Johanna Larsson (tennis)
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Larsson at Roland Garros 2016
|Full name||Johanna Larsson|
17 August 1988 |
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Prize money||$ 2,167,505|
|Career titles||1 WTA, 12 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 45 (19 September 2016)|
|Current ranking||No. 45 (19 September 2016)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2015, 2016)|
|French Open||3R (2014)|
|Wimbledon||1R (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)|
|US Open||3R (2014, 2016)|
|Career titles||6 WTA, 16 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 36 (26 October 2015)|
|Current ranking||No. 39 (26 August 2016)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||QF (2015)|
|French Open||QF (2016)|
|US Open||3R (2015)|
|Last updated on: 29 August 2016.|
Johanna Larsson (born 17 August 1988) is a Swedish professional tennis player.
Larsson has won one singles title and four doubles titles on the WTA tour, as well as twelve singles and sixteen doubles titles on the ITF circuit in her career. On 11 July 2011, she reached her best singles ranking of world number 46. On 26 October 2015, she reached her best doubles ranking of world number 36.
Larsson began playing international tennis on the ITF junior circuit, where she reached a career-high junior ranking of world number 79 in September 2006. During the Fed Cup in 2005 she began her quest for recognition by defeating Anna Kremer. Larsson went on to defeat Brenda Schultz-McCarthy and Joanna Sakowicz. She was awarded a wild card for a WTA event In Stockholm, beating Kristina Barrois in three sets before losing to Swedish number 1 Sofia Arvidsson in a close match. Towards the end of 2006, Larsson suffered an injured hamstring, but came back in early 2007, playing mainly in the USA. She won the $10,000 Falkenberg title twice in consecutive years. Larsson returned to Fed Cup again in 2007, losing to Maša Zec Peškirič and beating Vojislava Lukić and Naomi Cavaday, both ranked in the top 300, giving Sweden 9th place.
2008 was Johanna Larsson's breakthrough year, winning two $25,000 ITF events in Stockholm and in Sutton. She also made her Grand Slam debut at the French Open where she made the second qualifying round. Larsson went on to make the second qualifying round at Wimbledon and the US Open final qualifying round. In September, Larsson also captured the $75,000 Shrewsbury doubles event. Larsson ended the season playing Swedish team tennis for Helsingborg alongside Sofia Arvidsson.
Larsson began the year at the Australian Open, where she lost in the first qualifying round. She was included in the 2009 Swedish Fed Cup team, along with Sofia Arvidsson, Sandra Roma and Ellen Allgurin. Larsson recorded a 3–1 singles win-loss record (including a win over top 70 player Monica Niculescu), and a 2–1 doubles win-loss ratio. After the Fed Cup, Larsson travelled to South America to play qualifying in two WTA events. In Bogotá Larsson had three wins in qualifying taking her into the main draw, where she lost to Carla Suárez Navarro. In her next tournament in Acapulco, Larsson was forced to retire with a knee injury while trailing top seed Ágnes Szávay one set down. A series of $25,000 ITF clay tournaments saw Larsson reach two finals, a semi and a quarterfinal. Larsson took the singles and doubles titles at the $50,000 event in Barnstaple, her best singles result in her career so far. Johanna then took another singles title at the $25,000 event in Glasgow, the following week Johanna made the final in Istanbul before losing to Maret Ani.
2010 would be Johanna's first top 100 season she started the year playing two $25,000 events in the United States; in the first tournament in Plantation, Larsson made the final knocking out top seed Maret Ani en route. Larsson was beaten in the final by Ajla Tomljanović. In the second event in Lutz, Larsson made the quarterfinals where she was defeated by Mariana Duque. Larsson stayed unbeaten in singles and doubles throughout the four ties she played in Fed Cup, Sweden won promotion to the World Group II playoffs. Unseeded at the $50,000+H tournament in Biberach, Larsson was the winner. Larsson captured her 10th ITF singles title in Clearwater.
Larsson made her Grand Slam main draw debut at 2010 French Open; in the first round she defeated Anastasija Sevastova before losing to Akgul Amanmuradova in the second. Following Roland Garros Larsson played the $100.000+H tournament in Marseille. She reached the final but lost to Klára Zakopalová. She won the doubles title with Yvonne Meusburger. She then fell in the first round of qualifying at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships.
Larsson then fell in the first round of the 2010 Swedish Open to Renata Voráčová. At the 2010 ECM Prague Open, she reached her first WTA tour quarterfinal after the withdrawal of top seed Lucie Šafářová in the second round, but fell to Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová in the quarterfinals.
Larsson then continued her form at the 2010 Banka Koper Slovenia Open, as she defeated 8th-seeded countrywoman Sofia Arvidsson in the first round and Maria Elena Camerin in the second. Then in the quarterfinals she caused a bigger upset, defeating 3rd seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Ksenia Pervak to reach her first WTA tour final. However, she lost to Anna Chakvetadze in straight sets. After this tournament she reached a career-high ranking of world number 66.
In Quebec City, she won her first WTA doubles title with Sofia Arvidsson.
2011 was another top-100 season for Johanna. She began the year with 3 consecutive losses in Auckland, Hobart and at the Australian Open. A step down to ITF level saw Larsson lose in the 2nd round in a $25.000 event in Stockholm before an improvement in form saw her make it to the semifinals of the 2011 Abierto Mexicano Telcel. Johanna had a victory over Li Na in the second round in Miami, before losing to Alexandra Dulgheru. In the lead up to the French Open, she made a semi-final appearance in Estoril losing to Kristina Barrois. She defeated former French Open Champion Ana Ivanovic in three sets at the 2011 French Open, but lost in the second round to Ekaterina Makarova.
At the 2011 Swedish Open, Larsson beat Alla Kudryavtseva in the first round. She then defeated Vera Dushevina and Lourdes Domínguez Lino, winning both matches in three sets. In the semifinals, she easily beat Sofia Arvidsson to advance to her second WTA tour final, where she lost to 8th seed Polona Hercog in straight sets. She repeated her Wimbledon result; losing in the first round of the US Open.
In a repeat of 2011, Johanna lost in the first round of her opening 3 events. Johanna posted a 3–6 win-loss record between (and including) the tournaments of Memphis and Estoril. Her first quarter final of the year occurred in Strasbourg where she lost to Francesca Schiavone. A second quarter final was recorded 2 tournaments later, this time in Bad Gastein. Following a disappointing Wimbledon first round exit Johanna took a wildcard into an ITF $100.000 event. She defeated the 4th, 6th & 3rd seeds en route to taking the title. Larsson then reached the semifinals of Sony Swedish Open in Båstad, losing to Mathilde Johansson. In the run up to the US Open, In Cincinnati Johanna recorded a win over Marion Bartoli (Ranked 11 at the time) before losing to Li Na. In the final Grand Slam of the year she faced Dominika Cibulková, despite taking the first set on a tie-break she went on to lose in 3 sets. She ended the year playing mostly qualifying in WTA event in Asia.
Larsson broke her cycle of losing in all three opening events of the season with a quarter- final appearance in Auckland, beating Julia Görges in the second round. Larsson lost in the opening Grand Slam of the season to Jelena Janković. Larsson lost in two consecutive first rounds in Memphis and Acapulco. A third-round appearance in Indian Wells was recorded after Larsson took out 24th-ranked Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the second round. Johanna struggled in the lead-up to the French Open but made the quarter-finals in Strasbourg once again. She lost to Sorana Cîrstea in the second round of the French Open. After the French Open, Larsson struggled once again; she went on to exit Wimbledon in the first round. A major improvement in form saw Larsson beat Mathilde Johansson in Båstad, to reach her second final there. Larsson made it to the final of the women's singles at the 2013 Swedish Open where she lost to 1st seed Serena Williams in straight sets, 6–4 6–1. In the lead-up to the US Open, she LArsson lost in qualifying in three US Hardcourt events. She lost in the second round of the US Open for the second year in a row. In the WTA event in Ningbo Johanna made the semi-finals, losing to Bojana Jovanovski. She ended the year with a loss to country-woman Sofia Arvidsson at the ITF event in Poitiers.
Johanna began the year with a 2nd round finish in Auckland, losing to 2nd seed Ana Ivanovic. Despite a competitive opening set Johanna lost in the first round of Australian Open to Victoria Azarenka. She had her best ever indoor result in a WTA event when she qualified and made the second round in Paris. Two first-round losses occurred in Rio and Florianpolis. Larsson's drop in ranking meant she played qualifying in both Indian Wells & Miami; she failed to qualify in either event. She made a quarter-final appearance at the ITF event in Osprey. She took her 16th ITF doubles title with Kiki Bertens at the ITF event in Cagnes-sur-Mer.
Larsson won her first WTA singles title at the 2015 Swedish Open.
Grand Slam tournament performance timeline
Current through 2016 US Open.
|Australian Open||A||Q1||A||1R||1R||1R||1R||2R||2R||0 / 6||2–6||25%|
|French Open||Q2||A||2R||2R||1R||2R||3R||1R||2R||0 / 7||6–7||46%|
|Wimbledon||Q2||A||Q1||1R||1R||1R||1R||1R||1R||0 / 6||0–6||0%|
|US Open||Q3||A||1R||1R||1R||1R||3R||1R||3R||0 / 7||4–7||27%|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||1–2||1–4||0–4||1–4||4–4||1–4||4–4||0 / 26||12–26||32%|
- "Johansson & Hercog Reach Bastad Final". Retrieved 22 July 2012.
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