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24 October 1986 |
Moscow, Soviet Union
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career titles||0 (11 ITF)|
|Highest ranking||No. 93 (24 May 2010)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||Q3 (2009)|
|French Open||Q3 (2008)|
|US Open||Q3 (2008, 2009)|
|Highest ranking||No. 157 (9 March 2009)|
Anna Lapushchenkova (Russian Анна Лапущенкова) (born 24 October 1986) is a Russian professional tennis player, since 2003.
Lapushchenkova began competing occasionally on the ITF women's circuit in October 2002, shortly before her sixteenth birthday. She started to compete regularly early in 2005, enjoying steady improvements over the following two years; and after at first seeming to reach a plateau around World No. 300 in the first half of 2007, she had risen rapidly to a career high of World No. 140 by 14 January 2008.
To date she has won two $50,000 ITF titles and three $10,000 titles, and reached the final of a $100,000 event. Although she has so far struggled to qualify for major WTA Tour main draws, she has beaten several Top 100-calibre players at lesser events and in qualifying rounds for WTA events.
The new year began poorly for the young Russian as she lost in the first round of three of her first four draws, all of them at $25,000 level, and reached only the second round at the fourth. This string of disappointments for her included an uncharacteristically early first-round loss at Minsk, where she was surprised by a British player, Amanda Keen.
But at the end of April, and not for the first time in her career, she responded defiantly to her indifferent recent run of results by challenging herself to step up to a higher level of competition, entering the qualifying draw for the WTA Tier II tournament at Warsaw. Although she did not quite succeed in qualifying, she achieved a significant personal breakthrough by defeating two highly respected players in succession in the first two rounds of the qualifying draw, taking out Stéphanie Foretz of France 3–6 6–3 6–0 in Round One and fellow-Russian Yaroslava Shvedova 6–7 6–1 0–0 (RET) in Round Two. And she put up a close fight against Bulgarian star Tsvetana Pironkova in the qualifying round, but lost by a single break of serve in each of two straight sets.
Later that month, she made her fourth attempt to qualify for a WTA Tour main draw, and her second at Istanbul, but was vanquished in the opening round of the qualifying draw by Romanian Sorana Cîrstea.
A couple of disappointing though close first-round losses at lower-level ITF tournaments followed, and it was not until July that Lapushchenkova next won back-to-back main draw matches, reaching her career-first semi-final at $50,000 level at Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, thanks in part to a second-round gift by Johanna Larsson of Sweden, who withdrew injured without a point being played. Her most hard-fought win came against her compatriot Anastasia Pivovarova at the quarter-final stage, Pivoravova taking the first set before losing the match. But in the semi-finals Lapushchenkova lost to little-known Stefanie Vögele of Switzerland, 4–6 3–6.
At the end of that month, she found herself in Sweden itself, entering the qualifying draw for the Tier IV WTA event at Stockholm, her fifth attempt to gain entry to a WTA Tour main draw. She won through to the final round of qualifying with victories over Liana Ungur of Romania and Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia, but lost a nail-bitingly close three-setter at the last hurdle to veteran Lina Stančiūtė of Lithuania, 6–7 6–2 5–7.
In August, she returned to Moscow to play her first $10,000 level draw of the year, and won it fairly comfortably, losing just one set in her semi-final match, to gain her third career title.
The following week, she easily surpassed her career-best result by emerging victorious from a $50,000 tournament at Penza, Russia, without dropping a set. She beat Kristina Antoniychuk of the Ukraine in the final 6–4 6–2.
The very next week, she extended her winning streak to fourteen matches at a $25,000 event in Moscow, with victories over her familiar opponent Oksana Lyubtsova and emerging fellow-Russian talent Vesna Manasieva at the quarter-final and semi-final stages respectively, but in the final Anastasia Pivovarova avenged her recent defeat at the hands of her compatriot by conqueroring her in straight sets, 6–3 6–4.
The following week, however, still in Moscow, Lapushchenkova's run of success was resumed, as she notched up her second career $50,000 tournament title for the loss of just twenty-two games spread over five matches. This was her fourth career ITF singles title to date and her third of the same summer. Her vanquished opponents included Oksana Lyubtsova and Lina Stančiūtė at the second-round and quarter-final stages respectively, and Galyna Kosyk of the Ukraine, who had won all three of their previous head-to-heads, in the final.
In September, she gained direct entry to her career-first $100,000 tournament, and defeated capable player Darya Kustova of Belarus in the first round before losing to Russian veteran Galina Voskoboeva in the second.
Her run of summer successes having improved her ranking sufficiently to afford her direct entry to a WTA Tour main draw for the first time, despite the fact that she had never succeeded in qualifying for one in five attempts, the young Russian came up against an inspired Nathalie Viérin in the first round of the Tier IV event at Portorož, Slovenia, and could only take one game from her in suffering a fairly comprehensive drubbing at her hands.
In October, she found herself back in the qualifying draw of the next WTA Tour event for which she entered herself, which was the Tier IV event at Tashkent. She failed to qualify after losing in the second round of the draw to compatriot Evgeniya Rodina, 5–7 4–6.
A week later she tried for the seventh time to qualify for a WTA event, and for the second time it was the Tier I event at Moscow that she targeted with this ambition. Despite again beating Darya Kustova in the first round of qualifying, she suffered an uncharacteristic loss to Oksana Lyubtsova in Round Two, 4–6 4–6.
Returning to the ITF circuit later that month to enter a $25,000 event at Podolsk, Russia, Lapushchenkova had few problems in the first few rounds, but had to battle past a gritty opponent in the form of compatriot Vesna Manasieva at the semi-final stage, beating her 7–6 2–6, 6–4. In the final, she then came up against Evgeniya Rodina for the fourth time in her career, and as every time previously, came out the loser, this time by the convincing margin of 1–6 3–6.
In November, she could only reach the second round of a $50,000 event at what was formerly her luckiest venue, Minsk. She defeated upcoming Czech player Petra Kvitová in three sets in the first round, having previously lost to her at the first round of a $25,000 tournament back in June; but then in the second round she bowed out 6–7 2–6 to fellow-Russian Eugenia Grebenyuk, whom she had beaten comfortably in their only previous tie two weeks previously at the quarter-final in Podolsk.
Later that month, she came through qualifying into a $100,000 tournament for the first time (although she had previously gained direct entry to another) at Poitiers, France, beating fellow-Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the qualifying round 6–4 6–1. Then she enjoyed her most successful tournament yet in the main draw, racing past Angelique Kerber of Germany, Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden, Viktoriya Kutuzova of the Ukraine and Stéphanie Foretz en route to the final, without dropping a set. However, she then came up against an on-form Marta Domachowska of Poland, who snatched the title 7–5 6–0.
In December, after gaining direct entry into the main draw of a $75,000 tournament at Dubai, she faltered once again at the hands of her nemesis Evgeniya Rodina, who beat her 6–1 7–5 in the second round.
But after an unpromising start, 2007 had turned into a year of great improvement for Lapushchenkova, who finished up 169 places year-on-year at World No. 144, despite having still been ranked as low as No. 298 as recently as the middle of July that year. Her final win-loss record for the year was 43–21, a ratio of more than two wins for every loss.
Early in January 2008, the young Russian, now 21, gained direct entry into a WTA Tour main draw for the second time in her career. And this time, unlike the last, she succeeded in winning her first round match, dispatching Kateryna Bondarenko of the Ukraine 6–3 6–4. But she lost what began as a close three-setter to Australian Casey Dellacqua in Round Two, 4–6 6–4 1–6.
This performance nevertheless took her to a career-high ranking of World No. 140 on 14 January 2008.
The following week, Lapushchenkova entered herself for the qualifying draw of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time, but lost an evenly fought contest in the first round to Margit Rüütel of Estonia, 6–7 6–2 2–6.
She took the next few weeks off from competition, but then entered qualifying for the Tier II event at Paris in early February. For the ninth time in nine of trying, she failed to gain entry to the main draw of a WTA event through the qualifying route, although she did reach the qualifying round with wins over Zuzana Ondrášková of the Czech Republic (in straight sets) and Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland (in three sets) before being defeated by American Julie Ditty, 5–7 3–6.
As a qualifier ranked 138 in the world, Lapushchenkova got the biggest win of her career with a 6–3, 6–3 win over World No. 9 Victoria Azarenka in the second round of the 2010 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart. She then defeated World No. 38 Lucie Šafářová in the quarterfinals 7–6(1), 1–6, 6–1. Lapushchenkova's dream run was ended by World No. 10 Sam Stosur in the semifinals when she was defeated 7–5, 6–3, despite being up 5–2 in the first set and 3–1 in the second. However, due to her great performance, she will return to the top 100 at No. 96, 1 place below her career high.
Lapushchenkova then attempted to enter the main draw at the French Open for the first time. In the qualifying draw, she was the No.2 seed but was defeated by Han Xinyun in the first round 7–5, 6–1.
Anna then competed in her first ever main draw match at a Grand Slam tournament, at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships. Her experience was short lived though as she was defeated in the first round by eventual semifinalist Tsvetana Pironkova 6–0, 7–6(7).
At the 2010 ECM Prague Open in the Czech Republic, Lapushchenkova gained direct acceptance into the first round and was going to face 6th Gisela Dulko in the first round. However shortly before the match, Dulko withdrew from the tournament, and Lapushchenkova faced Lucky Loser Eva Hrdinová instead, losing 7–5, 6–0.
Lapushchenkova then entered the 2010 Banka Koper Slovenia Open in Portorož. She will play compatriot Vera Dushevina in the first round. Although Lapushchenkova took the opening set, her losing streak continued as she lost 6–2, 3–6, 3–6.
Having recently dropped out of the top 100, Lapushchenkova ended her 5 match losing streak by defeating World No.50 Klára Zakopalová 5–7, 6–2, 6–3 in the first round of the 2010 İstanbul Cup. In the second round, her forehand let her down and she crashed out to Jarmila Groth 2–6, 3–6.
Lapushchenkova then entered a new tournament on the WTA Tour, the 2010 e-Boks Danish Open in Copenhagen. In the first round she caused a big upset by defeating 4th seed and World No.33 Tsvetana Pironkova 6–4, 6–1. She was defeated by Anna Chakvetadze in the next round 6–3, 6–4 despite having a double break lead at 4–1 in the second set.
Lapushchenkova then won a $50,000 ITF event in Kazan, Russia, defeating Vitalia Diatchenko in the final 6–1, 2–6, 7–6(4).
Singles Finals: 18 (11–7)
|Runner-up||1.||07-Mar-2006||Minsk, Belarus||Carpet||Galyna Kosyk||1-6, 6-7|
|Runner-up||2.||26-Jun-2006||Kharkiv, Ukraine||Clay||Veronika Kapshay||6-4, 2-6, 1-6|
|Winner||3.||15 July 2006||Zhukovsky, Russia||Clay||Yulia Solonitskaya||1–6 7–5 7–5|
|Winner||4.||30 September 2006||Tbilisi, Georgia||Clay||Amina Rakhim||7–6(0) 6–2|
|Winner||5.||18 August 2007||Moscow, Russia||Clay||Ksenia Palkina||6–4 6–3|
|Winner||6.||25 August 2007||Penza, Russia||Clay||Kristina Antoniychuk||6–4 6–2|
|Runner-up||7.||27 August 2007||Moscow, Russia||Clay||Anastasia Pivovarova||3-6, 4-6|
|Winner||8.||8 September 2007||Moscow, Russia||Clay||Galyna Kosyk||6–3 6–1|
|Runner-up||9.||22-Oct-2007||Podolsk, Russia||Carpet||Evgeniya Rodina||1-6, 3-6|
|Runner-up||10.||19-Nov-2007||Poitiers, France||Carpet||Marta Domachowska||5-7, 0-6|
|Runner-up||11.||17-Mar-2008||St. Petersburg, Russia||Carpet||Magdalena Rybarikova||4-6, 2-6|
|Winner||12.||10 August 2008||Moscow, Russia||Clay||Anikó Kapros||5–1 ret.|
|Runner-up||13.||30-Mar-2009||Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia||Carpet||Evgeniya Rodina||3-6, 2-6|
|Winner||14.||15 November 2009||Minsk, Belarus||Carpet||Lyudmyla Kichenok||5–7 7–6(3) 6–2|
|Winner||15.||7 March 2010||Minsk, Belarus||Carpet||Lesia Tsurenko||6–1 3–6 7–6(2)|
|Winner||16.||28 March 2010||Moscow, Russia||Carpet||Elena Kulikova||6–4 6–2|
|Winner||17.||4 April 2010||Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia||Carpet||Lyudmyla Kichenok||6–2 6–2|
|Winner||18.||15 August 2010||Kazan, Russia||Hard||Vitalia Diatchenko||6–1 2–6 7–6(4)|
Doubles Finals: 5 (1–4)
|Outcome||No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Partner||Opponents in the final||Score in the final|
|Runner-up||1.||26-Jun-2006||Kharkiv, Ukraine||Clay||Galyna Kosyk|| Ekaterina Afinogenova
|Runner-up||2.||05-Aug-2007||Moscow, Russia||Clay||Vasilisa Davydova|| Tatiana Kotelnikova
|4-6, 6-3, 3-6|
|Runner-up||3.||10-Dec-2007||Dubai, United Arab Emirates||Clay||Yuliana Fedak|| Marina Erakovic
|Winner||4.||19 March 2008||Minsk, Belarus||Carpet||Yulia Beygelzimer|| Ima Bohush
|Runner-up||5.||09-Jun-2008||Marseille, France||Clay||Viktoriya Kutuzova|| Agnes Szatmari