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.
|Born||25 October 1984|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 8+1⁄2 in)|
|Turned pro||July 2001|
|Plays||Right-handed (double-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 17 (11 October 2004)|
|Grand Slam singles results|
|Australian Open||4R (2005)|
|French Open||3R (2006)|
|US Open||1R (2003,2004,2005,2006)|
|Olympic Games||3R (2004)|
|Highest ranking||No. 182 (8 May 2006)|
|Grand Slam doubles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2006)|
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.
On 14 July 2012, Šprem married ATP player Marcos Baghdatis at Trakošćan Castle in Croatia. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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. She was out of the tour for 10 months.
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.
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.
WTA career finalsEdit
Singles: 3 (3 runners-up)Edit
|Runner-up||1.||24 May 2003||Internationaux de Strasbourg, France||Clay||Silvia Farina Elia||3–6, 6–4, 4–6|
|Runner-up||2.||14 June 2003||Austrian Open, Vienna, Austria||Clay||Paola Suárez||6–7(0–7), 6–2, 4–6|
|Runner-up||3.||25 September 2005||Sunfeast Open, Kolkata, India||Hard (i)||Anastasia Myskina||2–6, 2–6|
ITF Circuit finalsEdit
Singles: 14 (10–4)Edit
|Runner-up||1.||2 September 2001||Mostar||Clay||Adriana Basarić||4–6, 3–6|
|Winner||1.||27 January 2002||Courmayeur||Hard (i)||Stefanie Weis||4–6, 7–6(7–3), 6–4|
|Winner||2.||17 February 2002||Bergamo||Hard (i)||Rita Degli Esposti||6–1, 6–2|
|Runner-up||2.||31 March 2002||Rome–Parioli||Clay||Dinara Safina||7–6(7–3), 2–6, 3–6|
|Runner-up||3.||23 June 2002||Gorizia||Clay||Ainhoa Goñi Blanco||6–7(4–7), 1–6|
|Runner-up||4.||11 August 2002||Rimini||Clay||Laurence Andretto||5–7, 4–6|
|Winner||3.||26 January 2003||Grenoble||Hard (i)||Sophie Lefèvre||7–5, 7–5|
|Winner||4.||16 February 2003||Southampton||Hard (i)||Magdalena Zděnovcová||6–1, 3–0 ret.|
|Winner||5.||23 February 2003||Redbridge||Hard (i)||Olga Barabanschikova||6–3, 6–2|
|Winner||6.||23 March 2003||Castellón||Clay||Ľudmila Cervanová||6–3, 6–3|
|Winner||7.||2 November 2003||Poitiers||Hard (i)||Roberta Vinci||6–4, 7–5|
|Winner||8.||1 March 2009||Biberach||Hard (i)||Kirsten Flipkens||6–1, 6–2|
|Winner||9.||11 April 2009||Torhout||Hard (i)||Viktoriya Kutuzova||6–1, 6–4|
|Winner||10.||11 April 2009||Mestre||Hard||Yvonne Meusburger||2–6, 6–2, 6–4|
|Winner||1.||24 November 2002||Zagreb||Hard (i)||Mervana Jugić-Salkić|| Jelena Kostanić
Grand Slam singles performance timelineEdit
- "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.
- "Baghdatis and Sprem make it a true mixed-doubles marriage". Archived from the original on 3 February 2013. Retrieved 23 August 2012.
- "Karolina Šprem rodila djevojčicu Zaharu. Ime je odabrao otac, ciparski tenisač Marcos Baghdatis". 13 August 2013.
- "Tennis: Williams Loses Count and Match", The New York Times, 25 June 2004, p. D1
- Wimbledon officials to review umpire error – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
- 'Karolina & Marcos: It all started in Sydney' WTA (Retrieved 19 September 2012)
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