Marjorie Blackwood

Marjorie Blackwood
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Birthdate May 1, 1957
Birthplace Karachi, Pakistan
From Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
Height 5’6” (1,68m)
Style of play Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Turned pro 1978
Retired 1994
Best WTA singles ranking No. 48 (August 1981)
Best WTA doubles ranking Unknown
Profile on CdnTennis.ca

Biography

Marjorie Blackwood (born May 1, 1957 in Karachi, Pakistan) is a Canadian former professional tennis player. She reached a career-high WTA singles ranking of No. 48 in August 1981 and an unknown career-high WTA doubles ranking.

Blackwood reached the quarterfinals in doubles at Wimbledon with Susan Leo in 1981 and 1982, and at the French Open with Pam Whytcross in 1980. Blackwood has won nine WTA doubles and was also a runner-up in four more events. She was coach and captain of the Canadian Billie Jean King Cup team (then known as Fed Cup) in 1983. She was named Tennis Canada female player of the year in 1982. She retired in 1994.

Born to a Canadian government officer in Karachi, Blackwood grew up in Detroit and Ottawa and attended the University of Texas. After her retirement, she and her husband Peter Schelling were Tennis Directors at Whistler Tennis Club. They continue to coach in the Gulf Islands where they currently live. She was inducted into the Canadian Tennis Hall of Fame in 1998.

WTA career finals

Doubles: 13 (9 titles, 4 runners-up)

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Championships (0–0)
Avon (9–4)
Titles by surface
Hard (7–2)
Clay (1–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (1–1)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Jan 1979 Avon Futures of Austin, United States Avon Hard Paula Smith (USA) Betty-Ann Stuart (USA)
Valerie Ziegenfuss (USA)
6–2, 6–4
Win 2–0 Feb 1979 Avon Futures de Montréal, Canada Avon Hard (i) Kym Ruddell (AUS) Raquel Giscafré (ARG)
Jane Stratton (USA)
6–4, 3–6, 6–4
Loss 2–1 Feb 1979 Avon Futures of Columbus, United States Avon Hard (i) Kym Ruddell (AUS) Bunny Bruning (USA)
Yvonne Vermaak (RSA)
6–7, 4–6
Loss 2–2 Mar 1979 Avon Futures of Fort Myers, United States Avon Clay Kym Ruddell (AUS) Diane Desfor (USA)
Barbara Hallquist (USA)
4–6, 4–6
Loss 2–3 Mar 1979 Avon Futures Championships, United States Avon Hard Kym Ruddell (AUS) Sherry Acker (USA)
Mary Carillo (USA)
6–7, 6–2, 6–7
Win 3–3 Feb 1980 Avon Futures of Calgary, Canada Avon Hard (i) Pam Whytcross (AUS) Leslie Allen (USA)
Dianne Morrison (USA)
7–5, 5–7, 6–4
Win 4–3 Feb 1980 Avon Futures of Toronto, Canada Avon Hard (i) Pam Whytcross (AUS) Lea Antonoplis (USA)
Kim Jones (USA)
3–6, 7–6, 6–3
Win 5–3 Apr 1980 Avon Futures Championships, United States Avon Clay Pam Whytcross (AUS) Lindsay Morse (USA)
Candy Reynolds (USA)
7–5, 7–6
Win 6–3 Jan 1981 Avon Futures of Toronto, Canada (2) Avon Hard (i) Susan Leo (AUS) Claudia Kohde-Kilsch (FRG)
Eva Pfaff (FRG)
5–7, 7–6, 7–6
Loss 6–4 Feb 1981 Avon Futures of Nashville, United States Avon Carpet (i) Susan Leo (AUS) Marcella Mesker (NED)
Christiane Jolissaint (SUI)
3–6, 3–6
Win 7–4 Jan 1982 Avon Futures of Fort Myers, United States Avon Hard (i) Susan Leo (AUS) Pat Medrado (BRA)
Cláudia Monteiro (BRA)
2–6, 6–1, 6–2
Win 8–4 Jan 1982 Avon Futures de Montréal, Canada (2) Avon Hard (i) Susan Leo (AUS) Diane Desfor (USA)
Barbara Jordan (USA)
6–2, 6–4
Win 9–4 Jan 1982 Avon Futures of Western Pennsylvania, United States Avon Carpet (i) Susan Leo (AUS) Brenda Remilton (AUS)
Sue Saliba (AUS)
6–0, 6–3

ITF Circuit finals

Doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)

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 (0–1)
Titles by surface
Hard (1–1)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Jun 1986 Key Biscayne, United States $10,000 Hard Susan Leo (AUS) Lee Jeong-soon (KOR)
Park Jun-re (KOR)
6–4, 5–7, 3–6
Win 1–1 Sep 1994 Vancouver, Canada $25,000 Hard Renata Kolbovic (CAN) Mélanie Bernard (CAN)
Caroline Delisle (CAN)
7–5, 6–2

Singles performance timeline

Tournament 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A 3R A 0 / 1 2–1 67%
French Open A 1R A Q1 A A 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Wimbledon A 2R 2R 2R 1R 3R 0 / 5 1–5 17%
US Open Q1 1R A A 2R A 0 / 2 1–2 33%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–3 0–1 0–1 3–3 1–1 0 / 9 4–9 31%

Doubles performance timeline

Tournament 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A 1R A 0 / 1 0–1 0%
French Open 2R A QF A A 0 / 2 3–2 60%
Wimbledon 1R 1R 3R QF QF 0 / 5 6–5 55%
US Open 3R A A 1R A 0 / 2 2–2 50%
Win–Loss 3–3 0–1 4–2 2–3 2–1 0 / 10 11–10 52%

Titles won with partners

Partner Grand
Slams
WTA
Championships
Avon Total
Susan Leo (AUS) 0 0 4 4
Pam Whytcross (AUS) 0 0 3 3
Paula Smith (USA) 0 0 1 1
Kym Ruddell (AUS) 0 0 1 1
Overall Total 0 0 9 9

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