Bonnie Gadusek

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Bonnie Gadusek
Country United States
ResidenceLargo, Florida, USA
Born(1963-09-11) September 11, 1963 (age 51)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Turned proSeptember 1981
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$504,238
Singles
Career record169–95
Career titles5
Highest rankingNo. 8 (July 9, 1984)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (1981)
French Open4R (1985)
Wimbledon2R (1985)
US OpenQF (1982, 1986)
Doubles
Career record83–71
Career titles3
Highest rankingNo. 59 (January 5, 1987)
Last updated on: December 6, 2011.
 
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Bonnie Gadusek
Country United States
ResidenceLargo, Florida, USA
Born(1963-09-11) September 11, 1963 (age 51)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Turned proSeptember 1981
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$504,238
Singles
Career record169–95
Career titles5
Highest rankingNo. 8 (July 9, 1984)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (1981)
French Open4R (1985)
Wimbledon2R (1985)
US OpenQF (1982, 1986)
Doubles
Career record83–71
Career titles3
Highest rankingNo. 59 (January 5, 1987)
Last updated on: December 6, 2011.

Bonnie Gadusek (born September 11, 1963 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is a retired American professional tennis player.

Career[edit]

Gadusek started a career in gymnastics, training for the 1980 Olympics, but fell from uneven parallel bars and landed on her neck, dislocating two vertebrae.[1] While recovering from her injuries, she took up tennis as part of her therapy.[2] She played in her first junior tournament wearing a brace. She was named Junior of the Year in 1980 and Player of the Year in 1981 by the Florida Tennis Association. She won the 1981 French Open girls’ singles championship.

Gadusek played on the WTA Tour from 1981 to 1987. She was named Rookie of the Year in 1982. She won 5 singles and 3 doubles titles before retiring. The right-hander reached her highest career ranking on July 9, 1984, when she became the World No. 8. Her best Grand Slam finish were two quarterfinals at the US Open, in 1982 and 1986.

Gadusek had career wins over Billie Jean King, Andrea Jaeger, Sue Barker, Hana Mandlíková, Manuela Maleeva, Wendy Turnbull, Gabriela Sabatini, Dianne Fromholtz, Claudia Kohde-Kilsch, Helena Suková, Zina Garrison, Mary Joe Fernandez, Sylvia Hanika, Jo Durie, and Rosie Casals. During her career, she was coached by renowned Australian coach Harry Hopman.

Gadusek was a member of the 1986 Wightman Cup Team. She helped coach the 1987 Wightman Cup Team. She retired with a 169–95 win/loss record.[3]

WTA Tour finals[edit]

Singles: 10 (5–5)[edit]

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Virginia Slims, Avon, Other (5–5)
Titles by Surface
Hard (1–1)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (2–3)
Carpet (2–1)
OutcomeNo.DateTournamentSurfaceOpponentScore
Runner-up1.July 12, 1982Monte CarloClayRomania Virginia Ruzici2–6, 6–7(5–7)
Runner-up2.May 2, 1983PerugiaClayHungary Andrea Temesvári1–6, 0–6
Runner-up3.November 7, 1983Deerfield BeachHardUnited States Chris Evert-Lloyd0–6, 4–6
Winner1.January 23, 1984Marco IslandClayUnited States Kathy Horvath3–6, 6–0, 6–4
Runner-up4.March 12, 1984Palm Beach GardensClayUnited States Chris Evert-Lloyd0–6, 1–6
Winner2.January 28, 1985Marco IslandHardUnited States Pam Casale6–3, 6–4
Winner3.May 20, 1985LuganoClayBulgaria Manuela Maleeva6–2, 6–2
Winner4.September 16, 1985ChicagoCarpet (I)United States Kathy Rinaldi6–1, 6–3
Winner5.October 7, 1985IndianapolisCarpet (I)United States Pam Casale6–0, 6–3
Runner-up5.December 9, 1985TokyoCarpet (I)Bulgaria Manuela Maleeva6–7(2–7), 6–3, 5–7

Doubles: 6 (3–3)[edit]

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Virginia Slims (3–3)
Titles by Surface
Hard (1–2)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (1–0)
Carpet (1–1)
OutcomeNo.DateTournamentSurfacePartnerOpponentsScore
Runner-up1.October 10, 1983TampaHardUnited States Wendy WhiteUnited States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
0–6, 1–6
Winner1.November 7, 1983Deerfield BeachHardUnited States Wendy WhiteUnited States Pam Casale
United States Mary-Lou Piatek
6–1, 3–6, 6–3
Runner-up2.January 28, 1985Marco IslandHardUnited States Camille BenjaminUnited States Kathy Jordan
Australia Elizabeth Smylie
3–6, 3–6
Winner2.May 20, 1985LuganoClayCzechoslovakia Helena SukováWest Germany Bettina Bunge
West Germany Eva Pfaff
6–2, 6–4
Winner3.October 7, 1985IndianapolisCarpet (I)United States Mary-Lou PiatekUnited States Penny Barg
United States Sandy Collins
6–1, 6–0
Runner-up3.February 24, 1986OaklandCarpet (I)Czechoslovakia Helena SukováCzechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková
Australia Wendy Turnbull
6–7(5–7), 1–6

Grand Slam singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament1981198219831984198519861987Career SR
Australian Open2RAAAANHA0 / 1
French Open1R3R1RA4RAA0 / 4
WimbledonAAAA2RAA0 / 1
US OpenAQF4R4R3RQF1R0 / 6
SR0 / 20 / 20 / 20 / 10 / 30 / 10 / 10 / 12
Career Statistics
Year End Ranking351819131013461

References[edit]

  1. ^ Linz, Franz (February 11, 1985). "Bonnie Gadusek Calls Herself the Animal, But She Is a Dreamer, Too". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 6 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Diliberto, Gioia (January 24, 1983). "A Near-Fatal Fall Broke Gymnast Bonnie Gadusek's Neck, but Not the Spirit That Made Her a Champion". People. Retrieved 6 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "WTA Bonnie Gadusek (USA)". Retrieved 2011-12-06. 

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