Corina Morariu

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Corina Morariu
Corina Morariu at the 2009 US Open 01.jpg
Country  United States
Residence Boca Raton, Florida, United States
Born (1978-01-26) January 26, 1978 (age 36)
Detroit, Michigan, United States
Turned pro 1994
Retired 2007
Prize money $1,733,916
Singles
Career record 160–134
Career titles 1 WTA, 5 ITF
Highest ranking No. 29 (24 August 1998)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (1998)
French Open 2R (1998, 2000, 2003)
Wimbledon 3R (1998, 1999)
US Open 2R (1997)
Doubles
Career record 248–158
Career titles 13 WTA, 9 ITF
Highest ranking No. 1 (3 April 2000)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open F (2001, 2005)
French Open SF (2005)
Wimbledon W (1999)
US Open QF (1999, 2002, 2005, 2007)

Corina Morariu (born January 26, 1978 in Detroit, Michigan) is a retired American professional tennis player of Romanian heritage.[1]

Morariu (pronounced: mo-RA-R'ju) turned professional in 1994. Mainly known as a doubles specialist, she won the women's doubles title at Wimbledon in 1999 with Lindsay Davenport. She also won the mixed doubles title at the 2001 Australian Open with Ellis Ferreira. She reached the Australian Open women's doubles final with Davenport in 2005. She also reached the world No. 1 ranking in doubles in 2000.[2]

In 2001, Morariu was diagnosed with leukemia and began a program of chemotherapy. During this time, Jennifer Capriati dedicated her 2001 French Open victory to Morariu. She also received an inspirational letter from Lance Armstrong, a cancer survivor.[3] After recovering from cancer, along with shoulder surgery, Morariu was largely restricted to doubles play.[2] The WTA then created the Corina Comeback Award, which was presented to Morariu by Capriati.[1]

Morariu retired from the tour in 2007. She is an International Sports Ambassador for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and has released a memoir titled Living Through the Racket: How I Survived Leukemia...and Rediscovered My Self.[1] Following her retirement, she began working as a commentator for Tennis Channel.[4]

Major finals[edit]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Doubles: 3 (1–2)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponent in final Score in final
Winner 1999 Wimbledon Grass United States Lindsay Davenport South Africa Mariaan de Swardt
Ukraine Elena Tatarkova
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 2001 Australian Open Hard United States Lindsay Davenport United States Serena Williams
United States Venus Williams
6–2, 2–6, 6–4
Runner-up 2005 Australian Open Hard United States Lindsay Davenport Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
Australia Alicia Molik
6–3, 6–4

WTA Tour Finals[edit]

Singles 4 (1–3)[edit]

Legend: Before 2009 Legend: Starting in 2009
Grand Slam tournaments (0/0)
Olympic Gold (0/0)
WTA Championships (0/0)
Tier I (0/0) Premier Mandatory (0/0)
Tier II (0/0) Premier 5 (0/0)
Tier III (0/1) Premier (0/0)
Tier IV & V (1/2) International (0/0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. April 28, 1997 Croatia Bol Clay Croatia Mirjana Lučić 7–5, 6–7(7), 7–6(5)
Runner-up 2. April 19, 1998 Japan Tokyo (Japan Open) Hard Japan Ai Sugiyama 6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 3. April 27, 1998 Croatia Bol Clay Croatia Mirjana Lučić 6–2, 6–4
Winner 1. April 26, 1999 Croatia Bol Clay France Julie Halard-Decugis 6–2, 6–0

Doubles 20 (13–7)[edit]

Legend: Before 2009 Legend: Starting in 2009
Grand Slam tournaments (1/2)
Olympic Gold (0/0)
WTA Championships (0/0)
Tier I (1/2) Premier Mandatory (0/0)
Tier II (3/2) Premier 5 (0/0)
Tier III (7/1) Premier (0/0)
Tier IV & V (1/0) International (0/0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. April 20, 1997 Japan Tokyo (Japan Open) Hard Australia Kerry-Anne Guse France Alexia Dechaume-Balleret
Japan Rika Hiraki
6–4, 6–2
Winner 1. November 23, 1997 Thailand Pattaya City Hard Australia Kristine Kunce Argentina Florencia Labat
Belgium Dominique Monami
6–3, 6–4
Winner 2. January 9, 1999 Australia Gold Coast Hard Latvia Larisa Neiland Australia Kristine Kunce
Romania Irina Spîrlea
6–3, 6–4
Winner 3. April 18, 1999 Japan Tokyo (Japan Open) Hard United States Kimberly Po Australia Kerry-Anne Guse
Australia Catherine Barclay
6–3, 6–2
Winner 4. June 14, 1999 United Kingdom Birmingham Grass Latvia Larisa Neiland Argentina Inés Gorrochategui
France Alexandra Fusai
6–4, 6–4
Winner 5. July 4, 1999 United Kingdom Wimbledon Grass United States Lindsay Davenport South Africa Mariaan de Swardt
Ukraine Elena Tatarkova
6–4, 6–4
Winner 6. August 1, 1999 United States Stanford Hard United States Lindsay Davenport Russia Anna Kournikova
Russia Elena Likhovtseva
6–4, 6–4
Winner 7. August 8, 1999 United States San Diego Hard United States Lindsay Davenport United States Venus Williams
United States Serena Williams
6–4, 6–1
Winner 8. February 27, 2000 United States Oklahoma City Hard (i) United States Kimberly Po Thailand Tamarine Tanasugarn
Ukraine Elena Tatarkova
6–4, 4–6, 6–2
Winner 9. March 19, 2000 United States Indian Wells Hard United States Lindsay Davenport Russia Anna Kournikova
Belarus Natasha Zvereva
6–2, 6–3
Winner 10. May 7, 2000 Croatia Bol Clay France Julie Halard-Decugis Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
Slovenia Tina Križan
6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 2. May 14, 2000 Germany Berlin Clay South Africa Amanda Coetzer Spain Aranxta Sanchez-Vicario
Spain Conchita Martinez
3–6, 6–2, 7–6(7)
Winner 11. October 9, 2000 Japan Tokyo (Japan Open) Hard France Julie Halard-Decugis Slovenia Tina Križan
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
6–1, 6–2
Runner-up 3. January 15, 2001 Australia Australian Open Hard United States Lindsay Davenport United States Serena Williams
United States Venus Williams
6–2, 2–6, 6–4
Runner-up 4. November 7, 2004 United States Phildaelphia Hard (i) South Africa Liezel Huber United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Alicia Molik
7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 5. January 17, 2005 Australia Australian Open Hard United States Lindsay Davenport Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
Australia Alicia Molik
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 6. February 1, 2005 Japan Tokyo (Pan Pacific) Carpet (i) United States Lindsay Davenport Slovakia Janette Husárová
Russia Elena Likhovtseva
6–4, 6–3
Winner 12. January 17, 2006 Australia Sydney Hard Australia Rennae Stubbs Argentina Paola Suárez
Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
6–3, 5–7, 6–2
Winner 13. September 17, 2006 Indonesia Bali Hard United States Lindsay Davenport South Africa Natalie Grandin
Australia Trudi Musgrave
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 7. October 29, 2006 Austria Linz Hard (i) Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Samantha Stosur
6–3, 6–0

Women's doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A 2R 2R 2R SF F A A 3R F 1R 1R 0 / 9 19–9
French Open A 1R 1R 3R 2R A A A 1R A SF A 1R 0 / 7 7–7
Wimbledon A 1R 2R 2R W A A A 1R A 2R A 1R 1 / 7 9–6
US Open A 3R 1R 1R QF A A QF 1R 2R QF 2R QF 0 / 10 16–10
Win–Loss 0–0 2–3 2–4 4–4 11–3 4–1 5–1 3–1 0–3 3–2 13–4 1–2 3–4 1 / 33 51–32
Year-End Championship
Tour Championships A A A A SF A A A A A A A A 0 / 1 1–1
Year-End Ranking
Ranking 187 81 66 49 6 14 57 78 156 24 15 34 76

Awards[edit]

Corina Morariu hitting a forehand.
  • The Corina Comeback Award (established by the WTA and named after her; she was the first recipient)[1]
  • The 2002 WTA Tour Comeback Player of the Year Award[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "WTA Profile". wtatennis.com. Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b DeSimone, Bonnie (26 March 2007). "Corina Morariu happy to be on tour". ESPN. Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
  3. ^ DeSimone, Bonnie (26 May 2002). "She won't stay down for long". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Thurmond, Sarah (12 February 2010). "Q&A With Corina Morariu, Cancer Survivor and Former Pro". tennis.com. Retrieved 19 March 2012.