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Most numbers of times in a given GS final in a row<br />Just the Open era, that's why no Helen Wills Moody or Margaret Court

6 OZ 1971-1976 Goolagong <br />5 OZ 1997-2001 Hingis

4 RG 1984-1987 Navratilova<br />4 RG 1987-1990 Graf<br />4 RG 1983-1986 Evert

9 WB 1982-1990 Navratilova<br />5 WB 1978-1982 Evert

6 US 1975-1978 Evert<br />5 US 1983-1987 Navratilova<br />4 US 1993-1996 Graf<br />4 US 1987-1990 Graf<br />4 US 1973-1976 Goolagong

Obvious question. What's Martina Hingis doing on this list? <br />Answer - Just another indication that she actually was/is something special.

Navratilova is associated with grass. Evert with clay.<br />Yet each clearly was one of the best ever on the other's favorite surface.

Very much overshadowed by Court and King Goolagong was an alltime great player.<br />She managed 7 GS singles titles and was one of the few mothers to play actively on the tour.<br />While competing against the prime of King, Court, Every, Navratilova, Wade and Austin, all of whom won at least one GS title between when Evonne won her first and last..

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Hinigs still has a chance to equal Goolagong's record... maybe even beat it!
 

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Great post Volcana! I love all the tidbits on Goolagong. You can almost say she made it 7 times in a row to the Aussie final (71-77). I say almost, because it was played twice in '77 and Evonne won the December version, after giving birth in May of that year. Evonne was an amazing player, graceful and quick as a cat. I really miss her and her lovely style of play. I just wish she would have won more of those finals, especially the US Open.
 

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Umm... did Evonne ever won the US Open before? I knew she won Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon but I don't sure about the US Open.
 

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4 straight Roland Garros finals for Martina Mavratilova - a serve + volley player!!! Incredible achievement....just ask Pete Sampras how difficult it is!!!!
 

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I really really really hope that Martina makes her 6th straight final at the Australian Open this year. I don't care if she wins or not (just as long as she's in the final for the record!!!) hmmmm <img src="graemlins/angel.gif" border="0" alt="[Angel]" />
 

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AlexSydney - Evonne never won the USOpen. She lost four straight finals to Court (2x), King and Evert.
 

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Evonne could almost be likened to the Hana Mandlikova of her era: a great player who happened to be playing alongside legends. While her 7 slams may pale next to theirs, it is an impressive total, all things considered.

Also interesting to note that not only is Hingis just 1 short of the open-era record for Oz, she's just 2 short of the overall record.
 

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How about doubles ????

Natasha Zvereva 10 RG finals in a row <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">

1989-1998
 

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AUS: Navratilova /Shriver 8 1981-89 (no champs in 86)

WIM: Navratilova /Shriver 6 1981-86<br /> Zvereva 5 1991-95 (9 in 11)

US: Navratilova /Shriver 5 1983-87<br /> Zvereva 4 1995-98
 

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Nice thread Volcana <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

Goolagong and Mandlikova had a lot in common, being artists on the court without equals. Too bad artistry often loses out to discipline. I think 3 of Goolie's 4 US Open finals went to 3 sets too. When Evonne won the French and Wimbledon in 1971, her mentor decided she shouldn't play the US Open that year.

Moving the surface from grass to clay in 1975 also hurt her chances with Evert in the way, though she led Chris 4-2 in the second set in 1975, losing in 3. Fate just wouldn't give her a US Open!

BTW, a slight correction on one stat: Evert made 6 straight US Open finals(1975-1980) not 4, giving her the US Open record in the Open era.
 

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Oops! Thanks Rollo. Don't know how I could have missed her playing Tracy Austin. Austin was only the yopungest winner ever at the time.

Corrections shall be made.
 
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