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Mary Pierce

Mary Pierce French tennis player

French tennis player
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro French tennis player
A.K.A. Mary Caroline Pierce
Is Athlete Tennis player
From Canada France United States of America
Type Sports
Gender female
Birth 15 January 1975, Montreal, Canada
Age: 45 years
Star sign CapricornCapricorn
Residence Sarasota, USA
Stats
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 68 kg
The details
Biography

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. 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 WTA singles titles and 10 WTA doubles titles, 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.

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.

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, but eventually reconciled.

Pierce considers herself a born again Christian. After a loss in early 2000 she felt "empty and miserable", but then she says she "gave my life to Jesus and was born again... things in me changed instantly."

Career

Early years

Pierce started playing tennis at the age ten. Two years after being introduced to tennis, for girls aged 12 and under she was ranked No. 2 in the country. 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. Due to her physicality and aggressive approach, her ballstriking was compared to that of Capriati, and she quickly gained a reputation for being one of the hardest hitters on the women's circuit. Her dad developed an interest in the sport, and became her coach for many years. She won her first WTA Tour singles tournament in July 1991 in Palermo by defeating Sandra Cecchini in the final.

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. Following this split from her father, Pierce was coached by Nick Bollettieri, whose tennis academy she had briefly attended as a teenager in 1988. Her brother David was also Pierce's regular coach until 2006. German Aguero, founder of Future Tennis Champs, 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 4–6, 4–6.

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.. 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. Aside from a runner-up finish at the Bausch & Lomb Championships in Amelia Island, Florida 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.

Pierce won four titles in 1998: the Open Gaz de France in Paris, the Bausch & Lomb Championships, the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, and the Luxembourg Open. In addition, she was the runner-up at the Acura Classic in San Diego.

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. 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.

2004–2005

After a few quiet years on the tour, Pierce won her first title since the 2000 French Open at the Ordina Open on grass, in 's-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands 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 2005 US 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." 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. After the US Open, Pierce won her second title of the year at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow. In her quarterfinal match against Russian 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 Fortis Championships Luxembourg 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.

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.

Pierce, Caroline Wozniacki and Ana Ivanovic 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. 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.

Equipment

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

Major finals

Grand Slam finals

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

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1994 French Open Clay Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 4–6, 4–6
Winner 1995 Australian Open Hard Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 1997 Australian Open Hard Martina Hingis 2–6, 2–6
Winner 2000 French Open Clay Conchita Martínez 6–2, 7–5
Runner-up 2005 French Open Clay Justine Henin 1–6, 1–6
Runner-up 2005 US Open Hard Kim Clijsters 3–6, 1–6

Doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner–up)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 2000 Australian Open Hard Martina Hingis Lisa Raymond
Rennae Stubbs
4–6, 7–5, 4–6
Winner 2000 French Open Clay Martina Hingis Virginia Ruano Pascual
Paola Suárez
6–2, 6–4

Mixed doubles: 1 (1 title)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 2005 Wimbledon Grass Mahesh Bhupathi Tatiana Perebiynis
Paul Hanley
6–4, 6–2

Year-end championships

Singles: 2 (2 runner-ups)

Outcome Year Location Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1997 New York Carpet (i) Jana Novotná 6–7, 2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 2005 Los Angeles Hard (i) Amélie Mauresmo 7–5, 6–7, 4–6

Tier I finals

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

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1994 Virginia Slims of Philadelphia Carpet (i) Anke Huber 0–6, 7–6, 5–7
Runner-up 1995 Zurich Open Carpet (i) Iva Majoli 4–6, 4–6
Winner 1997 Italian Open, Rome Clay Conchita Martínez 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 1997 German Open, Berlin Clay Mary Joe Fernández 4–6, 2–6
Winner 1998 Kremlin Cup, Moscow Carpet (i) Monica Seles 7–6, 6–3
Runner-up 1999 Italian Open, Rome Clay Venus Williams 4–6, 2–6
Winner 2000 Charleston Open Clay Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6–1, 6–0
Winner 2005 Southern California Open, San Diego Hard Ai Sugiyama 6–0, 6–3
Winner 2005 Kremlin Cup, Moscow Carpet (i) Francesca Schiavone 6–4, 6–3

Doubles: 3 (3 titles)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1998 Kremlin Cup, Moscow Carpet (i) Natasha Zvereva Lisa Raymond
Rennae Stubbs
6–3, 6–4
Winner 1999 Canadian Open, Toronto Hard Jana Novotná Larisa Neiland
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–3, 2–6, 6–3
Winner 2000 Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo Carpet (i) Martina Hingis Alexandra Fusai
Nathalie Tauziat
6–4, 6–1

WTA Tour finals

Singles: 41 (18–23)

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

Doubles: 16 (10–6)

Titles by Surface
Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (1–1)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I (3–0)
Tier II (5–3)
Tier III (0–1)
Tier IV (0–0)
Tier V (1–1)
Titles by Surface
Hard (3–2)
Grass (0–1)
Clay (4–1)
Carpet (3–2)
Grand Slam tournaments (1–1)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I (3–0)
Tier II (5–3)
Tier III (0–1)
Tier IV (0–0)
Tier V (1–1)
Hard (3–2)
Grass (0–1)
Clay (4–1)
Carpet (3–2)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 26 November 1990 São Paulo Clay Luanne Spadea Bettina Fulco
Eva Švíglerová
5–7, 4–6
Winner 1. 8 July 1991 Palermo Clay Petra Langrová Laura Garrone
Mercedes Paz
6–3, 6–7, 6–3
Runner-up 2. 11 November 1992 Philadelphia Carpet (i) Conchita Martínez Gigi Fernández
Natasha Zvereva
1–6, 3–6
Runner-up 3. 14 February 1994 Paris Carpet (i) Andrea Temesvári Sabine Appelmans
Laurence Courtois
4–6, 4–6
Winner 2. 16 September 1996 Tokyo Hard Amanda Coetzer Park Sung-hee
Wang Shi-ting
6–1, 7–6
Winner 3. 28 April 1997 Hamburg Clay Anke Huber Ruxandra Dragomir
Iva Majoli
2–6, 7–6, 6–2
Winner 4. 6 April 1998 Amelia Island Clay Sandra Cacic Barbara Schett
Patty Schnyder
7–6, 4–6, 7–6
Winner 5. 19 October 1998 Moscow Carpet (i) Natasha Zvereva Lisa Raymond
Rennae Stubbs
6–3, 6–4
Winner 6. 16 August 1999 Toronto Hard Jana Novotná Larisa Neiland
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–3, 2–6, 6–3
Winner 7. 1 November 1999 Leipzig Carpet (i) Larisa Neiland Elena Likhovtseva
Ai Sugiyama
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 4. 10 January 2000 Sydney Hard Martina Hingis Julie Halard-Decugis
Ai Sugiyama
0–6, 3–6
Runner-up 5. 17 January 2000 Australian Open Hard Martina Hingis Lisa Raymond
Rennae Stubbs
4–6, 7–5, 4–6
Winner 8. 31 January 2000 Tokyo Carpet (i) Martina Hingis Alexandra Fusai
Nathalie Tauziat
6–4, 6–1
Winner 9. 29 May 2000 French Open Clay Martina Hingis Virginia Ruano Pascual
Paola Suárez
6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 6. 16 June 2003 's-Hertogenbosch Grass Nadia Petrova Elena Dementieva
Lina Krasnoroutskaya
6–2, 3–6, 4–6
Winner 10. 4 August 2003 Los Angeles Hard Rennae Stubbs Elena Bovina
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 York, United States Clay Shannan McCarthy 6-2 6-2
Winner 2. 22 January 1990 New Braunfels, United States Hard Pamela Jung 7-5 7-6
Runner-up 3. 29 January 1990 Midland, United States Hard Linda Ferrando 4-6 1-6
Runner-up 4. 2 July 1990 Brindisi, Italy Hard Csilla Bartos 6-2 2-6 2-6

Doubles (4–1)

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

Singles performance timeline

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (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
  • A= did not participate in the tournament
  • SR= the ratio of the number of tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played

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
Dinara Safina 1-0 100% 0-0 0–0 0–0 1–0
/ Ana Ivanovic 1-0 100% 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–0
/ Jelena Janković 1-1 50% 1–1 0–0 0–0 0–0
/ Martina Navratilova 1–1 50% 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–1
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 5-5 50% 2-0 3–2 0–1 0–2
// Monica Seles 4–5 44.4% 0–1 3–2 0–0 1–2
Amélie Mauresmo 4-6 40% 2-2 1-1 0–0 1–3
Martina Hingis 6-10 37.5% 2-8 2-0 0–0 2–2
Lindsay Davenport 4-8 33.3% 2–4 2-2 0–0 0-2
Steffi Graf 2-4 33.3% 0-3 1–0 0–0 1–1
Venus Williams 3-7 30% 2-2 0–3 0-1 1-1
Kim Clijsters 1-3 25% 1-2 0–0 0–0 0–1
Maria Sharapova 1-3 25% 1-2 0–1 0–0 0–0
Justine Henin 1-4 20% 1-1 0–2 0–1 0–0
Jennifer Capriati 1-4 20% 1-1 0-3 0-0 0–0
Serena Williams 1-5 16.7% 1-1 0–3 0–0 0–1
Number 2 ranked players
Conchita Martínez 12–6 66.7% 4-1 7–4 0–0 1–1
Vera Zvonareva 2-1 66.7% 0-1 1–0 0–0 1–0
Anastasia Myskina 2-4 33.3% 0-2 2–1 0–0 0–1
/ Jana Novotná 1-5 16.7% 0-2 0–0 0–0 1–3
Li Na 0–1 0% 0-1 0–0 0–0 0–0
Svetlana Kuznetsova 0–1 0% 0-1 0–0 0–0 0–0
Number 3 ranked players
Amanda Coetzer 8–2 80% 3–2 3–0 0–0 2–0
Nathalie Tauziat 2-1 66.7% 1-0 0–0 0–1 1–0
Nadia Petrova 2-2 50% 2-0 0-2 0–0 0–0
Elena Dementieva 2-3 40% 2-1 0–2 0–0 0–0
Gabriela Sabatini 1-4 20% 0–2 0-2 0–0 1–0
/ Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere 0–1 0% 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0
Pam Shriver 0-1 0% 0-0 0–0 0–0 0–1
Number 4 ranked players
Francesca Schiavone 2-0 100% 0-0 1–0 0–0 1–0
Claudia Kohde-Kilsch 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
/ Iva Majoli 7–4 63.6% 1–1 4–2 0–0 2–1
Anke Huber 6–5 54.5% 4–2 1–0 0–0 1–3
Kimiko Date-Krumm 1-1 50% 1–0 0-0 0–1 0–0
/ Jelena Dokić 2–3 40% 1–0 1–2 0–1 0–0
Magdalena Maleeva 2–4 33.3% 2–0 0–2 0–0 0–2
Mary Joe Fernández 2-5 28.6% 0–2 1–3 0–0 1–0
Zina Garrison 1-3 25% 1–1 0-0 0–0 0–2
/ Helena Suková 0-1 0% 0-1 0–0 0–0 0–0
Number 5 ranked players
Lucie Šafářová 1–0 100% 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–0
Daniela Hantuchová 1–0 100% 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–0
Anna Chakvetadze 1–0 100% 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–0
/ Natasha Zvereva 5-2 71.4% 4-0 0–1 0–0 1–1
Number 6 ranked players
Katerina Maleeva 1-0 100% 0-0 0–0 0–0 1–0
Chanda Rubin 3-1 75% 2-1 0–0 0–0 1–0
Flavia Pennetta 2–1 66.7% 0–1 0–0 1–0 1–0
Number 7 ranked players
Barbara Schett 2–0 100% 1–0 1–0 0–0 0–0
Marion Bartoli 1–0 100% 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–0
Nicole Vaidišová 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Patty Schnyder 7–2 77.8% 1–1 3–1 1–0 2–0
Andrea Temesvári 2–1 66.7% 2–0 0–1 0–0 0–0
Irina Spîrlea 5–3 62.5% 2–0 2–2 0–1 1–0
Julie Halard-Decugis 0–3 0% 0–2 0–1 0–0 0–0
Number 8 ranked players
Alicia Molik 2–0 100% 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–0
Anna Kournikova 2-0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 1-0
Sandrine Testud 6-1 85.7% 2-1 2–0 1–0 1–0
Ai Sugiyama 6-6 50% 3-2 1–1 0–1 2–2
Number 9 ranked players
Dominique Monami 5–0 100% 1–0 2–0 1–0 1–0
Lori McNeil 2-0 100% 1–0 1–0 0–0 0–0
Brenda Schultz-McCarthy 5-2 71.4% 1–1 2–0 0–0 2–1
Paola Suárez 2-4 33.3% 1–4 1–0 0–0 0–0
Number 10 ranked players
Maria Kirilenko 1–0 100% 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–0
/ Karina Habšudová 3–2 60% 1–0 1–2 0–0 1–0
Stephanie Rehe 1–1 50% 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–1
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. Gabriela Sabatini 6 WTA Tour Championships, New York, United States Carpet (i) 1R 7–6, 6–3
2. Martina Navratilova 3 WTA Tour Championships, New York, United States Carpet (i) QF 6–1, 3–6, 6–4
1994
3. Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 2 Hilton Head, United States Clay QF 6–4, 2–6, 6–1
4. Steffi Graf 1 French Open, Paris, France Clay SF 6–2, 6–2
5. Natasha Zvereva 10 Philadelphia, United States Carpet (i) SF 6–3, 6–3
6. Steffi Graf 1 WTA Tour Championships, New York, United States Carpet (i) QF 6–4, 6–4
1995
7. Anke Huber 10 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Hard 4R 6–2, 6–4
8. Natasha Zvereva 8 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Hard QF 6–1, 6–4
9. Conchita Martínez 3 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Hard SF 6–3, 6–1
10. Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 2 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Hard F 6–3, 6–2
11. Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 2 Tokyo, Japan Hard F 6–3, 6–3
1996
12. Conchita Martínez 2 Amelia Island, United States Clay QF 5–7, 6–3, 6–2
13. Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 3 Fed Cup, Bayonne, France Carpet (i) SF 6–3, 6–4
1997
14. Irina Spîrlea 10 Sydney, Australia Hard 1R 6–3, 4–6, 6–4
15. Anke Huber 7 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Hard 4R 6–2, 6–3
16. Anke Huber 7 Amelia Island, United States Clay 3R 7–6, 6–2
17. Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 5 Amelia Island, United States Clay QF 6–2, 6–1
18. Iva Majoli 9 Amelia Island, United States Clay SF 2–6, 7–5, 7–6
19. Monica Seles 3 Rome, Italy Clay 3R 7–6, 7–6
20. Conchita Martínez 6 Rome, Italy Clay F 6–4, 6–0
21. Conchita Martínez 8 Berlin, Germany Clay 3R 6–2, 6–0
22. Iva Majoli 9 Berlin, Germany Clay QF 6–1, 6–4
23. Amanda Coetzer 10 Berlin, Germany Clay SF 6–4, 6–4
24. Martina Hingis 1 WTA Tour Championships, New York, United States Carpet (i) QF 6–3, 2–6, 7–5
1998
25. Jana Novotná 3 Paris, France Carpet (i) SF 6–4, 2–6, 6–3
26. Iva Majoli 8 Amelia Island, United States Clay QF 6–3, 6–2
27. Lindsay Davenport 2 Amelia Island, United States Clay SF 4–6, 6–3, 6–3
28. Conchita Martínez 9 Amelia Island, United States Clay F 6–7, 6–0, 6–2
29. Conchita Martínez 7 San Diego, United States Hard 2R 6–7, 6–2, 6–3
30. Venus Williams 5 San Diego, United States Hard QF 2–6, 7–6, 4–0, ret.
31. Martina Hingis 1 San Diego, United States Hard SF 3–6, 7–6, 6–2
32. Amanda Coetzer 10 Filderstadt, Germany Hard (i) 1R 6–2, 6–2
33. Venus Williams 5 Moscow, Russia Carpet (i) SF 2–6, 6–2, 6–0
34. Monica Seles 6 Moscow, Russia Carpet (i) F 7–6, 6–3
1999
35. Barbara Schett 8 Filderstadt, Germany Hard (i) QF 7–6, 7–6
2000
36. Serena Williams 4 Indian Wells, United States Hard SF 6–2, 6–1
37. Monica Seles 7 Hilton Head, United States Clay SF 6–1, 6–1
38. Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 10 Hilton Head, United States Clay F 6–1, 6–0
39. Monica Seles 3 French Open, Paris, France Clay QF 4–6, 6–3, 6–4
40. Martina Hingis 1 French Open, Paris, France Clay SF 6–4, 5–7, 6–2
41. Conchita Martínez 5 French Open, Paris, France Clay F 6–2, 7–5
2002
42. Sandrine Testud 10 Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom Grass 2R 6–3, 6–4
2003
43. Anastasia Myskina 10 Charleston, United States Clay 2R 6–4, 1–6, 6–2
44. Jennifer Capriati 5 Filderstadt, Germany Hard (i) 2R 6–4, 6–2
2004
45. Maria Sharapova 7 US Open, New York, United States Hard 3R 4–6, 6–2, 6–3
2005
46. Patty Schnyder 10 French Open, Paris, France Clay 4R 6–1, 1–6, 6–4
47. Lindsay Davenport 1 French Open, Paris, France Clay QF 6–3, 6–2
48. Justine Hénin-Hardenne 7 US Open, New York, United States Hard 4R 6–3, 6–4
49. Amélie Mauresmo 3 US Open, New York, United States Hard QF 6–4, 6–1
50. Elena Dementieva 6 US Open, New York, United States Hard SF 3–6, 6–2, 6–2
51. Kim Clijsters 2 WTA Tour Championships, Los Angeles, United States Hard (i) RR 6–1, 4–6, 7–6
52. Amélie Mauresmo 4 WTA Tour Championships, Los Angeles, United States Hard (i) RR 2–6, 6–4, 6–2
53. Elena Dementieva 7 WTA Tour Championships, Los Angeles, United States Hard (i) RR 6–2, 6–3
54. Lindsay Davenport 1 WTA Tour Championships, Los Angeles, United States Hard (i) SF 7–6, 7–6
2006
55. Patty Schnyder 9 Paris, France Carpet (i) SF 6–4, 6–2
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