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Bianca's 7-0 start to her record versus top 10 opponents got me wondering what the record was for other players. So I went and checked out the record versus top 10 in their first 7 matches for all active slam champions and some other past greats:

SERENA 5-2
KVITOVA 2-5
MUGURUZA 2-5
OSTAPENKO 2-5
VENUS 1-6
AZARENKA 1-6
HALEP 1-6
WOZNIACKI 1-6
STEPHENS 1-6
VENUS 1-6
BARTY 0-7
OSAKA 0-7
KERBER 0-7
KUZNETSOVA 0-7
STOSUR 0-7
SHARAPOVA 0-7

SELES 4-3
CAPRIATI 4-3
CLIJSTERS 3-4
GRAF 2-5
HINGIS 2-5
DAVENPORT 1-6
HENIN 0-7

As you can see Bianca's record is pretty unprecedented. Only Serena comes close, and along with Serena only Seles and Capriati have positive records throughout their first 7 matches. I was surprised at Sharapova being 0-7 and I thought Hingis and Graf would've had a better record.

I'm not saying this record of Bianca allows us to predict anything about her future by the way. No one knows what the future may hold.. Just an interesting bit of trivia I thought I'd share!
 

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I suppose others started on the tour much younger, not to take anything away from Bianca, it's a brilliant record. Graf was on the tour at 13 years old for example.
 

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She is obviously right now a top 5 player. Maybe since Aukland.
Her rise was incredibly sudden.
There was an interview with coach bruneau on Canadian TV where he described how he didn't expect these results so soon, didn't expect her also to play so well after being off for months. They didn't even have a "team" in Aukland, just her and him.
 

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Great achievement. But also weak era and inconsistent top players didn't give a damn about regular tours
 

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She is obviously right now a top 5 player. Maybe since Aukland.
Her rise was incredibly sudden.
There was an interview with coach bruneau on Canadian TV where he described how he didn't expect these results so soon, didn't expect her also to play so well after being off for months. They didn't even have a "team" in Aukland, just her and him.
Correction needed for "team" in Auckland: "her and Virginie Tremblay". Then, Bruneau was in a holiday.
 
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She is obviously right now a top 5 player. Maybe since Aukland.
Her rise was incredibly sudden.
There was an interview with coach bruneau on Canadian TV where he described how he didn't expect these results so soon, didn't expect her also to play so well after being off for months. They didn't even have a "team" in Aukland, just her and him.
On the other hand, in December, Bianca went in Florida training before Auckland. She said she played many one set short matches against some top WTA players (did not disclose their names) and she did not lose a single set. So I guess it got her pretty confident at the start of Auckland, and it showed.
 

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Cool stat! Will be interesting to see which top 10 player is the first to beat her.
 

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Yes you're right.

I guess bruneua was referring to the time he was with her, before IW.
Yeah, most probably he was referring to the time period between AO and IW.
 

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Great achievement. But also weak era and inconsistent top players didn't give a damn about regular tours[/QUOTE

you can only beat who is around at the time.

if it was that easy, every young player would have done it.

what bianca has is more mental strength than 95% of the tour already.
that is the real story.

we will find out in the coming years if she can keep it up.
 

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Bianca's 7-0 start to her record versus top 10 opponents got me wondering what the record was for other players. So I went and checked out the record versus top 10 in their first 7 matches for all active slam champions and some other past greats:

As you can see Bianca's record is pretty unprecedented. Only Serena comes close, and along with Serena only Seles and Capriati have positive records throughout their first 7 matches. I was surprised at Sharapova being 0-7 and I thought Hingis and Graf would've had a better record.

I'm not saying this record of Bianca allows us to predict anything about her future by the way. No one knows what the future may hold.. Just an interesting bit of trivia I thought I'd share!
A really exceptional record that I think speaks to how mentally keyed in she is in big matches and how developed her game is so early in her career. I'm really excited for her future!

The other side of that coin is the "depth" issue. But um, I'd be curious to see who the players are that Justine and Maria lost to consider those two are the "greats" on the exact opposite side of this spectrum.
 
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