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Lets make a list of players who had match point and still managed to lose the match. I might be off by how many match points wasted...but you get my point.

1. Garrison-def-Seles @ Wimbledon '90<br />--Seles wasted 1 match point

2. Seles-def-Fernandez @ Australian '91<br />--Fernandez wasted 1 match point

3. Rubin-def-Novotna @ Roland Garros '95<br />--Novotna wasted 9 match points

4. Spirlea-def-Seles @ US Open '97<br />--Seles wasted 1 match point

5. V. Williams-def-Capriati @ '01 Ericsson<br />--Capriati wasted 8 match points

6. Seles-def-S. Williams @ '01 E-style of L.A.<br />--S. Williams wasted 6 match points

7. Testud-def-Mauresmo @ '01 Sanex Champion...<br />--Mauresmo wasted 1 match point

8. Henin-def-Martinez @ '01 Fed Cup final<br />--Martinez wasted 1 match point
 

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Testud d. Seles, '97 Wimbledon<br />--Seles wasted 1 match point.

V. Williams d. Spirlea, '97 US Open<br />-- Spirlea wasted 1(2?) match point(s).

Sanchez Vicario d. Graf, '94 Hamburg<br />-- Gaf wasted ?? match point(s)

Sanchez-Vicario d. Graf, '94 Canadian Open<br />-- Graf wasted 3 match points.

Seles d. Davenport, '96 Sydney Int'l<br />-- Davenport wasted 2 match points.

Seles d. Davenport, '97 Acura Classic<br />-- Davenport wasted 1 match point.
 

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Wimbledon 1975 Battle of the Sexes,<br />Big Lindsay def Rollo 4-6, 7-5, 8-6<br />{Rollo wasted 4 matchpoints} <img src="eek.gif" border="0">
 

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It was the "Singapore Sling" that did poor Rollo in during that match BUT-------

<br />In the "Revenge" match of 2000 Big Lindsay wasted one match point at 6-4 5-4. That big flat forehand hit the tape and-----bounced back on her side.

How goes it with Big Linds these days? <img src="graemlins/angel.gif" border="0" alt="[Angel]" />
 

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Oz Open 99 Rnd 1<br />Mauresmo def Morariu<br />Amelie saved 2 mt pts

Oz Open 97 Rnd 4<br />Appelmans def Martinez<br />Sabine saved 1 mt pnt

Japan Open 00 Final<br />Halard-D def Frazier<br />Julie saved 1 mt pnt

OZ Open 00 Rnd 1<br />Q-Irvin def Morariu<br />Marissa saved 1 mt pnt

French Open 99 Rnd 3<br />Schwatrz def V Williams<br />Barbara saved 3 mt pnts

OZ Open Qualies 01 rnd 3<br />MJ Martinez def MOutasinne<br />Maria saved multiple match points

<br />Oz Open 99(?) Rnd 1<br />Coetzer def Q- Kleinova<br />Amanda saved a match point in a real struggle with Sandra

Sydney 99 (?)<br />Zvereva def Coetzer rnd 2<br />Natasha saved 1 mtch pnt
 

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Originally posted by Rollo:<br /><strong>It was the "Singapore Sling" that did poor Rollo in during that match BUT-------

<br />In the "Revenge" match of 2000 Big Lindsay wasted one match point at 6-4 5-4. That big flat forehand hit the tape and-----bounced back on her side.

How goes it with Big Linds these days? <img src="graemlins/angel.gif" border="0" alt="[Angel]" /> </strong><hr></blockquote>

<br />Good Grief, you remembered that shot ... Luvya!<br /> <img src="graemlins/kiss.gif" border="0" alt="[Kiss]" />
 

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Fernandez-Sabatini Roland Garros 93 Sabatini wasted 10(?) matchpoints
 

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2000 Japan Open Singles Final

Julie Halard-Decugis def Amy Frazier 5-7 7-5 6-3

After saving two match points!

<br />2001 Australian Open - 1st Round matches

Melissa Dowse def Alexander Fusai 4-6 7-5 6-0 after saving two match points

Emmanuelle Gagliardi def Annabel Ellwood 6-2 2-6 8-6 after saving two match points
 

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Sanchez Vicario d. Rafiella Reggi, '89 Wimbledon<br />Reggi wasted 1 match point

Navratilova d. Lindqvist, '86 Fliderstadt<br />Lindqvist wasted 1 match point

Mandlikova d. Graf, '86 French Open<br />Graf wasted 1 match point
 

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The most fascinating thing to me it that so many players have done it. And really good players. Navratilova, Graf, Seels, V.Williams, Davenport. Multiple GS winners all. But they all have failed, most more than once, to close the deal when they had the chance.

Tennis is a difficult sport. Non-fans have no idea. Even the very best are not only challenged, but fail.
 

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Some vintage ones from an encyclopedia:

1889 Wimbledon All-comers final- Hillyard d. Rice after 3 MP.

1919 Wimbledon challenge round- Lenglen d. Lambert-Chambers after double MP

1926 US Chps final- Mallory d. Ryan after 1 MP

1935 Wimbledon final- Moody d. Jacobs after 1 MP

1938 US Chps final- Marble d. Palfrey after double MP in the 2nd

1946 French final- Osborne d. Betz after double MP in the 2nd

1948 US Chps final- Osborne d. Brough after 1 MP

1954 US Chps final- Hart d. Brough after 3 MP

1956 Australian final- Carter d. Long after 1 MP

1962 French final- Smith d. Turner after 1 MP
 

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I remember that 95 Rubin def. Novotna match!

Novotna lead 5-0 40-0 in the 3rd and loses 7-5 <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
 

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Mary Pierce def Conchita Martinez Rome 99 Conchita wasted 1 match point <img src="graemlins/sad.gif" border="0" alt="[Sad]" /> <img src="graemlins/sad.gif" border="0" alt="[Sad]" />

Emanuelle Gagliardi def Conchita Martinez AUS Open 01 Conchita wasted 1 match point

Conchita Martinez def Chanda Rubin Indian Wells 97 Chanda wasted 1 match point

Angeles Montolio def Virginie Razzano Wimbledon 01 Razzano wasted 1 mp

Marta Marrero def Joannette Kruger Wimbledon 01 Kruger wasted 4 or 6 match points <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" /> <img src="graemlins/hearts.gif" border="0" alt="[Hearts]" />

Anastasia Myskina def Angeles Montolio Palermo 01 Angeles wasted 2 match points ( not sure about this match)

Arantxa Sanchez def Sandra Nacuk Wimbledon 00 Nacuk wasted 2 match points

Virginia Ruano def Julia Vakulenko Knnoke 01 Vakulenko wasted.. i dont know <img src="tongue.gif" border="0"> but wasted mp

[ November 12, 2001: Message edited by: anabel ]</p>
 

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"Wasted" match point(s) is often inaccurate. When Reggi lost to Sanchez at Wimbledon, Aranxcha won it with a "drop dead" drop shot that was simply stunning! <img src="eek.gif" border="0">

My favorite match point quotes:

Virginia Wade-who had MP in 1980's Wightman Cup<br />vs. Chris Evert, on why she lost the match point:<br />"My shoelaces came untied".

Natalie Tauziat-on beating someone at an indoor event(Paris?) after surviving MP, saying something like, "She wasn't playing like she really wanted<br />the match, so I took it from her".
 

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Conchita Martinez def Martina Muller Berlin 01 Muller wasted match point.... but in fed cup she didnt <img src="mad.gif" border="0"> <img src="rolleyes.gif" border="0">
 

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wasted match point is not derrogatory. It was a match point that they had but did not win- it went to waste.

Sheesh!
 

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Davenport d. Pierce, '99 US Open<br />Pierce wasted 2 match points
 
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