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Old Nov 4th, 2006, 03:33 PM   #1
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just for fun - Israeli all time greatest (all players to reach top600)

i'm limiting it to open era of course - but who do you reckon is in the ellusive10 ?
edit - going serious now - i'm messing about the complete history of top500 players, and listing them by career highs. some pretty nice careers we had here! in brackets - career highs.

Smashnova (15)
Peer (15)
Obziler (97)
Hila Rosen (138)
Ilana Berger (149)
Yael segal (159)
Yevgenia Savransky (172)
Natali Cahana (232)
Limor Zaltz (242)
Nelly Barkan (304)
Rona Mayer (314)
Shiri Burshtein (336)
Sagit Doron (381)
Limor Gabai (392)
Yael Shavit (409)
Hagit Ohayon (423)
Anat Varon (429)
Sarit Shalev (509)
Sofia Rafael (556)
Cheli Bargil (573)
Shira Gafni (576)
Yael Glitzenshtein (595)
Shlomo (for her success lately at women's tour)
Glushko (for her success lately at the girl's tour)
the rest
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Old Nov 4th, 2006, 04:38 PM   #2
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Re: just for fun - Israeli all time greatest

nice thread
Hila Rosen should be 4-5.. she reached top 150
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Old Nov 8th, 2006, 08:17 PM   #3
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Re: just for fun - Israeli all time greatest (all players to reach top600)

What about Paulina Peisachov Peled? Any confirmation to her real ranking?

It seems like she should be in the top 3...
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Old Nov 9th, 2006, 01:04 PM   #4
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What about Paulina Peisachov Peled? Any confirmation to her real ranking?

It seems like she should be in the top 3...
nothing as of yet.
still working on it though.
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Old Jun 30th, 2007, 04:01 AM   #5
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Re: just for fun - Israeli all time greatest (all players to reach top600)

Hi, nice thread!
According to various sources Paulina Peled's career high was 19th. I've read it more than once.
Here's another source:
http://www.tennisnet.co.il/news.aspx?id=225
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Old Jun 30th, 2007, 04:21 PM   #6
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Re: just for fun - Israeli all time greatest (all players to reach top600)

I wonder if she was good on grass.
I would like an israeli player that is actually good on grass.
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Old Sep 13th, 2007, 09:35 PM   #7
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Old Oct 21st, 2007, 12:04 PM   #8
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Re: just for fun - Israeli all time greatest (all players to reach top600)

Although retired players' profiles in the WTA site cannot be accessed directly (unless they were world-class), I did some backtracking and managed to expand the list.
There should be 2-3 more names in there, but rankings of players who ended their careers before 1987 (the first year to show YE ranks) are almost impossible to find. The playing activity from that period is also highly incomplete, hence there are two players in the list (Vitale and Gafni) who aren't credited with any career wins! Even Fed Cup singles are only shown in the WTA site since 1981.

Player (career high) {month/year} (active players in bold, CH set last 52 weeks in Blue) [best slam performance in Green]

Shahar Peer (11) {Jan 2011} [QF - AO 2007, US 2007] ; Doubles: 14 (May 2008) [F - AO 2008]
Anna Smashnova (15) {Feb 2003} [R4 - RG 1995, 1998]
Paulina Peisachov-Peled (19) {unofficial – 1974?}, (82) {Dec 1977}* [R2 - WB 1974, 1977, US 1974]
Tzipi Obziler (75) {Jul 2007} [R2 - AO 2004, 2005, US 2004, RG 2007]
Julia Glushko (88) {Mar 2014} [R3 - US 2013]
Hila Rosen (138) {Jun 1999} [Q2 - RG 1999, US 1999, AO 2000]
Ilana Berger (149) {Aug 1992} [Q1 - 3 times in 1991-92]
Yael Segal (159) {Jul 1993} [Q2 - RG 1993]
Orly Bialistotsky (166) {Dec 1982}*
Yevgenia Savransky (172) {Jul 2006; played under Ukrainian flag 2007-09 and retired} [Q3 - RG 2006]
Rakefet Binyamini (222) {Dec 1982}*
Natali Cahana (232) {May 1999}
Limor Zaltz (242) {Aug 1993}
Dahlia Coriat (297) {Jul 1990}
Nelly Barkan (304) {Jul 1995}
Deniz Khazaniuk (311) {Mar 2014}
Rona Mayer (314) {Apr 1991}
Shiri Burstein (336) {Jul 1995}
Keren Shlomo (359) {May 2012}
Sagit Doron (381) {Dec 1986}
Limor Gabai (392) {Nov 1997}
Jacquelyn Rosen (400) {Aug 1998; represented Israel until late 2002}
Yael Shavit (409) {Jun 1989}
Hagit Ohayon (423) {Jun 1989}
Daniella Blanke (423) {Dec 1989; represented Israel in 1989 aged 16 and Germany from then on}
Anat Varon (429) {Nov 1988}
Liat Cohen (459) {Aug 1992}
Medi Dadoch (464) {May 1991}
Chen Astrugo (468) {Jun 2010}
Sarit Shalev (504) {Dec 1986}
Ofri Lankri (545) {Jun 2012}
Sofia Rafael (556) {May 1987}
Yael Vitale (562) {May 1987}
Ekaterina Tour (564) {Sep 2013}
Cheli Bargil (573) {May 2001}
Shira Gafni (576) {Jun 1988}
Yael Glitzenshtein (595) {Aug 2003}

* only YE rankings available; career-high may be slightly better.

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Old May 15th, 2008, 10:25 PM   #9
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Re: just for fun - Israeli all time greatest (all players to reach top600)

Another member has joined the list today (officially it will appear only in 11 days), and she is here to stay. Welcome Julia Glushko
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Old Sep 29th, 2008, 04:44 AM   #10
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Re: just for fun - Israeli all time greatest (all players to reach top600)

Astrugo joins the list.
Glushko is already up to #15 all-time.
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Old Jun 7th, 2010, 04:59 PM   #11
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Re: just for fun - Israeli all time greatest (all players to reach top600)

Following the French Open, Shahar finally breaks the long standing national ranking record shared by Smashnova and herself, setting it on #14.
There is every reason to expect further improvements soon.
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Old Feb 2nd, 2011, 06:03 AM   #12
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Re: just for fun - Israeli all time greatest (all players to reach top600)

After AO 2011:
Shahar misses a great chance to break into the top 10, makes a new NR at #11.
Following advancing a round at her slam qualies debut, Glushko jumps 28 more spots and finally makes the Israeli all-time top 10 (as implied above my list there are a few missing names, e.g. I found some publication, which I can't currently trace, that Rakefet Binyamini has a CH of #218 or so).
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Old Feb 22nd, 2011, 10:16 PM   #13
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Re: just for fun - Israeli all time greatest (all players to reach top600)

Glushko is the 9th Israeli player to enter the top 200.
Although she isn't even ranked yet (next week she will be), 14.5 y.o. Valeria Patiuk looks to be the only one with a chance to be the 10th...
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Re: just for fun - Israeli all time greatest (all players to reach top600)

The WTA site recently put all the YE rankings since 1975 on their site (no mid-season rankings pre-2001 available yet, unfortunately).
They can be found here: http://www.wtatennis.com/page/PressC...,12781,00.html

Therefore two players (who were the main reason for "more players should be on the list" remark above) are officially added: Orly Bialistotsky (#8 on the national all-time list) and Rakefet Binyamini (#11). The latter is rather stupidly misspelled Rafeket or Rafaket on various sources
Both put up some decent Fed Cup results in their short careers, both in Singles and Doubles. Bialistotsky had a win over a top-50 player (Dutch Marcella Mesker) in the '83 Consolation Round QF, which was probably the only one of its kind in Fed Cup until Smashnova beat Anne Kremer in 2000!
[Note: Hila Rosen beat 15 y.o. Kournikova in '97, shortly before she broke into the top 50.]

Year-end rankings of Israeli players before 1987:
1975: Peled #100 (as Peisachov).
1976: none.
1977: Peled #82.
1978: Peled #170.
1979-81: none.
1982: Bialistotsky #166, Binyamini #222.
1983: Bialistotsky #247, Binyamini #262.
1984-85: none.
1986: Berger #256 (also Sagit Doron and Sarit Shalev, but the 1986 list is the only incomplete one).

Peisachov-Peled's best year was by far 1974, making the 2R of both Wimbledon (96 draw) and US Open (64 draw) and winning her only tour title (in Kent), as well as narrowly losing another final (Hampstead). Unfortunately computer rankings were only introduced one year later.
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I wonder if she was good on grass.
I would like an israeli player that is actually good on grass.
She won back-to-back titles on grass in June that year (absolutely thumping an 18 y.o. Sue Barker in one of them). Both were held in Britain as warm-ups for Wimbledon. It seems to me that in today's terms one of them would be an International (formerly Tier III or IV), the other a big ITF.
Generally her best results came on grass, though it has to be said there were many more events on that surface in that era than there are today...

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Re: just for fun - Israeli all time greatest (all players to reach top600)

A couple of updates:

Keren Shlomo (367) {Apr 2012}
Deniz Khazaniuk (458) {Feb 2012}

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