|Born||July 16, 1976|
Minsk, Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic, Soviet Union
|Height||1.57 m (5 ft 2 in)|
|Turned pro||January 1991|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Career record||401-304 (56.9%)|
|Career titles||12 WTA, 7 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 15 (February 3, 2003)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||3R (1995, 2003, 2005)|
|French Open||4R (1995, 1998)|
|US Open||3R (1994)|
|Tour Finals||1R (2002)|
|Olympic Games||1R (2004)|
|Career record||31-45 (40.8%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 275 (July 10, 2006)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||1R (2006, 2007)|
|French Open||1R (2005, 2006)|
|Wimbledon||1R (2005, 2006)|
|US Open||2R (2005)|
Smashnova reached her career-high singles ranking of world No. 15 in 2003. She reached 13 finals, and won 12 of them. In addition, she won a junior Grand Slam title, the 1991 French Open girls' singles championship.
Smashnova, born in Minsk, is of Russian-Jewish descent. Her father Sasha is an engineer, and her mother is Zina. She has a brother, Yura, who is a software analyst. Smashnova graduated from American International High School outside Tel Aviv in 1995. She completed her service in the Israel Defense Forces in 1997.
Smashnova began playing tennis when she was six. She became the No. 1 junior in the Soviet Union at the age of ten. She was the number one junior in the Soviet Union from age ten until she moved to Israel at age 14. She won the girls' Soviet Union youth championship in 1989 at the age of 14.
Smashnova was named Tennis Magazine/Rolex Watch Female Rookie of the Year in 1994. At the 1994 French Open she upset world No. 5, Jana Novotná, 6-4, 6-2. At the US Open in that year, she upset world No. 14, Lori McNeil, in straight sets. She reached the fourth round of the French Open in 1995 and 1998.
At the 1996 Australian Open, she defeated world No. 15, Natasha Zvereva, in three sets. She won her first top-level WTA Tour singles title in 1999 at the Tashkent Open. She won her second career title in 2000, winning the Sanex Trophy in Belgium. Smashnova defeated Anna Kournikova in straight sets in her semifinal match, and went on to win the final against top seed Dominique Van Roost.
She had a breakthrough in 2002, winning four titles and beating 11 players ranked in the top 20, including Jelena Doki?, Justine Henin, and Kim Clijsters. In January 2002, Smashnova defeated Tatiana Panova at the Auckland Open and top-seeded Tamarine Tanasugarn at the Canberra Classic. In March 2002, she upset world No. 13, Meghann Shaughnessy, at Indian Wells. In April, she defeated world No. 7, Justine Henin in Miami, and world No. 9, Jelena Doki? in Charleston. In May at the German Open, she upset world No. 3, Kim Clijsters, and world No. 14, Daniela Hantuchová, both in three sets.
On 16 June 2002, Smashnova defeated defending champion Iroda Tulyaganova at the Austrian Open. In August, she beat world No. 13, Elena Dementieva, in San Diego. In September 2002, she beat Anna Kournikova in the finals of the Shanghai Open. According to The New York Times, Smashnova "was precise and controlled throughout the match, hitting perfect winners in stride... Kournikova didn't score a point until the third game of the first set when Smashnova hit a shot wide. 'She was like a wall today, hitting everything back', Kournikova said." In October, she beat world No. 13, Chanda Rubin, in Zurich. She played in the 2002 WTA Tour Championships, and lost in the first round to world No. 1, Serena Williams.
She won the 2003 Sopot Open in Poland, beating Klára Koukalová in the finals in straight sets. Smashnova eliminated Karolina ?prem in the Nordic Light Open semifinal in Helsinki and defeated Jelena Kostani? in the final. At the Pilot Pen Tennis in New Haven, she posted wins against Anastasia Myskina and Vera Zvonareva. In October 2003, she defeated then world No. 13 Nadia Petrova in Moscow.
She was on the Israeli Olympic Team in 2004.
At the 2005 Australian Open, Smashnova defeated María Sánchez Lorenzo in the first round and Tamarine Tanasugarn in the second. She lost to Venus Williams (seeded eighth) in the third round. In July 2006, Smashnova won her 12th tour title at Budapest, maintaining a 100% winning record in WTA Tour finals - a record she held alone for players who had won double-digit titles. This streak ended in August 2006, when she lost in the final of the Forest Hills Tennis Classic women's event to Meghann Shaughnessy.
In March 2007, Smashnova announced on Israeli radio that she would retire from professional tennis after Wimbledon. As it turned out, she lost in the first round to German Martina Müller by the "double bagel" scoreline, 0-6, 0-6.
She was on the Israeli Fed Cup team from 1992-2005. Smashnova holds the record for most ties played in Fed Cup competition - 61. Her win/loss record is 43-30 in Fed Cup competition for Israel from 1992-2006, including 7-3 on hardcourts in singles.
|Tier I (0-0)|
|Tier II (0-0)|
|Tier III (3-0)|
|Tier IV, V (9-1)|
|Win||1.||Jun 1999||Tashkent Open, Uzbekistan||Hard||Laurence Courtois||6-3, 6-3|
|Win||2.||Jul 2000||Knokke-Heist Open, Belgium||Clay||Dominique van Roost||6-2, 7-5|
|Win||3.||Jan 2002||Auckland Open, New Zealand||Hard||Tatiana Panova||6-2, 6-2|
|Win||4.||Jan 2002||Canberra International, Australia||Hard||Tamarine Tanasugarn||7-5, 7-6(7-2)|
|Win||5.||Jun 2002||Austrian Open||Clay||Iroda Tulyaganova||6-4, 6-1|
|Win||6.||Sep 2002||Shanghai Open, China||Hard||Anna Kournikova||6-2, 6-3|
|Win||7.||Aug 2003||Sopot Open, Poland||Clay||Klára Zakopalová||6-2, 6-0|
|Win||8.||Aug 2003||Nordic Light Open, Finland||Clay||Jelena Kostani?||4-6, 6-4, 6-0|
|Win||9.||May 2004||Austrian Open||Clay||Alicia Molik||6-2, 3-6, 6-2|
|Win||10.||Jul 2005||Internazionali di Modena, Italy||Clay||Tathiana Garbin||6-6 ret.|
|Win||11.||Aug 2005||Budapest Grand Prix, Hungary||Clay||Catalina Castaño||6-2, 6-2|
|Win||12.||Jul 2006||Budapest Grand Prix||Clay||Lourdes Domínguez Lino||6-1, 6-3|
|Loss||1.||Aug 2006||Forest Hills Classic, U.S.||Hard||Meghann Shaughnessy||6-1, 0-6, 4-6|
|Runner-up||1.||25 November 1991||ITF Ramat HaSharon, Israel||Hard||Tessa Price||4-6, 3-6|
|Winner||2.||11 July 1993||ITF Erlangen, Germany||Clay||Isabel Cueto||6-3, 6-1|
|Runner-up||3.||29 November 1993||Ramat HaSharon, Israel||Hard||Petra Thorén||3-6, 3-6|
|Runner-up||4.||2 June 1997||ITF Tashkent, Uzbekistan||Hard||Angélica Gavaldón||3-6, 2-6|
|Runner-up||5.||14 July 1997||ITF Getxo, Spain||Clay||Ségolène Berger||6-3, 3-6, 1-6|
|Winner||6.||17 November 1997||ITF Jaffa, Israel||Hard||Tzipora Obziler||6-3, 6-2|
|Runner-up||7.||6 October 1997||ITF Indian Wells, United States||Hard||Miho Saeki||1-6, 4-6|
|Runner-up||8.||29 March 1998||ITF Woodlands, United States||Hard||Elena Pampoulova||6-2, 1-6, 5-7|
|Winner||9.||12 April 1998||ITF Athens, Greece||Clay||Rita Kuti-Kis||1-6, 6-2, 6-2|
|Runner-up||10.||4 May 1997||ITF Cardiff, Great Britain||Clay||Kv?ta Peschke||5-7, 4-6|
|Winner||11.||17 May 1998||ITF Porto, Portugal||Clay||Alexia Dechaume-Balleret||6-2, 6-2|
|Winner||12.||4 October 1998||ITF Santa Clara, United States||Hard||Amy Frazier||2-6, 6-4, 6-2|
|Runner-up||13.||3 October 1999||ITF Santa Clara, United States||Hard||Cara Black||2-6, 1-6|
|Winner||14.||17 October 1999||ITF Largo, United States||Hard||Marissa Irvin||7-6(2), 6-1|
|Runner-up||15.||9 September 2001||ITF Fano, Italy||Clay||Zuzana Ondrá?ková||6-3, 1-6, 5-7|
|Runner-up||16.||16 September 2001||ITF Bordeaux, France||Clay||Lubomira Bacheva||6-4, 1-6, 0-6|
|Winner||17.||11 June 2006||ITF Prost?jov, Czech Republic||Clay||Romina Oprandi||w/o|
|Runner-up||1.||20 April 1997||ITF Bari, Italy||Clay||Tzipora Obziler|| Sandra Na?uk
|Runner-up||2.||17 November 1997||ITF Jaffa, Israel||Hard||Tzipora Obziler|| Nataly Cahana
Smashnova's win/loss records against certain players who have been ranked world No. 10 or higher is as follows:
Players who have been ranked world No. 1 are in boldface.