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Exclamation 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?

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I can think of three:

1-What year (85 or 86?) that Navratilova lost one match--16's at the French. That match ended the perfect campaign in the Open Era. And Martina should have won...she lost 4-6 6-0 3-6

2-Venus def. Serena 2001 US Open. Changed the entire dynamic of the sisters on court relationship

3-Maleeva "def." Seles 4-6 3-4 93 Hamburg. Enough said.
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How about.....

1991 US Open semifinals JCap vs MSeles? They really went for broke in that match and that level of ferocity and power was unprecedented in the women's game. The rest of the top players to follow (save Hingis) would all emulate that style.

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I can think of three:

1-What year (85 or 86?) that Navratilova lost one match--16's at the French. That match ended the perfect campaign in the Open Era. And Martina should have won...she lost 4-6 6-0 3-6
Actually that was 1983 when Kathy Horvath beat Martina at the French. Guess that is very significant since Martina is the only woman in the Open era to only lose one match in one year.

Others that stick out for me would have to be the last matches Mo Connonely, Margaret Court and Steffi Graf played to earn the calender-year Grand Slam.

Martina winning the 90 Wimbledon final for a record 9th crown.

Any of Althea Gibson's finals to become the first African-American to win Grand Slam titles.

so many.......
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Margaret Court beat Chris Evert 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 in the 1973 French Open final. Until then, Europeans gave only scant attention to women's tennis. That at least opened the doors for the women, although it would be several more years before the game truly became popular there.
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I agree with most of the ones posted already, however, for the life of me, I can't get too worked up over the BJK-Bobby Riggs match. I'm sorry folks but the so-called social "significance" of that match was way over-blown. It was a clever idea at the time in-so-far as garnering attention, which is a good thing if you are a TV executive, but in terms of social awareness and progress for women, I still can't see the point of pitting an over-the-hill old man against a fit female athlete and say.......well exactly what was really the point anyway?

But to get back to the point of the post, my vote goes to the first all-sister slam final in modern times. It speakes volumes of sistah-hood.

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The French Open Final 1999 was a significant match in recent womens tennis history. It was the start of the downfall of Hingis.

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2003 Wimbledon: Venus def Clijsters

Venus was obviously injured and played through the pain basically on one leg. Not since that epic 2000 US Open Semifinal have I seen Venus played with so much passion and guts. This also brings me to the conclusion that Clijster is and will probably always be a chocker in big matches. She was trashing Venus who was obviously injured and she let Venus defeated her rather easily in the 2nd and 3rd set.

2003 Wimbledon Serena def Henin

All but shows how good Serena is on any surface but Clay. I mean, she came out with her eye set on the traget and she just destroy Henin on grass with basically no counter attack from Henin. Basically leaves me to conclude that the Williams sisters when they are healty are the two best Tennis players in the world today. Rankings be Dammed.

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Yup. Although I'm a Williams fan, those 2 matches aren't significant at all in the context of women's tennis history.
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1958 Wimbledon Final: Althea Gibson def. Darlene Hard
1968 Wimbledon Final: Billie Jean King def. Judy Tegart
1970 Wimbledon Final: Margaret Court def. Billie Jean King
1977 Wimbledon Final: Virginia Wade def. Betty Stove

There are so many more, but these stand out to me as being highly significant.

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1980 U.S. Open Semi's Evert d. Austin 4-6 6-1 6-1.

Chris had been demolished by Austin in late 1979, losing 5 straight matches, and in a ten day span, losing 3 matches 6-1 6-3, 6-3 6-0, and 6-2 6-1. Tracy had broken her clay court streak, unseated her as the US Open champion and was seen by many as younger, faster, and more eager "version" of Chris. Chris had taken an extended break from the game early in 1980, dropped behind Austin and Navratilova in the rankings and it was rumored she would retire. Defeating Austin and reclaiming her US Open title (d. Mandlikova in the final) Chris proved to herself that she could still defeat Austin and she had the ability to regain her #1 rank.

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Jen beats Hingis AO 2001 6/4 6/4 to crown an amazing comeback. A promising career that was almost lost yet salvaged. Always will be a good story.

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Sam, that Lenglen-Wills was NOT an exhibition. It was a legitimate tournament played in Cannes, France, and both players had reached the final without losing a set.
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How about.....

1991 US Open semifinals JCap vs MSeles? They really went for broke in that match and that level of ferocity and power was unprecedented in the women's game. The rest of the top players to follow (save Hingis) would all emulate that style.
No doubt , that match changed women tennis completelly !
The attack in Hamburg changed tennis history !
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