Barbara Jordan was a professional tennis player who hails from the United States. She was born on April 2, 1957 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States. She was best remembered for winning the singles title in the 1979 Australian Open.( Opponent in Finals was Sharon Walsh, Score in Finals 6-3 6- 3) Notably she also won the mixed doubles title with her partner being Eliot Tetshcer in the French Open of 1983. She was a three time All-American at Stanford (the years being 1976, ‘77 and ‘78). She got her Juris Doctorate from UCLA.
Her professional career showed some really interesting sights. She was a very dominant force, even before arriving on The Farm. She did not do a singles match in her age group, that was in USTA and Middle State Selections between ages 13 to 18. She ranked No. 37 at the WTA rankings in 1979, as a professional tennis player. She was the only American woman during the 1970’s to have won an Australian Open Singles title. She has her share of serving the WTA Board of Directors, and was given the honor with WTA’s Player Service Award.
It was in 2004, that Barbara Jordan together with her sister Kathy Jordan, was given recognition by The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) and was included into the Women’s Hall of Fame. They were a team upon winning the AIAW doubles title in 1978. They were also the first sisters to reach a Grand Slam singles final ( in different tournaments) at the Open Era, they were also first who played in the Wimbledon women’s title in 1984 since Maud and Lillian Watson.