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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 67)
San Francisco, California
Height1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
PlaysRight-handed
Singles
Career record127–192
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 4th 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 the 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 is a tennis teacher since 2001.[1]

Contents

WTA Tour finalsEdit

Singles 1Edit

Legend
Grand Slam 0
WTA Championships 0
Tier I 0
Tier II 0
Tier III 0
Tier IV & V 0
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 2 January 1980 Australian Open, Australia Grass   Barbara Jordan 3–6, 3–6

Doubles 44 (23–21)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 5
Clay 4
Grass 4
Carpet 10
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 26 November 1978 Christchurch, New Zealand Grass   Lesley Hunt   Katja Ebbinghaus
  Sylvia Hanika
6–1, 7–5
Runner-up 2. 7 January 1979 Washington DC, USA Carpet   Renée Richards   Mima Jaušovec
  Virginia Ruzici
6–4, 2–6, 4–6
Winner 3. 28 September 1980 Atlanta, Georgia, USA Clay   Barbara Potter   Kathy Jordan
  Anne Smith
6–3, 6–1
Winner 4. 9 November 1980 Hong Kong Clay   Wendy Turnbull   Penny Johnson
  Silvana Urroz
6–1, 6–2
Runner-up 5. 14 December 1980 Adelaide, Australia Grass   Sue Barker   Pam Shriver
  Betty Stöve
4–6, 3–6
Winner 6. 18 January 1981 Kansas City, Missouri, USA Carpet   Barbara Potter   Rosie Casals
  Wendy Turnbull
6–2, 7–6
Runner-up 7. 1 February 1981 Chicago, Illinois, USA Carpet   Barbara Potter   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
3–6, 1–6
Winner 8. 22 March 1981 Boston, Massachusetts, USA Carpet   Barbara Potter   JoAnne Russell
  Virginia Ruzici
6–7, 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 9. 10 May 1981 Tokyo, Japan Carpet   Barbara Potter   Sue Barker
  Ann Kiyomura
5–7, 2–6
Winner 10. 8 November 1981 Hong Kong Clay   Ann Kiyomura   Anne Hobbs
  Susan Leo
6–3, 6–4
Winner 11. 22 November 1981 Perth, Australia Grass   Barbara Potter   Betsy Nagelsen
  Candy Reynolds
6–4, 6–2
Winner 12. 14 February 1982 Kansas City, Missouri, USA Carpet   Barbara Potter   Mary-Lou Daniels
  Anne Smith
4–6, 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 13. 21 February 1982 Houston, Texas, USA Carpet   Sue Barker   Kathy Jordan
  Pam Shriver
6–7, 2–6
Winner 14. 28 February 1982 Oakland, California, USA Carpet   Barbara Potter   Kathy Jordan
  Pam Shriver
6–1, 3–6, 7–6
Runner-up 15. 7 March 1982 Los Angeles, California, USA Carpet   Barbara Potter   Kathy Jordan
  Anne Smith
3–6, 5–7
Runner-up 16. 25 April 1982 Amelia Island, Florida, USA Carpet   Barbara Potter   Leslie Allen
  Mima Jaušovec
1–6, 5–7
Runner-up 17. 22 August 1982 Canadian Open, Canada Hard   Barbara Potter   Martina Navratilova
  Candy Reynolds
4–6, 4–6
Winner 18. 29 August 1982 Mahwah, Hawaii, USA Hard   Barbara Potter   Rosie Casals
  Wendy Turnbull
6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 18. 12 September 1982 US Open, USA Hard   Barbara Potter   Rosie Casals
  Wendy Turnbull
6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 19. 3 October 1982 US Indoors, USA Carpet   Barbara Potter   Rosie Casals
  Wendy Turnbull
6–1, 6–4
Winner 20. 10 October 1982 Deerfield Beach, Florida, USA Hard   Barbara Potter   Rosie Casals
  Wendy Turnbull
7–6, 7–6
Runner-up 21. 1 November 1982 Brighton, England Carpet   Barbara Potter   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
6–2, 5–7, 4–6
Winner 22. 6 February 1983 Palm Beach, Florida, USA Clay   Barbara Potter   Kathy Jordan
  Paula Smith
6–4, 4–6, 6–2
Winner 23. 3 April 1983 Tokyo, Japan Carpet   Billie Jean King   Kathy Jordan
  Anne Smith
6–1, 6–1
Winner 24. 1 May 1983 Atlanta, Georgia, USA Hard   Alycia Moulton   Rosie Casals
  Wendy Turnbull
6–3, 7–6
Winner 25. 13 June 1983 Birmingham, England Grass   Billie Jean King   Beverly Mould
  Liz Smylie
6–2, 6–4
Winner 26. 28 August 1983 Mahwah, Hawaii, USA Hard   Jo Durie   Rosalyn Fairbank
  Candy Reynolds
4–6, 7–5, 6–3
Winner 27. 2 October 1983 US Indoors, USA Carpet   Billie Jean King   Kathy Jordan
  Barbara Potter
3–6, 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 28. 20 November 1983 Brisbane, Australia Grass   Pam Shriver   Anne Hobbs
  Wendy Turnbull
3–6, 4–6
Winner 29. 9 January 1984 Washington DC, USA Carpet   Barbara Potter   Leslie Allen
  Anne White
6–1, 6–7, 6–2
Runner-up 30. 5 February 1984 Houston, Texas, USA Carpet   Barbara Potter   Mima Jaušovec
  Anne White
4–6, 6–3, 6–7
Winner 31. 12 February 1984 Chicago, Illinois, USA Carpet   Billie Jean King   Barbara Potter
  Pam Shriver
5–7, 6–3, 6–3
Winner 32. 31 March 1984 Boston, Massachusetts, USA Carpet   Barbara Potter   Andrea Leand
  Mary-Lou Daniels
7–6, 6–0
Runner-up 33. 16 April 1984 Hilton Head, South Carolina, USA Clay   Anne Hobbs   Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
  Hana Mandlíková
5–7, 2–6
Runner-up 34. 24 September 1984 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA Hard   Barbara Potter   Martina Navratilova
  Liz Smylie
6–2, 2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 35. 28 October 1984 Brighton, England Carpet   Barbara Potter   Alycia Moulton
  Paula Smith
7–6, 3–6, 5–7
Runner-up 36. 25 November 1984 Sydney, Australia Grass   Wendy Turnbull   Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
  Helena Suková
2–6, 6–7
Runner-up 37. 20 January 1985 Denver, Colorado, USA Carpet   Leslie Allen   Mary-Lou Daniels
  Robin White
6–1, 4–6, 5–7
Winner 38. 17 March 1985 Dallas, Texas, USA Carpet   Barbara Potter   Marcella Mesker
  Pascale Paradis
5–7, 6–4, 7–6
Winner 39. 16 June 1985 Birmingham, England Grass   Terry Holladay   Elise Burgin
  Alycia Moulton
6–4, 5–7, 6–3
Winner 40. 19 October 1986 Tokyo, Japan Hard   Sandy Collins   Susan Mascarin
  Betsy Nagelsen
6–1, 6–2
Runner-up 41. 26 October 1986 Singapore Hard   Sandy Collins   Anna-Maria Fernandez
  Julie Richardson
3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 42. 19 April 1987 Tokyo, Japan Hard   Sandy Collins   Kathy Jordan
  Betsy Nagelsen
3–6, 5–7
Runner-up 43. 26 April 1987 Taipei Carpet   Sandy Collins   Cammy MacGregor
  Cynthia MacGregor
6–7, 7–5, 4–6
Runner-up 44. 9 August 1987 San Diego, California, USA Hard   Elise Burgin   Jana Novotná
  Catherine Suire
3–6, 4–6

Grand Slam tournament 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 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 SR
Grand Slam tournaments
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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