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Lea Antonoplis (born January 20, 1959) is a former professional tennis player from the U.S. who won the Wimbledon Girls' Singles in 1977 and four WTA doubles titles.[1]

Lea Antonoplis
Country (sports) USA
Born (1959-01-20) January 20, 1959 (age 60)
West Covina, United States
Height5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Retired1991
PlaysRight-handed
Singles
Career record78–96
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 66 (February 4, 1985)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (1988)
French Open1R (1983, 1984)
Wimbledon4R (1977)
US Open3R (1976)
Wimbledon JuniorW (1977)
Doubles
Career record99–110
Career titles4
Highest rankingNo. 55 (September 14, 1987)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (1982, 1984)
French Open3R (1983, 1987)
Wimbledon3R (1978, 1979, 1983)
US Open3R (1977)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open1R (1987)
Wimbledon2R (1979, 1987)
US Open1R (1979)

Early lifeEdit

Antonoplis attended Glendora High School from 1974 to 1977 and graduated from the University of Southern California. In 1974, she played and exhibition in Claremont, CA at the Roadway Inn Tennis Club with Elgin Baylor, Lawrence Mc Cutcheon, and Tracy Austin, arranged by Dale Jensen.[2]

Tennis careerEdit

In 1974, Antonoplis played her first Grand Slam match in the US Open, losing to Sue Mappin in three sets. In the 1976 Wimbledon Championships, she lost to Natasha Chmyreva in the quarterfinals of the girls' singles. In the 1977 Wimbledon Championships, Antonoplis won the girls' singles, beating compatriot Peanut Louie-Harper in the final in straight sets.[3]

In 1979, she won her first WTA doubles title in the Player's Canadian Open with Diane Evers, winning the final against Chris O'Neil and Mimmi Wikstedt 2–6, 6–1, 6–3. In 1983, she won two doubles titles with Barbara Jordan. In Indianapolis, they beat Rosalyn Fairbank and Candy Reynolds 5–7, 6–4, 7–5 in the final, and in Hershey they beat Sherry Acker and Ann Henricksson 6–3, 6–4. In 1986, she won her fourth and last WTA doubles title with Barbara Gerken, beating Gigi Fernández and Susan Leo 6–1, 6–2 in the final.[1]

Antonoplis also acquired some notability at a 1976 satellite tournament in South Orange, New Jersey when she won a three-set semifinal match against Renée Richards. This was the first tournament in which Richards competed after it was revealed that she had undergone a sex-change procedure.

WTA Tour finalsEdit

Doubles 10 (3–7)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam 0
WTA Championships 0
Tier I 0
Tier II 0
Tier III 0
Tier IV & V 0
Titles by Surface
Hard 2
Clay 0
Grass 0
Carpet 1
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. February 14, 1983 Indianapolis, Indiana, USA Hard   Barbara Jordan   Rosalyn Fairbank
  Candy Reynolds
5–7, 6–4, 7–5
Winner 2. February 20, 1983 Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA Hard   Barbara Jordan   Sherry Acker
  Ann Henricksson
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 3. November 13, 1983 Ginny Championships, USA Carpet   Barbara Jordan   Rosalyn Fairbank
  Candy Reynolds
7–5, 5–7, 3–6
Runner-up 4. August 5, 1984 Newport, Rhode Island, USA Grass   Beverly Mould   Anna-Maria Fernandez
  Peanut Louie
5–7, 6–7
Runner-up 5. December 15, 1985 Auckland, New Zealand Grass   Adriana Villagrán   Anne Hobbs
  Candy Reynolds
1–6, 3–6
Winner 6. October 12, 1986 Taipei Carpet   Barbara Gerken   Gigi Fernández
  Susan Leo
6–1, 6–2
Runner-up 7. August 2, 1987 Aptos, California, USA Hard   Barbara Gerken   Kathy Jordan
  Robin White
1–6, 0–6
Runner-up 8. November 8, 1987 Little Rock, Arkansas, USA Hard   Barbara Gerken   Mary-Lou Daniels
  Robin White
2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 9. April 17, 1988 Tokyo Outdoor, Japan Hard   Barbara Gerken   Gigi Fernández
  Robin White
1–6, 4–6
Runner-up 10. July 24, 1988 Schenectady, New York, USA Hard   Cammy MacGregor   Ann Henricksson
  Julie Richardson
3–6, 6–3, 5–7

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Antonoplis, Lea (USA)". Players – Biography. ITF. Retrieved January 25, 2010.
  2. ^ Emery, David (1983). Who's who in international tennis. New York: Facts on File Publications. ISBN 0-87196-789-8.
  3. ^ Jim Bainbridge (1978). 1978 Colgate Series Media Guide. New York: H.O. Zimman Inc. p. 23.

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