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Pam Shriver
Nickname(s) Pammy
Country United States
Residence Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Date of birth July 4, 1962 (1962-07-04) (age 47)
Place of birth Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 72.5 kg (160 lb; 11.42 st)
Turned pro 1979
Retired 1997
Plays Right-handed
Career prize money US$5,460,566
Int. Tennis HOF 2002 (member page)
Singles
Career record 625–270
Career titles 21
Highest ranking 3 (February 20, 1984)
Grand Slam results
Australian Open SF (1981, 1982, 1983)
French Open 3r (1983)
Wimbledon SF (1981, 1987, 1988)
US Open F (1978)
Doubles
Career record 622–122
Career titles 112
Highest ranking 1 (October 21, 1985)
Australian Open W (1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989)
French Open W (1984, 1985, 1987, 1988)
Wimbledon W(1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986)
US Open W (1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1991)
Last updated on: March 30, 2009.
Medal record
Competitor for  United States
Women's Tennis
Olympic Games
Gold 1988 Seoul Doubles
Pan American Games
Gold 1991 Havana Singles
Gold 1991 Havana Mixed Doubles

Pamela Howard Shriver Lazenby (born July 4, 1962, in Baltimore, Maryland), is a former professional tennis player and current sports broadcaster from the United States. During the 1980s and 1990s, she won 133 top-level titles, including 21 women's doubles titles and 1 mixed doubles title at Grand Slam tournaments. She also won a women's doubles gold medal at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, partnering Zina Garrison, although her usual doubles partner was Martina Navratilova.

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Career

Shriver first came to prominence at the 1978 US Open where, as a 16-year-old amateur, she reached the women's singles final. She defeated the reigning Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova in a semifinal 7–6, 7–6. Shriver then lost to Chris Evert in the final 7–5, 6–4. Shriver also won the first of her 21 career singles titles in 1978 at Columbus, Ohio.

The 1978 US Open final was the only Grand Slam singles final of Shriver's career. She lost the next eight Grand Slam singles semifinals she played, four of them to Navratilova, two to Steffi Graf, and one each to Evert and Hana Mandlikova.

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Doubles

Shriver's most notable successes after 1978 came in doubles with Martina Navratilova, with credit given to her coach, Hank Harris, who was captain of the University of Virginia team. They subsequently won 79 women's doubles titles.[1] Shriver won 112 career doubles titles overall[1] and is one of only six female players in the open era to have won more than 100 career titles.[2]

Navratilova and Shriver formed one of the all-time great women's doubles teams, capturing seven Australian Open, five Wimbledon, five US Open and four French Open titles. In 1984, the pair captured all four Grand Slam women's doubles titles. This was part of a record 109-match winning streak between 1983 and 1985. The pair were named the WTA Tour's "Doubles Team of the Year" eight consecutive times from 1981 through 1988 and won the WTA Tour Championships title ten times between 1981 and 1992.

Shriver won another women's doubles Grand Slam title at the US Open in 1991, partnering with Natasha Zvereva. She was also the 1987 French Open mixed doubles title with Emilio Sánchez. She swept all three gold medals (singles, women's doubles, and mixed doubles) at the 1991 Pan American Games in Havana, Cuba.

Shriver reached the World No. 1 doubles ranking in 1985 and held it briefly before relinquishing it again to her partner, Navratilova.

Retirement

Shriver retired from competitive play in 1996 but has since maintained a presence on the professional tour, mentoring Venus Williams for a while and providing television commentary for ABC, CBS, and ESPN in the United States, the BBC in the United Kingdom, and Seven Network Sport in Australia.

Distinctions and honors

  • Throughout the 1980s, she was ranked among the World's Top 10 in women's singles, peaking at World No. 3.
  • Shriver was elected to serve as president of the WTA Tour Players Association from 1991–94.
  • Shriver has served as president of the USA Tennis Foundation and on the board of directors of the United States Tennis Association.
  • Shriver was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2002.

Personal life

Shriver's first husband, Joe Shapiro, a former Walt Disney company lawyer, died of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1999.

In 2002, Shriver married actor George Lazenby. She gave birth to their first child, George, Jr., on July 12, 2004, and to twins, Kate and Sam, on October 1, 2005. Shriver was also stepmother to Lazenby's daughter, Melanie Lazenby, from his previous marriage. The family lived in Brentwood, California. In August 2008, Shriver filed for divorce from Lazenby, citing "irreconcilable differences" for the end of the couple's six-year marriage.[3]

Shriver is a graduate of McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Maryland. She is a minority owner of the Baltimore Orioles and is active in various charitable organizations.

Shriver is the fourth cousin of Maria Shriver,[4] the First Lady of California.

Major finals

Grand Slam finals

Singles: 1 (0-1)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent in final Score in final
Runner-up 1978 US Open Hard United States Chris Evert 7–5, 6–4

Doubles: 25 (21-4)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in final Score in final
Winner 1981 Wimbledon Grass United States Martina Navratilova United States Kathy Jordan
United States Anne Smith
6–3, 7–6
Winner 1982 Wimbledon (2) Grass United States Martina Navratilova United States Kathy Jordan
United States Anne Smith
6–4, 6–1
Winner 1982 Australian Open Grass United States Martina Navratilova West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
West Germany Eva Pfaff
6–4, 6–2
Winner 1983 Wimbledon (3) Grass United States Martina Navratilova United States Rosemary Casals
Australia Wendy Turnbull
6–2, 6–2
Winner 1983 US Open Hard United States Martina Navratilova South Africa Rosalyn Fairbank
United States Candy Reynolds
6–7, 6–1, 6–3
Winner 1983 Australian Open (2) Grass United States Martina Navratilova United Kingdom Anne Hobbs
Australia Wendy Turnbull
6–4, 6–7, 6–2
Winner 1984 French Open Clay United States Martina Navratilova West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
Czech Republic Hana Mandlíková
5–7, 6–3, 6–2
Winner 1984 Wimbledon (4) Grass United States Martina Navratilova United States Kathy Jordan
United States Anne Smith
6–3, 6–4
Winner 1984 US Open (2) Hard United States Martina Navratilova United Kingdom Anne Hobbs
Australia Wendy Turnball
6–2, 6–4
Winner 1984 Australian Open (3) Grass United States Martina Navratilova West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
6–3, 6–4
Winner 1985 French Open (2) Clay United States Martina Navratilova West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
West Germany Eva Pfaff
4–6, 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 1985 Wimbledon Grass United States Martina Navratilova United States Kathy Jordan
Australia Elizabeth Smylie
5–7, 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 1985 US Open Hard United States Martina Navratilova West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
6–7(5), 6–2, 6–3
Winner 1985 Australian Open (4) Grass United States Martina Navratilova West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
6–3, 6–4
Winner 1986 Wimbledon (5) Grass United States Martina Navratilova Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková
Australia Wendy Turnbull
6–1, 6–3
Winner 1986 US Open (3) Hard United States Martina Navratilova Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková
Australia Wendy Turnbull
5–7, 6–3, 6–2
Winner 1987 Australian Open (5) Grass United States Martina Navratilova United States Zina Garrison
United States Lori McNeil
6–1, 6–0
Winner 1987 French Open (3) Clay United States Martina Navratilova West Germany Steffi Graf
Argentina Gabriela Sabatini
6–2, 6–1
Winner 1987 US Open (4) Hard United States Martina Navratilova United States Kathy Jordan
Australia Elizabeth Smylie
5–7, 6–4, 6–2
Winner 1988 Australian Open (6) Hard United States Martina Navratilova United States Chris Evert
Australia Wendy Turnball
6–0, 7–5
Winner 1988 French Open (4) Clay United States Martina Navratilova West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
6–2, 7–5
Winner 1989 Australian Open (7) Hard United States Martina Navratilova United States Patty Fendick
Canada Jill Hetherington
3–6, 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 1989 US Open (2) Hard United States Mary Joe Fernandez Czech Republic Hana Mandlíková
United States Martina Navratilova
5–7, 6–4, 6–4
Winner 1991 US Open (5) Hard Belarus Natasha Zvereva Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Latvia Larisa Savchenko
6–4, 4–6, 7–6(5)
Runner-up 1993 Australian Open Hard Australia Elizabeth Smylie United States Gigi Fernández
Belarus Natasha Zvereva
6–4, 6–3

Mixed doubles: 1 (1-0)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in final Score in final
Winner 1987 French Open Clay Spain Emilio Sánchez United States Lori McNeil
United States Sherwood Stewart
6–3, 7–6(4)

WTA Championships

Doubles: 10 Finals (10 Titles, 0 Runner-ups)

Outcome Year Location Partner Opponent(s) in the final Score in the final
Winner 1981 New York City United States Martina Navratilova United States Barbara Potter
United States Sharon Walsh
6-0, 7-6(6)
Winner 1982 New York City United States Martina Navratilova United States Kathy Jordan
United States Anne Smith
6-4, 6-3
Winner 1983 New York City United States Martina Navratilova West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
West Germany Eva Pfaff
7-5, 6-2
Winner 1984 New York City United States Martina Navratilova United Kingdom Jo Durie
United States Ann Kiyomura
6-3, 6-1
Winner 1985 New York City United States Martina Navratilova West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
Czechoslovakia Helena Sukova
6-7(4), 6-4, 7-6(5)
Winner 1986 (Nov) New York City United States Martina Navratilova West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
Czechoslovakia Helena Sukova
1-6, 6-1, 6-1
Winner 1987 New York City United States Martina Navratilova West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
Czechoslovakia Helena Sukova
6-1, 6-1
Winner 1988 New York City United States Martina Navratilova Soviet Union Larisa Savchenko Neiland
Soviet Union Natalia Zvereva
6-3, 6-4
Winner 1989 New York City United States Martina Navratilova Soviet Union Larisa Savchenko Neiland
Soviet Union Natalia Zvereva
6-3, 6-2
Winner 1991 New York City United States Martina Navratilova United States Gigi Fernandez
Czechoslovakia Jana Novotna
4-6, 7-5, 6-4

Titles

Singles (21)

Legend (Singles)
Tier III (1)
Tier IV & V (3)
VS(17)
No. Date Tournament Name Location Surface Opponent in Final Score in Final
1. January 23, 1978 Futures of Columbus Columbus, Ohio, U.S. Carpet (I) United States Kate Latham 6–1, 6–3
2. March 23, 1980 Honda Civic Classic Carlsbad, California, U.S. Hard (I) United States Kate Latham 6–1, 6–2
3. November 22, 1981 National Panasonic Open Perth, Australia Grass United States Andrea Jaeger 6–1, 7–6(4)
4. May 1, 1983 Virginia Slims of Atlanta Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. Hard United States Kathy Jordan 6–2, 6–0
5. November 20, 1983 National Panasonic (1) Brisbane, Australia Grass Australia Wendy Turnbull 6–4, 7–5
6. February 12, 1984 Virginia Slims of Chicago Chicago Carpet (I) United States Barbara Potter 6–3, 6–4
7. June 17, 1984 Edgbaston Cup (1) Birmingham, United Kingdom Grass United States Anne White 7–6(2), 6–3
8. May 13, 1985 Australian Indoors Sydney, Australia Hard (I) Australia Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat 6–3, 6–3
9. May 20, 1985 Melbourne Indoors Melbourne, Australia Carpet (I) United States Kathy Jordan 6–4, 6–1
10. June 16, 1985 Edgbaston Cup (2) Birmingham, United Kingdom Grass United States Betsy Nagelsen McCormack 6–1, 6–0
11. October 20, 1985 Porsche Classic Filderstadt, Germany Carpet (I) Sweden Catarina Lindqvist 6–1, 7–5
12. June 15, 1986 Edgbaston Cup (3) Birmingham, United Kingdom Grass Bulgaria Manuela Maleeva Fragniere 6–2, 7–6(0)
13. July 20, 1986 Virginia Slims of Newport (1) Newport, Rhode Island, U.S. Grass United States Lori McNeil 6–4, 6–2
14. June 14, 1987 Dow Chemical Classic (4) Birmingham, United Kingdom Grass Latvia Larisa Savchenko Neiland 4–6, 6–2, 6–2
15. July 19, 1987 Virginia Slims of Newport (2) Newport, Rhode Island Grass United States Wendy White Prausa 6–2, 6–4
16. August 23, 1987 Canadian Open Toronto, Canada Hard United States Zina Garrison Jackson 6–4, 6–1
17. November 8, 1987 Virginia Slims of New England Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S. Carpet (I) United States Chris Evert 6–4, 4–6, 6–0
18. January 3, 1988 Ariadne Classic (2) Brisbane, Australia Grass Czech Republic Jana Novotná 7–6(6), 7–6(4)
19. January 10, 1988 New South Wales Open Sydney, Australia Grass Czech Republic Helena Suková 6–2, 6–3
20. May 1, 1988 Pan Pacific Open Tokyo Carpet (I) Czech Republic Helena Suková 7–5, 6–1
21. October 23, 1988 European Indoors Zürich, Switzerland Carpet (I) Bulgaria Manuela Maleeva Fragniere 6–3, 6–4

Women's doubles (111)

Grand Slam performance timelines

Singles

Tournament 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 Career SR
Australian Open A A QF SF SF SF QF 3R NH QF 4R 3R 3R 3R 3R 1R 2R 1R 1R A 0 / 16
French Open A A A A A 3R A A A A A A A A A A 1R A A A 0 / 2
Wimbledon 3R 2R 4R SF 4R 2R QF QF 1R SF SF 3R A 3R 2R A 3R 1R 2R A 0 / 17
US Open F 1R QF 4R SF SF QF QF QF QF 2R 1R A 3R 2R 1R 2R 2R 1R A 0 / 18
SR 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 0 0 / 53

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 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 Career SR
Australian Open A A A F W W W W NH W W W 1R 2R SF F SF 2R 1R 1R 7 / 16
French Open A A A A A A W W A W W A A A A 2R 1R A A A 4 / 6
Wimbledon A A A W W W W F W QF 3R SF A SF SF SF QF QF 3R 1R 5 / 16
US Open A A F A SF W W F W W SF F A W SF 3R 3R QF 1R A 5 / 15
SR 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1 1 / 2 2 / 3 3 / 3 4 / 4 2 / 4 2 / 2 3 / 4 2 / 4 1 / 3 0 / 1 1 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 2 21 / 53

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.

References

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