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Although Graf retired in , her legacy lives on. Graf entered the professional tennis arena at the young age of 13 in Her first few years were successful, and in she won her first Grand Slam a win in one of the four major tennis tournaments including the U.
Over her career, she won 22 Grand Slam titles, at least four of each tournament. The same year Graf won her first major in France, she won the other three Grand Slam titles and an Olympic gold medal.
Winning all five titles was called the Golden Slam. With the final ATP Association of Tennis Professionals tournament of scheduled to be played this month, I thought it would be fitting to bring this up.
In , Steffi became only the seventh tennis player amongst both male and female players to achieve this. No player, male or female, has accomplished this goal since.
Open trophy and an Olympic gold medal. She also defeated another legend in Chris Evert, whom Graf defeated in straight sets in the Australian Open final by a score of , One of which came at the Wimbledon final against the seven-time tournament champion and the red-hot favorite to win her eighth in.
She completely outclassed the seven-time champion, using her rapid speed, and lightning-quick agility to reach return shots that would have been guaranteed winners against most.
If there was any doubt before, there was none after that match. Graf was the best in the game. Or the Manchester United treble-winning team.
Her Golden Slam solidified her status as the greatest female tennis player of all time. Until anybody can rival her perfect season, that is a status she will always have.
Live sport returned in the Fall of Wimbledon was not played for the first time since the second world war, but the other three major tournaments were.
None of the three major tournaments were won by Serena Williams, the clear-cut best player of her era. What a surprise! This match was almost four years ago.
Williams has won 23 Grand Slam titles, the most of the open era. But despite her dominance, she has still failed to take all four major trophies in the same calendar year.
It is incredibly difficult to be victorious on grass, clay, and hard-court surfaces in such a short period of time.
This strongly supports the claim that Steffi Graf is the greatest of all time. Editor's note: Our weeklong series of "What If …" scenarios are only hypothetical.
We understand that a matchup of players from different generations comes with its share of things to take into consideration, such as the advancement of technology and the slowing of court surfaces in today's game.
Some of these head-to-heads have an actual, albeit brief, history, while one player was winding down his or her career; thus, we're not taking those into consideration.
For the sake of this series, we're assuming both parties are playing each other at their peak. It's just for fun, so enjoy and let us know who you think would win.
Matchup: Steffi Graf versus Serena Williams. Case for Steffi Graf: Of all the matchups this week, this might be the toughest to predict and the one that leads to the most consternation.
It's like those fight-to-the-death debates between Superman and Batman. It's really about personal preference, meaning this battle for supremacy might never truly be settled.
Graf is one of the three greatest players of all time. There's no question about it. And for what it's worth, her career credentials suggest she could be the best, that is, if 22 Slams, titles and weeks as the world No.
Those titles, by the way, are more than twice as many as Serena has to date. But their numbers at the Aussie Open are pretty even: Graf won four titles there and strung together a spectacular career record.
For Williams, she has five titles and a record. So what would separate the two Down Under? Even though Graf crushed her forehand with more punch than perhaps anyone who ever played, she would have a difficult time matching Serena's overall power.
However, the slower courts at the Aussie Open today would help neutralize a lot of Serena's pace and allow Graf to leverage her athleticism, which was and still is second to no one's, not even Serena's.
Playing against Serena in Oz would be a true test of endurance, and that's where Graf would have the edge.