Photograph above of Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere taken at Wimbledon in 1992.
LAST 16. U.S. OPEN 1992
MAGDALENA MALEEVA beat CHANDA RUBIN 7-5, 5-7, 6-1
GABRIELA SABATINI beat SABINE APPELMANS 6-1, 6-3
ARANTXA SANCHEZ-VICARIO beat ZINA GARRISON-JACKSON 6-0, 6-1
STEFFI GRAF beat FLORENCIA LABAT 6-2, 6-2
MARY-JOE FERNANDEZ beat MARY PIERCE 6-0, 6-4
MONICA SELES beat GIGI FERNANDEZ 6-1, 6-2
PATRICIA HY-BOULAIS beat HELENA SUKOVA 6-1, 7-6
beat CARRIE CUNNINGHAM 6-3, 7-5
ARANTXA SANCHEZ-VICARIO beat STEFFI GRAF 7-6, 6-3
MARY-JOE FERNANDEZ beat GABRIELA SABATINI 6-2, 1-6, 6-4
MONICA SELES beat PATRICIA HY-BOULAIS 6-1, 6-2
beat MAGDALENA MALEEVA 6-2, 5-3 (ret.)
ARANTXA SANCHEZ-VICARIO beat MANUELA MALEEVA-FRAGNIERE
MONICA SELES beat MARY-JOE FERNANDEZ 6-3, 6-2
MONICA SELES beat ARANTXA SANCHEZ-VICARIO 6-3, 6-3
Photograph above taken at Wimbledon 1984 by G.Herringshaw. ©
LAST 16. WIMBLEDON 1984
MARTINA NAVRATILOVA beat ELIZABETH SMYLIE 6-0 (ret)
CHRIS EVERT beat CLAUDIA KOHDE-KILSCH 6-2, 6-4
JO DURIE beat STEFFI GRAF 3-6, 6-3, 9-7
PAM SHRIVER beat BARBARA POTTER 6-4, 6-3
HANA MANDLIKOVA beat HELENA SUKOVA 6-4, 6-1
beat ANNE HOBBS 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
KATHY JORDAN beat WENDY TURNBULL 6-2, 6-3
CARINA KARLSSON beat ANDREA TEMESVARI 6-4, 7-5
MARTINA NAVRATILOVA beat MANUELA MALEEVA-FRAGNIERE
CHRIS EVERT beat CARINA KARLSSON 6-2, 6-2
HANA MANDLIKOVA beat JO DURIE 6-1, 6-4
KATHY JORDAN beat PAM SHRIVER 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
MARTINA NAVRATILOVA beat KATHY JORDAN 6-3, 6-4
CHRIS EVERT beat HANA MANDLIKOVA 6-1, 6-2
MARTINA NAVRATILOVA beat CHRIS EVERT 7-6, 6-2
Maleeva was born in Sofia, the oldest of the three children of Yuliya Berberyan and Georgi Maleev. Her mother, who came from
an Armenian family, was the best Bulgarian tennis player in the 1960s. After she retired from professional tennis in the 1970s,
Berberyan started a coaching career. She coached all three of her daughters, Manuela, Katerina, and Magdalena, each of whom
became WTA top ten players.
In 1982, Maleeva won the junior French Open. Later that year, she made her debut on the senior tour and ended the year
ranked in the top 200.
In 1984, Maleeva won five tournaments and recorded wins over Chris Evert, Hana Mandlíková, Helena Suková,
Claudia Kohde-Kilsch, Wendy Turnbull, Kathy Jordan, and Zina Garrison Jackson. After winning the tournament in Indianapolis
, Maleeva rose to World No. 3 in the rankings. Once in the top ten, she did not leave it until 1992. Also in 1984, Maleeva
won her only Grand Slam title – in mixed doubles at the US Open with American Tom Gullikson.
In 1988, Maleeva won a bronze medal in singles at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul.
In 1992 and 1993, Maleeva registered her all-time best achievement in Grand Slam singles competition when she reached
the semifinals of the US Open both years (in 1992 after beating her sister, Magdalena, in the quarterfinals).
In 1994, Maleeva retired from professional tennis.
During her 12-year career, Maleeva won 19 WTA Tour singles titles, four doubles titles, and one mixed doubles title.
She teamed with Jakob Hlasek to help Switzerland win the Hopman Cup in 1992 and, while playing for Bulgaria,
twice reached the semifinals of Fed Cup (1985 and 1987).
Maleeva has been married since 1987 to retired Swiss tennis player François Fragniere.
They live near Lausanne and have two girls and a boy.
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