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Bulgarian National Championship Final: Maggie Maleeva def. Isabella Shinikova 6-4 6-4

22 years after her last win at the Bulgarian National Championship and 5 years after Maggie retired from professional tennis she returned to play just for fun and she eventually won the tournament. Yes most of the bulgarian top women tennis players don't play here like Tsveti Pironkova, Dia Evtimova, Elitsa Kostova and a lot more but she managed to beat some good club girls that are even in the WTA ranking. Today she played very good tennis especially in the second set. Keep on going Maggie. Love you.
The interesting thing is that she gave birth to two kids after she stoped playing and the last four years she haven't played tennis at all. In an interview she said that this year she trains 2-3 times a week, but doesn't plan a comeback but she might play quite more tournaments in Bulgaria. She misses tennis. This year she played the Wimbledon seniors with Anabel Croft and a month ago she played a exhibition match in Bulgaria win Boris Becker. They were a doubles team and it was quite entertaining.
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Here is a pic of Tsveti with the cup after the match.


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A pretty damn good result if she hasn't played in 5 years!

I'm still hoping for a comeback.....

Anyway - aren't we going to have like 5 or 6 new Maleeva siblings all playing in a few years time

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Re: Bulgarian National Championship Final: Maggie Maleeva def. Isabella Shinikova 6-4

I watched the last few minutes of it and she did play quite well. IMO, Maggie is not the kind of person who changes her opinions so I would rule out a comeback. She got two kids and is very active promoting the climate issues in Bulgaria.

Also, when she retired in 2005, she said herself it was lack of motivation not fitness that led to her first season outside the top 30 since 2000.
Still hoping to see her play at some point.


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Anyway - aren't we going to have like 5 or 6 new Maleeva siblings all playing in a few years time
That would be funny indeed.

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I watched the last few minutes of it and she did play quite well. IMO, Maggie is not the kind of person who changes her opinions so I would rule out a comeback. Also, she got two kids and is very active promoting the climate issues in Bulgaria.

Also, when she retired in 2005, she said herself it was lack of motivation not fitness that led to her first season outside the top 30 since 2000.
Still hoping to see her play at some point.


@Bulgaria: did you tape the match?
No I haven't. Sorry about that but hopefully some other did it.

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It's always great to hear Maggie is doing well
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I assumed that she never would be back on tour, but it's great seeing her playing and enjoying it

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22 years after her last win at the Bulgarian National Championship and 5 years after Maggie retired from professional tennis she returned to play just for fun and she eventually won the tournament. Yes most of the bulgarian top women tennis players don't play here like Tsveti Pironkova, Dia Evtimova, Elitsa Kostova and a lot more but she managed to beat some good club girls that are even in the WTA ranking.



Later I will post some photos with the trophy after the match.
Given how well Pironkova is playing right now, I doubt she could beat Maggie.

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I miss Maggie and the Maleeva clan.

Good to see her back playing tennis for enjoyment
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