Larisa Savchenko-Neiland (Ukrainian: Лариса Савченко-Нейланд, Latvian: Larisa Savčenko-Neilande; 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.
|Country (sports)|| Soviet Union|
|Born||21 July 1966|
Lviv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
|Height||1.69 m (5 ft 6 1⁄2 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 13 (23 May 1988)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||4R (1992)|
|French Open||3R (1984, 1989)|
|US Open||QF (1988)|
|Highest ranking||No. 1 (27 January 1992)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||SF (1995, 1996, 1997)|
|French Open||W (1989)|
|US Open||F (1991, 1992)|
|Other doubles tournaments|
|Tour Finals||F (1988, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1999)|
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.
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'.
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.
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.
Grand Slam tournamentsEdit
Women's doubles: 12 (2 titles, 10 runner-ups)Edit
|Runner-up||1988||Wimbledon||Grass||Natasha Zvereva|| Steffi Graf
|3–6, 6–1, 10–12|
|Winner||1989||French Open||Clay||Natasha Zvereva|| Steffi Graf
|Runner-up||1989||Wimbledon (2)||Grass||Natasha Zvereva|| Jana Novotná
|Runner-up||1990||French Open (2)||Clay||Natasha Zvereva|| Jana Novotná
|Runner-up||1991||French Open (3)||Clay||Natasha Zvereva|| Gigi Fernández
|Winner||1991||Wimbledon (3)||Grass||Natasha Zvereva|| Gigi Fernández
|6–4, 3–6, 6–4|
|Runner-up||1991||US Open||Hard||Jana Novotná|| Pam Shriver
|4–6, 6–4, 6–7(5–7)|
|Runner-up||1992||Wimbledon (4)||Grass||Jana Novotná|| Gigi Fernández
|Runner-up||1992||US Open (2)||Hard||Jana Novotná|| Gigi Fernández
|Runner-up||1993||French Open (4)||Clay||Jana Novotná|| Gigi Fernández
|Runner-up||1993||Wimbledon (5)||Grass||Jana Novotná|| Gigi Fernández
|4–6, 7–6(9–7), 4–6|
|Runner-up||1996||Wimbledon (6)||Grass||Meredith McGrath|| Martina Hingis
|7–5, 5–7, 1–6|
Mixed doubles: 9 (4 titles, 5 runner-ups)Edit
|Winner||1992||Wimbledon||Grass||Cyril Suk|| Miriam Oremans
|Winner||1994||Australian Open||Hard||Andrei Olhovskiy|| Helena Suková
|7–5, 6–7(0–7), 6–2|
|Runner-up||1994||French Open||Clay||Andrei Olhovskiy|| Kristie Boogert
|5–7, 6–3, 5–7|
|Winner||1995||French Open (2)||Clay||Mark Woodforde|| Jill Hetherington
John-Laffnie de Jager
|Winner||1996||Australian Open (2)||Hard||Mark Woodforde|| Nicole Arendt
|4–6, 7–5, 6–0|
|Runner-up||1996||Wimbledon (2)||Grass||Mark Woodforde|| Helena Suková
|6–1, 3–6, 2–6|
|Runner-up||1997||Australian Open (3)||Hard||John-Laffnie de Jager|| Manon Bollegraf
|3–6, 7–6(7–5), 5–7|
|Runner-up||1997||Wimbledon (3)||Grass||Andrei Olhovskiy|| Helena Suková
|6–4, 3–6, 4–6|
|Runner-up||1999||French Open (3)||Clay||Rick Leach|| Katarina Srebotnik
|3–6, 6–3, 3–6|
Doubles: 5 (5 runner-ups)Edit
|Runner-up||1988||New York||Carpet (i)||Natasha Zvereva|| Martina Navratilova
|Runner-up||1989||New York (2)||Carpet (i)||Natasha Zvereva|| Martina Navratilova
|Runner-up||1992||New York (3)||Carpet (i)||Jana Novotná|| Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
|Runner-up||1993||New York (4)||Carpet (i)||Jana Novotná|| Natasha Zvereva
|Runner-up||1999||New York (5)||Carpet (i)||Arantxa Sánchez Vicario|| Martina Hingis
Singles: 9 (2 titles, 7 runner-ups)Edit
|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
|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|
|Runner-up||1.||2 January 1984||Chicago, United States||Hard||Svetlana Parkhomenko|| Csilla Bartos-Cserepy
Marianne van der Torre
|Winner||2.||9 April 1984||Caserta, Italy||Clay||Renata Šašak|| Marie Pinterova
|Winner||3.||13 September 1993||Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic||Clay||Karina Habšudová|| Radka Bobková
|Winner||4.||28 September 1996||Limoges, France||Hard (i)||Natalia Medvedeva|| Caroline Dhenin
Women's doubles performance timelineEdit
|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|
|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|
|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
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.
- Gossett, Peggy; Teitelbaum, Mike; Hanlon, Maureen; Riach, Ros; Hinkley, Suzanne. 1987 WITA Media Guide. p. 205.
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