Michelle Jaggard-Lai

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Michelle Jaggard-Lai
Michelle Jaggard-Lai Jan 1994.jpg
Michelle Jaggard-Lai at Brisbane Hardcourt Championships January 1994
Country (sports) Australia
ResidenceSydney, Australia
Born (1969-05-06) 6 May 1969 (age 50)
Sydney, Australia
Height1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Turned pro1984
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$406,279
Career record179–178
Career titles0 WTA, 1 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 83 (10 May 1993)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (1989)
French Open2R (1989, 1990)
Wimbledon1R (1987, 1988, 1989, 1993)
US Open1R (1993)
Career record147–138
Career titles3 WTA, 7 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 42 (4 February 1991)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (1992)
French Open2R (1987, 1988, 1990, 1992)
Wimbledon2R (1986, 1988, 1989, 1991)
US Open3R (1993)
Last updated on: 19 April 2008.

Michelle Jaggard-Lai (born 6 May 1969) is a retired professional tennis player from Australia. Jaggard-Lai turned pro in 1984. She won 3 doubles titles during her career on the WTA Tour. She reached the quarterfinals in doubles of the 1992 Australian Open, partnering Kimiko Date. In singles, she reached the 3rd round of the 1989 Australian Open. She reached a career-high doubles ranking of No. 42 in February 1991 and a high singles ranking of No. 83 in May 1993.

She was a member of the Australia Fed Cup team that lost in the final of the 1993 Federation Cup.

Jaggard-Lai played in the Main Draw in singles at the Australian Open 8 times, the French Open 6 times, Wimbledon 4 times & the US Open once. She played in the Main Draw in doubles at the Australian Open 7 times, the French Open 9 times, Wimbledon 9 times & the US Open 6 times.

She married ex-professional soccer player from the Netherlands Gershwin Lai in February or March 1992.

Jaggard-Lai retired from the tour at the end of 1994 (aged just 25 & ranked # 2 in Australia in singles at the time). Together with her husband, she is a tennis teacher at Wakehurst Tennis in Seaforth, New South Wales, Australia.[1]

WTA Tour titles (3)[edit]

Doubles wins (3)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponents in the final Score
1. 26 October 1987 Indianapolis, United States Hard (i) Australia Jenny Byrne United States Beverly Bowes-Hackney
United States Hu Na
6–2, 6–3
2. 24 July 1989 Schenectady, United States Hard United States Hu Na United States Sandra Birch
United States Debbie Graham
6–3, 6–2
3. 20 November 1994 Taipei, Taiwan Hard Canada Rene Simpson Belgium Nancy Feber
France Alexandra Fusai
6–0, 7–6(12–10)

Doubles runners-up (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponents in the final Score
1. 5 February 1990 Wellington, New Zealand Hard Australia Julie Richardson Soviet Union Natalia Medvedeva
Soviet Union Leila Meskhi
6–3, 2–6, 6–4
2. 9 April 1990 Tokyo (Japan Open), Japan Hard United States Hu Na United States Kathy Jordan
Australia Elizabeth Smylie
6–0, 3–6, 6–1

ITF Circuit wins[edit]

Singles winner (2)[edit]

Doubles winner (7)[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Our team – Coaching crew at Wakehurst Tennis