1990 French Open – Women's Singles

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1990 French Open
Champion   Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Monica Seles
Runner-up   West Germany Steffi Graf
Final score   7–6(8–6), 6–4
Events
Singles   men   women       boys   girls
Doubles   men   women   mixed   boys   girls
Other events
Legends    -45    45+    women
WC Singles    men    women  
WC Doubles    men    women  
French Open
 < 1989 1991 > 

Arantxa Sánchez Vicario was the defending champion, but she lost in the second round to Mercedes Paz.

Monica Seles won her first ever Grand Slam, defeating Steffi Graf in the final, 7–6(8–6), 6–4, saving four set points in the first set tiebreaker.[1] Aged 16 and 6 months, she became the youngest ever Grand Slam Singles winner, only to be surpassed by Martina Hingis seven years later (she won the 1997 Australian Open aged 16 years, 3 months). Seles remains the youngest ever French Open champion.

This tournament also saw a semifinal appearance of future world number 1 Jennifer Capriati. Aged only 14 years and 235 days, she became the youngest ever tennis player to reach the French Open semifinals and, following this tournament, the youngest player ever to crack the Top Ten.

Seeds[edit]

  1. West Germany Steffi Graf (Final)
  2. Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Monica Seles (Champion)
  3. Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (Second Round)
  4. Argentina Gabriela Sabatini (Fourth Round)
  5. United States Zina Garrison (First Round)
  6. Bulgaria Manuela Maleeva (Quarterfinals)
  7. United States Mary Joe Fernandez (Quarterfinals)
  8. Bulgaria Katerina Maleeva (Quarterfinals)
  9. Spain Conchita Martínez (Quarterfinals)
  10. Soviet Union Natasha Zvereva (Fourth Round)
  11. Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná (Semifinals)
  12. Austria Judith Wiesner (Third Round)
  13. South Africa Rosalyn Fairbank-Nideffer (First Round)
  14. Italy Raffaella Reggi (Second Round)
  15. France Nathalie Tauziat (Fourth Round)
  16. Peru Laura Gildemeister (Fourth Round)

Draw[edit]

Key[edit]

Finals[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                                       
  1  West Germany Steffi Graf 6 6    
9  Spain Conchita Martínez 1 3    
  1  West Germany Steffi Graf 6 6    
  11  Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná 1 2    
11  Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná 4 6 6
  8  Bulgaria Katerina Maleeva 6 2 4  
    1  West Germany Steffi Graf 66 4  
  2  Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Monica Seles 78 6  
  7  United States Mary Joe Fernandez 2 4    
   United States Jennifer Capriati 6 6    
     United States Jennifer Capriati 2 2  
  2  Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Monica Seles 6 6    
6  Bulgaria Manuela Maleeva 6 1 5
  2  Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Monica Seles 3 6 7  

Top Half[edit]

Section 1[edit]

First Round   Second Round   Third Round   Fourth Round
1  West Germany S Graf 6 6    
 France P Paradis 0 2       1  West Germany S Graf 6 6    
LL  United States J Santrock 6 6     LL  United States J Santrock 1 2    
 United Kingdom S Loosemore 2 4         1  West Germany S Graf 6 6    
 France S Amiach 7 65 6        Italy A-M Cecchini 2 3    
 Argentina F Haumuller 5 77 2      France S Amiach 2 1  
WC  France N Guerree-Spitzer 5 0      Italy A-M Cecchini 6 6    
 Italy A-M Cecchini 7 6         1  West Germany S Graf 6 6  
 Austria B Reinstadler 4 2         15  France N Tauziat 1 4  
 Italy L Lapi 6 6        Italy L Lapi 6 6    
 United Kingdom M Javer 4 6 7    United Kingdom M Javer 1 1    
 Greece A Kanellopoulou 6 4 5        Italy L Lapi 1 6 1
 Switzerland E Krapl 0 1         15  France N Tauziat 6 2 6  
 West Germany S Hack 6 6        West Germany S Hack 2 6 3
 Australia K Godridge 3 5     15  France N Tauziat 6 3 6  
15  France N Tauziat 6 7    

Section 2[edit]

First Round   Second Round   Third Round   Fourth Round
9  Spain C Martínez 7 6    
 Australia J Tremelling 5 1       9  Spain C Martínez 77 6    
WC  France P Etchemendy 7 6     WC  France P Etchemendy 61 3    
 South Africa E Reinach 5 1         9  Spain C Martínez 6 6    
 Sweden M Strandlund 6 3 6        Czechoslovakia R Zrubáková 1 3    
 Belgium S Wasserman 3 6 0      Sweden M Strandlund 1 60  
 Czechoslovakia R Zrubáková 6 6      Czechoslovakia R Zrubáková 6 77    
 West Germany S Meier 1 2         9  Spain C Martínez 6 6  
 United States C Benjamin 77 6          West Germany W Probst 3 3  
Q  Austria P Ritter 63 1        United States C Benjamin 77 6    
 United States H Na 0 77 6    United States H Na 62 3    
Q  Poland K Nowak 6 65 2        United States C Benjamin 2 2  
 Czechoslovakia J Pospíšilová 3 1          West Germany W Probst 6 6    
 Italy B Romano 6 6        Italy B Romano 2 6 5
 West Germany W Probst 6 1 7    West Germany W Probst 6 4 7  
5  United States Z Garrison 1 6 5  

Section 3[edit]

First Round   Second Round   Third Round   Fourth Round
4  Argentina G Sabatini 6 77    
 Brazil A Vieira 0 64       4  Argentina G Sabatini 6 5 6  
 United States S Sloane 6 6      United States S Sloane 0 7 1  
 South Africa A Coetzer 4 3         4  Argentina G Sabatini 6 6    
 Japan N Sawamatsu 6 4 6        France N Herreman 0 1    
 United States L Harvey-Wild 1 6 2      Japan N Sawamatsu 1 3  
WC  France M Laval 3 3      France N Herreman 6 6    
 France N Herreman 6 6         4  Argentina G Sabatini 4 5  
 South Africa D Van Rensburg 6 6         11  Czechoslovakia J Novotná 6 7  
 Italy S La Fratta 4 2        South Africa D Van Rensburg 3 5    
 United States K Rinaldi 2 5 r    Czechoslovakia E Sviglerová 6 7    
 Czechoslovakia K Sviglerová 6 5          Czechoslovakia E Sviglerová 5 2  
 Italy L Garrone 4 69         11  Czechoslovakia J Novotná 7 6    
 Netherlands B Schultz 6 711        Netherlands B Schultz 3 1  
 France I Demongeot 0 78 8   11  Czechoslovakia J Novotná 6 6    
11  Czechoslovakia J Novotná 6 66 10  

Section 4[edit]

First Round   Second Round   Third Round   Fourth Round
13  South Africa R Fairbank-Nideffer 1 2    
 Canada R Simpson 6 6        Canada R Simpson 65 2    
 Sweden C Dahlman 2 1      Hungary A Temesvári 77 6    
 Hungary A Temesvári 6 6          Hungary A Temesvári 6 3 3  
WC  France S Sabas 3 3          Australia N Provis 2 6 6  
 Bulgaria E Pampoulova 6 6        Bulgaria E Pampoulova 4 2  
 Australia E Smylie 1 3      Australia N Provis 6 6    
 Australia N Provis 6 6          Australia N Provis 6 3 3
 United States B Bowes 3 6 2       8  Bulgaria K Maleeva 3 6 6
 Soviet Union N Medvedeva 6 3 6      Soviet Union N Medvedeva 2 6 4  
 United States B Nagelsen 1 4      France J Halard 6 4 6  
 France J Halard 6 6          France J Halard 2 1  
 United States D Faber 7 7         8  Bulgaria K Maleeva 6 6    
 Czechoslovakia P Langrová 5 5        United States D Faber 5 1  
 Belgium S Appelmans 3 3     8  Bulgaria K Maleeva 7 6    
8  Bulgaria K Maleeva 6 6    

Bottom Half[edit]

Section 5[edit]

First Round   Second Round   Third Round   Fourth Round
7  United States MJ Fernandez 6 6    
Q  Australia K McDonald 4 2       7  United States MJ Fernandez 6 6    
WC  France M Pierce 6 6     WC  France M Pierce 4 4    
 Argentina B Fulco 0 1         7  United States MJ Fernandez 77 6    
 West Germany S Hanika 6 6          West Germany I Cueto 63 2    
 Japan M Kidowaki 3 2        West Germany S Hanika 3 6 0
 West Germany I Cueto 712 6      West Germany I Cueto 6 4 6  
 Switzerland E Zardo 610 0         7  United States MJ Fernandez 6 6  
 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia S Goleš 0 2          United States A Grossman 3 2  
 United States A Grossman 6 6        United States A Grossman 6 6    
 Japan N Miyagi 6 1      Japan N Miyagi 2 3    
 West Germany M Pawlik 2 0 r        United States A Grossman 6 4 6
Q  Australia K Sharpe 6 6         Q  Australia K Sharpe 2 6 1  
 United States T Phelps 3 3       Q  Australia K Sharpe 6 6  
 Mexico A Gavaldón 6 64 2   14  Italy R Reggi 4 2    
14  Italy R Reggi 1 77 6  

Section 6[edit]

First Round   Second Round   Third Round   Fourth Round
12  Austria J Wiesner 6 6    
 United States G Magers 4 0       12  Austria J Wiesner 6 6    
 Netherlands M Bollegraf 65 2 r    Australia M Jaggard 3 1    
 Australia M Jaggard 77 3         12  Austria J Wiesner 4 4    
WC  France S Testud 1 1          United States J Capriati 6 6    
 United States J Capriati 6 6        United States J Capriati 6 6  
WC  France C Suire 79 63 3    United States C Macgregor 1 0    
 United States C Macgregor 67 77 6        United States J Capriati 6 6  
 France A Dechaume 4 65          Argentina M Paz 0 3  
Q  Switzerland C Cohen 6 77       Q  Switzerland C Cohen 2 7 6  
 United States A Keller 6 0 4    Italy L Ferrando 6 5 4  
 Italy L Ferrando 3 6 6       Q  Switzerland C Cohen 1 5  
 France K Quentrec 4 6 3        Argentina M Paz 6 7    
 Argentina M Paz 6 2 6      Argentina M Paz 7 3 6
WC  Netherlands N van Lottum 1 3     3  Spain A Sánchez Vicario 5 6 1  
3  Spain A Sánchez Vicario 6 6    

Section 7[edit]

First Round   Second Round   Third Round   Fourth Round
6  Bulgaria M Maleeva 6 6    
 United States S Stafford 2 3       6  Bulgaria M Maleeva 6 6    
 Australia A Minter 7 6      Australia A Minter 1 0    
 Italy F Romano 5 3         6  Bulgaria M Maleeva 2 7 6  
 Argentina P Tarabini 6 6          Argentina P Tarabini 6 5 0  
 Australia J-A Faull 0 4        Argentina P Tarabini 3 6 6
 West Germany C Kohde-Kilsch 6 6      West Germany C Kohde-Kilsch 6 1 4  
 Japan K Okamoto 1 1         6  Bulgaria M Maleeva 6 6  
 Netherlands N Jagerman 4 2         10  Soviet Union N Zvereva 4 2  
 Italy C Caverzasio 6 6        Italy C Caverzasio 3 5    
 Australia L Field 2 2      United States S Martin 6 7    
 United States S Martin 6 6          United States S Martin 4 1  
 Czechoslovakia I Budařová 6 77         10  Soviet Union N Zvereva 6 6    
Q  Canada P Hy 2 62        Czechoslovakia I Budařová 1 3  
 France C Tanvier 4 62     10  Soviet Union N Zvereva 6 6    
10  Soviet Union N Zvereva 6 77    

Section 8[edit]

First Round   Second Round   Third Round   Fourth Round
16  Peru L Gildemeister 77 6    
 United States L McNeil 65 3       16  Peru L Gildemeister 6 6    
 United States E Burgin 6 3 6    United States E Burgin 3 4    
 United States M Werdel 3 6 4       16  Peru L Gildemeister 6 6    
 United States T Whitlinger 2 0         Q  Bulgaria M Maleeva 1 3    
 Czechoslovakia R Rajchrtová 6 6        Czechoslovakia R Rajchrtová 2 3  
 Argentina F Labat 77 4 3   Q  Bulgaria M Maleeva 6 6    
Q  Bulgaria M Maleeva 63 6 6       16  Peru L Gildemeister 4 0  
 Soviet Union L Meskhi 6 6         2  Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia M Seles 6 6  
 Australia R McQuillan 4 1        Soviet Union L Meskhi 3      
 Soviet Union L Savchenko 610 6 6    Soviet Union L Savchenko 0 r    
Q  Brazil L Corsato 712 4 4        Soviet Union L Meskhi 64 64  
 Sweden C Lindqvist 3 0         2  Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia M Seles 77 77    
 Canada H Kelesi 6 6        Canada H Kelesi 6 4 4
 Italy K Piccolini 0 0     2  Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia M Seles 4 6 6  
2  Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia M Seles 6 6    

References[edit]

  1. ^ Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed. ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. p. 397. ISBN 978-0942257700. 

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