Earlier this week, Maria Sharapova was involved in the seventh WTA match since 2000 to feature three tie-breaks. Who else has been involved in such matches?
WTA Staff

Maria Sharapova beat Lucie Safarova in the first round of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix on Tuesday in a match that featured three tie-breaks. How rare an instance is that on the WTA? Well, it was only the seventh time this century and the first time since another WTA legend you may be familiar with was involved in such a match four years ago. Here are the details of each occurrence:

CircumstanceResult
2001 Waikoloa 2rTu d. Kuznetsova 76(6) 67(3) 76(2)
2001 Québec City QFShaughnessy d. Stevenson 76(6) 67(7) 76(4)
2002 Eastbourne 1rShaughnessy d. Webb 67(2) 76(8) 76(4)
2004 Hobart 1rCamerin d. Cervanova 67(5) 76(3) 76(7)
2007 Bangkok 2rKing d. Cibulkova 67(8) 76(6) 76(4)
2010 Madrid 2rS.Williams d. Dushevina 67(2) 76(5) 76(5)
2014 Stuttgart 1rSharapova d. Safarova 76(5) 67(5) 76(2)