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Kathryn "Kathy" Jordan (born December 3, 1959) is a former American tennis player. During her career, she won seven Grand Slam titles, five of them in women's doubles and two in mixed doubles. She also was the 1983 Australian Open women's singles runner-up and won three singles titles and 42 doubles titles.

Kathy Jordan
Country (sports) United States
ResidencePalo Alto, California, United States
Born (1959-12-03) December 3, 1959 (age 59)
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, United States
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Turned pro1979
Retired1991
PlaysRight-handed (one handed-backhand)
Prize money$1,592,111
Singles
Career record247–155
Career titles3
Highest rankingNo. 5 (March 19, 1984)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenF (1983)
French OpenQF (1980)
WimbledonSF (1984)
US Open4R (1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1986)
Doubles
Career record473–136
Career titles42
Highest rankingNo. 6 (February 4, 1991)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenW (1981)
French OpenW (1980)
WimbledonW (1980, 1985)
US OpenW (1981)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour FinalsW (1990)
Mixed doubles
Career titles2
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open2R (1991)
French OpenW (1986)
WimbledonW (1986)
US OpenQF (1984, 1986)
Last updated on: May 24, 2012.

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CareerEdit

Jordan turned professional in 1979. Her best performance in a Grand Slam singles tournament was runner-up at the 1983 Australian Open, where she lost to Martina Navratilova in straight sets..

She was the first player to defeat Chris Evert before the semifinals of a Grand Slam singles tournament. Jordan defeated Evert 6–1, 7–6 in the third round of Wimbledon in 1983 after Evert had reached at least the semifinals of her first 34 Grand Slam singles tournaments.

In women's doubles, Jordan won five Grand Slam titles, four of which were in partnership with Anne Smith. She also won a career Grand Slam in women's doubles, winning the 1980 French Open, 1980 and 1985 Wimbledon, 1981 US Open, and 1981 Australian Open.

In the Wimbledon final on July 6, 1985, Jordan and Elizabeth Smylie teamed to snap the 109-match winning streak of Navratilova and Pam Shriver by defeating them in three sets..

In mixed doubles, Jordan won two Grand Slam titles, 1986 French Open and 1986 Wimbledon, both of which were in partnership with Ken Flach.

Jordan retired in 1991. Her highest singles rank was world number five in 1984 and her highest doubles rank was world number 6 in 1991. She won several awards during her career, including 1979 WTA Most Impressive Newcomer Award, 1980 WTA Doubles Team of the Year Award with Smith, 1984 WTA Most Improved Player of the Year Award, and 1991 WTA Player Service Award

After retiring, Jordan returned to Stanford University and received a B.A. in political science in 1991. She was elected vice-president of the WTA in 1992. She also served as chairperson of the WTA Drug Testing Committee and served on WTA executive, deferred compensation, finance/marketing, and insurance Committees through 1992.

In 2002, Jordan was presented with a Mentor Award by Martina Navratilova, on behalf of the WTA Tour, in recognition of her contribution to the Partners for Success program and to the sport of tennis at large.

Jordan was nicknamed "KJ."

Personal lifeEdit

Jordan was one of the top juniors during the 1970s. She also was a top high school basketball player, being named to the All-Conference basketball team while at Upper Merion Area High School in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. She received an athletic scholarship to Stanford University in 1978. While at Stanford, she won the 1979 AIAW Championships in singles and in doubles with her sister, Barbara Jordan. Her sister won the 1979 Australian Open women's singles title. Her father, Bob Jordan, was instrumental in the development of the WTA deferred compensation plan. Now, Jordan spends her time running for school board in Palo Alto, California.

Major finalsEdit

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Singles: 1 (1 runner–up)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1983 Australian Open Grass   Martina Navratilova 6–2, 7–6(7–5)

Women's doubles: 11 (5 titles, 6 runners-up)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1980 French Open Clay   Anne Smith   Ivanna Madruga
  Adriana Villagrán
6–1, 6–0
Win 1980 Wimbledon Grass   Anne Smith   Rosemary Casals
  Wendy Turnbull
4–6, 7–5, 6–1
Loss 1981 Wimbledon Grass   Anne Smith   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
6–3, 7–6(8–6)
Win 1981 US Open Hard   Anne Smith   Rosemary Casals
  Wendy Turnbull
6–3, 6–3
Win 1981 Australian Open Grass   Anne Smith   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
6–2, 7–5
Loss 1982 Wimbledon Grass   Anne Smith   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
6–4, 6–1
Loss 1983 French Open Clay   Anne Smith   Rosalyn Fairbank
  Candy Reynolds
5–7, 7–5, 6–2
Loss 1984 Wimbledon Grass   Anne Smith   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
6–3, 6–4
Win 1985 Wimbledon Grass   Elizabeth Smylie   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
5–7, 6–3, 6–4
Loss 1987 US Open Hard   Elizabeth Smylie   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
5–7, 6–4, 6–2
Loss 1990 Wimbledon Grass   Elizabeth Smylie   Jana Novotná
  Helena Suková
6–4, 6–1

Mixed doubles: 3 (2 titles, 1 runner–up)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1984 Wimbledon Grass   Steve Denton   Wendy Turnbull
  John Lloyd
6–3, 6–3
Win 1986 French Open Clay   Ken Flach   Rosalyn Fairbank
  Mark Edmondson
3–6, 7–6(7–3), 6–3
Win 1986 Wimbledon Grass   Ken Flach   Martina Navratilova
  Heinz Günthardt
6–3, 7–6(9–7)

Year-End Championships finalsEdit

Doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner–up)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1982 New York City Carpet   Anne Smith   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
6–4, 6–3
Win 1990 New York City Carpet   Elizabeth Smylie   Mercedes Paz
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
7–6(7–4), 6–4

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles 13 (3–10)Edit

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–1)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Virginia Slims, Avon, Other (3–9)
Titles by Surface
Hard (1–1)
Grass (0–3)
Clay (0–0)
Carpet (2–6)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. January 8, 1979 San Antonio Carpet   Linda Siegel 6–2, 7–5
Winner 2. March 12, 1979 Orlando Hard   Regina Maršíková 4–6, 6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 1. August 13, 1979 Richmond Carpet   Martina Navratilova 1–6, 3–6
Winner 3. March 15, 1982 Boston Carpet   Wendy Turnbull 7–5, 1–6, 6–4
Runner-up 2. April 25, 1983 Atlanta Hard   Pam Shriver 2–6, 0–6
Runner-up 3. September 19, 1983 Richmond Carpet   Rosalyn Fairbank 4–6, 7–5, 4–6
Runner-up 4. October 3, 1983 Detroit Carpet   Virginia Ruzici 6–4, 4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 5. November 21, 1983 Sydney Grass   Jo Durie 3–6, 5–5
Runner-up 6. November 28, 1983 Australian Open Grass   Martina Navratilova 2–6, 6–7(5–7)
Runner-up 7. March 19, 1984 Dallas Carpet   Hana Mandlíková 6–7(3–7), 6–3, 1–6
Runner-up 8. June 18, 1984 Eastbourne Grass   Martina Navratilova 4–6, 1–6
Runner-up 9. May 13, 1985 Melbourne Carpet   Pam Shriver 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 10. February 24, 1986 Oakland Carpet   Chris Evert-Lloyd 2–6, 4–6

Doubles 78 (42–36)Edit

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (6–6)
WTA Tour Championships (1–1)
Tier I (0–0)
Tier II (1–0)
Tier III (1–0)
Tier IV (2–1)
Tier V (0–0)
Virginia Slims, Avon, Other (31–28)
Titles by Surface
Hard (16–3)
Grass (4–9)
Clay (6–7)
Carpet (16–17)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent Score
Winner 1. January 8, 1979 San Antonio Carpet   Wendy White   Bunny Bruning
  Valerie Ziegenfuss
6–2, 6–2
Winner 2. August 6, 1979 Indianapolis Clay   Anne Smith   Penny Johnson
  Paula Smith
6–1, 6–0
Runner-up 1. January 21, 1980 Chicago Carpet   Sylvia Hanika   Billie Jean King
  Martina Navratilova
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 2. February 4, 1980 Los Angeles Carpet   Anne Smith   Rosemary Casals
  Martina Navratilova
6–7, 2–6
Runner-up 3. February 18, 1980 Detroit Carpet   Anne Smith   Billie Jean King
  Ilana Kloss
6–3, 3–6, 2–6
Winner 3. April 7, 1980 Hilton Head Island Clay   Anne Smith   Candy Reynolds
  Paula Smith
6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 4. April 14, 1980 Amelia Island Clay   Pam Shriver   Rosemary Casals
  Ilana Kloss
6–7, 6–7
Winner 4. May 26, 1980 French Open Clay   Anne Smith   Ivanna Madruga
  Adriana Villagrán
6–1, 6–0
Winner 5. June 16, 1980 Eastbourne Grass   Anne Smith   Pam Shriver
  Betty Stöve
6–4, 6–1
Winner 6. June 23, 1980 Wimbledon Grass   Anne Smith   Rosemary Casals
  Wendy Turnbull
4–6, 7–5, 6–1
Winner 7. September 15, 1980 Las Vegas Hard (I)   Anne Smith   Martina Navratilova
  Betty Stöve
2–6, 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 5. September 22, 1980 Atlanta Carpet   Anne Smith   Barbara Potter
  Sharon Walsh
3–6, 1–6
Winner 8. October 20, 1980 Brighton Carpet   Anne Smith   Martina Navratilova
  Betty Stöve
6–3, 7–5
Runner-up 6. November 3, 1980 Filderstadt Hard (I)   Anne Smith   Hana Mandlíková
  Betty Stöve
4–6, 5–7
Winner 9. January 19, 1981 Cincinnati Carpet   Anne Smith   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
1–6, 6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 7. March 9, 1981 Dallas Carpet   Anne Smith   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
5–7, 4–6
Winner 10. April 20, 1981 Amelia Island Clay   Paula Smith   JoAnne Russell
  Pam Shriver
6–3, 5–7, 7–6
Runner-up 8. June 15, 1981 Eastbourne Grass   Anne Smith   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
7–6, 2–6, 1–6
Runner-up 9. 22 June 1981 Wimbledon Grass   Anne Smith   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
3–6, 6–7(6–8)
Winner 11. July 27, 1981 San Diego Hard   Candy Reynolds   Rosemary Casals
  Pam Shriver
6–1, 2–6, 6–4
Runner-up 10. August 10, 1981 Richmond Carpet   Anne Smith   Sue Barker
  Ann Kiyomura
6–4, 6–7, 4–6
Winner 12. September 1, 1981 US Open Hard   Anne Smith   Rosemary Casals
  Wendy Turnbull
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 11. November 23, 1981 Sydney Grass   Anne Smith   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
7–6, 2–6, 4–6
Winner 13. November 30, 1981 Australian Open Grass   Anne Smith   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
6–2, 7–5
Winner 14. January 4, 1982 Washington, D.C. Carpet   Anne Smith   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
6–2, 3–6, 6–1
Runner-up 12. January 18, 1982 Seattle Carpet   Anne Smith   Rosemary Casals
  Wendy Turnbull
5–7, 4–6
Winner 15. February 15, 1982 Houston Carpet   Pam Shriver   Sue Barker
  Sharon Walsh
7–6(8–6), 6–2
Runner-up 13. February 22, 1982 Oakland Carpet   Pam Shriver   Barbara Potter
  Sharon Walsh
1–6, 6–3, 6–7(5–7)
Winner 16. March 1, 1982 Los Angeles Carpet   Anne Smith   Barbara Potter
  Sharon Walsh
6–3, 7–5
Winner 17. March 15, 1982 Boston Carpet   Anne Smith   Rosemary Casals
  Wendy Turnbull
7–6, 2–6, 6–4
Runner-up 14. March 24, 1982 Avon Championships Carpet   Anne Smith   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 15. April 15, 1982 Fort Worth Clay   Anne Smith   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
5–7, 3–6
Runner-up 16. April 26, 1982 Orlando Clay   Anne Smith   Rosemary Casals
  Wendy Turnbull
3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 17. June 14, 1982 Eastbourne Grass   Anne Smith   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 18. June 21, 1982 Wimbledon Grass   Anne Smith   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
4–6, 1–6
Winner 18. July 26, 1982 San Diego Hard   Paula Smith   Patricia Medrado
  Cláudia Monteiro
6–3, 5–7, 7–6
Winner 19. August 9, 1982 Atlanta Hard   Betsy Nagelsen   Chris Evert
  Billie Jean King
4–6, 7–6(13–11), 7–6(7–3)
Runner-up 19. January 3, 1983 Washington, D.C. Carpet   Anne Smith   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
6–4, 5–7, 3–6
Runner-up 20. January 30, 1983 Palm Beach Gardens Clay   Paula Smith   Barbara Potter
  Sharon Walsh
4–6, 6–4, 2–6
Runner-up 21. February 14, 1983 Chicago Carpet   Anne Smith   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
1–6, 2–6
Winner 20. February 21, 1983 Palm Springs Hard   Ann Kiyomura   Dianne Fromholtz
  Betty Stöve
6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 22. March 14, 1983 Boston Carpet   Anne Smith   Jo Durie
  Ann Kiyomura
3–6, 1–6
Runner-up 23. March 28, 1983 Tokyo Carpet   Anne Smith   Billie Jean King
  Sharon Walsh
1–6, 1–6
Runner-up 24. May 23, 1983 French Open Clay   Anne Smith   Rosalyn Fairbank
  Candy Reynolds
7–5, 5–7, 2–6
Runner-up 25. September 19, 1983 Richmond Carpet   Barbara Potter   Rosalyn Fairbank
  Candy Reynolds
7–6(7–3), 2–6, 1–6
Runner-up 26. 26 September 1983 Hartford Carpet   Barbara Potter   Billie Jean King
  Sharon Walsh
6–3, 3–6, 4–6
Winner 21. October 3, 1983 Detroit Carpet   Barbara Potter   Rosemary Casals
  Wendy Turnbull
6–4, 6–1
Winner 22. April 16, 1984 Amelia Island Clay   Anne Smith   Anne Hobbs
  Mima Jaušovec
6–4, 3–6, 6–4
Runner-up 27. June 25, 1984 Wimbledon Grass   Anne Smith   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
3–6, 4–6
Winner 23. August 20, 1984 Montreal Hard   Elizabeth Smylie   Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
  Hana Mandlíková
6–1, 6–2
Winner 24. January 21, 1985 Key Biscayne Hard   Elizabeth Smylie   Svetlana Parkhomenko
  Larisa Savchenko
6–4, 7–6(7–2)
Winner 25. January 28, 1985 Marco Island Hard   Elizabeth Smylie   Camille Benjamin
  Bonnie Gadusek
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 28. February 4, 1985 Delray Beach Hard   Hana Mandlíková   Gigi Fernández
  Martina Navratilova
6–7(4–7), 2–6
Winner 26. April 1, 1985 Tokyo Carpet   Elizabeth Smylie   Betsy Nagelsen
  Anne White
6–4, 5–7, 2–6
Runner-up 29. May 13, 1985 Melbourne Carpet   Anne Hobbs   Pam Shriver
  Elizabeth Smylie
2–6, 7–5, 1–6
Runner-up 30. June 17, 1985 Eastbourne Grass   Elizabeth Smylie   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
5–7, 4–6
Winner 27. June 24, 1985 Wimbledon Grass   Elizabeth Smylie   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
5–7, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 28. August 12, 1985 Mahwah Hard   Elizabeth Smylie   Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
  Helena Suková
7–6(8–6), 6–3
Winner 29. September 16, 1985 Chicago Carpet   Elizabeth Smylie   Elise Burgin
  JoAnne Russell
6–2, 6–2
Winner 30. January 20, 1986 Wichita Carpet   Candy Reynolds   JoAnne Russell
  Anne Smith
6–3, 6–7(5–7), 6–3
Winner 31. January 27, 1986 Key Biscayne Hard   Elizabeth Smylie   Betsy Nagelsen
  Barbara Potter
7–6(7–5), 2–6, 6–2
Winner 32. March 3, 1986 Princeton Carpet   Elizabeth Smylie   Hana Mandlíková
  Helena Suková
6–3, 7–5
Runner-up 31. March 28, 1986 Nashville Carpet   Elizabeth Smylie   Barbara Potter
  Pam Shriver
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 32. March 31, 1986 Marco Island Clay   Elise Burgin   Martina Navratilova
  Andrea Temesvári
5–7, 2–6
Winner 33. September 29, 1986 Hilversum Carpet   Helena Suková   Tine Scheuer-Larsen
  Catherine Tanvier
7–5, 6–1
Winner 34. April 13, 1987 Tokyo Hard   Betsy Nagelsen   Sandy Collins
  Sharon Walsh
6–3, 7–5
Winner 35. April 20, 1987 Houston Clay   Martina Navratilova   Zina Garrison
  Lori McNeil
6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 33. July 13, 1987 Newport Grass   Anne Hobbs   Gigi Fernández
  Lori McNeil
6–7(5–7), 5–7
Winner 36. July 27, 1987 Aptos Hard   Robin White   Lea Antonoplis
  Barbara Gerken
6–1, 6–0
Runner-up 34. August 31, 1987 US Open Hard   Elizabeth Smylie   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
7–5, 4–6, 2–6
Winner 37. October 19, 1987 Brighton Carpet   Helena Suková   Tine Scheuer-Larsen
  Catherine Tanvier
7–5, 6–1
Winner 38. March 26, 1990 San Antonio Hard   Elizabeth Smylie   Gigi Fernández
  Robin White
7–5, 7–5
Winner 39. April 9, 1990 Tokyo Hard   Elizabeth Smylie   Hu Na
  Michelle Jaggard
6–0, 3–6, 6–1
Runner-up 35. May 21, 1990 Strasbourg Clay   Elizabeth Smylie   Nicole Provis
  Elna Reinach
1–6, 4–6
Runner-up 36. June 25, 1990 Wimbledon Grass   Elizabeth Smylie   Jana Novotná
  Helena Suková
3–6, 4–6
Winner 40. October 29, 1990 Nashville Hard (I)   Larisa Neiland   Brenda Schultz
  Caroline Vis
6–1, 6–2
Winner 41. November 12, 1990 Virginia Slims Championships Carpet   Elizabeth Smylie   Mercedes Paz
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
7–6(7–4), 6–4
Winner 42. January 28, 1991 Tokyo Carpet   Elizabeth Smylie   Mary Joe Fernández
  Robin White
4–6, 6–0, 6–3

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 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 W–L
Australian Open A A A A A 3R A F A A NH A A A A 7–2
French Open A A A QF 3R A 4R 2R A 1R A A A A 8–5
Wimbledon A A 4R 4R 4R 3R QF SF 2R 4R 1R A A 1R 21–10
US Open Q 2R 4R 4R 4R 1R 4R 2R 4R 4R 1R A A 1R 23–12
Year End Ranking NR NR 11 13 15 21 14 10 19 15 35 NR NR 205

DoublesEdit

Tournament 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 W–L
Australian Open A A A W A SF A A NH A A A 3R QF 13–3
French Open A 2R W QF A F QF A QF A A A 2R QF 24–7
Wimbledon A 1R W F F QF F W 3R QF A A F QF 39–9
US Open QF 2R SF W QF SF 3R 2R QF F A QF SF A 38–11
Year End Ranking 4 5 10 10 NR 65 9 21

Mixed doublesEdit

Tournament 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 W–L
Australian Open NH NH NH NH NH NH NH NH A A A A 2R 1–1
French Open A 2R A A A A A W A A A 1R QF 9–3
Wimbledon A 1R A A QF F SF W QF A A 2R 2R 21–7
US Open 2R A A A 2R QF 1R QF 2R A A 1R A 7–7

Note: The Australian Open was held twice in 1977, in January and December.

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