Valerie Ziegenfuss

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Valerie Ziegenfuss
Country (sports)  United States
Residence U.S.
Born (1949-06-29) June 29, 1949 (age 69)
San Diego, California
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) [1]
Plays Right-handed
Career record 25–44
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open 4R (1972)
Wimbledon 3R (1970, 1973, 1975, 1976)
US Open 3R (1969, 1975)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games 1R (1968-d, 1968-e)
Career record 45–42
Career titles 6
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open 3R (1971)
Wimbledon SF (1969, 1971)
US Open SF (1969. 1971)
Mixed doubles
Career record 10–9
Career titles 0
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open QF (1976)
Wimbledon 4R (1970, 1971)
US Open 2R (1972)
Other mixed doubles tournaments
Olympic Games QF (1968-d)

Valerie Bradshaw (née Ziegenfuss; June 29, 1949) is an American former female professional tennis player. She started off as an amateur player at the beginning of the 1970s before turning professional.

She is most famous for being one of the so-called "Original 9" along with eight of her fellow players[1], who rebelled against the United States Tennis Association in 1970.[2] Their actions brought about the creation of a new tennis tour, the Virginia Slims Circuit, which was the basis for the WTA Tour.[3]

During her career she reached the fourth round at the French Open (in 1972) and the US Open on two occasions (1969 and 1975). She reached one singles final the Virginia Slims of Oklahoma in 1972. She had far more success in doubles tournament, with twelve doubles final appearances, including six tournament victories.

She won a bronze medal in doubles in the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City partnering with Jane Bartkowicz.

Career review[edit]

"Original 9"[edit]

In 1970 the top women tennis players started to become frustrated at the lack of equality within tennis in terms of prize money on offer for male and female players.[3] The publisher Gladys Heldman (founder of "World Tennis" magazine) offered up $5,000 of her own money which would allow the players to negotiate their own contracts. Ziegenfuss and the other players, including Billie Jean King and Rosie Casals, signed $1 contracts in the summer of 1970 and formed their own tour, the Virginia Slims Circuit.[2]

WTA Tour finals[edit]

Singles 1[edit]

Grand Slam 0
WTA Championships 0
Tier I 0
Tier II 0
Tier III 0
Tier IV & V 0
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. February 15, 1972 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA Hard United States Rosie Casals 4–6, 1–6

Doubles 10 (6-4)[edit]

Grand Slam 0
WTA Championships 0
Tier I 0
Tier II 0
Tier III 0
Tier IV & V 0
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 27 May 1967 La Jolla, California, USA Hard United States Stephanie Grant United States Jane Bartkowicz
United States Sue Shrader
8–6, 9–7
Runner-up 2. 26 October 1968 Mexico City Olympics (Exhibition), Mexico Clay United States Peaches Bartkowicz France Rosy Darmon
United States Julie Heldman
0–6, 8–10
Winner 3. 1969 Cincinnati, Ohio, USA Hard Australia Kerry Harris United States Emilie Burrer
United States Pam Richmond
6–3, 9–7
Winner 4. 18 March 1971 Detroit, Michigan, USA Carpet United States Mary-Ann Eisel United States Jane Bartkowicz
Australia Judy Tegart Dalton
2–6, 6–2, 6–3
Winner 5. 20 February 1972 Washington, D.C., USA Carpet United States Wendy Overton Australia Judy Tegart Dalton
France Françoise Dürr
7–5, 6–2
Runner-up 6. 5 June 1972 Hamburg, Germany Clay United States Wendy Overton West Germany Helga Masthoff
West Germany Heide Orth
6–3, 6–2, 0–6
Runner-up 7. 15 January 1973 San Francisco, California, USA Hard United States Wendy Overton Australia Margaret Court
Australia Lesley Hunt
1–6, 5-7
Winner 8. 22 November 1976 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard United States Laura duPont South Africa Yvonne Vermaak
South Africa Elizabeth Vlotman
6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 9. 9 January 1977 Washington, D.C., USA Carpet United States Kristien Shaw Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
Netherlands Betty Stöve
5–7, 2–6
Winner 10. 5 November 1978 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay France Françoise Dürr United States Laura duPont
Czechoslovakia Regina Maršíková
1–6, 6–4, 6–3


  1. ^ Bostic, Stephanie, ed. (1979). USTA Player Records 1978. United States Tennis Association (USTA). p. 268. 
  2. ^ "The Tour Story – One of the greatest stories in sport". Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. Archived from the original on February 18, 2009. Retrieved 10 May 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Araton, Harvey (29 August 2000). "Following in the path of a pioneer". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 May 2009. 


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