Vera Dushevina
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Vera Dushevina

Vera Dushevina
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Dushevina at the 2015 French Open
Country (sports) Russia
ResidenceKhimki, Russia
Born (1986-10-06) 6 October 1986 (age 36)
Moscow, Soviet Union
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro2003
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$ 3,204,753
Career record329-251 (56.7%)
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 31 (4 July 2005)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open4R (2005)
French Open2R (2004, 2006, 2007, 2011)
Wimbledon2R (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)
US Open3R (2004, 2007)
Career record196-190 (50.8%)
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 27 (25 June 2007)
Grand Slam doubles results
Australian Open3R (2010, 2014)
French Open3R (2007, 2009)
WimbledonQF (2005)
US Open2R (2005, 2007, 2008, 2012)
Grand Slam mixed doubles results
WimbledonSF (2014)
Team competitions
Fed CupW (2005)
Record 2-1

Vera Yevgenyevna Dushevina (Russian: ? ? ; born 6 October 1986) is a Russian former professional tennis player.

She won one singles title and two doubles titles on the WTA Tour. As a junior, she won the Wimbledon Championships, beating Maria Sharapova in the final, while she reached the final of the French Open losing to Anna-Lena Grönefeld.

Vera Dushevina at the 2008 US Open

Personal life

Dushevina was born in Moscow. Beside tennis, Vera also played football and basketball.

Tennis career

Early years

She played her first main-draw match at the 2002 Warsaw Open by qualifying, but lost to Virginia Ruano Pascual 1-6, 6-7. Her first WTA Tour match she won at the 2003 Miami 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 title at the ITF event in Innsbruck, Austria coming through the qualifying draw and defeating Melinda Czink in the final. In her next tournament, she reached her first WTA Tour semifinals at the Nordic Light Open, defeating her first top-50 player, then-world No. 35 Denisa Chládková, 6-2, 6-3 but losing to Jelena Kostani? in the semifinals. She then played her first Grand Slam main-draw match after qualifying but she lost to Ashley Harkleroad in the first round, in straight sets. At the Kremlin Cup, she upset then-world No. 28, Lisa Raymond, 6-2, 7-6, but lost to seventh seed Vera Zvonareva, 2-6, 1-6.


Dushevina began her 2005 campaign by losing in the first round at the Canberra Women's Classic to Anna-Lena Grönefeld. At the Australian Open, she reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time, before losing to fifth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova. Along the way, she realized her first top-20 victory over then-world No. 11 Vera Zvonareva, 6-3, 6-3 in the second round. She qualified for the Open Gaz de France and Dubai Championships but fell to Dinara Safina 2-6, 4-6 in the second round and to Nathalie Dechy, 7-6, 4-6, 6-7 in the first round, respectively. She then lost four straight matches in the second round of the Miami Open and the first rounds of Amelia Island, Warsaw and Berlin. However, she bounced back by reaching the quarterfinals of the Internationaux de Strasbourg losing to eventual champion Anabel Medina Garrigues in three sets. At the French Open, she lost to 21st seed Mary Pierce. Dushevina reached her first WTA Tour singles final at the Eastbourne International as a qualifier where she finished runner-up to former world No. 1, Kim Clijsters. In the said tournament, she realized 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 Wimbledon to Ana Ivanovic, in straight sets. She then bounced back to reach the semifinals of the Nordic Light Open, losing to Katarina Srebotnik in two. She reached the second round of the Connecticut Open losing to Elena Dementieva. Dushevina then suffered back-to-back to losses to Shahar Pe'er at the second round of the US Open and first round of the China Open. At the quarterfinals of the Korea Open, she fell to top seed Jelena Jankovi?, followed by a first-round loss at the Kremlin Cup to Elena Likhovtseva in three sets, respectively. She then avenged her loss to Jankovi? at the Generali Ladies Linz, defeating her 7-6, 3-6, 6-0 in the first round, but fell to Sybille Bammer in the next.

Dushevina had a poor 2006 season. She reached the second rounds of the Auckland Open and the International Women's Hardcourts 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, and also fell in the second rounds of the WTA indoor event in Paris and the Dubai Tennis Championships to then-world No. 2, Amélie Mauresmo, and then-world No. 4, Maria Sharapova, respectively. She suffered a back-to-back first-round loss at the Qatar Open and Miami Open. Later, earned her best performance of the year by reaching the third round of the Amelia Island 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 four consecutive second-round exits at the German Open and French Open to then-world No. 1 Amélie Mauresmo, at the Italian Open to Patty Schnyder, and the Eastbourne International to Anna-Lena Grönefeld. She then fell five consecutive first-round main-draw matches, at Wimbledon, at the LA Championships, Rogers Cup, US Open, and the China Open. She reached the second rounds of the Korea Open and Japan Open, and then suffered back-to-back main-draw match to compatriot Vera Zvonareva at the Kremlin Cup and Hasselt Cup.

Two years later, she reached her second final at the Nordic Light Open, losing in straight sets to Agnieszka Radwa?ska. 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 partnering Dinara Safina. Dushevina began writing a blog for Eurosport about her time on the tour in 2009.[1]

In June 2009 at the Eastbourne International, 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 ?stanbul Cup, defeating Lucie Hradecká 6-0, 6-1 in the final.


Dushevina started 2010 by qualifying for the Sydney International 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 fifth seed Elena Dementieva, 2-6, 1-6. At the 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 the Dubai Tennis Championships and Miami Open and the second round of the Indian Wells Open.

She then reached the third round of the Charleston Open losing to eventual champion, Samantha Stosur, 1-6, 6-3, 1-6, but fell early in the Italian Open to Andrea Petkovic, 3-6, 0-6. In the second round of the Madrid Open, Dushevina lost the most competitive match of her career against world No. 1, Serena Williams. Williams finally won 6-7, 7-6, 7-6, after 3 hours and 26 minutes despite being 5-2 up in the final set. Dushevina had match point at 7-6, 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 Eastbourne International. At Wimbledon, she upset French Open champion Francesca Schiavone in the first round in three sets, but fell to eventual semifinalist Tsvetana Pironkova in the following round.

She reached the back-to-back quarterfinals in the Slovenia Open and ?stanbul 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 Cincinnati Open to Jelena Jankovi? 4-6, 6-3, 1-6. She then fell in the qualifying rounds of Rogers Cup and Connecticut Open. In the US Open she fell in the first round to Alona Bondarenko. In the 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. In her final tournament of the year, at the Kremlin Cup, she was able to reach her first semifinal since winning in the 2009 ?stanbul Cup, after defeating three consecutive compatriots, Ekaterina Makarova, Elena Vesnina and Anna Chakvetadze, before falling to another, Maria Kirilenko, 1-6, 1-6.

Vera started 2011 by losing in the qualifying draw of the Sydney International. At the Australian Open, she was able to pick up her first win in six years by defeating Maria Elena Camerin 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 but fell to fifth seed Sam Stosur in the next round. She also fell in the first rounds of Paris and Dubai. At Doha, she qualified and defeated María José Martínez Sánchez before she lost to Daniela Hantuchová.

2017: Retirement

Dushevina announced her retirement from professional tennis on 15 August 2017 because of several injuries. She said she would like to concentrate on coaching.[2]

Performance timelines

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

Only main-draw results in WTA Tour, Grand Slam tournaments, Fed Cup and Olympic Games are included in win-loss records.



Significant finals

WTA Premier Mandatory & 5 finals

Doubles: 1 runner-up

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 2013 China Open Hard Spain Arantxa Parra Santonja Zimbabwe Cara Black
India Sania Mirza
2-6, 2-6

WTA career finals

Singles: 4 (1 title, 3 runner-ups)

Finals by surface
Hard (1-2)
Clay (0-0)
Grass (0-1)
Carpet (0-0)
Result W-L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0-1 Jun 2005 Eastbourne International, UK Tier II[e] Grass Belgium Kim Clijsters 5-7, 0-6
Loss 0-2 Jul 2007 Nordic Light Open, Sweden Tier IV[e] Hard Poland Agnieszka Radwa?ska 1-6, 1-6
Loss 0-3 Aug 2008 Nordic Light Open, Sweden Tier IV Hard Denmark Caroline Wozniacki 0-6, 2-6
Win 1-3 Aug 2009 ?stanbul Cup, Turkey International Hard Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká 6-0, 6-1

Doubles: 11 (2 titles, 9 runner-ups)

Grand Slam
WTA Premier Mandatory & 5 (0-1)
WTA Premier (1-2)
WTA International (1-6)
Finals by surface
Hard (1-9)
Clay (1-0)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (0-0)
Result W-L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1-0 Apr 2007 Warsaw Open, Poland Tier II Clay Ukraine Tatiana Perebiynis Russia Elena Likhovtseva
Russia Elena Vesnina
7-5, 3-6, [10-2]
Loss 1-1 Jul 2008 Slovenia Open Tier IV Hard Russia Ekaterina Makarova Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues
Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
4-6, 1-6
Loss 1-2 Sep 2008 Korea Open Tier IV Hard Russia Maria Kirilenko Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung
Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-wei
3-6, 0-6
Loss 1-3 Oct 2008 Luxembourg Open Tier III Hard (i) Ukraine Mariya Koryttseva Romania Sorana Cîrstea
New Zealand Marina Erakovi?
6-2, 3-6, [8-10]
Loss 1-4 Feb 2011 Paris Indoor, France Premier Hard (i) Russia Ekaterina Makarova United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands
United States Meghann Shaughnessy
4-6, 2-6
Loss 1-5 Sep 2011 Korea Open International Hard Kazakhstan Galina Voskoboeva South Africa Natalie Grandin
Czech Republic Vladimíra Uhlí?ová
6-7(5-7), 4-6
Loss 1-6 Feb 2012 U.S. National Indoor Championships International Hard (i) Belarus Olga Govortsova Czech Republic Andrea Hlavá?ková
Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká
3-6, 4-6
Win 2-6 Aug 2013 Washington Open, U.S. International Hard Japan Shuko Aoyama Canada Eugenie Bouchard
United States Taylor Townsend
6-3, 6-3
Loss 2-7 Oct 2013 China Open Premier M Hard Spain Arantxa Parra Santonja Zimbabwe Cara Black
India Sania Mirza
2-6, 2-6
Loss 2-8 Oct 2015 Tashkent Open International Hard Czech Republic Kate?ina Siniaková Russia Margarita Gasparyan
Russia Alexandra Panova
1-6, 6-3, [3-10]
Loss 2-9 Feb 2016 St. Petersburg Trophy, Russia Premier Hard (i) Czech Republic Barbora Krej?íková Switzerland Martina Hingis
India Sania Mirza
3-6, 1-6

ITF finals

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

Singles: 1 title

Result W-L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1-0 Jul 2003 ITF Innsbruck, Austria 50,000 Clay Hungary Melinda Czink 7-6, 6-2

Doubles: 6 (5 titles, 1 runner-up)

Result W-L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1-0 Oct 2001 ITF Minsk, Belarus 10,000 Carpet (i) Russia Anna Bastrikova Belarus Darya Kustova
Belarus Tatsiana Uvarova
7-5, 3-6, 6-0
Win 2-0 Sep 2002 ITF Sofia, Bulgaria 25,000 Clay Kazakhstan Galina Voskoboeva Italy Laura Dell'Angelo
Italy Nathalie Viérin
3-6, 6-4, 6-2
Win 3-0 Oct 2002 ITF Minsk, Belarus 10,000 Carpet (i) Russia Daria Chemarda Russia Olga Puchkova
Belarus Tatsiana Uvarova
6-1, 6-4
Win 4-0 May 2003 L'Open de Cagnes-sur-Mer, France 75,000 Clay Kazakhstan Galina Voskoboeva Ukraine Yuliya Beygelzimer
Ukraine Anna Zaporozhanova
6-3, 6-4
Win 5-0 Nov 2012 Al Habtoor Challenge, U.A.E. 75,000 Hard Italy Maria Elena Camerin Czech Republic Eva Hrdinová
Czech Republic Karolína Plí?ková
7-5 6-3
Loss 5-1 Jul 2013 Open de Biarritz, France 100,000 Clay Croatia Ana Vrlji? Ukraine Olga Savchuk
Ukraine Yuliya Beygelzimer
6-2, 4-6, [8-10]

Junior Grand Slam tournament finals

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

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 2002 Wimbledon Grass Russia Maria Sharapova 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
Loss 2003 French Open Clay Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld 4-6, 4-6

Record against other players

Top 10 wins

Season 2005 ... 2009 ... 2010 ... 2011 Total
Wins 1 1 1 1 4
# Player Rank Tournament Surface Round Score VDR
1. France Amélie Mauresmo No. 3 Eastbourne International, UK Grass 2R 6-4, 6-4 No. 54
2. Russia Nadia Petrova No. 10 Eastbourne International, UK Grass 2R 5-7, 1-0 ret. No. 52
3. Italy Francesca Schiavone No. 7 Wimbledon Championships, UK Grass 1R 6-7(0-7), 7-5, 6-1 No. 56
4. Italy Francesca Schiavone No. 8 Korea Open, South Korea Hard 1R 7-6(7-4), 6-2 No. 65


  1. ^ a b The first Premier 5 event of the year has switched back and forth between the Dubai Tennis Championships and the Qatar Total Open since 2009. Dubai was classified as a Premier 5 event from 2009-2011 before being succeeded by Doha for the 2012-2014 period. In 2015, Dubai regained its Premier 5 status while Doha was demoted to Premier status. The Premier 5 tournaments were reclassified as WTA 1000 tournaments in 2021.
  2. ^ a b In 2009, the Berlin Open was replaced by the Madrid Open. The Premier Mandatory tournaments were reclassified as WTA 1000 tournaments in 2021.
  3. ^ a b In 2014, the Toray Pan Pacific Open was downgraded to a Premier event and replaced by the Wuhan Open. The Premier 5 tournaments were reclassified as WTA 1000 tournaments in 2021.
  4. ^ Withdraw during the tournament. Not counted as a loss.
  5. ^ a b Includes WTA Premier and WTA International tournaments. The WTA Tier II tournaments were reclassified as WTA Premier tournaments in 2009, while the WTA Tier III tournaments, WTA Tier IV tournaments and WTA Tier V tournaments were reclassified as WTA International tournaments the same year .


  1. ^ Vera Dushevina (12 February 2009). "Girl on Tour: Things heat up in Thailand". Eurosport, Yahoo!. Archived from the original on 16 February 2009. Retrieved 2009.
  2. ^ ? ? ? ?

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