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blue sky
Apr 17th, 2009, 10:01 PM
My vote has to go to Wimbledon 2004. Masha came out of nowhere to win that. It really was like a fairy tale come true and it still warms me whenever the night gets cold.

"Sorry, Serena, but I just have to take this away from you for one year". As things turned out, Masha took it away forever! Well done, my Russian babuschkina and I wait with baited breath for your return.

In the meantime, Vika has taken over your Williams-killing responsibilities admirably! :devil:

Volcana
Apr 17th, 2009, 10:09 PM
My vote has to go to Wimbledon 2004.Thrilling and unexpected probably aren't the same.

'Unexpected?' - Probably the 2004 French Open. I never viewed Anastasia Myskina as a potential slam winner. And she's probably the only slam winner this decade it wasn't expected to win one at some point in their career. The 2004 Wimbledon final was unexpected, but it was won by a player long touted as a future slam champ. And of course, the 1999 US Open, just barly in the requested ten year span, had a rather unexpected outcome as well.

'Thrilling'? - Hard to go against the 2005 Wimbledon final. But people forget the 2001 RG final. (12-10 in the third)

miffedmax
Apr 17th, 2009, 10:13 PM
The Final That Must Not Be Named. Myskina had a history of stinking on the red stuff, and no Russian had done it before.

TOB at Wimby is a close #2, but she was on fire during the grass season and arrived at Wimby as a solid dark horse contender.

Ree at the AO in '07 is #3. She'd proven before she could never be counted out, but really, it wasn't that much of a surprise because she showed she came to win from the 2nd round on.

Sveta in '04 is probably #4. But look who she played in the final. :sobbing:

Miss Atomic Bomb
Apr 17th, 2009, 10:15 PM
Australian open 2007

Serena had struggled with knee problems and personal problems, fighting through depression and distractions and slipping out of the top 100 in 2006. She had lost to Sybille Bammer in the warm-up tournament in Hobart and was counted out by many doubters and critisized for her lack of fitness.

This woman who was ranked outside the top 50, was not match fit, had barely scraped through the first few rounds, saving match points, totally destroyed and outplayed Sharapova from every aspect of her game. Sharapova, who was on a 13 match win streak in Grandslams , had no reply for Serena's intense game and immense talent. The 6-1 6-2 victory which required just one hour and three minutes, capped one of the most remarkable comebacks in tennis history. :worship:

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_MEvj79wiUOg/RbDjb24HW3I/AAAAAAAAAD8/QK6FI5TikcY/s400/serena_williams_in-aus.jpg

Pristine
Apr 17th, 2009, 10:15 PM
Unexpected, definitely have to agree with Volcana. Not that I didn't view Myskina as someone who could take a slam but her RG results both before and after that win were dismal. Additionally Serena, Capriati, and other proven clay heavyweights were in the draw. I wouldn't have even wrote Myskina into a SEMI that RG.

Thrilling, I'd say getting behind Serena during 2007 Australian.

Combination of both would probably go to Sharapova.

miffedmax
Apr 17th, 2009, 10:16 PM
Thrilling and unexpected probably aren't the same.

'Unexpected?' - Probably the 2004 French Open Final That Must Not Be Named. I never viewed Anastasia Myskina as a potential slam winner. And she's probably the only slam winner this decade it wasn't expected to win one at some point in their career.

'Thrilling'? - Hard to go against the 2005 Wimbledon final. But people forget the 2001 RG final. (12-10 in the third)

I fixed your post so you won't get banned.:wavey::p

BlameSerena
Apr 17th, 2009, 10:17 PM
Australian open 2007

Serena had struggled with knee problems and personal problems, fighting through depression and distractions and slipping out of the top 100 in 2006. She had lost to Sybille Bammer in the warm-up tournament in Hobart and was counted out by many doubters and critisized for her lack of fitness.

This woman who was ranked outside the top 50, was not match fit, had barely scraped through the first few rounds, saving match points, totally destroyed and outplayed Sharapova (who was on a 13 match win streak in Grandslams) . The 6-1 6-2 victory which required just one hour and three minutes, capped one of the most remarkable comebacks in tennis history. :worship:

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_MEvj79wiUOg/RbDjb24HW3I/AAAAAAAAAD8/QK6FI5TikcY/s400/serena_williams_in-aus.jpg

This would be my vote :)

Uranium
Apr 17th, 2009, 10:20 PM
Wimbledon 2005:worship:
Australian Open 2007 comes in as a close second.
2004 RG as well.

youizahoe
Apr 17th, 2009, 10:22 PM
My vote has to go to Wimbledon 2004. Masha came out of nowhere to win that. It really was like a fairy tale come true and it still warms me whenever the night gets cold.

"Sorry, Serena, but I just have to take this away from you for one year". As things turned out, Masha took it away forever! Well done, my Russian babuschkina and I wait with baited breath for your return.

In the meantime, Vika has taken over your Williams-killing responsibilities admirably! :devil:

Too bad that Maria only won 2 slams since then, while Serena has 4 since 2004. Anyways, She'll have it back again this year.

youizahoe
Apr 17th, 2009, 10:24 PM
Most Unexpected = Wimbledon 2004.
Most Thrilling = Australian Open 2007 - Australian Open 2003.

Pristine
Apr 17th, 2009, 10:25 PM
Yeah those duties in which she hasn't beaten Serena in nearly five years and Venus in two. :tape:

DownTheLine21
Apr 17th, 2009, 10:28 PM
Most Unexpected - Roland Garros 2004
Most Thrilling - Wimbledon 2005

joćo.
Apr 17th, 2009, 10:30 PM
W 04 :worship:

Dodoboy.
Apr 17th, 2009, 10:30 PM
Australian open 2007

Serena had struggled with knee problems and personal problems, fighting through depression and distractions and slipping out of the top 100 in 2006. She had lost to Sybille Bammer in the warm-up tournament in Hobart and was counted out by many doubters and critisized for her lack of fitness.

This woman who was ranked outside the top 50, was not match fit, had barely scraped through the first few rounds, saving match points, totally destroyed and outplayed Sharapova from every aspect of her game. Sharapova, who was on a 13 match win streak in Grandslams , had no reply for Serena's intense game and immense talent. The 6-1 6-2 victory which required just one hour and three minutes, capped one of the most remarkable comebacks in tennis history. :worship:

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_MEvj79wiUOg/RbDjb24HW3I/AAAAAAAAAD8/QK6FI5TikcY/s400/serena_williams_in-aus.jpg


:worship:

Also Wimbledon 2005 :yeah:

Apoleb
Apr 17th, 2009, 10:33 PM
Myskina might be an unexpected Grand Slam champion, but she played in the final against Dementieva, so please. :rolleyes: Not to mention that it was on clay, and Justine wasn't there, so it was wide open. Actually, it's not exactly unexpected.

Pristine
Apr 17th, 2009, 10:35 PM
Justine was there that year. Lost in the 2nd round to Garbin.

Get your facts right.

Uranium
Apr 17th, 2009, 10:35 PM
Myskina might be an unexpected Grand Slam champion, but she played in the final against Dementieva, so please. :rolleyes: Not to mention that it was on clay, and Justine wasn't there, so it was wide open. Actually, it's not exactly unexpected.

Justine was there, she lost early.

Also Sveta winning USO in 2004 was unexpected, even though she got lucky with Lindsay getting injured in the semis.

blue sky
Apr 17th, 2009, 10:35 PM
Too bad that Maria only won 2 slams since then, while Serena has 4 since 2004. Anyways, She'll have it back again this year.

Yeah, you keep on clinging to that fantasy, pal. :devil:

As things stand, Masha took it away from your "princess" forever. Deal with it, why don't you? :lol:

Pristine
Apr 17th, 2009, 10:36 PM
Justine was there, she lost early.

Also Sveta winning USO in 2004 was unexpected, even though she got lucky with Lindsay getting injured in the semis.

Agreed but beat you to it. :hearts:

For the record Apoleb JUSTINE WAS THERE TOO. She lost in R4 to Petrova.

Sharapowerr
Apr 17th, 2009, 10:38 PM
Wimbledon 2004

Joana
Apr 17th, 2009, 10:38 PM
Australian Open 2001 and it's not even that close - except maybe for Wimbledon '04. But Jennifer's title was simply a fairytale come true in every way.

Pristine
Apr 17th, 2009, 10:38 PM
Yeah, you keep on clinging to that fantasy, pal. :devil:

As things stand, Masha took it away from your "princess" forever. Deal with it, why don't you? :lol:

:rolls: Since then Serena has seen another Wimbledon final. Sharapova has not. I guess Venus took it away from Sharapova forever too by that logic?

Serena is the holder of the two most recent slams and has won 20/21 of her last matches in slams. Three straight finals. Current World Number One until Monday. Meanwhile, Sharapova is under a clout of injury and her ranking is in freefall. Posts like this makes me hope and pray for unseeded Sharapova to face a never-lost-in-the-first-round Serena IF she'll even enter RG.

Craig.
Apr 17th, 2009, 10:39 PM
What do you think? :weirdo:

AnnaK_4ever
Apr 17th, 2009, 10:39 PM
Myskina might be an unexpected Grand Slam champion, but she played in the final against Dementieva, so please. :rolleyes: Not to mention that it was on clay, and Justine wasn't there, so it was wide open. Actually, it's not exactly unexpected.

Clay is Myskina's absolutely worst surface.
And technically (only technically) Henin was there, she lost in 2R.

Joana
Apr 17th, 2009, 10:40 PM
It must be amazing to live in a world where absolutely everything revolves around Serena. :confused:

youizahoe
Apr 17th, 2009, 10:40 PM
Yeah, you keep on clinging to that fantasy, pal. :devil:

As things stand, Masha took it away from your "princess" forever. Deal with it, why don't you? :lol:

Well Serena took Maria's USO & AO away. If we go by her current tempo, she will not have the USO back before 2014 and AO not before 2016. How about that girl :lol:.

Pristine
Apr 17th, 2009, 10:42 PM
Well Serena took Maria's USO & AO away. If we go by her current tempo, she will not have the USO back before 2014 and AO not before 2016. How about that girl :lol:.

:worship:

miffedmax
Apr 17th, 2009, 10:42 PM
It must be amazing to live in a world where absolutely everything revolves around Serena. :confused:

You know that's the straight line of the week.

It would just be too easy, so I won't.

Miss Atomic Bomb
Apr 17th, 2009, 10:43 PM
It must be amazing to live in a world where absolutely everything revolves around Serena. :confused:

Its hard not to revolve around those two :drool:

http://i39.tinypic.com/n1os20.jpg

Craig.
Apr 17th, 2009, 10:43 PM
:worship:

I don't like you. :)

miffedmax
Apr 17th, 2009, 10:46 PM
Its hard not to revolve around those two :drool:

http://i39.tinypic.com/n1os20.jpg

See? I told you.

Pristine
Apr 17th, 2009, 10:46 PM
I don't like you. :)

I actually respect Sharapova and give her credit as the 2nd best player on tour when healthy, but when Sharapova is this claimed "Serena Slayer...."

It just needs to be pointed out.

youizahoe
Apr 17th, 2009, 10:49 PM
See? I told you.

Swing Swing Bang Bang Dead? :D

miffedmax
Apr 17th, 2009, 10:50 PM
I actually respect Sharapova and give her credit as the 2nd best player on tour when healthy, but when Sharapova is this claimed "Serena Slayer...."

It just needs to be pointed out.

There is only one Serena Slayer and it's Lena D.*

(exos and walkovers do so count!)
;):p

AnnaK_4ever
Apr 17th, 2009, 10:50 PM
Most unexpected : AO 2001
Most thrilling : AO 2002

JCap, :worship:

The Daviator
Apr 17th, 2009, 10:54 PM
Most unexpected: AO 2001
Most thrilling: AO 2007

frenchie
Apr 17th, 2009, 11:09 PM
FO 2004 final = greatest match of all time

Dodoboy.
Apr 17th, 2009, 11:14 PM
Its hard not to revolve around those two :drool:

http://i39.tinypic.com/n1os20.jpg

She looks great there!

Miss Atomic Bomb
Apr 17th, 2009, 11:15 PM
She looks great there!

Which one of them?

goldenlox
Apr 17th, 2009, 11:31 PM
Most unexpected was FO 2004. I heard one commentator talking about the final 8 and mentioned 6 of them, but not Anastasia.
No one was picking her before that tournament

sammy01
Apr 17th, 2009, 11:41 PM
chaks 2009 us open win, thrashing serena 6-2, 6-2 in the final, chak is on fire throughout. then in 2049 the new us open stadium that is a 30,000 seater is named the chakvetadze stadium of dreams.

youizahoe
Apr 17th, 2009, 11:42 PM
chaks 2009 us open win, thrashing serena 6-2, 6-2 in the final, chak is on fire throughout. then in 2049 the new us open stadium that is a 30,000 seater is named the chakvetadze stadium of dreams.

:rolls:

Craig.
Apr 17th, 2009, 11:43 PM
chaks 2009 us open win, thrashing serena 6-2, 6-2 in the final, chak is on fire throughout. then in 2049 the new us open stadium that is a 30,000 seater is named the chakvetadze stadium of dreams.

OMFG :spit: :haha:

Pristine
Apr 17th, 2009, 11:45 PM
chaks 2009 us open win, thrashing serena 6-2, 6-2 in the final, chak is on fire throughout. then in 2049 the new us open stadium that is a 30,000 seater is named the chakvetadze stadium of dreams.

:spit: Chakvetadze is still dreaming of beating Maria for the first time not even in exos.
Good laugh though.

Sammm
Apr 18th, 2009, 12:25 AM
Unexpected - Capriati def Hingis 2001
Don't try and tell my you expected this. Despite having clawed her way past Seles and Davenport, Hingis was expected to mop the floor with Cappy. It was incredible comeback.

Thrilling - Cappy def KIm; Venus def Linds 05

sammy01
Apr 18th, 2009, 12:30 AM
hey you gotta have dreams, hence the chakvetadze stadium of dreams lol. look if miffedmax can long for lenas 'never gonna happen again bangs', i can delude myself into thinking chak will win a slam right?

RenaSlam.
Apr 18th, 2009, 12:37 AM
Williams.

CoolDude7
Apr 18th, 2009, 12:52 AM
Wimbledon 05... EVERYONE thought VENUS was over! They didn't bother to put her on the show courts anymore, she was on the grave yard court and barely got out of her early rounds.. then she faced red hot PIERCE(that match really turned on her game).. THEN DEFENDING CHAMPION MARIA WHO EVERYONE THOUGHT WOULD WIN, Then she had to take down Davenport whom had, had her number when Venus returned.

Uranium
Apr 18th, 2009, 01:11 AM
Wimbledon 05... EVERYONE thought VENUS was over! They didn't bother to put her on the show courts anymore, she was on the grave yard court and barely got out of her early rounds.. then she faced red hot PIERCE(that match really turned on her game).. THEN DEFENDING CHAMPION MARIA WHO EVERYONE THOUGHT WOULD WIN, Then she had to take down Davenport whom had, had her number when Venus returned.

a few 7-5 6-3 wins are not barely winning:p You might be getting confused with 2007.

AnomyBC
Apr 18th, 2009, 01:46 AM
I agree with the original poster. For me, Sharapova winning Wimbledon in 2004 was definitely the most thrilling and unexpected slam win of the decade. #2 would be Jennifer Capriati winning the Australian Open in 2001. The only Williams sister win that I really consider to be thrilling and unexpected was Serena winning the US Open in 1999, but that wasn't this decade.

AnomyBC
Apr 18th, 2009, 01:51 AM
:spit: Chakvetadze is still dreaming of beating Maria for the first time not even in exos.
Good laugh though.

Well lets not forget that Chakvetadze has a winning record against Serena (http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/players/playerprofiles/playerheadtoheaddetail.asp?PlayerID=310623&Player1ID=230234). In fact, she's won 100% of the matches they've played together :)

rjd1111
Apr 18th, 2009, 02:54 AM
AO '07.... Ranked #81, no one thinking she could win ( Pat Cash )

working her way into shape going through the draw....

Then completely anihilating the new # 1 player in the world......

PRICELESS.

miffedmax
Apr 18th, 2009, 02:57 AM
FO 2004 final = greatest match of all time

The Final That Must Not Be Named! :mad:

Volcana
Apr 18th, 2009, 05:16 PM
Australian Open 2001 and it's not even that close - except maybe for Wimbledon '04. But Jennifer's title was simply a fairytale come true in every way.You know, considering that Capriati had only won two Tier IIIs and a Tier IV between after 1993 Sydney to 2001 OZ, a full eight years, that's a pretty good pick.

Vanity Bonfire
Apr 18th, 2009, 05:27 PM
Any of Capriati's wins, they were all great.

The Dawntreader
Apr 18th, 2009, 05:44 PM
If we're looking for thrilling, then Venus hands down at Wimby 2005.

Unexpected? Capriati in 2001 winning the Aussie.

Mynarco
Apr 18th, 2009, 05:48 PM
Most Thrilling - Wimbledon 2005
Most Unexpected - I think it is Myskina's RG, or even Kuzzy's USO

SAEKeithSerena
Apr 19th, 2009, 12:01 AM
Serena's 2007 win was the gutsiest, most unexpected Slam win EVER.

Matt01
Apr 19th, 2009, 12:08 AM
Justine was there that year. Lost in the 2nd round to Garbin.


In other words, she wasn't there.

Matt01
Apr 19th, 2009, 12:08 AM
Serena's 2007 win was the gutsiest, most unexpected Slam win EVER.


No, it wasn't.

Donny
Apr 19th, 2009, 12:10 AM
In other words, she wasn't there.

Of course not; she beat herself.

Matt01
Apr 19th, 2009, 12:15 AM
Of course not; she beat herself.


No, she had mono at that time. You're confusing her with Serena.

Donny
Apr 19th, 2009, 01:22 AM
No, she had mono at that time.

So it's a loss. She was there, she was fit enough to play, and she didn't when. Not being there is literally not showing up.

You're confusing her with Serena.

You don't get irony that well, I take it?

madlove
Apr 19th, 2009, 01:27 AM
maria had a good run at wimbledon.. but mary pierce double granslam finals was superb.

BuTtErFrEnA
Apr 19th, 2009, 01:52 AM
unexpected....2007 AO for the majority of tennis fans, die hard serena fans probably weren't as shocked but equally as happy as if 2005/2006 had never happened

thrilling...i'd give it to AO 07 or wimbledon 05

DOUBLEFIST
Apr 19th, 2009, 05:58 AM
Sharapova '04

Serena AO '07!

gmak
Apr 19th, 2009, 08:39 AM
WIMBLEDON 2004 :drool:
AO 2001 :eek:
FO 2004 :help: :mad:

theklein
Apr 19th, 2009, 08:40 AM
obv Myskina

Matt01
Apr 19th, 2009, 11:07 AM
So it's a loss. She was there, she was fit enough to play, and she didn't when. Not being there is literally not showing up.


Here is Apoleb's post:


Myskina might be an unexpected Grand Slam champion, but she played in the final against Dementieva, so please. :rolleyes: Not to mention that it was on clay, and Justine wasn't there, so it was wide open. Actually, it's not exactly unexpected.


Myskina beat Dementieva in the final. She didn't have to beat Justine, who wasn't there in any of Myskina's matches, especially not in the final, and in that sense Justine "wasn't there" and "didn't show up". Got it? :p

Slutiana
Apr 19th, 2009, 11:36 AM
Serena 07, Venus 05

Richie's
Apr 19th, 2009, 11:51 AM
US Open 2004. Kuznetsova def. Dementieva... I still wonder HOW?

Sammm
Apr 19th, 2009, 01:11 PM
AO '07.... Ranked #81, no one thinking she could win ( Pat Cash )

working her way into shape going through the draw....

Then completely anihilating the new # 1 player in the world......

PRICELESS.

But that Pat Cash article met with derision on this board as soon as it was published.
I think as soon as she beat Petrova - and even before- everyone knew it was on.
Still :bowdown: but not as shocking as A0 2001, for example.

FoxyliciousKhat
Apr 19th, 2009, 01:41 PM
Are we talking "MY FAVES and I can see anyone else" or Most Thrilling and Unexpected Grand Slam Wins?"

I'd say the 2004 FO Myskina - Unexpected (Sorry Miffedmax)

Justine first US Open, mostly the (classic Semis against JCap) first time I rooted for JCap and she gutted me). Thrilling

Maria Wimbleon - Unexpected even shocking but not thrilling-

Venus Wimbledon Final with Linds (poor Linds - Vee was dead ESPN Captioned "Fallen from Grace" was blazened across my TV screen- Unexpected and Thrilling

Serena's AO 07-combacks against Petrova and I think Shahar - Unexpected and Thrilling run to the final

ROFL at those saying Justine was not there technically because she lost early. You can only play who is across the net from you. Should they concede because Justine was upset? Puhleese

Foxy

Vincey!
Apr 19th, 2009, 01:55 PM
Wimbledon 2004 and 2005...Were really thrilling to me