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Top-10 debutants since 1997 :

WITH QUALITY POINTS (1997-2005)

Karina HABSUDOVA (Feb 10, 1997) #10
Grand Slams (4) : QF 4R 4R 1R
YEC (1) : 1R
I/II (14) : RU-1 SF-2
III/IV (5) : RU-2 SF-1
ITF (2) : WON-1
Top-10 record : 5-8
Wins over : Huber (2), Sanchez, Date, Fernandez

Amanda COETZER (Apr 28, 1997) #10
Grand Slams (4) : SF QF 2R 1R
YEC (1) : 1R
I/II (14) : SF-1 QF-5
III/IV (4) : WON-1 QF-1
Top-10 record : 5-11
Wins over : Graf, Sanchez, Novotna, Huber, Spirlea

Nathalie TAUZIAT (Jan 12, 1998) #10
Grand Slams (3) : QF 3R 1R DNP
YEC (1) : SF
I/II (14) : RU-2 QF-4
III/IV (4) : WON-1 QF-1
Top-10 record : 6-10
Wins over : Majoli (2), Novotna, Huber, Coetzer, Habsudova

Venus WILLIAMS (Mar 30, 1998) #10
Grand Slams (4) : RU QF 2R 1R
I/II (12) : WON-1 RU-1 SF-1 QF-2
III/IV (1) : WON-1
Top-10 record : 4-8
Wins over : Hingis (2), Davenport, Huber

Anna KOURNIKOVA (Jun 22, 1998) #10
Grand Slams (4) : SF 4R 3R 2R
I/II (12) : RU-1 SF-3 QF-3
Top-10 record : 8-11 (9-11 including win over Graf)
Wins over : Sanchez (2), Hingis, Seles, Davenport, Martinez, Majoli, Huber + Graf (SR)

Patty SCHNYDER (Aug 10, 1998) #10
Grand Slams (4) : QF 4R 3R 2R
I/II (12) : WON-1 SF-1 QF-2
III/IV (6) : WON-4
Top-10 record : 5-8
Wins over : Majoli (2), Sanchez, Novotna, Coetzer

Dominique VAN ROOST (Oct 12, 1998) #9
Grand Slams (4) : 4R 3R 3R 3R
I/II (13) : RU-2 SF-2
III/IV (8) : WON-1 RU-4 QF-1
Top-10 record : 6-5
Wins over : Majoli (2), Hingis, Sanchez, V.Wiliams, Spirlea

Serena WILLIAMS (Apr 5, 1999) #9
Grand Slams (4) : 4R 3R 3R 3R
I/II (8) : WON-2 RU-1 QF-4
Top-10 record : 9-7
Wins over : Hingis, Davenport, Graf, Seles, Pierce, Martinez, Novotna, Tauziat, Coetzer

Amelie MAURESMO (May 10, 1999) #10
Grand Slams (4) : RU 3R 2R 1R
I/II (11) : RU-2 SF-1 QF-1
III/IV (3) : QF-1
Top-10 record : 6-7
Wins over : Davenport (2), Hingis, Novotna, Schnyder, Tauziat

Julie HALARD-DECUGIS (Aug 23, 1999) #10
Grand Slams (4) : 4R 3R 2R 1R
I/II (12) : RU-2 SF-1 QF-2
III/IV (7) : WON-3 RU-1 SF-1
Top-10 record : 5-6
Wins over : Graf, Sanchez, Davenport, Pierce, Tauziat

Barbara SCHETT (Sep 13, 1999) #7
Grand Slams (4) : QF 4R 4R 3R
I/II (16) : SF-2 QF-6
III/IV (3) : SF-1
Top-10 record : 6-12
Wins over : Sanchez (2), Martinez, Novotna, Tauziat, Schnyder

Sandrine TESTUD (Feb 7, 2000) #9
Grand Slams (4) : 4R 3R 2R 2R
I/II (19) : RU-2 SF-2 QF-7
III/IV (3) : SF-1
Top-10 record : 5-12
Wins over : Tauziat (3), Sanchez, S.Williams

Elena DEMENTIEVA (Feb 26, 2001) #10
Grand Slams (4) : SF 3R 2R 1R
YEC (1) : SF
I/II (16) : SF-2 QF-3
III/IV (1) : QF-1
Top-10 record : 5-7
Wins over : Davenport, Sanchez, Martinez, Huber, Pierce

Kim CLIJSTERS (Jun 11, 2001) #7
Grand Slams (4) : RU 4R 2R 2R
YEC (1) : QF
I/II (12) : WON-1 RU-2 QF-2
III/IV (3) : SF-1 QF-1
Top-10 record : 7-9
Wins over : Sanchez (2), Tauziat (2), Martinez, Hingis, Kournikova

Justine HENIN (Jun 11, 2001) #9
Grand Slams (4) : SF 4R 4R 1R
I/II (9) : SF-1 QF-1
III/IV (8) : WON-2 SF-1 QF-2
ITF (2) : WON-1 SF-1
Top-10 record : 1-8
Win over : V.Williams

Jelena DOKIC (Oct 8, 2001) #10
Grand Slams (4) : 4R 4R 3R 1R
I/II (17) : WON-3 RU-1 SF-1 QF-3
III/IV (7) : SF-2 QF-1
Top-10 record : 3-14
Wins over : Clijsters, Mauresmo, Coetzer

Daniela HANTUCHOVA (Oct 14, 2002) #9
Grand Slams (4) : QF QF 4R 3R
I/II (18) : WON-1 RU-1 SF-3 QF-4
III/IV (2)
Top-10 record : 5-11
Wins over : Henin (2), Hingis, Dokic,

Anastasia MYSKINA (Feb 17, 2003) #10
Grand Slams (4) : QF 3R 3R 1R
I/II (20) : WON-1 RU-2 SF-1 QF-3
III/IV (3) : WON-1 RU-1 QF-1
Top-10 record : 5-13
Wins over : Dokic (2), Hingis, Henin, Clijsters

Ai SUGIYAMA (Nov 10, 2003) #10
Grand Slams (4) : 4R 4R 4R 2R
YEC (1) : RR4
I/II (18) : WON-2 SF-4 QF-2
III/IV (3) : QF-1
Top-10 record : 4-13
Wins over : Henin, Clijsters, Davenport, Dokic

Nadia PETROVA (Apr 5, 2004) #9
Grand Slams (4) : SF 4R 3R 1R
I/II (15) : RU-1 SF-3 QF-2
III/IV (2) : RU-1 SF-1
Top-10 record : 4-13
Wins over : Capriati, Dementieva, Rubin, Hantuchova

Paola SUAREZ (Jun 7, 2004) #9
Grand Slams (4) : SF QF 4R 3R
I/II (12) : SF-1 QF-3
III/IV (3) : WON-2 SF-1
Top-10 record : 3-5
Wins over : Petrova, Sugiyama, Hantuchova

Svetlana KUZNETSOVA (Jun 7, 2004) #10
Grand Slams (4) : QF 4R 3R 3R
I/II (14) : RU-3 SF-1 QF-4
III/IV (2) : QF-1
Top-10 record : 3-11
Wins over : Henin, Dementieva, Sugiyama

Maria SHARAPOVA (Jul 5, 2004) #8
Grand Slams (4) : WON QF 3R 2R
I/II (8) : QF-1
III/IV (5) : WON-3 SF-2
Top-10 record : 3-7
Wins over : S.Williams, Davenport, Dementieva

Vera ZVONAREVA (Aug 9, 2004) #9
Grand Slams (4) : 4R 4R 3R 3R
I/II (19) : SF-6 QF-6
III/IV (2) : WON-1
Top-10 record : 2-11
Wins over : Sharapova, Kuznetsova

Alicia MOLIK (Jan 31, 2005) #10
Grand Slams (4) : QF 3R 2R 1R
Olympics (1) : Bronze medal
I/II (13) : WON-2 QF-1
III/IV (5) : WON-2 RU-1 QF-1
Top-10 record : 5-5
Wins over : Mauresmo, Myskina, V.Williams, Sharapova, Dementieva

WITHOUT QUALITY POINTS (since 2006)

Nicole VAIDISOVA (Aug 7, 2006) #9
Grand Slams (4) : SF 4R 4R 4R
I/II (9) : SF-4 QF-2
III/IV (5) : WON-4
Top-10 record : 2-8
Wins over : Mauresmo, Petrova

Dinara SAFINA (Oct 2, 2006) #10
Grand Slams (4) : QF QF 3R 2R
I/II (15) : RU-1 SF-2 QF-7
III/IV (3) : RU-1 SF-2
Top-10 record : 5-9
Wins over : Sharapova (2), Clijsters, Kuznetsova, Dementieva

Jelena JANKOVIC (Jan 29, 2007) #10
Grand Slams (4) : SF 4R 4R 3R
I/II (19) : RU-2 SF-1 QF-3
III/IV (7) : WON-1 SF-2 QF-3
Top-10 record : 6-9
Wins over : Mauresmo, Hingis, Kuznetsova, Dementieva, Petrova, Vaidisova

Anna CHAKVETADZE (Feb 19, 2007) #10
Grand Slams (4) : QF 4R 3R 2R
I/II (15) : WON-1 SF-3 QF-2
III/IV (4) : WON-2
Top-10 record : 7-6
Wins over : Petrova (4), Dementieva, Safina, Schnyder

Ana IVANOVIC (May 14, 2007) #8
Grand Slams (4) : 4R 3R 3R 3R
I/II (13) : WON-2 RU-1 SF-1 QF-4
III/IV (4) : QF-2
Top-10 record : 5-5
Wins over : Jankovic (2), Kuznetsova, Sharapova, Petrova

Marion BARTOLI (Aug 27, 2007) #10
Grand Slams (4) : RU 4R 3R 2R
I/II (15) : SF-1 QF-2
III/IV (12) : WON-2 RU-2 SF-3 QF-1
Top-10 record : 3-7
Wins over : Henin, Jankovic, Schnyder

Agnieszka RADWANSKA (Jul 7, 2008) #10
Grand Slams (4) : QF QF 4R 4R
I/II (15) : WON-1 SF-1 QF-2
III/IV (5) : WON-3 QF-1
ITF (1) : WON-1
Top-10 record : 5-11
Wins over : Kuznetsova (2), Sharapova, Dementieva, Hantuchova

Victoria AZARENKA (Mar 23, 2009) #10
Grand Slams (4) : 4R 4R 3R 3R
Premier (13) : SF-4 QF-2
International (3) : WON-2 RU-1
Top-10 record : 4-8
Wins over : Safina, Dementieva, Chakvetadze, Radwanska

Caroline WOZNIACKI (May 17, 2009) #10
Grand Slams (4) : 4R 3R 3R 3R
Premier (14) : WON-1 RU-2 QF-4
International (9) : WON-3 RU-2 SF-1 QF-2
ITF (1) : WON-1
Top-10 record : 4-10
Wins over : Dementieva (2), Kuznetsova, Radwanska

Flavia PENNETTA (Aug 17, 2009) #10
Grand Slams (4) : QF 3R 3R 1R
Premier (13) : WON-1 RU-1 SF-2 QF-2
International (9) : WON-1 RU-1 SF-1 QF-2
Top-10 record : 7-11
Wins over : V.Williams (2), Jankovic (2), Petrova (2), Zvonareva

Na LI (Feb 1, 2010) #10
Grand Slams (4) : SF QF 4R 3R
Premier (13) : SF-1 QF-1
International (3) : RU-2
Top-10 record : 6-9
Wins over : Wozniacki (2), V.Williams, Azarenka, Zvonareva, Radwanska

Samantha STOSUR (Mar 22, 2010) #10
Grand Slams (4) : SF 4R 3R 2R
Premier (13) : RU-1 SF-2 QF-2
International (3) : WON-1
Top-10 record : 5-6
Wins over : S.Williams, Safina, Kuznetsova, Dementieva, Wozniacki
 

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Re: How to break into top-10

Top-10 debutants by year :
1997 -- 2
1998 -- 5
1999 -- 4
2000 -- 1
2001 -- 4
2002 -- 1
2003 -- 2
2004 -- 5
2005 -- 1
2006 -- 2
2007 -- 4
2008 -- 1
2009 -- 3
2010 -- 2

Players who won a Tier II (or above) title and reached a Grand Slam QF to break into top-10 : 10 of 37 :
Venus WILLIAMS
Patty SCHNYDER
Kim CLIJSTERS
Daniela HANTUCHOVA
Anastasia MYSKINA
Maria SHARAPOVA
Alicia MOLIK
Anna CHAKVETADZE
Agnieszka RADWANSKA
Flavia PENNETTA

Players with the most top-10 wins (over a 52-week period) :
Serena WILLIAMS -- 9
Anna KOURNIKOVA -- 8 (9 including Graf-SR)
Kim CLIJSTERS -- 7
Anna CHAKVETADZE -- 7
Flavia PENNETTA -- 7

Players with the least top-10 wins (over a 52-week period) :
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Vera ZVONAREVA -- 2
Nicole VAIDISOVA -- 2
Jusitine HENIN -- 1

[I]Players with the most tournaments played (over a 52-week period) :[/I] 
Marion BARTOLI -- 31
Jelena JANKOVIC -- 30
Jelena DOKIC -- 28
Caroline WOZNIACKI -- 28

[I]Players with the least tournaments played (over a 52-week period) :[/I] 
Serena WILLIAMS -- 12
Anna KOURNIKOVA -- 16
Venus WILLIAMS -- 17
Maria SHARAPOVA -- 17

And some additional stats:

[I]Players who broke into top-10 without reaching a Grand Slam QF (during 52-week period) : 10 of 37 [/I]:
Dominique VAN ROOST
Serena WILLIAMS
Julie HALARD-DECUGIS
Sandrine TESTUD
Jelena DOKIC
Ai SUGIYAMA
Vera ZVONAREVA
Ana IVANOVIC
Victoria AZARENKA
Caroline WOZNIACKI

[I]Players who broke into top-10 without winning a Tier II or above title (during 52-week period) : 22 of 37 :[/I]
Karina HABSUDOVA
Amanda COETZER
Anna KOURNIKOVA
Nathalie TAUZIAT
Dominique VAN ROOST
Amelie MAURESMO
Julie HALARD-DECUGIS
Barbara SCHETT
Sandrine TESTUD
Elena DEMENTIEVA
Justine HENIN
Nadia PETROVA
Paola SUAREZ
Svetlana KUZNETSOVA
Vera ZVONAREVA
Nicole VAIDISOVA
Dinara SAFINA
Jelena JANKOVIC
Marion BARTOLI
Victoria AZARENKA
Na LI
Samantha STOSUR

[I]Players who broke into top-10 without winning any Tour title (during 52-week period) : 12 of 37 :[/I]
Karina HABSUDOVA
Anna KOURNIKOVA
Nathalie TAUZIAT
Amelie MAURESMO
Barbara SCHETT
Sandrine TESTUD
Elena DEMENTIEVA
Nadia PETROVA
Svetlana KUZNETSOVA
Dinara SAFINA
Marion BARTOLI
Na LI

[I]Players who broke into top-10 without reaching a Tier II or above final (during 52-week period) : 9 of 37 :[/I]
Amanda COETZER
Barbara SCHETT
Elena DEMENTIEVA
Justine HENIN
Paola SUAREZ
Vera ZVONAREVA
Nioole VAIDISOVA
Victoria AZARENKA
Na LI

[I]Players who broke into top-10 without reaching any Tour final (during 52-week period) : 2 of 37 :[/I]
Barbara SCHETT
Elena DEMENTIEVA
 

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Re: How to break into top-10

Did Olympics (final) give any points in 2000?
 

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when i see stats like this it makes me wanna cry, chak had a slam qtr, tier 1 title, 2 tier 3/4 titles and positive head to head with top 10 players, whats gone wrong :sad:
 

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Serena :worship::worship::worship: 9-7 vs top 10 :hearts: Second best is Chaky 7-6 :angel: Justine 1-8 :spit:
 

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Re: How to break into top-10

Did Olympics (final) give any points in 2000?
Nope. That's why I didn't count it.
 

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How beautiful is it to see the great Dominique Van Roost there
 

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Kournikova (8 TOP 10 wins), Dokic (3 x Tier I/II titles) :inlove:





I've always wondered why threads like these aren't moved to the Statistics subforum.
 

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Re: How to break into top-10

Only Maria won a slam :eek:
 

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Nowadays, Take example Cornet. With only a Tier III Title, RU on a Tier I and only a 4th r on a GS, she (will) reach Top 10 (#10) on next Monday's Ranking.

So, if a player wanna reach Top 10 need to:
1. Capture a Premier Event or above (Safina is the big killer)
2. Reach at least 1 SF on a Premier M. Tournaments (Petrova is on the right time, on the right place)
3. Reach at least 1 QF on a GS (Radwanska is so lucky)
4. Reach 3-5 QF on important tournaments (Cornet is just solid)
5. Play as many International series to earn some easy points on rankings (Pennetta is smart!)
 

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Re: How to break into top-10

Nowadays, Take example Cornet. With only a Tier III Title, RU on a Tier I and only a 4th r on a GS, she (will) reach Top 10 (#10) on next Monday's Ranking.
Cornet will have to beat Venus & probably Dementieva to hit top 10
 

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Re: How to break into top-10

So, Serena is the only one who actually had a winning h2h against the top 10..nice!
 

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So, Serena is the only one who actually had a winning h2h against the top 10..nice!
and chakvetadze :wavey:
 

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So, Serena is the only one who actually had a winning h2h against the top 10..nice!
Look closer. Look directly above Serena Williams. You will see the name Dominique Van Roost. Note the top 10 record of 6-5. Anna Chakvetadze is also 7-6.
 

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Maria is the only one who won a slam the year she made the top 10, in fact, it was her win at Wimbledon that got her into the top 10 :drool:
 

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Maria is the only one who won a slam the year she made the top 10, in fact, it was her win at Wimbledon that got her into the top 10 :drool:
Wrong.
Serena and Kuznetsova won a slam the year they broke into top-10 too.
 

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Re: How to break into top-10

Awesome thread AK4. :cool: To me this shows that without quality points, you need more "big" results (Slam 4r, QF/SF at Tier 2+) or a lot of wins and SF's at Tier 3's plus some decent slam showings.

And, if you look at how some other players got into the top 10 11 years ago, Cornet/Pennetta/Wozniacki would hardly be the "worst" players to ever burst into the top 10.
 
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