The Longest Women’s Tennis Match

2011 Australian Open pic
2011 Australian Open
Image: telegraph.co.uk

While playing varsity high school tennis and soccer at Greenwood Laboratory School, Maral Cavner took several college courses at Missouri State University. Maral Cavner is a sociology graduate of Emory University.

The longest women’s tennis match to take place on a grand slam stage occurred at the 2011 Australian Open. The match was contested between Italy’s Francesca Schiavone, who had won her first major title at the previous year’s French Open, and Svetlana Kuznetsova, the 2009 French Open champion.

The two grand slam winners met in the Australian Open fourth round and did not appear to be in danger of breaking the 4-hour, 19-minute mark set at the 2010 event. While the 2010 contest between Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova and Regina Kulikova opened with two extended tie-break sets, Schiavone took the first set 6-4 before dropping the second 6-1. The third set, however, consisted of 20 games. Schiavone finally capitalized on her third match point to take the deciding set 16-14 and reach her first Australian Open quarterfinal in 11 tries. The match lasted 4 hours and 44 minutes in total.

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