Corina Morariu : biography
Corina Morariu (born January 26, 1978 in Detroit, Michigan) is a retired American professional tennis player of Romanian heritage.
Morariu (pronounced: mo-RA-R'ju) 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.
In 2001, Morariu was diagnosed with leukemia and began a program of chemotherapy. 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. After recovering from cancer, along with shoulder surgery, Morariu was largely restricted to doubles play. The WTA then created the Corina Comeback Award, which was presented to Morariu by Capriati.
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. Following her retirement, she began working as a commentator for Tennis Channel.
Women's doubles performance timeline
|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|
|Tour Championships||A||A||A||A||SF||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 1||1–1|
Corina Morariu hitting a forehand.
- The Corina Comeback Award (established by the WTA and named after her; she was the first recipient)
- The 2002 WTA Tour Comeback Player of the Year Award
Grand Slam finals
Doubles: 3 (1–2)
|Outcome||Year||Championship||Surface||Partner||Opponent in final||Score in final|
|Winner||1999||Wimbledon||Grass||USA}} Lindsay Davenport||RSA}} Mariaan de Swardt Elena Tatarkova||6–4, 6–4|
|Runner-up||2001||Australian Open||Hard||USA}} Lindsay Davenport||USA}} Serena Williams Venus Williams||6–2, 2–6, 6–4|
|Runner-up||2005||Australian Open||Hard||USA}} Lindsay Davenport||RUS}} Svetlana Kuznetsova Alicia Molik||6–3, 6–4|
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