40 LOVE Fan Favorite Moments: No.2
Published June 27, 2013 12:01
This week, in celebration of the WTA's 40th anniversary, wtatennis.com will be counting down the top five moments of the last 40 years, as voted for by you, the fans.
Just pipped to top spot is Steffi Graf's 1999 French Open final victory over Martina Hingis. In what turned out to be her swansong year on tour, Graf, just nine days shy of her 30th birthday, won the last of her 22 majors on a dramatic afternoon in the French capital.
Where to begin? The disputed line calls? The shotmaking? The 32 stroke rally won by Graf in the second set as Hingis tried to serve out for the match? Perhaps the underarm serve? Or the post-match tears?
In the words of Graf after her 46 75 62 triumph: "It was one of the craziest matches ever. I don't know what else could have happened."
Here's what you made of that extraordinary afternoon…
My favorite WTA moment is the final of French Open singles back in 1999, when Steffi Graf defeated Martina Hingis in three sets. It was not only because Graf won her last grand slam final, but the drama and the emotional tension. Steffi's deep backhand slice was unbelievable and helped her beat the top three players in the world. It was not only a high-quality grand slam final, but also Academy Award winning drama!
Here is my favourite WTA Moment: Roland Garros, June 1999. A true battle of the generations; the 18-year-old World No.1 riding high versus the 29-year-old five-time former champion in the twilight of her magnificent career. A truly gripping, thrilling and dramatic French Open final saw Steffi Graf battle back to defeat Martina Hingis 4-6 7-5 6-2 and win her 22nd Grand Slam title. Right at the end of her career Graf once again illustrated her incredible athleticism, determination and sledgehammer forehand to bow out in Paris on a glorious high.