Arina Rodionova

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Arina Rodionova
Арина Родионова
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Full name Arina Ivanovna Rodionova
Country (sports)  Russia (2004–2014)
 Australia (2014–present)
Residence Melbourne, Australia
Born (1989-12-15) 15 December 1989 (age 25)
Tambov, Soviet Union
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Turned pro 2004[1]
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money US$542,953
Singles
Career record 255–236
Career titles 7 ITF
Highest ranking 157 (24 May 2010)
Current ranking 295 (24 August 2015)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (2011, 2015)
French Open Q2 (2010)
Wimbledon Q3 (2011)
US Open Q3 (2010)
Doubles
Career record 267–177
Career titles 0 WTA, 1 WTA 125k, 25 ITF
Highest ranking 41 (27 July 2015)
Current ranking 42 (24 August 2015)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2012)
French Open 3R (2015)
Wimbledon 2R (2011, 2014, 2015)
US Open 1R (2010)
Last updated on: 25 August 2015.

Arina Ivanovna Rodionova (Russian: Арина Ивановна Родионова; born 15 December 1989 in Tambov) is a Russian-born Australian professional tennis player.

Rodionova has won seven singles and twenty-four doubles titles on the ITF tour in her career. On 24 May 2010, she reached her best singles ranking of world number 157. On 27 July 2015, she peaked at world number 41 in the doubles rankings.

Rodionova's elder sister Anastasia is also a tennis professional, and the two sisters have intermittently contested doubles tournaments with modest success. Their most notable achievement as a team came at the 2010 Malaysian Open, in which they reached the final before losing to Chan Yung-jan and Zheng Jie in a super tie-break.

Career[edit]

Rodionova made her debut as a professional in 2004 at an ITF event in Protvino, Russia. In 2005, she won a title in Minsk, followed by another win in Moscow the following year. In 2007, Rodionova and Evgeniya Rodina won the Australian Open Girl's Doubles title. In 2008, she finished as a runner-up in an ITF event in Istanbul. In 2009, Rodionova won 2 ITF titles in singles and 8 in doubles.

In 2010, Rodionova defeated Jarmila Groth in the final of a $25K tournament in Burnie. In doubles, she advanced to the final of the WTA-level 2010 Malaysian Open with her sister Anastasia. Although they defeated No. 1 seeds Alisa Kleybanova and Yan Zi along the way, the sisters lost the final match to Yung-jan Chan and Zheng Jie in a close three sets. She reached her career-high ranking of World No. 157 on 24 May 2010.

At the 2011 Australian Open, Rodionova equalled her career-best showing at a Grand Slam by qualifying for the main draw. She lost in the first round to fellow qualifier Anne Keothavong, 5–7, 4–6. She then won a $50K ITF event in May, partnering Darya Kustova. She qualified for the 2011 Aegon Classic, and won her first round match against Virginie Razzano. She then notched the biggest win of her career by defeating No. 1 seed and World No. 16 Kaia Kanepi in the second round. She lost to the No. 14th seed Magdaléna Rybáriková in the third round. At the 2011 Wimbledon Championships, Rodionova barely missed out on qualifying for the main draw by losing to Kristýna Plíšková in three sets. She achieved very modest results through much of the rest of the year, losing in the first or second round of most tournaments she entered.

In 2012, Rodionova lost in the qualifying rounds of the 2012 Apia International Sydney and Australian Open. She then lost in the quarterfinals of a $25K ITF event in Burnie. She then competed in two more ITF events – losing in the second and first round, respectively. She picked up form in ITF Mildura, reaching the semifinals. Rodionova then competed in three more tournaments – losing in the second round of all three. She then failed to qualify in Copenhagen. Her best result of the year came at the WTA Clay event, the 2012 Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem. She defeated Darija Jurak, Karolína Plíšková, and World No. 108 Mathilde Johansson to qualify for the main draw. Each match lasted three sets. She took on Timea Bacsinszky in the first round. Although she started well by winning the first set 6–2, she was forced to retire due a severe wrist injury she sustained while trailing 0–4 in the second set. She was also forced to withdraw from the doubles competition, where she and Anastasia were the No. 1 seeds. She will miss a big part of the clay court season to recover from the injury. Rodionova returned to the tour in July, where she was only able to make it past the first round in one of five ITF tournaments. However, she had a great result in Las Vegas, where she reached the semifinals. Following three more early exits in tournaments, she reached the final of a $25K event in Traralgon, and followed this up by winning her next tournament in Bendigo. She finished the year with two more early-round losses in Toyota and Dubai.

World TeamTennis[edit]

In 2011, Rodionova was drafted by the Washington Kastles WTT team, coached by Murphy Jensen. As a result of their 14-match win undefeated regular season, the Kastles secured the top seed in the Conference Championships where they beat the Boston Lobsters. In the WTT Finals the Kastles defeated the St. Louis Aces to capture the 2011 WTT Championship for the second time in its four-year existence, completing the first ever 16–0 season in WTT 36-year history. Rodionova was named Female Rookie of the Year just prior to the Conference Championship match and later WTT Finals MVP.

Personal life[edit]

Arina Rodionova was born to Ivan and Natalia Rodionova and lives in Melbourne with her sister Anastasia.[1][2] She began playing tennis aged three, "I began playing tennis when I was almost 3 years old. And why exactly tennis? There wasn't any choice for me with my dad being a coach and my sister a professional tennis player, but in the end I think it's worked well!".[1] Rodionova cites Martina Hingis as her role model, and also admires Justine Henin and Bob and Mike Bryan.[2] She prefers hard courts and forehand as a shot.[2] Rodionova stated she believed "sense of humor is the most important thing above all",[1] and cited Paul Walker favourite actor and 12 Chairs favourite book.[2]

Rodionova received Australian citizenship in January 2014.

WTA career finals[edit]

Doubles: 3 (3 runners-up)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (0–3)
Titles by surface
Hard (0–3)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 28 February 2010 Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Hard (i) Australia Anastasia Rodionova Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan
China Zheng Jie
6–7(4), 6–2, [10–7]
Runner-up 2. 14 September 2014 Hong Kong Tennis Open, Hong Kong, China Hard Austria Patricia Mayr-Achleitner Czech Republic Karolína Plíšková
Czech Republic Kristýna Plíšková
2–6, 6–2, [10–12]
Runner-up 3. 8 March 2015 Monterrey Open, Monterrey, Mexico Hard Australia Anastasia Rodionova Canada Gabriela Dabrowski
Poland Alicja Rosolska
3–6, 6–2, [3–10]

ITF finals[edit]

Singles: 10 (7–3)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 10 April 2005 Minsk, Belarus Carpet (i) Russia Aleksandra Malyarchikova 6–0, 6–2
Winner 2. 12 August 2006 Moscow, Russia Clay Russia Yuliya Kalabina 3–6, 6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 1. 22 June 2008 Istanbul, Turkey Hard Germany Stephanie Gehrlein 2–6, 3–6
Winner 3. 24 May 2009 Moscow, Russia Clay Russia Anastasia Poltoratskaya 7–6(4), 6–4
Winner 4. 6 June 2009 Bukhara, Uzbekistan Hard Austria Nikola Hofmanova 6–3, 6–2
Winner 5. 7 February 2010 Burnie, Australia Hard Australia Jarmila Gajdosova 6–1, 6–0
Runner-up 2. 28 October 2012 Traralgon, Australia Hard Australia Ashleigh Barty 2–6, 3–6
Winner 6. 3 November 2012 Bendigo, Australia Hard Australia Olivia Rogowska 6–4 7–5
Winner 7. 6 October 2013 Perth, Australia Hard United States Irina Falconi 7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 3. 25 May 2014 Karuizawa, Japan Grass South Korea Jang Su-jeong 3–6, 4–6

Doubles: 32 (24–8)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 9 April 2006 Putignano, Italy Hard Australia Anastasia Rodionova Croatia Ivana Abramović
Croatia Maria Abramović
1–6, 6–1, 7–5
Winner 2. 12 August 2006 Moscow, Russia Clay Russia Anastasia Poltoratskaya Russia Anastasia Pivovarova
Russia Yulia Solonitskaya
6–0, 6–2
Winner 3. 17 September 2006 Gliwice, Poland Clay Ukraine Veronika Kapshay Germany Carmen Klaschka
Germany Justine Ozga
6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 1. 1 April 2007 Moscow, Russia Hard (i) Belarus Ekaterina Dzehalevich Russia Alisa Kleybanova
Russia Evgeniya Rodina
6(2)–7, 0–6
Runner-up 2. 12 May 2007 Warsaw, Poland Clay Poland Karolina Kosińska Croatia Josipa Bek
Bosnia and Herzegovina Sandra Martinović
2–6, 6–3, 2–6
Winner 4. 22 July 2007 Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine Clay Kazakhstan Amina Rakhim Croatia Ivana Abramović
Croatia Maria Abramović
7–5, 4–6, 6–2
Winner 5. 28 October 2007 Podolsk, Russia Hard (i) Russia Vasilisa Davydova Russia Nina Bratchikova
Russia Anastasia Poltoratskaya
6–3, 6–0
Winner 6. 11 April 2009 Jackson, United States Clay Australia Monique Adamczak United States Laura Granville
United States Riza Zalameda
6–3, 6–4
Winner 7. 23 May 2009 Moscow, Russia Clay Russia Maria Kondratieva Russia Yuliya Kalabina
Russia Marta Sirotkina
7–5, 6–1
Runner-up 3. 5 June 2009 Bukhara, Uzbekistan Hard Kyrgyzstan Ksenia Palkina Sweden Anna Brazhnikova
Russia Marta Sirotkina
6–3, 4–6, [9–11]
Winner 8. 7 August 2009 Moscow, Russia Clay Russia Ekaterina Lopes Ukraine Veronika Kapshay
Austria Melanie Klaffner
6–2, 6–2
Winner 9. 15 August 2009 Moscow, Russia Clay Russia Ekaterina Lopes Russia Valeria Savinykh
Russia Marina Shamayko
6–3, 6–3
Winner 10. 3 October 2009 Granada, Spain Hard Russia Nina Bratchikova Argentina Betina Jozami
Russia Valeria Savinykh
6–1, 3–6, [10–6]
Runner-up 4. 17 October 2009 Madrid, Spain Clay Russia Ekaterina Lopes Belarus Darya Kustova
Czech Republic Renata Voráčová
2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 5. 21 November 2009 Bratislava, Slovakia Hard (i) Belarus Tatiana Poutchek Sweden Sofia Arvidsson
Netherlands Michaëlla Krajicek
3–6, 4–6
Winner 11. 4 December 2009 Bendigo, Australia Hard France Irena Pavlovic United Kingdom Jocelyn Rae
Australia Emelyn Starr
6–3, 7–6(3)
Winner 12. 7 February 2010 Burnie, Australia Hard Australia Jessica Moore Hungary Tímea Babos
Russia Anna Arina Marenko
6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 6. March 13, 2011 Clearwater, United States Hard Canada Heidi El Tabakh United States Kimberly Couts
Latvia Līga Dekmeijere
1–6, 4–6
Winner 13. 7 May 2011 Prague, Czech Republic Clay Belarus Darya Kustova Ukraine Olga Savchuk
Ukraine Lesia Tsurenko
2–6, 6–1, 7–5
Winner 14. 4 February 2012 Burnie, Australia Hard United Kingdom Melanie South Australia Stephanie Bengson
Australia Tyra Calderwood
6–2, 6–2
Winner 15. 17 February 2012 Sydney, Australia Hard United Kingdom Melanie South China Duan Yingying
China Han Xinyun
3–6, 6–3, [10–8]
Winner 16. 4 August 2012 Moscow, Russia Clay Russia Valeria Solovyeva Russia Eugeniya Pashkova
Ukraine Anastasiya Vasylyeva
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 7. 20 August 2012 Prague, Czech Republic Clay Russia Anastasia Pivovarova Czech Republic Jesika Malečková
Czech Republic Tereza Smitkova
1–6, 4–6
Winner 17. 30 September 2012 Las Vegas, United States Hard Australia Anastasia Rodionova Russia Elena Bovina
Romania Edina Gallovits-Hall
6–2 2–6 10–6
Winner 18. 14 October 2012 Troy, United States Hard Russia Angelina Gabueva Canada Sharon Fichman
Canada Marie-Eve Pelletier
4–6, 4–6
Winner 19. 28 October 2012 Traralgon, Australia Hard Zimbabwe Cara Black Australia Ashleigh Barty
Australia Sally Peers
2–6 7–6 (7) 10–8
Runner-up 8. 7 May 2011 Bendigo, Australia Hard Zimbabwe Cara Black Australia Ashleigh Barty
Australia Sally Peers
6–7, 6–7
Winner 20. 13 April 2013 Pelham, United States Clay Australia Ashleigh Barty Chinese Taipei Kao Shao-yuan
Chinese Taipei Lee Hua-chen
6–4, 6–2
Winner 21. 12 October 2013 Margaret River, Australia Hard Thailand Noppawan Lertcheewakarn Australia Monique Adamczak
Australia Tammi Patterson
6–2, 3–6, [10–8]
Winner 22. 4 May 2014 Gifu, Japan Hard Australia Jarmila Gajdošová Japan Misaki Doi
Chinese Taipei Hsieh Shu-ying
6–3 6–3
Winner 23. 18 May 2014 Kurume, Japan Grass Australia Jarmila Gajdošová Japan Junri Namigata
Japan Akiko Yonemura
6–4 6–2
Winner 24. 15 June 2014 Nottingham, United Kingdom Grass Australia Jarmila Gajdošová Croatia Verónica Cepede Royg
Liechtenstein Stephanie Vogt
7–6(7–0), 6–1

Grand Slam girls' doubles finals (1; 1–0)[edit]

Outcome Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score
Winners 2007 Australian Open Hard Russia Evgeniya Rodina United States Julia Cohen
Poland Urszula Radwańska
2–6, 6–3, 6–1

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 SR W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A 2R 1R 1R 0 / 3 1–3
French Open 1R A A A 0 / 1 0–1
Wimbledon 1R 2R A A 0 / 2 1–2
US Open 1R A A A 0 / 1 0–1
Win–Loss 0–3 1–1 1–1 0–1 0–1 0 / 7 1–7
Career statistics
Year-End ranking 95 121 109 151

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