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On this day in 1988, Steffi Graf won her second French Open title with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Natasha Zvereva. The match, which lasted all of 32 minutes, set the record for shortest women's singles title match at a Grand Slam in the Open Era. It also marked the first time a French Open finalist failed to win one game, and was the first time since 1911 at any Grand Slam final that a title was decided by a 6-0, 6-0 score. The then-18-year-old Graf was so dominant, she lost just 13 points in the match and she apologized to the crowd in her postmatch speech and to the 17-year-old Zvereva in the locker room. Graf, who had already won the Australian Open in January, would go on to complete the Golden Slam that year -- winning all four Grand Slam singles titles and an Olympic gold medal in Seoul.
On this day in 1988, the Summer Olympics opened in Seoul, South Korea, and, for the first time since 1924, tennis would be played at the Games. A 19-year-old Steffi Graf stole the show. The West German, who already had won the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open that year, defeated Gabriela Sabatini 6-3, 6-3 in the gold-medal match to win the calendar year Golden Slam. She remains the only human to accomplish the feat. Graf retired in 1999 and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2004. She would be joined in the Hall by her husband, Andre Agassi, in 2011.
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