Karin Kschwendt

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Karin Kschwendt
Country (sports)

 Luxembourg (–nov 1991)
 Germany (dec 1991–sep 1996)

 Austria (oct 1996–)
Residence Vienna, Austria
Born (1968-09-14) 14 September 1968 (age 48)
Sorengo, Switzerland
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro 1986
Retired 2000
Plays Right-handed (two-handed forehand)
Prize money $674,599
Career record 244–221
Career titles 0 WTA, 2 ITF
Highest ranking No. 37 (12 August 1996)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (1991, 1996)
French Open 3R (1994)
Wimbledon 3R (1990)
US Open 2R (1990, 1995, 1996)
Career record 158–181
Career titles 6 WTA, 3 ITF
Highest ranking No. 45 (19 February 1996)

Karin Kschwendt (born 14 September 1968) is a former professional tennis player who represented Luxembourg, Germany and Austria at various points in her career. She reached her career high ranking of world No. 37 on August 12, 1996.[1] In doubles, she went as high as No. 45 on February 16, 1996.[1]

Kschwendt was born in Switzerland,[2] to Austrian parents Heinz and Edith, but grew up in Luxembourg, where she lived for 23 years.[3]

Tennis career[edit]

Kschwendt made her professional debut in 1986, where she played for Luxembourg during a Fed Cup tie. She continued to represent Luxembourg in the early part of her career, and in 1990 became the first female player from her country to reach the third round of a Grand Slam, a feat that she achieved at Wimbledon, before she lost to Martina Navratilova.

In 1991, she reached the third round of the Australian Open, a result that broke her into the top 100, and finished the year at No. 88, but soon left in early 1992 after a lengthy break with injury. She came back stronger and managed to finish 1992 as the No. 78 in the world.

Kschwendt began to achieve solid results in 1993; now playing for Germany, she reached the semifinals of Auckland, the quarterfinals of Paris, and made her first and only WTA Tour final at an event in Belgium (she lost to Radka Bobková). The following year, she reached the third round of a major once more, this time at the French Open, but fell to Iva Majoli.

1996 saw Kschwendt put together her best season, reaching the third round of the Australian Open and achieving consistent results in WTA Tour events. She finished that year at No. 47, but went as high as No. 37 in August.

In 1997, she played her only match for the Austria Fed Cup team, losing her doubles match against Croatia.

Her last few years on Tour were mostly spent playing on the ITF Women's Circuit and qualifications of WTA events. In 2000, she played her last professional match.

WTA Tour finals[edit]

Tournament (W–R) Singles Doubles
Grand Slam tournaments 0–0 0–0
WTA Championships 0–0 0–0
Tier I 0–0 0–0
Tier II 0–0 0–0
Tier III 0–0 0–2
Tier IV 0–1 1–0
Surface (W–R) Singles Doubles
Hard 0–0 1–0
Clay 0–1 0–1
Grass 0–0 0–0
Carpet 0–0 0–1

Singles (3 runners-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 3 May 1992 Liège, Belgium Clay Czechoslovakia Radka Bobková 3–6, 6–4, 2–6

Doubles (6 titles, 2 runner-ups)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 9 July 1990 Palermo, Italy Clay Italy Laura Garrone Argentina Florencia Labat
Italy Barbara Romano
6–2, 6–4
Winner 2. 10 September 1990 Athens, Greece Clay Italy Laura Garrone Czechoslovakia Leona Laskova
Czechoslovakia Jana Pospíšilová
6–0, 1–6, 7–6(8–6)
Winner 3. 20 July 1992 Prague, Czech Republic Clay Germany Petra Schwarz Czech Republic Eva Švíglerová
France Noëlle van Lottum
6–4, 2–6, 7–5
Winner 4. 5 July 1993 Palermo, Italy Clay Ukraine Natalia Medvedeva Italy Silvia Farina
Netherlands Brenda Schultz
6–4, 7–6
Winner 5. 13 September 1993 Hong Kong Hard Australia Rachel McQuillan United States Debbie Graham
United States Marianne Werdel
1–6, 7–6, 6–2
Winner 6. 27 February 1995 San Juan, Puerto Rico Hard Canada Rene Simpson Italy Laura Golarsa
United States Linda Harvey-Wild
6–2, 0–6, 6–4
Runner-up 7. 13 April 1998 Makarska, Croatia Clay Russia Evgenia Kulikovskaya Slovenia Tina Križan
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
6–7(3–7), 1–6
Runner-up 8. 13 July 1998 Warsaw, Poland Hard South Africa Liezel Huber Slovakia Karina Habšudová
Ukraine Olga Lugina
6–7(2–7), 5–7


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