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Valda Lake (born 11 October 1968) is a former tennis player from Great Britain who began playing professionally in 1983 and retired in 1997. Over the course of her career she reached a career-high singles ranking of world number 172 in singles (achieved on 11 April 1988) and number 56 in doubles (achieved on 20 June 1994). During her career, Lake was more successful in doubles than she was in singles, winning eight ITF titles and reaching the final of the 1994 China Open.[1] She represented Great Britain in the Olympics held in Atlanta 1996 playing doubles with Clare Wood and reaching the quarter-finals before losing to the Gold Medalist American Team- Gigi Fernandez and Mary Jo Fernandez. Currently lives in Los Angeles and owns an art gallery "Wallspace" and is a set decorator in TV commercials.

Valda Lake
Full nameValda Lake
Country (sports) Great Britain
Born (1968-10-11) 11 October 1968 (age 51)
Torquay, Devon, UK
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Turned pro1983
Retired1997
Prize money$169,985
Singles
Career record82–111
Career titles0 WTA (0 ITF)
Highest ranking172 (11 April 1988)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (1988)
Wimbledon2R (1989)
Doubles
Career record156–186
Career titles0 WTA (8 ITF)
Highest ranking56 (20 June 1994)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (1994)
French Open1R (1994, 1995, 1996)
Wimbledon3R (1993)
US Open1R (1993, 1994, 1995)
Mixed doubles
Career record2–5
Career titles0
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon2R (1994, 1995)

WTA tour and ITF circuit finalsEdit

Singles: 2 (1–1)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
WTA Tier I (0–0)
WTA Tier II – IV (0–0)
ITF Circuit (0–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–1)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 10 May 1993 $10,000 Basingston, Great Britain Hard   Marianne Vallin 2–6, 6–7(6–8)

Doubles: 18 (8–10)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
WTA Tier I (0–0)
WTA Tier II – IV (0–1)
ITF Circuit (8–9)
Finals by surface
Hard (3–8)
Clay (2–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (3–1)
Outcome Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 21 July 1986 $5,000 Amersfoort, Netherlands Clay   Kaye Hand   Ingelise Driehuis
  Simone Schilder
1–6, 6–4, 0–6
Winner 17 November 1986 $10,000 Croydon, Great Britain Carpet (i)   Clare Wood   Digna Ketelaar
  Simone Schilder
7–6, 2–6, 7–5
Runner-up 1 December 1986 $10,000 Vereeniging, South Africa Hard   Katie Rickett   Mary Daily
  Cornelia Lechner
4–6, 1–6
Runner-up 8 December 1986 $10,000 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard   Katie Rickett   Linda Barnard
  Mariaan de Swardt
4–6, 6–7
Runner-up 15 December 1986 $25,000 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard   Katie Rickett   Elna Reinach
  Monica Reinach
4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 20 April 1987 $10,000 Queens, Great Britain Hard   Isle de Ruysscher   Jo Louis
  Frederique Martin
1–6, 7–5, 4–6
Winner 11 May 1987 $10,000 Lee-on-Solent, Great Britain Clay   Andrea Tiezzi   Ilana Berger
  Titia Wilmink
6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 3 October 1988 $25,000 Eastbourne, Great Britain Hard (i)   Anne Simpkin   Carin Bakkum
  Simone Schilder
4–6, 4–6
Winner 18 September 1989 $10,000 Bangkok, Thailand Hard   Claudine Toleafoa   Paulette Moreno
  Karin Ptaszek
7–6, 1–6, 7–5
Winner 18 February 1991 $10,000 Croydon, Great Britain Carpet (i)   Sara Gomer   Claire Wegink
  Dorien Wamelink
6–3, 2–6, 7–5
Runner-up 25 February 1991 $10,000 Norwich, Great Britain Carpet (i)   Anne Simpkin   Anke Marchl
  Dorien Wamelink
4–6, 6–2, 1–6
Runner-up 29 April 1991 $10,000 Basingstoke, Great Britain Hard   Virginia Humphreys-Davis   Caroline Billingham
  Lesley O'Halloran
5–7, 6–3, 4–6
Winner 16 September 1991 $25,000 Sofia, Bulgaria Clay   Meike Babel   Ivana Havrlíková
  Kateřina Šišková
7–5, 6–0
Runner-up 26 April 1993 $10,000 Lee-on-Solent, Great Britain Hard   Colette Hall   Paula Iversen
  Michele Mair
2–6, 4–6
Winner 10 May 1993 $10,000 Basingston, Great Britain Hard   Robyn Mawdsley   Sabine Haas
  Liezel Horn
3–6, 6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 14 February 1994 $100,000 China Open, Beijing, China Hard (i)   Kerry-Anne Guse   Chen Li-Ling
  Fang Li
0–6, 2–6
Winner 26 February 1996 $50,000 Southampton, Great Britain Carpet (i)   Clare Wood   Laura Golarsa
  Tina Križan
6–4, 4–6, 6–3
Winner 4 March 1996 $25,000 Rockford, United States Hard   Elly Hakami   Anna Kournikova
  Ludmila Varmužová
6–2, 6–3

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