Meredith McGrath

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Meredith McGrath is a former professional tennis player. She was born on April 28, 1971 in Midland, Michigan, USA and made her debut on the Women's Tennis Association tour in 1988. In her eight-year professional career Meredith achieved career-high world rankings of #18 in singles and #4 in doubles. She notched victories over such players as Martina Navratilova, Martina Hingis, Anna Kournikova, Jana Novotna, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, and Gigi Fernandez. The pinnacle of her career came in reaching the singles semi-finals and doubles finals at the 1996 Wimbledon Championships. An injury the week prior to the 1996 Wimbledon Championships eventually ended her career. Meredith won the 1995 U.S. Open Mixed Doubles Championship (she was runner-up in 1989) and was the runner-up in the 1994 Australian Open Doubles Championship. Meredith won three WTA singles titles: Oklahoma City and Eastbourne in 1994 and Birmingham in 1996, 25 doubles titles. She retired with a 140–83 record in singles and a 189–40 record in doubles. Meredith was recognized by Tennis Magazine as the WTA Comeback Player of the Year as she overcame near career-ending injuries to having her most successful competitive season in 1996. In 1994 she received the WTA Tour Comeback Player of the Year.

Meredith played her collegiate tennis at Stanford University where she, during her only collegiate season, earned All-American honors in both singles and doubles after having achieved year-end rankings of #2 in singles and #1 in doubles (undefeated). Meredith had maintained #1 rankings in both singles and doubles during her freshman year until a loss at the NCAA Championships. Meredith turned pro after her freshman year, but returned to Stanford to earn her degree in 2000 after injuries forced her early retirement. In 1990, Meredith was awarded the Block S Award for the Most Outstanding Freshman Athlete at Stanford and with her doubles partner, Teri Whitlinger, was named the Volvo Tennis/Tennis Magazine Doubles Team of the Year. Meredith is also a 2012 inductee into the prestigious Stanford Hall of Fame.

Meredith is also a member of the USTA Midwest Hall of Fame and the USTA NorCal Hall of Fame.

As the #1 ranked junior player in the world, McGrath won a total of 19 national and international junior titles. She captured the U.S. Open Junior Doubles Title and Wimbledon Junior Doubles Title with Jennifer Capriati in 1989, and won the U.S. Open Junior Doubles Title with Kim Po in 1987 and 1988. Meredith was the runner-up in the 1988 Wimbledon Junior Singles championship. A three-time national All-American in high school, Meredith won three Michigan High School Division A State Championships. She also received six USTA National Championship Sportsmanship Awards.

WTA Tour finals[edit]

Singles 3 (3–0)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam 0
WTA Championships 0
Tier I 0
Tier II 1
Tier III 2
Tier IV & V 0
Olympic Games 0
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. February 20, 1994 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA Hard Netherlands Brenda Schultz 7–6, 7–6
Winner 2. June 18, 1994 Eastbourne, England Grass United States Linda Harvey-Wild 6–2, 6–4
Winner 3. June 16, 1996 Birmingham, England Grass France Nathalie Tauziat 2–6, 6–4, 6–4

Doubles 38 (26–12)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam 0
WTA Championships 0
Tier I 3
Tier II 7
Tier III 5
Tier IV & V 5
Olympic Games 0
Titles by Surface
Hard 14
Clay 2
Grass 0
Carpet 10
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in Final Score in Final
Runner-up 1. June 18, 1989 Birmingham, England Grass United States Pam Shriver Soviet Union Larisa Savchenko
Soviet Union Natalia Zvereva
5–7, 7–5, 0–6
Winner 2. November 12, 1989 Nashville, Tennessee, USA Hard Netherlands Manon Bollegraf Soviet Union Natalia Medvedeva
Soviet Union Leila Meskhi
1–6, 7–6, 7–6
Winner 3. February 11, 1990 Wichita, Kansas, USA Hard Netherlands Manon Bollegraf United States Mary-Lou Daniels
United States Wendy Prausa
6–0, 6–2
Winner 4. August 12, 1990 Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA Hard United States Anne Smith United States Mareen Louie-Harper
United States Wendy Prausa
7–6, 6–4
Runner-up 5. September 16, 1990 Light 'n' Lively Doubles, USA Carpet Netherlands Manon Bollegraf Soviet Union Larisa Savchenko
Soviet Union Natalia Zvereva
4–6, 1–6
Winner 6. November 4, 1990 Oakland, California, USA Carpet United States Anne Smith South Africa Rosalyn Fairbank-Nideffer
United States Robin White
2–6, 6–0, 6–4
Winner 7. November 11, 1990 Oakland, California, USA Hard United States Patty Fendick United States Katrina Adams
Canada Jill Hetherington
6–1, 6–1
Winner 8. February 24, 1991 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA Hard United States Anne Smith United States Katrina Adams
Canada Jill Hetherington
6–1, 6–1
Winner 9. March 10, 1991 Boca Raton, Florida, USA Hard United Kingdom Samantha Smith Soviet Union Larisa Savchenko-Neiland
Soviet Union Natalia Zvereva
4–6, 6–7
Runner-up 10. April 18, 1993 Pattaya, Thailand Hard United States Patty Fendick United States Cammy Macgregor
France Catherine Suire
3–6, 6–7
Winner 11. April 25, 1993 Kuala Lumpur, Maylasia Hard United States Patty Fendick United States Nicole Arendt
Australia Kristine Radford
6–4, 7–6
Winner 12. October 17, 1993 Montpellier, France Carpet Germany Claudia Porwik Slovakia Janette Husárová
Belgium Dominique Monami
3–6, 6–2, 7–6
Winner 13. November 7, 1993 Oakland, California, USA Carpet United States Patty Fendick South Africa Amanda Coetzer
Argentina Inés Gorrochategui
6–2, 6–0
Winner 14. January 16, 1994 Sydney, Australia Hard United States Patty Fendick Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 15. January 30, 1994 Australian Open, Australia Hard United States Patty Fendick United States Gigi Fernández
Belarus Natalia Zvereva
3–6, 6–4, 4–6
Winner 16. February 20, 1994 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA Hard United States Patty Fendick United States Katrina Adams
Netherlands Manon Bollegraf
7–6, 6–2
Runner-up 17. March 20, 1994 Key Biscayne, Florida, USA Hard United States Patty Fendick United States Gigi Fernández
Belarus Natalia Zvereva
3–6, 1–6
Winner 18. April 17, 1994 Pattaya, Thailand Hard United States Patty Fendick Indonesia Yayuk Basuki
Japan Nana Miyagi
7–6, 3–6, 6–3
Winner 19. April 24, 1994 Singapore Hard United States Patty Fendick United States Nicole Arendt
Australia Krisine Radford
6–4, 6–1
Winner 20. August 21, 1994 Canadian Open, Canada Hard Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario United States Pam Shriver
Australia Liz Smylie
2–6, 6–2, 64
Winner 21. August 28, 1994 Schenectady, New York, USA Hard Latvia Larisa Savchenko United States Pam Shriver
Australia Liz Smylie
6–2, 6–2
Winner 22. October 2, 1994 Leipzig, Germany Carpet United States Patty Fendick Netherlands Manon Bollegraf
Latvia Larisa Savchenko
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 23. October 9, 1994 Zurich, Switzerland Carpet United States Patty Fendick Netherlands Manon Bollegraf
United States Martina Navratilova
6–7, 1–6
Winner 24. February 9, 1995 Paris, France Hard Latvia Larisa Savchenko Netherlands Manon Bollegraf
Australia Rennae Stubbs
6–4, 6–1
Winner 25. February 26, 1995 Linz, Austria Carpet France Nathalie Tauziat Croatia Iva Majoli
Austria Petra Schwarz
6–1, 6–2
Winner 26. May 27, 1995 Edinburgh, Scotland Clay Latvia Larisa Savchenko Netherlands Manon Bollegraf
Australia Rennae Stubbs
6–2, 7–6
Winner 27. September 23, 1995 Moscow, Russia Carpet Latvia Larisa Savchenko Russia Anna Kournikova
Poland Aleksandra Olsza
6–1, 6–1
Winner 28. October 1, 1995 Leipzig, Germany Carpet Latvia Larisa Savchenko Netherlands Brenda Schultz-McCarthy
Netherlands Caroline Vis
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 29. October 15, 1995 Filderstadt, Germany Hard Latvia Larisa Savchenko United States Gigi Fernández
Belarus Natalia Zvereva
7–5, 1–6 4–6
Winner 30. October 22, 1995 Brighton, England Carpet Latvia Larisa Savchenko United States Lori McNeil
Czech Republic Helena Suková
7–5, 6–1
Runner-up 31. November 12, 1995 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Carpet Latvia Larisa Savchenko United States Lori McNeil
Czech Republic Helena Suková
6–4, 3–6, 4–6
Winner 32. February 25, 1996 Essen, Germany Carpet Latvia Larisa Savchenko United States Lori McNeil
Czech Republic Helena Suková
6–4, 3–6, 4–6
Winner 33. March 3, 1996 Linz, Austria Carpet Netherlands Manon Bollegraf Australia Rennae Stubbs
Czech Republic Helena Suková
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 34. March 30, 1996 Key Biscayne, Florida, USA Hard Latvia Larisa Savchenko Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 35. April 14, 1996 Amelia Island, Florida, USA Clay Latvia Larisa Savchenko United States Chanda Rubin
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
4–6, 4–6
Winner 36. May 19, 1996 WTA German Open, Berlin, Germany Clay Latvia Larisa Savchenko Switzerland Martina Hingis
Czech Republic Helena Suková
6–1, 5–7, 7–6
Runner-up 37. July 7, 1996 Wimbledon, England Grass Latvia Larisa Savchenko Switzerland Martina Hingis
Czech Republic Helena Suková
7–5, 5–7, 1–6
Runner-up 38. January 17, 1998 Sydney, Australia Hard United States Katrina Adams Switzerland Martina Hingis
Czech Republic Helena Suková
1–6, 2–6

Mixed doubles 2 (1–1)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam 1
WTA Championships 0
Tier I 0
Tier II 0
Tier III 0
Tier IV & V 0
Olympic Games 0
Titles by Surface
Hard 1
Clay 0
Grass 0
Carpet 0
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in Final Score in Final
Runner-up 1. September 10, 1989 US Open, USA Hard United States Rick Leach United States Shelby Cannon
United States Robin White
6–3, 2–6, 5–7
Winner 2. September 10, 1995 US Open, USA Hard United States Matt Lucena Czech Republic Cyril Suk
United States Gigi Fernández
6–4, 6–4

Women's doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 SR W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A A F 3R SF A 1R 0 / 4 11–4
French Open A A A QF A 1R 3R 3R SF A A 0 / 5 11–5
Wimbledon A 1R 2R A A 2R 3R SF F A A 0 / 6 13–6
US Open 1R 2R 1R A A 3R QF 3R A A A 0 / 6 8–6
Win–Loss 0–1 1–2 1–2 3–1 0–0 3–3 12–4 10–4 13–3 0–0 0–1 0 / 21 43–21

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