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Iva Majoli

Croatia

D.O.B.
Aug 12
1977
Height
5' 9''
1.75 m
Weight
134 lbs.
61 kg
Plays
Right-handed
two-handed backhand
Status
Pro (August 1991)
Retired (n
Biography
Gave birth to first child, Mia, in November 2006.
Career Highlights
SINGLES
Winner (8): 2002 - Charleston; 1997 - Roland Garros, Hannover, Hamburg; 1996 - Tokyo [Pan Pacific], Essen; 1995 - Zurich, Filderstadt; 1992 - ITF/St. Simons Island-USA, ITF/Evansville-USA..

DOUBLES
Winner (1): 2001 - Paris Indoors (w/Razzano).

ADDITIONAL
Croatian Fed Cup Team 1994, 1997-2000, 2002, 2004. Croatian Olympic Team 1996, 2000.
Career Review
1990 - Debuted at ITF/Mali Losin-YUG in only event of the year (l. 1r to eventual champion Dragomir)
1991 - Played qualifying at one ITF Circuit event and received WC into Tour qualifying at San Juan and Phoenix
1992 - Received WC into Houston for Tour debut; ranked No. 537, d. No. 228 Davenport and No. 24 McNeil to reach QF; ranking jumped to No. 185; won first two professional singles titles at ITF/St Simons Island-USA and ITF/Evansville-USA; reached US Open 2r in Grand Slam debut, breaking into Top 100 afterwards (September 14) at No. 88; late in season reached consecutive Tour QF at Oakland (d. world No. 17 McNeil) and Indianapolis (d. No. 14 Tauziat); on November 16, reached No. 50, improving 748 spots to finish second full season
1993 - Reached 4r in Roland Garros debut (without dropping a set), l. to Graf 64 76(3) after leading 4-2 first set and 6-5 second set; reached QF at Chicago (l. to world No. 7 MJ. Fernandez in 3s) and Oakland (l. to No. 3 Navratilova in 3s)
1994 - Reached first three Tour finals of career; in Osaka final, l. to Maleeva-Fragniere in last match of her career (led 5-2 third set before falling); l. to world No. 2 Sanchez-Vicario in Barcelona final (d. No. 3 C. Martinez in QF) and to No. 4 Novotna in Essen final; also reached SF at Indian Wells (l. to Graf), Hilton Head (d. world No. 6 Sabatini in 2r for first Top 10 win; l. to C. Martinez in 3s) and Stratton Mountain (l. to Sanchez-Vicario); reached 4r of Roland Garros for second straight year (l. to Gorrochategui in first loss to an unseeded player in last 17 events); also reached US Open 4r and qualified for first season-ending Championships (l. to world No. 4 Novotna in 1r in 3s); improved 33 spots for first Top 20 finish at No. 13
1995 - In consecutive weeks, won first two Tour singles titles late in season at Zurich (d. Novotna and Pierce) and Filderstadt (d. Pierce and Sabatini); after Filderstadt win, broke into Top 10 on October 16 at No. 9; earlier in year, reached Barcelona final again (l. to Sanchez-Vicario in 3s) and SF at Tokyo [Pan Pacific] and Paris Indoors; reached QF at Hilton Head, Italian Open (l. to Pierce after holding 2 mp), Roland Garros (first Grand Slam QF; d. world No. 3 Pierce) and Canadian Open; qualified for season-ending Championships, l. 1r to world No. 2 C. Martinez after leading 61 41; first Top 10 season-finish at No. 9
1996 - Won first of two titles at Tokyo [Pan Pacific], d. co-No. 1 Seles (first win over reigning No. 1), Hingis and No. 3 Sanchez-Vicario for third title in five events; afterwards, and only three months, 20 days after entering Top 10, held career-high No. 4 ranking for eight months from February 5; also won Essen (d. Novotna 7-6 third set in final) and reached consecutive Grand Slam QF at Australian Open (on debut) and Roland Garros; runner-up at Paris Indoors and Leipzig; briefly led Championships Race standings after reaching Italian and German Open SF; also reached SF at Zurich and season-ending Championships (d. world No. 5 Huber and No. 3 C. Martinez; l. to Hingis in 3s); reached QF at Atlanta Olympics
1997 - Career-best season, highlighted by first Grand Slam victory; seeded No. 9, won Roland Garros, d. world No. 5 Davenport in 4r (after trailing 75 40) and No. 1 Hingis in final (snapping 37-match win streak); was lowest seed (at the time) to win a Grand Slam singles title in Open Era; at 19 years of age, became 11th teenager to win Roland Garros; earlier, won Hannover after saving mp to d. No. 1 seed Novotna and continued win-streak in Germany, winning Hamburg, her sixth career title and first outdoors or on clay; d. Huber in 1r of season-ending Championships after four straight losses to her during the year; reached SF at Paris Indoors, Amelia Island, Atlanta and Chicago and QF at Wimbledon for first time; spent second stint at career-high No. 4 ranking from July to October; third Top 10 season-finish of No. 6
1998 - Best results were SF in February at Tokyo [Pan Pacific] and Linz, where she suffered a back injury and retired during match vs. Van Roost; in March, withdrew from Indian Wells and Miami with bronchitis; at Roland Garros, came back from 3-1 down in third set to defeat C. Martinez in 4r to reach QF (l. to world No. 2 Davenport in 3s); fell out of Top 10 on May 11 and Top 20 on August 31; withdrew from Zurich and Filderstadt with a right shoulder injury
1999 - Injury-plagued season; missed Australian Open with sprained right ankle; best result was 3r at Hilton Head (d. world No. 15 Spirlea in 3s); missed Italian and German Opens, Roland Garros and Wimbledon due to a right shoulder injury; l. 1r in next five events and underwent right shoulder surgery after US Open, missing rest of season and start of 2000 season
2000 - Returned to action from right shoulder surgery in Miami; ranked No. 459 at Hilton Head, ended eight-match losing-streak, winning first match in 11 months over Shaughnessy to reach 2r; continued comeback by reaching first SF in two years at Madrid; as WC into Kuala Lumpur ranked No. 109, reached first final since winning 1997 Roland Garros, upsetting No. 2 seed Dokic en route (l. to Nagyova); after falling as low as No. 466 on April 10, finished season ranked No. 73
2001 - Played all four Grand Slams for first time since 1998; saved mp to d. Raymond and reach QF at Tokyo [Pan Pacific]; won career-first doubles title at Paris Indoors w/Razzano; at Charleston, upset No. 13 seed Dokic and stretched world No. 1 Hingis to 3s in 3r; in US Open 3r, came within two points of upsetting world No. 1 Hingis in third-set tie-break before falling, her best showing there in seven years; reached second Tour singles final in four years at Quebec City (l. to Shaughnessy); in Linz, stretched eventual runner-up, world No. 10 Dokic to 3s in 2r and afterwards, ranking moved to No. 32 (best since May 1999)
2002 - Started with 1r losses at Gold Coast and Canberra; ranked No. 43, upset world No. 15 Sanchez-Vicario in 1r of Australian Open (l. 2r to Husarova); fell 1r Indian Wells to Razzano and at Miami, stretched No. 16 seed Maleeva to 3s in 3r before falling; fell 1r in Sarasota to Leon Garcia; at Amelia Island, upset No. 11 seed and previous years runner-up Coetzer in 1r (l. to former-champion C. Martinez in 3s); ranked No. 58 at Charleston, won first title since 1997 Roland Garros, d. Schnyder in final and becoming lowest-ranked player to win a top-Tier Tour event since Tier system began in 1980 (bettering No. 54 Bonder at 1983 Tokyo [Queens Classic]); Charleston was first Tier I final ever between two unseeded players, and Majoli became first unseeded player to win Family Circle Cup in its 30-year history; d. world No. 20 Coetzer (second straight week), No. 11 Testud (first win in last six matches) and No. 30 Schnyder (first win in five meetings); ranking jumped 25 spots to No. 33; in Fed Cup action, won decisive doubles w/Kostanic to clinch Croatias win over Czech Republic 3-2; at Bol, reached second straight final, saving 3 mp vs. Prusova in SF; l. to Svensson in 3s, her fourth three-set match that week; withdrew from German Opem due to right adductor strain suffered in Bol; accepted WC into Madrid, but fell 1r to Serna in 3s; seeded No. 29 at Roland Garros, fell 2r to Cervanova in 3s; reached QF in Vienna before falling to No. 2 seed Tulyaganova 75 third set; reached Wimbledon 3r, her best showing in five years; in Fed Cup, won Croatias only point against Austria (d. Schett); seeded No. 2 at Helsinki, l. 1r to Leon Garcia; at New Haven, d. world No. 14 Farina Elia in 1r 46 64 76(2) for second-best win since 1999 shoulder surgery, then pushed world No. 11 Hantuchova to 3s; ranked No. 22 on August 26, her highest since October 1998; at US Open, l. to Hantuchova again in 3r; seeded No. 5 in Bahia, upset in 2r by Nagyova; in Leipzig fell 1r to Grande; in Moscow l. 1r to No. 9 seed Dementieva; avenged Leipzig loss to Grande in Filderstadt, winning in 3s before falling to eventual champion No. 6 seed Clijsters in 2r; fell 1r at Zurich to No. 5 seed Dokic and at Linz to Suárez in 3s
2003 - Collected first match-win of season at Tokyo [Pan Pacific] over Stevenson, l. 2r to eventual champion Davenport 64 64; reached SF at Sarasota, falling to qualifier Molik; as No. 1 seed, was forced to withdraw prior to 2r match at Budapest due to a viral infection; member of Croatian Fed Cup team that l. to Russia 4-1 in 1r; l. 1r at Warsaw to Chladkova; d. Cho in 1r at Roland Garros before l. to No. 31 seed Granville; lost 1r at Wimbledon to No. 7 seed Rubin and at US Open to Likhovtseva
2004 - As a world No.150 WC at Indian Wells, d. No.65 Czink, but l. 63 64 in 2r to No.33 Molik; l. in 1r at Miami and Estoril, and failed to qualify at Antwerp; member of Croatian Fed Cup team that l. to Belgium 3-2 in 1r (w/Jurak, d. E.Clijsters/Flipkens); on ITF Circuit, reached one singles and one doubles final; retired from WTA Tour at end of season
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