Pat Walkden

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Pat Walkden
Full name Patricia Molly Walkden-Pretorius
Country (sports) South Africa South Africa
Born (1946-02-12) 12 February 1946 (age 70)
Bulawayo, Rhodesia
Plays Right–handed
Singles
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open 4R (1967, 1968)
Wimbledon 4R (1969)
US Open 3R (1970)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open F (1967)
Wimbledon SF (1970)
US Open SF (1967)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open QF (1969)
Wimbledon SF (1972)
US Open 3R (1970)
Team competitions
Fed Cup W (1972)

Patricia 'Pat' Molly Walkden-Pretorius (born 12 February 1946) is a former South African female tennis player.[1]

Walkden was a runner–up in the 1967 French Championships doubles event, partnering compatriot Annette du Plooy. They lost the final in straight sets to Françoise Dürr and Gail Sherriff.[2]

Her best singles result at a Grand Slam tournament was reaching the fourth round at the 1967 French Championships, the 1968 French Open and the 1969 Wimbledon Championships.

She played for the South African Fed Cup team in 15 ties between 1966 and 1974 comprising a record of 17 wins and 11 losses. She was part of the South African team that won the Federation Cup in 1972 after a victory in the final over Great Britain at Ellis Park in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Career finals[edit]

Singles: 3 (3 runner-ups)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 15 July 1972 Dublin, Ireland Grass Australia Evonne Goolagong 6–2, 1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 2. 19 May 1973 Lee-on-Solent, UK Clay Australia Evonne Goolagong 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 3. 17 June 1973 Hamburg, West Germany Clay West Germany Helga Masthoff 4–6, 1–6

Doubles: 13 (3 titles, 10 runner-ups)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 3 June 1967 French Open, France Clay South Africa Annette du Plooy France Françoise Dürr
France Gail Sherriff
2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 2. 19 May 1968 Rome, Italy Clay South Africa Annette du Plooy Australia Margaret Court
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
2–6, 5–7
Runner-up 3. 19 July 1970 Cincinnati, US Clay Australia Helen Gourlay United States Rosie Casals
France Gail Chanfreau
10–12, 1–6
Runner-up 4. 16 August 1970 Toronto, Canada Clay Australia Helen Gourlay United States Rosie Casals
Australia Margaret Court
0–6, 1–6
Runner-up 5. 24 June 1972 London (Queens), UK Grass South Africa Brenda Kirk United States Rosie Casals
United States Billie Jean King
7–5, 0–6, 2–6
Winner 1. 15 July 1972 Dublin, Ireland Grass South Africa Brenda Kirk Australia Evonne Goolagong
Australia Karen Krantzcke
6–3, 8–10, 6–2
Runner-up 6. 22 July 1972 Hoylake, UK Grass South Africa Brenda Kirk Australia Evonne Goolagong
Australia Helen Gourlay
divided the prize
because of rain
Runner-up 7. 6 August 1972 Cincinnati, US Clay South Africa Brenda Kirk Australia Margaret Court
Australia Evonne Goolagong
4–6, 1–6
Runner-up 8. 20 August 1972 Toronto, Canada Clay South Africa Brenda Kirk Australia Margaret Court
Australia Evonne Goolagong
6–3, 3–6, 5–7
Runner-up 9. 27 August 1972 Haverford (Merion), US Grass South Africa Brenda Kirk United Kingdom Virginia Wade
United States Sharon Walsh
6–3, 3–6, 5–7
Winner 2. 29 July 1973 Cleveland, US Hard South Africa Ilana Kloss United States Janice Metcalf
United States Laurie Tenney
1–6, 7–6, 6–1
Runner-up 10. 5 August 1973 Atlantic City, US South Africa Ilana Kloss United States Chris Evert
United States Marita Redondo
4–6, 4–6
Winner 3. 12 August 1973 Cincinnati, US Clay South Africa Ilana Kloss Australia Evonne Goolagong
Australia Janet Young
7–6, 3–6, 6–2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WTA – Player profile". WTA. 
  2. ^ Bud Collins (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. p. 402. ISBN 978-0942257700. 

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