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Zenda Liess (born December 12, 1959) is a former professional tennis player from the United States.

Zenda Liess
Full nameZenda Liess
Country (sports) United States
Born (1959-12-12) December 12, 1959 (age 59)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open1R (1979)
US OpenQF (1976)
Grand Slam Doubles results
US Open1R (1976, 1978)


Tennis careerEdit

Liess competed as a junior in Florida, where she attended Spruce Creek High School.[1] She won back to back Orange Bowl titles for the 16s and Under in 1973 and 1974.[2]

As a 16-year old she was a quarter-finalist at the 1976 US Open, one of few occasions the tournament had been played on clay, a surface Liess was strong on.[3]

In 1977 she won the state championships while at Spruce Creek, then upon graduating played on the professional circuit for three years.[3]

She made the US Open third round in both 1977 and 1978, but could not repeat her earlier success.

On the WTA Tour her best performance was a semi-final appearance at the 1978 Rothmans Canadian Open.[4]

Later lifeEdit

Liess ran a hotdog stand with first husband Byron on Daytona Beach for 10 years.[3]

With a master's degree in accounting from the University of Florida, Liess eventually settled in Greensboro, North Carolina, where she still lives.[3]

Only working as an accountant for a short period of time, she instead became a pilot with Atlantic Southeast Airlines. In 1998 she became a designated pilot examiner. Her second husband, Pat, was once her flight instructor.[3]


  1. ^ "Tennis is the Only Thing Liess Wants To Do". The Palm Beach Post. October 14, 1978. p. 63. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Orange Bowl Champions". United States Tennis Association ( Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e Lewis, Michael (April 19, 2011). "Ex-tennis great Zenda Liess still flying high". The Daytona Beach News-Journal. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Lewis upsets Ramirez". The Ottawa Journal. August 19, 1978. p. 17. Retrieved 12 May 2018.

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