Stats Corner: Marathon Matches At Majors

Samantha Stosur's dramatic third round win over Nadia Petrova was the longest-ever US Open match, but far from the longest at any Slam.

Published September 06, 2011 10:20

Stats Corner: Marathon Matches At Majors
Samantha Stosur

NEW YORK, NY, USA - 2011 has been quite a year for epic matches at Grand Slams. The Australian Open featured the longest match in terms of duration at a major in the Open Era. Wimbledon included the second-longest match at the All-England Club. Then, Samantha Stosur outlasted Nadia Petrova last Friday in the longest-recorded US Open match.

Here are the Top 3 longest matches at each major during the Open Era:

Australian Open

Length Score Year/Round
4 hrs, 44 mins Schiavone d. Kuznetsova 64 16 1614 2011/R16
4 hrs, 19 mins Zahlavova Strycova d. Kulikova 76(5) 67(10) 63 2010/1R
3 hrs, 39 mins Kulikova d. Hantuchova 76(3) 36 97 2011/1R

French Open
Length Score Year/Round
4 hrs, 7 mins Buisson d. van Lottum 67(3) 75 62 1995/1R
3 hrs, 55 mins Melville Reid d. Teeguarden 76(7) 46 1614 1972/3R
3 hrs, 36 mins M.J.Fernandez d. Sabatini 16 76(4) 108 1993/QF

Length Score Year/Round
3 hrs, 45 mins Rubin d. Hy-Boulais 76(4) 67(5) 1715 1995/2R
3 hrs, 41 mins Goerges d. Srebotnik 64 67(6) 1614 2008/1R
3 hrs, 41 mins Paszek d. Schiavone 36 64 119 2011/3R

US Open
Length Score Year/Round
3 hrs, 16 mins Stosur d. Petrova, 76(5) 67(5) 75 2011/3R
3 hrs, 13 mins Cibulkova d. K.Bondarenko 62 57 76(7) 2010/2R
3 hrs, 5 mins Bammer d. Bartoli 76(3) 06 64 2008/R16

Notes: Cibulkova, Fernandez, Paszek and Stosur are the only ones on the list to win the match that followed their epic victory ...  The longest women's match, major or non-major, of the Open Era is 6 hours, 31 minutes, with Vicki Nelson-Dunbar having beaten Jean Hepner, 64 76(11), in the first round of Richmond in 1984 … The US Open is the only of the four majors to feature tie-breaks in the final set, thus reducing the chances for longer matches.

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