|Country (sports)||United States|
|Residence||Largo, Florida, USA|
September 11, 1963 |
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
|Turned pro||September 1981|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 8 (July 9, 1984)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||2R (1981)|
|French Open||4R (1985)|
|US Open||QF (1982, 1986)|
|Highest ranking||No. 59 (January 5, 1987)|
Bonnie Gadusek (born September 11, 1963) is a retired American professional tennis player.
Gadusek started a career in gymnastics, training for the 1980 Olympics, but fell from uneven parallel bars and landed on her neck, dislocating two vertebrae. While recovering from her injuries, she took up tennis as part of her therapy. She played in her first junior tournament wearing a brace. She was named Junior of the Year in 1980 and Player of the Year in 1981 by the Florida Tennis Association. She won the 1981 French Open girls’ singles championship.
Gadusek played on the WTA Tour from 1981 to 1987. She was named Rookie of the Year in 1982. She won 5 singles and 3 doubles titles before retiring. The right-hander reached her highest career ranking on July 9, 1984, when she became the World No. 8. Her best Grand Slam finish were two quarterfinals at the US Open, in 1982 and 1986.
Gadusek had career wins over Billie Jean King, Andrea Jaeger, Sue Barker, Hana Mandlíková, Manuela Maleeva, Wendy Turnbull, Gabriela Sabatini, Dianne Fromholtz, Claudia Kohde-Kilsch, Helena Suková, Zina Garrison, Mary Joe Fernandez, Sylvia Hanika, Jo Durie, and Rosie Casals. During her career, she was coached by renowned Australian coach Harry Hopman.
Gadusek was a member of the 1986 Wightman Cup Team. She helped coach the 1987 Wightman Cup Team. She retired with a 169–95 win/loss record.
WTA Tour finals
Singles: 10 (5–5)
|Runner-up||1.||July 12, 1982||Monte Carlo||Clay||Virginia Ruzici||2–6, 6–7(5–7)|
|Runner-up||2.||May 2, 1983||Perugia||Clay||Andrea Temesvári||1–6, 0–6|
|Runner-up||3.||November 7, 1983||Deerfield Beach||Hard||Chris Evert-Lloyd||0–6, 4–6|
|Winner||1.||January 23, 1984||Marco Island||Clay||Kathleen Horvath||3–6, 6–0, 6–4|
|Runner-up||4.||March 12, 1984||Palm Beach Gardens||Clay||Chris Evert-Lloyd||0–6, 1–6|
|Winner||2.||January 28, 1985||Marco Island||Hard||Pam Casale||6–3, 6–4|
|Winner||3.||May 20, 1985||Lugano||Clay||Manuela Maleeva||6–2, 6–2|
|Winner||4.||September 16, 1985||Chicago||Carpet (I)||Kathy Rinaldi||6–1, 6–3|
|Winner||5.||October 7, 1985||Indianapolis||Carpet (I)||Pam Casale||6–0, 6–3|
|Runner-up||5.||December 9, 1985||Tokyo||Carpet (I)||Manuela Maleeva||6–7(2–7), 6–3, 5–7|
Doubles: 6 (3–3)
|Runner-up||1.||October 10, 1983||Tampa||Hard||Wendy White|| Martina Navratilova
|Winner||1.||November 7, 1983||Deerfield Beach||Hard||Wendy White|| Pam Casale
|6–1, 3–6, 6–3|
|Runner-up||2.||January 28, 1985||Marco Island||Hard||Camille Benjamin|| Kathy Jordan
|Winner||2.||May 20, 1985||Lugano||Clay||Helena Suková|| Bettina Bunge
|Winner||3.||October 7, 1985||Indianapolis||Carpet (I)||Mary-Lou Piatek|| Penny Barg
|Runner-up||3.||February 24, 1986||Oakland||Carpet (I)||Helena Suková|| Hana Mandlíková
Grand Slam singles performance timeline
|Australian Open||2R||A||A||A||A||NH||A||0 / 1|
|French Open||1R||3R||1R||A||4R||A||A||0 / 4|
|Wimbledon||A||A||A||A||2R||A||A||0 / 1|
|US Open||A||QF||4R||4R||3R||QF||1R||0 / 6|
|SR||0 / 2||0 / 2||0 / 2||0 / 1||0 / 3||0 / 1||0 / 1||0 / 12|
|Year End Ranking||35||18||19||13||10||13||461|
- 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.
- Linz, Franz (February 11, 1985). "Bonnie Gadusek Calls Herself the Animal, But She Is a Dreamer, Too". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
- Diliberto, Gioia (January 24, 1983). "A Near-Fatal Fall Broke Gymnast Bonnie Gadusek's Neck, but Not the Spirit That Made Her a Champion". People. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
- "WTA Bonnie Gadusek (USA)". Retrieved 2011-12-06.