"People may root for her opponents, but... few people ever root against Arantxa"
On the 1996 French Open Final:
-- "Her 6-3, 6-7, 10-8 loss to World Number One [Steffi]
Graf at Roland Garros is recognised as a recent classic."
. . . Richard Finn, filed
-- "[It]. . . was just a magnificant final and [Steffi and
Arantxa] . . . made each other, I feel, play the best tennis
of their lives on that afternoon at Stade Roland Garros. . . . ."
Bud Collins, S+TV, 11/96
Comments by Virginia Wade at 1994
US OPEN[third round: Sanchez Vicario v. Tauziat]
"It's become a pleasure to watch Arantxa, even playing as
well, and winning as comfortably, as she is today, because
she takes the early rounds when she's ahead to try every
aspect of her game. And to my mind she's really becoming the
most complete player on the Women's Tour. She's been really
sensational throughout this match"
The famous/infamous 1989 Wimbledon story. . .
retold at 1995 Wimbledon, broadcast on HBO
Jim Lampley: I'll never forget doing a match with
Arthur Ashe, back in ...a second round match, back in 1989,
Arantxa Sanchez Vicario against Raffaella Reggi of Italy --
[where Arantxa] hit a drop shot from behind the baseline . . .
Martina Navratilova: match point down ... and won!
JL: that's right... and won the match
MN: . . . won the point, won the match
MN: We're all going...oh, boy, what a ditzy shot.
And it worked! I mean, that's like a death wish, hitting
a drop shot on match point down . . .
JL: Arthur fell right out of his chair. . .
**At the 1993 Matinee Ltee/Canadian Open Tennis
Question from commentator:"Si vous gagnez dimanche . . .
vous parlez en francais?" (Rough translation: "If you win on Sunday . . .
you speak in French?")
Arantxa: "Oui! Mon francais c'est un peu . . .
J'espere que tout le monde comprendons mon francais . . .
ici en Toronto . . . (laughs) (Yes! My French is but a little . . . I hope that
everyone understands my French . . . here in Toronto
IN-STUDIO Anchor: "Quelle personne agreeable!"
(What a "sweetheart"!)
Comments By Arantxa
On her loss to van Roost at the 1997 Australian Open:
. . . "Everybody has some bad loss[es] and some matches
that you can lose, so I'm not going to be disappointed
at all, I just have to keep going. It's just the beginning
of the year and hopefully I will go back and play my best
and I have a long way to go. This is a sport, this is the
way it is.
. . . I am not going to let her bother me and think that
something is wrong. I'm just going to keep going and give my
best for the next one, and I think everything will [be]
turned around [to] my side."
(Didn't we tell you this kid was a Sagittarius
. . . perpetual positivism !!)
On her 1996 season [where she won two titles and reached
seven other finals] and which "experts" had labelled as
-- . . . "I think that I have a great year . . .
[To get to many finals]. . . shows that I am very consistent,
because I get there, but sometimes, you know, you have your
chances in so many matches and it's kind of a little bit
disappointing, you know, when you lose that kind of matches.
-- . . . But still, you have to be there, and I have to be happy
because . . . I would be more worried if I didn't get to
the final, probably . . . I think more players would like
to be in my position, even you lost in the final, but it
would be nice to win one more . . ."
. . . from courtside interview with Michael
Barkan, USA Network; September, 1996
. . . [I am] not injured, [I'm] doing my best, getting to the finals, losing [in] three sets all the time. That means that I'm in very good shape, so I have to be happy.
From Press conference after losing the 1996 Canadian Open final to
-- On the fan support . . .
"Even though I lost, I won the
hearts of the crowd . . . I'll remember that for a
long time. It was very special and it means a lot to me . . .
I have something very special here in Montreal."
Arantxa's comments after losing the gold medal match
to Lindsay Davenport at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta:
. . . "[Lindsay] was hitting the ball so deep and so hard
that I had to take more risks . . . [and] I was very unlucky
during the last few points of the tiebreak. . . I gave it my
best and that's what counts. If you give your best and
someone beats you, it's because she played better. I think
I have to be happy with my tournament."
. . . Question: "You obviously weren't happy with the lack of support
from the public. Can you just comment on that?
. . . Arantxa: Well, I just say that, I mean, I think
the public --I didn't expect it to be that way, but I just
say that even [though] they were not with me, I mean, I
always still love them, because I think I always have great
matches here and I always have, you know, good memories
here and probably, you know, that is why at the end I say
that . . . (at the Presentation Ceremony, after thanking
her Spanish fans, crying, Arantxa had said:
'Even [though] the French crowd was not with me, I always
still love you')
. . . But I think I proved myself a lot of things and I am very happy
with. The rest is not my problem."
Arantxa: "We play the finals against Martina and Gigi -
And I remember that she was very nervous, because
she...never beat [Martina] in doubles, so she tell me,
'I am very nervous, I'm very nervous'. And I tried to,
you know, calm her down and tell her to play, you know,
to have fun...
So we start playing, you know, together for the first time
and we have a good time together. I remember that she started
playing, hitting the ball so well and she looked at me and
say, 'thank you' for the, you know, for the confidence you
give me. . . "
***Pam Shriver for ESPN:
"Many people saw you moving out here today . . . [and] would
like to know your secret . . . [about] on-court movement . . .
***Arantxa: "Well . . . I prefer to keep that for myself
(laughs, shrugs) . . . Sorry!"
Later, at a press conference, this question was repeated and received this answer: Arantxa: "Well, I play soccer. There! I tell you one thing!"
Arantxa on US Television
ESPY AWARD Acceptance Speech
---received ESPN's Espy Award in recognition of the
Outstanding Female Tennis Player of 1994
---award presented by MC Hammer at Madison Square
Garden, NYC; February, 1995
"Well . . . this is worse than playing a match . . .
I am very happy to be here tonight with all of you
I want to say 'Thank you' to ESPN for giving me this award . . .
I think I will never forget 1994 because it's been a great
year for me. One of my dreams was [to] be able to be Number
One in the World . . . and last week, I did it . . .
so I think it's been great . . .(audience applauds)
It is great to be here with so many good athletes with
other sports and I think that ESPN is making a good job,
for making, you know, this night possible. So thank you
for everything and hopefully you keep enjoying watching
Thank you! "
Excerpts from appearance on
Live with Regis and Kathie Lee
Monday, September , 1994 [the day following "Winning
Weekend" at Flushing Meadow]
. . . about the Women's Singles Final
(against Steffi Graf)
Question: Was that the best game . . .
the best match . . . you've ever played? Arantxa: I have pretty good ones before, but I think
definitely this is the best one. After [a] comeback that
maybe was so hard, after 6-1 loss in 20 minutes . . .
but I think it was the biggest win . . . the happiest
day of my life
Regis: She won the first [set] 6-1 . . . Kathie Lee: Boy, how do you suck it up after that . . .? Regis: Yeah, I would just . . . I'd just walk off . . .
forget it . . . Arantxa: (laughs) Well, after 20 minutes, I thought
(puts hand on Regis's shoulder) ohmygod, I should do
something, otherwise . . . you know . . . but I am
not complaining . . .
Kathie Lee: What did you do? Did you change your whole
strategy . . . Arantxa: I decide to be a little more aggressive
and I go a lot of times to the net . . . I start winning
a lot more points and then she started getting a little more
scared and I win the second set and everything turns different.
I change a bit of tactics so it work out really well.
...about the trophy . . .
Regis: What kind of trophy do they give you?
Big . . .? Arantxa: Big trophy, but they don't give you that . . .
They give you replica. So . . . . (shrugs) I say,
'Could I have the big one, please?' and they say,
'No, sorry, we're only gonna put your name on [it] . . .
(laughs) It's better than nothing, right?
...about her name...
Regis: Here's what I do, A-rank-sa Kathie Lee: A-ran-cha Regis: . . . that "t-x-a" on the end . . . Arantxa: It's a little bit hard to pronounce;
don't worry - I'm used to that . . .
A: This is my town - I like it here a lot!
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