Katie Schlukebir

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Katie Schlukebir
Full nameKatrina Schlukebir
Country (sports) United States
Born (1975-04-29) April 29, 1975 (age 44)
Kalamazoo, Michigan
PlaysRight-handed
Prize money$271,620
Singles
Career record72–73
Highest rankingNo. 188 (October 26, 1998)
Doubles
Career record145–123
Career titles1 WTA
Highest rankingNo. 46 (August 30, 1999)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2001)
French Open2R (1998, 1999, 2001)
Wimbledon3R (1999, 2000)
US OpenQF (1998)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2000)
French Open2R (1999, 2000)
WimbledonQF (2000)
US Open1R (1999, 2001, 2002)

Katrina "Katie" Schlukebir (born April 29, 1975) is a former professional tennis player from the United States.

Biography[edit]

Schlukebir was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to insurance agent John and tennis instructor Kathy.[1] On her father's side she is of German and Dutch descent. She is the eldest of three daughters.[1] Her youngest sister, Kristen, also became a professional tennis player.[1] The middle sister, Karie, played tennis at Indiana University, before her death from cancer in 2010.[2]

A right-handed player, Schlukebir started out in tennis aged four, introduced to the sport by her mother.[1] She was runner-up in the girls' doubles event at the 1992 US Open, with partner Julie Steven.[3] Later she played on the collegiate team at Stanford University and in 1997 was a member of the championship winning side.[1] Individually she was a four-time All-American and in the championship year of 1997 won Stanford's award for both "Sophomore Athlete of the Year" and "Woman of the Year".[1] She graduated in 1997 with a degree in psychology, then joined the professional tour full-time.[1]

On the professional circuit she specialised as a doubles player and peaked at 46 in the world. She made two WTA Tour finals, with her only title coming at the 1999 Challenge Bell in Quebec, partnering Amy Frazier.[4]

Schlukebir was a regular competitor in doubles draws at grand slam competitions. She made the women's doubles quarter-finals at the 1998 US Open with Amy Frazier, along the way accounting for sixth seeds Anna Kournikova and Larisa Neiland. In 1999 played mixed doubles with Mike Bryan at the French Open, Wimbledon and US Open. Her best grand slam performance in the mixed doubles was a quarter-final appearance partnering Eric Taino at the 2000 Wimbledon Championships, where they were beaten by Lleyton Hewitt and Kim Clijsters.[5]

Following her playing career she worked as a coach for the USTA.[6]

WTA Tour finals[edit]

Doubles (1-1)[edit]

Result    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win November, 1999 Québec City, Canada Tier III Carpet United States Amy Frazier Zimbabwe Cara Black
United States Debbie Graham
6–2, 6–3
Loss January, 2001 Gold Coast, Australia Tier III Hard United States Meghann Shaughnessy Italy Giulia Casoni
Slovakia Janette Husárová
6–7(9–11), 5–7

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Katie Schlukebir - WTA Tennis - Bio". Women's Tennis Association official website. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Mattawan grad, Indiana tennis star Karie Schlukebir Pennock loses 11-year battle with cancer". MLive. Advance Publications. January 17, 2010. Retrieved January 1, 2018.
  3. ^ Frost, Marcia (2008). American Doubles-- the Trials, the Triumphs, the Domination. Mansion. p. 30. ISBN 1932421165.
  4. ^ "Bell Challenge". Arizona Republic. November 8, 1999. p. 36. Retrieved January 1, 2018.
  5. ^ "Wimbledon Update". Deseret News. July 7, 2000. Retrieved January 1, 2018.
  6. ^ "USA Tennis High Performance Names New Women's Coaching Staff". USTA. March 10, 2009. Retrieved January 1, 2018.

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