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A salute to birthday girl Steffi Graf!

It’s no secret that my favorite male tennis player is Roger Federer. When it comes to female players, it would be a tie between Chris Evert and birthday girl Steffi Graf who turns 49 today.

Steffi won an astounding 22 grand slam tournaments during her career and in 1988 won all four slams plus the Olympic gold medal to record the only “Golden Slam” in history.

She was simply splendid to watch.

She retired in 1999 shortly after winning the French Open for the sixth time and making it to the finals of Wimbledon for the ninth time. She was ranked third in the world at the time.

Here are some videos that capture the essence of the spectacular Steffi.

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