The Maleeva Way


The Maleeva sisters are a unique phenomenon in world tennis. All three of them became members of the elite Top Six Club and set numerous records that will remain in sports history.

World tennis discovered Bulgaria through the Maleeva sisters, and they in turn opened the wonderful prospects of this game to young talents in Bulgaria. From the very first success of 12-year-old Manuela at Orange Bowl 1979 through the Houston trophy in 1990 and the record victories and participations of Katerina on the Bulgarian Fed Cup team, to the last match of Magdalena in Zurich 2004, there was at least one Maleeva in the world’s tennis elite for over a quarter of a century.


The Maleeva sisters were coached by their mother Youlia Berberian-Maleeva for more than 20 years. “We were a team!” says Mrs. Maleeva about their experience. She has coached a few more national champions: Bogdana Marinova, Nadejda Vassileva, Mark Markov, Nicole Hristova, Chrisie Nedelcheva.

Youlia Berberian-Maleeva was honored in 2016, when the WTA (WTA) awarded her with their MOTHER Award.