Natasha Zvereva

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Natasha Zvereva
Наташа Зверaва
Natasha Zvereva 2010.jpg
Country (sports)  Soviet Union (1988–1991),
 Belarus (from 1992)
Residence Minsk, Belarus
Born (1971-04-16) 16 April 1971 (age 47)
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 $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)
Olympic Games Bronze medal.svg Bronze medal (1992)
Mixed doubles
Career titles 2
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open W (1990, 1995)
Wimbledon F (1991)
US Open F (1990)
Team competitions
Fed Cup 59–21

Natasha Zvereva, or Zverava,[1] (born Natallya Marataŭna Zverava; Belarusian: Наталля Маратаўна Зверава; 16 April 1971) is a former professional tennis player from Belarus. She was the first major athlete in the Soviet Union to demand publicly that she should be able to keep her tournament earnings.[2] The team of Zvereva and Gigi Fernández won more women's doubles titles and Grand Slam women's doubles championships than any other team since that of Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver.[3][4]

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

Playing style

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

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, 18 of them n 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 Olympics in Barcelona.

Although Zvereva was a highly accomplished doubles player, and considered by some to be one of the best doubles players of all time[citation needed], she had limited success in singles. Nevertheless in 1988 at only the age of 17, she made her sole grand slam singles final at the French Open beating Martina Navratilova en route. In a highly publicized final, she lost to Steffi Graf 6–0, 6–0 in only 34[9][10][11] minutes (the shortest and most one-side Grand Slam final ever). Graf 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, both former world number 1's, in the same Grand Slam singles tournament. Ten years later at Wimbledon in 1998, Zvereva finally defeated the fourth seeded Graf in the third round 6–4, 7–5 and also the sixth seeded Seles in a quarterfinal 7–6(4), 6–2. This was also notable because it was Zvereva's sole win over Graf in 21 career singles matches.[12] She lost in the semi-finals to Nathalie Tauziat which was to be her second best career grand slam singles result. 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, reaching the quarterfinals or better eight times.

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 Weingärtner 6–4, 3–6, 2–6. She played in the invitational doubles event in 2007.

Major finals

Grand Slam finals

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)

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

Doubles: 31 (18 titles, 13 runners-up)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1988 Wimbledon (1) Grass Soviet Union Larisa Savchenko West Germany Steffi Graf
Argentina Gabriela Sabatini
3–6, 6–1, 10–12
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
1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 1990 French Open (1) Clay Soviet Union Larisa Savchenko-Neiland Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
4–6, 5–7
Runner-up 1991 French Open (2) Clay Soviet Union Larisa Savchenko-Neiland United States Gigi Fernández
Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
4–6, 0–6
Winner 1991 Wimbledon (1) Grass Latvia Larisa Savchenko-Neiland 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 Neiland
6–4, 4–6, 7–6(7–5)
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 Neiland
6–4, 6–1
Winner 1992 US Open (2) Hard United States Gigi Fernández Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
Latvia Larisa Neiland
7–6(7–4), 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 Neiland
6–3, 7–5
Winner 1993 Wimbledon (3) Grass United States Gigi Fernández Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Latvia Larisa Neiland
6–4, 6–7(9–11), 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
3–6, 7–6(7–3), 4–6
Winner 1995 French Open (5) Clay United States Gigi Fernández Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–7(6–8), 6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 1995 Wimbledon (3) Grass United States Gigi Fernández Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
7–5, 5–7, 4–6
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
2–6, 1–6
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(7–4), 6–4
Runner-up 1997 US Open (1) Hard United States Gigi Fernández United States Lindsay Davenport
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 1998 Australian Open (2) Hard United States Lindsay Davenport Switzerland Martina Hingis
Croatia Mirjana Lučić
4–6, 6–2, 3–6
Runner-up 1998 French Open (4) Clay United States Lindsay Davenport Switzerland Martina Hingis
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
1–6, 6–7(4–7)
Runner-up 1998 Wimbledon (4) Grass United States Lindsay Davenport Switzerland Martina Hingis
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
3–6, 6–3, 6–8
Runner-up 1998 US Open (2) Hard United States Lindsay Davenport Switzerland Martina Hingis
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 1999 Australian Open (3) Hard United States Lindsay Davenport Switzerland Martina Hingis
Russia Anna Kournikova
5–7, 3–6

Mixed doubles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runners-up)

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
4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 1991 Wimbledon (1) Grass United States Jim Pugh Australia Elizabeth Smylie
Australia John Fitzgerald
6–7(4–7), 2–6
Winner 1995 Australian Open (2) Hard United States Rick Leach United States Gigi Fernández
Czech Republic Cyril Suk
7–6(7–4), 6–7(3–7), 6–4

Olympics

Doubles: 1 medal (1 bronze medal)

Outcome Year Location Surface Partner Opponents Score
Bronze 1992 Barcelona Clay  Leila Meskhi (EUN) Tied DNP
4th place 2000 Sydney Hard Belarus Olga Barabanschikova Belgium Els Callens
Belgium Dominique Monami
6–4, 4–6, 1–6

Meskhi and Zvereva lost in the semifinals to Gigi Fernández and Mary Joe Fernández 4–6, 5–7. In 1992, there was no bronze medal play-off match, both beaten semifinal pairs received bronze medals.

Year-end championships finals

Doubles: 6 (3 titles, 3 runners-up)

Outcome Year Location Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1988 New York Carpet (i) Soviet Union Larisa Savchenko United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 1989 New York Carpet (i) Soviet Union Larisa Savchenko United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
3–6, 2–6
Winner 1993 New York Carpet (i) United States Gigi Fernández Latvia Larisa Neiland
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
6–3, 7–5
Winner 1994 New York Carpet (i) United States Gigi Fernández Latvia Larisa Neiland
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
6–3, 6–7(4–7), 6–3
Runner-up 1995 New York Carpet (i) United States Gigi Fernández Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
2–6, 1–6
Winner 1998 New York Carpet (i) United States Lindsay Davenport France Alexandra Fusai
France Nathalie Tauziat
6–7(6–8), 7–5, 6–3

WTA career finals

Singles: 19 (4–15)

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–1)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I (0–3)
Tier II (2–5)
Tier III (1–1)
Tier IV (1–1)
Tier V (0–1)
Virginia Slims (0–3)
Titles by Surface
Hard (2–6)
Grass (1–2)
Clay (0–3)
Carpet (1–4)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 3 November 1986 Little Rock Carpet (i) United States Kathy Rinaldi 6–4, 6–7(7–9), 6–0
Runner-up 2. 2 November 1987 Little Rock Hard Italy Sandra Cecchini 0–6, 6–1, 6–3
Runner-up 3. 9 November 1987 Chicago Carpet (i) United States Martina Navratilova 6–1, 6–2
Runner-up 4. 23 May 1988 French Open Clay West Germany Steffi Graf 6–0, 6–0
Runner-up 5. 13 June 1988 Eastbourne Grass United States Martina Navratilova 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 6. 15 August 1988 Montreal Hard Argentina Gabriela Sabatini 6–1, 6–2
Runner-up 7. 31 October 1988 Worcester Carpet (i) United States Martina Navratilova 6–7(4–7), 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 8. 3 April 1989 Hilton Head Island Clay West Germany Steffi Graf 6–1, 6–1
Runner-up 9. 9 October 1989 Moscow Carpet (i) United States Gretchen Magers 6–3, 6–4
Winner 1. 1 January 1990 Brisbane Hard Australia Rachel McQuillan 6–4, 6–0
Winner 2. 8 January 1990 Sydney Hard Austria Barbara Paulus 4–6, 6–1, 6–3
Runner-up 10. 10 June 1991 Birmingham Grass United States Martina Navratilova 6–4, 7–6(8–6)
Runner-up 11. 11 October 1993 Filderstadt Hard (i) France Mary Pierce 6–3, 6–3
Winner 3. 7 February 1994 Chicago Carpet (i) United States Chanda Rubin 6–3, 7–5
Runner-up 12. 11 March 1994 Key Biscayne Hard Germany Steffi Graf 4–6, 6–1, 6–2
Runner-up 13. 28 March 1994 Hilton Head Island Clay Spain Conchita Martínez 6–4, 6–0
Runner-up 14. 3 October 1994 Zürich Hard (i) Bulgaria Magdalena Maleeva 7–5, 3–6, 6–4
Runner-up 15. 27 February 1995 Indian Wells Hard United States Mary Joe Fernández 6–4, 6–3
Winner 4. 14 June 1999 Eastbourne Grass France Nathalie Tauziat 0–6, 7–5, 6–3

Doubles: 129 (80–49)

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (18–13)
WTA Tour Championships (3–3)
Tier I (23–13)
Tier II (26–12)
Tier III (3–3)
Tier IV (1–0)
Tier V (4–1)
Virginia Slims (2–4)
Titles by Surface
Hard (27–16)
Grass (12–7)
Clay (21–15)
Carpet (20–11)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 6 June 1988 Birmingham Classic Grass Soviet Union Larisa Savchenko Soviet Union Leila Meskhi
Soviet Union Svetlana Parkhomenko
6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 1. 20 June 1988 Wimbledon Grass Soviet Union Larisa Savchenko West Germany Steffi Graf
Argentina Gabriela Sabatini
3–6, 6–1, 10–12
Winner 2. 24 October 1988 Virginia Slims of Indianapolis Hard (i) Soviet Union Larisa Savchenko United States Katrina Adams
United States Zina Garrison
6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 2. 7 November 1988 Ameritech Cup, Chicago Carpet (i) Soviet Union Larisa Savchenko United States Lori McNeil
United States Betsy Nagelsen
4–6, 6–3, 4–6
Runner-up 3. 14 November 1988 Virginia Slims Championships Carpet (i) Soviet Union Larisa Savchenko United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 4. 13 February 1989 Virginia Slims of Washington Carpet (i) Soviet Union Larisa Savchenko United States Betsy Nagelsen
United States Pam Shriver
2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 5. 20 February 1989 Stanford Classic, Oakland Carpet (i) Soviet Union Larisa Savchenko United States Patty Fendick
Canada Jill Hetherington
5–7, 6–3, 2–6
Winner 3. 10 April 1989 Amelia Island Championships Clay Soviet Union Larisa Savchenko United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
7–6(7–4), 2–6, 6–1
Runner-up 6. 22 May 1989 WTA Swiss Open, Geneva Clay Soviet Union Larisa Savchenko United States Katrina Adams
United States Lori McNeil
6–2, 3–6, 4–6
Winner 4. 29 May 1989 French Open, Paris Clay Soviet Union Larisa Savchenko West Germany Steffi Graf
Argentina Gabriela Sabatini
6–4, 6–4
Winner 5. 12 June 1989 Birmingham Classic Grass Soviet Union Larisa Savchenko United States Meredith McGrath
United States Pam Shriver
7–5, 5–7, 6–0
Runner-up 7. 26 June 1989 Wimbledon Grass Soviet Union Larisa Savchenko Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
1–6, 2–6
Winner 6. 9 October 1989 Moscow Ladies Open Carpet (i) Soviet Union Larisa Savchenko France Nathalie Herreman
France Catherine Suire
6–3, 6–4
Winner 7. 6 November 1989 Ameritech Cup, Chicago Carpet (i) Soviet Union Larisa Savchenko Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
6–3, 2–6, 6–3
Runner-up 8. 13 November 1989 Virginia Slims Championships Carpet (i) Soviet Union Larisa Savchenko United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 9. 8 January 1990 Sydney International Hard Soviet Union Larisa Neiland Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
3–6, 5–7
Runner-up 10. 2 April 1990 Family Circle Cup, Hilton Head Island Clay Argentina Mercedes Paz United States Martina Navratilova
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 11. 28 May 1990 French Open, Paris Clay Soviet Union Larisa Neiland Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
4–6, 5–7
Winner 8. 11 June 1990 Birmingham Classic Grass Soviet Union Larisa Neiland South Africa Lise Gregory
United States Gretchen Magers
3–6, 6–3, 6–3
Winner 9. 18 June 1990 Eastbourne International Grass Soviet Union Larisa Neiland United States Patty Fendick
United States Zina Garrison
6–4, 6–3
Winner 10. 12 September 1990 WTA Doubles Championships, Orlando Carpet (i) Soviet Union Larisa Neiland Netherlands Manon Bollegraf
United States Meredith McGrath
6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 12. 22 October 1990 Brighton International Carpet (i) United Kingdom Jo Durie Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
France Nathalie Tauziat
1–6, 4–6
Winner 11. 4 March 1991 Virginia Slims of Florida, Boca Raton Hard Soviet Union Larisa Neiland United States Meredith McGrath
United States Anne Smith
6–4, 7–6(7–3)
Runner-up 13. 28 March 1991 WTA Doubles Championships, Tarpon Springs Clay Soviet Union Larisa Neiland United States Gigi Fernández
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
6–4, 4–6, 6–7(3–7)
Winner 12. 1 April 1991 Family Circle Cup, Hilton Head Island Clay Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch United States Mary-Lou Daniels
South Africa Lise Gregory
6–4, 6–0
Runner-up 14. 8 April 1991 Amelia Island Championships Clay Argentina Mercedes Paz Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
6–4, 2–6, 2–6
Winner 13. 13 May 1991 German Open, Berlin Clay Soviet Union Larisa Neiland Australia Nicole Provis
South Africa Elna Reinach
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 15. 27 May 1991 French Open, Paris Clay Soviet Union Larisa Neiland United States Gigi Fernández
Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
4–6, 0–6
Winner 14. 17 June 1991 Eastbourne International Grass Soviet Union Larisa Neiland United States Gigi Fernández
Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
2–6, 6–4, 6–4
Winner 15. 24 June 1991 Wimbledon Grass Soviet Union Larisa Neiland United States Gigi Fernández
Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
6–4, 3–6, 6–4
Winner 16. 5 August 1991 Canadian Open, Toronto Hard Soviet Union Larisa Neiland Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
1–6, 7–5, 6–2
Winner 17. 12 August 1991 LA Women's Tennis Championships, Los Angeles Hard Soviet Union Larisa Neiland United States Gretchen Magers
United States Robin White
6–1, 2–6, 6–2
Runner-up 16. 19 August 1991 Virginia Slims of Washington Hard United States Gigi Fernández Soviet Union Larisa Neiland
Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
7–5, 1–6, 6–7(10–12)
Winner 18. 26 August 1991 US Open, New York Hard United States Pam Shriver Soviet Union Larisa Neiland
Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
6–4, 4–6, 7–6(7–5)
Runner-up 17. 14 October 1991 Women's Stuttgart Open, Filderstadt Hard (i) United States Pam Shriver United States Martina Navratilova
Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
2–6, 7–5, 4–6
Winner 19. 22 October 1991 Brighton International Carpet (i) United States Pam Shriver United States Zina Garrison
United States Lori McNeil
6–1, 6–2
Winner 20. 2 March 1992 Virginia Slims of Florida, Boca Raton Hard Latvia Larisa Neiland Spain Conchita Martínez
United States Linda Wild
6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 18. 26 March 1992 WTA Doubles Championships, Wesley Chapel Clay Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Latvia Larisa Neiland
Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
4–6, 2–6
Winner 21. 30 March 1992 Family Circle Cup, Hilton Head Island Clay Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Latvia Larisa Neiland
Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
6–4, 6–2
Winner 22. 6 April 1992 Amelia Island Championships Clay Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario United States Zina Garrison
Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
6–1, 6–0
Runner-up 19. 11 May 1992 German Open, Berlin Clay United States Gigi Fernández Latvia Larisa Neiland
Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
6–7(5–7), 6–4, 5–7
Winner 23. 25 May 1992 French Open, Paris Clay United States Gigi Fernández Spain Conchita Martínez
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–3, 6–2
Winner 24. 22 June 1992 Wimbledon Grass United States Gigi Fernández Latvia Larisa Neiland
Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 20. 17 August 1992 Canadian Open, Montreal Hard United States Gigi Fernández United States Lori McNeil
Australia Rennae Stubbs
6–3, 5–7, 5–7
Winner 25. 31 August 1992 US Open, New York Hard United States Gigi Fernández Latvia Larisa Neiland
Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
7–6(7–4), 6–1
Winner 26. 5 October 1992 Zurich Open Hard (i) Czechoslovakia Helena Suková United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
7–6(7–5), 6–4
Runner-up 21. 12 October 1992 Stuttgart Open, Filderstadt Hard (i) United States Pam Shriver Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
4–6, 5–7
Winner 27. 2 November 1992 Stanford Classic, Oakland Carpet (i) United States Gigi Fernández South Africa Rosalyn Fairbank-Nideffer
United States Gretchen Magers
3–6, 6–2, 6–4
Winner 28. 9 November 1992 Advanta Championships of Philadelphia Carpet (i) United States Gigi Fernández Spain Conchita Martínez
France Mary Pierce
6–1, 6–3
Winner 29. 18 January 1993 Australian Open, Melbourne Hard United States Gigi Fernández United States Pam Shriver
Australia Elizabeth Smylie
6–4, 6–3
Winner 30. 1 March 1993 Virginia Slims of Florida, Delray Beach Hard United States Gigi Fernández Latvia Larisa Neiland
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
6–2, 6–2
Winner 31. 25 March 1993 WTA Doubles Championships, Wesley Chapel Clay United States Gigi Fernández Latvia Larisa Neiland
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
7–5, 6–3
Winner 32. 29 March 1993 Family Circle Cup, Hilton Head Island Clay United States Gigi Fernández United States Katrina Adams
Netherlands Manon Bollegraf
6–3, 6–1
Winner 33. 10 May 1993 German Open, Berlin Clay United States Gigi Fernández United States Debbie Graham
Netherlands Brenda Schultz
6–1, 6–3
Winner 34. 24 May 1993 French Open, Paris Clay United States Gigi Fernández Latvia Larisa Neiland
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
6–3, 7–5
Winner 35. 14 June 1993 Eastbourne International Grass United States Gigi Fernández Latvia Larisa Neiland
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
2–6, 7–5, 6–1
Winner 36. 21 June 1993 Wimbledon Grass United States Gigi Fernández Latvia Larisa Neiland
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
6–4, 6–7(9–11), 6–4
Runner-up 22. 9 August 1993 LA Women's Tennis Championships, Los Angeles Hard United States Gigi Fernández Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Czech Republic Helena Suková
6–7(3–7), 3–6
Winner 37. 27 September 1993 Sparkassen Cup, Leipzig Carpet (i) United States Gigi Fernández Latvia Larisa Neiland
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 23. 4 October 1993 Zurich Open Hard (i) United States Gigi Fernández United States Zina Garrison
United States Martina Navratilova
3–6, 7–5, 3–6
Winner 38. 11 October 1993 Stuttgart Open, Filderstadt Hard (i) United States Gigi Fernández United States Patty Fendick
United States Martina Navratilova
7–6(8–6), 6–4
Winner 39. 15 November 1993 Virginia Slims Championships Carpet (i) United States Gigi Fernández Latvia Larisa Neiland
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
6–3, 7–5
Winner 40. 17 January 1994 Australian Open, Melbourne Hard United States Gigi Fernández United States Patty Fendick
United States Meredith McGrath
6–3, 4–6, 6–4
Winner 41. 7 February 1994 Ameritech Cup, Chicago Carpet (i) United States Gigi Fernández Netherlands Manon Bollegraf
United States Martina Navratilova
6–3, 4–6, 6–4
Winner 42. 11 March 1994 Miami Masters, Key Biscayne Hard United States Gigi Fernández United States Patty Fendick
United States Meredith McGrath
6–3, 6–1
Runner-up 24. 24 March 1994 WTA Doubles Championships, Wesley Chapel Clay United States Gigi Fernández Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
2–6, 5–7
Runner-up 25. 28 March 1994 Family Circle Cup, Hilton Head Island Clay United States Gigi Fernández United States Lori McNeil
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
4–6, 1–4 ret.
Winner 43. 2 May 1994 Italian Open, Rome Clay United States Gigi Fernández Argentina Gabriela Sabatini
Netherlands Brenda Schultz
6–1, 6–3
Winner 44. 9 May 1994 German Open, Berlin Clay United States Gigi Fernández Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–3, 7–6(7–2)
Winner 45. 23 May 1994 French Open, Paris Clay United States Gigi Fernández United States Lindsay Davenport
United States Lisa Raymond
6–2, 6–2
Winner 46. 13 June 1994 Eastbourne International Grass United States Gigi Fernández Argentina Inés Gorrochategui
Czech Republic Helena Suková
6–7(4–7), 6–4, 6–3
Winner 47. 20 June 1994 Wimbledon Grass United States Gigi Fernández Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–4, 6–1
Winner 48. 10 October 1994 Stuttgart Open, Filderstadt Hard (i) United States Gigi Fernández Netherlands Manon Bollegraf
Latvia Larisa Neiland
7–6(7–5), 6–4
Winner 49. 7 November 1994 Advanta Championships of Philadelphia Carpet (i) United States Gigi Fernández Argentina Gabriela Sabatini
Netherlands Brenda Schultz
4–6, 6–4, 6–2
Winner 50. 14 November 1994 Virginia Slims Championships Carpet (i) United States Gigi Fernández Latvia Larisa Neiland
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
6–3, 6–7(4–7), 6–3
Runner-up 26. 28 January 1995 Australian Open Hard United States Gigi Fernández Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
3–6, 7–6(7–3), 4–6
Winner 51. 4 February 1995 Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo Carpet (i) United States Gigi Fernández United States Lindsay Davenport
Australia Rennae Stubbs
6–0, 6–3
Runner-up 27. 25 March 1995 Miami Masters, Key Biscayne Hard United States Gigi Fernández Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
5–7, 6–2, 3–6
Runner-up 28. 1 April 1995 Family Circle Cup, Hilton Head Island Clay United States Gigi Fernández United States Nicole Arendt
Netherlands Manon Bollegraf
6–0, 3–6, 4–6
Winner 52. 13 May 1995 Italian Open, Rome Clay United States Gigi Fernández Spain Conchita Martínez
Argentina Patricia Tarabini
3–6, 7–6(7–3), 6–4
Winner 53. 10 June 1995 French Open Clay United States Gigi Fernández Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–7(6–8), 6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 29. 24 June 1995 Eastbourne International Grass United States Gigi Fernández Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–0, 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 30. 8 July 1995 Wimbledon Grass United States Gigi Fernández Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
7–5, 5–7, 4–6
Winner 54. 5 August 1995 Southern California Open, San Diego Hard United States Gigi Fernández France Alexia Dechaume-Balleret
France Sandrine Testud
6–2, 6–1
Winner 55. 12 August 1995 LA Women's Tennis Championships Hard United States Gigi Fernández Latvia Larisa Neiland
Argentina Gabriela Sabatini
7–5, 6–7(2–7), 7–5
Winner 56. 9 September 1995 US Open Hard United States Gigi Fernández Netherlands Brenda Schultz-McCarthy
Australia Rennae Stubbs
6–4, 7–6(8–6)
Winner 57. 14 October 1995 Stuttgart Open, Filderstadt Hard (i) United States Gigi Fernández United States Meredith McGrath
Latvia Larisa Neiland
5–7, 6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 31. 19 November 1995 WTA Tour Championships Carpet (i) United States Gigi Fernández Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
2–6, 1–6
Winner 58. 3 February 1996 Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo Carpet (i) United States Gigi Fernández South Africa Mariaan de Swardt
Romania Irina Spîrlea
7–6(9–7), 6–3
Runner-up 32. 25 May 1996 WTA Doubles Championships, Edinburgh Clay United States Gigi Fernández United States Nicole Arendt
Netherlands Manon Bollegraf
3–6, 6–2, 6–7(6–8)
Runner-up 33. 8 June 1996 French Open Clay United States Gigi Fernández United States Lindsay Davenport
United States Mary Joe Fernández
2–6, 1–6
Winner 59. 17 August 1996 LA Women's Tennis Championships Hard United States Lindsay Davenport United States Amy Frazier
United States Kimberly Po
6–1, 6–4
Winner 60. 7 September 1996 US Open Hard United States Gigi Fernández Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
1–6, 6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 34. 19 October 1996 Zurich Open Hard (i) United States Nicole Arendt Switzerland Martina Hingis
Czech Republic Helena Suková
5–7, 4–6
Runner-up 35. 11 January 1997 Sydney International Hard United States Lindsay Davenport United States Gigi Fernández
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
0–6, 6–7(5–7)
Winner 61. 1 February 1997 Australian Open Hard Switzerland Martina Hingis United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Rennae Stubbs
6–2, 6–2
Winner 62. 27 January 1997 Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo Carpet (i) United States Lindsay Davenport United States Gigi Fernández
Switzerland Martina Hingis
6–4, 6–3
Winner 63. 14 March 1997 Indian Wells Masters Hard United States Lindsay Davenport United States Lisa Raymond
France Nathalie Tauziat
7–5, 6–2
Winner 64. 28 March 1997 Miami Masters, Key Biscayne Hard Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Belgium Sabine Appelmans
Netherlands Miriam Oremans
6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 36. 17 May 1997 German Open, Berlin Clay United States Gigi Fernández United States Lindsay Davenport
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
2–6, 6–3, 2–6
Winner 65. 23 May 1997 Internationaux de Strasbourg Clay Czech Republic Helena Suková Russia Elena Likhovtseva
Japan Ai Sugiyama
6–1, 6–1
Winner 66. 7 June 1997 French Open Clay United States Gigi Fernández United States Mary Joe Fernández
United States Lisa Raymond
6–2, 6–3
Winner 67. 5 July 1997 Wimbledon Grass United States Gigi Fernández United States Nicole Arendt
Netherlands Manon Bollegraf
6–2, 3–6, 6–1
Runner-up 37. 6 September 1997 US Open Hard United States Gigi Fernández United States Lindsay Davenport
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
3–6, 4–6
Winner 68. 2 November 1997 Kremlin Cup, Moscow Carpet (i) Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Indonesia Yayuk Basuki
Netherlands Caroline Vis
5–3 ret.
Runner-up 38. 19 January 1998 Australian Open Hard United States Lindsay Davenport Switzerland Martina Hingis
Croatia Mirjana Lučić
4–6, 6–2, 3–6
Runner-up 39. 2 February 1998 Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo Carpet (i) United States Lindsay Davenport Switzerland Martina Hingis
Croatia Mirjana Lučić
5–7, 4–6
Winner 69. 14 March 1998 Indian Wells Masters Hard United States Lindsay Davenport France Alexandra Fusai
France Nathalie Tauziat
6–4, 2–6, 6–4
Runner-up 40. 28 March 1998 Miami Masters, Key Biscayne Hard Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Switzerland Martina Hingis
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
2–6, 6–3, 3–6
Winner 70. 17 May 1998 German Open, Berlin Clay United States Lindsay Davenport France Alexandra Fusai
France Nathalie Tauziat
6–3, 6–0
Runner-up 41. 7 June 1998 French Open Clay United States Lindsay Davenport Switzerland Martina Hingis
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
1–6, 6–7(4–7)
Runner-up 42. 19 June 1998 Eastbourne International Grass Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario South Africa Mariaan de Swardt
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
1–6, 3–6
Runner-up 43. 4 July 1998 Wimbledon Grass United States Lindsay Davenport Switzerland Martina Hingis
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
3–6, 6–3, 6–8
Winner 71. 1 August 1998 Stanford Classic Hard United States Lindsay Davenport Latvia Larisa Neiland
Ukraine Elena Tatarkova
6–4, 6–4
Winner 72. 8 August 1998 Southern California Open, San Diego Hard United States Lindsay Davenport France Alexandra Fusai
France Nathalie Tauziat
6–2, 6–1
Winner 73. 15 August 1998 LA Women's Tennis Championships Hard Switzerland Martina Hingis Thailand Tamarine Tanasugarn
Ukraine Elena Tatarkova
6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 44. 12 September 1998 US Open Hard United States Lindsay Davenport Switzerland Martina Hingis
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
3–6, 3–6
Winner 74. 10 October 1998 Stuttgart Open, Filderstadt Hard (i) United States Lindsay Davenport Russia Anna Kournikova
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–4, 6–2
Winner 75. 24 October 1998 Kremlin Cup, Moscow Carpet (i) France Mary Pierce United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Rennae Stubbs
6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 45. 14 November 1998 Advanta Championships of Philadelphia Carpet (i) United States Monica Seles Russia Elena Likhovtseva
Japan Ai Sugiyama
5–7, 6–4, 2–6
Winner 76. 21 November 1998 Chase Championships Carpet (i) United States Lindsay Davenport France Alexandra Fusai
France Nathalie Tauziat
6–7(6–8), 7–5, 6–3
Runner-up 46. 30 January 1999 Australian Open Hard United States Lindsay Davenport Switzerland Martina Hingis
Russia Anna Kournikova
5–7, 3–6
Winner 77. 7 February 1999 Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo Carpet (i) United States Lindsay Davenport Switzerland Martina Hingis
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 47. 18 June 1999 Eastbourne International Grass Czech Republic Jana Novotná Switzerland Martina Hingis
Russia Anna Kournikova
4–6, ret.
Runner-up 48. 16 October 1999 Zurich Open Hard (i) France Nathalie Tauziat United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Rennae Stubbs
2–6, 2–6
Winner 78. 20 February 2000 Faber Grand Prix, Hanover Carpet (i) Sweden Åsa Carlsson Italy Silvia Farina
Slovakia Karina Habšudová
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 49. 17 March 2000 Indian Wells Masters Hard Russia Anna Kournikova United States Lindsay Davenport
United States Corina Morariu
2–6, 3–6
Winner 79. 6 May 2000 WTA Hamburg Clay Russia Anna Kournikova United States Nicole Arendt
Netherlands Manon Bollegraf
6–7(5–7), 6–2, 6–4
Winner 80. 24 May 2002 Madrid Open Clay United States Martina Navratilova Paraguay Rossana de los Ríos
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–2, 6–3

ITF finals

Singles: 4 (3–1)

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 4 May 1986 Sutton, United Kingdom Clay Sweden Cecilia Dahlman 6-2, 3-6, 6-0
Winner 2. 11 May 1986 Bournemouth, United Kingdom Clay Japan Kumiko Okamoto 6-2, 4-6, 7-5
Winner 3. 10 October 1986 Bethesda, United States Hard United States Stacey Martin 6-3, 6-3
Winner 4. 3 May 1987 Taranto, Italy Clay Czech Republic Regina Kordová 7-6, 4-6, 6-3

Doubles: 4 (3-1)

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner–up 1. 6 January 1986 El Paso, United States Clay Soviet Union Viktoria Milvidskaia United States Cammy MacGregor
United States Cynthia MacGregor
6-4, 3-6, 4-6
Winner 2. 21 April 1986 Bournemouth, United Kingdom Hard Soviet Union Natalia Egorova Czech Republic Regina Kordová
Czech Republic Petra Tesarová
6-1, 6-2
Winner 3. 10 October 1986 Bethesda, United States Hard Soviet Union Leila Meskhi United States Jane Forman
United States Jenni Goodling
6-3, 6-1
Winner 4. 3 May 1987 Taranto, Italy Clay Soviet Union Leila Meskhi Netherlands Simone Schilder
United Kingdom Clare Wood
6-3, 6-2

Grand Slam performance timelines

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)

Singles

 Soviet Union  Belarus
Tournament 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 Career SR
Australian Open NH A A A 2R 4R 2R 3R 1R QF 1R 3R 3R 3R 2R A A 0 / 11
French Open A 3R F 1R 4R 2R QF 4R 4R 1R 3R 4R 2R 2R 4R A A 0 / 14
Wimbledon LQ 4R 4R 3R QF 2R QF QF 1R 3R 2R 1R SF 2R 2R A 1R 0 / 15
US Open A 3R 1R 4R 2R 4R 3R QF A 4R 3R 3R 2R 2R A A A 0 / 12
SR 0 / 0 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
Year End Ranking 94 19 7 27 12 21 23 19 10 14 57 25 16 27 79 NR NR

Doubles

 Soviet Union  Belarus
Tournament 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 SR W–L
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
Year-end championships
Tour Championships A A F F QF QF SF W W F SF QF W A A A A 3 / 11 17–8
Tier I tournaments
Tokyo Not Tier I SF A W W W F W QF A A 4 / 7 22–3
Chicago Not Tier I SF Not Tier I Not Held 0 / 1 2–1
Boca Raton Not Tier I W W Not Tier I Not Held 2 / 2 8–0
Indian Wells Not Held Not Tier I A W W QF F A 1R 2 / 5 13–3
Miami Not Tier I A 3R QF QF W F A W F 3R 2R A 1R 2 / 10 26–7
Charleston Not Tier I F W W W F F A A QF SF A A A 3 / 8 24–5
Rome NH Not Tier I A A SF QF W W A A A SF SF A QF 2 / 7 19–5
Berlin Not Tier I QF W F W W QF 1R F W A A A 2R 4 / 10 23–6
Montreal / Toronto Not Tier I 2R W F QF A A A A A A A A QF 1 / 5 10–2
Zürich Not Tier I F 1R 1R F QF 1R F A A QF 0 / 8 11–7
Philadelphia Not Held Not Tier I SF W QF Not Tier I Not Held 1 / 3 7–2
Moscow Not Held NTI W W QF A A 1R 2 / 4 10–2
Career statistics
Year-End Ranking 111 94 11 6 5 3 2 3 1 4 9 1 1 12 25 NR 46

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

References

  1. ^ https://books.google.com/books?id=z0X0CgAAQBAJ&lpg=PA46&ots=YAfK1hUw_K&dq=natasha%20zverava&pg=PA46#v=onepage&q=natasha%20zverava&f=false
  2. ^ Zvereva Shows She Can Still Beat the Odds Retrieved 26 February 2009.
  3. ^ "WTA Website: Martina Navratilova Player Bio."
  4. ^ WTA Website: Natasha Zvereva Player Bio"
  5. ^ Zvereva: Half An Elephant's Better
  6. ^ 1997 US Open and Prediction
  7. ^ Zvereva Shows She Can Still Beat The Odds
  8. ^ Ian Thomsen (3 June 1992). "Zvereva: Half an Elephant's Better". International Herald Tribune. Archived from the original on 1 December 2006. Retrieved 26 February 2009. 
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 March 2015. Retrieved 4 March 2015. 
  10. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DbJAKPue20
  11. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxT19Jhgy64
  12. ^ http://www.stevegtennis.com/head-to-head/women/Steffi_Graf/Natalia_Zvereva/

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