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Surprise semifinalists at Grand Slams

I'm rather thinking of quite unknown players who haven't achieved much besides one great Grand Slam result, those who never reached top 10 or even top 20.

These come to my mind:

Australian Open

1989 - Belinda Cordwell
1990 - Claudia Porwik
1995 - Marianne Werdel-Witmeyer

French Open

1984 - Camille Benjamin
1988 - Nicole Provis (Bradtke)
2002 - Clarisa Fernadez

Wimbledon

1989 - Catarina Lindquist
1994 - Gigi Fernandez
1996 - Meredith McGrath (whatever happened to her ?)
1999 - Mirjana Lucic / Alexandra Stevenson

US Open

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Who can add some ?

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McNeil was a Top Ten player, just not that year.

Werdel did get up to #17, but yes, she was surprising.

Who is C. Benjamin, '84 French? She lost to Evert 6-0 6-0 in the SF!!!

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Dementieva at USOpen 2000?
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And I think Gigi Fernandez was an even bigger surprise at Wimbledon '94! She only got up to #17 as well.

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lori McNeil was number 18 in wimbledon 94!

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Elena Dementieva was sort of a surprise (at the time) when she made the U.S. Open semis in '00.

I thought the Austrialian Semis from 88 were Graf d. Kohde-Kilsch and Evert d. Navratilova?

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Cordwell came through in '89.

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Yeah, Cordwell was 1989, sorry.

And Lori ... okay, she was top 10, but I think we can leave her in. She was 30 already, I think !?

Kohde-Kilsch reached no. 4, and she was in French semis also (I think).

I will add Elena D. and Camille Benjamin.
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And of course Gigi, how could I forget her ?
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"And Lori ... okay, she was top 10, but I think we can leave her in. She was 30 already, I think !?"

she was a very good grassplayer those days
she "had beaten" steffi before
and steffi was mentally somewhere but not on the tenniscourt already since Hamburg

so I don't think that match was such a suprise!

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I agree that Lori's win over Steffi wasn't really that surprising, and after that she had good chances to come through. OK, I will delete her.
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Cordwell??? She seems to be the most surprising, as I have never heard of her since. All the others, at the very least, ring a bell. But Cordwell? What became of her?
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No idea about Cordwell.

Claudia Porwik was certainly the luckiest among them. She beat van Rendsburg in 4th round and 16-year-old qualifier Angelica Gavaldon in the quarterfinal. Her only 'win' against a seeded player was against Sabatini in 3rd round. Gaby was leading 6-2 1-0 when she twisted her ankle and had to be carried off with a wheelchair.
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McNeil also made the SF of the US Open once so...I don't think she's a candidate.

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