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Re: Grand Slam debutantes

First time a debutante reaches a Slam QF since the 05 USO.

A few weeks ago, I was watching her lose to Corinna Dentoni.
Hmm?

I thought the QF was:

Sharapova vs. Petrova
Clijsters vs. V.Williams
Pierce vs. Mauresmo
Dementieva vs. Davenport

But yes, Suarez Navarro into the QF with a win over [26] Pennetta.
Kvitova will be looking to follow in her footsteps tomorrow.
 

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Those are some impressive debuts by Kvitova and Suarez Navarro! Although in Carla's case the draw opened up for her big time...

It's interesting that she is not the first qualifier to reach Roland Garos QF in recent years. Petra Mandula and Marta Marrero (debutante too) did it too and could never follow it up with anything significant.
 

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Hmm?

I thought the QF was:

Sharapova vs. Petrova
Clijsters vs. V.Williams
Pierce vs. Mauresmo
Dementieva vs. Davenport
Didn't mean that a qualifier had reached the QF at the 05 USO; should have made it clearer that it was the first time a qualifier had reached a Slam QF in the period covered by this thread (i.e. post 05 USO).
 

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Didn't mean that a qualifier had reached the QF at the 05 USO; should have made it clearer that it was the first time a qualifier had reached a Slam QF in the period covered by this thread (i.e. post 05 USO).
I see now, I probably should have understood that.
It would be interesting to see when the last time a debutante reached the QF of a slam, maybe I'll do some research when I have more time. Exams in two days though so I don't have much of that at the moment.
 

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I see now, I probably should have understood that.
It would be interesting to see when the last time a debutante reached the QF of a slam, maybe I'll do some research when I have more time. Exams in two days though so I don't have much of that at the moment.
Kids these days are so damn responsible. Two days before exams are due is just the ideal occasion to waste time in here and procrastinate by spending hours digging obscure and useless stats.
 

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Opening post edited:

- RG debutantes added; Suarez Navarro with the best debut in the period covered by these stats.

- edited in many new career high rankings.

- also edited list to add new career best Slam performances for the following players: Kanepi, Wozniak, Govortsova, Cetkovska and Cirstea.
 

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5 Players could be debutantes from Q:

Possible-
Dentoni (vs. Martinez Sanchez)
Dzehalevich (vs. Ondraskova)
Hrdinova (vs. Puchkova)

Unlikely-
Kulikova (vs. Rybarikova)
Iijima (vs. Fujiwara)
 

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5 Players could be debutantes from Q:

Possible-
Dentoni (vs. Martinez Sanchez)
Dzehalevich (vs. Ondraskova)
Hrdinova (vs. Puchkova)

Unlikely-
Kulikova (vs. Rybarikova)
Iijima (vs. Fujiwara)
Not looking good. The only reason why I still think we'll have a debutante or two is because it would be too much of a coincidence for all of them to crash out.

In order of what I believe are their chances to qualify:

Dzehalevich
Ijima (?)
Hrdinova
Dentoni
Kulikova

I have no idea how Dzehalevich plays, but considering Ondraskova is a clay specialist by her own admission and played "wall" against Camerin (!) the only time I saw her back in 2006, I'd say Dzehalevich may have a decent shot.

Ijima vs Fujiwara is a coin toss, since all Japanese play pretty much the same. :yawn:

Hrdinova is a towering big server who probably isn't better than her current ranking. Puchkova may DF her way to a loss against anyone, but I doubt Hrdinova has enough game even to stay on the match long enough for that.

Dentoni will either get whomped or choke.

Kulikova is up against an in-form player who was RU at Wimbledon juniors in 2006 IIRC.
 

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And I don't think she will last past the first round. We will have to wait at least until USO for a notworthy debut.
 

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Roland Garros 2007

Szavay (2R, #13, QF)
Cibulkova (3R, #29, 3R)
Wozniacki (1R, #32, 4R)
Knapp (3R, #35, 3R)
Olaru (3R, #55, 3R)
Koryttseva (1R, #57, 2R)
Bacsinszky (2R, #59, 2R)
Kerber (1R, #67, 2R)
Petkovic (2R, #91, 2R)


- very interesting group of debutantes at 2007 RG. Big one too, but there were more at the 2006 AO, which is odd considering how the feeling I had at the time was that the rankings were fossilized, and that "personnel turnover" in the #80-120 ranking range (where many Slam debutantes are ranked at the time of their first GS MD) is now much faster than it was back then.

And three of them were already seeded just a year later. Not bad at all...
 

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OP: edited to add info about Hrdinova's debut at Wimbledon. I'll see if I can begin editing in updated info on the other player's career best rankings and about those who made their career best performance at this year's Wimbledon as well.

USO entry list is out and there are no debutantes in the MD list. Lapushchenkova may still make it in, though.
 

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Possible Slam debutantes already in the qualifying round, and their opponents, if known:

Pivovarova (vs M. Johansson)
Lapushchenkova (vs WC Ahn)
WC Ahn (vs Lapushchenkova)
Vögele
Silva (vs Vinci)
Dzehalevich (vs de los Rios)
Larsson (vs Shvedova)
Coin
Bratchikova (vs Glatch)
Larcher de Brito (vs Olaru)
Duque Mariño (vs Camerin)

Ahn vs Lapushchenkova means we're sure to have at least one debutante.
 

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Pivovarova
Vögele
Ahn
Duque Mariño
Zhang
Coin

Duque Mariño in as a LL, and Ahn got a WC into qualies, but both count as debutantes acording to the OP's criteria.

Not a terribly exciting bunch, but judging from previous years (2005-2007), the USO debutantes rarely are so.

Interesting that Coin will make her debut at the USO, instead of as a RG MD WC recipient like all other French players.
 
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