Jennifer Capriati dating 2005

Every player's most significant win against Serena Williams

2020.04.28 21:24 displacedindavis Every player's most significant win against Serena Williams

WARNING: this is a long post. If you don't care to read, I don't blame you. I must also warn you that most of the H2H records are going to look bad. If you feel that's all you need to know, then you don't have to read. Also, if you don't like the fact that I like Serena as a tennis player, feel free not to read either. I only ask you do not leave any bad comments about any of this.
For those of you who hate Serena Williams (can't blame you if you do), feel free to read this post and find a new hero to root for.
I'm not ashamed to admit I'm a fan of Serena's tennis playing even if she does things I absolutely don't approve of (I sometimes wonder if being the youngest sister of 5 has in part contributed to her brash personality, sort of like Chihuahua syndrome). From a purely tennis player's perspective, I think she's pretty cool.
It's weird that when you're a fan of a certain tennis player, you also tend to remember the players they lost to and develop a bit of a fascination with them as well. I can't help but feel for the countless number of tennis players that probably would've won more Grand Slams had they been in a universe without Serena. The argument that Serena's competition sucked isn't completely true; there were many great women's tennis players but Serena was just on another level so many times.
I realized too late that I forgot to add the Grand Slam records on the side. Hope you can forgive me for that :-(.
Do note that these records are subject to change. Some of the younger players in particular may be able to take advantage of Serena's aging. I realize that Grand Slam majors count more so they are listed separately. List is alphabetized. Without further ado, here we go:
If you care to read on, here are some notable players that failed to defeat Serena in their careers (must have had at least three matchups to date):
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2018.04.12 16:47 PneumaticPtarmigan Ranking the Top 100 Women's Singles players at Grand Slams since 2000 [OC]

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.
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