Shahar Pe'er

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Shahar Pe'er
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Country  Israel
Residence Macabim, Israel
Born (1987-05-01) May 1, 1987 (age 27)
Jerusalem, Israel
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned pro 2004
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $4,854,782
Singles
Career record 379–232
Career titles 5 WTA, 1 WTA 125s, 4 ITF
Highest ranking No. 11 (January 31, 2011)
Current ranking No. 77 (June 16, 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open QF (2007)
French Open 4R (2006, 2007, 2010)
Wimbledon 4R (2008)
US Open QF (2007)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games 2R (2008)
Doubles
Career record 175–156
Career titles 3 WTA, 3 ITF
Highest ranking No. 14 (May 12, 2008)
Current ranking No. 105 (June 9, 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open F (2008)
French Open QF (2008)
Wimbledon QF (2005, 2008)
US Open 3R (2007, 2010)
Other Doubles tournaments
Olympic Games 1R (2008)
Last updated on: June 14, 2014.

Shahar Pe'er (/ˈʃɑːhɑr ˈp.ər/; Hebrew: שחר פאר, Arabic: شاهار بير, IPA: [ˈʃaχaʁ peˈʔeʁ]; born May 1, 1987) is an Israeli professional tennis player.[1] Her career-high singles ranking is world no. 11, which she achieved on January 31, 2011 (it is the highest ranking ever for an Israeli singles tennis player, male or female). Her career-high doubles ranking is world no. 14, on May 12, 2008.

She attained her best Grand Slam singles results when she reached the quarterfinals at the 2007 Australian Open and the 2007 US Open. She also reached the women's doubles final at the 2008 Australian Open with Victoria Azarenka. Pe'er has won six WTA singles titles, and three WTA doubles titles.

In Fed Cup play for Israel, her singles record is 23–12.

Biography[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Pe'er's father, Dovik, was born in South Africa in 1955 and came to Israel in 1961.[2] He is a computer software specialist and her mother, Aliza, is a homemaker. She began playing tennis at the age of six when she joined her brother Shlomi and her sister Shani in tennis lessons.

At the age of 19, Pe'er joined the Israeli military, as military service is mandatory in Israel, where she excelled in rifle marksmanship during her elementary combat training.[3] When not abroad participating in tennis tournaments, she spent her mornings working as an administrative secretary for the Israeli military, and her afternoons practicing tennis.[4]

Dubai controversy[edit]

In February 2009, Pe'er (ranked # 45 in the world at the time) was prevented from playing at the Dubai Tennis Championships by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which denied her a visa. The UAE does not have diplomatic relations with Israel.[5]

A number of players, among them Venus Williams,[6] condemned the visa rejection. The 2008 winner of the men's singles, Andy Roddick, withdrew from the tournament and chose not to defend his title (with prize money of over $2 million) to protest the UAE's refusal to grant Pe'er a visa. "I really didn't agree with what went on over there", Roddick said.[7][8] In protest, the Tennis Channel decided not to televise the event[9] and The Wall Street Journal dropped its sponsorship.[10] WTA chief Larry Scott said that he had considered cancelling the tournament, but chose not to after consulting Pe'er.

Tournament director Salah Tahlak said that Pe'er was refused on the grounds that her appearance could incite anger in the Arab country after she had already faced protests at the ASB Classic over the 2008–2009 Israel–Gaza conflict.[11] The WTA said that it would review future tournaments in Dubai.[12]

Following the protests over the UAE's decision to refuse her visa in 2009, Pe'er was granted a visa in 2010 but was placed under very strict restrictions. She was not allowed to mix with other players off the court, was required to exercise in a separate gym, and was under strict guard on her way from the hotel to the court. To add to the pressure, the tournament took place at the time when Dubai authorities were investigating the killing of Hamas military commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, which the UAE blamed on Israeli agents, some posing as European tennis fans. Pe'er was widely praised by her fellow competitors for her composure under pressure during the tournament. In particular, Venus Williams remarked: "I can't imagine playing so well with these kinds of circumstances. I just have to give her congratulations and props. She's courageous. I don't think anyone else on the WTA Tour could do what she's doing".[13]

Playing style[edit]

Pe'er originally played with a "counter-puncher" style, but by 2010 she had adopted a more attacking style of play.[14] Her forehand uses a semi-western grip, which makes her good in facing big top-spin opponents. Her backhand is two-handed and is one of the best on the women's tour. It is consistent and finds various angles throughout the court. She loves to take lots of points with the inside out shot on her backhand. She originally used a kick serve that lacked the drive needed to penetrate deep, but she changed it to more of a slice serve, which works great for her now and even generates aces.[15] She has a good volley and doesn't have a problem going to the net. During matches, she often turns her back to her opponent between points, faces the back of the court, closes her eyes and tries to wipe the mental slate clean.[16][17]

Career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Pe'er started her competitive tennis career at the age of six, and won her first title at the age of 12 when she captured the Eddie Herr International Doubles title with Nicole Vaidišová. She reached the Eddie Herr singles final as well.

In the Fall of 2001, Pe'er took first place in the Nike Junior Tour International Masters tennis tournament in the Bahamas, and soon became the youngest Israeli tennis player ever to win the Israeli women's tennis championship. It was also in late 2001 that Pe'er won the 55th annual Ericsson Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships under-14 girls' title without dropping a single set, competing with 127 other girls in what is considered the unofficial world championships for youth.[18]

In March 2002, Pe'er won the Bat Yam International singles title, and was a doubles finalist. In April, she was victorious at the Haifa International doubles event, and in March 2003 won the Aamata Cup in Thailand.

Pe'er's first major victory came at the 2004 Australian Open, where she won the Juniors' Championship. She beat her former partner Vaidišová in the final, and became the first Israeli women to win a junior Grand Slam title since Anna Smashnova won the French Open girl's singles title in 1990.[19]

Junior Grand Slam Records:
Australian Open – Win (2004)
French Open – Quarter Final (2003, 2004)
Wimbledon – Quarter Final (2004)
US Open – Semi Final (2004)

2004–06[edit]

Pe'er at the 2004 U.S. Open

Pe'er turned professional in 2004, a year during which she played both the ITF Circuit and the WTA Tour.

In 2005, Pe'er first played the main draw of a Grand Slam event, reaching the third round in both the French Open and the US Open. Pe'er finished 2005 ranked no. 45 in the world.

In January 2006 in Canberra, Australia, she lost a marathon semifinal match (the first of her career) against Spain's Anabel Medina Garrigues that lasted 3 hours and 45 minutes. At the time it was one of the ten longest matches in WTA tour history.

In May 2006 she beat world no. 15 Anna-Lena Grönefeld of Germany in the semifinals and then upset world no. 2 Anastasia Myskina of Russia, to win in the finals of a level III event in Turkey.

At the 2006 French Open, Pe'er defeated world no. 8 Elena Dementieva of Russia in the round of 32, but lost to Martina Hingis, in their fourth-round match.

Pe'er reached the fourth round of the 2006 US Open, defeating world no. 15 Francesca Schiavone of Italy, but later fell to Justine Henin Hardenne.

Pe'er finished 2006 ranked 20th in the world, after winning her first three WTA singles titles that year in Pattaya, Prague, and Istanbul.

2007[edit]

At the 2007 Australian Open, Pe'er made history by becoming the first Israeli woman to reach the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam event.[citation needed] In the 4th round she defeated world no. 4 Svetlana Kuznetsova, but was defeated in her quarterfinal match against eventual champion Serena Williams.

In March 2007 at Indian Wells, she defeated world no. 11 Anna Chakvetadze of Russia before losing in the quarterfinals to eventual winner Daniela Hantuchová. The following month at the Miami Masters, Pe'er made it to her first Tier 1 tournament semifinals before losing to eventual champion Serena Williams.

At the 2007 Rome Masters, Pe'er was defeated in the third round, again by Serena Williams. It was her fourth career loss to Williams, and the third in 2007. After beating Kuznetsova twice earlier in 2007, she met Kuznetsova for the third time in the fourth round of the French Open and lost.

Pe'er's impressive year soured with a disappointing appearance in Wimbledon in early July, where she lost in the third round to eventual runner-up Marion Bartoli. This was followed by three tournaments in California (the Bank of the West Classic, the Acura Classic, and the JPMorgan Chase Open) in which Pe'er was seeded, but was ousted by an unseeded player in either the first or second round. In late August, at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, Pe'er managed to pass the first two rounds, only to be ousted again by unseeded Virginie Razzano.

Pe'er went into the 2007 US Open seeded 18th and suffering from a chest injury. She beat Americans Meilen Tu and Bethanie Mattek, world No. 15 Czech Nicole Vaidišová, and Agnieszka Radwańska from Poland to reach her first U.S Open and second Grand Slam quarterfinals. In the quarterfinals she lost in straight sets to world No. 6 Anna Chakvetadze.

Following her successful appearance at the U.S. Open, Pe'er lost in the second round at Luxembourg and at Stuttgart and fell in the quarterfinals of a Tier III event in Bangkok. Her return to center stage at the Zurich Open was again cut short with a first round loss. Finishing as a doubles runner-up in Luxembourg (partnering the Belarusian, Victoria Azarenka) helped Pe'er achieve a career-high doubles ranking of 25 on October 1.

Pe'er finished 2007 ranked 17th in the world.

2008[edit]

At the 2008 Australian Open, Pe'er was seeded No. 17, and lost in the third round to No. 11 seed Elena Dementieva. In the doubles tournament, Pe'er and her partner, Victoria Azarenka, were seeded No. 12. They got to final, where they lost to Alona and Kateryna Bondarenko. Following her first doubles Grand Slam final appearance Pe'er achieve a career-high doubles ranking of 16.

Late February, Pe'er became the first Israeli to compete in a WTA Tour event in the Arabian Peninsula when she reached the third round of the Qatar Total Open in Doha.[20]

Pe'er lost at the second round in Indian Wells, the third in Miami and the first in Berlin. At the 2008 French Open, Pe'er was seeded No. 17 but lost in the first round to wild card recipient, Australian Samantha Stosur, a former top 30 player that was making a comeback from an injury. Together with partner Victoria Azarenka, she reached the Semi-Finals in both Miami and Berlin. In early May Pe'er achieved a career-high doubles ranking of 14.

In Wimbledon, Pe'er advanced to the fourth round, before losing to No. 5 seed Elena Dementieva. Earlier, in the third round, Pe'er defeated the 9th seed Dinara Safina after a three-hours and 25 minutes match, the third-longest ladies' singles match in Wimbledon history.[21] At the doubles tournament, Pe'er equaled her best result from 2005, after she and Victoria Azarenka reached the quarterfinals. At the quarterfinals, Pe'er and Azarenka, the 6th seed, lost to the top-seeded team of Cara Black and Liezel Huber.

Pe'er then represented Israel at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, where she lost in the second round to #9 seed Vera Zvonareva of Russia.

Shahar Pe'er at Israeli tennis championship; 2008

Pe'er fell ten places in the World Rankings from the start of the hardcourt season. She was dispatched in the first round of the US Open by China's Li Na.

She finished the year 2008 ranked World No. 38 with a Singles record of 26–24 and a doubles record of 19–17.

2009[edit]

Pe'er started the year by playing in the ASB Classic in Auckland. Entering as the No. 5 seed, she defeated Petra Cetkovská in the first round and Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová in the second round before losing to top seed and eventual champion Elena Dementieva in the quarter-finals. At the Australian Open, she lost in the first round to #11 seed Caroline Wozniacki.

After this event, Pe'er played in Israel's first tie of the 2009 Fed Cup. She won both her singles rubbers, against Kateryna Bondarenko and Alona Bondarenko. In the deciding doubles match (Ukraine won the other two singles rubbers), Pe'er teamed up with Tzipora Obziler, but they lost to the Bondarenkos.

At the PTT Pattaya Women's Open, Pe'er was seeded seventh. She made it to the semifinals, before losing to top seeded Vera Zvonareva.

Pe'er lost in the first round of her next tournament, the Monterrey Open, to Iveta Benešová, the tournament's sixth-seed. She redeemed herself at the BNP Paribas Open, a WTA Premier event. She started the fortnight off defeating Kateryna Bondarenko, then upset 10th seeded Marion Bartoli 19th seeded Anna Chakvetadze before losing to the 8th seed and former doubles partner Victoria Azarenka. In doubles, paired with Gisela Dulko, she lost again lost to Azarenka and her partner Vera Zvonareva in the finals.

Pe'er's next tournament was the Sony Ericsson Open, the WTA tour's second Premier Mandatory event of the year. She advanced to the second round before losing to fifth–seeded Venus Williams.

Pe'er reached the Estoril Open semifinals, but retired during her match against Yanina Wickmayer due to a leg injury. A week later she played in the Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open, but had to retire again in her first round match, this time against Caroline Wozniacki. Pe'er's injury resulted in her missing the French Open.

In the first round at Wimbledon, Pe'er advanced to the second round before losing to No. 10 seed Nadia Petrova. At the GDF Suez Grand Prix she reached the quarterfinals losing to Alona Bondarenko. She then reached the second rounds of Bad Gastein and Los Angeles. In Toronto, Pe'er advanced to the third round before losing to eventual champion Elena Dementieva.

Pe'er reached the third round of the US Open before losing to the #6 seed, Svetlana Kuznetsova.

In September, Pe'er ended a three year drought without a tournament win at the Guangzhou International Women's Open in China without dropping a set. In the final, Pe'er beat Italy's Alberta Brianti. She went on to win the Tashkent Open the following week, also without dropping a set, completing 10 successive straight-sets wins in a couple of weeks. In the final she beat local hero Akgul Amanmuradova. After these wins, Pe'er's world ranking increased to No. 34.

Pe'er was the fifth seed in the new 2009 HP Open in Osaka. She was defeated in the first round by World No. 61 Sania Mirza. Pe'er then made the semi-finals of the BGL Luxembourg Open where she lost to Sabine Lisicki.

At the 2009 Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions, Pe'er's final tournament of the year, she defeated Magdaléna Rybáriková in the first round robin match but then lost to top seed Marion Bartoli, thus failing to make the semi-final.

Pe'er ended the year with a win-loss record of 41–23. She finished the year ranked #30 in the world.

2010[edit]

Pe'er at the 2010 ASB Classic

Pe'er started her 2010 season by reaching the semi-finals of the 2010 ASB Classic before losing to Yanina Wickmayer. At the 2010 Moorilla Hobart International, Pe'er made it to the finals, before losing to Alona Bondarenko in straight sets.

At the 2010 Australian Open, Pe'er was seeded 29th. She advanced to the third round before losing to 4th seeded Caroline Wozniacki. However, after the tournament, Pe'er's ranking moved up to World No. 22.

Pe'er then competed at the 2010 Open GDF Suez where she was seeded 6th. She made it to the quarter-finals before losing to Lucie Šafářová.

Pe'er continued her excellent start to the 2010 season at the Premier 5 event in Dubai where she reached the semi-finals before losing to Venus Williams. Along the way, she defeated 13th seeded Yanina Wickmayer and World No. 3 and top seed Caroline Wozniacki. Despite her semifinal defeat, Pe'er's success in Dubai moved her ranking back into the top twenty.

Pe'er was seeded 17th at the 2010 BNP Paribas Open. She advanced to the fourth round before losing to eventual champion Jelena Janković. At the 2010 Sony Ericsson Open, Pe'er made it to the third round before being defeated by World No. 16 and eventual champion Kim Clijsters.

Beginning her clay court season, Pe'er made it to the semi-finals of the 2010 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix by defeating Polona Hercog, World No. 8 Agnieszka Radwańska and World No. 3 Dinara Safina to continue her exceptional wins over top players this season. She again lost to the eventual champion Justine Henin. This marked the 6th time in 8 tournaments that Pe'er was defeated by eventual champions.

Pe'er's next tournament was the 2010 Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome where she was seeded 16th. She advanced to the third round before losing to 4th seeded Venus Williams.

Unseeded at the 2010 Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open, a Premier Mandatory event, Pe'er caused an upset in the first round, defeating 2009 French Open Champion and 5th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova. She then advanced to the semifinals before losing again to Venus Williams for the third time in 2010.

Pe'er was seeded 18th leading into the 2010 French Open, the second Grand Slam of the year. She advanced to the fourth round before losing to World No. 1 Serena Williams in straight sets. Because of her showing, Pe'er achieved a new career-high ranking of World No. 14, which was also the highest ranking ever achieved by an Israeli tennis player.

Beginning the grass-court season at the 2010 Aegon International at Eastbourne, Pe'er lost in the first round to Zheng Jie, which marked her first first-round loss of the season. Pe'er was seeded 13th at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships, and advanced to the second round before being upset by German Angelique Kerber in three sets.

Pe'er next played at the 2010 Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, the opening tournament of the 2010 US Open Series where she was seeded 6th. However, she only made it to the second round before being defeated by Maria Kirilenko in straight sets. At the 2010 Mercury Insurance Open in San Diego, Pe'er was seeded 7th. Here she advanced to the quarterfinals before losing to World No. 9 Agnieszka Radwańska.

At the 2010 Western & Southern Financial Group Masters and Women's Open in Cincinnati, Pe'er was seeded 13th. She advanced to the third round before losing to 19-year-old Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in three sets. Playing in her final US Open Series, Pe'er was seeded 14th at the 2010 Rogers Cup in Montreal, but was upset in the first round, by Kaia Kanepi.

Pe'er was seeded 16th at the 2010 US Open, the final Grand Slam of the season. She held her seeding by advancing to the Round of 16, but once again lost to Venus Williams for the fourth time this season.

Following the US Open, Pe'er chose not to defend the back-to-back titles she won in 2009 at the Guangzhou International Women's Open and the Tashkent Open. This caused her ranking to fall to World No. 19. She returned to the tour at the 2010 Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. As the 13th seed, Pe'er advanced to the second round before losing to World No. 25 Kaia Kanepi.

Pe'er then headed to Beijing to compete in the 2010 China Open, which is the final Premier Mandatory event of the season. She advanced to the semifinals before losing to the new World No. 1 and eventual champion Caroline Wozniacki. Based on her strong showing in this tournament, her ranking increased to World No. 13, a new career-high.

Due to her great success, Pe'er qualified as the 2nd alternate at the 2010 WTA Tour Championships

2011[edit]

Pe'er at the 2011 US Open

Pe'er started the year by playing in Brisbane, where she defeated Sophie Ferguson, 6–4, 6–2, but lost to Lucie Šafářová in the second round, 3–6, 6–1, 7–5. She played in Sydney next, winning against Sybille Bammer, 6–3, 5–7, 6–1, but losing the second round to Victoria Azarenka, 7–5, 6–3.

In the 2011 Australian Open, which she started as the No. 10 seed, Pe'er won her first round match against Mathilde Johansson, 6–1, 6–1. In the second round she defeated Sorana Cîrstea in straight sets, 6–3, 6–2. However, she lost in the third round to Flavia Pennetta, 3–6, 7–6, 6–4. After the tournament, Pe'er's ranking rose to No. 11, her highest in her career so far, due to Elena Dementieva and Justine Henin leaving the WTA rankings.

Pe'er played herself into form at the 2011 Dubai Tennis Championships, where she reached the semifinals in 2010, losing in the quarterfinals to top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki 6–2, 6–4. She then lost in the second round of the 2011 Qatar Ladies Open to Marion Bartoli 6–1, 6–0. In March, she reached 2011 BNP Paribas Open quarterfinal after beating Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone, all in marathon three-set matches. In the quarterfinals, she lost to Yanina Wickmayer in straight sets, 6–3, 6–3.

In April, she had a chance to become a top 10 player if she could defeat world no. 35 Julia Görges in the third round at the 2011 Family Circle Cup in Charleston, South Carolina, but she lost to the German 6–2, 6–3. Pe'er's best result in the next several tournaments came at the 2011 Internazionali BNL d'Italia where she reached the third round before losing 6–2, 6–2 to eventual champion Maria Sharapova.

Coming into the French Open, Pe'er possessed a 14–10 win/loss record on the season. However, her loss to Sharapova began a five-match losing streak, including in the first rounds of Roland Garros and Wimbledon, and a loss to world number 429 Casey Dellacqua. Pe'er came into Wimbledon as the 22nd seed before her three-set loss to unseeded Russian Ksenia Pervak in the first round.

Pe'er entered into the 2011 Citi Open as the top seed in College Park, Maryland, one of the two opening events for the 2011 US Open Series. She won two successive matches in straight and won her match against Tamira Paszek 3–6 7–6 6–4 after around 3 hours marathon. In the final she lost to the second seed Nadia Petrova, 5–7, 2–6.

2012[edit]

Pe'er reached the second round of Sony Swedish Open, Båstad losing to Mathilde Johansson, 2–6 6–3 2–6.[22]

Federation Cup[edit]

Pe'er is 21–12 in Fed Cup matches for Israel in 2002–09, having won 13 of her last 16 singles matches.[23] She tasted victory again in 2009 beating both the Bondarenko sisters of Ukraine in Kharkiv. However, Israel fell short in the series 2–3 losing in the decisive doubles match.[24]

Major Finals[edit]

Grand Slam[edit]

Doubles: 1 (0–1)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 2008 Australian Open Hard Belarus Victoria Azarenka Ukraine Alona Bondarenko
Ukraine Kateryna Bondarenko
2–6, 6–1, 6–4

WTA career finals[edit]

Singles: 10 (6 titles, 4 runners-up)[edit]

Winner — Legend (pre/post 2009)
Grand Slam Tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tournament of Champions (0–0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Tier II / Premier (0–0)
Tier III, IV & V / International (5–4)
125s tournaments (1–0)
Titles by surface
Hard (4/4)
Grass (0/0)
Clay (2/0)
Carpet (0/0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. February 12, 2006 Pattaya Women's Open, Pattaya City, Thailand Hard Croatia Jelena Kostanić Tošić 6–3, 6–1
Winner 2. May 9, 2006 ECM Prague Open, Prague, Czech Republic Clay Australia Samantha Stosur 4–6, 6–2, 6–1
Winner 3. May 22, 2006 İstanbul Cup, Istanbul, Turkey Clay Russia Anastasia Myskina 1–6, 6–3, 7–6(3)
Runner-up 1. February 24, 2007 Regions Morgan Keegan Championships and the Cellular South Cup, Memphis, United States Hard United States Venus Williams 1–6, 1–6
Winner 4. September 20, 2009 Guangzhou International Women's Open, Guangzhou, China Hard Italy Alberta Brianti 6–3, 6–4
Winner 5. September 27, 2009 Tashkent Open, Tashkent, Uzbekistan Hard Uzbekistan Akgul Amanmuradova 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 2. January 16, 2010 Moorilla Hobart International, Hobart, Australia Hard Ukraine Alona Bondarenko 2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 3. July 31, 2011 Citi Open, Washington, D.C., United States Hard Russia Nadia Petrova 5–7, 2–6
Runner-up 4. July 28, 2013 Baku Cup, Baku, Azerbaijan Hard Ukraine Elina Svitolina 4–6, 4–6

WTA 125s finals[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. August 11, 2013 Suzhou Ladies Open, Suzhou, China Hard China Zheng Saisai 6–2, 2–6, 6–3

Doubles: 9 (3 titles, 6 runners-up)[edit]

Winner — Legend (pre/post 2009)
Grand Slam Tournaments (0–1)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–2)
Tier II / Premier (2–2)
Tier III, IV & V / International (1–1)
Titles by surface
Hard (2/4)
Grass (0/0)
Clay (1/2)
Carpet (0/0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent Score
Winner 1. May 14, 2006 ECM Prague Open, Prague, Czech Republic Clay France Marion Bartoli United States Ashley Harkleroad
United States Bethanie Mattek
6–4, 6–4
Winner 2. July 30, 2006 Bank of the West Classic, Stanford, United States (1) Hard Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld Italy Maria Elena Camerin
Argentina Gisela Dulko
6–1, 6–4
Winner 3. July 30, 2007 Bank of the West Classic, Stanford, United States (2) Hard India Sania Mirza Belarus Victoria Azarenka
Russia Anna Chakvetadze
6–4, 7–6
Runner-up 1. September 30, 2007 Fortis Championships Luxembourg, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg Hard Belarus Victoria Azarenka Czech Republic Iveta Benešová
Slovakia Janette Husárová
4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 2. January 25, 2008 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Hard Belarus Victoria Azarenka Ukraine Alona Bondarenko
Ukraine Kateryna Bondarenko
6–2, 1–6, 4–6
Runner-up 3. March 21, 2009 BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells, United States Hard Argentina Gisela Dulko Belarus Victoria Azarenka
Russia Vera Zvonareva
4–6, 6–3, [5–10]
Runner-up 4. October 2, 2010 Toray Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo, Japan Hard China Peng Shuai Czech Republic Iveta Benešová
Czech Republic Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová
4–6, 6–4, [8–10]
Runner-up 5. May 25, 2013 Brussels Open, Brussels, Belgium Clay Canada Gabriela Dabrowski Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld
Czech Republic Květa Peschke
0–6, 3–6
Runner-up 6. May 24, 2014 Nürnberger Versicherungscup, Nurnberg, Germany Clay Romania Raluca Olaru Netherlands Michaëlla Krajicek
Czech Republic Karolína Plíšková
0–6, 6–4, [6–10]

ITF titles (7)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments

Singles (4)

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
1. November 16, 2003 Ramat HaSharon, Israel Hard Belarus Olga Govortsova 6–1, 6–0
2. November 30, 2003 Haifa, Israel Hard Belarus Olga Govortsova 6–1, 6–7, 6–3
3. February 28, 2004 Bendigo, Australia Hard Thailand Suchanun Viratprasert 6–4, 7–5
4. December 5, 2004 Ra'anana, Israel Hard Hungary Zsófia Gubacsi 6–2, 6–1

Doubles (3)

No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
1. June 13, 2004 Marseille, France Hard Russia Elena Vesnina France Kildine Chevalier
Spain Conchita Martínez Granados
6–1 6–1
2. December 5, 2004 Ra'anana, Israel Hard Israel Tzipora Obziler Morocco Bahia Mouhtassine
Turkey İpek Şenoğlu
6–3 6–0
3. June 5, 2005 Ra'anana, Israel Hard Israel Tzipora Obziler Austria Daniela Klemenschits
Austria Sandra Klemenschits
7–6(2) 1–6 6–2

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Australian Open A LQ 1R QF 3R 1R 3R 3R 2R 2R 1R 12–9
French Open A 3R 4R 4R 1R A 4R 1R 2R 1R 1R 12–8
Wimbledon A 2R 2R 3R 4R 2R 2R 1R 1R LQ 1R 9–8
US Open LQ 3R 4R QF 1R 3R 4R 2R 1R Q1 14–7
Win–Loss 0–0 5–3 7–4 13–4 5–4 3–3 9–4 2–2 2–4 1–2 0–3 47–32
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics Not Held 2R Not Held 1R 1–2
Year-End Championship
WTA Tour Championships ALT 0–0
Tournament of Champions RR 1–1
WTA Premier Mandatory Tournaments
Indian Wells 4R QF 3R 4R 4R QF 1R 2R 15–8
Miami LQ 3R 2R SF 4R 2R 3R 2R 2R 1R 10–7
Madrid Not Held 1R SF 1R 2R 5–4
Beijing Not Tier I 1R SF 1R 4–3
WTA Premier 5 Tournaments
Dubai Not Tier I SF QF 2R 8–3
Rome 1R 3R 3R 3R 2R 7–5
Cincinnati Not Tier I LQ 3R 3R 1R 4–3
Canada QF 3R 2R 3R 1R 1R 1R 6–6
Tokyo 1R 1R 2R 2R 2–4
Tournaments Won 0 0 3 0 0 2 0 0 0 5
Year End Ranking 183 45 20 17 38 31 13 37 74

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Australian Open 1R 1R F 1R 2R 3R 2R 1R QF 12–9
French Open 3R 3R QF QF 1R 10–5
Wimbledon QF 2R 3R QF 2R 2R 3R 1R 1R 13–9
US Open 2R 2R 3R 1R 3R 3R 1R 1R 1R 8–9
Win–Loss 4–2 4–4 6–4 11–4 3–3 7–4 4–3 1–4 0–3 3–1 43–32

Head-to-head against some top-30 ranked players[edit]

The following sections shows the head to head record [25] with all players who achieved a ranking position of 30 or higher.

Player Top ranking Record W% Hardcourt Clay Grass Carpet Last match
Russia Maria Sharapova 1 0–7 0% 0–5 0–1 0–1 0–0 Lost (2–6, 0–6) at the London 2012 Summer Olympics
Belgium Kim Clijsters 1 0–2 0% 0–2 0–0 0–0 0–0 Lost (0–6, 1–6) at 2010 Sony Ericsson Open
Switzerland Martina Hingis 1 0–1 0% 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 Lost (3–6, 6–2, 3–6) at 2006 French Open
United States Venus Williams 1 0–6 0% 0–3 0–2 0–0 0–1 Lost (6–7(3), 3–6) at 2010 US Open
United States Serena Williams 1 0–5 0% 0–3 0–2 0–0 0–0 Lost (2–6, 2–6) at 2010 French Open
Serbia and Montenegro/Serbia Ana Ivanovic 1 3–1 75% 2–0 0–1 1–0 0–0 Lost (2–6, 2–6) at 2012 French Open
France Amélie Mauresmo 1 0–1 0% 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 Lost (3–6, 4–6) at 2007 Hastings Direct International Championships
Serbia and Montenegro/Serbia Jelena Janković 1 1–2 33% 0–2 0–0 0–0 0–0 Won (7–6, 6–2) at 2012 Qatar Total Open
Belgium Justine Henin 1 0–2 0% 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 Lost (3–6, 2–6) at 2010 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix
Russia Dinara Safina 1 4–3 57% 2–1 1–1 1–1 0–0 Won (6–3, 6–2) at 2010 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix
Denmark Caroline Wozniacki 1 1–5 17% 1–4 0–1 0–0 0–0 Lost (2–6, 4–6) at 2011 Dubai Tennis Championships
Belarus Victoria Azarenka 1 0–3 0% 0–3 0–0 0–0 0–0 Lost (5–7, 3–6) at 2011 Medibank International Sydney
Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova 2 4–4 50% 3–3 1–1 0–0 0–0 Won (6–2, 6–4) at 2011 Qatar Ladies Open
Russia Anastasia Myskina 2 2–1 67% 1–0 1–1 0–0 0–0 Won (7–6(6), 5–7, 6–4) at 2006 Rogers Cup
Spain Conchita Martínez 2 0–1 0% 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 Lost (4–6, 3–6) at 2005 PTT Pattaya Open
Poland Agnieszka Radwańska 2 3–4 43% 1–2 2–1 0–0 0–1 Lost (1–6, 1–6) at 2013 French Open
Russia Vera Zvonareva 2 0–5 0% 0–4 0–1 0–0 0–0 Lost (1–6, 4–6) at 2009 Pattaya Women's Open
Russia Elena Dementieva 3 1–6 14% 0–4 1–0 0–1 0–1 Lost (1–6, 6–1, 4–6) at 2009 Rogers Cup
Russia Nadia Petrova 3 0–6 0% 0–3 0–1 0–2 0–0 Lost (5–7, 2–6) at 2011 Citi Open
Japan Kimiko Date-Krumm 4 1–1 50% 1–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 Lost (6–3, 6–7(5), 5–7) at 2010 HP Open
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia/Australia Jelena Dokić 4 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 Won (6–2, 6–2) at 2010 Moorilla Hobart International
Italy Francesca Schiavone 4 4–1 80% 4–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 Won (6–4, 3–6, 7–6(3)) at 2011 BNP Paribas Open
Australia Samantha Stosur 4 2–3 40% 0–2 2–1 0–0 0–0 Lost (1–6, 1–6) at 2008 East West Bank Classic
China Li Na 4 2–2 50% 1–2 1–0 0–0 0–0 Won (6–4, 3–6, 6–4) at 2010 Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open
Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová 5 2–2 50% 2–1 0–0 0–1 0–0 Won (0–6, 6–4, 6–3) at 2010 Bank of the West Classic
Russia Anna Chakvetadze 5 2–4 33% 2–4 0–0 0–0 0–0 Won (6–2, 6–4) at 2009 BNP Paribas Open
Czech Republic Petra Kvitová 6 0–1 0% 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 Lost (6–2, 3–6, 0–6) at 2008 Fed Cup World Group Play-offs
Switzerland Patty Schnyder 7 2–2 50% 2–2 0–0 0–0 0–0 Won (6–4, 6–2) at 2010 China Open
Czech Republic Nicole Vaidišová 7 1–1 50% 1–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 Won (6–4, 3–6, 7–6(5)) at 2007 US Open
Japan Ai Sugiyama 8 2–1 67% 1–1 1–0 0–0 0–0 Lost (2–6, 2–6) at 2008 Rogers Cup
Australia Alicia Molik 8 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 Won (6–1, 6–2) at 2006 Zurich Open
France Marion Bartoli 9 7–3 70% 5–2 2–0 0–1 0–0 Lost (1–6, 0–6) at 2011 Qatar Ladies Open
Argentina Paola Suárez 9 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 Won (6–2, 6–3) at 2006 JPMorgan Chase Open
Italy Flavia Pennetta 10 2–4 33% 2–4 0–0 0–0 0–0 Lost (6–3, 6–7(3), 4–6) at 2011 Australian Open
France Alizé Cornet 11 2–0 100% 1–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 Won (6–4, 6–1) at 2010 Open GDF Suez
United States Meghann Shaughnessy 11 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 Won (6–1, 5–7, 6–0) at 2007 Mondial Australian Women's Hardcourts
France Nathalie Dechy 11 1–1 50% 1–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 Won (7–6(6), 6–3) at 2008 Sony Ericsson Open
Belgium Yanina Wickmayer 12 2–3 40% 2–2 0–1 0–0 0–0 Lost (3–6, 3–6) at 2011 BNP Paribas Open
Slovakia Dominika Cibulková 12 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 Won (6–2, 6–3) at 2007 East West Bank Classic
France Tatiana Golovin 12 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 Won (3–6, 7–5, 7–5) at 2007 Australian Open
Hungary Ágnes Szávay 13 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 Won (6–2, 6–2) at 2009 US Open
Russia Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 13 1–1 50% 1–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 Won (2–6, 6–3, 7–5) at 2011 BNP Paribas Open
Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld 14 3–1 75% 1–1 2–0 0–0 0–0 Won (6–1, 6–2) at 2007 German Open
Russia Elena Bovina 14 1–0 100% 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–0 Won (6–0, 6–2) at 2006 Kremlin Cup
Greece Eleni Daniilidou 14 2–0 100% 2–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 Won (4–6, 7–6(4), 7–5) at 2006 Pacific Life Open
China Peng Shuai 14 2–2 50% 2–1 0–0 0–1 0–0 Lost (3–6, 2–6) at 2011 Western & Southern Open
China Zheng Jie 15 0–2 0% 0–0 0–1 0–1 0–0 Lost (6–1, 1–6, 3–6) at 2010 Aegon International
Russia Elena Likhovtseva 15 1–1 50% 0–1 0–0 1–0 0–0 Won (6–2, 5–7, 6–4) at 2007 Hastings Direct International Championships
France Aravane Rezaï 15 1–0 100% 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 Won (6–4, 2–6, 6–4) at 2009 Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem
France Virginie Razzano 16 2–2 50% 2–2 0–0 0–0 0–0 Won (6–2, 6–2) at 2010 Dubai Tennis Championships
Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues 16 0–2 0% 0–2 0–0 0–0 0–0 Lost (2–6, 2–6) at 2011 Sony Ericsson Open
Estonia Kaia Kanepi 16 3–2 60% 0–2 2–0 1–0 0–0 Won (3–6, 6–7(5)) at 2010 Toray Pan Pacific Open
Germany Julia Görges 16 0–1 0% 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 Lost (2–6, 3–6) at 2011 Family Circle Cup
Croatia Karolina Šprem 17 2–0 100% 2–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 Won (6–4, 6–3) at 2010 Open GDF Suez
Russia Maria Kirilenko 18 1–2 33% 1–1 0–0 0–0 0–1 Lost (4–6, 3–6) at 2010 Bank of the West Classic
Luxembourg Anne Kremer 18 1–0 100% 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 Won (6–1, 7–5) at 2004 Caserta
Croatia Silvija Talaja 18 1–1 50% 1–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 Won (6–1, 6–1) at 2005 NASDAQ-100 Open
Spain María José Martínez Sánchez 19 1–2 33% 1–0 0–1 0–1 0–0 Lost (5–7, 3–6) at 2011 Aegon International
Austria Sybille Bammer 19 2–0 100% 2–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 Won (6–3, 5–7, 6–1) at 2011 Medibank International Sydney
Thailand Tamarine Tanasugarn 19 1–1 50% 0–1 0–0 1–0 0–0 Won (7–5, 6–2) at 2007 Wimbledon Championships
Ukraine Alona Bondarenko 19 3–3 50% 1–2 2–1 0–0 0–0 Lost (2–6, 4–6) at 2010 Moorilla Hobart International
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik 20 2–1 67% 1–1 1–0 0–0 0–0 Won (6–1, 4–6, 6–3) at 2007 French Open
Russia Tatiana Panova 20 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 Won (6–3, 7–6(2)) at 2005 Bangalore Open
Russia Alisa Kleybanova 20 3–1 75% 1–0 2–1 0–0 0–0 Won (6–3, 7–5) at 2011 Internazionali BNL d'Italia
Germany Sabine Lisicki 21 2–2 50% 2–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 Won (6–3, 7–6(4)) at 2011 Western & Southern Open
Canada Aleksandra Wozniak 21 1–1 50% 0–1 0–0 0–0 1–0 Lost (1–6, 0–6) at 2011 Rogers Cup
Japan Shinobu Asagoe 21 0–1 0% 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 Lost (6–3, 1–6, 4–6) at 2006 Australian Open
Czech Republic Lucie Šafářová 22 2–3 40% 2–2 0–1 0–0 0–0 Lost (3–6, 6–1, 7–5) at 2011 Brisbane International
Spain Carla Suárez Navarro 22 3–0 100% 3–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 Won (4–6, 7–6(4), 7–5) at 2010 Moorilla Hobart International
Italy Tathiana Garbin 22 2–1 67% 2–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 Lost (5–7, 4–6) at 2009 Pilot Pen Tennis
Romania Sorana Cîrstea 23 2–0 100% 2–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 Won (6–3, 6–2) at 2011 Australian Open
Czech Republic Iveta Benešová 25 1–2 33% 1–2 0–0 0–0 0–0 Won (6–2, 6–0) at 2010 HP Open
Slovakia/Australia Jarmila Gajdošová 25 1–1 50% 0–1 1–0 0–0 0–0 Won (6–2, 0–6, 6–3) at 2009 Estoril Open
Argentina Gisela Dulko 26 0–2 0% 0–2 0–0 0–0 0–0 Lost (6–2, 3–6, 3–6) at 2006 Acura Classic
Venezuela María Vento-Kabchi 26 0–1 0% 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 Lost (5–7, 6–4, 3–6) at 2005 US Open
Czech Republic Květa Peschke 26 1–0 100% 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 Won (6–1, 1–6, 6–4) at 2005 French Open
Romania Alexandra Dulgheru 26 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 Won (6–4, 6–2) at 2011 Dubai Tennis Championships
India Sania Mirza 27 1–4 20% 1–4 0–0 0–0 0–0 Lost (6–3, 3–6, 4–6) at 2009 HP Open
Italy Mara Santangelo 27 2–0 100% 1–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 Won (6–1, 6–2) at 2006 İstanbul Cup
Puerto Rico Kristina Brandi 27 1–0 100% 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 Won (6–1, 6–0) at 2006 MPS Group Championships
France Émilie Loit 27 1–0 100% 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–0 Won (6–3, 6–4) at 2008 Wimbledon Championships
Czech Republic Klára Zakopalová 27 0–2 0% 0–0 0–2 0–0 0–0 Lost (6–7(5), 2–6) at 2008 ECM Prague Open
United States Laura Granville 28 0–1 0% 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 Lost (6–3, 5–7, 4–6) at 2005 Hansol Korea Open
Russia/Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova 29 1–1 50% 1–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 Won (7–5, 6–4) at 2010 Mercury Insurance Open
Russia Ekaterina Makarova 29 0–1 0% 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 Lost (4–6, 2–6) at 2009 China Open
Ukraine Kateryna Bondarenko 29 4–0 100% 2–0 2–0 0–0 0–0 Won (6–2, 6–1) at 2009 BNP Paribas Open
Sweden Sofia Arvidsson 29 2–0 100% 1–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 Won (6–1, 6–3) at 2011 Family Circle Cup
United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands 30 5–0 100% 3–0 1–0 0–0 1–0 Won (4–6, 7–6(5), 6–3) at 2011 BNP Paribas Open
Netherlands Michaëlla Krajicek 30 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 Won (7–5, 7–6(7)) at 2007 Rogers Cup
89 125–141 47% 84–97 (46%) 32–28 (53%) 6–12 (33%) 3–4 (43%)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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