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|Residence||Zagreb, Croatia &
Bradenton, Florida U.S.
August 12, 1977 |
Zagreb, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Turned pro||August, 1991|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career titles||8 (2 ITF)|
|Highest ranking||No. 4 (February 5, 1996)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||QF (1996)|
|French Open||W (1997)|
|US Open||4R (1994)|
|Highest ranking||No. 24 (August 21, 1995)|
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.
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 .
Grand Slam finals
Singles: 1 (1–0)
|Outcome||Year||Championship||Surface||Opponent in the final||Score in the final|
|Winner (1/1)||1997||French Open||Clay||Martina Hingis||6–4, 6–2|
|Grand Slam (1)|
|WTA Championships (0)|
|Tier I (3)|
|Tier II (4)|
|Tier III (0)|
|Tier IV & V (0)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Opponent in final||Score in final|
|1.||October 8, 1995||Zürich, Switzerland||Carpet (I)||Mary Pierce||6–4, 6–4|
|4.||October 15, 1995||Filderstadt, Germany||Hard (I)||Gabriela Sabatini||6–4, 7–6(4)|
|5.||February 4, 1996||Tokyo, Japan||Carpet (I)||Arantxa Sánchez Vicario||6–4, 6–1|
|6.||February 25, 1996||Essen, Germany||Carpet (I)||Jana Novotná||7–5, 1–6, 7–6(6)|
|7.||February 23, 1997||Hannover, Germany||Carpet (I)||Jana Novotná||4–6, 7–6(2), 6–4|
|8.||May 4, 1997||Hamburg, Germany||Clay||Ruxandra Dragomir||6–3, 6–2|
|9.||June 8, 1997||French Open||Clay||Martina Hingis||6–4, 6–2|
|10.||April 21, 2002||Charleston, South Carolina, USA||Clay||Patty Schnyder||7–6(5), 6–4|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Partner||Opponents in final||Score in final|
|1.||February 11, 2001||Paris, France||Carpet||Virginie Razzano|| Kimberly Po &
- 1994: Osaka (lost to Manuela Maleeva-Fragnière)
- 1994: Barcelona (lost to Arantxa Sánchez Vicario)
- 1994: Essen (lost to Jana Novotná)
- 1995: Barcelona (lost to Arantxa Sánchez Vicario)
- 1996: Paris (lost to Julie Halard-Decugis)
- 1996: Leipzig (lost to Anke Huber)
- 2000: Kuala Lumpur (lost to Henrieta Nagyová)
- 2001: Quebec (lost to Meghann Shaughnessy)
- 2002: Bol (lost to Åsa Svensson)
- 1995: Linz (with Petra Schwarz) (lost to Meredith McGrath and Nathalie Tauziat)
- 1995: Barcelona (with Mariaan de Swardt) (lost to Arantxa Sánchez Vicario and Larisa Neiland)
- 1995: Rogers Cup (with Martina Hingis) (lost to Gabriela Sabatini and Brenda Schultz-McCarthy)
- 1997: Hamburg (with Ruxandra Dragomir) (lost to Anke Huber and Mary Pierce)
Grand Slam singles performance timeline
|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.
- "Iva Majoli, 1997 French Open champ, calls it quits". Sports Illustrated. June 29, 2004. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
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