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Gandalf
Apr 29th, 2004, 09:43 AM
There was a thread some time ago called 'Matches that decided careers', about matches were the player who lost went downhill after that, and never recovered to her full potential (like Hingis after the French'99 or Sabatini after the match with MJF at the French'93). But what about matches where the player who lost found in that the motivation to work harder and get to a new level? I can think of two examples:

--Evert beat Navratilova, 6-0, 6-0, on clay in '81. Navratilova said afterwards that this match convinced her of working harder on her fitness and that it ultimately led her to her brilliant '83 season.

--Seles beat Serena Williams, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6, LA'01. Serena had never lost to Monica, wasted 6 match points and had only gotten past the quarters once that season (when she won IW). Since then, she turned into a completely different player, and won the 'Serena Slam'.

Any others?

SpikeyAidanm
Apr 29th, 2004, 09:47 AM
Reeves beating Sprem in Bol 03 :p

Jakeev
Apr 29th, 2004, 10:36 AM
Jana Novotna losing her infamous match against Steffi Graf at Wimbledon. And perhaps to Chanda Rubin at the French.

It was sad to see her deemed as a choker, but as we know, she more than made up for it in her last year or two as a pro.