Šprem in-action at the 2004 Wimbledon Championships
25 October 1984 |
Varaždin, SFR Yugoslavia
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Turned pro||July 2001|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career titles||0 WTA, 10 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 17 (11 October 2004)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||4R (2005)|
|French Open||3R (2006)|
|US Open||1R (2003–06, 2010)|
|Olympic Games||3R (2004)|
|Career titles||0 WTA, 1 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 182 (8 May 2006)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||2r (2006)|
|Last updated on: 20 September 2012.|
Karolina Šprem (born 25 October 1984, in Varaždin) is a professional tennis player from Croatia. She has won eleven titles (ten singles, one doubles) all at the ITF level. Her highest ranking is world no. 17, which she achieved in October 2004.
On 14 July 2012, Šprem married Lebanese-Greek Cypriot ATP player Marcos Baghdatis at Trakošćan Castle in Croatia. At Wimbledon 2012, as a spectator for Baghdatis' match on Centre Court against Andy Murray, Šprem confirmed that she and Baghdatis were expecting their first child in October 2012. Karolina gave birth to a girl, named Zahara, on 20 October 2012 in Zagreb, Croatia.
Šprem displayed stunning results at the beginning of the 2003 season. Playing on the ITF circuit, she had a record 29-match winning streak from January to March, which earned her four titles at Grenoble, Southampton, Redbridge and Castellon.
Šprem's career highlight came at Wimbledon 2004, where she was a quarterfinalist. She defeated the then-two-time champion, four-time finalist and world no. 8 Venus Williams en route. Her run was ended by Lindsay Davenport. The umpire of her match against Venus had awarded her an extra point in the second set tiebreak by mistake.
After Wimbledon, Karolina struggled to find her good form she had, losing early in many tournaments. She began training with Borna Bikic.
She rebounded at the Australian Open 2005, where she had a run to the fourth round. In September 2005, at the WTA event in Kolkata, India, she reached the final after a string of good wins. However, she lost the final to Anastasia Myskina.
She made it to round three of Roland Garros 2006.
In late 2007, Šprem announced a permanent split from Bikic and returned to her old coach Ricardo Sanchez. She had to cope with a serious elbow injury, which needed surgery. She was out of the tour for 10 months.
In July, Šprem made the semifinals of a Tier III event in Budapest, eventually losing to Andreja Klepač.
In 2010, she scored one of her biggest wins in years when she defeated 25th seed Anabel Medina Garrigues at the 2010 Australian Open. She followed this up with a tight loss to Australian wildcard Casey Dellacqua.
At the 2010 Open GDF Suez in Paris, Šprem made it through three rounds of qualifying to reach the main draw of the Premier event. In the first round, she defeated Timea Bacsinszky, before losing to sixth seed Shahar Pe'er in the second round.
In January 2011, Šprem went to Australia to begin the new season, where she failed to qualify for the tournaments in Brisbane and Sydney. She received direct acceptance into the main draw of the Australian Open, but was beaten in round one by Chanelle Scheepers.
During the Australian hard-court season, Karolina suffered a left-wrist injury, which forced her to stop competing. She tried playing in April at the tournament in Estoril, Portugal, but was unable to finish her first qualifying match against Heather Watson. This confirmed that the injury was very serious. She has been out of the tour since, and is still recovering.
WTA career finals
Singles: 3 (0–3)
|Outcome||No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Opponent in Final||Score in Final|
|Runner-up||1.||24 May 2003||Strasbourg, France||Clay||Silvia Farina Elia||3–6, 6–4, 4–6|
|Runner-up||2.||14 June 2003||Vienna, Austria||Clay||Paola Suárez||6–7(0–7), 6–2, 4–6|
|Runner-up||3.||25 September 2005||Kolkata, India||Hard (indoors)||Anastasia Myskina||2–6, 2–6|
ITF Circuit finals
Singles: 14 (10–4)
|Outcome||No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Opponent in the final||Score|
|Runner–up||1.||2 September 2001||Mostar||Clay||Adriana Basaric||4–6, 3–6|
|Winner||1.||27 January 2002||Courmayeur||Hard||Stefanie Weis||4–6, 7–6(7–3), 6–4|
|Winner||2.||17 February 2002||Bergamo||Hard||Rita Degli-Esposti||6–1, 6–2|
|Runner–up||2.||31 March 2002||Rome – Parioli||Clay||Dinara Safina||7–6(7–3), 2–6, 3–6|
|Runner–up||3.||23 June 2002||Gorizia||Clay||Ainhoa Goni-Blanco||6–7(4–7), 1–6|
|Runner–up||4.||11 August 2002||Rimini||Clay||Laurence Andretto||5–7, 4–6|
|Winner||3.||26 January 2003||Grenoble||Hard||Sophie Lefèvre||7–5, 7–5|
|Winner||4.||16 February 2003||Southampton||Hard||Magdalena Zděnovcová||6–1, 3–0, ret.|
|Winner||5.||23 February 2003||Redbridge||Hard||Olga Barabanschikova||6–3, 6–2|
|Winner||6.||23 March 2003||Castellon||Clay||Ľudmila Cervanová||6–3, 6–3|
|Winner||7.||2 November 2003||Poitiers||Hard||Roberta Vinci||6–4, 7–5|
|Winner||8.||1 March 2009||Biberach||Hard||Kirsten Flipkens||6–1, 6–2|
|Winner||9.||11 April 2009||Torhout||Hard||Viktoriya Kutuzova||6–1, 6–4|
|Winner||10.||11 April 2009||Mestre||Hard||Yvonne Meusburger||2–6, 6–2, 6–4|
Doubles: 1 (1–0)
|Outcome||No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Partner||Opponents in the final||Score|
|Winner||1.||24 November 2002||Zagreb||Hard||Mervana Jugić-Salkić|| Jelena Kostanić
Grand Slam singles performance timeline
||This biographical article needs additional citations for verification. (December 2010)|
- "Baghdatis and Sprem make it a true mixed-doubles marriage". Retrieved 23 August 2012.
- "Karolina Šprem rodila djevojčicu Zaharu. Ime je odabrao otac, ciparski tenisač Marcos Baghdatis".
- "Tennis: Williams Loses Count and Match", The New York Times, 25 June 2004, p. D1
- Wimbledon officials to review umpire error – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
- 'Karolina & Marcos: It all started in Sydney' WTA (Retrieved 19 September 2012)
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