Sylvia Hanika

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Sylvia Hanika
Country  West Germany (Before the German reunification)
 Germany
Residence La Manga, Spain
Born (1959-11-30) 30 November 1959 (age 54)
Munich, West Germany
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Turned pro 1977
Retired 1990
Plays Left-handed (one handed-backhand)
Prize money $1,296,560
Singles
Career record 378–223
Career titles 5
Highest ranking No. 5 (12 September 1983)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open QF (1983)
French Open F (1981)
Wimbledon 4R (1982, 1987)
US Open QF (1979, 1981, 1983, 1984)
Other tournaments
Tour Finals W (1982)
Doubles
Career record 47–48
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 92 (14 August 1989)

Sylvia Hanika (born 30 November 1959 in Munich, West Germany) is a former professional tennis player from Germany. She is best remembered for finishing runner-up at the French Open in 1981, and for winning the Year End Championships in 1982. She was ranked as high as no. 5 in the world and played left-handed.

Career[edit]

Hanika turned professional in 1977. In 1981, Hanika reached the women's singles final at the French Open, where she was defeated 6–2, 6–4 by Hana Mandlíková.

In 1982, Hanika posted the biggest win of her career when she defeated World No. 2 Martina Navrátilová 1–6, 6–3, 6–4 in the final of the Avon Series Championships at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Garden was also the site of Hanika's last big singles win: a 6–4 6–4 defeat of #3 Chris Evert in the first round of the Virginia Slims Championships in 1987.

Hanika won her final top-level singles title in Athens in 1986. She retired from the tour in 1990, having won five professional singles titles and one doubles title.

Between serves she was known to bounce the ball more than anyone tennis commentator and historian Bud Collins remembers: ". . . as many as into the 30s. If she faulted on the first, it was awful, another 30 or so bounces."[1]

Major finals[edit]

Grand Slam final[edit]

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

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1981 French Open Clay Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková 6–2, 6–4

Year-End Championships final[edit]

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

Outcome Year Location Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1982 New York City Carpet (I) United States Martina Navratilova 1–6, 6–3, 6–4

WTA Career Finals[edit]

Singles: 23 (5–18)[edit]

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–1)
WTA Tour Championships (1–0)
Tier I (0–0)
Tier II (0–0)
Tier III (0–0)
Tier IV (0–0)
Tier V (0–2)
Virginia Slims, Avon, Other (4–15)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–2)
Grass (0–1)
Clay (1–7)
Carpet (4–8)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 17 July 1978 Sweden Båstad Clay Netherlands Elly Appel-Vessies 2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 2. 24 July 1978 Austria Kitzbühel Clay Romania Virginia Ruzici 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 3. 20 November 1978 New Zealand Christchurch Grass Czechoslovakia Regina Maršíková 2–6, 1–6
Winner 1. 22 January 1979 United States Boise Carpet (I) United States Sherry Acker 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 4. 7 May 1979 Italy Rome Clay United States Tracy Austin 4–6, 6–1, 3–6
Runner-up 5. 18 July 1979 Austria Kitzbühel Clay Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková 6–2, 5–7, 3–6
Runner-up 6. 19 January 1981 United States Cincinnati Carpet (I) Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova 2–6, 4–6
Winner 2. 23 February 1981 United States Seattle Carpet (I) United States Barbara Potter 6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 7. 25 May 1981 France French Open Clay Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková 2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 8. 13 July 1981 Austria Kitzbühel Clay West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch 5–7, 6–7
Runner-up 9. 1 March 1982 United States Los Angeles Carpet (I) Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec 2–6, 6–7(4)
Winner 3. 24 March 1982 United States Avon Championships Carpet (I) United States Martina Navratilova 1–6, 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 10. 3 January 1983 United States Washington Carpet (I) United States Martina Navratilova 1–6, 1–6
Runner-up 11. 10 January 1983 United States Houston Carpet (I) United States Martina Navratilova 3–6, 6–7(5)
Runner-up 12. 21 February 1983 United States Oakland Carpet (I) West Germany Bettina Bunge 3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 13. 14 March 1983 United States Boston Carpet (I) Australia Wendy Turnbull 4–6, 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 14. 26 September 1983 United States Hartford Carpet (I) United States Kim Shaefer 4–6, 3–6
Winner 4. 22 October 1984 United Kingdom Brighton Carpet (I) United States JoAnne Russell 6–3, 1–6, 6–2
Winner 5. 15 September 1986 Greece Athens Clay Greece Angelikí Kanellopoúlou 7–5, 6–0
Runner-up 15. 9 February 1987 United States San Francisco Carpet (I) United States Zina Garrison 5–7, 6–4, 3–6
Runner-up 16. 24 August 1987 United States Mahwah Hard Bulgaria Manuela Maleeva 6–1, 4–6, 1–6
Runner-up 17. 29 February 1988 United States Wichita Hard (I) Bulgaria Manuela Maleeva 6–7(5), 5–7
Runner-up 18. 18 July 1988 France Aix-en-Provence Clay Austria Judith Wiesner 1–6, 2–6

Doubles: 3 (1–2)[edit]

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I (0–0)
Tier II (0–0)
Tier III (0–0)
Tier IV (0–0)
Tier V (1–0)
Virginia Slims, Avon, Other (0–2)
Titles by Surface
Hard (1–0)
Grass (0–1)
Clay (0–0)
Carpet (0–1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 20 November 1978 New Zealand Christchurch Grass West Germany Katja Ebbinghaus Australia Lesley Hunt
United States Sharon Walsh
1–6, 5–7
Runner-up 2. 21 January 1980 United States Chicago Carpet (I) United States Kathy Jordan United States Billie Jean King
Czechoslovakia Martina Navrátilová
3–6, 4–6
Winner 1. 28 November 1988 Australia Adelaide Hard West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch United States Lori McNeil
Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
7–5, 6–7(4), 6–4

Grand Slam singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 Career SR
Australian Open A A A A 3R A A QF 2R A NH 4R 4R 1R A 0 / 6
French Open A 1R 1R 3R F 2R 3R 3R 4R 1R 4R 4R 4R 2R 0 / 13
Wimbledon A 2R 3R 2R 1R 4R 3R 1R 2R 1R 4R 3R 1R A 0 / 12
US Open A 1R QF 3R QF A QF QF 3R 2R 4R 3R 3R 2R 0 / 12
SR 0 / 0 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 2 0 / 43
Career Statistics
Year End Ranking 118 35 16 14 6 10 5 17 21 50 14 17 41 125

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. ^ "Strange Habits of Highly Successful Tennis Players" by Christopher Clarey, 21 June 2008 in The New York Times.

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