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Stats Corner: Down But Not Out At Slams

Li Na staved off match point en route to the Australian Open title last week, the 10th time a player accomplished that feat at a Grand Slam.

Published January 30, 2014 12:15

Stats Corner: Down But Not Out At Slams
Li Na

It is hard enough to come from match point down to win a Grand Slam match, but to win the match and go on to win the tournament is especially rare. When Li Na overcame a match point in her Australian Open third round match against Lucie Safarova and went on capture the title last week, it was just the 10th time in the Open Era a player achieved that feat and the first time in almost five years. Here is the complete list of those instances along with how many match points each player overcame:

Player Circumstances MPs Score
Navratilova '86 US Open SF vs. Graf 3 61 67(3) 76(8)
Seles '91 Australian Open SF vs. M.J.Fernandez 1 63 06 97
Capriati '02 Australian Open F vs. Hingis 4 46 76(7) 62
S.Williams '03 Australian Open SF vs. Clijsters 2 46 63 75
Myskina '04 French Open 4r vs. Kuznetsova 1 16 64 86
S.Williams '05 Australian Open SF vs. Sharapova 3 26 75 86
Henin '05 French Open 4r vs. Kuznetsova 2 76(6) 46 75
V.Williams '05 Wimbledon F vs. Davenport 1 46 76(4) 97
S.Williams '09 Wimbledon SF vs. Dementieva 1 67(4) 75 86
Li '14 Australian Open 3r vs. Safarova 1 16 76(2) 63

 

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