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Manuela Maleeva

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Turned pro

Tennis player

February 1994

1.73 m

Prize money

58 kg

Manuela Maleeva

Manuela Maleeva MANUELA

Country (sports)
Bulgaria (1982–89)  Switzerland (1990–94)

14 February 1967 (age 57) Sofia, Bulgaria (

Right-handed (two-handed backhand)

Francois Fragniere (m. 1987)

Magdalena Maleeva, Katerina Maleeva

Georgi Maleev, Yuliya Berberyan

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Manuela Georgieva Maleeva-Fragnière (Bulgarian: Мануела Георгиева Малеева) (born 14 February 1967) is a Bulgarian former professional tennis player. She played on the Women's Tennis Association tour between 1982 and 1994. Through her marriage Maleeva began representing Switzerland officially from January 1990 until her retirement in February 1994.


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Maleeva-Fragnière was born in Sofia, the oldest of the three children of Georgi Maleev and Yuliya Berberyan. Her mother, who came from an Armenian family, was the best Bulgarian tennis player in the 1960s. After she retired from professional tennis in the 1970s, Berberyan started a coaching career. She coached all three of her daughters, Manuela, Katerina, and Magdalena, each of whom became WTA top ten players.

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In 1982, Maleeva-Fragnière won the junior French Open. Later that year, she made her debut on the senior tour and ended the year ranked in the top 200.

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In 1984, Maleeva-Fragnière won five tournaments and recorded wins over Chris Evert, Hana Mandlíková, Helena Suková, Claudia Kohde-Kilsch, Wendy Turnbull, Kathy Jordan, and Zina Garrison Jackson. After winning the tournament in Indianapolis, Maleeva-Fragnire rose to World No. 3 in the rankings. Once in the top ten, she did not leave it until 1992. Also in 1984, Maleeva won her only Grand Slam title – in mixed doubles at the US Open with American Tom Gullikson.

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In 1988, Maleeva-Fragnière won a bronze medal in singles at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul.

In 1992 and 1993, Maleeva-Fragnière registered her all-time best achievement in Grand Slam singles competition when she reached the semifinals of the US Open both years (in 1992 after beating her sister, Magdalena, in the quarterfinals).

In 1994, Maleeva-Fragnière retired from professional tennis.

During her 12-year career, Maleeva won 19 WTA Tour singles titles, four doubles titles, and one mixed doubles title. She teamed with Jakob Hlasek to help Switzerland win the Hopman Cup in 1992 and, while playing for Bulgaria, twice reached the semifinals of Fed Cup (1985 and 1987).

Maleeva was married in 1987 to Swiss tennis coach François Fragnière. They lived in Blonay, Switzerland, had two girls and a boy (Lora born in 1995, Iva born in 1997 and Timo born in 1999) but divorced in 2007. Then Manuela Maleeva moved with her kids to La Tour-de-Peilz, not far from Lausanne.

Singles: 1 medal (1 bronze medal)

Maleeva lost in the semi-finals to Gabriela Sabatini 6–1, 6–2. In 1988, there was no bronze medal play-off match, both beaten semi-final players received bronze medals.

Fed Cup

Manuela Maleeva debuted for the Bulgaria Fed Cup team in 1983. Since then she has a 21–5 singles record and a 7–10 doubles record (28–15 overall).

Grand Slam singles performance timeline

  • NH = tournament not held.
  • A = did not participate in the tournament.
  • SR = the ratio of the number of Grand Slam singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played.
  • Record against other top players

    Maleeva's win-loss record against certain players who have been ranked World No. 10 or higher is as follows:

    Players who have been ranked World No. 1 are in boldface.


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