Best female player to win only one slam

Whos is the best female player to win only one slam?

  • Kerry Melville Reid

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Sue Barker

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Mima Jausovec

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Virginia Ruzici

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Gabriela Sabatini

    Votes: 17 40.5%
  • Conchita Martinez

    Votes: 1 2.4%
  • Jana Novotna

    Votes: 4 9.5%
  • Kim Clijsters

    Votes: 14 33.3%
  • Ana Ivanovic

    Votes: 6 14.3%
  • Other (O'Neil, Jordan, Majoli, Myskina)

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    42

JZImmer123

Rookie
I know Clijsters will win at least one more Slam in her career. She came back at the right time, with the current wide open state of the WTA. It seems like anyone inside the top 15 has a genuine shot at winning a Slam.
 

scootad.

Semi-Pro
Sabatini.

She most definitely had the talent to bag at least one French Open - a shame she couldn't pull it together.
 

grafrules

Banned
It is between Sabatini and Clijsters.

Clijsters had so many things going against her:

- Retiring at only 23

- missing a full year where inferior players won slams (Kuznetsova, 17 year old Sharapova, Myskina, way off form and out of shape Serena) and her nemisises (Henin, Serena, Venus) were mostly out of commision or atleast out of the winners circle.

-So many close matches she could have/should have won that would have given her more slams. The 2001 French final with Capriati, the 2002 Australian Open semis with Capriati, the 2004Australian Open final with Henin. Of course this was her own fault really.

-Then some big matches she flat out collapses that she should have won. The 2003 U.S Open final with a weary leg heavy Henin.

-All that and the bad luck to come up at the time Venus, Serena, Henin, Capriati, Davenport, were all at their peak, but especialy that first trio.

Sabatini reached 18 slam semis and was capable of winning on any surface. She should have won that 91 Wimbledon final over Graf really. She also probably should have won that 92 French Open semi with Seles, and she vs Graf would have been about 50-50 on clay at the time. Same thing you could say about the 87 French Open semi wth Graf, and the final between her and Martina probably would have been 50-50 since she had beaten Martina in Rome earlier that year. She blew some chances, and she was also unlucky to prime at a tough time in the womes game with Martina, Graf, Seles, Sanchez Vicario all huge forces.


Actually now that I broke it down further I probably would have voted for Kim if I could redo it, I voted Sabatini though. Definitely 1 of those 2 though, the others dont even come close.
 

egn

Hall of Fame
Gabby. She actually had a career that lined up with Evert, Navra, Graf and Seles...can you just say plain bad luck.
 
Gabby. She actually had a career that lined up with Evert, Navra, Graf and Seles...can you just say plain bad luck.
I am not sure I would count Evert so much. When she played prime or close to prime Evert when Evert was still winning or beating her in any slams it was 1985 and 1986 when a very young Gaby wasnt ready to win a slam anyway. When Gaby even made a move towards the top 5 in 1987 an aging Evert was really slipping, and by the time Gaby was fimly entrenched near the top of the game and a bonafide contender to win slams by 1988 Evert was 33 years old. Plus Evert and Gaby never played in any slams other than the 85 and 86 French Opens where barely 15 and 16 year old Gaby wasnt yet a real threat to win the title. It was Navratilova, Graf, Seles, and to a degree Sanchez and Fernandez (Sabatini nemisis) who were preventing her from winning slams, not really Evert directly ever.
 
Anyway the only ones to even consider at all are Sabatini, Clijsters, Novotna, and Martinez. The rest are a joke quite frankly who were lucky to even win 1 slam, and who are weaker than many players who didnt win 1. Here is how I would go through each of the poll options:

Sabatini- 18 slam semis, 3 slam finals, 27 career titles, many tier 1 titles, a few extremely close calls. Peaked in one of deepest eras ever in womens tennis. Yeah a definite favorite for this title.

Clijsters- unfulfilled potential given that she retired so young and had already made 5 slam finals. In 5 slam finals only managed to win 1, dissapointing. Should have won more than 1 slam for sure, another definite favorite.

Novotna- 4 slam finals but only cashed in once. Then again was she really a big contender to win the title outside of Wimbledon. Did have an outstanding run to make the 91 Australian Open final. As a relative unknown seeded #10 she beat Garrison, huge win over Graf, then Sanchez Vicario to make the final and took the first set off Seles, before running out of gas. Should have won Wimbledon in 93 obviously, and probably would have won in 97 without her injury. At the U.S Open had a few times contending but I never really though she would win the title there.

Martinez- should have won the French once or more than once. In 1994 had a great clay court season but flopped in the semis vs her countrywomen Sanchez Vicario. In 1995 came in as the heavy favorite to win the French over both Graf and Sanchez Vicario, after an utterly dominant clay court season playing the tennis of her life, but played her worst match of the year in losing to Graf in the semis. In 1996 came in as the Rome winner, but fell flat in the semis again, being spanked badly by Graf. In 2000 made one last serious run at the title, came in having beaten #1 Hingis on the way to winning Berlin, and beat one of her longtime nemisis Sanchez Vicario to finally reach her first FO final, but fell in 2 sets to Pierce after nearly taking it to a 3rd set. Squandered opportunities in 97 and 98 in wide open years where she fell in minor round of 16 upset to Coetzer and Majoli. I dont even really talk much about the other slams though since to me she is just a great clay court specialist, that is it. She should have won the French, but IMO she NEVER should have won a slam anywhere else. Her Wimbledon win a a huge joke, one of the biggest flukes in tennis history. On hard courts her Aussie Open final and 2 U.S Open semis are fine, about all she should have done. So for her it is limited to the French only mostly.

Melville Reid- won her only slam at the then depleted Aussie Open which wasnt even a real slam that year. Made one other depleted Aussie Open final where she lost to Court, and one U.S Open final where upset a young Evert in the semis before losing easily to King in the final.

Sue Barker- won her only slam at the depleted 76 French Open which again wasnt even a real slam that year. No other slam finals, some people believed she had a real shot at Wimbledon 76 of winning or making the final but she dissapointingly lost to Betty Stove in the semis.

Mima Jausovec- again won the French Open in 1977, that 3 year stretch all the top players were absent from the French. Not even a real slam win at all. One other final where she was thrashed by Chris, winning only 3 games.

Virginia Ruzici- the last of the trio to win a pretty much illegitimate French Open in that 3 year stretch from 76-78 where Chris and everyone else was off playing WTT, when she won in 1978 beating ironically enough Jausovec in the final. Reached one other final in 1980 in a still somewhat depleted field where she was crushed by Evert, like Jausovec in the 83 final vs Evert managing only 3 games.

Ana Ivanovic- has reached 3 slam finals at a young age but really one of the weaker top players of this very weak era womens tennis is now in. Henin's shock retirement just before the French paved the way for her to win that title where her key wins were her very close semifinal triumph over her countrywomen Jankovic and her final win over first time finalist Safina. Reached the 2008 Australian Open final with a good win over Venus along the way but fell in 2 sets to Sharapova. Also reached the 2007 French Open final with a semifinal win over clay court bimbo Sharapova before being humiliated by Henin.

Majoli- was actually a solid top 10 player and a very good clay courter from 95-mid 98. Still a big surprise to win that 97 French.

Myskina- similar to Majoli, she was actually a solid top 10 player for several years around the point of her title win. In fairness to her she went through a pretty good draw to win it- Venus in the quarters in a year she was in form on clay, Capriati in the semis, and Dementieva in the final. Still a big surprise winner.

Chris O Neal- I doubt we will ever see a worse slam winner unless the Aussie Open resorts to being a tier 3 tournament in the guise of a slam again.

Barbara Jordan- I doubt we will ever see a worse 2nd worst slam winner unless the Aussie Open resorts to being a little Aussie invitational like event again. Yet some wonder why Court's inflated tally of 11 Aussies isnt fully credited by some, LOL!
 
Anyway the only ones to even consider at all are Sabatini, Clijsters, Novotna, and Martinez.
You are right, of course, but you don't leave any work for anyone else.... ;-)

This said, I feel you're a bit unkind in particular to Kerry Reid -- she was ranked world #5 for several years, behind only Court, King, Evert and Goolagong, and had a nice run at the 1972 US Open, beating Evert in the semis and losing a competitive final to Billie Jean King at the very top of her game. In an all time rating, Reid belongs above Majoli or Myskina, imo.
 

Steve132

Professional
It is between Sabatini and Clijsters.

Clijsters had so many things going against her:

- Retiring at only 23

- missing a full year where inferior players won slams (Kuznetsova, 17 year old Sharapova, Myskina, way off form and out of shape Serena) and her nemisises (Henin, Serena, Venus) were mostly out of commision or atleast out of the winners circle.

-So many close matches she could have/should have won that would have given her more slams. The 2001 French final with Capriati, the 2002 Australian Open semis with Capriati, the 2004Australian Open final with Henin. Of course this was her own fault really.

-Then some big matches she flat out collapses that she should have won. The 2003 U.S Open final with a weary leg heavy Henin.

-All that and the bad luck to come up at the time Venus, Serena, Henin, Capriati, Davenport, were all at their peak, but especialy that first trio.

Sabatini reached 18 slam semis and was capable of winning on any surface. She should have won that 91 Wimbledon final over Graf really. She also probably should have won that 92 French Open semi with Seles, and she vs Graf would have been about 50-50 on clay at the time. Same thing you could say about the 87 French Open semi wth Graf, and the final between her and Martina probably would have been 50-50 since she had beaten Martina in Rome earlier that year. She blew some chances, and she was also unlucky to prime at a tough time in the womes game with Martina, Graf, Seles, Sanchez Vicario all huge forces.


Actually now that I broke it down further I probably would have voted for Kim if I could redo it, I voted Sabatini though. Definitely 1 of those 2 though, the others dont even come close.
Great post. You've summarized all the relevant issues. I voted for Clijsters by the narrowest of margins over Sabatini.
 

boredone3456

G.O.A.T.
It is between Sabatini and Clijsters.

Clijsters had so many things going against her:

- Retiring at only 23

- missing a full year where inferior players won slams (Kuznetsova, 17 year old Sharapova, Myskina, way off form and out of shape Serena) and her nemisises (Henin, Serena, Venus) were mostly out of commision or atleast out of the winners circle.

-So many close matches she could have/should have won that would have given her more slams. The 2001 French final with Capriati, the 2002 Australian Open semis with Capriati, the 2004Australian Open final with Henin. Of course this was her own fault really.

-Then some big matches she flat out collapses that she should have won. The 2003 U.S Open final with a weary leg heavy Henin.

-All that and the bad luck to come up at the time Venus, Serena, Henin, Capriati, Davenport, were all at their peak, but especialy that first trio.

Sabatini reached 18 slam semis and was capable of winning on any surface. She should have won that 91 Wimbledon final over Graf really. She also probably should have won that 92 French Open semi with Seles, and she vs Graf would have been about 50-50 on clay at the time. Same thing you could say about the 87 French Open semi wth Graf, and the final between her and Martina probably would have been 50-50 since she had beaten Martina in Rome earlier that year. She blew some chances, and she was also unlucky to prime at a tough time in the womes game with Martina, Graf, Seles, Sanchez Vicario all huge forces.


Actually now that I broke it down further I probably would have voted for Kim if I could redo it, I voted Sabatini though. Definitely 1 of those 2 though, the others dont even come close.
I agree 100% with this. Well Put Grafrules.
 

julesb

Banned
Obviously players from the current deepest ever womens field. Ivanovic and Myskina for starters are by far the 2 greatest at the moment to have won only 1 slam. Jankovic and Safina would win more than 20 slams in the old pathetic days when Graf dominated whenever Monica was 15 or had been stabbed with a knife, Navratilova and Evert in their 30s, and Hingis 15, yet in todays best ever womens field they have 0.
 

grafrules

Banned
kimmy sould have won more, but was born in the wrong generation, the william sisters....
Henin denied her far more slams than the Williams sisters. Heck even the overrated Capriati probably directly denied her more slams than the Williams sisters.
 
When Jankovic wins her first slam it will be a tough call between her and Ana if Ana hasnt won her second yet.
I see you got yourself a new user name and voted twice. Not the point of a poll.

So what if Ivanovic was called Anna Johannson and was from Sweden, while Clijsters was Kim Clistjanovic? Surely Kim would be best then?
 
Serbian players are the best and very underrated. Yes if Kim was called Kim Clistjanovic I would rate her more highly as a player. As she should in that case.

I did not vote twice. I havent even voted once yet. I dont know what you are talking about by "new username".
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boredone3456

G.O.A.T.
Clijsters and Sabatini are running away with the poll. Really they could be argued as the only 2 options, well maybe throw in Jana as well, she should have won another Wimbledon because she had the talent just not the consistant nerve to do it. Ivanovic, while she is a good player, really isn't the best. In her 2 other slam finals she went down rather weakly, broke Henin to start the 2007 French Final, then seemed to realize where she was and went downhill. 2008 against Sharapova in Australia...well I guess i can't really harp on her as no one was going to beat Maria there, Maria Bageled Henin who hadn't lost since the Wimbledon's semi's in 2007, so I guess maybe Ivanovic could be a dark horse 4th option on the poll. But really...to have Barker, Reid, Majoli, Jausovec and even Martinez on the poll is stretching it for me. Martinez won Wimbledon, but the 4 semifinalists there that year weren't the cream of the tours crop. I did vote for Sabatini, but Clijsters is viable to.
 
Clijsters and Sabatini are running away with the poll. Really they could be argued as the only 2 options, well maybe throw in Jana as well, she should have won another Wimbledon because she had the talent just not the consistant nerve to do it. Ivanovic, while she is a good player, really isn't the best. In her 2 other slam finals she went down rather weakly, broke Henin to start the 2007 French Final, then seemed to realize where she was and went downhill. 2008 against Sharapova in Australia...well I guess i can't really harp on her as no one was going to beat Maria there, Maria Bageled Henin who hadn't lost since the Wimbledon's semi's in 2007, so I guess maybe Ivanovic could be a dark horse 4th option on the poll. But really...to have Barker, Reid, Majoli, Jausovec and even Martinez on the poll is stretching it for me. Martinez won Wimbledon, but the 4 semifinalists there that year weren't the cream of the tours crop. I did vote for Sabatini, but Clijsters is viable to.
I would say you are a bit harsh on Martinez. I would put Clijsters, Sabatini, Novotna, and Martinez as the only 4 options although Martinez is still #4 of the 4 IMO. Yes Martinez's Wimbledon win was kind of a joke but she did end up winning it like Myskina and Majoli their French Opens, but she was an excellent clay courter capable of winning 1 or 2 French Opens. Of course she had incredible competition with Graf, Seles, Sanchez Vicario, and Pierce; and in addition to the ability of these players Seles she had a mental block against developed already from her pre-prime early 90s day, Sanchez Vicario owned her mentally with the whole Spanish thing, and Pierce was also a bad matchup for her. However when you think about it she did have some chances to win the French:

1994 French and 1996 French- was playing great those springs but inexplicably didnt even show up for her semifinal matches with eventual champions Sanchez Vicario in 94 and Graf in 96. Matches should have atleast been alot closer.

1995 French- this year was Conchita's to win or lose pretty much. She completely dominated the clay court season, Graf had only played 1 clay court event due to injury, and Sanchez Vicario was a bit sick and not in top form. She played by far her worst match of the entire spring vs Graf in the semis, even Tracy Austin in the booth called her performance and effort disgusting on many occasions, and she still barely lost in 3 sets, blowing 0-40 at 3-3 on Graf's serve in the 3rd set. Graf went on to bagel Sanchez Vicario in the 3rd set of the final. Basically this was Conchita's to win if she simply performed up to her level all spring and she blew it.

2000 French- this was another chance, of course she was finally in the final, but she played a subpar match and lost to Pierce who herself didnt play as sharp as she had vs Seles and Hingis in the preceding 2 rounds.

So since she did win Wimbledon and since she was a real contender to win the French I would include her with the other 3, though I would still rank her last of the 3. I dont think Ivanovic is better than her. The French Open Ivanovic won was the only slam she ever even had a real shot of winning. Ivanovic is way overrated on this poll. No way should she have more votes than Novotna.
 
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My rough ordering is

1 Clijsters
2 Sabatini
3 Novotna
4 Martinez
5 Reid
6 Jausovec
7 Ivanovic
8 Ruzici
9 Barker
10 Myskina
11 Majoli
12 Jordan
13 O'Neill

I agree that the only serious options are Clijsters, Sabatini, Novotna and (borderline) Martinez, with a big gap between Martinez and Reid (I may be a bit unkind to Ivanovic, but if she would end her career today, I think this is where she would roughly belong). However, the above are all 13 one-slam winners of the open era, and I see no reason not to include them in the poll if I can.
 
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boredone3456

G.O.A.T.
I probably am a little harsher on Conchita than is really necessary, but when I look at her 1 slam win, its just sort of flimsy, in the same way that Myskina's, Majoli's, Reid's and many others are. But yes she was overall more a contender outside the slams than any of them were. 1995 was a disaster for her, and after that she was never at her best despite making the French Final in 2000. I mean McNeil than a well aged Martina is not the highest caliber semifinal- final combination in my opinion. Yes, McNeil was playing out of her mind, she knocked out Graf and nearly beat Conchita in the Semi's, and the way she was playing could have probably won the final against Martina if she didn't choke had she got there, and Martina was still a force on grass even then, so yeah maybe I am not giving Conchita enough credit even though she would likely not win Wimbledon more than 1 in about 20 tries with a different draw. I guess when I compare her to the others of her time and how she did against them, she comes up well short against many so I am harsh on her.
 
I agree with you on Conchita's win at Wimbledon in 1994. In fact I was not happy at all she won there since her game is horribly suited to grass and it just looked bad. I would have much rather seen career underachiever McNeil complete her career tournament with the trophy, or Wimbledon legend Navratilova complete her fairytale ending. Two serve/volleyers in the final, one career underachiever having the tournament of her life, and the other an aging legend, wouldnt have looked as bad, but when people saw a clay court baseliner vs an aging legend it looked alot worse.

So she is tricky because she one slam she did win is really the last slam venue she ought to have ever won at. However she was a real threat at the French especialy, and could have won once or twice there with a stronger mental game. It is funny we say 1995 was a disaester since it was her best year of tennis ever. She won so many tournaments and was in the semis of all the slams. She won many tier 1 titles, and had that long 25 match win streak or so on clay which included thrashing Sanchez Vicario, Sabatini, Novotna, young Hingis. The whole problem was for her was in that best ever year of tennis she lost in the semis of all 4 slams which yes in her best ever year of tennis was a complete disaester for her to lose all 4 times at that stage, and truly a watershed of her career. The French Open which I mentioned was hers to win or lose that particular year, Wimbledon where she was favored over Sanchez Vicario on grass at that point but was sulked/blistered into a 3 set loss, and very meek and weak efforts in getting easily overpowered by Pierce and Seles in her 2 hard court slam semis. She was never able to duplicate her form in the non slam events to the slam semis that year on either clay or hard courts, it was like 2 different players. From there she was never as much a contender again, although did have some chances at the French still.

I forgot 97 and 98 at the French. Those years were wide open although she wasnt the same player anymore, but she went out in the round of 16 to Coetzer and Majoli each year.
 
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Well Kim is off the list now. I guess I should make a new one. It seemed to be a big Sabatini vs Clijsters battle. Now it will probably turn into a battle of the various 90s Graf slayers- Sabatini, Novotna, Martinez, and maybe Ivanovic (only since at a very young age she already did reach 3 finals in a short time even if in a painful era)
 

boredone3456

G.O.A.T.
Well Kim is off the list now. I guess I should make a new one. It seemed to be a big Sabatini vs Clijsters battle. Now it will probably turn into a battle of the various 90s Graf slayers- Sabatini, Novotna, Martinez, and maybe Ivanovic (only since at a very young age she already did reach 3 finals in a short time even if in a painful era)
Based on the way the poll is now I don't think you really need to make a new one, if even half of the voters for kim vote for Sabatini it turns into a washout, the only close battle that would be even feasible to me would be Novotna and Sabatini...and frankly I have been down that road one time to many on here LOL
 
Based on the way the poll is now I don't think you really need to make a new one, if even half of the voters for kim vote for Sabatini it turns into a washout, the only close battle that would be even feasible to me would be Novotna and Sabatini...and frankly I have been down that road one time to many on here LOL
I think it is between Sabatini, Novotna, and maybe Martinez now which is interesting as all 3 are contemporaries and somewhat easy to compare. Though they didnt really prime at the same time. Sabatini primed in the late 80s and early 90s. Martinez did in the mid 90s. Novotna in the mid 90s and late 90s.

The final head to heads between the 3 are interesting. I know Sabatini owned Novotna, something like 11-4. Novotna was 4-0 vs Martinez. However I believe Martinez had an equal head to head with Sabatini.
 

Wuornos

Professional
Post WWII I would say

1 Gabriela Sabatini 2735
2 Jana Novotná 2711
3 Françoise Durr 2694
4 Conchita Martínez 2690
5 Iva Majoli 2689
6 Patricia Canning Todd 2687
7 Ana Ivanović 2685
8 Kerry Melville Reid 2671
9 Anastasia Myskina 2670
10 Christine Truman Janes 2667

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