Gréta Arn

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Gréta Arn
Greta2011.jpg
Arn after winning the 2011 ASB Classic
Full name Gréta Arn
Country (sports)  Hungary (2008–present)
 Germany (1997–2008)
Born (1979-04-13) 13 April 1979 (age 39)
Budapest, Hungary
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro 1997
Retired 2013 - 2017 (Active)
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money US$ 1,066,371
Singles
Career record 436–321
Career titles 2 WTA, 4 ITF
Highest ranking No. 40 (16 May 2011)
Current ranking No. 615 (11 September 2017)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (2012)
French Open 1R (2001, 2002, 2011, 2012)
Wimbledon 3R (2010)
US Open 2R (2012)
Doubles
Career record 68–73
Career titles 0 WTA, 4 ITF
Highest ranking No. 175 (4 December 2000)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (2012)
French Open 1R (2011, 2012)
Wimbledon
US Open 1R (2011)
Other doubles tournaments
Olympic Games 1R (2008)
Team competitions
Fed Cup 9–7

Gréta Arn (born 13 April 1979) is a Hungarian tennis player of Danube Swabian German descent.

She won two WTA titles, the 2007 Estoril Open, in Portugal, and the 2011 ASB Classic, in Auckland, New Zealand. She also won four ITF titles in singles. She reached her career high singles ranking of world number 40 on 16 May 2011. She has picked up wins against Mary Pierce at the 2002 Acura Classic and Maria Sharapova at the 2011 ASB Classic

Personal life[edit]

Arn was born in Budapest, Hungary. After playing for Germany with dual Hungarian citizenship for nine years, she chose for the 2008 Fed Cup to compete for Hungary alongside Ágnes Szávay. She also chose to play for her nation of birth full-time.

Career[edit]

Arn in her first round match against Kim Clijsters at the 2010 US Open

In 1997, Arn won her first ITF Women's Circuit title, winning a $10,000 event it Stockholm. In 1999 she won her second ITF title at the $10,000 event in Glasgow. In 2004, at Bad Saulgau, she won her third $10,000 title.

In 2006, Arn won an ITF $25,000 event in Fort Walton Beach. In 2007, she won her first WTA Tour title as a qualifier ranked number 176 in the world, becoming the lowest ranked and first qualifier to win a WTA Tour event in 2007. In the Tier IV 2007 Estoril Open final she defeated teenager Victoria Azarenka; saving two matchpoints at 4–5 in the third set.

At the 2010 Wimbledon Championships, Arn qualified and reached the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time at the age of 31. In the first round, she beat 34th seed Kateryna Bondarenko before following it up with a win over former top 10 player Alicia Molik. Her run was ended by 2007 Wimbledon finalist Marion Bartoli in the third round. At the 2010 US Open, Arn was pitted against world number three and second seeded defending champion Kim Clijsters. She lost in straight sets. Arn qualified for the WTA Premier tournament in Tokyo, by defeating Chan Yung-jan and Elena Baltacha. In the main draw she then defeated fellow qualifier Laura Robson in the first round before losing to top seed Caroline Wozniacki.

In her first event of 2011, at the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand, Arn beat Zuzana Ondrášková. Arn then defeated eighth seed Sofia Arvidsson, saving five match points along the way. She followed it up with the biggest win of her career by defeating top seed and former world number one Maria Sharapova. Arn won her semifinal match against fourth seed Julia Görges in straight sets to book a final berth against defending champion and second seed Yanina Wickmayer for the title. Arn went on to defeat Wickmayer in straight sets to become the 2011 ASB Classic champion and add her second title win.

At the 2012 Australian Open, Arn defeated Rebecca Marino in the first round. In the second round, she won a very tight battle against number 17 seed Dominika Cibulková to make her second Grand Slam third round appearance and set up an encounter with Serena Williams, to whom she lost in straight sets. Seeded sixth at the 2012 Monterrey Open in February, she advanced to the semifinals before losing to Alexandra Cadanțu.

Arn announced her retirement in January 2014 after no longer being active since the 2013 Wimbledon Championships where she lost in the first round of qualifying.

Four years later, at the age of 38, Arn made a comeback and is currently competing on the ITF Circuit. In September 2017, she reached the final of an ITF 25k event in Balatonboglár, Hungary, losing to top seed Polona Hercog.

WTA finals[edit]

Singles: 2 (2 titles)[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/Tier IV/International (2–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 6 May 2007 Estoril, Portugal Clay Belarus Victoria Azarenka 2–6, 6–1, 7–6(7–3)
Winner 2. 8 January 2011 Auckland, New Zealand Hard Belgium Yanina Wickmayer 6–3, 6–3

ITF finals (9–13)[edit]

Singles: 9 (5–4)[edit]

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 27 October 1997 Stockholm, Sweden Hard(i) Germany Athina Briegel 6–2, 6–3
Winner 2. 3 October 1999 Glasgow, United Kingdom Carpet (i) India Manisha Malhotra Walkover
Winner 3. 27 July 2004 Bad Saulgau, Germany Clay Germany Tanja Ostertag 6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 1. 21 September 2005 Glasgow, United Kingdom Hard (i) Germany Kristina Barrois 3-6, 6-3, 4-6
Runner-up 2. 15 November 2005 Nuriootpa, Australia Hard (i) Australia Anastasia Rodionova 3-6, 1-6
Winner 4. 17 January 2006 Fort Walton Beach, United States Hard Italy Valentina Sassi 7-5, 6-2
Runner-up 3. 3 April 2007 Pelham, United States Clay United States Edina Gallovits-Hall 3-6, 5-7
Runner-up 4. 10 September 2017 Balatonboglár, Hungary Clay Slovenia Polona Hercog 1-6, 2-6
Winner 5. 28 October 2017 Saguenay, Canada Hard (i) Netherlands Bibiane Schoofs 6–1, 6–2

Doubles: 13 (4–9)[edit]

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 14 September 1998 Biograd, Croatia Clay Croatia Lana Miholcek Switzerland Diane Asensio
Bosnia and Herzegovina Mervana Jugić-Salkić
6-3, 6-2
Runner-up 1. 16 November 1998 Biel, Switzerland Hard (i) Hungary Katalin Miskolczi Czech Republic Dája Bedáňová
Germany Lydia Steinbach
2-6, 1-6
Runner-up 2. 5 April 1999 Makarska, Croatia Clay Hungary Petra Mandula Czech Republic Gabriela Chmelinová
Czech Republic Olga Vymetálková
6-0, 3-6, 6-7(3-7)
Runner-up 3. 23 August 1999 Hechingen, Germany Clay Hungary Eszter Molnár Germany Jennifer Tinnacher
Sweden Maria Wolfbrandt
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 4. 3 October 1999 Glasgow, United Kingdom Carpet (i) India Manisha Malhotra United Kingdom Lizzie Jelfs
Republic of Ireland Karen Nugent
w/o
Winner 2. 6 March 2000 Haikou, China Hard United Kingdom Julie Pullin South Korea Chae Kyung-yee
Japan Ryoko Takemura
7-5, 6-4
Runner-up 5. 3 July 2001 Vaihingen, Germany Clay Australia Amanda Grahame Czech Republic Dája Bedáňová
Czech Republic Eva Martincová
6-0, 3-6, 3-6
Runner-up 6. 3 October 2004 Nantes, France Hard (i) Hungary Rita Kuti-Kis France Iryna Brémond
Belarus Tatsiana Uvarova
4-6, 6-4, 6-7(5-7)
Runner-up 7. 3 April 2005 Rome, Italy Clay Czech Republic Janette Bejlková Spain Adriana González Peñas
Switzerland Romina Oprandi
3-6, 3-6
Winner 3. 13 November 2005 Port Pirie, Australia Hard United States Sunitha Rao Australia Monique Adamczak
Australia Christina Horiatopoulos
6–4, 3–6, 6–2
Winner 4. 19 November 2005 Nuriootpa, Australia Hard Australia Anastasia Rodionova Australia Casey Dellacqua
Australia Trudi Musgrave
6–4, 1–6, 7–5
Runner-up 8. 27 November 2005 Mount Gambier, Australia Hard Australia Anastasia Rodionova Japan Ryoko Fuda
United States Sunitha Rao
1–6, ret.
Runner-up 9. 10 December 2005 Přerov, Czech Republic Carpet (i) Estonia Margit Rüütel Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká
Czech Republic Gabriela Chmelinová
6–3 4–6 4–6

Grand Slam performance timeline[edit]

Singles[edit]

Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Australian Open A 2R 2R 1R A A A A LQ LQ A 1R 3R 1R
French Open LQ 1R 1R LQ A A A LQ LQ LQ A 1R 1R A
Wimbledon 1R LQ 2R LQ A A A 1R LQ LQ 3R A 1R LQ
US Open 1R 1R 1R LQ A A LQ 1R LQ A 1R 1R 2R A

Doubles[edit]

Tournament 2011 2012 2013
Australian Open A 1R A
French Open 1R 1R A
Wimbledon A A A
US Open 1R A A

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