Anna-Lena Grönefeld

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Anna-Lena Grönefeld
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Grönefeld at the 2014 Mutua Madrid Open
Country (sports) Germany
ResidenceHannover, Germany
Born (1985-06-04) 4 June 1985 (age 33)
Nordhorn, West Germany
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned proApril 2003
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachDirk Dier
Prize moneyUS$4,151,074
Singles
Career record287–205 (58.33%)
Career titles1 WTA, 12 ITF
Highest ranking14 (17 April 2006)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (2005)
French OpenQF (2006)
Wimbledon1R (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010)
US Open4R (2008)
Doubles
Career record415–294 (58.53%)
Career titles16 WTA, 1 WTA 125K, 6 ITF
Highest ranking7 (6 March 2006)
Current ranking26 (22 October 2018)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenSF (2006, 2015)
French OpenQF (2009)
WimbledonSF (2005, 2013, 2017)
US OpenSF (2005, 2015)
Mixed doubles
Career titles2
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (2006)
French OpenW (2014)
WimbledonW (2009)
US OpenSF (2010, 2016)
Team competitions
Fed CupF (2014), record 19–15 (55.88%)
Last updated on: 22 October 2018.

Anna-Lena Grönefeld (born 4 June 1985) is a German tennis player. She turned professional in April 2003.

Grönefeld was coached and trained by Rafael Font de Mora in Scottsdale, Arizona until 2006. She is currently coached by former professional German tennis player Dirk Dier (since the WTA tournament in Stuttgart in October 2006). Grönefeld, who was born in Nordhorn, now lives and trains in Saarbrücken.

Career[edit]

Groenefeld, 2016

2002–2006: Breakthrough[edit]

In 2002, she was the singles champion of both the Belgium and Frankfurt International Championships and a finalist at the Orange Bowl. In June 2003, she captured the prestigious French Open junior title, becoming the first player from Germany since 1957 to accomplish this feat. In July 2003, she continued her superb form and won the Apple and Eve Newsday Long Island Classic, held in Woodbury, New York. She was also an accomplished doubles player in juniors winning the French Open title and reaching the finals at Wimbledon. As a result of her tennis success in 2003, Grönefeld had achieved the junior world ranking of No. 1 in singles and doubles. She launched her professional career debut under the direction of the USA Academy and Rafael Font de Mora.

Grönefeld made her professional breakthrough in 2005, rising 54 places throughout the year. She reached the third round of the Australian Open, French Open and the US Open and played three finals in WTA Tour events throughout the season, including at the Tier II event in Beijing, although failing to win any of them. She also rose into the top 10 in the world in doubles, cementing her position as one of the most promising young doubles players on the tour at the time.

In 2006, she represented Germany along with Nicolas Kiefer at the Hopman Cup. She went on to win her first title at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco and completed a career best showing at Roland Garros, by reaching the quarterfinals, where she lost to Justine Henin. Her ranking peaked at 14, and remained in the top 20 for much of the year, despite a significant drop in results in the latter half of the season, as the German failed to progress beyond the quarterfinals of most tournaments. She split with Font de Mora in September 2006 and began to work with Dirk Dier.

2007: Loss of form[edit]

Her run of bad form continued into 2007, and as of 19 June, Grönefeld had been eliminated in the first round of her last five tournaments. Grönefeld blamed her run of bad form on the situation with Font de Mora, suggesting that he was giving her opponents tactics on how to beat her. She also had a substantial weight gain over the past several months.[1] Her ranking subsequently dipped below the top 100 for the first time since 2004. On 20 August 2007, Grönefeld announced that she would be taking a break from the tour, coming back in 2008.

In August 2007, it was revealed that Font de Mora was planning to sue Grönefeld for lack of discipline during their partnership, stating: "She had to adhere to a standard of performance, a standard of training and a standard of diet. She absolutely let herself go and sabotaged her marketability and her performance on the court. You work for years and invest all this money into developing contracts and developing endorsements and then she just gets around the wrong people and does the wrong things and her performance affects everything."[2] He also denied her allegations that he interfered with her matches.

2008–2009: Comeback[edit]

Grönefeld made her official comeback on 3 May 2008, at the $75,000 ITF event in Zagreb, Croatia. She was seeded 4th in the qualifying draw, winning three consecutive matches to reach the main draw. She then won the Smart Card Open Monet+ in Zlín, Czech Republic, for the first title of her comeback. Grönefeld went on to win another two ITF title over the following fortnight: a $10,000 event in Alkmaar, Netherlands, and a $25,000 event at Périgueux, France.

Grönefeld took advantage of her feed-up wildcard into the Tier IV Gaz de France Grand Prix (a result of winning the $75,000 Zlín ITF event), reaching the quarterfinals with an upset win over Lucie Šafářová. She then played in Bad Gastein, where she was defeated in three tight sets in the second round by Pauline Parmentier.

Her good form allowed Grönefeld to win another $50,000 ITF event in Rimini at the beginning of August. She also reached the final of a $50,000 event in The Bronx, where she lost to Elena Bovina.

After winning her three qualification rounds, Grönefeld played at the 2008 US Open, and reached the fourth round of the main draw, only losing to Dinara Safina. Prior to her loss to Safina, Grönefeld had won six matches in a row without losing a single set, the highlights being her victory over Daniela Hantuchová in the first round and over Alizé Cornet in the third round, both top 20 players at the time.

After losing against Austrian runner-up Tamira Paszek in the first round in Bali, Grönefeld received a wildcard for the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart but lost in the first round against Venus Williams. With her doubles partner, Patty Schnyder, Grönefeld, however, won the doubles competition against the top seeds Květa Peschke and Rennae Stubbs.

After winning the first two matches at the qualification for the Zurich Open, Grönefeld lost her third match against Petra Kvitová. With doubles partner Patty Schnyder she reached the finals.

Significant finals[edit]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Mixed doubles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runner-ups)[edit]

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 2009 Wimbledon Grass The Bahamas Mark Knowles India Leander Paes
Zimbabwe Cara Black
7–5, 6–3
Win 2014 French Open Clay Netherlands Jean-Julien Rojer Germany Julia Görges
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
4–6, 6–2, [10–7]
Loss 2016 Wimbledon Grass Colombia Robert Farah Finland Henri Kontinen
United Kingdom Heather Watson
6–7(5–7), 4–6
Loss 2017 French Open Clay Colombia Robert Farah Canada Gabriela Dabrowski
India Rohan Bopanna
6–2, 2–6, [10–12]

Premier Mandatory / Premier 5 finals[edit]

Doubles: 7 (1 title, 6 runner-ups)[edit]

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 2005 Toronto Hard United States Martina Navratilova Spain Conchita Martínez
Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
5–7, 6–3, 6–4
Loss 2006 San Diego Hard United States Meghann Shaughnessy Zimbabwe Cara Black
Australia Rennae Stubbs
2–6, 2–6
Loss 2006 Toronto Hard Zimbabwe Cara Black United States Martina Navratilova
Russia Nadia Petrova
1–6, 2–6
Loss 2012 Tokyo Hard Czech Republic Květa Peschke United States Raquel Kops-Jones
United States Abigail Spears
1–6, 4–6
Loss 2013 Toronto Hard Czech Republic Květa Peschke Serbia Jelena Janković
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
7–5, 2–6, [6–10]
Loss 2013 Cincinnati Hard Czech Republic Květa Peschke Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-wei
China Peng Shuai
6–2, 3–6, [10–12]
Loss 2017 Toronto Hard Czech Republic Květa Peschke Russia Ekaterina Makarova
Russia Elena Vesnina
0–6, 4–6

WTA finals[edit]

Singles: 4 (1 title, 3 runner-ups)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Tier II / Premier (0–2)
Tier III, IV & V / International (1–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–3)
Clay (1–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Feb 2005 Thailand Open, Thailand Tier IV Hard Spain Conchita Martínez 3–6, 6–3, 3–6
Loss 0–2 Sep 2005 China Open, China Tier II Hard Russia Maria Kirilenko 3–6, 4–6
Loss 0–3 Oct 2005 Luxembourg Open, Luxembourg Tier II Hard (i) Belgium Kim Clijsters 2–6, 4–6
Win 1–3 Mar 2006 Mexican Open, Mexico Tier III Clay Italy Flavia Pennetta 6–1, 4–6, 6–2

Doubles: 38 (16 titles, 22 runner-ups)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (1–6)
Tier II / Premier (6–6)
Tier III, IV & V / International (9–10)
Finals by surface
Hard (11–19)
Clay (4–3)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (1–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Aug 2004 Nordic Light Open,
Sweden
Tier IV Hard Switzerland Emmanuelle Gagliardi Australia Alicia Molik
Austria Barbara Schett
3–6, 3–6
Loss 0–2 Aug 2004 Vancouver Open,
Canada
Tier V Hard Belgium Els Callens United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands
United States Abigail Spears
3–6, 3–6
Loss 0–3 Aug 2004 Cincinnati Masters,
United States
Tier III Hard Switzerland Emmanuelle Gagliardi Germany Marlene Weingärtner
United States Jill Craybas
5–7, 6–7(2–7)
Loss 0–4 Oct 2004 Filderstadt Open,
Germany
Tier II Hard (i) Germany Julia Schruff Zimbabwe Cara Black
Australia Rennae Stubbs
3–6, 2–6
Win 1–4 Feb 2005 Thailand Open,
Thailand
Tier IV Hard France Marion Bartoli Poland Marta Domachowska
Croatia Silvija Talaja
6–3, 6–2
Win 2–4 Aug 2005 Canadian Open,
Canada
Tier I Hard United States Martina Navratilova Spain Conchita Martínez
Spain Virginia Ruano-Pascual
5–7, 6–3, 6–4
Win 3–4 Sep 2005 Wismilak International,
Indonesia
Tier III Hard United States Meghann Shaughnessy China Yan Zi
China Zheng Jie
6–3, 6–3
Win 4–4 Mar 2006 Mexican Open,
Mexico
Tier III Clay United States Meghann Shaughnessy Japan Shinobu Asagoe
France Émilie Loit
6–1, 6–3
Win 5–4 Jul 2006 Stanford Classic,
United States
Tier II Hard Israel Shahar Pe'er Italy Maria Elena Camerin
Argentina Gisela Dulko
6–1, 6–4
Loss 5–5 Aug 2006 Southern California Open,
United States
Tier I Hard United States Meghann Shaughnessy Zimbabwe Cara Black
Australia Rennae Stubbs
2–6, 2–6
Loss 5–6 Aug 2006 Canadian Open,
Canada
Tier I Hard Zimbabwe Cara Black United States Martina Navratilova
Russia Nadia Petrova
1–6, 2–6
Loss 5–7 Oct 2006 Luxembourg Open,
Luxembourg
Tier II Hard (i) South Africa Liezel Huber Czech Republic Květa Peschke
Italy Francesca Schiavone
6–2, 4–6, 1–6
Win 6–7 Jan 2007 Sydney International,
Australia
Tier II Hard United States Meghann Shaughnessy France Marion Bartoli
United States Meilen Tu
6–3, 3–6, 7–6(7–2)
Win 7–7 Oct 2008 Stuttgart Open,
Germany
Tier II Hard (i) Switzerland Patty Schnyder Czech Republic Květa Peschke
Australia Rennae Stubbs
6–2, 6–4
Loss 7–8 Oct 2008 Zurich Open,
Switzerland
Tier II Hard (i) Switzerland Patty Schnyder Zimbabwe Cara Black
United States Liezel Huber
1–6, 6–7(3–7)
Win 8–8 Nov 2008 Tournoi de Québec,
Canada
Tier III Carpet (i) United States Vania King United States Jill Craybas
Thailand Tamarine Tanasugarn
7–6(7–3), 6–4
Win 9–8 Jan 2009 Brisbane International,
Australia
International Hard United States Vania King Poland Klaudia Jans
Poland Alicja Rosolska
3–6, 7–5, [10–5]
Win 10–8 Oct 2009 Linz Open,
Austria
International Hard (i) Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik Poland Klaudia Jans
Poland Alicja Rosolska
6–1, 6–4
Loss 10–9 Mar 2010 Monterrey Open,
Mexico
International Hard United States Vania King Czech Republic Iveta Benešová
Czech Republic Barbora Strýcová
6–3, 4–6, [8–10]
Win 11–9 Aug 2010 Danish Open,
Denmark
International Hard (i) Germany Julia Görges Russia Vitalia Diatchenko
Belarus Tatiana Poutchek
6–4, 6–4
Loss 11–10 Mar 2011 Monterrey Open,
Mexico
International Hard United States Vania King Czech Republic Iveta Benešová
Czech Republic Barbora Strýcová
7–6(10–8), 2–6, [6–10]
Loss 11–11 Oct 2011 Linz Open,
Austria
International Hard (i) Germany Julia Görges New Zealand Marina Erakovic
Russia Elena Vesnina
5–7, 1–6
Loss 11–12 Feb 2012 Open GDF Suez,
France
Premier Hard (i) Croatia Petra Martić United States Liezel Huber
United States Lisa Raymond
6–7(3–7), 1–6
Loss 11–13 Apr 2012 Stuttgart Open,
Germany
Premier Clay (i) Germany Julia Görges Czech Republic Iveta Benešová
Czech Republic Barbora Strýcová
4–6, 5–7
Loss 11–14 Jun 2012 Gastein Ladies,
Austria
International Clay Croatia Petra Martić United States Jill Craybas
Germany Julia Görges
7–6(7–4), 4–6, [9–11]
Loss 11–15 Sep 2012 Pan Pacific Open,
Japan
Premier 5 Hard Czech Republic Květa Peschke United States Raquel Kops-Jones
United States Abigail Spears
1–6, 4–6
Win 12–15 Oct 2012 Linz Open (2),
Austria
International Hard (i) Czech Republic Květa Peschke Germany Julia Görges
Czech Republic Barbora Strýcová
6–3, 6–4
Loss 12–16 Jan 2013 Brisbane International,
Australia
Premier Hard Czech Republic Květa Peschke United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands
India Sania Mirza
6–4, 4–6, [7–10]
Win 13–16 May 2013 Brussels Open,
Belgium
Premier Clay Czech Republic Květa Peschke Canada Gabriela Dabrowski
Israel Shahar Pe'er
6–0, 6–3
Loss 13–17 Jun 2013 Nuremberg Cup,
Germany
International Clay Czech Republic Květa Peschke Romania Raluca Olaru
Russia Valeria Solovyeva
6–2, 6–7(3–7), [9–11]
Loss 13–18 Aug 2013 Canadian Open,
Canada
Premier 5 Hard Czech Republic Květa Peschke Serbia Jelena Janković
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
7–5, 2–6, [6–10]
Loss 13–19 Aug 2013 Cincinnati Masters,
United States
Premier 5 Hard Czech Republic Květa Peschke Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-wei
China Peng Shuai
6–2, 3–6, [10–12]
Win 14–19 Feb 2014 Open GDF Suez,
France
Premier Hard (i) Czech Republic Květa Peschke Hungary Tímea Babos
France Kristina Mladenovic
6–7(7–9), 6–4, [10–5]
Loss 14–20 Oct 2016 Linz Open,
Austria
International Hard (i) Czech Republic Květa Peschke Netherlands Kiki Bertens
Sweden Johanna Larsson
6–4, 2–6, [7–10]
Win 15–20 May 2017 Prague Open,
Czech Republic
International Clay Czech Republic Květa Peschke Czech Republic Lucie Hradecka
Czech Republic Katerina Siniakova
6–4, 7–6(7–3)
Loss 15–21 Aug 2017 Canadian Open,
Canada
Premier 5 Hard Czech Republic Květa Peschke Russia Ekaterina Makarova
Russia Elena Vesnina
0–6, 4–6
Win 16–21 Apr 2018 Stuttgart Open (2),
Germany
Premier Clay (i) United States Raquel Atawo United States Nicole Melichar
Czech Republic Květa Peschke
6–4, 6–7(5–7), [10–5]
Loss 16–22 Oct 2018 Linz Open,
Austria
International Hard (i) United States Raquel Atawo Belgium Kirsten Flipkens
Sweden Johanna Larsson
6–4, 4–6, [5–10]

WTA 125K series finals[edit]

Doubles: 1 (1 title)[edit]

Result W–L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Mar 2016 San Antonio Open,
United States
Hard United States Nicole Melichar Poland Klaudia Jans-Ignacik
Australia Anastasia Rodionova
6–1, 6–3

Performance timelines[edit]

Singles[edit]

Tournament 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A Q3 3R 2R 2R A 1R 1R Q2 0 / 5 4–5
French Open A 2R 3R QF 1R A 2R A A 0 / 5 8–5
Wimbledon A 1R 1R 1R 1R A 1R 1R Q1 0 / 6 0–6
US Open Q2 1R 3R 1R A 4R 1R Q2 Q1 0 / 5 5–5
Win–Loss 0–0 1–3 6–4 5–4 1–3 3–1 1–4 0–2 0–0 0 / 21 17–21
Career statistics
Titles / Finals 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 3 1 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 1 / 4
Year-end ranking 120 75 21 19 205 77 67 169 263

Doubles[edit]

Current through the 2018 WTA Tour.

Tournament 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A 3R SF QF A QF 2R 3R 1R 2R 2R SF QF 3R 3R 0 / 13 27–13
French Open A A 3R 2R 1R A QF A 2R 2R 2R 1R 2R 1R 1R 2R 0 / 12 11–12
Wimbledon A A SF QF 2R A QF A 2R 3R SF QF 3R QF SF 2R 0 / 12 31–12
US Open A 2R SF 2R A 3R 3R 3R 2R 1R 3R 1R SF 1R 1R 3R 0 / 14 21–14
Win–Loss 0–0 1–1 12–4 9–4 4–3 2–1 11–4 3–2 5–4 3–4 8–3 4–4 11–4 5–4 6–4 6–4 0 / 51 90–51
Year-end championship
WTA Finals Did Not Qualify QF DNQ 0 / 1 0–1
National representation
Summer Olympics NH A Not held A Not held 2R Not held 1R Not held 0 / 2 1–2
Fed Cup A 1R PO 1R PO 1R PO 1R PO 1R PO F A 1R A SF 0 / 8 9–9
WTA Premier Mandatory tournaments
Indian Wells Open A A QF QF A A 1R A A 2R A 2R 1R 1R 1R 2R 0 / 9 7–9
Miami Open A A 1R 1R A A SF A A 2R 2R 2R 2R 1R 2R QF 0 / 10 10–10
Madrid Open Not held 1R A A 2R 1R 2R 2R 1R QF 1R 0 / 8 5–8
China Open Tier II QF A A QF 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R 2R 0 / 8 7–8
WTA Premier 5 tournaments
Dubai / Qatar Open Tier II A A 1R A SF SF 2R QF 1R 2R 1R 0 / 8 10–8
Italian Open A A SF 2R 2R A A A A 1R 2R SF 2R 2R 2R SF 0 / 10 14–10
Canadian Open A A W F A A 1R 1R A A F 1R 1R 2R F 1R 1 / 10 18–9
Cincinnati Open NH Tier III 1R A A A F 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R 0 / 7 5–7
Tokyo / Wuhan Open A A A A A A 1R A A F QF 2R 1R 1R QF 1R 0 / 8 7–8
Former WTA Tier I tournaments
Charleston Open A A 2R SF A A Not Premier 5 0 / 2 2–1
German Open 1R 1R 1R SF 2R A Not held 0 / 5 3–5
San Diego Open T II A 1R F A Not held / Not Premier 5 0 / 2 3–2
Kremlin Cup A A 1R QF A A Not Premier 5 0 / 2 1–1
Zurich Open A 1R A QF A T II Not held 0 / 2 1–2
Career statistics
2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Career
Tournaments 4 10 21 24 14 8 23 12 11 21 22 24 24 26 23 24 291
Titles 0 0 3 2 1 2 2 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 16
Finals 0 4 3 5 1 3 2 2 2 5 5 1 0 1 2 2 38
Overall Win–Loss 1–4 19–10 37–16 39–20 13–13 14–6 24–20 15–10 15–11 31–19 36–20 21–22 23–23 24–26 29–22 24–24 363–265
Win % 20% 66% 70% 66% 50% 70% 55% 60% 58% 62% 64% 49% 50% 48% 59% 50% 57.8%
Year-end ranking 264 47 11 11 52 56 25 56 53 18 15 36 22 28 21 26

Mixed doubles[edit]

Tournament 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A QF 1R A 1R 2R A A A 2R 1R 2R 1R 1R 0 / 9 5–9
French Open 1R A A A SF A A 2R 2R W 2R 1R F SF 1 / 9 18–8
Wimbledon 3R QF 1R A W A A 3R 3R A 2R F 2R 2R 1 / 10 13–9
US Open 2R QF A A 2R SF A A 1R 1R A SF 1R 2R 0 / 9 11–9
Win–Loss 2–3 5–3 0–2 0–0 9–3 4–2 0–0 2–2 2–3 6–2 1–3 8–4 4–4 4–4 2 / 37 47–35

ITF level statistics[edit]

Doubles
Year 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 Overall
Played 3 5 5 0 1 0 3 1 5 4 27
Titles 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 6
Finals 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 3 7
Win 3 5 4 0 0 0 6 4 7 12 41
Loss 3 5 3 0 1 0 2 0 4 2 20

Fed Cup statistics[edit]

2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Overall
Singles
Played 4 4 2 2 0 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18
Win 0 4 1 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11
Loss 4 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
Doubles
Played 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 2 1 2 2 0 1 0 2 18
Win 0 1 1 1 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 9
Loss 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 2 0 1 0 1 9

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Groenefeld tormented by ex-coach". Tennis Reporters. Archived from the original on 29 April 2010.
  2. ^ "Canadian in middle of coach's bitter feud". National Post. 17 August 2007. Retrieved 18 July 2010.

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