Tennis at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Women's singles

The women's singles competition at the 2004 Summer Olympics was part of the tennis program for the games and was held from 15 to 21 August at the Athens Olympic Tennis Centre in Athens, Greece. There were 64 competitors from 32 nations, with each nation having up to 4 players (up from the 3 allowed in prior Games).[1]

Women's singles
Tennis at the 2004 Summer Olympics
Champion Justine Henin (BEL)
Runner-up Amélie Mauresmo (FRA)
Final score6–3, 6–3
Events
Singles men women
Doubles men women
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Women's singles tennis
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
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Tennis at the 2004 Olympics
VenueAthens Olympic Tennis Centre
Dates15 August – 21 August
Competitors64 from 32 nations
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Justine Henin  Belgium
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Amélie Mauresmo  France
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Alicia Molik  Australia
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2008 →

Venus Williams of the United States was the defending gold medalist from 2000, but she lost in the third round to Mary Pierce of France.[2] World No. 1 Justine Henin of Belgium won the gold medal, defeating Amélie Mauresmo of France in the championship match 6–3, 6–3; she won Belgium's only gold medal at these Olympics. The second set she lost against French Open champion Russian Anastasia Myskina in the semifinals was the only one she lost in the entire championships.[3] Unseeded Australian Alicia Molik, who defeated 2000 silver medalist Elena Dementieva in the first round, defeated Myskina in the bronze medal match 6–3, 6–4. The medals were the first in women's singles for Belgium and Australia; France had not won a medal in the event since 1924. The three-Games American gold medal streak was ended with no U.S. players in the top 8.

BackgroundEdit

This was the 10th 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]

Returning from the 2000 Games were gold medalist Venus Williams of the United States and silver medalist Elena Dementieva of Russia. Williams had struggled with injuries before the Games, and came in as the #6 seed. Justine Henin of Belgium was the #1, with Amélie Mauresmo of France #2. Three Russian players rounded out the top 5: Anastasia Myskina, Dementieva, and Svetlana Kuznetsova.[1]

Former World No. 1 Serena Williams had committed to playing this event, but withdrew one week before the tournament began due to a left knee injury.[4]

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Estonia, Puerto Rico, Serbia and Montenegro, and Ukraine each made their debut in the event. France made its ninth appearance, most among nations to that point, having missed only the 1908 Games in London (when only British players competed).

QualificationEdit

Qualification for the single tournament was restricted to four players per National Olympic Committee (NOC), an organisation representing a country at the Olympics. National Tennis Associations who were members of the ITF before 1 January 2004 were allowed to nominate players for entry into the competition. The tournament featured a total of 64 players with 48 qualifying on their WTA World Ranking on 14 June and two received invitations from the Tripartite Commission. Any NOC who had more than four players able to qualify by this method were encouraged to choose their highest ranked players eligible to compete in the tournament. The remaining 14 qualified via wild card places: eight were selected on their world ranking and the remaining six were chosen on the basis of her world ranking, whether her country has representation in tennis, the number of players who were in Athens and her geographical location.[5][6]

Players who earned automatic entry into the draw and who withdrew from the competition due to illness, injury or bereavement before midnight on 7 August were replaced by one from her own country or the next highest ranking entry. Had this not been the case, then the ITF selected the highest ranked nominated player or eligible competitor if a country had more than four players to the tournament.[7][6]

Competition formatEdit

The competition was a single-elimination tournament with a bronze medal match. Matches were all best-of-three sets. The 12-point tie-breaker was used in any set, except the third, that reached 6–6.

ScheduleEdit

All times are Greece Standard Time (UTC+2)

The schedule was condensed compared to previous Games, taking only 8 days rather than 11 to complete.

Date Time Round
Sunday, 15 August 2004
Monday, 16 August 2004
Round of 64
Tuesday, 17 August 2004 Round of 32
Wednesday, 18 August 2004 Round of 16
Thursday, 19 August 2004 Quarterfinals
Friday, 20 August 2004 17:00 Semifinals
Saturday, 21 August 2004 17:00
 
Bronze medal match
Final

SeedsEdit

  1.   Justine Henin (BEL) (Champion, Gold Medalist)
  2.   Amélie Mauresmo (FRA) (Final, Silver Medalist)
  3.   Anastasia Myskina (RUS) (Semifinals, Fourth Place)
  4.   Elena Dementieva (RUS) (First Round)
  5.   Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) (Quarterfinals)
  6.   Venus Williams (USA) (Third Round)
  7.   Paola Suárez (ARG) (Second Round)
  8.   Ai Sugiyama (JPN) (Quarterfinals)
  9.   Nadia Petrova (RUS) (Second Round)
  10.   Patty Schnyder (SUI) (Third Round)
  11.   Francesca Schiavone (ITA) (Quarterfinals)
  12.   Karolina Šprem (CRO) (Third Round)
  13.   Anna Smashnova (ISR) (First Round)
  14.   Silvia Farina Elia (ITA) (Second Round)
  15.   Magdalena Maleeva (BUL) (Second Round)
  16.   Chanda Rubin (USA) (Third Round)

DrawEdit

FinalsEdit

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
               
1   Justine Henin (BEL) 6 6  
    Mary Pierce (FRA) 4 4  
1   Justine Henin (BEL) 7 5 8
3   Anastasia Myskina (RUS) 5 7 6
3   Anastasia Myskina (RUS) 6 6  
11   Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 1 2  
1   Justine Henin (BEL) 6 6  
2   Amélie Mauresmo (FRA) 3 3  
8   Ai Sugiyama (JPN) 3 4  
    Alicia Molik (AUS) 6 6  
    Alicia Molik (AUS) 683   Bronze medal
2   Amélie Mauresmo (FRA) 7 6  
5   Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 656 2 3   Anastasia Myskina (RUS) 3 4  
2   Amélie Mauresmo (FRA) 7 4 6     Alicia Molik (AUS) 6 6  

Top HalfEdit

Section 1Edit

1st round 2nd round 3rd Round Quarterfinals
1   J Henin (BEL) 6 6
  B Strýcová (CZE) 3 4 1   J Henin (BEL) 6 6
  M Vento-Kabchi (VEN) 6 6   M Vento-Kabchi (VEN) 2 1
  A Kremer (LUX) 3 4 1   J Henin (BEL) 6 6
  N Pratt (AUS) 6 7   N Pratt (AUS) 1 0
  M Casanova (SUI) 3 5   N Pratt (AUS) 1 7 6
  T Garbin (ITA) 6 6   T Garbin (ITA) 6 652
13   A Smashnova (ISR) 2 1 1   J Henin (BEL) 6 6
9   N Petrova (RUS) 6 6   M Pierce (FRA) 4 4
  M Suchá (SVK) 3 3 9   N Petrova (RUS) 2 1
  A Medina Garrigues (ESP) 3 5   M Pierce (FRA) 6 6
  M Pierce (FRA) 6 7   M Pierce (FRA) 6 6
  M Matevžič (SLO) 7 7 6   V Williams (USA) 4 4
  S Obata (JPN) 635   M Matevžič (SLO) 0 0
  M Czink (HUN) 1 2 6   V Williams (USA) 6 6
6   V Williams (USA) 6 6

Section 2Edit

1st round 2nd round 3rd Round Quarterfinals
3   A Myskina (RUS) 6 6
  M Serna (ESP) 0 1 3   A Myskina (RUS) 6 3 6
  K Brandi (PUR) 7 6   K Brandi (PUR) 2 6 4
  J Kostanić (CRO) 5 1 3   A Myskina (RUS) 7 6
  C Castaño (COL) 2 1   E Daniilidou (GRE) 5 4
  E Daniilidou (GRE) 6 6   E Daniilidou (GRE) 2 6 6
  K Koukalová (CZE) 1 4 15   M Maleeva (BUL) 6 4 4
15   M Maleeva (BUL) 6 6 3   A Myskina (RUS) 6 6
11   F Schiavone (ITA) 6 7 11   F Schiavone (ITA) 1 2
  S Asagoe (JPN) 3 64 11   F Schiavone (ITA) 2 7 6
  K Kanepi (EST) 611   Y-j Cho (KOR) 6 604
  Y-j Cho (KOR) 7 6 11   F Schiavone (ITA) 656 6
  J Janković (SCG) 4 1   F Zuluaga (COL) 7 1 3
  F Zuluaga (COL) 6 6   F Zuluaga (COL) 4 7 6
  N Dechy (FRA) 7 657 7   P Suárez (ARG) 6 611
7   P Suárez (ARG) 617 9

Bottom HalfEdit

Section 3Edit

1st round 2nd round 3rd Round Quarterfinals
8   A Sugiyama (JPN) 4 6 8
  J Zheng (CHN) 6 3 6 8   A Sugiyama (JPN) 7 6
  T Perebiynis (UKR) 6 6   T Perebiynis (UKR) 5 4
  D Randriantefy (MAD) 3 4 8   A Sugiyama (JPN) 7 6
  T Tanasugarn (THA) 6 2 1 12   K Šprem (CRO) 661
  A Widjaja (INA) 1 6 6   A Widjaja (INA) 3 1
  G Dulko (ARG) 665 12   K Šprem (CRO) 6 6
12   K Šprem (CRO) 7 7 8   A Sugiyama (JPN) 3 4
14   S Farina Elia (ITA) 6 6   A Molik (AUS) 6 6
PR   S Testud (FRA) 2 0 14   S Farina Elia (ITA) 1 2
  Ľ Kurhajcová (SVK) 4 6 3   L Raymond (USA) 6 6
  L Raymond (USA) 6 4 6   L Raymond (USA) 4 4
  M Sánchez Lorenzo (ESP) 3 6 4   A Molik (AUS) 6 6
  K Srebotnik (SLO) 6 0 6   K Srebotnik (SLO) 5 4
  A Molik (AUS) 4 6 6   A Molik (AUS) 7 6
4   E Dementieva (RUS) 6 0 3

Section 4Edit

1st round 2nd round 3rd Round Quarterfinals
5   S Kuznetsova (RUS) 6 6
  M Díaz Oliva (ARG) 3 3 5   S Kuznetsova (RUS) 7 6
  A Morigami (JPN) 6 6   A Morigami (JPN) 652
  I Benešová (CZE) 1 4 5   S Kuznetsova (RUS) 6 6
  D Hantuchová (SVK) 6 6 10   P Schnyder (SUI) 3 3
  C Schaul (LUX) 1 1   D Hantuchová (SVK) 6 1 4
  P Mandula (HUN) 3 4 10   P Schnyder (SUI) 3 6 6
10   P Schnyder (SUI) 6 6 5   S Kuznetsova (RUS) 656 2
16   C Rubin (USA) 6 686 2   A Mauresmo (FRA) 7 4 6
  S Stosur (AUS) 2 7 0 16   C Rubin (USA) 6 3 6
  C Black (ZIM) 6 5 6   C Black (ZIM) 4 6 3
  T Pisnik (SLO) 3 7 4 16   C Rubin (USA) 3 1
  M Jugić-Salkić (BIH) 3 4 2   A Mauresmo (FRA) 6 6
  ME Camerin (ITA) 6 6   ME Camerin (ITA) 0 1
  C Martínez (ESP) 1 4 2   A Mauresmo (FRA) 6 6
2   A Mauresmo (FRA) 6 6

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Singles, Women". Olympedia. Retrieved 16 July 2021.
  2. ^ Williams title defence over, BBC SPORT
  3. ^ Henin-Hardenne tops Mauresmo in final - Olympics, ESPN
  4. ^ Knee pain negates her promise to play - Olympics, ESPN
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  6. ^ a b "Olympic Tennis Event 2004 – Regulations" (PDF). International Tennis Federation. pp. 4–7, 11 & 17–18. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 August 2004. Retrieved 20 March 2020.
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