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Inspired from a thread in GM, I uncovered an old mag with a list of the top 10 juniors from 1975 - 90. (I'll have to track down from 91 onwards ;) ) Thought it would be interesting to see which juniors kicked on and which did not... for various reasons.

I'll add what I know about each player (some I have no idea on)... but anyone feel free to post what you may have heard about a particular junior... particularly the ones that disappeared.

Some may have played under married names for a large time in the careers too!

Now updated using Brian's top 30 open era list from GM.

1975
1. Natasha Chmyreva
2. Greer Stevens - Hghest rank 7
3. Regina Marsikova - 11
4. Linda Mottram
Beth Norton - 21
6. Barbara Jordan
7. Maria Simionescu
8. Michele Tyler
9. Susan Hagey
10. Eleni Rapponi

Chmyreva I think was always in trouble with the USSR federation. Natalia Bykova (fromer player) wrote an article about her which I can vaguely remember. Basically I think it was about how the federation runined one of it's most promising players. I think Chmyreva was a bit rebellious and copped a bit of grief also. Her mother was a 'parent from hell' apparently. Chris Evert wrote in her auto that Mrs. Chmyreva used to scream at her daughter in Russian during matches.

Greer Stevens, Sth Africa, was top 10 player, probably more well known for a rather cumbersome knee brace she used to wear.

Marsikova was the fringes of top 10 stardom, however was involved in a car accident killing someone and went to jail for 18 months... (or something similar)

Jordan wasn't successful as her sister Kathy on the tour but was able to do something Kathy couldn't, win a grand slam. Albeit in a weak Aussie field in 1979 over Sharon Walsh.

I have heard of some of the others but know nothing about them. Anyone :confused:
 

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thanks louloubelle.

can you post for the other years as well? thanks! :)
 

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1976

1. Chmyreva
2. Marise Kruger - Highest rank 12. Any info??
3. Marsikova
4. Lynn Epstein
5. Michele Tyler
6. L. Romanov - 30
7. Hana Strachanova
8. Lea Antonopolis
9. Nina Bohm
10. Perrine Dupuy

Don't know much about this group. I know Antonopolis was a US tour player for a while and Stratchanova (Czechoslovakia) married Aussie tour player Brod Dyke (I think???) The others????

1977

1. Tracy Austin - who?? ;) Highest rank 1
2. Antonopolis
3. Anne Smith - well known for her Wimbledon doubles trumph with Kathy Jordan but a handy top 20 serve volley singles player too. Rank 12.
4. Strachanova
5. C. Casabianca
6. Maureen Louie - Known as Peanut Louie-Harper - it was once wrote that Peanut used to send her opponents and spectators to sleep with her moonballing. Still good enough for her to reach 19.
7. M. Rothschild
8. Romanov
9. Sylvia Hanika - French finalist in 81, Won end of year champs, beaten the likes of Evert, Navratilova. Rank 5
10. Petra Delhees - Swiss player who was on the tour for a while. When Hana played her first match on Wimbledon grass (either junior or seniors) Petra inflicted that defeat.
 

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i've heard of Peanut, Anne Smith and Hanika...

Do you know what kind of style of play Sylvia had?
 

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1978

Bumper junior crop this year!

1. Austin - 1
2. Shriver - 3
3. Mandlikova - 3
4. Linda Seigel - VERY well known for playing BJK on Wimbledon Centre Court in 1979 and coming out of her top!! Apparently the story goes: who was playing Linda Seigel then Answer: you mean someone else was on court!
5. Stratchanova (three years in junior top 10!!!)
6. Casabianca
7. Ivanna Madruga - I think married and become Madruga-Osses from Argentina. Top 20 player but don't know anything else about her! Highest rank 16 (unconfirmed)
8. Louie
9. A. M. Fernandez - Was still on the tour ten years later, without too many brilliant results, however still a top 20 player.
10. Eva Pfaff - A dangerous hard hitter and early on formed a good doubles combination with Claudia Kodhe Kilsch. Could never get herself into decent shape and was known to be quite lazy. However played Martina once and had two match points before losing - underlining her talent. Highest rank - 17.

1979

1. Mary Lou Piatek - Married to become ML Daniels. Played the tour for many years. Highest rank 15.
2. Alicia Moulton. Blonde, big serving, net rusher, highest rank 18. A think reached the final of a tier 1 type tournie once. Can remember her playing Pam Shriver at the Aus Open in 87 losing 11-9 in the 3rd despite serving for the match I think.
3. Andrea Jaegar - 2
4. Lena Sandin -
5. Susan Leo - top Aussie junior but couldn't break in much further than the top 100.
6. Marianne van der Torre - Netherlands - can only remember that she was a baseliner with big swings losing to Hanika at the 87 Aus Open something like 10-8.
7. I. Villiger
8. Claudia Kodhe - top tenner for many years but never pushed for slam honours.
9. Kelly Henry
10 Kathleen Horvarth - who can forget her upset of Martina at the 84 French when Martina was practically unbeatable. Never really built on this huge win but did get top 10.

Gorecki - Hanika was a dangerous leftie, who hit with heavy topspin and slice. Not extremely liked on the tour by the sounds of it, but was capable of beating the best.
 

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Ivanna Madruga took Chris Evert to 3 sets at the Italian open, She beat Wade, Fromholtz, Barker, Hanika and Kathy Jordan during her career. Mary Lou Daniels Piatek won a title in 1981 beating Hanika, Barker, R. Fairbanks and Betsey Nagelson along the way, she took Tracy Austin to three sets a few weeks later in the finals of a top tournament. Nina Bohm was a swedish player who's claim to fame was beating BJK in 1979.
 

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Thanx macn :)

1980

1. Susan Mascarin (US) - I think notable for a titanic match she played and lost against Steffi Graf at a slam (maybe US) 7-6 in the third.
2. Horvath
3. Dianne Freeman (Aus) - A junior Wimbldon slam winner then nothing!!
4. Leo
5. Kathrin Keil - US tour player for a while.
6. Villiger
7. Kelly Henry
8. Elise Burgin - US, top rank 22. Represented US in Fed and Wightman Cups. Steffi graf once said she was one her most difficult opponents because she was so unorthodox.
9. N. Schutte
10. P. Vasquez - Peruvian player on the tour for a while too.

1981

1. Zina Garrison - top rank 4
2. Andre Leand - top rank 13. US player who had a long stint off the tour because of injury. During her final years on the tour she became involved in the media and some tension evolved with Andrea using her players pass to compliment her media pass - apparently turning up in player only areas but sometime using this info in a media capacity.
3. Kate Gompert - US, top 18. Reached a rather large final of tournie against Evert once. Never saw her play.
4. Helena Sukova - 4
5. Bonnie Gadusek - US, top 8. Baseline scrapper, reached the US qtrs.
6. Anne Minter - AUS, top rank 23. Solid baseliner and beaten likes of Evert, Garrison, Sukova, Maleeva. Aus open qtr-finalist.
7. Elizabeth Sayers - Liz Smylie, top 20. More known for her doubles expertise. Wimbledon winner with Kathy Jordan stopping the two in a row Grand Slam run of Navrtailova/Shriver.
8. Rene Uys - South African. No other info??
9. Andrea Temesvari - Big htting topspinner from Hungary. Rank no. 7. Known for her hard task master father and eventually drifted from the scene apparently in spite of him. Made a reasonably successful comeback a few years later.
10. J. Salnikova
 

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Thanks LouLouBelles! i remember quite a few of these names. I think Hana Strachonova was supposed to be the next big Czech after Martina, but she was addicted to shopping (or so said an article in World Tennis in 1979). Strachonova loved to go to Sax Feet (Saxs Fith Ave) and buy endless Louis Vuitton crap. She dissappeared right around the time that Mandlikova began to rise in the ranks, overshadowing Strachonova.

Marsikova was quite talented but very erratic...uh, what Czech wasn't? She always had white bottle blond hair and big bad teeth.

Wasn't Linda Mottram from the UK and her brother was some mid level player with the curious name, Buster Mottram? I remember Buster being tres creepy...but I was very young, so I am not sure why.

I recall Chmyreva being touted as a possible rival to Chris Evert in 1976. I think she played World team tennis (the Russians had their own team!) and that was it. I am sure she was out of the game by the end of 1977 and never accomplished anything in the pros. That was too bad.
 

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Mark36 said:
Thanks LouLouBelles! i remember quite a few of these names. I think Hana Strachonova was supposed to be the next big Czech after Martina, but she was addicted to shopping (or so said an article in World Tennis in 1979). Strachonova loved to go to Sax Feet (Saxs Fith Ave) and buy endless Louis Vuitton crap. She dissappeared right around the time that Mandlikova began to rise in the ranks, overshadowing Strachonova.
Lol @ Strachanova. Just like Martina became addicted to McDonalds.

1982

1. Sukova
2. Beth Herr - was a tour player for many years.
3. Catherine Tanvier - a talented French girl but known for her flakiness on court and played with no intensity. Once playing Gaby Sabatini on Wimbledon Centre Court she hit a shot that she though was a winner and then immediately turned her back on it. Gaby got the ball back and seeing that the crowd was amazed Tanvier turned around again and smacked another shot, this time for the winner. Ended up moving to Ireland and made a comeback attempt after injuring her knee but wasn't successful in making an impact. Top rank 20.
4. Gretchen Rush - Magers, solid, all court player, Wimbledon qtr-finalist. Top rank 22.
5. Manuel Maleeva - 3
6. Carling Bassett - 8
7. Penny Barg - Hung around the tour for a while and all I can recall was a match she played at Wimbledon quallies against Michelle Jaggard of Australia in which she had something like 8 match points, leads of 4-1 in both the 2nd and 3rd sets and lost.
8. Helena Olsson
Bernadette Randall - Another Aussie junior with high hopes but fell away. Lost a match i think at a semis of a junior slam to pat Hy after leading 5-2 in the 3rd with match points and maybe this set the way for her career. Couldn't make an impact therefore quit to join the police force.
10. E. Jones
Andrea Tiezzi
 

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Wasn't Linda Mottram from the UK and her brother was some mid level player with the curious name, Buster Mottram? I remember Buster being tres creepy...but I was very young, so I am not sure why.
Christopher 'Buster' Mottram was an occasional top 20 player who (unusually for a Brit) played best on clay.
The 'creepyness' was probably due to his politics. He was a supporter of the ultra right-wing National Front, the forerunner of today's British National Party.
After retiring from Tennis, he tried to get selected as a Conservative Party candidate (he claimed Thatcher had taken the Tories far enough to the right, lol) but was, thankfuly, unsuccessful.
 

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1983

1. Pascal Paradis - French top 20 player, Wimbledon qtr-finalist beating Aussie Anne Minter on the way :mad: Pascal was a flashy player and created a stir at the Aus Open one year when playing Chris Evert. Defeating Pascal would've given Chris her 1000th win which was to be celebrated with a cake with 1000 candles. Pascal won the first set and this sent everyone into a panic thinking the cake would be wasted. One organiser said that if Paradis won, then they would make her coach, which was Virginia Wade eat wax for the entire fortnight!! Chris won and they set the candles alight which eventually caught fire and if it wasn't smothered by a blanket the fire would've taken the marquee with it.

2. Elizabeth Minter - Younger sister of Anne. Top 100 player, leftie, didn't make too much of an impact on the tour. Left the tour after she completed a journalism degree by correspondence.

3. Marianne Werdel - Big, go for broke hitter who came into her own after she married later in her career. Thumped Sabatini in the 1st rnd of the Aussie open one year and went all the way to semis to lose to ASV. Got revenge @ the Liptons against ASV a few months later. Highest rank 21.

4. Randall

5. Sabrina Goles - Played for Yugoslavia but not sure of her nationality. Fed Cup player, top 30 player.

6. A. Cecchini - Known as Sandra, Italian, highest rank of 15. Touch player, game centered around her slice backhand. Feiry and managed a win over Evert. Chris said of this match something like, 'if you lose to Sandra then you know you've lost to yourself!'.

7. Patricia Hy - Family fled Cambodia during the killing fields to Hong Kong and played under that banner for a while. Then took out Canadian citizenship and played Fed Cup for them. Qtr-finalist at the US Open by beating Capriati and Sukova. I remember also took steffi graf to three sets a few times. Highest rank 28. Was President of WTA at one stage but landed herself in the middle of a law suit for some reason??

8. Petra Huber - Austrian maybe, played on the tour for a while.

9. Natalie Herreman - French leftie. Beat Mandlikova at the French one year and beat Capriati at the Liptons in one of jenny's first three or four tournies. Therefore stopping a potential 1st showdown between Seles and Capriati.

10. Michelle Torres - Top 18, US player. Baseliner with a tendency to moonball apparently. She used this tactic against Chris Evert once, to a point where Chris attacked the net after every point. A journalist said to Chris that wasn't she responsible for these moonballers. Chris snapped back: no, I never moonballed, i am agressive from the baseline!!
 

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louloubelle said:
Chmyreva I think was always in trouble with the USSR federation. Natalia Bykova (fromer player) wrote an article about her which I can vaguely remember. Basically I think it was about how the federation runined one of it's most promising players.
Here is a link to an article about Chmyreva that someone posted in the Russian forum. I think someone posted a link to it in one of the other threads in Blast From The Past. It is a sad story.

http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?threadid=4478
 

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thanx louloubelle for all these :)
 

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Thanx racquel for the article. it's been bugging me for days that I couldn't remeber the Chyrmeva story :)

1984

1. Gabriela Sabatini - 3

2. Katerina Maleeva - 6

3. Anabel Croft - 24. Brit with a big forehand. gave up tennis for TV. I think she became a letter turner for Wheel of Fortune or something?!
4. Stephanie Rehe - Promising American in the Evert mould. Top 10 but injuries curtailed her career. At one stage was dating Steffi graf's brother.

5. Neige Dias - Reached the outskirts of the top 30. Claycourter, brazilian and I remember loved to drop shot.

6. Steffi Graf - made her run a year or two after 84, but was playing on the tour at age 13.

7. Niurka Sodupe - US player, but know nothing about her.

8. Elna Reinach - South African, tall, baseliner with a sliced forehand. nearly beat Martina at Wimbledon one year having a break in the 3rd set. Rank 26.

9. Janine Thompson - A promising Aussie, leftie who made the 4th rnd of Aussie and French Opens, but knee and ankle injuries curtailed her career.

10. Shawn Foltz
 

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I wonder about something they always say stephanie rehe and steffi where the youngest players ever to get a ranking, but what about mary joe f? according to itf she played her first tournament at 13 years and a month :eek:
 

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louloubelle said:
1. Pascal Paradis - French top 20 player, Wimbledon qtr-finalist beating Aussie Anne Minter on the way :mad: Pascal was a flashy player and created a stir at the Aus Open one year when playing Chris Evert. Defeating Pascal would've given Chris her 1000th win which was to be celebrated with a cake with 1000 candles. Pascal won the first set and this sent everyone into a panic thinking the cake would be wasted. One organiser said that if Paradis won, then they would make her coach, which was Virginia Wade eat wax for the entire fortnight!! Chris won and they set the candles alight which eventually caught fire and if it wasn't smothered by a blanket the fire would've taken the marquee with it.

LOL :D.

BTW Anabel Croft now presents British Eurosport's WTA tennis coverage.
 

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1985

1. Laura Garrone - Italian top 50 maybe,
2. Andrea Holikova - Czech rep on Fed Cup teams.
3. Jenny Byrne - Top 50 Aussie with wins over Shriver and Hana.
4. Helen Kelesi - See the Helen Kelesi thread in this forum for info on this babe!
5. Patricia Tarabini - Laidback Argentine, top 30, more of a doubles expert later in her career. Was a coach (or other things ;) ) with Conchita Martinez.
6. Dinky Van Rensburg - South Africam, no relation to Christo from the mens tour. Played the tour for a while and blew a 4-1 lead against pam Shriver at Wimbledon one year. Pam then progressed to the semis.
7. Mary Jo Fernandez - 4
8. Laura Golarsa - Italian, all court player, made the qtrs of Wimbledon beating Novotna and losing a 4-1 lead against Evert who was in her last Wimbledon.
9. Marianna Perez-Roldan - Argentine claycourter. Did she have a brother on the mens tour??
10. Helena Dahlstroem - Swedish player who all i could recall played a number of satellite matches.
 

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LOL :D.

BTW Anabel Croft now presents British Eurosport's WTA tennis coverage.
And let's not forget her stint as the runner on 'Treasure Hunt', taking over the mantle of Anneka Rice, many years ago. She inherited the programme at the time it was dying...slowly...just like her career.

And of course, she now graces the Eurosport sofa in all her anorexic beauty and Marks and Spencer tops. She was surgically removed from the sofa for her role as European Collins Cup captain. That too, like most other things she has touched, died.
 

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And let's not forget her stint as the runner on 'Treasure Hunt', taking over the mantle of Anneka Rice, many years ago. She inherited the programme at the time it was dying...slowly...just like her career.

And of course, she now graces the Eurosport sofa in all her anorexic beauty and Marks and Spencer tops. She was surgically removed from the sofa for her role as European Collins Cup captain. That too, like most other things she has touched, died.
At the risk of making a 'General Mess' out of BFTP,

MMEEEEEEOOOWWWW!!!!!
 

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Snuffkin said:
And let's not forget her stint as the runner on 'Treasure Hunt', taking over the mantle of Anneka Rice, many years ago. She inherited the programme at the time it was dying...slowly...just like her career.

And of course, she now graces the Eurosport sofa in all her anorexic beauty and Marks and Spencer tops. She was surgically removed from the sofa for her role as European Collins Cup captain. That too, like most other things she has touched, died.
How could I forget, nor could I forget 'The Interceptor' TV show ... although that particular travesty was arguably terminal from conception.
 
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