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Gigi Fernandez

Aspen, Colo.

Regarded as one of the greatest doubles players of all-time, Fernandez emerged from a one-year stint at Clemson University in 1983 to win 14 Grand Slam doubles titles as of May 1, 1996. She won the first of four U.S. Open doubles titles in 1988 paired with Robin White. Fernandez returned to the Grand Slam winnerís circle again in New York two years later, winning the title with Martina Navratilova. As of May 1, Fernandez has won 61 doubles, including 10 Grand Slam titles with longtime partner Natasha Zvereva.

In singles, Fernandez has won two titles: Albuquerque in 1991 and Singapore in 1986. In 1994 at Wimbledon, she reached the final four of the singles competition with a ranking of No. 99 and became the lowest-ranked semifinalist in Wimbledon history. Fernandez has also been a mainstay on the U.S. Fed Cup team since 1988 and helped the U.S. to the title in 1990.

At the 1992 Olympic Games, Fernandez won the gold medal in womenís doubles with Mary Joe Fernandez (no relation), defeating Spanish favorites Conchita Martinez and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in the final. She represented Puerto Rico at the 1984 Olympic Tennis Demonstration and lost in the first round of singles.

Born Feb. 22 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Her cousin is the late actor Jose Ferrer. Her real name is Beatriz.

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