Dianne Fromholtz

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Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat
Dianne Fromholtz 1989.jpg
Country Australia
Residence Melbourne, Australia
Born (1956-08-10) 10 August 1956 (age 58)
Albury, Australia
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Turned pro 1973
Retired 1990
Plays Left-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money US$1,145,377
Singles
Career record 429–223[1]
Career titles 23[2]
Highest ranking No. 4 (19 March 1979)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open F (Jan. 1977)
French Open SF (1979, 1980)
Wimbledon QF (1979, 1987)
US Open SF (1976)
Doubles
Career record 134–141
Career titles 6
Highest ranking No. 56 (14 September 1987)
Last updated on: 3 June 2010.

Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat (born 10 August 1956, in Albury, Australia) is a former professional tennis player.

Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat in Wimbledon Mixed Doubles with Tom Okker in the background; 1985

Career[edit]

Balestrat began playing tennis at the age of 7. She left school at the age of 16 to play in international tournaments. She turned pro in 1973 and joined the WTA Tour.

At the age of 17 she already actively participated in the professional tennis circuit, winning the singles title at a dozen tournaments in 1973, although the rules at the time did not permit prize money to be paid out to participants under 18 years of age.[3]

She reached the finals of the Australian Open in January 1977, losing to fellow Australian Kerry Melville Reid. She was a semifinalist twice at the French Open, in 1979 and 1980. She also reached the semifinals of the US Open in 1976.

Balestrat won 23 singles titles[2] and reached a career-high ranking of World No. 4 in 1979. Partnering with Helen Gourlay Cawley, she won the Australian Open women's doubles in January 1977. She had career wins over Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King, Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Margaret Court, Virginia Wade, Pam Shriver, and Gabriela Sabatini. She holds an 8–7 career record over King.

On 30 August 2000, Balestrat was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for her strong commitment to Tennis.[4]

Major finals[edit]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles: 1 final (0 titles, 1 runner-ups)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1977 (Jan.) Australian Open Grass Australia Kerry Melville Reid 7–5, 6–2

Women's doubles: 1 final (1 title, 0 runner-ups)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1977 (Jan.) Australian Open Grass Australia Helen Gourlay Australia Kerry Melville Reid
United States Betsy Nagelsen
5–7, 6–1, 7–5

Mixed doubles: 1 final (0 titles, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1980 Wimbledon Grass Australia Mark Edmondson United States Tracy Austin
United States John Austin
4–6, 7–6(6), 6–3

WTA Career Finals[edit]

Singles: 30 (15–15)[edit]

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–1)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Virginia Slims, Avon, Other (15–14)
Titles by Surface
Hard (4–5)
Grass (6–3)
Clay (4–1)
Carpet (1–6)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 14 May 1973 Guildford Clay Japan Kazuko Sawamatsu 7–5, 4–6, 6–3
Winner 2. 4 June 1973 Chichester Grass South Africa Brigitte Cuypers 6–1, 6–0
Winner 3. 11 June 1973 Beckenham Grass United States Janet Newberry 7–5, 0–6, 6–1
Runner-up 1. 9 July 1973 Newport Grass United States Julie Heldman 6–1, 1–6, 9–11
Winner 4. 23 July 1973 Istanbul Clay Australia Wendy Turnbull 6–4, 6–2
Winner 5. 26 November 1973 Sydney Clay United States Ann Kiyomura 6–1, 7–5
Winner 6. 17 December 1973 Hobart Grass Australia Helen Gourlay 6–4, 4–6, 6–4
Winner 7. 8 April 1974 Phoenix Hard United States Kate Latham 6–3, 6–0
Winner 8. 15 April 1974 Dallas Hard United States Mary Struthers 6–4, 2–6, 6–3
Winner 9. 27 May 1974 Glasgow Grass Australia Jenny Dimond 6–3, 6–1
Winner 10. 9 September 1974 Sacramento Hard United States Ann Kiyomura 4–6, 6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 2. 18 November 1974 Johannesburg Hard Australia Kerry Melville 3–6, 5–7
Runner-up 3. 4 August 1975 Indianapolis Clay United States Chris Evert 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 4. 10 February 1976 Midland Hard United States Marita Redondo 1–6, 2–6
Winner 11. 8 March 1976 Tallahassee Hard Colombia María Isabel Fernández 6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 5. 4 October 1976 Phoenix Hard United States Chris Evert 1–6, 5–7
Winner 12. 19 November 1976 Sydney Clay Australia Leanne Harrison 6–1, 6–0
Runner-up 6. 26 December 1976 Sydney Grass United States Kerry Melville Reid 6–3, 2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 7. 3 January 1977 Australian Open Grass Australia Kerry Melville Reid 5–7, 2–6
Runner-up 8. 3 October 1977 Atlanta Carpet United States Chris Evert 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 9. 20 February 1978 Detroit Carpet Czechoslovakia Martina Navrátilová 3–6, 2–6
Winner 13. 4 December 1978 Sydney Grass Australia Kerry Melville Reid 6–1, 1–6, 6–4
Winner 14. 18 December 1978 Sydney Grass Australia Wendy Turnbull 6–2, 7–5
Runner-up 10. 22 January 1979 Hollywood Carpet South Africa Greer Stevens 4–6, 6–2, 4–6
Winner 15. 12 March 1979 Boston Carpet United Kingdom Sue Barker 6–2, 7–6(4)
Runner-up 11. 31 March 1979 Carlsbad Hard United States Chris Evert 6–3, 3–6, 1–6
Runner-up 12. 1 October 1979 Minneapolis Carpet Australia Evonne Goolagong 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 13. 29 September 1980 Minneapolis Carpet United States Tracy Austin 1–6, 6–2, 2–6
Runner-up 14. 6 May 1985 Sydney Carpet United States Pam Shriver 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 15. 9 March 1987 Phoenix Hard United States Anne White 1–6, 2–6

Doubles: 12 (6–6)[edit]

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (1–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Virginia Slims, Avon, Other (5–6)
Titles by Surface
Hard (2–2)
Grass (2–3)
Clay (2–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 9 July 1973 Newport Grass United States Julie Heldman United States Patti Hogan
United States Sharon Walsh
1–5 Shared –
final rained out
Runner-up 1. 17 December 1973 Hobart Grass United Kingdom Jackie Fayter Australia Helen Gourlay
Australia Karen Krantzcke
2–6, 1–6
Winner 2. 8 April 1974 Phoenix Hard United States Janet Young United States Ann Kiyomura
United States Betsy Nagelsen
w/o
Runner-up 2. 18 November 1974 Johannesburg Hard Australia Margaret Court South Africa Ilana Kloss
Australia Kerry Melville
3–6, 5–7
Winner 3. 19 May 1975 Hamburg Clay Czechoslovakia Renáta Tomanová Israel Paulina Peisachov
Japan Kazuko Sawamatsu
6–3, 6–2
Winner 4. 8 March 1976 Tallahassee Hard United States Julie Anthony Romania Virginia Ruzici
Romania Mariana Simionescu
6–2, 7–5
Runner-up 3. 26 December 1976 Sydney Grass Czechoslovakia Renáta Tomanová Australia Helen Gourlay
United States Betsy Nagelsen
4–6, 1–6
Winner 5. 3 January 1977 Australian Open Grass Australia Helen Gourlay Australia Kerry Melville Reid
United States Betsy Nagelsen
5–7, 6–1, 7–5
Runner-up 4. 23 September 1977 Hilton Head Clay United Kingdom Virginia Wade Australia Evonne Goolagong
Australia Kerry Melville Reid
2–6, 6–3, 4–6
Winner 6. 14 May 1979 Vienna Clay South Africa Marise Kruger South Africa Ilana Kloss
United States Betty Ann Stuart
3–6, 6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 5. 26 November 1979 Melbourne Grass United States Anne Smith United States Billie Jean King
Australia Wendy Turnbull
3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 6. 28 February 1983 Palm Springs Hard Netherlands Betty Stöve United States Kathy Jordan
United States Ann Kiyomura
2–6, 2–6

Grand Slam singles tournament timeline[edit]

Tournament 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 Career SR
Australian Open 1R A QF 2R 3R A F A A A A 1R 2R A 2R 3R NH 3R 1R 1R 1R 0 / 13
French Open A A A 3R 3R A A A SF SF 3R A A A 1R A 2R A A A 0 / 7
Wimbledon A A 1R 1R 1R 4R A 4R QF 4R 3R A 1R A 2R 4R QF 2R 1R A 0 / 14
US Open A A A 3R 2R SF 4R 3R 4R 4R 1R 2R 1R A 1R A 1R 2R A A 0 / 13
SR 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 1 0 / 4 0 / 1 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 1 0 / 47
Career Statistics
Year End Ranking 20 5 8 10 6 12 38 32 67 99 30 25 21 56 112 NR

A = did not participate in the tournament.

NH = tournament not held.

SR = the ratio of the number of Grand Slam singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played.

Note: The Australian Open was held twice in 1977, in January and December.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ WTA Media Guide 1987. 1987. 
  2. ^ a b Profile of Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat at Tennis Australia
  3. ^ "Dianne's tenth title of year", Sydney Morning Herald, 3 December 1973
  4. ^ "Dianne Balestrat". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 

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