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DefyingGravity
Aug 19th, 2007, 08:55 PM
Vote and discuss

Results:

1. Dubai F: Justine Henin def. Amelie Mauresmo 6/4, 7/5
2. Eastbourne F: Justine Henin def. Amelie Mauresmo 7/6, 5/7, 7/6 or something like that.
2. Wimbledon 3rd Rnd: Jelena Jankovic def. Lucie Safarova 5/7, 7/6, 6/2
2. Los Angeles SF: Ana Ivanovic def. Jelena Jankovic 3/6, 6/4, 7/5
3. Miami F: Serena Williams def. Justine Henin 0/6, 7/5, 6/3
4. Sydney F: Kim Clijsters [3] def. Jelena Jankovic 4/6, 7/6(1), 6/4
5. RG 4th Rnd: Maria Sharapova def. Patty Schnyder

Donny
Aug 19th, 2007, 08:59 PM
In terms of pure technical skill? AO finals, of course.

DownTheLine21
Aug 19th, 2007, 09:00 PM
Ivanovic def. Jankovic 4-6 6-3 7-5 - LA SF

Slutiana
Aug 19th, 2007, 09:01 PM
AO Final

hingis-seles
Aug 19th, 2007, 09:01 PM
Miami final between Serena and Justine?

Apoleb
Aug 19th, 2007, 09:01 PM
Besides the GS, I haven't seen many matches but my favorite overall is Amelie v Justine in Dubai. Some classic high caliber tennis all through out, they played almost every possible shot in tennis.

Beny
Aug 19th, 2007, 09:02 PM
Dubai final was quite good. Can't say which one was the best...hmmm

doni1212
Aug 19th, 2007, 09:02 PM
We all know that it was AO Final, I mean pointless thread,:rolleyes:

Bruno71
Aug 19th, 2007, 09:03 PM
Jankovic def. Safarova 5-7, 7-6 (4), 6-2 ... and it's not even a question in my mind.

JJ has been involved in 4 matches which I think are up there for best of the year...loss to Clijsters in Sydney, win over Safarova at Wimby, loss to Ivanovic in L.A, win over Golovin in Toronto.

Serena/Justine was pretty good at Miami, too.

jonny84
Aug 19th, 2007, 09:04 PM
Australian Open Final

Serena thrashes Sharapova 6-1 6-2

:eek: :eek: :eek:

You would have thought Sharapova would have put up a fight, but Serena took control and earned her slam.

stevos
Aug 19th, 2007, 09:05 PM
My favourites...
Maria-Patty French Open R16 3-6 6-3 9-7 or whatever it was.
Serena-Justine Miami F 0-6 7-5 6-3.
Kim-Jelena Sydney F 4-6 7-6 6-4.
Justine-Jelena Toronto F 7-6 7-5

The Dawntreader
Aug 19th, 2007, 09:05 PM
Venus vs Jankovic, charleston. Just unbelievable rallies at times:D

DownTheLine21
Aug 19th, 2007, 09:06 PM
Jankovic def. Safarova 5-7, 7-6 (4), 6-2 ... and it's not even a question in my mind.

For some reason, I forgot about that match. It ranks as the second best match of the year, falling behind the Ivanovic-Jankovic LA SF.

1. Ivanovic def. Jankovic 4-6 6-3 7-5 - LA SF
2. Jankovic def. Safarova 5-7 7-6(4) 6-2 - Wimbledon 3R
3. Sharapova def. Schnyder 3-6 6-3 9-7 - French Open 4R
4. Safarova def. Henin 7-6(5) 6-4 - Paris SF
5. Clijsters def. Jankovic 4-6 7-6(1) 6-4 - Sydney Final

Shepster
Aug 19th, 2007, 09:06 PM
In terms of pure enjoyment, Jankovic/Safarova Wimbledon R3 : 5-7 7-6(4) 6-2

- Don't know why the Serena/Justine match is on the poll for Wimbledon at all...

AcesHigh
Aug 19th, 2007, 09:06 PM
The AO final was garbage and only Serena fans that don't care about good tennis could nominate that. It was a complete drubbing and completely non-competitive. Serena was awesome, but only Serena fans could enjoy that match.

That being said.. I heard the Eastbourne final was pretty good, but I haven't seen any matches that I would deem "outstanding" this year.

stevos
Aug 19th, 2007, 09:08 PM
Note to self: Download Lucie-Jelena right now :drool:
I heard that one was great.

hingis-seles
Aug 19th, 2007, 09:08 PM
Jankovic def. Safarova 5-7, 7-6 (4), 6-2 ... and it's not even a question in my mind.

Oh, I can't believe I forgot this one. This one's up there with the best of them this year. Very enjoyable to watch.

justine schnyder
Aug 19th, 2007, 09:09 PM
the best matches for me:
serean-Peer 3:6 6:2 8:6 (AO QF)
Shnyder-Serena 6:3 2:6 7:6 (Rome QF)
Kim-Jelena 4:6 7:6 6:4 (Sydney Final)
Peer- Hantuchova 2:6 7:5 6:7 (IW QF)

Beny
Aug 19th, 2007, 09:10 PM
Patty-Maria best match of the year :rolleyes: If Patty played like she can on clay, masha would have no chance..
Patty didn't play well IMO in that match..
The match had drama, but it was the only thing it had

Wayn77
Aug 19th, 2007, 09:10 PM
Jankovic v Safarova (Wimbledon)

Viktymise
Aug 19th, 2007, 09:10 PM
The 2 overall best performances of the year include

Serena def Sharapova AO Final
Venus def Sharapova Wimbledon R4

After the rain delay in the Venus vs Sharapova match, id say that the most high quality tennis of the year.

Overall best match, probably Serena vs Henin Miami Final, although it was a bit patchy. Safarova vs Jankovic at Wimbledon had a terrific 2nd set. Krajicek vs Chakvetadze was full of everything inluding good quality, tension, drama. Mauresmo vs Henin at Eastbourne was good too although i ccan't say im a fan of either and i don't like either of their tennis so im probably not the best judge of their matches

The Venus vs Jankovic matches were good in part, but there were way too many UE's from Venus for them to be considered really good.

There have been no instant classics this year at all though :o

Beny
Aug 19th, 2007, 09:11 PM
I don't get how could Hantuchova-Harkleroad match be better than the Dubai final..

Natalicious
Aug 19th, 2007, 09:12 PM
my favs are the Antwerp, Eastbourne & Miami final + SF Ana vs Jelena at LA

AcesHigh
Aug 19th, 2007, 09:12 PM
Patty-Maria best match of the year :rolleyes: If Patty played like she can on clay, masha would have no chance..
Patty didn't play well IMO in that match..
The match had drama, but it was the only thing it had

Totally agree.. Patty underperformed and missed so many chances in this match it was pathetic. Great display of grit by Maria, but Patty should be ashamed of herself.

Natalicious
Aug 19th, 2007, 09:13 PM
I don't get how could Hantuchova-Harkleroad match be better than the Dubai final..

or Eastbourne final :rolleyes:

Apoleb
Aug 19th, 2007, 09:13 PM
I don't get how could Hantuchova-Harkleroad match be better than the Dubai final..

I know. How can a match that includes both Hantuchova and Harkleroad be enjoyable in the first place? :lol: I'm guessing most people didn't watch the Dubai final.

Dexter
Aug 19th, 2007, 09:13 PM
LA SF Ivanović def. Janković 46 63 75 (from 1-4 and saving 2 MPs)... and yes I am biased.

DefyingGravity
Aug 19th, 2007, 09:13 PM
I don't get how could Hantuchova-Harkleroad match be better than the Dubai final..

I'm not saying it wasn't. I hadn't seen it. The options on the poll are matches that I have actually seen. I could use a quick look at the Dubai final.

Viktymise
Aug 19th, 2007, 09:15 PM
Half the matches in the poll just sucked quality wise :tape:

justine schnyder
Aug 19th, 2007, 09:17 PM
Totally agree.. Patty underperformed and missed so many chances in this match it was pathetic. Great display of grit by Maria, but Patty should be ashamed of herself.


Maybe Patty should be ashamed about the chances she missed, but Sharapova shouldn't have won after what she did with that serve at 7 all.. and Patty's head is'nt the strongest...

CrossCourt~Rally
Aug 19th, 2007, 09:20 PM
Maria VS Patty :bounce:

DefyingGravity
Aug 19th, 2007, 09:21 PM
I actually don't know exactly how to go back and change the poll. I'd definitely add the Dubai and Eastbourne finals on there, but I missed them both so I didn't know how high the quality of tennis is. If I can find them on megaupload, I will watch and come out with a new poll.

Slutiana
Aug 19th, 2007, 09:22 PM
jankovic vs golovin 5-7 6-3 6-2 was good. not the best tho

goldenlox
Aug 19th, 2007, 09:22 PM
The match before Nadia beat Safarova in the Paris final, where Amelie had a matchpoint in Paris, but Nadia came back and won.
That was the best match. Nadia was always going to beat Safarova.

AllezH1
Aug 19th, 2007, 09:23 PM
In terms of drama, Serena def. Justine.

LindsayRulz
Aug 19th, 2007, 09:24 PM
Jankovic def. Safarova @ Wimbledon.

dorotek23
Aug 19th, 2007, 09:30 PM
Sydney final: Kim Clijsters def. Jelena Jankovic :yeah:

jamatthews
Aug 19th, 2007, 09:31 PM
Wimbledon 3R: Jankovic def Safarova

EASILY

DefyingGravity
Aug 19th, 2007, 09:31 PM
Mm. Can anyone tell me how I can change the options on my poll?

DefyingGravity
Aug 19th, 2007, 09:33 PM
Thanks everyone for answering in such numbers. It's fortunate because all of these matches are online too.

Sammy 4 eva!!!
Aug 19th, 2007, 09:36 PM
Australian Open QF: Serena Williams def. Shahar Pe'er [16] 3/6, 6/2, 8/6

schorsch
Aug 19th, 2007, 10:19 PM
hmm :)

kim and jj at sydney - such great rallies awesome.

masha and patty at RG - quality wasnt as good, but nerve-wracking.

jj and safarova wimbly - just friggin' crazy and full of suspense

jj and vee charleston - friggin' great rallies. plus back and forth you never knew who was gonna come out on top

masha vs jj birmi = my top faves battling it out with great rallies and loads of back and forth again

saint2
Aug 19th, 2007, 10:22 PM
Schnyder vs Sharapova at RG, definetly the best...

Russianboy
Aug 19th, 2007, 10:35 PM
RG when Maria beat Patty :eek: :worship:

ASP0315
Aug 19th, 2007, 10:53 PM
half of those choices you put in are crap in quality wise.
I would say sharapova vs pin AO 1st round was classic.

Drake1980
Aug 19th, 2007, 10:56 PM
Eastbourne Final:hearts:

In The Zone
Aug 19th, 2007, 11:00 PM
I don't know why everyone is voting for the Miami Final.
The score says it was competitive and the comeback does, too, but if you watched it, it was a very poor quality.
Serena clawed and scrapped her way to a win. Not with the best quality, either.
It's like the Stanford 2004 Final. The scoreline and the people involved suggest a great match but in fact, it was not.

The Serena/Peer match was intense with long rallies, big serving, extra innings, the heat, and an unbelievable back story. For me, this is the match of the year, by far.

Donny
Aug 19th, 2007, 11:26 PM
The AO final was garbage and only Serena fans that don't care about good tennis could nominate that. It was a complete drubbing and completely non-competitive. Serena was awesome, but only Serena fans could enjoy that match.

That being said.. I heard the Eastbourne final was pretty good, but I haven't seen any matches that I would deem "outstanding" this year.

That match featured the best play by a WTA player in recent memory. The OP didn't say most competitive; he said "Match of The Year"- what that means is up to debate.

frontier
Aug 19th, 2007, 11:39 PM
Bartoli beating jelena 4th rd at wimbledon 07.
Bartoli stunning justine semis wimbledon 07

©@®eLess
Aug 19th, 2007, 11:50 PM
Jelena - Lucie at Wimby! Wow that one was outstanding!

Cp6uja
Aug 20th, 2007, 12:07 AM
Nobody in 2007 dont have so many super matches like Jelena Jankovic (even in last 10 days she have 3 classics against Ana, Tati and Justine).


Toronto 2007: Justine Henin def. Jelena Jankovic 7-6 7-5
Toronto 2007: Jelena Jankovic def. Tatiana Golovin 5-7 6-3 6-2
Los Angeles 2007: Ana Ivanovic def. Jelena Jankovic 4-6 6-3 7-5
Fed Cup 2007: Jelena Jankovic def. Dominika Cibulkova 7-5 1-6 9-7
Wimbledon 2007: Marion Bartoli def. Jelena Jankovic 3-6 7-5 6-3
Wimbledon 2007: Jelena Jankovic def. Lucie Safarova 5-7 7-6(4) 6-2
s'Hertogenbosch 2007: Anna Chakvetadze def. Jelena Jankovic 7-6(2) 3-6 6-3
Birmingham 2007: Jelena Jankovic def. Maria Sharapova 4-6 6-3 7-5
French Open 2007: Jelena Jankovic def. Nicole Vaidisova 6-3 7-5
French Open 2007: Jelena Jankovic def. Venus Williams 6-4 4-6 6-1
Berlin 2007: Justine Henin def. Jelena Jankovic 3-6 6-4 6-4
Warsaw 2007: Justine Henin def. Jelena Jankovic 7-5 2-6 6-4
Charleston 2007: Jelena Jankovic def. Venus Williams 3-6 6-3 7-6(5)
Doha 2007: Justine Henin def. Jelena Jankovic 6-7(5) 6-2 6-4
Tokyo 2007: Ana Ivanovic def. Jelena Jankovic 3-6 6-4 6-2
Sydney 2007: Kim Clijsters def. Jelena Jankovic 4-6 7-6(1) 6-4
Sydney 2007: Jelena Jankovic def. Nicole Vaidisova 6-4 4-6 6-4
Sydney 2007: Jelena Jankovic def. Martina Hingis 6-4 4-6 6-3
Auckland 2007: Jelena Jankovic def. Vera Zvonareva 7-6(9) 5-7 6-3

RJWCapriati
Aug 20th, 2007, 02:55 AM
Sydney Final was the best atmosphere and most fun to watch to me.....a close 2nd is the French 4th Round.

thetennisutopian
Aug 20th, 2007, 03:05 AM
The Serena/Henin match was intense. It was a big match. An important one at that. Henin was playing solid tennis and Serena did have to fight. Second would definitely have to Sharapova/Schnyder. I was pulling for Patty so it was depressing at the end.

You guys forgot Jankovic/Safarova at Wimbledon. The first two sets was most of the match but they were playing some great tennis before Safarova disappeared in the third.

piercerocks
Aug 20th, 2007, 03:07 AM
lol i still like maria/pin but clijsters/jankovic gets my vote.
and eastbourne final was good too

shap_half
Aug 20th, 2007, 03:09 AM
Justine/Amelie Dubai and Eastbourne

faboozadoo15
Aug 20th, 2007, 03:09 AM
I really really enjoyed Sharapova/Schnyder at the French. It wasn't the highest quality or anything, but the drama was out of this world and so many long rallies and great fighting from both.

:tape: and it involved my fav. Am surpised to find it's #1 in the poll though...

kiwifan
Aug 20th, 2007, 03:10 AM
In terms of pure technical skill? AO finals, of course.

I think if the AO final was an option it would win in a landslide, it is by far the most talked about match of the year. :shrug:

After that I'd pick Bartoli-Henin at Wimby which also isn't an option. :scratch:

danieln1
Aug 20th, 2007, 03:15 AM
The most dramatic: Maria vs Schnyder!

iPatty
Aug 20th, 2007, 03:17 AM
my faves have apparently been on the losing end of the best matches this year. :lol:

i'd say patty/maria. one of the most dramatic matches i've seen.

Pasta-Na
Aug 20th, 2007, 03:50 AM
yan zi vs ana and na li vs dementieva.

Hashim.
Aug 20th, 2007, 05:29 AM
JJ-Kim

JJ-Safarova


:rocker2:

Keadz
Aug 20th, 2007, 05:34 AM
Sydney final, some of Jelena's backhand were just :O! and of course it was AWESOME to see Kim win there at Sydney...plus the atmosphere was awesome and it was a very tense match!

up!
Aug 20th, 2007, 07:22 AM
Sydney F: Kim Clijsters [3] def. Jelena Jankovic 4/6, 7/6(1), 6/4

Andrew Laeddis
Aug 20th, 2007, 07:37 AM
not sure why so many votes for the miami final. the tennis wasnt good. serena was horrible for the 1st two sets IMO and justine choked at the end hitting two doubles when serving for the match and completely going away after that. the only match on this list with consisent good play was the sydney final with kim and jelena. the quality of the wta matches this year has been terrible especially in the slams.

Andrew Laeddis
Aug 20th, 2007, 07:41 AM
Patty-Maria best match of the year :rolleyes: If Patty played like she can on clay, masha would have no chance..
Patty didn't play well IMO in that match..
The match had drama, but it was the only thing it had

i disagree that maria wouldnt have a chance. she would probably lose but she could still make it close. she can still out power patty on clay just not as much as on a hardcourt and i think maria played some of her worst tennis in the first two sets. she was missing easy shots so she was lucy to win this match.

i think that one of the best quality matches of the year would have to be the berlin final with ivanovic and kuznetsova and im not a fan of either player.

Petersmiler
Aug 20th, 2007, 08:03 AM
The best match of the year is where my fave won easily.

Anyone who thinks the above, please help yourself to my vCash and buy yourself some perspective.

Best matches? Safarova vs Jankovic at Wimbly. Or Justine v Amelie at Eastbourne (I was there!!!)

Harvs
Aug 20th, 2007, 08:44 AM
sydney final IT WAS INCREDIBLE

Jenny.C.Fan
Aug 20th, 2007, 08:54 AM
Have to go with Sharapova beating patty at RG, although i would have preferred it if patty had won this match, it was an awesome match and she played amazingly well.

ZeroSOFInfinity
Aug 20th, 2007, 09:01 AM
:haha: for those who choose the Eastbourne Final as the best match of the year. That match was bad... really bad (no thanks to the wind). :help:

And I was rather surpised that no one mentioned the Berlin final... Ana defeated Sveta 3-6, 6-4, 7-5(4)... now that was excellent! :yeah: (you do have to remember Ana had cramps in her leg during the final set and STILL WON the match)

Petersmiler
Aug 20th, 2007, 09:09 AM
:haha: for those who choose the Eastbourne Final as the best match of the year. That match was bad... really bad (no thanks to the wind). :help:

And I was rather surpised that no one mentioned the Berlin final... Ana defeated Sveta 3-6, 6-4, 7-5(4)... now that was excellent! :yeah: (you do have to remember Ana had cramps in her leg during the final set and STILL WON the match)

You say tomato..... etc etc. The drama of the Eastbourne final was fantastic. I enjoyed every second of the match, even when Justine shouted 'Allez' only for the ball to be called out!

Dexter
Aug 20th, 2007, 11:24 AM
And I was rather surpised that no one mentioned the Berlin final... Ana defeated Sveta 3-6, 6-4, 7-5(4)... now that was excellent! :yeah: (you do have to remember Ana had cramps in her leg during the final set and STILL WON the match)Ana didn't have any cramps... :o She twisted her ankle in the 2nd set.

NeeemZ
Aug 20th, 2007, 11:30 AM
Wimby 3rd - JJ v Safarova. Those first two sets were easily the best two sets of tennis I have seen this year.

ZeroSOFInfinity
Aug 20th, 2007, 11:33 AM
^^^
Oops... my bad. Sorry :lol:

lympyisthebest
Aug 20th, 2007, 11:53 AM
I was i would have saw the Hantuchova/Harkleroad match, would have been easy on the eyes.

Harju.
Aug 20th, 2007, 12:56 PM
Clijsters/Jankovic match @ Sydney was really good and so was Ivanovic/Jankovic @ LA.

I thought Golovin/Ivanovic @ AI SF is pretty good too.

shirley
Aug 20th, 2007, 03:44 PM
The Miami final when Serena bt Justine

DownTheLine21
Aug 23rd, 2007, 11:13 PM
Wow! I just re-watched the Sydney Final between Jankovic and Clijsters. I forgot how amazing some of the points are and how much each player fights throughout the three-set thriller. Since I've recently read threads about lack of crowds at some of the summer tournaments, I must say that the crowd was spectacular. The stadium was practically full, and the crowd was "in" every point (which was obviously annoying for the players).

@Sweet Cleopatra
Aug 23rd, 2007, 11:47 PM
rolland garos 4th round I love this match ..