Yaroslava Shvedova

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This name uses Eastern Slavic naming customs; the patronymic is Vyacheslavovna and the family name is Shvedova.
Yaroslava Shvedova
Яросла́ва Шве́дова
Yaroslava Shvedova 004 2014 Nürnberger Versicherungscup 20-05-2014.jpg
Yaroslava Shvedova in 2014
Country Russia (2002–08)
Kazakhstan (2008–)
Residence Astana, Kazakhstan
Born (1987-09-12) 12 September 1987 (age 26)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro 2002
Plays Right (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $3,483,392
Singles
Career record 288–200
Career titles 1 WTA, 4 ITF
Highest ranking No. 25 (October 29, 2012)
Current ranking No. 52 (7 July 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2008, 2010)
French Open QF (2010, 2012)
Wimbledon 4R (2012, 2014)
US Open 3R (2009, 2013)
Doubles
Career record 148–100
Career titles 11 WTA, 3 ITF
Highest ranking No. 4 (June 6, 2011)
Current ranking No. 27 (19 May 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open QF (2012)
French Open SF (2011)
Wimbledon W (2010)
US Open W (2010)
Last updated on: 20 May 2014.

Yaroslava Vyacheslavovna Shvedova (Яросла́ва Вячесла́вовна Шве́дова, born 12 September 1987 in Moscow) is a Kazakhstani professional tennis player. She has achieved a career-high ranking of no. 25 as of 29 October 2012. She has won one WTA singles title, three ITF Women's Circuit singles titles and six doubles titles, including the 2010 Wimbledon and US Open women's doubles titles. She was taught tennis at the age of eight by her father who is currently her coach.[1]

She has made two Grand Slam singles quarterfinals, at the 2010 and the 2012 French Open. Shvedova is also one of four players to record a golden set in the professional era, the others being Bill Scanlon, Tine Scheuer-Larsen[2] and Julian Reister. In the 2012 Wimbledon Championships, she achieved a golden set against Sara Errani. She went on to win the match 6–0, 6–4.

She began wearing prescription sports glasses in 2012 after seeking medical advice about a nervous tic in one eye.[3]

Career[edit]

2007–2008[edit]

In February 2007, she unexpectedly reached the final of the Sony Ericsson International, beating homecrowd favourite and No.2 seed Sania Mirza in the quarterfinals, 6–7, 6–4, 6–4. In the final, she defeated top-seeded defending champion Mara Santangelo 6–4, 6–4, to win her first WTA Tour title.[4][5] This win caused her to be in the top 100 for the first time, at 78.

At the 2007 Miami Masters, she came through qualifying and impressively recorded her first-ever top 20 win over future number one Ana Ivanovic in the second round, beating her 7–5, 6–4. Tathiana Garbin beat her 4–6, 6–3, 6–2 in the third round.

In August 2008, she won an ITF title in Monterrey, Mexico, defeating Magdaléna Rybáriková in the final 6–4, 6–1. Just over a week later, she won through the qualifying rounds for 2008 US Open, but lost to Agnieszka Radwańska in the first round 4–6, 2–6.[6]

2009[edit]

Shvedova after her match against Maria Sharapova at the 2009 French Open.

In 2009, Shvedova qualified for the main draw of Roland Garros, defeating Americans Shenay Perry in the first qualifying round 6–4, 6–4 and Angela Haynes, 6–1, 6–2 in the second qualifying round. She then beat Elena Baltacha 6–2, 6–2 in the final qualifying round to enter the main draw. She beat Kaia Kanepi in the first round and advanced to the third round after defeating Arantxa Rus, also a qualifier, in the second. There she lost in a close 3rd round match to former number one Maria Sharapova, returning from a long-lasting shoulder injury and then ranked 102, 6–1, 3–6, 4–6.

At the 2009 Wimbledon Championships in the first round she faced Romanian Monica Niculescu and demolished her 6–1, 6–0, but lost 6–3, 2–6, 4–6 to American teenager Melanie Oudin in the second. At the 2009 US Open, Shvedova pulled off the biggest win of her career by beating then No. 5 Jelena Janković 6–3, 6–7, 7–6, in a match where she saved two match points.[7]

2010[edit]

Shvedova experienced a good run at the 2010 Sony Ericsson Open in Miami. She gained direct entry into the main draw and won a tight first round match against wildcard Ajla Tomljanović 6–7, 7–6, 7–5. She then defeated 23rd seed Sabine Lisicki in the second round after she retired whilst trailing 3–6, 1–0. In the third round, Shvedova advanced against unseeded Andrea Petkovic by winning another close match 6–0, 5–7, 7–5. She fell to 6th seed Agnieszka Radwańska 6–1, 6–4 in the fourth round.

At the 2010 Barcelona Ladies Open Shvedova defeated Anabel Medina Garrigues 6–1, 6–4 in the first round before upsetting 4th seed Maria Kirilenko 4–6, 6–2, 6–2 in the second round. Next, she defeated Iveta Benešová 6–4, 6–4, before falling to eventual tournament and 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone in the semifinals.

Shvedova enjoyed arguably her best career result at the 2010 French Open. There, she advanced to the quarterfinals in the Women's Singles competition. Shvedova defeated 8th seed Agnieszka Radwańska, avenging her loss to her in Miami, en route to the quarters. As the last unseeded player in the tournament, Shvedova was defeated by 4th seed Jelena Janković in the quarterfinal, 7–5, 6–4. In mixed doubles, Shvedova partnered with Julian Knowle of Austria to reach the final, beating doubles legends Cara Black and Leander Paes, the second seeds, along the way. They fell 4–6, 7–6, [11–9] in a nailbighting final to sixth seeds Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia and Nenad Zimonjić of Serbia.

At the 2010 Wimbledon Championships, Shvedova entered the Women's Doubles competition unseeded with partner Vania King. The two began playing together at the start of the grass court season two weeks before, and were only in their third event together. In a stunning string of upsets, Shvedova and King won the tournament, beating Elena Vesnina and Vera Zvonareva 7–6, 6–2 in the final. The pairing they beat in the final beat Serena and Venus Williams in the quarterfinals, and Zvonareva lost to Serena in the women's singles final.

Both Shvedova and King continued their good form onto the hard courts of the 2010 US Open, being seeded 6th, the team continued to win match after match before taking a spot in their second consecutive Grand Slam final, this time facing Liezel Huber and Nadia Petrova. King and Shvedova won 2–6, 6–4, 7–6 after the match was played over two days due to heavy rainfall.

2011[edit]

Shvedova missed the Australian Open due to injury. She began her season at the 2011 Dubai Tennis Championships, losing in the first round to Zhang Shuai. She then suffered two most consecutive losses in Doha and Indian Wells. She then lost in the second round of three more tournaments. After losing two more matches in Rome and Madrid (reaching the semifinals and final in doubles, respectively), she entered the French Open, ranked No. 54. Shvedova lost in the first round to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, which saw her ranking drop to No. 115 as a result. She also reached the semifinals of the tournament with her regular doubles partner Vania King.

She won one match at the 2011 Aegon Classic followed by a 4-match losing streak. Now ranked No. 157, she played at an $50K ITF event in The Bronx, where she reached the final. She lost to Italian Romina Oprandi after retiring early in the second set. She then lost in the first round of qualifying of the 2011 US Open.

She showed some resurgence, qualifying through to the main draw in Seoul and Osaka, losing in the second round of the main draw of both tournaments. Her final tournament of the year saw her reach the quarterfinals of a $100K ITF event in Taipei.

Shvedova ended the year ranked No. 206, her lowest year-end singles ranking since 2005. She also won 4 WTA Doubles titles. Her decline in form in singles was later explained by a knee injury that required surgery.

2012[edit]

She started the year at the 2012 Australian Open, where she lost in the first round of qualifying to Bibiane Schoofs in a marathon 4–6, 6–3, 9–11 match. She then rebounded, qualifying into the main draw in Bogotá, winning five total matches to enter the quarterfinals, where she fell to Hungary's Tímea Babos. Shvedova then entered the 2012 Monterrey Open, where she beat countrywoman Sesil Karatantcheva in the first round. She lost to Mandy Minella in the second round.

She then played in Acapulco, before playing in a $25K ITF event in Irapuato, where she reached the final. She continued her rise in form at another $25K ITF event in Poza Rica, where she won the title, dropping only one set the entire tournament. She continued her tour, reaching the third round of the Premier-level 2012 Family Circle Cup, losing to Sabine Lisicki, 5–7, 4–6. Shvedova then played two more European tournaments before the French Open.

At the 2012 Roland Garros Championship, Shvedova qualified into the main draw. There, she defeated Mandy Minella, Sofia Arvidsson, and Carla Suárez Navarro. In the fourth round, she beat defending champion Li Na to advance to her second grand slam quarterfinal. This is Shvedova's biggest win in singles. She lost to reigning Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitová in the quarterfinals, 6–3, 2–6, 4–6.[8] In doubles, she also reached the quarterfinals with Vania King.

On 15 June 2012, Shvedova and her partner Sania Mirza made a shock first-round exit from the Aegon Classic.[9]

At the 2012 Wimbledon Championships, Shvedova received a wild card into the main draw. There, she defeated Chanelle Scheepers and Kiki Bertens to reach the third round. In the third round, she faced tenth seed Sara Errani and won the fourth "Golden Set" in the history of tennis. She won all 24 points in the fifteen-minute-long first set, blasting 14 winners and making 0 unforced errors before losing the first point of the second set to break the sequence. She went on to win the match 6–0, 6–4, reaching the second week of Wimbledon for the first time. In the fourth round, she was defeated by sixth-seed and eventual champion Serena Williams 1–6, 6–2, 5–7.

At the 2012 US Open, Shvedova was defeated in the second round by eventual quarterfinalist Roberta Vinci.

2013[edit]

In doubles, Shvedova reached two early finals, in Auckland with Julia Görges and in Florianópolis with Anabel Medina Garrigues. She and Medina Garrigues defeated Anne Keothavong and Valeria Savinykh for the title in Brazil.

Personal[edit]

Shvedova was born to father Vyacheslav and mother Nurzia, who used to be a professional runner (winner of the International Association of Ultra Runners 100 Kilometres World Challenge, 1992). Shvedova has one brother named Pavel who is a student. She began playing tennis at age 8 when her father introduced her to the sport in Chernogolovka (Moscow region). Although she was born in Russia and continues to live and train in Moscow, Shvedova changed her nationality from Russian to Kazakhstani in 2008 as part of the country's attempts to boost its sporting profile.[10][11]

Significant finals[edit]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Doubles: 3 (2 titles, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 2010 Wimbledon Grass United States Vania King Russia Elena Vesnina
Russia Vera Zvonareva
7–6(8–6), 6–2
Winner 2010 US Open Hard United States Vania King United States Liezel Huber
Russia Nadia Petrova
2–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–4)
Runner-up 2011 US Open Hard United States Vania King United States Liezel Huber
United States Lisa Raymond
6–4, 6–7(5–7), 6–7(3–7)

Mixed doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 2010 French Open Clay Austria Julian Knowle Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
6–4, 6–7(5–7), [9–11]

Premier Mandatory/Premier 5 finals[edit]

Doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 2011 Rome Clay United States Vania King China Peng Shuai
China Jie Zheng
2–6, 3–6
Winner 2011 Cincinnati Hard United States Vania King South Africa Natalie Grandin
Czech Republic Vladimíra Uhlířová
6–4, 3–6, [11–9]

WTA career finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (1 title)[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 (1–0)
Titles by Surface
Hard (1–0)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 18 February 2007 Bangalore Open, Bangalore, India Hard Italy Mara Santangelo 6–4, 6–4

Doubles: 19 (10 titles, 9 runners-up)[edit]

Winner – Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (2–1)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (1–1)
Tier II / Premier (2–1)
Tier III, IV & V / International (5–6)
125K Series (1-1)
Titles by Surface
Hard (8–5)
Grass (1–1)
Clay (1–3)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 14 September 2008 Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati, United States Hard Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-wei Russia Maria Kirilenko
Russia Nadia Petrova
3–6, 6–4, [8–10]
Winner 1. 15 February 2009 Pattaya Women's Open, Pattaya City, Thailand Hard Thailand Tamarine Tanasugarn Ukraine Yulia Beygelzimer
Russia Vitalia Diatchenko
6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 2. 11 April 2010 Andalucia Tennis Experience, Marbella, Spain Clay Russia Maria Kondratieva Italy Sara Errani
Italy Roberta Vinci
4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 3. 19 June 2010 Ordina Open, 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass United States Vania King Russia Alla Kudryavtseva
Australia Anastasia Rodionova
6–3, 3–6, [6–10]
Winner 2. 3 July 2010 Wimbledon, London, Great Britain Grass United States Vania King Russia Elena Vesnina
Russia Vera Zvonareva
7–6(8–6), 6–2
Winner 3. 13 September 2010 US Open, New York, United States Hard United States Vania King United States Liezel Huber
Russia Nadia Petrova
2–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–4)
Runner-up 4. 15 May 2011 Internazionali BNL d'Italia, Rome, Italy Clay United States Vania King China Peng Shuai
China Zheng Jie
2–6, 3–6
Winner 4. 31 July 2011 Citi Open, Washington, D.C., United States Hard India Sania Mirza Belarus Olga Govortsova
Russia Alla Kudryavtseva
6–3, 6–3
Winner 5. 20 August 2011 Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati, United States Hard United States Vania King South Africa Natalie Grandin
Czech Republic Vladimíra Uhlířová
6–4, 3–6, [11–9]
Runner-up 5. 11 September 2011 US Open, New York, United States Hard United States Vania King United States Liezel Huber
United States Lisa Raymond
6–4, 6–7(5–7), 6–7(3–7)
Runner-up 6. 16 October 2011 HP Open, Osaka, Japan Hard United States Vania King Japan Kimiko Date-Krumm
China Zhang Shuai
5–7, 6–3, [9–11]
Winner 6. 22 October 2011 Kremlin Cup, Moscow, Russia Hard (i) United States Vania King Australia Anastasia Rodionova
Kazakhstan Galina Voskoboeva
7–6(7–3), 6–3
Runner-up 7. 8 April 2012 Family Circle Cup, Charleston, United States Hard Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues Russia Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Czech Republic Lucie Šafářová
7–5, 4–6, [6–10]
Runner-up 8. 5 May 2012 Estoril Open, Estoril, Portugal Clay Kazakhstan Galina Voskoboeva Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung
China Zhang Shuai
6–4, 1–6, [9–11]
Runner-up 9. 5 January 2013 ASB Classic, Auckland, New Zealand Hard Germany Julia Görges Zimbabwe Cara Black
Australia Anastasia Rodionova
6–2, 2–6, [5–10]
Winner 7. 1 March 2013 Brasil Tennis Cup, Florianópolis, Brasil Hard Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues United Kingdom Anne Keothavong
Russia Valeria Savinykh
6–0, 6–4
Winner 8. 14 September 2013 Tashkent Open, Tashkent, Uzbekistan Hard Hungary Timea Babos Luxembourg Mandy Minella
Belarus Olga Govortsova
6-3, 6-3
Winner 9. 28 February 2014 Brasil Tennis Cup, Florianópolis, Brazil Hard Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues Italy Francesca Schiavone
Spain Silvia Soler Espinosa
7–6(7–1), 2–6, [10–3]
Winner 10. 6 April 2014 Family Circle Cup, Charleston, United States Clay (green) Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues Chinese Taipei Chan Hao-ching
Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan
7–6(7–4), 6–2

WTA 125s finals[edit]

Doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 3 November 2013 Nanjing Ladies Open, Ninjing, China Hard China Zhang Shuai Japan Misaki Doi
China Xu Yifan
1-6, 4-6
Winner 1. 10 November 2013 OEC Taipei WTA Ladies Open, Chinese Taipei, Taiwan Carpet France Caroline Garcia Germany Anna-Lena Friedsam
Belgium Alison Van Uytvanck
6-3, 6-3

Grand Slam performance timelines[edit]

Singles[edit]

Russia Kazakhstan
Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A LQ 2R 1R 1R A LQ 1R 1R 1–5
French Open LQ 1R LQ 3R QF 1R QF 2R 2R 12–7
Wimbledon 1R 1R LQ 2R 2R 1R 4R 2R 4R 9–8
US Open LQ 1R 1R 3R 1R LQ 2R 3R 5–6

Doubles[edit]

Russia Kazakhstan
Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Australian Open A A 1R 1R 1R A QF 1R 2R 4–6
French Open A 1R 1R 1R 1R SF QF 2R 1R 8–8
Wimbledon A A 2R 2R W 2R 3R A 11–4
US Open A QF 1R 2R W F 3R 1R 16–6

Mixed[edit]

Russia Kazakhstan
Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Australian Open A A A A A A 2R SF A 4–2
French Open A A A A F A 1R A SF 7–3
Wimbledon A A A 2R QF 2R 3R A A 7–4
US Open A A A A 2R 1R A A 1–2

Records[edit]

Tournament Year Record accomplished Player tied
Wimbledon 2012 Achieved a Golden Set[2] Pauline Betz (1943)
Tine Scheuer-Larsen (1995)

Head vs. Head Record[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Germany Sabine Lisicki
WTA Comeback Player of the Year
2012
Succeeded by
Russia Alisa Kleybanova