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Friday, August 13, 1999 Published at 16:05 GMT 17:05 UK

Sport: Tennis

The best of her era

Tennis legend Steffi Graf has retired at the age of 30, but she leaves behind her an illustrious career of records that confirm her as the brightest star of her generation.

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Steffi turned professional in 1982, aged 13. A year later she entered her first French Open, losing in round two.

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By 1987 she was number one. In 1988, she won all four Grand Slams, beating Martina Navratilova at Wimbledon.

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Steffi crowned her victories that year with an Olympic Gold Medal in Seoul for the first 'Golden Slam'.

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She won seven Wimbledon titles - the last in 1996 against Spain's Arantxa Sanchez Vicario.

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In the 1999 French Open, she fought off injury against Martina Hingis for one of her finest victories.

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Steffi created a tennis boom in Germany, but she was followed by devoted fans all over the world.

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Steffi said she would not return to Wimbledon after losing the 1999 final, but changed her mind. This time she says it is definite.

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