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MechWarrior2k
Jul 11th, 2011, 09:06 PM
For example:
Safina beating Henin at Berlin
Azarenka beating Serena at Miami
Zheng beating Ivanovic at Wimby

goldenlox
Jul 11th, 2011, 09:13 PM
Sveta it was beating Lindsay at the 2004 USO.
Nadia beating Seles at the 2003 FO
Caroline beating Sveta 2009 USO
Nastia 2009 IW QF vs Aga

melodynelson
Jul 11th, 2011, 09:37 PM
I always considered Dementieva's win over Venus in Miami 2004 to be the threshold of the top player she would become over the following seven seasons. But her wins over Venus in Fed Cup 1999 or either Henin or Davenport in Amelia Island 2003 could be considered her breakout wins too. But Miami 2004 holds a special place in my heart.

Kworb
Jul 11th, 2011, 09:43 PM
Hingis: 1996 Rome over Graf
Seles: 1989 Houston over Evert
Dementieva: 1999 Fed Cup over Venus

MechWarrior2k
Jul 11th, 2011, 10:38 PM
Sveta it was beating Lindsay at the 2004 USO.
Nadia beating Seles at the 2003 FO
Caroline beating Sveta 2009 USO
Nastia 2009 IW QF vs Aga

I thought Pav's win over JJ at IW was more impressive.

Graftard
Jul 11th, 2011, 10:39 PM
Kvitova makes Caro cry 6-2 6-0 W2010

hurricanejeanne
Jul 11th, 2011, 10:42 PM
I would say that Lindsay's was beating her original nemesis Sanchez-Vicario in the gold medal match at the Olympics. Her fitness had improved that year, but it really seemed that after that she went into hyperdrive as a real contender.

For Victoria, I'd lean towards her 2009 Miami win since she beat (an albeit hurt) Serena in the final, but I'd also say winning Brisbane earlier that year for her first title after a dismal finals record. She got the monkey off her back and began to progress into being a top ten player.

And lastly, Nicole's 2006 Roland Garros run to the seminfinals beating Venus, and almost beating Kuznetsova.

Leelee.
Jul 11th, 2011, 10:45 PM
She ended Jelena Dokic's career.

Linguae^
Jul 11th, 2011, 10:51 PM
Jelena: Maybe upseting Venus at Wimbly in 2006. After that classic match, she started going up and up....
Ana: Beating Mauresmo in Paris, 2005.
Bojana: Beating Jelena in Beijing last year.
But there are many turning points, matches and victories in player's career - a start of one streak, the end of that form, reaching a new form, starting another streak....

Sammo
Jul 11th, 2011, 10:55 PM
Sam Stosur --> people already said that she had potential, but I think that her breakthrough win was the 6-1 6-4 demolition over Safina in Miami 2009
Martina HIngis --> as they said Rome 1996 when she defeated Graf
Daniela Hantuchova --> breakthrough victory to start belonging to the top... I guess against Natalie Tauziat who was top 10 at the time, I think that it was back in 2001, but breakthrough victory was definately the 2002 Indian Wells final.

moodin0931
Jul 11th, 2011, 11:33 PM
Oudin over Jankovic at Wimby '09 :drool:

+ all her wins against the Russians in US Open '09 :lick::lick:

Soliloque
Jul 11th, 2011, 11:36 PM
For Kim, I think it was her win over Hingis in IW 2001.

Brad[le]y.
Jul 11th, 2011, 11:49 PM
Hingis: 1996 Rome over Graf
Seles: 1989 Houston over Evert
Dementieva: 1999 Fed Cup over Venus:bowdown:

DefyingGravity
Jul 11th, 2011, 11:53 PM
Ivanovic: 2005 RG 3R def. Mauresmo
Clijsters: 2001 IW SF def. Hingis
Hantuchova: 2002 IW 4R def. Henin and F def. Hingis
Sharapova: 2003 Wimbledon 3R def. Dokic
Lisicki: 2008 Fed Cup def. Davenport
Henin: 2001 Wimbledon SF def. Capriati

Curtos07
Jul 12th, 2011, 12:03 AM
Ana defeating Mauresmo at the 2005 French Open.

Stonerpova
Jul 12th, 2011, 12:19 AM
Sharapova: her 03 Wimbledon run established her as the next big thing, but it was her 2004 semifinal victory over Davenport that established her as a bonafide contender
Ivanovic: beating Mauresmo on her home turf in the third round of the 2005 French Open
Serena: beating Graf 7-5 in the third in the 1999 Indian Wells final
Jankovic: her victory over Venus at Wimbledon in 2006
Zvonareva: beating Venus at the 2003 French Open
Goerges: beating #1 Wozniacki in the Stuttgart final this year

Potato
Jul 12th, 2011, 12:21 AM
JJ defeating Venus at Wimbledon 2006.

Li beating Kuzzy in to make the QF in her first every Wimbledon, which I think is very impressive.She mainly started to turn heads when she beat Venus at the Olympics.

delicatecutter
Jul 12th, 2011, 01:31 AM
Baby Ajde def. Mauresmo 2005 RG 3r.
Sabine def. Goatniacki 2009 Charleston F.
Princess Magda def. Li Na 2009 Birmingham F.
Aga def. Sharapova 2007 USO 3r.
Princess Olga def. Domi Cibulkova 2010 PVB SF. :hearts:

longtin23
Jul 12th, 2011, 02:04 AM
JJ defeating Venus at Wimbledon 2006.

Li beating Kuzzy in to make the QF in her first every Wimbledon, which I think is very impressive.She mainly started to turn heads when she beat Venus at the Olympics.

I agree that Li beats Kuznetsova in Wimbledon 2006 is her start and then beat Vaidisova and lost to Kim. HAHA SHe lost to Pironkova in Stockholm that year...

In 2007, she has a decent half year but disappered...

In 2008, she started her carrer again in a great run in Gold Coast, winning the title and become a pro player....

iPatty
Jul 12th, 2011, 03:14 AM
Kvitova makes Caro cry 6-2 6-0 W2010

Beating Wozniacki isn't any sort of milestone achievement...I would say probably KvittyGOAT's win over Venus at Memphis in '08. Even though she crashed out in the next round to Kudryavtseva and didn't break into the top echelon until this year, it gave her the confidence that it would happen eventually. Plus it was great to see the reaction of the Vinas stans. I still have that result thread bookmarked.

TNT96
Jul 12th, 2011, 03:49 AM
Sabatini d Graf 1990 US Open Final

Empressive
Jul 12th, 2011, 04:02 AM
Sabs: Venus at Charleston was really THE match. Fed Cup against Lindsay was also a huge accomplishment.
As the Ana and JaJa fans have been saying, RG 2005 and Wimby 2006.
Aga's match against Sharapova at the US Open.

doktor
Jul 12th, 2011, 02:12 PM
She ended Jelena Dokic's career.

What was this match?

Gilas.
Jul 12th, 2011, 02:16 PM
Maria: some match in 04 :oh:
Aga: def. Vinas in Luxembourg (?) 2006

Mike81
Jul 13th, 2011, 11:00 AM
For Sabine arguably beating Venus Williams in Charleston 2009 and then she went on with it to beat Woz in the final.

Miss Atomic Bomb
Jul 13th, 2011, 11:10 AM
2002 Miami, all those last 3 wins a row over #3 Martina, #2 Venus, #1 Capriati . That gave her more confidence than anything else IMO. She had beaten top players before, even won a slam but she still had a mental block over Capriati and Venus and that tournament was key in transforming Serena from a Slam winner to one of the greatest players of all time.

Olórin
Jul 13th, 2011, 11:15 AM
The White City Escape. Serena def. Davenport 16 75 75 Sydney 1998. Although she lost the next round it was a very impressive debut and Serena's first win over a truly elite player.

It really announced to the tour "I am Serena Williams".

Pump-it-UP
Jul 13th, 2011, 11:32 AM
Serena's 2001 USO QF win over Lindsay

*Jool*
Jul 13th, 2011, 11:53 AM
Srebotnik won her very first pro event so I guess that's it lol
but her career was full of ups and downs , she found her best level coincidentally with her upset of Serena at the FO in 2008, one of her very few top wins alas.. and it didn't last long before she got seriously injured which ruined her momentum and her single scareer :sobbing:
in doubles ...it took her time but she finally won a Slam and it's the best gift she could give to her fans :hearts: :worship:

The Witch-king
Jul 13th, 2011, 02:01 PM
Beating Wozniacki isn't any sort of milestone achievement...I would say probably KvittyGOAT's win over Venus at Memphis in '08. Even though she crashed out in the next round to Kudryavtseva and didn't break into the top echelon until this year, it gave her the confidence that it would happen eventually. Plus it was great to see the reaction of the Vinas stans. I still have that result thread bookmarked.

1-11 isn't a bad record for your faves is it

StephenUK
Jul 13th, 2011, 03:05 PM
The White City Escape. Serena def. Davenport 16 75 75 Sydney 1998. Although she lost the next round it was a very impressive debut and Serena's first win over a truly elite player.

It really announced to the tour "I am Serena Williams".

I would disagree - Serena first served notice even before that. Surely it was her performance in Chicago in November 1997, in only her second performance in a WTA tour main draw, as a wild card ranked 304 in the world, she beat Likhovtseva (ranked 27) 6-3 7-5, Mary Pierce (ranked 7) 6-3 7-6 and Monica Seles (ranked 4) 4-6 6-1 6-1before losing to Davenport (ranked 5) 6-4 6-4. A truly extraordinary performance for one so inexperienced and it indicated her massive potential. She finished the year ranked 99, qualified and reached sf Sydney, as you mentioned, beating Davenport and followed this up with another top ten win when she beat Irina Spirlea 1r Australian Open 98 before losing to Venus. Amazing, the only other debut I can compare with this is probably Capriati's a few year earlier.

Justine Henin
- breakout performance (not win) was that match v Lindsay Davenport 2r Roland Garros 1999, when a qualifier ranked 121 in the world, she pushed the world no 2 to 7-5 final set.
- first big win over a top player was vs Kournikova, 1r Philadelphia, November 1999.
- first decent GS result was last 16 US Open 2000, also beat Kournikova en route.
- her big breakout was undoubtedly her win over Venus at Berlin 2001 6-1 6-4, which she followed up with sf French Open and a shock appearance in the Wimbledon final.

Sylvester
Jul 13th, 2011, 05:07 PM
For Dementieva, I would say it was the first time she defeated Davenport in the YEC 2000, followed by another big win over Clijsters.

For Mauresmo, it's obviously her AO SF win over Danveport in 1999.

serenafan08
Jul 13th, 2011, 06:11 PM
Serena's 2001 USO QF win over Lindsay

I would say either this one or beating Capriati in Toronto that same year. To finally get over the mental hurdle of beating Cap really helped Serena become this generation's clutch player. Hasn't lost many big matches since then.

Olórin
Jul 13th, 2011, 06:16 PM
I would disagree - Serena first served notice even before that. Surely it was her performance in Chicago in November 1997, in only her second performance in a WTA tour main draw, as a wild card ranked 304 in the world, she beat Likhovtseva (ranked 27) 6-3 7-5, Mary Pierce (ranked 7) 6-3 7-6 and Monica Seles (ranked 4) 4-6 6-1 6-1before losing to Davenport (ranked 5) 6-4 6-4. A truly extraordinary performance for one so inexperienced and it indicated her massive potential. She finished the year ranked 99, qualified and reached sf Sydney, as you mentioned, beating Davenport and followed this up with another top ten win when she beat Irina Spirlea 1r Australian Open 98 before losing to Venus. Amazing, the only other debut I can compare with this is probably Capriati's a few year earlier.


I had forgotten about those 1997 wins over BOTH Pierce and Seles :speakles:
They aren't as "storied" as Serena's first Houdini comeback - but you're right I think those were her true breakout wins as well as being her debut to the tour, all that the same time really.

Serena really had so many big wins before even turning 18, it's hard to pick one. Another important one is her 3 set win over Graf in the Finals of Indian Wells.


Serena's 2001 USO QF win over Lindsay
Really? While this was obviously a classic and one of the matches of the season, how was it more of a breakout match for Serena than say, her win over Lindsay in the SFs of the 1999 US Open which she then actually went on to win? :shrug:

mat2002
Jul 13th, 2011, 06:32 PM
2001 US Open QF because Serena had lost in the QFs in the previous 4 slams and had been in winning positions to win AO 01 and W QFs. Serena was up 63 31 and had mp in the second set tie breaker but lost it. She was up 3-0 and 4-2 40-0 but Lindsay kept coming back and had a bp at 4-4. Serena won it 7-5 in the third and was a huge mental battle and it showed she could beat a top player in a close match in a slam.
I would also add 2002 French Open SF because she had never beaten Capriati in a slam and was down 63 65, after this she went on her Serena Slam!