Ameritech Cup

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Ameritech Cup
Defunct tennis tournament
Event name VS of Chicago (1971–78, 1983–94)
Avon Championships of Chicago (1979–82)
Ameritech Cup (1995–97)
Tour WTA Tour (1971–97)
Founded 1971
Abolished 1997
Surface Carpet (1971–97)

The Ameritech Cup (known also as the Virginia Slims of Chicago and the Avon Championships of Chicago) is a defunct WTA Tour affiliated tennis tournament held every year from 1971 until 1997 in Chicago, Illinois in the United States. Its sponsors were Virginia Slims from 1971 to 1978 and again from 1983 to 1994, Avon from 1979 to 1982 and Ameritech from 1995 to 1997. The tournament was classified as Tier III in 1988-1989, Tier I in 1990 and Tier II until 1997, and was played on indoor carpet courts.

Martina Navratilova was the most successful player at the tournament, winning the singles competition 12 times and the doubles competition 7 times. Past champions also include former No. 1 players Chris Evert (1977), Monica Seles (1993) and Lindsay Davenport (1997).

Champions[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Champion Runner-up Score
1971 France Françoise Dürr United States Billie Jean King 6–4, 6–2
1972 Not held
1973 Australia Margaret Court United States Billie Jean King 6–2, 4–6, 6–4
1974 United Kingdom Virginia Wade United States Rosemary Casals 2–6, 6–4, 6–4
1975 Australia Margaret Court Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova 6–3, 3–6, 6–2
1976 Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley United Kingdom Virginia Wade 3–6, 6–3, 6–2
1977 United States Chris Evert Australia Margaret Court 6–1, 6–3
1978 Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley 6–7, 6–2, 6–2
1979 Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova United States Tracy Austin 6–3, 6–4
1980 Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova United States Chris Evert-Lloyd 6–4, 6–4
1981 Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková 6–4, 6–2
1982 United States Martina Navratilova Australia Wendy Turnbull 6–4, 6–1
1983 United States Martina Navratilova United States Andrea Jaeger 6–3, 6–2
1984 United States Pam Shriver United States Barbara Potter 7–6, 2–6, 6–3
1985 United States Bonnie Gadusek United States Kathy Rinaldi 6–1, 6–3
1986 United States Martina Navratilova Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková 7–5, 7–5
1987 United States Martina Navratilova Soviet Union Natasha Zvereva 6–1, 6–2
1988 United States Martina Navratilova United States Chris Evert 6–2, 6–2
1989 United States Zina Garrison Soviet Union Larisa Savchenko 6–3, 2–6, 6–4
1990 United States Martina Navratilova Switzerland Manuela Maleeva-Fragnière 6–3, 6–2
1991 United States Martina Navratilova United States Zina Garrison-Jackson 6–1, 6–2
1992 United States Martina Navratilova Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná 7–6, 4–6, 7–5
1993 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Monica Seles United States Martina Navratilova 3–6, 6–2, 6–1
1994 Belarus Natasha Zvereva United States Chanda Rubin 6–3, 7–5
1995 Bulgaria Magdalena Maleeva United States Lisa Raymond 7–5, 7–6
1996 Czech Republic Jana Novotná United States Jennifer Capriati 6–4, 3–6, 6–1
1997 United States Lindsay Davenport France Nathalie Tauziat 6–0, 7–5

Doubles[edit]

Year Champions Runners-up Score
1971 Australia Judy Tegart
France Françoise Dürr
United States Rosemary Casals
United States Billie Jean King
6–4, 7–6
1972 Not held
1973 United States Rosemary Casals
United States Billie Jean King
Australia Karen Krantzcke
Netherlands Betty Stöve
6–4, 6–2
1974 United States Chris Evert
United States Billie Jean King
France Françoise Dürr
Netherlands Betty Stöve
3–6, 6–4, 6–4
1975 United States Chris Evert
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
Australia Margaret Court
Soviet Union Olga Morozova
6–2, 7–6
1976 Soviet Union Olga Morozova
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
6–7, 6–4, 6–4
1977 United States Rosemary Casals
United States Chris Evert
Australia Margaret Court
Netherlands Betty Stöve
6–3, 6–4
1978 Netherlands Betty Stöve
Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley
United States Rosemary Casals
United States JoAnne Russell
6–1, 6–4
1979 United States Rosemary Casals
United States Betty Ann Grubb Stuart
South Africa Ilana Kloss
South Africa Greer Stevens
3–6, 7–5, 7–5
1980 United States Billie Jean King
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
West Germany Sylvia Hanika
United States Kathy Jordan
6–3, 6–4
1981 Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
United States Barbara Potter
United States Sharon Walsh
6–3, 6–1
1982 United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
United States Rosemary Casals
Australia Wendy Turnbull
7–5, 6–4
1983 United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
United States Kathy Jordan
United States Anne Smith
6–1, 6–2
1984 United States Billie Jean King
United States Sharon Walsh
United States Barbara Potter
United States Pam Shriver
5–7, 6–3, 6–3
1985 United States Kathy Jordan
Australia Elizabeth Smylie
United States Elise Burgin
United States JoAnne Russell
6–2, 6–2
1986 West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
West Germany Steffi Graf
Argentina Gabriela Sabatini
6–7, 7–6, 6–3
1987 West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
United States Zina Garrison
United States Lori McNeil
6–4, 6–3
1988 United States Lori McNeil
United States Betsy Nagelsen
Soviet Union Larisa Savchenko
Soviet Union Natasha Zvereva
6–4, 3–6, 6–4
1989 Soviet Union Larisa Savchenko
Soviet Union Natasha Zvereva
Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
6–3, 2–6, 6–3
1990 United States Martina Navratilova
United States Anne Smith
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
France Nathalie Tauziat
6–7, 6–4, 6–3
1991 United States Gigi Fernández
Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
6–2, 6–4
1992 United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
United States Katrina Adams
United States Zina Garrison-Jackson
6–4, 7–6
1993 United States Katrina Adams
United States Zina Garrison-Jackson
United States Amy Frazier
United States Kimberly Po
7–6, 6–3
1994 United States Gigi Fernández
Belarus Natasha Zvereva
Netherlands Manon Bollegraf
United States Martina Navratilova
6–3, 3–6, 6–4
1995 Argentina Gabriela Sabatini
Netherlands Brenda Schultz
United States Marianne Werdel
United States Tami Whitlinger-Jones
5–7, 7–6, 6–4
1996 United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Rennae Stubbs
United States Angela Lettiere
Japan Nana Miyagi
6–1, 6–1
1997 France Alexandra Fusai
France Nathalie Tauziat
United States Lindsay Davenport
United States Monica Seles
6–3, 6–2

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