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10 instances when a player survived a bagel in a Grand Slam final

Neelabhra Roy
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#3. Nelly Landry vs Shirley Fry Irvin, 1948 French Open final

Nelly Landry won her only Grand Slam title by surviving a bagel in the final

Shirley Fry Irvin was one of the finest tennis players of the late 1940s and 1950s. Along with her doubles partner Doris Hart, Irvin dominated women’s tennis during the 1950s in both singles and doubles. She reached her first Grand Slam quarter-final aged only 15 and six years later, she reached her first Grand Slam final at the 1948 French Open after beating doubles partner and top seed Doris Hart in an exciting semi-final by the scoreline of 6-3, 4-6, 11-9.

Irvin’s opponent in the final was third-seeded Frenchwoman Nelly Landry who was in her first Grand Slam final since the 1938 French Open. Landry began the match brilliantly and put herself in a commanding position by clinching the first set 6-2.

However, Irvin bounced back in the match by thrashing Irvin 6-0 in the second set to level the match. Landry then gave a rebound of her own by bageling Irvin back in the third set to win her only Grand Slam title.

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