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Losses that to this day still leave you completely baffled

Randomly started thinking about some today. And I just can't figure how it went down.

The one that randomly popped in my head today was Venus' loss to Li at AO 2010. I just can't figure out how she lost that match.

Any others?

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For Maria...just too many to name. WAY too many.


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I'm not talking the typical choke. I'm talking like that players soul was switched out with that of an infant and nothing made sense at all. Lol

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Losses that baffle you because you don't know how the player managed to lose with the way they were playing or losses that baffle because you're not sure how the player managed to lose in any instance?
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2002 AO final. Hingis hit an overhead to set up championship point; then reverted to pushing. Plus losing a match from 6-4 4-0 up

Aga's loss to Kerber came out of the blue as well.
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Randomly started thinking about some today. And I just can't figure how it went down.

The one that randomly popped in my head today was Venus' loss to Li at AO 2010. I just can't figure out how she lost that match.

Any others?
That's not a baffling loss atall...Li is a nightmare match-up for Venus, especially on Plexicushion. The real puzzle is how Venus got so close to winning that match in the first place.
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US Open 2007: Radwanska def. Sharapova
Australian Open 2011: Petkovic def. Sharapova

Yes, she was in terrible form at both tournaments, but both are players she matches up exceedingly well with, and who she should beat without exception. And you know she knows it too, and that she's disgusted that they ever happened.
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Losses that baffle you because you don't know how the player managed to lose with the way they were playing or losses that baffle because you're not sure how the player managed to lose in any instance?
Good question. I guess losses when players were playing well and had decent to significant leads and then just plots the plot and started playing disgusting tennis, not neccisarily UE all over the place but just the most hideous shit ever.

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Good question. I guess losses when players were playing well and had decent to significant leads and then just plots the plot and started playing disgusting tennis, not neccisarily UE all over the place but just the most hideous shit ever.
Ok

I'll start with a Jelena one.

JJ's loss to Szavay in Beijing 2007 still puzzles me.

She was up 76 51 and then just went away What's more bizarre is she fought back from something like 5-0 down in the first set tiebreak. I saw it and still don't know what happened.
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Lena losing 3 times in a row to freaking Angelika Roesch in 2002
i mean WTF, i still can't get it

also Kim's loss to Nadia at AO 2010
certainly peak Nadia can beat anyone but that scoreline i was watching live and couldn't believe what was happening

also, Maria's loss to Jamea Jackson at Birmingham once

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Maria...
Kirilenko at AO
Safina at RG particularly 2008

Mainly these two but countless others...

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US Open 2007: Radwanska def. Sharapova
Australian Open 2011: Petkovic def. Sharapova
What's so baffling? Typical strategic tank jobs in irrelevant tournaments to enjoy shopping in those cities.



Li vs Clijsters at this year's AO. At least it would be if not for the fact that Li is Li, the most unpredictable player in women's tennis.
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Kvitova's loss to Dulgheru at last year's USO and I'm even saying that as a fan of Alexandra. I know that Petra had breathing problems and doesn't like the American hardcourt swing, but so does Alex and she just came back from an injury a week ago. Not to mention that Petra even wasted some SPs in the first against an opponent with questionable footwork and fitness that got trashed by Niculescu 3 & 0 the round after.

I saw the match and it was just hideous from both, so many errors. I guess any random Top 50 player would have bageled Petra that day, yet I fail to realize how bad she can actually be when she is off.
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There are a whole lot but a recent one is definitely Li V Clijsters at AO. 6 fucking 2 up in a tie break and she loses all 4. But that point where Clijsters hit that horrid dropper and Li got to it and hit it RIGHT back to her, and then just stood there and watched the lob go up and over. I was sitting here in my living room like is this for real?
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US Open 2007: Radwanska def. Sharapova
Australian Open 2011: Petkovic def. Sharapova

Yes, she was in terrible form at both tournaments, but both are players she matches up exceedingly well with, and who she should beat without exception. And you know she knows it too, and that she's disgusted that they ever happened.
She played poorly against Radwasnka (and it was windy, which Sharapova is notorious for struggling with) - but Sharapova had lost just two games in the first two rounds combined of the tournament that year. Also, her match against Goerges the round before facing Petkovic was actually very high quality. Which, I guess, makes the losses more surprising.

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