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ARCHIVO DIFILM GABRIELA SABATINI VS CONCHITA MARTINEZ EN EL BUENOS AIRES LAWN TENNIS CLUB. (3/12/94)

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Gabriela Sabatini v Anke Huber Wimbledon 1990 pt1

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AVOIDING REPORTERS

Gabriela Sabatini has said that when she was young, she used to lose games intentionally because she didn’t want to have a chat with the reporters. According to the former Argentinean superstar, she was an introvert girl and she used to feel nervous while talking to the press.

Talking to the correspondent of a newspaper recently, Sabatini said, “At the start of my career, I used to suffer defeats intentionally because I knew if I won, I would have to talk to the press. So, in order to avoid that, I used to lose matches.”

“I was a shy girl and I used to have problems in my schooling days too. I couldn’t talk to people with confidence. I used to get nervous.”

“I was not lacking competitiveness though and that’s why whenever I lost a match intentionally, I got disappointed.”

Sabatini had caught everyone’s eyes when she had first burst onto the scene in the mid eighties. She was seen as a hugely talented young player and was expected to achieve huge amount of success. But, she couldn’t quite live up to the expectations. She managed to win just one Grand Slam singles title in her career. Also, she didn’t become the no. 1 player in the world ever. The highest position that she managed to achieve in the WTA rankings was no. 3.

When asked about the reason behind her not becoming the no. 1 player in the world ever, Sabatini said, “I think my huge popularity was one of the reasons behind it. Having a low profile helps you to focus on your game much better. But, when you become as famous as I had become, it gets a bit tough.”

Sabatini retired from professional tennis 17 years back in 1996.

Gabriela Sabatini

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MONACO MISSES OUT

Gabriela Sabatini’s countryman, Juan Monaco, has been defeated by Kevin Anderson of South Africa in the second round of Madrid Open. Anderson won the match in three sets by 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-4.

Before this match, these two players had faced each other only once. That match was played last year in Houston and Monaco was the winner. Read more »

DEL POTRO LOSES

Gabriela Sabatini’s countryman, Juan Martin Del Potro has been defeated by Jarkko Nieminen of Finland in the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters. Nieminen won the match in three sets by 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(4).

This was another upset by the Finnish veteran. He had pulled off an upset in the second round too by defeating Milos Raonic of Canada.

Nieminen took 2 hours and 37 minutes to defeat Del Potro. He smashed a total of 51 winners in the match.

Before this match, Del Potro had faced Nieminen 4 times and the Argentinean had won all those matches in straight sets.

Nieminen got a great start in the opening set. He broke Del Potro’s serve in the second game and then, served out the next game to go up by 3-0.

The next 5 games went with the serve and the score was 5-3 in Nieminen’s favour when the 8th game got over.

Nieminen dropped his serve in the 9th game which brought down the lead to 5-4.  In the next game, Del Potro required a serve hold to level the scores, but, he couldn’t do that. Nieminen broke his serve for the second time in the set and sealed the set by 6-4.

Nieminen didn’t get a good start in the following set. His serve was broken in the 3rd game and Del Potro got ahead by 2-1. The Argentinean player didn’t lose that lead thereafter. He won his next 4 service games and grabbed the set by 6-4.

In the decider, Del Potro began with a breakthrough in the very first game. He held his serve in the next game and increased his lead to 2-0. But, that lead remained for a very short period. Nieminen broke back in the 4th game to make the scores 2-2.

Both the players got a couple of breakthroughs each in the next 8 games which ensured that the tie breaker would decide the outcome of the match.

Nieminen was again very calm in the tie breaker. He didn’t show any sign of nervousness and won the tie breaker comfortably to pull off the second consecutive upset.

In the quarter final, Nieminen will play against the no. 1 player in the world Novak Djokovic.