Sarah Virginia Wade tennis player. She won three Major tennis singles championships and four major doubles championships, and is the only British woman in history to have won titles at all four majors. She was ranked as high as No. 2 in the world in singles, and No. 1 in the world in doubles.(born 10 July 1945) is a British former professional
|Full name||Sarah Virginia Wade|
|Country (sports)||United Kingdom|
|Born||10 July 1945|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Int. Tennis HoF||1989 (member page)|
|Highest ranking||No. 2 (3 November 1975)|
|Grand Slam singles results|
|Australian Open||W (1972)|
|French Open||QF (1970, 1972)|
|US Open||W (1968)|
|Highest ranking||No. 1 (1973)|
|Grand Slam doubles results|
|Australian Open||W (1973)|
|French Open||W (1973)|
|US Open||W (1973, 1975)|
|Other doubles tournaments|
|Tour Finals||W (1975)|
|Grand Slam mixed doubles results|
|French Open||SF (1969, 1972)|
|US Open||QF (1969, 1985)|
Wade was the most recent British tennis player to win a major singles tournament until Andy Murray won the 2012 US Open, and was the most recent British woman to have won a major singles title until Emma Raducanu won the 2021 US Open. After retiring from competitive tennis, she coached for four years, and has also worked as a tennis commentator and game analyst for the BBC and Eurosport and CBS in the U.S.
At one year old, Wade moved to South Africa with her parents. There, she learned how to play tennis. When she was fifteen, the family moved back to England and she went to Tunbridge Wells Girls' Grammar School and Talbot Heath School, Bournemouth. In 1961, she was in the tennis team of Wimbledon County Girls' Grammar School. She went on to study mathematics and physics at the University of Sussex, graduating in 1966.
Wade's tennis career spanned the end of the amateur era and the start of the open era. In 1968, as an amateur, she won the inaugural open tennis competition – the British Hard Court Open at Bournemouth. She turned down the £300 first prize, choosing to play for expenses only. Five months later, after turning professional, she won the women's singles championship at the first US Open (and prize-money of $6,000 - $46,754 today), defeating Billie Jean King in the final. Her second Major tennis singles championship came in 1972 at the Australian Open. There, she defeated Australian Evonne Goolagong in the final 6–4, 6–4. She was appointed a member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 1973 Birthday Honours for services to lawn tennis.
Wade won Wimbledon in 1977. It was the 16th year in which she had played at Wimbledon, and she made her first appearance in the final by beating the defending champion Chris Evert in the semifinal 6–2, 4–6, 6–1. In the final, she beat Betty Stöve in three sets to claim the championship, nine days before her 32nd birthday. 1977 was the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Wimbledon Championships, as well as the Silver Jubilee year of Elizabeth II, who attended the final for the first time since 1962.
Wade also won four Major women's doubles championships with Margaret Smith Court – two of them at the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament, one at the Australian Open, and one at the French Open. In 1983, at the age of 37, she won the Italian Open women's doubles championship with Virginia Ruzici of Romania.
Over her career, Wade won 55 professional singles championships and amassed $1,542,278 dollars in career prize money. She was ranked in the world's top 10 continuously from 1967 to 1979. Her career spanned a total of 26 years. She retired from singles competition at the end of the 1985 tennis season, and then from doubles at the end of 1986. The 26 times that she played at Wimbledon is an all-time record, 24 of those times being in the women's singles.
Grand Slam finalsEdit
Singles: 3 (3 titles)Edit
|Win||1968||US Open||Grass||Billie Jean King||6–4, 6–2|
|Win||1972||Australian Open||Grass||Evonne Goolagong||6–4, 6–4|
|Win||1977||Wimbledon||Grass||Betty Stöve||4–6, 6–3, 6–1|
Women's doubles: 10 (4 titles, 6 runner-ups)Edit
|Loss||1969||US Open||Grass||Margaret Court|| Françoise Dürr
|6–0, 3–6, 4–6|
|Loss||1970||Wimbledon||Grass||Françoise Dürr|| Rosie Casals
Billie Jean King
|Loss||1970||US Open||Grass||Rosie Casals|| Margaret Court
Judy Tegart Dalton
|Loss||1972||US Open||Grass||Margaret Court|| Françoise Dürr
|3–6, 6–1, 3–6|
|Win||1973||Australian Open||Grass||Margaret Court|| Kerry Harris
|Win||1973||French Open||Clay||Margaret Court|| Françoise Dürr
|Win||1973||US Open||Grass||Margaret Court|| Rosie Casals
Billie Jean King
|2–6, 6–3, 7–5|
|Win||1975||US Open||Clay||Margaret Court|| Rosie Casals
Billie Jean King
|7–5, 2–6, 7–6(7–5)|
|Loss||1976||US Open||Clay||Olga Morozova|| Linky Boshoff
|Loss||1979||French Open||Clay||Françoise Dürr|| Betty Stöve
|6–3, 5–7, 4–6|
Year-end championships finalsEdit
Doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner–up)Edit
|Win||1975||Los Angeles||Carpet (i)||Margaret Court|| Rosie Casals
Billie Jean King
|6–7(2–7), 7–6(7–2), 6–2|
|Loss||1977||New York||Carpet (i)||Françoise Dürr|| Martina Navratilova
Singles titles (55)Edit
- Bold type indicates a Major championship
- 1968 – US Open, Bloemfontein, Bournemouth, East London, Dewar Cup London
- 1969 – Cape Town, Hoylake, Dewar Cup Perth, Dewar Cup Stalybridge, Dewar Cup Aberavon, Dewar-Crystal Palace, East London
- 1970 – German Indoors, West Berlin Open, Irish Open, Stalybridge, Aberavon
- 1971 – Cape Town, Catania Open, Rome, Newport-Wales, Cincinnati, Dewar Cup Billingham, Dewar-Aberavon, Dewar Cup Final-London, Clean Air Classic
- 1972 – Australian Open, VS Indoors-Mass., Merion, Buenos Aires
- 1973 – Dallas, Bournemouth, Dewar-Aberavon, Dewar Cup Edinburgh, Dewar-Billingham, Dewar Cup Final-Albert Hall
- 1974 – VS Chicago, Bournemouth, VS Phoenix, Dewar-Edinburgh, Dewar Cup-London
- 1975 – VS Dallas, VS Philadelphia, Paris Indoors, Eastbourne, Dewar Cup, Stockholm
- 1976 – U.S. Indoor Championships, Dewar Cup
- 1977 – Wimbledon, World Invitational Hilton Head, Tokyo Sillook
- 1978 – Mahwah, Tokyo Sillook, Florida Open
Grand Slam singles performance timelineEdit
|Australia||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||W||QF||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||2R||2R||2R||1 / 5|
|France||A||A||A||A||A||4R||A||2R||QF||1R||QF||3R||2R||A||A||A||A||2R||3R||4R||3R||1R||1R||2R||0 / 14|
|Wimbledon||2R||2R||2R||4R||2R||QF||1R||3R||4R||4R||QF||QF||SF||QF||SF||W||SF||QF||4R||2R||2R||QF||3R||3R||1 / 24|
|United States||A||A||4R||2R||QF||4R||W||SF||SF||A||QF||QF||2R||SF||2R||QF||3R||QF||3R||3R||1R||2R||2R||A||1 / 20|
|SR||0 / 1||0 / 1||0 / 2||0 / 2||0 / 2||0 / 3||1 / 2||0 / 3||0 / 3||0 / 2||1 / 4||0 / 4||0 / 3||0 / 2||0 / 2||1 / 2||0 / 2||0 / 3||0 / 3||0 / 3||0 / 3||0 / 4||0 / 4||0 / 3||3 / 63|
Note: The Australian Open was held twice in 1977, in January and December.
Wade has no children and has never married. She has said "If I'd done better earlier, and my career had been at its peak earlier and I'd faded, I would probably have had a totally different life." She lives mostly in New York and in Chelsea, London.
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