Commander-in-Chief & Current Commander: Martina Hingis (1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2007) Second-in-command:Maria Sharapova (2005) Commander-in-reserve:Elena Dementieva (2006)
Being the only 5-time champion in tournament's history as well as 2-time doubles winner Hingis might have the only rival here namely Lindsay Davenport. But no other active player can match her incredible 32-4 singles and 47-7 overall record at the event where she failed to reach the final just once, on her very first attempt. Sharapova who's backed her lone title with pair of semifinal finishes here has a win over one of the event's greats, Davenport, under her belt and therefore outstrips the only other active champion Elena Dementieva.
Commander-in-Chief & Current Commander: Daniela Hantuchova (2002, 2007) Second-in-command: Martina Hingis (1998) Commander-in-reserve: Maria Sharapova (2006), Justine Henin (2004) *Commanders-in-resignation*: Kim Clijsters (2003, 2005), Serena Williams (1999, 2001)
Daniela Hantuchova whose all tournament wins happened to have place in the desert in fact is one of three multiple Pacific Life Open champions. But that's where we must mark special group of 'commanders', the resigned ones cos it's not the secret neither Serena nor Kim will ever play the event again, though due to different circumstances...
Commander-in-Chief & Current Commander: Serena Williams (2002, 2003, 2004, 2007) Second-In-Command: Venus Williams (1998, 1999, 2001) Commanders-in-reserve: Martina Hingis (1997, 2000), Svetlana Kuznetsova (2006) *Commander-in-resignation*: Kim Clijsters (2005)
Serena's four singles titles, 41-5 win-loss record, 13 wins over top-tenners including fantastic back-to-back-to-back wins over No.3, No.2 and No.1 in 2002... should we continue?.. Venus, the proud holder of 22-match winning streak and the author of the heroic final win over Jennifer Capriati, with no doubt is the second-best at Key Biscayne.
Family Circle Cup
Commander-in-Chief: Justine Henin (2003, 2005) Secon-In-command: Martina Hingis (1997, 1999) Current commander: Nadia Petrova (2006) Commanders-in-reserve: Venus Williams (2004), Mary Pierce (2000)
Toss-up between Hingis and Henin decided in favor of the latter based on her more recent success here despite the fact Martina has "additional" final played and doubles title. Both have won consecutive titles here and posted 14-match winning streak. Really tough choice but we have to go with Justine. Sorry, Martina!
Commander-in-Chief: Justine Henin (2002, 2003, 2005) Second-In-command: Amelie Mauresmo (2001, 2004) Current commander: Nadia Petrova (2006) Commander-in-reserve: Martina Hingis (1999)
No confusion here. 3 titles in a row, seven Grand Slam champions beaten with 24 of 26 macthes won... now that's pwning! Amelie, the other hand, feels pretty comfortable at the second position in Berlin as she had her breakthrough in reaching the Tour final and beating Top 10 players for the first time here in 1998.
Commander-in-Chief: Amelie Mauresmo (2004, 2005) Second-In-command & Current commander: Martina Hingis (1998, 2006) Commanders-in-reserve: Serena Williams (2002), Jelena Dokic (2001), Venus Williams (1999), Mary Pierce (1997) *Commander-in-resignation*: Kim Clijsters (2003)
Pretty simple maths between these two. Five singles only finals of Amelie outweigh five singles and doubles finals of Martina even though Swiss Miss won one doubles title at the tournament. And what probably means more is that Amelie leads 2-0 versus Martina in Rome. So we just say, "Advantage, Mademoiselle Mauresmo".
Commander-in-Chief & Current commander: Maria Sharapova (2006) Second-In-command: Mary Pierce (2005)
Since we're talking about Tier I commanders unfortunately we have to ignore three-time champion Venus Williams who's never played here since 2002. Now that's between two most recent winners Pierce and Sharapova. In our opinion Maria has slight edge being the defending champion and defeating three top-tenners including Pierce herself en route to the title. Very complicated case but that's our verdict.
Commander-in-Chief: Martina Hingis (1999, 2000) Second-in-command: Amelie Mauresmo (2002, 2004) Current commander: Ana Ivanovic (2006) Commanders-in-reserve: Justine Henin (2003), Serena Williams (2001) *Commander-in-resignation*: Kim Clijsters (2005)
Titles won back-to back as well as one more singles final played and two doubles titles are sufficient proves of Martina's leadership in Canada. Plus, unlike Amelie, she won titles in both host ciities, Toronto and Montreal. She is also the most recent finalist of these two-time tournament winners.
Commander-in-Chief: Anastasia Myskina (2003, 2004) Second-in-command: Mary Pierce (1998, 2005) Current commander: Anna Chakvetadze (2006) Commanders-in-reserve: Jelena Dokic (2001), Martina Hingis (2000)
Another virtual tie as both contenders are two-time singles and one-time doubles champions. But Myskina was almost unbeatable in Moscow during her glory years reaching finals in both singles and doubles in 2003-2004 and producing a 15-1 combined win-loss record and thus she gets our vote. She is the first Russian to win here after all, that must mean something too!
Commander-in-Chief: Martina Hingis (2000) Second-in-command: Patty Schnyder (2002) Current commander: Maria Sharapova (2006) Commanders-in-reserve: Alicia Molik (2004), Justine Henin (2003), Venus Williams (1999)
Yes, Martina won her 'home' tournament just once... in singles. But that's when doubles do matter! Three titles in a row with three different partners and vouala... Martina is da boss. Some may argue Sharapova should be ahead of Schnyder. We reply, Patty worked hard to earn her second place having overcome early failures on home soil to claim her lone Tier I title - and hard work should be awarded!
Last edited by AnnaK_4ever; Apr 6th, 2007 at 11:06 PM.