Greatest French Open Women Finals Seles / Graf in 1992?
On the 6th of June 1992 Monica Seles won her third consecutive French Open title, and the sixth Grand Slam title of her career, beating Steffi Graf in a classic match.
After coming back from a paralyzing first set, Steffi Graf valiantly rescued herself from five match points. But because of the killer instincts of Monica, who was the No.1 player in the world, the herculean effort by Steffi to reclaim a title she last held in 1988 was in vain, and she lost.
The 6-2 3-6 10-8 victory by Monica required 2 hours 43 minutes of effort from the participants and, more important, made the exhausted Yugoslav the first woman in 55 years to win three straight French Open titles. The last woman to have such a hold on the event was Hilde Sperling of Germany from 1935 to 1937.
The final set lasted 91 minutes. Monica served three times to end the match and had to struggle to get past Steffi’s most determined Grand Slam campaign since she defeated Gabriela Sabatini in last year’s Wimbledon final.
“I think it was the most emotional match I’ve played ever, not just in a Grand Slam, but in any tournament”, Monica said afterwards.