Gabriela Sabatini

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Gabriela Sabatini
Gabriela Sabatini US Embassy in Argentina cropped.jpg
Sabatini at the USA Embassy in Buenos Aires, 2012.
Country (sports)  Argentina
Residence Buenos Aires
Boca Raton
Born (1970-05-16) 16 May 1970 (age 46)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro January 1985
Retired 1996
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money US$8,785,850
Int. Tennis HoF 2006 (member page)
Singles
Career record 632–189 (76.98%)
Career titles 27
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)
Wimbledon F (1991)
US Open W (1990)
Other tournaments
Tour Finals W (1988, 1994)
Olympic Games Silver medal.svg Silver medal (1988)
Doubles
Career record 252–96
Career titles 14
Highest ranking No. 3 (6 November 1988)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open SF (1989)
French Open F (1986, 1987, 1989)
Wimbledon W (1988)
US Open SF (1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1994, 1996)
Last updated on: 4 February 2009.
Olympic medal record
Women's Tennis
Silver medal – second place 1988 Seoul Singles

Gabriela Beatriz Sabatini (Spanish pronunciation: [gaˈβɾjela saβaˈtini]; born 16 May 1970) is an Argentine former professional tennis player. She was one of the leading players on the women's circuit in the late-1980s and early-1990s. She won the women's singles title at the US Open in 1990, the women's doubles title at Wimbledon in 1988, two Year-End Championships in 1988 and 1994, and a silver medal at the 1988 Olympic Games.

Sabatini also won most of the highest level regular events on the women's tour, including Miami and Rome (four times). In the late 1980s, Sabatini launched a line of fragrances after partnering with the German perfume company Muelhens. Her signature scent debuted in 1989.

Early life[edit]

Sabatini practicing in the early 1990's

Sabatini was born 16 May 1970 in Buenos Aires, Argentina to parents Osvaldo and Beatriz Garofalo Sabatini. She has an elder brother.[1] Her father is an executive in General Motors.[2]

Sabatini said that she deliberately lost matches in her youth to avoid reporters and limelights. She made this claim when she was 43, saying her shyness was a major problem and she thought she had to speak after winning a tournament, so she often lost in semifinals.[3][4][5]

Career[edit]

Sabatini first came to the tennis world's attention as a junior. She started playing tennis at the age of 6, and won her first tournament at age 8. In 1983, age 13, she became the youngest player to win the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida. She won six major international junior titles, including the French Open girls' singles, and was ranked the World No. 1 junior player in 1984.

In 1985, aged 15 years and three weeks, Sabatini became one of the youngest-ever players to reach the semifinals at the French Open, where she lost to Chris Evert. She won her first top-level singles title later that year in Tokyo.

In 1988, Sabatini reached her first Grand Slam singles final at the US Open. She faced Germany's Steffi Graf, who had won the three previous Grand Slam singles events that year and was looking to win a fourth. Graf won the match in three sets.[6] Sabatini was selected to represent Argentina in the 1988 Summer Olympics held in Seoul. She also carried the country's flag in the opening ceremony. She went on to win the silver medal in the women's singles competition. In the final, she again faced Graf, who was bidding to turn her Grand Slam into what the media had dubbed a "Golden Slam".[7] Graf won 6–3, 6–3. Sabatini teamed-up with Graf to win the women's doubles title at Wimbledon that year. She also won 1988's year-end WTA Tour Championships.

1990 US Open: Sabatini upsets Steffi Graf[edit]

Sabatini's next Grand Slam singles final came in 1990, where she again faced Graf in the final of the US Open. Sabatini beat Graf in two sets. She also beat Graf in a semifinal of the WTA Tour Championships but lost the final to Monica Seles in the event's first-ever five-set final 6–4, 5–7, 3–6, 6–4, 6–2.

1991[edit]

Sabatini had a strong start to 1991, winning five tournaments in the first half of the year. She reached her third Grand Slam singles final at Wimbledon and yet again faced Graf who prevailed in three sets, despite the fact that Sabatini served for the match on more than one occasion. Sabatini came close to attaining the World No. 1 ranking in 1991, but was narrowly denied by Graf and then by Monica Seles. All three players' rankings were within a few points of each other for much of the year.

1992: A mixed bag[edit]

Although winning 5 tournaments in 1992, Sabatini failed to reach a Grand Slam Final. At the 1992 Australian Open, Sabatini lost to Mary Joe Fernández in the semifinals, 6–1, 6–4. At the 1992 French Open, Sabatini lost a tight match against Seles in the semifinals. In the third and decisive set, Sabatini was leading 4–2, but Seles rallied to beat Sabatini in three sets. At Wimbledon of that year, Sabatini looked to reach a second consecutive Wimbledon Final. And, just as the previous year, Sabatini found Graf standing in her way, this time in the semifinals. But, unlike their 1991 Championship match, Graf beat Sabatini easily 6–3, 6–3. At the 1992 US Open, Sabatini lost once again to Fernández in the Quarterfinals, 2–6, 6–1, 4–6.

1993[edit]

At the start of the 1993 season, Sabatini continued to advance deep into Grand Slam singles events. At the Australian Open of that year, she reached the semifinals but lost to eventual champion Seles 2–6, 1–6. Later that year, at the French Open, Sabatini was defeated by Fernández in a quarterfinal clash. Sabatini had raced out to a commanding 6–1, 5–1 lead and appeared poised for the easy victory. However, Mary Joe saved five match points en route to winning a second set tiebreak. Finally, after 3 and a half hours, Fernández eliminated Sabatini by a final score of 1–6, 7–6(7–4), 10–8. Despite the setback at the French Open, Sabatini reached the quarterfinals at 1993 Wimbledon, facing Jana Novotná, a player she had beaten in six consecutive matches. But this time Novotná defeated Sabatini in straight sets. At the 1993 US Open, Sabatini had hoped to end the year on a high note, but she would first have to get past Graf in the quarterfinals. In their four previous meetings, Graf had beaten Sabatini, but Sabatini looked to change those recent results. After losing the first set 2–6, Sabatini raised the level of her game in the second set, winning 7–5 to even the match at one set apiece. However, in the third and deciding set, Graf dismantled Sabatini 6–1 to win the match. Sabatini was the only player to abstain from voting against Seles having her ranking preserved following her stabbing.[8][9]

1994[edit]

After winning five tournaments in 1992, Sabatini had a 29-month drought in which she failed to win a title. At the 1994 Bausch & Lomb Championships in Amelia Island, Florida, Sabatini reached her first singles final in nearly a year, as she faced Arantxa Sánchez Vicario. It was also a rematch of the 1993 Bausch & Lomb final, where Sánchez Vicario disposed of Sabatini. One year later, both players were looking to end streaks without a singles title: Sabatini was winless in 32 consecutive tournaments while Sánchez Vicario's streak had reached 15 tournaments. This time around Sánchez Vicario beat Sabatini in convincing fashion for the sixth time in their last seven meetings.

Sabatini finally brought her winless streak to an end in November, defeating Lindsay Davenport in the final of the 1994 WTA Tour Championships. Also in 1994, the Great American Doll Company created a doll in Sabatini's likeness, dressed in tennis clothes.[10] That same year, Sabatini published a motivational book entitled My Story (ISBN 1-886612-00-5) [1], providing a look at her background and the inspirations that led her to become a tennis player.

1995[edit]

Sabatini started the 1995 season by reaching the semifinals in Sydney, where she faced Mary Joe Fernández in what was a rematch of the previous year. At the 1994 Sydney tournament, Fernández put Sabatini away in straight sets in a semifinal encounter. This time, Sabatini won in straight sets, snapping a three match losing streak against Mary Joe. She then defeated Lindsay Davenport in the final in two sets, the last singles title of Sabatini's career. At the 1995 Australian Open, Sabatini, seeded 5th, was dismissed by Marianne Werdel in the first round. In the semifinals of the Lipton Championships in Key Biscayne, Sabatini was leading Kimiko Date-Krumm 6-1, 5-1. Sabatini then squandered three match points and double faulted 18 times, as Date rallied to beat Sabatini, 1–6, 7–6, 7–6. It turned out to be a repeat performance of the 1993 French Open quarterfinals, where Sabatini lost an identical lead of 6-1, 5-1 against Mary Joe Fernández. At the 1995 French Open, Sabatini looked to put that memory behind her when she faced second seeded Steffi Graf in the quarterfinals. However, Graf proved too strong for Sabatini and won in straight sets. Later that summer at Wimbledon, Sabatini, seeded 8th, lost to defending champion and third-seeded Conchita Martínez of Spain in the quarterfinals. Martínez had clearly turned the tables against Sabatini in their rivalry, beating Sabatini four out of their last five meetings. At the final Grand Slam of the year, the US Open, Sabatini beat Martina Hingis in the round of 16. She then defeated Mary Joe Fernández in the quarterfinals before losing to top-seeded Graf. With the victory, Graf had now got the best of Sabatini in eight consecutive matches. The match against Graf also marked the 40th and final time the two would meet since their rivalry began in 1985, with Graf winning 29 of the matches.

1996 and into retirement[edit]

Sabatini with her perfume in 2006.

Sabatini's last professional singles match was on 14 October 1996, when she lost to Jennifer Capriati 6–3, 6–4. (Capriati's first loss on the WTA tour was to Sabatini in 1990). Sabatini played her last professional match on 19 October 1996, in the doubles semifinals in Zürich with Lori McNeil. Sabatini retired from the professional tour in 1996, having won 27 singles titles and 14 doubles titles. She reached her highest ranking of World No. 3 in 1989. In 2001 she won the Diamond Konex Award as the most relevant Sportman of the decade in Argentina. Sabatini was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame on 15 July 2006.

Personal life[edit]

On 22 May 2003, Sabatini was able to obtain Italian citizenship "jus sanguinis", because her paternal great-grandfather David Sabbatini was born in Potenza Picena in the Marche region, and emigrated to Argentina at the end of the nineteenth century, like many other Santesi, in Roldán, in the Province of Santa Fe, with his wife Rosa Vivani, married on February 12, 1899 in Potenza Picena.[11]

To date, Sabatini is unmarried and has no children. Nowdays, she resides in Buenos Aires and Boca Raton. She keeps very close to her kins, especially her nieces.[12]

Since retiring at the age of 26, Sabatini has promoted her lines of perfumes and worked with organizations to help children and the poor. She works on campaigns for UNICEF, UNESCO and the Special Olympics, and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2006.[13]

Major finals[edit]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles: 3 (1 title, 2 runners–up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1988 US Open Hard Germany Steffi Graf 3–6, 6–3, 1–6
Winner 1990 US Open Hard Germany Steffi Graf 6–2, 7–6(7–4)
Runner-up 1991 Wimbledon Grass Germany Steffi Graf 4–6, 6–3, 6–8

Women's doubles: 4 (1 title, 3 runners–up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1986 French Open Clay Germany Steffi Graf United States Martina Navratilova
Hungary Andrea Temesvári
1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 1987 French Open Clay Germany Steffi Graf United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
2–6, 1–6
Winner 1988 Wimbledon Grass Germany Steffi Graf Soviet Union Larisa Savchenko
Soviet Union Natasha Zvereva
6–3, 1–6, 12–10
Runner-up 1989 French Open Clay Germany Steffi Graf Soviet Union Larisa Savchenko
Soviet Union Natasha Zvereva
4–6, 4–6

Olympics[edit]

Singles: 1 (1 silver medal)[edit]

Outcome Year Location Surface Opponent Score
Silver medal 1988 Seoul Hard West Germany Steffi Graf 3–6, 3–6

Year-End Championships finals[edit]

Singles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runners–up)[edit]

Outcome Year Location Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1987 New York City Carpet West Germany Steffi Graf 6–4, 4–6, 0–6, 4–6
Winner 1988 New York City Carpet United States Pam Shriver 7–5, 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 1990 New York City Carpet Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Monica Seles 4–6, 7–5, 6–3, 4–6, 2–6
Winner 1994 New York City Carpet United States Lindsay Davenport 6–3, 6–2, 6–4

WTA Tour finals[edit]

Singles: 55 (27–28)[edit]

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (1–2)
WTA Tour Championships (2–2)
Olympic Games (0–1)
Tier I (6–5)
Tier II (10–12)
Tier III (2–1)
Tier IV (1–1)
Tier V (1–0)
Virginia Slims (4–4)
Titles by Surface
Hard (9–7)
Grass (0–1)
Clay (11–13)
Carpet (7–7)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 8 April 1985 Hilton Head Island Clay United States Chris Evert-Lloyd 4–6, 2–6
Winner 1. 14 October 1985 Tokyo Hard United States Linda Gates 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 2. 4 November 1985 Tampa Hard United States Stephanie Rehe 4–6, 7–6(7–4), 5–7
Runner-up 3. 28 April 1986 Indianapolis Clay West Germany Steffi Graf 6–2, 6–7(5–7), 4–6
Winner 2. 1 December 1986 Buenos Aires Clay Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6–1, 6–1
Runner-up 4. 4 May 1987 Rome Clay West Germany Steffi Graf 5–7, 6–4, 0–6
Winner 3. 14 September 1987 Tokyo Carpet Bulgaria Manuela Maleeva 6–4, 7–6(8–6)
Winner 4. 19 October 1987 Brighton Carpet United States Pam Shriver 7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 5. 16 November 1987 Virginia Slims Championships Carpet West Germany Steffi Graf 6–4, 4–6, 0–6, 4–6
Winner 5. 30 November 1987 Buenos Aires Clay West Germany Isabel Cueto 6–0, 6–2
Winner 6. 7 March 1988 Boca Raton Hard West Germany Steffi Graf 2–6, 6–3, 6–1
Runner-up 6. 4 April 1988 Hilton Head Island Clay United States Martina Navratilova 1–6, 6–4, 4–6
Runner-up 7. 11 April 1988 Amelia Island Clay United States Martina Navratilova 0–6, 2–6
Winner 7. 2 May 1988 Rome Clay Canada Helen Kelesi 6–1, 6–7(4–7), 6–1
Runner-up 8. 8 August 1988 Los Angeles Hard United States Chris Evert 6–2, 1–6, 1–6
Winner 8. 15 August 1988 Montreal Hard Soviet Union Natasha Zvereva 6–1, 6–2
Runner-up 9. 29 August 1988 US Open Hard West Germany Steffi Graf 3–6, 6–3, 1–6
Runner-up 10. 19 September 1988 Seoul Hard West Germany Steffi Graf 3–6, 3–6
Winner 9. 14 November 1988 Virginia Slims Championships Carpet United States Pam Shriver 7–5, 6–2, 6–2
Winner 10. 20 March 1989 Key Biscayne Hard United States Chris Evert 6–1, 4–6, 6–2
Winner 11. 10 April 1989 Amelia Island Clay West Germany Steffi Graf 3–6, 6–3, 7–5
Runner-up 11. 17 April 1989 Tampa Clay Spain Conchita Martínez 3–6, 2–6
Winner 12. 8 May 1989 Rome Clay Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6–2, 5–7, 6–4
Runner-up 12. 15 May 1989 Berlin Clay West Germany Steffi Graf 3–6, 1–6
Runner-up 13. 7 August 1989 Los Angeles Hard United States Martina Navratilova 0–6, 2–6
Winner 13. 9 October 1989 Filderstadt Carpet United States Mary Joe Fernández 7–6(7–5), 6–4
Winner 14. 5 March 1990 Boca Raton Hard United States Jennifer Capriati 6–4, 7–5
Winner 15. 27 August 1990 US Open Hard West Germany Steffi Graf 6–2, 7–6(7–4)
Runner-up 14. 8 October 1990 Zürich Carpet Germany Steffi Graf 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 15. 5 November 1990 Worcester Carpet Germany Steffi Graf 6–7(5–7), 3–6
Runner-up 16. 12 November 1990 Virginia Slims Championships Carpet Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Monica Seles 4–6, 7–5, 6–3, 4–6, 2–6
Winner 16. 28 January 1991 Tokyo Carpet United States Martina Navratilova 2–6, 6–2, 6–4
Winner 17. 4 March 1991 Boca Raton Hard Germany Steffi Graf 6–4, 7–6(8–6)
Runner-up 17. 15 March 1991 Key Biscayne Hard Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Monica Seles 3–6, 5–7
Winner 18. 1 April 1991 Hilton Head Island Clay Soviet Union Leila Meskhi 6–1, 6–1
Winner 19. 8 April 1991 Amelia Island Clay Germany Steffi Graf 7–5, 7–6(7–3)
Winner 20. 6 May 1991 Rome Clay Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Monica Seles 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 18. 24 June 1991 Wimbledon Grass Germany Steffi Graf 4–6, 6–3, 6–8
Winner 21. 6 January 1992 Sydney Hard Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6–1, 6–1
Winner 22. 27 January 1992 Tokyo Carpet United States Martina Navratilova 6–2, 4–6, 6–2
Runner-up 19. 16 March 1992 Key Biscayne Hard Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 1–6, 4–6
Winner 23. 30 March 1992 Hilton Head Island Clay Spain Conchita Martínez 6–1, 6–4
Winner 24. 6 April 1992 Amelia Island Clay Germany Steffi Graf 6–2, 1–6, 6–3
Winner 25. 4 May 1992 Rome Clay Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Monica Seles 7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 20. 21 September 1992 Tokyo Carpet Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Monica Seles 2–6, 0–6
Runner-up 21. 12 October 1992 Filderstadt Carpet United States Martina Navratilova 6–7(1–7), 3–6
Runner-up 22. 5 April 1993 Amelia Island Clay Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 2–6, 7–5, 2–6
Runner-up 23. 3 May 1993 Rome Clay Spain Conchita Martínez 5–7, 1–6
Runner-up 24. 10 May 1993 Berlin Clay Germany Steffi Graf 6–7(3–7), 6–2, 4–6
Runner-up 25. 4 April 1994 Amelia Island Clay Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 1–6, 4–6
Runner-up 26. 16 May 1994 Strasbourg Clay United States Mary Joe Fernández 6–2, 4–6, 0–6
Winner 26. 14 November 1994 Virginia Slims Championships Carpet United States Lindsay Davenport 6–3, 6–2, 6–4
Winner 27. 9 January 1995 Sydney Hard United States Lindsay Davenport 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 27. 3 April 1995 Amelia Island Clay Spain Conchita Martínez 1–6, 4–6
Runner-up 28. 9 October 1995 Filderstadt Carpet Croatia Iva Majoli 4–6, 6–7(4–7)

Doubles: 30 (14–16)[edit]

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (1–3)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I (3–3)
Tier II (1–5)
Tier III (0–0)
Tier IV (0–0)
Tier V (1–0)
Virginia Slims (8–5)
Titles by Surface
Hard (6–2)
Grass (1–0)
Clay (5–8)
Carpet (2–6)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 18 March 1985 São Paulo Clay Argentina Mercedes Paz Hungary Csilla Bartos
Brazil Neige Dias
7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 1. 25 March 1985 Palm Beach Gardens Clay Peru Laura Gildemeister United States JoAnne Russell
United States Anne Smith
6–1, 1–6, 6–7(4–7)
Winner 2. 19 August 1985 Monticello Hard Argentina Mercedes Paz Czechoslovakia Andrea Holíková
Czechoslovakia Kateřina Skronská
5–7, 6–4, 6–3
Winner 3. 4 November 1985 Tampa Hard Canada Carling Bassett United States Lisa Bonder
Peru Laura Gildemeister
6–0, 6–0
Runner-up 2. 14 April 1986 Amelia Island Clay France Catherine Tanvier West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
2–6, 7–5, 6–7(7–9)
Winner 4. 28 April 1986 Indianapolis Clay West Germany Steffi Graf United States Gigi Fernández
United States Robin White
6–2, 6–0
Runner-up 3. 26 May 1986 French Open Clay West Germany Steffi Graf United States Martina Navratilova
Hungary Andrea Temesvári
1–6, 2–6
Winner 5. 4 August 1986 Montreal Hard United States Zina Garrison United States Pam Shriver
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
7–6(7–2), 5–7, 6–4
Winner 6. 6 October 1986 Zürich Carpet West Germany Steffi Graf United States Lori McNeil
United States Alycia Moulton
1–6, 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 4. 13 October 1986 Filderstadt Carpet United States Zina Garrison United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
6–7(5–7), 4–6
Runner-up 5. 10 November 1986 Chicago Carpet West Germany Steffi Graf West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
7–6(7–5), 6–7(5–7), 3–6
Runner-up 6. 9 February 1987 San Francisco Carpet United States Zina Garrison Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková
Australia Wendy Turnbull
4–6, 6–7(4–7)
Winner 7. 13 April 1987 Amelia Island Clay West Germany Steffi Graf Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková
Australia Wendy Turnbull
3–6, 6–3, 7–5
Winner 8. 4 May 1987 Rome Clay United States Martina Navratilova West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 7. 25 May 1987 French Open Clay West Germany Steffi Graf United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
2–6, 1–6
Winner 9. 30 November 1987 Buenos Aires Clay Argentina Mercedes Paz Canada Jill Hetherington
Switzerland Christiane Jolissaint
6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 8. 22 February 1988 Washington Carpet Czechoslovakia Helena Suková United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
3–6, 4–6
Winner 10. 14 March 1988 Key Biscayne Hard West Germany Steffi Graf United States Gigi Fernández
United States Zina Garrison
7–6(7–3), 6–3
Runner-up 9. 4 April 1988 Hilton Head Island Clay West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch United States Martina Navratilova
United States Lori McNeil
4–6, 3–6
Winner 11. 20 June 1988 Wimbledon Grass West Germany Steffi Graf Soviet Union Larisa Savchenko
Soviet Union Natasha Zvereva
6–3, 1–6, 12–10
Runner-up 10. 31 October 1988 Worcester Carpet Czechoslovakia Helena Suková United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
3–6, 6–3, 5–7
Runner-up 11. 29 May 1989 French Open Clay West Germany Steffi Graf Soviet Union Laris Savchenko
Soviet Union Natasha Zvereva
4–6, 4–6
Winner 12. 30 July 1990 Montreal Hard United States Betsy Nagelsen Canada Helen Kelesi
Italy Raffaella Reggi
3–6, 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 12. 13 August 1990 Los Angeles Hard Argentina Mercedes Paz United States Gigi Fernández
Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
3–6, 5–7
Runner-up 13. 2 May 1994 Rome Clay Netherlands Brenda Schultz United States Gigi Fernández
Belarus Natasha Zvereva
1–6, 3–6
Runner-up 14. 7 November 1994 Philadelphia Carpet Netherlands Brenda Schultz United States Gigi Fernández
Belarus Natasha Zvereva
6–4, 4–6, 2–6
Winner 13. 6 February 1995 Chicago Carpet Netherlands Brenda Schultz United States Marianne Werdel
United States Tami Whitlinger
5–7, 7–6(7–4), 6–4
Runner-up 15. 15 May 1995 Berlin Clay Latvia Larisa Neiland South Africa Amanda Coetzer
Argentina Inés Gorrochategui
6–4, 6–7(3–7), 2–6
Runner-up 16. 7 August 1995 Los Angeles Hard Latvia Larisa Neiland United States Gigi Fernández
Belarus Natasha Zvereva
5–7, 7–6(7–2), 5–7
Winner 14. 14 August 1995 Toronto Hard Netherlands Brenda Schultz Switzerland Martina Hingis
Croatia Iva Majoli
4–6, 6–0, 6–3

Grand Slam performance timelines[edit]

Singles[edit]

Tournament 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 SR W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A NH A A SF 3R QF SF SF SF 1R 4R 0 / 8 30–8
French Open A SF 4R SF SF 4R 4R SF SF QF 1R QF A 0 / 11 43–11
Wimbledon A 3R SF QF 4R 2R SF F SF QF 4R QF A 0 / 11 43–11
US Open 3R 1R 4R QF F SF W QF QF QF SF SF 3R 1 / 13 52–12
Win–Loss 2–1 7–3 11–3 13–3 14–3 14–4 17–4 19–4 19–4 17–4 13–4 13–4 5–2 1 / 43 168–42
Year-End Championships
Tour Championships A A 1R F W SF F SF SF 1R W QF A 2 / 10 22–8
Tier I Tournaments
Tokyo Not Tier I A 2R A 1R 0 / 2 1–2
Boca Raton Not Tier I Tier II W QF Tier II NH 1 / 2 7–1
Indian Wells Not Held T III Tier II A 0 / 0 0–0
Miami NH Not Tier I 4R W QF F F SF QF SF QF 1 / 9 37–8
Hilton Head Not Tier I A W W SF 2R 2R 2R 2 / 6 13–4
Rome Not Tier I SF W W F 2R 3R A 2 / 6 18–4
Berlin Not Tier I A F 3R 3R A F 3R 3R A 0 / 6 13–6
Montreal / Toronto Not Tier I SF SF A 3R QF SF 3R 0 / 6 14–6
Zürich Not Tier I T IV T III Tier II A A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1
Philadelphia Not Held Tier II QF SF QF T II 0 / 3 6–3
Year End Ranking 74 12 9 6 4 3 5 3 3 5 7 7 NA

Doubles[edit]

Tournament 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 Career SR
Australian Open A A NH A A SF 2R 3R A A A 2R QF 0 / 5
French Open A 1R F F SF F A SF A A 3R 3R A 0 / 8
Wimbledon A 2R A 3R W QF QF A A A 1R SF A 1 / 7
US Open A 1R SF SF SF SF 3R A A A SF 2R SF 0 / 9
Grand Slam SR 0 / 0 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 3 1 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 2 1 / 29
Year End Ranking 128 54 9 5 3 19 29 55 NR NR 14 13 NR
  • NH = tournament not held.
  • A = did not participate in the tournament.
  • SR = the ratio of the number of tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played.

WTA Tour career earnings[edit]

Year Grand Slam
singles titles
WTA
singles titles
Total
singles titles
Earnings ($) Money list rank
1984–85 0 1 1 398,784 n/a
1986 0 1 1 264,139 8
1987 0 3 3 465,933 6
1988 0 4 4 995,399 3
1989 0 4 4 580,801 3
1990 1 2 2 975,490 4
1991 0 5 5 1,168,561 3
1992 0 5 5 1,207,565 4
1993 0 0 0 957,680 5
1994 0 1 1 874,470 6
1995 0 1 1 718,978 6
1996 0 0 0 178,050 37
Career 1 27 27 8,785,850 24

Record against other top players[edit]

Sabatini's win-loss record against certain players who have been ranked World No. 10 or higher is as follows:

Players who have been ranked World No. 1 are in boldface.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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Awards
Preceded by
Argentina Diego Maradona
Olimpia de Oro
1987–1988
Succeeded by
Argentina Eduardo Romero
Olympic Games
Preceded by
Ricardo Ibarra
Flagbearer for  Argentina
Seoul 1988
Succeeded by
Marcelo Garraffo