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Iva Majoli

Real name: Iva Majoli
Birthdate: August 12, 1977
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Iva Majoli Marić (born August 12, 1977) is a former professional tennis player from Zagreb, Croatia. She turned pro in 1991 at the age of fourteen.

At age 19, she stunned Roland Garros, winning handily 6-4 6-2 in the French Open final in 1997. Everyone had expected 16-year-old teen tennis sensation, Martina Hingis to win the French Open title. Iva Majoli defied all expectations with her aggressive baseline play and defying all odds, played one of the best matches of her career, ending Hingis's 37-match winning streak.

She played her best tennis as a teenager, reaching her career high ranking of 4 in 1996. After a quarterfinal appearance at the French Open in 1998, she failed to get the third round of any subsequent Grand Slams. Her game steadily declined, with her ranking plummeting to 131 in 2003. In the latter years of her tennis career, Majoli suffered from a series of injuries - most notably a shoulder injury - and struggled to find a consistent playing form. Her jet-setting lifestyle, well documented by the press, may have contributed. Not living up to high expectations after her spectatular French Open win, she has been called yet another "One Slam Wonder."

In 2002, Majoli shocked tennis by defeating Patty Schnyder, ranked No. 30 in the world, in the final of the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, SC, USA. Majoli's ranking had plummeted to No. 58 prior to the final, and her ranking rocketed back up to No. 33. She reached another final shortly there after, and her wins prompted people to believe that she was back. This, however, was wishful thinking, as Majoli's ranking then plummeted even further, and 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.

SR = the ratio of the number of Grand Slam singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played.


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