1996 US Open – Women's Singles

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1996 US Open
Champion   Germany Steffi Graf
Runner-up   United States Monica Seles
Final score   7–5, 6–4
Events
Singles   men   women       boys   girls
Doubles   men   women   mixed   boys   girls
Other events
Legends    men    women    mixed
WC Singles    men    women    quad
WC Doubles    men    women    quad
US Open
 < 1995 1997 > 

Steffi Graf defeated Monica Seles 7–5, 6–4 in the final to win the Women's Singles title at the 1996 US Open. It was a rematch of the 1995 US Open final, where Graf defeated Seles in three sets. It also marked the final time Graf and Seles would play each other at the US Open. The 1996 U.S Open proved to be the last for Gabriela Sabatini, as she retired later that year. Sabatini was twice a finalist at the U.S Open. In the 1988 US Open final, Graf beat Sabatini in three sets. At the 1990 US Open, Sabatini defeated Graf in two sets to win her only Grand Slam title.

Seeds[edit]

The seeded players are listed below. Steffi Graf is the champion; others show the round in which they were eliminated.

  1. Germany Steffi Graf (Champion)
  2. United States Monica Seles (Finalist)
  3. Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (Fourth round)
  4. Spain Conchita Martínez (Semifinalist)
  5. Croatia Iva Majoli (First round)
  6. Germany Anke Huber (First round)
  7. Czech Republic Jana Novotná (Quarterfinalist)
  8. United States Lindsay Davenport (Fourth round)
  1. United States Mary Joe Fernández (Withdrew due to wrist injury)
  2. Japan Kimiko Date (First round)
  3. United States Chanda Rubin (Withdrew due to wrist injury)
  4. Bulgaria Magdalena Maleeva (First round)
  5. Netherlands Brenda Schultz-McCarthy (Second round)
  6. Austria Barbara Paulus (Third round)
  7. Argentina Gabriela Sabatini (Third round)
  8. Switzerland Martina Hingis (Semifinalist)
  9. Slovakia Karina Habšudová (Fourth round)

Chanda Rubin pulled out before the tournament began and her position in the draw was taken over by seventeenth-seeded Karina Habšudová; Mary Joe Fernández, who withdrew on the first day of the tournament, was replaced by lucky loser Tina Križan.

Draw[edit]

Key[edit]

  • Q = Qualifier
  • WC = Wild Card
  • LL = Lucky Loser
  • r. = retired

Final Eight[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                                       
  1  Germany Steffi Graf 7 6    
   Austria Judith Wiesner 5 3    
  1  Germany Steffi Graf 7 6    
  16  Switzerland Martina Hingis 5 3    
16  Switzerland Martina Hingis 7 6  
  7  Czech Republic Jana Novotná 6 4    
    1  Germany Steffi Graf 7 6  
  2  United States Monica Seles 5 4  
     United States Linda Wild 6 0    
4  Spain Conchita Martínez 7 6    
  4  Spain Conchita Martínez 4 3  
  2  United States Monica Seles 6 6    
   South Africa Amanda Coetzer 0 3  
  2  United States Monica Seles 6 6    

Earlier rounds[edit]

Section 1[edit]

First Round   Second Round   Third Round   Fourth Round
1  Germany S Graf 6 7    
 Indonesia Y Basuki 3 6       1  Germany S Graf 6 6    
 Germany K Kschwendt 6 6      Germany K Kschwendt 2 1    
 Czech Republic S Kleinová 3 4         1  Germany S Graf 6 6    
 Germany J Kandarr 2 1          Belarus N Zvereva 4 2    
 Japan A Sugiyama 6 6        Japan A Sugiyama 6 4 3
 Spain V Ruano Pascual 2 6      Belarus N Zvereva 4 6 6  
 Belarus N Zvereva 6 7         1  Germany S Graf 6 6  
Q  Russia A Kournikova 7 6         Q  Russia A Kournikova 2 1  
 Czech Republic L Richterová 6 3       Q  Russia A Kournikova 6 6    
 Italy N Baudone 6 4 7    Italy N Baudone 3 3    
 United States J Watanabe 4 6 6       Q  Russia A Kournikova 3 6 6
 United States G Fernández 1 4         14  Austria B Paulus 6 2 4  
 Bulgaria E Pampoulova 6 6        Bulgaria E Pampoulova 5 6  
 China J-Q Yi 2 1     14  Austria B Paulus 7 7    
14  Austria B Paulus 6 6    

Section 2[edit]

First Round   Second Round   Third Round   Fourth Round
LL  Slovenia T Križan 7 7    
 Japan R Hiraki 6 5       LL  Slovenia T Križan 2 0    
 Italy R Grande 6 6      Italy R Grande 6 6    
 France A Dechaume-Balleret 3 0          Italy R Grande 7 6    
LL  Australia A Ellwood 6 6          Belgium E Callens 5 1    
 United States J Capriati 4 4       LL  Australia A Ellwood 4 6 1
 Australia N Bradtke 6 6      Belgium E Callens 6 1 6  
 Belgium E Callens 7 7          Italy R Grande 0 3  
 United States K Adams 4 2          Austria J Wiesner 6 6  
 Czech Republic P Langrová 6 6        Czech Republic P Langrová 6 3 7  
 Japan N Sawamatsu 6 6      Japan N Sawamatsu 4 6 5  
 Australia R Stubbs 4 3          Czech Republic P Langrová 2 0  
WC  United States D Graham 6 6          Austria J Wiesner 6 6    
Q  Belgium S De Ville 4 2       WC  United States D Graham 2 5  
 Austria J Wiesner 2 6 6    Austria J Wiesner 6 7    
5  Croatia I Majoli 6 3 1  

Section 3[edit]

First Round   Second Round   Third Round   Fourth Round
3  Spain A Sánchez Vicario 6 6    
Q  United States L Poruri 2 1       3  Spain A Sánchez Vicario 6 6    
 United States N Arendt 6 7      United States N Arendt 2 2    
 United States S Cacic 2 6         3  Spain A Sánchez Vicario 6 6    
 Russia E Likhovtseva 7 6          Russia E Likhovtseva 1 0    
 Japan K Nagatsuka 6 1        Russia E Likhovtseva 6 6  
 Japan M Endo 2 2     WC  United States L Osterloh 4 2    
WC  United States L Osterloh 6 6         3  Spain A Sánchez Vicario 1 6 4
 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia T Ječmenica 3 2         16  Switzerland M Hingis 6 3 6
 Japan N Kijimuta 6 6        Japan N Kijimuta 6 7    
 France A Fusai 6 2 7    France A Fusai 4 5    
WC  United States J Craybas 1 6 5        Japan N Kijimuta 2 2  
 Netherlands M Oremans 6 4 6       16  Switzerland M Hingis 6 6    
Q  Slovakia R Zrubáková 2 6 1      Netherlands M Oremans 4 4  
 Spain Á Montolio 1 4     16  Switzerland M Hingis 6 6    
16  Switzerland M Hingis 6 6    

Section 4[edit]

First Round   Second Round   Third Round   Fourth Round
17  Slovakia K Habšudová 6 6    
 Czech Republic R Bobková 4 1       17  Slovakia K Habšudová 6 6    
 France N Dechy 6 6      France N Dechy 4 2    
 Germany C Singer 4 0         17  Slovakia K Habšudová 6 6    
 United States L Lee 3 4          Austria S Dopfer 2 3    
 Finland N Dahlman 6 6        Finland N Dahlman 6 2 3
 Austria S Dopfer 2 6 7    Austria S Dopfer 2 6 6  
 United States Z Garrison-Jackson 6 3 5       17  Slovakia K Habšudová 2 0  
 Italy S Cecchini 2 0         7  Czech Republic J Novotná 6 6  
 United States T Whitlinger-Jones 6 6        United States T Whitlinger-Jones 7 6    
 United States A Frazier 6 6      United States A Frazier 6 2    
 Latvia L Neiland 1 3          United States T Whitlinger-Jones 2 3  
WC  United States K Rinaldi-Stunkel 2 2         7  Czech Republic J Novotná 6 6    
 Argentina F Labat 6 6        Argentina F Labat 2 6 2
 Italy F Lubiani 1 5     7  Czech Republic J Novotná 6 4 6  
7  Czech Republic J Novotná 6 7    

Section 5[edit]

First Round   Second Round   Third Round   Fourth Round
8  United States L Davenport 6 6    
Q  Italy A Serra Zanetti 2 1       8  United States L Davenport 6 6    
 Slovakia H Nagyová 6 4 6    Slovakia H Nagyová 0 4    
 Spain G León García 1 6 3       8  United States L Davenport 6 6    
 France A-G Sidot 6 6          France A-G Sidot 0 3    
 Slovakia J Husárová 4 4        France A-G Sidot 6 3 6
 United States C Morariu 4 7 2    Chinese Taipei S-t Wang 4 6 3  
 Chinese Taipei S-t Wang 6 6 6       8  United States L Davenport 2 6 0
 South Korea S-h Park 2 3          United States L Wild 6 3 6
 United States L Wild 6 6        United States L Wild 5 6 6  
 Netherlands K Boogert 6 6      Netherlands K Boogert 7 3 3  
 South Africa J Kruger 1 0          United States L Wild 6 4 7
 Germany B Rittner 7 7          Germany B Rittner 4 6 5  
 Slovakia K Studeníková 5 5        Germany B Rittner 6 6  
 Japan N Miyagi 1 4     13  Netherlands B Schultz-McCarthy 2 1    
13  Netherlands B Schultz-McCarthy 6 6    

Section 6[edit]

First Round   Second Round   Third Round   Fourth Round
15  Argentina G Sabatini 6 6    
 Canada P Hy-Boulais 1 1       15  Argentina G Sabatini 6 6    
 United States A Grossman 6 6      United States A Grossman 2 3    
 Italy S Farina 4 3         15  Argentina G Sabatini 5 6 2  
 Italy G Pizzichini 6 1 5        Sweden Å Carlsson 7 3 6  
 Sweden Å Carlsson 3 6 7      Sweden Å Carlsson 6 3  
 Austria B Schett 1 6 6    Austria B Schett 2 1 r.  
 Belgium S Appelmans 6 4 4        Sweden Å Carlsson 2 1  
 United States M Werdel-Witmeyer 4 3         4  Spain C Martínez 6 6  
 Argentina P Suárez 6 6        Argentina P Suárez 4 6    
 Japan Y Kamio 2 3      Czech Republic H Suková 6 7    
 Czech Republic H Suková 6 6          Czech Republic H Suková 4 3  
 France N Tauziat 7 6         4  Spain C Martínez 6 6    
Q  Mexico A Gavaldón 6 2        France N Tauziat 1 3  
 Romania R Dragomir 2 0     4  Spain C Martínez 6 6    
4  Spain C Martínez 6 6    

Section 7[edit]

First Round   Second Round   Third Round   Fourth Round
6  Germany A Huber 1 6 2  
 South Africa A Coetzer 6 2 6      South Africa A Coetzer 6 7    
 Belgium D Van Roost 6 2 6    South Africa M de Swardt 2 5    
 South Africa M de Swardt 1 6 7        South Africa A Coetzer 7 7    
 Romania I Spîrlea 6 6          Romania I Spîrlea 6 5    
 Germany P Begerow 3 2        Romania I Spîrlea 6 6  
Q  Argentina MJ Gaidano 6 6     Q  Argentina MJ Gaidano 1 2    
 Austria M Schnell 4 0          South Africa A Coetzer 6 6  
 United States L McNeil 6 3          United States L Raymond 4 1  
 United States L Raymond 7 6        United States L Raymond 6 6    
 United States M Shaughnessy 3 3      France S Pitkowski 2 0    
 France S Pitkowski 6 6          United States L Raymond 6 6  
WC  United States K Brandi 6 6          United States K Po 3 2    
 Germany A Glass 2 3       WC  United States K Brandi 1 4  
 United States K Po 6 7      United States K Po 6 6    
10  Japan K Date 2 5    

Section 8[edit]

First Round   Second Round   Third Round   Fourth Round
12  Bulgaria M Maleeva 4 2    
Q  Poland A Olsza 6 6       Q  Poland A Olsza 1 1    
 Argentina I Gorrochategui 4 6 6    Argentina I Gorrochategui 6 6    
 Poland M Grzybowska 6 4 1        Argentina I Gorrochategui 6 2 1  
 Spain C Torrens Valero 2 6 6        France S Testud 4 6 6  
 Germany S Hack 6 4 2      Spain C Torrens Valero 2 1  
 France S Testud 7 6      France S Testud 6 6    
WC  United States P Shriver 5 2          France S Testud 5 0  
WC  United States J Chi 6 1 6       2  United States M Seles 7 6  
 Spain M Sánchez Lorenzo 4 6 3     WC  United States J Chi 3 1    
 Madagascar D Randriantefy 6 1 7    Madagascar D Randriantefy 6 6    
 Russia E Makarova 3 6 5        Madagascar D Randriantefy 0 2  
 Italy F Perfetti 4 6 2       2  United States M Seles 6 6    
 Belgium L Courtois 6 3 6      Belgium L Courtois w/o    
 United States A Miller 0 1     2  United States M Seles        
2  United States M Seles 6 6    

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