When Steffi Graf’s record of 66 wins was broken by Monica Seles…

When Steffi Graf’s record of 66 wins was broken by Monica Seles…

Graf was unbeaten for almost 11 months and was the greatest player in 1989 and 1990.

She won the Wimbledon, US Open, Australian Open, and numerous other tour events during that run, which started at the 1989 French Open.

Only Martina Navratilova, who set an open era record of 74 games in 1984, had won more matches in a row with 66 games.

Graf was the favorite to win the tournament in the former West Germany five times, even with Seles’s strong performance.

The Yugoslavian, who became an American citizen in 1994, had other ideas, though, and easily defeated him 6-4, 6-3.

After the match, she declared that she was no longer afraid of Graf, marking her first victory over the German at the fourth attempt.

After that match, Seles and Graf developed a fierce rivalry that he would dominate for the majority of the following three years. In three years, she achieved eight Grand Slams, three of which she won over the German in the finals.

But in 1993, a man who was obsessed with Graf stabbed her during a match in Germany, ending her career.

Fortunately, her wounds weren’t too severe, but the psychological damage was permanent, and she had to miss two years of the tour.

 

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