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US OPEN, Flushing Meadows, NY

CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH NOTES, September 7, 2002

 

US OPEN WINNER WILL BE NO. 1

Not only will Venus and Serena Williams be battling for a Grand Slam title, but the world No. 1 ranking.  The winner of this year’s US Open singles title will be No. 1 when the rankings are released Monday, September 9, 2002.

 

 

SERENA SEEKING GRAND SLAM THREE-PEAT

The world’s top ranked player has a chance to add her name to the record books by winning her third Grand Slam title of the year. Only seven players in the history of women’s professional tennis have claimed three or more Grand Slam titles in a calendar year, and only five have won three consecutive Grand Slams.

 

Year                Player                                      Grand Slams Won

1928                 Helen Willis (USA)                      Roland Garros, Wimbledon, US Open

1929                 Helen Willis (USA)                      Roland Garros, Wimbledon, US Open

1953                 Maureen Connolly (USA)             Aus. Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon, US Open

1970                 Margaret Smith (AUS)                Aus. Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon, US Open

1972                 Billie Jean King (USA)                  Roland Garros, Wimbledon, US Open

1983                 Martina Navratilova (USA)           Wimbledon, US Open, Aus. Open*

1984                 Martina Navratilova (USA)           Roland Garros, Wimbledon, US Open

1988                 Steffi Graf (GER)                        Aus. Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon, US Open

1993                 Steffi Graf (GER)                        Roland Garros, Wimbledon, US Open

1995                 Steffi Graf (GER)                        Roland Garros, Wimbledon, US Open

1996                 Steffi Graf (GER)                        Roland Garros, Wimbledon, US Open

1997                 Martina Hingis (SUI)                   Aus. Open, Wimbledon, US Open

* Note: Australian Open was held in December from 1977-1985

 

 

VENUS LOOKING FOR THREE-PEAT OF HER OWN

The two-time defending champion is seeking her third straight US Open title.  Venus would become the first woman since Chris Evert (1975-1978) to win three consecutive titles at Flushing Meadows.  Prior to Chris Evert’s four straight titles, the last woman to put a run of three US Open titles together was Maureen Connolly (1951-53).

 

 

 

SISTER DEJA-VU AT US OPEN FINAL

Venus and Serena took the world by storm at the 2001 US Open by being the first siblings to face off in a Grand Slam final since Maud Watson defeated sister Lilian at Wimbledon in 1884.  Now Venus and Serena have become the first repeat finalists at the US Open since Steffi Graf and Monica Seles in 1996.  However, this may not bode well for the younger Williams, as the winner of the first match also won the second meeting. The following is a list of repeat finalists at the US Open in the Open Era (1968)

 

1975     Chris Evert (USA) d. Evonne Goolagong (AUS)       5-7, 6-4, 6-2

1976     Chris Evert (USA) d. Evonne Goolagong    (AUS)    6-3, 6-0

1983     Martina Navratilova (USA) d. Chris Evert (USA)     6-1, 6-3

1984     Martina Navratilova (USA) d. Chris Evert (USA)     4-6, 6-4, 6-4

1995     Steffi Graf (GER) d. Monica Seles (USA)               7-6(6), 0-6, 6-3

1996     Steffi Graf (GER) d. Monica Seles (USA)               7-5, 6-4

2001     Venus Williams (USA) d. Serena Williams (USA)   6-2, 6-4

2002    Venus Williams (USA) vs. Serena Williams (USA)

 


 

PRESSURE MATCH

Not only is the sibling rivalry renewed, but the No. 1 ranking hangs in the balance. Venus is one match away from reclaiming the No. 1 ranking after Serena bumped her out of the top spot following Wimbledon.  Listed below are the tournament matches where a player was one win away from attaining the Sanex WTA No.1 singles ranking.

 

YEAR    TOURNAMENT                    Rd      PLAYER AIMING FOR #1    OPPONENT                                    SCORE

2002       US Open                               F        Venus Williams                     vs. Serena Williams                           TBD

2002       Wimbledon                             SF      Serena Williams                  def. Amelie Mauresmo                        6-2, 6-1

2002       Roland Garros                        QF      Venus Williams                   def.  Monica Seles                             6-4, 6-3         

2002       Rome                                    QF      Jennifer Capriati                 def.  Amelie Mauresmo                       6-2, 3-6, 6-4

2002       Scottsdale                              F       Jennifer Capriati                    lost to  Serena Williams                       6-2, 4-6, 6-4

2002       Dubai                                    2r        Venus Williams                   def.  Anna Kournikova                        6-2, 7-6(3)     

2001       Championships                      SF      Lindsay Davenport              def.  Kim Clijsters                              1-6, 6-3, 7-6(3)   

2000       Hamburg                               SF      Martina Hingis                    def.  Anke Huber                               6-3, 6-2

2000       Miami                                   SF      Lindsay Davenport              def.  Sandrine Testud                          6-1, 6-7(4), 7-6(5)

1999       San Diego                             SF      Martina Hingis                    def.  Amanda Coetzer                         6-1, 6-2

1999       Wimbledon                             SF      Lindsay Davenport              def.  Alexandra Stevenson                  6-1, 6-1

1999       Tokyo Pan Pacific                  SF      Martina Hingis                    def.  Jana Novotna                             6-3, 6-4

1998       Filderstadt                              QF      Lindsay Davenport              def.  Nathalie Tauziat                          7-6, 7-5

1997       Miami                                     F      Martina Hingis                    def.  Monica Seles                             6-2, 6-1

1995       Roland Garros                          F      Steffi Graf                           def.  A. Sanchez-Vicario                     7-5, 4-6, 6-0

1995       Rome                                    SF      A. Sanchez-Vicario             def.  Helena Sukova                          6-3, 6-0

1995       Paris Indoors                           F      Steffi Graf                           def.  Mary Pierce                               6-2, 6-2

1995       Austrialian Open                       F      A. Sanchez-Vicario               lost to  Mary Pierce                            6-3, 6-2

1993       Roland Garros                        SF      Steffi Graf                           def.  Anke Huber                               6-1, 6-1

1991       US Open                              QF      Monica Seles                      def.  Gigi Fernandez                           6-1, 6-2

1991       VS Palm Springs                     F      Monica Seles                       lost to  Martina Navratilova                  6-2, 7-6(6)

1987       VS Los Angeles                       F      Steffi Graf                           def.  Chris Evert                                6-3, 6-4

1987       Wimbledon                               F      Steffi Graf                             lost to  Martina Navratilova                  7-5, 6-3

1985       Sydney                                   F      Martina Navratilova             def.  Hana Mandlikova                       3-6, 6-1, 6-2

1985       Brighton                                   F      Chris Evert                         def.  M. Maleeva-Fragniere                 7-5, 6-3

1985       Fort Lauderdale                         F      Martina Navratilova             def.  Steffi Graf                                   6-3, 6-1

1985       Roland Garros                          F      Chris Evert                         def.  Martina Navratilova                     6-3, 6-7(4), 7-5

1982       Roland Garros                          F      Martina Navratilova             def.  Andrea Jaeger                            7-6(6), 6-1

1982       Lugano                                    F      Chris Evert                         def.  Andrea Temesvari                       6-0, 6-3

1982       Orlando                                   F      Martina Navratilova             def.  Wendy Turnbull                           6-2, 7-5

1980       Eastbourne                              F      Tracy Austin                       def.  Wendy Turnbull                           7-6(3), 6-2

1980       Amelia Island                           F      Martina Navratilova             def.  Hana Mandlikova                       5-7, 6-3, 6-2

1979       US Open                              QF      Martina Navratilova             def.  Kerry Melville-Reid                     6-4, 6-1

1979       Eastbourne                              F      Chris Evert                         def.  Martina Navratilova                     7-5, 5-7, 13-11

1979       Hilton Head                           QF      Martina Navratilova             def.  Mima Jausovec                          6-1, 6-2

1979       Los Angeles                            F       Chris Evert                         def.  Martina Navratilova                     6-3, 6-4

1979       Houston                                 F       Martina Navratilova             def.  Virginia Wade                             6-3, 6-2

1979       Oakland                                SF      Chris Evert                         def.  D. Fromholtz-Balestrat                 7-6, 6-0

1978       Wimbledon                              F       Martina Navratilova             def.  Chris Evert                                2-6, 6-4, 7-5

 

       Here is a look at the list of current active tournaments that has affected a No.1 ranking change:

 

Sydney

1985, 2002

Tokyo PPO

1999

Paris Indoors

1995

Dubai

2002

Miami

1997, 2000

Amelia Island

1980

Family Circle Cup

1979

Hamburg

2000

Rome

1995, 2002

FRENCH OPEN

1982, 1985, 1995, 2002

Eastbourne

1979, 1980

WIMBLEDON

1978, 1999, 2002

San Diego

1999

Los Angeles

1979, 1987

US OPEN

1979

Filderstadt

1998, 2001

WTA Championships

2001



 

The 9 September rankings could feature the ninth exchange of No.1 in the past 11 months. Here is a look at how the No.1 ranking has changed hands since the week of 8 October 2001:

 

            8-14 October 2001                                                Martina Hingis (last week of 73 consecutive week stint)

            15 October – 4 November                                      Jennifer Capriati

            5 November 2001 – 13 January 2002                       Lindsay Davenport

            14 January – 24 February                                       Jennifer Capriati

            25 February – 17 March                                         Venus Williams

            18 March – 21 April                                               Jennifer Capriati

            22 April – 19 May                                                  Venus Williams

            20 May – 9 June                                                    Jennifer Capriati

            10 June – 7 July                                                    Venus Williams

            8 July - Present                                                     Serena Williams

 
No.1 vs. No.2 – US Open & 2002 History
The Ladies’ Singles Final between Venus and Serena Williams is the first at the US Open between the Top 2 seeds since 1998, but the 11th No.1 vs. No.2 final in the Open era. In the previous such finals, the No.2 seed has prevailed over No.1 on just three of those occasions.

 

1970 (1) Court d. (2) Casal 6-2, 1-6, 6-1

1971 (1) King d. (2) Casals 6-4, 7-6

1976 (1) Evert d. (2) Goolagong 6-3, 6-0

1983 (1) Navratilova d. (1) Evert 6-1, 6-3

1984 (1) Navratilova d. (2) Evert 4-6, 6-4, 6-4

1987 (2) Navratilova d. (1) Graf 7-6, 6-1

1989 (1) Graf d. (2) Navratilova 3-6, 7-5, 6-1

1994 (2) Sanchez-Vicario d. (2) Graf 1-6, 7-6, 6-4

1995 (1) Graf d. (2) Seles 7-6, 0-6, 6-3

1996 (1) Graf d. (2) Seles 7-5, 6-4

1998 (2) Davenport d. (1) Hingis 6-3, 7-5

 

In addition, this is the ninth time the No. 1 & No. 2 seeds have faced each other this season on the Sanex WTA Tour.  The No. 1 seed leads the series this season 5-3.

 

Gold Coast - (1) V. Williams d. (2) Henin 7-5, 6-2

Antwerp - (1) V. Williams d. (2) Henin 6-3, 5-7, 6-3

Amelia Island - (1) V. Williams d. (2) Henin 2-6, 7-5, 7-6(5)

Hamburg - (2) Clijsters d. (1) V. Williams 1-6, 6-3, 6-4

Strasbourg - (2) Farina Elia d. (1) Dokic 6-4, 3-6, 6-3

Tashkent - (1) Mikaelian d. (2) Poutchek 6-4, 6-4

Wimbledon - (2) S. Williams d. (1) V. Williams 7-6(4), 6-3

New Haven - (1) V. Williams d. (2) Davenport 7-5, 6-0                                    

 

 

HISTORY OF THE SEEDS

The No. 1 seed has gone on to reach the final 24 times in the Open Era, winning 17 of those finals.  The No. 2 seed has a lesser winning percentage, winning just six titles from 18 finals.  Venus Williams was the lone No. 4 seed winner last year.  The following is a look at the progression of this year’s seeds at the US Open in the Open Era (since 1968):

 

No. 1 seed

WINNER – 1970-72; 1975-78; 1983-84; 1986, 1988-89; 1992-93; 1995-97

FINALIST – 1968, 1979, 1987, 1990, 1994, 1998-99

SEMIFINALIST – 1974, 1980-81, 1985, 1991, 2000, 2001

No. 2 seed

WINNER – 1969, 1973-74, 1987, 1991, 1998

FINALIST – 1970, 1972, 1976, 1982-85, 1989, 1994-96, 2000

SEMIFINALIST – 1968, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1986, 1993, 1999, 2001


 

 

AMERICAN WOMEN

With an all-American final this year, the United States will keep alive its streak of consecutive Grand Slam titles. Women representing the United States have dominated the women’s Grand Slam circuit, having now secured 13 of the last 14 Grand Slams and the last 10 consecutively (including the 2002 US Open). The last time American women dominated Grand Slams like this was in 1981-86 when Martina Navratilova combined with Chris Evert and Tracy Austin to win 17 straight and 21 of 22. Here is a comparison of the two US dynasties:

 

1999 Wimbledon - Lindsay Davenport                1981 Wimbledon - Chris Evert

1999 US Open - Serena Williams                      1981 US Open - Tracy Austin

2000 Australian Open - Lindsay Davenport         1981* Australian Open - Martina Navratilova

2000 Roland Garros - Mary Pierce (FRA)    1982 Roland Garros - Martina Navratilova

2000 Wimbledon - Venus Williams                    1982 Wimbledon - Martina Navratilova

2000 US Open - Venus Williams                        1982 US Open - Chris Evert

2001 Australian Open - Jennifer Capriati            1982* Australian Open - Chris Evert   

2001 Roland Garros - Jennifer Capriati              1983 Roland Garros - Chris Evert

2001 Wimbledon - Venus Williams                    1983 Wimbledon - Martina Navratilova

2001 US Open - Venus Williams                        1983 US Open - Martina Navratilova   

2002 Australian Open - Jennifer Capriati            1983* Australian Open - Martina Navratilova

2002 Roland Garros - Serena Williams              1984 Roland Garros - Martina Navratilova  

2002 Wimbledon – Serena Williams                  1984 Wimbledon - Martina Navratilova

2002 US Open – Venus or Serena Williams        1984 US Open - Martina Navratilova   

                                                                     1984* Australian Open - Chris Evert

                                                                     1985 Roland Garros - Chris Evert

                                                                     1985 Wimbledon - Martina Navratilova

                                                                     1985 US Open - Hana Mandlikova (TCH)

                                                                     1985* Australian Open - Martina Navratilova

                                                                     1986 Roland Garros - Chris Evert

                                                                     1986 Wimbledon - Martina Navratilova

                                                                     1986 US Open - Martina Navratilova

                                                                                            * Note: Australian Open was held in December from 1977-1985

 

This will be the ninth all-American Ladies’ Singles Final at the US Open in the Open era. Here are the previous seven title matches since 1968:

 

1971                   King d. Casals  6-4, 7-6(2)

1978                   Evert d. Shriver  7-5, 6-4

1979                   Austin d. Evert  6-4, 6-3

1981 Austin d. Navratilova 1-6, 7-6(4), 7-6(1)

1983          Navratilova d. Evert 6-1, 6-3

1984                   Navratilova d. Evert 4-6, 6-4, 6-4

2000                   V. Williams d. Davenport 6-4, 7-5

2001                   V. Williams d. S. Williams 6-2, 6-4

 
 
ONE IS THE LONELIEST NUMBER
Only once in the past five years (totalling 19 Grand Slams) has the No.1 seed claimed the women’s singles title at a Grand Slam. Fifteen majors passed between world No.1 Martina Hingis winning the second of her three Australian Opens in 1998 and Jennifer Capriati defending her crown at the same tournament this past January. Of those 15 majors, the No.1 seed had reached the final just five times, and on all but one of those occasions (1999 Australian Open, Lindsay Davenport), the top seed was Martina Hingis. Below is a look at the seedings of the Grand Slam champions since 1998:

 

Year                Australian Open          Roland Garros             Wimbledon                   US Open

1998                [1] Hingis                      [4] Sanchez-Vicario        [3] Novotna                   [2] Davenport

1999                [2] Hingis                      [6] Graf                         [3] Davenport                [7] S.Williams

2000                [2] Davenport                [6] Pierce                      [5] V.Williams                [3] V.Williams

2001                [12] Capriati                  [4] Capriati                    [2] V.Williams                [4] V.Williams

2002                [1] Capriati                  [3] S.Williams                [2] S. Williams               TBD

  

 

 


 

US OPEN FINAL RECORDS

PLAYER

BEST US OPEN. RESULT

BEST GS RESULT

US OPEN

W-L*

RECORD

US OPEN

Finals W-L

RECORD

(1) Serena Williams

 

Champion 1999

Winner 3

(1999 US; 2002 RG, W)

25-3

1-1

(2) Venus Williams

 

Champion 2000, 2001

Winner 4

(2000 W, US; 2001 W, US)

35-3

2-1

* Including 2002 US Open matches

 

           

GRAND SLAM SEMIFINAL HISTORIES

 

Player                Total F      Last F Appearance  Notes

[1] S.Williams             5          2002 Wimbledon       Reached Final in last four Grand Slams played

[2] V. Williams           8          2002 Wimbledon       Has advanced to Final in seven of last 10 Grand Slams

 

 

IT’S DOWN TO THE LAST TWO…

 

RANK                                                         YEAR-TO-DATE              CAREER

PLAYER NAME                                                  8/26/02    NAT           AGE               PRIZE       W  / L           PRIZE                    W  /  L

WILLIAMS, SERENA                                                   1           USA              20          2,254,317        44 /  3            8,360,641       198 /  43

WILLIAMS, VENUS                                                      2           USA              22          1,634,381        60 /  6          10,953,718       303 /  64

 

(Match records are up to date through the finals; prize money figures do not include this tournament)

 

ROAD TO THE FINALS

 

(1) Serena Williams (USA #1)

R128 d. (WC) Corina Morariu (USA #NR) 62 63 (1:09)

R64 d. Dinara Safina (RUS #91) 60 61 (0:40)

R32 d. (26) Nathalie Dechy (FRA #26) 61 61 (0:49)

R16 d. (20) Daja Bedanova (CZE #24) 61 61 (0:41)

QF d. (11) Daniela Hantuchova (SVK #11) 62 62 (0:55)

SF d. (4) Lindsay Davenport (USA #10) 63, 75 (1:22)

Total games: 95

Won/lost: 73/22

Total time on court: 5:36

 

 

vs.

(2) Venus Williams (USA #2)

R128 d. (Q) Mirjana Lucic (CRO #214) 60 60 (0:49)

R64 d. Alicia Molik (AUS #80) 61 62 (0:55)

R32 d. Martina Muller (GER #77) 61 62 (0:41)

R16 d. (14) Chanda Rubin (USA #15) 62 46 75 (1:53)

QF d. (6) Monica Seles (USA #5) 62 63 (0:57)

SF d. (10) Amelie Mauresmo (FRA #9) 63 57 64 (1:58)

Total games: 120

Won/lost: 82/38

Total time on court: 7:13

 

 

S. WILLIAMS                                                    vs.       V. WILLIAMS

 

WIN-LOSS

%

 

 

WIN-LOSS

%

Career

198-43

0.82

 

Career

303-64

0.83

2002

44-4

0.916

 

2002

60-6

0.909

Grand Slam

70-13

0.84

 

Grand Slam

98-17

0.85

US Open

25-3

0.89

 

US Open

35-3

0.92

 


 

 

 

CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH-UP

 

 (1) SERENA WILLIAMS (USA #1) vs. (2) VENUS WILLIAMS (USA #2)

Head-to-Head: Series Tied 5-5

 

S.Williams Quick Facts

Age: 20

Sanex WTA Tour career singles titles: 16

Sanex WTA Tour career prize money: $8,360,641

 

US OPEN HISTORY

·         Fifth appearance; 1999 champion (d. world No.4 Seles, No.2 Davenport and No.1 Hingis) and runner-up in 2001 to sister Venus (d. No.6 Henin, No.3 Davenport and No.1 Hingis); reached QF in 2000 and 3r on debut in 1998

2002 IN DETAIL

·         Reached SF in Sydney, d. Kournikova in 3s and Mauresmo before spraining right ankle against Shaughnessy, retiring trailing 5-4 first set; withdrew from Australian Open and Antwerp due to same injury; returned at Scottsdale, winning title, d. No.4 Hingis (fifth straight win over her on US hardcourts) and No.2 Capriati, both in 3s; continued win streak in Miami, d. Hingis, sister Venus (for only second time) and Capriati in final – only second player after Graf (1999 French Open) to defeat world’s Top 3 en route to a singles title; suffered first loss since 2001 US Open final, l. to Schnyder in QF of Charleston after holding match point; in Berlin, reached career-first clay final, l. to Henin in third-set tiebreak; in Rome, won clay title, d. top seed Capriati in SF after being within a point of 0-4 final set deficit, and avenged Berlin loss to Henin in final; d. Venus to win Roland Garros, her second Grand Slam singles title, marking first time in 10 Grand Slam matches in Open era a younger sister defeated an older sister; in SF d. No.1 Capriati for fifth consecutive time; secured back-to-back Grand Slam titles and world No.1 ranking (the 11th No.1 in computer ranking history) at Wimbledon, d. Venus in final, the third all-Williams Grand Slam final in past four majors; in first event as world No.1, reached Los Angeles QF, l. to eventual champion Rubin 7-5 third set; as top seed, withdrew from Montreal with left knee tendonitis

CAREER IN REVIEW

·         Winner of 16 Sanex WTA Tour singles titles, including 1999 US Open (d. world’s Top 2 Hingis and Davenport), 2002 Roland Garros and Wimbledon (d. sister Venus in both finals); runner-up to V.Williams at 2001 US Open (d. Davenport and Hingis again), the first all-sister Grand Slam final since 1884; w/V.Williams, winner of all four Grand Slam doubles titles during her career - 1999 French and US Opens, 2000 and 2002 Wimbledon and 2001 Australian Open; only fifth pair in tennis history to accomplish the feat; winner of gold medal in doubles at Sydney 2000 Olympics with V.Williams; winner of nine Tour doubles titles and two mixed doubles Grand Slams (1998 Wimbledon and US Open w/Mirnyi)

CAREER-HIGH SINGLES RANKING & COACH

·         No.1 (8 July 2002 – present)

·         Coached by her parents, Richard and Oracene Williams

 

                    

 


 

 

 

V.Williams Quick Facts

Age: 22

Sanex WTA Tour career singles titles: 28

Sanex WTA Tour career prize money: $10,953,718

 

US OPEN HISTORY

·         Sixth consecutive appearance here for the two-time defending champion; reached final on

debut in 1997 unseeded and ranked No.66, falling to Hingis; reached SF in 1998 (l. to Davenport) and in 1999 (l. to Hingis); claimed title in 2000 (d. No.1 Hingis and No.2 Davenport) and in 2001 (d. No.5 Clijsters, No.2 Capriati, and No.10 S.Williams in first all-sister Grand Slam final since 1884 Wimbledon)

2002 IN DETAIL

·         Began 2002 winning Gold Coast (d. world No.7 Henin in final); win over Henin was 15th consecutive over Top 10 opponents; reached QF Australian Open before falling to Seles for first time in seven matches, ending her 24-match win streak dating to July 2001; back-to-back, won Paris Indoors (receiving w/o from Dokic in final) and Antwerp (d. Henin in 3s); reached Dubai SF, l. to Testud in 3s; after Dubai on 25 February, became 10th woman since 1975 and first African-American (female or male) to rank No.1; in playing Paris, Antwerp and Dubai back-to-back, it was the first time since fall 1998 she played three events in three consecutive weeks; advanced to SF in Miami before falling to sister Serena in straight sets; won Amelia Island after never passing 2r there in three previous meetings, recovering from a 6-2, 4-0 deficit to beat Henin 2-6, 7-5, 7-6(4); finalist in Hamburg, d. Sanchez-Vicario (after trailing 6-3, 3-3) and Hingis before falling to Clijsters in 3s; withdrew from opening match (2r) at Italian Open vs. Kournikova with a ligament sprain of right wrist; runner-up in first Roland Garros final, falling to younger sister, Serena, 7-5, 6-3; they were the first sisters to meet in a Roland Garros singles final; it was her sixth Grand Slam singles final and fifth in her last eight Grand Slam tournaments; following Roland Garros, surpassed $10 million in career prize money and regained the No.1 ranking from Capriati; four weeks later, relinquished No.1 ranking and Wimbledon title to younger sister Serena, falling in final 7-6(4), 6-3; won second doubles title there w/Serena; on US hardcourts, won consecutive titles at Stanford and San Diego (for a Tour-leading sixth title of 2002), d. Clijsters and Dokic in the respective finals; won New Haven title for fourth consecutive year d. Davenport in final 7-5, 6-0; now leads series with Davenport 11-10, including four straight wins

CAREER IN REVIEW

·         Winner of 28 career Tour singles titles, including four Grand Slams (2000/01 Wimbledon and 2000/01 US Open); winner of nine doubles titles (w/S.Williams), five of them Grand Slams (two at Wimbledon and one at each of the other three majors, all with sister Serena, the fifth women’s pair in history to complete career Grand Slam in doubles); winner of gold medals in singles and doubles (w/S.Williams) at the Sydney 2000 Olympics; a member of the 1995 and 1999 US Fed Cup team and 2000 US Olympic team

CAREER-HIGH SINGLES RANKING & COACH

·         No.1 for 11 weeks (25 February – 17 March, 22 April – 19 May, 10 June – 7 July 2002)

·         Coached by her parents Richard and Oracene Williams



 

Tennis Stats on Sisters                             (As of 6 September 2002)

 

Sister Act

The 2002 Wimbledon final (won by Serena 7-6(4), 6-3) was the ninth and most recent meeting between sister duo Venus and Serena Williams in official competition. It was also the third Grand Slam final out of the past four featuring the sisters. Venus won the first three encounters between the pair, including their first two encounters in 1998 at the Australian Open 7-6(7-4), 6-1, and on the clay of the Italian Open quarterfinals 6-4, 6-2. Their first meeting of 1999 took place on the hard courts of Key Biscayne and marked the first all-sister final in professional tennis history. Venus again emerged the winner in a very tight match 6-1, 4-6, 6-4. Serena won the Grand Slam Cup, the most lucrative event in women’s tennis history, walking away with a $900,000 cheque for defeating her sister, Venus [the only Top 10 scalp missing from her collection at that point]. Venus proved stronger in the 2000 Wimbledon semifinal, winning 6-2, 7-6(3). The two were supposed to play the 2001 Indian Wells semifinal, but Venus was forced to give a walkover to her younger sister when tendonitis of the right knee prevented her from competing. History was made on September 8, 2001 when the sisters faced off in prime time for the US Open final with Venus winning 6-2, 6-4. Serena began 2002 by gaining revenge in the 2002 Miami semifinal, winning 6-2, 6-2 and halting Venus’s 22-match win streak at the event. The Williamses are one of 10 sister-vs-sister combinations to meet in a Sanex WTA Tour event since 1971. They join the sister combinations of Barbara and Kathy Jordan (USA), Manuela, Katerina and Magdalena Maleeva (BUL), Anne and Elizabeth Minter (AUS), the O’Reilly triplets: Terri, Patti and Christine (USA) and Adriana and Antonella Serra Zanetti (ITA). Here is a look at the other match-ups and the leaders:

 

SISTER HEAD-TO-HEADS IN TOUR EVENTS

(Since 1971)

 

Barbara  vs. Kathy JORDAN                   Kathy 1-0        [1980 Mahwah R32]

Manuela  vs. Magdalena MALEEVA        Manuela 2-0   [1990 Canadian Open R32; 1992 US Open QF]

Manuela vs. Katerina MALEEVA             Manuela 8-1   [1985 Eastbourne R32, Zurich R32, Australian Open R16, Tokyo PPO R16; 1987 Geneva QF, Mahwah SF, Zurich QF; 1991 Canadian Open SF; 1993 Canadian Open R16]

Katerina vs. Magdalena MALEEVA         Katerina 4-0    [1990 US Open R128; 1991 Australian Open R16, Canadian Open R32; 1993 US Open R16]

Anne vs. Elizabeth MINTER                     Anne 2-0        [1984 VS Utah QF; 1985 US Open R128]

Terri vs. Christine O’REILLY                   Christine 1-0* [1993 Indian Wells(Q) R32]

Patti vs. Terri O’REILLY                          Terri 1-0**    [1991 Westchester(Q) QF]

Christine vs. Patti O’REILLY                   Christine 1-0   [1992 Hilton Head(Q) R16]

Serena vs. Venus WILLIAMS                 Venus 5-4       [1998 Australian Open R64, Rome QF; 1999 Miami F, Grand Slam Cup F; 2000 Wimbledon SF, 2001 US Open F; 2002 Miami SF; 2002 Roland Garros F, Wimbledon F]

Adriana vs. Antonella SERRA ZANETTI   Antonella 1-0*** [1999 Bol R32]

 

*    Christine and Terri O’Reilly also met in the qualifying round of a USTA event in Salisbury, MD in 1991, which Terri won 6-4, 6-3

** Terri and Patti O’Reilly also met in the qualifying rounds of two previous USTA events, first in 1989 Knoxville-TN and then in 1991 Midland-MI with Patti winning both encounters

*** Adriana and Antonella Serra Zanetti also met in the first round of an ETA satellite event in Orbetello, Italy 1997, where Adriana won 6-1 7-5

 

Of the above 31 head-to-head matches, the younger sister has only won on seven occasions:

 

Kathy Jordan (3 December 1959) d. Barbara Jordan            (2 April 1957) 1980 Mahwah R32 6-2, 6-1

Katerina Maleeva (7 May 1969) d. Manuela Maleeva           (14 February 1967)1991 Canadian Open SF 6-4, 1-0 ret.

Antonella Serra Zanetti (25 July 1980) d. Adriana SZ          (5 March 1976) 1999 Bol R32, 6-2, 6-3

Serena Williams (26 September 1981) d. Venus Williams     (17 June 1980)  1999 GS Cup, F, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3

Serena Williams (26 September 1981) d. Venus Williams     (17 June 1980)  2002 Miami, SF, 6-2, 6-2

Serena Williams (26 September 1981) d. Venus Williams     (17 June 1980)  2002 Roland Garros, F, 7-5, 6-3

Serena Williams (26 September 1981) d. Venus Williams     (17 June 1980)  2002 Wimbledon, F, 7-6(4), 6-3

 

 

 


 

Notes:

Ø       The 2002 Wimbledon final between Serena and Venus marked only the fourth time in Wimbledon history that two sisters met in the Ladies’ Singles: (Maud Watson (GBR) defeated her sister, Lilian 6-8, 6-3, 6-3 in the inaugural ladies championship final in 1884; Gail Sherriff-Chanfreau (AUS) defeated her sister Carol 8-10, 6-3, 6-3 in the second round of the 1966 championships); and Venus Williams (USA) defeated her younger sister Serena in the 2000 semifinals: 6-2, 7-6(3)

 

Ø       The 2002 Roland Garros final round match between the Williams sisters marked the 10th time sisters met in a Grand Slam during the Open-Era and historically, it marked the FIRST TIME A YOUNGER SISTER DEFEATED AND OLDER SISTER IN A GRAND SLAM MATCH.

 

              1985 Australian Open        Fourth Rd. Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere d. Katerina Maleeva 6-2, 6-1

1985 US Open                  First Rd. Anne Minter d. Elizabeth Minter 6-3, 6-4

1990 US Open                  First Rd. Katerina Maleeva d. Magdalena Maleeva 6-3, 6-1

1991 Australian Open        Fourth Rd. Katerina Maleeva d. Magdalena Maleeva 6-3, 6-2

1992 US Open                  Qtr. Rd. Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere d. Magdalena Maleeva 6-2, 5-3 ret

1993 US Open                  Fourth Rd. Katerina Maleeva d. Magdalena Maleeva 6-2, 6-3

1998 Australian Open        Second Rd. Venus Williams d. Serena Williams 7-6(4), 6-1

2000 Wimbledon               Semifinal Rd. Venus Williams d. Serena Williams 6-2, 7-6(3)

2001 US Open                  Final Rd. Venus Williams d. Serena Williams 6-2, 6-4

2002 Roland Garros       Final Rd. Serena Williams d. Venus Williams 7-5, 6-3

2002 Wimbledon            Final Rd. Serena Williams d. Venus Williams 7-6(4), 6-3

 

Ø       Katerina Maleeva actually defeated both sisters, Maggie (R32) and Manuela (SF) of the 1991 Canadian Open.

Ø       The last time two sisters (other than the Williams’) met: 1999 Bol, CRO 1r. Antonella Serra-Zanetti d. Adriana Serra-Zanetti 6-2, 6-3

Ø      Only six active players on the Sanex WTA Tour can boast victories over both Williams sisters: Lindsay Davenport, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, Martina Hingis, Monica Seles, Chanda Rubin and Justine Henin. [Meghann Shaughnessy’s 2002 Sydney semifinal win occurred when Serena retired trailing 5-4 in the first set with an ankle injury]; other (inactive) players with victories over both the sisters include Steffi Graf, Irina Spirlea and Dominique Van Roost, Sandrine Testud and Nathalie Tauziat

Ø      Steffi Graf, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario and most recently Martina Hingis are the only players ever to defeat both Williams sisters in the same tournament; Graf did it in Sydney 1999 and Sanchez-Vicario a year earlier, co-incidentally in Sydney as well; Hingis beat both in the 2001 Australian Open en route to the final

 

TITLES STATS

Following are sets of sisters who have won tournaments (# of wins in parentheses) as of 6 September  2002:

- Venus Williams (28); Serena Williams (16)

- Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere (19); Katerina Maleeva (11); Magdalena Maleeva (8)

- Kathy Jordan (4); Barbara Jordan (1)

 

RANKING STATS...

On April 5, 1999, Serena Williams cracked the world’s Top 10 for the first time at No. 9, and along with her sister Venus (No. 6 that week), they became the first pair of sisters (and only the second pair all-time) to rank inside the Top 10 since Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere (No. 9) and Katerina Maleeva (No. 10) did so on April 28, 1991.

Ø                    Manuela and Katerina Maleeva were ranked together in the Top 10 for a total of 56 weeks (non-consecutive) between Jan. 30, 1989 and April 28, 1991:

Ø                    All three Maleeva sisters were ranked in the Top 20 between Oct. 5-11, 1992; Oct. 26, 1992 - Aug. 15, 1993; Sept. 13-26, 1993

Ø                  The highest all three were ranked at the same time was from June 14 - July 4, 1993: Magdalena Maleeva No. 11, Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere No. 12, Katerina Maleeva No. 13.

 

  

Sisters Are Doing it for Themselves

(Best results by sisters in a Grand Slam)

 

1988 US Open QF                          Manuela and Katerina both reached QF

1990 Roland Garros QF                Manuela and Katerina both reached QF

1992 US Open QF                          Manuela and Maggie played each other in QF, with Manuela progressing to SF

1993 US Open QF                          Manuela and Katerina (Katerina def. Maggie in 4r) both reached QF, and Manuela defeated Kimiko Date to advance to last four

1999 US Open SF                          Venus lost to Hingis in SF, while Serena defeated Hingis in the Final

2000 Wimbledon SF                      Serena lost to Venus in SF, while Venus defeated Davenport in the Final

2000 US Open QF                          Serena lost to Davenport in QF, while Venus defeated Davenport in the Final

2001 Australian Open QF              Serena lost to Hingis in QF; Venus lost to Hingis in SF

2001 Wimbledon QF                      Serena lost to Capriati in QF; while Venus defeated Henin in the Final

2001 US Open F                             Venus def. Serena in the Final – the first-ever US Open all-sisters Final, and only the second Grand Slam final ever after the inaugural ladies Wimbledon event in 1884 (Watson sisters)

2002 Australian Open                    Adriana Serra Zanetti reached the QF; Adriana qualified and lost in the second round

2002 Roland Garros F                   Serena def. Venus in the Final – the first-ever French Open all-sisters Final, and only the third in a Grand Slam final

2002 Wimbledon F                        Serena def. Venus in the Final – the first all-sisters Final at Wimbledon since the very first in 1884; only the fourth all-sister Grand Slam final in history but third out of the past four