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Martina Müller-Skibbe (German pronunciation: [maɐ̯ˈtiːna ˈmʏlɐ];[1][2] born 11 October 1982) is a former professional tennis player from Germany.

Martina Müller
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Country (sports) Germany
ResidenceSehnde
Born (1982-10-11) 11 October 1982 (age 37)
Hanover, West Germany
Height1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Turned pro1999
Retired2011
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,040,531
Singles
Career record288–255
Career titles1 WTA, 10 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 33 (2 April 2007)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2002, 2006, 2007)
French Open2R (2002, 2006, 2007)
Wimbledon2R (2006, 2007)
US Open3R (2002)
Doubles
Career record158–167
Career titles1 WTA, 10 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 47 (25 February 2008)

CareerEdit

Coached by her father, Reinhard Müller, Martina had her best success on clay courts: she won her only WTA Tour singles title at the Budapest Grand Prix and one WTA Tour doubles title in 's-Hertogenbosch. On the ITF Women's Circuit, she won ten singles and ten doubles titles in her career. On 2 April 2007, she reached a career-high WTA ranking of world No. 33. In February 2008, she peaked at No. 47 in the doubles rankings.

In 2007, she started the year with middling results, reaching the second round at the Australian Open, losing to Elena Dementieva in three sets. From January to April, Müller never came past the second round of a tournament. In May, at the Qatar German Open in Berlin, she defeated Eleni Daniilidou and 13th seed Shahar Pe'er to reach the round of 16 where she lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova 3–6, 2–6. She reached the second round of Roland Garros, losing to Dominika Cibulková, and the second round at Wimbledon, retiring against Agnieszka Radwańska. In the previous round, Müller double-bageled Anna Smashnova. She reached the final at the Internazionali Femminili di Palermo before being defeated by Hungarian Ágnes Szávay in two sets.

Müller married longtime boyfriend Florian Skibbe in August 2011 and subsequently announced her retirement.[3]

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles: 2 (1–1)Edit

Winner - Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Championships (0–0)
Tier I (0–0)
Tier II (0–0)
Tier III (0–0)
Tier IV & V (1–1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 21 April 2002 Budapest, Hungary Clay   Myriam Casanova 6–2, 3–6, 6–4
Runner-up 1. 16 July 2007 Palermo, Italy Clay   Ágnes Szávay 0–6, 1–6

Doubles: 5 (1–4)Edit

Winner - Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Championships (0–0)
Tier I (0–0)
Tier II (0–0)
Tier III (0–3)
Tier IV & V (1–1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 17 June 2002 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass   Catherine Barclay-Reitz   Bianka Lamade
  Magdalena Maleeva
6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 1. 27 May 2006 Strasbourg, France Clay   Andreea Ehritt-Vanc   Liezel Huber
  Martina Navratilova
2–6, 6–7(1–7)
Runner-up 2. 23 April 2007 Budapest Grand Prix, Hungary Clay   Gabriela Chmelinová   Ágnes Szávay
  Vladimíra Uhlířová
5–7, 2–6
Runner-up 3. 6 January 2008 Auckland, New Zealand Hard   Barbora Strýcová   Lilia Osterloh
  Mariya Koryttseva
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 4. 23 February 2008 Bogotá, Colombia Clay   Jelena Kostanić Tošić   Iveta Benešová
  Bethanie Mattek-Sands
3–6, 3–6

ITF Circuit finalsEdit

Singles: 17 (10–7)Edit

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 13 June 1999 Meinerzhagen, Germany Clay   Lydia Steinbach 6–0, 6–2
Runner-up 1. 15 August 1999 Rebecq, Belgium Clay   Daphne van de Zande 3–6, 6–3, 4–6
Winner 2. 28 January 2001 Båstad, Sweden Hard (i)   Margit Rüütel 6–2, 6–0
Runner-up 2. 15 April 2001 San Luis Potosi, Mexico Clay   Maria Elena Camerin 4–6, 5–7
Runner-up 3. 19 August 2001 Bronx, United States Hard   Barbara Schwartz 7–5, 3–6, 6–7(3–7)
Winner 3. 25 January 2004 Grenoble, France Hard (i)   Aravane Rezaï 7–5, 6–1
Runner-up 4. 5 April 2004 Patras, Greece Hard   Ekaterina Dzehalevich 4–6, 4–6
Winner 4. 2 May 2004 Taranto, Italy Clay   Nina Bratchikova 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 5. 20 June 2004 Gorizia, Italy Clay   Vanina García Sokol 1–6, 4–6
Winner 5. 4 July 2004 Vaihingen, Germany Clay   Nathalie Viérin 6–2, 7–5
Winner 6. 17 April 2005 Biarritz, France Clay   Timea Bacsinszky 4–6, 7–6(7–2), 6–2
Runner-up 6. 9 April 2006 Athens, Greece Clay   Aurélie Védy 6–4, 2–6, 4–6
Winner 7. 16 April 2006 Civitavecchia, Italy Clay   Caroline Wozniacki 6–1, 6–1
Winner 8. 30 April 2006 Cagnes-sur-Mer, France Clay   Anastasiya Yakimova 7–6(8–6), 2–6, 6–0
Winner 9. 6 August 2006 Baden-Baden, Germany Clay   Kateřina Böhmová 6–1, 6–1
Winner 10. 17 September 2006 Bordeaux, France Clay   Sandra Klösel 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 7. 29 July 2007 Pétange, Luxembourg Clay   Pauline Parmentier 1–6, 4–6

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Martina - Französisch-Übersetzung - Langenscheidt Deutsch-Französisch Wörterbuch" (in German and French). Langenscheidt. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  2. ^ Wells, John C. (2008), Longman Pronunciation Dictionary (3rd ed.), Longman, ISBN 9781405881180
  3. ^ Official Website latest also WTA Martina Müller Weds & Announces Retirement

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