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Old Dec 11th, 2012, 01:32 PM   #1
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Top 5 best matches your favourite has played on each surface...

Continuing with off-season threads that are pointless, here is another judging what your favourite player's top 5 best matches were on each of the following surfaces:

Outdoor hard

Indoor hard

Red clay/Green clay (indoor or outdoor)

Grass

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Old Dec 11th, 2012, 03:31 PM   #2
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Re: Top 5 best matches your favourite has played on each surface...

Outdoor hard - Ana Ivanovic def. Venus Williams 7-6 6-4, Australian open 2008 QF.

Indoor hard - Ana Ivanovic def. Daniela Hantuchova, Luxembourg open 2008 Final, when she come back from a 3-6 0-3 deficit, eventually winning 3–6,6–4,6–3.

Clay - Ana Ivanovic def. Dinara Safina, Roland Garros 2008 Final, 6-4, 6-3.


Grass
- Ana Ivanovic def. Nicole Vaidisova, Wimbledon 2007 QF, Ana saved three match points to defeat Nicole 4–6,6–2,7–5.

It was so hard to choose. I would also like to mention these matches:

Ana Ivanovic def. Daniela Hantuchova, Australian open 2008 SF, when she come back from a 0-6 0-2 deficit, eventually winning 0–6, 6–3, 6–4.
Ana Ivanovic def. Maria Sharapova 6-2 6-1, Roland Garros 2007 SF.
Ana Ivanovic def. Jelena Jankovic 6-4 3-6 6-4, Roland Garros 2008 SF.
Ana Ivanovic def. Svetlana Kuznetsova 3-6 6-4 7-6, Berlin 2007 Final.

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Old Dec 11th, 2012, 05:38 PM   #3
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Outdoor hard

Serena Williams, Aussie Final 2007

Indoor hard

Serena Williams, WTA Finals 2012

Red clay/Green clay (indoor or outdoor)

Serena Williams, Madrid 2012 (Blue Clay, sue me)

Grass

Serena Williams 2012 Olympics Final (Very close second: Serena def. Elena D Wimbledon Semi 2009)
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Re: Top 5 best matches your favourite has played on each surface...

OH - def. Capriati 60 26 76(5) '04 US Open SF
IH - def. Hingis 62 60 '06 Tokyo F (honourable mention: def. Clijsters 63 36 62 '05 Filderstadt QF)
GC - def. Davenport 46 75 63 '03 Amelia Island F (honourable mention: def. Schnyder 36 64 60 '05 Charleston SF)
RC - def. Jankovic 63 26 63 '08 Berlin QF (honourable mention: def. Mauresmo 64 46 62 '05 Fed Cup)
GR - l. S Williams 67(5) 75 86 '09 Wimbledon SF
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Outdoor hard - 2008 Australian Open SF vs Hantuchova / 2006 Montreal F vs Hingis
Indoor hard- 2004 Zurich 2nd round vs V.Williams
Clay- 2008 Roland Garros SF vs Jankovic
Grass- 2007 Wimbledon QF vs Vaidisova
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Outdoor hard - 2011 Beijing F vs Petkovic, 2011 Carlsbad SF vs Petkovic, 2009 Beijing QF vs Dementieva

Indoor hard - 2012 Tokyo SF vs Kerber, 2012 Istanbul RR vs Sharapova, 2007 Stuttgart R16 vs Kuznetsova

Red clay/Green clay (indoor or outdoor) - 2011 Stuttgart R16 vs Schiavone, 2009 Rome R16 vs Ivanovic, 2008 Roland Garros R32 vs Cornet

Grass - 2012 Wimbledon SF vs Kerber, 2008 Eastbourne F vs Petrova, 2010 Wimbledon R32 vs Errani
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Outdoor hard-
There's been so many but USO '06 Final vs Henin was pretty amazing.

Indoor hard- AO '08 Quarter Final vs Henin

Red clay- Rome '11 Final vs Stosur was unbelievable but so was RG '11 Quarter Final vs Petkovic

Green clay- Charleston '08 R2 vs Mattek-Sands I guess....(6-0 6-0 )

Grass- Wimbledon '04 Final vs Serena
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Indoor hard - Ana Ivanovic def. Daniela Hantuchova, Luxembourg open 2008 Final, when she come back from a 3-6 0-3 deficit, eventually winning 3–6,6–4,6–3.

Ana Ivanovic def. Daniela Hantuchova, Australian open 2008 SF, when she come back from a 0-6 0-2 deficit, eventually winning 0–6, 6–3, 6–4.
One simply does not come back against Daniela Hantuchová.
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Outdoor hard:
1. 2008 Fed Cup Russia vs. Israel, def. Peer 61 61
2. 2006 San Diego F, def. Clijsters 75 75
3. 2006 US Open F, def. Henin 64 64
4. 2006 San Diego QF, def. Peak Pierce 62 63
5. 2005 Miami QF, def. Henin 61 67(5) 62

Indoor hard:
1. 2008 Australian Open QF, def. Henin 64 60 aka the best match she's ever played
2. 2012 Beijing QF, def. Kerber 60 30 R.
3. 2007 YEC SF, def. Chakvedaze 62 62
4. 2007 YEC RR, def. Ivanovic 61 62
5. 2008 Australian Open SF, def. Jankovic 63 61

Clay:
1. 2012 Stuttgart F, def. Azarenka 61 64
2. 2012 French Open F, def. Errani 63 62
3. 2011 French Open QF, def. Petkovic 60 63
4. 2012 Stuttgart QF, def. Stosur 67(5) 76(5) 75
5. 2011 Rome F, def. Stosur 62 64

Grass:
1. 2004 Wimbledon QF, def. Sugiyama 57 75 61. She was scary good in the last set and a half.
2. 2004 Wimbledon F, def. S. Williams 61 64, mostly for her composure and how she played from 2-4 down in the second
3. 2004 Wimbledon SF, def. Davenport 26 76(5) 61
4. 2011 Wimbledon QF, def. Cibulkova 61 61
5. 2006 Wimbledon QF, def. Dementieva 61 64

I probably forgot a couple of obvious ones. It's finals week
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Serena Williams:

Outdoor Hard: 2001 US Open def. Hingis 6-3 6-2

Indoor Hard: 2007 Australian Open def. Sharapova 6-1 6-2

Red Clay: 2003 Roland Garros def. Mauresmo 6-1 6-2

Green Clay: 2012 Charleston def. Stosur 6-1 6-1

Grass: 2002 Wimbledon def. Mauresmo 6-2 6-1
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Not going to mention amazing matches against the likes of Stosur/Errani/Hantuchova/ etc. there are way too many of those. Will mention the ones against BIG names who played quite well in the matches themselves.


Outdoor hard


Miami 2002 Serena massacred Venus 6-2 6-2
Vee had won miami like 2-3 times in a row, was the player to beat on HC, in her prime and Serena totally annihilated her





USO 2001 Serena massacred Hingis 6–3, 6–2




Indoor HC -

AO 2007 Serena annihilated Martha 6-1 6-2






Red clay/Green clay (indoor or outdoor)


RG 2003 Serena snatched Mauresmo



Others - Serena def. Capriati and Hingis from 2002 Miami; Serena def. Clijsters Miami 2003; Serena def. Dementieva AO 2009/YEC 2009 etc.


Grass

Serena went in on Mauresmo 6-2 6-1

I can't find a video for this. Probably for good reason, there was too much blood shed.



Wimbledon 2003 Serena dismissed Henin



There are many more, inc. Serena def. Azarenka Wi 2009. At Olympics, Serena wasnt at the level she displayed in the above matches. Not that she needed to be to beat Sharapova.
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massacred, annihilated, snatched, went in, dismissed
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Serena's French Open quarter finals in 2002 and 2003 are definitely her best two matches ever on clay. 2002 is even better than 2003. Charleston 2012 semis and final, and Madrid Final 2012 probably round off her top 5 clay matches.

Other ones are too hard to narrow down but definitely her destruction of Mauresmo in 2002 Wimbledon, Henin in 2003, Sharapova and Azarenka at the Olympics this year are the top four on grass.
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Not going to mention amazing matches against the likes of Stosur/Errani/Hantuchova/ etc. there are way too many of those. Will mention the ones against BIG names who played quite well in the matches themselves.


Outdoor hard


Miami 2002 Serena massacred Venus 6-2 6-2
Vee had won miami like 2-3 times in a row, was the player to beat on HC, in her prime and Serena totally annihilated her





USO 2001 Serena massacred Hingis 6–3, 6–2




Indoor HC -

AO 2007 Serena annihilated Martha 6-1 6-2






Red clay/Green clay (indoor or outdoor)


RG 2003 Serena snatched Mauresmo



Others - Serena def. Capriati and Hingis from 2002 Miami; Serena def. Clijsters Miami 2003; Serena def. Dementieva AO 2009/YEC 2009 etc.


Grass

Serena went in on Mauresmo 6-2 6-1

I can't find a video for this. Probably for good reason, there was too much blood shed.



Wimbledon 2003 Serena dismissed Henin



There are many more, inc. Serena def. Azarenka Wi 2009. At Olympics, Serena wasnt at the level she displayed in the above matches. Not that she needed to be to beat Sharapova.
2002 Wimbledon, def. Mauresmo 2&1


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Re: Top 5 best matches your favourite has played on each surface...

Maria

Outdoor hard
1. USO '06 F vs Henin
2. USO '06 SF vs Mauresmo (It was quite windy yet she still double-bagelled a top 3 player off the court whom she had a negative H2H against and whom would normally prove to be a giant pain in the ass game-wise and in those conditions)
3. Miami '05 QF vs Henin (Being able to shrug off a mid-comeback Henin mentally whilst raising your level again to what won you the first set is mighty impressive, especially for a first encounter)
4. San Diego '06 F vs Clijsters (She was never going to lose that USO title playing like this and with Serena absent)
5. IW '06 SF vs Hingis (practically same reason as the Mauresmo match above, plus the fact Maria was starting to get in danger of having the Semipova streak last too long in bigger events [it wasn't just the case in Slams])

Indoor hard
1. AO '08 QF vs Henin (her best match)
2. YEC '07 F vs Henin
3. AO '08 SF vs Jankovic
4. YEC '06 RR vs Clijsters (IMO some of her most bludgeoning strokes whilst trying to hit through the wall)
5. YEC '07 RR vs Ivanovic

Clay
1. Stuttgart F '12 vs Azarenka
2. FO '12 SF vs Kvitova
3. Charleston '08 QF vs Serena
4. Rome '11 SF vs Wozniacki
5. FO '12 R3 vs Peng

Grass
1. Wimb '04 F vs Serena
2. Wimb '04 R4 vs Hantuchova
3. Olympics '12 vs Clijsters (Shouldn't be forgotten IMO, tasty revenge)
4. Wimb '04 vs Sugiyama
5. Wimb '06 vs Dementieva

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