The Top 10 Longest Women's Matches in Tennis History

The Top 10 Longest Women's Matches in Tennis History

The Top 10 Longest Women's Matches in Tennis History

Tennis has seen some epic battles over the years, with players pushing themselves to the limits in pursuit of victory. The women's game, in particular, has produced some incredibly long and grueling matches that have captivated fans around the world.

Here, we take a look at the top 10 longest women's matches in tennis history, exploring the drama, the endurance, and the sheer determination displayed by the players.

1. Francesca Schiavone vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova - 2011 Australian Open - 4 hours, 44 minutes 

Francesca Schiavone and Svetlana Kuznetsova battled it out in the fourth round of the 2011 Australian Open in a marathon match that lasted 4 hours and 44 minutes. Schiavone eventually emerged victorious with a score of 6-4, 1-6, 16-14, in what was the longest women's match in Grand Slam history at the time.

  • The match showcased incredible mental and physical resilience from both players.
  • Schiavone's grit and determination to outlast her opponent in the final set made this match an unforgettable spectacle.

2. Vicki Nelson-Dunbar vs. Jean Hepner - 1984 Richmond - 6 hours, 31 minutes

The match between Vicki Nelson-Dunbar and Jean Hepner at the 1984 Richmond tournament holds the record for the longest professional tennis match in history, lasting a staggering 6 hours and 31 minutes. Nelson-Dunbar eventually prevailed with a score of 6-4, 7-6(11).

  • The incredible length of the match was due in part to one 29-minute, 643-shot rally in the second set tiebreaker.
  • The sheer endurance and mental fortitude displayed by both players during this marathon encounter is unparalleled.

3. Chanda Rubin vs. Patricia Hy-Boulais - 1995 Blue River Classic - 3 hours, 33 minutes

Chanda Rubin and Patricia Hy-Boulais clashed in the first round of the 1995 Blue River Classic in a grueling encounter that lasted 3 hours and 33 minutes. Rubin emerged victorious with a score of 6-7(7), 7-6(1), 17-15.

  • The match featured numerous dramatic shifts in momentum and showcased the unwavering determination of both players to outlast each other.
  • Rubin's ability to maintain her composure and focus in the face of such a formidable challenge was truly remarkable.

4. Kerry Melville Reid vs. Pam Teeguarden - 1972 French Open - 3 hours, 49 minutes

Kerry Melville Reid and Pam Teeguarden faced off in the quarterfinals of the 1972 French Open in a marathon match that lasted 3 hours and 49 minutes. Melville Reid emerged victorious with a score of 4-6, 6-4, 16-14.

  • The match showcased the tenacity and fighting spirit of both players, who refused to concede an inch throughout the grueling encounter.
  • Melville Reid's ability to dig deep and find a way to win in the decisive third set was a testament to her mental toughness and resilience.

5. Virginie Buisson vs. Noelle van Lottum - 1995 German Open - 3 hours, 55 minutes

Virginie Buisson and Noelle van Lottum battled it out in the first round of the 1995 German Open in a marathon match that lasted 3 hours and 55 minutes. Buisson eventually emerged victorious with a score of 6-7, 7-6, 6-4.

  • The match featured intense baseline rallies and a relentless display of determination from both players.
  • Buisson's ability to maintain her focus and composure in the face of such a formidable challenge was a testament to her mental strength and resilience.

6. Vicky Nelson vs. Jean Hepner - 1988 Richmond - 6 hours, 31 minutes

Vicky Nelson and Jean Hepner clashed once again at the 1988 Richmond tournament, producing another epic encounter that lasted 6 hours and 31 minutes. Nelson emerged victorious with a score of 6-4, 7-6(11).

  • This rematch between Nelson and Hepner further showcased their incredible endurance and mental fortitude, as they battled for over 6 hours on the court.
  • The sheer determination and refusal to give in by both players made this match a true test of physical and mental strength.

7. Regina Maršíková vs. Pam Teeguarden - 1973 French Open - 3 hours, 50 minutes

Regina Maršíková and Pam Teeguarden met in the first round of the 1973 French Open, producing a grueling encounter that lasted 3 hours and 50 minutes. Maršíková emerged victorious with a score of 6-4, 6-8, 9-7.

  • The match featured intense rallies and dramatic momentum shifts, as both players refused to give an inch throughout the marathon encounter.
  • Maršíková's ability to maintain her composure and find a way to win in the decisive third set was a testament to her mental toughness and fighting spirit.

8. Kerry Melville Reid vs. Helen Gourlay Cawley - 1972 French Open - 3 hours, 40 minutes

Kerry Melville Reid found herself in another marathon battle at the 1972 French Open, this time against Helen Gourlay Cawley in the semifinals. The match lasted 3 hours and 40 minutes, with Melville Reid emerging victorious with a score of 7-5, 4-6, 9-7.

  • The match showcased the incredible fighting spirit and determination of both players, who pushed each other to the limits in pursuit of victory.
  • Melville Reid's ability to dig deep and find a way to win in the decisive third set once again highlighted her mental toughness and resilience.

9. Kathleen Horvath vs. Sharon Walsh - 1983 French Open - 3 hours, 40 minutes

Kathleen Horvath and Sharon Walsh clashed in the first round of the 1983 French Open in a marathon encounter that lasted 3 hours and 40 minutes. Horvath emerged victorious with a score of 7-6, 6-7, 6-4.

  • The match featured intense baseline battles and dramatic momentum shifts, as both players refused to give an inch throughout the grueling encounter.
  • Horvath's ability to maintain her focus and composure in the face of such a formidable challenge was a testament to her mental strength and resilience.

10. Rennae Stubbs vs. Elena Likhovtseva - 1996 Australian Open - 3 hours, 40 minutes

Rennae Stubbs and Elena Likhovtseva produced a marathon battle in the first round of the 1996 Australian Open, with the match lasting 3 hours and 40 minutes. Stubbs emerged victorious with a score of 6-4, 4-6, 14-12.

  • The match showcased the incredible mental and physical resilience of both players, who fought tooth and nail for every point throughout the grueling encounter.
  • Stubbs' ability to maintain her composure and find a way to win in the decisive third set was a testament to her mental toughness and fighting spirit.

 

These women's matches in tennis history stand as testament to the incredible grit, determination, and endurance displayed by the players.

From epic baseline battles to dramatic momentum shifts, these matches have captivated fans and left an indelible mark on the history of women's tennis.

The mental and physical fortitude exhibited by the players in these grueling encounters serve as a true testament to the unwavering spirit of competition in the world of tennis.


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