Popular Tennis Player Helga Niessen

Helga Niessen

Born on the 11th of November, 1941, Helga Niessen was a former professional German tennis player born in Essen, Germany. Her career best performance includes the Grand Slam singles in which she managed to reach the finals but lost to Margaret Court by 2 sets. Bud Collins ranked Helga Niessen Masthoff to be among the top ten players in the year 1970, 1971 as well as 1973. These years gave her the highest ranking of being the 6th best tennis player among the world players.

She also holds the title to win the German title for three consecutive times in the years 1972, 1973 and 1974. She defeated Martina Navratilova in the final match of 1974 by three sets. In the year 1971, Helga Niessen was the runner up contestant in the same tournament and lost the game against Billie Jean King by two sets. In the Mexico City Olympic Games held in the year 1968 in which tennis was introduced as a demonstration sport, Helga Niessen won the title of both the singles and doubles titles with Edda Buding and won gold and silver medals in mixed doubles with her teammate Jurgen Fabbunder. In the 1976 French Open tournament, Masthoff was partnered with Kathy Harter and reached the final match of the women’s doubles match. She lost the game by three sets. The German tennis player also played for the west Germany’s Fed Cup team from the years 1965 to 1967 and then in 1969 and 1970 and them throughout 1972 to 1977. The win loss record of her career is 15 – 8 in doubles and 23 – 10, 38 – 18 in singles.

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