Shortest tennis match records

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This article covers records concerning the shortest ever tennis matches both in terms of number of games and duration in terms of time. Matches affected by a retirement or default are not listed.

Steffi Graf won the quickest ever French Open Final in 34 minutes.[1] [2] [3]

Short times[edit]

Men[edit]

Overall[edit]

  • Jack Harper lost just a single point when he defeated J. Sandiford 6–0, 6–0 at the 1946 Surrey Open Hard Court Championships in a match that lasted 18 minutes, the shortest men's singles match on record.[4]
  • Francisco Clavet set an ATP tournament record for Shanghai in the first round of the 2001 Shanghai Rolex Masters when he defeated Jiang Shan (Li Na's husband) in 25 minutes, 6–0, 6–0.[5]

Masters Tour[edit]

Grand Slams[edit]

Wimbledon[edit]

Women[edit]

Overall[edit]

  • Margaret Court won the 1963 Eastern Grass Court Championships crown in a record 24-minute match.[9]
  • Helen Wills defeated Joan Fry at the 1927 Wightman Cup 6–2, 6–0 in 24 minutes.[10]
  • Helen Wills, while dispatching Emily Wright 6-0, 6–0 in Beaulieu, France in 1926, won the first set in 9 minutes.[11]

Grand Slams[edit]

French Open[edit]
Wimbledon[edit]
  • During the 1969 tournament, Susan Tutt beat Marion Boundy 6–2, 6–0 in 20 minutes.[13]
  • In the 1922 Wimbledon final Suzanne Lenglen defeated Molla Mallory, 6–2, 6–0, in 23 minutes. Some accounts state that the match was over in 20 minutes.[14]
  • In the 1925 Wimbledon final Lenglen defeated Joan Fry in 25 minutes, 6–2, 6–0.[15]

Fewest games[edit]

  •    = winner of the match also won the tournament.

Men[edit]

There have been at least 12 best-of-five-set matches which have lasted 18 games (6–0, 6–0, 6–0) in the Open era.[citation needed] This is the shortest possible length for a best-of-five-set men's singles match without retirements or defaults.

Year Grand Slam Round Winner Loser
1968 French Open First round Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Nikola Špear France Daniel Contet
1981 Davis Cup Play Off France Thierry Tulasne Japan Shinichi Sakamoto
1984 Davis Cup First Round Spain Emilio Sanchez Algeria Kamel Harrad
1987 French Open Second round Czechoslovakia Karel Nováček Argentina Eduardo Bengoechea
1987 Wimbledon First round Sweden Stefan Edberg Sweden Stefan Eriksson
1987 US Open First round Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl South Africa Barry Moir
1993 French Open Second round Spain Sergi Bruguera France Thierry Champion
2001 Wimbledon Qualifying Australia Todd Woodbridge Sweden Johan Ortegren
2005 Davis Cup Second Round Brazil Ricardo Mello Netherlands Antilles David Josepa
2011 Davis Cup Second round United Kingdom Andy Murray Luxembourg Laurent Bram
2016 Davis Cup First Round Finland Jarkko Nieminen Zimbabwe Courtney John Lock
2016 Davis Cup First Round Ecuador Emilio Gómez Barbados Adam Hornby

Women[edit]

In women's tennis, matches featuring a minimum number of games are a more frequent occurrence. The following are women's Grand Slam singles matches in the Open era which have lasted 12 games (6–0, 6–0)[citation needed] without retirements or defaults.

Incomplete List

Year Grand Slam Round Winner Loser
1969 Australian Open First round Australia Margaret Court Australia Judith Gohn
1969 French Open First round Japan Kazuko Sawamatsu Belgium Monique Van Haver
1969 French Open Third round United States Julie Heldman Argentina Raquel Giscafré
1969 Wimbledon Third round Australia Karen Krantzcke United States Pam Teeguarden
1970 Australian Open Second round Australia Margaret Court Australia Caroline Langsford
1970 French Open First round West Germany Helga Hösl Hungary Katalin Borka
1970 French Open Third round United States Billie Jean King France Odile De Roubin
1970 Wimbledon Second round United States Peggy Michel Czechoslovakia Alena Palmeova
1970 Wimbledon Second round Australia Judy Dalton United States Susan Northen
1971 Australian Open First round Australia Patricia Coleman Australia Helen Taylor
1971 French Open First round United States Julie Heldman South Africa Sharon Van Brandis
1971 Wimbledon First round United States Rosie Casals France Rosy Darmon
1971 Wimbledon Second round Australia Margaret Court Australia Lorraine Robinson
1972 French Open First round Czechoslovakia Vlasta Vopickova Belgium Michele Gurdal
1972 US Open Second round Australia Margaret Court Australia Barbara Hawcroft
1973 Australian Open Second round Australia Margaret Court France Nathalie Fuchs
1974 Australian Open First round Australia Wendy Turnbull Australia Brenda Dale
1974 Australian Open Second round United States Chris Evert Hungary Katerleen Szeman
1974 Australian Open Second round Australia Evonne Goolagong Japan Miki Yokobori
1974 French Open First round Czechoslovakia Marie Neumannová France Nicole Bimes
1974 Wimbledon First round United Kingdom Virginia Wade United Kingdom Veronica Burton
1974 Wimbledon Second round United Kingdom Winnie Shaw Australia Nerida Gregory
1974 Wimbledon Second round United States Mona Schallau France Nathalie Fuchs
1974 US Open Third round Australia Evonne Goolagong Germany Katja Ebbinghaus
1975 French Open Second round Soviet Union Marina Kroschina United States Laurie Rowley
1975 Wimbledon Third round Australia Margaret Court Czechoslovakia Renáta Tomanová
1975 US Open Third round Australia Evonne Goolagong United States Peggy Michel
1985 Australian Open First round Australia Wendy Turnbull Australia Susan Leo
1985 Australian Open Second round Australia Wendy Turnbull Australia Elizabeth Smylie
1988 French Open Final West Germany Steffi Graf Soviet Union Natasha Zvereva
1989 Australian Open First round Spain Conchita Martínez Czechoslovakia Eva Švíglerová
1993 French Open Second round Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Japan Naoko Sawamatsu
1995 French Open First round Spain Conchita Martínez Germany Sabine Hack
1996 French Open Third round Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Russia Elena Likhovtseva
1996 Wimbledon First round Spain Conchita Martínez Italy Silvia Farina Elia
1997 Wimbledon First round Spain Conchita Martínez Japan Yuka Yoshida
1997 Wimbledon Second round Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario United Kingdom Clare Wood
1998 Australian Open First round France Mary Pierce China Li Fang
1998 Australian Open Second round Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Russia Elena Makarova
1998 Australian Open Fourth round United States Lindsay Davenport Romania Ruxandra Dragomir
1998 Australian Open Fourth round Switzerland Martina Hingis Indonesia Yayuk Basuki
1998 Australian Open Fourth round France Mary Pierce Slovakia Henrieta Nagyová
1999 French Open Second round Israel Anna Smashnova Belgium Els Callens
1999 US Open Second round Spain Conchita Martínez France Alexia Dechaume-Balleret
2000 Australian Open First round Russia Anna Kournikova Austria Patricia Wartusch
2000 French Open First round Spain Ángeles Montolio Austria Patricia Wartusch
2000 US Open First round Belgium Kim Clijsters Spain Marta Marrero
2001 Australian Open First round Croatia Silvija Talaja Australia Alicia Molik
2001 French Open First round Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Jelena Dokić Czech Republic Adriana Gerši
2002 US Open First round United States Venus Williams Croatia Mirjana Lučić-Baroni
2003 Australian Open Second round Belgium Kim Clijsters Hungary Petra Mandula
2003 French Open Third round United States Serena Williams Austria Barbara Schett
2003 Wimbledon First round Belgium Kim Clijsters Paraguay Rossana de los Ríos
2004 Australian Open Second round Belgium Kim Clijsters Italy Maria Elena Camerin
2005 Wimbledon First round United States Lindsay Davenport United States Jamea Jackson
2006 Wimbledon First round France Amélie Mauresmo Croatia Ivana Abramović
2007 Wimbledon First round Germany Martina Müller Israel Anna Smashnova
2008 French Open Second round Belarus Victoria Azarenka Romania Sorana Cîrstea
2008 French Open Fourth round Serbia Ana Ivanovic Czech Republic Petra Cetkovská
2009 French Open First round Russia Dinara Safina United Kingdom Anne Keothavong
2009 Wimbledon First round France Marion Bartoli Chinese Taipei Yung-Jan Chan
2009 Wimbledon Second round Belarus Victoria Azarenka Romania Ioana Raluca Olaru
2009 US Open Second round Italy Flavia Pennetta India Sania Mirza
2009 US Open Fourth round Ukraine Kateryna Bondarenko Argentina Gisela Dulko
2010 Australian Open First round Spain María José Martínez Sánchez Russia Evgeniya Rodina
2010 US Open Second round Denmark Caroline Wozniacki Chinese Taipei Chang Kai-chen
2010 US Open Third round Russia Maria Sharapova United States Beatrice Capra
2011[16] Australian Open First round Belgium Kim Clijsters Russia Dinara Safina
2011 Australian Open First round France Marion Bartoli Italy Tathiana Garbin
2012 French Open First round Russia Maria Sharapova Romania Alexandra Cadanțu
2012 US Open Fourth round United States Serena Williams Czech Republic Andrea Hlaváčková
2013 Australian Open First round United States Serena Williams Romania Edina Gallovits-Hall
2013 Australian Open First round Russia Maria Sharapova Russia Olga Puchkova
2013 Australian Open Second round Russia Maria Sharapova Japan Misaki Doi
2013 US Open First round Spain Carla Suárez Navarro United States Lauren Davis
2013 US Open First round Italy Sara Errani Australia Olivia Rogowska
2013 US Open First round Belarus Victoria Azarenka Germany Dinah Pfizenmaier
2013 US Open Quarterfinal United States Serena Williams Spain Carla Suárez Navarro
2014 Australian Open First round Germany Annika Beck Croatia Petra Martić
2014 French Open Third round Russia Maria Sharapova Argentina Paula Ormaechea
2014 US Open First round Sweden Johanna Larsson France Virginie Razzano
2015 Wimbledon First round United States Venus Williams United States Madison Brengle
2015 Wimbledon First round Germany Andrea Petkovic United States Shelby Rogers
2015 Wimbledon First round Germany Angelique Kerber Germany Carina Witthöft
2016 Australian Open First round Belarus Victoria Azarenka Belgium Alison van Uytvanck
2016 French Open First round China Wang Qiang France Tessah Andrianjafitrimo
2016 US Open First round Spain Carla Suárez Navarro Brazil Teliana Pereira

Men's Doubles[edit]

Women's Doubles[edit]

Since 2005

Year Grand Slam Round Winner Loser
2006 US Open First round Czech Republic Květa Peschke
Italy Francesca Schiavone
Sweden Sofia Arvidsson
Germany Martina Müller
2007 Australian Open Quarterfinals Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan
Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung
United States Ashley Harkleroad
Russia Galina Voskoboeva
2009 Wimbledon Championships Third round United States Serena Williams
United States Venus Williams
China Yan Zi
China Zheng Jie

References[edit]

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