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Australian Open 2011: Jamie Hampton (ranked 132)
Roland Garros 2011: Sloane Stephens (ranked 143)
Wimbledon 2011: Mona Barthel (ranked 114)
US Open 2011: Jamie Hampton (ranked 129)
Australian Open 2012: Stephanie Foretz Gacon (ranked 108)

No wonder she's ranked so high. :hysteric:
 

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Wow. An unseeded player not playing an opponent in the top 100 for 5 consecutive grand slams :eek:
 

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Except none of these players are actually THAT easy. Hampton is a lot better than you might think and as far as I know Stephens is quite good on clay. Barthel seems to be breaking through (she was already known to be monstrous indoors but I don't know how she does on grass). Foretz Gacon is decidedly useless, though...
 

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Australian Open 2010: Pauline Paramentier (ranked 105)
French Open 2010: Agnieszka Radwanska (ranked 8)
Wimbledon 2010: Petra Martic (ranked 76)
US Open 2010: Petra Martic (ranked 88)
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Subscribe and waiting for someone saying draws are fixed to her favor.

Btw. someone look to Craybas´ draws, she used to have easy R1s for years.

EDIT: Not that easy ranking wise as Baltacha, but 2 years ago since USO 2009 she drew Carly Gullicson, Kvitova who was 77 then, O´Brien, Brianti (on grass) and Meusburger beofre finally playing against Petkovic in AO last year...then again Daniilidou outside TOP 150 (Dulgheru) and Keys outside TOP 400
 

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bally has deffinately been riding her luck for the last year or so. her wins in MM tournaments tend to come over very weak players too
 

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Subscribe and waiting for someone saying draws are fixed to her favor.

Btw. someone look to Craybas´ draws, she used to have easy R1s for years.
PETKOVIC, ANDREA (GER) 33 L 6-1 6-2
KVITOVA, PETRA (CZE) 77 L 6-1 7-5
JOHANSSON, MATHILDE (FRA) 87 L 6-2 1-6 7-5
CHAN, YUNG-JAN (TPE) 68 W 6-4 6-2
(10) VAIDISOVA, NICOLE (CZE) 12 L 6-4 5-7 6-1
(23) JANKOVIC, JELENA (SRB) 23 L 6-2 4-6 6-4
DUSHEVINA, VERA (RUS) 65 L 3-6 7-6(2) 6-4
GRANDE, RITA (ITA) 69 W 6-2 6-1
RAZZANO, VIRGINIE (FRA) 78 L 7-6(7) 4-6 6-1
PIERCE, MARY (FRA) 156 W 4-0 RET
RUANO PASCUAL, VIRGINIA (ESP) 90 L 6-2 7-6(5)
(12) KOURNIKOVA, ANNA (RUS) 13 L 7-6(1) 7-5
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Keothavong got easy first round draws last year too.

2011 Australian Open: Arina Rodionova (ranked 185)
2011 Roland Garros: Vesna Dolonts (ranked 101)
2011 Wimbledon: Naomi Broady (ranked 213)
2011 US Open: Chanelle Scheepers (ranked 81)
 

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PETKOVIC, ANDREA (GER) 33 L 6-1 6-2
KVITOVA, PETRA (CZE) 77 L 6-1 7-5
JOHANSSON, MATHILDE (FRA) 87 L 6-2 1-6 7-5
CHAN, YUNG-JAN (TPE) 68 W 6-4 6-2
(10) VAIDISOVA, NICOLE (CZE) 12 L 6-4 5-7 6-1
(23) JANKOVIC, JELENA (SRB) 23 L 6-2 4-6 6-4
DUSHEVINA, VERA (RUS) 65 L 3-6 7-6(2) 6-4
GRANDE, RITA (ITA) 69 W 6-2 6-1
RAZZANO, VIRGINIE (FRA) 78 L 7-6(7) 4-6 6-1
PIERCE, MARY (FRA) 156 W 4-0 RET
RUANO PASCUAL, VIRGINIA (ESP) 90 L 6-2 7-6(5)
(12) KOURNIKOVA, ANNA (RUS) 13 L 7-6(1) 7-5
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You are probably looking at AO but I meant at GS in general as the OP...and drawing 3 times seeded players for XYZ years isn´t actually much better.
 

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She beats players she should beat (thanks to nanna draws like these) but is useless against higher ranked opponents. Unless your name is Li Na.
 

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Well, you can only beat who is in front of you but that ranking of hers has 400 points on it that she's quite fortunate to have considering she could've drawn seeded players at all those Slams. It's not her fault though. The beauty of tennis draws :)
 

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Just goes to show how much the Slams can set up the middle-of-the-road players in terms of their rankings. If Baltacha had four horrendous opening rounds in the Slams last year she'd be ranked around #90 now with those 400 points off instead of #53. Considering how much bad luck she's had in her career with injuries and health problems, I just consider this to be good karma though.
 

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Wow, look what Kimiko got...
Until last French, she got seeds 7 out of 8.


**** 2009
Australian Open : (25) KANEPI, KAIA (ranked 28)
Wimbledon : (9) WOZNIACKI, CAROLINE (ranked 9)

**** 2010
Australian Open : SHVEDOVA, YAROSLAVA (ranked 52)
Roland Garros : (9) SAFINA, DINARA (ranked 9)
Wimbledon : (31) DULGHERU, ALEXANDRA (ranked 31)
US Open : (11) KUZNETSOVA, SVETLANA (ranked 13)

**** 2011
Australian Open : (12) RADWANSKA, AGNIESZKA (ranked 14)
Roland Garros : (1) WOZNIACKI, CAROLINE (ranked 1)
Wimbledon : O'BRIEN, KATIE (ranked 215)
US Open : SOLER-ESPINOSA, SILVIA (ranked 141)

****

Just recently she's having a reasonable draw.
Hope this continue...
 

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I remember reading somewhere that Americans get softer draws in general. Don't quote me on this.

http://fyre.it/Hjv (source)

MagejJack

There was a piece around the US Open last year on ESPN that did a statistical analysis of the early round opponents of top seeds.americans and found that for women it was statistically significantly easier. This is not a distinction that is given easily or lightly, and means that there could be either a flaw in their RNG/draw system or some sort of other factor that is making it easier (ie human interference)
 
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