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Matches that affected the players for the rest of their careers

The first one that comes to mind is the '93 FO QF Gaby lost to Mary Joe. It was just painful the way she let the huge lead slip and ended up losing. From then on, Gaby had a looong title drought until she finally won the YEC in '94. She went nearly two years without winning a title.. that was crazy for a player as consistent as Gaby up to that point.
I'm positive that match affected the rest of her career and had she won it, then she would have gotten some more GS titles under her belt.

I would like to know what you guys think of the infamous 93 Wimby Final. Do you think that match would have changed Jana's life as a whole if she hadn't choked it away? It was a huge relief that she after won it in the twilight stage of her career. I was very happy for her after choking twice big time!
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I think the 02 AO final really prompted Hingis' retirement in a way. She real should have won it just like she should have won the 99 FO final. I believe had she won either of them, she would be still playing.
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Yeah, the obvious one for Hingis was her '99 French Open loss. 5 Grandslam titles before that match, 0 after.

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1993: jana novotna - steffi graf wimbledon


if jana would habve won this one, her nerces would have been much better and i am sure she would have had a better career

1993: magdalena maleeva - monica seles


it was my thread about ho affected it maleva, and it affected both of them for sure.

2001: kim clisters - jennifer capriati


after her first lost in a final kim never was that fresh like here.

1999: steffi graf - martina hingis


i think i don´t have to comment that.
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Justine vs Kim Berlin ´03. Me thinks that if Kim wins that match, Justine´s year would have been TOTALLY different, same for Kim.

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Definitely Hingis at the French against Steffi.

Iva was the never the same after winning the French.

Daja let the pressure get to her after beating Seles at the US open. She's never played that well again.
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2001 US Open final Venus-Serena

(Serena didn't like losing in the finals; Venus didn't like beating lil' sis)
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Jen's drought from the Aus '02 to New Haven '03

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Jen's drought from the Aus '02 to New Haven '03
but what match brought that on? this isn't about slumps, it's about specific matches leading to them.

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capriati-serena rome SF 2002. (jennifer should've won, but blew another one against serena, and that was the match that forever shifted the balance of power between the two.)

conchita martinez granados-antonella serra zanetti 1r wimbledon 2003. (CMG's win forever vaulted her into the pantheon of greats.)
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And the most important one of all. Capriati-Seles AO 2001.
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And the most important one of all. Capriati-Seles AO 2001.
Yes, so true. That match gave Jenn the confidence that she could beat anybody. If she could beat Monica, then she could beat anybody. After that match fight, she went on to win the Aussie Open, the French Open - and won the Aussie again in 2002. WOW!

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In a couple of years we'll say: 2003 US OPEN 1/2F Capriati vs Henin.
If that is the stake in the heart for the Capster, yes.
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In a couple of years we'll say: 2003 US OPEN 1/2F Capriati vs Henin.
Ditto! I'm sure Jennifer heself with be regretting not closing it out!
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OBVIOUSLY maggie maleeva def monica seles hamburg STABBING
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OBVIOUSLY maggie maleeva def monica seles hamburg STABBING
Does that really count though? What happened there was unrelated to the tennis match, so it can hardly be counted as a turning point match in Monica's career. It was a crucial EVENT, yes.
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