Leila Meskhi

Leila Meskhi (Georgian: ლეილა მესხი, romanized: leila meskhi, pronounced [lɛilɑ nɛsχi]; born 5 January 1968) is a retired Georgian professional tennis player.

Leila Meskhi
ლეილა მესხი
Country (sports) Soviet Union,
 CIS,
Olympic flag.svg Unified Team,
Georgia (country) Georgia
ResidenceTbilisi, Georgia
Born (1968-01-05) 5 January 1968 (age 53)
Tbilisi, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union
Height1.64 m (5 ft 4 12 in)
Turned pro1986
Retired1995
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,179,720
Singles
Career record223–134
Career titles5 WTA, 1 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 12 (5 August 1991)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open4R (1992)
French Open4R (1991, 1992)
Wimbledon2R (1988)
US OpenQF (1990)
Doubles
Career record171–122
Career titles5 WTA, 2 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 21 (10 April 1995)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (1995)
French OpenQF (1994)
Wimbledon2R (1988, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994)
US OpenSF(1991)
Team competitions
Fed Cup6–5

Meskhi has won five singles and doubles titles on the WTA Tour. She has also won one singles and two doubles titles on the ITF Women's Circuit. On 5 August 1991, she reached her best singles ranking of world No. 12. On 10 April 1995, she peaked at No. 21 in the WTA doubles rankings.

Her best performance at a Grand Slam tournament came when she got to the quarterfinals of the 1990 US Open, defeating Akiko Kijimuta, Natasha Zvereva, Katia Piccolini and Linda Ferrando before losing to eventual champion Gabriela Sabatini.

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles: 11 (5 titles, 6 runner-ups)Edit

Legend
Tier I (1)
Tier IV (3)
Tire V (7)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Category Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 18 April 1988 WTA Singapore Tier V Hard   Monique Javer 6–7, 3–6
Runner-up 2. 27 February 1989 Cellular South Cup, Oklahoma City Tier V Hard   Manon Bollegraf 4–6, 4–6
Winner 1. 6 November 1989 VS of Nashville Tier V Hard   Helen Kelesi 6–2, 6–3
Winner 2. 29 January 1990 Auckland Open Tier V Hard   Sabine Appelmans 6–1, 6–0
Runner-up 3. 5 February 1989 Wellington Classic Tier V Hard   Wiltrud Probst 6–1, 4–6, 0–6
Winner 3. 1 October 1990 Moscow Ladies Open Tier V Carpet (i)   Elena Brioukhovets 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 4. 5 November 1990 Indianapolis Tier IV Hard (i)   Conchita Martínez 4–6, 2–6
Winner 4. 4 February 1991 Wellington Classic Tier V Hard   Andrea Strnadová 3–6, 7–6, 6–2
Runner-up 5. 1 April 1991 Family Circle Cup, Hilton Head Tier I Clay   Gabriela Sabatini 1–6, 1–6
Runner-up 6. 23 September 1991 WTA Bayonne Tier IV Carpet   Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere 6–4, 3–6, 4–6
Winner 5. 9 January 1995 Moorilla Hobart International Tier IV Hard   Li Fang 6–2, 6–3

Doubles: 12 (5 titles, 7 runner-up)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 21 September 1987 Hamburg, West Germany Clay   Natalia Egorova   Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
  Jana Novotná
6–7(1), 6–7(6)
Runner-up 2. 18 April 1988 Singapore Hard   Svetlana Parkhomenko   Natalia Egorova
  Natalia Medvedeva
6–7, 3–6
Runner-up 3. 6 June 1988 Birmingham, Great Britain Grass   Svetlana Parkhomenko   Larisa Neiland
  Natasha Zvereva
4–6, 1–6
Runner-up 4. 26 February 1989 Wichita, United States Hard   Sandy Collins   Manon Bollegraf
  Lise Gregory
2–6, 6–7
Runner-up 5. 12 November 1989 Nashville, United States Hard   Natalia Medvedeva   Manon Bollegraf
  Meredith McGrath
6–1, 6–7, 6–7
Winner 6. 4 February 1990 Auckland, New Zealand Hard   Natalia Medvedeva   Jill Hetherington
  Robin White
3–6, 6–3, 7–6
Winner 7. 11 February 1990 Wellington, New Zealand Hard   Natalia Medvedeva   Michelle Jaggard
  Julie Richardson
6–3, 2–6, 6–4
Winner 8. 22 February 1993 Linz, Austria Carpet (i)   Eugenia Maniokova   Conchita Martínez
  Judith Wiesner
w/o
Winner 9. 5 April 1993 Amelia Island, United States Clay   Manuela Maleeva   Amanda Coetzer
  Inés Gorrochategui
3–6, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 10. 7 February 1994 Linz, Austria Carpet (i)   Eugenia Maniokova   Åsa Carlsson
  Caroline Schneider
6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 11. 25 April 1994 Hamburg, Germany Clay   Eugenia Maniokova   Jana Novotná
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 12. 24 October 1994 Essen, Germany Carpet (i)   Eugenia Maniokova   Maria Lindström
  Maria Strandlund
2–6, 1–6

ITF finalsEdit

$25,000 tournaments

Singles (1–0)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 26 January 1987 Tarzana, United States Hard   Clare Wood 1–6, 6–4, 6–2

Doubles (2-0)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 3. 10 October 1986 Bethesda, United States Hard   Natasha Zvereva   Jane Forman
  Jenni Goodling
6–3, 6–1
Winner 4. 3 May 1987 Taranto, Italy Clay   Natasha Zvereva   Simone Schilder
  Clare Wood
6–3, 6–2

Grand Slam performance timelineEdit

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

SinglesEdit

Tournament 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995
Australian Open A A A A 3R A 4R 1R 1R 1R
French Open A A A 1R 3R 4R 4R 3R 3R A
Wimbledon A Q2 2R A 1R A 1R 1R 1R A
US Open A A 3R 3R QF 3R 2R 2R 4R A

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