Little fun on a Tuesday morning.
GRADING THE WIMBLEDON BABES
HALT!!!! Six immediate disclaimers:
—1. Before you get all riled up, just remember, YOU GUYS voted for this column last year. When I ran the "Vote for Sports Guy's Friday Column Topic" vote on my main page during the final week of July '99, I put "Grading the Wimbledon Babes" as a joke. Little did I know it would receive 40% of the total votes and three times more votes than any other topic. So blame my readers, not me... I'm just here to please.
—2. If you're a female reader, just do yourself a favor and stop reading right now. I'm not kidding. Just stop. You're going to hate this column as much as you hated it last year. If you DO decide to keep reading, remember that a) it's all in good fun and b) you're more than welcome to send me a Reader Rant called "Grading the Wimbledon Hunks."
—3. I asked two of my buddies to help provide off-color comments — they'll be referred to during the grading as "Caveman #1" and "Caveman #2." They represent the common man. If they offend you, I apologize. Consider yourself warned. Again, nobody is putting a gun to your head and making you read Part Two.
—4. For part two, I updated some of the material, added a few jokes and added some players/people who stepped to the forefront this summer. Since this was one of the most popular features in BSG history — I STILL get e-mails about it — it needed to be updated and some pressing matters (like Jelena Dokic's emergence and Dan Shaughnessy's niece playing in Wimbledon) needed to be addressed. And just for the record, I watched a good chunk of Wimbledon this summer looking for little tidbits to throw in.
—5. If you enjoy this column and you want to send it to friends, please forward the URL link and don't copy the text and send it out in e-mail form. As Dr. Evil would say, throw me a frickin' bone here.
—6. Finally, as I wrote last year... when I started this site, I made the decision to address sports topics that my buddies and I discuss — that I wouldn't hold back, not under any circumstances. This whole column fits right into that mantra. Whenever me and my buddies are on the phone around Wimbledon, we always end up talking about the female players. It's a guy thing.
Let's be honest: Women's tennis rocks. Men's tennis has evolved into guys firing 130-mile serves at one another, but women's tennis has evolved into the perfect blend of feminity, grace, style, emotion and athleticism. That's why we like it, that's why it draws higher ratings then men's tennis, and that's why it appeals to male viewers (for the same reason that the WNBA and college softball doesn't appeal to male viewers).
Of course, there's also the "babe" factor.
The mainstream media rarely addressed it until this year, but it's all there. Skimpy outfits. Red cheeks. Loud grunting. Exposed panties. Pouty faces. Tight bodies. You'd have to be Amish, blind or dead not to notice this stuff. It's just entertaining to watch attractive babes play tennis... therefore, I'm writing about it. The fans voted for it, people are talking about it, and it needs to be written about again, dammit. It's time.
Onto the column... proceed at your own risk:
PART TWO (7/7/00) Grading the Wimbledon Babes
Just for space reasons, we're leaving out many players from this year's tournament, including Karina Habsudova (saucy Russian with major high beams), Elena Likhovtesa (looks a little like Uma Thurman), Olga Barabanschikova (longest last name in the history of mankind), Amy Frazier (generic American), Mary Jo Fernandez (dark-skinned and kinda cute) and many others.
One other note: On behalf of the male race, I'd like to thank Pete Sampras for dating Bridgette Wilson and making her attend all the matches this week. God bless Pete — going from the "Father of the Bride" chick to Bridgette might have been the greatest upgrade of all-time, surely pushing him past Emerson, Laver and Borg and cementing his place as the greatest tennis player of all-time. Can you imagine? The guy didn't go on his first date until he was like 23... now he's dating Bridgette Wilson? I mean, does ANYONE have a better life than Pete Sampras???
Anyway, we're giving Bridgette an honorary A-plus for her achievements in the player's section box over the past two weeks. Onto the rest of the grades, in no particular order...
MARTINA HINGIS — A-minus One of the top women players on tour, in more ways than one ... has that sexy, pouting sneer (especially when she falls behind or she's angry at an umpire) ... possesses one of those bodies where you know she'll weigh the exact same weight 60 years from now ... bonus points here because she shows "Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction" potential — Hingis is a world-class wacko, as evidenced by her self-destruction at the French and her tank job at Wimbledon last year ... hey, at least she's interesting ... she's rich, she's talented, she's beautiful, she's foreign and she's a little psychotic — sounds like my dream girl! ... can I get fries with that?
**** Caveman #1's comment: "She seems like the type of girl who would start screaming in tongues during sex while the pupils of her eyes turned bright red."
**** Caveman #2's comment: "Snotty, arrogant, short-tempered, and definitely selfish in bed. What's her number?"
ANKE HUBER — B Leggy German ... has the Anne Heche thing going with the short hair ... Anke's on the "All-Headlights" team... and if you don't know what that means, well, maybe that's a good thing ... best-known on the tour for being Andrei Medvedev's girlfriend ... I think that says it all when you're "best-known on the tour for being Andrei Medvedev's girlfriend."
ALEXANDRIA STEVENSON — C-minus A disturbing, disorienting cross between Jessie from "Saved By the Bell" and Doctor J ... is this the Island of Dr. Moreau? ... her legs are at least five feet long ... it also looks like she's on the Monica Seles "Sure, I'll have another slice" diet ... penalty points here for having a domineering, conniving shrew as a mother.
****Caveman #1 — Looks too much like Dr. J and you could iron on her chest. Not a good combo.
SYLVIA PLISCHKE — C-minus Probably the most attractive tall woman on the tour, which isn't saying much... short-haired blonde, painfully skinny... she's about six-foot-three, but she doesn't have that stiff-legged, "women's hoop coach" walk like most other tall tennis players ... on the bright side, I'm convinced she wasn't wearing a bra during her matches last year.
(If I were ever the Commissioner of Tennis, that's the first thing I would outlaw — tennis bras. They're a little selfish, aren't they? What about us? What about the fans?)
ANNE-GAELLE TIDOT — B-plus Kinda looks like a cross between Bridget Fonda and a non-crazy Hingis... very attractive... seems like she would look great in a dress and high heels ... the breakout "Mmmmmmm" star of 2000 Wimbledon.
MARY PIERCE — B-minus Captain of the "Beauty is just a lightswitch away" club ... in other words, she's got a Butter Face (everything looks great but her face) ... supposedly better-looking in person ... then again, they said the same thing about Rocky Dennis ... one of the few female tennis players with a legit cleavage... as Frank Drebin said in the first "Naked Gun" movie, "She's got the kinda breasts that say 'Hey, look at these!'"
Two drawbacks here: 1) Pierce dates Robbie Alomar, which speaks for itself, and 2) she had that weird restraining order thing against her domineering father, which means she possesses an inordinate amount of emotional baggage ... there's just a lot to work with here, both positive and negative.
**** Caveman #1: "She's searching for a father figure, which means she's probably extremely attentive to her man's needs. Extremely attentive."
**** Caveman #2: "Remember when Kenny Mayne was doing tennis highlights and said, 'Mary Pierce down a set, although it doesn't appear that way'? Now THAT's comedy!"
JANA NOVOTNA — F Kinda looks like Steve Lyons in drag.
**** Caveman #1: "Mr. Novotna is a wonderful player, but I do not find him very appealing to the eye and I'm a little afraid he may cause bodily harm."
TATIANA PANOVA — B Another solid Russian import ... maybe the most unsung member of the Frank Drebin "Hey look at these!" club ... I don't know what's going on in the USSR, but I'm booking a plane ticket and bringing 100 loaves of bread, pronto ... it all comes back to one simple truth: European women are just plain hot.
ARANXTA SANCHEZ-VICARIO — D-plus Built like a fire hydrant ... not a lot to work with here ... her face finally cleared up, so she actually looks the best she's ever looked.
(Note: That last statement reminds me of something my buddy Worm said in college when we were talking about a chunky girl on our hall — one of her friends had said how this girl had lost 15 pounds and the Worm quickly responded, "Oh good, only 40 more to go." High comedy. You had to be there. By the way, I'm babbling...
**** Caveman #1: "The WTA doesn't let Aranxta raise trophies after she wins tournaments due to her McHale-like armpit-hair."
JELENA DOKIC — A-minus Arrived this summer in an "MJ during the '84 Olympics" kinda way ... she looks like Kevin's older sister from the "Wonder Years," but with Mary Pierce's body ... yes, please ... a charter member of the "Frank Drebin" team ... also the 1999 "Rookie of the Year," 2000 "Most Improved" and MVP of the "All-Headlights" team ... you have to wonder if Anna Kournikova will order a hit on her from the Russian mafia in the weeks to come ... she gets downgraded from an "A" only because of her domineering father, who might be the Czechoslovakian Jim Pierce.
(Question: When are they re-making "The Great Santini" and giving Santini a tennis daughter? This needs to happen.)
AMANDA COETZER — A-minus The adorable blonde from South Africa who never gets shown on TV for reasons unknown ... she sends the blood rushing right to my Olga Barabanschikova ... could somebody tell Playboy to open up the checkbook and make this girl an offer, please? ... the Junior Seau or Jason Kidd of female tennis players ... charter founder and captain of the "All-Headlights" team ... even Bud Collins finds her attractive.
**** Caveman #1: "My personal fav as cutest on the tour. Her headlights tend to turn on midway through a tough second set, which means I'm not turning the channel until they go back to Pam Shriver in the announcing booth."
**** Caveman #2: "She might be hotter than Kournikova, and she's legal and closer to my age, so I actually have a shot at hooking up with her. Imagine a chilly rainy day match between her and Anna K, both wearing only tight white tank tops and micro-mini tennis skirts. That match would get better ratings than live footage of Jesus Christ on roller skates."
NATALIE TAUZIAT — D-minus Yikes ... she kinda looks like the "Crunch & Munch" guy from the Fleet Center ... England should stop asking her to appear in Wimbledon before her face stops Big Ben.
**** Caveman #2: "Camera two!"
STEFFI GRAF — B-minus Sports fans are split on Graf in a "Should Cal Ripken be on ESPN's Top 50 list?" kinda way ... in other words, people feel really strongly about this one — some say she's the ugliest player in tennis, others think she's cute ... I'm probably more in the cute camp, if only because she has the best set of legs in tennis and seems like one of the genuinely nice/normal players on the tour ... supposedly she's prettier in person ... she'd probably be even prettier if she gave Nomar Garciaparra his nose back ... I always thought Germany should have mated her and Boris Becker and created an Uber-tennis child.
**** Caveman #1: "Das uber famme est mein favorite. Probably likes S&M and being the dominator."
**** Caveman #2: "Steffi is the Anti-Kournikova."
LISA RAYMOND — C Exceedingly average... sweats a lot... not much else to say.
CONCHITA MARTINEZ — C-minus Same as above, with a little more body hair.
RITA GRANDE — A-minus Mmmmm... Rita Grande ... in case you've never heard of her, you're missing out ... she's a saucy, dark-skinned Italian with curly hair who has never met a loose sports bra she didn't like ... ... the best Italian import since Appolonia Corleone ... quite possibly the future Sports Gal if she can cook.
JENNIFER CAPRIATI — C-plus She should have a tattoo of a suitcase on her right arm, because this gal's got baggage! ... not only did she have a serious drug problem, but you just KNOW she did some bizarre things when she was in her "Sidney from Melrose Place" stage a few years back (I'm still waiting for the secret Capriati porn tape to show up at Tower Records, ala Tonya Harding) ... one of my buddies in the know swears that Capriati had a breast reduction, so we're going to have to dock her grade just on rumor alone ... basically, she's starting off with a C before we even evaluate her ... and I think her features are a little rough ... on the other hand, she's probably the most fun girl on the tour to go out drinking with, so that brings her up to a C-plus.
**** Caveman #2: "Like every drug girl in college, slightly overweight but still cute enough to take advantage of for a one-nighter. Thighs show the effect of many nights with the munchies, but return to the game could work in her favor, as long as she doesn't start sniffing the lines or smoking the grass at Wimbledon."
MEGHAN SHAUGHNESSY — D-minus Gets downgraded two grades for being Dan Shaughnessy's niece ... she's fairly cute, but you can see just enough of Uncle Dan in her face that it's deeply, hauntingly disturbing ... at least she has a chin ... should consider getting married so she can change her last name.
CHRIS EVERT — B-plus She's aged extremely well, even if her features hardened a tad over the years ... everybody who grew up in the 80's will always carry a little torch for her, especially because of her little grunts and glares ... always appeared to have impeccable hygeine, even during a three-set match ... her battles against Martina were like Luke vs. Darth ... she's also extremely wealthy, which warrants mentioning... great Sugar Momma potential here.
**** Caveman's #1: "She spent way too much time in the sun — now she looks like an old leather bag."
**** Caveman #2: "The First Lady of Fruit of the Loom. What guy, now aged 28-32, did not have one of his first inexplicable chubbies while watching Chrissy grunt like a monkey in her micro-mini tennis skirts? Mmmm... Soft white cotton-clad camel toes. In the late 70's, I argue that there was no better Saturday afternoon than a Chrissy Evert US Open match, followed by a Charlie's Angels, and then a Bionic Woman. Just thinking about that lineup still makes me woozy."
MARTINA NAVRATILOVA — F The anti-Chris.
JIM LAMPLEY — D-minus Seems like she's had the same hairstyle for the past 25 years... probably would be cuter if she wore makeup...
(Hey, wait a second... Jim Lampley's a man??? Seriously? Ummmm... let's just move on.)
CARLING BASSETT — A Who, you ask? Well, I'll tell you. Back in the early-80's, Bassett burst into the tennis scene as the resident "hot blonde who wasn't very good" — she even made a movie called "Spring Fever" before she disappeared from the scene altogether, presumably to appear in amateur porn films. We'll give her a Hall of Fame nod here, just out of principle.
NATALIE ZVEREVA — C-minus Russian chick with Princess Leia pigtails who wears weird sunglasses and looks like she might have a pierced belly button ... frankly, I'm a little afraid of her ... she plays doubles with Kournikova, just one more reason why they should make high-tech TV's that allow viewers to decide on camera angles.
THE WILLIAMS SISTERS — B-minus Call me crazy, but I think they're cute in an Amazon kinda way ... any man who hasn't thought about being in the middle of a Williams sister sandwich is lying, plain and simple ... then again, I also think Chamique Holdsclaw is cute ...then again, I think almost everyone is cute ... one of those cases were the sum is much greater than the parts... and let's be honest, the beads thing is pretty kinky ... Serena's body is right out of a porno movie (she's on the Frank Drebin team) ... they're also a tad surly, which can always be fun after a few drinks ... one drawback: a domineering father.
**** Caveman #1: "Venus is just scary. Anyone that confident, big and strong would reduce any man to a quivering mass of blubbering flesh. Serena's better looking, and since she has the second child thing going on, she'd probably go the extra mile to get the job done for her man
**** Caveman #2: "Both of them make a lotta noise, if you get my drift. Hey now."
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: D-minus Kinda built like Calvin Schraldi.
**** Caveman's #2: "I loved her on the Addams Family."
GABRIELLE SABATINI: B-plus Sorely missed ever since she retired a few years ago ... had that beautiful face, but she kinda walked like Gheorghe Muresan ... rumors of batting from the left side ... you always felt conflicted watching her play because of her posture ... and that walk ... I'm giving her high grades here only because I had a crush on her in high school.
ELENA TATARKOVA — B Lefthanded Russian with killer legs ... also on the Frank Drebin team and the "All-Headlights" team ... her only drawback is that she's kinda built like Sanchez-Vicario in the torso and shoulders ... there's something very "I should be playing on a softball team"-ish about her.
AMELIA MURESMA — F-minus As Austin Powers once said, "She's a man, baby!" ... in fact, Martina Hingis remarked that the French-born Muresma was "half-man" during the 1998 U.S. Open, which infuriated French fans and caused Hingis to get booed all through last year's French Open ... Amelia's just terrifying ... every time she makes the semifinals of a major, she has a "Latrell Sprewell in the NBA Finals" effect on the ratings ... a "Saturday Night Live" skit waiting to happen, ala Janet Reno.
**** Caveman #1: "AHHHHHH! AHHHHHH! AHHHHHHHH! AHHHHHHH!"
**** Caveman #2: "RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!!! AHHHHHH! AHHHHHH! AHHHHHHHH! AHHHHHHH!"
PAM SHRIVER — C-minus Have you seen her lately? She grew her hair out and it's just plain disorienting — much more bizarre than seeing Genesis' makeover on the "Real World Reunion" show. Let's just move on.
MONICA SELES — D Always looks like she hasn't showered in about five days ... used to be much cuter a few years ago, before she was stabbed in the back ... lately she looks like she's been hanging around the buffet table with Billie Jean King ... she might want to consider looser clothing (nothing worse than a top-ranked tennis player with a front-butt) ... on the bright side, she makes an astounding amount of noise ... there isn't a man alive who hasn't mulled her over after one of her yelping forehands.
**** Caveman #1: "You get the feeling her breasts hang down like fire hoses when she doesn't have a bra on.
**** Caveman #2: "Not a good potential date because she would probably eat so much you'd go broke."
MARY CARILLO — D HBO commentator who looks like a cross between the Karate Kid's Mom and Avery Johnson... finally stopped parting her hair in the middle, which is the only thing saving this grade from an "F."
KUTI KIS — C-plus Chunky southpaw who looks like every chick from college with whom you never wanted to hook up until you had four beers ... attractive in a "the color of my hair doesn't match my eyebrows and my grill" kinda way ... can't you see a drunken Patrick Rafter hooking up with her a few times and then avoiding her at every player's function after that?
****Caveman #2 — Looks like she would give you a case of the Kuti Kis.
ANNA KOURNIKOVA — A-plus Described by Frank Deford as the adorable girl from your sixth-grade class that everyone had a crush on... only the entire world is the sixth-grade class. That pretty much says it all. It took awhile but the mainstream media finally realized four words: Guys dig the Kournikova. That's why she's the most marketable athlete in the world right now even though she hasn't won a WTA tournament, well, ever. Maybe the WTA should start fixing matches like the WWF does, just to sneak her in some semifinals. No jury would convict them.
The best thing about Anna K? She's hot and she knows it. You can almost smell the conceit and condescension seeping from her body; that's why every female on the earth hates her, including all of her peers and pretty much every female on the planet. Was there anything more entertaining than hearing sourpusses Carillo, Navratilova and King enviously tearing Anna apart during HBO's Wimbledon coverage last year?
(WRRRRRRRRRAHHHHHHH! Catfight!!! Saucer of milk, table two?)
My favorite thing about Anna K? She makes an honest effort to flirt with the crowd and play up her pseudo-slutty image on and off the court (you just get the feeling that she's the captain of the Go Team, even if she denies it). With a little work and some re-tooling, Anna could turn herself into a combination of Chris Evert, Dennis Rodman, Madonna, and Rebecca Romjin-Stamos. A black market porn film would DEFINITELY help the cause here. I'm not suggesting it, I'm demanding it.
**** Caveman #2: "Puts the "b" into bitch, but we all want to go there, even if the Russian National Hockey team has already violated her crease."
**** Caveman #1: "She's got the best body in sports, without a doubt. She's Russian, so she may know secret KGB sex-torture tricks. And she can probably drink like a fish. She's the total package."
A few weeks ago, I wrote a thing on ranking the top 100 ATP players in Grand Slams in the 21st century
. I mentioned then I was going to do a similar thing for the WTA, which I've now finished.
694 players have played in the main draw of a Women's Singles event in a Grand Slam since 2000 (compared to 739 in the mens.)
I was unsure on what ranking system to use, as like the ATP, the WTA rankings have changed significantly over the years with how they allocate points to Slams. In 2018, the WTA assigns points as 2000 (W), 1300 (F), 780 (SF), 430 (QF), 240 (R16), 130 (R32), 70 (R64), 10 (R128).
In the end, I decided to use the same point system as I used for the ATP. It's fairly similar anyway, and doing it this way allows for direct comparison between the two.
Winner - 2000
Final - 1200
Semi-Finals - 720
Quarter-Finals - 360
Round of 16 - 180
Round of 32 - 90
Round of 64 - 45
Round of 128 - 10 Top 100 Players
The top 100 WTA grand slam players of the 21st century, using this points system, are listed below. The number in brackets shows the number of tournaments entered during this time. Note that although a fair number of the players made their debut before 2000, this study only looks at the competitions after 2000.
1: Serena Williams - 61155 (59)
2: Venus Williams - 34255 (66)
3: Maria Sharapova - 27820 (51)
4: Justine Henin - 25970 (33)
5: Kim Clijsters - 20965 (33)
6: Svetlana Kuznetsova - 15365 (60)
7: Lindsay Davenport - 14370 (25)
8: Victoria Azarenka - 14155 (42)
9: Jennifer Capriati - 13040 (19)
10: Amélie Mauresmo - 12985 (36)
11: Elena Dementieva - 11685 (43)
12: Caroline Wozniacki - 11390 (43)
13: Li Na - 11310 (33)
14: Ana Ivanovic - 10510 (48)
15: Angelique Kerber - 10470 (41)
16: Agnieszka Radwańska - 10455 (47)
17: Petra Kvitová - 10110 (38)
18: Jelena Janković - 9610 (57)
19: Francesca Schiavone - 8985 (69)
20: Samantha Stosur - 8835 (57)
21: Martina Hingis - 8425 (17)
22=: Simona Halep - 7760 (31)
22=: Nadia Petrova - 7760 (52)
24: Vera Zvonareva - 7725 (40)
25: Marion Bartoli - 7530 (47)
26: Garbiñe Muguruza - 7435 (21)
27: Dinara Safina - 7355 (33)
28: Flavia Pennetta - 7175 (49)
29: Mary Pierce - 6565 (22)
30: Daniela Hantuchová - 6085 (61)
31: Dominika Cibulková - 5755 (41)
32: Ekaterina Makarova - 5510 (42)
33: Sara Errani - 5400 (40)
34: Patty Schnyder - 5340 (45)
35: Anastasia Myskina - 5230 (27)
36: Lucie Šafářová - 4945 (50)
37: Sloane Stephens - 4860 (24)
38: Carla Suárez Navarro - 4750 (37)
39: Sabine Liscki - 4720 (35)
40: Roberta Vinci - 4360 (52)
41: Madison Keys - 4200 (22)
42: Eugenie Bouchard - 3950 (20)
43: Maria Kirilenko - 3755 (43)
44: Nicole Vaidišová - 3740 (20)
45: Karolína Plíšková - 3700 (23)
46: Zheng Jie - 3585 (40)
47: Ai Sugiyama - 3500 (40)
48=: Monica Seles - 3475 (11)
48=: Conchita Martínez - 3475 (23)
50: Kaia Kanepi - 3470 (38)
51: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova - 3305 (41)
52: Elena Likhovtseva - 3285 (32)
53=: Timea Bacsinszky - 3275 (30)
53=: Peng Shuai - 3275 (46)
55: Andrea Petkovic - 3125 (33)
56: Tsvetana Pironkova - 3070 (47)
57: Elena Vesnina - 2980 (48)
58: Shahar Pe'er - 2955 (36)
59: Nathalie Dechy - 2930 (39)
60: Coco Vandeweghe - 2905 (29)
61: Jelena Dokic - 2820 (29)
62: Anna Chakvetadze - 2790 (28)
63: Paola Suárez - 2780 (21)
64=: Jeļena Ostapenko - 2760 (11)
64=: Alizé Cornet - 2760 (48)
66: Yanina Wickmayer - 2610 (39)
67: Yaroslava Shvedova - 2555 (36)
68: Virginie Razzano - 2520 (58)
69: Tamarine Tanasugarn - 2510 (47)
70: Silvia Farina Elia - 2425 (23)
71=: Elina Svitolina - 2390 (22)
71=: Barbora Strýcová - 2390 (47)
73: Johanna Konta - 2385 (17)
74: Anabel Medina Garrigues - 2290 (47)
75: Katarina Srebotnik - 2125 (36)
76: Julia Görges - 2115 (40)
77: Lisa Raymond - 2105 (28)
78: Meghann Shaughnessy - 2100 (33)
79=: Chanda Rubin - 2085 (18)
79=: Kirsten Flipkens - 2085 (37)
81=: Magdalena Maleeva - 2030 (24)
81=: Sorana Cîrstea - 2030 (37)
83: Magdaléna Rybáriková - 1965 (38)
84: Gisela Dulko - 1900 (33)
85: Virginia Ruano Pascual - 1875 (35)
86: Tathiana Garbin - 1845 (44)
87: Mirjana Lučić-Baroni - 1840 (37)
88: Alicia Molik - 1780 (35)
89: Varvara Lepchenko - 1700 (38)
90: Kristina Mladenovic - 1680 (29)
91: Arantxa Sánchez Vicario - 1650 (10)
92: Eleni Daniilidou - 1605 (38)
93: Kateryna Bondarenko - 1590 (34)
94: Caroline Garcia - 1575 (24)
95: Fabiola Zuluaga - 1560 (15)
96: Tamira Paszek - 1540 (29)
97: Amanda Coetzer - 1515 (17)
98: Klara Koukalová - 1510 (50)
99: Amy Frazier - 1505 (28)
100=: Barbara Schett - 1490 (21)
100=: Bethanie Mattek Sands - 1490 (40)
Here's a few selected other players positions and points:
104: Anastasija Sevastova - 1440 (20)
117=: Petra Martić - 1220 (25)
119: Belinda Bencic - 1200 (13)
132=: Hsieh Su-wei = 1095 (28)
137=: Mona Barthel - 1085 (28)
148=: Ana Konjuh - 985 (14)
168=: Heather Watson - 845 (28)
171=: Elise Mertens - 840 (5)
176: Monica Puig - 820 (20)
177=: Anna Kournikova - 805 (10)
191: Daria Kasatkina - 740 (10)
197=: Naomi Osaka - 685 (8)
267=: Kimiko Date - 460 (23)
278=: Jennifer Brady - 425 (5)
485=: Martina Navratilova - 55 (2)
The points distribution in the top 10 is really skewed toward Serena Williams, who has almost double the points of Venus in 2nd. 17 players have over 10000 points, compared to 14 in the ATP. A combined top 20 between the ATP and WTA would look like:
1: Federer (66575), 2: S. Williams (61155), 3: Nadal (46855), 4: Djokovic (46025), 5: V. Williams (34255), 6: Murray (27915), 7: Sharapova (27820), 8: Henin (25970), 9: Clijsters (20965), 10: Wawrinka (16065), 11: Hewitt (15720), 12: Roddick (15690), 13: Kuznetsova (15365), 14: Davenport (14370), 15: Azarenka (14155), 16: Agassi (13955), 17: Capriati (13040), 18: Mauresmo (12985), 19: Berdych (12910), 20: Ferrer (12745) Debut Years
The bit below looks at the highest scoring players from each year of their grand slam debut. The 3 highest scoring players are shown, plus any other player with over 2000 points:
2000: Francesca Schiavone (8985), Shinobu Asagoe (1390), Elena Bovina (1330)
2001: Marion Bartoli (7530), Daniela Hantuchová (6085), Roberta Vinci (4360), Anabel Medina Garrigues (2290)
2002: Svetlana Kuznetsova (15365), Samantha Stosur (8835), Vera Zvonareva (7725), Dinara Safina (7355)
2003: Maria Sharapova (27280), Jelena Janković (9610), Flavia Pennetta (7175), Maria Kirilenko (3755), Barbora Strýcová (2390)
2004: Nicole Vaidišová (3740), Zheng Jie (3585), Peng Shuai (3275), Anna Chakvetadze (2790)
2005: Li Na (11310), Ana Ivanovic (10510), Lucie Šafářová (4945), Shahar Pe'er (2955), Alizé Cornet (2760)
2006: Victoria Azarenka (14155), Agnieszka Radwańska (10455), Kaia Kanepi (3470), Tsvetana Pironkova (3070), Elena Vesnina (2980), Yaroslava Shvedova (2555), Kirsten Flipkens (2085)
2007: Caroline Wozniacki (11390), Angelique Kerber (10470), Dominika Cibulková (5755), Ekaterina Makarova (5510), Sara Errani (5400), Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (3305), Timea Bacsinszky (3275), Andrea Petkovic (3125), Julia Görges (2115)
2008: Petra Kvitová (10110), Carla Suárez Navarro (4750), Sabine Lisicki (4720), Coco Vandeweghe (2905), Yanina Wickmayer (2610), Sorana Cîrstea (2030)
2009: Kristina Mladenovic (1680), Anastasija Sevastova (1440), Petra Martić (1220)
2010: Simona Halep (7760), Shelby Rogers (980), Bojana Jovanovski (885)
2011: Sloane Stephens (4860), Madison Keys (4200), Caroline Garcia (1575)
2012: Garbiñe Muguruza (7435), Karolína Plíšková (3700), Elina Svitolina (2390), Johanna Konta (2385)
2013: Eugenie Bouchard (3950), Yulia Putintseva (995), Monica Puig (820)
2014: Belinda Bencic (1200), Ana Konjuh (985), Zarina Diyas (860)
2015: Jeļena Ostapenko (2760), Daria Kasatkina (740), Denisa Allertová (650)
2016: Elise Mertens (840), Naomi Osaka (685), Ana Bogdan (235)
2017: Jennifer Brady (425), Beatriz Haddad Maia (110), Markéta Vondroušová (110)
2018: Bernarda Pera (90), Marta Kostyuk (90), Jana Fett (45) Highest Average Points
The next part looks at the 20 players with highest average points per slam appearance in the 21st century.
1: Serena Williams - 1036.5
2: Justine Henin - 787.0
3: Jennifer Capriati - 686.4
4: Kim Clijsters - 635.3
5: Lindsay Davenport - 574.8
6: Maria Sharapova - 545.5
7: Venus Williams - 519.0
8: Martina Hingis - 495.6
9: Amélie Mauresmo - 360.7
10: Garbiñe Muguruza - 354.0
11: Li Na - 342.7
12: Victoria Azarenka - 337.0
13: Monica Seles - 315.9
14: Mary Pierce - 298.4
15: Elena Dementieva - 271.7
16: Petra Kvitová - 266.1
17: Caroline Wozniacki - 264.9
18: Svetlana Kuznetsova - 256.1
19: Angelique Kerber - 255.4
20: Jeļena Ostapenko - 250.9 Most Appearances
The players with the most slam appearances in the 21st century are:
Francesca Schiavone (69), Venus Williams (66), Daniela Hantuchová (61), Svetlana Kuznetsova (60), Serena Williams (59), Virginie Razzano (58), Jelena Janković (57), Samantha Stosur (57), Nadia Petrova (52), Roberta Vinci (52), Maria Sharapova (51), Lucie Šafářová (50), Klara Koukalová (50) Sorted By Slam
This section shows the top 10 players in each of the slams.
Australian Open: S. Williams (16910), Sharapova (8680), Clijsters (7080), Henin (6155), Azarenka (5810), Li Na (5670), V. Williams (5095), Davenport (4865), Capriati (4730), Hingis (4320)
French Open: S. Williams (9865), Henin (8955), Sharapova (8360), Kuznetsova (6405), Ivanovic (5055), Schiavone (4815), Stosur (4190), Pierce (3660), Capriati (3640), V. Williams (3480)
Wimbledon: S. Williams (18380), V. Williams (1675), Sharapova (6935), Kvitová (5640), Henin (4760), Mauresmo (4710), A. Radwańska (4395), Davenport (4245), Bartoli (4155), Muguruza (3300)
US Open: S. Williams (16000), V. Williams (9205), Clijsters (7830), Henin (6100), Wozniacki (4975), Davenport (4530), Dementieva (4440), Kuznetsova (4400), Sharapova (4385), Pennetta (4325)
As you can see, Serena Williams is the highest rated player at all 4 slams. Serena and Venus Williams, Sharapova, and Henin are the only players in the top 10 for all 4 slams.
14 players are in the top 10 for only one slam, namely:
Australian Open: Li Na, Hingis
French Open: Ivanovic, Schiavone, Stosur, Pierce
Wimbledon: Mauresmo, A. Radwańska, Kvitová, Bartoli, Muguruza
US Open: Dementieva, Wozniacki, Pennetta Nationalities
The next part shows the total number of players of each nationality. Note that for players who have changed nationality, they are counted as the nationality they represented at their most recent slam appearance.
United States - 105
France - 54
Russia - 48
Australia - 44
Germany - 34
Czech Republic - 33
United Kingdom - 28
Spain - 24
China, Japan - 20
Italy - 19
Slovakia - 18
Croatia, Romania, Ukraine - 16
Canada - 14
Austria, Belgium, Hungary, Switzerland - 12
Netherlands - 11
Argentina - 10
Belarus, Poland - 9
Serbia - 8
Bulgaria, Slovenia - 7
Chinese Taipei, Israel, Kazakhstan, South Africa - 5
Sweden - 4
Colombia, Estonia, Indonesia, Luxembourg, Paraguay, Portugal, Thailand - 3
Brazil, Denmark, Greece, India, Latvia, Puerto Rico, South Korea, Tunisia, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Venezuela - 2
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Finland, Georgia, Madagascar, Morocco, Mexico, Montenegro, New Zealand, Zimbabwe - 1
The top 25 countries by total ranking points are listed below. The top 3 players from each country are listed in brackets, as well as any other player with a total of over 2000 points.
1: United States - 169525 (Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Lindsay Davenport, Jennifer Capriati, Sloane Stephens, Madison Keys, Monica Seles, Coco Vandeweghe, Lisa Raymond, Meghann Shaughnessy, Chanda Rubin)
2: Russia - 116200 (Maria Sharapova, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Elena Dementieva, Nadia Petrova, Vera Zvonareva, Dinara Safina, Ekaterina Makarova, Anastasia Myskina, Maria Kirilenko, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Elena Likhovtseva, Elena Vesnina, Anna Chakvetadze)
3: Belgium - 54255 (Justine Henin, Kim Clijsters, Yanina Wickmayer)
4: France - 52030 (Amélie Mauresmo, Marion Bartoli, Mary Pierce, Nathalie Dechy, Alizé Cornet, Virginie Razzano)
5: Italy - 37030 (Francesca Schiavone, Flavia Pennetta, Sara Errani, Roberta Vinci, Silvia Farina Elia)
6: Czech Republic - 36880 (Petra Kvitová, Lucie Šafářová, Nicole Vaidišová)
7: Germany - 31115 (Angelique Kerber, Sabine Lisicki, Andrea Petkovic, Julia Görges)
8: Spain - 30980 (Garbiñe Muguruza, Carla Suárez Navarro, Conchita Martínez, Anabel Medina Garrigues
9: Australia - 22150 (Samantha Stosur, Jelena Dokic, Alicia Molik)
10: Serbia - 22060 (Ana Ivanovic, Jelena Janković, Bojana Jovanovski)
11: Switzerland - 21240 (Martina Hingis, Patty Schnyder, Timea Bacsinszky)
12: China - 21065 (Li Na, Zheng Jie, Peng Shuai)
13: Slovakia - 17940 (Daniela Hantuchová, Dominika Cibulková, Magdalena Rybáriková)
14: Belarus - 17265 (Victoria Azarenka, Olga Govortsova, Anastasiya Yakimova)
15: Romania - 15075 (Simona Halep, Sorana Cîrstea, Monica Niculescu)
16: Poland - 12075 (Agnieszka Radwańska, Urszula Radwańska, Marta Domachowska)
17: Denmark - 11440 (Caroline Wozniacki, Eva Dyrberg, No third player
18: Japan - 10035 (Ai Sugiyama, Shinobu Asagoe, Kurumi Nara)
19: Ukraine - 8845 (Elina Svitolina, Kateryna Bondarenko, Alona Bondareko)
20: Croatia - 8265 (Mirjana Lučić-Baroni, Petra Martić, Karolina Šprem)
21: Argentina - 6980 (Paola Suárez, Gisela Dulko, Clarisa Fernández)
22: United Kingdom - 6525 (Johanna Konta, Heather Watson, Elena Baltacha)
23: Canada - 6495 (Eugenie Bouchard, Aleksandra Wozniak, Sonya Jeyaseelan)
24: Austria - 6255 (Tamira Paszek, Barbara Schett, Sybille Bammer)
25: Bulgaria - 6060 (Tsvetana Pironkova, Magdalena Maleeva, Sesil Karatantcheva)
Players who have been the sole representative of their nation:
Mervana Jugić-Salkić (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Emma Laine (Finland), Sofia Shapatava (Georgia), Dally Randriantefy (Madagascar), Bahia Mouhtassine (Morocco), Angélica Gavaldón (Mexico), Danka Kovinić (Montenegro), Marina Erakovic (New Zealand), Cara Black (Zimbabwe)
The top 5 players from each continent:
Europe - Maria Sharapova (27820), Justine Henin (25970), Kim Clijsters (20965), Svetlana Kuznetsova (15365), Victoria Azarenka (14155)
North America - Serena Williams (61155), Venus Williams (34255), Lindsay Davenport (14370), Jennifer Capriati (13040), Sloane Stephens (4860)
South America - Paola Suárez (2780), Gisela Dulko (1900), Fabiola Zuluaga, Clarisa Fernández (1090), Rossana de los Ríos (780)
Asia - Li Na (11310), Zheng Jie (3585), Ai Sugiyama (3500), Peng Shuai (3275), Shahar Pe'er (2955)
Africa - Amanda Coetzer (1515), Cara Black (875), Chanelle Scheepers (690) Dally Randriantefy (360), Selima Sfar (320)
Oceania - Samantha Stosur (8835), Jelena Dokic (2820), Alicia Molik (1780), Casey Dellacqua (1350), Jarmila Wolfe (1255) Conclusion
Thank you for reading my ranking of the Women's Singles events at Grand Slams in the 21st century. Again, here is the equivalent for the Men's Singles that I posted a few weeks ago.
I believe my next project is going to be doing a similar thing for the Men's Doubles, Women's Doubles, and maybe eventually the Mixed Doubles. If I'm not bored of tennis by then, I may go back and do the Men's and Women's Singles back to the start of the Open Era.
The late 1980s and early 1990s was a time of change for women's tennis. Watch a match from the early 1970s, and you saw the remnants of the serve and volley players like Billie Jean King and Evonne Goolagong, players who sliced off their backhands and came to net.
As the men were undergoing the baseline revolution with Bjorn Borg and Jimmy Connors, players that hit imperiously from the back court and pushed the two-handed backhand into mainstream acceptance, so Chris Evert did the same, her steady drumbeat groundstrokes, flat, precise, unwavering.
Like McEnroe was to Borg, the ultimate in serve and volley to the backboard, so Navratilova was to Evert. None realized the game was to undergo a transformation that would sent it in farflung directions. For the men, the revolution came in three parts. Lendl showed you could hit winners from the baseline with a powerful forehand and powerful serve. Then, Becker and Agassi were his successors. For the women's game, it was Steffi Graf, so called Fraulein Forehand, whose pace was unheard of until Monica Seles arrived and could hit hard on both sides.
In the midst of this power revolution, there was the oddity of Kimiko Date (Dah-tay). Mary Carillo coined the term "Big Babe Tennis" to describe Lindsay Davenport, Mary Pierce, Jennifer Capriati. These were tall women that clubbed the ball inspired by Steffi Graf. Date was small, not terribly fast, but she did what she could to defy big babe tennis.
Date knew she lacked the strength of tall players, and indeed, she lacked the topspin and the speed. Date's strength was the compactness of her shot, hit more like an extended half-volley, barely a backswing and barely a follow through. She took the ball off the rise, lest the balls bounce too far up where her diminutive size would find it a challenge to reach. She hit to the sidelines, to the baseline, taking risk after risk.
Where Chris Evert and even Graf and Seles were used to rallies that went 20 shots or more, Date's shots were like a time bomb of unforced errors. She would rarely hit more than 5-6 shots before either she won the point or lost it, and sometimes, she lost it right away, her games mimicking those of a serve and volleyer.
Then, in 1996, she retired short of her 26th birthday. She wanted to do other things with her life. She ran. She got married to a German race car driver, Michael Krumm in 2001. She entertained a brief comeback in 2002, but made her first serious attempt in 2008. This was, apparently, no lark. This wasn't Borg trying to play with a wood racquet years after he retired in 1982 and then gracefully retiring. In 2013, Date is in her fifth year of her second career.
In the meanwhile, the game Date-Krumm left when she retired continued to evolve, with bigger hitters, bigger topspin, and her flat style become even more of an oddity.
1995 was the year Carina Witthoft was born. As Date-Krumm contemplated retirement, Witthoef wasn't even a tennis player. She made it through qualifying even beating Aussie hopeful, Casey Dellacqua in the final round. Not bad for a player whose rank is over 700.
She had, one imagines, been told that Date-Krumm's style is a bit weird and that she had to be careful.
In the blink of an eye, Witthoft was down 6-0 in a first set that lasted only 16 minutes. Witthoft didn't help matters by serving only 30% and then winning only 30% of first and second serves. Meanwhile, nearly every return by Date-Krumm fell near a sideline or baseline with Witthoft dumb-struck.
She managed to hold serve, and break serve, but Date-Krumm served pretty well, and managed to win points before she lost them, a problem she's always having to deal with, lacking a topspin shot to give her safety.
The new Date-Krumm comes to net more often, whether it be a serve and volley point, or taking shots out of the air. She doesn't want to get in rallies where the other player is dictating, moving her side to side, where age and speed work against her. And while Date-Krumm's errant shots will likely get the best of her soon, for a round, just a single round, she can imagine what it was like to be at her peak, showing the young'uns that this old lady of tennis still knows a thing or two about winning.
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