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pierce0415
Jun 8th, 2006, 06:39 PM
of active players, Serena, Nastya, Masha and Sveta are the only ones to win the tournament in their first SF appearance

Monica Seles - FO 1989
SF l WTA #1 Graf 6-3 3-6 6-3

Jennifer Capriati - FO 1990
SF l WTA #3 Seles 6-2 6-2

Mary Pierce - FO 1994
SF d WTA #1 Graf 62 62
F l WTA #2 Sanchez-Vicario 6-4 6-4

Martina Hingis - USO 1996
SF l WTA #1 Graf 7-5 6-3

Venus Williams - USO 1997
SF d WTA #12 Spirlea 7-6(5) 4-6 7-6(7)
F l WTA #1 Hingis 6-0 6-4

Lindsay Davenport - USO 1997
SF l WTA #1 Hingis 6-2 6-4

Amelie Mauresmo - AO 1999
SF d WTA #1 Davenport 4-6 7-5 7-5
F l WTA #2 Hingis 6-2 6-3

Alexandra Stevenson - W 1999
SF l WTA #1 Davenport 6-1 6-1

Mirjana Lucic - W 1999
SF l WTA #3 Graf 6-7(3) 6-4 6-4

Serena Williams - USO 1999
SF d WTA #2 Davenport 6-4 1-6 6-4
F d WTA #1 Hingis 6-3 7-6(4)

Jelena Dokic - W 2000
SF l WTA #2 Davenport 6-4 6-2

Justine Henin - FO 2001
SF l WTA # 14 Clijsters 2-6 7-5 6-3

Kim Clijsters - FO 2001
SF d WTA #16 Henin 2-6 7-5 6-3
F l WTA #4 Capriati 1-6 6-4 12-10

Elena Dementieva - USO 2000
SF l WTA #2 Davenport 6-2 7-6(5)

Clarisa Fernandez - FO 2002
SF l WTA #2 V Williams 6-1 6-4

Nadia Petrova - FO 2003
SF l WTA #2 Clijsters 7-5 6-1

Patty Schnyder - AO 2004
SF l WTA #2 Clijsters 6-2 7-6(2)

Anastasia Myskina - FO 2004
SF d WTA #6 Capriati 6-2 6-2
F d WTA #10 Dementieva 6-1 6-2

Maria Sharapova - W 2004
SF d WTA #5 Davenport 2-6 7-6(5) 6-1
F d WTA #10 S Williams 6-1 6-4

Sveta Kuznetsova - USO 2004
SF d WTA #4 Davenport 1-6 6-2 6-4
F d WTA #6 Dementieva 6-3 7-5

Nathalie Dechy - AO 2005
SF l WTA #1 Davenport 2-6 7-6(5) 6-4

Elena Likhovtseva - FO 2005
SF l WTA #23 Pierce 6-1 6-1

Nicole Vaidisova - FO 2006
SF l WTA #10 Kuznetsova 5-7 7-6(5) 6-2

RenaSlam.
Jun 8th, 2006, 06:41 PM
Everyone on that list but Nastya will win multiple GS. Greatness, probably not. Only in Serena's case. :)

pierce0415
Jun 8th, 2006, 06:46 PM
Everyone on that list but Nastya will win multiple GS. Greatness, probably not. Only in Serena's case. :)

did you see Dechy and Schnyder on the list?

RenaSlam.
Jun 8th, 2006, 07:03 PM
did you see Dechy and Schnyder on the list?

Haha, I meant out of what you wrote on the top of the page- Myskina, Sharpie, Kuz, and Serena. "out of that list". my bad. :devil:

SIN DIOS NI LEY
Jun 8th, 2006, 07:18 PM
:lol: of active players, Serena, Nastya, Masha and Sveta are the only ones to win the tournament in their first SF appearance



Alexandra Stevenson - W 1999
SF l WTA #1 Davenport 6-1 6-1

Mirjana Lucic - W 1999
SF l WTA #3 Graf 6-7(3) 6-4 6-4




Clarisa Fernandez - FO 2002
SF l WTA #2 V Williams 6-1 6-4




Top players :lol: :lol:

RJWCapriati
Jun 8th, 2006, 07:25 PM
of active players, Serena, Nastya, Masha and Sveta are the only ones to win the tournament in their first SF appearance

Monica Seles - FO 1989
SF - l WTA #1 Graf 6-3 3-6 6-3

Jennifer Capriati - USO 1991
SF l WTA #2 Seles 6-3 3-6 7-6(3)

Mary Pierce - FO 1994
SF d WTA #1 Graf 62 62
F l WTA #2 Sanchez-Vicario 6-4 6-4

Martina Hingis - USO 1996
SF l WTA #1 Graf 7-5 6-3

Venus Williams - USO 1997
SF d WTA #12 Spirlea 7-6(5) 4-6 7-6(7)
F l WTA #1 Hingis 6-0 6-4

Lindsay Davenport - USO 1997
SF l WTA #1 Hingis 6-2 6-4

Amelie Mauresmo - AO 1999
SF d WTA #1 Davenport 4-6 7-5 7-5
F l WTA #2 Hingis 6-2 6-3

Alexandra Stevenson - W 1999
SF l WTA #1 Davenport 6-1 6-1

Mirjana Lucic - W 1999
SF l WTA #3 Graf 6-7(3) 6-4 6-4

Serena Williams - USO 1999
SF d WTA #2 Davenport 6-4 1-6 6-4
F d WTA #1 Hingis 6-3 7-6(4)

Jelena Dokic - W 2000
SF l WTA #2 Davenport 6-4 6-2

Justine Henin - FO 2001
SF l WTA # 14 Clijsters 2-6 7-5 6-3

Kim Clijsters - FO 2001
SF d WTA #16 Henin 2-6 7-5 6-3
F l WTA #4 Capriati 1-6 6-4 12-10

Elena Dementieva - USO 2000
SF l WTA #2 Davenport 6-2 7-6(5)

Clarisa Fernandez - FO 2002
SF l WTA #2 V Williams 6-1 6-4

Nadia Petrova - FO 2003
SF l WTA #2 Clijsters 7-5 6-1

Patty Schnyder - AO 2004
SF l WTA #2 Clijsters 6-2 7-6(2)

Anastasia Myskina - FO 2004
SF d WTA #6 Capriati 6-2 6-2
F d WTA #10 Dementieva 6-1 6-2

Maria Sharapova - W 2004
SF d WTA #5 Davenport 2-6 7-6(5) 6-1
F d WTA #10 S Williams 6-1 6-4

Sveta Kuznetsova - USO 2004
SF d WTA #4 Davenport 1-6 6-2 6-4
F d WTA #6 Dementieva 6-3 7-5

Nathalie Dechy - AO 2005
SF l WTA #1 Davenport 2-6 7-6(5) 6-4

Elena Likhovtseva - FO 2005
SF l WTA #23 Pierce 6-1 6-1

Nicole Vaidisova - FO 2006
SF l WTA #10 Kuznetsova 5-7 7-6(5) 6-2


This was not Capriati's 1st SF Appearance -

Her first SF appearance @ a GS was at the 1990 French Open - the first slam she ever played.

samn
Jun 8th, 2006, 07:35 PM
of active players, Serena, Nastya, Masha and Sveta are the only ones to win the tournament in their first SF appearance

Jennifer Capriati - USO 1991
SF l WTA #2 Seles 6-3 3-6 7-6(3)



FO '90, actually. Lost to WTA #3 Seles 6-2 6-2

pierce0415
Jun 8th, 2006, 08:08 PM
I made a change for Capriati. Does anybody notice how players that had their first SF @ FO and USO tend to have good careers while players that had their first SF at AO or W :tape: