Natalya Zvereva is a titled Soviet tennis player, four-time winner of doubles tournaments Roland Garros (1992-1995) and Wimbledon (1991-1994), bronze medalist of the 1992 Olympic Games. It occupies an honorable place in the lists of the world tennis hall of fame.
Natalia Zvereva was born in 1971 in Minsk. She was brought up in a sports family. Father Marat Nikolaevich Zverev, from an early age, taught Natasha to play tennis and fostered in her persistence in the face of fears and prejudices. According to the memoirs of the famous athlete, his father was a strict and straightforward person, his whole life was connected with tennis, so his daughter's training took several hours and took place almost daily. Despite this, Natalya managed to retain such qualities as modesty, kindness and femininity.
Zvereva had no equal in junior competitions, and she quickly qualified for serious international tournaments. By the age of 20, in 1991, Natalia won an impressive victory at Wimbledon and took first place in the women's doubles ranking. This gave her an unconditional ticket to the 1992 Olympic Games, in which the athlete won a bronze medal.
In total, Natalia Zvereva defended the honor of the country 36 times at Grand Slam tournaments in all categories, reaching the final. This is the highest figure for the period of tennis sports in the USSR. In 1992-1993, Zvereva won six Grand Slam tournaments in doubles. Considering all the major competitions, including Wimbledon, she won nine doubles Grand Slam tournaments from 1992 to 1994.
Until 1999, Zvereva continued to show impressive results, winning 17 tournaments. In 1996 and 2000, she participated in the Olympic Games, but failed to take prizes. Regardless of the results of the games, the girl has always been riveted great attention from the public. Journalists have repeatedly asked Natalia what the secret of her incredible endurance and perseverance on the field is. In response, she said that she had managed to develop the will to win and the desire for new heights from childhood. The main thing is only to learn to conquer fear and insecurity in yourself.
Retirement and personal life
After an unsuccessful performance at the 2000 Olympics, Natalya Zvereva left the big sport. From time to time she appeared as a guest at various events, appeared on television, and interviews with the athlete aroused high interest among readers of newspapers and magazines. Little is known about Natalia's personal life. She stayed to live in Minsk, where she gave birth to a daughter in 2009.
Currently, Zvereva avoids communication with journalists and leads a quiet lifestyle. According to various sources, the fortune of the former athlete totals about eight million dollars, and this is a significant enough amount for a comfortable existence for many years.