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Question Most wasted match points??

Do you know matches where a player wasted like 9 or more match points and lost?

What is the record?

I remember that Novotna wasted 9 match points twice: once vs Chanda Rubin in the legendary match at the French Open 1995 and also against Hack in Houston a year before.

Any more??

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Re: Most wasted match points??

by the way:

The biggest chokes in tennis history:

- Sabatini lost twice a match after a 6:1 5:1 lead (vs M.J. Fernandez at the French Open 1993 in the quarterfinal and a year later in Key Biscayne vs Kimiko Date)

- Jana Novotna wasted 9 match points in the semifinal in Houston 1994 vs Sabine Hack

- Jana Novotna wasted 9 match points and 5:0 lead vs Chanda Rubin at the French Open 1995

- Jana Novotna wasted a 4:1 lead in the final set in the Wimbledon final vs Stefanie Graf 1993

- Jana Novotna was 4:1 ahead vs Hingis at the US Open 1998 and lost

- Elena Likhovtseva was 6:0 ahead in the tie-breaker vs Mary Pierce in Moscow 2005 and wasted all the match points and lost

- Kurhajcova was leading 6-0 5-0 against Raymond at the French Open 2004 and lost

- Kim Clijsters wasted a 6:1 3:1 lead vs world # 1 Lindsay Davenport at the French Open 2005 in round 4

- Justine Henin was up 5:2 in the third set vs 2nd seed Lindsay Davenport at the French Open 1999 and lost

- Justine Henin was up 6:4 4:2 vs Kim Clijsters in their first French Open semifinal 2001 and lost

- Sharapova was 5:1 ahead in the final set vs Dinara Safina at the French Open 2006 in R4 and lost

- Dementieva led 6:4 5:2 vs Dinara Safina at the French Open 2008 in the quarterfinal and lost

- Dementieva wasted 6 match points vs Jankovic in the Cincinnati semi 2009 after a 6:2 in the third set tie-break

- Ana Ivanovic wasted 5 match points and a 5:1 lead in the final set vs Kim Clijsters in Miami 2011

- Kim Clijsters wasted match points and a 5:1 lead vs Serena Williams in the Australian Open semi 2003

- Viktoria Azarenka was 6:4 4:0 ahead against Serena Williams in the quarter final of the Australian Open 2010 and lost

- Jankovic was 6:4 4:1 ahead against Henin in the US Open semi 2006 and lost

- Vera Zvonareva wasted 6 matchpoints vs Flavia Pennetta at the US Open and lost 6:3 6:7 0:6

- Davenport 6:1 5:2 vs Serena Williams in Sydney 1998 and lost 6:1 5:7 5:7

- Aravane Rezai was 6:3 5:2 ahead against Serena Williams in Sydney 2010 and lost

- Jennifer Capriati won the 2002 Australian Open final after beeing down 4:6 0:4 vs Hingis

- Graf defeated Hingis after Hingis served for the match at 6:4 5:4 in the French Open final 1999

- Sabatini lost to Sukova in Rome 1992 after 5:2 in the 2nd set and 4:1 in the third set

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Re: Most wasted match points??

Although to me the biggest choke was Amelie Mauresmo at the French Open 2001 against Jana Kandarr in the first round.

Mauresmo came into Roland Garros in supreme form and was a favorite for the title for many because she played so well that year.

I've never seen a player that nervous from the very beginning. It was hard to watch. She played horrible!!

The pressure in Paris was to big. Amazing that she went on to win 2 majors and became # 1 - after watching this...

But maybe she was stunned by Jana's beauty
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Re: Most wasted match points??

So much choking...



Don't forget Capriati lost 8 match points against Venus in the 2001 Miami final.
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Re: Most wasted match points??

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So much choking...



Don't forget Capriati lost 8 match points against Venus in the 2001 Australian Open final.
Yep - but it was the Miami final

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by the way:

The biggest chokes in tennis history:

- Sabatini lost twice a match after a 6:1 5:1 lead (vs M.J. Fernandez at the French Open 1993 in the quarterfinal and a year later in Key Biscayne vs Kimiko Date)

- Jana Novotna wasted 9 match points in the semifinal in Houston 1994 vs Sabine Hack

- Jana Novotna wasted 9 match points and 5:0 lead vs Chanda Rubin at the French Open 1995

- Jana Novotna wasted a 4:1 lead in the final set in the Wimbledon final vs Stefanie Graf 1993

- Jana Novotna was 4:1 ahead vs Hingis at the US Open 1998 and lost

- Elena Likhovtseva was 6:0 ahead in the tie-breaker vs Mary Pierce in Moscow 2005 and wasted all the match points and lost

- Kurhajcova was leading 6-0 5-0 against Raymond at the French Open 2004 and lost

- Kim Clijsters wasted a 6:1 3:1 lead vs world # 1 Lindsay Davenport at the French Open 2005 in round 4

- Justine Henin was up 5:2 in the third set vs 2nd seed Lindsay Davenport at the French Open 1999 and lost

- Justine Henin was up 6:4 4:2 vs Kim Clijsters in their first French Open semifinal 2001 and lost

- Sharapova was 5:1 ahead in the final set vs Dinara Safina at the French Open 2006 in R4 and lost

- Dementieva led 6:4 5:2 vs Dinara Safina at the French Open 2008 in the quarterfinal and lost

- Dementieva wasted 6 match points vs Jankovic in the Cincinnati semi 2009 after a 6:2 in the third set tie-break

- Ana Ivanovic wasted 5 match points and a 5:1 lead in the final set vs Kim Clijsters in Miami 2011

- Kim Clijsters wasted match points and a 5:1 lead vs Serena Williams in the Australian Open semi 2003

- Viktoria Azarenka was 6:4 4:0 ahead against Serena Williams in the quarter final of the Australian Open 2010 and lost

- Jankovic was 6:4 4:1 ahead against Henin in the US Open semi 2006 and lost

- Vera Zvonareva wasted 6 matchpoints vs Flavia Pennetta at the US Open and lost 6:3 6:7 0:6

- Davenport 6:1 5:2 vs Serena Williams in Sydney 1998 and lost 6:1 5:7 5:7

- Aravane Rezai was 6:3 5:2 ahead against Serena Williams in Sydney 2010 and lost

- Jennifer Capriati won the 2002 Australian Open final after beeing down 4:6 0:4 vs Hingis

- Graf defeated Hingis after Hingis served for the match at 6:4 5:4 in the French Open final 1999

- Sabatini lost to Sukova in Rome 1992 after 5:2 in the 2nd set and 4:1 in the third set
How do you differentiate a choke and a great comeback? Which of these would fall into each category, or possibly a hybrid of the two?
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Re: Most wasted match points??

There was a match between Serena Williams and Sandrine Testud at the Australian Open 1999 in R3 where Serena already celebrated the victory but there was an overrule on match point, the match went on and Serena lost 7:9 in the third :O

Also Chanda Rubin was up 5:2 in the third set vs Monica Seles in the Australian Open semi 1996. Rubin never reached a semifinal again at a Grand Slsm
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Re: Most wasted match points??

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How do you differentiate a choke and a great comeback? Which of these would fall into each category, or possibly a hybrid of the two?
It's always both of it
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It's always both of it
You're probably right there. Some matches are more choke than comeback though, and some are the reverse.
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Re: Most wasted match points??

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There was a match between Serena Williams and Sandrine Testud at the Australian Open 1999 in R3 where Serena already celebrated the victory but there was an overrule on match point, the match went on and Serena lost 7:9 in the third :O

Also Chanda Rubin was up 5:2 in the third set vs Monica Seles in the Australian Open semi 1996. Rubin never reached a semifinal again at a Grand Slsm
AND she served for it at 5-3, 30-0. That has to hurt, as it was a winnable final, against Anke Huber.
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Re: Most wasted match points??

Didn't Masha also lead Safina 5-2 at 2008 FO as well (though her shoulder was already broken then)?
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Re: Most wasted match points??

Monica Seles saved 7 matchpoints on her to defeating Lindsay Davenport 3-6, 7-6, 6-3 in the 2002 YEC. Seles saved matchpoints in all three of her career victories over Davenport.

Monica Seles also saved 6 matchpoints in a 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 win against Serena Williams in the Manhattan Beach event 2001.

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Re: Most wasted match points??

Johansson-Diatchenko at RG
Mathilde wasted 8 match points and MJMS 7 yesterday
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Re: Most wasted match points??

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AND she served for it at 5-3, 30-0. That has to hurt, as it was a winnable final, against Anke Huber.
I can remember that people said at that time that Chanda should not worry about that match cause it wouldn't be her last chance for a Grand Slam title...

Looking back: Yes - it was...

By the way: Did she ever officially retire? Is there still a chance for a comeback? :O
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Re: Most wasted match points??

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I can remember that people said at that time that Chanda should not worry about that match cause it wouldn't be her last chance for a Grand Slam title...

Looking back: Yes - it was...

By the way: Did she ever officially retire? Is there still a chance for a comeback? :O
It's funny how things work out, isn't it? Michael Chang won his first and last slam at 17. People thought that there were many more to come. Who would have thought that Hingis would win her last in 1999? Who would have thought that Henin would win her last slam in 2007?

Btw, I don't think that she's ever officially retired, but I doubt that she would return.
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