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heelsrule1988
Aug 22nd, 2011, 04:36 AM
That match now becomes #2 on my list of greatest Maria matches (since I became a serious Maria fan in 2007). Her title-winning victory in Cincinnati today is easily the new #1 because of the roller-coaster drama, the intensity, and the fact that a title was on the line. Not to mention, she desperately needed a confidence boost after two lackluster tournaments to start off the US Open Series. My goodness, I could hardly take it... watching this match was rather difficult. But this is exactly what she needed. Winning a match like this (especially because it won her a title) has to give Maria all the confidence in the world going into the US Open. I'm still not completely as confident as I was after Roland Garros and Wimbledon, but I'm close. Without even knowing her draw, I expect her to at least get to the quarterfinals. Anything short would be a major disappointment.

Here are my top three Maria matches, by the way:

1) 2011 Cincinnati F: Maria def. Jelena Jankovic 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3
2) 2011 Miami QF: Maria def. Alexandra Dulgheru 3-6, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5)
3) 2007 WTA Championships F: Justine Henin def. Maria 5-7, 7-5, 6-3

Feel free to use this thread to list your own top matches. :)

P.S. The reason the 2008 Australian Open final isn't in here is because I based this list solely off of drama and intensity. So although that was one of Maria's finest moments, the match itself wasn't super-dramatic... at least not as dramatic as these three, anyway.

Fighterpova
Aug 22nd, 2011, 05:49 AM
What about her 2007 R4 match at the French Open in 2007 where she beat Patty Schnyder 3-6 6-4 9-7, saving 3 match points?

Fighterpova
Aug 22nd, 2011, 05:51 AM
Also her match vs AMG in Amelia Island in 2008 was un-freaking-believable.

Maria won 7-6 5-7 7-6 in 3 hours and 36 minutes(her longest match ever I think).

AniaSharapova
Aug 22nd, 2011, 11:40 AM
Match against Patty Schnyder at RG 2007 was epic. This is one of Maria's matches which I play on YouTube very often.
Also her match in Beijing 2009 against Vika was great and one of my favourite.

Monzanator
Aug 22nd, 2011, 02:32 PM
Also her match vs AMG in Amelia Island in 2008 was un-freaking-believable.

Maria won 7-6 5-7 7-6 in 3 hours and 36 minutes(her longest match ever I think).

It was 3 hrs & 26 minutes and was her longest match on the tour until the Dulgheru clash in Miami which was 2 minutes longer ;)

It's needless to say that the best match she ever played and lost was YEC 2007 final vs Henin, as far as the wins go, her RG antics sit deep in my heart especially against Schynder in 2007 and Li Na in 2009 where she got bagelled in the second set only to come back from the dead in the third :hearts:

Fighterpova
Aug 22nd, 2011, 11:36 PM
Match against Patty Schnyder at RG 2007 was epic. This is one of Maria's matches which I play on YouTube very often.
Also her match in Beijing 2009 against Vika was great and one of my favourite.
Omg yessss, it was epic :worship::hearts:


It was 3 hrs & 26 minutes and was her longest match on the tour until the Dulgheru clash in Miami which was 2 minutes longer ;)

It's needless to say that the best match she ever played and lost was YEC 2007 final vs Henin, as far as the wins go, her RG antics sit deep in my heart especially against Schynder in 2007 and Li Na in 2009 where she got bagelled in the second set only to come back from the dead in the third :hearts:

Yeah, sorry, 2nd longest ;)

gc-spurs
Aug 23rd, 2011, 12:38 AM
My favourite Maria match was the annihilation of one Justine Henin. It doesn't fit the 'epic' theme of the rest of the mentioned matches but she freaking walloped JuJu, who was on a mighty streak herself.

Mrs. Dimitrova
Aug 23rd, 2011, 04:32 AM
There are some older matches like that Mashona Washington match at FO that was pretty intense and "epic". But my favorite recent (not so recent) match is probably that Azarenka match in Beijing. Some of the shots she pulled off fighting from 2-5 down in the third set fits the definition of epic. And oh the joy after she won. The Chinese people went crazy.

Fighterpova
Aug 23rd, 2011, 05:23 AM
If memory serves these are her longest matches(all lasting over 3h20min):

1. Miami QF vs Dulgheru, won 3-6 7-6 7-6 in 3 hours and 29 minutes

2. Amelia Island R3 vs AMG, won 7-6 5-7 7-6 in 3 hours and 26 minutes

3. YEC final vs Henin, lost 7-5 5-7 3-6 in 3 hours and 23 minutes

4. AO R1 vs Kirilenko, lost 6-7 6-3 4-6 in 3 ours and 22 minutes

any other matches lasting 3 hours 10mins + ??

heelsrule1988
Aug 23rd, 2011, 05:37 AM
What about her 2007 R4 match at the French Open in 2007 where she beat Patty Schnyder 3-6 6-4 9-7, saving 3 match points?
I actually only caught the end of that one... those were the days when I was still becoming a serious Maria fan. I do remember it being an exciting finish, though.
Also her match in Beijing 2009 against Vika was great and one of my favourite.
Oh man, I forgot all about that. I still maintain my top three, but this one was pretty awesome. Wasn't it like 5-1 at one point in the third set? This match comes to mind every time she's in a big hole... I always think about this potentially happening again.