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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | November 23, 1998
The first time a 14-year-old Jana Novotna traveled to the European tennis championships, she looked at the list of women's competitors and the only name she recognized was that of Steffi Graf.Then she looked at the draw. Novotna vs. Graf -- the beginning of a long, frustrating relationship."From the beginning, it was always Steffi who seemed to be the one who stopped me," Novotna says. "She was my first-round opponent in my first traveling tournament, and, of course, she beat me -- in three sets."
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By Lisa Dillman and Lisa Dillman,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 12, 2003
MELBOURNE, Australia -The alliteration is there and that's half the battle, isn't it? The Serena Slam. Fits in a headline. It's easy to understand and even easier to say. So plan on hearing it over and over, like a recording, because the pursuit of a fourth consecutive Grand Slam singles championship by top-ranked Serena Williams will be the focal point of the Australian Open, the first major tennis tournament of 2003, beginning tomorrow. Williams won the last three Grand Slam events of 2002 - the French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open - in emphatic fashion, beating her older sister, Venus, in straight sets in all three finals.
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By Dan Berger | August 16, 1999
Baltimore has too many candidates for mayor. Some of them should run for prime minister of Russia.Why not tax hate groups to compensate houses of worship and other institutions that lay on expensive and disinviting security because of them?Steffi Graf is history. She will never know if she was better than Monica Seles.Save water. Abandon house plants.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | June 10, 2001
PARIS - Two legs to stand on. What once was a modest objective in the personal comeback program of Jennifer Capriati today has the ring of momentous tennis achievement. Two legs of the 2001 Grand Slam, the Australian Open in January and the French Open yesterday, now belong to Capriati after her 1-6, 6-4, 12-10 championship victory over Belgium's Kim Clijsters. It is a tennis accomplishment no less remarkable than Capriati's rehabilitation of her young, oft-troubled life. Only four other women - Maureen Connolly, Margaret Court, Steffi Graf and Monica Seles - have won the Australian and French Opens during the same calendar year.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Staff Writer | July 1, 1993
WIMBLEDON, England -- Jana Novotna's usually serious demeanor cracked. She ran her fingers through her mop of blond hair and smiled."I am happy," she said. "I know I have been criticized for lookintoo serious, for being too aggressive, for seeming too cool. I think it is no one's business to judge me. I can't help the way I look."Novotna, seeming finally to believe that her game is ideallsuited to grass, has a chance to prove it today in the women's semifinals against Martina Navratilova.
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August 25, 1991
Event: The 111th U.S. Open Tennis Championships, the las of tennis' four grand slam events, begins tomorrow and ends with the men's singles title on Sept. 8.Surface: DecoTurf II (hardcourts).Seating capacity: Stadium: 19,987 seats; Grandstand: 6,000.Purse: $7,250,000, with $400,000 to each of the women's and men's champions.Field: 128 players in each of the men's and women's singles competition.Top seeds: Women: Steffi Graf, Germany; Men: Boris Becker, Germany.Defending champions: Women: Gabriela Sabatini, Argentina; Men: Pete Sampras, Bradenton, Fla.Former champions in field: Women: Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf and Gabriela Sabatini.
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By Ken Rosenthal | August 30, 1995
NEW YORK -- Here is Steffi Graf, winner of 17 Grand Slams, including this year's Wimbledon and French Open titles. Here is the No. 1-ranked player in the world, experiencing a career crisis at the U.S. Open."
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By Bill Glauber | June 29, 1995
WIMBLEDON, England -- Martina Navratilova will be playing in her 22nd straight Wimbledon after all.A day after it was announced that Steffi Graf had bailed out on their doubles partnership because of a bad back, Navratilova was included on yesterday's mixed doubles draw sheet with Jonathan Stark."
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By MARY WILLIAMS WALSH and MARY WILLIAMS WALSH,LOS ANGELES TIMES | October 11, 1995
BERLIN -- It started as a simple family scandal, albeit a big one: a volatile Svengali of a father allegedly scheming to evade the taxes on his daughter's hard-won millions; a clean-cut tennis idol struggling tearfully to keep her game intact, even as her creator was carted off to jail.Now, though, the Steffi Graf affair seems to be blossoming into something more: "the biggest tax scandal ever in Germany involving a private individual," said state legislator Dieter Puchta, one of a growing number of politicians calling for a wide-ranging public investigation.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun Staff Writer | September 8, 1994
NEW YORK -- Jana Novotna was about to serve for the second set in her quarterfinal match at the U.S. Open yesterday, when suddenly the Stadium Court crowd lost its voice."
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By Dan Berger | August 16, 1999
Baltimore has too many candidates for mayor. Some of them should run for prime minister of Russia.Why not tax hate groups to compensate houses of worship and other institutions that lay on expensive and disinviting security because of them?Steffi Graf is history. She will never know if she was better than Monica Seles.Save water. Abandon house plants.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | June 5, 1999
PARIS -- Perhaps, no one ever told No. 1 Martina Hingis that she should be careful for what she asks.The 18-year-old phenom said boldly Thursday after moving into the French Open finals that, well, "Really, I pretty much actually would prefer to play Steffi."The Steffi in question is Steffi Graf, a five-time champion here who has revitalized her career and reached a Grand Slam final for the first time in nearly three years."Steffi, with her absence of being in the finals for the last two years, I would hope she'll be a little bit nervous," Hingis said.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | November 23, 1998
The first time a 14-year-old Jana Novotna traveled to the European tennis championships, she looked at the list of women's competitors and the only name she recognized was that of Steffi Graf.Then she looked at the draw. Novotna vs. Graf -- the beginning of a long, frustrating relationship."From the beginning, it was always Steffi who seemed to be the one who stopped me," Novotna says. "She was my first-round opponent in my first traveling tournament, and, of course, she beat me -- in three sets."
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By Karin Remesch | November 19, 1998
Zinman returns to BSODavid Zinman returns for the first time since his departure in June as music director to conduct the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in concerts today through Saturday at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. The program includes Schumann's Piano Concerto with soloist Leif Ove Andsnes, American composer Steven Mackey's "Eating Greens," and Dvorak's Symphony No. 5.Return to the Meyerhoff at 7:30 p.m. Sunday and swing to the...
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By SANDRA MCKEE | September 4, 1998
NEW YORK -- Mary Pierce is sitting with friends in the players lounge at the U.S. Open when she's interrupted. She and Orioles second baseman Roberto Alomar have been an item for about a year, and rumors have been swirling.Are you and Alomar engaged, she's asked?"Don't you know?" said Pierce, who was in good spirits after advancing to the third round with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Cara Black. "Don't you know? We're already married with two children."And then she laughed happily as she flashed her left hand, on which she is wearing a ring with seven diamonds.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | August 30, 1998
The U.S. Open captured the imagination a year ago. Australian Patrick Rafter revived the exquisite serve-and-volley game while winning the U.S. Open, his first career Grand Slam; and Venus Williams breathed new life into the women's game. As her beaded hair clickity-clacked, she took center stage and became the first unseeded woman in 39 years to reach the Open final, before losing to No. 1 Martina Hingis.Now the Open is again ready to see history made. But will it?As the two-week tournament begins tomorrow in New York, No. 1 seed Pete Sampras is just one win shy of Roy Emerson's record 12 Grand Slam victories.
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By New York Daily News | November 22, 1993
NEW YORK -- The women's tennis year came to a close at Madison Square Garden yesterday with the identical form that things have taken since the afternoon of April 30: Steffi Graf blasting jackhammer forehands, Steffi Graf winning, the haunting memory of Monica Seles perhaps receding somewhat but still very much casting its gloomy shadow everywhere women are hitting tennis balls.With a 6-1, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 victory over a game but match-weary Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, the top-seeded Graf captured the Virginia Slims Championships, her eighth tournament victory of the nine she has entered since Citizen Cup. That was April 30, in Hamburg, Germany, where Seles was stabbed by a deranged Graf fan.It was Graf's third Slims championship title, but her first since 1989.
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By New York Times News Service | March 23, 1995
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Not to be outdone by the U.S. Davis Cup Dream Team of top-ranked Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi, Billie Jean King was hoping to drop a bombshell of her own today by announcing the Federation Cup team that will face the Netherlands next month.Encouraged by Monica Seles' apparent interest in playing in the Olympics in 1996, King, the team captain, said she intended to speak with Seles last night about her availability for this year's Fed Cup matches. King, speaking during the Lipton Championships, also planned to recruit Jennifer Capriati, the 1992 Olympic gold medalist.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | June 23, 1998
WIMBLEDON, England -- Once, they were the future of women's tennis. Now, Steffi Graf and Monica Seles are old-timers out to show a new batch of teen-agers how to win, grow up and survive in a spotlight.And yesterday, they showed everyone how to make dramatic entrances at Wimbledon.There was Graf on Centre Court, a year after undergoing knee surgery, less than two months after nearly giving up the game, belting out winners in a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Gala Leon Garcia of Spain. As her match ended, Graf smiled.
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By Milton Kent | June 19, 1998
It's taken many years, 24 to be exact, and a few knockdown, drag-out arguments between HBO executive producer Ross Greenburg and analyst Billie Jean King, but when the pay-cable channel's coverage of Wimbledon opens Monday, it will feature more women's play than men's."
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