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View Poll Results: Which was the best?

Steffi Graf 11 7.19%
Jennifer Capriati 47 30.72%
Lindsay Davenport 11 7.19%
Venus Williams 33 21.57%
Justine Henin 23 15.03%
Elena Dementieva 28 18.30%
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Old Sep 24th, 2008, 05:36 PM   #1
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Which Olympic gold medalist had the best run?

Seoul 1988:
2R - Graf def. Meshki 75 61
3R - Graf def. Suire 63 60
QF - Graf def. Neiland 62 46 63
SF - Graf def. Garrison 62 60
F - Graf def. Sabatini 63 63

Barcelona 1992:
1R - Capriati def. Reinach 61 60
2R - Capriati def. Tarabini 64 61
3R - Capriati def. Basuki 63 64
QF - Capriati def. Huber 63 76(1)
SF - Capriati def. Sanchez-Vicario 63 36 61
F - Capriati def. Graf 36 63 64

Atlanta 1996:
1R - Davenport def. Kremer 62 61
2R - Davenport def. Sawamatsu 62 62
3R - Davenport def. Huber 61 36 63
QF - Davenport def. Majoli 75 63
SF - Davenport def. Fernandez 62 76(6)
F - Davenport def. Sanchez-Vicario 76(6) 62

Sydney 2000:
1R - Williams def. Nagyova 62 62
2R - Williams def. Tanasugarn 62 63
3R - Williams def. Kandarr 62 62
QF - Williams def. Sanchez-Vicario 36 62 64
SF - Williams def. Seles 61 46 63
F - Williams def. Dementieva 62 64

Athens 2004:
1R - Henin def. Strycova 63 64
2R - Henin def. Vento-Kabchi 62 61
3R - Henin def. Pratt 61 60
QF - Henin def. Pierce 64 64
SF - Henin def. Myskina 75 57 86
F - Henin def. Mauresmo 63 63

Beijing 2008:
1R - Dementieva def. Bondarenko 61 64
2R - Dementieva def. Arvidsson 63 64
3R - Dementieva def. Wozniacki 76(3) 62
QF - Dementieva def. Williams 36 64 63
SF - Dementieva def. Zvonareva 63 76(3)
F - Dementieva def. Safina 36 75 63


Let's compare and contrast all the gold medalists from 1988-2008. I personally find all of them to be very good runs (Graf's probably the weakest, but Garrison/Sabatini are good wins), but which is the one that stands out most?

Discuss other things you find interesting. I couldn't help but notice Sanchez-Vicario lost to the eventual champion three times, poor Arantxa.
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Old Sep 24th, 2008, 05:38 PM   #2
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Re: Which Olympic gold medalist had the best run?

Either Capriati 92 or Dementieva 08.
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No one has won without not dropping a set.

I go with Venus because she won doubles as well
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Dementieva - best ever olympian
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Re: Which Olympic gold medalist had the best run?

First...
Capriati..because she was so young and she defeated Graf!!

then
Henin
Dementieva
Davenport
Venus
Graf..

well.. all of them were amazing actually
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Steffi Graf (her Golden Slam year)!
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Capriati by a mile.

In 1992, Graf and Sanchez-Vicario on clay courts in consecutive matches is a phenomenal achievement for someone of her age.
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Venus or Davenport.
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