Women Tennis Stars: Biographies and Records of Champions, 1800s to Today

Women Tennis Stars: Biographies and Records of Champions, 1800s to Today

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by Dennis J. Phillips
     
 

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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

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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.

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In 2007, when the All England Tennis Club presented Venus Williams with her prize for winning her fourth singles Wimbledon championship, the most prestigious of tennis tournaments became the last of the Grand Slam venues to award a woman player the same prize money as its men's champion. After more than a century of competition, wome's tennis was finally approaching an equal footing with its male equivalents. The achievement of such gender parity had much to do with the 35 careers chronicled in this new biographical dictionary of women's tennis. From Lottie Dod to Justine Henin, these champions have commanded respect on and off the court. Tennis coach and librarian Dennis Phillips profiles a selection top-ranked players and Grand Slam champions. His sketches detail each player's training, playing style, career records and notable matches. Contributions off the court are also noted. Other highlights include career rankings, major tournament wins and significant honors. Each entry also provides quotes and a list of books about the player. Coverage ranges from the pioneering Dorothea Douglass and Molla Mallory to current powerhouses Martina Hingis and Serena Williams. Other notable players include Suzanne Lenglen, Althea Gibson, Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf. The individual biographies are supplemented by a substantial number of statistics. The section includes final round results for women's and mixed doubles of the Grand Slam tournaments as well as the Olympic Games and the Fed, Wightman and Hopman Cups. Another section provides annual rankings of top women players from 1913 through 2007. A selection of appendices list hall of fame inductees, earnings records andbirthdates. Phillips concludes with a history of women's tennis fashions. This useful volume will find eager readers in high school, public and academic libraries.
حJohn R.M. Lawrence
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long overdue...a welcome addition...easily recommended
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highly recommended
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"this useful volume will find eager readers in high school, public and academic libraries"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786469291
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
04/20/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
270
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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John R.M. Lawrence
this useful volume will find eager readers in high school, public and academic libraries
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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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Women Tennis Stars: Biographies and Records of Champions, 1800s to Today 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
All-Court More than 1 year ago
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.