1990 - In Tour debut at Boca Raton, became youngest-ever player to reach a pro final at 13 years, 11months; d. four seeds (incl. No.10 Sukova), l. to Sabatini 64 75; in third Tour event, made Hilton Head final Â– d. No.5 SÃ¡nchez-Vicario (l. to Navratilova); debuted on rankings at No.25 on April 9; youngest-ever semifinalist at Roland Garros aged 14 years, 2 months (l. to Seles); ranking leapt from No.24 to No.13; at Wimbledon, youngest-ever seed in Grand Slam history (No.12), bettering Rinaldi by two days; won first title at Puerto Rico, d. Garrison in final (fourth-youngest to win a title after Austin, Rinaldi and Jaeger) and rising to No.10, youngest-ever to be ranked in Top 10 at age 14 years, 235 days; youngest qualifier for season-ending Championships at 14 years, 8 months, stretching No.1 Graf to 3s in 1r; ended first season ranked No.8.
1991 - Won two titles and reached consecutive Grand Slam SF; aged 15 yrs, 95 days, youngest-ever semifinalist at Wimbledon (d. defending champion Navratilova in QF, forcing her earliest exit in 14 years); 16-match win streak, which included titles at San Diego Â– d. No.1 Seles 76 third set in youngest Tour final
in Open Era (combined age of 33 years) bettering Austin-Jaeger at 1980 Tampa by fourmonths Â– and Canadian Open (Toronto; d. No.3 Sabatini en route); d. reigning champion Sabatini at US Open and came within two points of defeating Seles in titanic SF (served formatch twice) before falling 63 36 76(3); qualified for season-ending Championships, reaching QF; won first Tour doubles title at Rome (w/Seles); improved season-ending ranking to No.6, a career-high at the time.
1992 - Reached three Grand Slam QF and won two titles consecutively; won singles gold medal at Barcelona Olympics, d. No.2 seed SÃ¡nchez-Vicario in SF and No.1 Graf in gold medal match; successfully defended San Diego title; at Miami, upset No.1 Seles in QF, ending SelesÂ’ 21 consecutive finals streak (two short of tying NavratilovaÂ’s record); at Wimbledon, became youngest player to surpass $1million in career prize money at 16 years, 3 months (now second youngest behind Hingis 16 years, 1 month, 10 days); in third
consecutive season-ending Championships, reached second QF; finished season at No.7.
1993 - Won sixth career title at Sydney (d. No.3 Sabatini in SF); repeated 1992 effort of reaching QF at Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon (l. to Graf each time); runner-up at Canadian Open (Toronto; d. No.3 SÃ¡nchez-Vicario), l. to Graf in 3s; after US Open 1r loss to Meskhi, did not play on Tour for 14 months; finished fourth consecutive season in Top 10.
1994 - Fell out of Top 10 on January 17 and off rankings on June 27; accepted WC into Philadelphia in November for her only match of the year, l. 1r to eventual champion A.Huber in 3s.
1995 - Did not play.
1996 - Fifteen months since last Tour match, returned at Essen unranked, reaching QF (l. to Novotna in 3s); scored five Top 20 wins throughout season and reached first final inmore than three years at Chicago (d. co-No.1 Seles in SF, l. to No.5 Novotna in 3s); also reached Znrich QF (in 1r, d. Sabatini in lastmatch of her career); reappeared on rankings on April 1 at No.103 and finished at No.24.
1997 - Reached Sydney final (d. No.9 Davenport, l. to No.4 Hingis in 3s); also reached Oklahoma City QF (l. to
Davenport) and Hilton Head 3r (d. No.11MJ.Fernandez en route); slipped to No.66 by season-end.
1998 - Reached Hamburg QF as a WC ranked No.227 (l. to No.1 Hingis); Palermo QF and Amelia Island 3r; at Wimbledon, won first Grand Slam singles match in five years; fell to No.267 (April 6), finished No.101.
1999 - Best season in six years, winning two singles titles and finishing No.23; captured first title in six years at Strasbourg (d. No.9 Tauziat 61 60 in QF for first Top 10 win since Davenport at 1997 Sydney); won QuTbec City (d. Rubin in final); 4r at Roland Garros and US Open.
2000 - First Grand Slam SF in nine years at Australian Open (l. to eventual champion Davenport); improved
to No.17, first time in Top 20 since April 10, 1994; ninth career title at Luxembourg (d. Mag.Maleeva in final); also runner-up at QuTbec City, SF at Znrich (d. Kournikova) and Â’s-Hertogenbosch; at Miami, d. No.6 S.Williams to reach QF, first win over Top 6 player since November 1996; sidelined in April with right Achilles tendonitis and hindered by an elbow injury in June; qualified for season-ending Championships for first time since 1993; member of winning US Fed Cup team, winning a singles and doubles rubber in final vs. Spain; finished season inside Top 20 for first time in seven years.
2001 - Career-best season included first Grand Slam titles, reaching world No.1 ranking for first time; won Australian Open, d. No.1 Hingis, No.2 Davenport and No.4 Seles, the last three winners of tournament; became then-lowest seed (No.12) to win a Grand Slam title in Open Era (there was one unseeded winner); first player since Austin (1979 US Open) to d. worldÂ’s Top 2 players in straight sets at a major; reentered
Top 10 for first time in seven years at No.7, the longest absence from the Top 10 in Tour history; won Family Circle Cup (first American-born winner since 1985) and second Grand Slam title at Roland Garros; d. S.Williams, No.1 Hingis and Clijsters 16 64 12-10 in longest-ever third set in a Roland Garros womenÂ’s final; fifth woman in history to win Australian Open and Roland Garros the same year (after Connolly, Court, Graf and Seles); two points from defeat on four occasions vs. Clijsters; also runner-up four other times (incl. Miami after holding 8mp vs. V.Williams); only player in 2001 to reach SF or better at all four Grand Slams (first SF at Wimbledon and US Open in 10 years); ending HingisÂ’ 73 consecutive-weeks run, became ninth No.1 in the world on October 15 since 1975; finished with 56-14 record, first time to win 50+ matches in a season, and as world No.2, her highest season-ending rank and first in Top 10 since 1993.
2002 - Won third Grand Slamsingles title in 13 months by defending Australian Open as No.1; d. No.7 Mauresmo, No.5 Clijsters and No.4 Hingis, coming back from 64 40 and saving 4mp in second set to win in temperatures exceeding 40 degrees Celsius; reached three other finals (Scottsdale, Miami and Canadian Open) and SF on clay at Charleston, Berlin, Rome (led S.Williams 4-0 final set) and as top seed at Roland
Garros (led S.Williams 63 65); sixth consecutive Grand Slam tournament to reach at least SF; streak broken at Wimbledon, falling in QF to Mauresmo; also fell to Mauresmo in Canadian Open final and US Open QF, having served for match in second set; won only one match in three European indoor tournaments before finishing strongly at season-ending Championships, falling in SF to No.1 S.Williams (career-best performance there) after twice being a point of serving for the match in second set.
2003 - Sixth Top 10 finish; started with consecutive opening round losses in Sydney and Australian Open (l. to WeingSrtner after leading 62 41), first defending champion there to lose 1r; withdrew from Tokyo [Pan Pacific] to recover from eye surgery in November 2002 to remove sunspots (pterygiums); reached at least SF of next five events; l. in 3s to Henin-Hardenne, Davenport and Clijsters, incl. third consecutive final in Miami (fell to No.1 S.Williams in 3s); 4r at Roland Garros (l. to Petrova in 3s) and SF at Eastbourne, l. to defending and eventual champion Rubin after holding 2mp at 62 53 15-40 (Rubin serving); in doubles (as WC w/Serna), reached third doubles final (l. to Davenport/Raymond); reached sixth Wimbledon QF (l. to No.1 S.Williams); reached second Tour singles final of 2003 at Stanford (l. to Clijsters in 3s); at San Diego, ret. 2r (after 1r bye) vs. Likhovtseva trailing 4-1 first set w/right pectoral strain, also forcing withdrawal from Canadian Open; ended 28-tournament losing streak in New Haven, claiming 14th career title, benefiting from retirements of Mauresmo in SF and Davenport in final; career-third US Open SF and was two points from winning 10 times before losing three-hour-plus match to eventual champion Henin-Hardenne 46 75 76(4); withdrew from Shanghai w/right shoulder strain; reached SF of season-ending Championships, falling to No.1 Clijsters after leading 64 32 (with a break) while suffering from a right hip strain.
2004 - Withdrew from Australian Open and Tokyo [Pan Pacific] w/back injury suffered at 2003 season-ending Championships; lost first match of season for third year in a row to Daniilidou at Dubai, reaching QF just once in first four events (at Doha Â– l. to Myskina in SF) and withdrawing from Indian Wells w/back injury; began strong European claycourt season at Berlin, d. Sharapova in 3r and No.5 Myskina in QF (first Top 5 win of season), l. to Mauresmo in SF; at Rome, d. top seed S.Williams in SF (first win since 2001 Wimbledon QF, having lost previous eight meetings), l. to seed Mauresmo in two-hour, 30-minute final 36 63 76(6) after holding mp at 5-4 in 3rd set and savingmp at 6-5 in tiebreak, her 10th career Tier I final and first there in 14 tries; at Roland Garros, overcame 3-0 third-set deficit in 1r to d. Beygelzimer and a thigh strain in 4r vs. Schiavone, then d. S.Williams again in QF, losing to eventual champion Myskina in SF; at Wimbledon, l. in QF to two-time defending champion Serena Williams 61 61 in 45 minutes, most lopsided result in 17-match rivalry (CapriatiÂ’s fourth straight QF there); after withdrawing from Los Angeles and San Diego w/hamstring
injury, made QF at MontrTal [Canadian Open] and New Haven; reached fourth career US Open SF, d. S.Williams in QF, l. to Dementieva 60 26 76(5) (third time losing SF there in third-set tie-break); withdrew from Filderstadt w/influenza, then QF at Philadelphia, l. to No.11 Zvonareva 60 61, thus not qualifying for season-ending Championships for first time since 1999, and worst loss since 60 61 loss to Graf at 1999 Miami; served as second alternate for season-ending Championships behind V.Williams; surpassed career $10-million mark.
2005 - Ongoing problems with right shoulder forced withdrawal from Sydney and Australian Open, then underwent shoulder surgery on January 27 in Wilmington, Delaware; withdrew from Dubai, Indian Wells and Miami, and missed the rest of 2005 season due to ongoing rehabilitation; was granted special injury ranking of No.10, which will expire on November 6, 2006.