The best best-of-five women's match of all time?


There was the period when the WTA Championships had a best-of-five final. Was there any other official WTA 5-set matches - singles or doubles??

Given the small sample size, was the best best-of-five set match the 1990 WTA Championship final with Seles defeating Sabatini 6-4 5-7 3-6 6-4 6-2? I picked it just because it's the only 5-setter I could think of off the top of my head. I have no idea how well-played and/or dramatic it actually was. The last set is lackluster from a score standpoint.


The USO had Bo5 format from 1891-1901. In which case just on paper the Atkinson vs. Jones 1898 final seems good 6–3, 5–7, 6–4, 2–6, 7–5.

The WTA Final is interesting as the Bo5 format lasted from 1984-1998, a lot longer than one might expect. Only 3 went the distance however. What's interesting is Graff won all 5 of her titles during this period including back to back marathon Finals. The 6–1, 2–6, 6–1, 4–6, 6–3 against Huber might seem secondary to the Seles final because of lopsided sets but it's also a testament to wild swing in momentum and the last 2 sets only saw 1 break difference.