S. Virginia Wade
S. VIRGINIA WADE

Great Britain
Born 10/7/1945
Australian Open 1972
Wimbledon 1977
US Open 1968

Although English born, Virginia Wade spent much of her childhood in South Africa, where her father was an archdeacon. Wade made her debut at Wimbledon in 1962 and last played in 1985. At the 1968 US Open Wade beat Ann Jones and Billie-Jean King to win her first Grand Slam title. The following year she lost in the semis to Margaret Court. In 1970 she lost in the semis to Rosie Casals. At the 1972 Australian Wade beat Evonne Goolagong to win her second Grand Slam title. Wade finally made her first Wimbledon semi final in 1974, but blew the match against Olga Morozova. Wade had already gained a reputation for being a temperamental player and, although she had proved herself a worthy champion elsewhere, there were many who doubted she could win on home turf at Wimbledon. At the 1975 US Open Wade lost in the semis to Goolagong-Cawley and lost to Goolagong-Cawley again in the 1976 Wimbledon semis. At Wimbledon 1977, the centenary championships, Wade beat Chris Evert in a tough semi before overcoming Betty Stove in the final to the joy of the crowd. The Queen, making a rare trip to Wimbledon in her silver jubilee year, presented Virginia with the trophy as the crowd sang "for she's a jolly good fellow". This was one of Wimbledon's golden moments and was Britain's last Grand Slam singles success for many years. Wade turned 32 just after the event and, despite reaching the semis the following year (losing to Evert), her best years were behind her. She finally retired in 1985 aged 40.

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