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The champions' toughest Grand Slam win

I was wondering how many players, who were in the top ten at some point in their carreers, the Grand Slam champions had to beat in order to win their title.

This is a selection of champions of the Grand Slam win when they had to beat the most top tenners.

Billie-Jean King:
Wimbledon 1968: 4 top ten players (Bartkowicz (career high) 10, Bowery 9, Jones 2, Tegart 6)

Margaret Court:
French Open 1970: 4 top ten players (Morozova (career high) 4, Casals 3, Heldman 5, Niessen 4)

Evonne Goolagong:
Wimbledon 1980: 5 top ten players (Stove 7, Mandlikova 3, Turnbull 3, Austin 1, Evert 1)

Chris Evert:
French Open 1983: 5 top ten players (Cawley 1, Sukova 4, Mandlikova 3, Jaeger 2, Jausovec 6)

Martina Navratilova:
Wimbledon 1979: 6 top ten players (Durie 5, Casals 3, Stevens 10, Fromholtz 4, Austin 1, Evert 1)

Tracy Austin:
US Open 1979: 5 top ten players (Jaeger 2, K.Jordan 5, Hanika 5, Navratilova 1, Evert 1)

Monica Seles:
French Open 1992: 4 top ten players (McNeil 9, Capriati 1, Sabatini 3, Graf 1)

Nancy Richey:
French Open 1968: 2 top ten players (King 1, Jones 2)

Ann Jones:
Wimbledon 1970: 3 top ten players (Richey 2, Court 1, King 1)

Virginia Wade:
US Open 1968: 4 top ten players (Casals 3, Tegart 6, Jones 2, King 1)

Hana Mandlikova:
US Open 1985: 5 top ten players (Hanika 5, K.Jordan 5, Sukova 4, Evert 1, Navratilova 1)

Gabriela Sabatini:
US Open 1990: 4 top ten players (K.Jordan 5, Sukova 4, M.Fernandez 4, Graf 1)
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Steffi Graf, 1999 French Open, beat 4 : Kournikova #7, Davenport #1, Seles #1 & Hingis #1.
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Steffi Graf, 1999 French Open, beat 4 : Kournikova #7, Davenport #1, Seles #1 & Hingis #1.
and Magdalena Maleeva in the first round!


Martina the second beat 6 in the australia 99 (dementieva 5, dokic 4, amanda c 3, pierce 3, seles 1, mauresmo 1

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Serena ´99 u.s.open: 5 top 10 players: Kim (1)Conchita Martinez (2), Monica Seles (1), Lindsay Davenport (1), Martina H (1)....now how´s that for winning your first major!

Wow...4 players that were no.1 at a time already or went on to become no.1 in their careers! Don´t get much better than that.

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Serena ´99 u.s.open: 4 top 10 players Conchita Martinez, Monica Seles (4), Lindsay Davenport (2), Martina H (1)....now how´s that for winning your first major!
I wanted to post this, but I knew you'd appear sooner or later to do it, so I didn't want to spoil it.
That run was indeed amazing.
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and this is about players who were/are/would be in the top 10 at some point so you have to include Kim too

Indeed very impressive.

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Beating 4 on the way to a GS title is probably quite common since they extended the seedings to 16 as the chances are to win you will play four seeds who will probably have been/will be in the top 10. Before this 4 would have been quite rare.

Very interesting, therefore, was Margaret Court beating 4 at Wimbledon in 1964 allthough she LOST to Bueno in the final! - van Zyl 6, Susman 4, Baylon 7 and King 1.
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and this is about players who were/are/would be in the top 10 at some point so you have to include Kim too

Indeed very impressive.

Yep...I thought it was about players who were top 10 at the time..so if you include Kim: 5 top 10 players and 4 that would be no.1 once. Impressive.

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Steffi's French open 1999 definitely is worth a mention as is her 1989 Wimbledon win ... Seles, ASV, Evert and Navratilova in consecutive matches .
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Evert @ FO 1986 -- Sabatini (3), Bassett (8), Mandlikova (3), and Navratilova (1) in consecutive matches.

Sanchez-Vicario @ Roland Garros 1989 -- Coetzer (3), Novotna (2), Fernandez (4), Graf (1)

Graf @ Roland Garros 1995 -- Huber (4), Sabatini (3), Martinez (2), and Sanchez-Vicario (1)

Graf @ Wimbledon 1995 -- Hingis (1), Coetzer (3), Fernandez (4), Novotna (2), Sanchez-Vicario (1)

Sanchez-Vicario @ Roland Garros 1998 -- Serena Williams (1), Schnyder (8), Davenport (1), Seles (1)

Best left-right combination by a German (and that includes Max Schmeling): Steffi Graf. All she did in 1987 was knock Navratilova out of #1 and try to knock Evert out of the sport. (Mike Lupica in "The Best and Worst of Tennis in 1987", World Tennis)

"A couple of years ago, we nicknamed Steffi Graf's forehand 'Jaws'. And that music would go perfectly when she starts running in to the net, swarming on that little ball." (JoAnne Russell, during the 1988 Wimbledon final between Graf and Navratilova)
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Serena ´99 u.s.open: 4 top 10 players Conchita Martinez, Monica Seles (4), Lindsay Davenport (2), Martina H (1)....now how´s that for winning your first major!
Not only that, she had to beat two former champs (Hingis and Seles), the defending champ (Davenport), and a former world #2 (Martinez), all in three sets, to win her first Slam title. 1999 was truly a coming-of-age year for Serena.

Best left-right combination by a German (and that includes Max Schmeling): Steffi Graf. All she did in 1987 was knock Navratilova out of #1 and try to knock Evert out of the sport. (Mike Lupica in "The Best and Worst of Tennis in 1987", World Tennis)

"A couple of years ago, we nicknamed Steffi Graf's forehand 'Jaws'. And that music would go perfectly when she starts running in to the net, swarming on that little ball." (JoAnne Russell, during the 1988 Wimbledon final between Graf and Navratilova)
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Arantxa Sanchez Vicario at Roland Garros 1994 - Julie Halard, Anke Huber, Conchita Martinez, Mary Pierce

Arantxa Sanchez Vicario at US Open 1994 - Nathalie Tauziat, Kimiko Date, Gabriela Sabatini, Steffi Graf


From this year :

Anastasia Myskina at Roland Garros - Svetlana Kuznetsova, Venus Williams, Jennifer Capriati, Elena Dementieva

Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon - Daniela Hantuchova, Ai Sugiyama, Lindsay Davenport, Serena Williams

Svetlana Kuznetsova at US Open - Mary Pierce, Nadia Petrova, Lindsay Davenport, Elena Dementieva


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Steffi us open 95 coetzer (3),tauziat (3), rubin (6), sabatini (3) ,seles (1)

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Not only that, she had to beat two former champs (Hingis and Seles), the defending champ (Davenport), and a former world #2 (Martinez), all in three sets, to win her first Slam title. 1999 was truly a coming-of-age year for Serena.
Word! That gotta be one of the most impressive runs at winning your first major.

In fact Serena has beaten the defending champ and/ or no.1 en route to a major title 4 times out of 6 ( and the other two were because she was no.1 herself or defending champ). Amazing.

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Bandabou-didn't Serena beat Clijsters at the Open that year (1999)? That would add to her run that year unless Robert meant the woman had to be top ten when she was beaten.
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