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Amy Frazier : biography

September 19, 1972 -

Amy Frazier (born September 19, 1972 in St. Louis, Missouri) is a now inactive professional female tennis player from the United States.

She debuted in 1987 and was active player until the 2006 US Open in which she made her 20th consecutive appearance (a record among active players). She has also appeared in 18 Australian Open, 18 Wimbledon, and 15 French Open for a total of 71 Grand Slam appearances (also a record, male or female).

Her best showing is a pair of quarterfinal appearances at the 1992 Australian Open and 1995 US Open. She has lost 30 times in the first round of her Grand Slam matches, 18 times in the second round, 15 times in the third round, 6 times in the 4th round, and both of her quarterfinal matches. Her all-time Grand Slam record is 73–71. She has over 30 wins against top 10 players and has spent 18 consecutive years in the top 100, the longest ever continuous span by any female tennis player who hasn't reached top 10.

Frazier has the distinction of being the last woman to play against Steffi Graf in a professional WTA tour match at the 1999 Acura Classic, played at the La Costa Resort and Spa outside San Diego. During the third set, Graf retired and never played again.

Frazier won 8 career titles and was a finalist 7 times. Being a flat-hitter, she excelled on hard courts and was the most successful on the Summer hard court events in California and appeared in 8 finals in two different events in Japan.

Although Frazier has not competed since the 2006 US Open, she has not officially retired publicly.

Records against some top ranked players

Frazier has had some success against top ranked opponents. Her records against some of the top rated women are as follows:

  • Mary Pierce 4–3
  • Justine Henin 2–1
  • Aranxta Sanchez-Vicario 4–3
  • Jennifer Capriati 0–6
  • Pam Shriver 4–1
  • Lindsay Davenport 0–10
  • Patty Schnyder 3–2
  • Steffi Graf 1–6
  • Gabriela Sabatini 2–3
  • Anke Huber 6–2
  • Martina Hingis 1–6
  • Martina Navratilova 1–2
  • Monica Seles 1–9
  • Maria Sharapova 0–3
  • Nicole Vaidišová 1–0
  • Ai Sugiyama 4–1
  • Serena Williams 0–3
  • Venus Williams 0–5
  • Marion Bartoli 1–2
  • Daniela Hantuchová 1–2
  • Conchita Martínez 4–8
  • Tatiana Golovin 1–1
  • Ana Ivanović 1–1

WTA Tour Finals

Singles 15 (8-7)

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0/0)
Olympic Gold (0/0)
WTA Championships (0/0)
Tier I (0/0)
Tier II (1/2)
Tier III (4/4)
Tier IV & V (2/1)
Virginia Slims (1/0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 26 February 1989 USA}} Wichita Hard (i) USA}} Barbara Potter 4–6, 6–4, 6–0
Winner 2. 25 February 1990 USA}} Oklahoma City Hard (i) NED}} Manon Bollegraf 6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 1. 30 September 1990 JPN}} Tokyo Carpet (i) USA}} Mary Joe Fernández 3–6, 6–2, 6–3
Winner 3. 24 May 1992 SUI}} Lucerne Clay SVK}} Radka Zrubáková 4–6, 6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 2. 4 April 1994 JPN}} Tokyo Hard JPN}} Kimiko Date 7–5, 6–0
Winner 4. 14 August 1994 USA}} Los Angeles Hard USA}} Ann Grossman 6–1, 6–3
Runner-up 3. 19 September 1994 JPN}} Tokyo Hard (i) ESP}} Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6–1, 6–2
Winner 5. 16 April 1995 JPN}} Tokyo Hard JPN}} Kimiko Date 7–6(5), 7–5
Runner-up 4. 15 April 1996 JPN}} Tokyo Hard JPN}} Kimiko Date 6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 5. 20 April 1997 JPN}} Tokyo Hard JPN}} Ai Sugiyama 4–6, 6–4, 6–4
Winner 6. 18 April 1999 JPN}} Tokyo Hard JPN}} Ai Sugiyama 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 6. 9 October 2000 JPN}} Tokyo Hard FRA}} Julie Halard-Decugis 6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 7. 12 January 2003 AUS}} Hobart Hard AUS}} Alicia Molik 6–2, 4–6, 6–4
Winner 7. 16 January 2004 AUS}} Hobart Hard JPN}} Shinobu Asagoe 6–3, 6–3
Winner 8. 6 November 2005 CAN}} Quebec City Carpet (i) SWE}} Sofia Arvidsson 6–1, 7–5
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