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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old Jan 27th, 2012, 05:04 PM Thread Starter
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Grand Slam finalist who never made top 10?

Is there any player who reached the final of a slam but failed to crack into top 10 in their entire career? Just curious.
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Re: Grand Slam finalist who never made top 10?

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Is there any player who reached the final of a slam but failed to crack into top 10 in their entire career? Just curious.
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Great question. The answer is most certainly yes. Maybe our crack crew here can come up with more names, but here's a few

Barbara Jordan (1979 Aussie winner)

Ironically her sister Kathy WAS a top tenner but never won a singles slam.

Sharon Walsh (1979 Aussie RU)

Chris O'Neil (1978 Aussie winner)
A total shock winner-a Grand Slam champ nonetheless

Betsy Nagelson (1978 Aussie RU)

???? Very talented when she came on the scene in 1974, she developed back problems after that. I'm pretty confident she had a high ranking at times in her career, but I don't think she ever cracked the top ten.

Among the pre-computer era Ginette Bucaille stands out as a finalist who never was considered top ten. She was the surprise runnerup to Connolly at the French in 1954.
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Re: Grand Slam finalist who never made top 10?

What about Florenta Mihai , 1977 french open runner up to Mima Jausovec
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Re: Grand Slam finalist who never made top 10?

Also Helen Gourlay (R/U French 1971) - ranked #10 by one or two experts that year, but overlooked by most.
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Renata Tomanova of Czechoslovakia was in 2 major finals (Australian and French) in 1976, and never reached the top 10. Her official year end ranking for 1976 was #48.
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Re: Grand Slam finalist who never made top 10?

Oh thanks, guys.
I didn't know there would be so many.
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Oh thanks, guys.
I didn't know there would be so many.
There's a reason, that all of them are players from the 70's... There were a couple of Grand Slams with very weak fields, comparable to Internationals of our days. Tha makes it understandable. I don 't know any case from the 80's or later.
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Re: Grand Slam finalist who never made top 10?

was it because not all players took the Trip to the Australian Open at that time?

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Re: Grand Slam finalist who never made top 10?

Too many of you are assuming that tennis began in the 1970s.

Prominent women tennis players: http://tennis-women.blogspot.com
Billie Jean Moffitt King's playing career: http://billie-jean-moffitt-king.blogspot.com

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Re: Grand Slam finalist who never made top 10?

Maybe because they didn't have ranking system before the 70s?
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Of course they did. They just weren't computerized.

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was it because not all players took the Trip to the Australian Open at that time?
That was not the only reason. Also the French Open had some weak fields for different reason. banning cause of WTT and poor prize money were for example reasons... There were Australian Open taking place and the top stars missing although they were in Australia as you can see therm in the draws of other australian events...
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Re: Grand Slam finalist who never made top 10?

Didn't the Australian Open also have smaller draws in those years?
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