Olga Morozova

Olga Vasilyevna Morozova (Russian: Ольга Васильевна Морозова) (born 22 February 1949) is a retired tennis player who competed for the Soviet Union. She was the runner-up in singles at the 1974 French Open and 1974 Wimbledon Championships.

Olga Morozova
Ольга Морозова
Country (sports) Soviet Union
ResidenceLondon, England
Born (1949-02-22) 22 February 1949 (age 71)
Moscow, Soviet Union
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned pro1966
Retired1977 and 1989
PlaysRight-handed (one handed-backhand)
Prize moneyno value
Singles
Career recordno value
Career titles8 WTA, 25 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 7 (3 November 1975)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQF (1972, 1975)
French OpenF (1974)
WimbledonF (1974)
US OpenQF (1972)
Other tournaments
Tour Finals5th place (1975)
Doubles
Career recordno value
Career titles16 WTA, 26 ITF
Highest rankingno value
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenF (1975)
French OpenW (1974)
US OpenF (1976)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
WimbledonF (1968, 1970)

CareerEdit

Morozova won the Wimbledon junior's singles title in 1965 at the age of 16. Morozova was the first Soviet tennis player to reach the singles final of a major tournament when she was the runner-up at the 1972 Italian Open. Perhaps the peak of her career occurred in 1974 when she was the women's singles runner-up at Wimbledon and the French Open, losing to Chris Evert in both tournaments. She rose to No. 3 in the world going into the US Open that year—the highest ranking she would achieve in her career.

Morozova became the first Soviet tennis player to win a Grand Slam title when she teamed with Evert to win the women's doubles championship at the French Open in 1974. Earlier, she and Alex Metreveli were the first players from the Soviet Union to reach a Grand Slam final when they teamed at Wimbledon in 1968, losing to Margaret Court and Ken Fletcher. They also reached the final at Wimbledon in 1970, losing to Rosemary Casals and Ilie Năstase.

Morozova also was the runner-up in three Grand Slam women's doubles tournaments. She teamed with Court at the 1975 Australian Open, losing to Evonne Goolagong and Peggy Michel. She played with Julie Anthony at the 1975 French Open, losing to Evert and Martina Navratilova, and with Virginia Wade at the 1976 US Open, losing to Ilana Kloss and Linky Boshoff.

Morozova's playing career was cut short in 1977 because of the Soviet Union's policy against competing with South Africans. At this point, she retired from the professional tour. Morozova then began a highly successful coaching career. She became head coach of the Soviet Union ladies squad through the 1980s leading the Soviets to their first appearance in a Federation Cup Final (1988, losing to Czechoslovakia). Morozova as a player had taken her team to the Federation Cup semifinals (at that point a first) in both 1978 and 1979. Morozova also helped pioneer the creation of the Kremlin Cup.

In 1990, the LTA of the UK headhunted Morozova as a national coach based at the national performance centre in Bisham Abbey. Morozova was a fixture in UK tennis for much of the 1990s, and in 2003, she began working individually with notable players, including Elena Dementieva, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Sergiy Stakhovsky and Laura Robson. Morozova has been widely credited as one of the few successful female coaches on tour.[1]

In 1998, she was awarded the Sarah Palfrey Danzig Trophy for character, sportsmanship, manners, spirit of cooperation, and contribution to the growth of the game as well as the help she rendered to professional players and junior players.[2]

In 2000, the Russian Tennis Federation awarded Morozova the honour of Russian Tennis Player of the Twentieth Century.[3] Due to her achievements as both player and coach, Morozova often is referred to as the Godmother of Russian tennis.

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Singles: 2 (2 runner-ups)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1974 French Open Clay   Chris Evert 6–1, 6–2
Loss 1974 Wimbledon Grass   Chris Evert 6–0, 6–4

Doubles: 4 (1 title, 3 runner-ups)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1974 French Open Clay   Chris Evert   Gail Chanfreau
  Katja Ebbinghaus
6–4, 2–6, 6–1
Loss 1975 Australian Open Grass   Margaret Court   Evonne Goolagong
  Peggy Michel
7–6, 7–6
Loss 1975 French Open Clay   Julie Anthony   Chris Evert
  Martina Navratilova
6–3, 6–2
Loss 1976 US Open Clay   Virginia Wade   Linky Boshoff
  Ilana Kloss
6–1, 6–4

Mixed doubles: 2 (2 runner-ups)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1968 Wimbledon Grass   Alex Metreveli   Margaret Court
  Ken Fletcher
6–1, 14–12
Loss 1970 Wimbledon Grass   Alex Metreveli   Rosemary Casals
  Ilie Năstase
6–3, 4–6, 9–7

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles: 16 (8 titles, 8 runner-ups)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 4 January 1971 Sydney, Australia Hard   Margaret Court 2–6, 2–6
Winner 2. 15 February 1971 Moscow, Soviet Union Carpet (i)   Maria Kull 6–1, 7–5
Winner 3. 26 April 1971 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay   Anna-Maria Nasuelli 6–0, 6–3
Runner-up 4. 17 January 1972 Adelaide, Australia Hard   Evonne Goolagong 6–7(4–7), 3–6
Runner-up 5. 31 January 1972 Perth, Australia Hard   Evonne Goolagong 2–6, 5–7
Runner-up 6. 24 April 1972 Rome, Italy Clay   Linda Tuero 4–6, 3–6
Winner 7. 21 August 1972 New Jersey, United States Grass   Marina Kroschina 6–2, 6–7, 7–5
Runner-up 8. 19 March 1973 Akron, United States Hard   Chris Evert 3–6, 4–6
Winner 9. 18 June 1973 London, United Kingdom Grass   Evonne Goolagong 6–2, 6–3
Winner 10. 22 April 1974 Philadelphia, United States Hard (i)   Billie Jean King 7–6, 6–1
Runner-up 11. 17 June 1974 French Open Clay   Chris Evert 1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 12. 7 July 1974 Wimbledon Grass   Chris Evert 0–6, 4–6
Winner 13. 2 December 1974 Adelaide, Australia Grass   Evonne Goolagong 7–6, 2–6, 6–2
Runner-up 14. 9 December 1974 Perth, Australia Hard   Margaret Court 4–6, 5–7
Winner 15. 18 January 1975 Moscow, Soviet Union Carpet (i)   Elena Granaturova 6–0, 1–6, 6–4
Winner 16. 7 June 1977 Beckenham, United Kingdom Grass   Marise Kruger 7–5, 2–6, 6–3

Doubles: 27 (16 titles, 11 runner-ups)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent Score
Winner 1. 4 January 1971 Sydney, Australia Hard   Margaret Court   Helen Gourlay
  Kerry Harris
6–2, 6–0
Runner-up 2. 15 February 1971 Moscow, Soviet Union Carpet (i)   Elena Granaturova   Eugenia Birioukova
  Marina Kroschina
6–7, 7–5, 5–7
Winner 3. 26 April 1971 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay   Betty Stöve   Beatriz Araujo
  Ines Roget
7–5, 6–1
Runner-up 4. 7 June 1971 Beckenham, United Kingdom Grass   Zaiga Jansone   Christine Truman
  Nell Truman
3–6, 7–9
Winner 5. 17 January 1972 Adelaide, Australia Hard   Evonne Goolagong   Marilyn Tesch
  Kerry Hogarth
6–3, 6–0
Runner-up 6. 31 January 1972 Perth, Australia Hard   Janet Young   Evonne Goolagong
  Barbara Hawcroft
3–6, 0–6
Winner 7. 24 April 1972 Rome, Italy Clay   Lesley Hunt   Gail Chanfreau
  Rosalba Vido
6–3, 6–4
Winner 8. 21 August 1972 New Jersey, United States Grass   Marina Kroschina   Carole Caldwell
  Patti Hogan
6–7, 6–2, 6–2
Winner 9. 12 March 1973 Hingham, United States Hard   Marina Kroschina   Evonne Goolagong
  Janet Young
6–2, 6–4
Winner 10. 4 June 1973 Rome, Italy Clay   Virginia Wade   Martina Navratilova
  Renáta Tomanová
3–6, 6–2, 7–5
Winner 11. 11 June 1973 Beckenham, United Kingdom Clay   Marina Kroschina   Jackie Fayter
  Peggy Michel
8–6, 6–3
Runner-up 12. 18 March 1974 Akron, United States Hard   Julie Heldman   Rosie Casals
  Billie Jean King
2–6, 4–6
Winner 13. 15 April 1974 St. Petersburg, United States Hard   Betty Stöve   Chris Evert
  Evonne Goolagong
6–4, 6–2
Winner 14. 29 April 1974 Hilton Head, United States Hard   Rosie Casals   Karen Krantzcke
  Helen Gourlay
6–2, 6–1
Winner 15. 27 May 1974 Rome, Italy Clay   Chris Evert   Helga Masthoff
  Heide Orth
w/o
Winner 16. 17 June 1974 French Open Clay   Chris Evert   Gail Chanfreau
  Katja Ebbinghaus
6–4, 2–6, 6–1
Winner 17. 9 December 1974 Perth, Australia Hard   Martina Navratilova   Lesley Hunt
  Kazuko Sawamatsu
6–1, 6–3
Runner-up 18. 16 December 1974 Perth, Australia Hard   Martina Navratilova   Evonne Goolagong
  Peggy Michel
7–6, 4–6, 1–6
Runner-up 19. 5 December 1975 Australian Open Grass   Margaret Court   Evonne Goolagong
  Peggy Michel
6–7, 6–7
Runner-up 20. 10 February 1975 Chicago, United States Hard   Margaret Court   Chris Evert
  Martina Navratilova
2–6, 5–7
Runner-up 21. 21 April 1975 Amelia Island, United States Hard   Rosie Casals   Evonne Goolagong
  Virginia Wade
6–4, 4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 22. 15 June 1975 French Open Clay   Julie Anthony   Chris Evert
  Martina Navratilova
3–6, 2–6
Winner 23. 22 June 1975 Eastbourne, United Kingdom Gras   Julie Anthony   Evonne Goolagong
  Peggy Michel
6–2, 6–4
Winner 24. 19 January 1976 Washington, United States Hard   Virginia Wade   Wendy Overton
  Mona Guerrant
7–6, 6–2
Winner 25. 26 January 1976 Chicago, United States Hard   Virginia Wade   Evonne Goolagong
  Martina Navratilova
6–7(4–5), 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 26. 12 September 1976 US Open Clay   Virginia Wade   Linky Boshoff
  Ilana Kloss
1–6, 4–6
Runner-up 27. 7 June 1977 Beckenham, United Kingdom Grass   Natasha Chmyreva   Brigitte Cuypers
  Annette DuPlooy
7–9, 4–6

ITF Circuit finalsEdit

Singles: 30 (25–5)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 22 January 1967 Moscow, Soviet Union Hard (i)   Anna Dmitrieva 9-7, 8-6
Winner 2. 27 September 1967 Tbilisi, Soviet Union Hard (i)   Anna Dmitrieva 7-5, 4-6, 6-1
Winner 3. 7 January 1968 Moscow, Soviet Union Hard (i)   Anna Dmitrieva 7-9, 6-1, 10-8
Winner 4. 18 August 1968 Moscow, Soviet Union Hard   Marina Chuvyrina 6-1, 6-3
Winner 5. 23 February 1969 Moscow, Soviet Union Hard (i)   Betty Stöve 6-2, 6-2
Runner-up 6. 16 March 1969 Cairo, Egypt Clay   Lea Pericoli 1-6, 2-6
Runner-up 7. 23 March 1969 Alexandria, Egypt Clay   Nell Truman 3-6, 6-2, 3-6
Winner 8. 11 January 1970 Moscow, Soviet Union Hard (i)   Marina Chuvyrina 6-3, 6-2
Winner 9. 8 February 1970 Moscow, Soviet Union Hard (i)   Anna Yeremeyeva 6-4, 6-2
Runner-up 10. 22 February 1970 Moscow, Soviet Union Hard (i)   Helga Niessen 5-7, 6-2, 3-6
Winner 11. 15 March 1970 Cairo, Egypt Clay   Lea Pericoli 6-3, 3-6, 9-7
Winner 12. 22 March 1970 Cairo, Egypt Clay   Marcela Barochová 6-4, 6-0
Runner-up 13. 13 June 1970 Beckenham, United Kingdom Grass   Patti Hogan 1-6, 3-6
Winner 14. 2 August 1970 Moscow, Soviet Union Clay   Tiiu Kivi 6-4, 6-4
Winner 15. 26 December 1970 Adelaide, Australia Hard   Kristien Shaw-Kemmer 6-4, 4-6, 9-7
Winner 16. 22 March 1971 Cairo, Egypt Clay   Lea Pericoli 7-5, 6-0
Winner 17. 16 January 1972 Hobart, Australia Grass   Anne Guerrant 6-3, 6-3
Winner 18. 31 January 1972 Perth, Australia Grass   Janet Young 6-4, 6-2
Winner 19. 16 April 1972 Tashkent, Soviet Union Hard   Eugenia Birioukova 6-2, 6-0
Winner 20. 17 June 1972 Beckenham, United Kingdom Grass   Jill Cooper 6-4, 6-1
Winner 21. 1 August 1972 Tallinn, Estonia Clay   Zaiga Jansone 6-1, 6-0
Runner-up 22. 13 August 1972 Bucarest, Romania Clay   Marina Kroshina 6-4, 2-6, 5-7
Winner 23. 19 August 1972 Moscow, Soviet Union Clay   Marina Kroshina 8-6, 6-2
Winner 24. 12 February 1973 Baku, Soviet Union Hard (i)   Marina Kroshina 6-1, 6-2
Winner 25. 1 March 1973 Moscow, Soviet Union Hard (i)   Galina Baksheeva 6-2, 6-3
Winner 26. 15 August 1973 Pescara, Italy Clay   Éva Szabó 6-0, 1-6, 9-7
Winner 27. 10 February 1974 Salavat, Soviet Union Hard (i)   Elena Granaturova 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
Winner 28. 24 February 1974 Moscow, Soviet Union Hard (i)   Marina Kroschina 6-3, 6-1
Winner 29. 23 August 1975 Tallinn, Estonia Clay   Marina Kroschina 2-6, 7-6, 6-0
Winner 30. 6 August 1979 Sopot, Poland Clay   Hana Mandlíková 4-6, 7-6, 6-3

Doubles: 36 (26–10)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 19 February 1967 Moscow, Soviet Union Hard (i)   Tatiana Chalko   Galina Baksheeva
  Anna Dmitrieva
2–6, 1–6
Runner-up 2. 4 March 1967 Moscow, Soviet Union Hard (i)   Tatiana Chalko   Galina Baksheeva
  Anna Dmitrieva
3–6, 1–6
Runner-up 3. 25 February 1968 Moscow, Soviet Union Hard (i)   Rauza Islanova   Galina Baksheeva
  Anna Dmitrieva
2–6, 5–7
Winner 4. 7 July 1968 Båstad, Sweden Hard   Eva Lundqvist   Kathy Harter
  Julie Heldman
6–2, 6–3
Winner 5. 18 August 1968 Moscow, Soviet Union Hard   Marina Chuvyrina   Kerry Harris
  Lesley Hunt
6–0, 6–4
Winner 6. 23 February 1969 Moscow, Soviet Union Hard (i)   Zaiga Jansone   Tiiu Kivi
  Maria Kull
6–4, 8–6
Winner 7. 17 August 1969 Moscow, Soviet Union Hard   Zaiga Jansone   Galina Baksheeva
  Marina Chuvyrina
6–3, 6–2
Winner 8. 21 September 1969 Turin, Italy Hard   Zaiga Jansone   Marina Chuvyrina
  Tiiu Kivi
6–1, 4–6, 6–3
Winner 9. 11 January 1970 Moscow, Soviet Union Hard (i)   Zaiga Jansone   Anna Islanova
  Eugenia Isopaitis
6–2, 6–2
Winner 10. 8 February 1970 Moscow, Soviet Union Hard (i)   Zaiga Jansone   Tiiu Kivi
  Maria Kull
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 11. 22 February 1970 Moscow, Soviet Union Hard (i)   Zaiga Jansone   Nell Truman
  Joyce Williams
5–7, 5–7
Winner 12. 2 August 1970 Moscow, Soviet Union Clay   Tiiu Kivi   Peggy Michel
  Valerie Ziegenfuss
6–4, 6–3
Winner 13. 10 January 1971 Hobart, Australia Grass   Patti Hogan   Brenda Kirk
  Laura Rossouw
6–2, 6–0
Runner-up 14. 16 January 1972 Hobart, Australia Grass   Barbara Hawcroft   Anne Guerrant
  Janet Young
3–6, 2–6
Winner 15. 27 February 1972 Moscow, Soviet Union Hard (i)   Zaiga Jansone   Eugenia Birioukova
  Marina Kroschina
6–3, 5–7, 6–4
Runner-up 16. 3 April 1972 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay   Helga Niessen Masthoff   Lucia Bassi
  Lea Pericoli
4–6, 4–6
Winner 17. 16 April 1972 Tashkent, Soviet Union Hard   Zaiga Jansone   Eugenia Birioukova
  Marina Kroschina
5–7, 6–3, 11–9
Winner 18. 17 June 1972 Beckenham, United Kingdom Grass   Sharon Walsh   Laura DuPont
  Anne Guerrant
8–6, 6–1
Winner 19. 1 August 1972 Tallinn, Estonia Clay   Zaiga Jansone   Galina Baksheeva
  Anna Yeremeyeva
4–6, 6–3, 6–3
Winner 20. 13 August 1972 Bucarest, Romania Clay   Zaiga Jansone   Eugenia Birioukova
  Marina Kroschina
6–1, 6–1
Winner 21. 19 August 1972 Moscow, Soviet Union Clay   Zaiga Jansone   Eugenia Birioukova
  Marina Kroschina
4–6, 7–5, 7–5
Runner-up 22. 14 January 1973 Moscow, Soviet Union Hard (i)   Eugenia Isopaitis   Galina Baksheeva
  Marina Chuvyrina
6–3, 3–6, 6–3
Winner 23. 21 January 1973 Tallinn, Estonia Hard (i)   Marina Chuvrina   Eugenia Birioukova
  Anna Yeremeyeva
6–0, 7–5
Winner 24. 12 February 1973 Baku, Soviet Union Hard (i)   Zaiga Jansone   Galina Baksheeva
  Marina Chuvyrina
6–3, 6–1
Winner 25. 22 July 1973 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay   Alexandra Ivanova   Janet Young
  Evonne Goolagong
2–6, 6–4, 6–2
Winner 26. 15 August 1973 Pescara, Italy Clay   Alexandra Ivanova   Eugenia Birioukova
  Marina Kroschina
6–3, 3–6, 6–1
Winner 27. 10 February 1974 Salavat, Soviet Union Hard (i)   Eugenia Birioukova   Rauza Islanova
  Eugenia Isopaitis
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 28. 24 February 1974 Moscow, Soviet Union Hard (i)   Eugenia Birioukova   Galina Baksheeva
  Marina Chuvyrina
5–7, 1–6
Runner-up 29. 23 June 1974 Eastbourne, United Kingdom Grass   Chris Evert   Helen Gourlay-Cawley
  Karen Krantzcke
2–6, 0–6
Winner 30. 4 August 1974 Wrocław, Soviet Union Clay   Marina Kroschina   Natasha Chmyreva
  Elena Granaturova
6–2, 6–0
Winner 31. 25 July 1975 Tallinn, Estonia Clay   Marina Kroschina   Natasha Chmyreva
  Marina Chuvyrina
6–1, 6–2
Winner 32. 11 August 1975 Vienna, Austria Clay   Marina Kroschina   Martina Navratilova
  Renáta Tomanová
4–6, 7–5, 6–4
Winner 33. 23 August 1975 Tallinn, Estonia Clay   Marina Kroschina   Galina Baksheeva
  Lydia Zinkevich
6–7, 6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 34. 30 November 1975 Osaka, Japan Hard (i)   Jeanne Evert   Françoise Dürr
  Rosie Casals
3–6, 3–6
Winner 35. 8 August 1976 Přerov, Czechoslovakia Clay   Marina Chuvyrina   Galina Baksheeva
  Natasha Chmyreva
6–4, 6–4
Winner 36. 6 August 1979 Sopot, Soviet Union Clay   Natasha Chmyreva   Eugenia Birioukova
  Natalia Borodina
1–6, 6–0, 6–0

Junior Grand Slam finalsEdit

Girls' singles (1–0)Edit

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1965 Wimbledon Grass   Raquel Giscafré 6–3, 6–3

Grand Slam singles 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)
Tournament 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 Career SR
Australian Open A A A A A A QF A A QF A 0 / 2
French Open A 1R 2R 3R 2R 2R QF 2R F SF A 0 / 9
Wimbledon 1R A 1R 4R 2R 3R 4R QF F QF QF 0 / 10
US Open A A A A 3R A QF 3R A 2R 3R 0 / 5
SR 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 2 0 / 26
Year-end ranking 7 9

BibliographyEdit

Olga Morozova (2000). Only Tennis (in Russian). Moscow: Vagrius. Archived from the original on 26 February 2007.

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