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Nicole pratt won the Aussie Juniors in 91 or 02 and her best result was finals of Kiwi open this year who are some others
 

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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">
 

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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.
 

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MEILEN TU had a really decent jr. career, she beat Hingisova to win the 1994 U.S. Open. She's won 1 tournament , but hasn't produce anything of substance to shout about yet...
 

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Anna Kournikova had a fine junior career. Her inability to win on the pro level is practically a legend.
 

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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.
 
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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
 

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according to the itf site Anna won 157 matches in her career till now, so far with her inability to win <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
 

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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..
 

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Well one thing both Tu and Pratt have at least had is longevity on tour. Their results may not have been stellar but they are both making solid livings as pros.

Moreover, the tour is tougher than it has ever been. Players like Salerni, Kapros and Jelena Jankovic don't necessarily have to come on tour and tear up the competition right away.

They all have time on their side.
 

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Shi-ting Wang - She used to rank no.4 in junior ranking, and also won FO junior doubles title.<br />but she never pass the 3rd round in Slames after she turned to pro.

Nagyova - She used to be no.1 in junior ranking,but never pass the 4th round in Slames, neither won a big title.

Habsudova - She used to be no.1 in junior ranking,<br />and she did reach FO QF, but I like her too much that I think she deserves much more titles and Slames victories.
 

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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]" />
 

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Dank je, Bram <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> <br />Just wanted to add Yvette.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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Annable Croft was a little dissapointing she won 2 Junior Grandslams but only managed 1 title and got to 21 in the rabking and she retired VERY young 23 i think!

Also Hannah Collin Semis in Aus Junior,Quarters wimbledon final Canadian Opne beating Bedanova and some other big names now but is only ranked 275!
 

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Kournikova has had a good pro career, but so far it has been a career more along the lines of a Van Roost, a Testud, or an Halard-Decugis, while she was expected to be more of a Hingis.

But whatever happened to Kournkova's big rival in the juniors, Aleksandra Olsza?? In fact, none of the other top-10 juniors from the time Anna was Junior #1 have done too much as pros.
 

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before 1997 Junior Tennis wasn't much really , its really come on leaps and bounds in the last 3-4 years.<br /> Since the advent of the Junior Exempt program its made quite a big difference.

Every year the standard of junior players is quite staggering , before only less than 50% of the Year End Top ten ranks were making Top 100 of the WTA.

Expect that number to go uoto close to 75%.

<br /> Monica_Rules .... Hannah making AUS semis that wasn't much of a deal as only 5 of the top 20 players were there.

<br /> Natasha Zvereva managed 4 Junior Slams<br /> all 3 she played in 1987 ( missed AUS) and also one in 1986 (Wimbledon)
 

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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!
 
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