Steffi Graf: Famous female tennis players

Famous female tennis players: Steffi Graf

USA tennis player, Steffi Graff has not enjoyed the continuous string of tremendous successes at Wimbledon that some other best female tennis players were so fortunate as to find. Still, in 1988, she managed a feat that might make a few of those others a bit envious. The media dubbed it the “Golden Grand Slam” and her quest to attain it began in 1988 at the Australian Open. There she defeated the greatest tennis player Chris Evert in the finals to score the first win of the big tournaments that could earn her a Grand Slam title.

When the French Open rolled around, Steffi Graff successfully defeated Natasha Zvereva in a final that lasted only thirty-two minutes. Surprising since Zvereva had handily dispatched favorite, Martina Navratilova in the fourth round. Steffi Graff now left France taking with her that second prize in her quest to be a Grand Slam winner.

Then Steffi Graf came to Wimbledon, the tournament that had been ruled by best female tennis player Martina Navratilova for six straight years. Steffi trailed Martina in the final before coming from behind to win. Martina, the “queen of Wimbledon” was dethroned and Steffi was headed to the US Open and a possible Grand Slam, and it was still 1988!

Graff faced Gabriella Sabatini in a three set final at the US Open to clinch that Calendar Year Grand Slam title, a truly special accomplishment for the young player since it had only been managed twice before in tennis history, first by Maureen Connolly Brinker in 1953 an then Margaret Court in 1970.

Steffi, however, wasn’t finished, yet. The 1988 Olympics offered Steffi Graff a “golden opportunity”. In Seoul, she defeated Sabatini again, 6-3, 6-3 in the Gold Medal match to take home an Olympic Gold Medal and to earn what has been referred to since as the “Golden Grand Slam”.

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  1. Mary says:

    Great read, very well done!

    What a run that was by Steffi in ’88 at the Golden Slam. First, Steffi defeating Chris down under at the Aussie Open, then Natasha Zvereva in Paris. Steffi played about as clean a match as possible, so there wasn’t much Natasha could do. Then Steffi’s comeback win over Martina at Wimbledon to give her the third leg of the Slam. Martina played well, but no way Steffi was going to lose that match. From there it was off to New York where she played Sabatini in the final. Steffi won the first easily, but Sabatini stepped up her game and won the second set. I was sooooo nervous as the third set was about to begin, thinking maybe this wasn’t meant to be?. But Steffi calmed my fears as she methodically took Sabatini apart in the final set to capture the Calendar Slam.
    And finally, at the Olympics in Seoul, Steffi completing the “Golden Slam” by getting rid of Sabatini again in the Gold Medal match. The gold medal was icing on the cake for Steffi, and the dream had turned to reality!.

    So let there be no argument about who the greatest player in the world was in 1988. Steffi took on all comers (Chrissie, Natasha, Martina, and Sabatini) and none of them had an answer for Fraulein Forehand.

    Thanks for posting this great article, and keeping my memories of Steffi alive and well!.

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