August 23, 1992 |
Jennifer Capriati was last seen blowing kisses in the Barcelona breeze. The object of her affection? A hunk of gold that became the pinnacle of her Olympic experience. A similar scenario is unlikely after the championship of the Mazda Tennis Classic is decided Aug. 30 at the La Costa Resort & Spa. The prize is a bright yellow sports car. The car could go to Capriati, the Olympic gold medalist from Saddlebrook, Fla.
May 11, 1992 |
Gabriela Sabatini is at home in Rome. Sabatini defeated top-ranked Monica Seles in the final for the second consecutive year to win the Italian Open, 7-5, 6-4, in 1 hour 50 minutes before 10,000 fans at Foro Italico. "I always play well here in Rome," Sabatini said. "The crowd always helps. I'm feeling stronger than I ever felt." It was the fourth Italian Open title for the 21-year-old Sabatini, from Argentina, who has won five of her nine tournaments this year.
April 13, 1992 |
Gabriela Sabatini continued her recent domination of Steffi Graf on Sunday, beating her for the seventh time in their last eight meetings in the final of the Bausch & Lomb tournament at Amelia Island, Fla. The 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 victory gave Sabatini a tour-leading four tournament titles. "I think confidence is the biggest difference," Sabatini said after the match, her third victory over Graf in the final of this event in the last four years.
April 6, 1992 |
It took a little longer than she had hoped, but Gabriela Sabatini got what she was seeking--a second consecutive Family Circle Magazine Cup title. "It's very special," Sabatini said. "It gives me a lot of confidence always to win a tournament. It's something that means a lot mentally, too." Sabatini had a breeze and then a battle en route to beating Conchita Martinez, 6-1, 6-4, on Sunday at Hilton Head Island, S.C.
March 20, 1992 |
Gabriela Sabatini fell behind before overtaking Steffi Graf with the help of a wildly supportive crowd. Jennifer Capriati fell behind and stayed there. An aggressive Sabatini rallied past her archrival, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1, in Thursday night's semifinal in the International Players Championships. Earlier, a weary Capriati lost to Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, 6-2, 6-4.
March 7, 1992 |
Gabriela Sabatini was hurting, and Amanda Coetzer did nothing to make her feel better. Sabatini, bothered by cramps in her legs and right forearm, lost to the South African, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, in Friday's quarterfinals at the Virginia Slims of Florida at Boca Raton. Coetzer, ranked 61st, won the last six games against the tournament's three-time champion. Late in the match Sabatini requested a trainer, who could only recommend she drink more water.
February 3, 1992 |
Gabriela Sabatini dashed Martina Navratilova's hopes of posting an unprecedented 158th singles victory Sunday at Tokyo by winning the $350,000 Pan Pacific Open for the second consecutive year with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 victory. Navratilova remains tied with retired Chris Evert, who established the record of 157 singles victories. Sabatini needed 1 hour 55 minutes to beat the second-seeded Navratilova, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, and register her second singles title of the season and the 22nd of her career.
November 23, 1991 |
Gabriela Sabatini routed Jennifer Capriati on Friday night and joined top-seeded Monica Seles in the semifinals of the Virginia Slims Championships. No. 3-seeded Sabatini beat Capriati, 6-1, 6-4, after Seles defeated Mary Joe Fernandez, 6-3, 6-2. In today's other semifinal, No. 4 Martina Navratilova will play No. 8 Jana Novotna. Sabatini's best showings have come in New York. Her first major tournament victory came in the 1988 Virginia Slims Championships, and she won the U.S.