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Alexander18
Dec 24th, 2012, 07:07 PM
I was looking through archives of grand slams and noticed that Serena faced some stiff competition in her 1999 US Open win.

Her first 2 rounds were fairly routine, but it gets interesting in the 3rd round and on.

3R - Kim Clijsters (Would go on to become world #1 and multiple GS Champion)
4R - Conchita Martinez (Former world #2, GS Champion)
QF - Monica Seles (Former world #1, Multiple GS Champion)
SF - Lindsay Davenport (Former world #1, Multiple GS Champion)
F - Martina Hingis (World #1, Multiple GS Champion)


Who else had tough competition in a GS win?

Alejandrawrrr
Dec 24th, 2012, 07:19 PM
This isn't entirely on topic, but I know Serena and Stosur also had huge letdowns at the end of great runs.

Serena's 2001 USO: 4R defeats Justine Henin(future world #1 and 7 slam winner), QF defeats Lindsay Davenport(former #1 and 3 slam winner,) SF punchedT Martina Hingis(current #1 and 5 slam winner) only to flop to Venus in the final.

Stosur's 2010 FO: 4R defeats Justine Henin(former world #1 and 7 slam winner), QF defeats Serena Williams(current #1 and 15+ slam winner, living Goddess) SF eats Jelena Jankovic(slamless former #1 :oh:) only to lose to Schiavone :spit:

More OT, I'd also say Venus' 2005 Wimbledon was pretty strong, straight setting Pierce and Sharapova who played great tennis, then taking out Lindsay in the final. Would have been even stronger if Serena didn't withdraw from her 3R match(they were due to meet in the 4r right?)

Edit: Serena's 2002 FO is one that should be mentioned, taking out Pierce, Capriati and Venus consecutively, ie: the players who have won all 8 of the previous slams dating back to Pierce's 2000 RG.

Lilowannabe
Dec 24th, 2012, 07:23 PM
Straight away thought of rena us 99. Sharapovas aussie 08 was pretty impressive too- davenport, dementieva, Henin, Jankovic and ivanovic.

Cosmic Voices
Dec 24th, 2012, 07:45 PM
Straight away thought of rena us 99. Sharapovas aussie 08 was pretty impressive too- davenport, dementieva, Henin, Jankovic and ivanovic.

this :yeah:
Kims USO 09 was pretty great too:

Bartoli 4th round
Venus
Na
Serena

and Caro

fedhingis67
Dec 24th, 2012, 07:47 PM
Serena's 1999 US Open was ridiculous, and the fact that it was her first just makes it even more amazing. She defeated 4 grand slam champions at the time and Kim who would go on to win multiple majors as well.

duhcity
Dec 24th, 2012, 07:50 PM
Edit: Serena's 2002 FO is one that should be mentioned, taking out Pierce, Capriati and Venus consecutively, ie: the players who have won all 8 of the previous slams dating back to Pierce's 2000 RG.

Now that's impressive.

MashaAzarenka
Dec 24th, 2012, 07:52 PM
I think Maria's Wimbledon & US Open matches were tough ones. At Wimbledon she had to go through Hantuchova, Frasier, Sugiyama, Davenport, and Serena. At the US Open she had to go through Li, Golovin, Mauresmo and Henin

J4m3ka
Dec 24th, 2012, 08:00 PM
U. Radwanska
Kvitova
Suarez Navarro
Stosur
Azarenka
Li
Henin

Charlatan
Dec 24th, 2012, 08:05 PM
Also Serena Wimbledon 10: Sharapova 4R, Li QF, Kvitova SF, Zvonareva F
and olympics 2012 :oh:

Start da Game
Dec 24th, 2012, 08:11 PM
serena again......it looks like she rules in every department.......i din't know that she beat such a great field in 99 to win her first slam......

shoryuken
Dec 24th, 2012, 08:14 PM
2003 Wimbledon

Dementieva
Capriati
Henin
Venus

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-bWwo6Kgdmxg/UNi2nfJb8JI/AAAAAAAAATc/2sH7AKRw7X8/s275/irzKbfYcn3oOp.gif


2005 AO

Petrova
Mauresmo
Sharapova
Davenport

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-cZGNqD8guYw/UNi2vMeIk-I/AAAAAAAAATc/qWLT1x1BrGA/s245/iPs8p3tonxC06.gif

Alexander18
Dec 24th, 2012, 08:16 PM
Great wins by Serena posted, Sharapova's AO 2008 is very impressive too!

killerqueen
Dec 24th, 2012, 09:00 PM
Not quite a slam, but Serena's Olympic run was beyond amazing, especially the way she brushed aside virtually everyone of note with ridiculous ease. It's criminal that her run just got washed into the tide of great Olympic stories, because it was something really special

bandabou
Dec 24th, 2012, 11:25 PM
U. Radwanska
Kvitova
Suarez Navarro
Stosur
Azarenka
Li
Henin

:worship:

And '99 U.S. open was tough too.

'07 oz open, when she beat 6 seeds or something like that.

Sam L
Dec 25th, 2012, 04:16 AM
Serena's 1999 US Open was ridiculous, and the fact that it was her first just makes it even more amazing. She defeated 4 grand slam champions at the time and Kim who would go on to win multiple majors as well.

That was the match where Kim caught the ball that was going out and lost the point. That would set the tone for her career IMO - a choker.

Serena's '99 '02 US Opens and '07 Australian Opens are quite impressive. How dare anyone say that she hasn't had great competition in her career?

Barktra
Dec 25th, 2012, 04:21 AM
Venus at Wimbledon 2000 beat Hingis QF, Serena sf, and then Lindsay in the final

The most recent was NaNa who had Kvitova 4th, Azarenka QF, and then Sharapova SF, then schiavone in final

Mynarco
Dec 25th, 2012, 04:50 AM
99 Sarin, 09 Kim

JarkaFish
Dec 25th, 2012, 05:05 AM
99 Sarin, 09 Kim

Can't wait to see 19 ???'s run through.

danieln1
Dec 25th, 2012, 06:40 AM
Woz
Schnyder
Jankovic
Safina

:happy:

Maddox
Dec 25th, 2012, 07:34 AM
Venus 2000 Wimbledon
-Hingis
-Serena
-Davenport

2005 Wimbledon
-Pierce
-Sharapova
-Davenport

2001 US Open
-Clijsters
-Capriati
-Serena

Trickle
Dec 25th, 2012, 07:56 AM
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-cZGNqD8guYw/UNi2vMeIk-I/AAAAAAAAAIU/TuhEXYiX0bk/s245/iPs8p3tonxC06.gif

:hysteric: Serena.

hingis-seles
Dec 25th, 2012, 02:24 PM
Hingis 1999 AO

2nd Round - Dementieva
3rd Round - Dokic
4th Round - Coetzer
QF - Pierce
SF - Seles
F - Mauresmo

Only set she dropped was to Coetzer.

Kuzzy24
Dec 25th, 2012, 02:36 PM
2009 AO, the red scare
Safina
Kuznetsova
Dementieva

Gaby Gasparyan
Dec 25th, 2012, 02:42 PM
One I recall the most was Serena's very first USO title. I know there were some fantastic matches through-out the two weeks....I can remember watching Sky Sports, a men's match but, could hear Serena and Monica battling it out.....eventually the match came on and Serena was winning, great memories. I had a huge wager on Serena for this title, it was like I was playing every match myself

Jelena Kostanic (one of my favs) great kid
Conchita
Kim
Monica
Lindsay
and finally Martina Hingis

I'm not really a fan of Serena but, as a tennis fan...when I start reminiscing on memories like this I get goosebumps

MrProdigy555
Dec 25th, 2012, 05:14 PM
Kim's '09 US Open is really impressive, as mad as it makes me. :o :lol:

Harry.
Dec 26th, 2012, 01:13 AM
Not the hardest but I thought Li's route to the FO title was pretty impressive. Kvitova, Azarenka, Sharapova and Schiavone, all top tenners, only lost one set :bowdown:

Sam L
Dec 26th, 2012, 01:20 AM
Hingis 1999 AO

2nd Round - Dementieva
3rd Round - Dokic
4th Round - Coetzer
QF - Pierce
SF - Seles
F - Mauresmo

Only set she dropped was to Coetzer.

Actually that was one of the easiest considering that Davenport choked in the semis. At that time Davenport had Hingis's number.

Soliloque
Dec 26th, 2012, 01:24 AM
Kim's 2010 USO is not bad either. Future slam winner Kvitova, Slam Champ Ivanovic, next year winner Stosur, two times winner Venus and then Vera who's not bad either :oh:

Sam L
Dec 26th, 2012, 01:39 AM
What about Kitty McKane at 1924 Wimbledon? She beat Molla Mollary (8 times US champion), Marion Jessup (Olympic silver medallist), Suzanne Lenglen (OK that was w/o but still) and Helen Wills (reigning US champion and Olympic gold medallist). :eek:

hingis-seles
Dec 26th, 2012, 08:35 AM
Actually that was one of the easiest considering that Davenport choked in the semis. At that time Davenport had Hingis's number.

Fair enough, but we've got people mentioning Li 2011 RG, Clijsters 2009 US, Serena 05 AO & W 10. This is surely stronger than any of those, considering that Graf, ASV, Novotna, Martinez, Davenport, Serena, Venus were also in the draw not to mention the second tier such as Testud, Schett, Huber, MJF, etc.

Slamlesswanska
Dec 26th, 2012, 04:48 PM
What about AO 2008?