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Sam L
Jun 2nd, 2003, 07:02 AM
... a young German girl named Anke Huber made a huge run to the semi-finals, defeating Conchita Martinez in QF, to set up a highly anticipated but anti-climatic match against her compatriot Steffi Graf.

On the other side of the draw, Mary Joe Fernandez rocked the house by coming back from 1-6 1-5 to beat Gabriela Sabatini in the QF, a memorable match and she then beat ASV to reach her first French final.

The final was a memorable final as well although I was really bummed that Mary Joe lost. Her biggest chance at a singles GS. :(

It was a sad tournament because it was the first GS after Monica Seles' stabbing and although she wasn't there at the French, many
(including me) remained hopeful that she'd be back by Wimbledon or latest, the US Open.

If you have any memories from that GS, tell us! :)

Gandalf
Jun 2nd, 2003, 01:28 PM
Sabatini's loss to Mary Joe was devastating to her and her fans. She had beaten Arantxa in Rome 6-1, 6-3, and Steffi wasn't playing really great (as the final showed), so she had a good chance there.

I also expected Monica to come back for Wimbledon, but funnily enough, by the time of OZ'94 I had comletely forgotten her :o

Nikola
Jun 2nd, 2003, 01:31 PM
Sabatini's loss to Mary Joe was devastating to her and her fans. She had beaten Arantxa in Rome 6-1, 6-3, and Steffi wasn't playing really great (as the final showed), so she had a good chance there.

I also expected Monica to come back for Wimbledon, but funnily enough, by the time of OZ'94 I had comletely forgotten her :o

I will never forget Monica :p

irma
Jun 2nd, 2003, 01:39 PM
steffi played more crap in the final then 92. could not believe that was possible :o
but she was injured(yes it's true. she broke down after the wimbledon final since she was pumped full with painstillers for weeks. I really think the wta told her that she had to wait with surgery till after the us open since they lost already one star ) and in fact mary joe was sick too or became sick during the match
so to say it short the quality was not high :o

irma
Jun 2nd, 2003, 01:45 PM
iva majoli also made her big break through there. I think she even had setpoints against steffi!

Kart
Jun 2nd, 2003, 02:29 PM
I remember the final vaguely.

I only saw it from the second set onwards, but to me there was little doubt that Steffi would close it out.

The real shocks were caused by Fernandez though. Everyone knows that QF :(. It has to be said though that a victory over ASV at the French open is not an easy feat.

baleineau
Jun 2nd, 2003, 02:54 PM
I recall Conchita crying after losing the match against Anke. It was her fifth successive quarter-final loss at Roland Garros by age 21 :eek:, but had never got past a Slam QF. She had just won Rome, beating Navratilova, Fernandez and Sabatini and looked to have a winnable match with Huber. She was playing well, and led 7-6 3-2 with a break, but then hit an easy overhead into the net. She ended up losing 6-7 6-4 6-4 or something like that, in a match lasting about 2.5 hours. She had been close the previous year, having led Sabatini by a set in the QF of 1992. I think losing a fifth QF was too much for her. :sad:

She made up for it 3 weeks later, by reaching the Wimbledon semis though. :)

I hope people will support Conchita for this title. Jana and Goran acquired "sentimental status" at Wimbledon, but Conchita's desire at Roland Garros, in addition to her excellent record, have never produced that effect. If only she hadn't had to play Mary in 2000: the crowd would have been with her against Hingis. :sad: