Anna-Lena Grönefeld

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Anna-Lena Grönefeld
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Grönefeld at the 2014 Mutua Madrid Open
Full name Anna-Lena Grönefeld
Country  Germany
Residence Saarbrücken, Germany
Born (1985-06-04) 4 June 1985 (age 29)
Nordhorn, West Germany
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro April 2003
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $3,141,666
Singles
Career record 287–205
Career titles 1 WTA, 12 ITF
Highest ranking 14 (29 May 2006)
Current ranking
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (2005)
French Open QF (2006)
Wimbledon 1R (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010)
US Open 4R (2008)
Doubles
Career record 314–198
Career titles 14 WTA, 6 ITF
Highest ranking 7 (29 May 2006)
Current ranking 36 (15 December 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open SF (2006)
French Open QF (2009)
Wimbledon SF (2005, 2013)
US Open SF (2005)
Mixed Doubles
Career titles 2
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open QF (2006)
French Open W (2014)
Wimbledon W (2009)
US Open SF (2010)
Team competitions
Fed Cup 19–14
Last updated on: 15 December 2014.

Anna-Lena Grönefeld (born 4 June 1985 in Nordhorn) is a German tennis player. She turned professional in April 2003.

Grönefeld was coached and trained by Rafael Font de Mora in Scottsdale, Arizona until 2006. Grönefeld is currently coached by former professional German tennis player Dirk Dier (since the WTA tournament in Stuttgart in October 2006). She now lives and trains in Saarbrücken.

Career[edit]

2002–2006: Breakthrough[edit]

In 2002, she was the singles champion of both the Belgium and Frankfurt International Championships and a finalist at the Orange Bowl. In June 2003, she captured the prestigious French Open Junior title, becoming the first player from Germany since 1957 to accomplish this feat. In July 2003, she continued her superb form and won the Apple and Eve Newsday Long Island Classic, held in Woodbury, New York. She was also an accomplished doubles player in juniors winning the French Open title and reaching the finals at Wimbledon. As a result of her tennis successes in 2003, Grönefeld had achieved the junior world ranking of number 1 in singles and doubles. She launched her professional career debut under the direction of the USA Academy and Rafael Font de Mora.

Grönefeld made her professional breakthrough in 2005, rising 54 places throughout the year. She reached the third round of the Australian Open, French Open and the US Open and played three finals in WTA Tour events throughout the season, including at the Tier II event in Beijing, although failing to win any of them. She also rose into the top 10 in the world in doubles, cementing her position as one of the most promising young doubles player on the Tour at the time.

In 2006, she represented Germany along with Nicolas Kiefer at the Hopman Cup. She went on to win her first title at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco, and completed a career best showing at Roland Garros, by reaching the quarterfinals, where she lost to Justine Henin. Her ranking peaked at 14, and remained in the top 20 for much of the year, despite a significant drop in results in the latter half of the season, as the German failed to progress beyond the quarterfinals of most tournaments. She split with Font de Mora in September 2006 and began to work with Dirk Dier.

2007: Loss of form[edit]

Her run of bad form continued into 2007, and as of 19 June, Grönefeld had been eliminated in the first round of her last five tournaments. Grönefeld blamed her run of bad form on the situation with Font de Mora, suggesting that he was giving her opponents tactics on how to beat her. She also had a substantial weight gain over the past several months.[1] Her ranking subsequently dipped below the top 100 for the first time since 2004. On 20 August 2007, Grönefeld announced that she would be taking a break from the tour, coming back in 2008.

In August 2007, it was revealed that Font de Mora was planning to sue Grönefeld for lack of discipline during their partnership, stating: "She had to adhere to a standard of performance, a standard of training and a standard of diet. She absolutely let herself go and sabotaged her marketability and her performance on the court. You work for years and invest all this money into developing contracts and developing endorsements and then she just gets around the wrong people and does the wrong things and her performance affects everything."[2] He also denied her allegations that he interfered with her matches.

2008–2009: Comeback[edit]

Grönefeld made her official comeback on 3 May 2008, at the $75,000 ITF event in Zagreb, Croatia. She was seeded fourth in the qualifying draw, winning three consecutive matches to reach the main draw. She then won the Smart Card Open Monet+ in Zlín, Czech Republic, for the first title of her comeback. Grönefeld went on to win another two ITF title over the following fortnight: a $10,000 event in Alkmaar, Netherlands, and a $25,000 event at Périgueux, France.

Grönefeld took advantage of her feed-up wildcard into the Tier IV Gaz de France Grand Prix (a result of winning the $75,000 Zlín ITF event), reaching the quarterfinals with an upset win over Lucie Šafářová. She then played in Bad Gastein, where she was defeated in three tight sets in the second round by Pauline Parmentier.

Her good form allowed Grönefeld to win another $50,000 ITF event in Rimini at the beginning of August. She also reached the final of a $50,000 event in The Bronx, where she lost to Elena Bovina.

After winning her three qualification rounds, Grönefeld played at the 2008 US Open, and reached the fourth round of the main draw, only losing to Dinara Safina. Prior to her loss to Safina, Grönefeld had won six matches in a row without losing a single set, the highlights being her victory over Daniela Hantuchová in the first round and over Alizé Cornet in the third round, both top 20 players at the time.

After losing against Austrian runner-up Tamira Paszek in the first round in Bali, Grönefeld received a wildcard for the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart but lost in the first round against Venus Williams. With her doubles partner, Patty Schnyder, Grönefeld however won the doubles competition against the top seeds Květa Peschke and Rennae Stubbs.

After winning the first two matches at the qualification for the Zurich Open, Grönefeld lost her third match against Czech Petra Kvitová. With doubles partner Patty Schnyder she reached the finals.

Significant finals[edit]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Mixed Doubles (2–0)[edit]

Outcome Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 2009 Wimbledon Grass The Bahamas Mark Knowles India Leander Paes
Zimbabwe Cara Black
7–5, 6–3
Winner 2014 French Open Clay Netherlands Jean-Julien Rojer Germany Julia Görges
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
4–6, 6–2, [10–7]

Premier Mandatory/Premier 5 finals[edit]

Doubles (1–5)[edit]

Outcome Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 2005 Toronto Hard United States Martina Navrátilová Spain Conchita Martínez
Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
5–7, 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 2006 San Diego Hard United States Meghann Shaughnessy Zimbabwe Cara Black
Australia Rennae Stubbs
2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 2006 Toronto Hard Zimbabwe Cara Black Australia Martina Navrátilová
Russia Nadia Petrova
1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 2012 Tokyo Hard Czech Republic Květa Peschke United States Raquel Kops-Jones
United States Abigail Spears
1–6, 4–6
Runner-up 2013 Toronto Hard Czech Republic Květa Peschke Serbia Jelena Janković
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
7–5, 2–6, [6–10]
Runner-up 2013 Cincinnati Hard Czech Republic Květa Peschke Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-wei
China Peng Shuai
6–2, 3–6, [10–12]

WTA finals[edit]

Singles (1–3)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Tier II / Premier (0–2)
Tier III, IV & V / International (1–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–3)
Clay (1–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 31 January 2005 PTT Pattaya Open, Pattaya, Thailand Hard Spain Conchita Martínez 3–6, 6–3, 3–6
Runner-up 2. 5 September 2005 China Open, Beijing, China Hard Russia Maria Kirilenko 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 3. 2 October 2005 Luxembourg Open, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg Hard Belgium Kim Clijsters 2–6, 4–6
Winner 1. 5 March 2006 Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Acapulco, Mexico Clay Italy Flavia Pennetta 6–1, 4–6, 6–2

Doubles (14–19)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (1–5)
Tier II / Premier (5–6)
Tier III, IV & V / International (8–8)
Finals by surface
Hard (12–16)
Clay (2–3)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 8 August 2004 Nordea Nordic Light Open, Stockholm, Sweden Hard Switzerland Emmanuelle Gagliardi Australia Alicia Molik
Austria Barbara Schett
3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 2. 15 August 2004 Odlum Brown Vancouver Open, Vancouver, Canada Hard Belgium Els Callens United States Bethanie Mattek
United States Abigail Spears
3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 3. 22 August 2004 Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati, United States Hard Switzerland Emmanuelle Gagliardi Germany Marlene Weingärtner
United States Jill Craybas
5–7, 6–7(2–7)
Runner-up 4. 10 October 2004 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, Filderstadt, Germany Hard (i) Germany Julia Schruff Zimbabwe Cara Black
Australia Rennae Stubbs
3–6, 2–6
Winner 1. 6 February 2005 Pattaya Women's Open, Pattaya City, Thailand Hard France Marion Bartoli Poland Marta Domachowska
Croatia Silvija Talaja
6–3, 6–2
Winner 2. 15 August 2005 Rogers Cup, Toronto, Canada Hard United States Martina Navrátilová Spain Conchita Martínez
Spain Virginia Ruano-Pascual
5–7, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 3. 13 September 2005 Wismilak International, Bali, Indonesia Hard United States Meghann Shaughnessy China Yan Zi
China Jie Zheng
6–3, 6–3
Winner 4. 27 February 2006 Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Acapulco, Mexico Clay United States Meghann Shaughnessy Japan Shinobu Asagoe
France Émilie Loit
6–1, 6–3
Winner 5. 30 July 2006 Bank of the West Classic, Stanford, United States Hard Israel Shahar Pe'er Italy Maria Elena Camerin
Argentina Gisela Dulko
6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 5. 9 August 2006 Acura Classic, San Diego, United States Hard United States Meghann Shaughnessy Zimbabwe Cara Black
Australia Rennae Stubbs
2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 6. 15 August 2006 Canada Masters, Montreal, Canada Hard Zimbabwe Cara Black United States Martina Navrátilová
Russia Nadia Petrova
1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 7. 1 October 2006 Luxembourg Open, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg Hard (i) South Africa Liezel Huber Czech Republic Květa Peschke
Italy Francesca Schiavone
6–2, 4–6, 1–6
Winner 6. 8 January 2007 Medibank International, Sydney, Australia Hard United States Meghann Shaughnessy France Marion Bartoli
United States Meilen Tu
6–3, 3–6, 7–6(7–2)
Winner 7. 5 October 2008 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, Stuttgart, Germany Hard (i) Switzerland Patty Schnyder Czech Republic Květa Peschke
Australia Rennae Stubbs
6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 8. 19 October 2008 Zurich Open, Zürich, Switzerland Hard (i) Switzerland Patty Schnyder Zimbabwe Cara Black
United States Liezel Huber
1–6, 6–7(3–7)
Winner 8. 2 November 2008 Bell Challenge, Quebec City, Canada Hard (i) United States Vania King United States Jill Craybas
Thailand Tamarine Tanasugarn
7–6(7–3), 6–4
Winner 9. 11 January 2009 Brisbane International, Brisbane, Australia Hard United States Vania King Poland Klaudia Jans
Poland Alicja Rosolska
3–6, 7–5, [10–5]
Winner 10. 18 October 2009 Generali Ladies Linz, Linz, Austria Hard (i) Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik Poland Klaudia Jans
Poland Alicja Rosolska
6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 9. 7 March 2010 Monterrey Open, Monterrey, Mexico Hard United States Vania King Czech Republic Iveta Benešová
Czech Republic Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová
6–3, 4–6, [8–10]
Winner 11. 2 August 2010 e-Boks Sony Ericsson Open, Copenhagen, Denmark Hard (i) Germany Julia Görges Russia Vitalia Diatchenko
Belarus Tatiana Poutchek
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 10. 6 March 2011 Monterrey Open, Monterrey, Mexico Hard United States Vania King Czech Republic Iveta Benešová
Czech Republic Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová
7–6(10–8), 2–6, [6–10]
Runner-up 11. 16 October 2011 Generali Ladies Linz, Linz, Austria Hard (i) Germany Julia Görges New Zealand Marina Erakovic
Russia Elena Vesnina
5–7, 1–6
Runner-up 12. 2 February 2012 Open GDF Suez, Paris, France Hard (i) Croatia Petra Martić United States Liezel Huber
United States Lisa Raymond
6–7(3–7), 1–6
Runner-up 13. 29 April 2012 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, Stuttgart, Germany Clay Germany Julia Görges Czech Republic Iveta Benešová
Czech Republic Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová
4–6, 5–7
Runner-up 14. 17 June 2012 Gastein Ladies, Bad Gastein, Austria Clay Croatia Petra Martić United States Jill Craybas
Germany Julia Görges
7–6(7–4), 4–6, [9–11]
Runner-up 15. 30 September 2012 Toray Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo, Japan Hard Czech Republic Květa Peschke United States Raquel Kops-Jones
United States Abigail Spears
1–6, 4–6
Winner 12. 14 October 2012 Generali Ladies Linz, Linz, Austria Hard (i) Czech Republic Květa Peschke Germany Julia Görges
Czech Republic Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 16. 5 January 2013 Brisbane International, Brisbane, Australia Hard Czech Republic Květa Peschke United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands
India Sania Mirza
6–4, 4–6, [7–10]
Winner 13. 25 May 2013 Brussels Open, Brussels, Belgium Clay Czech Republic Květa Peschke Canada Gabriela Dabrowski
Israel Shahar Pe'er
6–0, 6–3
Runner-up 17. 15 June 2013 Nürnberger Versicherungscup, Nuremberg, Germany Clay Czech Republic Květa Peschke Romania Raluca Olaru
Russia Valeria Solovyeva
6–2, 6–7(3–7), [9–11]
Runner-up 18. 11 August 2013 Rogers Cup, Toronto, Canada Hard Czech Republic Květa Peschke Serbia Jelena Janković
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
7–5, 2–6, [6–10]
Runner-up 19. 18 August 2013 Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati, United States Hard Czech Republic Květa Peschke Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-wei
China Peng Shuai
6–2, 3–6, [10–12]
Winner 14. 2 February 2014 Open GDF Suez, Paris, France Hard (i) Czech Republic Květa Peschke Hungary Tímea Babos
France Kristina Mladenovic
6–7(7–9), 6–4, [10–5]

WTA tour & Grand Slam performance timeline[edit]

Singles[edit]

Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 W–L
Australian Open LQ 3R 2R 2R A 1R 1R LQ A A 4–5
French Open 2R 3R QF 1R A 2R A A A A 8–5
Wimbledon 1R 1R 1R 1R LQ 1R 1R LQ A A 0–6
US Open 1R 3R 1R LQ 4R 1R LQ LQ A A 5–5
Win–Loss 1–3 6–4 5–4 1–3 3–1 1–4 0–2 0–0 0–0 0–0 16–21

Doubles[edit]

Tournament 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A 3R SF QF A QF 2R 3R 1R 2R 0 / 8 16–8
French Open A A 3R 2R 1R A QF A 2R 2R 2R 0 / 7 9–7
Wimbledon A A SF QF 2R A QF A 2R 3R SF 0 / 7 18–7
US Open A 2R SF 2R A 3R 3R 3R 2R 1R 3R 0 / 9 15–9
Win–Loss 0–0 1–1 12–4 9–4 4–3 2–1 11–4 3–2 5–4 3–4 8–4 0 / 31 58–31
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics NH A Not held A Not held 2R NH 0 / 1 1–1
WTA Premier Mandatory tournaments
Indian Wells A A QF QF A A 1R A A 2R A 0 / 4 5–3
Miami A A 1R 1R A A SF A A 2R 2R 0 / 5 5–5
Madrid Not held 1R A A 2R 1R 0 / 3 1–3
Beijing Tier II QF A A QF 1R 0 / 3 3–3
WTA Premier 5 tournaments
Dubai Tier II A 1R A Premier 0 / 1 0–1
Doha T III Tier II A Not held P SF SF 0 / 2 5–2
Rome A A SF 2R 2R A A A A 1R 2R 0 / 5 5–5
Montréal / Toronto A A W F A A 1R 1R A A F 1 / 5 11–4
Cincinnati NH Tier III 1R A A A F 0 / 2 4–2
Tokyo A A A A A A 1R A A F QF 0 / 3 4–3
Career statistics
Year 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 W–L
WTA Levels & GS
Tournament Played 4 10 21 24 14 8 23 12 11 21 24
Titles 0 0 3 2 1 2 2 1 0 1 1 13
Finals 0 4 3 5 1 3 2 2 2 5 2 29
Win 1 19 37 39 13 14 24 15 15 31 26 282
Loss 4 10 16 20 13 6 20 10 11 19 15 168
Year-end ranking
Year 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Career Best
Ranking 264 47 11 11 52 56 25 56 53 18 15

ITF level statistics[edit]

Doubles
Year 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 Overall
Played 3 5 5 0 1 0 3 1 5 4 27
Titles 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 6
Finals 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 3 7
Win 3 5 4 0 0 0 6 4 7 12 41
Loss 3 5 3 0 1 0 2 0 4 2 20

Fed Cup statistics[edit]

Doubles
Year 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Overall
Played 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 2 1 2 13
Win 0 1 1 1 0 2 0 2 0 1 8
Loss 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Groenefeld tormented by ex-coach". Tennis Reporters. 
  2. ^ "Canadian in middle of coach's bitter feud". National Post. 17 August 2007. Retrieved 18 July 2010. 

External links[edit]