Marianne Werdel
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Marianne Werdel
Marianne Werdel
Country (sports) United States
Born (1967-10-17) October 17, 1967 (age 53)
Los Angeles, California
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Turned pro1986
PlaysRight-handed (double handed backhand)
Prize money$1,044,641
Career record237-227
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 21 (October 9, 1995)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenSF (1995)
French Open2R (1989, 1994)
Wimbledon3R (1991, 1993)
US Open2R (1985, 1986, 1994, 1995)
Career record179-202
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 45 (May 25, 1992)

Marianne Werdel (born October 17, 1967) is an American former professional tennis player.

Werdel was born in Los Angeles and played on the WTA tour from 1982 to 1997. She is also known as Marianne Witmeyer and Marianne Werdel-Witmeyer.

She won 19 national juniors titles. In 1988 Werdel suffered a partially herniated disc, forcing a two-month absence from the tour.[1]

At the 1995 Australian Open, unseeded Marianne Werdel defeated fifth-seeded Gabriela Sabatini of Argentina in a first round match. Werdel won the first set, but Sabatini raced out to a 3-0 lead in the second set before twice losing her serve. Werdel won four consecutive games to close out the match in straight sets, dismissing Sabatini 6-4, 6-4.[2] Werdel had also beaten Sabatini two years earlier at a tournament in Japan. After she had disposed of Sabatini, Werdel continued to work her way through the draw beating Park Sung-hee, Elena Makarova, Barbara Paulus and Angélica Gavaldón en route to a semifinal encounter with the top-seed and World No. 1 Arantxa Sánchez Vicario. In their two previous meetings, Werdel had lost both times to Sánchez Vicario. This time proved no different as Sánchez Vicario defeated Werdel in two sets. In reaching the semifinals, the 1995 Australian Open proved to be the best result Werdel would have in Grand Slam singles competition. She defeated Sánchez Vicario two months later in the third round of the Lipton Championships in Key Biscayne.[3]

Werdel was coached by Woody Blocher.[1]

On 21 November 1992 she married Major League Baseball player Ron Witmeyer.[1][2]

WTA Tour finals

Singles 6

Grand Slam 0
WTA Championships 0
Tier I 0
Tier II 0
Tier III 0
Tier IV & V 0
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. July 30, 1989 Schenectady, New York, USA Hard Peru Laura Gildemeister 4-6, 3-6
Runner-up 2. August 25, 1990 Schenectady, New York, USA Hard West Germany Anke Huber 1-6, 7-5, 4-6
Runner-up 3. October 21, 1990 Scottsdale, Arizona, USA Hard Spain Conchita Martínez 5-7, 1-6
Runner-up 4. April 18, 1993 Pattaya, Thailand Hard Indonesia Yayuk Basuki 3-6, 1-6
Runner-up 5. September 19, 1993 Hong Kong Hard Chinese Taipei Wang Shi-ting 4-6, 6-3, 5-7
Runner-up 6. January 12, 1997 Hobart, Australia Hard Belgium Dominique Van Roost 3-6, 3-6

Doubles 5

Grand Slam 0
WTA Championships 0
Tier I 0
Tier II 0
Tier III 0
Tier IV & V 0
Titles by Surface
Hard 0
Clay 0
Grass 0
Carpet 0
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. May 24, 1992 European Open, Switzerland Clay Czechoslovakia Karina Hab?udová United States Amy Frazier
South Africa Elna Reinach
5-7, 2-6
Runner-up 2. May 23, 1993 European Open, Switzerland Clay United States Lindsay Davenport United States Mary Joe Fernandez
Czech Republic Helena Suková
2-6, 4-6
Runner-up 3. September 19, 1993 Hong Kong Hard United States Debbie Graham Germany Karin Kschwendt
Australia Rachel McQuillan
6-4, 4-6, 2-6
Runner-up 4. February 12, 1995 Chicago, Illinois, USA Carpet United States Tami Whitlinger-Jones Argentina Gabriela Sabatini
Netherlands Brenda Schultz
7-5, 6-7, 4-6
Runner-up 4. May 25, 1996 Strasbourg, France Clay United States Tami Whitlinger-Jones Indonesia Yayuk Basuki
Australia Nicole Bradtke
7-5, 4-6, 4-6
Runner-up 5. February 23, 1997 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA Hard United States Tami Whitlinger-Jones Japan Rika Hiraki
Japan Nana Miyagi
4-6, 1-6


  1. ^ a b c John Barrett, ed. (1996). ITF World of Tennis 1996. London: CollinsWillow. p. 381. ISBN 9780002187138.
  2. ^ a b Michael Hirsley (February 11, 1995). "Wed To A Life In Sports". Chicago Tribune.
  3. ^ "Sanchez Vicario Sent Home Early at Lipton". Los Angeles Times. March 21, 1995.

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