Barbara Potter

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Barbara Potter
Country  United States
Residence Harlem, Georgia, USA
Born (1961-10-22) October 22, 1961 (age 53)
Woodbury, Connecticut, USA
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro 1978
Retired 1989
Plays Left-handed
Prize money $1,313,808
Singles
Career record 320–191
Career titles 6
Highest ranking No. 7 (December 6, 1982)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open QF (1984)
French Open 1R (1985)
Wimbledon Q (1982, 1983, 1985)
US Open SF (1981)
Doubles
Career record 200–74
Career titles 19
Highest ranking No. 3
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open SF (1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1988)
Wimbledon SF (1983, 1984)
US Open F (1982)
Mixed Doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
US Open F (1982, 1983)
Last updated on: July 12, 2008.

Barbara Potter (born October 22, 1961 in Woodbury, Connecticut) is a former tennis player from the United States, who competed professionally on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, winning six singles titles and nineteen doubles titles.

Career[edit]

Potter turned professional in 1978. A left-hander, she reached the semifinals at the U.S. Open in 1981, and the quarterfinals at the Australian Open in 1984, and Wimbledon in 1982, 1983 & 1985. At the WTA Tour Championships, she reached the semifinals in singles in 1984 and was runner-up in doubles with Sharon Walsh in 1981.

Potter reached a career high ranking of #7 in 1982. She also played in three Grand Slam finals, the 1982 US Open women's doubles, and the 1982 and 1983 US Open mixed doubles. She lost all three, the women's doubles with Sharon Walsh and both mixed doubles with Ferdi Taygan.

In 1986, Potter suffered two herniated disks in her back at a tournament in England and was forced off the tour several times, but after a grueling exercise and fitness program, successfully returned to the tour.

She was a member of the 1982 and 1984 USA Wightman Cup teams and the 1988 United States Fed Cup team. In 1989, she re-aggravated a persistent back condition at the beginning season when she was involved in an automobile accident. She retired in November 1989 due to deteriorating hip cartilage.

Potter currently resides in Harlem, Georgia.

Major finals[edit]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Women's doubles: 1 final (0 titles, 1 runner–up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1982 US Open Hard United States Sharon Walsh United States Kathy Jordan
United States Anne Smith
6–4, 6–4

Mixed doubles: 2 finals (0 titles, 2 runner–ups)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1982 US Open Hard United States Ferdi Taygan United States Anne Smith
South Africa Kevin Curren
6–7(4–7), 7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–5)
Runner-up 1983 US Open Hard United States Ferdi Taygan Australia Elizabeth Sayers
Australia John Fitzgerald
3–6, 6–3, 6–4

Year-End Championships finals[edit]

Doubles: 1 final (0 titles, 1 runner–up)[edit]

Outcome Year Location Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1981 New York City Carpet (I) United States Sharon Walsh Czechoslovakia Martina Navrátilová
United States Pam Shriver
6–0, 7–6(8–6)

WTA Career Finals[edit]

Singles: 14 (6–8)[edit]

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I (0–0)
Tier II (0–0)
Tier III (1–0)
Tier IV (0–1)
Tier V (0–1)
Virginia Slims, Avon, Other (5–6)
Titles by Surface
Hard (2–2)
Grass (0–1)
Clay (0–0)
Carpet (4–5)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. January 29, 1979 Canada Toronto Carpet (I) West Germany Bettina Bunge 6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 1. January 14, 1980 United States Las Vegas Hard (I) United States Andrea Jaeger 6–7, 6–4, 1–6
Runner-up 2. February 23, 1981 United States Seattle Carpet (I) West Germany Sylvia Hanika 2–6, 4–6
Winner 2. January 11, 1982 United States Cincinnati Carpet (I) West Germany Bettina Bunge 6–2, 7–6
Runner-up 3. February 8, 1982 United States Kansas City Carpet (I) United States Martina Navratilova 2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 4. September 13, 1982 Japan Tokyo Carpet (I) West Germany Bettina Bunge 6–7(4), 2–6
Winner 3. September 27, 1982 United States Philadelphia Carpet (I) United States Pam Shriver 6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 5. February 6, 1984 United States Chicago Carpet (I) United States Pam Shriver 6–7(4), 6–2, 3–6
Winner 4. August 19, 1985 United States Monticello Hard Canada Helen Kelesi 4–6, 6–3, 6–2
Winner 5. February 2, 1987 United States Wichita Carpet (I) Soviet Union Larisa Savchenko 7–6(6), 7–6(5)
Runner-up 6. March 23, 1987 United States Washington Carpet (I) Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková 4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 7. July 11, 1988 United States Newport Grass United States Lori McNeil 4–6, 6–4, 3–6
Winner 6. August 1, 1988 United States Cincinnati Hard Canada Helen Kelesi 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 8. February 20, 1989 United States Wichita Hard (I) United States Amy Frazier 6–4, 4–6, 0–6

Doubles: 41 (19–22)[edit]

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–1)
WTA Tour Championships (0–1)
Tier I (0–0)
Tier II (0–0)
Tier III (0–0)
Tier IV (1–0)
Tier V (0–0)
Virginia Slims, Avon, Other (18–20)
Titles by Surface
Hard (3–5)
Grass (3–0)
Clay (1–1)
Carpet (12–16)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. August 21, 1978 United States Mahwah Hard Australia Pam Whytcross South Africa Ilana Kloss
South Africa Marise Kruger
3–6, 4–6
Winner 1. January 14, 1980 United States Las Vegas Hard (I) United States Kay McDaniel United States Diane Desfor
United States Barbara Jordan
4–5, 7–6, 6–4
Winner 2. September 22, 1980 United States Atlanta Carpet (I) United States Sharon Walsh United States Kathy Jordan
United States Anne Smith
6–3, 6–1
Winner 3. December 15, 1980 United States Tucson Carpet (I) United States Leslie Allen United States Mary-Lou Piatek
United States Wendy White
7–6, 6–0
Winner 4. January 12, 1981 United States Kansas City Carpet (I) United States Sharon Walsh United States Rosie Casals
Australia Wendy Turnbull
6–2, 7–6(4)
Runner-up 2. January 26, 1981 United States Chicago Carpet (I) United States Sharon Walsh Czechoslovakia Martina Navrátilová
United States Pam Shriver
3–6, 4–6
Winner 5. March 16, 1981 United States Boston Carpet (I) United States Sharon Walsh United States JoAnne Russell
Romania Virginia Ruzici
6–7, 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 3. March 25, 1981 United States Avon Championships Carpet (I) United States Sharon Walsh Czechoslovakia Martina Navrátilová
United States Pam Shriver
0–6, 6–7(6)
Runner-up 4. May 4, 1981 Japan Tokyo Carpet (I) United States Sharon Walsh United Kingdom Sue Barker
United States Ann Kiyomura
5–7, 2–6
Winner 6. October 19, 1981 United Kingdom Brighton Carpet (I) United States Anne Smith Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
United States Pam Shriver
6–7, 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 5. October 26, 1981 West Germany Filderstadt Carpet (I) United States Anne Smith Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
Czechoslovakia Martina Navrátilová
4–6, 1–6
Winner 7. November 16, 1981 Australia Perth Grass United States Sharon Walsh United States Betsy Nagelsen
United States Candy Reynolds
6–4, 6–2
Winner 8. February 8, 1982 United States Kansas City Carpet (I) United States Sharon Walsh United States Mary-Lou Piatek
United States Anne Smith
4–6, 6–2, 6–2
Winner 9. February 22, 1982 United States Oakland Carpet (I) United States Sharon Walsh United States Kathy Jordan
United States Pam Shriver
6–1, 3–6, 7–6(5)
Runner-up 6. March 1, 1982 United States Los Angeles Carpet (I) United States Sharon Walsh United States Kathy Jordan
United States Anne Smith
3–6, 5–7
Runner-up 7. April 19, 1982 United States Amelia Island Clay United States Sharon Walsh United States Leslie Allen
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
1–6, 5–7
Runner-up 8. August 16, 1982 Canada Montreal Hard United States Sharon Walsh United States Martina Navratilova
United States Candy Reynolds
4–6, 4–6
Winner 10. August 23, 1982 United States Mahwah Hard United States Sharon Walsh United States Rosie Casals
Australia Wendy Turnbull
6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 9. August 30, 1982 United States US Open Hard United States Sharon Walsh United States Rosie Casals
Australia Wendy Turnbull
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 10. September 27, 1982 United States Philadelphia Carpet (I) United States Sharon Walsh United States Rosie Casals
Australia Wendy Turnbull
6–3, 6–7(5), 4–6
Winner 11. October 4, 1982 United States Deerfield Beach Hard United States Sharon Walsh United States Rosie Casals
Australia Wendy Turnbull
7–6(5), 7–6(3)
Runner-up 11. October 25, 1982 United Kingdom Brighton Carpet (I) United States Sharon Walsh United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
6–2, 5–7, 4–6
Runner-up 12. January 10, 1983 United States Houston Carpet (I) United Kingdom Jo Durie United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
4–6, 3–6
Winner 12. January 30, 1983 United States Palm Beach Garden Clay United States Sharon Walsh United States Kathy Jordan
United States Paula Smith
6–4, 4–6, 6–2
Winner 13. July 11, 1983 United States Newport Grass United States Sharon Walsh United States Barbara Jordan
Australia Elizabeth Sayers
6–3, 6–1
Runner-up 13. September 19, 1983 United States Richmond Carpet (I) United States Kathy Jordan South Africa Rosalyn Fairbank
United States Candy Reynolds
7–6(3), 2–6, 1–6
Runner-up 14. September 26, 1983 United States Hartford Carpet (I) United States Kathy Jordan United States Billie Jean King
United States Sharon Walsh
6–3, 3–6, 4–6
Winner 14. October 2, 1983 United States Detroit Carpet (I) United States Kathy Jordan United States Rosie Casals
Australia Wendy Turnbull
6–4, 6–1
Winner 15. January 2, 1984 United States Washington Carpet (I) United States Sharon Walsh United States Leslie Allen
United States Anne White
6–1, 6–7(7), 6–2
Runner-up 15. January 30, 1984 United States Houston Carpet (I) United States Sharon Walsh Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
United States Anne White
4–6, 6–3, 6–7(4)
Runner-up 16. February 6, 1984 United States Chicago Carpet (I) United States Pam Shriver United States Billie Jean King
United States Sharon Walsh
7–5, 3–6, 3–6
Winner 16. March 26, 1984 United States Boston Carpet (I) United States Sharon Walsh United States Andrea Leand
United States Mary-Lou Piatek
7–6(4), 6–0
Runner-up 17. September 17, 1984 United States Fort Lauderdale Hard United States Sharon Walsh United States Martina Navratilova
Australia Elizabeth Sayers
6–2, 2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 18. October 22, 1984 United Kingdom Brighton Carpet (I) United States Sharon Walsh United States Alycia Moulton
United States Paula Smith
7–6, 3–6, 5–7
Winner 17. March 11, 1985 United States Dallas Carpet (I) United States Sharon Walsh Netherlands Marcella Mesker
France Pascale Paradis
5–7, 6–4, 7–6(4)
Runner-up 19. May 6, 1985 Australia Sydney Carpet (I) United States Sharon Walsh United States Pam Shriver
United States Elizabeth Smylie
5–7, 5–7
Runner-up 20. October 21, 1985 United Kingdom Brighton Carpet (I) Czechoslovakia Helena Suková United States Lori McNeil
France Catherine Suire
6–4, 6–7(3), 4–6
Runner-up 21. January 27, 1986 United States Key Biscayne Hard United States Betsy Nagelsen United States Kathy Jordan
Australia Elizabeth Smylie
6–7(5), 6–2, 2–6
Winner 18. March 28, 1986 United States Nashville Carpet (I) United States Pam Shriver United States Kathy Jordan
Australia Elizabeth Smylie
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 22. February 2, 1987 United States Wichita Carpet (I) United States Wendy White Soviet Union Svetlana Parkhomenko
Soviet Union Larisa Savchenko
2–6, 4–6
Winner 19. July 11, 1988 United States Newport Grass South Africa Rosalyn Fairbank United States Gigi Fernández
United States Lori McNeil
6–4, 6–3

Grand Slam performance timeline[edit]

Singles[edit]

Tournament 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 Career SR
Australian Open A A A 2R 3R 3R QF 2R NH A 4R 1R 0 / 7
French Open A A A A A A A 1R A A A A 0 / 1
Wimbledon 2R 1R 3R 4R QF QF 4R QF A 2R 4R A 0 / 10
U.S. Open 2R 3R 3R SF 2R 2R 4R 2R A 1R 4R A 0 / 10
SR 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 0 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 1 0 / 28
Career Statistics
Year End Ranking 62 47 25 10 8 25 12 17 26 12 10 105

Doubles[edit]

Tournament 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 Career SR
Australian Open A A A QF SF SF SF SF NH A SF 1R 0 / 7
French Open A A A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0
Wimbledon 2R 2R 1R QF 2R SF SF QF A A 2R 2R 0 / 10
U.S. Open A A A 1R F A QF QF A 2R 1R A 0 / 6
SR 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 23
Career Statistics
Year End Ranking 3 9 25 26 51 356
  • NH = tournament not held.
  • A = did not participate in the tournament.
  • SR = the ratio of the number of Grand Slam tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played.

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