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Former German female tennis star Steffi Graf was born on 14th June 1969.She started her professional tennis career in 1982.She was versatile across all playing surfaces. Her strong weapon was her serve and powerful forehand. She was instrumental in bringing aggressive game from baseline that modern players of today are well equipped with. Her successful career gave her more fame and money in 1990s.
She was ranked world no.1 for a record 377 weeks and won 22 Grand Slam titles. She is now third in all time list of major winners behind Margaret Court and Serena Williams. She is still only tennis player to achieve Golden Slam by winning all four Grand Slam singles titles along with Olympic gold in singles in 1988.What’s more, she is the only tennis player-male or female to win each Grand Slam tournament at least four times. She had 4 Australian Open,6 French Open,7 Wimbledon and 5 US Open titles in her kitty. She has won 107 WTA singles titles which ranks her third in all time list behind Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert. Besides she and Margaret Court are only two players-again male or female to win 3 majors in a calendar year five times.
Graf played some memorable matches against Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, Gabriella Sabattini. She beat both Navratilova and Evert in Miami in 1987 en route to title. She got a tough competitor in Monica Seles from 1991 onwards as Seles reached at the top of rankings. Matches between the two rivals had lots of drama, tension, joys-everything tennis fan could have asked for.The most unforgettable match was against Jana Novotna in 1993 Wimbledon semifinal where Graf came back from 4-1 down in the third set to reach the final. Novotna had cried after the match. Steffi retired at age of 30 in 1999 after 900 singles match wins.
Graf married to former world no.1 men’s player Andre Agassi in 2001.She was inducted into Hall of Fame in 2004.After so much success, she is living happily now in Las Vegas .A true legend.
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