Ranked world No.1 in her times, Stefanie Maria “Steffi” Graf, endures being an icon for the entire community of tennis lovers. The former German player started playing tennis when she was just 3 years old and was coached by her father. She won 22 Grand Slam titles, making her third all-time behind Margaret Court and Serena Williams, who won 24 and 23 Grand Slams respectively.
She has also achieved the Golden Slam by winning all four Grand Slam singles title, and also the Olympic gold medal, in the year 1988, making her the first and only tennis player to accomplish the same. She also clenches the record of being the only tennis player to have won each Grand Slam for the least of four times. She stood world no.1 for the longest period of 377 weeks and is the only one to attain it since the WTA and the Association of Tennis Professionals began issuing rankings. She has won 107 singles titles and also shares the record of winning three grand slams in a calendar year five times, with Margaret Court.
Her adaptability through all playing surfaces, footwork and her exceptionally powerful forehand drive are some of Grafs distinguished talents. She played a total of 31 Grand Slam singles finals and has gained singles titles in six French Open, seven Wimbledon, four Australian and five U.S. Open tournaments.
A majority of tennis followers regard Steffi as the greatest female tennis player of all time. Tennis writer Steve Flink named her as the best female player of the 20th century in his book, The Greatest Tennis Matches of the Twentieth Century. She retired from the sport while she was ranked world No.3, in 1999. She married Andre Agassi, former World No. 1 mens tennis player, and has two children.
A very Happy Birthday to Steffi Graf, who turns 47 this day; who undoubtedly remains an inspiration to millions out there.0