1977 WTA Tour

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1977 WTA Tour
Chris Evert ends the year at number 1
Chris Evert ends the year at number 1
Details
Duration 17 October 1976 – 28 November 1977
Edition 7th
Tournaments 49
Categories Grand Slam (4)
WTA championships (3)
Virginia Slims Circuit (11)
Colgate Series (18)
Non-Tour Events (11)
Achievements
Most tournament titles United States Chris Evert (12)
Most tournament finals United States Chris Evert (14)
Prize money leader United States Chris Evert ($503,134)
Points leader United States Chris Evert (17.612)
Awards
Player of the year United Kingdom Virginia Wade
Doubles Team of the year Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
Netherlands Betty Stöve
Most improved player of the year Australia Wendy Turnbull
Newcomer of the year United States Tracy Austin
1976
1978

The 1977 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 Colgate Series. The year 1977 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 Colgate Series in the year 1977, with player progression documented from the quarterfinals stage. Also included are the Grand Slam tournaments, the 1977 Virginia Slims Championships, the 1977 Federation Cup and a number of events not affiliated with either tour.[1]

Key
Grand Slam tournaments
Virginia Slims/Colgate Series championships
Virginia Slims Circuit
Colgate Series
Non-Tour Events
Team events

November (1976)[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
17 October Colgate Inaugural
Pam Springs, California, USA
Colgate Series
$175,000 – Hard
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Chris Evert
6–1, 6–2
France Françoise Dürr
United States Chris Evert
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova

6–2, 6–4
United States Billie Jean King
Netherlands Betty Stöve
1 November Dewar Cup
London, Great Britain
Colgate Series
$35,000 – Hard
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
6–2, 6–2
United States Chris Evert United States Rosie Casals
United Kingdom Sue Barker
Netherlands Betty Stöve
United Kingdom Virginia Wade

6–3, 2-6, 6–3
United States Rosie Casals
United States Chris Evert
22 November South African Open
Johannesburg, South Africa
Colgate Series
$35,000 – Hard
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
South Africa Brigitte Cuypers
6-7, 6–4, 6–1
United States Laura DuPont
United States Laura DuPont
United States Valerie Ziegenfuss

6–1, 6–4
South Africa Yvonne Vermaak
South Africa Elizabeth Vlotman
29 November Colgate NSW Tournament
Sydney, Australia
Colgate Series
$100,000 – Grass
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
7-5, 6–2
Netherlands Betty Stöve Australia Kerry Melville
Australia Dianne Fromholtz
Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley
South Africa Marise Kruger
United Kingdom Sue Barker
Australia Margaret Court
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
Netherlands Betty Stöve

6–3, 7–5
France Françoise Dürr
United States Ann Kiyomura

December (1976)[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
6 December Toyota Classic
Melbourne, Australia
Colgate Series
$75,000 – Grass
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Australia Margaret Court
6–2, 6–1
United Kingdom Sue Barker
Australia Margaret Court
Netherlands Betty Stöve

6–2, 6–4
South Africa Linky Boshoff
South Africa Ilana Kloss
26 December Marlboro Open
Sydney, Australia
Colgate Series
$35,000 – Hard
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Australia Kerry Melville
3-6, 6–2, 6–3
Australia Dianne Fromholtz
Australia Helen Gourlay Cawley
United States Betsy Nagelsen

6–4, 6–1
Australia Dianne Fromholtz
Czechoslovakia Renáta Tomanová

January[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
3 January Australian Open
Melbourne, Australia
Grand Slam
Grass – 32S/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Australia Kerry Melville
7–5, 6–2
Australia Dianne Balestrat Australia Karen Krantzcke
Australia Helen Gourlay Cawley
Australia Jan Wilton
Japan Naoko Sato
Australia Mary Sawyer
West Germany Katja Ebbinghaus
Australia Dianne Balestrat
Australia Helen Gourlay Cawley

5-7, 6–1, 7-5
United States Betsy Nagelsen
Australia Kerry Melville
Virginia Slims of Washington
Washington, D.C., United States
Virginia Slims
$100,000 – Carpet (i) – 32S/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
6–2, 6–3
United States Chris Evert Australia Wendy Turnbull
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
United Kingdom Sue Barker
United States Beth Norton
France Françoise Dürr
United States Janet Newberry
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
Netherlands Betty Stöve

7–5, 6–2
United States Kristien Shaw
United States Valerie Ziegenfuss


10 January Virginia Slims of Hollywood
Hollywood, California, USA
Virginia Slims
$100,000 – Carpet (i) – 34S/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Chris Evert
6–3, 6–4
Australia Margaret Court United Kingdom Sue Barker
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
Netherlands Betty Stöve
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
United States JoAnne Russell
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
Netherlands Betty Stöve

6–4, 3-6, 6–4
United States Rosie Casals
United States Chris Evert
17 January Virginia Slims of Houston
Houston, Texas, USA
Virginia Slims
$100,000 – Carpet (i) – 32S/13D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
7–6, 7–5
United Kingdom Sue Barker Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
Australia Dianne Fromholtz
Australia Wendy Turnbull
United States Kristien Shaw
South Africa Greer Stevens
United States Carrie Meyer
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
Netherlands Betty Stöve

4-6, 6–2, 6–1
United Kingdom Sue Barker
United States Ann Kiyomura
24 January Virginia Slims of Minneapolis
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Virginia Slims
$100,000 – Carpet (i) – 33S/14D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
6–0, 6–1
United Kingdom Sue Barker United States Rosie Casals
Soviet Union Olga Morozova
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
Australia Margaret Court
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
Soviet Union Natasha Chmyreva
United States Rosie Casals
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova

6–2, 6–1
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
Romania Virginia Ruzici
31 January Virginia Slims of Seattle
Seattle, Washington, USA
Virginia Slims
$100,000 – Carpet (i) – 33S/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Chris Evert
6–2, 6–4
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova Soviet Union Olga Morozova
United States Rosie Casals
United States Kristien Shaw
Australia Dianne Fromholtz
Soviet Union Natasha Chmyreva
United States Sharon Walsh
United States Rosie Casals
United States Chris Evert

6-4, 3-6, 6–3
France Françoise Dürr
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova

February[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
7 February Virginia Slims of Chicago
Chicago, United States
Virginia Slims
$100,000 – Carpet (i) – 33S/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Chris Evert
6–1, 6–3
Australia Margaret Court Netherlands Betty Stöve
Soviet Union Natasha Chmyreva
United States Kristien Shaw
South Africa Brigitte Cuypers
United States Julie Anthony
United States Rosie Casals
United States Rosie Casals
United States Chris Evert

6–3, 6-4
Australia Margaret Court
Netherlands Betty Stöve
14 February Virginia Slims of Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California, USA
Virginia Slims
$100,000 – Carpet (i) – 32S/15D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Chris Evert
6–2, 2–6, 6-2
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova United States Rosie Casals
Australia Margaret Court
Australia Kerry Melville
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
United States Terry Holladay
United States JoAnne Russell
United States Rosie Casals
United States Chris Evert

6–2, 6-4
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
Netherlands Betty Stöve
21 February Virginia Slims of Detroit
Detroit, United States
Virginia Slims
$100,000 – Carpet (i) – 32S
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
6–4, 6–4
United Kingdom Sue Barker United Kingdom Virginia Wade
France Françoise Dürr
South Africa Yvonne Vermaak
Romania Virginia Ruzici
Australia Margaret Court
United States Sharon Walsh
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
Netherlands Betty Stöve

6–3, 6–4
United States Janet Newberry
United States JoAnne Russell
28 February Virginia Slims of San Francisco
San Francisco, United States
Virginia Slims
$100,000 – Carpet (i) – 34S/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Sue Barker
6–3, 6–4
United Kingdom Virginia Wade United States Chris Evert
United States Rosie Casals
Netherlands Betty Stöve
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
Australia Kerry Melville
France Françoise Dürr
Australia Kerry Melville
South Africa Greer Stevens

6–3, 6–1
United Kingdom Sue Barker
United States Ann Kiyomura

March[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
7 March Virginia Slims of Dallas
Dallas, United States
Virginia Slims
$100,000 – Carpet (i) – 34S/17D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United Kingdom Sue Barker
6–1, 7–6
United States Terry Holladay South Africa Greer Stevens
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
United States Kathy Harter
Czechoslovakia Renáta Tomanová
United States Kristien Shaw
Netherlands Betty Stöve
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
Netherlands Betty Stöve

6–2, 6–4
Australia Kerry Melville
South Africa Greer Stevens
14 March Virginia Slims of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, United States
Virginia Slims
$100,000 – Carpet (i) – 32S/15D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Chris Evert
6–4, 4–6, 6-3
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova United Kingdom Sue Barker
United States Rosie Casals
Australia Dianne Fromholtz
Australia Kerry Melville
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
Netherlands Betty Stöve
France Françoise Dürr
United Kingdom Virginia Wade

6-4, 4–6, 6–4
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
Netherlands Betty Stöve
21 March Virginia Slims Championships
Los Angeles, United States
Year-end championships
$150,000 – Carpet (i) – 16S (8RR)
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Chris Evert
2–6, 6-1, 6-1
United Kingdom Sue Barker Third place Fourth place 5th place: United Kingdom Virginia Wade
6th place: Netherlands Betty Stöve
7th place: Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
8th place: United States Kristien Shaw
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
8–5
United States Rosie Casals
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
Netherlands Betty Stöve

7-5, 6–3
France Françoise Dürr
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
Lionel Cup
San Antonio, Texas, USA
Non-tour event
$20,000 Hard
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Billie Jean King
3–6, 6–3, 6–3
United States Mary Hamm
Australia Karen Krantzcke
Australia Kym Ruddell

6–3, 6–0
Australia Connor
Australia Jane Preyer
28 March Family Circle Cup
Amelia Island, United States
Colgate Series
$110,000 – Clay – 30S/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Chris Evert
6–1, 6–0
United States Billie Jean King Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
Australia Kerry Melville
United States Kathy May
United States Rosie Casals
United States Tracy Austin
Czechoslovakia Renáta Tomanová
United States Rosie Casals
United States Chris Evert

6-4, 6-2
France Françoise Dürr
United Kingdom Virginia Wade

April[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
4 April Bridgestone Doubles Championships
Tokyo, Japan
$100,000 - Carpet (i) - 8D
Doubles Draw
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
Netherlands Betty Stöve

7-5, 6-3
France Françoise Dürr
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
United States Rosie Casals / United States Billie Jean King
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec / Romania Virginia Ruzici
United States Janet Newberry / United States JoAnne Russell
United States Kristien Kemmer / United States Valerie Ziegenfuss
United Kingdom Sue Barker / United States Ann Kiyomura
United States Terry Holladay / United States Kathy May
12 April L'Eggs World Series
Austin, Texas, USA
Non-Tour Event
– Hard – 32S/8D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Chris Evert
6–3, 7–6
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova United Kingdom Sue Barker
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
Monte Carlo Open
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Non-tour event
$20,000 Hard
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
West Germany Helga Niessen Masthoff
6–4, 6–2
Greece Fiorella Bonicelli
West Germany Katja Ebbinghaus
West Germany Helga Niessen Masthoff
6–3, 7–6
France Rosie Darmon
France Gail Chanfreau

May[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
9 May German Open
Hamburg, West Germany
Colgate Series
$35,000 – Clay
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Laura DuPont
6–1, 6–4
West Germany Heidi Eisterlehner
South Africa Linky Boshoff
South Africa Ilana Kloss

2–6, 6-4, 7–5
Czechoslovakia Regina Maršíková
Czechoslovakia Renáta Tomanová
16 May Italian Open
Rome, Italy
Colgate Series
$35,000 – Clay
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Janet Newberry
6–3, 7–6
Czechoslovakia Renáta Tomanová Hungary Marie Pinterova
United States Laura DuPont
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
West Germany Iris Riedel
United States Pam Teeguarden
United States Mary Struthers
South Africa Linky Boshoff
South Africa Ilana Kloss

6–1, 6–2
Romania Virginia Ruzici
Romania Mariana Simionescu
23 May
30 May
French Open
Paris, France
Grand Slam
Clay (Red) – 64S/64Q/22D/24X
Singles DrawDoubles DrawMixed Draw
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
6–2, 6–7, 6–1
Romania Florența Mihai Czechoslovakia Regina Maršíková
United States Janet Newberry
United States Pam Teeguarden
Czechoslovakia Renáta Tomanová
South Africa Linky Boshoff
United States Kathy May
Czechoslovakia Regina Maršíková
United States Pam Teeguarden

5–7, 6–4, 6–2
United States Rayni Fox
Australia Helen Gourlay Cawley
United States Mary Carillo
United States John McEnroe

7–6, 6–3
Romania Florenţa Mihai
Colombia Iván Molina
30 May Rose's Lime Juice International
Chicester, Great Britain
Non-tour event
Hard
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
South Africa Marise Kruger
6–2, 6–2
United States Bunny Bruning
South Africa Marise Kruger
South Africa Elizabeth Vlotman

6–2, 6–1
Australia Margaret Molesworth
Japan Naoko Sato

June[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
6 June Robertson's Cup
Beckenham, Great Britain
Non-tour event
Hard
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Soviet Union Olga Morozova
7–5, 2–6, 6–3
South Africa Marise Kruger
South Africa Brigitte Cuypers
South Africa Annette DuPlooy

9–7, 6–4
Soviet Union Natasha Chmyreva
Soviet Union Olga Morozova
McIntosh Scottish Championships
Edinburgh, Great Britain
Non-tour event
Hard
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
2–6, 9–8, 7–5
United States Kristien Shaw
United States Julie Anthony
United States Betsy Nagelsen

6–1, 3-6, 6–1
United States Carrie Meyer
Czechoslovakia Renáta Tomanová
13 June Federation Cup
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
Federation Cup
Grass – 32 teams knockout
 United States
2-1
 Australia  South Africa
 Great Britain
 France
 Netherlands
 Sweden
 West Germany
20 June
27 June
Wimbledon Championships
London, Great Britain
Grand Slam
Grass – 96S/48D/64X
Singles DrawDoubles DrawMixed Draw
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
4–6, 6–3, 6–1
Netherlands Betty Stöve United States Chris Evert
United Kingdom Sue Barker
United States Billie Jean King
United States Rosie Casals
Australia Kerry Melville
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
Australia Helen Gourlay Cawley
United States JoAnne Russell

6–3, 6–3
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
Netherlands Betty Stöve
South Africa Greer Stevens
South Africa Bob Hewitt

3–6, 7–5, 6–4
Netherlands Betty Stöve]
South Africa Frew McMillan

July[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
July 4 Swiss Open
Gstaad, Switzerland
Non-tour event
Clay
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Australia Lesley Hunt
4-6, 7-5, 6-1
Australia Helen Gourlay Cawley
Australia Helen Gourlay Cawley
United States Rayni Fox

6–0, 6–4
United States Mary Carillo
Australia Lesley Hunt
Swedish Open
Båstad, Sweden
Non-tour event
Clay
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Romania Florența Mihai
6–4, 6–4
United States Mary Struthers
Australia Cynthia Doerner
Argentina Raquel Giscafré

6–2, 7–5
Sweden Helena Anliot
Romania Florența Mihai


July 11 Colgate Trophy
Kitzbühel, Austria
Non-tour event
Clay
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Czechoslovakia Renáta Tomanová
6–3, 7-5
West Germany Katja Ebbinghaus
Australia Helen Gourlay Cawley
United States Rayni Fox

6–1, 6–4
United Kingdom Lesley Charles
United Kingdom Jackie Fayter

August[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
8 August US Clay Court Championships
Indianapolis, United States
Colgate Series
$35,000 – Clay
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Laura DuPont
6–4, 6–3
United States Nancy Richey
South Africa Linky Boshoff
South Africa Ilana Kloss

5–7, 7–5, 6–3
United States Mary Carillo
United States Wendy Overton
15 August Rothmans Canadian Open
Toronto, Canada
Colgate Series
$35,000 – Clay
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Czechoslovakia Regina Maršíková
6–4, 4-6, 6–2
South Africa Marise Kruger
South Africa Linky Boshoff
South Africa Ilana Kloss

6–2, 6–3
United States Rosie Casals
Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley
22 August Ivey's Pepsi Tennis Classic
Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Colgate Series
$50,000 – Clay
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
3–6, 6-2, 6–2
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec United States JoAnne Russell
Czechoslovakia Regina Maršíková
United States Tracy Austin
South Africa Brigitte Cuypers
West Germany Katja Ebbinghaus
United States Kate Latham
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
Netherlands Betty Stöve

6–3, 6–4
Czechoslovakia Regina Maršíková
United States Pam Teeguarden
29 August
5 September
US Open
New York, United States
Grand Slam
$250,000 - Clay – 64S/32D/32X
Singles DrawDoubles DrawMixed Draw
United States Chris Evert
7–6, 6–2
Australia Wendy Turnbull Netherlands Betty Stöve
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
United States Billie Jean King
United States Tracy Austin
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
Netherlands Betty Stöve

6–1, 7–6
United States Renee Richards
United States Betty-Ann Stuart
Netherlands Betty Stöve
South Africa Frew McMillan

6–2, 3–6, 6–3
United States Billie Jean King
United States Vitas Gerulaitis

September[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists


12 September Toray Sillook Open
Tokyo, Japan
Colgate Series
$100,000 – Hard
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
7–5, 5–7, 6–4
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova Australia Wendy Turnbull
United Kingdom Sue Barker
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
United States Terry Holladay
United States Julie Anthony
United Kingdom Michelle Tyler
19 September World Invitational Tennis Classic
Hilton Head Island, United States
Non-tour event
Clay
Draw
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
6–3, 6–7, 6-3
Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley
Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley
Australia Kerry Melville

6–2, 3–6, 6-4
Australia Dianne Fromholtz
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
26 September Florida Federal Open
Palm Harbor, Florida, USA
Colgate Series
$35,000 – Hard
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Romania Virginia Ruzici
6–4, 4–6, 6–2
United States Laura DuPont
South Africa Linky Boshoff
South Africa Ilana Kloss

6–7, 6–2, 6-2
South Africa Brigitte Cuypers
South Africa Marise Kruger

October[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
3 October Wyler's Classic
Atlanta, United States
Colgate Series
$75,000 – Carpet (i)
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Chris Evert
6–3, 6–2
Australia Dianne Balestrat United Kingdom Virginia Wade
United States Billie Jean King
United States Ann Kiyomura
Australia Kerry Melville
Netherlands Betty Stöve
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
Netherlands Betty Stöve

6–4, 6–2
South Africa Brigitte Cuypers
South Africa Marise Kruger
10 October Thunderbird Classic
Phoenix, United States
Colgate Series
$75,000 – Hard
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Billie Jean King
1-6, 6–1, 6–0
Australia Wendy Turnbull Netherlands Betty Stöve
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
United States Renée Richards
Australia Dianne Fromholtz
United States Rosie Casals
United States Tracy Austin
United States Billie Jean King
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova

6–0, 7–5
Australia Helen Gourlay Cawley
United States JoAnne Russell
17 October Colgate Brazil Open
São Paulo, Brazil
Colgate Series
$75,000 – Hard
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Billie Jean King
6–1, 6–4
Netherlands Betty Stöve Australia Dianne Fromholtz
Australia Kerry Melville
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
United States Betsy Nagelsen
United States Rosie Casals
United States Sharon Walsh
Australia Kerry Melville
Australia Wendy Turnbull

6–3, 5–7, 6-2
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
Netherlands Betty Stöve
24 October Borniquen Classic
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Colgate Series
$75,000 – Hard
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Billie Jean King
6–1, 6–3
United States Janet Newberry United States JoAnne Russell
Netherlands Betty Stöve
Australia Wendy Turnbull
United States Rosie Casals
Romania Virginia Ruzici
United States Terry Holladay
United States Rosie Casals
United States Billie Jean King

4–6, 6–2, 6-3
South Africa Linky Boshoff
South Africa Ilana Kloss
31 October Colgate Series Championships
Palm Springs, California, USA
Colgate Series championships
$250,000 – Grass
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Chris Evert
6–2, 6–2
United States Billie Jean King Third place Fourth place Round Robin
Australia Dianne Fromholtz
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
Australia Wendy Turnbull
Netherlands Betty Stöve
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
7-6, 6-2
Australia Kerry Melville
France Françoise Dürr
United Kingdom Virginia Wade

6-1, 4-6, 6-4
Australia Helen Gourlay Cawley
United States JoAnne Russell

November[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists


7 November Wightman Cup
Williamsburg, Virginia, United States
Hard (i)
Team event
 United States 7-0
Chris Evert 7-5, 7-6
Billie Jean King 6-1, 6-4
Rosemary Casals 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
Billie Jean King
6-4, 3-6, 8-6
Chris Evert 6-1, 6-2
 Great Britain
Virginia Wade
Sue Barker
Michelle Tyler
Virginia Wade
Sue Barker

Billie Jean King / JoAnne Russell 6-0, 6-1
Rosemary Casals / Chris Evert 6-2, 6-4
Lesley Charles / Sue Mappin
Sue Barker / Virginia Wade
21 November Gunze Invitational
Tokyo, Japan
Non-tour event
Hard (i)
United States Billie Jean King
7–5, 5-7, 6–1
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova France Françoise Dürr
United States Rosie Casals
United States Wendy Overton
United States Kristien Shaw
United States Terry Holladay
Sweden Mimi Wikstedt

Rankings[edit]

Below are the 1977 WTA year-end rankings (December 31, 1977) in both singles and doubles competition:

Singles Year-end Ranking[3]
No Player Name Points 1976 Change
1  Chris Evert (USA) 17.612 1 =
2  Billie Jean King (USA) 12.244 NR NR
3  Martina Navratilova (TCH) 11.881 4 +1
4  Virginia Wade (GBR) 10.185 3 -1
5  Sue Barker (GBR) 9.515 10 +5
6  Rosie Casals (USA) 7.693 6 =
7  Betty Stöve (NED) 6.617 7 =
8  Dianne Fromholtz (AUS) 6.462 5 -3
9  Wendy Turnbull (AUS) 6.326 30 +21
10  Kerry Melville (AUS) 6.061 8 -2
11  Mima Jaušovec (YUG) 5.738 11 =
12  Tracy Austin (USA) 5.065 NR NR
13  Greer Stevens (RSA) 4.989 17 +4
14  Terry Holladay (USA) 4.313 13 -1
15  JoAnne Russell (USA) 4.244 18 +3
16  Virginia Ruzici (ROU) 3.951 26 +10
17  Kristien Shaw (USA) 3.875 32 +15
18  Janet Newberry (USA) 3.813 28 +10
19  Katja Ebbinghaus (FRG) 3.759 NR NR
20  Regina Maršíková (TCH) 3.700 +3 23

External links[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. ^ Hill, James (2011-11-11). "Corel WTA Tour Rankings Rank Date: 23 November 1989". WTA. Retrieved 2011-05-24.