AP Was There: Seles tops Graf in riveting French Open final

FILE - In this June 10, 1990, file photo, Monica Seles holds her trophy while posing with her parents Esther and Karoli after winning the French Open championship against Steffi Graf at Roland Garros stadium in Paris. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
FILE - In this June 10, 1990, file photo, Monica Seles holds her trophy while posing with her parents Esther and Karoli after winning the French Open championship against Steffi Graf at Roland Garros stadium in Paris. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau) (AP1990)

EDITOR’S NOTE -- Every French Open features matches that are memorable for one reason or another. There are upsets. Comebacks. Dramatic moments. Historic accomplishments. The AP is republishing stories about a handful of such matches while the postponed Grand Slam tournament was supposed to be played. One match memorable for the drama and competition between two all-time greats was the 1992 final at Roland Garros between Steffi Graf and Monica Seles. Less than a year later, Seles was stabbed by a spectator at a match in Germany. The following story was sent June 6, 1992.

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By STEPHEN WILSON

AP Sports Writer

This was a match no one deserved to lose.

Monica Seles and Steffi Graf dueled for two hours and 43 minutes Saturday, matching each other shot for shot, fighting for the lead game after game.

Finally, after an epic third set lasting 18 games and 91 minutes, Seles emerged with a 6-2, 3-6, 10-8 victory for her third straight French Open title.

“It’s the most emotional match I’ve ever played,” said Seles, who is now halfway to winning the Grand Slam. “This one’s always going to stay in my memory.”