Vera Dushevina

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Vera Dushevina
Вера Душевина
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Country (sports)  Russia
Residence Khimki
Born (1986-10-06) 6 October 1986 (age 31)
Moscow, Soviet Union
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro 2003
Retired 2017
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money US$ 3,204,753
Singles
Career record 329–251
Career titles 1 WTA, 1 ITF
Highest ranking No. 31 (4 July 2005)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 4R (2005)
French Open 2R (2004, 2006, 2007, 2011)
Wimbledon 2R (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)
US Open 3R (2004, 2007)
Doubles
Career record 196–190
Career titles 2 WTA, 5 ITF
Highest ranking No. 27 (25 June 2007)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 3R (2010, 2014)
French Open 3R (2007, 2009)
Wimbledon QF (2005)
US Open 2R (2005, 2007, 2008, 2012)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon SF (2014)
Team competitions
Fed Cup W (2005), record 2–1

Vera Yevgenyevna Dushevina (Russian: Вера Евгеньевна Душевина; born 6 October 1986) is a retired Russian tennis player. She was born in Moscow and now resides in nearby satellite city of Khimki.

Vera Dushevina at the 2008 US Open

Early life[edit]

Dushevina began playing tennis at the age of seven under her father, Yevgeny, an engineer. Her mother, Elena, is a teacher. Outside tennis, Vera also played football and basketball.

Tennis career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Vera played her first Main Draw match at the 2002 J&S Cup by qualifying, but she lost to Virginia Ruano Pascual 1–6, 6–7(2). She was able to win her first WTA tour match at the 2003 NASDAQ-100 Open, after qualifying she defeated Patricia Wartusch 6–0, 6–3 but lost to fourth seed Justine Henin 3–6, 2–6 in the second round. She then won her first professional tour title at the ITF in Innsbruck, Austria coming through the qualifying draw and defeating Melinda Czink 7–6(4), 6–2 in the final. In her next tournament she was able to reach her first WTA Tour semifinals at the Nordea Nordic Light Open including defeating her first top 50 player, world No. 35, Denisa Chládková, 6–2, 6–3 but lost to Jelena Kostanić in the semifinals. She then played her first Slam main draw match after qualifying but lost to Ashley Harkleroad 4–6, 2–6 in the first round. In the Kremlin Cup she upset then world No. 28 Lisa Raymond 6–2, 7–6(4), but lost to 7th seed Vera Zvonareva 2–6, 1–6.

2005–2009[edit]

Vera began her 2005 campaign by losing in the first round at the Canberra Women's Classic to Anna-Lena Grönefeld 5–7, 4–6. At the first slam of the year in the Australian Open, she was able to reach the fourth round for the first time in a slam losing to 5th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova 6–4, 6–2. Along the way she won her first top 20 victory over then world No. 11 Vera Zvonareva 6–3, 6–3 in the second round. She then qualified for the Open Gaz de France and Dubai Tennis Championships but fell to Dinara Safina 2–6, 4–6 in the second round and to Nathalie Dechy 7–6(1), 4–6, 6–7(4) in the first round, respectively. She then lost four straight matches in the second round of the NASDAQ-100 Open and the first rounds of Bausch & Lomb Championships, J&S Cup and Qatar Total German Open. She then bounced back by reaching the quarterfinals of the Internationaux de Strasbourg losing to eventual champion Anabel Medina Garrigues 7–6(2), 5–7, 1–6. She however had a bad draw at the French Open losing to 21st seed Mary Pierce 2–6, 5–7. Dushevina reached her first Women's Tennis Association (WTA) singles final at the Hastings Direct International Championships as a qualifier she finished as runner-up to former world No. 1, Kim Clijsters, 5–7, 0–6. In the said tournament she won her first top 5 victory over then world No. 3, Amélie Mauresmo, 6–4, 6–4 in the second round. However, she fell in the first round of the Wimbledon Championships to Ana Ivanovic 4–6, 3–6. She then bounced back to reach the semifinals of the Nordea Nordic Light Open losing to Katarina Srebotnik 0–6, 5–7. She then reached the second round of the Pilot Pen Tennis losing to Elena Dementieva. She then suffered back-to-back to loses to Shahar Pe'er at the second round of US Open and first round of China Open. She then fell at the quarterfinals of the Hansol Korea Open to top seed Jelena Janković 5–7, 6–3, 6–3. She then lost in the first round of the Kremlin Cup to Elena Likhovtseva 3–6, 6–2, 7–5. She then avenged her lose to Janković at the Generali Ladies Linz defeating the Serb 7–6(6), 3–6, 6–0 in the first round, but fell to Sybille Bammer in the next round.

Dushevina had a poor 2006 season. She reached in the second rounds of ASB Classic and Medibank International losing to top ten players Nadia Petrova and Justine Henin respectively. She then fell in the first round of the Australian Open to Catalina Castaño in straight sets. She then fell in the second rounds of Open Gaz de France and Dubai Tennis Championships to then world No. 2, Amélie Mauresmo, and then world No. 4, Maria Sharapova, respectively. She then suffered a back-to-back first round loss at the Qatar Ladies Open and NASDAQ-100 Open. She then earned her best performance of the year by reaching the third round of the Bausch & Lomb Championships losing to Patty Schnyder 3–6, 5–7. At the Estoril Open she was upset by Antonella Serra Zanetti 6–4, 6–4 in the first round. She then suffered 4 consecutive second round exits at the Qatar Total German Open and French Open to then world No. 1, Amélie Mauresmo, the Internazionali BNL d'Italia to Patty Schnyder, and the Hastings Direct International Championships to Anna-Lena Grönefeld. She then fell five consecutive first round main draw matches that she played. At the Wimbledon Championships, JPMorgan Chase Open, Rogers Cup, US Open, and the China Open. She then reached the second rounds of the Hansol Korea Open and AIG Japan Open Tennis Championships. She then suffered back-to-back main draw match to compatriot Vera Zvonareva, at the Kremlin Cup and Gaz de France Stars.

Two years later, she reached her second final at the Nordea Nordic Light Open, losing in straight sets to Agnieszka Radwańska. Dushevina reached the final of the Stockholm event again in 2007, losing to Caroline Wozniacki. Dushevina has won one doubles title, the Warsaw Open, playing with Tatiana Perebiynis in 2007. She was also a part of the winning Russian team in the 2005 Fed Cup, winning doubles ties in the quarterfinals and semifinals finals partnering Dinara Safina. Dushevina began writing a blog for Eurosport about her time on the tour in 2009.[1]

In June 2009, at the Aegon International in Eastbourne, she lost in 45 minutes to Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak in the quarterfinals, 1–6, 0–6, winning only 17 of the 69 points in the match, and losing every one of her service games.[1]. Dushevina upset world No. 22, Alizé Cornet, in the first round of the Wimbledon Championships, but fell to Elena Vesnina in the second. Dushevina won her first WTA career title at the İstanbul Cup defeating Lucie Hradecká 6–0, 6–1 in the final.

2010–2011[edit]

Dushevina started 2010 by qualifying in the Medibank International Sydney where she reached the quarterfinals with wins over Casey Dellacqua and Elena Vesnina, but lost to then world No. 1 Serena Williams in the quarterfinals. She then fell in the first round of the Australian Open to compatriot and 5th seed Elena Dementieva 6–2, 6–1. At the PTT Pattaya Open, she was upset in the second round by world No. 121 Ekaterina Bychkova 6–4, 6–1. She then fell in the first rounds of Dubai Tennis Championships and Sony Ericsson Open and the second round of BNP Paribas Open.

She then reached the third round of the Family Circle Cup losing to eventual champion Samantha Stosur 1–6, 6–3, 1–6, but fell early in the Internazionali BNL d'Italia to Andrea Petkovic 3–6, 0–6. In the second round of the Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open, Dushevina lost the most competitive match of her career against world No. 1, Serena Williams. Williams finally won 6–7(2), 7–6(5), 7–6(5) after 3 hours and 26 minutes despite being 5–2 up in the final set. Dushevina had match point at 7–6(2), 6–5 but could not close out the match. She was also 4–0 up in the final set tie break before losing. It was also Williams' longest match. She then fell in the first rounds of the French Open and Aegon International. At Wimbledon she upset French Open champion Francesca Schiavone 6–7(0), 7–5, 6–1 in the first round, but fell to eventual semifinalist Tsvetana Pironkova 3–6, 4–6 in the following round.

She reached the back-to-back quarterfinals in the Banka Koper Slovenia Open and İstanbul Cup losing to Anna Chakvetadze 6–2, 3–6, 5–7 and Jarmila Groth 5–7, 2–6, respectively. She then fell in the second round of the Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open to Jelena Janković 4–6, 6–3, 1–6. She then fell in the qualifying rounds of Rogers Cup and Pilot Pen Tennis. In the US Open she fell in the first round to Alona Bondarenko. In the Hansol Korea Open, she upset former world No. 1, Ana Ivanovic, 2–6, 6–4, 6–2 but fell in the next round to Klára Zakopalová. She then reached the third round of the China Open as a qualifier losing to Francesca Schiavone 6–4, 3–6, 1–6. In her final tournament of the year at the Kremlin Cup, she was able to reach her first semifinal since winning in the 2009 İstanbul Cup, she defeated three consecutive compatriots Ekaterina Makarova, Elena Vesnina and Anna Chakvetadze but fell to another compatriot Maria Kirilenko 1–6, 1–6.

Vera started 2011 by losing in the qualifying draw of the 2011 Medibank International Sydney. At the Australian Open she was able to pick up her 1st win in six years by defeating Maria Elena Camerin 6–3, 3–6, 6–1 but fell to 5th seed Samantha Stosur in the next round. She then fell in the first rounds of Open GDF Suez and Dubai Tennis Championships. At the Qatar Ladies Open, she qualified and defeated María José Martínez Sánchez 4–6, 6–1, 7–6(1) in the first round and lost to Daniela Hantuchová 6–4, 2–6, 4–6 in the second round.

2017: Retirement[edit]

Dushevina announced her retirement from professional tennis on 15 August 2017. The cause were several injuries which prevented her to continue playing. She will concentrate on coaching.[2]

Significant finals[edit]

Premier Mandatory/Premier 5 finals[edit]

Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 2013 Beijing Hard Spain Arantxa Parra Santonja Zimbabwe Cara Black
India Sania Mirza
2–6, 2–6

WTA career finals[edit]

Singles: 4 (1 title, 3 runners-up)[edit]

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Tier II / Premier (0–1)
Tier III, IV & V / International (1–2)
Titles by Surface
Hard (1–2)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in final Score
Runner-up 1. 18 June 2005 Hastings Direct International Championships, Eastbourne Grass Belgium Kim Clijsters 5–7, 0–6
Runner-up 2. 30 July 2007 Nordea Nordic Light Open, Stockholm Hard (i) Poland Agnieszka Radwańska 1–6, 1–6
Runner-up 3. 3 August 2008 Nordea Nordic Light Open, Stockholm Hard Denmark Caroline Wozniacki 0–6, 2–6
Winner 1. 2 August 2009 İstanbul Cup, Istanbul Hard Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká 6–0, 6–1

Doubles: 11 (2 titles, 9 runners-up)[edit]

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–1)
Tier II / Premier (1–2)
Tier III, IV & V / International (1–6)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–8)
Clay (1–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent in final Score
Winner 1. 30 April 2007 Warsaw Open, Warsaw Clay Ukraine Tatiana Perebiynis Russia Elena Likhovtseva
Russia Elena Vesnina
7–5, 3–6, [10–2]
Runner-up 1. 27 July 2008 Banka Koper Slovenia Open, Portorož Hard Russia Ekaterina Makarova Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues
Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
4–6, 1–6
Runner-up 2. 22 September 2008 Hansol Korea Open, Seoul Hard Russia Maria Kirilenko Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-Jung
Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-wei
3–6, 0–6
Runner-up 3. 20 October 2008 Fortis Championships Luxembourg, Luxembourg City Hard Ukraine Mariya Koryttseva Romania Sorana Cîrstea
New Zealand Marina Eraković
6–2, 3–6, [8–10]
Runner-up 4. 13 February 2011 Open GDF Suez, Paris Hard (i) Russia Ekaterina Makarova United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands
United States Meghann Shaughnessy
4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 5. 25 September 2011 Hansol Korea Open, Seoul Hard Kazakhstan Galina Voskoboeva South Africa Natalie Grandin
Czech Republic Vladimíra Uhlířová
6–7(5–7), 4–6
Runner-up 6. 25 February 2012 Cellular South Cup, Memphis Hard (i) Belarus Olga Govortsova Czech Republic Andrea Hlaváčková
Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká
3–6, 4–6
Winner 2. 3 August 2013 Citi Open, Washington, D.C. Hard Japan Shuko Aoyama Canada Eugenie Bouchard
United States Taylor Townsend
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 7. 5 October 2013 China Open, Beijing Hard Spain Arantxa Parra Santonja Zimbabwe Cara Black
India Sania Mirza
2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 8. 3 October 2015 Tashkent Open, Tashkent Hard Czech Republic Kateřina Siniaková Russia Margarita Gasparyan
Russia Alexandra Panova
1–6, 6–3, [3–10]
Runner-up 9. 14 February 2016 St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy, St. Petersburg Hard (i) Czech Republic Barbora Krejčíková Switzerland Martina Hingis
India Sania Mirza
3–6, 1–6

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A 2R 4R 1R 1R A 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R Q3 A Q2 5–9
French Open A 2R 1R 2R 2R 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R LQ Q1 Q3 4–9
Wimbledon LQ 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R 2R 2R 1R 1R LQ Q1 A 4–9
US Open 1R 3R 2R 1R 3R 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R A A 7–11
Win–Loss 0–1 4–4 4–4 1–4 4–4 1–3 1–4 1–4 3–4 1–4 0–2 0–0 0–0 20–38
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics NH A Not Held A Not Held A Not Held 0–0
Year-End Championship
WTA Tour Championships A A A A A A A A A A A A A 0–0
WTA Premier Mandatory Tournaments
Indian Wells A A A A A A 3R 2R 1R LQ Q1 Q1 A 3–3
Miami 2R 3R 2R 1R 3R A 1R 1R 1R 1R A A A 6–9
Madrid Not Held QF 2R 1R LQ A A A 6–3
Beijing Not Held 1R 3R LQ Q2 A A A 4–2
WTA Premier 5 Tournaments
Doha A 1R 1R 1R LQ 1R Not Held NP5 1R 1R Q1 NP5 1–6
Dubai Not Tier I 2R 1R 1R NP5 Q1 Q1 A NP5 1–3
Rome A 2R A 2R A 1R 1R 1R 2R LQ A A A 3–6
Cincinnati Not Tier I 1R 2R A Q1 A A A 3–2
Canada A A A 1R A A 1R LQ A A A A A 2–3
Tokyo A A A A LQ LQ 2R LQ A A A A A 2–2
Win–Loss 29–10 27–18 28–20 22–26 40–21 20–18 34–20 31–22 20–20 12–12 4–10 0–1 0–0 329–249
Year-End Ranking 108 63 39 97 41 88 44 54 86 141 120 478 522

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A 1R A A 2R 3R 1R 2R 2R 3R A 1R 7–8
French Open 2R 1R 3R 1R 3R 2R 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R 1R 8–12
Wimbledon QF 2R 1R 2R 2R 2R 3R 1R 1R 2R 2R Q1 11–11
US Open 2R 1R 2R 2R 2R 1R 2R 2R 1R A A A 6–9
Win–Loss 5–3 1–4 3–3 2–3 5–4 4–4 3–4 3–4 1–4 4–3 1–2 0–2 32–40

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