Tennis at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's singles

Russia's Elena Dementieva defeated compatriot Dinara Safina in the final, 3–6, 7–5, 6–3 to win the gold medal in Women's Singles tennis at the 2008 Summer Olympics. In the bronze medal match, Russia's Vera Zvonareva defeated China's Li Na 6–0, 7–5. This was the first Olympic medal sweep in tennis since 1908, when only British women played in the outdoor women's singles tournament. It was Russia's first victory in the women's singles. Dementieva became the third woman to win multiple Olympic singles medals, following Steffi Graf (1988 and 1992) and Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (1992 and 1996), and the first to do so in non-consecutive Games.

Women's singles
Tennis at the 2008 Summer Olympics
Champion Elena Dementieva (RUS)
Runner-up Dinara Safina (RUS)
Final score3–6, 7–5, 6–3
Events
Singles men women
Doubles men women
Qualification
← 2004 · Summer Olympics · 2012 →
Women's singles tennis
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Elena Dementieva at the 2008 WTA Tour Championships.jpg
Gold medalist Elena Dementieva (at the 2008 WTA Tour Championships)
VenueNational Tennis Center, Beijing
Dates10 to 17 August
Competitors64 from 33 nations
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Elena Dementieva  Russia
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Dinara Safina  Russia
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Vera Zvonareva  Russia
← 2004
2012 →

The tournament was held from August 10 to August 17 at the National Tennis Center in Beijing, China. The DecoTurf surface made the event a hardcourt tournament. There were 64 competitors from 33 nations.[1]

Justine Henin was the reigning gold medalist from 2004, but she retired from the sport earlier that year.

BackgroundEdit

This was the 11th 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 2004 Games were bronze medalist Alicia Molik of Australia and quarterfinalists Francesca Schiavone of Italy, Ai Sugiyama of Japan, and Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia. 2000 gold medalist Venus Williams (who had lost in the third round in 2004) and silver medalist Elena Dementieva (a shocking first-round loss to Molik in 2004) also returned. Venus's sister, Serena Williams, made her Olympic singles debut after withdrawing in 2004 due to injury. Reigning Olympic champion Justine Henin of Belgium had retired earlier in 2008. The #1 seed, Ana Ivanovic of Serbia, withdrew due to an injury. This left a relatively open field, with Ivanovic's countrywoman Jelena Janković, the Williams sisters, and the four Russian players (Kuznetsova, Dementieva, Dinara Safina, and Vera Zvonareva) among the top contenders.[1]

Serbia made its (post-separation from Montenegro) debut in the event. France made its 10th appearance, most among nations to that point, having missed only the 1908 Games in London (when only British players competed).

QualificationEdit

Qualification for the women's singles was primarily through the WTA ranking list of 9 June 2008. Nations had been limited to four players in the event since the 2000 Games. There were 64 quota places available for women's singles. The first 56 were assigned through the world ranking. There were two Tripartite Commission invitation places and 6 final qualification places allocated by the ITF based on continental and national representation along with world rankings.

Competition formatEdit

The competition was a single-elimination tournament with a bronze medal match. Matches were in best-of-3 sets. No tiebreak was played in the final set.

ScheduleEdit

August 10 11 12 13 14 16 17
Morning 10.30 10.30 10.30
Afternoon 17.00 17.00 17.00 16.00 16.00 16.00 16.00
Round of 64 Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Bronze
Final

SeedsEdit

01.     Ana Ivanovic (SRB) (Withdrew because of a thumb injury)
02.     Jelena Janković (SRB) (Quarterfinals)
03.     Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) (First round)
04.     Serena Williams (USA) (Quarterfinals)
05.     Elena Dementieva (RUS) (Champion, gold medalist)
06.     Dinara Safina (RUS) (Final, silver medalist)
07.     Venus Williams (USA) (Quarterfinals)
08.     Agnieszka Radwańska (POL) (Second round)
09.     Vera Zvonareva (RUS) (Semifinals, bronze medalist)
10.     Daniela Hantuchová (SVK) (Second round)
11.     Ágnes Szávay (HUN) (First round)
12.     Victoria Azarenka (BLR) (Third round)
13.     Patty Schnyder (SUI) (Second round)
14.     Flavia Pennetta (ITA) (First round)
15.     Alizé Cornet (FRA) (Third round)
16.     Dominika Cibulková (SVK) (Third round)

Click on the seed number of a player to go to their draw section.

DrawEdit

KeyEdit

FinalsEdit

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final (Gold Medal Match)
               
    Sybille Bammer (AUT) 3 6 3
9   Vera Zvonareva (RUS) 6 3 6
9   Vera Zvonareva (RUS) 3 63 
5   Elena Dementieva (RUS) 6 77  
4   Serena Williams (USA) 6 4 3
5   Elena Dementieva (RUS) 3 6 6
5   Elena Dementieva (RUS) 3 7 6
6   Dinara Safina (RUS) 6 5 3
7   Venus Williams (USA) 5 5  
    Li Na (CHN) 7 7  
    Li Na (CHN) 635   Bronze Medal Match
6   Dinara Safina (RUS) 77 7  
6   Dinara Safina (RUS) 6 5 6 9   Vera Zvonareva (RUS) 6 7  
2   Jelena Janković (SRB) 2 7 3     Li Na (CHN) 0 5  

Top HalfEdit

Section 1Edit

First Round Second Round Third Round Quarterfinals
Alt   T Obziler (ISR) 7 5 4
    M Koryttseva (UKR) 5 7 6     M Koryttseva (UKR) 6 1 5
Alt   M Ani (EST) 4 2       L Šafářová (CZE) 2 6 7
    L Šafářová (CZE) 6 6       L Šafářová (CZE) 5 4  
    A Medina Garrigues (ESP) 2 6 4     S Bammer (AUT) 7 6  
    S Bammer (AUT) 6 4 6     S Bammer (AUT) 6 6  
    J Craybas (USA) 3 2   13   P Schnyder (SUI) 4 4  
13   P Schnyder (SUI) 6 6       S Bammer (AUT) 3 6 3
9   V Zvonareva (RUS) 6 6   9   V Zvonareva (RUS) 6 3 6
    Z Yan (CHN) 2 0   9   V Zvonareva (RUS) 6 77  
    S Pe'er (ISR) 6 5 6     S Pe'er (ISR) 3 64 
    S Cîrstea (ROU) 3 7 0 9   V Zvonareva (RUS) 77 6  
    A Amanmuradova (UZB) 4 2       F Schiavone (ITA) 644  
    F Schiavone (ITA) 6 6       F Schiavone (ITA) 6 78  
IP   Y-j Chan (TPE) 1 66  8   A Radwańska (POL) 3 66 
8   A Radwańska (POL) 6 78  

Section 2Edit

First Round Second Round Third Round Quarterfinals
4   S Williams (USA) 6 6  
    O Govortsova (BLR) 3 1   4   S Williams (USA) 6 6  
PR   S Stosur (AUS) 6 6   PR   S Stosur (AUS) 2 0  
    S Errani (ITA) 3 2   4   S Williams (USA) 3 6 6
    S Peng (CHN) 7 77   15   A Cornet (FRA) 6 3 4
    C Suárez Navarro (ESP) 5 62      S Peng (CHN) 2 2  
    N Vaidišová (CZE) 6 1 4 15   A Cornet (FRA) 6 6  
15   A Cornet (FRA) 4 6 6 4   S Williams (USA) 6 4 3
10   D Hantuchová (SVK) 6 7   5   E Dementieva (RUS) 3 6 6
    A Sugiyama (JPN) 2 5   10   D Hantuchová (SVK) 1 3  
IP   S Sfar (TUN) 4 1       C Wozniacki (DEN) 6 6  
    C Wozniacki (DEN) 6 6       C Wozniacki (DEN) 632  
IP   T Tanasugarn (THA) 2 1   5   E Dementieva (RUS) 77 6  
    S Arvidsson (SWE) 6 6       S Arvidsson (SWE) 3 4  
    K Bondarenko (UKR) 1 4   5   E Dementieva (RUS) 6 6  
5   E Dementieva (RUS) 6 6  

Bottom HalfEdit

Section 3Edit

First Round Second Round Third Round Quarterfinals
7   V Williams (USA) 6 6  
    T Bacsinszky (SUI) 3 2   7   V Williams (USA) 6 6  
    S Mirza (IND) 1 1r     I Benešová (CZE) 1 4  
    I Benešová (CZE) 6 2   7   V Williams (USA) 6 6  
    G Dulko (ARG) 3 4   12   V Azarenka (BLR) 3 2  
    C Dellacqua (AUS) 6 6       C Dellacqua (AUS) 2 2  
    T Perebiynis (UKR) 4 7 4 12   V Azarenka (BLR) 6 6  
12   V Azarenka (BLR) 6 5 6 7   V Williams (USA) 5 5  
14   F Pennetta (ITA) 2 66      N Li (CHN) 7 7  
    K Kanepi (EST) 6 78       K Kanepi (EST) 6 7  
    E Daniilidou (GRE) 3 3       V Razzano (FRA) 4 5  
    V Razzano (FRA) 6 6       K Kanepi (EST) 6 2 0
IP   A Morita (JPN) 5 79 6     N Li (CHN) 4 6 6
    M Erakovic (NZL) 7 674 IP   A Morita (JPN) 2 5  
    N Li (CHN) 77 6       N Li (CHN) 6 7  
3   S Kuznetsova (RUS) 654  

Section 4Edit

First Round Second Round Third Round Quarterfinals
6   D Safina (RUS) 6 77  
PR   M Santangelo (ITA) 3 61  6   D Safina (RUS) 77 6  
IP   A Molik (AUS) 1 1   Alt   MJ Martínez Sánchez (ESP) 631  
Alt   MJ Martínez Sánchez (ESP) 6 6   6   D Safina (RUS) 6 6  
IP   N Llagostera Vives (ESP) 2 6 7 PR   J Zheng (CHN) 4 3  
    K Zakopalová (CZE) 6 3 5 IP   N Llagostera Vives (ESP) 79 1 4
PR   J Zheng (CHN) 4 6 7 PR   J Zheng (CHN) 676 6
11   Á Szávay (HUN) 6 3 5 6   D Safina (RUS) 6 5 6
16   D Cibulková (SVK) 6 7   2   J Janković (SRB) 2 7 3
    P Parmentier (FRA) 1 5    16   D Cibulková (SVK) 6 6  
    M Domachowska (POL) 3 4       T Pironkova (BUL) 2 2  
    T Pironkova (BUL) 6 6   16   D Cibulková (SVK) 5 1  
PR   M Sequera (VEN) 6 1r 2   J Janković (SRB) 7 6  
    A Bondarenko (UKR) 3 0       A Bondarenko (UKR) 5 1  
INV   C Black (ZIM) 3 3   2   J Janković (SRB) 7 6  
2   J Janković (SRB) 6 6  

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Singles, Women". Olympedia. Retrieved 16 July 2021.

External linksEdit