Emilse Longo

Emilse Raponi Longo (born December 19, 1957) is a former professional tennis player from Argentina.

Emilse Longo
Full nameEmilse Raponi Longo
Country (sports) Argentina
 United States
Born (1957-12-19) December 19, 1957 (age 62)
Prize money$90,434
Singles
Career record33–55
Highest rankingNo. 165 (January 4, 1988)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open2R (1979, 1985)
Wimbledon1R (1979)
US Open1R (1979, 1983, 1984, 1985)
Doubles
Career record32–46
Highest rankingNo. 74 (April 25, 1988)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open2R (1988)
US Open2R (1983, 1987)

BiographyEdit

Tennis careerEdit

Longo began competing on the professional tour in 1978, as Emilse Raponi. She had early success at her home tournament, the 1978 River Plate Championships, making it through to a WTA Tour final in her first season. En route she upset top seed Regina Maršíková, but was unable to get past Caroline Stoll in the final.[1]

In 1979 she made her debut for Argentina's Fed Cup team and went on to feature in a total of 11 ties for her native country.

From 1980 to 1982 she appeared in only one WTA Tour tournament, but returned to the circuit in 1983. At the 1983 US Open she came up against top seed Martina Navratilova in the opening round and was comfortably beaten. She was a member of the Argentinian side which reached the quarter-finals of the 1983 Fed Cup.[2]

Her best performances in doubles came in 1984 when she partnered with Adriana Villagrán-Reami to finish runner-up in back to back WTA tournaments in Tokyo, the 1984 Borden Classic and 1984 Japan Open Tennis Championships.

She made her last Fed Cup appearances for Argentina in 1984 and partnered in doubles with Gabriela Sabatini in that year's campaign.

Personal lifeEdit

In the early 1980s she married American based Spanish language sportscaster Norberto Longo and according to ITF records began representing the United States later in her career. They remained married until his death in 2003.[3]

WTA Tour finalsEdit

Singles (0-1)Edit

Result    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss November, 1978 Buenos Aires, Argentina $35,000 Clay   Caroline Stoll 3–6, 2–6

Doubles (0-2)Edit

Result    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss October, 1984 Borden Classic, Tokyo, Japan $50,000 Hard   Adriana Villagrán-Reami   Mercedes Paz
  Ronni Reis
4–6, 5–7
Loss October, 1984 Japan Open, Tokyo, Japan $50,000 Hard   Adriana Villagrán-Reami   Betsy Nagelsen
  Candy Reynolds
3–6, 2–6

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "ITF Tennis - Pro Circuit - Buenos Aires - 30 October - 05 November 1978". International Tennis Federation. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  2. ^ "Federation Cup Tennis Results At Zurich, Switzerland, July 22". United Press International. July 22, 1983. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  3. ^ Lopeteguil, Enrique (May 15, 2003). "Longo Time Gone". Miami New Times. Retrieved December 12, 2017.

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