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Most Surprising Results This Year (Thus Far)?

For me, the things that have most shocked me about what has happened this year on the tour are...

4.) Anna Smashnova having more titles (3, and yes, I know they're rinky-dink titles) than each of the the non-Williams players in the Top 10! (This may and probably will change of course.)

3.) Jennifer Capriati repeating at the Australian Open. I really, really doubted that she'd win. I thought she'd spend the off-season eating donuts and showing the same form as she did at the end of last year when Testud was beating up on her. When she lost to Stevenson at Sydney, I thought she was done.

2.) Serena Williams winning the French Open. This time last year, she was the top player I thought most unlikely to win on clay - slipping and sliding and no patience. She sure changed that in a hurry. I thought nothing could shock me more but then...

1.) Amelie Mauresmo made two straight Slam semifinals - at Wimbledon and the US Open! I remember looking at her Wimbledon draw and thinking that she was going to lose to Myskina or earlier (Serna, I think it was?). I remember, last year, a lot of people on this board thought she was the most likely to fall out of the Top 10. Now, she looks like she can end the year at No.4!

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Serena's domination of Venus this year. She flat out and out has made Venus look very average.
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Serena tightening up the unforced errors and reigning in her power game to dominate EVERYBODY, including Venus.

Monica beating Venus in the AO quarters.

Pete Sampras winning the US.

Pete and Andrea making the final of the US.

Venus not winning a single slam this year.
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How well Chanda has played in returning from injury, with two titles - she's playing the best tennis of her life right now.

How high Jelena has been ranked.

Iva winning a Tier I.

How disappointing Meghann Shaughnessy has been this year


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OK.

How surprising Clarisa Fernandez was at RG 2002

Kournikova getting to a semi final at the Acura classic.

Paola/VRP top doubles team

Janette Harurova- doing well?

Mary Piece doing so badly.

Myskina, and Daniela sneaking into the top 16.

Sampras winning again. Utterly shocking.

Dokic top 5.

The return of Chanda Rubin and Iva Majoli- Hello 90's.

The lack of a new great Spanish player.

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Oh yeah - a Russian woman winning a title this year (Bovina in Warsaw)


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For the Aussie players there have been a few surprises

Wheeler def Kournikova at French!

Sarah Stone heading for top 150 in doubles!

Samantha Stosur's pathetic form in singles and dumb scheduling!!

Amanda Grahame qualifying and reaching the semi finals of a WTA event!

Trudi Musgrave set to qualify for a WTA Event!

Mireille Dittmann Direct entry into a WTA Event without a wildcard, not that she's ever had one anyway! And also winning main draw doubles match!

Adriana Szili whitewash in Wellington

Cindy Watson reaching 3rd round of Australian Open

Molik's crash down the rankings from 45 to 95!


Non-Australian upsets

Austria Fed Cup team defeating USA Fed Cup team!!!!!!! (it doesnt get bigger than that!)

Shaughnessy's poor form since Sydney final, especially after sensationally leading Serena before Serena pulled out

Arantxa's thrashing at French Open!

Coetzers horrific slide down the rankings

Schnyder and Majoli's runs at the Tier 1 in USa
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Venus not winning a slam this year

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Vera Zvonareva. Seems to have come out of nowhere...
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Anna Smashnova won back to back titles (Auckland and Canberra) without drop a set!!


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Henin and Clijsters being only a factor at 1 slam each.

Rubin winning not one but two titles.
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Austria Fed Cup team defeating USA Fed Cup team!!!!!!! (it doesnt get bigger than that!)

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Schnyder and Majoli's runs at the Tier 1 in USa

OMG, yes! Fed Cup! Barbara Schwartz (with the aid of Jennifer Capriati and Billie Jean King) defeating the American team. LOL. I nearly fell off my chair when that happened.


And Patty beating Mauresmo, Pierce, Serena and Capriati to get to that Charleston final. More specifically, the last two games in the Serena match. I had a tape running during that match because I thought Patty had a good chance of winning but midway through the 2nd set I shut if off. I left the tv on while I did other things. I watched again towards the last few games. When Serena had match point I thought it was over. Then Patty just served her way out. I was stunned.

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OK.

Paola/VRP top doubles team

Janette Harurova- doing well?

Seeing Dementieva ranked so high in doubles (higher than her singles ranking) also astounds me...especially after watching her play doubles.

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Oh, other posts just reminded me:

Majoli breaking her 5 year title drought. Big surprise.
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