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Betty Stöve (born 24 June 1945) is a former Dutch professional tennis player. She is best remembered for reaching the ladies' singles final at Wimbledon in 1977. She also won ten Grand Slam titles in women's doubles and mixed doubles.[1]

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Career[edit]Edit

Stove began playing tennis internationally in the mid 1960s. She made her Grand Slam debut at the 1964 Wimbledon. A virus, complicated by a malfunctioning thyroid gland, forced Stöve out of tennis for an 18-month period in the late 1960s. Despite being advised that she should never play tennis again, Stöve recovered and had her best years on the circuit after that.[1]

Stöve's most notable singles match was the 1977 Wimbledon final, which she lost to Virginia Wade: 4–6, 6–3, 6–1. Queen Elizabeth II attended the final against Wade. This would be the last time she would attend Wimbledon until a second round match between Andy Murray and Jarkko Nieminen on 24 June 2010.

Stöve was also a semifinalist at the 1977 US Open, losing to Chris Evert. She also found success in the 1977 US Open by winning the women's doubles with Martina Navrátilová and the mixed doubles with Frew McMillan.

Stöve had her greatest success in doubles. She won ten Grand Slam doubles championships, six in women's doubles and four in mixed doubles. She won two women's doubles championships with Billie Jean King and two with Wendy Turnbull. Her other two titles were won with Françoise Dürr and Martina Navrátilová. All of her mixed doubles championships were with Frew McMillan. Stöve was the runner-up in seventeen Grand Slam doubles tournaments, eight in women's doubles and nine in mixed doubles.

During her career, Stöve won one singles title and 75 doubles titles. She reached a career high singles rank of World No. 5 in 1977. She was also ranked World No. 1 in doubles.

Stöve competed in and lost all three finals at Wimbledon in 1977.

She competed for the Netherlands Fed Cup team in 1966, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, and 1983.

The Dutch rock band Bettie Serveert is named after her. Bettie Serveert means "Bettie serves".

Post-retirement activity[edit]Edit

Stöve coached Hana Mandlíková from 1980 through 1990. She also coached Kristie Boogert.[1]

Stöve is a former member of the ITF Committee of Management, its first female member.[1]

She received the WTA Tour Honorary Membership Award in November 1987. She served three terms as President of WTA Tour Players Association.

In 1989, Stöve and Mandlíková wrote Total Tennis, a tennis instruction book.[2] Stöve speaks six languages and is an accomplished photographer.[1]

Major finals[edit]Edit

[1][2]Betty Stove in 1972[3][4]Betty Stove in 1973===Grand Slam finals[edit]===

Singles: 1 (0 titles, 1 runner-up)[edit]Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1977 Wimbledon Grass [5]

Virginia Wade

4–6, 6–3, 6–1

Women's doubles: 14 (6 titles, 8 runner-ups)[edit]Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner 1972 French Open Clay [6]

Billie Jean King

[7]

Winnie Shaw [8]Nell Truman

6–1, 6–2
Winner 1972 Wimbledon Grass [9] Billie Jean King [10]

Françoise Dürr [11]Judy Tegart Dalton

6–2, 4–6, 6–3
Winner 1972 US Open Grass [12] Françoise Dürr [13]

Margaret Court [14]Virginia Wade

6–3, 1–6, 6–3
Runner-up 1973 French Open Clay [15] Françoise Dürr [16] Margaret Court

[17] Virginia Wade

6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 1973 Wimbledon Grass [18] Françoise Dürr [19]

Rosie Casals [20] Billie Jean King

6–1, 4–6, 7–5
Runner-up 1974 US Open Grass [21] Françoise Dürr [22] Rosie Casals

[23] Billie Jean King

7–6, 6–7, 6–4
Runner-up 1975 Wimbledon Grass [24] Françoise Dürr [25]

Ann Kiyomura [26]Kazuko Sawamatsu

7–5, 1–6, 7–5
Runner-up 1976 Wimbledon Grass [27] Billie Jean King [28]

Chris Evert [29]Martina Navratilova

6–1, 3–6, 7–5
Runner-up 1977 Wimbledon Grass [30] Martina Navratilova [31]

Helen Gourlay [32]JoAnne Russell

6–3, 6–3
Winner 1977 US Open (2) Clay [33] Martina Navratilova [34]

Renée Richards [35]Betty-Ann Stuart

6–1, 7–6
Winner 1979 French Open (2) Clay [36]

Wendy Turnbull

[37] Françoise Dürr

[38] Virginia Wade

3–6, 7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 1979 Wimbledon Grass [39] Wendy Turnbull [40] Billie Jean King

[41] Martina Navratilova

5–7, 6–3, 6–2
Winner 1979 US Open (3) Hard [42] Wendy Turnbull [43] Billie Jean King

[44] Martina Navratilova

6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 1980 US Open Hard [45]

Pam Shriver

[46] Billie Jean King

[47] Martina Navratilova

7–6, 7–5

Mixed doubles: 13 (4 titles, 9 runner-ups)[edit]Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1971 US Open Grass [48]

Bob Maud

[49]

Billie Jean King [50]Owen Davidson

6–3, 7–5
Runner-up 1973 French Open Clay [51]

Patrice Dominguez

[52]

Françoise Dürr [53]Jean-Claude Barclay

6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 1975 Wimbledon Grass [54]

Allan Stone

[55]

Margaret Court [56]Marty Riessen

6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 1976 US Open Clay [57]

Frew McMillan

[58] Billie Jean King

[59]Phil Dent

3–6, 6–2, 7–5
Runner-up 1977 Wimbledon Grass [60] Frew McMillan [61]

Greer Stevens [62]Bob Hewitt

3–6, 7–5, 6–4
Winner 1977 US Open Clay [63] Frew McMillan [64] Billie Jean King

[65]Vitas Gerulaitis

6–2, 3–6, 6–3
Winner 1978 Wimbledon Grass [66] Frew McMillan [67] Billie Jean King

[68]Ray Ruffels

6–2, 6–2
Winner 1978 US Open (2) Hard [69] Frew McMillan [70] Billie Jean King

[71] Ray Ruffels

6–3, 7–6
Runner-up 1979 Wimbledon Grass [72] Frew McMillan [73] Greer Stevens

[74] Bob Hewitt

7–5, 7–6
Runner-up 1979 US Open Hard [75] Frew McMillan [76] Greer Stevens

[77] Bob Hewitt

6–3, 7–5
Runner-up 1980 US Open Hard [78] Frew McMillan [79]

Wendy Turnbull [80] Marty Riessen

7–5, 6–2
Runner-up 1981 French Open Clay [81]

Fred McNair

[82]

Andrea Jaeger [83]Jimmy Arias

7–6, 6–4
Winner 1981 Wimbledon (2) Grass [84] Frew McMillan [85]

Tracy Austin [86]John Austin

4–6, 7–6, 6–3

Year-End Championships finals[edit]Edit

Doubles: 3 (1 title, 2 runner-ups)[edit]Edit

Outcome Year Location Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1973 New York City Carpet (i) [87]

Françoise Dürr

[88]

Rosie Casals [89]Margaret Court

6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 1974 Los Angeles Carpet (i) [90] Françoise Dürr [91] Rosie Casals

[92]Billie Jean King

6–1, 6–7, 7–5
Winner 1979 New York City Carpet (i) [93] Françoise Dürr [94]

Sue Barker [95]Ann Kiyomura

7–6, 7–6

Titles (75)[edit]Edit

Singles (1)[edit]Edit

No. Date Location Surface Opponent in Final Score in Final
1. 27 September 1976 Tokyo, Japan (Sillook Open) Hard (I) [96]

Margaret Court

1–6, 6–4, 6–3

Doubles (75)[edit]Edit

Grand slam events in boldface.

  • 1971: Monte Carlo (with Katja Ebbinghaus)
  • 1971: Buenos Aires (with Olga Morozova)
  • 1971: Dublin (with Lesley Turner Bowrey)
  • 1971: Hilversum (with Christina Sandberg)
  • 1972: French Open (with Billie Jean King)
  • 1972: Wimbledon (with Billie Jean King)
  • 1972: Newport (with Judy Tegart Dalton)
  • 1972: US Open (with Françoise Dürr)
  • 1973: Miami (with Françoise Dürr)
  • 1973: Hilton Head Island (with Françoise Dürr)
  • 1973: Nashville (with Françoise Dürr)
  • 1973: Allaire (with Françoise Dürr)
  • 1973: Newport (with Françoise Dürr)
  • 1973: Colombus (with Françoise Dürr)
  • 1974: Washington, D.C. (with Billie Jean King)
  • 1974: Fort Lauderdale (with Françoise Dürr)
  • 1974: St. Petersburg (with Olga Morozova)
  • 1974: Orlando (with Françoise Dürr)
  • 1974: Denver (with Françoise Dürr)
  • 1974: Phoenix (with Françoise Dürr)
  • 1975: Washington, D.C. (with Françoise Dürr)
  • 1975: Akron (with Françoise Dürr)
  • 1975: Houston (with Françoise Dürr)
  • 1975: Dallas (with Françoise Dürr)
  • 1975: Philadelphia (with Evonne Goolagong)
  • 1975: Denver (with Françoise Dürr)
  • 1975: Phoenix (with Françoise Dürr)
  • 1975: Stockholm (with Françoise Dürr)
  • 1975: Paris (with Françoise Dürr)
  • 1975: London (with Françoise Dürr)
  • 1976: Sarasota (with Martina Navratilova)
  • 1976: San Francisco (with Billie Jean King)
  • 1976: Philadelphia (with Billie Jean King)
  • 1976: Phoenix (with Billie Jean King)
  • 1976: London (with Virginia Wade)
  • 1976: Sydney (with Martina Navratilova)
  • 1976: Melbourne (with Margaret Court)
  • 1977: Washington, D.C. (with Martina Navratilova)
  • 1977: Hollywood (with Martina Navratilova)
  • 1977: Houston (with Martina Navratilova)
  • 1977: Detroit (with Martina Navratilova)
  • 1977: Dallas (with Martina Navratilova)
  • 1977: New York City, Virginia Slims Champ's (with Martina Navratilova)
  • 1977: Tokyo, Bridgestone Doubles (with Martina Navratilova)
  • 1977: Charlotte (with Martina Navratilova)
  • 1977: US Open (with Martina Navratilova)
  • 1977: Atlanta (with Martina Navratilova)
  • 1977: Melbourne (with Evonne Goolagong)
  • 1978: Los Angeles (with Virginia Wade)
  • 1978: Chicago (with Evonne Goolagong)
  • 1978: Eastbourne (with Chris Evert)
  • 1978: Phoenix (with Tracy Austin)
  • 1978: Brighton (with Virginia Wade)
  • 1978: Filderstadt (with Tracy Austin)
  • 1978: Tokyo, Gunze World (with Martina Navratilova)
  • 1979: Hollywood (with Tracy Austin)
  • 1979: Seattle (with Françoise Dürr)
  • 1979: Detroit (with Wendy Turnbull)
  • 1979: Philadelphia (with Françoise Dürr)
  • 1979: New York City, Avon Champ's (with Françoise Dürr)
  • 1979: Tokyo, Bridgestone Doubles (with Françoise Dürr)
  • 1979: Rome (with Wendy Turnbull)
  • 1979: French Open (with Wendy Turnbull)
  • 1979: Eastbourne (with Wendy Turnbull)
  • 1979: Richmond (with Wendy Turnbull)
  • 1979: Mahwah (with Tracy Austin)
  • 1979: US Open (with Wendy Turnbull)
  • 1979: Atlanta (with Wendy Turnbull)
  • 1979: Phoenix (with Wendy Turnbull)
  • 1979: Stockholm (with Wendy Turnbull)
  • 1980: Chichester (with Pam Shriver)
  • 1980: Filderstadt (with Hana Mandlíková)
  • 1980: Amsterdam (with Hana Mandlíková)
  • 1980: Sydney (with Pam Shriver)
  • 1980: Adelaide (with Pam Shriver)

Grand Slam singles tournament timeline[edit]Edit

Tournament 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 Career SR
Australia A A A 3R A A A A A A A A A A A A A 3R 2R 2R 0 / 4
France A 3R A 2R A A 1R 3R 3R 3R A A A A A 3R 2R 1R 2R 0 / 10
Wimbledon 2R 1R 3R 2R A 2R 2R 2R 4R 1R 1R QF 4R F 4R 4R 3R 2R A 0 / 17
United States 1R A A A A A A 1R 3R 2R 2R 2R 1R SF 4R 2R 1R 1R 1R 0 / 13
SR 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 44
Career statistics
Year End Ranking 22 7 7 8 22 28 123 47

A = did not participate in the tournament.

SR = the ratio of the number of Grand Slam singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played.

Note: The Australian Open was held twice in 1977, in January and December.

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