One of the greatest tennis rivalries of all time is this one featuring Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf who are probably among the 4 best female tennis players of all time and these 2 were a part of the holy Trinity with Chris Evert and these 3 ladies were the faces of tennis globally. Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf always brought out the best in each other and all fans would wait with bated breath as to when they would have a match.
They have played 18 Matches against each other and the head to head record is 9-9 meaning there is nothing to separate these 2 greats of the game. Their Tennis Rivalry started in 1985 and for the next 9 years they dominated the tennis circuit. Both of them are multiple time Grand Slam champions and they beat each other to win a few of those Slams.
So, Let’s take a look at this legendary rivalry
Head to Head in Grand Slams
Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf played each other in Grand Slams a total of 9 times and the head to head is slightly in favor of Martina Navratilova who won 5 our of their 9 Matches whereas Steffi Graf won 4 Matches. Their first Grand Slam meeting was the 1986 US Open Semi Final and here Martina Navratilova won a very close match. Then in 1987 these 2 dominated as they faced each other at the French Open, Wimbledon and US Open Finals and Steffi Graf won the French Open Final and then Martina Navratilova won the Wimbledon and the US Open Finals and so this was the year which established these 2 as greats. They also took on each other at the 1988 and 1989 Wimbledon Final as well as the 1989 US Open Final and all 3 of them were won by Steffi Graf.
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Other Head to Head
They also played 9 other matches against each other which were not at Grand Slams and these Matches were also as competitive as their Matches at Grand Slams. They faced each other 3 times at the WTA Tour Championships and the head to head is close as always as Martina Navratilova won 2 out of their 3 Matches at these championships. They also had 6 Matches at the WTA Tour Events and here Steffi Graf had the upper hand as she won 4 of their 6 matches at Tour Events. They played against each other in Germany, Switzerland, Japan etc and all those fans were treated to excellence.
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This is an illustration of their Head to Head:
WTA Tour Championships
WTA Tour Events