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Old Oct 21st, 2013, 02:56 AM   #1
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Sabatini: "I lost matches to avoid media attention"

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Former U.S. Open champion Gabriela Sabatini tells La Nacion that she was so overwhelmed by media attention when she was young that she deliberately lost matches to avoid talking to the press.

"When I was younger and thought that I had to talk after winning a tournament, I often lost in the semifinals so I did not have to. It was that bad!" Sabatini said. "I was very introverted. I had some issues at school because I was very inward-looking."

The 43-year-old Sabatini, who never eclipsed the No. 3 ranking and lost numerous matches late in Grand Slams, said her high public profile often became too much to handle.

"I think my fame and my public profile had something to do with the fact that I did not become No. 1,” she said. “To be so famous would also have been a problem if I had been No. 1.”
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Old Oct 21st, 2013, 03:00 AM   #2
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Re: Sabatini: "I lost matches to avoid media attention"

Some people are made to be champion and relish the role, others are not.


I would not be happy if I were her fan then. She self-sabotaged

I wonder what posters who were her fan then now think about this statement.
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Old Oct 21st, 2013, 03:01 AM   #3
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what a lame excuse?!
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Old Oct 21st, 2013, 03:11 AM   #5
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Re: Sabatini: "I lost matches to avoid media attention"

That didn't stop Graf.
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Re: Sabatini: "I lost matches to avoid media attention"

I actually think she is telling the truth.


I'd be dissapointed if I were one of her fans, though..
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Re: Sabatini: "I lost matches to avoid media attention"

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I'd be dissapointed if I were one of her fans, though..
That is the unfortunate part of this.
Now some her fans who may have made comment like "Gabby fought so hard, but she lost. I am so proud her...", would wish they can take those words back.
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Re: Sabatini: "I lost matches to avoid media attention"

If it is true she must regret it, otherwise why bother bringing it up now????
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If it is true she must regret it, otherwise why bother bringing it up now????
Perhaps she tired of rumors of underachiever.
She want want the world to know there was mad science behind all that
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Re: Sabatini: "I lost matches to avoid media attention"

Just watch this thread turn into a Seles vs Graf debate with something uttered about Graf's slam count.
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Just watch this thread turn into a Seles vs Graf debate with something uttered about Graf's slam count.
You're first one to bring that up, I guess you will be blamed for it if and when it does take that turn.
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Re: Sabatini: "I lost matches to avoid media attention"

Although one might say even if she didn't deliberately try to lose, that mentality would have sunk her against any top opponent in a close match.
I would assume this meant against lesser opponents on smaller stages that unconsciously affected her on the larger stages.

Yah sounds right

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Re: Sabatini: "I lost matches to avoid media attention"

That is very weird. It's not like you don't get attention getting to the semis of a major. But, it looks like she means she mainly did this when she was a young player.
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Although one might say even if she didn't deliberately try to lose, that mentality would have sunk her against any top opponent in a close match.
I would assume this meant against lesser opponents on smaller stages that unconsciously affected her on the larger stages.

Yah sounds right

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No, I don't agree.
Why? The explanation she gave. Avoid media attention.

Where do you think she would get most media attention
Beating lesser opponent on small stage, bigger opponent on big stage.
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