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It's an interesting stat. In almost 30 years, only seven players have made the SF or above at Wimbledon, and there have been zero winners of the grass double since Novotna in 1998. Not even a SFist since Henin in 2007.

Since 1990:

1990: Navratilova (Wimbledon: won)
1991: Navratilova (Wimbledon: QF)
1992: Lori McNeil (Wimbledon: SF)
1993: Navtrailova (Wimbledon: SF)
1994: Meredith McGrath (Wimbledon: 3R)
1995: Tauziat (Wimbledon: 3R)
1996: Seles (Wimbledon: 2R)
1997: No winner
1998: Novotna (Wimbledon: won)
1999: Zvereva (Wimbledon: 2R)
2000: Halard-Decugis (Wimbledon: 1R)
2001: Davenport (Wimbledon: SF)
2002: Chanda Rubin (Wimbledon: 4R)
2003: Chanda Rubin (Wimbledon: 3R)
2004: Kuznetsova (Wimbledon: 1R)
2005: Clijsters (Wimbledon: 4R)
2006: Henin (Wimbledon: F)
2007: Henin (Wimbledon: SF)
2008: Radwanska (Wimbledon: QF)
2009: Wozniacki (Wimbledon: 4R)
2010: Makarova (Wimbledon: 2R)
2011: Bartoli (Wimbledon: QF)
2012: Paszek (Wimbledon: QF)
2013: Vesnina (Wimbledon: 2R)
2014: Keys (Wimbledon: 3R)
2015: Bencic (Wimbledon: 4R)
2016: Cibulkova (Wimbledon: QF)
2017: Pliskova (Wimbledon: 2R)
2018: Wozniacki (Wimbledon: 2R)
 

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It is strange recently. Wozniacki beat Kerber & Barty along with Konta, Giorgi and Sabalenka, last year at Eastbourne, then lost round 2 at Wimbledon. But she was getting her illness then and only won 1 match for months after Wimbledon
 

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Maybe it's the fatigue of today's game, but also many of the top players skip Eastbourne nowadays
 
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It's an interesting stat. In almost 30 years, only seven players have made the SF or above at Wimbledon, and there have been zero winners of the grass double since Novotna in 1998. Not even a SFist since Henin in 2007.
The late '00s is when top WTA players started to become lot more wary of playing the week before a Slam. Henin failing to translate her Eastbourne success into Wimbledon success played into this a bit, I think, and was seen as an example of how the increased physicality of the game meant that resting before a Slam was more important.

Before that Eastbourne and New Haven were very well-supported tournaments that players would take seriously until the end, but the Roadmap (forcing players to schedule Canada and Cincy) was the beginning of the end for New Haven.

The three-week gap and introduction of Birmingham may do the same for Eastbourne. It's continued to get good fields - match prep to get used to grass is always valuable in a way no one needs New Haven for - but the draws pretty much always get a few tanks and "injury" withdrawals these days. But again, the grass prep is valuable enough, the tournament is pleasant enough and there are always a few grass lovers who want to play anywhere and everywhere in the short grass swing that it'll survive as it is. But it's long stopped being a meaningful predictor of Wimbledon.
 

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Definitely worse than Sydney. Azaranka won 2012'AO right away after her Sydney victory iirc. New Haven is slightly better with Carowhine's run during her reign of terror (not that it matters now, the tournament is dead)
 

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Winning titles the week before a Slam, unless its the AO, is old news now. The WS sisters regularly skipped grass precursors, and they often dominated Wimbledon, which factors into the stats a little bit.

Interestingly, the last two Wimbledon winners played Eastbourne but both had very different experiences. Muguruza lost her 1st match there to Strycova 1-6 0-6 in 2017, Kerber reached the SFs losing to Wozniacki in a tight three-setter and amazing match. So another thing to think about is that it isn't simply that people winning Wimbledon aren't playing Eastbourne, but that taking winners of tournaments the week before a Slam (or even two weeks before, as we've seen in Rome in recent years) as Slam favorites is very presumptive. Form is literally irrelevant to how a Slam goes, its still indicative of who may go far but generally whoever catches fire during the fortnight and gets a breakthrough in the draw wins.
 

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The grass double is Birmingham and Wimbledon, I thought....
 

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It's an interesting stat. In almost 30 years, only seven players have made the SF or above at Wimbledon, and there have been zero winners of the grass double since Novotna in 1998. Not even a SFist since Henin in 2007.

Since 1990:

1990: Navratilova (Wimbledon: won)
1991: Navratilova (Wimbledon: QF)
1992: Lori McNeil (Wimbledon: SF)
1993: Navtrailova (Wimbledon: SF)
1994: Meredith McGrath (Wimbledon: 3R)
1995: Tauziat (Wimbledon: 3R)
1996: Seles (Wimbledon: 2R)
1997: No winner
1998: Novotna (Wimbledon: won)
1999: Zvereva (Wimbledon: 2R)
2000: Halard-Decugis (Wimbledon: 1R)
2001: Davenport (Wimbledon: SF)
2002: Chanda Rubin (Wimbledon: 4R)
2003: Chanda Rubin (Wimbledon: 3R)
2004: Kuznetsova (Wimbledon: 1R)
2005: Clijsters (Wimbledon: 4R)
2006: Henin (Wimbledon: F)
2007: Henin (Wimbledon: SF)
2008: Radwanska (Wimbledon: QF)
2009: Wozniacki (Wimbledon: 4R)
2010: Makarova (Wimbledon: 2R)
2011: Bartoli (Wimbledon: QF)
2012: Paszek (Wimbledon: QF)
2013: Vesnina (Wimbledon: 2R)
2014: Keys (Wimbledon: 3R)
2015: Bencic (Wimbledon: 4R)
2016: Cibulkova (Wimbledon: QF)
2017: Pliskova (Wimbledon: 2R)
2018: Wozniacki (Wimbledon: 2R)
How much better is Birmingham?
 

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Pre-slam tourneys are irrelevant nowadays anyway. Gone are those days where legit top players winning the small and big events. Now it's everyone's luck and who decided to really care about the title will probably win one.
 

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:eek: :tape:

Karo Pliskova and Caroline Wozniacki suck at Wimbledon.
They have never reached the QF there. Wimbledon is their weakest Grand Slam.
 

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I mean this stat was going to always be skewed because for the past 19 years the two players who either one or both have been in the Finals for 15 of those years hasn't played Eastbourne except what..once? during that span?

In terms of tournaments the week before a slam...

Venus won 3 straight New Haven titles on her way to 3 straight US Open finals with 2 wins.
 

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Interesting that you started with 1990, since Navratilova won this event in 1978, 1982-86 (and won SW19 each of those years, as well) along with '88-'89 where she was RU at SW19. Add to that Evert won it in two of the three years she took the Wimbledon title ('74,'76). The only other winners were: Austin (2X) who made the semis at SW19 in one of the years she won Eastbourne. Wade who lost in the Quarters the year she won, and Sukova who also lost in the Quarters at SW19 the year she won.


Basically, a handful of women have dominated Wimbledon sine the mid-70s when Eastbourne first began and it really depended on whether or not those women chose to play Eastbourne regularly (Navratilova) or not (Williams, Graf)...
 

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without checking, i presume it's very uncommon for slam winners (at any slam) to have won (or even played) the week before a slam starts.
 

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without checking, i presume it's very uncommon for slam winners (at any slam) to have won (or even played) the week before a slam starts.
It hasn't always been like that. Roland Garros used to be the only Slam that didn't have a tier II scheduled the week before it.
Sydney used to get extraordinary fields almost every year before the Roadmap, it was basically mini-AO. For example, in the 11 years between 1996 and 2006, the only years when a Sydney finalist wasn't also the AO finalist were 1998, 2003 and 2005.

New Haven famously had Venus Williams and Lindsay Davenport face off in the final over and over again. In fact, Davenport lost in the New Haven final 5 times - three times to Venus, once to Capriati and Justine! The tournament used to have really, really good fields.

Eastbourne was in a tricky position because it really was too close to Roland Garros and the players reaching the late stages of that tournament would only have a week to recover, which caused the likes of Graf and ASV to skip it, and then the Williams sisters followed the suit as well. Justine busting her ass to win it in 2006-07 (7-6 in the 3rd set of the final both times!) only to clearly run out of steam in the second week of Wimbledon didn't really help either.

So it was basically a combination of the Roadmap effect (Cincy+Canada double in the summer becoming mandatory, Brisbane emerging as an alternative for Sydney) and the players becoming more mindful of preserving themselves before the Slams (as said, Justine's struggles at Wimbledon definitely played a part, as well as Davenport getting injured at New Haven '06) that led to the demise of those tournaments. Which is a shame, as those weeks before a Slam used to be among the most thrilling ones on the tour back in the day.
 

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It is strange recently. Wozniacki beat Kerber & Barty along with Konta, Giorgi and Sabalenka, last year at Eastbourne, then lost round 2 at Wimbledon. But she was getting her illness then and only won 1 match for months after Wimbledon
With Wozniacki, it's very much a mental thing. She has fond memories of Eastbourne and plays well there. She's never doen that well at Wimbledon, she's made the 4th round quite a few times, but has never got past that stage.
 

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The grass double is Birmingham and Wimbledon, I thought....
Birmingham was a Tier III event under the old system and only got upgraded to a Premier level event in 2014. It's also younger by about a decade on the WTA calendar, although both have been around a long time.

Other than Sharapova in 2004, I don't see any Birmingham-Wimbledon doublers. Navratilova won it twice, but not the same year she won Wimbledon, and same with Kvitova. Kerber won it once, but not last year.

It's likely to eventually eclipse Eastbourne by virtue of now being the same level tournament, but also being in the sweet spot between the two majors. But it hasn't yet.

Lots of good SFists and finalists have had big results at Birmingham, though. Rybarikova, Zvonareva, Lisicki....
 

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Who's the last player to win a title the week before a slam? I remember Justine did it in 2004, winning Sydney and Melbourne. She tried to do it again in 2006 and twice fell to Mauresmo in the final of the subsequent slams (OZ and W). Obviously, it's long time ago, and tennis was different then. Players were different then. During Justine's peak, top players regularly played and won the week before a slam and then would go on to have fairly successful performances at the slams.
On, 2011, Li and Kim split the Sydney-Melbourne doubles. Li was very close to snatching both titles.
 

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Who's the last player to win a title the week before a slam? I remember Justine did it in 2004, winning Sydney and Melbourne. She tried to do it again in 2006 and twice fell to Mauresmo in the final of the subsequent slams (OZ and W). Obviously, it's long time ago, and tennis was different then. Players were different then. During Justine's peak, top players regularly played and won the week before a slam and then would go on to have fairly successful performances at the slams.
On, 2011, Li and Kim split the Sydney-Melbourne doubles. Li was very close to snatching both titles.
Azarenka did it in 2012.
 

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Definitely worse than Sydney. Azaranka won 2012'AO right away after her Sydney victory iirc. New Haven is slightly better with Carowhine's run during her reign of terror (not that it matters now, the tournament is dead)
Slams are a different beast altogether. The AO lead up tournament winners below, with their AO performance in brackets.


Brisbane International Winners:

2018 - Svitolina (AO QF)
2017 - Ka. Pliskova (AO QF)
2016 - Azarenka (AO QF)
2015 - Sharapova (AO F)
2014 - S. Williams (AO 4R)
2013 - S. Williams (AO QF)

Sydney International Winners:

2018 - Kerber (AO SF)
2017 - Konta (AO QF)
2016 - Kuznetsova (AO 2R)
2015 - Kvitova (AO 3R)
2014 - Pironkova (AO 2R)
2013 - A. Radwanska (AO QF)

Shenzhen Open Winners:

2018 - Halep (AO Finalist)
2017 - Siniaková (AO 1R)
2016 - A. Radwanska (AO SF)
2015 - Halep (AO QF)
2014 - Li Na (AO Champion)
2013 - Li Na (AO Finalist)

ASB Classic Winners:

2018 - Görges (AO 2R)
2017 - Davis (AO 1R)
2016 - Stephens (AO 1R)
2015 - V. Williams (AO QF)
2014 - Ivanovic (AO QF)
2013 - A. Radwanska (AO QF)
 
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