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Jakeev
Sep 3rd, 2002, 02:31 AM
I was wondering if anyone felt that the days of 15-16 or even 17 year old Grand Slam champions the thing of the past?

After seeing what the teen phenoms have done at this open and the fact the top Junior players of the past few years have struggled in the pros, well. makes me think prodigies will have to peek at an older age in today's game.

Does anyone agree with this? Can anyone imagine a 16-year old that could consistently beat the top five players today?

CellJr300
Sep 3rd, 2002, 03:09 AM
I think it is acase where unlike before all of the original prodigies are still playing. Serena, Venus, Martina, Lindsay, they are all still out there, and are still the best. It is not like before when they would win young and then burn themselves out. When the new juniors come up they have to compete against these women who have been winning for a while and don't really show many sign s of stopping.

Williams Rulez
Sep 3rd, 2002, 05:52 AM
Well, not really, Kim Clijsters did come very very close didn't she?

Sam L
Sep 3rd, 2002, 06:01 AM
The last teenager to win a grand slam was Serena Williams at US Open 1999 (She was 17).

The last all-teenage grand slam final was also US Open 1999 (The contestants were 17 and 18 years old).

The last all-teenage grand slam semi-finals was French Open 1989 (The contestants' ages ranged from 15-19). N.B: I could be wrong about this, any more recent ones?

I miss the teen queens :sad:

mishar
Sep 3rd, 2002, 07:33 AM
First there's the serve problem. In the past the serve wasn't such a big deal in women's tennis, now it is. Hard to imagine a 16 year old with a huge serve.

But also these things come in waves. IN 10 years, there will be another prodigy a la Martina/Monica/Venus&Serena. It only happens rarely.

I see no one on the horizon.

disposablehero
Sep 3rd, 2002, 09:16 AM
The days of 17 year old Slam champions are not over. 16 you will not see again.

malaye
Sep 3rd, 2002, 09:37 AM
Originally posted by Sam L


The last all-teenage grand slam semi-finals was French Open 1989 (The contestants' ages ranged from 15-19). N.B: I could be wrong about this, any more recent ones?



Yes, the most recent would be the French Open semi-finals last year (between Kim), who had just turned 18, and Justine, who had just turned 19 the week before :)

TheBoiledEgg
Sep 3rd, 2002, 10:34 AM
Plus its alot harder for 15-16 yr olds to play alot of high level tennis due to AER restrictions, too little experience.

the big power game has changed all that and its alot harder for the young players to get to grips with the big girls.

beecharmer
Sep 3rd, 2002, 10:54 AM
Malaye, I believe Sam L was referring to both semis... just a thought!

Sam L
Sep 3rd, 2002, 11:49 AM
That's right beecharmer. For the record, it was Graf (19), Seles (15), M.J.Fernendez (18?) and ASV (17).

eshell
Sep 3rd, 2002, 02:52 PM
Let's think about this, gang. Those 'teen queens' happened before the WTA changed its rules. Hingis went pro early to avoid the tournament restrictions placed on younger players.

It's harder for teen grandslam champions now because they can only play a limited schedule of matches. Without the matchplay, it's hard for the youngster to learn to compete with the 'veterans'.

Personally, I don't miss the teen champions and enjoyed Capriati's resurgence because of her age.

malaye
Sep 3rd, 2002, 03:09 PM
Originally posted by Sam L
That's right beecharmer. For the record, it was Graf (19), Seles (15), M.J.Fernendez (18?) and ASV (17).

I did it again :o
My apologies Sam ;)

the cat
Sep 3rd, 2002, 07:36 PM
It's over! Thanks to the WTA's well intended but misguided Age Restriction Rules and the incredible amount of power and muscle in women's tennis!