Yaroslava Shvedova at Citi Open Tennis July 31, 2011
|Country|| Russia (2002–2008) |
|Born|| 12 September 1987 |
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||68 kg (150 lb; 10.7 st)|
|Plays||Right (two-handed backhand)|
|Career titles||1 WTA, 3 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 25 (October 29, 2012)|
|Current ranking||No. 34 (4 March 2013)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2008, 2010)|
|French Open||QF (2010, 2012)|
|US Open||3R (2009)|
|Career titles||7 WTA, 3 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 4 (June 6, 2011）|
|Current ranking||No. 28 (4 March 2013)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||QF (2012)|
|French Open||SF (2011)|
|US Open||W (2010)|
Last updated on: 6 March 2013.
Yaroslava Vyacheslavovna Shvedova (Russian: Яросла́ва Вячесла́вовна Шве́дова, born 12 September 1987 in Moscow) is a Kazakh professional tennis player. She has achieved a career-high ranking of no. 25 as of 29 October 2012. She has won one WTA singles title, three ITF Women's Circuit singles titles and six doubles titles, including the 2010 Wimbledon and US Open women's doubles titles. She was taught tennis at the age of six by her father who is currently her coach. She has made two Grand Slam singles quarterfinals, at the 2010 and the 2012 French Open. Shvedova is also one of only two players to record a Golden Set in the professional era, the other being Bill Scanlon. In the 2012 Wimbledon Championships, she achieved a Golden Set against Sara Errani. She went on to win the match 6–0, 6–4.
In February 2007, she unexpectedly reached the final of the Sony Ericsson International, beating homecrowd favourite and No.2 seed Sania Mirza in the quarterfinals, 6–7, 6–4, 6–4. In the final, she defeated top-seeded defending champion Mara Santangelo 6–4, 6–4, to win her first WTA Tour title. 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 Ivanović in the second round, beating her 7–5, 6–4. Tathiana Garbin beat her 4–6, 6–3, 6–2 in the third round.
In August 2008, she won an ITF title in Monterrey, Mexico, defeating Magdaléna Rybáriková in the final 6–4, 6–1. Just over a week later, she won through the qualifying rounds for 2008 US Open, but lost to Agnieszka Radwańska in the first round 4–6, 2–6.
In 2009, Shvedova qualified for the main draw of Roland Garros, defeating Americans Shenay Perry in the first qualifying round 6–4, 6–4 and Angela Haynes, 6–1, 6–2 in the second qualifying round. She then beat Elena Baltacha 6–2, 6–2 in the final qualifying round to enter the main draw. She beat Kaia Kanepi in the first round and advanced to the third round after defeating Arantxa Rus, also a qualifier, in the second. There she lost in a close 3rd round match to former number one Maria Sharapova, returning from a long-lasting shoulder injury and then ranked 102, 6–1, 3–6, 4–6.
At the 2009 Wimbledon Championships in the first round she faced Romanian Monica Niculescu and demolished her 6–1, 6–0, but lost 6–3, 2–6, 4–6 to American teenager Melanie Oudin in the second. At the 2009 US Open, Shvedova pulled off the biggest win of her career by beating then No. 5 Jelena Janković 6–3, 6–7, 7–6, in a match where she saved two match points.
Shvedova experienced a good run at the 2010 Sony Ericsson Open in Miami. She gained direct entry into the main draw and won a tight first round match against wildcard Ajla Tomljanović 6–7, 7–6, 7–5. 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 6–0, 5–7, 7–5. She fell to 6th seed Agnieszka Radwańska 6–1, 6–4 in the fourth round.
At the 2010 Barcelona Ladies Open Shvedova defeated Anabel Medina Garrigues 6–1, 6–4 in the first round before upsetting 4th seed Maria Kirilenko 4–6, 6–2, 6–2 in the second round. Next, she defeated Iveta Benešová 6–4, 6–4, 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 Women's Singles competition. Shvedova defeated 8th seed Agnieszka Radwańska, avenging her loss to her in Miami, en route to the quarters. As the last unseeded player in the tournament, Shvedova was defeated by 4th seed Jelena Janković in the quarterfinal, 7–5, 6–4. In mixed doubles, Shvedova partnered with Julian Knowle of Austria to reach the final, beating doubles legends Cara Black and Leander Paes, the second seeds, along the way. They fell 4–6, 7–6, [11–9] in a nailbighting final to sixth seeds Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia and Nenad Zimonjić of Serbia.
At the 2010 Wimbledon Championships, Shvedova entered the Women's 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 7–6, 6–2 in the final. The pairing they beat in the final beat Serena and Venus Williams in the quarterfinals, and Zvonareva lost to Serena in the women's singles final.
Both Shvedova and King continued their good form onto the hard courts of the 2010 US Open, being seeded 6th, 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 2–6, 6–4, 7–6 after the match was played over two days due to heavy rainfall.
Shvedova missed the Australian Open due to injury. She began her season at the 2011 Dubai Tennis Championships, losing in the first round to Zhang Shuai. She then suffered two most consecutive losses in Doha and Indian Wells. She then lost in the second round of three more tournaments. After losing two more matches in Rome and Madrid (reaching the semifinals and final in doubles, respectively), she entered the French Open, ranked No. 54. Shvedova lost in the first round to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, which saw her ranking drop to No. 115 as a result. She also reached the semifinals of the tournament with her regular doubles partner Vania King.
She won one match at the 2011 AEGON Classic followed by a 4-match losing streak. Now ranked No. 157, she played at an $50K ITF event in The Bronx, where she reached the final. She lost to Italian Romina Oprandi after retiring early in the second set. She then lost in the first round of qualifying of the 2011 US Open.
She showed some resurgence, qualifying through to the main draw in Seoul and Osaka, losing in the second round of the main draw of both tournaments. Her final tournament of the year saw her reach the quarterfinals of a $100K ITF event in Taipei.
Shvedova ended the year ranked No. 206, her lowest year-end singles ranking since 2005. She also won 4 WTA Doubles titles. Her decline in form in singles was later explained by a knee injury that required surgery.
She started the year at the 2012 Australian Open, where she lost in the first round of qualifying to Bibiane Schoofs in a marathon 4–6, 6–3, 9–11 match. She then rebounded, qualifying into the main draw in Bogota, winning five total matches to enter the quarterfinals, where she fell to Hungary's Timea Babos. Shvedova then entered the 2012 Monterrey Open, where she beat countrywoman Sesil Karatantcheva in the first round. She lost to Mandy Minella in the second round.
She then played in Acapulco, before playing in a $25K ITF event in Irapuato, where she reached the final. She continued her rise in form at another $25K ITF event in Poza Rica, where she won the title, dropping only one set the entire tournament. She continued her tour, reaching the third round of the Premier-level 2012 Family Circle Cup, losing to Sabine Lisicki, 5–7, 4–6. Shvedova then played two more European tournaments before the French Open.
At the 2012 Roland Garros Championship, Shvedova qualified into the main draw. There, she defeated Mandy Minella, Sofia Arvidsson, and Carla Suarez Navarro. In the fourth round, she beat defending champion Li Na to advance to her second grand slam quarterfinal. This is Shvedova's biggest win in singles. She lost to reigning Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitová in the quarterfinals, 6–3, 2–6, 4–6. In doubles, she also reached the quarterfinals with Vania King.
At the 2012 Wimbledon Championships, Shvedova received a wild card into the main draw. There, she defeated Chanelle Scheepers and Kiki Bertens to reach the third round. In the third round, she faced tenth seed Sara Errani and won the third "Golden Set" in the history of tennis. She won all 24 points in the fifteen-minute-long first set, blasting 14 winners and making 0 unforced errors. She also went on to win the match 6–0, 6–4, reaching the second week of Wimbledon for the first time. In the fourth round, she was defeated by sixth-seed and eventual champion Serena Williams 1–6, 6–2, 5–7.
In doubles, Shvedova reached two early finals, in Auckland with Julia Görges and in Florianopolis with Anabel Medina Garrigues. She and Medina Garrigues defeated Anne Keothavong and Valeria Savinykh for the title in Brazil.
Shvedova was born to father Vyacheslav and mother Nurzia, who used to be a professional runner (winner of the International Association of Ultra Runners 100 Kilometres World Challenge, 1992). Shvedova has one brother named Pavel who is a student. She began playing tennis at age 8 when her father introduced her to the sport in Chernogolovka (Moscow region). Although she was born in Russia and continues to live and train in Moscow, Shvedova changed her nationality from Russian to Kazakhstani in 2008 as part of the country's attempts to boost its sporting profile.
 Major finals
 Grand Slam finals
 Women's doubles: 3 (2–1)
|Winner||2010||Wimbledon||Grass||Vania King|| Elena Vesnina |
|Winner||2010||US Open||Hard||Vania King|| Liezel Huber |
|2–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–4)|
|Runner-up||2011||US Open||Hard||Vania King|| Liezel Huber |
|6–4, 6–7(5–7), 6–7(3–7)|
 Mixed doubles: 1 (0–1)
|Runner-up||2010||French Open||Clay||Julian Knowle|| Katarina Srebotnik |
|6–4, 6–7(5–7), [9–11]|
 WTA career finals
 Singles: 1 (1–0)
|Winner||1.||18 February 2007||Bangalore, India||Hard||Mara Santangelo||6–4, 6–4|
 Doubles: 16 (7–9)
|Runner-up||1.||14 September 2008||Cincinnati, United States||Hard||Hsieh Su-wei|| Maria Kirilenko |
|3–6, 6–4, [8–10]|
|Winner||1.||15 February 2009||Pattaya City, Thailand||Hard||Tamarine Tanasugarn|| Yulia Beygelzimer |
|Runner-up||2.||11 April 2010||Marbella, Spain||Clay||Maria Kondratieva|| Sara Errani |
|Runner-up||3.||19 June 2010||'s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands||Grass||Vania King|| Alla Kudryavtseva |
|6–3, 3–6, [6–10]|
|Winner||2.||3 July 2010||Wimbledon, Great Britain||Grass||Vania King|| Elena Vesnina |
|Winner||3.||13 September 2010||US Open, United States||Hard||Vania King|| Liezel Huber |
|2–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–4)|
|Runner-up||4.||15 May 2011||Rome, Italy||Clay||Vania King|| Peng Shuai |
|Winner||4.||31 July 2011||Washington D.C., United States||Hard||Sania Mirza|| Olga Govortsova |
|Winner||5.||20 August 2011||Cincinnati, United States||Hard||Vania King|| Natalie Grandin |
|6–4, 3–6, [11–9]|
|Runner-up||5.||11 September 2011||US Open, United States||Hard||Vania King|| Liezel Huber |
|6–4, 6–7(5–7), 6–7(3–7)|
|Runner-up||6.||16 October 2011||Osaka, Japan||Hard||Vania King|| Kimiko Date-Krumm |
|5–7, 6–3, [9–11]|
|Winner||6.||22 October 2011||Moscow, Russia||Hard (i)||Vania King|| Anastasia Rodionova |
|Runner-up||7.||8 April 2012||Charleston, United States||Hard||Anabel Medina Garrigues|| Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova |
|7–5, 4–6, [6–10]|
|Runner-up||8.||5 May 2012||Estoril, Portugal||Clay||Galina Voskoboeva|| Chuang Chia-jung |
|6–4, 1–6, [9–11]|
|Runner-up||9.||5 January 2013||Auckland, New Zealand||Hard||Julia Görges|| Cara Black |
|6–2, 2–6, [5–10]|
|Winner||7.||1 March 2013||Florianópolis, Brasil||Hard||Anabel Medina Garrigues|| Anne Keothavong |
 Grand Slam performance timelines
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
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