My favorite year season is 2001 because most my favorite players were most success in 2001 such as Rachel McQuillan show great results at Dubai and Indian Wells, Jelena Dokic claimed three titles (Rome, Tokyo and Moscow), Silvia Farina-Elia finally claimed her FIRST title ever in Strasbourg ( <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> ), and more.... <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
1999 was wild year! <img src="rolleyes.gif" border="0"> But not good results for my favorite players <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
What about yours?
Dec 22nd, 2001, 11:58 PM
Oh yeah... for ATP is 2000 because Magnus was awesome played in 2000 with five titles <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> In 2001 is worst year for me <img src="graemlins/sad.gif" border="0" alt="[Sad]" />
Dec 23rd, 2001, 12:06 AM
Usually the "even" years are great for me, and the "odd" years are nightmares in terms of how my faves do. 1994 was probably my fave because Arantxa won 2 slams, but she was named ITF World Champion. 1996 was good because it was probably the best year for Karina Habsudova and Chanda, who are my second and 4th fave respectively <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> . 1998 great year, obviously because Arantxa rebounded to win Roland Garros and finish back in the top 5.
Since then 1999, 2000, and 2001 have been mixed, some good things, some bad, so none really stand out as great for me. 1999 probably the worst though since not too many results came about that I liked. No faves in the slam finals or anything too special except Karina winning her first title. <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
Dec 23rd, 2001, 03:09 AM
1981 was the wildest year ever in women's tennis <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> <br />We finally got a true "grand slam" back, because before 1981 most of the top 10 had skipped the French and Aussie Opens for years. In 1981 they all showed up for the big events. Martina and Chris were at their best, and young guns Austin, Jaeger, Mandlikova, and punk kid Pam Shriver were all after Evert and Navratilova.
The new racquets were making the women more powerful, but because these women grew up on wood, they used a variety of tactics. Serve and volley worked-and with a lot of the tour being on <br />grass(the Aussie was still on grass) or indoors rushing the net after serve was more than the asking for suicide, which is what serve and volley had become by 1990.
Hell, we even had great matches at the slams. <br />Mandlikova shocked Evert at the French, Then Martina at Wimbledon, and we all thought we had a new #1. Then Evert killed Hana at Wimbledon.
Then the storm hit. Within weeks Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova revealed they were lesbians before being outted. For years lesbianism in women's tennis was in the closet because sponsors were afriad it would kill the sport.
Throw in the best Aussie final ever(Martina just beat Evert)in a rare women's only slam, add in a #1 controversy(Austin and Navratilova felt Tracy was the real #1 despite Evert atop the computer)and it an all star cast. No one could guess the next few years would be the Martina and Chris show.
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Dec 23rd, 2001, 03:29 AM
Definitely 1997 overall - It was Martina's best year by far (winning 12 titles, 3 GS, No.1), plus Amanda was also brilliant (beating steffi three times, ending as No.4) and Iva won here first (and Only) grandslam at the French Open before finishing No.6. so overall that was a great eyar for me.
Since then it has been pretty bumpy, of course there have been good spots for all my faves, especially enjoying Martina's Hatrick in OZ, Babsi's break through year in 1999, PAtty's breakthrough in 1998 and Amanda's occassional trademark "giant killing" run at a big tournament. But 1997 was defintiely consistently the best <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">
And this year, officially the worst <img src="frown.gif" border="0"> , but there were still high spots especially Babsi's win over Venus at the French Open (I jumped with joy. lol).
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Dec 23rd, 2001, 04:27 AM
1999 of course!!!<br />Where I started to follow tennis, when I saw for the first time Serena, and also when Serena had her best year!<br /> <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> <br />Winning 5 titles, including the unforgettable USOpen <img src="graemlins/hearts.gif" border="0" alt="[Hearts]" /> <img src="graemlins/hearts.gif" border="0" alt="[Hearts]" /> <img src="graemlins/kiss.gif" border="0" alt="[Kiss]" /> <br />And also when the world knew Alexandra Stevenson in Wimbledon <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
I cry just to remember these facts.... <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> <br />I wish I'd could be able to comeback in time, and watch that happening again... I hope these things can happen again in 2002...
I hope so <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
Dec 23rd, 2001, 05:53 AM
True, BeCool-<br />1999 WAS great too-4 different slam winners after the "revenge of the old timers" in 1998. The semis and final at the US Open(all 3 setters) were all high drama, and who could forget Davenport's great Wimbledon, where she didn't lose serve once in the final. And nothing matches Graf-Hingis in the French!
Dec 23rd, 2001, 06:13 AM
Yeah 1999 was a year of high drama and terrific tennis...that is probably the most enjoyable detatched spectator year that i have witnessed. All the most important matches were excellent anad many held historical significance (Lindsay's Wimby Win, a williams sister winning a slam for the first time, martina's hatrick of oz open's then meltown at RG, steffi's comeback and very high quality matches particularly at USO)
Dec 23rd, 2001, 10:06 AM
* Justine winning 2 tournaments in a row in Australia<br />* Kim & Justine reaching the semis @ RG<br />* Kim reaching the finals @ RG<br />* Kim & Justine reaching the finals @ 's Hertogenbosch<br />* Kim reaching the QF @ Wimbledon<br />* Justine taking a set of Venus in the final @ Wimbledon<br />* Kim beating Lindsay @ Stanford<br />* Xavier Malisse beating Tim Henman @ 3rd R US Open and becoming the best Belgian male player ever!<br />* Kim reaching the QF @ US Open<br />* Kim winning 2 indoor titles (Leipzig & Luxembourg)<br />* Kim & Justine both playing at the Chase!<br />* Kim reaching the semis!<br />* Belgium winning the FED CUP!!
I LOVE 2001 !! <img src="graemlins/hearts.gif" border="0" alt="[Hearts]" /> <img src="graemlins/hearts.gif" border="0" alt="[Hearts]" /> <img src="graemlins/hearts.gif" border="0" alt="[Hearts]" />
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Dec 23rd, 2001, 10:09 AM
1998 and 1999 cos Lindsay played unbelaivable tennis!! <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
Dec 23rd, 2001, 10:14 AM
1999 and 2000 and 2001
This the year of real competition. No real dominance shall I say.
Dec 23rd, 2001, 10:15 AM
2000 & 2001
The year of real competion, no real dominance, everybody can win and can beat anybody in the top ten.
Dec 23rd, 2001, 10:51 AM
1996 -a nke reached the Australian Open final, won rosmalen, leipzig and luxembourg<br />AO 1996 are the most intensiv tennis-event in my whole live! i stand up in the middle of the night for each anke match.
Dec 23rd, 2001, 11:13 AM
I'd say 1992 cause Monica was almost unbeatable!
Dec 23rd, 2001, 11:35 AM
1992 It was just a great year and it wasn`t even the best year of my fav in tennisterms but I follow tennis since 90 and I can`t remember a better year. In 90 I had no tenniscoverage, 91 is the only one wich comes close too 92, 93 was bad clear reason why,94 was bad too, 95 and 96 were great in tennisterms but all the taxstories were not funny and everytime Steffi won a title the media wrote "but tommorow her smile will be gone again" How could I still be happy then, 97 forget it, 98 those 3 weeks in november didn`t make up for the rest of the year, 99 Steffi retired so that wasn`t great either, 2000 without Steffi it was less funny and in 2001 it improved a little thanks to Kim but still not on 92 level.
Dec 23rd, 2001, 11:41 AM
Rollo, I only got into tennis at Wimbledon 1982 when I was a tiny young thing but I always wish I had been able to see ( or remember that 1981 season ). For me the most exciting season was the 1990 and 1991 seasons as you had some great tennis being produced by Seles, Graf, Sabatini, Sanchez and Navratilova and as there was real needle in the matches they were always big showdowns when these all met.
Dec 23rd, 2001, 01:56 PM
1994: ASV wins FO & US Open and Conchi wins Wimbledon <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">
Dec 23rd, 2001, 02:43 PM
It's hard to dis-agree with Rollo here. 1981 was a great year. I remember with fond momories the '81 Wimbledon Final. Chris crushed Hana to win her 3rd Singles title. I never thought it would be her last. I couldn't be in front of a tv for that final, but do remember using a very old video recorder to tape it. It was one of those video recorders with the piano keys on the front. But, it worked and I managed to see the Final without knowing the score before hand. Shame i do not have the tape today.
Dec 24th, 2001, 01:09 PM
1998 cos that was a great year for anna IMO
also 2000 anna made 8 semis and one final appearancehttp://www.freakygamers.com/smilies/s2/kao/otn/pclapping.gif...
worst is 2001...
Dec 24th, 2001, 01:49 PM
I'd say my fave year was 1990. Gaby finally put her all-court game together and won her first slam singles title.
Martina won her 9th Wimbledon. As the newspaper columns put it, it was appropriate for the game's greatest player ever to stand alone atop the sport's biggest stage.
Monica won at Roland Garros, and became a contender for the top. And Steffi started the whole thing off by winning in Australia.
Throw in the arrival of Jen, and Zina's great Wimbledon run, and you had the makings for a fantastic year. And just when you thought it couldn't get any better, Monica and Gaby staged an epic 5-set clash in the final of the tour championships.
And you can't leave out the contrast in styles at the top. From the big forehand of Steffi, to Martina's net rushing, to Gaby's spins and all-court play, to Monica's power and angles. You were guaranteed an interesting matchup every time out of the box.
Even more exciting was the potential for 1991. All 4 of the slam winners of 1990 had legit designs on the #1 spot, with Capriati waiting in the wings. Would Steffi hold onto her top spot? Could Gaby keep her newfound aggressiveness? After getting surgery to fix lingering knee problems that had steadily worsened over the past 4 years, would Martina get one more #1 season out of them? Could Monica translate her success on clay to other surfaces?
That's one of the hallmarks of any great year. To end on a high note, and leave you wanting more of the same, impatient for the next season to start.
Dec 24th, 2001, 05:14 PM
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Why? 1998 because Jana finallywon Wimbledon! <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" />
Dec 24th, 2001, 07:23 PM
Both Mirjanafan and Brian have mentioned how great 1990 was. It all ended with a classic Seles-Sabatini duel for the WTA finals. It went 5 sets! <img src="eek.gif" border="0"> and I miised it. Did anyone see it?
Dec 25th, 2001, 12:17 PM
I saw most of it. ESPN ran it on tape-delay. When Gaby took a 2 sets to 1 lead, and I saw there was only half an hour of airtime left, I was thinking "Yeah, Gaby's got this. There's not enough time for 2 sets." But then ESPN blew off the entire 4th set, and it was anyone's ballgame. With no internet to provide instant results, the networks felt no pressure to be timely in their updates (such as Headline News). Thus, I didn't know who won until they actually showed it.
To this day, the match has never been shown in its entirety in the US. (Hear that, Tennis Channel?)
Dec 26th, 2001, 11:41 AM
I liked 1995, because Mary Pierce won the Australian Open,<br />I liked 2001, because the french national team won the " Davis Cup ", and Arnaud Clément reached the final of the Australian open,<br />However, my favourite " season" stay 2000, Because Mary " the french jewel " Pierce won ( at home ) in Rolland Garros. <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
!!!!! Mary Pierce, the " all time " best french player !!!!!
[ December 26, 2001: Message edited by: Mary Cherry ]</p>
Dec 26th, 2001, 11:58 AM
2001 is the best ofcourse!!! <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" />
Dec 27th, 2001, 02:14 AM
I don't really remember 1990 as I didn't see much of the tennis (and I was only 12), but I would still give it my vote because of US open result <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> .
As far back as I can remember clearly, 1994 was a bit of a surprising year with multiple Hispanic success (French, Wimbledon, US and Masters <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> ) and I'd probably give that my second vote because in spite of Steffi being around, it was still a year of surprise results in the big tournaments (a bit like 1998 as well).
Dec 27th, 2001, 04:03 AM
I have to say 1980 ( Rollo took 1981 and nobody remmebers the 70's here!). Goolagong won the big W over Austin and Evert. Borg took the men's title and it was just a fairy tale for me. I was hoping Evonne would get her confidence and health back and take a few moew big titles before retiring. She basically quit that year after getting preggy again in the fall.
Mandlikova got to the semis of the French, finals of US Open and then took the Aussie (She won the French and was runner up at W in '81, making 4 GS finals in a row).
Martina started the year off in fine fashion dominating the winter indoor circuit as she had the 2 previous years. Chris made her comeback from tracy Austin hell in the spring and then took the Italian, French and US Opens. Her semi battle over Tracy was the dramatique match of the year.
1980 was just a great year for women's tennis and 81 kept it all going. I feel old now!!!!!
Dec 28th, 2001, 04:44 AM
Go ahead and tell us about the 70's Goolagong, I'm always curious! <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> My "memory" goes back to 1977, but a few posters have been watching since the early 70's. BTW, I think Evonne was one of a kind. My old tennis buddies tell me only she and nastase could hit drop shots with so much backspin that they would drop just over the net and then fall BACK OVER before the other person could touch it!