Iva Majoli

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Iva Majoli
Iva Majoli.JPG
Country  Croatia
Residence Zagreb, Croatia &
Bradenton, Florida U.S.
Born (1977-08-12) August 12, 1977 (age 37)
Zagreb, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro August, 1991
Retired June, 2004
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $4,405,867
Singles
Career record 316–225
Career titles 8 (2 ITF)
Highest ranking No. 4 (February 5, 1996)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open QF (1996)
French Open W (1997)
Wimbledon QF (1997)
US Open 4R (1994)
Doubles
Career record 99–124
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 24 (August 21, 1995)
Team competitions
Fed Cup QF (1999, 2002)
Hopman Cup W (1996)

Iva Majoli Marić (Iva Majoli) (born August 12, 1977) is a former professional tennis player from Croatia. She upset Martina Hingis to win the women's singles title at the French Open in 1997. Majoli also won eight singles titles and one women's doubles title during her career.[1]

Career[edit]

Majoli was born in Zagreb, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia and turned professional in 1991 at the age of 14. At age 19, Majoli won the 1997 French Open singles title, defeating Martina Hingis in straight sets 6-4, 6-2. Most had expected Hingis, 16 years old, to win the title. Majoli, however, played aggressively from the baseline and ended Hingis's 37-match winning streak and handed Hingis her first sound defeat in a final of a grand slam. Her adept ground-strokes kept Hingis moving, therefore Hingis was not allowed to control the rallies.

Majoli played her best tennis as a teenager, reaching her career high ranking of World No. 4 in 1996. After a quarterfinal appearance at the 1998 French Open, she failed to reach the fourth round of any subsequent Grand Slam singles tournament. Her game steadily declined, with her ranking plummeting to World No. 131 in 2003. In the final years of her tennis career, Majoli suffered from a series of injuries – most notably a shoulder injury – and struggled to play consistently. Her jet-setting lifestyle, well documented by the press, may have contributed.

In 2002, Majoli, ranked World No. 58, defeated Patty Schnyder, ranked World No. 30, in the final of the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, South Carolina. The victory increased Majoli's ranking to World No. 33. She reached another final shortly thereafter, prompting some to believe that she was climbing back to the top of the game. This, however, was wishful thinking, as Majoli's ranking then plummeted even further. On June 12, 2004, Majoli announced her retirement from the game.

In 2006, she announced that she was engaged and pregnant with her first child. She married a local businessman, Stipe Marić, on September 9, 2006, with Jennifer Capriati and Mary Pierce attending the wedding. She gave birth to her daughter Mia on October 31, 2006.

In 2007, Majoli participated in the second season of the Croatian version of Dancing with the Stars. Her partner was Marko Herceg. She was eliminated in the fourth episode.

In 2012, she´s the non-playing captain of the Croatian Fed Cup team [1].

Major finals[edit]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (1–0)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner (1/1) 1997 French Open Clay Switzerland Martina Hingis 6–4, 6–2

WTA Tour Finals[edit]

Singles: 17 (8–9)[edit]

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (1–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I (3–0)
Tier II (4–5)
Tier III, IV & V / International (0–4)
Titles by Surface
Hard (1–1)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (3–3)
Carpet (4–5)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 7 February 1994 Osaka Carpet (I) Switzerland Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere 1–6, 6–4, 5–7
Runner-up 2. 18 April 1994 Barcelona Clay Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 0–6, 2–6
Runner-up 3. 24 October 1994 Essen Carpet (I) Czech Republic Jana Novotná 2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 4. 24 April 1995 Barcelona Clay Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 7–5, 0–6, 2–6
Winner 1. 2 October 1995 Zürich Carpet (I) France Mary Pierce 6–4, 6–4
Winner 2. 9 October 1995 Filderstadt Hard (I) Argentina Gabriela Sabatini 6–4, 7–6(7–4)
Winner 3. 29 January 1996 Tokyo Carpet (I) Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 5. 12 February 1996 Paris Carpet (I) France Julie Halard-Decugis 5–7, 6–7(4–7)
Winner 4. 19 February 1996 Essen Carpet (I) Czech Republic Jana Novotná 7–5, 1–6, 7–6(8–6)
Runner-up 6. 30 September 1996 Leipzig Carpet (I) Germany Anke Huber 7–5, 3–6, 1–6
Winner 5. 17 February 1997 Hanover Carpet (I) Czech Republic Jana Novotná 4–6, 7–6(7–2), 6–4
Winner 6. 28 April 1997 Hamburg Clay Romania Ruxandra Dragomir 6–3, 6–2
Winner 7. 26 May 1997 French Open Clay Switzerland Martina Hingis 6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 7. 6 November 2000 Kuala Lumpur Hard Slovakia Henrieta Nagyová 4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 8. 17 September 2001 Quebec City Carpet (I) United States Meghann Shaughnessy 1–6, 3–6
Winner 8. 15 April 2002 Charleston Clay Switzerland Patty Schnyder 7–6(7–5), 6–4
Runner-up 9. 29 April 2002 Bol Clay Sweden Åsa Svensson 3–6, 6–4, 1–6

Doubles: 5 (1–4)[edit]

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I (0–1)
Tier II (1–2)
Tier III, IV & V / International (0–1)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–2)
Carpet (1–1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1 20 February 1995 Linz Carpet (I) Austria Petra Schwarz United States Meredith McGrath
France Nathalie Tauziat
1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 2. 24 April 1995 Barcelona Clay South Africa Mariaan de Swardt Latvia Larisa Neiland
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
5–7, 6–4, 5–7
Runner-up 3. 14 August 1995 Toronto Hard Switzerland Martina Hingis Argentina Gabriela Sabatini
Netherlands Brenda Schultz-McCarthy
6–4, 0–6, 3–6
Runner-up 4. 28 April 1997 Hamburg Clay Romania Ruxandra Dragomir Germany Anke Huber
France Mary Pierce
6–4, 6–7(1–7), 2–6
Winner 1. 5 February 2001 Paris Carpet (I) France Virginie Razzano United States Kimberly Po
France Nathalie Tauziat
6–3, 7–5

Grand Slam singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 Career SR W / L
Australian Open A A A A QF 1R 3R A A 3R 2R 1R A 0 / 6 9 / 6
French Open A 4R 4R QF QF W QF A 2R 1R 2R 2R A 1 / 10 28 / 10
Wimbledon A A 1R 1R A QF 2R A A 1R 3R 1R A 0 / 7 7 / 7
US Open 2R 2R 4R 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R A 3R 3R 1R A 0 / 11 11 / 11
SR 0 / 1 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 1 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 0 1 / 34
Year End Ranking 50 46 13 9 8 6 25 163 73 42 32 131 315

A = did not participate in the tournament.

SR = the ratio of the number of Grand Slam singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Iva Majoli, 1997 French Open champ, calls it quits". Sports Illustrated. June 29, 2004. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Debbie Graham
WTA Newcomer of the Year
1993
Succeeded by
Irina Spîrlea
Preceded by
Sabine Appelmans
Comeback Player of the Year
2000
Succeeded by
Barbara Schwartz