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Maggie Maleeva @ Wimbledon

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Ranked in the top 20 every year from 1992 to 1996, Maleeva was an unltra-consistent performer, without ever reaching the last four of a Grand Slam event. Youngest of the three tennis-playing Maleeva sisters, Maleeva won seven titles before undergoing shoulder surgery in 1998, but has done weel since returning to the tour. Has somehow got herself back into the top 20 of the WTA rankings with some solid showings, finihsing runner-up in Nice in February before picking up her eight title in Hungary in April. Probably too late to win a Grand Slam title, particularly with the women's game so strong now, but well capable on her day.

MATCH No.1

Magdalena Maleeva, seeded 12, from Bulgaria has beaten the Argentinian qualifier Clarisa Fernandez 6-0 6-2.

MATCH No.3

Magdalena Maleeva, the No. 12 seed in the Ladies' Singles, won against Amy Frazier in straight sets, 6-3 6-2.

In a match characterised by long baseline rallies, Maleeva was consistently too strong for Frazier. Once play resumed after a rain delay with Maleeva leading 4-1 in the first set, Frazier managed an early break to claw back to 4-3. However, Maleeva responded with some aggressive strokes to take the first set 6-3.

After querying a number of line calls at the beginning of the second set , Frazier became increasingly frustrated and handed Maleeva a 3-0 lead with a series of unforced errors. Maleeva duly built on that to take the second set comfortably, 6-2.


- Twelfth seed Magdelena Maleeva achieved her best Wimbledon performance when she outhit American Amy Frazier 6-3 6-2 to reach the last 16 on Friday.

Frazier's serve was not powerful enough to trouble the Bulgarian 26-year-old who was also a better exponent of the baseline chess the two played on court three.

Maleeva was 4-1 up when rain interrupted play for 85 minutes and the hiatus seemed to disturb her as Frazier, seeded 20th, broke back for 4-3.

But a double fault by the American 28-year-old, playing in her 12th Wimbledon, allowed Maleeva to take a 5-3 lead and a wide backhand return handed her the first set after 25 minutes.

Maleeva broke immediately in the second set after another Frazier double fault and went on to claim victory in 57 minutes.

Maleeva has reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam eight times - but never at Wimbledon - but has only made the quarter-finals once, at the U.S. Open in 1992.


MATCH No.4

Fifth seed Serena Williams was the first player to reach the women's Quarter-Finals when she outclassed Bulgaria's Magdalena Maleeva in 48 minutes, 6-2 6-1.

Williams, the 1999 US Open champion and Semi-Finalist here last year, guaranteed a packed Court 18 for her appearance there and delighted the spectators with a display of ferocious hitting.

Maleeva, aged 25 and the last of a trio of sisters who played the WTA circuit (Manuela and Katerina were the other two, now retired) was outgunned every time she was drawn into a rally and it was only the occasional Williams' errors that kept her in with even a faint hope.

Williams had won their two previous matches in straight sets and there was no possibility that Maleeva would end that dismal sequence. She was broken in the first game and only 23 minutes had gone when a Williams ace sealed the first set.

Another break of serve at the start of the second set was a blow from which Maleeva could not recover as Serena pounded down 11 aces altogether.