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The SF thread obviously inspired this one.

Of course, this does not include those who won their one final, but who do you think are the best and worst one-time finalists of the WTA?

The last 10 years has produced a lot of one-time slam finalists. Many of them are still around and can still potentially reach another one or maybe even win a slam. Ooooh la la. But seriously.

In the 2010s:
Vondroušová, RG 2019
Keys, USO 2017
Pliskova, USO 2016
Vinci, USO 2015
Safarova, RG 2015
Bouchard, W 2014
Cibulkova, AO 2014
Lisicki, W 2014
Radwanska, W 2012
Errani, RG 2012

In comparison, in the previous decade, it was just Jankovic. (Sorry, girl, but there's probably a good argument that she's the best one-time slam finalist.) And in the 1990s, it was Tauziat and Huber.
 

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Best- Cibulkova - Peak Cibulkova was incredible energy.
Worst- Bouchard - Textbook manual type game, nothing authentic about her strokes.

Errani fought too hard at her peak and has a superb forecourt game to be considered the worst.
 

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Depends - what is 'worst' supposed to mean? Career achievements? Gamestyle? Popularity? Path to the final? Personal preference? People are already giving answers all over the place

If we are talking about their career so far as a whole, I'm going to pick Aga as the best and Vondrousova/Lisicki as the worst.
 

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Best: Radwanska and Pliskova. Have to give Pliskova a slight ehde because her draw was brutal and she was a #1
Worst is Vinci or Keys. Keys has talent but looks like she's had terrible coaching. She loses with some of the strangest self defeating shots I've ever seen
In that US Open loss to Svitolina she hit about 10 routine forehands into the net and kept doing it! No adjustment at all.
 

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Looking at the 2010s only, I'd have to go with Radwanska, especially as she was close on at least two occasions to making another one. Pliskova can claim similar things but Radwanska's achievements outstrip her by so, so much outside of the slams. Of course we all know that Radwanska's playstyle didn't lend itself to coming out on top in a 128 woman draw, but I still think it's criminal that she never got her slam. Such an iconic player deserves a more memorable career highlight than a fairly questionable YEC triumph.

The sheer number of top players we've had in recent decades with only a single grand slam final to their name is so weird. Jankovic could have been in every Roland Garros over a five year period and didn't make a single one. Pliskova has had more embarrassing slam runs than successes since her final at the US Open.
 

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Well in terms of career achievements, it would technically be Vondrousova right now, but by the time they all have retired, it will be Genie. Everyone else has won multiple titles and at least one of those being a premier title. Also, in terms of actual performance in said final, Genie got owned in a way the others only could in their nightmares.
 

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Best: Pliskova, Genie, Safarova and Radwanska.

Worst: Vinci and Errani.
 

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I picked Aga for the top career beyond the crop of that list (deserving of a slam final to the very least). If we go by the player who played the best final, it's Safarova. She really was close to turn the final her way.
 

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how could anyone claim Pliskova is better than Agatha? :O
Pliskova became number one during one of the weakest season in recent memory but that's all she has over Radwanska. She vultured one P5 title after everyone tired themselves out in Rio and won another one while not having to beat a single seeded player.

The best one is Radwanska and the worst is Vondrousova.
 

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Unfair to include Pliskova, Keys, and especially Vondrousova, who each have 5-10 more years of professional tennis in them.

Of the ones listed, it's probably Vinci, very much the least-accomplished in singles of the four great Italian players of the era and very much considered the doubles specialist of the bunch.

Of the rest, I'm going to bring up Florenta Mihai again. Outside of her French run in 1977, she won just 5 matches at majors, losing in the first round six times, in the second round after a first-round bye twice, in the third round after a first-round bye once, and another French semifinal. Never beat a top 10 player at a major.
 
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