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Meredith McGrath (born April 28, 1971) is a former professional tennis player.

Meredith McGrath
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Country (sports) United States
Born (1971-04-28) April 28, 1971 (age 48)
Midland, Michigan
PlaysRight-handed
Prize money$1,448,132
Singles
Career record130–98
Career titles3
Highest rankingNo. 18 (July 22, 1996)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (1994)
French Open2R (1995)
WimbledonSF (1996)
US Open2R (1993, 1994)
Doubles
Career record255–84
Career titles25
Highest rankingNo. 5 (October 10, 1994)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenF (1994)
French OpenSF (1996)
WimbledonF (1996)
US OpenQF (1994)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (1996)
French OpenSF (1994)
WimbledonQF (1994)
US OpenW (1995)

She was born in Midland, Michigan, and made her debut on the WTA Tour in 1988. In her eight-year professional career, Meredith achieved career-high world rankings of No. 18 in singles and No. 5 in doubles. She notched victories over such players as Martina Navratilova, Martina Hingis, Anna Kournikova, Jana Novotna, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, and Gigi Fernandez, and Mary Jo Fernandez. The pinnacle of her career came in reaching the singles semifinals and doubles finals at the 1996 Wimbledon Championships. In the singles, she defeated Mana Endo, Amanda Coetzer, Nancy Feber, Katarína Studeníková and Mary Joe Fernandez before losing to Arantxa Sánchez Vicario. An injury two weeks prior to the 1996 Wimbledon Championships eventually ended her career. Meredith won the 1995 US Open Mixed Doubles Championship (she was runner-up in 1989) and was the runner-up in the 1994 Australian Open Doubles Championship. Meredith won three WTA singles titles, Oklahoma City and Eastbourne in 1994 and Birmingham in 1996, and 25 doubles titles. Meredith was recognized by Tennis Magazine as the WTA Comeback Player of the Year as she overcame near career-ending injuries to having her most successful competitive season in 1996. In 1994, she was awarded the WTA Tour Comeback Player of the Year.

Meredith played her collegiate tennis at Stanford University where she, during her only collegiate season, earned All-American honors in both singles and doubles after having achieved year-end rankings of No. 2 in singles and No. 1 in doubles (undefeated). Meredith had maintained No. 1 rankings in both singles and doubles during her freshman year until a loss at the NCAA Championships. Meredith turned professional after her freshman year, but returned to Stanford to earn her degree in 2000 after injuries forced her early retirement. In 1990, Meredith was awarded the Block S Award for the Most Outstanding Freshman Athlete at Stanford and with her doubles partner, Teri Whitlinger, was named the Volvo Tennis/Tennis Magazine Doubles Team of the Year.

Meredith is also a 2012 inductee into the prestigious Stanford Hall of Fame. She is also a member of the USTA Midwest Hall of Fame and the USTA NorCal Hall of Fame.

As the No. 1 ranked junior player in the world, McGrath won a total of 19 national and international junior titles. She captured the US Open Junior Doubles title and Wimbledon Junior Doubles title with Jennifer Capriati in 1989, and won the US Open Junior Doubles title with Kimberly Po in 1987 and 1988. Meredith was the runner-up in the 1988 Wimbledon Junior singles championship. A three-time national All-American in high school, Meredith won three Michigan High School Division A State Championships. She also received six USTA National Championship Sportsmanship Awards.

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WTA career finalsEdit

Singles: 3 (3–0)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam 0
Tier I 0
Tier II 1
Tier III 2
Tier IV & V 0
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. February 20, 1994 Oklahoma City, United States Hard   Brenda Schultz 7–6(8–6), 7–6(7–4)
Winner 2. June 18, 1994 Eastbourne, England Grass   Linda Harvey-Wild 6–2, 6–4
Winner 3. June 16, 1996 Birmingham, England Grass   Nathalie Tauziat 2–6, 6–4, 6–4

Doubles: 38 (25–13)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam 0
Tier I 2
Tier II 11
Tier III 6
Tier IV & V 6
Titles by surface
Hard 13
Clay 2
Grass 0
Carpet 10
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. June 18, 1989 Birmingham, England Grass   Pam Shriver   Larisa Savchenko
  Natalia Zvereva
5–7, 7–5, 0–6
Winner 2. November 12, 1989 Nashville, United States Hard   Manon Bollegraf   Natalia Medvedeva
  Leila Meskhi
1–6, 7–6, 7–6
Winner 3. February 11, 1990 Wichita, United States Hard (i)   Manon Bollegraf   Mary-Lou Daniels
  Wendy Prausa
6–0, 6–2
Winner 4. August 12, 1990 Albuquerque, United States Hard   Anne Smith   Mareen Louie-Harper
  Wendy Prausa
7–6, 6–4
Runner-up 5. September 16, 1990 Orlando, United States Carpet (i)   Manon Bollegraf   Larisa Savchenko
  Natalia Zvereva
4–6, 1–6
Winner 6. November 4, 1990 Oakland, United States Carpet (i)   Anne Smith   Rosalyn Fairbank-Nideffer
  Robin White
2–6, 6–0, 6–4
Winner 7. November 11, 1990 Oakland, United States Hard   Patty Fendick   Katrina Adams
  Jill Hetherington
6–1, 6–1
Winner 8. February 24, 1991 Oklahoma City, United States Hard (i)   Anne Smith   Katrina Adams
  Jill Hetherington
6–1, 6–1
Runner-up 9. March 10, 1991 Boca Raton, United States Hard   Samantha Smith   Larisa Savchenko-Neiland
  Natalia Zvereva
4–6, 6–7
Runner-up 10. April 18, 1993 Pattaya, Thailand Hard   Patty Fendick   Cammy Macgregor
  Catherine Suire
3–6, 6–7
Winner 11. April 25, 1993 Kuala Lumpur, Maylasia Hard   Patty Fendick   Nicole Arendt
  Kristine Radford
6–4, 7–6
Winner 12. October 17, 1993 Montpellier, France Carpet (i)   Claudia Porwik   Janette Husárová
  Dominique Monami
3–6, 6–2, 7–6
Winner 13. November 7, 1993 Oakland, United States Carpet (i)   Patty Fendick   Amanda Coetzer
  Inés Gorrochategui
6–2, 6–0
Winner 14. January 16, 1994 Sydney, Australia Hard   Patty Fendick   Jana Novotná
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 15. January 30, 1994 Australian Open, Melbourne Hard   Patty Fendick   Gigi Fernández
  Natalia Zvereva
3–6, 6–4, 4–6
Winner 16. February 20, 1994 Oklahoma City, United States Hard (i)   Patty Fendick   Katrina Adams
  Manon Bollegraf
7–6, 6–2
Runner-up 17. March 20, 1994 Key Biscayne, United States Hard   Patty Fendick   Gigi Fernández
  Natalia Zvereva
3–6, 1–6
Winner 18. April 17, 1994 Pattaya, Thailand Hard   Patty Fendick   Yayuk Basuki
  Nana Miyagi
7–6, 3–6, 6–3
Winner 19. April 24, 1994 Singapore Hard   Patty Fendick   Nicole Arendt
  Kristine Radford
6–4, 6–1
Winner 20. August 21, 1994 Rogers Cup, Canada Hard   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario   Pam Shriver
  Liz Smylie
2–6, 6–2, 6-4
Winner 21. August 28, 1994 Schenectady, United States Hard   Larisa Savchenko   Pam Shriver
  Liz Smylie
6–2, 6–2
Winner 22. October 2, 1994 Leipzig, Germany Carpet (i)   Patty Fendick   Manon Bollegraf
  Larisa Savchenko
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 23. October 9, 1994 Zurich, Switzerland Carpet (i)   Patty Fendick   Manon Bollegraf
  Martina Navratilova
6–7, 1–6
Winner 24. February 9, 1995 Paris, France Hard (i)   Larisa Savchenko   Manon Bollegraf
  Rennae Stubbs
6–4, 6–1
Winner 25. February 26, 1995 Generali Ladies Linz, Austria Carpet (i)   Nathalie Tauziat   Iva Majoli
  Petra Schwarz
6–1, 6–2
Winner 26. May 27, 1995 Edinburgh, Scotland Clay   Larisa Savchenko   Manon Bollegraf
  Rennae Stubbs
6–2, 7–6
Winner 27. September 23, 1995 Moscow, Russia Carpet (i)   Larisa Savchenko   Anna Kournikova
  Aleksandra Olsza
6–1, 6–1
Winner 28. October 1, 1995 Leipzig, Germany Carpet (i)   Larisa Savchenko   Brenda Schultz-McCarthy
  Caroline Vis
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 29. October 15, 1995 Filderstadt, Germany Hard (i)   Larisa Savchenko   Gigi Fernández
  Natalia Zvereva
7–5, 1–6 4–6
Winner 30. October 22, 1995 Brighton, England Carpet (i)   Larisa Savchenko   Lori McNeil
  Helena Suková
7–5, 6–1
Runner-up 31. November 12, 1995 Philadelphia, United States Carpet (i)   Larisa Savchenko   Lori McNeil
  Helena Suková
6–4, 3–6, 4–6
Winner 32. February 25, 1996 Essen, Germany Carpet (i)   Larisa Savchenko   Lori McNeil
  Helena Suková
6–4, 3–6, 4–6
Winner 33. March 3, 1996 Generali Ladies Linz, Austria Carpet (i)   Manon Bollegraf   Rennae Stubbs
  Helena Suková
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 34. March 30, 1996 Key Biscayne, United States Hard   Larisa Savchenko   Jana Novotná
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 35. April 14, 1996 Amelia Island, United States Clay   Larisa Savchenko   Chanda Rubin
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
4–6, 4–6
Winner 36. May 19, 1996 Berlin, Germany Clay   Larisa Savchenko   Martina Hingis
  Helena Suková
6–1, 5–7, 7–6
Runner-up 37. July 7, 1996 Wimbledon, England Grass   Larisa Savchenko   Martina Hingis
  Helena Suková
7–5, 5–7, 1–6
Runner-up 38. January 17, 1998 Sydney, Australia Hard   Katrina Adams   Martina Hingis
  Helena Suková
1–6, 2–6

Mixed doubles: 2 (1–1)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. September 10, 1989 US Open Hard   Rick Leach   Shelby Cannon
  Robin White
6–3, 2–6, 5–7
Winner 2. September 10, 1995 US Open Hard   Matt Lucena   Cyril Suk
  Gigi Fernández
6–4, 6–4

ITF FinalsEdit

Singles Finals (1-3)Edit

$75,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 18 July 1988 Fayettevile, United States Hard   Tammy Whittington 6-0 6-3
Runner-up 2. 6 February 1989 Midland, United States Hard   Shaun Stafford 3–6 3–6
Runner-up 3. 28 January 1991 Midland, United States Hard   Helen Kelesi 2–6 2–6
Runner-up 4. 6 February 1994 Midland, United States Hard   Brenda Schultz-McCarthy 2–6 0–1 Ret.

Doubles Finals (2-3)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 6 February 1989 Midland, United States Hard   Shaun Stafford   Kim Il-soon
  Lee Jeong-myung
6-2 2-6 4-6
Runner-up 2. 28 January 1991 Midland, United States Hard   Anne Smith   Katrina Adams
  Helen Kelesi
5-7 5-7
Winner 3. 27 January 1992 Midland, United States Hard   Manon Bollegraf   Helen Kelesi
  Caroline Vis
6–3 6–1
Winner 4. 1 February 1993 Midland, United States Hard   Patty Fendick   Jean Ceniza
  Caroline Delisle
7-6(5) 6-2
Runner-up 5. 27 October 1997 Austin, United States Hard   Debbie Graham   Park Sung-hee
  Miho Saeki
4-6 7-5 2-6

Grand Slam doubles performance timelineEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
Tournament 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 SR W–L
Australian Open A A A A A A F 3R SF A 1R 0 / 4 11–4
French Open A A A QF A 1R 3R 3R SF A A 0 / 5 11–5
Wimbledon A 1R 2R A A 2R 3R SF F A A 0 / 6 13–6
US Open 1R 2R 1R A A 3R QF 3R A A A 0 / 6 8–6
Win–Loss 0–1 1–2 1–2 3–1 0–0 3–3 12–4 10–4 13–3 0–0 0–1 0 / 21 43–21

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