Alina Jidkova

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Alina Jidkova
Jidkova 2009.jpg
Jidkova at the 2009 Kremlin Cup in Moscow
Country (sports) Russia
ResidenceBoca Raton, Florida, United States
Born (1977-01-18) January 18, 1977 (age 42)
Moscow, Soviet Union
now Russia
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Turned pro1993
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,128,467
Career record458-410
Career titles0 WTA, 9 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 51 (March 7, 2005)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (2000)
French Open2R (2002)
Wimbledon1R (2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005)
US Open2R (2006)
Career record267-321
Career titles1 WTA, 9 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 50 (August 4, 2003)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2003)
French Open2R (2000, 2003 & 2004)
Wimbledon2R (2002, 2005 & 2008)
US Open2R (2005)

Alina Vladimirovna Zhidkova (Russian: Алина Владимировна Жидкова; born January 18, 1977) is a former professional tennis player from Russia.


Born in Moscow, then part of Soviet Union, she was one of many players that have been training at Nick Bollettieri's academy in Florida. She beat Serena Williams in straight sets in 2004 Linz tournament. Aside from Williams, she has career victories against many notable players, including Jelena Janković, Mary Pierce, Chanda Rubin, Samantha Stosur, Daniela Hantuchová, Amanda Coetzer, Meghann Shaughnessy, Mirjana Lučić-Baroni, and Amy Frazier.

In 2005, she won WTA Mexican Open doubles title in Acapulco with Tatiana Perebiynis.

Jidkova underwent knee surgery on 3 April 2001 for torn meniscus suffered during practice after Miami, returning to action in late April.

Jidkova resides in Boca Raton, Florida, and she is married to entrepreneur Sascha Ghods. The two married on December 18, 2010 in a ceremony in Vienna, Austria.

She retired from professional tennis at the end of the 2010 season, and later worked as a coach of Galina Voskoboeva and Ksenia Pervak.


  • 1996 - Won first ITF Circuit doubles title
  • 1997 - Won first pro singles title at ITF/Culiacan-MEX
  • 1998 - Won ITF/Coatzacoalcos-MEX
  • 1999 - Won ITF/Miami-USA and won ITF/Peachtree City-USA
  • 2001 - Won ITF/Pittsburgh-USA
  • 2002 - Won $50,000 ITF/Louisville 2-USA, reached first tour semifinals at Memphis (d. world no. 17 Coetzer for first top 20 win)
  • 2004 - Defeated Serena Williams in the second round at Linz
  • 2005 - Won women's doubles at Acapulco (with Tatiana Perebiynis)

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