Corina Morariu

Corina Morariu

Corina Morariu
Country (sports)  United States
Residence Boca Raton, Florida, United States
Born (1978-01-26) January 26, 1978
Detroit, Michigan, United States
Turned pro 1994
Retired 2007
Prize money $1,733,916
Singles
Career record 160–134
Career titles 1 WTA, 5 ITF
Highest ranking No. 29 (24 August 1998)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (1998)
French Open 2R (1998, 2000, 2003)
Wimbledon 3R (1998, 1999)
US Open 2R (1997)
Doubles
Career record 248–158
Career titles 13 WTA, 9 ITF
Highest ranking No. 1 (3 April 2000)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open F (2001, 2005)
French Open SF (2005)
Wimbledon W (1999)
US Open QF (1999, 2002, 2005, 2007)

Corina Morariu (born January 26, 1978) is a retired Romanian American professional tennis player.

Morariu (pronounced: mo-RA-R'ju) was born in Detroit, Michigan, and turned professional in 1994. Mainly known as a doubles specialist, she won the women's doubles title at Wimbledon in 1999 with Lindsay Davenport. She also won the mixed doubles title at the 2001 Australian Open with Ellis Ferreira. She reached the Australian Open women's doubles final with Davenport in 2005. She also reached the world No. 1 ranking in doubles in 2000.[1]

In 2001, Morariu was diagnosed with leukemia and began a program of chemotherapy.[2] During this time, Jennifer Capriati dedicated her 2001 French Open victory to Morariu. She also received an inspirational letter from Lance Armstrong, a cancer survivor.[3] After recovering from cancer, along with shoulder surgery, Morariu was largely restricted to doubles play.[1] The WTA then created the Corina Comeback Award, which was presented to Morariu by Capriati.[4]

Morariu retired from the tour in 2007. She is an International Sports Ambassador for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and has released a memoir titled Living Through the Racket: How I Survived Leukemia...and Rediscovered My Self.[4] Following her retirement, she began working as a commentator for Tennis Channel.[5]

Contents

  • Major finals 1
    • Grand Slam finals 1.1
      • Doubles: 3 (1–2) 1.1.1
  • WTA Tour Finals 2
    • Singles 4 (1–3) 2.1
    • Doubles 20 (13–7) 2.2
  • Women's doubles performance timeline 3
  • Awards 4
  • References 5

Major finals

Grand Slam finals

Doubles: 3 (1–2)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponent in final Score in final
Winner 1999 Wimbledon Grass Lindsay Davenport Mariaan de Swardt
Elena Tatarkova
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 2001 Australian Open Hard Lindsay Davenport Serena Williams
Venus Williams
6–2, 2–6, 6–4
Runner-up 2005 Australian Open Hard Lindsay Davenport Svetlana Kuznetsova
Alicia Molik
6–3, 6–4

WTA Tour Finals

Corina Morariu hitting a forehand

Singles 4 (1–3)

Legend: Before 2009 Legend: Starting in 2009
Grand Slam tournaments (0/0)
Olympic Gold (0/0)
WTA Championships (0/0)
Tier I (0/0) Premier Mandatory (0/0)
Tier II (0/0) Premier 5 (0/0)
Tier III (0/1) Premier (0/0)
Tier IV & V (1/2) International (0/0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. April 28, 1997 Bol Clay Mirjana Lučić 7–5, 6–7(7–9), 7–6(7–5)
Runner-up 2. April 19, 1998 Tokyo (Japan Open) Hard Ai Sugiyama 6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 3. April 27, 1998 Bol Clay Mirjana Lučić 6–2, 6–4
Winner 1. April 26, 1999 Bol Clay Julie Halard-Decugis 6–2, 6–0

Doubles 20 (13–7)

Legend: Before 2009 Legend: Starting in 2009
Grand Slam tournaments (1/2)
Olympic Gold (0/0)
WTA Championships (0/0)
Tier I (1/2) Premier Mandatory (0/0)
Tier II (3/2) Premier 5 (0/0)
Tier III (7/1) Premier (0/0)
Tier IV & V (1/0) International (0/0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. April 20, 1997 Tokyo (Japan Open) Hard Kerry-Anne Guse Alexia Dechaume-Balleret
Rika Hiraki
6–4, 6–2
Winner 1. November 23, 1997 Pattaya City Hard Kristine Kunce Florencia Labat
Dominique Monami
6–3, 6–4
Winner 2. January 9, 1999 Gold Coast Hard Larisa Neiland Kristine Kunce
Irina Spîrlea
6–3, 6–4
Winner 3. April 18, 1999 Tokyo (Japan Open) Hard Kimberly Po Kerry-Anne Guse
Catherine Barclay
6–3, 6–2
Winner 4. June 14, 1999 Birmingham Grass Larisa Neiland Inés Gorrochategui
Alexandra Fusai
6–4, 6–4
Winner 5. July 4, 1999 Wimbledon Grass Lindsay Davenport Mariaan de Swardt
Elena Tatarkova
6–4, 6–4
Winner 6. August 1, 1999 Stanford Hard Lindsay Davenport Anna Kournikova
Elena Likhovtseva
6–4, 6–4
Winner 7. August 8, 1999 San Diego Hard Lindsay Davenport Venus Williams
Serena Williams
6–4, 6–1
Winner 8. February 27, 2000 Oklahoma City Hard (i) Kimberly Po Tamarine Tanasugarn
Elena Tatarkova
6–4, 4–6, 6–2
Winner 9. March 19, 2000 Indian Wells Hard Lindsay Davenport Anna Kournikova
Natasha Zvereva
6–2, 6–3
Winner 10. May 7, 2000 Bol Clay Julie Halard-Decugis Katarina Srebotnik
Tina Križan
6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 2. May 14, 2000 Berlin Clay Amanda Coetzer Aranxta Sanchez-Vicario
Conchita Martinez
3–6, 6–2, 7–6(9–7)
Winner 11. October 9, 2000 Tokyo (Japan Open) Hard Julie Halard-Decugis Tina Križan
Katarina Srebotnik
6–1, 6–2
Runner-up 3. January 15, 2001 Australian Open Hard Lindsay Davenport Serena Williams
Venus Williams
6–2, 2–6, 6–4
Runner-up 4. November 7, 2004 Phildaelphia Hard (i) Liezel Huber Lisa Raymond
Alicia Molik
7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 5. January 17, 2005 Australian Open Hard Lindsay Davenport Svetlana Kuznetsova
Alicia Molik
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 6. February 1, 2005 Tokyo (Pan Pacific) Carpet (i) Lindsay Davenport Janette Husárová
Elena Likhovtseva
6–4, 6–3
Winner 12. January 17, 2006 Sydney Hard Rennae Stubbs Paola Suárez
Virginia Ruano Pascual
6–3, 5–7, 6–2
Winner 13. September 17, 2006 Bali Hard Lindsay Davenport Natalie Grandin
Trudi Musgrave
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 7. October 29, 2006 Linz Hard (i) Katarina Srebotnik Lisa Raymond
Samantha Stosur
6–3, 6–0

Women's doubles performance timeline

Tournament 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A 2R 2R 2R SF F A A 3R F 1R 1R 0 / 9 19–9
French Open A 1R 1R 3R 2R A A A 1R A SF A 1R 0 / 7 7–7
Wimbledon A 1R 2R 2R W A A A 1R A 2R A 1R 1 / 7 9–6
US Open A 3R 1R 1R QF A A QF 1R 2R QF 2R QF 0 / 10 16–10
Win–Loss 0–0 2–3 2–4 4–4 11–3 4–1 5–1 3–1 0–3 3–2 13–4 1–2 3–4 1 / 33 51–32
Year-End Championship
Tour Championships A A A A SF A A A A A A A A 0 / 1 1–1
Year-End Ranking
Ranking 187 81 66 49 6 14 57 78 156 24 15 34 76

Awards

  • The Corina Comeback Award (established by the WTA and named after her; she was the first recipient)[4]
  • The 2002 WTA Tour Comeback Player of the Year Award[4]

References

  1. ^ a b DeSimone, Bonnie (26 March 2007). "Corina Morariu happy to be on tour". ESPN. Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Banerjee, Sudeshna (28 July 2009). "Corina Morariu: The Braveheart Who Defied Death". Bleacherreport.com. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  3. ^ DeSimone, Bonnie (26 May 2002). "She won't stay down for long". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d "WTA Profile". wtatennis.com. Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
  5. ^ Thurmond, Sarah (12 February 2010). "Q&A With Corina Morariu, Cancer Survivor and Former Pro". tennis.com. Retrieved 19 March 2012.