Tennis at the 1988 Summer Olympics – Women's singles

West Germany's Steffi Graf defeated Argentina's Gabriela Sabatini in the final, 6–3, 6–3 to win the gold medal in Women's Singles tennis at the 1988 Summer Olympics. With the win, Graf completed the Golden Slam, having also won all four majors earlier in 1988. The final was a rematch of the U.S. Open final earlier that year, where Graf also prevailed to complete the Grand Slam. The United States' Zina Garrison and Bulgaria's Manuela Maleeva-Fragnière won the bronze medals. It was the first medal in the event for West Germany, Argentina, and Bulgaria (each making their debut in the event), while the United States had previously earned medals in both of its prior appearances in 1900 and 1924.

Women's singles
Tennis at the 1988 Summer Olympics
Final
Champion Steffi Graf (FRG)
Runner-up Gabriela Sabatini (ARG)
Score6–3, 6–3
Events
Singles men women
Doubles men women
← 1984 · Summer Olympics · 1992 →
Women's singles tennis
at the Games of the XXIV Olympiad
Seoul women's tennis results.jpg
Women's singles results board
VenueSeoul Olympic Park Tennis Center, Seoul
Dates23 September–1 October 1988
Competitors48 from 26 nations
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Steffi Graf
 West Germany
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Gabriela Sabatini
 Argentina
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Zina Garrison
 United States
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Manuela Maleeva-Fragnière
 Bulgaria
← 1924
1992 →

The tournament was held from 23 September to 1 October at the Seoul Olympic Park Tennis Center.[1] There were 48 competitors from 26 nations.[1] Each nation had only one pair. There was no bronze medal match.

BackgroundEdit

This was the sixth appearance of the women's singles tennis. A women's event was held only once during the first three Games (only men's tennis was played in 1896 and 1904), but has been held at every Olympics for which there was a tennis tournament since 1908. Tennis was not a medal sport from 1928 to 1984, though there were demonstration events in 1968 and 1984.[1]

West Germany's Steffi Graf had just become the fifth person to win the Grand Slam and was also the unofficial defending Olympic champion, having won the 1984 demonstration event (the official reigning gold medalist from 1924, Helen Wills, had retired from tennis 50 years earlier).[1]

Of the 26 competing nations, 18 made their debut in the event. France and Great Britain each made their fifth appearance, tied for most among nations to that point.

Competition formatEdit

The competition was a single-elimination tournament. Unlike previous Olympic tournaments, no bronze medal match was held. All matches were best-of-three sets. The 12-point tie-breaker, common by 1988, was used in the Olympics for the first time.

ScheduleEdit

All times are Korea Standard Time adjusted for daylight savings (UTC+10)

Date Time Round
Friday, 23 September 1988 Round of 64
Saturday, 24 September 1988 Round of 32
Sunday, 25 September 1988 Round of 16
Tuesday, 27 September 1988 Quarterfinals
Thursday, 29 September 1988 Semifinals
Saturday, 1 October 1988 11:13 Final

SeedsEdit

All seeds received a bye to the second round.

  1.   Steffi Graf (FRG) (champion, gold medalist)
  2.   Chris Evert (USA) (third round)
  3.   Gabriela Sabatini (ARG) (final, silver medalist)
  4.   Pam Shriver (USA) (quarterfinals)
  5.   Helena Suková (TCH) (second round)
  6.   Natasha Zvereva (URS) (quarterfinals)
  7.   Manuela Maleeva-Fragnière (BUL) (semifinals, bronze medalist)
  8.   Zina Garrison (USA) (semifinals, bronze medalist)
  9.   Claudia Kohde-Kilsch (FRG) (second round)
  10.   Katerina Maleeva (BUL) (third round)
  11.   Larisa Savchenko (URS) (quarterfinals)
  12.   Sylvia Hanika (FRG) (third round)

DrawEdit

KeyEdit

FinalsEdit

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final (Gold Medal Match)
               
1   Steffi Graf (FRG) 6 4 6
11   Larisa Savchenko (URS) 2 6 3
1   Steffi Graf (FRG) 6 6  
8   Zina Garrison (USA) 2 0  
4   Pam Shriver (USA) 2 3  
8   Zina Garrison (USA) 6 6  
1   Steffi Graf (FRG) 6 6  
3   Gabriela Sabatini (ARG) 3 3  
6   Natasha Zvereva (URS) 4 3  
3   Gabriela Sabatini (ARG) 6 6  
3   Gabriela Sabatini (ARG) 6 6  
7   Manuela Maleeva-Fragnière (BUL) 1 2  
7   Manuela Maleeva-Fragnière (BUL) 6 6  
    Raffaella Reggi (ITA) 3 4  

Top halfEdit

Section 1Edit

First round Second round Third round Quarterfinals
1   S Graf (FRG) 7 6  
    R Rajchrtová (TCH) 5 5   Q   L Meskhi (URS) 5 1  
Q   L Meskhi (URS) 7 7   1   S Graf (FRG) 6 6  
LL   C Suire (FRA) 6 3 6 LL   C Suire (FRA) 3 0  
    Y Basuki (INA) 3 6 0 LL   C Suire (FRA) 7 4 7
Q   J-M Lee (KOR) 5 6 5
1   S Graf (FRG) 6 4 6
11   L Savchenko (URS) 2 6 3
11   L Savchenko (URS) 637 9
    S Gomer (GBR) 4 7 6     S Gomer (GBR) 7 637
    B Cordwell (NZL) 6 5 2 11   L Savchenko (URS) 6 7  
    I-S Kim (KOR) 6 3 7     I-S Kim (KOR) 3 64 
WC   E Inoue (JPN) 3 6 5     I-S Kim (KOR) 6 4 6
5   H Suková (TCH) 2 6 2

Section 2Edit

First round Second round Third round Quarterfinals
4   P Shriver (USA) 6 6  
    J Hetherington (CAN) 6 6       J Hetherington (CAN) 2 3  
Q   I Berger (ISR) 1 4   4   P Shriver (USA) 6 3 6
    H Kelesi (CAN) 5 5   10   K Maleeva (BUL) 3 6 2
Q   G Miró (BRA) 7 7   Q   G Miró (BRA) 5 1  
10   K Maleeva (BUL) 7 6  
4   P Shriver (USA) 2 3  
Q   I Demongeot (FRA) 4 3   8   Z Garrison (USA) 6 6  
    J Novotná (TCH) 6 6       J Novotná (TCH) 4 3  
Q   B Paulus (AUT) 7 6   Q   B Paulus (AUT) 6 6  
    B Fulco (ARG) 654   Q   B Paulus (AUT) 5 2  
8   Z Garrison (USA) 7 6  
Q   C Hernández Salas (MEX) 1 4  
8   Z Garrison (USA) 6 6  

Bottom halfEdit

Section 3Edit

First round Second round Third round Quarterfinals
6   N Zvereva (URS) 6 3 6
    A Minter (AUS) 6 6       A Minter (AUS) 4 6 1
Q   X Escobedo (MEX) 1 3   6   N Zvereva (URS) 6 6  
    W Turnbull (AUS) 6 6       T Scheuer-Larsen (DEN) 1 2  
    C Wood (GBR) 1 3       W Turnbull (AUS) 4 3  
    W Bouchabou (ALG) 0 1       T Scheuer-Larsen (DEN) 6 6  
    T Scheuer-Larsen (DEN) 6 6   6   N Zvereva (URS) 4 3  
3   G Sabatini (ARG) 6 6  
12   S Hanika (FRG) 6 6  
Q   J Muir (ZIM) 1 1  
12   S Hanika (FRG) 6 4 2
    A Sánchez Vicario (ESP) 4 2   3   G Sabatini (ARG) 1 6 6
    S Goleš (YUG) 6 6       S Goleš (YUG) 1 0  
3   G Sabatini (ARG) 6 6  

Section 4Edit

First round Second round Third round Quarterfinals
7   M Maleeva-Fragnière (BUL) 6 6  
    M Paz (ARG) 7 6       M Paz (ARG) 1 2  
Q   O Tsarbopoulou (GRE) 673   7   M Maleeva-Fragnière (BUL) 6 6  
Q   K Okamoto (JPN) 635   WC   C Lindqvist (SWE) 1 0  
WC   C Lindqvist (SWE) 7 7   WC   C Lindqvist (SWE) 2 6 6
    N Tauziat (FRA) 7 6       N Tauziat (FRA) 6 3 4
    C Bassett-Seguso (CAN) 651   7   M Maleeva-Fragnière (BUL) 6 6  
    R Reggi (ITA) 3 4  
9   C Kohde-Kilsch (FRG) 6 633
    E Smylie (AUS) 630       R Reggi (ITA) 4 7 6
    R Reggi (ITA) 7 6       R Reggi (ITA) 2 6 6
2   C Evert (USA) 6 4 1
WC   S Cecchini (ITA) 2 2  
2   C Evert (USA) 6 6  

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Singles, Women". Olympedia. Retrieved 14 July 2021.