Tara Snyder, one of my favorites. I think she won the U.S. Open juniors in the early 90's. I think she got into the top 50 with a lot of struggling maybe higher (I think so), but now she's off the map. She seemed very nice in interviews, though I never saw her play. I recall she was Amelie Mauresmo's first round victim at the '99 French Open and did well last year at Quebec, but not much since then. She did this interview a couple of years ago before the U.S. Open where she stated that her father told her before the tournament that he had this feeling this would be her big breakthrough there as a pro and she was excited about it because of that. Sadly, it didn't happen! <img src="frown.gif" border="0">
Maria Emilia Salerni was junior #1 in 2000, and she hasn't done much this year, but I assume she just had a hard time going from juniors to pro, so I guess she'll have better results next year, same as Aniko Kapros, Virginie Razzano and Tatiana Perebiynis.
On the boys' side, Federico Browne from Argentina was the junior #1 in 1995 or so and now he's ranked below #300. Mariano Puerta was a French Open finalist and #3 and now he's ranked below #200 after facing a serious wrist injury.
I guess it's just hard to play in pros, specially after having success in juniors and knowing that everyone else is expecting you to win.
best one or rather worst one to name is the 1993 World Junior Champion Nino Louarbishvili (GEO).
or another one .....1991 World Junior Champ , Zdenka Malkova (TCH) .
Other infamous slam winners include <br />Joanne Limmer (AUS Open 1992 beating Davenport in final 7-5 6-2)<br />1999 French Junior Champ .... Lourdes Dominguez Lino ( she is only RG winner not to have been inside top 100)
1993 US OPEN winner .... Maria Francesca Bentivoglio (ITA) , she bt Yuka Yoshida in final.
i beg to differ on you to say that kournikova has not had a wta career. 1999 #1 doubles player and 2000 #8 singles player.... some dissapointing career....
but yes, people will remember the kournikova legacy, probably the best player on tour that hasnt won a singles title. though her actual ability is all too often overlooked rather than supported because shes hott
Exactly.. I think Anna is a player who belongs in the top 10. She has lots of talent, and I really hope she can win a tournament soon. That will give her confidence, and will stop all that crap about her..
Anna Kournikova - no comments<br />Miriam D'Agostini - she was #2 in 1993, 94, but didn't do anything in the pros, not because of her game, but mostly because of the lack of money. <br />It's too much pressure. She didn't have any sponsor so basically the prize money she would earn, she would spend on airline tickets, hotels, and stuff. She needed to win. And she couldn't travel with her coach too...<br />D'Agostini is brazilian and retired at the age of 23. <br /> <img src="graemlins/sad.gif" border="0" alt="[Sad]" /> <img src="graemlins/sad.gif" border="0" alt="[Sad]" /> <img src="graemlins/sad.gif" border="0" alt="[Sad]" />
I'm going way back, Al Parker and Peaches Bartwowikz are known as the best junior players of all time and both never materialized in the pros. Tennis Magazine did an article on Al and stated that he was better than his peers that included Jim Courier, Andre Aggasi and Pete Sampras.
magdalena grzybowska won the australian open 1996, became then number one in juniors - but i am not sure with the number one thing - i only suggest it because she was 1# at the french open juniors 1996.
Celeste, I only saw Tara Snyder play once, that was at the U. S. Open '99, against Amelie Mauresmo, it was a third round match I think. Amelie won but it was a very competitive match. I've always been surprised that Tara didn't do more after that. She seemed nice too, at one point she fell over and ended up sitting on the court and laughed at herself!