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Old Feb 1st, 2012, 10:19 PM   #1
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Performance of top seed at Grand Slam singles tournaments

Here's the performance of top women's singles seeds at Wimbledon. The top seed has won the tournament 41 out of 79 attempts but only 3 times in the last 15 years. Martina Navratilova (1979, 1982-1987) and Helen Wills Moody (1927-1930, 1932, 1933, 1938) won this tournament the most times as the top seed (7). Margaret Smith Court (1962, 1964, 1966, 1969, 1971, 1973) failed to win this tournament the most times as the top seed (6).

2012: #1 Maria Sharapova lost fourth round. #6 Serena Williams won the title.
2011: #1 Caroline Wozniacki lost fourth round. #8 Petra Kvitova won the title.
2010: #1 Serena Williams won the title.
2009: #1 Dinara Safina lost semifinals. #2 Serena Williams won the title.
2008: #1 Ana Ivanovic lost third round. #7 Venus Williams won the title.
2007: #1 Justine Henin lost semifinals. #23 Venus Williams won the title.
2006: #1 Amelie Mauresmo won the title.
2005: #1 Lindsay Davenport lost final. #14 Venus Williams won the title.
2004: #1 Serena Williams lost final. #13 Maria Sharapova won the title.
2003: #1 Serena Williams won the title.
2002: #1 Venus Williams lost final. #2 Serena Williams won the title.
2001: #1 Martina Hingis lost first round. #2 Venus Williams won the title.
2000: #1 Martina Hingis lost quarterfinals. #5 Venus Williams won the title.
1999: #1 Martina Hingis lost first round. #3 Lindsay Davenport won the title.
1998: #1 Martina Hingis lost semifinals. #3 Jana Novotna won the title.
1997: #1 Martina Hingis won the title.
1996: #1 Steffi Graf won the title.
1995: #1 Steffi Graf won the title.
1994: #1 Steffi Graf lost first round. #3 Conchita Martinez won the title.
1993: #1 Steffi Graf won the title.
1992: #1 Monica Seles lost final. #2 Steffi Graf won the title.
1991: #1 Steffi Graf won the title.
1990: #1 Steffi Graf lost semifinals. #2 Martina Navratilova won the title.
1989: #1 Steffi Graf won the title.
1988: #1 Steffi Graf won the title.
1987: #1 Martina Navratilova won the title.
1986: #1 Martina Navratilova won the title.
1985: co-#1 Martina Navratilova won the title. co-#1 Chris Evert lost final.
1984: #1 Martina Navratilova won the title.
1983: #1 Martina Navratilova won the title.
1982: #1 Martina Navratilova won the title.
1981: #1 Christ Evert won the title.
1980: #1 Martina Navratilova lost semifinals. #4 Evonne Goolagong Cawley won the title.
1979: #1 Martina Navratilova won the title.
1978: #1 Chris Evert lost final. #2 Martina Navratilova won the title.
1977: #1 Chris Evert lost semifinals. #3 Virginia Wade won the title.
1976: #1 Chris Evert won the title.

1975: #1 Chris Evert lost semifinals. #3 Billie Jean King won the title.
1974: #1 Billie Jean King lost quarterfinals. #2 Chris Evert won the title.
1973: #1 Margaret Smith Court lost semifinals. #2 Billie Jean King won the title.
1972: #1 Evonne Goolagong Cawley lost final. #2 Billie Jean King won the title.
1971: #1 Margaret Smith Court lost final. #3 Evonne Goolagong Cawley won the title.
1970: #1 Margaret Smith Court won the title.
1969: #1 Margaret Smith Court lost semifinals. #4 Ann Haydon Jones won the title.
1968: #1 Billie Jean King won the title.
1967: #1 Billie Jean King won the title.
1966: #1 Margaret Smith Court lost semifinals. #4 Billie Jean King won the title.
1965: #1 Maria Bueno lost final. #2 Margaret Smith Court won the title.
1964: #1 Margaret Smith Court lost final. #2 Maria Bueno won the title.
1963: #1 Margaret Smith Court won the title.
1962: #1 Margaret Smith Court lost second round. #8 Karen Hantze Susman won the title.
1961: #1 Sandra Reynolds Price lost semifinals. #7 Angela Mortimer Barrett won the title.
1960: #1 Maria Bueno won the title.
1959: #1 Christine Truman Janes lost fourth round. #6 Maria Bueno won the title.
1958: #1 Althea Gibson won the title.
1957: #1 Althea Gibson won the title.
1956: #1 Louise Brough Clapp lost semifinals. #5 Shirley Fry Irvin won the title.
1955: #1 Doris Hart lost semifinals. #2 Louise Brough Clapp won the title.
1954: #1 Maureen Connolly Brinker won the title.
1953: #1 Maureen Connolly Brinker won the title.
1952: #1 Doris Hart lost quarterfinals. #2 Maureen Connolly Brinker won the title.
1951: #1 Louise Brough Clapp lost semifinals. #3 Doris Hart won the title.
1950: #1 Louise Brough Clapp won the title.
1949: #1 Louise Brough Clapp won the title.
1948: #1 Margaret Osborne DuPont lost semifinals. #1 Louise Brough Clapp won the title.
1947: #1 Margaret Osborne DuPont won the title.
1946: #1 Pauline Betz Addie won the title.
1939: #1 Alice Marble won the title.
1938: #1 Helen Wills Moody won the title.
1937: #1 Helen Jacobs lost quarterfinals. #7 Dorothy Round Little won the title.
1936: #1 Dorothy Round Little lost quarterfinals. #2 Helen Jacobs won the title.
1935: #1 Dorothy Round Little lost quarterfinals. #4 Helen Wills Moody won the title.
1934: #1 Helen Jacobs lost final. #2 Dorothy Round Little won the title.
1933: #1 Helen Wills Moody won the title.
1932: #1 Helen Wills Moody won the title.
1931: #1 Cilly Aussem won the title.
1930: #1 Helen Wills Moody won the title.
1929:
#1 Helen Wills Moody won the title.
1928:
#1 Helen Wills Moody won the title.
1927:
#1 Helen Wills Moody won the title.

Number of times each seed has won the title:
#1: 41
#2: 15
#3: 7
#4: 4
#5: 2
#6: 2
#7: 3
#8: 2
#13: 1
#14: 1
#23: 1
Unseeded: 0
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