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Grand Slam debutantes since the 2005 US Open
I will list Slam debutantes since the 2005 US Open.
Colour code:
Player name  player who debuted through a MD WC
Player name  player who got in the MD on ranking
Player name  player who qualified
Players who debuted as lucky losers or got WCs into qualifying are noted as [LL] and [Q WC] respectively.
Stats are: round reached in Slam debut, career high ranking, career best performance at a Slam
US Open 2005
Bammer (1R, #19, QF)
Hsieh (1R, #23, 4R)
Chan (1R, #50, 3R)
King (2R, #50, 3R)  Q WC
Laine (2R, #50, 2R)
Bychkova (2R, #66, 2R)
Pous Tio (1R, #72, 2R)
Kutuzova (1R, #76, 2R)
Lisjak (3R, #95, 3R)
Glatch (2R, #102, 2R)
Dabek (1R, #170, 1R)
Gambale (1R, #226, 1R)
Australian Open 2006
Azarenka (1R, #1, W)
Vesnina (4R, #22, 4R)
Gajdosova (1R, #25, 4R)
Pironkova (2R, #31, SF)
Dominguez Lino (1R, #40, 3R)
Yan (2R, #40, 2R)
Voskoboeva (2R, #42, 3R)
Amanmuradova (2R, #50, 3R)
Savchuk (3R, #79, 3R)
Yuan (2R, #86, 2R)
Sromova (2R, #87, 2R)
Woerle (1R, #119, 1R)
Breadmore (1R, #221, 1R)
Roland Garros 2006
Kanepi (2R, #15, QF)
Flipkens (2R, #20, 4R)  LL
Brianti (1R, #55, 3R)
Vierin, Nathalie (1R, #103, 1R)
Perianu (2R, #120, 2R)
Vedy (1R, #260, 1R)
Wimbledon 2006
Radwanska, Agnieszka (4R, #2, RU)
Shvedova (1R, #25, QF)
Oprandi (1R, #32, 3R)
Bardina (1R, #48, 1R)
Barrois (1R, #57, 2R)
South (2R, #99, 2R)
Abramovic, Ivana (1R, #143, 1R)
Cavaday (1R, #174, 1R)
US Open 2006
Lepchenko (2R, #19, 4R)
Puchkova (1R, #32, 3R)
Rolle (1R, #82, 3R)
Dubois (1R, #87, 2R)
Skavronskaia (1R, #124, 1R)
Albanese (2R, #158, 2R)
Australian Open 2007
Wozniak (1R, #21, 4R)
Paszek (2R, #26, QF)
Kudryavtseva (2R, #56, 4R)
Zahlavova (1R, #78, 2R)
Klepac (1R, #99, 1R)
Cravero (1R, #106, 1R)
Moore, Jessica (1R, #132, 2R)
Brengle (1R, #152, 1R)
Roland Garros 2007
Wozniacki (1R, #1, RU)
Kerber (1R, #5, SF)
Petkovic (2R, #9, QF)
Cibulkova (3R, #12, SF)
Szavay (2R, #13, QF)
Knapp (3R, #35, 3R)
Bacsinszky (2R, #37, 3R)
Koryttseva (1R, #50, 2R)
Olaru (3R, #53, 3R)
Sanchez, Olivia (1R, #90, 2R)
Wimbledon 2007
Pavlyuchenkova (1R, #13, QF)
Govortsova (2R, #35, 3R)
Morita (1R, #40, 3R)
Maria (Malek) (1R, #64, 2R)
Ozegovic (2R, #131, 2R)
US Open 2007
Errani (2R, #5, RU)
Goerges (1R, #15, 4R)
Makarova (3R, #19, QF)
Cetkovska (2R, #25, 4R)
Weinhold (1R, #181, 1R)
Cohen, Audra (1R, #229, 1R)
Australian Open 2008
Lisicki (3R, #12, SF)
Kleybanova (2R, #20, 4R)
Cirstea (1R, #23, QF)
Niculescu (1R, #28, 4R)
Ditty (1R, #89, 1R)
Ivanova (1R, #136, 1R)
Roland Garros 2008
Kvitova (4R, #2, W)
Wickmayer (1R, #12, SF)
Suarez Navarro (QF, #19, QF)
Erakovic (2R, #39, 3R)
Rybarikova (2R, #40, 3R)
Rodina (1R, #74, 3R)
Pandzic (2R, #136, 2R)
Huck (1R, #213, 1R)
Wimbledon 2008
Radwaska, Urszula (2R, #29, 2R)
Hrdinova (1R, #168, 1R)
US Open 2008
Oudin (1R, #31, QF)
Vögele (1R, #51, 3R)
Coin (3R, #60, 3R)
Vandeweghe (1R, #69, 2R)
Zhang, Shuai (1R, #73, 1R)
Pivovarova (1R, #93, 3R)
Duque Mariño (2R, #94, 2R)  LL
Ahn (1R, #304, 1R)  Q WC
Muhammed (1R, #322, 1R)
Brodsky (1R, #360, 1R)
Australian Open 2009
McHale (1R, #24, 3R)
Scheepers (1R, #37, 4R)
Mladenovic (1R, #39, 3R)
Mayr (2R, #70, 2R)
Rogowska (1R, #108, 2R)
Wejnert (1R, #324, 1R)
Roland Garros 2009
Hercog (2R, #35, 3R)
Sevastova (1R, #36, 4R)
Hradecka (2R, #41, 2R)
Martic (2R, #42, 4R)
Rus (2R, #61, 4R)
Larcher de Brito (3R, #76, 3R)
Diatchenko (2R, #105, 2R)
Feuerstein (1R, #116, 2R)
Dentoni (1R, #132, 1R)
Pavlovic (1R, #138, 2R)
Laisne (1R, #295, 1R)
Embree (1R, #462, 1R)
Wimbledon 2009
Robson (1R, #35, 4R)
Kulikova (3R, #65, 3R)
Dolonc (Manasieva) (1R, #86, 3R)
Zec Peskiric (1R, #93, 1R)
Kucova, Kristina (2R, #103, 2R)  LL
Silva (1R, #133, 1R)
Gent (Stoop) (1R, #178, 1R)
US Open 2009
Dulgheru (1R, #26, 3R)
Chang (2R, #82, 2R)
Tetreault (1R, #112, 1R)
Sema, Yurika (1R, #142, 1R)
Cecil (1R, #365, 1R)
Australian Open 2010
Han (1R, #125, 1R)
Roland Garros 2010
Pervak (1R, #37, 4R)
Halep (1R, #37, 3R)
Larsson (2R, #46, 2R)
Doi (1R, #82, 3R)
Nara (1R, #101, 2R)
El Tabakh (1R, #146, 1R)
Wimbledon 2010
Jovanovski (2R, #38, 4R)
Watson (1R, #39, 3R)
Hlavackova (2R, #58, 4R)
Lapushchenkova (1R, #93, 1R)
Riske (1R, #104, 1R)
Lertcheewakarn (1R, #149, 1R)
US Open 2010
Marino (2R, #38, 3R)
Hampton (1R, #42, 4R)
Minella (3R, #66, 3R)
Falconi (1R, #73, 3R)  Q WC
Rogers (1R, #137, 2R)
Peers (2R, #145, 2R)
Capra (3R, #201, 3R)
Gullickson, Chelsey (1R, #399, 1R)
Australian Open 2011
Davis (1R, #63, 2R)
Tsurenko (2R, #68, 3R)
Garcia (2R, #99, 2R)
Namigata (1R, #105, 1R)
Rodionova, Arina (1R, #157, 1R)
Roland Garros 2011
Stephens (1R, #16, SF)
Barthel (2R, #23, 3R)
Begu (2R, #38, 2R)
Tatishvili (1R, #50, 4R)
Soler Espinosa (2R, #54, 3R)
Bremond (Kuryanovich) (2R, #93, 2R)
Wimbledon 2011
Giorgi (1R, #73, 4R)
Pliskova, Kristyna (1R, #86, 2R)  Q WC
Broady (1R, #185, 1R)
US Open 2011
Keys (2R, #53, 3R)
Panova (1R, #71, 1R)
Jani (1R, #147, 1R)
Australian Open 2012
Cadantu (1R, #65, 1R)
Bratchikova (3R, #79, 3R)
Ormaechea (2R, #81, 3R)
Savinykh (1R, #99, 3R)
Koehler (1R, #102, 2R)
Barty (1R, #149, 2R)
Bobusic (1R, #222, 1R)
Roland Garros 2012
Bertens (1R, #41, 2R)
Babos (1R, #59, 2R)
Arruabarrena (1R, #70, 2R)
Pliskova, Karolina (1R, #71, 1R)
Pfizenmaier (2R, #116, 3R)
Larrière (1R, #172, 1R)
Wimbledon 2012
Beck (1R, #56, 2R)
Cepelova (3R, #62, 3R)
Konta (1R, #140, 2R)
Zaniewska (1R, #142, 1R)
US Open 2012
Burdette (3R, #69, 3R)
Muguruza (1R, #70, 2R)
Svitolina (1R, #83, 2R)
Cohen, Julia (1R, #97, 1R)
Burnett (1R, #131, 1R)
Glushko (1R, #131, 1R)
Gibbs (1R, #177, 1R)
Crawford (1R, #219, 1R)  Q WC
Duval (1R, #285, 1R)
Australian Open 2013
TorroFlor (1R, #64, 2R)
Vekic (2R, #76, 2R)
Putintseva (2R, #88, 2R)
Kumkhum (2R, #110, 2R)
Gavrilova (2R, #140, 2R)
Jones (1R, #150, 1R)
Zhang, Yuxuan (1R, #231, 1R)
Roland Garros 2013
Puig (3R, #65, 3R)
Bouchard (2R, #67, 2R)
Schmiedlova (2R, #125, 2R)
Min (1R, #162, 1R)
Wimbledon 2013
Cabeza Candela (1R, #95, 1R)
Tomljanovic (1R, #129, 1R)
Moore, Tara (1R, #183, 1R)
Witthoeft (1R, #185, 1R)
Murray (1R, #188, 1R)
US Open 2013
Fichman (1R, #95, 1R)
Duan (1R, #104, 1R)
Sanchez, Maria (1R, #107, 1R)
Krunic (1R, #126, 1R)
Simmonds (1R, #158, 1R)
Vickery (2R, #182, 2R)
Australian Open 2014
Pereira (1R, #87, 1R)
Kichenok, Nadiya (1R, #100, 1R)
Van Uytvanck (1R, #100, 1R)
Piter (1R, #110, 1R)
Majeric (1R, #111, 1R)
Diyas (3R, #111, 3R)
Bencic (2R, #139, 2R)
Siniakova (1R, #157, 1R)
Konjuh (1R, #202, 1R)  Q WC
Sanders (1R, #203, 1R)
Tang (1R, #389, 1R)
Roland Garros 2014
Jaksic (1R, #102, 1R)
Kovinic (1R, #106, 1R)
Friedsam (1R, #107, 1R)
Zanevska (1R, #107, 1R)
Lim (1R, #135, 1R)
Townsend (3R, #148, 3R)
Shapatava (1R, #194, 1R)
Hesse (1R, #211, 1R)
Ferro (1R, #389, 1R)
Wimbledon 2014
Smitkova (4R, #87, 4R)
Kontaveit (1R, #142, 1R)
Mitu (1R, #159, 1R)
Kania (1R, #164, 1R)
Comments
 most of these debuts aren't very impressive, but many great champions crashed out 1R or 2R on their own Slam debuts, and then took some time before reaching their first 4Rs and QFs.
 very interesting group of debutantes at 2007 RG. Big one too, but there were more at the 2006 AO, which is odd considering how the feeling I had at the time was that the rankings were fossilized, and that "personnel turnover" in the #80120 ranking range (where many Slam debutantes are ranked at the time of their first GS MD) is now much faster than it was back then.
 after compiling the data for the 20052006 debutantes, the 2007 RG group looks even more impressive. Many young hopefuls making their (generally successful) debut there.
 the 20052006 debutantes are a varied and interesting bunch. They include players who went on to become solid journeywomen (Kanepi, Vesnina, Dominguez Lino), others who have become stalwarts of the #80120 range (Pironkova, Savchuk, Voskoboeva, Shvedova, Bychkova), others who were there for a while (Pous Tio, Lisjak, Sromova, Gajdosova), a veteran overachiever who has made the most out of her limited abilities (Bammer), others who shone briefly only to burn out even quicker (Poutchkova, Bardina, Oprandi), and the tragic figures of junior supernovas who never fulfilled their potential and look increasingly unlikely ever to do so (Kutuzova, Flipkens). Other interesting stories are those of Skavronskaia, Perianu and Vierin. Skavronskaia was already a veteran of the challenger circuit at the time, and a longtime resident of the top 200  but the 2006 USO was the only Slam MD for which she ever qualified. Perianu slowly made her way up the rankings back in early 2006, and for a while it seemed she would be the first Rumanian to crack the top 100 in several years. But it was not to be  later, when everyone expected one of the young Rumanians (Olaru or Cirstea) to be the first to do so, it was Gallovits who claimed the honour, a few weeks before Olaru broke through at RG. Vierin is an unheralded Italian (I don't think I ever heard her name mentioned in here) who was ranked high enough to get direct access to her first Slam MD at 2006 RG (this happens fairly frequently; for instance, Cirstea never qualified for a Slam, and her ranking allowed her direct entry to the 2008 AO), but failed to do anything there and at Wimbledon and sank back into the challengers, as Perianu, Woerle and Abramovic did. Vierin remains one of the players who came closer to cracking the top 100 without ever actually doing so.
 Flipkens' debut is interesting: as stats freaks know, she made it to the 2006 RG MD as a LL, drew the very same player she had lost to in the final round of Q, but this time won.
Last edited by Corswandt : Aug 12th, 2014 at 06:29 PM.
