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Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario Gallery

The charismatic Spaniard gave photographers plenty of good material, on and off the courts.

Published May 14, 2010 12:00

Sanchez-Vicario never, ever gave up on a ball.
Sanchez-Vicario never, ever gave up on a ball.
Sanchez-Vicario and Pierce met in two Grand Slam finals, for one win apiece.
Sanchez-Vicario and Pierce met in two Grand Slam finals, for one win apiece.
Pierce was Sanchez-Vicario's victim in the 1994 French Open final.
Pierce was Sanchez-Vicario's victim in the 1994 French Open final.
Sanchez-Vicario proved her class on hardcourts by beating Steffi Graf in the final of the 1994 US Open.
Sanchez-Vicario proved her class on hardcourts by beating Steffi Graf in the final of the 1994 US Open.
The view from the top: Sanchez-Vicario was No.1 when this photo shoot took place in Miami in 1995.
The view from the top: Sanchez-Vicario was No.1 when this photo shoot took place in Miami in 1995.
Sanchez-Vicario fell to the ground in joy when she beat defending champion Conchita Martinez to reach her first Wimbledon final in 1995.
Sanchez-Vicario fell to the ground in joy when she beat defending champion Conchita Martinez to reach her first Wimbledon final in 1995.
So near, and yet so far: Graf prevailed 7-5 in the third set of the 1995 Wimbledon final.
So near, and yet so far: Graf prevailed 7-5 in the third set of the 1995 Wimbledon final.
It was a similar story at the All England Club in 1996...
It was a similar story at the All England Club in 1996...
...but on that occasion Sanchez-Vicario playfully took matters into her own hands.
...but on that occasion Sanchez-Vicario playfully took matters into her own hands.
In 1998 Sanchez-Vicario and Anna Kournikova took time out to visit the pyramids near Cairo.
In 1998 Sanchez-Vicario and Anna Kournikova took time out to visit the pyramids near Cairo.
Sanchez-Vicario captured her third Roland Garros crown, and final major title, over Monica Seles in 1998.
Sanchez-Vicario captured her third Roland Garros crown, and final major title, over Monica Seles in 1998.
Sanchez-Vicario's backhand was the cornerstone of her relentless baseline game.
Sanchez-Vicario's backhand was the cornerstone of her relentless baseline game.
Sanchez-Vicario and Martinez helped ensure Spanish domination of the Fed Cup in the 1990s.
Sanchez-Vicario and Martinez helped ensure Spanish domination of the Fed Cup in the 1990s.
Sanchez-Vicario paired successfully with many doubles partners, including Martina Navratilova.
Sanchez-Vicario paired successfully with many doubles partners, including Martina Navratilova.
Sanchez-Vicario helped win the Hopman Cup for Spain twice, including in 2002, partnering Tommy Robredo.
Sanchez-Vicario helped win the Hopman Cup for Spain twice, including in 2002, partnering Tommy Robredo.
Signing autographs for fans at Miami in 2002 - her last full year on the Tour.
Signing autographs for fans at Miami in 2002 - her last full year on the Tour.
No prizes for guessing why Sanchez-Vicario's beloved dog was named Roland.
No prizes for guessing why Sanchez-Vicario's beloved dog was named Roland.
Sanchez-Vicario and Kournikova knew how to celebrate.
Sanchez-Vicario and Kournikova knew how to celebrate.
In 2008 Sanchez-Vicario joined a line-up of former champions in Paris: Ilie Nastase, Mats Wilander, Gustavo Kuerten and Yannick Noah.
In 2008 Sanchez-Vicario joined a line-up of former champions in Paris: Ilie Nastase, Mats Wilander, Gustavo Kuerten and Yannick Noah.
A member of the Laureus World Sports Awards jury, Sanchez-Vicario attended the 2010 gala with husband Jose Santacana.
A member of the Laureus World Sports Awards jury, Sanchez-Vicario attended the 2010 gala with husband Jose Santacana.
  • Sanchez-Vicario never, ever gave up on a ball.
  • Sanchez-Vicario and Pierce met in two Grand Slam finals, for one win apiece.
  • Pierce was Sanchez-Vicario's victim in the 1994 French Open final.
  • Sanchez-Vicario proved her class on hardcourts by beating Steffi Graf in the final of the 1994 US Open.
  • The view from the top: Sanchez-Vicario was No.1 when this photo shoot took place in Miami in 1995.
  • Sanchez-Vicario fell to the ground in joy when she beat defending champion Conchita Martinez to reach her first Wimbledon final in 1995.
  • So near, and yet so far: Graf prevailed 7-5 in the third set of the 1995 Wimbledon final.
  • It was a similar story at the All England Club in 1996...
  • ...but on that occasion Sanchez-Vicario playfully took matters into her own hands.
  • In 1998 Sanchez-Vicario and Anna Kournikova took time out to visit the pyramids near Cairo.
  • Sanchez-Vicario captured her third Roland Garros crown, and final major title, over Monica Seles in 1998.
  • Sanchez-Vicario's backhand was the cornerstone of her relentless baseline game.
  • Sanchez-Vicario and Martinez helped ensure Spanish domination of the Fed Cup in the 1990s.
  • Sanchez-Vicario paired successfully with many doubles partners, including Martina Navratilova.
  • Sanchez-Vicario helped win the Hopman Cup for Spain twice, including in 2002, partnering Tommy Robredo.
  • Signing autographs for fans at Miami in 2002 - her last full year on the Tour.
  • No prizes for guessing why Sanchez-Vicario's beloved dog was named Roland.
  • Sanchez-Vicario and Kournikova knew how to celebrate.
  • In 2008 Sanchez-Vicario joined a line-up of former champions in Paris: Ilie Nastase, Mats Wilander, Gustavo Kuerten and Yannick Noah.
  • A member of the Laureus World Sports Awards jury, Sanchez-Vicario attended the 2010 gala with husband Jose Santacana.
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