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Is it a surface thing? Or does it have to do more with momentum and form going into the tournament?

a) Wozniacki: Wins YEC 2017 / AO 2018.
b) Sharapova: YEC finalist 2007 / Wins AO 2008.
c) Azarenka: YEC finalist 2011 / Wins AO 2012.
d) Clijsters: Wins YEC 2010 / Wins AO 2011.
e) LI: YEC finalist 2013 / Wins AO 2014.
f) Serena: Wins YEC 2014 / Wins AO 2015.
g) Serena: YEC finalist 2004 / Wins AO 2005.


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I don’t think it has anything to with the surface, which is completely different than any of the slams. It has been demonstrated over the years that winning the YEC provides a much needed boost of confidence to a number of slamless players to finally get over the hump and win a slam.

(1) Jana Novotna, 1997 YEC winner, 2008 Wimbledon Champion
(2) Amelie Mauresmo, 2005 YEC winner, 2006 Australian and Wimbledon Champion
(3) Caroline Wozniacki, 2017 YEC winner, 2018 Australian Champion

Conversely, it can also serve as a last hurrah for slamless players who are never destined to win one.

(1) Sylvia Hanika, 1982 YEC winner, fails to win another tournament for more than two years
(2) Agnieszka Radwanska, 2015 YEC winner, currently ranked outside top 25
(3) Dominika Cibulková, 2016 YEC winner, currently ranked outside top 25

All of the other YEC winners were already slam winners and there appears to be less predictive value to their wins.

Some have great years, or at least win a slam, following a YEC win:

(1) Serena Williams 2014, 2013, 2012, 2009, 2001
(2) Kim Clijsters 2010
(2) Justine Henin 2006

Some Don’t:

(1) Petra Kvitova, 2011
(2) Venus Williams, 2008
(3) Justine Henin, 2007
(4) Maria Sharapova, 2004
(5) Kim Clijster, 2003

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Wozniacki improved her serve. These are the best results of her career and what really impressed me in the AO Final is that when she lost 3 games in a row to go down 3-4 in set 3 she stayed steady. Didnt try to do anything aggressive, just run it down and get it back in play. Halep tried to end a lot of those points and made some errors.
thats the key, dont listen to shitheads like Tracey Austin and stay within your skillset
Between YEC & AO Caroline neat Halep twice, Venus, Pliskova, Svitolina. A lot of top 5 wins

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It's the last big event of a season. I'd think that doing well gives one a significant boost in confidence going into the next season.
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