Wendy Turnbull was born on November 26, 1952 in Australia. The retired player was also known to have the name of ‘Rabbit’ which was associated with the speed she had in the courts. Her professional career started in the year 1975. She was the only player to be appointed in the International Tennis Federation Olympic Committee in the year 1991. Moreover, her achievements are also used to serve the ITF’s Fed Cup committee. In Brisbane, a public park was inaugurated in the name of Wendy Turnbull in 1993. In 1984, Turnbull was appointed as a member of the Order of the British Empire. Her achievements also led her to enter the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in the year 2009.
Turnbull reached the finals of the Grand Slam Singles Championships and was ranked to be the third best player for a period of 1977 to 1985. The singles and doubles titles at the WTA tour is also a star in her career history. She was also a successful player in doubles tournaments and has the title to earn 9 Grand Slam Ladies Doubles as well as Mixed Doubles t the Wimbledon, US Open and French Open. She also managed to reach the finals of the three tournaments in which she lost the singles but, won Mixed Doubles and Ladies Doubles Championship. Her achievements include 55 doubles and 13 singles title. She also won a Bronze medal in the Seoul Olympics held in 1988 in the Ladies Doubles match. In 1983, she was awarded as Australia’s “Sportswoman of the Year”.
Going 6-0 in a particular game is easy but to go 6-0 in order to win the match is not easy. Tennis requires some excellent control in order to give no chance to the opponent to play serve of the serving player. Not many tennis players enjoy the flavor of whitewash in tennis. As for the Australian Open, six men tennis players and 13 women tennis players have been able to do a complete whitewash in one match to claim the victory. Here is the list of famous male and female tennis players who won the Australian Open singles title with a whitewash:
Whitewash result for men’s singles title in Australian Open (6-0, 6-0, and 6-0)
This record has been set by six famous male tennis players so far in Australian Open:
1) Famous male tennis player James Anderson in the first round of Australian Open 1925
2) Famous male tennis player Fred Perry in the quarter final of Australian Open 1935
3) Famous male tennis player John Bromwich in the first round of Australian Open 1949
4) Famous male tennis player Neale Fraser in the first round of Australian Open 1953
5) Famous male tennis player Martin Mulligan in the first round of Australian Open 1960
6) Famous male tennis player Richard Russel in the first round of Australian Open 1966
Whitewash result for women singles title in Australian Open (6-0, 6-0)
For this, 13 female tennis player claimed this whitewash, out of which four women did the whitewash in the 1998 Australian Open Grand Slam. In the same year, Mary Pierce achieved the feat twice due to her whitewash. Wendy Turnbull achieved this feat 3 times and Margaret Court achieved it four times.