There were some really outstanding ones because of the heart, the emotions and just pure burning desire on the part of the players.
2003 was by far better than 2002 in this department.
Let's start with the HOPMAN CUP 2003. Watching Alicia Molik playing
with so much soul and spirit was a good omen. I'm not even a fan of
hers nor really Leyton's; but they were just so great together in leading
Australia to the title. It was very thrilling.
AO 2003- Klara K over Monica. Big upset; but really endearing too.
Marlene W over Jen. I felt kind of bad, because I love Jenn;
but I wanted Marlene won me totally over and I couldn't stop
cheering for her.
WTA India- Tammy over Iroda(Final). This was just fantastic news and
I felt so happy and proud for her. Just a really good feeling.
State Farm - Ai over Kim (Final)- What an incredible day it was. 2
matches, and a doubles title too. Just an amazing day.
This is the sort of heart that all players should show.
B&A - Elena D over Lindsay (Final)- She finally won her first title.
The tears of joys from Elena could melt the South Pole.
Family Circle- Justine over Serena(Final). It was just pure class, and
could be the first sign of a different mature player.
Also important because it was only the 2nd time in the
year Serena looked to a bit concerned about the match.
RG- Vera Z over Venus- Found myself cheering my head of for Vera.
Justine over Serena (Final) An emotional day all around. It had
everything ;but the kitchen sink in this drama filled match.
WIMBLEDON- Shinobu over Daniela- I like Daniela;but Shinobu won
me, the tv viewers and everyone in that court on her
side. It was such a contrast of personalities; one afraid
of losing, and the other just relishing every second.
Elena over Chanda (Shanghai/Bali) Part I/Part II- Good times.
Ashley Harkleroad- I wanted to hate her; but her fiery match play
was a joy and thrill to watch in 2003. Very entertaining and with
so much passion. Great stuff!!
There were more; but these ones come to mind first.
Mind you, some of these players weren't even my favorites until
after that "certain" big match. It just changed everything; and I
find myself looking out for their results all the time now.