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.
Last edited by AnnaK_4ever; Jul 17th, 2008 at 12:18 PM.