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1998 or 2000 Anna Kournikova???
Jerry L
Anna Kournikova achieved her highest WTA Singles Ranking (#8) in November of 2000, and ended the year ranked 9th.
Her 1998 effort netted her only #13 at year's end, but if someone was to choose one year to create an All-Time Card for her...
could the '98 version actually fare better when weighted against the competition in Downey Games' Ultra Quick Tennis: All-time Great Women's Tennis Yearbook?

Here's Some Notes For Comparison:

ANNA KOURNIKOVA
Country: RUS
Year: 1998
WTA Singles Year-End Ranking: 13
Overall Win/Loss Record By Surface:
Hard; Indoor; Clay; Grass; Total
19-10; 7-4; 12-4; 3-1; 41-19 (68.33%)
Overall Record vs. Ultra Quick All-Time Great (Open Era) Players: 9-16 (36%)
Defeated How Many UQ ATG (OE) Players?: 8 of 10 (80%)
Average Ranking of UQ ATG (OE) Players Defeated: 14
List of UQ ATG (OE) Players Defeated:
#2 Steffi Graf, #6 Monica Seles, #7 Martina Hingis, #10 Arantxa Sanchez Vicario (2), #15 Amelie Mauresmo,
#16 Lindsay Davenport, #28 Conchita Martinez, #32 Iva Majoli

List of UQ ATG (OE) Players Lost To:
#6 Monica Seles, #7 Martina Hingis (3), #9 Venus Williams, #10 Arantxa Sanchez Vicario (3), #16 Lindsay Davenport (2),
#23 Jana Novotna (3), #28 Conchita Martinez (3)

Winning Record on Every Surface?: Yes
Winning Record in All Grand Slam Tournaments Played?: Yes
Overall Record in Grand Slams: 8-3 (73%)
2-1 Australian Open, Reached the 3rd Round (R32)
3-1 French Open, Reached the 4th Round (R16)
N/A Wimbledon, Did Not Play (Withdrew due to injury sustained while defeating Steffi Graf in Eastbourne Quarterfinals)
3-1 US Open, Reached the 4th Round (R16)

Tournament Final Appearances: 1 (Key Biscayne)

ANNA KOURNIKOVA
Country: RUS
Year: 2000
WTA Singles Year-End Ranking: 9
Overall Win/Loss Record By Surface:
Hard; Indoor; Clay; Grass; Total
24-12; 15-10; 6-4; 2-2; 47-28 (62.7%)
Overall Record vs. Ultra Quick All-Time Great (Open Era) Players: 5-16 (24%)
Defeated How Many UQ ATG (OE) Players?: 4 of 8 (50%)
Average Ranking of UQ ATG (OE) Players Defeated: 19
List of UQ ATG (OE) Players Defeated:
#16 Lindsay Davenport, #17 Jennifer Capriati (2), #18 Kim Clijsters, #28 Conchita Martinez
List of UQ ATG (OE) Players Lost To:
#6 Monica Seles (2), #7 Martina Hingis (5), #8 Serena Williams, #12 Justine Henin-Hardenne, #16 Lindsay Davenport (3), #17 Jennifer Capriati,
#18 Kim Clijsters (3)

Winning Record on Every Surface?: No (Grass 2-2)
Winning Record in All Grand Slam Tournaments Played?: No
Overall Record in Grand Slams: 7-4 (64%)
3-1 Australian Open, Reached the 4th Round (R16)
1-1 French Open, Reached the 2nd Round (R64)
1-1 Wimbledon, Reached the 2nd Round (R64)
2-1 US Open, Reached the 3rd Round (R32)

Tournament Final Appearances: 1 (Moscow)

Now, under normal circumstances, I typically agree with real-world Rankings when determining which was each player's best Year.
However, given these 2 Yearly Overviews for Anna Kournikova... I'm not entirely sure I wouldn't give '98 a slight edge over the higher year-end ranking and doubtlessly popular opinion of '00 (at least where Ultra Quick Tennis is concerned).
Must quality wins, better records, and topping nearly every category yield to real-world rankings if we're talking games?
What are your thoughts?
Edited by Jerry L on 06/13/2019
 
Jerry L
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Jerry L wrote:

Anna Kournikova achieved her highest WTA Singles Ranking (#8) in November of 2000, and ended the year ranked 9th.
Her 1998 effort netted her only #13 at year's end, but if someone was to choose one year to create an All-Time Card for her...
could the '98 version actually fare better when weighted against the competition in Downey Games' Ultra Quick Tennis: All-time Great Women's Tennis Yearbook?

Here's Some Notes For Comparison:

ANNA KOURNIKOVA
Country: RUS
Year: 1998
WTA Singles Year-End Ranking: 13
Overall Win/Loss Record By Surface:
Hard; Indoor; Clay; Grass; Total
19-10; 7-4; 12-4; 3-1; 41-19 (68.33%)
Overall Record vs. Ultra Quick All-Time Great (Open Era) Players: 9-16 (36%)
Defeated How Many UQ ATG (OE) Players?: 8 of 10 (80%)
Average Ranking of UQ ATG (OE) Players Defeated: 14
List of UQ ATG (OE) Players Defeated:
#2 Steffi Graf, #6 Monica Seles, #7 Martina Hingis, #10 Arantxa Sanchez Vicario (2), #15 Amelie Mauresmo,
#16 Lindsay Davenport, #28 Conchita Martinez, #32 Iva Majoli

List of UQ ATG (OE) Players Lost To:
#6 Monica Seles, #7 Martina Hingis (3), #9 Venus Williams, #10 Arantxa Sanchez Vicario (3), #16 Lindsay Davenport (2),
#23 Jana Novotna (3), #28 Conchita Martinez (3)

Winning Record on Every Surface?: Yes
Winning Record in All Grand Slam Tournaments Played?: Yes
Overall Record in Grand Slams: 8-3 (73%)
2-1 Australian Open, Reached the 3rd Round (R32)
3-1 French Open, Reached the 4th Round (R16)
N/A Wimbledon, Did Not Play (Withdrew due to injury sustained while defeating Steffi Graf in Eastbourne Quarterfinals)
3-1 US Open, Reached the 4th Round (R16)

Tournament Final Appearances: 1 (Key Biscayne)

ANNA KOURNIKOVA
Country: RUS
Year: 2000
WTA Singles Year-End Ranking: 9
Overall Win/Loss Record By Surface:
Hard; Indoor; Clay; Grass; Total
24-12; 15-10; 6-4; 2-2; 47-28 (62.7%)
Overall Record vs. Ultra Quick All-Time Great (Open Era) Players: 5-16 (24%)
Defeated How Many UQ ATG (OE) Players?: 4 of 8 (50%)
Average Ranking of UQ ATG (OE) Players Defeated: 19
List of UQ ATG (OE) Players Defeated:
#16 Lindsay Davenport, #17 Jennifer Capriati (2), #18 Kim Clijsters, #28 Conchita Martinez
List of UQ ATG (OE) Players Lost To:
#6 Monica Seles (2), #7 Martina Hingis (5), #8 Serena Williams, #12 Justine Henin-Hardenne, #16 Lindsay Davenport (3), #17 Jennifer Capriati,
#18 Kim Clijsters (3)

Winning Record on Every Surface?: No (Grass 2-2)
Winning Record in All Grand Slam Tournaments Played?: No
Overall Record in Grand Slams: 7-4 (64%)
3-1 Australian Open, Reached the 4th Round (R16)
1-1 French Open, Reached the 2nd Round (R64)
1-1 Wimbledon, Reached the 2nd Round (R64)
2-1 US Open, Reached the 3rd Round (R32)

Tournament Final Appearances: 1 (Moscow)

Now, under normal circumstances, I typically agree with real-world Rankings when determining which was each player's best Year.
However, given these 2 Yearly Overviews for Anna Kournikova... I'm not entirely sure I wouldn't give '98 a slight edge over the higher year-end ranking and doubtlessly popular opinion of '00 (at least where Ultra Quick Tennis is concerned).
Must quality wins, better records, and topping nearly every category yield to real-world rankings if we're talking games?
What are your thoughts?


In terms of UQ Tennis, both seasons are going to be very similar. At least in terms of the overall rating. The surface ratings could vary a bit.
 
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