Special day. This Friday 33 years have passed since a unique and unrepeatable feat in the history of tennis. Steffi Graf achieved the Golden Slam in 1988: he had just won the four Major, that is, the Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open, and added the gold medal at the Seoul Olympic Games. Memorable.
Graf was 18 at the start of 1988, but had already been a Grand Slam champion, the previous year at Roland Garros, and had risen to the top of the WTA world rankings. In January, the German, world No. 1, beat the American Chris Evert in the Australian Open final 6-1, 7-6 (3). Thus began his feat …
In June, the German, owner of a lethal right wing, defeated Russia’s Natasha Zvereva 6-0 and 6-0 in the final in Paris, after beating Argentina’s Gabriela Sabatini in a very attractive semifinal.
On the 14th of that month, Graf turned 19 and already had three Grand Slam titles in his record, but his march did not stop: he won his first Wimbledon, defeating the mythical Czech-American Martina Navratilova, at that time the N ° 2 in the world, by 5-7, 6-2 and 6-1.
On September 11, in New York, the German completed the calendar Grand Slam by beating Sabatini. Argentina, No. 4 in the world at that time, fought it but was a success for the European 6-3, 3-6 and 6-1. Thus, Graf became the second woman in the professional era to win all four Major of the same year, after Australia’s Margaret Court in 1970.
Just a few weeks later, on October 1, in Seoul, Graf again beat Sabatini by beating him 6-3 and 6-3 in the final of the Olympic Games. Without a doubt, a historical feat. Today, at 33 years old, his feat could never be copied by a woman or a man in individual tennis.
In his great career, Graf achieved 22 Grand Slam titles, with 107 cups in total. Undoubtedly, what was done in Seoul will always remain etched in the history of sports.