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Shortest tennis match records

Steffi Graf won the quickest ever French Open Final in 32 minutes.[1]

This article covers records concerning the shortest ever tennis matches both in terms of number of games and duration in terms of time. Matches affected by a retirement or default are not listed.

Contents

  • Short times 1
    • Men 1.1
      • Overall 1.1.1
      • Grand Slams 1.1.2
        • Wimbledon 1.1.2.1
        • French Open 1.1.2.2
    • Women 1.2
      • Overall 1.2.1
      • Grand Slams 1.2.2
        • French Open 1.2.2.1
        • Wimbledon 1.2.2.2
  • Fewest games 2
    • Men 2.1
    • Women 2.2
    • Men's Doubles 2.3
    • Women's Doubles 2.4
  • References 3

Short times

Men

Overall

  • Francisco Clavet set an ATP tournament record in the first round of the 2001 Shanghai when he defeated Shan Jiang in 25 minutes, 6–0, 6-0.[2]

Grand Slams

Wimbledon
French Open

Women

Overall

  • Margaret Court won the 1963 Eastern Grass Court Championships crown in a record 24-minute match.[5]

Grand Slams

French Open
Wimbledon
  • In the 1922 Wimbledon final Suzanne Lenglen defeated Molla Mallory, 6–2, 6–0, in 23 minutes.[1] Some accounts state that the match was over in 20 minutes.[1]
  • In the 1925 Wimbledon final Lenglen defeated Joan Fry in 25 minutes, 6–2, 6–0.[1]

Fewest games

  •    = winner of the match also won the tournament.

Men

There have been at least 8 best-of-five-set matches which have lasted 18 games (6–0, 6–0, 6–0) in the Open era. This is the shortest possible length for a best-of-five-set men's singles match without retirements or defaults.

Year Grand Slam Round Winner Loser
1968 French Open First round Nikola Špear Daniel Contet
1981 Davis Cup Play Off Thierry Tulasne Shinichi Sakamoto
1987 French Open Second round Karel Nováček Eduardo Bengoechea
1987 Wimbledon First round Stefan Edberg Stefan Eriksson
1987 US Open First round Ivan Lendl Barry Moir
1993 French Open Second round Sergi Bruguera Thierry Champion
2001 Wimbledon Qualifying Todd Woodbridge Johan Ortegren
2011 Davis Cup Second round Andy Murray Laurent Bram

Women

In women's tennis, matches featuring a minimum number of games are a more frequent occurrence. The following are women's Grand Slam singles matches in the Open era which have lasted 12 games (6–0, 6–0) without retirements or defaults.

Incomplete List

Year Grand Slam Round Winner Loser
1969 Australian Open First round Margaret Court Judith Gohn
1969 French Open First round Kazuko Sawamatsu Monique Van Haver
1969 French Open Third round Julie Heldman Raquel Giscafré
1969 Wimbledon Third round Karen Krantzcke Pam Teeguarden
1970 Australian Open Second round Margaret Court Caroline Langsford
1970 French Open First round Helga Hösl Katalin Borka
1970 French Open Third round Billie Jean King Odile De Roubin
1970 Wimbledon Second round Peggy Michel Alena Palmeova
1970 Wimbledon Second round Judy Dalton Susan Northen
1971 Australian Open First round Patricia Coleman Helen Taylor
1971 French Open First round Julie Heldman Sharon Van Brandis
1971 Wimbledon First round Rosie Casals Rosy Darmon
1971 Wimbledon Second round Margaret Court Lorraine Robinson
1972 French Open First round Vlasta Vopickova Michele Gurdal
1972 US Open Second round Margaret Court Barbara Hawcroft
1973 Australian Open Second round Margaret Court Nathalie Fuchs
1974 Australian Open First round Wendy Turnbull Brenda Dale
1974 Australian Open Second round Chris Evert Katerleen Szeman
1974 Australian Open Second round Evonne Goolagong Miki Yokobori
1974 French Open First round Marie Neumanova Nicole Bimes
1974 Wimbledon First round Virginia Wade Veronica Burton
1974 Wimbledon Second round Winnie Shaw Nerida Gregory
1974 Wimbledon Second round Mona Schallau Nathalie Fuchs
1974 US Open Third round Evonne Goolagong Katja Ebbinghaus
1975 French Open Second round Marina Kroschina Laurie Rowley
1975 Wimbledon Third round Margaret Court Renáta Tomanová
1975 US Open Third round Evonne Goolagong Peggy Michel
1985 US Open First round Wendy Turnbull Susan Leo
1985 US Open Second round Wendy Turnbull Elizabeth Smylie
1988 French Open Final Steffi Graf Natasha Zvereva
2001 Australian Open First round Silvija Talaja Alicia Molik
2002 US Open First round Venus Williams Mirjana Lučić-Baroni
Australian Open Second Round Kim Clijsters Petra Mandula
2003 French Open Third Round Serena Williams Barbara Schett
2003 Wimbledon First Round Kim Clijsters Rossana de los Ríos
2004 Australian Open Second Round Kim Clijsters Maria Elena Camerin
2005 Wimbledon First Round Lindsay Davenport Jamea Jackson
2006 Wimbledon First Round Amélie Mauresmo Ivana Abramović
2007 Wimbledon First Round Martina Müller Anna Smashnova
2008 French Open Second round Victoria Azarenka Sorana Cîrstea
2008 French Open Fourth round Ana Ivanovic Petra Cetkovská
2009 French Open First round Dinara Safina Anne Keothavong
2009 Wimbledon First round Marion Bartoli Yung-Jan Chan
2009 Wimbledon Second round Victoria Azarenka Ioana Raluca Olaru
2009 US Open Second round Flavia Pennetta Sania Mirza
2009 US Open Fourth round Kateryna Bondarenko Gisela Dulko
2010 Australian Open First round María José Martínez Sánchez Evgeniya Rodina
2010 US Open Second round Caroline Wozniacki Chang Kai-chen
2010 US Open Third round Maria Sharapova Beatrice Capra
2011[7] Australian Open First round Kim Clijsters Dinara Safina
2011 Australian Open First round Marion Bartoli Tathiana Garbin
2012 French Open First round Maria Sharapova Alexandra Cadanțu
2012 US Open Fourth round Serena Williams Andrea Hlaváčková
2013 Australian Open First round Serena Williams Edina Gallovits-Hall
2013 Australian Open First round Maria Sharapova Olga Puchkova
2013 Australian Open Second round Maria Sharapova Misaki Doi
2013 US Open First round Carla Suárez Navarro Lauren Davis
2013 US Open First round Sara Errani Olivia Rogowska
2013 US Open First round Victoria Azarenka Dinah Pfizenmaier
2013 US Open Quarterfinal Serena Williams Carla Suárez Navarro
2014 Australian Open First round Annika Beck Petra Martić
2014 French Open Third round Maria Sharapova Paula Ormaechea
2014 US Open First round Johanna Larsson Virginie Razzano

Men's Doubles

Women's Doubles

Since 2005
Year Grand Slam Round Winner Loser
2006 US Open First Round Květa Peschke
Francesca Schiavone
Sofia Arvidsson
Martina Müller
2007 Australian Open Quarterfinals Chan Yung-jan
Chuang Chia-jung
Ashley Harkleroad
Galina Voskoboeva
2009 Wimbledon Championships Third Round Serena Williams
Venus Williams
Yan Zi
Zheng Jie

References

  1. ^ a b c d http://www.espn.co.uk/espn/sport/story/21464.html
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ 10 Years of Wimbledon, by Lance Tingay (Guinness Superlatives, 1977)
  4. ^ "Fred Perry". wimbledon.org. Retrieved 2011-01-18. 
  5. ^ "Miss Smith, Scott Win Net Titles".   (subscription required)
  6. ^ Herman, Robin (1988-06-05). "Tennis; Graf Shuts Out Zvereva to Gain French Open Title". The New York Times (Paris, France). Retrieved 2011-01-18. 
  7. ^ "Clijsters steamrollers Safina".  
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