Mary Pierce
Mary Pierce, 2003
Country (sports) France
ResidenceRivière Noire, Mauritius
Born (1975-01-15) 15 January 1975 (age 46)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned proMarch 1989
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$9,793,119
Int. Tennis HoF2019 (member page)
Singles
Career record511–237 (68.3%)
Career titles18
Highest rankingNo. 3 (30 January 1995)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenW (1995)
French OpenW (2000)
WimbledonQF (1996, 2005)
US OpenF (2005)
Other tournaments
Grand Slam CupQF (1999)
Tour FinalsF (1997, 2005)
Olympic GamesQF (2004)
Doubles
Career record197–116
Career titles10
Highest rankingNo. 3 (10 July 2000)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenF (2000)
French OpenW (2000)
Wimbledon3R (2002, 2004)
US OpenSF (1999)
Other doubles tournaments
Olympic Games2R (1996, 2004)
Mixed doubles
Career titles1
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open1R (1993)
French OpenQF (1990, 1992)
WimbledonW (2005)
US OpenSF (1995)
Team competitions
Fed CupW (1997, 2003)
Hopman CupF (1998)

Mary Caroline Pierce (born 15 January 1975) is a retired tennis professional who represented France internationally in team competitions and the Olympics. She was born in Canada to an American father and a French mother, and holds citizenship of all three countries.

Pierce won four Grand Slam titles: two in singles, one in doubles and one in mixed doubles. She reached six Grand Slam singles finals, most recently at the US Open and French Open in 2005. Her Grand Slam singles titles came at the 1995 Australian Open and the 2000 French Open; Pierce is the last French player, male or female, to win the latter title.[1] She won the doubles event at the 2000 French Open with Martina Hingis as her partner, and reached an additional Grand Slam women's doubles final at the 2000 Australian Open, also partnering Hingis. She also won the mixed doubles event at the 2005 Wimbledon Championships, partnered with Mahesh Bhupathi. Pierce won 18 singles titles and 10 doubles titles on the WTA Tour, including five Tier I singles events. She also twice reached the final of the season-ending WTA Tour Championships. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2019.

Personal life

Mary Pierce was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, to Yannick Adjaj and Jim Pierce. Her mother is French and her father American, qualifying Pierce for citizenship in all three countries. She was raised in the United States and represented France in international tennis competitions. She speaks English and French fluently, and lives in Mauritius as of May 2019.[2]

Pierce was briefly engaged to baseball player Roberto Alomar in 1999 and later to Air France pilot David Emmanuel Ades, but broke off both engagements.[3]

Pierce had a difficult relationship with her father, who had developed a reputation as an abusive tennis father in the early stages of Pierce's career. Pierce refused to speak with him for a while and even employed two bodyguards to keep him at bay, but the two were eventually reconciled sometime after she retired from active professional tennis.[4][5]

Pierce is a born again Christian. After a loss in early months of 2000 (before the French Open which she would win), she said she felt "empty and miserable", but then "I gave my life to Jesus and was born again... things in me changed instantly."[4] Pierce also credits this change in spiritual direction to her pre-existing friendship with another tennis pro, Linda Wild.[citation needed]

Career

Early years

Pierce started playing tennis at the age ten.[6] Two years after being introduced to tennis, for girls aged 12 and under she was ranked No. 2 in the country.[7] In April 1989 at a WTA tournament in Hilton Head, Pierce became the youngest American player (prior to Jennifer Capriati in 1990) to make her debut on the professional tour, aged 14 years and 2 months.[7] Due to her physicality and aggressive approach, her ballstriking was compared to that of Capriati,[7] and she quickly gained a reputation for being one of the hardest hitters on the women's circuit.[8] Her dad developed an interest in the sport,[7] and became her coach for many years.[9] She won her first WTA Tour singles tournament in July 1991 in Palermo by defeating Sandra Cecchini in the final.[6]

1994–2003

In July 1993, Pierce successfully filed for a restraining order against her father, who was known to be verbally abusive to his daughter and her opponents, and was banned by the WTA from attending her tournaments.[10][11] Following this split from her father, Pierce was coached by Nick Bollettieri, whose tennis academy she had briefly attended as a teenager in 1988.[12] Her brother David was also Pierce's regular coach until 2006. German Aguero, founder of Future Tennis Camps, can also be credited with Mary's early success as he took her in for several years and coached her free of charge.

Pierce reached her first Grand Slam singles final at the 1994 French Open. She conceded just ten games en route to the final, which included a 6–2, 6–2 defeat of world No. 1, Steffi Graf, in the semifinals. In the final, however, Pierce lost to Arantxa Sánchez Vicario in straight sets.[13]

The following year, Pierce won her first Grand Slam title for France by defeating Sánchez Vicario in straight sets in the final of the 1995 Australian Open and lost just 30 games in the whole tournament in becoming the first Canadian-born tennis player to win a singles Grand Slam.[14] She reached her career-high singles ranking of world No. 3 that year. Pierce also won the Japan Open, defeating Sánchez Vicario in the final.

Pierce suffered a series of setbacks in 1996, including her split with Nick Bollettieri, after failing to defend her title at the Australian Open.[15] Aside from a runner-up finish at the Bausch & Lomb Championships in Amelia Island and a semifinal finish in Hamburg, the highlight of the year for Pierce was her first appearance in the Wimbledon quarterfinals.

Pierce was back in the Australian Open singles final in 1997, where she lost to Martina Hingis in straight sets. She also lost in that year's WTA Tour Championships final to Jana Novotná. Pierce was a member of the French team that won the 1997 Fed Cup, and her only title that season was the Italian Open, defeating Conchita Martínez in the final. Pierce won the Comeback Player of the Year award for ending the year at world No. 7 after starting at world No. 21.[16]

She won four titles in 1998: the Paris indoor event, the Amelia Island Championships, the Kremlin Cup, and the Luxembourg Open. In addition, she was runner-up at the San Diego Classic.

Pierce won her second Grand Slam singles title and her first Grand Slam doubles title at the 2000 French Open. In the singles final, she defeated Martínez to become the first French woman to claim the title since Françoise Dürr in 1967.[17][18] She also partnered with Hingis to win the women's doubles crown, their second Grand Slam tournament of the year after the Australian Open. Her ranking dropped to No. 130 at the end of 2001 and reached almost 300 in April 2002.

Pierce helped France win the Fed Cup for a second time in 2003 by defeating the United States in the final.[19]

2004–2005

After a few quiet years on the tour, Pierce won her first title since the 2000 French Open at the Rosmalen Open on grass in 2004. At the Olympics in Athens, Pierce defeated sixth-seeded Venus Williams in the third round before losing to top-seeded and eventual gold-medallist Justine Henin of Belgium in the quarterfinals. At the US Open later in the year, Pierce defeated recent Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova, before losing to eventual champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in the fourth round.

Pierce then made it back into the top ranks of the women's game in 2005. At the French Open, she reached the singles final for the third time, where she lost to Henin in straight sets, losing 1–6, 1–6 in just over one hour. She then reached the quarterfinals of Wimbledon for the first time since 1996. Pierce faced Venus Williams in that quarterfinal and lost the match after a second set tiebreak consisting of 22 points. Pierce also won the mixed-doubles title at Wimbledon, partnering Mahesh Bhupathi. In August, she won her first singles title of the year at the Acura Classic in San Diego, defeating Ai Sugiyama in the final.

In the fourth round of the S Open, Pierce defeated Henin for the first time in her career. In the quarterfinals, she beat third seeded Amélie Mauresmo to reach her first US Open semifinal. After the victory, Pierce remarked, "I'm 30 and I have been on the tour for 17 years and there are still firsts for me. That's pretty amazing."[20] She reached the final by defeating Elena Dementieva in three sets in the semifinals, taking a medical time-out after the first set. This caused controversy, many believing that this disrupted Dementieva's rhythm and concentration. In the final, she lost to Kim Clijsters in straight sets.[21] But Pierce won her second title of the year at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow. In her quarterfinal match against Elena Likhovtseva, Pierce came back from 0–6, and thus six match points, in the third set tiebreak and won eight consecutive points to reach the semifinals.

The win in Moscow secured her spot at the year-ending championships in Los Angeles where the top eight singles players competed for the winner's prize of one million dollars. In round-robin play with her assigned group of four players, she won all three matches: against Clijsters in three sets; Mauresmo in three sets; and Dementieva in straight sets. In the semifinals, Pierce beat top-ranked Lindsay Davenport in two tiebreaks; however, Pierce lost the final to Mauresmo in a match lasting just over three hours.

Pierce's year-end ranking was world No. 5 compared to her year-beginning ranking of world No. 29. This matched her career-best performances of 1994, 1995, and 1999, and she was less than 200 points behind Sharapova for world No. 4 and less than 300 points behind Mauresmo for world No. 3. Pierce's return to form in 2005 was one of the surprising tennis stories of the year. Her successful performance in 2005 also encouraged the former world No. 1 player, Martina Hingis, to return to the game.

2006

Pierce trained hard in the off-season in a bid to win major titles in 2006. Her first tournament of the year was the Australian Open. She defeated Nicole Pratt of Australia in the first round before losing to Iveta Benešová of the Czech Republic in the second round. The loss denied her a third-round match with Martina Hingis. Pierce reached the final of her next tournament, the Gaz de France in Paris, where she lost to compatriot Amélie Mauresmo in straight sets. Pierce did not play again until August because of foot and groin injuries, withdrawing from the French Open and Wimbledon.

After spending six months away from the tour, Pierce began her comeback at the Acura Classic, where she was the 2005 champion. She lost in the quarterfinals to Maria Sharapova. In just her second tournament in over six months, Pierce played at the US Open and lost to Li Na, the 24th seed from China, in the third round. Pierce then lost in the first round of the next three tournaments she played. She was defeated at the Luxembourg Open by Alona Bondarenko, who went on to win the title. Jelena Janković defeated Pierce in Stuttgart and Katarina Srebotnik defeated Pierce at the Zurich Open.

Knee injury

At the Generali Ladies Linz tournament in October 2006, Pierce defeated Ai Sugiyama in the first round and was leading against Vera Zvonareva 6–4, 6–5 in the second round when she ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee. She had held three match points before the injury. Pierce underwent a successful operation in December 2006 and missed all of 2007. She expected to return to the tour in 2008 but at the end of that year, she was still sidelined with no projected return date. However, she stated that she was still not ready to retire.[22]

Pierce made an appearance at the 2007 French Open as an avenue at Roland Garros was named in her honor – Allée Mary Pierce. She also helped with the social side to the French Open, taking part in the post-match ceremony after the women's final. Pierce was named as a member of the French Olympic team for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. On 21 July 2008, however, Pierce withdrew from the Olympics because of injury.[23]

Pierce, Caroline Wozniacki and Ana Ivanovic[24] are the only three women to win both the championship and the wooden spoon at a Grand Slam tournament. Pierce's wooden spoon came at the 2002 Australian Open, where she retired in the first round to Jill Craybas; she was the champion in 1995, making her the first player to win both the championship and wooden spoon at the very same Grand Slam tournament.[25] Jeļena Ostapenko has since achieved the same distinction, winning the 2017 French Open but becoming the wooden spoon in her title defence the very next year.

As of October 2013, Pierce lives in Black River, Mauritius where she teaches tennis.[26][4]

Playing style

Pierce was an aggressive baseline player, who had a reputation for being one of the hardest hitters on the WTA tour, and would dictate a match from the first point. Her greatest strength was her forehand, which was hit hard and flat, and could be used to hit winners from any position on the court. Her two-handed backhand was similarly hit flat, and was used to attack weak second serves and create sharp angles around the court. Her first serve was powerful, typically being served at 104 mph (168 km/h) and being recorded as high as 116 mph (186 km/h), meaning that she aced frequently. Pierce also possessed an effective kick serve which was frequently deployed as a second serve, typically averaging 86 mph (139 km/h). Pierce was one of the most aggressive players on return, and could hit return winners at will. She was one of the least defensive players on the tour, predicating her game on raw power and aggression. Pierce's major weakness was her inconsistency. When she was in good form, she was one of the most dangerous players on the tour, accumulating high numbers of winners to a low number of unforced errors. In poor form, however, her aggressive game led to a high number of unforced errors. Her game was also heavily affected by nerves, and, when nervous, she would take increasingly long amounts of time preparing between points. Pierce's preferred surfaces were clay and hard courts.

Equipment

In the early 2000s, Pierce wore Nike apparel and used Yonex racquets on court.[27]

Major finals

Grand Slam finals

Singles: 6 (2 titles, 4 runner-ups)

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1994 French Open Clay Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 4–6, 4–6
Win 1995 Australian Open Hard Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6–3, 6–2
Loss 1997 Australian Open Hard Switzerland Martina Hingis 2–6, 2–6
Win 2000 French Open Clay Spain Conchita Martínez 6–2, 7–5
Loss 2005 French Open Clay Belgium Justine Henin 1–6, 1–6
Loss 2005 US Open Hard Belgium Kim Clijsters 3–6, 1–6

Doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner–up)

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 2000 Australian Open Hard Switzerland Martina Hingis United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Rennae Stubbs
4–6, 7–5, 4–6
Win 2000 French Open Clay Switzerland Martina Hingis Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
Argentina Paola Suárez
6–2, 6–4

Mixed doubles: 1 (1 title)

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 2005 Wimbledon Grass India Mahesh Bhupathi Ukraine Tatiana Perebiynis
Australia Paul Hanley
6–4, 6–2

Year-end championships

Singles: 2 (2 runner-ups)

Result Year Location Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1997 New York Carpet (i) Czech Republic Jana Novotná 6–7(4–7), 2–6, 3–6
Loss 2005 Los Angeles Hard (i) France Amélie Mauresmo 7–5, 6–7(3–7), 4–6

Tier I finals

Singles: 9 (5 titles, 4 runner-ups)

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1994 VS of Philadelphia, U.S. Carpet (i) Germany Anke Huber 0–6, 7–6(7–4), 5–7
Loss 1995 Zurich Open, Switzerland Carpet (i) Croatia Iva Majoli 4–6, 4–6
Win 1997 Italian Open Clay Spain Conchita Martínez 6–4, 6–4
Loss 1997 German Open Clay United States Mary Joe Fernández 4–6, 2–6
Win 1998 Kremlin Cup, Russia Carpet (i) United States Monica Seles 7–6(7–2), 6–3
Loss 1999 Italian Open Clay United States Venus Williams 4–6, 2–6
Win 2000 Charleston Open, U.S. Clay Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6–1, 6–0
Win 2005 Southern California Open, U.S. Hard Japan Ai Sugiyama 6–0, 6–3
Win 2005 Kremlin Cup, Russia Carpet (i) Italy Francesca Schiavone 6–4, 6–3

Doubles: 3 (3 titles)

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1998 Kremlin Cup, Russia Carpet (i) Belarus Natasha Zvereva United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Rennae Stubbs
6–3, 6–4
Win 1999 Canadian Open Hard Czech Republic Jana Novotná Latvia Larisa Neiland
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–3, 2–6, 6–3
Win 2000 Pan Pacific Open, Japan Carpet (i) Switzerland Martina Hingis France Alexandra Fusai
France Nathalie Tauziat
6–4, 6–1

WTA career finals

Singles: 41 (18–23)

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (2–4)
WTA Championships (0–2)
Tier I (5–4)
Tier II (5–11)
Tier III (2–1)
Tier IV (1–1)
Tier V (3–0)
Finals by surface
Hard (5–7)
Grass (1–0)
Clay (6–9)
Carpet (6–7)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1. 8 July 1991 Palermo Clay Italy Sandra Cecchini 6–0, 6–3
Win 2. 17 February 1992 Cesena Carpet (i) France Catherine Tanvier 6–1, 6–1
Win 3. 6 July 1992 Palermo Clay Netherlands Brenda Schultz 6–1, 6–7(3–7), 6–1
Win 4. 26 October 1992 San Juan Hard United States Gigi Fernández 6–1, 7–5
Loss 1. 5 July 1993 Palermo Clay Czech Republic Radka Bobková 3–6, 2–6
Win 5. 11 October 1993 Filderstadt Hard (i) Belarus Natasha Zvereva 6–3, 6–3
Loss 2. 21 March 1994 Houston Clay Germany Sabine Hack 5–7, 4–6
Loss 3. 23 May 1994 French Open Clay Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 4–6, 4–6
Loss 4. 26 September 1994 Leipzig Carpet (i) Czech Republic Jana Novotná 5–7, 1–6
Loss 5. 10 October 1994 Filderstadt Hard (i) Germany Anke Huber 4–6, 2–6
Loss 6. 7 November 1994 Philadelphia Carpet (i) Germany Anke Huber 0–6, 7–6(7–4), 5–7
Win 6. 16 January 1995 Australian Open Hard Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6–3, 6–2
Loss 7. 13 February 1995 Paris Carpet (i) Germany Steffi Graf 2–6, 2–6
Win 7. 18 September 1995 Tokyo Hard Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6–3, 6–3
Loss 8. 2 October 1995 Zürich Carpet (i) Croatia Iva Majoli 4–6, 4–6
Loss 9. 8 April 1996 Amelia Island Clay Romania Irina Spîrlea 7–6(9–7), 4–6, 3–6
Loss 10. 13 January 1997 Australian Open Hard Switzerland Martina Hingis 2–6, 2–6
Loss 11. 7 April 1997 Amelia Island Clay United States Lindsay Davenport 2–6, 3–6
Win 8. 5 May 1997 Rome Clay Spain Conchita Martínez 6–4, 6–0
Loss 12. 12 May 1997 Berlin Clay United States Mary Joe Fernández 4–6, 2–6
Loss 13. 17 November 1997 Chase Championships Carpet (i) Czech Republic Jana Novotná 6–7(4–7), 2–6, 3–6
Win 9. 9 February 1998 Paris Carpet (i) Belgium Dominique Van Roost 6–3, 7–5
Win 10. 6 April 1998 Amelia Island Clay Spain Conchita Martínez 6–7(8–10), 6–0, 6–2
Loss 14. 3 August 1998 San Diego Hard United States Lindsay Davenport 3–6, 1–6
Win 11. 19 October 1998 Moscow Carpet (i) United States Monica Seles 7–6(7–2), 6–3
Win 12. 26 October 1998 Luxembourg Carpet (i) Italy Silvia Farina 6–0, 2–0 ret.
Loss 15. 4 January 1999 Gold Coast Hard Switzerland Patty Schnyder 6–4, 6–7(5–7), 2–6
Loss 16. 26 April 1999 Hamburg Clay United States Venus Williams 0–6, 3–6
Loss 17. 3 May 1999 Rome Clay United States Venus Williams 4–6, 2–6
Loss 18. 4 October 1999 Filderstadt Hard (i) Switzerland Martina Hingis 4–6, 1–6
Win 13. 25 October 1999 Linz Carpet (i) France Sandrine Testud 7–6(7–2), 6–1
Win 14. 17 April 2000 Hilton Head Clay Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6–1, 6–0
Win 15. 29 May 2000 French Open Clay Spain Conchita Martínez 6–2, 7–5
Loss 19. 9 February 2004 Paris Carpet (i) Belgium Kim Clijsters 2–6, 1–6
Win 16. 14 June 2004 's-Hertogenbosch Grass Czech Republic Klára Koukalová 7–6(8–6), 6–2
Loss 20. 23 May 2005 French Open Clay Belgium Justine Henin-Hardenne 1–6, 1–6
Win 17. 1 August 2005 San Diego Hard Japan Ai Sugiyama 6–0, 6–3
Loss 21. 29 August 2005 US Open Hard Belgium Kim Clijsters 3–6, 1–6
Win 18. 10 October 2005 Moscow Carpet (i) Italy Francesca Schiavone 6–4, 6–3
Loss 22. 7 November 2005 WTA Tour Championships Hard (i) France Amélie Mauresmo 7–5, 6–7(3–7), 4–6
Loss 23. 6 February 2006 Paris Carpet (i) France Amélie Mauresmo 1–6, 6–7(2–7)

Doubles: 16 (10–6)

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (1–1)
WTA Championships (0–0)
Tier I (3–0)
Tier II (5–3)
Tier III (0–1)
Tier IV (0–0)
Tier V (1–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (3–2)
Grass (0–1)
Clay (4–1)
Carpet (3–2)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1. 26 November 1990 São Paulo Clay United States Luanne Spadea Argentina Bettina Fulco
Czechoslovakia Eva Švíglerová
5–7, 4–6
Win 1. 8 July 1991 Palermo Clay Czechoslovakia Petra Langrová Italy Laura Garrone
Argentina Mercedes Paz
6–3, 6–7(5–7), 6–3
Loss 2. 11 November 1992 Philadelphia Carpet (i) Spain Conchita Martínez United States Gigi Fernández
Belarus Natasha Zvereva
1–6, 3–6
Loss 3. 14 February 1994 Paris Carpet (i) Hungary Andrea Temesvári Belgium Sabine Appelmans
Belgium Laurence Courtois
4–6, 4–6
Win 2. 16 September 1996 Tokyo Hard South Africa Amanda Coetzer South Korea Park Sung-hee
Chinese Taipei Wang Shi-ting
6–1, 7–6(7–5)
Win 3. 28 April 1997 Hamburg Clay Germany Anke Huber Romania Ruxandra Dragomir
Croatia Iva Majoli
2–6, 7–6(7–1), 6–2
Win 4. 6 April 1998 Amelia Island Clay United States Sandra Cacic Austria Barbara Schett
Switzerland Patty Schnyder
7–6(7–5), 4–6, 7–6(7–5)
Win 5. 19 October 1998 Moscow Carpet (i) Belarus Natasha Zvereva United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Rennae Stubbs
6–3, 6–4
Win 6. 16 August 1999 Toronto Hard Czech Republic Jana Novotná Latvia Larisa Neiland
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–3, 2–6, 6–3
Win 7. 1 November 1999 Leipzig Carpet (i) Latvia Larisa Neiland Russia Elena Likhovtseva
Japan Ai Sugiyama
6–4, 6–3
Loss 4. 10 January 2000 Sydney Hard Switzerland Martina Hingis France Julie Halard-Decugis
Japan Ai Sugiyama
0–6, 3–6
Loss 5. 17 January 2000 Australian Open Hard Switzerland Martina Hingis United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Rennae Stubbs
4–6, 7–5, 4–6
Win 8. 31 January 2000 Tokyo Carpet (i) Switzerland Martina Hingis France Alexandra Fusai
France Nathalie Tauziat
6–4, 6–1
Win 9. 29 May 2000 French Open Clay Switzerland Martina Hingis Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
Argentina Paola Suárez
6–2, 6–4
Loss 6. 16 June 2003 's-Hertogenbosch Grass Russia Nadia Petrova Russia Elena Dementieva
Russia Lina Krasnoroutskaya
6–2, 3–6, 4–6
Win 10. 4 August 2003 Los Angeles Hard Australia Rennae Stubbs Russia Elena Bovina
Belgium Els Callens
6–3, 6–3

ITF finals

Singles (2–2)

Legend
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 7 August 1989 ITF York, United States Clay United States Shannan McCarthy 6-2, 6-2
Winner 2. 22 January 1990 ITF New Braunfels, United States Hard United States Pamela Jung 7-5, 7-6(6)
Runner-up 3. 29 January 1990 ITF Midland, United States Hard Italy Linda Ferrando 4-6, 1-6
Runner-up 4. 2 July 1990 ITF Brindisi, Italy Hard Switzerland Csilla Bartos 6-2, 2-6, 2-6

Doubles (4–1)

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 31 July 1989 ITF Roanoke, United States Hard United States Shannan McCarthy United States Anne-Marie Walson
United States Tammy Whittington
6-4 6-2
Winner 2. 7 August 1989 ITF York, United States Clay United States Shannan McCarthy Australia Sharon McNamara
United States Jennifer Young
6-2, 6-2
Winner 3. 22 January 1990 ITF New Braunfels, United States Hard United States Jennifer Santrock West Germany Sabine Lohmann
West Germany Stefanie Rehmke
6-4, 6-4
Runner-up 4. 29 January 1990 ITF Midland, United States Hard United States Ann Wunderlich United States Alissa Finerman
United States Lisa Seemann
6-3, 3-6, 1-6
Winner 5. 2 July 1990 ITF Brindisi, Italy Clay France Sandrine Testud United States Jennifer Fuchs
Netherlands Simone Schilder
6-1, 1-6, 6-0

Singles performance timeline

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)
Tournament 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 SR W–L
Australian Open A A A A QF 4R W 2R F QF QF 4R 3R 1R 2R A 1R 2R 1 / 13 36–12
French Open A 2R 3R 4R 4R F 4R 3R 4R 2R 2R W A QF 1R 3R F A 1 / 15 44–14
Wimbledon A A A A A A 2R QF 4R 1R 4R 2R A 3R 4R 1R QF A 0 / 10 21–10
US Open A Q3 3R 4R 4R QF 3R A 4R 4R QF 4R A 1R 4R 4R F 3R 0 / 14 41–14
Win–Loss 0–0 1–1 4–2 6–2 10–3 13–3 13–3 7–3 15–4 8–4 12–4 14–3 2–1 6–4 7–4 5–3 16–4 3–2 2 / 52 142–50
Year-end championships
Tour Championships A A A A SF SF 1R A F QF QF A A A A A F A 0 / 7 13–7
Tier I tournaments
Tokyo T III Tier II 1R A QF A A A A 2R A A 1R A A A 0 / 4 1–4
Indian Wells T III Tier II A A QF SF A A A A QF A 0 / 3 9–3
Miami A A 4R 3R A A A A A A 3R 2R A A A A A A 0 / 4 6–4
Charleston T II A A A A SF A 2R A 2R A W 3R 3R QF 1R 2R A 1 / 9 16–8
Berlin A A A A A 3R QF 3R F 2R A A A 2R 1R 1R 3R A 0 / 9 12–9
Rome T II A A 2R 3R 3R SF A W 3R F 3R 1R 3R A 2R 3R A 0 / 12 23–11
San Diego T IV Tier III Tier II 2R W QF 1 / 3 8–2
Montreal / Toronto T II A A A A SF QF 3R 3R 1R SF A A 1R 2R 3R A A 0 / 9 13–9
Moscow Tier V Not Held Tier III A W 2R A A A A 1R W A 2 / 4 9–2
Zürich T III Tier II A QF F A A QF SF A A A 1R 1R A 1R 0 / 7 9–7
Philadelphia Not Held Tier II 2R F 2R Tier II Not Held Tier II NH 0 / 3 5–3
Year-end ranking 243 107 26 13 12 5 5 20 7 7 5 7 130 52 33 29 5 79

WTA Tour career earnings

Year Majors WTA titles Total titles Earnings ($) Money list rank
1991 0 1 1 94,582 53
1992 0 3 3 183,436 26
1993 0 1 1 347,360 19
1994 0 0 0 768,614 8
1995 1 1 2 698,838 7
1996 0 0 0 195,570 34
1997 0 1 1 881,639 7
1998 0 4 4 703,692 11
1999 0 1 1 996,442 6
2000 1 1 2 1,208,018 4
2001 0 0 0 No information
2002 0 0 0 185,095 59
2003 0 0 0 308,146 37
2004 0 1 1 344,481 35
2005 0 2 2 2,525,403 4
2006 0 0 0 163,228 89
Career 2 16 18 9,793,119 25

Head-to-head vs. top 10 ranked players

Player Record W% Hardcourt Clay Grass Carpet
Number 1 ranked players
Russia Dinara Safina 1-0 100% 0-0 0–0 0–0 1–0
Serbia and Montenegro/Serbia Ana Ivanovic 1-0 100% 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–0
Serbia and Montenegro/Serbia Jelena Janković 1-1 50% 1–1 0–0 0–0 0–0
Czechoslovakia/United States Martina Navratilova 1–1 50% 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–1
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 5-5 50% 2-0 3–2 0–1 0–2
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia/Federal Republic of Yugoslavia/United States Monica Seles 4–5 44.4% 0–1 3–2 0–0 1–2
France Amélie Mauresmo 4-6 40% 2-2 1-1 0–0 1–3
Switzerland Martina Hingis 6-10 37.5% 2-8 2-0 0–0 2–2
United States Lindsay Davenport 4-8 33.3% 2–4 2-2 0–0 0-2
Germany Steffi Graf 2-4 33.3% 0-3 1–0 0–0 1–1
United States Venus Williams 3-7 30% 2-2 0–3 0-1 1-1
Belgium Kim Clijsters 1-3 25% 1-2 0–0 0–0 0–1
Russia Maria Sharapova 1-3 25% 1-2 0–1 0–0 0–0
Belgium Justine Henin 1-4 20% 1-1 0–2 0–1 0–0
United States Jennifer Capriati 1-4 20% 1-1 0-3 0-0 0–0
United States Serena Williams 1-5 16.7% 1-1 0–3 0–0 0–1
Number 2 ranked players
Spain Conchita Martínez 12–6 66.7% 4-1 7–4 0–0 1–1
Russia Vera Zvonareva 2-1 66.7% 0-1 1–0 0–0 1–0
Russia Anastasia Myskina 2-4 33.3% 0-2 2–1 0–0 0–1
Czechoslovakia/Czech Republic Jana Novotná 1-5 16.7% 0-2 0–0 0–0 1–3
China Li Na 0–1 0% 0-1 0–0 0–0 0–0
Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova 0–1 0% 0-1 0–0 0–0 0–0
Number 3 ranked players
South Africa Amanda Coetzer 8–2 80% 3–2 3–0 0–0 2–0
France Nathalie Tauziat 2-1 66.7% 1-0 0–0 0–1 1–0
Russia Nadia Petrova 2-2 50% 2-0 0-2 0–0 0–0
Russia Elena Dementieva 2-3 40% 2-1 0–2 0–0 0–0
Argentina Gabriela Sabatini 1-4 20% 0–2 0-2 0–0 1–0
Bulgaria/Switzerland Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere 0–1 0% 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0
United States Pam Shriver 0-1 0% 0-0 0–0 0–0 0–1
Number 4 ranked players
Italy Francesca Schiavone 2-0 100% 0-0 1–0 0–0 1–0
Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia/Croatia Iva Majoli 7–4 63.6% 1–1 4–2 0–0 2–1
Germany Anke Huber 6–5 54.5% 4–2 1–0 0–0 1–3
Japan Kimiko Date-Krumm 1-1 50% 1–0 0-0 0–1 0–0
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia/Australia Jelena Dokić 2–3 40% 1–0 1–2 0–1 0–0
Bulgaria Magdalena Maleeva 2–4 33.3% 2–0 0–2 0–0 0–2
United States Mary Joe Fernández 2-5 28.6% 0–2 1–3 0–0 1–0
United States Zina Garrison 1-3 25% 1–1 0-0 0–0 0–2
Czechoslovakia/Czech Republic Helena Suková 0-1 0% 0-1 0–0 0–0 0–0
Number 5 ranked players
Czech Republic Lucie Šafářová 1–0 100% 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–0
Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová 1–0 100% 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–0
Russia Anna Chakvetadze 1–0 100% 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–0
Soviet Union/Belarus Natasha Zvereva 5-2 71.4% 4-0 0–1 0–0 1–1
Number 6 ranked players
Bulgaria Katerina Maleeva 1-0 100% 0-0 0–0 0–0 1–0
United States Chanda Rubin 3-1 75% 2-1 0–0 0–0 1–0
Italy Flavia Pennetta 2–1 66.7% 0–1 0–0 1–0 1–0
Number 7 ranked players
Austria Barbara Schett 2–0 100% 1–0 1–0 0–0 0–0
France Marion Bartoli 1–0 100% 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–0
Czech Republic Nicole Vaidišová 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Switzerland Patty Schnyder 7–2 77.8% 1–1 3–1 1–0 2–0
Hungary Andrea Temesvári 2–1 66.7% 2–0 0–1 0–0 0–0
Romania Irina Spîrlea 5–3 62.5% 2–0 2–2 0–1 1–0
France Julie Halard-Decugis 0–3 0% 0–2 0–1 0–0 0–0
Number 8 ranked players
Australia Alicia Molik 2–0 100% 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–0
Russia Anna Kournikova 2-0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 1-0
France Sandrine Testud 6-1 85.7% 2-1 2–0 1–0 1–0
Japan Ai Sugiyama 6-6 50% 3-2 1–1 0–1 2–2
Number 9 ranked players
Belgium Dominique Monami 5–0 100% 1–0 2–0 1–0 1–0
United States Lori McNeil 2-0 100% 1–0 1–0 0–0 0–0
Netherlands Brenda Schultz-McCarthy 5-2 71.4% 1–1 2–0 0–0 2–1
Argentina Paola Suárez 2-4 33.3% 1–4 1–0 0–0 0–0
Number 10 ranked players
Russia Maria Kirilenko 1–0 100% 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–0
Czechoslovakia/Slovakia Karina Habšudová 3–2 60% 1–0 1–2 0–0 1–0
United States Stephanie Rehe 1–1 50% 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–1
Austria Barbara Paulus 2-2 50% 1–0 1–2 0–0 0–0
Total 163–154 51.4% 65–62 (51.2%) 54–50 (51.9%) 8–8 (50.0%) 35–35 (50.0%)

Top 10 wins

Season 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 Total
Wins 0 0 0 0 2 4 5 2 11 10 1 6 0 1 2 1 9 1 55
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score
1993
1. Argentina Gabriela Sabatini 6 WTA Tour Championships, New York Carpet (i) 1R 7–6(10–8), 6–3
2. United States Martina Navratilova 3 WTA Tour Championships, New York Carpet (i) QF 6–1, 3–6, 6–4
1994
3. Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 2 Hilton Head, United States Clay QF 6–4, 2–6, 6–1
4. Germany Steffi Graf 1 French Open Clay SF 6–2, 6–2
5. Belarus Natasha Zvereva 10 Philadelphia, United States Carpet (i) SF 6–3, 6–3
6. Germany Steffi Graf 1 WTA Tour Championships, New York Carpet (i) QF 6–4, 6–4
1995
7. Germany Anke Huber 10 Australian Open Hard 4R 6–2, 6–4
8. Belarus Natasha Zvereva 8 Australian Open Hard QF 6–1, 6–4
9. Spain Conchita Martínez 3 Australian Open Hard SF 6–3, 6–1
10. Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 2 Australian Open Hard F 6–3, 6–2
11. Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 2 Tokyo, Japan Hard F 6–3, 6–3
1996
12. Spain Conchita Martínez 2 Amelia Island, United States Clay QF 5–7, 6–3, 6–2
13. Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 3 Fed Cup, Bayonne, France Carpet (i) SF 6–3, 6–4
1997
14. Romania Irina Spîrlea 10 Sydney, Australia Hard 1R 6–3, 4–6, 6–4
15. Germany Anke Huber 7 Australian Open Hard 4R 6–2, 6–3
16. Germany Anke Huber 7 Amelia Island, United States Clay 3R 7–6(7–0), 6–2
17. Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 5 Amelia Island, United States Clay QF 6–2, 6–1
18. Croatia Iva Majoli 9 Amelia Island, United States Clay SF 2–6, 7–5, 7–6(7–5)
19. United States Monica Seles 3 Italian Open Clay 3R 7–6(8–6), 7–6(8–6)
20. Spain Conchita Martínez 6 Italian Open Clay F 6–4, 6–0
21. Spain Conchita Martínez 8 German Open Clay 3R 6–2, 6–0
22. Croatia Iva Majoli 9 German Open Clay QF 6–1, 6–4
23. South Africa Amanda Coetzer 10 German Open Clay SF 6–4, 6–4
24. Switzerland Martina Hingis 1 WTA Tour Championships, New York Carpet (i) QF 6–3, 2–6, 7–5
1998
25. Czech Republic Jana Novotná 3 Paris, France Carpet (i) SF 6–4, 2–6, 6–3
26. Croatia Iva Majoli 8 Amelia Island, United States Clay QF 6–3, 6–2
27. United States Lindsay Davenport 2 Amelia Island, United States Clay SF 4–6, 6–3, 6–3
28. Spain Conchita Martínez 9 Amelia Island, United States Clay F 6–7(8–10), 6–0, 6–2
29. Spain Conchita Martínez 7 San Diego, United States Hard 2R 6–7(1–7), 6–2, 6–3
30. United States Venus Williams 5 San Diego, United States Hard QF 2–6, 7–6(7–3), 4–0 ret.
31. Switzerland Martina Hingis 1 San Diego, United States Hard SF 3–6, 7–6(9–7), 6–2
32. South Africa Amanda Coetzer 10 Filderstadt, Germany Hard (i) 1R 6–2, 6–2
33. United States Venus Williams 5 Moscow, Russia Carpet (i) SF 2–6, 6–2, 6–0
34. United States Monica Seles 6 Moscow, Russia Carpet (i) F 7–6(7–2), 6–3
1999
35. Austria Barbara Schett 8 Filderstadt, Germany Hard (i) QF 7–6(7–1), 7–6(7–2)
2000
36. United States Serena Williams 4 Indian Wells, United States Hard SF 6–2, 6–1
37. United States Monica Seles 7 Hilton Head, United States Clay SF 6–1, 6–1
38. Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 10 Hilton Head, United States Clay F 6–1, 6–0
39. United States Monica Seles 3 French Open Clay QF 4–6, 6–3, 6–4
40. Switzerland Martina Hingis 1 French Open Clay SF 6–4, 5–7, 6–2
41. Spain Conchita Martínez 5 French Open Clay F 6–2, 7–5
2002
42. France Sandrine Testud 10 Wimbledon, United Kingdom Grass 2R 6–3, 6–4
2003
43. Russia Anastasia Myskina 10 Charleston, United States Clay 2R 6–4, 1–6, 6–2
44. United States Jennifer Capriati 5 Filderstadt, Germany Hard (i) 2R 6–4, 6–2
2004
45. Russia Maria Sharapova 7 US Open Hard 3R 4–6, 6–2, 6–3
2005
46. Switzerland Patty Schnyder 10 French Open Clay 4R 6–1, 1–6, 6–4
47. United States Lindsay Davenport 1 French Open Clay QF 6–3, 6–2
48. Belgium Justine Hénin-Hardenne 7 US Open Hard 4R 6–3, 6–4
49. France Amélie Mauresmo 3 US Open Hard QF 6–4, 6–1
50. Russia Elena Dementieva 6 US Open Hard SF 3–6, 6–2, 6–2
51. Belgium Kim Clijsters 2 WTA Tour Championships, Los Angeles Hard (i) RR 6–1, 4–6, 7–6(7–2)
52. France Amélie Mauresmo 4 WTA Tour Championships, Los Angeles Hard (i) RR 2–6, 6–4, 6–2
53. Russia Elena Dementieva 7 WTA Tour Championships, Los Angeles Hard (i) RR 6–2, 6–3
54. United States Lindsay Davenport 1 WTA Tour Championships, Los Angeles Hard (i) SF 7–6(7–5), 7–6(8–6)
2006
55. Switzerland Patty Schnyder 9 Paris, France Carpet (i) SF 6–4, 6–2

See also

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