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She has a younger brother, Michael. She soon began taking the top prize at junior tournaments with regularity, going on to win the European Championships 12s and 18s in Early career[ edit ] Graf played in her first professional tournament in October at Filderstadt , Germany.
Twelve years later, Graf defeated Austin 6—0, 6—0 during a second round match at the Evert Cup in Indian Wells, California , which was their second and last match against each other. At the start of her first full professional year in , Graf was 13 years old and ranked world No. She won no titles during the next three years, but her ranking climbed steadily to world No. In August as a year-old and youngest entrant representing West Germany, she won the tennis demonstration event at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
No medals were awarded as this was not an official Olympic event. Peter also kept a tight rein on Graf’s personal life. Social invitations on the tour were often declined as Graf’s focus was kept on practicing and match play. This narrow focus meant that Graf, already shy and retiring by nature,  made few friends on the tour in her early years, but it led to a steady improvement in her play.
In and early , Graf emerged as the top challenger to the dominance of Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert. She did not win a tournament but consistently reached tournament finals, semifinals and quarterfinals, with the highlight being her semifinal loss to Navratilova at the US Open.
Graf then won her next three tournaments at Amelia Island , Charleston, and Berlin , culminating in a 6—2, 6—3 defeat of Navratilova in the final of the latter. Illness caused her to miss Wimbledon,  and an accident where she broke a toe several weeks later also curtailed her play. The match was played over two days with Navratilova finally winning after saving three match points 6—1, 6—7, 7—6. Graf then won three consecutive indoor titles at Tokyo , Zurich , and Brighton , before once again contending with Navratilova at the season-ending Virginia Slims Championships in New York.
This time, Navratilova beat Graf 7—6, 6—3, 6—2. Breakthrough year: [ edit ] Graf’s Grand Slam tournament breakthrough came in She started the year strongly, with six tournament victories heading into the French Open, with the highlight being at the tournament in Miami , where she defeated Martina Navratilova in a semifinal and Chris Evert in the final and lost only 20 games in the seven rounds of the tournament.
Graf then lost to Navratilova 7—5, 6—3 in the Wimbledon final, her first loss of the year. However, in the Federation Cup final in Vancouver, Canada , three weeks later, she defeated Evert easily 6—2, 6—1. Graf had a win-loss record of for a Graf was the first player other than Navratilova or Evert to hold the top spot since Tracy Austin in Graf did not lose a set during the tournament and lost a total of only 29 games.
Graf, however, won the tournament in San Antonio, Texas, and retained her title in Miami, where she once again defeated Evert in the final. Graf then won the tournament in Berlin , losing only twelve games in five matches.
At the French Open , Graf successfully defended her title by defeating Natasha Zvereva 6—0, 6—0 in a minute final. Graf was trailing Martina Navratilova in the final 7—5, 2—0 before winning the match 5—7, 6—2, 6—1. Graf’s Grand Slam remains the only one in history completed on three surfaces grass, clay, hard court , as all other Grand Slams in tennis history were achieved prior to the introduction of hard court at the US Open in Graf also won her only Grand Slam doubles title that year—at Wimbledon partnering Sabatini—and picked up a women’s doubles Olympic bronze medal.
New challengers and personal challenges[ edit ] Steffi Graf backhand [ edit ] Speculation was rife at the beginning of about the possibility of Graf winning another Grand Slam. Her 6—3, 6—0 defeat of Argentina’s Gabriela Sabatini in a semifinal was described by veteran observer Ted Tinling as “probably the best tennis I’ve seen”. She is better than them all. The Washington, D. Suffering from food poisoning, she had struggled to beat Monica Seles in their semifinal 6—3, 3—6, 6—3 and said that she had had menstrual cramps in the final.
The match was notable for its dramatic ending. Having suffered from leg cramps since the middle of the third set, Graf ran off the court seconds after match point to seek medical treatment. Victories at Zurich and Brighton preceded the Virginia Slims Championships , where Graf cemented her top-ranked status by beating Navratilova in the four-set final.
Graf ended with an 86—2 match record and the loss of only 12 sets. Her 0. She survived an intense 3 set battle with Helena Sukova in the semis, breaking in the 10th and final game to win the 3rd set 6—4. Shortly after winning in Tokyo, Graf injured her right thumb while cross-country skiing in Switzerland and subsequently withdrew from the Virginia Slims of Florida and the Lipton Championships. While the Berlin tournament was being played, the largest-circulation German tabloid, Bild , ran a story about an alleged scandal involving Graf’s father.
The difficulty of answering questions about the matter came to a head at a Wimbledon press conference, where Graf broke down in tears. Wimbledon authorities then threatened to immediately shut down any subsequent press conferences where questions about the issue were asked.
Whether this scandal affected Graf’s form is open to debate. In an interview with Stern magazine in July , Graf stated, “I could not fight as usual. Seles was behind 2—6 in the first-set tiebreaker, but then came back to win six points in a row and take the set. At Wimbledon, Graf lost in the semifinals to Zina Garrison , who with this victory broke Graf’s string of 13 consecutive Major finals. This was a major upset as Garrison had to save a match point to defeat Monica Seles in the quarterfinal, and was expected to easily fall to Graf, whom she had not beaten in 4 years.
Although Sabatini got the best of Graf in the semifinals of the season-ending Virginia Slims Championships , Graf still finished the year as the top-ranked player.
Seles established herself as the new dominant player on the women’s tour, winning the Australian Open, French Open, and US Open and, in March, ending Graf’s record consecutive-weeks hold on the World No. She then lost to Sabatini in her next three tournaments before winning the U. At Wimbledon , however, Graf captured her third women’s crown, this time at Sabatini’s expense.
Sabatini served for the match twice, and was two points away from her first Wimbledon title. After breaking Sabatini’s serve to even the third set at 6—6, Graf defeated Sabatini by winning the next two games to take the match 6—4, 3—6, 8—6. Martina Navratilova then defeated Graf 7—6, 6—7, 6—4 in a US Open semifinal, the first time she had beaten Graf in four years.
Graf then won in Leipzig, with her th career victory coming in a quarterfinal against Judith Wiesner. It was Graf’s second consecutive loss to Novotna, and dating back to their Australian Open quarterfinal match, Jana had won three of their last five meetings. It would also be the last loss Graf would ever have to Novotna in a match she completed she did have a loss after withdrawing with injury after the first set of a late match.
Even though Conchita won the opening set, Graf went on to prevail in three sets. Graf then lost a closely contested final to Monica Seles, 6—2, 3—6, 10—8. Seles won the match on her 5th match point; Graf came within two points of winning the match a few games earlier.
Four consecutive indoor tournament victories in the autumn helped improve her season, but for the third consecutive year, she failed to win the Virginia Slims Championships, where she lost in the first round to Lori McNeil.
He claimed that he committed the attack to help Graf reclaim the world No. Shortly after the stabbing, during a players meeting at the Italian Open in Rome, 17 of the world’s top 25 WTA members voted against preserving Seles’ world No.
Since Graf skipped the Italian Open, she did not take part in the vote. Fernandez had two break points to take a and double break lead in the third set. The win elevated Graf to the World No. Graf had a bone splinter in her right foot during this tournament and for the next few months , finally resulting in surgery on 4 October. Graf later stated it was the best tennis she had ever played in a Grand Slam final.
In the Miami final, she lost her first set of the year—to Natasha Zvereva—after winning 54 consecutive sets. Graf developed a bone spur at the base of her spine due to a congenital condition of the sacroiliac joint.
In the middle of the second set, Graf suffered back spasms while reaching for a ball in the ad court. It was decided to grant her a joint number one ranking with Graf who took her first loss of the year in the first round to Amanda Coetzer.
Seles and Graf met in the final, with Graf winning in three sets, saving a set point in the first set. Graf then capped the year by beating countrywoman Anke Huber in a five-set final at the season-ending WTA Tour Championships in 2 hours and 46 minutes.
Her father was arrested in August and was sentenced to 45 months in jail. Prosecutors dropped their case against Graf in , when she agreed to pay a fine of 1. She then successfully defended the three Grand Slam titles she won the year before. It was the longest French Open women’s singles final in history, both in terms of time 3 hours and 3 minutes and number of games played Her toughest battle came against rising star Martina Hingis in the semifinal, with Hingis unable to convert on five set points.
Graf did not lose a set the whole tournament. She repeated the feat in , , and Final years on the tour: —99[ edit ] The last few years of Graf’s career were beset by injuries, particularly to her knees and back. She lost the world No. After several months injury lay off, Graf returned to play in the German Open in Berlin in front of a home crowd and had the worst defeat of her career in the quarterfinal, when Amanda Coetzer beat her in just 56 minutes 6—0, 6—1.
The treatment was for a fracture of the cartilage as well as a shortening and partial rupture of the patellar tendon of her left knee. Shortly after the US Open, she underwent surgery to remove a bone spur in her right wrist. At the first round of the season-ending Chase Championships , Graf defeated world No. At the beginning of Graf played the warm up event to the Australian Open in Sydney; she defeated Serena Williams in the second round and Venus in the quarterfinals before losing to Lindsay Davenport in the semifinal.
Graf then went on to reach the quarterfinals of the Australian Open before losing to Monica Seles in two sets. Graf became the first player in the open era to defeat the first, second, and third ranked players in the same Grand Slam tournament by beating second-ranked Davenport in the quarterfinals and third-ranked Monica Seles in the semifinals.
Graf said after the final that it would be her last French Open, fueling speculation about her retirement. On 13 August , shortly after retiring with a strained hamstring from a second round match against Amy Frazier in San Diego , Graf announced her retirement from the women’s tour at age I feel I have nothing left to accomplish.
The weeks following Wimbledon [in ] weren’t easy for me. After Wimbledon, for the first time in my career, I didn’t feel like going to a tournament.
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