Mary Caroline Pierce (born 15 January 1975) is a retired tennis professional who represented France internationally in team competitions and the Olympics. She was born in Canada to an American father and a French mother, and holds citizenship of all three countries.
|Residence||Rivière Noire, Mauritius|
|Born||15 January 1975|
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Turned pro||March 1989|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Int. Tennis HoF||2019 (member page)|
|Career record||511–237 (68.3%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 3 (30 January 1995)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||W (1995)|
|French Open||W (2000)|
|Wimbledon||QF (1996, 2005)|
|US Open||F (2005)|
|Grand Slam Cup||QF (1999)|
|Tour Finals||F (1997, 2005)|
|Olympic Games||QF (2004)|
|Highest ranking||No. 3 (10 July 2000)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||F (2000)|
|French Open||W (2000)|
|Wimbledon||3R (2002, 2004)|
|US Open||SF (1999)|
|Other doubles tournaments|
|Olympic Games||2R (1996, 2004)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Australian Open||1R (1993)|
|French Open||QF (1990, 1992)|
|US Open||SF (1995)|
|Fed Cup||W (1997, 2003)|
|Hopman Cup||F (1998)|
Pierce won four Grand Slam titles: two in singles, one in doubles and one in mixed doubles. She reached six Grand Slam singles finals, most recently at the US Open and French Open in 2005. Her Grand Slam singles titles came at the 1995 Australian Open and the 2000 French Open; Pierce is the last French player, male or female, to win the latter title. She won the doubles event at the 2000 French Open with Martina Hingis as her partner, and reached an additional Grand Slam women's doubles final at the 2000 Australian Open, also partnering Hingis. She also won the mixed doubles event at the 2005 Wimbledon Championships, partnered with Mahesh Bhupathi. Pierce won 18 singles titles and 10 doubles titles on the WTA Tour, including five Tier I singles events. She also twice reached the final of the season-ending WTA Tour Championships. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2019.
Mary Pierce was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, to Yannick Adjaj and Jim Pierce. Her mother is French and her father American, qualifying Pierce for citizenship in all three countries. She was raised in the United States and represented France in international tennis competitions. She speaks English and French fluently, and lives in Mauritius as of May 2019.
Pierce had a difficult relationship with her father, who had developed a reputation as an abusive tennis father in the early stages of Pierce's career. Pierce refused to speak with him for a while and even employed two bodyguards to keep him at bay, but the two were eventually reconciled sometime after she retired from active professional tennis.
Pierce is a born again Christian. After a loss in early months of 2000 (before the French Open which she would win), she said she felt "empty and miserable", but then "I gave my life to Jesus and was born again... things in me changed instantly." Pierce also credits this change in spiritual direction to her pre-existing friendship with another tennis pro, Linda Wild.
Pierce started playing tennis at the age ten. Two years after being introduced to tennis, for girls aged 12 and under she was ranked No. 2 in the country. In April 1989 at a WTA tournament in Hilton Head, Pierce became the youngest American player (prior to Jennifer Capriati in 1990) to make her debut on the professional tour, aged 14 years and 2 months. Due to her physicality and aggressive approach, her ballstriking was compared to that of Capriati, and she quickly gained a reputation for being one of the hardest hitters on the women's circuit. Her dad developed an interest in the sport, and became her coach for many years. She won her first WTA Tour singles tournament in July 1991 in Palermo by defeating Sandra Cecchini in the final.
In July 1993, Pierce successfully filed for a restraining order against her father, who was known to be verbally abusive to his daughter and her opponents, and was banned by the WTA from attending her tournaments. Following this split from her father, Pierce was coached by Nick Bollettieri, whose tennis academy she had briefly attended as a teenager in 1988. Her brother David was also Pierce's regular coach until 2006. German Aguero, founder of Future Tennis Camps, can also be credited with Mary's early success as he took her in for several years and coached her free of charge.
Pierce reached her first Grand Slam singles final at the 1994 French Open. She conceded just ten games en route to the final, which included a 6–2, 6–2 defeat of world No. 1, Steffi Graf, in the semifinals. In the final, however, Pierce lost to Arantxa Sánchez Vicario in straight sets.
The following year, Pierce won her first Grand Slam title for France by defeating Sánchez Vicario in straight sets in the final of the 1995 Australian Open and lost just 30 games in the whole tournament in becoming the first Canadian-born tennis player to win a singles Grand Slam. She reached her career-high singles ranking of world No. 3 that year. Pierce also won the Japan Open, defeating Sánchez Vicario in the final.
Pierce suffered a series of setbacks in 1996, including her split with Nick Bollettieri, after failing to defend her title at the Australian Open. Aside from a runner-up finish at the Bausch & Lomb Championships in Amelia Island and a semifinal finish in Hamburg, the highlight of the year for Pierce was her first appearance in the Wimbledon quarterfinals.
Pierce was back in the Australian Open singles final in 1997, where she lost to Martina Hingis in straight sets. She also lost in that year's WTA Tour Championships final to Jana Novotná. Pierce was a member of the French team that won the 1997 Fed Cup, and her only title that season was the Italian Open, defeating Conchita Martínez in the final. Pierce won the Comeback Player of the Year award for ending the year at world No. 7 after starting at world No. 21.
Pierce won her second Grand Slam singles title and her first Grand Slam doubles title at the 2000 French Open. In the singles final, she defeated Martínez to become the first French woman to claim the title since Françoise Dürr in 1967. She also partnered with Hingis to win the women's doubles crown, their second Grand Slam tournament of the year after the Australian Open. Her ranking dropped to No. 130 at the end of 2001 and reached almost 300 in April 2002.
After a few quiet years on the tour, Pierce won her first title since the 2000 French Open at the Rosmalen Open on grass in 2004. At the Olympics in Athens, Pierce defeated sixth-seeded Venus Williams in the third round before losing to top-seeded and eventual gold-medallist Justine Henin of Belgium in the quarterfinals. At the US Open later in the year, Pierce defeated recent Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova, before losing to eventual champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in the fourth round.
Pierce then made it back into the top ranks of the women's game in 2005. At the French Open, she reached the singles final for the third time, where she lost to Henin in straight sets, losing 1–6, 1–6 in just over one hour. She then reached the quarterfinals of Wimbledon for the first time since 1996. Pierce faced Venus Williams in that quarterfinal and lost the match after a second set tiebreak consisting of 22 points. Pierce also won the mixed-doubles title at Wimbledon, partnering Mahesh Bhupathi. In August, she won her first singles title of the year at the Acura Classic in San Diego, defeating Ai Sugiyama in the final.
In the fourth round of the S Open, Pierce defeated Henin for the first time in her career. In the quarterfinals, she beat third seeded Amélie Mauresmo to reach her first US Open semifinal. After the victory, Pierce remarked, "I'm 30 and I have been on the tour for 17 years and there are still firsts for me. That's pretty amazing." She reached the final by defeating Elena Dementieva in three sets in the semifinals, taking a medical time-out after the first set. This caused controversy, many believing that this disrupted Dementieva's rhythm and concentration. In the final, she lost to Kim Clijsters in straight sets. But Pierce won her second title of the year at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow. In her quarterfinal match against Elena Likhovtseva, Pierce came back from 0–6, and thus six match points, in the third set tiebreak and won eight consecutive points to reach the semifinals.
The win in Moscow secured her spot at the year-ending championships in Los Angeles where the top eight singles players competed for the winner's prize of one million dollars. In round-robin play with her assigned group of four players, she won all three matches: against Clijsters in three sets; Mauresmo in three sets; and Dementieva in straight sets. In the semifinals, Pierce beat top-ranked Lindsay Davenport in two tiebreaks; however, Pierce lost the final to Mauresmo in a match lasting just over three hours.
Pierce's year-end ranking was world No. 5 compared to her year-beginning ranking of world No. 29. This matched her career-best performances of 1994, 1995, and 1999, and she was less than 200 points behind Sharapova for world No. 4 and less than 300 points behind Mauresmo for world No. 3. Pierce's return to form in 2005 was one of the surprising tennis stories of the year. Her successful performance in 2005 also encouraged the former world No. 1 player, Martina Hingis, to return to the game.
Pierce trained hard in the off-season in a bid to win major titles in 2006. Her first tournament of the year was the Australian Open. She defeated Nicole Pratt of Australia in the first round before losing to Iveta Benešová of the Czech Republic in the second round. The loss denied her a third-round match with Martina Hingis. Pierce reached the final of her next tournament, the Gaz de France in Paris, where she lost to compatriot Amélie Mauresmo in straight sets. Pierce did not play again until August because of foot and groin injuries, withdrawing from the French Open and Wimbledon.
After spending six months away from the tour, Pierce began her comeback at the Acura Classic, where she was the 2005 champion. She lost in the quarterfinals to Maria Sharapova. In just her second tournament in over six months, Pierce played at the US Open and lost to Li Na, the 24th seed from China, in the third round. Pierce then lost in the first round of the next three tournaments she played. She was defeated at the Luxembourg Open by Alona Bondarenko, who went on to win the title. Jelena Janković defeated Pierce in Stuttgart and Katarina Srebotnik defeated Pierce at the Zurich Open.
At the Generali Ladies Linz tournament in October 2006, Pierce defeated Ai Sugiyama in the first round and was leading against Vera Zvonareva 6–4, 6–5 in the second round when she ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee. She had held three match points before the injury. Pierce underwent a successful operation in December 2006 and missed all of 2007. She expected to return to the tour in 2008 but at the end of that year, she was still sidelined with no projected return date. However, she stated that she was still not ready to retire.
Pierce made an appearance at the 2007 French Open as an avenue at Roland Garros was named in her honor – Allée Mary Pierce. She also helped with the social side to the French Open, taking part in the post-match ceremony after the women's final. Pierce was named as a member of the French Olympic team for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. On 21 July 2008, however, Pierce withdrew from the Olympics because of injury.
Pierce, Caroline Wozniacki and Ana Ivanovic are the only three women to win both the championship and the wooden spoon at a Grand Slam tournament. Pierce's wooden spoon came at the 2002 Australian Open, where she retired in the first round to Jill Craybas; she was the champion in 1995, making her the first player to win both the championship and wooden spoon at the same Grand Slam tournament. Jeļena Ostapenko has since achieved the same distinction, winning the 2017 French Open but winning the wooden spoon in her title defence the very next year.
Pierce was an aggressive baseline player, who had a reputation for being one of the hardest hitters on the WTA tour, and would dictate a match from the first point. Her greatest strength was her forehand, which was hit hard and flat, and could be used to hit winners from any position on the court. Her two-handed backhand was similarly hit flat, and was used to attack weak second serves and create sharp angles around the court. Her first serve was powerful, typically being served at 104 mph (168 km/h) and being recorded as high as 116 mph (186 km/h), meaning that she aced frequently. Pierce also possessed an effective kick serve which was frequently deployed as a second serve, typically averaging 86 mph (139 km/h). Pierce was one of the most aggressive players on return, and could hit return winners at will. She was one of the least defensive players on the tour, predicating her game on raw power and aggression. Pierce's major weakness was her inconsistency. When she was in good form, she was one of the most dangerous players on the tour, accumulating high numbers of winners to a low number of unforced errors. In poor form, however, her aggressive game led to a high number of unforced errors. Her game was also heavily affected by nerves, and, when nervous, she would take increasingly long amounts of time preparing between points. Pierce's preferred surfaces were clay and hard courts.
Grand Slam finalsEdit
Singles: 6 (2 titles, 4 runner-ups)Edit
|Loss||1994||French Open||Clay||Arantxa Sánchez Vicario||4–6, 4–6|
|Win||1995||Australian Open||Hard||Arantxa Sánchez Vicario||6–3, 6–2|
|Loss||1997||Australian Open||Hard||Martina Hingis||2–6, 2–6|
|Win||2000||French Open||Clay||Conchita Martínez||6–2, 7–5|
|Loss||2005||French Open||Clay||Justine Henin||1–6, 1–6|
|Loss||2005||US Open||Hard||Kim Clijsters||3–6, 1–6|
Doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner–up)Edit
|Loss||2000||Australian Open||Hard||Martina Hingis|| Lisa Raymond
|4–6, 7–5, 4–6|
|Win||2000||French Open||Clay||Martina Hingis|| Virginia Ruano Pascual
Mixed doubles: 1 (1 title)Edit
|Win||2005||Wimbledon||Grass||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Tatiana Perebiynis
Singles: 2 (2 runner-ups)Edit
|Loss||1997||New York||Carpet (i)||Jana Novotná||6–7(4–7), 2–6, 3–6|
|Loss||2005||Los Angeles||Hard (i)||Amélie Mauresmo||7–5, 6–7(3–7), 4–6|
Tier I finalsEdit
Singles: 9 (5 titles, 4 runner-ups)Edit
|Loss||1994||VS of Philadelphia, U.S.||Carpet (i)||Anke Huber||0–6, 7–6(7–4), 5–7|
|Loss||1995||Zurich Open, Switzerland||Carpet (i)||Iva Majoli||4–6, 4–6|
|Win||1997||Italian Open||Clay||Conchita Martínez||6–4, 6–4|
|Loss||1997||German Open||Clay||Mary Joe Fernández||4–6, 2–6|
|Win||1998||Kremlin Cup, Russia||Carpet (i)||Monica Seles||7–6(7–2), 6–3|
|Loss||1999||Italian Open||Clay||Venus Williams||4–6, 2–6|
|Win||2000||Charleston Open, U.S.||Clay||Arantxa Sánchez Vicario||6–1, 6–0|
|Win||2005||Southern California Open, U.S.||Hard||Ai Sugiyama||6–0, 6–3|
|Win||2005||Kremlin Cup, Russia||Carpet (i)||Francesca Schiavone||6–4, 6–3|
Doubles: 3 (3 titles)Edit
|Win||1998||Kremlin Cup, Russia||Carpet (i)||Natasha Zvereva|| Lisa Raymond
|Win||1999||Canadian Open||Hard||Jana Novotná|| Larisa Neiland
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
|6–3, 2–6, 6–3|
|Win||2000||Pan Pacific Open, Japan||Carpet (i)||Martina Hingis|| Alexandra Fusai
WTA career finalsEdit
Singles: 41 (18–23)Edit
|Win||1.||8 July 1991||Palermo||Clay||Sandra Cecchini||6–0, 6–3|
|Win||2.||17 February 1992||Cesena||Carpet (i)||Catherine Tanvier||6–1, 6–1|
|Win||3.||6 July 1992||Palermo||Clay||Brenda Schultz||6–1, 6–7(3–7), 6–1|
|Win||4.||26 October 1992||San Juan||Hard||Gigi Fernández||6–1, 7–5|
|Loss||1.||5 July 1993||Palermo||Clay||Radka Bobková||3–6, 2–6|
|Win||5.||11 October 1993||Filderstadt||Hard (i)||Natasha Zvereva||6–3, 6–3|
|Loss||2.||21 March 1994||Houston||Clay||Sabine Hack||5–7, 4–6|
|Loss||3.||23 May 1994||French Open||Clay||Arantxa Sánchez Vicario||4–6, 4–6|
|Loss||4.||26 September 1994||Leipzig||Carpet (i)||Jana Novotná||5–7, 1–6|
|Loss||5.||10 October 1994||Filderstadt||Hard (i)||Anke Huber||4–6, 2–6|
|Loss||6.||7 November 1994||Philadelphia||Carpet (i)||Anke Huber||0–6, 7–6(7–4), 5–7|
|Win||6.||16 January 1995||Australian Open||Hard||Arantxa Sánchez Vicario||6–3, 6–2|
|Loss||7.||13 February 1995||Paris||Carpet (i)||Steffi Graf||2–6, 2–6|
|Win||7.||18 September 1995||Tokyo||Hard||Arantxa Sánchez Vicario||6–3, 6–3|
|Loss||8.||2 October 1995||Zürich||Carpet (i)||Iva Majoli||4–6, 4–6|
|Loss||9.||8 April 1996||Amelia Island||Clay||Irina Spîrlea||7–6(9–7), 4–6, 3–6|
|Loss||10.||13 January 1997||Australian Open||Hard||Martina Hingis||2–6, 2–6|
|Loss||11.||7 April 1997||Amelia Island||Clay||Lindsay Davenport||2–6, 3–6|
|Win||8.||5 May 1997||Rome||Clay||Conchita Martínez||6–4, 6–0|
|Loss||12.||12 May 1997||Berlin||Clay||Mary Joe Fernández||4–6, 2–6|
|Loss||13.||17 November 1997||Chase Championships||Carpet (i)||Jana Novotná||6–7(4–7), 2–6, 3–6|
|Win||9.||9 February 1998||Paris||Carpet (i)||Dominique Van Roost||6–3, 7–5|
|Win||10.||6 April 1998||Amelia Island||Clay||Conchita Martínez||6–7(8–10), 6–0, 6–2|
|Loss||14.||3 August 1998||San Diego||Hard||Lindsay Davenport||3–6, 1–6|
|Win||11.||19 October 1998||Moscow||Carpet (i)||Monica Seles||7–6(7–2), 6–3|
|Win||12.||26 October 1998||Luxembourg||Carpet (i)||Silvia Farina||6–0, 2–0 ret.|
|Loss||15.||4 January 1999||Gold Coast||Hard||Patty Schnyder||6–4, 6–7(5–7), 2–6|
|Loss||16.||26 April 1999||Hamburg||Clay||Venus Williams||0–6, 3–6|
|Loss||17.||3 May 1999||Rome||Clay||Venus Williams||4–6, 2–6|
|Loss||18.||4 October 1999||Filderstadt||Hard (i)||Martina Hingis||4–6, 1–6|
|Win||13.||25 October 1999||Linz||Carpet (i)||Sandrine Testud||7–6(7–2), 6–1|
|Win||14.||17 April 2000||Hilton Head||Clay||Arantxa Sánchez Vicario||6–1, 6–0|
|Win||15.||29 May 2000||French Open||Clay||Conchita Martínez||6–2, 7–5|
|Loss||19.||9 February 2004||Paris||Carpet (i)||Kim Clijsters||2–6, 1–6|
|Win||16.||14 June 2004||'s-Hertogenbosch||Grass||Klára Koukalová||7–6(8–6), 6–2|
|Loss||20.||23 May 2005||French Open||Clay||Justine Henin-Hardenne||1–6, 1–6|
|Win||17.||1 August 2005||San Diego||Hard||Ai Sugiyama||6–0, 6–3|
|Loss||21.||29 August 2005||US Open||Hard||Kim Clijsters||3–6, 1–6|
|Win||18.||10 October 2005||Moscow||Carpet (i)||Francesca Schiavone||6–4, 6–3|
|Loss||22.||7 November 2005||WTA Tour Championships||Hard (i)||Amélie Mauresmo||7–5, 6–7(3–7), 4–6|
|Loss||23.||6 February 2006||Paris||Carpet (i)||Amélie Mauresmo||1–6, 6–7(2–7)|
Doubles: 16 (10–6)Edit
|Loss||1.||26 November 1990||São Paulo||Clay||Luanne Spadea|| Bettina Fulco
|Win||1.||8 July 1991||Palermo||Clay||Petra Langrová|| Laura Garrone
|6–3, 6–7(5–7), 6–3|
|Loss||2.||11 November 1992||Philadelphia||Carpet (i)||Conchita Martínez|| Gigi Fernández
|Loss||3.||14 February 1994||Paris||Carpet (i)||Andrea Temesvári|| Sabine Appelmans
|Win||2.||16 September 1996||Tokyo||Hard||Amanda Coetzer|| Park Sung-hee
|Win||3.||28 April 1997||Hamburg||Clay||Anke Huber|| Ruxandra Dragomir
|2–6, 7–6(7–1), 6–2|
|Win||4.||6 April 1998||Amelia Island||Clay||Sandra Cacic|| Barbara Schett
|7–6(7–5), 4–6, 7–6(7–5)|
|Win||5.||19 October 1998||Moscow||Carpet (i)||Natasha Zvereva|| Lisa Raymond
|Win||6.||16 August 1999||Toronto||Hard||Jana Novotná|| Larisa Neiland
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
|6–3, 2–6, 6–3|
|Win||7.||1 November 1999||Leipzig||Carpet (i)||Larisa Neiland|| Elena Likhovtseva
|Loss||4.||10 January 2000||Sydney||Hard||Martina Hingis|| Julie Halard-Decugis
|Loss||5.||17 January 2000||Australian Open||Hard||Martina Hingis|| Lisa Raymond
|4–6, 7–5, 4–6|
|Win||8.||31 January 2000||Tokyo||Carpet (i)||Martina Hingis|| Alexandra Fusai
|Win||9.||29 May 2000||French Open||Clay||Martina Hingis|| Virginia Ruano Pascual
|Loss||6.||16 June 2003||'s-Hertogenbosch||Grass||Nadia Petrova|| Elena Dementieva
|6–2, 3–6, 4–6|
|Win||10.||4 August 2003||Los Angeles||Hard||Rennae Stubbs|| Elena Bovina
|Winner||1.||7 August 1989||ITF York, United States||Clay||Shannan McCarthy||6-2, 6-2|
|Winner||2.||22 January 1990||ITF New Braunfels, United States||Hard||Pamela Jung||7-5, 7-6(6)|
|Runner-up||3.||29 January 1990||ITF Midland, United States||Hard||Linda Ferrando||4-6, 1-6|
|Runner-up||4.||2 July 1990||ITF Brindisi, Italy||Hard||Csilla Bartos||6-2, 2-6, 2-6|
|Winner||1.||31 July 1989||ITF Roanoke, United States||Hard||Shannan McCarthy|| Anne-Marie Walson
|Winner||2.||7 August 1989||ITF York, United States||Clay||Shannan McCarthy|| Sharon McNamara
|Winner||3.||22 January 1990||ITF New Braunfels, United States||Hard||Jennifer Santrock|| Sabine Lohmann
|Runner-up||4.||29 January 1990||ITF Midland, United States||Hard||Ann Wunderlich|| Alissa Finerman
|6-3, 3-6, 1-6|
|Winner||5.||2 July 1990||ITF Brindisi, Italy||Clay||Sandrine Testud|| Jennifer Fuchs
|6-1, 1-6, 6-0|
Singles performance timelineEdit
|Australian Open||A||A||A||A||QF||4R||W||2R||F||QF||QF||4R||3R||1R||2R||A||1R||2R||1 / 13||36–12|
|French Open||A||2R||3R||4R||4R||F||4R||3R||4R||2R||2R||W||A||QF||1R||3R||F||A||1 / 15||44–14|
|Wimbledon||A||A||A||A||A||A||2R||QF||4R||1R||4R||2R||A||3R||4R||1R||QF||A||0 / 10||21–10|
|US Open||A||Q3||3R||4R||4R||QF||3R||A||4R||4R||QF||4R||A||1R||4R||4R||F||3R||0 / 14||41–14|
|Win–Loss||0–0||1–1||4–2||6–2||10–3||13–3||13–3||7–3||15–4||8–4||12–4||14–3||2–1||6–4||7–4||5–3||16–4||3–2||2 / 52||142–50|
|Tour Championships||A||A||A||A||SF||SF||1R||A||F||QF||QF||A||A||A||A||A||F||A||0 / 7||13–7|
|Tier I tournaments|
|Tokyo||T III||Tier II||1R||A||QF||A||A||A||A||2R||A||A||1R||A||A||A||0 / 4||1–4|
|Indian Wells||T III||Tier II||A||A||QF||SF||A||A||A||A||QF||A||0 / 3||9–3|
|Miami||A||A||4R||3R||A||A||A||A||A||A||3R||2R||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 4||6–4|
|Charleston||T II||A||A||A||A||SF||A||2R||A||2R||A||W||3R||3R||QF||1R||2R||A||1 / 9||16–8|
|Berlin||A||A||A||A||A||3R||QF||3R||F||2R||A||A||A||2R||1R||1R||3R||A||0 / 9||12–9|
|Rome||T II||A||A||2R||3R||3R||SF||A||W||3R||F||3R||1R||3R||A||2R||3R||A||0 / 12||23–11|
|San Diego||T IV||Tier III||Tier II||2R||W||QF||1 / 3||8–2|
|Montreal / Toronto||T II||A||A||A||A||SF||QF||3R||3R||1R||SF||A||A||1R||2R||3R||A||A||0 / 9||13–9|
|Moscow||Tier V||Not Held||Tier III||A||W||2R||A||A||A||A||1R||W||A||2 / 4||9–2|
|Zürich||T III||Tier II||A||QF||F||A||A||QF||SF||A||A||A||1R||1R||A||1R||0 / 7||9–7|
|Philadelphia||Not Held||Tier II||2R||F||2R||Tier II||Not Held||Tier II||NH||0 / 3||5–3|
WTA Tour career earningsEdit
|Year||Majors||WTA titles||Total titles||Earnings ($)||Money list rank|
Head-to-head vs. top 10 ranked playersEdit
|Number 1 ranked players|
|/ Ana Ivanovic||1-0||100%||0–0||0–0||1–0||0–0|
|/ Jelena Janković||1-1||50%||1–1||0–0||0–0||0–0|
|/ Martina Navratilova||1–1||50%||0–0||0–0||0–0||1–1|
|Arantxa Sánchez Vicario||5-5||50%||2-0||3–2||0–1||0–2|
|/ / Monica Seles||4–5||44.4%||0–1||3–2||0–0||1–2|
|Number 2 ranked players|
|/ Jana Novotná||1-5||16.7%||0-2||0–0||0–0||1–3|
|Number 3 ranked players|
|/ Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere||0–1||0%||0–1||0–0||0–0||0–0|
|Number 4 ranked players|
|/ Iva Majoli||7–4||63.6%||1–1||4–2||0–0||2–1|
|/ Jelena Dokić||2–3||40%||1–0||1–2||0–1||0–0|
|Mary Joe Fernández||2-5||28.6%||0–2||1–3||0–0||1–0|
|/ Helena Suková||0-1||0%||0-1||0–0||0–0||0–0|
|Number 5 ranked players|
|/ Natasha Zvereva||5-2||71.4%||4-0||0–1||0–0||1–1|
|Number 6 ranked players|
|Number 7 ranked players|
|Number 8 ranked players|
|Number 9 ranked players|
|Number 10 ranked players|
|/ Karina Habšudová||3–2||60%||1–0||1–2||0–0||1–0|
|Total||163–154||51.4%||65–62 (51.2%)||54–50 (51.9%)||8–8 (50.0%)||35–35 (50.0%)|
Top 10 winsEdit
|1.||Gabriela Sabatini||6||WTA Tour Championships, New York||Carpet (i)||1R||7–6(10–8), 6–3|
|2.||Martina Navratilova||3||WTA Tour Championships, New York||Carpet (i)||QF||6–1, 3–6, 6–4|
|3.||Arantxa Sánchez Vicario||2||Hilton Head, United States||Clay||QF||6–4, 2–6, 6–1|
|4.||Steffi Graf||1||French Open||Clay||SF||6–2, 6–2|
|5.||Natasha Zvereva||10||Philadelphia, United States||Carpet (i)||SF||6–3, 6–3|
|6.||Steffi Graf||1||WTA Tour Championships, New York||Carpet (i)||QF||6–4, 6–4|
|7.||Anke Huber||10||Australian Open||Hard||4R||6–2, 6–4|
|8.||Natasha Zvereva||8||Australian Open||Hard||QF||6–1, 6–4|
|9.||Conchita Martínez||3||Australian Open||Hard||SF||6–3, 6–1|
|10.||Arantxa Sánchez Vicario||2||Australian Open||Hard||F||6–3, 6–2|
|11.||Arantxa Sánchez Vicario||2||Tokyo, Japan||Hard||F||6–3, 6–3|
|12.||Conchita Martínez||2||Amelia Island, United States||Clay||QF||5–7, 6–3, 6–2|
|13.||Arantxa Sánchez Vicario||3||Fed Cup, Bayonne, France||Carpet (i)||SF||6–3, 6–4|
|14.||Irina Spîrlea||10||Sydney, Australia||Hard||1R||6–3, 4–6, 6–4|
|15.||Anke Huber||7||Australian Open||Hard||4R||6–2, 6–3|
|16.||Anke Huber||7||Amelia Island, United States||Clay||3R||7–6(7–0), 6–2|
|17.||Arantxa Sánchez Vicario||5||Amelia Island, United States||Clay||QF||6–2, 6–1|
|18.||Iva Majoli||9||Amelia Island, United States||Clay||SF||2–6, 7–5, 7–6(7–5)|
|19.||Monica Seles||3||Italian Open||Clay||3R||7–6(8–6), 7–6(8–6)|
|20.||Conchita Martínez||6||Italian Open||Clay||F||6–4, 6–0|
|21.||Conchita Martínez||8||German Open||Clay||3R||6–2, 6–0|
|22.||Iva Majoli||9||German Open||Clay||QF||6–1, 6–4|
|23.||Amanda Coetzer||10||German Open||Clay||SF||6–4, 6–4|
|24.||Martina Hingis||1||WTA Tour Championships, New York||Carpet (i)||QF||6–3, 2–6, 7–5|
|25.||Jana Novotná||3||Paris, France||Carpet (i)||SF||6–4, 2–6, 6–3|
|26.||Iva Majoli||8||Amelia Island, United States||Clay||QF||6–3, 6–2|
|27.||Lindsay Davenport||2||Amelia Island, United States||Clay||SF||4–6, 6–3, 6–3|
|28.||Conchita Martínez||9||Amelia Island, United States||Clay||F||6–7(8–10), 6–0, 6–2|
|29.||Conchita Martínez||7||San Diego, United States||Hard||2R||6–7(1–7), 6–2, 6–3|
|30.||Venus Williams||5||San Diego, United States||Hard||QF||2–6, 7–6(7–3), 4–0 ret.|
|31.||Martina Hingis||1||San Diego, United States||Hard||SF||3–6, 7–6(9–7), 6–2|
|32.||Amanda Coetzer||10||Filderstadt, Germany||Hard (i)||1R||6–2, 6–2|
|33.||Venus Williams||5||Moscow, Russia||Carpet (i)||SF||2–6, 6–2, 6–0|
|34.||Monica Seles||6||Moscow, Russia||Carpet (i)||F||7–6(7–2), 6–3|
|35.||Barbara Schett||8||Filderstadt, Germany||Hard (i)||QF||7–6(7–1), 7–6(7–2)|
|36.||Serena Williams||4||Indian Wells, United States||Hard||SF||6–2, 6–1|
|37.||Monica Seles||7||Hilton Head, United States||Clay||SF||6–1, 6–1|
|38.||Arantxa Sánchez Vicario||10||Hilton Head, United States||Clay||F||6–1, 6–0|
|39.||Monica Seles||3||French Open||Clay||QF||4–6, 6–3, 6–4|
|40.||Martina Hingis||1||French Open||Clay||SF||6–4, 5–7, 6–2|
|41.||Conchita Martínez||5||French Open||Clay||F||6–2, 7–5|
|42.||Sandrine Testud||10||Wimbledon, United Kingdom||Grass||2R||6–3, 6–4|
|43.||Anastasia Myskina||10||Charleston, United States||Clay||2R||6–4, 1–6, 6–2|
|44.||Jennifer Capriati||5||Filderstadt, Germany||Hard (i)||2R||6–4, 6–2|
|45.||Maria Sharapova||7||US Open||Hard||3R||4–6, 6–2, 6–3|
|46.||Patty Schnyder||10||French Open||Clay||4R||6–1, 1–6, 6–4|
|47.||Lindsay Davenport||1||French Open||Clay||QF||6–3, 6–2|
|48.||Justine Hénin-Hardenne||7||US Open||Hard||4R||6–3, 6–4|
|49.||Amélie Mauresmo||3||US Open||Hard||QF||6–4, 6–1|
|50.||Elena Dementieva||6||US Open||Hard||SF||3–6, 6–2, 6–2|
|51.||Kim Clijsters||2||WTA Tour Championships, Los Angeles||Hard (i)||RR||6–1, 4–6, 7–6(7–2)|
|52.||Amélie Mauresmo||4||WTA Tour Championships, Los Angeles||Hard (i)||RR||2–6, 6–4, 6–2|
|53.||Elena Dementieva||7||WTA Tour Championships, Los Angeles||Hard (i)||RR||6–2, 6–3|
|54.||Lindsay Davenport||1||WTA Tour Championships, Los Angeles||Hard (i)||SF||7–6(7–5), 7–6(8–6)|
|55.||Patty Schnyder||9||Paris, France||Carpet (i)||SF||6–4, 6–2|
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