Sep 9th, 2003, 07:02 AM
Join Date: Nov 2001
Greatest Ever By Country
This maybe easier. A list of the top 10 players ever from each country.
Generally players will be ranked with the country they played the majority of their best tennis under. Notations will be made if players played for other countries.
Initially focus will be on countries that have been represented in Grand Slams.
1. Gabriela Sabatini
2. Norma Baylon
3. Paola Suarez
4. Ivana Madruga-Osses
5. Innes Gorrochategui
6. Gisela Dulko
7. Bettina Fulco-Villella
8. Racquel Giscafre
9. Mercedes Paz
10. Clarissa Fernandez just edges Patricia Tarabini due to her stand-out French Open semi in 2002.
1 Judith Polzl - Wiesner
2 Barbara Schett
3 Barbara Paulus
4 Sonia Pachta –players from the 1950’s who made the French quarter one year.
5 Nellie Neppach
6 Barbara Schwartz
7 Sylvia Plischke
8 Sybille Bammer
9 Petra Schwarz-Ritter
10 Petra Huber
1. Margaret Smith-Court
2. Evonne Goolagong-Cawley
3. Nancye Bolton
4. Daphne Akhurst
5. Lesley Turner
6. Kerry Melville Reid
7. Joan Hartigan
8. Thelma Long
9. Samantha Stosur
10. Wendy Turnbull
1. Viktoria Azarenka
2. Natasha Zvereva
3. Olga Govortsova
4. Olga Barabanschikova
5. Tatiana Perebyinis
6. Anastasiya Yakimova
7. Tatiana Poutchek
8. Tatiana Ignatieva
9. Nadja Ostrovskaya
10. Iryna Kuryanovich - Bremond
1. Justine Henin-Hardenne
2. Kim Clijsters
*** 3. Nelly Adamson-Landry - Belgian born and become French in 1938 after marriage. Best tennis after her marriage.
4. Josane Sigart - In 1932 she was ranked world no. 10 in unofficial rankings
5. Dominique Van Roost
6. Sabine Appelmans
7. Anne de Borman
8. Christiane Mercelis
9. Yanina Wickmayer
10. Kirstin Flipkens
11. Michelle Gurdal or Els Callens
1. Heather Brewer – clearly Bermuda’s best player. Consistent slam performer winning rounds at Wimbledon, US and French. Best result was a quarter final in 1957.
2. Gladys Hutchings – won a round at the 1922 US Open
3. Beryl Robinson-Cape – played the US Open twice in the 1920’s.
4-5. Peggy Stone and Barbara Freisenbruch – all played the French Open one year with no success. Freisenbruch seems to be Bermuda’s only tour player in the late 30’s, with Stone playing on tour just before Brewer.
6. Danielle Paynter - Fed Cup stalwart in the 2000's, played 24 ties for 7 singles victories.
7. Tara Lambert - Fed Cup stalwart in the 2000's, played 23 ties since 1999 predominantly doubles. Represented Bermuda in the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
8. Jacklyn Lambert - won a round in the 2010 Commonwealth Games. and played in 15 Fed Cup ties.
9. Gill Butterfield - probably not on this list for any special tennis accomplishments, however represented Bermuda in the 1996 Fed Cup at the age of 53!
1. Maria Bueno
2. Patricia Medrado-Summers
3. Niege Dias
4. Claudia Monteiro
5. Andrea Vieira
6. Teliana Peirera
7. Giselle Miro
8. Vanessa Menga
9. Luciana Corsato
10. Joanna Cortez
*** 1. Manuela.Maleeva-Fragniere - from 1990 represented Switzerland and if those results post-90 are discounted is still the clear number 1 ranked Bulgarian.
2. Katerina Maleeva
3. Magdalena Maleeva
4. Julia Berberian-Maleeva
5. Tsvetlana Pironkova
6. Lubomira Bacheva
7. Sesil Karatancheva
8. Elena Pampulova-Wagner
9. Pavlina Stojanova-Nola
10. Svetlana Kriventcheva
*** Mary Peirce was born in Canada though represented France throughout her senior career. If she was listed as Canadian she would be a clear no. 1.
1. Eugenie Bouchard
2. Carling Bassett-Seguso
3. Helen Kelesi
4. Patricia Hy-Boulais
5. Alexandria Wozniacki
6. Jill Hetherington
7. Marjorie Blackwood
8. Sonya Jeyaseelan
9. Maureen Drake
10. Rene Simpson
1. Anita Lizana – Chile’s US Nationals Slam winner
2. Michele Rodriguez – No. 1 Columbian fed Cup representative in the 70’s. Won a round at the French in the 70’s.
3. Ana Maria Arias – Was the Columbian no. 2 player in fed Cup in the 70’s. Reached the 3rd round of the French in 1970.
4. Ana Maria Pinto-Bravo – played the slams in 1972 and 74. Qualified for the US Open in 1974. (In some records she has been listed as Argentinian)
5 & 6. Alice Heegewaldt & Maria Ayala – played the French and Wimbledon in 1959 and 60’s.
7. Carmen Ibarra – played the French in 1958 and then four years later in 1962. No slam activity in between.
8. Paula Cabezas - has played a mammoth 39 ties for Chile, 8 yeasr with a win loss record of 49-22. No slam activity.
9. Paulina Sepulveda - no. 1 player for Chile in 19080's. Played the 1984 Olympics.
10. Germaine Ohaco - played the US Open in the 1980's. Germained didn't seem to represent Chile often in Fed Cup despite being good enough to play a slam.
1. Li Na
2. Zheng Jie
3. Shaui Peng
4. Fang Li
5. Jing-Qian Yi
6. Yan Zi
7. Sun Tian Tian
8. Li Ting
9. Chen Li - 90's competemporary of Fang Li and Yi.
10. Meng Yuan
** Hu Na - defected to the US when she was 20 (during a Chinese tennis tour of California). Hu reached the top 50 and won her only tour title under the USA flag. If included in this list she would've been ranked no. 4 behind Peng.
1. Shi Ting Wang
2. Su Wei Hsieh
3. Yung Jan Chan
4. Janet Lee
5. M. C. Tsu - played in the 1984 Olympics
6. Kai Chen Chang
7. Chin Wei Chan
8. Chia Jung Chuang
9. Chan Hao-ching - sister of Yung Jan, top 20 doubles player
10 Hsu Chieh-yu - fringe top 200 player and top 150 doubles player
1. Fabiola Zuluaga
2. Isabel Fernandez-player from the 70s
3. Catalina Castano
4. Mariana Duque Marino
5. Pola Palacios – played the US Championships in 1966.
6. Elsa Rodriguez - no. 1 Federation Cup player in the 1980’s. Won singles in two rubbers in 1984.
7. Maria Victoria de Moggio – no. 2 Federation Cup player to Isabel Fernandez in the 1970’s.
8. Liliana Fernandez - no. 2 Federation Cup player in the 1980’s. Won a singles rubber in 1984.
9. Cecilia Hincapie - Fed Cup player in the 1990’s. Was higher ranked than Giraldo.
10. Carmina Giraldo - Fed Cup player in the 1990’s
1. Monica Rho – Played the 1974 French Open
2. Paula Umana - tour ranked in the 90’s (600’s)
1. Iva Majoli
2. Karolina Sprem
3. Silvia Talaja
4. Mirjana Lucic
5. Sabrina Goles
6. Jelena Kostanic-Tosic
7. Nadine Ercegovic
8. Petra Martic
9. Maya Palaversic-Coopersmith
10. Sandra Mamic
1. Berta Garcia – Played the US Championships a couple of times in the 40’s. In 1942 reaches the doubles quarter finals.
2. Zoe de Mendoza – played the US Championships in 1958
3. Belkis Rodriguez - tour ranked in the 90’s (600’s)
4.Yoannis Montesino - tour ranked in the 90’s (600-700’s)
5. Yamile Cordova - tour ranked in the 90’s (800’s)
*** 1. Martina Navratilova defected from Czechslovakia when she was 18. If counted for the Czech Republic she would clearly be number one. Even in the few years playing under the banner of Czechslovakia she would be still ranked quite high.
2. Hana Mandlikova
3. Jana Novotna
4. Petra Kvitova
5. Helena Sukova
6. Vera Puzejova-Sukova
7. Vlasta Kodesova-Vopickova
8. Regina Marsikova
9. Renata Tomanova-Roth
10. Nicole Vaidisova - despite a short career (now making a comeback) reached a ranking of 7 and two slam semis.
11. Lucie Safarova
*** 1. Hilde Krahwinkel-Sperling – born and represented Germany till 1933 then became a Danish National after she married. During this time won the French Championships three times in a row and was arguably the one player in the world in 1936.
2. Caroline Wozniacki
3. Sophie Castenschiold - In 1912 she won the silver medal in the indoor singles competition. (There was two singles competitions held, in which the indoor was the weaker of the two). In 1910 Thora was a quarter finalist at Wimbledon.
4. Tine Scheur-Larsen – stalwart for Danish tennis in the 80’s.
5. Mrs. Knud Dahl – In 1917 was a quarter finalist at the US Open
6. Eva Dyrberg – top 100 player in the 2000’s
7. Pia Balling – Played Wimbledon, with a 3rd round in 1963 and a 2nd round in 1964. Seemed the concentrate on doubles after these years, featured in slam doubles draws but not in singles draws.
8. Lisa Gram Andersen – played in the 50-60’s and played the slams three times with a 3rd round at the 1956 Wimbledon her best effort. Also played the 1959 Wimbledon and the 1963 US Championships.
9. Helle Spragh-Viragh – as a qualifier reached the 3rd round of the US Open in 1977 and played Wimbledon and France that year. No slam activity after this year.
10. Elsebeth Brehm – represented Denmark at the 1920 and 24 Olympics.
1. Suzanne Lenglen
2. Mary Pierce
3. Amelie Mauresmo
4. Francoise Durr-Browning
5. Simone Mathieu
6. Marguerite Broquedis-Bordes
*** 7. Nelly Adamson-Landry - Belgian born and become French in 1938 after marriage.
8. Marion Bartoli
9. Nathalie Tauziat
10. Didi Vlasto
11. Julie Halard-Decugis
1. Steffi Graf
2. Hilda Sperling
3. Cilli Aussem
4. Sylvia Hanika
5. Helga Niessen Masthoff
6. Claudia Kohde Kilsch
7. Anke Huber
8. Bettina Bunge
9. Angelique Kerber
10. Sabine Lisicki
1. Helene Contostavlos
2. Eleni Daniilidou
3. Angeliki Kannellopoulou
4. Christina Papadakai - top 80 player with a WTA final and 10 years of Fed Cup representation with Greece.
5. Olga Tsarbopolou
6. Dionissa Asteri - was a Fed Cup stalwart in the 1960's and 70's. Was entered in the 1968 French Open but after a bye defaulted against Maria Beuno. Last fed Cup tie was in 1977.
7. Domini Elliadi Crosfeld - played in the 1911 Wimbledon Championships.
8. Carol-Ann Kalogeropoulos - reached the third round of the 1968 French, but this was due to a bye and then a default. Was smacked by 7th seed Vlasta Vopickova with the loss of one game.
9. Phyllis Xydis - played in the 1934 & 1935 French with no wins and was entered in the 1939 US Open but defaulted.
10. Eirini Georgatou - ITF player, reached the top 200 and played some slam qualifiers.
*** Monica Seles was born in Hungary and would be a clear number 1 if listed here.
1. Zsuzsa Körmöczy - Oldest ever French champion-1958, only Hungarian Grand Slam Singles Champion, won 3-times in Monte Carlo, Wimbledon semifinalist, Ranked No. 2.
2. Temesvári - Highest Rank #7, Italian Open winner
3. Agnes Szavay – top ranking of 13 and quarterfinalist at the US Open.
4. Petra Mandula - French Open QF, 6 titles.
5. Eva Szabo – quarter finalist at the 75 French
6. Anika Kapros – 4r at AO and beat Henin in the 2002 French open as a qualifier.
7. Melinda Czink - very difficult to split Kapros and Czink.
8. Rita Kuti Kis - 1 wta-title, 3 finals, 3 semis, 2-0 H2H vs. Capriati
9. Zsofia Gusbaci - won a WTA title, top 100 player and made the 3rd round of the French.
10. Paulina Pálfalvy - In 1894 at the first Hungarian National Championship she won the men's singles (Women could enter in the men's event till 1932, when the first event was held for women.)
*** 1. Irene Bowder Peacock – Born in India and reached the semis of the French in 1921 under the Indian flag. She then represented South Africa the year after.
2. Sania Mriza – top 30 in singles, SF or better at all slam doubles and won tour championships in doubles in 2014.
3. Nirupama Vaidyanathan Sanjeev – India’s first professional player to win a round at a slam, 1998. Highest ranking of 147.
4. Shikha Uberoi – highest rank of 122, 2r of the US Open.
5. Lydia Row – Played the 1932 & 34 French and the 1934 (2nd round) and the 1935 Wimbledon championships. Notably defaulted three times in slam competition.
*** 6. Sunitha Rao – Born in the USA but represented India in Fed Cup and Olympics in 2008. Highest ranking of 144.
7. Mrs N Polley – reached the third round of the 1924 Olympics.
8. Yolande Gough – won a round at Wimbledon in 1925
9. Rita Davar – played Wimbledon twice in 54, 55
10th position could be split between M. Hasler who played in the 1924 Wimbledon Championships, Mrs. Parsons Roberts who did so in 1891 and was smacked 60 60 by Lottie Dodd, Jenny Sandison India, who twice travelled to Wimbedon in the late 20s or E.S.Graham who played the Championships in 1922.
1. Yayuk Basuki
2. Lita Liem-Sugiarto
3. Lany Kaligis – good enough to take a set off Evonne Goolagong in fed Cup one year
4. Angelique Widjaja
5. Wynne Prakusya
6. Romana Tedjakusuma
7. Suzanna Anggarkusuma-Wibowo – Fed Cup stalwart in the 80’s
8. Sandy Gumulya – top 100 win in Fed Cup
9-10. Ayu Fani Damayanti, Liza Andriyani, Sri Utaminingsih,Waya Walangi – Fed Cup players across the 80-00’s and not enough information to rank properly for the 9-10 spots.
1. Lena Rice – 1890 winner of Wimbledon and 1889 Wimbledon finalist.
2. Mabel Cahill - won 1891 US Open
3. Louisa Martin – in 1898 she reached the final of the Wimbledon. Won nine singles titles at the Irish Lawn Tennis Championships.
4. Ruth Durlacher – in 1899 reached the finals of the all-comers-competition at Wimbledon. Won the doubles in 1899. Played Wimbledon for nearly ten years.
5. May Langrishe - in 1879, she won the first Irish Championships at the age of 14 and won three times in all. Played the 1885 Wimbledon Championships where she lost to Maud Watson and in her second appearance reached the semifinals of the all-comers tournament, losing to Blanche Hillyard.
6. Hilda Wallis - participated twice at Wimbledon, twelve years apart – 1924 and 1936. Won the Irish title four times. Participated in the 1924 Summer Olympics at Paris.
7. Kelly Liggan – Irelands most recent grand slam singles player. Reached the 2nd round of the US Open and Wimbledon.
8. Geraldine Houlihan – Wimbledon and US Open player in the 60s. Number 1 and Fed Cup stalwart in the 60s and 70s.
9. June Fitzpatrick – played Wimbledon throughout the 50’s, reaching the 2nd round three times. Beat a 45 year old Nell Hopman (Hall) in 54.
10. Eleanor O'Neil – played Wimbeldon, US and French Open in the early 60s.
1. Paulina Peled - Peisachov
2. Anna Smashnova
3. Shahar Peer
4. Tzipora Obsziler
5. Julia Glushko
6. Evgenia Linetskaya - represented Isreal after 2007. Best tennis was under Russian flag, top 50.
7. Hila Rosen
9. Ilana Berger
10. Yael Segal
1. Francesca Schiavone
2. Sara Errani
3. Raffaela Reggi
4. Flavia Pennetta
5. Silvia Farina Elia
6. Roberta Vinci
7. Sandra Cecchini
8. Silvia Lazzarino
9. Lea Pericoli
10. Rita Grande
1. Kimiko Date-Krumm
2. Ai Sugiyama - very tough to separate her and Kazuko Sawamatsu. Very similar slam records but Ai has many 4th rounds. Has three doubles slams to one.
3. Kazuko Sawamatsu - QF in all but one slam.
4. Naoko Sawamatsu
5. Shinobue Asagoe - top 20 fringes and a slam quarter final. Better slam record than Inoue.
6. Yone Kamio - 4th round results in all slams bar the French. highest rank is 24.
7. Etsuko Inoue - top 30 player in the 80s
8. Mana Endo - similar ranked to Nagatsuka and similar slam records. Endo has a WTA title and a better winning record.
9. Kyoko Nagatsuka
10. Akiko Kijimuta - May have ranked higher if she had beaten Seles at the 92 French Open leading by two breaks, 4-1 in the 3rd.
*** 1. Elena Likhovtseva - born in Alma-Ata in the USSR which is now Kazakhstan. Did represent Kazakstan earlier in her career and then switched to Russia. If listed for Kazakhstan is the clear no. 1 with a 4th round or better at all slams and finalist at 3 of the 4 slams in doubles.
*** 2. Yaroslava Shvedova – born in Russia, turned pro in 2003 and commenced representing Kazakhstan from 2008, twice quarter finalist at the French Open.
3. Zarina Diyas – Wimbledon 4th round in 2014.
*** 4. Galina Voskoboeva – born in Russia, turned pro in 2002 and commenced representing Kazakhstan from 2008. Highest rank of 42 and two slam doubles quarterfinals.
5. Irina Selyutina – top 100 singles player but more known for her doubles accomplishments.
*** 6. Sesil Karatancheva – born in Bulgaria, represented Kazakhstan from 2009 to 2014, best results and ranking were prior to 2009. Has switched back to representing Bulgaria.
*** 7. Elena Putintseva – born in Moscow, from 2012 started representing Kazakhstan. High rank of 88.
8. Amina Rakhim – current tour ITF player
9. Kamila Kerimbayeva – current tour ITF player
*** 10. Anna Danilina - junior transitioning to senior ranks, born in Russia represented Kazakhstan from 2011.
1. Kea Bouman
2. Betty Stove
3. Brenda Schultz-McCarthy
4. Trudy Groenman Walhof - was a Wimbledon quarterfinalist in 1966 (d. #8 Baylon/lost to #1 Smith) and lost to BJK in a US Indoor final. She was the top Dutch player in the mid-60's.
5. Marijke Schaar - was a French semifinalist beating Julie Heldman and Linda Tuero.
6. Marcella Mesker
7. Manon Bollegraf
8. Miriam Oremans
9. Kristie Boogert
10. Stephanie Rottier
1. Kate Nunneley
2. Belinda Cordwell
3. Ruia Morrison
4. Marina Erakovic
5. Julie Richardson
6. Claudia Toleafoa
7. Pavlina Stoyanova-Nola
8. Helena Adamkova-Guy
9. Sacha Jones
1. Jadwiga Jędrzejowska
2. Agnieszka Radwanka
3. Magdalena Grzybowska
4. Katarzyna Nowak
5. Marta Domachowska
6. Urszula Radwanksa
7. Iwona Kuczynska
8. Aleksandra Olsza
9. Elżbieta Slesicka - Fed Cup player in the 70s
10. Madgalena Mroz-Feistel - holds the most Fed Cup ties and wins for Poland.
1. Cara Black
*** 2. Patricia Walken-Pretorius – after 1967 represented South Africa but if her career was considered entirely under Rhodesia then she would be no. 1
*** 3. Dinky Van Rensburg – represented South Africa but was born in Zimbabwe. If considered on this list would she would be ranked no. 3.
4 – 6. Sally Hudson-Beck, Daphne Patterson and Joan Walker. All played Fed Cup and both featured in the early rounds of 1-2 slams. Patterson was the number 1 player when her and Hudson-Beck both played in the same team Fed Cup team together in 1972. Walker I suspect was also known as Joan Bowyer, if so, qualified at Wimbledon one year.
7. Fiona McKenzie had an interesting Fed Cup history for Rhodesia. She featured in the 1967 where she was good enough to win a set off Rosie Casals. Then in 1976 plays another tie. Doesn’t seem to have played any slams main draws.
8–10. Probably not enough information to make an assessment from this point. Jennny Waggott played Fed Cup in 76 and won a low level rubber as a number 2. Chloe Rhodes qualified at Wimbledon in the 1950’s, J Morris at the 1964 US Open, FN Morris played the French 1967 and Daphne Botha qualified at the 1971 French.
1. Virginia Ruzici
2. Simona Halep
3. Magda Rurac
4. Irina Spirlea
5. Ruxandra Dragomir-Ilie
6. Florenta Mihai
7. Mariana Simionescu
8. Lucia Romanov
9. Sorana Cirstea
10. Alexandra Dulgheru
1. Maria Sharapova
2. Svetlana Kuznetsova'
3. Anastasia Myskina
4. Elena Dementieva
5. Dinara safina
6. Vera Zvonareva
7. Olga Morozova
8. Nadia Petrova
9. Ekaterina Makarova
10. Anna Chakvetadze
*** 1. Monica Seles - born in Novi Sad, Serbia and won 8 of her 90 slams under the Yugoslav flag. Switched to representing the USA in 1994. Was born in Hungary but never played under that flag.
2. Ana Ivanovic
3. Jelena Jankovic
***4. Jelena Dokic - first represented Australia from 1998 to 2000 and then represented Yugoslavia/Serbia from 2000 to 2005 where she reached a ranking of no. 4. She switched back to Australia after 2005.
5. Bojana Jovanovski
6. Tatjana Ječmenica - higher career highest ranking than Nacuk.
7. Sandra Načuk
8. Aleksandra Krunic
9. Vesna Dolonc
10. Dragana Zarić - ITF top 200 player but accomplishments in doubles included a quarter final at Wimbledon.
*** Martina Hingis was born in Slovakia and would be a clear number 1 if listed here.
1. Daniela Hantuchova
2. Dominika Cibulkova
3. Karina Habsuodova
4. Radka Zrubakova
5. Henrietta Nagyova
*** 6. Jarmila Gadjosova - represented Australia from 2010.
7. Katarina Studenikova
8 Jeanette Husarova
9. Magdaléna Rybáriková
10. Martina Sucha
11. Jana Cepelova
1. Mima Jaušovec
2. Katarina Srebotnik
3. Tina Pisnik
4. Polona Hercog - has 2 WTA titles but a slightly lower career high rank than Pisnik.
5. Maja Matevžič
6. Tina Križan top 100 in singles and top 20 in doubles 1990 – 2007
*** Maja Zivec-Skulj – born in Slovenia but represented Germany. Highest career rank of 73. Would be 7th on this list if counted in Slovenia.
7. Barbara Mulej – never broke into the top 100 but has an impressive Fed Cup record of 16-7 with wins over Sukova, Smashnova and Savchenko.
8. Andreja Klepač - top 100 in singles, top 40 doubles and one WTA final.
9. Maša Zec Peškirič - top 100 player
10. Tadeja Majerič
1. Sandra Reynolds - Wimbledon finalist 1960.
2. Amanda Coetzer
3. Irene Peacock - French finalist in 1927
4. Bobby Heine - good enough to be seeded no. 2 at the French in 1929.
5. Renee Schuurman
6. Annette Van Zyl (du Plooy)
7. Greer Stevens
8. Hazel Redick-Smith - Slam quarter finalist at French and Australian in the 50's.
*** 9. Patricia Walkden Petorius - spearheaded South Africas Fed Cup victory in 1972 and number one South African in the late 60 and 70's. Patricia was born in Rhodesia and played under that flag till 1967. Would be no. 1 if her record was counted entirely on the Rhodesia list.
10. Roslyn Fairbank-Nideffer
11. Bernice Carr Vukovich
1. Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
2. Conchita Martínez
3. Lilí de Álvarez
4. Panchita Subirana - finalist in the World Hard Court Championships in 1920 and a major title in its' day.
5. Carla Suárez Navarro
6. Anabel Medina Garrigues
7. Garbiñe Muguruza
8. María José Martínez Sánchez
9. Virginia Ruano Pascual
10. Magüi Serna
1. Catarina Lindqvist
2. Sigrid Fick - good enough to make a couple of world's top ten lists in the early 1920s. She made the semis of the 1920 Olympics, placing 4th when she lost the bronze medal match
3. Christina Sandberg - was probably good enough to be considered top 20 in the world at her prime.
4. Ingrid Bentzer
5. Asa Carlsson Svensson
6. Sofia Arvidsson
7. Helena Anilot - seeded at the 1977 Australian Open
8. Elisabeth Ekblom - quarterfinalist at the 1976 Australian Open
9. Joanna Larsson
10. Carina Karlsson - quarterfinalist at the Wimbledon 1984.
1. Martina Hingis
2. Lolette Payot – reached the reaching the singles quarterfinals in 1931, 1933 and 1934 at Wimbledon and the French Championships in 1932, 1934 and 1935. Payot won the Swiss national championships seven times in a row from 1929 to 1935. Won the French 1945 during the war though it isn’t recognised.
3. Patty Schnyder
*** 4. Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere - from 1990 represented Switzerland till 1994. Reached two US Open semi finals and won 6 WTA titles from this point.
5. Christiane Jolissaint – both Jolissaint and Zardo had the same career high rank and one 4R appearance at a slam. Jolissant was able to beat Jordan and Turnbull in Fed Cup and had stronger doubles results.
6. Emmanuela Zardo
7. Emmanuelle Gagliardi – 4R at Wimbledon and semi finalist at the 2002 Indian Wells.
8. Timea Bacsinszky – two WTA titles and may soon move ahead of Jolissaint, Zardo and Gagliardi.
9. Belinda Bencic – only 17 but has reached a career high rank of 31 above Mikaelian, Caverzasio, Delhees-Jauch, Strachonova and Voegele and will no doubt sit atleast no. 5 in the list in the next few years.
10. Marie-Gaïané Mikaelian – career high rank of 33
*** 11. Cathy Caverzasio – did commence her career representing Italy and played Fed Cup in 1988, however switched to Swiss nationality.
12. Myriam Casanova
*** Larisa Savchenko-Neiland - was born in Ukraine and after the break-up of USSR represented Latvia. If listed for Ukraine would be a clear number 1.
1. Alona Bondarenko
2. Natalia Medvedeva
3. Kataryna Bondarenko
***4. Julia Vakulenko - represented Spain after 2008, however her best tennis and highest rank was under the Ukraine flag.
5. Elena Brioukhovets - similar ranking to Vakulenko, though Vakulenko has a sliughtly superior slam record.
6. Elina Svitolina - may head this list in 2-3 years. Already has a superior highest ranking than Bondarenko, Vakulenko and Bruikhovets.
7. Elena Tatarkova - 13 years on tour, top 50 singles ranking and a top 10 doubles ranking in 1999.
8. Tatiana Perebiynis
9. Lesia Tsurenko
10. Yuliya Beygelzimer - still playing, 14+ years on tour.
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Last edited by louloubelle : Mar 25th, 2015 at 11:23 AM.
Sep 9th, 2003, 10:59 AM
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: the netherlands
what about america how do you fit in monica?. she was no american yet when she had her biggest succes
In the middle of the night
I go walking in my sleep
Through the desert of the truth
To the river so deep
We all end in the ocean
We all start in the streams
We're all carried along
By the river of dreams
In the middle of the night
Sep 9th, 2003, 11:03 AM
Join Date: Jan 2002
Good thread Louloubelle. I'll be interested to see what people come up with for the USA!!!!
Here might be a start:
3. Wills Moody
Are we going to count players by their natuaralised countries or their counries of birth? ie if we count Navratilova and Seles as Americans, doesn't that make Hana an Australian?
Sep 9th, 2003, 11:14 AM
Join Date: Apr 2002
1. Jędrzejowska - Wimbledon finalist
2. Grzybowska - Australian Junior Champion singles, she was in top 30. She beat Capriati, Venus at Wimledon
, Martinez , Schnyder , Schett, Dragomir, Shaughnessy, Huber, Pistolesi.
3. Nowak - She was in top 40. She beat Coetzer, Wiesner, Shaughessy and she was in the 3 rounds in Grand Slam.
4. Olsza - Wimledon junior champion singles and doubles with Cara Black. She was about 70 place and she beat Magdalena Maleeva in Us Open.
Sep 9th, 2003, 08:46 PM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Yugoslavia (the former and the present)
1. Monika Seleš (wow it's been a long time since I've written her name like this)
2. Mima Jaušovec (RG champion and twice the finalist)
3. Jelena Dokić (I don't consider her Yugoslavian, but anyway)
4. Sabrina Goleš
5. Sandra Naćuk (could have had MUCH better career)
6. Tatjana Ječmenica
7. Jelena Janković (though I hope she will improve)
Ana Ivanović will have her place soon.
Sep 10th, 2003, 03:03 AM
Join Date: Nov 2001
Originally Posted by Rollo
I think it's easier if you count by the nation they first represented-it's tricky!
Cool thread louloubelle
And I think you are spot on with your rankings.
Wojtek-Do you know when Jadwiga died? Jedrejowska was one of the world's top 4 women in the late 30s. She had awful luck with World War two putting an end to her best years.
Thanks Rollo, I had a hard time splitting the likes of Reid, Long, Hartigan. I thought Bolton and Gong would be tricky but Evonne just nudged her out.
3. Suarez - would get the nod over 4. Madruga as she has just moved into top 20.
5. Gorrochategui - top 20 player
6-7. Labat & C. Fernandez - Clarissa is a slam semi finalist, Labat served Argentina well for a few years. Labat may get the nod for her longevity atm.
8-9. Raponi Longo ???? Was a Fed Cup player but don't know much about her. Diaz Olivia was top 50 player.
4-5. Olsza & Kuczynska. I would place Kuczynska at no. 4 I think she had a longer career (not necessarily better one than Olsza).
6-7. Mroz & Toedorowicz - gave good service in fed Cup and not a bad doubles combo. Singles records not notable.
I can add Neige Dias at no. 2. Top 35 player, claycourt specilaist.
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