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A look back at "the Old guard" of women's tennis

I dare say the old guard of Grand Slam champions that ruled the Tour for 11 years (1997-2007) has been finally replaced by new players this year.

Under the old guard I mean the following players:
Mary Pierce, Martina Hingis, Lindsay Davenport, Jennifer Capriati, Amelie Mauresmo, Venus Williams, Serena Williams, Justine Henin, Kim Clijsters, Anastasia Myskina.

During 1997-2007 they won 37 out of 44 Grand Slam tournaments. 41 of 44 Grand Slam finals featured at least one of those players.
Besides 37 Grand Slams the old guard also won 10 Tour Championships, two Olympics gold medals, 71 Tier I titles, 125 Tier II titles and 31 smaller titles -- total 276 singles titles.

One of these players was year-end #1 for each season between 1997 and 2007. They formed year-end Top-3 for each season between 1999 and 2005.

Over those 11 years the old guard earned more than $140,000,000 in prize money.

In 1997-2007 there were 475 matches between two of these players -- 135 were featuring Davenport, 108 - Mauresmo, 108 - Venus, 107 - Hingis, 99 - Serena, 98 - Clijsters, 93 - Henin, 76 - Capriati, 65 - Pierce, 61 - Myskina.

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:sob: I miss them so much.

Serena. Simona. Ana. Petra. Venus.
Clijsters, Henin, Dementieva, Davenport.
Martina Hingis - "No one else played like Hingis - no one could."
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Glory days.



It will be missed. Enthralling rivalries, drama aplenty, and all of these dynamic personalities are what made this era so great.

...although it's not finished until the WS say goodbye

Go Williams!
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Cannot believe Hingis, Clijsters, Henin and Myskina have left before Lindsay

Ivanovic * Kvitova * Serena
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I dare say the old guard of Grand Slam champions that ruled the Tour for 11 years (1997-2007) has been finally replaced by new players this year.

Under the old guard I mean the following players:
Mary Pierce, Martina Hingis, Lindsay Davenport, Jennifer Capriati, Amelie Mauresmo, Venus Williams, Serena Williams, Justine Henin, Kim Clijsters, Anastasia Myskina.

During 1997-2007 they won 37 out of 44 Grand Slam tournaments. 42 of 44 Grand Slam finals featured at least one of those players.
Besides 37 Grand Slams the old guard also won 10 Tour Championships, two Olympics gold medals, 71 Tier I titles, 125 Tier II titles and 31 smaller titles -- total 276 singles titles.

One of these players was year-end #1 for each season between 1997 and 2007. They formed year-end Top-3 for each season between 1999 and 2005.

Over those 11 years the old guard earned more than $140,000,000 in prize money.

In 1997-2007 there were 475 matches between two of these players -- 135 were featuring Davenport, 108 - Mauresmo, 108 - Venus, 107 - Hingis, 99 - Serena, 98 - Clijsters, 93 - Henin, 76 - Capriati, 65 - Pierce, 61 - Myskina.


This group was the best

Just out of interest, if Monica had won RG in 98 would you consider her in this group?
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Those were the true big babes. They all have the right combination of femininity, athleticism, passion, and motherliness. (yes, I know that last one sounds weird, but it works).

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if Sharapova and Kuznetsova lose, we will have a first time slam winner

i can't wait! let's go the nobodies!
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Just out of interest, if Monica had won RG in 98 would you consider her in this group?
Nope.
Monica, imo, belongs to the group that also includes Graf, ASV, Sabatini, Martinez, Novotna...
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The Golden Age Of Tennis
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I cant be agree because now it will be:

Maria Sharapova, Ana Ivanovic, Jelena Jankovic, Elena Dementieva, Victoria Azarenka, Agnieszka Radwanska, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Anna Chakvetadze, Alize Cornet and more! The new guard people!





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I cant be agree because now it will be:

Maria Sharapova, Ana Ivanovic, Jelena Jankovic, Elena Dementieva, Victoria Azarenka, Agnieszka Radwanska, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Anna Chakvetadze, Alize Cornet and more! The new guard people!
Dementieva isn't that new actually
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Dementieva isn't that new actually

Yeah, Elena is in the same age group as Venus, Justine,Serena and Hingis .
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Dementieva is to the Davenport/WS/Capriati/Belgians group as Mary Joe Fernandez was to the Steffi/ASV/Sabatini group.

This thread depresses me by the way. I had been holding out some hope that Capriati (and Seles) would return and recreate the old rivarlies with Henin, Serena, and Venus. But that era is really dead.
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This thread definetly is depressing. God, i miss henin so much.
The glorydays of woman's tennis are over for a while now

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Elena, thank you for all the joy you gave me, you will always remain in my mind.
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when i look at some of these up and coming players...

Hopefully wta is not a few years from a bunch of big babe robots. But that seems to be where they are headed.

Venus Williams-- My tennis inspiration
Roger Federer - GREATEST OF ALL TIME!!
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