Sylvia Hanika

Sylvia Hanika ( born November 30, 1959 in Munich) is a former German tennis player. With it, the boom in German tennis began in the 1980s.


In 1981, Hanika reached the final of the French Open, which she won with 2:6, 4:6 against Hana Mandlikova. They also reached four times the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open and the Australian Open once. The highlight of her career was winning the Masters in 1982, when they defeated the then best player in the world, Martina Navratilova, surprisingly. Hanika, who had clearly lost the first set 1:6 and was behind in second with 1:3, could then win all the other games of the second set and turn the match in their favor. In 1987 she reached the Masters by their first and only victory over Chris Evert again the semi-finals, but it lost to Steffi Graf in straight sets. 1989 piled up then her injury breaks.

After Hanika had announced their retirement in 1991, she was for some time in the youth field works before they all retired from tennis.

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