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Old Dec 3rd, 2012, 12:54 AM   #1
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Players playing at their peak and still losing the match

im sure it happens from time to time.. can you recall an ocasion? i mean elite players, or else this list would be endless

unless were talking about errani rg final, it probably means the match was a classic because someone had to overplay an elite player at her best in order to win
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Old Dec 3rd, 2012, 01:10 AM   #2
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Re: Players playing at their peak and still losing the match

I think (apart from a blip at a very, very important point of the match ) Sam played about as well as I've ever seen against Maria at Stuttgart this year. I really respect Maria for that win.

Sam's probably played better a few times before, but this was quite close to her peak IMO.
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Re: Players playing at their peak and still losing the match

Kerber against Azarenka in iStanbul
Jankovic against Serena at the US Open in 2008
Dementieva against Serena at Wimbledon in 2009
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Old Dec 3rd, 2012, 01:19 AM   #4
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Re: Players playing at their peak and still losing the match

Svetlana played the best she's ever played on grass and still lost to Venus in the 07 W QF
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Old Dec 3rd, 2012, 01:42 AM   #5
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Re: Players playing at their peak and still losing the match

Mary Pierce played the best grass court match ive ever seen her play in losing 6-0 7-6 to Venus at Wimbledon 2005

Capriati was playing peak tennis for the best part of her us open semi final defeat to Justine in 03

Hingis' defeat to Venus at Wimbledon 2000 was the best ive seen her play on grass
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Re: Players playing at their peak and still losing the match

I think you'll see a trend for a list like this, with players who are more defensive or counterpunch-y in style playing someone who gives them an incredible amount of pace to work with
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Re: Players playing at their peak and still losing the match

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Mary Pierce played the best grass court match ive ever seen her play in losing 6-0 7-6 to Venus at Wimbledon 2005

Capriati was playing peak tennis for the best part of her us open semi final defeat to Justine in 03

Hingis' defeat to Venus at Wimbledon 2000 was the best ive seen her play on grass
I think their USO match that year was amazing. Martina played well but wasn't brave enough to put away an overhead that would have given her match points.
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Re: Players playing at their peak and still losing the match

Kerber vs Azarenka at the YEC.

Stosur in the second/third sets of USO QF vs Azarenka.
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Svetlana played the best she's ever played on grass and still lost to Venus in the 07 W QF
Indeed.

Also re Kuznetsova, her final against Serena in Beijing in '04 was pretty much Sveta in her most destructive, buoyant form, and still she lost.
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Re: Players playing at their peak and still losing the match

I think Davenport in the 2005 Wimbledon final.
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Re: Players playing at their peak and still losing the match

Dementieva to Serena at that classic Wimbledon semifinal
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Re: Players playing at their peak and still losing the match

Sharapova lost to Serena Olympic final. I honestly thought she was going to put up a fight, because she was dominant at the Olympics as well, and didn't play bad at the final. You can tell Maria was giving it her all, but I mean it's Serena.

I actually think this happens a lot against Rena. Some players play peak, but still can't beat her.
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Sharapova lost to Serena Olympic final. I honestly thought she was going to put up a fight, because she was dominant at the Olympics as well, and didn't play bad at the final. You can tell Maria was giving it her all, but I mean it's Serena.

I actually think this happens a lot against Rena. Some players play peak, but still can't beat her.
Yeah I don't think Maria was playing anywhere near her peak in that final and I'm not even a fan. It's been a long time since I watched though so I could be wrong.

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Re: Players playing at their peak and still losing the match

What about the 2008 Wimbledon final?
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