Best woman to never reach a major final

boredone3456

G.O.A.T.
This topic has been done for the men but I figured we could do it for the ladies. Who are some of the most talented women to never play a Major final?

A couple of my own thoughts

Nadia Petrova: 2 french Open SFs, many other QFs. Possibly her closest call would have been 2010 at the Aussie, she beat Kim and Kuznetsova...lost to Henin. Had she beaten Henin I doubt she would have lost to Zheng in the semis.

Manuela Maleeva: probably the strongest of Bulgarian trio. Solid top 10 player, several QF and SF appearances.

Kimiko Date: I Dont necessarily think she would win this category by any means but in the mid 90s she was a solid top 5 player.

Kateryna Maleeva: I don't think she was as strong as her sister but made the QFs of all 4 majors and got to number 6 in the world.

I could probably come up with a couple more but there's a start
 

bluetrain4

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I can't go with K. Maleeva. She never even made a SF (I know it's not as easy as looking at who had the most SFs). Consistent, very good player, but best not to reach a Slam final? Maybe I don't remember enough about her.

I was going to suggest Amanda Coetzer with her 3 Slam SF, and 4 other QF.

I'd also offer Patty Schnyder with her 1 SF and 6 QF. I'll throw her into the discussion because she was really talented (offense, defense, slice, junk) and could cause fits for the top players IF she could focus and concentrate for the whole match - which wasn't that often, lol (though she did beat Graf that one year at the USO). But, still, just a candidate.

Petrova is probably the best choice. 2 SF, 7 QF, and, as you know, she could go through stretches where she'd look unbeatable - big weapons, nice clean strokes, net play, could play on all surfaces. But, then it could all leave her and she'd start spraying balls.

Fabiola Zuluaga? Dominique Van Roost? I joke (though I did enjoy those players).
 

boredone3456

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I almost listed Schnyder actually, especially on clay I always thought she was way more talented then her results ever showed. Although I figured if I did name her I'd be laughed at LOL

Irina Spirlea came to mind, although she only made the 1 SF and never really did much otherwise.
 

bluetrain4

G.O.A.T.
You know, thinking of candidates, I was actually surprised at how few good candidates there are and surprised by the range of players who actually did make a Slam final. Admittedly, there are probably some good candidates from earlier eras that I'm missing.
 

bluetrain4

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I almost listed Schnyder actually, especially on clay I always thought she was way more talented then her results ever showed. Although I figured if I did name her I'd be laughed at LOL

Irina Spirlea came to mind, although she only made the 1 SF and never really did much otherwise.
Spirlea's place in tennis lore is secure with "The Collision."
 
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Booger

Hall of Fame
Amanda Coetzer made it to #3 in the world. Lost 4 times in the quarters and 3 times in semifinals. I think she was just too wittle.
 

Moose Malloy

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Claudia Kohde-Kilsch. Former world # 4. Made 4 sf's, 5 other qf's. Think she lost to Graf, Martina, Chris and Hana in all those matches. Tough break.
 

Moose Malloy

G.O.A.T.
Who didn't play at 85 kooyang? The 3 major winners that year - Chris, Martina, and Hana - were the top 3 seeds. Final was Chris-Martina. In 87 Chris didn't play, but final was Martina-Hana. Top women supported AO since 81, very different from the men.
 

boredone3456

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A couple other ladies who might warrant something in this category

Carling Bassett
Jo Durie
Kathy Jordan
Chanda Rubin

Others who had Some good runs but really aren't contenders....I am only putting then because it seems a ton of women made at least 1 major final

Bettina Bunge
Barbara Potter
Kathy Rinaldi
Catarina Lindqvist
 
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boredone3456

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Claudia Kohde-Kilsch. Former world # 4. Made 4 sf's, 5 other qf's. Think she lost to Graf, Martina, Chris and Hana in all those matches. Tough break.
I totally forgot her, she was a very talented player....more luck in doubles though and even there Martina and Pam were the bane of her existence.
 

urban

Legend
Was Nancy Richey in a final? I can recall a semi at Wim and think, she had a winning record over Billie Jean King.
 

boredone3456

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Was Nancy Richey in a final? I can recall a semi at Wim and think, she had a winning record over Billie Jean King.
She won 2 majors, the 1967 Aussie and 1968 french (beating Ann Haydon Jones in the final). She was on the losing end of an additional 4 major finals.
 

PDJ

G.O.A.T.
Didn't Dementieva also win singles Olympic Gold.
And was so close to beating SW at Wimbledon. Her career was better than good. Just not great great. But good nonetheless.
 
It is worth noting Rubin was probably a missed volley from beating Seles in the 96 Australian Open semis and winning the title (she likely beats Huber in the final). She was a really hot up and comer then. However she dealt with injuries, and by the time she came back Hingis, Williams, Davenport were well established on top. She never came that close to a major final or title again, despite returning to the top 10 at one point.
 
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PDJ

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Rubin was such a class act. And appears to have developed in to a first rate human being if articles I've read are accurate.
I vaguely recall seeing her at Wimbledon play an excessively long doubles match.
 

THUNDERVOLLEY

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She was a really hot up and comer then. However she dealt with injuries, and by the time she came back Hingis, Williams, Davenport were well established on top. She never came that close to a major final or title again, despite returning to the top 10 at one point.
After her return from injury, she lost a few steps in speed, and never attempted to adapt to many of the changes to the game in her absence. Even Davenport seemed lightning quick compared to Rubin at that point. I wonder if she--in the back of her mind--ever considered a coaching change?
 
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