View Full Version : Biggest choke of the year???

E. Blackadder
Jul 30th, 2002, 12:02 PM
Add other big chokes of the top30, if we found enough matches we can add a poll:

* Martina Hingis, Australian Open Final, losing to Jennifer Capriati 6/4 6/7 2/6 after being up 6/4 5/3 and having several matchpoints

* Justine Henin, Amelia Island Final, losing to Venus Williams 6/2 5/7 6/7 after being op 6/2 4/0 and having 2 breakpoints at that moment

* Justine Henin, 's Hertogenbosch Semifinal, losing to Eleni Daniilidou 6/4 6/7 3/6 after being up 6/4 5/2 and having several matchpoints

* Lindsay Davenport, Stanford Semifinal, losing to Kim Clijsters 6/4 4/6 2/6 after being up 6/4 4/2


King Lindsay
Jul 30th, 2002, 12:06 PM
Um, Lindsay choked okay, but come on. Fifth match back, give her a break.

It was surely Hingis choking to Jen. Not only was she up a set and 5-3, but 4-0 too. Plus, that it was a GS Final makes it that much more important.

Justine's loss to Venus at Amelia would be a distant second in my eyes.

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Jul 30th, 2002, 12:08 PM
* Anna Kournikova, Tokio Semifinal, losing to Monica Seles 3/6 6/3 3/6 after being up 3/6 6/3 2/0

Jul 30th, 2002, 12:08 PM
Hingis at the Oz Open :sad: :sad:

Jul 30th, 2002, 12:19 PM
Martina Hingis in Oz and Justine Henin at Amelia Island!

Jul 30th, 2002, 12:43 PM

:sad: Poor Marti :sad:

Jul 30th, 2002, 12:46 PM
Euhm why cant we have best match of the year, most surprising result of the year, most hard fought match, etc.

And why not have a thread congratulating the eventual winners in these matches for holding on and having the belief to hang in there and fight for it, as opposed to the opponents who for whatever reason couldnt finish it out.

Jul 30th, 2002, 12:47 PM
I agree with Ms. Julie :)

Sam L
Jul 30th, 2002, 02:36 PM
Of course Martina Hingis... 4 Grand Slam Championship points.

Been slamless for 3 years, you'd think she'd pounce on the opportunity.

Jul 30th, 2002, 02:44 PM
Without a doubt, it was Hingis in OZ. Capriati played incredible tennis to come back at 4-0 and it was the most exciting set of the entire year, but Hingis was not aggressive enough. She never pulled the trigger on any of those 4 match points.

The other biggie for me was my fave Capriati losing to Serena Williams after leading 3-0 in the third set in Rome. Jen did the same thing Martina was guilty of . . . sitting back and waiting for the other player to make mistakes. Serena, as she has done all year, took it to her.

I don't see this as a negative thread. Choking is a big part of tennis. It creates drama, excitement and makes tennis what it is. I admit it has usually been my faves that have choked the most (Goolagong, Mandlikova, Sabatini, Pierce and, of course, Jana Novotna) but I still love them all. Being a bit vulnerable on court is very endearing.

Jul 30th, 2002, 02:47 PM
I feel like crying everytime I think of aussie open finals...4 match points....up 6-4 4-0..she played brilliantly up till the up 2-1 in the third...martina was simply too tentative, jenny just kept swinging! Bet if she were up 2 match points in a row she'd have won...it was a SAD day for ALL martina fans...

At least she proved that she is still a serious slam contender

Jul 30th, 2002, 02:49 PM
Hey - im happy to hold my hands up and say i was wrong. And this time it looks like i was, hence the thread beign re-opened.

Enjoy - and be nice ;)

Jul 30th, 2002, 02:53 PM
Martina because I really was not expecting it and she just gave up in the third(and yeah she was overheat, I know, I was too yesterday evening, it's an awful feeling and it was even much colder as in australia)

Jul 30th, 2002, 02:53 PM
Thanks Julie :)

Jul 30th, 2002, 03:03 PM
Hingis for sure. I was sure she was gonna win that but Jenn just elevated her game and before I knew it Ms. Capriati was holding the OZ trophy:eek:

Jul 30th, 2002, 03:16 PM
No doubt Martina Hingis.. That was a shocking choke. I actually started cheering for Martina in that match after the 2nd set. That was without a doubt the biggest choke in a few years. Henin is a compulsive chocker so her chokes are routine unlike Martina's Australian Open nightmare.

Jul 30th, 2002, 04:44 PM
Hingis V. Capriati at Oz. Poor Martin, she was so close. She almost had it, but almost doesnt count.

Jul 30th, 2002, 04:59 PM
thanks julie.

I don't wanna pick on Justine as she already has 2, but the Australian Open against Monica, she was a break up in the 3rd before losing. Dunno if it was set and a break. This after her stunning 2 tournament wins and a win over testud earlier in the tournament.

And then again in the RG semi against Kim. The match was hers and she let it slip. Luckily her confidence was boosted a few weeks later when she beat Jen and won after being in sticky situations earlier in the tournament to get to the W'don final.

Ted of Teds Tennis
Jul 30th, 2002, 05:06 PM

IIRC Henin was up 4-2 in both the second and third sets against Seles at the 2001 AO.

I'll pick Dementieva being up a set against Daniilidou and losing, if only because Dementieva is one of my two faves. :rolleyes:

Jul 30th, 2002, 06:02 PM
Originally posted by Sam L
Of course Martina Hingis... 4 Grand Slam Championship points.

Been slamless for 3 years, you'd think she'd pounce on the opportunity.

Without a doubt!!:sad: :sad:


Jul 30th, 2002, 09:03 PM
Maritna at oz-i felt so sorry for her that i was almost in tears even though i didn't like her much as player.
serena at wimby 2001 vs jen, 2 points away from winning the match, then error error error etc.....

Jul 30th, 2002, 09:38 PM
Mary vs Anna Masters 99
6/7 7/6 6/0

Anna lead in second sets and ................ :eek:

:angel: :angel: :angel:

Jul 30th, 2002, 10:16 PM
AO finals. This choke will go down in the history books. I couldn't believe Martina couldn't close it out. That was so sad, and Martina is not even my favorite. There is no way Jen should of won that one, but she did.

Jul 30th, 2002, 10:32 PM
the biggest choke of the year definately goes to Martina Hingis earlier this year in Australia. this match will probably go down in history as the biggest choke of all time. Martina led 6-4, 4-0, couldn't sustain the lead and had four championship points in which she failed to convert.

Jul 30th, 2002, 10:56 PM
Ok, BIGGEST CHOKE of this year, I think is a tie. Martina Hingis in the AO finals. OMG!!! I couldn't believe she lost that match. I still don't know what the hell happened with that. Riding in on Martina's skirt tail would be, no doubt, Justine Henin's Amelia Island Collapse. I know I've said this before, but, OMG!!! I couldn't believe she lost that match. And, ofcourse, I still don't know what the hell happened with that. These two matches are the great chokes of the year IMO. To me, they're equally HUGE because both Martina and Justine were a shot here or there away from winning the match. Shit, during the Amelia Island match, I turned the tv off and took a nap at 6-2, 4-0. Can you imagine my suprise when I awoke about an hour later, and Venus Williams was still galloping across my tv screen?!!! The same goes for Hingis. I went to Wal-Mart and did some shopping when I thought she had the Championship in the bags. Here I go again, but, can you imagine my suprise when I returned home some time later, and Jennifer Capriati was still shuffling across my tv screen?!!! Congratulations Vee and Jen. Those were two of the most fantastic comeback efforts of all time.

Jul 30th, 2002, 11:43 PM
I think Martina's Australian Open Collapse will go down as maybe the second biggest of all time (behind Jana Novotna at '93 Wimbledon) I mean, 4 match points, and she could not close it out????????????? Anyway, I have to give a break to Justine, I pick on her endless chokings way too much on this board. :p

Jul 30th, 2002, 11:44 PM
Scary foreshadowing on Hingis' part...

...her other two matches against top 10 players before her lost to Capriati (which is the biggest choke in modern tennis, not of the year) were against Clijsters and Seles. Against Clijsters, she was up 7-5 4-0 before Kim got 6 games in a row. Then at 7-5 4-6 5-0 Hingis got her serve broken and lost two games before closing it out. Against Seles, Hingis was up 5-1 in the last set before getting broken to make it 5-4. Serving for the match, she missed a smash (something she has never done in her pro career, I think) that would have given her match points. On match point, she hit the worst short ball in history that Monica missed.

Scary, huh? You could almost see that JenCap loss coming. I remember when Hingis lost the first MP, still way up, I got this feeling in my stomach that Jen might comeback...and what do ya know?

Jul 30th, 2002, 11:59 PM
i think justine's many chokes were more real. justine chokes often in the matches she wins, losing leads, getting edgy.

martina was very close in the AO so it looks like a choke, but it's not as if she "nervously choked" in classic Novotna fashion. she was playing really well, even in the games from 5-3 2nd set to 2-1 3rd set. it's not like she threw in loads of nervous errors a la justine. Capriati raised her game and had more "energy" in the final set to outlast Hingis.

Dawn Marie
Jul 31st, 2002, 01:42 AM
Without a doubt, Hingis's "getting the ball back and waiting on the error from the opponent" was the biggest choke of the year. An extremely close second was Justine's collapse against the queen, Vee.:)

Anyway, let me add, that even though Hingis and Justine both choked, their was also two women who upped their level and took it to them. Jennifer and Venus. Hingis's was worse because she clearly underestimated her opponent, and banked on an error, where as Venus adjusted and changed her game around. :)

Jul 31st, 2002, 03:04 AM
I hate to admit it, but it really is the Australian Open Final. This is a major and will be remembered for a long time.

Jen is one lucky lady to be holding that trophy in her house, i'm sure she smirks and grins every time she has a glance at her trophy case at that one.

Williams Rulez
Jul 31st, 2002, 09:24 AM
Martina... but Jennifer did play well on 2 of the match points... :)

But still, Martina was almost waiting for Jennifer to give her the title when she was up 4-0..., well, hope she learnt a lesson.