Australian Open & Steffi Graf

The Australian Open is a major tennis tournament held annually over the last fortnight of January in Melbourne, Australia. Stefanie Maria Steffi Graf (born 14 June 1969, in Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, West Germany) is a former World No. 5.0/5

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Serena Williams beats Venus Williams to win her seventh Australian Open title and break Steffi Graf's record.
This is Serena's 7th Australian Open title and 23rd major title overall, surpassing Steffi Graf with most majors in the ope…
Australian Open coverage begins in a few minutes on ESPN2. Serena Williams- will be trying to tie Steffi Graf for 2nd-mo…
Australian Open 1993 Steffi Graf vs Seles Steffi definitely had her chances smh
Williams is attempting to become the first female player since Steffi Graf in 1988 to win the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon (1/2)
Serena Williams' 6th Australian Open title means she's 3 behind Steffi Graf's all time record h…
Aussie Destanee Aiava wins Australian Open junior match: Advised by Steffi Graf and inspired…
Oldest The 32-year-old has been sidelined by a back injury since a shock fourth-round defeat by Ana Ivanovic at January's Australian Open. She withdrew from this month's Qatar Open and has a wildcard to play in Dubai. Williams won the French and U.S. Open singles titles last year, leading her coach Patrick Mouratoglou to say that this year his charge could become the first woman since Steffi Graf in 1988 to win a season Grand Slam. Her Melbourne defeat, her first in 26 matches, put paid to that, but Williams's enthusiasm for tennis remains undimmed despite nearly 20 years as a professional. "I just have so much fun on court," said Williams, who became the oldest women's number one when she reclaimed top spot last February. "I feel like I want to keep going."
Powered by the best serve in the women’s game, Serena Williams is currently sixth on the all-time Grand Slam singles titles list with 17, the most of any active woman. Having learned to play tennis on public courts in Compton, Calif., alongside her older sister Venus, Serena became the first Williams sister to win a major singles title in 1999, when at age 17 she defeated No. 1 Martina Hingis in the U.S. Open final. Williams made it back to the U.S. Open final in 2001, losing to Venus in straight sets. From 2002 through 2003 she won four consecutive Grand Slam singles titles (2002 French Open, 2002 Wimbledon, 2002 U.S. Open, 2003 Australian Open), a feat that was dubbed the “Serena Slam.” Williams is the fifth woman, behind Maureen Connolly, Margaret Court, Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf, to hold all four major titles simultaneously. Serena defeated her sister in the finals of the four majors that comprised that run. With the victory in Melbourne in 2003, Serena became the ninth woman in histor ...
There is loads of TV talk about Serena Williams breaking Margaret Court's record of singles wins at the Australian Open. But there is very little talk about Court, which has become par for the course. It is almost as if the ex-champions don't want to talk about her because they pale in comparison when they are talking about themselves. We can argue about the all-time greatest players, and compare and contrast the eras that they played. But what can't be argued is that Margaret Court is the MOST SUCCESSFUL female player of all-time. And it isn't really close. From Wikipedia statistics: "Margaret Court. Court won 62 Grand Slam events (24 singles, 19 doubles, 19 mixed doubles), which is a record for a male or female player. Her 24 Grand Slam singles titles and 19 in mixed doubles are also all-time records across both sexes. She achieved a career Grand Slam in singles, doubles and mixed doubles, is one of two women to have achieved the Grand Slam in singles in the Open Era (alongside Steffi Graf), and is the ...
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - If players, pundits and bookmakers are to be believed, Serena Williams has already sewn up her sixth Australian Open title and the other 127 women in the draw may as well pick up their racquets and head home. Riding a 22-match winning streak, the American juggernaut arrives in Melbourne Park fit, fresh and ravenous for more Grand Slam success at a tournament where injuries and illness have robbed her of yet more silverware in the past three years. Age has not wearied the 32-year-old, who after winning her second French Open crown last year became the oldest woman to win the U.S. Open when she raised her 17th Grand Slam trophy at Flushing Meadows. The winner at Melbourne Park in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2010, another triumph would see Williams equal Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert's tally of 18 major titles and draw her closer to German great Steffi Graf's 22. Australian Margaret Court leads the all-time list with 24. Williams's place in the tennis pantheon is assured but her co ...
Serena confirms for Australian Open 02 Oct 2013 , Sydney, October 02, 2013 World tennis number one Serena Williams will begin her campaign for an 18th Grand Slam title by warming up for the 2014 Australian Open at the Brisbane International, she announced on Wednesday. Williams is the defending Brisbane champion and said the December 29-January 5 tournament fitted her preparations perfectly. "They have a great fitness centre; they have great courts that are identical to the surface played in Melbourne," she said in a statement. "Plus I have a week off after the tournament, so it's always a good preparation to play in Brisbane, and it's always fun to go back and try and defend your title." The American will be gunning for an 18th major title at the Australian Open, a feat that would put her alongside Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert in the all-time Open Era win list, behind only Steffi Graf (22). Another 17-time Grand Slam winner, Roger Federer, has previously confirmed he will also play at Brisbane, wh ...
Highlights from the 1993 women's final at the Australian Open.
Grand SlamS : 4 Slams . Along with the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open, the French Open is one of the four historic tennis tournaments which make up the legendary Grand Slam. The term dates back to 1933, when Australian Jack Crawford managed to win the Australian Internationals, Roland Garros and Wimbledon. With the US Internationals fast approaching, New York Times journalist John Kieran wrote that if Crawford won this fourth title, "he would achieve on court the equivalent of a countered and vulnerable Grand Slam in bridge". Crawford lost in the final to Britain's Fred Perry, but the name was to go down in history. Very few players have won the Grand Slam; Donald Budge (1938) and Rod Laver (1962 and 1969) are the only men to win all four tournaments in the same year, and Margaret Court (1970), Maureen Connolly (1953) and Steffi Graf (1988) the only women. The task is even more difficult nowadays with the four tournaments all being played on different surfaces: Plexicushion in Australia, cla . ...
BIRTHDAYS: Lucie Šafářová born 4 February 1987 is a professional Czech tennis player. She was born in Brno. Šafářová has won four WTA tour singles titles, one doubles title and reached the quarterfinals of the 2007 Australian Open, upsetting defending champion Amélie Mauresmo en route. She has reached ten singles finals: Estoril (clay), 's-Hertogenbosch (grass), Forest Hills (hard) in 2005; Gold Coast (hard) in 2006; Open GDF Suez, Paris (carpet) in 2007; Forest Hills in 2008; Bell Challenge, Quebec City in 2009; Open GDF Suez, Paris (indoors) in 2010, and the BMW Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur and Danish Open, Copenhagen in 2011. She is ranked world no. 18 as of 28 January 2013. Coached by Biljana Veselinovic ... Father, Milan, used to be her coach; mother is Jana; has one sister, Veronika; also has one dog, Kuba ... Began playing at age 3 ... Favorite surface is clay ... Admires Steffi Graf, Lindsay Davenport ... Speaks Czech, German, English ... Enjoys comedy movies; favorite actress is Angelina ...
Novak Djokovic, the number-one ranked player in the Association of Tennis Players (ATP), won the Australian Open for the third year in a row early Sunday morning.
Only two more questions left of this rounds TRIVIA! Who won the most Australian Open womens titles? a) Serena Williams b) Martina Hingis c) Steffi Graf d) Martina Navratilova
"Win the Australian Open and I will team-up with you in the French", promised Steffi Graf to her husband Andre Agassi. The 'double-booster' worked as the latter swamped Rainer Schuettler for the loss of just five games in the 2003 Australian Open final. As for Graf, she didn't walk the talk. All in the game! That was Agassi's 4th Australian Open. 10 years later Djokovic wins his 4th Australian Open. Now Jelena Rastic is no Steffi Graf and can't pair-up with Djokovic at French Open. But, the 'first lady of tennis' is no way doing an inferior job than Graf in inspiring her man. Even with her absence this year.
Quietest crowd ever at an Australian Open women's final, bad day for tennis. Please bring back Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova
Victoria Azarenka is the 8th player to retain the Australian Open women's singles crown in Open Era: Margaret Court, Evonne Goolagong, Steffi Graf, Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Jennifer Capriati and Serena Williams preceded her. In 24 of the last 26 Grand Slam women's singles final, the player that won the first set also won the match. In both exceptions, Li Na was at the losing end (2011 and 2013 Australian Open).
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Andre Agassi says one of the biggest regrets of his career was waiting until 1995 - a full decade after turning professional - to play in the Australian Open.
A 10-minute break by Victoria Azarenka during her match with Sloane Stephens at the Australian Open shifted momentum and added fuel to a debate over the legitimacy of medical timeouts.
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World number one Novak Djokovic reaches the final of the Australian Open. He has beaten Spain's David Ferrer 6-2 6-2 6-1 to earn the right to defend his title in Sunday's final. this guy is either the fittest man to ever play tennis or on drugs
Maria Sharapova set the record for the fewest games lost en route to the Australian Open quarterfinals today, having conceded just five games in the first four rounds. The previous record at the Australian Open is held by Steffi Graf (eight games) and the overall record at a Grand Slam event is held by Mary Pierce who lost four games on her way to the French Open 1994 quarterfinals.
Which tennis player reached six consecutive Australian Open finals – winning the first three and losing the rest? Was it Steffi Graf, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi or Martina Hingis? Answer this and other questions in our Kia Quiz of the Day at www.espnstar.com/kia! You can also catch up on all the news and videos from Day 8 of the 2013 Australian Open, presented to you by Kia.
Sharapova, Makarova set up all-Russian quarterfinal MELBOURNE, January 20, 2013 Maria Sharapova has lost only five games in four matches on the way to the Australian Open quarterfinals, a record at the season’s first major that seems to be immaterial to the 25-year-old Russian. Sharapova beat Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium 6-1, 6-0 on Sunday to continue a dominant and unparalleled run. “Well I’m certainly happy to be playing this well but ... it only gets tougher from here,” said Sharapova. Steffi Graf conceded only eight games in her opening four matches here in 1989, when she won the second of her three straight Australian Open titles. Monica Seles matched that mark. Sharapova has been even more dominant. She started with a pair of 6-0, 6-0 wins the first time that has happened at a major since 1985 and then beat Venus Williams 6-1, 6-3 in the third round. “The year that I won here I don’t think there were many games that I lost, but I don’t think it was five or six,” she said, reflecting . ...
Amazing news: Kimoko Date now Kimiko Date-Krumm has won another big match in the Australian Open advancing to the third round in the singles main draw. She is now 42 years old.Just Incredible. For those who are thinking who she is.remember 1996 Wimbledon Semifinal ...Kimiko Date almost defeated Steffi Graf in what would have been her biggest career win!! Lots and lots of good wishes to her!! :)
The last time Serena Williams won the WTA Championships in 2009, she won the 2010 Australian Open. Here's some other women who have achieved the same feat. Is this an indication of what to expect in 2013?
Serena Williams will face world number one Victoria Azarenka in the Olympic semi-finals after the Wimbledon champion continued her relentless march towards a first singles gold medal on Thursday. Serena, a two-time doubles gold medallist with sister Venus, looks in medal-winning form after crushing Danish eighth seed Caroline Wozniacki 6-0, 6-3 in the quarter-finals. The American fourth seed claimed her magnificent 6-1, 6-0 demolition of Vera Zvonareva in the previous round of the Games topped any of her performances en route to her fifth Wimbledon title last month. Ominously for Australian Open champion Azarenka, the 14-time Grand Slam winner was just as dominant against former world number one Wozniacki. Serena has made it her goal to become just the second woman after German legend Steffi Graf to complete the Golden Slam of all four major titles and Olympic singles gold and few would bet against her achieving that target. “I love playing Victoria. I have nothing to lose, she is world number one,” s ...
Who will win the 100th Australian Men's Championship in 2012? Vote in Australian Open tennis poll at Australia
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