Originally Posted by tennnisfannn
would it it as big a deal as beating both the williams back to back. I know Lina and justine will play later today and quite frankly I doubt that Justine will even break a sweat in this match. Indulge me if you will, If Lina k does the unthinkable and beats Justine, how huge a victory would this be.
Everyone remembers Hingis beating the sisters back to back AO2001, Kim's victory at the Championships over the sisters is what made the world stop and pay attention to her. Kim and justine are now very formidable opponents and considering how much lower ranked Lina is, this would be just incredible!
Has anyone done this in the last year?
Well, it isn't back-to-back, but I know what you mean.
As for 'huge', well, in some ways, when you get into the details, this would bigger than either of those matches, and in at least one important way it isn't.
1) In 2001, Venus showed up to OZ looking ill. If you dig back deep enough, you can find the thread I posted about it here. So her losing to Martina in that match wasn't a surprise. Well, to me it wasn't.
(NOTE: I can't recall any other Hingis victories of Venus where injury or illness were a factor. One has to concede that in 2001, Hingis was till capable of beating Venus straight up, even if by then, she was losing to Venus more than winning.)
2) Serena wasn't even one of the FOUR beat players in the world in 2001.
3) Hingis didn't win the tournament.
1) Venus showed up injured, and retired, down 0-5 in the first.
(NOTE: Clijsters beat a perfectly healthy Venus at Hamburg 2002. So you have to concede Clijsters was good enough by the Tour Championships that she might have beaten Venus anyway.)
All those things make Krasnourouskaya's accoplishment actually loom larger.
Krasnouroutskaya would defeat opponents with one GS title between them.
Hingis defeated opponents with three GS titles between them at OZ 2001.
Clijsters defeated opponents with EIGHT GS titles between them at TC 2002.