MONACO DEFEATS POSPISIL

Gabriela Sabatini’s compatriot, Juan Monaco, has defeated Vasek Pospisil of Canada in the second round of the Rogers Cup. Monaco won the match easily in the straight sets by 7-5, 6-4 and made his way to the third round. The local player, who had got the entry by the virtue of wild card, didn’t manage to make Monaco work hard for his points. Monaco hit a total of 4 aces in the match and wrapped up the match in 1 hour and 50 minutes.

Monaco made a fantastic start to the match by breaking the service of Pospisil in the very first game of the first set. He served out the second game to make the score 2-0. The Canadian player held his service in the next game and the score was 2-1. After that, both the players broke each other’s service in the next eight games and at the end of the 11th game; the scorecard was saying 6-5. Monaco managed to hold his service in the 12th game and won the opening set by 7-5. Read more »

Focus on Sabatini

Gabriela Beatriz Sabatini was a tennis sensation of Argentina. She was one of the best tennis players that Argentina has ever produced. She used to be a superstar during her playing days. She was born in 1970 in the capital city of Argentina i.e. Buenos Aires. She won two Grand Slam titles (One singles title and one doubles title). She also played brilliantly in the 1988 Olympics which were held in Canada. She made Argentina proud by winning a silver medal in the Olympics of 1988 at a young age of 18 years.

Gabriela was highly talented right from the very childhood. She won the Orange Bowl tournament when she was just 13 years of age. No player has ever won the Orange Bowl tournament at such a young age. Only at the age of 15 years, she went to the semifinals of the French Open. However, she was defeated in the semifinal match by Chris Evert. At the age of 18 years, in 1988, she went to the finals of US open. She had to face one of the greatest tennis players of all times, Steffi Graf, in the final match. Graf’s versatile game was too much to handle for the young Gabriela and Graf defeated her by 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.

Gabriela again reached the final of the US open in 1990. Again, she had to go through the same opponent, Steffi Graf, who defeated her in the final of 1988. But, Gabriela didn’t miss the opportunity this time around. She stunned Steffi Graf by defeating her in the straight sets 6-2, 7-6. However, she made a very good pair with Steffi Graf in the doubles. She won the doubles title of Wimbledon Championship in 1988 by playing with Steffi Graf. She announced her retirement from the professional tennis in 1996, when she was only 26 years old.

FOCUS ON SABATINI

Born in Buenos Aires in Argentina, Gabriela Beatriz Sabatini is an Argentine Tennis professional player who was considered to be one of the leading and top rated players in the tennis league in the late 80’s and early 1990’s. She also comes under the category of the older generation tennis players and we don’t get to see her perform much in today’s time.

Gabriela Sabatini had won the women’s singles title way back in the year 1990 at the U.S Open an d also made a winning streak in the Women’s double at the 1988 Wimbledon.  Also in the years 1988 and the year 1994, Gabriela Sabatini had won a silver medal in the 1988 Olympics game.

Now we have a deeper look into her wins and the people she had played with defeating some while playing along with some to reach that point. Firstly, she was the runner up in the year 1988 in the U.S Open, losing to Steffi Graff. In the 1990 and the 1991 Wimbledon she proved herself by winning both the titles. This time her opponent was the same – Steffi Graf, but she managed to get past her.  All of these were the single Grand Slam finals. Coming to the doubles matches in the Grand slam, we see that Gabriela Sabatini held the runner up position in the year 1986 in the French Open. However this time her partner was Steffi Graf and her opposition was Martina and Andrea . In the next year itself, a same replication took place in the French Open where Steffi Graf and Gabriela Sabatini were partners to the same opponents. In the Wimbledon championship in the year 1988, Steffi Graf and Gabriela Sabatini defeated Larisha and Natasha getting the title of the Champions.

SABATINI INCLUDED IN HALL OF FAME

Former tennis superstar Gabriela Sabatini is still in news. Nearly after three decades she appeared onto the scene and make all her fans feel proud. Her Latin looks and astounding charm were on full display when she walked up to receive her official hall of fame ring at the Copra Claro tennis tournament in Buenos Aires on Friday.

She is referred to as Pearl of Pampas and the best part is that she is still exquisite as before. We last saw her at the 1985 French Open semi final. In that tournament, argentine lost the match but still earned a lot of followers of all generation. That was really an astounding match to watch.

From that time till now, she has won whole lots of trophy, lifted the US grand slam, won Olympic silver and also graced several magazine cover. She was the brand ambassador of several advertising companies. Men loved her; women envied her because of her popularity and rivals fussed over her incredible topspin. She was the tennis superstar of that time and all the credit for this goes to her hard work and little bit to her luck!

She was popular as Gaby in the tennis world and was grace personified because of her influential ground strokes. Her rivalry with Steffi Graf became widely popular at that time. But sources says that she get along well with Graf. Both of them share a good rapport outside the field.

In 1996, Sabatini retired from tennis and that was really a bad moment for all her fans. When she retired from the game she hit the perfect length on the business court with her perfume line. She has also been popular in several charitable organizations that include UNICEF.

SPONSORS NEEDED IN ARGENTINA

Argentina has always been one of the dominant South American nations in tennis and over the last few years, it’s showing in the Davis Cup confirms its claim as one of the strongest powers on the global stage but many people are still in doubt whether tennis in Argentina will overcome the step-motherly treatment that it receives from the fans, the government, the media and the sponsors to become one of the biggest assets for a country that worships football and consider footballers as Gods.

Furthermore, there are all the controversies that tennis in the country is always embroiled in, which makes one wonder whether the sport will ever get a strong footing in the country. Tennis in Argentina has probably reached its highest position in the last decade with the country appearing four times in the Davis Cup final, losing all four and having a player or two in the Top 10 of the ATP rankings on a consistent basis.

In the women’s tennis circuit too, the country has progressed by leaps and bounds and Gabriella Sabatini, the country’s only female Grand Slam title winner with a US Open victory under her belt in 1990 and although, it has failed to produce another female Grand Slam winner in recent years, the game has seen steady rise over the last couple of decades.

But what the players are still complaining about is the fact that due to the lack of sponsors, the infrastructure for the growth, development and nurturing of younger players is still not possible and if tennis in Argentina is to progress, players like David Nalbandian, Juan martin Del Potro and Juan Ignacio Chela believe that the corporate must extend a helping hand for the game to develop to its full potential and aid in the development of the sport as a whole.

Gabriela Sabatini Bio

Argentinean Gabriela Sabatini was a teen tennis phenomenon in the mid-1980s. Who, while popular on the circuit, never lived up to her potential as a player. While she had a great tennis game, she only won one grand slam singles title, the U.S. Open in 1990. Sabatini left professional tennis behind in the mid-1990s to concentrate on her work in the perfume business.

Born May 16, 1970, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sabatini was the daughter of Osvaldo and Beatriz Sabatini. Her father was an executive at General Motors, who later gave up his career to manage his daughter’s tennis career. Buenos Aires was the leading tennis city in South America, and Sabatini began playing when she was six years old. She wanted to play because her older brother was a junior player. Sabatini began taking private lessons a year later, and by the time she was 10 years old, she was the number one under-12 player in Argentina. From an early age, she was motivated to win and hated to lose.

Within a few years, Sabatini left Argentina to train with coach Patricio Apey in Key Biscane, Florida. In 1983, she began playing on the world junior tennis circuit. She was the youngest to win the Orange Bowl Girls 18 singles tournament. After being the number one ranked junior in the world in 1984, Sabatini felt she had nothing left to prove on the junior circuit.

In 1985, Sabatini turned professional. Her first big splash was at the Family Circle Magazine Cup where she beat three ranked players. She later made the semifinals of the French Open, the youngest to do this at the time, but lost to Chris Evert. She finished the year ranked number 11 in the world. Because of her young age, observers were afraid that Sabatini would burn out. She dropped out of school when she was 14 to concentrate on tennis, though she planned on completing her education later. Sabatini had no close friends, and constantly dealt only with adults. She was also isolated on the professional tour, in part because she did not speak English for the first three years.

In 1986, Sabatini made the semifinals of Wimbledon. She ended the year ranked in the top 10, where she would remain until 1996. In 1988, while Sabatini won a silver medal in ladies singles tennis at the Summer Olympics, won the Virginia Slims Tournament, and made the finals of the U.S. Open, she had problems with endurance during matches. She changed coaches to Angel Gimenez, who challenged her to work on her conditioning and kept her interested in the game. When she began as a professional, she was a baseline player, but later developed a potent serve-and-volley attack. The graceful Sabatini had a great backhand, but her serve was never strong.

In 1989, Sabatini was ranked number three, but she was generally regarded as not reaching her full potential as a player. Many tennis observers thought she could be a great rival to Steffi Graf, and one of the futures of women’s tennis, but she never made it. Though Sabatini would appear in a semifinal of a Grand Slam every year and win a tournament every year from 1985-95, except 1993, she did not win big.

In the late 1980s, Sabatini thought about quitting, admitting that she did not have the mental edge to win.