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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old Jan 28th, 2018, 11:03 PM Thread Starter
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Bridesmaids

Congratulations to Caroline Wozniacki, who has at last evolved from bridesmaid to bride by winning the Australian Open.

That leaves Simona Halep as the top bridesmaid of her generation.

Let's talk bridesmaids-those slam finalists who never quite got their slam, those that finally did win one.

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Re: Bridesmaids

The Top Bridesmaids Who Never became Brides

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Jan Lehane

1960: Australian: lost Margaret Smith 7-5 6-2
1961: Australian: lost to Margaret Smith 6-1 6-4
1962 Australian: lost to Margaret Smith 6-0 6-2
1963 Australian: lost to Margaret Smith 6-2 6-2

On the face of it Jan Lehane never came close to singles major. 4 lopsided defeats to Margaret Smith (later Court) suggest she was outclassed on grass by Smith. The 1960 final was the closest of the four. In 1959 Lehane had actually crushed Smith 6-1 6-0 in the girls final. Lehane's finals streak at the Aussie ended in 1964 she lost to Smith in the semis-her 5th consecutive loss to her at the slam.

Outside of her record 4 bridesmaid finishes Jan is remembered as the first world top ten female to have a two-handed backhand, a good 10 years before Chris Evert.

Helena Sukova


1984 Australian: lost to Chris Evert 6-7 (4-7) 6-1 6-3
1986 US Open: lost to Martina Navratilova 6-3 6-2
1989 Australian: lost to Steffi Graf 6-4 6-4
1993 US Open: lost to Steffi Graf 6-3 6-3

The Czech had a powerful serve and volley game and fast groundstrokes. So why no major? Look at who she lost to in her 4 finals-Evert, Navratilova, and Graf all are legends. Sukova's somewhat labored moverment and at times unreliable whippy strokes were other factors. Her many doubles titles (and a 2018 entry into the Tennis Hall of Fame) are her consolation.

3 finals



Lili Alvarez

1926: Wimbledon: lost to Kitty McKane 6-2 4-6 6-3
1927: Wimbledon: lost to Helen Wills 6-2 6-4
1928: Wimbledon: lost to Helen Wills 6-2 6-3

Spain's Lili de Alvarez was famous as the entertaining "senorita" of tennis. Her penchant for daring shots and half volleys endeared her to crowds, who cheered for her mightily to win, especially vs Helen Wills. To add to her charm she often wore fashion forward clothes. Kitty McKane and Helen Wills proved too steady, and the senorita lost 3 consecutive Wimbledon finals.

Mary Joe Fernandez

1990 Aussie: lost to Steffi Graf 6-3 6-4
1992 Aussie: lost to Monica Seles 6-2 6-3
1993 French: lost to Steffi Graf 4-6 6-2 6-4

A sweet and fragile looking Floridian of Dominican descent, the feminine Fernandez ultimately lacked the weapons to win a major. She came closest in the 1994 Roland Garros final, an exciting match just after the stabbing on Monica Seles.


Simona Halep

2014 French: lost to Maria Sharapova 6-4 6-7 6-4
2017 French: lost to Jelena Ostapenko 4-6 6-4 6-3
2018 Aussie: lost to Caroline Wozniacki 7-6 3-6 6-4

Halep has been a set away in all 3 of her finals at majors. Can she close the deal? The French Open appears to be her best bet. She is the only bridesmaid on our list with more than 1 3 set final.

Jadwiga Jedrzejowska

1937 Wimbledon: lost to Dorothy Round 6-2 2-6 7-5
1937 United States: lost to Anita Lizana 6-4 6-2
1939 French: lost to Simonne Mathieu 6-3 8-6

"Jaja" had the most powerful forehand of her era and seemed destined to win a major. It never happened. Her Wimbledon loss was the closest in hindsight, but she went into the US final a few weeks later favored to win. The clever drop shots and defense of Anita Lizana took her down in straight sets. When the Germans invaded Poland in September of 1939 tennis took a backseat to simple survival. She remains the greatest Polish tennis player ever.

Dinara Safina

2008 French: lost to Ana Ivanovic 6-4 6-3
2009 Aussie: lost to Serena Williams 6-0 6-3
2009 French: lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4 6-2

The Russian was emotionally volatile like her brother Marat, but in her case her temperament contributed to her dismal record in slam finals. In each case Dina folded like a chair. Arguably 2 of those finals were very winnable.

A 2007 US open doubles victory prevented her from going totally slamless.


Wendy Turnbull

1977 US Open:lost to Chris Evert 7-6 6-2
1979 French: lost to Chris Evert 6-2 6-0
1980 Aussie: lost to Hana Mandlikova 6-0 7-5

"The Rabbit" played like a scared bunny in the 1979 French and the 1980 Aussie. Her best chance was probably the 1980 final vs Hana. In retrospect Wenders never came close, but how many women have 3 slam finals to their credit? And talk about bad luck-she drew Chris Evert, on clay no less, in 2 finals.
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Finally, it has happened to me, and I feel so excited! (Slam winners after multiple runners)



Won major on 7th attempt

Simone Mathieu
would have understood Tonya Harding trying to take out Nancy Kerrigan. Her rival and bete noir Hilde Sperling was a human backboard, easily beating Mathieu in the 1935, 1936, and 1936 French finals. In fact Simone only beat Sperling once.

So when Sperling failed to defend her title in 1938 one can imagine Mathieu doing a dance of joy. The mother of at least two children, she conquered a much weakend field in 1938 and repeated as champion in 1938.


Won major in 6th final

Esna Boyd won the 1927 Australian Championships. It was anything but routine, considering she had lost 5 consecutive finals from 1922 to 1926! She lost her crown in 1928 for a 1-6 record in Aussie finals.

Won major in 5th final

Kim Clijsters (0-4 in finals, won 2005 US Open to finish 4-4 in slam singles finals)

Doris Hart (0-4 in finals, won 1949 Australian to finish 6-6 in slam singles finals)

Doris was a perennial runnerup. Not only did she fail to win a singles final until her 5th, the American with the gimpy looking leg was 0-11 in all finals (singles, doubles, and mixed) until Wimbledon 1947. Hart would at last win the US singles crown in 1954-after losing 5 finals.

Helen Jacobs (0-4 in finals, won 1932 US to finish 5-11 in slam singles finals) was the 1932 US champion after dropping her previous 4 slam finals in singles. She had similar troubles securing a Wimbledon trophy. After being a runner up in 1929, 1932, and 1934 she was at match point vs bitter enemy Helen Wills Moody in the 1935 final. Mrs Moody sent up a weak lob on match point. Jacobs let in bounce. The ball failed to sit up for a comfortable smash, Jacobs missed it, and the crowd gasped in horror. Wills ran out the match at 7-5 in the third and for once smiled on winning. Jacobs diary entry that day reads, "Lost to that bitch."

Jacobs won the 1936 Wimbledon final in a 3 set nailbiter over Hilde Sperling.

Wills won their last final at Wimbledon in 1938 when Jacobs was injured. Jacobs was 1-7 vs Wills in grand slam finals.


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The Goolagong Effect (slam winners who couldn't close the deal at other slams)



Escaping the Goolagong effect

On the 7th attempt

Francoise Durr won her beloved 1967 French Championships-her only singles slam final. "Frankie" was best known for her doubles however, which makes her lack of a Wimbledon doubles crown hard to comprehend. Durr went 0-6 in women's doubles finals at Wimbledon. In 1976 she won the mixed with Tony Roche to at last capture a winner's plate at the Championships.

On the 6th attempt

Doris Hart felt she was destined to never win at Forest Hills. She had lost 5 finals in 1946, 1949, 1950 and 1952 and 1953. The door opened for her when world #1 Maureen Connolly was injured in horse riding accident in the summer of 1954. Hart made it to her 6th final. Even with the crowd willing her on wildly and brother Bud smoking like a chimney courtside the all court Doris found herself down 2 match points vs Louise Brough. Brough missed a return on both match points and Hart won one of the most popular victories ever at Forest Hills. She won again in 1955 to prove it was no fluke.


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Can't Win Nothin (always a Bridesmaid, includes doubles finals)

0-7

Edna Wildey


0-5 in doubles finals and 0-2 in mixed from 1907 to 1916, Miss Wildey holds the record for losing the most finals without single victory.


0-6

Louise Hammond Raymond

Mrs Raymond made 2 finals each in singles, doubles and mixed at the US Nationals from 1909 to 1916. 2 of those finals went to 3 sets, the closest when she and Edna Wildey lost 4-6 6-2 10-8 to Molla Bjurstedt and Evelyn Sears.


0-5

Kath Le Messurier was 0-1 in singles and 0-4 in Aussie doubles finals

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Bridesmaids Who Never became Brides

Helena Sukova
1984 Australian lost to Evert 7–6(7–4), 1–6, 3–6
1986 US lost to Navratilova 3–6, 2–6
1989 Australian lost to Graf 4–6, 4–6
1993 Us lost to Graf 3–6, 3–6

Mary Joe Fernández
1990 Australian lost to Graf 3–6, 4–6
1992 Australian lost to Seles 2–6, 3–6
1993 French lost to Graf 6–4, 2–6, 4–6
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Thanks Pancha! So far Sukova tops the list at 0-4.


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Fine thread, Rollo!

Bridesmaids

Jan Lehane

AO 1960: lost to Margaret Smith 7-5 6-2
AO 1961: same 6-1 6-4
AO 1962: same 6-0 6-2
AO 1963 : same 6-2 6-2

Lili Alvarez

Wimbledon 1926: lost to Kitty McKane 6-2 4-6 6-3
Wimbledon 1927: lost to Helen Wills 6-2 6-4
Wimbledon 1928: same 6-2 6-3

Jadwiga Jedrzejowska

Wimbledon 1937: lost to Dorothy Round 6-2 2-6 7-5
USO 1937: lost to Anita Lizana 6-4 6-2
French Open 1939: lost to Simonne Mathieu 6-3 8-6
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And which big name only succeeded upon her 4th attempt?

Chris Evert!

1973 French Open: lost to Margaret Court 6-7 (5), 7-6 (6), 6-4
1973 Wimbledon: lost to Billie Jean King 6-0 7-5
1974 Australian Open: lost to Evonne Goolagong 7-6 (5) 4-6 6-0

...to finally win the French Open over Morozova in 1974.

And probably will be never reached at the exact opposite: Maureen Connolly. 9 slams finals, nine wins. As we say in french, "ça calme".
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And probably will be never reached at the exact opposite: Maureen Connolly. 9 slams finals, nine wins. As we say in french, "ça calme".
Impressive indeed. Despite not having the numbers associated with a GOAT Mo certainly was up there. Like Graf she went about her business as it she was late to catch a train. When angry her eyes narrowed to slits which reminds me of Evert. Little Mo was a killer-no doubt!
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Added profiles for Jan Lehane, Lili Alvarez, Jadwiga Jedrzejowska.

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Such a bummer that poor Evonne wasn’t able to take one of those 4 consecutive USO finals! She was so close in 1974 (and what a match), and not that far off in 75! I saved all the clippings from her wonderful 1980 triumph at Wimbledon and many of the articles actually say ‘always a bridesmaid, never a bride, Evonne Goolagong finally wins a big one again’! Or something akin to that! Since I only started following tennis in late 1975, and the Aussie wasn’t yet televised in the US, I only knew her as a bridesmaid. Her finally being the bride that day ROCKED!
I’m beginning to feel really badly for Halep.


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The Goolagong Effect (slam winners who couldn't close the deal at other slams)



Escaping the Goolagong effect

On the 7th attempt

Francoise Durr won her beloved 1967 French Championships-her only singles slam final. "Frankie" was best known for her doubles however, which makes her lack of a Wimbledon doubles crown hard to comprehend. Durr went 0-6 in women's doubles finals at Wimbledon. In 1976 she won the mixed with Tony Roche to at last capture a winner's plate at the Championships.

On the 6th attempt

Doris Hart felt she was destined to never win at Forest Hills. She had lost 5 finals in 1946, 1949, 1950 and 1952 and 1953. The door opened for her when world #1 Maureen Connolly was injured in horse riding accident in the summer of 1954. Hart made it to her 6th final. Even with the crowd willing her on wildly and brother Bud smoking like a chimney courtside the all court Doris found herself down 2 match points vs Louise Brough. Brough missed a return on both match points and Hart won one of the most popular victories ever at Forest Hills. She won again in 1955 to prove it was no fluke.
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It's a pity we still don't find images of Goolagong's slam wins from 1971 anywhere on the net (not for free at least). I think I've never seen them. Must be something.

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1971 French. The lightpole is jarring. The French must habe thought so too, because the courtside lights only lasted a 3 or 4 years at most.

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