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Katerina Maleeva (Bulgarian: Катерина Малеева) (born 7 May 1969) is a former top 10 Bulgarian tennis player. She played in the WTA Tour, competing in singles, doubles and mixed doubles between 1984 and 1997. Her best position in the WTA singles ranking was No. 6 in 1990.

Katerina Maleeva
Катерина Малеева
Country (sports) Bulgaria
ResidenceSofia
Born (1969-05-07) 7 May 1969 (age 50)
Sofia
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Turned pro1984
Retired1997
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$2,187,183
Singles
Career record369–210
Career titles11 WTA, 1 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 6 (9 July 1990)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQF (1990, 1991)
French OpenQF (1990)
WimbledonQF (1990, 1992)
US OpenQF (1988, 1993)
Doubles
Career record131–156
Career titles2 WTA, 1 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 24 (12 September 1994)

Contents

BiographyEdit

Born in Sofia, Maleeva was the second oldest of the three children of Georgi Maleev and Yuliya Berberyan. Her mother came from a prominent Armenian family which found refuge in Bulgaria after the 1896 Armenian massacres in the Ottoman Empire, was the best Bulgarian tennis player in the 1960s. After she retired from professional tennis in the 1970s, Berberyan started on a coaching career. She was the coach of her three daughters, Katerina, Manuela and Magdalena, each of whom eventually became WTA top ten players.

Throughout her professional career, Maleeva has won a total of 11 WTA singles titles and two titles in doubles. In July 1990 she achieved her career-high ranking of 6th. She has a record of 369 singles wins and 210 losses. In 1994 she married her year-long partner, Georgi Stoimenov. The couple have two children and currently live in Sofia.

Major finalsEdit

Grand Slam tournamentsEdit

Doubles: 1 runner-upEdit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1994 US Open Hard   Robin White   Jana Novotná
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
3–6, 3–6

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles: 20 (11–9)Edit

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Tier I (0–2)
Tier II (0–1)
Tier III (2–2)
Tier IV (1–2)
Tier V (4–1)
Virginia Slims (4–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (5–5)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (4–4)
Carpet (2–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 1 April 1985 Seabrook Island, USA Clay   Virginia Ruzici 6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 1. 22 April 1985 Orlando, USA Clay   Martina Navratilova 1–6, 0–6
Winner 2. 4 November 1985 Hilversum, Netherlands Carpet (i)   Carina Karlsson 6–3, 6–2
Winner 3. 13 April 1987 Tokyo, Japan Hard   Barbara Gerken 6–2, 6–3
Winner 4. 5 October 1987 Athens, Greece Clay   Julie Halard 6–0, 6–1
Runner-up 2. 29 February 1988 San Antonio, USA Hard   Steffi Graf 4–6, 1–6
Runner-up 3. 25 July 1988 Hamburg, West Germany Clay   Steffi Graf 4–6, 2–6
Winner 5. 24 October 1988 Indianapolis, USA Hard (i)   Zina Garrison 6–3, 2–6, 6–2
Winner 6. 24 July 1989 Båstad, Sweden Clay   Sabine Hack 6–1, 6–3
Runner-up 4. 31 July 1989 Sofia, Bulgaria Clay   Isabel Cueto 2–6, 6–7(3–7)
Winner 7. 16 October 1989 Bayonne, France Hard (i)   Conchita Martínez 6–2, 6–2
Winner 8. 30 October 1989 Indianapolis, USA Hard (i)   Raffaella Reggi 6–4, 6–4
Winner 9. 26 March 1990 Houston, USA Clay   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6–1, 1–6, 6–4
Runner-up 5. 16 April 1990 Tampa, USA Clay   Monica Seles 1–6, 0–6
Runner-up 6. 30 July 1990 Montreal, Canada Hard   Steffi Graf 1–6, 7–6(10–8), 3–6
Runner-up 7. 5 August 1991 Toronto, Canada Hard   Jennifer Capriati 2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 8. 19 August 1991 Washington, USA Hard   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 2–6, 5–7
Winner 10. 11 November 1991 Indianapolis, USA Hard (i)   Audra Keller 7–6(7–1), 6–2
Runner-up 9. 1 November 1993 Quebec, Canada Hard (i)   Nathalie Tauziat 4–6, 1–6
Winner 11. 31 October 1994 Quebec, Canada Carpet (i)   Brenda Schultz 6–3, 6–3

Doubles: 10 (2–8)Edit

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–1)
Tier I (0–1)
Tier II (1–0)
Tier III (0–1)
Tier IV (0–0)
Tier V (0–3)
Virginia Slims (1–2)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–3)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (1–3)
Carpet (1–2)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 22 July 1985 Indianapolis, USA Clay   Manuela Maleeva   Penny Barg
  Paula Smith
3–6, 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 1. 8 September 1986 Tokyo, Japan Carpet (i)   Manuela Maleeva   Bettina Bunge
  Steffi Graf
1–6, 7–6(9–7), 2–6
Runner-up 2. 14 September 1987 Tokyo, Japan Carpet (i)   Manuela Maleeva   Anne White
  Robin White
1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 3. 11 July 1988 Brussels, Belgium Clay   Raffaella Reggi   Mercedes Paz
  Tine Scheuer-Larsen
6–7(3–7), 1–6
Runner-up 4. 8 August 1988 Sofia, Bulgaria Hard (i)   Sabrina Goleš   Conchita Martínez
  Barbara Paulus
6–1, 1–6, 4–6
Runner-up 5. 24 July 1989 Båstad, Sweden Clay   Sabrina Goleš   Mercedes Paz
  Tine Scheuer-Larsen
2–6, 5–7
Winner 2. 3 February 1992 Essen, Germany Carpet (i)   Barbara Rittner   Sabine Appelmans
  Claudia Porwik
7–5, 6–3
Runner-up 6. 4 May 1992 Rome, Italy Clay   Barbara Rittner   Monica Seles
  Helena Suková
1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 7. 1 November 1993 Quebec, Canada Hard (i)   Nathalie Tauziat   Katrina Adams
  Manon Bollegraf
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 8. 29 August 1994 US Open Hard   Robin White   Jana Novotná
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
3–6, 3–6

ITF Circuit finals: 3 (2–1)Edit

Singles: 2 (1–1)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 11 June 1984 Lyon, France Clay   Mercedes Paz 7–6, 3–6, 6–2
Runner-up 1. 16 July 1984 Cava Tirr, Italy Clay   Laura Garrone 1–6, 5–7

Doubles: 1 (1–0)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 23 September 1985 Sofia, Bulgaria Clay   Manuela Maleeva   Yvona Brzáková
  Hana Fukárková
6–1, 6–2

Fed CupEdit

Katerina Maleeva debuted for the Bulgaria Fed Cup team in 1984. Since then she has a 20–9 singles record and a 9–13 doubles record (29–22 overall).

Singles (20–9)Edit

Edition Round Date Against Surface Opponent W/L Result
1984 World Group I R1 15 July 1984   Great Britain Clay   Anne Hobbs W 6–4, 3–6, 6–2
R2 16 July 1984   Soviet Union   Svetlana Cherneva W 7–6, 6–3
QF 18 July 1984   Yugoslavia   Sabrina Goleš L 4–6, 5–7
1985 World Group I R1 6 October 1985   Soviet Union Hard   Elena Eliseenko W 6–4, 6–2
R2 8 October 1985   Yugoslavia   Mima Jaušovec W 6–4, 6–2
QF 10 October 1985   Great Britain   Jo Durie W 6–2, 4–6, 8–6
SF 12 October 1985   Czechoslovakia   Helena Suková W 6–3, 7–6(8–6)
1986 World Group I R1 20 July 1986   Soviet Union Clay   Natasha Zvereva W 4–6, 6–1, 6–2
R2 21 July 1986   France   Nathalie Tauziat W 7–6(7–5), 7–6(8–6)
QF 23 July 1986   West Germany   Bettina Bunge L 6–2, 3–6, 3–6
1987 World Group I R1 26 July 1987   Greece Hard   Olga Tsarbopoulou W 6–0, 6–0
R2 27 July 1987   Indonesia   Suzanna Anggarkusuma W 6–1, 6–1
QF 29 July 1987   Australia   Anne Minter W 6–2, 6–2
SF 31 July 1987   United States   Pam Shriver L 3–6, 6–7
1989 World Group I R1 1 October 1989   South Korea Hard   Im Sook-ja W 6–2, 6–2
R2 3 October 1989   Argentina   Patricia Tarabini W 6–1, 6–0
QF 5 October 1989   Australia   Elizabeth Smylie W 6–2, 6–1
1991 World Group I R1 22 July 1991   Hungary Hard   Virág Csurgó W 6–0, 6–2
R2 24 July 1991   United States   Mary Joe Fernández L 2–6, 1–6
1992 World Group I R1 14 July 1992   Australia Clay   Nicole Bradtke L 6–3, 4–6, 0–6
RPO 16 July 1992   Romania   Irina Spîrlea W 6–1, 6–0
RPO 17 July 1992   Hungary   Andrea Temesvári W 6–3, 6–4
1993 World Group I R1 19 July 1993   South Korea Clay   Kim Yeon-sook W 6–0, 6–2
R2 21 July 1993   Argentina   Inés Gorrochategui L 1–6, 5–7
1994 World Group I R1 19 July 1994   Croatia Clay   Nadin Ercegović W 6–0, 6–3
R2 21 July 1994   Indonesia   Romana Tedjakusuma W 6–2, 6–1
QF 22 July 1994   France   Julie Halard L 3–6, 6–3, 2–6
1995 World Group I QF 22 April 1995   Spain Carpet (i)   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario L 3–6, 3–6
23 April 1995   Conchita Martínez L 2–6, 1–6

Doubles (9–13)Edit

Edition Round Date Partner Against Surface Opponents W/L Result
1984 World Group I R1 15 July 1984   Manuela Maleeva   Great Britain Clay   Amanda Brown
  Anne Hobbs
W 7–6, 7–5
R2 16 July 1984   Manuela Maleeva   Soviet Union   Elena Eliseenko
  Larisa Savchenko
L 7–5, 5–7, 1–6
QF 18 July 1984   Manuela Maleeva   Yugoslavia   Sabrina Goleš
  Mima Jaušovec
L 3–6, 1–6
1985 World Group I R1 6 October 1985   Manuela Maleeva   Soviet Union Hard   Natalia Egorova
  Svetlana Cherneva
W 6–3, 7–5
R2 8 October 1985   Manuela Maleeva   Yugoslavia   Sabrina Goleš
  Aila Winkler
W 6–4, 7–6(9–7)
QF 10 October 1985   Manuela Maleeva   Great Britain   Jo Durie
  Anne Hobbs
L 4–5, Ret.
SF 12 October 1985   Manuela Maleeva   Czechoslovakia   Hana Mandlíková
  Helena Suková
L 3–6, 6–7(4–7)
1986 World Group I R1 20 July 1986   Manuela Maleeva   Soviet Union Clay   Svetlana Cherneva
  Larisa Savchenko
L 6–1, 4–6, 1–6
QF 23 July 1986   Manuela Maleeva   West Germany   Bettina Bunge
  Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
L 4–6, 2–6
1987 World Group I SF 31 July 1987   Dora Rangelova   United States Hard   Chris Evert
  Pam Shriver
L 1–6, 1–6
1989 World Group I R1 1 October 1989   Manuela Maleeva   South Korea Hard   Kim Il-soon
  Lee Jeong-myung
W 7–5, 6–0
R2 3 October 1989   Manuela Maleeva   Argentina   Florencia Labat
  Mercedes Paz
W 6–1, 3–6, 6–1
QF 5 October 1989   Manuela Maleeva   Australia   Elizabeth Smylie
  Janine Tremelling
L 7–5, 4–6, 0–6
1991 World Group I R1 22 July 1991   Magdalena Maleeva   Hungary Hard   Virág Csurgó
  Ágnes Muzamel
W 6–1, 6–2
R2 24 July 1991   Magdalena Maleeva   United States   Gigi Fernández
  Zina Garrison-Jackson
L 2–6, 1–6
1992 World Group I R1 14 July 1992   Magdalena Maleeva   Australia Hard   Nicole Bradtke
  Rennae Stubbs
L 2–6, 1–6
RPO 17 July 1992   Elena Pampoulova   Hungary   Virág Csurgó
  Kata Györke
W 7–6(8–6), 4–6, 6–1
1993 World Group I R1 19 July 1993   Lubomira Bacheva   South Korea Clay   Kim Il-soon
  Park Sung-hee
L 6–3, 6–7(2–7), 1–4 ret.
R2 21 July 1993   Magdalena Maleeva   Argentina   Inés Gorrochategui
  Patricia Tarabini
L 7–5, 4–6, 2–6
1994 World Group I R1 19 July 1994   Magdalena Maleeva   Croatia Clay   Iva Majoli
  Maja Murić
W 6–2, 6–3
QF 22 July 1994   Magdalena Maleeva   France   Julie Halard
  Nathalie Tauziat
L 2–6, 6–3, 2–6
1995 World Group I QF 23 April 1995   Magdalena Maleeva   Spain Carpet (I)   Neus Ávila Bonastre
  Virginia Ruano Pascual
W 6–0, 6–1
  • RPO = Relegation Play-off

Grand Slam singles performance timelineEdit

Tournament 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 Career SR Career Win-Loss
Australian Open A 3R NH A A A QF QF 4R 4R 1R 1R Q1 A 0 / 7 16–7
French Open A 3R 4R 4R 1R 4R QF 3R 2R 4R 2R 1R Q2 A 0 / 11 22–11
Wimbledon A 1R 3R 1R 4R A QF 4R QF 1R 1R 1R A A 0 / 10 16–10
US Open A 1R 3R 3R QF 2R 4R 3R 3R QF 2R A A A 0 / 10 21–10
SR 0 / 0 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 38 75–38
Year-end ranking 93 28 29 13 11 15 6 11 16 22 36 302 231 NR
  • NH = tournament not held.
  • A = did not participate in the tournament.
  • SR = the ratio of the number of Grand Slam singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played.

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