Whenever you discuss about the women’s tennis of the eighties, Gabriela Sabatini would surely pop up somewhere in that discussion. She was one of the superstars of that decade.
The beauty queen from Argentina had got a wide array of shots and not only was she powerful; there was quite a lot of elegance in her game as well.
Many people still reckon that Sabatini could not quite achieve as much as she deserved to.
She never became the no. 1 player in the world and she did not manage to clinch too many slams either.
For once in 1990, she lifted the trophy at Flushing Meadows, but, that happened to be the first and last Slam glory for her.
Sabatini had been in 11 Slam semis, but, on 9 occasions, she lost at that very stage. Only a couple of times did she manage to advance ahead from there.
Once in 1990, when she won the USA Open, while, once in 1991, when she reached the final of the Wimbledon Championships.
She could easily have won 4-5 more majors if she had been a little luckier.
However, Sabatini might not have won that many slams, but, she did manage to win quite a lot of other tournaments.
She had close to 30 singles titles to her name when she retired.
Sabatini’s retirement came at a time when it was not expected. In 1996, when she was just 26 years of age, the hardcore Argentinean left the game that she loved the most.
Now, 18 years down the line, Sabatini is a successful businesswoman and she is doing a bit of charity work as well, for the welfare of kids and also for the deprived people.
She is still very much popular in Argentina and other parts of South America.