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VeeJJ
Nov 5th, 2011, 07:31 AM
Haven't seen this thread up yet...

What was the best high quality tennis match of the year (meaning both players, not just one)?

What was the most dramatic match of the year (This doesn't include a shocking win or anything or the sort. I'm talking some real diva shit consistently through the match.)

You can list a few or just one.

I haven't watched much tennis this year but Petko vs. Aga was pretty good quality. I now there was a few during the Australian/spring season as well.

JaJa and Fran at Cincy was some PEAK stuff in the drama department. Idk what cold top that.

List and Discuss :)

JRena
Nov 5th, 2011, 07:37 AM
Schiavone vs Kuznetsova Australian Open

VeeJJ
Nov 5th, 2011, 07:41 AM
I was waiting for that. I haven't seen it personally but I heard that the last set is the only thing that is really high quality.

Petkorazzi
Nov 5th, 2011, 07:46 AM
Of course not top quality, but Wickmayer-Morita at RG was much better than you'd expect it to be :eek: Looong rallies with plenty of winners from both.

SwingVolley93
Nov 5th, 2011, 07:47 AM
Def, Aga vs Petko :)

VeeJJ
Nov 5th, 2011, 07:47 AM
Of course not top quality, but Wickmayer-Morita at RG was much better than you'd expect it to be :eek: Looong rallies with plenty of winners from both.

OMG yes! I actually saw this match! It was pretty good and a tight score as well. I really wanted Ayumi to win :(

angelene
Nov 5th, 2011, 07:52 AM
Radwanska vs. Zvonareva, Istambul.

Svetlana)))
Nov 5th, 2011, 07:55 AM
Fran-Sveta AO
Serena-Zvonareva Eastbourne
Venus-Date Krumm Wimbledon

VeeJJ
Nov 5th, 2011, 07:59 AM
OMG! Vee and Kimiko :worship: I feel like this was ages ago. :lol:

Pops Maellard
Nov 5th, 2011, 08:16 AM
OMG! Vee and Kimiko :worship: I feel like this was ages ago. :lol:
Horrid and passive from Vee, but great from Grandma! :bowdown:

JustPetko
Nov 5th, 2011, 10:06 AM
Indoor: Stosur vs. Goerges (Stuttgart) :worship:
Clay: Li vs. Kvitova (RG)
Hard: Kuznetsova vs. Schiavone (AO)
Grass: Date Krumm vs. Venus (Wimbledon)

Bluish
Nov 5th, 2011, 10:06 AM
The two things that really resonate with me from 2011 were the first few days of Wimbledon and Stosur at the US Open.

There were some great Centre Court matches early on at SW19. Date Krumm - Venus, Dokic - Schiavone and also some Lisicki match. For a few days there the WTA really out performed the ATP, and on the sports biggest stage to boot!

Stosur's matches against Petrova, Kirilenko and Serena were all phenomenal. She was really the star of the tournament.

EDIT: Of course the Beijing F between Radwanska and Petkovic was match of the year IMO, how could I forget ;)

matthias
Nov 5th, 2011, 10:29 AM
Aga def. Petko in Beijing final

M.A.S.L.
Nov 5th, 2011, 11:02 AM
The best match IMO was Beijing final: Petkovic - A. Radwaska

True true tennis.

Kəv.
Nov 5th, 2011, 11:04 AM
Stosur - Kirilenko
All of them.

Dexter
Nov 5th, 2011, 11:34 AM
I hardly watched any matches this year but I liked the Beijing final the most.

The Dawntreader
Nov 5th, 2011, 12:13 PM
Venus-Zahlavova was just drama overload. It made the quality irrelevant.

mac47
Nov 5th, 2011, 12:19 PM
Yeah, but that's just par for the course with Barbora.

*Jean*
Nov 5th, 2011, 12:30 PM
Of course not top quality, but Wickmayer-Morita at RG was much better than you'd expect it to be :eek: Looong rallies with plenty of winners from both.

:spit:

Soliloque
Nov 5th, 2011, 12:33 PM
Bartoli - Pennetta

JoPova
Nov 5th, 2011, 12:39 PM
Bartoli - Pennetta

Totally agree! But I wish Flavia had won that match. Anyway, apart from the other ones you've already mention, I'd add that second set at the USO between Serena and Azarenka, which was pretty amazing. Great tennis from both girls!

Mistress of Evil
Nov 5th, 2011, 01:31 PM
The way Serena played against Azarenka in NYC was the best performance delivered by a player this year, such a joy to watch :)

Six Feet Under
Nov 5th, 2011, 01:34 PM
The best match of the past 10 years at least is undoubtedly Fran vs. Sveta at the AO.
OP, go watch it. Then this thread should be closed :p

Danars
Nov 5th, 2011, 01:52 PM
Best of german Tennis:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZQMvi6ZPrQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjiPjbuCA40

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jj2m3ns_AvM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-YBJ_EzpDk

Viennalover
Dec 10th, 2011, 09:08 PM
Venus-Date Krumm Wimbledon

Indoor: Grass: Date Krumm vs. Venus (Wimbledon)

This.
Glad that it wasn't only me. :bounce:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2yHzMiKmaY

flareon
Dec 10th, 2011, 09:13 PM
Venus-date krumm for me it was a good match and I love date krumm for it now. Not many others have blew me away really. I enjoyed petkovic v Keothavong at oz open beginning of the year the second set was good.

young_gunner913
Dec 10th, 2011, 09:40 PM
Drama: Rome R1 Queen Bethanie def. Flavia Pennetta 6-4, 4-6, 6-3

Darkness overcast the sky as the fighting fashionista took on Italy's own number 2, Flavia Pennetta. The audience was loud and boisterous, rooting every chance they got for their home crowd hero. The match momentum swung back and forth. Queen Bethanie was in peak form, hitting amazing winners down 0-40 or 40-0 then on GP/BP some stroke enducing error. Flavia was in peak Sucketta mode hitting revolting errors then cussing up a storm. In the end, her majesty was too invested to crap this match away, so she picked off Sucketta's mid court balls and ended the crowd's & Flavia's misery.

Stonerpova
Dec 10th, 2011, 09:46 PM
Serena-Azarenka at the Open deserves a mention. The second set in particular was unbelievable.

JCTennisFan
Dec 10th, 2011, 10:19 PM
For me it was the US open F. Serena wasnt playing her best but a large portion of that was because Stosur shut her down. Serena is well known for clawing her way into matches and if Stosur wasnt mentally like a wall in that match she would of derailed after the mini-tirade Serena pulled halfway through the match. It was the only time Serena has been beaten in a Slam final by someone not named Venus or Sharapova.

Pops Maellard
Dec 10th, 2011, 10:20 PM
I wasn't impressed by Venus-Date Krumm from Venus' perspective. It was really just a good match for Date Krumm :shrug:. The best match should be two players playing well ;).

The Dawntreader
Dec 10th, 2011, 10:23 PM
I wasn't impressed by Venus-Date Krumm from Venus' perspective. It was really just a good match for Date Krumm :shrug:. The best match should be two players playing well ;).

Venus was ridiculously passive. Added to the fact that she was SO slow moving out of corners, she was being out-hit within 2 or 3 fairly standard rallying shots.

Some lovely shot-making of course, but it reflected rather worse on Venus in general that match. Highlighted a rather harsh physical decline:sad:

Jane Lane
Dec 10th, 2011, 10:24 PM
NOTHING can top the drama of Fran/JJ in Cincy. Peak Empress. Your fave could never.

I'm still pissed I can't find that full match ANYWHERE. :fiery:

Pops Maellard
Dec 10th, 2011, 10:39 PM
Venus was ridiculously passive. Added to the fact that she was SO slow moving out of corners, she was being out-hit within 2 or 3 fairly standard rallying shots.

Some lovely shot-making of course, but it reflected rather worse on Venus in general that match. Highlighted a rather harsh physical decline:sad:
Of course when I tried to say that Venus was passive in the match result thread Shvedbarilescu gave me a bad rep :tears::lol:.

The Dawntreader
Dec 10th, 2011, 10:42 PM
Of course when I tried to say that Venus was passive in the match result thread Shvedbarilescu gave me a bad rep :tears::lol:.

How dare you have an opinion!!111

Viennalover
Dec 10th, 2011, 11:09 PM
Venus was ridiculously passive. Added to the fact that she was SO slow moving out of corners, she was being out-hit within 2 or 3 fairly standard rallying shots.

Some lovely shot-making of course, but it reflected rather worse on Venus in general that match. Highlighted a rather harsh physical decline:sad:

Actually Venus was playing really good at 1R and 3R.
Many players made to be passive at Kimiko's match.

That's because Kimiko takes the ball really early and her shot is very low.
It's hard for some players to adjust, especially the first encounter.
And the grass court...

It was an interesting match not only Kimiko had a variety of shots,
but Venus needs to cope with it and required to be creative to fight back.
Battle of 2 different stlye of Tennis, and 5time Wimby champion managed to win through but nice try KDK. :)

Ryan
Dec 11th, 2011, 03:26 AM
Serena-Azarenka at the Open deserves a mention. The second set in particular was unbelievable.


Second set was INSANE. Probably not the best overall match, but probably one of the most tense/high-quality sets of the year (behind Sveta/Fran AO 3rd set).

ExtremespeedX
Dec 11th, 2011, 03:30 AM
Stosur vs Kvitova at YEC. I felt Sam played out of her mind in that match, but in the end she couldn't maintain that level.

Tennisfan26
Dec 11th, 2011, 04:38 AM
Sharapova - Dulgheru for most dramatic

Kooyong
Dec 11th, 2011, 04:47 AM
Schiavone vs Kuznetsova Australian Open

This should win easily followed by the Sam v Nadia match at the USO which was of the highest standard and the third best match I saw this year was the USO final for it was dramatic with Sam playing a great match against a fired up Serena.

With special mention to the Bejing Final. both Radwanski and Petrovic won my respect that day and I think both could go close to the top five this coming year

Kooyong
Dec 11th, 2011, 04:49 AM
OMG! Vee and Kimiko :worship: I feel like this was ages ago. :lol:

I agree I though that was last year's Wimbeldon

AcesHigh
Dec 11th, 2011, 04:59 AM
Fran-Sveta no contest. I mean anyone watching that match will remember it FOREVER

Break My Rapture
Dec 11th, 2011, 12:59 PM
I think Schiavone/Kuznetsova is overrated, but that's probably because I think both players are sometimes too cringeworthy to watch.

Best quality from both players were, IMO,
-Goerges/Sharapova in AO
-Azarenka/Pavlyuchenkova in Rome
-Williams/Date-Krumm in Wimbledon
-Kvitova/Azarenka in Istanbul

I think those are my favorite matches of the year, quality wise. Second set between Williamsova and Azarenka in NY was great to watch, even though the outcome was probably NID throughout. Some of the shots were :drool: though.

L'Enfant Sauvage
Dec 11th, 2011, 01:32 PM
I also feel that Sexa d. Sexa was a bit overrated. It was definitely high drama, but there were better matches tennis-wise. I have to go with Venus d. Date Krumm, I honestly thought she was going to lose that match 6-7 1-6 or something, since that usually happens these days when relative(or complete) nobodies see Venus and start playing the tennis of their life. The first set was ridiculously high quality, almost like a jump back in time to the 90s, and even then it would have been considered one of the best matches in any year it was played.

SAISAI-GOAT
Dec 11th, 2011, 04:06 PM
Na v Sabine

vixter
Dec 11th, 2011, 04:39 PM
I don't think Venus was that bad vs Kimiko, considering her circumstances. I remember it as a great match.

Njay16
Dec 11th, 2011, 05:33 PM
^^ I agree.

I really enjoyed the second set of the IW final between Bartoli-Wozniacki. Both players were using all areas of the court and Marion was coming up with some very creative ways to win points.

Sally Todd
Dec 11th, 2011, 05:37 PM
The highlights of Radwanska-Petkovic are pretty great.

If Aga would just learn not to powder puff her second serve she could be a slam contender.

Until then, no.

If her coach has sense, serve and especially second serve will be the main focus of her off-season training. With her frame she should be able to serve much better than she does, though she is getting more speed on the first serve in this match.

Holdsworth
Dec 11th, 2011, 06:47 PM
Paris: Kvitova - BZS
Wimbledon: Venus - Kimiko
Wimbledon: Lisicki - Li
Wimbledon: Kvitova - Pironkova
US Open: Stosur - Kirilenko
US Open: Serena - Azarenka
Beijing: Aga - Petkovic
Istanbul: Zvonareva - Wozniacki
Istanbul: Kvitova - Azarenka

Laura_VeeFan
Dec 11th, 2011, 07:03 PM
IMO, the best quality match this year was Venus-Kimiko at Wimbledon. Stunning tennis, especially from Kimiko! I was nervous throughout the match (being a Vee fan) so I didn't realise how GOAT it actually was until I watched highlights of it :bowdown: Special mention to Sexa-Sexa at AO as well

The most dramatic match I saw was Jelena-Maria at Cincinnati, although I heard JJ-Sexa was pretty dramatic as well :lol:

VeeJJ
Dec 12th, 2011, 01:08 AM
What about the Stuttgart final? I thought that was pretty high quality.

The Dawntreader
Dec 12th, 2011, 01:12 AM
Drama: Rome R1 Queen Bethanie def. Flavia Pennetta 6-4, 4-6, 6-3

Darkness overcast the sky as the fighting fashionista took on Italy's own number 2, Flavia Pennetta. The audience was loud and boisterous, rooting every chance they got for their home crowd hero. The match momentum swung back and forth. Queen Bethanie was in peak form, hitting amazing winners down 0-40 or 40-0 then on GP/BP some stroke enducing error. Flavia was in peak Sucketta mode hitting revolting errors then cussing up a storm. In the end, her majesty was too invested to crap this match away, so she picked off Sucketta's mid court balls and ended the crowd's & Flavia's misery.

I remember this. Dogfight of quite ludicrous proportions. The MP was fabulous:hearts:

Nikkiri
Dec 12th, 2011, 01:35 AM
Stosur - Kirilenko
All of them.

+1

young_gunner913
Dec 12th, 2011, 01:48 AM
I remember this. Dogfight of quite ludicrous proportions. The MP was fabulous:hearts:

Yes. :hearts: Fellowed by a loud COME ON & fist pump. :drool:

Excelscior
Dec 12th, 2011, 01:53 AM
Paris: Kvitova - BZS
Wimbledon: Venus - Kimiko
Wimbledon: Lisicki - Li
Wimbledon: Kvitova - Pironkova
US Open: Stosur - Kirilenko
US Open: Serena - Azarenka
Beijing: Aga - Petkovic
Istanbul: Zvonareva - Wozniacki
Istanbul: Kvitova - Azarenka

Good combined quality of play list.

I would add Kvitova vs Jankovic at Linz, for quality of play. That was a great match, for those who haven't seen it. You can watch the full match at Youtube if you're a Jelena or Kvitova fan (or just a fan of excellent shot making, serving, returning, court coverage and defense to offense).

I would also add Pennetta vs both Shuai and Sharapova at the US Open (if my mind serves me correctly) for sheer drama, great comebacks and heart.

And of course Schiavone vs Kuznetsova at the Australian Open was epic.

everythingtaboo
Dec 12th, 2011, 01:36 PM
I agree with most that has been mentioned.

Fran vs Sveta @ AO
Kimiko vs Venus @ Wimbledon
Stosur vs Kiri @ US Open
Aga vs Petko @ Beijing
Petra vs Vika @ YEC

Special mention to Sabine - Goerges at Stuttgart. Both girls going for winner after winner.

Most dramatic? Kiri vs Oprandi from AO. Wasn't on a show court (sadly) but wowza. Kiri breaking the net, Oprandi pissing Kiri off with her millions of drop shots and then yelling at a kid to shut up when she started choking... which was after Kiri had choked a 5-1 lead in the second. :drool:

Nikkiri
Dec 12th, 2011, 01:40 PM
Most dramatic? Kiri vs Oprandi from AO. Wasn't on a show court (sadly) but wowza. Kiri breaking the net, Oprandi pissing Kiri off with her millions of drop shots and then yelling at a kid to shut up when she started choking... which was after Kiri had choked a 5-1 lead in the second. :drool:

Oh how could I forget this one... It was crazy. :sobbing:

everythingtaboo
Dec 12th, 2011, 01:48 PM
Oh how could I forget this one... It was crazy. :sobbing:

It was too much. Finally Kiri wins 8-6 in the third. :help: :tape:

vozas
Dec 12th, 2011, 01:52 PM
Sharapova vs Wozniacki - Rome SF
Lisicki vs Li - Wimbledon 2nd round
Kvitova vs Azarenka - YEC final

rnwerner
Dec 28th, 2011, 01:17 PM
Australian Open, Achtelfinal: Schiavone d. Kuznetsova 64 16 16-14
Paris, Final: Kvitova d. Clijsters 64 63
Brüssel, Halbfinal: Wozniacki d. Schiavone 64 46 63
Wimbledon, R2: V. Williams d. Date Krumm 67 63 86
Wimbledon, R2: Lisicki d. Li Na 36 64 86
Wimbledon, R3: Bartoli d. Pennetta 57 64 97
US Open, Achtelfinal: Stosur d. Kirilenko 62 67 63
Peking, Final: Radwanska d. Petkovic 76 06 64


Best tournaments were Wimbledon and Istanbul.

There were a lot of excellent matches where only 1 player was incredibly good (like Serena Williams at Stanford or the USO, Stosur at the USO, Kvitova in Madrid or Istanbul and Wozniacki in Doha)

Mattographer
Dec 28th, 2011, 01:33 PM
Dramatic:
Stosur-Petrova at the USO.
Stosur-Kirilenko at the USO.

She gave me white hair :sobbing:

MiiMo
Dec 28th, 2011, 02:01 PM
Drama : Li-Lisicki Wimbledon's 2nd round :)

mac47
Dec 28th, 2011, 02:17 PM
The atmosphere, drama, and level of play in the Kvitova-Kuznetsova match in the Fed Cup final were all outstanding. Svetlana showed up with the most shocking gameplan: go toe to toe with Kvitty for power. It worked for most of the match, but Petra never gave up, and crowned her season with her finest win.

young_gunner913
Dec 29th, 2011, 01:08 AM
Drama: Rome R1 Queen Bethanie def. Flavia Pennetta 6-4, 4-6, 6-3

Darkness overcast the sky as the fighting fashionista took on Italy's own number 2, Flavia Pennetta. The audience was loud and boisterous, rooting every chance they got for their home crowd hero. The match momentum swung back and forth. Queen Bethanie was in peak form, hitting amazing winners down 0-40 or 40-0 then on GP/BP some stroke enducing error. Flavia was in peak Sucketta mode hitting revolting errors then cussing up a storm. In the end, her majesty was too invested to crap this match away, so she picked off Sucketta's mid court balls and ended the crowd's & Flavia's misery.

Relive the drama!!!

KT9FMVG_DOk

Mike81
Dec 29th, 2011, 01:23 AM
Undoubtedly

KjiPjbuCA40

Kəv.
Dec 29th, 2011, 01:29 AM
^ i agree with you on something!

Milito22
Dec 29th, 2011, 01:32 AM
Aga vs Petko Beijing/Rogers Cup

Schiavone vs Sveta AO

Stosur vs Kirilenko USO