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She lost against Mary Pierce in a French Open semi-final, to Lori Mc Neil at the first round in Wimbledon. 1 Lindsay Davenport en route to the Philadelphia title in 1998. 3 Jana Novotna at the first round of season-ending Chase Championships. While she won quite a few warm-up games, she lost the quarter-finals of Australian Open to Monica Seles.The Virginia Slims Championships also brought depressing result as Graf went on to lose the same as well. As for French Open, she reached the finals, her first time in the last three years and went on to win the same defeating Hingis.She was ranked#1 for 186 consecutive weeks, from August 17, 1987, to March 10, 1991.Overall, she was ranked#1 for 377 weeks in total during her whole career, which is a record.She began the year on a winning note, gaining triumph over the Australian Open where she defeated Arantxa Sanchez Vicario.The next couple of games brought sad results as Graf was struggling with her form.With this, she became the first and the only player to achieve this feat.While Graf gained an easy victory over Chris Evert in the finals of Australian Open, at the French Open, she defeated Natasha Zvereva thus successfully defending her title.
In the US Open, Graf played against Sabatini defeating her and winning the Calendar Year Grand Slam. While she won the Australian Open defeating Mary Joe Fernandez, she failed to make it to the finals of Wimbledon and US Open.In the year 1999 witnessed Graf receiving numerous awards.Additionally, the same year she won ‘Female Sports Award of the last Decade’ by ESPY, Las Vegas and Olympic Medal of Honor’.As for French Open, she lost the finals to Monica Seles.Despite the defeat, Graf retained the position as a top-ranked player.