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DefyingGravity
May 21st, 2012, 01:48 AM
2005 Roland Garros 1R: Sanchez Lorenzo def. [5] Myskina 6-4, 4-6, 6-0

Why it is embarrassing: She is the first Roland Garros champion (and so far the only one) who has lost in the first round. Even though her first half of the year was horrendous, the match should never have been an issue on paper. Sanchez Lorenzo would then go on to lose to Emmanuelle Gagliardi the very next round. Sanchez Lorenzo had also dropped 70 places to 109 by that point.

Why it is not embarrassing: Myskina dealt with issues regarding her mother's health the entire first half of the season, and she was still able to reach the 4R of the Australian Open, semifinals of Antwerp, quarterfinals of Dubai, and the R16 of Miami.

2005 Wimbledon 3R: Craybas def. [4] S. Williams 6-3, 7-6

Why is it embarrassing: Serena doesn't generally lose to many players in that ranking bracket, and it became even more difficult to find these kind of losses in Grand Slams once she was winning her majors. She was also the Australian Open champion and the year's finalist. It was a huge upset on paper, but also...

Why it is not: ...Serena was in the height of her depression, injury, weight and other personal issues around this time. She hadn't played since the Italian Open, where she lost to Schiavone tamely. And she would only play Toronto, the U.S. Open, and Beijing to round out the year and continue this period of troubles until 2007.

2005 Wimbledon R1: Daniilidou def. [5] Henin 7-6, 2-6, 7-5

Why it is embarrassing: Justine was on a 24 match win streak, including the titles at Charleston, Berlin, Warsaw, and Roland Garros. The defeat marked the first time any French Open champion failed to win a single round at Wimbledon. While Daniilidou is dangerous, Justine at the time had (and still has) significantly better Wimbledon credentials.

Why it isn't embarrassing: 24 match win streaks on any surface require a lot of mental and physical energy, and while many agree that Justine was not stellar at Roland Garros, she still turned it on by the end of the tournament to cruise through quality opponents in Sharapova, Petrova, and Pierce. It may have simply been that Justine no longer had the mental energy to focus on the match, and from my memory, she may have been a little injured.

2008 Rome R2: Pironkova def. [1] Ivanovic 6-4, 5-7, 6-2

Why it is embarrassing: Boy...out of all Ana's bad losses in her career, this seemed to be the biggest indicator of what was to come. We all know Ana is capable of losing to anyone (Zi Yan, Julie Coin, Zheng Jie) on a given day now, but back in 2008 at the Foro Italico, this Ana was the defending Roland Garros finalist, and "default" defending champion since Justine retired that very week. Bookending Rome is a SF showing as the defending Berlin champion (l. to Dementieva) and a win at Roland Garros. So WTF was this? Tsvetana is a tricky opponent, yes, but logically this match was a slam dunk. What could only be described as a slow, painful implosion occurred on Pietrangeli.

Why it's not embarrassing: Rome, as most people seemed to think at this point, was not a good indicator of who would do well at Roland Garros. That was Berlin, and Berlin played much more like Paris at the time than Rome did. One could argue that Rome was the "Madrid" of the former clay season, and played faster than most clay courts. We also realize that Ana does not respond very well seeing the [1] next to her name in any capacity. Pironkova also has beaten Venus Williams on grass two years in a row, so one could say that Tsvetana is a bad match up for Ana.

2008 Wimbledon 2R: Kudryavtseva def. [3] Sharapova 6-2, 6-4

Why it is embarrassing: Maria had only lost to the eventual champion at Wimbledon since she won the tournament in 2004. At that moment, the only other time she had lost to someone who didn't win the Championships was Kuznetsova in 2003 at her first Wimbledon, where she reached the fourth round. She had always made the second week since that point. She was number one in the world at one point that year, and made a good account of herself at the French a couple weeks earlier, taking Safina to three hard hitting sets, even with a bum shoulder. Shoulder-pova of 2007-2008 still won a major, got to the final of another, and the semifinals of Roland Garros for the first time. Kudryavtseva, much like Sanchez Lorenzo, declined rapidly to 162 in the world that year, having started in the top 100.

Why it isn't embarrassing: Kudryavtseva nearly beat Venus in round one of the 2007 Wimbledon Championships, which Venus would go on to win. A very dangerous opponent on grass, her flat strokes don't provide many with a big swing with enough time to combat them. Sharapova's swings aren't loopy necessarily, but they are big. Also, as mentioned earlier, Sharapova's shoulder was at the height of its poor condition, and she would only play one more match that year and would end 2008 with a 32-5 record (37 matches played, compared to right now, when Sharapova will have contested 34 matches with a half a year still left).

2011 Roland Garros 2R: Rus def. [2] Clijsters 3-6, 7-5, 6-1

Why is it embarrassing: Kim, without even playing a single match on the clay season, was still the clear #2 of the year. She was the reigning U.S. Open and Australian Open champion, made the finals of the Paris Indoor tournament. Kim is also a two time finalist, with additional semifinal (2006) and 4R (2005) appearances to her name. Aranxta Rus, on the other hand, had little or no credentials in professional tennis. She was later said to find Kim as an idol. And it was clear during the match that an out of practice Clijsters could still win the match, and she placed herself in that position and collapsed. Even against Yakimova in the round previous, Kim didn't let rust get in her way.

Why it's not embarrassing: Roland Garros and red clay in general has been such a mystery with Kim. Her disdain for the surface doesn't match up with her natural gifts of movement and defense. She moves well on clay when she chooses to do so. However, she had been struggling with an ankle problem, she wasn't looking as fit as when she arrived in Melbourne in January. The conditions in the match kept getting heavier and slower, and by the time Kim and Aranxta finished, even with the new balls, the court was very slow.

iPatty
May 21st, 2012, 02:01 AM
Rus. You just can't come back from that.

Lord Choc Ice
May 21st, 2012, 02:03 AM
Oh God all of these losses are embarrassing :tears:.

I pick Pironkova def. Ivanovic :facepalm:.

Mynarco
May 21st, 2012, 02:09 AM
Rus def. Clijsters :tape:

Charlatan
May 21st, 2012, 02:10 AM
Goat Thread :spit:

You forgot also Pironkova def V.Williams TWO fucking times... but Rus def Kim took the cake here :sobbing:

Uncle Jason
May 21st, 2012, 02:12 AM
Clijsters for sure

Marcus1979
May 21st, 2012, 02:15 AM
what about:

Aniko Kapros over Henin at 2002 Roland Garros opening round?
Clarissa Fernandez over Clijsters at 2002 Roland Garros 3rd round?

In The Zone
May 21st, 2012, 02:18 AM
I wouldn't say the loss to Rus was embarrassing because Clijsters made it happen. She didn't want to play, she didn't care, she just turned up and left.

Of the ones listed, Sanchez Lorenzo takes the cake. Defending champion, then out in 1R to a journeywoman.

DefyingGravity
May 21st, 2012, 02:22 AM
Goat Thread :spit:

You forgot also Pironkova def V.Williams TWO fucking times... but Rus def Kim took the cake here :sobbing:

That looks like a match-up issue of Tsvetana not feeding Venus the same spin/pace every shot more than bad losses. They're bad in the grand scheme of a 5 time Wimbledon champion, but back when Tsvetana gave Venus more consistent pace in 2005 and in 2006, their H2H is 1-1. Now, Tsvetana plays much more different. I'm more inclined to say that the 2006 Australian Open loss to Pironkova is a lot worse.

what about:

Aniko Kapros over Henin at 2002 Roland Garros opening round?
Clarissa Fernandez over Clijsters at 2002 Roland Garros 3rd round?

I didn't want to comment on matches I never saw. Neither match was televised much or at all on ESPN back in 2002. They were on Jennifer, Monica, Venus, and Serena if there was women.

NashaMasha
May 21st, 2012, 02:48 AM
2008 Wimbledon 2R: Kudryavtseva def. [3] Sharapova 6-2, 6-4

that was Shoulderpova (since April 2008 ) , result is out of importance

DefyingGravity
May 21st, 2012, 02:54 AM
that was Shoulderpova (since April 2008 ) , result is out of importance

You clearly didn't read my comments on the match.

NashaMasha
May 21st, 2012, 02:59 AM
You clearly didn't read my comments on the match.

What for? injured player early or later may lose to even №543 and it cannot be called "embarrassing". The result of the match is not a wonder (now when we know that Pova was playing since April 2008 with such an injury making it worse and worse)

Lisa1
May 21st, 2012, 03:26 AM
What for? injured player early or later may lose to even №543 and it cannot be called "embarrassing". The result of the match is not a wonder (now when we know that Pova was playing since April 2008 with such an injury making it worse and worse)
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Stonerpova
May 21st, 2012, 03:29 AM
Rus. No doubt.

Hardiansf
May 21st, 2012, 03:47 AM
Serena :sad:
It's a big shock, even after read the OP's comment. CRAYBAS :mad::help:

I thought Radwanska def Sharapova at 2007 USO is a worth mention

AcesHigh
May 21st, 2012, 04:26 AM
Craybas over Serena. Watching that match.. at that point you knew something was wrong with Serena.

Belmont Lad
May 21st, 2012, 04:26 AM
Kimmie's loss to Rus :help: :speakles:

Stonerpova
May 21st, 2012, 04:27 AM
Serena :sad:
It's a big shock, even after read the OP's comment. CRAYBAS :mad::help:

I thought Radwanska def Sharapova at 2007 USO is a worth mention

Radwanska has become a top player though. Not like she was a journeywoman who never did anything after that upset.

In The Zone
May 21st, 2012, 04:31 AM
Craybas over Serena. Watching that match.. at that point you knew something was wrong with Serena.

Right - which makes it NOT embarrassing.

Nicolás89
May 21st, 2012, 04:32 AM
Radwanska has become a top player though. Not like she was a journeywoman who never did anything after that upset.

Right. Has anyone mentioned Coin def. Ivanovic US Open 2008. :haha:

Charlatan
May 21st, 2012, 04:47 AM
Right. Has anyone mentioned Coin def. Ivanovic US Open 2008. :haha:

wasn't she the 1st seed, too? :tape:

AcesHigh
May 21st, 2012, 05:20 AM
Right - which makes it NOT embarrassing.

It is embarrassing b/c if I recall, it wasn't because of injury. She was just immensely out of shape and not match fit. She did have "injury" issues that year, but her biggest problem was fitness.

It's definitely the most embarrassing on this list and definitely the most shocking.
Leading up to that loss, Serena was SF, QF, W, W, F at Wimbledon. She's also the only person on the list that had 7 slams at the point she lost..

But most of all, it was the way she lost which was the most embarrassing. Possibly the low point of her career

Aryman3
May 21st, 2012, 05:51 AM
I would add Aga's loss to 15 y.o. Larcher de Brito (in Miami?)

Marcus1979
May 21st, 2012, 06:19 AM
what about Weingartner over Capriati 2003 AO opening round, Capriati was the 2 time defending champion. Capriati led 6-2 4-2 and lost the match.

SVK
May 21st, 2012, 06:26 AM
Goat Thread :spit:

You forgot also Pironkova def V.Williams TWO fucking times... but Rus def Kim took the cake here :sobbing:

Three times...AO 2006 too, I´ve heard about Pironkova for the first time then.

wasn't she the 1st seed, too? :tape:

Yes, and Coin was playing her first WTA MD ever.

NeeemZ
May 21st, 2012, 06:29 AM
I don't see how Ana's loss to Pironkova is remotely close to being more embarrassing than her loss to Coin or even Paszek or Zheng in the same year. They were ranked lower than Pironkova and Ana was world No.1 and a GS champion when she lost to all three but hadn't achieved either when she lost against Tsveti.

Furthermore, she bounced straight back after her loss against Tsveti and won RG.

Mrs. Dimitrova
May 21st, 2012, 06:36 AM
Ana's loss to Coin at the USO was far worse than her loss to Pironkova IMO.

DefyingGravity
May 21st, 2012, 06:49 AM
I don't see how Ana's loss to Pironkova is remotely close to being more embarrassing than her loss to Coin or even Paszek or Zheng in the same year. They were ranked lower than Pironkova and Ana was world No.1 and a GS champion when she lost to all three but hadn't achieved either when she lost against Tsveti.

Furthermore, she bounced straight back after her loss against Tsveti and won RG.

The Coin match seems to stand out as the beginning of the downward trend for Ana. With the exception of Myskina and Sanchez Lorenzo, they are all losses from players who eventually got around to good form. And the players the lost to also have never been heard from again. Paszek went on to upset Schiavone and become a GS quarterfinalist, Zheng ended up being a two time semifinalist at a major. Pironkova has actually gotten worse on every other surface except grass, which is why I chose that match.

Marcus1979
May 21st, 2012, 07:04 AM
what about Safina winning one game as the world #1 at 2009 Wimbledon :tape:

DefyingGravity
May 21st, 2012, 07:06 AM
What for? injured player early or later may lose to even №543 and it cannot be called "embarrassing". The result of the match is not a wonder (now when we know that Pova was playing since April 2008 with such an injury making it worse and worse)

At the time, however, no one could tell that the injury was worse than the original prognosis. Aside from her shaky performances on serve, which began in Indian Wells that year, I couldn't tell she was injured watching that match or any match from that period.

This does not give me the impression that she was injured; even if she was, she deemed herself fit enough to play the match.

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Vuvurenka
May 21st, 2012, 07:07 AM
Definitely

1) Ana's loss to Coin
2) Serena's loss to Craybas
3) Clijster's loss to Rus

Trickle
May 21st, 2012, 07:54 AM
what about Weingartner over Capriati 2003 AO opening round, Capriati was the 2 time defending champion. Capriati led 6-2 4-2 and lost the match.

I remember that! You could just smell the upset coming. :devil:

Beny
May 21st, 2012, 08:19 AM
Rus

Banditoo
May 21st, 2012, 09:14 AM
Pironkova def. Venus x2 :sobbing:

Lord Choc Ice
May 21st, 2012, 11:44 AM
I don't see how Ana's loss to Pironkova is remotely close to being more embarrassing than her loss to Coin or even Paszek or Zheng in the same year. They were ranked lower than Pironkova and Ana was world No.1 and a GS champion when she lost to all three but hadn't achieved either when she lost against Tsveti.

Furthermore, she bounced straight back after her loss against Tsveti and won RG.

You joking? We're talking Pironkova. On clay! :lol:

Viktymise
May 21st, 2012, 11:56 AM
You joking? We're talking Pironkova. On clay! :lol:

You do know that Pironkova's results on clay from 06-08 weren't that bad for someone of her ranking bracket? Coin has never done anything of note in her career, apart from beating the mighty VIP. :tape:

StoneRose
May 21st, 2012, 12:00 PM
Rus vs Clijsters. Kim can win blindfolded against Rus if she wants too.

The Dawntreader
May 21st, 2012, 12:08 PM
It is embarrassing b/c if I recall, it wasn't because of injury. She was just immensely out of shape and not match fit. She did have "injury" issues that year, but her biggest problem was fitness.



No, she was never injured that year because she was out of shape, she was out of shape because she was injured. Her ankle injury that she picked up in April had basically handicapped her knee also, so she couldn't train, which would eventually become a catalyst for depression and her inactivity etc, etc, but at the time it was all about her injuries that had rendered her in such poor shape.

It wasn't that embarrassing. She was clearly running on empty for her entire 3 matches, her card was marked.

I agree about the Capriati match in 2003 at the AO. I know Capriati had just returned from corrective eyesight surgery, but to squander a lead against Weingarnter (who was never even viewed as anything remotely dangerous at the time) was baffling. Considering she was the defending champion it was just tragic.

Myskina's similar loss as the DC of RG wasn't embarrassing, it was entirely expected.

I think Ivanovic's loss to Coin takes the prize. Every detail about the loss was embarrassing. You could write a thesis on the inexplicable ridiculousness of that loss.

Lord Choc Ice
May 21st, 2012, 12:17 PM
You do know that Pironkova's results on clay from 06-08 weren't that bad for someone of her ranking bracket? Coin has never done anything of note in her career, apart from beating the mighty VIP. :tape:
Ana's just a nutcase :sobbing:.

chingching
May 21st, 2012, 01:07 PM
Rus played really well in the 3rd though. After she saved match point, she just clicked. She really should have done better against MaKiri

danieln1
May 21st, 2012, 01:33 PM
Obviously the Clijsters loss is the most embarassing, by far.

Rus didnt do nothing before and after that match. At least she stopped Kimberly from bullshiting her way to another victory!

ElusiveChanteuse
May 21st, 2012, 01:35 PM
Sharapova in a poll, she must win!:rocker2:

DefyingGravity
May 21st, 2012, 01:40 PM
I just don't see how the Coin loss is that surprising. Julie plays a game similar to Zheng and the US Open rewarded the flat hitters very well as the courts played very fast. And had you seen Ana play against Vera Dushevina the round previous, it's still not as surprising that the first person to hit flat to her would upset her.

And, again, Zheng and Paszek would go on to accomplish great results in the majors later in their careers. Not only that, but those three losses just signaled the beginning of a 4 year trend of surprise loss after surprise loss. It's not that inexplicable in the big picture, nor even at the time, when she was slumping out of the US Open series, pulled out of the Olympics with a thumb injury, and didn't even enjoy herself at Arthur Ashe Kids Day.

NeeemZ
May 21st, 2012, 01:55 PM
I just don't see how the Coin loss is that surprising. Julie plays a game similar to Zheng and the US Open rewarded the flat hitters very well as the courts played very fast. And had you seen Ana play against Vera Dushevina the round previous, it's still not as surprising that the first person to hit flat to her would upset her.

And, again, Zheng and Paszek would go on to accomplish great results in the majors later in their careers. Not only that, but those three losses just signaled the beginning of a 4 year trend of surprise loss after surprise loss. It's not that inexplicable in the big picture, nor even at the time, when she was slumping out of the US Open series, pulled out of the Olympics with a thumb injury, and didn't even enjoy herself at Arthur Ashe Kids Day.

Firstly, it may not have been surprising but was it embarrassing? I think it would have been given the expectation everyone had and the opponent Ana was facing.

Secondly, I agree that Pironkova hasn't done much in the majors apart from her 2 great Wimbledon results but Paszek hasn't exactly done anything in the majors at all apart from one QF. Since her Ana victory, she's made the second round in Grand Slams on 3 out of 11 occasions and made the third round once. Granted she has been injured but she's only accomplished one good result at the exact same tournament where Pironkova reached the same round.

Lord Choc Ice
May 30th, 2012, 12:37 AM
Virginie Razzano def. Serena Williams 2012 RG 1R, 4-6 7-6(5) 6-3 :sobbing:.

Becool
May 30th, 2012, 12:40 AM
didn't kapros defeat henin at roland garros once?

homogenius
May 30th, 2012, 12:48 AM
Venus losing to Karatantcheva at FO or Ana losing to Coin at the USO (for example)were more embarrassing that all the losses mentionned here

AcesHigh
May 30th, 2012, 01:13 AM
Venus losing to Karatantcheva at FO or Ana losing to Coin at the USO (for example)were more embarrassing that all the losses mentionned here

Venus losing at RG is never embarrassing... sadly, it's expected :lol: