Worst thread inspired me
For me it's easily 2004 Zurich 1r match vs Tatiana Golovin
Back then I was not that much into the tennis so I was wasting some time by watching Eurosport and those 2 girls were crazy. Choking at its best from Tati. Fighting at its best from Ana.
The final scoreline is 75 67(2) 76(3). In the first set Tati lead sthg like 4-1 and choked. In the 2nd set she lead 5-2 and choked but won the TB. In the 3rd set she choled 5-1 lead and had 2MPs at *5-4 all for nothing. Although Ana got broken right after for 5-6* (even that with choking - Ana was *0-40, forced but to deuce, another BP, then GP for Ana, until Golovin finally broke), but to nobody's amazement got broken easily
TB decided the match again.
I looked into my tennis-videos collection and I found the last 3 games of it. ES commentators were going nuts.
Some of their quotes:
5-6* 30-0. Ana hits FH stunner 'Bah. There's no possible way this match could go any better'
minute later 'So many of points was won rather than lost'
Tati hits BH into the net 'Maybe it's a fitting end TB of the final set. Just about little more drama if you haven't got enough already'
Jo Durie with sarcasm @ Ana hitting FH winner for TB. 'Stop it! This is ridicoulously good from Ivanović'
TB: 1-0... Big serve, short return Ana moves forward to hit FH winner - screams Ajde!
'Ivanović is such a bank of confidence'
2-0. long long rally, ended on FH UE from Tati. Golovin looks like she's gonna cry
3-0. FH netted. 'She looks beaten'
- Tati bites her racquet
4-0. Another FH netted. Commentators are wondering what sort of reaction Ana will have after it's over
Jo Durie 'It will be interesting how she copes with the pressure on the verge of her biggest win of the year'
Ana hits an ace for 5-0
Both commentators laughing.
5-1. FH forced error
Change of ends. Tati looks like
Commentators praising Ana for raising up her level of play when it's needed.
then 'Maybe there will be further irony of the match from 5-0 down in the TB'
Jo replies 'I wouldn't bet against anything happening in this match now'
5-2. FH just long
6-2. Tati hits FH long after long rally. Then smashes the ball pissed off like hell. 4MPs for Ana.
6-3. FH forced error
GSM. Ivanović. BH long.
'She's done it! Saved the 2MPs. She's come back from being out. So many times we lost count. But the smile is good enough to seal the victory with. Phenomenal effort from this newcomer - the qualifier. In the battle of 16yo. It was a delight to be here as is always. We were privileged to watch maybe... for sure a star of the future born today here in Zurich! Ana Ivanović - welcome to the top-Tour you absolutely belong.'
@ how innocent and adorable Ana was there... with her tine pony-tail. cuteness.