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Best tennis match-ups (From an entertainment stand-point)

For me the best tennis match ups always involve Venus and or Serena. In fact I think the two best, most entertaining tennis matches happened the same year. (2005 Australian Open and 2005 Wimbledon). It's amazing that both Venus and Serena came back from match point to win their matches and I think that 2005 Wimbledon match between Davenport and Venus was the best of all time and I think Serena is the most entertaining player of all time.

Best match-ups are:
Venus vs. Davenport
Serena vs. Sharapova (Even though Serena has been snatching that blonde wig the past 7 years)
Serena vs. Capriati
Serena vs. Henin
Serena vs. Jankovic
Venus vs. Jankovic
Venus vs. Sharapova
Sharapova vs. Dementieva
Sharapova vs. Myskina
Sharapova vs. Wozniacki
Serena vs. Davenport
Henin vs. Mauresmo
Serena vs. Mauresmo

Is there anyone in the history of the sport that has had as many "rivals" as Serena?
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Re: Best tennis match-ups (From an entertainment stand-point)

Steffi might have had more rivals (Seles,Navartilova,Sanzchez Vicriao, Martinez, Zvereva, Hingis, M.J. Ferandez) Just to name a few. I always loved watching justine and kim, don't know why
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Steffi might have had more rivals (Seles,Navartilova,Sanzchez Vicriao, Martinez, Zvereva, Hingis, M.J. Ferandez) Just to name a few. I always loved watching justine and kim, don't know why
I think because their games were so different, and it was interesting to see who would come out on top (except in slam finals). Obviously, that was back in their first careers.

The OP has listed some great matchups, and I'll reiterate a few.

Venus vs Serena, classic, even if people complained.
Venus vs Davenport, classic battle
Davenport vs Serena
Elena D. vs Serena

Aga is almost always interesting to me, except when she plays Woz, that's always a thumbs down.

Myskina always gave you good bang for your buck. Can't think of a particular matchup, but I would probably watch most of her matches (I will never watch her Olympics one ever again, though ).

Vera Z vs. Vera Z.

Amelie vs Hingis
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Re: Best tennis match-ups (From an entertainment stand-point)

My favourite:

Serena/Dementieva
Venus/Hingis
Mauresmo/Henin
Jankovic/Venus
Jankovic/Serena
Serena/Capriati
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Definitely have to add Serena/Dementieva into the mix - I always loved watching them play.
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Re: Best tennis match-ups (From an entertainment stand-point)

Ivanovic vs Jankovic.

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Re: Best tennis match-ups (From an entertainment stand-point)

If you like tantrums, Anastasia Rodionova v. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova is a popcorn match.

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Re: Best tennis match-ups (From an entertainment stand-point)

Serena vs Dementieva
Serena vs Clijsters
Na vs Sharapova
JJ vs Schiavone

To name a few

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Re: Best tennis match-ups (From an entertainment stand-point)

Serena vs. Sharapova
Hingis vs. Venus
Capriati vs. Seles

Serena Hingis Venus Hsieh Keys Date-Krumm Riske

Pierce Seles Capriati Bartoli Davenport Kournikova Sugiyama Frazier
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Re: Best tennis match-ups (From an entertainment stand-point)

Kuznetsova-Henin.

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Dementieva against anyone bores me. Her game at the start of her career was more exciting to watch. After that, she began to play like a robot

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Kuznetsova-Henin.
Due to the predictability factor, no. Just no
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I just don't find either of the Williams girls to be entertaining players at all. Although that's probably more an indictment of what tennis has turned into in the last decade or so than anything else.

I find the more interesting rivalries to be matchups of contrasting styles. My favourite rivalry of the last 20 years was Graf/Novotna. Other ones I liked were Sabatini/Graf and Hingis/Davenport. Not necessarily the highest quality tennis, but interesting duels.

Nothing comes close to Evert/Navratilova though. That had everything.
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Re: Best tennis match-ups (From an entertainment stand-point)

In recent years:
Henin-Mauresmo
Henin-Serena
Serena-Hingis
Ivanovic-Jankovic
Henin-Clijsters
Sharapova-Kuznetsova
Dementieva-Jankovic
Wozniacki-Zvonareva

Ana Ivanovic is now retired.
Justine Henin. Amelie Mauresmo. Francesca Schiavone.
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I just don't find either of the Williams girls to be entertaining players at all. Although that's probably more an indictment of what tennis has turned into in the last decade or so than anything else.

I find the more interesting rivalries to be matchups of contrasting styles. My favourite rivalry of the last 20 years was Graf/Novotna. Other ones I liked were Sabatini/Graf and Hingis/Davenport. Not necessarily the highest quality tennis, but interesting duels.

Nothing comes close to Evert/Navratilova though. That had everything.
No, that's more of an indictment of you. Learn to appreciate the times at hand.

Monica Seles v. Steffi Graf, another great match up.
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It's nothing to do with the times, it's about contrasting style. The reason I don't like Seles v Graf is the same reason I don't like Williams v Williams. Too similar, ball basher against ball basher.

Great rivalries and great matchups are not the same thing. The best of both are when they coincide, but it's not always the case that they do.
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