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This is the "opinion" of a poster from another board, so instead of jumping all over me, share yours too <img src="tongue.gif" border="0">

<br />10. Lleyton Hewitt's mastery at the Masters Cup, only losing 1 set against the best players in the world.

9. Venus Williams beating 3 top 10 players in less than 30 hours; including Jennifer Capriati and Lindsay Davenport.

8. Martina Hingis becoming the first woman to ever beat the Doubles whammy of Venus & Serena in consecutive matches at a major tournament.

7. Lleyton Hewitt's dominance over Pete Sampras in the U.S Open final.

6. Pete Sampras beating the 3 most recent U.S Open Champions on his way to the final.

5. They went into Australia with virtually no one giving them a chance to win. The French team's triumph in the final of Davis Cup.

4. Venus Williams saving 8 championship points in the final of the Ericsson.

3. Jennifer Capriati's resurgence to win the Australian Open defeating 3 former champions who have 7 Australian Open Championships between them.

2. Goran Ivanisavic's remarkable, unprecedented run of becoming the first wild card to win Wimbledon.

1. The Venus and Serena Williams Show in the U.S Open Final in Primetime. On their way, they beat the number 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 players. For all of us who weren't around long enough to see Maud and Lillian Watson, we never thought we would see sisters play each other in the final of a Grand Slam.


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Pls include this:

Lindsay Davenport: The only player who had 3 titles won in three weeks. She broke her own record of 3 titles in 4 weeks.

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Infiniti2001: Thanks for shoaring that list. I'd say whoever made it up, did a pretty damn god job. The only thing i might play with is the order on a few in the middle. But it looks like they included all the big things.

I'll try to think of another one later, but everyrthing I thought of is already on there <img src="frown.gif" border="0"> <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">
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I would put Agassi winning the Australian Open ahead of Sampras not winning the US Open. Sorry Goran ahead of the Williams show at the US Open. What a dull match does anyone even remember the score?

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I agree with the feats they were all great!

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I agree with jrj

Of even more significance, there's this little gap in Graf's resume the size of the hole in the ozone layer: It's called Monica Seles. Was Graf the best female player of all time? She wasn't even the best in the heart of her career.
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I personally put Venus and Serena in the final ahead of Goran.

It was not only the first time that 2 sisters contested a Grand Slam championship, but the first time two women of colour did. That is HUGE. The historical significance on that match overtakes Goran in my books.<br />He is a close second for me.

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Though Agassi winning Oz at the ripe old age of 30 <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> was also a big achievement. Good of you to give it a nod, jrj.

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While I'm pleased with "most" of the selections, I don't particularly care for the order... I'd put #9 in place of #4 and switch #4 to #5...

I personally believe that #1 is exactly where it should be... The signicance of the match meant more to me that its'quality... Bottom- line ,the "FACT" that two AMERICAN sisters played in a Grand Slam tennis final is astounding and historic <img src="tongue.gif" border="0">

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I don't think this one beats the 10 that you listed, but struck me as an incredibly impressive feat (of course by one of my favs)-

Meghann Shaughnessy def. V. Williams 2-6 7-5 7-6(4)

My girl was the only person to beat the supernova-esque Williams from Wimbledon until the end of the year...a time range in which Venus beat Tauziat (2), Davenport (3), Henin(2), Seles, Capriati (2), Testud (2), Clijsters, and her sister. I think that's an awesome accomplishment...especially given that she overcame Venus's incredible mental toughness in a 3rd set tiebreak.

Go Meghann...have an even better 2002!!!!

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I guess the Willi final was historis etc, but it was a complete and utter fizzer of a match...

Goran winning Wimbledon from being a wildcard was historic as well, and it went to 9-7 in the fifth, much more impressive to me than a 6-4 6-3 match...(or whatever the score was!! I cant remember what it was!!)

Of even more significance, there's this little gap in Graf's resume the size of the hole in the ozone layer: It's called Monica Seles. Was Graf the best female player of all time? She wasn't even the best in the heart of her career.
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I may be in the minority here, but considering Goran had been to the finals before , his winning this year as a wildcard is not much of a big deal to me...

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Not sure that I agree with the #1 being the greatest feat of all (after the last couple of US opens I pretty much expected that the sisters would meet in the final sooner or later), but still they were all great feats indeed <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> .
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actually I'd put Jen up to 2 here's a girl who went from being off the tour to number 1 and winning 2 slams.<br />Also I'd add Andy Roddick to the list as well.
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Jennifer beat 3 former Australian Open winners who have 8 titles between them.

Monica Seles - '91,'92,'93,'96<br />Martina Hingis - '97, '98, '99<br />Lindsa Davenport - '00

Plus I think Monica saving 6 match points against Serena is pretty impressive as well. She came back from a 0-40 deficit twice to stay in the match!
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