Dianne Fromholtz

Dianne Fromholtz

Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat
Full name Dianne Lee Fromholtz Balestrat
Country (sports) Australia
Residence Melbourne, Australia
Born (1956-08-10) 10 August 1956
Albury, Australia
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Turned pro 1973
Retired 1990
Plays Left-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money US$1,145,377
Singles
Career record 429–223[1]
Career titles 23[2]
Highest ranking No. 4 (19 March 1979)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open F (Jan. 1977)
French Open SF (1979, 1980)
Wimbledon QF (1979, 1987)
US Open SF (1976)
Doubles
Career record 134–141
Career titles 6
Highest ranking No. 56 (14 September 1987)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (1977)
French Open SF (1979)
Wimbledon QF (1979)
US Open QF (1979)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open QF (1987, 1988)
French Open SF (1975)
Wimbledon F (1980)
US Open 2R (1983)

Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat (born 10 August 1956) is an Australian former professional tennis player.

Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat in Wimbledon Mixed Doubles with Tom Okker in the background; 1985

Career

Balestrat began playing tennis at the age of seven. She left school at the age of 16 to play in international tournaments. She turned pro in 1973 and joined the WTA Tour.

At the age of 17 she already actively participated in the professional tennis circuit, winning the singles title at a dozen tournaments in 1973, although the rules at the time did not permit prize money to be paid out to participants under 18 years of age.[3]

She reached the finals of the Australian Open in January 1977, losing to fellow Australian Kerry Melville Reid. She was a semifinalist twice at the French Open, in 1979 and 1980. She also reached the semifinals of the US Open in 1976.

Balestrat won 23 singles titles[2] and reached a career-high ranking of World No. 4 in 1979. Partnering with Helen Gourlay Cawley, she won the Australian Open women's doubles in January 1977. She had career wins over Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King, Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Margaret Court, Virginia Wade, Pam Shriver, and Gabriela Sabatini. She holds an 8–7 career record over King.

On 30 August 2000, Balestrat was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for her strong commitment to tennis.[4]

Grand Slam finals

Singles: (1 runner-ups)

Outcome Year Championship Year Opponent Score
Runner-up 1977 (Jan.) Australian Open Grass Kerry Melville Reid 7–5, 6–2

Doubles: (1 title)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1977 (Jan.) Australian Open Grass Helen Gourlay Kerry Melville Reid
Betsy Nagelsen
5–7, 6–1, 7–5

Mixed doubles: (1 runner-up)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1980 Wimbledon Grass Mark Edmondson Tracy Austin
John Austin
4–6, 7–6(8–6), 6–3

WTA career finals

Singles: 30 (15–15)

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–1)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Virginia Slims, Avon, Other (15–14)
Titles by Surface
Hard (4–5)
Grass (6–3)
Clay (4–1)
Carpet (1–6)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 14 May 1973 Guildford Clay Kazuko Sawamatsu 7–5, 4–6, 6–3
Winner 2. 4 June 1973 Chichester Grass Brigitte Cuypers 6–1, 6–0
Winner 3. 11 June 1973 Beckenham Grass Janet Newberry 7–5, 0–6, 6–1
Runner-up 1. 9 July 1973 Newport Grass Julie Heldman 6–1, 1–6, 9–11
Winner 4. 23 July 1973 Istanbul Clay Wendy Turnbull 6–4, 6–2
Winner 5. 26 November 1973 Sydney Clay Ann Kiyomura 6–1, 7–5
Winner 6. 17 December 1973 Hobart Grass Helen Gourlay 6–4, 4–6, 6–4
Winner 7. 8 April 1974 Phoenix Hard Kate Latham 6–3, 6–0
Winner 8. 15 April 1974 Dallas Hard Mary Struthers 6–4, 2–6, 6–3
Winner 9. 27 May 1974 Glasgow Grass Jenny Dimond 6–3, 6–1
Winner 10. 9 September 1974 Sacramento Hard Ann Kiyomura 4–6, 6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 2. 18 November 1974 Johannesburg Hard Kerry Melville 3–6, 5–7
Runner-up 3. 4 August 1975 Indianapolis Clay Chris Evert 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 4. 10 February 1976 Midland Hard Marita Redondo 1–6, 2–6
Winner 11. 8 March 1976 Tallahassee Hard María Isabel Fernández 6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 5. 4 October 1976 Phoenix Hard Chris Evert 1–6, 5–7
Winner 12. 19 November 1976 Sydney Clay Leanne Harrison 6–1, 6–0
Runner-up 6. 26 December 1976 Sydney Grass Kerry Melville Reid 6–3, 2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 7. 3 January 1977 Australian Open Grass Kerry Melville Reid 5–7, 2–6
Runner-up 8. 3 October 1977 Atlanta Carpet Chris Evert 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 9. 20 February 1978 Detroit Carpet Martina Navrátilová 3–6, 2–6
Winner 13. 4 December 1978 Sydney Grass Kerry Melville Reid 6–1, 1–6, 6–4
Winner 14. 18 December 1978 Sydney Grass Wendy Turnbull 6–2, 7–5
Runner-up 10. 22 January 1979 Hollywood Carpet Greer Stevens 4–6, 6–2, 4–6
Winner 15. 12 March 1979 Boston Carpet Sue Barker 6–2, 7–6(4)
Runner-up 11. 31 March 1979 Carlsbad Hard Chris Evert 6–3, 3–6, 1–6
Runner-up 12. 1 October 1979 Minneapolis Carpet Evonne Goolagong 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 13. 29 September 1980 Minneapolis Carpet Tracy Austin 1–6, 6–2, 2–6
Runner-up 14. 6 May 1985 Sydney Carpet Pam Shriver 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 15. 9 March 1987 Phoenix Hard Anne White 1–6, 2–6

Doubles: 12 (6–6)

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (1–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Virginia Slims, Avon, Other (5–6)
Titles by Surface
Hard (2–2)
Grass (2–3)
Clay (2–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 9 July 1973 Newport Grass Julie Heldman Patti Hogan
Sharon Walsh
1–5 Shared –
final rained out
Runner-up 1. 17 December 1973 Hobart Grass Jackie Fayter Helen Gourlay
Karen Krantzcke
2–6, 1–6
Winner 2. 8 April 1974 Phoenix Hard Janet Young Ann Kiyomura
Betsy Nagelsen
w/o
Runner-up 2. 18 November 1974 Johannesburg Hard Margaret Court Ilana Kloss
Kerry Melville
3–6, 5–7
Winner 3. 19 May 1975 Hamburg Clay Renáta Tomanová Paulina Peisachov
Kazuko Sawamatsu
6–3, 6–2
Winner 4. 8 March 1976 Tallahassee Hard Julie Anthony Virginia Ruzici
Mariana Simionescu
6–2, 7–5
Runner-up 3. 26 December 1976 Sydney Grass Renáta Tomanová Helen Gourlay
Betsy Nagelsen
4–6, 1–6
Winner 5. 3 January 1977 Australian Open Grass Helen Gourlay Kerry Melville Reid
Betsy Nagelsen
5–7, 6–1, 7–5
Runner-up 4. 23 September 1977 Hilton Head Clay Virginia Wade Evonne Goolagong
Kerry Melville Reid
2–6, 6–3, 4–6
Winner 6. 14 May 1979 Vienna Clay Marise Kruger Ilana Kloss
Betty Ann Stuart
3–6, 6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 5. 26 November 1979 Melbourne Grass Anne Smith Billie Jean King
Wendy Turnbull
3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 6. 28 February 1983 Palm Springs Hard Betty Stöve Kathy Jordan
Ann Kiyomura
2–6, 2–6

Grand Slam singles tournament timeline

Tournament 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 Career SR
Australian Open (Jan) 1R A QF 2R 3R A F Held in December NH 3R 1R 1R 1R 0 / 13
French Open A A A 3R 3R A A A SF SF 3R A A A 1R A 2R A A A 0 / 7
Wimbledon A A 1R 1R 1R 4R A 4R QF 4R 3R A 1R A 2R 4R QF 2R 1R A 0 / 14
US Open A A A 3R 2R SF 4R 3R 4R 4R 1R 2R 1R A 1R A 1R 2R A A 0 / 13
Australian Open (Dec) Held in January A A A A 1R 2R A 2R 3R NH Held in January
SR 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 1 0 / 4 0 / 1 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 1 0 / 47
Year End Ranking 20 5 8 10 6 12 38 32 75 99 30 25 21 56 112 NR

A = did not participate in the tournament.

NH = tournament not held.

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.

See also

References

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  2. ^ a b Profile of Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat at Tennis Australia
  3. ^ "Dianne's tenth title of year", Sydney Morning Herald, 3 December 1973
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