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Nov 10th, 2003 07:00 PM
Hingiswinsthis Graf calling that Hingis match her best ever!
Nov 10th, 2003 06:53 PM
R&J
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Originally Posted by Come-on-kim
I saw the match but expect all the fuss around it, it wasn't really a fantastic match tennis wise
French Open Finals Selected Greatest Matches in 30 Year History of WTA Tour
November 10, 2003


Graf victory over Hingis and Seles’ battle with Graf tops fan and media lists

LOS ANGELES, CA – The 1999 and 1992 French Open finals were voted the Greatest Matches in the WTA Tour’s 30-year history by fans and the media, respectively.

In the 1992 final at Roland Garros that was chosen by the worldwide media, Monica Seles won a marathon battle against Steffi Graf 6-2, 3-6, 10-8.

In the 1999 final selected by fans, Graf pulled off a tense and dramatic rally to stun Martina Hingis 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.

The winning matches were selected after more than two months of online voting on the WTA Tour website (www.wtatour.com). Fans and media made their choices from a list of 16 memorable matches from the Open era in WTA Tour history.

In the ’92 Seles-Graf match, Seles broke for a 3-1 lead in the third, but Graf rallied to take leads of 6-5 and 7-6. Seles stood her ground and served for the match at 8-7, yet Graf held on. Finally, facing a sixth match-point against her in the 18th game of the third set, Graf’s forehand nicked the tape and fell back on her own side. The crowd’s cheering reduced Graf to tears and Seles graciously admitted that both players deserved to win the match.

“It was a very high quality and intense match from the very beginning until the end,’’ Graf said. “I was 5-3 down and gave myself the chance to get back into the match. It went back and forth and eventually Monica ran out the winner. The thing that stands out in my mind was how supportive the crowd was that day toward me.’’

The ’99 Graf-Hingis match was all about intensity and drama. Hingis was in the pressure-packed position of being the overwhelming favorite, while Graf seemingly had nothing to lose.

The match will forever be remembered for what happened with Hingis leading 2-0 in the second set. Hingis thought a forehand return clipped the baseline, and when the umpire couldn’t find the ball mark left in the clay court, Hingis marched around to Graf’s side of the court to point it out. She was issued a point penalty (She had earlier broken a racquet) and was now just one indiscretion away from being defaulted. It was the reprieve Graf needed.

Graf won six straight games at one point that essentially spelled doom for Hingis, who eventually left the court to go to the bathroom. While she was gone, Graf joined the crowd in doing the Mexican wave.

Down match point, Hingis had one more trick up her sleeve and unleashed a Michael Chang-like underarm serve, which threw Graf off. But Graf recovered and used her trademark forehand to carry her the rest of the way to victory.

Hingis, just 18 at the time, had to be coaxed back on court by her mother for the trophy ceremony and held up well while speaking in French afterwards.

Immediately afterwards, Graf said it was “one of the craziest matches’’ she had ever played.

“I would like to thank the fans for selecting this match,’’ Graf said. “My memories from that day were that it wasn’t the best tennis, but it was very exciting. I certainly did not expect to be physically and mentally ready after beating Lindsay (Davenport) and Monica (Seles) in two tough matches.

“It was amazing since I hadn’t played in a Grand Slam final since my knee surgery and I did not show the same level of competitiveness in important moments during matches up until that point. When I look back now, it was the biggest win I ever achieved during my tennis career.’’

http://www.wtatour.com/index.cfm?sec...cont_id=213369
Nov 10th, 2003 06:46 PM
Come-on-kim I saw the match but expect all the fuss around it, it wasn't really a fantastic match tennis wise
Nov 10th, 2003 06:08 PM
Tratree The fans voted for the '99 French final, but the media picked the '92 French final, so they're both winners I guess.
Nov 10th, 2003 05:56 PM
gmak their 5 set clash was great for 4 sets but it ended in anticlimax because hingis was cramping badly in the final set and steffi also had problems with her back... it ended with a bagel!
Nov 10th, 2003 05:55 PM
gmak a great match in terms of drama but not necessarily the best tennis....

strange though the two hingis-venus US Open semifinals nor the hingis-serena AO quarterfinal were not on the list...
Nov 10th, 2003 05:16 PM
jimbo mack i'm so glad the graf vs hingis match 99 was voted.

i was only 14 at the time and i remember going into school the next day after the match and loads of people were talking about it! even people who have no knowledge on tennis were talking about it.

as avid tennis fans, we should be proud of this match as it gave the wta a lot more recognition after that match. it was that match that my school friends started to understand why i love women's tennis so much!!
Nov 10th, 2003 05:10 PM
jenglisbe What about their 5 set clash for the Championships title in 1996? Was it a quality match in terms of play? The 1999 French Open final had some good drama, but the tennis wasn't necessarily great (particulaly the last set).
Nov 10th, 2003 04:47 PM
Hingiswinsthis
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Originally Posted by CrHuAbNiDnA
Oh be quiet Hingiswinsthis, you know the only reason why you are saying this is because Justine won it this year

besides, I agree...
damn straight
Nov 10th, 2003 04:39 PM
pReUrBrIyN Oh be quiet Hingiswinsthis, you know the only reason why you are saying this is because Justine won it this year

besides, I agree...
Nov 10th, 2003 04:36 PM
Hingiswinsthis I think that was the match where you really saw your self as a frustrated teenager in Martina Hingis. I've never really seen a match like that where emotions were so strong out on the court, it was as if you can look deep into Martina Hingis's psyche. And on the other side, a true champion and a legend. I've never seen Steffi Graf as happy on that court than that day. It was a real contrast.

BTW what happened to the 1992 RG final? Also many people have downgraded any RG matches simply because it is on CLAY, but this proves just how hard to win RG is for the ladies and some of the classic matches it has produced.
Nov 10th, 2003 04:35 PM
Linzi I dnt get why there was no hingis-venus games. anyone care to explain?
Nov 10th, 2003 04:33 PM
bandabou It was great because Graf won....if Martina had won it, it wouldn´t have even made the list.
Nov 10th, 2003 04:27 PM
Linzi That match i think kinda made Martina grow up! That game had everything, i dunno if i think its the best in terms of quality but certainly a classic.
Nov 10th, 2003 04:14 PM
7~ŚLęV3ń˝ aww martina, take yer time to prepare for next year...it was a very good match, well all the matches played by top players are very good to watch, who cares bout the ue or lack of drama...
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