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justineheninfan
Sep 29th, 2010, 10:11 PM
Justine Henin ended the year #1 in 2006 but many debated between her and Mauresmo who won 2 slams that year. Sharapova was also up there and ended the year #2 on the computer just ahead of Mauresmo. Who was the true #1 of 2006.

Here are the stats of each:

Justine Henin- French Open winner, finalist in all 4 slams, WTA Championship winner. 6 tour titles, 60-8 record.

Amelie Mauremo- Australian Open and Wimbledon winner. 4th round loser at the French and semifinal loser at the U.S Open. Runner up in WTA Championships to Henin. 4 tour titles, 51-14 record.

Maria Sharapova- U.S Open winner, semifinalist at Australian Open and Wimbledon, 4th round loser at the French. 5 tour titles, 59-9 record.

Personally I would go with Henin since I think making every slam final and winning the WTA Championships balances out the extra slam, and her overall year and record is much better than Mauresmo. I would say Mauresmo should have ended #2 and Maria a very strong #3.

Ferg
Sep 29th, 2010, 10:12 PM
Not Sharapova anyway, thats for sure.

AcesHigh
Sep 29th, 2010, 10:15 PM
At the time, I said Mauresmo all the way... but after Henin won YEC... I think you have to give her the slight edge.

Sammo
Sep 29th, 2010, 10:21 PM
Moerresmow

pattyclijsters
Sep 29th, 2010, 10:31 PM
wow justine and maria with nearly the same w/l record!

Uranium
Sep 29th, 2010, 10:32 PM
Mauresmo.

Shinjiro
Sep 29th, 2010, 10:42 PM
Momo

2006, what a year that was! :bounce:

Matt01
Sep 29th, 2010, 10:46 PM
Henin.

Ballbasher
Sep 29th, 2010, 10:48 PM
Henin.
Reaching the final in all slams is impressive, although the record is horrible.

danieln1
Sep 29th, 2010, 10:51 PM
2 slams, including wimbledon, worth more than RG and the other finals... but I'm biased here...

homogenius
Sep 29th, 2010, 10:51 PM
H2H :
Mauresmo vs Henin 3-2 (2-0 in slams)
Mauresmo vs Sharapova 1-1
Henin vs Sharapova 3-1 (1-1 in slams)

Back in the days, a lot of people said Amelie (and it'll probably be the case here too).As much as I like her, I think Henin was n°1 for a reason.Making all slams finals + the YEC is impressive and she earned it (it was really close though and if I had to chose I'd probabvly take Amelie'year over Henin's one).

terjw
Sep 29th, 2010, 10:52 PM
I'd say Justine was the overall best that year - but it's a close call. Amelie was definitely the best in the first half of the year.

Sharapova was a clearcut 3rd. Not far behind but no argument that she was behind the other two and the third best.

Julian.
Sep 29th, 2010, 10:57 PM
Henin. Rankings don't lie.

Mr.Sharapova
Sep 29th, 2010, 11:00 PM
IMO Henin deserved that number 1 at the end.2006 was one of the most interesting years in tennis.

mauresmofan
Sep 29th, 2010, 11:31 PM
Henin deserved to be no.1 but I'd take Amelies 2006 over hers anyday - she just played sensational tennis and that Wimbledon final capped it all off (it's what all her fans had been waiting for)

iGOAT
Sep 29th, 2010, 11:33 PM
MoMo beat Christine in 2 slam finals that year :shrug: also overcoming her demons makes her year all the more impressive, although that would fall under "Player of the Year" category more than "number one" I guess, but still I'd say MoMo, by a very slim margin ;).

thrust
Sep 29th, 2010, 11:37 PM
The only two players with the chance to win the #1 title in 06 were Justine and Maria. When Justine beat Maria in the semi's of the YEC she became the #1 player for that year, deservedly so.

it-girl
Sep 29th, 2010, 11:40 PM
Mauresmo, she actually won 2 slams which clearly is more than the other 2 did that year. Also Henin had that funny retirement at the Australian Open which takes away from that final in my opinion. Henin is 2nd though & Sharapova 3rd.

Matt01
Sep 29th, 2010, 11:43 PM
Mauresmo, she actually won 2 slams which clearly is more than the other 2 did that year. Also Henin had that funny retirement at the Australian Open which takes away from that final in my opinion. Henin is 2nd though & Sharapova 3rd.


Sorry but since you mentioned it...the 3 retirements that she got took away from Momo's win IMO. That tournament was a very poor one.

AmeDevotee
Sep 29th, 2010, 11:54 PM
It's close, but Amelie won 2 of the 4 slams, beating Justine in the final of both of them. :worship:

Also, she was ranked #1 for the majority of the year, which I feel is more important than the year-end ranking. :)

Lord Choc Ice
Sep 30th, 2010, 12:31 AM
Henin > Mauresmo >>>>>> Sharapova. In 2006. ;)

goldenlox
Sep 30th, 2010, 01:20 AM
Henin deserved the YE #1 ranking. All 4 slam finals and won the YEC.
But I understand voting for Amelie as POY for 2006 because she won 2 majors and was #1 for a good chunk of the year.
Then Justine was a clear POY and YE #1 in 2007.

MakarovaFan
Sep 30th, 2010, 02:16 AM
Id say Maria and Amelie were very close---Maria with a better w/l,more titles and (taking out an extremely flukey Australian open win,which this thread seems to be talking about actual results etc) even slams and H2H.....but a win is a win so Amelie did get 2 slams. Consistency,especially at a high level is awarded so- 1.Henin; 2.Sharapova; 3.Mauresmo

Vartan
Sep 30th, 2010, 02:17 AM
Sharapova, obviously,



but on a more serious note, Henin :p

slamchamp
Sep 30th, 2010, 02:34 AM
those times:hearts: But I think momo..

BuTtErFrEnA
Sep 30th, 2010, 03:19 AM
momo

Justin
Sep 30th, 2010, 03:39 AM
MoMo beat Christine in 2 slam finals that year :shrug: also overcoming her demons makes her year all the more impressive, although that would fall under "Player of the Year" category more than "number one" I guess, but still I'd say MoMo, by a very slim margin ;).


Exactly what I think.

DefyingGravity
Sep 30th, 2010, 04:24 AM
....Amelie Mauresmo....2 slams are greater than one, no matter how flukey they are.

Mauresmo at Slams: 23-2 (.920)
Justine at Slams: 24-3 (.889)
Maria at Slams: 22-3 (.88)

Mauresmo's 2006 had a better win percentage at slams alone...and while she lost to Vaidisova at Roland Garros, and had that weird delayed double bagel from Sharapova at the USO.....she still did better. I feel the only reason that Justine ended 2006 #1 was because Mauresmo had some points to defend, and Justine essentially had a free last quarter.

Mauresmo won Paris, Antwerp, Australian Open, and Wimbledon.

Justine definitely won a lot more.

It's a toss-up, but I go with Mauresmo

selesisqueen
Sep 30th, 2010, 04:28 AM
Henin. Mauresmo's Australian Open title virtually doesnt count considering half her opponents retired and that is her only edge over Henin. Henin's year is far superior in every other way.

DefyingGravity
Sep 30th, 2010, 04:47 AM
Henin. Mauresmo's Australian Open title virtually doesnt count considering half her opponents retired and that is her only edge over Henin. Henin's year is far superior in every other way.

Not her fault her opponents got injured or were "sick". She was totally outclassing Clijsters by the start of the third set, she was beating Krajicek....and well...Justine took a cop out.

tdot.
Sep 30th, 2010, 04:55 AM
Mauresmo

jimmy_the_greek
Sep 30th, 2010, 05:59 AM
voted for Maria, just because she didn't have many votes and i thought she deserved to have more. My vote would go to Henin though. Mauresmo played well but was inconsistent at times (even vaidisova who was only 16 at the time beat her on 2-3 occasions that year)

swim4life227
Sep 30th, 2010, 06:02 AM
I pick Momo because she won 2 slams to Henin's 1, and both her wins were over Justine so for me the rest if rather irrevelant (and their stats are close anyways).

Singleniacki
Sep 30th, 2010, 06:03 AM
Good Poll.
Hard to say.

Direwolf
Sep 30th, 2010, 06:15 AM
Had the Williamses played half decent, we wouldn't be talking about this.

OH and Momo by Far.

Juju could reach the 4 slams again next year :D

justineheninfan
Sep 30th, 2010, 06:29 AM
Had the Williamses played half decent, we wouldn't be talking about this.

Indeed. After all both Williams played more than half decent in 2007 when they each won a slam and were stopped only by Henin in many others. Yet there was still nothing to talk about in 2007 as to who was #1 as Henin was far and away the #1. :p

selesisqueen
Sep 30th, 2010, 06:37 AM
Had the Williamses played half decent, we wouldn't be talking about this.

ROTFL, very funny.

Venus playing decent since 2004 has only been good enough to maybe win Wimbledon and not make a major final anywhere else. I will give her a pass for 2002 and 2003 since she had Serena's best in her way, but none of her "decent" years since 2004 would be good enough to be a worthy #1 in 2006 or any other year. Name me a single year of the last 7 Venus has had better than Mauresmo, Henin, or even Sharapova in 2006 (well really the last 9 but as I said I give her the benefit of doubt in the Serena ownage years).

As for Serena she has probably been the true #1 of 2008, 2009, and 2010 but while producing an overall inferior year results wise to Mauresmo, Henin, and maybe even Sharapova of 2006, even with the benefit of really weak competition. And when Serena first returned to contention in 2007 she was getting butt slapped by Henin all year.

olivero
Sep 30th, 2010, 07:46 AM
It's very close. That was Amelie's year but making all slam finals and actually winning their last match at YEC could give Justine a slight edge. But then again I'm biased as I love Momo...so Amelie all the way :p

Emina.
Sep 30th, 2010, 08:00 AM
Amelie!

PLP
Sep 30th, 2010, 08:01 AM
Definitely Justine.

Momo and Maria both had amazing years, but Justine was consistently great all year.

SymphonyX
Sep 30th, 2010, 08:49 AM
Henin, Mauresmo and Sharapova as 1st, 2nd, 3rd. And then there's a really big gap between No. 3 and everyone else.

Renalicious
Sep 30th, 2010, 10:53 AM
Juju.

zxcVbnm88
Sep 30th, 2010, 11:19 AM
Momo for winning 2 slams and beating Justine to win them.

vswfan
Sep 30th, 2010, 11:29 AM
I am very sure Henin would absolutely want Mauresmo's 2006 season but Mauresmo may not want Henin's. So I choose Amelie

hablo
Sep 30th, 2010, 11:40 AM
Momo. :D

Matt01
Sep 30th, 2010, 11:53 AM
Not her fault her opponents got injured or were "sick". She was totally outclassing Clijsters by the start of the third set, she was beating Krajicek....and well...Justine took a cop out.


Don't be ridiculous. :lol:

améliemomo
Sep 30th, 2010, 01:57 PM
2007 was Henin year as true n°1 but 2006 was Amélie year.

2 slams>>>>>>>1 slam+ YEC.

Mightymirza
Sep 30th, 2010, 02:01 PM
Right Pova :spit:

doooma6816
Sep 30th, 2010, 02:27 PM
4 slams finals and 1 one won+YEC...so Justine. :)
But it's very close.

DragonFlame
Sep 30th, 2010, 02:33 PM
justine.

#kArLoS#
Sep 30th, 2010, 02:40 PM
Justine

she beat Mauresmo in the YEC final in order to finish #1,so she deserved it :p

bandabou
Sep 30th, 2010, 02:54 PM
Player of the year is Momo without a doubt...but I think Juju was the no.1 of the year...she did reach all four finals, won RG and won YEC.

Momo for player of the year and Juju no.1

Direwolf
Sep 30th, 2010, 03:07 PM
Indeed. After all both Williams played more than half decent in 2007 when they each won a slam and were stopped only by Henin in many others. Yet there was still nothing to talk about in 2007 as to who was #1 as Henin was far and away the #1. :p



ROTFL, very funny.

Venus playing decent since 2004 has only been good enough to maybe win Wimbledon and not make a major final anywhere else. I will give her a pass for 2002 and 2003 since she had Serena's best in her way, but none of her "decent" years since 2004 would be good enough to be a worthy #1 in 2006 or any other year. Name me a single year of the last 7 Venus has had better than Mauresmo, Henin, or even Sharapova in 2006 (well really the last 9 but as I said I give her the benefit of doubt in the Serena ownage years).

As for Serena she has probably been the true #1 of 2008, 2009, and 2010 but while producing an overall inferior year results wise to Mauresmo, Henin, and maybe even Sharapova of 2006, even with the benefit of really weak competition. And when Serena first returned to contention in 2007 she was getting butt slapped by Henin all year.

Tell me, what slam has MomoHeninPova won post surgery/retirement.

You guys should stop wearing your Biasbranded diapers.
Because they stink!

Cp6uja
Sep 30th, 2010, 03:13 PM
Only way for me to say that player with one GS title has better year than player with two GS titles that season is if that GSx1 champion reached all other 3GS finals, YEC or Miami title and finished season at #1, and if that 2xGS champion not reach any other GS final that season or YEC/Miami title.

Exactly that's happen in 2006, so for me Henin2006>Mauresmo2006

BTW Justine Henin's 2006 season is together with Chris Evert 1984 season arguably best ever season in WTA history for some player which won only one GS title that year.

Stern
Sep 30th, 2010, 04:19 PM
Mauresmo

°°°VaMoS RaFa°°°
Sep 30th, 2010, 04:26 PM
For me Amélie because she won 2 slams and was in the final of the YEC. She played also good at the US-Open and Roland Garros is an other theme. She was also injured at the end of the year.

but Justine had also a great year and had deserved the year-end nummber one.

selesisqueen
Sep 30th, 2010, 04:31 PM
Mauresmo wasnt that good at the U.S Open. She was down 3-0 in the 1st set to a nobody in the 3rd round and lost 3 bagel
sets. A grossly out of shape Serena who had barely played that year took a bagel set off her in the 4th round, then
Sharapova gave her 2 bagel sets in the semis.

Direwolf
Sep 30th, 2010, 04:40 PM
Mauresmo wasnt that good at the U.S Open. She was down 3-0 in the 1st set to a nobody in the 3rd round and lost 3 bagel
sets. A grossly out of shape Serena who had barely played that year took a bagel set off her in the 4th round, then
Sharapova gave her 2 bagel sets in the semis.

Justine COULD NOT TAKE A SET OFF SHOULDERPOVA!!!

thrust
Sep 30th, 2010, 05:30 PM
According to the official ranking system of the WTA, Justine Henin was the #1 ranked player of 2006. LIVE WITH IT!! Whatever anyone here thinks, means nothing to the officials of the WTA.

GAGAlady
Sep 30th, 2010, 06:00 PM
this one is so tough, even though usually i would say Henin because getting 4 slam finals is SO SO hard...and winning one is amazing anyways...but Amelie has 2 of those and 1 slam vs 2 in tennis is all that is needed.

Tennis is always about slams...thats the main reason the players play....and a final (however impressive a final is- and it is!) it doesnt match winning 2 of those slams...so Amelie to me deserved it in my opinion based on that alone. However thats not how things worked out based on Henins AMAZING year of her own. All in all a great year for both. No losers here.

Lulu.
Sep 30th, 2010, 07:14 PM
Amelie. :)
Gosh I miss her.

faboozadoo15
Sep 30th, 2010, 07:22 PM
:hearts: such a great year.
Sharapova really made a mess of her chances to be year end #1 though. She got a little screwed against Henin at AO, she choked against Dina (how familiar) at RG, she played like crap against Momo at Wimbledon, and she was burnt out when she played Henin at YEC.

Had she won ONE of those matches, I believe she'd have ended the year #1.

hurricanejeanne
Sep 30th, 2010, 07:32 PM
Extremely close between Momo and Justine. While Justine had 4 slams finals plus the YEC, Momo still won more slams than her so I have to go with Momo.

God, that was a hotmess of year. Hotmess in a good way. :hearts:

The Daviator
Sep 30th, 2010, 08:50 PM
Justine, she produced great results from start to finish in '06, Momo had some poor results outside of her GS wins.

iRed_uBlue
Oct 1st, 2010, 11:09 AM
Henin. Mauresmo lost to Vaidisova at RG and got double bageled by Sharapova at the USO. Not to mention her other failures in tournaments.

Maria rocks
Oct 1st, 2010, 02:06 PM
Maria. Im biased though i admit.

Weemee
Oct 11th, 2010, 11:30 AM
Really....! Is this a serious poll? Course it was Momo's year! Without doubt!