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Article-Greatest Match In Open Era

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Henin-Capriati added to greatest match list

September 12, 2003
LONDON (AP) -- Justine Henin-Hardenne's dramatic three-set victory over Jennifer Capriati in the semifinals of the U.S. Open has been added to the WTA contest for the greatest women's match played during the Open Era.

The match, won by Henin-Hardenne 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (4), was added to 15 others previously announced. Three of the matches involve Martina Navratilova, including her 1981 U.S. Open final which Tracy Austin won 1-6, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (1), the first major championship to be decided by a tiebreak.

Other nominations include the 1970 Wimbledon final in which Margaret Court defeated Billie Jean King 14-12, 11-9, in 2 hours, 27 minutes, the longest-ever women's Wimbledon final; and the 2002 Australian Open final in which Capriati defeated Martina Hingis 4-6, 7-6 (7), 6-2, saving four match points in the second set, a Grand Slam final record.

The results will be announced at the season-ending championships at Los Angeles in November.

Wow, I had never heard of this before. I was wondering if anyone knows all the matches that are in contention for this "Greatest Match of The Open Era?" I hope there's a Williams match in there somewhere.

I feel sorry for whoever or whomever has to decide who wins this acheivement, it seems kinda weird to compare matches from today to ones from 1970. :eek:

Sorry if this has been posted b4... :p
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sorry but I think the US Open semifinal with Justine and Jennifer was hardly worthy of the best 16 *ever* I can think of plenty more that were better quality matches quite honestly.

surprised to see the 95 Wimbledon final not included, it was such a great match, and the last set was a real thriller.
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