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Old May 10th, 2008, 03:56 PM   #1
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Players who reached top 10 in doubles

There was a thread a few months ago (which I now can't seem to find!) with all the people ranked top 20 in singles. It got me thinking about the same for doubles. I've only done the top 10. I know there are some missing. The only trouble is the WTA site doesn't have career high rankings for some people on their bios. Anyway here goes...

List as at 17 February 2014 (active players in bold)

1 - Black, Errani, Huber, Pennetta, Peng, Peschke, Raymond, Srebotnik, Stosur, Vinci, S Williams, V Williams, Clijsters, Davenport, Dulko, G Fernandez, Halard Decugis, Hingis, Kournikova, Morariu, Navratilova, Neiland, Novotna, Ruano Pascual, Sanchez-Vicario, Shriver, Stubbs, Suarez, Sugiyama, Sukova, Zvereva
2 - Hsieh
3 - Hlavackova, Husarova, King, Kuznetsova, Medina Garrigues, Petrova, Vesnina, Zheng, Arendt, Graf, Kohde-Kilsch, Likhovtseva, Pierce, Sabatini, Tauziat
4 - Hradecka, Makarova, Martinez Sanchez, Shvedova, Bollegraf, Fendick, MJ Fernandez, McNeil, Shaughnessy, Yan
5 - Chuang, Hantuchova, Kirilenko, Dementieva, Garrison, Llagostera Vives, McGrath, Santangelo, Smylie
6 - Chan, Fusai, Hetherington, Hobbs, K Jordan, Mandlikova, Molik, Po
7 - Azarenka, Groenefeld, Mirza, Martinez, Schultz-McCarthy
8 - Schiavone, Adams, Burgin, Dechy, Parkhomenko, Safina, Schett, Testud, White
9 - Dellacqua, Zvonareva, Basuki, K Bondarenko, Gorrochategui, Rubin, Tatarkova, Vis
10 - Dokic, Kleybanova, Rehe, Reinach

Unknown career highs - Potter (at least no.3), Walsh (at least no.5), Kiyomura (at least no.8), Durie (at least no.9)

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Old May 12th, 2008, 05:02 PM   #2
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Re: Players who reached top 10 in doubles

I'm pretty sure all these players reached the Top 10 in the doubles rankings:

Claudia Kohde Kilsch
Mercedes Paz
Anne Smith
Andrea Temesvari
Wendy Turnbull

Incredible how 1998 Australian Open champion Mirjana Lucic peaked only at #19
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Old May 12th, 2008, 05:34 PM   #3
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Re: Players who reached top 10 in doubles

Hey nice list.

Must have been difficult given the poor data on wtatour.com


I don't think anyone peaked at no.2 because to get that high, you would have probably had the same partner for the whole year (e.g. Black/Huber, Raymond/Stubbs or Stosur), so both players would be at number 1, therefore using up the no.2 position aswell.

If you are part of the best team in the world, it is inevitable you will become no.1 at some point. If you look below no.1, there are some good players, but never anyone from a no.1 team. Kuznetsova/Likhovtseva, Graf/Sabatini were good but never the best in the world. The only one you could make an argument for are Serena/Venus but they hardly played so they could never be known as the best.
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Old May 12th, 2008, 06:39 PM   #4
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Nice job Robbie .
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Old May 12th, 2008, 07:12 PM   #5
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Re: Players who reached top 10 in doubles

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I'm pretty sure all these players reached the Top 10 in the doubles rankings:

Claudia Kohde Kilsch
Mercedes Paz
Anne Smith
Andrea Temesvari
Wendy Turnbull

Incredible how 1998 Australian Open champion Mirjana Lucic peaked only at #19
Paz reached no.12 but as for the other four I was also certain they would have been top 10 at some time, but their highest doubles rankings (or even singles) aren't on their bio page on the WTA website.


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Hey nice list.

Must have been difficult given the poor data on wtatour.com


I don't think anyone peaked at no.2 because to get that high, you would have probably had the same partner for the whole year (e.g. Black/Huber, Raymond/Stubbs or Stosur), so both players would be at number 1, therefore using up the no.2 position aswell.

If you are part of the best team in the world, it is inevitable you will become no.1 at some point. If you look below no.1, there are some good players, but never anyone from a no.1 team. Kuznetsova/Likhovtseva, Graf/Sabatini were good but never the best in the world. The only one you could make an argument for are Serena/Venus but they hardly played so they could never be known as the best.
It wasn't as hard as you might think. All the no.1's are already on the website and for just about all the others I went through everyone who had reached a GS final as I was certain (with the odd exception like Lucic that Spiceboy mentioned) that they would have been top 10. The WTA has all the year end rankings back to 1989 and the top 10 itself seems to feature the same players year after year! The missing ones will probably be from when the rankings started (Sep 84)


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Nice job Robbie .
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Old May 12th, 2008, 08:01 PM   #6
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Re: Players who reached top 10 in doubles

Tatarkova reaching 9th spot
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Old Sep 8th, 2008, 08:18 AM   #7
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A new addition to the list today (see updated post) - Medina Garrigues enters at no.7
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Alg was no. 7 too...
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Old Sep 8th, 2008, 11:51 AM   #9
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Alg was no. 7 too...
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Old Sep 8th, 2008, 12:16 PM   #10
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Jie making top 3 but not Zi
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Old Sep 28th, 2008, 03:04 PM   #11
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Re: Players who reached top 10 in doubles

Two changes for the week of 29 Sep 2008 (see updated post) - Medina Garrigues moves to a career high no.5 and Kateryna Bondarenko enters at no.10. It would be good if her sister could join her as well!!
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Old Sep 28th, 2008, 10:23 PM   #12
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Anabel!!! What a year!!! Awful in singles but awfully good in doubles
If the Serna-Molik would have stayed healthy they could be up there too thye seemed to do fine if I remember correctly
Pity both of them got hit by injuries
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Graf got up to number 3


Is there anything she didn't manage to accomplish in the course of her career?
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Re: Players who reached top 10 in doubles

Here http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2...=190074&flag=0 it says Anne Smith got to no.1, but I don't think she's on the list of weeks spent at no.1
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