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Mirjana Lucic - what went wrong with her career?

Out of curiosity, I checked her profile @ WTA site and I'm so impressed with her beginnings:

1997 - Unranked and a WC qualifier, won first WTA Tour event she played, Bol; upset No. 10 Coetzer in SF; became fifth youngest player to win a title at age 15 years, 1 month and 25 days (Austin, Rinaldi, Jaeger and Capriati were younger); reached final of second career event on WTA Tour at Strasbourg; before even having a ranking and as a qualifier, d. seeds Wiesner (world No. 19) and Tauziat (world No. 22) en route to final, where she fell to Graf 62 75; following final, Graf said of Lucic, 'I was not nearly as good as she is at 15.'; in Fed Cup, led Croatia to a 4-1 win over Austria with wins over Wiesner and Schett and won the doubles match
1998 - Playing in first WTA Tour doubles event, became youngest player in history to win a title at Australian Open, capturing the doubles title at age 15 years, 10 months and 21 days; entered as a WC team with first-time partner Hingis, d. the No. 1, 2, 8 and 9 seeds and came back from down 0-3 in the third set in the final; the title was Lucic's first Grand Slam crown, and she became the first player to win both the first singles and first doubles events she played on the WTA Tour (first singles event was 1997 Bol); playing in second Tour doubles event at Tokyo [Pan Pacific], won second title with Hingis after playing through qualifying to reach the main draw; at 1998 Bol, became the youngest player ever to defend a title on the WTA Tour at age 16 years, 1 month and 24 days, picking up second career singles title; ousted top seed Kruger in the SF and No. 5 seed Morariu in final; also teamed with Kruger to reach doubles final; reached first Tier I SF on Tour at Italian Open, including a win over world No. 6 and defending champion Pierce; fell in SF to world No. 1 Hingis, ending an 11-match winning streak; reached mixed doubles final at Wimbledon; in Fed Cup, won both singles matches in Croatia's win over Japan in the 1r
1999 - As world No. 134, reached SF at Wimbledon with wins over No. 4 seed Seles (career-best win) and No. 8 seed Tauziat (came back from down 3-5 in third set) before falling to No. 2 seed Graf in 3s; lowest-ranked player to reach a Grand Slam SF since the start of computer rankings in 1975; ranking jumped 87 spots to No. 47 following Wimbledon; ousted No. 13 seed Schnyder en route to a 3r finish at Canadian Open, falling in 3s to No. 9-ranked Coetzer; upset No. 17 seed Van Roost to reach 3r at Miami

It looked like she would had a bright future ahead of her. But what happened? Only injuries?

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Her dad was an extreme tennis father and was often abusive, to the point that Mirjana and the rest of her family were forced to escape through a hotel window in the middle of the night.

It's an awful story, similar to that of Linetskaya, but at least Miki has rebounded.

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it's a long story. the short version is that her dad abused her, she escaped to the states, she was depressed, she gained weight and lost all confidence, and it was just a downward spiral from there. you can probably google a good article on it

if i remember correctly, the french tennis federation also accused her of doping and banned her from playing in france for a while, but the wta reversed that decision because she had already gotten tour authorization to take the relevant anti-depression medication (not 100% on the facts)

ugh, why do they all suck????????
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Her dad was an extreme tennis father and was often abusive, to the point that Mirjana and the rest of her family were forced to escape through a hotel window in the middle of the night.
The peak with her dad was after her loss to Graf in that Wimbledon SF...He has thrown all her trophies out of her room and all her stuff...just remember this awful story!
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The peak with her dad was after her loss to Graf in that Wimbledon SF...He has thrown all her trophies out of her room and all her stuff...just remember this awful story!
no, she escaped from her father in 1998
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yeah, that wasn't after the graf loss.
i do remember one about him beating her with a shoe is a bathtub after losing to a boy who was 2 years older than her

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yes she left Croatia with only 20 000$ and was in problems.
Also she had some injuries and never picked her game after 1999.
Also anti-depression medication took a lot.
It was hard for her to go trough everything with father and she fell in a depression. Also IMG didn't wanted to support her anymore after she fell in rankings and in a moment she was out for 5 years.
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there was also a lawsuit with IMG which i'm pretty sure she won...

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there was also a lawsuit with IMG which i'm pretty sure she won...
they settled on. she was asking for few milions or something.
on the end she can live at academy and the flat is hers, also can use everything there(courts, gym...)
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http://www.outsports.com/forums/inde...howtopic=37569

Amazing article here. Must read.
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Mirjana says her father, who declined to answer questions about the alleged abuse, would typically beat her with a heavy Timberland shoe, around her head and back so that there would be visible marks. "Sometimes my head would hurt so much I couldn't brush my hair for a week," Mirjana says. He would throw trophies and racquets, but the most chilling moment, Lucic says, came when she was 14, after a junior clay-court tournament in Milan. Mirjana had fallen during a training session and suffered nasty scrapes on her knees and head. She was so banged up doctors suggested she skip the tournament, but she played and made it to the semis before losing.

She drove home with her father to the family's apartment in Zagreb, a few hours from the family's house in the seaside town of Makarska. When they arrived, she says her father - a former Olympic decathlete - hauled her into the bathroom, put her in the bathtub and beat her for 40 minutes with his shoe. When he was done, he gave her money.

"He told me to go out and buy an ice cream," Lucic says. She did.

ugh, why do they all suck????????
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OK, I didn't like her before but now I'm officialy a supporter! Wow what a monster I hope he dies

The belief that man is an irresolute creature pulled this way and that by two forces of equal strength, alternately winning and losing the battle for his soul; the conviction that human life is nothing more than an uncertain struggle between heaven and hell; the faith in two opposed entities, Satan and Christ - all this was bound to engender those internal discords in which the mind, excited by the incessant fighting, stimulated as it were by the constant promises and threats, ends up by giving in and prostitutes itself to whichever of the two combatants has been more obstinate in its pursuit. Life isn't black and white, it's gold.
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OK, I didn't like her before but now I'm officialy a supporter! Wow what a horrible guy I hope he dies
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omg thats a really sad story
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But that's all behind her. Today she's a postive person again and enjoys life.
Here is a part of a interview from last year, when she was not as good:

"I'm doing the right things. I have surrounded myself with positive people. The hard part is being patient and waiting for those results, but I missed tennis like you can't imagine. I would kill to be at Wimbledon again and feel that energy on that stage.
"This is about me now and no one else. If I didn't love it so much, I would have stayed away and lived my life and been fine. But I am so happy to be back. I am loving tennis again.
"I am loving life again."

She loves the sport, she cares a lot and every win is big for her.

Also what she said today:
“After so many years, every match was like winning Wimbledon for me. I was
so focussed. I have a couple of strained muscles but I was fighting....
I’m hard on myself so now I’m proud of myself to go from the smallest tournaments
all the way to Wimbledon, without getting any wild cards. I would
drive by the main site every day and tell myself ‘I’m getting there,
I’m getting there’, and now I’m going there!”
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