|Full name||Sarah Virginia Wade|
|Country (sports)||United Kingdom|
|Born||10 July 1945|
Bournemouth, Hampshire, England, UK
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Int. Tennis HoF||1989 (member page)|
|Highest ranking||No. 2 (3 November 1975)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||W (1972)|
|French Open||QF (1970, 1972)|
|US Open||W (1968)|
|Highest ranking||No. 1 (1973)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||W (1973)|
|French Open||W (1973)|
|US Open||W (1973, 1975)|
|Other doubles tournaments|
|Tour Finals||W (1975)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|French Open||SF (1969, 1972)|
|US Open||QF (1969, 1985)|
Sarah Virginia Wade, (born 10 July 1945) is a former professional tennis player from Great Britain. She won three Major tennis singles championships and four Major doubles championships, and is the only British woman in history to have won titles at all four Majors. She was ranked as high as No. 2 in the world in singles, and No. 1 in the world in doubles.
Three times a Major singles champion, her most famous success was winning Wimbledon on 1 July 1977, the tournament's centenary year, and the year of the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen attended Wimbledon for the first time since 1962 to watch the final. Wade was the last British tennis player to have won a Major singles tournament until Andy Murray won the US Open in 2012. She remains the most recent British woman to have won a Major singles title. After retiring from competitive tennis, she coached for four years and has also worked as a tennis commentator and game analyst for the BBC and Eurosport.
At age one, Wade moved to South Africa with her parents. In South Africa, Wade learned to play tennis. When Wade was 15, the family moved back to England and she went to Tunbridge Wells Girls' Grammar School and Talbot Heath School, Bournemouth. In 1961 Wade was in the tennis team of Wimbledon County Girls' Grammar School. She went on to study mathematics and physics at the University of Sussex, graduating in 1966.
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Wade's tennis career spanned the end of the amateur era and the start of the open era. In 1968, she scored two notable firsts. As an amateur, she won the inaugural open tennis competition - the British Hard Court Open at Bournemouth. She turned down the US$720 first prize. Five months later, she had turned professional and won the women's singles championship at the first US Open (and prize-money of $6,000 - $44,113 today), defeating Billie Jean King in the final.
Wade's second Major tennis singles championship came in 1972 at the Australian Open. There, she defeated the Australian Evonne Goolagong in the final 6-4, 6-4. Wade was appointed a member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 1973 Birthday Honours for services to lawn tennis.
Wade won Wimbledon in 1977. It was the 16th year in which Wade had played at Wimbledon, and she made her first appearance in the final by beating the defending champion Chris Evert in a semifinal 6-2, 4-6, 6-1. In the final, she beat Betty Stöve in three sets to claim the championship, nine days before her 32nd birthday. Not only was 1977 the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Wimbledon Championships, but it was the Silver Jubilee year of Elizabeth II, who attended Wimbledon for the first time since 1962 to watch the final.
Over her career, Wade won 55 professional singles championships and amassed $1,542,278 dollars in career prize money. She was ranked in the world's top 10 continuously from 1967 to 1979. Her career spanned a total of 26 years. She retired from singles competition at the end of the 1985 tennis season, and then from doubles at the end of 1986.
Wade now lives in the U.S. and keeps a cottage and the family home in Kent.
|Win||1968||US Open||Grass||Billie Jean King||6-4, 6-2|
|Win||1972||Australian Open||Grass||Evonne Goolagong||6-4, 6-4|
|Win||1977||Wimbledon||Grass||Betty Stöve||4-6, 6-3, 6-1|
|Loss||1969||US Open||Grass||Margaret Court|| Françoise Dürr
|6-0, 3-6, 4-6|
|Loss||1970||Wimbledon||Grass||Françoise Dürr|| Rosie Casals
Billie Jean King
|Loss||1970||US Open||Grass||Rosie Casals|| Margaret Court
Judy Tegart Dalton
|Loss||1972||US Open||Grass||Margaret Court|| Françoise Dürr
|3-6, 6-1, 3-6|
|Win||1973||Australian Open||Grass||Margaret Court|| Kerry Harris
|Win||1973||French Open||Clay||Margaret Court|| Françoise Dürr
|Win||1973||US Open||Grass||Margaret Court|| Rosie Casals
Billie Jean King
|2-6, 6-3, 7-5|
|Win||1975||US Open||Clay||Margaret Court|| Rosie Casals
Billie Jean King
|7-5, 2-6, 7-6(7-5)|
|Loss||1976||US Open||Clay||Olga Morozova|| Linky Boshoff
|Loss||1979||French Open||Clay||Françoise Dürr|| Betty Stöve
|6-3, 5-7, 4-6|
|Win||1975||Los Angeles||Carpet (i)||Margaret Court|| Rosie Casals
Billie Jean King
|6-7(2-7), 7-6(7-2), 6-2|
|Loss||1977||New York||Carpet (i)||Françoise Dürr|| Martina Navratilova
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Note: The Australian Open was held twice in 1977, in January and December.