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When Graf Retired...

I don't know about anyone else here, but when Steffi Graf retired from tennis, I felt we lost more than just a great champion, but the door to a tennis era was closed. Gone are the champions who play week in and week out and give every match their very best effort- always 100%. How long will we have to wait to see another champion like her?
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Kim Cljisters?
Martina Hingis?

"Hatred is the coward's revenge for being intimidated" - George Bernard Shaw




"And for the best of the teen-agers who followed her, and who occasionally referred to her as over the hill, Graf had a ready answer: against top-ranked Martina Hingis, Graf wound up 7-2. Graf's stirring 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 throttling of Hingis at the French Open final this June was perhaps the most emphatic parting shot the game has ever seen. "


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to set something straight steffi never played week in and week out especially not the last 4 years before

I felt an era ended when nav and sabatini retired too in fact more then when steffi retired. first when steffi retired I was prepared and with steffi it was just different since I was a fan I was just in a mellowdramatic mood to see the end of a whole era just the end of the steffi era

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I like the fact that she ended it on top, and didn't fade into the nether regions of the rankings. #3 Good stuff, for a womon who the game passed by...LOL

"Hatred is the coward's revenge for being intimidated" - George Bernard Shaw




"And for the best of the teen-agers who followed her, and who occasionally referred to her as over the hill, Graf had a ready answer: against top-ranked Martina Hingis, Graf wound up 7-2. Graf's stirring 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 throttling of Hingis at the French Open final this June was perhaps the most emphatic parting shot the game has ever seen. "


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to set something straight steffi never played week in and week out especially not the last 4 years before

I felt an era ended when nav and sabatini retired too in fact more then when steffi retired. first when steffi retired I was prepared and with steffi it was just different since I was a fan I was just in a melodramatic mood to see the end of a whole era just the end of the steffi era
Navratilova, yes, but Sabatini, the end of an era? What era was that? The era of a top-3 player who should have been #1 but couldn't seem to learn how to serve more than 60mph and stop hitting all her excessive topspin shots off her back foot? Don't get me wrong- I loved watching Gabby- especially fond memories of being right next to her at the practice courts at the U.S. Open. Her practices were where she left her best tennis- unfortunately, she almost never played that way in a real match.
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I am glad she didn't retire in summer 98 either. I wished it that time. I was thinking so sad. she is such a shadow of her former self, thank goodness she is such a fighter and didn't give up even after another surgery in the fall!

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Navratilova, yes, but Sabatini, the end of an era? What era was that? The era of a top-3 player who should have been #1 but couldn't seem to learn how to serve more than 60mph and stop hitting all her excessive topspin shots off her back foot? Don't get me wrong- I loved watching Gabby- especially fond memories of being right next to her at the practice courts at the U.S. Open. Her practices were where she left her best tennis- unfortunately, she almost never played that way in a real match.
well she played steffi much and these matches just had something special imho and steffi was older so I felt her time would come soon too.
that why I felt that.

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Too bad Hingis didn't take a page out of her book.

"Hatred is the coward's revenge for being intimidated" - George Bernard Shaw




"And for the best of the teen-agers who followed her, and who occasionally referred to her as over the hill, Graf had a ready answer: against top-ranked Martina Hingis, Graf wound up 7-2. Graf's stirring 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 throttling of Hingis at the French Open final this June was perhaps the most emphatic parting shot the game has ever seen. "


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I don't know about anyone else here, but when Steffi Graf retired from tennis, I felt we lost more than just a great champion, but the door to a tennis era was closed. Gone are the champions who play week in and week out and give every match their very best effort- always 100%. How long will we have to wait to see another champion like her?
I felt the same way when Hingis said a return to tennis "is inconceivable".

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but then I still think martina will return next year

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Too bad Hingis didn't take a page out of her book.
Oh- now there was a classic match-up, and I know, we've hammered that subject ad nauseum on this board, but I used to LOVE watching Steffi run Hingis ragged!
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the pic of steffi in tokio 91 against martina is the best. she looks like she is saying I will get you next time wich she did of course

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I mean tokio 99 of course

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LOL ME TOO

96 Chase, 96 Us Open semi, 99 French

I always start the 96 Us Open match w/Steffi down 3-5, it's like she switched gears.."OK now I'm gonna run her till her legs give in...and then just before it's all over Mary Carillo chimes in..."Hingis needs a nap"

"Hatred is the coward's revenge for being intimidated" - George Bernard Shaw




"And for the best of the teen-agers who followed her, and who occasionally referred to her as over the hill, Graf had a ready answer: against top-ranked Martina Hingis, Graf wound up 7-2. Graf's stirring 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 throttling of Hingis at the French Open final this June was perhaps the most emphatic parting shot the game has ever seen. "


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Irma, I thought it was Tokyo 1999.

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