1 February 1946|
11 April 1977
Tallahassee, Florida, USA
|Highest ranking||No. 9 (1970)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||SF (1970, Jan. 1977)|
|French Open||SF (1970)|
|US Open||QF (1969)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||W (1968)|
|French Open||SF (1969, 1972)|
|US Open||QF (1968, 1973, 1974)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Australian Open||SF (1968)|
|French Open||R3 (1969, 1970)|
|Wimbledon||SF (1969, 1973)|
|Fed Cup||W (1970)|
Karen Krantzcke (1 February 1946 – 11 April 1977) was an Australian female tennis player who achieved a World Top Ten singles ranking in 1970. In her short career, she made the quarterfinals or better at each of the four Grand Slam championships. She also assisted Australia to victory in the Federation Cup.
At the age of 31, Krantzcke died from a heart attack while jogging.
- Early career 1
- Professional career 2
- Death 3
- Team results 4
Grand Slam finals 5
- Doubles (1 title, 3 runner-ups) 5.1
- Grand Slam singles tournament timeline 6
- References 7
- External links 8
Karen Krantzcke was born on 1 February 1946, in Brisbane, Australia.
A tall right-handed player, she achieved much junior success including winning the Australian junior singles title in 1966.
Krantzcke's most successful season came in 1969/70. After reaching the US Open quarterfinals, she reached the semifinals at the Australian Open and the French Open and then reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. At these tournaments, she upset such highly ranked players as Virginia Wade, Françoise Dürr, and Judy Tegart Dalton.
During this time, she also combined with Dalton to win the Federation Cup for Australia, remaining undefeated in singles and doubles on the German clay.
After Wimbledon in 1970, 'Kran' took eighteen months off the tour after discovering she was hypoglycemic.
On returning to the tour, she was never able to get back to her best form. She continued to do well in her home Australian title and reached the semifinals for the second time in 1977.
While playing on the Challenger circuit in the USA in 1977, Krantzcke suffered a heart attack while jogging. In response to her untimely death, the WTA instituted the Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award which is still awarded annually to a female professional tennis player.
Krantzcke played twice in Federation Cup for Australia; in 1966 and 1970. She also represented Australia in the Bonne Bell Cup in 1974.
Grand Slam finals
Doubles (1 title, 3 runner-ups)
|Outcome||Year||Championship||Partner||Opponents in final||Score in final|
|Winner||1968||Australian Championships||Kerry Melville Reid||
Judy Tegart Dalton
Lesley Turner Bowrey
|6–4, 3–6, 6–2|
|Runner-up||1970||Australian Open||Kerry Melville Reid||
Judy Tegart Dalton
|Runner-up||1972||Australian Open||Patricia Coleman Gregg||
Helen Gourlay Cawley
|Runner-up||1974||Wimbledon||Helen Gourlay Cawley||
Evonne Goolagong Cawley
|6–2, 4–6, 3–6|
Grand Slam singles tournament timeline
A = did not participate in the tournament.
Note: The Australian Open was held twice in 1977, in January and December.
- Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. p. 724.
- Time Magazine – Ready, Set, Sweat – 6 January 1977
- ITF Database
- Sporting Heroes – Karen Krantzcke
- Fed Cup profile – Karen Krantzcke
- TennisForum – Kerry Reid
- ACT Legislation 2000
- ITF site
- Karen Krantzcke at the Women's Tennis Association