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Apr 21st, 2003, 02:49 PM
at the level where Elena won it? (Of course there's a sort of "dividing line" between Tier II and the three "lower rungs", where presumably most players get their "maiden win". (Now, now, that's a real term in horseracing, which even has "maiden races" for ones who haven't won before)! ;) So all you "tennis encyclopedia's" like Brian Stewart, The Boiled Egg, etc.: what are some other cases (in the Open Era) where somebody's first win was a Tier II? A Tier I? (And I'll faint if someone did it in a Grand Slam)! :eek:

Apr 21st, 2003, 02:51 PM
needs checking up
but Chris O'Neill won her ONE and only title at the 1978 Australian Open

Apr 21st, 2003, 02:52 PM
Well, Hantuchova won IW Tier I as the first Title, but opposition was not nearly as strong as in Dementieva's win. Dokic won Rome as the first title , by beating Mauresmo in the final, but even then, I think, Elena faced a tougher road. Of course, if Anna had not cracked under pressure back in 1998 at Lipton final, that would be nearly unbeatable..

Apr 21st, 2003, 02:52 PM
Daniela Hantuchova : Indian Wells 2002-Tier I:)

Apr 21st, 2003, 02:53 PM
STEFFI 1986 in hilton head, first title with 6:4 7:5 vs. EVERT in the finals!

Apr 21st, 2003, 02:54 PM
Hantuchova's first title came at Indian Wells a tier 1.

Dokic's first title came at Rome a tier 1.

I'm sure there are many more, I don't think what Dementieva did is rare, it came at a tier 2...

Apr 21st, 2003, 02:59 PM
Serena won the Open Gaz de France Tier 2 Tournament and then won IW aged 17

(From Spirit and Jacub) At 15, Monica Seles beat Christ Evert 3-6 6-1 6-4, in the 1989 Virginia Slims of Houston Final, her first ever Final....

Apr 21st, 2003, 03:12 PM
Im sure Hingis' first title was Fillderstadt which was a tier 2.

Apr 21st, 2003, 03:19 PM
Virginia Ruzici won her very first title at Roland Garros in 1978 over Mima Jausovec. Ruzici won 8 titles after winning RG.

Jausovec coincidentally, won her first title at Roland Garros in 1977. She only won 2 other titles.

Apr 21st, 2003, 03:21 PM
It's not on the WTA, but Kuerten's first title was Roland Garros in 97.

Apr 21st, 2003, 03:25 PM
And he beat the three last winners of the tournament (Kafelnikov, Muster and Bruguera) on the way. :cool:

Apr 21st, 2003, 03:26 PM
Regina Marsikova won her first title at Rome in 1978 OVER Virginia Ruzici, and then won 4 or 5 others.

Apr 21st, 2003, 03:27 PM
Ryan's been studying for TTT too much...

Apr 21st, 2003, 03:34 PM
Ryan's been studying for TTT too much...

Pff.:p Knowing Ruzici and Mima are one-slam wonders has come in handy once or twice.:p:angel:

And I just went to tennis corner to look those things up, I ONLY knew Ruzici's win off by heart.:p