Larisa Neiland

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Larisa Savchenko-Neiland
Country  Soviet Union
 Latvia
Residence Jūrmala, Latvia
Born (1966-07-21) 21 July 1966 (age 48)
Lviv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 6 12 in)
Turned pro 1983
Retired 2000
Plays Right-handed
Prize money $US4,083,936
Singles
Career record 322–283
Career titles 2
Highest ranking No. 13 (23 May 1988)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 4R (1992)
French Open 3R (1984, 1989)
Wimbledon QF (1994)
US Open QF (1988)
Doubles
Career record 766–258
Career titles 65
Highest ranking No. 1 (27 January 1992)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open SF (1995, 1996, 1997)
French Open W (1989)
Wimbledon W (1991)
US Open F (1991, 1992)
Last updated on: 22 April 2007.

Larisa Savchenko-Neiland (born Larisa Savchenko on 21 July 1966 in Lviv, Ukrainian SSR) is a former tennis player who represented Soviet Union and Latvia. A former world number-one ranked doubles player, Neiland won two women's doubles Grand Slam titles and four mixed doubles Grand Slam titles. She also won two singles titles and sixty-five doubles titles.

Career[edit]

Neiland turned professional in 1983. No. 10 on ITF World Junior rankings in 1983. Doubles team of Neiland and Svetlana Parkhomenko reached Wimbledon quarterfinals in 1983 and 1984, both times as an unseeded pair; beat No. 2 seeds Fairbank-Reynolds in 1983 and No. 3 seeds Horvath-Ruzici in 1984.. In 1984, Neiland reached the third round of the French Open as a qualifier, which was her best singles result at the French Open. She won her first singles title in Chicago in January 1984, where she only lost a set.

Had 1986 wins over Wendy Turnbull (twice, Ann Henricksson, and Annabel Croft. Larisa was ranked No. 1 in USSR for 1986. She qualified for the Virginia Slims Championships in March and November of 1986 with partner Svetlana Parkhomenko. She defeated Kathy Rinaldi, Peanut Louie Harper, and Nathalie Tauziat to reach the quarterfinals of Eastbourne in 1986.

Neiland jumped from No. 53 to No. 28 (June 1983) on the Hewlett-Packard/WITA Computer rankings after performances at Birmingham and Eastbourne. Neiland also possesses wins over Robin White, Ann Henricksson, Candy Reynolds, and Melissa Gurney. [1]

In 1988, Neiland reached her first grand slam doubles final with Natasha Zvereva. They lost 10–12 in the final set to Gabriela Sabatini and Steffi Graf, who, in that same year won all four grand slam singles titles and an Olympic gold medal. In 1989, also with Zvereva, Larisa won her first doubles grand slam over Graf and Sabatini in straight sets.

In 1991, Neiland captured the Wimbledon title with Zvereva. In 1992, she lost in the U.S. Open final to Jana Novotná and Helena Suková. She won her first mixed doubles title at Wimbledon, as well, when she and Cyril Suk teamed and won over Dutch duo Jacco Eltingh and Miriam Oremans. That year, she reached the number one doubles ranking. Neiland then reached her next five doubles runners-up with Novotná. Each and every final played with Novotná was lost, the first being the U.S. Open in 1991 and losing to Pam Shriver and Zvereva.

Her final grand slam doubles final appearance came in 1996 at Wimbledon. Neiland played in 2000 but retired after losing at Wimbledon. She lost in the first round, when she and her partner Lina Krasnoroutskaya lost to Ai Sugiyama and Julie Halard, the eventual runners-up, in straight sets, 6–4, 6–3.

She currently coaches Svetlana Kuznetsova and is a part of the Russian Fed Cup coaching team.

Major finals[edit]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Women's doubles: 12 (2 titles, 10 runner-ups)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1988 Wimbledon Grass Soviet Union Natasha Zvereva West Germany Steffi Graf
Argentina Gabriela Sabatini
6–3, 1–6, 12–10
Winner 1989 French Open Clay Soviet Union Natasha Zvereva West Germany Steffi Graf
Argentina Gabriela Sabatini
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 1989 Wimbledon Grass Soviet Union Natasha Zvereva Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
6–1, 6–2
Runner-up 1990 French Open Clay Soviet Union Natasha Zvereva Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 1991 French Open Clay Soviet Union Natasha Zvereva United States Gigi Fernández
Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
6–4, 6–0
Winner 1991 Wimbledon Grass Soviet Union Natasha Zvereva United States Gigi Fernández
Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
6–4, 3–6, 6–4
Runner-up 1991 US Open Hard Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná United States Pam Shriver
Belarus Natasha Zvereva
6–4, 4–6, 7–6(7–5)
Runner-up 1992 Wimbledon Grass Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná United States Gigi Fernández
Belarus Natasha Zvereva
6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 1992 US Open Hard Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná United States Gigi Fernández
Belarus Natasha Zvereva
7–6(7–5), 6–1
Runner-up 1993 French Open Clay Czech Republic Jana Novotná United States Gigi Fernández
Belarus Natasha Zvereva
6–3, 7–5
Runner-up 1993 Wimbledon Grass Czech Republic Jana Novotná United States Gigi Fernández
Belarus Natasha Zvereva
6–4, 6–7(7–9), 6–4
Runner-up 1996 Wimbledon Grass United States Meredith McGrath Switzerland Martina Hingis
Czech Republic Helena Suková
5–7, 7–5, 6–1

Mixed doubles: 9 (4 titles, 5 runner-ups)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1992 Wimbledon Grass Czechoslovakia Cyril Suk Netherlands Miriam Oremans
Netherlands Jacco Eltingh
7–6(7–2), 6–2
Winner 1994 Australian Open Hard Russia Andrei Olhovskiy Czech Republic Helena Suková
Australia Todd Woodbridge
7–5, 6–7(0–7), 6–2
Runner-up 1994 French Open Clay Russia Andrei Olhovskiy Netherlands Kristie Boogert
Netherlands Menno Oosting
7–5, 3–6, 7–5
Winner 1995 French Open Clay Australia Mark Woodforde Canada Jill Hetherington
South Africa John-Laffnie de Jager
7–6(10–8), 7–6(7–4)
Winner 1996 Australian Open (2) Hard Australia Mark Woodforde United States Nicole Arendt
United States Luke Jensen
4–6, 7–5, 6–0
Runner-up 1996 Wimbledon Grass Australia Mark Woodforde Czech Republic Helena Suková
Czechoslovakia Cyril Suk
1–6, 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 1997 Australian Open Hard South Africa John-Laffnie de Jager Netherlands Manon Bollegraf
United States Rick Leach
6–3, 6–7(5–7), 7–5
Runner-up 1997 Wimbledon Grass Russia Andrei Olhovskiy Czech Republic Helena Suková
Czechoslovakia Cyril Suk
4–6, 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 1999 French Open Clay United States Rick Leach Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
South Africa Piet Norval
6–3, 3–6, 6–3

Year-End Championships finals[edit]

Doubles: 5 finals (0 titles, 5 runner-ups)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1988 New York City Carpet (I) Soviet Union Natalia Zvereva United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 1989 New York City Carpet (I) Soviet Union Natalia Zvereva United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 1992 New York City Carpet (I) Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
7–6(7–4), 6–1
Runner-up 1993 New York City Carpet (I) Czech Republic Jana Novotná Belarus Natalia Zvereva
United States Gigi Fernández
6–3, 7–5
Runner-up 1999 New York City Carpet (I) Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Switzerland Martina Hingis
Russia Anna Kournikova
6–4, 6–4

Titles (67)[edit]

Singles (2)[edit]

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I (0–1)
Tier II (0–0)
Tier III (1–4)
Tier IV (0–0)
Tier V (1–0)
Virginia Slims (0–2)
Titles by Surface
Hard (1–1)
Grass (0–1)
Clay (0–0)
Carpet (1–5)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 5. 26 January 1987 United States Wichita Carpet (I) United States Barbara Potter 7–6(8–6), 7–6(7–5)
Runner-up 2. 8 June 1987 United Kingdom Birmingham Grass United States Pam Shriver 4–6, 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 3. 15 February 1988 United States Oakland Carpet (I) United States Martina Navratilova 6–1, 6–2
Runner-up 4. 20 February 1989 United States Oakland Carpet (I) United States Zina Garrison 6–1, 6–1
Runner-up 5. 6 November 1989 United States Chicago Carpet (I) United States Zina Garrison 6–3, 2–6, 6–4
Runner-up 6. 1 February 1993 Japan Tokyo Carpet (I) United States Martina Navratilova 6–2, 6–2
Winner 1. 23 September 1991 Russia Saint Petersburg Carpet (I) Germany Barbara Rittner 3–6, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 2. 23 August 1993 United States Schenectady Hard Ukraine Natalia Medvedeva 6–3, 7–5
Runner-up 7. 24 August 1994 United States Schenectady Hard Austria Judith Wiesner 7–5, 3–6, 6–4

Doubles (65)[edit]

Grand slam events in boldface.

Women's doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 SR W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A 2R A NH A A A QF QF QF QF 3R SF SF SF 2R QF A 0 / 11 31–11
French Open A 1R 2R QF A A W F F SF F QF 3R SF QF SF QF 1R 1 / 15 48–14
Wimbledon QF QF QF 1R SF F F SF W F F QF SF F SF A 3R 1R 1 / 17 61–16
US Open 2R A A A 1R 2R QF SF F F 2R SF 3R A 3R 2R SF A 0 / 13 33–13
Win–Loss 4–2 4–3 4–2 3–2 4–2 6–2 14–2 16–4 19–3 17–4 14–4 12–4 12–4 13–3 13–4 6–3 12–4 0–2 2 / 56 173–54

Head-to-Head Record against Other Players[edit]

[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

She married Alex Neiland at 21 December 1989, her surname was changed from Savchenko to Neiland.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gossett, Peggy; Teitelbaum, Mike; Hanlon, Maureen; Riach, Ros; Hinkley, Suzanne. 1987 WITA Media Guide. p. 205. 

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