Steffi Graf

German tennis champion Steffi Graf

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.
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Fighting spirit propels Serena to tennis greatness
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Serena Williams says her rise to become perhaps the greatest player of all time is all down to mental strength and never giving up, a trait learned from Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova. The dominant American now holds more Grand Slam titles in the Open era than anyone else, after surpassing Graf's 22 by winning the Australian Open final against her sister, Venus, on Saturday. Navratilova has 18, along with Chris Evert, while Margaret Court has 24, but only 11 of those were won after the more competitive Open era began in 1968.
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Serena clinches record, no final major tally in mind
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By Nick Mulvenney MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Serena Williams said it was a "great feeling" to surpass Steffi Graf as the most prolific grand slam champion of the open era at the Australian Open on Saturday and was not prepared to put a number on the haul of titles she might end up with. No better place to do it than Melbourne." Serena played vintage tennis at Melbourne Park as she chased her seventh Australian Open over the last two weeks, despite missing the back end of last season with a shoulder injury. When I started this journey, I just wanted to win a grand slam.
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Tennis-List of Serena Williams' 23 grand slam singles titles
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MELBOURNE, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Following is a list of Serena Williams' 23 grand slam singles titles after the American surpassed Steffi Graf's professional era record with victory at the Australian Open on Saturday: 1999 U.S. Open - beat Martina Hingis (Switzerland) 6-3 7-6 2002 French Open - beat Venus Williams (U.S.) 7-5 6-3 Wimbledon - beat Venus Williams 7-6 6-3 U.S. Open - beat Venus Williams 6-4 6-3 2003 Australian Open - beat Venus Williams 7-6 3-6 6-4 Wimbledon - beat Venus Williams 4-6 6-4 6-2 2005 Australian Open - beat Lindsay Davenport (U.S. ...
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Serena thrives under pressure to seal all-Williams final
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By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Having seen her sister Venus win her semi-final at the Australian Open on Thursday, Serena Williams admitted she felt the weight of history to seal her place in their first grand slam title decider in eight years. It took only 50 minutes for Serena to book the family reunion after Venus's tough three-set win over unseeded Coco Vandeweghe at the same Rod Laver Arena court. Serena won in two sets that day and has since added another 11 grand slam singles titles to extend her tally to 22, a professional-era record she shares with Germany's Steffi Graf.
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Konta out to crash Serena party in Australian Open semi-finals
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Serena Williams knows she must be at her tenacious best to join sister Venus in the Australian Open semi-finals, with a confident Johanna Konta determined to crash the party on Wednesday. The American's unrelenting quest for a record 23rd Grand Slam title to surpass Steffi Graf and return to world number one was tested by Barbora Strycova in round four, and Konta won't be any easier. The British ninth seed has set herself up as a genuine title contender with an impressive nine-match unbeaten streak after winning this month's Sydney International.
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Tougher at the top for record-seeking Serena
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Serena Williams has the Open-era record for Grand Slam titles within her grasp but it's getting tougher at the top as the American great seeks finally to eclipse Germany's Steffi Graf. Victory at this month's Australian Open and a 23rd major win would help ease the heartache of last year, when Williams slipped off the top of the rankings after 186 weeks -- matching, but just failing to beat, another Graf record. Williams' drop to world number two was triggered by her shock defeat to Karolina Pliskova in the US Open semi-finals, which also denied her another chance to better Graf's 22 Grand Slam victories.
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Serena Williams engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian
ABC News - about 1 year
Serena Williams and Reddit co-founder?Alexis Ohanian are engaged.? Spokespeople for both Williams and Ohanian confirmed the news Thursday. The 33-year-old Ohanian popped the question while the two were vacationing in Rome.? The 35-year-old Williams, who over the summer won Wimbledon for the seventh time to tie Steffi Graf's record of 22 Grand Slam titles, had announced her engagement to Ohanian earlier Thursday on her verified account on Reddit, the user-generated news website he co-founded in 2005 with college roommate Steve Huffman.? "I came home. A little late. Someone had a bag packed for me. And a carriage waited. Destination: Rome," Williams wrote. "To escort me to my very own 'charming.' Back to where our stars first collided. And now it was full circle. At the same table we first met by chance. "But by choice. Down on knee. He said 4 words. And I said yes." The 33-year-old Ohanian shared the announcement in a Facebook post, saying, "She...
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Tennis: Murray and Kerber seize power and eye domination
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By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Audacious coups by Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber have transformed the tennis landscape and they will begin 2017 eyeing the kind of domination that few would have thought possible at the start of a seismic year. With the so-called big four in men's tennis crumbling, the 29-year-old Murray emerged to seize power, winning the Wimbledon title and the Olympic gold medal before a relentless late-season charge toppled Novak Djokovic from his pedestal. Kerber loosened Serena Williams' grip on the women's game, reaching three grand slam finals and winning two of them, beginning against Williams at the Australian Open when she became Germany's first major winner since Steffi Graf in 1999.
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Tennis - All top stars confirmed for Aussie Open
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- Every player in the world's top 99 bar expectant mother Victoria Azarenka has confirmed for the Australian Open, including Roger Federer and Serena Williams as they return from injury, organisers said Thursday. The all-star field for the opening Grand Slam of 2017 at Melbourne Park will see Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber start as top seeds in a sign of the changing of the guard in world tennis. It will also be notable for six-time tournament champion Williams, who is attempting to claim her 23rd major singles title to surpass Steffi Graf and set a new record for the Open Era.
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Women's tennis new world number one: Angelique Kerber
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- Kerber becomes only the second German woman to reach the world's top spot since computer rankings were introduced in 1975, and the first since Steffi Graf spent the last of her record 377 weeks at No.1 in March 1997. - At 28, she is the oldest player to make her debut at No.1, a record previously held by Jennifer Capriati, who was 25 years, 200 days when she reached No.1 in October 2001. - Kerber’s rise to world No.1 brings to an end the reign of Serena Williams, whose sixth stint in the top spot began more than three years ago, on February 18, 2013.
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Tennis-Williams fights off Halep to reach U.S. Open semi-finals
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* Halep saves all 12 second set break chances * Williams to face Pliskova in semi-finals (Adds quotes, detail) By Steve Keating NEW YORK, Sept 7 (Reuters) - Simona Halep did something no one else was able to do against Serena Williams at the U.S. Open on Wednesday but still could not stop the world number one from advancing to the semi-finals of the year's final grand slam. The scrappy fifth seeded Romanian managed to take the first break points from Williams during the Flushing Meadows fortnight and the only set surrendered by the top seed but at the end of the day the result was the same, the 34-year-old American walking off court with a 6-2 4-6 6-3 win. The victory also kept Williams on course for a record seventh U.S. Open crown which would be her 23rd grand slam title moving her past Steffi Graf for the most in the Open Era and one shy of the great Margaret Court at the top of the all-time list with 24.
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Tennis-Serena continues quest for historic 23rd slam title
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By Simon Cambers NEW YORK, Aug 31 (Reuters) - Serena Williams will try to take another step toward a record-setting 23rd grand slam title at the U.S. Open on Thursday while Andy Murray continues his quest to complete a golden summer. World number one Williams faces fellow American Vania King in second round action and a victory would put her five match wins away from breaking the professional era record for grand slam titles that she currently shares with Steffi Graf. "I can improve a lot," said Williams, who needed just 63 minutes to get by Russia's Ekaterina Makarova in the first round.
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Tennis-Relaxed Serena set to open quest for more history
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By Simon Cambers NEW YORK, Aug 29 (Reuters) - Serena Williams has been here before. Twelve months after her bid for the coveted calendar-year grand slam ended with a shock defeat to Roberta Vinci of Italy in the U.S. Open semi-finals, the world number one is back, chasing another piece of history. Victory at this year's U.S. Open would give the American, who begins her quest on Tuesday versus Ekaterina Makarova, a 23rd grand slam singles title and break the professional era record she shares with Germany's Steffi Graf.
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    FORTIES
  • 2015
    In 2015, she has been appointed as the brand ambassador of Kerala tourism, for promoting Ayurveda in North America and Europe.
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  • 2010
    In 2010, Graf and Agassi collaborated with Head and developed the new line of Star Series tennis racquets.
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    In 2010 Graf participated in the World Team Tennis Smash Hits exhibition in Washington, D.C., to support The Elton John AIDS Foundation.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    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.
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  • 2008
    As part of the event, billed as "Dream Match 2008", she defeated Martina Navratilova in a one-set affair 8-7, with Graf winning a tiebreaker 10-5.
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    In 2008 Graf lost an exhibition match against Kimiko Date at Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo.
  • 2005
    In July 2005, Graf competed in one tie of World Team Tennis on the Houston Wranglers team.
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  • 2004
    In September 2004, Graf dispatched her former doubles partner Gabriela Sabatini in straight sets, in an exhibition match played in Berlin, Germany.
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  • 2001
    She married former World No. 1 men's tennis player Andre Agassi in October 2001.
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  • 2000
    In February 2000, Graf played an exhibition match against Kimiko Date at Nagoya Rainbow Hall in Tokyo.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    Graf started dating Andre Agassi after the 1999 French Open and they married on 22 October 2001, with only their mothers as witnesses.
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    As part of her Farewell Tour, Graf defeated her former rival Arantxa Sánchez Vicario in an exhibition match played in Zaragoza, Spain in 1999.
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    On 13 August 1999, shortly after retiring with a strained hamstring from a second round match against Amy Frazier in San Diego, Graf announced her retirement from the women's tour at age 30.
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    At the 1999 French Open, Graf reached her first Grand Slam final in three years and fought back from a set and twice from a break down in the second set to defeat the top ranked Hingis in three sets for a memorable victory.
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    In Indian Wells, 1999 Graf lost to Serena Williams in three sets.
    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.
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  • 1998
    After missing almost half of the tour in 1998, Graf defeated World No. 2 Hingis and World No. 1 Lindsay Davenport en route to the Philadelphia title.
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  • 1997
    Graf then underwent knee surgery and subsequently missed the 1997 Wimbledon and US Open championships.
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    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.
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  • 1996
    She was unable to participate in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta because of an injured left knee.
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  • 1995
    In personal terms, 1995 was a difficult year for Graf, as she was accused by German authorities of tax evasion in the early years of her career.
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  • 1994
    In the Hamburg final, she lost for the first time in 1994 after 36 consecutive match victories, losing to Sánchez Vicario in three sets.
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  • 1993
    Graf began 1993 with four losses in her first six tournaments of the year: two to Arantxa Sánchez Vicario and one each to Seles and the 36-year-old Martina Navratilova.
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  • 1991
    It was Graf's second consecutive loss to Novotna, and dating back to their 1991 Australian Open quarterfinal match, Jana had won three of their last five meetings.
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    A mixture of injury problems, personal difficulties, and loss of form made 1991 a tough year for Graf.
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  • 1990
    In an interview with Stern magazine in July 1990, Graf stated, "I could not fight as usual."
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1989
    Victories at Zürich and Brighton preceded the Virginia Slims Championships, where Graf cemented her top-ranked status by beating Navratilova in the final in four sets. Graf ended 1989 with an 86–2 match record and the loss of only twelve sets.
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    Speculation was rife at the beginning of 1989 about the possibility of Graf winning another Grand Slam.
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  • 1988
    At the year-ending Virginia Slims Championships, Graf was upset by Pam Shriver, only her third loss of the year. She was named the 1988 BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year.
    Graf's 1988 Grand Slam remains the only one in history completed on three surfaces (grass, clay, hard court), as all other Grand Slams in tennis history were achieved prior to the introduction of hard court at the US Open in 1978.
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    Graf started 1988 by winning the Australian Open, defeating Chris Evert in the final 6–1, 7–6.
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  • 1987
    Graf was voted the ITF World Champion in 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1995 and 1996.
    Graf had a win-loss record of 75-2 for a 97.4 winning percentage in 1987, both losses coming to Navratilova as they split the four matches they played during the year.
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    Graf's Grand Slam tournament breakthrough came in 1987.
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  • 1986
    She was elected as the German Sportsperson of the Year in 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989 and 1999.
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    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.
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  • 1985
    In 1985 and early 1986, Graf emerged as the top challenger to the dominance of Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert.
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    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.
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  • 1984
    In August as a 15-year-old (and youngest entrant) representing West Germany, she won the tennis demonstration event at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
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    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.
  • 1983
    She won no titles during the next three years, but her ranking climbed steadily to World No. 98 in 1983, No. 22 in 1984, and No. 6 in 1985.
    At the start of her first full professional year in 1983, Graf was 13 years old and ranked World No. 124.
  • 1982
    Graf played in her first professional tournament in October 1982 at Stuttgart, Germany.
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    She soon began winning junior tournaments with regularity, and in 1982 she won the European Championships 12s and 18s.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1969
    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.
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