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Singles, Women

Date23 September – 1 October 1988
StatusOlympic
LocationTe-ni-seu-jang, Ol-lim-pik Gong-won, Seoul
Participants48 from 26 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament.

Steffi Graf won the 1984 Olympic demonstration singles title when she was only 15 years old. She achieved the #1 world ranking in 1987, and in 1988, became the fifth person and third woman to win the Grand Slam of tennis – Australia, French, Wimbledon, and US titles in one year– after Don Budge, Maureen Connolly, Rod Laver, and Margaret Court. When she won the Olympic gold medal, easily defeating Argentina’s Gabriela Sabatini in the final, 6-3, 6-3, it was called the Golden Slam, never before achieved. In the final Graf defeated Gabriela Sabatini, who she had also defeated earlier in the year in the final of the US Open and the semi-finals of Roland Garros. Sabatini would eventually defeat Graf at a major in the final of the 1990 US Open.

Graf’s career eventually had some tennis experts considering her the greatest woman player ever, as she won 22 Grand Slam singles titles – 4 Australian, 6 French, 7 Wimbledon, and 5 US – and 107 career professional titles. She later married fellow Olympic gold medalist, Andre Agassi.

PosNrPlayerNOC
1520Steffi GrafFRGGold
2504Gabriela SabatiniARGSilver
=3545Zina GarrisonUSABronze
=3511Manuela MaleevaBULBronze
=5529Raffaella ReggiITA
=5546Pam ShriverUSA
=5543Natasha ZveravaURS
=5542Larisa SavčenkoURS
=9518Catherine SuireFRA
=9532Kim Il-SunKOR
=9510Katerina MaleevaBUL
=9508Barbara PaulusAUT
=9515Tine Scheuer-LarsenDEN
=9521Sylvia HanikaFRG
=9537Catarina LindqvistSWE
=9544Chris EvertUSA
=17541Leila MeskhiURS
=17533Lee Jeong-MyeongKOR
=17523Sara GomerGBR
=17540Helena SukováTCH
=17513Jill HetheringtonCAN
=17509Gisele MiróBRA
=17538Jana NovotnáTCH
=17535Claudia HernándezMEX
=17505Anne MinterAUS
=17507Wendy TurnbullAUS
=17548Julia MuirZIM
=17547Sabrina GolešYUG
=17503Mercedes PazARG
=17519Nathalie TauziatFRA
=17522Claudia Kohde-KilschFRG
=17528Sandra CecchiniITA
=33519Regina RajchrtováTCH
=33526Yayuk BasukiINA
=33536Belinda CordwellNZL
=33530Etsuko InoueJPN
=33527Ilana BergerISR
=33514Helen KelesiCAN
=33517Isabelle DemongeotFRA
=33502Bettina FulcoARG
=33534Xóchitl EscobedoMEX
=33524Clare WoodGBR
=33501Oarda BouchabouALG
=33516Arantxa Sánchez VicarioESP
=33525Olga TsarmbopoulouGRE
=33531Kumiko OkamotoJPN
=33512Carling Bassett-SegusoCAN
=33506Liz SmylieAUS

Round One (23 September 1988)

Winner of each match advanced to round two.

Match #1 Steffi GrafFRG 1bye
Match #2 Leila MeskhiURS QRegina RajchrtováTCH 7-5, 7-5
Match #3 Catherine SuireFRA LLYayuk BasukiINA 6-3, 3-6, 6-0
Match #4 Lee Jeong-MyeongKOR bye
Match #5 Larisa SavčenkoURS 11bye
Match #6 Sara GomerGBR Belinda CordwellNZL 4-6, 7-5, 6-2
Match #7 Kim Il-SunKOR Etsuko InoueJPN WC6-3, 3-6, 7-5
Match #8 Helena SukováTCH 5bye
Match #9 Pam ShriverUSA 4bye
Match #10 Jill HetheringtonCAN Ilana BergerISR Q6-1, 6-4
Match #11 Gisele MiróBRA QHelen KelesiCAN 7-5, 7-5
Match #12 Katerina MaleevaBUL 10bye
Match #13 Jana NovotnáTCH Isabelle DemongeotFRA Q6-4, 6-3
Match #14 Barbara PaulusAUT QBettina FulcoARG 7-6 (7-5), 6-4
Match #15 Claudia HernándezMEX bye
Match #16 Zina GarrisonUSA 8bye
Match #17 Natasha ZveravaURS 6bye
Match #18 Anne MinterAUS Xóchitl EscobedoMEX Q6-1, 6-3
Match #19 Wendy TurnbullAUS Clare WoodGBR 6-1, 6-3
Match #20 Tine Scheuer-LarsenDEN Oarda BouchabouALG 6-0, 6-1
Match #21 Sylvia HanikaFRG 12bye
Match #22 Julia MuirZIM bye
Match #23 Sabrina GolešYUG Arantxa Sánchez VicarioESP 6-4, 6-2
Match #24 Gabriela SabatiniARG 3bye
Match #25 Manuela MaleevaBUL 7bye
Match #26 Mercedes PazARG Olga TsarmbopoulouGRE Q7-6 (9-7), 6-3
Match #27 Catarina LindqvistSWE WCKumiko OkamotoJPN Q7-6 (7-3), 7-5
Match #28 Nathalie TauziatFRA Carling Bassett-SegusoCAN 7-6 (7-5), 6-1
Match #29 Claudia Kohde-KilschFRG 9bye
Match #30 Raffaella ReggiITA Liz SmylieAUS 7-6 (7-3), 6-0
Match #31 Sandra CecchiniITA bye
Match #32 Chris EvertUSA 2bye

Round Two (24 September 1988)

Winner of each match advanced to round three.

Match #1 Steffi GrafFRG 1Leila MeskhiURS Q7-5, 6-1
Match #2 Catherine SuireFRA LLLee Jeong-MyeongKOR Q7-5, 4-6, 7-5
Match #3 Larisa SavčenkoURS 11Sara GomerGBR 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (7-3), 9-7
Match #4 Kim Il-SunKOR Helena SukováTCH 56-2, 4-6, 6-2
Match #5 Pam ShriverUSA 4Jill HetheringtonCAN 6-2, 6-3
Match #6 Katerina MaleevaBUL 10Gisele MiróBRA Q7-5, 6-1
Match #7 Barbara PaulusAUT QJana NovotnáTCH 6-4, 6-3
Match #8 Zina GarrisonUSA 8Claudia HernándezMEX Q6-1, 6-4
Match #9 Natasha ZveravaURS 6Anne MinterAUS 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
Match #10 Tine Scheuer-LarsenDEN Wendy TurnbullAUS 6-4, 6-3
Match #11 Sylvia HanikaFRG 12Julia MuirZIM Q6-1, 6-1
Match #12 Gabriela SabatiniARG 3Sabrina GolešYUG 6-1, 6-0
Match #13 Manuela MaleevaBUL 7Mercedes PazARG 6-1, 6-2
Match #14 Catarina LindqvistSWE WCNathalie TauziatFRA 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
Match #15 Raffaella ReggiITA Claudia Kohde-KilschFRG 94-6, 7-6 (–-6), 6-3
Match #16 Chris EvertUSA 2Sandra CecchiniITA WC6-2, 6-2

Round Three (25 September 1988)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Steffi GrafFRG 1Catherine SuireFRA LL6-3, 6-0
Match #2 Larisa SavčenkoURS 11Kim Il-SunKOR 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
Match #3 Pam ShriverUSA 4Katerina MaleevaBUL 106-4, 3-6, 6-2
Match #4 Zina GarrisonUSA 8Barbara PaulusAUT Q7-5, 6-2
Match #5 Natasha ZveravaURS 6Tine Scheuer-LarsenDEN 6-1, 6-2
Match #6 Gabriela SabatiniARG 3Sylvia HanikaFRG 121-6, 6-4, 6-2
Match #7 Manuela MaleevaBUL 7Catarina LindqvistSWE WC6-1, 6-0
Match #8 Raffaella ReggiITA Chris EvertUSA 22-6, 6-4, 6-1

Quarter-Finals (27 September 1988)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Steffi GrafFRG 1Larisa SavčenkoURS 116-2, 4-6, 6-3
Match #2 Zina GarrisonUSA 8Pam ShriverUSA 46-3, 6-2
Match #3 Gabriela SabatiniARG 3Natasha ZveravaURS 66-4, 6-3
Match #4 Manuela MaleevaBUL 7Raffaella ReggiITA 6-3, 6-4

Semi-Finals (29 September 1988)

Winner of each match advanced to the final.

Match #1 Steffi GrafFRG 1Zina GarrisonUSA 86-2, 6-0
Match #2 Gabriela SabatiniARG 3Manuela MaleevaBUL 76-1, 6-1

Final Round (1 October 1988 — 11:13)

Match 1/2 Steffi GrafFRG 1Gabriela SabatiniARG 36-3, 6-3