Meghann Shaughnessy at the 2011 Australian Open
|Residence||Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.|
April 13, 1979 |
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career titles||6 WTA, 6 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 11 (10 September 2001)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||QF (2003)|
|French Open||4R (2001)|
|US Open||4R (2003)|
|Career titles||17 WTA, 2 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 4 (March 21, 2005)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||SF (2006)|
|French Open||SF (2005)|
|Wimbledon||QF (2004, 2005, 2006)|
|US Open||QF (2002, 2007, 2010)|
|Last updated on: October 13, 2011.|
Meghann Shaughnessy (April 13, 1979 in Richmond, Virginia) is an American professional tennis player. She achieved a career-high singles ranking of #11 in 2001, and has won six WTA Tour singles titles. She is best known for her serve, which is one of the most powerful on tour, and has produced as many as 22 aces in a match.
Shaughnessy made her debut on the WTA Tour in 1996 at a tournament in Budapest, and broke into the top 100 in 1998. In 2000, Shaughnessy won her first WTA singles title at Beijing, defeating Iroda Tulyaganova in the final, and breaking into the top fifty. In her breakout year of 2001, Shaughnessy achieved a career-high singles ranking of #11, won the second singles title of her career at Quebec City, and reached the finals of Hamburg and her home tournament in Scottsdale. She also recorded wins over world number five Conchita Martínez, world number four Monica Seles, and world number two Venus Williams.
In 2002, Shaughnessy began the season by reaching the final of Sydney, and recaptured her career-high #11 ranking. She also reached the quarterfinals or better of four other tournaments that year, with wins over top five players Jelena Dokić and Serena Williams. In 2003, Shaughnessy had another excellent year, featuring the second year end top twenty finish of her career. Shaughnessy captured her third career singles title in Canberra, and also had strong Grand Slam results, reaching her first career Slam quarterfinal at the Australian Open, and reaching the Round of 16 at both the US Open and Australian Open. Shaughnessy also scored an upset over world number two Venus Williams in the Round of 16 of the NASDAQ-100 Open in Miami. In 2004, Shaughnessy produced sub-par results, finishing just inside of the top 40, with only one top five win, over Anastasia Myskina in Dubai. However, in 2004 Shaughnessy produced the best doubles results of her career, winning seven tournaments with partner Nadia Petrova, including the WTA Year End Championships in Los Angeles. This doubles partnership is now over as Petrova is looking for a new partner for 2006.
In 2005, Shaughnessy struggled with injuries and consistency. Her year began with a right leg injury, which forced her to withdraw from the Australian Open doubles competition, and from a tournament in Hyderabad. However, Shaughnessy showed signs of recovery in February, reaching the final of Memphis, defeating Nicole Vaidišová in the semifinals. The match featured Shaughnessy serving 22 aces in her 7–6 7–6 win. After Memphis, Shaughnessy struggled with back injuries for the duration of the spring, not reaching another semifinal until June at a grass tournament in 's-Hertogenbosch.
By July, Shaughnessy's ranking had dropped so low that she was forced to qualify for the Palo Alto tournament. She qualified, and then surprised number five seed Vera Zvonareva in the first round, before losing to Daniela Hantuchová in the second round. A back injury forced Shaughnessy to withdraw from tournaments in Carlsbad, California and Los Angeles. As a wildcard in New Haven, she defeated number nine seed Nathalie Dechy for the first time in ten attempts, before losing to doubles partner Anna-Lena Grönefeld in the second round. At the US Open, Shaughnessy led sixteen-year-old Sesil Karatantcheva 6–3 5–2 in the opening round, and held two match points, before losing 3–6 7–5 7–5.
However, on March 24, 2006, Shaughnessy demolished Number 3 seed Justine Henin 7–5, 6–4 in the second round (Henin's 1st round) of the NASDAQ-100 Tournament in Miami. Shaughnessy then won a WTA-level event in Rabat, beating 8th seeded Martina Suchá in three sets, 6–2, 3–6, 6–3. It was her 4th tour title. She became the first American to win a WTA-level title in 2006 as well as the first to reach a WTA final in 2006. Shaughnessy afterwards reached the second round at Istanbul, beating 3rd seeded Anna Chakvetadze in the first round. Then she fell in the first round in the French Open to top seeded and crowd favorite Amélie Mauresmo, 6–4, 6–4.
The next year, she faced the previous year's runner-up, Svetlana Kuznetsova, in the second round of the French Open. Shaughnessy raced into a 5–0 lead in the first set, and in the sixth game held three set points on Svetlana's serve. However, Kuznetsova saved them all, won the game and recovered dramatically to clinch the set on a tie-break, before winning the second set 6–3 for the match.
Shaughnessy currently concentrates on doubles, and regularly partners with fellow American Bethanie Mattek-Sands. The pair made it to the doubles finals of the 2011 Indian Wells Masters, by defeating Alisa Kleybanova & Yan Zi (round 1), Raquel Kops-Jones & Abigail Spears (round 2), Liezel Huber & Nadia Petrova (quarter-finals) and Victoria Azarenka & Maria Kirilenko (semi-finals), but lost to Sania Mirza and Elena Vesnina in the finals.
Her coach had been romantically involved with her since before she turned 18. Their romantic and coaching relationship ended in 2005; however, Shaughnessy re-united with Font De Mora as her coach during the latter part of 2006. Shaughnessy claims she was in an intimate relationship from 2004 to 2005, with Major League Baseball player Roberto Alomar, also claiming that he did not inform her whether or not he was HIV positive, during their relationship.
WTA Career Finals
Singles 10 (6–4)
|Legend: Before 2009||Legend: Starting in 2009|
|Grand Slam tournaments (0/0)|
|Olympic Gold (0/0)|
|WTA Championships (0/0)|
|Tier I (0/0)||Premier Mandatory (0/0)|
|Tier II (1/3)||Premier 5 (0/0)|
|Tier III (1/1)||Premier (0/0)|
|Tier IV & V (4/0)||International (0/0)|
|Outcome||No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Opponent in the final||Score in the final|
|Winner||1.||October 22, 2000||Shanghai, China||Hard (i)||Iroda Tulyaganova||7–6, 7–5|
|Runner-up||1.||February 26, 2001||Scottsdale, United States||Hard||Lindsay Davenport||6–2, 6–3|
|Runner-up||2.||April 30, 2001||Hamburg, Germany||Clay||Venus Williams||6–3, 6–0|
|Winner||2.||September 23, 2001||Quebec City, Canada||Carpet (i)||Iva Majoli||6–1, 6–3|
|Runner-up||3.||January 13, 2002||Sydney, Australia||Hard||Martina Hingis||6–2, 6–3|
|Winner||3.||January 12, 2003||Canberra, Australia||Hard||Francesca Schiavone||6–1, 6–1|
|Runner-up||4.||February 19, 2005||Memphis, United States||Hard (i)||Vera Zvonareva||7–6(3), 6–2|
|Winner||4.||May 21, 2006||Rabat, Morocco||Clay||Martina Suchá||6–2, 3–6, 6–3|
|Winner||5.||August 26, 2006||Forest Hills, United States||Hard||Anna Smashnova||1–6, 6–0, 6–4|
|Winner||6.||June 16, 2007||Barcelona, Spain||Clay||Edina Gallovits||6–3, 6–2|
Doubles: 33 (17–16)
|Legend: Before 2009||Legend: Starting in 2009|
|Grand Slam tournaments (0/0)|
|WTA Championships (1/0)|
|Tier I (5/4)||Premier Mandatory (0/1)|
|Tier II (4/5)||Premier 5 (0/0)|
|Tier III (5/1)||Premier (2/2)|
|Tier IV & V (0/2)||International (0/1)|
|Outcome||No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Partner||Opponents in Final||Score in Final|
|Runner-up||1.||April 26, 1999||Bol, Croatia||Clay||Andreea Vanc|| Jelena Kostanić
|7–5, 6–7(1), 6–2|
|Runner-up||2.||May 16, 1999||Antwerp, Belgium||Clay||Louise Pleming|| Laura Golarsa
|Runner-up||3.||October 22, 2000||Shanghai, Cina||Hard (i)||Rita Grande|| Tamarine Tanasugarn
|Winner||1.||November 5, 2000||Quebec City, Canada||Hard (i)||Nicole Pratt|| Kimberly Po-Messerli
|Runner-up||4.||January 7, 2001||Gold Coast, Australia||Hard||Katie Schlukebir|| Giulia Casoni
|Runner-up||5.||March 4, 2001||Scottsdale, United States||Hard||Kim Clijsters|| Lisa Raymond
|Winner||2.||May 13, 2001||Berlin, Germany||Clay||Els Callens|| Cara Black
|Runner-up||6.||October 14, 2001||Filderstadt, Germany||Hard (i)||Justine Henin|| Lindsay Davenport
|6–4, 6–7(4), 7–5|
|Winner||3.||December 31, 2001||Gold Coast, Australia||Hard||Justine Henin|| Åsa Svensson
|Runner-up||7.||October 13, 2002||Filderstadt, Germany||Hard (i)||Paola Suárez|| Lindsay Davenport
|Winner||4.||September 29, 2003||Moscow, Russia||Carpet (i)||Nadia Petrova|| Anastasia Myskina
|Runner-up||8.||January 12, 2004||Sydney, Australia||Hard||Dinara Safina|| Cara Black
|7–5, 3–6, 6–4|
|Winner||5.||March 22, 2004||Key Biscayne, United States||Hard||Nadia Petrova|| Svetlana Kuznetsova
|Winner||6.||April 5, 2004||Amelia Island, United States||Clay||Nadia Petrova|| Myriam Casanova
|3–6, 6–2, 7–5|
|Winner||7.||May 3, 2004||Berlin, Germany||Clay||Nadia Petrova|| Janette Husárová
|6–2, 2–6, 6–1|
|Winner||8.||May 10, 2004||Rome, Italy||Clay||Nadia Petrova|| Paola Suárez
Virginia Ruano Pascual
|2–6, 6–3, 6–3|
|Winner||9.||July 19, 2004||Los Angeles, United States||Hard||Nadia Petrova|| Conchita Martínez
Virginia Ruano Pascual
|6–7(2), 6–4, 6–3|
|Winner||10.||August 23, 2004||New Haven, United States||Hard||Nadia Petrova|| Martina Navrátilová
|6–1, 1–6, 7–6(4)|
|Winner||11.||November 8, 2004||Los Angeles, United States||Hard||Nadia Petrova|| Cara Black
|Runner-up||9.||March 19, 2005||Indian Wells, United States||Hard||Nadia Petrova|| Virginia Ruano Pascual
|Winner||12.||September 13, 2005||Bali, Indonesia||Hard||Anna-Lena Grönefeld|| Yan Zi
|Winner||13.||January 7, 2006||Gold Coast, Australia||Hard||Dinara Safina|| Cara Black
|Winner||14.||March 5, 2006||Acapulco, Mexico||Clay||Anna-Lena Grönefeld|| Shinobu Asagoe
|Runner-up||10.||March 18, 2006||Indian Wells, United States||Hard||Virginia Ruano Pascual|| Lisa Raymond
|Runner-up||11.||April 16, 2006||Charleston, United States||Hard||Virginia Ruano Pascual|| Lisa Raymond
|3–6, 6–1, 6–1|
|Runner-up||12.||July 31, 2006||San Diego, United States||Hard||Anna-Lena Grönefeld|| Cara Black
|Winner||15.||January 8, 2007||Sydney, Australia||Hard||Anna-Lena Grönefeld|| Marion Bartoli
|6–3, 3–6, 7–6(2)|
|Runner-up||13.||February 21, 2010||Memphis, United States||Hard (i)||Bethanie Mattek-Sands|| Michaëlla Krajicek
|Winner||16.||May 17, 2010||Warsaw, Poland||Clay||Virginia Ruano Pascual|| Cara Black
|Runner-up||14.||August 28, 2010||New Haven, United States||Hard||Bethanie Mattek-Sands|| Květa Peschke
|Winner||17.||February 7, 2011||Paris, France||Hard (i)||Bethanie Mattek-Sands|| Vera Dushevina
|Runner-up||15.||March 19, 2011||Indian Wells, United States||Hard||Bethanie Mattek-Sands|| Elena Vesnina
|Runner-up||16.||April 10, 2011||Charleston, United States||Clay||Bethanie Mattek-Sands|| Sania Mirza
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