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.