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Shooter
Jul 31st, 2003, 06:34 AM
Not to dwell on Anna K. or bash her, because I like her and am sorry that she has never won a WTA tournament.

But it brings up a question, which has probably been asked and answered before -

Is Anna Kournikova the highest ranked female professional tennis player to never have won a WTA event? If not, who holds that honor?

Thanks.

brunof
Jul 31st, 2003, 06:53 AM
I believe the "honor" goes to Alexandra Stevenson.

Keith
Jul 31st, 2003, 06:54 AM
Anna was at number 8 though, Im sure Alex was never top ten. And I don't think she ever will be.

brunof
Jul 31st, 2003, 07:02 AM
Alex peaked I think at like 18 I think.

Alonya held the honor for awhile I think.

AnDyDog621
Jul 31st, 2003, 07:29 AM
omg...ANNA was ranked 8th, elena was only ranked 9th, HOW the hell can Alonya hold the record if Anna had a higher ranking than her?!?

Dava
Jul 31st, 2003, 10:09 AM
I thought Alyona got to number 8?

great smash
Jul 31st, 2003, 10:46 AM
I thought Alyona got to number 8?

No, highest singles rank : 9 (April 02, 2001)

Shooter
Jul 31st, 2003, 05:28 PM
Well - so far we are in agreement that Anna K. is the highest ranked player (#8) never to win a WTA singles title. Apparently Elena Dementieva (#9) is challenging Anna for that record! I've seen Elena play a few times and would be very, very surprised if she never wins a title.

Dava
Jul 31st, 2003, 05:28 PM
Elena has now won a title, but got to No. 9 without winning a title.

Philip
Jul 31st, 2003, 05:31 PM
Graf actually holds the record for being ranked highest without a title before she won many titles :)

but i guess anna holds that title right now.

alexusjonesfan
Jul 31st, 2003, 05:32 PM
Well - so far we are in agreement that Anna K. is the highest ranked player (#8) never to win a WTA singles title. Apparently Elena Dementieva (#9) is challenging Anna for that record! I've seen Elena play a few times and would be very, very surprised if she never wins a title.

She got one this year at Amelia Island beating both Justine and Lindsay on her way.

alexusjonesfan
Jul 31st, 2003, 05:32 PM
Graf actually holds the record for being ranked highest without a title before she won many titles :)

but i guess anna holds that title right now.

really? wow, what was her rank?

Dava
Jul 31st, 2003, 05:39 PM
21

Dava
Jul 31st, 2003, 05:39 PM
No sorry I thought you were talking about Elena!

Also Hingis took a while to win a title, I know her first was Fillderstadt.

▀coene
Jul 31st, 2003, 05:59 PM
Graf won her first title 1986-04-07. She won the Hilton Head tournemant in South Carolina. But I don't know what her ranking was then.

▀coene
Jul 31st, 2003, 06:00 PM
Also Hingis took a while to win a title, I know her first was Fillderstadt.

It was on my birthday 1996-10-07.

Philip
Jul 31st, 2003, 06:02 PM
there was a similar thread here about 2 years ago - most likely on the old board, and i think i remember someone saying graf being #6, but im sure someone will find out ;)

▀coene
Jul 31st, 2003, 06:03 PM
At the end of 1985 Graf was ranked number 6. But maybe she was even higher the time she won her first title (7 april 1986).

Philip
Jul 31st, 2003, 06:09 PM
and thats pretty remarkable not to win a title and reach number 6! well done steffi ;)

THE NET
Jul 31st, 2003, 07:17 PM
Interesting topic.
I think Anna K is the highest ranked without a tournament win at number 8.

When will she play next? :rolleyes: :sad:

Dava
Jul 31st, 2003, 07:18 PM
At the end of 1985 Graf was ranked number 6. But maybe she was even higher the time she won her first title (7 april 1986).

HANG ON!!

Steffi won the Olympics in 1984 though!

▀coene
Jul 31st, 2003, 07:23 PM
Steffi won 1984 Olympic Tennis Demonstration in Los Angeles as the youngest competitor in tournament.

Was it not yet an official sport (for the Olympics) back then?

Dava
Jul 31st, 2003, 07:24 PM
I dont know, but its still an Olyimpic medal. In my Olymic book, it lists Steffi as the 1984 champion.

jenglisbe
Jul 31st, 2003, 07:27 PM
In the 1984 Olympics, tennis was a demonstration sport; it became an official "event" in 1988. That's almost like it being an exhibition event, and those don't count as career titles.

Anna is probably the player who has the highest career peak without ever winning a singles title.
Graf or Hingis probably hold the record for highest ranking reached before winning a first title...but then they ended up winning a lot of titles.

irma
Jul 31st, 2003, 07:29 PM
steffi was number 3 but then she went on a 4 titles in a row a few weeks after so proved that it was deserved

and olympics in 84 was an exhibition even maybe also for under 21 but I am not sure about that.

Dava
Jul 31st, 2003, 07:29 PM
OK, also the WTA Tour historical media guide, only lists the one Olympic title.

Rocketta
Jul 31st, 2003, 07:30 PM
Shooter answer your pm, please? :)

brunof
Jul 31st, 2003, 07:35 PM
omg...ANNA was ranked 8th, elena was only ranked 9th, HOW the hell can Alonya hold the record if Anna had a higher ranking than her?!?

I don't believe Shooters question stated "highest ever". :rolleyes:

spiceboy
Jul 31st, 2003, 09:34 PM
The official computer rankings for WTA Tour players came into effect on November 3, 1975. From that day until today 81 players have managed to get into the top 10. Anna K is the only one without a singles title :rolleyes: :rolleyes: