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Bulgaria
Oct 1st, 2010, 09:09 AM
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. :hearts:
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.
Here is a photo of her:

http://www.tenniskafe.com/images/stories/bgtennis/maleeva10.jpg

Here is a pic of Tsveti with the cup after the match. :)

http://www.tenniskafe.com/images/stories/bgtennis/maleeva12.jpg

tennis-insomniac
Oct 1st, 2010, 09:11 AM
:worship:

Anabelcroft
Oct 1st, 2010, 09:19 AM
Just love Maleeva sisters!

scandic78
Oct 1st, 2010, 09:29 AM
A pretty damn good result if she hasn't played in 5 years! :eek:

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 :lol:

crazillo
Oct 1st, 2010, 09:47 AM
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.


@Bulgaria: did you tape the match?

crazillo
Oct 1st, 2010, 09:49 AM
Anyway - aren't we going to have like 5 or 6 new Maleeva siblings all playing in a few years time :lol:

That would be funny indeed. :lol:

Bulgaria
Oct 1st, 2010, 10:11 AM
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. :)

Direwolf
Oct 1st, 2010, 10:26 AM
And it is on Clay1

Juanes
Oct 1st, 2010, 10:27 AM
congrats to her! :)

Beat
Oct 1st, 2010, 10:30 AM
:inlove:

propi
Oct 1st, 2010, 10:50 AM
It's always great to hear Maggie is doing well :bounce:
I loved her beating of Lindsay to grab the awesome Moscow tournament :hearts:

galadriel
Oct 1st, 2010, 12:15 PM
Congrats :kiss:

QueenBee
Oct 1st, 2010, 12:48 PM
Maggie :bowdown:

I assumed that she never would be back on tour, but it's great seeing her playing and enjoying it ;)

Congratulations Maggie!

Patrick345
Oct 1st, 2010, 01:15 PM
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.

http://www.tenniskafe.com/images/stories/bgtennis/maleeva10.jpg

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. :tape: :lol:

TS
Oct 1st, 2010, 03:09 PM
I miss Maggie and the Maleeva clan.

Good to see her back playing tennis for enjoyment :)

spiceboy
Oct 1st, 2010, 04:40 PM
Maleeva is still younger than (not only Date) but also than Craybas or Ruano Pascual :lol:

Sammo
Oct 1st, 2010, 05:23 PM
Maggie will save the WTA :spit:

*Jool*
Oct 1st, 2010, 05:43 PM
22 years after her last win at the Bulgarian National Championship

oh wow :worship:
Here is a pic of Tsveti with the cup after the match. :)

http://www.tenniskafe.com/images/stories/bgtennis/maleeva12.jpg
:scratch: :lol:

congrats Maggie :yeah: it's great to see her back on court, albeit only for fun :)

Juju Nostalgique
Oct 1st, 2010, 05:51 PM
Meizing greize... :eek: :bolt:

Congrats Maggie! Come back and spank those OVA's asses! :woohoo: :music: :rocker2:

CrossCourt~Rally
Oct 1st, 2010, 09:31 PM
:woohoo: Well done Maggie! :bounce:

Perhaps she'll try a comeback in 2011 :angel:

mauresmofan
Oct 1st, 2010, 11:43 PM
Well done Maggie - she's not too old to try a comeback and why the hell not! One stat I was interested in checking out and did on the WTA site was her head to head record against Seles as she was Seles opponent on the day of the stabbing and I couldn't believe that they counted that particular moment as a victory for Maggie. I'm aware that she progressed to the next round in Hamburg but surely when your opponent gets stabbed that should never count as a victory. It's not like an injury that happened on the court which you in some way helped happen by twisting and turning your opponent ala Pierce Zvonareva. I just think it's ethically wrong of the WTA to count that particular match in Maggies favour.

1990 BERLIN-GERMAN OPEN CLAY R16 M. SELES 6-2 6-3
1993 CITIZEN CUP CLAY Q M.MALEEVA 4-6 3-4
1996 FRENCH OPEN CLAY R16 M. SELES 6-1 6-1
1996 CANADIAN OPEN HARD Q M. SELES 6-4 6-2
2000 ITALIAN OPEN CLAY R32 M. SELES 7-5 6-1

Shinjiro
Oct 2nd, 2010, 12:29 AM
:worship:

petkoan
Oct 2nd, 2010, 12:51 AM
isn't that amazing??!!!

faboozadoo15
Oct 2nd, 2010, 01:40 AM
It's cool that she's playing for fun. Hopefully she teachers her kids well.

That said, I would have been surprised had she lost. Bulgaria isn't USA, Russia, France or Italy when it comes to having millions of club, itf, and collegiate level players.

Bulgaria
Oct 2nd, 2010, 03:06 PM
Here are more photos from the final yesterday:

http://i.id24.bg//im/g/5165_4.jpg http://i.id24.bg//im/g/5165_7.jpg

http://i.id24.bg//im/g/5165_8.jpg http://i.id24.bg//im/g/5165_13.jpg

http://i.id24.bg//im/g/5165_17.jpg http://i.id24.bg//im/g/5165_19.jpg

http://i.id24.bg//im/g/5165_20.jpg http://i.id24.bg//im/g/5165_18.jpg

*Jool*
Oct 2nd, 2010, 03:11 PM
she still looks pretty good and has this great smile :) :yeah:

hurricanejeanne
Oct 2nd, 2010, 07:27 PM
Congrats Maggie! :cheer:

eDonkey
Oct 2nd, 2010, 08:14 PM
Well done Maggie - she's not too old to try a comeback and why the hell not! One stat I was interested in checking out and did on the WTA site was her head to head record against Seles as she was Seles opponent on the day of the stabbing and I couldn't believe that they counted that particular moment as a victory for Maggie. I'm aware that she progressed to the next round in Hamburg but surely when your opponent gets stabbed that should never count as a victory. It's not like an injury that happened on the court which you in some way helped happen by twisting and turning your opponent ala Pierce Zvonareva. I just think it's ethically wrong of the WTA to count that particular match in Maggies favour.

1990 BERLIN-GERMAN OPEN CLAY R16 M. SELES 6-2 6-3
1993 CITIZEN CUP CLAY Q M.MALEEVA 4-6 3-4
1996 FRENCH OPEN CLAY R16 M. SELES 6-1 6-1
1996 CANADIAN OPEN HARD Q M. SELES 6-4 6-2
2000 ITALIAN OPEN CLAY R32 M. SELES 7-5 6-1

Who gives a fuck whether it was a win or it wasn't?We all know the story of that match.Monica faced great hardness to come back on court, Maggie (as a really emotional person) must have suffered too in that match (and maybe this is the reason for her eventual loss in the quarters).
It's something that happened.It was a terrible mark in tennis history and especially in Monica's life, but let's never come back to that page.Hats off to Seles for returning stronger and more confident.But not make it like it was Maggie's fault.I always found it quite oddly that there were people criticising Maggie for contuining in the tourney.It might have been better if the tourney was cancelled, but why should Maggie withdraw and give a bye to her next round opponent?