Olga Morozova

Olga Vasilyevna Morozova (Russian: Ольга Васильевна Морозова) (born 22 February 1949) is a retired female tennis player who competed for the Soviet Union. She was the runner-up in singles at the 1974 French Open and 1974 Wimbledon Championships.

Olga Morozova
Ольга Морозова
Country (sports) Soviet Union
ResidenceLondon, England
Born (1949-02-22) 22 February 1949
Moscow, Soviet Union
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned pro1966
Retired1977 and 1989
PlaysRight-handed (one handed-backhand)
Prize money
Singles
Career record
Career titles8
Highest rankingNo. 3 (August 1974)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQF (1972, 1975)
French OpenF (1974)
WimbledonF (1974)
US OpenQF (1972)
Other tournaments
Tour Finals5th place (1975)
Doubles
Career record
Career titles16
Highest ranking
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenF (1975)
French OpenW (1974)
US OpenF (1976)
Mixed doubles
Career record
Career titles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
WimbledonF (1968, 1970)

Career

Morozova won the Wimbledon junior's singles title in 1965 at the age of 16. Morozova was the first Soviet tennis player to reach the singles final of a major tournament when she was the runner-up at the 1972 Italian Open. Perhaps the peak of her career occurred in 1974 when she was the women's singles runner-up at Wimbledon and the French Open, losing to Chris Evert in both tournaments. She rose to 3 in the world going into the US Open that year.

Morozova became the first Soviet tennis player to win a Grand Slam title when she teamed with Evert to win the women's doubles championship at the French Open in 1974. Earlier, she and Alex Metreveli were the first players from the Soviet Union to reach a Grand Slam final when they teamed at Wimbledon in 1968, losing to Margaret Court and Ken Fletcher. They also reached the final at Wimbledon in 1970, losing to Rosemary Casals and Ilie Năstase.

Morozova also was the runner-up in three Grand Slam women's doubles tournaments. She teamed with Court at the 1975 Australian Open, losing to Evonne Goolagong and Peggy Michel. She played with Julie Anthony at the 1975 French Open, losing to Evert and Martina Navratilova, and with Virginia Wade at the 1976 U.S. Open, losing to Ilana Kloss and Linky Boshoff.

Morozova's playing career was cut short in 1977 because of the Soviet Union's policy against competing with South Africans. At this point, she retired from the professional tour. Morozova then began a highly successful coaching career. She became head coach of the Soviet Union ladies squad through the 1980s leading the Soviets to their first appearance in a Federation Cup Final (1988, losing to Czechoslovakia). Morozova as a player had taken her team to the Federation Cup semi-finals (at that point a first) in both 1978 and 1979. Morozova also helped pioneer the creation of the Kremlin Cup.

In 1990, the LTA of the UK headhunted Morozova as a national coach based at the national performance centre in Bisham Abbey. Morozova was a fixture in UK tennis for much of the 1990s, and in 2003, she began working individually with notable players, including Elena Dementieva, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Sergiy Stakhovsky and Laura Robson. Morozova has been widely credited as one of the few successful female coaches on tour [1]

In 1998, she was awarded the Sarah Palfrey Danzig Trophy for character, sportsmanship, manners, spirit of cooperation, and contribution to the growth of the game as well as the help she rendered to professional players and junior players.[2]

In 2000, the Russian Tennis Federation awarded Morozova the honour of Russian Tennis Player of the Twentieth Century [3]. Due to her achievements as both player and coach, Morozova often is referred to as the Godmother of Russian tennis.

Grand Slam finals

Singles: 2 (2 runners-up)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up1974French OpenClay Chris Evert6–1, 6–2
Runner-up1974WimbledonGrass Chris Evert6–0, 6–4

Women's doubles: 4 (1 title, 3 runners-up)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner1974French OpenClay Chris Evert Gail Chanfreau
Katja Ebbinghaus
6–4, 2–6, 6–1
Runner-up1975Australian OpenGrass Margaret Court Evonne Goolagong
Peggy Michel
7–6, 7–6
Runner-up1975French OpenClay Julie Anthony Chris Evert
Martina Navratilova
6–3, 6–2
Runner-up1976US OpenClay Virginia Wade Linky Boshoff
Ilana Kloss
6–1, 6–4

Mixed doubles: 2 (2 runners-up)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up1968WimbledonGrass Alex Metreveli Margaret Court
Ken Fletcher
6–1, 14–12
Runner-up1970WimbledonGrass Alex Metreveli Rosemary Casals
Ilie Năstase
6–3, 4–6, 9–7

Titles (24)

Singles (8)

Titles by Surface
Hard (1)
Clay (1)
Grass (4)
Carpet (2)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 15 February 1971 Moscow, USSR Carpet (i) Maria Kull 6–1, 7–5
Winner 2. 26 April 1971 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay Anna-Maria Nasuelli 6–3, 6–4
Winner 3. 21 August 1972 Orange, New Jersey, USA Grass Marina Kroschina 6–2, 6–7, 7–5
Winner 4. 18 June 1973 London, UK Grass Evonne Goolagong 6–2, 6–3
Winner 5. 22 April 1974 Philadelphia, USA Hard (i) Billie Jean King 7–6, 6–1
Winner 6. 2 December 1974 Adelaide, Australia Grass Evonne Goolagong 7–6, 2–6, 6–2
Winner 7. 18 January 1975 Moscow, USSR Carpet (i) Elena Granaturova 6–0, 1–6, 6–4
Winner 8. 7 June 1976 Beckenham, UK Grass Marise Kruger 7–5, 2–6, 6–3

Doubles (16)

Grand slam events in boldface.

Grand Slam singles tournament timeline

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
Tournament19661967196819691970197119721973197419751976Career SR
Australia A A A A A A QF A A QF A 0 / 2
France A 1R 2R 3R 2R 2R QF 2R F SF A 0 / 9
Wimbledon 1R A 1R 4R 2R 3R 4R QF F QF QF 0 / 10
United States A A A A 3R A QF 3R A 2R 3R 0 / 5
SR 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 2 0 / 26
Year End Ranking 7 9

Bibliography

Olga Morozova (2000). Only Tennis (in Russian). Moscow: Vagrius. Archived from the original on 26 February 2007.

See also

References

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