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Zina: My Life in Women's Tennis Paperback – April 24, 2001

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"Zina ended my pro career by beating me in the 1989 U.S. Open quarter-finals. You know what? I can't think of anyone else I would have wanted standing across the net at that moment. Zina doesn't have a mean bone in her body. She's a terrific competitor, a caring person, and a great friend, with an intriguing story to tell."
—Chris Evert

"In overcoming and achieving, Zina Garrison—riding an extraordinary heart to golden moments—has lived and is living a life worth knowing."
—Bud Collins, Boston Globe/NBC

About the Author

At Wimbledon in 1990, Zina Garrison became the first African-American woman to reach a Grand Slam final since Althea Gibson in 1958. Zina is an Olympic gold medalist and three-time Grand Slam champion for mixed doubles.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Frog Books; 1St Edition edition (October 30, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583940146
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583940143
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,113,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By stevey wundar on March 15, 2006
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Zina Garrison will go down in history among the ranks of "favorite" athletes who had the heart, the talent, the physical tools and the skills to conquer her sport's pinnacle -- yet sadly, never did.

An Olympic doubles gold medalist; a 1990 Wimbledon finalist; a two-time US Open semifinalist; the player who ended the great Chris Evert's career and the ONLY player to be a top 10 women's rankings mainstay in the modern tennis era for eight years who spent half that time WITHOUT an endorsement deal ... Zina's pro tennis career is marked with near misses, disappointments and victories indistinctive enough I'm scared the average tennis fan will forget her in 10 years.

Lost between Althea Gibson's trailblazing, shocking Grand Slam championships of the late 1950s and the awe-inspiring, megawatt champion Williams Sisters of the new millennium stands Zina Garrison -- a crafty player from Houston, Texas who served and through experience suffered the pains of being one of the few top African American tennis players in a lily white sport.

This book brings you Zina's childhood ... learning the game after following older brother Rodney to a local park and rising to become the best junior in Texas and eventually the Junior Wimbledon & Junior US Open women's singles champ (I think those titles are curses sometimes -- Chanda Rubin also won both titles in the 1990s and never made good in her pro career).
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