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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old Jun 5th, 2003, 10:59 PM Thread Starter
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First Non-American Slam Winner in 3 Years

The all-Belgian final on Saturday ends a 3-year streak of US dominance in the majors.

Not since Mary Pierce captured the RG crown in 2000 has a player from outside the United States won a Grand Slam tournament. And before that we have to go back to Graf's infamous 1999 triumph over Hingis.

Can't be all bad for the WTA Tour, can it?
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I think this is a good thing, i personally am glad there are no americans in the final. I think its about time justine or kim won a GS, they been 2 of the best players in the world and a GS will show it. Nothing against americans, just happier its a european :-).

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I think a little variety is a good thing.
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post #5 of 22 (permalink) Old Jun 5th, 2003, 11:09 PM
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About time - incredible to think it's been four years since a European won a Grand Slam. And the fact that the last winner was Graf, a player from a completely different generation, shows how little impact the younger European players have had up till now... now if only both Belgians, Mauresmo and Hantuchova could fulfil their promise and claim one Slam each, that would be enough for me. It really would.

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I agree its great that there will be variety amongst the grand slam winners , who know maybe other europeans will win big too this year
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Of course, you could write a doctoral thesis on Mary's nationality. Although formally French, it's hard to deny her any North American heritage whatsoever. 4 years is probably a more accurate reflection of the total American dominance we have experienced.

Clijsters and Hingis did come awfully close, though. (RG 2001, AO 2002).
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Wow, that's some statistic and one Americans should be proud of. But tennis is an international sport and I'm definitely happy to see a bigger mix of nationalities up the top.
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The all-Belgian final on Saturday ends a 3-year streak of US dominance in the majors.

You can't be really sure about that.. Before the results of official urine test are made public, that is.. That's our last chance.

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Of course, you could write a doctoral thesis on Mary's nationality
LOL. That earned my chuckle for the day Iconoclast. Thanks
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The all-Belgian final on Saturday ends a 3-year streak of US dominance in the majors.

Not since Mary Pierce captured the RG crown in 2000 has a player from outside the United States won a Grand Slam tournament. And before that we have to go back to Graf's infamous 1999 triumph over Hingis.

Can't be all bad for the WTA Tour, can it?
Don't speak too fast because:

since 2000, only a Williams have won Wimbeldon and since 1999, only a Williams have won the US Open. So it would be monumental if an European can break that stranglehold because no American has been able to.
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I'll be darned surprise if neither Williams will win the Wimby and USO this year.

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This final shows that the depth in women's tennis is improving...nothing close to the men's ...but steadily improving.
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This final shows that the depth in women's tennis is improving...nothing close to the men's ...but steadily improving.
The depth is improving? I'm not sure that I would call numbers 2 and 4 competing in a grand slam final to be a show of depth
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