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Natasha Zvereva, or Zverava,[1] (born Natallya Marataŭna Zverava; Belarusian: Наталля Маратаўна Зверава; 16 April 1971) is a former professional tennis player from Belarus. She was the first major athlete in the Soviet Union to demand publicly that she should be able to keep her tournament earnings.[2] The team of Zvereva and Gigi Fernández won more women's doubles titles and Grand Slam women's doubles championships than any other team since that of Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver.[3][4]

Natasha Zvereva
Наташа Зверaва
Natasha Zvereva 2010.jpg
Country (sports) Soviet Union (1988–1991),
 CIS (1992),
Olympic flag.svg Unified Team (1992),
 Belarus (from 1993)
ResidenceMinsk, Belarus
Born (1971-04-16) 16 April 1971 (age 48)
Minsk, Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union
Height1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned proMay 1988
Retired2002
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$7,792,503
Int. Tennis HoF2010 (member page)
Singles
Career record434–252
Career titles4 WTA, 3 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 5 (22 May 1989)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQF (1995)
French OpenF (1988)
WimbledonSF (1998)
US OpenQF (1993)
Doubles
Career record714–170
Career titles80 WTA, 3 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 1 (7 October 1991)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenW (1993, 1994, 1997)
French OpenW (1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997)
WimbledonW (1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997)
US OpenW (1991, 1992, 1995, 1996)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour FinalsW (1993, 1994, 1998)
Olympic GamesBronze medal.svg Bronze medal (1992)
Mixed doubles
Career titles2
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenW (1990, 1995)
WimbledonF (1991)
US OpenF (1990)
Team competitions
Fed Cup59–21

On 12 July 2010, Zvereva was inducted in the International Tennis Hall of Fame alongside Fernández.

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Playing styleEdit

Zvereva used a baseline, counter-punching style centered around topspin and her double-handed backhand. She had great hands,[5] used a variety of spins, and was willing to rush the net and volley.[6] Though Zvereva's talent was never in doubt, she often suffered from lapses in concentration during matches and in her confidence as a singles player.[7][8]

CareerEdit

As a junior, Zvereva won the Wimbledon girls' singles title in 1986, defeating Leila Meskhi in the final 2–6, 6–2, 9–7. Zvereva also won the US Open girls singles championship in 1987, beating Sandra Birch in the final 6–0, 6–3.

After turning pro, Zvereva won four WTA Tour singles titles and 80 WTA Tour doubles titles, 18 of them n Grand Slam tournaments: five at Wimbledon, four at the US Open, five at the French Open, and four at the Australian Open. She won those Grand Slam doubles titles with four different partners: Gigi Fernández, Martina Hingis, Pam Shriver, and Larisa Savchenko Neiland. She achieved non-calendar year Grand Slams twice: in 1992-93 with Fernández and in 1996-97 with Fernández (three tournaments) and Hingis (Australia).

In addition to her Grand Slam doubles titles, Zvereva teamed with Meskhi to win a bronze medal at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.

Although Zvereva was a highly accomplished doubles player, and considered by some to be one of the best doubles players of all time[citation needed], she had limited success in singles. Nevertheless, in 1988, at only the age of 17, she made her sole Grand Slam singles final at the French Open beating Martina Navratilova en route. In a highly publicized final, she lost to Steffi Graf 0–6, 0–6 in only 34 minutes.[9][10] The official time of the match given on the scoresheet was 34 minutes, however just 32 minutes of that was spent on the court, as a rain break split the match into two periods of play, of nine and 23 minutes.[11] This was the shortest and most one-side Grand Slam final ever. (Graf went on to win all four Grand Slam singles titles and an Olympic gold medal that year.)

Zvereva is one of the few players to have beaten both Graf and Monica Seles, both former world number ones, in the same Grand Slam singles tournament. Ten years later at Wimbledon in 1998, Zvereva finally defeated the fourth seeded Graf in the third round 6–4, 7–5 and also the sixth seeded Seles in a quarterfinal 7–6, 6–2. This was also notable because it was Zvereva's sole win over Graf in 21 career singles matches.[12] She lost in the semifinals to Nathalie Tauziat which was to be her second best career Grand Slam singles result. Starting with the French Open in 1987 and extending through Wimbledon in 2000, Zvereva played in 51 of the 54 Grand Slam singles tournaments held, reaching the quarterfinals or better eight times.

In addition to her Grand Slam women's doubles titles, Zvereva twice won the mixed-doubles title at the Australian Open. She partnered with Jim Pugh to win the title in 1990, and with Rick Leach in 1995.

Zvereva retired from professional tennis in 2003. Her last appearance in a Grand Slam tournament was in Wimbledon 2002, where she lost in the first round to Marlene Weingärtner 6–4, 3–6, 2–6. She played in the invitational doubles event in 2007.

Major finalsEdit

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1988 French Open Clay   Steffi Graf 0–6, 0–6

Doubles: 31 (18 titles, 13 runner-ups)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1988 Wimbledon (1) Grass   Larisa Savchenko   Steffi Graf
  Gabriela Sabatini
3–6, 6–1, 10–12
Winner 1989 French Open (1) Clay   Larisa Savchenko   Steffi Graf
  Gabriela Sabatini
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 1989 Wimbledon (2) Grass   Larisa Savchenko   Jana Novotná
  Helena Suková
1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 1990 French Open (1) Clay   Larisa Savchenko-Neiland   Jana Novotná
  Helena Suková
4–6, 5–7
Runner-up 1991 French Open (2) Clay   Larisa Savchenko-Neiland   Gigi Fernández
  Jana Novotná
4–6, 0–6
Winner 1991 Wimbledon (1) Grass   Larisa Savchenko-Neiland   Gigi Fernández
  Jana Novotná
6–4, 3–6, 6–4
Winner 1991 US Open (1) Hard   Pam Shriver   Jana Novotná
  Larisa Neiland
6–4, 4–6, 7–6(7–5)
Winner 1992 French Open (2) Clay   Gigi Fernández   Conchita Martínez
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–3, 6–2
Winner 1992 Wimbledon (2) Grass   Gigi Fernández   Jana Novotná
  Larisa Neiland
6–4, 6–1
Winner 1992 US Open (2) Hard   Gigi Fernández   Jana Novotná
  Larisa Neiland
7–6(7–4), 6–1
Winner 1993 Australian Open (1) Hard   Gigi Fernández   Pam Shriver
  Elizabeth Smylie
6–4, 6–3
Winner 1993 French Open (3) Clay   Gigi Fernández   Jana Novotná
  Larisa Neiland
6–3, 7–5
Winner 1993 Wimbledon (3) Grass   Gigi Fernández   Jana Novotná
  Larisa Neiland
6–4, 6–7(9–11), 6–4
Winner 1994 Australian Open (2) Hard   Gigi Fernández   Patty Fendick
  Meredith McGrath
6–3, 4–6, 6–4
Winner 1994 French Open (4) Clay   Gigi Fernández   Lindsay Davenport
  Lisa Raymond
6–2, 6–2
Winner 1994 Wimbledon (4) Grass   Gigi Fernández   Jana Novotná
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 1995 Australian Open (1) Hard   Gigi Fernández   Jana Novotná
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
3–6, 7–6(7–3), 4–6
Winner 1995 French Open (5) Clay   Gigi Fernández   Jana Novotná
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–7(6–8), 6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 1995 Wimbledon (3) Grass   Gigi Fernández   Jana Novotná
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
7–5, 5–7, 4–6
Winner 1995 US Open (3) Hard   Gigi Fernández   Brenda Schultz
  Rennae Stubbs
7–5, 6–3
Runner-up 1996 French Open (3) Clay   Gigi Fernández   Lindsay Davenport
  Mary Joe Fernandez
2–6, 1–6
Winner 1996 US Open (4) Hard   Gigi Fernández   Jana Novotná
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
1–6, 6–1, 6–4
Winner 1997 Australian Open (3) Hard   Martina Hingis   Lindsay Davenport
  Lisa Raymond
6–2, 6–2
Winner 1997 French Open (6) Clay   Gigi Fernández   Mary Joe Fernandez
  Lisa Raymond
6–2, 6–3
Winner 1997 Wimbledon (5) Grass   Gigi Fernández   Nicole Arendt
  Manon Bollegraf
7–6(7–4), 6–4
Runner-up 1997 US Open (1) Hard   Gigi Fernández   Lindsay Davenport
  Jana Novotná
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 1998 Australian Open (2) Hard   Lindsay Davenport   Martina Hingis
  Mirjana Lučić
4–6, 6–2, 3–6
Runner-up 1998 French Open (4) Clay   Lindsay Davenport   Martina Hingis
  Jana Novotná
1–6, 6–7(4–7)
Runner-up 1998 Wimbledon (4) Grass   Lindsay Davenport   Martina Hingis
  Jana Novotná
3–6, 6–3, 6–8
Runner-up 1998 US Open (2) Hard   Lindsay Davenport   Martina Hingis
  Jana Novotná
3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 1999 Australian Open (3) Hard   Lindsay Davenport   Martina Hingis
  Anna Kournikova
5–7, 3–6

Mixed doubles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runner-ups)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1990 Australian Open (1) Hard   Jim Pugh   Zina Garrison
  Rick Leach
4–6, 6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 1990 US Open (1) Hard   Jim Pugh   Elizabeth Smylie
  Todd Woodbridge
4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 1991 Wimbledon (1) Grass   Jim Pugh   Elizabeth Smylie
  John Fitzgerald
6–7(4–7), 2–6
Winner 1995 Australian Open (2) Hard   Rick Leach   Gigi Fernández
  Cyril Suk
7–6(7–4), 6–7(3–7), 6–4

Olympic GamesEdit

Doubles: 1 bronze medalEdit

Outcome Year Location Surface Partner Opponents Score
Bronze 1992 Barcelona Clay   Leila Meskhi (EUN) Tied DNP
4th place 2000 Sydney Hard   Olga Barabanschikova   Els Callens
  Dominique Monami
6–4, 4–6, 1–6

Meskhi and Zvereva lost in the semifinals to Gigi Fernández and Mary Joe Fernández 4–6, 5–7. In 1992, there was no bronze medal play-off match, both beaten semifinal pairs received bronze medals.

Year-end championships finalsEdit

Doubles: 6 (3 titles, 3 runner-ups)Edit

Outcome Year Location Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1988 New York Carpet (i)   Larisa Savchenko   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 1989 New York Carpet (i)   Larisa Savchenko   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
3–6, 2–6
Winner 1993 New York Carpet (i)   Gigi Fernández   Larisa Neiland
  Jana Novotná
6–3, 7–5
Winner 1994 New York Carpet (i)   Gigi Fernández   Larisa Neiland
  Jana Novotná
6–3, 6–7(4–7), 6–3
Runner-up 1995 New York Carpet (i)   Gigi Fernández   Jana Novotná
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
2–6, 1–6
Winner 1998 New York Carpet (i)   Lindsay Davenport   Alexandra Fusai
  Nathalie Tauziat
6–7(6–8), 7–5, 6–3

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles: 19 (4–15)Edit

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–1)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I (0–3)
Tier II (2–5)
Tier III (1–1)
Tier IV (1–1)
Tier V (0–1)
Virginia Slims (0–3)
Finals by surface
Hard (2–6)
Grass (1–2)
Clay (0–3)
Carpet (1–4)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 3 November 1986 Virginia Slims of Arkansas, Little Rock Carpet (i)   Kathy Rinaldi 4–6, 7–6(9–7), 0–6
Runner-up 2. 2 November 1987 Virginia Slims of Arkansas, Little Rock Hard   Sandra Cecchini 6–0, 1–6, 3–6
Runner-up 3. 9 November 1987 Ameritech Cup, Chicago Carpet (i)   Martina Navratilova 1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 4. 23 May 1988 French Open, Paris Clay   Steffi Graf 0–6, 0–6
Runner-up 5. 13 June 1988 Eastbourne International Grass   Martina Navratilova 2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 6. 15 August 1988 Canadian Open, Montreal Hard   Gabriela Sabatini 1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 7. 31 October 1988 Virginia Slims of New England, Worcester Carpet (i)   Martina Navratilova 7–6(7–4), 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 8. 3 April 1989 Family Circle Cup, Hilton Head Clay   Steffi Graf 1–6, 1–6
Runner-up 9. 9 October 1989 Moscow Ladies Open Carpet (i)   Gretchen Magers 3–6, 4–6
Winner 1. 1 January 1990 Danone Hardcourt Championships, Brisbane Hard   Rachel McQuillan 6–4, 6–0
Winner 2. 8 January 1990 Sydney International Hard   Barbara Paulus 4–6, 6–1, 6–3
Runner-up 10. 10 June 1991 Birmingham Classic Grass   Martina Navratilova 4–6, 6–7(6–8)
Runner-up 11. 11 October 1993 Women's Stuttgart Open, Filderstadt Hard (i)   Mary Pierce 3–6, 3–6
Winner 3. 7 February 1994 Ameritech Cup, Chicago Carpet (i)   Chanda Rubin 6–3, 7–5
Runner-up 12. 11 March 1994 Miami Masters, Key Biscayne Hard   Steffi Graf 6–4, 1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 13. 28 March 1994 Family Circle Cup, Hilton Head Clay   Conchita Martínez 4–6, 0–6
Runner-up 14. 3 October 1994 Zurich Open Hard (i)   Magdalena Maleeva 5–7, 6–3, 4–6
Runner-up 15. 27 February 1995 Indian Wells Masters Hard   Mary Joe Fernández 4–6, 3–6
Winner 4. 14 June 1999 Eastbourne International Grass   Nathalie Tauziat 0–6, 7–5, 6–3

Doubles: 129 (80–49)Edit

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (18–13)
WTA Tour Championships (3–3)
Tier I (23–13)
Tier II (26–12)
Tier III (3–3)
Tier IV (1–0)
Tier V (4–1)
Virginia Slims (2–4)
Finals by surface
Hard (27–16)
Grass (12–7)
Clay (21–15)
Carpet (20–11)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 6 June 1988 Birmingham Classic Grass   Larisa Savchenko   Leila Meskhi
  Svetlana Parkhomenko
6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 1. 20 June 1988 Wimbledon Grass   Larisa Savchenko   Steffi Graf
  Gabriela Sabatini
3–6, 6–1, 10–12
Winner 2. 24 October 1988 Virginia Slims of Indianapolis Hard (i)   Larisa Savchenko   Katrina Adams
  Zina Garrison
6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 2. 7 November 1988 Ameritech Cup, Chicago Carpet (i)   Larisa Savchenko   Lori McNeil
  Betsy Nagelsen
4–6, 6–3, 4–6
Runner-up 3. 14 November 1988 Virginia Slims Championships, New York Carpet (i)   Larisa Savchenko   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 4. 13 February 1989 Virginia Slims of Washington Carpet (i)   Larisa Savchenko   Betsy Nagelsen
  Pam Shriver
2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 5. 20 February 1989 Stanford Classic, Oakland Carpet (i)   Larisa Savchenko   Patty Fendick
  Jill Hetherington
5–7, 6–3, 2–6
Winner 3. 10 April 1989 Amelia Island Championships Clay   Larisa Savchenko   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
7–6(7–4), 2–6, 6–1
Runner-up 6. 22 May 1989 WTA Swiss Open, Geneva Clay   Larisa Savchenko   Katrina Adams
  Lori McNeil
6–2, 3–6, 4–6
Winner 4. 29 May 1989 French Open, Paris Clay   Larisa Savchenko   Steffi Graf
  Gabriela Sabatini
6–4, 6–4
Winner 5. 12 June 1989 Birmingham Classic Grass   Larisa Savchenko   Meredith McGrath
  Pam Shriver
7–5, 5–7, 6–0
Runner-up 7. 26 June 1989 Wimbledon Grass   Larisa Savchenko   Jana Novotná
  Helena Suková
1–6, 2–6
Winner 6. 9 October 1989 Moscow Ladies Open Carpet (i)   Larisa Savchenko   Nathalie Herreman
  Catherine Suire
6–3, 6–4
Winner 7. 6 November 1989 Ameritech Cup, Chicago Carpet (i)   Larisa Savchenko   Jana Novotná
  Helena Suková
6–3, 2–6, 6–3
Runner-up 8. 13 November 1989 Virginia Slims Championships, New York Carpet (i)   Larisa Savchenko   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 9. 8 January 1990 Sydney International Hard   Larisa Neiland   Jana Novotná
  Helena Suková
3–6, 5–7
Runner-up 10. 2 April 1990 Family Circle Cup, Hilton Head Clay   Mercedes Paz   Martina Navratilova
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 11. 28 May 1990 French Open, Paris Clay   Larisa Neiland   Jana Novotná
  Helena Suková
4–6, 5–7
Winner 8. 11 June 1990 Birmingham Classic Grass   Larisa Neiland   Lise Gregory
  Gretchen Magers
3–6, 6–3, 6–3
Winner 9. 18 June 1990 Eastbourne International Grass   Larisa Neiland   Patty Fendick
  Zina Garrison
6–4, 6–3
Winner 10. 12 September 1990 WTA Doubles Championships, Orlando Carpet (i)   Larisa Neiland   Manon Bollegraf
  Meredith McGrath
6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 12. 22 October 1990 Brighton International Carpet (i)   Jo Durie   Helena Suková
  Nathalie Tauziat
1–6, 4–6
Winner 11. 4 March 1991 Virginia Slims of Florida, Boca Raton Hard   Larisa Neiland   Meredith McGrath
  Anne Smith
6–4, 7–6(7–3)
Runner-up 13. 28 March 1991 WTA Doubles Championships, Tarpon Springs Clay   Larisa Neiland   Gigi Fernández
  Helena Suková
6–4, 4–6, 6–7(3–7)
Winner 12. 1 April 1991 Family Circle Cup, Hilton Head Clay   Claudia Kohde-Kilsch   Mary-Lou Daniels
  Lise Gregory
6–4, 6–0
Runner-up 14. 8 April 1991 Amelia Island Championships Clay   Mercedes Paz   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
  Helena Suková
6–4, 2–6, 2–6
Winner 13. 13 May 1991 German Open, Berlin Clay   Larisa Neiland   Nicole Provis
  Elna Reinach
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 15. 27 May 1991 French Open, Paris Clay   Larisa Neiland   Gigi Fernández
  Jana Novotná
4–6, 0–6
Winner 14. 17 June 1991 Eastbourne International Grass   Larisa Neiland   Gigi Fernández
  Jana Novotná
2–6, 6–4, 6–4
Winner 15. 24 June 1991 Wimbledon, London Grass   Larisa Neiland   Gigi Fernández
  Jana Novotná
6–4, 3–6, 6–4
Winner 16. 5 August 1991 Canadian Open, Toronto Hard   Larisa Neiland   Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
  Helena Suková
1–6, 7–5, 6–2
Winner 17. 12 August 1991 LA Women's Tennis Championships, Los Angeles Hard   Larisa Neiland   Gretchen Magers
  Robin White
6–1, 2–6, 6–2
Runner-up 16. 19 August 1991 Virginia Slims of Washington Hard   Gigi Fernández   Larisa Neiland
  Jana Novotná
7–5, 1–6, 6–7(10–12)
Winner 18. 26 August 1991 US Open, New York Hard   Pam Shriver   Larisa Neiland
  Jana Novotná
6–4, 4–6, 7–6(7–5)
Runner-up 17. 14 October 1991 Women's Stuttgart Open, Filderstadt Hard (i)   Pam Shriver   Martina Navratilova
  Jana Novotná
2–6, 7–5, 4–6
Winner 19. 22 October 1991 Brighton International Carpet (i)   Pam Shriver   Zina Garrison
  Lori McNeil
6–1, 6–2
Winner 20. 2 March 1992 Virginia Slims of Florida, Boca Raton Hard   Larisa Neiland   Conchita Martínez
  Linda Wild
6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 18. 26 March 1992 WTA Doubles Championships, Wesley Chapel Clay   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario   Larisa Neiland
  Jana Novotná
4–6, 2–6
Winner 21. 30 March 1992 Family Circle Cup, Hilton Head Clay   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario   Larisa Neiland
  Jana Novotná
6–4, 6–2
Winner 22. 6 April 1992 Amelia Island Championships Clay   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario   Zina Garrison
  Jana Novotná
6–1, 6–0
Runner-up 19. 11 May 1992 German Open, Berlin Clay   Gigi Fernández   Larisa Neiland
  Jana Novotná
6–7(5–7), 6–4, 5–7
Winner 23. 25 May 1992 French Open, Paris Clay   Gigi Fernández   Conchita Martínez
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–3, 6–2
Winner 24. 22 June 1992 Wimbledon Grass   Gigi Fernández   Larisa Neiland
  Jana Novotná
6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 20. 17 August 1992 Canadian Open, Montreal Hard   Gigi Fernández   Lori McNeil
  Rennae Stubbs
6–3, 5–7, 5–7
Winner 25. 31 August 1992 US Open, New York Hard   Gigi Fernández   Larisa Neiland
  Jana Novotná
7–6(7–4), 6–1
Winner 26. 5 October 1992 Zurich Open Hard (i)   Helena Suková   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
7–6(7–5), 6–4
Runner-up 21. 12 October 1992 Stuttgart Open, Filderstadt Hard (i)   Pam Shriver   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
  Helena Suková
4–6, 5–7
Winner 27. 2 November 1992 Stanford Classic, Oakland Carpet (i)   Gigi Fernández   Rosalyn Fairbank-Nideffer
  Gretchen Magers
3–6, 6–2, 6–4
Winner 28. 9 November 1992 Advanta Championships of Philadelphia Carpet (i)   Gigi Fernández   Conchita Martínez
  Mary Pierce
6–1, 6–3
Winner 29. 18 January 1993 Australian Open, Melbourne Hard   Gigi Fernández   Pam Shriver
  Elizabeth Smylie
6–4, 6–3
Winner 30. 1 March 1993 Virginia Slims of Florida, Delray Beach Hard   Gigi Fernández   Larisa Neiland
  Jana Novotná
6–2, 6–2
Winner 31. 25 March 1993 WTA Doubles Championships, Wesley Chapel Clay   Gigi Fernández   Larisa Neiland
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
7–5, 6–3
Winner 32. 29 March 1993 Family Circle Cup, Hilton Head Clay   Gigi Fernández   Katrina Adams
  Manon Bollegraf
6–3, 6–1
Winner 33. 10 May 1993 German Open, Berlin Clay   Gigi Fernández   Debbie Graham
  Brenda Schultz
6–1, 6–3
Winner 34. 24 May 1993 French Open, Paris Clay   Gigi Fernández   Larisa Neiland
  Jana Novotná
6–3, 7–5
Winner 35. 14 June 1993 Eastbourne International Grass   Gigi Fernández   Larisa Neiland
  Jana Novotná
2–6, 7–5, 6–1
Winner 36. 21 June 1993 Wimbledon Grass   Gigi Fernández   Larisa Neiland
  Jana Novotná
6–4, 6–7(9–11), 6–4
Runner-up 22. 9 August 1993 LA Women's Tennis Championships, Los Angeles Hard   Gigi Fernández   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
  Helena Suková
6–7(3–7), 3–6
Winner 37. 27 September 1993 Sparkassen Cup, Leipzig Carpet (i)   Gigi Fernández   Larisa Neiland
  Jana Novotná
6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 23. 4 October 1993 Zurich Open Hard (i)   Gigi Fernández   Zina Garrison
  Martina Navratilova
3–6, 7–5, 3–6
Winner 38. 11 October 1993 Stuttgart Open, Filderstadt Hard (i)   Gigi Fernández   Patty Fendick
  Martina Navratilova
7–6(8–6), 6–4
Winner 39. 15 November 1993 Virginia Slims Championships, New York Carpet (i)   Gigi Fernández   Larisa Neiland
  Jana Novotná
6–3, 7–5
Winner 40. 17 January 1994 Australian Open, Melbourne Hard   Gigi Fernández   Patty Fendick
  Meredith McGrath
6–3, 4–6, 6–4
Winner 41. 7 February 1994 Ameritech Cup, Chicago Carpet (i)   Gigi Fernández   Manon Bollegraf
  Martina Navratilova
6–3, 4–6, 6–4
Winner 42. 11 March 1994 Miami Masters, Key Biscayne Hard   Gigi Fernández   Patty Fendick
  Meredith McGrath
6–3, 6–1
Runner-up 24. 24 March 1994 WTA Doubles Championships, Wesley Chapel Clay   Gigi Fernández   Jana Novotná
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
2–6, 5–7
Runner-up 25. 28 March 1994 Family Circle Cup, Hilton Head Clay   Gigi Fernández   Lori McNeil
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
4–6, 1–4 ret.
Winner 43. 2 May 1994 Italian Open, Rome Clay   Gigi Fernández   Gabriela Sabatini
  Brenda Schultz
6–1, 6–3
Winner 44. 9 May 1994 German Open, Berlin Clay   Gigi Fernández   Jana Novotná
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–3, 7–6(7–2)
Winner 45. 23 May 1994 French Open, Paris Clay   Gigi Fernández   Lindsay Davenport
  Lisa Raymond
6–2, 6–2
Winner 46. 13 June 1994 Eastbourne International Grass   Gigi Fernández   Inés Gorrochategui
  Helena Suková
6–7(4–7), 6–4, 6–3
Winner 47. 20 June 1994 Wimbledon Grass   Gigi Fernández   Jana Novotná
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–4, 6–1
Winner 48. 10 October 1994 Stuttgart Open, Filderstadt Hard (i)   Gigi Fernández   Manon Bollegraf
  Larisa Neiland
7–6(7–5), 6–4
Winner 49. 7 November 1994 Advanta Championships of Philadelphia Carpet (i)   Gigi Fernández   Gabriela Sabatini
  Brenda Schultz
4–6, 6–4, 6–2
Winner 50. 14 November 1994 Virginia Slims Championships Carpet (i)   Gigi Fernández   Larisa Neiland
  Jana Novotná
6–3, 6–7(4–7), 6–3
Runner-up 26. 28 January 1995 Australian Open Hard   Gigi Fernández   Jana Novotná
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
3–6, 7–6(7–3), 4–6
Winner 51. 4 February 1995 Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo Carpet (i)   Gigi Fernández   Lindsay Davenport
  Rennae Stubbs
6–0, 6–3
Runner-up 27. 25 March 1995 Miami Masters, Key Biscayne Hard   Gigi Fernández   Jana Novotná
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
5–7, 6–2, 3–6
Runner-up 28. 1 April 1995 Family Circle Cup, Hilton Head Clay   Gigi Fernández   Nicole Arendt
  Manon Bollegraf
6–0, 3–6, 4–6
Winner 52. 13 May 1995 Italian Open, Rome Clay   Gigi Fernández   Conchita Martínez
  Patricia Tarabini
3–6, 7–6(7–3), 6–4
Winner 53. 10 June 1995 French Open Clay   Gigi Fernández   Jana Novotná
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–7(6–8), 6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 29. 24 June 1995 Eastbourne International Grass   Gigi Fernández   Jana Novotná
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–0, 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 30. 8 July 1995 Wimbledon Grass   Gigi Fernández   Jana Novotná
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
7–5, 5–7, 4–6
Winner 54. 5 August 1995 Southern California Open, San Diego Hard   Gigi Fernández   Alexia Dechaume-Balleret
  Sandrine Testud
6–2, 6–1
Winner 55. 12 August 1995 LA Women's Tennis Championships Hard   Gigi Fernández   Larisa Neiland
  Gabriela Sabatini
7–5, 6–7(2–7), 7–5
Winner 56. 9 September 1995 US Open Hard   Gigi Fernández   Brenda Schultz-McCarthy
  Rennae Stubbs
6–4, 7–6(8–6)
Winner 57. 14 October 1995 Stuttgart Open, Filderstadt Hard (i)   Gigi Fernández   Meredith McGrath
  Larisa Neiland
5–7, 6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 31. 19 November 1995 WTA Tour Championships, New York Carpet (i)   Gigi Fernández   Jana Novotná
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
2–6, 1–6
Winner 58. 3 February 1996 Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo Carpet (i)   Gigi Fernández   Mariaan de Swardt
  Irina Spîrlea
7–6(9–7), 6–3
Runner-up 32. 25 May 1996 WTA Doubles Championships, Edinburgh Clay   Gigi Fernández   Nicole Arendt
  Manon Bollegraf
3–6, 6–2, 6–7(6–8)
Runner-up 33. 8 June 1996 French Open Clay   Gigi Fernández   Lindsay Davenport
  Mary Joe Fernández
2–6, 1–6
Winner 59. 17 August 1996 LA Women's Tennis Championships Hard   Lindsay Davenport   Amy Frazier
  Kimberly Po
6–1, 6–4
Winner 60. 7 September 1996 US Open Hard   Gigi Fernández   Jana Novotná
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
1–6, 6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 34. 19 October 1996 Zurich Open Hard (i)   Nicole Arendt   Martina Hingis
  Helena Suková
5–7, 4–6
Runner-up 35. 11 January 1997 Sydney International Hard   Lindsay Davenport   Gigi Fernández
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
0–6, 6–7(5–7)
Winner 61. 1 February 1997 Australian Open Hard   Martina Hingis   Lisa Raymond
  Rennae Stubbs
6–2, 6–2
Winner 62. 27 January 1997 Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo Carpet (i)   Lindsay Davenport   Gigi Fernández
  Martina Hingis
6–4, 6–3
Winner 63. 14 March 1997 Indian Wells Masters Hard   Lindsay Davenport   Lisa Raymond
  Nathalie Tauziat
7–5, 6–2
Winner 64. 28 March 1997 Miami Masters, Key Biscayne Hard   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario   Sabine Appelmans
  Miriam Oremans
6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 36. 17 May 1997 German Open, Berlin Clay   Gigi Fernández   Lindsay Davenport
  Jana Novotná
2–6, 6–3, 2–6
Winner 65. 23 May 1997 Internationaux de Strasbourg Clay   Helena Suková   Elena Likhovtseva
  Ai Sugiyama
6–1, 6–1
Winner 66. 7 June 1997 French Open Clay   Gigi Fernández   Mary Joe Fernández
  Lisa Raymond
6–2, 6–3
Winner 67. 5 July 1997 Wimbledon Grass   Gigi Fernández   Nicole Arendt
  Manon Bollegraf
6–2, 3–6, 6–1
Runner-up 37. 6 September 1997 US Open Hard   Gigi Fernández   Lindsay Davenport
  Jana Novotná
3–6, 4–6
Winner 68. 2 November 1997 Kremlin Cup, Moscow Carpet (i)   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario   Yayuk Basuki
  Caroline Vis
5–3 ret.
Runner-up 38. 19 January 1998 Australian Open Hard   Lindsay Davenport   Martina Hingis
  Mirjana Lučić
4–6, 6–2, 3–6
Runner-up 39. 2 February 1998 Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo Carpet (i)   Lindsay Davenport   Martina Hingis
  Mirjana Lučić
5–7, 4–6
Winner 69. 14 March 1998 Indian Wells Masters Hard   Lindsay Davenport   Alexandra Fusai
  Nathalie Tauziat
6–4, 2–6, 6–4
Runner-up 40. 28 March 1998 Miami Masters, Key Biscayne Hard   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario   Martina Hingis
  Jana Novotná
2–6, 6–3, 3–6
Winner 70. 17 May 1998 German Open, Berlin Clay   Lindsay Davenport   Alexandra Fusai
  Nathalie Tauziat
6–3, 6–0
Runner-up 41. 7 June 1998 French Open Clay   Lindsay Davenport   Martina Hingis
  Jana Novotná
1–6, 6–7(4–7)
Runner-up 42. 19 June 1998 Eastbourne International Grass   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario   Mariaan de Swardt
  Jana Novotná
1–6, 3–6
Runner-up 43. 4 July 1998 Wimbledon Grass   Lindsay Davenport   Martina Hingis
  Jana Novotná
3–6, 6–3, 6–8
Winner 71. 1 August 1998 Stanford Classic Hard   Lindsay Davenport   Larisa Neiland
  Elena Tatarkova
6–4, 6–4
Winner 72. 8 August 1998 Southern California Open, San Diego Hard   Lindsay Davenport   Alexandra Fusai
  Nathalie Tauziat
6–2, 6–1
Winner 73. 15 August 1998 LA Women's Tennis Championships Hard   Martina Hingis   Tamarine Tanasugarn
  Elena Tatarkova
6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 44. 12 September 1998 US Open Hard   Lindsay Davenport   Martina Hingis
  Jana Novotná
3–6, 3–6
Winner 74. 10 October 1998 Stuttgart Open, Filderstadt Hard (i)   Lindsay Davenport   Anna Kournikova
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–4, 6–2
Winner 75. 24 October 1998 Kremlin Cup, Moscow Carpet (i)   Mary Pierce   Lisa Raymond
  Rennae Stubbs
6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 45. 14 November 1998 Advanta Championships of Philadelphia Carpet (i)   Monica Seles   Elena Likhovtseva
  Ai Sugiyama
5–7, 6–4, 2–6
Winner 76. 21 November 1998 WTA Tour Championships Carpet (i)   Lindsay Davenport   Alexandra Fusai
  Nathalie Tauziat
6–7(6–8), 7–5, 6–3
Runner-up 46. 30 January 1999 Australian Open Hard   Lindsay Davenport   Martina Hingis
  Anna Kournikova
5–7, 3–6
Winner 77. 7 February 1999 Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo Carpet (i)   Lindsay Davenport   Martina Hingis
  Jana Novotná
6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 47. 18 June 1999 Eastbourne International Grass   Jana Novotná   Martina Hingis
  Anna Kournikova
4–6, ret.
Runner-up 48. 16 October 1999 Zurich Open Hard (i)   Nathalie Tauziat   Lisa Raymond
  Rennae Stubbs
2–6, 2–6
Winner 78. 20 February 2000 Faber Grand Prix, Hanover Carpet (i)   Åsa Carlsson   Silvia Farina
  Karina Habšudová
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 49. 17 March 2000 Indian Wells Masters Hard   Anna Kournikova   Lindsay Davenport
  Corina Morariu
2–6, 3–6
Winner 79. 6 May 2000 WTA Hamburg Clay   Anna Kournikova   Nicole Arendt
  Manon Bollegraf
6–7(5–7), 6–2, 6–4
Winner 80. 24 May 2002 Madrid Open Clay   Martina Navratilova   Rossana de los Ríos
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–2, 6–3

ITF finalsEdit

Singles: 4 (3–1)Edit

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 4 May 1986 Sutton, United Kingdom Clay   Cecilia Dahlman 6-2, 3-6, 6-0
Winner 2. 11 May 1986 Bournemouth, United Kingdom Clay   Kumiko Okamoto 6-2, 4-6, 7-5
Winner 3. 10 October 1986 Bethesda, United States Hard   Stacey Martin 6-3, 6-3
Winner 4. 3 May 1987 Taranto, Italy Clay   Regina Kordová 7-6, 4-6, 6-3

Doubles: 4 (3-1)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner–up 1. 6 January 1986 El Paso, United States Clay   Viktoria Milvidskaia   Cammy MacGregor
  Cynthia MacGregor
6-4, 3-6, 4-6
Winner 2. 21 April 1986 Bournemouth, United Kingdom Hard   Natalia Egorova   Regina Kordová
  Petra Tesarová
6-1, 6-2
Winner 3. 10 October 1986 Bethesda, United States Hard   Leila Meskhi   Jane Forman
  Jenni Goodling
6-3, 6-1
Winner 4. 3 May 1987 Taranto, Italy Clay   Leila Meskhi   Simone Schilder
  Clare Wood
6-3, 6-2

Grand Slam performance timelinesEdit

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)

SinglesEdit

  Soviet Union   CIS   Belarus
Tournament 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 Career SR
Australian Open NH A A A 2R 4R 2R 3R 1R QF 1R 3R 3R 3R 2R A A 0 / 11
French Open A 3R F 1R 4R 2R QF 4R 4R 1R 3R 4R 2R 2R 4R A A 0 / 14
Wimbledon LQ 4R 4R 3R QF 2R QF QF 1R 3R 2R 1R SF 2R 2R A 1R 0 / 15
US Open A 3R 1R 4R 2R 4R 3R QF A 4R 3R 3R 2R 2R A A A 0 / 12
SR 0 / 0 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 52
Year-end ranking 94 19 7 27 12 21 23 19 10 14 57 25 16 27 79 NR NR

DoublesEdit

  Soviet Union   CIS   Belarus
Tournament 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 SR W–L
Australian Open NH A A A QF QF SF W W F QF W F F 2R A A 3 / 11 47–8
French Open A A 3R W F F W W W W F W F QF 3R A 1R 6 / 14 63–8
Wimbledon A 1R F F SF W W W W F SF W F SF SF A 2R 5 / 15 66–10
US Open A 1R 2R QF SF W W SF SF W W F F 3R A A 3R 4 / 13 54–10
Win–Loss 0–0 0–2 8–3 14–2 16–4 20–2 22–1 22–1 22–1 22–2 18–3 23–1 20–4 13–4 7–3 0–0 3–3 18 / 53 230–36
Year-end championships
Tour Championships A A F F QF QF SF W W F SF QF W A A A A 3 / 11 17–8
Tier I tournaments
Tokyo Not Tier I SF A W W W F W QF A A 4 / 7 22–3
Chicago Not Tier I SF Not Tier I Not Held 0 / 1 2–1
Boca Raton Not Tier I W W Not Tier I Not Held 2 / 2 8–0
Indian Wells Not Held Not Tier I A W W QF F A 1R 2 / 5 13–3
Miami Not Tier I A 3R QF QF W F A W F 3R 2R A 1R 2 / 10 26–7
Charleston Not Tier I F W W W F F A A QF SF A A A 3 / 8 24–5
Rome NH Not Tier I A A SF QF W W A A A SF SF A QF 2 / 7 19–5
Berlin Not Tier I QF W F W W QF 1R F W A A A 2R 4 / 10 23–6
Montreal / Toronto Not Tier I 2R W F QF A A A A A A A A QF 1 / 5 10–2
Zürich Not Tier I F 1R 1R F QF 1R F A A QF 0 / 8 11–7
Philadelphia Not Held Not Tier I SF W QF Not Tier I Not Held 1 / 3 7–2
Moscow Not Held NTI W W QF A A 1R 2 / 4 10–2
Career statistics
Year-end ranking 111 94 11 6 5 3 2 3 1 4 9 1 1 12 25 NR 46

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

ReferencesEdit

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