Katerina Maleeva

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 rankings was No. 6 in 1990.

Katerina Maleeva
Катерина Малеева
Country (sports) Bulgaria
ResidenceSofia
Born (1969-05-07) 7 May 1969 (age 52)
Sofia
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Turned pro1984
Retired1997
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$ 2,220,371
Singles
Career record369–210 (63.7%)
Career titles11
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 (45.6%)
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 24 (12 September 1994)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenR3 (1990, 1993)
French OpenQF (1986, 1993)
WimbledonR3 (1988, 1992, 1994)
US OpenF (1994)
Team competitions
Fed Cup29–22 (56.9%)
(singles 20–9)

BiographyEdit

Born in Sofia, Maleeva is the second oldest of the three children of Georgi Maleev and Yuliya Berberyan. Her mother came from an Armenian family, which found refuge in Bulgaria after the 1896 Armenian massacres in the Ottoman Empire, and was the best Bulgarian tennis player in the 1960s. After she retired from professional tennis in the 1970s, Berberyan started a coaching career. She was the coach of her three daughters, Katerina, Manuela and Magdalena, each of whom eventually became WTA top 10 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 sixth. She has a record of 369 singles wins and 210 losses.[1] In 1994, she married Georgi Stoimenov, before retiring in 1997. The couple have two children and currently live in Sofia.

Major finalsEdit

Grand Slam tournament finalsEdit

Doubles: 1 (runner-up)Edit

Result W–L Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 1994 US Open Hard   Robin White   Jana Novotná
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
3–6, 3–6

Performance timelinesEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# DNQ A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)

SinglesEdit

Tournament 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 SR W-L Win%
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 3R NH A A A QF QF 4R 4R 1R 1R Q1 A 0 / 7 16–7 70%
French Open A 3R 4R 4R 1R 4R QF 3R 2R 4R 2R 1R Q2 A 0 / 11 22–11 67%
Wimbledon A 1R 3R 1R 4R A QF 4R QF 1R 1R 1R A A 0 / 10 16–10 62%
US Open A 1R 3R 3R QF 2R 4R 3R 3R QF 2R A A A 0 / 10 21–10 68%
Win–Loss 0–0 4–4 7–3 5–3 7–3 4–2 15–4 11–4 10–4 10–4 2–4 0–3 0–0 0–0 0 / 38 75–38 66%
Year–end championships
WTA Championships Did not qualify 1R 1R DNQ QF 1R 1R Did not qualify 0 / 5 1–5 17%
National representation
Summer Olympics A Not Held 3R Not Held 2R Not Held A NH 0 / 2 2–2 50%
Fed Cup QF SF QF SF A QF A 2R 1R 2R QF QF A A 0 / 10 20–9 69%
Career statistics
Titles 0 2 0 2 1 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 Career total: 11
Finals 0 3 0 2 3 4 3 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 Career total: 20
Year-end ranking 93 28 29 13 11 15 6 11 16 22 36 302 231 NR $2,220,371

DoublesEdit

Tournament 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 SR W-L Win%
Australian Open A 2R NH A A A 3R 1R 1R 3R 1R 1R 1R A 0 / 8 5–8 38%
French Open A 2R QF 1R 2R 2R 2R 1R 3R QF 1R 1R A A 0 / 11 12–11 52%
Wimbledon A 1R 2R 1R 3R A 1R 1R 3R 2R 3R 2R A A 0 / 10 9–10 47%
US Open A 2R 1R 1R 1R 2R A 1R 1R 2R F A A A 0 / 9 8–9 47%
Win–Loss 0–0 3–4 4–3 0–3 3–3 2–2 3–3 0–4 4–4 7–4 7–4 1–3 0–1 0–0 0 / 38 34–38 47%
Career statistics
Titles 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 Career total: 2
Finals 0 1 1 1 2 1 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 Career total: 10
Year-end ranking NR NR 48 84 64 69 32 132 34 37 33 159 446 NR $2,220,371

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles: 20 (11 titles, 9 runner-ups)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Tier I (0–2)
Tier II (0–1)
Tier III (2–2)
Tier IV (1–2)
Tier V / Virginia Slims (8–2)
Finals by surface
Hard (5–4)
Clay (4–4)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (2–1)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Apr 1985 Seabrook Island, United States Virginia Slims Clay   Virginia Ruzici 6–3, 6–3
Loss 1–1 Apr 1985 Orlando, United States Virginia Slims Clay   Martina Navratilova 1–6, 0–6
Win 2–1 Nov 1985 Hilversum, Netherlands Virginia Slims Carpet (i)   Carina Karlsson 6–3, 6–2
Win 3–1 Apr 1987 Tokyo, Japan Virginia Slims Hard   Barbara Gerken 6–2, 6–3
Win 4–1 Oct 1987 Athens, Greece Virginia Slims Clay   Julie Halard 6–0, 6–1
Loss 4–2 Mar 1988 San Antonio, United States Tier IV Hard   Steffi Graf 4–6, 1–6
Loss 4–3 Jul 1988 Hamburg, West Germany Tier IV Clay   Steffi Graf 4–6, 2–6
Win 5–3 Oct 1988 Indianapolis, United States Tier V Hard (i)   Zina Garrison 6–3, 2–6, 6–2
Win 6–3 Jul 1989 Båstad, Sweden Tier V Clay   Sabine Hack 6–1, 6–3
Loss 6–4 Aug 1989 Sofia, Bulgaria Tier V Clay   Isabel Cueto 2–6, 6–7(3–7)
Win 7–4 Oct 1989 Bayonne, France Tier V Hard (i)   Conchita Martínez 6–2, 6–2
Win 8–4 Nov 1989 Indianapolis, United States Tier V Hard (i)   Raffaella Reggi 6–4, 6–4
Win 9–4 Apr 1990 Houston, United States Tier III Clay   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6–1, 1–6, 6–4
Loss 9–5 Apr 1990 Tampa, United States Tier III Clay   Monica Seles 1–6, 0–6
Loss 9–6 Aug 1990 Montreal, Canada Tier I Hard   Steffi Graf 1–6, 7–6(8–6), 3–6
Loss 9–7 Aug 1991 Toronto, Canada Tier I Hard   Jennifer Capriati 2–6, 3–6
Loss 9–8 Aug 1991 Washington, United States Tier II Hard   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 2–6, 5–7
Win 10–9 Nov 1991 Indianapolis, United States Tier IV Hard   Audra Keller 7–6(7–1), 6–2
Loss 10–10 Nov 1993 Quebec City, Canada Tier III Carpet (i)   Nathalie Tauziat 4–6, 1–6
Win 11–10 Nov 1994 Quebec City, Canada Tier III Carpet (i)   Brenda Schultz 6–3, 6–3

Doubles: 10 (2 titles, 8 runner–ups)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–1)
Tier I (0–1)
Tier II (1–0)
Tier III (0–1)
Tier IV (0–0)
Tier V / Virginia Slims (1–5)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–2)
Clay (1–3)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (1–3)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Jul 1985 Indianapolis, United States Virginia Slims Clay   Manuela Maleeva   Penny Barg
  Paula Smith
3–6, 6–3, 6–4
Loss 1–1 Sep 1986 Tokyo, Japan Virginia Slims Carpet (i)   Manuela Maleeva   Bettina Bunge
  Steffi Graf
1–6, 7–6(7–4), 2–6
Loss 1–2 Sep 1987 Tokyo, Japan Virginia Slims Carpet (i)   Manuela Maleeva   Anne White
  Robin White
1–6, 2–6
Loss 1–3 Jul 1988 Brussels, Belgium Tier V Clay   Raffaella Reggi   Mercedes Paz
  Tine Scheuer-Larsen
6–7(3–7), 1–6
Loss 1–4 Aug 1988 Sofia, Bulgaria Tier V Hard   Sabrina Goleš   Conchita Martínez
  Barbara Paulus
6–1, 1–6, 4–6
Loss 1–5 Jul 1989 Båstad, Sweden Tier V Clay   Sabrina Goleš   Mercedes Paz
  Tine Scheuer-Larsen
2–6, 5–7
Win 2–5 Feb 1992 Essen, Germany Tier II Carpet (i)   Barbara Rittner   Sabine Appelmans
  Claudia Porwik
7–5, 6–3
Loss 2–6 May 1992 Rome, Italy Tier I Clay   Barbara Rittner   Monica Seles
  Helena Suková
1–6, 2–6
Loss 2–7 Nov 1993 Quebec City, Canada Tier III Carpet (i)   Nathalie Tauziat   Katrina Adams
  Manon Bollegraf
4–6, 4–6
Loss 2–8 Sep 1994 US Open Grand Slam Hard   Robin White   Jana Novotná
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
3–6, 3–6

ITF Circuit finalsEdit

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

Singles: 2 (1–1)Edit

Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Jun 1984 ITF Amiens, France 10,000 Clay   Mercedes Paz 7–6, 3–6, 6–2
Loss 1–1 Jul 1984 ITF Ortisei, Italy 10,000 Clay   Laura Garrone 1–6, 5–7

Doubles: 1 (1–0)Edit

Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Sep 1985 ITF Sofia, Bulgaria 25,000 Clay   Manuela Maleeva   Yvona Brzáková
  Hana Fukárková
6–1, 6–2

Junior Grand Slam tournament finalsEdit

Singles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit

Result W–L Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 1984 French Open Clay   Gabriela Sabatini 3–6, 7–5, 3–6
Win 1–1 1984 US Open Hard   Niurka Sodupe 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(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(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(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)
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(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), 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

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Katerina Maleeva's Biography". International Tennis Federation.

External linksEdit