Carling Bassett-Seguso

Carling Bassett-Seguso
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Birthdate October 9, 1967
Birthplace Toronto, Ontario, Canada
From Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Residence Boca Raton, Florida, United States
Height 5’6” (1,68m)
Style of play Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Turned pro 1983
Retired 1990
Best WTA singles ranking No. 8 (March 4, 1985)
Best WTA doubles ranking No. 51 (January 19, 1987)
Profile on CdnTennis.ca

Biography

Carling Bassett-Seguso (born October 9, 1967 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian former professional tennis player. She reached a career-high WTA singles ranking of No. 8 on March 4, 1985 and a career-high WTA doubles ranking of No. 51 on January 19, 1987.

Bassett-Seguso is the first Canadian male or female to be ranked in the top 10 in singles or in doubles. In 1981, Bassett-Seguso won the Canadian junior indoor tennis title. In 1982, she was ranked the No. 2 junior player in the world after winning events in Tokyo and Taipei. That year, she also became the youngest winner of the Canadian closed championship at the age of 14. She won the title again in 1983 and in 1986. Also in 1982, she became the first Canadian to win the under-18 Orange Bowl. By age 16, Bassett-Seguso was Canada's top tennis player. At the same time, she had a successful second career as a fashion model, working for the world-famous Ford modeling agency. She also dabbled in acting, being promoted as one of the stars of a 1982 teen comedy film Spring Fever, and later appearing in a 1984 episode of The Littlest Hobo. In 1983, Bassett-Seguso advanced to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open and won her first top-level singles titles in Pennsylvania. In 1984, she reached the quarterfinals at the French Open and, in her best performance at a Grand Slam, the semifinals at the US Open where she defeated Elizabeth Smylie, Pascale Paradis, Mima Jaušovec, Petra Delhees and Hana Mandlíková before losing to Chris Evert. She reached the French Open quarterfinals again in 1986. Bassett won her second top-level singles title in 1987 at Strasbourg. Bassett was named the WTA's Most Impressive Newcomer in 1983, and won the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada's Female Athlete of the Year in 1983 and 1985. She was also named Tennis Canada female player of the year in 1983, 1984, 1985. She retired in 1990.

Bassett is the daughter of John F. Bassett and Susan Carling, and the granddaughter of media baron John Bassett and politician and brewery executive John Carling. Bassett married American tennis player Robert Seguso in 1987. The couple have two sons and three daughters – Holden John Seguso, born March 14, 1988, daughter Carling Jr., born in 1990, Ridley Jack, born in 1993, Lennon Shy on April 10, 2010 and the youngest, Theodora. Holden has played in a handful of Futures tennis tournaments, off and on, since 2005. Bassett-Seguso was inducted into the Canadian Tennis Hall of Fame in 1998.

WTA career finals

Singles: 6 (2 titles, 4 runners-up)

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Championships (0–0)
Virginia Slims (2–4)
Titles by surface
Hard (0–2)
Clay (1–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (1–1)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Feb 1983 VS of Pennsylvania, United States Virginia Slims Carpet (i) Sandy Collins (USA) 2–6, 6–0, 6–4
Loss 1–1 Feb 1983 Congoleum Classic, United States Virginia Slims Hard Yvonne Vermaak (RSA) 3–6, 5–7
Loss 1–2 Apr 1983 Amelia Island Championships, United States Virginia Slims Clay Chris Evert-Lloyd (USA) 3–6, 6–2, 5–7
Loss 1–3 Nov 1983 Ginny Championships, United States Virginia Slims Carpet (i) Kathleen Horvath (USA) 6–4, 2–6, 6–7(1–7)
Loss 1–4 Oct 1984 Eckerd Open, United States Virginia Slims Hard Michelle Torres (USA) 1–6, 6–7(4–7)
Win 2–4 May 1987 Internationaux de Strasbourg, France Virginia Slims Clay Sandra Cecchini (ITA) 6–3, 6–4

Doubles: 3 (2 titles, 1 runner-up)

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Championships (0–0)
Virginia Slims (2–4)
Titles by surface
Hard (2–0)
Clay (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Oct 1984 Eckerd Open, United States Virginia Slims Hard Elizabeth Sayers (AUS) Mary-Lou Daniels (USA)
Wendy White (USA)
6–4, 6–3
Loss 1–1 Apr 1985 Amelia Island Championships, United States Virginia Slims Clay Chris Evert-Lloyd (USA) Rosalyn Fairbank (RSA)
Hana Mandlíková (TCH)
1–6, 6–2, 2–6
Win 2–1 Nov 1985 Eckerd Open, United States Virginia Slims Hard Gabriela Sabatini (ARG) Lisa Bonder (USA)
Laura Gildemeister (PER)
6–0, 6–0

Singles performance timeline

Tournament 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A QF 1R A NH 4R A A A 0 / 3 5–3 63%
French Open Q2 1R QF 4R QF 3R 1R A Q1 0 / 6 13–6 68%
Wimbledon A 4R 3R 2R 4R 1R 1R A Q1 0 / 6 9–6 60%
US Open Q3 3R SF 4R 1R 2R 3R 1R A 0 / 7 13–7 65%
Win–Loss 0–0 8–4 11–4 7–3 7–3 5–4 2–3 0–1 0–0 0 / 22 40–22 65%

Doubles performance timeline

Tournament 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 1R QF A NH A A A A 0 / 2 2–2 50%
French Open 1R 2R 1R 2R 3R A A 2R 0 / 6 5–6 45%
Wimbledon 2R 2R 2R A 2R A A 1R 0 / 5 4–5 44%
US Open 3R 3R QF 2R A 2R 1R A 0 / 6 9–6 60%
Win–Loss 3–4 6–4 4–3 2–2 3–2 1–1 0–1 1–2 0 / 19 20–19 51%

Mixed doubles performance timeline

Tournament 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open Not Held 2R A A A A 0 / 1 1–1 50%
French Open 1R QF 1R 2R 1R A 1R A 3R A 0 / 7 5–6 45%
Wimbledon A 1R 3R 2R 1R 1R 1R A A 1R 0 / 7 3–7 30%
US Open A A A A 2R A 2R A A A 0 / 2 2–2 50%
Win–Loss 0–1 3–2 2–1 1–2 1–3 1–2 1–3 0–0 2–1 0–1 0 / 17 11–16 41%

Wins over top-10 opponents

Bassett-Seguso has a 3–30 (9%) record against players who were, at the time the match was played, ranked in the top 10.

Wins over top-10 opponents per season
Season 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 Total
Wins 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 3
No. Opponent Rank Event Surface Round Score Bassett-Seguso
Rank
1984
1. Kathy Jordan (USA) 5 Hilton Head Island Open, United States Clay 3R 6–3, 6–1 18
2. Hana Mandlíková (TCH) 3 US Open, United States Hard QF 6–4, 6–3 14
1985
3. Hana Mandlíková (TCH) 9 Delray Beach Championships, United States Hard QF 7–5, 6–2 10

Titles won with partners

Partner Grand
Slams
WTA
Championships
Virginia
Slims
Total
Elizabeth Sayers (AUS) 0 0 1 1
Gabriela Sabatini (ARG) 0 0 1 1
Overall Total 0 0 2 2

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