Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
|Age||45 (18 Dec 1971)|
|Height||5' 6 1/2' (1.69 m)|
|Career Prize Money||$16,942,640|
|YTD Prize Money|
|Current Singles Ranking||Current Doubles Ranking|
Coached by brother Emilio throughout most of career, and Antonio Hernandez in 2004...Added a hyphen between her family names in 1998...Father, Emilio, is an engineer; mother, Marisa, is a retired teacher; mother's maiden name is Vicario; older sister, Marisa, graduated from Pepperdine University and now works for a finance company; older brothers Emilio and Javier competed on the men's tour...Non-athletic interests include the continuation of academics with emphasis on languages; is fluent in Spanish, French, German, Italian and English...Celebrity chairperson of Children's Cancer Research in Spain and Foundation Sanchez-Vicario...Favorite musicians are Phil Collins, Alejandro Sanz and Gloria Estefan...Enjoys reading, relaxing on the beach, soccer and horseback riding.
• In 2001 was named to the Spanish Olympic Committee; has won more medals for Spain (four: two Silver, two Bronze) than any athlete; participated in four Olympic Games, 1988, 1992, 1996 and 2000, earning Silver in doubles with Conchita Martinez and Bronze in singles in 1992, and Silver in singles and Bronze in doubles with Martinez in 1996
• With Conchita Martinez, recipient in 2001 inaugural Award of Excellence from the ITF and International Hall of Fame for dedication to Fed Cup, playing for 15 years and helping Spain win the Cup five times
• Received the 2000 Family Circle Cup Player Who Makes A Difference Award; in 1998, received Spain's highest award, the Principe De Asturiasi, for her lifetime achievement in tennis; the award is Spain's equivalent to a Nobel Prize and she is the first Spanish woman and third female athlete to receive the award; named Spain's Best Athlete in 1991, 1994 and 1998 by the newspaper El Mundo Deportivo; named the 1998 TENNIS Magazine Comeback Player; named the 1996 WTA Tour Doubles Team of the Year with Jana Novotna; recipient of first-ever WTA Tour ACES Award in 1995; named the 1994 International Tennis Federation World Champion; received 1988 and 1989 WTA Tour Most Improved Player Award; recipient of 1987 WTA Tour Most Impressive Newcomer Award; presented with Infiniti Commitment to Excellence Award at 1992 Amelia Island
• Is one of an elite list of five players to defeat Graf three or more times in one year (Evert, Navratilova, Sabatini and Coetzer are the others)
• Authored book titled The Young Tennis Player: A Young Enthusiast's Guide to Tennis released in 1996
Winner (29): 2001 - Porto, Madrid; 1999 - Cairo; 1998 - Roland Garros, Sydney; 1996 - Hilton Head, Hamburg; 1995 - Barcelona, Berlin; 1994 - Roland Garros, US Open, Amelia Island, Barcelona, Hamburg, Montreal, Tokyo [Nichirei], Oakland; 1993 - Miami, Amelia Island, Barcelona, Hamburg; 1992 - Miami, Montreal; 1991 - Washington, DC; 1990 - Barcelona, Newport; 1989 - Roland Garros, Barcelona; 1988 - Brussels.
Finalist (49): 2002 - Brussels; 2001 - Tokyo [Toyota]; 2000 - Hilton Head, Hamburg; 1998 - Eastbourne, Montreal, Tokyo [Toyota]; 1997 - Eastbourne, Tokyo [Toyota]; 1996 - Tokyo [Pan Pacific], Roland Garros, Wimbledon, Olympics, Montreal, San Diego, Tokyo [Nichirei]; 1995 - Australian Open, Rome, Roland Garros, Wimbledon, Tokyo [Nichirei]; 1994 - Australian Open, Delray Beach, Stratton, San Diego; 1993 - Delray Beach, Hilton Head, San Diego, Los Angeles, Tour Championships; 1992 - Sydney, Barcelona, Hamburg, Berlin, US Open, Philadelphia; 1991 - Sydney, Berlin, Roland Garros, Eastbourne; 1990 - Tokyo [Pan Pacific], Houston, Amelia Island, Hamburg, Leipzig; 1989 - Rome, Toronto; 1988 - Tampa; 1986 - Buenos Aires.
Winner (69): 2004 - Palermo (w/Medina Garrigues); 2002 - Doha (w/Husarova), Amelia Island, New Haven (both w/Hantuchova), Sopot, Helsinki, Tokyo [Princess Cup] (all w/Kuznetsova); 2001 - Miami (w/Tauziat); 2000 - Berlin (w/Martinez), Leipzig (w/Sidot); 1999 - Cairo (w/Courtois), Hamburg, Los Angeles (both w/Neiland); 1997 - Sydney (w/G. Fernandez), Miami, Moscow (both w/Zvereva), Madrid (w/MJ Fernandez), San Diego, Filderstadt, Zurich (all w/Hingis); 1996 - Australian Open, Amelia Island (both w/Rubin), Miami, Hilton Head, Madrid, Eastbourne (all w/Novotna), Hamburg (w/Schultz-McCarthy), Rome (w/Spirlea), Montreal (w/Neiland); 1995 - Australian Open, Wimbledon, Tour Championships, Miami, Eastbourne (all w/Novotna), Barcelona (w/Neiland); 1994 - US Open, Delray Beach, Wesley Chapel, Hamburg, San Diego (all w/Novotna), Hilton Head (w/McNeil), Amelia Island, Barcelona (both w/Neiland), Montreal (w/McGrath), Tokyo [Nichirei] (w/Halard), Oakland (w/Davenport); 1993 - Barcelona (w/C. Martinez), Rome (w/Novotna), US Open, Los Angeles, Essen (all w/Sukova); 1992 - Australian Open, Virginia Slims Championships, Sydney, Tokyo [Pan Pacific], Los Angeles, Filderstadt (all w/Sukova), Miami (w/Neiland), Hilton Head, Amelia Island (both w/Zvereva), Barcelona (w/C. Martinez); 1991 - Sydney, Amelia Island (both w/Sukova), Barcelona (w/Navratilova); 1990 - Hilton Head (w/Navratilova), Amelia Island, Largo, Barcelona (all w/Paz); 1986 - Athens (w/Cueto).
Finalist (42): 2004 - Bali (w/Kuznetsova); 2002 - Australian Open, Hamburg, Berlin (all w/Hantuchova), Bali, Tokyo [Japan Open] (both w/Kuznetsova), Madrid (w/De Los Rios), Brussels (w/Garbin); 2001 - Amelia Island (w/Navratilova); 2000 - Rome (w/Serna), Filderstadt (w/Schett); 1999 - Toronto, Filderstadt, Tour Championships (all w/Neiland); 1998 - Miami, Eastbourne (both w/Zvereva), Rome (w/Coetzer), Tokyo [Toyota] (w/MJ. Fernandez), Filderstadt (w/Kournikova); 1996 - US Open, Tour Championships (both w/Novotna), San Diego (w/Neiland); 1995 - Indian Wells (w/Neiland), Roland Garros (w/Novotna); 1994 - Sydney, Berlin, Wimbledon, Tour Championships (all w/Novotna), Stratton (w/C. Martinez); 1993 - Wesley Chapel (w/Neiland), Toronto (w/Sukova); 1992 - Roland Garros, Olympics (both w/C. Martinez), Wesley Chapel (w/Zvereva), Hamburg (w/Bollegraf); 1991 - Hamburg (w/Sukova); 1990 - Filderstadt, Tour Championships (both w/Paz), Chicago (w/Tauziat); 1989 - Barcelona (w/Wiesner), Albuquerque (w/Reggi); 1988 - Aix-En-Provence (w/Cecchini).
Winner (4): 2000 - US Open (w/Palmer); 1993 - Australian Open (w/Woodbridge); 1992 - Roland Garros (w/Woodbridge); 1990 - Roland Garros (w/Lozano).
Finalist (4): 2000 - Australian Open (w/Woodbridge); 1992 - Australian Open (w/Woodbridge); 1991 - US Open (w/E. Sanchez); 1989 - Roland Garros (w/de la Pena).
Spanish Fed Cup Team 1986-98, 2000-02. Spanish Olympic Team 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004.
• Winner of 29 singles and 69 doubles titles on the WTA Tour; 14-time Grand Slam champion (four in singles, six in doubles and four in mixed doubles)
• Ranked as the world's No. 1 player in both singles and doubles during career, first Spanish tennis player (male or female) to do so; simultaneously No. 1 in singles and doubles on Feb. 13, 1995, only second woman at the time (now one of four to achieve this feat, amongst Navratilova, Hingis and Davenport)
• Between February and June 1995, held the world No. 1 singles ranking for a total of 12 weeks; also remained ranked amongst the world's Top 10 for 11 of 12 years (May 1989 to May 2001)
• One of only five women to have won more than 700 singles matches in her career
• Ranks No. 5 in career prize money behind Graf, Navratilova, Hingis and Davenport
• She won at least one singles title every year for nine consecutive years (1988-1996)
• Competed in 58 Grand Slams, 43 consecutively, and reached SF at 22 of those, final of 12, winning four; between 1994 Australian Open and 1996 Wimbledon, reached eight finals in 11 Grand Slams played
• Led Spain to its first five Fed Cup victories, in 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995 and 1998, appearing in 10 finals total; also holds Fed Cup records for number of ties played (58) and number of rubbers won (72)
• Aged 14 years, 4 months, reached SF in Tour debut at 1986 Barcelona, only her second professional main draw; would go on to win tournament six times
• Made Grand Slam debut aged 15 years, 7 months at 1987 Roland Garros, reaching QF (l. to Sabatini)
• Won first WTA Tour singles title at Belgian Open at age 16 years, 11 months
• Seeded No. 7 and ranked No. 10, d. world No. 1 Graf at 1989 Roland Garros for career-first Grand Slam singles title, at the time the youngest-ever champion there at 17 years, 6 months (eclipsed by Seles in 1990, aged 16 years, 6 years)
• Defeated Graf 60 62 en route to 1991 Roland Garros final, Graf's career-worst loss until 1997 Berlin; only player to win two 6-0 sets vs. Graf (1992 Roland Garros SF also)
• By winning 1994 Roland Garros and US Open, became eighth player in Open Era (preceded by Seles, Navratilova, Graf, Court, Evert, Goolagong and King) to win two or more Grand Slam singles titles in same year; became first-ever Spanish woman to win US Open; won US Open doubles title (w/Novotna); part of first-ever Spanish Grand Slam singles titles sweep at Roland Garros when Sergi Bruguera won men's singles title and she won women's
• Fell to Graf 46 61 75 in 1995 Wimbledon final after titanic 11th game in third set, consisting of 32 points, 14 deuces and lasted 20 minutes; runner-up in eight of 12 Grand Slam singles finals in total, incl. 1996 Roland Garros (l. to Graf 10-8 third set); only player to beat both Graf and Seles in Grand Slam singles finals; only player to d. Graf, Seles and Hingis while they all held the No. 1 ranking; only player to d. Graf five times in singles finals during 1990s (5-19)
• After slipping out of Top 10 for first time in eight years, ranked No. 11, d. Davenport at 1997 Filderstadt for first Top 5 win since 1996 Hamburg; won 1998 Sydney over both Williams sisters to precede her final Grand Slam triumph over Seles and move back to No. 4 in the world
• Qualified 13 straight years for the season-ending Championships in singles (1989-01), reaching the final in 1993, falling to No. 1 Graf in four sets; qualified in doubles nine times (1990-97, 1999) with five different partners
• Ranking milestones:
Debuted on WTA Singles Rankings: May 26, 1986 at No. 155
Broke into Top 100: December 21, 1986 at No. 81
Broke into Top 50: July 20, 1987 at No. 49
Broke into Top 20: July 18, 1988 at No. 19
Broke into Top 10: May 11, 1989 at No. 10
Broke into Top 5: July 31, 1989 at No. 5
Rose to world No. 1: February 6, 1995
• Last WTA Tour singles title was at 2001 Madrid (singles)
• Played Roland Garros, Family Circle Cup and US Open every year during her 16-year singles career; also played in Hamburg 15 times, missing only 1995 due to an ankle injury
• Canadian Open was arguably her most successful city, winning two titles in 1992 (over No. 1 Seles) and 1994 (over No. 1 Graf), a runner-up twice (in 1996 and 1998) and semifinalist in 2000 before falling 1r in 2002; conversely, her best result when the Canadian Open was held during the odd-numbered years in Toronto was a final in 1989 and SF in 1993
• Announced her retirement at a press conference in Barcelona on Tuesday, November 12, 2002 (ended doubles ret. in 2004)
2004 - In doubles (w/Medina Garrigues), won title at Palermo (first for third-time pairing), her 69th doubles overall and first since announcing retirement in 2002, also l. 1r in doubles at Olympics to eventual bronze medalists Suárez/Tarabini of Argentina; also reached Bali doubles final (w/Kuznetsova - l. to top seeds Myskina/Sugiyama); reached mixed doubles SF (w/Humphries) at inaugural Beijing