Katerina Maleeva

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Katerina Maleeva
Катерина Малеева
Country  Bulgaria
Residence Sofia, Bulgaria
Born (1969-05-07) 7 May 1969 (age 45)
Sofia, Bulgaria
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Turned pro 1984
Retired 1997
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $2,187,183
Singles
Career record 369–210
Career titles 11 WTA, 1 ITF
Highest ranking No. 6 (9 July 1990)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open QF (1990, 1991)
French Open QF (1990)
Wimbledon QF (1990, 1992)
US Open QF (1988, 1993)
Doubles
Career record 131–156
Career titles 2 WTA, 1 ITF
Highest ranking No. 24 (12 September 1994)

Katerina Maleeva (Bulgarian: Катерина Малеева) (born 7 May 1969) is a former top 10 Bulgarian tennis player. She played in the WTA tour, competing in singles, doubles and mixed doubles between 1984 and 1997. Her best position in the WTA rank list was number 6 in 1990.

Biography[edit]

Born in Sofia, Maleeva was the second oldest of the three children of Yuliya Berberyan and Georgi Maleev. The mother, who came from a prominent Armenian family, which found refuge in Bulgaria after the 1896 Armenian massacres in the Ottoman Empire, was the best Bulgarian tennis player in the 1960s. After she retired from professional tennis in the 1970s, Berberyan started on a coaching career. She was the coach of her three daughters, Katerina, Manuela and Magdalena, each of whom eventually became WTA top ten players.

Throughout her professional career, Maleeva has won a total of 11 WTA Tour singles titles and two titles in doubles. In July 1990 she achieved her career high ranking of 6th. She has a record of 369 singles wins and 210 losses. In 1994 she married her year-long partner, Georgi Stoimenov. The couple have two children and currently live in Sofia.

Major finals[edit]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Doubles: 1 (0 titles, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runners-up 1994 US Open Hard United States Robin White Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
3–6, 3–6

WTA Career Finals[edit]

Singles: 20 (11–9)[edit]

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I (0–2)
Tier II (0–1)
Tier III (2–2)
Tier IV (1–2)
Tier V (4–1)
Virginia Slims (4–1)
Titles by Surface
Hard (5–5)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (4–4)
Carpet (2–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 1 April 1985 United States Seabrook Island, USA Clay Romania Virginia Ruzici 6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 2. 22 April 1985 United States Orlando, USA Clay United States Martina Navratilova 1–6, 0–6
Winner 3. 4 November 1985 Netherlands Hilversum, Netherlands Carpet (I) Sweden Carina Karlsson 6–3, 6–2
Winner 4. 13 April 1987 Japan Tokyo, Japan Hard United States Barbara Gerken 6–2, 6–3
Winner 5. 5 October 1987 Greece Athens, Greece Clay France Julie Halard 6–0, 6–1
Runner-up 6. 29 February 1988 United States San Antonio, USA Hard West Germany Steffi Graf 4–6, 1–6
Runner-up 7. 25 July 1988 West Germany Hamburg, West Germany Clay West Germany Steffi Graf 4–6, 2–6
Winner 8. 24 October 1988 United States Indianapolis, USA Hard (I) United States Zina Garrison 6–3, 2–6, 6–2
Winner 9. 24 July 1989 Sweden Båstad, Sweden Clay West Germany Sabine Hack 6–1, 6–3
Runner-up 10. 31 July 1989 Bulgaria Sofia, Bulgaria Clay West Germany Isabel Cueto 2–6, 6–7(3–7)
Winner 11. 16 October 1989 France Bayonne, France Hard (I) Spain Conchita Martínez 6–2, 6–2
Winner 12. 30 October 1989 United States Indianapolis, USA Hard (I) Italy Raffaella Reggi 6–4, 6–4
Winner 13. 26 March 1990 United States Houston, USA Clay Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6–1, 1–6, 6–4
Runner-up 14. 16 April 1990 United States Tampa, USA Clay Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Monica Seles 1–6, 0–6
Runner-up 15. 30 July 1990 Canada Montreal, Canada Hard West Germany Steffi Graf 1–6, 7–6(10–8), 3–6
Runner-up 16. 5 August 1991 Canada Toronto, Canada Hard United States Jennifer Capriati 2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 17. 19 August 1991 United States Washington, USA Hard Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 2–6, 5–7
Winner 18. 11 November 1991 United States Indianapolis, USA Hard (I) United States Audra Keller 7–6(7–1), 6–2
Runner-up 19. 1 November 1993 Canada Quebec, Canada Hard (I) France Nathalie Tauziat 4–6, 1–6
Winner 20. 31 October 1994 Canada Quebec, Canada Carpet (I) Netherlands Brenda Schultz 6–3, 6–3

Doubles: 10 (2–8)[edit]

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–1)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I (0–1)
Tier II (1–0)
Tier III (0–1)
Tier IV (0–0)
Tier V (0–3)
Virginia Slims (1–2)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–3)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (1–3)
Carpet (1–2)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winners 1. 22 July 1985 United States Indianapolis, USA Clay Bulgaria Manuela Maleeva United States Penny Barg
United States Paula Smith
3–6, 6–3, 6–4
Runners-up 2. 8 September 1986 Japan Tokyo, Japan Carpet (I) Bulgaria Manuela Maleeva West Germany Bettina Bunge
West Germany Steffi Graf
1–6, 7–6(9–7), 2–6
Runners-up 3. 14 September 1987 Japan Tokyo, Japan Carpet (I) Bulgaria Manuela Maleeva United States Anne White
United States Robin White
1–6, 2–6
Runners-up 4. 11 July 1988 Belgium Brussels, Belgium Clay Italy Raffaella Reggi Argentina Mercedes Paz
Denmark Tine Scheuer-Larsen
6–7(3–7), 1–6
Runners-up 5. 8 August 1988 Bulgaria Sofia, Bulgaria Hard (I) Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Sabrina Goleš Spain Conchita Martínez
Austria Barbara Paulus
6–1, 1–6, 4–6
Runners-up 6. 24 July 1989 Sweden Båstad, Sweden Clay Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Sabrina Goleš Argentina Mercedes Paz
Denmark Tine Scheuer-Larsen
2–6, 5–7
Winners 7. 3 February 1992 Germany Essen, Germany Carpet (I) Germany Barbara Rittner Belgium Sabine Appelmans
Germany Claudia Porwik
7–5, 6–3
Runners-up 8. 4 May 1992 Italy Rome, Italy Clay Germany Barbara Rittner Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Monica Seles
Czech Republic Helena Suková
1–6, 2–6
Runners-up 9. 1 November 1993 Canada Quebec, Canada Hard (I) France Nathalie Tauziat United States Katrina Adams
Netherlands Manon Bollegraf
4–6, 4–6
Runners-up 10. 29 August 1994 United States US Open Hard United States Robin White Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
3–6, 3–6

ITF Singles Circuit finals: 3 (2–1)[edit]

Singles: 2 (1–1)[edit]

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 11 June 1984 France Lyon, France Clay Argentina Mercedes Paz 7–6, 3–6, 6–2
Runner-up 2. 16 July 1984 Italy Cava Tirr, Italy Clay Italy Laura Garrone 1–6, 5–7

Doubles: 1 (1–0)[edit]

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winners 1. 23 September 1985 Bulgaria Sofia, Bulgaria Clay Bulgaria Manuela Maleeva Czechoslovakia Yvona Brzáková
Czechoslovakia Hana Fukarková
6–1, 6–2

Fed Cup[edit]

Katerina Maleeva debuted for the Bulgaria Fed Cup team in 1984. Since then she has a 20–9 singles record and a 9–13 doubles record (29–22 overall).

Singles (20–9)[edit]

Edition Round Date Against Surface Opponent W/L Result
1984 World Group I R1 15 July 1984  Great Britain Clay United Kingdom Anne Hobbs W 6–4, 3–6, 6–2
R2 16 July 1984  Soviet Union Soviet Union Svetlana Cherneva W 7–6, 6–3
QF 18 July 1984  Yugoslavia Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Sabrina Goleš L 4–6, 5–7
1985 World Group I R1 6 October 1985  Soviet Union Hard Soviet Union Elena Eliseenko W 6–4, 6–2
R2 8 October 1985  Yugoslavia Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec W 6–4, 6–2
QF 10 October 1985  Great Britain United Kingdom Jo Durie W 6–2, 4–6, 8–6
SF 12 October 1985  Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia Helena Suková W 6–3, 7–6(8–6)
1986 World Group I R1 20 July 1986  Soviet Union Clay Soviet Union Natasha Zvereva W 4–6, 6–1, 6–2
R2 21 July 1986  France France Nathalie Tauziat W 7–6(7–5), 7–6(8–6)
QF 23 July 1986  West Germany West Germany Bettina Bunge L 6–2, 3–6, 3–6
1987 World Group I R1 26 July 1987  Greece Hard Greece Olga Tsarbopoulou W 6–0, 6–0
R2 27 July 1987  Indonesia Indonesia Suzanna Anggarkusuma W 6–1, 6–1
QF 29 July 1987  Australia Australia Anne Minter W 6–2, 6–2
SF 31 July 1987  United States United States Pam Shriver L 3–6, 6–7
1989 World Group I R1 1 October 1989  South Korea Hard South Korea Im Sook-ja W 6–2, 6–2
R2 3 October 1989  Argentina Argentina Patricia Tarabini W 6–1, 6–0
QF 5 October 1989  Australia Australia Elizabeth Smylie W 6–2, 6–1
1991 World Group I R1 22 July 1991  Hungary Hard Hungary Virág Csurgó W 6–0, 6–2
R2 24 July 1991  United States United States Mary Joe Fernández L 2–6, 1–6
1992 World Group I R1 14 July 1992  Australia Clay Australia Nicole Bradtke L 6–3, 4–6, 0–6
RPO 16 July 1992  Romania Romania Irina Spîrlea W 6–1, 6–0
RPO 17 July 1992  Hungary Hungary Andrea Temesvári W 6–3, 6–4
1993 World Group I R1 19 July 1993  South Korea Clay South Korea Kim Yeon-sook W 6–0, 6–2
R2 21 July 1993  Argentina Argentina Inés Gorrochategui L 1–6, 5–7
1994 World Group I R1 19 July 1994  Croatia Clay Croatia Nadin Ercegović W 6–0, 6–3
R2 21 July 1994  Indonesia Indonesia Romana Tedjakusuma W 6–2, 6–1
QF 22 July 1994  France France Julie Halard L 3–6, 6–3, 2–6
1995 World Group I QF 22 April 1995  Spain Carpet (I) Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario L 3–6, 3–6
23 April 1995 Spain Conchita Martínez L 2–6, 1–6

Doubles (9–13)[edit]

Edition Round Date Partner Against Surface Opponents W/L Result
1984 World Group I R1 15 July 1984 Bulgaria Manuela Maleeva  Great Britain Clay United Kingdom Amanda Brown
United Kingdom Anne Hobbs
W 7–6, 7–5
R2 16 July 1984 Bulgaria Manuela Maleeva  Soviet Union Soviet Union Elena Eliseenko
Soviet Union Larisa Savchenko
L 7–5, 5–7, 1–6
QF 18 July 1984 Bulgaria Manuela Maleeva  Yugoslavia Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Sabrina Goleš
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
L 3–6, 1–6
1985 World Group I R1 6 October 1985 Bulgaria Manuela Maleeva  Soviet Union Hard Soviet Union Natalia Egorova
Soviet Union Svetlana Cherneva
W 6–3, 7–5
R2 8 October 1985 Bulgaria Manuela Maleeva  Yugoslavia Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Sabrina Goleš
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Aila Winkler
W 6–4, 7–6(9–7)
QF 10 October 1985 Bulgaria Manuela Maleeva  Great Britain United Kingdom Jo Durie
United Kingdom Anne Hobbs
L 4–5, Ret.
SF 12 October 1985 Bulgaria Manuela Maleeva  Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
L 3–6, 6–7(4–7)
1986 World Group I R1 20 July 1986 Bulgaria Manuela Maleeva  Soviet Union Clay Soviet Union Svetlana Cherneva
Soviet Union Larisa Savchenko
L 6–1, 4–6, 1–6
QF 23 July 1986 Bulgaria Manuela Maleeva  West Germany West Germany Bettina Bunge
West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
L 4–6, 2–6
1987 World Group I SF 31 July 1987 Bulgaria Dora Rangelova  United States Hard United States Chris Evert
United States Pam Shriver
L 1–6, 1–6
1989 World Group I R1 1 October 1989 Bulgaria Manuela Maleeva  South Korea Hard South Korea Kim Il-soon
South Korea Lee Jeong-myung
W 7–5, 6–0
R2 3 October 1989 Bulgaria Manuela Maleeva  Argentina Argentina Florencia Labat
Argentina Mercedes Paz
W 6–1, 3–6, 6–1
QF 5 October 1989 Bulgaria Manuela Maleeva  Australia Australia Elizabeth Smylie
Australia Janine Tremelling
L 7–5, 4–6, 0–6
1991 World Group I R1 22 July 1991 Bulgaria Magdalena Maleeva  Hungary Hard Hungary Virág Csurgó
Hungary Ágnes Gee
W 6–1, 6–2
R2 24 July 1991 Bulgaria Magdalena Maleeva  United States United States Gigi Fernández
United States Zina Garrison-Jackson
L 2–6, 1–6
1992 World Group I R1 14 July 1992 Bulgaria Magdalena Maleeva  Australia Hard Australia Nicole Bradtke
Australia Rennae Stubbs
L 2–6, 1–6
RPO 17 July 1992 Bulgaria Elena Pampoulova  Hungary Hungary Virág Csurgó
Hungary Kata Györke
W 7–6(8–6), 4–6, 6–1
1993 World Group I R1 19 July 1993 Bulgaria Lubomira Bacheva  South Korea Clay South Korea Kim Il-soon
South Korea Park Sung-hee
L 6–3, 6–7(2–7), 1–4, Ret.
R2 21 July 1993 Bulgaria Magdalena Maleeva  Argentina Argentina Inés Gorrochategui
Argentina Patricia Tarabini
L 7–5, 4–6, 2–6
1994 World Group I R1 19 July 1994 Bulgaria Magdalena Maleeva  Croatia Clay Croatia Iva Majoli
Croatia Maja Murić
W 6–2, 6–3
QF 22 July 1994 Bulgaria Magdalena Maleeva  France France Julie Halard
France Nathalie Tauziat
L 2–6, 6–3, 2–6
1995 World Group I QF 23 April 1995 Bulgaria Magdalena Maleeva  Spain Carpet (I) Spain Neus Ávila Bonastre
Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
W 6–0, 6–1
  • RPO = Relegation Play-off

Grand Slam singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 Career SR Career Win-Loss
Australia Australian Open A 3R NH A A A QF QF 4R 4R 1R 1R Q1 A 0 / 7 16–7
France French Open A 3R 4R 4R 1R 4R QF 3R 2R 4R 2R 1R Q2 A 0 / 11 22–11
United Kingdom Wimbledon A 1R 3R 1R 4R A QF 4R QF 1R 1R 1R A A 0 / 10 16–10
United States US Open A 1R 3R 3R QF 2R 4R 3R 3R QF 2R A A A 0 / 10 21–10
SR 0 / 0 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 38 75–38
Year End Ranking 93 28 29 13 11 15 6 11 16 22 36 302 231 NR
  • NH = tournament not held.
  • 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.

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