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Libertango
Apr 7th, 2005, 11:40 PM
I'm sure a topic like this has been done before but anyway.....:p In what matches do you think a certain player has been at their best??

Venus: 2000 Wimby QF v Hingis
Serena: 2001 US Open Semi v Hingis, 2002 Wimby semi v Mauresmo
Lindsay: 2000 OZ Open F v Hingis
Pierce: 1994 RG SF v Graf :worship: Amelia island Semi/Final v Monica/ASV 2000

I'm sure there are loads, but they were the ones I thought of now. What about other matches and other players??

deja_entendu
Apr 7th, 2005, 11:51 PM
Hingis US Open final '97... the only Slam final I can think of where the winner was literally making fun of her opponent... 6-0 6-4, Hingis was taking balls out of the air that were clearly going long for the sake of keeping the rallies longer :haha: :rolls:

She's had a ton of destructive matches against the top players... I remember watching her in the Aussie Open 2002 against Coetzer I think it was? Coetzer won 1 game and Hingis was literally hitting a winner on the second or third ball in a rally... just zoned out stuff, really :hearts:. She was hitting some unbelievable shots... I remember her hitting backhand slice winners, volley winners, dropshot winners, groundie winners, and like no errors... poor Amanda!

I think Sharapova's ass-kicking of Kuznetsova at the YEC was an amazing performance... Svetlana is supposed to have this amazing forehand, but Maria's forehand ripped it into shreds.

Kimmy's YEC match against Mauresmo... Amelie didn't stand a chance, Kim was just toying with her.

Nastya has add some pretty brutal victories, the French Open comes to mind obviously... those last three matches were just dreamy. But also I remember her defeating Dani on grass in 2002 at Eastbourne (Dani's prime)... it was the first time I saw her play, backhand winners all over the place!

Gisela smacking Kuzzie down was :drool: that forehand! :hearts:

Dunkins
Apr 8th, 2005, 12:07 AM
Sharapova against Venus, Miami SF
Serena against Lisa Raymond, Wimbledon 2000 QF??

lloyders76
Apr 8th, 2005, 12:09 AM
just watched venus beat martina US 2000, never seen anyone cover court like that and hit winners when a sanchez esq lob was expected, plus, having only really seen her matches last yr or so, who knew she had such a great forehand when on form 5 yrs ago??

as for myskina roland garros last yr, come on, how fortuitous can a player be?? venus, jen and elena couldn't keep a ball in play, believe me if u saw the final u wouldn't be exalting her performance, stevenson could have given her more of a match that day

deja_entendu
Apr 8th, 2005, 01:10 AM
just watched venus beat martina US 2000, never seen anyone cover court like that and hit winners when a sanchez esq lob was expected, plus, having only really seen her matches last yr or so, who knew she had such a great forehand when on form 5 yrs ago??

as for myskina roland garros last yr, come on, how fortuitous can a player be?? venus, jen and elena couldn't keep a ball in play, believe me if u saw the final u wouldn't be exalting her performance, stevenson could have given her more of a match that day

Um I did see the final, and the semifinal and the quarterfinal, you can say that those players made errors which is true -- but Myskina covered the court like a gazelle and hit winners and few errors... the conclusion that I got from those matches was that anyone who tried to blast Myskina off the court on clay failed miserably. :drool: Smart tennis, something those other players should learn!

LUIS9
Apr 8th, 2005, 01:12 AM
I know Lloyders, that Rolland Garros final was ugly, actually painful to watch. At one point Elena couldnt put a serve in, and kept hitting long shot after long shot. Not to take anything away from Myskina but that was some wrapped up final gift of a slam. Dementieva played so bad, mostly due to nerves that she even cried at one point, she just couldnt make a serve, like 11 double faults. All Myskina did was keep the rallies as long as possible and keep the ball in play, and she held serve more than not because Lena couldnt find her game, just mishitting the ball over and over again, thank God it endend like in 50 minutes, she probably didnt even want to be on Court Chartrier anymore after such an embarrassing and disappointing match.

lloyders76
Apr 8th, 2005, 01:18 AM
I know Lloyders, that Rolland Garros final was ugly, actually painful to watch. At one point Elena couldnt put a serve in, and kept hitting long shot after long shot. Not to take anything away from Myskina but that was some wrapped up final gift of a slam. Dementieva played so bad, mostly due to nerves that she even cried at one point, she just couldnt make a serve, like 11 double faults. All Myskina did was keep the rallies as long as possible and keep the ball in play, and she held serve more than not because Lena couldnt find her game, just mishitting the ball over and over again, thank God it endend like in 50 minutes, she probably didnt even want to be on Court Chartrier anymore after such an embarrassing and disappointing match.

thankyou, this isn't about prejudices, i don't really have an overwhelming favourite or any player i hate, but being objective if myskina had played that final against any french open finalist i can recall in 15 years she would have walked off with the runner up trophy and liked it

HumptyDumpty
Apr 8th, 2005, 06:09 PM
Steffi Graf

1) vs. Navratilova, Wimbledon 1988 final, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1

Navratilova had won Wimbledon for 6 consecutive years (8 titles in total). She had a 47-match winning streak from 1982 until 1988 semis. Many think that she is the best grass-court player ever.

Graf trailed 5-7, 0-2 in the 88 final, changed her racket and simply started to deconstruct Martina who won only one more game. Graf broke Navratilova's serve in all of Martina's last 7 service games. Graf hit 21 direct return winners with Navratilova not even touching the ball (and some more where Navratilova couldn't control Steffi's return). The BBC reporter said that Graf had "lifted women's tennis to a higher level today".


2) vs. Seles, Wimbledon 1992 final, 6-2, 6-1

Seles was uninterrupted #1 for more than 40 weeks and had won the last 3 slams (USO 91, AO 92, FO 92). Graf outplayed and outhit her completely. Seles suffered the worst defeat ever for a #1 in a slam final.


3) vs. Sabatini, Australian Open 1989 semis, 6-3, 6-0

The late Ted Tinling said about Steffi's performance: "I never thought anyone would play as well as Suzanne (Lenglen) . But four times I've seen Martina (Navratilova) when she was better. Then I saw what Steffi did to Sabatini at the Australian Open this year, and that was it. She is better than them all."

Graf's final win at AO 94 (6-0, 6-2) falls into the same category.
The benchmark still today.

Has never been reached again though.
:worship:

davidmario
Apr 8th, 2005, 07:16 PM
Venus vs Henin 2003 SF Australian Open

RussiansFan
Apr 8th, 2005, 08:49 PM
Masha at Wimbledon final, again Serena Williams... she was unplayable in the 1st set and in the second, despite the close score, didn't let Serena enter totally in the match and won a long long game on 4-4, breaking Serena and going to win 6-1 6-4 the title!