Stephanie Rehe
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Stephanie Rehe
Stephanie Rehe
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceOceanside, California
Born (1969-11-05) November 5, 1969 (age 50)
Fontana, California
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned proAugust 1985
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$579,168
Career record151-99 (60.4%)
Career titles5
Highest rankingNo. 10 (March 13, 1989)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (1992, 1993)
French Open4R (1987)
Wimbledon3R (1985, 1988)
US Open4R (1986, 1988)
Career record71-59 (54.6%)
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 10 (October 5, 1992)

Stephanie Rehe (born November 5, 1969) is a retired American tennis player.

She played on the WTA Tour between 1985 and 1993, won five singles and two doubles titles, and reached a career-high singles ranking of No. 10 in March 1989.


A successful amateur player, Rehe was ranked No. 1 in every age group as a junior (12s, 14s, 16s, 18s). She was the first player to receive a dual No. 1 ranking in 14s and 16s (1983).[1][2]

At the age of 13 years and one month, Rehe was in 1982 the youngest player to compete in a WTA Tour event. In 1983, she became the youngest player to be ranked on the WTA computer, coming on at 13 years and two months in January, two months younger than Steffi Graf. She won her first tournament in 1985 in the Virginia Slims of Utah not dropping a set along the way; as well as upsetting Camille Benjamin in the final.[2] She defeated Michelle Torres, Carling Bassett, and Gabriela Sabatini to capture her first major Virginia Slims Series event at the Florida Federal Open in Tampa in November 1985.[3] Rehe defeated Lisa Bonder, and pushed Steffi Graf to three sets in the quarterfinals at Fort Lauderdale in 1985.[4] In 1986, she received the Most Impressive Newcomer Award of the WTA and was voted Rookie of the Year by Tennis Magazine.[1]

She reached a career-high ranking of world No. 10 on March 13, 1989. However, she left the tour that year due to a back injury, which required surgery and extensive rehabilitation. She returned to the tour in August 1990 in San Diego and was WTA awarded Comeback Player of the Year in 1991.[5][6] She retired permanently in 1993.[1]

She won five singles titles and two doubles titles, and had career wins over Pam Shriver, Gabriela Sabatini, Claudia Kohde-Kilsch, Zina Garrison, Mary Joe Fernandez, and Jo Durie. Her best singles performances in Grand Slam events included fourth rounds at the US Open in 1986 and 1988, and at the French Open in 1987.[1]

WTA career finals

Singles: 7 (5 titles, 2 runner-ups)

Winner -- Legend
Tier I (0-0)
Tier II (0-0)
Tier III (0-0)
Tier IV (0-0)
Tier V (2-1)
Virginia Slims (3-1)
Finals by surface
Hard (4-2)
Grass (0-0)
Clay (0-0)
Carpet (1-0)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1. September 15, 1985 Salt Lake City Hard United States Camille Benjamin 6-2, 6-4
Win 2. November 10, 1985 Tampa Open Hard Argentina Gabriela Sabatini 6-4, 6-7(4-7), 7-5
Loss 1. August 3, 1986 San Diego Open Hard United States Melissa Gurney 2-6, 4-6
Win 3. October 18, 1987 Puerto Rico Open Hard United States Camille Benjamin 7-5, 7-6(7-4)
Loss 2. April 17, 1988 Japan Open Hard United States Patty Fendick 3-6, 5-7
Win 4. April 24, 1988 Taipei Championship Carpet (i) Netherlands Brenda Schultz 6-4, 6-4
Win 5. August 7, 1988 San Diego Open Hard United States Ann Grossman 6-1, 6-1

Doubles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runner-ups)

Winner -- Legend
Tier I (0-0)
Tier II (1-0)
Tier III (0-0)
Tier IV (1-2)
Tier V (0-0)
Virginia Slims (0-0)
Finals by surface
Hard (1-1)
Grass (0-0)
Clay (1-0)
Carpet (0-1)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1. May 26, 1991 Internationaux de Strasbourg Clay United States Lori McNeil Netherlands Manon Bollegraf
Argentina Mercedes Paz
6-7(2-7), 6-4, 6-4
Win 2. March 1, 1992 Indian Wells Masters Hard Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch Canada Jill Hetherington
United States Kathy Rinaldi
6-3, 6-3
Loss 1. April 12, 1992 Japan Open Hard Japan Kimiko Date United States Amy Frazier
Japan Rika Hiraki
7-5, 6-7(5-7), 0-6
Loss 2. October 4, 1992 Whirlpool Open Bayonne Carpet (i) Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch Italy Linda Ferrando
Czechoslovakia Petra Langrová
6-1, 3-6, 4-6

Grand Slam singles performance timeline

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
Tournament 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 W-L
Australian Open A A NH A A A A A 2R 2R 2-2
French Open 1R A A 4R 1R A A 2R A A 4-4
Wimbledon A 3R 1R A 3R A A 1R A A 4-4
US Open 1R 1R 4R A 4R A A A 2R A 7-5
Win-Loss 0-2 2-2 3-2 3-1 5-3 0-0 0-0 1-2 2-2 1-1 17-15
Year-end ranking NR 18 19 28 14 NR 58 125 75 NR


  1. ^ a b c d Stephenie Rehe at Sony Ericsson WTA Tour
  2. ^ a b Julie Cart (November 17, 1985). "Tennis : At 16, Rehe has driving ambition". The Los Angeles Times.
  3. ^ Russ White (November 11, 1985). "Stephanie Rehe -- A Star Is Born". Orlando Sentinel.
  4. ^ Gossett, Peggy; Teitelbaum, Mike; Hanlon, Maureen; Bloch Shallouf, Renee; Riach, Ros; Hinkley, Suzanne. 1987 WITA Media Guide. p. 193.
  5. ^ Jim Sarni (August 19, 1990). "Rehe`s comeback now fun after major back surgery". SunSentinel.
  6. ^ Thomas Bonk (August 14, 1990). "Rehe wins, but victory came last week : Tennis: she beats Nagelsen, 6-4, 6-3, but is just happy to be back on the court after injuries caused by car wreck". The Los Angeles Times.

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