Elizabeth Smylie

  • Age61
  • Born11 April 1963
  • Birth PlacePerth, Western Australia
  • LivesMelbourne, Victoria
  • Playing StatusRetired

In 1981 Liz (Sayers) Smylie was among the top 10 juniors in the world. She turned professional in 1982 and was ranked No.7 in Australia the same year.

With partner Wendy Turnbull she won an Olympic bronze medal for Australia in women’s doubles at Seoul 1988, the year tennis made its return to the Olympic Games after a 64-year absence.

Smylie won her first of four Grand Slam women’s doubles titles at Wimbledon in 1985 with American Kathy Jordan. They defeated Navratilova and Shriver 5-7 6-3 6-4, ending the pair’s amazing winning streak of 109 consecutive matches.

In mixed doubles, she teamed with John Fitzgerald to win the 1983 US Open and 1991 Wimbledon titles; they were major finalists on four other occasions. With Todd Woodbridge, she won the 1990 US Open, and was a finalist at the 1988 US Open with Patrick McEnroe.

Smylie won 28 WTA doubles titles – including the 1990 WTA Championships at Madison Square Garden in New York – and one singles, at Oklahoma in 1987. She played Fed Cup from 1984 to 1994, achieving a 24-13 win-loss record (7-8 singles, 17-5 doubles).

She is married to player-manager Peter Smylie and they have three children, Laura, Jordan and Elvis.

She was the long-time tournament director of the Australian Women’s Hardcourts event and also works as a sports television commentator.

Elizabeth Smylie in the news

Ash Barty in elite company with Australian Open quarterfinal run
Ash Barty during her fourth-round win at Australian Open 2021. Picture: Tennis Australia
17 February, 2021

Ash Barty is creating history at Australian Open 2021 and reaffirming her status as one of Australia's best-performing players over the past four decades.
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Celebrating US Open anniversaries of Aussie champions
Margaret Court, Lleyton Hewitt, Sam Stosur and Ken Rosewall are all celebrating US Open anniversaries this year. Pictures: Getty Images
31 August, 2020

Several Australian champions - of both today and yesteryear - are celebrating significant anniversaries of US Open triumphs this year.
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Five Aussie women in top 100 best since 1993
(L-R) Astra Sharma, Daria Gavrilova, Ash Barty, Ajla Tomljanovic and Sam Stosur (Getty Images)
2 May, 2019

Australia has five women ranked inside the WTA top 100 - our biggest representation since January 1993.
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