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Toughest Road to a Title

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Round Opponent W/L Score
R32 Zina Garrison Jackson (USA) W 6-2 6-4
R16 Brenda Schultz-McCarthy (NED) W 7-6(6) 7-5
QF Monica Seles (USA) W 1-6 7-6(5) 6-4
SF Martina Hingis (SUI) W 3-6 6-3 6-0
F Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario (ESP) W 6-4 6-1

all top10 players at one point, three number 1s and grand slam champions

at bagelling hingis

ugh, why do they all suck????????
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definitely has to be serena

1R: Kimberly Po-Messerli 6-1 6-0
2R: Jelena Kostanic 6-2 6-4
3R: Kim Clijsters 4-6 6-3 7-5
4R: Conchita Martinez 4-6 6-2 6-2
QF: Monica Seles 4-6 6-3 6-2
SF: Lindsay Davenport 6-4 1-6 6-4
F : Martina Hingis 6-3 7-6(4)

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Yep...that was the thoughest road of ANY of Serena´s GS-victories.

4 GS champions back to back, three former champions( including the defending champion), three former no.1´s....man, it doesn´t get tougher than that and to pull it off as a 17 year old! They say champions are born, well Serena is definetely BORN a champion.

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and don't forgett kim

she was a rookie back then but she already reached the 4th round at Wimbledon as a qualifier

but you're right if you think she was only 17 that's a big accomplishment for serena

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Iva was playing her best tennis at the end of 1996
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Yeah and for some reason she ALWAYS was trouble for Martina! I recall she NEARLY NEARLY beat Martina at the ´01 U.S. open stretching her to a tie-break in the third, despite being ill( she nearly pulled a Sampras during the match).

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and don't forgett kim

she was a rookie back then but she already reached the 4th round at Wimbledon as a qualifier

but you're right if you think she was only 17 that's a big accomplishment for serena
Yeah, Kim...but that happened to Serena as well: She totally had ASV at the ´98 French and then blew it....she was up a set and 4-0 if I remember well.

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I did not understand the Serena vs. Lindsay match at the 1999 USO. 6-4 1-6 6-4. I don't get it. I've watched the match, and I just don't get how you can win a set 6-1 and have not momentum in the next set...

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i think lindsay kinda lost it in the 3rd

i feel it was her match to win

and bandabou that match against ASV at the French 1998 ended in controversy arantxa was furious with serena because she hit a ball so hard and nearly cought arantxa in the stomach
she was lucky she went the other way

at the press conference arantxa was angry because she thought the serena deliberately tried to hit her and also the fact that serena was laughing afterwards her own words were something like
" she has no respect at all.... i am very happy i taught her a lesson" i've never seen arantxa look so pissed and she was actually down 4-6 2-5 and 0-30

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Don't mention US '99 semis. I have never been so pissed off as I was then.

Steffi also had difficult road to RG '99. She had to beat Lindsay, Monica and Martina.
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Testud 7-6(5) 6-3
Henin-Hardenne 6-3 5-7 6-2
Capriati 6-4 76(1)
Davenport 7-6(6) 6-4

And on top of that she did it in a span of like two days

If Venus won Wimbledon this year it would've been one of the hardest roads too



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The ´99 U.S. open semi against Lindsay, I think when Serena got down those two breaks, she gave it up. Smart, because there was no need to waste energy....Lindsay can have that one.

But I was really impressed with Serena´s poise and serving during that U.S. open...sooo many clutch aces or big first-serves. Impressive.

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Yeah gmak....that match against ASV was full of controvercy....but after that I think ASV never won a match or just once against Serena.

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