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  Wednesday, 22 August, 2001, 19:04 GMT 20:04 UK
Five best women's matches
Steffi Graf
Steffi Graf serves during her 1995 victory
BBC Sport Online selects five memorable women's meetings from the history of the US Open.

1979 Final: Tracey Austin beat Chris Evert-Lloyd 6-4, 6-3.

Chris Evert
Chris Evert: Six times a winner at Flushing Meadow

These days, we are used to teenagers dominating women's tennis but at three months short of her 17th birthday Austin remains the youngest player to win a Grand Slam championship this century.

Evert-Lloyd, a veteran at 24, had won the previous four years and admitted she had not been as hungry for victory as her opponent.

Two years later when Austin beat Martina Navratilova 1-6, 7-6, 7-6, it was the first time a Grand Slam had been decided on a tie-break.

It was Austin's second major title but also her last. Persistent injuries probably brought on by playing too much at too an early age put paid to her career and eventually led the Women's Tennis Association to limit the number of tournaments youngsters can take part in.


1989 Quarter final: Zina Garrison beat Chris Evert 7-6 6-2.

Zina Garrison
Zina Garrison: 'The villain of the piece'

Not the greatest match ever at Flushing Meadows but probably the most emotional as Evert, aged 34, played her last match at the US Open.

With a forehand error, a hug for Garrison and a wave to the crowd she was gone. Incredibly, it was only the second time in 19 years that Evert had not reached at least the semi-finals.

She won the event six times. Garrison admitted she was the villain of the piece and said "at least I will be remembered now."

Evert's old sparing partner, Martina Navratilova, was denied a semi final with the American and could not quite decide if that made her happy or sad.


1994 Final: Arantxa Sanchez Vicario beat Steffi Graf 1-6 7-6 6-4.

In 10 years and 51 matches at Flushing Meadows Graf had never lost after winning the first set.

And after this defeat Graf, who had lost her French and Wimbledon titles earlier in the summer, decided to take some time off to recover from her growing list of injuries.

The German took the first set in 22 minutes with run of 20 points from a possible 24. But the Spaniard, in her best-ever year, somehow managed to get back in it.

Arantxa Sanchez Vicario
Arantxa Sanchez Vicario wins in 1994

As the match headed into the third set, Graf's usually metronomic forehand started to let her down.

After two hours seven minutes, Sanchez Vicario added the US crown to the French.

With Conchita Martinez winning Wimbledon and Sergi Bruguera the French men's title, Spaniards held four Grand Slam titles.


1995 Final: Steffi Graf beat Monica Seles 7-6, 0-6, 6-3.

A year later and Graf's injuries were no better - but her results were.

Regaining her French and Wimbledon titles, she faced Monica Seles, who had herself only returned to the tour a month earlier after her stabbing in April 1993.

After Graf took a close first set, Seles became the first player to take a set to love off the German for two years.

But Seles tired in the final set as Graf became the first person to win all four of the four Grand Slams at least four times.

"I'm going to celebrate big tonight," said Graf.


1999 Semi final: Martina Hingis beat Venus Williams 6-1, 4-6 6-3.

There's a saying going round in women's tennis circles that if one Williams sister does not get you the other one will.

Martin Hingis
Martina Hingis: Ran into the Williams last year

And that's what happened to Martina Hingis last year.

She withstood the battering Venus dished out in the last four in classic fashion. Twice she was a break of serve down in the final set, but each time she hit straight back.

Williams' serve deserted her as she started to cramp, two double faults handing Hingis the lead.

The Swiss 18-year-old did not need to be asked twice and completed victory with a service winner.

But revenge came quickly as the younger Williams sister, Serena, beat her 6-3 7-6 in the final the following day.

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