|Residence||King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, United States|
December 3, 1959 |
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, United States
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (one handed-backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 5 (March 19, 1984)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||F (1983)|
|French Open||QF (1980)|
|US Open||4R (1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1986)|
|Highest ranking||No. 6 (February 4, 1991)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||W (1981)|
|French Open||W (1980)|
|Wimbledon||W (1980, 1985)|
|US Open||W (1981)|
|Other Doubles tournaments|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Australian Open||2R (1991)|
|French Open||W (1986)|
|US Open||QF (1984, 1986)|
|Last updated on: May 24, 2012.|
Kathryn "Kathy" Jordan (born December 3, 1959 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA) is a former American tennis player. During her career, she won 7 Grand Slam titles, 5 of them in women's doubles and 2 of them in mixed doubles. She also was the 1983 Australian Open women's singles runner-up and won 3 singles titles and 42 doubles titles.
- 1 Career
- 2 Personal life
- 3 Major finals
- 4 WTA Career Finals
- 5 Grand Slam performance timeline
- 6 External links
She was the first player to defeat Chris Evert before the semifinals of a Grand Slam singles tournament. Jordan defeated Evert 6–1, 7–6 in the third round of Wimbledon in 1983 after Evert had reached at least the semifinals of her first 34 Grand Slam singles tournaments.
In women's doubles, Jordan won five Grand Slam titles, four of which were in partnership with Anne Smith. She also won a career Grand Slam in women's doubles, winning the 1980 French Open, 1980 and 1985 Wimbledon, 1981 US Open, and 1981 Australian Open.
In mixed doubles, Jordan won two Grand Slam titles, 1986 French Open and 1986 Wimbledon, both of which were in partnership with Ken Flach.
Jordan retired in 1991. Her highest singles rank was world number five in 1984 and her highest doubles rank was world number 6 in 1991. She won several awards during her career, including 1979 WTA Most Impressive Newcomer Award, 1980 WTA Doubles Team of the Year Award with Smith, 1984 WTA Most Improved Player of the Year Award, and 1991 WTA Player Service Award
After retiring, Jordan returned to Stanford University and received a B.A. in political science in 1991. She was elected vice-president of the WTA in 1992. She also served as chairperson of the WTA Drug Testing Committee and served on WTA executive, deferred compensation, finance/marketing, and insurance Committees through 1992.
In 2002, Jordan was presented with a Mentor Award by Martina Navratilova, on behalf of the WTA Tour, in recognition of her contribution to the Partners for Success program and to the sport of tennis at large.
Jordan was nicknamed "KJ."
Jordan was one of the top juniors during the 1970s. She also was a top high school basketball player, being named to the All-Conference basketball team while at Upper Merion Area High School in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. She received an athletic scholarship to Stanford University in 1978. While at Stanford, she won the 1979 AIAW Championships in singles and in doubles with her sister, Barbara Jordan. Her sister won the 1979 Australian Open women's singles title. Her father, Bob Jordan, was instrumental in the development of the WTA deferred compensation plan.
Grand Slam finals
Singles: 1 (0 titles, 1 runner–up)
|Runner-up||1983||Australian Open||Grass||Martina Navratilova||6–2, 7–6(7–5)|
Women's doubles: 11 (5 titles, 6 runner–ups)
|Winner||1980||French Open||Clay||Anne Smith|| Ivanna Madruga
|Winner||1980||Wimbledon||Grass||Anne Smith|| Rosemary Casals
|4–6, 7–5, 6–1|
|Runner-up||1981||Wimbledon||Grass||Anne Smith|| Martina Navratilova
|Winner||1981||US Open||Hard||Anne Smith|| Rosemary Casals
|Winner||1981||Australian Open||Grass||Anne Smith|| Martina Navratilova
|Runner-up||1982||Wimbledon||Grass||Anne Smith|| Martina Navratilova
|Runner-up||1983||French Open||Clay||Anne Smith|| Rosalyn Fairbank
|5–7, 7–5, 6–2|
|Runner-up||1984||Wimbledon||Grass||Anne Smith|| Martina Navratilova
|Winner||1985||Wimbledon||Grass||Elizabeth Smylie|| Martina Navratilova
|5–7, 6–3, 6–4|
|Runner-up||1987||US Open||Hard||Elizabeth Smylie|| Martina Navratilova
|5–7, 6–4, 6–2|
|Runner-up||1990||Wimbledon||Grass||Elizabeth Smylie|| Jana Novotná
Mixed doubles: 3 (2 titles, 1 runner–up)
|Runner-up||1984||Wimbledon||Grass||Steve Denton|| Wendy Turnbull
|Winner||1986||French Open||Clay||Ken Flach|| Rosalyn Fairbank
|3–6, 7–6(7–3), 6–3|
|Winner||1986||Wimbledon||Grass||Ken Flach|| Martina Navratilova
Year-End Championships finals
Doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner–up)
|Runner-up||1982||New York City||Carpet (I)||Anne Smith|| Martina Navratilova
|Winner||1990||New York City||Carpet (I)||Elizabeth Smylie|| Mercedes Paz
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
WTA Career Finals
Singles 14 (3–10)
|Winner||1.||January 8, 1979||San Antonio||Carpet||Linda Siegel||6–2, 7–5|
|Winner||2.||March 12, 1979||Orlando||Hard||Regina Maršíková||4–6, 6–1, 6–4|
|Runner-up||1.||August 13, 1979||Richmond||Carpet||Martina Navrátilová||1–6, 3–6|
|Winner||3.||March 15, 1982||Boston||Carpet||Wendy Turnbull||7–5, 1–6, 6–4|
|Runner-up||2.||April 25, 1983||Atlanta||Hard||Pam Shriver||2–6, 0–6|
|Runner-up||3.||September 19, 1983||Richmond||Carpet||Rosalyn Fairbank||4–6, 7–5, 4–6|
|Runner-up||4.||October 3, 1983||Detroit||Carpet||Virginia Ruzici||6–4, 4–6, 2–6|
|Runner-up||5.||November 21, 1983||Sydney||Grass||Jo Durie||3–6, 5–5|
|Runner-up||6.||November 28, 1983||Australian Open||Grass||Martina Navratilova||2–6, 6–7(5)|
|Runner-up||7.||March 19, 1984||Dallas||Carpet||Hana Mandlíková||6–7(3), 6–3, 1–6|
|Runner-up||8.||June 18, 1984||Eastbourne||Grass||Martina Navratilova||4–6, 1–6|
|Runner-up||9.||May 13, 1985||Melbourne||Carpet||Pam Shriver||4–6, 4–6|
|Runner-up||10.||February 24, 1986||Oakland||Carpet||Chris Evert||2–6, 4–6|
Doubles 78 (42–36)
Grand Slam performance timeline
|Year end Ranking||NR||NR||11||13||15||21||14||10||19||15||35||NR||NR||205|
|Year end Ranking||4||5||10||10||NR||65||9||21|
NH = tournament not held.
A = did not participate in the tournament.
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.
- Kathy Jordan at the Women's Tennis Association
- Kathy Jordan at the International Tennis Federation
- Kathy Jordan at the Fed Cup
|WTA Newcomer of the Year