Carling Bassett-Seguso

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Carling Bassett
Carling Bassett.jpg
Country  Canada
Residence Boca Raton, Florida, United States
Born (1967-10-09) 9 October 1967 (age 46)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Turned pro 3 January 1983
Retired 1988
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money US$643,347
Singles
Career record 168–112
Career titles 2 WTA, 0 ITF
Highest ranking No. 8 (4 March 1985)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open QF (1983)
French Open QF (1984, 1986)
Wimbledon 4R (1983, 1986)
US Open SF (1984)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games 1R (1988)
Doubles
Career record 77–79
Career titles 2 WTA, 0 ITF
Highest ranking No. 51 (19 January 1987)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open QF (1984)
French Open 3R (1987)
Wimbledon 2R (1983, 1984, 1985, 1987)
US Open QF (1985)
Other Doubles tournaments
Olympic Games QF (1988)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (1987)
French Open QF (1983)
Wimbledon 3R (1984)
US Open 2R (1986, 1988)
Last updated on: 5 December 2011.

Carling Kathrin Bassett-Seguso (born 9 October 1967) is a former Canadian professional tennis player. Bassett is the daughter of John F. Bassett and Susan Carling, and the granddaughter of media baron John Bassett and politician and brewery executive John Carling.

Tennis career[edit]

In 1981, Bassett won the Canadian junior indoor tennis title. In 1982, she was ranked No. 2 junior player in the world after winning events in Tokyo and Taipei. That year she also became the youngest winner of the Canadian closed championship at the age of 14. She won the title again in 1983 and 1986. By age 16, Bassett was Canada's top tennis player. At the same time, she had a successful second career as a fashion model, working for the world-famous Ford modeling agency. She also dabbled in acting, being promoted as one of the stars of a 1982 teen comedy film, Spring Fever, and later appearing in a 1984 episode of The Littlest Hobo.

In 1983, Bassett advanced to the quarter-finals of the Australian Open and won her first top-level singles titles in Pennsylvania. In 1984, she reached the quarter-finals at the French Open and the semi-finals at the US Open. She reached the French Open quarter-finals again in 1986. Bassett won her second top-level singles title in 1987 at Strasbourg.

Bassett was named the WTA's Most Impressive Newcomer in 1983, and Canada's Female Athlete of the Year in 1983 and 1985. During her career, Bassett won a total of two top-level singles titles and two doubles titles.

Personal life[edit]

Following her tennis career, Bassett admitted she had struggled for years with the eating disorder bulimia. "It becomes part of your life, like smoking," She told People Magazine in 1992. "Or it's like being an alcoholic. It's so easy to get into and so hard to get out of. I hated myself that I couldn't stop."

Bassett married the American tennis player Robert Seguso in 1987.[1] The couple have two sons and three daughters – Holden John Seguso, born March 14, 1988, daughter Carling Jr., born in 1990, Ridley Jack, born in 1993, Lennon Shy on April 10, 2010 and the youngest, Theodora. Holden has played in a handful of Futures tennis tournaments, off and on, since 2005.

On Monday, August 13, 2007, during the Canadian Open Tennis Championships at the Rexall Centre in Toronto, Bassett, along with John McEnroe, was inducted into the Canadian Tennis Hall of Fame. After the ceremony, Bassett teamed up with US tennis great Jim Courier, for a friendly doubles match against John McEnroe and Anna Kournikova.

WTA Career finals[edit]

Singles: 6 (2 titles, 4 runners-up)[edit]

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Virginia Slims (2–4)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–2)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (1–1)
Carpet (1–1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 14 February 1983 Hershey Carpet (I) United States Sandy Collins 2–6, 6–0, 6–4
Runner-up 1. 28 February 1983 Palm Springs Hard South Africa Yvonne Vermaak 3–6, 5–7
Runner-up 2. 11 April 1983 Amelia Island Clay United States Chris Evert-Lloyd 3–6, 6–2, 5–7
Runner-up 3. 7 November 1983 Honolulu Carpet (I) United States Kathy Horvath 6–4, 2–6, 6–7(1)
Runner-up 4. 8 October 1984 Tampa Hard United States Michelle Torres 1–6, 6–7(4)
Winner 2. 18 May 1987 Strasbourg Clay Italy Sandra Cecchini 6–3, 6–4

Doubles: 3 (2 titles, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Virginia Slims (2–1)
Titles by Surface
Hard (2–0)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 8 October 1984 Tampa Hard Australia Elizabeth Sayers United States Mary-Lou Daniels
United States Wendy White
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 1. 15 April 1985 Amelia Island Clay United States Chris Evert-Lloyd South Africa Rosalyn Fairbank
Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková
1–6, 6–2, 2–6
Winner 2. 4 November 1985 Tampa Hard Argentina Gabriela Sabatini United States Lisa Bonder
Peru Laura Gildemeister
6–0, 6–0

Grand Slam singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 Career SR
Australian Open A QF 1R A NH 4R A A A 0 / 3
French Open A 1R QF 4R QF 3R 1R A A 0 / 6
Wimbledon A 4R 3R 2R 4R 1R 1R A A 0 / 6
US Open A 3R SF 4R 1R 2R 3R 1R A 0 / 7
SR 0 / 0 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 22
Career Statistics
Year End Ranking 95 20 11 15 20 31 147 158 157
  • 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.

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