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Has any player ever retired while LEADING on the scoreline?

darnyelb
06-13-2004, 06:13 AM
I can't recall ever reading anything like "Player A def. Player B, 0-6, 1-4 ret."

I bet it'd take a freak injury to make something like that happen, but it'd be quite a bummer if a player had to retire while leading his opponent.

YoursTruly
06-13-2004, 06:19 AM
Of course! Lots of matches like this in both ATP and WTA tours. I think there was a big Rafter match at the US Open in 99 when he was defending, and I think he was leading in the fifth. He retired due to injury leaving the shocked crowd at the edge of their seats wanting more! Then there was also Mark Philippoussis playing Pete at Wimbledon years ago. Mark was up a set and leading in the second when he slipped and injured himself (I think it went like this!). Many were saying that had Mark not injured himself and retired in the match, that he would have upset Pete that day. Lucky Pete who went on to win that Wimbledon!! Lots of matches went like this especially now that this is the "injury era"!
Most recently was a big one at the recent French Open, Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi was up 6-0, 3-1 and then it became 6-0, 6-7 with Elena Dementieva winning the second set when Anna retired due to her extreme bodily cramping (it was all over and I saw it on TV, it was not pretty!! I felt so bad for her!) :eek:

Gonzo Hates Me!
06-13-2004, 06:24 AM
Well, I think the poster means someone is clearly on their way to winning the match, with a convincing scoreline, and abruptly retires... no, letting anyone back into the match, no split sets, nada... and I dont recall ever seeing that




ooou, edit, I do remember that Mark/Pete match,

darnyelb
06-13-2004, 06:33 AM
Of course! Lots of matches like this in both ATP and WTA tours. I think there was a big Rafter match at the US Open in 99 when he was defending, and I think he was leading in the fifth. He retired due to injury leaving the shocked crowd at the edge of their seats wanting more! I don't know, so many matches went like this especially now that this is the "injury era"!
Most recently was a big one at the recent French Open, Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi was up 6-0, 3-1 and then it became 6-0, 6-7 with Elena Dementieva winning the second set when Anna retired due to her extreme bodily cramping (it was all over and I saw it on TV, it was not pretty!! I felt so bad for her!) :eek:

Wow, didn't realize it was so common. Guess when, in Smashnova's case, the scoreline ends up even (1 set all), I don't think of it as a lead, especially when the momentum has swung to the opponent.

The Rafter match I had completely forgotten about. I recall Cedric Pioline breaking him to win the fourth set, and then breaking him again to start out the 5th. And after that first game of the fifth set, Rafter retired with the shoulder injury.

Thanks for the reply.

pircy
06-13-2004, 06:49 AM
Taylor Dent was up a set and a break against Luis Horna at Munich this year when he retired because of his ankle.

That's about the only one I know offhand.

CarnivalCarnage
06-13-2004, 09:49 AM
Smashnova was actually winning that match 6-0 6-7 1-0 when she retired.

Clijsters led Myskina 7-5 4-4 in Leipzig last year and retired.

Just this week in a Challenger ... Peschke retired up 3-0 to someone ...

fco253
06-13-2004, 01:15 PM
Davis Cup this year Voltchkov was up 2 sets to 1 against Andreev

Tennis Fool
06-13-2004, 01:18 PM
Then there was also Mark Philippoussis playing Pete at Wimbledon years ago. Mark was up a set and leading in the second when he slipped and injured himself (I think it went like this!). Many were saying that had Mark not injured himself and retired in the match, that he would have upset Pete that day. Lucky Pete who went on to win that Wimbledon!!

I was watching that match on tv. Flip wasn't leading, but had a break point. He landed funny while returning the point, and that was it.

Aerien
06-13-2004, 01:19 PM
Not in ATP but:
This year's Hopman Cup: Daniela Hantuchova def. Alicia Molik 3-6 0-3 retired

It was Daniela's only win in singles in the entire event I believe. :o

Corey Feldman
06-13-2004, 04:09 PM
krajicek was 5-2 up on rosset in the FINAL SET!!! in paris open a few years ago, but retired, to allow rosset to play the qf v agassi (for the event organisers i think, as richard knew he wouldnt be able to play the next day anyway) el aynaoui done the same thing v arazi in the same event last year too i recall in 1st round, arazi sure made the most of that, reaching the QF

Flora3892
06-13-2004, 04:31 PM
I remember Van Lottum was leading Kuerten 6-2 in the first set but retired last year in one of the slams (i think Wimbledon)... he was crying as he was leaving the court... so sad... I was mad too b/c i predicted Van Lottum to win!! :mad:

Leo
06-13-2004, 06:58 PM
krajicek was 5-2 up on rosset in the FINAL SET!!! in paris open a few years ago, but retired, to allow rosset to play the qf v agassi (for the event organisers i think, as richard knew he wouldnt be able to play the next day anyway) el aynaoui done the same thing v arazi in the same event last year too i recall in 1st round, arazi sure made the most of that, reaching the QF

How nice of him. I miss Richard.

Leo
06-13-2004, 06:59 PM
I remember Van Lottum was leading Kuerten 6-2 in the first set but retired last year in one of the slams (i think Wimbledon)... he was crying as he was leaving the court... so sad... I was mad too b/c i predicted Van Lottum to win!! :mad:

Yes, he was cruising against Guga but he injured himself on a diving volley and had to retire. Everyone felt horrible for John, especially Guga.

liptea
06-14-2004, 04:43 AM
Earlier this year, Coria was up a set against Roddick in the Miami final, before retiring with a back injury.

Corey Feldman
06-14-2004, 12:21 PM
Earlier this year, Coria was up a set against Roddick in the Miami final, before retiring with a back injury.

wasnt he 2 sets too 1 down, and a break ??!

Leo
06-14-2004, 05:36 PM
wasnt he 2 sets too 1 down, and a break ??!

Yes. But I think liptea meant that Coria got the injury when he was leading by a set. He tried to play on, but by the time he was down 2 sets to 1, it was hopeless and that's when he retired.

I also remember Ferrero leading Sluiter 2-1 Deuce in Rotterdam last year when he sprained his ankle on a running forehand and had to retire. :p