Re: Strongest YEC Top 20 of this decade?
2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 if I remember correctly.
I voted for 2012 because it had some great matches and everyone was in good form then.
The draw had only 3 slamless players (Aga, Angie and Errani), one of whom would eventually be a 3x slam winner, and the two who would remain slamless players were slam finalists already by that point.
Serena was peaking in the second half of that season and had only lost 5 matches to all 7 players combined (2x Sharapova, 1x Azarenka, 1x Kerber, 1x Li).
Sharapova was in good form that season.
Azarenka was in the form of her life in 2012.
Li was near her top form around that time too (I don't recall her exact peak).
Petra wasn't necessarily at her peak but she was a threat.
Aga was definitely at or near her peak.
So was Errani.
Angie was a few years away from her peak but she was on the way up.
That event gave us one of the several Vika vs. Angie classics (match of the year maybe?).
TBH those YECs that Serena couldn't be bothered playing were boring and always felt empty/pointless.
Also I feel that the YEC needs dramatic players like Vika, Serena and even Sharapova to liven them up. More so even than slams. YECs can be pretty boring if the matches are lifeless since there are so few matches, so we really appreciate players who bring the drama.
Stosur - Venus - Hingis - Diyas - Jankovic - Niculescu - Barty - Sabalenka
Gavrilova - Wozniacki - Kvitova - Zvonareva - Osaka - CSN - Sevastova
Aga - Cibulkova - Lisicki - Bencic - Cornet - Halep - Mladenovic - Davenport - Ostapenko
Some level of love/fascination for Ivanovic, Giorgi, Azarenka, Sharapova, Makarova, Kuznetsova
Last edited by ishgever; Sep 17th, 2019 at 01:34 AM.