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Nov 2nd, 2009, 01:46 AM
Well 2009 has ended and next year is the start of a new decade, 2010-2019.

What are some of the amazing matches played?

Who is the most notable player of this era?

What are some of the most amazing moments?

Was it a good or weak era?

Discuss. :worship:

Nov 2nd, 2009, 01:54 AM
2 words: Williams Sisters

Nov 2nd, 2009, 01:55 AM
I can't believe it's already freakin' 2010! Where has the time gone...

I think several years ahead this era will be looked back on as being very strong.
Serena Slam is probably the most notable accomplishment IMO...
Other notables...
Equal prize money
Serena's existence (Regaining #1 after 5+yr gap, 11 slams, most prize money earned by a female athlete)
Vee's dominance at Wimby
JuJu's dominance at FO
Numerous rivalries, particularly of the early 2000s

Nov 2nd, 2009, 01:57 AM
too many amazing matches :)
Wimbledon Final 2005
Henin vs Capriati
Serena vs Venus AO 03 and USO 08
Serena vs Dementieva Wimbledon 2009
YEC 2007
Venus vs Hingis USO 2000 :eek:
some great rivality
Serena vs Capriati
Serena vs Henin
Henin vs Kim
Henin vs Amélie
Dementieva vs Serena
and a lot more
Vee ownes Wimbledon Juju ownes RG Serena ownes AO ( odd year)
most notable player : of course Miss Serena Williams
and also the WS 8 major finals :eek: 4 in a row
and they played the YEC final this year

Nov 2nd, 2009, 02:00 AM
Fall of Hingis.
Capriati's fairy tale.
Serena Slam.
Belgian Revolution.
Russian Revolution.
#1 rank losing credibility.
Two epic chokers becoming multiple GS winners.
Coming out of closet retirement stories.
The death of the women's tennis.

Nov 2nd, 2009, 02:00 AM
Elena's decision to trim her bangs will surely go down as the darkest moment of the decade.

Nov 2nd, 2009, 02:01 AM
I forgot to mention the Russian Revolution...

Nov 2nd, 2009, 02:04 AM
THE matches that stands out to me most emotionally are
Hingis def. Serena AO QF 2001
Capriati def. Hingis AO F 2002
Venus def. Davenport Wimby F 2005
:sobbing: I love women's tennis.
My fav is Jelena Dokic but these matches stood out to me most, especially growing up as a kid as a Hingis fan.
Fav Dokic match would have to be Dokic def. Kleybanova this year. Anyone who was at RLA that night would agree.

Nov 2nd, 2009, 02:09 AM

The longest Wimbledon final.
The longest Season-Ending Championships final.
The longest final set tiebreak.
7 (!) Grand Slams won after saving MPs.

Nov 2nd, 2009, 02:20 AM
Three epic chokers becoming multiple GS winners.


Nov 2nd, 2009, 02:24 AM
I can't believe it's been 10 years already, since the Hingis-Davenport-Williams dramatic encounters. So many memories, I'm trying to put them all together but it's tougher than I thought :hearts:

Nov 2nd, 2009, 02:49 AM
Dementieva being a top consistent player during the whole decade and still not being able to win one single GS title.

Nov 2nd, 2009, 02:50 AM

6 (!) Grand Slams won after saving MPs.

Blame Serena...

In The Zone
Nov 2nd, 2009, 02:52 AM
Blame Serena...

3 Serena, 1 Capriati, 1 Venus, 1 Myskina.

The Daviator
Nov 2nd, 2009, 02:58 AM
The overwhelming and defining story of the decade has been Venus & Serena, followed by Kim & Justine, but the stand-out moments for me were:

Capriati's comeback and rivalry with Serena.
Hingis falling, rising and falling again.
The Russian Revolution led by Sharapova.
Davenport's enduring presence at the top, but no Slams :sad:
Mauresmo finally having her moment.
The brief run at the top of the Serbian Sisters.

Nov 2nd, 2009, 03:36 AM
All about Williams. They are the only players to really and truly span their success throughout the entire decade. Kudos to them.

Serena Slam
Venus @ Wimby, especially in 2005 and 35 match win streak inclusive of Olympic gold
Martina- "oh how the mighty have fallen"
Juju hand incident
Everything about Maria, the new and improved Kournikova

Great decade! Best ever!

It's silly to think this decade in any way represents the fall of women's tennis. The previous decades of tennis were usually demonstrations of utter dominance by two or three persons. Moreover, no one really took the women's game seriously. Women tennis players weren't really considered athletes until the likes of Navratilova. They were considered more to be glorified housewives who played tennis rather than baking upside-down cakes (Clearly this is an overstatement).


Nov 2nd, 2009, 04:19 AM
So ends the decade of Williams, so begins the decade of Wozniacki :)

Nov 2nd, 2009, 08:56 AM
WS :worship:

Nov 2nd, 2009, 09:31 AM
The Dominance of the Williams Sisters
The Arrival of Superstar Sharapova
The Russian Revolution
The Belgians
And 3 Brits in the top 100! Madness!

Nov 2nd, 2009, 10:15 AM
3 Serena, 1 Capriati, 1 Venus, 1 Myskina.

+ 1 Henin.

That makes 7 slam wins after saving MPs :eek:

Vamos Feńa
Nov 2nd, 2009, 02:01 PM
Capriati's amazing comeback (I'll never forgive you Oz 2002 :sad:)
WS era
Russian Revolution
Belgian Revolution
2 Serbs appearing on the scene
Hingis quiting, coming back then leaving... :o
Seles retiring :sad:
weird GS champs or finalists (Myskina, Kuznetsova, Bartoli, Wozniacki)
Dementieva not winning a GS, winning 2 medals at Olympics
Dokic story...
"she won Rome and Madrid" :angel:
Choking as huge part of the game
Slumping prodigy's (Vaidisova, Ivanovic, Szavay, Chakvetadze)

Nov 2nd, 2009, 03:27 PM
the one match that sticks out in my mind this whole decade?

WIMBLEDON FINAL, 2005. that was epic.

Vaidisova Ruled
Nov 2nd, 2009, 03:36 PM
I can't believe it's the end of a decade

Nov 2nd, 2009, 05:15 PM
justine goes undefeated since steffi graff later in 2007 season loosing only 3 sets.
the classic YEC final justine vs. maria( i was there:worship:)

Nov 2nd, 2009, 05:37 PM
:sobbing: So many amazing moments of this decade, shame it had to end in death. :bigcry:

Nov 2nd, 2009, 06:00 PM
So many memories and great moments in a decade of tennis.

How appropriate it is that arguably the most notable moment happened slap bang in the middle of the decade. :worship:

I tend to prefer the half of the decade that preceded that Wimbledon final though. Incredible rivalries and so many great players playing at the same time. Best seasons for me were 2001 and 2005, both just had fantastic storylines within them.

Shame to say that the quality has gone down these last couple of years but obviously they've had their moments too.

I hope we'll have a similar start to the new decade as we did the last one. :bounce: (with Lindsay dominating again :hearts:)

Really cannot believe it's a new decade though. 2004/05 still feels so recent.

Break My Rapture
Nov 2nd, 2009, 06:10 PM
Masha & Justine, Justine & WS, Masha & WS rivalries. :yeah:

Nov 2nd, 2009, 06:50 PM
Venus and Serena

Nov 2nd, 2009, 07:42 PM
-The rise (and fall...and rise) of the Williams Sisters as they carried US tennis solely on their backs for this decade winning 3 Olympic titles (2000 S, 2000 D, 2008 D), 8 Doubles and 17 Singles Majors [(of the 21/40 won by US players in this decade - 2000 (AO - Davenport) W, US; 2001 (AO, FO - Capriati) W, US*; 2002 (AO - Capriati) FO*, W*, US*; 2003 AO*, W*; 2005 AO, W; 2007 AO, W; 2008 W*, US; 2009 AO, W*]

(Serena's titles denoted in RED, while Venus' titles denoted in BLUE. An asterisk denotes a final between both Williams sisters)

Nov 2nd, 2009, 07:52 PM
- The Serena Slam and Williams dominance at Slams
- Venus' period of glory in 2000 and the longest winning streak of this decade
- Justine establishing herself as an all-time great and Queen of Clay
- Capriati finally winning slams
- the Russian Revolution
- the deterioration of the number one ranking which really began with Hingis at the beginning of the decade
- lots of high profile retirements and returns
- record number of championship comebacks from matchpoint down and record number of dramas by Serena
- too many great matches

Nov 2nd, 2009, 08:14 PM
the Venus Lindsay wimbledon 2005 final was without a doubt the best match this decade

Venus and Serena the most notable players obviously

some of the most amazing moments for me include Dokic aussie open 09 and Bartoli wimbledon 2007

Nov 2nd, 2009, 09:23 PM
WS and Momo finally winning her 2 slams.

Nov 2nd, 2009, 10:14 PM
This era has had some huge strides.

The emergence of the WS in the early 2000's
The Belgian and Russian Revolution
Other than the WS, Masha is the only female tennis player to cross over into mainstream media.

Nov 2nd, 2009, 11:30 PM
Serena the Queen of the Decade
Venus the Queen of Wimbledon
Henin the Queen of Roland Garros
Dementieva the Queen of Consistency
Sharapova was there...
Mauresmo, too...

Russian Revolution
Belgian Revolution
Serbian Revolution

The comebacks of Capriati, Hingis, Clijsters, Dokic, Navratilova :eek:

Hawkeye, equal prizemoney and... on court coaching :spit:

Notable matches:
'05 Wimbledon F (Venus def Davenport)
'01 AO QF (Hingis def Serena)
'02 AO F (Capriati def Hingis)
'09 AO R4 (Dokic def Kleybanova)
'09 Wimbledon SF (Serena def Dementieva)

Very lax with the notable matches though, can't remember much.

Dec 7th, 2009, 09:53 AM
:worship: Diatchenko def. Johansson FO.

Dec 7th, 2009, 03:11 PM
Fall of Hingis.
Capriati's fairy tale.
Serena Slam.
Belgian Revolution.
Russian Revolution.
#1 rank losing credibility.
Two epic chokers becoming multiple GS winners.
Coming out of closet retirement stories.
The death of the women's tennis.
You probably mean Sveta & Kim, but who is the third as Vivica Seles meant, Pierce, Venus? :confused:


The longest Wimbledon final.
The longest Season-Ending Championships final.
The longest final set tiebreak.
7 (!) Grand Slams won after saving MPs.
Two of them saved them against Sveta. :sad:

Dec 7th, 2009, 03:29 PM
And many more where she lost leads. :sad:

Dec 7th, 2009, 03:45 PM
Vee and babygirl's arrival and ascension to the top.
Serena slam and 4 times Williams-Williams in a row. ( dang, so for a year NOBODY outside of the Williams household advanced to a major final! :eek:)
Juju and Kim..nice, showed Holland that it COULD be done.
Russians dominating the top 10, albeit not the the majors.
bye bye Monica, Jennifer and Linds?!
Bye bye Momo..but thanks for the memories.

Stand out matches:
Serena vs Kim '03 oz open...that was no.1
Serena vs Maria '05 Oz open...that was no.2
Serena vs Elena D '09 wimbledon...that's no.3
Linds vs Vee '05 wimbledon F
Juju vs Jen '03 u.s. open.

Dec 7th, 2009, 03:50 PM
You probably mean Sveta & Kim, but who is the third as Vivica Seles meant, Pierce, Venus? :confused:

Momo :o

Dec 7th, 2009, 04:06 PM
You probably mean Sveta & Kim, but who is the third as Vivica Seles meant, Pierce, Venus? :confused:

I meant Kim and Amelie. Sveta won the very first major final she reached so it's hard to call her a Grand Slam choker.

Dec 7th, 2009, 04:13 PM
the one match that sticks out in my mind this whole decade?

WIMBLEDON FINAL, 2005. that was epic.


The most amazing decade !

Dec 25th, 2009, 03:58 PM
Truly was. :worship:

Pre 2005 was amaze.

V's a star
Dec 25th, 2009, 04:30 PM
Id say two sisters meeting in 4 straight Major finals. No two other players in history have meet eachother on 4 consecutive occasions in GS finals let alone sisters

Dec 25th, 2009, 04:32 PM
Best matches:

Wimbledon Final 2005 and 2008
USO QF V. Williams vs. S. Williams
YEC Henin vs. Sharapova
USO SF Henin vs. Capriati
RG 2001 Clijsters vs. Capriati
AO 2002 Capriati vs. Hingis
Wimbledon SF Dementieva vs. Serena

Notable moments:

Venus' dominance of Wimbledon and US Open 2000-2001
The Indian Wells incident
First All-Williams GS final (USO 2001)
The end of Hingis' first career
Serena Slam
The end of Monica Seles' career
"The Hand" changing the Guard
Henin dominance of late 03-04
The Russian Revolution of Myskina, Sharapova, Kuznetsova and Dementieva
The addition of the Challenge system
The emergence of China (Zheng and Na)
Equal prize money in the Grand Slams
The emergence of Serbia (No. 1s Ivanovic and Jankovic, and slam winner Ivanovic)
Comebacks galore (Capriati in 2001, Pierce in 2002, Davenport in 2002, Clijsters/Henin 2005, Hingis 2006, Clijsters/Henin 2009)
Pregnancy in vogue (Davenport 2007, Clijsters 2009, both come back from it)
Serena's re-assertion at the end of the decade
Serena vs. others on official abuse

Most notable player(s): Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Justine Henin, Kim Clijsters, Maria Sharapova

Greatest Rivalries:

Hingis vs. V. Williams
Davenport vs. V. Williams
S. Williams vs. V. Williams
S. Williams vs. J. Henin
S. Williams vs. J. Capriati
S. Williams vs. E. Dementieva
Williams sisters vs. Belgium
V. Williams vs. J. Jankovic
Mauresmo vs. Henin
China vs. Russia in terms of developing large amounts of players

Storylines into the next decade:

How long will Serena, Venus, Kim, Dementieva, and Justine play?
How long will Sharapova be able to play?
Will Mary Pierce make a second career comeback?
Will Wozniacki, Lisicki, Azarenka, Radwanska win a slam?
Will the Serbians come back to form?
Will Jelena Dokic, Eleni Daniilidou, and others reach the top 50 again?

Dec 25th, 2009, 04:41 PM
7 (!) Grand Slams won after saving MPs.


2002 Australian Open
2003 Australian Open
2004 French Open
2005 French Open
2005 Wimbledon
2005 Australian Open
2009 Wimbledon

Dec 25th, 2009, 04:53 PM
Notable Moments:
1. Capriati's cinderella story
2. Hingis/Clijsters/Henin/Pierce/Dokic/Date-Krumm/Navratilova/Davenport comebacks!
3. Serena Slam defeating Venus in the finals
4. Venus Queen of Wimbledon
5. Henin @ RG
6. Seles retires
7. Belgian/Serbian/Russian/China emergence
8. Equal Prize Money
9. Hawkeye
10. Williams sisters dominance

Best Rivalries:
1. Capriati vs. Serena
2. Hingis vs. Davenport
3. Kim vs. Justine
4. Serena vs. Justine
5. Hingis vs. Venus
6. Capriati vs. Henin
7. Davenport vs. Venus
8. Venus vs. Serena

Best Matches:
1. 2002 Aussie Open Final (Capriati def. Hingis)
2. 2005 Wimbledon Final (Venus def. Davenport)
3. 2005 Aussie Open Semi (Serena def. Sharapova)
4. 2009 Wimbledon Semi (Serena def. Dementieva)
5. 2001 French Open Final (Capriati def. Clijsters)

Questions for next decade...
1. How long will the Williams Sisters reign?
2. Any more comebacks...?
3. Who will carry the torch with the retirement of veterans (Sharapova/Wozniacki/ Radwanska/Lisicki/Azarenka/Ivanovic/Robson/Pavlyuchenkova/Szavay/Chakvetadze...)?
4. Another child prodigy (Hingis/Capriati/Seles like)?
5. Will Serena come close to Navratilova/Evert/Graf in slam titles?

Should be an exciting decade. I can't wait for 2010 to start!

Sir Stefwhit
Dec 25th, 2009, 05:23 PM
-Serena Slam
-Player Challenge System
-Retirements of Seles, Hingis, Davenport, Capriatti, and Mauresmo
-Justine's dominance @ Roland Garros
-Venus' dominance @ Wimbledon
-Clijster's remarkable comeback
-Sharapova and the Russians
-Chinese doubles success
-Equal Pay @ all 4 Slams
-More depth in the game than ever before
-The death of Serve & Volley Tennis

Best rivalries:

Dec 25th, 2009, 10:36 PM

Dec 25th, 2009, 11:24 PM
The decade ended for me at the end of 2005 :sobbing:

Dec 25th, 2009, 11:39 PM
The real story of the decade for me was Elena Dementieva. By far. Nothing else came close.

The end.

Dec 25th, 2009, 11:52 PM
The real story of the decade for me was Elena Dementieva. By far. Nothing else came close.

The end.

Chris, as always, I am amazed by your penetrating insight and keen analysis.

Except I would have said "The real story of the decade for me was Elena Dementieva and her amazing bangs."

Dec 26th, 2009, 12:00 AM
the good:

-The 2005 resurgence of Pierce
-Capriati's comeback
-Myskina wins RG :hearts:
-Sharapova wins Wimbledon '04
-Mauresmo finally becomes a GS champion...TWICE.
-Davenport's amazing 04 and 05 seasons
-Lena D wins Olympic Gold :worship:
-Davenport wins 2000 AO

the bad:

-Williams Sisters edging out most most of my favorites on a consistant basis :o
-Davenport's GS semifinal losses in 04
-Pierce's embarrassing GS final losses in 05
-Lena D's even more embarrassing GS final losses in 04
-Dementieva goes slamless

the fugly:

-"the hand"
-Henin retiring in a GS final (against Momo no less)
-Pierce's horrific fall
-Dementieva breaking my heart, 2009 Wimbledon semi
-Davenport breaking my heart, 2005 Wimbledon final, 2005 AO final
-Ivanovic and her squeaking, 2008 AO semi vs. Hantuchova
-Capriati vs. Henin, US Open 2003 semi :sobbing:

Sir Stefwhit
Dec 26th, 2009, 01:30 AM
bravo to this thread...it's a great read!

Dec 26th, 2009, 03:22 AM
Probably when people look back at this decade 100 years from now, the #1 thing it will be remembered for is being the decade when future Greatest Player of All Time and 25-time GS champion Caroline Wozniacki reached her first GS Final :)

It will also be remembered as the decade when Sharapova won 3 GS titles while playing right-handed, which will fascinate people in the future who will know her primarily from her even more impressive later career as a lefty :)

And yeah, I guess a few people may remember this decade for the Williams sisters as well :shrug:

Dec 26th, 2009, 06:48 AM
Martina Hingis

No 1 for a further 2 years, (after 1997-1999)

No one else has come close and she defeated all who did before injury ruled her out. Came back in 2006 and defeated all the new ones, excluding Serena, who she never played on return.

Dec 26th, 2009, 09:10 AM
Venus & Serena! They made me a fan of women's tennis this decade!

Dec 26th, 2009, 11:15 AM
Lena winning Olympic Gold :hearts: :hug: still miss those bangs :sad:
Maria winning Wimbledon 04 :worship: what a story
Kim winning 1st slam, then retiring and then coming back to win 2nd slam :drool:
Amelie winning 2 slams :)

also Serena slam
Venus dominance at Wimby and Henin dominance at RG
Capriati's comeback
Mary's horrific injury
Hingis rise and fall

Dec 26th, 2009, 11:19 AM
Great responses. :bigclap: So many memories.

Dec 26th, 2009, 12:13 PM
The Best matches/Memories:

Justine vs capriati (us open semi 2003)
Kim vs Justine (final FO 2003, Beglium rules from then)
Kim wins (finally) a GS in US open, and another one after coming back.
Justine vs Myskina (olympics semi final what a match)
Justine vs sharapova YEC 2007
Sharapova vs Serena williams (wimbledon 2004)
Serena williams vs dementieva (the first match worth after retirement henin :sad:)
Justine vs Venus (us open SF 2007)(one of the best match ever aftre specialists, and surprised that it was not mentionend in all responses:rolleyes:)
venus vs davenpoort (2005 FINAL wimbledon)
Kim vs Serena (us open 2009)

the players that made me not necessarily like them but respect them beside Henin in this decade are:
Venus Williams (For her talent and fair play)
Kim Clijsters(nice and professinal)
Ave Maria!(her peak is one of the best in tour)
Mauresmo (back hand and similarity with henin's game but luck of self believe)
Pierce ( Peak is one of the best as well)
Davenpoort ( consistent and fair play)