Johanna Larsson (tennis)

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Johanna Larsson
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Full name Johanna Larsson
Country  Sweden
Residence Helsingborg, Sweden
Born (1988-08-17) 17 August 1988 (age 26)
Boden, Sweden
Height 1.74m
Turned pro 2006
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $1,342,424
Singles
Career record 304–204
Career titles 0 WTA, 12 ITF
Highest ranking 46 (11 July 2011)
Current ranking 78 (8 September 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
French Open 3R (2014)
Wimbledon 1R (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
US Open 3R (2014)
Doubles
Career record 164–110
Career titles 2 WTA, 16 ITF
Highest ranking 61 (22 August 2011)
Current ranking 135 (8 September 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2011)
French Open 2R (2011)
Wimbledon 1R (2011, 2012)
US Open 2R (2013)
Last updated on: 11 September 2014.

Johanna Larsson (born 17 August 1988 in Boden) is a Swedish professional tennis player.

Larsson has won two doubles titles on the WTA tour, as well as twelve singles and sixteen doubles titles on the ITF circuit in her career. On 11 July 2011, she reached her best singles ranking of world number 46. On 22 August 2011, she peaked at world number 61 in the doubles rankings.

Larsson made her debut for the Sweden Fed Cup team in 2005, accumulating an overall record of 40-25.

Early career[edit]

Larsson began playing international tennis on the ITF junior circuit, where she reached a career-high junior ranking of world number 79 in September 2006. During the Fed Cup in 2005 she began her quest for recognition by defeating Anna Kremer. Larsson went on to defeat Brenda Schultz-McCarthy and Joanna Sakowicz. She was awarded a wild card for a WTA event In Stockholm, beating Kristina Barrois in three sets before losing to Swedish number 1 Sofia Arvidsson in a close match. Towards the end of 2006, Larsson suffered an injured hamstring, but came back in early 2007, playing mainly in the USA. She won the $10,000 Falkenburg title twice in consecutive years. Larsson returned to Fed Cup again in 2007, losing to Maša Zec Peškirič and beating Vojislava Lukić and Naomi Cavaday, both ranked in the top 300, giving Sweden 9th place.

2008[edit]

2008 was Johanna Larsson's breakthrough year, winning two $25,000 ITF events in Stockholm and in Sutton. She also made her Grand Slam debut at the French Open where she made the second qualifying round. Larsson went on to make the second qualifying round at Wimbledon and the US Open final qualifying round. In September, Larsson also captured the $75,000 Shrewsbury doubles event. Larsson ended the season playing Swedish team tennis for Helsingsborg alongside Sofia Arvidsson.

2009[edit]

Larsson began the year at the Australian Open, where she lost in the first qualifying round. She was included in the 2009 Swedish Fed Cup team, along with Sofia Arvidsson, Sandra Roma and Ellen Allgurin. Larsson recorded a 3–1 singles win-loss record (including a win over top 70 player Monica Niculescu), and a 2–1 doubles win-loss ratio. After the Fed Cup, Larsson travelled to South America to play qualifying in two WTA events. In Bogotá Larsson had three wins in qualifying taking her into the main draw, where she lost to Carla Suárez Navarro. In her next tournament in Acapulco, Larsson was forced to retire with a knee injury while trailing top seed Ágnes Szávay one set down. A series of $25,000 ITF clay tournaments saw Larsson reach two finals, a semi and a quarterfinal. Larsson took the singles and doubles titles at the $50,000 event in Barnstaple, her best singles result in her career so far. Johanna then took another singles title at the $25,000 event in Glasgow, the following week Johanna made the final in Istanbul before losing to Maret Ani.

2010[edit]

2010 would be Johanna's first top 100 season she started the year playing two $25,000 events in the United States; in the first tournament in Plantation, Larsson made the final knocking out top seed Maret Ani en route. Larsson was beaten in the final by Ajla Tomljanović. In the second event in Lutz, Larsson made the quarterfinals where she was defeated by Mariana Duque. Larsson stayed unbeaten in singles and doubles throughout the four ties she played in Fed Cup, Sweden won promotion to the World Group II playoffs. Unseeded at the $50,000+H tournament in Biberach, Larsson was the winner. Larsson captured her 10th ITF singles title in Clearwater.

Larsson made her Grand Slam main draw debut at 2010 French Open; in the first round she defeated Anastasija Sevastova before losing to Akgul Amanmuradova in the second. Following Roland Garros Larsson played the $100.000+H tournament in Marseille. She reached the final but lost to Klára Zakopalová. She won the doubles title with Yvonne Meusburger. She then fell in the first round of qualifying at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships.

Larsson then fell in the first round of the 2010 Swedish Open to Renata Voráčová. At the 2010 ECM Prague Open, she reached her first WTA tour quarterfinal after the withdrawal of top seed Lucie Šafářová in the second round, but fell to Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová in the quarterfinals.

Larsson then continued her form at the 2010 Banka Koper Slovenia Open, as she defeated 8th-seeded countrywoman Sofia Arvidsson in the first round and Maria Elena Camerin in the second. Then in the quarterfinals she caused a bigger upset, defeating 3rd seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Ksenia Pervak to reach her first WTA tour final. However, she lost to Anna Chakvetadze in straight sets. After this tournament she reached a career-high ranking of world number 66.

Larsson competed in the 2010 İstanbul Cup and defeated 8th seed Patty Schnyder in the first round.

In Quebec City, she won her first WTA doubles title with Sofia Arvidsson.

2011[edit]

2011 was another top-100 season for Johanna. She began the year with 3 consecutive losses in Auckland, Hobart and at the Australian Open. A step down to ITF level saw Larsson lose in the 2nd round in a $25.000 event in Stockholm before an improvement in form saw her make it to the semifinals of the 2011 Abierto Mexicano Telcel. Johanna had a victory over Li Na in the second round in Miami, before losing to Alexandra Dulgheru. In the lead up to the French Open, she made a semi-final appearance in Estoril losing to Kristina Barrois. She defeated former French Open Champion Ana Ivanovic in three sets at the 2011 French Open, but lost in the second round to Ekaterina Makarova.

At the 2011 Swedish Open, Larsson beat Alla Kudryavtseva in the first round. She then defeated Vera Dushevina and Lourdes Domínguez Lino, winning both matches in three sets. In the semifinals, she easily beat Sofia Arvidsson to advance to her second WTA tour final, where she lost to 8th seed Polona Hercog in straight sets. She repeated her Wimbledon result; losing in the first round of the US Open.

2012[edit]

In a repeat of 2011, Johanna lost in the first round of her opening 3 events. Johanna posted a 3-6 win-loss record between (and including) the tournaments of Memphis and Estoril. Her first quarter final of the year occurred in Strasbourg where she lost to Francesca Schiavone. A second quarter final was recorded 2 tournaments later, this time in Bad Gastein. Following a disappointing Wimbledon first round exit Johanna took a wildcard into an ITF $100.000 event. She defeated the 4th, 6th & 3rd seeds en route to taking the title. Larsson then reached the semifinals of Sony Swedish Open in Båstad, losing to Mathilde Johansson.[1] In the run up to the US Open, In Cincinnati Johanna recorded a win over Marion Bartoli (Ranked 11 at the time) before losing to Li Na. In the final Grand Slam of the year she faced Dominika Cibulkova, despite taking the first set on a tie-break she went on to lose in 3 sets. She ended the year playing mostly qualifying in WTA event in Asia.

2013[edit]

Johanna broke her cycle of losing in all 3 opening events of the season with a quarter- final appearance in Auckland; beating Julia Goerges in the 2nd round. Larsson lost in the opening Grand Slam of the season to Jelena Jankovic. Johanna lost in 2 consecutive 1st rounds in Memphis and Acapulco. A 3rd round appearance in Indian Wells was recorded after Johanna took out 24th ranked Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the second round. Johanna struggled in the lead up to the French Open but did make the quarter-finals in Strasbourg once again. She lost to Sorana Cirstea in the second round of the French Open. Post French Open, Larsson struggled once again, she went on to exit Wimbledon in the first round. A major improvement in form saw Larsson beat Mathilde Johansson in Båstad, to reach her 2nd final there. Larsson made it to the final of the women's single at the 2013 Swedish Open where she loss to 1st seed Serena Williams in straight sets, 6–4 6–1. In the lead up to the US Open, Johanna lost in qualifying in 3 US Hardcourt events. She lost in the 2nd round of the US Open for the 2nd year in a row. In the WTA event in Ningbo Johanna made the semi-finals, losing to Bojana Jovanovski. She ended the year with a loss to country-woman Sofia Arvidsson at the ITF event in Poitiers.

2014[edit]

Johanna began the year with a 2nd round finish in Auckland, losing to 2nd seed Ana Ivanovic. Despite a competitive opening set Johanna lost in the first round of Australian Open to Victoria Azarenka. She had her best ever indoor result in a WTA event when she qualified and made the second round in Paris. Two first-round losses occurred in Rio and Florianpolis. Larsson's drop in ranking meant she played qualifying in both Indian Wells & Miami; she failed to qualify in either event. She made a quarter-final appearance at the ITF event in Osprey. She took her 16th ITF doubles title with Kiki Bertens at the ITF event in Cagnes-Sur-Mer.

WTA career finals[edit]

Singles: 3 (3 runners-up)[edit]

Winner – Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Tier II / Premier (0–0)
Tier III, IV & V / International (0–3)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–2)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 25 July 2010 Slovenia Open, Portorož, Slovenia Hard Russia Anna Chakvetadze 1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 2. 9 July 2011 Swedish Open, Båstad, Sweden Clay Slovenia Polona Hercog 4–6, 5–7
Runner-up 3. 21 July 2013 Swedish Open, Båstad, Sweden Clay United States Serena Williams 4–6, 1–6

Doubles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runners-up)[edit]

Winner – Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Tier II / Premier (0–0)
Tier III, IV & V / International (2–2)
Titles by Surface
Hard (2–1)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 19 September 2010 Bell Challenge, Quebec City, Canada Hard Sweden Sofia Arvidsson United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Czech Republic Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová
6–1, 2–6, [10–6]
Winner 2. 12 June 2011 Danish Open, Copenhagen, Denmark Hard Germany Jasmin Wöhr France Kristina Mladenovic
Poland Katarzyna Piter
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 1. 23 February 2013 U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships, Memphis, United States Hard (i) Sweden Sofia Arvidsson France Kristina Mladenovic
Kazakhstan Galina Voskoboeva
6–7(5–7), 3–6
Runner-up 2. 22 February 2014 Rio Open, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Clay South Africa Chanelle Scheepers Romania Irina-Camelia Begu
Argentina María Irigoyen
2-6, 0-6

ITF finals[edit]

Singles (12–11)[edit]

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (8–3)
Clay (4–8)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 15 May 2005 Falkenberg, Sweden Clay Sweden Sofia Arvidsson 6–1, 6–3
Runner-up 1. 21 June 2005 Oslo, Norway Clay Sweden Mari Andersson 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 2. 3 November 2005 Stockholm, Sweden Clay Germany Carmen Klaschka 3–6 3–6
Winner 2. 16 May 2006 Bol, Croatia Clay Croatia Tereza Mrdeža 6–1, 6–3
Winner 3. 24 April 2007 Falkenberg, Sweden Clay Germany Anne Schaefer 6–2, 7–6
Winner 4. 29 October 2007 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) Sweden Nadja Roma 6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 3. 16 January 2008 Sunderland, United Kingdom Hard (i) Russia Elena Kulikova 2–6, 6–7
Winner 5. 5 February 2008 Sutton, United Kingdom Hard (I) Czech Republic Andrea Hlaváčková 7–5, 6–0
Winner 6. 11 February 2008 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) Czech Republic Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová 0–6, 6–1, 7-6
Runner-up 4. 4 August 2009 Hechingen, Germany Clay Austria Yvonne Meusburger 7–5 5–7 2–6
Runner-up 5. 7 September 2009 Alphen a/d Rijn, Netherlands Clay France Iryna Brémond 3–6 3–6
Runner-up 6. 27 October 2009 Istanbul, Turkey Hard (i) Estonia Maret Ani 5–7 7–6 2–6
Winner 7. 5 October 2009 Barnstaple, United Kingdom Hard (i) France Pauline Parmentier 6–2, 6–2
Winner 8. 19 October 2009 Glasgow, United Kingdom Hard (i) United Kingdom Melanie South 6–1, 1–6, 6–3
Runner-up 7. 12 January 2010 Plantation, United States Clay Croatia Ajla Tomljanovic 3–6 3–6
Winner 9. 28 February 2010 Biberach, Germany Hard (i) Switzerland Romina Oprandi 4–6, 6–2, 6–2
Winner 10. 8 March 2010 Clearwater, United States Hard China Shuai Zhang 7–6, 6–0
Winner 11. 22 March 2010 Jersey, United Kingdom Hard (i) United Kingdom Anna Smith 6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 8. 7 June 2010 Marsielle, France Clay Czech Republic Klara Zakopalova 3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 9. 6 October 2010 Barnstaple, United Kingdom Hard (i) United States Alison Riske 2–6, 0–6
Winner 12. 2 July 2012 Biella, Italy Clay Georgia (country) Anna Tatishvili 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 10. 8 June 2014 Marseille, France Clay Romania Alexandra Dulgheru 3-6, 5-7
Runner-up 11. 17 August 2014 Bogotá, Colombia Clay Spain Lara Arruabarrena 1–6, 3–6

Doubles 25 (16–9)[edit]

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (9–4)
Clay (7–5)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. May 14, 2005 Falkenberg, Sweden Clay Sweden Mari Andersson Poland Natalia Kołat
Poland Monika Schneider
6–1, 6–1
Winner 2. June 25, 2005 Oslo, Norway Clay Sweden Nadja Roma Sweden Kristina Andlovic
Norway Karoline Borgensen
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 1. November 6, 2005 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (I) Sweden Mari Andersson Austria Eva-Maria Hoch
Germany Martina Pavelec
4-6, 3-6
Runner-up 2. April 9, 2006 Makarska, Croatia Clay Sweden Nadja Roma Romania Raluca Olaru
Romania Antonia-Xenia Tout
4-6, 5-7
Winner 3. October 7, 2007 Nantes, France Hard Sweden Sofia Arvidsson United Kingdom Melanie South
Belgium Caroline Maes
4–6, 7–5, [10–7]
Winner 4. October 20, 2007 Glasgow, United Kingdom Hard Sweden Sofia Arvidsson Czech Republic Veronika Chvojková
Germany Kathrin Wörle
6–2, 6–3
Winner 5. November 4, 2007 Stockholm, Sweden Hard Sweden Nadja Roma Sweden Diana Eriksson
Denmark Hanne-Skak Jensen
6–7, 6–3, [10–6]
Winner 6. January 19, 2008 Sunderland, United Kingdom Hard United Kingdom Anna Smith Slovakia Martina Babáková
Czech Republic Iveta Gerlová
6–1, 3–6, [10–3]
Runner-up 3. 5 February 2008 Sutton, Great Britain Hard (i) United Kingdom Anna Smith Czech Republic Andrea Hlaváčková
Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká
3–6, 3–6
Winner 7. February 15, 2008 Stockholm, Sweden Hard United Kingdom Anna Smith Serbia Neda Kozić
Croatia Ivana Lisjak
6–0, 7–5
Winner 8. September 28, 2008 Shrewsbury, United Kingdom Hard United Kingdom Anna Smith United Kingdom Sarah Borwell
United States Courtney Nagle
7–6, 6–4
Winner 9. October 4, 2008 Helsinki, Finland Hard Finland Emma Laine Austria Patricia Mayr
Canada Marie-Ève Pelletier
6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 4. 20 April 2009 Bari, Italy Clay United Kingdom Anna Smith Ukraine Irina Buryachok
Czech Republic Renata Voráčová
7–5, 2–6, [5–10]
Winner 10. June 27, 2009 Kristinehamn, Sweden Clay Denmark Hanne-Skak Jensen Sweden Sofia Arvidsson
Sweden Sandra Roma
7–6, 6–2
Winner 11. August 2, 2009 Bad Saulgau, Germany Clay Denmark Hanne-Skak Jensen Japan Yurika Sema
Croatia Darija Jurak
6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 5. 10 August 2009 Koksijde, Belgium Clay United Kingdom Anna Smith Australia Shannon Golds
Australia Nicole Kriz
6–7(3–7), 2–6
Runner-up 6. 31 August 2009 Katowice, Poland Clay Austria Melanie Klaffner Poland Karolina Kosińska
Romania Agnes Szatmari
1–6, 6–2, [5–10]
Runner-up 7. 22 September 2009 Shrewsbury, Great Britain Hard (i) United Kingdom Anna Smith Germany Kristina Barrois
Austria Yvonne Meusburger
6–3, 4–6, [7–10]
Runner-up 8. 29 September 2009 Helsinki, Finland Hard (i) United Kingdom Anna Smith Finland Laine, EmmaEmma Laine
United Kingdom South, MelanieMelanie South
3–6, 3–6
Winner 12. October 11, 2009 Barnstaple, United Kingdom Hard United Kingdom Anna Smith Finland Emma Laine
South Africa Kelly Anderson
7–5, 6–4
Winner 13. March 20, 2010 Fort Walton Beach, United States Hard South Africa Chanelle Scheepers United States Christina Fusano
United States Courtney Nagle
2–6, 7–6, [10–7]
Winner 14. June 12, 2010 Marseille, France Clay Austria Yvonne Meusburger France Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro
France Aurélie Védy
6–4, 6–2
Winner 15. July 24, 2011 Pétange, Luxembourg Clay Germany Jasmin Wöhr Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld
Germany Kristina Barrois
7–6, 6–4
Runner-up 9. September 25, 2011 Saint-Malo, France Clay Germany Jasmin Wöhr Russia Nina Bratchikova
Croatia Darija Jurak
4-6 2-6
Winner 16. May 05, 2014 Cagnes-Sur-Mer, France Clay Netherlands Kiki Bertens Argentina Tatiana Bua
Chile Daniela Seguel
7–6, 6–4

Grand Slam performance timeline[edit]

Singles[edit]

Grand Slam tournaments
Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Australian Open A LQ A 1R 1R 1R 1R 0–4
French Open LQ A 2R 2R 1R 2R 3R 5–5
Wimbledon LQ A LQ 1R 1R 1R 1R 0–4
US Open LQ A 1R 1R 1R 1R 3R 2–4
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 1–2 1–4 0–4 1–4 2–2 5–15

Doubles[edit]

Grand Slam tournaments
Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Australian Open 2R 1R 1R 1–3
French Open 2R 1R 1R 1–3
Wimbledon 1R 1R 1R 0–3
US Open 1R 1R 1R 2R 1–4
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–1 2–4 0–4 1–4 3–13

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Johansson & Hercog Reach Bastad Final". Retrieved 22 July 2012. 

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