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Leila Meskhi
Leila Meskhi
Country (sports) Soviet Union,
 CIS,
Olympic flag.svg Unified Team,
Georgia (country) Georgia
ResidenceTbilisi, Georgia
Born (1968-01-05) 5 January 1968 (age 52)
Tbilisi, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union
Height1.64 m (5 ft  in)
Turned pro1986
Retired1995
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,179,720
Singles
Career record223-134
Career titles5 WTA, 1 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 12 (5 August 1991)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open4R (1992)
French Open4R (1991, 1992)
Wimbledon2R (1988)
US OpenQF (1990)
Doubles
Career record171-122
Career titles5 WTA, 2 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 21 (10 April 1995)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (1995)
French OpenQF (1994)
Wimbledon2R (1988, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994)
US OpenSF(1991)
Team competitions
Fed Cup6-5

Leila Meskhi (Georgian: , romanized: leila meskhi, pronounced [l?il? n?s?i]; born 5 January 1968) is a retired Georgian professional tennis player.

Meskhi has won five singles and doubles titles on the WTA Tour. She has also won one singles and two doubles titles on the ITF Women's Circuit. On 5 August 1991, she reached her best singles ranking of world No. 12. On 10 April 1995, she peaked at No. 21 in the WTA doubles rankings.

Her best performance at a Grand Slam tournament came when she got to the quarterfinals of the 1990 US Open, defeating Akiko Kijimuta, Natasha Zvereva, Katia Piccolini and Linda Ferrando before losing to eventual champion Gabriela Sabatini.

WTA career finals

Singles: 11 (5 titles, 6 runner-ups)

Legend
Tier I (1)
Tier IV (3)
Tire V (7)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Category Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 18 April 1988 WTA Singapore Tier V Hard United Kingdom Monique Javer 6-7, 3-6
Runner-up 2. 27 February 1989 Cellular South Cup, Oklahoma City Tier V Hard Netherlands Manon Bollegraf 4-6, 4-6
Winner 1. 6 November 1989 VS of Nashville Tier V Hard Canada Helen Kelesi 6-2, 6-3
Winner 2. 29 January 1990 Auckland Open Tier V Hard Belgium Sabine Appelmans 6-1, 6-0
Runner-up 3. 5 February 1989 Wellington Classic Tier V Hard West Germany Wiltrud Probst 6-1, 4-6, 0-6
Winner 3. 1 October 1990 Moscow Ladies Open Tier V Carpet (i) Soviet Union Elena Brioukhovets 6-4, 6-4
Runner-up 4. 5 November 1990 Indianapolis Tier IV Hard (i) Spain Conchita Martínez 4-6, 2-6
Winner 4. 4 February 1991 Wellington Classic Tier V Hard Czechoslovakia Andrea Strnadová 3-6, 7-6, 6-2
Runner-up 5. 1 April 1991 Family Circle Cup, Hilton Head Tier I Clay Argentina Gabriela Sabatini 1-6, 1-6
Runner-up 6. 23 September 1991 WTA Bayonne Tier IV Carpet Switzerland Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere 6-4, 3-6, 4-6
Winner 5. 9 January 1995 Moorilla Hobart International Tier IV Hard China Li Fang 6-2, 6-3

Doubles: 12 (5 titles, 7 runner-up)

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 21 September 1987 Hamburg, West Germany Clay Soviet Union Natalia Egorova West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
6-7(1), 6-7(6)
Runner-up 2. 18 April 1988 Singapore Hard Soviet Union Svetlana Parkhomenko Soviet Union Natalia Egorova
Soviet Union Natalia Medvedeva
6-7, 3-6
Runner-up 3. 6 June 1988 Birmingham, Great Britain Grass Soviet Union Svetlana Parkhomenko Soviet Union Larisa Neiland
Soviet Union Natasha Zvereva
4-6, 1-6
Runner-up 4. 26 February 1989 Wichita, United States Hard United States Sandy Collins Netherlands Manon Bollegraf
South Africa Lise Gregory
2-6, 6-7
Runner-up 5. 12 November 1989 Nashville, United States Hard Soviet Union Natalia Medvedeva Netherlands Manon Bollegraf
United States Meredith McGrath
6-1, 6-7, 6-7
Winner 6. 4 February 1990 Auckland, New Zealand Hard Soviet Union Natalia Medvedeva Canada Jill Hetherington
United States Robin White
3-6, 6-3, 7-6
Winner 7. 11 February 1990 Wellington, New Zealand Hard Soviet Union Natalia Medvedeva Australia Michelle Jaggard
New Zealand Julie Richardson
6-3, 2-6, 6-4
Winner 8. 22 February 1993 Linz, Austria Carpet (i) Russia Eugenia Maniokova Spain Conchita Martínez
Austria Judith Wiesner
w/o
Winner 9. 5 April 1993 Amelia Island, United States Clay Switzerland Manuela Maleeva South Africa Amanda Coetzer
Argentina Inés Gorrochategui
3-6, 6-3, 6-4
Winner 10. 7 February 1994 Linz, Austria Carpet (i) Russia Eugenia Maniokova Sweden Åsa Carlsson
Germany Caroline Schneider
6-2, 6-2
Runner-up 11. 25 April 1994 Hamburg, Germany Clay Russia Eugenia Maniokova Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
3-6, 2-6
Runner-up 12. 24 October 1994 Essen, Germany Carpet (i) Russia Eugenia Maniokova Sweden Maria Lindström
Sweden Maria Strandlund
2-6, 1-6

ITF finals

$25,000 tournaments

Singles (1-0)

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 26 January 1987 Tarzana, United States Hard United Kingdom Clare Wood 1-6, 6-4, 6-2

Doubles (2-0)

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 3. 10 October 1986 Bethesda, United States Hard Soviet Union Natasha Zvereva United States Jane Forman
United States Jenni Goodling
6-3, 6-1
Winner 4. 3 May 1987 Taranto, Italy Clay Soviet Union Natasha Zvereva Netherlands Simone Schilder
United Kingdom Clare Wood
6-3, 6-2

Grand Slam performance 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)

Singles

Tournament 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995
Australian Open A A A A 3R A 4R 1R 1R 1R
French Open A A A 1R 3R 4R 4R 3R 3R A
Wimbledon A Q2 2R A 1R A 1R 1R 1R A
US Open A A 3R 3R QF 3R 2R 2R 4R A

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