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Calling the Shots: My Autobiography

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What you do get reading this book is the warmth of a tennis player and television celebrity who is close to her family and made lots of true friends throughout her life, many of who are household names. stars for Sue, but 3 stars for the publisher because this book was atrociously edited – so much jumping about with references and contexts that weren’t explained and also quite a lot of repetition. As a broadcaster, in 2001 she became the first woman to win the Royal Television Society's best sports presenter award. I loved the stories of her time on the circuit which seems magical now and made me nostalgic for those heady days when you knew all the players especially in the women’s game! She played well through each match, swinging her hugely admired dangerous weapon, her famous forehand and it is there she won the ladies final Championship with a score sheet of 62-06-62.

I have grown up watching Sue Baker on Question of Sport and Wimbledon and I always admired her wit, intelligence and hard work and this book gives an insight into the women behind the camera and has given me a new admiration for her. This is a very cosy but enjoyable read, there are no startling revelations, gossip or anything that will cause bad feelings.Overall a good read about a sporting journey and what happens next in terms of career after that finishes. I found her life story very interesting, I had never considered how different the WTA tour would be in the 70s but it was very interesting.

Of course I love a tennis biography but was delighted to hear that Sue Barker was releasing one so soon after retiring from Wimbledon coverage. She reveals the battles she fought for hard-won success in two careers and gives us a ringside seat on the nation's biggest sporting dramas, and a fascinating insider's understanding of competitors under pressure.Currently underway, the FIFA Women’s World Cup not only showcases some of the best footballing talent in the world, but also some of the best stories about overcoming hurdles and hardship to succeed. At times it lacked some depth but I respect that choice by her to maintain privacy and I don’t think an autobiography needs necessarily to be a soul bearing exercise. Find out how a love for tennis and a determination to succeed made her soar not just in tennis but also on our tv screens. I have been watching tennis since 1970 but I am embarrassed to say that I do not ever remember watching Sue play.

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