 2R 1R 3R A 7–11
US Open A A 1R A 2R 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R A 2–8
Win-Loss 0–1 0–2 1–4 0–2 5–4 5–4 3–4 1–4 1–4 3–4 3–4 0–1 22–38
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics NH 1R Not Held 1R Not Held QF NH 2–3

Mixed DoublesEdit

Tournament 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 Career W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A A 1R A A A A A 0–1
French Open A A 1R 3R A A 3R A 1R 4–4
Wimbledon 1R A 1R 1R 2R 1R QF 1R 2R 5–8
US Open A A A A A A A A A 0–0
Win-Loss 0–1 0–0 0–2 2–3 1–1 0–1 5–2 0–1 1–2 9–13

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Clare Wood appointed Tennis Competition Manager". www.itftennis.com/olympics. 25 June 2008. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
  2. ^ Clare Wood at the Women's Tennis Association
  3. ^ "International Team: Wightman Cup". Tennis Lovers. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 2008-05-26.
  4. ^ Carter, Bob (22 April 2005). "Teenage sensation became destiny's child". ESPN. Retrieved 26 May 2008.
  5. ^ "Clare Wood - Olympic record". Team GB. British Olympic Association. Retrieved 26 May 2008.
  6. ^ "Tennis: Andre Agassi Triumphs in Quarterfinals". Olympics Update 1996. The New York Times. 30 June 1996. Archived from the original on 3 March 2001. Retrieved 26 May 2008.

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