Martina was down an early break in the first set, but recovered to take the set in a tie-break.Manuela routed her in the second set, but Martina came back to close out the match 7-6 1-6 6-2." in admiration - the crowds were so loud, it even appeared Martina & Arantxa had to yell at each other to communicate, simply to get themselves heard.
With her service immaculate, a sharp Martina took the first set tie-break and then positioned herself well to serve out the match at 5-3 in the second.
However, just when you thought it was over, the unthinkable happened - Martina choked the lead away, and Graf was back in the match, eventually going on to win that set in a tie-break 8-6 - Martina had been just two points away from the match at one point.
I posted this on my message board - which is private and only open to Martina fans - and did not get much of a response. As most of you know, I only became a fan of Martina's in 1989 so I missed the heyday years at the Open.
And I only spent about an hour putting the whole thing together! My memories date from 1989 onwards and here are my top 3: I don't think I will ever forget Martina's incredible run to the finals that year, where she went one round better than Jimmy!
If Martina had been facing Jennifer in the finals, I think she would have been especially pumped up for revenge after Wimbledon. Up to that point, Martina had probably had a crowd like that before.
They were going crazy every time Martina and Arantxa won a point, it was enough to bring one to tears.Martina played a good first set, but then ran out of gas in the second. And she was bound to have had a letdown after that thrilling win over Steffi just the day before. But oh well, it was what it was but looking back, I can definitely say that 1991 remains my best memory of Martina at the Open. But the match that is seared in my memory is the first round doubles match against Sabine Appelmans and Linda Harvey-Wild on the Grandstand court.Many a time I have wished Jennifer had been able to defeat Monica in their semifinal - she was so close, just two points away at one point and served for it twice. We got to see the final set tie-break on tv and I just couldn't believe the crowds - they were so totally behind Martina, it was incredible!First, Pam Shriver gave her a tough first set coming back from 1-5 down, before finally capitulating 7-5 6-1.That win sent Martina into the fourth round - a rematch against Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere who had beaten her at the same stage the year before.News of Leander's illness and then Martina announced she was not going to play the mixed without Leander.