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Miraculous Comebacks

Mary Pierce's comeback from a 6-0 deficit in the 3rd set tiebreak got me thinking about a thread. Of course, QF at the Kremlin Cup isn't the same stage as Wimbledon Centre Court, but still what an achievement! Except for the US, the other Slams wouldn't have an opportunity for someone to overcome 6 consecutive matchpoints. Has anyone ever done that? What are some other comebacks that seemed not just improbable, but impossible?

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Well, Seles saved some straight match points against Lindsay at Chase 02, Lindsay was leading 6-3 6-6 and 6-something in the tie break, It might have been 6-0 but I'm not sure. I think Seles saved nine match points overall before winning 3-6 7-6 6-3

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That Davenport-Seles match was really something. To save THAT many mps, and against first rate competition, is really rare.

Chris Evert's multiple match points saved at the US Open in 1971 is another. Mary Ann Eisel just had her dead to rights when "little" Chris hit about 3 service return winners on match points and Mary Ann choked the rest.
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Evert vs Richey in the USCC and Richey vs King in NY are the two that stand out to me!

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That Davenport-Seles match was really something. To save THAT many mps, and against first rate competition, is really rare.

Chris Evert's multiple match points saved at the US Open in 1971 is another. Mary Ann Eisel just had her dead to rights when "little" Chris hit about 3 service return winners on match points and Mary Ann choked the rest.
I have that match on tape, and boy is it painful to watch for a serve-volley player. Mary Ann was outplaying Chris all over the court- from the baseline and definitely at the net, and then than choke. It's the only match I've ever seen her play, and it makes me wonder why she never did anything else of note in her career. Seems like she had all the shots and the athleticism to be pretty dangerous.

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Lisa Raymond 2004 6-0 and 5-0 down somehow came back to win after saving two match points 0-6 7-5 6-3
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Sorry, the above was against Lubomira Kurhajcova
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Date beating Sabatini 1-6, 7-6, 7-6 after being down 6-1, 5-1 and I believe match points....

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Date beating Sabatini 1-6, 7-6, 7-6 after being down 6-1, 5-1 and I believe match points....

ouch! Which of course brings to mind Mary Joe Fernandez and her comeback at the French in 1993.

One of the most heartbreaking comebacks (heartbreaking because the crowd wanted the loser to win) was the Wimbledon final of 1935. "Little" Helen Jacobs had never won Wimbledon; "Big" Helen Wills had won it 6 times and was looking to tie the record of 7 set by Dorothea Chambers. in fact, Wills had come back from injury just to chase her dream.... Jacobs had won 4 US titles, but she knew that without Wimbledon in pocket she would be considered second rate.

Jacobs was a friendly extrovert adored by fans, Wills was an imperail Ice Queen, reserved and sure of her superiority.

They hated each others guts, though neither one ever fessed up to it.

Adding to the build up was the fact that the last time these two had met Wills retired and walked off the court to boos rather than lose. Wills' backers said she was injured. Jacobs' fans said Wills just couldn't stand to lose.

"Little" Helen reached match point at 5-3, with Wills clearly running out of gas. After a few shots Wills threw up a desperate lob that landed short into the court. It was all over. Wills was off the court and Little Helen had an easy kill for the long desired All England Plate.

Then a miraculous thing happened. A sudden gust of wind blew the ball around after it hit the grass. By the time Jacobs made contact she was down on one knee. The shot hit the net. The crowd gasped. Jacobs was stunned.

The rest of the match was hard fought, but Wills won 4 games in a row. When she won she did something she NEVER did. The Ice Queen smiled.

For once "Miss Poker Face" let go of her reserve.
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Date beating Sabatini 1-6, 7-6, 7-6 after being down 6-1, 5-1 and I believe match points....
That was a heartbreaking time for me, especially as it was not the first one for Gabriela Sabatini. Kimiko saved around 4 or 5 mp and finally spotted her place in finals, even with an injured shoulder. Alas Gabriela... always full of surprises, some really sad too.
The disastrous loss to Mary-Joe was the worst one, that's for sure, but I only watched the match against Date live. I remember having my racket and bag ready to leave for the tennis court while Gabriela was playing really well and leading, then suddenly the match was turning around, so I had to stay home to be sure of the win, but when it ended it was too late and I never left to play tennis that day.
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As I've noted before, one of my favorites, Linky Boshoff, lost to Val Ziegenfuss in the South African Open on year after leading 5-0, 40-0 in the final set.

And hey, since we're being personal, yours truly once had a Mary Pierce experience, except I was the one with a 6-0 lead in the tie-breaker. It was a second set tiebreaker, though, and I had already lost the first set. Wasn't too concerned when I lost the first couple points; then started thinking about it when I lost the third; and was a complete mess for the next five points, losing 8-6. Poor Elena, poor Jem!
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I know that Seles saved seven match points against Lindsay in the match described above because I remember reading an ESPN.com headline about the match "Seventh Heaven" That is a lot of match points against such a strong competitor!
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As I've noted before, one of my favorites, Linky Boshoff, lost to Val Ziegenfuss in the South African Open on year after leading 5-0, 40-0 in the final set.

And hey, since we're being personal, yours truly once had a Mary Pierce experience, except I was the one with a 6-0 lead in the tie-breaker. It was a second set tiebreaker, though, and I had already lost the first set. Wasn't too concerned when I lost the first couple points; then started thinking about it when I lost the third; and was a complete mess for the next five points, losing 8-6. Poor Elena, poor Jem!
Hey, I have a personal experience à la Mary, too, but the score wasn't 6-0 but 6-1 in the tie-break, and fortunately I could end up winnig 8-6. I don't know where confidence and concentratios come from in those times, but I remember it was a great feeling!
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I believe King was up 5-0 or 5-1 and match point before King hit an overhead long and Nancy won 12 straight games. Add the fact that there was quite a rivalry here with King being regarded the better player and Nancy dominating the h2h to this point. And a ranking controversy where they were co-ranked #1 by the USTA.

Probably the most famous great comeback in modern tennis.

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Seles saved matchpoint vs. Fernandez at the Australian Open semi 1991. She saved matchpoints in all her 3 wins vs. Davenport btw! She saved about half a dozen of match points vs. S.Williams in LA 2001.

Davenport is likely the top player that lost the most matches after having had matchpoints.
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