Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere
SANEX WTA RANKINGS (SEASON-ENDING, SINGLES)
1993-11*; 1992-9; 1991-10; 1990-9; 1989-9; 1988-6; 1987-8; 1986-8; 1986-8; 1985-7; 1984-6; 1983-31; 1982-60; 1981-NR

*Ranking at final appearance at Osaka (February 13) was No. 9; last appeared on rankings May 2, 1994 at No. 5
HIGHEST SINGLES RANKING
No. 3 (February 4-17, 1985)
GRAND SLAM (SINGLES) HISTORY
                94  93  92  91  90  89  88  87  86  85  84  83  82
AUSTRALIAN      QF  4r  QF  2r  -   -   -   4r  -   QF  -   -   2r
ROLAND GARROS   -   3r  3r  2r  QF  QF  3r  QF  3r  QF  4r  3r  2r
WIMBLEDON       -   2r  3r  -   1r  -   1r  2r  4r  4r  QF  2r  2r
UNITED STATES   -   SF  SF  4r  QF  QF  QF  4r  QF  4r  1r  3r  3r
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS - SINGLES
WINNER: 1994 - Osaka; 1993 - Linz, Zurich; 1992 - Bayonne; 1991 - Linz, European Open, Bayonne; 1989 - Indian Wells, European Open; 1988 - Wichita, Phoenix; 1987 - Mahwah, Charleston; 1985 - Pan Pacific; 1984 - U.S. Clay Courts, Pan Pacific, Italian Open, Tokyo [Lions Cup], Swiss Open. ITF 1981 - Lece (Italiy), Katania (Italy)
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS - DOUBLES
WINNER: 1993 - Amelia Island (w/Meskhi); 1991 - Linz (w/Reggi); 1987 - Belgian Open (w/Bunge); 1985 - U.S. Clay Courts (w/K. Maleeva); 1984 - US Open mixed doubles (w/Gulikson)
ADDITIONAL
Bulgarian Olympic Team 1988. Swiss Olympic Team 1992. Bulgarian Fed Cup Team 1983-87, 89. Swiss Fed Cup Team 1991-92.
CAREER IN REVIEW
* Last tournament competition was 1994 Osaka, Japan, which she won (19th career singles title) by defeating Iva Majoli 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 in final
* Made 41 Grand Slam singles appearances
* Had 477 match victories during career, a match-wins percentage of .718
* Defeated Martina Navratilova in final of 1993 Zurich; first win over Navratilova in last five matches
* Earned a spot in Virginia Slims Championships every year from 1985-93
* Tore a tendon and chipped a bone in little finger of left hand when catching a ball during warm-ups for first-round 1993 US Open doubles match; was still able to upset Conchita Martinez in fourth round and Kimiko Date in quarterfinals before falling to Steffi Graf in semifinals
* Made Grand Slam history with sisters Katerina and Magdalena by all being seeded at 1993 Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon; also made tennis history by becoming the first three sisters to reach fourth round of the same Grand Slam tournament (Roland Garros); repeated feat at US Open; 1990 Roland Garros marked first time in tennis history that three sisters appeared in main draw of a Grand Slam event; marked second time Manuela and Katerina both reached quarterfinals of same Grand Slam event, first time being at 1988 US Open; when sister Magdalena won San Marino in 1992, became first trio of sisters to all win professional tennis tournaments; in 1992, made tennis history with two sisters when all three ranked in world's Top 15
* Defeated Wiltrud Probst in 1992 Barcelona quarterfinals to reach 400-mark in match wins (19th player to do so)
* Bronze medal winner in singles at 1988 Seoul Olympics
* Had career wins over Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, Gabriela Sabatini, Mary Joe Fernandez, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, Jana Novotna and Zina Garrison Jackson
* Was coached by husband Francois Fragniere
* Began playing when 6 years old
AWARDS/ACCOMPLISHMENTS
* 1992 Tennis Magazine Comeback Player of the Year and 1984 WTA TOUR Most Impressive Newcomer Award
* In 1982, won Roland Garros Juniors and European 18s
* In 1981, won Orange Bowl 14s
PESONAL
Married Francois Fragniere November 28, 1987; he formerly coached the Swiss junior boys team and was a highly ranked Swiss player; mother, Youlia Berberian, was national champion of Bulgaria nine times and father, George, is an electronics professor who played basketball for the Bulgarian National Team; has two sisters, Katerina and Magdalena (Maggie) who also play on the tour...Enjoys movies, classic novels, horseback riding, snow skiing and ice skating...Considers her greatest obstacle was coming from a country that was unknown for its tennis feats....Career highlights, in her own words, Were 'winning bronze medal at 1988 Olympics and first-time defeat of Martina Navratilova.'
 
Residence St. Legier, Switzerland
Date of Birth February 14, 1967
Birthplace Sofia, Bulgaria
Height 5'8'' (1.73 m)
Weight 127 lbs. (57 k)
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Status Pro 1982/Retired February 1994
Sanex WTA Tour singles titles 19
Sanex WTA Tour doubles titles 4
Grand Slam titles 1 (mixed doubles)
ITF Women's Circuit singles titles 2
Career Prize Money $3,244,811
Career Win Loss Record 477-187

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