What Is this Decade's Best Rivalry? - TennisForum.com

View Poll Results: BEST RIVALRY (2000-present)
Venus Williams vs. Serena Williams (6 Grand Slam Finals) 21 23.86%
Serena Williams vs. Justine Henin-Hardenne (3 WTA Tour Tier I Finals and the Roland Garros Semi-Final Incident) 22 25.00%
Justine Henin-Hardenne vs. Kim Clijsters (3 Grand Slam Finals) 8 9.09%
Venus Williams vs. Jennifer Capriati (Many Tier I and Grand Slam Classic Matches) 5 5.68%
Lindsay Davenport vs. Venus Williams (2 Grand Slam Finals) 4 4.55%
Jennifer Capriati vs. Martina Hingis (Consecutive Oz Open Finals) 9 10.23%
Serena Williams vs. Jennifer Capriati (Consecutive Miami Finals) 30 34.09%
Justine Henin-Hardenne vs. Lindsay Davenport (Consecutive Quarterfinal Matches at the Oz) 1 1.14%
Venus Williams vs. Elena Dementieva* (Olympic Finals) *I know they've only played four matches against each other, but I just had to include this one 2 2.27%
Other (please tell) 9 10.23%
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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old Apr 28th, 2004, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
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What Is this Decade's Best Rivalry?

Even though we're not even half-way into this decade, I wanted to know, what what the best rivalry on tour that you've witnessed.



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*For any rivalry to qualify, the two mentioned played have had to have played at least 5 WTA MAIN DRAW matches against each other.

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I guess Jenn/Serena, but it doesn't exist anymore.
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Graf/Sanchez-Vicario

US Open 94; Wimbledon 95...enough said

Venus/Hingis

US Open 99; US Open 00...enough said
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Jenn/Serena may have been close but the quality always was poor and it was always obvious Serena would win.

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I just wanted to make a correction really quickly:

I said on the poll that Vee and Elena have only played four WTA Tour main draw matches, but Venus' Miami self-destruct was their 5th match so....the asterisk was unneeded.

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2000-2004 the ONLY rivalry is Clijsters/Henin-Hardenne.

'3 Grand SLam finals' doesn't come close to telling the whole tale. They've played SIXTEEN times from 2001-2004. Only once has either of them won three matches in a row. Kim leads the series 9-7, but JH2 has won the three GS finals. No other two played each other as often, and have records that even.

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The Belgians ... just out of sheer number of matches.

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I say Venus/Hingis also. I think that was the fiercest and overall the most entertaining.
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I couldn't really decide between Serena and Justine or Serena and JCap, but I went with Serena and Justine, since both of them have an ax to grind with each other and they are both gunning for showing the world who the best player is.
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Capriati - Henin

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3. Capriati - Henin: 6 out of 7 went to three sets including a HISTORIC US Open Semi in 2003

2. Williams - Henin: Serena leads 5-3, but the sheer intensity between these two players is just brewing and waiting to explode it's not even funny

1. Henin - Clijsters: They've played 16 times and about 7 of them are finals. Theiry GS Finals may not be great but their Tour finals are quite exciting. And just be the numerous times they've played, this is definitely the best.
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I would call none of the duos from the list a rivalry.
The real rivalries are the likes of the ones between Martina N n Chris Evert, Monica and Steffi, Steffi and Gaby, Arantxa and Conchita.
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Hello ....Venus / Hingis ... how could you miss that one. Anyhoo I voted Serena Jenn in its abcense.
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Originally Posted by Volcana
2000-2004 the ONLY rivalry is Clijsters/Henin-Hardenne.

'3 Grand SLam finals' doesn't come close to telling the whole tale. They've played SIXTEEN times from 2001-2004. Only once has either of them won three matches in a row. Kim leads the series 9-7, but JH2 has won the three GS finals. No other two played each other as often, and have records that even.
Do your research Davy and Venus have played 22 times (Venus leads 12-10)

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