Wimbledon Wallpaper   ( Women's Tennis Photos for PC Desktop Background )

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Classic Wimbledon wallpaper (desktop background):
contains images of 8 Wimbledon Ladies Champions of the 1960s-1990s

left side:
    -- Brazilian Maria Bueno, shown serving at Wimbledon, defeated Darlene Hard of the US 6-4, 6-3 to win the singles title in 1959, won again in 1960 defeating Sandra Reynolds (Price) of South Africa 8-6, 6-0, and a third time in 1964, defeating Margaret Smith (Court) 6-4, 7-9, 6-3 (photo from The Handbook of Tennis by Paul Douglas). Maria also won the US singles title 4 times, and the French & Australian titles once each, plus 19 Grand Slam tourney doubles & mixed doubles titles.
Maria Bueno page at the International Tennis Hall of Fame

    -- Born in Czechoslovakia, Martina Navratilova became a US citizen in 1975 Martina is shown hitting a backhand volley at Wimbledon in 1983 (photo from Ladies of the Court by Virginia Wade). She won the Wimbledon singles title a record 9 times (exceeding Helen Wills previous record of 8):

1990 Martina d Zina Garrison USA 6-4, 6-1
1987 Martina d Steffi Graf GER 7-5, 6-3
1986 Martina d Hana Mandlikova TCH 7-6 (7-1), 6-3
1985 Martina d Chris Evert USA 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
1984 Martina d Chris Evert USA 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
1983 Martina d Andrea Jaeger USA 6-0, 6-3
1982 Martina d Chris Evert USA 6-1, 3-6, 6-2
1979 Martina d Chris Evert USA 6-4, 6-4
1978 Martina d Chris Evert USA 2-6, 6-4, 7-5

    Martina also won 4 US, 3 Australian, and 2 French singles titles, and a total of 167 singles titles in all, an all-time record.
Martina Navratilova page at the International Tennis Hall of Fame

    -- Margaret Smith Court of Australia (left of center, bottom) won a record 62 Grand Slam tourney titles during her career, 24 of them singles, also a record (the photo of Margaret ready to hit a forehand is from History of Lawn Tennis in Pictures, by Lance Tingay). She won the Wimbledon singles title 3 times, the Australian title 11 times, the US and French titles 5 times each. At Wimbledon, Margaret defeated Billie Jean Moffitt (King) 6-3, 6-4 in 1963, Maria Bueno 6-4, 7-5 in 1965, and Billie Jean King again, 14-12, 11-9, in 1970. The 26-game 1st set in 1970 was the longest in Wimbledon ladies final history. In 1970 Margaret also won the French, US, and Australian Open titles, becoming the 2nd woman in history (after Maureen Connolly) to win the Grand Slam, all 4 majors in 1 calendar year.
Margaret Smith Court page at the International Tennis Hall of Fame

    -- Steffi Graf (left of center, top) is show hitting "THE forehand" at Wimbledon in 1995 (photo from sporting-heroes.net, where they have 550 large photos of WTA & ATP players, including many players of the 70s & 80s). "Fraulein Forehand" won Wimbledon 7 times:

1996 Steffi d Arantxa Sanchez Vicario ESP 6-3, 7-5
1995 Steffi d Arantxa Sanchez Vicario ESP 4-6, 6-1, 7-5
1993 Steffi d Jana Novotna TCH 7-6(6), 1-6, 6-4
1992 Steffi d Monica Seles USA 6-2, 6-1
1991 Steffi d Gabriela Sabatini ARG 6-4, 3-6, 8-6
1989 Steffi d Martina Navratilova USA 6-2, 6(1)-7, 6-1
1988 Steffi d Martina Navratilova USA 5-7, 6-2, 6-1

    Steffi was 22-9 in Grand Slam singles finals. In addition to her 7 Wimbledons, she won 6 French Opens, 5 US Opens, and 4 Australian Opens. She was ranked # 1 or # 2 in the WTA continuously from March 2, 1987 to June 8, 1997, and was still ranked # 3 when she announced her retirement in August, 1999.
Steffi Graf page at the International Tennis Hall of Fame

center:
    -- Virginia Wade defeated Betty Stove of the Netherlands 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 in the 1977 "Wimbledon Jubilee" final. Virginia is pictured after that match holding the "Venus Rosewater Dish," which is the Wimbledon ladies singles trophy (photo from Virginia's book, Courting Triumph). The photo of Virginia hitting an athletic running forehand volley at Wimbledon is probably also from 1977 (photo from The Handbook of Tennis). No British subject has won the Wimbledon singles title since Virginia's 1977 victory. Included in her 55 career singles titles were the first US Open, in 1968, and the 1972 Australian Open. Virginia competed at Wimbledon for a record 26 years, from 1962 through 1987.
    Behind Virginia is an aerial photo of the Wimbledon grounds, with Centre Court at top, taken in 1935 (photo from The History of Lawn Tennis in Pictures).
Virginia Wade page at the International Tennis Hall of Fame

right side:
    -- Chris Evert of the US, shown swinging away at Wimbledon with her classic 2-handed backhand, won the Wimbledon ladies singles title 3 times (photo from The Handbook of Tennis). "Chrissie" defeated Olga Morozova of Russia 6-0, 6-4 in 1974, Australian Evonne Goolagong (Cawley) 6-3, 4-6, 8-6 in 1976, and Hana Mandlikova of Czechoslovakia (later Australia) 6-2, 6-2 in 1981. Strongest on clay courts, Chrissie won 15 other Grand Slam tourney singles titles away from Wimbledon: 7 French Opens, 6 US Opens (including the 3 clay court years at Forest Hills), and 2 Australian Opens. Her career winning percentage, 89.96%, is the highest in pro history, and she reached the final in 76% of the tourneys she entered.
Chris Evert page at the International Tennis Hall of Fame

    -- Australian Evonne Goolagong (Cawley), shown swinging away at Wimbledon with her great 1-handed backhand, won the title twice, defeating Margaret Smith Court 6-4, 6-1 in the final on July 2, 1971 (photo shown, from The Encyclopedia of Tennis edited by Max Robertson & Jack Kramer), and defeating Chris Evert 6-1, 7-6(4) in the final in 1980. The 1980 final was the only Wimbledon singles championship ever to end in a tiebreaker. Evonne won 43 singles titles during her career, including 4 Australian and 1 French title in addition to her 2 Wimbledons.
Evonne Goolagong page at the International Tennis Hall of Fame

    -- Billie Jean King of the US is shown reaching for a backhand volley at Wimbledon during the 1973 final, when she defeated Chris Evert 6-0, 7-5 (photo from The Encyclopedia of Tennis). Billie Jean won the Wimbledon singles title 6 times:

1975 Billie Jean d Evonne Goolagong Cawley AUS 6-0, 6-1
1973 Billie Jean d Chris Evert USA 6-0, 7-5
1972 Billie Jean d Evonne Goolagong AUS 6-3, 6-3
1968 Billie Jean d Judy Tegart AUS 9-7, 7-5
1967 Billie Jean d Ann Jones GBR 6-3, 6-4
1966 Billie Jean d Maria Bueno BRA 6-3, 3-6, 6-1

    Billie Jean won a record 20 Wimbledon titles in all: 6 singles, 10 doubles, and 4 mixed doubles. Her career record at Wimbledon was 95-15 in singles, 74-12 in doubles, and 55-14 in mixed doubles. She won a total of 39 Grand Slam tourney titles of all three varieties. Her career pro singles match record was 677-149.
Billie Jean King page at the International Tennis Hall of Fame


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