Lea Antonoplis

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Lea Antonoplis
Country (sports)  USA
Born (1959-01-20) January 20, 1959 (age 56)
West Covina, United States
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Retired 1991
Plays Right-handed
Career record 78–96
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 66 (February 4, 1985)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (1988)
French Open 1R (1983, 1984)
Wimbledon 4R (1977)
US Open 3R (1976)
Wimbledon Junior W (1977)
Career record 99–110
Career titles 4
Highest ranking No. 55 (September 14, 1987)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (1982, 1984)
French Open 3R (1983, 1987)
Wimbledon 3R (1978, 1979, 1983)
US Open 3R (1977)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open 1R (1987)
Wimbledon 2R (1979, 1987)
US Open 1R (1979)

Lea Antonoplis (born January 20, 1959) is a former professional tennis player who won the Wimbledon Girls' Singles in 1977 and four WTA doubles titles.[1]

Early life[edit]

Antonoplis attended Glendora High School from 1973 to 1977 and graduated from the University of Southern California.[2]

Tennis career[edit]

In 1974, Antonoplis played her first Grand Slam match in the US Open, which Sue Mappin won in three sets. In the 1976 Wimbledon Championships, she lost to Natasha Chmyreva in the quarter final of the Girls' Singles. In the 1977 Wimbledon Championships, Antonoplis won the Girls' Singles, beating compatriot Mareen Louie-Harper in the final in straight sets.[3]

In 1979, she won her first WTA doubles title in the Player's Canadian Open partnering Diane Evers, winning the final against Chris O'Neil and Mimi Wikstedt 2–6 6–1 6–3. In 1983, she won two doubles titles partnering Barbara Jordan. In Indianapolis, they beat Rosalyn Fairbank and Candy Reynolds 5–7 6–4 7–5 in the final, and in Hershey they beat Sherry Acker and Ann Henricksson 6–3 6–4. In 1986, she won her fourth and last WTA doubles title partnering Barbara Gerken and beating Gigi Fernández and Susan Leo 6–1 6–2 in the final.[1]

Antonoplis also acquired some notability at a 1976 satellite tournament in South Orange, New Jersey when she prevailed in a close three set semifinal match against transsexual player Renée Richards. This was the first tournament in which Richards competed after she was publicized as having undergone a sex change procedure.

WTA Tour finals[edit]

Doubles 10 (3–7)[edit]

Grand Slam 0
WTA Championships 0
Tier I 0
Tier II 0
Tier III 0
Tier IV & V 0
Titles by Surface
Hard 2
Clay 0
Grass 0
Carpet 1
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. February 14, 1983 Indianapolis, Indiana, USA Hard United States Barbara Jordan South Africa Rosalyn Fairbank
United States Candy Reynolds
5–7, 6–4 7–5
Winner 2. February 20, 1983 Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA Hard United States Barbara Jordan United States Sherry Acker
United States Ann Henricksson
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 3. November 13, 1983 Ginny Championships, USA Carpet United States Barbara Jordan South Africa Rosalyn Fairbank
United States Candy Reynolds
7–5, 5–7, 3–6
Runner-up 4. August 5, 1984 Newport, Rhode Island, USA Grass South Africa Beverly Mould United States Anna-Maria Fernandez
United States Mareen Louie
5–7, 6–7
Runner-up 5. December 15, 1985 Auckland, New Zealand Grass Argentina Adriana Villagran United Kingdom Anne Hobbs
United States Candy Reynolds
1–6, 3–6
Winner 6. October 12, 1986 Taipei Carpet United States Barbara Gerken United States Gigi Fernández
United States Susan Leo
6–1, 6–2
Runner-up 7. August 2, 1987 Aptos, California, USA Hard United States Barbara Gerken United States Kathy Jordan
United States Robin White
1–6, 0–6
Runner-up 8. November 8, 1987 Little Rock, Arkansas, USA Hard United States Barbara Gerken United States Mary-Lou Daniels
United States Robin White
2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 9. April 17, 1988 Tokyo Outdoor, Japan Hard United States Barbara Gerken United States Gigi Fernández
United States Robin White
1–6, 4–6
Runner-up 10. July 24, 1988 Schenectady, New York, USA Hard United States Cammy MacGregor United States Ann Henricksson
New Zealand Julie Richardson
3–6, 6–3, 5–7


  1. ^ a b "Antonoplis, Lea (USA)". Players – Biography. ITF. Retrieved January 25, 2010. 
  2. ^ Emery, David (1983). Who's who in international tennis. New York: Facts on File Publications. ISBN 0-87196-789-8. 
  3. ^ Jim Bainbridge (1978). 1978 Colgate Series Media Guide. New York: H.O. Zimman Inc. p. 23. 

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