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Mima Jaušovec (Slovene pronunciation: [ˈmìːma jaˈùːʃɔʋɛts] (About this soundlisten); born 20 July 1956) is a retired female tennis player from the former Yugoslavia. She is most notable for winning the 1977 French Open singles championship.

Mima Jaušovec
Country (sports) Yugoslavia
Born (1956-07-20) 20 July 1956 (age 63)
Maribor, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia
Height1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)
Turned pro1975
Retired1988
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$933,926
Singles
Career record351–248
Career titles5
Highest rankingNo. 6 (22 March 1982)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenSF (1980)
French OpenW (1977)
WimbledonQF (1978, 1981)
US OpenSF (1976)
Doubles
Career record254–190
Career titles11
Highest rankingNo. 211 (21 December 1986)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (1980)
French OpenW (1978)
WimbledonF (1978)
US OpenSF (1976, 1983)

CareerEdit

In singles she reached a career high of No. 6 in 1982. Jaušovec's only Grand Slam triumph came in the 1977 French Open singles championship. In 1978, she again reached the final but was defeated by Virginia Ruzici. In 1983, she reached her third French Open singles final, losing to Chris Evert. Jaušovec's other notable tournament championships include the 1978 German Open and the 1976 Italian Open.

Jaušovec teamed with Ruzici to win the women's doubles title at the 1978 French Open. They defeated Lesley Turner Bowrey and Gail Sherriff Lovera in the final. That same year, Jaušovec and Ruzici were the runners-up at Wimbledon, losing to Kerry Melville Reid and Wendy Turnbull.

Jaušovec has a number of notable victories at Grand Slam tournaments, including Martina Navratilova at 1974 Wimbledon Championships, Virginia Wade at 1976 US Open, Wendy Turnbull at 1978 Wimbledon Championships, Evonne Goolagong at 1980 Australian Open, Andrea Jaeger at 1981 Wimbledon Championships, and Sylvia Hanika at 1983 French Open.

Jaušovec active tennis career spanned 15 years, from 1973 through 1988. Today, she is the head coach of the Slovenian national female tennis team. She was an unsuccessful candidate of the Liberal Democracy of Slovenia for the 2004 European Parliament election.

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Singles (1 title, 2 runners-up)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Win 1977 French Open Clay   Florența Mihai 6–2, 6–7(5–7), 6–1
Loss 1978 French Open Clay   Virginia Ruzici 2–6, 2–6
Loss 1983 French Open Clay   Chris Evert 1–6, 2–6

Doubles (1 title, 1 runner–up)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1978 French Open Clay   Virginia Ruzici   Gail Sherriff Lovera
  Lesley Turner Bowrey
5–7, 6–4, 8–6
Loss 1978 Wimbledon Grass   Virginia Ruzici   Kerry Melville Reid
  Wendy Turnbull
4–6, 9–8(10–8), 6–3

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles: 14 (5–9)Edit

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (1–2)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Virginia Slims, Avon, Other (4–7)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (4–5)
Carpet (1–4)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 15 July 1974 Kitzbühel Clay   Mirka Koželuhová 3–6, 0–6
Winner 1. 23 May 1976 Rome Clay   Lesley Hunt 6–1, 6–3
Winner 2. 16 August 1976 Toronto Clay   Lesley Hunt 6–2, 6–0
Winner 3. 23 May 1977 French Open Clay   Florenţa Mihai 6–2, 6–7(5–7), 6–1
Runner-up 2. 22 August 1977 Charlotte Clay   Martina Navrátilová 6–3, 2–6, 1–6
Winner 4. 15 May 1978 Hamburg Clay   Virginia Ruzici 6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 3. 29 May 1978 French Open Clay   Virginia Ruzici 2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 4. 16 March 1981 Boston Carpet (i)   Chris Evert 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 5. 19 October 1981 Brighton Carpet (i)   Sue Barker 6–4, 1–6, 1–6
Runner-up 6. 1 February 1982 Detroit Carpet (i)   Andrea Jaeger 6–2, 4–6, 2–6
Winner 5. 1 March 1982 Los Angeles Carpet (i)   Sylvia Hanika 6–2, 7–6(7–4)
Runner-up 7. 8 March 1982 Dallas Carpet (i)   Martina Navratilova 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 8. 23 May 1983 French Open Clay   Chris Evert 1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 9. 15 July 1985 Bregenz Clay   Virginia Ruzici 2–6, 3–6

Doubles: 20 (11–9)Edit

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (1–1)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Virginia Slims, Avon, Other (10–8)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–1)
Grass (0–1)
Clay (5–2)
Carpet (6–5)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 4 November 1974 Edinburgh Carpet (i)   Virginia Ruzici   María-Isabel Fernández
  Raquel Giscafré
6–4, 4–6, 6–4
Runner-up 1. 24 January 1977 Minneapolis Carpet (i)   Virginia Ruzici   Rosie Casals
  Martina Navrátilová
2–6, 1–6
Winner 2. 15 May 1978 Hamburg Clay   Virginia Ruzici   Katja Ebbinghaus
  Helga Niessen Masthoff
6–4, 5–7, 6–0
Winner 3. 22 May 1978 Rome Clay   Virginia Ruzici   Florenţa Mihai
  Betsy Nagelsen
6–2, 2–6, 7–5
Winner 4. 29 May 1978 French Open Clay   Virginia Ruzici   Gail Sherriff Lovera
  Lesley Turner Bowrey
5–7, 6–4, 8–6
Runner-up 2. 26 June 1978 Wimbledon Grass   Virginia Ruzici   Kerry Melville Reid
  Wendy Turnbull
6–4, 8–9(8–10), 3–6
Runner-up 3. 23 October 1978 Filderstadt Carpet (i)   Virginia Ruzici   Tracy Austin
  Betty Stöve
3–6, 3–6
Winner 5. 1 January 1979 Washington, D.C. Carpet (i)   Virginia Ruzici   Renée Richards
  Sharon Walsh
4–6, 6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 4. 20 August 1979 Mahwah Hard   Regina Maršíková   Tracy Austin
  Betty Stöve
6–7, 6–2, 4–6
Runner-up 5. 7 January 1980 Cincinnati Carpet (i)   Ann Kiyomura   Laura DuPont
  Pam Shriver
3–6, 3–6
Winner 6. 27 October 1980 Stockholm Carpet (i)   Virginia Ruzici   Hana Mandlíková
  Betty Stöve
6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 6. 10 November 1980 Amsterdam Carpet (i)   JoAnne Russell   Hana Mandlíková
  Betty Stöve
6–7, 6–7
Runner-up 7. 6 April 1981 Hilton Head Island Clay   Pam Shriver   Rosie Casals
  Wendy Turnbull
5–7, 5–7
Runner-up 8. 19 October 1981 Brighton Carpet (i)   Pam Shriver   Barbara Potter
  Anne Smith
7–6, 3–6, 4–6
Winner 7. 26 October 1981 Filderstadt Carpet (i)   Martina Navratilova   Barbara Potter
  Anne Smith
6–4, 6–1
Winner 8. 1 February 1982 Detroit Carpet (i)   Leslie Allen   Rosie Casals
  Wendy Turnbull
6–4, 6–0
Winner 9. 19 April 1982 Amelia Island Clay   Leslie Allen   Barbara Potter
  Sharon Walsh
6–1, 7–5
Winner 10. 30 January 1983 Houston Carpet (i)   Anne White   Barbara Potter
  Sharon Walsh
6–4, 3–6, 7–6(7–4)
Runner-up 9. 16 April 1984 Amelia Island Clay   Anne Hobbs   Kathy Jordan
  Anne Smith
4–6, 6–4, 4–6
Winner 11. 15 July 1985 Bregenz Clay   Virginia Ruzici   Andrea Holíková
  Kateřina Skronská
6–2, 6–3

Grand Slam singles tournament 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)
Tournament 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 Career SR
Australian Open A A A A A A A SF 3R 2R A A A NH A 1R 0 / 4
French Open 2R 2R 2R W F 2R 3R QF 4R F 3R 2R 3R 1R A 1 / 14
Wimbledon 3R 4R 4R 3R QF 2R A QF 2R 3R 1R 1R 1R A A 0 / 12
U.S. Open 2R 1R SF QF 2R 2R QF 2R 2R 3R 3R 2R A A A 0 / 12
SR 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 1 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 1 0 / 1 1 / 42
Year End Ranking 40 11 11 19 20 17 11 12 23 87 71 184 233 362

Note: The Australian Open was held twice in 1977, in January and December.

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