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Claudia Kohde-Kilsch (née Kohde; born 11 December 1963) is a former German tennis player and member of the Die Linke. During her tennis career, she won two women's doubles Grand Slam titles. She also won eight singles titles and a total of 25 doubles titles.

Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
Claudia Kohde-Kilsch 2012-03-16.JPG
Country (sports) Germany[1]
Born (1963-12-11) 11 December 1963 (age 55)
Saarbrücken, West Germany
Height1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Turned pro1980
Retired1994
PlaysRight-handed (one handed-backhand)
Prize money$2,227,116
Singles
Career record408–224
Career titles8
Highest rankingNo. 4 (2 September 1985)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenSF (1985, 1987, 1988)
French OpenSF (1985)
WimbledonQF (1987)
US OpenQF (1985, 1987)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games2R (1988)
Doubles
Career record438–175
Career titles25
Highest rankingNo. 3 (17 August 1987)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenF (1982, 1984, 1985)
French OpenF (1984, 1985, 1988)
WimbledonW (1987)
US OpenW (1985)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour FinalsF (1983, 1985, 1986(Mar), 1986(Nov), 1987)
Olympic GamesSF (1988)
Team competitions
Fed Cup28–12

Personal lifeEdit

Kohde-Kilsch was born Claudia Kohde in Saarbrücken, but added the hyphenated "-Kilsch" to her name which came from her adoptive father Jürgen Kilsch, an attorney. She has a younger sister, Katrin. She began playing tennis aged 5, and was soon a rising junior player.

Kohde-Kilsch campaigned for Oskar Lafontaine of Die Linke at the 2012 Saarland state election. With the party winning over 16% of the vote, it was announced that as of 1 May 2012 she would become the new spokesperson for the Landtag parliamentary group.[2]

She currently lives in Saarland with her husband, Chris Bennett, and their son, Fynn. The couple operate CeKay Music, a music publishing house and production company.

CareerEdit

Kohde-Kilsch turned professional on 1 January 1980, and by 1981 she had handed a first round defeat to Martina Navratilova in Oakland. She went on to win four singles titles that year. In 1982, she captured the title at Pittsburgh and in 1984 she triumphed at the German Open, defeating Kathleen Horvath of the United States, 7–6, 6–1.

In 1985, she reached the Australian Open and French Open semi-finals and also won in Los Angeles. Later that year, she defeated Navrátilová in the quarter-finals on the way to a final round match with Chris Evert at the Canadian Open, where she eventually lost to Evert, 2–6, 4–6. In 1987, she again reached the finals of the German Open, where she lost to Steffi Graf 2–6, 3–6.

In women's doubles, Kohde-Kilsch won the 1985 US Open women's doubles championship with Helena Suková and in 1987, partnering again with Suková, she won the Wimbledon championships.

Between 1984 and 1987, Kohde-Kilsch and Suková, sometimes referred to as the "twin towers" for their height, paired to win 14 doubles tournaments. At the 1988 Summer Olympics, she partnered with Steffi Graf in the doubles competition and together they were awarded the bronze medal in the event.

Major finalsEdit

Grand Slam tournamentsEdit

Women's doubles: 8 (2 titles, 6 runners-up)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1982 Australian Open Grass   Eva Pfaff   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 1984 French Open Clay   Hana Mandlíková   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
7–5, 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 1984 Australian Open Grass   Helena Suková   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 1985 French Open Clay   Helena Suková   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
6–4, 2–6, 2–6
Winner 1985 US Open Hard   Helena Suková   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
6–7(5–7), 6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 1985 Australian Open Grass   Helena Suková   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
3–6, 4–6
Winner 1987 Wimbledon Grass   Helena Suková   Betsy Nagelsen
  Elizabeth Smylie
7–5, 7–5
Runner-up 1988 French Open Clay   Helena Suková   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
2–6, 5–7

OlympicsEdit

Doubles: 1 bronze medalEdit

Outcome Year Location Surface Partner Opponents Score
Bronze 1988 Seoul Hard   Steffi Graf Tied DNP

Graf and Kohde-Kilsch lost in the semifinals to Jana Novotná and Helena Suková 5–7, 3–6. In 1988, there was no bronze medal play-off match, both beaten semifinal pairs received bronze medals.

Year-end championshipsEdit

Doubles: 5 runners-upEdit

Outcome Year Location Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1983 New York Carpet (i)   Eva Pfaff   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
5–7, 2–6
Runner-up 1985 New York Carpet (i)   Helena Suková   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
7–6(7–4), 4–6, 6–7(5–7)
Runner-up 1986 (Mar.) New York Carpet (i)   Helena Suková   Hana Mandlíková
  Wendy Turnbull
4–6, 7–6(7–4), 3–6
Runner-up 1986 (Nov.) New York Carpet (i)   Helena Suková   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
6–7(1–7), 3–6
Runner-up 1987 New York Carpet (i)   Helena Suková   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
1–6, 1–6

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles: 16 (8–8)Edit

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I (0–0)
Tier II (0–0)
Tier III (0–0)
Tier IV (1–0)
Tier V (1–0)
Virginia Slims, Avon, other (6–8)
Finals by surface
Hard (1–1)
Grass (1–0)
Clay (3–4)
Carpet (3–3)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 12 January 1981 Toronto Carpet (i)   Nina Bohm 4–6, 6–2, 7–5
Winner 2. 13 July 1981 Kitzbühel Clay   Sylvia Hanika 7–5, 7–6
Winner 3. 25 January 1982 Pittsburgh Carpet (i)   Eva Pfaff 6–4, 6–0
Winner 4. 17 March 1982 Austin Carpet (i)   Helena Suková 7–6(7–0), 0–6, 6–3
Runner-up 1. 9 April 1984 Hilton Head Island Clay   Chris Evert-Lloyd 2–6, 3–6
Winner 5. 14 May 1984 Berlin Clay   Kathleen Horvath 7–6(10–8), 6–1
Runner-up 2. 29 October 1984 Zürich Carpet (i)   Zina Garrison 1–6, 6–0, 2–6
Runner-up 3. 10 December 1984 Tokyo Carpet (i)   Manuela Maleeva 6–3, 4–6, 4–6
Winner 6. 29 July 1985 Los Angeles Hard   Pam Shriver 6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 4. 5 August 1985 Toronto Hard   Chris Evert-Lloyd 2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 5. 13 January 1986 Worcester Carpet (i)   Martina Navratilova 6–4, 1–6, 4–6
Runner-up 6. 31 March 1986 Marco Island Clay   Chris Evert-Lloyd 4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 7. 14 April 1986 Amelia Island Clay   Steffi Graf 4–6, 7–5, 6–7(3–7)
Runner-up 8. 11 May 1987 Berlin Clay   Steffi Graf 2–6, 3–6
Winner 7. 6 June 1988 Birmingham Grass   Pam Shriver 6–1, 6–2
Winner 8. 10 September 1990 Kitzbühel Clay   Rachel McQuillan 7–6(7–5), 6–4

Doubles: 64 (25–39)Edit

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (2–6)
WTA Tour Championships (0–5)
Tier I (1–2)
Tier II (1–3)
Tier III (0–1)
Tier IV (0–3)
Tier V (2–1)
Virginia Slims, Avon, other (19–18)
Finals by surface
Hard (5–8)
Grass (2–9)
Clay (10–8)
Carpet (8–14)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 21 July 1980 Kitzbühel Clay   Eva Pfaff   Hana Mandlíková
  Renáta Tomanová
w/o
Winner 2. 13 July 1981 Kitzbühel Hard   Eva Pfaff   Elizabeth Little
  Yvonne Vermaak
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 1. 17 May 1982 Berlin Clay   Bettina Bunge   Liz Gordon
  Beverly Mould
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 2. 15 November 1982 Brisbane Grass   Eva Pfaff   Billie Jean King
  Anne Smith
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 3. 22 November 1982 Sydney Grass   Eva Pfaff   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
3–6, 6–2, 6–7
Runner-up 4. 29 November 1982 Australian Open Grass   Eva Pfaff   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
4–6, 2–6
Winner 3. 21 February 1983 Oakland Carpet (i)   Eva Pfaff   Rosie Casals
  Wendy Turnbull
6–4, 4–6, 6–4
Runner-up 5. 23 March 1983 Virginia Slims Championships Carpet (i)   Eva Pfaff   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
5–7, 2–6
Runner-up 6. 16 May 1983 Berlin Clay   Eva Pfaff   Jo Durie
  Anne Hobbs
4–6, 6–7(2–7)
Winner 4. 4 July 1983 Hittfeld Clay   Bettina Bunge   Ivanna Madruga
  Catherine Tanvier
7–5, 6–4
Winner 5. 9 April 1984 Hilton Head Island Clay   Hana Mandlíková   Anne Hobbs
  Sharon Walsh
7–5, 6–2
Winner 6. 23 April 1984 Orlando Clay   Hana Mandlíková   Anne Hobbs
  Wendy Turnbull
6–0, 1–6, 6–3
Runner-up 7. 28 May 1984 French Open Clay   Hana Mandlíková   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
7–5, 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 8. 20 August 1984 Montreal Hard   Hana Mandlíková   Kathy Jordan
  Elizabeth Sayers
1–6, 2–6
Winner 7. 15 October 1984 Filderstadt Carpet (i)   Helena Suková   Bettina Bunge
  Eva Pfaff
6–2, 4–6, 6–3
Runner-up 9. 29 October 1984 Zürich Carpet (i)   Hana Mandlíková   Andrea Leand
  Andrea Temesvári
1–6, 3–6
Winner 8. 19 November 1984 Sydney Grass   Helena Suková   Wendy Turnbull
  Sharon Walsh
6–2, 7–6(7–4)
Runner-up 10. 29 November 1984 Australian Open Grass   Helena Suková   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
3–6, 4–6
Winner 9. 10 December 1984 Tokyo Carpet (i)   Helena Suková   Elizabeth Smylie
  Catherine Tanvier
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 11. 7 January 1985 Washington Carpet (i)   Helena Suková   Gigi Fernández
  Martina Navratilova
3–6, 6–3, 3–6
Runner-up 12. 18 March 1985 Virginia Slims Championships Carpet (i)   Helena Suková   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
7–6(7–4), 4–6, 6–7(5–7)
Winner 10. 13 May 1985 Berlin Clay   Helena Suková   Steffi Graf
  Catherine Tanvier
6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 13. 27 May 1985 French Open Clay   Helena Suková   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
6–4, 2–6, 2–6
Winner 11. 29 July 1985 Los Angeles Hard   Helena Suková   Hana Mandlíková
  Wendy Turnbull
6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 14. 12 August 1985 Mahwah Hard   Helena Suková   Kathy Jordan
  Elizabeth Smylie
6–7(6–8), 3–6
Winner 12. 26 August 1985 US Open Hard   Helena Suková   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
6–7(5–7), 6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 15. 28 October 1985 Zürich Carpet (i)   Helena Suková   Hana Mandlíková
  Andrea Temesvári
4–6, 6–3, 5–7
Runner-up 16. 11 November 1985 Brisbane Grass   Helena Suková   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
4–6, 7–6(8–6), 1–6
Runner-up 17. 25 November 1985 Australian Open Grass   Helena Suková   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
3–6, 4–6
Winner 13. 9 December 1985 Tokyo Carpet (i)   Helena Suková   Marcella Mesker
  Elizabeth Smylie
6–0, 6–4
Runner-up 18. 6 January 1986 Washington Carpet (i)   Helena Suková   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 19. 13 January 1986 Worcester Carpet (i)   Helena Suková   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
3–6, 1–6
Winner 14. 10 March 1986 Dallas Carpet (i)   Helena Suková   Hana Mandlíková
  Wendy Turnbull
4–6, 7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 20. 17 March 1986 Virginia Slims Championship Carpet (i)   Helena Suková   Hana Mandlíková
  Wendy Turnbull
4–6, 7–6(7–4), 3–6
Winner 15. 14 April 1986 Amelia Island Clay   Helena Suková   Gabriela Sabatini
  Catherine Tanvier
6–2, 5–7, 7–6(9–7)
Runner-up 21. 16 June 1986 Eastbourne Grass   Helena Suková   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 22. 11 August 1986 Los Angeles Hard   Helena Suková   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 23. 3 November 1986 Worcester Carpet (i)   Helena Suková   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
5–7, 3–6
Winner 16. 10 November 1986 Chicago Clay   Helena Suková   Steffi Graf
  Gabriela Sabatini
6–7(5–7), 7–6(7–5), 6–3
Runner-up 24. 17 November 1986 Virginia Slims Championship Carpet (i)   Helena Suková   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
6–7(1–7), 3–6
Winner 17. 30 January 1987 Tokyo Carpet (i)   Helena Suková   Elise Burgin
  Pam Shriver
6–1, 7–6(7–5)
Runner-up 25. 23 February 1987 Key Biscayne Hard   Helena Suková   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
3–6, 6–7(6–8)
Runner-up 26. 23 February 1987 Rome Clay   Helena Suková   Martina Navratilova
  Gabriela Sabatini
4–6, 1–6
Winner 18. 11 May 1987 Berlin Clay   Helena Suková   Catarina Lindqvist
  Tine Scheuer-Larsen
6–1, 6–2
Winner 19. 22 June 1987 Wimbledon Grass   Helena Suková   Betsy Nagelsen
  Elizabeth Smylie
7–5, 7–5
Runner-up 27. 17 August 1987 Toronto Hard   Helena Suková   Zina Garrison
  Lori McNeil
1–6, 2–6
Winner 20. 21 September 1987 Hamburg Clay   Jana Novotná   Natalia Bykova
  Leila Meskhi
7–6(7–1), 7–6(8–6)
Winner 21. 9 November 1987 Chicago Carpet (i)   Helena Suková   Zina Garrison
  Lori McNeil
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 28. 16 November 1987 Virginia Slims Championship Carpet (i)   Helena Suková   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
1–6, 1–6
Runner-up 29. 28 December 1987 Brisbane Grass   Helena Suková   Betsy Nagelsen
  Pam Shriver
6–2, 5–7, 2–6
Runner-up 30. 4 January 1988 Sydney Grass   Helena Suková   Ann Henricksson
  Christiane Jolissaint
6–7(5–7), 6–4, 3–6
Runner-up 31. 7 March 1988 Boca Raton Hard   Helena Suková   Katrina Adams
  Zina Garrison
6–4, 5–7, 4–6
Runner-up 32. 4 April 1988 Hilton Head Island Clay   Gabriela Sabatini   Lori McNeil
  Martina Navratilova
2–6, 6–2, 3–6
Runner-up 33. 9 May 1988 Berlin Clay   Helena Suková   Isabelle Demongeot
  Nathalie Tauziat
2–6, 6–4, 4–6
Runner-up 34. 23 May 1988 French Open Clay   Helena Suková   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
2–6, 5–7
Runner-up 35. 17 October 1988 Zürich Carpet (i)   Helena Suková   Isabelle Demongeot
  Nathalie Tauziat
3–6, 3–6
Winner 22. 28 November 1988 Adelaide Hard   Sylvia Hanika   Jana Novotná
  Lori McNeil
7–5, 6–7(4–7), 6–4
Runner-up 36. 30 January 1989 Tokyo Carpet (i)   Mary Joe Fernández   Katrina Adams
  Zina Garrison
3–6, 6–3, 6–7(5–7)
Runner-up 37. 7 August 1989 Los Angeles Hard   Mary Joe Fernández   Martina Navratilova
  Wendy Turnbull
2–5 ret.
Winner 23. 4 February 1991 Oslo Carpet (i)   Silke Meier   Sabine Appelmans
  Raffaella Reggi
3–6, 6–2, 6–4
Winner 24. 1 April 1991 Hilton Head Island Clay   Natasha Zvereva   Mary-Lou Daniels
  Lise Gregory
6–4, 6–0
Runner-up 38. 5 August 1991 Toronto Hard   Helena Suková   Larisa Savchenko
  Natasha Zvereva
6–1, 5–7, 2–6
Winner 25. 24 February 1992 Indian Wells Hard   Stephanie Rehe   Jill Hetherington
  Kathy Rinaldi
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 39. 28 September 1992 Bayonne Carpet (i)   Stephanie Rehe   Linda Ferrando
  Petra Langrová
6–1, 3–6, 4–6

Grand Slam 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)

SinglesEdit

Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 Career SR
Australian Open 1R 1R 3R 3R 3R SF NH SF SF QF 1R 1R 2R 0 / 12
French Open 1R 1R 2R 3R 4R SF 4R QF 3R 1R 2R 2R 1R 0 / 13
Wimbledon A 2R 4R 4R 4R 2R 3R QF A 3R 3R 3R 2R 0 / 11
US Open A 1R 3R 2R 4R QF 4R QF 3R 1R A 1R A 0 / 10
SR 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 46
Year End Ranking 78 20 19 24 8 5 7 10 12 36 46 78 79

DoublesEdit

Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 Career SR
Australian Open QF 1R F 1R F F NH SF A 3R A 1R 3R 0 / 10
French Open 1R SF QF QF F F SF SF F 1R QF 3R 1R 0 / 13
Wimbledon A 1R SF QF QF SF 2R W A 3R 2R 3R 3R 1 / 11
US Open A QF SF A 3R W QF QF 3R A A 3R A 1 / 8
SR 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 1 / 4 0 / 3 1 / 4 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 3 2 / 42
Year End Ranking 5 4 3 3 8 37 52 24 25

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ before German reunification, she played for West Germany
  2. ^ "Lafontaine: Claudia Kohde-Kilsch wird seine Sprecherin". Augsburger Allgemeine (in German). 30 April 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2012.

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