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tennismaster8820
May 3rd, 2011, 07:29 PM
I was watching some old youtube videos of tennis matches and got idea for this thread.
It's about grand slam champions playing their first big match in GS they would win one day.
Their talent was amazing, they were all so young and already very good.
I miss that kind of talents in todays game.
So here are some of the matches I found. If you know some more examples I will be glad to put it in this opening post of thread.

Steffi Graf vs Joe Durie Wimbledon 1984
Graf was only 15 years old here but despite losing she showed in this match that she has it all to win this tournament in the future.
Ahe won her first in 1987 defeating Martina Navratilova.
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Venus Williams vs Martina Hingis US Open 1997
Venus was 17 years old and in her first US Open she reached finals. Losing to Hingis wasn't disgrace, she showed raw talent and such athleticism never seen in women's game before. 3 years later she won it defeating Lindsay Davenport.
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Lindsay Davenport vs Gabriela Sabatini US Open 1993
Lindsay was 17 years old and playing her third US Open. Amazingly clean strokes and precise power shots were in her repertoar even then already. It was closely contested match against 5th seed which she lost.
She won US Open in 1998 beating Marzina Hingis in the final.
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Iva Majoli vs Steffi Graf Roland Garros 1993
Iva was 15 years old and already good enough to challenge great Steffi Graf. Her shots were deep and precise and she was already very good from both wings. She won Roland Garros 4 years later defeating Martina Hingis.
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Mary Pierce vs Gabriela Sabatini Australian Open 1993
18 years old Mary Pierce showing all her talent in this match, raw power, determination and was improving steadly with her game, quickness, angles, finishing points at the net (swing volleys). So clean on her groundstrokes.
She won Australian Open 2 years later without losing set.
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LightWarrior
May 3rd, 2011, 08:58 PM
15 year-old Seles beating Chris Evert, Houston 1989. I only watched clips on the news, it was a huge bombshell at the time. Even from the clips you could feel Monica had all the guts to dominate soon.

tennismaster8820
May 3rd, 2011, 09:04 PM
^^
What was Monica's first big match at some grand slam tournament?

LightWarrior
May 3rd, 2011, 09:11 PM
^^
What was Monica's first big match at some grand slam tournament?

When she she was defeated by Graf at RG, semi final 63 36 63 a couple of months later.

black_fire
May 3rd, 2011, 09:13 PM
What happened with this kind of tennis :sobbing: And now we are forced to watch Wozzzzz's moonballing?! :hysteric:

cherboy
May 3rd, 2011, 09:24 PM
mary pierce killing steffi graf in the semis of roland garros in 1994. six years later she won the title. u can say the same about her at the aussies. amazing thriller against sabatini in 1993 and two years later she won the tournement.

égalité
May 3rd, 2011, 09:25 PM
Hingis against Graf in the 1996 YEC final. A classic :worship:

KoOlMaNsEaN
May 3rd, 2011, 09:43 PM
Serena vs Graf 1999 Indian Wells. A great match, Serena showing her power and new found accuracy with that power.

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Soliloque
May 3rd, 2011, 09:58 PM
16 years old Kim Clijsters, playing her first US Open in 1999, serving for the match against eventual winner Serena Williams. First match between a Williams and one of the Belgians, and Kim showing she had everything to suceed in New York.
She won the US Open six years later against Mary Pierce.

2 years and a half later, Kim lost in the semi of the 2002 Australian Open against previous winner and eventual winner Jennifer Capriati. First two sets were great, Kim losing the first one despite dominating. Capriati won 7/5 3/6 6/1, Kim vanishing in the third but showinG at 18 that she was extremly good on Rebound Ace (trashing Henin in quarters by the way) and extremly loved in Australia.
She won the Australian Open 9 years later, beating Na Li.



And what about people talking about Indian Wells and YEC ? The point of the thread is that the match has to take place in a GS tournament the player is going to win later.

Serenita
May 3rd, 2011, 10:04 PM
Serena vs Graf 1999 Indian Wells. A great match, Serena showing her power and new found accuracy with that power.

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amazing, thnx for posting:wavey:

spencercarlos
May 3rd, 2011, 10:21 PM
I was watching some old youtube videos of tennis matches and got idea for this thread.
It's about grand slam champions playing their first big match in GS they would win one day.
Their talent was amazing, they were all so young and already very good.
I miss that kind of talents in todays game.
So here are some of the matches I found. If you know some more examples I will be glad to put it in this opening post of thread.

Steffi Graf vs Joe Durie Wimbledon 1984
Graf was only 15 years old here but despite losing she showed in this match that she has it all to win this tournament in the future.
Ahe won her first in 1987 defeating Martina Navratilova.
MkHAxY1_woQ

Venus Williams vs Martina Hingis US Open 1997
Venus was 17 years old and in her first US Open she reached finals. Losing to Hingis wasn't disgrace, she showed raw talent and such athleticism never seen in women's game before. 3 years later she won it defeating Lindsay Davenport.
Ok3L5r5YxLM

Lindsay Davenport vs Gabriela Sabatini US Open 1993
Lindsay was 17 years old and playing her third US Open. Amazingly clean strokes and precise power shots were in her repertoar even then already. It was closely contested match against 5th seed which she lost.
She won US Open in 1998 beating Marzina Hingis in the final.
09KTiyN8xw8

Iva Majoli vs Steffi Graf Roland Garros 1993
Iva was 15 years old and already good enough to challenge great Steffi Graf. Her shots were deep and precise and she was already very good from both wings. She won Roland Garros 4 years later defeating Martina Hingis.
5WJO7KmHlXg
To be honest the 1997 Usopen Final was not exactly the match that showed Venus could win a slam, her semifinal perhaps. That final was a whooping 6-0 6-4 win in just over an hour, and Hingis walked throught for most of it. She actually hit more winners than Venus in this match.

Hingis 1996 Match vs Sanchez Vicario at the Usopen really showed that she could win a slam. 6-1 3-6 6-4 Hingis won.

Serena in early 1999 while her dominating Paris-Indian Wells-Miami run she showed in many matches against great players that she was going to win a slam so quick.

Venus match vs Graf at Wimbledon 1999 showed that she was going to win that thing sooner than later IMO.

Henin´s match vs Davenport at Roland Garros 1999 also showed that she had the talent to win it as well.

Sabatini´s 1987 RG SF vs Graf showed that she was that close to win one... but oh well..

Novotna´s run at Wimbledon 1993 showed that she could as well...

Martinez, it´s hard to say, as i don´t remmember early on a match that she challenged Graf or Seles during the early 90ties to think that she was definetly going to get a slam... incidentally she ended up beating Martina at Wimbledon.

Sanchez Vicario came up from the nothing as well in 1989, nobody saw that coming IMO..

A young green Pierce in 1993 match against Sabatini at the Australian Open showed that she had what it takes to win a slam, raw power, determination and was improving steadly with her game, quickness, angles, finishing points at the net (swing volleys). So clean on her groundstrokes. Pierce underachieved tons IMO.
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Mauresmo in 2005 YEC run showed that she was ready mentally to take a slam.
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There are many others.. but i am lazy :p

tennismaster8820
May 3rd, 2011, 11:45 PM
16 years old Kim Clijsters, playing her first US Open in 1999, serving for the match against eventual winner Serena Williams. First match between a Williams and one of the Belgians, and Kim showing she had everything to suceed in New York.
She won the US Open six years later against Mary Pierce.

Yeah I remember that match and I tried to find video but it doesn't exist on youtube anymore! :o
Would love to see it again!

2 years and a half later, Kim lost in the semi of the 2002 Australian Open against previous winner and eventual winner Jennifer Capriati. First two sets were great, Kim losing the first one despite dominating. Capriati won 7/5 3/6 6/1, Kim vanishing in the third but showinG at 18 that she was extremly good on Rebound Ace (trashing Henin in quarters by the way) and extremly loved in Australia.
She won the Australian Open 9 years later, beating Na Li.

All good examples, will try to find video of that match.

And what about people talking about Indian Wells and YEC ? The point of the thread is that the match has to take place in a GS tournament the player is going to win later.

Yeah! :lol:
Anyway those videos posted were great so I don't mind it! :lol:

tennismaster8820
May 4th, 2011, 01:06 AM
To be honest the 1997 Usopen Final was not exactly the match that showed Venus could win a slam, her semifinal perhaps. That final was a whooping 6-0 6-4 win in just over an hour, and Hingis walked throught for most of it. She actually hit more winners than Venus in this match.

Well yeah first set was too easy but in second set it was already clear that venus had the game even then to win that match. And remember it was her first US Open and already she was finalist.

Venus match vs Graf at Wimbledon 1999 showed that she was going to win that thing sooner than later IMO.

This for sure! But she already showed it year ago in her match against Novotna. I still remember that match clearly. Venus had so much desire and she ended up in tears after losing.

Henin´s match vs Davenport at Roland Garros 1999 also showed that she had the talent to win it as well.

Yep I had that match in mind when opening thread but sadly no video to be found. :sad:

A young green Pierce in 1993 match against Sabatini at the Australian Open showed that she had what it takes to win a slam, raw power, determination and was improving steadly with her game, quickness, angles, finishing points at the net (swing volleys). So clean on her groundstrokes. Pierce underachieved tons IMO.

Added to first post! :yeah:

Stonerpova
May 4th, 2011, 01:50 AM
Ivanovic def. Mauresmo 2005 French Open. She showed some wicked shotmaking and a lot of poise in that match. She blew a 64 31 BP lead but regrouped to win 64 in the third.

faboozadoo15
May 4th, 2011, 02:00 AM
When she she was defeated by Graf at RG, semi final 63 36 63 a couple of months later.

Her first major. Monica :worship:
Born to be a champ.