Karolina Šprem

Karolina Sprem (Croatian: Karolina Šprem; born October 25, 1984 in Varaždin) is a Croatian tennis player.

She has won 8 titles (7 singles, 1 Doubles) all at the ITF level. She has not won any titles on the WTA Tour. Career highlight is a quarterfinal appearance at Wimbledon in 2004 where she controversially defeated two time champion, four time finalist and then world No. 8 Venus Williams in the second round (lost to Lindsay Davenport in QF). The umpire of her match against Venus Williams awarded her an extra point in the second set tie break. He was relieved of his duties after the end of the match.

Her career seemed to be promising, on her first two WTA-tournaments she reached the finals, however sometime in late 2004 her form saw a downward curve. She began training with the controversial Borna Bikic, who at that time was brother of the boyfriend of Jelena Dokic. Since then she hardly won a match. In late 2007 Sprem announced a permanent split from Bikic, and returned to her old coach. Still, she has to cope with a serious elbow injury.

In April 2008 Karolina Sprem successfully returned to the pro-tour winning in Amelia Island over Ai Sugiyama and top 10 player Daniela Hantuchova, before falling to Lindsay Davenport in the third round.

In July 2008, Sprem made the Semi-Finals of a TierIII event in Budapest, eventually losing to Andreja Klepac.

Titles (8)

Grand Slam (0)
WTA Championships (0)
Tier I (0)
Tier II (0)
Tier III (0)
Tier IV & V (0)
ITF Circuit (7)

Singles (7)

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. January 27, 2002 ITF/Courmayeur, Italy Hard Stefanie Weis (Germany) 4–6 7–6 6–4
2. February 17, 2002 ITF/Bergamo, Italy Hard Rita Degli-Esposti (Italy) 6–1 6–2
3. January 26, 2003 ITF/Grenoble, France Hard Sophie Lefevre (France) 7–5 7–5
4. February 16, 2003 ITF/Southampton, United Kingdom Hard Magdelena Zdenovcova (Czech Republic) 6–1 3–0 ret.
5. February 23, 2003 ITF/Redbridge, United Kingdom Hard Olga Barabanschikova (Belarus) 6–3 6–2
6. March 23, 2003 ITF/Castellon, Spain Clay Ludmila Cervanova (Slovakia) 6–3 6–3
7. November 2, 2003 ITF/Poitiers, France Hard Roberta Vinci (Italy) 6–4 7–5

Singles Finalist (7)

Grand Slam (0)
WTA Championships (0)
Tier I (0)
Tier II (0)
Tier III (0)
Tier IV & V (0)
ITF Circuit (1)

Doubles (1)

No. Date Tournament Partner Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. November 24, 2002 ITF/Zagreb, Croatia Mervana Jugić-Salkić (BIH) Hard Jelena Kostanić (Croatia) &
Matea Mezak (Croatia)
6–2 6–4

Grand Slam singles performance timeline

Tournament 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Australian Open A 1R 4R 2R 1R A
French Open A 1R 2R 3R A
Wimbledon 2R QF 1R 3R A
U.S. Open 1R 1R 1R 1R A

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