Jill Hetherington

Jill Hetherington
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Birthdate October 27, 1964
Birthplace Brampton, Ontario, Canada
From Brampton, Ontario, Canada
Height 5’10” (1,78m)
Style of play Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Turned pro 1983
Retired 1997
Best WTA singles ranking No. 64 (February 29, 1988)
Best WTA doubles ranking No. 6 (March 27, 1989)
Profile on CdnTennis.ca

Biography

Jill Hetherington (born October 27, 1964 in Brampton, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian former professional tennis player. She reached a career-high WTA singles ranking of No. 64 on February 29, 1988 and a career-high WTA doubles ranking of No. 6 on March 27, 1989.

Hetherington attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where she played for coach Andy Brandi's Florida Gators women's tennis team from 1984 to 1987. While playing for the Gators, she won four straight Southeastern Conference (SEC) singles championships, three as the team's No. 2 singles player, and once as the No. 1 singles player. She also won three consecutive SEC doubles championships from 1985 to 1987. Hetherington was recognized as a four-time first-team All-SEC selection and received four All-American honors. She was inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great" in 1999. After turning professional, she won one singles title and fourteen doubles titles on the WTA Tour during her career. Her best Grand Slam results were reaching the women's doubles final at the 1988 US Open and the 1989 Australian Open, and the mixed doubles final at the 1995 French Open. In 1992, she won the WTA Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award. She was also named Tennis Canada female player of the year in 1988 an received the Fed Cup Commitment Award in 2016. She retired in 1997.

Hetherington was inducted into the Canadian Tennis Hall of Fame in 2001. She was women's tennis head coach at the University of Washington until May 2014.

Grand Slam finals

Doubles: 2 (2 runners-up)

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1988 US Open Hard Patty Fendick (USA) Gigi Fernández (USA)
Robin White (USA)
4–6, 1–6
Loss 1989 Australian Open Hard Patty Fendick (USA) Martina Navratilova (USA)
Pam Shriver (USA)
6–3, 3–6, 2–6

Mixed doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1995 French Open Clay John-Laffnie de Jager (RSA) Larisa Neiland (LAT)
Mark Woodforde (AUS)
6–7(8–10), 6–7(4–7)

Other significant finals

WTA Tier I finals

Doubles: 2 (2 runners-up)

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1992 Miami Hard Kathy Rinaldi (USA) Larisa Neiland (LAT)
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (ESP)
5–7, 7–5, 3–6
Loss 1993 Miami Hard Kathy Rinaldi (USA) Larisa Neiland (LAT)
Jana Novotná (CZE)
2–6, 5–7

WTA career finals

Singles: 1 (1 title)

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Olympic Games (0–0)
WTA Championships (0–0)
WTA Tier I (0–0)
WTA Tier II (0–0)
Virginia Slims / WTA Tier III, IV & V (1–0)
Titles by surface
Hard (1–0)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Feb 1988 Wellington Classic, New Zealand Tier V Hard Katrina Adams (USA) 6–1, 6–1

Doubles: 34 (14 titles, 20 runners-up)

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–2)
Olympic Games (0–0)
WTA Championships (0–0)
WTA Tier I (0–2)
WTA Tier II (2–2)
Virginia Slims / WTA Tier III, IV & V (12–14)
Titles by surface
Hard (12–15)
Clay (1–4)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (1–1)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Jul 1984 Santista Textile Open, Brazil Virginia Slims Hard Hélène Pelletier (CAN) Penny Barg (USA)
Kylie Copeland (USA)
6–3, 2–6, 7–6(9–7)
Loss 1–1 Dec 1987 WTA Argentine Open, Argentina Virginia Slims Clay Christiane Jolissaint (SUI) Mercedes Paz (ARG)
Gabriela Sabatini (ARG)
2–6, 2–6
Loss 1–2 Dec 1987 Brasil Open, Brazil Virginia Slims Clay Mercedes Paz (ARG) Katrina Adams (USA)
Cheryl Jones (USA)
4–6, 6–4, 4–6
Win 2–2 Jan 1988 WTA Auckland Open, New Zealand Tier V Hard Patty Fendick (USA) Cammy MacGregor (USA)
Cynthia MacGregor (USA)
6–2, 6–1
Win 3–2 Feb 1988 Wellington Classic, New Zealand Tier V Hard Patty Fendick (USA) Belinda Cordwell (NZL)
Julie Richardson (NZL)
6–3, 6–3
Loss 3–3 Jul 1988 Northern California Open, United States Tier V Hard Patty Fendick (USA) Lise Gregory (RSA)
Ronni Reis (USA)
3–6, 4–6
Win 4–3 Aug 1988 Southern California Open, United States Tier V Hard Patty Fendick (USA) Betsy Nagelsen (USA)
Dinky Van Rensburg (RSA)
7–6(12–10), 6–4
Win 5–3 Aug 1988 LA Women's Tennis Championships, United States Tier II Hard Patty Fendick (USA) Gigi Fernández (USA)
Robin White (USA)
7–6(7–2), 5–7, 6–4
Loss 5–4 Sep 1988 US Open, United States Grand Slam Hard Patty Fendick (USA) Gigi Fernández (USA)
Robin White (USA)
4–6, 1–6
Win 6–4 Oct 1988 Puerto Rico Open, Puerto Rico Tier IV Hard Patty Fendick (USA) Gigi Fernández (USA)
Robin White (USA)
6–4, 6–2
Loss 6–5 Jan 1989 Australian Hardcourt Championships, Australia Tier V Hard Patty Fendick (USA) Jana Novotná (TCH)
Helena Suková (TCH)
7–6(7–4), 1–6, 2–6
Loss 6–6 Jan 1989 Australian Open, Australia Grand Slam Hard Patty Fendick (USA) Martina Navratilova (USA)
Pam Shriver (USA)
6–3, 3–6, 2–6
Win 7–6 Feb 1989 WTA Auckland Open, New Zealand (2) Tier V Hard Patty Fendick (USA) Elizabeth Smylie (AUS)
Robin White (AUS)
6–4, 6–4
Win 8–6 Feb 1989 VS of California, United States Tier III Carpet (i) Patty Fendick (USA) Larisa Neiland (URS)
Natasha Zvereva (URS)
7–5, 3–6, 6–2
Loss 8–7 Mar 1989 U.S. Women's Hard Court Championships, United States Tier IV Hard Patty Fendick (USA) Katrina Adams (USA)
Pam Shriver (USA)
6–3, 1–6, 4–6
Win 9–7 Apr 1989 Japan Open, Japan Tier V Hard Elizabeth Smylie (AUS) Ann Hendricksson (USA)
Beth Herr (USA)
6–1, 6–3
Loss 9–8 Feb 1990 WTA Auckland Open, New Zealand Tier V Hard Robin White (USA) Natalia Medvedeva (URS)
Leila Meskhi (URS)
6–3, 3–6, 6–7(3–7)
Win 10–8 Apr 1990 WTA Singapore Open, Singapore Tier IV Hard Jo Durie (GBR) Pascale Paradis (FRA)
Catherine Suire (FRA)
6–4, 6–1
Loss 10–9 Nov 1990 VS of Indianapolis, United States Tier IV Hard (i) Katrina Adams (USA) Patty Fendick (USA)
Meredith McGrath (USA)
1–6, 1–6
Loss 10–10 Feb 1991 VS of Oklahoma, United States Tier IV Hard (i) Katrina Adams (USA) Meredith McGrath (USA)
Anne Smith (USA)
2–6, 4–6
Loss 10–11 Mar 1991 U.S. Women's Hard Court Championships, United States Tier III Hard Kathy Rinaldi (USA) Patty Fendick (USA)
Monica Seles (YUG)
6–7(2–7), 2–6
Win 11–11 Apr 1991 VS of Houston, United States Tier II Clay Kathy Rinaldi (USA) Patty Fendick (USA)
Mary Joe Fernández (USA)
6–1, 2–6, 6–1
Win 12–11 Aug 1991 Southern California Open, United States (2) Tier III Hard Kathy Rinaldi (USA) Gigi Fernández (USA)
Nathalie Tauziat (FRA)
6–4, 3–6, 6–2
Loss 12–12 Oct 1991 Sparkassen Cup, Germany Tier III Carpet (i) Kathy Rinaldi (USA) Manon Bollegraf (NED)
Isabelle Demongeot (FRA)
4–6, 3–6
Loss 12–13 Feb 1992 WTA Auckland Open, New Zealand Tier V Hard Kathy Rinaldi (USA) Rosalyn Fairbank (RSA)
Raffaella Reggi (ITA)
6–1, 1–6, 5–7
Loss 12–14 Mar 1992 Indian Wells Masters, United States Tier II Hard Kathy Rinaldi (USA) Claudia Kohde-Kilsch (GER)
Stephanie Rehe (USA)
3–6, 3–6
Loss 12–15 Mar 1992 Miami Open, United States Tier I Hard Kathy Rinaldi (USA) Larisa Neiland (LAT)
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (ESP)
5–7, 7–5, 3–6
Loss 12–16 Apr 1992 VS of Houston, United States Tier II Clay Kathy Rinaldi (USA) Patty Fendick (USA)
Gigi Fernández (USA)
5–7, 4–6
Loss 12–17 Feb 1993 WTA Auckland Open, New Zealand Tier IV Hard Kathy Rinaldi (USA) Isabelle Demongeot (FRA)
Elna Reinach (RSA)
2–6, 4–6
Loss 12–18 Mar 1993 Miami Open, United States Tier I Hard Kathy Rinaldi (USA) Larisa Neiland (LAT)
Jana Novotná (CZE)
2–6, 5–7
Loss 12–19 May 1993 Internationaux de Strasbourg, France Tier III Clay Kathy Rinaldi (USA) Shaun Stafford (USA)
Andrea Temesvári (HUN)
7–6(7–5), 3–6, 4–6
Win 13–19 Feb 1995 WTA Auckland Open, New Zealand (3) Tier IV Hard Elna Reinach (RSA) Laura Golarsa (ITA)
Caroline Vis (NED)
7–6(7–5), 6–2
Win 14–19 Nov 1995 Thailand Open, Thailand Tier IV Hard Kristine Radford (AUS) Kristin Godridge (AUS)
Nana Miyagi (JPN)
2–6, 6–4, 6–3
Loss 14–20 Jan 1996 WTA Auckland Open, New Zealand Tier IV Hard Kristine Radford (AUS) Els Callens (BEL)
Julie Halard (FRA)
1–6, 0–6

ITF Circuit finals

Singles: 1 (1 title)

Legend
ITF $100,000 tournaments (0–0)
ITF $75,000 tournaments (0–0)
ITF $50,000 tournaments (0–0)
ITF $25,000 tournaments (1–0)
ITF $10,000 tournaments (0–0)
Titles by surface
Hard (1–0)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Sep 1987 Bethesda, United States $25,000 Hard Carol Christian (USA) 6–1, 6–4

Doubles: 7 (6 titles, 1 runner-up)

Legend
ITF $100,000 tournaments (0–0)
ITF $75,000 tournaments (1–0)
ITF $50,000 tournaments (1–0)
ITF $25,000 tournaments (3–1)
ITF $10,000 tournaments (1–0)
Titles by surface
Hard (5–1)
Clay (1–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Jun 1983 Erie, United States $10,000 Hard Germaine Ohaco (CHI) Lisa Kearney-Vitalis (USA)
Debbie Robb (USA)
7–6, 6–4
Win 2–0 Jul 1985 Landskrona, Sweden $25,000 Clay Jaime Kaplan (USA) Louise Field (AUS)
Janine Thompson (AUS)
7–5, 6–2
Win 3–0 Sep 1987 Bethesda, United States $25,000 Hard Ingelise Driehuis (NED) Dena Levy (USA)
Jane Thomas (USA)
6–1, 6–3
Loss 3–1 Sep 1990 Chicago, United States $25,000 Hard Mary-Lou Daniels (USA) Katrina Adams (USA)
Lynn Nabors (USA)
4–6, 4–6
Win 4–1 Oct 1990 Salisbury, United States $25,000 Hard Penny Barg (USA) Dierdre Herman (USA)
Lisa Raymond (USA)
6–3, 6–1
Win 5–1 Oct 1996 Indian Wells, United States $75,000 Hard Kathy Rinaldi (USA) Annabel Ellwood (AUS)
Mercedes Paz (ARG)
7–5, 6–2
Win 6–1 Oct 1996 Lakeland, United States $50,000 Hard Kathy Rinaldi (USA) Shannan McCarthy (USA)
Meilen Tu (USA)
6–1, 6–3

Singles performance timeline

Tournament 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A NH A 1R 2R 1R Q3 Q3 Q2 0 / 3 1–3 25%
French Open Q1 Q1 A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Wimbledon Q2 Q1 A A 1R 1R Q1 1R A A 0 / 3 0–3 0%
US Open Q3 Q1 A A 3R 2R A Q3 A A 0 / 2 3–2 60%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–3 2–3 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 0 / 8 4–8 33%

Doubles performance timeline

Tournament 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A NH A 2R F 1R SF 2R SF QF 1R 1R A 0 / 9 18–9 67%
French Open A 3R 2R 1R 1R A A A A 3R 1R 1R 1R 1R A 0 / 9 5–9 36%
Wimbledon A 1R 2R SF 3R 1R 3R QF 3R 1R QF 2R 1R 2R A 0 / 13 19–13 59%
US Open 2R 1R 3R 3R 1R F 2R 2R 1R 3R 2R 1R SF 2R 2R 0 / 15 21–15 58%
Win–Loss 1–1 2–3 4–3 6–3 2–3 6–3 8–3 4–3 6–3 5–4 8–4 4–4 4–4 2–4 1–1 0 / 46 63–46 58%

Mixed doubles performance timeline

Tournament 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A NH A A 2R 2R 2R 1R SF QF 2R SF 0 / 8 12–8 60%
French Open A A 2R 2R A A A A QF QF QF F 3R 0 / 7 14–7 67%
Wimbledon 2R 3R 1R 3R 2R 1R 1R QF 1R 3R 3R 2R 1R 0 / 13 14–13 52%
US Open 1R 1R A 1R A A 1R QF SF QF SF 1R 2R 0 / 10 11–9 55%
Win–Loss 1–1 2–2 1–2 3–3 1–1 1–2 1–3 6–3 5–4 9–4 9–4 7–4 5–4 0 / 38 51–37 58%

Titles won with partners

Partner Grand
Slams
Olympic
Games
WTA
Championships
WTA
Tier I
WTA
Tier II
WTA
Tier III/IV/V
Total
Patty Fendick (USA) 0 0 0 0 1 6 7
Kathy Rinaldi (USA) 0 0 0 0 1 1 2
Hélène Pelletier (CAN) 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Elizabeth Smylie (AUS) 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Jo Durie (GBR) 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Elna Reinach (RSA) 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Kristine Radford (AUS) 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Overall Total 0 0 0 0 2 12 14

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