Betty Stöve

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

Betty Stöve
Betty Stove 1966
Betty Stöve in 1966
Full name Betty Flippina Stöve
ITF name Betty Stove
Country (sports)  Netherlands
Residence Brasschaat, Belgium
Born 24 June 1945 (age 73)
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Plays Right-handed
Prize money US$1,047,356
Singles
Career record 190–151
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 5 (3 July 1977)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (1967, 1980)
French Open 3R (1965, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1979)
Wimbledon F (1977)
US Open SF (1977)
Doubles
Career record 0–1
Career titles 75
Highest ranking No. 1
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open SF (1967)
French Open W (1972, 1979)
Wimbledon W (1972)
US Open W (1972, 1977, 1979)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour Finals W (1979)
Mixed doubles
Career titles 4
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open
French Open F (1973, 1981)
Wimbledon W (1978, 1981)
US Open W (1977, 1978)

Career

Stöve 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 to have her best years on the circuit.[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.

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 Navratilova 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 Navratilova. 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, failing to win any of them; the last player in any Grand Slam event to earn such a record.

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 book "Bettie Serveert", meaning "Bettie serves" or "service to Bettie" in Dutch.[2]

Post-retirement activity

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.[3] Stöve speaks six languages and is an accomplished photographer.[1]

Major finals

Betty Stove 1972
Betty Stöve in 1972
Betty Stove 1973
Betty Stöve in 1973

Grand Slam finals

Singles (1 runner-up)

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1977 Wimbledon Grass United Kingdom Virginia Wade 6–4, 3–6, 1–6

Doubles: 14 (6 titles, 8 runner-ups)

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1972 French Open Clay United States Billie Jean King United Kingdom Winnie Shaw
United Kingdom Nell Truman
6–1, 6–2
Win 1972 Wimbledon Grass United States Billie Jean King France Françoise Dürr
Australia Judy Tegart Dalton
6–2, 4–6, 6–3
Win 1972 US Open Grass France Françoise Dürr Australia Margaret Court
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
6–3, 1–6, 6–3
Loss 1973 French Open Clay France Françoise Dürr Australia Margaret Court
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
2–6, 3–6
Loss 1973 Wimbledon Grass France Françoise Dürr United States Rosie Casals
United States Billie Jean King
1–6, 6–4, 5–7
Loss 1974 US Open Grass France Françoise Dürr United States Rosie Casals
United States Billie Jean King
6–7, 7–6, 4–6
Loss 1975 Wimbledon Grass France Françoise Dürr United States Ann Kiyomura
Japan Kazuko Sawamatsu
5–7, 6–1, 5–7
Loss 1976 Wimbledon Grass United States Billie Jean King United States Chris Evert
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
1–6, 6–3, 5–7
Loss 1977 Wimbledon Grass Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova Australia Helen Gourlay
United States JoAnne Russell
3–6, 3–6
Win 1977 US Open (2) Clay Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova United States Renée Richards
United States Betty-Ann Stuart
6–1, 7–6
Win 1979 French Open (2) Clay Australia Wendy Turnbull France Françoise Dürr
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
3–6, 7–5, 6–4
Loss 1979 Wimbledon Grass Australia Wendy Turnbull United States Billie Jean King
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
7–5, 3–6, 2–6
Win 1979 US Open (3) Hard Australia Wendy Turnbull United States Billie Jean King
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
6–4, 6–3
Loss 1980 US Open Hard United States Pam Shriver United States Billie Jean King
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
6–7, 5–7

Mixed doubles: 13 (4 titles, 9 runners-up)

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1971 US Open Grass South Africa Bob Maud Australia Billie Jean King
Australia Owen Davidson
3–6, 5–7
Loss 1973 French Open Clay France Patrice Dominguez France Françoise Dürr
France Jean-Claude Barclay
1–6, 4–6
Loss 1975 Wimbledon Grass Australia Allan Stone Australia Margaret Court
United States Marty Riessen
4–6, 5–7
Loss 1976 US Open Clay South Africa Frew McMillan United States Billie Jean King
Australia Phil Dent
6–3, 2–6, 5–7
Loss 1977 Wimbledon Grass South Africa Frew McMillan South Africa Greer Stevens
Australia Bob Hewitt
6–3, 5–7, 4–6
Win 1977 US Open Clay South Africa Frew McMillan United States Billie Jean King
United States Vitas Gerulaitis
6–2, 3–6, 6–3
Win 1978 Wimbledon Grass South Africa Frew McMillan United States Billie Jean King
Australia Ray Ruffels
6–2, 6–2
Win 1978 US Open (2) Hard South Africa Frew McMillan United States Billie Jean King
Australia Ray Ruffels
6–3, 7–6
Loss 1979 Wimbledon Grass South Africa Frew McMillan South Africa Greer Stevens
Australia Bob Hewitt
5–7, 6–7
Loss 1979 US Open Hard South Africa Frew McMillan South Africa Greer Stevens
Australia Bob Hewitt
3–6, 5–7
Loss 1980 US Open Hard South Africa Frew McMillan Australia Wendy Turnbull
United States Marty Riessen
5–7, 2–6
Loss 1981 French Open Clay United States Fred McNair United States Andrea Jaeger
United States Jimmy Arias
6–7, 4–6
Win 1981 Wimbledon (2) Grass South Africa Frew McMillan United States Tracy Austin
United States John Austin
4–6, 7–6, 6–3

Year-End Championships finals

Doubles: 3 (1 title, 2 runners-up)

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1973 New York City Carpet (i) France Françoise Dürr United States Rosie Casals
Australia Margaret Court
2–6, 4–6
Loss 1974 Los Angeles Carpet (i) France Françoise Dürr United States Rosie Casals
United States Billie Jean King
1–6, 7–6, 5–7
Win 1979 New York City Carpet (i) France Françoise Dürr United Kingdom Sue Barker
United States Ann Kiyomura
7–6, 7–6

Titles (75)

Singles (1)

No. Date Location Surface Opponent Score
1. 27 September 1976 Tokyo, Japan (Sillook Open) Carpet (i) Australia Margaret Court 1–6, 6–4, 6–3

Doubles (75)

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

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
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

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

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e Betty Stove Biography. wtatennis.com
  2. ^ Musician Guide website, Bettie Serveert, accessed 28 March 2011
  3. ^ Hana Mandlíková; Betty Stove (January 1989). Total Tennis: A Guide to the Fundamentals of the Game. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0-7318-0066-7.

External links

Awards
Preceded by
Keetie van Oosten
Dutch Sportswoman of the Year
1977
Succeeded by
Keetie van Oosten

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