By Nicholas J. Walz, USOpen.org
THE BUZZ: On the 100th anniversary of the first women’s championships, Martina Navratilova wins the Triple Crown, defeating Steffi Graf for the singles title, teaming with Pam Shriver to win the women’s doubles and pairing with Emilio Sanchez to take the mixed doubles.
THE IMPACT: The singles victory would be the fourth and final at the US Open for Navratilova, who each day enjoyed (or better put, endured) a packed schedule out on the courts at the National Tennis Center. Perhaps most remarkable was that the tireless Navratilova would not drop a set in the singles draw, including the final against the top-seeded Graf, winning in straight sets, 7-6, 6-1. The 30-year-old would win both doubles crowns on the same day three hours apart, though not without drama. In the mixed doubles final, Navratilova and Sanchez faced two match points before edging Americans Betsy Nagelsen and Paul Annacone in the third-set tiebreak, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 7-6 (12).
"When we went into the breaker, Emilio told me he was very nervous," said Navratilova. "So was I, not just for the match, but for the triple. He didn’t even know I was going for a triple. And I wasn’t going to tell him then."
The 1987 Triple Crown won by Navratilova was the first of its kind at a US Open since Margaret Court achieved the feat in 1970 and it has been repeated since – at the US Open or any other Grand Slam event.
THE QUESTION: Will the Triple Crown ever be won again at a US Open, or any Grand Slam?