Gabriela Beatriz Sabatini, Star Athlete

Happy Birthday to Gabriela Beatriz Sabatini, born on May 16, 1970.  As amateur in 1984, Sabatini was youngest player ever to win a round at the US Open.  That same year, she was ranked as the top Junior player in the world.  She turned pro in 1985 at the age of 14, and set another record as the youngest player to reach semi-finals of the French Open.  Sabatini was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and is regarded as a national treasure.  Argentina was undergoing tremendous political and economic turbulence during the 1980s.  In an interview with Sports Illustrated in 1988, her coach said, “Suddenly in the middle of all the depression and bad news, when everything seemed to be wrong in Argentina, there comes this little angel who makes only good news. I think that is what made her an idol.”

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