Wednesday, August 1, 2007

"She was a cute little girl"

Ten years ago, before the Acura Classic became the Acurac Classic (it was the Toshiba Tennis Classic then), Martina Hingis, entering the tournament with a 50-1 record, defeated Venus Williams 6-2, 6-1, and defeated Mary Pierce 6-0, 6-2. Her opponent in the final was crowd favorite Monica Seles, whom she defeated 7-6, 6-4. "She was a cute little girl," Seles said of Hingis.

Twenty years ago, when the tournament was Virginia Slims of San Diego, world number 20, Italy's Raffaella Reggi, defeatd unseeded world number 60 Anne Minter of Australia, 6-0, 6-4, to claim the title. Minter had upset top seed Lori McNeil in the semifinals. Jana Novotna was a member of the winning doubles team that year.

If you like, you can continue this walk down the Acura Classic's memory lane here.

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