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Wimbledon Classic Match - Navotna v Graf 1993 Final (DVD)
Wimbledon Classic Match - Navotna v Graf 1993 Final (DVD)

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November 2005
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The full match.

1993 was the anniversary of the one hundredth Ladies' Single Championship at Wimbledon. Defending champion Steffi Graf had her sights set on a fifth Wimbledon title and fresh from victory at the French Open, she had progressed through the draw with her usual prowess, not dropping a set en route to the final. Jana Novotna had an equally impressive run, had beaten the number two seed, Martina Navratilova, on Centre Court in the Semi-Final. In sharp contrast to Graf's Twelve Grand Slam titles this was Navotna's first Wimbledon Final. Those fans who were perhaps disappointed at being denied a Graf v Navratilova Final would soon be silenced.

The one hundredth Ladies Final was packed with drama, charged with emotion and tinged with sadness as Navotna, the under dog, played some of the best tennis of her life. The first set went to Graf 8:6, but the second set took just 25 minutes with Navotna winning 6:1. The momentum continued and Navotna extended her lead to 4:1 in the deciding set. However, she failed to capitalise on this lead and the world could only watch in horror as her formidable self collapsed, followed by the rest of her game. Graf fought back courageously and took the final set 6:4 to clam her fifth Wimbledon crown.

Navotna maintained her composure as she tried to come to terms with how close she had been to winning the title of her dreams, but on collecting the runner-up prize from the Duchess of Kent, she burst into tears. The Duchess comfortingly hugged her and the picture of Navotna's head on the royal shoulder became one of the most touching and emotional moments in Wimbledon history.


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