What is the record of saved match points in a ATP/WTA tennis match?

And what about limited at grand slam matches?

I mean that player who saved match points finally wins the game


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NOTE: This cannot be considered as a complete answer, since I wasn't able to find the record for WTA matches and also some sources I found contradict each other. But I am posting at least the information I was able to find, hoping that someone might be able to find the missing info.

Open Era records

ATP matches

Adriano Panatta saved 11 match points in his match against Kim Warwick in the first round of 1976 Italian Open. He won this match and then went on to win the tournament. Several sources confirm this as the Open Era record. 1 (1a), 2, 3. 4 (4a)

WTA matches

I found several mentions of Svetlana Kuznetsova defeating Virginia Ruano Pascual and saving 11 match points in Madrid 2001. 1. 2, 3.

I did not find any source confirming that this is indeed a record.

Grand Slam matches

In the open era there were 5 occurrences when a player saved 9 match points and won a match at a Grand Slam tournament.

Source: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (1a, 2a, 3a, 4a, 5a)

However, on some internet fora I found claims that Zsófia Gubacsi defeated Tamarine Tanasugarn in the first round of 2001 French Open after saving 11 match points. See: 1, 2, 3, 4 (1a, 2a, 3a, 4a).

So if this information is correct, grand slam record in women's GS matches can be as high as 11 match points. (Not the 9 match points Rubin's record as claimed in the above links.)

All time records

All time record seems to be Wilmer Allison's win against Giorgio De Stefani after saving 18 match points. This was in 1930 Davis Cup. Sources: 1 (1a), 2 (2a), 3, 4

Record in Grand Slam matches is 11 match points saved by Helga Schultze against Janine Lieffrig at 1966 Wimbledon. Sources: 1 (1a), 2 (2a)

  • I do not know whether statistics for older GS matches (in this case French Open) are available somewhere online. If someone knows, whether information about number of match points in Gubacsi-Tanasugarn match can be verified somewhere, I would be grateful.
    – Martin
    Commented Sep 13, 2014 at 13:32

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