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AnnaK_4ever
Apr 6th, 2007, 10:46 PM
Tokyo Pan Pacific
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Commander-in-Chief & Current Commander: Martina Hingis (1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2007)
Second-in-command: Maria Sharapova (2005)
Commander-in-reserve: Elena Dementieva (2006)
Being the only 5-time champion in tournament's history as well as 2-time doubles winner Hingis might have the only rival here namely Lindsay Davenport. But no other active player can match her incredible 32-4 singles and 47-7 overall record at the event where she failed to reach the final just once, on her very first attempt. Sharapova who's backed her lone title with pair of semifinal finishes here has a win over one of the event's greats, Davenport, under her belt and therefore outstrips the only other active champion Elena Dementieva.

Indian Wells
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Commander-in-Chief & Current Commander: Daniela Hantuchova (2002, 2007)
Second-in-command: Martina Hingis (1998)
Commander-in-reserve: Maria Sharapova (2006), Justine Henin (2004)
*Commanders-in-resignation*: Kim Clijsters (2003, 2005), Serena Williams (1999, 2001)
Daniela Hantuchova whose all tournament wins happened to have place in the desert in fact is one of three multiple Pacific Life Open champions. But that's where we must mark special group of 'commanders', the resigned ones cos it's not the secret neither Serena nor Kim will ever play the event again, though due to different circumstances...

Miami
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Commander-in-Chief & Current Commander: Serena Williams (2002, 2003, 2004, 2007)
Second-In-Command: Venus Williams (1998, 1999, 2001)
Commanders-in-reserve: Martina Hingis (1997, 2000), Svetlana Kuznetsova (2006)
*Commander-in-resignation*: Kim Clijsters (2005)
Serena's four singles titles, 41-5 win-loss record, 13 wins over top-tenners including fantastic back-to-back-to-back wins over No.3, No.2 and No.1 in 2002... should we continue?.. Venus, the proud holder of 22-match winning streak and the author of the heroic final win over Jennifer Capriati, with no doubt is the second-best at Key Biscayne.

Family Circle Cup
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Commander-in-Chief: Justine Henin (2003, 2005)
Secon-In-command: Martina Hingis (1997, 1999)
Current commander: Nadia Petrova (2006)
Commanders-in-reserve: Venus Williams (2004), Mary Pierce (2000)
Toss-up between Hingis and Henin decided in favor of the latter based on her more recent success here despite the fact Martina has "additional" final played and doubles title. Both have won consecutive titles here and posted 14-match winning streak. Really tough choice but we have to go with Justine. Sorry, Martina!

Berlin Open
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Commander-in-Chief: Justine Henin (2002, 2003, 2005)
Second-In-command: Amelie Mauresmo (2001, 2004)
Current commander: Nadia Petrova (2006)
Commander-in-reserve: Martina Hingis (1999)
No confusion here. 3 titles in a row, seven Grand Slam champions beaten with 24 of 26 macthes won... now that's pwning! Amelie, the other hand, feels pretty comfortable at the second position in Berlin as she had her breakthrough in reaching the Tour final and beating Top 10 players for the first time here in 1998.

Rome
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Commander-in-Chief: Amelie Mauresmo (2004, 2005)
Second-In-command & Current commander: Martina Hingis (1998, 2006)
Commanders-in-reserve: Serena Williams (2002), Jelena Dokic (2001), Venus Williams (1999), Mary Pierce (1997)
*Commander-in-resignation*: Kim Clijsters (2003)
Pretty simple maths between these two. Five singles only finals of Amelie outweigh five singles and doubles finals of Martina even though Swiss Miss won one doubles title at the tournament. And what probably means more is that Amelie leads 2-0 versus Martina in Rome. So we just say, "Advantage, Mademoiselle Mauresmo".

San Diego
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Commander-in-Chief & Current commander: Maria Sharapova (2006)
Second-In-command: Mary Pierce (2005)
Since we're talking about Tier I commanders unfortunately we have to ignore three-time champion Venus Williams who's never played here since 2002. Now that's between two most recent winners Pierce and Sharapova. In our opinion Maria has slight edge being the defending champion and defeating three top-tenners including Pierce herself en route to the title. Very complicated case but that's our verdict.

Canadian Open
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Commander-in-Chief: Martina Hingis (1999, 2000)
Second-in-command: Amelie Mauresmo (2002, 2004)
Current commander: Ana Ivanovic (2006)
Commanders-in-reserve: Justine Henin (2003), Serena Williams (2001)
*Commander-in-resignation*: Kim Clijsters (2005)
Titles won back-to back as well as one more singles final played and two doubles titles are sufficient proves of Martina's leadership in Canada. Plus, unlike Amelie, she won titles in both host ciities, Toronto and Montreal. She is also the most recent finalist of these two-time tournament winners.

Kremlin Cup
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Commander-in-Chief: Anastasia Myskina (2003, 2004)
Second-in-command: Mary Pierce (1998, 2005)
Current commander: Anna Chakvetadze (2006)
Commanders-in-reserve: Jelena Dokic (2001), Martina Hingis (2000)
Another virtual tie as both contenders are two-time singles and one-time doubles champions. But Myskina was almost unbeatable in Moscow during her glory years reaching finals in both singles and doubles in 2003-2004 and producing a 15-1 combined win-loss record and thus she gets our vote. She is the first Russian to win here after all, that must mean something too!

Zurich
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Commander-in-Chief: Martina Hingis (2000)
Second-in-command: Patty Schnyder (2002)
Current commander: Maria Sharapova (2006)
Commanders-in-reserve: Alicia Molik (2004), Justine Henin (2003), Venus Williams (1999)
Yes, Martina won her 'home' tournament just once... in singles. But that's when doubles do matter! Three titles in a row with three different partners and vouala... Martina is da boss. Some may argue Sharapova should be ahead of Schnyder. We reply, Patty worked hard to earn her second place having overcome early failures on home soil to claim her lone Tier I title - and hard work should be awarded!

tennisjunky
Apr 6th, 2007, 10:52 PM
another thread reminding me of sir stefwhit's signature.

AnnaK_4ever
Apr 6th, 2007, 10:52 PM
Btw, original idea of ZeroSOFInfinity.

Demska
Apr 6th, 2007, 10:57 PM
"Family Cicrle Cup" :lol:

MrSerenaWilliams
Apr 6th, 2007, 10:57 PM
Serena needs to win Rome and Montreal a few more times :yeah:

Slutiana
Apr 6th, 2007, 11:18 PM
Serena needs to win Rome and Montreal a few more times :yeah:

u make it sound easy lol

MrSerenaWilliams
Apr 6th, 2007, 11:21 PM
for her...;)

kadirelf
Apr 6th, 2007, 11:23 PM
sandiego sharapowa :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:


maria won 1 time

venus won 3 time san diego :bounce: :bounce:


:hearts: :hearts: :hearts: VENUS:hearts: :hearts: :hearts:

booshbish
Apr 6th, 2007, 11:23 PM
Heyt I'd give Serena as commander of the Canadian Open..

her win over Capriati there was a sparkplug for her. But kudos to Martina b/c she does do well there

booshbish
Apr 6th, 2007, 11:24 PM
sandiego sharapowa :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:


maria won 1 time

venus won 3 time san diego :bounce: :bounce:


:hearts: :hearts: :hearts: VENUS:hearts: :hearts: :hearts:

Ya Venus really is the Cali queen

Derek.
Apr 6th, 2007, 11:25 PM
Daniela. :rocker2:

MrSerenaWilliams
Apr 6th, 2007, 11:26 PM
Heyt I'd give Serena as commander of the Canadian Open. And I think it was the highest quality final in recent years...the others have been yawn fests :yawn:...and quite unconsequential, maybe except for Kim in 2005

AnnaK_4ever
Apr 6th, 2007, 11:26 PM
sandiego sharapowa :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

maria won 1 time

venus won 3 time san diego :bounce: :bounce:

:hearts: :hearts: :hearts: VENUS:hearts: :hearts: :hearts:
It was Tier II when Venus was winning. She never played Tier I at San Diego.

Heyt I'd give Serena as commander of the Canadian Open..

her win over Capriati there was a sparkplug for her. But kudos to Martina b/c she does do well there

2 titles > 1 title.

MrSerenaWilliams
Apr 6th, 2007, 11:28 PM
and I think that Vee still deserves the title, because the only thing that changed was the tour designation, Vee had to win the same amount of matches on the same surface in the same tennis complex :shrug:

booshbish
Apr 6th, 2007, 11:29 PM
It was Tier II when Venus was winning. She never played Tier I at San Diego.



2 titles > 1 title.

hmm yes and no... take a deeper look upon it and that 2001 final was, to me at least, the critical juncutre and springboard for Serena's career.

MrSerenaWilliams
Apr 6th, 2007, 11:32 PM
interesting that San Diego winners have a better success rate @ USO than Montreal winners :shrug:

From 1997-2006 every San Diego winner has been in the USO final (except Davenport in 2004, who was injured in her SF against Kuznetsova) and of those 9, 6 have won :eek:

maddogz48
Apr 6th, 2007, 11:43 PM
Venus deserves to be commander of San Diego. It's unfair to ignore the fact that she has won the title 3 times consecutively.

The Daviator
Apr 7th, 2007, 12:43 AM
If Davenport were active, she'd be the ruler of Indian Wells, San Diego and Zurich and S-I-C in Tokyo :angel:

hurricanejeanne
Apr 7th, 2007, 01:28 AM
If Davenport were active, she'd be the ruler of Indian Wells, San Diego and Zurich and S-I-C in Tokyo :angel:

I was just going to say that myself. ;) :angel:

Pretty good list though overall. Very diverse. :)

Jessie181
Apr 7th, 2007, 01:38 AM
Venus should be the commander in chief for San Diego..

She won it three times.

it doesn't matter if it was a tier II when she played because she faced about the same amount of competition that Shaps did.

The Daviator
Apr 7th, 2007, 01:42 AM
Venus should be the commander in chief for San Diego..

She won it three times.

it doesn't matter if it was a tier II when she played because she faced about the same amount of competition that Shaps did.

Still wasn't a tier I, the WTA doesn't count her wins there in her tier I title count, so I don't think it should be applied here either...

Shaboinka84
Apr 7th, 2007, 01:44 AM
How the hell is Maria the San Diego champ? She won one fcuking title

Craigy
Apr 7th, 2007, 01:59 AM
:haha: @ people getting all worked up about their faves not being commander. :help:

Marcus1979
Apr 7th, 2007, 02:16 AM
actually When Venus won San Diego she had some pretty tough draws also

actually San Diego was a lot stronger as a Tier II than it is with its promotion to Tier I

in 2000
#13 Amanda Coetzer
#6 Conchita Martinez
#26 Amy Frazier
#4 Monica Seles

in 2001
#56 Elena Bovina
#46 Daja Bedanova
#9 Nathalie Tauziat
#4 Lindsay Davenport
#10 Monica Seles

in 2002
#40 Janette Hasarova
#18 Anne Kremer
#7 Kim Clijsters
#9 Lindsay Davenport
#5 Jelena Dokic

in 2005 Mary Pierce had
#29 Anna-Lena Groenefeld
#15 Nathalie Dechy
#11 Patty Schnyder
#46 Peng Shuai
#38 Ai Sugiyama

in 2006 Maria Sharapova had
#88 Vasilisa Bardina
#36 Vera Zvonareva
#9 Mary Pierce
#8 Patty Schnyder
#2 Kim Clijsters

booshbish
Apr 7th, 2007, 02:47 AM
actually When Venus won San Diego she had some pretty tough draws also

actually San Diego was a lot stronger as a Tier II than it is with its promotion to Tier I

in 2000
#13 Amanda Coetzer
#6 Conchita Martinez
#26 Amy Frazier
#4 Monica Seles

in 2001
#56 Elena Bovina
#46 Daja Bedanova
#9 Nathalie Tauziat
#4 Lindsay Davenport
#10 Monica Seles

in 2002
#40 Janette Hasarova
#18 Anne Kremer
#7 Kim Clijsters
#9 Lindsay Davenport
#5 Jelena Dokic

in 2005 Mary Pierce had
#29 Anna-Lena Groenefeld
#15 Nathalie Dechy
#11 Patty Schnyder
#46 Peng Shuai
#38 Ai Sugiyama

in 2006 Maria Sharapova had
#88 Vasilisa Bardina
#36 Vera Zvonareva
#9 Mary Pierce
#8 Patty Schnyder
#2 Kim Clijsters

No kidding... The WTA Summer has been terrible the last few years. Clijsters was a good story but the tournaments lack depth, no one wants to play and it would likely jsut be best to promote Cincy and keep Canada as the two main ones ( as per the ATP).

This seems to work well for the ATP and they avoid the illogical stop in California (which while LA and STanford are good tourneys they're jsut in a awkward spot.

Lulu.
Apr 7th, 2007, 02:51 AM
:haha: @ people getting all worked up about their faves not being commander. :help:

Yeah its not that serious :lol:

lecciones
Apr 7th, 2007, 03:12 AM
Can you sneak in WTA championships? :P Martina rules there two singles, two doubles and two other single finals appearances.

Also I think FCC should go to Martina, She has more Finals and a doubles win, and this year Henin isn't playing there.... so maybe after we see what happens this year's FCC you can decide? Thanks! :)