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post #1 of 53 (permalink) Old Nov 12th, 2002, 05:59 PM Thread Starter
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Goodbye Arantxa

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HER FIRST ROLAND GARROS | It was in 1989 when a youngster of barely 17 years old shocked the world of tennis defeating Germany's Steffi Graf in the final of Roland Garros 7-6(8-6), 3-6, 7-5. It was only the beginning.

FRIENDS AND RIVALS | Germany's Steffi Graf became the rival of Arantxa in most of the big finals that the Spanish player reached in her caeer.

FIVE FED CUP TITLES | The youngest of the Sánchez-Vicario played all the finals that the Spanish team reached, winning five titles in her career and becoming the tennis player with more apperances in a final in Fed Cup history, along with her partner, Conchita Martínez.

THE US OPEN ALSO HERS | In 1994 she stormed through her best season, winning Roland Garros and the US Open, making true all the promise of previous seasons.

A VERY SPECIAL DEDICATION | Never in her career did she forget those close to her. She always had big friendships both in the court and away due to her great dedication to her friends and family.

WITHOUT MAKING ANY NOISE | Even being the great diva of Spanish tennis, Arantxa has always stayed away from controversy to dedicate herself entirely to "her sport"

THIS ONE DIDN'T GO OVER | Friend and foe, the net has been a great help and a big enemy at times. But this time, the net has not saved Arantxa, who has decided to hang her racquet.

WIMBLEDON - THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY | The very desired and prestigious english tournament was the one that as far as Arantxa was concerned got away. Steffi, twice, stood in the way of her dream tournament win.

THE OLYMPIC DREAM | Her great performance in the singles at the Olympics Games in Barcelona and Atlanta gave her 2 medals (bronze, silver).

A GREAT TEAM | The partnership that she formed with Conchita Martínez is the best in Spanish tennis history, winning two Olympic medals in the 1992 and 1996 Olympic games (silver and bronze).

HER LAST GRAND SLAM | It was in 1998 when Arantxa won Roland Garros against usa's Monica Seles. That title was the last one in a impressive Grand Slam record.

THE SANCHEZ-VICARIO FAMILY | Emilio, Javier and Arantxa were the main spanihs players for many years, but it was without a doubt, the "girl" who made a name for herself in world tennis.

GOODBYE ARANTXA | With barely contained tears and visibly affected, the best spanish player of all time has said goodbye to tennis. She knows it's her time to go and she has decided to stop. We won't see her again in the WTA Tour.

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This was great!!!!
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Its sad to see her go...Good Luck Arantxa in the future

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Martina I will miss you!!
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Thank you for your conclusion...
suddenly feel sad now....
ASV..thx you for playing so many good matches!
You are definitely the hero in my heart!
Hope you can have better life after you retired!
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She'll be missed a lot. There were so many great matches where she was involved.

Thank you for the many exciting years Arantxa and good luck for the future!
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It's great that she and steffi always came along so well despite being rivals for so long

In the middle of the night
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To the river so deep
We all end in the ocean
We all start in the streams
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I think Arantxa was very underrated and didn't receive as much credit as she deserved. People say Steffi had no rivals when Monica was off the tour, but some of those matches between Steffi and Arantxa in 94-96 remain some of the best I have ever seen. They played some intense battles and I will always remember them fondly.

Goodbye Arantxa, well done and have a great life
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Arantxa and Steffi were great rivals and friends too I think

I will miss her

Good luck in the future

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Goodbye Arantxa and thanks for those great matches esp. against Steffi in RG! I remember one of the first matches i saw on TV was the 1994 RG final against Mary Pierce!

Great career, great champion!
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One of the best posts that I have ever read here Gallofa. Who are the other two players in the Fed Cup photo?
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Thanks for that post Bea Great pictures and great memories!

Arantxa is awesome. I'm proud to have supported her! Arantxa got me into tennis, and because of that I've met the best people and had the best tennis trips. All good things must come to an end and whilst it will be strange and sad to see the tour without her, its nice to reflect on a stunning career and some wonderful achievements. I would have followed Arantxa if she had won 100 Grand slams or none - and few players are so great to their fans. Good luck for the future Arantxa, you deserve every second of a happy life!

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Arantxa, I knew this day would come, and although I'm upset that you're going, I couldn't be happier for you. I know this is obviously the best desicion, not because of your recent results, but because you just simply want to move on. Good luck with life Arantxa, I know you wil achieve whatever you strive for.

Arantxa Sanchez Vicario Always #1
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I'll never forget the first tennis player i ever saw win a tournament bye arantxa

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Always in our hearts.... Arantxa Sanchez Vicario!.... 110 titles.... no1 in singles and doubles.... a true legend!
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Lovely thread! Muchas gracias, Gallofa!!

Adios, Arantxa!
Tennis won't be the same without you!
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