Claudia Kohde-Kilsch

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Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
Claudia Kohde-Kilsch 2012-03-16.JPG
Country  Germany[1]
Born (1963-12-11) 11 December 1963 (age 50)
Saarbrücken, West Germany
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Turned pro 1 January 1980
Retired 1994
Plays Right-handed (one handed-backhand)
Prize money $2,227,116
Singles
Career record 368–228
Career titles 8
Highest ranking 4 (2 September 1985)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open SF (1985, 1987, 1988)
French Open SF (1985)
Wimbledon QF (1987)
US Open QF (1985, 1987)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games 2R (1988)
Doubles
Career record 438–175
Career titles 25
Highest ranking 3 (17 August 1987)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open F (1982, 1984, 1985)
French Open F (1984, 1985, 1988)
Wimbledon W (1987)
US Open W (1985)
Other Doubles tournaments
Olympic Games Bronze medalist (1988)
Team competitions
Fed Cup 28–12
Olympic medal record
Women's Tennis
Bronze 1988 Seoul Doubles

Claudia Kohde-Kilsch (born 11 December 1963) is a former German tennis player and member of the Die Linke. During her tennis career, she won two women's doubles Grand Slam titles. She also won eight singles titles and a total of 25 doubles titles.

Personal life[edit]

Kohde-Kilsch was born Claudia Kohde in Saarbrücken, but added the hyphenated "-Kilsch" to her name which came from her adoptive father Jürgen Kilsch, an attorney. She has a younger sister, Katrin. She began playing tennis aged 5, and was soon a rising junior player.

Career[edit]

Kohde-Kilsch turned professional on 1 January 1980, and by 1981 she had handed a rare first round defeat to Martina Navratilova in Oakland. She went on to win four singles titles that year. In 1982, she captured the title at Pittsburgh and in 1984 she triumphed at the German Open, defeating Kathleen Horvath of the United States, 7–6(8), 6–1.

In 1985, she reached the Australian Open and French Open semi-finals and also won in Los Angeles. Later that year, she defeated Navrátilová in the quarter-finals on the way to a final round match with Chris Evert at the Canadian Open, where she eventually lost to Evert, 6–2, 6–4. In 1987, she again reached the finals of the German Open, where she lost to a rising Steffi Graf 6–2, 6–3.

In women's doubles, Kohde-Kilsch won the 1985 US Open women's doubles championship with Helena Suková and in 1987, partnering again with Suková, she won the 1987 Wimbledon women's doubles championship.

Between 1984 and 1987, Kohde-Kilsch and Suková, sometimes referred to as the "twin towers" for their height, paired to win 14 doubles tournaments. At the 1988 Summer Olympics, she partnered with Steffi Graf in the doubles competition and together they were awarded the bronze medal in the event.

Kohde-Kilsch currently lives in Saarland with her husband, Chris Bennett, and their son, Fynn. The couple operate CeKay Music, a music publishing house and production company.

Kohde-Kilsch campaigned for Oskar Lafontaine of Die Linke at the Saarland state election, 2012. With the party winning over 16% of the vote, it was announced that as of 1 May 2012 she would become the new spokesperson for the Landtag parliamentary group.[2]

Major finals[edit]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Women's doubles: 8 (2 titles, 6 runner–ups)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1982 Australian Open Grass West Germany Eva Pfaff United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 1984 French Open Clay Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
5–7, 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 1984 Australian Open Grass Czechoslovakia Helena Suková United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 1985 French Open Clay Czechoslovakia Helena Suková United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
4–6, 6–2, 6–2
Winner 1985 US Open Hard Czechoslovakia Helena Suková United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
6–7(5–7), 6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 1985 Australian Open Grass Czechoslovakia Helena Suková United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
6–3, 6–4
Winner 1987 Wimbledon Grass Czechoslovakia Helena Suková United States Betsy Nagelsen
Australia Elizabeth Smylie
7–5, 7–5
Runner-up 1988 French Open Clay Czechoslovakia Helena Suková United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
6–2, 7–5

Olympics[edit]

Doubles: 1 medal (1 bronze medal)[edit]

Outcome Year Location Surface Partner Opponents Score
Bronze 1988 Seoul Hard West Germany Steffi Graf Tied DNP

Graf and Kohde-Kilsch lost in the semi-finals to Jana Novotná and Helena Suková 7–5, 6–3. In 1988, there was no bronze medal play-off match, both beaten semi-final pairs received bronze medals.

Year-End Championships finals[edit]

Doubles: 5 finals (0 titles, 5 runner–ups)[edit]

Outcome Year Location Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1983 New York City Carpet (I) West Germany Eva Pfaff United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
7–5, 6–2
Runner-up 1985 New York City Carpet (I) Czechoslovakia Helena Suková United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
6–7(4–7), 6–4, 7–6(7–5)
Runner-up 1986(Mar.) New York City Carpet (I) Czechoslovakia Helena Suková Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková
Australia Wendy Turnbull
6–4, 6–7(4–7), 6–3
Runner-up 1986(Nov.) New York City Carpet (I) Czechoslovakia Helena Suková United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
7–6(7–1), 6–3
Runner-up 1987 New York City Carpet (I) Czechoslovakia Helena Suková United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
6–1, 6–1

WTA career finals[edit]

Singles: 16 (8–8)[edit]

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I (0–0)
Tier II (0–0)
Tier III (0–0)
Tier IV (1–0)
Tier V (1–0)
Virginia Slims, Avon, Other (6–8)
Titles by Surface
Hard (1–1)
Grass (1–0)
Clay (3–4)
Carpet (3–3)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 12 January 1981 Canada Toronto Carpet (I) Sweden Nina Bohm 4–6, 6–2, 7–5
Winner 2. 13 July 1981 Austria Kitzbühel Clay West Germany Sylvia Hanika 7–5, 7–6
Winner 3. 25 January 1982 United States Pittsburgh Carpet (I) West Germany Eva Pfaff 6–4, 6–0
Winner 4. 17 March 1982 United States Austin Carpet (I) Czechoslovakia Helena Suková 7–6(0), 0–6, 6–3
Runner-up 1. 9 April 1984 United States Hilton Head Island Clay United States Chris Evert-Lloyd 2–6, 3–6
Winner 5. 14 May 1984 West Germany Berlin Clay United States Kathy Horvath 7–6(8), 6–1
Runner-up 2. 29 October 1984 Switzerland Zürich Carpet (I) United States Zina Garrison 1–6, 6–0, 2–6
Runner-up 3. 10 December 1984 Japan Tokyo Carpet (I) Bulgaria Manuela Maleeva 6–3, 4–6, 4–6
Winner 6. 29 July 1985 United States Los Angeles Hard United States Pam Shriver 6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 4. 5 August 1985 Canada Toronto Hard United States Chris Evert-Lloyd 2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 5. 13 January 1986 United States Worcester Carpet (I) United States Martina Navratilova 6–4, 1–6, 4–6
Runner-up 6. 31 March 1986 United States Marco Island Clay United States Chris Evert-Lloyd 4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 7. 14 April 1986 United States Amelia Island Clay West Germany Steffi Graf 4–6, 7–5, 6–7(3)
Runner-up 8. 11 May 1987 West Germany Berlin Clay West Germany Steffi Graf 2–6, 3–6
Winner 7. 6 June 1988 United Kingdom Birmingham Grass United States Pam Shriver 6–1, 6–2
Winner 8. 10 September 1990 Austria Kitzbühel Clay Australia Rachel McQuillan 7–6(5), 6–4

Doubles: 64 (25–39)[edit]

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (2–6)
WTA Tour Championships (0–5)
Tier I (1–2)
Tier II (1–3)
Tier III (0–1)
Tier IV (0–3)
Tier V (2–1)
Virginia Slims, Avon, Other (19–18)
Titles by Surface
Hard (5–8)
Grass (2–9)
Clay (10–8)
Carpet (8–14)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 21 July 1980 Austria Kitzbühel Clay West Germany Eva Pfaff Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková
Czechoslovakia Renáta Tomanová
w/o
Winner 2. 13 July 1981 Austria Kitzbühel Hard West Germany Eva Pfaff Australia Elizabeth Little
South Africa Yvonne Vermaak
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 1. 17 May 1982 West Germany Berlin Clay West Germany Bettina Bunge South Africa Liz Gordon
South Africa Beverly Mould
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 2. 15 November 1982 Australia Brisbane Grass West Germany Eva Pfaff United States Billie Jean King
United States Anne Smith
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 3. 22 November 1982 Australia Sydney Grass West Germany Eva Pfaff United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
3–6, 6–2, 6–7
Runner-up 4. 29 November 1982 Australia Australian Open Grass West Germany Eva Pfaff United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
4–6, 2–6
Winner 3. 21 February 1983 United States Oakland Carpet (I) West Germany Eva Pfaff United States Rosie Casals
Australia Wendy Turnbull
6–4, 4–6, 6–4
Runner-up 5. 23 March 1983 United States Virginia Slims Championships Carpet (I) West Germany Eva Pfaff United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
5–7, 2–6
Runner-up 6. 16 May 1983 West Germany Berlin Clay West Germany Eva Pfaff United Kingdom Jo Durie
United Kingdom Anne Hobbs
4–6, 6–7(2)
Winner 4. 4 July 1983 West Germany Hittfeld Clay West Germany Bettina Bunge Argentina Ivanna Madruga
France Catherine Tanvier
7–5, 6–4
Winner 5. 9 April 1984 United States Hilton Head Island Clay Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková United Kingdom Anne Hobbs
United States Sharon Walsh
7–5, 6–2
Winner 6. 23 April 1984 United States Orlando Clay Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková United Kingdom Anne Hobbs
Australia Wendy Turnbull
6–0, 1–6, 6–3
Runner-up 7. 28 May 1984 France French Open Clay Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
7–5, 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 8. 20 August 1984 Canada Montreal Hard Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková United States Kathy Jordan
Australia Elizabeth Sayers
1–6, 2–6
Winner 7. 15 October 1984 West Germany Filderstadt Carpet (I) Czechoslovakia Helena Suková West Germany Bettina Bunge
West Germany Eva Pfaff
6–2, 4–6, 6–3
Runner-up 9. 29 October 1984 Switzerland Zürich Carpet (I) Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková United States Andrea Leand
Hungary Andrea Temesvári
1–6, 3–6
Winner 8. 19 November 1984 Australia Sydney Grass Czechoslovakia Helena Suková Australia Wendy Turnbull
United States Sharon Walsh
6–2, 7–6(4)
Runner-up 10. 29 November 1984 Australia Australian Open Grass Czechoslovakia Helena Suková United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
3–6, 4–6
Winner 9. 10 December 1984 Japan Tokyo Carpet (I) Czechoslovakia Helena Suková Australia Elizabeth Smylie
France Catherine Tanvier
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 11. 7 January 1985 United States Washington Carpet (I) Czechoslovakia Helena Suková United States Gigi Fernández
United States Martina Navratilova
3–6, 6–3, 3–6
Runner-up 12. 18 March 1985 United States Virginia Slims Championships Carpet (I) Czechoslovakia Helena Suková United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
7–6(4), 4–6, 6–7(5)
Winner 10. 13 May 1985 West Germany Berlin Clay Czechoslovakia Helena Suková West Germany Steffi Graf
France Catherine Tanvier
6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 13. 27 May 1985 France French Open Clay Czechoslovakia Helena Suková United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
6–4, 2–6, 2–6
Winner 11. 29 July 1985 United States Los Angeles Hard Czechoslovakia Helena Suková Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková
Australia Wendy Turnbull
6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 14. 12 August 1985 United States Mahwah Hard Czechoslovakia Helena Suková United States Kathy Jordan
Australia Elizabeth Smylie
6–7(6), 3–6
Winner 12. 26 August 1985 United States US Open Hard Czechoslovakia Helena Suková United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
6–7(5), 6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 15. 28 October 1985 Switzerland Zürich Carpet (I) Czechoslovakia Helena Suková Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková
Hungary Andrea Temesvári
4–6, 6–3, 5–7
Runner-up 16. 11 November 1985 Australia Brisbane Grass Czechoslovakia Helena Suková United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
4–6, 7–6(6), 1–6
Runner-up 17. 25 November 1985 Australia Australian Open Grass Czechoslovakia Helena Suková United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
3–6, 4–6
Winner 13. 9 December 1985 Japan Tokyo Carpet (I) Czechoslovakia Helena Suková Netherlands Marcella Mesker
Australia Elizabeth Smylie
6–0, 6–4
Runner-up 18. 6 January 1986 United States Washington Carpet (I) Czechoslovakia Helena Suková United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 19. 13 January 1986 United States Worcester Carpet (I) Czechoslovakia Helena Suková United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
3–6, 1–6
Winner 14. 10 March 1986 United States Dallas Carpet (I) Czechoslovakia Helena Suková Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková
Australia Wendy Turnbull
4–6, 7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 20. 17 March 1986 United States Virginia Slims Championship Carpet (I) Czechoslovakia Helena Suková United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
4–6, 7–6(4), 3–6
Winner 15. 14 April 1986 United States Amelia Island Clay Czechoslovakia Helena Suková Argentina Gabriela Sabatini
France Catherine Tanvier
6–2, 5–7, 7–6(7)
Runner-up 21. 16 June 1986 United Kingdom Eastbourne Grass Czechoslovakia Helena Suková United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 22. 11 August 1986 United States Los Angeles Hard Czechoslovakia Helena Suková United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 23. 3 November 1986 United States Worcester Carpet (I) Czechoslovakia Helena Suková United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
5–7, 3–6
Winner 16. 10 November 1986 United States Chicago Clay Czechoslovakia Helena Suková West Germany Steffi Graf
Argentina Gabriela Sabatini
6–7(5), 7–6(5), 6–3
Runner-up 24. 17 November 1986 United States Virginia Slims Championship Carpet (I) Czechoslovakia Helena Suková United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
6–7(1), 3–6
Winner 17. 30 January 1987 Japan Tokyo Carpet (I) Czechoslovakia Helena Suková United States Elise Burgin
United States Pam Shriver
6–1, 7–6(5)
Runner-up 25. 23 February 1987 United States Key Biscayne Hard Czechoslovakia Helena Suková United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
3–6, 6–7(6)
Runner-up 26. 23 February 1987 Italy Rome Clay Czechoslovakia Helena Suková United States Martina Navratilova
Argentina Gabriela Sabatini
4–6, 1–6
Winner 18. 11 May 1987 West Germany Berlin Clay Czechoslovakia Helena Suková Sweden Catarina Lindqvist
Denmark Tine Scheuer-Larsen
6–1, 6–2
Winner 19. 22 June 1987 United Kingdom Wimbledon Grass Czechoslovakia Helena Suková United States Betsy Nagelsen
Australia Elizabeth Smylie
7–5, 7–5
Runner-up 27. 17 August 1987 Canada Toronto Hard Czechoslovakia Helena Suková United States Zina Garrison
United States Lori McNeil
1–6, 2–6
Winner 20. 21 September 1987 West Germany Hamburg Clay Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná Soviet Union Natalia Egorova
Soviet Union Leila Meskhi
7–6(1), 7–6(6)
Winner 21. 9 November 1987 United States Chicago Carpet (I) Czechoslovakia Helena Suková United States Zina Garrison
United States Lori McNeil
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 28. 16 November 1987 United States Virginia Slims Championship Carpet (I) Czechoslovakia Helena Suková United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
1–6, 1–6
Runner-up 29. 28 December 1987 Australia Brisbane Grass Czechoslovakia Helena Suková United States Betsy Nagelsen
United States Pam Shriver
6–2, 5–7, 2–6
Runner-up 30. 4 January 1988 Australia Sydney Grass Czechoslovakia Helena Suková United States Ann Henricksson
Switzerland Christiane Jolissaint
6–7(5), 6–4, 3–6
Runner-up 31. 7 March 1988 United States Boca Raton Hard Czechoslovakia Helena Suková United States Katrina Adams
United States Zina Garrison
6–4, 5–7, 4–6
Runner-up 32. 4 April 1988 United States Hilton Head Island Clay Argentina Gabriela Sabatini United States Lori McNeil
United States Martina Navratilova
2–6, 6–2, 3–6
Runner-up 33. 9 May 1988 West Germany Berlin Clay Czechoslovakia Helena Suková France Isabelle Demongeot
France Nathalie Tauziat
2–6, 6–4, 4–6
Runner-up 34. 23 May 1988 France French Open Clay Czechoslovakia Helena Suková United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
2–6, 5–7
Runner-up 35. 17 October 1988 Switzerland Zürich Carpet (I) Czechoslovakia Helena Suková France Isabelle Demongeot
France Nathalie Tauziat
3–6, 3–6
Winner 22. 28 November 1988 Australia Adelaide Hard West Germany Sylvia Hanika Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
United States Lori McNeil
7–5, 6–7(4), 6–4
Runner-up 36. 30 January 1989 Japan Tokyo Carpet (I) United States Mary Joe Fernández United States Katrina Adams
United States Zina Garrison
3–6, 6–3, 6–7(5)
Runner-up 37. 7 August 1989 United States Los Angeles Hard United States Mary Joe Fernández United States Martina Navratilova
Australia Wendy Turnbull
2–5 ret.
Winner 23. 4 February 1991 Norway Oslo Carpet (I) Germany Silke Meier Belgium Sabine Appelmans
Italy Raffaella Reggi
3–6, 6–2, 6–4
Winner 24. 1 April 1991 United States Hilton Head Island Clay Soviet Union Natasha Zvereva United States Mary-Lou Daniels
South Africa Lise Gregory
6–4, 6–0
Runner-up 38. 5 August 1991 Canada Toronto Hard Czechoslovakia Helena Suková Soviet Union Larisa Savchenko
Soviet Union Natasha Zvereva
6–1, 5–7, 2–6
Winner 25. 24 February 1992 United States Indian Wells Hard United States Stephanie Rehe Canada Jill Hetherington
United States Kathy Rinaldi
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 39. 28 September 1992 France Bayonne Carpet (I) United States Stephanie Rehe Italy Linda Ferrando
Czechoslovakia Petra Langrová
6–1, 3–6, 4–6

Grand Slam performance timeline[edit]

Singles[edit]

Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 Career SR
Australian Open 1R 1R 3R 3R 3R SF NH SF SF QF 1R 1R 2R 0 / 12
French Open 1R 1R 2R 3R 4R SF 4R QF 3R 1R 2R 2R 1R 0 / 13
Wimbledon A 2R 4R 4R 4R 2R 3R QF A 3R 3R 3R 2R 0 / 11
US Open A 1R 3R 2R 4R QF 4R QF 3R 1R A 1R A 0 / 10
SR 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 46
Career Statistics
Year End Ranking 78 20 19 24 8 5 7 10 12 36 46 78 79

Doubles[edit]

Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 Career SR
Australian Open QF 1R F 1R F F NH SF A 3R A 1R 3R 0 / 10
French Open 1R SF QF QF F F SF SF F 1R QF 3R 1R 0 / 13
Wimbledon A 1R SF QF QF SF 2R W A 3R 2R 3R 3R 1 / 11
US Open A QF SF A 3R W QF QF 3R A A 3R A 1 / 8
SR 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 1 / 4 0 / 3 1 / 4 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 3 2 / 42
Career Statistics
Year End Ranking 5 4 3 3 8 37 52 24 25
  • A = did not participate in the tournament.
  • NH = tournament not held.
  • SR = the ratio of the number of Grand Slam tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Before German reunification, she played for West Germany
  2. ^ "Lafontaine: Claudia Kohde-Kilsch wird seine Sprecherin". Augsburger Allgemeine (in German). 30 April 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 

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