Karen Krantzcke (1 February 1946 – 11 April 1977) was an Australian female tennis player. She achieved a world top ten singles ranking in 1970. In her short career, she made the quarterfinals or better at each of the four Grand Slam championships in both singles and doubles. She also won the Australian Open in doubles, and assisted Australia to victory in the Federation Cup.
|Born||1 February 1946|
|Died||11 April 1977 (aged 31)|
Tallahassee, Florida, USA
|Career record||no value|
|Highest ranking||No. 9 (1970)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||SF (1970, 1977Jan)|
|French Open||SF (1970)|
|US Open||QF (1969)|
|Career record||no value|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||W (1968)|
|French Open||SF (1969, 1972)|
|US Open||QF (1968, 1973, 1974)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Australian Open||SF (1968)|
|French Open||3R (1969, 1970)|
|Wimbledon||SF (1969, 1973)|
|Fed Cup||W (1970)|
Her most successful season came in 1969/70. After reaching the US Open quarterfinals, she reached the semifinals at the Australian Open and the French Open and then reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. At these tournaments, she upset highly ranked players like Virginia Wade, Françoise Dürr, and Judy Tegart Dalton.
On returning to the tour, she was never able to get back to her best form. She continued to do well in her home Australian championship and reached the semifinals for the second time in 1977.
While playing on the Challenger circuit in the USA in 1977, Krantzcke suffered a heart attack while jogging. In response to her untimely death, the WTA instituted the Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award which is still awarded annually to a female professional tennis player.
Grand Slam finalsEdit
Doubles (1 title, 3 runners-up)Edit
|Winner||1968||Australian Championships||Grass||Kerry Melville|| Judy Tegart Dalton
Lesley Turner Bowrey
|6–4, 3–6, 6–2|
|Runner-up||1970||Australian Open||Grass||Kerry Melville|| Margaret Court
Judy Tegart Dalton
|Runner-up||1972||Australian Open||Grass||Patricia Coleman|| Helen Gourlay
|Runner-up||1974||Wimbledon||Grass||Helen Gourlay|| Evonne Goolagong
|6–2, 4–6, 3–6|
Grand Slam singles tournament timelineEdit
Note: The Australian Open was held twice in 1977, in January and December.
- Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. p. 724. ISBN 978-0942257700.
- Time Magazine – Ready, Set, Sweat – 6 January 1977
- ITF Database
- Sporting Heroes – Karen Krantzcke
- Fed Cup profile – Karen Krantzcke
- TennisForum – Kerry Reid
- ACT Legislation 2000