Re: Seles' finest hour - Australia 1993 (high quality youtube footage)
John Barrett even spoke of this match when commentating their 1999 QF - he stated that it was the best women's match at the Australian Open he'd ever seen.
When people reflect on Seles of 91-92, they think that she had maximized her potential - but the Seles of 1993, as briefly as we saw her, was sublime. She'd disposed of Sabatini 6-3, 6-1 in the semifinals and it seemed no one besides Graf at Wimbledon could stand in her way at the majors, in the short run ofcourse. And after this performance, even that did not seem a certainty as it had in 1992.
I have often wondered whether this loss hurt Graf more than the 1992 loss in Paris. She had said before the match it was going to be special - and she was right. They both went after it and Seles ran away with it in the end - Steffi's final service game in this match, it almost seemed like she was mentally defeated.
And what Athenaeum said.
I'm still trying to find a copy of this match with American commentators - Mary Carillo made ome insightful remarks about Seles, and her position in women's tennis at the time.
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