Yes I forgot KvitovaMandlikova easily. Kvitova after that simply because she should have been number 1 in 2011, but it was La Borz and a Copenhagen title that beat her 🤷♂️
A case could be made for Li, Pierce, Novotna and Kuznetsova, except they never felt like the most dominant players at any given moment.
Pliskova DID get to number one.Some very good players on that list. Some were one win away and didnt get that win
Kvitova, Kuznetsova, Li Na, Dementieva, Zvonareva, Pierce, Pliskova, Radwanska
Some of those were wildly inconsistent, but all had the game to get there
An original 1981 article about the ranking controversy was posted here:From a 2017 interview with Hana Mandlikova:
You held titles from Melbourne and Paris in the 1980s, advanced to the Wimbledon finals ... And yet you weren't No. 1.
After Wimbledon, they were just changing the order system. I asked how it was possible, and that's how they explained it to me.
Very interesting!An original 1981 article about the ranking controversy was posted here:
The Crescent-News, August 21, 1981, Defiance, Ohio Computer ratings continue to upset lady tennis stars TORONTO - Chris Evert Lloyd, your basic 17.478 on the Women’s Tennis Association computer and Hana Mandlikova, a bitter 13.473, meet today in the quarterfinals of the Canadian Open Women...www.tennisforum.com
hI feel like I've seen this before...
Dementieva Conchita Martínez Kuznetsova Kvitova Mandlíkova Novotna Pierce Sabatini Suková Wadewww.tennisforum.com
I personally believe Evonne Goolagong is the best female player to never rank #1 .. but I would say Hana Mandlikova is the #2 player of the Open Era to never rank #1. I suppose Virginia Wade would be #3. Who are your picks?www.tennisforum.com
Well, after I posted that, the older thread got merged with the current one.h
the first link is to this thread, the second links dates to 2006, I'd imagine hundreds of thousands of posters since then have left and hundreds of thousands have since have joined so not sure the point of your post tbh lol.
I agree. The under 45s on tennis forum probably never saw Hana play and can only look at results. 4 slams and 8 finals (losing the other 4 finals to either Evert or Navratilova having beaten the other in 3 of those tournaments to reach the final puts her head and shoulders above the other names). None of the others in this list come remotely close to that. e.g. Sabatini had chances to be number 1 but lost 15 of her 18 slam semi-final matches. Kuznetsova lost 16 of her 21 quarter-finals. Martinez made only 3 finals from 12 semi finals and horrific head-to-heads with Seles and Graf. Of the other names in this list how many of them made even 5 finals ? Only one I can think of is Pierce , although 3 of those were from very fortunate draws which ended up in being heavily thrashed in the finals.Mandlikova followed by Novotona. No doubt in my mind. Look at her stats in the slams, as well as her overall record before retiring. I think most will agree/