Victory With A Variety
Published August 07, 2009 05:51
When it comes to doubles achievements on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, Martina Navratilova practically wrote the record book. It hardly mattered who she played with, as she piled up Grand Slams with a variety of partners. In fact, yet another of her Open Era records is the amount of partners with which she captured Grand Slams: a remarkable nine.
Navratilova's record of 31 Grand Slams consisted of an unparalleled 20 with Pam Shriver, three with Billie Jean King, two with longtime singles rival Chris Evert, and one each with Gigi Fernández, Hana Mandlikova, Betsy Nagelsen, Anne Smith, Betty Stove and Andrea Temesvari.
Martini Hingis, who coincidentally enough was named after Navratilova, is in second place in terms of number of partners with which she won Grand Slams. She was victorious with six players: three Slams with Jana Novotna, two with Anna Kournikova and one each with Mirjana Lucic, Mary Pierce and Helena Sukova.
In third place is Novotna with five partners. She won four with Sukova, three each with Hingis and Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario and one each with Lindsey Davenport and Fernández.
Margaret Court, Francoise Durr, Fernández, Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Helen Gourlay-Cawley, Stove, Sukova and Natasha Zvereva each won Slams with four partners. Rosie Casals, Davenport, King and Sánchez-Vicario each won with three partners. Eighteen players have won with two partners: Cara Black, Gail Lovera Chanfreau, Nathalie Dechy, Evert, Mary Joe Fernandez, Kathy Jordan, Alicia Molik, Rosalyn Nideffer, Negelsen, Virginia Ruano Pascual, Lisa Raymond, Kerry Melville Reid, Shriver, Smith, Rennae Stubbs, Ai Sugiyama, Judy Tegart-Dalton and Wendy Turnbull.