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Pam Shriver

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Full name: Pamela Howard Shriver
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Bio Bounding onto the hard courts in New York as a 16-year-old out of Baltimore, Pam Shriver struck a strong emotional chord with the American public by reaching the 1978 US Open Singles final. From that point forward, she established herself as a front-line player who understood percentage tennis as well as anyone. She attacked the net with unwavering persistence. Shriver was one of the greatest doubles players of all time, winning 20 majors with Martina Navratilova, with whom she garnered a Grand Slam in 1984. They were the first female partnership to realize that feat.

Pamela Howard Shriver is an American former professional tennis player known primarily as a doubles specialist with success also as a singles player. She currently is a tennis broadcaster for ESPN. During the 1980s and 1990s, she won 133 top-level titles, including 21 women's singles titles, 111 women's doubles titles and one mixed doubles title at Grand Slam tournaments. She also won a women's doubles gold medal at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul with Zina Garrison as her partner, although her usual doubles partner was Martina Navratilova.

Shriver was well known for her variety, including sharp volleys and all-round solid technique at the net. She also possessed a strong slice forehand and underspin approach, which set her apart from the rest of the women's field but a comparatively weak chip backhand. She was known for being a serve-and-volleyer.

Shriver first came to prominence at the 1978 US Open where, as a 16-year-old amateur, she reached the women's singles final. She defeated the reigning Wimbledon champion, Martina Navratilova, in a semifinal 7–6 (5), 7–6 (3).[1] Shriver then lost to Chris Evert in the final 7–5, 6–4. This early singles achievement proved the pinnacle of her singles success. Shriver also won her first career singles title in 1978 at Columbus, Ohio, yet won a total of just 21 singles titles between 1978 and 1997.

The 1978 US Open final was the only Grand Slam singles final of Shriver's career. She lost the next eight Grand Slam singles semifinals she played, four of them to Navratilova, two to Steffi Graf, and one each to Evert and Hana Mandlíková.

Shriver achieved numerous successes in doubles tournaments with Martina Navratilova, winning 79 women's doubles titles. Shriver won 112 career doubles titles overall and is one of six female players in the open era to have won more than 100 career titles.

Navratilova and Shriver formed one of the all-time great women's doubles teams, capturing seven Australian Open, five Wimbledon, five US Open and four French Open titles. In 1984, the pair captured all four major women's doubles titles, i.e. the Grand Slam. This was part of a record 109-match winning streak between 1983 and 1985. The pair were named the WTA Tour's "Doubles Team of the Year" eight consecutive times from 1981 through 1988 and won the WTA Tour Championships title ten times between 1981 and 1992.

Shriver won another women's doubles Grand Slam title at the US Open in 1991, partnering with Natasha Zvereva. She was also the 1987 French Open mixed doubles winner with Emilio Sánchez. She won all three gold medals (singles, women's doubles, and mixed doubles) at the 1991 Pan American Games in Havana, Cuba.

Shriver reached the World No. 1 doubles ranking in 1985 and held it briefly before relinquishing it again to her playing partner, Navratilova.

Shriver has provided television commentary for ABC, CBS, and ESPN in the United States, the BBC in the United Kingdom, and the Seven Network in Australia. She has been providing coverage of various events since her 1996 retirement.

Pam was inducted into International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2002.
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