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Facing Greatness: Lisa Bonder-Kerkorian

Former WTA top ten player Lisa Bonder is next in our new series “Facing Greatness” as she contemplates the question of which were the two best matches ever played against her on a tennis court, during her career which spanned from 1981 to 1991 and was highlighted by four WTA singles titles and a no. 9 ranking in 1984 at age 18.

Lisa Bonder-Kerkorian: “Helena Sukova, round of 16 at U.S. Open (1984, 64 57 46). And Camille Benjamin, QF at Roland Garros (1984, 67 75 36, after beating Virginia Ruzici 64 63 in R 16). Both played very high level. I think those were both matches I was expected to win. Martina Navratilova cleaned my clock one year at Wimbledon but she always played that well (first round, 06 26).”

Lisa Bonder had career wins against Chris Evert, Andrea Jaeger, Mary Joe Fernandez, Virginia Ruzici, Mima Jausovec, Kathy Rinaldi, Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere, and Gabriela Sabatini. Three of her four WTA titles were won in Tokyo and her first title was won in Hamburg in 1982 vs. Renata Tomanova 63 62. Lisa Kerkorian returned to international competition three years ago after a 30 year hiatus, to play some ITF senior 40s events. Her results qualfied her for the US Team to play the year-end championships in September in Umag, Croatia (the event was cancelled due to Covid).

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