1976 WTA Tour

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1976 WTA Tour
Chris Evert.jpg
Evert dominated 1976 earning the most titles and ending at number 1
Details
Duration 26 December 1975 – 2 December 1976
Edition 6th
Tournaments 37
Categories Grand Slam (4)
Virginia Slims championships
Virginia Slims Circuit (10)
Women's International Grand Prix (9)
Non-Tour Events (11)
Achievements (singles)
Most tournament titles United States Chris Evert (12)
Most tournament finals United States Chris Evert (16)
Prize money leader United States Chris Evert ($343,165)
Points leader United States Chris Evert (16.990)
1975
1977

The 1976 WTA Tour consisted of a number of tennis tournaments for female tennis players. It was composed of the newly streamlined version of the Virginia Slims Circuit (which was now an 11-week tour of the USA) and the Woman's International Grand Prix. The 1976 tour was the first full season using the official ranking system and these rankings were used to determine acceptance into the tournaments.[1][2]

Schedule[edit]

This is a calendar of all events which were part of either the Virginia Slims circuit or the Women's International Grand Prix in the year 1976, with player progression documented from the quarterfinals stage. Also included are the Grand Slam tournaments, the 1976 Virginia Slims Championships, the 1976 Federation Cup and a number of events not affiliated with either tour.[1]

Key
Grand Slam tournaments
Virginia Slims championships
Virginia Slims Circuit
Women's International Grand Prix
Non-Tour Events
Team events

January[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
26 Dec Australian Open
Melbourne, Australia
Grand Slam
Grass – 56S/24D
SinglesDoubles
Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley
6–3, 6–2
Czechoslovakia Renáta Tomanová Australia Helen Gourlay Cawley
Sweden Elisabeth Ekblom
Australia Lesley Bowrey
West Germany Heidi Eisterlehner
West Germany Helga Masthoff
Australia Christine Matison
Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley
Australia Helen Gourlay Cawley
8–1
Australia Lesley Turner Bowrey
Czechoslovakia Renáta Tomanová
5 Jan L‟Eggs World Series
Austin, Texas, USA
Non-Tour Event
– Hard – 32S/8D
SinglesDoubles
United States Chris Evert
6–3, 7–6
Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley United Kingdom Virginia Wade
United States Martina Navratilova
12 Jan Virginia Slims of Houston
Houston, United States
Virginia Slims
$75,000 – Carpet (i) – 32S/12D
SinglesDoubles
United States Martina Navratilova
6–3, 6–4
United States Chris Evert United States Rosie Casals
United States Nancy Gunter
United Kingdom Sue Barker
Soviet Union Olga Morozova
United States Marcie Louie
Czechoslovakia Renáta Tomanová
France Françoise Dürr
United States Rosie Casals
6–0, 7–5
United States Martina Navratilova
United States Chris Evert
19 Jan Virginia Slims of Washington
Washington, D.C., United States
Virginia Slims
$75,000 – Carpet (i)– 32S/8D
SinglesDoubles
United States Chris Evert
6–2, 6–1
United Kingdom Virginia Wade United Kingdom Sue Barker
United States Terry Holladay
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
Soviet Union Olga Morozova
Australia Lesley Hunt
Soviet Union Natasha Chmyreva
Soviet Union Olga Morozova
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
7–6, 6–2
United States Wendy Overton
United States Mona Guerrant
26 Jan Virginia Slims of Chicago
Chicago, United States
Virginia Slims
$75,000 – Carpet (i) – 32S/10D
SinglesDoubles
Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley
3–6, 6–4, 6–2
United Kingdom Virginia Wade United States Martina Navratilova
United States Nancy Gunter
Australia Cynthia Doerner
Soviet Union Olga Morozova
Soviet Union Natasha Chmyreva
United States Wendy Overton
Soviet Union Olga Morozova
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
6–7(4–5), 6–4, 6–4
Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley
United States Martina Navratilova

February[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
3 Feb Virginia Slims of Akron
Akron, United States
Virginia Slims
$75,000 – Carpet (i) – 32S
SinglesDoubles
Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley
6–2, 3–6, 6–2
United Kingdom Virginia Wade United States Rosie Casals
Soviet Union Olga Morozova
West Germany Iris Riedel
United States Nancy Gunter
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
United Kingdom Sue Barker
South Africa Brigitte Cuypers
United States Mona Guerrant
6–4, 7–6
United Kingdom Glynis Coles
Romania Florenţa Mihai
17 Feb Virginia Slims of Detroit
Detroit, United States
Virginia Slims
$75,000 – Carpet (i) – 32S
SinglesDoubles
United States Chris Evert
6–4, 6–2
United States Rosie Casals United States Terry Holladay
United States Marita Redondo
Netherlands Elly Appel-Vessies
United States Marcie Louie
Netherlands Betty Stöve
United States Ann Kiyomura
United States Mona Guerrant
United States Ann Kiyomura
6–3, 6–4
United States Chris Evert
Netherlands Betty Stöve
24 Feb Virginia Slims of Sarasota
Sarasota, United States
Virginia Slims
$75,000 – Carpet (i) – 32S
SinglesDoubles
United States Chris Evert
6–3, 6–0
Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley United States Martina Navratilova
United States Rosie Casals
United States Carrie Meyer
United States Mona Guerrant
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
Australia Lesley Hunt
United States Martina Navratilova
Netherlands Betty Stöve
6–1, 6–0
United States Mona Guerrant
United States Ann Kiyomura

March[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
1 Mar Virginia Slims of San Francisco
San Francisco, United States
Virginia Slims
$75,000 – Carpet (i) – 32S/8D
SinglesDoubles
United States Chris Evert
7–5, 7–6
Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley United States Terry Holladay
United States Marita Redondo
United States Rosie Casals
United States Martina Navratilova
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
United States Nancy Gunter
United States Billie Jean King
Netherlands Betty Stöve
6–4, 6–1
United States Rosie Casals
France Françoise Dürr


15 Mar Virginia Slims of Dallas
Dallas, United States
Virginia Slims
$75,000 – Carpet (i) – 32S/10D
SinglesDoubles
Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley
6–1, 6–1
United States Martina Navratilova Australia Kerry Reid
United States Marita Redondo
South Africa Greer Stevens
Netherlands Betty Stöve
United States Carrie Meyer
Soviet Union Natasha Chmyreva
United States Mona Guerrant
United States Ann Kiyomura
6–3, 4–6, 6–4
South Africa Greer Stevens
United States Marita Redondo
22 Mar Virginia Slims of Boston
Boston, United States
Virginia Slims
$75,000 – Carpet (i) – 32S/12D
SinglesDoubles
Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley
6–2, 6–0
United Kingdom Virginia Wade United States Rosie Casals
Australia Dianne Fromholtz
Australia Kerry Reid
Australia Lesley Hunt
Soviet Union Natasha Chmyreva
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
United States Mona Guerrant
United States Ann Kiyomura
3–6, 6–1, 7–5
United States Rosie Casals
France Françoise Dürr
29 Mar Virginia Slims of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, United States
Virginia Slims
$75,000 – Carpet (i) – 32S/11D
SinglesDoubles
Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley
6–3, 7–6(5–3)
United States Chris Evert United Kingdom Virginia Wade
United Kingdom Sue Barker
Australia Dianne Fromholtz
Soviet Union Olga Morozova
Australia Kerry Reid
United States Rosie Casals
United States Billie Jean King
Netherlands Betty Stöve
7–6(5–4), 6–4
United States Rosie Casals
France Françoise Dürr

April[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
12 April Virginia Slims Championships
Los Angeles, United States
Year-end championships
$150,000 – Carpet (i) – 16S (8RR)
SinglesDoubles
Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley
6–3, 5–7, 6–3
United States Chris Evert United States Rosie Casals (3rd)
United States Martina Navratilova (4th)
United Kingdom Sue Barker (5th)
United States Marita Redondo (6th)
United Kingdom Virginia Wade (7th)
France Françoise Dürr (8th)
26 April Family Circle Cup
Amelia Island, United States
Women's International Grand Prix
$110,000 – Clay – 32S/16D
SinglesDoubles
United States Chris Evert
7–5, 6–4
Australia Kerry Reid United States Mary Struthers
United Kingdom Sue Barker
Netherlands Betty Stöve
Australia Lesley Hunt
South Africa Ilana Kloss
United States Nancy Gunter
South Africa Linky Boshoff
South Africa Ilana Kloss

May[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
10 May Coca-Cola British Hard Court
Championships

Bournemouth, Great Britain
Non-tour event
Clay
SinglesDoubles
West Germany Helga Niessen Masthoff
5–7, 6–3, 6–3
United Kingdom Sue Barker France Gail Lovera
South Africa Linky Boshoff
United Kingdom Linda Mottram
United Kingdom Belinda Thompson
United Kingdom Glynis Coles
Australia Wendy Turnbull
South Africa Linky Boshoff
South Africa Ilana Kloss
6–3, 6–2
United Kingdom Lesley Charles
United Kingdom Sue Mappin
17 May German Open
Hamburg, West Germany
Women's International Grand Prix
$30,000 – Clay
SinglesDoubles
United Kingdom Sue Barker
6–3, 6–1
Czechoslovakia Renáta Tomanová Romania Virginia Ruzici
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
West Germany Iris Riedel
West Germany Helga Niessen Masthoff
United Kingdom Glynis Coles
Czechoslovakia Regina Maršíková
South Africa Linky Boshoff
South Africa Ilana Kloss
4–6, 7–5, 6–1
United States Laura DuPont
Australia Wendy Turnbull
24 May Italian Open
Rome, Italy
Women's International Grand Prix
$30,000 – Clay
SinglesDoubles
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
6–1, 6–3
Australia Lesley Hunt Czechoslovakia Regina Maršíková
Romania Florența Mihai
United Kingdom Sue Barker
South Africa Linky Boshoff
France Gail Lovera
United States Beth Norton
South Africa Linky Boshoff
South Africa Ilana Kloss
6–1, 6–2
Romania Virginia Ruzici
Romania Mariana Simionescu
31 May
7 June
French Open
Paris, France
Grand Slam
Clay (Red) – 64S/22D/24X
SinglesDoublesMixed
United Kingdom Sue Barker
6–2, 0–6, 6–2
Czechoslovakia Renáta Tomanová Romania Florența Mihai
Romania Virginia Ruzici
West Germany Helga Niessen Masthoff
United States Kathy Kuykendall
Czechoslovakia Miroslava Holubova
Czechoslovakia Regina Maršíková
Greece Fiorella Bonicelli
France Gail Lovera
6–3, 6–2
United States Kathleen Harter
West Germany Helga Niessen Masthoff
South Africa Ilana Kloss
Australia Kim Warwick
5–7, 7–6, 6–2
South Africa Linky Boshoff
Rhodesia Colin Dowdeswell

June[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
14 Jun Colgate International
Eastbourne, Great Britain
Women's International Grand Prix
$25,000 – Grass
SinglesDoubles
United States Chris Evert
8–6, 6–3
United Kingdom Virginia Wade Soviet Union Olga Morozova
United States Martina Navratilova
Netherlands Betty Stöve
United States Rosie Casals
United States Betsy Nagelsen
United States Mona Guerrant
United States Chris Evert / United States Martina Navratilova
vs
Soviet Union Olga Morozova / United Kingdom Virginia Wade
6–1, 1–1 not finished due to rain
21 Jun
28 Jun
Wimbledon Championships
London, Great Britain
Grand Slam
Grass – 96S/48D/64X
SinglesDoublesMixed
United States Chris Evert
6–3, 4–6, 8–6
Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley United States Martina Navratilova
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
Soviet Union Olga Morozova
United Kingdom Sue Barker
Australia Kerry Reid
United States Rosie Casals
United States Chris Evert
United States Martina Navratilova
6–1, 3–6, 7–5
United States Billie Jean King
Netherlands Betty Stöve
France Françoise Dürr
Australia Tony Roche
6–3, 2–6, 7–5
United States Rosie Casals
Australia Dick Stockton

July[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
5 Jul Swiss Open
Gstaad, Switzerland
Non-tour event
Clay
SinglesDoubles
Belgium Michele Gurdal
4-6, 6–2, 6–3
France Gail Chanfreau
United States Betsy Nagelsen
Australia Wendy Turnbull
6–4, 6–4
South Africa Brigitte Cuypers
South Africa Annette DuPlooy
Swedish Open
Båstad, Sweden
Non-tour event
Clay
SinglesDoubles
Czechoslovakia Renáta Tomanová
6–3, 6–2
Sweden Helena Anliot
Colombia Isabel Fernández de Soto
Sweden Mimi Wikstedt
6–1, 7–6
Australia Lesley Hunt
Czechoslovakia Renáta Tomanová
12 Jul Head Open
Kitzbühel, Austria
Non-tour event
Clay
SinglesDoubles
Australia Wendy Turnbull
6–4, 5–7, 6–2
Romania Virginia Ruzici
Sweden Helena Anliot
Sweden Mimi Wikstedt
6–4, 2–6, 7–5
West Germany Katja Ebbinghaus
West Germany Heidi Eisterlehner

August[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
9 Aug US Clay Court Championships
Indianapolis, United States
Women's International Grand Prix
$35,000 – Clay
SinglesDoubles
United States Kathy May
6–4, 4–6, 6–2
South Africa Brigitte Cuypers Uruguay Fiorella Bonicelli
West Germany Helga Niessen Masthoff
Australia Lesley Hunt
United States Laura duPont
United States Mary Struthers
South Africa Linky Boshoff
Uruguay Fiorella Bonicelli
Colombia Isabel Fernández de Soto
3–6, 7–5, 6–3
France Gail Chanfreau
United States Julie Heldman
16 Aug Rothmans Canadian Open
Toronto, Canada
Women's International Grand Prix
$35,000 – Clay
SinglesDoubles
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
6–2, 6–0
Australia Lesley Hunt Romania Virginia Ruzici
Australia Cynthia Doerner
United Kingdom Sue Barker
United States Kathy May
Czechoslovakia Regina Maršíková
United States Laura DuPont
Australia Cynthia Doerner
United States Janet Newberry
6–7, 6–3, 6–1
United States Sue Barker
United States Pam Teeguarden
WTA Westchester Invitational
Westchester, United States
Non-tour event
Clay
United States Beth Norton
1–6, 7–5, 6–3
United States Ruta Gerulaitis United States Janet Newberry
United States Mary Carillo
United States Laura duPont
United States Janice Metcalf
United States Cecilia Martinez
United States Wendy Overton
23 Aug Federation Cup
Philadelphia, United States
Federation Cup
Carpet (i) – 31 teams knockout
 United States
2–1
 Australia  Netherlands
 Great Britain
  Switzerland
 Denmark
 South Africa
 West Germany
Tennis Week Open
Orange, New Jersey, USA
Non-tour event
Clay
South Africa Marise Kruger
6–3, 6–2
United States Lea Antonoplis France Florence Guedy
United States Renée Richards
United States Linda Thomas
United States Sue Mehmedbasich
United States Carrie Meyer
United States Kathy Harter
30 Aug
6 Sep
US Open
New York, United States
Grand Slam
Clay – 64S/32D/32X
SinglesDoublesMixed
United States Chris Evert
6–3, 6–0
Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
Australia Dianne Fromholtz
Soviet Union Natasha Chmyreva
Romania Virginia Ruzici
United States Zenda Liess
United States Rosie Casals
South Africa Linky Boshoff
South Africa Ilana Kloss
6–1, 6–4
Soviet Union Olga Morozova
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
United States Billie Jean King
Australia Phil Dent
3–6, 6–2, 7–5
Netherlands Betty Stöve
South Africa Frew McMillan

September[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
13 Sep US Indoor Championships
Atlanta, United States
Women's International Grand Prix
$75,000 – Carpet (i)
SinglesDoubles
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
5–7, 7–5, 7–5
Netherlands Betty Stöve Australia Dianne Fromholtz
Australia Wendy Turnbull
United Kingdom Winnie Shaw
South Africa Marise Kruger
South Africa Brigitte Cuypers
United States JoAnne Russell
United States Rosie Casals
France Françoise Dürr
6–0, 6–4
Netherlands Betty Stöve
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
27 Sep Toray Sillook Open
Tokyo, Japan
Women's International Grand Prix
$50,000 – Carpet (i)
Netherlands Betty Stöve
1–6, 6–4, 6–3
Australia Margaret Court United States Valerie Ziegenfuss (3rd)
Australia Lesley Hunt (4th)
United States Betsy Nagelsen
United States Rayni Fox
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
United States Marita Redondo

October[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
4 Oct Thunderbird Classic
Phoenix, United States
Women's International Grand Prix
$60,000 – Hard
SinglesDoubles
United States Chris Evert
6–1, 7–5
Australia Dianne Fromholtz Netherlands Betty Stöve
United States Martina Navratilova
United States Terry Holladay
United States JoAnne Russell
United States Billie Jean King
United States Mona Guerrant
United States Billie Jean King
Netherlands Betty Stöve
6–2, 6–1
South Africa Linky Boshoff
South Africa Ilana Kloss
11 Oct World Invitational Tennis Classic
Hilton Head Island, United States
Non-tour event
Clay
Draw
Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley
6–3, 6–4
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
United Kingdom Sue Barker
Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley
6–4, 4–6, 6–3
United States Martina Navratilova
United Kingdom Virginia Wade

November[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
1 Nov Japan Open
Tokyo, Japan
Non-tour event
Clay
Australia Wendy Turnbull
6–1, 6–1
Belgium Michele Gurdal
Wightman Cup
Crystal Palace, London, England
Hard (i)
Team event
 United States
5–2
 Great Britain

25 Nov Gunze World Tennis
Tokyo, Japan
Non-tour event
Hard (i)
United States Chris Evert
6–2, 7–6
United Kingdom Sue Barker United States Rosie Casals
United States Martina Navratilova
Czechoslovakia Renáta Tomanová
France Françoise Dürr
United States Ann Kiyomura
United States Jeanne Evert

Rankings[edit]

Below are the 1976 WTA year-end rankings (December 31, 1976) Singles competition:

Singles Year-end Ranking[3]
No Player Name Points 1975 Change
1  Chris Evert (USA) 16.990 1 =
2  Evonne Goolagong Cawley (AUS) 16.326 5 +3
3  Virginia Wade (GBR) 10.933 2 -1
4  Martina Navratilova (USA) 10.272 3 -1
5  Dianne Fromholtz (AUS) 8.012 20 +15
6  Rosie Casals (USA) 7.644 12 +6
7  Betty Stöve (NED) 7.158 22 +15
8  Kerry Melville (AUS) 7.064 10 +2
9  Olga Morozova (USSR) 6.523 7 -2
10  Sue Barker (GBR) 6.480 19 +9
11  Mima Jaušovec (YUG) 5.702 40 +29
12  Nancy Gunter (USA) 5.525 8 -4
13  Terry Holladay (USA) 4.132 26 +13
14  Natasha Chmyreva (USSR) 5.066 21 +7
15  Françoise Dürr (FRA) 4.639 9 -6
16  Marita Redondo (USA) 4.603 60 +44
17  Greer Stevens (RSA) 4.522 48 +31
18  JoAnne Russell (USA) 4.493 35 +17
19  Kathy May (USA) 4.277 57 +38
20  Mona Guerrant (USA) 4.236 NR NR

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "WTA Tour Finals" (PDF). www.wtatennis.com. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
  2. ^ "About the WTA". www.wtatennis.com. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
  3. ^ "Women's International Computerized Rankings" (PDF). Women's Tennis Association (WTA). 5 December 1976. 

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