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. In doubles, she went as high as No. 45 on February 16, 1996.
|Country (sports)|| Luxembourg (–Nov 1991)|
Germany (Dec 1991–Sep 1996)
Austria (Oct 1996–)
|Born||14 September 1968|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|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)|
|US Open||2R (1990, 1995, 1996)|
|Career titles||6 WTA, 4 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 45 (19 February 1996)|
Kschwendt was born in Switzerland, to Austrian parents Heinz and Edith, but grew up in Luxembourg, where she lived for 23 years.
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.
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 finalsEdit
Singles (3 runners-up)Edit
|Loss||1.||May 1992||Liège, Belgium||Clay||Radka Bobková||3–6, 6–4, 2–6|
Doubles (6 titles, 2 runner-ups)Edit
|Win||1.||Jul 1990||Palermo, Italy||Clay||Laura Garrone|| Florencia Labat
|Win||2.||Sep 1990||Athens, Greece||Clay||Laura Garrone|| Leona Lásková
|6–0, 1–6, 7–6(8–6)|
|Win||3.||Jul 1992||Prague, Czech Republic||Clay||Petra Schwarz|| Eva Švíglerová
Noëlle van Lottum
|6–4, 2–6, 7–5|
|Win||4.||Jul 1993||Palermo, Italy||Clay||Natalia Medvedeva|| Silvia Farina
|Win||5.||Sep 1993||Hong Kong||Hard||Rachel McQuillan|| Debbie Graham
|1–6, 7–6, 6–2|
|Win||6.||Feb 1995||San Juan, Puerto Rico||Hard||Rene Simpson|| Laura Golarsa
|6–2, 0–6, 6–4|
|Loss||7.||Apr 1998||Makarska, Croatia||Clay||Evgenia Kulikovskaya|| Tina Križan
|Loss||8.||Jul 1998||Warsaw, Poland||Hard||Liezel Horn|| Karina Habšudová
Singles finals: 5 (2-3)Edit
|Runner-up||1.||28 September 1987||Bol, Yugoslavia||Clay||Jana Pospíšilová||3–6, 3–6|
|Runner-up||2.||12 October 1987||Mali Lošinj, Yugoslavia||Clay||Jana Pospíšilová||4–6, 4–6|
|Winner||3.||8 August 1988||Palermo, Italy||Clay||Marzia Grossi||4–6, 6–0, 6–1|
|Runner-up||4.||26 February 1990||Wels, Austria||Clay||Marion Maruska||6–3, 1–6, 4–6|
|Winner||5.||6 July 1992||Erlangen, Germany||Clay||Anna Földényi||6–4, 6–2|
Doubles finals: 7 (3-4)Edit
|Outcome||No||Date||Tournament||Surface||Partner||Opponents in the final||Score|
|Winner||1.||4 October 1987||Rabac, Yugoslavia||Clay||Amy van Buuren|| Marielle Rooimans
|Winner||3.||26 March 1990||Madrid, Spain||Clay||Patricia Miller|| Natalia Biletskaya
|4–6, 7–5, 6–3|
|Runner-up||3.||5 February 1996||Würzburg, Germany||Carpet (i)||Eva Martincová|| Stephanie Gomperts
|Winner||4.||15 September 1997||Sofia, Bulgaria||Clay||Sandra Klösel|| Sandra Načuk
|Runner-up||5.||2 August 1998||Salt Lake City, United States||Hard||Liezel Horn|| Mariaan de Swardt
|Runner-up||6.||21 September 1998||Bucharest, Romania||Clay||Lenka Cenková|| Eva Bes
Rosa María Andrés Rodríguez
|6–4, 6–7(6–8), 0–6|
|Runner-up||7.||5 December 1998||New Delhi, India||Hard||Tina Križan|| Lenka Cenková
- "Karin Kschwendt Stats". Retrieved 2010-05-17.
- "Karin Kschwendt International Tennis Federation Player Profile". Retrieved 2010-05-17.