Clare Wood

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Clare Wood
Full name Clare Jacqueline Wood
Country  United Kingdom
Residence Brighton, England
Born (1968-03-08) 8 March 1968 (age 46)
Zuzuland, South Africa
Turned pro 1984
Retired 1997
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $564,182
Singles
Career record 212–233
Career titles 0 WTA, 1 ITF
Highest ranking 77 (2 May 1994)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (1991)
French Open 2R (1994)
Wimbledon 2R (1989, 1993)
US Open 2R (1990, 1992, 1993)
Doubles
Career record 156–186
Career titles 1 WTA, 6 ITF
Highest ranking 59 (21 October 1996)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 3R (1992, 1996)
French Open 3R (1991, 1992)
Wimbledon 3R (1993, 1997)
US Open 2R (1991, 1992)
Mixed Doubles
Career titles 0
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (1992)
French Open 3R (1992, 1995)
Wimbledon QF (1995)
US Open -
Last updated on: 20 July 2011.

Clare Jacqueline Wood (born 8 March 1968 in Zululand District Municipality, Natal Province, South Africa) is a former British number 1[1] tennis player from Great Britain who began playing professionally in 1984 and retired in 1998.[2] Over the course of her career she reached a career-high singles ranking of world no.77 in singles (achieved 2 May 1994) and no.59 in doubles (achieved 21 October 1996). Wood won one ITF singles title, six in doubles and also won a WTA doubles title at the Wellington Classic having been the runner-up there the previous year. Her greatest success in singles at Grand Slam level came in 1991 when she reached the third round of the Australian Open. She also reached the third round in doubles at three of the four Grand Slam events during her career (the exception being the US Open where she never passed the second round) and reached the quarterfinals in the mixed doubles event at Wimbledon in 1995. At the time of her retirement she had a 212–223 singles win-loss record with notable scalps including Jo Durie and Mary Pierce.

After her retirement from professional competition, Wood became a tennis officiator. From 1999 until 2002 she was a tournament supervisor on the WTA Tour and from 2002 onwards she was an assistant referee at Wimbledon where she was also fully responsible for the qualifying and junior events. In 2004, she was an assistant referee at the 2004 Olympic tennis event and in 2008 it was announced that she would fulfil the role of Tennis Competition Manager at the 2012 Olympic Games.[1]

Wightman Cup[edit]

When Wood lost to Jennifer Capriati on 14 September 1989, her opponent became the youngest ever Wightman Cup player,[3] and the first player for four years to win a Wightman Cup match 6-0 6-0.[4]

Fed Cup[edit]

Wood played 28 singles and 24 doubles matches for Great Britain in the Fed Cup between 1988 and 1997.

Olympic Games[edit]

Wood represented the United Kingdom in the Olympic Games in 1988, 1992 and 1996,[5] when she lost in the quarter-finals of the doubles partnering Valda Lake 6-2 6-1 to Mary Joe Fernandez and Gigi Fernández.[6]

WTA tour and ITF circuit finals[edit]

Singles: 2 (1–1)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
WTA Tier I (0–0)
WTA Tier II – IV (0–0)
ITF Circuit (1–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–1)
Clay (1–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 8 September 1986 $10,000 Lisbon, Portugal Clay Spain María José Llorca 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 26 January 1987 $25,000 Tarzana, California, United States Hard Soviet Union Meskhi, LeilaLeila Meskhi 6–1, 4–6, 2–6

Doubles: 11 (7–4)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
WTA Tier I (0–0)
WTA Tier II – IV (1–1)
ITF Circuit (6–3)
Finals by surface
Hard (4–2)
Clay (1–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 20 January 1986 $10,000 San Antonio, Texas, United States Hard South Africa Van Rensburg, DinkyDinky Van Rensburg Netherlands Bollegraf, ManonManon Bollegraf
Netherlands Marianne Van Der Torre
5–7, 7–6(7–4), 4–6
Winner 17 November 1986 $10,000 Croydon, Great Britain Carpet (i) United Kingdom Lake, ValdaValda Lake Netherlands Digna Ketelaar
Netherlands Simone Schilder
7–6, 2–6, 7–5
Runner-up 27 April 1987 $25,000 Taranto, Italy Clay Netherlands Simone Schilder Soviet Union Meskhi, LeilaLeila Meskhi
Soviet Union Zvereva, NatashaNatasha Zvereva
3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 4 February 1991 Wellington, New Zealand (1) Hard United Kingdom Belinda Borneo Australia Jo-Anne Faull
New Zealand Richardson, JulieJulie Richardson
6–2, 5–7, 6–7(4–7)
Winner 3 February 1992 Wellington, New Zealand (2) Hard United Kingdom Belinda Borneo Australia Jo-Anne Faull
New Zealand Richardson, JulieJulie Richardson
6–0, 7–6(7–5)
Winner 17 July 1995 $25,000 Wilmington, Delaware, United States Hard New Zealand Tessa Price Australia Catherine Barclay-Reitz
United States Audra Keller
3–6, 6–1, 6–1
Winner 26 February 1996 $50,000 Southampton, Great Britain Carpet (i) United Kingdom Valda Lake Italy Golarsa, LauraLaura Golarsa
Slovenia Križan, TinaTina Križan
6–4, 4–6, 6–3
Winner 12 August 1996 $25,000 Bronx, New York, United States Hard Finland Nanne Dahlman South Africa Horn, LiezelLiezel Horn
Greece Papadáki, ChristínaChristína Papadáki
6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 17 February 1997 $25,000 Redbridge, Great Britain Hard (i) Australia Guse, Kerry-AnneKerry-Anne Guse United Kingdom Pullin, JulieJulie Pullin
United Kingdom Lorna Woodroffe
6–2, 4–6, 4–6
Winner 24 February 1997 $25,000 Bushey, Great Britain Carpet (i) Ukraine Olga Lugina Germany Kirstin Freye
Ukraine Tatarkova, ElenaElena Tatarkova
7–6(8–6), 6–7(6–8), 6–1
Winner 16 March 1998 $10,000 Jaffa, Israel Hard United Kingdom Helen Reesby Israel Limor Gabai
United Kingdom Kate Warne-Holland
7–5, 7–5

Grand Slam performance timelines[edit]

Performance key
W winner #R lost in the early rounds Z# Davis Cup Zonal Group (number) B semifinalist, won bronze medal
F runner-up RR lost at round robin stage PO Davis Cup play-off NH not held
SF semifinalist Q# lost in qualification round G won Olympic gold medal NMS Not a Masters Series event
QF quarterfinalist A absent S runner-up, won silver medal NPM Not a Premier Mandatory or 5 event
Update either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the event has ended.

Singles[edit]

Tournament 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 Career W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A A 1R 1R 1R 3R 1R 1R 1R LQ 1R A 2–8
French Open A A A 1R LQ LQ 1R LQ 1R 2R LQ LQ A 1–4
Wimbledon 1R A 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 2–12
U.S. Open A A A 1R LQ 2R 1R 2R 2R 1R LQ LQ A 3–6
Win-Loss 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–2 1–4 0–2 5–4 5–4 1–4 1–4 3–4 3–4 0–1 22–38
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics Not Held 1R Not Held A Not Held 1R NH 0–2

Doubles[edit]

Tournament 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 Career W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A 1R 1R 1R 2R 3R 2R 2R 1R 3R 2R 1R 8–11
French Open A A 1R A 3R 3R 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R A 5–8
Wimbledon 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R 3R 1R 2R 1R 3R A 7–11
US Open A A 1R A 2R 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R A 2–8
Win-Loss 0–1 0–2 1–4 0–2 5–4 5–4 3–4 1–4 1–4 3–4 3–4 0–1 22–38
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics NH 1R Not Held 1R Not Held QF NH 2–3

Mixed Doubles[edit]

Tournament 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 Career W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A A 1R A A A A A 0–1
French Open A A 1R 3R A A 3R A 1R 4–4
Wimbledon 1R A 1R 1R 2R 1R QF 1R 2R 5–8
US Open A A A A A A A A A 0–0
Win-Loss 0–1 0–0 0–2 2–3 1–1 0–1 5–2 0–1 1–2 9–13

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Clare Wood appointed Tennis Competition Manager". www.itftennis.com/olympics. 25 June 2008. Retrieved 2011-07-20. 
  2. ^ Clare Wood at the Women's Tennis Association
  3. ^ "International Team: Wightman Cup". Tennis Lovers. Retrieved 2008-05-26. 
  4. ^ Carter, Bob (2005-04-22). "Teenage sensation became destiny's child". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-05-26. 
  5. ^ "Clare Wood - Olympic record". Team GB. British Olympic Association. Retrieved 2008-05-26. 
  6. ^ "Tennis: Andre Agassi Triumphs in Quarterfinals". Olympics Update 1996 (The New York Times). 1996-06-30. Retrieved 2008-05-26. [dead link]

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