English Tennis Player Virginia Wade
Sarah Virginia Wade was born in Bournemouth, Hampshire, U.K on the 10th of July, 1945. Her parents moved to South Africa when she was just one and it is where she learned to play tennis. She holds three singles titles at Grand Slam and four Grand Slam Doubles titles. In 1977, she won the Wimbledon women’s singles title and was the last woman hailing from Britain to have won a singles title in a Grand Slam tournament. She played her first professional tennis match in 1968 and retired in 1986. She also coached after retirement for a period of four years and serve as a commentator with BBC providing tennis coverage from 1981.
Wade won her first US Open title the year she started her professional career in 1968 against Billie Jean King. Her next Grand Slam win came over Australian Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1972 in the Australian Open. Wade won the Wimbledon singles title in 1977 which was the events centenary year defeating last year’s champion Chris Evert. Wade won a total of 55 singles professional titles and was ranked among the top ten tennis players from 1967 to 1979. Her career best singles rank came on 3rd November, 1975 when she was ranked world’s No.2. She was also ranked as world’s No. 1 Doubles rank in 1973 after winning the Australian Open and the French open doubles final in 1973 along with the US Open in 1973 and 1975. She won all these games paired with Margaret Smith Court. She was also the finalist of the Wimbledon doubles final in 1970. After a long 26 year career she finally retired from singles matches in 1985 and then from the doubles in 1986.