View Full Version : what's the best match you've ever seen?

Jul 17th, 2002, 10:07 PM
there are a lot...

STEFFI and ANKE in the masters final 95 was very exciting! :hearts:

STEFFI and ARANTXA in the roland garros-final 96 (? - 10-8 in the third for STEFFI)

but defintely:

STEFFI and MARTINA in the 99 roland garros final! what a shocker! :eek:

Jul 17th, 2002, 10:21 PM
I agreee!! Definately the '99 Roland Garros final

Jul 17th, 2002, 10:41 PM
I really enjoyed Graf d. Sanchez-Vicario 1995 Wimbledon final. Very high quality close match.

Jul 17th, 2002, 10:52 PM
M. Hingis VS V.Williams at the USO in 1999-2000

Jul 17th, 2002, 10:57 PM
Martina Hingis vs Monica Seles 2000 Chase Champs Final

Jul 17th, 2002, 11:00 PM
All the Venus vs Serena match ups

Jul 17th, 2002, 11:16 PM
Venus vs. Hingis '00 US OPEN.

Jul 17th, 2002, 11:46 PM
I thought the 2000 Aussie open, quarters match with Hingis against serena, Hingis towards the end got so pumped up i thought she was gonna kill serena, after coming back from i think 4-1 down in the 3rd and winning showed she had real determination and didnt just give up, i wish she could have this attitude now when she plays the top 3 :-).

Jul 17th, 2002, 11:48 PM
Actually i think that was 2001 Aussie open , :-)

Jul 17th, 2002, 11:51 PM
Originally posted by ZAK
I agreee!! Definately the '99 Roland Garros final

Yeah, for me too. :D

Jul 18th, 2002, 12:05 AM
I agree with the '99 RG Final so much controversy :eek: & Cappy Vs Kimmy RG 2001 Even though I wished the result was reversed....

Cam'ron Giles
Jul 18th, 2002, 12:18 AM
LOL, I swear I did not see this thread before posting my thread on the best Williams matches.

I have to say Venus/Martina 00 USO...
Yes, the 01 Aus Open Serena/Martina was great also but damn was I angry...I just hope wild thing is gone and the real Serena is here to stay...:wavey:

Jul 18th, 2002, 12:18 AM
Definately the 2001 Aussie QF match. I haven't seen either Semi at the Us Open between Hingis and Venus, they sound good though.:)

Steffica Greles
Jul 18th, 2002, 12:24 AM
Many, but often involving the same players....

Seles vs Graf 1992 French Open Final (Seles won 6-2 3-6 10-8)

Seles vs Graf 1993 Australian Open Final....the greatest match ever, in my opinion. (Seles won 4-6 6-3 6-2)

Graf vs Sanchez-Vicario 1996 French Open Final (Graf won 6-1 6-7 10-8)

Graf vs Sanchez-Vicario 1995 Wimbledon Final (Graf won 4-6 6-1 7-5)

Seles vs Sanchez-Vicario...a lot closer than the scoreline suggested....French Open Final 1991(Seles won in two close sets)

Hingis vs Venus Williams 2000 Wimbledon QF (Venus won in 3)

Graf vs Hingis 1999 French Open Final (Graf won in 3)

........to me, the Cap vs Kim match of 2001 was NOT a particularly great match. It only lasted so long because neither could take their chances. It was exciting, sure, but not one of the all-time great matches.

Jul 18th, 2002, 12:30 AM
Live (in loco) : Martina vs Venus US Open 1999

By TV :
Martina vs Graf Roland Garros 99
Martina vs Seles Chase 2000 and Roland Garros 1997
Martina vs Serena Australian Open 2001
Seles vs Graf Roland Garros 1992
Martina vs Venus US Open 1999 ( I have to include this one here too)

Jul 18th, 2002, 12:34 AM
Too many great matches to mention.... among the ones which come to mind:
Capriati d. Clijsters 2001 Roland Garros FL
Davenport d. Pierce 1999 US Open QF
Graf d. Hingis 1999 Roland Garros FL
Graf d. Seles 1999 Roland Garros SF
Hingis d. V. Williams 1999 US Open SF
Mauresmo d. Davenport 1999 Aust Open SF
Pierce d. Hingis 2000 US Open SF
V. Williams d. Hingis 2000 US Open SF

and those are just the ones from memory...... funny, cos most of the results above I would've loved to have reversed....

Jul 18th, 2002, 12:34 AM
Canadian Open 01 Serena vs Monica. It was a perfect display of aggressive and controlled power tennis.

Jul 18th, 2002, 12:42 AM
The best match I ever saw in person was Hana Mandlikova snapping Martina Navratilova's 56 (?) match winning streak in the Oakland Slims (Avon?) in January 1984. It was brilliant tennis from both women at their peaks, but Hana was just a touch more explosive that evening. Since it was almost 19 years ago I don't recall that much from the match (I was 17) in terms of points played, but I remember the way it made me feel...very excited and thrilled. I knew it was special as I was watching it. Martina had not lost a match since the French '83 and would not lose another match until Dec '84 in the Aussie semis, thus losing the calendar year slam. The main thing I remember is the crowd 'oohing' and 'awing' at all the amazing shots by both women.

In person runner up:
Capriati d. Seles Miami semis 2002

Matches watched onTV:
Steffi/Hingis FO final '99
Monica/Jennifer US semi '91
Martina N/Stefffi US semi '91
Goolagong/Evert VS Championship finale '76
Evert/Goolagong W final '76
King/Goolagong US final '74

Jul 18th, 2002, 12:51 AM
Win or lose it shows the quality of Martina's game. Most of the mentions of the most entertaining games have her name. Love her or hate her, She represents GREAT tennis.

Jul 18th, 2002, 12:58 AM
Jen vs Serena Wimby QF 01: Both the girls were playing aggressive power tennis. The crowd was shocked at how hard the girls were hitting the ball. I mean they were both just ripping it. Add the medical timeouts, tension, personal reasons and it was exciting.

Martina vs Venus US SF 00: The last set was amazing tennis. Both players did EVERYTHING they could. Hingis mixed it up as much as she could, drawing Venus in, wide, behind the baseline, yet Venus was returning everything with a lot of zip on it. Then it was Martina, recovering from Venus' battering and just standing strong. That match was the real final of the US that year.

Jul 18th, 2002, 03:49 AM
-Seles def. Capriati 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (1991 US Open)
-Seles def. Graf 6-2, 3-6, 10-8 (1992 French)
-Seles def. Graf 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 (1993 Australien)
-Seles def. Davenport 5-7, 7-5, 6-4 (1997 Los Angeles)
-I am also sure that Seles def. Serena 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 by saving 6 match points is also a classic. I wish I could see it.

Jul 18th, 2002, 05:30 AM
Capriati def. Seles Australia 2001. Huge win for Jennifer coming back after being down a set and 4-1 to a player she never beat in a Slam. That gave her the boost to go on and win that Slam as well as the next, showing that she is a great champion.

There are a whole lot of great matches of course (many that were mentioned), but that's the first that came to mind.

I love hearing stories of matches you all saw live. It seems that would be a huge thrill, especially with a pumped up crowd and everything. Was anyone ever at a Slam final?

Jul 18th, 2002, 06:19 AM
To hard to pick only one, these 4 were incredible.

Seles-Graf RG 92
Graf-ASV wimby 95
Graf-Hingis RG 99
V Williams-Hingis US Open 00

Jul 18th, 2002, 07:05 AM
hingis/venus 1999, 2000 us open (cat fight)
graf/hingis 1999 roland garros
serena/capriati 2002 roland garros (dog fight)

Jul 18th, 2002, 07:39 AM
I wann order a video tape of Venus and Hingis .Seems like both Wimbledon' QF and US 2000 's SF match were very worth to watch ...right ?..But i like the color of the grass court more than the color of hardcourt .Def i will order the QF match of Wimbledon ...yeahh despite whether Hingis lost to won when she matched up with Venus ,but she always handled Venus' powers very well .

Jul 18th, 2002, 07:43 AM
all Martina Hingis matches!

Jul 18th, 2002, 08:42 AM
Serena vs Hingis Ausopen 2001
Serena vs Seles US Open 99
Serena vs Jennifer Wimbledon 01 / RG 02
Serena vs Davenport Los Angeles 2000

Venus vs Hingis US Open 2000
Venus vs Coetzer AUS Open 2001

Jul 18th, 2002, 08:47 AM
It has to be Steffi vs. Hingis at the 99 Rolland Garros final

Jul 18th, 2002, 03:08 PM
another one was the wimbledon qf 99 between STEFFI and VENUS!

Jul 18th, 2002, 03:11 PM
kim and jenny final roland garros

Jul 18th, 2002, 03:56 PM
Evert def. Navratilova 6-3, 6-7, 7-5 in 85 French Open final
Seles def. Capriati 7-6 in the third in their 90 US Open semifinal
Seles def. Graf 10-8 in the third in the 92 French final

Most devastatingly played matches:

Evert def. Navratilova 6-0, 6-0 in 1981 Amelia Island final (Incredible display of precision tennis left Navratilova floundering)
Seles def. Graf 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the 1993 Australian Open final. Graf had to play absolutely perfect tennis just to win games -- and she did. Seles simply dominated her.)

Jul 18th, 2002, 04:11 PM
Originally posted by Monica@53
Too many great matches to mention.... among the ones which come to mind:
Capriati d. Clijsters 2001 Roland Garros FL
Davenport d. Pierce 1999 US Open QF
Graf d. Hingis 1999 Roland Garros FL
Graf d. Seles 1999 Roland Garros SF
Hingis d. V. Williams 1999 US Open SF
Mauresmo d. Davenport 1999 Aust Open SF
Pierce d. Hingis 2000 US Open SF
V. Williams d. Hingis 2000 US Open SF

and those are just the ones from memory...... funny, cos most of the results above I would've loved to have reversed....

I completely agree with you.

Jul 18th, 2002, 04:13 PM
Jenn - Martina AUSSIE OPEN 2002

Jul 18th, 2002, 05:19 PM
Kim and Jenny final at RG, what a final!!! 12-10 in the third!!!

Jul 18th, 2002, 05:43 PM
Seles def Jenny 6-3 3-6- 7-6 US Open 1991 semisthis is a great match
Seles def Graf 6-2 4-6 10-8 French open 1992 good match full of guts and detemined players

Seles def graf 4-6 6-3 6-3 Aus opn 1993 One of the best matches ever!

Hingis def Seles 6-7 6-4 6-4 Chase champs WOW!

Venus def Hinigs Us open 2000 great tennis

Jul 18th, 2002, 05:48 PM
Pierce - Hingis masters 97
Pierce - Davenport USO 99
Pierce - Seles RG 2000
Pierce - Higis RG 2000

:angel: :angel: :angel:

Jul 18th, 2002, 07:42 PM
Martina vs. Serena Aussie Open 2001 ;) 8-6 for Marti!:D

Martina vs. Monica Chase Final 2000:D

Jul 18th, 2002, 07:48 PM
french open 99 the semis(steffi-monica), my favourite match now because I waited for it 7 years!

Jul 18th, 2002, 07:55 PM
AO 2001 where she was down 1-4 against Serena Williams than she went on to beat her, came back the next day after a gruelling match and SPANKED Serena's big sister Venus.

Jul 18th, 2002, 07:58 PM
Kim vs Lindsay - Stanford 2001
Kim vs Jenn - RG 2001

Jul 18th, 2002, 08:08 PM
Anke vs. Steffi - Masters 1995

i think 1999 FO final wasn´t such a good match.
but it was for sure a great entertainment. :D

Jul 18th, 2002, 10:15 PM
Venus vs M.Hingis in US Open 2000

That match was GREAT!!!! :bounce:

Jul 18th, 2002, 10:49 PM
Martina Hingis vs. Serena Williams, Australian Open 2001

Martina just out-played an on fire Serena, period. Hingis said the first set was the best she's ever played, and she may be right...hitting how many backhand down-the-line winners? Too many to count. Suddenly Serena went in her "zone" and went up 6-3, 4-1. Then 4-2. Then 4-3. Then 5-3. :eek: Serving for the match, gets broken. It wasn't Serena's errors, it was that Hingis was showing a fire in her I have never seen before or again. She just stepped it up 10 levels. Serena went up again 6-5. Nope.

Finally, on match-point, Hingis hits a great serve, gets a short ball, and punishes the smash for a winner and raises her arms in the air. Great match! (Of course, the glances and glares they would give eachother after each winner made the drama great).

Jennifer Capriati vs. Monica Seles, Miami 2002

This match was great. Both girls were hitting a lot of winners and relatively few errors. The rallies were long, powerful, and tense. It mostly involved Monica crushing the ball and hitting the corners, with Jennifer WAY behind the baseline, making impossible gets and hitting them back just as hard. Seles got two match points, but Jennifer hit two winners (although I think one hit Seles' frame, barely)...too good. A third set tiebreak, classic.

Jul 19th, 2002, 05:50 AM
Steffi/Gaby Wimbledon final 2001(Steffi won 6-3,4-6,8-6,Gaby twice served for the match)

Steffi/Monica 1995 USO (Steffi won 7-6,0-6,6-3)
Steffi/Monica 1998 Chase Ch. (Steffi won 1-6,6-4,6-4)
Steffi/Monica 1992 FO (Monica won 6-2,3-6,10-8)

Steffi/ASV 1995 Wimbledon (Steffi won 7-5 in the third)
Steffi/ASV 1996 FO (Steffi won 10-8 in the third)

Steffi/Martina N. 1987 FO(Steffi won 8-6 in the third)
Steffi/Martina H 1999 FO.

Monica/Gaby 1990 Tour Championships final(Monica won in five sets)

Hingis/Serena 2001 AO quarterfinal
Venus/Hingis 2000 USO semifinal
Mary/Hingis 1997 Chase quarterfinal
Mary/Hingis 2000 FO semi

Whew! :D

Jul 19th, 2002, 07:35 AM
Steffi d. ASV 1995 Wimbledon
Steffi d. ASV 1996 FO
Steffi d. Venus 1999 Wimbledon
Martina d. Serena 2001 AO
Jennifer d. Kim 2001 FO

These 2 I saw in person where pretty good too.

Venus d. Myskina 2002 B&L at AI
Sandrine d. Conchita 2002 B&L at AI

Jul 19th, 2002, 07:36 AM
Venus/Hingis US Open 1999-2000----I still watch these matches. Very high quality performances by both.

Doubles matches:
Hingis/Kournikova vs Williams/Williams
Kournikova/Rubin vs Williams/Williams

Mixed Doubles:
Venus/Justin vs Max/Serena

Jul 19th, 2002, 08:05 AM
mine would have been:

Hingis d. S. Williams 8-6 in the third against Serena at the Aus Open and

Dokic. d Conchita 3-6 7-6 6-1 at RG-this year, that second set tiebraker was so awesome!