1981 Avon Championships of Detroit
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1981 Avon Championships of Detroit
1981 Avon Championships of Detroit
DateFebruary 2-8
Edition10th
CategoryVirginia Slims circuit
Draw32S / 16D
Prize money$125,000
SurfaceCarpet (Sporteze) / indoor
LocationDetroit, USA
VenueCobo Hall & Arena
Champions
Singles
United States Leslie Allen
Doubles
United States Rosemary Casals / Australia Wendy Turnbull

The 1981 Avon Championships of Detroit was a women's tennis tournament played on indoor carpet courts at the Cobo Hall & Arena in Detroit, Michigan in the United States that was part of the 1981 Avon Championships circuit. It was the tenth edition of the tournament and was held from February 2 through February 8, 1981.[1] Unseeded Leslie Allen won the singles title[a] and earned $24,000 first-prize money.[4]

Finals

Singles

United States Leslie Allen defeated Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková 6-4, 6-4

  • It was Allen's only singles title of her career.

Doubles

United States Rosemary Casals / Australia Wendy Turnbull defeated Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková / Netherlands Betty Stöve 6-4, 6-2

Prize money

Event W F 3rd 4th QF Round of 16 Round of 32
Singles [1] $24,000 $12,000 $6,500 $6,200 $3,000 $1,600 $900

Notes

  1. ^ Allen became the first African American woman to win a significant pro tennis tournament since Althea Gibson in 1958, although Renee Blount is also credited with this feat as she won the Futures of Columbus in 1979.[2][3]

References

  1. ^ a b John Dolan (2011). Women's Tennis 1968-84: the Ultimate Guide. Remous. pp. 393, 395-396.
  2. ^ Djata, Sundiata A. (2006). Blacks at the net: Black achievement in the history of tennis. 1. Reed Business Information. ISBN 9780815608189.
  3. ^ Barry Lorge (March 29, 1981). "Designs on Success". The Washington Times.
  4. ^ John Barrett, ed. (1982). Slazengers World of Tennis 1982 : The Official Yearbook of the International Tennis Federation (14th ed.). London: Queen Anne Press. pp. 188-189. ISBN 9780356085968.

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