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Memorable US Open Women’s Finals

Posted 08-19-2011 at 11:31 AM by Philip Oliver
If there’s one criticism that can be labelled at the women’s game, especially when it comes to the US Open, it’s that there are too few memorable finals. Those following the Tennis betting online will be hoping for that to change this year.

The 1970s and ‘80s featured a number of close match-ups between some of the greatest players ever to pick up a racquet.

Evonne Goolagong Cawley was involved in three epic finals – losing all three. She twice took the opening set at Flushing Meadows, against Billie Jean King in 1974 and Chris Evert the following year, but couldn’t press home her advantage and was beaten in the decider.

Arguably the most keenly anticipated finals of all time happened in 1983 and ’84, when Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova clashed. It was a tough one to call for the US Open tennis betting. Navratilova won the first final in straight sets, but Evert – looking for her eighth US Open singles title – took the opening set the following year.

Back came Martina, levelling before closing out the match 6-4 in the decider as she won for the second time during a span of four titles in five years.

The title she failed to win during that period, in 1985, was another dramatic match that swung one way then the other. Hana Mandlikova took the first set on a tiebreaker, but was blown away 6-1 in the second.

The third went right to the wire, needing a second tiebreaker before Mandlikova won what would be her only US Open title.

Other great US Open women’s finals included the 1995 clash between Steffi Graf and Monica Seles. Graf went into the match looking for her fourth title, while Seles had won two, but this was the first time the pair had met in a US Open final.

Graf edged a nail-biting first set 7-5 in the tiebreaker, but Seles produced some sublime tennis in the second as she won 6-0. Graf looked a beaten player, but she found the inner strength to battle back and took the decider 6-3.

No-one knew it at the time, but that was to be the last final to go to three sets so far.

Here’s hoping for a return to the old-fashioned classic final.
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