Steffi Graf of Germany holds the winners' trophy after beating Monica Seles in the women's singles final of the Wimbledon championships. - Gulf News Archives Image Credit: Gulf News Archives

Steffi Graf shrugged off three rain interruptions and a disappointing challenge from world number one Monica Seles to win her fourth Wimbledon women’s singles title in five years 6-2 6-1. The German defending champion revived memories of her best days by creating the most one-sided final since 1983, ruining Seles’ dreams of completing a clean sweep in this year’s four Grand Slam events. It was the top seed’s first defeat in six Grand Slam finals and, although the miserable weather diluted the occasion, Graf was in supreme command from the outset. The match itself lasted less than an hour, but it proved a protracted nightmare for Seles. She and Graf first stepped on Centre Court but it was five and a half hours before the German world number two finally claimed her 11th Grand Slam title and the winner’s cheque for £240,000. Graf clinched the title with an ace, emulating Martina Navratilova who conceded just three games to fellow American Andre Jaeger nine years ago.

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