All these threads bemoaning the state of the WTA had me thinking of another time when the WTA seemed to be doomed...
1994 Wimbledon won by #3 seed pre-Caroline pusher, Conchita Martinez. She beat 37-year-old former champion Martina Navratilova, who last won a slam at the 1990 Wimbledon. Conchita's victory so embittered Martina that Martina went into retirement
Steffi Graf, 3-time consecutive defending champ, had gone out in the first round to American Lori McNeil. (Extra credit to anyone who knows what Lori's ranking was at the time.) Lori lost in the semis 8/10 to Conchita.
Monica Seles and Jennifer Capriati were out of the game, presumably never to return. The other talked about teen, Mary Pierce, was MIA.
At least we know of some of the lower-ranked players in 2010.
Here was Conchita's trip to the finals:
Rd1 Simpson-Alter, straight sets
Rd2 Myagi, straight sets
Rd3 Tauziat, straight sets
Rd4 Radford, 3 sets
Qtrs Davenport, 3 sets
Semis McNeil, 3 sets
Final Navratilova, 3 sets
This was that year's quarterfinalists
McNeil, age 30
Leiland, age 27
Martinez, age 22
Davenport, age 18
Navratilova, age 37
Novotna, age 25
Fernandez, G., age 30
Garrison-Jackson, age 30
Although Lindsay was a top 10 seed that year, she was battling with her weight and still had to show her potential. In 2010, Petra reached the semis having just shed a lot of weight, and many feel Alisa and Nasty Pav. have the potential to do more sans weight.
Obviously Venus & Serena, Hingis, Justine & Kim, and the return of Jennifer and Monica were still seasons away.
Anyone else have thoughts on this?