Women Tennis Stars: Biographies and Records of Champions, 1800s to Todayby Dennis J. Phillips
From forehands to fashions, this book covers the careers of 35 champions who made significant contributions to the sport both on and off the court. Suzanne Lenglen, Helen Wills Moody, Maureen Connolly, Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf, Monica Seles, Venus and Serena Williams, and others are listed chronologically. The book features photographs, statistics and records of each player, as well as results of all the Grand Slams and the Fed Cup, Olympic Games, Wightman Cup, and Hopman Cup competitions.
حJohn R.M. Lawrence
- McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
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Dennis J. Phillips is a member of the library faculty at Pennsylvania State University and the library director at Penn State Lehigh Valley. He is the author of other books about tennis and golf.
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The subtitle of "Women Tennis Stars" reads "Biographies and Records of Champions, 1800s to Today." While you can find these records in various yearbooks and encyclopedias and media guides, Phillips shines in the well-researched and well-written biographies. For example, her parents made sure Serena Williams would order first at a restaurant so she wouldn't simply copy when older sister Venus ordered. But because she admired Venus so much, she ordered what Venus did, anyway. Revealing quotes by or about each star follow the biographies of them. On teen queen Tracy Austin, Chris Evert said, "Tracy's mental strength was scary. She had no weaknesses, she was obsessive about winning." What makes this reference work especially valuable is that it includes a listing of writings (books and magazine articles) by and about each star as well as honors awarded to them. This is much more than a stats and facts book, although it hits an ace there, too.