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Halepsova
Jan 27th, 2012, 05:04 PM
Is there any player who reached the final of a slam but failed to crack into top 10 in their entire career? Just curious.

Rollo
Jan 27th, 2012, 05:26 PM
Is there any player who reached the final of a slam but failed to crack into top 10 in their entire career? Just curious.


High TNT:wavey:

Great question. The answer is most certainly yes. Maybe our crack crew here can come up with more names, but here's a few

Barbara Jordan (1979 Aussie winner)

Ironically her sister Kathy WAS a top tenner but never won a singles slam.

Sharon Walsh (1979 Aussie RU)

Chris O'Neil (1978 Aussie winner)
A total shock winner-a Grand Slam champ nonetheless

Betsy Nagelson (1978 Aussie RU)

???? Very talented when she came on the scene in 1974, she developed back problems after that. I'm pretty confident she had a high ranking at times in her career, but I don't think she ever cracked the top ten.

Among the pre-computer era Ginette Bucaille stands out as a finalist who never was considered top ten. She was the surprise runnerup to Connolly at the French in 1954.

tim1963
Jan 27th, 2012, 06:27 PM
What about Florenta Mihai , 1977 french open runner up to Mima Jausovec

GeeTee
Jan 27th, 2012, 09:07 PM
Also Helen Gourlay (R/U French 1971) - ranked #10 by one or two experts that year, but overlooked by most.

DennisFitz
Jan 27th, 2012, 09:51 PM
Renata Tomanova of Czechoslovakia was in 2 major finals (Australian and French) in 1976, and never reached the top 10. Her official year end ranking for 1976 was #48.

Halepsova
Jan 28th, 2012, 06:22 AM
Oh thanks, guys. :wavey: :kiss:
I didn't know there would be so many. :eek:

chaton
Jan 28th, 2012, 01:00 PM
Oh thanks, guys. :wavey: :kiss:
I didn't know there would be so many. :eek:

There's a reason, that all of them are players from the 70's... There were a couple of Grand Slams with very weak fields, comparable to Internationals of our days. Tha makes it understandable. I don 't know any case from the 80's or later.

matthias
Jan 28th, 2012, 04:19 PM
was it because not all players took the Trip to the Australian Open at that time?

austinrunner
Jan 28th, 2012, 10:51 PM
Too many of you are assuming that tennis began in the 1970s.

Halepsova
Jan 29th, 2012, 06:46 AM
Maybe because they didn't have ranking system before the 70s? :scratch:

austinrunner
Jan 29th, 2012, 09:30 AM
Of course they did. They just weren't computerized.

chaton
Jan 29th, 2012, 06:16 PM
was it because not all players took the Trip to the Australian Open at that time?

That was not the only reason. Also the French Open had some weak fields for different reason. banning cause of WTT and poor prize money were for example reasons... There were Australian Open taking place and the top stars missing although they were in Australia as you can see therm in the draws of other australian events...

Betten
Jan 30th, 2012, 12:31 PM
Didn't the Australian Open also have smaller draws in those years?