Sabine Hack

Sabine Hack ( born July 12, 1969 in Ulm) is a former German tennis player. After Steffi Graf and Anke Huber, she was the most successful German player of the 1990s.


The clay court specialist from Ravensburg won the 1991 in Curitiba, Brazil their first title on the WTA Tour and was a year later at the French Open for the first time in the second round of a Grand Slam tournament.

Her rise to the world class at that time was almost exclusively associated with American and European clay courts. So she defeated in 1993 in the semifinals of Houston in a historic match the Czech Jana Novotna after the defense of nine match points and reached the sensational final, where they defeated Conchita Martínez. They also won at the 1993 German Open in Berlin against Steffi Graf a set to zero. A year later, in 1994, she returned the favor in Houston at Martinez and then won the tournament with a playoff victory over Mary Pierce. During this time hack was found in the clay court season regularly in eighth, quarter or even semi-finals. She defeated world-class players like Arantxa Sanchez, Manuela Maleeva -Frag kidney or Mary- Joe Fernandez.

In 1994, she stood in the quarterfinals of the French Open and underscored her reputation as one of the best clay court players in the world.

Hack was therefore also used in the Fed Cup, which was then held in Frankfurt each summer on clay courts. During this time won Hack et al Conchita Martínez against.

In 1995, she was after a tournament victory in Jakarta, Indonesia for a short time after the world number one Steffi Graf, number 2 in the German women's tennis. Hack was recorded before Anke Huber at number 13 in the world rankings. Also at the Masters of the ladies on the financial statements in New York, she participated, but lost in the first round against the Japanese Kimiko Date with 3:6, 0:6.

However, the jump into the top ten you did not succeed. As of 1996, fought hack with the increasing density in the top 30 and had to take a surprising defeats, including because they primarily achieved their world ranking points on clay courts, but went off on hard courts her safety. There were, for example, Opening defeats in the Australian Open and U.S. Open as a set player. There were injuries that made ​​their appearances on uncertain European coverings. Had she been more celebrated successes against Sanchez Martinez or two years, subject to Hack the end of their career on sand twice against Conchita Martínez with the maximum penalty of 0:6 and 0:6; once in the Fed Cup and once at the French Open. Two defeats iconic, especially on the red background they had expected Martinez to be a difficult opponent. After the victory in 1995 against Indonesia Irina Spirlea got hacks world ranking into a tailspin. Two years later she ended her career after she failed again at the French Open, as well as in a WTA tournament in Poland in autumn 1996 as set player early.

Sabine Hack was their active time a solid top 30 player who has (compared to Anke Huber) rather " also ran " mentioned in the media, however, due to the successes achieved mostly on sand. A fate she shared with players like Karbacher, Popp, Zoecke, Prinosil or Goellner behind Becker and down. These achieved good results in Grand Slam tournaments, but were celebrated only briefly to before disappearing in mediocrity.

Hack won four WTA title of her career. She has, inter alia victories over Martina Hingis, Mary Joe Fernandez, Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, Manuela Maleeva and Chanda Rubin are to book.


Hack now lives in Sarasota County, Florida, is married and has two children. From 1996 to 2002, she ran a small housing complex for leisure travelers, the " Turtle Beach House ". Since then, she leads two shops for children 's fashions. The tennis she has more or less given up.