Marion Maruska

Marion Maruska (born 15 December 1972) is an Austrian former tennis player. She turned professional in 1992 and reached her career-high singles ranking on October 6, 1997, when she became the No. 50 of the world.

Marion Maruska
Country (sports) Austria
ResidenceHinterbrühl, Austria
Born (1972-12-15) 15 December 1972 (age 47)
Mödling, Austria
Height1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Turned pro1992
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$342,007
Career record231-208
Career titles1 WTA, 4 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 50 (6 October 1997)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (1992, 1998)
French Open2R (1998)
Wimbledon2R (1997)
US Open1R (1991, 1997)
Career record66–94
Career titles0 WTA, 3 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 123 (24 July 2000)

1997 was Maruska's best year on the WTA Tour, highlighted by her first (and only) WTA title and another tour final amid a wave of inconsistent results. As the world No. 154, she won her debut WTA title at the ASB Classic held in Auckland, New Zealand. En route, she beat Anke Huber for her first top-ten win. At Wimbledon, she won her first ever Grand Slam main-draw match when she beat Adriana Gersi, before falling to recently crowned French Open champion Iva Majoli. At the ECM Prague Open, she made her second tour final, but this time failed to walk away with the title.

1998 was a poor year for Maruska in comparison. She reached the second round of the French Open but had few other results and fell out of the top 100, subsequently never reaching her level of one year ago again.

She played much of her career on the ITF circuit, where she won four singles titles and three doubles titles.

Maruska represented Austria in Fed Cup five times: 1997, 1997, and 2000–2002. She earned a 2–6 record in those ties.

In 2001, she played her last professional singles match, at the US Open, losing to Nathalie Vierin in the first round of qualifying. Her final career match, however, was a Fed Cup doubles loss to the American team of Lisa Raymond and Monica Seles.

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles (1–1)Edit

Grand Slam
Tier I event
Tier II event
Tier III event
Tier IV-V event (1-1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 5 January 1997 Auckland, New Zealand Hard   Judith Wiesner 6–3, 6–1
Runner-up 2. 20 July 1997 Prague, Czech Republic Clay   Joannette Kruger 1–6, 1–6

Doubles (0–1)Edit

Grand Slam
Tier I event
Tier II event
Tier III event
Tier IV-V event (0-1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 4 May 1997 Bol, Croatia Clay   María José Gaidano   Laura Montalvo
  Henrieta Nagyová
3–6, 1–6

ITF finalsEdit

Singles (4–4)Edit

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 21 November 1988 Wels, Austria Clay (i)   Eva Švíglerová 3–6, 1–6
Winner 2. 17 September 1990 Wels, Austria Clay   Karin Kschwendt 3–6, 6–1, 4–6
Winner 3. 29 June 1992 Ronneby, Sweden Clay   Åsa Carlsson 4–6, 6–1, 6–2
Runner-up 4. 7 February 1994 Sunderland, England Carpet (i)   Gaby Coorengel 2–6, 5–7
Runner-up 5. 20 February 1994 Newcastle, England Carpet (i)   Linda Niemantsverdriet 6–7, 4–6
Runner-up 6. 27 March 1995 Reims, France Clay   Flora Perfetti 4–6, 6–2, 5–7
Winner 7. 17 April 1995 Plovdiv, Bulgaria Clay   Mareze Joubert 6–0, 6–4
Winner 8. 1 April 2001 Stone Mountain, United States Hard   Alicia Molik 6–3, 6–3

Doubles (3–2)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 24 October 1988 Linz, Austria Hard (i)   Petra Schwarz   Cristina Casini
  Katarzyna Nowak
6–3, 6–4
Winner 2. 9 April 1989 Bari, Italy Clay   Elena Pampoulova   Andrea Noszály
  Eva-Maria Schürhoff
Winner 3. 16 June 1991 Mantua, Italy Clay   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Yone Kamio
  Hiromi Nagano
3–6, 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 4. 11 February 1996 Mar del Plata, Argentina Hard   Noëlle van Lottum   Laura Montalvo
  Paola Suárez
3–6, 1–6
Runner-up 5. 10 October 1999 Albuquerque, United States Hard   Nirupama Sanjeev   Debbie Graham
  Nana Smith
4–6, 5–7

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