Pam Shriver

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Pam Shriver
Full name Pamela Howard Shriver
Country  United States
Residence Los Angeles, United States
Born (1962-07-04) July 4, 1962 (age 52)
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Turned pro 1979
Retired 1997
Plays Right-handed (one handed-backhand)
Prize money US$5,460,566
Int. Tennis HOF 2002 (member page)
Singles
Career record 625–270
Career titles 21
Highest ranking No. 3 (February 20, 1984)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open SF (1981, 1982, 1983)
French Open 3R (1983)
Wimbledon SF (1981, 1987, 1988)
US Open F (1978)
Doubles
Career record 622–122
Career titles 112
Highest ranking No. 1 (March 18, 1985)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989)
French Open W (1984, 1985, 1987, 1988)
Wimbledon W (1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986)
US Open W (1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1991)
Olympic Games Gold medal.svg Gold Medal (1988)
Mixed Doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open W (1987)
Pam Shriver
Medal record
Competitor for  United States
Women's Tennis
Olympic Games
Gold 1988 Seoul Doubles
Pan American Games
Gold 1991 Havana Singles
Gold 1991 Havana Women's Doubles
Gold 1991 Havana Mixed Doubles

Pamela Howard Shriver (born July 4, 1962) is a former American professional tennis player known primarily as a doubles specialist with success also as a singles player. She currently is a tennis broadcaster for ESPN. During the 1980s and 1990s, she won 133 top-level titles, including 21 women's doubles titles and one mixed doubles title at Grand Slam tournaments. She also won a women's doubles gold medal at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul with Zina Garrison as her partner, although her usual doubles partner was Martina Navratilova.

Strokes[edit]

Shriver was well known for her variety, including sharp volleys and all-round solid technique at the net. She also possessed a strong slice forehand approach, which set her apart from the rest of the women's field but a comparatively weak chip backhand.

Career[edit]

Shriver first came to prominence at the 1978 US Open where, as a 16-year-old amateur, she reached the women's singles final. She defeated the reigning Wimbledon champion, Martina Navratilova, in a semifinal 7–6, 7–6. Shriver then lost to Chris Evert in the final 7–5, 6–4. This early singles achievement proved the pinnacle of her singles success. Shriver also won her first career singles title in 1978 at Columbus, Ohio, yet won a total of just 21 singles titles between 1978 and 1997.

The 1978 US Open final was the only Grand Slam singles final of Shriver's career. She lost the next eight Grand Slam singles semifinals she played, four of them to Navratilova, two to Steffi Graf, and one each to Evert and Hana Mandlíková.

Doubles[edit]

Shriver achieved numerous successes in doubles tournaments with Martina Navratilova, winning 79 women's doubles titles.[1] Shriver won 112 career doubles titles overall and is one of six female players in the open era to have won more than 100 career titles.[1][2]

Navratilova and Shriver formed one of the all-time great women's doubles teams, capturing seven Australian Open, five Wimbledon, five US Open and four French Open titles. In 1984, the pair captured all four major women's doubles titles, i.e. the Grand Slam. This was part of a record 109-match winning streak between 1983 and 1985. The pair were named the WTA Tour's "Doubles Team of the Year" eight consecutive times from 1981 through 1988 and won the WTA Tour Championships title ten times between 1981 and 1992.

Shriver won another women's doubles Grand Slam title at the US Open in 1991, partnering with Natasha Zvereva. She was also the 1987 French Open mixed doubles winner with Emilio Sánchez. She won all three gold medals (singles, women's doubles, and mixed doubles) at the 1991 Pan American Games in Havana, Cuba.

Shriver reached the World No. 1 doubles ranking in 1985 and held it briefly before relinquishing it again to her playing partner, Navratilova.

Broadcaster[edit]

Shriver has provided television commentary for ABC, CBS, and ESPN in the United States, the BBC in the United Kingdom, and the Seven Network in Australia. She has been providing coverage of various events since her 1996 retirement.

During Wimbledon 2010, James Blake admonished Shriver for disrupting play with her overly-loud commentary from the box situated above the court behind him. This led to a verbal exchange between the two during the match. USA Today characterized this as an embarrassing and unprofessional performance by Shriver. [3]

Distinctions and honors[edit]

  • Throughout the 1980s, she was ranked among the World's Top 10 in women's singles, peaking at World No. 3.
  • Shriver was elected to serve as president of the WTA Tour Players Association from 1991–94.
  • Shriver has served as president of the USA Tennis Foundation and on the board of directors of the United States Tennis Association.
  • Shriver was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2002.
  • Shriver was awarded the Ambassador Award of Excellence by the LA Sports & Entertainment Commission in 2002. [4]

Personal life[edit]

Shriver was born in Baltimore, Maryland and graduated from McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Maryland. She is a minority owner of the Baltimore Orioles and is active in various charitable organizations. Her first husband, Joe Shapiro, a former Walt Disney Company lawyer, died of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1999.

In 2002, Shriver married actor George Lazenby. She gave birth to their first child, George, Jr., on July 12, 2004, and to twins, Kate and Sam, on October 1, 2005. Shriver was also stepmother to Lazenby's daughter, Melanie Lazenby, from his previous marriage. The family lived in Brentwood, California. In August 2008, Shriver filed for divorce from Lazenby, citing "irreconcilable differences" for the end of the couple's six-year marriage.[5]

Shriver has two sisters – Marion who died from cancer in 1997 and Eleanor who lives in Maryland – and is the fourth cousin of Maria Shriver,[6] the former First Lady of California.

Major finals[edit]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (0 titles, 1 runner–up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1978 US Open Hard United States Chris Evert 7–5, 6–4

Women's doubles: 27 (21 titles, 6 runner–ups)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1980 US Open Hard Netherlands Betty Stove United States Billie Jean King
Czechoslovakia Martina Navrátilová
7-6, 7-5
Runner-up 1981 Australian Open Grass Czechoslovakia Martina Navrátilová United States Kathy Jordan
United States Anne Smith
6–2, 7–5
Winner 1982 Wimbledon Grass United States Martina Navratilova United States Kathy Jordan
United States Anne Smith
6–4, 6–1
Winner 1982 Australian Open Grass United States Martina Navratilova West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
West Germany Eva Pfaff
6–4, 6–2
Winner 1983 Wimbledon Grass United States Martina Navratilova United States Rosemary Casals
Australia Wendy Turnbull
6–2, 6–2
Winner 1983 US Open Hard United States Martina Navratilova South Africa Rosalyn Fairbank
United States Candy Reynolds
6–7(4), 6–1, 6–3
Winner 1983 Australian Open Grass United States Martina Navratilova United Kingdom Anne Hobbs
Australia Wendy Turnbull
6–4, 6–7, 6–2
Winner 1984 French Open Clay United States Martina Navratilova West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková
5–7, 6–3, 6–2
Winner 1984 Wimbledon Grass United States Martina Navratilova United States Kathy Jordan
United States Anne Smith
6–3, 6–4
Winner 1984 US Open Hard United States Martina Navratilova United Kingdom Anne Hobbs
Australia Wendy Turnball
6–2, 6–4
Winner 1984 Australian Open Grass United States Martina Navratilova West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
6–3, 6–4
Winner 1985 French Open Clay United States Martina Navratilova West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
West Germany Eva Pfaff
4–6, 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 1985 Wimbledon Grass United States Martina Navratilova United States Kathy Jordan
Australia Elizabeth Smylie
5–7, 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 1985 US Open Hard United States Martina Navratilova West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
6–7(5), 6–2, 6–3
Winner 1985 Australian Open Grass United States Martina Navratilova West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
6–3, 6–4
Winner 1986 Wimbledon Grass United States Martina Navratilova Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková
Australia Wendy Turnbull
6–1, 6–3
Winner 1986 US Open Hard United States Martina Navratilova Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková
Australia Wendy Turnbull
5–7, 6–3, 6–2
Winner 1987 Australian Open Grass United States Martina Navratilova United States Zina Garrison
United States Lori McNeil
6–1, 6–0
Winner 1987 French Open Clay United States Martina Navratilova West Germany Steffi Graf
Argentina Gabriela Sabatini
6–2, 6–1
Winner 1987 US Open Hard United States Martina Navratilova United States Kathy Jordan
Australia Elizabeth Smylie
5–7, 6–4, 6–2
Winner 1988 Australian Open Hard United States Martina Navratilova United States Chris Evert
Australia Wendy Turnball
6–0, 7–5
Winner 1988 French Open Clay United States Martina Navratilova West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
6–2, 7–5
Winner 1989 Australian Open Hard United States Martina Navratilova United States Patty Fendick
Canada Jill Hetherington
3–6, 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 1989 US Open Hard United States Mary Joe Fernandez Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková
United States Martina Navratilova
5–7, 6–4, 6–4
Winner 1991 US Open Hard Belarus Natasha Zvereva Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
Latvia Larisa Savchenko
6–4, 4–6, 7–6(5)
Runner-up 1993 Australian Open Hard Australia Elizabeth Smylie United States Gigi Fernández
Belarus Natasha Zvereva
6–4, 6–3

Mixed doubles: 1 (1 title, 0 runner–ups)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1987 French Open Clay Spain Emilio Sánchez United States Lori McNeil
United States Sherwood Stewart
6–3, 7–6(4)

Olympics[edit]

Women's doubles: 1 (1 gold medal)[edit]

Outcome Year Location Surface Partner Opponents Score
Gold 1988 Seoul Hard United States Zina Garrison Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
4–6, 6–2, 10–8

Year-End Championships finals[edit]

Doubles: 10 (10 titles, 0 runner–ups)[edit]

Outcome Year Location Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1981 New York City Carpet (I) Czechoslovakia Martina Navrátilová United States Barbara Potter
United States Sharon Walsh
6–0, 7–6(6)
Winner 1982 New York City Carpet (I) United States Martina Navratilova United States Kathy Jordan
United States Anne Smith
6–4, 6–3
Winner 1983 New York City Carpet (I) United States Martina Navratilova West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
West Germany Eva Pfaff
7–5, 6–2
Winner 1984 New York City Carpet (I) United States Martina Navratilova United Kingdom Jo Durie
United States Ann Kiyomura
6–3, 6–1
Winner 1985 New York City Carpet (I) United States Martina Navratilova West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
6–7(4), 6–4, 7–6(5)
Winner 1986 (Nov) New York City Carpet (I) United States Martina Navratilova West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
1–6, 6–1, 6–1
Winner 1987 New York City Carpet (I) United States Martina Navratilova West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
6–1, 6–1
Winner 1988 New York City Carpet (I) United States Martina Navratilova Soviet Union Larisa Savchenko
Soviet Union Natalia Zvereva
6–3, 6–4
Winner 1989 New York City Carpet (I) United States Martina Navratilova Soviet Union Larisa Savchenko
Soviet Union Natalia Zvereva
6–3, 6–2
Winner 1991 New York City Carpet (I) United States Martina Navratilova United States Gigi Fernández
Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
4–6, 7–5, 6–4

Titles[edit]

Singles:48 (21-27)[edit]

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–1)
WTA Tour Championships (0–1)
Tier I (0–0)
Tier II (0–1)
Tier III (1–1)
Tier IV (2–1)
Tier V (1–1)
Virginia Slims, Avon, Other (17–21)
Titles by Surface
Hard (3–7)
Grass (10–9)
Clay (0–1)
Carpet (8–10)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. January 23, 1978 United States Columbus Carpet (I) United States Kate Latham 6–1, 6–3
Runner-up 1. August 28, 1978 United States US Open Hard United States Chris Evert 5–7, 4–6
Runner-up 2. June 4, 1979 United Kingdom Beckenham Grass Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley 3–6, 2–6
Winner 2. March 22, 1980 United States Carlsbad Hard (I) United States Kate Latham 6–1, 6–2
Runner-up 3. December 1, 1980 Australia Sydney Grass Australia Wendy Turnbull 6–3, 4–6, 6–7(8)
Runner-up 4. March 9, 1981 United States Dallas Carpet (I) Czechoslovakia Martina Navrátilová 2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 5. April 6, 1981 United States Hilton Head Island Clay United States Chris Evert-Lloyd 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 6. July 27, 1981 United States San Diego Hard United States Tracy Austin 2–6, 7–5, 2–6
Winner 3. November 16, 1981 Australia Perth Grass United States Andrea Jaeger 6–1, 7–6(4)
Runner-up 7. February 15, 1982 United States Houston Hard West Germany Bettina Bunge 2–6, 6–3, 2–6
Runner-up 8. September 27, 1982 United States Philadelphia Carpet (I) United States Barbara Potter 4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 9. November 15, 1982 Australia Brisbane Grass Australia Wendy Turnbull 3–6, 1–6
Winner 4. April 25, 1983 United States Atlanta Hard United States Kathy Jordan 6–2, 6–0
Runner-up 10. October 10, 1983 United States Tarpon Springs Hard United States Martina Navratilova 3–6, 2–6
Winner 5. November 14, 1983 Australia Brisbane Grass Australia Wendy Turnbull 6–4, 7–5
Winner 6. February 6, 1984 United States Chicago Carpet (I) United States Barbara Potter 6–3, 6–4
Winner 7. June 11, 1984 United Kingdom Birmingham Grass United States Anne White 7–6(2), 6–3
Runner-up 11. August 13, 1984 United States Mahwah Hard United States Martina Navratilova 4–6, 6–4, 5–7
Winner 8. May 6, 1985 Australia Sydney Carpet (I) Australia Dianne Balestrat 6–3, 6–3
Winner 9. May 13, 1985 Australia Melbourne Carpet (I) United States Kathy Jordan 6–4, 6–1
Winner 10. June 10, 1985 United Kingdom Birmingham Grass United States Betsy Nagelsen 6–1, 6–0
Runner-up 12. July 15, 1985 United States Newport Grass United States Chris Evert-Lloyd 6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 13. July 29, 1985 United States Manhattan Beach Hard West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch 2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 14. September 23, 1985 United States New Orleans Carpet (I) United States Chris Evert-Lloyd 4–6, 5–7
Winner 11. October 14, 1985 West Germany Filderstadt Carpet (I) Sweden Catarina Lindqvist 6–1, 7–5
Runner-up 15. November 11, 1985 Australia Brisbane Grass United States Martina Navratilova 3–6, 5–7
Runner-up 16. January 6, 1986 United States Washington Carpet (I) United States Martina Navratilova 1–6, 4–6
Winner 12. June 9, 1986 United Kingdom Birmingham Grass Bulgaria Manuela Maleeva 6–2, 7–6(0)
Winner 13. July 14, 1986 United States Newport Grass United States Lori McNeil 6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 17. August 4, 1986 Canada Montreal Hard Czechoslovakia Helena Suková 2–6, 5–7
Runner-up 18. September 29, 1986 United States New Orleans Carpet (I) United States Martina Navratilova 1–6, 6–4, 2–6
Runner-up 19. December 29, 1986 Australia Brisbane Grass Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková 2–6, 6–2, 4–6
Runner-up 20. January 5, 1987 Australia Sydney Grass United States Zina Garrison 2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 21. March 16, 1987 United States Dallas Carpet (I) United States Chris Evert 1–6, 3–6
Winner 14. June 8, 1987 United Kingdom Birmingham Grass Soviet Union Larisa Savchenko 4–6, 6–2, 6–2
Winner 15. July 13, 1987 United States Newport Grass United States Wendy White 6–2, 6–4
Winner 16. August 17, 1987 Canada Toronto Hard United States Zina Garrison 6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 22. October 20, 1987 United Kingdom Brighton Carpet (I) Argentina Gabriela Sabatini 5–7, 4–6
Winner 17. November 2, 1987 United States Worcester Carpet (I) United States Chris Evert 6–4, 4–6, 6–0
Winner 18. December 28, 1987 Australia Brisbane Grass Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná 7–6(6), 7–6(4)
Winner 19. January 4, 1988 Australia Sydney Grass Czechoslovakia Helena Suková 6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 23. February 8, 1988 United States Dallas Carpet (I) United States Martina Navratilova 0–6, 3–6
Runner-up 24. February 22, 1988 United States Fairfax Carpet (I) United States Martina Navratilova 0–6, 2–6
Winner 20. April 25, 1988 Japan Tokyo Carpet (I) Czechoslovakia Helena Suková 7–5, 6–1
Runner-up 25. June 5, 1988 United Kingdom Birmingham Grass United States Claudia Kohde-Kilsch 1–6, 2–6
Winner 21. October 17, 1988 Switzerland Zürich, Carpet (I) Bulgaria Manuela Maleeva 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 26. November 14, 1988 United States Virginia Slims Championships Carpet (I) Argentina Gabriela Sabatini 5–7, 2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 27. July 17, 1989 United States Newport Grass United States Zina Garrison 0–6, 1–6

Women's doubles (111)[edit]

Grand Slam performance timelines[edit]

Singles[edit]

Tournament 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 Career SR
Australian Open QF SF SF SF QF 3R NH QF 4R 3R 3R 3R 3R 1R 2R 1R 1R 0 / 16
French Open 3R 1R 0 / 2
Wimbledon 3R 2R 4R SF 4R 2R QF QF 1R SF SF 3R 3R 2R 3R 1R 2R 0 / 17
US Open F 1R QF 4R SF SF QF QF QF QF 2R 1R 3R 2R 1R 2R 2R 1R 0 / 18
SR 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 0 0 / 53
Career Statistics
Year End Ranking 13 33 9 7 6 4 4 4 6 4 5 17 66 37 31 38 63 110 189

NH = tournament not held.

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

Women's doubles[edit]

Tournament 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 Career DR
Australian Open A A QF F W W W W NH W W W 1R 2R SF F SF 2R 1R 1R 7 / 16
French Open A A A A A A W W A W W A A A A 2R 2R A A A 4 / 6
Wimbledon 1R A QF W W W W F W QF 3R SF A SF SF SF QF QF 3R 1R 5 / 16
US Open SF 3R F SF SF W W F W W SF F A W SF 3R 3R QF 1R A 5 / 15
DR 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1 1 / 2 2 / 3 3 / 3 4 / 4 2 / 4 2 / 2 3 / 4 2 / 4 1 / 3 0 / 1 1 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 2 21 / 53
Career Statistics
Year End Ranking 2 1 2 2 2 4 92 9 7 7 12 18 91 249

NH = tournament not held.

DR = the ratio of the number of Grand Slam doubles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played.

References[edit]

Notes

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Awards
Preceded by
Tracy Austin
WTA Newcomer of the Year
1978
Succeeded by
Kathy Jordan