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Larisa Savchenko-Neiland (née Savchenko; also Larisa Neiland; born 21 July 1966) is a retired professional tennis player who represented the Soviet Union, Ukraine and Latvia. A former world No. 1 ranked doubles player, Neiland won two Grand Slam women's doubles and four mixed doubles titles. She also won two singles titles and 63 doubles titles on the WTA Tour. Neiland tested positive for prohibited levels of the stimulant caffeine at the 1999 Australian Open. She was subsequently stripped of the $15,000 she had earned for reaching the women's doubles quarterfinals with Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, and issued a warning by the International Tennis Federation.[1]

Larisa Savchenko-Neiland
Country (sports) Soviet Union
 Ukraine
 Latvia
ResidenceJūrmala, Latvia
Born (1966-07-21) 21 July 1966 (age 53)
Lviv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Height1.69 m (5 ft 6 12 in)
Turned pro1983
Retired2000
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$4,083,936
Singles
Career record322–283
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 13 (23 May 1988)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open4R (1992)
French Open3R (1984, 1989)
WimbledonQF (1994)
US OpenQF (1988)
Doubles
Career record766–258
Career titles65
Highest rankingNo. 1 (27 January 1992)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenSF (1995, 1996, 1997)
French OpenW (1989)
WimbledonW (1991)
US OpenF (1991, 1992)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour FinalsF (1988, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1999)

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CareerEdit

Savchenko turned professional in 1983 as No. 10 on ITF World Junior rankings in that year. Doubles team of Savchenko and Svetlana Parkhomenko reached Wimbledon quarterfinals in 1983 and 1984, both times as an unseeded pair; beat No. 2 seeds Fairbank/Reynolds in 1983 and No. 3 seeds Horvath/Ruzici in 1984. In 1984, Savchenko reached the third round of the French Open as a qualifier, which was her best singles result at the French Open. She won her first singles title in Chicago in January 1984, where she only lost one set.

Having 1986 wins over Wendy Turnbull (twice), Ann Henricksson, and Annabel Croft, Savchenko was ranked No. 1 in USSR for 1986. She qualified for the Virginia Slims Championships in March and November 1986 with partner Svetlana Parkhomenko. She defeated Kathy Rinaldi, Peanut Louie Harper, and Nathalie Tauziat to reach the quarterfinals of Eastbourne in 1986.

Savchenko jumped from No. 53 to No. 28 (June 1983) on the Hewlett-Packard/WITA Computer rankings after performances at Birmingham and Eastbourne. She also had wins over Robin White, Ann Henricksson, Candy Reynolds, and Melissa Gurney.[2]

In 1988, Savchenko reached her first Grand Slam doubles final with Natasha Zvereva. They lost 10–12 in the final set to Gabriela Sabatini and Steffi Graf, who in that same year won all four Grand Slam singles titles and an Olympic gold medal. In 1989, again with Zvereva, Savchenko won her first doubles Grand Slam over Graf and Sabatini in straight sets.

After in December 1989 Larisa married Aleksandr Neiland and took his last name, she continued to compete as 'Larisa Savchenko-Neiland'.[3]

In 1991, she captured the Wimbledon title with Zvereva. In 1992, she lost in the US Open final to Jana Novotná and Helena Suková. She won her first mixed doubles title at Wimbledon, as well, when she and Cyril Suk teamed and won over Dutch duo Jacco Eltingh and Miriam Oremans. That year, she reached the No. 1 doubles ranking. Neiland then reached her next five doubles runners-up with Novotná. Each and every final played with Novotná was lost, the first being the US Open in 1991 and losing to Pam Shriver and Zvereva.

Her final Grand Slam doubles final appearance came in 1996 at Wimbledon. Neiland played in 2000 but retired after losing at Wimbledon. She lost in the first round, when she and her partner Lina Krasnoroutskaya lost to Ai Sugiyama and Julie Halard, the eventual runners-up, in straight sets, 4–6, 3–6.

As a coach, she is best known for guiding Svetlana Kuznetsova to the 2009 French Open singles title and has been a part of the Russian Fed Cup coaching team.

Major finalsEdit

Grand Slam tournamentsEdit

Women's doubles: 12 (2 titles, 10 runners-up)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1988 Wimbledon Grass   Natasha Zvereva   Steffi Graf
  Gabriela Sabatini
3–6, 6–1, 10–12
Winner 1989 French Open Clay   Natasha Zvereva   Steffi Graf
  Gabriela Sabatini
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 1989 Wimbledon (2) Grass   Natasha Zvereva   Jana Novotná
  Helena Suková
1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 1990 French Open (2) Clay   Natasha Zvereva   Jana Novotná
  Helena Suková
4–6, 5–7
Runner-up 1991 French Open (3) Clay   Natasha Zvereva   Gigi Fernández
  Jana Novotná
4–6, 0–6
Winner 1991 Wimbledon (3) Grass   Natasha Zvereva   Gigi Fernández
  Jana Novotná
6–4, 3–6, 6–4
Runner-up 1991 US Open Hard   Jana Novotná   Pam Shriver
  Natasha Zvereva
4–6, 6–4, 6–7(5–7)
Runner-up 1992 Wimbledon (4) Grass   Jana Novotná   Gigi Fernández
  Natasha Zvereva
4–6, 1–6
Runner-up 1992 US Open (2) Hard   Jana Novotná   Gigi Fernández
  Natasha Zvereva
6–7(5–7), 1–6
Runner-up 1993 French Open (4) Clay   Jana Novotná   Gigi Fernández
  Natasha Zvereva
3–6, 5–7
Runner-up 1993 Wimbledon (5) Grass   Jana Novotná   Gigi Fernández
  Natasha Zvereva
4–6, 7–6(9–7), 4–6
Runner-up 1996 Wimbledon (6) Grass   Meredith McGrath   Martina Hingis
  Helena Suková
7–5, 5–7, 1–6

Mixed doubles: 9 (4 titles, 5 runners-up)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1992 Wimbledon Grass   Cyril Suk   Miriam Oremans
  Jacco Eltingh
7–6(7–2), 6–2
Winner 1994 Australian Open Hard   Andrei Olhovskiy   Helena Suková
  Todd Woodbridge
7–5, 6–7(0–7), 6–2
Runner-up 1994 French Open Clay   Andrei Olhovskiy   Kristie Boogert
  Menno Oosting
5–7, 6–3, 5–7
Winner 1995 French Open (2) Clay   Mark Woodforde   Jill Hetherington
  John-Laffnie de Jager
7–6(10–8), 7–6(7–4)
Winner 1996 Australian Open (2) Hard   Mark Woodforde   Nicole Arendt
  Luke Jensen
4–6, 7–5, 6–0
Runner-up 1996 Wimbledon (2) Grass   Mark Woodforde   Helena Suková
  Cyril Suk
6–1, 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 1997 Australian Open (3) Hard   John-Laffnie de Jager   Manon Bollegraf
  Rick Leach
3–6, 7–6(7–5), 5–7
Runner-up 1997 Wimbledon (3) Grass   Andrei Olhovskiy   Helena Suková
  Cyril Suk
6–4, 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 1999 French Open (3) Clay   Rick Leach   Katarina Srebotnik
  Piet Norval
3–6, 6–3, 3–6

Year-end championshipsEdit

Doubles: 5 (5 runners-up)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1988 New York Carpet (i)   Natalia Zvereva   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 1989 New York (2) Carpet (i)   Natalia Zvereva   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 1992 New York (3) Carpet (i)   Jana Novotná   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
  Helena Suková
6–7(4–7), 1–6
Runner-up 1993 New York (4) Carpet (i)   Jana Novotná   Natalia Zvereva
  Gigi Fernández
3–6, 5–7
Runner-up 1999 New York (5) Carpet (i)   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario   Martina Hingis
  Anna Kournikova
4–6, 4–6

Career finalsEdit

Singles: 9 (2 titles, 7 runner-ups)Edit

Legend
Tier I (0–1)
Tier II (0–0)
Tier III (1–4)
Tier IV (0–0)
Tier V (1–0)
Virginia Slims (0–2)
Finals by surface
Hard (1–1)
Grass (0–1)
Clay (0–0)
Carpet (1–5)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 26 January 1987 Wichita Carpet (i)   Barbara Potter 6–7(6–8), 6–7(5–7)
Runner-up 2. 8 June 1987 Birmingham Grass   Pam Shriver 6–4, 2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 3. 15 February 1988 Oakland Carpet (i)   Martina Navratilova 1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 4. 20 February 1989 Oakland (2) Carpet (i)   Zina Garrison 1–6, 1–6
Runner-up 5. 6 November 1989 Chicago Carpet (i)   Zina Garrison 3–6, 6–2, 4–6
Runner-up 6. 1 February 1993 Tokyo Carpet (i)   Martina Navratilova 2–6, 2–6
Winner 1. 23 September 1991 Saint Petersburg Carpet (i)   Barbara Rittner 3–6, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 2. 23 August 1993 Schenectady Hard   Natalia Medvedeva 6–3, 7–5
Runner-up 7. 24 August 1994 Schenectady (2) Hard   Judith Wiesner 5–7, 6–3, 4–6

Doubles: 65 titlesEdit

Grand Slam events in boldface

ITF FinalsEdit

Singles (2–0)Edit

Legend
$75,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 2 January 1984 Chicago, United States Hard   Natascia Reva 6-2 6-4
Winner 2. 9 April 1984 Caserta, Italy Clay   Elena Eliseenko 6-2 6-1

Doubles (3–1)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner–up 1. 2 January 1984 Chicago, United States Hard   Svetlana Parkhomenko   Csilla Bartos-Cserepy
  Marianne van der Torre
W/O
Winner 2. 9 April 1984 Caserta, Italy Clay   Renata Šašak   Marie Pinterova
  Renáta Tomanová
6-1 6-3
Winner 3. 13 September 1993 Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic Clay   Karina Habšudová   Radka Bobková
  Petra Langrová
6-3 6-4
Winner 4. 28 September 1996 Limoges, France Hard (i)   Natalia Medvedeva   Caroline Dhenin
  Dominique Monami
6–1 6–1

Women's doubles performance timelineEdit

Tournament 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 2R A NH A A A QF QF QF QF 3R SF SF SF 2R QF A 0 / 11 31–11
French Open A 1R 2R QF A A W F F SF F QF 3R SF QF SF QF 1R 1 / 15 48–14
Wimbledon QF QF QF 1R SF F F SF W F F QF SF F SF A 3R 1R 1 / 17 61–16
US Open 2R A A A 1R 2R QF SF F F 2R SF 3R A 3R 2R SF A 0 / 13 33–13
Win–Loss 4–2 4–3 4–2 3–2 4–2 6–2 14–2 16–4 19–3 17–4 14–4 12–4 12–4 13–3 13–4 6–3 12–4 0–2 2 / 56 173–54
Year-end championships
Tour Championships A A A QF QF F F QF QF F F A SF SF SF QF F A 0 / 13 13–13
Tier I tournaments
Tokyo NH Not Tier I SF 1R QF A A A 1R A 0 / 4 3–4
Indian Wells Not Held Not Tier I 2R QF A A 0 / 2 2–2
Boca Raton NH Not Tier I W W Not Tier I Not Held 2 / 2 8–0
Miami Not Held Not Tier I QF 3R W W QF SF F 3R QF QF 2R 2 / 11 27–9
Charleston Not Tier I A A F SF 1R SF SF 2R SF 2R QF 0 / 9 13–8
Rome Not Tier I NH Not Tier I SF A A A QF A A 2R 2R 2R A 0 / 5 5–5
Berlin Not Tier I QF W W A SF F W SF SF SF A 3 / 9 25–5
Montreal / Toronto Not Tier I 2R W A W SF SF W SF 1R F A 3 / 9 23–5
Zürich NH Not Tier I SF SF 1R QF F SF 1R A 0 / 7 9–7
Philadelphia Not Held Not Tier I F A F Not Tier I 0 / 2 6–2
Moscow Not Held NTI SF 1R QF A 0 / 3 3–3
Career statistics
Year-end ranking N/A N/A N/A 26 11 9 3 7 2 5 5 11 5 2 9 11 3 N/A No. 1

Head-to-head record against other playersEdit

Personal lifeEdit

She married Latvian tennis coach Aleksandr Neiland on 21 December 1989, after which her surname was changed from Savchenko to Neiland (Savčenko-Neiland). The marriage later ended in divorce.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bright, Richard (11 July 2000). "Drug shame for Neiland". ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  2. ^ Gossett, Peggy; Teitelbaum, Mike; Hanlon, Maureen; Riach, Ros; Hinkley, Suzanne. 1987 WITA Media Guide. p. 205.
  3. ^ "Савченко-Нейланд, Лариса Ивановна биография". Peoplelife.ru. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
    "Лариса Савченко-Нейланд. Всю жизнь с теннисом". Championat.ru. 21 July 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2018.

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