Janet Newberry (born August 6, 1953) is an American former professional tennis player who was active in the 1970s. She is also known by her former married name Janet Newberry-Wright and Janet Wright. She reached the semifinals of the French Open in 1975 and 1977 and the final of the 1973 Wimbledon Championships mixed doubles.
|Full name||Janet Newberry Howe|
|Country (sports)||United States|
|Residence||St Petersburg, Florida|
|Born||August 6, 1953|
Los Angeles, California
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Retired||1984 (doubles) 1980 (singles)|
|Highest ranking||No. 17|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||QF (1974, 1979)|
|French Open||SF (1975, 1977)|
|Wimbledon||3R (1973, 1975, 1978)|
|US Open||4R (1976)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||2R (1974)|
|French Open||2R (1975, 1977)|
|US Open||2R (1973, 1974)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|US Open||QF (1971, 1973)|
Janet Newberry is a stepdaughter of lawyer Edward A. Turville, a former Davis Cup Captain, President of the USTA and a founder of the Florida Lawn Tennis Association in 1949 who served as its first president for five years. Janet married Frank I. Wright, a horse trainer at Belmont Park, television horse racing commentator for CBS and ESPN and World War II veteran, in 1981 and went by the name Janet Newberry Wright. After Wright's death in 1991, she married Ralph Howe, the national grass court 60 & over singles champion, court tennis champion, Yale intercollegiate squash champion, North American singles squash champion, in 1991 and now is known as Janet Newberry Howe.
In 1968, Newberry won the USLTA 16-and-under championship.
In 1974, she played for the Boston Lobsters of the World Team Tennis league. In 1975, she won the British Hardcourt Championship in Bournemouth, reached the semifinals of the French Open, and played for the United States Federation Cup team in doubles, partnering Julie Heldman.
In 1976, Newberry beat Martina Navratilova in the first round of the US Open 1–6, 6–4, 6–3. Navratilova said, "I still consider that loss the worst of my career, at least in the way I responded to it on and off the court." Newberry was reported as saying that she had never seen anyone so distraught, and she helped Navratilova calm down afterwards.
Newberry's highest world ranking was World No. 17.
WTA Tour finalsEdit
Singles (2 titles, 2 runners-up)Edit
|Tier IV & V||0|
|Runner-up||1.||March 18, 1973||Virginia Slims of Richmond, USA||Clay (i)||Margaret Court||2–6, 1–6|
|Winner||2.||May 18, 1975||British Hard Court Championships, England||Clay||Terry Holladay||7–9, 7–5, 6–3|
|Winner||3.||May 22, 1977||Italian Open, Italy||Clay||Renáta Tomanová||6–3, 7–6(7–5)|
|Runner-up||4.||October 30, 1977||Borinquen Classic, Puerto Rico, USA||Hard||Billie Jean King||1–6, 3–6|
Doubles 3 (2-1)Edit
|Runner-up||1.||February 27, 1977||Detroit, Michigan, USA||Carpet||JoAnne Russell|| Martina Navratilova
|6–4, 2–6, 4–6|
|Winner||2.||Jun 16, 1978||Chichester, England||Grass||Pam Shriver|| Michelle Tyler
|3–6, 6–3, 6–4|
|Winner||3.||January 21, 1979||Houston, Texas, USA||Carpet||Martina Navratilova|| Pam Shriver
|4–6, 6–4, 6–2|
Mixed doubles 1Edit
|Runner-up||1.||July 8, 1973||Wimbledon, England||Grass||Raúl Ramírez|| Owen Davidson
Billie Jean King
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