Sharon Walsh

Sharon Walsh-Arnold (née Walsh; born February 24, 1952) is a former professional tennis player from the United States.

Sharon Walsh
Country (sports) United States
Born (1952-02-24) February 24, 1952 (age 68)
San Francisco, California
Height1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
PlaysRight-handed
Singles
Career record127–192
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 22 (February 1982)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenF (1979)
French Open2R (1973, 1979, 1982)
Wimbledon3R (1981, 1981, 1987)
US Open4R (1981)
Doubles
Career record430–234
Career titles23
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenSF (1980, 1982–85)
French OpenSF (1982)
WimbledonSF (1982, 1984)
US OpenF (1982)

Walsh enjoyed a long career by modern standards, playing her first Grand Slam singles event in 1969 and her last Grand Slam doubles match in 1990.[2] She was a finalist at the 1979 Australian Open where she lost to Barbara Jordan. She reached the fourth round of the 1981 US Open and the final of the doubles there the following year with Barbara Potter. She did not claim a WTA Tour singles title, although she had some success against top players, beating Hana Mandlíková in both their encounters (Christchurch 1978 and Australian Open 1983).[3] She achieved her highest singles ranking of 22 in 1982, but was more regarded as a doubles player, winning 30 titles in all.

Walsh married Michael H. Pete, on the 20th of April 1985, in Sausalito, California. She competed as Sharon Walsh-Pete as from May 1985. Currently(2011) she is married to Steve Arnold and lives in Colorado Springs where she has been a tennis teacher since 2001.[1]

WTA Tour finalsEdit

Singles: 1 (0–1)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments
WTA Championships
Tier I
Tier II
Tier III
Tier IV & V
Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1. Jan 1980 Australian Open, Melbourne Grass   Barbara Jordan 3–6, 3–6

Doubles: 44 (23–21)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments
WTA Championships
Tier I
Tier II
Tier III
Tier IV & V
Titles by surface
Hard 5
Clay 4
Grass 4
Carpet 10
Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1. Nov 1978 Christchurch, New Zealand Grass   Lesley Hunt   Katja Ebbinghaus
  Sylvia Hanika
6–1, 7–5
Loss 2. Jan 1979 Washington DC, US Carpet (i)   Renée Richards   Mima Jaušovec
  Virginia Ruzici
6–4, 2–6, 4–6
Win 3. Sept 1980 Atlanta, USA Clay   Barbara Potter   Kathy Jordan
  Anne Smith
6–3, 6–1
Win 4. Nov 1980 Hong Kong Clay   Wendy Turnbull   Penny Johnson
  Silvana Urroz
6–1, 6–2
Loss 5. Dec 1980 Adelaide, Australia Grass   Sue Barker   Pam Shriver
  Betty Stöve
4–6, 3–6
Win 6. Jan 1981 Kansas City, US Carpet (i)   Barbara Potter   Rosie Casals
  Wendy Turnbull
6–2, 7–6
Loss 7. Feb 1981 Chicago, US Carpet (i)   Barbara Potter   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
3–6, 1–6
Win 8. Mar 1981 Boston, US Carpet (i)   Barbara Potter   JoAnne Russell
  Virginia Ruzici
6–7, 6–4, 6–3
Loss 9. May 1981 Tokyo, Japan Carpet   Barbara Potter   Sue Barker
  Ann Kiyomura
5–7, 2–6
Win 10. Nov 1981 Hong Kong Clay   Ann Kiyomura   Anne Hobbs
  Susan Leo
6–3, 6–4
Win 11. Nov 1981 Perth,Australia Grass   Barbara Potter   Betsy Nagelsen
  Candy Reynolds
6–4, 6–2
Win 12. Feb 1982 Kansas City, US Carpet (i)   Barbara Potter   Mary-Lou Daniels
  Anne Smith
4–6, 6–2, 6–2
Loss 13. Feb 1982 Houston, US Carpet (i)   Sue Barker   Kathy Jordan
  Pam Shriver
6–7, 2–6
Win 14. Feb 1982 Oakland, US Carpet (i)   Barbara Potter   Kathy Jordan
  Pam Shriver
6–1, 3–6, 7–6
Loss 15. Mar 1982 Los Angeles, US Carpet   Barbara Potter   Kathy Jordan
  Anne Smith
3–6, 5–7
Loss 16. Apr 1982 Amelia Island, USA Carpet   Barbara Potter   Leslie Allen
  Mima Jaušovec
1–6, 5–7
Loss 17. Aug 1982 Canadian Open Hard   Barbara Potter   Martina Navratilova
  Candy Reynolds
4–6, 4–6
Win 18. Aug 1982 Mahwah, Hawaii, US Hard   Barbara Potter   Rosie Casals
  Wendy Turnbull
6–1, 6–4
Loss 18. Sep 1982 US Open, New York Hard   Barbara Potter   Rosie Casals
  Wendy Turnbull
6–1, 6–4
Loss 19. Oct 1982 U.S. Indoors Carpet (i)   Barbara Potter   Rosie Casals
  Wendy Turnbull
6–1, 6–4
Win 20. Oct 1982 Deerfield Beach, US Hard   Barbara Potter   Rosie Casals
  Wendy Turnbull
7–6, 7–6
Loss 21. Nov 1982 Brighton, England Carpet (i)   Barbara Potter   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
6–2, 5–7, 4–6
Win 22. Feb 1983 Palm Beach, US Clay   Barbara Potter   Kathy Jordan
  Paula Smith
6–4, 4–6, 6–2
Win 23. Apr 1983 Tokyo, Japan Carpet   Billie Jean King   Kathy Jordan
  Anne Smith
6–1, 6–1
Win 24. May 1983 Atlanta, US Hard   Alycia Moulton   Rosie Casals
  Wendy Turnbull
6–3, 7–6
Win 25. Jun 1983 Birmingham, England Grass   Billie Jean King   Beverly Mould
  Liz Smylie
6–2, 6–4
Win 26. Aug 1983 Mahwah, Hawaii, US Hard   Jo Durie   Rosalyn Fairbank
  Candy Reynolds
4–6, 7–5, 6–3
Win 27. Oct 1983 U.S. Indoors Carpet (i)   Billie Jean King   Kathy Jordan
  Barbara Potter
3–6, 6–3, 6–4
Loss 28. Nov 1983 Brisbane, Australia Grass   Pam Shriver   Anne Hobbs
  Wendy Turnbull
3–6, 4–6
Win 29. Jan 1984 Washington DC, US Carpet (i)   Barbara Potter   Leslie Allen
  Anne White
6–1, 6–7, 6–2
Loss 30. Feb 1984 Houston, US Carpet   Barbara Potter   Mima Jaušovec
  Anne White
4–6, 6–3, 6–7
Win 31. Feb 1984 Chicago, US Carpet   Billie Jean King   Barbara Potter
  Pam Shriver
5–7, 6–3, 6–3
Win 32. Mar 1984 Boston, US Carpet (i)   Barbara Potter   Andrea Leand
  Mary-Lou Daniels
7–6, 6–0
Loss 33. Apr 1984 Hilton Head, US Clay   Anne Hobbs   Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
  Hana Mandlíková
5–7, 2–6
Loss 34. Sep 1984 Fort Lauderdale, US Hard   Barbara Potter   Martina Navratilova
  Liz Smylie
6–2, 2–6, 3–6
Loss 35. Oct 1984 Brighton, England Carpet (i)   Barbara Potter   Alycia Moulton
  Paula Smith
7–6, 3–6, 5–7
Loss 36. Nov 1984 Sydney, Australia Grass   Wendy Turnbull   Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
  Helena Suková
2–6, 6–7
Loss 37. Jan 1985 Denver, US Carpet (i)   Leslie Allen   Mary-Lou Daniels
  Robin White
6–1, 4–6, 5–7
Win 38. Mar 1985 Dallas, US Carpet (i)   Barbara Potter   Marcella Mesker
  Pascale Paradis
5–7, 6–4, 7–6
Win 39. Jun 1985 Birmingham, England Grass   Terry Holladay   Elise Burgin
  Alycia Moulton
6–4, 5–7, 6–3
Win 40. Oct 1986 Tokyo, Japan Hard   Sandy Collins   Susan Mascarin
  Betsy Nagelsen
6–1, 6–2
Loss 41. Oct 1986 Singapore Hard   Sandy Collins   Anna-Maria Fernandez
  Julie Richardson
3–6, 2–6
Loss 42. Apr 1987 Tokyo, Japan Hard   Sandy Collins   Kathy Jordan
  Betsy Nagelsen
3–6, 5–7
Loss 43. Apr 1987 Taipei, Taiwan Carpet   Sandy Collins   Cammy MacGregor
  Cynthia MacGregor
6–7, 7–5, 4–6
Loss 44. Aug 1987 San Diego, US Hard   Elise Burgin   Jana Novotná
  Catherine Suire
3–6, 4–6

Grand Slam singles 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)
Tournament 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 SR
Australian Open A A QF A A A A A A A A F 1R 2R 3R 3R QF 1R NH 1R 1R 0 / 10
French Open A A A 1R 2R A 1R A 1R 1R 2R A A 2R A A A A 1R A 0 / 8
Wimbledon A 3R A 2R 1R 2R 2R A 1R 2R 1R 1R 3R 2R 2R 1R 1R A 3R 1R 0 / 16
US Open 1R 3R A 3R 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R 2R 4R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R A 0 / 18
Strike Rate 0 / 1 0 / 2 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 1 0 / 4 0 / 2 0 / 52

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

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