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Joachim1978
Nov 16th, 2006, 08:58 PM
I got to thinking the other day about what were the WTA matches I've seen that contained the most drama? - multiple breaks, several momentum shifts, contested line calls, amazing rallies, both players rising to the occasion, umpires getting involved, crowds going nuts, and I came up with the following:

RG F 99: Graf d. Hingis 4-6 7-5 6-2
AO QF 01: Hingis d. Serena 6-3 2-6 8-6
W QF 00: Venus d. Hingis 6-3 4-6 6-4
US SF 99: Hingis d. Venus 6-1 4-6 6-3
US SF 00: Venus d. Hingis 4-6 6-3 7-5
W F 93: Graf d. Novotna 7-6 1-6 6-4
US SF 03: Henin-Hardenne d. Capriati 4-6 7-5 7-6
AO F 02: Capriati d. Hingis 4-6 7-6 6-2
AO F 00: Davenport d. Hingis 6-1 7-5 (amazing second set)
Zurich 01 F: Hingis d. Davenport 6-4 4-6 7-5
US 4R 96: Hingis d. Sanchez-Vicario 6-1 3-6 6-4

And I realised just why Hingis is so great. Something about the way she plays forces the other players to be more creative and savvy, to use aspects of their game, and shots that they wouldn't nomally use so readily, and whether she wins or loses, the matches she plays are normally great ones.

So pleased she came bacK!

samn
Nov 16th, 2006, 09:01 PM
I got to thinking the other day about what were the WTA matches I've seen that contained the most drama? - multiple breaks, several momentum shifts, contested line calls, amazing rallies, both players rising to the occasion, umpires getting involved, crowds going nuts, and I came up with the following:

RG F 99: Graf d. Hingis 4-6 7-5 6-2
AO QF 01: Hingis d. Serena 6-3 2-6 8-6
W QF 00: Venus d. Hingis 6-3 4-6 6-4
US SF 99: Hingis d. Venus 6-1 4-6 6-3
US SF 00: Venus d. Hingis 4-6 6-3 7-5
W F 93: Graf d. Novotna 7-6 1-6 6-4
US SF 03: Henin-Hardenne d. Capriati 4-6 7-5 7-6
AO F 02: Capriati d. Hingis 4-6 7-6 6-2
AO F 00: Davenport d. Hingis 6-1 7-5 (amazing second set)
Zurich 01 F: Hingis d. Davenport 6-4 4-6 7-5
US 4R 96: Hingis d. Sanchez-Vicario 6-1 3-6 6-4

And I realised just why Hingis is so great. Something about the way she plays forces the other players to be more creative and savvy, to use aspects of their game, and shots that they wouldn't nomally use so readily, and whether she wins or loses, the matches she plays are normally great ones.

So pleased she came bacK!

Your list is missing two very good Hingis versus Seles clashes: the 1997 French semis and the 2000 Chase final. I've never seen the 1997 Family Circle final, but that was another very tight battle that went to a final set tiebreaker.

Princeza
Nov 16th, 2006, 09:03 PM
:hearts: she gave tennis some of the best matches, thats why i love her too
i cant realise after 1year, shes n.7 , her talent is amazing
go marti !! :hearts:

Craigy
Nov 16th, 2006, 09:05 PM
Good for you....

Hingie
Nov 16th, 2006, 10:47 PM
I got to thinking the other day about what were the WTA matches I've seen that contained the most drama? - multiple breaks, several momentum shifts, contested line calls, amazing rallies, both players rising to the occasion, umpires getting involved, crowds going nuts, and I came up with the following:

RG F 99: Graf d. Hingis 4-6 7-5 6-2
AO QF 01: Hingis d. Serena 6-3 2-6 8-6
W QF 00: Venus d. Hingis 6-3 4-6 6-4
US SF 99: Hingis d. Venus 6-1 4-6 6-3
US SF 00: Venus d. Hingis 4-6 6-3 7-5
W F 93: Graf d. Novotna 7-6 1-6 6-4
US SF 03: Henin-Hardenne d. Capriati 4-6 7-5 7-6
AO F 02: Capriati d. Hingis 4-6 7-6 6-2
AO F 00: Davenport d. Hingis 6-1 7-5 (amazing second set)
Zurich 01 F: Hingis d. Davenport 6-4 4-6 7-5
US 4R 96: Hingis d. Sanchez-Vicario 6-1 3-6 6-4

And I realised just why Hingis is so great. Something about the way she plays forces the other players to be more creative and savvy, to use aspects of their game, and shots that they wouldn't nomally use so readily, and whether she wins or loses, the matches she plays are normally great ones.

So pleased she came bacK!

You're absolutely right. There is something about the way she plays that forces others to bring out their best.

Plus she brings something different to the match. She's not going to blow opponents away so you can guarantee that you will see a large repertoire of shots, amazing anticipation, volleys, wrong-footing, backhand down the line (although not as much as she used to hit this shot), running onto an approach shot forehand down the line (pre-retirement Hingis made this her own), the list goes on.

I believe she is really important to the WTA because of this very fact, she's just gotta put it all together again and she will be a force making a huge impact.

Buitenzorg
Nov 16th, 2006, 10:49 PM
Hingis :love:

Yuri Sharapov
Nov 16th, 2006, 10:55 PM
I think she's the most cheerful player of all. Does anybody have stats of smiling percentages? :)

Joachim1978
Nov 16th, 2006, 11:55 PM
Yes, you're right Samn - I did forget some of the Seles matches that were awesome, the ones you mentioned, plus at the 02 Australian Open.

And I also think that the Hingis-Venus rivalry was the best, and most intense of the 90's. A lot of people will disagree and go for Graf-Seles, and while they definitley played great matches, there were only 15 of them.

Venus-Davenport also had a great rivalry, with long, close matches contested. but almost every grand slam match they played (including every GS final) Venus would win, and the tennis would be.....uninspiring.

I just hope Hingis can win a major title again before her final retirement...

hdfb
Nov 17th, 2006, 12:06 AM
I totally agree. It's her style of play, so graceful and unlike others that make it even more enjoyable to watch. And the way she goes about winning those tough matches, she really is a champion.

goldenlox
Nov 17th, 2006, 12:11 AM
Here's a good reason to love Martina

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