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Player Profiles

MIRJANA LUCIC-BARONI

Croatia

Road to Singapore

6th

SINGLES

16th

DOUBLES

D.O.B.
Mar 9
1982
Height
5' 11 1/4"
1.81 m
Weight
145 lbs.
65 kg
Plays
Right-handed
two-handed backhand
Status
Pro
April 26, 1997
Personal
Coached by Maciej Synowka ... Mother is Andelka; sisters are Ana and Ivana (president of publishing company), brothers are Miro and Ivan (both teach tennis) ... Married Daniele Baroni on November 15, 2010 ... Began playing tennis at age 4 by following older sister Ana to practice ... Aggressive baseliner; favorite tournaments are Grand Slams (especially Wimbledon) ... Speaks Croatian, English ... Owns yellow labrador named Max ... Loves music, especially Michael Bubl‚; also loves history books ... Favorite cities are Rome and Paris ("timeless beauty and architecture") ... Enjoys charity work ... Tennis player most admired is Steffi Graf ... Best tennis memory was reaching Wimbledon SFs in 1999 ... If weren't a tennis player, would have been an archaeologist (loves history) ... Enjoys cooking (has a cookbook in the making) ... Junior highlights included winning 1996 US Open and 1997 Australian Open (third player in Open Era to win two Grand Slam junior titles by age 14 - also Hingis and Capriati).
Career Highlights
SINGLES
Winner (3): 2014 - Qu‚bec City; 1998 - Bol; 1997 - Bol.
Finalist (2): 2016 - Strasbourg; 1997 - Strasbourg.

DOUBLES
Winner (3): 2014 - Qu‚bec City (w/Hradecka); 1998 - Australian Open, Tokyo [Pan Pacific] (both w/Hingis).
Finalist (1): 1998 - Bol (w/Kruger).

MIXED DOUBLES
Finalist (1): 1998 - Wimbledon (w/Bhupathi).

ADDITIONAL
Croatian Fed Cup Team, 1996-98.
Career Review
2015 - Second straight Top 100 season (finishing No.67); SF at Qu‚bec City (l. to Beck); QF twice at Acapulco and Luxembourg; reached 3r twice (incl. Roland Garros) and 2r seven times (incl. Wimbledon); fell 1r 14 times (incl. other two majors) and in qualifying twice.

2014 - First Top 100 season in 15 years (finishing No.61 - last Top 100 finish was No.50 in 1999); best three weeks of season came at end of summer, reaching 4r at US Open (l. to Errani) and sweeping at Qu‚bec City, winning singles title (d. V.Williams in final - 16-year, 4-month gap since winning Bol in 1998 was longest gap between winning titles in WTA history) and doubles title too (w/Hradecka); having gone into US Open at No.121, nearly cut ranking in half by November 3 year-end rankings (No.61); best results in first seven months of season were one 3r finish and two 2r finishes; fell 1r four times (incl. other three majors) and in qualifying 10 times.

2013 - Near-Top 100 season (finishing No.104); reached 3r once and 2r six times (incl. Wimbledon); fell 1r four times (incl. other three majors) and in qualifying seven times; won one singles title and one doubles title on ITF Circuit; struggled w/illness in July (retired in Palermo 2r and withdrew from Bad Gastein).

2012 - Reached 3r once (Wimbledon) and 2r five times; fell 1r six times (incl. Roland Garros, US Open) and in qualifying nine times (incl. Australian Open); won one doubles title on ITF Circuit.

2011 - QF twice at Strasbourg and Birmingham (were first WTA QFs since 1999 Wimbledon SF); reached 2r three times (incl. US Open); fell 1r nine times (incl. other three majors) and in qualifying nine times.

2010 - Near-Top 100 season (finishing No.105 - had three Top 100 seasons in 1997, 1998 and 1999); reached 3r once and 2r three times (incl. US Open); fell 1r twice (incl. Wimbledon) and in qualifying twice; won two singles titles on ITF Circuit; returned to Top 100 on October 25 (first time in Top 100 since July 2000).

2009 - Fell 1r once and in qualifying four times.

2008 - Fell in WTA qualifying six times.

2007 - Reached 2r once; fell in qualifying twice.

2006 - Did not play.

2005 - Played one event on ITF Circuit.

2004 - Played one event on ITF Circuit.

2003 - Fell 1r twice and in qualifying four times (incl. Roland Garros, Wimbledon, US Open).

2002 - Reached 2r once (Roland Garros); fell 1r five times (incl. US Open) and in qualifying four times.

2001 - Reached 3r once (Roland Garros) and 2r once; fell 1r twice and in qualifying four times (incl. Wimbledon, US Open).

2000 - Reached 3r once and 2r once (Wimbledon); fell 1r 10 times (incl. other three majors) and in qualifying twice.

1999 - First Top 50 season (finishing No.50); reached first Grand Slam SF at Wimbledon (l. to Graf - at No.134, was lowest-ranked player ever to reach a Grand Slam SF, has since been surpassed); surged from No.134 to No.47 afterwards; reached 3r twice and 2r twice (incl. US Open); fell 1r eight times (incl. other two majors).

1998 - Another near-Top 50 season (finishing No.51); won second WTA title at Bol (d. Morariu in final again); SF at Rome (l. to Hingis); reached 3r once (US Open) and 2r four times (incl. Australian Open and Wimbledon); fell 1r five times; set career-high No.32 on May 11; won first two WTA doubles events ever played at Australian Open (w/Hingis - was youngest player ever to win an Australian Open title at 15y10m21d, and now first ever to win her first WTA singles event and first WTA doubles event) and Tokyo [Pan Pacific] (w/Hingis).

1997 - Breakthrough near-Top 50 season (finishing No.52); won first WTA event ever played at Bol (as unranked qualifier, d. Morariu in final; at 15y1m25d, was fifth-youngest player ever to win a WTA title after Austin, Rinaldi, Jaeger and Capriati); in second WTA event, reached final at Strasbourg (l. to Graf - after final, Graf said "I was not nearly as good as she is at 15"); also reached 3r at US Open (l. to Novotna) and fell 1r at Moscow (l. to Sukova); won one singles title on ITF Circuit.

1996 - Played first event of career at ITF/Salzburg 2-AUT (won doubles title w/Rubin).
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