1979 WTA Tour

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1979 WTA Tour
Martina Navratilova.jpg
Martina Navratilova ended the year with 10 titles
Details
Duration 20 November 1978 – 8 January 1980
Edition 9th
Tournaments 57
Categories Grand Slam (4)
WTA Championships (3)
Avon Championships Circuit (11)
Colgate Series (32)
Non-Tour Events (5)
Achievements (singles)
Most tournament titles Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova (10)
Most tournament finals Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova (17)
Prize money leader Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova ($618,698)
Points leader Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova (15.748)
Awards
Player of the year Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
Doubles Team of the year United States Billie Jean King
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
Most improved player of the year West Germany Sylvia Hanika
Newcomer of the year United States Kathy Jordan
1978
1980

The 1979 WTA Tour consisted of a number of tennis tournaments for female tennis players. It was composed of the newly streamlined version of the Avon Championships (which was now an 11-week tour of the USA) and the Colgate Series. The year 1979 also saw the creation of the first 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 Avon Championships circuit or the Colgate Series in the year 1979, with player progression documented from the quarterfinals stage. Also included are the Grand Slam tournaments, the 1979 Avon Championships, the 1979 Federation Cup and a number of events not affiliated with either tour.[1]

Key
Grand Slam tournaments
Avon/Colgate Series championships
Avon Championships Circuit
Colgate Series
Non-Tour Events
Team events

November (1978)[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
20 Nov Colgate International
Christchurch, New Zealand
Colgate Series
$35,000 – Grass – 48S/28D
SinglesDoubles
Czechoslovakia Regina Maršíková
6–2, 6–1
West Germany Sylvia Hanika United States Lea Antonoplis
Sweden Mimi Wikstedt
United Kingdom Anne Hobbs
Japan Naoko Sato
United States Jane Stratton
Australia Lesley Hunt
Australia Lesley Hunt
United States Sharon Walsh
6–1, 7–5
West Germany Katja Ebbinghaus
West Germany Sylvia Hanika

December (1978)[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
4 Dec Toyota Women's Classic
Sydney, Australia
Colgate Series
$75,000 – Grass – 64S/32D
SinglesDoubles
Australia Dianne Fromholtz
6–1, 1–6, 6–4
Australia Kerry Reid United Kingdom Virginia Wade
Australia Wendy Turnbull
Czechoslovakia Regina Maršíková
Australia Lesley Hunt
Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková
Australia Lesley Hunt
Australia Kerry Reid
Australia Wendy Turnbull
6–2, 4–6, 6–2
New Zealand Judy Chaloner
United Kingdom Anne Hobbs
11 Dec Adelaide International
Adelaide, Australia
Colgate Series
$50,000 – Grass – 64S/32D
SinglesDoubles
Australia Kerry Reid
7–5, 6–7, 6–1
United States Beth Norton Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková
South Africa Ilana Kloss
Australia Lesley Hunt
United Kingdom Anne Hobbs
Australia Chris O'Neil
Denmark Birgitte Hermansen
Australia Lesley Hunt
United States Sharon Walsh
6–2, 6–2
South Africa Ilana Kloss
South Africa Marise Kruger
18 Dec New South Wales Open
Sydney, Australia
Colgate Series
$75,000 – Grass – 32S
SinglesDoubles
Australia Dianne Fromholtz
6–2, 7–5
Australia Wendy Turnbull Czechoslovakia Renáta Tomanová
United States Lea Antonoplis
Australia Lesley Hunt
South Africa Ilana Kloss
United States Sharon Walsh
Sweden Elizabeth Ekblom
Australia Lesley Hunt
United States Sharon Walsh
6–2, 6–1
South Africa Ilana Kloss
South Africa Marise Kruger
25 Dec
1 Jan
Australian Open
Melbourne, Australia
Grand Slam
Grass – 64S/32D
SinglesDoubles
Australia Chris O'Neil
6–3, 7–6(7–3)
United States Betsy Nagelsen Australia Diane Evers
Australia Christine Matison
United Kingdom Sue Barker
Denmark Dorte Ekner
Australia Mary Sawyer
Czechoslovakia Renáta Tomanová
United States Betsy Nagelsen
Czechoslovakia Renáta Tomanová
7–5, 6–2
Japan Naoko Sato
Australia Pam Whytcross

January[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
1 Jan Avon Championships of Washington
Washington, D.C., United States
Avon Championships Circuit
$125,000 – Carpet (i) – 32S/16D
SinglesDoubles
United States Tracy Austin
6–3, 6–2
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova Australia Dianne Fromholtz
South Africa Ilana Kloss
United States Ann Kiyomura
United States Pam Teeguarden
United States Anne Smith
United States Pam Shriver
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
Romania Virginia Ruzici
4–6, 6–2, 6–4
United States Renée Richards
United States Sharon Walsh
8 Jan Avon Championships of California
Oakland, California, USA
Avon Championships Circuit
$125,000 – Carpet (i) – 32S/16D
SinglesDoubles
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
7–5, 7–5
United States Chris Evert United States Ann Kiyomura
Australia Dianne Fromholtz
United States Kathy May
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
Romania Virginia Ruzici
United States Marita Redondo
United States Chris Evert
United States Rosie Casals
3–6, 6–4, 6–3
United States Tracy Austin
Netherlands Betty Stöve
15 Jan Avon Championships of Houston
Houston, Texas, USA
Avon Championships Circuit
$125,000 – Carpet (i) – 32S/16D
SinglesDoubles
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
6–3, 6–2
United Kingdom Virginia Wade Australia Dianne Fromholtz
Australia Wendy Turnbull
Romania Virginia Ruzici
United States Stacy Margolin
United States Rosie Casals
United States Kathy Jordan
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
United States Janet Newberry
4–6, 6–4, 6–2
United States Pam Shriver
Netherlands Betty Stöve
22 Jan Avon Championships of Florida
Hollywood, California, USA
Avon Championships Circuit
$150,000 – Hard – 32S/16D
SinglesDoubles
South Africa Greer Stevens
6–4, 2–6, 6–4
Australia Dianne Fromholtz South Africa Marise Kruger
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
United States Carrie Meyer
United States Terry Holladay
United Kingdom Sue Barker
Romania Virginia Ruzici
United States Tracy Austin
Netherlands Betty Stöve
6–2, 2–6, 6–2
United States Rosie Casals
Australia Wendy Turnbull
29 Jan Avon Championships of Chicago
Chicago, United States
Avon Championships Circuit
$200,000 – Carpet (i) – 32S/16D
SinglesDoubles
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
6–3, 6–4
United States Tracy Austin Australia Kerry Reid
South Africa Greer Stevens
United States Anne Smith
South Africa Marise Kruger
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
United Kingdom Sue Barker
United States Rosie Casals
United States Betty-Ann Stuart
3–6, 7–5, 7–5
South Africa Ilana Kloss
South Africa Greer Stevens

February[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
5 Feb Avon Championships of Seattle
Seattle, Washington, USA
Avon Championships Circuit
$125,000 – Carpet (i) – 32S/15D
SinglesDoubles
United States Chris Evert
6–1, 3–6, 6–1
United States Renée Richards Australia Kerry Reid
United States Jeanne DuVall
United States Kathy Jordan
Australia Wendy Turnbull
Romania Virginia Ruzici
Netherlands Betty Stöve
France Françoise Dürr
Netherlands Betty Stöve
7–6(7–4), 4–6, 6–4
United Kingdom Sue Barker
United States Ann Kiyomura
12 Feb Avon Championships of Los Angeles
Los Angeles, USA
Avon Championships Circuit
$150,000 – Carpet (i) – 32S/16D
SinglesDoubles
United States Chris Evert
6–3, 6–4
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova United States Tracy Austin
South Africa Greer Stevens
United States Barbara Potter
United States Ann Kiyomura
Australia Wendy Turnbull
Romania Virginia Ruzici
United States Rosie Casals
United States Chris Evert
6–4, 1–6, 6–3
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
United States Anne Smith
19 Feb Avon Championships of Detroit
Detroit, United States
Avon Championships Circuit
$150,000 – Carpet (i) – 32S/16D
SinglesDoubles
Australia Wendy Turnbull
7–5, 1–6, 7–6(7–4)
Romania Virginia Ruzici Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
United States Rosie Casals
United States Anne Smith
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
United States Ann Kiyomura
Australia Dianne Fromholtz
Australia Wendy Turnbull
Netherlands Betty Stöve
6–4, 7–6(7–5)
United Kingdom Sue Barker
United States Ann Kiyomura
26 Feb Avon Championships of Dallas
Dallas, United States
Avon Championships Circuit
$200,000 – Carpet (i) – 32S/14D
SinglesDoubles
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
6–4, 6–4
United States Chris Evert United States Tracy Austin
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
United States Stacy Margolin
Czechoslovakia Renáta Tomanová
Australia Dianne Fromholtz
United Kingdom Sue Barker
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
United States Anne Smith
7–6, 6–2
United States Rosie Casals
United States Chris Evert

March[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
5 Mar Avon Championships of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, United States
Avon Championships Circuit
$125,000 – Carpet (i) – 32S/1D
SinglesDoubles
Australia Wendy Turnbull
5–7, 6–3, 6–2
United Kingdom Virginia Wade United States Rosie Casals
United Kingdom Sue Barker
United States Terry Holladay
United States Pam Shriver
South Africa Greer Stevens
United States Kathy Teacher
France Françoise Dürr
Netherlands Betty Stöve
6–4, 6–2
United States Renée Richards
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
12 Mar Avon Championships of Boston
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Avon Championships Circuit
$150,000 – Carpet (i) – 34S/16D
SinglesDoubles
Australia Dianne Fromholtz
6–2, 7–6(7–4)
United Kingdom Sue Barker United Kingdom Virginia Wade
Australia Wendy Turnbull
United States Chris Evert
South Africa Greer Stevens
Australia Kerry Reid
United States Marita Redondo
Australia Kerry Reid
Australia Wendy Turnbull
6–4, 6–2
United Kingdom Sue Barker
United States Ann Kiyomura
19 Mar Avon Championships
New York, United States
Season-end championships
$275,000 – Carpet (i) – 8S/4D
SinglesDoubles
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
6–3, 3–6, 6–2
United States Tracy Austin United Kingdom Sue Barker
Australia Dianne Fromholtz
Round Robin
South Africa Greer Stevens
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
Australia Wendy Turnbull
United States Chris Evert
France Françoise Dürr
Netherlands Betty Stöve
7–6(7–1), 7–6(7–3)
United Kingdom Sue Barker
United States Ann Kiyomura
26 Mar WTA La Costa Classic
Carlsbad, United States
Non-tour event
$35,000 – Carpet (i)
SinglesDoubles
Australia Kerry Reid
7–6, 3–6, 6–2
United Kingdom Sue Barker
United States Marcie Louie
Czechoslovakia Regina Maršíková
6–2, 2–6, 6–4
United States Mareen Louie
United States Marita Redondo

April[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
2 Apr Bridgestone Doubles Championships
Tokyo, Japan
$150,000 – Carpet (i) – 8D
Doubles
France Françoise Dürr
Netherlands Betty Stöve
7–5, 7–6(9–7)
United Kingdom Sue Barker
United States Ann Kiyomura
Australia Melville / Australia Turnbull
Australia Hunt / United States Walsh
United States Acker / United States Carillo
United Kingdom Wade / United States Newberry
United States Casals / United States Smith
United States Meyer / United States Teeguarden
Clairol Crown
Carlsbad, United States
Non-tour event
$200,000 – Grass – 4S
United States Chris Evert
3–6, 6–3, 6–1
Australia Dianne Fromholtz United States Tracy Austin (3rd)
United States Martina Navratilova (4th)
9 Apr Family Circle Cup
Amelia Island, United States
Colgate Series
$150,000 – Clay – 30S/16D
SinglesDoubles
United States Tracy Austin
7–6(7–3), 7–6(9–7)
Australia Kerry Reid Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
United States Lele Forood
Netherlands Betty Stöve
United States Laura duPont
United States Rosie Casals
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
6–4, 7–5
France Françoise Dürr
Netherlands Betty Stöve
30 Apr Federation Cup
Madrid, Spain
Clay – 32 teams knockout
 United States
3–0
 Soviet Union  Czechoslovakia
 Soviet Union
 France
  Switzerland
 Great Britain
 Netherlands

May[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
7 May Italian Open
Rome, Italy
Colgate Series
$100,000 – Clay
SinglesDoubles
United States Tracy Austin
6–4, 1–6, 6–3
West Germany Sylvia Hanika United States Chris Evert
Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley
Argentina Ivanna Madruga
Romania Virginia Ruzici
Australia Dianne Fromholtz
West Germany Iris Riedel-Kuhn
Australia Wendy Turnbull
Netherlands Betty Stöve
6–3, 6–4
Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley
Australia Kerry Reid
14 May Bancroft Trophy
Vienna, Austria
Colgate Series
$75,000 – Carpet (i)
SinglesDoubles
United States Chris Evert
6–1, 6–1
United States Caroline Stoll Czechoslovakia Regina Maršíková
Romania Virginia Ruzici
South Africa Yvonne Vermaak
Australia Kerry Reid
Australia Wendy Turnbull
Australia Dianne Fromholtz
South Africa Marise Kruger
Australia Dianne Fromholtz
3–6, 6–4, 6–1
South Africa Ilana Kloss
United States Betty-Ann Stuart
21 May German Open
Berlin, West Germany
Colgate Series
$100,000 – Clay – 32S/16D
SinglesDoubles
United States Caroline Stoll
7–6(7–4), 6–0
Czechoslovakia Regina Maršíková Romania Virginia Ruzici
Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
West Germany Sylvia Hanika
Czechoslovakia Renáta Tomanová
Australia Kerry Reid
United States Rosie Casals
Australia Wendy Turnbull
6–2, 7–5
Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley
Australia Kerry Reid
28 May
4 Jun
French Open
Paris, France
Grand Slam
$375,000 – Clay – 64S/64Q/32D/28X
SinglesDoublesMixed
United States Chris Evert
6–2, 6–0
Australia Wendy Turnbull Australia Dianne Fromholtz
Czechoslovakia Regina Maršíková
United States Ruta Gerulaitis
Romania Virginia Ruzici
Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková
Czechoslovakia Renáta Tomanová
Netherlands Betty Stöve
Australia Wendy Turnbull
3–6, 7–5, 6–4
France Françoise Dürr
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
Australia Wendy Turnbull
South Africa Bob Hewitt
6–3, 2–6, 6–3
Romania Virginia Ruzici
Romania Ion Ţiriac

June[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
4 Jun Kentish Times
Beckenham, Great Britain
Non-tour event
Hard
SinglesDoubles
Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley
6–3, 6–2
United States Pam Shriver
United Kingdom Jo Durie
United Kingdom Debbie Jevans
Australia Elizabeth Little
Australia Nicole Pratt
11 Jun Crossley Carpets Trophy
Chichester, United Kingdom
Colgate Series
$35,000 – Grass – 32S/16D
SinglesDoubles
Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley
6–1, 6–4
United Kingdom Sue Barker United States Billie Jean King
South Africa Tanya Harford
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Teeguarden
United States Kate Latham
United States Pam Shriver
South Africa Greer Stevens
Australia Wendy Turnbull
6–3, 1–6, 7–5
United States Billie Jean King
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
18 Jun Colgate International
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
Colgate Series
$100,000 – Grass – 64S/32D
SinglesDoubles
United States Chris Evert
7–5, 5–7, 13–11
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova United States Tracy Austin
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
Australia Wendy Turnbull
South Africa Ilana Kloss
West Germany Bettina Bunge
Australia Kerry Reid
Netherlands Betty Stöve
Australia Wendy Turnbull
6–2, 6–2
South Africa Ilana Kloss
United States Betty-Ann Stuart
25 Jun
2 July
Wimbledon Championships
London, Great Britain
Grand Slam
Grass – 96S/48D/48X
Draws: SinglesDoublesMixed
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
6–4, 6–4
United States Chris Evert United States Tracy Austin
Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley
Australia Dianne Fromholtz
United States Billie Jean King
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
Australia Wendy Turnbull
United States Billie Jean King
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
5–7, 6–3, 6–2
Netherlands Betty Stöve
Australia Wendy Turnbull
South Africa Greer Stevens
South Africa Bob Hewitt
7–5, 7–6(9–7)
Netherlands Betty Stöve
South Africa Frew McMillan

July[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
16 Jul Austrian Open
Kitzbühel, Austria
Colgate Series
$35,000 – Clay – 32S/16D
SinglesDoubles
Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková
2–6, 7–5, 6–3
West Germany Sylvia Hanika
Sweden Helena Anliot
Australia Diane Evers
6–0, 6–4
Romania Virginia Ruzici
Netherlands Elly Vessies
30 Jul Wells Fargo Open
Wells Fargo, California, USA
Colgate Series
$75,000 – Hard – 32S/16D
SinglesDoubles
United States Tracy Austin
6–4, 6–2
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova United Kingdom Virginia Wade
United States Kathy Jordan
United States Anne Smith
Australia Kerry Reid
United States Marita Redondo
United States Ann Kiyomura
United States Rosie Casals
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
3–6, 6–4, 6–2
United States Ann Kiyomura
United States Betty-Ann Stuart

August[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
6 Aug U.S. Clay Court Championships
Indianapolis, United States
Colgate Series
$100,000 – Clay – 48S/24D
SinglesDoubles
United States Chris Evert
6–4, 6–3
Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley United States Renée Richards
Czechoslovakia Regina Maršíková
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
Romania Virginia Ruzici
United States Anne Smith
United States Jeanne Duvall
United States Kathy Jordan
United States Anne Smith
6–1, 6–0
United States Penny Johnson
United States Paula Smith
13 Aug Rothmans Canadian Open
Toronto, Canada
Colgate Series
$35,000 – Hard
SinglesDoubles
United States Laura duPont
6–4, 6–7(3–7), 6–1
South Africa Brigitte Cuypers United States Diane Desfor
United States Pam Teeguarden
Australia Chris O'Neil
United States Lea Antonoplis
United States Kay McDaniel
United States Mary Carillo
United States Lea Antonoplis
Australia Diane Evers
2–6, 6–1, 6–3
Australia Chris O'Neil
Sweden Mimi Wikstedt
Central Fidelity Banks International
Richmond, Virginia, USA
Colgate Series
$100,000 – Carpet (i)
SinglesDoubles
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
6–1, 6–3
United States Kathy Jordan Australia Wendy Turnbull
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
United States Anne Smith
Australia Kerry Reid
United States Kate Latham
South Africa Greer Stevens
Netherlands Betty Stöve
Australia Wendy Turnbull
6–1, 6–4
United States Billie Jean King
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
20 Aug Volvo Tennis Cup
Mahwah, New Jersey, USA
Colgate Series
$75,000 – Clay
SinglesDoubles
United States Chris Evert
6–7(2–7), 6–4, 6–1
United States Tracy Austin Netherlands Betty Stöve
Romania Virginia Ruzici
United Kingdom Sue Barker
Argentina Ivanna Madruga
United States Terry Holladay
Czechoslovakia Regina Maršíková
United States Tracy Austin
Netherlands Betty Stöve
7–6(7–4), 2–6, 6–4
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
Czechoslovakia Regina Maršíková
27 Aug
3 Sep
US Open
New York City, United States
Grand Slam
$300,000 – Hard – 96S/32D/32X
Draw: SinglesDoublesMixed
United States Tracy Austin
6–3, 6–4
United States Chris Evert United States Billie Jean King
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
West Germany Sylvia Hanika
Australia Kerry Reid
Netherlands Betty Stöve
Australia Wendy Turnbull
7–5, 6–3
United States Billie Jean King
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
South Africa Greer Stevens
South Africa Bob Hewitt
6–3, 7–5
Netherlands Betty Stöve
South Africa Frew McMillan

September[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
10 Sep Toray Sillook Open
Tokyo, Japan
Colgate Series
$150,000 – Hard – 32S
United States Billie Jean King
6–4, 7–5
Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley Australia Dianne Fromholtz (3rd)
United States Ann Kiyomura (4th)
United States Terry Holladay
Australia Kerry Reid
Australia Wendy Turnbull
Netherlands Betty Stöve
Greater Pittsburgh Open
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA
Colgate Series
$35,000 – Hard – 32S/16D
SinglesDoubles
United Kingdom Sue Barker
6–3, 6–1
United States Renée Richards
United Kingdom Sue Barker
United States Candy Reynolds
6–3, 6–2
United States Bunny Bruning
United States Jane Stratton
24 Sep Davison's Tennis Classic
Atlanta, United States
Colgate Series
$100,000 – Carpet (i)
SinglesDoubles
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
7–6(8–6), 6–4
Australia Wendy Turnbull Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley
United States Tracy Austin
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
South Africa Marise Kruger
Australia Dianne Fromholtz
United States Chris Evert
Netherlands Betty Stöve
Australia Wendy Turnbull
6–2, 6–4
United States Ann Kiyomura
United States Anne Smith

October[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
1 Oct US Indoors
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Colgate Series
$100,000 – Carpet (i)
SinglesDoubles
Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley
6–3, 6–4
Australia Dianne Fromholtz Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
United States Tracy Austin
United States Ann Kiyomura
United States Billie Jean King
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
Australia Kerry Reid
United States Billie Jean King
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
6–4, 7–6(9–7)
Netherlands Betty Stöve
Australia Wendy Turnbull
8 Oct Thunderbird Classic
Phoenix, United States
Colgate Series
$100,000 – Hard – 32S/16S
SinglesDoubles
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
6–1, 6–3
United States Chris Evert United States Kate Latham
Australia Wendy Turnbull
United States Laura duPont
Australia Kerry Reid
United States Caroline Stoll
United States Ann Kiyomura
Netherlands Betty Stöve
Australia Wendy Turnbull
6–4, 7–6(7–4)
United States Rosie Casals
United States Chris Evert
15 Oct Borden Classic
Kyoto, Japan
Colgate Series
$35,000 – Carpet (i)
SinglesDoubles
United States Betsy Nagelsen
6–3, 6–4
Japan Naoko Sato
China Chen Chuan
China Yu Li-Qiao
6–0, 7–6
Australia Sue Saliba
Australia Mary Sawyer
22 Oct Florida Federal Open
Tampa, Florida, USA
Colgate Series
$100,000 – Hard – 32S/16D
SinglesDoubles
Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley
6–0, 6–3
United Kingdom Virginia Wade United States Chris Evert
United States Tracy Austin
Romania Virginia Ruzici
Czechoslovakia Regina Maršíková
Australia Wendy Turnbull
Australia Kerry Reid
United States Anne Smith
Romania Virginia Ruzici
7–5, 4–6, 7–5
South Africa Ilana Kloss
United States Betty-Ann Stuart
Hit Union Japan Open
Kyoto, Japan
Colgate Series
$35,000 – Carpet (i)
SinglesDoubles
United States Betsy Nagelsen
6–1, 3–6, 6–3
Japan Naoko Sato
United States Betsy Nagelsen
United States Penny Johnson
3–6, 6–4, 7–6
China Chen Chuan
China Yu Li-Qiao
29 Oct Stockholm Open
Stockholm, Sweden
Colgate Series
$35,000 – Carpet (i)
SinglesDoubles
United States Billie Jean King
6–3, 6–7, 7–5
Netherlands Betty Stöve Romania Virginia Ruzici
Sweden Lena Sandin
Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková
South Africa Brigitte Cuypers
United States Anne Smith
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
Netherlands Betty Stöve
Australia Wendy Turnbull
7–5, 7–6
United States Billie Jean King
South Africa Ilana Kloss
Wightman Cup
London, United Kingdom
Hard (i)
Team event
 United States
7–0
 Great Britain

November[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
5 Nov Porsche Tennis Grand Prix
Filderstadt, Germany
Colgate Series
$100,000 – Carpet (i) – 32S/16D
SinglesDoubles
United States Tracy Austin
6–2, 6–0
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
United States Chris Evert
Australia Kerry Reid
Sweden Nina Bohm
Czechoslovakia Regina Maršíková
Australia Wendy Turnbull
United States Billie Jean King
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
6–3, 6–3
Australia Wendy Turnbull
Netherlands Betty Stöve
19 Nov Daihatsu Challenge
Brighton, United Kingdom
Colgate Series
$75,000 – Carpet (i)
SinglesDoubles
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
6–3, 6–3
United States Chris Evert United States Billie Jean King
West Germany Sylvia Hanika
South Africa Ilana Kloss
United Kingdom Glynis Coles
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
Romania Virginia Ruzici
United States Ann Kiyomura
United States Anne Smith
6–2, 6–1
South Africa Ilana Kloss
United States Laura duPont
26 Nov Toyota Classic
Melbourne, Australia
Colgate Series
$100,000 – Grass – 32S/16D
SinglesDoubles
Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková
6–3, 6–2
Australia Wendy Turnbull United States Renee Blount
Romania Virginia Ruzici
Sweden Mimi Wikstedt
Australia Dianne Fromholtz
United Kingdom Sue Barker
United States Billie Jean King
Australia Wendy Turnbull
United States Billie Jean King
6–3, 6–3
Australia Dianne Fromholtz
United States Anne Smith

December[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
3 Dec Building Society NSW Open
Sydney, Australia
Colgate Series
$100,000 – Grass – 32S/16D
SinglesDoubles
United Kingdom Sue Barker
6–0, 7–5
South Africa Rosalyn Fairbank United States Diane Desfor
Czechoslovakia Regina Maršíková
Romania Virginia Ruzici
Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková
Australia Wendy Turnbull
United States Betty-Ann Stuart
Australia Wendy Turnbull
United States Billie Jean King
7–5, 6–4
United States Pam Shriver
United Kingdom Sue Barker
10 Dec Berri Fruit Juices
Adelaide, Australia
Colgate Series
$100,000 – Grass – 32S/16D
SinglesDoubles
Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková
7–5, 2–2 ret.
Romania Virginia Ruzici United Kingdom Sue Barker
United States Betty-Ann Stuart
United States Pam Shriver
United States Susan Leo
United States Roberta McCallum
United States Diane Desfor
Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková
Romania Virginia Ruzici
2–6, 6–4, 6–4
United States Pam Shriver
United Kingdom Sue Barker
15 Dec Emeron Lion Cup
Tokyo, Japan
Non-tour event
$200,000 – Carpet (i) – 4S
United States Tracy Austin
6–2, 6–1
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova United States Billie Jean King (3rd)
Australia Dianne Fromholtz (4th)
17 Dec Nabisco NSW
Sydney, Australia
Colgate Series
$50,000 – Grass – 32S/16D
SinglesDoubles
Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková
6–3, 3–6, 6–3
West Germany Bettina Bunge United Kingdom Sue Barker
Czechoslovakia Renáta Tomanová
South Africa Rosalyn Fairbank
United States Diane Morrison
United States Janet Newberry
Australia Leanne Harrison
United States Diane Desfor
United States Barbara Hallquist
4–6, 6–2, 6–2
United States Barbara Jordan
Australia Kym Ruddell
24 Dec
31 Dec
Australian Open
Melbourne, Australia
Grand Slam
$350,000 – Grass – 64S/32D
SinglesDoubles
United States Barbara Jordan
6–3, 6–3
United States Sharon Walsh Australia Mary Sawyer
Czechoslovakia Renáta Tomanová
United States Janet Newberry
Belgium Michele Gurdal
Australia Cynthia Doerner
Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková
Australia Judy Connor Chaloner
Australia Diane Evers Brown
6–1, 3–6, 6–0
Australia Leanne Harrison
Netherlands Marcella Mesker

January (1980)[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
2 Jan Colgate Series Championships
Washington, D.C., USA
Colgate Series championships
$250,000 – Grass
SinglesDoubles
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
6–2, 6–1
United States Tracy Austin United States Chris Evert
Australia Wendy Turnbull
Round Robin
Australia Dianne Fromholtz
Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley
Czechoslovakia Regina Maršíková
Australia Kerry Reid
United States Billie Jean King
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
6–4, 6–3
United States Rosie Casals
United States Chris Evert

Rankings[edit]

Below are the 1979 WTA year-end rankings (December 31, 1979) in both singles and doubles competition:

Singles Year-end Ranking[3]
No Player Name Points 1978 Change
1  Martina Navratilova (TCH) 15.748 1 Steady
2  Chris Evert (USA) 14.111 2 Steady
3  Tracy Austin (USA) 14.004 6 Increase 3
4  Evonne Goolagong Cawley (AUS) 11.814 3 Decrease 1
5  Billie Jean King (USA) 8.857 5 Steady
6  Dianne Fromholtz (AUS) 8.375 10 Increase 4
7  Wendy Turnbull (AUS) 8.214 7 Steady
8  Virginia Wade (GBR) 7.959 4 Decrease 4
9  Kerry Reid (AUS) 6.645 9 Increase 1
10  Sue Barker (GBR) 6.618 24 Increase 14
11  Kathy Jordan (USA) 6.555 NR NR
12  Greer Stevens (RSA) 6.336 17 Increase 5
13  Virginia Ruzici (ROU) 6.149 12 Decrease 1
14  Regina Maršíková (TCH) 6.013 14 Steady
15  Ann Kiyomura (USA) 5.457 39 Increase 24
16  Sylvia Hanika (FRG) 5.010 35 Increase 19
17  Hana Mandlíková (TCH) 4.952 45 Increase 28
18  Caroline Stoll (USA) 4.951 26 Increase 8
19  Kathy May (USA) 4.768 15 Decrease 4
20  Mima Jaušovec (YUG) 4.270 19 Decrease 1

Colgate Series[edit]

Points system[edit]

The tournaments of the Colgate Series were divided into four groups – AAAA, AAA, AA and A – based on prize money. Points were allocated based on these groups and the finishing position of a player in a tournament.[4] The points allocation – with doubles points listed in brackets – was:

Group AAAA
Prize money at least $150,000
  • Champion: 160 (32)
  • Runner-up: 120 (24)
  • Semifinalist: 80 (16)
  • Quarterfinalist: 40 (8)
  • Round of 16: 20 (4)
  • Round of 32: 15 (3)
  • Round of 64: 10
Group AAA
Prize money at least $100,000
  • Champion: 120 (24)
  • Runner-up: 90 (18)
  • Semifinalist: 60 (12)
  • Quarterfinalist: 30 (6)
  • Round of 16: 15 (3)
  • Round of 32: 10 (2)


Group AA
Prize money at least $75,000
  • Champion: 80 (16)
  • Runner-up: 60 (12)
  • Semifinalist: 40 (8)
  • Quarterfinalist: 20 (4)
  • Round of 16: 10 (2)
  • Round of 32: 5


Group A
Prize money at least $35,000
  • Champion: 40 (8)
  • Runner-up: 30 (6)
  • Semifinalist: 20 (4)
  • Quarterfinalist: 10 (2)
  • Round of 16: 5

Avon Championships Circuit[edit]

Points standing[edit]

Prize money[edit]

Combined prize money for singles and doubles events.

No Player Name Prize money
1  Martina Navratilova (TCH) $271,500
2  Tracy Austin (USA) $123,250
3  Chris Evert (USA) $115,875
4  Wendy Turnbull (AUS) $103,425
5  Dianne Fromholtz (AUS) $93,250
6  Sue Barker (GBR) $84,775
7  Greer Stevens (RSA) $73,050
8  Virginia Wade (GBR) $70,500
9  Rosemary Casals (USA) $55,425
10  Betty Stöve (NED) $45,100

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. ^ "Womens International Computer Rankings" (PDF). Women's Tennis Association (WTA). 31 December 1979. 
  4. ^ John Barrett, ed. (1980). World of Tennis 1980 : a BP yearbook. London: Queen Anne Press. pp. 137,140. ISBN 9780362020120. OCLC 237184610. 

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