Three women’s tennis medallists at the presentation ceremony during the Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona on 7th August 1992. Left to right: Jennifer Capriati of the USA (gold), Steffi Graf of Germany (silver) and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario of Spain (bronze)

 

The 2023 French Open will begin in a few days, and a number of the best tennis players will be excited to compete and try to win the claycourt Major.

The previous year’s winner, Iga Swiatek, defeated Coco Gauff in the championship match. The Pole has a good chance of retaining her title and will be keen to do so. But Aryna Sabalenka and Elena Rybakina, among others, will both have their sights set on the trophy. Among the athletes who could contend for the French Open are Jessica Pegula, Ons Jabeur, and Barbora Krejcikova.

Many players have demonstrated their class by overcoming stressful circumstances and winning matches at the Stade Roland Garros. Over the years, a number of players have produced some electrifying moments at the claycourt Major.In light of this, let’s examine the top 5 French Open women’s singles comebacks.

Three French Open finals saw Steffi Graf and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario square off against one another, with the final one taking place in 1996.Graf, the reigning champion, advanced to the championship match without dropping a set. Fourth-seeded Sanchez Vicario defeated Jana Novotna 6-3, 7-5 in the semifinals to secure her spot in the championship match. Graf got off to a great start in the match, winning the first set 6-3. However, the Spaniard rallied in the second set, winning 7-6(4). In the decisive set, Sanchez Vicario seized the initiative and quickly took a 4-2 lead.After defeating Serena Williams in the quarterfinals and Martina Hingis in the semifinals of the French Open, Jennifer Capriati advanced to the championship match. She also won the Australian Open in 2001.In the championship match, 12-year-old Kim Clijsters faced the fourth-seeded American at the time. The recently eighteen-year-old Belgian got off to the best possible start in the match, taking the first set 6-1. But Capriati came back to win the second set 6-4, bringing the match to a decisive set.

It was a tedious final set, with four occasions that Clijsters came within two points of victory. But Capriati persevered, winning 12–10 to secure her first Grand Slam singles victory.

One of the most remembered matches in the history of women’s tennis is the 1999 French Open final. The top-seeded Martina Hingis at the time advanced to the championship match without dropping a set and was going for the one Grand Slam that eluded her. Sixth-seeded Steffi Graf stood between the French Open trophy and the Swiss. Hingis had a strong start to the match, winning the first set 6-4 and breaking through early to take a 2-0 lead in the second.

 

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