Karolina Šprem

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Karolina Šprem
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Šprem at the 2010 NSW Medibank Tennis Open.
Country (sports) Croatia
ResidenceVaraždin, Croatia
Born (1984-10-25) 25 October 1984 (age 38)
Varaždin, SFRY
Height1.74 m (5 ft 8+12 in)
Turned proJuly 2001
PlaysRight-handed (double-handed backhand)
CoachSaša Hiršzon[1]
Prize money$1,298,606
Career record266–170
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 17 (11 October 2004)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open4R (2005)
French Open3R (2006)
WimbledonQF (2004)
US Open1R (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games3R (2004)
Career record14–16
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 182 (8 May 2006)
Grand Slam doubles results
Australian Open2R (2006)
Wimbledon1R (2005)
Team competitions
Fed Cup9–7

Karolina Šprem Baghdatis (born 25 October 1984) is a retired professional tennis player from Croatia. She won eleven titles (ten singles) all at the ITF level. Her highest ranking is world No. 17, achieved in October 2004.

Personal life[edit]

Karolina was born to Gabro and Božena Šprem in Varaždin, SFRY. She was introduced to tennis by her father at nine years of age. She turned professional in July 2001.

Šprem represented Croatia at the 2004 Summer Olympics held in Athens. She reached the third round in singles and the second round in doubles (with Jelena Kostanić).

On 14 July 2012, Šprem married ATP player Marcos Baghdatis at Trakošćan Castle in Croatia.[2] At Wimbledon, as a spectator for Baghdatis' match on centre court against Andy Murray, Šprem confirmed that she and Baghdatis were expecting their first child. Karolina gave birth to a girl, named Zahara, on 20 October 2012.[3]

Professional career[edit]


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.

Later in the year, she went on to reach two WTA-level finals in Strasbourg and Vienna. She also reached the semifinals of the WTA Tour event in Helsinki, and won the ITF event in Poitiers.

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.[4][5]

After Wimbledon, Karolina struggled to find her good form she had, losing early in many tournaments. She began training with Borna Bikić.

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.


Sprem at the 2008 US Open

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.[6] She was out of the tour for 10 months.

In April 2008, she returned to the pro tour, winning in Amelia Island over Ai Sugiyama and top-10 player Daniela Hantuchová, before falling to Lindsay Davenport in the third round.

In July, Šprem made the semifinals of a Tier III event in Budapest.

In 2009, Karolina won three big ITF titles in Biberach, Torhout, and Mestre.


In 2010, she scored one of her biggest wins in years when she defeated 25th seed Anabel Medina Garrigues at the Australian Open.

During the Australian hard-court season in 2011, 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.[7]

WTA career finals[edit]

Singles: 3 (3 runners-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 24 May 2003 Internationaux de Strasbourg, France Clay Italy Silvia Farina Elia 3–6, 6–4, 4–6
Runner-up 2. 14 June 2003 Austrian Open, Vienna, Austria Clay Argentina Paola Suárez 6–7(0–7), 6–2, 4–6
Runner-up 3. 25 September 2005 Sunfeast Open, Kolkata, India Hard (i) Russia Anastasia Myskina 2–6, 2–6

ITF Circuit finals[edit]

Singles: 14 (10–4)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 2 September 2001 Mostar Clay Bosnia and Herzegovina Adriana Basarić 4–6, 3–6
Winner 1. 27 January 2002 Courmayeur Hard (i) Germany Stefanie Weis 4–6, 7–6(7–3), 6–4
Winner 2. 17 February 2002 Bergamo Hard (i) Italy Rita Degli Esposti 6–1, 6–2
Runner-up 2. 31 March 2002 Rome–Parioli Clay Russia Dinara Safina 7–6(7–3), 2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 3. 23 June 2002 Gorizia Clay Spain Ainhoa Goñi Blanco 6–7(4–7), 1–6
Runner-up 4. 11 August 2002 Rimini Clay France Laurence Andretto 5–7, 4–6
Winner 3. 26 January 2003 Grenoble Hard (i) France Sophie Lefèvre 7–5, 7–5
Winner 4. 16 February 2003 Southampton Hard (i) Czech Republic Magdalena Zděnovcová 6–1, 3–0 ret.
Winner 5. 23 February 2003 Redbridge Hard (i) Belarus Olga Barabanschikova 6–3, 6–2
Winner 6. 23 March 2003 Castellón Clay Slovakia Ľudmila Cervanová 6–3, 6–3
Winner 7. 2 November 2003 Poitiers Hard (i) Italy Roberta Vinci 6–4, 7–5
Winner 8. 1 March 2009 Biberach Hard (i) Belgium Kirsten Flipkens 6–1, 6–2
Winner 9. 11 April 2009 Torhout Hard (i) Ukraine Viktoriya Kutuzova 6–1, 6–4
Winner 10. 11 April 2009 Mestre Hard Austria Yvonne Meusburger 2–6, 6–2, 6–4

Doubles (1–0)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 24 November 2002 Zagreb Hard (i) Bosnia and Herzegovina Mervana Jugić-Salkić Croatia Jelena Kostanić
Croatia Matea Mezak
6–2, 6–4

Grand Slam singles performance timeline[edit]

(W) winner; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (NH) not held; (SR) strike rate (events won / competed); (W–L) win–loss record.
Tournament 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Australian Open A 1R 4R 2R 1R A 1R 2R 1R
French Open A 1R 2R 3R A 1R 1R 1R A
Wimbledon 2R QF 1R 3R A A 1R 2R A
US Open 1R 1R 1R 1R A LQ LQ 1R A


  1. ^ "VARAŽDINSKI TENISAČ Saša Hiršzon: 'Ne fali mi život na touru, želim podići Varteks na višu razinu'" (in Croatian). 9 June 2020. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  2. ^ "Baghdatis and Sprem make it a true mixed-doubles marriage". Archived from the original on 3 February 2013. Retrieved 23 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Karolina Šprem rodila djevojčicu Zaharu. Ime je odabrao otac, ciparski tenisač Marcos Baghdatis". 13 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Tennis: Williams Loses Count and Match", The New York Times, 25 June 2004, p. D1
  5. ^ Wimbledon officials to review umpire error – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
  6. ^ http://arhiv.slobodnadalmacija.hr/20070719/sport03.asp
  7. ^ 'Karolina & Marcos: It all started in Sydney' WTA (Retrieved 19 September 2012)

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