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Sabatini lost to avoid media

19 October 2013, 06:30

Buenos Aires - Retired Argentine tennis star Gabriela Sabatini, a former world number three,has  said in remarks published on Friday that she had lost matches on purpose in her youth to avoid reporters.

"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 told the Argentine newspaper La Nacion.

"I was very introverted. I had some issues at school because I was very inward-looking," she said.

Sabatini, now 43, said her shyness was a major problem.

"I got very nervous at that point. But at the same time I was very competitive and I got frustrated when I did not win," she said.

"I might lose the first set, when I was little, and I gave up on the match just because I was so angry that I could not bear having lost the first set."

The winner of the 1990 US Open was widely regarded as one of the most talented and charismatic players of the 1980s and 1990s.

Although she was never world number one, she twice came close to the top spot sport and she kept up a solid rivalry with Steffi Graf.

"I think my fame and my public profile had something to do with the fact that I did not become world number one.

"To be so famous would also have been a problem if I had been world number one," Sabatini said.

"I loved playing tennis. I loved it since the first day I grabbed a racket, I was crazy about it.

"One never knows what comes behind that or with that.

"I loved to play, I was competitive, I wanted to win, that was all I knew. In the first few years tennis is a game. Later, it becomes a job," she said.

Sabatini, who retired in 1996, lives in her native Buenos Aires, although she often travels to Europe and the United States for business, including her line of perfumes.


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