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MakarovaFan
May 28th, 2010, 11:39 PM
against a top player in a big stage but couldnt convert but after the tough loss they were never heard from again yet you thought for all they world this player would really go on to make noise on tour....
some examples:
Yulia Beygelzimer vs (7)Jennifer Capriati 2004 Roland Garros 1rd 2-6,6-4,4-6....really had her chances in that final set and JCap was becoming very frustrated with the crowd and her play. Yulia was playing very well and aggresively and i thought forsure she would easily crack top 100 and win tour matches yet her highest rank was only 110 and she never won a slam match. Has STRUGGLED on challenger tour since.
Noami Cavaday vs (9)Martina Hingis 2007 Wimbledon 1rd 7-6(1),5-7,0-6....she was playing confidently and affectively and surely seemed to be competent enough to crack top 150/100 but has barely done anything on tour since and her highest rank has been around 170
Evgenia Linetskaya vs (2) Maria Sharapova 2005 Roland Garros 1rd 7-6(3),2-6,4-6....really out of no where this girl burst onto tour with a very strong start to 2005 and Roland Garros seemed to be poised to be her announcment/breakthrough to the main stage,but she lost that tight match and won just TWO tour matches since that! By 2006 she began playing a limited shcedule and has since disapeared. Defintely had the potential to do big things.
Melanie Schnell vs (12) Mary Pierce 1996 Roland Garros 1rd 5-7,2-6 and (8) Lindsay Davenport 1996 Wimbledon 4-6,1-6 1rd....i remember her coming out banging and more importantly NOT afraid against both players(back in a time when the tour lacked depth and really was a low ranked player confident that they could hang with the big girls),she had literally hit some of the biggest serves on tour that year,had big groundies and i even remember Martina Navratilova calling the Lindsay match and being impressed by this girl and expecting a big future for her......she had just made a tour F(Budapest) weeks prior and cracked the top 100. Unfortunately for her after the Wimbledon match she played a grand total of 18 events before she ended her career in 2000. Another really weird instance
Evgeniya Rodina vs (1) Maria Sharapova 2008 Roland Garros 1-6,6-3,6-8....cant really say this girl had much potential but she hasnt done much since so this tight and winnable loss which would have done for her career,sticks out

Any other examples??

dsanders06
May 28th, 2010, 11:42 PM
Tamira Paszek, 12-10 in the third against Jankovic, AO08

MakarovaFan
May 28th, 2010, 11:46 PM
Tamira Paszek, 12-10 in the third against Jankovic, AO08
True but Tamira has made the Rd 16 at TWO slams as well as Winning a tour event and reaching another tour Final

Mynarco
May 28th, 2010, 11:47 PM
Camille Pin 2008 AO vs Sharapova

slamchamp
May 28th, 2010, 11:49 PM
Camille Pin 2008 AO vs Sharapova

2007:p in 2008 maria would have killed her:unsure:

MakarovaFan
May 28th, 2010, 11:50 PM
Camille Pin 2008 AO vs Sharapova
Yea but Camille was a regular on tour,played several SFs and QFs plus won matches in Slams and got her rank in the top 50(after the tough loss)......i want some really obscure/creative ones! Lol

goldenlox
May 28th, 2010, 11:53 PM
Bardina lost the 2007 Hobart final to ACHAK.
Anna went on to finish #6 for 2007.

$uricate
May 28th, 2010, 11:55 PM
Angela Haynes?

Took it to an out of shape Serena in Wimbledon round 1 in 2005.

Everyone thought she was gonna be a big star for American tennis but she's done practically nothing since.

goldenlox
May 28th, 2010, 11:55 PM
Mashona Washington had a match point on Sharapova at the 2006 FO

MakarovaFan
May 28th, 2010, 11:55 PM
Bardina is a really good exampled but too bad it wasnt on a big stage.......what the hell happened to that girl,i dont think she even lasted a year

LeonHart
May 28th, 2010, 11:57 PM
Loit vs. Serena AO 2003.

goldenlox
May 28th, 2010, 11:57 PM
Players get injured. I thought Linetskaya would be a good player, but she had all kinds of problems, health, coach, dad, all of them

Backhand_stille
May 28th, 2010, 11:58 PM
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MakarovaFan
May 29th, 2010, 12:00 AM
Angela Haynes?

Took it to an out of shape Serena in Wimbledon round 1 in 2005.

Everyone thought she was gonna be a big star for American tennis but she's done practically nothing since.
Yes i forgot to add that Wimbledon match7-6,4-6,2-6...she was up 7-6,4-3 serving

Kipling
May 29th, 2010, 12:01 AM
Evgenia Linetskaya

Linetskaya was reportedly abused by her father or a coach at or during the San Diego tournament in 2005, I believe. Her demise had nothing to do with Sharapova.

KBdoubleu
May 29th, 2010, 12:12 AM
Mashona Washington had a match point on Sharapova at the 2006 FO

She had a victory over Sharapova after Sharapova's Wimbledon victory in '04 als

squig2k
May 29th, 2010, 12:12 AM
Sabine Klaschka vs Elena Dementieva Wimbledon 2005 2R. Stretched Elena right in the 3rd set and had chances but failed and lost

KournikovaFan91
May 29th, 2010, 12:12 AM
Didn't Morigami almost beat Venus and Wimbledon and then Venus went on to win the title.

goldenlox
May 29th, 2010, 12:14 AM
She had a victory over Sharapova after Sharapova's Wimbledon victory in '04 alsAll these players have wins.
Linetskaya beat Mauresmo at IW, a Super Tier I in 2005

CoryAnnAvants#1
May 29th, 2010, 12:16 AM
Bea Bielik: Had a set point against Henin in the third round of 2002 US Open (her pro debut), blew it, and never won another match on the WTA Tour after that before retiring 18 months later.

Slutiana
May 29th, 2010, 12:18 AM
Cavaday has just turned 21. :lol:

You will be taking her off your list soon enough. :smoke:

hdfb
May 29th, 2010, 12:19 AM
WC-Amanda Grahame (AUS) vs Serena Williams R1 at Australian Open 2000/1 The score was something like 6-4 4-6 6-0

Everyone was reeeeeeally surprised Amanda, who wasn't even a prominent junior gave Serena so much trouble.

KournikovaFan91
May 29th, 2010, 12:21 AM
I always feel so bad for the unknown player if they can't finish off a match against a top player. :sobbing:

The Dawntreader
May 29th, 2010, 12:21 AM
Who was the player who almost beat Myskina in the first round of Wimby '05?

I remember her hovering over the finish line, but can't for the life of me remember her name. Don't recall her breaking through subsequently.

Dave.
May 29th, 2010, 12:22 AM
Good thread. I'm intrigued by that Melanie Schnell, can't believe I've not heard of her. Are there any videos of those matches floating around anywhere?

I'd say her or Bea Bielik, mentioned above, are probably the most obscure ones. It is shocking a player only wins matches in her debut event, which just happens to be the USO, and couldn't win anywhere else. :confused:

Territory
May 29th, 2010, 12:22 AM
Rogowska v. Safina at US Open 09. Olivia has really struggled since then and may be a good contender for this list.

Poova
May 29th, 2010, 12:24 AM
Who was the player who almost beat Myskina in the first round of Wimby '05?

I remember her hovering over the finish line, but can't for the life of me remember her name. Don't recall her breaking through subsequently.
Katerina Bohmova. She led 4-1 in the second and 3-0 in the third, and lost 57 76(4) 64. :tape:

Bohmova also pushed Petrova to three sets during her clay court win streak in 2006, but is probably more remembered for being arrested for shoplifting than any of those. :lol:

The Dawntreader
May 29th, 2010, 12:26 AM
Katerina Bohmova. She led 4-1 in the second and 3-0 in the third, and lost 57 76(4) 64. :tape:

Bohmova also pushed Petrova to three sets during her clay court win streak in 2006, but is probably more remembered for being arrested for shoplifting than any of those. :lol:

Oh it was Katerina 'Winona Ryder' Bohmova then?:lol:

Thanks for the info:)

MakarovaFan
May 29th, 2010, 12:37 AM
Yes Bohmova and Klashcka are perfect examples and Bea(wow didnt realize she never won a sinlge match after that....yikes!)

Dave.
May 29th, 2010, 12:38 AM
Brie Rippner pushed Henin to 3 at Wimbledon 2002 and only ever played 3 more matches, retiring at 23. What happened there?

She had a couple of years in the top 100 before, going as high as 57. Made the 3R of Wimbledon as qualifier in 2000. But for all that only ever made 1 QF, which is strange for someone who broke the top 60 isn't it? :shrug:

MakarovaFan
May 29th, 2010, 12:41 AM
Linetskaya was reportedly abused by her father or a coach at or during the San Diego tournament in 2005, I believe. Her demise had nothing to do with Sharapova.
No one said it had to do with Maria. This thread is about players who had a chance on a big stage(Grand Slam) but couldnt capitalize and failed to do anything else on tour after. To be fair Evgenia did accomplish a bit on tour before tha match but i included her because her case was so severe......In almost her debut year she Reaches Rd16 at GS and IW,2 SFs and win over Mauresmo, months later she almost knocks out Sharapova at a Slam,putting herself on the map yet after that single match her career drastically changed,winning just 2 matches for the rest of year and adversly her career.....all that within the span of a single year

Kipling
May 29th, 2010, 12:49 AM
It's an oversimplification to say that the Jankovic loss ruined Paszek's career. There are a great many things tht have caused her fall in the rankings. Injuries, illness, a multitude of coaching changes, and even rumors of a fallout with her family. You can't discount any of that.

Even had those things not occured, the Jankovic loss happened in January 2008. As late as June 2009 she was back up at #59 in the rankings, having defeated the world no. 1 in July of 2008 and reached the Bali final in late 2008, beating players like Pennetta and Hantuchova along the way. Clearly, she wasn't "destroyed" by the loss to JJ.

But factor in coaching changes from Passos to Brooks to Passos to Gimenez to uncoached and so on, and a serious disc injury in her back in June of 2009, and it's easy to see why she dropped in the rankings. She's only 19. She has time to make a comeback, and I'm betting that she will.

The Dawntreader
May 29th, 2010, 12:59 AM
Micaela Pastikova was up a set against Davenport in the second round of the Australian Open, eventually losing 2-6 6-2 6-2. Has barely won a handful of MD WTA matches since.

Amanda Janes was up a set against Sugiyama and MP up against Karantancheva at Wimby in 04/05. I think she's retired with children now.

Szczecin
May 29th, 2010, 03:24 AM
WC-Amanda Grahame (AUS) vs Serena Williams R1 at Australian Open 2000/1 The score was something like 6-4 4-6 6-0

Everyone was reeeeeeally surprised Amanda, who wasn't even a prominent junior gave Serena so much trouble.



Actually it was even closer than that...

It was actually 6-4 4-6 6-4...



Good Example! :)

Daniel K
May 29th, 2010, 03:39 AM
WC-Amanda Grahame (AUS) vs Serena Williams R1 at Australian Open 2000/1 The score was something like 6-4 4-6 6-0

Everyone was reeeeeeally surprised Amanda, who wasn't even a prominent junior gave Serena so much trouble.

Yes i remember that. She was hyped up after that then did literally nothing.

So Disrespectful
May 29th, 2010, 03:53 AM
Sophie Ferguson took a set off Petrova at Australian Open 2005, but I think she'll still become a top 100 player one day soon.

Mashabator
May 29th, 2010, 04:17 AM
I think it was more than 1 match pt washington had against masha...

Aaron.
May 29th, 2010, 04:25 AM
Mashona :sobbing:

lemonwilly
May 29th, 2010, 04:42 AM
US Open 2002 1st round : Martina Hingis def. Marissa Irvin 6-3 5-7 6-4

fouc
May 29th, 2010, 07:42 AM
Olivia RoGOATska I'm afraid

s_j
May 29th, 2010, 07:47 AM
Look at all these players that have had a chance to steal a win over Maria Sharapova when she wasn't playing well, but actually didn't manage to. It just shows that what she recently said in the RG press conference does ring true and she really does have a stronger mentality than most on the tour. (Of course, however, she has had her fair share of bad losses also).

A Magicman
May 29th, 2010, 08:29 AM
Helen Kelesi vs Monica Seles, Roland Garros 1990

Helen was 6-4, 4-6, 4-5* 30/40 against Monica after more than 2 hours of fierce grinding, when she made a stop ball, stood in midfield and Monica rushed to the net, her entire court wide open. Monica played a weak shot directly onto Helens racket who just needed to bring the ball somehow over the net - and netted it.

GSM Seles.


Who knows how this match might have gone on. :sobbing:

Territory
May 29th, 2010, 08:37 AM
Kelesi ended up being a top 20 player didn't she??

darkangel23
May 29th, 2010, 08:41 AM
Yes i remember that. She was hyped up after that then did literally nothing.

I remember that match too. That was a hell of a match it was soooo close and Amanda lost unluckily in the end but I never heard of her afterwards.

A Magicman
May 29th, 2010, 08:47 AM
Kelesi ended up being a top 20 player didn't she??

For some time, yes. But she had a tendency to slump and couldn't stay there for a longer time. She peaked at 13. At the time of the match, she was #22, but she's always been quite some irrelevant player back in her era.

And this point still has me traumatized. 20 years later. :lol: