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1992 Roland Garros F - Monica Seles def. Steffi Graf 6-2 3-6 10-8 23 25.56%
2005 Wimbledon F - Venus Williams def. Lindsay Davenport 4-6 7-6(4) 9-7 40 44.44%
1991 US Open SF - Monica Seles def. Jennifer Capriati 6-3 3-6 7-6(3) 3 3.33%
1985 Roland Garros F - Chris Evert def. Martina Navratilova 6-3 6-7(4) 7-5 3 3.33%
2012 US Open F - Serena Williams def. Victoria Azarenka 6-2 2-6 7-5 1 1.11%
2003 US Open SF - Justine Henin def. Jennifer Capriati 4-6 7-5 7-6(4) 7 7.78%
2007 US Open SF - Justine Henin def. Venus Williams 7-6(2) 6-4 4 4.44%
2008 Wimbledon F - Venus Williams def. Serena Williams 7-5 6-4 2 2.22%
2004 Wimbledon F - Maria Sharapova def. Serena Williams 6-1 6-4 3 3.33%
2012 Olympics F - Serena Williams def. Maria Sharapova 6-0 6-1 4 4.44%
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post #31 of 39 (permalink) Old Dec 28th, 2012, 08:35 PM
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Amazing matches by 2 players playing at a historic level in a match full of drama, competiveness, struggle, and quality, and singular exceptional performances that rank as some of the best singular performances ever (even if the opponent happened to play decent or even well at the hands of the massacre) should be put in 2 different categories not in the same one.

Best match- either Henin vs Capriati at the 2003 U.S Open or Graf vs Seles at the 1992 French Open

Best singular performance- Serena Williams at 2012 Olympics, pretty much every match, or Serena in the 2007 Australian Open final. Love her or hate her, no women in history can compete with that level of power tennis.

Seles vs Graf at the 1993 Australian Open is a good choice as it could be a candidate for both best match and best singular performance, in that it was a match of two greats playing at an exceptionally high level while retaining a certain element of competitiveness and uncertainty to the end despite Graf managing only 5 games in the last 2 sets, while also being somewhat of a clinic by Seles which in hindsight was more of a clinic than an uber competitive match due to the 5 games only in the last 2 sets won by Graf, lol! Plus it is rare to see someone as great as Steffi Graf play as well as she did the last 2 sets and still be dismembered as badly as she was in the last 2 sets of that match. Sharapova obviously is not at the level of Graf, and in her beatdowns of Serena while often playing reasonably well and still being thumped by Serena massive game, was probably never playing an exceptional match even for her standards like Graf was that day while still being throttled by Seles in the latter half.

Some other candidates for best singular performances would be Graf vs Seles in the 1992 Wimbledon final, and the last 2 sets vs Navratilova of the 1988 Wimbledon final. Also Henin vs Serena at the 2007 U.S Open, rarely seen Serena in any shape so flat out belted off the court, I think Henin had almost twice the number of clean winners as her that day. Henin vs Venus at that same U.S Open would be another candidate for best match.
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2012 Olympics F - Serena Williams def. Maria Sharapova 6-0 6-1
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Justine vs Capriati USO 2003 for me . That match was insane, the way Henin fought and the drama was .
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Venus Williams v. Lindsay Davenport 2005 Wimbledon [F] was an instant classic, very very high quality match ...both IMO were winners that day although Vee walked away with the Venus Rosewater Dish
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I liked Jankovic-Paszek AO 2008 first round
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The last two options are trolling, butt the fact that someone picked this year's US Open final - and that they were most likely serious - slays me



The 1985 final is another great one. I've watched a lot of Evert/Navratilova matches and that one is head and shoulders above anything else they produced.

Agree that the 85 French Final was a classic, and many fans believe that this is the best Evert/Navratilova match. However, not sure whether you have seen the 1979 Eastbourne F which Evert won 7-5, 5-7, 13-11. It is an incredible match, where both girls hit that ball so hard and accurately with those wood racquets.

Here's a link to the highlights:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qfkm6dk1AMQ

This gets my vote as the greatest women's match. I wish it had been the match that decided the Wimbledon Final that year, but Chris just couldn't bring it at Wimbledon.
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The op has to be a Williams fan to put any Williams sisters final in the list at all, they were the most boring of tedious affairs.
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The op has to be a Williams fan to put any Williams sisters final in the list at all, they were the most boring of tedious affairs.
Not really. The 2003 AO Final was a high quality and compelling affair and many pundits with more knowledge of the game than you rate the Wimbledon Final 2008 as an excellent match.

Neither is candidate for greatest match of all time of course, but neither are most Grand Slam Finals.

Off the top of my head the only Slam Finals I'd rate as candidates for best match ever are:
2005 Wimbledon Final
1996 French Open Final
1992 French Open Final
1987 French Open Final (imo, never heard anyone else rate this match)
1985 French Open Final
1981 Australian Open Final
1976 Wimbledon Final
1974 US Open Final
1973 US Open Final
1970 Wimbledon Final
I haven't seen any full matches earlier than that to make a judgement.

Since the 1990's the best matches at the slams have invariable come at the QF or SF stages and of course we are getting more "classic" early round matches than ever before.

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(1)A lot is being made of the record Serena has vs Sharapova. It is being used as THE reason she will win again lol. Good thing we have players like Tomas Berdych (who had an even worse record vs Nadal) to remind us of the fallacy of this nonsense logic.
(2)You stans may as well sleep well tonight because tomorrow the a replay of Lucie's winning moment over and over again will haunt your dreams for weeks to come
(3)The stars have aligned perfectly for the upset of the 21st century. All the best Garbine
(4) There is no path to victory for Williams.Keys wins in straight easy sets.

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It was voted by thousands and thousands of people worldwide: 1999 French Open Final - Graf def. Hingis.
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