Helga Niessen Masthoff
Helga Niessen-Masthoff in 1965
|ITF name||Helga Masthoff|
11 November 1941 |
|Plays||Right-handed (one handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No.6 (1970)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||QF (1976)|
|French Open||F (1970)|
|Wimbledon||QF (1970, 1974)|
|US Open||SF (1973)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||2R (1976)|
|French Open||F (1976)|
|Wimbledon||QF (1968, 1971)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Australian Open||2R (1965)|
|French Open||1R (1964)|
Helga Niessen Masthoff (born 11 November 1941) is a former tennis player from West Germany. Her best Grand Slam singles tournament was when she reached the 1970 French Open final, losing to Margaret Court 6–2, 6–4. She won the German Open three consecutive years from 1972 through 1974, beating Martina Navratilova in the 1974 final 6–4, 5–7, 6–3. Masthoff was the runner-up at that tournament in 1971, losing to Billie Jean King 6–3, 6–2.
At the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City when tennis was a demonstration sport, Masthoff won the singles and doubles (with Edda Buding) gold medals and the silver medal in mixed doubles (with Jürgen Faßbender).
Masthoff teamed with Kathleen Harter to reach the women's doubles final at the 1976 French Open, losing to the team of Fiorella Bonicelli and Gail Sherriff Lovera 6–4, 1–6, 6–3. Masthoff played on West Germany's Fed Cup team from 1965 to 1967, in 1969 and 1970, and from 1972 through 1977. Her overall win-loss record was 38–18, 23–10 in singles and 15–8 in doubles.
Grand Slam finals
- Runners-up (1)
|Year||Championship||Opponents in final||Score|
|1970||French Open||Margaret Court||2–6, 4–6|
- Runners-up (1)
|Year||Championship||Partner||Opponents in final||Score|
|1976||French Open||Kathleen Harter|| Gail Sheriff
|4–6, 6–1, 3–6|
Grand Slam singles tournament timeline
|Australia||A||A||1R||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||QF||A / A||A||0 / 2|
|France||A||2R||1R||2R||A||A||A||F||1R||SF||QF||SF||2R||QF||3R||QF||0 / 12|
|Wimbledon||2R||3R||2R||1R||A||2R||A||QF||3R||2R||A||QF||A||A||2R||A||0 / 10|
|United States||2R||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||SF||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 2|
|SR||0 / 2||0 / 2||0 / 3||0 / 2||0 / 0||0 / 1||0 / 0||0 / 2||0 / 2||0 / 2||0 / 2||0 / 2||0 / 1||0 / 2||0 / 2||0 / 1||0 / 26|
A = did not participate in the tournament.
SR = the ratio of the number of singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played.
Note: The Australian Open was held twice in 1977, in January and December.
- Helga Niessen Masthoff at the Women's Tennis Association
- Helga Niessen Masthoff at the International Tennis Federation
- Helga Niessen Masthoff at the Fed Cup