Jill Hetherington

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Biography

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

Hetherington retired in 1997. She 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 Savchenko-Neiland (LAT)
Todd Woodbridge (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) Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (ESP)
Larisa Savchenko-Neiland (LAT)
5–7, 7–5, 3–6
Loss 1993 Miami Hard Kathy Rinaldi (USA) Larisa Savchenko-Neiland (LAT)
Jana Novotná (CZE)
2–6, 5–7