40 LOVE: Fan Fave Moments, A Taste...
Published October 21, 2013 12:02
Over the last few weeks we asked you to tell us about your favorite moments in the history of the WTA Championships, and you certainly did tell us. There was one overwhelming favorite moment, but you'll have to wait until Tuesday to see which one it is - here are some of the other moments you sent in!
Last year when Aga and Sara played that amazing three hour match. That was some match!
My favourite moment came in the 1998 WTA Championships when five-time champion Steffi Graf qualified after a late season surge. She went on to score thrilling back-to-back three set victories from down a set against Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna and great rival Monica Seles before pushing World No.1 Lindsay Davenport to three sets in the semifinals. A brilliant run by the great German in her final competitive appearance at the WTA Championships.
~ Chris, London
Doha 2009 - round robin between Zvonareva and Wozniacki. Completely exhausted Caroline in tears and pain overcomes terribly painful cramps to win in three sets. Impressive performance - RESPECT!
~ Christian, Denmark
My favourite moment was during Mary Pierce's 2005 'renaissance' year when she stormed through the draw defeating Clijsters, Mauresmo, Dementieva and Davenport to cap an incredible resurgent year in which she came back stronger than ever to reach two Grand Slam finals. Even though Mary fell in three tight sets to Mauresmo in the finals of the WTA Championships that year, her power game was at its peak and I will never forget how happy it made her to be back with the elite.
Kim and Serena, 2002.
My favorite moment from WTA Championships was when Monica Seles beat Gabriela Sabatini in the '90s in the first ever best of five sets in the championship's history. I was pro-Gabby and I was sad when Gabby lost this one. Had the match been best of three sets, Gabby would have lifted the trophy. Good thing Gabriela Sabatini won the WTA Championships twice - though it could have been three.
Serena Williams winning in 2012 against Sharapova.
In 2009, when Serena beat Venus in a marathon three-setter in the round robin stage, 57 64 76(7).
I think my favourite WTA Championships moment was the 2004 final. I had just started watching tennis at Wimbledon that year - basically I knew tennis as long as Maria and Serena - and having them play the last match of the year was fantastic. I remember Maria rallied from 0-4 down in the final set to win it, 46 62 64. It was amazing and I will never forget that moment. It's hard to believe that it's been almost a decade, and it's so cool that Serena and Maria are still at the top of the heap.
~ Utkarsh, India
Darling Kim Clijsters. What a lovely 75 63 win in the 2002 final against Serena (and we know all about Serena in 2002 - 56-5 record, 8 titles, 3 Grand Slams, No.1 ranking). And her 2010 title too - coming back as a mother and winning two more US Open titles, she defeated Wozniacki in Doha to become the first three-time champion since Steffi Graf (who won her fifth WTA Championships title in 1996).
~ Ricards, Latvia
And a close second place was...
I love Amélie's marathon win against Mary Pierce in the 2005 final. After dispatching Davenport and Sharapova, Mary and Amélie met for the second time of the week, and Amélie avenged a very tough loss at the US Open the same year. Both players wanted it so much and fought so hard. Definitely the victory Amélie needed to believe she could win Grand Slams, as she would do the following year.
~ Olivier, Paris
The moment that features most prominent and probably most significant in my memories was the year that Amélie Mauresmo overcame her nerves in a big final and fought tooth and nail to defeat Mary Pierce in that final, whom she had lost to in round robin play. A title that not only became her biggest at that point, but played a launching pad role for her 2006 season when she won her first two majors.