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pov
May 15th, 2012, 04:35 PM
Recently a player served 27% in first serves in a set - which she won anyway. I'm shocked. Is that percentage not as nuts as it seems to me? Can anyone come up with a lower one?

Edit: People please - this is NOT a thread to give idjits an excuse to bash anyone. There are threads about most UEs that don't go there.

JustPetko
May 15th, 2012, 05:07 PM
Eva Birnerova had 35% in one of her matches a year ago :o

pov
May 15th, 2012, 05:33 PM
BTW To those who like to twist everything to fit their defensive mindset - the player was my first fave and she's still very much among my faves.

darrinbaker00
May 15th, 2012, 05:34 PM
Recently a player served 27% in first serves in a set - which she won anyway. I'm shocked. Is that percentage not as nuts as it seems to me? Can anyone come up with a lower one?

Edit: People please - this is NOT a thread to give idjits an excuse to bash anyone. There are threads about most UEs that don't go there.

Is there any particular reason why you start threads like this instead of going to the WTA website and looking these things up?

Zamboni
May 15th, 2012, 05:34 PM
Lets stick to the question posed in the first post.

Cp6uja
May 15th, 2012, 05:36 PM
Most notable WTA match is from US Open 2007 (qualification round) between Marie-Eve Pelletier vs Selma Sfar 1-0 *15-00 ret. where both players WHOLE MATCH finished with 0% (zero percent) first serve in! :eek: :eek: :eek:

pov
May 15th, 2012, 05:40 PM
Is there any particular reason why you start threads like this instead of going to the WTA website and looking these things up?
The reason is that I don't know and, since I'd like to know, I'm asking.

Who made you arbitrator of what stats people can inquire about?

pov
May 15th, 2012, 05:44 PM
Most notable WTA match is from US Open 2007 (qualification round) between Marie-Eve Pelletier vs Selma Sfar 1-0 *15-00 ret. where both players WHOLE MATCH finished with 0% (zero percent) first serve in! :eek: :eek: :eek:
Seriously???? C'mon, are you sure? Not even 1 first serve in for an entire match? That's beyond crazy! Is there a source for that stat?

Rollo
May 15th, 2012, 05:48 PM
Maria Amorin double faulted away a whole first set at Wimbledon in 1957. She served up 17 double faults in a row.

So the answer would be zero percent if you are going back far enough in time.

pov
May 15th, 2012, 05:56 PM
^ I'm not saying it isn't so, but it's very tough to believe.

Malva
May 15th, 2012, 06:03 PM
Maria Amorin double faulted away a whole first set at Wimbledon in 1957. She served up 17 double faults in a row.

So the answer would be zero percent if you are going back far enough in time.

That's what you call "aggressive serving", I suppose.

nevetssllim
May 15th, 2012, 06:25 PM
Schiavone has played a few recent-ish matches where her first serve percentage has hovered around the 30% mark.

I'm guessing Parra Santonja is another.

In The Zone
May 15th, 2012, 06:52 PM
Seriously???? C'mon, are you sure? Not even 1 first serve in for an entire match? That's beyond crazy! Is there a source for that stat?

:lol: Look at the score of that match. ;)

Petkorazzi
May 15th, 2012, 06:54 PM
:lol: Look at the score of that match. ;)
:lol: Do you seriously think he was serious?

Rollo
May 15th, 2012, 06:59 PM
^ I'm not saying it isn't so, but it's very tough to believe.


I agree, but it's actually verified in the Guiness Book of World Records, and more importantly to my mind, Lance Tingay in his excellent book Guiness Book of Tennis Facts and Figures, published in about 1983.

That's what you call "aggressive serving", I suppose.

If it was a 2012 match I'd say so, but the story goes that it was just a case of Wimbledon nerves!

davidmario
May 15th, 2012, 07:14 PM
Maria Amorin double faulted away a whole first set at Wimbledon in 1957. She served up 17 double faults in a row.

So the answer would be zero percent if you are going back far enough in time.

wouldn't it be 16 double faults to lose a set? assuming the opponent holds serve every time.

darrinbaker00
May 15th, 2012, 08:03 PM
The reason is that I don't know and, since I'd like to know, I'm asking.

Who made you arbitrator of what stats people can inquire about?

If you have the time to start this thread and wait for someone to post an answer, you have the time to find the answer yourself.

Spring Pools
May 15th, 2012, 08:10 PM
Maria Amorin double faulted away a whole first set at Wimbledon in 1957. She served up 17 double faults in a row.

So the answer would be zero percent if you are going back far enough in time.

Sounds like something Dementieva would do, but are you sure it was 17? Wouldn't she have to serve some multiple of 4 double faults?

Malva
May 16th, 2012, 05:00 AM
Sounds like something Dementieva would do, but are you sure it was 17? Wouldn't she have to serve some multiple of 4 double faults?

Rollo didn't say whether that awe-inspiring sequence of double faults happened within the span of one set or not. Neither did he say whether she started her defaulting from the first serve in her first service game. In any case, just to be able to default so many times probably means that Amorin was able to break her opponent multiple times.

An equally exciting question would be: what was the lowest number of points won on one's service for a player who won the match.

MaxQue
May 16th, 2012, 05:24 AM
:lol: Do you seriously think he was serious?

Well, that match happened, with that score.

Maddox
May 16th, 2012, 06:44 AM
Recently a player served 27% in first serves in a set - which she won anyway. I'm shocked. Is that percentage not as nuts as it seems to me? Can anyone come up with a lower one?

Edit: People please - this is NOT a thread to give idjits an excuse to bash anyone. There are threads about most UEs that don't go there.

Venus you mean :rolleyes:

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 06:46 AM
Maria Amorin double faulted away a whole first set at Wimbledon in 1957. She served up 17 double faults in a row.

So the answer would be zero percent if you are going back far enough in time.

:lol: I just love quirky facts like this. According to this article, she recovered her composure well enough to win the 2nd set, but lost in 3 anyway:sad::

http://www.espn.co.uk/onthisday/sport/story/192.html

Anyone have any more details on this?

Marcus1979
May 16th, 2012, 07:42 AM
Dementiva used to have a low serve %, but lucky she had good groundies to keep her in matches.

J4m3ka
May 16th, 2012, 07:48 AM
Maria Amorin double faulted away a whole first set at Wimbledon in 1957. She served up 17 double faults in a row.


Reincarnated as Maria Sharapova :oh:

Rollo
May 16th, 2012, 03:59 PM
:lol: I just love quirky facts like this. According to this article, she recovered her composure well enough to win the 2nd set, but lost in 3 anyway:sad::

http://www.espn.co.uk/onthisday/sport/story/192.html

Anyone have any more details on this?

Not many more details-only the score for the match.

Thung won 6-3 4-6 6-1

Thung held once in set 1 while Amorin wasted her 4 service games with 16 consecutive double faults. The 17th consecutive double came in set 2. I would imagine there were a host of breaks in the last 2 sets also!

pov
May 16th, 2012, 04:14 PM
If you have the time to start this thread and wait for someone to post an answer, you have the time to find the answer yourself.
:haha: :facepalm: Thank you for - in your words - giving an example of your amazing stupidity!

*Jool*
May 16th, 2012, 04:29 PM
Ask Parra :oh:

pov
May 18th, 2012, 04:30 PM
And today another player (probably my main fave) did her best and made a good run at the tournament record. Unfortunately she didn't make it and posted a second best of 39%. :lol:

Cosmic Voices
May 18th, 2012, 04:31 PM
i knew this thread would get bumped after masha's serving performance in the second :facepalm:

pov
May 18th, 2012, 05:09 PM
i knew this thread would get bumped after masha's serving performance in the second :facepalm:
Deservedly so. Why would I slack on not mentioning another one of my faves noble attempt to break the record? Plus I'm fair - I'll give accolades to any uninjured player who puts in the effort to keep her percentage below 45%.