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Corina Morariu (born January 26, 1978) is a retired Romanian American tennis player.

Corina Morariu
Corina Morariu at the 2009 US Open 01.jpg
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceBoca Raton, Florida
Born (1978-01-26) January 26, 1978 (age 41)
Detroit, Michigan
Turned pro1994
Retired2007
PlaysRight-handed
Prize money$1,733,916
Singles
Career record160–134
Career titles1 WTA, 5 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 29 (24 August 1998)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (1998)
French Open2R (1998, 2000, 2003)
Wimbledon3R (1998, 1999)
US Open2R (1997)
Doubles
Career record248–158
Career titles13 WTA, 9 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 1 (3 April 2000)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenF (2001, 2005)
French OpenSF (2005)
WimbledonW (1999)
US OpenQF (1999, 2002, 2005, 2007)
Mixed doubles
Career record21–22
Career titles1
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenW (2001)
French OpenQF (2003, 2005)
Wimbledon3R (2006)
US OpenSF (2002, 2005)

Morariu (pronounced: mo-RA-R'ju) was born in Detroit, Michigan, and turned professional in 1994. Mainly known as a doubles specialist, she won the women's doubles title at Wimbledon in 1999 with Lindsay Davenport. She also won the mixed-doubles title at the 2001 Australian Open with Ellis Ferreira. She reached the Australian Open women's doubles final with Davenport in 2005. She also reached the world No. 1 ranking in doubles in 2000.[1]

In 2001, Morariu was diagnosed with leukemia and began a program of chemotherapy.[2] During this time, Jennifer Capriati dedicated her 2001 French Open victory to Morariu. She also received an inspirational letter from Lance Armstrong, a cancer survivor.[3] After recovering from cancer, along with shoulder surgery, Morariu was largely restricted to doubles play.[1] The WTA then created the Corina Comeback Award, which was presented to Morariu by Capriati.[4]

Corina Morariu retired from the tour in 2007. She is an International Sports Ambassador for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and has released a memoir titled Living Through the Racket: How I Survived Leukemia...and Rediscovered My Self.[4] Following her retirement, she began working as a commentator for Tennis Channel.[5]

Contents

Major finalsEdit

Grand SlamEdit

Doubles: 3 (1–2)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1999 Wimbledon Grass   Lindsay Davenport   Mariaan de Swardt
  Elena Tatarkova
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 2001 Australian Open Hard   Lindsay Davenport   Serena Williams
  Venus Williams
2–6, 6–2, 4–6
Runner-up 2005 Australian Open Hard   Lindsay Davenport   Svetlana Kuznetsova
  Alicia Molik
3–6, 4–6

Mixed Doubles: 1 (1–0)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 2001 Australian Open Hard   Ellis Ferreira   Barbara Schett
  Joshua Eagle
6–1, 6–3

WTA career finalsEdit

 
Corina Morariu hitting a forehand

Singles 4 (1–3)Edit

Legend (Singles)
Tier I (0/0)
Tier II (0/0)
Tier III (0/1)
Tier IV (1/2)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. May 1997 Croatian Bol Ladies Open Clay   Mirjana Lučić 5–7, 7–6(9–7), 6–7(5–7)
Runner-up 2. Apr 1998 Japan Open Tennis Championships, Tokyo Hard   Ai Sugiyama 3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 3. May 1998 Croatian Bol Ladies Open Clay   Mirjana Lučić 2–6, 4–6
Winner 1. May 1999 Croatian Bol Ladies Open Clay   Julie Halard-Decugis 6–2, 6–0

Doubles 20 (13–7)Edit

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (1/2)
WTA Championship (0/0)
Tier I (1/2)
Tier II (3/2)
Tier III (7/1)
Tier IV (1/0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. April 20, 1997 Tokyo Hard   Kerry-Anne Guse   Alexia Dechaume-Balleret
  Rika Hiraki
4–6, 2–6
Winner 1. November 22, 1997 PTT Pattaya Open, Pattaya City Hard   Kristine Kunce   Florencia Labat
  Dominique Monami
6–3, 6–4
Winner 2. January 8, 1999 Brisbane International, Gold Coast Hard   Larisa Neiland   Kristine Kunce
  Irina Spîrlea
6–3, 6–4
Winner 3. April 17, 1999 Japan Open Tennis Championships, Tokyo Hard   Kimberly Po   Kerry-Anne Guse
  Catherine Barclay
6–3, 6–2
Winner 4. June 12, 1999 Aegon Classic, Birmingham Grass   Larisa Neiland   Inés Gorrochategui
  Alexandra Fusai
6–4, 6–4
Winner 5. July 3, 1999 Wimbledon Championships, London Grass   Lindsay Davenport   Mariaan de Swardt
  Elena Tatarkova
6–4, 6–4
Winner 6. July 31, 1999 Bank of the West Classic, Stanford Hard   Lindsay Davenport   Anna Kournikova
  Elena Likhovtseva
6–4, 6–4
Winner 7. August 7, 1999 Southern California Open, San Diego Hard   Lindsay Davenport   Venus Williams
  Serena Williams
6–4, 6–1
Winner 8. February 26, 2000 Cellular South Cup, Oklahoma City Hard (i)   Kimberly Po   Tamarine Tanasugarn
  Elena Tatarkova
6–4, 4–6, 6–2
Winner 9. March 17, 2000 Indian Wells Masters Hard   Lindsay Davenport   Anna Kournikova
  Natasha Zvereva
6–2, 6–3
Winner 10. May 6, 2000 Croatian Bol Ladies Open Clay   Julie Halard-Decugis   Katarina Srebotnik
  Tina Križan
6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 2. May 14, 2000 German Open, Berlin Clay   Amanda Coetzer   Aranxta Sánchez Vicario
  Conchita Martínez
6–3, 2–6, 6–7(7–9)
Winner 11. October 14, 2000 Japan Open Tennis Championships, Tokyo Hard   Julie Halard-Decugis   Tina Križan
  Katarina Srebotnik
6–1, 6–2
Runner-up 3. January 27, 2001 Australian Open, Melbourne Hard   Lindsay Davenport   Serena Williams
  Venus Williams
2–6, 6–2, 4–6
Runner-up 4. November 7, 2004 Advanta Championships of Philadelphia Hard (i)   Liezel Huber   Lisa Raymond
  Alicia Molik
5–7, 4–6
Runner-up 5. January 29, 2005 Australian Open, Melbourne Hard   Lindsay Davenport   Svetlana Kuznetsova
  Alicia Molik
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 6. February 6, 2005 Toray Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo Carpet (i)   Lindsay Davenport   Janette Husárová
  Elena Likhovtseva
4–6, 3–6
Winner 12. January 12, 2006 Medibank International, Sydney Hard   Rennae Stubbs   Paola Suárez
  Virginia Ruano Pascual
6–3, 5–7, 6–2
Winner 13. September 16, 2006 Commonwealth Bank Tennis Classic, Bali Hard   Lindsay Davenport   Natalie Grandin
  Trudi Musgrave
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 7. October 29, 2006 Generali Ladies Linz Hard (i)   Katarina Srebotnik   Lisa Raymond
  Samantha Stosur
3–6, 0–6

ITF Circuit finalsEdit

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments

Singles: 5 (5–0)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. August 22, 1994 Nicolosi, Italy Hard   Giulia Casoni 7–5, 7–6(7–5)
Winner 2. May 22, 1995 Salzburg, Austria Clay   Patricia Wartusch 6–2, 6–2
Winner 3. May 29, 1995 Katowice, Poland Clay   Ewa Radzikowska 6–4, 6–2
Winner 4. August 21, 1995 Sochi, Russia Clay   Anne-Gaëlle Sidot 6–4, 4–6, 6–0
Winner 5. February 23, 1997 Bogotá, Colombia Clay   Lenka Němečková 6–2, 6–3

Doubles: 13 (9–4)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. July 17, 1994 Olsztyn, Poland Clay   Henrieta Nagyová   Marielle Bruens
  Amanda Hopmans
4–6, 7–5, 5–7
Winner 2. August 22, 1994 Nicolosi, Italy Hard   Loretta Sheales   Natalie Frawley
  Jenny Anne Fetch
6–1, 7–5
Winner 3. January 30, 1995 İstanbul, Turkey Hard   Christina Zachariadou   Dora Djilianova
  Desislava Topalova
6–3, 7–5
Runner–up 4. April 3, 1995 Athens, Greece Clay   Christina Zachariadou   Denisa Chládková
  Patrícia Marková
2–6, 5–7
Winner 5. May 22, 1995 Salzburg, Austria Clay   Aarthi Venkatesan   Tjaša Jezernik
  Marina Lazarovska
w/o
Winner 6. August 14, 1995 Carthage, Tunisia Clay   Christina Zachariadou   Denisa Chládková
  Daphne van de Zande
6–4, 7–6(9–7)
Winner 7. August 27, 1995 Sochi, Russia Hard   Elena Tatarkova   Natalia Egorova
  Petra Thorén
6–3, 7–5
Runner–up 8. August 28, 1995 Athens, Greece Clay   Christina Zachariadou   Magdalena Grzybowska
  Henrieta Nagyová
w/o
Winner 9. December 4, 1995 Cergy, France Hard (i)   Angela Lettiere   Dally Randriantefy
  Natacha Randriantefy
6–3, 7–5
Winner 10. January 27, 1996 Mission, United States Hard   Angela Lettiere   Shannan McCarthy
  Julie Steven
7–6(9–7), 6–2
Winner 11. February 17, 1996 Midland, United States Hard (i)   Angela Lettiere   Katrina Adams
  Debbie Graham
7–6(7–4), 7–6(8–6)
Runner–up 12. May 19, 1996 Athens, Greece Clay   Angela Lettiere   Liezel Huber
  Christína Papadáki
5–7, 2–6
Winner 13. October 12, 1997 Sedona, United States Hard   Cătălina Cristea   Liezel Huber
  Paola Suárez
7–5, 6–2

Women's doubles performance timelineEdit

Tournament 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A 2R 2R 2R SF F A A 3R F 1R 1R 0 / 9 19–9
French Open A 1R 1R 3R 2R A A A 1R A SF A 1R 0 / 7 7–7
Wimbledon A 1R 2R 2R W A A A 1R A 2R A 1R 1 / 7 9–6
US Open A 3R 1R 1R QF A A QF 1R 2R QF 2R QF 0 / 10 16–10
Win–Loss 0–0 2–3 2–4 4–4 11–3 4–1 5–1 3–1 0–3 3–2 13–4 1–2 3–4 1 / 33 51–32
Year-end championships
Tour Championships A A A A SF A A A A A A A A 0 / 1 1–1
Year-end ranking
Ranking 187 81 66 49 6 14 57 78 156 24 15 34 76

AwardsEdit

  • The Corina Comeback Award (established by the WTA and named after her; she was the first recipient)[4]
  • The 2002 WTA Tour Comeback Player of the Year Award[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b DeSimone, Bonnie (26 March 2007). "Corina Morariu happy to be on tour". ESPN. Retrieved 19 March 2012.
  2. ^ Banerjee, Sudeshna (28 July 2009). "Corina Morariu: The Braveheart Who Defied Death". Bleacherreport.com. Retrieved 21 April 2012.
  3. ^ DeSimone, Bonnie (26 May 2002). "She won't stay down for long". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 19 March 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d "WTA Profile". wtatennis.com. Archived from the original on 13 April 2012. Retrieved 19 March 2012.
  5. ^ Thurmond, Sarah (12 February 2010). "Q&A With Corina Morariu, Cancer Survivor and Former Pro". tennis.com. Retrieved 19 March 2012.

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