Kathleen Horvath

Erica Kathleen "Kathy" Horvath (born August 25, 1965) is a retired American professional tennis player.

Kathleen Horvath
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceShort Hills, New Jersey
Born (1965-08-25) August 25, 1965 (age 55)
Chicago, Illinois
Height5 ft 6 12 in (1.69 m)
Turned pro1981
Retired1989
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$220,905
Singles
Career record176–154
Career titles6
Highest rankingNo. 10 (June 11, 1984)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (1989)
French OpenQF (1983, 1984)
Wimbledon3R (1986)
US Open3R (1981, 1986)
Doubles
Career record150–132
Career titles3
Highest rankingNo. 45 (September 12, 1988)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (1989)
French OpenSF (1982, 1984)
Wimbledon3R (1982)
US Open3R (1985)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open1R (1989)
French OpenSF (1981)
Wimbledon1R (1986)
US OpenSF (1985)

CareerEdit

She was the youngest player to play in the US Open in 1979 at 14 years and five days — this record still stands. Horvath was the youngest player to win the U.S. National 16 and under in 1979.[1] She also is the only player to ever win all four age groups in the U.S. Girls Clay Courts in all consecutive years.

Horvath played on the WTA Tour from 1981 to 1989, winning six singles titles and reaching a career-high ranking of world No. 10 in 1984.[2][1] She reached the quarterfinals at the French Open in 1983 and 1984. She retired with a 176–154 singles record.[3]

Horvath was the only player to defeat Martina Navratilova in the 1983 season (at the French Open), winning in the fourth round in three sets.[1] Navratilova's coaches (Renee Richards and Nancy Lieberman) argued in the stands over strategy, something Navratilova noticed during the match.[4]

Horvath had career victories over Navratilova, Andrea Jaeger, Manuela Maleeva, Gabriela Sabatini, Dianne Fromholtz, Claudia Kohde-Kilsch, Mary Joe Fernández, Betty Stöve, and Sylvia Hanika. She was a member of the 1984 United States Fed Cup team. Horvath played in the 1984 Olympics when tennis was reintroduced as a demonstration sport and was the first seed. She was coached by Harry Hopman and Nick Bollettieri.

After her tennis career, she got her BS and MBA at the Wharton School of Business and then worked on Wall Street until 2003.

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles 9: (6–3)Edit

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Virginia Slims, Avon, other (6–3)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (2–3)
Carpet (4–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 25 January 1981 Montreal Carpet (i)   Candy Reynolds 6–4, 7–6
Winner 2. 6 March 1983 Nashville Carpet (i)   Marcela Skuherská 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 1. 23 May 1983 Berlin Clay   Chris Evert-Lloyd 4–6, 6–7(1–7)
Winner 3. 13 November 1983 Honolulu Carpet   Carling Bassett 4–6, 6–2, 7–6(7–1)
Runner-up 2. 29 January 1984 Marco Island Clay   Bonnie Gadusek 6–3, 0–6, 4–6
Runner-up 3. 20 May 1984 Berlin Clay   Claudia Kohde-Kilsch 6–7(8–10), 1–6
Winner 4. 10 March 1985 Indianapolis Carpet (i)   Elise Burgin 6–2, 6–4
Winner 5. 31 March 1985 Palm Beach Gardens Clay   Petra Jauch-Delhees 3–6, 6–3, 6–3
Winner 6. 12 July 1987 Knokke Clay   Bettina Bunge 6–1, 7–6(7–5)

Doubles 9: (3–6)Edit

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Virginia Slims (3–6)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (2–6)
Carpet (1–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 9 May 1982 Perugia Clay   Yvonne Vermaak   Billie Jean King
  Ilana Kloss
2–6, 6–4, 7–6
Winner 2. 7 August 1983 Indianapolis Clay   Virginia Ruzici   Gigi Fernández
  Beth Herr
4–6, 7–6, 6–2
Runner-up 1. 20 May 1984 Berlin Clay   Virginia Ruzici   Anne Hobbs
  Candy Reynolds
3–6, 6–4, 6–7(11–13)
Runner-up 2. 27 May 1984 Perugia Clay   Virginia Ruzici   Iva Budařová
  Helena Suková
6–7(5–7), 6–1, 4–6
Winner 3. 10 March 1985 Indianapolis Carpet (i)   Elise Burgin   Jennifer Mundel
  Molly Van Nostrand
6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 3. 28 April 1985 Orlando Clay   Elise Burgin   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
3–6, 1–6
Runner-up 4. 24 May 1987 Strasbourg Clay   Marcella Mesker   Jana Novotná
  Catherine Suire
0–6, 2–6
Runner-up 5. 12 July 1987 Knokke Clay   Marcella Mesker   Bettina Bunge
  Manuela Maleeva
6–4, 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 6. 5 October 1987 Athens Clay   Dinky Van Rensburg   Andrea Betzner
  Judith Wiesner
4–6, 6–7(0–7)

Grand Slam singles performance timelineEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
Tournament 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 Career SR
Australian Open A A A A A A A NH A A 1R 0 / 1
French Open A 2R 3R 3R QF QF 3R 1R 1R 1R A 0 / 9
Wimbledon A A A 1R A 2R A 3R 1R 1R A 0 / 5
US Open 2R 2R 3R A 2R 1R 1R 3R 1R A A 0 / 8
SR 0 / 1 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 1 0 / 23
Year-end ranking NR NR 28 49 15 29 50 47 37 85 218

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c John Barrett, ed. (1985). The International Tennis Federation : World of Tennis 1985. London: Willow Books. p. 331. ISBN 0002181703.
  2. ^ "WTA Tour".
  3. ^ "ITF Kathy Horvath (USA)". Retrieved 2011-12-05.
  4. ^ Cindy Shmerler (June 3, 2017). "The Tennis Mom Who Put the Blemish in Martina Navratilova's 86-1 Record". The New York Times.

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