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

Valerie Ziegenfuss
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceU.S.
Born (1949-06-29) June 29, 1949 (age 69)
San Diego, California
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) [1]
PlaysRight-handed
Singles
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)
Doubles
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 so-called "Original 9" along 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 a new tennis tour, 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 the Virginia Slims of Oklahoma in 1972. She had far more success in doubles tournament, with twelve doubles final appearances, including six tournament victories.

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

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Career reviewEdit

"Original 9"Edit

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 up $5,000 of her own money which would allow 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 their own tour, the Virginia Slims Circuit.[2]

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

Doubles 10 (6-4)Edit

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 Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. May 1967 La Jolla, California, USA Hard   Stephanie Grant   Jane 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, USA Hard   Kerry Harris   Emilie Burrer
  Pam Richmond
6–3, 9–7
Winner 4. Mar 1971 Detroit, Michigan, USA Carpet   Mary-Ann Eisel   Jane Bartkowicz
  Judy Tegart Dalton
2–6, 6–2, 6–3
Winner 5. Feb 1972 Washington, D.C., USA 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, USA 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., USA 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

ReferencesEdit

  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.

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