Winning Paris: A Good Omen?

The 16 winners of the first 20 editions of the Open GDF SUEZ in Paris all made it to No.7 or higher on the WTA Rankings - not such a bad omen for the winner of the 21st edition yesterday.

Published February 04, 2013 12:00

Winning Paris: A Good Omen?
Steffi Graf

PARIS, France - In a draw that started with seven Top 20 players it was a No.45-ranked Mona Barthel who came out on top at the Open GDF SUEZ title in Paris last week. But that No.45 turned into a new career-high of No.28 this week, and if history is anything to go by, it could go to No.7 or higher...

All 16 champions in the previous 20 years of the Premier-level tournament were, had been, or would end up ranked in the Top 7 at one point in their careers, and 13 of those 16 players made it to the Top 3.

Here's a breakdown of those 16 champions before Barthel:

Martina Navratilova: Career-High No.1
1993 Champion (ranked No.4)
1994 Champion (ranked No.3)

Steffi Graf: Career-High No.1
1995 Champion (ranked No.2)

Julie Halard-Decugis: Career-High No.7
1996 Champion (ranked No.32)

Martina Hingis: Career-High No.1
1997 Champion (ranked No.2)

Mary Pierce: Career-High No.3
1998 Champion (ranked No.9)

Serena Williams: Career-High No.1
1999 Champion (ranked No.24)
2003 Champion (ranked No.1)

Nathalie Tauziat: Career-High No.3
2000 Champion (ranked No.6)

Amélie Mauresmo: Career-High No.1
2001 Champion (ranked No.19)
2006 Champion (ranked No.2)
2009 Champion (ranked No.24)

Venus Williams: Career-High No.1
2002 Champion (ranked No.2)

Kim Clijsters: Career-High No.1
2004 Champion (ranked No.2)

Dinara Safina: Career-High No.1
2005 Champion (ranked No.48)

Nadia Petrova: Career-High No.3
2007 Champion (ranked No.7)

Anna Chakvetadze: Career-High No.5
2008 Champion (ranked No.7)

Elena Dementieva: Career-High No.3
2010 Champion (ranked No.7)

Petra Kvitova: Career-High No.2
2011 Champion (ranked No.18)

Angelique Kerber: Career-High No.5
2012 Champion (ranked No.27)

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