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Gabriela Beatriz Sabatini (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.
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Gabriela was born in Buenos Aires, Argentin and currently resides in Buenos Aires and Boca Raton, FL. She is an accomplished tennis player and was the very first female athlete to siign a multimillion-dollar deal with Pepsi. Gabriela retired from tennis in 1996 and continues on with her infamous perfume line. She was also chosen as an ambassador for Argentina to Promote the Argentine beef and wine by the president De La Rua in May 1999.
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Catherine Fulop (sister-in-law) (actress), Oriana (niece) (model), Tiziana (niece)
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silver medal at the 1988 Olympic Games
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==Gabriela Beatriz Sabatini== (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=== Sabatini was born 16 May 1970 in Buenos Aires, Argentina to parents Osvaldo and Beatriz Garofalo Sabatini. She has an elder brother. Her father is an executive in General Motors.
====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.
===Career=== ====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. 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". 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=== ====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=== ====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=== ====Although winning five 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. 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=== ====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 3½ 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. Gab Sabatini was the only player to abstain from voting against Seles having her ranking preserved following her stabbing.
===1994=== ====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. That same year, Sabatini published a motivational book entitled My Story (ISBN 1-886612-00-5), providing a look at her background and the inspirations that led her to become a tennis player.
===1995=== ====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 fifth, 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 eighth, 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===
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