Sherry Acker

Sherry Acker (born June 16, 1959), is a former tennis player from the U.S. who was active in the late 1970s and first half of the 1980s.

Sherry Acker
Country (sports)US
Born (1959-06-16) June 16, 1959 (age 61)
Kalamazoo, U.S.
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Turned pro1978
Career record0–2
Highest ranking27 (31 December 1980)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (1981, 1982, 1983)
French Open2R (1979)
Wimbledon3R (1980, 1981)
US Open4R (1979)
Career record1–1
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (1981, 1983)
French OpenQF (1979)
WimbledonQF (1981)
US OpenSF (1979)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open2R (1979)
WimbledonSF (1981)
US OpenQF (1983)

Acker was taught tennis by her father who was the coach at Kalamazoo College. In 1971, she won the girls' national singles and doubles title for 12-year-olds. She attended Kalamazoo Central High School and played on the varsity boys' tennis team. She attended the University of Florida and turned pro in 1978.[2]

In the doubles competition, her best result at a Grand Slam was reaching the semifinals at the 1979 US Open with Julie Anthony, losing to Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova. At the same tournament, she reached the fourth round of the singles event in which she was beaten in three sets by top-seed Chris Evert. In the mixed doubles, partnering Larry Leeds, she reached the semifinal of the 1981 Wimbledon Championships, losing to second-seeds and eventual champions Betty Stöve and Frew McMillan.[3]

In 1980, she reached the final of the singles event at the Women's Stuttgart Open as an unseeded player, losing in straight sets to top-seed and defending champion Tracy Austin.[4]

WTA Tour finalsEdit

Singles (1 runner-up)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. November 3, 1980 Filderstadt, West Germany Carpet (i)   Tracy Austin 2–6, 5–7

Doubles (1 title, 2 runners-up)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. February 14, 1983 Philadelphia, Colorado, USA Hard   Ann Henricksson   Lea Antonoplis
  Barbara Jordan
3–6, 4–6
Winner 1. January 9, 1984 Nashville, Tennessee, USA Hard   Candy Reynolds   Mary-Lou Daniels
  Paula Smith
5–7, 7–6, 7–6
Runner-up 2. January 12, 1984 Denver, Colorado, USA Hard   Candy Reynolds   Anne Hobbs
  Marcella Mesker
2–6, 3–6


  1. ^ WTA ranking list 1980
  2. ^ Emery, David, ed. (1983). Who's Who in International Tennis. London: Sphere. p. 6. ISBN 9780722133200.
  3. ^ "Wimbledon players archive – Sherry Acker". AELTC.
  4. ^ John Dolan (2011). Women's Tennis 1968–84: the Ultimate Guide. Remous. p. 375.

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