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Racquet stolen from Gabriela Sabatini statue

A statue of Argentine former tennis champion Gabriela Sabatini standing at the Costanera Sur in Buenos Aires (28 October 2014) Image copyright AFP
Image caption Only part of the handle of the tennis racquet has been left in the statue's hand

Thieves have stolen a tennis racquet that was in the hands of a newly unveiled statue of Argentine tennis star Gabriela Sabatini in Buenos Aires.

The artwork was left empty-handed just a few weeks after it was unveiled on the Rio de la Plata waterfront.

They left only part of the handle of the bronze-coloured racquet in the statue's hands, as the player lines up for a backhand smash.

Sabatini, now 44, was one of the top players in the 1980s and 1990s.

She won the women's singles title at the US Open in 1990 - the only Argentine to have done so - the women's doubles title at Wimbledon in 1988.

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Image caption Gabriela Sabatini attended the unveiling of the stature on 8 October

The statue was placed alongside memorials to Argentine sporting greats, including tennis player Guillermo Vilas and basketball player Manu Ginobili.

Plans are also afoot to erect statues of other Argentine sports stars including soccer players Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona, and golfer Roberto de Vicenzo.

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