Dana Gilbert

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Dana Gilbert
Full nameDana Gilbert Heinemann
Country (sports) United States
Born (1959-11-26) November 26, 1959 (age 59)
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 46 (January 17, 1983)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open4R (1982)
Wimbledon1R (1979, 1980)
US Open3R (1982)
Career titles1
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open2R (1980, 1981)
Wimbledon2R (1979)
US Open1R (1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983)

Dana Gilbert (born November 26, 1959) is a former professional tennis player from the United States.


Gilbert grew up in California, one of three siblings. Her youngest brother is Brad Gilbert, who also played tennis professionally and made it to four in the world.[1]

She attended UCLA on a tennis scholarship and played number one singles.[2]

At the age of 17 she won a gold medal at the 1977 Maccabiah Games, a competition for Jewish athletes.[3]

Playing as a wildcard, she was a surprise winner of the 1978 U.S. Clay Court Championships, on her professional debut. En route to the final, which she won over Viviana González, she had a win against second seed Virginia Ruzici, who two-months earlier had won the French Open.[4] In October, 1980 she won her second WTA singles title at Nagoya and also won the Japan Open doubles title in the same month. She made the fourth round of the 1982 French Open as a lucky loser.[5] In early 1983 she was ranked a career best 46 in the world, before retiring from professional tennis at the end of the year.

She now lives in San Anselmo, California and is married to Geoffrey Heinemann.[6]

WTA Tour finals[edit]

Singles (2-0)[edit]

Result    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win August, 1978 Indianapolis, U.S. $35,000 (Colgate) Clay Argentina Viviana González 6–2, 6–3
Win October, 1980 Nagoya, Japan $50,000 (Colgate) Hard United States Barbara Jordan 5-1 ret

Doubles (1-0)[edit]

Result    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win October, 1980 Tokyo, Japan $50,000 (Colgate) Hard United States Mareen Louie Australia Nerida Gregory
Hungary Marie Pinterova
7–5, 7–6


  1. ^ "Big sister, look what you've done". East Bay Times. January 9, 2008. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  2. ^ "Who's best? Courts hand down split decision". The Stanford Daily. May 14, 1979. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  3. ^ "U.S. Wins Maccabiah Games". Jewish Post. Hoosier State Chronicles. August 5, 1988. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  4. ^ "Wild Card Dana Trumps Match In Clay Courts Title". The Indianapolis Star. August 13, 1978. p. 29. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  5. ^ "Hooper Shows Power in French Victory". The New York Times. May 30, 1982. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  6. ^ "Dana Gilbert (Heinemann)". Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 26, 2018.

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