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With no doubt, the 2001 will remain in the history of the Bulgarian Tennis as the year of Magdalena Maleeva. Because she was the only one competitor in this sport, to end the season as the No.16 player in the world, and to qualify for the most importan tournament - the "Master's". She has a title as well (in Budapest), 2 finals (Nice and Leipzig) and 6 semifinals, wins over the Wimbledon Champion Venus Williams, the Belgiun star Justin Henin, the Russian Elena Dementieva and the veterans Aratnxa Sances-Vicario and Natali Tauziat. Two times she is close to a win over the No.1 Martina Hingis (in Filderstadt and in Tokio). The Bulgarian finished the season among the top 20 for the first time since 1996, having only one better final ranking in her career (1995 - No.6, than she had three titles and six finals). Despite the tough competition, Maleeva succeeded in playing the remarkable 59 matches (a record in her career) and to take part in 25 tournament, 17 of which on her fave surface - indoors. For the first time since 1993, she took part in all four Grand Slams, besting her performance at Wimbledon (1/8 final). Another players, a good year had Sessil Karatancheva and Diya Evtimova. While Nola and Bacheva went out of the top 100, Diya finished the year as No.2 in the Girls U14 ranking of ETA, No.5 U16 and No.216 U18. In December Diya also signed a contract with the manage agency SM&C ans is to train in Belgium, by the coach of the world No.7 Justin Henin - Karlos Rodriges. The 12 year old Sessil won the title at "Oragne Bowl" in Coral Gables in Florida. This matches the fourth Bulgarian to win a title at Orange Bowl - Manuela Maleeva (14), Maggie Maleeva (12) and Todor Enev (18). This year our "Fed Cup" team was close to falling into the II group of the Euro-Africa zone, but despite the