As far as I know Sugiyama and Likhovtseva hold the open era record in this department (in the ATP the all-time leader is Wayne Ferreira with 56, followed by Edberg with 54).
Also worth mentioning is Coetzer with 46 straight (US 1992-AO 2004).
Last year Amy Frazier set the all-time record for GS main draws at 71, including a record 20 straight US Opens (1987-2006). Next are Navratilova 67, Conchita Martinez 64 (inc. one absence in the midst of 56 appearances), Sanchez-Vicario 62 and Sukova 61.
Some of them (and others, e.g Evert who has 56) could have added a few to their tallies if they hadn't chosen to skip the AO in its weaker years.
Jun 24th, 2008, 02:47 PM
With her first round win today, Ai Sugiyama has broken the consecutive GS appearances record for either men or women and set it on 57, starting at Wimbledon 1994. :worship:
Likhovtseva's streak btw was cut at 54, as she didn't play any majors this year, and seems to be quitting singles play.