ASV had a good backhand, she was able to won points on the net, she was probably the best defensive player of the 90's, and she was strong mentally.
I know a lot of people think that without bashing the ball you haven't any future nowadays, but a player with the qualities of Arantxa will be a top contender at RG without any problem. Most current top players (with some exceptions) are head cases, so a woman who is able to keep her nerves, don't make tons of UE, and has a good defense has her chances to do well
People often, and sometimes even Arantxa's greatest admirers, do her a disservice.
She did not have Seles' pounding drives, or Steffi's forehand or serve, but there was actually a lot of variety to her game, and many ways she could hurt her opponents. No player reaches two Wimbledon finals, and comes with five points of the title, as well as reaching major finals on all surfaces multiple times, with merely defensive skills. Just look at the players she defeated in grandslam championships: Seles, Graf, Evert, Sabatini, Pierce, Novotna, Venus, Serena - you don't defeat those players on big occasions if you're just a retriever, nor amass Arantxa's haul of doubles slams.
Yes, she is renowned for defensive brilliance, but she could volley better than all bar one or two, almost never missed a smash, had a reliable serve and a backhand from which she could generate as much pace as the most ferocious, as well as slice as well as any player. Watch her at times outdrive Seles from her backhand side in the 1991 French Open final.
That Arantxa was a 'retriever' is one of the biggest myths of tennis. She was a player with variety, great defensive skills being prominent.