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Kathy Harter

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Full name: Kathleen Marie Harter
Nickname: Kathy
Alias: Marcus, Shubin
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Bio A serve and volley stylist, Kathy Harter was an American tennis player ranked as high as #5 in the US in 1968. Her career best Slam performance was a semifinal run at Wimbledon in 1967. She defeated #6 seed and recent French Open finalist in the quarterfinals before falling toBillie Jean King.

Harter also reached the quarterfinals of the 1968 Australian Championships.

Harter won singles titles at the US Hard Courts and reached the final of the Middle States Grass Courts (l. to Bricka) in 1964. 1965 was a breakthrough year for Kathy as she reached four finals (l. to Billie Jean Moffitt at the Southern California Championships, l. to Rosie Casals at the US Hard Courts, l. to Mary Ann Eisel at the Piping Rock Invitational, and defeated Gail Sherriff to win the Heart of America tournament). Harter achieved international success winning the Conde de Godo Cup (Spain) and the Glanmorgan Championships (Wales) in 1966 and falling in the Irish Championship final to Margaret Smith. She also reached the round of 16 at Wimbledon in 1966 where she fell to #5 Nancy Richey and defended her title at the Heart of America event. In 1967, Harter won at Cannes and Glasgow, reached the finals at the Eastern Grass Courts (d. Casals, l. to King), and won the Canadian Championships over Rita Bentley.

In 1968, Kathy reached the finals of the Caribe Hilton event (l. to Richey) and the finals at Bastad (the match was rained out but the title given to Julie Heldman in a coin toss). At Baltimore in 1968, Eisel defeated Harter in the finals under unusual circumstances. A radio station had interviewed a "fake" Kathy Harter prior to the match. The fake Kathy predicted her win because Mary Ann had spent too much time socializing during the week. Eisel was very business-like in defeating her frequent doubles partner and only later did Kathy find out about the interview. In 1970, Kathy was the runner-up to Peaches Bartkowicz at Kingston, Jamaica and at Bielefeld, West Germany to Laura Rossouw. She won several small events in New Zealand in 1971.

In the early 70's Harter was absent from the game for long periods of time due to persistent wrist injuries. In 1975, she joined the tour full-time again, but spent most of time in challengers or qualifiers.

In 1976, Kathy was one of the first tour players to come up against Renee Richards. After losing, she supported Renee's right to play on tour. "The hostile crowd warms up to Richards when she plays Kathy Harter. Harter was ranked #5 in the US in 1968 before persistent wrist injuries sidelined her. Harter warmly shakes hands at the end of the match with Rcihards. "You're a helluva gal", Renee said at the net. "You are too", replied Kathy."

By 1977, Harter's results were strong enough to put her back in the main draw of Virginia Slims events and she enjoyed wins over top ten players Dianne Fromholtz and Mima Jausovec. She retired from the game in late 1978.

Harter achieved greater success in doubles. Kathy reached the finals of the 1976 French Open with Helga Niessen Mastoff-her best overall result in a slam. She was also a semifinalist at the Australian Open with Wendy Turnbull that year. She reached the Wimbledon quarters with Eisel in 1968, and reached the US quarters on four occasions (w/ Kathy Blake twice, Wendy Overton, Julie Heldman) .
In her last year on tour (1978), Kathy reached the semifinals at two Virginia Slims events (Seattle and Dallas), and in her last event at Buenos Aires, she and Stoll again reached the semifinals.

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