Betty Stöve (born 24 June 1945) is a Dutch former 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.
Betty Stöve in 1966
|Full name||Betty Flippina Stöve|
|ITF name||Betty Stove|
|Born|| 24 June 1945
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Highest ranking||No. 5 (3 July 1977)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||3R (1967, 1980)|
|French Open||3R (1965, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1979)|
|US Open||SF (1977)|
|Highest ranking||No. 1|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||SF (1967)|
|French Open||W (1972, 1979)|
|US Open||W (1972, 1977, 1979)|
|Other doubles tournaments|
|Tour Finals||W (1979)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|French Open||F (1973, 1981)|
|Wimbledon||W (1978, 1981)|
|US Open||W (1977, 1978)|
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.
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.
Stöve is a former member of the ITF Committee of Management, its first female member.
She received the WTA Tour Honorary Membership Award in November 1987. She served three terms as President of WTA Tour Players Association.
|Loss||1977||Wimbledon||Grass||Virginia Wade||6–4, 3–6, 1–6|
|Win||1972||French Open||Clay||Billie Jean King|| Winnie Shaw
|Win||1972||Wimbledon||Grass||Billie Jean King|| Françoise Dürr
Judy Tegart Dalton
|6–2, 4–6, 6–3|
|Win||1972||US Open||Grass||Françoise Dürr|| Margaret Court
|6–3, 1–6, 6–3|
|Loss||1973||French Open||Clay||Françoise Dürr|| Margaret Court
|Loss||1973||Wimbledon||Grass||Françoise Dürr|| Rosie Casals
Billie Jean King
|1–6, 6–4, 5–7|
|Loss||1974||US Open||Grass||Françoise Dürr|| Rosie Casals
Billie Jean King
|6–7, 7–6, 4–6|
|Loss||1975||Wimbledon||Grass||Françoise Dürr|| Ann Kiyomura
|5–7, 6–1, 5–7|
|Loss||1976||Wimbledon||Grass||Billie Jean King|| Chris Evert
|1–6, 6–3, 5–7|
|Loss||1977||Wimbledon||Grass||Martina Navratilova|| Helen Gourlay
|Win||1977||US Open (2)||Clay||Martina Navratilova|| Renée Richards
|Win||1979||French Open (2)||Clay||Wendy Turnbull|| Françoise Dürr
|3–6, 7–5, 6–4|
|Loss||1979||Wimbledon||Grass||Wendy Turnbull|| Billie Jean King
|7–5, 3–6, 2–6|
|Win||1979||US Open (3)||Hard||Wendy Turnbull|| Billie Jean King
|Loss||1980||US Open||Hard||Pam Shriver|| Billie Jean King
|Loss||1971||US Open||Grass||Bob Maud|| Billie Jean King
|Loss||1973||French Open||Clay||Patrice Dominguez|| Françoise Dürr
|Loss||1975||Wimbledon||Grass||Allan Stone|| Margaret Court
|Loss||1976||US Open||Clay||Frew McMillan|| Billie Jean King
|6–3, 2–6, 5–7|
|Loss||1977||Wimbledon||Grass||Frew McMillan|| Greer Stevens
|6–3, 5–7, 4–6|
|Win||1977||US Open||Clay||Frew McMillan|| Billie Jean King
|6–2, 3–6, 6–3|
|Win||1978||Wimbledon||Grass||Frew McMillan|| Billie Jean King
|Win||1978||US Open (2)||Hard||Frew McMillan|| Billie Jean King
|Loss||1979||Wimbledon||Grass||Frew McMillan|| Greer Stevens
|Loss||1979||US Open||Hard||Frew McMillan|| Greer Stevens
|Loss||1980||US Open||Hard||Frew McMillan|| Wendy Turnbull
|Loss||1981||French Open||Clay||Fred McNair|| Andrea Jaeger
|Win||1981||Wimbledon (2)||Grass||Frew McMillan|| Tracy Austin
|4–6, 7–6, 6–3|
|Loss||1973||New York City||Carpet (i)||Françoise Dürr|| Rosie Casals
|Loss||1974||Los Angeles||Carpet (i)||Françoise Dürr|| Rosie Casals
Billie Jean King
|1–6, 7–6, 5–7|
|Win||1979||New York City||Carpet (i)||Françoise Dürr|| Sue Barker
|1.||27 September 1976||Tokyo, Japan (Sillook Open)||Carpet (i)||Margaret Court||1–6, 6–4, 6–3|
Grand slam events in boldface.
|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|
|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.
Keetie van Oosten
|Dutch Sportswoman of the Year
Keetie van Oosten