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1993 Berlin - STEFFI GRAF (GER) def. Gabriela Sabatini (ARG) 7-6 2-6 6-4 6 14.29%
1994 Montreal - ARANTXA SANCHEZ-VICARIO (ESP) def. Steffi Graf (GER) 7-5 1-6 7-6 3 7.14%
1997 Hilton Head - MARTINA HINGIS (SUI) def. Monica Seles (USA) 3-6 6-3 7-6(5) 6 14.29%
1999 Indian Wells - SERENA WILLIAMS (USA) def. Steffi Graf (GER) 6-3 3-6 7-5 13 30.95%
2000 Zurich - MARTINA HINGIS (SUI) def. Lindsay Davenport (USA) 6-4 4-6 7-5 12 28.57%
2001 Miami - VENUS WILLIAMS (USA) def. Jennifer Capriati (USA) 4-6 6-1 7-6(4) 12 28.57%
2002 Berlin - JUSTINE HENIN (BEL) def. Serena Williams (USA) 6-2 1-6 7-6(5) 5 11.90%
2003 Berlin - JUSTINE HENIN (BEL) def. Kim Clijsters (BEL) 6-4 4-6 7-5 5 11.90%
2004 Rome - AMELIE MAURESMO (FRA) def. Jennifer Capriati (USA) 3-6 6-3 7-6(6) 10 23.81%
Other 11 26.19%
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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old May 22nd, 2012, 03:04 PM Thread Starter
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Best Tier I / PM / P5 final ever?

What do you think has been the best Tier I final ever played? Any match which was worthy of being a Grand Slam final?

Here are some other options apart from the ones in the poll:


1991 Berlin - STEFFI GRAF (GER) def. Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario (ESP) 6-3 4-6 7-6

1992 Montreal - ARANTXA SANCHEZ-VICARIO (ESP) def. Monica Seles (YUG) 6-3 4-6 6-4

1998 Rome - MARTINA HINGIS (SUI) def. Venus Williams (USA) 6-3 2-6 6-3

1999 Miami - VENUS WILLIAMS (USA) def. Serena Williams (USA) 6-1 4-6 6-4

2001 Toronto - SERENA WILLIAMS (USA) def. Jennifer Capriati (USA) 6-1 6-7(7) 6-3

2002 Tokyo - MARTINA HINGIS (SUI) def. Monica Seles (USA) 7-6(6) 4-6 6-3

2005 Tokyo - MARIA SHARAPOVA (RUS) def. Lindsay Davenport (USA) 6-1 3-6 7-6(5)

2006 Berlin - NADIA PETROVA (RUS) def. Justine Henin (BEL) 4-6 6-4 7-5

2007 Berlin - ANA IVANOVIC (SRB) def. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 3-6 6-4 7-6(4)

2010 Cincinnati - KIM CLIJSTERS (BEL) def. Maria Sharapova (RUS) 2-6 7-6(4) 6-2

2012 Rome - MARIA SHARAPOVA (RUS) def. Na Li (CHN) 6-4 4-6 7-6(5)



PS: Note that I picked these matches mostly by score, not by quality of play (I havent seen all of them!).

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2001 Miami, Venus saved 7 match points against Capriati in that Final.

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1999 Indian Wells

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2007 Miami was pretty incredible too.

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2012 Rome was awful quality!



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Others: 2012 Clash of the ClayGOATs: Legend Na vs Legendpova
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Berlin when Naughtya beat Christina was very good.

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Re: Best Tier I / PM / P5 final ever?

A lot of these matches, despite being close, were pretty poor in quality.

Of all the ones listed I'd probably pick the Graf/Serena Indian Wells match.


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Last great final was Petko and Aggie.
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Graf-Serena 99 Indian Wells was a great match. It's the only one of that list you have there that stood out for me as being an intense/high quality match. Serena was playing brilliantly while Graf was fighting her injuries at the time to win the title.

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Berlin when Naughtya beat Christina was very good.
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Berlin when Naughtya beat Christina was very good.
I completely forgot about that 2006 classic!

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I completely forgot about that 2006 classic!
So, what is the overall consense then??

1999 Indian Wells or 2006 Berlin?

2000 Zurich and 2004 Rome are pretty high in the poll too.

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I love how some people voted for every match in the poll


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I don't remember most of them in terms of quality, but the Lindsay/Hingis Zurich match was a firecracker. Pretty high quality.
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