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Gabriela Sabatini

Wins U.s. Open

Sabatini addressed these issues by working with a tennis psychiatrist and hiring a new coach, Carlos Kirmayr, after losing in the first round of the French Open in 1990. She became more aggressive on the court, and won that year's U.S. Open women's singles title. She defeated Graf 6-2, 7-6.

In the early 1990s, Sabatini reached her peak as a professional, earning $4 million on the women's tour in 1990-91. She was more interested in the game than ever and played well. In 1991 and 1992, she won both the Bausch & Lomb Championship and Family Circle Magazine Cup. She also became more social with other players.

In 1992, Sabatini began having problems with tendonitis. Her relatively weak serve began being a problem in matches. Though many of her advisors thought she should take a hiatus to recover from her injuries and mentally recharge, she elected to play through her problems. After making the semifinals of the Australian Open in 1993, she did not play well in 1993 and 1994. She lost in the first round of the French Open in 1994. Sabatini switched coaches several times, but eventually returned to Kirmayr.

Sabatini's last win as a professional was the Virginia Slims championship in 1995. With injury problems, she retired in 1996, after winning no titles that season. When Sabatini retired, she primarily focused on the perfume business that she had been a part of since 1989. That year, she introduced her first fragrance, Gabriela Sabatini, and went on to develop at least eight others. She also had her own line of clothing, linens, and watches. Sabatini remained marginally involved in sports as an athlete representative to the IOC (International Olympic Committee). While she played in some exhibition tennis matches on occasion, she did not enjoy playing the game much.

When she retired, she was ranked 29th in the world. While she earned about $8-11 million from playing tennis, Sabatini made $20 million from endorsements. As Josh Young wrote in The Washington Times, "She was beautiful to watch but dull in conversation, talented but lacking killer instinct. In the end, it seems she should have gone further in tennis, but perhaps she went further than she should have."


1970 Born May 16, in Buenos Aires, Argentina
1983 Joins the world junior tennis circuit
1984 Top-ranked junior player in the world
1985 Turns professional in January at the age of 14; youngest player to reach semi-finals of French Open
1988 Ranked fifth in the world
1989 Has first perfume on the market, Gabriela Sabatini
1992 Begins having problems with tendonitis
1996 Plays at the Summer Olympic Games, losing in quarterfinals; retires as professional tennis player

Awards and Accomplishments

1983 Wins the Orange Bowl Girls 18 singles tournament
1985 Named rookie of the year by Tennis magazine
1988 Wins silver medal in ladies singles at Olympic Games; wins Virginia Slims tournament
1990 Wins U.S. Open women's singles title; briefly ranked number one
1991 Wins the Bausch & Lomb Championship; wins Family Circle Magazine Cup
1992 Wins the Bausch & Lomb Championship; wins the Family Circle Magazine Cup; wins the Italian Open; has rose, Gabriela Sabatini Rose, named in her honor
1995 Wins Virginia Slims Championship

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