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MrSerenaWilliams
Apr 14th, 2005, 10:33 PM
For the past two years, both the winner and the runner up in the Family Circle Cup have failed to at least reach the quarterfinals.


2003:

Winner- Justine Henin-Hardenne (2004: withdrew)
Runner Up- Serena Williams (2004: withdrew in 3rd round)

2004:
Winner- Venus Williams (2005: lost in 3rd round)
Runner Up- Conchita Martinez (2005: lost in 1st round)

I was too lazy to look up previous years, but does FCC have a history of winners and runners up not repeating their efforts?

Winston's Human
Apr 14th, 2005, 10:49 PM
Family Circle Cup Champions (1973-2004)

Rosie Casals (1973)
Chris Evert (1974-78, 1981, 1985)
Tracy Austin (1979-80)
Martina Navratilova (1982-83, 1988, 1990)
Steffi Graf (1986-87, 1989, 1993)
Gabriela Sabatini (1991-92)
Conchita Martinez (1994-95)
Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario (1996)
Martina Hingis (1997, 1999)
Amanda Coetzer (1998)
Mary Pierce (2000)
Jennifer Capriati (2001)
Iva Majoli (2002)
Justine Henin-Hardenne (2003)
Venus Williams (2004)

It looks like a number of back-to-back champions: Evert, Austin, Navratilova, Graf, Sabatini, and Martinez

MrSerenaWilliams
Apr 14th, 2005, 11:02 PM
how have defending champs fared the following year post Martinez

the jamierbelyea
Apr 15th, 2005, 01:28 AM
1996

Winner: Sanchez-Vicario (1997: lost 3R)
Runner-Up: Paulus (1997: lost 3R)

1997

Winner: Hingis (1998: did not play)
Runner-Up: Seles (1998: lost SF)

1998:

Winner: Coetzer (1999: lost 3R)
Runner-Up: Spirlea (1999: lost 2R)

1999:

Winner: Hingis (2000: did not play)
Runner-Up: Kournikova (2000: lost 3R)

2000:

Winner: Pierce (2001: lost 3R)
Runner-Up: Sanchez-Vicario (2001: lost 2R)

2001:

Winner: Capriati (2002: lost SF)
Runner-Up: Hingis (2002: did not play)

2002:

Winner: Majoli (2003: lost 2R)
Runner-Up: Schydner (2003: lost 2R)

Ryan
Apr 15th, 2005, 02:33 AM
Wow, you were on to something. :o What I think is funny is that Hingis never played this tournament two years in a row, thats a sham since it is a Tier I.

Wannabeknowitall
Apr 15th, 2005, 02:37 AM
The FCC isn't cursed. The FCC at Charleston seems to be though. I have never seen a draw fall apart like the draws fall apart in Charleston. I don't know what it is but the finals here after the first final in Charleston have sucked. That might change this week though. The draw is still too wide open for a Teir I though.

Grice
Apr 15th, 2005, 03:22 AM
Family Circle Cup Champions (1973-2004)

Rosie Casals (1973)
Chris Evert (1974-78, 1981, 1985)
Tracy Austin (1979-80)
Martina Navratilova (1982-83, 1988, 1990)
Steffi Graf (1986-87, 1989, 1993)
Gabriela Sabatini (1991-92)
Conchita Martinez (1994-95)
Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario (1996)
Martina Hingis (1997, 1999)
Amanda Coetzer (1998)
Mary Pierce (2000)
Jennifer Capriati (2001)
Iva Majoli (2002)
Justine Henin-Hardenne (2003)
Venus Williams (2004)

It looks like a number of back-to-back champions: Evert, Austin, Navratilova, Graf, Sabatini, and Martinez

Monica never won this tournament before :eek:

and yes it's jinxed 'cos if I'm not wrong, an injured Monica ate her only double-bagel in her career here... :sad: :sad: :sad: and was boo-ed by the ungracious crowd :mad:

GoSandrine
Apr 15th, 2005, 03:44 AM
It serves them right for scheduling their most popular entrant in an early match after a night match.

gorecki
Apr 15th, 2005, 03:45 AM
Monica never won this tournament before :eek:

and yes it's jinxed 'cos if I'm not wrong, an injured Monica ate her only double-bagel in her career here... :sad: :sad: :sad: and was boo-ed by the ungracious crowd :mad:
Grice: that was in Miami

SelesFan70
Apr 15th, 2005, 07:46 AM
Grice: that was in Miami


Correct! The good folks of South Carolina and Charleston would NEVER boo a player. They're much too kind for that. :angel:

*paging Indian Wells, Miami, Paris*

LUIS9
Apr 15th, 2005, 08:30 AM
Grice: that was in Miami



Gorecki I think you are mistaking this tournie for the old ericsson open or was it the Evert cup once, well todays Nasdaq 100 is where Seles lost love and love to Hingis while injured or something to that nature, and she was booed because they thought she was not trying. Now we know Monica is not one for giving up, although Hingis always seemed to trouble her and an injured Seles was just prey for a healthy hungry Hingis in 2000.

Jeff
Apr 15th, 2005, 08:56 AM
I just don't like this tournament. The court is ugly to watch on t.v., there always seems to be bad weather there. It's a tier 1 event, but just doesn't feel like it. The stadium is pretty small for a tier 1.

Winston's Human
Apr 15th, 2005, 04:14 PM
I just don't like this tournament. The court is ugly to watch on t.v., there always seems to be bad weather there. It's a tier 1 event, but just doesn't feel like it. The stadium is pretty small for a tier 1.

But always remember that it was one of the first tournaments to offer substantial prize money to professional women's tennis players.

Melly Flew Us
Apr 15th, 2005, 05:10 PM
maybe it isn't cursed. maybe its just poor court maintainence.
aren't the courts faster this year than last?