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Which tennis match made you more than just a "casual fan?"

Today's Serena-Capriati match is the kind of stuff that converts your casual tennis fan into a die-hard follower of the tour. Which match made YOU into a die-hard follower of the tour? And if you were never a so-called "casual fan," which match convinced you that following the tour was a good decision to make on your part?

Mine was Venus' 2000 US Open semifinal against Hingis. That comeback by Venus made me vow to get out to the US Open every year after that so I could be there when great tennis like that was played again. Venus-Rubin and Venus-Mauresmo didn't disappoint me this year.
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I've been a die-hard follower since my mum took me to the Australian Open when I was a kid. I was so excited about seeing Steffi Graf play
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This is a beautiful question! Probably Jelena Dokic vs. Martina Hingis, Wimbledon 1999

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I would have to say the AO final last year. I watched the slams before that but certainly wasn't a die hard tennis fan... it all changed after that match.

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When i saw Gaby in 1985 at RG

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When I handed my first bagel!!!! hehe... hey, you said any match....
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I can't remember specifically, but I know it was sometime when Monica Seles was making her comeback, I think it was during her first U.S. Open after the attack. I was enthralled by the story and so impressed with her play!

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no match, I only knew steffi and I liked her and then suddenly one day I was a fan!

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Hmmm...I can't remember the exact match, but it was around 1990/1991 when I was just captivated by Monica Seles. She brought so much excitement and joy to tennis and I loved watching her. And then I kind of became casual again during her layoff due to the stabbing, and then Monica came back and I got more and more into it, and then in 1999 I started following Venus seriously and she and Serena brought me back to women's tennis as an avid fan and follower. She I need to give credit to my three girls: Monica, Venus and Serena!

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the first match. i remember it like it was only yesterday. it was the 1992 FO final. Steff (my hero) v. Monica. it was a great match and although Steffi lost i knew she was the one to watch & she never let me down (well may be the 94 Wimbledon first round!)
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Amanda Coetzer versus Steffi Graf, AO 1997
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Well my answer will show hold much older I am than you school age children (LOL)

it was Tracy Austins win over Navratilova in the 1981 US Open final. I was a fan ever since. But a fanatic once i saw Graf....i never looked back after that.
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1989 Roland Garros finals, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario defeats Steffi Graf

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I knew nothing about tennis until one day I'm flipping channels and saw Venus/Lindsay US Open final. I didn't know anything about tennis, but I enjoyed the hard hitting between two women. My roommate told me all about this Williams sisters buzz. Next thing I know it's July 2001, I'm flipping channels again on a Saturday morning, and it's the Winbledon final between Venus/Henin, and I was like... oh, there she is again. After that I waited for the US Open 01, and I followed Venus' matches all the way to the finals where she beat Serena. Afther the US Open I became a total tennis freak, learned about the game, followed every tournament on T.V, become a die-hard Venus fan, I've travelled a couple of times to see her, and most importantly I've learned to play tennis myself. SHE DID IT TO ME.

My favourite match: Venus/Hingis US Open 2000 (I got the tape).
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US Open 1968 finals Arthur Ashe d. Tom Okker 14-12 5-7 6-3 3-6 6-3

Battle of the Sexes II BJK vs Bobby Riggs really cemented women's tennis for me. I was a BJK fan before that, but not a fan of women's tennis. In those days, the gasme wasn't on TV much, and after King, Court and Goolagong, there weren't many women I liked watching play. "Hit-and-giggle" tennis was what it was called, and it deserved the name.

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