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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old Jul 3rd, 2004, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Bye Bye Iva

i was just reading posts at that said that iva has retired from tennis does anyone no i this is true?
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old Jul 4th, 2004, 10:08 AM
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I hope not.
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post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old Jul 4th, 2004, 01:42 PM
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it's sadly true guys!!! look at this thread then you'll know she's not coming back sadly this thread is called "Iva Majoli retires"

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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old Jul 5th, 2004, 09:24 AM
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Yes it's true, sadly.

We'll miss her
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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old Jul 5th, 2004, 03:07 PM
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Iva Majoli announces her retirement

Iva announced her retirement from professional tennis (at least in singles) on 29th June. She has lost her motivation after dropping to #294 in the rankings.

"I have fallen too low. I am practically back at the beginning, and would have to work like a maniac to get back to the top."

Iva will be 27 on 12th August. It's sad that she didn't make it to 30 in her career, but I respect her decision. It did feel very much as though she was just going through the motions last year and this, so her retirement comes as no great surprise.

I've been an Iva fan since the French Open 1993, so I'd like to thank her for eleven years of joy and excitement that she gave me. There was no sweeter moment than when she won the French Open 1997 - the last Grand Slam singles title by one of my players until Maria Sharapova won Wimbledon 2004!

Iva was a brilliant player, with sharp, precise groundstrokes and spreading rallies; a gritty fighter who went for her shots with relentless fury, and could hit clean winners all over the court. We can grieve because she retired, or we can rejoice because she played.

Iva is a uniquely attractive lady, with beautiful eyes and a radiant smile. I often use Iva as a basis for comparison, describing other girls from Iroda Tulyaganova to actresses Josephine Clark (Allana in Neighbours) and Samia Ghadie (Maria in Coronation Street) as having "an Iva-like beauty".

Her final tournament was an ITF $75k in Cagnes sur Mer at the end of April, where she beat Galina Fokina 2-6 6-4 6-4, but lost to Virginie Pichet 6-4 3-6 6-2 in the second round.

Iva's retirement comes just four months after Karina Habšudová said goodbye to tennis (the first of my players to retire), and at a time when Monica Seles and Iroda Tulyaganova have both been out injured for a year. At the moment, I've just got Maria Sharapova, Daniela Hantuchová and Jelena Dokic.

But it's an exciting time of change in women's tennis, with youngsters such as Vera Zvonareva, Tatiana Golovin, Gisela Dulko, Maria Kirilenko and Karolina Šprem on the horizon.

The void in Croatian tennis, left by the retirements of Iva and of Goran Ivanisevic, is quickly being filled by Mario Ancic, Ivo Karlovic and Karolina Šprem - who reminds me very much of Iva with a little bit of Natalie Portman (Padmé in the Star Wars prequels) thrown in for good measure.

So thank you for your tennis, Iva, and good luck with whatever you do with your life in the future.

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post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old Jul 6th, 2004, 05:18 PM
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Yes goodbye to iva thank you for good times and matches, i keep your autogram forever!!!
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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old Jul 7th, 2004, 10:15 PM
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I've been an Iva fan since she won at Roland Garros 7 years ago...
I shall carry on watching the game, yes, Vera Zvonareva and Tatiana Golovin among others, but there will never be anyone quite like Iva :-(
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post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old Jul 11th, 2004, 02:13 PM
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Very sad news. I just thought before I went in here and looked.
Where is Iva, and then I thought that I mabye could find the answer in
here and I did but not the answer I wanted.
I have not been a Iva fan for that long time as you guys but since
I saw her play against I think it was Hingis in Usopen 2000.
That was the best match I've seen her play and it's a shame that she
couldn't win that match because she was really worth it.
I've heard from the swedish tenniscommentators that Iva has struggled
alot with her motivation, and I can really understand her. It can't be that fun to practise every single day if the fire for tennis isn't there.

So I say as you guys. I thank you Iva for your enjoyabe tennis and
I hope that you will have a great life and good look in the future.

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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old Jul 29th, 2004, 01:25 PM
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Just reading this now! I don't know how I missed this, but I was thinking the same thing. Bye darling Iva! Have a wonderful life! I would to see her pick up commentating!
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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old Aug 26th, 2004, 06:01 AM
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So sad...and this forum is going into blast from the past.
What a great memory being the first ever Croatian slam winner.
She should be happy that there is a K-Lina still making efforts to continue the great Croatian tradition after Lucic's failures. Good luck in your life. Another slam winner sent-off since ASV's retirement. You'll be remembered.....
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post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old Nov 15th, 2004, 03:55 AM
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Congrats on your French Open win in 1997. Enjoy retirement.
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