her decline had a lot to do with Israel pressure and criticism I think.Incredible to think that Shahar Peer use to trouble top players
I mean she's not exactly old now, must be one of the biggest declines in womens tennis.
The way peer fell off the tour, no injuries.
In 1999, I remember Jon Wertheim writing about Clijsters creating a monster after she pushed Serena to 3 sets in the early rounds. Clijsters was an up and coming player then, but the potential was obvious. Half a dozen peers were observed to have watched this match. I think that Clijsters, Henin, Venus were the most impactful rivals to Serena, in terms of molding her into being a GOAT contender.Yeah. Kim was up 5-2 with 2 MPs against her at the 2003 AO and was up 5-3, 2 points away from the match at the 1999 USO :sobbing:
She could have prevented Serena's first Slam and the Serena Slam :sobbing:
Was it just Clijsters though? I mean she got got pushed to three sets in most of her matches in 1999. Conchita, Seles, Davenport.In 1999, I remember Jon Wertheim writing about Clijsters creating a monster after she pushed Serena to 3 sets in the early rounds. Clijsters was an up and coming player then, but the potential was obvious. Half a dozen peers were observed to have watched this match. I think that Clijsters, Henin, Venus were the most impactful rivals to Serena, in terms of molding her into being a GOAT contender.
Nice stat though: Serena GS haul > all her 3 top contenders combined.
All of these. Also for 2015 FO when she was down 1-6 4-5 to Sloane.It should be looked at a different way, because you can lose many many games but never facing real crisis (like 03 AO F)
1999 US Open
3R - down 3-5* in the third against Clijsters
2002 Roland Garros
SF - down 3-6 5*-6 against Capriati
3R - was broken first in both sets against Callens
2002 US Open
SF - down two set points in the second set against Davenport
2003 Australian Open
1R - 3 points from losing against Loit
SF - down 1*-5 in the third and facing 2 match points against Clijsters
2005 Australian Open
SF - down 2-6 4-5* and 4-5* again in the third plus facing 3 match points against Sharapova
2007 Australian Open
3R - down 1-6 3-5* and 3 points from losing against Petrova
QF - down 5-6* in the third and 2 points from losing against Peer
2008 US Open
QF - facing multiple set points in both sets against Venus
2009 Australian Open
QF - down 5-7 3-5* against Kuznetsova
SF - was broken first in both second and third set and facing a match point at 4*-5 in the third
2010 Australian Open
QF - was down 4-6 0*-4 against Azarenka
4R - facing 3 set points in the first set against Sharapova
3R - had to serve to stay in the match 3 times against Zheng
2012 US Open
F - was down 3*-5 in the third against Azarenka
2013 Roland Garros
QF - was down 0*-2 in the third and saved multiple break points not to get two breaks down against Kuznetsova
2013 US Open
F - wasted 2 breaks lead and served for the match twice in the second set against Azarenka
2014 US Open
Was never in danger
2015 Australian Open
4R - saved 6 break points at 0*-1 third set against Muguruza
2015 Roland Garros
3R - was down 4-6 2-4, and 0-2 in the third against Azarenka
SF - was down 4-6 2-3* against Bacsinszky
3R - was down 0-3* in the third and two points from losing against Watson
2R - was down 0-2* in the third against McHale
Wertheim was alluding to Clijsters in a witty way --- she was the first to push Serena to 3 sets, I think in the 3rd round, making Serena come back from behind in the 3rd set.Was it just Clijsters though? I mean she got got pushed to three sets in most of her matches in 1999. Conchita, Seles, Davenport.
The weaves she snatched in that tournament.
I dont think winning that match does anything to Clijsters career honestly.......Maybe Davenport wins the 1999 Us Open. Thats about it.I agree that this Kim-Serena USO 1999 is very important in Serena's career. They were both seen as future stars (with Justine and Venus) and Kim just made the sensation at Wimbledon reaching the 4th round out of nowhere. Serena coming back and winning made her a mental giant and she won her first slam. Also taking huge mental advantage on Kim for the future.
Had Kim won that match, I don't think she would have come close to winning the tournament but her career would have been different (FO final in 2001 and all).