Meredith McGrath

Meredith McGrath

Meredith McGrath
Country (sports)  United States
Born (1971-04-28) April 28, 1971
Midland, Michigan, USA
Plays Right-handed
Singles
Career titles 3
Highest ranking No. 18 (July 22, 1996)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (1994)
French Open 2R (1995)
Wimbledon SF (1996)
US Open 2R (1993, 1994)
Doubles
Career titles 25
Highest ranking No. 5 (October 10, 1994)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open F (1994)
French Open SF (1996)
Wimbledon F (1996)
US Open QF (1994)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open QF (1996)
French Open SF (1994)
Wimbledon QF (1994)
US Open W (1995)


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

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

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

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

WTA Tour finals

Singles 3 (3–0)

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

Doubles 38 (26–12)

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

Mixed doubles 2 (1–1)

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

Women's doubles performance timeline

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

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