Most significant matches in women's tennis history
Three matches jump out for me:
1. In 1884, Maud Watson d. Lillian Watson 6-8 6-3 6-3 to win the first Wimbledon and grand slam singles title ever. This is match that probably gave to the idea of women's tennis. Especially at grand slams with the men.
2. In 1926, Suzanne Lenglen d. Helen Wills 6-3 8-6 to win an exhibition match at the Carlton Club in France. Now, this may only be an exhibition match was it was hiterto, the most high profiled women's tennis match (yes, that includes the grand slams). There was so much media interest in this match and the audience that stood on top of hotels to watch the match. It was unprecedented, and the scale of hype and hysteria that surrounded the match is something we'll never see again. Really propelled women's tennis as a popular sport around the world.
3. In 1973, Billie Jean King d. Bobby Riggs 6-4 6-3 6-3 in an exhibition match at the Houston Astrodome. So again an exhibition match and only had one woman in it, but it was a truly significant match because not only does it have the highest attendance for a single match ever (I think a record that still stands today), but a woman beat a man in competitive tennis. It truly legitimized women's tennis as one of the most popular sports, and that women tennis players are a force to be reckoned with.
4. In 1993, Maggie Maleeva d. Monica Seles 4-6 3-4 (ret'd hurt) in a tournament in Hamburg. It wasn't the scoreline or who beat whom, but the cruel and scary way in which the then #1 player in the world Monica Seles was stabbed in the back just for been #1. Tennis made the headlines of news around the world for all the wrong reasons, and the tour was never the same again.
What do you think? Any other matches you think are significant? Any matches in the future you see that will be as significant as these?
Last edited by Sam L; Feb 13th, 2004 at 11:23 PM.