1976 WTA Tour

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1976 WTA Tour
Evert dominated 1976 earning the most titles and ending at number 1
Evert dominated 1976 earning the most titles and ending at number 1
Details
Duration 26 December 1975 – 2 December 1976
Edition 6th
Tournaments 37
Categories Grand Slam (4)
Virginia Slims championships
Virginia Slims Circuit (10)
Women's International Grand Prix (9)
Non-Tour Events (11)
Achievements (singles)
Most tournament titles United States Chris Evert (11)
Most tournament finals United States Chris Evert (14)
Prize money leader United States Chris Evert ($343,165)
Points leader United States Chris Evert (16.990)
1975
1977

The 1976 WTA Tour consisted of a number of tennis tournaments for female tennis players. It was composed of the newly streamlined version of the Virginia Slims Circuit (which was now an 11-week tour of the USA) and the Woman's International Grand Prix. The year 1976 also saw the creation of the first official ranking system and these rankings were used to determine acceptance into the tournaments.[1][2]

Schedule[edit]

This is a calendar of all events which were part of either the Virginia Slims circuit or the Women's International Grand Prix in the year 1976, with player progression documented from the quarterfinals stage. Also included are the Grand Slam tournaments, the 1976 Virginia Slims Championships, the 1976 Federation Cup and a number of events not affiliated with either tour.[1]

Key
Grand Slam tournaments
Virginia Slims championships
Virginia Slims Circuit
Women's International Grand Prix
Non-Tour Events
Team events

January[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
26 December Australian Open
Melbourne, Australia
Grand Slam
Grass – 56S/24D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley
6–3, 6–2
Czechoslovakia Renáta Tomanová Australia Helen Gourlay Cawley
Sweden Elisabeth Ekblom
Australia Lesley Bowrey
West Germany Heidi Eisterlehner
West Germany Helga Masthoff
Australia Christine Matison
Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley
Australia Helen Gourlay Cawley

8–1
Australia Lesley Turner Bowrey
Czechoslovakia Renáta Tomanová
5 January L‟Eggs World Series
Austin, Texas, USA
Non-Tour Event
– Hard – 32S/8D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Chris Evert
6–3, 7–6
Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley United Kingdom Virginia Wade
United States Martina Navratilova
12 January Virginia Slims of Houston
Houston, United States
Virginia Slims
$75,000 – Carpet (i) – 32S/12D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Martina Navratilova
6–3, 6–4
United States Chris Evert United States Rosie Casals
United States Nancy Gunter
United Kingdom Sue Barker
Soviet Union Olga Morozova
United States Marcie Louie
Czechoslovakia Renáta Tomanová
France Françoise Dürr
United States Rosie Casals

6–0, 7–5
United States Martina Navratilova
United States Chris Evert
19 January Virginia Slims of Washington
Washington, D.C., United States
Virginia Slims
$75,000 – Hard – 32S/8D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Chris Evert
6–2, 6–1
United Kingdom Virginia Wade United Kingdom Sue Barker
United States Terry Holladay
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
Soviet Union Olga Morozova
Australia Lesley Hunt
Soviet Union Natasha Chmyreva
Soviet Union Olga Morozova
United Kingdom Virginia Wade

7–6, 6–2
United States Wendy Overton
United States Mona Guerrant
26 January Virginia Slims of Chicago
Chicago, United States
Virginia Slims
$75,000 – Hard – 32S/10D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley
3–6, 6–4, 6–2
United Kingdom Virginia Wade United States Martina Navratilova
United States Nancy Gunter
Australia Cynthia Doerner
Soviet Union Olga Morozova
Soviet Union Natasha Chmyreva
United States Wendy Overton
Soviet Union Olga Morozova
United Kingdom Virginia Wade

6–7, 6–4, 6-4
Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley
United States Martina Navratilova

February[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
3 February Virginia Slims of Akron
Akron, United States
Virginia Slims
$75,000 – Carpet (i) – 32S
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Chris Evert
6–4, 3–6, 6–3
Australia Margaret Court United Kingdom Virginia Wade
Soviet Union Olga Morozova
United States Martina Navratilova
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
United States Nancy Gunter
United States Julie Heldman
France Françoise Dürr
Netherlands Betty Stöve

7–5, 7–6
United States Chris Evert
United States Martina Navratilova
17 February Virginia Slims of Detroit
Detroit, United States
Virginia Slims
$75,000 – Carpet (i) – 32S
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Chris Evert
6–4, 6–2
United States Rosie Casals
United States Mona Guerrant
United States Ann Kiyomura

6–3, 6–4
United States Chris Evert
Netherlands Betty Stöve
24 February Virginia Slims of Sarasota
Sarasota, United States
Virginia Slims
$75,000 – Carpet (i) – 32S
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Chris Evert
6–3, 6–0
Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley United States Martina Navratilova
United States Rosie Casals
United States Carrie Meyer
United States Mona Guerrant
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
Australia Lesley Hunt
United States Martina Navratilova
Netherlands Betty Stöve

6–1, 6–0
United States Mona Guerrant
United States Ann Kiyomura

March[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
1 March Virginia Slims of San Francisco
San Francisco, United States
Virginia Slims
$75,000 – Hard – 32S/8D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Chris Evert
7–5, 7–6
Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley United States Terry Holladay
United States Marita Redondo
United States Rosie Casals
United States Martina Navratilova
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
United States Nancy Gunter
United States Billie Jean King
Netherlands Betty Stöve

6–4, 6–1
United States Rosie Casals
France Françoise Dürr


15 March Virginia Slims of Dallas
Dallas, United States
Virginia Slims
$75,000 – Carpet (i) – 32S/10D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley
6–1, 6–1
United States Martina Navratilova Australia Kerry Melville
United States Marita Redondo
South Africa Greer Stevens
Netherlands Betty Stöve
United States Carrie Meyer
Soviet Union Natasha Chmyreva
United States Mona Guerrant
United States Ann Kiyomura

6–3, 4-6, 6–4
South Africa Greer Stevens
United States Marita Redondo
22 March Virginia Slims of Boston
Boston, United States
Virginia Slims
$75,000 – Carpet (i) – 32S/12D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley
6–2, 6–0
United Kingdom Virginia Wade United States Rosie Casals
Australia Dianne Fromholtz
Australia Kerry Melville
Australia Lesley Hunt
Soviet Union Natasha Chmyreva
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
United States Mona Guerrant
United States Ann Kiyomura

3-6, 6–1, 7–5
United States Rosie Casals
France Françoise Dürr
29 March Virginia Slims of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, United States
Virginia Slims
$75,000 – Carpet (i) – 32S/11D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley
6–3, 7–6
United States Chris Evert United Kingdom Virginia Wade
United Kingdom Sue Barker
Australia Dianne Fromholtz
Soviet Union Olga Morozova
Australia Kerry Melville
United States Rosie Casals
United States Billie Jean King
Netherlands Betty Stöve

7–6, 6–4
United States Rosie Casals
France Françoise Dürr

April[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
12 April Virginia Slims Championships
Los Angeles, United States
Year-end championships
$150,000 – Carpet (i) – 16S (8RR)
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley
6–3, 5-7, 6–3
United States Chris Evert Third place Fourth place 5th place: United Kingdom Sue Barker 8-5
6th place: United States Marita Redondo
7th place: United Kingdom Virginia Wade 21-13
8th place: France Françoise Dürr
United States Rosie Casals
8–5
United States Martina Navratilova
26 April Family Circle Cup
Amelia Island, United States
Women's International Grand Prix
$110,000 – Clay – 32S/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Chris Evert
7–5, 6–4
Australia Kerry Melville United States Mary Struthers
United Kingdom Sue Barker
Netherlands Betty Stöve
Australia Lesley Hunt
South Africa Ilana Kloss
United States Nancy Gunter
South Africa Linky Boshoff
South Africa Ilana Kloss

May[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
10 May Coca-Cola British Hard Court Championships
Bournemouth, Great Britain
Non-tour event
Hard
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
West Germany Helga Niessen Masthoff
5–7, 6–3, 6–3
United Kingdom Sue Barker
South Africa Linky Boshoff
South Africa Ilana Kloss

6–3, 6–2
United Kingdom Lesley Charles
United Kingdom Sue Mappin
17 May German Open
Hamburg, West Germany
Women's International Grand Prix
$30,000 – Clay
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United Kingdom Sue Barker
6–3, 6–1
Czechoslovakia Renáta Tomanová Romania Virginia Ruzici
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
West Germany Iris Riedel
West Germany Helga Niessen Masthoff
United Kingdom Glynis Coles
Czechoslovakia Regina Maršíková
South Africa Linky Boshoff
South Africa Ilana Kloss

4–6, 7-5, 6–1
United States Laura DuPont
Australia Wendy Turnbull
24 May Italian Open
Rome, Italy
Women's International Grand Prix
$30,000 – Clay
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
6–1, 6–3
Australia Lesley Hunt Czechoslovakia Regina Maršíková
Romania Florența Mihai
United Kingdom Sue Barker
South Africa Linky Boshoff
France Gail Lovera
United States Beth Norton
South Africa Linky Boshoff
South Africa Ilana Kloss

6–1, 6–2
Romania Virginia Ruzici
Romania Mariana Simionescu
31 May
7 June
French Open
Paris, France
Grand Slam
Clay (Red) – 64S/64Q/22D/24X
Singles DrawDoubles DrawMixed Draw
United Kingdom Sue Barker
6–2, 0–6, 6–2
Czechoslovakia Renáta Tomanová Romania Florența Mihai
Romania Virginia Ruzici
West Germany Helga Niessen Masthoff
United States Kathy Kuykendall
Czechoslovakia Miroslava Holubova
Czechoslovakia Regina Maršíková
Greece Fiorella Bonicelli
France Gail Lovera

6–3, 6–2
United States Kathleen Harter
West Germany Helga Niessen Masthoff
South Africa Ilana Kloss
Australia Kim Warwick

5–7, 7–6, 6–2
South Africa Linky Boshoff
Rhodesia Colin Dowdeswell

June[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
14 June Colgate International
Eastbourne, Great Britain
Women's International Grand Prix
$25,000 – Grass
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Chris Evert
8–6, 6–3
United Kingdom Virginia Wade Soviet Union Olga Morozova
United States Martina Navratilova
Netherlands Betty Stöve
United States Rosie Casals
United States Betsy Nagelsen
United States Mona Guerrant
United States Chris Evert / United States Martina Navratilova
vs
Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley / United States Peggy Michel
not finished due to rain
21 June
28 June
Wimbledon Championships
London, Great Britain
Grand Slam
Grass – 96S/48D/64X
Singles DrawDoubles DrawMixed Draw
United States Chris Evert
6–3, 4–6, 8-6
Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley United States Martina Navratilova
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
Soviet Union Olga Morozova
United Kingdom Sue Barker
Australia Kerry Melville
United States Rosie Casals
United States Chris Evert
United States Martina Navratilova

6–1, 3–6, 7–5
United States Billie Jean King
Netherlands Betty Stöve
France Françoise Dürr
Australia Tony Roche

6–3, 2–6, 7–5
United States Rosie Casals
Australia Dick Stockton

July[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
5 July Swiss Open
Gstaad, Switzerland
Non-tour event
Clay
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Belgium Michele Gurdal
4-6, 6–2, 6–3
France Gail Chanfreau
United States Betsy Nagelsen
Australia Wendy Turnbull

6–4, 6–4
South Africa Brigitte Cuypers
South Africa Annette DuPlooy
Swedish Open
Båstad, Sweden
Non-tour event
Clay
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Czechoslovakia Renáta Tomanová
6–3, 6–2
Sweden Helena Anliot
Colombia Isabel Fernández de Soto
Sweden Mimi Wikstedt

6–1, 7–6
Australia Lesley Hunt
Czechoslovakia Renáta Tomanová
12 July Head Open
Kitzbühel, Austria
Non-tour event
Clay
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Australia Wendy Turnbull
6–4, 5-7, 6–2
Romania Virginia Ruzici
Sweden Helena Anliot
Sweden Mimi Wikstedt

6–4, 2–6, 7-5
West Germany Katja Ebbinghaus
West Germany Heidi Eisterlehner

August[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
9 August US Clay Court Championships
Indianapolis, United States
Women's International Grand Prix
$35,000 – Clay
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Kathy May
6–4, 4-6, 6–2
South Africa Brigitte Cuypers
Uruguay Fiorella Bonicelli
Colombia Isabel Fernández de Soto

3–6, 7–5, 6–3
France Gail Chanfreau
United States Julie Heldman
16 August Rothmans Canadian Open
Toronto, Canada
Women's International Grand Prix
$35,000 – Clay
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
6–2, 6–0
Australia Lesley Hunt Romania Virginia Ruzici
Australia Cynthia Doerner
United Kingdom Sue Barker
United States Kathy May
Czechoslovakia Regina Maršíková
United States Laura DuPont
Australia Cynthia Doerner
United States Janet Newberry

6–7, 6–3, 6–1
United States Sue Barker
United States Pam Teeguarden
WTA Westchester Invitational
Westchester, United States
Non-tour event
Clay
United States Beth Norton
1-6, 7–5, 6–3
United States Ruta Gerulaitis
23 August Federation Cup
Philadelphia, United States
Federation Cup
Carpet (i) – 31 teams knockout
 United States
2-1
 Australia  Netherlands
 Great Britain
  Switzerland
 Denmark
 South Africa
 West Germany
Tennis Week Open
Orange, New Jersey, USA
Non-tour event
Clay
South Africa Marise Kruger
6-3, 6–2
United States Lea Antonoplis


30 August
6 September
US Open
New York, United States
Grand Slam
Clay – 64S/32D/32X
Singles DrawDoubles DrawMixed Draw
United States Chris Evert
6–3, 6–0
Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
Australia Dianne Fromholtz
Soviet Union Natasha Chmyreva
Romania Virginia Ruzici
United States Zenda Liess
United States Rosie Casals
South Africa Linky Boshoff
South Africa Ilana Kloss

6–1, 6–4
Soviet Union Olga Morozova
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
United States Billie Jean King
Australia Phil Dent

3–6, 6–2, 7–5
Netherlands Betty Stöve
South Africa Frew McMillan

September[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
13 September US Indoors
Atlanta, United States
Women's International Grand Prix
$60,000 – Hard
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
5–7, 7–5, 7–5
Netherlands Betty Stöve
United States Rosie Casals
France Françoise Dürr

6–0, 6–4
Netherlands Betty Stöve
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
27 September Toray Sillook Open
Tokyo, Japan
Women's International Grand Prix
$60,000 – Hard
Netherlands Betty Stöve
1–6, 6–4, 6–3
Australia Margaret Court

October[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
4 October Thunderbird Classic
Phoenix, United States
Women's International Grand Prix
$60,000 – Hard
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Chris Evert
6–1, 7–5
Australia Dianne Fromholtz Netherlands Betty Stöve
United States Martina Navratilova
United States Terry Holladay
United States JoAnne Russell
United States Billie Jean King
United States Mona Guerrant
United States Billie Jean King
Netherlands Betty Stöve

6–2, 6–1
South Africa Linky Boshoff
South Africa Ilana Kloss
11 October World Invitational Tennis Classic
Hilton Head Island, United States
Non-tour event
Clay
Draw
Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley
6–3, 6–4
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
United Kingdom Sue Barker
Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley

6–4, 4–6, 6-3
United States Martina Navratilova
United Kingdom Virginia Wade

November[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
1 November Japan Open
Tokyo, Japan
Non-tour event
Hard (i)]
Australia Wendy Turnbull
6–1, 6–1
Belgium Michele Gurdal
Wightman Cup
Williamsburg, Virginia, United States
Hard (i)
Team event
 United States 5-2
Chris Evert 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
Rosemary Casals
Terry Holladay 3-6, 6-1, 6-4
Rosemary Casals
Chris Evert 2-6, 6-2, 6-2
 Great Britain
Virginia Wade
Sue Barker 1-6, 6-3, 6-2
Glynis Coles
Virginia Wade 3-6, 9-7 Ret.
Sue Barker

Rosemary Casals / Chris Evert 6-0, 5-7, 6-1
Mona Guerrant / Ann Kiyomura 6-2, 6-2
Sue Barker / Virginia Wade
Lesley Charles / Sue Mappin
25 November Gunze World Tennis
Tokyo, Japan
Non-tour event
Hard (i)]
United States Chris Evert
6–2, 7–6
United Kingdom Sue Barker

Rankings[edit]

Below are the 1976 WTA year-end rankings (December 31, 1976) Singles competition:

Singles Year-end Ranking[3]
No Player Name Points 1975 Change
1  Chris Evert (USA) 16.990 1 =
2  Evonne Goolagong Cawley (AUS) 16.326 5 +3
3  Virginia Wade (GBR) 10.933 2 -1
4  Martina Navratilova (USA) 10.272 3 -1
5  Dianne Fromholtz (AUS) 8.012 20 +15
6  Rosie Casals (USA) 7.644 12 +6
7  Betty Stöve (NED) 7.158 22 +15
8  Kerry Melville (AUS) 7.064 10 +2
9  Olga Morozova (USSR) 6.523 7 -2
10  Sue Barker (GBR) 6.480 19 +9
11  Mima Jaušovec (YUG) 5.702 40 +29
12  Nancy Gunter (USA) 5.525 8 -4
13  Terry Holladay (USA) 4.132 26 +13
14  Natasha Chmyreva (USSR) 5.066 21 +7
15  Françoise Dürr (FRA) 4.639 9 -6
16  Marita Redondo (USA) 4.603 60 +44
17  Greer Stevens (RSA) 4.522 48 +31
18  JoAnne Russell (USA) 4.493 35 +17
19  Kathy May (USA) 4.277 57 +38
20  Mona Guerrant (USA) 4.236 NR NR

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "WTA Tour Finals" (PDF). www.wtatennis.com. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
  2. ^ "About the WTA". www.wtatennis.com. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
  3. ^ "Women's International Computerized Rankings" (PDF). Women's Tennis Association (WTA). 5 December 1976. 

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