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Infiniti2001
Dec 20th, 2001, 07:23 PM
This is the "opinion" of a poster from another board, so instead of jumping all over me, share yours too <img src="tongue.gif" border="0">

<br />10. Lleyton Hewitt's mastery at the Masters Cup, only losing 1 set against the best players in the world.

9. Venus Williams beating 3 top 10 players in less than 30 hours; including Jennifer Capriati and Lindsay Davenport.

8. Martina Hingis becoming the first woman to ever beat the Doubles whammy of Venus & Serena in consecutive matches at a major tournament.

7. Lleyton Hewitt's dominance over Pete Sampras in the U.S Open final.

6. Pete Sampras beating the 3 most recent U.S Open Champions on his way to the final.

5. They went into Australia with virtually no one giving them a chance to win. The French team's triumph in the final of Davis Cup.

4. Venus Williams saving 8 championship points in the final of the Ericsson.

3. Jennifer Capriati's resurgence to win the Australian Open defeating 3 former champions who have 7 Australian Open Championships between them.

2. Goran Ivanisavic's remarkable, unprecedented run of becoming the first wild card to win Wimbledon.

1. The Venus and Serena Williams Show in the U.S Open Final in Primetime. On their way, they beat the number 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 players. For all of us who weren't around long enough to see Maud and Lillian Watson, we never thought we would see sisters play each other in the final of a Grand Slam.

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QUEENLINDSAY
Dec 20th, 2001, 08:31 PM
Pls include this:

Lindsay Davenport: The only player who had 3 titles won in three weeks. She broke her own record of 3 titles in 4 weeks.

GO LINDSAY!!!!

Crazy Canuck
Dec 20th, 2001, 09:35 PM
Infiniti2001: Thanks for shoaring that list. I'd say whoever made it up, did a pretty damn god job. The only thing i might play with is the order on a few in the middle. But it looks like they included all the big things.

I'll try to think of another one later, but everyrthing I thought of is already on there <img src="frown.gif" border="0"> <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">

jrj
Dec 20th, 2001, 09:39 PM
I would put Agassi winning the Australian Open ahead of Sampras not winning the US Open. Sorry Goran ahead of the Williams show at the US Open. What a dull match does anyone even remember the score?

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Monica_Rules
Dec 20th, 2001, 09:41 PM
I agree with the feats they were all great!

Philbo
Dec 20th, 2001, 09:54 PM
I agree with jrj

Crazy Canuck
Dec 20th, 2001, 10:40 PM
I personally put Venus and Serena in the final ahead of Goran.

It was not only the first time that 2 sisters contested a Grand Slam championship, but the first time two women of colour did. That is HUGE. The historical significance on that match overtakes Goran in my books.<br />He is a close second for me.

But its all just a matter of opinion of course <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

Crazy Canuck
Dec 20th, 2001, 10:41 PM
Though Agassi winning Oz at the ripe old age of 30 <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> was also a big achievement. Good of you to give it a nod, jrj.

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Infiniti2001
Dec 20th, 2001, 11:05 PM
While I'm pleased with "most" of the selections, I don't particularly care for the order... I'd put #9 in place of #4 and switch #4 to #5...

I personally believe that #1 is exactly where it should be... The signicance of the match meant more to me that its'quality... Bottom- line ,the "FACT" that two AMERICAN sisters played in a Grand Slam tennis final is astounding and historic <img src="tongue.gif" border="0">

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maximus82
Dec 20th, 2001, 11:08 PM
I don't think this one beats the 10 that you listed, but struck me as an incredibly impressive feat (of course by one of my favs)-

Meghann Shaughnessy def. V. Williams 2-6 7-5 7-6(4)

My girl was the only person to beat the supernova-esque Williams from Wimbledon until the end of the year...a time range in which Venus beat Tauziat (2), Davenport (3), Henin(2), Seles, Capriati (2), Testud (2), Clijsters, and her sister. I think that's an awesome accomplishment...especially given that she overcame Venus's incredible mental toughness in a 3rd set tiebreak.

Go Meghann...have an even better 2002!!!!

~maximus82

Philbo
Dec 20th, 2001, 11:10 PM
I guess the Willi final was historis etc, but it was a complete and utter fizzer of a match...

Goran winning Wimbledon from being a wildcard was historic as well, and it went to 9-7 in the fifth, much more impressive to me than a 6-4 6-3 match...(or whatever the score was!! I cant remember what it was!!)

Infiniti2001
Dec 20th, 2001, 11:38 PM
I may be in the minority here, but considering Goran had been to the finals before , his winning this year as a wildcard is not much of a big deal to me...

Kart
Dec 21st, 2001, 12:13 AM
Not sure that I agree with the #1 being the greatest feat of all (after the last couple of US opens I pretty much expected that the sisters would meet in the final sooner or later), but still they were all great feats indeed <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> .

jrj
Dec 21st, 2001, 12:26 AM
actually I'd put Jen up to 2 here's a girl who went from being off the tour to number 1 and winning 2 slams.<br />Also I'd add Andy Roddick to the list as well.

M-SELESFAN
Dec 21st, 2001, 01:07 AM
Jennifer beat 3 former Australian Open winners who have 8 titles between them.

Monica Seles - '91,'92,'93,'96<br />Martina Hingis - '97, '98, '99<br />Lindsa Davenport - '00

Plus I think Monica saving 6 match points against Serena is pretty impressive as well. She came back from a 0-40 deficit twice to stay in the match!

Celeste
Dec 21st, 2001, 01:15 AM
Sadly, the mainstream press doesn't care much about Monica anymore. She could win 3 Slams next year, and they'd just write something simple about how she's finally winning like she used to, and what took her so long, like it's all her fault. I thought she had an amazing summer with her victories, but it was like no one cared. All they did was focus on her not playing in Europe in the fall and playing low-tier events in Asia. She didn't even get that much coverage. Anyone else in the Top 10 who spent months injured and off the tour to come back and beat Martina twice in two weeks (even a lousy Martina who was still No. 1) and Capriati once as well as Serena at her big tournament, it would have been big news. But in Monica's case, it wasn't.

Kart
Dec 21st, 2001, 01:48 AM
Still, it was great news for her fans <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

Knokke
Dec 21st, 2001, 02:17 AM
VIRGINIA RUANO PASCUAL DEF MARTINA HINGIS 6-4,6-2 IN WIMBLEDON <img src="eek.gif" border="0"> <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" />

Williams Rulez
Dec 21st, 2001, 02:20 AM
What a great list! Most of the great things achieved are on the list <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

maccardel
Dec 21st, 2001, 02:47 AM
I agree with Infiniti------Goran was in the finals before and at anytime could have won therefore his finally is not really a feat to me...

I think that the list speaks for itself...

NejedlyKanepi
Dec 21st, 2001, 05:55 AM
max mirnyi's stuttgart run!!!! halo halo??anyone caring aobut this?? a masters series, finaling form the qualies, beating a handfull of great champions and a couple young guns if you will.

in the qualies, he was down match points, he won. then he beat youzhny, the young and dangerous russian. then he beat in the maindraw, rochus, another dangerous floater. then he beat GORAN, the wimby champ who has done so much, then he beat GUGA whos won a lot, then he beat SAMPRAS who has done so much, then he beat YEVGENY who has also done so much, before playing a great final but losing to haas (who really was untouchable that match nomatter what happened)

he was down match points to goran, and guga as well if im not mistaken. he beat guga after that us open thriller as well! that must have made him feel very good.

what-a run!!!!!

veryborednow
Dec 21st, 2001, 10:36 AM
I'd put Venus' 3 players in under 30 hours at the top, that was impressive

Mateo Mathieu
Dec 21st, 2001, 10:51 AM
Rachel McQuillan's impressive performance at Dubai and Indian Wells.

She won six matches in row including qualifying at Dubai. She upset #8 seeded, Henrieta Nagyova (who she narrowed lost to Jennifer Capriati at the Australian Open this year) in the second round and #7 in the world, Mary Pierce in the Quarterfinals. She almost take took to third set against Nathalie Tauziat in the semis. The score was 6-7 6-7 <img src="frown.gif" border="0">

Later in Indian Wells was continue good forms - upset Amy Frazier and MEGHANN SHAUGHNESSY (who beat Monica Seles last that week in Scottsdale!) before fell to Venus Williams in the fourth round. She cracked into Top 100 for first time in four years <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

I hope she continue good forms in 2002! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">

supremeross
Dec 21st, 2001, 08:43 PM
I agree with putting the finals of the USO at number 1, regardless of what you thought of the actual match, what other two sisters, or two brothers are gonna make it to the finals of a grand slam, none come to mind. To have not just one elite tennis player in a family but two in this time and age is awesome, it might be another 100 years or more before we see another family do it, if it's ever done again. Next I'd put Venus' run at Pilot Pen next, the men don't even play that much tennis in 27 hours and to win and turn around two weeks later and win the US Open... Please lets give credit where credit is due.

While you have to give Goran props for his accomplishment, the same feat could be done next year by another wild card. It's still a top highlight, but around 6,7,8 or 9.

One noticable exclusion is Serena's run at the year end championship. Winning the championship after having not played in a tournament in two months and still beating 3 top players in straight set. Again lets give credit where credit is due.

NejedlyKanepi
Dec 21st, 2001, 11:59 PM
max beat guga on clay, 5 matches on clay, max lost htem all but he beat guga!!!! <img src="eek.gif" border="0"> <img src="eek.gif" border="0"> <img src="eek.gif" border="0">

pisces
Dec 22nd, 2001, 12:22 AM
Infiniti 2001;so true.that PEN PIlot,was unbelivable.Have any other player perform that task this year.?

TSequoia01
Dec 22nd, 2001, 01:02 AM
I have been taxing my memory and cannot come up with another instance where a player was asked to play 3 matches within approximately a 24 hr time frame. To win all 3 matches against the #1, #2, and #6 ranked players has to be one of the greatest tennis feats of all time let alone 2001!<br /> <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> <img src="cool.gif" border="0">

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Kart
Dec 22nd, 2001, 06:33 PM
In 1985 at Hilton Head, a 14 year old Gabriela Sabatini played 3 matches on the on the same day winning two of them (against No. 4 seed Pam Shriver and No. 2 seed Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere) before losing in the final to Chris Evert.

I don't think it's better or even particularly comparable with Venus' feat but I think it's worth mentioning to know that other great players have achieved similar feats.

jrj
Dec 22nd, 2001, 07:45 PM
didn't Kuerten have to play 2 matches in 1 day twice this year? Once in Cincy beating Rafter in the final and once in Indy having to default the final to Rafter.