Former Australian Open quarter-finalist Sabine Applemans discusses the three most difficult opponents of her career
Sabine Appelmans was a force on the WTA tour throughout her career. Winning an impressive seven titles and reaching a career high of No. 16 in the world, Applemans reach the fourth round or best of all four majors, with the 1997 Australian Open quarterfinals being her crowning achieviment. With the 2022 Australian Open on deck, top seed and hometown hero Ashleigh Barty is favourite to win in 2022 in the latest online betting.
Applemans, who reached reached a total of 12 finals during her career, also represented Belgium at three Olympic Games and was appointed the captain of their Federation Cup squad during the 2007 season.
In this video below, she discusses her three toughest opponents, including arguably the greatest female player of all time, and what made them so difficult to play.
Applemans’ third toughest opponent was her good friend and countrywoman Dominique Monami, followed by the ultra talented wizardry of eight-time Major winner Monica Seles. Seles’ two-handed strokes off of both sides made her a nightmare to play on any surface.
No real surprise was given as to Applemans No. 1 toughest opponent, as 22-time Major winner and career Golden Slam winner Steffi Graff topped the list. Graf’s potent serve, followed by her tremendous forehand and low bouncing slice backhand, made her one of the most unique and special players to ever play the game.
Applemans top three picks would’ve given any player a tough time.
Let’s now get ready for all the action at the 2022 Australian Open, which begins January 17 in Melbourne, Australia.