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AnnaK_4ever
Feb 20th, 2008, 08:29 AM
2003
Henin
Clijsters
Serena
Mauresmo
Davenport
Capriati
Myskina
Dementieva
Rubin
Sugiyama

2004
Davenport
Mauresmo
Myskina
Sharapova
Kuznetsova
Dementieva
Serena
Henin
Venus
Capriati

2005
Davenport
Clijsters
Mauresmo
Sharapova
Pierce
Henin
Schnyder
Dementieva
Petrova
Venus

2006
Henin
Sharapova
Mauresmo
Kuznetsova
Clijsters
Petrova
Hingis
Dementieva
Schnyder
Vaidisova

2007
Henin
Kuznetsova
Jankovic
Ivanovic
Sharapova
Chakvetadze
Serena
Venus
Hantuchova
Bartoli

heytennis
Feb 20th, 2008, 08:40 AM
It's tough but I say 2005.

matanuriel
Feb 20th, 2008, 08:43 AM
I think it is 2004 because there are 9/10 slam winners in it. But on the other hand 2007 can proe himself also in the next couple of years!

Hardiansf
Feb 20th, 2008, 08:45 AM
2005. when you see one of slam winner was not on that list, you'll see that the depth must be ... good.

AnnaK_4ever
Feb 20th, 2008, 09:01 AM
2005. when you see one of slam winner was not on that list, you'll see that the depth must be ... good.

But the question is not which year had the most depth but which Top-10 players roster was the most impressive ;)

So Disrespectful
Feb 20th, 2008, 09:03 AM
2004 was the most closely contested.

Alicia Rocks
Feb 20th, 2008, 09:18 AM
2004

mr_burns
Feb 20th, 2008, 09:25 AM
such an honour that lindsay ended the 2 leading years as no 1!!!

DimaDinosaur
Feb 20th, 2008, 09:28 AM
WOW!

Henin finished #1 for 3 of those years

Poova
Feb 20th, 2008, 09:32 AM
Strongest is definitely 2004. Very strong top 10. :eek:

ZeroSOFInfinity
Feb 20th, 2008, 10:00 AM
A tie between 2004 and 2006.

2004 have 8 GS champions, but 3 of them are first-time winners that year (Myskina, Sharapova and Kuznetsova)

2006 have 6 GS Champions, and none of them are first-time winners that year (Clijsters won USO in 2005).

But if I have to choose either one, then it's 2006. The top 8 all played in the WTA Championships, and Patty as well as Vaidisova missed just missed out by a very small margain.

ZeroSOFInfinity
Feb 20th, 2008, 10:01 AM
I think it is 2004 because there are 9/10 slam winners in it.

Nope, it's 8. Mauresmo didn't win her 1st Slam until 2006 :wavey:

mn73
Feb 20th, 2008, 10:26 AM
2004 has the most 'big names' - 7, but I've picked 2003 cos the 6 'big names' make up the Top 6.

DarkchildSwiss
Feb 20th, 2008, 10:41 AM
2004

Dave.
Feb 20th, 2008, 11:36 AM
2004 or 2005. They were such strong years in tennis with so many great players at their best. But one particular player managed to stay on top of all of them. :angel:

Destiny
Feb 20th, 2008, 11:52 AM
2004

Mina Vagante
Feb 20th, 2008, 12:08 PM
2004 for sure

Daniela-Is-Mine
Feb 20th, 2008, 01:25 PM
Idk....2007?

HenryMag.
Feb 20th, 2008, 03:45 PM
2004

bellascarlett
Feb 20th, 2008, 04:25 PM
2004. :) Most impressive. It would have been better if Clijsters was in it too.

roelc
Feb 20th, 2008, 05:59 PM
really hard to pick one

but what about 2002!
1. serena williams
2. venus williams
3. capriati
4. clijstes
5. henin
6. mauresmo
7. seles
8. hantuchova
9. dokic
10. hingis

OR 2001 (nearly the same people but lindsay on top)
1. davenport
2. capriati
3. venus williams
4. hingis
5. clijsters
6. serena williams
7. henin
8. dokic
9. mauresmo
10. seles

I think these 2 are way more impressive than the following years (in a few years we will see if it'll change)

SIN DIOS NI LEY
Feb 20th, 2008, 06:01 PM
2004 field is pretty impressive considering that it was a joke year :rolleyes:

danieln1
Feb 20th, 2008, 06:05 PM
2004 by far, Lindsay number one, also a lot of good players along... 2007 is the weakest

The Daviator
Feb 20th, 2008, 06:07 PM
2003 - 4/10 GS winners

2004 - 8/10 GS winners & Momo would later become a GS winner :eek:

2005 - 6/10 GS winners & Momo would later become a GS winner

2006 - 6/10 GS winners

2007 - 5/10 GS winners

So it's definitely 2004, which is funny since most people say that was the worst year of the decade so far :lol:

AcesHigh
Feb 20th, 2008, 06:11 PM
2004 was not that strong. Henin was not well, Venus had probably her worst year, Serena playing the best she has for a year since 2003, but Capriati was towards the end of her career, Mauresmo hadn't won a slam and it was a poor year for the best players.

2005 was stronger IMO with Clijsters having her best year, Venus making a resurgence, Davenport making two slam finals, Pierce having her resurgence, etc. In terms of quality of players, it's the most impressive IMO.

Viktymise
Feb 20th, 2008, 06:18 PM
2006 was by far the worst year of this decade so far. At least 2004 had some exciting, memorable matches. :tape:

AcesHigh
Feb 20th, 2008, 06:23 PM
2006 was by far the worst year of this decade so far. At least 2004 had some exciting, memorable matches. :tape:

2006 had better matches than 2007 and much better GS finals than 2004.

Expat
Feb 20th, 2008, 06:25 PM
2004 was like the worst year
2006 was a good year

Viktymise
Feb 20th, 2008, 06:34 PM
2006 had better matches than 2007 and much better GS finals than 2004.

2006 was the worst year ever. :o It had the most boring 4 grand slams ever. A final dosn't make a tournament. Anyway the AO and RG finals of 06 were pretty pathetic. AO 04 final was good, the Wimbledon final was extremely memorable, and the RG final was historical.

So you are saying any match in 2006 was better than Venus v Henin USO 2007?

kaktusino
Feb 20th, 2008, 07:11 PM
But 2007 so :o

I liked just a lot of matches... Henin vs Venus USO, Clijsters - Jankovic and? Maybe Sharapova vs Henin Madrid and nothing else. And so boring GS finals... RG, USO :help:

AcesHigh
Feb 20th, 2008, 07:20 PM
2006 was the worst year ever. :o It had the most boring 4 grand slams ever. A final dosn't make a tournament. Anyway the AO and RG finals of 06 were pretty pathetic. AO 04 final was good, the Wimbledon final was extremely memorable, and the RG final was historical.

So you are saying any match in 2006 was better than Venus v Henin USO 2007?

You just said a final doesn't make a tournament so that one match in what was the worst USO I can remember, doesn't make it good. 2007 RG, Wimbledon, and USO were so uncompetitive it was ridiculous. AO 2007 was only good for the shock value since there were atrocious matches there too.

In 2004, the Wimbledon final was memorable but not good, and after AO, Henin didn't play much(virus). Like I said, it was probably Venus's worst year, Capriati was fading fast(outside the slams she did NOTHING 29-12 record which is 14-9 without slam results), Clijsters was out almost the entire year(she missed every slam after AO). How can this be the best year?

Viktymise
Feb 20th, 2008, 07:24 PM
You just said a final doesn't make a tournament so that one match in what was the worst USO I can remember, doesn't make it good. 2007 RG, Wimbledon, and USO were so uncompetitive it was ridiculous. AO 2007 was only good for the shock value since there were atrocious matches there too.

In 2004, the AO final was memorable but not good, and after that, Henin didn't play much. Like I said, it was probably Venus's worst year, Capriati was fading fast(outside the slams she did NOTHING 29-12 record), Clijsters was out almost the entire year(she missed every slam after AO). How can this be the best year?

Ehm, where did i say it was the best year? It obviously wasn't but there were actually some good memorable matches both in and outside of slams.

Every slam in 2006 was horrendous. Even Wimbledon which usually has lots of good matches was average. Yeah the final was good, but it wasn't good enough to save the tournament. Wimbledon 2007 was much better and exciting leading up to the final.

2006 was actually Venus's worst year, and in 2004, Capriati technically achieved more than she did in 2003, with 2 slam SF's compared to 1.

youkoulélé
Feb 20th, 2008, 07:24 PM
2004 or 2005

AcesHigh
Feb 20th, 2008, 07:37 PM
Ehm, where did i say it was the best year? It obviously wasn't but there were actually some good memorable matches both in and outside of slams.

Every slam in 2006 was horrendous. Even Wimbledon which usually has lots of good matches was average. Yeah the final was good, but it wasn't good enough to save the tournament. Wimbledon 2007 was much better and exciting leading up to the final.

2006 was actually Venus's worst year, and in 2004, Capriati technically achieved more than she did in 2003, with 2 slam SF's compared to 1.

Others are saying 2004 is the best, not you. And Wimbledon 2007 was not that exciting. Venus steamrolling her competition to the final is not exciting for non-Venus fans. Serena-Justine did not lead up to expectation and it was actually a poor quality match.


At least at Wimbledon 2006, there was a good semi(Mauresmo-Sharapova) and a good final in which we saw a little revival of S&V style of play for the first time in years. We also didn't have one player dominating the entire season in 2006 like we did in 2007 which was predictable and boring.

IMO, 2005 was the best year. Henin, Pierce, Clijsters, Mauresmo, Davenport, Serena, Sharapova all played very well at least at some point.

AnnaK_4ever
Feb 20th, 2008, 07:38 PM
2006 was a good year

and you consider yourself a fan of Venus and Serena?.. :tape: :help:

AcesHigh
Feb 20th, 2008, 07:44 PM
2006 was actually Venus's worst year

As a Venus fan, I think 2004 was her worst year. At least in 2006, she was injured and didn't play half the year.
In 2004, she played the entire year relatively healthy and had some horrible losses. There were really no excuses.. I think the only thing that saved her was that she had one of her best, if not her best results on clay that year.

kolan
Feb 20th, 2008, 07:45 PM
2004 by a mile :worship:

Expat
Feb 20th, 2008, 07:59 PM
and you consider yourself a fan of Venus and Serena?.. :tape: :help:
every year since 2003 has been bad for me GS in 2005/7 notwithstanding

its a matter of choosing the least worst amongst the bad years of WTA
though both venus and serena worst year was 2006

AnnaK_4ever
Feb 20th, 2008, 08:11 PM
2004 was not that strong. Henin was not well, Venus had probably her worst year, Serena playing the best she has for a year since 2003, but Capriati was towards the end of her career, Mauresmo hadn't won a slam and it was a poor year for the best players.


Yet statistically 2004 was the best season of Amelie. She won career-high 5 titles including 3 Tier I (50% her career Tier I tally), posted career-best win-loss record 63-11 (.851), reached #1 in the rankings for the first time and made it to QF or better at all four Slams for the first and only time in her career.
On the other hand Venus didn't defeat a single top-tenner in 2004. It was her only season without Top-10 win since 1996.

AcesHigh
Feb 20th, 2008, 10:05 PM
Yet statistically 2004 was the best season of Amelie. She won career-high 5 titles including 3 Tier I (50% her career Tier I tally), posted career-best win-loss record 63-11 (.851), reached #1 in the rankings for the first time and made it to QF or better at all four Slams for the first and only time in her career.
On the other hand Venus didn't defeat a single top-tenner in 2004. It was her only season without Top-10 win since 1996.

I said 2004 was Venus's worst season and i must have mistaken 2005 for 2004 with Mauresmo. However, I still prefer her 2005 and 2006(obviously) to her 2004 as she made her big breakthrough at 2005 YEC and her results were very similar both seasons

AnnaK_4ever
Feb 20th, 2008, 10:15 PM
I said 2004 was Venus's worst season and i must have mistaken 2005 for 2004 with Mauresmo. However, I still prefer her 2005 and 2006(obviously) to her 2004 as she made her big breakthrough at 2005 YEC and her results were very similar both seasons

that's not quite correct though.
In 2005 she lost early at RG and suffered three humilating losses indoors (three-setter to Safina at Paris Indoors final, 61 61 to Schiavone in Moscow and 62 60 to Srebotnik in Zurich), she also lost to Linetskaya and Dushevina. Her win-loss record in 2005 was 56-17 to 63-11 in 2004.

AcesHigh
Feb 20th, 2008, 10:25 PM
that's not quite correct though.
In 2005 she lost early at RG and suffered three humilating losses indoors (three-setter to Safina at Paris Indoors final, 61 61 to Schiavone in Moscow and 62 60 to Srebotnik in Zurich), she also lost to Linetskaya and Dushevina. Her win-loss record in 2005 was 56-17 to 63-11 in 2004.

No, you're right. I was looking at results that didn't contain the 9 wins from Fed Cup+Olympics. That would have put her at 54-10 I think, but obviously those wins are important.

One great thing about 2004 is that you don't have those freak losses, so looking at it again, 2004 is clearly superior to her 2005 except for that breakthrough YEC win.

MrSerenaWilliams
Mar 14th, 2008, 07:19 PM
Everyone in the 2004 Y.E. Top 10 had at least reached a major final :eek:

Serenidad.
Mar 14th, 2008, 07:31 PM
2005.

MrSerenaWilliams
Mar 14th, 2008, 07:49 PM
and 6/10 had held the #1 ranking at one point in their careers :eek:

sweetpeas
Mar 14th, 2008, 08:07 PM
2003!