View Full Version : The most touching grand slam victory ever?

Jul 6th, 2008, 02:16 PM
I would have to say, Jana Novotna's triumph at Wimbledon 1998. How she sank onto her knees and started crying. Skin still tingles from that.

Serena 2007 AO - Awesome win after being bruised and battered. Lovely dedication to sister Yetunde too.
Mauresmo 2006 AO - Finally getting over the slam hump.
Mauresmo 2006 Wimbly - Consummating her status as a slam champion.
Capriati 2001 AO - Finally fulfilling some of her potential.

What are yours?

Jul 6th, 2008, 02:19 PM
Mauresmo 2006 Wimbledon :awww:

Jul 6th, 2008, 02:54 PM
Serena 2007 AO...Venus 05 WIM (the reaction to saving championship point was immense)

Jul 6th, 2008, 03:23 PM
I haven't seen many, but Maria's WImbledon win in 2004 was great at the time. It may appear to have lost some of its inspiration since then, but at the time it was a great story. A 17 year old breaking through and seeing her dad and box crying was great especially after commentators had built the story up of her coming from a poor family and spending everything to come to Flordia to take a chance with her playing tennis. I was a much bigger 2004 Maria fan than a 2008 one. :)

Jul 6th, 2008, 03:24 PM
Davenport 1999 Wim was very touching too :inlove:

Jul 6th, 2008, 03:27 PM
Clijsters, US 2005 sticks in my mind.

Jul 6th, 2008, 03:41 PM
Jana at Wimby 1998
Kim at USOpen 2005
Lindsay at Wimby 1999
Maria at Wimby 2004
Amelie at Wimby 2006

those were all special for me, i was rooting for them to win!

jimbo mack
Jul 6th, 2008, 03:42 PM
graf french open 1999
davenport wimby 1999
henin french 2005

Jul 6th, 2008, 03:43 PM
Wimbledon 2005, I literally had tears in my eyes.
And Kimmie's win, for obvious reasons, it was a perfect final :awww:

Jul 6th, 2008, 03:44 PM
Venus over Davenport at Wimby 2005
Highly contested, long battle, only decided in the last few minutes

VS Fan
Jul 6th, 2008, 03:58 PM
Serena US Open 1999, Venus Wimbledon 2000, 2005, Maria Wimbledon 2004, Serena Wimbledon 2002, Capriatti AO 2001, Justine ... Ahhh Hell no!

Jul 6th, 2008, 04:06 PM
Dementieva USO 2008 :sobbing:

Jul 6th, 2008, 04:06 PM
I actually think Capriati's 2001 French was extremely moving. She just won a marathon match, and in her acceptance she remembers and takes time to dedicate it to Corina Morariu, who was battling cancer.

Jul 6th, 2008, 04:09 PM
Monica @ the '96 AO is in the running for obvious reasons. (Sure I like Jen better, but hers should have started sooner than the '01 AO). And Steffi's last in '99 after near career-ending injury is up there. However if you want one, Justine's first RG as she had promised her late mother was the most touching.

Jul 6th, 2008, 04:09 PM
I actually think Capriati's 2001 French was extremely moving. She just won a marathon match, and in her acceptance she remembers and takes time to dedicate it to Corina Morariu, who was battling cancer.
Agree with you there.
That was memorable for Cappy's and great story for Cappy and second chances in life

Jul 6th, 2008, 04:19 PM
Well, Justine's win at RG in 2003 was touching because of the whole mother story, but that grand slam has its scars (the hand incident, Kim not being able to get a shot in the court...).

The most touching for me was Kim at the US Open in 2005. She lost those four previous finals, with one being super close, one having a bad line call, and two where she could not get over the nerves. Then she got injured and almost had to hang up the racquets. Btu she came back with a bang, stormed through to the finals then curshed her opponent finally living up to the expectations and getting rid of the "best player to have never won a grand slam" title.

Jul 6th, 2008, 04:38 PM
Dementieva USO 2008 :sobbing:

I was just going to post this :bigcry:

But besides that, Wimbledon 1998. Too bad she had to beat Hingis on the way :ras:

Jul 6th, 2008, 04:43 PM
I would like to say some of the 5 Hingis won... but....she was like robot when winning. No matter what. It seemed all natural to her. And it's seemed like it would go on forever, but unfortunately it didn't.

Jul 6th, 2008, 04:54 PM
Serena AO 2007 :worship:

Jul 6th, 2008, 04:57 PM
Venus Williams 2005...

and of course...
Williams/Williams Wimbledon 2008

Jul 6th, 2008, 05:01 PM
2007 Australian Open Serena
2005 WImbledon Venus

Vaidisova Ruled
Jul 6th, 2008, 05:19 PM
2000 Wimbledon Venus
2004 Wimbledon Maria
2007 Serena AO

Vaidisova Ruled
Jul 6th, 2008, 05:26 PM
oh and 2008 Us Open Nicole (just after she dumped Radek)

Jul 6th, 2008, 05:50 PM
Venus at Wimbledon 2005. I've seen it so many times but I still grin so much that it brings a tear to my eye.

Serena at AO 2007 was beautiful as well. She was so ebullient and then the dedication to Yetunde was just so touching.

I love those finals.

Jul 6th, 2008, 06:00 PM
Mary's 2000 RG victory. Wayyy too much history there..
Monica's 96 AO.
Steffi's 91 Wimbledon, 95 USO and 99 RG
Justine's 03 RG and 07 USO
Kim's 05 USO
Amelie's 06 AO
Serena's 07 AO
Ok my list is very long!

Jul 6th, 2008, 06:09 PM
Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario beating Monica Seles at the 1998 French Open. In her speech Arantxa apologized to Monica for beating her after Monica lost her dad few months before.

And especially heartwarming for me after Arantxa lost that 10-8 final to Steffi 2 years prior. :)

serena williams
Jul 6th, 2008, 06:42 PM
Venus @ Wim 05
Serena speech @ Ao 07
Davenport @ Wim 99

Jul 6th, 2008, 06:52 PM
Jennifer - AO 2006

Jul 6th, 2008, 06:59 PM
Amélie Wimby 06
i started crying so badly :sobbing: :hearts:

Jul 6th, 2008, 07:44 PM
Jana winning in 1998 and Amelie winning Wimbledon in 2006

Jul 6th, 2008, 08:05 PM
Serena AO 2007 :)

Jul 6th, 2008, 08:21 PM
I sobbed like a bitch seeing Venus/Lindsay at Wimbledon '05, three years after the fact. I watched the match live but I was still a new tennis fan. The impact of that final and what happened in it was kind of lost on me.

By far the most emotional I've ever been after seeing a tennis match, especially so long afterwards, let alone it being a slam victory. TBH, sometimes I wonder how much of a fan I really am, but then I just remember that match and that answers myself.

Aside from that, Elena beating Venus 16 63 76(5) in the '08 USO final was SO touching, saving three match points. The way she jumped and squealed after winning, :sobbing:

Jul 8th, 2008, 01:08 AM
jennufer 2001 AO

Jul 8th, 2008, 01:11 AM
Serena '99 US Open,

Lindsay '99 Wimby.

Jul 8th, 2008, 01:51 AM
Venus's child-like and pure joy at wimby 2005 springs to mind. It was uncontrolable.

Jul 8th, 2008, 01:57 AM
Novotna, Capriati's first, Mauresmo's Wimbledon, Serena's '07 win.

Jul 8th, 2008, 01:59 AM
And I'm certain there are many that I've see before, but those four are the most recent that I remember.

Jul 8th, 2008, 01:59 AM
J-Cap FO 2001
J-cap AO 2002
Venus Wimby 2005

Jul 8th, 2008, 02:14 AM
Venus' pure unadulterated joy after W '05 is the only time I've cried after/during/before a tennis match.

Note: except for Serena's speech about Yetunde at the AO in 2007 ;)

Jul 8th, 2008, 02:35 AM
I loved Maria's 2006 usopen reaction, then of course Serena dedicating her AO 07 victory to her sister, and Venus at wimbledon 2005, I've never ever seen that kind of reaction

Jul 8th, 2008, 02:37 AM
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Venus' 2000 Wimbledon win. It was pure joy. Her 05 win is a close second.


Steffi Graf's 99 FO win was quite special also. People had written her off and said she was too old to win more slams. The crowd carried Steffi to her final slam win that day. In her acceptance speech, she thanked them and said she felt French because of their overwhelming support.

Jul 8th, 2008, 05:02 AM
Lindsay Wimbledon 1999
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Jul 8th, 2008, 05:05 AM
'04 Wimbledon (for obvious biased reasons). '05 Wimbledon as well. Just a great comeback from Venus and that celebration at the end. I get emotional everytime I watch it.

Jul 8th, 2008, 05:10 AM
I was only in High School when Novotna finally won and it still sticks out in my mind.

I have to say though the only time I have ever cried over a tennis match was when Ivanisevic won Wimbledon in 2001.

Jul 8th, 2008, 05:28 AM
Sharapova Wimbledon 2004
Serena AO 2007
Graf RG 1999

Jul 8th, 2008, 08:01 AM
Clijsters Us Open :)

Jul 8th, 2008, 09:32 AM
97 Australian Open when Hingis won her first Slam.

I remember her mother, Melanie, actually jumped onto the court from the players box and mother and daughter hugged together on-court. :hearts:

Jul 8th, 2008, 09:43 AM
Maria Wimbledon '04.
I loved her US open one too, it's my favourite of her slams and it still gives me tingles when she wins and her dress was :hearts:

Jul 8th, 2008, 11:16 AM
Novotna Wimbledon 98 immediately leapt to mind.

Jul 8th, 2008, 12:24 PM
Novotna's 1998 Wimbledon victory, finally a slam for her on her favorite surface!