View Full Version : Need history information - Amazing Sabatini Match

DJ Jayito
Jun 1st, 2003, 09:11 PM
What's the name of the player who was down I think it was 0-5 in the second set (after losing the first set) to Sabatini, YEARS AGO... She faced 2 match points against her, and then an hour later she won the match in the 3rd set (after facing another match point against her). I cannot remember her name, but she was this thin blonde girl who used to wear her hair in a long thin poney tail with white sweat bands in the poney tail. Please help

Jun 1st, 2003, 09:15 PM
mary joe fernandez but she was never blond

Jun 1st, 2003, 09:15 PM
Mary-Joe Fernandez? :confused:

1/6, 1/5....

DJ Jayito
Jun 1st, 2003, 09:25 PM
Mary Jo... That's it. I remember her being blonde for some reason. LOL


DJ Jayito
Jun 1st, 2003, 09:25 PM
How exactly did the match go? I just remember watching it, and turning the TV off when it was double match point in the second set... When I turned the TV back on an hour later, it was back and forth match points.

Jun 1st, 2003, 09:30 PM
Mary Joe Fernandez.... that match was a turning point in Gaby's career :sad:
She ended up loosing in the third set 10-8, after 8 match points I think...
Fernandez really fought back..


Jun 1st, 2003, 09:32 PM
I remember watching steffi-cappy at that moment and then the commentator said sabatini was almost through and then 2 hours or so later they were still playing :o

Jun 1st, 2003, 09:33 PM
:sad: :sad: :sad: Oh please no more talk about that match...BOO HOO BOO HOO :sad:

Jun 1st, 2003, 09:35 PM
very painful loss for gaby :sad: that was such a turning point in her career so many wasted opportunities

and 2 years later she lost to an injured kimiko date at the semis in miami after leading 6-1 5-1 too

Colin B
Jun 1st, 2003, 10:52 PM
What's the name of the player who was down I think it was 0-5 in the second set (after losing the first set) to Sabatini, YEARS AGO...Please help

DJ Jayito - Looks like you're new here - welcome to wtaworld.

You may be interested in the Blast From The Past forum (down near the bottom of the home page/forum jump); there's a thread devoted to Gabi with photos and stuff, lots of other retired players too.
Check it out.

Jun 1st, 2003, 11:15 PM
Wow I dont know if I would ever survive after holding a lead like that! :eek: I think that would have definitely been the turning point of anyone's career! AMAZING fight back from Mary Joe but Gaby..:sad:

Similar situation with Jana and Chanda in 1995..

Jun 1st, 2003, 11:40 PM
Except for the fact that Jana still won a Grand Slam after that Roland Garros....

Jun 2nd, 2003, 12:14 AM
Gaby was killing Mary Joe on court and it read 6-1, 5-1 after just under an hour. Mary Jo (who was my favourite of the time) was so disgusted with herself that she was determined to win a game or two to make it past the hour mark.

A game or two, became 3, 4, etc etc - she saved a bunch of matchpoints and won the set 7-6.

Gaby led again in the third set 5-3 and served for it at 7-6, but Mary Jo just never gave up.. she won in the end 1-6,7-6,10-8. It was amazing!

She was so pumped up for her semi against 2nd seed Aranxta (a player she never did well against) that she killed her on court 6-2, 6-2. Huge first serves and a whole flurry of second shot winners. Arantxa was flattenned.

Mary Joe should have won the final that year against Graf (1993). She won the first set 6-4, lost the second 6-2 but led 4-0 with a double break in the final set before choming and winning only won more game... 4-6,6-2,6-4....

Still in my mind the greatest comeback as there was so many twists and turns to the match and she was so out of it at 6-1,5-1...

I know some people rate Rubin's comeback against Novotna at Rold Garros as big - she was 0-5, 0-40 down, but Novotna choked and missed everything after that....

Sabatini still kept hitting winners, but Mary Jo loosened up as she had nothing to lose and attacked everything....