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Flashback : Top 100 May 1991

After seeing the thread of the top 100 from 25 years ago, I thought I would post this top 100 from 12 years ago I found, to see if you recognise more names on this than the one from the 1970s. Quite a few players are still playing and in the top 100 12 and a half years later.

1. Monica Seles - Well we hope she is still playing
2. Steffi Graf -
3. Gabriela Sabatini - Retired too soon? Gaby was great anyway
4. Martina Navratilova - 3rd decade in the top 10, top 10 in doubles now
5. Arantxa Sanchez Vicario - Vamos ASV! 4 former number 1's in the top 5
6. Mary Joe Fernandez - Always came close, but never got a Slam
7. Jana Novotna - Still 7 years before her first Slam
8. Conchita Martinez - 12 years on and was almost back in the top 10 again earlier this year
9. Zina Garrison - Still riding high after Wimbledon 90
10. Manuela Maleeva Fragniere - Lots of years in top 10, but no Slam final
11. Katerina Maleeva - Never really talked about anymore, but was consistently top 20 for a long time
12. Jennifer Capriati - Who would have thought then that she would win her first Slam 9 years later?
13. Helena Sukova - 3 Slam finals, but no Slam
14. Nathalie Tauziat - Lots of years 10-30 before breaking through in 1998, did really well to break through so late I think.
15. Leila Meskhi -Never saw her play, barely mentioned now
16. Barbara Paulus - Made top 10
17. Natasha Zvereva - I loved Nat!
18. Anke Huber - Only 16 and in the top 20. I miss Anke!
19. Amy Frazier - Still going strong
20. Sandra Cecchini - Sandra won a title every year for 10 years in a row
21. Judith Weisner - Top 30 for a lot of years.
22. Anne Smith - Who?
23. Helen Kelesi - She is not playing now, but important thing is she is still alive after her brain tumour.
24. Lori McNeil - Wimbledon semis in 1994
25. Sabine Appelmans - Overshadowed a bit now by Kim and Justine, but Sabine WAS Belgian tennis for many years.
26. Laura Gildemeister - Never saw her play but know the name
27. Radka Zrubakova
28. Naoko Sawamatsu - In top 30 long before Kimiko Date
29. Rachel McQuillan - Still playing Challengers I think
30. Julie Halard - I used to like watching Julie play
31. Federica Bonsignori
32. Emanuela Zardo
33. Marianne Werdel - I think she made the Australain semis one year?
34. Susan Sloane -
35. Meredith McGrath - Did well in doubles
36. Raffaella Reggi
37. Ros Fairbank-Nideffer
38. Gretchen Magers
39. Regina Rajchrtova
40. Manon Bollegraf - More success in doubles
41. Claudia Kohde Kilsch - Former top 10
42. Tami Whitlinger
43. Natalia Medvedeva - Andrei Medvedev's sister. Andrei was so cute!
44. Magdalena Maleeva - Maggie still going strong
45. Patty Fendick
46. Catarina Lindqvist
47. Andrea Strnadova
48. Nicole Provis
49. Elena Brioukhovets
50. Patricia Tarabini - Played lots of doubles with Conchita, and coached Conchi
51. Katia Piccolini
52. Akiko Kijimuta
53. Eva Sviglerova
54. Elna Reinach
55. Carrie Cunningham
56. Sabine Hack - I think Sabine made top 10
57. Stephanie Rehe
58. Isabel Cueto
59. Gigi Fernandez - Doubles legend
60. Linda Harvey Wild
61. Ginger Helgeson
62. Anne Minter
63. Patricia Hy
64. Larisa Neiland - More success in doubles
65. Veronika Martinek - I think she beat Venus very early in Venus's career
66. Ann Grossman
67. Karine Quentrec
68. Karin Kschwendt
69. Laura Garrone
70. Kathy Rinaldi - former top 10
71. Pam Shriver - Doubles legend and still talked about here all the time!
72. Barbara Rittner - Still going strong
73. Petra Langrova
74. Catherine Tanvier
75. Mercedes Paz
76. Peanut Louie Harper
77. Jo Durie
78. Wiltrud Probst
79. Halle Cioffi
80. Mary Pierce - Only 16, of course went on to win 2 Slams and still going VERY strong
81. Csilla Bartos
82. Brenda Schultz - the biggest server before Venus. Brenda was cool!
83. Florencia Labat
84. Yayuk Basuki
85. Cristina Tessi
86. Shaun Stafford
87. Linda Ferrando - Famous win over Monica at US Open
88. Kristin Godridge
89. Robin White
90. Amanda Coetzer - Still going strong!
91. Claudia Porwik
92. Bettina Fulco
93. Cathy Caverzasio
94. Alexia Dechaume
95. Debbie Graham
96. Elizabeth Smylie
97. Cecila Dahlman
98. Dinky Van Rensburg
99. Francesca Romano
100. Laura Golarsa

See how many you know! I put next to the names I have never heard of.


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ZARDO was ranked that high??? she's from switzerland and played nice us open in (i guess) 1995...

SABINE HACKs career high rank was 13

wow, 10 german girls inside the top 100... great times!

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1. Monica Seles - Well we hope she is still playing
2. Steffi Graf -
3. Gabriela Sabatini - Retired too soon? Gaby was great anyway
4. Martina Navratilova - 3rd decade in the top 10, top 10 in doubles now
5. Arantxa Sanchez Vicario - Vamos ASV! 4 former number 1's in the top 5
6. Mary Joe Fernandez - Always came close, but never got a Slam
7. Jana Novotna - Still 7 years before her first Slam
8. Conchita Martinez - 12 years on and was almost back in the top 10 again earlier this year
9. Zina Garrison - Still riding high after Wimbledon 90
10. Manuela Maleeva Fragniere - Lots of years in top 10, but no Slam final
11. Katerina Maleeva - Never really talked about anymore, but was consistently top 20 for a long time
12. Jennifer Capriati - Who would have thought then that she would win her first Slam 9 years later?
13. Helena Sukova - 3 Slam finals, but no Slam
14. Nathalie Tauziat - Lots of years 10-30 before breaking through in 1998, did really well to break through so late I think.
15. Leila Meskhi -Never saw her play, barely mentioned now
16. Barbara Paulus - Made top 10
17. Natasha Zvereva - I loved Nat!
18. Anke Huber - Only 16 and in the top 20. I miss Anke!
19. Amy Frazier - Still going strong
20. Sandra Cecchini - Sandra won a title every year for 10 years in a row
21. Judith Weisner - Top 30 for a lot of years.
22. Anne Smith - Who?
23. Helen Kelesi - She is not playing now, but important thing is she is still alive after her brain tumour.
24. Lori McNeil - Wimbledon semis in 1994
25. Sabine Appelmans - Overshadowed a bit now by Kim and Justine, but Sabine WAS Belgian tennis for many years.
26. Laura Gildemeister - Never saw her play but know the name
27. Radka Zrubakova
28. Naoko Sawamatsu - In top 30 long before Kimiko Date
29. Rachel McQuillan - Still playing Challengers I think
30. Julie Halard - I used to like watching Julie play
31. Federica Bonsignori
32. Emanuela Zardo
33. Marianne Werdel - I think she made the Australain semis one year?
34. Susan Sloane -
35. Meredith McGrath - Did well in doubles
36. Raffaella Reggi
37. Ros Fairbank-Nideffer
38. Gretchen Magers
39. Regina Rajchrtova
40. Manon Bollegraf - More success in doubles
41. Claudia Kohde Kilsch - Former top 10
42. Tami Whitlinger
43. Natalia Medvedeva - Andrei Medvedev's sister. Andrei was so cute!
44. Magdalena Maleeva - Maggie still going strong
45. Patty Fendick
46. Catarina Lindqvist
47. Andrea Strnadova
48. Nicole Provis
49. Elena Brioukhovets
50. Patricia Tarabini - Played lots of doubles with Conchita, and coached Conchi
51. Katia Piccolini
52. Akiko Kijimuta
53. Eva Sviglerova
54. Elna Reinach
55. Carrie Cunningham
56. Sabine Hack - I think Sabine made top 10
57. Stephanie Rehe
58. Isabel Cueto
59. Gigi Fernandez - Doubles legend
60. Linda Harvey Wild
61. Ginger Helgeson
62. Anne Minter
63. Patricia Hy
64. Larisa Neiland - More success in doubles
65. Veronika Martinek - I think she beat Venus very early in Venus's career
66. Ann Grossman
67. Karine Quentrec
68. Karin Kschwendt
69. Laura Garrone
70. Kathy Rinaldi - former top 10
71. Pam Shriver - Doubles legend and still talked about here all the time!
72. Barbara Rittner - Still going strong
73. Petra Langrova
74. Catherine Tanvier
75. Mercedes Paz
76. Peanut Louie Harper
77. Jo Durie
78. Wiltrud Probst
79. Halle Cioffi
80. Mary Pierce - Only 16, of course went on to win 2 Slams and still going VERY strong
81. Csilla Bartos
82. Brenda Schultz - the biggest server before Venus. Brenda was cool!
83. Florencia Labat
84. Yayuk Basuki
85. Cristina Tessi
86. Shaun Stafford
87. Linda Ferrando - Famous win over Monica at US Open
88. Kristin Godridge
89. Robin White
90. Amanda Coetzer - Still going strong!
91. Claudia Porwik
92. Bettina Fulco
93. Cathy Caverzasio
94. Alexia Dechaume
95. Debbie Graham
96. Elizabeth Smylie
97. Cecila Dahlman
98. Dinky Van Rensburg
99. Francesca Romano
100. Laura Golarsa


i know the most, but some names i never heard of. but this radka zurkubova or however i know.
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anke top20 with 16 yrs - i miss her too

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Anne Smith reached the semis of the aussie open doubles 91 with monica
Regina Rajchrtova is married to Petr Korda
the rest of the players all played steffi or I remember hearing about them outside these two at least I can't remember
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76. Peanut Louie Harper

...was that her real name...?
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Regina Rajchrtova is Korda's wife.
Radka Zrubakova won titles in doubles.
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You never saw Leila Meskhi play? Good... you could compare her to the Smashnova of today.

Have to get to #57, Stephanie Rehe... before I've never at least heard of any of those players.
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Rajchatova was a babe too... what was she doing with Petr?
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McGrath also made the Wimbledon semi's in 1996 and won Birmingham that same year

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No Shi-Ting Wang...

I think she was playing in 91.
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McGrath also made the Wimbledon semi's in 1996 and won Birmingham that same year
She also won 94 Eastbourne.
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66. Ann Grossman - I just loved this gal.. never did manage to get that WTA title.. 7 finals though.

Willow, I think Peanut's real name was Maureen, but Id have to check my old WTA guides.

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I know all of them, at that time I was a full time fan

Some hints:

*I absolutely loved Zardo style of play. She was a lefty with a great one handed backhand

*Though pointing Gigi Fernández & Meredith Mc Grath great run in doubles both of them reached singles semis in Wimbledon

*Sorry to say, but Elena Brioukhovets has to be the ugliest player ever playing in the Tour (tied with Spain's Paula Hermida )

*Martinek, Garrone, Langrova or Quentrec are clear examples of how the Tour has improved its fitness

*Strnadova was meant to be a great star after winning twice Wimbledon junior (the last player to do this) and reaching 5 or 6 WTA finals in her teens -though losing all of them- Unfortunately retired so early

*Tessi retired early after being a top junior player supposedly burnt out because her father's abuse Godridge was another one retiring early in 1996 but came out from nowhere this year to play Fed Cup for Hong Kong losing all her 4 matches

*Regina is happily married to Korda and have (at least) 2 kids. Retired to marry him after reaching the last 16 in the US Open.

*Claudia Porwick benefited from Gaby's injury in the Australian Open 1990 to amazingly reach the semis

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What a great top three - my top three faves .
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