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Iva Majoli

August 12, 2019


Iva Majoli Marić is a former professional
tennis player from Croatia. She upset Martina Hingis to win the women’s
singles title at the French Open in 1997. Majoli also won eight singles titles and one
women’s doubles title during her career. Career
Majoli was born in Zagreb, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia and turned professional in 1991
at the age of 14. At age 19, Majoli won the 1997 French Open
singles title, defeating Martina Hingis in straight sets 6-4, 6-2. Most had expected Hingis, 16 years old, to
win the title. Majoli, however, played aggressively from
the baseline and ended Hingis’s 37-match winning streak and handed Hingis her first sound defeat
in a final of a grand slam. Her adept ground-strokes kept Hingis moving,
therefore Hingis was not allowed to control the rallies. Majoli played her best tennis as a teenager,
reaching her career high ranking of World No. 4 in 1996. After a quarterfinal appearance at the 1998
French Open, she failed to reach the fourth round of any subsequent Grand Slam singles
tournament. Her game steadily declined, with her ranking
plummeting to World No. 131 in 2003. In the final years of her tennis career, Majoli
suffered from a series of injuries – most notably a shoulder injury – and struggled
to play consistently. Her jet-setting lifestyle, well documented
by the press, may have contributed. In 2002, Majoli, ranked World No. 58, defeated
Patty Schnyder, ranked World No. 30, in the final of the Family Circle Cup in Charleston,
South Carolina. The victory increased Majoli’s ranking to
World No. 33. She reached another final shortly thereafter,
prompting some to believe that she was climbing back to the top of the game. This, however, was wishful thinking, as Majoli’s
ranking then plummeted even further. On June 12, 2004, Majoli announced her retirement
from the game. In 2006, she announced that she was engaged
and pregnant with her first child. She married a local businessman, Stipe Marić,
on September 9, 2006, with Jennifer Capriati and Mary Pierce attending the wedding. She gave birth to her daughter Mia on October
31, 2006. In 2007, Majoli participated in the second
season of the Croatian version of Dancing with the Stars. Her partner was Marko Herceg. She was eliminated in the fourth episode. In 2012, she´s the non-playing captain of
the Croatian Fed Cup team [1]. Major finals
Grand Slam finals Singles: 1
WTA Tour Finals Singles: 17
Doubles: 5 Grand Slam singles performance timeline
A=did not participate in the tournament. SR=the ratio of the number of Grand Slam
singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played. References External links
Majoli announces retirement More about her French Open Win
Iva Majoli at the Women’s Tennis Association

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