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Elizabeth Smylie

Elizabeth Smylie
Country 23x15px Australia
Born (1963-04-11) 11 April 1963 (age 52)
Perth
Turned pro 1982
Retired 1997
Prize money $1,615,247
Singles
Career record 181 – 213 (45.93%)
Career titles 3
Highest ranking No. 20 (14 September 1987)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open QF (1987)
French Open 2R (1983)
Wimbledon 4R (1984, 1985)
US Open 2R (1986, 1987, 1989)
Doubles
Career record 483 – 215 (69.19%)
Career titles 36
Highest ranking No. 5 (28 March 1988)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open F (1993)
French Open SF (1984)
Wimbledon W (1985)
US Open F (1987)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour Finals W (1990)
Olympic Games 20px Bronze Medal (1988)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open SF (1990, 1991)
French Open SF (1993)
Wimbledon W (1991)
US Open W (1983, 1990)
Elizabeth Smylie
Medal record
Women's tennis
Bronze medal – third place 1988 Seoul Doubles

Elizabeth "Liz" Smylie (née Sayers) (born 11 April 1963 in Perth, Western Australia) is a retired Australian professional tennis player. During her career, she won 4 Grand Slam titles, 1 of them in women's doubles and 3 of them in mixed doubles. She also won 3 singles titles and 36 doubles titles.

Career

Smylie turned professional in 1982. She won the women's doubles title at Wimbledon in 1985 with Kathy Jordan. In mixed doubles, she teamed with John Fitzgerald to win the 1983 US Open and 1991 Wimbledon titles and with Todd Woodbridge to win the 1990 US Open. She won the Virginia Slims Championships with Jordan in 1990. Her best Grand Slam performance in singles came at the Australian Open in 1987, when she reached the quarterfinals. Her highest ever singles ranking was World No. 20 and her highest in doubles was World No. 5.

She played Fed Cup from 1984 to 1994. She won a bronze medal in women's doubles with Wendy Turnbull at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul.

Over the course of her career, Smylie won 3 singles titles and 36 doubles titles. She won the Western Australian Sports Star of the Year award in 1985 and the Comeback Player of the Year award in 1990 and 1993.

She was the first ever opponent of Steffi Graf in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament, in the first round of the Australian Open in 1983

Personal life

She is married to player-manager Peter Smylie and they have three children, Laura, Jordan and Elvis. She was the long-time tournament director of the Australian Women's Hardcourts and also works as a sports television commentator.

Major finals

Grand Slam finals

Women's doubles: 5 (1 title, 4 runner–ups)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1985 Wimbledon Grass 23x15px Kathy Jordan 23x15px Martina Navratilova
23x15px Pam Shriver
5–7, 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 1987 Wimbledon Grass 23x15px Betsy Nagelsen 23x15px Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
23x15px Helena Suková
7–5, 7–5
Runner-up 1987 US Open Hard 23x15px Kathy Jordan 23x15px Martina Navratilova
23x15px Pam Shriver
5–7, 6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 1990 Wimbledon Grass 23x15px Kathy Jordan 23x15px Jana Novotná
23x15px Helena Suková
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 1993 Australian Open Hard 23x15px Pam Shriver 23x15px Gigi Fernández
23x15px Natasha Zvereva
6–4, 6–3

Mixed doubles: 8 (3 titles, 5 runner–ups)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1983 US Open Hard 23x15px John Fitzgerald 23x15px Barbara Potter
23x15px Ferdi Taygan
3–6, 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 1984 US Open Hard 23x15px John Fitzgerald 23x15px Manuela Maleeva
23x15px Tom Gullikson
2–6, 7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 1985 Wimbledon Grass 23x15px John Fitzgerald 23x15px Martina Navratilova
23x15px Paul McNamee
7–5, 4–6, 6–2
Runner-up 1985 US Open Hard 23x15px John Fitzgerald 23x15px Martina Navratilova
23x16px Heinz Günthardt
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 1988 US Open Hard 23x15px Patrick McEnroe 23x15px Jana Novotná
23x15px Jim Pugh
7–5, 6–3
Runner-up 1990 Wimbledon Grass 23x15px John Fitzgerald 23x15px Zina Garrison
23x15px Rick Leach
7–5, 6–2
Winner 1990 US Open Hard 23x15px Todd Woodbridge 23x15px Natasha Zvereva
23x15px Jim Pugh
6–4, 6–2
Winner 1991 Wimbledon Grass 23x15px John Fitzgerald 23x15px Natasha Zvereva
23x15px Jim Pugh
7–6(7–4), 6–2

Olympics

Doubles: 1 medal (1 bronze medal)

Outcome Year Location Surface Partner Opponents Score
Bronze 1988 Seoul Hard 23x15px Wendy Turnbull Tied DNP

Smylie and Turnbull lost in the semi-finals to Zina Garrison and Pam Shriver 7–6(5), 6–4. In 1988, there was no bronze medal play-off match, both beaten semi-final pairs received bronze medals.

Year-End Championships finals

Doubles: 1 final (1 title, 0 runner–ups)

Outcome Year Location Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1990 New York City Carpet (I) 23x15px Kathy Jordan 23x15px Mercedes Paz
23x15px Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
7–6(7–4), 6–4

WTA Career finals

Singles: 6 (3–3)

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I (0–0)
Tier II (0–0)
Tier III (0–0)
Tier IV (0–1)
Tier V (0–1)
Virginia Slims, Avon, Other (3–1)
Titles by Surface
Hard (2–2)
Grass (0–1)
Clay (1–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 26 April 1982 Sardinia Clay 23x15px Dana Gilbert 6–3, 6–0
Winner 2. 19 September 1983 Kansas City Hard 23x15px Anne Minter 6–3, 6–1
Runner-up 1. 12 November 1984 Brisbane Grass 23x15px Helena Suková 4–6, 4–6
Winner 3. 9 February 1987 Oklahoma City Hard 23x15px Lori McNeil 4–6, 6–3, 7–5
Runner-up 2. 17 April 1989 Tokyo Hard Template:Country data JPN Kumiko Okamoto 4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 3. 9 April 1990 Tokyo Hard 23x15px Catarina Lindqvist 3–6, 2–6

Doubles: 69 (36–33)

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (1–4)
WTA Tour Championships (1–0)
Tier I (2–1)
Tier II (7–1)
Tier III (2–3)
Tier IV (3–3)
Tier V (3–2)
Virginia Slims, Avon, Other (17–19)
Titles by Surface
Hard (17–10)
Grass (5–12)
Clay (4–1)
Carpet (10–10)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 12 October 1981 Kyoto Hard 23x15px Kim Steinmetz 23x15px Nanette Schutte
23x15px Marianne Van der Torre
2–6, 4–6
Winner 1. 21 February 1983 Ridgewood Carpet 23x15px Beverly Mould 23x15px Rosalyn Fairbank
23x15px Susan Leo
7–6, 4–6, 7–5
Runner-up 2. 6 June 1983 Birmingham Grass 23x15px Beverly Mould 23x15px Billie Jean King
23x15px Sharon Walsh
2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 3. 11 July 1983 Newport Grass 23x15px Barbara Jordan 23x15px Barbara Potter
23x15px Pam Shriver
3–6, 1–6
Winner 2. 19 September 1983 Kansas City Hard 23x15px Sandy Collins 23x15px Chris O'Neil
23x15px Brenda Remilton
7–5, 7–6
Runner-up 4. 30 January 1984 Indianapolis Carpet 23x15px Beverly Mould 23x15px Claudia Monteiro
23x15px Yvonne Vermaak
7–6(7), 4–6, 5–7
Runner-up 5. 5 March 1984 Tokyo Carpet 23x15px Barbara Jordan 23x15px Ann Kiyomura
23x15px Pam Shriver
3–6, 7–6(7), 3–6
Runner-up 6. 19 March 1984 Dallas Carpet 23x15px Sandy Collins 23x15px Leslie Allen
23x15px Anne White
4–6, 7–5, 2–6
Runner-up 7. 11 June 1984 Birmingham Grass 23x15px Barbara Jordan 23x15px Leslie Allen
23x15px Anne White
6–7(1), 3–6
Winner 3. 20 August 1984 Montreal Hard 23x15px Kathy Jordan 23x15px Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
23x15px Hana Mandlíková
6–1, 6–2
Winner 4. 17 September 1984 Deerfield Beach Hard 23x15px Martina Navratilova 23x15px Barbara Potter
23x15px Sharon Walsh
2–6, 6–2, 6–3
Winner 5. 8 October 1984 Tampa Hard 23x15px Carling Bassett 23x15px Mary Lou Piatek
23x15px Wendy White
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 8. 10 December 1984 Tokyo Carpet 23x15px Catherine Tanvier 23x15px Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
23x15px Helena Suková
4–6, 4–6
Winner 6. 21 January 1985 Key Biscayne Hard 23x15px Kathy Jordan 23x15px Svetlana Parkhomenko
23x15px Larisa Savchenko
6–4, 7–6(2)
Winner 7. 28 January 1985 Marco Island Hard 23x15px Kathy Jordan 23x15px Camille Benjamin
23x15px Bonnie Gadusek
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 9. 4 March 1985 Princeton Carpet 23x15px Marcella Mesker 23x15px Martina Navratilova
23x15px Pam Shriver
5–7, 2–6
Winner 8. 1 April 1985 Tokyo Carpet 23x15px Kathy Jordan 23x15px Betsy Nagelsen
23x15px Anne White
4–6, 7–5, 6–2
Winner 9. 6 May 1985 Sydney Carpet 23x15px Pam Shriver 23x15px Barbara Potter
23x15px Sharon Walsh
7–5, 7–5
Winner 10. 13 May 1985 Melbourne Carpet 23x15px Pam Shriver 23x15px Anne Hobbs
23x15px Kathy Jordan
6–2, 5–7, 6–1
Runner-up 10. 17 June 1985 Eastbourne Grass 23x15px Kathy Jordan 23x15px Martina Navratilova
23x15px Pam Shriver
5–7, 4–6
Winner 11. 24 June 1985 Wimbledon Grass 23x15px Kathy Jordan 23x15px Martina Navratilova
23x15px Pam Shriver
5–7, 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 11. 15 July 1985 Newport Grass 23x15px Pam Shriver 23x15px Chris Evert
23x15px Wendy Turnbull
4–6, 6–7(2)
Winner 12. 12 August 1985 Mahwah Hard 23x15px Kathy Jordan 23x15px Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
23x15px Helena Suková
7–6(6), 6–3
Winner 13. 16 September 1985 Chicago Carpet 23x15px Kathy Jordan 23x15px Elise Burgin
23x15px JoAnne Russell
6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 12. 9 December 1985 Tokyo Carpet 23x15px Marcella Mesker 23x15px Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
23x15px Helena Suková
0–6, 4–6
Winner 14. 27 January 1986 Key Biscayne Hard 23x15px Kathy Jordan 23x15px Betsy Nagelsen
23x15px Barbara Potter
7–6(6), 2–6, 6–2
Winner 15. 3 March 1986 Princeton Carpet 23x15px Kathy Jordan 23x15px Hana Mandlíková
23x15px Helena Suková
6–3, 7–5
Runner-up 13. 28 March 1986 Nashville Carpet 23x15px Kathy Jordan 23x15px Barbara Potter
23x15px Pam Shriver
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 14. 9 June 1986 Birmingham Grass 23x15px Wendy Turnbull 23x15px Elise Burgin
23x15px Rosalyn Fairbank
2–6, 4–6
Winner 16. 18 August 1986 Mahwah Hard 23x15px Betsy Nagelsen 23x15px Steffi Graf
23x15px Helena Suková
7–6(4), 6–3
Runner-up 15. 29 December 1986 Brisbane Grass 23x15px Betsy Nagelsen 23x15px Hana Mandlíková
23x15px Wendy Turnbull
4–6, 3–6
Winner 17. 5 January 1987 Sydney Grass 23x15px Betsy Nagelsen 23x15px Jenny Byrne
23x15px Janine Thompson
6–7(5), 7–5, 6–1
Runner-up 16. 30 March 1987 Piscataway Carpet 23x15px Betsy Nagelsen 23x15px Gigi Fernández
23x15px Lori McNeil
1–6, 4–6
Winner 18. 18 May 1987 Geneva Clay 23x15px Betsy Nagelsen 23x15px Laura Gildemeister
23x15px Catherine Tanvier
4–6, 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 17. 15 June 1987 Eastbourne Grass 23x15px Rosalyn Fairbank 23x15px Svetlana Parkhomenko
23x15px Larisa Savchenko
6–7(6), 6–4, 5–7
Runner-up 18. 22 June 1987 Wimbledon Grass 23x15px Betsy Nagelsen 23x15px Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
23x15px Helena Suková
5–7, 5–7
Runner-up 19. 24 August 1987 Mahwah Hard 23x15px Anne Hobbs 23x15px Gigi Fernández
23x15px Lori McNeil
3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 20. 31 August 1987 US Open Hard 23x15px Kathy Jordan 23x15px Martina Navratilova
23x15px Pam Shriver
7–5, 4–6, 2–6
Winner 19. 13 June 1988 Eastbourne Grass 23x15px Eva Pfaff 23x15px Belinda Cordwell
23x15px Dinky Van Rensburg
6–3, 7–6(6)
Runner-up 21. 9 January 1989 Sydney Hard 23x15px Wendy Turnbull 23x15px Martina Navratilova
23x15px Pam Shriver
3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 22. 30 January 1989 Auckland Hard 23x15px Janine Thompson 23x15px Patty Fendick
23x15px Jill Hetherington
4–6, 4–6
Winner 20. 6 February 1989 Wellington Hard 23x15px Janine Thompson 23x15px Tracey Morton
23x15px Heidi Sprung
7–6(3), 6–1
Runner-up 23. 27 February 1989 Oklahoma City Hard (I) 23x15px Elise Burgin 23x15px Lori McNeil
23x15px Betsy Nagelsen
w/o
Winner 21. 10 April 1989 Singapore Hard 23x15px Belinda Cordwell 23x15px Ann Henricksson
23x15px Beth Herr
6–7(6), 6–2, 6–1
Winner 22. 17 April 1989 Tokyo Hard 23x15px Jill Hetherington 23x15px Ann Henricksson
23x15px Beth Herr
6–1, 6–3
Winner 23. 8 May 1989 Rome Clay 23x15px Janine Thompson 23x15px Manon Bollegraf
23x15px Mercedes Paz
6–4, 6–3
Winner 24. 15 May 1989 Berlin Clay 23x15px Janine Thompson 23x15px Lise Gregory
23x15px Gretchen Magers
5–7, 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 24. 17 July 1989 Newport Grass 23x15px Wendy Turnbull 23x15px Gigi Fernández
23x15px Lori McNeil
3–6, 6–7(5), 5–7
Runner-up 25. 15 September 1989 Tokyo Carpet 23x15px Wendy Turnbull 23x15px Gigi Fernández
23x15px Robin White
2–6, 2–6
Winner 25. 29 January 1990 Tokyo Carpet 23x15px Gigi Fernández 23x15px Jo-Anne Faull
23x15px Rachel McQuillan
6–2, 6–2
Winner 26. 26 March 1990 San Antonio Hard 23x15px Kathy Jordan 23x15px Gigi Fernández
23x15px Robin White
7–5, 7–5
Winner 27. 9 April 1990 Tokyo Hard 23x15px Kathy Jordan 23x15px Michelle Jaggard
23x15px Hu Na
6–0, 3–6, 6–1
Runner-up 26. 21 May 1990 Strasbourg Clay 23x15px Kathy Jordan 23x15px Nicole Provis
23x15px Elna Reinach
1–6, 4–6
Runner-up 27. 25 June 1990 Wimbledon Grass 23x15px Kathy Jordan 23x15px Jana Novotná
23x15px Helena Suková
3–6, 4–6
Winner 28. 12 November 1990 Virginia Slims Championships Carpet 23x15px Kathy Jordan 23x15px Mercedes Paz
23x15px Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
7–6(4), 6–4
Winner 29. 28 January 1991 Tokyo Carpet 23x15px Kathy Jordan 23x15px Mary Joe Fernández
23x15px Robin White
4–6, 6–0, 6–3
Winner 30. 20 May 1991 Geneva Clay 23x15px Nicole Provis 23x16px Cathy Caverzasio
23x16px Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere
6–1, 6–2
Winner 31. 10 June 1991 Birmingham Grass 23x15px Nicole Provis 23x15px Sandy Collins
23x15px Elna Reinach
6–3, 6–4
Winner 32. 11 January 1993 Sydney Hard 23x15px Pam Shriver 23x15px Lori McNeil
23x15px Rennae Stubbs
7–6(4), 6–2
Runner-up 28. 18 January 1993 Australian Open Hard 23x15px Pam Shriver 23x15px Gigi Fernández
23x15px Natasha Zvereva
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 29. 7 June 1993 Birmingham Grass 23x15px Pam Shriver 23x15px Lori McNeil
23x15px Martina Navratilova
3–6, 4–6
Winner 33. 26 July 1993 Stratton Mountain Hard 23x15px Helena Suková 23x16px Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere
23x15px Mercedes Paz
6–1, 6–2
Runner-up 30. 2 August 1993 San Diego Hard 23x15px Pam Shriver 23x15px Gigi Fernández
23x15px Helena Suková
4–6, 3–6
Winner 34. 31 January 1994 Tokyo Carpet 23x15px Pam Shriver 23x15px Manon Bollegraf
23x15px Martina Navratilova
6–3, 3–6, 7–6(3)
Runner-up 31. 7 February 1994 Osaka Carpet 23x15px Pam Shriver 23x15px Larisa Neiland
23x15px Rennae Stubbs
4–6, 7–6(2), 5–7
Winner 35. 25 July 1994 Stratton Mountain Hard 23x15px Pam Shriver 23x15px Conchita Martínez
23x15px Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
7–6(4), 2–6, 7–5
Runner-up 32. 15 August 1994 Montreal Hard 23x15px Pam Shriver 23x15px Meredith McGrath
23x15px Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–2, 2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 33. 22 August 1994 Schenectady Hard 23x15px Pam Shriver 23x15px Meredith McGrath
23x15px Larisa Neiland
2–6, 2–6
Winner 36. 10 June 1996 Birmingham Grass 23x15px Linda Wild 23x15px Lori McNeil
23x15px Nathalie Tauziat
6–3, 3–6, 6–1

Grand Slam performance timeline

Singles

Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 Career SR
Australian Open 1R A 1R 2R 1R 2R NH QF 1R 1R 3R 3R A 1R 1R 0 / 12
French Open A A A 2R 1R A 1R 1R A 1R 1R 1R A 1R A 0 / 8
Wimbledon A 2R 1R 1R 4R 4R 3R 3R 1R 3R 1R 3R A 2R 1R 0 / 13
US Open A 1R A 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R A 2R 1R 1R A 1R A 0 / 10
SR 0 / 1 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 0 0 / 4 0 / 2 0 / 43
Career statistics
Year End Ranking 96 225 115 104 36 43 114 27 154 66 53 115 336 119 194
  • NH = tournament not held.
  • A = did not participate in the tournament.
  • SR = the ratio of the number of Grand Slam singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played.

Women's doubles

Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 Career SR
Australian Open QF 2R 1R 2R 1R 2R NH 1R SF QF 3R QF A F SF A 1R 1R 0 / 15
French Open A A 3R 2R SF A A QF A 1R 2R 2R A 2R 2R A 3R A 0 / 10
Wimbledon A A 1R 1R 2R W QF F QF 3R F 3R 1R SF QF A SF 1R 1 / 15
US Open A 1R 2R 3R 3R 2R QF F 1R 2R SF 2R 2R 3R 3R A 1R A 0 / 15
SR 0 / 1 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 1 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 0 0 / 4 0 / 2 1 / 55
Career statistics
Year End Ranking 13 7 8 8 20 12 10 14 54 9 13 NR 27 NR
  • NH = tournament not held.
  • A = did not participate in the tournament.
  • SR = the ratio of the number of Grand Slam singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played.

Mixed doubles

Tournament 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 Career SR
Australian Open NH NH NH NH 2R QF QF SF SF A QF 2R A 1R 1R 0 / 9
French Open 2R QF A A 1R A A 3R A A SF 2R A A A 0 / 6
Wimbledon A SF F QF QF SF 2R F W 2R 3R QF A 3R A 1 / 12
US Open W F F SF 2R F 2R W 2R 1R 2R 1R A 1R A 2 / 13
SR 1 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 3 1 / 4 1 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 0 0 / 3 0 / 1 3 / 40
  • NH = tournament not held.
  • A = did not participate in the tournament.
  • SR = the ratio of the number of Grand Slam singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played.

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