Throughout her career, American Chanda Rubin won several incredibly long matches – a 16-14 in the third win over Arantxa Sanchez at the ’96 Australian Open, a remarkable comeback versus Jana Novotna at Roland Garros in ’95.
Rubin’s Wimbledon epic also came in 1995, versus Canadian Patricia Hy-Boulais. To call this match close was an understatement. Each of the first two set were decided in tiebreakers, Hy-Boulais taking the first, Rubin then leveling it.
It was the third that will live on in memory. Over the course of two hours and forty-three minutes, the two would play 32 games. “I remember it was long and brutal,” Rubin said several years later. “We were out there fighting, and we were both thinking, ‘Why am I out here?’ But, you keep going.”
At last, it was Rubin who emerged with the win, 17-15 in the third. At three hours and forty-five minutes, it remains the longest women’s singles match in Wimbledon history.
A drained Rubin would lose in the next round in straight sets to ninth-seeded Anke Huber.