Kathy Rinaldi

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Kathy Rinaldi-Stunkel
Kathy Rinaldi.jpg
Country United States United States
Residence Palm City, Florida, USA
Born (1967-03-24) March 24, 1967 (age 47)
Stuart, Florida, USA
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Turned pro 1980
Retired September 1997
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money US$1,353,737
Singles
Career record 277–217
Career titles 3 WTA, 0 ITF
Highest ranking No. 7 (May 26, 1986)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (1984)
French Open QF (1981, 1986)
Wimbledon SF (1985)
US Open 4R (1982)
Doubles
Career record 200–184
Career titles 2 WTA, 2 ITF
Highest ranking No. 13 (February 8, 1993)
Last updated on: December 10, 2011.

Kathy Rinaldi-Stunkel (born March 24, 1967) is a former professional American tennis player, who retired in September 1997. She won three singles and two doubles titles during her career on the WTA Tour, and reached the semifinals of the 1985 Wimbledon Championships.

Career[edit]

Rinaldi reached her highest career ranking on May 26, 1986, when she was ranked World No. 7.[1] The recipient of WTA Most Impressive Newcomer Award in 1981 and WTA Comeback Player of the Year Award in 1989, she had career wins over top players such as Steffi Graf, Jana Novotná, Sue Barker, Pam Shriver, Hana Mandlíková, Wendy Turnbull, Manuela Maleeva, Dianne Fromholtz, Helena Suková, Claudia Kohde-Kilsch, Zina Garrison, Sylvia Hanika, Kathy Jordan, Jo Durie, and Natasha Zvereva.[2]

Rinaldi was the youngest player to win a match at Wimbledon (14 years, 91 days) in 1981, a record that stood until 1990. After the 1987 French Open, she suffered a freak injury in Monte Carlo, slipping on stairs, and in trying to catch herself, fracturing her right thumb. This injury sidelined her for rest of the year. She was a member of the US Wightman Cup Team in 1983, 1985, and 1986.

Rinaldi married Brad Stunkel, her high school sweetheart, on December 11, 1993, and adopted his surname.[3] She gave birth to son Bradley Benton Stunkel, Jr. on February 8, 1995.[3] The family currently resides in Palm City, Florida.[4]

Awards and recognitions[edit]

WTA Tour finals[edit]

Singles: 7 (3–4)[edit]

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Virginia Slims, Avon, Other (3–4)
Titles by Surface
Hard (2–1)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–2)
Carpet (1–1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. October 18, 1981 Japan Kyoto Hard United States Julie Harrington 6–1, 7–5
Runner-up 1. May 24, 1982 West Germany Berlin Clay West Germany Bettina Bunge 2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 2. July 26, 1982 United States San Diego Hard United States Tracy Austin 6–7(5), 3–6
Winner 2. August 18, 1985 United States Mahwah Hard West Germany Steffi Graf 6–4, 3–6, 6–4
Runner-up 3. September 22, 1985 United States Chicago Carpet (I) United States Bonnie Gadusek 1–6, 3–6
Runner-up 4. May 11, 1986 United States Houston Clay United States Chris Evert-Lloyd 4–6, 6–2, 4–6
Winner 3. November 16, 1986 United States Little Rock Carpet (I) Soviet Union Natalia Zvereva 6–4, 6–7(7), 6–0

Doubles: 12 (2–10)[edit]

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I (0–2)
Tier II (1–2)
Tier III (1–3)
Tier IV (0–2)
Tier V (1–1)
Titles by Surface
Hard (1–7)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (1–2)
Carpet (0–1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. March 31, 1991 United States San Antonio Hard Canada Jill Hetherington United States Patty Fendick
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Monica Seles
6–7(2), 2–6
Winner 1. April 21, 1991 United States Houston Clay Canada Jill Hetherington United States Patty Fendick
United States Mary Joe Fernández
6–1, 2–6, 6–1
Winner 2. August 4, 1991 United States San Diego Hard Canada Jill Hetherington United States Gigi Fernández
France Nathalie Tauziat
6–4, 3–6, 6–2
Runner-up 2. October 6, 1991 Germany Leipzig Carpet (I) Canada Jill Hetherington Netherlands Manon Bollegraf
France Isabelle Demongeot
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 3. February 2, 1992 New Zealand Auckland Hard Canada Jill Hetherington South Africa Rosalyn Fairbank-Nideffer
Italy Raffaella Reggi-Concato
6–1, 1–6, 5–7
Runner-up 4. March 1, 1992 United States Indian Wells Hard Canada Jill Hetherington Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
United States Stephanie Rehe
3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 5. March 22, 1992 United States Key Biscayne Hard Canada Jill Hetherington Latvia Larisa Neiland
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
5–7, 7–5, 3–6
Runner-up 6. April 19, 1992 United States Houston Clay Canada Jill Hetherington United States Patty Fendick
United States Gigi Fernández
5–7, 4–6
Runner-up 7. November 1, 1992 Puerto Rico San Juan Hard United States Gigi Fernández South Africa Amanda Coetzer
South Africa Elna Reinach
2–6, 6–4, 2–6
Runner-up 8. February 7, 1993 New Zealand Auckland Hard Canada Jill Hetherington France Isabelle Demongeot
South Africa Elna Reinach
2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 9. March 21, 1993 United States Key Biscayne Hard Canada Jill Hetherington Latvia Larisa Neiland
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
2–6, 5–7
Runner-up 10. May 23, 1993 France Strasbourg Clay Canada Jill Hetherington United States Shaun Stafford
Hungary Andrea Temesvári
7–6(5), 3–6, 4–6

Grand Slam singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 Career SR
Australian Open A A 1R 3R A NH A A A 2R 1R A 1R 1R A A 0 / 6
French Open QF 4R 4R 3R 3R QF 3R 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R 3R A A A 0 / 13
Wimbledon 2R 3R 4R 1R SF 1R A A 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R A A 1R 0 / 12
US Open 1R 4R 2R 2R 1R 1R A 1R 2R 2R 2R 2R 1R A 1R 1R 0 / 14
SR 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 1 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 2 0 / 45
Career Statistics
Year End Ranking 33 15 15 23 11 8 26 88 52 69 105 111 83 NR NR 225
  • 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.

References[edit]

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
United States Andrea Jaeger
WTA Most Impressive Newcomer of the Year
1981
Succeeded by
United States Zina Garrison
Preceded by
France Pascale Paradis
WTA Comeback of the Year
1989
Succeeded by
Australia Elizabeth Smylie