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Steffi Graf Turns 50: The Numbers Behind One Of The Most Successful Tennis Players In History

Ubitennis takes a closer look at the career of the former world No.1.

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Today German tennis legend Steffi Graf is celebrating her 50th birthday. The 22-time grand slam champion achieved numerous records throughout her career and some of them are still standing this present day. Including being the only person to have won every grand slam at least four times.

 

To celebrate Graf’s birthday, here is a look at the numbers behind her remarkable career.

1. Won all four grand slam titles in 1988, as well as a gold medal at the Olympic Games. Becoming the first and only player to achieve a calendar golden slam in the Open Era. Other women to have achieved a calendar slam without an Olympic medal are Maureen Connolly (1953) and Margaret Court (1970).

1 plus 1. The Graf is married to the former world No. 1 André Agassi.

1. Her only grand slam doubles title was with Argentina’s Gabriela Sabatini at the 1988 Wimbledon championships.

2. Graf won the Fed Cup twice in 1987 and 1992.

2. Steffi and André have 2 children called Jaden Gil and Jaz Elle.

3. Technically won three Olympic medals during her career. However, at the 1984 Games Graf’s gold wasn’t formally recognized as tennis was only a demonstration sport. She also won gold in 1988 and 1992.

3. Won three consecutive Australian Open titles (1988, 1989, 1990).

4. Victories at the Australian Open in total (1988, 1989, 1990 and 1994).

4. Won both the French Open and Wimbledon within the same year four times. Doing so in 1988, 1993, 1995 and 1996.

4. Played in four consecutive French Open finals (1987 to 1990).

5. Won the year-end championships five times. The joint second highest of all-time after Martina Navratilova, who won the tournament on eight occasions. (1987, 1989, 1993, 1995 and 1996).

5. Five-time US Open champion (1988, 1989, 1993, 1995 and 1996).

6. Six-time French Open winner (1987, 1988, 1993, 1995, 1996 and 1999). In 1999 André Agassi also triumphed in the Parisian slam. It is understood that the relationship between the two started during that tournament.

7. Seven-time Wimbledon winner (1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995 and 1996).

8. The number of times she has finished a season ranked No.1 in the world.

9. Finished runner-up nine grand slam events during her career.

9. Number of finals played at Roland Garros.

11. 11-time doubles champion on the WTA Tour. Five of those victories were with Sabatini.

13. Between 1987-1990 Graf reached the final at 13 consecutive grand slam tournaments.

13. At 13 years and 10 months, Graff is the youngest tennis player ever to win a match in a slam tournament (1983 Roland Garros).

14. Steffi was born on 14 June 1969.

19. Consecutive quarter-finals in the majors.

21. Graf’s Prize Money amounts to more than 21 million dollars.

22. Triumphed in 22 Grand Slam tournaments. She is third on the all-time list for most major titles after Margaret Court (24) and Serena Williams (23).

32. The number of finals lost in her career.

39. Consecutive sets won at the Australian Open.

40. Consecutive sets won in the Majors (1988).

74. Number of matches won at Wimbledon.

107. Number of WTA titles won during her career. Only Chris Evert and Navratilova have won more trophies in women’s tennis.

186. Consecutive weeks at No. 1.

377. Has held the No.1 position longer than any other player in the history of the WTA Tour at 377 weeks.

900. Career matches won by Graf.

2001. The year she married André Agassi.

2004. The year she was introduced into the Tennis Hall of Fame.

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Dominic Thiem rallies from one set down against Roberto Bautista Agut to reach the final at Thiem’s 7 in Kitzbuhel

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Dominic Thiem came back from losing the first set to beat Roberto Bautista Agut 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 6-2 en route to reaching the final at the Thiem’s 7 tournament. Thiem earned two breaks in the third and fifth games to race out to a 4-1 lead. Bautista Agut got both breaks back in the sixth and eighth games to draw level to 4-4 forcing the match to the tie-break. The Spanish player won the tie-break 7-5 to take the opening set.

 

Thiem slowly found his rhythm again in the second set and earned two break points in the fourth game but he was not able to convert them. The home star dropped only two points on his serve until the end of the second set and converted two of the three break points to clinch the second set 6-2.

Thiem earned a break in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead and held on his next service games. The tournament organizer sealed the third set 6-2 with his double break with a blistering return on the match point in the eighth game securing his spot in the final. Thiem will face either Andrey Rublev or Matteo Berrettini in the final.

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Former Roland Garros champions and five top 20 players to highlight a great edition of the Ladies Open in Palermo

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The Ladies Open WTA International in Palermo will be the first tournament to be held next August since last February.

 

The Italian tournament will feature a great line-up which includes two confirmed past Roland Garros champions Svetlana Kuznetsova and Jelena Ostapenko and five top 20 players. There is a good chance that 2018 French Open and 2019 Wimbledon champion Simona Halep could be added in the field.

“We are glad about Simona Halep’s great interest in Palermo Ladies Open. We will be waiting for her at the Country Club for an historic edition of the Palermo tournament. We have been in contact with Halep’s manager for some time. We have been talking for days about her potential participation in Palermo. She is one of the best players in the world and her presence would contribute to make an already high-level tournament extrahordinary. We will leave our doors open to her for as long as possible, as well as for other top ten players that will want to resume their season in Palermo”, said tournament’s CEO Oliviero Palma.

The other stars who have signed up to the Ladies Open are 2019 Roland Garros champion Marketa Vondrousova, two Grand Slam semifinalists Elise Mertens (2018 Australian Open) and Anastasija Sevastova (2018 US Open), Aryna Sabalenka (winner at the Wuhan Open in 2018 and 2019, WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai in 2019 and Doha in 2020) and Elina Rybakina (winner in Hobart and finalist in St. Petersburg and Dubai in 2020), Dayana Yastremska (winner of three tournaments in Hong Kong in 2018, Thailand and Strasbourg in 2019).

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Lorenzo Sonego and Liudmila Samsonova lift the titles in Perugia

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Lorenzo Sonego and Liudmila Samsonova won the Zzz Quill Tennis Tour in Perugia. Sonego followed up his Italian title won the previous week in Todi with a 3-6 7-6 (7-1) 6-4 win over Croatia’s Viktor Galovic (world number 269 and number 7 seed) in the final of the Perugia tournament.

 

“Galovic started very well. It was difficult to adjust to his game and improve during the match. I maintained the right attitude and I managed to win the title. I enjoyed two fantastic weeks in Todi and Perugia. This confirmed my good work in training in the past two weeks. I gave my best and I am confident for the rest of the season”, said Sonego.

World number 117 Liudmila Samsonova won the women’s title came back from one set down to beat world number 307 Stefania Rubini 4-6 6-4 7-6 (8-6) in the women’s final after saving two match points.

“I won a very tough final with a lot of ups and downs. I am happy that I played many matches. It was one of my goals on the eve of the tournament. I showed that I am able to keep the level of my tennis high, when I play focused”, said Samsonova.   

 

 

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