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post #9 of (permalink) Old Jan 4th, 2010, 04:56 PM
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Re: Others' tributes to Steffi Graf!

[QUOTE=ramya777;17006246]Stefanie Maria Graf, popularly known as Steffi, a former World No.1 ranked female tennis player is from Germany. She is the one who won 22 Grand Slam singles titles since the start of the open era and that too more than any other player (male or female). In 1999, December, the panel of Slims Championships at Madison Square Garden named Graf as the greatest female tennis player of 20th century. She also won Olympic Gold Medal in the year 1988 and was ranked No.1 player in the Women’s Tennis Association for a record of 377 weeks. Her father Peter Graf taught her basics of tennis at her age of 3. Soon she learnt the game and played her first tournament at the age of 5. She continued with the success in spite of her injury year 1991-1992, when she was defeated by Monica Seles, she continued to remain on her position. She got retired in 1999

I think it is safe to say that Graf was suffering from fairly minor injury problems in 91-92. The reason she lost the top ranking was because at that point Seles was the better player.
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