Sabatini at the US Embassy in Buenos Aires, 2012
|Full name||Gabriela Beatriz Sabatini|
Boca Raton, Florida
16 May 1970 |
Buenos Aires, Argentina
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Turned pro||January 1985|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Int. Tennis HoF||2006 (member page)|
|Career record||632â€“189 (76.98%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 3 (27 February 1989)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||SF (1989, 1992, 1993, 1994)|
|French Open||SF (1985, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992)|
|US Open||W (1990)|
|Tour Finals||W (1988, 1994)|
|Olympic Games||Silver medal (1988)|
|Highest ranking||No. 3 (6 November 1988)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||SF (1989)|
|French Open||F (1986, 1987, 1989)|
|US Open||SF (1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1994, 1996)|
I was formerly so stuck into plans. I can now live more spontaneously. This I want not yet to give away.
There were so much affairs of me created by the media… of course I was not always a true single. I had some relations, once also to a famous pop star.
It came so soon and so fast. It's just overwhelming. Every time I think about it, I just can't believe it.
For me retiring wasn't hard once I knew that that was the decision I was going to make.
That was one of those moments where I felt so confident. I played three matches in the same day.
It's a great moment for Argentinean tennis, more on the men's side. I would like to see more on the women's side. I think we have to work a little bit more on that.
Regarding the Hall of Fame, when they decided I was going to be one of the possible candidates, when I heard that, I was so thrilled. You're always hoping for something like that.
I was feeling a lot of confidence, so I wanted to take advantage of that and keep playing.
I played Mary Joe Fernandez in the semifinals. She was winning the first set. Second set was very close. I started to play this aggressive game. I think I surprised them.
I was a very shy and introverted person, and it was hard for me to talk to people and make relationships.
I work out in a studio. Every day, regardless where I am, at least two hours. I need it. I can't cease it.
I lost more then 6 kilograms when I ceased with the top sport. That were all muscles. They are now gone.
It was very hard for me to practice and enjoy my tennis, and I didn't know the why, so I worked with psychologists to try and see what was happening. They pushed me really hard.
When I got to match point in the final I was afraid I'd be a little nervous, but I just said, You have to stay focused, just think about what you have to do.
It's amazing, it doesn't feel like it has been 10 years since retirement.
What these guys are doing is great for Argentinean tennis. This is motivating other people.
I want children, but at the moment the liberty I have now finally, has a far too high value.
I think in the lifetime of a tennis player there are many times where you feel that tremendous confidence.
I can't laugh, be happy, present myself at any prize and also win on the centre court.
I carried through well with my tennis. I got the respect by usage of the tennis racket.