Vera Dushevina

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Vera Dushevina
Вера Душевина
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Country  Russia
Residence Khimki, Russia
Born (1986-10-06) 6 October 1986 (age 28)
Moscow, Soviet Union
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro 2003
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money US$3,046,673
Singles
Career record 324–242
Career titles 1 WTA, 1 ITF
Highest ranking No. 31 (4 July 2005)
Current ranking No. 160 (16 June 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 4R (2005)
French Open 2R (2004, 2006, 2007, 2011)
Wimbledon 2R (2007–2010)
US Open 3R (2004, 2007)
Doubles
Career record 182–168
Career titles 2 WTA, 4 ITF
Highest ranking No. 25 (25 June 2007)
Current ranking No. 34 (16 June 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 3R (2007, 2014)
French Open 3R (2007, 2009)
Wimbledon QF (2005)
US Open 2R (2005, 2007, 2008, 2012)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon SF (2014)
Last updated on: 4 July 2014.

Vera Yevgenyevna Dushevina (Russian: Вера Евгеньевна Душевина; born 6 October 1986) is a Russian professional female tennis player. She was born in Moscow and now resides in nearby satellite city of Khimki.

Vera Dushevina at the 2008 US Open.

Early life[edit]

Dushevina began playing tennis at the age of seven under her father, Yevgeny, an engineer. Her mother, Elena is a teacher.[citation needed]

Tennis career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Vera played her first Main Draw match at the 2002 J&S Cup by qualifying, but she lost to Virginia Ruano Pascual 6–1, 7–6(2). She was able to win her first WTA tour match at the 2003 NASDAQ-100 Open, after qualifying she defeated Patricia Wartusch 6–0, 6–3 but lost to fourth seed Justine Henin 6–3, 6–2 in the second round. She then won her first professional tour title at the ITF in Innsbruck, Austria coming through the qualifying draw and defeating Melinda Czink 7–6(4), 6–2 in the final. In her next tournament she was able to reach her first WTA Tour semifinals at the 2003 Nordea Nordic Light Open including defeating her first top 50 player, world no. 35 Denisa Chládková 6–2, 6–3 but lost to Jelena Kostanić in the semifinals. She then played her first Slam main draw match after qualifying but lost to Ashley Harkleroad 6–4, 6–2 in the first round. In the 2003 Kremlin Cup she upset then world no. 28 Lisa Raymond 6–2, 7–6(4), but lost to 7th seed Vera Zvonareva 6–2, 6–1.

2005–2009[edit]

Vera began her 2005 campaign by losing in the first round at the 2005 Canberra Women's Classic to Anna-Lena Grönefeld 7–5, 6–4. At the first slam of the year in the 2005 Australian Open, she was able to reach the fourth round for the first time in a slam losing to 5th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova 6–4, 6–2. Along the way she won her first top 20 victory over then world no. 11 Vera Zvonareva 6–3, 6–3 in the second round. She then qualified for the 2005 Open Gaz de France and 2005 Dubai Tennis Championships but fell to Dinara Safina 6–2, 6–4 in the second round and to Nathalie Dechy 6–7(1), 6–4, 7–6(4) in the first round, respectively. She then lost 4 straight matches in the second round of the 2005 NASDAQ-100 Open and the first rounds of 2005 Bausch & Lomb Championships, 2005 J&S Cup and 2005 Qatar Total German Open. She then bounced back by reaching the quarterfinals of the 2005 Internationaux de Strasbourg losing to eventual champion Anabel Medina Garrigues 6–7(2), 7–5, 6–1. She however had a bad draw at the 2005 French Open losing to 21st seed Mary Pierce 6–2. 7–5. Dushevina reached her first Women's Tennis Association singles final at the 2005 Hastings Direct International Championships as a qualifier she finished as runner-up to former World No. 1 Kim Clijsters 7–5, 6–0. In the said tournament she won her first top 5 victory over then world no. 3 Amélie Mauresmo 6–4, 6–4 in the second round. However, she fell in the first round of the 2005 Wimbledon to Ana Ivanovic 6–4, 6–3. She then bounced back to reach the semifinals of the 2005 Nordea Nordic Light Open losing to Katarina Srebotnik 6–0, 7–5. She then reached the second round of the 2005 Pilot Pen Tennis losing to Elena Dementieva. She then suffered back-to-back to loses to Shahar Pe'er at the second round of 2005 US Open and first round of 2005 China Open. She then fell at the quarterfinals of the 2005 Hansol Korea Open to top seed Jelena Janković 5–7, 6–3, 6–3. She then lost in the first round of the 2005 Kremlin Cup to Elena Likhovtseva 3–6, 6–2, 7–5. She then avenged her lose to Janković at the 2005 Generali Ladies Linz defeating the Serb 7–6(6), 3–6, 6–0 in the first round, but fell to Sybille Bammer in the next round.

Dushevina had a poor 2006 season. She reached in the second rounds of 2006 ASB Classic and 2006 Medibank International losing to top ten players Nadia Petrova and Justine Henin respectively. She then fell in the first round of the 2006 Australian Open to Catalina Castaño in straight sets. She then fell in the second rounds of 2006 Open Gaz de France and 2006 Dubai Tennis Championships to then world no. 2 Amélie Mauresmo and then world no. 4 Maria Sharapova, respectively. She then suffered a back-to-back first round loss at the 2006 Qatar Total Open and 2006 NASDAQ-100 Open. She then earned her best performance of the year by reaching the third round of the 2006 Bausch & Lomb Championships losing to Patty Schnyder 6–3, 7–5. At the 2006 Estoril Open she was upset by Antonella Serra Zanetti 6–4, 6–4 in the first round. She then suffered 4 consecutive second round exits at the 2005 Qatar Total German Open and 2005 French Open to then world no. 1 Amélie Mauresmo, the 2006 Internazionali BNL d'Italia to Patty Schnyder, and the 2006 Hastings Direct International Championships to Anna-Lena Grönefeld. She then fell 5 consecutive first round main draw matches that she played. At the 2006 Wimbledon, 2006 JPMorgan Chase Open, 2006 Rogers Cup, 2006 US Open, and the 2006 China Open. She then reached the second rounds of the 2006 Hansol Korea Open and 2006 AIG Japan Open Tennis Championships. She then suffered back-to-back main draw match to compatriot Vera Zvonareva, at the 2006 Kremlin Cup and 2006 Gaz de France Stars.

Two years later, she reached her second final at the Nordea Nordic Light Open, losing in straight sets to Agnieszka Radwańska. Dushevina reached the final of the Stockholm event again in 2007, losing to Caroline Wozniacki. Dushevina has won one doubles title, the Warsaw Open, playing with Tatiana Perebiynis in 2007. She was also a part of the winning Russian team in the 2005 Fed Cup, winning doubles ties in the quarterfinals and semifinals finals partnering Dinara Safina. Dushevina began writing a blog for Eurosport about her time on the tour in 2009.[1]

In June 2009, at the Aegon International in Eastbourne, she lost in 45 minutes to Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak in the quarterfinals, 6–1, 6–0, winning only 17 of the 69 points in the match, and losing every one of her service games.[1].

Dushevina upset World No. 22 Alizé Cornet in the first round of the Wimbledon Championships, but fell to Elena Vesnina in the second.

Dushevina won her first WTA career title at the 2009 İstanbul Cup defeating Lucie Hradecká 6–0, 6–1 in the final.

2010–2011[edit]

Dushevina started 2010 by qualifying in the 2010 Medibank International Sydney where she reached the quarterfinals with wins over Casey Dellacqua and Elena Vesnina, but lost to then world no. 1 Serena Williams in the quarterfinals. She then fell in the first round of the 2010 Australian Open to compatriot and 5th seed Elena Dementieva 6–2, 6–1. At the 2010 PTT Pattaya Open, she was upset in the second round by world no. 121 Ekaterina Bychkova 6–4, 6–1. She then fell in the first rounds of 2010 Dubai Tennis Championships and 2010 Sony Ericsson Open and the second round of 2010 BNP Paribas Open.

She then reached the third round of the 2010 Family Circle Cup losing to eventual champion Samantha Stosur 6–1, 3–6, 6–1, but fell early in the 2010 Internazionali BNL d'Italia to Andrea Petkovic 6–3, 6–0. In the second round of the 2010 Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open, Dushevina lost the most competitive match of her career against World No.1 Serena Williams. Williams finally won 6–7(2), 7–6(5), 7–6(5) after 3 hours and 26 minutes despite being 5–2 up in the final set. Dushevina had match point at 7–6(2), 6–5 but could not close out the match. She was also 4–0 up in the final set tie break before losing. It was also Williams' longest match. She then fell in the first rounds of the 2010 French Open and 2010 Aegon International. At Wimbledon 2010 she upset French Open Champion Francesca Schiavone 6–7(0), 7–5, 6–1 in the first round, but fell to eventual semi-finalist Tsvetana Pironkova 6–3, 6–4 in the following round.

She reached the back-to-back quarterfinals in the 2010 Banka Koper Slovenia Open and 2010 İstanbul Cup losing to Anna Chakvetadze 2–6, 6–3, 7–5 and Jarmila Groth 7–5, 6–2, respectively. She then fell in the second round of the 2010 Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open to Jelena Janković 6–4, 3–6, 6–1. She then fell in the qualifying rounds of 2010 Rogers Cup and 2010 Pilot Pen Tennis. In the 2010 US Open she fell in the first round to Alona Bondarenko. In the 2010 Hansol Korea Open, she upset former world no. 1 Ana Ivanovic 2–6, 6–4, 6–2 but fell in the next round to Klára Zakopalová. She then reached the third round of the 2010 China Open as a qualifier losing to Francesca Schiavone 4–6, 6–3, 6–1. In her final tournament of the year at the 2010 Kremlin Cup, she was able to reach her first semifinal since winning in the 2009 İstanbul Cup, she defeated 3 consecutive compatriots Ekaterina Makarova, Elena Vesnina and Anna Chakvetadze but fell to another compatriot Maria Kirilenko 6–1, 6–1.

Vera started 2011 by losing in the qualifying draw of the 2011 Medibank International Sydney. At the 2011 Australian Open she was able to pick up her 1st win in 6 years by defeating Maria Elena Camerin 6–3, 3–6, 6–1 but fell to 5th seed Samantha Stosur in the next round. She then fell in the first rounds of 2011 Open GDF Suez and 2011 Dubai Tennis Championships. She is currently playing at the 2011 Qatar Ladies Open, where she qualified and defeated María José Martínez Sánchez 4–6, 6–1, 7–6(1) in the first round and lost to Daniela Hantuchová 4–6, 6–2, 6–4 in the second round.

Personal life[edit]

Outside tennis, Vera also plays football and basketball. She is also a fan of Russian films.[citation needed]

Significant finals[edit]

Premier Mandatory/Premier 5 finals[edit]

Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 2013 Beijing Hard Spain Arantxa Parra Santonja Zimbabwe Cara Black
India Sania Mirza
2–6, 2–6

WTA career finals[edit]

Singles: 4 (1 title, 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 (0–1)
Tier III, IV & V / International (1–2)
Titles by Surface
Hard (1–2)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 18 June 2005 Hastings Direct International Championships, Eastbourne, United Kingdom Grass Belgium Kim Clijsters 5–7, 0–6
Runner-up 2. 30 July 2007 Nordea Nordic Light Open, Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) Poland Agnieszka Radwańska 1–6, 1–6
Runner-up 3. 3 August 2008 Nordea Nordic Light Open, Stockholm, Sweden Hard Denmark Caroline Wozniacki 0–6, 2–6
Winner 1. 2 August 2009 İstanbul Cup, Istanbul, Turkey Hard Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká 6–0, 6–1

Doubles: 9 (2 titles, 7 runners-up)[edit]

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–1)
Tier II / Premier (1–1)
Tier III, IV & V / International (1–5)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–7)
Clay (1–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent Score
Winner 1. 30 April 2007 Warsaw Open, Warsaw, Poland Clay Ukraine Tatiana Perebiynis Russia Elena Likhovtseva
Russia Elena Vesnina
7–5, 3–6, [10–2]
Runner-up 1. 27 July 2008 Banka Koper Slovenia Open, Portorož, Slovenia Hard Russia Ekaterina Makarova Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues
Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
4–6, 1–6
Runner-up 2. 22 September 2008 Hansol Korea Open, Seoul, South Korea Hard Russia Maria Kirilenko Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-Jung
Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-wei
3–6, 0–6
Runner-up 3. 20 October 2008 Fortis Championships Luxembourg, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg Hard Ukraine Mariya Koryttseva Romania Sorana Cîrstea
New Zealand Marina Eraković
6–2, 3–6, [8–10]
Runner-up 4. 13 February 2011 Open GDF Suez, Paris, France Hard (i) Russia Ekaterina Makarova United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands
United States Meghann Shaughnessy
4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 5. 25 September 2011 Hansol Korea Open, Seoul, South Korea Hard Kazakhstan Galina Voskoboeva South Africa Natalie Grandin
Czech Republic Vladimíra Uhlířová
6–7(5–7), 4–6
Runner-up 6. 25 February 2012 Cellular South Cup, Memphis, United States Hard (i) Belarus Olga Govortsova Czech Republic Andrea Hlaváčková
Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká
3–6, 4–6
Winner 2. 3 August 2013 Citi Open, Washington, D.C., United States Hard Japan Shuko Aoyama Canada Eugenie Bouchard
United States Taylor Townsend
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 7. 5 October 2013 China Open, Beijing, China Hard Spain Arantxa Parra Santonja Zimbabwe Cara Black
India Sania Mirza
2–6, 2–6

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A 2R 4R 1R 1R A 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R 5–9
French Open A 2R 1R 2R 2R 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R LQ 4–9
Wimbledon LQ 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R 2R 2R 1R 1R LQ 4–9
US Open 1R 3R 2R 1R 3R 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R 7–11
Win–Loss 0–1 4–4 4–4 1–4 4–4 1–3 1–4 1–4 3–4 1–4 0–2 20–38
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics NH A Not Held A Not Held 0–0
Year-End Championship
WTA Tour Championships A A A A A A A A A 0–0
WTA Premier Mandatory Tournaments
Indian Wells A A A A A A 3R 2R 1R LQ 3–3
Miami 2R 3R 2R 1R 3R A 1R 1R 1R 1R 6–9
Madrid Not Held QF 2R 1R LQ 6–3
Beijing Not Held 1R 3R LQ 4–2
WTA Premier 5 Tournaments
Doha A 1R 1R 1R LQ 1R Not Held NP5 1R 1–6
Dubai Not Tier I 2R 1R 1R NP5 1–3
Rome A 2R A 2R A 1R 1R 1R 2R LQ 3–6
Cincinnati Not Tier I 1R 2R A 3–2
Canada A A A 1R A A 1R LQ A 2–3
Tokyo A A A A LQ LQ 2R LQ A 2–2
Win–Loss 29–10 27–18 28–20 22–26 40–21 20–18 34–20 31–22 20–20 12–12 278–194
Year End Ranking 108 63 39 97 41 88 44 54 86 141

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open 1R 3R 2R 3R 1R 2R 2R 7–7
French Open 2R 1R 3R 1R 3R 2R 1R 2R 1R 7–9
Wimbledon QF 2R 1R 2R 2R 2R 3R 1R 1R 9–9
US Open 2R 1R 2R 2R 2R 1R 2R 2R 1R 6–9
Win–Loss 5–3 1–4 5–4 2–3 5–4 4–4 3–4 3–4 1–4 29–34

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vera Dushevina (12 February 2009). "Girl on Tour: Things heat up in Thailand". Eurosport, Yahoo!. Retrieved 17 February 2009. [dead link]

External links[edit]