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Martina Navratilova during her Ladies Singles Final against Steffi Graf in 1988

Martina Navratilova during her Ladies Singles Final against Steffi Graf in 1988


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Martina Navratilova during her Ladies Singles Final against Steffi Graf in 1988

Martina Navratilova during her Ladies Singles Final against Steffi Graf in 1988.
Steffi Graf beats current 6 times defending champion Martina Navratilova, to win the Wimbledon Ladies Singles Final on 2nd July 1988.
After Graf took a 5-3 lead in the first set, Navratilova won six straight games allowing her to win the first set and take a 2-0 lead in the second set. Graf then came back winning 12 of the next 13 games and the match.
Steffi Grafs first of 7 Wimbledon singles title wins.
1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996
Picture taken 2nd July 1988

Alan Olley and Tony Ward
Sunday Mirror
Mirrorpix
London
Greater London
England
88 3563

Media ID 21755465

© Mirrorpix

Champion Championships Final Grass Grass Court Ladies Ladies Final Martina Navratilova Raquet Singles South West London Sports Woman Sports Women Steffi Graf Tennis Ball Tennis Court Tennis Raquet Wimbledon Winner Wins Womens Final 1988


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This print captures a historic moment in tennis history as Martina Navratilova faces off against Steffi Graf in the Ladies Singles Final at Wimbledon in 1988. The match proved to be an intense battle between two tennis legends, with Graf ultimately emerging victorious and ending Navratilova's six-year reign as defending champion. As the first set unfolded, Graf took an early lead of 5-3. However, displaying her remarkable resilience and skill, Navratilova won six consecutive games to secure the first set and establish a commanding 2-0 lead in the second set. Yet, it was not enough to deter Graf's determination. In a stunning comeback, she rallied back by winning 12 out of the next 13 games, clinching both the second set and ultimately the match. For Graf, this triumph marked her very first Wimbledon singles title win among seven total victories throughout her illustrious career. This iconic photograph freezes that pivotal moment when these exceptional athletes clashed on grass court under London's summer sky. Alan Olley and Tony Ward expertly captured this legendary encounter through their lens on July 2nd, 1988. Their work allows us to relive this thrilling chapter in women's tennis history while celebrating the incredible achievements of both Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf – true sports women who left an indelible mark on Wimbledon Championships for years to come.

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