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GRAF Steffi

Steffi GRAF

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This German tennis legend was ranked world number one for a record 378 weeks – just one of her many achievements.

Early progress

In 1984, Steffi Graf, just 15 years old, won the Olympic tennis demonstration tournament despite being its youngest entrant. By 1987 she was ranked number one in the world. In 1988, Graf won the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon and, less than a week before the Seoul Olympic Games, the US Open. This made her only the fifth player in history to win tennis' Grand Slam.

Pioneering victory

She arrived at the Seoul Games on a 35-match winning streak. In the Olympic final, she defeated Argentina’s Gabriela Sabatini 6-3, 6-3 to achieve the first “Golden Slam” – all five Grand Slam titles plus the Olympic gold medal. No one in women’s tennis has achieved it since.

Retiring at the top

Graf retired in 1999 while still number three in the world, having dominated the sport for over a decade. In the same year she was awarded the Olympic Order.

A winning partnership

Widely regarded as one of the best players in the game’s history, Steffi Graf now lives in Las Vegas, USA, with her husband, American tennis great Andre Agassi.

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Steffi Graf of Germany serving during the Womens Singles Final

Aug 1992: Steffi Graf of Germany tosses the ball as she serves in front of a board showing the Olympic Rings during the Womens Singles Final at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain. Graf won the Silver medal in this event. \ Mandatory Credit: David Cannon/Allsport
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TENNIS GRAF FRG OLYMPICS MEDAL

1 OCT 1988: STEFFI GRAF OF WEST GERMANY WAVES TO THE CROWD AFTER RECEIVING HER GOLD MEDAL IN THE WOMENS SINGLES TENNIS COMPETITION AT THE 1988 SEOUL OLYMPICS. GRAF DEFEATED GABRIELLA SABATINI OF ARGENTINA 6-3, 6-3 IN THE FINAL TO CLAIM THE GOLD.
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Steffi Graf wins Gold in Womens Singles

SEOUL, KOREA - OCTOBER 1: Steffi Graf of Germany competes against Gabriela Sabatini in the Women's Singles Tennis event at the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympic Games on October 1, 1988 in Seoul, South Korea. Graf won the Gold Medal, completing a spectacular year after becoming only the fifth player in history to complete the "Grand Slam" and then win an Olympic Gold Medal. (Photo by Pascal Rondeau/Getty Images)
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Steffi Graf of Germany wins Olympic Gold in Seoul 1988

1988: Steffi Graf of West Germany tosses the ball in the air as she prepares to hit a serve during her gold medal performance in the 1988 Summer Olympic Games held in Seoul, South Korea. Steffi Graf of Germany winning the women's Olympic tennis title in Seoul South Korea in 1988. The sport returned to the games in 1988 after being dropped from the programme in 1924. Steffi clinched the greatest year in women's tennis by adding the Olympic title to her Grand Slam victories in the Australian and Frenchopen, Wimbledon and US Championships. Mandatory Credit: Pascal Rondeau/Allsport
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Seoul 1988-Tennis-GRAF Steffi (GER) 1st.
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Los Angeles 1984-REGGI Raffaella (ITA) 3rd vs. GRAF Steffi (FRG) 1st.
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