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Iva Majoli Marić (Iva Majoli) (born August 12, 1977 in Zagrebmarker, Yugoslavia) is a former professional tennis player from Croatia. She upset Martina Hingis to win the women's singles title at the French Openmarker in 1997. Majoli also won eight singles titles and one women's doubles title during her career.

Career

Majoli 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. 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.

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 third 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. Not living up to high expectations after her French Open title, she has been called yet another "One Slam Wonder."

In 2002, Majoli, ranked World No. 58, defeated Patty Schnyder, ranked World No. 30, in the final of the Family Circle Cupmarker in Charleston, South Carolinamarker. 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.

Major finals

Grand Slam finals

Singles: 1 (1-0)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner (1/1) 1997 French Openmarker Clay Martina Hingis 6–4, 6–2


Titles (11)

Singles (10)

Legend
Grand Slam (1)
WTA Championships (0)
Tier I (3)
Tier II (4)
Tier III (0)
Tier IV & V (0)
ITF Titles (2)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in final Score in final
1. June 21, 1992 St. Simons, Georgiamarker, USA Clay Beverly Bowes-Hackney 7–6(7), 7–6(5)
2. July 19, 1992 Evansville, Indianamarker, USA Hard Ai Sugiyama 6–3, 6–1
3. October 8, 1995 Zürich, Switzerland Carpet (I) Mary Pierce 6–4, 6–4
4. October 15, 1995 Filderstadt, Germany Hard (I) Gabriela Sabatini 6–4, 7–6(4)
5. February 4, 1996 Tokyo, Japan Carpet (I) Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6–4, 6–1
6. February 25, 1996 Essenmarker, Germany Carpet (I) Jana Novotná 7–5, 1–6, 7–6(6)
7. February 23, 1997 Hannovermarker, Germany Carpet (I) Jana Novotná 4–6, 7–6(2), 6–4
8. May 4, 1997 Hamburgmarker, Germany Clay Ruxandra Dragomir 6–3, 6–2
9. June 8, 1997 French Open Clay Martina Hingis 6–4, 6–2
10. April 21, 2002 Charleston, South Carolinamarker, USA Clay Patty Schnyder 7–6(5), 6–4

Doubles (1)

No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in final Score in final
1. February 11, 2001 Paris, France Carpet Virginie Razzano Kimberly Po &
Nathalie Tauziat
6–3, 7–5


Runner-ups (13)

Singles (9)



Doubles (4)



Grand Slam singles performance timeline

Tournament 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 Career SR
Australian Openmarker A A A A QF 1R 3R A A 3R 2R 1R 0 / 6
French Openmarker A 4R 4R QF QF W QF A 2R 1R 2R 2R 1 / 10
Wimbledonmarker A A 1R 1R A QF 2R A A 1R 3R 1R 0 / 7
US Openmarker 2R 2R 4R 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R A 3R 3R 1R 0 / 11
SR 0 / 1 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 1 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 1 / 34


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.

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