Originally Posted by SelesFan70
3. Monica Seles knocking off Steffi Graf in the 1990 women's singles final.
Graf had dominated the game for three years running and the German was so lethal that it was hard to imagine anyone pushing her off the court. But the fearless Seles swung from her hips and punched right through Graf, 7-6 (6), 6-4.
I was as wide-eyed as Steffi was at Monica's power and precision.
While their 1992 French Open women's singles final, which ended with a 10-8 third-set win for Seles, may have been more dramatic, it didnít knock my socks off like Monicaís first run to the title.
I still believe that if a madman had not stabbed Seles on court in early 1994 she would have ended up being the best player ever.
(Wrong date, Bud but we get the point!)
Bud has Alzheimer's as we all know ....
He chose Graf-Hingis as his 2nd best memory ever.
But his memory leaves him again when he says that Hingis melted after a controversial line call. This line call he was referring to happened at 6-4, 2-0, 00-00. Half an hour later Hingis still was one break up and served for the match at 6-4, 5-4. THEN she melted because she couldn't stand the heat of serving for a match in a slam against - Ms. Stefanie Graf. Graf turned back the clock and played in her 1988/89/95/96 peak form. Hingis was toast of course.
Seles-Graf, FO 90?
Graf made far more UEs than Seles who played very solid and made the important points. However she made only ONE point more than Graf (74-73).
In my book that is not "punching right through Graf". Well, Collins is from the U.S.A. and Seles is a U.S. citizen now. Coincidence ... ?
BTW,I don't think Seles would have been the greatest-ever without The Stabbing. We must not forget that she lost 5 of 7 matches against Graf when she was #1 in the WTA rankings. That she never played a year with less than 5 losses. And that she visibly was gaining weight already in 92/93 before The Stabbing.
Her very moderate success post-return shows that Seles was not extremely talented. An all-time great would have won several slams after her 22nd birthday. Seles only won AO 96 (Graf was out due to injury). Monica is a nice girl. But probably the most overrated player ever in tennis history.