Chris O'Neil (tennis)

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Christine O'Neil
Country  Australia
Residence Australia
Born (1956-03-19) 19 March 1956 (age 58)
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Turned pro 1973
Plays Right-handed
Singles
Career record 19–52
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 80
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open W (1978)
French Open 2R (1976–1979, 1981)
Wimbledon 3R (1974)
US Open 2R (1974, 1978, 1979)
Doubles
Career record 64–82
Career titles 1
Last updated on: 7 August 2007.

Christine "Chris" O'Neil (born 19 March 1956) is a former professional female tennis player from Australia.[1]

O'Neil is best-remembered for her victory at the 1978 Australian Open, the last Australian female to do so. She also became the first unseeded woman to win the Australian title in the open era.[2] This feat went unmatched until Serena Williams, unseeded and ranked World No. 81, won the 2007 Australian Open.[3] O'Neil is also one of a handful of players who have won both the Australian Open Junior (1973) and Senior (1978) Championship title.[2]

As of 2007, Christine, along with her brothers Keith and William, have taken over the Morisset Sports & Tennis Centre located in Newcastle, NSW in Australia. The centre was subsequently renamed the O'Neil School of Tennis.[4][5]

Grand Slam singles final[edit]

Win (1)[edit]

Year Championship Opponent Score
1978 Australian Open Flag of the United States.svg Betsy Nagelsen 6–3, 7–6

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Profiles: Chris O'Neil". Tennis Australia. Retrieved 24 July 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Australian Open Tennis". State Government of Victoria. Retrieved 1 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "Williams wallops Sharapova for eighth Grand Slam". Associated Press. 27 January 2007. Retrieved 1 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "O'Neil's School of Tennis". O'Neil's School of Tennis. Retrieved 1 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "Chris O'Neil". Australian Tennis Professional Coaches Association. Retrieved 1 April 2010. 

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