Gail Chanfreau

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Gail Chanfreau
ITF name Gail Benedetti
Country  Australia
 France
Born (1945-04-03) 3 April 1945 (age 69)
Australia
Plays Right-handed
Singles
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open QF (1967, 1972)
French Open QF (1968, 1971)
Wimbledon 3R(1966, 1970)
US Open 3R (1971)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open SF (1968, 1972)
French Open W (1967, 1970, 1971, 1976)
Wimbledon SF (1971, 1975)
US Open SF (1966, 1970)
Mixed Doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open QF (1965, 1966)
French Open SF (1971)
Wimbledon 3R (1969, 1974, 1975)
US Open QF (1970)

Gail Chanfreau (born Gail Sherriff 3 April 1945), also known as Gail Lovera and Gail Benedetti, is a former amateur and professional tennis player.

Chanfreau was born in Australia, but moved to France in 1968.[1] Chanfreau made her first appearance in the Federation Cup for Australia in 1966. She played for France from 1969 to 1980.

When Gail beat her sister Carol Sherriff, who reached the third round of the Australian Open on five occasions,[2] 8–10, 6–3, 6–3 in the 1966 Wimbledon Championships second round,[3] that was the second match between sisters at Wimbledon, the first being in the 1884 Wimbledon Championships when Maud Watson beat Lillian.[4] The next Wimbledon match between sisters was in 2000 between Serena and Venus Williams.[3]

Chanfreau reached the quarter-final of the Australian Open in 1967 and 1972, and the quarter-final of the French Open in 1968 and 1971. She won the French Open doubles in 1967, 1970 and 1971 with Françoise Dürr and 1976 with Fiorella Bonicelli.[1]

At the Cincinnati Masters, she reached the singles final in 1969, only to fall to future International Tennis Hall of Fame inductee Lesley Turner Bowrey, 1–6, 7–5, 10–10 (retired).

She was international veterans mixed doubles champion in 1968 and 1975 with Pierre Darmon.

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Doubles: 6 (4–2)[edit]

Wins (4)
Year Championship Partner Opponents in final Score in final
1967 French Championships France Françoise Dürr South Africa Annette Van Zyl
Pat Walkden
6–2, 6–2
1970 French Open France Françoise Dürr United States Rosemary Casals
United States Billie Jean King
6–1, 3–6, 6–3
1971 French Open France Françoise Dürr Australia Helen Gourlay
Australia Kerry Harris
6–4, 6–1
1976 French Open Uruguay Fiorella Bonicelli United States Kathy Harter
Germany Helga Niessen Masthoff
6–4, 1–6, 6–3
Runners-up (2)
Year Championship Partner Opponents in final Score in final
1974 French Open Germany Katja Burgemeister United States Chris Evert
Soviet Union Olga Morozova
6–4, 2–6, 6–1
1978 French Open Australia Lesley Turner Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
Romania Virginia Ruzici
5–7, 6–4, 8–6

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Françoise DURR et Gail LOVERA (1) LA PASSION ENCORE ET TOUJOURS". L'Express. Retrieved 2009-01-13. 
  2. ^ Carol Zeeman at the International Tennis Federation Retrieved 2009-01-13
  3. ^ a b Roberts, John (5 July 2000). "Venus eclipses Hingis to set up historic meeting". The Independent. Independent News and Media. Retrieved 2009-01-13. 
  4. ^ Finn, Robin (29 June 1998). "Tennis; Serena Williams Plays Catch-Up, With Sister in Path". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-01-13. 

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