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Re: just for fun - Israeli all time greatest (all players to reach top600)

The WTA site recently put all the YE rankings since 1975 on their site (no mid-season rankings pre-2001 available yet, unfortunately).
They can be found here:,12781,00.html

Therefore two players (who were the main reason for "more players should be on the list" remark above) are officially added: Orly Bialistotsky (#8 on the national all-time list) and Rakefet Binyamini (#11). The latter is rather stupidly misspelled Rafeket or Rafaket on various sources
Both put up some decent Fed Cup results in their short careers, both in Singles and Doubles. Bialistotsky had a win over a top-50 player (Dutch Marcella Mesker) in the '83 Consolation Round QF, which was probably the only one of its kind in Fed Cup until Smashnova beat Anne Kremer in 2000!
[Note: Hila Rosen beat 15 y.o. Kournikova in '97, shortly before she broke into the top 50.]

Year-end rankings of Israeli players before 1987:
1975: Peled #100 (as Peisachov).
1976: none.
1977: Peled #82.
1978: Peled #170.
1979-81: none.
1982: Bialistotsky #166, Binyamini #222.
1983: Bialistotsky #247, Binyamini #262.
1984-85: none.
1986: Berger #256 (also Sagit Doron and Sarit Shalev, but the 1986 list is the only incomplete one).

Peisachov-Peled's best year was by far 1974, making the 2R of both Wimbledon (96 draw) and US Open (64 draw) and winning her only tour title (in Kent), as well as narrowly losing another final (Hampstead). Unfortunately computer rankings were only introduced one year later.
Originally Posted by Meteor Shower View Post
I wonder if she was good on grass.
I would like an israeli player that is actually good on grass.
She won back-to-back titles on grass in June that year (absolutely thumping an 18 y.o. Sue Barker in one of them). Both were held in Britain as warm-ups for Wimbledon. It seems to me that in today's terms one of them would be an International (formerly Tier III or IV), the other a big ITF.
Generally her best results came on grass, though it has to be said there were many more events on that surface in that era than there are today...

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