Popular Tennis Player Arantxa Sanchez Vicario
Arantxa Sanchez Vicario was the first Spanish tennis player to be ranked number one in the world, among male and female players. She reached the number one rank in 1995 and received massive attention from media who called her ‘Barcelona Bumblebee’. She was always known for her on-court ethics and off-court charm with media and fans.
Sanchez Vicario was born in 1971 in Spain. She was only four year old when she started playing tennis. She took the sport as her profession as she followed her elder brothers on the court. She went on to beat Steffi Graf in 1989’s popular French Open championship. She clinched the title to become the youngest champion in women’s single. She was just 17 then.
Sanchez also won women’s doubles Grand Slam twice, once in 1993 (U.S Open) and once in 1995 (Wimbledon). She also clinched four mixed doubles Grand Slam titles. She was also involved in Spain’s first ever Fed Cup victory in 1991. After Spain’s first win, she became a regular member of the national team winning Fed Cup four more times with the team in 1993, 1994, 1995, and 1998.
She was also part of spanish team that won Hapman cup in 1990 and again in 2002. She also represented her country in five events in 1996 Olympics and clinched four medals, two silver and two bronze. She won a total of 29 singles while 69 doubles titles in her long career.