1996 WTA Tour

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1996 WTA Tour
Steffi Graf ended the year as number 1 for the seventh time
Steffi Graf ended the year as number 1 for the seventh time
Details
Duration January 1, 1996 - November 25, 1996
Edition 26th
Tournaments 51
Categories Grand Slam (4)
WTA Championships
WTA Tier I (9)
WTA Tier II (15)
WTA Tier III (11)
WTA Tier IV (11)
Achievements
Most tournament titles West Germany Steffi Graf (7)
Most tournament finals West Germany Steffi Graf (8)
Prize money leader West Germany Steffi Graf] (2,665,706)
Points leader West Germany Steffi Graf (4,649)
Awards
Player of the year West Germany Steffi Graf
Doubles Team of the year Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Most improved player of the year Switzerland Martina Hingis
Newcomer of the year Russia Anna Kournikova
Comeback player of the year United States Jennifer Capriati
1995
1997

The WTA Tour is the elite tour for professional women's tennis organised by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA). The WTA Tour includes the four Grand Slam tournaments, the WTA Tour Championships and the WTA Tier I, Tier II, Tier III and Tier IV events. ITF tournaments are not part of the WTA Tour, although they award points for the WTA World Ranking.

Schedule[edit]

The table below shows the 1996 WTA Tour schedule.

Key
Grand Slam events
Year-end championships
Tier I events
Tier II events
Tier III events
Tier IV events
Team events

January[edit]

Week of Tournament Winner Runner-up Semi finalists Quarter finalists
1 January Hyundai Hopman Cup
Australia Perth, Australia
ITF Mixed Teams Championships
A$1,000,000 – Hard (i) – 9 teams (RR)
 Croatia
2–1
 Switzerland
Round Robin (Group A)
 United States
 South Africa
 France
Round Robin (Group B)
 Germany
 Australia
 Netherlands
Amway Classic
New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand
Tier IV event
$107,500 - Hard - 32S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
United States Sandra Cacic
6–3, 1–6, 6–4
Austria Barbara Paulus Argentina Florencia Labat
China Fang Li
France Julie Halard-Decugis
Germany Sabine Hack
Italy Rita Grande
Germany Karin Kschwendt
Belgium Els Callens
France Julie Halard-Decugis

6–1, 6–0
Canada Jill Hetherington
Australia Kristine Radford
8 January Schweppes Tasmanian International
Australia Hobart, Australia
Tier IV event
$107,500 - Hard - 32S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
France Julie Halard-Decugis
6–1, 6–2
Japan Mana Endo Chinese Taipei Shi-Ting Wang
Argentina Florencia Labat
Austria Judith Wiesner
Italy Silvia Farina
Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
Japan Ai Sugiyama
Indonesia Yayuk Basuki
Japan Nagatsuka

7–6, 6–3
Australia Kerry-Anne Guse
South Korea Park Sung-hee
Peters International
Australia Sydney, Australia
Tier II event
$342,500 - Hard - 28S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
United States Monica Seles
4–6, 7–6, 6–3
United States Lindsay Davenport Netherlands Brenda Schultz-McCarthy
Japan Kimiko Date
South Africa Mariaan de Swardt
United States Mary Joe Fernández
Australia Nicole Bradtke
United States Chanda Rubin
United States Lindsay Davenport
United States Mary Joe Fernández

6–3, 6–3
United States Lori McNeil
Czech Republic Helena Suková
15 January
22 January
Australian Open
Australia Melbourne, Australia
Grand Slam
$3,970,600 - Hard - 128S/64D/32X
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw - Mixed Doubles Draw
United States Monica Seles
6–4, 6–1
Germany Anke Huber United States Chanda Rubin
South Africa Amanda Coetzer
Croatia Iva Majoli
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Switzerland Martina Hingis
Spain Conchita Martínez
United States Chanda Rubin
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario

7–5, 2–6, 6–4
United States Lindsay Davenport
United States Mary Joe Fernández
Latvia Larisa Neiland
Australia Mark Woodforde

4–6, 7–5, 6–0
United States Nicole Arendt
United States Luke Jensen
29 January Toray Pan Pacific Open
Japan Tokyo, Japan
Tier I event
$926,250 - Carpet (i) - 28S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Croatia Iva Majoli
6–4, 6–1
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Switzerland Martina Hingis
Spain Conchita Martínez
United States Monica Seles
Japan Naoko Sawamatsu
Bulgaria Magdalena Maleeva
United States Lindsay Davenport
United States Gigi Fernández
Belarus Natasha Zvereva

7–6, 6–3
South Africa Mariaan de Swardt
Romania Irina Spîrlea

February[edit]

Week of Tournament Winner Runner-up Semi finalists Quarter finalists
13 February Open Gaz de France
France Paris, France
Tier II event
$450,000 - Carpet (i) - 28S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
France Julie Halard-Decugis
7–5, 7–6
Croatia Iva Majoli Bulgaria Magdalena Maleeva
Italy Silvia Farina
France Nathalie Dechy
Netherlands Miriam Oremans
Germany Petra Begerow
Germany Anke Huber
Netherlands Kristie Boogert
Czech Republic Jana Novotná

6–4, 6–3
France Julie Halard-Decugis
France Nathalie Tauziat
19 February Faber Grand Prix
Germany Essen, Germany
Tier II event
$450,000 - Carpet (i) - 28S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Croatia Iva Majoli
7–5, 1–6, 7–6
Czech Republic Jana Novotná Sweden Åsa Carlsson
Germany Anke Huber
Belgium Els Callens
Australia Rennae Stubbs
United States Jennifer Capriati
Germany Barbara Rittner
United States Meredith McGrath
Latvia Larisa Neiland

3–6, 6–3, 6–2
United States Lori McNeil
Czech Republic Helena Suková
20 February IGA Classic
United States Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
Tier III event
$164,250 - Hard (i) - 32S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Netherlands Brenda Schultz-McCarthy
6–3, 6–2
South Africa Amanda Coetzer United States Chanda Rubin
Russia Elena Likhovtseva
United States Katrina Adams
South Africa Joannette Kruger
United States Amy Frazier
United States Lisa Raymond
United States Chanda Rubin
Netherlands Brenda Schultz-McCarthy
6–4, 6–3
United States Katrina Adams
United States Debbie Graham
26 February EA-Generali Ladies Linz
Austria Linz, Austria
Tier III event
$164,250 - Carpet (i) - 32S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Belgium Sabine Appelmans
6–2, 6–4
France Julie Halard-Decugis Russia Elena Makarova
Czech Republic Helena Suková
Belgium Laurence Courtois
Austria Judith Wiesner
Sweden Åsa Carlsson
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Netherlands Manon Bollegraf
United States Meredith McGrath

6–4, 6–4
Australia Rennae Stubbs
Czech Republic Helena Suková

March[edit]

Week of Tournament Winner Runner-up Semi finalists Quarter finalists
8 March State Farm Evert Cup
United States Indian Wells, California, USA
Tier I event
$550,000 - Hard - 56S/28D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Germany Steffi Graf
7–6, 7–6
Spain Conchita Martínez United States Lindsay Davenport
Japan Kimiko Date
South Africa Amanda Coetzer
United States Chanda Rubin
France Nathalie Tauziat
United States Lindsay Lee
United States Chanda Rubin
Netherlands Brenda Schultz-McCarthy

6–1, 6–4
France Julie Halard-Decugis
France Nathalie Tauziat
21 March Lipton Championships
United States Miami, Florida, USA
Tier I event
$1,550,000 - Hard - 96S/48D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Germany Steffi Graf
6–1, 6–3
United States Chanda Rubin United States Lindsay Davenport
Slovakia Karina Habšudová
Japan Kimiko Date
Germany Anke Huber
Argentina Gabriela Sabatini
Romania Irina Spîrlea
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario

6–4, 6–4
United States Meredith McGrath
Latvia Larisa Neiland

April[edit]

Week of Tournament Winner Runner-up Semi finalists Quarter finalists
1 April Family Circle Cup
United States Hilton Head, South Carolina, USA
Tier I event
$926,250 - Clay - 28S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–2, 2–6, 6–2
Austria Barbara Paulus Spain Conchita Martínez
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Germany Petra Begerow
Romania Irina Spîrlea
Croatia Iva Majoli
Germany Sabine Hack
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario

6–2, 6–3
United States Gigi Fernández
United States Mary Joe Fernández
8 April Bausch & Lomb Championships
United States Amelia Island, Florida, USA
Tier II event
$450,000 - Clay - 56S/28D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Romania Irina Spîrlea
6–7, 6–4, 6–3
France Mary Pierce United States Mary Joe Fernández
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Spain Conchita Martínez
Germany Sabine Hack
Austria Barbara Schett
United States Meredith McGrath
United States Chanda Rubin
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario

6–1, 6–1
United States Meredith McGrath
Latvia Larisa Neiland
8 April Danamon Open
Indonesia Jakarta, Indonesia
Tier III event
$164,250 - Hard - 32S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
United States Linda Wild
W/O
Indonesia Yayuk Basuki Japan Naoko Kijimuta
Belgium Laurence Courtois
Belgium Sabine Appelmans
Japan Rika Hiraki
Germany Claudia Porwik
Japan Kyōko Nagatsuka
Japan Rika Hiraki
Japan Naoko Kijimuta

7–6, 7–5
Belgium Laurence Courtois
Belgium Nancy Feber
15 April Japan Open Tennis Championships
Japan Tokyo, Japan
Tier III event
$164,250 - Hard - 32S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Japan Kimiko Date
7–5, 6–4
United States Amy Frazier Japan Ai Sugiyama
Japan Naoko Kijimuta
Germany Karin Kschwendt
Slovakia Katarína Studeníková
United States Kimberly Po
United States Corina Morariu
Japan Kimiko Date
Japan Ai Sugiyama

7–6, 6–7, 6–3
United States Amy Frazier
United States Kimberly Po
22 April Fed Cup First Round
Austria Salzburg, Austria, Clay
Japan Tokyo, Japan, Hard (i)
France Amiens, France, Clay
Spain Murcia, Spain, Clay
First Round winners
 United States 3-2
 Japan 3-2
 France 3–2
 Spain 3-2
First Round losers
 Austria
 Germany
 Argentina
 South Africa
29 April "M" Electronika Cup
Croatia Bol, Croatia
Tier IV event
$107,500 - Clay - 32S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Italy Gloria Pizzichini
6–0, 6–2
Croatia Silvija Talaja Italy Sandra Cecchini
Argentina Paola Suárez
Czech Republic Sandra Kleinová
Austria Sandra Dopfer
Madagascar Dally Randriantefy
South Africa Joannette Kruger
Argentina Laura Montalvo
Argentina Paola Suárez

6–7, 6–3, 6–4
France Alexia Dechaume-Balleret
France Alexandra Fusai
29 April Rexona Cup
Germany Hamburg, Germany
Tier II event
$450,000 - Clay - 28S/14D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
4–6, 7–6, 6–0
Spain Conchita Martínez France Julie Halard-Decugis
France Mary Pierce
Spain Ángeles Montolio
Netherlands Brenda Schultz-McCarthy
Switzerland Martina Hingis
Romania Ruxandra Dragomir
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Netherlands Brenda Schultz-McCarthy

4–6, 7–6, 6–4
United States Gigi Fernández
Switzerland Martina Hingis

May[edit]

Week of Tournament Winner Runner-up Semi finalists Quarter finalists
6 May Budapest Lotto Open
Hungary Budapest, Hungary
Tier IV event
$107,500 - Clay - 32S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Romania Ruxandra Dragomir
7–6, 6–1
Austria Melanie Schnell Bulgaria Elena Pampoulova
Hungary Rita Kuti-Kis
France Julie Halard-Decugis
United States Meghann Shaughnessy
Hungary Andrea Temesvári
Slovakia Denisa Krajčovičová
United States Katrina Adams
United States Debbie Graham

6–3, 7–6
Czech Republic Radka Bobková
Czech Republic Eva Melicharová
Italian Open
Italy Rome, Italy
Tier I event
$926,250 - Clay - 56S/28D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Spain Conchita Martínez
6–2, 6–3
Switzerland Martina Hingis Romania Irina Spîrlea
Croatia Iva Majoli
Germany Steffi Graf
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
France Nathalie Tauziat
Bulgaria Magdalena Maleeva
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Romania Irina Spîrlea

6–4, 3–6, 6–3
United States Gigi Fernández
Switzerland Martina Hingis
13 May WTA German Open
Germany Berlin, Germany
Tier I event
$926,250 - Clay - 56S/28D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Germany Steffi Graf
4–6, 6–2, 7–5
Slovakia Karina Habšudová Croatia Iva Majoli
Russia Elena Likhovtseva
France Nathalie Tauziat
Austria Barbara Paulus
Germany Anke Huber
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
United States Meredith McGrath
Latvia Larisa Neiland

6–1, 5–7, 7–6
Switzerland Martina Hingis
Czech Republic Helena Suková
Rover Championships
United Kingdom Cardiff, Great Britain
Tier IV event
$107,500 - Clay - 32S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Belgium Dominique Van Roost
6–4, 6–2
Belgium Laurence Courtois Slovakia Henrieta Nagyová
Canada Patricia Hy-Boulais
Japan Naoko Kijimuta
France Alexandra Fusai
Netherlands Miriam Oremans
South Africa Mariaan de Swardt
United States Katrina Adams
South Africa Mariaan de Swardt

6–0, 6–4
Belgium Els Callens
Belgium Laurence Courtoi
20 May Internationaux de Strasbourg
France Strasbourg, France
Tier III event
$164,250 - Clay - 32S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
United States Lindsay Davenport
6–3, 7–6
Austria Barbara Paulus Austria Judith Wiesner
Slovakia Katarína Studeníkov
Germany Anke Huber
France Nathalie Tauziat
France Alexia Dechaume-Balleret
United States Annie Miller
Indonesia Yayuk Basuki
Australia Nicole Bradtke

5–7, 6–4, 6–4
United States Marianne Werdel
United States Tami Whitlinger
World Doubles Cup
Scotland Edinburgh, Scotland
$188,125 - Clay - 8D
Doubles Draw
United States Nicole Arendt
Netherlands Manon Bollegraf

6–3, 2–6, 7–6
United States Gigi Fernández
Belarus Natasha Zvereva
United States Katrina Adams / South Africa Mariaan de Swardt
United States Meredith McGrath / Latvia Larisa Neiland
Russia Elena Makarova / Russia Eugenia Maniokova
United States Zina Garrison / United States Kathy Rinaldi
Argentina Patricia Tarabini / Netherlands Caroline Vis
Canada Jill Hetherington / Australia Kristine Radford
Open Paginas Amarillas
Spain Madrid, Spain
Tier II event
$250,000 - Clay - 28S/14D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
4–6, 6–4, 6–3
Bulgaria Magdalena Maleeva United States Monica Seles
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Romania Irina Spîrlea
Czech Republic Ludmila Richterová
Netherlands Brenda Schultz-McCarthy
South Africa Amanda Coetzer
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario

7–6, 6–2
Belgium Sabine Appelmans
Netherlands Miriam Oremans
27 May
3 June
French Open
France Paris, France
Grand Slam
$4,456,343 - Clay - 128S/64D/32X
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw - Mixed Doubles Draw
Germany Steffi Graf
6–3, 6–7(4), 10–8
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Spain Conchita Martínez
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Croatia Iva Majoli
United States Lindsay Davenport
Slovakia Karina Habšudová
United States Monica Seles
United States Lindsay Davenport
United States Mary Joe Fernández

6–2, 6–1
United States Gigi Fernández
Belarus Natasha Zvereva
Argentina Patricia Tarabini
Argentina Javier Frana

6–2, 6–2
United States Nicole Arendt
United States Luke Jensen

June[edit]

Week of Tournament Winner Runner-up Semi finalists Quarter finalists
10 June DFS Classic
United Kingdom Birmingham, Great Britain
Tier III event
$164,250 - Grass - 56S/28D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
United States Meredith McGrath
2–6, 6–4, 6–4
France Nathalie Tauziat Netherlands Brenda Schultz-McCarthy
Netherlands Miriam Oremans
Latvia Larisa Neiland
Belgium Els Callens
Germany Christina Singer
Belgium Laurence Courtois
Australia Elizabeth Smylie
United States Linda Wild

6–3, 3–6, 6–1
United States Lori McNeil
France Nathalie Tauziat
17 June Wilkinson Championships
Netherlands Rosmalen, The Netherlands
Tier III event
$164,250 - Grass - 32S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Germany Anke Huber
6–4, 7–6
Czech Republic Helena Suková Austria Judith Wiesner
Romania Ruxandra Dragomir
Croatia Iva Majoli
Netherlands Kristie Boogert
Latvia Larisa Neiland
Belgium Dominique Van Roost
Latvia Larisa Neiland
Netherlands Brenda Schultz-McCarthy

6–4, 7–6
Netherlands Kristie Boogert
Czech Republic Helena Suková
18 June Direct Line International Championships
United Kingdom Eastbourne, Great Britain
Tier II event
$363,000 - Grass - 28S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
United States Monica Seles
6–0, 6–2
United States Mary Joe Fernández France Nathalie Tauziat
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Argentina Inés Gorrochategui
United States Lisa Raymond
Indonesia Yayuk Basuki
Spain Conchita Martínez
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario

4–6, 7–5, 6–4
South Africa Rosalyn Fairbank
United States Pam Shriver
24 June
1 July
Wimbledon Championships
United Kingdom London, Great Britain
Grand Slam
$3,392,408 - Grass - 128S/64D/32X
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw - Mixed Doubles Draw - Ladies' Invitation Doubles
Germany Steffi Graf
6–3, 7–5
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Japan Kimiko Date
United States Meredith McGrath
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
France Mary Pierce
Austria Judith Wiesner
United States Mary Joe Fernández
Switzerland Martina Hingis
Czech Republic Helena Suková

5–7, 7–5, 6–1
United States Meredith McGrath
Latvia Larisa Neiland
Czech Republic Helena Suková
Czech Republic Cyril Suk

1–6, 6–3, 6–2
Latvia Larisa Neiland
Australia Mark Woodforde

July[edit]

Week of Tournament Winner Runner-up Semi finalists Quarter finalists
8 July Fed Cup Semifinals
Japan Nagoya, Japan, Carpet (i)
France Bayonne, France, Carpet (i)
Semifinals winners
 United States 5–0
 Spain 3-2
Semifinals losers
 Japan
 France
15 July Torneo Internazionali Femminili di Palermo
Italy Palermo, Italy
Tier IV event
$107,500 - Clay - 32S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Austria Barbara Schett
6–3, 6–3
Germany Sabine Hack Germany Jana Kandarr
Italy Silvia Farina
Belgium Stephanie de Ville
Austria Sandra Dopfer
France Sarah Pitkowski
Slovakia Henrieta Nagyová
Slovakia Janette Husárová
Austria Barbara Schett

6–1, 6–2
Argentina Florencia Labat
Germany Barbara Rittner
23 July Summer Olympics
United States Atlanta, USA
Summer Olympics
Hard - 64S/32D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
 Gold  Silver  Bronze Fourth Place United States Monica Seles
Japan Kimiko Date
Croatia Iva Majoli
Spain Conchita Martínez
United States Lindsay Davenport
7–6(8), 6–2
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Czech Republic Jana Novotná
7–6(8), 6–4
United States Mary Joe Fernández
United States Gigi Fernández
United States Mary Joe Fernández

7–6(6), 6–4
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Czech Republic Helena Suková
Spain Conchita Martínez
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–1, 6–3
Netherlands Manon Bollegraf
Netherlands Brenda Schultz-McCarthy

August[edit]

Week of Tournament Winner Runner-up Semi finalists Quarter finalists
5 August du Maurier Open
Canada Toronto, Canada
Tier I event
$926,250 - Hard - 56S/28D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
United States Monica Seles
6–1, 7–6
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Indonesia Yayuk Basuki
United States Kimberly Po
Bulgaria Magdalena Maleeva
United States Amy Frazier
United States Mary Joe Fernández
Argentina Florencia Labat
Latvia Larisa Neiland
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario

7–6, 6–1
United States Mary Joe Fernández
Czech Republic Helena Suková
Meta Styrian Open
Austria Maria Lankowitz, Austria
Tier IV event
$107,500 - Clay - 32S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Austria Barbara Paulus
0-0 ret
Italy Sandra Cecchini Belgium Stephanie de Ville
Croatia Silvija Talaja
Czech Republic Petra Langrová
Spain Cristina Torrens Valero
Argentina Bettina Villella
Czech Republic Lenka Cenková
Slovakia Janette Husárová
Ukraine Natalia Medvedeva

6–4, 7–5
Czech Republic Lenka Cenková
Czech Republic Katerina Kroupova
12 August Acura Classic
United States Manhattan Beach, California, USA
Tier II event
$450,000 - Hard - 56S/28D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
United States Lindsay Davenport
6–2 6–3
Germany Anke Huber Germany Steffi Graf
Slovakia Karina Habšudová
United States Amy Frazier
South Africa Amanda Coetzer
Japan Kimiko Date
Romania Irina Spîrlea
United States Lindsay Davenport
Belarus Natasha Zvereva

6–1, 6–4
United States Amy Frazier
United States Kimberly Po
19 August Toshiba Classic
United States San Diego, California, USA
Tier II event
$450,000 - Hard - 28S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Japan Kimiko Date
3–6, 6–3, 6–0
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Spain Conchita Martínez
Slovakia Katarína Studeníková
France Sandrine Testud
Argentina Gabriela Sabatini
France Nathalie Tauziat
United States Gigi Fernández
Spain Conchita Martínez

4–6, 6–3, 6–4
Latvia Larisa Neiland
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
26 August
2 September
US Open
United States New York, New York
Grand Slam
$4,624,000 - Hard - 128S/64D/32X
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw - Mixed Doubles Draw
Germany Steffi Graf
7–5, 6–4
United States Monica Seles Switzerland Martina Hingis
Spain Conchita Martínez
Austria Judith Wiesner
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
United States Linda Wild
South Africa Amanda Coetzer
United States Gigi Fernández
Belarus Natasha Zvereva

1–6, 6–1, 6–4
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
United States Lisa Raymond
United States Patrick Galbraith

7–6, 7–6
Netherlands Manon Bollegraf
United States Rick Leach

September[edit]

Week of Tournament Winner Runner-up Semi finalists Quarter finalists
10 September Pupp Czech Open
Czech Republic Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
Tier IV event
$160,000 - Clay - 32S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Romania Ruxandra Dragomir
6–2, 3–6, 6–4
Switzerland Patty Schnyder Czech Republic Lenka Cenková
Slovakia Katarína Studeníková
Italy Flora Perfetti
Slovakia Henrieta Nagyová
Switzerland Emmanuelle Gagliardi
Croatia Silvija Talaja
Slovakia Karina Habšudová
Czech Republic Helena Suková

3–6, 6–3, 6–2
Czech Republic Eva Martincová
Bulgaria Elena Pampoulova
16 September Nichirei International Championships
Japan Tokyo, Japan
Tier II event
$450,000 - Hard - 28S/14D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
United States Monica Seles
6–1, 6–4
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Japan Kimiko Date
United States Kimberly Po
Japan Naoko Sawamatsu
South Africa Amanda Coetzer
France Mary Pierce
Chinese Taipei Shi-Ting Wang
South Africa Amanda Coetzer
France Mary Pierce

6–3, 7–6
South Korea Park Sung-hee
Chinese Taipei Wang Shi-ting
Warsaw Cup by Heros
Poland Warsaw, Poland
Tier III event
$164,250 - Clay - 32S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Slovakia Henrieta Nagyová
3–6, 6–2, 6–1
Austria Barbara Paulus Slovakia Janette Husárová
Slovakia Karina Habšudová
Slovakia Katarína Studeníková
Italy Flora Perfetti
Italy Silvia Farina
Romania Cătălina Cristea
Ukraine Olga Lugina
Bulgaria Elena Pampoulova

1–6, 6–4, 7–5
France Alexandra Fusai
Italy Laura Garrone
23 September Fed Cup Final
United States Atlantic City, NJ, United States, Carpet (i)
 United States
5-0
 Spain
30 September Sparkassen Cup
Germany Leipzig, Germany
Tier II event
$450,000 - Carpet (i) - 28S/12D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Germany Anke Huber
5–7, 6–3, 6–1
Croatia Iva Majoli Germany Steffi Graf
Czech Republic Helena Suková
Austria Judith Wiesner
Bulgaria Magdalena Maleeva
United States Lindsay Davenport
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Netherlands Kristie Boogert
France Nathalie Tauziat

6–4, 6–4
Belgium Sabine Appelmans
Netherlands Miriam Oremans

October[edit]

Week of Tournament Winner Runner-up Semi finalists Quarter finalists
7 October Porsche Tennis GP
Germany Filderstadt, Germany
Tier II event
$450,000 - Hard (i) - 28S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Switzerland Martina Hingis
6–2, 3–6, 6–3
Germany Anke Huber United States Lindsay Davenport
Austria Judith Wiesner
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Croatia Iva Majoli
Spain Conchita Martínez
Czech Republic Nicole Arendt
Czech Republic Jana Novotná

6–2, 6–3
Switzerland Martina Hingis
Czech Republic Helena Suková
Wismilak International
Indonesia Surabaya, Indonesia
Tier IV event
$155,340 - Hard - 32S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Chinese Taipei Shi-Ting Wang
6–4, 6–0
Japan Nana Miyagi Czech Republic Adriana Gerši
Japan Yuka Yoshida
Czech Republic Ludmila Richterová
France Nathalie Dechy
Japan Haruka Inoue
France Sarah Pitkowski
France Alexandra Fusai
Australia Kerry-Anne Guse

6–4, 6–4
Slovenia Tina Križan
France Noëlle van Lottum
14 October Barilla Indoors
Switzerland Zürich, Switzerland
Tier I event
$926,250 - Carpet (i) - 28S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
6–2, 6–2
Switzerland Martina Hingis Germany Anke Huber
Croatia Iva Majoli
Belgium Sabine Appelmans
Italy Silvia Farina
United States Jennifer Capriati
Netherlands Brenda Schultz-McCarthy
Switzerland Martina Hingis
Czech Republic Helena Suková

7–5, 6–4
United States Nicole Arendt
Belarus Natasha Zvereva
Nokia Open
China Beijing, China
Tier IV event
$107,500 - Hard (i) - 32S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Chinese Taipei Wang Shi-ting
6–3, 6–4
China Li-Ling Chen Thailand Tamarine Tanasugarn
France Sandrine Testud
United States Linda Wild
Japan Naoko Kijimuta
Japan Mana Endo
Indonesia Yayuk Basuki
Japan Naoko Kijimuta
Japan Miho Saeki

7–5, 6–4
Japan Yuko Hosoki
Japan Kazue Takuma
21 October Bell Challenge
Canada Quebec City, Canada
Tier III event
$164,250 - Carpet (i) - 32S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
United States Lisa Raymond
6–4, 6–4
Belgium Els Callens United States Tami Whitlinger-Jones
Russia Elena Likhovtseva
Netherlands Brenda Schultz-McCarthy
United States Kimberly Po
Argentina Florencia Labat
United States Jolene Watanabe
United States Debbie Graham
Netherlands Brenda Schultz-McCarthy

6–1, 6–4
United States Amy Frazier
United States Kimberly Po
SEAT Open
Luxembourg Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Tier III event
$164,250 - Carpet (i) - 32S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Germany Anke Huber
6–3, 6–0
Slovakia Karina Habšudová France Anne-Gaëlle Sidot
Austria Barbara Paulus
Belarus Natasha Zvereva
Slovakia Katarína Studeníková
Belgium Sabine Appelmans
Slovakia Henrieta Nagyová
Belgium Kristie Boogert
France Nathalie Tauziat

2–6, 6–4, 6–2
Germany Barbara Rittner
Belgium Dominique Van Roost
28 October Kremlin Cup
Russia Moscow, Russia
Tier III event
$400,000 - Carpet (i) - 30S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Spain Conchita Martínez
6–1, 4–6, 6–4
Austria Barbara Paulus Belgium Sabine Appelmans
Austria Barbara Schett
Slovakia Katarína Studeníková
Romania Ruxandra Dragomir
Ukraine Elena Tatarkova
Russia Elena Makarova
Ukraine Natalia Medvedeva
Latvia Larisa Neiland

7–6, 4–6, 6–1
Italy Silvia Farina Elia
Austria Barbara Schett
Ameritech Cup
United States Chicago, USA
Tier II event
$450,000 - Carpet (i) - 28S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
6–4, 3–6, 6–1
United States Jennifer Capriati United States Monica Seles
Switzerland Martina Hingis
Romania Irina Spîrlea
United States Meredith McGrath
United States Lindsay Davenport
Netherlands Brenda Schultz-McCarthy
United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Rennae Stubbs

6–1, 6–1
United States Angela Lettiere
Japan Nana Miyagi

November[edit]

Week of Tournament Winner Runner-up Semi finalists Quarter finalists
4 November Bank of the West Classic
United States Oakland, California, USA
Tier II event
$450,000 - Carpet (i) - 28S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Switzerland Martina Hingis
6–2, 6–0
United States Monica Seles Romania Irina Spîrlea
Netherlands Brenda Schultz-McCarthy
United States Kimberly Po
Russia Elena Likhovtseva
United States Linda Wild
United States Lindsay Davenport
United States Lindsay Davenport
United States Mary Joe Fernández

6–1, 6–3
Romania Irina Spîrlea
France Nathalie Tauziat
11 November Advanta Championships of Philadelphia
United States Philadelphia, USA
Tier II event
$450,000 - Carpet (i) - 28S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
6–4 ret
Germany Steffi Graf United States Marianne Witmeyer
Indonesia Yayuk Basuki
United States Chanda Rubin
Austria Barbara Paulus
United States Annie Miller
United States Lisa Raymond
United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Rennae Stubbs

6–4, 3–6, 6–3
United States Nicole Arendt
United States Lori McNeil
18 November Chase Championships
United States New York City, USA
WTA Tour Championships
$2,000,000 - Carpet (i) - 16S/8D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Germany Steffi Graf
6–3, 4–6, 6–0, 4–6, 6–0
Switzerland Martina Hingis Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Croatia Iva Majoli
United States Lindsay Davenport
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Spain Conchita Martínez
Japan Kimiko Date
United States Lindsay Davenport
United States Mary Joe Fernández

6–3, 6–2
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Volvo Women's Open
Thailand Pattaya City, Thailand
Tier IV event
$107,500 - Hard - 32S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Romania Ruxandra Dragomir
7–6, 6–4
Thailand Tamarine Tanasugarn Czech Republic Denisa Chládková
Slovakia Henrieta Nagyová
Japan Miho Saeki
Argentina Florencia Labat
Slovakia Janette Husárová
Japan Yuka Yoshida
Japan Miho Saeki
Japan Yuka Yoshida

6–2, 6–3
Slovenia Tina Križan
Japan Nana Miyagi

Statistical Information[edit]

These tables present the number of singles (S), doubles (D), and mixed doubles (X) titles won by each player and each nation during the season, within all the tournament categories of the 1996 WTA World Tour: the Grand Slam tournaments, the Year-end championships and the Tier I, Tier II, Tier III and Tier IV tournaments. The players/nations are sorted by:

1) total number of titles (a doubles title won by two players representing the same nation counts as only one win for the nation);
2) highest amount of highest category tournaments (for example, having a single Grand Slam gives preference over any kind of combination without a Grand Slam title);
3) a singles > doubles > mixed doubles hierarchy;
4) alphabetical order (by family names for players).

Titles won by player[edit]

Total titles Player Grand Slam
tournaments
Year-end
championships
Tier I
tournaments
Tier II
tournaments
Tier III
tournaments
Tier IV
tournaments
All titles
S D X S D S D S D S D S D S D X
11 Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 1 1 4 1 4 2 9 0
1 United States Sandra Cacic 1 1 0 0
1 Belgium Els Callens 1 0 1 0
3 France Julie Halard-Decugis 1 1 1 2 1 0
2 Indonesia Yayuk Basuki 1 1 0 2 0
5 United States Monica Seles 1 1 3 5 0 0
7 United States Lindsay Davenport 1 1 1 3 1 2 5 0
4 United States Mary Joe Fernández 1 1 2 0 4 0
4 United States Chanda Rubin 1 1 1 1 0 4 0
6 Latvia Larisa Neiland 1 0 2 1 2 0 5 1
2 Serbia Iva Majoli 1 1 2 0 0
1 Japan Kyoto Nagatsuka 1 0 1 0
3 United States Gigi Fernández 1 1 1 0 3 0
3 Belarus Natasha Zvereva 1 1 1 0 3 0
3 Netherlands Kristie Boogert 2 1 0 3 0
10 Czech Republic Jana Novotná 1 2 3 4 4 6 0
4 United States Meredith McGrath 1 1 1 1 2 2 0
6 Netherlands Brenda Schultz-McCarthy 1 1 1 3 1 5 0
1 Belgium Sabine Appelmans 1 1 0 0
2 Netherlands Manon Bollegraf [a] 1 0 2 0
7 Germany Steffi Graf 3 1 3
Romania Irina Spîrlea
United States Linda Wild
Japan Rika Hiraki
Japan Naoko Kijimuta
Japan Kimiko Date
Japan Ai Sugiyama
Italy Gloria Pizzichini
Argentina Laura Montalvo
Argentina Paola Suárez

List of players and singles titles won, last name alphabetically:

The following players won their first title:

Rankings[edit]

Below are the 1996 WTA year-end rankings in both singles and doubles competition:

Singles Year-end Ranking[1]
No Player Name Points 1995 Change
1  Steffi Graf (GER) 4,649 1 =
2  Monica Seles (USA) 4,056 1 -1
3  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (ESP) 3,668 3 =
4  Conchita Martínez (ESP) 3,180 2 -2
5  Jana Novotná (CZE) 3,087 11 +6
6  Martina Hingis (SUI) 3,051 16 +10
7  Anke Huber (GER) 2,689 10 +3
8  Iva Majoli (CRO) 2,647 9 +1
9  Lindsay Davenport (USA) 2,357 12 +2
10  Irina Spîrlea (ROU) 1,748 21 +11
11  Karina Habšudová (SVK) 1,707 56 +45
12  Brenda Schultz-McCarthy (NED) 1,559 13 +1
13  Barbara Paulus (AUT) 1,492 23 +9
14  Amanda Coetzer (RSA) 1,484 19 +5
15  Judith Wiesner (AUT) 1,451 25 +10
16  Nathalie Tauziat (FRA) 1,212 27 +11
17  Chanda Rubin (USA) 1,187 15 -2
18  Elena Likhovtseva (RUS) 1,182 45 +27
19  Magdalena Maleeva (BUL) 1,126 6 -13
20  Julie Halard-Decugis (FRA) 1,111 50 +30
Doubles Year-end Ranking[2]
No Player Name Points 1995 Change
1  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (ESP) 6,273 1 =
2  Larisa Neiland (LAT) 5,371 5 -3
3  Jana Novotná (CZE) 4,793 2 -1
4  Gigi Fernández (USA) 4,631 3 -1
5  Mary Joe Fernandez (USA) 2,590 10 +5
6  Helena Suková (CZE) 4,519 9 +3
7  Lindsay Davenport (USA) 4,287 6 -1
8  Meredith McGrath (FRA) 4,163 7 -1
9  Natasha Zvereva (BLR) 4,031 4 -5
10  Martina Hingis (SUI) 3,622 29 +19
11  Nicole Arendt (USA) 3,289 11 =
12  Lisa Raymond (USA) 2,809 16 +4
13  Lori McNeil (USA) 2,580 15 +2
14  Nathalie Tauziat (FRA) 2,361 20 +6
15  Manon Bollegraf (NED) 2,312 8 -7
16  Chanda Rubin (USA) 2,253 33 +15
17  Kristie Boogert (NED) 2,250 33 +16
18  Brenda Schultz-McCarthy (NED) 2,209 12 -6
19  Caroline Vis (NED) 2,198 39 +20
20  Yayuk Basuki (INA) 2,185 53 +33

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hill, James (2011-11-11). "Corel WTA Tour Rankings Rank Date: 23 November 1996". WTA. Retrieved 2011-05-24. 
  2. ^ Hill, James (2011-11-11). "Corel WTA Tour Rankings Rank Date: 23 November 1996". WTA. Retrieved 2011-05-24.