40 LOVE Fan Favorite Moments: No.1
Published June 29, 2013 12:00
This week, in celebration of the WTA's 40th anniversary, wtatennis.com has been counting down the top five moments of the last 40 years, as voted for by you, the fans.
Coming in at No.1 is Venus Williams' fairytale 2005 Wimbledon triumph. The American, who had been written off as a force at the top of the game, rediscovered her form in spectacular fashion to win her third Wimbledon in the most closely contested, drawn-out and dramatic final of them all.
In a final where momentum changed hands seemingly at will, the outcome was left in the balance right until the final point. For two hours and 45 minutes, Williams and her opponent, Lindsay Davenport, hypnotized the Centre Court crowd, trading blows of such velocity and ferocity.
Davenport had her chances - she served for the match in the second set and held match point in the decider - but in the end it was Williams' nerve that held strong, closing out the tournament's longest ever final, 46 76(4) 97.
Here's what you had to say about that record-breaking afternoon…
The moment Venus won 2005 Wimbledon against Lindsay Davenport - seeded low, coming back from injury, and fighting off tough opponents on the way and finally scrapping through a second set tie-breaker and winning the final set 9-7. It was display of amazing defense on SW19 and Venus was jumping like a kid getting the title back. It was an awesome moment with her infectious happiness as pure as a child's smile. The usually restrained Venus could not contain herself and was a great moment.
My favorite moment was Venus Williams in 2005 - her comeback win against an inspired Lindsay Davenport. Down and out most of the match, Venus eventually faced match point. It looked all but over, but Venus fought her way back to win the longest Wimbledon final in history. Everyone doubted Venus - she had not won a Slam in over three years and was seeded low. With that win proved she was still a champion.
My favorite moment has to be when Venus won Wimbledon in 2005. She defeated Lindsay Davenport in a nail-biter of a match. My palms were sweating for Venus. At one point, I realized my hands were clasped so tightly in fear that Venus might lose. She was ranked so low and no one expected her to get this far in the tournament. She outplayed Sharapova in the semis and I think most people thought that was as far as she would go. The third set was crazy and tense because she was always behind but she dug in and took that match. I mean literally took the match from Davenport. I sort of wept when she won. I just got the feeling that a person could accomplish anything they wanted to in life if they fought hard enough. It was so much more than a simple tennis match. It was inspiring.
Watching Venus and Lindsay play the Wimbledon final - both gave it absolutely everything and when Venus won - the sheer joy on her face was so great to see from a champion that had not been in the spotlight for almost four years.