1997 WTA Tour

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1997 WTA Tour
Hingis won 12 titles, including 3 slams and reaching the final of all 4 slams
Hingis won 12 titles, including 3 slams and reaching the final of all 4 slams
Details
Duration December 30, 1996 - November 24, 1997
Edition 27th
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 Switzerland Martina Hingis (12)
Most tournament finals Switzerland Martina Hingis (13)
Prize money leader Switzerland Martina Hingis (3,400,196)
Points leader Switzerland Martina Hingis (6,264)
Awards
Player of the year Switzerland Martina Hingis
Doubles Team of the year United States Gigi Fernández
Belarus Natasha Zvereva
Most improved player of the year South Africa Amanda Coetzer
Newcomer of the year United States Venus Williams
Comeback player of the year France Mary Pierce
1996
1998

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 1997 WTA Tour schedule.

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

January[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
30 December Hyundai Hopman Cup
Australia Perth, Australia
ITF Mixed Teams Championships
A$1,000,000 – Hard (i) – 8 teams (RR)
 United States
2–1
 South Africa
Round Robin (Group A)
 Croatia
 Australia
 France
Round Robin (Group B)
 Switzerland
 Romania
 Germany
Gold Coast Classic
Australia Hope Island, Australia
Tier III event
$164,250 – Hard – 30S/32Q/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Kazakhstan Elena Likhovtseva
3–6, 7–6(7), 6–3
Japan Ai Sugiyama Netherlands Brenda Schultz-McCarthy
France Anne-Gaëlle Sidot
Spain Magüi Serna
Australia Rachel McQuillan
Belgium Sabine Appelmans
Sweden Åsa Carlsson
Japan Naoko Kijimuta
Japan Nana Miyagi

7–6(3), 6–1
Romania Ruxandra Dragomir
Italy Silvia Farina
ASB Bank Classic
New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand
Tier IV event
$107,500 – Hard – 32S/32Q/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Austria Marion Maruska
6–3, 6–1
Austria Judith Wiesner Thailand Tamarine Tanasugarn
Bulgaria Elena Pampoulova
Germany Anke Huber
United States Sandra Cacic
Japan Rika Hiraki
France Alexia Dechaume-Balleret
Slovakia Janette Husárová
Belgium Dominique Van Roost

6–2, 6–7(5), 6–3
Poland Aleksandra Olsza
Bulgaria Elena Pampoulova
6 January Sydney International
Australia Sydney, Australia
Tier II event
$342,500 – Hard – 28S/32Q/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Switzerland Martina Hingis
6–1, 5–7, 6–1
United States Jennifer Capriati United States Lindsay Davenport
United States Mary Joe Fernandez
United States Amy Frazier
Japan Naoko Sawamatsu
Croatia Iva Majoli
Indonesia Yayuk Basuki
United States Gigi Fernández
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario

6–3, 6–1
United States Lindsay Davenport
Belarus Natasha Zvereva
ANZ Tasmanian International
Australia Hobart, Australia
Tier IV event
$107,500 – Hard – 32S/32Q/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Belgium Dominique Van Roost
6–3, 6–3
United States Marianne Werdel Witmeyer Belgium Els Callens
Japan Mana Endo
France Anne-Gaëlle Sidot
Chinese Taipei Wang Shi-ting
Czech Republic Lenka Cenková
Australia Annabel Ellwood
Japan Naoko Kijimuta
Japan Nana Miyagi

6–3, 6–1
Germany Barbara Rittner
Belgium Dominique Van Roost
13 January
20 January
Ford Australian Open
Australia Melbourne, Australia
Grand Slam
$3,451,626 – Hard – 128S/64Q/64D/32X
Singles Draw – Doubles Draw - Mixed Doubles Draw
Switzerland Martina Hingis
6–2, 6–2
France Mary Pierce South Africa Amanda Coetzer
United States Mary Joe Fernandez
United States Kimberly Po
Belgium Sabine Appelmans
Romania Irina Spîrlea
Belgium Dominique Van Roost
Switzerland Martina Hingis
Belarus Natasha Zvereva

6–2, 6–2
United States Lindsay Davenport
United States Lisa Raymond
United States Rick Leach
Netherlands Manon Bollegraf

6–3, 6–7(5), 7–5
South Africa John-Laffnie de Jager
Latvia Larisa Savchenko
27 January Toray Pan Pacific Open
Japan Tokyo, Japan
Tier I event
$926,250 – Hard (i) – 28S/32Q/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Switzerland Martina Hingis
W/O
Germany Steffi Graf Netherlands Brenda Schultz-McCarthy
Germany Anke Huber
Croatia Iva Majoli
Spain Conchita Martínez
United States Lindsay Davenport
South Africa Amanda Coetzer
United States Lindsay Davenport
United States Natasha Zvereva

6–4, 6–3
United States Gigi Fernández
Switzerland Martina Hingis

February[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
3 February EA-Generali Austrian Open
Austria Linz, Austria
Tier III event
$164,250 – Carpet (i) – 28S/32Q/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Chanda Rubin
6–4, 6–2
Slovakia Karina Habšudová Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Austria Judith Wiesner
Bulgaria Magdalena Maleeva
Germany Barbara Rittner
France Nathalie Tauziat
Sweden Åsa Carlsson
France Alexandra Fusai
France Nathalie Tauziat

4–6, 6–3, 6–1
Czech Republic Eva Melicharová
Czech Republic Helena Vildová
10 February Open Gaz de France
France Paris, France
Tier II event
$450,000 – Hard (i) – 28S/32Q/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Switzerland Martina Hingis
6–3, 3–6, 6–3
Germany Anke Huber Croatia Iva Majoli
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
France Nathalie Tauziat
Indonesia Yayuk Basuki
Romania Irina Spîrlea
France Mary Pierce
Switzerland Martina Hingis
Czech Republic Jana Novotná

6–3, 6–0
France Alexandra Fusai
Italy Rita Grande
17 February Faber Grand Prix
Germany Hanover, Germany
Tier II event
$450,000 – Hard (i) – 28S/32Q/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Croatia Iva Majoli
4–6, 7–6(2), 6–4
Czech Republic Jana Novotná Bulgaria Magdalena Maleeva
Austria Barbara Paulus
Kazakhstan Elena Likhovtseva
France Sandrine Testud
France Anne-Gaëlle Sidot
Netherlands Miriam Oremans
United States Nicole Arendt
Netherlands Manon Bollegraf

4–6, 6–3, 7–6(4)
Latvia Larisa Savchenko
Netherlands Brenda Schultz-McCarthy
IGA Tennis Classic
United States Oklahoma City, United States
Tier III event
$164,250 – Hard (i) – 30S/32Q/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Lindsay Davenport
6–4, 6–2
United States Lisa Raymond United States Kimberly Po
Italy Francesca Lubiani
United States Jennifer Capriati
United States Sandra Cacic
United States Pam Shriver
South Africa Amanda Coetzer
Japan Rika Hiraki
Japan Nana Miyagi

6–4, 6–1
United States Marianne Werdel
United States Tami Whitlinger Jones
24 February Fed Cup: Quarterfinals
Netherlands Haarlem, Netherlands – Carpet (i)
Germany Mannheim, Germany – Hard (i)
Japan Tokyo, Japan – Hard (i)
Belgium Sprimont, Belgium – Hard (i)
Quarterfinals Winners
 Netherlands 3–2
 Czech Republic 3–2
 France 4–1
 Belgium 5–0
Quarterfinals Losers
 United States
 Germany
 Japan
 Spain

March[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
3 March
10 March
State Farm Evert Cup
United States Indian Wells, United States
Tier I event
$1,250,000 – Hard – 56S/32Q/28D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Lindsay Davenport
6–2, 6–1
Romania Irina Spîrlea Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
United States Mary Joe Fernandez
France Sandrine Testud
France Nathalie Tauziat
United States Venus Williams
Spain Conchita Martínez
United States Lindsay Davenport
Belarus Natasha Zvereva

6–3, 6–2
United States Lisa Raymond
France Nathalie Tauziat
17 March
24 March
The Lipton Championships
United States Miami, United States
Tier I event
$1,750,000 – Hard – 96S/64Q/48D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Switzerland Martina Hingis
6–2, 6–1
United States Monica Seles Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Austria Barbara Paulus
United States Mary Joe Fernandez
Croatia Iva Majoli
Romania Irina Spîrlea
France Sandrine Testud
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Belarus Natasha Zvereva

6–2, 6–3
Belgium Sabine Appelmans
Netherlands Miriam Oremans
31 March Family Circle Magazine Cup
United States Hilton Head, United States
Tier I event
$926,250 – Clay (Green) – 56S/32Q/28D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Switzerland Martina Hingis
3–6, 6–3, 7–6(5)
United States Monica Seles Netherlands Brenda Schultz-McCarthy
Spain Conchita Martínez
Germany Wiltrud Probst
United States Lindsay Davenport
Germany Anke Huber
South Africa Amanda Coetzer
United States Mary Joe Fernandez
Switzerland Martina Hingis

7–5, 4–6, 6–1
United States Lindsay Davenport
Czech Republic Jana Novotná

April[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
7 April Bausch & Lomb Championships
United States Amelia Island, United States
Tier II event
$450,000 – Clay (Green) – 56S/32Q/28D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Lindsay Davenport
6–2, 6–3
France Mary Pierce South Africa Amanda Coetzer
Croatia Iva Majoli
United States Mary Joe Fernandez
Germany Jana Kandarr
Spain Conchita Martínez
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
United States Lindsay Davenport
Czech Republic Jana Novotná

6–3, 6–0
United States Nicole Arendt
Netherlands Manon Bollegraf
14 April Japan Open
Japan Tokyo, Japan
Tier III event
$164,250 – Hard – 32S/32Q/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Japan Ai Sugiyama
4–6, 6–4, 6–4
United States Amy Frazier Australia Annabel Ellwood
United States Kimberly Po
United States Janet Lee
Japan Naoko Sawamatsu
United States Corina Morariu
Chinese Taipei Wang Shi-ting
France Alexia Dechaume-Balleret
Japan Rika Hiraki

6–4, 6–2
Australia Kerry-Anne Guse
United States Corina Morariu
21 April Budapest Lotto Open
Hungary Budapest, Hungary
Tier IV event
$107,500 – Clay (Red) – 32S/32Q/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
South Africa Amanda Coetzer
6–1, 6–3
Belgium Sabine Appelmans Slovakia Karina Habšudová
Slovakia Henrieta Nagyová
France Alexandra Fusai
Spain Cristina Torrens Valero
South Africa Joannette Kruger
Bulgaria Elena Pampoulova
South Africa Amanda Coetzer
France Alexandra Fusai

6–3, 6–1
Czech Republic Eva Martincová
Bulgaria Elena Pampoulova
Danamon Open
Indonesia Jakarta, Indonesia
Tier IV event
$107,500 – Hard – 32S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw – Doubles Draw
Japan Naoko Sawamatsu
6–3, 6–2
Japan Yuka Yoshida France Alexia Dechaume-Balleret
Italy Rita Grande
Chinese Taipei Wang Shi-ting
South Korea Kim Eun-ha
Belgium Nancy Feber
Japan Nana Miyagi
Australia Kerry-Anne Guse
Australia Kristine Radford

6–4, 5–7, 7–5
Czech Republic Lenka Němečková
Japan Yuka Yoshida
28 April Rexona Cup
Germany Hamburg, Germany
Tier II event
$450,000 – Clay (Red) – 28S/32Q/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Croatia Iva Majoli
6–3, 6–2
Romania Ruxandra Dragomir France Anne-Gaëlle Sidot
Spain María Sánchez Lorenzo
Czech Republic Petra Langrová
Austria Barbara Schett
France Mary Pierce
Spain Conchita Martínez
Germany Anke Huber
France Mary Pierce

2–6, 7–6(1), 6–2
Romania Ruxandra Dragomir
Croatia Iva Majoli
Croatian Bol Ladies Open
Croatia Bol, Croatia
Tier IV event
$107,500 – Clay (Red) – 32S/32Q/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Croatia Mirjana Lučić
7–5, 6–7(4), 7–6(5)
United States Corina Morariu South Africa Amanda Coetzer
Monaco Emmanuelle Gagliardi
France Sarah Pitkowski
Slovakia Katarína Studeníková
South Africa Joannette Kruger
Austria Marion Maruska
Argentina Laura Montalvo
Slovakia Henrieta Nagyová

6–3, 6–1
Argentina María José Gaidano
Austria Marion Maruska

May[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
5 May Italian Open
Italy Rome, Italy
Tier I event
$926,250 – Clay (Red) – 56S/32Q/28D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
France Mary Pierce
6–4, 6–0
Spain Conchita Martínez Austria Barbara Paulus
Switzerland Patty Schnyder
Romania Ruxandra Dragomir
Romania Irina Spîrlea
South Africa Joannette Kruger
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
United States Nicole Arendt
Netherlands Manon Bollegraf

6–2, 6–4
Spain Conchita Martínez
Argentina Patricia Tarabini
12 May German Open
Germany Berlin, Germany
Tier I event
$926,250 – Clay (Red) – 56S/32Q/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Mary Joe Fernandez
6–4, 6–2
France Mary Pierce South Africa Amanda Coetzer
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Germany Steffi Graf
Croatia Iva Majoli
Russia Anna Kournikova
Belgium Sabine Appelmans
United States Lindsay Davenport
Czech Republic Jana Novotná

6–3, 3–6, 6–2
United States Gigi Fernández
Belarus Natasha Zvereva
Welsh International Open
United Kingdom Cardiff, Great Britain
Tier IV event
$107,500 – Clay (Red) – 56S/32Q/28D
Singles Draw – Doubles Draw
Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
6–1, 3–6, 6–2
France Alexia Dechaume-Balleret Italy Rita Grande
France Sarah Pitkowski
Belgium Dominique Van Roost
Czech Republic Petra Langrová
Italy Francesca Lubiani
Sweden Åsa Carlsson
United States Debbie Graham
Australia Kerry-Anne Guse

6–3, 6–4
United Kingdom Julie Pullin
United Kingdom Lorna Woodroffe
19 May Open Paginas Amarillas
Spain Madrid, Spain
Tier III event
$175,000 – Clay (Red) – 56S/32Q/28D
Singles Draw – Doubles Draw
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
7–5, 6–1
United States Monica Seles Argentina Florencia Labat
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
Romania Irina Spîrlea
United States Ann Grossman
Spain Gala León García
United States Mary Joe Fernandez
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario

6–3, 6–2
Argentina Inés Gorrochategui
Romania Irina Spîrlea
Internationaux de Strasbourg
France Strasbourg, France
Tier III event
$250,000 – Clay (Red) – 30S/32Q/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Germany Steffi Graf
6–2, 7–5
Croatia Mirjana Lučić South Africa Amanda Coetzer
Austria Judith Wiesner
France Sandrine Testud
Japan Naoko Kijimuta
Belgium Sabine Appelmans
Belarus Natasha Zvereva
Czech Republic Helena Suková
Belarus Natasha Zvereva

6–1, 6–1
Kazakhstan Elena Likhovtseva
Japan Ai Sugiyama
26 May
2 June
French Open
France Paris, France
Grand Slam
$4,566,003 – Clay (Red) – 128S/64Q/64D/48X
Singles Draw – Doubles Draw - Mixed Doubles Draw
Croatia Iva Majoli
6–4, 6–2
Switzerland Martina Hingis United States Monica Seles
South Africa Amanda Coetzer
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
United States Mary Joe Fernandez
Romania Ruxandra Dragomir
Germany Steffi Graf
United States Gigi Fernández
Belarus Natasha Zvereva

6–2, 6–3
United States Mary Joe Fernandez
United States Lisa Raymond
India Mahesh Bhupathi
Japan Rika Hiraki

6–4, 6–1
United States Patrick Galbraith
United States Lisa Raymond

June[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
9 June DFS Classic
United Kingdom Birmingham, Great Britain
Tier III event
$164,250 – Grass – 56S/32Q/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
France Nathalie Tauziat
2–6, 6–2, 6–2
Indonesia Yayuk Basuki Romania Irina Spîrlea
Australia Kristine Kunce
Belgium Dominique Van Roost
Bulgaria Magdalena Maleeva
United States Lisa Raymond
Belarus Natasha Zvereva
United States Katrina Adams
Latvia Larisa Savchenko

6–2, 6–3
France Nathalie Tauziat
United States Linda Wild
16 June AEGON International
United Kingdom Eastbourne, Great Britain
Tier II event
$450,000 – Grass – 28S/32Q/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario vs. Czech Republic Jana Novotná
(cancelled due to rain)
Netherlands Brenda Schultz-McCarthy
Belarus Natasha Zvereva
United States Monica Seles
Romania Irina Spîrlea
France Nathalie Tauziat
Japan Ai Sugiyama
United States Lori McNeil
Czech Republic Helena Suková

6–2, 6–0
Netherlands Nicole Arendt
Netherlands Manon Bollegraf
Heineken Trophy
Netherlands Rosmalen, The Netherlands
Tier III event
$164,250 – Grass – 30S/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Romania Ruxandra Dragomir
5–7, 6–2, 6–4
Netherlands Miriam Oremans Germany Anke Huber
Sweden Åsa Carlsson
Belgium Sabine Appelmans
Slovakia Karina Habšudová
Belgium Dominique Van Roost
France Mary Pierce
Czech Republic Eva Melicharová
Czech Republic Helena Vildová

6–3, 7–6(6)
Slovakia Karina Habšudová
Argentina Florencia Labat
23 June
30 June
Wimbledon Championships
United Kingdom Wimbledon, London, Great Britain
Grand Slam
$4,083,056 – Grass – 128S/64QS/64D/16QD/32X
Singles Draw – Doubles Draw - Mixed Doubles Draw
Switzerland Martina Hingis
2–6, 6–3, 6–3
Czech Republic Jana Novotná Russia Anna Kournikova
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Czech Republic Denisa Chládková
Croatia Iva Majoli
Indonesia Yayuk Basuki
France Nathalie Tauziat
United States Gigi Fernández
Belarus Natasha Zvereva

7–6(4), 6–4
United States Nicole Arendt
Netherlands Manon Bollegraf
Czech Republic Cyril Suk
Czech Republic Helena Suková

4–6, 6–3, 6–4
Russia Andrei Olhovskiy
Latvia Larisa Savchenko

July[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
7 July Fed Cup: Semifinals
Czech Republic Prague, Czech Republic – Clay (Red)
France Nice, France – Clay (Red)
Semifinals Winners
 Netherlands 3–2
 France 3–2
Semifinals Losers
 Czech Republic
 Belgium
14 July Torneo Internazionale
Italy Palermo, Italy
Tier IV event
$163,000 – Clay (Red) – 32S/32Q/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
France Sandrine Testud
7–5, 6–3
Russia Elena Makarova Austria Barbara Paulus
Austria Barbara Schett
Argentina Inés Gorrochategui
Italy Silvia Farina
Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
Monaco Emmanuelle Gagliardi
Italy Silvia Farina
Austria Barbara Schett

2–6, 6–1, 6–4
Argentina Florencia Labat
Argentina Mercedes Paz
Skoda Czech Open
Czech Republic Prague, Czech Republic
Tier IV event
$160,000 – Clay (Red) – 32S/32Q/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
South Africa Joannette Kruger
6–1, 6–1
Austria Marion Maruska Germany Veronika Martinek
Romania Cătălina Cristea
France Alexia Dechaume-Balleret
Czech Republic Denisa Chládková
Slovakia Karina Habšudová
Czech Republic Ludmila Richterová
Romania Ruxandra Dragomir
Slovakia Karina Habšudová

6–1, 5–7, 6–2
Czech Republic Eva Martincová
Czech Republic Helena Vildová
21 July Bank of the West Classic
United States Stanford, United States
Tier II event
$450,000 – Hard – 28S/32Q/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Switzerland Martina Hingis
6–0, 6–2
Spain Conchita Martínez United States Lindsay Davenport
South Africa Amanda Coetzer
United States Linda Wild
Kazakhstan Elena Likhovtseva
United States Kimberly Po
United States Monica Seles
United States Lindsay Davenport
Switzerland Martina Hingis

6–1, 6–3
Spain Conchita Martínez
Argentina Patricia Tarabini
Warsaw Cup by Heros
Poland Warsaw, Poland
Tier III event
$164,250 – Clay (Red) – 32S/32Q/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Austria Barbara Paulus
6–4, 6–4
Slovakia Henrieta Nagyová Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
Romania Ruxandra Dragomir
Spain Gala León García
South Africa Joannette Kruger
Spain Cristina Torrens Valero
Slovakia Katarína Studeníková
Romania Ruxandra Dragomir
Argentina Inés Gorrochategui

6–4, 6–0
Germany Meike Babel
Australia Catherine Barclay
28 July Toshiba Classic
United States San Diego, United States
Tier II event
$450,000 – Hard – 28S/32Q/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Switzerland Martina Hingis
7–6(4), 6–4
United States Monica Seles France Mary Pierce
South Africa Amanda Coetzer
Spain Conchita Martínez
France Sandrine Testud
Indonesia Yayuk Basuki
Belarus Natasha Zvereva
Switzerland Martina Hingis
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario

6–3, 7–5
United States Amy Frazier
United States Kimberly Po
Styria Open
Austria Maria Lankowitz, Austria
Tier IV event
$107,500 – Clay (Red) – 32S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw – Doubles Draw
Austria Barbara Schett
3–6, 6–2, 6–3
Slovakia Henrieta Nagyová Spain María Sánchez Lorenzo
Germany Meike Babel
Austria Barbara Paulus
Austria Judith Wiesner
Switzerland Patty Schnyder
Spain Gala León García
Czech Republic Eva Melicharová
Czech Republic Helena Vildová

6–2, 6–2
Czech Republic Radka Bobková
Germany Wiltrud Probst

August[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
4 August Acura Classic
United States Los Angeles, United States
Tier II event
$450,000 – Hard – 30S/32Q/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Monica Seles
5–7, 7–5, 6–4
United States Lindsay Davenport Switzerland Martina Hingis
United States Amy Frazier
Germany Anke Huber
France Nathalie Tauziat
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Belarus Natasha Zvereva
Indonesia Yayuk Basuki
Netherlands Caroline Vis

7–6(7), 6–3
Latvia Larisa Savchenko
Czech Republic Helena Suková
11 August du Maurier Open
Canada Toronto, Canada
Tier I event
$926,250 – Hard – 28S/32Q/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Monica Seles
6–2, 6–4
Germany Anke Huber Spain Conchita Martínez
United States Mary Joe Fernandez
Italy Rita Grande
United States Lindsay Davenport
South Africa Amanda Coetzer
Bulgaria Magdalena Maleeva
Indonesia Yayuk Basuki
Netherlands Caroline Vis

3–6, 7–5, 6–4
United States Nicole Arendt
Netherlands Manon Bollegraf
18 August U.S. Hardcourt Championships
United States Atlanta, United States
Tier II event
$450,000 – Hard – 28S/32Q/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Lindsay Davenport
6–4, 6–1
France Sandrine Testud South Africa Amanda Coetzer
Croatia Iva Majoli
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Belgium Dominique Van Roost
Netherlands Brenda Schultz-McCarthy
United States Monica Seles
United States Nicole Arendt
Netherlands Manon Bollegraf

6–7(5), 6–3, 6–2
France Alexandra Fusai
France Nathalie Tauziat
25 August
1 September
U.S. Open
United States Flushing Meadows, New York, United States
Grand Slam
$4,976,000 – Hard – 128S/128QS/64D/16QD/32X
Singles Draw – Doubles Draw - Mixed Doubles Draw
Switzerland Martina Hingis
6–0, 6–4
United States Venus Williams United States Lindsay Davenport
Romania Irina Spîrlea
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
France Sandrine Testud
United States Monica Seles
United States Lindsay Davenport
Czech Republic Jana Novotná

6–3, 6–4
United States Gigi Fernández
Belarus Natasha Zvereva
United States Rick Leach
Netherlands Manon Bollegraf

3–6, 7–5, 6–3
Argentina Pablo Albano
Argentina Mercedes Paz

September[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
15 September Toyota Princess Cup
Japan Tokyo, Japan
Tier II event
$450,000 – Hard – 28S/32Q/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Monica Seles
6–1, 3–6, 7–6(5)
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Japan Naoko Sawamatsu
Indonesia Yayuk Basuki
Belarus Natasha Zvereva
Spain Conchita Martínez
United States Kimberly Po
China Li Fang
United States Monica Seles
Japan Ai Sugiyama

6–1, 6–0
France Julie Halard-Decugis
United States Chanda Rubin
22 September Sparkassen Cup International GP
Germany Leipzig, Germany
Tier II event
$450,000 – Carpet (i) – 28S/32Q/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
6–2, 4–6, 6–3
South Africa Amanda Coetzer Switzerland Martina Hingis
Germany Anke Huber
Belgium Sabine Appelmans
Poland Magdalena Grzybowska
Croatia Iva Majoli
Czech Republic Sandra Kleinová
Switzerland Martina Hingis
Czech Republic Jana Novotná

6–2, 6–2
Indonesia Yayuk Basuki
Czech Republic Helena Suková
Wismilak International
Indonesia Surabaya, Indonesia
Tier IV event
$155,340 – Hard – 32S/28Q/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Belgium Dominique Van Roost
6–1, 6–3
Czech Republic Lenka Němečková Australia Rachel McQuillan
Venezuela María Vento
Madagascar Dally Randriantefy
Australia Nicole Pratt
France Sarah Pitkowski
Japan Haruka Inoue
Australia Kerry-Anne Guse
Japan Rika Hiraki

6–1, 7–6(5)
Canada Maureen Drake
Canada Renata Kolbovic
9 September Fed Cup: Final
Netherlands 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands – Carpet (i)
 France
4-1
 Netherlands

October[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
6 October Porsche Tennis Grand Prix
Germany Filderstadt, Germany
Tier II event
$450,000 – Hard (i) – 28S/32Q/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Switzerland Martina Hingis
6–4, 6–2
United States Lisa Raymond South Africa Amanda Coetzer
Romania Irina Spîrlea
Bulgaria Magdalena Maleeva
Switzerland Patty Schnyder
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Japan Naoko Sawamatsu
Switzerland Martina Hingis
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario

7–6(4), 3–6, 7–6(3)
United States Lindsay Davenport
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
13 October European Indoor Championships
Switzerland Zurich, Switzerland
Tier I event
$926,250 – Hard – 28S/32Q/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Lindsay Davenport
7–6(3), 7–5
France Nathalie Tauziat United States Lisa Raymond
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Switzerland Martina Hingis
Belgium Sabine Appelmans
United States Venus Williams
Czech Republic Sandra Kleinová
Switzerland Martina Hingis
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario

4–6, 6–4, 6–1
Latvia Larisa Savchenko
Czech Republic Helena Suková
20 October SEAT Open
Luxembourg Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Tier III event
$164,250 – Carpet (i) – 30S/32Q/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
South Africa Amanda Coetzer
6–4, 3–6, 7–5
Austria Barbara Paulus Slovakia Katarína Studeníková
France Anne-Gaëlle Sidot
Netherlands Miriam Oremans
South Africa Joannette Kruger
Belgium Sabine Appelmans
Slovakia Henrieta Nagyová
Latvia Larisa Savchenko
Czech Republic Helena Suková

6–2, 6–4
Germany Meike Babel
Belgium Laurence Courtois
Bell Challenge
Canada Quebec City, Canada
Tier III event
$164,250 – Carpet (i) – 28S/32Q/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Netherlands Brenda Schultz-McCarthy
6–4, 6–7(4), 7–5
Belgium Dominique Van Roost United States Chanda Rubin
United States Lisa Raymond
United States Corina Morariu
Venezuela María Vento
United States Jolene Watanabe
Poland Magdalena Grzybowska
United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Rennae Stubbs

6–4, 5–7, 7–5
France Alexandra Fusai
France Nathalie Tauziat
27 October Kremlin Cup
Russia Moscow, Russia
Tier I event
$926,250 – Carpet (i) – 28S/32Q/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
6–3, 6–4
Japan Ai Sugiyama Spain Conchita Martínez
Belgium Dominique Van Roost
United States Venus Williams
France Sandrine Testud
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Romania Irina Spîrlea
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Belarus Natasha Zvereva

5-3 def.
Indonesia Yayuk Basuki
Netherlands Caroline Vis

November[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
3 November Ameritech Cup
United States Chicago, United States
Tier II event
$450,000 – Carpet (i) – 28S/32Q/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Lindsay Davenport
6–0, 7–5
France Nathalie Tauziat Croatia Iva Majoli
United States Serena Williams
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Indonesia Yayuk Basuki
United States Lisa Raymond
United States Monica Seles
France Alexandra Fusai
France Nathalie Tauziat

6–3, 6–2
United States Lindsay Davenport
United States Monica Seles
10 November Advanta Championships
United States Philadelphia, United States
Tier II event
$450,000 – Carpet (i) – 30S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw – Doubles Draw
Switzerland Martina Hingis
7–5, 6–7(7), 7–6(4)
United States Lindsay Davenport Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Romania Irina Spîrlea
Germany Anke Huber
South Africa Amanda Coetzer
United States Monica Seles
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Rennae Stubbs

6–3, 7–5
United States Lindsay Davenport
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
17 November Chase Championships
United States New York, United States
Year-End Championships
$2,000,000 – Carpet (i) – 16S/8D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
7–6(4), 6–2, 6–3
France Mary Pierce France Nathalie Tauziat
Romania Irina Spîrlea
Switzerland Martina Hingis
Croatia Iva Majoli
United States Mary Joe Fernandez
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
United States Lindsay Davenport
Czech Republic Jana Novotná

6–7(5), 6–3, 6–2
France Alexandra Fusai
France Nathalie Tauziat
Volvo Women's Open
Thailand Pattaya City, Thailand
Tier IV event
$107,500 – Hard – 30S/32Q/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Slovakia Henrieta Nagyová
7–5, 6–7(6), 7–5
Belgium Dominique Van Roost Romania Ruxandra Dragomir
Belarus Olga Barabanschikova
United States Corina Morariu
Czech Republic Sandra Kleinová
Australia Nicole Pratt
Belgium Laurence Courtois
Australia Kristine Kunce
United States Corina Morariu

6–3, 6–4
Argentina Florencia Labat
Belgium Dominique Van Roost

Statistical Information[edit]

List of players and titles won, last name alphabetically:

The following players won their first title:

List of titles won by country:

  • Switzerland Switzerland 12 - Sydney, Australian Open, Tokyo (Tier I), Paris, Miami, Hilton Head, Wimbledon, Stanford, San Diego, US Open, Filderstadt, Philadelphia
  • United States USA 11 - Linz, Oklahoma City, Indian Wells, Amelia Island, Berlin, Los Angeles, Toronto, Atlanta, Tokyo (Tier II), Zurich, Chicago
  • Croatia Croatia 4 - Hanover, Hamburg, Bol, French Open
  • Czech Republic Czech Republic 4 - Madrid, Leipzig, Moscow, Season-Ending Championships
  • Austria Austria 3 - Auckland, Warsaw, Maria Lankowitz
  • France France 3 - Rome, Birmingham, Palermo
  • South Africa South Africa 3 - Budapest, Prague, Luxembourg
  • Belgium Belgium 2 - Hobart, Surabaya
  • Japan Japan 2 - Tokyo (Tier III), Jakarta
  • Germany Germany 1 - Strasbourg
  • Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 1 - Hope Island
  • Netherlands Netherlands 1 - Quebec City
  • Romania Romania 1 - Rosmalen
  • Slovakia Slovakia 1 - Pattaya
  • Spain Spain 1 - Cardiff

Rankings[edit]

Below are the 1997 WTA year-end rankings in both singles and doubles competition:

Singles Year-end Ranking[1]
No Player Name Points 1996 Change
1  Martina Hingis (SUI) 6,264 6 +5
2  Jana Novotná (CZE) 3,754 5 +3
3  Lindsay Davenport (USA) 3,696 9 +6
4  Amanda Coetzer (RSA) 3,360 14 +10
5  Monica Seles (USA) 2,988 2 -3
6  Iva Majoli (CRO) 2,874 8 +2
7  Mary Pierce (FRA) 2,861 24 +17
8  Irina Spîrlea (ROU) 2,577 10 +2
9  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (ESP) 2,361 3 -6
10  Mary Joe Fernandez (USA) 2,114 32 +19
11  Nathalie Tauziat (FRA) 2,003 16 +5
12  Conchita Martínez (ESP) 1988 4 -8
13  Sandrine Testud (FRA) 1,841 41 +28
14  Anke Huber (GER) 1,829 7 -7
15  Brenda Schultz-McCarthy (NED) 1,543 12 -3
16  Sabine Appelmans (BEL) 1,502 21 +5
17  Lisa Raymond (USA) 1,437 27 +10
18  Dominique Van Roost (BEL) 1,394 48 +30
19  Ruxandra Dragomir (ROM) 1,333 25 +6
20  Ai Sugiyama (JPN) 1,252 28 +8
Doubles Year-end Ranking[2]
No Player Name Points 1996 Change
1  Natasha Zvereva (BLR) 5,435 9 +8
2  Lindsay Davenport (USA) 5,377 7 +5
3  Martina Hingis (SUI) 4,409 10 +7
4  Gigi Fernández (USA) 4,175 4 =
5  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (ESP) 4,129 1 -4
6  Jana Novotná (CZE) 3,997 3 -3
7  Manon Bollegraf (NED) 3,982 15 +8
8  Nicole Arendt (USA) 3,720 11 +3
9  Larisa Neiland (LAT) 3,327 2 -7
10  Helena Suková (CZE) 3,046 6 -4
11  Caroline Vis (NED) 2,963 19 +8
12  Lisa Raymond (USA) 2,853 12 =
13  Nathalie Tauziat (FRA) 2,842 14 +1
14  Alexandra Fusai (FRA) 2,820 35 +21
15  Yayuk Basuki (INA) 2,721 20 +5
16  Mary Joe Fernandez (USA) 2,463 5 -11
17  Patricia Tarabini (ARG) 2,322 30 +13
18  Nana Miyagi (JPN) 2,102 29 +11
19  Conchita Martínez (ESP) 1,928 28 +9
20  Naoko Kijimuta (JPN) 1,787 46 +26


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hill, James (2011-11-11). "Corel WTA Tour Rankings Rank Date: 23 November 1997". WTA. Retrieved 2011-05-24. 
  2. ^ Hill, James (2011-11-11). "Corel WTA Tour Rankings Rank Date: 23 November 1997". WTA. Retrieved 2011-05-24.