Most Humiliating Loss at Wimbledon Hingis or Graf?
Most Humiliating Loss at Wimbledon?
(1994 Wimbledon June 22, 1994) 30 year old and Unseeded Lori Mcneil defeated Steffi Graf 7-5, 7-6 (7-5).
Graf became the first defending champion in the 108 year history of Wimbledon's coveted women's singles crown to discover herself dethroned in the 1st round. At Wimbledon, Graf's previous weakest efforts had come with 4th round defeats in '84 and '85. McNeil made a point of attacking both the net and Graf's unsteady backhand; time and again she pushed the German deep into her least favorite corner and was rewarded by a weak backhand into the net.
Graf bumbled through the first set, always playing catchup, only to double fault at set point after the match resumed at 5/5 after an hourlong rain delay. Graf broke McNeil in the third game of the 2nd set, and then went up by 4/2 after a rain delay, but McNeil broke her as she attempted to serve for the second set. Pushed into a familiar corner, Graf made a familiar mistake and dumped a backhand into the net. That same scenario cost her the set point she earned against McNeil in the 11th game. Two more errors in the tie breaker, a netted smash and a double fault, put Graf behind, 4/3, and once Lori went ahead, 6/3, with a backhand volley, Graf knew she was, quite literally, about to make the wrong kind of history.
(1999 Wimbledon June 23, 1999) 16 year old and Unseeded Jelena Dokic defeated Martina Hingis 6/2 6/0.
It was only the third time in Wimbledon history that a top seed had lost an opening match. With a backhand return that popped out of bounds at match point, Hingis, the world's No. 1-ranked player, surrendered in only 55 minutes, 6/2, 6/0, to Dokic, a 129th-ranked Australian qualifier who pulled off the biggest Grand Slam upset of the Open era.
The Swiss Miss ( who won the title in 1997) had counted herself a favorite , instead, she became the 3rd top seeded woman since 1968 to falter in the first round of a major tournament. And Jelena (thus joined Lori McNeil, who upset Steffi Graf at Wimbledon in 1994, and Australia's Margaret Sawyer, who stunned Virginia Ruzici in the 1979 Australian Open. Dokic, who arrived in Australia 7 years ago by way of Serbia and Belgrade totally dominated Hingis. ''She's got all the shots in the book,'' Dokic said, ''and she can do anything. I mean, she's No. 1 in the world, but once I got going, I played very well. Everything worked today: I knew I had to keep it deep, play to her forehand, hit winners. I don't think there was any pressure at all, because she's the one who was supposed to win.''
''She played a great match,'' said Hingis, who noticed the crowd seemed partial to the underdog. ''They were clapping for her great shots, not against me. I just didn't make many winners. They had nothing to clap about.''
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