BELGIUM MEN FARE BETTER

Gabriela Sabatini’s compatriot Juan Monaco has defeated David Goffin of Belgium in the first round of Men’s tennis singles tournament of London Olympics. Monaco won the match in the straight sets by 6-4, 6-1. Monaco, who won the Hamburg title a week ago, continued to perform brilliantly and won the match without having much difficulty. The Belgian player served a number of double faults which ultimately cost him the match.

Monaco made a very good start to the match and broke the service of Goffin in the second game of the first set. But, in the following game, he lost the advantage as Goffin broke his service to make the score 2-1. Thereafter, both the players held their service till the end of the ninth game and the score was 5-4. But, Goffin failed to hold his service in the tenth game and Monaco won the first set by 6-4. In the second set, Monaco played brutally and his groundstrokes were amazing to watch. He broke the service of Goffin in the second and sixth game of the second set and won the second set easily by 6-1. The Argentinean star made some mistakes in the first set, but, in the second set, he played flawless tennis.

Monaco was ecstatic after winning the first match. In the post match press conference, he said that it is a privilege to represent Argentina in the Olympics and he is determined to win a medal for his country. On being asked about his performance in the match, he said that he was not hitting the ball that well in the first set, but, he is pretty satisfied with his performance in the second set. In the second round, Monaco will play against Feliciano Lopez of Spain.

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.