Margaret Court
A retired Australian professional femaletennisplayer and Christian minister
Margaret Court
Margaret Court, also known as Margaret Smith Court, is a retired World No. 1 professional tennis player and Christian minister from Australia. She is best known for her sporting career, in which she amassed more Grand Slam titles than any other player in history. In 1970, Court became the first woman during the open era (and the second woman in history) to win the singles Grand Slam (all four majors in the same calendar year).
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On Tennis: At 74, Margaret Court Remains Outspoken on Her Prowess, and Beliefs
NYTimes - 22 days
Though she won a record 62 Grand Slam titles, the former tennis star is in many respects a marginalized figure for a cocktail of reasons, including her social views.
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Fighting spirit propels Serena to tennis greatness
Yahoo News - 24 days
Serena Williams says her rise to become perhaps the greatest player of all time is all down to mental strength and never giving up, a trait learned from Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova. The dominant American now holds more Grand Slam titles in the Open era than anyone else, after surpassing Graf's 22 by winning the Australian Open final against her sister, Venus, on Saturday. Navratilova has 18, along with Chris Evert, while Margaret Court has 24, but only 11 of those were won after the more competitive Open era began in 1968.
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'Awesome' Serena beats Venus to set new Slams record
Yahoo News - 25 days
A jubilant Serena Williams said it was "awesome" to finally clinch a record 23rd Grand Slam title after beating her sister Venus in the Australian Open final, a result which also took her back to world number one. The dominant American won her seventh Aussie title 6-4, 6-4 to finally surpass Steffi Graf's Open-era milestone of 22 major wins, nearly 18 years after she lifted her first Slam trophy at the 1999 US Open. The 35-year-old Serena, who had equalled Graf's mark at Wimbledon last year, now stands just one behind the all-time record of 24 won by Margaret Court, who was in the president's box at Rod Laver Arena.
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Tennis-Konta calls the shots to ease into fourth round
Yahoo News - about 1 month
* Konta triumphs in straight sets * Next faces 30th seed Makarova * Continues British success in Melbourne (Adds details, quotes) By Melanie Burton MELBOURNE, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Britain's Johanna Konta firmed up as one of the Australian Open title favourites when she powered into the fourth round on Saturday, comfortably seeing off former world number one Caroline Wozniacki 6-3 6-1 on Margaret Court Arena. The 25-year-old will next face Ekaterina Makarova at Melbourne Park as she continues her quest to give Britain its first women's grand slam singles champion in four decades.
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Tennis-Radwanska dumped out of Australian Open second round
Yahoo News - about 1 month
* Radwanska humbled by unfancied Croatian Lucic-Baroni * Pole suffers earliest Melbourne Park exit since 2009 (Adds quotes) By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Third seed and former semi-finalist Agnieszka Radwanska was knocked out of the second round of the Australian Open by Croatia's Mirjana Lucic-Baroni on Thursday, becoming the highest seed to fall in the women's draw at Melbourne Park. World number 79 Lucic-Baroni left Radwanska and the Margaret Court Arena crowd stunned with a 6-3 6-2 defeat of the former Wimbledon finalist in the late afternoon match. Pole Radwanska, who reached the semi-finals at Melbourne Park last year and in 2014, managed only eight winners to her opponent's 33 and slumped to her earliest exit at the year's first grand slam since her first round elimination in 2009.
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Tennis-Australian Open order of play on Wednesday
Yahoo News - about 1 month
Jan 17 (Reuters) - Order of play on the main showcourts on day three of the Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Wednesday (play begins at 0000 GMT; prefix denotes seeding): ROD LAVER ARENA Stefanie Voegele (Switzerland) v 13-Venus Williams (U.S.) 1-Angelique Kerber (Germany) v Carina Witthoeft (Germany) Noah Rubin (U.S.) vs 17-Roger Federer (Switzerland) Not before 0800 GMT: Samantha Crawford (U.S.) v 7-Garbine Muguruza (Spain) 1-Andy Murray (Britain) v Andrey Rublev (Russia) MARGARET COURT ARENA 11-Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) v Julia Boserup (U.S. ...
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Wawrinka 'sorry' for Klizan body blow at Australian Open
Yahoo News - about 1 month
Stan Wawrinka apologised for slamming a ball at Martin Klizan after he survived a tense five-setter to reach the Australian Open second round on Monday. The three-time Grand Slam champion, fought back from a break down in the final set to overhaul the 35th-ranked Slovak 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 in 3hr 24min on Margaret Court Arena. There was a dramatic moment in the final set when Wawrinka fired a volley at a defenceless Klizan, who had conceded the point after a rally and was standing at the net.
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Tennis-Williams fights off Halep to reach U.S. Open semi-finals
Yahoo News - 6 months
* Halep saves all 12 second set break chances * Williams to face Pliskova in semi-finals (Adds quotes, detail) By Steve Keating NEW YORK, Sept 7 (Reuters) - Simona Halep did something no one else was able to do against Serena Williams at the U.S. Open on Wednesday but still could not stop the world number one from advancing to the semi-finals of the year's final grand slam. The scrappy fifth seeded Romanian managed to take the first break points from Williams during the Flushing Meadows fortnight and the only set surrendered by the top seed but at the end of the day the result was the same, the 34-year-old American walking off court with a 6-2 4-6 6-3 win. The victory also kept Williams on course for a record seventh U.S. Open crown which would be her 23rd grand slam title moving her past Steffi Graf for the most in the Open Era and one shy of the great Margaret Court at the top of the all-time list with 24.
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Catch up on this week’s news with our Instagram roundup
Yahoo News - 7 months
This week, Instagram posts ranged from tragic to powerful to playful.  The world is reeling from the attacks in Nice, France, and illustrators are creating poignant tributes. Athletes like Serena Williams and Cristiano Ronaldo dominated the tennis and soccer worlds, while basketball legends Lebron James and Dwayne Wade and more commanded just as much attention on a different stage. Celebrities like Reese Witherspoon and Lea Michele went back in time to pay tributes, while others took to Instagram to celebrate new milestones.  SEE ALSO: Donald Trump unveils his new campaign logo and the internet can't stop making dick jokes To catch you up on what happened in the world this week, here are 11 notable posts from Instagram: 1. Nice, France  Visual tributes have been pouring in online after a terrorist attack killed at least 84 people in Nice, France, on July 14.The city had been celebrating Bastille Day when a truck plowed through a crowd. Dozens were injured in the attack and President Fr ...
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Tennis-Serena Williams' professional era records
Yahoo News - 8 months
July 9 (Reuters) - Professional-era records held by Serena Williams after she beat Germany's Angelique Kerber 7-5 6-3 in the Wimbledon final on Saturday. * By winning a 22nd grand slam title, the American drew level with Steffi Graf at the top the standings * At 34, she is the oldest woman to win a major * She has won nine grand slam titles since turning 30. Margaret Court and Martina Navratilova won three majors each after turning 30. * She has the longest winning span between majors, 16 years 10 months between 1999 U.S. Open and 2016 Wimbledon. ...
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Stuck on 21, Serena aims to finish the job
Yahoo News - 8 months
By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - The peak remains tantalisingly close for Serena Williams but negotiating the final incline to a record-equalling 22nd grand slam singles title is proving the trickiest of all. American veteran Williams gets another chance to match Steffi Graf's professional era benchmark at Wimbledon when the championships start next week, having proved uncharacteristically vulnerable when it matters. Had it not been for defeat by Germany's Angelique Kerber in the Australian Open final and Garbine Muguruza at the same stage in Paris, 34-year-old Williams would have already passed Graf and would be set to tie Margaret Court's all-time record of 24.
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Tennis-Numbers game keeps record-chasing Serena on edge
Yahoo News - 9 months
By John Stonestreet PARIS, June 5 (Reuters) - As a serial winner Serena Williams has broken records without a backward glance throughout her career, but since September there is one milestone that has loomed ever larger in halting her progress towards the game's pantheon. One name on a very short list of candidates is Serena herself and another is Steffi Graf, who holds the professional-era record of 22 singles titles at the game's four blue riband events. For Williams' coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, winning number 22 -- and thence upward to the all-time record of 24 held by Australian Margaret Court, who straddled the amateur and professional eras -- is still very much on the agenda.
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Serena the figurehead as rivals struggle
Yahoo News - 9 months
By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Challengers to Serena Williams' throne have proved as fickle as a Paris spring and as the year's second grand slam starts the veteran American is again seemingly in a league of her own. The 34-year-old's charge to overhaul Margaret Court's record 24 grand slam singles titles may have stalled since she chalked up major number 21 at last year's Wimbledon. With twice French Open champion Maria Sharapova suspended pending the findings of an anti-doping hearing after she tested positive for Meldonium in Australia this year, the list of players capable of toppling a fully firing Williams is short.
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Williams seeking to join Graf with Australian Open win
Yahoo News - about 1 year
By Greg Stutchbury MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Serena Williams is on course to match Steffi Graf's major haul in the Australian Open on Saturday, but German seventh seed Angelique Kerber will be hoping she can prevent the American from emulating her idol while carving her own piece of history. The 34-year-old world number one is a raging hot favorite to beat the first-time finalist on Rod Laver Arena, a victory that would move the American to 22 grand slam singles titles, the same as Graf and a record for the Open era. Australia's Margaret Court holds the overall record with 24.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Margaret Court
  • 2010
    Age 67
    In 2010, the Herald Sun newspaper of Melbourne, Australia called her the greatest female tennis player of all time.
    More Details Hide Details Court is one of only six tennis players to ever win a multiple slam set in two disciplines, matching Roy Emerson, Martina Navratilova, Frank Sedgman, Doris Hart and Serena Williams. Court, however, is the only one in tennis history to complete a multiple slam set, twice, in all three disciplines: singles, women's doubles and mixed doubles. Having grown up as a Roman Catholic, Court became associated with Pentecostalism in the 1970s and became a Pentecostal Christian minister in 1991. She later founded the Margaret Court Ministries. In this capacity she has been a vocal critic of LGBT rights. Margaret Smith was the youngest of the four children of Lawrence Smith and Catherine Smith (née Beaufort). She has two older brothers, Kevin and Vincent, and a sister, Conor Dorsett, who now lives in Bow. She is a natural left-hander who was persuaded to change to a right hand grip.
  • 2002
    Age 59
    Abortion is an abomination to the Lord!" In 2002, she campaigned against laws proposed and passed by the Government of Western Australia that granted same-sex couples the equal legal rights to opposite-sex couples, and in 2011 publicly spoke out against federal government plans to legalise same-sex marriage.
    More Details Hide Details Although stating that she does not hate homosexuals and welcomes them into her congregation, she has publicly expressed her opinion that same-sex sexual activity is a sinful choice and that the LGBT community is "aggressively demanding marriage rights that are not theirs to take". Court has been criticised for such statements by openly homosexual tennis players Billie Jean King, Rennae Stubbs and Martina Navratilova; the latter called them "truly frightening". An LGBT rights protest group urged spectators to display rainbow gay flag banners at the Margaret Court Arena during the 2012 Australian Open and called for the renaming of the venue. Court condemned their actions as "a political stunt". Parodied for her views online, Court has also been criticised by the Australian Press Council (APC) for propagating false and "potentially dangerous" information about homosexuality in an article she had published in the Herald Sun tabloid. In response, the Australian Christian Lobby condemned the APC's decision, declaring it to be a "dangerous precedent against free speech".
  • 1995
    Age 52
    In 1995, she founded a Pentecostal church known as the Victory Life Centre in Perth.
    More Details Hide Details She still serves as its senior pastor. Her television show, A Life of Victory, appears on the Australian Christian Channel. She has generally embraced teachings associated with the Word of Faith movement. Since 2010, she has been the president of Victory Life International, a network of like-minded churches. In her role as minister, Court has become a consistent critic of homosexuality in general and same-sex marriage in particular in Australia. In November 1994, when delivering a speech at a prayer breakfast held at Parliament House, Court exclaimed, "Homosexuality is an abomination to the Lord!
  • 1983
    Age 40
    In 1983, she gained a theological qualification from the Rhema Bible Training Centre, and in 1991 was ordained as an independent Pentecostal minister.
    More Details Hide Details She subsequently founded a ministry known as Margaret Court Ministries.
  • 1973
    Age 30
    She was also ranked No. 1 for 1973 when the official rankings were produced by the Women's Tennis Association.
    More Details Hide Details Court was raised as a Roman Catholic but became involved with Pentecostalism in the mid-1970s.
  • 1970
    Age 27
    Court is the only player to have won the Grand Slam in both singles and mixed doubles. She won the singles Grand Slam in 1970, the mixed doubles Grand Slam in 1963 with fellow Australian Ken Fletcher and the mixed doubles Grand Slam in 1965 with three different partners (Fletcher, John Newcombe and Fred Stolle).
    More Details Hide Details Court won more than half of all the Grand Slam contests held in 1963 (8 of 12), 1964 (7 of 12), 1965 (9 of 12), 1969 (8 of 12), 1970 (7 of 11) and 1973 (6 of 11). According to the end-of-year rankings compiled by London's Daily Telegraph from 1914 to 1972, Court was ranked World No. 1 six times: 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1969 and 1970.
  • 1969
    Age 26
    She won 11 of the 16 Grand Slam singles tournaments she entered, beginning with the 1969 Australian Open and ending with the 1973 US Open.
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  • 1968
    Age 25
    She also is unique in having completed a boxed set before the start of the open era in 1968 and a separate boxed set after the start of the open era.
    More Details Hide Details Court lost a heavily publicised and US–televised challenge match to a former World No. 1 male tennis player, the 55-year-old Bobby Riggs, on 13 May 1973, in Ramona, California. Court was the top-ranked women's player at the time, and it has been reported that she did not take the match seriously because it was a mere exhibition. Using a mixture of lobs and drop shots, Riggs beat her 6–2, 6–1. Four months later, Billie Jean King beat Riggs in the Battle of the Sexes match in the Houston Astrodome.
    She returned to tennis in 1968 and in 1970 won all four Grand Slam singles titles.
    More Details Hide Details The next year, she lost the Wimbledon singles final to Evonne Goolagong Cawley while pregnant with her first child, Daniel, who was born in March 1972. Court made a comeback the same year and played in the US Open and then played throughout 1973. Her second child, Marika, was born in 1974. She started playing again in November of that year. After missing most of 1976 after having her third child, she returned to the tour in early 1977 but retired permanently that year when she learned that she was expecting her fourth child. Her last Grand Slam tournament appearance in the singles was in the 1975 US Open. Her last ever Grand Slam tournament appearance was in the 1976 Australian Open in the women's doubles. Court is one of only three players to have achieved a career "boxed set" of Grand Slam titles, winning every possible Grand Slam title – singles, women's doubles, and mixed doubles – at all four Grand Slam events. The others are Doris Hart and Martina Navratilova. Court, however, is the only person to have won all 12 Grand Slam events at least twice.
  • 1967
    Age 24
    She married Barry Court in 1967, whose father, Sir Charles Court, and brother, Richard Court, served as premiers of Western Australia.
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  • 1965
    Age 22
    The total rises to 64 Grand Slam titles (21 mixed doubles) when the shared titles at the Australian Championships/Open in 1965 and 1969 are considered.
    More Details Hide Details The mixed doubles finals of those years were not played because of bad weather and the titles are shared by both of the finalist pairs. Court won 62 of the 85 Grand Slam tournament finals (72.9%) she played, including 24–5 (82.8%) in singles finals, 19–14 (57.6%) in women's doubles finals, and 19–4 (82.6%) in mixed doubles finals. Court reached the final in 29, the semifinals in 36 and the quarterfinals in 43 of the 47 Grand Slams singles tournaments she played.
  • 1962
    Age 19
    She also won 11 of the 17 Grand Slam singles tournaments she entered, beginning with the 1962 Australian Championships and ending with the 1966 Australian Championships.
    More Details Hide Details She was 146–2 (98.6%) against unseeded players in Grand Slam singles tournaments.
    Court became the first female player from Australia to win a Grand Slam tournament abroad, when she won the French and US Championships in 1962.
    More Details Hide Details The year after that, she became the first Australian woman to win Wimbledon. After Wimbledon in 1966, Court temporarily retired from tennis.
  • 1960
    Age 17
    She began playing tennis when she was eight years old and was 17 in 1960 when she won the first of seven consecutive singles titles at the Australian Championships.
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  • 1942
    Born on July 16, 1942.
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