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Who are the 10 Greatest Hardcourters of the Open Era

In your opinions, who are the top ten greatest harcourt players of the Open Era?

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Steffi Graf
Margaret Court
Martina Navratilova
Monica Seles
Chris Evert
Serena Williams
Martina Hingis
Venus Williams
Lindsay Davenport
Jennifer Capriati

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looks like a pretty good list to me, i think maybe also we could have Jen in that list
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looks like a pretty good list to me, i think maybe also we could have Jen in that list

Maybe?????........u mean MOST DEFINATELY!!!!!! She is awesome and is #1 in my book!!!

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In your opinions, who are the top ten greatest harcourt players of the Open Era?

Here are my pics:

Steffi Graf
Margaret Court
Martina Navratilova
Monica Seles
Chris Evert
Serena Williams
Martina Hingis
Venus Williams
Lindsay Davenport
Interesting list, but you still have one place available. You said the top 10, but that's only 9. So, who's deserved of the final spot?


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Interesting list, but you still have one place available. You said the top 10, but that's only 9. So, who's deserved of the final spot?
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I'm VERY serious when I say that you should take a look @ Amy Frazier's results when you start talking about hardcourt specialists.

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In your opinions, who are the top ten greatest harcourt players of the Open Era?

Here are my pics:

Steffi Graf
Margaret Court
Martina Navratilova
Monica Seles
Chris Evert
Serena Williams
Martina Hingis
Venus Williams
Lindsay Davenport
Jennifer Capriati
Much harder than grass because there were no hardcourt slams until 78 (US) and two from 88 (Aus)

So, excluding King, Court, Wade and Goolagong:

Seles
Navratilova
Graf
Evert
Serena Williams
Martina Hingis
Jennifer Capriati
Lindsay Davenport
Venus Williams
Tracy Austin

Honourable mention to: Justine Hénin, Gaby Sabatini, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario
Mary Pierce.

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Without enough knowledge of King or Court on hard courts (except for the fact I know they each won the US Open)...


1. Steffi Graf
2. Martina Navratilova
3. Chris Evert
4. Monica Seles
5. Venus Williams
6. Lindsay Davenport
7. Serena Williams
8. Martina Hingis
9. Aranxta Sanchez-Vicario
10. Gabriela Sabatini
Other mentions to Tracy Austin, who I don't feel had enough longevity, Mary Pierce who is too inconsistent to get in the top 10 of any list, surely? Hana Mandlikova for her magnificent triumph in 1985, and of course the two players named at the top of the page.

Very difficult, this. I'm sure if I studied hard I'd have to revise it. But, off the top of my head...
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Arantxa Sanchez Vicario has a US Open title, two Miami titles and a Canadian Open title beating Graf in the finals for three of those.

Tracy Austin landed two US Open titles by the age of 17 and won loads of hardcourt titles. Both Arantxa and Tracy should be on any top 10 hardcourt list especially ahead of Capriati & Henin Hardenne ( both of whom may eventually surpass them ).

My ten would feature in no order :

Martina Navratilova
Monica Seles
Steffi Graf
Chris Evert
Tracy Austin
Lindsay Davenport
Arantxa Sanchez Vicario
Serena Williams
Venus Williams
Hana Mandlikova
I would have to check out Court & King's records more thoroughly. One of them may get in at the expense of Hana.
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Litle question for Mrserenawilliams... Where is Arantxa? LOL She was such a great player on hard too... She won the US Open once, one time finalist, she took part in every Canadian Opens finals in Montreal from 1992 to 1998, winning both 1992 and 1994 over Seles and Graf...She really has her place! The only surface she was a little bit shaky is indoor...and she's wasn't so bad on that either...

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Litle question for Mrserenawilliams... Where is Arantxa? LOL She was such a great player on hard too... She won the US Open once, one time finalist, she took part in every Canadian Opens finals in Montreal from 1992 to 1998, winning both 1992 and 1994 over Seles and Graf...She really has her place! The only surface she was a little bit shaky is indoor...and she's wasn't so bad on that either...

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All of the players on this list have won more than one hardcourt slam. Although Aranxta is a great hardcourter, I wouldn't put her in MY top ten although she may very well be in yours. If I had an honorable mention list, she'd be at the top!

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Interesting list, but you still have one place available. You said the top 10, but that's only 9. So, who's deserved of the final spot?
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Some of these picks are wierd. How can Capriati be on that list, and Hana Mandlikova isn't? For that matter, how can any US Open champion who's also a multiple GS winner be not on the list and Jenn is? Where's Arantxa?

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Arantxa Sanchez Vicario has a US Open title, two Miami titles and a Canadian Open title beating Graf in the finals for three of those.

Tracy Austin landed two US Open titles by the age of 17 and won loads of hardcourt titles. Both Arantxa and Tracy should be on any top 10 hardcourt list especially ahead of Capriati & Henin Hardenne ( both of whom may eventually surpass them ).

My ten would feature in no order :

Martina Navratilova
Monica Seles
Steffi Graf
Chris Evert
Tracy Austin
Lindsay Davenport
Arantxa Sanchez Vicario
Serena Williams
Venus Williams
Hana Mandlikova
I would have to check out Court & King's records more thoroughly. One of them may get in at the expense of Hana.
Id certainly agree with your Top 4, but I would have to put Hingis in there above Mandlikova and I would have Austin down near # 10...Hingis won the Aus Open 3 times str8, won the US Open, plus heaps of Tier 1's...I think she has a better hardcourt career than Mandlikova and Austin..

My top 10 would be:

1)Martina Navratilova
2) Monica Seles
3)Steffi Graf
4) Chris Evert
5) Serena Williams
6) Martina Hingis
7) Venus Williams
8) Lindsay Davenport
9)Tracey Austin
10) Arantxa Sanchez
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This is a tough, especially for the three-way battle for the number two spot (Chris, Evert, & Monica). But anyways, here's my list.

1) Steffi Graf
2) Martina Navratilova
3) Monica Seles
4) Chris Evert
5) Margaret Court (5 U.S. Open titles)
6) Billie Jean King (4 U.S. Open titles)
7) Maria Bueno (4 U.S. Open titles)
8) Martina Hingis
9) Serena Williams
10) Venus Williams

Lindsay Davenport would be No. 11, followed closely by Hana & Aranxta.
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