Johanna Larsson (tennis)
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|Full name||Johanna Larsson|
17 August 1988 |
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career titles||0 WTA, 12 ITF|
|Highest ranking||46 (11 July 2011)|
|Current ranking||73 (7 July 2014)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||1R (2011, 2013, 2014)|
|French Open||3R (2014)|
|Wimbledon||1R (2011, 2013, 2014)|
|US Open||1R (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)|
|Career titles||2 WTA, 16 ITF|
|Highest ranking||61 (22 August 2011)|
|Current ranking||124 (7 July 2014)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2011)|
|French Open||2R (2011)|
|Wimbledon||1R (2011, 2012)|
|US Open||2R (2013)|
|Last updated on: 9 July 2014.|
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.
- 1 Early career
- 2 WTA career finals
- 3 ITF finals
- 4 Grand Slam performance timeline
- 5 References
- 6 External links
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 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.
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 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.
In Quebec City, she won her first WTA doubles title with Sofia Arvidsson.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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
Singles: 3 (3 runners-up)
|Runner-up||1.||25 July 2010||Slovenia Open, Portorož, Slovenia||Hard||Anna Chakvetadze||1–6, 2–6|
|Runner-up||2.||9 July 2011||Swedish Open, Båstad, Sweden||Clay||Polona Hercog||4–6, 5–7|
|Runner-up||3.||21 July 2013||Swedish Open, Båstad, Sweden||Clay||Serena Williams||4–6, 1–6|
Doubles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runners-up)
|Winner||1.||19 September 2010||Bell Challenge, Quebec City, Canada||Hard||Sofia Arvidsson|| Bethanie Mattek-Sands
|6–1, 2–6, [10–6]|
|Winner||2.||12 June 2011||Danish Open, Copenhagen, Denmark||Hard||Jasmin Wöhr|| Kristina Mladenovic
|Runner-up||1.||23 February 2013||U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships, Memphis, United States||Hard (i)||Sofia Arvidsson|| Kristina Mladenovic
|Runner-up||2.||22 February 2014||Rio Open, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Clay||Chanelle Scheepers|| Irina-Camelia Begu
|Winner||1.||15 May 2005||Falkenberg, Sweden||Clay||Sofia Arvidsson||6–1, 6–3|
|Runner-up||1.||21 June 2005||Oslo, Norway||Clay||Mari Andersson||4–6, 4–6|
|Runner-up||2.||3 November 2005||Stockholm, Sweden||Clay||Carmen Klaschka||3–6 3–6|
|Winner||2.||16 May 2006||Bol, Croatia||Clay||Tereza Mrdeža||6–1, 6–3|
|Winner||3.||24 April 2007||Falkenberg, Sweden||Clay||Anne Schaefer||6–2, 7–6|
|Winner||4.||29 October 2007||Stockholm, Sweden||Hard (i)||Nadja Roma||6–2, 6–1|
|Runner-up||3.||16 January 2008||Sunderland, United Kingdom||Hard (i)||Elena Kulikova||2–6, 6–7|
|Winner||5.||5 February 2008||Sutton, United Kingdom||Hard (I)||Andrea Hlaváčková||7–5, 6–0|
|Winner||6.||11 February 2008||Stockholm, Sweden||Hard (i)||Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová||0–6, 6–1, 7-6|
|Runner-up||4.||4 August 2009||Hechingen, Germany||Clay||Yvonne Meusburger||7–5 5–7 2–6|
|Runner-up||5.||7 September 2009||Alphen a/d Rijn, Netherlands||Clay||Iryna Brémond||3–6 3–6|
|Runner-up||6.||27 October 2009||Istanbul, Turkey||Hard (i)||Maret Ani||5–7 7–6 2–6|
|Winner||7.||5 October 2009||Barnstaple, United Kingdom||Hard (i)||Pauline Parmentier||6–2, 6–2|
|Winner||8.||19 October 2009||Glasgow, United Kingdom||Hard (i)||Melanie South||6–1, 1–6, 6–3|
|Runner-up||7.||12 January 2010||Plantation, United States||Clay||Ajla Tomljanovic||3–6 3–6|
|Winner||9.||28 February 2010||Biberach, Germany||Hard (i)||Romina Oprandi||4–6, 6–2, 6–2|
|Winner||10.||8 March 2010||Clearwater, United States||Hard||Shuai Zhang||7–6, 6–0|
|Winner||11.||22 March 2010||Jersey, United Kingdom||Hard (i)||Anna Smith||6–2, 6–3|
|Runner-up||8.||7 June 2010||Marsielle, France||Clay||Klara Zakopalova||3–6, 3–6|
|Runner-up||9.||6 October 2010||Barnstaple, United Kingdom||Hard (i)||Alison Riske||2–6, 0–6|
|Winner||12.||2 July 2012||Biella, Italy||Clay||Anna Tatishvili||6–3, 6–4|
|Runner-up||10.||8 June 2014||Marseille, France||Clay||Alexandra Dulgheru||3-6, 5-7|
Doubles 25 (16–9)
|Winner||1.||May 14, 2005||Falkenberg, Sweden||Clay||Mari Andersson|| Natalia Kołat
|Winner||2.||June 25, 2005||Oslo, Norway||Clay||Nadja Roma|| Kristina Andlovic
|Runner-up||1.||November 6, 2005||Stockholm, Sweden||Hard (I)||Mari Andersson|| Eva-Maria Hoch
|Runner-up||2.||April 9, 2006||Makarska, Croatia||Clay||Nadja Roma|| Raluca Olaru
|Winner||3.||October 7, 2007||Nantes, France||Hard||Sofia Arvidsson|| Melanie South
|4–6, 7–5, [10–7]|
|Winner||4.||October 20, 2007||Glasgow, United Kingdom||Hard||Sofia Arvidsson|| Veronika Chvojková
|Winner||5.||November 4, 2007||Stockholm, Sweden||Hard||Nadja Roma|| Diana Eriksson
|6–7, 6–3, [10–6]|
|Winner||6.||January 19, 2008||Sunderland, United Kingdom||Hard||Anna Smith|| Martina Babáková
|6–1, 3–6, [10–3]|
|Runner-up||3.||5 February 2008||Sutton, Great Britain||Hard (i)||Anna Smith|| Andrea Hlaváčková
|Winner||7.||February 15, 2008||Stockholm, Sweden||Hard||Anna Smith|| Neda Kozić
|Winner||8.||September 28, 2008||Shrewsbury, United Kingdom||Hard||Anna Smith|| Sarah Borwell
|Winner||9.||October 4, 2008||Helsinki, Finland||Hard||Emma Laine|| Patricia Mayr
|Runner-up||4.||20 April 2009||Bari, Italy||Clay||Anna Smith|| Irina Buryachok
|7–5, 2–6, [5–10]|
|Winner||10.||June 27, 2009||Kristinehamn, Sweden||Clay||Hanne-Skak Jensen|| Sofia Arvidsson
|Winner||11.||August 2, 2009||Bad Saulgau, Germany||Clay||Hanne-Skak Jensen|| Yurika Sema
|Runner-up||5.||10 August 2009||Koksijde, Belgium||Clay||Anna Smith|| Shannon Golds
|Runner-up||6.||31 August 2009||Katowice, Poland||Clay||Melanie Klaffner|| Karolina Kosińska
|1–6, 6–2, [5–10]|
|Runner-up||7.||22 September 2009||Shrewsbury, Great Britain||Hard (i)||Anna Smith|| Kristina Barrois
|6–3, 4–6, [7–10]|
|Runner-up||8.||29 September 2009||Helsinki, Finland||Hard (i)||Anna Smith|| Laine, EmmaEmma Laine
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|Winner||12.||October 11, 2009||Barnstaple, United Kingdom||Hard||Anna Smith|| Emma Laine
|Winner||13.||March 20, 2010||Fort Walton Beach, United States||Hard||Chanelle Scheepers|| Christina Fusano
|2–6, 7–6, [10–7]|
|Winner||14.||June 12, 2010||Marseille, France||Clay||Yvonne Meusburger|| Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro
|Winner||15.||July 24, 2011||Pétange, Luxembourg||Clay||Jasmin Wöhr|| Anna-Lena Grönefeld
|Runner-up||9.||September 25, 2011||Saint-Malo, France||Clay||Jasmin Wöhr|| Nina Bratchikova
|Winner||16.||May 05, 2014||Cagnes-Sur-Mer, France||Clay||Kiki Bertens|| Tatiana Bua
Grand Slam performance timeline
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Grand Slam tournaments|
- "Johansson & Hercog Reach Bastad Final". Retrieved 22 July 2012.
- Johanna Larsson at the Women's Tennis Association
- Johanna Larsson at the International Tennis Federation
- Johanna Larsson at the Fed Cup
- Official website