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Andy T
Jan 9th, 2008, 10:18 AM
Since the start of the Open era (April 68) to date, 15 women have made a run to the SF of a major once but never it to the last 8 before or since. All of them made it past a seeded player (one thanks to a walkover) on their way to the SF.

These flash-in-the-pan moments happened 4 times in the 1970s, 4 times in the 80s, 4 times in the 1990s and three times, so far, in this current decade.

They have happened 6 times in Australia, 5 times at Roland Garros and 4 times at Wimbledon. Never, however, in the open era has a semi-finalist at the US Open not played at least a second quarter final at a major in her career.

Marijke Jansen-Schaar NED
RG SF 1971 (64 draw)
bt O de Roubin 46 64 64, T Groeneman-Walhof 97 64, Julie Heldman (7) 46 63 64, L. Tuero 62 63, lost Evonne Goolagong (3) 64 61

Elisabeth Ekblom SWE
AO SF 1976 (32 draw)
bt Kerry Reid (2) 64 63, K. Harter 36 61 62, C. Matison 46 63 61, lost R. Tomanova (3) 63 62

Brigitte Simon-Glinel FRA
RG SF 1978 (64 draw)
bt F. Mihai (10) 75 62, A Tobin 61 61, V. Gonzalez 64 63, M. Bendlova 63 63, lost Virginia Ruzici (2) 63 60

Diane Evers-Brown AUS
AO SF 1978 (32 draw)
bt K Ruddell 62 36 61, Renée Blount (8) 64 63, S. Barker (1) 62 75, lost Chris O’Neil 60 63

Yvonne Vermaak RSA
W SF 1983 (128 draw)
bt S Gomer 46 62 62, K Sands 76 16 63, I Budarova 57 64 62, Virginia Ruzici (12) 63 62, Virginia Wade 63 26 62, lost Martina Navratilova (1) 61 61

Camille Benjamin USA
RG SF 1984 (128 draw)
bt Claudia Monteiro 64 46 61, J. Golder 62 61,C Jexell 61 61, Sabrina Goles 63 57 86, Lisa Bonder (13) 76 57 63, lost Chris Evert (2) 60 60
128 draw

Nicole Provis-Bradke AUS
RG SF 1988 (128 draw)
bt S Niox-Chateau 60 63, E Derly 57 63 61, C. Kohde-Kilsch (7) 16 64 75, S. Hanika (15) 76 76, Arantxa Sanchez 75 36 64; lost Natasha Zvereva (13) 63 67 75

Belinda Cordwell NZL
AO SF 1989 (128 draw)
bt B Potter (7) 63 63, B Bowes 63 36 12-10, A Temesvari 16 76 61, Brenda Schultz 63 62, Catarina Lindqvist 62 26 61; lost H Sukova (5) 76 46 62

Mariane Werdel Whitmeyer USA
AO SF 1995 (128 draw)
bt G Sabatini (5) 64 64, S-H Park 75 63, E Makarova 60 62, Barbara Paulus 62 63, Angelica Gavaldon 61 62; lost Arantxa Sanchez (1) 64 61

Meredith McGrath USA
W SF 1996 (128 draw)
bt M Endo 62 75, A Coetzer (14) 76 26 63, D Feber 75 67 62, Katarina Studenikova 64 60, MJ Fernandez (9) 63 61, lost Arantxa Sanchez Vicario (4) 62 61

Mirjana Lucic CRO
W SF 1999 (128 draw)
bt E de Lone (Q) 36 76 (4) 75, M Diaz-Oliva 62 61, M Seles (4) 76(4) 76(4), T. Tanasugarn 75 63, Nathalie Tauziat (8) 46 64 75, lost Steffi Graf (2) 67 64 63

Alexandra Stevenson USA (Q)
W SF 1999 (128 draw)
bt A Frazier 61 36 63, O Barabanshikova 62 67 (3) 63, J Halard (11) 63 63, Lisa Raymond 26 76 (8) 61, Jelena Dokic (Q) 63 16 63, lost Lindsay Davenport (3) 16 16

Clarisa Fernandez ARG
RG SF 2002 (128 draw)
Bt L. Bacheva (Q) 75 61, J Kostanic 63 64, K Clijsters (4) 64 60, Elena Dementieva (13) 36 62 63, Paola Suarez 26 76(5) 61, lost Venus Williams (2) 61 64

Fabiola Zuluaga COL (32)
AO SF 2004 (128 draw)
bt S Asagoe 63 62, M Diaz-Oliva 63 64, Jill Craybas 76(6) 46 62, A Kapros 64 62, A Mauresmo (4) w/o, lost J Henin (1) 62 62

Nathalie Dechy FRA (19)
AO SF 2005 (128 draw)
bt E Gagliardi 64 63, M Washington 67(2) 76(5) 62, F Schiavone (14) 63 63, A Myskina (3) 64 62, P Schnyder (12) 57 61 75, lost Lindsay Davenport (1) 26 76 (5) 64

Harvs
Jan 9th, 2008, 10:34 AM
zuluagas draw was a joke lol

BuTtErFrEnA
Jan 9th, 2008, 11:46 AM
i remember zuluaga....and then only won her home tournie after that

LudwigDvorak
Jan 9th, 2008, 11:51 AM
How did Fernandez bagel Kim. :tape: I always wondered if Kim was injured or sick that tournament or something...the match with Poutchek was also kinda :tape:. That fourth round really pisses me off too for obvious reasons. ughghghghg. Elena. :sad:

faboozadoo15
Jan 9th, 2008, 12:30 PM
Some of these women aren't "flashes in the pan" Like Meredith McGraph, she cared herself out a nice long career.

Andy T
Jan 9th, 2008, 01:41 PM
You're quite right faboozadoo15, several of these women, McGrath among them, had respectable careers in spite of the fact that they only had one big run at a major. Dechy is also definitely in that category. Fernandez, Stevenson (who did make the top 20), Benjamin & Evers-Brown never won a WTA (or equivalent level, pre-WTA international circuit) tournament and I'm not sure about Werdel-Whitmeyer.

njnetswill
Jan 10th, 2008, 12:39 AM
Zuluaga's run. :D Fabiola had some decent wins in her career though.

yukon145
Jan 10th, 2008, 04:30 AM
i remember when Lindsay was lucky to beat Dechy in the 2005 Oz semis. that was a tight match.

mckyle.
Jan 10th, 2008, 04:37 AM
Dechy was robbed of a final :sobbing:

I love Lindsay, but Dechy in the final would've been so cool and different!

mckyle.
Jan 10th, 2008, 04:38 AM
and Lucic was almost a Wimbledon finalist :eek:

Mikey.
Jan 10th, 2008, 04:43 AM
i remember when Lindsay was lucky to beat Dechy in the 2005 Oz semis. that was a tight match.

As well as beating Molik in a close match in the quarters. :eek:

hectopascal
Jan 10th, 2008, 05:30 AM
Lindsay sure ended some of their runs abruptly, especially giving a thrashing to Stevenson! By the way, I thought this was going to be some kind of nudist thread from the title......

RJWCapriati
Jan 10th, 2008, 05:33 AM
Fabiola's draw :lol::lol::worship:

mckyle.
Jan 10th, 2008, 05:33 AM
I feel bad for Camille Benjamin. Lost 6-0 6-0 in the biggest match of her life :awww: