• Finished the year as the No. 1 player, although because she did not win a Grand Slam event said she felt as though she didn't deserve the ranking.
• Won titles in Toyko, Scottsdale, Eastbourne, Los Angeles, Filderstadt, Zurich and Linz. Also reached the final of the Tour Championships before an injury forced her to withdraw.
• Failed to defend her Australian Open title by falling in the semifinals to eventual champion Jennifer Capriati 6-3, 6-4. Missed the French Open with a knee injury. At Wimbledon, in a semifinal rematch of their championship match the year before, she fell once again to Venus Williams 6-2, 6-7 (1), 6-1. Williams went on to take the title. At the U.S. Open, lost in the quarterfinals to Serena Williams.
• Captured the first Grand Slam of the year by ending Hingis' three-year stranglehold on the Australian Open, winning 6-1, 7-5. Added this Grand Slam title to the ones she won at Wimbledon in 1999 and the U.S. Open in '98. Didn't drop a set en route to the title.
• Reached the championship match at Wimbledon and the
U.S. Open but lost both to Venus Williams. She claimed three other
titles at Indian Wells, Generali Ladies Open, and Philadelphia.
• Forced out of the Olympics with a right foot injury.
• Helped the Fed Cup team earn a 5-0 victory against Spain.
• Won ESPY award for Outstanding Women's Tennis Performer.
• Won her second Grand Slam title in impressive fashion, beating seven-time champion Steffi Graf 6-4, 7-5 for her first Wimbledon title. En route to winning the singles title -- and the doubles title -- Davenport didn't lose a set the whole tournament. She also retained the top ranking with the win. She became the third American-born woman to win Wimbledon in the Open Era.
• Won the season-ending championships over No. 1 Martina Hingis. Tied Hingis for the most singles titles during the year with seven and swept Hingis in all three of their meetings in '99. Ended the year tied with Hingis for 16th place on the Open Era titles list with 26.
• Lost just 10 games in four matches en route to the quarterfinals of the 1999 U.S. Open, where she saved two match points to defeat Mary Pierce and advance to the semifinals before falling in three sets to eventual champion Serena William.
• Became the No. 1 ranked player in the world on October 12, 1998, the eighth player to capture the top ranking since the WTA Tour rankings began in 1975. She was the third American-born player to be ranked No. 1 and first since Chris Evert in November 1985. She ended Hingis' reign at No. 1 at 80 weeks. Relinquished the No. 1 ranking on February 7, 1999 to Hingis.
• Won both her singles matches in the final against Russia to help the United States win the Fed Cup.
• Won seven of the eight finals she reached. Took home titles in Sydney, Madrid, Stanford, Tokyo [Princess Cup] and Philadelphia.
• Is one of 17 woman to reach the semifinals of all four Grand Slam tournaments in professional tennis history.
• Reached the singles semifinals of the Australian Open, and reached her sixth consecutive Grand Slam doubles final.
• Won ESPY award for Outstanding Women's Tennis Performer.
• Became the No. 1 ranked player in the world on October 12 -- the eighth player to capture the top ranking since the WTA Tour rankings began in November 1975. She is the third American-born player to be ranked No. 1 and first since Chris Evert in November 1985. Her ascent ended Martina Hingis' 80-week reign at No. 1.
• Won first tournament played as the No. 1 player, in Zurich, capturing her fifth title in her last seven events.
• Became one of five players to win at least four North American hardcourt events in a single year -- also accomplished by Graf (twice), Evert, Hingis and Navratilova.
• Won first career Grand Slam singles title at the U.S. Open, defeating top-ranked Martina Hingis 6-3, 7-5. It was her fourth hardcourt title in five tourneys played during the summer. She did not drop a set in the tournament and became the first American-born woman since Chris Evert in 1982 to win the U.S. Open and only the fourth American-born player to win in the Open Era.
• Won the Bank of the West Classic, Toshiba Tennis Classic, Acura Classic -- all in her home state of California -- the Pan Pacific, and the European Championships.
• She had a tour-leading 69 singles match wins, winning more than 60 matches in a season for the first time. She also won six titles, more than any other player, and reached the finals of eight of her last 10 tournaments, winning five of them.
• Had a 14-match winning streak stopped by Steffi Graf in the semifinals of the Pilot Pen International.
• Reached the final of the season-ending Chase Championships with a win over Steffi Graf in the semifinals but fell to Hingis in four sets in the best-of-five-sets final. Won the doubles title for the third straight year with three different partners.
• With partner Natasha Zvereva, was the doubles runner-up in all four Grand Slam tournaments.
• The top-ranked American-born player in women's tennis claimed a convincing victory in the final over Mary Pierce at the Bausch & Lomb Championships.
• Won titles in Oklahoma City, Indian Wells, Amelia Island, Atlanta, Zurich and Chicago.
• Her U.S. Women's Hardcourt Championships title meant she remained unbeaten (10-0) at the Olympic tennis center in Atlanta after winning the Olympic gold-medal run a year earlier.
• Won the Olympic gold medal and was an integral part of the United States' sweep of Spain in the Fed Cup finals.
• Captured two titles on the year -- the Strasbourg International and the Acura Classic -- and lost in the finals of the Peters International in Sydney to Monica Seles.
• Finished the season ranked ninth, her second top-10 finish in three years.
• One of four players on tour to beat Steffi Graf in '96.
• Played key role in the United States' Fed Cup semifinal victory over France, winning two singles matches against Mary Pierce and Julie Halard and the doubles (with Gigi Fernandez) to lead the U.S. to a 3-2 win.
• On May 9, became first American to enter the world Top 10 since October 1990 (Jennifer Capriati).
• One week after turning pro, upset then-No. 5-ranked Gabriela Sabatini at Delray Beach.
• Won first major-tour event at European Open. The following week, her ranking vaulted to No. 25.
• Has qualified for the season-ending Chase Championships as one of the best 16 players of the year five consecutive seasons 1994-98. Has also qualified in doubles as one of the top eight teams four times, 1994, 1996-98, winning the title in 1996-98.
• Father, Wink, participated in the 1968 Olympics in volleyball and mother, Ann, is president of Southern California Volleyball Association. Both older sisters played collegiate volleyball.
• Enjoys wave-running, biking, working on the computer and watching soap operas.
• Graduated from Murrieta Valley High School in June of 1994.