Virginia Wade
Tennis player
Virginia Wade
Sarah Virginia Wade, OBE is an English former tennis player. She won three Grand Slam singles championships and four Grand Slam doubles championships, and is the only British woman in history to have won titles at all four Grand Slam tournaments. She was ranked as high as No. 2 in the world in singles, and No. 1 in the world in doubles.
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'Boring' mind control puts Konta on verge of new landmarks
Yahoo News - 5 months
A "boring" mental technique which allows her to focus on match after match as if nothing else matters has left Johanna Konta knocking on the door of the world's top 10 -- not that she lets herself worry about such things. Konta, 25, burst onto the scene at last year's US Open and she has gone up another gear this season, winning her first WTA title and rising to 13th in the world. As well as her victory at Stanford, Konta also became the first British woman to reach a Grand Slam semi-final in 33 years at the Australian Open, equalling Virginia Wade and Sue Barker.
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Why I Am Watching the Sochi Olympics
Huffington Post - about 3 years
When the Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl last Sunday, Fox News made a big deal about how it was the city's first National Championship since the 1979 SuperSonics won the NBA finals. This didn't sit well with members of the two-time (2003 and 2010) WNBA champs, the Seattle Storm. Lauren Jackson, three-time WNBA MVP and a member of both championship teams, called out the oversight on Twitter: For women in sports (and fans of women in sports) it's a familiar story. Last summer, when Andy Murray won the men's Wimbledon championship, his victory was celebrated as the first for a Brit in 77 years -- overlooking four previous British winners: Dorothy Round Little (1937), Angela Mortimer Barrett (1961), Ann Haydon Jones (1969) and Virginia Wade (1977). When NBA player Jason Collins came out publicly as gay, he was lauded as the first openly gay player to be actively playing in a professional sports league, never mind the trailblazing out athletes in both the WNBA and the NWSL. Al ...
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Rector commits to play golf at Clemson
Blue Ridge Now - over 3 years
Hendersonville's Jonathan Rector, who is now a junior at Christ School, already has his future set, collegiately, and it will be at an ACC school. Rector, a former Times-News Boys Golfer of the Year, committed to Clemson on Monday night, according to his father, Jon Rector, who is the head golf pro at Biltmore Forest Country Club. "This was his dream school and one that has produced many PGA Tour players," Jon Rector said. Jonathan Rector has been on the links playing competitive golf all summer long. Last month alone he won the Fazio Junior, the Dogwood State Junior, finished ninth at the IZOD AJGA and was also named to the Carolinas Team in the Carolinas vs. Virginias Cup. In that tournament, he won all three of his matches to lead the Carolilnas to victory. Jonathan Rector had a slew of Division I schools seeking his talents, including North Carolina, N.C. State, Virginia, Wake Forest and Liberty, just to name a few.
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Don’t dismiss the efforts of students taking exams in 2013
Burnley Express - over 3 years
It is that time of year that just about everyone in local newspapers really hates. Yes, our Thursday mornings are even more manic than usual and the following day you are able to read all the local GCSE and A Level results. We only hate them for purely logistical reasons. But other people hate them because they believe the exams are just too easy and the resulting certificates don’t count for anything. That is not a theory I can ever agree with. The first reason I can’t go along with the “not worth the paper they’re printed on” brigade is that I have never actually sat a GCSE or A Level in their current form and my recollection of my own children’s course work is limited, to say the least. The second reason I will not have the hard work of this year’s students denegrated by others is the current 16, 17 and 18-year-olds can only pass the exams in front of them. And the third, and probably most important, reason is that, from what I have seen of some of the course content of curren ...
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A Wimbledon Champion for Britain
Wall Street Journal - over 3 years
Getty Images Andy Murray reads through the Monday morning papers. Technically speaking, there wasn’t a 77-year gap between British Wimbledon champions—between male champions, yes, but Virginia Wade won the women’s title in 1977 and was herself subjected to all the hullabaloo about what a momentous occasion it was to see a homegrown winner at the All England Club. Still, Andy Murray finishing off Novak Djokovic during Sunday’s final was a big deal, more than enough to inspire epic front pages and peals of local press excitement over how this once dour boy had transformed himself into a real champion, from losses at his first four Grand Slam finals to a bruising effort against a usually unstoppable player who hadn’t been defeated in straight sets at a major since 2010. As the Journal’s Jason Gay notes, there are prodigal champions who emerge fully-formed and champions who’ve got to beat their head against the wall for a while before it comes together. "It takes time, more than ex ...
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Andy Murray wins Wimbledon - over 3 years
Andy Murray defeated Novak Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 at Wimbledon on Sunday, making him the first British male champion in 77 years. (Fellow Brit Virginia Wade won the title in 1977.) "I understand how much everyone wanted to see a British winner at Wimbledon, so I hope you enjoyed it," Murray said after the match. "I tried my best." Djokovic congratulated Murray, noting the significance of the win: "Congratulations to Andy, who absolutely deserved this win -- you played incredible tennis," Djokovic said. "I know how much it means to all of you guys, the whole country, well done. More on the match, as reported by USA Today: Continue Reading...
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Furthest Advancement of British Players at Wimbledon
Fox News - over 3 years
Since 1977 1977 — Mark Cox (4R); Virginia Wade (CH) 1978 — Cox, Robin Drysdale, John Feaver, Buster Mottram (2R); Wade (SF) 1979 — Cox (4R); Wade (QF) 1980 — Cox, Andrew Jarrett, Mottram (2R); Wade (4R) 1981 — Feaver, John Lloyd, Mottram (2R); Jo Durie, Anne Hobbs (4R) 1982 — Mottram (4R); Anne Hobbs, Wade (2R) 1983 — Stuart Bale, Jarrett (2R); Wade (QF) 1984 — Lloyd (3R); Durie (QF) 1985 — Lloyd (3R); Durie (4R) 1986 — Stephen Botfield, Andrew Castle, Colin Dowdeswell, Nick Fulwood (2R); Durie, Anne Hobbs (3R) 1987 — Jeremy Bates (3R); Durie (3R) 1988 — Bates, Botfield (2R); Julie Salmon (3R) 1989 — Fulwood (3R); Anne Hobbs (3R) 1990 — Bates (2R); Sarah Loosemore (2R) 1991 — Nick Brown (3R); Durie, Amanda Grunfeld (2R) 1992 — Bates (4R); Grunfeld, Shirli-Ann Siddall (2R) 1993 — Andrew Foster (4R); Monique Javer, Amanda Wainwright, Clare Wood (2R) 1994 — Bates (4R); Siddall (2R) 1995 — Greg Rusedski (4R); Durie (2R) 1996 — Tim Henman (QF); Claire Taylor, Rachel Viollet (2R) 1997 — Henma ...
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British Teen Pulls Off Amazing Comeback
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
LONDON -- Still only 19, Laura Robson is busy accumulating a list of accomplishments that include the words "first British woman since." At last year's U.S. Open, she became the first British woman since 1991 to reach the fourth round there. Thanks to a 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 comeback victory Saturday over Marina Erakovic of New Zealand, a match that included a crucial overturned call, Robson is now the first British woman since 1998 to make it that far at Wimbledon. And she's also assured of becoming the first British woman since 1987 – more than a quarter-century ago – to climb into the top 30 in the WTA rankings. Robson, a lefty with a fairly big serve who beat Kim Clijsters in the final match of the four-time major champion's career, is nonplussed by it all. "I didn't even know about it until you (told) me," Robson said when asked about the significance of some of her milestones. "I just focus on, you know, playing my match, things like that. Things that actually ...
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Wimbledon: Aisam-Rojer off to a rollicking start
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 3 years
LONDON:  Pakistan tennis ace Aisamul Haq Qureshi and his Dutch doubles partner Jean-Julien Rojer were through to the second round at Wimbledon, beating German Dustin Brown and Rameez Junaid of Australia 7-6(5), 6-4, 6-4 yesterday. Aisam and Rojer, seeded fifth, took an hour and 48 minutes to register their straight-sets victory. A total of 16 winners and 10 aces made it easier for the Pakistani-Dutch pairing to book a place in the next round. The result came as a relief after Aisam and Rojer had crashed out of the third round at the French Open and have endured an indecent run for some time. Serena through to third round Defending champion Serena Williams and evergreen Kimiko Date-Krumm, two players with a combined age of 73, set up a battle of Wimbledon senior citizens. Top seed Williams extended her winning streak to 33 matches, just two behind the record set by sister Venus in 2000, with a 6-3, 6-2 win over French 19-year-old Carolin ...
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Heard on the Pitch
Wall Street Journal - over 3 years
Heard on the Pitch: Soccer managers on a speedy jobs shuttle; Former champion Virginia Wade endorses U.K. youngster Laura Robson's Wimbledon hopes
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Virginia Wade previews tennis in 2013 saying Andy Murray will carry on winning
Daily Mail (UK) - about 4 years
Can Murray make it two in a row? Will Nadal ever come back? Can Federer win another Grand Slam? And just how good are Laura Robson and Heather Watson?
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Len Berman: Top 5 Sports Stories
Huffington Post Sports - over 4 years
Happy Tuesday everyone, here's my Top 5 for July 10, 2012 from Len Berman at 1. Quick Hits The 83rd All-Star Game will be played tonight in Kansas City. Justin Verlander of Detroit and Matt Cain of the Giants are the starting pitchers. It would have been nice to see knuckleballer R.A. Dickey of the Mets get the nod. Prince Fielder of the Detroit Tigers won his second Home Run Derby, The Knicks reacquire 38-year old Marcus Camby. By the way, if you wonder what his tattoos mean, apparently in Chinese they make no sense. 2. Starry Starry Night? Was everything really better when we were kids, or does it just seem that way. I couldn't wait for the All-Star game. Mays, Mantle, Williams, Aaron all on the same field and that was just for starters. They played most of the game and we actually cared who won. Why? Because they didn't have interleague play? Because every game wasn't on TV? Because it might have been our only chance to see certain stars ...
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The expert view: Murray missed his big chances - Daily Mail
Google News - over 4 years
Daily Mail The expert view: Murray missed his big chances Daily Mail By Sportsmail Reporter They all sat on Centre Court analysing every forehand and backhand, enjoying every point of a great match. Sportsmail put the key questions to Andy Murray's former coach Brad Gilbert, 1977 Wimbledon champion Virginia Wade and ... Wimbledon 2012: Roger Federer's genius trumps Andy Murray's talent on day Andy Murray, from tragedy to Centre Court tearsTimes of India Federer denies Murray, Britain, wins seventh Wimbledon titleUSA TODAY The Independent -Independent Online -The Australian all 12,911 news articles »
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From Scottish struggler to British hero: Nation wills Andy Murray on to Wimbledon win
Fox News - over 4 years
Andy Murray has messed up a lot of people's weekend plans. Murray's surprise victory in the Wimbledon semifinals, after losing at the same stage three years running, has left British royalty, politicians and celebrities — and millions of ordinary folk — scrambling for a spot to watch Sunday's showdown between the Scot and Roger Federer. By powering past France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to become the first British man to reach the final in 74 years, Murray took Britain's collective mind off the dreary weather and dismal economy and gave the country a new hero — at least for now. "Finally!" was the one-word front page headline in Saturday's Daily Mirror. The Sun opted for the slightly longer: "Andy Finally." The joy was tempered by surprise that Murray had really pulled it off — and a sense that it would be tempting fate to expect him to beat Federer and become the first British Wimbledon men's champion since Fred Perry in ...
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Portrait of the ideal women's tennis player
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
Portrait of the ideal women's tennis player Portrait of the ideal women's tennis player Modern-day racket technology has created generations of players who simply blast away from the baseline, reluctant to get passed at the net and virtually brainwashed into repetitive tedium. Better yet, you'll check out the film of Arthur Ashe's epic victory over Jimmy Connors in the 1975 Wimbledon final. Virginia Wade, a bright and entertaining player who dramatically won the 1977 Wimbledon (no British woman has won it since), recently issued a scathing criticism of today's tour in London's Daily Mail. From a multilayered game of technical prowess and mental agility, women's tennis became a muscle match. A number of newspaper reports hailed the sheer drama of the match (Wozniacki had two match points in the second set), as if it was something never to be forgotten - when in fact it was a droning exercise in baseline monotony. Throughout the year, including the recent Fren ...
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US Open 2011 diary - The Guardian (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
British tennis fans remember 1977 as the year Virginia Wade won Wimbledon. Others remember it as the year Ken Rosewall, two months short of his 43rd birthday, lost in a best-of-three-sets match in the third round of the US Open to José Higueras,
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US Open Tennis 2011 : Andy Murray vs. the 75-Year-Old Infamous British Streak - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
However, there have been plenty of successes in that same 75-year period including Sue Barker and Virginia Wade, who won multiple Grand Slams, the last being in 1977. Not great, but an improvement nonetheless. That doesn't mean they have never come
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On This Day In US Open History - September 1st - 10sBalls
Google News - over 5 years
1977 – Renee Richards, the 43-year-old transsexual who fought for more than a year for the right to play in the women's singles of a major tennis championship, is beaten in the first round by Wimbledon champion Virginia Wade, 6-1, 6-4
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Virginia Wade
  • 1989
    Age 43
    In 1989, Wade was also inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island.
    More Details Hide Details Source:) SR = the ratio of the number of singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played. Note: The Australian Open was held twice in 1977, in January and December.
  • 1986
    Age 40
    In 1986, Wade was honoured with the distinction of Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).
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  • 1983
    Age 37
    In 1983, at the age of 37, she won the Italian Open women's doubles championship, along with her teammate Virginia Ruzici of Romania.
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  • 1982
    Age 36
    In 1982, Wade became the first woman to be elected to the Wimbledon Committee.
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  • 1977
    Age 31
    She was the subject of This Is Your Life in December 1977 when she was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at the National Sports Stadium at London's Crystal Palace.
    More Details Hide Details Wade also won four Grand Slam 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. 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.
    Not only was 1977 the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Wimbledon Championships, but it was also the 25th year of the reign (the Silver Jubilee) of Queen Elizabeth II.
    More Details Hide Details The queen attended the Wimbledon championships for the first time in 25 years to watch the final. Wade beat Stöve in three sets to claim the championship, nine days before her 32nd birthday.
    Wade won at Wimbledon, in 1977.
    More Details Hide Details It was the 16th year in which Wade had played at Wimbledon, and she made her first appearance in the final by beating the defending champion Chris Evert in a semifinal 6–2, 4–6, 6–1. In the final, she faced Betty Stöve.
    She won the women's singles championship at Wimbledon on 1 July 1977, in that tournament's centenary year, and was the last British tennis player to have won a Grand Slam singles tournament until Andy Murray won the US Open in 2012.
    More Details Hide Details She remains the last British female to have won a Grand Slam singles title. 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. Born in Bournemouth in England, Virginia Wade learned to play tennis in South Africa, where her parents moved when she was one year old. Her father was the Archdeacon of Durban. When Wade was 15, the family moved back to England and she went to Tunbridge Wells Girls' Grammar School and Talbot Heath School, Bournemouth.
  • 1972
    Age 26
    Wade's second Grand Slam singles championship came in 1972 at the Australian Open.
    More Details Hide Details There, she defeated the Australian Evonne Goolagong in the final 6–4, 6–4.
  • 1968
    Age 22
    Wade's tennis career spanned the end of the amateur era and the start of the open era. In 1968, she scored two notable firsts.
    More Details Hide Details As an amateur, she won the inaugural open tennis competition — the British Hard Court Open at Bournemouth. She turned down the US$720 first prize.
  • 1966
    Age 20
    She went on to study mathematics and physics at the University of Sussex, graduating in 1966.
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  • 1961
    Age 15
    In 1961 Wade was in the tennis team of Wimbledon County Girls' Grammar School.
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  • 1945
    Born on July 10, 1945.
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