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Tennis at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Women's Singles

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Olympic Green Tennis Center, Beijing Olympic Green, Beijing
Date Started: August 10, 2008
Date Finished: August 17, 2008
Format: Single-elimination tournament.

Gold: RUS Yelena Dementyeva
Silver: RUS Dinara Safina
Bronze: RUS Vera Zvonaryova

Summary

This event was completely wide open, especially after world #1 [Justine Henin] (BEL) had retired in May 2008. The #1 seed was Serbia’s Ana Ivanović, who had recently moved up to the #1 world ranking, followed by her countrywoman, Jelena Janković. American sister superstars Serena and Venus Williams were seeded 4th and 7th, respectively, as they had both struggled with injuries in the past year, and were only returning to form.

OK, it was an open tournament, but nobody expected this semi-final. The semi-finalists were China’s [Li Na], who would become one of the world’s top players but in 2008 had not yet advanced past the quarters-finals in a Grand Slam; and three Russians – Yelena Dementyeva, Dinara Safina, and Vera Zvonaryova. The top-seeded Russian was [Svetlana Kuznetsova] at #3, but she lost in round one to Li Na.

Both semi-finals were won in straight sets, with Dementyeva and Safina advancing to the final. Dementyeva won the gold medal with a three-set victory, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3. In the bronze medal match, Li Na was overwhelmed by Zvonaryova, 6-0, 7-5, as Russia unexpectedly swept the medals. A medal sweep in Olympic tennis last occurred in 1908, in three different events.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Yelena Dementyeva 26 Russia RUS Gold
2 Dinara Safina 22 Russia RUS Silver
3 Vera Zvonaryova 23 Russia RUS Bronze
4 Li Na 26 China CHN
5T Sybille Bammer 28 Austria AUT
5T Serena Williams 26 United States USA
5T Venus Williams 28 United States USA
5T Jelena Janković 23 Serbia SRB
9T Lucie Šafářová 21 Czech Republic CZE
9T Francesca Schiavone 28 Italy ITA
9T Alizé Cornet 18 France FRA
9T Caroline Wozniacki 18 Denmark DEN
9T Vika Azarenko 19 Belarus BLR
9T Kaia Kanepi 23 Estonia EST
9T Zheng Jie 25 China CHN
9T Dominika Cibulková 19 Slovakia SVK
17T Mariya Koryttseva 23 Ukraine UKR
17T Patty Schnyder 29 Switzerland SUI
17T Shahar Pe'er 21 Israel ISR
17T Agnieszka Radwańska 19 Poland POL
17T Samantha Stosur 24 Australia AUS
17T Peng Shuai 22 China CHN
17T Daniela Hantuchová 25 Slovakia SVK
17T Sofia Arvidsson 24 Sweden SWE
17T Iveta Benešová 25 Czech Republic CZE
17T Casey Dellacqua 23 Australia AUS
17T Virginie Razzano 25 France FRA
17T Ayumi Morita 18 Japan JPN
17T María Martínez 25 Spain ESP
17T Nuria Llagostera 28 Spain ESP
17T Tsvetana Pironkova 20 Bulgaria BUL
17T Alona Bondarenko 23 Ukraine UKR
33T Tzipora Obziler 35 Israel ISR
33T Maret Ani 26 Estonia EST
33T Anabel Medina 26 Spain ESP
33T Jill Craybas 34 United States USA
33T Yan Zi 23 China CHN
33T Sorana Cîrstea 18 Romania ROU
33T Akgul Amanmuradova 24 Uzbekistan UZB
33T Chan Yung-Jan 18 Chinese Taipei TPE
33T Olga Govortsova 19 Belarus BLR
33T Sara Errani 21 Italy ITA
33T Carla Suárez 19 Spain ESP
33T Nicole Vaidišová 19 Czech Republic CZE
33T Ai Sugiyama 33 Japan JPN
33T Selima Sfar 31 Tunisia TUN
33T Tamarine Tanasugarn 31 Thailand THA
33T Kateryna Bondarenko 21 Ukraine UKR
33T Timea Bacsinszky 19 Switzerland SUI
33T Sania Mirza 21 India IND
33T Gisela Dulko 23 Argentina ARG
33T Tetiana Perebyinis 25 Ukraine UKR
33T Flavia Pennetta 26 Italy ITA
33T Eleni Daniilidou 25 Greece GRE
33T Marina Erakovic 20 New Zealand NZL
33T Svetlana Kuznetsova 23 Russia RUS
33T Mara Santangelo 27 Italy ITA
33T Alicia Molik 27 Australia AUS
33T Klára Koukalová-Zakopalová 26 Czech Republic CZE
33T Ágnes Szávay 19 Hungary HUN
33T Pauline Parmentier 22 France FRA
33T Marta Domachowska 22 Poland POL
33T Milagros Sequera 27 Venezuela VEN
33T Cara Black 29 Zimbabwe ZIM