Bonnie Gadusek

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Bonnie Gadusek
Country  United States
Residence Largo, Florida, USA
Born (1963-09-11) September 11, 1963 (age 51)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Turned pro September 1981
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $504,238
Singles
Career record 169–95
Career titles 5
Highest ranking No. 8 (July 9, 1984)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (1981)
French Open 4R (1985)
Wimbledon 2R (1985)
US Open QF (1982, 1986)
Doubles
Career record 83–71
Career titles 3
Highest ranking No. 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)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. July 12, 1982 Monte Carlo Clay Romania Virginia Ruzici 2–6, 6–7(5–7)
Runner-up 2. May 2, 1983 Perugia Clay Hungary Andrea Temesvári 1–6, 0–6
Runner-up 3. November 7, 1983 Deerfield Beach Hard United States Chris Evert-Lloyd 0–6, 4–6
Winner 1. January 23, 1984 Marco Island Clay United States Kathy Horvath 3–6, 6–0, 6–4
Runner-up 4. March 12, 1984 Palm Beach Gardens Clay United States Chris Evert-Lloyd 0–6, 1–6
Winner 2. January 28, 1985 Marco Island Hard United States Pam Casale 6–3, 6–4
Winner 3. May 20, 1985 Lugano Clay Bulgaria Manuela Maleeva 6–2, 6–2
Winner 4. September 16, 1985 Chicago Carpet (I) United States Kathy Rinaldi 6–1, 6–3
Winner 5. October 7, 1985 Indianapolis Carpet (I) United States Pam Casale 6–0, 6–3
Runner-up 5. December 9, 1985 Tokyo Carpet (I) Bulgaria Manuela Maleeva 6–7(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)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. October 10, 1983 Tampa Hard United States Wendy White United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
0–6, 1–6
Winner 1. November 7, 1983 Deerfield Beach Hard United States Wendy White United States Pam Casale
United States Mary-Lou Piatek
6–1, 3–6, 6–3
Runner-up 2. January 28, 1985 Marco Island Hard United States Camille Benjamin United States Kathy Jordan
Australia Elizabeth Smylie
3–6, 3–6
Winner 2. May 20, 1985 Lugano Clay Czechoslovakia Helena Suková West Germany Bettina Bunge
West Germany Eva Pfaff
6–2, 6–4
Winner 3. October 7, 1985 Indianapolis Carpet (I) United States Mary-Lou Piatek United States Penny Barg
United States Sandy Collins
6–1, 6–0
Runner-up 3. February 24, 1986 Oakland Carpet (I) Czechoslovakia Helena Suková Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková
Australia Wendy Turnbull
6–7(5–7), 1–6

Grand Slam singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 Career SR
Australian Open 2R A A A A NH A 0 / 1
French Open 1R 3R 1R A 4R A A 0 / 4
Wimbledon A A A A 2R A A 0 / 1
US Open A QF 4R 4R 3R QF 1R 0 / 6
SR 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 12
Career Statistics
Year End Ranking 35 18 19 13 10 13 461
  • NH = tournament not held.
  • A = did not participate in the tournament.
  • SR = the ratio of the number of Grand Slam singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played.

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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