What Happened to Gabriela Sabatini ?: US Open Winner in 1990

This Tuesday marks three decades since the victory of Gabriela Sabatini (Buenos Aires, 1970) at the US Open. That triumph made her the first Argentine to win a Grand Slam, but before that, the tennis player was already well known in her sport. At the age of 14 he made his debut on the circuit. Precocity always marked his career, since with only six years he commented to play. Despite his youth and sharing the track with tennis players of the stature of Graf, Sánchez-Vicario or Mónica Seles, andn his second season he managed to get into the semi-finals of Roland Garros (1985), quite a milestone. Nobody had achieved it so young, although in his career he could not go from there in that tournament on the individual circuit.

Sabatini is considered the best Argentine tennis player in history, treasuring at the time of its retirement 27 titles. Of all of them, two Grand Slam stand out. The US Open individually (1990), his greatest achievement, and Wimbledon in doubles along with Lindsey Davenport (1994). Also, stayed ten years among the top ten in the WTA ranking, won silver in Seoul 1988 (she was the flag bearer of her country) and accumulated the runners-up at the United States Open (1988) and Wimbledon (1991), falling both times to Steffi Graf.

Sabatini carrying the Argentine flag at the opening of the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

His debut was early, his retirement too. Sabatini hung up the racket in 1996, at just 26 years old. A 12-year career might be short for many, but not for her. “I never regretted it, the proof is that after I retired there was not a day that said, 'I would like to be there'. It was always the opposite. It was difficult, because it was a career of many years, I couldn't make the decision overnight. I spent almost two years preparing it, to see if I wanted to retire or was having a moment of descent. I worked with a sports psychologist and that helped me, “he said in an interview with AS in 2019 when he received the ITF Philippe Chatrier Award at Roland Garros for his contribution to tennis on and off the court.

What does Gabriela Sabatini do today?

Before that withdrawal, Sabatini had taken advantage of his media pull to launch his own line of perfumes in 1989. She used it at that time, but once she was away from the competition she decided to disappear from everything related to the women's tennis circuit, although has returned on time for charity matches, And the media.

Thus, he focused on the real estate business. He built a tennis, polo and lodging club in Buenos Aires and named it 'Pilará Tennis Club'. Therefore, it is still linked to tennis, although not to competition. That union keeps her in her most supportive aspect, since she is the godmother of the Mar de Plata Sports Schools.

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Gabriela Sabatini and Monica Seles take a selfie at an exhibition match in New York in 2015.