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Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario - (ESP) Residence: Andorra Birthdate: December 18, 1971 Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain Height: 5' 6 1/2" (1.69 m) Weight: 123 lbs. (56 kg) Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand) Status: Pro (June 1985) Sanex WTA TOUR singles titles: 27 Sanex WTA TOUR doubles titles: 60 Grand Slam titles: 4 singles, 6 doubles, 4 mixed doubles ITF Women's Circuit singles titles: 0 2001 HIGHLIGHTS - SINGLES THIRD ROUND: Indian Wells 2001 HIGHLIGHTS - DOUBLES SEMIFINALIST: Dubai (w/Tauziat), Indian Wells (w/Tauziat) GRAND SLAM (SINGLES) AND CHASE CHAMPIONSHIPS (S/D) HISTORY 01 00 99 98 97 96 95 94 93 92 91 90 89 88 87 AUSTRALIAN -- QF 2r QF 3r QF F F SF SF SF -- -- -- -- ROLAND GARROS -- SF SF W QF F F W SF SF F 2r W QF QF WIMBLEDON -- 4r 2r QF SF F F 4r 4r 2r QF 1r QF 1r 1r UNITED STATES -- 4r 4r QF QF 4r 4r W SF F QF SF QF 4r 1r CHASE CHAMPS (S) -- 1r 1r 1r QF QF 1r 1r F QF QF QF SF -- -- CHASE CHAMPS (D) -- -- F -- QF F W F SF W SF F -- -- -- CAREER HIGHLIGHTS - SINGLES WINNER (27): 1999 - Cairo; 1998 - Roland Garros, Sydney; 1996 - Hilton Head, Hamburg; 1995 - Barcelona, German Open; 1994 - Roland Garros, U.S. Open, Amelia Island, Barcelona, Hamburg, Canadian Open, Tokyo [Nichirei], Oakland; 1993 - Miami, Amelia Island, Barcelona, Hamburg; 1992 - Miami, Canadian Open; 1991 - Washington, DC; 1990 - Barcelona, Newport; 1989 - Roland Garros, Barcelona; 1988 - Belgian Open CAREER HIGHLIGHTS - DOUBLES WINNER (60): 2000 - German Open (w/Martinez), Leipzig (w/Sidot); 1999 - Cairo (w/Courtois), Hamburg (w/Neiland), Los Angeles (w/Neiland); 1997 - Sydney (w/G. Fernandez), Miami (w/Zvereva), Madrid (w/M.J. Fernandez), San Diego (w/Hingis), Filderstadt (w/Hingis), Zurich (w/Hingis), Moscow (w/Zvereva); 1996 - Australian Open (w/Rubin), Miami (w/Novotna), Hilton Head (w/Novotna), Amelia Island (w/Rubin), Hamburg (w/Schultz-McCarthy), Italian Open (w/Spirlea), Madrid (w/Novotna), Eastbourne (w/Novotna), Canadian Open (w/Neiland); 1995 - Australian Open (w/Novotna), Wimbledon (w/Novotna), WTA TOUR Championships (w/Novotna), Miami (w/Novotna), Barcelona (w/Neiland), Eastbourne (w/Novotna); 1994 - U.S. Open (w/Novotna), Delray Beach (w/Novotna), Light 'n Lively Doubles (w/Novotna), Hilton Head (w/McNeil), Amelia Island (w/Neiland), Barcelona (w/Neiland), Hamburg (w/Novotna), San Diego (w/Novotna), Canadian Open (w/McGrath), Tokyo [Nichirei] (w/Halard), Oakland (w/Davenport); 1993 - U.S. Open (w/Sukova), Barcelona (w/C. Martinez), Italian Open (w/Novotna), Essen (w/Sukova); 1992 - Australian Open (w/Sukova), Virginia Slims Championships (w/Sukova), Miami (w/Neiland), Sydney (w/Sukova), Tokyo [Pan Pacific] (w/Sukova), Hilton Head (w/Zvereva), Amelia Island (w/Zvereva), Barcelona (w/C. Martinez), Los Angeles (w/Sukova), Filderstadt (w/Sukova); 1991 - Sydney (w/Sukova), Amelia Island (w/Sukova), Barcelona (w/Navratilova); 1990 - Hilton Head (w/Navratilova), Amelia Island (w/Paz), Tampa (w/Paz), Barcelona (w/Paz); 1986 - Athens (w/Cueto) CAREER HIGHLIGHTS - MIXED DOUBLES WINNER (4): 2000 - U.S. Open (w/Palmer); 1993 - Australian Open (w/Woodbridge); 1992 - Roland Garros (w/Woodbridge); 1990 - Roland Garros (w/Lozano) FINALIST (4): 2000 - Australian Open (w/Woodbridge); 1992 - Australian Open (w/Woodbridge); 1991 - U.S. Open (w/E. Sanchez); 1989 - Roland Garros (w/de la Pena) ADDITIONAL: Spanish Fed Cup Team 1986-98, 2000. Spanish Olympic Team 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000. QUICK FACTS * Elected not to play the 2001 Australian Open * Saved five match points to defeat Patty Schnyder and reach the semifinals at 2000 Gold Coast * At 2000 Sydney, upset 11th-ranked Julie Halard-Decugis for best win in eight months, then defeated Jelena Dokic before falling to world No. 2 Lindsay Davenport in three sets * At the 2000 Australian Open, avenged a loss to Barbara Schett there a year earlier, collecting first win over a Top 10 player in 17 months en route to a quarterfinal finish; was the mixed doubles runner-up with Todd Woodbridge * Finalist in her tournament-record 14th consecutive year at Hilton Head in 2000 (tying Rosie Casals record of most total years) after saving three set points in the first set to defeat Conchita Martinez in the semifinals, her second win of the year over a Top 10 player; defeated Amanda Coetzer in a three-hour quarterfinal match; fell to Mary Pierce in the final * Reached second final of the 2000 clay court season in Hamburg after defeating Amanda Coetzer in a third-set tie-break in the semifinals; fell to Martina Hingis * Playing in her 50th Grand Slam tournament at 2000 Roland Garros, reached the semifinals with wins over 16th seed Barbara Schett (after trailing 0-6, 1-4) and fourth seed Venus Williams, marking the 14th time in her 15 years at the tournament to reach at least the quarterfinals and the 10th consecutive time * In 2000, won her 14th Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open, winning the mixed doubles, and won her 60th Sanex WTA TOUR doubles crown at Leipzig * Was off the tour in February-early March 2000 for throat surgery to remove a cyst * Collected first singles title in 11 months and first doubles crown in 2 years at 1999 Cairo, marking the 14th time in her career to sweep both titles at a tournament; lost just 13 games en route to the title, the fewest games lost by any champion in 1999 * Through 2000, won at least one singles title in 11 of the last 13 years, including on all four surfaces; and at least two doubles titles every year since 1990 except 1998 * Qualified for the 1999 Grand Slam Cup as one of the top Grand Slam performers of the year * Was off the tour in 1999 from mid-January to mid-March with a left wrist injury * Captured third Roland Garros crown and fourth Grand Slam singles title in 1998, defeating No. 2 Lindsay Davenport in the semifinals and No. 8 Monica Seles in the final; became the 11th woman in the history of Roland Garros, dating back to 1897, to win it three times; in the fourth round, came back from down a set and 5-2 to defeat Serena Williams * In 1999, Became ninth woman in Open Era to win 600 singles matches * Captured first singles title in 20 months at 1998 Sydney, ousting Serena Williams in the semifinals and Venus Williams in the final, becoming the first player to defeat both Williams sisters in the same tournament * With Spanish teammate Conchita Martinez, defeated the United States in the 1998 Fed Cup semifinals by winning the deciding doubles match 6-4, 6-7, 11-9; in the finals against Switzerland, again won the deciding doubles match with Martinez to give Spain its fifth Fed Cup championship; also helped lead Spain to Fed Cup titles in 1991, 1993, 1994 and 1995 * In 1998, became third woman ever to cross the $14 million mark in career prize money (Graf and Navratilova preceded her) * Became sixth player, since computer rankings began in 1975, to hold the No. 1 singles ranking, on February 6, 1995; first male or female Spanish player to hold No. 1 world tennis ranking in Open Era * On February 13, 1995, became second player to simultaneously hold No. 1 ranking in singles and doubles, joining Martina Navratilova; Martina Hingis and Lindsay Davenport later joined the elite group * At the 1997 Chase Championships, came back from a set and 4-1 down to upset Monica Seles in the first round; has qualified for the season-ending championships as one of the best 16 players of the season 12 consecutive years, and as one of the best eight doubles teams nine times * Participated in four Olympic Games, 1988, 1992, 1996 and 2000, earning four medals: silver in doubles with Conchita Martinez and bronze in singles in 1992, and silver in singles and bronze in doubles with Martinez in 1996 * Is one of an elite list of five players to defeat Steffi Graf three or more times in one year (Evert, Navratilova, Sabatini and Coetzer are the others) * By winning 1994 Roland Garros and U.S. Open, became eighth player in Open Era (preceded by Seles, Navratilova, Graf, Court, Evert, Goolagong and King) to win two or more Grand Slam singles titles in the same year (Hingis was added in 1997 and Venus Williams in 2000) * In 1994, became first-ever Spanish woman to win U.S. Open; won singles and doubles titles * Was part of first-ever Spanish Grand Slam singles-titles sweep at 1994 Roland Garros when Sergi Bruguera won men's singles title and she won women's * Won eight singles titles in 1994, more than any other player; swept singles and doubles titles at seven Sanex WTA TOUR events in 1994 * In 1993, competed in 91 singles matches (won 77), the most single-season matches since Martina Navratilova played 92 in 1986 * Upset Steffi Graf 7-6(8-6), 3-6, 7-5 to win first Grand Slam title at 1989 Roland Garros; was first Spanish woman to win Roland Garros; also formerly the youngest Roland Garros champion at 17 years, 6 months, dethroning Steffi Graf's 1987 youngest champion reign of 8 days shy of her 18th birthday; Seles topped the record in 1990 when she won at 16 years, 6 months * Received the 2000 Family Circle Cup Player Who Makes A Difference Award; in 1998, received Spain's highest award, the Principe De Asturiasi, for her lifetime achievement in tennis; the award is Spain's equivalent to a Nobel Prize and she is the first Spanish woman and third female athlete to receive the award; named Spain's Best Athlete in 1991, 1994 and 1998 by the newspaper El Mundo Deportivo; named the 1998 TENNIS Magazine Comeback Player; named the 1996 Sanex WTA TOUR Doubles Team of the Year with Jana Novotna; recipient of first-ever Sanex WTA TOUR ACES Award in 1995; named the 1994 International Tennis Federation World Champion; received 1988 and 1989 Sanex WTA TOUR Most Improved Player Award; recipient of 1987 Sanex WTA TOUR Most Impressive Newcomer Award; presented with Infiniti Commitment to Excellence Award at 1992 Amelia Island * A spokesperson for the Sanex WTA TOUR's F.I.R.S.T. Serve school program * Authored book titled "The Young Tennis Player: A Young Enthusiast's Guide to Tennis" released in 1996 * Coached by brother Emilio Sanchez PERSONAL Added a hyphen between her family names in 1998...Married Joan Vehils on July 21, 2000...Father, Emilio, is an engineer; mother, Marisa, is a retired teacher; mother's maiden name is Vicario; oldest sister, Marisa, graduated from Pepperdine University and now works for a finance company; older brothers Emilio and Javier competed on the men's tour...Non-athletic interests include the continuation of academics with emphasis on languages; is fluent in Spanish, French, German, Italian and English...Celebrity chairperson of Children's Cancer Research in Spain and Foundation Sanchez-Vicario...Favorite musicians are Phil Collins, Alejandro Sanz and Gloria Estefan...Enjoys reading, relaxing on the beach and soccer. Sanex WTA TOUR RANKING (SEASON-ENDING, SINGLES) 2000-9; 1999-17; 1998-4; 1997-9; 1996-2; 1995-3; 1994-2; 1993-2; 1992-4; 1991-5; 1990-7; 1989-5; 1988-18; 1987-47; 1986-124 HIGHEST SINGLES RANKING: No. 1 (February 6-19, 1995; February 27-April 9, 1995; May 15-June 11, 1995)

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