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Archieve 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003


The year 2001 review - a short overview on one of the best years , that the Bulgarian tennis has had in the last decades. With a remarkable performance by Maggie Maleeva, and obvious progress in the play of Sessil Karatancheva, Tsvetana Pironkova, Todor Enev and Radoslav Lukaev, so to say ... the next generation is on its way => More
Teodora and Margaritha Mihnevas are one of the most famous families in Bulgaria; Teodora for being one of the best young Bulgarian tennis players (No.5 in the National rankings), and Margaritha - one of the most famous journalists in the Bulgarian media. Here is an intervew with the family, given for the daily newspaper "24 hours" =>More

Katerina Maleeva has always benn under the shadow of her sisters (at least she used to say that), but here is an article, which gives a clear view what a player Katya was. The Huston tournament in 1993 is one of the peaks in her career as a professional player, and her performace there is really admirable, there are not many players, that have done such thing. Well, enjoy =>More

18.01.02 Another magnificent performance by Maggie Maleeva - she is now in the fourth round of the Australian Open. Yesterday night, Magdalena defeated the 18th seeded Lisa Raymond in straight sets 7-5 6-1. With this win, she reaches her top performance in Australia - the fourth round. However, her opponent there will be the No.2 seeded Venus Williams of USA. The last time Maggie played vs Venus was in Nice, where she defeated her in two sets (a semifinal match, the result 7-6 6-4 for Maggie). Williams experienced some difficulties vs Hantuchova in the third round, so Maggie has all the chances to win, if she plays her top tennis. Here are the match statistics. As you see Magdalena dominated the game, made more winners, less unforced errors, no double faults and did great on the net.


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17.01.2001 Maggie Maleeva won her second round match vs Hrdlichkova. In a very tough match she defeated the 81 ranked Hrdlichkova in more than an hour and a half. More info about the match at the statistics or read brief article on her performance. In the doubles, she did great as well, teamed with Asa Carlson-Setevenso, they defeated the Aussie pair Grahame/Watson in two easy sets. Full info about the match on the www.ausopen.org. Tonight Maggie plays vs L. Raymond, the match is scheduled second at the Vodafone arena.
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Maggie wins for the first time since 1994

Maggie Maleeva won a match at the Australian open singles today, for the first time ever since 1994. In the first round of this years Grand Slam opening she defeated the young Swiss player M.G Mikaelian in straight sets - 6:3 6:4. Maggie is now the only Bulgarian as Lubomira Bacheva, D. Topalova, M. Gusheva and S. Kriventcheva all lost their qualifying matches.

The match of Maggie had spread in an hour and twenty minutes, she was serving better, playing more defensively (less winners 15 to 21 of Mikaelian, but also less unforced errors 25 to 42). Click the full statistics. Her next opponent will be K. Hrdlichkova of the Chech Republic. The last time they played (US Open'01) Maggie defeated her hollow in straight sets 6-1 6-2. And the toughest opponent in this part of the draw, excluding V. Williams, Marry Pierce had retired. So let's hope Maggie will do well down under

01.02.2002 Maggie Maleeva is out of the Toray Pan Pacific. She lost in straight sets to Tamarine Tansugarn of Thailand.

After a great performance at the Australian Open, Maggie Maleeva is now playing at the Toray Pan Pacific, a Tier I event, in Tokyo, Japan. Maggie Maleeva is seeded 6th (due to her new ranking, she is No. 14 in the world, Well done Maggie). Her first round opponent was Daja Bedanova a very promising young player, however, not good enough for Magdalena Maleeva. Maggie defeated her in straight sets 6-4 6-4. In the next round she will be playing vs Tamarine Tansugarn. There have been two meetings between Maleeva and Tansugarn, both in favour of Tansugarn, the last match T. Tansugarn won at the 2001 Australian Open. But there is always a first time for everything. Maggie's draw in not very easy, her probable 1/4 opponent will be Martina Hingis, who is doing always well in Tokyo.

Maggie Maleeva faces D. Hantuchova in the first round of the Open gaz de France in Paris this week. Maggie had played vs Hantuchova only once - in the begining of this year in Sydney. She lost, but the match was quite close. Maggie's draw is a bit hard, eventually A. Mauresmo in the 1/4 finals, and Venus Williams in the 1/2 finals.

Maggie lost in the first round of the singles, but is doing great in the doubles. She is paired with Dokic of Serbia, they are seeded 4th. In the quarterfinals, they defeated Reeves/Weingaertner 7-6 6-2. Next are Dechy/Tu. Meanwhile, the draw at the "Proximus Dimond Games" in Antwerpen is out. Maggie Maleeva faces in the first round M. Sucha. She is in the Justin Henin's part of the draw.

Wow, a great first round result for Maggie, she beat Sucha in straight sets 6-1 6-1 and she will take on M. Tu of the United States in the second round. They play on Court 1, the match begins at 12:00 CET. She is in the doubles as well, she plays together with Schnyder and they face Osterloh/Weingaertner on Court 2.

Maggie goes through to the quarterfinals of the Proximus Dimond Games, she defeated M. Tu in straight sets 6-4 6-3 and now she will be playing vs the native J. Henin for a place in the semifinals. The match begins at 19 o'clock CET.

p>Maggie Maleeva is playing this week at the NASDAQ-100 Open in Key Biscane (USA). In the first round, being seeded 16th, she got a bye. She is also in the doubles, paired with Asa Svensson. Lubomira Bacheva was playing in the qualifications of the event, however lost in the first round. In USA, in La Canada ($25 000) are playing another three Bulgarians - D. Topalova and S. Kriventcheva in the main draw of the singles and the doubles, and M. Gusheva in the qualifications. Meanwhile, Orlin Stnoytchev got another first round lost - this time in Hamilton, New Zealand. Todor Enev is also on the tour, he is playing in a Future ($15 000) event in France this week.

Maggie went through to the third round of the Key Biskane event. In the second round she beat, the 1997 Roland Garos winner Iva Majoli. If you take look at the statistics, you can see that Maggie was the better player in any facet. She is still to play her first round doubles match. All other Bulgarian players lost their first round matches in the other tournaments of the week

Bacheva advances at the Budapest Open. Lubomira Bacheva did very well in the first round of the Budapest Open. In the first round of the singles, she defeated in straight sets the No.7 seeded Bovina of Russia. The first set went to a tie-break, Bacheva mobilized herself and won it 7-6 (7-1), the second went also a tough way, but Bacheva prooved to be the better player, winning it 6-4. In the second round, Bacheva awaits Oblizer, a qualifyer of Israel.

Bacheva reaches the first 1/4 of the year. Luba is doing great so far in Budapest, where in the second round she upset Oblizer in three sets 3-6 6-4 6-0. Luba qualifyed for the double's quarterfinal as well.

Luba was upset today in the quarterfinals of the Budapest Open. She had a three set match vs Casanova, which she lost 6-3 1-6 1-6. However, she ist still in the main event of the doubles - she had reached the semifinals.

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September 2002

In Sofia's ITF ($25 000) event, Dessislava Topalova (the 1998 Champion) was beaten in three tough sets. "I had no power in the third set at all, I have had a cold for two days, and in some moments of the match, I coulnd't breathe" - said Topalova after the match

Maggie Maleeva scored first round victories both in singles and doubles. In the first round of the singles, she mauled J. Steck in straight sets, and in the second round meets another qualifyer - the Dutchwoman van Exel. In the doubles, she and her partner Glas overpassed their opponents in three sets, 6-0 3-6 7-6(2).

Kriventcheva is not playing in Tokiyo as reported (misspelling of the Kusnetzova's name in the official web-site of the Princes Cup), but in Columbus, Usa ($75 000). In Biella, Italy ($50 000) Lubomira Bacheva posted a great first match win over Eva Bes, giving just a game to her opponent. A full set of Bulgarians are presented in Luxemburg, Luxemburg ($25 000) - Maria Geznenge (seeded 7th), Radoslava Topalova and Antoaneta Pandgerova. Ivailo Traykov was also victorious, he passed the first round in Instambul ($75 000).


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If there were a section "Player of the month", this month's player would have been surely Tzvetana Pironkova.The 15 year old Pironkova did great this week at te Volos, Greece ($10 000). She passed two rounds of the qualifying event, to enter the main draw. However, her draw was not the best one - first round match vs the No.1 player Mondani of Italy. Pironkova, however, played well to beat her in three sets. This is virtually the only match, when she lost a set. All matches to follow were won in straight sets, and only in the final, she had to win a tie-break to win the tournament. Among all achievments, Pironkova is also one of the youngest players to win the Bulgarian Indoor Championships (at 12 years and some months).

Maggie Maleeva started well this week. In Moscow, Russia ($1.220.000) she beat A. Smashnova in straight sets 6-1 6-2. She is playing today the doubles (with A. Carslon-Svensonn) vs E. Poutchek/E. Tatarkova. The match is scheduled last on court 3. Tomorrow the "dangerous Maleeva" (as quoted from www.sanexwta.com) will face V. Williams for a place in the quarterfinals.

GREAT DONE MAGGIE!!! Maggie Maleeva played a great match to upset the No.1 seeded Venus Williams (WTA No.2) in the second round of the Kremlin Cup in Russia. Maggie was first to serve, she served very well and took the first game of the match, without any hardships, the following game, she had her first breakpoint, however, couldn't convert it. The third game, Maggie served well again and won it easy. Venus, however, started to play very well and won the following five games, with Maggie missing some of the important shots. Venus took the first set 6-2. Maggie opened the second set as well, won the first game, Venus won her service game as well. After that, Maggie was absolutely predominating, forcing Venus to hit more and more balls out. Maggie won the five games to follow in less than 25 minutes, and thus the second set 6-1. The third set was a most tough and close one, it ended with a tie-break. Venus served the first point, which Maggie won. However, Venus made two mini-breaks straight after. Magdalena concentrated and as a result, she was 6-2 up against Venus. Having 4 matchballs and two serves, she managed to win the match at 7-3. For full statistics of the match click here or visit the official site of the tournament.

Maggie did it again !!! She won in straight sets 7-5 6-4 vs Mauresmo!


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Maggie is enjoying one of her best performances this year. After the impressive second round win over Venus Williams, she is now in the semifinals, beating the Frenchwoman Nataly Dechy in straight sets 6-4 6-2. For a place in the final, Maggie will play another French, the third seeded Amelie Mauresmo. They had played three times, all were won by Amelie, but the toughest match was two years ago, here at the "Kremlin Cup". The surface is one of Maggie's favourite, so let's hope for a great match.

What a great week for Maggie! She is the new Kremlin Cup Champion. Maggie did everything right, even things believed to be unpossible, to win her first Tier I event in many years. And she did it in the most convincing way - in the first round mauled A. Smashnova 6-2 6-1, then the big challenge - Venus Williams 2-6 6-1 7-6(3), Dechy 6-4 6-2, the "unpassable" Mauresmo 7-5 6-4, and the final vs Davenport 5-7 6-3 7-6(4).

Maggie was broken in the first game of the match, straight after Davenport easily won her own service game. Maggie concentrated and started the way, she played in the previous stages of the tournament. Until 4-5 for Davenport, they both managed to hold serve. Then Magdalena came to a break point, which she converted to equal 5-5. However, she couldn't hold her own serve and was broken straight back. Winning her own serve, Davenport won also the set. In the second set Maleeva started very well and managed an early break, which she could hold to eventually win the second set 6-3. She broke Lindsey in the third game of the set to lead 2-1. However, Lindsey broke back and won her service game. After the fifth game the score was 3-2 for Davenport. From that point on, the match was a real test for Maggie's mental strength. She was always to catch up with Lindsey. She did it great and made it to a tie-break. Lindsey won her first tie-break point with an ace, than Maggie got her the two point on her serve. After that Maggie was quite dominating, and except for the double fault she made, she was the one to win points. At 6-3, she got her three match points, and eventually conveted the second one to win "Kremlin Cup"

The match lasted exactly two hours. Maggie was going for her serves and a result she managed to make 4 aces, but she also made many doubles faults - 7 (compared to 0 in Mauresmo's match). Her returns were as fabulous as in the previous matches and Lindsey was surely thinking "Wow, how did she get it there". She won seven points returning. Her net play was really good, won 55% of the net approaches (5 points) and she was not making unforced errors (two times less than Lindsey's). What was great in the match was that Magdalena was playing very aggressive and was going for most of the points. She was running back and forth the court, but it was worth it. If not the best point, but one of the most interesting, was when Lindsey made a drop shot, Maggie was too far away from the ball. Lindsey turned as thoush she had already won the point, but Maggie run so swift, that she virtually hitted the ball and thus won the point. Full statistics.

"To beat two top ten players in one week is just great. This could be the best week in my career, if I win tomorrow" - said Maggie yesterday. And she deserves to be happy now, because she did it. As a reward she will jump up the rankings an be back in the top 20, also she has now chances of qualifying for the Porsche Race Championships.Read it all in Bulgarian

Maggie is victorious again. In the first round of the "Masters" in Los Angelis, she upset the 7th seeded Hantuchova in straight sets. Maggie did very well the first set, played better with less unforced errors and thus won it 6-2. However, she started making too many unforced errors in the beginning of the second one and virtually was lead 4-1 by Hantuchova. That was the right moment for Maggie to fix her game, and she managed to equal 4-4 and even to lead 5-4. However, serving for the match, she was broken. Then followed the longest game of the match - Maggie had some break balls, but never managed to convert one, until she hit a ball on the line and thus succeeded in breaking. The umpire called it out (and they have shown afterwards on the TV, that it wasn't out, but on the line). And Maggie had to save some gameballs, but afterall converted the break. It was a matter of time for her to win the match. 6-2 7-5 was the final score.

The best point of the match, was when after a long raley, Maggie did a drop shot, which Hantuchova managed to hit, the ball hit the net and went in an extremly difficult angle, exactly on the line. Hantuchova fisted and cheered, but Maggie did run and hit the ball into the court. Only the amazed (and not spare disappointed) look on the Hantuchova face remained.Take a look at the stats of the match

Bacheva won the double's title in a $50 000 event in France, this is third title Bacheva for the last 40 days


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