Natasha Zvereva

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Natasha Zvereva
Наташа Зверaва
Natasha Zvereva 2010.jpg
Country  Soviet Union (1988–1991)
 Belarus (from 1992)
Residence Minsk, Belarus
Born (1971-04-16) 16 April 1971 (age 43)
Minsk, Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro May 1988
Retired 2002
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money US$7,792,503
Int. Tennis HOF 2010 (member page)
Singles
Career record 434–252
Career titles 4 WTA, 3 ITF
Highest ranking No. 5 (22 May 1989)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open QF (1995)
French Open F (1988)
Wimbledon SF (1998)
US Open QF (1993)
Doubles
Career record 714–170
Career titles 80 WTA, 3 ITF
Highest ranking No. 1 (7 October 1991)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (1993, 1994, 1997)
French Open W (1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997)
Wimbledon W (1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997)
US Open W (1991, 1992, 1995, 1996)
Other Doubles tournaments
Tour Finals W (1993, 1994, 1998)
Mixed Doubles
Career titles 2
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open W (1990, 1995)
Wimbledon F (1991)
US Open F (1990)
Last updated on: 13 April 2009.
Olympic medal record
Women's Tennis
Competitor for the Unified Team
Bronze 1992 Barcelona doubles

Natasha Zvereva, or Zverava, (born Natalla Marataŭna Zvierava; Belarusian: Наталля Маратаўна Зверава; 16 April 1971) is a former tennis player from Belarus. Zvereva was the first major athlete in the Soviet Union to demand publicly that she should be able to keep her tournament earnings.[1] The team of Zvereva and Gigi Fernández won more women's doubles titles and Grand Slam women's doubles championships (18) than any other team since the team of Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver.[2][3] Navratilova, speaking of the abilities of the two teams, said that she and Shriver were better, but "We were power. They are finesse. It would have been close."[4]

On 12 July 2010, Zvereva was inducted in the International Tennis Hall of Fame alongside Fernandez.

Playing style[edit]

Zvereva used a baseline, counter-punching style centered around topspin and her double-handed backhand. She had great hands,[5] used a variety of spins, and was willing to rush the net and volley.[6] Though Zvereva's talent was never in doubt, she often suffered from lapses in concentration during matches and in her confidence as a singles player.[7][8]

Career[edit]

As a junior, Zvereva won the Wimbledon girls singles title in 1986, defeating Leila Meskhi in the final 2–6, 6–2, 9–7. Zvereva also won the US Open girls singles championship in 1987, beating Sandra Birch in the final 6–0, 6–3.

After turning pro, Zvereva won four WTA Tour singles titles and 80 WTA Tour doubles titles. Eighteen of them were in Grand Slam tournaments: five at Wimbledon, four at the US Open, five at the French Open, and four at the Australian Open. She won those Grand Slam doubles titles with four different partners: Gigi Fernández, Martina Hingis, Pam Shriver, and Larisa Savchenko Neiland. She achieved non-calendar year Grand Slams twice: in 1992–93 with Fernández and in 1996–97 with Fernández (three tournaments) and Hingis (Australia).

In addition to her Grand Slam doubles titles, Zvereva teamed with Meskhi to win a bronze medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.

Zvereva's best achievement in singles was in 1988 when, at age of 17, she beat second ranked Navratilova in the fourth round and sixth seeded Helena Suková in the quarterfinals en route to the final of the French Open. In the semifinals, Zvereva saved two match points against Nicole Bradtke before winning 6–3, 6–7, 7–5. In the final, she lost to Steffi Graf 6–0, 6–0 in only 32 minutes (the shortest Grand Slam final ever), who went on to win all four Grand Slam singles titles and an Olympic gold medal that year. Zvereva is one of the few players to have beaten both Graf and Monica Seles in the same Grand Slam singles tournament. At Wimbledon in 1998, Zvereva defeated the fourth seeded Graf in the third round 6–4, 7–5 and the sixth seeded Seles in a quarterfinal 7–6(4), 6–2. Starting with the French Open in 1987 and extending through Wimbledon in 2000, Zvereva played in 51 of the 54 Grand Slam singles tournaments held during that period.

In addition to her Grand Slam women's doubles titles, Zvereva twice won the mixed doubles title at the Australian Open. She partnered with Jim Pugh to win the title in 1990 and with Rick Leach in 1995.

Zvereva retired from professional tennis in 2003. Her last appearance in a Grand Slam Tournament was in Wimbledon 2002, where she lost on the first round to Marlene Weingartner 4–6, 6–3, 6–2. She played in the invitational doubles event in 2007.

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (0 titles, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1988 French Open Clay Germany Steffi Graf 0–6, 0–6

Doubles: 31 (18 titles, 13 runner-ups)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1988 Wimbledon (1) Grass Soviet Union Larisa Savchenko West Germany Steffi Graf
Argentina Gabriela Sabatini
6–3, 1–6, 12–10
Winner 1989 French Open (1) Clay Soviet Union Larisa Savchenko West Germany Steffi Graf
Argentina Gabriela Sabatini
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 1989 Wimbledon (2) Grass Soviet Union Larisa Savchenko Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
6–1, 6–2
Runner-up 1990 French Open (1) Clay Soviet Union Larisa Savchenko Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 1991 French Open (2) Clay Soviet Union Larisa Savchenko United States Gigi Fernández
Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
6–4, 6–0
Winner 1991 Wimbledon (1) Grass Latvia Larisa Savchenko United States Gigi Fernández
Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
6–4, 3–6, 6–4
Winner 1991 US Open (1) Hard United States Pam Shriver Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
Latvia Larisa Savchenko
6–4, 4–6, 7–6(5)
Winner 1992 French Open (2) Clay United States Gigi Fernández Spain Conchita Martínez
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–3, 6–2
Winner 1992 Wimbledon (2) Grass United States Gigi Fernández Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
Latvia Larisa Savchenko
6–4, 6–1
Winner 1992 US Open (2) Hard United States Gigi Fernández Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
Latvia Larisa Savchenko
7–6(4), 6–1
Winner 1993 Australian Open (1) Hard United States Gigi Fernández United States Pam Shriver
Australia Elizabeth Smylie
6–4, 6–3
Winner 1993 French Open (3) Clay United States Gigi Fernández Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Latvia Larisa Savchenko
6–3, 7–5
Winner 1993 Wimbledon (3) Grass United States Gigi Fernández Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Latvia Larisa Savchenko
6–4, 6–7(9), 6–4
Winner 1994 Australian Open (2) Hard United States Gigi Fernández United States Patty Fendick
Australia Meredith McGrath
6–3, 4–6, 6–4
Winner 1994 French Open (4) Clay United States Gigi Fernández United States Lindsay Davenport
United States Lisa Raymond
6–2, 6–2
Winner 1994 Wimbledon (4) Grass United States Gigi Fernández Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 1995 Australian Open (1) Hard United States Gigi Fernández Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–3, 6–7(3), 6–4
Winner 1995 French Open (5) Clay United States Gigi Fernández Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–7(6), 6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 1995 Wimbledon (3) Grass United States Gigi Fernández Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
5–7, 7–5, 6–4
Winner 1995 US Open (3) Hard United States Gigi Fernández Netherlands Brenda Schultz
Australia Rennae Stubbs
7–5, 6–3
Runner-up 1996 French Open (3) Clay United States Gigi Fernández United States Lindsay Davenport
United States Mary Joe Fernandez
6–2, 6–1
Winner 1996 US Open (4) Hard United States Gigi Fernández Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
1–6, 6–1, 6–4
Winner 1997 Australian Open (3) Hard Switzerland Martina Hingis United States Lindsay Davenport
United States Lisa Raymond
6–2, 6–2
Winner 1997 French Open (6) Clay United States Gigi Fernández United States Mary Joe Fernandez
United States Lisa Raymond
6–2, 6–3
Winner 1997 Wimbledon (5) Grass United States Gigi Fernández United States Nicole Arendt
Netherlands Manon Bollegraf
7–6(4), 6–4
Runner-up 1997 US Open (1) Hard United States Gigi Fernández United States Lindsay Davenport
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 1998 Australian Open (2) Hard United States Lindsay Davenport Switzerland Martina Hingis
Croatia Mirjana Lučić
6–4, 2–6, 6–3
Runner-up 1998 French Open (4) Clay United States Lindsay Davenport Switzerland Martina Hingis
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
6–1, 7–6
Runner-up 1998 Wimbledon (4) Grass United States Lindsay Davenport Switzerland Martina Hingis
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
6–3, 3–6, 8–6
Runner-up 1998 US Open (2) Hard United States Lindsay Davenport Switzerland Martina Hingis
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 1999 Australian Open (3) Hard United States Lindsay Davenport Switzerland Martina Hingis
Russia Anna Kournikova
7–5, 6–3

Mixed doubles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runner-ups)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1990 Australian Open (1) Hard United States Jim Pugh United States Zina Garrison
United States Rick Leach
4–6, 6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 1990 US Open (1) Hard United States Jim Pugh Australia Elizabeth Smylie
Australia Todd Woodbridge
6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 1991 Wimbledon (1) Grass United States Jim Pugh Australia Elizabeth Smylie
Australia John Fitzgerald
7–6(4), 6–2
Winner 1995 Australian Open (2) Hard United States Rick Leach United States Gigi Fernández
Czech Republic Cyril Suk
7–6(4), 6–7(3), 6–4

Titles (84)[edit]

Singles (4)[edit]

Legend
Tier II (2)
Tier III (1)
Tier IV (1)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in Final Score in Final
1. 7 January 1990 Brisbane, Australia Hard Australia Rachel McQuillan 6–4, 6–0
2. 14 January 1990 Sydney, Australia Hard Austria Barbara Paulus 4–6, 6–1, 6–3
3. 13 February 1994 Chicago, USA Carpet (i) United States Chanda Rubin 6–3, 7–5
4. 20 June 1999 Eastbourne, UK Grass France Nathalie Tauziat 0–6, 7–5, 6–3

Doubles (80)[edit]

Grand slam events in boldface.

Singles runner-ups (15)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam (1)
Tier I (3)
Tier II (5)
Tier III (1)
Tier IV (1)
Tier V (1)
VS (3)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in Final Score in Final
1. 9 November 1986 Little Rock, USA Carpet (i) United States Kathy Rinaldi 6–4, 6–7(7), 6–0
2. 8 November 1987 Little Rock, USA Hard Italy Sandra Cecchini 0–6, 6–1, 6–3
3. 15 November 1987 Chicago, USA Carpet (i) United States Martina Navratilova 6–1, 6–2
4. 5 June 1988 French Open, Paris Clay West Germany Steffi Graf 6–0, 6–0
5. 19 June 1988 Eastbourne, UK Grass United States Martina Navratilova 6–2, 6–2
6. 21 August 1988 Montreal, Canada Hard Argentina Gabriela Sabatini 6–1, 6–2
7. 6 November 1988 Worchester, US Carpet (i) United States Martina Navratilova 6–7(4), 6–4, 6–3
8. 9 April 1989 Hilton Head Island, USA Clay West Germany Steffi Graf 6–1, 6–1
9. 15 October 1989 Moscow, USSR Carpet (i) United States Gretchen Magers 6–3, 6–4
10. 16 June 1991 Birmingham, UK Grass United States Martina Navratilova 6–4, 7–6(6)
11. 17 October 1993 Filderstadt, Germany Carpet (i) France Mary Pierce 6–3, 6–3
12. 20 March 1994 Key Biscayne, USA Hard Germany Steffi Graf 4–6, 6–1, 6–2
13. 3 April 1994 Hilton Head Island, USA Clay Spain Conchita Martínez 6–4, 6–0
14. 9 October 1994 Zürich, Switzerland Carpet (i) Bulgaria Magdalena Maleeva 7–5, 3–6, 6–4
15. 5 March 1995 Indian Wells, USA Hard United States Mary Joe Fernández 6–4, 6–3

Grand Slam singles performance timeline[edit]

 Soviet Union  Belarus
Tournament 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 Career SR
Australian Open A A A 2R 4R 2R 3R 1R QF 1R 3R 3R 3R 2R A A 0 / 11
French Open 3R F 1R 4R 2R QF 4R 4R 1R 3R 4R 2R 2R 4R A A 0 / 14
Wimbledon 4R 4R 3R QF 2R QF QF 1R 3R 2R 1R SF 2R 2R A 1R 0 / 15
US Open 3R 1R 4R 2R 4R 3R QF A 4R 3R 3R 2R 2R A A A 0 / 12
SR 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 52

A = did not participate in the tournament.

SR = the ratio of the number of Grand Slam singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played.

Women's doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 SR W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open NH A A A QF QF SF W W F QF W F F 2R A A 3 / 11 47–8
French Open A A 3R W F F W W W W F W F QF 3R A 1R 6 / 14 63–8
Wimbledon A 1R F F SF W W W W F SF W F SF SF A 2R 5 / 15 66–10
US Open A 1R 2R QF SF W W SF SF W W F F 3R A A 3R 4 / 13 54–10
Win–Loss 0–0 0–2 8–3 14–2 16–4 20–2 22–1 22–1 22–1 22–2 18–3 23–1 20–4 13–4 7–3 0–0 3–3 18 / 53 230–36

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