Yaroslava Shvedova
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Yaroslava Shvedova

Yaroslava Shvedova "Slava"
Shvedova US16 (8) (29235551494).jpg
Shvedova at the 2016 US Open
Country (sports) Russia (2002-08)
 Kazakhstan (2008-present)
ResidenceNur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
Born (1987-09-12) 12 September 1987 (age 33)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned proSeptember 2005
PlaysRight-handed
(two-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$ 6,437,404
Singles
Career record355-264 (57.4%)
Career titles1
Highest ranking
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (2015)
French OpenQF (2010, 2012)
WimbledonQF (2016)
US Open4R (2016)
Doubles
Career record285-174 (62.1%)
Career titles13
Highest rankingNo. 3 (22 February 2016)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (2012)
French OpenF (2015)
WimbledonW (2010)
US OpenW (2010)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenSF (2013)
French OpenF (2010)
WimbledonSF (2016)
US OpenQF (2015, 2016)
Team competitions
Fed Cup24-18

Yaroslava Vyacheslavovna Shvedova (Russian: ? , born 12 September 1987) is a tennis player who was born in Russia and who represented Kazakhstan.

She won one singles title and 13 doubles titles on the WTA Tour, one singles and one doubles title on tournaments of the WTA 125K series, as well as four singles and three doubles titles on the ITF Women's Circuit. On 29 October 2012, she reached her best singles ranking of world No. 25. On 22 February 2016, she peaked at No. 3 in the doubles rankings.

Shvedova has made three Grand Slam singles quarterfinals: at the 2010, the 2012 French Open and the 2016 Wimbledon Championships. She has won two Grand Slam women's doubles titles, the 2010 Wimbledon Championships and the 2010 US Open, partnering American player Vania King in both. Shvedova is also one of only seven players to record a golden set in the professional era. She achieved this feat at the 2012 Wimbledon Championships in her match against Sara Errani, the only time a golden set was recorded in a Grand Slam.[1]

Career

2007-2008

In February 2007, she unexpectedly reached the final of the Sony Ericsson International in Bangalore, beating home-crowd favourite and No. 2 seed Sania Mirza in the quarterfinals. In the final, she defeated top-seeded defending champion Mara Santangelo in straight sets, to win her first WTA Tour title.[2][3] This win caused her to be in the top 100 for the first time, at 78.

At the 2007 Miami Masters, she came through qualifying and impressively recorded her first-ever top 20 win over future number one Ana Ivanovic in the second round, beating her in two sets. However, Tathiana Garbin beat her in the third round.

In August 2008, she won an ITF title in Monterrey, Mexico, defeating Magdaléna Rybáriková in the final in two sets. Just over a week later, she won through the qualifying rounds for US Open, but lost to Agnieszka Radwa?ska in the first round.[4]

2009

Shvedova after her match against Maria Sharapova at the 2009 French Open

In 2009, Shvedova qualified for the main draw of Roland Garros, defeating Americans Shenay Perry in the first qualifying round and Angela Haynes, in the second. She then beat Elena Baltacha in the final qualifying round to enter the main draw. She beat Kaia Kanepi and advanced to the third round after defeating Arantxa Rus, also a qualifier, in the second. There she lost in a close three-sets third-round match to former number one Maria Sharapova, returning from a long-lasting shoulder injury and then ranked 102.

At the Wimbledon Championships in the first round she faced Monica Niculescu and defeated her with the loss of just one game, but lost to American teenager Melanie Oudin in the second. At the US Open, Shvedova pulled off the biggest win of her career by beating then No. 5 Jelena Jankovi? in three sets, in a match where she saved two match points.[5]

2010

Shvedova experienced a good run at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami. She gained direct entry into the main draw and won a tight first-round match against wild card Ajla Tomljanovi?. She then defeated 23rd seed Sabine Lisicki in the second round after she retired whilst trailing 3-6, 1-0. In the third round, Shvedova advanced against unseeded Andrea Petkovic by winning another close match. She fell to sixth seed Agnieszka Radwa?ska in the fourth round in straight sets.

At the Barcelona Ladies Open, Shvedova defeated Anabel Medina Garrigues in the first round before upsetting fourth-seeded Maria Kirilenko in the second. Next, she defeated Iveta Bene?ová before falling to eventual tournament and 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone in the semifinals.

Shvedova enjoyed arguably her best career result at the 2010 French Open. There, she advanced to the quarterfinals in the singles competition. Shvedova defeated eighth seed Agnieszka Radwa?ska, avenging her loss to her in Miami, en route to the quarterfinals. As the last unseeded player in the tournament, Shvedova was defeated by fourth seed Jelena Jankovi? in the quarterfinal. In mixed doubles, Shvedova partnered with Julian Knowle to reach the final, beating doubles legends Cara Black and Leander Paes, the second seeds, along the way. They fell in a close final to sixth seeds Katarina Srebotnik and Nenad Zimonji?.

At the Wimbledon Championships, Shvedova entered the doubles competition unseeded with partner Vania King. The two began playing together at the start of the grass-court season two weeks before, and were only in their third event together. In a stunning string of upsets, Shvedova and King won the tournament, beating Elena Vesnina and Vera Zvonareva in the final. The pairing they beat in the final beat Serena and Venus Williams in the quarterfinals.

Both Shvedova and King continued their good form onto the hard courts of the US Open, being seeded sixth, the team continued to win match after match before taking a spot in their second consecutive Grand Slam final, this time facing Liezel Huber and Nadia Petrova. King and Shvedova won in three sets; the match was played over two days due to heavy rainfall.

2011

Shvedova at the 2011 Citi Open

Shvedova began her season representing Kazakhstan at the 2011 Hopman Cup. She lost her first match to Ana Ivanovic in two sets. During her match against Ivanovic, Shvedova injured her right knee which caused her to pull out of the Hopman Cup.[6] Shvedova also missed the Australian Open due to the same right knee injury.

Shvedova returned from injury in February to play at Dubai where she lost in the first round to Zhang Shuai.[7] Shvedova went to play at the Qatar Ladies Open. Seeded fifth for qualifying, she was defeated in the first round of qualifying by wild card Elena Vesnina. In March, she traveled to Indian Wells to compete at the BNP Paribas Open where she lost in the first round to Kimiko Date-Krumm.[8] After Indian Wells, Shvedova went to Miami to play at the Sony Ericsson Open. After beating Sara Errani in the first round, Shvedova retired in her second-round match against 28th seed Jarmila Groth due to a left thigh muscle strain.[9]

Shvedova began her clay-court season at the Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem. Seeded second, she was defeated in the second round by Anastasia Pivovarova.[10] At the Barcelona Ladies Open, Shvedova lost in the second round to sixth seed and eventual champion Roberta Vinci.[11] Playing at the Mutua Madrid Open, Shvedova lost in the first round to 10th seed Agnieszka Radwa?ska. At the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, she lost in the first round to qualifier Anastasia Rodionova in straight sets. In doubles, she and Vania King reached the final where they lost to Peng Shuai/Zheng Jie, also in straight sets.[12] Shvedova entered the French Open ranked No. 54. Shvedova lost in the first round to 14th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. As a result of not defending her quarterfinalist points from the previous year, her ranking dropped to No. 115. In doubles, she and her regular doubles partner, Vania King, reached the semifinals where they fell to eventual champions Andrea Hlavá?ková/Lucie Hradecká in two sets.[13]

Shvedova started the grass-court season at the Aegon Classic. Seeded 11th, she lost in the second round to Marina Erakovic.[14] At the Aegon International, Shvedova lost in the first round of qualifying to Mirjana Lu?i?-Baroni. Ranked world No. 123 at the Wimbledon Championships, she was defeated in the first round by qualifier Tamarine Tanasugarn 6-2, 6-3.

Shvedova began wearing prescription sports glasses, after seeking medical advice about a nervous tic in one eye.[15]

She started her US Open Series at the Citi Open and was defeated in the first round by sixth seed Elena Baltacha.[16] In doubles, Shvedova and Sania Mirza won the title defeating Olga Govortsova/Alla Kudryavtseva in the final.[17] Ranked 143 at the Odlum Brown Vancouver Open, Shvedova lost in the first round to seventh seed Stéphanie Dubois. She then played at the Bronx Open, where she reached the second round and lost to Romina Oprandi after retiring early in the second set. Due to having the ranking of 212, Shvedova had to play qualifying in order to make it into the main draw at the US Open. She lost in the first round of qualifying to Ekaterina Bychkova in two tie-breakers. In doubles, she and Vania King were the defending champions; they reached the final for a second year in a row, but they lost to Liezel Huber/Lisa Raymond.[18]

Seeded eighth for qualifying at the Korea Open, Shvedova qualified for the main draw beating wild card Choi Ji-hee, Han Sung-hee, and third seed Rika Fujiwara. In the first round, she upset Tamarine Tanasugarn.[19] In the second round, Shvedova retired after losing the first set 6-7 to fourth seed Dominika Cibulková.[20] She qualified for the HP Open defeating sixth seed Kristina Mladenovic, wildcard Risa Ozaki, and Hsieh Su-wei. Shvedova was defeated in the second round by seventh seed Chanelle Scheepers.[21] In doubles, she and Vania King advanced to the final where they lost to Kimiko Date-Krumm/Zhang Shuai. Shvedova played her final tournament of the year at the OEC Taipei Ladies Open. She reached the quarterfinals where she lost to eighth seed Chang Kai-chen in straight sets.

Shvedova ended the year ranked No. 206, her lowest year-end singles ranking since 2005. She also won four WTA doubles titles. Her decline in form in singles was explained by a knee injury that required surgery.

2012

Shvedova at the 2012 Wimbledon Championships

Shvedova started the year playing qualifying at the Australian Open. She lost in the first round of qualifying to Bibiane Schoofs in a marathon three-set match.[22]

She then rebounded, qualifying into the main draw at Copa Sony Ericsson Colsanitas defeating Raluca Olaru and Leticia Costas. In the main draw, Shvedova reached the quarterfinals where she fell to Tímea Babos. Receiving a wild card to play at the Monterrey Open, she beat countrywoman Sesil Karatantcheva in the first round.[23] She lost to Mandy Minella in the second round in three sets.[24] At the Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Shvedova retired due to a left thigh injury in the final round of qualifying to top seed Edina Gallovits-Hall.[25] Seeded fourth at the $25K event in Irapuato, she reached the final where she lost to sixth seed Kiki Bertens.[26] Shvedova continued her rise in form at another $25K event in Poza Rica, where she won the title beating Monica Puig in the final.[27]

Shvedova started her clay-court season by playing qualifying at the Family Circle Cup. Seeded 20th for qualifying, she qualified for the main draw defeating Jessica Pegula and 10th seed Andrea Hlavá?ková. In the main draw, she reached the third round after defeating Alexandra Panova and 12th seed Yanina Wickmayer. In the third round, she lost to sixth seed Sabine Lisicki.[28] Seeded seventh for qualifying at the Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem, Shvedova lost in the second round of qualifying to Bianca Botto. At the Estoril Open, Shvedova was defeated in the first round of qualifying by Bianca Botto. Due to having a low ranking, Shvedova played qualifying at the French Open. She qualified into the main draw beating Ajla Tomljanovi?, CoCo Vandeweghe, and Elena Bogdan. In the main draw, she defeated Mandy Minella, Sofia Arvidsson, and Carla Suárez Navarro in the first three rounds. In the fourth round, she upset seventh seed and defending champion Li Na 3-6, 6-2, 6-0 to advance to her second French Open quarterfinal.[29] This was Shvedova's biggest win of her career in singles. She lost to fourth seed and reigning Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitová in the quarterfinals only in three sets.[30] Due to making the quarterfinals at the French Open, Shvedova's ranking went from 142 to 62. In doubles, she and Vania King reached the quarterfinals where they lost to seventh seeds and eventual finalists Maria Kirilenko/Nadia Petrova.

On 15 June 2012, Shvedova and her partner, Sania Mirza, made a shock first-round exit from the Aegon Classic; they lost to Iveta Bene?ová/Alla Kudryavtseva in two sets.[31] At the Wimbledon Championships, Shvedova received a wild card into the main draw. There, she defeated Chanelle Scheepers and Kiki Bertens to reach the third round where she faced 10th seed Sara Errani and won the fourth "Golden Set" in the history of tennis. She won all 24 points in the fifteen-minute-long first set, blasting 14 winners and making no unforced errors before losing the first point of the second set to break the sequence. She went on to win the match in straight sets 6-0, 6-4 reaching the second week of Wimbledon for the first time.[32] In the fourth round, she was defeated by sixth seed and eventual champion Serena Williams.[33]

Representing Kazakhstan at the 2012 London Olympics, she reached the second round of the women's singles where she lost to 15th seed Sabine Lisicki.[34] In doubles, she reached the second round with partner Galina Voskoboeva.[35]

As the top seed for qualifying at the Western & Southern Open, Shvedova qualified for the main draw beating wildcard Lauren Davis and 14th seed Anna Tatishvili. She beat 16th seed Lucie ?afá?ová in the first round. In the second round, Shvedova was up against qualifier Urszula Radwa?ska and won the first set 6-4; Urszula was leading 4-1 in the second set when Shvedova retired due to heat illness.[36] At the Texas Tennis Open, Shvedova lost in the first round in a tough three set match to second seed and eventual finalist Jelena Jankovi?.[37] Ranked 45 at the US Open, Shvedova was defeated in the second round by 20th seed and eventual quarterfinalist Roberta Vinci.

At the Toray Pan Pacific Open, Shvedova lost in the first round to 2010 French Open Champion Francesca Schiavone.[38] At the China Open, Shvedova faced 12th seed Dominika Cibulková in the first round. Shvedova won the first set 6-4 and was leading 4-1 in the second set when Cibulkova retired due to a left hip injury. In the second round, she was defeated by Peng Shuai.[39] Seeded fifth at the HP Open, she lost in the first round to wild card Tamarine Tanasugarn.[40] Shvedova played her final tournament of the year at the Kremlin Cup. She beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova[41] but in the second round, Shvedova was defeated by seventh seed Maria Kirilenko.[42]

Shvedova ended the year ranked 29 in singles and 26 in doubles.

2013

Shvedova at the 2013 French Open

Shvedova began her year at the ASB Classic. Seeded sixth, she defeated Lara Arruabarrena in the first round, but lost in the second round to Elena Vesnina.[43] In doubles, Shvedova and her partner Julia Görges both reached the final, but they lost to Cara Black/Anastasia Rodionova.[44] Seeded fourth at the Moorilla Hobart International, Shvedova was defeated in the second round to eventual champion Elena Vesnina.[45] Seeded twenty-eighth at the Australian Open, Shvedova lost in the first round to Annika Beck.[46]

Seeded second at the first edition of the Brasil Tennis Cup, Shvedova was defeated in the first round by Melinda Czink in three sets.[47] However, in doubles, she and her partner Medina Garrigues won the title defeating Anne Keothavong/Valeria Savinykh in the final 6-0, 6-4.[48] Seeded 31st at the BNP Paribas Open, Shvedova got a bye into the second round where she lost to qualifier Lesia Tsurenko.[49] At the Sony Open Tennis, Shvedova lost in the first round to Zheng Jie.[50]

Shvedova started her clay-court season at the Family Circle Cup. As the 14th seed, she lost in the first round to qualifier Vania King.[51] At the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, Shvedova reached the quarterfinals with wins over Roberta Vinci and Carla Suárez Navarro. In the quarterfinals, she lost to third seed Angelique Kerber.[52] Shvedova stunned 10th seed and former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in the first round at the Mutua Madrid Open 6-2, 6-4.[53] In the second round, she beat Kirsten Flipkens.[54] Shvedova withdrew from her third round match against wild card Anabel Medina Garrigues due to a right arm injury.[55] Seeded 27th at the French Open, Shvedova had quarterfinalist points to defend from last year. In the first round, she defeated CoCo Vandeweghe.[56] However, she was defeated in the second round by qualifier Paula Ormaechea.[57] As a result of her second-round loss at the French Open, Shvedova failed to defend her quarterfinalist points from last year, and her ranking dropped from 31 to 52.

Ranked 55 at the Wimbledon Championships, Shvedova beat Kiki Bertens.[58] She then withdrew from her second-round match against eighth seed and 2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitová due to an arm injury.[59]

She returned to action at the New Haven Open at Yale and retired in the final round of qualifying to fifth seed Stefanie Vögele. Ranked 78 at the US Open, Shvedova reached the third round defeating Olga Puchkova and Lucky Loser Patricia Mayr-Achleitner. She lost in the third round to world No. 1 and eventual champion Serena Williams in straight sets.[60]

Seeded eighth at the Tashkent Open, Shvedova lost in the first round to Vesna Dolonc.[61] In doubles, she and Tímea Babos won the title defeating Mandy Minella/Olga Govortsova in the final.[62] At the Guangzhou International Women's Open, she lost to Zheng Jie in the first round. Seeded seventh at the Ningbo International Women's Tennis Open, Shvedova reached the quarterfinals defeating Tímea Babos and wild card Zheng Saisai. She then lost in the quarterfinals to fourth seed Yvonne Meusburger.[63] Seeded 10th for qualifying at the China Open, Shvedova lost in the second round of qualifying to Sharon Fichman. At the Kremlin Cup, she was defeated in the first round by Elena Vesnina 6-1, 6-2.[64] Competing at the first edition of the Nanjing Ladies Open, Shvedova lost in the first round to second seed Yanina Wickmayer.[65] She played her final tournament of the year at the Taipei Ladies Open. In the first round, she upset fourth seed Ayumi Morita in the first round.[66] However, in doubles, Shvedova and Caroline Garcia won the title defeating Anna-Lena Friedsam/Alison Van Uytvanck in the final.[67]

Shvedova ended the year ranked 81 in singles and 59 in doubles.

2014

Shvedova began the year at the Brisbane International. As the top seed for qualifying, she lost in the second round of qualifying to Anastasia Rodionova. Seeded 12th in qualifying at the Apia International Sydney, Shvedova was defeated in the final round of qualifying by fifth seed Christina McHale. At the Australian Open, she lost in the first round to 13th seed Sloane Stephens.[68]

At the first edition of the Rio Open, Shvedova lost in the first round to Patricia Mayr-Achleitner.[69] At the Brasil Tennis Cup, Shvedova reached the semifinals with wins over Sílvia Soler Espinosa, Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová, and sixth seed Alexandra Cadan?u. She lost in the semifinals to second seed Garbiñe Muguruza.[70] In doubles, she and her partner Medina Garrigues won the title defeating Schiavone/Soler Espinosa in the final.[71]

Shvedova, as the third seed, qualified for the BNP Paribas Open by beating Magda Linette and 13th seed Kimiko Date-Krumm. In the main draw, she reached the third round defeating Chanelle Scheepers and 24th seed Kaia Kanepi. In the third round, she lost to 10th seed and former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki.[72] At the Sony Open Tennis, Shvedova defeated 2010 French Open Champion Francesca Schiavone in the first round.[73] In the second round, Shvedova lost to world No. 1 and eventual champion Serena Williams.[74]

Shvedova began her clay-court season at the Family Circle Cup. She defeated qualifier Zheng Saisai in the first round but lost in the second round to seventh seed Samantha Stosur.[75] In doubles, she and Medina Garrigues won the title defeating Chan Hao-ching/Chan Yung-jan in the final.[76] At the Portugal Open, Shvedova defeated Karin Knapp in the first round.[77] She lost in the second round to second seed Eugenie Bouchard 6-4, 6-2.[78] Seeded seventh for qualifying at the Mutua Madrid Open, she lost in the first round of qualifying to Mariana Duque Mariño. Shvedova reached the quarterfinals at the Nürnberger Versicherungscup defeating Patricia Mayr-Achleitner and sixth seed Kurumi Nara. She lost to second seed and eventual champion Eugenie Bouchard in the quarterfinals.[79] Ranked world No. 69 at the French Open, Shvedova won her first-round match over Lauren Davis.[80] In the second round, she lost to wild card Pauline Parmentier.[81]

Shvedova played at the Topshelf Open, her only grass court tune up tournament before Wimbledon. She upset second seed Dominika Cibulková in the first round.[82] In the second round, she defeated in a tight match wild card Michaëlla Krajicek.[83] Shvedova lost in the quarterfinals to eighth seed Klára Koukalová 6-2, 6-4.[84] At Wimbledon, Shvedova defeated wild card Kristýna Plí?ková in a first round thriller.[85] In the second round, she beat last year quarterfinalist Kaia Kanepi.[86] In the third round, she faced Madison Keys. Shvedova won the first set 7-6; the second set was tied 6-6 when Keys retired due to a right thigh injury.[87][88] In the fourth round, Shvedova lost to 19th seed and last year finalist Sabine Lisicki.[89]

Seeded fourth at the Swedish Open, Shvedova was upset in the first round by qualifier Laura Siegemund.[90]

Seeded 10th for qualifying at the Western & Southern Open, Shvedova lost in the first round of qualifying to American wild card Nicole Gibbs. At the US Open, Shvedova lost in the first round to Monica Niculescu.[91]

Shvedova had a 1st round loss at the Korea Open to Anna-Lena Friedsam.[92] Shvedova played her final tournament of the year at the China Open. She was defeated in the first round by Roberta Vinci.[93]

Shvedova ended the year ranked 66.

2015

Shvedova at the 2015 US Open

Shvedova began her 2015 year by playing qualifying at the Brisbane International. Shvedova qualified for the main draw defeating Paula Ormaechea, Paula Kania, and Maryna Zanevska. In the first round, she beat Sabine Lisicki.[94] In the second round, she lost to top seed and eventual champion Maria Sharapova.[95] At the Apia International Sydney, Shvedova was defeated in the first round of qualifying to Kate?ina Siniaková. Ranked sixty-six at the Australian Open, Shvedova upset sixteenth seed Lucie ?afá?ová in a first-round thriller.[96] She then beat Monica Puig in the second round.[97] In the third round, Shvedova lost to twenty-first seed Peng Shuai.[98]

At the Miami Open, Shvedova lost in the first round to Johanna Larsson.[99]

Shvedova began her clay-court season at the Family Circle Cup. In the first round, she beat Stefanie Vögele.[100] In the second round, Shvedova lost to thirteenth seed Irina-Camelia Begu.[101] Seeded fifth at the Copa Colsanitas, Shvedova reached her first WTA singles final since 2007 defeating Maryna Zanevska, qualifier Sachia Vickery, second seed Monica Puig, and Mariana Duque Mariño. In the final, Shvedova lost to Teliana Pereira.[102] At the Mutua Madrid Open, Shvedova lost in the first round of qualifying to Sesil Karatantcheva. However, in doubles, she and Casey Dellacqua won the title defeating Garbiñe Muguruza/Carla Suárez Navarro in the final.[103] At the Nürnberger Versicherungscup, Shvedova was defeated in the first round by Kiki Bertens. Ranked sixty-nine at the French Open, Shvedova lost in the first round to seventh seed and 2008 Champion Ana Ivanovic.[104] In doubles, she and her partner, Casey Dellacqua, reached the final where they lost to Mattek-Sands/?afá?ová.[105]

Shvedova only played one grass-court warm-up tournament before Wimbledon. At the Topshelf Open, she stunned top seed Eugenie Bouchard in the first round.[106] In the second round, she beat Marina Erakovic.[107] In the quarterfinals, Shvedova was defeated by fifth seed and eventual champion Camila Giorgi.[108] Ranked seventy-nine at the Wimbledon Championships, Shvedova lost in the first round to Mirjana Lu?i?-Baroni.[109]

At the BRD Bucharest Open, she lost in the final round of qualifying to Cristina Dinu.[110] In ?stanbul, Turkey at the ?stanbul Cup, Shvedova lost in the first round to Bojana Jovanovski.[111]

Shvedova began her US Open series at the Rogers Cup. She lost in the second round of qualifying to Monica Puig. At the Western & Southern Open, Shvedova qualified for the main draw defeating Jarmila Gajdo?ová and Mariana Duque Mariño. In the first round, she upset ninth seed Garbiñe Muguruza.[112] In the second round, she was defeated by Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.[113] In doubles, she and Dellacqua reached the final but lost to Chan Hao-ching/Chan Yung-jan.[114] Seeded second for qualifying at the US Open, Shvedova lost in the final round of qualifying to Tereza Mrde?a.[115] In doubles, Shvedova and Dellacqua advanced to the final where they were defeated by Hingis/Mirza.[116]

At the Korea Open, Shvedova faced Christina McHale in her first-round match. McHale won the first set 6-4; Shvedova led 2-1 in the second set when she abandoned the match.[117] At the Tashkent Open, Shvedova beat eighth seed Andreea Mitu in the first round.[118] In the second round, she lost to Evgeniya Rodina.[119] At the China Open, Shvedova lost in the final round of qualifying to eighth seed Irina Falconi.[120] After the China Open, Shvedova played for the 1st time at the Hong Kong Tennis Open. She beat Jarmila Gajdo?ová in the first round.[121] In the second round, she was defeated by eighth seed and doubles partner Alizé Cornet.[122] In doubles, Shvedova and Cornet won the title beating Lara Arruabarrena/Andreja Klepa?.[123] Seeded fourth at the first edition of the Hua Hin Championships, Shvedova reached the final defeating wild card Kamonwan Buayam, qualifier Liu Chang, Duan Yingying, and Wang Qiang. In the final, Shvedova beat Naomi Osaka for her first WTA 125K title.[124] Shvedova played her final tournament of the year at the Taipei Challenger. Seeded second, she made it to the quarterfinals beating Marina Melnikova and Amandine Hesse. In the quarterfinals, Shvedova faced fifth seed Kirsten Flipkens. Shvedova won the first set 6-4; Flipkens was leading 2-1 in the second set when Shvedova pulled out of the tournament.[125]

Shvedova ended the year ranked 82 in singles and No. 6 in doubles.

2016

Shvedova started the year at the Shenzhen Open. Coming through qualifying, she lost in the first round to Anett Kontaveit.[126] In Sydney at the Apia International Sydney, Shvedova retired during her first round of qualifying match against Sesil Karatantcheva. At the Australian Open, Shvedova won her first-round match over Tsvetana Pironkova.[127] In the second round, she lost to fifteenth seed Madison Keys.[128]

Getting past qualifying at the Dubai Tennis Championships, Shvedova stunned seventh seed Roberta Vinci in the first round.[129] In the second round, she was defeated by eventual champion Sara Errani.[130] At the Qatar Total Open, Shvedova lost in the first round to Nao Hibino.[131] In Indian Wells at the BNP Paribas Open, Shvedova won her first two rounds over qualifier Kristýna Plí?ková and eleventh seed Lucie ?afá?ová. In the third round, she was defeated by qualifier Nicole Gibbs.[132] At the Miami Open, Shvedova lost in the final round of qualifying to Kristýna Plí?ková. In doubles, she and Tímea Babos reached the final where they lost to Bethanie Mattek-Sands/Lucie ?afá?ová.[133]

Shvedova started her clay-court season at the Volvo Car Open. She was defeated in the second round by fifth seed Sara Errani.[134] Playing in Madrid at the Mutua Madrid Open, Shvedova lost in the first round of qualifying to Mariana Duque Mariño. At the Italian Open, Shvedova was defeated in the first round of qualifying by Ana Konjuh. Shvedova played her final tournament before the French Open at Internationaux de Strasbourg. She lost in the first round to lucky loser Virginie Razzano.[135] At the French Open, Shvedova was defeated in the first round by thirteenth seed and 2009 French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova.[136]

Shvedova began her grass-court season at the Ricoh Open. She was defeated in the first round by third seed and eventual finalist Kristina Mladenovic.[137] However, in doubles, Shvedova and Oksana Kalashnikova won the title defeating Xenia Knoll/Aleksandra Kruni? in the final.[138] Playing at the first edition of the Mallorca Open, Shvedova lost in the first round to Daniela Hantuchová.[139] At the Aegon International Eastbourne, Shvedova lost in the second round of qualifying to Alison Van Uytvanck. Ranked ninety-six at the Wimbledon Championships, Shvedova reached the quarterfinals in singles for the first time in her career defeating Julia Görges, seventeenth seed Elina Svitolina, 2013 Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki, and twenty-eighth seed Lucie ?afá?ová. In her quarterfinal match, she lost to eighth seed, five time Wimbledon Champion, and former world No. 1 Venus Williams.[140] In doubles, Shvedova and Tímea Babos reached the final upsetting top seeds Hingis/Mirza en route to the final.[141] In the final, Shvedova and Babos lost to the Williams sisters.[142] Due to her quarterfinals result in singles at Wimbledon, Shvedova's ranking improved from 96 to 49.

Seeded seventh at the Swedish Open, Shvedova retired during her first-round match against Mona Barthel due to a mid-back injury.[143] Representing Kazakhstan at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Shvedova lost in the first round to Misaki Doi of Japan.[144] In doubles, she and her compatriot, Galina Voskoboeva, faced Belgians Kirsten Flipkens/Yanina Wickmayer in the first round. Flipkens/Wickmayer won the first set 6-1. The match was not continued because Shvedova and Voskoboeva pulled out of the doubles event at the Olympics.

In Cincinnati at the Western & Southern Open, Shvedova lost in the first round of qualifying to Ana Konjuh. Ranked fifty-two at the US Open, Shvedova made it to the fourth round for the first time in her career defeating Lara Arruabarrena, Wang Qiang, and Zhang Shuai. In the fourth round, she was defeated by world No. 1 Serena Williams.[145]

In Wuhan, China at the Wuhan Open, Shvedova reached the third round after wins over Chinese wildcard Zheng Saisai and thirteenth seed Roberta Vinci. She was defeated in the third round by fourth seed Simona Halep.[146] In Beijing at the China Open, Shvedova advanced to the quarterfinals defeating seventh seed Carla Suárez Navarro, Belinda Bencic, and Alizé Cornet. She lost in her quarterfinal match to third seed and eventual champion Agnieszka Radwa?ska.[147] Seeded eighth at her final tournament of the year at the Tianjin Open, Shvedova was defeated in the first round by Naomi Osaka.[148]

She ended the year ranked 33.

2017

Shvedova withdrew from the Shenzhen Open due to a left foot injury.[149] She started her year playing in Sydney at the Apia International Sydney. She lost in the first round of qualifying to Naomi Broady. At the Australian Open, Shvedova was defeated in the first round by twenty-seventh seed Irina-Camelia Begu.[150]

After the Australian Open, Shvedova competed at the St. Petersburg Ladies' Trophy. She lost in the first round to Russian wildcard Natalia Vikhlyantseva.[151] At the Dubai Tennis Championships, Shvedova was defeated in the first round by Monica Puig.[152] In March, Shvedova played at the BNP Paribas Open where she lost in the first round to American qualifier Varvara Lepchenko.[153] At the Miami Open, Shvedova had her first win of the year when she beat Jelena Jankovi? in the first round.[154][155] In the second round, she was defeated by seventeenth seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.[156]

Shvedova started her clay-court season at the Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem. She lost in the second round to Tatjana Maria.[157] At the Mutua Madrid Open, she was defeated in the first round by eighth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova.[158] In Rome at the Italian Open, she lost in the first round to ninth seed Venus Williams.[159] Seeded seventh at the Nürnberger Versicherungscup, Shvedova reached the quarterfinals beating qualifier Anna Zaja and German wildcard Tatjana Maria. In the quarterfinals, Shvedova retired after losing the first set 4-6 to Misaki Doi due to an injury.[160] At the French Open, Shvedova lost in the first round to fifth seed Elina Svitolina.[161]

Shvedova missed the Wimbledon Championships due to undergoing ankle surgery.[162] As a result of this surgery, Shvedova missed the rest of the season.[163]

Shvedova ended the year ranked 292.

2020

Following ankle surgery and childbirth, Shvedova began entering events again using a protected ranking in January 2020.[164]

In March, she became the first player to face mandated quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic.[165]

Playing style

Shvedova is noted for her powerful serve, groundstrokes, and proficient net play. Her favorite serve is the flat serve down the T, her weakness is her consistency on the forehand side.

Personal life

Shvedova was born to Russian father Vyacheslav and Bashkir mother Nurzia, who used to be a professional runner (winner of the International Association of Ultra Runners 100 km World Championships, 1992). Shvedova has one brother. She began playing tennis at age 8 when her father introduced her to the sport in Chernogolovka (Moscow region). Shvedova changed her nationality from Russian to Kazakhstani in 2008 as part of the country's attempts to boost its sporting profile.[166][167][168] Shvedova gave birth to twins in October 2018.[169]

Performance timeline

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (P) postponed; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Singles

Doubles

Russia Kazakhstan
Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 SR W-L
Australian Open A A 1R 1R 1R A QF 1R 2R 2R 2R 3R 0 / 9 8-9
French Open A 1R 1R 1R 1R SF QF 2R 1R F 3R 1R 0 / 11 14-10
Wimbledon A A 2R 2R W 2R 3R A 3R QF F A 1 / 8 21-7
US Open A QF 1R 2R W F 3R 1R 2R F 3R A 1 / 10 24-9
Win-Loss 0-0 2-2 1-4 2-4 12-2 10-3 9-4 1-2 4-4 14-4 10-4 2-2 2 / 38 67-35
Year-end championship
WTA Finals A A A A SF SF A A A A QF A 0 / 3 0-3
Premier Mandatory tournaments
Indian Wells Open A A A 1R 1R QF A 2R 2R A SF 2R 0 / 7 8-7
Miami Open A A 2R 2R 1R 1R 2R QF QF A F QF 0 / 9 13-9
Madrid Open Not Held A 2R SF QF 1R SF W QF QF 1 / 8 15-7
China Open Not Tier I 1R SF SF 2R 1R 1R SF 2R A 0 / 8 6-8
Premier 5 tournaments
Dubai / Qatar Open Tier II 2R A 1R 1R A A A A QF SF 0 / 5 5-5
Italian Open A A 1R SF QF F A A SF 2R QF SF 0 / 8 13-8
Canadian Open A A A 2R 2R A A A 1R 1R A A 0 / 4 1-4
Cincinnati Open Tier III 2R 2R W A A QF F QF A 1 / 5 12-5
Pan Pacific / Wuhan Open A A QF A 1R SF 1R A A A QF A 0 / 5 5-5
Career statistics
Year-end ranking 242 111 42 49 7 5 26 59 24 6 14 37

Mixed

Kazakhstan
Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 W-L Win%
Australian Open A A A 2R SF A 1R 2R A 5-4 56%
French Open A F A 1R A SF 1R 2R 2R 9-6 60%
Wimbledon 2R QF 2R 3R A A A SF A 9-5 64%
US Open A 2R 1R A A A QF QF A 5-4 56%

Significant finals

Grand Slam finals

Doubles: 6 (2 titles, 4 runner-ups)

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 2010 Wimbledon Grass United States Vania King Russia Elena Vesnina
Russia Vera Zvonareva
7-6(8-6), 6-2
Win 2010 US Open Hard United States Vania King United States Liezel Huber
Russia Nadia Petrova
2-6, 6-4, 7-6(7-4)
Loss 2011 US Open Hard United States Vania King United States Liezel Huber
United States Lisa Raymond
6-4, 6-7(5-7), 6-7(3-7)
Loss 2015 French Open Clay Australia Casey Dellacqua United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Czech Republic Lucie ?afá?ová
6-3, 4-6, 2-6
Loss 2015 US Open (2) Hard Australia Casey Dellacqua Switzerland Martina Hingis
India Sania Mirza
3-6, 3-6
Loss 2016 Wimbledon Grass Hungary Timea Babos United States Serena Williams
United States Venus Williams
4-6, 3-6

Mixed doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 2010 French Open Clay Austria Julian Knowle Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
Serbia Nenad Zimonji?
6-4, 6-7(5-7), [9-11]

Premier Mandatory/Premier 5 finals

Doubles: 5 (2 titles, 3 runner-ups)

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 2011 Italian Open Clay United States Vania King China Peng Shuai
China Zheng Jie
2-6, 3-6
Win 2011 Cincinnati Open Hard United States Vania King South Africa Natalie Grandin
Czech Republic Vladimíra Uhlí?ová
6-4, 3-6, [11-9]
Win 2015 Madrid Open Clay Australia Casey Dellacqua Spain Garbiñe Muguruza
Spain Carla Suárez Navarro
6-3, 6-7(4-7), [10-5]
Loss 2015 Cincinnati Open Hard Australia Casey Dellacqua Chinese Taipei Chan Hao-ching
Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan
5-7, 4-6
Loss 2016 Miami Open Hard Hungary Tímea Babos United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Czech Republic Lucie ?afá?ová
3-6, 4-6

WTA career finals

Singles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)

Winner - Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0-0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0-0)
Tier II / Premier (0-0)
Tier III, IV & V / International (1-1)
Finals by surface
Hard (1-0)
Grass (0-0)
Clay (0-1)
Carpet (0-0)
Result W-L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1-0 Feb 2007 Bangalore Open, India Tier III Hard Italy Mara Santangelo 6-4, 6-4
Loss 1-1 Apr 2015 Copa Colsanitas, Colombia International Clay Brazil Teliana Pereira 6-7(2-7), 1-6

Doubles: 28 (13 titles, 15 runner-ups)

Winner - Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (2-4)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (2-3)
Tier II / Premier (2-2)
Tier III, IV & V / International (7-6)
Finals by surface
Hard (9-9)
Grass (2-2)
Clay (2-4)
Carpet (0-0)
Result W-L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0-1 Sep 2008 Cincinnati Open,
US
Tier III Hard Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-wei Russia Maria Kirilenko
Russia Nadia Petrova
3-6, 6-4, [8-10]
Win 1-1 Feb 2009 Pattaya Women's Open,
Thailand
International Hard Thailand Tamarine
Tanasugarn
Ukraine Yuliya Beygelzimer
Russia Vitalia Diatchenko
6-3, 6-2
Loss 1-2 Apr 2010 Andalucia Experience,
Spain
International Clay Russia Maria
Kondratieva
Italy Sara Errani
Italy Roberta Vinci
4-6, 2-6
Loss 1-3 Jun 2010 Rosmalen Championships,
Netherlands
International Grass United States Vania King Russia Alla Kudryavtseva
Australia Anastasia Rodionova
6-3, 3-6, [6-10]
Win 2-3 Jul 2010 Wimbledon,
UK
Grand Slam Grass United States Vania King Russia Elena Vesnina
Russia Vera Zvonareva
7-6(8-6), 6-2
Win 3-3 Sep 2010 US Open,
US
Grand Slam Hard United States Vania King United States Liezel Huber
Russia Nadia Petrova
2-6, 6-4, 7-6(7-4)
Loss 3-4 May 2011 Italian Open,
Italy
Premier 5 Clay United States Vania King China Peng Shuai
China Zheng Jie
2-6, 3-6
Win 4-4 Jul 2011 Citi Open,
US
International Hard India Sania Mirza Belarus Olga Govortsova
Russia Alla Kudryavtseva
6-3, 6-3
Win 5-4 Aug 2011 Cincinnati Open,
US
Premier 5 Hard United States Vania King South Africa Natalie Grandin
Czech Republic Vladimíra Uhlí?ová
6-4, 3-6, [11-9]
Loss 5-5 Sep 2011 US Open,
US
Grand Slam Hard United States Vania King United States Liezel Huber
United States Lisa Raymond
6-4, 6-7(5-7), 6-7(3-7)
Loss 5-6 Oct 2011 Japan Women's Open,
Japan
International Hard United States Vania King Japan Kimiko Date-Krumm
China Zhang Shuai
5-7, 6-3, [9-11]
Win 6-6 Oct 2011 Kremlin Cup,
Russia
Premier Hard (i) United States Vania King Australia Anastasia Rodionova
Kazakhstan Galina Voskoboeva
7-6(7-3), 6-3
Loss 6-7 Apr 2012 Family Circle Cup,
US
Premier Hard Spain Anabel Medina
Garrigues
Russia Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Czech Republic Lucie ?afá?ová
7-5, 4-6, [6-10]
Loss 6-8 May 2012 Portugal Open,
Portugal
International Clay Kazakhstan Galina
Voskoboeva
Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung
China Zhang Shuai
6-4, 1-6, [9-11]
Loss 6-9 Jan 2013 ASB Classic,
New Zealand
International Hard Germany Julia Görges Zimbabwe Cara Black
Australia Anastasia Rodionova
6-2, 2-6, [5-10]
Win 7-9 Mar 2013 Brasil Tennis Cup,
Brazil
International Hard Spain Anabel Medina
Garrigues
United Kingdom Anne Keothavong
Russia Valeria Savinykh
6-0, 6-4
Win 8-9 Sep 2013 Tashkent Open,
Uzbekistan
International Hard Hungary Tímea Babos Luxembourg Mandy Minella
Belarus Olga Govortsova
6-3, 6-3
Win 9-9 Feb 2014 Brasil Tennis Cup,
Brazil
International Hard Spain Anabel Medina
Garrigues
Italy Francesca Schiavone
Spain Silvia Soler Espinosa
7-6(7-1), 2-6, [10-3]
Win 10-9 Apr 2014 Family Circle Cup,
US
Premier Clay (green) Spain Anabel Medina
Garrigues
Chinese Taipei Chan Hao-ching
Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan
7-6(7-4), 6-2
Win 11-9 May 2015 Madrid Open,
Spain
Premier M Clay Australia Casey Dellacqua Spain Garbiñe Muguruza
Spain Carla Suárez Navarro
6-3, 6-7(4-7), [10-5]
Loss 11-10 Jun 2015 French Open,
France
Grand Slam Clay Australia Casey Dellacqua United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Czech Republic Lucie ?afá?ová
6-3, 4-6, 2-6
Loss 11-11 Aug 2015 Cincinnati Open,
US
Premier 5 Hard Australia Casey Dellacqua Chinese Taipei Chan Hao-ching
Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan
5-7, 4-6
Loss 11-12 Sep 2015 US Open,
US
Grand Slam Hard Australia Casey Dellacqua Switzerland Martina Hingis
India Sania Mirza
3-6, 3-6
Win 12-12 Oct 2015 Hong Kong Open,
Hong Kong
International Hard France Alizé Cornet Spain Lara Arruabarrena
Slovenia Andreja Klepa?
7-5, 6-4
Loss 12-13 Apr 2016 Miami Open,
US
Premier M Hard Hungary Timea Babos United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Czech Republic Lucie ?afá?ová
3-6, 4-6
Win 13-13 Jun 2016 Rosmalen Championships,
Netherlands
International Grass Georgia (country) Oksana
Kalashnikova
Switzerland Xenia Knoll
Serbia Aleksandra Kruni?
6-1, 6-1
Loss 13-14 Jul 2016 Wimbledon,
UK
Grand Slam Grass Hungary Timea Babos United States Serena Williams
United States Venus Williams
3-6, 4-6
Loss 13-15 Feb 2017 Qatar Open,
Qatar
Premier Hard Ukraine Olga Savchuk United States Abigail Spears
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
3-6, 6-7(7-9)

WTA 125K series finals

Singles: 1 (1 title)

Result W-L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1-0 Nov 2015 Hua Hin Challenger, Thailand Hard Japan Naomi Osaka 6-4, 6-7(8-10), 6-4

Doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)

Result W-L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0-1 Nov 2013 Nanjing Open, China Hard China Zhang Shuai Japan Misaki Doi
China Xu Yifan
1-6, 4-6
Win 1-1 Nov 2013 Taipei Open, Taiwan Carpet France Caroline Garcia Germany Anna-Lena Friedsam
Belgium Alison Van Uytvanck
6-3, 6-3

ITF finals

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments

Singles: 7 (4 titles, 3 runner-ups)

Result W-L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1-0 Jun 2005 ITF Warsaw, Poland 10,000 Clay Slovakia Dominika Nociarová 6-2, 7-6(8-6)
Loss 1-1 Oct 2005 ITF Bolton, Great Britain 25,000 Hard (i) Czech Republic Sandra Kleinová 6-0, 3-6, 3-6
Win 2-1 Mar 2006 ITF Amiens, France 10,000 Hard (i) France Julie Coin 2-6, 7-5, 6-4
Loss 2-2 Apr 2006 ITF Dinan, France 75,000 Hard (i) Switzerland Timea Bacsinszky 6-4, 5-7, 2-6
Win 3-2 Aug 2008 ITF Monterrey, Mexico 100,000 Hard Slovakia Magdaléna Rybáriková 6-4, 6-1
Loss 3-3 Mar 2012 ITF Irapuato, Mexico 25,000 Hard Netherlands Kiki Bertens 4-6, 6-2, 1-6
Win 4-3 Mar 2012 ITF Poza Rica, Mexico 25,000 Hard Puerto Rico Monica Puig 6-1, 6-2

Doubles: 4 (3 titles, 1 runner-up)

Result W-L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0-1 Jul 2005 ITF Darmstadt, Germany 25,000 Clay Russia Vasilisa Bardina 4-6, 2-6
Win 1-1 Mar 2006 ITF Amiens, France 10,000 Clay (i) Russia Olga Panova France Julie Coin
France Karla Mraz
6-4, 6-1
Win 2-1 Apr 2006 ITF Biarritz, France 25,000 Clay Russia Nina Bratchikova Poland Klaudia Jans-Ignacik
Poland Alicja Rosolska
6-3, 6-2
Win 3-1 Oct 2008 ITF Ortisei, Italy 100,000 Carpet Ukraine Mariya Koryttseva Estonia Maret Ani
Kazakhstan Galina Voskoboeva
6-2, 6-1

Records

Tournament Year Record accomplished Player tied
Wimbledon 2012 Achieved a Golden Set[170] Pauline Betz (1943) Tine Scheuer-Larsen (1995)

Head-to-head record

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