Natasha Zvereva

Natallia Marataŭna Zvierava (Belarusian: Наталля Маратаўна Зверава; Russian: Наталья Маратовна Зверева, romanizedNatalia Maratovna Zvereva;[1] born 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 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 Belarus (from 1993)
ResidenceMinsk, Belarus
Born (1971-04-16) 16 April 1971 (age 50)
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)
Mixed doubles
Career titles2
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenW (1990, 1995)
WimbledonF (1991)
US OpenF (1990)
Team competitions
Fed Cup59–21
Medal record

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

Personal lifeEdit

Zvereva was born as Natalya Marataŭna Zvereva in Minsk, Belarus to parents Marat Nikolayevich Zverev and Nina Grigoryevna Zvereva.[5][6] She started tennis at the age of seven at the encouragement of her parents, who were both tennis instructors in the Soviet Union.[7] While her name is sometimes spelled Zverava, in 1994 she officially changed her name to Natasha Zvereva.[7] At 18, answering the question about her personal symbol of success, she famously replied the following: "A red Mercedes-Benz, a big one".[8][9]

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 in 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 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.[10][11] 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.[12] This was the shortest and most one-sided 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 defeated the fourth-seeded Graf in the third round 6–4, 7–5 and 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.[13] 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.

Playing styleEdit

Zvereva used a baseline, counter-punching style centered around topspin and her double-handed backhand. She had great hands,[14] used a variety of spins, and was willing to rush the net and volley.[15] 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.[16][17]

Significant finalsEdit

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Singles: 1 (runner-up)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1988 French Open Clay   Steffi Graf 0–6, 0–6

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

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

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

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1990 Australian Open (1) Hard   Jim Pugh   Zina Garrison
  Rick Leach
4–6, 6–2, 6–3
Loss 1990 US Open (1) Hard   Jim Pugh   Elizabeth Smylie
  Todd Woodbridge
4–6, 2–6
Loss 1991 Wimbledon (1) Grass   Jim Pugh   Elizabeth Smylie
  John Fitzgerald
6–7(4–7), 2–6
Win 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

Result 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

Result Year Location Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1988 New York Carpet (i)   Larisa Savchenko   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
3–6, 4–6
Loss 1989 New York Carpet (i)   Larisa Savchenko   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
3–6, 2–6
Win 1993 New York Carpet (i)   Gigi Fernández   Larisa Neiland
  Jana Novotná
6–3, 7–5
Win 1994 New York Carpet (i)   Gigi Fernández   Larisa Neiland
  Jana Novotná
6–3, 6–7(4–7), 6–3
Loss 1995 New York Carpet (i)   Gigi Fernández   Jana Novotná
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
2–6, 1–6
Win 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

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–1)
Tier I (0–3)
Tier II (2–5)
Tier III (1–1)
Tier IV (1–1)
Tier V (0–1)
Virginia Slims/VS (0–3)
Finals by surface
Hard (2–6)
Grass (1–2)
Clay (0–3)
Carpet (1–4)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1. Nov 1986 VS of Arkansas, Little Rock Carpet (i)   Kathy Rinaldi 4–6, 7–6(9–7), 0–6
Loss 2. Nov 1987 VS of Arkansas, Little Rock Hard   Sandra Cecchini 6–0, 1–6, 3–6
Loss 3. Nov 1987 Ameritech Cup, Chicago Carpet (i)   Martina Navratilova 1–6, 2–6
Loss 4. May 1988 French Open, Paris Clay   Steffi Graf 0–6, 0–6
Loss 5. Jun 1988 Eastbourne International, UK Grass   Martina Navratilova 2–6, 2–6
Loss 6. Aug 1988 Canadian Open, Montreal Hard   Gabriela Sabatini 1–6, 2–6
Loss 7. Oct 1988 VS of New England, Worcester Carpet (i)   Martina Navratilova 7–6(7–4), 4–6, 3–6
Loss 8. Apr 1989 Family Circle Cup, Hilton Head Clay   Steffi Graf 1–6, 1–6
Loss 9. Oct 1989 Moscow Ladies Open, Russia Carpet (i)   Gretchen Magers 3–6, 4–6
Win 1. Jan 1990 Hardcourt Championships, Brisbane Hard   Rachel McQuillan 6–4, 6–0
Win 2. Jan 1990 Sydney International, Australia Hard   Barbara Paulus 4–6, 6–1, 6–3
Loss 10. Jun 1991 Birmingham Classic, UK Grass   Martina Navratilova 4–6, 6–7(6–8)
Loss 11. Oct 1993 Stuttgart Open, Filderstadt Hard (i)   Mary Pierce 3–6, 3–6
Win 3. Feb 1994 Ameritech Cup, Chicago Carpet (i)   Chanda Rubin 6–3, 7–5
Loss 12. Mar 1994 Miami Masters, Key Biscayne Hard   Steffi Graf 6–4, 1–6, 2–6
Loss 13. Mar 1994 Family Circle Cup, Hilton Head Clay   Conchita Martínez 4–6, 0–6
Loss 14. Oct 1994 Zurich Open, Switzerland Hard (i)   Magdalena Maleeva 5–7, 6–3, 4–6
Loss 15. Feb 1995 Indian Wells Masters, U.S. Hard   Mary Joe Fernández 4–6, 3–6
Win 4. Jun 1999 Eastbourne International, UK Grass   Nathalie Tauziat 0–6, 7–5, 6–3

Doubles: 129 (80–49)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (18–13)
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/VS (2–4)
Finals by surface
Hard (27–16)
Grass (12–7)
Clay (21–15)
Carpet (20–11)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1. Jun 1988 Birmingham Classic Grass   Larisa Savchenko   Leila Meskhi
  Svetlana Parkhomenko
6–4, 6–1
Loss 1. Jul 1988 Wimbledon Grass   Larisa Savchenko   Steffi Graf
  Gabriela Sabatini
3–6, 6–1, 10–12
Win 2. Oct 1988 VS of Indianapolis Hard (i)   Larisa Savchenko   Katrina Adams
  Zina Garrison
6–2, 6–1
Loss 2. Nov 1988 Ameritech Cup, Chicago Carpet (i)   Larisa Savchenko   Lori McNeil
  Betsy Nagelsen
4–6, 6–3, 4–6
Loss 3. Nov 1988 VS Championships, New York Carpet (i)   Larisa Savchenko   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
3–6, 4–6
Loss 4. Feb 1989 VS of Washington Carpet (i)   Larisa Savchenko   Betsy Nagelsen
  Pam Shriver
2–6, 3–6
Loss 5. Feb 1989 Stanford Classic, Oakland Carpet (i)   Larisa Savchenko   Patty Fendick
  Jill Hetherington
5–7, 6–3, 2–6
Win 3. Apr 1989 Amelia Island Championships Clay   Larisa Savchenko   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
7–6(7–4), 2–6, 6–1
Loss 6. May 1989 Swiss Open, Geneva Clay   Larisa Savchenko   Katrina Adams
  Lori McNeil
6–2, 3–6, 4–6
Win 4. May 1989 French Open, Paris Clay   Larisa Savchenko   Steffi Graf
  Gabriela Sabatini
6–4, 6–4
Win 5. Jun 1989 Birmingham Classic Grass   Larisa Savchenko   Meredith McGrath
  Pam Shriver
7–5, 5–7, 6–0
Loss 7. Jun 1989 Wimbledon Grass   Larisa Savchenko   Jana Novotná
  Helena Suková
1–6, 2–6
Win 6. Oct 1989 Moscow Ladies Open Carpet (i)   Larisa Savchenko   Nathalie Herreman
  Catherine Suire
6–3, 6–4
Win 7. Nov 1989 Ameritech Cup, Chicago Carpet (i)   Larisa Savchenko   Jana Novotná
  Helena Suková
6–3, 2–6, 6–3
Loss 8. Nov 1989 VS Championships, New York Carpet (i)   Larisa Savchenko   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
3–6, 2–6
Loss 9. Jan 1990 Sydney International Hard   Larisa Neiland   Jana Novotná
  Helena Suková
3–6, 5–7
Loss 10. Apr 1990 Family Circle Cup, Hilton Head Clay   Mercedes Paz   Martina Navratilova
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
2–6, 2–6
Loss 11. May 1990 French Open Clay   Larisa Neiland   Jana Novotná
  Helena Suková
4–6, 5–7
Win 8. Jun 1990 Birmingham Classic Grass   Larisa Neiland   Lise Gregory
  Gretchen Magers
3–6, 6–3, 6–3
Win 9. Jun 1990 Eastbourne International, UK Grass   Larisa Neiland   Patty Fendick
  Zina Garrison
6–4, 6–3
Win 10. Sep 1990 WTA Doubles Championships, Orlando Carpet (i)   Larisa Neiland   Manon Bollegraf
  Meredith McGrath
6–4, 6–1
Loss 12. Oct 1990 Brighton International Carpet (i)   Jo Durie   Helena Suková
  Nathalie Tauziat
1–6, 4–6
Win 11. Mar 1991 VS of Florida, Boca Raton Hard   Larisa Neiland   Meredith McGrath
  Anne Smith
6–4, 7–6(7–3)
Loss 13. Mar 1991 WTA Doubles Championships,
Tarpon Springs
Clay   Larisa Neiland   Gigi Fernández
  Helena Suková
6–4, 4–6, 6–7(3–7)
Win 12. Apr 1991 Family Circle Cup, Hilton Head Clay   Claudia Kohde-Kilsch   Mary-Lou Daniels
  Lise Gregory
6–4, 6–0
Loss 14. Apr 1991 Amelia Island Championships Clay   Mercedes Paz   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
  Helena Suková
6–4, 2–6, 2–6
Win 13. May 1991 German Open, Berlin Clay   Larisa Neiland   Nicole Provis
  Elna Reinach
6–3, 6–3
Loss 15. May 1991 French Open, Paris Clay   Larisa Neiland   Gigi Fernández
  Jana Novotná
4–6, 0–6
Win 14. Jun 1991 Eastbourne International Grass   Larisa Neiland   Gigi Fernández
  Jana Novotná
2–6, 6–4, 6–4
Win 15. Jun 1991 Wimbledon, London Grass   Larisa Neiland   Gigi Fernández
  Jana Novotná
6–4, 3–6, 6–4
Win 16. Aug 1991 Canadian Open, Toronto Hard   Larisa Neiland   Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
  Helena Suková
1–6, 7–5, 6–2
Win 17. Aug 1991 LA Championships, U.S. Hard   Larisa Neiland   Gretchen Magers
  Robin White
6–1, 2–6, 6–2
Loss 16. Aug 1991 VS of Washington Hard   Gigi Fernández   Larisa Neiland
  Jana Novotná
7–5, 1–6, 6–7(10–12)
Win 18. Aug 1991 US Open, New York Hard   Pam Shriver   Larisa Neiland
  Jana Novotná
6–4, 4–6, 7–6(7–5)
Loss 17. Oct 1991 Stuttgart Open, Germany Hard (i)   Pam Shriver   Martina Navratilova
  Jana Novotná
2–6, 7–5, 4–6
Win 19. Oct 1991 Brighton International Carpet (i)   Pam Shriver   Zina Garrison
  Lori McNeil
6–1, 6–2
Win 20. Mar 1992 VS of Florida, Boca Raton Hard   Larisa Neiland   Conchita Martínez
  Linda Wild
6–2, 6–2
Loss 18. Mar 1992 WTA Doubles Championships,
Wesley Chapel
Clay   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario   Larisa Neiland
  Jana Novotná
4–6, 2–6
Win 21. Mar 1992 Family Circle Cup, Hilton Head Clay   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario   Larisa Neiland
  Jana Novotná
6–4, 6–2
Win 22. Apr 1992 Amelia Island Championships Clay   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario   Zina Garrison
  Jana Novotná
6–1, 6–0
Loss 19. May 1992 German Open, Berlin Clay   Gigi Fernández   Larisa Neiland
  Jana Novotná
6–7(5–7), 6–4, 5–7
Win 23. May 1992 French Open Clay   Gigi Fernández   Conchita Martínez
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–3, 6–2
Win 24. Jun 1992 Wimbledon Grass   Gigi Fernández   Larisa Neiland
  Jana Novotná
6–4, 6–1
Loss 20. Aug 1992 Canadian Open, Montreal Hard   Gigi Fernández   Lori McNeil
  Rennae Stubbs
6–3, 5–7, 5–7
Win 25. Aug 1992 US Open Hard   Gigi Fernández   Larisa Neiland
  Jana Novotná
7–6(7–4), 6–1
Win 26. Oct 1992 Zurich Open Hard (i)   Helena Suková   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
7–6(7–5), 6–4
Loss 21. Oct 1992 Stuttgart Open, Filderstadt Hard (i)   Pam Shriver   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
  Helena Suková
4–6, 5–7
Win 27. Nov 1992 Stanford Classic, Oakland Carpet (i)   Gigi Fernández   Rosalyn Fairbank-Nideffer
  Gretchen Magers
3–6, 6–2, 6–4
Win 28. Nov 1992 Championships of Philadelphia Carpet (i)   Gigi Fernández   Conchita Martínez
  Mary Pierce
6–1, 6–3
Win 29. Jan 1993 Australian Open, Melbourne Hard   Gigi Fernández   Pam Shriver
  Elizabeth Smylie
6–4, 6–3
Win 30. Mar 1993 Virginia Slims of Florida, Delray Beach Hard   Gigi Fernández   Larisa Neiland
  Jana Novotná
6–2, 6–2
Win 31. Mar 1993 WTA Doubles Championships,
Wesley Chapel
Clay   Gigi Fernández   Larisa Neiland
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
7–5, 6–3
Win 32. Mar 1993 Family Circle Cup, Hilton Head Clay   Gigi Fernández   Katrina Adams
  Manon Bollegraf
6–3, 6–1
Win 33. May 1993 German Open, Berlin Clay   Gigi Fernández   Debbie Graham
  Brenda Schultz
6–1, 6–3
Win 34. May 1993 French Open, Paris Clay   Gigi Fernández   Larisa Neiland
  Jana Novotná
6–3, 7–5
Win 35. Jun 1993 Eastbourne International Grass   Gigi Fernández   Larisa Neiland
  Jana Novotná
2–6, 7–5, 6–1
Win 36. Jun 1993 Wimbledon Grass   Gigi Fernández   Larisa Neiland
  Jana Novotná
6–4, 6–7(9–11), 6–4
Loss 22. Aug 1993 LA Women's Tennis Championships,
Los Angeles
Hard   Gigi Fernández   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
  Helena Suková
6–7(3–7), 3–6
Win 37. Sep 1993 Sparkassen Cup, Leipzig Carpet (i)   Gigi Fernández   Larisa Neiland
  Jana Novotná
6–3, 6–2
Loss 23. Oct 1993 Zurich Open Hard (i)   Gigi Fernández   Zina Garrison
  Martina Navratilova
3–6, 7–5, 3–6
Win 38. Oct 1993 Stuttgart Open, Filderstadt Hard (i)   Gigi Fernández   Patty Fendick
  Martina Navratilova
7–6(8–6), 6–4
Win 39. Nov 1993 VS Championships, New York Carpet (i)   Gigi Fernández   Larisa Neiland
  Jana Novotná
6–3, 7–5
Win 40. Jan 1994 Australian Open, Melbourne Hard   Gigi Fernández   Patty Fendick
  Meredith McGrath
6–3, 4–6, 6–4
Win 41. Feb 1994 Ameritech Cup, Chicago Carpet (i)   Gigi Fernández   Manon Bollegraf
  Martina Navratilova
6–3, 4–6, 6–4
Win 42. Mar 1994 Miami Masters, Key Biscayne Hard   Gigi Fernández   Patty Fendick
  Meredith McGrath
6–3, 6–1
Loss 24. Mar 1994 WTA Doubles Championships,
Wesley Chapel
Clay   Gigi Fernández   Jana Novotná
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
2–6, 5–7
Loss 25. Mar 1994 Family Circle Cup, Hilton Head Clay   Gigi Fernández   Lori McNeil
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
4–6, 1–4 ret.
Win 43. May 1994 Italian Open, Rome Clay   Gigi Fernández   Gabriela Sabatini
  Brenda Schultz
6–1, 6–3
Win 44. May 1994 German Open, Berlin Clay   Gigi Fernández   Jana Novotná
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–3, 7–6(7–2)
Win 45. May 1994 French Open, Paris Clay   Gigi Fernández   Lindsay Davenport
  Lisa Raymond
6–2, 6–2
Win 46. Jun 1994 Eastbourne International Grass   Gigi Fernández   Inés Gorrochategui
  Helena Suková
6–7(4–7), 6–4, 6–3
Win 47. Jun 1994 Wimbledon Grass   Gigi Fernández   Jana Novotná
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–4, 6–1
Win 48. Oct 1994 Stuttgart Open, Filderstadt Hard (i)   Gigi Fernández   Manon Bollegraf
  Larisa Neiland
7–6(7–5), 6–4
Win 49. Nov 1994 Championships of Philadelphia Carpet (i)   Gigi Fernández   Gabriela Sabatini
  Brenda Schultz
4–6, 6–4, 6–2
Win 50. Nov 1994 VS Championships Carpet (i)   Gigi Fernández   Larisa Neiland
  Jana Novotná
6–3, 6–7(4–7), 6–3
Loss 26. Jan 1995 Australian Open Hard   Gigi Fernández   Jana Novotná
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
3–6, 7–6(7–3), 4–6
Win 51. Feb 1995 Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo Carpet (i)   Gigi Fernández   Lindsay Davenport
  Rennae Stubbs
6–0, 6–3
Loss 27. Mar 1995 Miami Masters, Key Biscayne Hard   Gigi Fernández   Jana Novotná
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
5–7, 6–2, 3–6
Loss 28. Apr 1995 Family Circle Cup, Hilton Head Clay   Gigi Fernández   Nicole Arendt
  Manon Bollegraf
6–0, 3–6, 4–6
Win 52. May 1995 Italian Open, Rome Clay   Gigi Fernández   Conchita Martínez
  Patricia Tarabini
3–6, 7–6(7–3), 6–4
Win 53. Jun 1995 French Open Clay   Gigi Fernández   Jana Novotná
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–7(6–8), 6–4, 7–5
Loss 29. Jun 1995 Eastbourne International Grass   Gigi Fernández   Jana Novotná
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–0, 3–6, 4–6
Loss 30. Jul 1995 Wimbledon Grass   Gigi Fernández   Jana Novotná
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
7–5, 5–7, 4–6
Win 54. Aug 1995 Southern California Open, San Diego Hard   Gigi Fernández   Alexia Dechaume-Balleret
  Sandrine Testud
6–2, 6–1
Win 55. Aug 1995 LA Championships Hard   Gigi Fernández   Larisa Neiland
  Gabriela Sabatini
7–5, 6–7(2–7), 7–5
Win 56. Sep 1995 US Open Hard   Gigi Fernández   Brenda Schultz-McCarthy
  Rennae Stubbs
6–4, 7–6(8–6)
Win 57. Oct 1995 Stuttgart Open, Filderstadt Hard (i)   Gigi Fernández   Meredith McGrath
  Larisa Neiland
5–7, 6–1, 6–4
Loss 31. Nov 1995 WTA Tour Championships, New York Carpet (i)   Gigi Fernández   Jana Novotná
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
2–6, 1–6
Win 58. Feb 1996 Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo Carpet (i)   Gigi Fernández   Mariaan de Swardt
  Irina Spîrlea
7–6(9–7), 6–3
Loss 32. May 1996 WTA Doubles Championships,
Edinburgh
Clay   Gigi Fernández   Nicole Arendt
  Manon Bollegraf
3–6, 6–2, 6–7(6–8)
Loss 33. Jun 1996 French Open Clay   Gigi Fernández   Lindsay Davenport
  Mary Joe Fernández
2–6, 1–6
Win 59. Aug 1996 LA Championships Hard   Lindsay Davenport   Amy Frazier
  Kimberly Po
6–1, 6–4
Win 60. Sep 1996 US Open Hard   Gigi Fernández   Jana Novotná
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
1–6, 6–1, 6–4
Loss 34. Oct 1996 Zurich Open Hard (i)   Nicole Arendt   Martina Hingis
  Helena Suková
5–7, 4–6
Loss 35. Jan 1997 Sydney International Hard   Lindsay Davenport   Gigi Fernández
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
0–6, 6–7(5–7)
Win 61. Feb 1997 Australian Open Hard   Martina Hingis   Lisa Raymond
  Rennae Stubbs
6–2, 6–2
Win 62. Jan 1997 Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo Carpet (i)   Lindsay Davenport   Gigi Fernández
  Martina Hingis
6–4, 6–3
Win 63. Mar 1997 Indian Wells Masters Hard   Lindsay Davenport   Lisa Raymond
  Nathalie Tauziat
7–5, 6–2
Win 64. Mar 1997 Miami Masters, Key Biscayne Hard   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario   Sabine Appelmans
  Miriam Oremans
6–4, 6–2
Loss 36. May 1997 German Open, Berlin Clay   Gigi Fernández   Lindsay Davenport
  Jana Novotná
2–6, 6–3, 2–6
Win 65. May 1997 Internationaux de Strasbourg Clay   Helena Suková   Elena Likhovtseva
  Ai Sugiyama
6–1, 6–1
Win 66. Jun 1997 French Open Clay   Gigi Fernández   Mary Joe Fernández
  Lisa Raymond
6–2, 6–3
Win 67. Jul 1997 Wimbledon Grass   Gigi Fernández   Nicole Arendt
  Manon Bollegraf
6–2, 3–6, 6–1
Loss 37. Sep 1997 US Open Hard   Gigi Fernández   Lindsay Davenport
  Jana Novotná
3–6, 4–6
Win 68. Nov 1997 Kremlin Cup, Moscow Carpet (i)   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario   Yayuk Basuki
  Caroline Vis
5–3 ret.
Loss 38. Jan 1998 Australian Open Hard   Lindsay Davenport   Martina Hingis
  Mirjana Lučić
4–6, 6–2, 3–6
Loss 39. Feb 1998 Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo Carpet (i)   Lindsay Davenport   Martina Hingis
  Mirjana Lučić
5–7, 4–6
Win 69. Mar 1998 Indian Wells Masters Hard   Lindsay Davenport   Alexandra Fusai
  Nathalie Tauziat
6–4, 2–6, 6–4
Loss 40. Mar 1998 Miami Masters, Key Biscayne Hard   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario   Martina Hingis
  Jana Novotná
2–6, 6–3, 3–6
Win 70. May 1998 German Open, Berlin Clay   Lindsay Davenport   Alexandra Fusai
  Nathalie Tauziat
6–3, 6–0
Loss 41. Jun 1998 French Open Clay   Lindsay Davenport   Martina Hingis
  Jana Novotná
1–6, 6–7(4–7)
Loss 42. Jun 1998 Eastbourne International Grass   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario   Mariaan de Swardt
  Jana Novotná
1–6, 3–6
Loss 43. Jul 1998 Wimbledon Grass   Lindsay Davenport   Martina Hingis
  Jana Novotná
3–6, 6–3, 6–8
Win 71. Aug 1998 Stanford Classic Hard   Lindsay Davenport   Larisa Neiland
  Elena Tatarkova
6–4, 6–4
Win 72. Aug 1998 Southern California Open, San Diego Hard   Lindsay Davenport   Alexandra Fusai
  Nathalie Tauziat
6–2, 6–1
Win 73. Aug 1998 LA Championships Hard   Martina Hingis   Tamarine Tanasugarn
  Elena Tatarkova
6–4, 6–2
Loss 44. Sep 1998 US Open Hard   Lindsay Davenport   Martina Hingis
  Jana Novotná
3–6, 3–6
Win 74. Oct 1998 Stuttgart Open, Filderstadt Hard (i)   Lindsay Davenport   Anna Kournikova
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–4, 6–2
Win 75. Oct 1998 Kremlin Cup, Moscow Carpet (i)   Mary Pierce   Lisa Raymond
  Rennae Stubbs
6–2, 6–4
Loss 45. Nov 1998 Championships of Philadelphia Carpet (i)   Monica Seles   Elena Likhovtseva
  Ai Sugiyama
5–7, 6–4, 2–6
Win 76. Nov 1998 WTA Tour Championships Carpet (i)   Lindsay Davenport   Alexandra Fusai
  Nathalie Tauziat
6–7(6–8), 7–5, 6–3
Loss 46. Jan 1999 Australian Open Hard   Lindsay Davenport   Martina Hingis
  Anna Kournikova
5–7, 3–6
Win 77. Feb 1999 Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo Carpet (i)   Lindsay Davenport   Martina Hingis
  Jana Novotná
6–2, 6–3
Loss 47. Jun 1999 Eastbourne International Grass   Jana Novotná   Martina Hingis
  Anna Kournikova
4–6, ret.
Loss 48. Oct 1999 Zurich Open Hard (i)   Nathalie Tauziat   Lisa Raymond
  Rennae Stubbs
2–6, 2–6
Win 78. Feb 2000 Faber Grand Prix, Hanover Carpet (i)   Åsa Carlsson   Silvia Farina
  Karina Habšudová
6–3, 6–4
Loss 49. Mar 2000 Indian Wells Masters Hard   Anna Kournikova   Lindsay Davenport
  Corina Morariu
2–6, 3–6
Win 79. May 2000 WTA Hamburg, Germany Clay   Anna Kournikova   Nicole Arendt
  Manon Bollegraf
6–7(5–7), 6–2, 6–4
Win 80. May 2002 Madrid Open, Spain 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 ITF Sutton, United Kingdom Clay   Cecilia Dahlman 6–2, 3–6, 6–0
Winner 2. 11 May 1986 ITF Bournemouth, United Kingdom Clay   Kumiko Okamoto 6–2, 4–6, 7–5
Winner 3. 10 October 1986 ITF Bethesda, United States Hard   Stacey Martin 6–3, 6–3
Winner 4. 3 May 1987 ITF 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 ITF El Paso, United States Clay   Viktoria Milvidskaia   Cammy MacGregor
  Cynthia MacGregor
6–4, 3–6, 4–6
Winner 2. 21 April 1986 ITF Bournemouth, United Kingdom Hard   Natalia Egorova   Regina Kordová
  Petra Tesarová
6–1, 6–2
Winner 3. 10 October 1986 ITF Bethesda, United States Hard   Leila Meskhi   Jane Forman
  Jenni Goodling
6–3, 6–1
Winner 4. 3 May 1987 ITF Taranto, Italy Clay   Leila Meskhi   Simone Schilder
  Clare Wood
6–3, 6–2

Other finalsEdit

Singles (3–0)Edit

Outcome No. Year Tournament Location Opponent Score
Winner 1. 1986 USSR Tennis National Championship   Alma-Ata, Kazakh SSR   Leila Meskhi 6–2, 6–4
Winner 2. 1987 USSR Tennis National Championship   Tallinn, Soviet Union   Viktoria Milvidskaia 6–1, 6–2
Winner 3. 1988 USSR Winter Tennis National Championship   Moscow, Russian SFSR   Leila Meskhi 6–2, 6–2

Doubles (2–1)Edit

Outcome No. Year Tournament Location Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 1986 USSR Tennis National Championship   Alma-Ata, Kazakh SSR   Leila Meskhi   Svetlana Parkhomenko
  Larisa Savchenko
2–6, 4–6
Winner 2. 1988 USSR Winter Tennis National Championship   Moscow, Russian SFSR   Larisa Savchenko   Natalia Egorova
  Svetlana Parkhomenko
7–6, 0–6, 6–4
Winner 3. 1989 USSR Winter Tennis National Championship   Moscow, Russian SFSR   Larisa Savchenko   Eugenia Maniokova
  Elena Pogorelova
6–7, 1–0 ret.

Mixed (1–0)Edit

Outcome No. Year Tournament Location Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 1987 USSR Tennis National Championship   Tallinn, Soviet Union   Andres Võsand   Natalia Egorova
  Andrei Olhovskiy
6–2, 3–6, 6–3

Grand Slam performance timelinesEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# DNQ A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (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

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Sporting positions
Preceded by Orange Bowl Girls' Singles Champion
Category: 18 and under

1987
Succeeded by