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Maja Mlakar Biography
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: November 17, 2004
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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Head Coach Vicky Maes:Maja has a big year lying ahead.  Along with Dianne [Hollands], she is pre-season ranked No. 1 in doubles, and I hope it inspires her to make a move up the ladder in singles as well.  She has proven she can beat the best players in the NCAA.  Now she needs to focus and play hard to accomplish those wins consistently.”


Arizona ?- Junior year (2003-04):  Played primarily in the No. 2 spot during the regular season... Played five matches in the No. 1 position...  Earned an overall record of 14-17... Tallied 3 wins against ranked opponents... Ranked No. 18 in the preseason... Finished the season unranked... Reached the finals of the Green Brackett at the Baylor Inviational before the tournament was cancelled due to rain... Teamed up with fellow junior Dianne Hollands as the Wildcats top doubles team... The pair earned an overall record of 19-8... The duo finished the season with a No. 5 ranking... As a doubles team, the highest ranking of the season came on April 27 at No. 5... Hollands and Mlakar reached the semifinals of the Pac-10 Doubles Championship... The pair lost in the first round of the NCAA Division I Tournament.


Arizona - Sophomore year (2002-03): Played primarily in the No. 2 spot during the regular season... Earned an overall record of 26-15... Earned a 15-8 dual match record... Tallied 11 wins versus ranked opponents... Highest ranking of No.13 came during the preseason... Lowest rank of No. 78 came on March 10... Ranked No. 25 preseason doubles when paired with Debbie Larocque... Earned record of 5-11 when teamed with Larocque...Paired with Scribot late in the season and earned record of 7-7... Earned No. 32 ranking at season’s end when paired with Emilie Scribot... Tallied four doubles upsets with Scribot, including two top-10 wins against Washington’s No. 10 team of Claire Carter and Darija Klaic.


Freshman year (2001-02): Played in the No. 1 singles spot for UA in every 2002 dual meet... Led the team with 23 singles victories... Earned a 10-8 record against opponents ranked in the top 90... Won the consolation finals of the William and Mary Invitational during fall play... Upset UCLA’s Megan Bradley twice during the season, including the Pac-10 Indoor Championships when Bradley was ranked No. 7, and in the final dual match when Bradley was ranked No. 3...  Defeated Stanford’s No. 11-ranked Lauren Kalvaria, 6-2, 7-6... Upset ASU’s No. 15-ranked Adria Engel in the Wildcat’s 4-3 victory over ASU... Won her first-round matchup in the NCAA singles tournament but did not move past the second round... Earned a 4-4 Pac-10 record in dual meets when teamed with Debbie Larocque... Compiled a doubles record of 18-12 with Larocque... Ranked as high as No. 9 in the nation... Notched two top-10 wins with Larocque... Lost her first-round matchup with Larocque in the NCAA doubles tournament.


High School: Graduated from Gimnazia High School in Maribor, Slovenia, in 2001, where she played for coach Peter Westner... Ranked eighth in singles in Slovenia... Squad earned a seventh‑place finish at the European 18-and-under team championships... No. 530 in the Women’s Tennis Association poll... Three‑time semifinalist at WTA satellite tournaments.


Personal: Daughter of Branko and Danika Mlakar... Has one older sister, Barbara, 25... Date of Birth: Oct. 7, 1982 ... Major is German Studies.


Why Arizona? Came to Arizona for the tennis program and the good coaching staff... Favorite UA tennis experiences are home matches and defeating Arizona State... Expects the UA women’s tennis team to be ranked in the NCAA top 10.


Favorites: Enjoys going to the movies, playing pool with friends and shopping... Favorite tennis player is Monica Seles because she endured so much and still made it to the top of the WTA ranking list... Favorite professional team is FC Barcelona... Enjoys seafood and Italian food... Favorite quote: “When life gives you lemons, tell life to make its own lemonade.” ?- Anonymous ... Favorite place to play tennis (other than UA) is Eugene, OR.


Personal Goals for 2005: “I am looking forward to winning as many matches as possible for my team.”

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