- 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 in the doubles at Seoul 1988, the year tennis made its return to the Olympic Games after 64 years.
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, thus ending that 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 finalists on five other occasions.
With Todd Woodbridge, she won the 1990 US Open. Smylie won 28 WTA doubles titles 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 and also works as a sports television commentator.
Elizabeth Smylie in the news
Several Australian champions - of both today and yesteryear - are celebrating significant anniversaries of US Open triumphs this year.
Australia has five women ranked inside the WTA top 100 - our biggest representation since January 1993.