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Published June 29, 2015

zzWeek of June 22-28, 2015  

Tournament

Info

Classification

Semifinals

Final

Champion

AEGON International Eastbourne
June 21-27, 2015
Eastbourne, Great Britain
Defending Isingles Ichampion:
Madison Keys
(USA)
Tier: Premier
IPrize Money: I$731,000

ISurface:
Grass

SINGLES

(9) A. Radwanska d S.
Stephens 6-1, 6-7(3), 6-2

B. Bencic d (2) C.
Wozniacki 3-0(ret)

B. Bencic d A. Radwanska v6-4, 4-6, 6-0

 
ITourn. Director vGavin Fletcher  Draw:
S-64 D-32

DOUBLES

C. Garcia / K. Srebotnik d
(1) M. Hingis / S. Mirza 7-5,
6-4

Y. Chan / J. Zheng d E.
Makarova / E. Vesnina (wo)

C. Garcia / K. Srebotnik d
Y. Chan / J. Zheng 7-6(5),
6-2
IC. Garcia / K.
Srebotnik

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Tournament

Info

Classification

Semifinals

Final

Champion

AEGON Open Nottingham
June 21-28, 2015
Nottingham, Great Britain
Defending Isingles Ichampion:
Novak Djokovic
(SRB)
Tier: 250
IPrize Money:
€644,065
/ W0.000
I
Surface:
Grass

SINGLES

D. Istomin d M. Baghdatis
1-2(ret)

(12) s. Querry d A.
Dolgopolov 4-6, 6-3, 7-5

D. Istomin d (12) s. Querry v7-6(1), 7-6(6)

ITourn. Director I Paul Hutchins  Draw:
S-48 D-16

DOUBLES

C. Guccione / A. Sa d E.
Butorac / . Fleming
v2-6, 6-2, 11-9
(2) P. Cuevas / D.
Marrero d L. Kubot /
vM. Mimyi

C. Guccione / A. Sa d (2) vP. Cuevas / D.
Marrero 6-2, 7-5
IC. Guccione / A. Sa

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Women's Tour

AEGON International Eastbourne
June 21- July 27, 2015
Eastbourne, Great Britain

SINGLES DRAW - New Swiss teen star Belinda Bencic wins title as unseeded player


Bencic Photo: Getty Images

Radwanska Photo: Reuters

Defending Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova had pulled out of the Aegon International with an illness. The 25-year-old Czech was due to start her Wimbledon preparations in the second round at Eastbourne on Tuesday. But the number one seed will now go to the All England Club without playing any competitive grass-court tennis, having not played since her fourth-round exit in the French Open. No. 2 seed Caroline Wozniacki retired with a back injury three games into her semifinal at the grass-court Eastbourne International in England, handing unseeded Belinda Bencic, 18, a place in the final against the former Wimbledon runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska. The Swiss up and coming teenager Bencic, ranked no. 31 in the world, benefitted from two retirements (Bouchard in R3 and Wozniacki in the Semis) and whitewashed her 13th ranked Polish opponent Radwanska to record a 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 victory.

  • 1 Petra Kvitova (CZE) withdrawn (illness)
  • 2 Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) R2: (Q) Jamila Gajdosova (AUS) 7-6(4), 6-2. R3: Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-1. Q: (10) Andrea Petkovic (GER) 7-5, 6-1. S: Belinda Bencic (SUI) 0-3(ret) Wozniacki out in the Semis.
  • 3 Lucie Safarova (CZE) R2: Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 6-7(7), 4-6. Safarova out in R2.
  • 4 Ekaterina Makarova, (RUS) R2: (WC) Johanna Konta (GBR) 2-6, 4-6. Makarova out in R2.
  • 5 Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) R2: Sloane Stephens (USA) 1-6, 5-7. Suarez Navarro out in R2.
  • 6 Angelique Kerber (GER) withdrawn (illness)
  • 7 Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) R2: Alison Riske (USA) 7-6(5), 6-3. R3: Belinda Bencic (SUI) 4-6, 0-3(ret). Bouchard out in R3.
  • 8 Karolina Pliskova (CZE) R2: Casey Dellacqua (AUS) 6-4, 7-5. R3: (9) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 2-6, 1-6. Pliskova out in R3.
  • FINALIST 9 Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) R2: (Q) Irina Falconi (USA) 6-0, 6-2. R3: (8) Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 6-2, 6-1. Q: Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 6-2, 6-2. S: Sloane Stephens (USA) 6-1, 6-7(3), 6-2. F: Belinda Bencic (SUI) 4-6, 6-4, 0-6.
  • 10 Andrea Petkovic (GER) R2: Caroline Garcia (FRA) 6-2, 6-4. R3: Coco Vandweghe (USA) 6-3, 6-4. Q: (2) Caroline Wozniaki (DEN) 5-7, 1-6. Petkovic out in the Quarters.
  • 11 Elina Svitolina (UKR) R2: Heather Watson (GBR) 6-3, 5-7, 4-6. Svitolina out in R2.
  • 12 Madison Keys (USA) R2: Belinda Bencic (SUI) 2-6, 2-6. Keys out in R2.
  • 13 Sara Errani (ITA) R2: Barbora Strykova (CZE) 6-2, 6-7(1), 7-6(7). R3: (LL) Daria Gvrilova (RUS) 1-6, 7-5, 2-6. Errani out in R3.
  • 14 Garbine Muguruza (ESP) R2: (Q) Polona Hercog (SLO) 5-7, 6-3, 6-0. R3: (WC) Johanna Konta (GBR) 4-6, 6-4, 3-6. Muguruza out in R3.
  • 15 Flavia Pennetta (ITA) R2: Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 3-6, 4-6. Pennetta out in R2.
  • 16 Samantha Stosur (AUS) R2: Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 5-7, 6-7(0). Stosur out in R2.
  • CHAMPION Belinda Bencic (SUI) R1: Mona Barthel (GER) 6-4, 7-6(7). R2: (12) Madison Keys (USA) 6-2, 6-2. R3: (7) Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) 6-4, 3-0(ret). Q: (WC) Johanna Konta (GBR) 2-6, 6-0, 6-3. S: (2) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 3-0(ret). F: (9) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 6-4, 4-6, 6-0. Champion.
  • Best Qualifier: (LL) Daria Gavrilova (RUS) Quarters
  • Best WC: Johanna Konta (GBR) Quarters
  • Best Unseeded: Belinda Bencic (SUI) Champion

DOUBLES DRAW - No. 4 seeds Garcia / Srebotnik too much for unseeded Chan / Zheng

Final: (4) Caroline Garcia (FRA) / Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) d Yung-Jan Chan (TPE) / Jie Zheng (CHN) 7-6(5), 6-2
The no. 4 seeded team of Garcia/Srebotnik defeated the no. 1 seed Hingis/Mirza 7-5, 6-4 in the semis and came against a fresher team of unseeded Chan/Zheng, because their semi-final match didn't happen when Makarova/Vesnina withdrew. However, Garcia/Srebotnik prevailed and took the title 7-6(5), 6-2 in the final.



Men's Tour

AEGON Open Nottingham
June 21 - July 28, 2015
Nottingham, Great Britain

SINGLES DRAW - Denis Istoman, fist player from Uzbekistan to win an ATP title, Champion in Nottingham


Istomin Photo: Getty Images

Querrey Photo: www.zimbio.com

No. 12 seed Sam Querrey had a great run at the AEGON Open Nottingham. The American took out the no. 2 seed Gilles Simon (FRA) in a hard fought 3-setter in the Quarters and had another 3-setter in the Semis against Alexandr Dolgopolov. Querrey was the only seeded player left in the Semis. However, unseeded Denis Istomin from Uzbekistan, world no. 92, beat him 7-6(1), 7-6(6) in the Final and claimed his maiden ATP tour crown. Interesting: Denis Istomin is actually the first player from Uzbekistan to win an ATP World Tour title.

  • 1 David Ferrer (ESP) R2: Marcos Baghdatis (CPR) 2-6, 6-7(1). Ferrer out in R2.
  • 2 Gilles Simon (FRA) R2: Marcel Granollers (ESP) 4-6, 7-6(3), 7-6(7). R3: (14) Joao Sousa (POR) 6-4, 6-1. Q: Sam Querrey (USA) 7-5, 6-7(8), 4-6. Simon out in the Quarters.
  • 3 Feliciano Lopez (ESP) R2: (WC) Taylor Fritz (USA) 6-3, 6-3. R3: Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) 3-6, 2-6. Lopez out in R3.
  • 4 Leonardo Mayer (ARG) R2: Hyeon Chung (KOR) 6-3, 6-1. R3: (16) Jiri Vesely (CZE) 7-6(2), 7-6(5). Q: Denis Istomin (UZB) 3-6, 7-6(8), 6-7(6). Mayer out in the Quarters.
  • 5 Pablo Cuevas (URU) R2: (Q) Dudi Sela (ISR) 7-5, 6-4. R3: (12) Sam Querrey (USA) 6-7(7), 6-7(3). Cuevas out in R3.
  • 6 Viktor Troicki (SRB) R2: Serbiy Stakhovsky (UKR) 4-6, 2-6. Troicki out in R2.
  • 7 Dominic Thiem (AUT) R2: Malek Jaziri (TUN) 6-3, 6-1. R3: Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) 3-6, 3-6. Thiem out in R3.
  • 8 Adrian Mannarino (FRA) R2: Aljaz Bedene (GBR) 7-6(4), 6-4. R3: Simone Bolelli (ITA) 6-3, 4-6, 4-6. Mannarino out in R3.
  • 9 Juan Monaco (ARG) R2: Denis Istomin (UZB) 1-6, 2-6. Monaco out in R2.
  • 10 Martin Klizan (SVK) R2: Simone Bolelli (ITA) 3-6, 7-6(1), 1-6. Klizan out in R2.
  • 11 Pablo Andujar (ESP) R2: Alexandr Dolgopolov UKR) 6-7(5), 7-6(5), 4-6. Andujar out in R2.
  • FINALIST 12 Sam Querrey (USA) R2: Santiago Giraldo (COL) 7-6(4), 6-4. R3: (5) Pablo Cuevas (URU) 7-6(7), 7-6(3). Q: (2) Gilles Simon (FRA) 5-7, 7-6(8), 6-4. S: Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) 4-6, 6-3, 7-5. F: Denis Istomin (UZB) 6-7(1), 6-7(6).
  • 13 Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) R2: (WC) Alexander Zverev (GER) 7-6(7), 3-6, 4-6. Bellucci out in R2.
  • 14 Joao Sousa (POR) R2: Sam Groth (AUS) 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-6(3). R3: (2) Gilles Simon (FRA) 4-6, 1-6. Spusa out in R3.
  • 15 Andreas Seppi (ITA) R2: Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) 4-6, 3-6. Seppi out in R2.
  • 16 Jiri Vesely (CZE) R2: Tim Smyczek (USA) 6-1, 6-3. R3: (4) Leonardo Mayer (ARG) 6-7(2), 6-7(5). Vesely out in R3.
  • CHAMPION Denis Istomin (UZB) R1: (PR) Nicolas Almagro (ESP) 6-1, 6-4. R2: (9) Juan Monaco (ARG) 6-1, 6-2. R3: Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) 7-5, 6-4. Q: Leonardo Mayer (ARG) 6-3, 6-7(8), 7-6(6). S: Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) 1-2(ret). F: (12) Sam Querrey (USA) 7-6(1), 7-6(6). Champion.
  • Best Qualifier: Dudi Sela (ISR) R2
  • Best WC: Alexander Zverev (GER) R3
  • Best Unseeded: Denis Istomin (UZB) Champion

DOUBLES DRAW - Unseeded Guccione / Sa took the title in Nottingham

Final: Chris Guccione (AUS) / Andre Sa (BRA) d Pablo Cuevas (URU) / David Marrero (ESP) 6-2, 7-5
After a long match eliminating the no. 1 seeds Granollers/Paes in the Quarters, and an equally hard Semifinal against Wildcards Butorac/Fleming, Chris Guccione and Andre Sa didn't need 3 sets to become Champions. They defeated the no. 2 seeds Cuevas/Marrero 6-2, 7-5 for thr title in Nottingham.



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WTA Women's Tennis Rankings

SINGLES: The biggest change in the Top 50 happened for Belinda Bencic (SUI) who moved from 31 to 22,
thanks to her title in Eastbourne. American Sloane Stephens improved from 43 to 37.
DOUBLES: Black and Hlavackova traded places.

 

No.
SINGLES

POINTS
 

No.
 DOUBLES

POINTS

1
Williams, Serena

11291
 

1
Mirza, Sania

7940

2
Kvitova, Petra

6870
 

2
Hingis, Martina

7030

3
Halep, Simona

6200
 

3
Makarova, Ekaterina

5990

4
Sharapova, Maria

5950
 

3
Vesnina, Elena

5990

5
Wozniacki, Caroline

5000
 

5
Šafárová, Lucie

5916

6
Šafárová, Lucie

4055
 

6
Mattek-Sands, Beth.

5746

7
Ivanovic, Ana

3895
 

7
Mladenovic, Kristina

5580

8
Makarova, Ekaterina

3575
 

7
Babos, Timea

5010

9
Suárez-Navarro,Carla

3345
 

9
Black, Cara

4989

10
Kerber, Angelique

3285
 

10
Hlavackova, Andrea

4985

ATP Men's Tennis Rankings

SINGLES: The biggest moves in the Top 100: American Sam Querrey from 44 to 36.
Denis Istomin (UZB) from 92 to 62. Both players were finalists in Nottingham.
DOUBLES: Italian Bolelli moved to 10 while Zimonjic (SRB) moved down. Andre Sa (BRA)
climbed from 55 to 44.

 

No.
SINGLES

POINTS
 

No.
 DOUBLES

POINTS

1
Djokovic, Novak

13845
 

1
Bryan, Bob

11150

2
Federer, Roger

9665
 

1
Bryan, Mike

11150

3
Murray, Andy

7450
 

3
Melo, Marcelo

7710

4
Wawrinka, Stan

5790
 

4
Dodig, Ivan

7125

5
Nishikori, Kei

5660
 

5
Popisil, Vasek

6155

6
Berdych, Tomas

5050
 

6
Sock, Jack

5680

7
Ferrer, David

4490
 

7
Tecau, Horia

5310

8
Raonic, Milos

4440
 

8
Rojer, Jean-Julien

5310

9
Cilic, Marin

3540
 

9
Fognini, Fabio

4735

10
Nadal, Rafael

3135
 

10
Bolelli, Simone

4420

 

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Wimbledon
June 29 - July 12, 2015
London, Great Britain

TOURNAMENT INFO
Tier - Grand Slam (2,000 points)
Prize Money WTA: £12,568,000
Surface: Grass
Tournament Director: Richard Lewis
Draw: S-128 D-64

SINGLES SEEDS
1 DJOKOVIC, Novak (SRB)
2 FEDERER, Roger (SUI)
3 MURRAY, Andy (GBR)
4 WAWRINKA, Stan (SUI)
5 NISHIKORI, Kei (JPN)
6 BERDYCH, Tomas (CZE)
7 RAONIC, Milos (CAN)
8 FERRER, David (ESP)
9 CILIC, Marin (CRO)
10 NADAL, Rafael (ESP)
11 DIMITROV, Grigor (BUL)
12 SIMON, Gilles (FRA)
13 TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried (FRA)
14 ANDERSON, Kevin (RSA)
15 LOPEZ, Feliciano (ESP)
16 GOFFIN, David (BEL)
17 ISNER, John (USA)
18 MONFILS, Gael (FRA)
19 ROBREDO, Tommy (ESP)
20 BAUTISTA AGUT, Roberto (ESP)
21 GASQUET, Richard (FRA)
22 TROICKI, Viktor (SRB)
23 KARLOVIC, Ivo (CRO)
24 MAYER, Leonardo (ARG)
25 SEPPI, Andreas (ITA)
26 KYRGIOS, Nick (AUS)
27 TOMIC, Bernard (AUS)
28 CUEVAS, Pablo (URU)
29 GARCIA-LOPEZ, Guillermo (ESP)
30 FOGNINI, Fabio (ITA)
31 SOCK, Jack (USA)
32 THIEM, Dominic (AUT)

DOUBLES SEEDS
1 BRYAN, Bob (USA) / BRYAN, Mike (USA)
2 DODIG, Ivan (CRO) / MELO, Marcelo (BRA)
3 POSPISIL, Vasek (CAN) / SOCK, Jack (USA)
4 ROJER, Jean-Julien (NED) / TECAU, Horia (ROU)
5 BOLELLI, Simone (ITA) / FOGNINI, Fabio (ITA)
6 GRANOLLERS, Marcel (ESP) / LOPEZ, Marc (ESP)
7 MATKOWSKI, Marcin (POL) / ZIMONJIC, Nenad (SRB)
8 PEYA, Alexander (AUT) / SOARES, Bruno (BRA)
9 BOPANNA, Rohan (IND) / MERGEA, Florin (ROU)
10 HERBERT, Pierre-Hugues (FRA) / MAHUT, Nicolas (FRA)
11 NESTOR, Daniel (CAN) / PAES, Leander (IND)
12 CUEVAS, Pablo (URU) / MARRERO, David (ESP)
13 MURRAY, Jamie (GBR) / PEERS, John (AUS)
14 KLAASEN, Raven (RSA) / RAM, Rajeev (USA)
15 DRAGANJA, Marin (CRO) / KONTINEN, Henri (FIN)
16 CABAL, Juan Sebastian (COL) / FARAH, Robert (COL)

DEFENDING SINGLES CHAMPIONS
Novak Djokovic (SRB)

DEFENDING DOUBLES CHAMPIONS
Vasek Pospisil (CAN) / Jack Sock (USA)

 

Wimbledon
June 29 - July 12, 2015
London, Great Britain

TOURNAMENT INFO
Tier - Grand Slam (2,000 points)
Prize Money ATP: £12,568,000
Surface: Grass
Tournament Director: Richard Lewis
Draw: S-128 D-64

SINGLES SEEDS
1 WILLIAMS, Serena (USA)
2 KVITOVA, Petra (CZE)
3 HALEP, Simona (ROU)
4 SHARAPOVA, Maria (RUS)
5 WOZNIACKI, Caroline (DEN)
6 SAFAROVA, Lucie (CZE)
7 IVANOVIC, Ana (SRB)
8 MAKAROVA, Ekaterina (RUS)
9 SUAREZ NAVARRO, Carla (ESP)
10 KERBER, Angelique (GER)
11 PLISKOVA, Karolina (CZE)
12 BOUCHARD, Eugenie (CAN)
13 RADWANSKA, Agnieszka (POL)
14 PETKOVIC, Andrea (GER)
15 BACSINSZKY, Timea (SUI)
16 WILLIAMS, Venus (USA)
17 SVITOLINA, Elina (UKR)
18 LISICKI, Sabine (GER)
19 ERRANI, Sara (ITA)
20 MUGURUZA, Garbine (ESP)
21 KEYS, Madison (USA)
22 STOSUR, Samantha (AUS)
23 AZARENKA, Victoria (BLR)
24 PENNETTA, Flavia (ITA)
25 CORNET, Alize (FRA)
26 KUZNETSOVA, Svetlana (RUS)
27 STRYCOVA, Barbora (CZE)
28 JANKOVIC, Jelena (SRB)
29 BEGU, Irina-Camelia (ROU)
30 BENCIC, Belinda (SUI)
31 GIORGI, Camila (ITA)
32 GARCIA, Caroline (FRA)

DOUBLES SEEDS
1 HINGIS, Martina (SUI) / MIRZA, Sania (IND)
2 MAKAROVA, Ekaterina (RUS) / VESNINA, Elena (RUS)
3 MATTEK-SANDS, Bethanie (USA) / SAFAROVA, Lucie (CZE)
4 BABOS, Timea (HUN) / MLADENOVIC, Kristina (FRA)
5 KOPS-JONES, Raquel (USA) / SPEARS, Abigail (USA)
6 MUGURUZA, Garbine (ESP) / SUÁREZ NAVARRO, Carla (ESP)
7 HSIEH, Su-Wei (TPE) / PENNETTA, Flavia (ITA)
8 HLAVACKOVA, Andrea (CZE) / HRADECKA, Lucie (CZE)
9 DELLACQUA, Casey (AUS) / SHVEDOVA, Yaroslava (KAZ)
10 GARCIA, Caroline (FRA) / SREBOTNIK, Katarina (SLO)
11 KUDRYAVTSEVA, Alla (RUS) / PAVLYUCHENKOVA, Anastasia (RUS)
12 WILLIAMS, Serena (USA) / WILLIAMS, Venus (USA)
13 CHAN, Yung-Jan (TPE) / ZHENG, Jie (CHN)
14 KRAJICEK, Michaella (NED) / STRYCOVA, Barbora (CZE)
15 RODIONOVA, Anastasia (AUS) / RODIONOVA, Arina (AUS)
16 MEDINA GARRIGUES, Anabel (ESP) / PARRA SANTONJA, Arantxa (ESP)

DEFENDING SINGLES CHAMPIONS
Petra Kvitova (CZE)

DEFENDING DOUBLES CHAMPIONS
Roberta Vinci (ITA) / Sara Errani (ITA)


 

Gabriela Sabatini?


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HISTORY (from the International Tennis Hall of Fame)

CITIZENSHIP: Argentinian
BORN: May 16, 1970 (45)
PLACE OF BIRTH: Buenos Aires, Argentina
PLAYED: Right-handed


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Tennis success came fast and furious for a young Gabriella Sabatini, launched into a pressure-cookie of high expectations to achieve major championship greatness at a time in the women’s game where any one of 15 players could win a tournament at any time.

Sabatini was like a thoroughbred race horse that blasts through the gate and storms past the field with immense power and speed, only to realize when peaking backwards that the competition can easily gain ground because it shares a commonality of talent. Like so many of her contemporaries in the late 1980s and into the mid-1990s, Sabatini started tennis as a young kid. She began playing at age 6, won a tournament two years later and in 1983, at 13 became, the youngest player to win the prestigious Orange Bowl, a veritable stage of the world’s finest players – which the Argentinian-born had become. In 1984, Sabatini was the world’s No. 1 ranked junior.

At age 13, Sabatini left her native Argentina to train in the United States for a professional career that oozed with potential. Her strokes were beautifully groomed; she possessed a thunderous topspin forehand and a sweeping one-handed backhand that cracked winners from anywhere on the baseline. Her game was baseline based, her groundstrokes so polished and powerful that she rarely needed net play to win matches. Matching stroke-for-stroke against Sabatini was an arduous proposition; her balls were hit solidly struck and a chore to return. Sabatini hit long and with her heavy topspin kept her opponents camped out with her on the baseline. She was a notorious fast starter – not easing into matches, but bombing away from the outset. That strategy and athleticism would exhaust her opponents. Just ask Zina Garrison, Manuela Maleeva and Pam Shriver, all three Top 10 world ranked players that Sabatini polished off as a 14-year-old playing at the Hilton Head Tournament to advance to the finals against Chris Evert in April 1985.

Her first significant dent in the women’s game came at the 1985 French Open, where the No. 14 seeded Sabatini advanced to the semifinals – at age 14 the youngest female semifinalist in history at Roland Garros – falling to eventual champion Evert, 6-4, 6-1.

Sabatini’s era was jammed packed with sensational women’s players; there were no easy routes to championships. But before she turned 20, Sabatini would reach the semifinals of all four major tournaments, an accomplishment no female player from Argentina had ever accomplished. She capably carved out her niche with 27 career singles, eight of which came before earning her first major finalist appearance at the 1988 US Open. A few notable victories: In December 1986 she dispatched Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario at the Virginia Slims of Buenos Aires, 6-1, 6-1 and defeated Steffi Graf – the first time in 12 attempts – at Boca Raton in March 1988, 2-6, 6-3, 6-1. Throughout her entire professional career, Graf would loom large for Sabatini, as both her major singles nemesis and major doubles winning partner.

She headed into the 1988 US Open with momentum, having easily defeated Natasha Zvereva, 6-1, 6-2, at Montreal in August. As the No.5 seed, Sabatini won her first four rounds in straight sets and bounced Garrison from the draw in the semifinals, 6-4, 7-5. She split the first two sets against No. 1 seed Graf in the final, but the German hitting machine turned her game up a notch and with the prospects of becoming the third woman in history to win a calendar year Grand Slam at stake, completed the task, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.

Sabatini returned to the US Open final in 1980 and everything was a carbon copy of 1988 – expect the result. The No. 5 seeded Argentine reached the final with a superb all-court effort against Mary Joe Fernandez in the semifinals. In registering a huge 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 victory, Sabatini chipped and charged, pounced on short balls and attacked the net more than usual. Against Graf in the final, Sabatini hit the ball as cleanly as ever, her forehand relentless with pace and power, her backhand sliced deeply and smoothly. Playing with precision, she won the first set 6-2 and the second set when into a tiebreaker, where Sabatini had son 6 of 8 sets that season. Graf went ahead 3-1, and looked primed to play a third set. Sabatini surged ahead 4-3 by nearly jumping out of her shoes with a blistering forehand down the line winner, followed by a Graf error and then a punchy crosscourt volley. At 5-4, she may have made the biggest shot in her career, a lunging backhand volley at net to punch back a driving Graf forehand and after spinning herself back into position, saw Graf’s return shot float wide to her forehand side. She closed out the match with a forehand winner after Graf’s return of serve clipped the net, allowing Sabatini the time to pound the ball down the line, earning her the coveted US Open championship.

Sabatini met Graf in every one of her biggest career matches. Graf defeated her at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul; Sabatini settling for a Silver Medal. In 1991, the pair met at the Wimbledon Ladies Singles Championship, one that held true to seeding as the No. 1 Graf defeated No. 2 Sabatini in three brilliant tennis sets, 6-4, 3-6, 8-6. Fittingly, when Sabatini was enshrined into the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum in 2006, Graf was her presenter. The two faced one another 40 times, Graf holding a 29-11 lead.

Sabatini and Graf pair collaborated to reach four major doubles finals (the 1986, 1987 and 1989 French Open) and won the 1988 Wimbledon Ladies Doubles championship with a hard-fought 6-3, 1-6, 12-10 victory over the Russian duo of Larisa Savhenko and Natasha Zvereva. In her career, Sabatini won 14 doubles titles.

Sabatini had more rivals than just Graf. She met Monica Seles (a friend and foe) 14 times, the most memorable of Seles’ 11 victories coming at the Virginia Slims Championship held at Madison Square Garden in November 1990. The pair played the first women’s final set final in the modern era – and the first in 89 years – in a match that lasted 3 hours, 47 minutes. Seles won the marathon encounter 6-4, 5-7, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2. On March 10, 2015, twenty-five years since that historic event, Sabatini and Seles returned to MSG to play each other as part of the BNP Paribas Showdown.

Sabatini closed out the 1988 season by winning the year-end Virginia Slims Championship in November over Pam Shriver, 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 (she would win a second in year-end title in1994 over Lindsay Davenport, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4). Sabatini won six tournaments in 1989, helping her to achieve her highest career world ranking at No. 3. Winning a major cemented Sabatini in tennis annals, but her greatness on court transcended her entire career, witnessed by her winning four of six Italian Open titles in 1988, 1989, 1991 and 1992 over Canadian Helen Kelesi, Sánchez -Vicario and Seles twice.

STATS

Top Ranking
World No. 3 (1988)

Grand Slam Results
2-time major champion and 5-time finalist

Career Titles
41

Career Record
Overall Record: 884-285
Singles Record: 632-189
Doubles Record: 252-96

Olympics
Silver Medal in Women’s Singles at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games

Fed Cup
Member of the Argentine Federation Cup Team 1984-1987, 1995
Overall Record: 24-6
Singles Record: 13-3
Doubles Record: 11-3

GRAND SLAM BEST RESULTS

TITLES
1 Singles | 1 Doubles

Singles
Australian Open: SF (1989), SF (1992), SF (1993), SF (1994)
French Open: SF (1985), SF (1987), SF (1988), SF (1991), SF (1992)
Wimbledon: F (1991)
US Open: W (1990)

Doubles
Australian Open: SF (1989)
French Open: F (1986), F (1987), F (1989)
Wimbledon: W (1988)
US Open: SF (1986), SF (1987), SF (1988), SF (1989), SF (1994), SF (1996)

 

 

 

TODAY

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Sabatini said that she deliberately lost matches in her youth to avoid reporters. She revealed this "truth" when she was 43, saying her shyness was a major problem and she thought she had to speak after winning a tournament, so she often lost in semi finals and she feel, it was bad.

In October 2014, Sabatini was named the sixth most influential Hispanic female of all time by espnW and ESPON Deportes. Sabatini was glamorous both on and off the court, her Latin American beauty attracting a legion of followers that would cram her practice sessions to watch her play. In the late 1980s she launched a line of fragrances, her signature scent Gabriela Sabatini, debuting in 1989. A series of fragrances were introduced under her name, and still retirement has forged a successful business career promoting her line of perfumes and cosmetics.

In 1994 she published a motivational autobiography, My Story.

She also worked with organizations to help children and the poor. As of 2014 she is single and without children but works on campaigns for UNICEF, UNESCO and the Special Olympics, and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2006.

 

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