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Stats Corner: Noteworthy Newcomers Of Year

Irina-Camelia Begu is looking to follow in the footsteps of many past Newcomers of the Year who went on to major success.

Published December 06, 2011 12:00

Stats Corner: Noteworthy Newcomers Of Year
Irina-Camelia Begu

Irina-Camelia Begu opened a lot of eyes by reaching her first two WTA finals in Marbella and Budapest this year, and saw her ranking go from outside the Top 200 at the start of 2011 to No.40 at the end. That resulted in her being named WTA Newcomer of the Year last month. If history is any indication, she will likely have a great deal of success ahead of her. Here are some of the accolades the previous 34 Newcomers of the Year have achieved:

Thirteen won majors:

Player Majors
Tracy Austin 2
Gabriela Sabatini 1
Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario 4
Conchita Martínez 1
Jennifer Capriati 3
Iva Majoli 1
Martina Hingis 5
Venus Williams 7
Serena Williams 13
Kim Clijsters 4
Svetlana Kuznetsova 2
Maria Sharapova 3
Petra Kvitova 1


Nine got to No.1 in the world:

Player Won Newcomer Award Reached No.1
Tracy Austin 1977 April 1980
Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario 1987 February 1995
Jennifer Capriati 1990 October 2001
Martina Hingis 1995 March 1997
Venus Williams 1997 February 2002
Serena Williams 1998 July 2002
Kim Clijsters 1999 August 2003
Maria Sharapova 2003 August 2005
Caroline Wozniacki 2008 October 2010


Several didn't win a Slam or get to No.1 but achieved a lot:

Player Career Highlight(s)
Pam Shriver Reached No.3 in world; '78 US Open R-up
Kathy Jordan Reached No.5 in world; '83 Australian Open R-up
Andrea Jaeger Reached No.2 in world; '82 French Open, '83 Wimbledon R-up
Natasha Zvereva Reached No.5 in world; '88 French Open R-up
Zina Garrison Reached No.4 in world; '90 Wimbledon R-up
Manuela Maleeva-Fragnière Reached No.3 in world
Anna Kournikova Reached No.1 in world in doubles; won 2 doubles majors
Daniela Hantuchova Reached No.5 in world

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