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Biofile Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario

By Scoop Malinowski

Status: Former world no. 1 (1995) and winner of fourteen Grand Slam titles (4 singles, 6 doubles, 4 mixed). Also won four Olympic medals and five Federation Cup titles for Spain.

DOB: December 18, 1972 In: Barcelona, Spain

Ht: 5-6 1/2 Wt: 124

Childhood Role-Model: Chris Evert.

Early Tennis Memory: I picked up the racquet at five years old.

Favorite Movies: Sister Act, Dances With Wolves.

Favorite Book: Mirrors.

Favorite TV Show: Bill Cosby.

First Job: None.

First Car: Seat [smiles].

Nicknames: Tiger, Squirrel, Sparky, Barcelona Bumble Bee.

Pre-Match Feeling: I never give up. It’s the Spanish mentality – the players have to work really hard to beat me.

Hobbies/Interests: Speak five languages (Spanish, English, German, Italian, French), enjoy cycling, soccer and basketball.

Favorite Meal: Chicken, pasta.

Greatest Sports Moment: 1989 French Open victory. After three hours I beat her 75 in the third (from 3-5 down). I was the youngest player ever to win, seventeen. The first woman from Spain to do it. Steffi was unbeatable, she was two and a half years she didn’t lose a match.

Interesting Fact: Every Sunday church, Catholic.

Musical Tastes: The Beatles, Phil Collins, Bruce Springsteen.

Closest Friends In Tennis: Barbara Schultz, Natasha Zvereva.

Future Ambition: Family and TV commentator.

Career Accomplishments: Winner of 29 WTA singles titles and 69 in doubles; Ranked no. 1 in doubles in 1992; Won three French Opens 1989, 1994, 1998 and US Open 1994; Earned over $16m in career prize money; Turned pro in 1985 and retired in 2002; Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2007.

(Note: This interview was done in 1992 at Madison Square Garden at WTA Championships.)

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