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fouc
Feb 25th, 2012, 05:38 PM
I tried to make it somewhat competitive for Aga, but it was hard :sobbing: Discuss :)

M.A.S.L.
Feb 25th, 2012, 05:43 PM
li na

Sir Stefwhit
Feb 25th, 2012, 05:46 PM
^hey Mary Jo made 3 slam finals and even managed to stretch Steffi to 3 sets at the French, she's not a bad top 5 player.

As for Lady Aga she Hingis 2.0. Don't expect similar results- but at the same time underestimate her at your own peril. She's definitely got game and if she can somehow learn to serve I would really start taking her serious.

young_gunner913
Feb 25th, 2012, 05:47 PM
Jokevetadze.

Brad[le]y.
Feb 25th, 2012, 05:48 PM
Schiavone or Radwanska IMO :shrug:

Maybe Mary Jo Fernandez too :shrug:

she made three slam finals and very nearly won RG in '93. She's definitely not the worst :p

BrianLee
Feb 25th, 2012, 05:51 PM
I have to say it's Radwanska......She didn't even start her first Grand Slam SF...

jameshazza
Feb 25th, 2012, 05:54 PM
Wozniacki :oh:

Bismarck.
Feb 25th, 2012, 05:55 PM
Chakvetadze. One good season without any spectacular results or particular match wins (her 2006 Kremlin Cup win was better than anything she did in 2007, IMO, and it still wasn't that great) was her ticket to the top and then she plummeted, albeit given what had happened to her that was justified.

hurricanejeanne
Feb 25th, 2012, 06:00 PM
Wozniacki :oh:

I was wondering how many posts there would be before this would be stated. :lol:

Chrissie-fan
Feb 25th, 2012, 06:08 PM
I was wondering how many posts there would be before this would be stated. :lol:
Me too, and I expected the exact same smilie to go with it as well.

CloudAtlas
Feb 25th, 2012, 06:11 PM
Me too, and I expected the exact same smilie to go with it as well.

:lol:

It's usually #3-4 posts on average though so I guess the thread getting to 8 posts before it being mentioned is one small grace.

Nicolás89
Feb 25th, 2012, 06:12 PM
Tauziat. :tape: :

TheBoiledEgg
Feb 25th, 2012, 06:18 PM
Radwanska by a long way

DemWilliamsGulls
Feb 25th, 2012, 06:20 PM
In all my years following tennis this has to be the saddest top 5 (and 10) i've seen in a long time.

Sombrerero loco
Feb 25th, 2012, 06:29 PM
anotoxfa from above. nothing special imo. anna and aga are way better players

borrowedheaven
Feb 25th, 2012, 06:38 PM
Hantuchova. Not mobile at all, no use of tactics, very mediocre all around.

fede33
Feb 25th, 2012, 06:49 PM
Schiavone :tape:
but vote for Anna :sad:

Fantasy Hero
Feb 25th, 2012, 06:55 PM
Petrova :unsure:

hingisGOAT
Feb 25th, 2012, 07:16 PM
Definitely Hantuchova. Her and Dokic in top 5 makes 2002 look like a VERY weak year. It kind of was. Hingis, Lindsay out/injured, and the Belgians going through their sophomore slump.

Teseo
Feb 25th, 2012, 07:31 PM
Sorry guys, but how can Hantuchova, Petrova or Schiavone have been the worst?

Hantuchova has a unique style, her elegance on court makes look villain her opponent. Her shots are clean, her movement is almost perfect. She had a great year when she reached Top 5, there have been worse.
Schiavone is, I remind you, a Grand Slam Champion. No way she can be worse than, I suppose, Radwanska.
Petrova? Really? At her good time, Nadia was clearly one of the best female players playing. The fact that she currently doesn't want to win... well, it doesn't ruin all the good things she has done in the past.

For me, it's not even Chakvetadze. Her pure talent would have allowed her to make greater things.
So, I vote for A. Radwanska.

King Halep
Feb 25th, 2012, 07:39 PM
I tried to make it somewhat competitive for Aga, but it was hard :sobbing: Discuss :)

oh look who you have on top. Tool :yawn:

Freakan
Feb 25th, 2012, 07:47 PM
Hantuchova has a unique style, her elegance on court makes look villain her opponent. Her shots are clean, her movement is almost perfect. She had a great year when she reached Top 5, there have been worse.


WTF cares about unique style? Niculescu has one, it doesn't make her a great player. Hantuchova by far, she played 44 Grand Slams and reached QF only 4 times and the one time she didn't face a Top 25 player, she was lucky to reach SF.
If Wozniacki were in that poll, she would have won, that's tennisforum for you.

Teseo
Feb 25th, 2012, 07:49 PM
WTF cares about unique style? Niculescu has one, it doesn't make her a great player. Hantuchova by far, she played 44 Grand Slams and reached QF only 4 times and the one time she didn't face a Top 25 player, she was lucky to reach SF.
If Wozniacki were in that poll, she would have won, that's tennisforum for you.

Nah, I think Daniela has been simply good enough to reach a Grand Slam Semifinal.
I don't see how Radwanska can be considered "better" than Hantuchova :shrug:

StoneRose
Feb 25th, 2012, 07:56 PM
WTF cares about unique style? Niculescu has one, it doesn't make her a great player. Hantuchova by far, she played 44 Grand Slams and reached QF only 4 times and the one time she didn't face a Top 25 player, she was lucky to reach SF.
If Wozniacki were in that poll, she would have won, that's tennisforum for you.This.

Sammo
Feb 25th, 2012, 08:12 PM
Schiavone, Chakvetadze or Radwanska

Hantuchova? Really? She's technically marvelous :o Many people thought that she would reach the number 1 ranking back when she reached her best ranking. Who on Earth would think that Schiavone, Radwanska or Chakvetadze would reach number 1? :weirdo:

She might have been mentally worst than the others but her tennis is light years from those women.

darrinbaker00
Feb 25th, 2012, 08:13 PM
None of the above. Anyone who reaches the top five is a great player.

Jose.
Feb 25th, 2012, 08:38 PM
Chakvetadze.

And I agree Hantuchova shouldn't be here...

Viktymise
Feb 25th, 2012, 08:42 PM
A. Rat

Viktymise
Feb 25th, 2012, 08:44 PM
Hantuchova? Really? She's technically marvelous :o Many people thought that she would reach the number 1 ranking back when she reached her best ranking.

Well they were deluded.

Nicolás89
Feb 25th, 2012, 08:58 PM
Petrova was a great player. :tears:

Sammo
Feb 25th, 2012, 09:04 PM
Well they were deluded.

I guess but not even deluded people say that those 3 could reach number 1.

Bismarck.
Feb 25th, 2012, 09:07 PM
Many people thought that she would reach the number 1 ranking back when she reached her best ranking.

:spit: I'm a fan of hers, but I don't think anyone ever thought this of her.

Sammo
Feb 25th, 2012, 09:09 PM
:spit: I'm a fan of hers, but I don't think anyone ever thought this of her.

Uh yeah back in 2002 people were over the moon with her.

Helen Lawson
Feb 25th, 2012, 09:14 PM
Fantastic thread and poll. Best in well over a month.

Freakan
Feb 25th, 2012, 09:21 PM
Schiavone, Chakvetadze or Radwanska

Hantuchova? Really? She's technically marvelous :o Many people thought that she would reach the number 1 ranking back when she reached her best ranking. Who on Earth would think that Schiavone, Radwanska or Chakvetadze would reach number 1? :weirdo:

She might have been mentally worst than the others but her tennis is light years from those women.

Another great post. When comparing player's talent and achievements what people used to think is more important than GS titles :yeah: :rolleyes:

danieln1
Feb 25th, 2012, 09:28 PM
Chakvetadze.

Break My Rapture
Feb 25th, 2012, 09:32 PM
Either Hantuchova or Radwanska.

Setsuna.
Feb 25th, 2012, 09:40 PM
Hantuchova.

HawkAussie
Feb 25th, 2012, 09:44 PM
Chakvetadze.

vixter
Feb 25th, 2012, 09:55 PM
Another great post. When comparing player's talent and achievements what people used to think is more important than GS titles :yeah: :rolleyes:

Well out of the players mentioned, only Schiavone has a GS title. Out of the poll options, no one has one.

Daniela is a great player. My vote goes to Chakvetadze. A really good player of course, but Hantuchova and Radwanska are just better in the long run.

mapaliey
Feb 25th, 2012, 10:06 PM
schiavone and na li

King Halep
Feb 25th, 2012, 10:34 PM
Hantuchova.

:( must spread rep

Stonerpova
Feb 25th, 2012, 10:35 PM
Chakvedaze. Hantuchova gives her a run for her money too.

Smitten
Feb 25th, 2012, 10:41 PM
Radwanska.

Smitten
Feb 25th, 2012, 10:50 PM
Is Radwanska the first top 5 player to have never reached a slam SF?

Brad[le]y.
Feb 25th, 2012, 10:52 PM
Is Radwanska the first top 5 player to have never reached a slam SF?

no, Azarenka and Hantuchova were also.

Majoli as well. But she was lucky that Legend was injured ;)

Xanaduxfa
Feb 25th, 2012, 10:55 PM
no, Azarenka and Hantuchova were also.

Majoli as well. But she was lucky that Legend was injured ;)

But right now she's the only one.

Charlatan
Feb 25th, 2012, 10:57 PM
Chakvetadze. One good season without any spectacular results or particular match wins (her 2006 Kremlin Cup win was better than anything she did in 2007, IMO, and it still wasn't that great) was her ticket to the top and then she plummeted, albeit given what had happened to her that was justified.

True that. It always boggles me to even think how come she could climb to the top 5 in the ranking

auntie janie
Feb 25th, 2012, 11:11 PM
Jelena Dokic :sobbing:

Mixal
Feb 25th, 2012, 11:13 PM
Wasn't Magdalena Maleeva top 5 without reaching a slam SF? Although she has had many good wins in her career, I wasn't really a fan...

The Kaz
Feb 25th, 2012, 11:13 PM
Definitely Hantuchova. Her and Dokic in top 5 makes 2002 look like a VERY weak year. It kind of was. Hingis, Lindsay out/injured, and the Belgians going through their sophomore slump.

Exactly, no wonder Serena did so well that year, she had no decent competition.

joz
Feb 25th, 2012, 11:53 PM
Pam Shriver

joz
Feb 25th, 2012, 11:59 PM
Actually, making a GS SF or not doesn't answer the question. "Who is the worst player", implies who has the worst game, style, technique etc. Certainly there have been GS SF players that were not close to the top 20.

Brad[le]y.
Feb 26th, 2012, 02:29 AM
Exactly, no wonder Serena did so well that year, she had no decent competition.

you really are trying to stir up shit aren't you :spit:

Setsuna.
Feb 26th, 2012, 02:42 AM
Actually, making a GS SF or not doesn't answer the question. "Who is the worst player", implies who has the worst game, style, technique etc. Certainly there have been GS SF players that were not close to the top 20.

Then no way Anna C. is the answer if the comparsion is purely based on that.

delicatecutter
Feb 26th, 2012, 02:44 AM
Wozniacki, in terms of talent.

Lord Choc Ice
Feb 26th, 2012, 02:50 AM
Radwanska. No slam SFs. Plus that second serve, ugh.

BepaMaria
Feb 26th, 2012, 05:16 AM
Wozniacki

young_gunner913
Feb 26th, 2012, 05:24 AM
you really are trying to stir up shit aren't you :spit:

No, he's just retarded. :lol:

Brad[le]y.
Feb 26th, 2012, 05:33 AM
Radwanska. No slam SFs. Plus that second serve, ugh.

ever seen Hingis serve? :lol:

CloudAtlas
Feb 26th, 2012, 05:36 AM
'Worst' is subjective , but I'm gonna take it to mean the least accomplished and the player who is/was the least threatening to top players, so I'm going for Chakvetadze.

ElusiveChanteuse
Feb 26th, 2012, 05:38 AM
Chaky for sure. Dani is close behind but at least she has The Whale, while Chaky doesn't.:oh:

Lord Choc Ice
Feb 26th, 2012, 05:49 AM
ever seen Hingis serve? :lol:
When did Hingis first reach the top 5? 1996? No excuse for someone to copy her second serve these days :oh:.

Brad[le]y.
Feb 26th, 2012, 05:52 AM
When did Hingis first reach the top 5? 1996? No excuse for someone to copy her second serve these days :oh:.

:lol:

her serve probably stopped her from winning more slams. Other than the fact that she's a complete idiot :sobbing:

justineheninfan
Feb 26th, 2012, 06:08 AM
I would say that it would either be Jelena Dokic or Anna Chakvatedze. Neither had any staying power at all near the top, and nobody ever considered either as ever being on the top 5 women, even when they were briefly ranked as such.

Although those are clearly my top 2 I suppose that Radwanska, Hantuchova, Tauziat, Coetzer, Bunge, Hanika, could all be argued as well. I dont think Schiavone a slam champion and runner up, or Wozniacki a two time year end #1 can be serious possabilities. Game and talent wise they could easily be the worst, but their achievements are probably too much for that.

Anyone who said Mary Joe Fernandez is clueless.

Rex59
Feb 26th, 2012, 08:55 AM
Woz "and" Aggie........

thegreendestiny
Feb 26th, 2012, 09:02 AM
No Slam SF, No Glory!

JJ Expres
Feb 26th, 2012, 09:03 AM
jankovic...

sammy01
Feb 26th, 2012, 09:08 AM
'Worst' is subjective , but I'm gonna take it to mean the least accomplished and the player who is/was the least threatening to top players, so I'm going for Chakvetadze.

the myth of dani lives on :sad:

if any player in the history of tennis has ever been the least threat to top players it is dani. her record against venus, serena, kim, davenport ect ect is truely horrifying.

dani has been on the tour for like a million years with 5 titles to her name. so it isn't like she has even been a threat to win titles either and she has played a fuck load of MM tournaments.

anyway that is all by the by as for me it is maggie maleeva

Andy.
Feb 26th, 2012, 09:14 AM
Maggie Maleeva.

young_gunner913
Feb 26th, 2012, 09:16 AM
Battle of the WOATs: Chakvetadze vs Dokic

améliemomo
Feb 26th, 2012, 09:18 AM
radwanska.

Singleniacki
Feb 26th, 2012, 09:25 AM
Oh I forgot Dokic was top 5, Dokic then.
Radwanska's been pretty consistent.

I'd put Chak slightly above Dokic... Dani won IW & Pattaya City (5th/6th slam) twice each.

Lin Lin
Feb 26th, 2012, 10:09 AM
No Nadia Petrova?:p

RobinT83
Feb 26th, 2012, 10:48 AM
Chakvetadze.

madmax
Feb 26th, 2012, 10:59 AM
Out of those 3?
Most definitely Fluffwanksa

jimbo mack
Feb 26th, 2012, 11:02 AM
Tauziat. :tape: :

Former Wimbledon finalist. Think again.

jimbo mack
Feb 26th, 2012, 11:11 AM
The least accomplished out of all the players mentioned in this thread so far, has to be Magdalena Maleeva. She reached no.4 without a slam semi to her name..in fact she only reached a GS QF once. She got her top 5 rank due to her suucess on in indoor tournaments..although she never really did well at the YEC (which was always the biggest indoors tournament back in those days). As much as I used to like her, she often crumbled on the biggest occassions therefore she is prob the 'worst' top 5 player in the open era of women's tennis.

Lunaris
Feb 26th, 2012, 12:05 PM
Definitely Hantuchova. Her and Dokic in top 5 makes 2002 look like a VERY weak year. It kind of was. Hingis, Lindsay out/injured, and the Belgians going through their sophomore slump.Technically, Daniela reached the top 5 in 2003 and Hingis was never much of a threat to her. As for Justine and Kim, sure their best years started with 2003, but a sophomore slump? Not at all.

the myth of dani lives on :sad:

if any player in the history of tennis has ever been the least threat to top players it is dani. her record against venus, serena, kim, davenport ect ect is truely horrifying.

dani has been on the tour for like a million years with 5 titles to her name. so it isn't like she has even been a threat to win titles either and she has played a fuck load of MM tournaments.

anyway that is all by the by as for me it is maggie maleevaNot really. As a long time Daniela fan I remember very well how often we fans complained that she didn't play enough MM tournaments where she actually had a shot at the title. Especially in the 2002 - 2007 period when we were afraid that she would not add a 2nd title to her name (that happened at IW 2007). Nor has she played tons of MM events since then, in comparison to other players. She does play a lot of tournaments, but tier I or tier II most of the time, which is why she has only 5 titles.
btw. I would not operate with such terms like history of tennis unless you are a 80 y.o. granny who've seen it all. ;)

MiiMo
Feb 26th, 2012, 12:11 PM
Wozniacki and Radwanska. I mean, well, they've proven nothing yet, especially Radwanska and her shot production in hideous in term of fluidity and beauty... Disguting tennis from both actually, we are Lucky that the Top 3 Players are Azarenka, Sharapova and Kvitova : great personnalities for Maria and Petra, great game from the three players...

I'd rather have Marion, Daniela, Ana, Jelena in Top 5 than Aga, Wozniacki, Stosur

vspak
Feb 26th, 2012, 12:22 PM
Azarenka

TheHangover
Feb 26th, 2012, 12:38 PM
as somebody already said i think it's a battle between dokic and chakvetadze (surprised so few of you said petrova, she is always an easy target here, but for me she was really good in 2005-2007, i remember her beating henin in berlin on clay some years ago)

longtin23
Feb 26th, 2012, 01:16 PM
Azarenka

Schiavone

Caipirinha Guy
Feb 26th, 2012, 01:20 PM
What does it mean "worst"? :weirdo:
in terms of game, achievements?

Many of you seem to forget that good, consistent results in terms of ranking are much more important than one fluke GS semifinal, final or even a win.

Lulu.
Feb 26th, 2012, 01:24 PM
I like her but Chakvetadze.

Hantu515
Feb 26th, 2012, 03:46 PM
Chakvetadze only made it to the 4th round or better 5 times with little evidence of greatly increasing that total. Dokic: 7, Radwanska: 12, Hantuchova: 14

C. Drone
Feb 26th, 2012, 03:52 PM
VIP, no contest.

NeKo
Feb 26th, 2012, 04:57 PM
Radwanska .

Break My Rapture
Feb 26th, 2012, 05:00 PM
Azarenka
Pathetic Polish Radwanska fans. They're swarming the place out of the blue.

Barktra
Feb 26th, 2012, 05:02 PM
Eventhough I love her. Natasha Zvereva got top the top 5 by sometimes not even caring :lol: so I might have to say her.

young_gunner913
Feb 26th, 2012, 05:14 PM
:facepalm: @ People mentioning Naughtya. She's a very well established player and during the clay season of 06, it looked like she could win a slam but then she got injured. When have we EVER called the likes of Chakvetadze, Hantuchova or Dokic a slam contender? :tape:

Barktra
Feb 26th, 2012, 05:17 PM
:facepalm: @ People mentioning Naughtya. She's a very well established player and during the clay season of 06, it looked like she could win a slam but then she got injured. When have we EVER called the likes of Chakvetadze, Hantuchova or Dokic a slam contender? :tape:

This

_inocencia_
Feb 26th, 2012, 05:19 PM
hantuchova

Linguae^
Feb 26th, 2012, 05:25 PM
Chakvetadze seems long lost.

MakarovaFan
Feb 26th, 2012, 05:47 PM
Some of y'all are really reaching by saying names like Petrova,Mag. Maleeva,Zvereva,and Schiavone!!!

And before i fall into the trap i suppose the OP started should define his meaning of "worst": is it worst it terms of being a threat to the other top players(Hantuchova or a Nav/Evert era player);is it worst in terms of achievments(Chakvetadze); is it worst in terms of staying power(Chakvetadze); is it worst in terms of overall talent and ability(Wozniacki)......

scandic78
Feb 26th, 2012, 06:12 PM
Fail thread, complete joke. Started by someone who limits the choices to that of their own judgement.

Plus Aga is hardly at the end of her career for us to judge and Dani is still playing. Bored much? :rolleyes:

vixter
Feb 26th, 2012, 06:13 PM
Wozniacki and Radwanska. I mean, well, they've proven nothing yet, especially Radwanska and her shot production in hideous in term of fluidity and beauty... Disguting tennis from both actually, we are Lucky that the Top 3 Players are Azarenka, Sharapova and Kvitova : great personnalities for Maria and Petra, great game from the three players...

I'd rather have Marion, Daniela, Ana, Jelena in Top 5 than Aga, Wozniacki, Stosur

Personality, fluidity and beauty are of no relevance when we try to measure how good a player is. What matters is what actually happens with the ball and where it lands. The fact that Radwanska is physically quite powerless in comparison must mean that she has other big qualities that's taken her all the way to top 5 in the world.:worship:

cowsonice
Feb 26th, 2012, 06:32 PM
You guys are applying hindsight to Hantuchova.
Daniela reached no.5 in Jan. 2003, and 2002 was her breakthrough year. She had won IW at 19 and made QFs in slams. Then that shitfests at FO and Wimby happened, and Nigel Sears publicly ripped her apart + her parents divorced. She has never been the same ever since.

Dani really had the game to justify her career high ranking

danieln1
Feb 26th, 2012, 06:46 PM
VIP, no contest.

Useless VIP >>>>>>>>>>>> whatever ranking Caroline achieved.

Halepsova
Feb 26th, 2012, 07:00 PM
The way Hantucrapova had some business in top 5 is still a mystery for me. :shrug:

jameshazza
Feb 26th, 2012, 07:03 PM
Me too, and I expected the exact same smilie to go with it as well.

I know, to indicate that it's a tongue-in-cheek statement, but you still get bad reps from some crazy stans...:lol:

hingisGOAT
Feb 26th, 2012, 09:26 PM
You guys are applying hindsight to Hantuchova.
Daniela reached no.5 in Jan. 2003, and 2002 was her breakthrough year. She had won IW at 19 and made QFs in slams. Then that shitfests at FO and Wimby happened, and Nigel Sears publicly ripped her apart + her parents divorced. She has never been the same ever since.

Dani really had the game to justify her career high ranking

Even in 2002 she sucked. IW was super-weak that year as always. She beat Hingis, who was obviously so humiliated with those kinds of awful losses that she would RETIRE soon after. And she beat a baby Henin a couple of times that year. That's it, she beat literally NOBODY else the whole year, often times being CRUSHED by top players. She was a lot of hype because she was the next pretty face in tennis, but she never had the game or results to back it up.

starin
Feb 26th, 2012, 09:39 PM
Chakvetadze by far. Had one good summer run and has never come close to duplicating that result.

mirzalover
Feb 26th, 2012, 09:43 PM
Jelena Dokic is not the worst Top 5 player ever.

justineheninfan
Feb 26th, 2012, 09:59 PM
Definitely Hantuchova. Her and Dokic in top 5 makes 2002 look like a VERY weak year. It kind of was. Hingis, Lindsay out/injured, and the Belgians going through their sophomore slump.

Funny werent you saying 1999-2003 was the toughest time ever for womens tennis in your attempt to put down Henin and build up Hingis (despite that Henin won more slams during that period than Chuckie, LOL), yet now in your attempt to diminish Serena suddenly 2002 was super weak. :lol: Funny how a fan of a player who had over half of her career in the historic weak 1997 is still trying so desperately to go there.

Speaking of worst ever top 5 players, I forgot about Majoli in 1997, Coetzer in 1997 and early 1998, and Spirlea in early 1998. Definitely candidates for worst ever top 5 player ever. Maggie Maleeva in 1995 at one point too.

Matt01
Feb 27th, 2012, 01:19 AM
Speaking of worst ever top 5 players, I forgot about Majoli in 1997, Coetzer in 1997 and early 1998, and Spirlea in early 1998. Definitely candidates for worst ever top 5 player ever. Maggie Maleeva in 1995 at one point too.


Spirlea? She peaked at #7 or #8 as far as I remember. But she never was Top 5, unfortunately.

MakarovaFan
Feb 27th, 2012, 01:43 AM
Funny werent you saying 1999-2003 was the toughest time ever for womens tennis in your attempt to put down Henin and build up Hingis (despite that Henin won more slams during that period than Chuckie, LOL), yet now in your attempt to diminish Serena suddenly 2002 was super weak. :lol: Funny how a fan of a player who had over half of her career in the historic weak 1997 is still trying so desperately to go there.

Speaking of worst ever top 5 players, I forgot about Majoli in 1997, Coetzer in 1997 and early 1998, and Spirlea in early 1998. Definitely candidates for worst ever top 5 player ever. Maggie Maleeva in 1995 at one point too.

Putting aside the fact the Irina was never top 5:rolleyes:....her "early 98" rank was built of: SF USO,SF YEC,F Indian Wells,QF AO,4RD Wimbledon & RG,5 other SFs and wins over (1)Sanchez,Seles,Venus Williams,Coetzer and Fernandez.....Majoli in 97 WON a freaking GS, won Hannover and Hamburg, QF at Wimbledon, SFs at 5 other events;Coetzer in 1997 made the SFs of the first 2 GSs, Won 2 titles,made 3 Finals and about 7 SFs and beat just about every top player that year(Graf,Hingis,Sanchez,Novotna,Martinez,Fernande z)-damn you realllly tried Coetzer with that one lol.

And another tidbit, you can't randomly pick a season in a player's career that was weak and say they were the worst ever to reach the top 5!! I'm pretty sure the OP said worst ever PLAYER, not worst ever season resulting in a top 5 rank by a player:confused:

cowsonice
Feb 27th, 2012, 03:28 AM
Even in 2002 she sucked. IW was super-weak that year as always. She beat Hingis, who was obviously so humiliated with those kinds of awful losses that she would RETIRE soon after. And she beat a baby Henin a couple of times that year. That's it, she beat literally NOBODY else the whole year, often times being CRUSHED by top players. She was a lot of hype because she was the next pretty face in tennis, but she never had the game or results to back it up.

Hantuchova later lost to Hingis in that year and lost earlier that year to Henin. Therefore she did not just beat soon-to-retire Hingis (ankle injuries contributed to her retirement, too) and "baby" Henin. She was able to beat players that she'd lost to before. Daniela also beat Dokic that year, and back then, Dokic was not a nobody.

Hantuchova had the game to back it up: aggressive, clean tennis with good touch up at net and a good serve. Like I said earlier, it was her mental issues, exacerbated by her parents' divorce and relationship with Nigel Sears that really did her in.

It wasn't like 2002 was a weak era either.

SELVEN
Feb 27th, 2012, 04:24 AM
Radwanska by a long way

:hearts:

justineheninfan
Feb 27th, 2012, 05:21 AM
I am confused by one thing. How on earth is Hantuchova on the poll and not Dokic. Does anyone seriously believe Dokic is better. At their absolute peaks in 2002 Hantuchova was equal or slightly better. Then Dokic faded off the planet, and while Hantuchova had a slump she did remain atleast a respectable player for many years, and briefly became a top player again in 2007-2008. Hantuchova has won Indian Wells twice, Dokic has won Rome once, advantage Hantuchova there. Hantuchova has superior slam results overall. She has more titles. Why would it be presumed Dokic is the better of the two.

Smitten
Feb 27th, 2012, 07:07 AM
It doesn't matter regardless. Radwanska is clearly the worst and most useless.

LoLex
Feb 27th, 2012, 07:26 AM
At this moment... Radwanska.

Navratil
Feb 27th, 2012, 08:39 AM
Coetzer, Tauziat, Date & Chakvetadze

Adrian.
Feb 27th, 2012, 10:47 AM
Li Na :oh:

Ofen
Feb 27th, 2012, 11:55 AM
:topic:
Not directly related to the original topic but was there any player in the history who won Grand Slam or big tournaments with retirements only? I think an extremely lucky player has a chance to break into top5 with top50 abilities (injuries, bans, personal problem of top players, changing of rules of calculation, retirements, etc), but cannot keep the place for a longer period.

John.
Feb 27th, 2012, 12:41 PM
Maggie Maleeva

Mixal
Feb 27th, 2012, 12:44 PM
How can people say Coetzer who has 3 slam SFs, while Radwanska has 0? :lol:

pov
Feb 27th, 2012, 03:36 PM
In all my years following tennis this has to be the saddest top 5 (and 10) i've seen in a long time.
I'm surprised you think that.

pov
Feb 27th, 2012, 03:38 PM
How can people say Coetzer who has 3 slam SFs, while Radwanska has 0? :lol:
Because they think that there is more to being a good player than performance at majors.

pov
Feb 27th, 2012, 03:41 PM
I am confused by one thing. How on earth is Hantuchova on the poll and not Dokic.
There's an option for "other."

Joelina
Feb 27th, 2012, 04:01 PM
You guys are applying hindsight to Hantuchova.
Daniela reached no.5 in Jan. 2003, and 2002 was her breakthrough year. She had won IW at 19 and made QFs in slams. Then that shitfests at FO and Wimby happened, and Nigel Sears publicly ripped her apart + her parents divorced. She has never been the same ever since.

Dani really had the game to justify her career high ranking

this.

peak Petrova and Hantuchova are better players than peak Radwanska and Chakvetadze, so Anna and Aga.

vozas
Feb 27th, 2012, 04:39 PM
Corpsevetadze, easily. She was kinda fun to watch with all that redirecting-tennis against shit players, but she was never able to play her game against the top 10. Shoulder-less Sharapova mauled her on a weekly basis throughout 2007. Not to mention, the best result of her career (that 07 USO semi) was probably the most embarrassing moments in women's tennis I've seen.

Radwanska has loads of potential. She just needs a serve.

Anotoxfa is one of the biggest headcases ever on tour, because she could've gone to do great things with her tennis. The way she was mopping the floor with Ivanovic in that AO semi was a joy to watch, but the outcome of that match sums up her career.

Petrova has had enough wins against the elite to justify her #3 position. She really did earn it, and she would've won RG hadn't it been for Henin being there during Nadia's peak.

Mixal
Feb 27th, 2012, 04:59 PM
Because they think that there is more to being a good player than performance at majors.

And Radwanska is better based on what exactly?

dsanders06
Feb 27th, 2012, 07:17 PM
Why on earth are people saying Hantuchova? :scratch: Sure, she may not have achieved as much as the hype when she first broke through would've had you believe, but she's been in the top 30 for virtually all of the past 10 years...nothing to be sniffed at. She was arguably in the top 20 players of the 00s decade.

The answer as of now is probably Radwanska, although in fairness she'll probably pass up Chakvetadze before long (although I would still say Chakvetadze at her peak was a better version of Radwanska regardless).

EDIT: Wait, people saying Maggie Maleeva... that's probably a better shout.

Smitten
Feb 27th, 2012, 10:18 PM
Corpsevetadze, easily. She was kinda fun to watch with all that redirecting-tennis against shit players, but she was never able to play her game against the top 10. Shoulder-less Sharapova mauled her on a weekly basis throughout 2007. Not to mention, the best result of her career (that 07 USO semi) was probably the most embarrassing moments in women's tennis I've seen.

Radwanska has loads of potential. She just needs a serve.

Yet you don't point out how Azarenka has "mauled" Radwanska numerous times in the last 52 weeks, Sharapova has also mauled Radwanska her entire career besides a one-off win, Kvitova disposes of Radwanska, Borz has her number too despite the Sydney loss.

Radwanska is a complete non-factor to all of her contemporaries. Let's not act like her success is actually due to her being better than anyone. She's just as much of a vulture as Chakvetadze was.

Vikapower
Feb 28th, 2012, 01:43 AM
Radwanska has loads of potential. She just needs a serve.

Tons of potential when close to half of her points relies on opponent's unforced errors (?) the only thing that separates Radwanska from Wozniacki is the 1 to 2 finite little bits of winners she strikes in average against her opponents that her fans microscopically amplifies to have her pass for the Kvit'a of that other place, the underworld of tennis : push-land.

Once upon a time (2006) there a semi-goddess called WTA Thetis plunged into the Styx to guaranty her immunity from (?); from the Achilles she held her and there you have all this incessant generation of pushers who knows her weaknesses beating her up ; never better than the other [...] on that one ; WTA needs to end this mascarade, change ranking system etc...

It's same game, same defensive approach, same heavy defensive indexes in their points won (opponent's unforced errors), same, same [...] and as many brain-stormed 'llready Wozniacki's game is even much more enjoyable for a technician since at least there are factors etc... to drool about -- Radwanska only has nothing not even mediocrity to fluff, huh ?

'Mediocre' is an adjective yet to adjectivize something ; and as Radwanska's game is non-existent - wonder what I was trying to judge here (?) fail.

Aryman3
Feb 28th, 2012, 03:38 AM
You're so funny with this hate