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Stephanie Rehe
Stephanie Rehe
Country (sports)  United States
Residence Oceanside, California, U.S.
Born (1969-11-05) November 5, 1969 (age 48)
Fontana, California, USA
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro August 1985
Retired 1993
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $570,146
Singles
Career record 151-99
Career titles 5
Highest ranking No. 10 (March 13, 1989)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (1992, 1993)
French Open 4R (1987)
Wimbledon 3R (1985, 1988)
US Open 4R (1986, 1988)
Doubles
Career record 72-61
Career titles 2
Highest ranking No. 10 (October 5, 1992)

Stephanie Rehe (born November 5, 1969) is a retired American professional tennis player who played on the WTA Tour between 1985 and 1993. She won five singles and two doubles titles and reached a career highest singles ranking of No. 10 in March 1989.

Career

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 in 1982, Rehe was 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 WTA Most Impressive Newcomer Award and was voted Tennis Magazine Rookie of the Year.[1]

She reached a career high rank of World No.10 on March 13, 1989. However, she would have to leave the tour that year due to a back injury which required surgery and extensive rehabilitation. She would return to the tour in August 1990 in San Diego and was the recipient of 1991 WTA Comeback Player of the Year Award.[5][6] She would retire permanently in 1993.[1]

She won five singles titles and two doubles titles during her career. She 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 the 4th round at the U.S. Open in 1986 and 1988 and the 4th round at the French Open in 1987.[1]

WTA Career finals

Singles: 7 (5-2)

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 (0-0)
Tier V (2-1)
Virginia Slims (3-1)
Titles by Surface
Hard (4-2)
Grass (0-0)
Clay (0-0)
Carpet (1-0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. September 15, 1985 Salt Lake City Hard United States Camille Benjamin 6-2, 6-4
Winner 2. November 10, 1985 Tampa Hard Argentina Gabriela Sabatini 6-4, 6-7(4-7), 7-5
Runner-up 1. August 3, 1986 San Diego Hard United States Melissa Gurney 2-6, 4-6
Winner 3. October 18, 1987 San Juan Hard United States Camille Benjamin 7-5, 7-6(7-4)
Runner-up 2. April 17, 1988 Tokyo Hard United States Patty Fendick 3-6, 5-7
Winner 4. April 24, 1988 Taipei, Taiwan Carpet (i) Netherlands Brenda Schultz 6-4, 6-4
Winner 5. August 7, 1988 San Diego Hard United States Ann Grossman 6-1, 6-1

Doubles: 4 (2-2)

Winner -- Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0-0)
WTA Tour Championships (0-0)
Tier I (0-0)
Tier II (1-0)
Tier III (0-0)
Tier IV (1-2)
Tier V (0-0)
Virginia Slims (0-0)
Titles by Surface
Hard (1-1)
Grass (0-0)
Clay (1-0)
Carpet (0-1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. May 26, 1991 Strasbourg Clay United States Lori McNeil Netherlands Manon Bollegraf
Argentina Mercedes Paz
6-7(2-7), 6-4, 6-4
Winner 2. March 1, 1992 Indian Wells Hard Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch Canada Jill Hetherington
United States Kathy Rinaldi
6-3, 6-3
Runner-up 1. April 12, 1992 Tokyo Hard Japan Kimiko Date United States Amy Frazier
Japan Rika Hiraki
7-5, 6-7(5-7), 0-6
Runner-up 2. October 4, 1992 Bayonne Carpet (i) Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch Italy Linda Ferrando
Czechoslovakia Petra Langrová
6-1, 3-6, 4-6

Grand Slam singles performance timeline

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(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.
Tournament 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 Career SR
Australian Open A A NH A A A A A 2R 2R 0 / 2
French Open 1R A A 4R 1R A A 2R A A 0 / 4
Wimbledon A 3R 1R A 3R A A 1R A A 0 / 4
US Open 1R 1R 4R A 4R A A A 2R A 0 / 5
SR 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 1 0 / 15
Year End Ranking NR 18 19 28 14 NR 58 125 75 NR
  • SR = the ratio of the number of Grand Slam singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played.

References

  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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