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Steffi Graf

Tennis Champion
Female

Stefanie Maria "Steffi" Graf is a former World No. 1 German tennis player. In total, Graf won 22 Grand Slam singles titles, second among male and female players only to Margaret Court's 24. Her 22 singles titles mark the record for most Grand Slam wins by a tennis player (male or female) since introduction of the Open Era in 1968.… Read More

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  • Women's Tennis New World Number One: Angelique Kerber
    Yahoo News - Sep 09, 2016
  • Tennis Williams Fights Off Halep To Reach U.S. Open Semi Finals
    Yahoo News - Sep 08, 2016
  • Tennis Serena Continues Quest For Historic 23rd Slam Title
    Yahoo News - Aug 31, 2016
  • Tennis Relaxed Serena Set To Open Quest For More History
    Yahoo News - Aug 29, 2016

Timeline

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CHILDHOOD

1969 Birth Stefanie Graf was born on 14 June 1969, in Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, West Germany, to Heidi Schalk and Peter Graf (18 June 1938 − 30 November 2013), a car and insurance salesman. … Read More

TEENAGE

1982 13 Years Old 1 More Event
She soon began winning junior tournaments with regularity, and in 1982 she won the European Championships 12s and 18s.
1983 14 Years Old 1 More Event
At the start of her first full professional year in 1983, Graf was 13 years old and ranked World No. 124.
1984 15 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1984, she first gained international attention when she almost upset the tenth seed, Jo Durie of the United Kingdom, in a fourth round Centre Court match at Wimbledon.
1985 16 Years Old 1 More Event
Graf's schedule was closely controlled by her father, who limited her play so that she would not burn out. In 1985, for instance, she played only 10 events leading up to the US Open, whereas another up-and-coming star, Gabriela Sabatini of Argentina, who was a year younger than Graf, played 21. … Read More
1986 17 Years Old 1 More Event
On 13 April 1986, Graf won her first WTA tournament and beat Evert for the first time in the final of the Family Circle Cup in Hilton Head, South Carolina. (She never lost to Evert again, beating her a further seven times over the next three and a half years.) Graf then won her next three tournaments at Amelia Island, Charleston, and Berlin, culminating in a 6–2, 6–3 defeat of Navratilova in the final of the latter. … Read More
Graf's Grand Slam tournament breakthrough came in 1987. … Read More
Graf started 1988 by winning the Australian Open, defeating Chris Evert in the final 6–1, 7–6. … Read More

TWENTIES

1989 20 Years Old 1 More Event
Speculation was rife at the beginning of 1989 about the possibility of Graf winning another Grand Slam. … Read More
1990 21 Years Old In an interview with Stern magazine in July 1990, Graf stated, "I could not fight as usual." … Read More
1991 22 Years Old 1 More Event
A mixture of injury problems, personal difficulties, and loss of form made 1991 a tough year for Graf. … Read More
1993 - 1996 4 More Events
1997 28 Years Old 1 More Event
The last few years of Graf's career were beset by injuries, particularly to her knees and back. She lost the World No. 1 ranking to Martina Hingis and failed to win a Grand Slam title for the first time in ten years in 1997. … Read More

THIRTIES

At the beginning of 1999 Graf played the warm up event to the Australian Open in Sydney; she defeated Serena Williams in the second round and Venus Williams in the quarterfinals before losing to Lindsay Davenport in the semifinal. … Read More
2000 - 2004 3 More Events
2005 36 Years Old In July 2005, Graf competed in one tie of World Team Tennis on the Houston Wranglers team. … Read More
2008 39 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2008 Graf lost an exhibition match against Kimiko Date at Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo.

FORTIES

2009 40 Years Old Graf played a singles exhibition match against Kim Clijsters and a mixed doubles exhibition alongside husband Andre Agassi against Tim Henman and Clijsters as part of a test event and celebration for the newly installed roof over Wimbledon's Centre Court in 2009. … Read More
2010 41 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2010 Graf participated in the World Team Tennis Smash Hits exhibition in Washington, D.C., to support The Elton John AIDS Foundation. … Read More
2015 46 Years Old In 2015, she has been appointed as the brand ambassador of Kerala tourism, for promoting Ayurveda in North America and Europe. … Read More
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