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10 of the best wins from match point down in 2022: No 9: Ostapenko beats Gasanova, Seoul, second round
No 9 in our 10-part series of the best wins from match point down in 2022 sees Jelena Ostapenko escaping against Anastasia Gasanova in Seoul
In 2022, a total of 140 matches on the ATP/WTA Tours were won from match point down; 81 on the men’s side and 59 on the women’s side. Two men – Jannik Sinner and Dominic Thiem – did it four times while two women – Petra Kvitova and Jessica Pegula managed it on a Tour-topping three occasions.
Tennis Majors has picked out 10 of the best of those 140 matches, where one player escaped from the jaws of defeat to claim an unlikely victory.
No 9: Seoul, second round: Jelena Ostapenko beats Anastasia Gasanova 6-3, 5-7, 7-5
Ostapenko comes from 5-3 down in third for victory
Anyone who has ever seen Jelena Ostapenko play will know how streaky she can be; she can put together a run of games in a flash that will leave any opponent wondering what’s hit her.
But when she trailed 5-3 in the third set against Gasanova, it seemed like she’d be packing her bags earlier than planned.
However, world No 141 Gasanova has not been in this situation often and she buckled, double faulting on match point, losing her serve and then the next three games as Ostapenko recovered to reach the quarter-finals.