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Francesca Schiavone’s 6-4, 1-6, 16-14 historic fourth round Australian Open win Sunday over Svetlana Kuznetsova in four hours and 44 minutes set a new record for the longest women’s Grand Slam match ever, but was still not close to the longest women’s match of all-time.

That honor goes to Vicki Nelson Dunbar and Jean Hepner, who played for six hours and 31 minutes in the first round of the 1984 Virginia Slims of Richmond with Nelson Dunbar winning 6-4, 7-6 (13-11) in a match of lobs where the tie-break alone lasted 1 hour, 47 minutes and one point lasted 29 minutes.

Sorting through the most valuable of tennis volumes and record books THE BUD COLLINS HISTORY OF TENNIS ($35.95, New Chapter Press, www.NewChapterMedia.com), reveals that the Schiavone and Kuznetsova epic ranks just below the fluky Nelson-Dunbar and Hepner match as the second-longest of all-time.


6:31 Vicki Nelson Dunbar d. Jean Hepner, 6-4, 7-6 (13-11), 1984,

Richmond, Va., first round (tie-breaker alone lasted 1 hour

and 47 minutes, one point lasted 29 minutes, a rally of 643 strokes)

4:07 Virginie Buisson d. Noelle Van Lottum 6-7 (3), 7-5, 6-2, 1995

Francesca Schiavone

French Open first round

3:55 Kerry Melville Reid d. Pam Teeguarden 7-6 (7), 4-6, 16-14,

1972 French Open third round

The longest previous women’s match in a Grand Slam tournament was at the Australian Open last year when Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova beat Regina Kulikova 7-6 (5), 6-7 (10), 6-3 in four hours 19 minutes.

A compilation of the longest women’s matches of all-time, as it appears in THE BUD COLLINS HISTORY OF TENNIS, is listed below.


Longest Match – Women’s Singles

3 hours, 45 minutes Chanda Rubin d. Patricia Hy-Boulais 7-6(7-4),

6-7(6-7), 17-15, 2nd rd. 1996


Longest Match – Women’s Singles

4 hours, 19 minutes Barbora Zahlavova Strycova d. Regina Kulikova

7-6(5), 6-7(10), 6-3, 1st rd, 2010


Longest Match – Women’s Singles

4 hours, 7 minutes Virginia Buisson d. Noelle van Lottum, 6-7 (3-7),

7-5, 6-2, 1st rd., 1996


Longest Match – Women’s Singles

3 hours, 5 minutes Sybille Bammer d. Marion Bartoli 7-6 (3), 0-6,

6-4, fourth round, 2008

The longest men’s match of all-time was, of course, the 11 hour and five minute 70-68-in-the-fifth-set win for John Isner over Nicolas Mahut last year at Wimbledon.

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