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Navratil
Jun 16th, 2011, 08:05 AM
Wimbledon was dominated in the Open era by a very few players: Navratilova, Graf and the Williams sisters.



Some interesting facts:

- Only 16 different winners in 43 years: King, Jones, Court, Goolagong, Evert, Navratilova, Wade, Graf, Martinez, Hingis, Novotna, Davenport, Sharapova, Mauresmo, Venus and Serena Williams.

- Only 2 different winners than Venus and Serena Williams since 2000: Mauresmo and Sharapova. There was only one final since 2000 without a Williams sister: 2006. That year Serena didn't play because of injury and Venus lost to Jelena Jankovic.

- The tournament was dominated by
Navratilova 9 titles, Graf 7 titles and Venus 5 and Serena 4 titles since 1978. That means 25 titles in the last 32 Championships since 1978 went to one of these four players.

- Only Mauresmo, Sharapova, Davenport, Novotna, Hingis, Martinez, Evert and Goolagong were able to win the title but each of them only once since 1978.

- There were only 5 finals without Navratilova, Graf or the Williams sisters since 1978: 1980, 1981, 1997, 1998 and 2006.

- Record: Navratilova won 9 titles in 12 finals (the last final 1994), she won 6 times in a row between 1982 to 1987 and won 7 doubles titles in 9 finals plus 4 mixed doubles titles in 5 finals. She won the last "official" title in 2003 at the age of 47 (Last year she won the invitation doubles/legends).




Wimbledon Finals Open era

1968 USA Billie Jean King AUS Judy Tegart Dalton 9–7, 7–5
1969 GBR Ann Haydon Jones USA Billie Jean King 3–6, 6–3, 6–2
1970 AUS Margaret Court USA Billie Jean King 14–12, 11–9
1971 AUS Evonne Goolagong Cawley AUS Margaret Court 6–4, 6–1
1972 USA Billie Jean King AUS Evonne Goolagong Cawley 6–3, 6–3
1973 USA Billie Jean King USA Chris Evert 6–0, 7–5
1974 USA Chris Evert USSR Olga Morozova 6–0, 6–4
1975 USA Billie Jean King AUS Evonne Goolagong Cawley 6–0, 6–1
1976 USA Chris Evert AUS Evonne Goolagong Cawley 6–3, 4–6, 8–6
1977 GBR Virginia Wade NED Betty Stöve 4–6, 6–3, 6–1
1978 USA Martina Navrátilová[i][11] USA Chris Evert 2–6, 6–4, 7–5
1979 USA Martina Navrátilová USA Chris Evert 6–4, 6–4
1980 AUS Evonne Goolagong Cawley USA Chris Evert 6–1, 7–6(7–4)
1981 USA Chris Evert TCH[h] Hana Mandlíková 6–2, 6–2
1982 USA Martina Navrátilová USA Chris Evert 6–1, 3–6, 6–2
1983 USA Martina Navrátilová USA Andrea Jaeger 6–0, 6–3
1984 USA Martina Navrátilová USA Chris Evert 7–6(7–5), 6–2
1985 USA Martina Navrátilová USA Chris Evert 4–6, 6–3, 6–2
1986 USA Martina Navrátilová TCH Hana Mandlíková 7–6(7–1), 6–3
1987 USA Martina Navrátilová FRG Steffi Graf 7–5, 6–3
1988 FRG Steffi Graf USA Martina Navrátilová 5–7, 6–2, 6–1
1989 FRG Steffi Graf USA Martina Navrátilová 6–2, 6–7(1–7), 6–1
1990 USA Martina Navrátilová USA Zina Garrison 6–4, 6–1
1991 GER Steffi Graf ARG Gabriela Sabatini 6–4, 3–6, 8–6
1992 GER Steffi Graf YUG Monica Seles 6–2, 6–1
1993 GER Steffi Graf CZE Jana Novotná 7–6(8–6), 1–6, 6–4
1994 ESP Conchita Martínez USA Martina Navrátilová 6–4, 3–6, 6–3
1995 GER Steffi Graf ESP Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 4–6, 6–1, 7–5
1996 GER Steffi Graf ESP Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6–3, 7–5
1997 SUI Martina Hingis CZE Jana Novotná 2–6, 6–3, 6–3
1998 CZE Jana Novotná FRA Nathalie Tauziat 6–4, 7–6(7–2)
1999 USA Lindsay Davenport GER Steffi Graf 6–4, 7–5
2000 USA Venus Williams USA Lindsay Davenport 6–3, 7–6(7–3)
2001 USA Venus Williams BEL Justine Henin 6–2, 3–6, 6–0
2002 USA Serena Williams USA Venus Williams 7–6(7–4), 6–3
2003 USA Serena Williams USA Venus Williams 4–6, 6–4, 6–2
2004 RUS Maria Sharapova USA Serena Williams 6–1, 6–4
2005 USA Venus Williams USA Lindsay Davenport 4–6, 7–6(7–4), 9–7
2006 FRA Amélie Mauresmo BEL Justine Henin 2–6, 6–3, 6–4
2007 USA Venus Williams FRA Marion Bartoli 6–4, 6–1
2008 USA Venus Williams USA Serena Williams 7–5, 6–4
2009 USA Serena Williams USA Venus Williams 7–6(7–3), 6–2
2010 USA Serena Williams RUS Vera Zvonareva 6–3, 6–2

Mr.Sharapova
Jun 16th, 2011, 08:24 AM
So happy to see Sharapova's name in this list. Thats why her Wimbledon triumph was so special.

Amazing from the Williams sisters :bowdown:. This is what makes a player part of the history of the sport, winning slams. Thats why slams are so important in this sport :angel:.

bandabou
Jun 16th, 2011, 08:29 AM
Nice..legends!

propi
Jun 16th, 2011, 09:14 AM
Wimbledon Finals Open era


1994 ESP Conchita Martínez USA Martina Navrátilová 6–4, 3–6, 6–3 :cheer::bounce::worship::bowdown::dance::hearts:


Best GS final ever :D

bandabou
Jun 16th, 2011, 09:23 AM
:lol: Ouch...poor Martina N.

propi
Jun 16th, 2011, 09:29 AM
:lol: Ouch...poor Martina N.
I'm more of a hard core Conchita fan ;) so that year will always be my favourite Wimbledon (and the match was really good, I still keep the tapes :p) and Rome will always be the best clay tournament of the world ;)

After all I began to hold a racquet thanks to Sergi Bruguera and her :cheer:

Chunchun
Jun 16th, 2011, 09:37 AM
So 2 out of these 4 great champions lost in their last Wimbledon final respectively, to some up and coming players.

What will happen to V & S?

Grafbestever
Jun 16th, 2011, 10:05 AM
I think it is unfair to exclude King and Evert from that group. King has won Wimbledon 4 times in the Open Era, the same # as Venus. Evert has won 3 Wimbledons but appeared in 10 finals, losing 5 to Navratilova. I would say it is a fab 6, not just a fab 4, which Navratilova and Graf a cut above the rest including the sisters for now.

Some excellent players and/or excellent grass court players have never won Wimbledon. Justine Henin, Hana Mandlikova, Monica Seles, Gabriela Sabatini, Helena Sukova, Pamela Shriver, Tracy Austin, Aranxta Sanchez Vicario, Kimberly Clijsters, Jennifer Capriati. Which speaks to the excellence of those 6 players who have combined to shut such players out of the Wimbledon dream time and time again.

Kworb
Jun 16th, 2011, 10:07 AM
A similar story on the men's side with Borg, Sampras and Federer. Shows that grass tennis is a bit of a different sport. Not much competition if you're good. That makes Wimbledon titles worth less than other Slams.

goldenlox
Jun 16th, 2011, 10:09 AM
Over this era, where Henin won the most FO's, Serena the most AO's, and USO's were fairly well divided, the Wimbledon domination of the William sisters really sticks out.

I'm very interested to see who takes over, or if its like the FO, post-Henin, with a lot of randomness

Vartan
Jun 16th, 2011, 10:18 AM
Not Wozniacki, if you are wondering :oh:.

vwfan
Jun 16th, 2011, 10:47 AM
A similar story on the men's side with Borg, Sampras and Federer. Shows that grass tennis is a bit of a different sport. Not much competition if you're good. That makes Wimbledon titles worth less than other Slams.Nobody that knows tennis thinks that Wimbledon in worth less than other Slams. Nobody!:lol:

Nice try though.

Grafbestever
Jun 16th, 2011, 10:52 AM
Kworb is probably someones whose favorite player never won Wimbledon. Or judging by her avatar never won any slams.

*Jool*
Jun 16th, 2011, 11:20 AM
Best GS final ever :D
definitely :hearts: and I feel the same about Rome too it has a special taste for us , Conchi fans :drool:
lol

Matt01
Jun 16th, 2011, 11:28 AM
Not Wozniacki, if you are wondering :oh:.


:weirdo:

L'Enfant Sauvage
Jun 16th, 2011, 11:33 AM
A similar story on the men's side with Borg, Sampras and Federer. Shows that grass tennis is a bit of a different sport. Not much competition if you're good. That makes Wimbledon titles worth less than other Slams.

Less than the FO, which has been a revolving door of unconvincing winners after the Juju Heng Dynasty? Looking at your sig, you should know better than that :lol:

Not Wozniacki, if you are wondering :oh:.

Is that really the direction you want this thread to go? :rolleyes:

Lilowannabe
Jun 16th, 2011, 11:49 AM
A similar story on the men's side with Borg, Sampras and Federer. Shows that grass tennis is a bit of a different sport. Not much competition if you're good. That makes Wimbledon titles worth less than other Slams.

Really!??! Thats why its the most famous, prestigious tournament in tennis, has staged the greatest womens match ever (05) and mens (08) and twice in recent years has contained the top 4 seeds in the semis (03 and 09) I cant think of another slam that can brag about that!!!

Case closed!!!!

bandabou
Jun 16th, 2011, 12:58 PM
Wimbledon baby! No flukes..

serenafan08
Jun 16th, 2011, 01:19 PM
Wow...I wonder which sister will get closer to Graf's seven or Martina's nine - or will they? Even if they don't, their domination at this tournament is just incredible.

Grafbestever
Jun 16th, 2011, 01:31 PM
If either Venus or Serena get to 7 Wimbledons they should be considered the best ever on grass. They had the toughest possible competition- each other. They also faced Wimbledon Champion calibre grass courters Davenport, Mauresmo, Sharapova, and Henin. Yeah I know Henin never won Wimbledon but that is mostly because of the Williams.

Navratilova had Evert who was a great and underrated grass courter but sort of an easy matchup for fit Martina on faster courts which she herself admitted. Graf had Navratilova for awhile, not really anyone else. Seles, Sanchez, Novotna, are all no real competition for Graf on grass.

Smitten
Jun 16th, 2011, 02:16 PM
Kworb is probably someones whose favorite player never won Wimbledon. Or judging by her avatar never won any slams.

:haha: GET HIM.

Lapaco
Jun 16th, 2011, 02:19 PM
If either Venus or Serena get to 7 Wimbledons they should be considered the best ever on grass. They had the toughest possible competition- each other. They also faced Wimbledon Champion calibre grass courters Davenport, Mauresmo, Sharapova, and Henin. Yeah I know Henin never won Wimbledon but that is mostly because of the Williams.

Navratilova had Evert who was a great and underrated grass courter but sort of an easy matchup for fit Martina on faster courts which she herself admitted. Graf had Navratilova for awhile, not really anyone else. Seles, Sanchez, Novotna, are all no real competition for Graf on grass.

justienheninfan or selesfan again. Dear god, you are repetitive and annoyingly boring.

Navratil
Jun 17th, 2011, 07:49 AM
A similar story on the men's side with Borg, Sampras and Federer. Shows that grass tennis is a bit of a different sport. Not much competition if you're good. That makes Wimbledon titles worth less than other Slams.

That's right! Recognized that too ;)

Navratil
Jun 17th, 2011, 07:53 AM
If either Venus or Serena get to 7 Wimbledons they should be considered the best ever on grass. They had the toughest possible competition- each other. They also faced Wimbledon Champion calibre grass courters Davenport, Mauresmo, Sharapova, and Henin. Yeah I know Henin never won Wimbledon but that is mostly because of the Williams.

Navratilova had Evert who was a great and underrated grass courter but sort of an easy matchup for fit Martina on faster courts which she herself admitted. Graf had Navratilova for awhile, not really anyone else. Seles, Sanchez, Novotna, are all no real competition for Graf on grass.

Henin was unlucky that she never won Wimbledon. Her game was in fact very effective on grass. Actually she's more a grass court player than Davenport who hated flat balls. She won just because of her serve but Davenport is a hardcourt specialist. Henin had her chance 2006 but Mauresmo was outstanding! My favorite Wimbledon final.

But there was a lack in the mid-90ties when Graf dominated Wimbledon. Until the Williams-Sisters came.

propi
Jun 17th, 2011, 10:03 AM
definitely :hearts: and I feel the same about Rome too it has a special taste for us , Conchi fans :drool:
lol
You really know what you're talking about, boy :yeah::hearts::hearts::cheer:



Julien :hug::kiss:

Navratil
Jun 17th, 2011, 10:13 AM
... and all-Williams-final in 2011 too :D

R16
1 Wozniacki
Goerges 16

10 Stosur
Sharapova 5

Lisicki
18 Ivanovic

9 Bartoli
Williams 7

Dokic
Petkovic 11

14 Pavlyuchenkova
25 Hantuchova

8 Kvitova
Kuznetsova 12

Williams 23
Zvonareva 2



Quarterfinal
Goerges 16
Sharapova 5

Lisicki
Williams 7

Dokic
25 Hantuchova

8 Kvitova
Williams 23



Semifinal
Sharapova 5
Williams 7

25 Hantuchova
Williams 23


Final
Williams
Williams

Kworb
Jun 17th, 2011, 01:58 PM
Really!??! Thats why its the most famous, prestigious tournament in tennis, has staged the greatest womens match ever (05) and mens (08) and twice in recent years has contained the top 4 seeds in the semis (03 and 09) I cant think of another slam that can brag about that!!!

Case closed!!!!

Greatest women's match ever? :lol: The ONLY Wimbledon match that is even close to greatness is the 2009 SF S. Williams def. Dementieva. The other Slams have MANY greater matches. And don't even get me started on Federer mugging it up in those finals. His non-Wimbledon Slams are much, much more impressive and valuable. Grass tennis is by definition the lowest quality tennis.

Why is it good if the top 4 seeds reach the semis? It just shows that aside from the very best, no one else can play on the surface. The lower ranked players don't get access to good grass courts to practice on so they will fold when it matters. It's only four weeks a year anyway. Grass is more of an exhibition than it is real tennis.

Wimbledon is only half a Slam. Case closed.

azinna
Jun 17th, 2011, 03:21 PM
In response to Kworb's attempt to diminish the accomplishment of winning Wimbledon....

(a) for all sorts of reasons (including its prestige and mid-season placement), Wimbledon regularly sees a greater percentage of top players at their match fittest than any other top tournament, with the possible exception of the US Open

(b) that's a clear factor in the relative paucity of upsets, and the longer list of great later stage matches (including Venus v Lindsay '05 and Rafa v Roger '08)

(c) grass rewards exceptional athleticism, as well as the touch and flexibility to handle bounces and volley opportunistically; then you need the mental strength to take risks and impose your game against another match-fit top player who wants that prestigious crown as well; champions here therefore tend to win elsewhere and repeatedly; no wonder there's this remarkable correlation between the OP's list and the list we'd produce when thinking of the greats of each era


....

shoryuken
Jun 17th, 2011, 03:22 PM
Kworb is probably someones whose favorite player never won Wimbledon. Or judging by her avatar never won any slams.

Justine? :oh:

Sir Stefwhit
Jun 17th, 2011, 07:22 PM
I love the exclusivity of Wimbledon...sure u always have that one oddball semi-finalist, but when it comes to actually winning, it's reserved for the greatest of the greatest! With that said I'm rooting for a past champion this time around...lol