Coaches included Pancho Gonzalez and Arthur Ashe ... Father, Lee is a surgeon, mother is a teacher; older brother is Lee ... Nickname is Pearl ... Started playing tennis at age 10 ... Attended Hampton University and UCLA from 1976 to 1978 (All-American for UCLA women's tennis team, No.1 in both singles and doubles) ... Also enjoys cooking, sewing and horseback riding ... Since retirement has coached tennis (incl. assistant coach for University of Virginia's women's tennis team and building and running an indoor club in Central Virginia) ... Currently has a foundation that teaches tennis to children with autism and disabilities.
- Won three US national junior titles.- Played on men's varsity team at Hampton Institute in Virginia for one season.- Became first African-American since Althea Gibson to win a professional event (1979 Columbus).- Played all four Grand Slams during career (incl. reaching doubles QFs at Wimbledon, making her part of Top 8 club); won sets from both Navratilova and Evert.- Career-high rankings were No.63 in singles and No.8 in doubles.- Inducted into St. Louis Tennis Hall of Fame in 1997.
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