View Full Version : Arantxa withdraws from Wimbledon

Jun 11th, 2002, 08:02 AM
June 10, 2002 WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- Two-time Wimbledon finalist Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario withdrew from the grass-court championships Monday, citing "extreme exhaustion."

The Spaniard lost to Steffi Graf in the 1995 and 1996 finals. Last
year, she was eliminated in the second round by American Lilia

Sanchez-Vicario, formerly ranked No. 1 in the world, lost in the first round of this month's French Open to compatriot Marta Marrero.

Sanchez-Vicario, 30, is ranked 31st in the world and was likely to have been among the 32 seeds at Wimbledon.

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Jun 11th, 2002, 08:08 AM
:sad: I hope Arantxa is ok :sad:

Wimbledon just *won't* be the same without her. :sad: I respect her decision, the break will hopefully do her good :) But she'll still be missed this year.

Crazy Canuck
Jun 11th, 2002, 09:48 AM
Is she hurt or something?

Or just doesn't feel like playing?

I can respect either.

Jun 11th, 2002, 10:25 AM
Marsha/Pam: We have to keep our fingers crossed, this break could be just what she needed. She has nothing to defend so some timeout cannot harm her!

I wana see the good ol Arantxa back that we are used to seeing.

Rebecca: I think playing so many weeks (since Feb she has had only 1 week off!) and the mental exhaustion (inc 1st rd loss at RG) affected Arantxa's decision.

She said then that she needed time off and wanted to improve a few things.

I just hope she comes back 200% and gives us some more great matches! :)

Crazy Canuck
Jun 11th, 2002, 10:31 AM
ASV was actually my first fave in womens tennis...

I dont remember my first tennis watching days that well - they were post 1993 I am fairy sure, for womens at least.

But I recall seeing ASV and Monica play some matches at the Canadian Open on tv a couple years in a row and always rooted for ASV - I liked her cause she was so fiesty and never gave up.

I had forgotten about that untill lately though :)

Jun 11th, 2002, 11:18 PM
I have always supported this move from Arantxa and I think it's the smartest move she could make, I think she should take the Sabbatical atleast until the open, but she's gotta be careful. She needs to stay physically fit. Look what happened to Mary after she was out for so long. So, I hope this move will relax her and allow her to concentrate on other things for a while.

Jun 12th, 2002, 12:35 AM
I support her decision but it doesn't seem logical to me to take a break now, and then play in Antwerp, and Finland, and probably some other clay event, and then Canada, New Haven, and U.S. Open. I would rather her play Wimbledon, then take a break, and then prepare for the summer hardcourt season. Oh well, she probably figures in her state right now, she won't do that well at Wimbledon, but I just am so upset she's missing it :(

Jun 12th, 2002, 12:35 AM
Yeah everyone is right! When you think that Arantxa has played for so many years and always played at the main events its inevitable that she'll be tired. She obviously needs a rest and needs time to think.
It just *will* be strange to see Wimbledon without Arantxa buzzing around. Rather selfishly I was looking forward to seeing her ;) But like I said I go by whatever she decides, as she's the only one who knows what is best by her!
Vamos Arantxa, best wishes :)

Jun 12th, 2002, 12:36 AM
well, after that humiliation she suffered in Paris she deserve this break. If only I could replace her and get that guarantee $10K

Jun 12th, 2002, 01:01 AM
this is sad news because arantxa always gave her all at every grand slam and she played in one of the best finals of all time against steffi in 1995.
she will be missed.

Jun 12th, 2002, 01:10 AM
Will surely miss Arantxa at Wimbledon. It will be too *weird* without her. Just wish she would have stayed out of other tournaments if exhaustion was the issue and she *may* have been rested up for Wimbledon.

Arantxa, wish the best for you and come back when you are rested up....as long as it isn't too long.

Jun 12th, 2002, 08:50 PM
Jason, I don't think you have to worry about Arantxa not stating in tiptop physical shape -- if she is thinking of returning to tennis at all, she will continue her daily training, I'm sure. As others have said here, I think she is more *mentally* exhausted than *physically* exhausted and the rest is what she needs to heal herself. (I hope)

Jun 12th, 2002, 09:08 PM
"For whom the bell tolls;
it tolls for thee."

Jun 12th, 2002, 10:05 PM
Gutted I won't be able to see her play when I'm at Wimbledon :( !!! But I respect Arantxa's decision and I am behind her 100% in this :).

Come back fighting fit soon Arantxa :D !!!