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Geisha
Jan 5th, 2006, 05:56 AM
This is a thread for players who have had underated seasons or periods in their careers. Let me start:

Most people think that when Monica Seles came back from the stabbing tragedy two weeks before the US Open in 1995, that she was only a ghost of her former self. While this is true, many people fail to acknowledge what a great player she continued to be, up until the later years of her career.

From Toronto '99 to Miami '02, Monica compiled a 134-32 (.807) record and won eight titles. Of those 32 losses, Pierce and Serena defeated Monica twice each, Venus had five wins over Monica, Davenport had six, and Hingis at eight wins. Those five players combine for a total of 23 wins.

Monica lost to Top Ten players only seven times during this period - once was to #19 Halard-Decugis, when she retired due to an injury. #16 Amelie Mauresmo defeated her in Sydney in '01 and #14 Australian Open Champion to-be, Jennifer Capriati defeated her in Melbourne. #27 Shaughnessy, #54 Garbin, #37 Bedanova, and #72 De Los Rois were the other players to beat her (three of those seven were injury related).

Monica was such a successful player during this time period that the only players she lost to in twenty consecutive tournaments, were to Top Ten players (Venus, Serena, Hingis, Davenport, and Pierce were the only players to beat Seles during this time).

Some great periods during this extended time period for Monica was during the '01/'02 seasons, when Monica went undefeated for 18 consecutive matches. Also during these months, Monica Seles compiled an incredible 21-1 (.955) record.

In a span of seven months during the '01/'02 seasons, Monica defeated #1 Hingis, #2 Capriati, #3 Venus Williams, #6/7 Henin, and #10 Serena Williams and she went on a streak of advancing to the semifinals or beyond in fourteen of fifteen tournaments.

Andy T
Jan 5th, 2006, 06:16 AM
Thanks for posting this because Monica is often "written off" as a threat after those initial heady months 95-6 of her comeback when in fact she held her own against the top flight for 6 years. Had she won that French final in 98, perceptions of her comeback years would be radically different, I think.

Geisha
Jan 5th, 2006, 06:18 AM
Another great, underated time period for a WTA player was Martina Hingis' incredible run during the 2000 and 2001 seasons. From the '00 Australian Open to the '01 Indian Wells, Martina Hingis compiled a 102-11 (.903) record. Of those losses, two of them were to players outside of the Top Ten - #26 Amy Frazier in '00 San Diego and #14 Capriati in '01 Australian Open (Capriati would become a Top Ten player two days later). The remaining nine losses were by Venus Williams (twice), Lindsay Davenport (four times), Serena Williams, Mary Pierce, and Conchita Martinez.

Unfortunately, during these two years and five Grand Slam tournaments, Hingis was unable to win a Grand Slam. A remarkable statistic is that the player who defeated Hingis would go on to win the Grand Slam. At '00 Australian Open Final, Davenport defeated Hingis; '00 French Open Semifinal, Pierce defeated Hingis; '00 Wimbledon and US Open Quarterfinals and Semifinals, Venus defeated Hingis, and '01 Australian Open Finals, Capriati defeated Hingis.

In a more minute complex, Martina Hingis compiled a 54-4 (.931) record from Montreal in 2000 to Indian Wells in 2001, losing four matches to Lindsay Davenport (twice), Jennifer Capriati, and Venus Williams (once) - those players would go on to win the tournament they defeated Hingis in.

Martina also went on a 24 tournament streak of always advancing to the Quarterfinals or beyond in every single tournament - pretty remarkable form of consistency. At one point, Hingis played in fourteen consecutive Semifinals and ten consecutive Final appearances. Underated if you ask me.

Geisha
Jan 5th, 2006, 06:19 AM
Thanks for posting this because Monica is often "written off" as a threat after those initial heady months 95-6 of her comeback when in fact she held her own against the top flight for 6 years. Had she won that French final in 98, perceptions of her comeback years would be radically different, I think.

Not to mention the fact that in 1997, she was like, the only player to consistently challenge Martina Hingis - the current Number One - in big matches. She lost two consecutive, tough Finals matches to Hingis and a couple others in Paris and San Diego - each were quite tough.

safinforlife
Jan 5th, 2006, 06:21 AM
Wow your thread title is really desperate

Geisha
Jan 5th, 2006, 06:28 AM
Wow your thread title is really desperate

It is. I worked so hard on the topic post and nobody responds, even though it is useful and interesting information on today's and yesterday's greats. :wavey:

ceiling_fan
Jan 5th, 2006, 07:03 AM
Great work LTL :bowdown: :p

KimC&MariaSNo1's
Jan 5th, 2006, 07:51 AM
nice work they were underated and in the shadows

jamesuk
Jan 5th, 2006, 09:56 AM
Wow your thread title is really desperate


Wow your contribution is really insightful and helpful.



Anyway Monica´s results that period encapsulate everything about her success in that time, she was far better than the rest but just not good enough to beat those ranked abover her. If it weren´t for Hingis she would surely have won at least one or two extra grand slams. At that time whenever she was drawn against Hingis my heart sank as it was almost always a death sentence, Martina totally had her number. Credit to Hingis for that I guess!

How about Chris Evert period of 13 consecutive years of winning at least one Grand slam! Imagine that happening from 93 till 2005, who could have done that?!

Geisha
Jan 6th, 2006, 03:53 AM
Justine is probably the closest...or Serena ?