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Tennis at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Women's Singles

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Olympic Tennis Center, Seoul
Date Started: September 23, 1988
Date Finished: October 1, 1988
Format: Single-elimination tournament.

Gold: FRG Steffi Graf
Silver: ARG Gabriela Sabatini
Bronze: BUL Manuela Maleeva-Fragnière
USA Zina Garrison


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 woman to win the Grand Slam of tennis – Australia, French, Wimbledon, and US titles in one year. 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. 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.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Steffi Graf 19 West Germany FRG Gold
2 Gabriela Sabatini 18 Argentina ARG Silver
3T Zina Garrison 24 United States USA Bronze
3T Manuela Maleeva-Fragnière 21 Bulgaria BUL Bronze
5T Raffaella Reggi-Concato 22 Italy ITA
5T Pam Shriver 26 United States USA
5T Natasha Zvereva 17 Soviet Union URS
5T Larisa Savčenko-Neilande 22 Soviet Union URS
9T Catherine Suire 29 France FRA
9T Kim Il-Sun 19 South Korea KOR
9T Katerina Maleeva 19 Bulgaria BUL
9T Barbara Paulus 18 Austria AUT
9T Tine Scheuer-Larsen 22 Denmark DEN
9T Sylvia Hanika 28 West Germany FRG
9T Catarina Lindqvist 25 Sweden SWE
9T Chris Evert 33 United States USA
17T Leila Meskhi 20 Soviet Union URS
17T Lee Jeong-Myeong 21 South Korea KOR
17T Sara Gomer 24 Great Britain GBR
17T Helena Suková 23 Czechoslovakia TCH
17T Jill Hetherington 23 Canada CAN
17T Gisele Miró 19 Brazil BRA
17T Jana Novotná 19 Czechoslovakia TCH
17T Claudia Hernández 22 Mexico MEX
17T Anne Minter 25 Australia AUS
17T Wendy Turnbull 35 Australia AUS
17T Julia Muir 17 Zimbabwe ZIM
17T Sabrina Goleš 23 Yugoslavia YUG
17T Mercedes Paz 22 Argentina ARG
17T Nathalie Tauziat 20 France FRA
17T Claudia Kohde-Kilsch 24 West Germany FRG
17T Sandra Cecchini 23 Italy ITA
33T Regina Rajchrtová 20 Czechoslovakia TCH
33T Yayuk Basuki 17 Indonesia INA
33T Belinda Cordwell 22 New Zealand NZL
33T Etsuko Inoue 23 Japan JPN
33T Ilana Berger 22 Israel ISR
33T Helen Kelesi 18 Canada CAN
33T Isabelle Demongeot 21 France FRA
33T Bettina Fulco 19 Argentina ARG
33T Xóchitl Escobedo 20 Mexico MEX
33T Clare Wood 20 Great Britain GBR
33T Oarda Bouchabou 18 Algeria ALG
33T Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 16 Spain ESP
33T Olga Tsarmbopoulou 20 Greece GRE
33T Kumiko Okamoto 23 Japan JPN
33T Carling Bassett-Seguso 20 Canada CAN
33T Liz Smylie 25 Australia AUS