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DA FOREHAND
Apr 28th, 2004, 05:11 PM
My vote goes to STEFFI GRAF 99 French Open

beats #1,2,3 to claim her final slam title. #22 :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship:

Knizzle
Apr 28th, 2004, 05:14 PM
She had good records against all of them. She was the fucking Steffi Graf!!

GANGSTABACKHAND!
Apr 28th, 2004, 05:17 PM
Serena's US Open win in '99, she beat Seles, Hingis, Clijsters, and i'm not sure who else, but I think she beat the top 3 in the world? or was venus #3 at that time. I'm too lazy to do the research!!

GANGSTABACKHAND!
Apr 28th, 2004, 05:20 PM
I think Venus had to beat all of the top players for all four of her grand slam victories, what's more, the players that she beat were the players that gave her the most trouble in her career(Hingis,Lindsay,Serena), and it was at a time when they were playing really well also!!

DA FOREHAND
Apr 28th, 2004, 05:22 PM
Serena's US Open win in '99, she beat Seles, Hingis, Clijsters, and i'm not sure who else, but I think she beat the top 3 in the world? or was venus #3 at that time. I'm too lazy to do the research!!
Kim was a relative unknown at that time. That was a great run for Serena, kind of surprising that that win didn't start a run of slam wins for her.

grmbl
Apr 28th, 2004, 05:23 PM
Serena @ US open 1999

128 W Kimberly PO (USA) 6-1 6-0
64 W Jelena KOSTANIC (CRO) 6-4 6-2
32 W Kim CLIJSTERS (BEL) 4-6 6-2 7-5
16 W Conchita MARTINEZ (ESP) 4-6 6-2 6-2
QF W Monica SELES (USA) 4-6 6-3 6-2
SF W Lindsay DAVENPORT (USA) 6-4 1-6 6-4
FR W Martina HINGIS (SUI) 6-3 7-6

DA FOREHAND
Apr 28th, 2004, 05:24 PM
give details...who she beat...thier ranking? her ranking...etc...flesh it out

venusfan
Apr 28th, 2004, 05:26 PM
Serena '99 run:

Hingis #1, Davenport #2, Seles #4

Kart
Apr 28th, 2004, 05:26 PM
Steffi 1999 gets my vote.

Although her Wimbledon win in 1989 has a rather impressive list of victims from the fourth round onwards :worship:.

Serena was pretty good to win the US open 1999 too :p.

Paneru
Apr 28th, 2004, 05:26 PM
I think Venus had to beat all of the top players for all four of her grand slam victories, what's more, the players that she beat were the players that gave her the most trouble in her career(Hingis,Lindsay,Serena), and it was at a time when they were playing really well also!!

Venus

Wimbledon July 9 2000
1 V Williams(5) - K Hrdlickova 6-3 6-1
2 V Williams(5) - A Sugiyama 6-1 6-4
3 V Williams(5) - N Dechy 6-0 7-6(4)
4 V Williams(5) - S Appelmans 6-4 6-4
QF V Williams(5) - M Hingis(1) 6-3 4-6 6-4
SF V Williams(5) - S Williams(8) 6-2 7-6(3)
F V Williams(5) - L Davenport(2) 6-3 7-6(3)

US Open Sep 10 2000
1 V Williams(3) - A Sidot 6-3 6-4
2 V Williams(3) - K Hrdlickova 6-1 6-1
3 V Williams(3) - M Shaughnessy 7-6(3) 6-1
4 V Williams(3) - M Serna 6-2 6-2
QF V Williams(3) - N Tauziat(8) 6-4 1-6 6-1
SF V Williams(3) - M Hingis(1) 4-6 6-3 7-5
F V Williams(3) - L Davenport(2) 6-4 7-5

Wimbledon July 8 2001
1 V Williams(2) - S Asagoe 6-2 6-3
2 V Williams(2) - D Hantuchova 6-3 6-2
3 V Williams(2) - E Likhovtseva(29) 6-2 6-2
4 V Williams(2) - N Petrova 6-2 6-0
QF V Williams(2) - N Tauziat(9) 7-5 6-1
SF V Williams(2) - L Davenport(3) 6-2 6-7(1) 6-1
F V Williams(2) - J Henin-Hardenne(8) 6-1 3-6 6-0

US Open Sep 9 2001
1 V Williams(4) - L Dlhopolcova-Q 6-2 6-3
2 V Williams(4) - M Tu 6-2 6-2
3 V Williams(4) - L Raymond(30) 6-3 6-4
4 V Williams(4) - S Testud(18) 6-4 6-0
QF V Williams(4) - K Clijsters(5) 6-3 6-1
SF V Williams(4) - J Capriati(2) 6-4 6-2
F V Williams(4) - S Williams(10) 6-2 6-4

Kart
Apr 28th, 2004, 05:27 PM
If Venus had won Wimbledon last year I'd have rated hers very highly as well.

Foot_Fault
Apr 28th, 2004, 05:29 PM
Venus

Wimbledon July 9 2000
1 V Williams(5) - K Hrdlickova 6-3 6-1
2 V Williams(5) - A Sugiyama 6-1 6-4
3 V Williams(5) - N Dechy 6-0 7-6(4)
4 V Williams(5) - S Appelmans 6-4 6-4
QF V Williams(5) - M Hingis(1) 6-3 4-6 6-4
SF V Williams(5) - S Williams(8) 6-2 7-6(3)
F V Williams(5) - L Davenport(2) 6-3 7-6(3)

US Open Sep 10 2000
1 V Williams(3) - A Sidot 6-3 6-4
2 V Williams(3) - K Hrdlickova 6-1 6-1
3 V Williams(3) - M Shaughnessy 7-6(3) 6-1
4 V Williams(3) - M Serna 6-2 6-2
QF V Williams(3) - N Tauziat(8) 6-4 1-6 6-1
SF V Williams(3) - M Hingis(1) 4-6 6-3 7-5
F V Williams(3) - L Davenport(2) 6-4 7-5

Wimbledon July 8 2001
1 V Williams(2) - S Asagoe 6-2 6-3
2 V Williams(2) - D Hantuchova 6-3 6-2
3 V Williams(2) - E Likhovtseva(29) 6-2 6-2
4 V Williams(2) - N Petrova 6-2 6-0
QF V Williams(2) - N Tauziat(9) 7-5 6-1
SF V Williams(2) - L Davenport(3) 6-2 6-7(1) 6-1
F V Williams(2) - J Henin-Hardenne(8) 6-1 3-6 6-0

US Open Sep 9 2001
1 V Williams(4) - L Dlhopolcova-Q 6-2 6-3
2 V Williams(4) - M Tu 6-2 6-2
3 V Williams(4) - L Raymond(30) 6-3 6-4
4 V Williams(4) - S Testud(18) 6-4 6-0
QF V Williams(4) - K Clijsters(5) 6-3 6-1
SF V Williams(4) - J Capriati(2) 6-4 6-2
F V Williams(4) - S Williams(10) 6-2 6-4NUFF SAID! :tape::worship:

DA FOREHAND
Apr 28th, 2004, 05:31 PM
If Venus had won Wimbledon last year I'd have rated hers very highly as well.


I agree...same had Hingis beaten Capriati in 01.

Paneru
Apr 28th, 2004, 05:32 PM
If Venus had won Wimbledon last year I'd have rated hers very highly as well.

Yep! :cool:

Wimbledon July 6 2003
1 V Williams(4) - S Hrozenska-Q 6-2 6-2
2 V Williams(4) - K Srebotnik 6-4 6-1
3 V Williams(4) - N Petrova(29) 6-1 6-2
4 V Williams(4) - V Zvonareva(16) 6-1 6-3
QF V Williams(4) - L Davenport(5) 6-2 2-6 6-1
SF V Williams(4) - K Clijsters(2) 4-6 6-3 6-1
F S Williams(1) - V Williams(4) 4-6 6-4 6-2

Definitely one of her tougher draws.

Kart
Apr 28th, 2004, 05:34 PM
I agree...same had Hingis beaten Capriati in 01.
Speaking of Capriati 01, I have to give that a :yeah: as well: Seles, Davenport and Hingis - against whom she had pretty bad records against at the time - in consective matches.

Paneru
Apr 28th, 2004, 05:36 PM
Speaking of Capriati 01, I have to give that a :yeah: as well: Seles, Davenport and Hingis - against whom she had pretty bad records against at the time - in consective matches.

Jennifer

Australian Open Jan 28 2001
1 J Capriati(12) - H Nagyova 4-6 6-2 7-5
2 J Capriati(12) - M Oremans 6-0 6-2
3 J Capriati(12) - V Ruano Pascual 6-0 6-2
4 J Capriati(12) - M Marrero 7-6 6-1
QF J Capriati(12) - M Seles(4) 5-7 6-4 6-3
SF J Capriati(12) - L Davenport(2) 6-3 6-4
F J Capriati(12) - M Hingis(1) 6-4 6-3

Nearly lost in 1st rd! :eek:
Great fight! :cool:

wongqks
Apr 28th, 2004, 05:36 PM
recently times

Serena run in 1999 is absolutely memorable

Jennifer first slam in aus open also is memorable coz she beat Monica Lindsay and MArtina who she has losing record against

wongqks
Apr 28th, 2004, 05:37 PM
LOL, I did not read the thread and realise I repeat exactly what everyone is saying :p

SelesFan70
Apr 28th, 2004, 07:16 PM
While Steffi's French win in 1999 was a great match, I'd have to give Hana Mandlikova credit for beating Evert and Navratilova at the US Open in 1986. :D

davenport_1
Apr 28th, 2004, 07:47 PM
If Seles won RG in 1997 she would have been my pick.

SelesFan70
Apr 28th, 2004, 08:02 PM
If Seles won RG in 1997 she would have been my pick.
:confused: Do you mean 1998 when she beat Hingis and lost to Arantxa in the Final?

morbidangle
Apr 28th, 2004, 08:11 PM
Among the ones that I remember..
1. Steffi's 99RG
2. Jen's 01 AO
3. Serena's 99 USO

MrSerenaWilliams
Apr 28th, 2004, 09:01 PM
Serena's run to the '03 Wimbledon title was the greatest for her. After her emotionally excrutiating loss to "The Hand", she came back and 'handed' her a huge defeat. Then she had to overcome her injured best friend on the other side of the net, who, in the first set was playing some damn good tennis. She had to fight back against Capriati, and all the while the nay-sayers were saying that she wasn't winning her matches as dominantly as the other top seeds. But at the end of the fortnight, she was the only one with seven consecutive wins. So that gets my vote. The '03 Oz was her toughest, emotionally. And her '99 US Open title was also great!

joeshmo50
Apr 28th, 2004, 10:03 PM
I think Venus' 2001 USOpen was really amazing. I mean, she never lost a set and beat very good players. And no player got more than 4 games off her in one set. To play THAT consistenly through 7 matches is really incredible. I mean, usually Grand Slam winners will have one off match where they play one set poorly and lose it or win in a tiebreak or something, and Venus didnt go through that AT ALL. I think that is the most impressive.

jean_genie
Apr 28th, 2004, 10:27 PM
Yep! :cool:

Wimbledon July 6 2003
1 V Williams(4) - S Hrozenska-Q 6-2 6-2
2 V Williams(4) - K Srebotnik 6-4 6-1
3 V Williams(4) - N Petrova(29) 6-1 6-2
4 V Williams(4) - V Zvonareva(16) 6-1 6-3
QF V Williams(4) - L Davenport(5) 6-2 2-6 6-1
SF V Williams(4) - K Clijsters(2) 4-6 6-3 6-1
F S Williams(1) - V Williams(4) 4-6 6-4 6-2

Definitely one of her tougher draws.
Even the great Mary Carillo agreed that Venus' draw was stacked with tough players and if not for the bum abdominal, she would've taken that trophy home to her side of La Maison de Soeurs!:lol:

TNT96
Apr 29th, 2004, 05:26 AM
Sabatini's run at the 1990 US Open
I am bias because she is my favorite player of all time

GoGoMaggie
Apr 29th, 2004, 05:35 AM
Does "greatest run" mean to beat the most difficult field?
I think in terms of the magnitude of surprise, Iva's 97 FO win gets my win.

LucasArg
Apr 29th, 2004, 05:46 AM
Venus in Pilot Pen 02 I think she beat Henin Capriati and Davenport to win the title and she played two matches in one day also, this gives her an edge.

Je_ne_sais_quoi
Apr 29th, 2004, 07:22 AM
Mary Pierce when she won OZ!

GoGoMaggie
Apr 29th, 2004, 07:55 AM
Venus in Pilot Pen 02 I think she beat Henin Capriati and Davenport to win the title and she played two matches in one day also, this gives her an edge.
Oh I didn't know Pilot Pen was a GS...

Jakeev
Apr 29th, 2004, 09:00 AM
While Steffi's French win in 1999 was a great match, I'd have to give Hana Mandlikova credit for beating Evert and Navratilova at the US Open in 1986. :D
1985 babe........in term of the fact Chris and Martina were dominating the game, that was a giant victory for Hana, and to me ranks up there as one of THE great Grand Slam wins.

Hana did not have an easy tournament. She pretty much breezed in her first round match and then it was an uphill battle after that as she defeated a slew of top ten and former top ten players, including Sylvia Hanika, Kathy Jordon and Helena Sukova.

Some other early open era great runs for me, and all at Wimbledon, include Virgina Wade, (1977) Martina, (1978) and Evonne Goolagong. (1980)

Andy T
Apr 29th, 2004, 09:17 AM
I'm with you on Evonne 80 and Navratilova 78, Jakeev but not Wade 77.

1978 Wimbledon, Martina beat:
Anthony 61 63
Whytcross 75 64
B. Jordan 36 61 64
Austin 62 63
Kruger 62 64
Goolagong 26 64 64
Evert 26 64 75

1980 Wimbledon, Evonne beat:
Walsh 61 62
Walker 62 62
Stove 36 62 63
Mandlikova 67 63 61
Turnbull 63 62
Austin 63 06 64
Evert 61 76

I think Wade's US Open win in 68 is more impressive than her Wimbledon run:
64 W Stephanie JOHNSON (USA) 6-3 3-6 6-3
32 W Patty CODY (USA) 6-3 6-3
16 W Rosie CASALS (USA) 6-4 7-5
QF W Judy DALTON (AUS) 6-3 6-2
SF W Ann JONES (GBR) 7-5 6-1
FR W Billie Jean KING (USA) 6-4 6-2

BJK's 75 Wimbledon was also impressive:
128 W Elizabeth VLOTMAN (RSA) 6-1 6-4
64 W Veronica BURTON (GBR) 6-1 6-3
32 W Julie ANTHONY (USA) 6-2 6-3
16 W Michele GURDAL (BEL) 6-1 6-2
QF W Olga MOROZOVA (URS) 6-3 6-3
SF W Chris EVERT (USA) 2-6 6-2 6-3
FR W Evonne CAWLEY (AUS) 6-0 6-1

as was Court's US Open victory in 73:
64 W Patricia PRETORIUS (RSA) 6-1 6-2
32 W Cecilia MARTINEZ (USA) 6-0 6-1
16 W Ilana KLOSS (RSA) 6-1 6-4
QF W Virginia WADE (GBR) 7-6 7-6
SF W Chris EVERT (USA) 7-5 2-6 6-2
FR W Evonne CAWLEY (AUS) 7-6 5-7 6-2

Jakeev
Apr 29th, 2004, 10:03 AM
I'm with you on Evonne 80 and Navratilova 78, Jakeev but not Wade 77.

1978 Wimbledon, Martina beat:
Anthony 61 63
Whytcross 75 64
B. Jordan 36 61 64
Austin 62 63
Kruger 62 64
Goolagong 26 64 64
Evert 26 64 75

1980 Wimbledon, Evonne beat:
Walsh 61 62
Walker 62 62
Stove 36 62 63
Mandlikova 67 63 61
Turnbull 63 62
Austin 63 06 64
Evert 61 76

I think Wade's US Open win in 68 is more impressive than her Wimbledon run:
64 W Stephanie JOHNSON (USA) 6-3 3-6 6-3
32 W Patty CODY (USA) 6-3 6-3
16 W Rosie CASALS (USA) 6-4 7-5
QF W Judy DALTON (AUS) 6-3 6-2
SF W Ann JONES (GBR) 7-5 6-1
FR W Billie Jean KING (USA) 6-4 6-2

BJK's 75 Wimbledon was also impressive:
128 W Elizabeth VLOTMAN (RSA) 6-1 6-4
64 W Veronica BURTON (GBR) 6-1 6-3
32 W Julie ANTHONY (USA) 6-2 6-3
16 W Michele GURDAL (BEL) 6-1 6-2
QF W Olga MOROZOVA (URS) 6-3 6-3
SF W Chris EVERT (USA) 2-6 6-2 6-3
FR W Evonne CAWLEY (AUS) 6-0 6-1

as was Court's US Open victory in 73:
64 W Patricia PRETORIUS (RSA) 6-1 6-2
32 W Cecilia MARTINEZ (USA) 6-0 6-1
16 W Ilana KLOSS (RSA) 6-1 6-4
QF W Virginia WADE (GBR) 7-6 7-6
SF W Chris EVERT (USA) 7-5 2-6 6-2
FR W Evonne CAWLEY (AUS) 7-6 5-7 6-2
To m Virginia's win in 77 is impressive because despite her No. 3 seeding, she was past her prime, albeit she was still playing good ball.

She cakewalked through her first three matches, including matches over rising players Betsy Nagelson and 83 semifinalist Yvonne Vermaak. She struggled a bit in her round of 16 against Marianna Simionescu, and then beat No. 6 Rosie Casals, No. 1 Chris Evert and No. 7 Betty Stove.

And I am sure Virginia ever thought she would be currently the last Brit to win Wimbledon.

SpikeyAidanm
Apr 29th, 2004, 10:07 AM
Lenglen 1922 Roland Garros.

Jakeev
Apr 29th, 2004, 10:11 AM
Lenglen 1922 Roland Garros.

(pssst, read the end of the thread's title)

SpikeyAidanm
Apr 29th, 2004, 10:13 AM
:o soz

irma
Apr 29th, 2004, 10:46 AM
french 95

128 W Ines GORROCHATEGUI (ARG)6-1 7-5
64 W Petra BEGEROW (GER)6-4 6-3 32
32 W Natalia BAUDONE-FURLAN (ITA)6-2 6-1 16
16 W Anke HUBER (GER)6-4 7-5
QF W Gabriela SABATINI (ARG)6-1 6-0
SF W Conchita MARTINEZ (ESP)6-3 6-7(5) 6-3
FR W Arantxa SANCHEZ-VICARIO (ESP)7-5 4-6 6-0


It's not even the names she beat (3 top 10 players and the number 11 in a row is of course great anyway). It was not that unexpected either in comparing with 99 (considering she had not lost a set all year till the semi).
it was just that there were many circumstances before the tournament and Steffi came, saw and won :lol:

hingis-seles
Apr 29th, 2004, 10:55 AM
For me, its Monica's 1992 Roland Garros victory.

How many times was she "beaten"? She nearly lost in the fourth round to Kijimuta, trailing 4-1 in the final set before reeling off 5 straight games. She crushed Capriati 6-2, 6-2 in the quarters, rallied from 4-2 down in the final set against Sabatini to win their semifinal 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 and then beat Steffi in an epic encounter 6-2, 3-6, 10-8.

Monica was just invincible as far as mental toughness was concerned.

She became the first woman in over 50 years to win her third consecutive Roland Garros title. The shocking part: She was only eighteen years old. :eek:

Happy Guy
Apr 29th, 2004, 11:07 AM
Jennifer

Australian Open Jan 28 2001
1 J Capriati(12) - H Nagyova 4-6 6-2 7-5
2 J Capriati(12) - M Oremans 6-0 6-2
3 J Capriati(12) - V Ruano Pascual 6-0 6-2
4 J Capriati(12) - M Marrero 7-6 6-1
QF J Capriati(12) - M Seles(4) 5-7 6-4 6-3
SF J Capriati(12) - L Davenport(2) 6-3 6-4
F J Capriati(12) - M Hingis(1) 6-4 6-3

Nearly lost in 1st rd! :eek:
Great fight! :cool:
Perfectly agree! She hurt herself in the first round too!
Her wins over Monica and Lindsay are nearly her only victories over these players!

Hots4Safin
Apr 29th, 2004, 04:46 PM
Yeah Venus' USO 01 was some impeccable tennis, but her Wimbledon draw last year was MUCH TOUGHER. She should have won that title...damn abs!

I still don't know how Serena won the OZ 03...THAT was some mental toughness right there...no one was stopping that Serena slam.

Hots4Safin
Apr 29th, 2004, 04:48 PM
BTW, the girl who took the MOST games off Venus during the USO 01 was not Kim, not Jennifer, NOT SERENA, but Lisa Raymond...interesting.

Natarajasana
Apr 29th, 2004, 05:31 PM
How about the least amount of games lost during a Major?

CJ07
Apr 29th, 2004, 05:40 PM
Serena 2002 Us Open was just rediculous

She just beat the crap out of everyone