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croat123
Nov 27th, 2003, 02:45 PM
Iva Majoli:

Tokyo, Japan
January 29, 1996
Surface: Indoor Carpet
Round Opponent W/L Score
R32 Zina Garrison Jackson (USA) W 6-2 6-4
R16 Brenda Schultz-McCarthy (NED) W 7-6(6) 7-5
QF Monica Seles (USA) W 1-6 7-6(5) 6-4
SF Martina Hingis (SUI) W 3-6 6-3 6-0
F Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario (ESP) W 6-4 6-1

all top10 players at one point, three number 1s and grand slam champions

:eek: at bagelling hingis

Gandalf
Nov 27th, 2003, 02:52 PM
Serena at the US'Open 99.

gmak
Nov 27th, 2003, 03:16 PM
definitely has to be serena

1R: Kimberly Po-Messerli 6-1 6-0
2R: Jelena Kostanic 6-2 6-4
3R: Kim Clijsters 4-6 6-3 7-5
4R: Conchita Martinez 4-6 6-2 6-2
QF: Monica Seles 4-6 6-3 6-2
SF: Lindsay Davenport 6-4 1-6 6-4
F : Martina Hingis 6-3 7-6(4)

bandabou
Nov 27th, 2003, 03:19 PM
Yep...that was the thoughest road of ANY of Serena´s GS-victories.

4 GS champions back to back, three former champions( including the defending champion), three former no.1´s....man, it doesn´t get tougher than that and to pull it off as a 17 year old! They say champions are born, well Serena is definetely BORN a champion.

gmak
Nov 27th, 2003, 03:23 PM
and don't forgett kim ;)

she was a rookie back then but she already reached the 4th round at Wimbledon as a qualifier

but you're right if you think she was only 17 that's a big accomplishment for serena

Kart
Nov 27th, 2003, 03:27 PM
Iva was playing her best tennis at the end of 1996 :yeah:

bandabou
Nov 27th, 2003, 03:33 PM
Yeah and for some reason she ALWAYS was trouble for Martina! I recall she NEARLY NEARLY beat Martina at the ´01 U.S. open stretching her to a tie-break in the third, despite being ill( she nearly pulled a Sampras during the match).

bandabou
Nov 27th, 2003, 03:35 PM
and don't forgett kim ;)

she was a rookie back then but she already reached the 4th round at Wimbledon as a qualifier

but you're right if you think she was only 17 that's a big accomplishment for serena

Yeah, Kim...but that happened to Serena as well: She totally had ASV at the ´98 French and then blew it....she was up a set and 4-0 if I remember well.

Andrew.
Nov 27th, 2003, 03:35 PM
I did not understand the Serena vs. Lindsay match at the 1999 USO. 6-4 1-6 6-4. I don't get it. I've watched the match, and I just don't get how you can win a set 6-1 and have not momentum in the next set...

PointBlank
Nov 27th, 2003, 03:37 PM
Jens 1st or 2nd Aus Open titles...

gmak
Nov 27th, 2003, 03:46 PM
i think lindsay kinda lost it in the 3rd

i feel it was her match to win

and bandabou that match against ASV at the French 1998 ended in controversy arantxa was furious with serena because she hit a ball so hard and nearly cought arantxa in the stomach
she was lucky she went the other way

at the press conference arantxa was angry because she thought the serena deliberately tried to hit her and also the fact that serena was laughing afterwards :eek: her own words were something like
" she has no respect at all.... i am very happy i taught her a lesson" i've never seen arantxa look so pissed and she was actually down 4-6 2-5 and 0-30 :o

Joana
Nov 27th, 2003, 03:53 PM
Don't mention US '99 semis. I have never been so pissed off as I was then. :banghead:

Steffi also had difficult road to RG '99. She had to beat Lindsay, Monica and Martina. :worship:

Jericho
Nov 27th, 2003, 04:10 PM
Venus @ New Haven 01'
Testud 7-6(5) 6-3
Henin-Hardenne 6-3 5-7 6-2
Capriati 6-4 76(1)
Davenport 7-6(6) 6-4

And on top of that she did it in a span of like two days

If Venus won Wimbledon this year it would've been one of the hardest roads too

bandabou
Nov 27th, 2003, 04:21 PM
The ´99 U.S. open semi against Lindsay, I think when Serena got down those two breaks, she gave it up. Smart, because there was no need to waste energy....Lindsay can have that one.

But I was really impressed with Serena´s poise and serving during that U.S. open...sooo many clutch aces or big first-serves. Impressive.

bandabou
Nov 27th, 2003, 04:22 PM
Yeah gmak....that match against ASV was full of controvercy....but after that I think ASV never won a match or just once against Serena.

gmak
Nov 27th, 2003, 04:25 PM
she only beat her one more time in Berlin 1999 where serena actually retired

bandabou
Nov 27th, 2003, 04:50 PM
Yep....that´s why I like Serena...when people start to talk this and that, make things personal, she IMMEDIATELY shuts them up.

Asv, Jen, Lindsay, I´m sure it´s gonna happen with justine as well.

Miss Bling Bling
Nov 27th, 2003, 05:01 PM
i dunno hehehehe anybody wanna talk?

anabel
Nov 27th, 2003, 05:08 PM
Actually Arantxa also defeated Serena at Eastbourne after that Roland Garros...

*JR*
Nov 27th, 2003, 05:11 PM
Iva was playing her best tennis at the end of 1996 :yeah:
Iva Ironically got (probably the last significant title of her career) due to someone else's killer draw. FCC '02, she and a Suisse lefty both have an easy first round. Then Iva beats a relative newcomer in MGM, then Smash, Mandy, and (a "winding things down") Sandrine.

Peppermint Patty faced: Momo (coming off an injury as usual), Mary, Serena, and Jen. On clay, the unPredictable Player thus beat the RG champs of '00, '02 (yet to come) and '01, - in order!

In the final they went to 5 all in the 1st B4 Iva closed out the set, then won the 2nd 6-4 against an opponent who could hardly move. Plus Iva footfaulted like she was snuffing out cigarettes, but PP seemed too exhausted to even care. :(

Berlin_Calling
Nov 27th, 2003, 05:19 PM
Justine played some incredible matches en route to winning Berlin in '02.

JHH def. Muller 2-6 6-2 6-3
JHH def. Likhovtseva 5-7 6-4 6-4
JHH def. Dechy 6-0 6-4
JHH def. Capriati 5-7 6-2 6-1
JHH def. S. Williams 6-2 1-6 7-6

Dubai '03
JHH def. Barna 1-6 6-2 6-4
JHH def. Myskina 6-1 6-4
JHH def. Capriati 7-5 4-6 6-4
JHH def. Seles 4-6 7-6 7-5

tennisIlove09
Nov 27th, 2003, 07:37 PM
Serena's 99 US

But I also think Venus' 01 US Open was a tough draw

1st RD--Russian qualifer, not too bad
2nd RD--Meilen Tu
3rd RD--Lisa Raymond--consistent, and a tad dangerous
4th RD--Sandrine Testud--who ALWAYS challenged the top players
QF--Kim Clijsters--the, at the time, French Runner up. Kim had a decent summer too
SF--Jennifer Capriati--World's #2, current French and Aussie champ
F--Serena, enough said

And her 00 Wimbledon
QF-Hingis SF-Serena; F-Davenport

justine&coria
Nov 27th, 2003, 10:18 PM
Justine at RG this year, because there was Serena in front of her !
No, well, in fact, Serena, and Venus had some difficult tournaments.
But don't forget Dubai 2003, where Justine beat Myskina, Capriati (in 3 sets), and Seles (in 3 tough sets !!)
That was tough !

But Serena at Miami, last year, had a difficult draw, though she won it quite easily : she had to beat Venus, Hingis and Capriati !! who were dangerous opponents !

bandabou
Nov 27th, 2003, 10:26 PM
Yep....in fact in almost all Serena´s GS she had to beat the no.3, no.2, no.1 back to back.

Take RG this year: it was almost impossible for her to win that: Momo, Justine and then Venus or Kim, man, man...there are easier draws!

Kart
Nov 27th, 2003, 10:28 PM
Iva Ironically got (probably the last significant title of her career) due to someone else's killer draw. FCC '02, she and a Suisse lefty both have an easy first round. Then Iva beats a relative newcomer in MGM, then Smash, Mandy, and (a "winding things down") Sandrine.

Peppermint Patty faced: Momo (coming off an injury as usual), Mary, Serena, and Jen. On clay, the unPredictable Player thus beat the RG champs of '00, '02 (yet to come) and '01, - in order!

In the final they went to 5 all in the 1st B4 Iva closed out the set, then won the 2nd 6-4 against an opponent who could hardly move. Plus Iva footfaulted like she was snuffing out cigarettes, but PP seemed too exhausted to even care. :(

Majoli could potentially had a killer draw herself had it not been for Stephanie Foretz.

Lapin
Nov 27th, 2003, 11:58 PM
Amélie's route to the Adidas International title in 2000 included wins over the number 1, 2 & 3 seeds:

1 A Mauresmo(6) - A Sugiyama 6-7(2) 6-0 7-6(5)
2 A Mauresmo(6) - S Talaja walkover
QF A Mauresmo(6) - M Pierce(3) 6-2 6-3
SF A Mauresmo(6) - M Hingis(1) 7-5 6-3
F A Mauresmo(6) - L Davenport(2) 7-6(2) 6-4

hey_britney
Nov 28th, 2003, 12:10 AM
Iva Majoli:

Tokyo, Japan
January 29, 1996
Surface: Indoor Carpet
Round Opponent W/L Score
R32 Zina Garrison Jackson (USA) W 6-2 6-4
R16 Brenda Schultz-McCarthy (NED) W 7-6(6) 7-5
QF Monica Seles (USA) W 1-6 7-6(5) 6-4
SF Martina Hingis (SUI) W 3-6 6-3 6-0
F Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario (ESP) W 6-4 6-1

all top10 players at one point, three number 1s and grand slam champions

:eek: at bagelling hingis

That was Hingis at a time when she was just starting to make her move. And didn't Seles have a shoulder injury in that match? Wasn't she out for months after?

azza
Nov 28th, 2003, 12:19 AM
Anyone who has had to save match points

Alicia Molik

R32 Martina Sucha (SVK) W 6-1 6-2
R16 Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) W 6-3 6-0
QF Vera Zvonareva (RUS) W 5-7 7-6(4) 6-4 * saved 2 match points
SF Iveta Benesova (CZE) W 6-1 4-6 6-3
F Amy Frazier (USA) W 6-2 4-6 6-4

bandabou
Nov 28th, 2003, 12:30 AM
Amélie's route to the Adidas International title in 2000 included wins over the number 1, 2 & 3 seeds:

1 A Mauresmo(6) - A Sugiyama 6-7(2) 6-0 7-6(5)
2 A Mauresmo(6) - S Talaja walkover
QF A Mauresmo(6) - M Pierce(3) 6-2 6-3
SF A Mauresmo(6) - M Hingis(1) 7-5 6-3
F A Mauresmo(6) - L Davenport(2) 7-6(2) 6-4

Who would´ve thought that Ai would be her toughest test?! Ai should really be proud of myself!!

hey_britney
Nov 28th, 2003, 12:33 AM
Anyone who has had to save match points

Alicia Molik

R32 Martina Sucha (SVK) W 6-1 6-2
R16 Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) W 6-3 6-0
QF Vera Zvonareva (RUS) W 5-7 7-6(4) 6-4 * saved 2 match points
SF Iveta Benesova (CZE) W 6-1 4-6 6-3
F Amy Frazier (USA) W 6-2 4-6 6-4

Look at that roster of demigods!

hey_britney
Nov 28th, 2003, 12:34 AM
Who would´ve thought that Ai would be her toughest test?! Ai should really be proud of myself!!

I remember that tournament. That's what convinced me for good that Mauresmo would take a Slam one day ...

azza
Nov 28th, 2003, 12:37 AM
Look at that roster of demigods!

what does that mean :o

hey_britney
Nov 28th, 2003, 12:38 AM
what does that mean :o

Guess.

azza
Nov 28th, 2003, 12:42 AM
Guess.

that her opponents where really beasts from another dimention :tape: :o

hey_britney
Nov 28th, 2003, 12:44 AM
that her opponents where really beasts from another dimention :tape: :o

Whatever that means, it was surely way off.

bandabou
Nov 28th, 2003, 01:08 AM
that her opponents where really beasts from another dimention :tape: :o

Pl-uhze! Vera Z,Martina Sucha, Katarina Srebotnik, beasts?!

:haha: :rolls: :haha: :rolls:

bandabou
Nov 28th, 2003, 01:09 AM
I remember that tournament. That's what convinced me for good that Mauresmo would take a Slam one day ...

If only she could stay healthy and learn how to beat Kim again.

hey_britney
Nov 28th, 2003, 01:16 AM
If only she could stay healthy and learn how to beat Kim again.

Such are the problems ....

Kim has won ... like what? 5 straight matches against her? 6? A couple of them were blowouts, and a few Amelie definitely should've taken (Rome final, Stuttgart SF 2002).

But I believe she cannot continue to be that unlucky with injuries. Well, I'd like to believe that.

Still, I have the faith. She's too good not to.

bandabou
Nov 28th, 2003, 01:22 AM
But then she has to learn to beat Serena and Venus too!

Berlin_Calling
Nov 28th, 2003, 01:24 AM
Ai's Scottsdale win this year was pretty remarkable. Beating Davenport in the second round and then beating Stevenson and Clijsters in the final all in the same day. Then playing and winning the doubles after that.

hey_britney
Nov 28th, 2003, 01:37 AM
But then she has to learn to beat Serena and Venus too!

She held her own this year. Minus that French Open match with Serena.

bandabou
Nov 28th, 2003, 01:57 AM
Hmm...somehow she tends to play Venus a lot closer than Serena. Almost always three-sets, but with Serena it ain´t pretty. 6-2 6-1 and stuff. Only twice, iinm, have she even took a set-off: first time and at Rome.

joao
Nov 28th, 2003, 03:28 AM
The toughest road was Serena at Miami in 2002 when she had to beat back-to-back-to-back the #3, #2 and #1 players in the world! And she did it in straight sets every time!:bounce:

R64 Lilia Osterloh (USA) W 7-5 6-1
R32 Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) W 6-1 6-0
R16 Marissa Irvin (USA) W 6-1 6-4
QF Martina Hingis (SUI) W 6-4 6-0
SF Venus Williams (USA) W 6-2 6-2
F Jennifer Capriati (USA) W 7-5 7-6(4)

bandabou
Nov 28th, 2003, 04:16 AM
THAT was the sign that Serena was SERIOUS about her target for the no.1 rank!