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Arantxa Sanchez Vicario
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario in 2003
Country (sports)  Spain
Lives Where Barcelona, Spain
Birthday/Birthplace (1971-12-18) 18 December 1971
Barcelona, Spain
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 6 1⁄2 in)
Turned pro 1985
Retired 2002
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money US$16,942,640
Int. Tennis HoF 2007 (member page)
Career record 759–295 (72.01%)
Career titles 29
Highest ranking No. 1 (6 February 1995)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open F (1994, 1995)
French Open W (1989, 1994, 1998)
Wimbledon F (1995, 1996)
US Open W (1994)
Other tournaments
Grand Slam Cup QF (1998, 1999)
Tour Finals F (1993)
Career record 676–224 (75.11%)
Career titles 69
Highest ranking No. 1 (19 October 1992)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (1992, 1995, 1996)
French Open F (1992, 1995)
Wimbledon W (1995)
US Open W (1993, 1994)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour Finals W (1992, 1995)
Mixed doubles
Career record 68–29 (70.1%)
Career titles 4
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open W (1993)
French Open W (1990, 1992)
Wimbledon 3R (1990)
US Open W (2000)
Team competitions
Fed Cup W (1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998)
Hopman Cup W (1990, 2002)
Coaching career (2015–)
  • Caroline Wozniacki (2015)

Medal record

Olympic Games
1992 Barcelona Doubles
1996 Atlanta Singles
1992 Barcelona Singles
1996 Atlanta Doubles

Aránzazu Arantxa Isabel María Sánchez Vicario (Barcelona, ​​Spain, December 18, 1971) is a Spanish extenist.

During his career he was number one in the WTA world in 1995. He won four Grand Slam titles in the singles category, six in the doubles category and four in mixed doubles, in addition to four Olympic medals and five Federation Cup titles with the Spanish team.

Arantxa Sanchez Vicario’s Biography

Arantxa Sánchez Vicario was born in Barcelona in 1971 in a family with great tennis fans, being the youngest of the four brothers of the marriage formed by Emilio Sánchez Benito and María Luisa Vicario Rubio (Marisa, Emilio, Javier and Arantxa). At 4 years old he started playing tennis, following in the footsteps of his older brothers Emilio and Javier. In 1985, at the age of 14, he became a professional. In its beginnings it was nicknamed as “the bumblebee of Barcelona”.

Arantxa shook the world of tennis when in 1989, being 10th in the world and barely known in the circuit, she defeated the world number 1 Steffi Graf in the final of the Roland Garros tournament. With this victory, in addition to winning the title, Arantxa became the youngest player until then to win the French Tennis Open (the brand only lasted a year, since in the next edition, the Serbian Monica Seles won the title with only 16 years). From that moment, the matches between Steffi and Arantxa would become a classic of women’s tennis for its hardness and great game. In the 1989 Canadian Masters semifinals, Arantxa dispatched Sabatini 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 before losing to Martina Navrátilová in the finals. In 1992, Arantxa overwhelmed Sabatini in the final of the tournament of Cayo Vizcaino 6-1, 6-4, she to win fourth contest against Sabatini.

The most successful year of the Spanish player (in the individual category) was 1994, when she won eight tournaments, including the French Open or Roland Garros (for the second time) and the US Open. won his third title in the French tournament, completing in this way, his quartet of Grand Slam titles in individual category. It should be noted that he was also a finalist in the individual category in the four Grand Slam tournaments. That same year, Arantxa Sánchez Vicario was awarded the Prince of Asturias Award for Sports.

Sánchez Vicario became number 1 in the world in the WTA ranking in the individual category in 1995 (for twelve weeks). This classification coincided in time with her first position in the doubles category, so she became the second player in history (the first was Martina Navratilova in 1987) to keep simultaneously the number 1 in both categories. Only three other players have repeated this fact, Martina Hingis, Lindsay Davenport and Kim Clijsters.

In the ranking of doubles, a total of 111 weeks remained as number 1 in the world between 1992 and 1997.

In the individual ranking of the WTA, a total of 11 seasons has finished among the first ten players in the world. In the category of doubles has been 10 seasons among the ten best in the world, highlighting in 1995 and 1996 that finished as number 1 in the world.

In the doubles category, Arantxa Sánchez Vicario won the titles in Australia in the years 1992 (with Helena Suková), 1995 (with Jana Novotná) and 1996 (with Chanda Rubin), at the US Open in 1993 (with Helena Sukova) and 1994 (with Jana Novotná), and in Wimbledon in 1995 (also with Jana). He also won four Grand Slam titles in mixed doubles category.

In 1991, Arantxa helped Spain win its first title in the Federation Cup, defeating the United States team in the final. She was a player of the Spanish teams that won the Federation Cup five times in 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995 and 1998. Sánchez Vicario has the highest number of wins in the singles and doubles category achieved by any player in the Federation Cup, with 72 victories It also has the highest number of matches played (100 games, of which 72 were individual and 28 were doubles), and more editions played (16).

Arantxa Sánchez Vicario was also part of the Spanish teams that won the Hopman Cup in 1990 and 2002.

Represented Spain in the five editions of the Olympic Games. His first participation was in the Olympic Games of Seoul 1988, where he participated only in individual category and lost in 1st round. In his second participation, in Barcelona, ​​he competed in singles (lost in the semifinals against Jennifer Capriati) and in doubles (he won the silver medal with Conchita Martínez). Four years later, in Atlanta 1996, she lost the individual final against Lindsay Davenport and reached the semifinals in the doubles category, along with Conchita Martínez. In Sydney 2000 he lost in quarterfinals in individual category and reached 2nd round in doubles category. Finally, in Athens 2004, he lost in the 1st round in the doubles category. In those 5 participations, the Spanish tennis player won two silver and two bronze medals.

Arantxa Sánchez Vicario announced her retirement from tennis in November 2002. However, she returned in 2004 to play in some doubles tournaments and to compete in her fifth Olympic Games.

In 2012 she returned to the competition as captain of the Tennis Federation Cup together with coach Gabriel Urpí, position in which she did not get a single victory of the Spanish team and after little involvement with the team, she was encouraged by the RFET to resign of the charge.

On December 10, 2009, the Supreme Court ordered to pay 3,487,216.50 euros, plus the costs, to the public treasury for understanding that it defrauded the Treasury during the fiscal years from 1989 to 1993.

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