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tennis-insomniac
Jul 1st, 2010, 01:58 PM
who has the most inspirational run in GS in your opinion?
I would go to Serena's run in 2007 :worship:

In addition to the poll, I would like to add Dokic's run at AO 2009 to my favourite fairy tale as well ( how did i forget her in the first place :( )

edificio
Jul 1st, 2010, 02:05 PM
I'd say Venus in 2005 when everyone discounted her and she had to defeat Sharapova and Davenport. I think the message was...I'm still here.

spiceboy
Jul 1st, 2010, 02:07 PM
Probably Seles @ USO 95 and RG 98.

Too bad life doesn't always have happy endings :sad:

edificio
Jul 1st, 2010, 02:07 PM
I'll go with Seles, too.

Kworb
Jul 1st, 2010, 02:08 PM
Monica's comeback in 1995, after 2.5 years away from the game, was the most inspirational for me. :inlove: Too bad she was robbed of the first set in the final against Graf. :sad:

Toronto Tier I Outdoor Hard Aug 20 1995
1 Seles bye
2 Seles - Kimberly Po 6-0 6-3
3 Seles - Nathalie Tauziat 6-2 6-2
QF Seles - Anke Huber 6-3 6-2
SF Seles - Gabriela Sabatini 6-1 6-0
F Seles - Amanda Coetzer 6-0 6-1

U.S. Open Outdoor Hard Sep 10 1995
1 Seles - Ruxandra Dragomir Ilie 6-3 6-1
2 Seles - Erika de Lone 6-2 6-1
3 Seles - Yone Kamio 6-1 6-1
4 Seles - Anke Huber 6-1 6-4
QF Seles - Jana Novotna 7-6 6-2
SF Seles - Conchita Martinez 6-2 6-2
F Steffi Graf - Seles 7-6 0-6 6-3

dsanders06
Jul 1st, 2010, 02:09 PM
Capriati, 2001.

tennis-insomniac
Jul 1st, 2010, 02:11 PM
Oh yeah Seles's life is quiet sad i wish she could accomplish more but in many ways her career has inspired many more young players to be great and try the best they can...she's one of the kind

P.S. I kinda made silly choice in the last two options just for fun and also put Lena's gold medal cause i think it's worth mentioning IMO

NyCPsU
Jul 1st, 2010, 02:11 PM
Of those choices, Capriati 01 for sure.

spiceboy
Jul 1st, 2010, 02:14 PM
P.S. I kinda made silly choice in the last two options just for fun and also put Lena's gold medal cause i think it's worth mentioning IMO

The only time I cried with a tennis match :bigcry:

Still waiting for that GS crown :sobbing:

erschloy214
Jul 1st, 2010, 02:14 PM
Capriati 2001 definitely

tennis-insomniac
Jul 1st, 2010, 02:17 PM
and now if Kvitova would make a final in wimbledon i would definitely put her in the poll also

hurricanejeanne
Jul 1st, 2010, 02:18 PM
Monica US Open 1995, Roland Garros 1998.
Jennifer Australian Open 2001, Roland Garros 2001 (finally winning the slams the always was capable of winning)
Serena Australian Open 2007. Never, ever count her out.

I will give a brownie points to Venus' 2005 Wimbledon run. Looking back especially, it really gave her an extra bolt of life for the slams especially at Wimbledon. That final still depresses me though. :p

Pops Maellard
Jul 1st, 2010, 02:19 PM
Elena Dementieva Olympic Slam. :worship:

Nice for including that. :yeah:

Reptilia
Jul 1st, 2010, 02:26 PM
Not a fan at all but I voted Serena 2007

The Dawntreader
Jul 1st, 2010, 02:55 PM
Capriati's.

This was a player who was absent from the game for years, and then reaches the summit of her profession again. That's REAL inspiration.

Serena's run in '07 was the biggest act of defiance and subsequently triumph against all those who had ridiculed and written her off in the press.

Uranium
Jul 1st, 2010, 02:57 PM
Venus in 2005. The hunger in those eyes, the determination:inlove:

The Dawntreader
Jul 1st, 2010, 03:00 PM
Venus in 2005. The hunger in those eyes, the determination:inlove:

I always remember a commentator saying about Venus in the semis:

' Look at the eyes of Venus, just burning'.

I think that statement epitomised that Wimbledon for Venus. She mustered a will that was indomitable.

Caralenko
Jul 1st, 2010, 03:04 PM
Omg @ Justine Wimbledon 2011 :tears: Yeah.... no.

Jankofun
Jul 1st, 2010, 03:04 PM
Francesca's run for sure. Brilliant effort.

spiceboy
Jul 1st, 2010, 03:04 PM
I always remember a commentator saying about Venus in the semis:

' Look at the eyes of Venus, just burning'.


Now in the era of livestream I can enjoy British broadcasting and it is actually bigger than life :haha:

I remember 2 days ago Kvitova about to serve on match point and the guy going melodramatic saying: "this is a moment Petra will remember as long as she lives" or some shit like that :lol:

Deck
Jul 1st, 2010, 03:05 PM
Melissa Johnson, Wimbledon 1996, great run, inspired me a lot

Vanity Bonfire
Jul 1st, 2010, 03:07 PM
Seles's and Capriati's runs were both inspirational in the sense that they had overcome a ton of personal trauma to make it back to the world stage.

Serena's win for me wasn't as emotional, but dear Lord it was empowering.

tennis-insomniac
Jul 1st, 2010, 03:11 PM
Melissa Johnson, Wimbledon 1996, great run, inspired me a lot

who is she?

spiceboy
Jul 1st, 2010, 03:17 PM
who is she?

That was a FAIL run :sobbing:

http://img51.imageshack.us/img51/7152/5555kg.jpg

Belmont Lad
Jul 1st, 2010, 03:20 PM
Capriati 2001, hands down.

Mr.Sharapova
Jul 1st, 2010, 03:28 PM
Sharapova in 2004 And Capriati..
Sharapova just impressed all when she beat Davenport and Serena when no-one expected her to do so and she just proved all wrong that what truly matters is the hunger and determination to win something not the Experience!!
Capriati-No Comment she was just unbelievable!!
:lol::lol::lol:At those who voted for Schiavone!!

MrSerenaWilliams
Jul 1st, 2010, 04:10 PM
Serena, Monica, and Jennifer all had inspiring runs, but it's clear which one I voted for.

Justine :angel:

serenafan08
Jul 1st, 2010, 04:14 PM
Serena, Monica, and Jennifer all had inspiring runs, but it's clear which one I voted for.

Justine :angel:
And, exit stage left. :rolleyes: :haha :yeah:

Okay I would have to go for Capriati in '01, Serena in '07 and Venus in '05. For Jennifer to come back and win not one but two of the sports biggest tournaments and then reach #1 after not doing it during her "peak" really said something. Serena just bullied her way through the draw, and taught us all never to listen to haters/doubters. And just when everyone said Venus was washed-up and a has-been, she played the greatest Wimbledon final that we've seen so far. Those three are terrific (can you see the American bias? :lol: )

homogenius
Jul 1st, 2010, 04:24 PM
Seles in 1995 and Pierce run at the FO 2005 out of nowhere (even if both lost the final).Then the JCap one.

madlove
Jul 1st, 2010, 04:26 PM
definitely kim!

Serenita
Jul 1st, 2010, 04:28 PM
Serena 07

zhengjie_lina
Jul 1st, 2010, 04:29 PM
i would say jie's run in wimbledon 2008.

swim4life227
Jul 1st, 2010, 04:34 PM
The only time I cried with a tennis match :bigcry:

Still waiting for that GS crown :sobbing:

Don't your breathe, dying of lack of oxygen is never fun! :)

I like Serena, Venus, Kim, and even Schiavone's run. Schiavone gave me chills with the inspired tennis she played in that tiebreak to win it, and the way she was just PUMPING the crowd up and making a fool of the commentators was amazing.

Deck
Jul 1st, 2010, 05:29 PM
who is she?

http://www.womenstreakers.com/Melissa%20Johnson/index.html

Smithee
Jul 1st, 2010, 05:36 PM
It was a tough decision between Capriati's 2001 runs and Venus' 2005 Wimbledon title. The 2005 Wimbledon title was Venus' first Slam since the 2001 U.S. Open so it was very emotional seeing how utterly joyous she was upon winning.

But I have to go with Capriati for the simple fact that when she first came on the scene she was touted as being a future GS winner, then went through hell and back with emotional and personal problems. Before she started getting herself back into shape in 2000, many thought she was finished and would never again be a factor in a Slam, then she goes and beats Hingis in Australia. One of the few times I've teared up watching a tennis match.

Mightymirza
Jul 1st, 2010, 05:39 PM
Henin 2011 :spit: :lol:

Jorn
Jul 1st, 2010, 05:41 PM
Caro's US Open 2009 :)

n1_and_uh_noone
Jul 1st, 2010, 06:03 PM
Capriati, for me. I started following tennis closely only after the AO 2001, because J-Cap's story was quite remarkable, especially as she had languished on the tour for a few years already, a shadow of the player she was supposed to be after her sparkling run as a teenager. Plus, she had never won a Slam until then.

Mr.Sharapova
Jul 1st, 2010, 06:14 PM
Caro's US Open 2009 :)

OMG you really think CARO is the GOAT don't you:tape::tape:

LUVMIRZA
Jul 1st, 2010, 08:29 PM
I wont say Serena's 2007 as we all know wat she is capable of and we can never count her out.

Its Jennifer...totally out of the scene..came in, defeated all obstacles to win back 2 back grandslams...thats INSPIRATION:worship:

noamgdi
Jul 1st, 2010, 08:36 PM
serena 2007

AdeyC
Jul 1st, 2010, 08:58 PM
Kathleen Horvath, French Open 1983

Jankofun
Jul 3rd, 2010, 12:31 AM
Sharapova in 2004 And Capriati..
Sharapova just impressed all when she beat Davenport and Serena when no-one expected her to do so and she just proved all wrong that what truly matters is the hunger and determination to win something not the Experience!!
Capriati-No Comment she was just unbelievable!!
:lol::lol::lol:At those who voted for Schiavone!! I agree that Capriati and Sharapova did great in those tournaments, i saw them and yes i was in awe. What i fail to see is how you'd think that Fransesca didn't play a terrific match in last RG to the point that you laugh at people who think she did.

Slutati
Jul 3rd, 2010, 12:36 AM
Golovin's fantastic AO 4th round in 2004 of course.

friendsita
Jul 3rd, 2010, 05:22 AM
V 05 Wimby is my best tennis memory ever!

DefyingGravity
Jul 3rd, 2010, 05:40 AM
Capriati's comeback transcended tennis and resonated in all of sport. For a woman who was just completely out of Slam conversation from 1994-2000 to just come into 2001 and win two slams and make it to #1 is just one of the single greatest stories in sporting history.

She came from cocaine in Florida and complete rock bottom from self-induced demons to win.

Serena in 2007 was incredible too! She and Venus 2005 just willed themselves to win. But Jennifer wins in my eyes.

Pops Maellard
Jul 3rd, 2010, 06:36 AM
Caro's US Open 2009 :)
Oh my God, the tennis Caro played to get to the US Open final was possibly the greatest this world has ever seen!! :worship:

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tennis-insomniac
Jul 3rd, 2010, 06:40 AM
Capriati's comeback transcended tennis and resonated in all of sport. For a woman who was just completely out of Slam conversation from 1994-2000 to just come into 2001 and win two slams and make it to #1 is just one of the single greatest stories in sporting history.

She came from cocaine in Florida and complete rock bottom from self-induced demons to win.

Serena in 2007 was incredible too! She and Venus 2005 just willed themselves to win. But Jennifer wins in my eyes.

Agree i don't think anyone would think she will play good tennis again, against all odds she made her fairy tale comes true it's really inspiring!!

slk45
Jul 3rd, 2010, 06:42 AM
Capriati's comeback transcended tennis and resonated in all of sport. For a woman who was just completely out of Slam conversation from 1994-2000 to just come into 2001 and win two slams and make it to #1 is just one of the single greatest stories in sporting history.

She came from cocaine in Florida and complete rock bottom from self-induced demons to win.
This pretty much says it all. Jennifer for sure.

But Lena D's Olympic Gold is definitely the 2nd choice after Capriati.

tennis-insomniac
Jul 3rd, 2010, 06:45 AM
Oh my God, the tennis Caro played to get to the US Open final was possibly the greatest this world has ever seen!! :worship:

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She's good but you gotta admit it dude her game is boring :help:

Pops Maellard
Jul 3rd, 2010, 06:57 AM
She's good but you gotta admit it dude her game is boring :help:
No way! That was a pretty Goddamn inspired point at 4:30. :worship:

tennis-insomniac
Jul 3rd, 2010, 07:06 AM
No way! That was a pretty Goddamn inspired point at 4:30. :worship:
at 4:30 in this video she hit her forehand into the net :p good sarcasm :lol:

Pops Maellard
Jul 3rd, 2010, 07:08 AM
at 4:30 in this video she hit her forehand into the net :p good sarcasm :lol:
I was kidding. It's actually one of the worst misses I've ever seen. :lol:

tennis-insomniac
Jul 3rd, 2010, 07:12 AM
oh dear hope Caro's performance would improve..she's a fighter but not a champion

Petkorazzi
Jul 3rd, 2010, 07:13 AM
Jelena Dokic @ Australian open 2009. :worship:

spiritedenergy
Jul 3rd, 2010, 07:16 AM
ana RG2008... legend:worship:

Slutiana
Jul 3rd, 2010, 08:01 AM
Venus in 2005, Serena in 2007, Capriati in 2001, Schiavone at the French, Seles in 1995 and:
Jelena Dokic @ Australian open 2009. :worship:
:bowdown:

Venus' Wimbledon 2000 was also pretty inspirational but nowhere near those ones.

Bruno71
Jul 3rd, 2010, 09:15 AM
Tamarine obviously :hearts:

shega
Jul 3rd, 2010, 09:21 AM
first of all, this is a great thread.
I always thought Serena's 07 was quite amazing...with it came that nike ad - "Stronger", which was looove. But it's not inspirational only when the players have come back from hell, because if so, Dokic was superb in AO 2009 and Kim's USO was breathtaking, plus, Sharapova's 2008 AO was pretty good too, remember, she had a terrible 2007 from RG on. But either way Jenny wins this one, I was too young to understand but she did inspire my whole family.