Sunday, May 11, 2008

Roland Garros appettizer

If you get the Tennis Channel, then you got to see the last two sets of one of the great French Open finals--Graf v. Sanchez-Vicario in 1989. Time restrictions prevented the showing of the first set, except for a few moments of the tiebreak, but the second and third sets were wonderful. Graf was going for three straight Roland Garros titles, but Sanchez-Vacario--showing her full range of clay court brilliance--spun, lobbed, dropped, pulled Graf from side to side, continually pressured her forehand, and--of course--got back a hundred balls. When Graf served for the match, she was broken at love, then broken at love again. What a final!

Sanchez-Vicario def. Graf, 7-6, 3-6, 7-5

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