Valerie Ziegenfuss

Valerie Bradshaw (née Ziegenfuss; June 29, 1949) is an American former female professional tennis player. She started as an amateur player at the beginning of the 1970s, then turned professional.

Valerie Ziegenfuss
Valerie Ziegenfuss 1973.jpg
Ziegenfuss in 1973
Country (sports) United States
Born (1949-06-29) June 29, 1949 (age 73)
San Diego, California
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) [1]
Career record25–44
Grand Slam singles results
French Open4R (1972)
Wimbledon3R (1970, 1973, 1975, 1976)
US Open3R (1969, 1975)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games1R (1968-d, 1968-e)
Career record45–42
Career titles6
Grand Slam doubles results
French Open3R (1971)
WimbledonSF (1969, 1971)
US OpenSF (1969. 1971)
Mixed doubles
Career record10–9
Career titles0
Grand Slam mixed doubles results
French OpenQF (1976)
Wimbledon4R (1970, 1971)
US Open2R (1972)
Other mixed doubles tournaments
Olympic GamesQF (1968-d)

She is most famous for being one of the Original 9 with eight of her fellow players,[1] who rebelled against the United States Tennis Association in 1970.[2] Their actions brought about the creation of the Virginia Slims Circuit, which was the basis for the WTA Tour.[3]

During her career, she reached the fourth round at the French Open (in 1972) and the US Open on two occasions (1969 and 1975). She reached one singles final at the Virginia Slims of Oklahoma in 1972. After winning two rounds of qualifying, she defeated 5th seeded Helen Gourlay, No. 2 seed Francoise Durr, and Judy Dalton (seeded 6th) and then lost to Rosie Casals.[4]

She had far more success in doubles tournaments, with 12 doubles final appearances, including six victories.

She won a bronze medal in doubles in the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City with Jane Bartkowicz.

Career reviewEdit

Original 9Edit

In 1970, the top women tennis players started to become frustrated at the lack of equality within tennis in terms of prize money on offer for male and female players.[3] The publisher Gladys Heldman, founder of World Tennis magazine, offered $5,000 of her own money, which enabled the players to negotiate their own contracts. Ziegenfuss and the other players, including Billie Jean King and Rosie Casals, signed $1 contracts in the summer of 1970 and formed the Virginia Slims Circuit.[2]

WTA Tour finalsEdit

Ziegenfuss in 1969

Singles 1Edit

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. Feb 1972 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA Hard   Rosie Casals 4–6, 1–6

Doubles 10 (6–4)Edit

Grand Slam 0
WTA Championships 0
Tier I 0
Tier II 0
Tier III 0
Tier IV & V 0
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. May 1967 La Jolla, California, U.S. Hard   Stephanie Grant   Peaches Bartkowicz
  Sue Shrader
8–6, 9–7
Runner-up 2. Oct 1968 Mexico City Olympics (Exhibition), Mexico Clay   Peaches Bartkowicz   Rosy Darmon
  Julie Heldman
0–6, 8–10
Winner 3. 1969 Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S. Hard   Kerry Harris   Emilie Burrer
  Pam Richmond
6–3, 9–7
Winner 4. Mar 1971 Detroit, Michigan, U.S. Carpet   Mary-Ann Eisel   Peaches Bartkowicz
  Judy Tegart Dalton
2–6, 6–2, 6–3
Winner 5. Feb 1972 Washington, D.C., U.S. Carpet   Wendy Overton   Judy Tegart Dalton
  Françoise Dürr
7–5, 6–2
Runner-up 6. Jun 1972 Hamburg, Germany Clay   Wendy Overton   Helga Masthoff
  Heide Orth
6–3, 6–2, 0–6
Runner-up 7. Jan 1973 San Francisco, California, U.S. Hard   Wendy Overton   Margaret Court
  Lesley Hunt
1–6, 5–7
Winner 8. Nov 1976 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard   Laura duPont   Yvonne Vermaak
  Elizabeth Vlotman
6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 9. Jan 1977 Washington, D.C., U.S. Carpet   Kristien Shaw   Martina Navratilova
  Betty Stöve
5–7, 2–6
Winner 10. Nov 1978 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay   Françoise Dürr   Laura duPont
  Regina Maršíková
1–6, 6–4, 6–3


  1. ^ Bostic, Stephanie, ed. (1979). USTA Player Records 1978. United States Tennis Association (USTA). p. 268.
  2. ^ "The Tour Story – One of the greatest stories in sport". Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. Archived from the original on February 18, 2009. Retrieved 10 May 2009.
  3. ^ a b Araton, Harvey (29 August 2000). "Following in the path of a pioneer". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 May 2009.
  4. ^ "1972 results". Tennis Forum.


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