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Sue Barker

Sue Barker, October 2008.jpg
CountryUnited Kingdom Great Britain
Born(1956-04-19) 19 April 1956 (age 58)

Paignton, Devon, England
Height5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Turned pro1973
PlaysRight-handed (1-handed backhand)
Prize money£455,272
Career record365–208
Career titles11
Highest rankingNo. 3 (20 March 1977)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenSF (1975, 1977 – Dec)
French OpenW (1976)
WimbledonSF (1977)
US Open4R (1976)
Other tournaments
ChampionshipsF (1977)
Career record33–38
Career titles12
Last updated on: August 15, 2012.
Susan "Sue" Barker, MBE (born 19 April 1956 in Paignton, Devon) is an English television presenter and former professional tennis player. During her tennis career, she won eleven WTA Tour singles titles, including one Grand Slam singles title at the 1976 French Open. She reached a career-high singles ranking of World No. 3. She is now one of the main sports presenters at the BBC.


        Tennis career

        Barker's tennis career began in 1973 and she won her first top-level singles title in 1974. She won three additional titles in 1975. Barker reached her first Grand Slam semi-final in 1975 at the Australian Open. She won the German Open in 1976, beating Renáta Tomanová of Czechoslovakia in the final 6–3, 6–1.

        Later in 1976, Barker had the biggest victory of her career by winning the French Open at the age of 20, again defeating Tomanová in the final. Barker's toughest game en route to the final in Paris was her quarter-final match against Regina Maršíková, when Barker came back from a set down and won a gruelling final set 8–6. After her French Open victory against Tomanová, Barker felt that it would be the first of a number of Grand Slam titles that she would win, but she would not reach another Grand Slam final in her career.

        In 1977, Barker won two singles titles in San Francisco and Dallas. She beat Martina Navratilova to reach the Virginia Slims Tour Championships final, where she lost in three sets to Chris Evert. Barker reached the Australian Open semi-final for the second time in 1977 and also reached the Wimbledon semi-final that year. She looked set to meet Virginia Wade in the Wimbledon final in 1977, but unexpectedly lost her semi-final against Betty Stöve of the Netherlands, which denied her the opportunity of playing against Wade in an all-British final.

        Years later, Barker said that losing to Stöve was the biggest disappointment of her career and admitted that she was so upset at losing in the 1977 Wimbledon semi-final that she could not bear to watch the final, which was won by Wade.

        After an injury-plagued 1978 during which her ranking dropped to World No. 24, she won three singles titles and reached three other finals in 1979. She was named the tour's "Comeback Player of the Year" by her fellow professionals. Barker reached one final in 1980 and won the last singles title of her career at the Brighton International in 1981, finishing the year ranked World No. 16. She won her last doubles title in 1982 at Cincinnati, and played her last professional match in 1984.

        In all, Barker won 11 singles titles and 12 doubles titles, posting wins over Evert, Navratilova, Billie Jean King, Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Tracy Austin, Virginia Wade, Maria Bueno, Rosemary Casals, Andrea Jaeger and Pam Shriver.

        Barker's forehand was her strongest weapon, with her coach Arthur Roberts describing it as "especially potent". Roberts was a notoriously severe character who very rarely praised Barker. "Everyone was terrified of him", she later said. When she left England to play in tournaments on the Continent, Roberts handed her a one-way ticket only, insisting that she had to earn the fare home.

        In 2004, recalling her French Open win of 1976, Barker said: "I'm still incredibly proud of what I achieved."

        Major finals

        Grand Slam finals

        Singles: 1 (1 title, 0 runner–ups)
        Winner1976French OpenClayCzechoslovakia Renáta Tomanová6–2, 0–6, 6–2

        Year-end Championships finals

        Singles: 1 (0 titles, 1 runner–up)
        Runner-up1977New York CityCarpet (I)United States Chris Evert2–6, 6–1, 6–1
        Doubles: 1 (0 titles, 1 runner–up)
        Runner-up1979New York CityCarpet (I)United States Ann KiyomuraFrance Françoise Dürr
        Netherlands Betty Stöve
        7–6, 7–6

        WTA Tour Finals

        Singles: 26 (11–15)

        Winner — Legend
        Grand Slam tournaments (1–0)
        WTA Tour Championships (0–1)
        Virginia Slims, Avon, Other (10–14)
        Titles by Surface
        Hard (0–1)
        Grass (2–5)
        Clay (5–1)
        Carpet (4–8)
        Winner1.8 July 1974BåstadClayNetherlands Marijke Jansen6–1, 7–5
        Winner2.7 July 1975BåstadClayWest Germany Helga Niessen Masthoff6–4, 6–0
        Winner3.14 July 1975KitzbühelClayUnited States Pam Teeguarden6–4, 6–4
        Runner-up1.5 November 1975ParisCarpet (I)United Kingdom Virginia Wade1–6, 7–6, 7–9
        Winner4.1 December 1975AdelaideGrassWest Germany Helga Niessen Masthoff6–2, 6–1
        Runner-up2.15 December 1975SydneyGrassAustralia Evonne Goolagong2–6, 4–6
        Runner-up3.10 May 1976BournemouthClayWest Germany Helga Niessen Masthoff7–5, 3–6, 3–6
        Winner5.17 May 1976HamburgClayCzechoslovakia Renáta Tomanová6–3, 6–1
        Winner6.31 May 1976French OpenClayCzechoslovakia Renáta Tomanová6–2, 0–6, 6–2
        Runner-up4.25 November 1976TokyoCarpet (I)United States Chris Evert2–6, 6–7
        Runner-up5.6 December 1976MelbourneGrassAustralia Margaret Court2–6, 2–6
        Runner-up6.17 January 1977HoustonCarpet (I)Czechoslovakia Martina Navrátilová6–7(3–7), 5–7
        Runner-up7.24 January 1977MinneapolisCarpet (I)Czechoslovakia Martina Navrátilová0–6, 1–6
        Runner-up8.21 February 1977DetroitCarpet (I)Czechoslovakia Martina Navrátilová4–6, 4–6
        Winner7.28 February 1977San FranciscoCarpet (I)United Kingdom Virginia Wade6–3, 6–4
        Winner8.7 March 1977DallasCarpet (I)United States Terry Holladay6–1, 7–6(7–4)
        Runner-up9.24 March 1977Virginia Slims ChampionshipsCarpet (I)United States Chris Evert6–2, 1–6, 1–6
        Runner-up10.12 December 1977SydneyGrassAustralia Evonne Goolagong2–6, 3–6
        Runner-up11.12 March 1979BostonCarpet (I)Australia Dianne Fromholtz2–6, 6–7(4–7)
        Runner-up12.26 March 1979CarlsbadHardAustralia Kerry Melville Reid6–7, 6–3, 2–6
        Runner-up13.11 June 1979ChichesterGrassAustralia Evonne Goolagong Cawley1–6, 4–6
        Winner9.10 September 1979PittsburghCarpet (I)United States Renée Richards6–3, 6–1
        Winner10.3 December 1979SydneyGrassSouth Africa Rosalyn Fairbank6–0, 7–5
        Runner-up14.8 December 1980AdelaideGrassCzechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková1–6, 4–6
        Runner-up15.10 August 1981RichmondCarpet (I)United States Mary-Lou Piatek4–6, 1–6
        Winner11.19 October 1981BrightonCarpet (I)Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec4–6, 6–1, 6–1

        Doubles: 30 (12–18)

        Winner — Legend
        Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
        WTA Tour Championships (0–1)
        Virginia Slims, Avon, Other (12–17)
        Titles by Surface
        Hard (0–0)
        Grass (2–4)
        Clay (2–4)
        Carpet (8–10)
        Runner-up1.26 May 1975RomeClayUnited Kingdom Glynis ColesUnited States Chris Evert
        Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
        1–6, 2–6
        Winner1.14 July 1975KitzbühelClayUnited States Pam TeeguardenUruguay Fiorella Bonicelli
        Argentina Raquel Giscafré
        6–1, 6–3
        Winner2.1 December 1975AdelaideGrassUnited Kingdom Michelle TylerAustralia Kym Ruddell
        Australia Janet Young
        7–5, 6–3
        Runner-up2.8 December 1975PerthGrassUnited Kingdom Michelle TylerAustralia Christine Matison
        Australia Lesley Turner Bowrey
        6–7, 3–6
        Runner-up3.16 August 1976TorontoClayUnited States Pam TeeguardenAustralia Cynthia Doerner
        United States Janet Newberry
        7–6, 3–6, 1–6
        Winner3.12 October 1976Hilton Head IslandClayAustralia Evonne GoolagongCzechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
        United Kingdom Virginia Wade
        4–6, 6–4, 3–6
        Winner4.25 November 1976TokyoCarpet (I)United States Ann KiyomuraUnited States Rosie Casals
        France Françoise Dürr
        4–6, 6–3, 6–1
        Runner-up4.17 January 1977HoustonCarpet (I)United States Ann KiyomuraCzechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
        Netherlands Betty Stöve
        6–4, 2–6, 1–6
        Runner-up5.28 February 1977San FranciscoCarpet (I)United States Ann KiyomuraAustralia Kerry Melville Reid
        South Africa Greer Stevens
        3–6, 1–6
        Runner-up6.5 February 1979SeattleCarpet (I)United States Ann KiyomuraFrance Françoise Dürr
        Netherlands Betty Stöve
        6–7(4–7), 6–4, 4–6
        Runner-up7.19 February 1979DetroitCarpet (I)United States Ann KiyomuraNetherlands Betty Stöve
        Australia Wendy Turnbull
        4–6, 6–7(5–7)
        Runner-up8.12 March 1979BostonCarpet (I)United States Ann KiyomuraAustralia Kerry Melville Reid
        Australia Wendy Turnbull
        4–6, 2–6
        Runner-up9.19 March 1979Avon ChampionshipsCarpet (I)United States Ann KiyomuraFrance Françoise Dürr
        Netherlands Betty Stöve
        6–7, 6–7
        Runner-up10.2 April 1979TokyoCarpet (I)United States Ann KiyomuraFrance Françoise Dürr
        Netherlands Betty Stöve
        5–7, 6–7
        Winner5.10 September 1979PittsburghCarpet (I)United States Candy ReynoldsUnited States Bunny Bruning
        United States Jane Stratton
        6–3, 6–2
        Runner-up11.3 December 1979SydneyGrassUnited States Pam ShriverUnited States Billie Jean King
        Australia Wendy Turnbull
        5–7, 4–6
        Runner-up12.10 December 1979AdelaideGrassUnited States Pam ShriverCzechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková
        Romania Virginia Ruzici
        1–6, 6–3, 2–6
        Winner6.11 February 1980OaklandCarpet (I)United States Ann KiyomuraSouth Africa Greer Stevens
        United Kingdom Virginia Wade
        6–0, 6–4
        Runner-up13.31 March 1980TokyoCarpet (I)United States Ann KiyomuraUnited States Billie Jean King
        Czechoslovakia Martina Navrátilová
        5–7, 3–6
        Runner-up14.8 December 1980AdelaideGrassUnited States Sharon WalshUnited States Pam Shriver
        Netherlands Betty Stöve
        4–6, 3–6
        Winner7.16 February 1981HoustonCarpet (I)United States Ann KiyomuraCzechoslovakia Regina Maršíková
        United States Mary-Lou Piatek
        5–7, 6–3, 6–4
        Runner-up15.23 February 1981SeattleCarpet (I)United States Ann KiyomuraUnited States Rosie Casals
        Australia Wendy Turnbull
        4–6, 1–6
        Winner8.2 March 1981Los AngelesCarpet (I)United States Ann KiyomuraUnited States Peanut Louie
        United States Marita Redondo
        6–1, 4–6, 6–1
        Winner9.4 May 1981TokyoCarpet (I)United States Ann KiyomuraUnited States Barbara Potter
        United States Sharon Walsh
        7–5, 6–2
        Runner-up16.18 May 1981BerlinClayCzechoslovakia Renáta TomanováUnited States Rosalyn Fairbank
        South Africa Tanya Harford
        3–6, 4–6
        Winner10.8 June 1981SurbitonGrassUnited States Ann KiyomuraUnited States Billie Jean King
        South Africa Ilana Kloss
        6–1, 6–7, 6–1
        Runner-up17.3 August 1981IndianapolisClayUnited States Paula SmithUnited States JoAnne Russell
        Romania Virginia Ruzici
        2–6, 2–6
        Winner11.10 August 1981RichmondCarpet (I)United States Ann KiyomuraUnited States Kathy Jordan
        United States Anne Smith
        4–6, 7–6, 6–4
        Winner12.11 January 1982CincinnatiCarpet (I)United States Ann KiyomuraUnited States Pam Shriver
        United States Anne Smith
        6–2, 7–6
        Runner-up18.15 February 1982HoustonCarpet (I)United States Sharon WalshUnited States Kathy Jordan
        United States Pam Shriver
        6–7(6–8), 2–6

        Grand Slam singles tournament timeline

        Tournament197319741975197619771978197919801981198219831984Career SR
        Australian OpenA3RSF2RASFQFA3R3R1RAA0 / 8
        French OpenAA3RWAA2RA1RAA1R1 / 5
        Wimbledon2R1R3RQFSF4R1R2R3R1R1R2R0 / 12
        US OpenAA2R4R3RA2RA2RAA1R0 / 6
        SR0 / 10 / 20 / 41 / 40 / 30 / 20 / 30 / 20 / 40 / 20 / 10 / 31 / 31
        Career statistics
        Year End Ranking19105241016146257155
        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.

        Note: The Australian Open was held twice in 1977, in January and December.

        Broadcasting career

        Upon retiring from tennis Barker became a commentator and sports reporter for Australia's Channel 7 in 1985 before going on to anchor tennis coverage for British Sky Broadcasting in 1990. In 1993, Barker joined the Wimbledon coverage on the BBC and now anchors the two-week-long broadcast for the network.

        Barker has branched out since joining the BBC, becoming one of their chief sports presenters and she is currently the presenter of the sports quiz show A Question Of Sport.

        Barker has hosted BBC Sport's coverage of the Australian Open, the French Open, Queens Club Championships, Eastbourne, and Wimbledon.

        Other sporting events she has hosted have included the Grand National (1996–2006), the Derby (2001–2007), Racing at Ascot and Longchamp (1995–1999), Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury, the Great North Run, World Athletics Championships and European Athletics Championships (1999–2009), BBC Sports Personality of the Year (1994-2012), Commonwealth Games (since 1994) and Winter Olympics (since 1994).

        In June 1999, she co-presented coverage of HRH Prince Edward's wedding to Sophie Rhys-Jones at Windsor alongside Michael Buerk. Barker had introduced Rhys-Jones to Queen Elizabeth II's youngest son at a charity function a few years earlier.

        In 2008, Barker and the BBC extended her contract to cover the London 2012 Olympic Games. It is estimated to be worth £375,000 a year.

        In 2014, she was one of the main presenters of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Games.

        Personal life

        In 1978, Barker broke off an engagement with Australian tennis player Syd Ball. In an interview the following year, she said: "I realised that Syd wasn't the answer. Underneath, I wasn't happy and I certainly wasn't ready for marriage. I wasn't fair to him or myself." After her engagement was broken off, she had a brief relationship with another Australian, golfer Greg Norman.

        In 1982, Barker met singer Cliff Richard. Their romance attracted considerable media attention after Richard flew to Denmark to watch her play in a tennis match and they were later photographed cuddling and holding hands at Wimbledon. Richard said in 2008 that he had come close to asking her to marry him. He said: "I seriously contemplated asking her to marry me, but in the end I realised that I didn't love her quite enough to commit the rest of my life to her."

        In 1986, after Barker's romance with Richard had ended and she began a brief relationship with tennis player Stephen Shaw, Richard said that he was still a friend of Barker. He said: "We have a mutual respect for each other and that means a lot to me."

        In 1988, Richard said of his former romance with Barker: "We were closer than just friends. She's the only person with whom I've had that sort of relationship." He said that one of the things which made up his mind not to marry her was when she got upset because he hadn't told her who he was seeing that day. Richard said: "I suddenly realised that in a marriage you don't live for yourself."

        In 1988, Barker married former policeman Lance Tankard. They live in a mansion on a 26-acre estate in Surrey. The couple own several rottweilers.

        In 1980, Barker was temporarily blinded in her right eye after a large dog in Spain jumped up and bit her. She lost the sight in her eye for five hours and feared that the dog attack would force her to stop playing tennis, which she said "broke her heart".

        In an interview in 1999, Barker said that during her tennis career she was approached by a lesbian tennis player in the locker room and touched "in a way that didn't feel right". Barker refused to name the female tennis player involved.

        In July 2012, the Advertising Standards Authority in the UK received over 40 complaints for a Go Compare advert that Barker starred in when she was featured firing a large rocket launcher at opera singer Gio Compario (Wynne Evans) in an attempt to kill off the face of the brand. A spokesperson for the ASA said: "Some people think it offensive especially at a time when children are watching. Others think it inappropriate when our security forces are coming under fire on a daily basis. As with all complaints, we are looking into the matter before deciding if we launch a full investigation."

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