Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat
Country (sports)Australia
ResidenceMelbourne, Australia
Born (1956-08-10) 10 August 1956 (age 64)
Albury, Australia
Height1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Turned pro1973
Retired1990
PlaysLeft-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$1,145,377
Singles
Career record429–223[1]
Career titles8
Highest rankingNo. 4 (19 March 1979)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenF (1977Jan)
French OpenSF (1979, 1980)
WimbledonQF (1979, 1987)
US OpenSF (1976)
Doubles
Career record134–141
Career titles6
Highest rankingNo. 56 (14 September 1987)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenW (1977)
French OpenSF (1979)
WimbledonQF (1979)
US OpenQF (1979)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (1987, 1988)
French OpenSF (1975)
WimbledonF (1980)
US Open2R (1983)
Team competitions
Fed CupW (1974)

Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat (née Fromholtz; born 10 August 1956) is an Australian former professional tennis player who reached a highest singles ranking of world No. 4 in 1979.

Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat in Wimbledon Mixed Doubles with Tom Okker in the background, 1985
Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat in Wimbledon Mixed Doubles with Tom Okker in the background, 1985

Career

Fromholtz began playing tennis at the age of seven. She left school at the age of 16 to play in international tournaments. She turned pro in 1973 and joined the WTA Tour.

At the age of 17, she actively participated in the professional tennis circuit, winning the singles title at a dozen tournaments in 1973, but the rules at the time did not permit prize money to be paid to participants under 18 years of age.[2]

She reached the finals of the Australian Open in January 1977, losing to fellow Australian Kerry Melville Reid in two sets. She was a semifinalist at the French Open in 1979 and 1980. She also reached the semifinals of the US Open in 1976.

Fromholtz won 8 WTA Tour singles titles and reached a career-high ranking of World No. 4 in 1979. Partnering with Helen Gourlay Cawley, she won the Australian Open women's doubles in January 1977. She had career wins over Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King, Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Margaret Court, Virginia Wade, Pam Shriver, and Gabriela Sabatini. She holds an 8–7 career record over King.

Fromholtz met French businessman Claude Balestrat at a New Year's Eve party in 1981, and the couple wed in Dural on 26 December 1982.[3]

On 30 August 2000, Fromholtz was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for her commitment to tennis.[4]

Grand Slam finals

Singles: (1 runners-up)

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1977(J) Australian Open Grass Australia Kerry Melville Reid 7–5, 6–2

Doubles: (1 title)

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1977(J) Australian Open Grass Australia Helen Gourlay Australia Kerry Melville Reid
United States Betsy Nagelsen
5–7, 6–1, 7–5

Mixed doubles: (1 runner-up)

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1980 Wimbledon Grass Australia Mark Edmondson United States Tracy Austin
United States John Austin
4–6, 7–6(8–6), 6–3

WTA career finals

Singles: 24 (8–16)

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–1)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Virginia Slims, Avon, Other (8–15)
Titles by surface
Hard (0–4)
Grass (4–5)
Clay (3–1)
Carpet (1–6)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1. 14 May 1973 Guildford Clay Japan Kazuko Sawamatsu 7–5, 4–6, 6–3
Win 2. 4 June 1973 Chichester Grass South Africa Brigitte Cuypers 6–1, 6–0
Win 3. 11 June 1973 Beckenham Grass United States Janet Newberry 7–5, 0–6, 6–1
Loss 1. 9 July 1973 Newport Grass United States Julie Heldman 6–1, 1–6, 9–11
Loss 2. 19 November 1973 Adelaide Grass Australia Janet Young 5–7, 1–6
Win 4. 26 November 1973 Sydney Clay United States Ann Kiyomura 6–1, 7–5
Loss 3. 19 August 1974 South Orange Grass United States Pam Teeguarden 5–7, 3–6
Loss 4. 18 November 1974 Johannesburg Hard Australia Kerry Melville 3–6, 5–7
Loss 5. 4 August 1975 Indianapolis Clay United States Chris Evert 3–6, 4–6
Loss 6. 4 October 1976 Phoenix Hard United States Chris Evert 1–6, 5–7
Win 5. 19 November 1976 Sydney Clay Australia Leanne Harrison 6–1, 6–0
Loss 7. 26 December 1976 Sydney Grass Australia Kerry Melville Reid 6–3, 2–6, 3–6
Loss 8. 3 January 1977 Australian Open Grass Australia Kerry Melville Reid 5–7, 2–6
Loss 9. 3 October 1977 Atlanta Carpet United States Chris Evert 3–6, 2–6
Loss 10. 20 February 1978 Detroit Carpet United States Martina Navratilova 3–6, 2–6
Win 6. 4 December 1978 Sydney Grass Australia Kerry Melville Reid 6–1, 1–6, 6–4
Win 7. 18 December 1978 Sydney Grass Australia Wendy Turnbull 6–2, 7–5
Loss 11. 22 January 1979 Hollywood Carpet South Africa Greer Stevens 4–6, 6–2, 4–6
Win 8. 12 March 1979 Boston Carpet United Kingdom Sue Barker 6–2, 7–6(7–4)
Loss 12. 31 March 1979 Carlsbad Hard United States Chris Evert 6–3, 3–6, 1–6
Loss 13. 1 October 1979 Minneapolis Carpet Australia Evonne Goolagong 3–6, 4–6
Loss 14. 29 September 1980 Minneapolis Carpet United States Tracy Austin 1–6, 6–2, 2–6
Loss 15. 6 May 1985 Sydney Carpet United States Pam Shriver 3–6, 4–6
Loss 16. 9 March 1987 Phoenix Hard United States Anne White 1–6, 2–6

Doubles: 12 (6–6)

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (1–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Virginia Slims, Avon, Other (5–6)
Titles by Surface
Hard (2–2)
Grass (2–3)
Clay (2–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1. 9 July 1973 Newport Grass United States Julie Heldman United States Patti Hogan
United States Sharon Walsh
1–5 Shared –
final rained out
Loss 1. 17 December 1973 Hobart Grass United Kingdom Jackie Fayter Australia Helen Gourlay
Australia Karen Krantzcke
2–6, 1–6
Win 2. 8 April 1974 Phoenix, Arizona Hard Australia Janet Young United States Ann Kiyomura
United States Betsy Nagelsen
w/o
Loss 2. 18 November 1974 Johannesburg Hard Australia Margaret Court South Africa Ilana Kloss
Australia Kerry Melville
3–6, 5–7
Win 3. 19 May 1975 Hamburg Clay Czechoslovakia Renáta Tomanová Israel Paulina Peisachov
Japan Kazuko Sawamatsu
6–3, 6–2
Win 4. 8 March 1976 Tallahassee, Florida Hard United States Julie Anthony Romania Virginia Ruzici
Romania Mariana Simionescu
6–2, 7–5
Loss 3. 26 December 1976 Sydney Grass Czechoslovakia Renáta Tomanová Australia Helen Gourlay
United States Betsy Nagelsen
4–6, 1–6
Win 5. 3 January 1977 Australian Open Grass Australia Helen Gourlay Australia Kerry Melville Reid
United States Betsy Nagelsen
5–7, 6–1, 7–5
Loss 4. 23 September 1977 Hilton Head Clay United Kingdom Virginia Wade Australia Evonne Goolagong
Australia Kerry Melville Reid
2–6, 6–3, 4–6
Win 6. 14 May 1979 Vienna Clay South Africa Marise Kruger South Africa Ilana Kloss
United States Betty Ann Stuart
3–6, 6–4, 6–1
Loss 5. 26 November 1979 Melbourne Grass United States Anne Smith United States Billie Jean King
Australia Wendy Turnbull
3–6, 3–6
Loss 6. 28 February 1983 Palm Springs Hard Netherlands Betty Stöve United States Kathy Jordan
United States Ann Kiyomura
2–6, 2–6

Grand Slam singles tournament 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. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
Tournament 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 Career SR
Australian Open (Jan) 1R A QF 2R 3R A F Held in December NH 3R 1R 1R 1R 0 / 13
French Open A A A 3R 3R A A A SF SF 3R A A A 1R A 2R A A A 0 / 7
Wimbledon A A 1R 1R 1R 4R A 4R QF 4R 3R A 1R A 2R 4R QF 2R 1R A 0 / 14
US Open A A A 3R 2R SF 4R 3R 4R 4R 1R 2R 1R A 1R A 1R 2R A A 0 / 13
Australian Open (Dec) Held in January A A A A 1R 2R A 2R 3R NH Held in January
SR 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 1 0 / 4 0 / 1 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 1 0 / 47
Year End Ranking 20 5 8 10 6 12 38 32 75 99 30 25 21 56 112 NR

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

See also

References

  1. ^ WTA Media Guide 1987. 1987.
  2. ^ "Dianne's tenth title of year", Sydney Morning Herald, 3 December 1973
  3. ^ "Fromholtz Marries". The Canberra Times. 31 December 1982. p. 14. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  4. ^ "Dianne Balestrat". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 6 January 2012.