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Mistress of Evil
Nov 9th, 2009, 03:40 PM
PLEASE VOTE FOR THE PLAYER WHICH IS MOST LIKELY TO DO IT, NOT FOR YOUR FAVE!!!

There are seven GS champions still on tour(except Rena) who have the chance to complete a Career Slam which seems to be quite prestigious ( mastering all the surfaces).However, who has the potential to do it?

*Justine Henin (Henin fulfuiling her dream of holding all 4 GS trophies!? )
Missing trophy: Wimbledon
Best result at Wimbledon: Final 2001,2006 W/L: 27/7 (79%)

Maria Sharapova ( The cow on ice winning the Grand Slam, played on clay!?)
Missing trophy: Roland Garros
Best result at RG: SF 2007 W/L: 23/7 (77%)

Venus Williams (Vee winning on clay and at the AO!?Does she still has the time to do it?)
Missing trophies: AO and RG
Best result at RG: Final 2002 W/L: 37/13 (74%)
Best reult at AO: Final 2003 W/L: 33/10 (77%)

Svetlana Kuznetsova (Sexlana overcoming Shitlana by becoming a GS monster!?)
Missing trophies: AO and Wimbledon
Best result at AO: QF 2005, 2009 W/L: 19/8 (70%)
Best result at Wimbledon: QF 2003, 2005, 2007 W/L: 19/7 (73%)

Amélie Mauresno ( Is she still playing?)
Missing trophies: USO and RG
Best result at RG: QF 2003,2004 W/L: 25/15 (63%)
Best result at USO: SF 2002,2006 W/L: 35/10 (78%)

Kim Clijsters (The mommy conquering the tour and becoming the first woman winnig the Big Four after given birth!?)
Missing trophies: AO, RG and Wimbledon
Best result at AO: Final 2004 W/L: 29/7 (81%)
Best result at RG: Final 2001,2003 W/L: 22/6 (79%)
Best result at Wimbledon: SF 2003,2006 W/L: 22/7 (76%)

Ana Ivanovic ( No comment)
Best result at AO: Final 2008 W/L: 13/5 (72%)
Best result at Wimbledon: SF 2007 W/L: 15/5 (75%)
Best result at USO: 4R 2007 W/L: 7/5 (58%)

*since she is set to return I decided to include her in the pool

Note: Mary Pierce(rumors for a comeback in 2010) and Lindsay Davenport(not officially retired) are not included because of the fact I doubt the two of them playing tennis on such a high level ever again.

Mikey B
Nov 9th, 2009, 03:53 PM
i think kim and justine definitley could... i also believe that maria will win the french open someday. .

nice to see the stats at the slams, great percentages for most of the girls, impressive. thanks!

thegreendestiny
Nov 9th, 2009, 03:57 PM
I'm pretty sure Maria will never win RG even though she improved her clay results in the last two years. Venus of course is most likely to never complete it too. Henin has a small possibility. Kuznetsova, Mauresmo and Clijsters are a long shot. Ivanovic? Well, she has a chance at completing a career GS 1R loss.

MJMS
Nov 9th, 2009, 03:59 PM
Non of them :help::help:

José Morgado
Nov 9th, 2009, 04:01 PM
Ana, off course:help::help::bounce::bounce::rolleyes:

propi
Nov 9th, 2009, 04:03 PM
If someone it will be Justine, followed by Sveta.
María is not an odd option but she simply has to find out how to play on clay, but her will is awesome. I just put Sveta because I think her game is more versatile, although her head is much worse :o

delicatecutter
Nov 9th, 2009, 04:05 PM
Svetlana. :hearts:

I will NOT be happy if Henin ever wins Wimbledon. It's one of the things that gives me great pleasure in life, much like Martina never winning Roland Garros.

danieln1
Nov 9th, 2009, 04:06 PM
Maria obviously... she might not like the clay, but she has a great record in that tournament, and with some luck of the draw, she can win that someday...

I hope Ana someday will win a slam again, career is a bit much to ask

Safe-From-Harm
Nov 9th, 2009, 04:10 PM
Voted for Kim,don't know why.Maybe cause I don't believe so much in others.
And Ana in this list....so hard that she will do that.Maybe If she plays naked all 4 GS,than I will be her fan and will chearing for her....Ajde Ana-show us what You got:bounce::bounce::bounce:

Convoluted
Nov 9th, 2009, 04:15 PM
Henin's 27/7 = 79% not 76%

On topic, I think Henin is obviously the most likely. There's a chance Pova might make it, given she's still young and she could eventually find a way to win on clay. I'd love Kim to do it, but that's three more slams, and I don't see her winning Wimbledon anytime soon...

saki
Nov 9th, 2009, 04:17 PM
I think Justine and Maria are most likely to. Justine is an excellent grasscourt player, her problem has been her serve and the short time between RG and Wimbledon. With an improved serve and Carlos persuading her not to play Eastbourne, I think she has a decent shot at a Wimbledon title. Clearly, she's not the favourite for the title (Serena and Venus are both clearly better on grass than she is and Maria possibly is too) but she's got a fair chance.


Maria isn't that great a claycourt player but she's not as bad as people think she is and, frankly, the only really excellent claycourter on tour is Justine - if Maria could avoid playing her, I think she'd have a decent chance at the title just because she's not a headcase. Yes, there are better claycourters on tour than Maria (Lena D, Sveta, Ana Ivanovic, JJ, Serena, Clijsters.. to name but a few) but, with a good draw, Maria could still win a RG title - particularly as she's still quite young and could play for many years yet.

Mistress of Evil
Nov 9th, 2009, 04:20 PM
I think Justine and Maria are most likely to. Justine is an excellent grasscourt player, her problem has been her serve and the short time between RG and Wimbledon. With an improved serve and Carlos persuading her not to play Eastbourne, I think she has a decent shot at a Wimbledon title. Clearly, she's not the favourite for the title (Serena and Venus are both clearly better on grass than she is and Maria possibly is too) but she's got a fair chance.


Maria isn't that great a claycourt player but she's not as bad as people think she is and, frankly, the only really excellent claycourter on tour is Justine - if Maria could avoid playing her, I think she'd have a decent chance at the title just because she's not a headcase. Yes, there are better claycourters on tour than Maria (Lena D, Sveta, Ana Ivanovic, JJ, Serena, Clijsters.. to name but a few) but, with a good draw, Maria could still win a RG title - particularly as she's still quite young and could play for many years yet.

It is ok now.

Monirena Wiles
Nov 9th, 2009, 05:01 PM
I see sharapova winning the french before I see justine winning Wimbledon. It seems strange but that's how I see it.

Elegante
Nov 9th, 2009, 05:04 PM
I do not know why Kim Clijsters has not an Australia title. She has reached five straight semifinal or more there.

Uranium
Nov 9th, 2009, 05:04 PM
None.

Mikey.
Nov 9th, 2009, 05:15 PM
This is a hard one :speakles:

TBH it would definitely be between Justine, Maria and Venus, but it's so hard to pick between them. Justine is only just coming back so we don't know what type of form she is in, plus there is always the Williams sisters as a dominating force at Wimbledon. Maria, as we all know, is not the best of clay courters, and she seems to be a bit inconsistent since her comeback from injury. Venus could definitely pull off the Australian Open some time in her career. However she also seems to be quite inconsistent these days and clay is also definitely not her best surface. So winning the French Open, let alone both the Australian Open and French Open, might be a challenge for her.

If I had to predict only one of these players to complete Career Slam, I would pick Justine. She, out of the three, plays relatively well on the surface of Grand Slam she has yet to win. All this assuming she returns playing at relatively high level.

LoveFifteen
Nov 9th, 2009, 06:33 PM
If Justine or Maria come back strong, then they are obviously the best contenders. Venus hasn't made a Slam final outside of Wimbledon since the 2003 Australian Open. That was basically 7 years ago. I just don't see the career Slam happening for Venus. As much as I love Kim, I'm pretty sure winning a Slam has quenched a lot of her competitive hunger, just like last time. :sad:

:lol: @ even bothering to put Mauresmo on this list!

°°°VaMoS RaFa°°°
Nov 9th, 2009, 07:01 PM
I hope Jusine will win Wimbledon one day. I also think she is the only one who can make the career Slam from that list.
maria can't win a Slam on Clay, the same for Venus. Sveta won't win two Slams in one years. Kim must win 3 Grand Slams in one year and that won't be in 2010. Ana is in a slump. And the story with Améle and Roland Garros, thats all what I say to her.

MaBaker
Nov 9th, 2009, 07:03 PM
Ana, most likely.

Julian.
Nov 9th, 2009, 07:05 PM
Masha :hearts:

Mistress of Evil
Nov 9th, 2009, 07:22 PM
:lol: @ even bothering to put Mauresmo on this list!

Well, Mauresmo has not retired yet so that she is on the poll because of her two GS titles.

Eduardo Oliveira
Nov 9th, 2009, 07:45 PM
MARIA can do it. :yeah:

The Prophet
Nov 9th, 2009, 07:57 PM
None of them will but Sharapova is more likely to than Henin. Henin isn't mentally tough and coming back just to go after that one title will be way too much pressure for her to deal with.

Lulu.
Nov 9th, 2009, 07:58 PM
Justine most likely.

But I'd rather nobody else do it and Serena remain the only one. :angel:

Mistress of Evil
Nov 10th, 2009, 07:18 AM
Rena is the latest player to have completed the Career Slam so let look through stats:

AO: W 2003,2005,2007,2009 W/L: 44/6 (88%)
RG: W 2002 W/L: 35/8 (81%)
Wimbledon: W 2002,2003,2009 W/L: 50/7 (88%)
USO: W 1999,2002,2008 W/L: 52/8 (87%)

In addition, she has also completed the Career Doubles Slam.

:worship::worship::worship:

Caralenko
Nov 10th, 2009, 07:44 AM
I think Justine and Maria are most likely to. Justine is an excellent grasscourt player, her problem has been her serve and the short time between RG and Wimbledon. With an improved serve and Carlos persuading her not to play Eastbourne, I think she has a decent shot at a Wimbledon title. Clearly, she's not the favourite for the title (Serena and Venus are both clearly better on grass than she is and Maria possibly is too) but she's got a fair chance.


Maria isn't that great a claycourt player but she's not as bad as people think she is and, frankly, the only really excellent claycourter on tour is Justine - if Maria could avoid playing her, I think she'd have a decent chance at the title just because she's not a headcase. Yes, there are better claycourters on tour than Maria (Lena D, Sveta, Ana Ivanovic, JJ, Serena, Clijsters.. to name but a few) but, with a good draw, Maria could still win a RG title - particularly as she's still quite young and could play for many years yet.

This exactly.

Some people think Maria becomes a non-entity on clay like Petrova when she faces Maria but to be honest the ability is there, she just needs to up the movement. She was playing pretty great tennis at RG in 2008 as well, but she crossed the wrong up-and-comer :shrug: If she had beaten Dinara then she probably could've made the final if she had held it up.

skanky~skanketta
Nov 10th, 2009, 07:46 AM
Well, from the list I'd say the only two viable options are Maria and Justine.

Justine: Well, we all know that she's only coming back because she wants to win Wimbledon. This shows that despite everything the haters may say, she's ambitious. She's proven it in the past. She worked her ass off on her body and every aspect of her game and won what she did. At Wimbledon, she's shown that she's a good grasscourt player. 2 finals and 3 semis (I think) plus 3 titles (I think) on grass has shown that she can indeed play on grass. She has all the necessary tools to win it. However, she's also shown that she can be overwhelmed by the power game of the sisters who have completely blown her off court in her defeats to them. Her loss to Daniilidou, well, she's always been uncomfotable with Eleni's game (check the head2heads). Her loss to Bartoli was a massive choke on her part and Bartoli smelling blood. Her loss to Momo was the same (her game completely collapsed after the first set). HOWEVER, ambition and hunger can be a great motivator. Still, I think she needs a bit of luck (i.e. Venus/Serena playing like crap, and not facing a zoning Sharapova) to actually win.

Maria: Like Henin, Maria is also a very ambitious player. On a good day, she can paint the lines at will (i.e. AO 08). However, her record on clay, unlike Henin on grass, leave much to be desired. She's choked massively TWICE at the French against Dinara and she's not really shown that she can take out top ranked clay-court specialists. Still, her name and court presence alone can take her to the QFs. However, like mental fortitude, fight and instilling fear in others can only take you so far. Like Lindsay Davenport, she does not have the game to actually win the French, only to make it relatively deep. To win the French, she will need a LOT of luck (i.e. No Justine, no Kim, no Serena, no Dinara, no Svetlana, no clay court specialist zoning in). And as it always is with tennis, this is completely possible (look at Federer this year, he was helped out a LOT!)

Outside chances:
1) Venus Williams: Her game has deteriorated. However, she's shown time and time again that you can never count her out when she's down. Still, she's not getting any younger and her injuries seem to be more frequent (though less serious than in the past). She's made the finals of both the French and the Australian. Still, her inexplicable losses are usually a mix of her completely self-destructing and an opponent coming into their own. While I doubt she's even win either, I wouldn't be shocked if she finally wins them both. God knows that even the haters have (in the past) expected her to win it.

2) Svetlana Kuznetsova: She can play on all surfaces. She's won a clay court AND an hard court grand slam, so it's a little surprising she hasn't done too well at the AO. She's fit enough to withstand the pulsating heat. At Wimbledon, she's always been beaten by someone who is zoning. But she definitely has a shot because she may be the one who gets in the zone at Wimbledon. She has the game to do it. Unfortunately, her target has always been the French Open and she's mentioned this many times before.

Pops Maellard
Nov 10th, 2009, 10:39 AM
Svetlana. :hearts:

I will NOT be happy if Henin ever wins Wimbledon. It's one of the things that gives me great pleasure in life, much like Martina never winning Roland Garros.
:lol:

I definitely think Masha. She's still young, has reached the semis of RG before, and basically she can/will do it I think. ;)

Pops Maellard
Nov 10th, 2009, 10:42 AM
This exactly.

Some people think Maria becomes a non-entity on clay like Petrova when she faces Maria but to be honest the ability is there, she just needs to up the movement. She was playing pretty great tennis at RG in 2008 as well, but she crossed the wrong up-and-comer :shrug: If she had beaten Dinara then she probably could've made the final if she had held it up.
Maria's rotator cuff was torn at RG. She must've played through a lot of pain, what a champion. :worship:

MrSerenaWilliams
Nov 10th, 2009, 05:38 PM
None.

Talula
Nov 10th, 2009, 05:51 PM
None. Not even Serena - her biggest chance was 2009 and she should kick herself!

AJDE ANA
Nov 10th, 2009, 05:54 PM
Ana of course she will make it

Mistress of Evil
Nov 10th, 2009, 06:08 PM
None. Not even Serena - her biggest chance was 2009 and she should kick herself!

Well, Serena has already completed the Career Slam.You must have misunderstood.

Mrs. Dimitrova
Nov 10th, 2009, 06:16 PM
I'm pretty sure Maria will never win RG even though she improved her clay results in the last two years.

She's still young, she can still improve, there's so much time left. :shrug:

Olórin
Nov 10th, 2009, 06:21 PM
None. Not even Serena - her biggest chance was 2009 and she should kick herself!

Please don't hold Serena to the same standards as these players. Serena completed the Career Slam over 6 years ago, she is going for the Double Career Slam a la Evert and Navratilova.

Mistress of Evil
Nov 10th, 2009, 06:37 PM
Please don't hold Serena to the same standards as these players. Serena completed the Career Slam over 6 years ago, she is going for the Double Career Slam a la Evert and Navratilova.

Ree completed the Doubles Career Slam back to 2001 after winning AO.Maybe you have in mind the Mixed ?

Olórin
Nov 10th, 2009, 06:50 PM
Ree completed the Doubles Career Slam back to 2001 after winning AO.Maybe you have in mind the Mixed ?

Sorry, I didn't phrase it clearly enough. I mean the double-Career Slam (as some on here call it) rather than the Career Slam in Doubles.
i.e. winning every major at least twice.

sweetpeas
Nov 10th, 2009, 06:58 PM
None!

hankqq
Nov 10th, 2009, 07:19 PM
probably none of them, though Henin has the best chance, since she has proven she can play on grass. She's won Eastbourne and reached the Wimbledon final 2X.

Sharapova-obviously she has the right attitude, but she is not good on clay. 2008 was the first time she won a clay event, and that was Amelia Island which is on green clay. So far she has yet to reach any red clay final, so she would probably have to do that before even thinking about winning RG :lol: Even without Henin, I see players like Kuznetsova and Safina stopping her from completing the GS :shrug:

Venus should have won at least 1 AO by now, but for whatever reason she consistently fails to show her best form at the 1st slam of the season. I think there's still time for her to win that, but RG is less likely. She has blown a lot of chances there-especially '04, '05, '06 and '09 (with losses to Myskina, Karatantcheva :hysteric:, Vaidisova and Szavay).

Kuznetsova-I can definitely see her winning the AO some day. Wimbledon will always be a challenge for her-she can volley well but the grass bounces throw off her timing on her loopy forehand swing.

Uranium
Nov 10th, 2009, 07:31 PM
probably none of them, though Henin has the best chance, since she has proven she can play on grass. She's won Eastbourne and reached the Wimbledon final 2X.

Sharapova-obviously she has the right attitude, but she is not good on clay. 2008 was the first time she won a clay event, and that was Amelia Island which is on green clay. So far she has yet to reach any red clay final, so she would probably have to do that before even thinking about winning RG :lol: Even without Henin, I see players like Kuznetsova and Safina stopping her from completing the GS :shrug:

Venus should have won at least 1 AO by now, but for whatever reason she consistently fails to show her best form at the 1st slam of the season. I think there's still time for her to win that, but RG is less likely. She has blown a lot of chances there-especially '04, '05, '06 and '09 (with losses to Myskina, Karatantcheva :hysteric:, Vaidisova and Szavay).

Kuznetsova-I can definitely see her winning the AO some day. Wimbledon will always be a challenge for her-she can volley well but the grass bounces throw off her timing on her loopy forehand swing.

Especially 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2009? I agree with 2004, that was her best chance EVER, followed by 2002. 2009, she had a draw full of low ranked players, but tough on clay (except for Na and Maria). 2000, 2001, 1999 I'll through in as decent chances, 2005 and 2006 Henin definitely wasn't at her best on the clay, so maybe, but I doubt she would have won them.
Kuznetsova can definitely win an AO and I think she can win a Wimbledon if her head is screwed on right. (2007 she played pretty good.)

I previously said none, but if I had to rank them I'd do
1. Venus/Henin/Sveta - Tough to decide between these 3 actually.
4. Kim Clijsters
5. Maria Sharapova
6. Amelie Mauresmo

In The Zone
Nov 10th, 2009, 07:37 PM
I don't think any will. Venus and Maria are never going to be able to win Roland Garros.

Kuznetsova plays well enough on all the surfaces but she doesn't bring grand slam caliber tennis often enough.

Clijsters has to win the other 3 -- which is daunting, but she has the game.

Henin is not going to be able to beat both Sisters at Wimbledon. She could barely beat a hampered Serena who only had one hand. But then again, we don't know the Henin v 2.0 yet.

Out of all these, Henin is the most likely but I do not see any being able to do it.

In The Zone
Nov 10th, 2009, 07:38 PM
None. Not even Serena - her biggest chance was 2009 and she should kick herself!

I think this poster is referring to the Calendar Slam, not the Career Slam.

Elldee
Nov 10th, 2009, 07:58 PM
Lindsay Davenport.

DiscoStick
Nov 10th, 2009, 08:21 PM
Maria.

Mistress of Evil
Nov 11th, 2009, 10:28 AM
Lindsay Davenport.

I do not see her playing tennis ever again but who knows.

Sam L
Nov 11th, 2009, 10:31 AM
Obviously Justine if you look at things statistically. But can she dethrone BOTH the Williams sisters at the Wimbledon in the next few years? I doubt it.

I think Venus - if she really wants it - can get AO and FO.

Kim Clijsters? :spit: She's got NO chance at the career slam.

winchester
Nov 11th, 2009, 10:36 AM
I love the Venus, if she really wants too:lol: so I guess, she didn't want to, all those last years.:spit:

fung627
Nov 11th, 2009, 12:31 PM
I love the Venus, if she really wants too:lol: so I guess, she didn't want to, all those last years.:spit:

Agree. I am actually a bit surprised there are still a lot of people having faith and hope on Venus. I don't mean her level of play is low right now, but IMO she has passed her peak and her chance of winning slams outside Wimbledon is quite low, if not very low.

Mistress of Evil
Jun 9th, 2012, 03:51 PM
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Corswandt
Jun 9th, 2012, 03:52 PM
Who were the 7 people who voted "Ana Ivanovic"?

Hashim.
Jun 9th, 2012, 03:53 PM
Who were the 7 people who voted "Ana Ivanovic"?

lol. I was thinking the exact same thing.