Michelle Jaggard-Lai

Michelle Jaggard-Lai (born 6 May 1969) is a retired professional tennis player from Australia. Jaggard-Lai turned pro in 1984. She won 3 doubles titles during her career on the WTA Tour. She reached the quarterfinals in doubles of the 1992 Australian Open, partnering Kimiko Date. In singles, she reached the 3rd round of the 1989 Australian Open. She reached a career-high doubles ranking of No. 42 in February 1991 and a high singles ranking of No. 83 in May 1993.

Michelle Jaggard-Lai
Michelle Jaggard-Lai Jan 1994.jpg
Michelle Jaggard-Lai at Brisbane Hardcourt Championships January 1994
Country (sports) Australia
ResidenceSydney, Australia
Born (1969-05-06) 6 May 1969 (age 52)
Sydney, Australia
Height1.46 m (4 ft 9 in)
Turned pro1984
Retired1994
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$406,279
Singles
Career record179–178
Career titles0 WTA, 2 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 83 (10 May 1993)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (1989)
French Open2R (1989, 1990)
Wimbledon1R (1987, 1988, 1989, 1993)
US Open1R (1993)
Doubles
Career record147–138
Career titles3 WTA, 7 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 42 (4 February 1991)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (1992)
French Open2R (1987, 1988, 1990, 1992)
Wimbledon2R (1986, 1988, 1989, 1991)
US Open3R (1993)
Last updated on: 19 April 2008.

She was a member of the Australia Fed Cup team that lost in the final of the 1993 Federation Cup.

Jaggard-Lai played in the Main Draw in singles at the Australian Open 8 times, the French Open 6 times, Wimbledon 4 times & the US Open once. She played in the Main Draw in doubles at the Australian Open 7 times, the French Open 9 times, Wimbledon 9 times & the US Open 6 times.

She married ex-professional soccer player from the Netherlands Gershwin Lai in February or March 1992.

Jaggard-Lai retired from the tour at the end of 1994 (aged just 25 & ranked # 2 in Australia in singles at the time). Together with her husband, she is a tennis teacher at Wakehurst Tennis in Seaforth, New South Wales, Australia.[1]

WTA Tour Finals (3–2)Edit

Doubles (3–2)Edit

Outcome No. Date Location Surface Partnering Opponent in final Score
Winner 1. 26 October 1987 Indianapolis, United States Hard (i)   Jenny Byrne   Beverly Bowes
  Hu Na
6–2, 6–3
Winner 2. 24 July 1989 Schenectady, United States Hard   Hu Na   Sandra Birch
  Debbie Graham
6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 1. 5 February 1990 Wellington, New Zealand Hard   Julie Richardson   Natalia Medvedeva
  Leila Meskhi
3–6, 6–2, 4–6
Runner-up 2. 9 April 1990 Tokyo, Japan Hard   Hu Na   Kathy Jordan
  Elizabeth Smylie
0–6, 6–3, 1–6
Winner 3. 20 November 1994 Taipei, Chinese Taipei Hard   Rene Simpson   Nancy Feber
  Alexandra Fusai
6–0, 7–6(10)

ITF Circuit finalsEdit

Singles (2–6)Edit

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 12 May 1986 Lee-on-the-Solent, United Kingdom Clay   Hellas ter Riet 3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 2. 12 October 1986 Kofu, Japan Hard   Kumiko Okamoto 6–7, 0–6
Winner 1. 11 November 1990 Mount Gambier, Australia Hard   Tracey Morton-Rodgers 7–6, 6–3
Runner-up 3. 18 November 1990 Nuriootpa, Australia Hard   Suzanna Wibowo 4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 4. 1 December 1991 Mildura, Australia Hard   Rennae Stubbs 4–6, 6–1, 6–7
Runner-up 5. 23 November 1992 Nuriootpa, Australia Hard   Alexandra Fusai 6–7, 6–3, 3–6
Winner 2. 21 November 1993 Port Pirie, Australia Hard   Jane Taylor 6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 6. 28 November 1993 Nuriootpa, Australia Hard   Nicole Pratt 7–6, 4–6, 4–6

Doubles (7–1)Edit

Outcome No. Date Location Surface Partnering Opponent in final Score
Winner 1. 6 October 1986 Chiba, Japan Hard   Belinda Cordwell   Kumiko Okamoto
  Naoko Sato
6–2, 7–6(3)
Winner 2. 31 October 1986 Sydney, Australia Hard   Lisa O'Neill   Nicole Bradtke
  Louise Field
w/o
Winner 3. 17 September 1990 Chiba, Japan Hard   Marianne Werdel   Eva Pfaff
  Julie Richardson
6–4, 6–7, 7–6
Winner 4. 10 November 1991 Port Pirie, Australia Grass   Jo-Anne Faull   Kerry-Anne Guse
  Justine Hodder
6–2, 7–5
Winner 5. 10 May 1992 Porto, Portugal Clay   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Jennifer Fuchs
  Maria Strandlund
6–3, 7–5
Winner 6. 26 October 1992 Jakarta, Indonesia Clay   Kristine Kunce   Kristin Godridge
  Nicole Pratt
3–6, 6–3, 6–2
Winner 7. 2 November 1992 Machida, Japan Grass   Julie Richardson   Ingelise Driehuis
  Maya Kidowaki
6–3, 7–5
Runner-up 1. 6 December 1992 Mildura, Australia Hard   Elizabeth Smylie   Catherine Barclay
  Louise Stacey
3–6, 4–6

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Our team – Coaching crew at Wakehurst Tennis