Belinda Cordwell

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Belinda Cordwell
Country (sports)  New Zealand
Residence Wairarapa, New Zealand
Born (1965-09-21) 21 September 1965 (age 52)
Wellington, New Zealand
Turned pro 19 July 1982
Retired 23 September 1991
Plays Left-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money US$ 310,585
Singles
Career record 157–120
Career titles 1 WTA, 5 ITF
Highest ranking No. 17 (4 December 1989)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open SF (1989)
French Open 1R (1986)
Wimbledon 3R (1987, 1988)
US Open 3R (1985)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games 1R (1988)
Doubles
Career record 122–99
Career titles 2 WTA, 12 ITF
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 3R (1987, 1989)
French Open 1R (1986)
Wimbledon 3R (1987)
US Open 2R (1987, 1988, 1990)

Belinda Jane Cordwell (born 21 September 1965) is a sports commentator and a former professional tennis player from New Zealand, who represented her native country at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. There she lost in the first round of the women's singles competition to Great Britain's Sara Gomer.

Biography[edit]

During her career Cordwell won one WTA singles title (at Singapore) and two WTA doubles titles (at Singapore & Tokyo). Cordwell reached her highest individual ranking on the WTA Tour on 4 December 1989, when she became No. 17 ranked in the world. Her most notable result was reaching the semifinals of the Australian Open in 1989, where she lost to Helena Suková. After retiring Cordwell has worked as a television tennis commentator for One Sport and Sky Sport.

Career finals[edit]

Singles (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Result No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1. February 1989 Auckland, New Zealand Hard United States Patty Fendick 2–6, 0–6
Win 1. April 1989 Singapore, Singapore Hard Japan Akiko Kijimuta 6–1, 6–0

Doubles (2 titles, 3 runner-ups)[edit]

Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1. October 1985 Tokyo, Japan Hard Australia Julie Richardson Peru Laura Gildemeister
United States Beth Herr
6–4, 6–4
Loss 2. February 1988 Wellington, New Zealand Hard Australia Julie Richardson United States Patty Fendick
Canada Jill Hetherington
3–6, 3–6
Loss 3. April 1988 Taipei, Taiwan Carpet (i) Australia Julie Richardson United States Patty Fendick
United States Ann Henricksson
2–6, 6–2, 2–6
Loss 4. June 1988 Eastbourne, England Grass South Africa Dinky Van Rensburg West Germany Eva Pfaff
Australia Elizabeth Smylie
4–6, 6–7
Win 5. April 1989 Singapore, Singapore Hard Australia Elizabeth Smylie United States Ann Henricksson
United States Beth Herr
6–7(6–8), 6–2, 6–1

ITF Finals[edit]

Singles finals: (5–1)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Location Surface Opponent in final Score
Winner 1. 10 October 1983 Newcastle, Australia Grass United States Dee Ann Hansel 6–1, 6–2
Winner 2. 25 February 1985 Tasmania, Australia Hard United States Rebeca Bryant 4–6, 6–3, 7–6
Runner–up 3. 11 March 1985 Adelaide, Australia Hard Australia Louise Field 3–6, 1–6
Winner 4. 29 April 1985 Canberra, Australia Grass United States Rebeca Bryant 6–2, 4–6, 6–4
Winner 5. 16 March 1987 Canberra, Australia Hard Norway Amy Jönsson Raaholt 6–3, 6–2
Winner 6. 30 March 1987 Adelaide, Australia Hard Australia Louise Field 6–0, 4–6, 6–4

Doubles finals: (12–5)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Location Surface Partnering Opponent in final Score
Winner 1. 28 May 1984 Flemington, United States Hard New Zealand Julie Richardson United States Beverly Bowes
United States Becky Callan
6–0, 6–1
Winner 2. 25 June 1984 Chatham, United States Hard New Zealand Julie Richardson United States Rebeca Bryant
United States Aschara Maranon
6–2, 6–0
Runner–up 3. 2 July 1984 Detroit, United States Hard United States Rebeca Bryant United States Patty Fendick
United States Linda Howell
4–6, 6–7
Winner 4. 9 July 1984 West Palm Beach, United States Clay New Zealand Julie Richardson United States Patty Fendick
United States Linda Howell
7–6, 6–7, 6–3
Winner 5. 30 July 1984 Delray Beach, United States Hard New Zealand Julie Richardson United States Linda Gates
United States Cynthia MacGregor
7–5, 6–0
Runner–up 6. 8 October 1984 Wyong, Australia Grass Australia Colleen Carney Sweden Stina Almgren
Australia Helen Olsson
5–7, 5–7
Winner 7. 15 October 1984 Newcastle, United States Grass New Zealand Julie Richardson Australia Amanda Tobin
Australia Annette Gulley
6–3, 6–2
Winner 8. 22 October 1984 Sydney, Australia Clay New Zealand Julie Richardson Australia Jackie Masters
New Zealand Michele Parun
6–0, 6–2
Runner–up 9. 22 October 1984 Sydney, Australia Grass New Zealand Julie Richardson United States Diane Farrell
Australia Annette Gulley
3–6, 3–6
Winner 10. 11 March 1985 Adelaide, Australia Hard New Zealand Julie Richardson Australia Louise Field
Australia Janine Thompson
6–2, 2–6, 6–2
Runner–up 11. 30 September 1985 Chiba, Japan Hard New Zealand Julie Richardson Brazil Niege Dias
Brazil Patricia Medrado
6–4, 4–6, 4–6
Winner 12. 6 October 1986 Chiba, Japan Hard Australia Michelle Jaggard-Lai Japan Kumiko Okamoto
Japan Naoko Sato
6–2, 7–6(3)
Runner–up 13. 3 November 1986 Matsuyama, Japan Hard United States Wendy Wood Indonesia Yayuk Basuki
Indonesia Suzanna Wibowo
6–0, 4–6, 2–6
Winner 14. 23 March 1987 Melbourne, Australia Hard Australia Louise Field Australia Colleen Carney
Sweden Anna-Karin Olsson
6–2, 3–6, 6–3
Winner 15. 30 March 1987 Adelaide, Australia Hard Australia Louise Field Australia Colleen Carney
Australia Alison Scott
6–1, 1–6, 6–4
Winner 16. 8 August 1988 York, United States Hard Australia Kristine Kunce United States Allyson Ingram
United States Jennifer Young
6–3, 6–1
Winner 17. 25 September 1989 Chiba, Japan Hard New Zealand Julie Richardson Japan Ei Iida
Japan Maya Kidowaki
6–7, 4–6

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