Iva Majoli Marić
(Iva Majoli) (born August 12, 1977 in Zagreb
) 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.
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 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. Not living up to high expectations after her French Open title, she has been called yet another "One Slam Wonder."
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