Laura Rossouw

Laura Rossouw (born 15 July 1946) is a South African former tennis player who was active in the late 1960s and first half of the 1970s.

Laura Rossouw
Full nameLaura Rossouw Le Sueur
Country (sports)South Africa South Africa
Born (1946-07-15) 15 July 1946 (age 73)
Durban, South Africa
Singles
Career titles3
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open4R (1972)
Wimbledon3R (1966, 1972)
US Open2R (1968, 1973)
Doubles
Career titles2
Grand Slam Doubles results
French OpenQF (1969, 1970)
WimbledonQF (1972)
US Open1R (1968, 1972, 1973)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open2R (1969)
Wimbledon3R (1968, 1969)
US OpenQF (1968)

Tennis careerEdit

During her career Rossouw won three singles and two doubles titles. She toured the European circuit for the first time in 1966.[1]

Her best singles result at a Grand Slam tournament was reaching the fourth round at the 1972 French Open, in which she lost to Olga Morozova. In the third round she had defeated fourth-seeded Rosie Casals in straight sets. In the doubles and mixed doubles events she reached he quarterfinal on four occasions.

In December 1970 Rossouw competed for the South African Fed Cup team in the World Group, winning three of the four matches she played.[2]

Career finalsEdit

Singles (3 titles, 1 runner-up)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. May 1970 Naples, Italy [3] Clay   Lesley Hunt 6–1, 6–0
Winner 2. June 1970 Bielefeld, West Germany [3] ?   Kathleen Harter 6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 3. 9 July 1971 Austrian Open, Kitzbühel, Austria [4] Clay   Billie Jean King 2–6, 6–4, 5–7
Winner 4. 31 July 1972 Turkish Championships, Istanbul, Turkey [5] Clay   Julie Anthony 6–8, 6–2, 6–4

Doubles (2 titles, 4 runner-ups)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 23 December 1967 Borders Championships, London, England [6] ?   Maryna Godwin   Winnie Shaw
  Nell Truman
4–6, 3–6
Winner 2. 10 August 1970 Bavarian Open, Munich, Germany [3][7] ?   Brenda Kirk   Fay Moore-Toyne
  Nell Truman
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 3. 10 January 1971 Tasmanian Championships, Hobart, Australia [4] ?   Brenda Kirk   Patti Hogan
  Olga Morozova
2–6, 0–6
Runner-up 4. 17 April 1971 South African Open, Johannesburg, South Africa Hard   Brenda Kirk   Margaret Court
  Evonne Goolagong
3–6, 2–6
Winner 5. 11 July 1971 Swiss Open, Gstaad, Switzerland [4] Clay   Brenda Kirk   Françoise Dürr
  Lea Pericoli
8–6, 6–3
Runner-up 6. 17 June 1973 German Open, Hamburg, West Germany Hard   Kristien Kemmer   Helga Niessen Masthoff
  Heide Orth
1–6, 2–6

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ John Barrett, ed. (1974). World of Tennis '74 : a BP and Commercial Union yearbook. London: Queen Anne Press. p. 284. ISBN 9780362001686.
  2. ^ "Fed Cup – Player profile – Laura Rossouw (RSA)". www.fedcup.com. International Tennis Federation (ITF).
  3. ^ a b c John Barrett, ed. (1971). World of Tennis '71 : a BP yearbook. London: Queen Anne Press. pp. 284, 286. ISBN 978-0-362-00091-7.
  4. ^ a b c John Barrett, ed. (1972). World of Tennis '72. London: Queen Anne Press. pp. 304–305, 316–317. ISBN 9780362001037. OCLC 86035663.
  5. ^ John Barrett, ed. (1973). World of Tennis '73 : a BP and Commercial Union yearbook. London: Queen Anne Press. p. 330. ISBN 9780671216238.
  6. ^ "Okker wint East London". De Telegraaf (in Dutch). Delpher. 27 December 1967. p. 14.
  7. ^ "Goolagong wint in München (Goolagong wins in Munich)". Het Vrije Volk (in Dutch). Delpher. 11 August 1970.

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