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Claudia Kohde Kilsch

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Country (sports)

Career titles

68 kg

Turned pro
1 January 1980

Claudia Kohde-Kilsch

Chris Bennett (m. 2000)

Prize money
US$ 2,227,116

Tennis player


Career record

1.87 m

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11 December 1963 (age 60) Saarbrucken, West Germany (

Right-handed (one handed-backhand)

Olympic medals
Tennis at the 1988 Summer Olympics – Women's Doubles

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Claudia Kohde-Kilsch (née Kohde; born 11 December 1963) is a former German tennis player and member of the Die Linke. During her tennis career, she won two women's doubles Grand Slam titles. She also won eight singles titles and a total of 25 doubles titles.


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Personal life

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Kohde-Kilsch was born Claudia Kohde in Saarbrücken, but added the hyphenated "-Kilsch" to her name which came from her adoptive father Jürgen Kilsch, an attorney. She has a younger sister, Katrin. She began playing tennis aged 5, and was soon a rising junior player.


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Kohde-Kilsch turned professional on 1 January 1980, and by 1981 she had handed a first round defeat to Martina Navratilova in Oakland. She went on to win four singles titles that year. In 1982, she captured the title at Pittsburgh and in 1984 she triumphed at the German Open, defeating Kathleen Horvath of the United States, 7–6(8), 6–1.

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In 1985, she reached the Australian Open and French Open semi-finals and also won in Los Angeles. Later that year, she defeated Navrátilová in the quarter-finals on the way to a final round match with Chris Evert at the Canadian Open, where she eventually lost to Evert, 6–2, 6–4. In 1987, she again reached the finals of the German Open, where she lost to Steffi Graf 6–2, 6–3.

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In women's doubles, Kohde-Kilsch won the 1985 US Open women's doubles championship with Helena Suková and in 1987, partnering again with Suková, she won the 1987 Wimbledon women's doubles championship.

Between 1984 and 1987, Kohde-Kilsch and Suková, sometimes referred to as the "twin towers" for their height, paired to win 14 doubles tournaments. At the 1988 Summer Olympics, she partnered with Steffi Graf in the doubles competition and together they were awarded the bronze medal in the event.

Kohde-Kilsch currently lives in Saarland with her husband, Chris Bennett, and their son, Fynn. The couple operate CeKay Music, a music publishing house and production company.

Kohde-Kilsch campaigned for Oskar Lafontaine of Die Linke at the Saarland state election, 2012. With the party winning over 16% of the vote, it was announced that as of 1 May 2012 she would become the new spokesperson for the Landtag parliamentary group.

Doubles: 1 medal (1 bronze medal)

Graf and Kohde-Kilsch lost in the semi-finals to Jana Novotná and Helena Suková 7–5, 6–3. In 1988, there was no bronze medal play-off match, both beaten semi-final pairs received bronze medals.


  • SR = the ratio of the number of Grand Slam tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played.
  • References

    Claudia Kohde-Kilsch Wikipedia

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