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Wendy Turnbull

tennis player
Born November 26, 1952 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Height 5'5" (165 cm)
Weight 126 lbs (57 kg)
Plays Right-handed
Bio Wendy Turnbull, MBE, is a retired Australian professional tennis player. During her career, she won 9 Grand Slam titles, 4 of them in women's doubles and 5 of them in mixed doubles. She also was a 3-time Grand Slam singles runner-up and won 10 singles titles and 55 doubles titles.

Turnbull turned professional in 1975. Her career high rankings were third in singles and fifth in doubles. She was ranked in the year-end world top 20 for ten consecutive years (1977 through 1986) and in the year-end world top 10 for eight consecutive years from 1977 to 1984. She was nicknamed "Rabbit" by her peers because of her foot speed around the court.

Turnbull was a singles runner-up at the 1977 US Open, the 1979 French Open, and the 1980 Australian Open. She won four women's doubles titles and five mixed doubles titles at Grand Slam events.

She was a 12-time runner-up in Grand Slam doubles events: eleven times in women's doubles and one time in mixed doubles. Nine of her eleven women's doubles losses were to teams that included Martina Navratilova.

Turnbull teamed with Elizabeth Smylie to win the bronze medal in women's doubles at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. She is one of very few players to have a winning record against Steffi Graf and leads 2–1 in head-to-head matches.

Turnbull was a member of Australia's Fed Cup team from 1977 through 1988, compiling a 46–16 overall win–loss record (17–8 in singles and 29–8 in doubles). She was the captain or coach of the team from 1985 through 1993.

In 1979, the Supersisters trading card set was produced and distributed; one of the cards featured Turnbull's name and picture.

Turnbull was appointed to the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Olympic Committee in 1991, the only player appointed to the committee. She also serves on the ITF's Fed Cup Committee.

Wendy Turnbull was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1984. In December 1993, the city of Brisbane named a public park in her honour. She was inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in 2009.
Tournament AO RG W US Win-Loss
1970 R32 A A A 1-1
1971 A A A A 0-0
1972 R16 A R128 A 1-2
1973 R16 R64 R32 A 4-3
1974 R32 A R64 A 2-2
1975 R16 A R128 A 2-2
1976 R16 R16 R32 R128 5-4
1977 A A R64 RU 7-2
1978 A A R16 SF 8-2
1979 A RU QF R32 11-3
1980 RU QF QF R32 14-4
1981 SF A QF R32 10-3
1982 QF A R16 R16 9-3
1983 QF A R16 R32 8-3
1984 SF A R16 SF 12-3
1985 R16 A R32 R16 7-3
1986 A A R128 QF 4-2
1987 R16 A R64 R64 5-3
1988 A A R128 R128 0-2
1989 R128 A R64 A 1-2
Win-Loss 32-14 10-4 34-18 35-13 111-49