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3 July 1991 |
Samara, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||72 kg (160 lb; 11.3 st)|
|Turned pro||December 2005|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career titles||5 WTA, 5 ITF titles|
|Highest ranking||No. 13 (4 July 2011)|
|Current ranking||No. 19 (20 May 2013)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2011)|
|French Open||QF (2011)|
|Wimbledon||3R (2008, 2010)|
|US Open||QF (2011)|
|Career titles||4 WTA, 8 ITF titles|
|Highest ranking||No. 30 (13 May 2013)|
|Current ranking||No. 31 (20 May 2013)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||QF (2013)|
|French Open||3R (2009)|
|US Open||2R (2010, 2011)|
Last updated on: 20 May 2013.
Anastasia Sergeyevna Pavlyuchenkova (Russian: Анастасия Сергеевна Павлюченкова, Russian pronunciation: [ɑnɑstɑˈsijə.pɑvlʉˈt͡ɕɛnkova]; born 3 July 1991) is a Russian professional tennis player and a multiple junior Grand Slam champion. Her career-high rank of World No. 13 was achieved on 4 July 2011. From July 2007 to September 2009 she was coached at the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy in France. Since then she has been coached by her brother Aleksandr Pavlyuchenkov and in 2013 Martina Hingis joined her team.
Junior career 
Born in Samara, Russia, Pavlyuchenkova first made headlines by winning the 2006 Australian Open junior title by defeating Caroline Wozniacki. She then won the US Open junior title against Tamira Paszek and defended her Australian Open title in 2007, defeating Madison Brengle. Anastasia played for the Sacramento Capitals of the World Team Tennis league in the summer of 2006.
Pro career 
Her success in juniors enabled her to enter ITF and WTA tournaments, winning a small ITF tournament in Italy in May 2006. In October 2006 Pavlyuchenkova received a wild card into the Kremlin Cup and lost in the first round to rising Czech Nicole Vaidišová 6–3 6–3. She then barely missed out on qualifying for the main draw of the 2007 Australian Open, losing to Julia Vakulenko in the final round of qualifying.
Pavlyuchenkova then received a wild card into Wimbledon in 2007, but was beaten by tenth seed Daniela Hantuchová 6–0 6–1 in just forty minutes, winning only fourteen points. In 2008, she entered into Wimbledon as the youngest in the ladies' singles tournament. She won her first round match against the French 17th seed, Alizé Cornet 7–6(6), 7–6(4) and went on to defeat Li Na 6–2, 6–4 from China, before losing to No.11 seed Agnieszka Radwańska from Poland 3–6, 2–6 in the third round.
At the 2008 US Open, the first Grand Slam at which she was able to gain direct entry, she won against the American Vania King 6–2, 4–6, 6–2 in three sets, but was defeated in the second round by then world No. 15 Swiss Patty Schnyder.
Pavlyuchenkova began the season at the ASB Classic as the 7th seed. She lost to Aravane Rezaï 6–2, 6–3 in second round. She then entered at the Moorilla Hobart International where she reached the quarterfinals and lost to the eventual champion Petra Kvitová 1–6, 7–5, 6–3.
Pavlyuchenkova then took part in the Open GDF Suez. She defeated Frenchwoman Virginie Razzano 6–4, 6–1 in the first round and was then defeated by the number 3 seed and eventual finalist Elena Dementieva in the second-round, 6–4 6–2.
At the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships, Pavlyuchenkova reached the second round with a win over compatriot Maria Kirilenko, 6–2, 6–4, but lost 0–6, 1–6 to eventual champion Venus Williams in the second.
Pavlyuchenkova upset Serbian World No. 3 Jelena Janković at the Indian Wells tournament in the second round, winning 6–4, 6–4. She then defeated Karin Knapp and Nuria Llagostera Vives en route to the quarterfinals, where she defeated the number 7 seed Agnieszka Radwańska 7–6, 6–4. However, she was defeated by the defending champion and number 5 seed Ana Ivanović in the semi-finals, 6–2, 6–3.
At the Sony Ericsson Open, Pavlyuchenkova defeated Frenchwoman Aravane Rezaï in the first round, whom she lost to in the first round of the ASB Classic earlier in the year. The Russian won this time 4–6, 7–5, 6–3. However, she lost to eventual champion and Belorussian Victoria Azarenka 2–6, 2–6 in the second round.
Seeded 4th at Palermo, Pavlyuchenkova had to retire in the first around against Alberta Brianti whilst trailing 3–6, 0–4.
Pavlyuchenkova played three warm-up tournaments leading up to the 2009 US Open. In Cincinnati, Pavlyuchenkova lost in the second round of qualifying to Tatjana Malek 6–1, 6–2. In Toronto, Pavlyuchenkova lost in the opening round of qualifying to Canadian Heidi El Tabakh in a close match 4–6, 6–1, 6–2. In New Haven, Pavlyuchenkova managed to win her opening match against Ekaterina Makarova 6–3, 6–3 before losing to 2nd seed Caroline Wozniacki 6–1, 6–4.
At the 2009 US Open, Pavlyuchenkova lost in the first round to local hero Melanie Oudin 6–1, 6–2, who went on to beat three more Russians, including Maria Sharapova, before losing in the quarterfinals.
Beginning her tour of Asia, Pavlyuchenkova made it to the second round of Seoul seeded 6th where she defeated Angela Haynes 7–6(5), 6–2 before losing to Chan Yung-jan 2–6, 6–4, 6–1. At the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, Pavlyuchenkova won her opening match against Spain's Carla Suárez Navarro in straight sets 6–1, 7–6(3) and followed up this win with a victory over 2nd seed Venus Williams 7–6(6), 7–5. In the 3rd round she lost to Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli 6–4, 2–6, 5–7.
The following week at the Premier Mandatory China Open in Beijing, Pavlyuchenkova notched her second successive victory over Venus Williams in as many weeks, defeating the American 3–6, 6–1, 6–4. In doing so, she became second player ever to beat Williams in back-to-back weeks after Lindsay Davenport achieved the feat in the summer of 2004. In third round she defeated Aleksandra Wozniak 6–4 6–4.She then lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova 6–3 6–3.
Pavlyuchenkova started her year at the Brisbane International. She reached the quarterfinals, where she was defeated by Ana Ivanović 6–2, 7–6(6). She then lost in the second round of qualifying in Sydney to Anastasia Rodionova 6–3, 6–3. At the 2010 Australian Open, she lost in the second round to fellow Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 6–2, 6–2.
Pavlyuchenkova made it to the second round of the 2010 Open GDF Suez by defeating Iveta Benešová 6–1, 6–0. She then lost to top seed Elena Dementieva in two tight sets 6–4, 6–4. She would then make the quarterfinals in Dubai, defeating Daniela Hantuchová 6–3, 6–4. In the quarterfinals she lost to defending champion Venus Williams. It took Williams seven match points to prevail, eventually winning 6–3, 6–4. At the Monterrey Open, Pavlyuchenkova, as the No. 3 seed, reached her first WTA Tour final by defeating Anastasija Sevastova in the semifinals 6–3, 2–6, 6–1. In the final she again faced Daniela Hantuchová and won her first career title in three sets, 1–6, 6–1, 6–0.
Pavlyuchenkova posted average results in Indian Wells and Miami, reaching the third and fourth round, respectively. She would then reach the quarterfinals at the MPS Group Championships in Ponte Vedra Beach, losing to eventual champion Caroline Wozniacki. She would then fall in the early rounds of both Rome and Madrid. Pavlyuchenkova was the 29th seed at the 2010 French Open. She defeated Alizé Cornet and Jill Craybas before falling to top seed Serena Williams in three sets 6–1, 1–6, 6–2.
At the AEGON International, the Russian would lose in the opening round to Lucie Šafářová. Pavlyuchenkova was again seeded 29th at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships. She defeated Iveta Benešová and Roberta Vinci before falling in the third round to 3rd seed Wozniacki.
Pavlyuchenkova won her second WTA Tour singles title at the 2010 İstanbul Cup by defeating Elena Vesnina in the final. Pavlyuchenova would recover from a 5–7, 0–4 deficit before winning 5–7, 7–5, 6–4.
Pavlyuchenkova entered the 2010 Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open. She defeated Daniela Hantuchová and 3rd seed Elena Dementieva to advance to the third round where she defeated 13th seed Shahar Pe'er 5–7, 6–4, 6–4. In the quarterfinals she came back from a 1–5 first set deficit to defeat 12th seed Yanina Wickmayer 7–5, 3–6, 6–1. In the semifinals she fell in three sets to Maria Sharapova 6–4, 3–6, 6–2. She then fell in the opening round of the Rogers Cup, losing to Svetlana Kuznetsova in three sets 7–5, 4–6, 6–1.
Pavlyuchenkova opened her 2011 season as the 5th seed in Brisbane. Despite being pushed to three sets in two prior matches, she managed to reach the semifinals, where she fell to eventual champion Petra Kvitová. The following week, in Hobart, Pavlyuchenkova was forced to retire in the opening round against Bethanie Mattek-Sands, already having lost the first set 6–2. At the Australian Open, she advanced to the third round, losing to Iveta Benešová in a tight three-set match, 3–6, 6–1, 5–7.
In Fed Cup competition, Pavlyuchenkova helped Russia rally from an 0–2 deficit against France by winning her reverse singles match against Alizé Cornet and tie-deciding doubles match, partnering with Svetlana Kuznetsova.
In her next tournaments in the Middle East, she would have to play qualifying because of failing to meet the main entry deadline; she qualified for Dubai, but fell in the first round to fellow Russian Alisa Kleybanova in three sets.
In early March she defended her title at the 2011 Monterrey Open, defeating Jelena Janković 2–6, 6–2, 6–3. She would reach the third round of the 2011 BNP Paribas Open, losing to 10th seed Shahar Peer. That was followed by a 4th round loss to 8th seed and eventual champion Victoria Azarenka in three sets at the 2011 Sony Ericsson Open in Miami.
Pavlyuchenkova would begin her clay-court season with a run to the 4th round at the 2011 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, where she lost to 2nd seed Vera Zvonareva. She then reached the quarterfinals of the 2011 Mutua Madrid Open, losing to Julia Goerges. At the 2011 Internazionali BNL d'Italia, Pavlyuchenkova would reach the 4th round, where she lost to 3rd seed Victoria Azarenka.
Pavlyuchenkova was the 14th seed at the 2011 French Open and reached her first ever Grand Slam quarterfinal, losing in three sets to #5 seed and defending champion Francesca Schiavone. At the 2011 Wimbledon Championships, Pavlyuchenkova was beaten in the second round 6–3, 6–3, by Nadia Petrova. Anastasia next played at the 2011 Baku Cup where she lost in the quarterfinals to Galina Voskoboeva 6–7, 6–3, 6–4 during the match, Pavlyuchenkova struck an incredible 27 double faults, effectively surrendering almost seven service games in double faults.
After defeating Anna Tatishvili, Petra Martić and former world number one Jelena Jankovic at the 2011 US Open, Pavlyuchenkova advanced to her second grand slam quarterfinal of the year after a 5–7, 6–3, 6–4 victory over seventh seed Francesca Schiavone. Pavlyuchenkova lost to Serena Williams 7–5, 6–1 in the quarterfinal. She was later fined US$2,000 by the USTA for improper coaching.
Pavlyuchenkova started her 2013 season by reaching the final of the Brisbane International, where she went down to Serena Williams, 2–6, 1–6. She had previously defeated sixth seed Petra Kvitová and fourth seed Angelique Kerber in the earlier rounds. Pavlyuchenkova said after the match:
"I started the match pretty well, I think, but when she’s on fire ... I feel like there is not much I can do. Still, I was hoping to turn the match around. Until the end I was fighting, like every point."
"I don't know how to play tennis when I play against you".
The defeat extended Pavlyuchenkova's poor head-to-head record against Williams to 0–4.
Career statistics 
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- Bright Lights, Big Field in Dubai
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- Serena streaks to Brisbane victory – ABC Grandstand Sport – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
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- Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova at the Women's Tennis Association
- Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova at the International Tennis Federation
- Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova at the International Tennis Federation Junior Profile
- Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova's CoreTennis Profile
- The official website of herself
|ITF Junior World Champion