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Forehand_Volley
Aug 21st, 2007, 01:28 AM
http://www.nhregister.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=18699835&BRD=1281&PAG=461&dept_id=498516&rfi=6

Top 10 Moments in Pilot Pen History
08/14/2007

• Steffi Graf, in her only Pilot Pen appearance, was planning to skip the event until her coach insisted she needed the extra preparation for the upcoming U.S. Open. Graf didn't drop a set in four matches and won the inaugural New Haven women's title in 1998.

• Venus Williams begins run of four straight titles by topping Monica Seles in semifinals and Lindsay Davenport in finals to win 1999 title. She would go 16-0 and drop only one set in her 4-peat.

• Amelie Mauresmo and Henrieta Nagyova played in a first-set tiebreaker which at the time ranked as the sixth-longest in tour history. Mauresmo won 16-14 and won the second-round match 7-6, 6-3 in 2001. Perhaps worn out by the tiebreaker that would never end, Mauresmo would fall to Davenport in the quarterfinals.

• Venus Williams and Lindsay Davenport meet in 2001 final, one of three meetings between the two future Hall of Famers at the Connecticut Tennis Center. Bucking the trend for noncompetitive finals, Williams outlasted Davenport 7-6, 6-4 to win her third straight tournament in New Haven.

• Anna Smashnova dropped the first set 6-0 and was down 5-1 before rallying for a 0-6, 7-6, 6-2 victory in a 2003 classic which Pilot Pen Tennis President and CEO Mike Davies said was one of the best matches he had ever seen. Smashnova, then going by her married name Pistolesi, recorded her second straight win over a top 20 player. Her run ended with a three-set loss to eventual champion Jennifer Capriati in the quarterfinals.

• The post-match festivities were more engaging than Capriati's 2003 coronation. A hobbling Lindsay Davenport retired down 6-2, 4-0 in the final. During the post-match ceremony Capriati asked for, and was granted a can of Michelob Ultra, the tournament sponsor. She proceeded to take a swig of the sponsor beer to the delight of the tournament hierarchy, the fans and of course Michelob Ultra.

• Her tennis stay might have been brief with opening-match losses in both singles and doubles, but the hoopla caused by Maria Sharapova's appearance in 2004 was something to behold. Sharapova had previously agreed to make a public promotional appearance at the 2004 Pilot Pen. Little did she or tournament organizers realize that it would come right after the 17-year-old shocked the tennis world by winning Wimbledon.

• The 2004 championship match may have lacked in the name recognition department, but Elena Bovina and Nathalie Dechy more than made up for it with one of the top matches in the 2004 WTA season. Bovina beat her former doubles partner and the blistering heat to win 6-2, 2-6, 7-5. It was the only three-set women's final in Pilot Pen history.

• The fifth time was the charm for Davenport. Making her fifth finals appearance in the last seven years, Davenport finally captured that elusive Pilot Pen title. Davenport defeated Amelie Mauresmo 6-4, 6-4 in the 2005 final and didn't drop a set in her four matches.

• Martina Navratilova never played singles in the Pilot Pen but she did compete in doubles in 2000, 2002 and 2004. Her last appearance was unforgettable as the living legend drew crowds of loyal supporters to doubles.

Teaming with Lisa Raymond, Navratilova advance to the finals before losing in three sets to Nadia Petrova and Meghann Shaughnessy. Her 2000 appearance was her first at the U.S. event since the 1995 U.S. Open.

Natalicious
Aug 21st, 2007, 01:45 AM
didnt knew about the Amelie/Nagyova tiebreak

thanks for that :yeah:

hurricanejeanne
Aug 21st, 2007, 02:03 AM
The fifth time was the charm for Davenport. Making her fifth finals appearance in the last seven years, Davenport finally captured that elusive Pilot Pen title. Davenport defeated Amelie Mauresmo 6-4, 6-4 in the 2005 final and didn't drop a set in her four matches.

:inlove: Goodtimes.

vettipooh
Aug 21st, 2007, 02:08 AM
Venus. :banana: :hearts:

DA FOREHAND
Aug 21st, 2007, 04:28 AM
they didn't mention Venus beating Justine, Jennifer, and Davenport w/in the span of 24 hrs

venus_rulez
Aug 21st, 2007, 05:25 AM
they didn't mention Venus beating Justine, Jennifer, and Davenport w/in the span of 24 hrs

Yeah that was amazing. :worship:

samn
Aug 21st, 2007, 08:46 AM
http://www.nhregister.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=18699835&BRD=1281&PAG=461&dept_id=498516&rfi=6

Top 10 Moments in Pilot Pen History
08/14/2007

• Steffi Graf, in her only Pilot Pen appearance, was planning to skip the event until her coach insisted she needed the extra preparation for the upcoming U.S. Open. Graf didn't drop a set in four matches and won the inaugural New Haven women's title in 1998.


Not only that, Graf was also the only player to beat Lindsay Davenport in the North American hard court circuit that summer. Davenport came into New Haven on a three tournament streak (Stanford, San Diego, Los Angeles) before having it snapped by Graf in the semis. Davenport then went on to win the US Open beating Hingis in the final and the loss to Graf was the only (very minor) blemish on an otherwise perfect American summer for the Californian.

lympyisthebest
Aug 21st, 2007, 09:58 AM
Who did Smashnova play?

jujufreak
Aug 21st, 2007, 10:05 AM
Who did Smashnova play?

Vera Zvonareva ;)

~Carsten~
Aug 21st, 2007, 10:08 AM
• Anna Smashnova dropped the first set 6-0 and was down 5-1 before rallying for a 0-6, 7-6, 6-2 victory in a 2003 classic which Pilot Pen Tennis President and CEO Mike Davies said was one of the best matches he had ever seen. Smashnova, then going by her married name Pistolesi, recorded her second straight win over a top 20 player. Her run ended with a three-set loss to eventual champion Jennifer Capriati in the quarterfinals.

a Anna Smashnova Match and the best matches he had ever seen?? So he never saw a other match before or what? :lol:

Ben.
Aug 21st, 2007, 10:15 AM
they didn't mention Venus beating Justine, Jennifer, and Davenport w/in the span of 24 hrs

impressive :D venus :worship:

lympyisthebest
Aug 21st, 2007, 10:21 AM
Vera Zvonareva ;)

Thanks ;)

Forehand_Volley
Aug 21st, 2007, 10:24 AM
they didn't mention Venus beating Justine, Jennifer, and Davenport w/in the span of 24 hrs
That is crazy! :p

moby
Aug 21st, 2007, 10:38 AM
Venus Williams begins run of four straight titles by topping Monica Seles in semifinals and Lindsay Davenport in finals to win 1999 title. She would go 16-0 and drop only one set in her 4-peat.I find the 3 top 10 wins in 24 hours bit more impressive .

Justine was the only one to take a set off her in 4 years. :p

NeeemZ
Aug 21st, 2007, 10:52 AM
Anna Smashnova was down 60 51 and 0-30 on her own serve.

Kworb
Aug 21st, 2007, 11:56 AM
Vera Zvonareva ;)
Figures

!<blocparty>!
Aug 21st, 2007, 12:06 PM
OMG, wow... :tape:

• The post-match festivities were more engaging than Capriati's 2003 coronation. A hobbling Lindsay Davenport retired down 6-2, 4-0 in the final. During the post-match ceremony Capriati asked for, and was granted a can of Michelob Ultra, the tournament sponsor. She proceeded to take a swig of the sponsor beer to the delight of the tournament hierarchy, the fans and of course Michelob Ultra.

:help:

jujufreak
Aug 21st, 2007, 12:55 PM
Thanks ;)

my pleasure :wavey:

griffin
Aug 21st, 2007, 02:10 PM
• The 2004 championship match may have lacked in the name recognition department, but Elena Bovina and Nathalie Dechy more than made up for it with one of the top matches in the 2004 WTA season. Bovina beat her former doubles partner and the blistering heat to win 6-2, 2-6, 7-5. It was the only three-set women's final in Pilot Pen history.

That was an awesome final - and probably the most competitive I've seen in New Haven.

(if the Big Heads were smart, they'd refer to it more given all the big names that have bailed. But they aren't)

DA FOREHAND
Aug 21st, 2007, 02:58 PM
That is crazy! :p



What's crazier is she went onto win the Us Open w/out dropping a set...oh and she had a cold.


Awesome:worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: