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Iva Majoli Marić (Iva Majoli) (born 12 August 1977) is a former professional tennis player from Croatia. She upset Martina Hingis to win the women's singles title at the French Open in 1997. Majoli also won seven other singles titles and one doubles title during her career. She reached a career-high singles ranking of world No. 4 in February 1996.
|Residence||Zagreb, Croatia & |
Bradenton, Florida U.S.
|Born||12 August 1977|
Zagreb, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Turned pro||August 1991|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career titles||8 (2 ITF)|
|Highest ranking||No. 4 (5 February 1996)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||QF (1996)|
|French Open||W (1997)|
|US Open||4R (1994)|
|Tour Finals||QF (1997)|
|Olympic Games||QF (1996)|
|Highest ranking||No. 24 (21 August 1995)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||3R (1998)|
|French Open||3R (1997, 2002, 2003)|
|US Open||QF (1997)|
|Fed Cup||QF (1999, 1996)|
|Hopman Cup||W (1996)|
Majoli was born in Zagreb, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia and turned professional in 1991 at the age of 14. At age 19, Majoli won the 1997 French Open singles title, defeating Sandra Kleinová, Alexandra Fusai, Ann Grossman, Lindsay Davenport, Ruxandra Dragomir and Amanda Coetzer before defeating Martina Hingis in straight sets 6–4, 6–2. Most had expected Hingis, 16 years old, to win the title. Majoli, however, played aggressively from the baseline and ended Hingis's 37-match winning streak and handed Hingis her first sound defeat in a final of a Grand Slam. Her adept ground-strokes kept Hingis moving, therefore Hingis was not allowed to control the rallies.
Majoli played her best tennis as a teenager, reaching her career high ranking of World No. 4 in 1996. After a quarterfinal appearance at the 1998 French Open, she failed to reach the fourth round of any subsequent Grand Slam singles tournament. Her game steadily declined, with her ranking plummeting to World No. 131 in 2003. In the final years of her tennis career, Majoli suffered from a series of injuries – most notably a shoulder injury – and struggled to play consistently. Her jet-setting lifestyle, well documented by the press, may have contributed.
In 2002, Majoli, ranked World No. 58, defeated Patty Schnyder, ranked World No. 30, in the final of the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, South Carolina. The victory increased Majoli's ranking to World No. 33. She reached another final shortly thereafter, prompting some to believe that she was climbing back to the top of the game. This, however, was wishful thinking, as Majoli's ranking then plummeted even further. On June 12, 2004, Majoli announced her retirement from the game.
In 2006, she announced that she was engaged and pregnant with her first child. She married a local businessman, Stipe Marić, on 9 September 2006, with Jennifer Capriati and Mary Pierce attending the wedding. She gave birth to her daughter Mia on 31 October 2006.
In 2007, Majoli participated in the second season of the Croatian version of Dancing with the Stars. Her partner was Marko Herceg. She was eliminated in the fourth episode.
In 2012, she was selected to be the non-playing captain of the Croatian Fed Cup team .
Majoli made a comeback in professional tennis at the 2015 Kremlin Cup, where she received a wildcard with Anastasia Bukhanko in doubles.
Grand Slam finalsEdit
Singles: 1 (1–0)Edit
|Winner (1/1)||1997||French Open||Clay||Martina Hingis||6–4, 6–2|
WTA Tour finalsEdit
Singles: 17 (8–9)Edit
|Runner-up||1.||7 February 1994||Osaka||Carpet (i)||Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere||1–6, 6–4, 5–7|
|Runner-up||2.||18 April 1994||Barcelona||Clay||Arantxa Sánchez Vicario||0–6, 2–6|
|Runner-up||3.||24 October 1994||Essen||Carpet (i)||Jana Novotná||2–6, 4–6|
|Runner-up||4.||24 April 1995||Barcelona||Clay||Arantxa Sánchez Vicario||7–5, 0–6, 2–6|
|Winner||1.||2 October 1995||Zürich||Carpet (i)||Mary Pierce||6–4, 6–4|
|Winner||2.||9 October 1995||Filderstadt||Hard (I)||Gabriela Sabatini||6–4, 7–6(7–4)|
|Winner||3.||29 January 1996||Tokyo||Carpet (i)||Arantxa Sánchez Vicario||6–4, 6–1|
|Runner-up||5.||12 February 1996||Paris||Carpet (i)||Julie Halard-Decugis||5–7, 6–7(4–7)|
|Winner||4.||19 February 1996||Essen||Carpet (i)||Jana Novotná||7–5, 1–6, 7–6(8–6)|
|Runner-up||6.||30 September 1996||Leipzig||Carpet (i)||Anke Huber||7–5, 3–6, 1–6|
|Winner||5.||17 February 1997||Hanover||Carpet (i)||Jana Novotná||4–6, 7–6(7–2), 6–4|
|Winner||6.||28 April 1997||Hamburg||Clay||Ruxandra Dragomir||6–3, 6–2|
|Winner||7.||26 May 1997||French Open||Clay||Martina Hingis||6–4, 6–2|
|Runner-up||7.||6 November 2000||Kuala Lumpur||Hard||Henrieta Nagyová||4–6, 2–6|
|Runner-up||8.||17 September 2001||Quebec City||Carpet (i)||Meghann Shaughnessy||1–6, 3–6|
|Winner||8.||15 April 2002||Charleston||Clay||Patty Schnyder||7–6(7–5), 6–4|
|Runner-up||9.||29 April 2002||Bol||Clay||Åsa Svensson||3–6, 6–4, 1–6|
Doubles: 5 (1–4)Edit
|Runner-up||1||20 February 1995||Linz||Carpet (i)||Petra Schwarz|| Meredith McGrath
|Runner-up||2.||24 April 1995||Barcelona||Clay||Mariaan de Swardt|| Larisa Neiland
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
|5–7, 6–4, 5–7|
|Runner-up||3.||14 August 1995||Toronto||Hard||Martina Hingis|| Gabriela Sabatini
|6–4, 0–6, 3–6|
|Runner-up||4.||28 April 1997||Hamburg||Clay||Ruxandra Dragomir|| Anke Huber
|6–4, 6–7(1–7), 2–6|
|Winner||1.||5 February 2001||Paris||Carpet (i)||Virginie Razzano|| Kimberly Po
Grand Slam singles performance timelineEdit
|Australian Open||A||A||A||A||QF||1R||3R||A||A||3R||2R||1R||A||0 / 6||9–6|
|French Open||A||4R||4R||QF||QF||W||QF||A||2R||1R||2R||2R||A||1 / 10||28–9|
|Wimbledon||A||A||1R||1R||A||QF||2R||A||A||1R||3R||1R||A||0 / 7||7–7|
|US Open||2R||2R||4R||1R||1R||2R||2R||1R||A||3R||3R||1R||A||0 / 11||11–11|
|Win–Loss||1–1||4–2||6–3||4–3||8–3||12–3||8–4||0–1||1–1||4–4||6–4||1–4||0-0||1 / 34||55–33|
|Year End Ranking||50||46||13||9||8||6||25||163||73||42||32||131||315|
- "Iva Majoli, 1997 French Open champ, calls it quits". Sports Illustrated. June 29, 2004. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
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