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Old 12-17-2012, 02:18 AM   #25
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I think Carlos Kirmayer who coached her for awhile made her more agressive. Not so much off the ground perhaps, but he had her attacking the net and becoming alot more agressive that way, and going for a bit more off the ground as well, but mostly becoming an all court player rather than trying to outgrind bigger hitters off the ground.
Sure, she did win her only slam title under him (beating Steffi in the final no less), she stopped lifting weights so much and concentrated more on the other aspects of her game, hired a sport psychologist and I think even ended her doubles partnership with Graf(?).

Still, I think she might have benefited more if someone else than Gimenez "molded" her when she was a teenager.


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She played her best ever tennis from 1990-1992 under him, unfortnately for her Seles was unbeatable in big matches off of grass, and Steffi Graf was unbeatable still on grass.
Yeah, her peak years coincided with Steffi's and Seles' best years.

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Too bad she didnt stay with him longer, especialy from 93 onwards when the womens game went downhill with Seles stabbed, Navratilova phasing out altogether, Graf constantly injured, Capriati burning out out and gone, Fernandez's career going downhill with injuries, but she herself was part of that decline with her own massive decline and couldnt capatilize on it.
Yeah, pretty much.

Even though Sabatini was still going reasonably deep in slams, she had that terribly long title draught (ended against teenage Davenport in 1994) and her choke against Mary Joe Fernandez in 1993 FO QF was especially terrible (come to think of it, one could argue she wasn't the same afterwards).

Around that time she was also kinda just losing interest in tennis, publishing her book and whatnot.

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It was sad to watch her play in 1995, she had lost so much, and at a time Sanchez Vicario was reaching #1 and Martinez #2 at one point, she really could have won some big titles if she were in her 91 form.
That was the weaker period of 90s WTA tennis for sure but Sabatini was so far from her 1990-1992 form that it's hard to think about it like that.
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