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Carla Suárez Navarro Gives Spain Hope in Women's Tennis - New York Times
Carla Suárez Navarro, right, after losing to Jelena Jankovic in the final of the Andalucia Tennis Experience last month. Suárez Navarro, ranked 23rd, is one of two top 40 women to use a one-handed backhand. There has been no sign of a genuine successor...
Chinese Li Na defeats Spain's Carla Suarez in Madrid - Xinhua
MADRID, May 10 (Xinhua) -- China's Li Na on Sunday defeated Spain's Carla Suarez in the first round of Madrid Tennis Masters in a hard-fought and exciting match 5-7, 6-1 and 7-5. Suarez, ranked 23rd in the world by the Women's Tennis Association,...
Nadal gets good news in French draw - Daily Camera
Carla Suarez Navarro (22), Spain; Iveta Benesova (32), Czech Republic, vs. Julia Goerges, Germany Varvara Lepchenko, United States, vs. Alla Kudryavtseva, Russia; Tamarine Tanasugarn, Thailand, vs. Camille Pin, France; Sara Errani, Italy, vs....
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22 Carla Suarez Navarro thumping Edina Gallovits 6-1, 6-4; and no. 29 Agnes Szavay routing Corinna Dentoni 6-3, 6-4. No. 12 Agnieszka Radwanska easily beat Rossana De Los Rios 6-3, 6-1; no. 15 Jie Zheng waylaid Stephanie Cohen-Aloro 6-1, 6-3; and no....
French Open at a glance - The Republican - MassLive.com
22 Carla Suarez Navarro, No. 29 Agnes Szavay. Women's Seeded Losers: No. 14 Flavia Pennetta, No. 17 Patty Schnyder, No. 23 Alisa Kleybanova, No. 26 Anna Chakvetadze. Stat of the Day: 29-Consecutive wins at the French Open for Nadal, a record for men...
For The Record - Winston-Salem Journal
Carla Suarez Navarro (22), Spain, def. Edina Gallovits, Romania, 6-1, 6-4. Zheng Jie (15), China, def. Stephanie Cohen-Aloro, France, 6-1, 6-3. Dominika Cibulkova (20), Slovakia, def. Alona Bondarenko, Ukraine, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4. Olga Govortsova, Belarus...
Jon Wertheim's Mailbag - SI.com
Carla Suarez Navarro: Big breakthrough came a year ago. Bonus points for the one-handed backhand. 26. Anna Chakvetadze: Slowly working her way back after the mother of all sophomore slumps. 27. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova: Haven't heard much from her...
Young Guns of the WTA Set To Crash Roland Garros Party - Bleacher Report
She could face clay-court specialist Carla Suarez Navarro before getting to Ivanovic, which could be a wildly amusing third round encounter. And no, I'm not talking to you, Amelie. It's about the French Open debut of 16-year-old wild card Kristina...
Tennis-French Open women's singles draw - Reuters UK
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Carla Suarez Navarro

Carla Suarez Navarro

Infobox last updated on: February 2, 2009.

Carla Suarez Navarro (Spanish: Carla Suárez Navarro; born September 3, 1988) is a Spanish tennis player. She began playing for Spain in the 2008 Fed Cup. As of March 23, 2009, she is ranked World No. 32.

At the French Open, Suárez Navarro reached the singles quarterfinals in her first Grand Slam main draw tournament. After she won three qualifying matches, she defeated former World No. 1 Amélie Mauresmo of France in the second round 6–3, 6–4, Australian Casey Dellacqua in the third round, and 26th-seeded Italian Flavia Pennetta in the fourth round 6–3, 6–2. Suárez Navarro then lost to third-seeded Jelena Janković in the quarterfinals 6–3, 6–2.

At Wimbledon, Suárez Navarro lost to second-seeded Janković in the second round 6–1, 6–3.

At the Australian Open in Melbourne, Suárez Navarro defeated sixth-seeded Venus Williams in the second round 2–6, 6–3, 7–5 after Suárez Navarro trailed 5–2 and saved a match point at 5–4 in the final set. She then defeated María José Martínez Sánchez of Spain and another compatriot, World No. 23 Anabel Medina Garrigues. After making it to the quarterfinals, she was defeated by World No. 4 Elena Dementieva 6–2, 6–2.

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Venus Williams

Venus Williams prepares to serve during the 2006 J&S Cup in Warsaw.

Infobox last updated on: March 2 2009.

Venus Ebony Starr Williams (born June 17, 1980) is a former World No. 1 American tennis player who, as of March 23, 2009, is ranked World No. 6. She has won the Wimbledon singles title the last two years and is the reigning Wimbledon and Australian Open doubles champion.

A 16 year participant on the Women's Tennis Association tour, Williams has won 56 titles, which includes 17 Grand Slam titles - seven in singles, eight in women's doubles, and two in mixed doubles. She has won more Olympic gold medals than any other tennis player (male or female) in history - one in singles and two in women's doubles.

She is the older sister of Serena Williams.

Williams is one of the most powerful baseliners on tour, equipped with an attacking all-court game. Also Venus' game is adapted to grass where she feels most comfortable. Across her career Venus has developed into a skillful volleyer and effectively utilizes her long 'wingspan' (1,85m) and relative agility around the net. Venus stated during an interview at the 2008 Australian Open that she was working to improve her volley. Venus also has great court coverage using her long reach to play balls that most players wouldn't be able to reach and is capable of hitting outright winners from a defensive position.

Although Venus has the most powerful and feared serve on the Women's Tour, she has an extremely elegant and graceful service action. She holds the record for the fastest serve struck by a woman in a main draw event: at Zurich Open she recorded 130 mph (210 km/h). She also holds the record for fastest serve in all four Grand Slam: Australian Open 2003 (QF) - 125 mph (201 km/h), French Open 2007 (2R), Wimbledon 2008 (F), US Open 2007 (1R) - 129 mph. At Wimbledon 2008 Venus' average first serve speed was 115 mph (185 km/h) in the quarter final, a remarkable 116 mph (187 km/h) in the semi-final and 111 mph (179 km/h) in the final - rather faster average speeds than any woman (including her sister, Serena Williams) records (data from IBM/Wimbledon). To put this into further perspective, the top men's seed (and world no.1) at the tournament, Roger Federer, registered average first serve speeds of 119 mph (quarter final), 117 mph (semi-final) and 117 mph (final) in his last three matches at the tournament. This kind of confluence in men's and women's service speeds is unusual in professional tennis, and sets Venus Williams apart from her contemporaries in the women's game. To further illustrate the difference, the no.1 seed at the tournament, Ana Ivanović, recorded an average first serve speed of 98 mph (fastest serve 108 mph) in her last match at the tournament. The no.3 seed at the tournament; Maria Sharapova, recorded an average first serve speed of 104 mph (fastest serve 111 mph) in her last match. Also during a match at Wimbledon 2007, Williams' average first serve speed was 115 mph (185 km/h) while tennis pro Rafael Nadal's average first serve speed was 113 mph (182 km/h) on the same day.

Venus Williams has always been a explosive hitter of the ball off the ground but her backhand is the more consistently reliable of her groundstrokes. Venus' backhand is equally effective down-the-line or crosscourt (frequently for a set-up approach shot). Venus' forehand does occasionally break down under pressure. However, it is still the more powerful of her groundstrokes, and a stroke that yields many winners, from a variety of court positions. Additionally, it is one the most powerful forehands in the women's game, frequently struck in the 85 - 90 mph (140 km/h) range. In the 2008 Wimbledon women's final, Venus struck a forehand winner measured at 94 mph (IBM/Wimbledon). Only a few women (notably Ana Ivanović, Serena Williams and the now retired Justine Henin) hit to these speeds off the ground.

Already well-known in tennis circles at age 14, Williams turned professional on October 31, 1994. In the second round of her first professional tournament in Oakland, Williams was up a set and a service break against top seed Arantxa Sánchez Vicario before losing the match. That was the only tournament Williams played in 1994.

In 1995, Williams played three more events as a wild card, falling in the first round of the tournament in Los Angeles and the tournament in Toronto but reaching the quarterfinals of the tournament in Oakland, defeating World No. 18 Amy Frazier in the second round for her first win over a top 20 ranked player.

Williams played five events in 1996, falling in the first round four times but reaching the third round in Los Angeles, losing to World No. 1 Steffi Graf 6–4, 6–4.

Williams began to play regularly on the tour in 1997. She reached the quarterfinals of three Tier I events — the State Farm Evert Cup in Indian Wells, California, the European Indoor Championships in Zürich, and the Kremlin Cup in Moscow. During her debut at the US Open, she lost in the final to Martina Hingis after defeating Irina Spîrlea in a semifinal famous for "the bump" in which Spîrlea and Williams collided during a changeover. Richard Williams, her father, later claimed that this incident was racially motivated.

In 1998, Williams teamed with Justin Gimelstob to win the mixed doubles titles at the Australian Open and the French Open. Her sister Serena Williams won the other two Grand Slam mixed doubles titles that year, completing a "Williams Family Mixed Doubles Grand Slam". She began the year ranked outside the top 20 but ended the year ranked in the top 5. Williams won the first three WTA tour singles titles of her career in Oklahoma City (defeating World No. 2 Lindsay Davenport in the semifinals) and Key Biscayne, Florida (defeating World No. 1 Hingis in the semifinals) and at the Grand Slam Cup. Williams also was the runner-up in Sydney (defeating Hingis in the second round for her first win over a reigning World No. 1), Rome (defeating sister Serena in the quarterfinals), Stanford, California (defeating World No. 6 Monica Seles in the semifinals), and Zürich. Another highlight of Williams's year was reaching at least the singles quarterfinals of all four Grand Slam events. Williams won the first two doubles titles of her career, in Oklahoma City and Zürich. Both titles came with sister Serena, becoming only the third pair of sisters to win a WTA tour doubles title. Williams suffered from patella tendinitis in her left knee, which caused her to retire from her quarterfinal match in San Diego and not play in the year-ending Chase Championships.

In 1999, Williams again won the Lipton International Players Championships in Key Biscayne, defeating Jana Novotná, Graf, and her sister Serena in successive matches. Williams also won the tournament in Hamburg, the Italian Open in Rome, the Pilot Pen Tennis tournament in New Haven, Connecticut, and the tournament in Zurich. Venus and Serena teamed to win the doubles titles at the French Open and the US Open, becoming the first sister team to win a Grand Slam doubles title in the 20th century. Venus also went 2–1 (1–1 in singles and 1–0 in doubles with Serena) in the United States' 4–1 win over Russia in the final of the Fed Cup, giving the U.S. its 16th title.

Williams missed the first four months of the year with tendinitis in both wrists. At the French Open, Williams lost to Arantxa Sánchez Vicario in the quarterfinals.

Williams then won 35 consecutive singles matches and five tournaments. She won her first Grand Slam singles title at Wimbledon, defeating World No. 1 Martina Hingis in the quarterfinals 6–3, 4–6, 6–4, sister Serena in the semifinals 6–2, 7–6(2), and defending champion Lindsay Davenport in the final. She won three Tier II events during the North American summer hard court season, defeating Davenport in the final of the tournament in Stanford, California and Monica Seles in the finals of both the tournament in San Diego and the tournament in New Haven, Connecticut. At the US Open, Williams defeated still-World No. 1 Hingis in the semifinals 4–6, 6–3, 7–5, coming back from 5–3 (15–30) down in the third set, and World No. 2 Davenport in the final. At the Olympic games in Sydney, Williams defeated Sánchez Vicario in the quarterfinals, Seles in the semifinals, and Elena Dementieva in the final to win the gold medal. Her winning streak was eventually snapped in October by Davenport in the final of the tournament in Linz. Williams did not play a tournament the rest of the year because of anemia.

In women's doubles, Williams teamed with her sister Serena to capture the Wimbledon doubles title for the first time and the Olympic gold medal. Williams became only the second player to win the women's singles and doubles titles at the same Olympic games.

Williams reached the semifinals of the Australian Open for the first time, where she lost to World No. 1 Martina Hingis 6–1, 6–1. She also reached the semifinals of the Tier I Tennis Masters Series tournament in Indian Wells, California, where she defaulted her match with sister Serena just before the match started. Venus claimed that an injury prevented her from playing, but the withdrawal was controversial. Neither Williams sister has entered the tournament since. She won, however, the next tournament on the tour calendar, the Tier I Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Florida, defeating Hingis in the semifinals 6–3, 7–6(6) and World No. 4 Jennifer Capriati in the final, after saving eight championship points.

During the European clay court season, Williams won the Tier II tournament in Hamburg but lost in the third round of the Tier I EUROCARD Ladies German Open to Justine Henin and the first round of the French Open to Barbara Schett.

Williams then successfully defended her Wimbledon title, defeating third-seeded Lindsay Davenport in the semifinals 6–2, 6–7(1), 6–1 and eighth-seeded Henin in the final.

During the summer hard court season in North America, Williams won the tournament in San Diego, defeating Monica Seles in the final, and the tournament in New Haven, Connecticut, defeating Davenport in the final, for the second consecutive year. Williams also won the US Open singles title for the second consecutive year, without dropping a set. In the quarterfinals, she beat fifth-seeded Kim Clijsters 6–3, 6–1, followed by a semifinal victory over World No. 2 Capriati 6–4, 6–2 and a defeat of World No. 10 Serena Williams in the final. Venus was only the sixth woman in history to win the singles titles at both Wimbledon and the US Open in consecutive years, the others being Martina Navaratilova (twice), Steffi Graf (twice), Althea Gibson, Maureen Connolly Brinker, and Helen Wills Moody (twice).

In women's doubles, Venus and Serena Williams won the Australian Open title for the first time and became only the fifth team to complete a career Grand Slam in that event.

Williams began the year in Australia by defeating Justine Henin to win the tournament in Gold Coast and losing in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open to World No. 10 Monica Seles 6–7(4), 6–2, 6–3.

Williams then won the Open Gaz de France in Paris and the Proximus Diamond Games in Antwerp before losing in the semifinals of the Dubai Duty Free Women's Open and the NASDAQ-100 Open in Key Biscayne, Florida.

On clay, Williams beat Henin in the final of the tournament in Amelia Island, Florida before traveling to Europe for two clay court tournaments. At the tournament in Hamburg, Williams defeated Arantxa Sánchez Vicario in a three-set quarterfinal and World No. 4 Martina Hingis in the semifinals before losing to World No. 3 Kim Clijsters in the final. At the French Open, Williams defeated Seles in the quarterfinals before sister Serena defeated Venus in the final in straight sets.

Williams then reached the Wimbledon singles final for the third consecutive year after defeating World No. 6 Henin in the semifinals. In the second consecutive all-Williams Grand Slam singles final, Serena defeated Venus in straight sets.

During the summer hard court season in North America, Williams won two tournaments for the third consecutive year — the Acura Classic in San Diego and Pilot Pen Tennis in New Haven, Connecticut. She defeated World No. 5 Jelena Dokić in the San Diego final and Lindsay Davenport in the New Haven final. She also won the tournament in Stanford, California, defeating World No. 5 Clijsters in the final. At the US Open, Williams defeated sixth-seeded Seles in the quarterfinals and Amélie Mauresmo in the semifinals before losing to sister Serena for the third consecutive time in the final of a Grand Slam event.

Williams won seven singles titles during the year, a career best. In February, Williams became the World No. 1, the first African-American player to garner that spot since the computer rankings began in 1975.

In women's doubles, the Williams sisters won the Wimbledon title for the second time.

Williams started the year by losing to her sister Serena in three sets in the Australian Open final. Williams then won the Proximus Diamond Games in Antwerp, Belgium for the second consecutive year, defeating Daniela Hantuchová and Kim Clijsters in consecutive matches.

During a semifinal match against Clijsters at Wimbledon, Williams suffered an abdominal injury that required medical attention during the match. Williams lost the first set and was behind early in the second set before rain delayed the match. Once play resumed, Williams won the match 4–6, 6–3, 6–1, advancing to her fourth consecutive Wimbledon final, where she lost to her sister Serena. Following Wimbledon, both Venus and Serena suffered injuries that kept them out of competition for the last half of the year.

On the morning of September 14, 2003, Venus's older half sister, Yetunde Price, was murdered in the Compton, California area.

Williams came back to the tour and experienced inconsistent results. As the third seeded player because of a protected ranking, she reached the third round of the Australian Open, where she lost to Lisa Raymond. After quarterfinal losses at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, the Dubai Duty Free Women's Open, and the NASDAQ-100 Open in Key Biscayne, Florida, Williams won the Tier I Family Circle Cup in Charleston, South Carolina. At the Tier II tournament in Warsaw, Williams defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova in the final. The following week, Williams reached the final of the Tier I tournament in Berlin but was forced to retire from her match against Amélie Mauresmo. Going into the French Open, Williams had the best clay court record among the women and was among the favorites to win the title; however, she lost in the quarterfinals to eventual champion Anastasia Myskina 6–3, 6–4.

At Wimbledon, Williams lost a controversial second round match to Croatian Karolina Šprem. The umpire of the match, Ted Watts, awarded Šprem an unearned point in the second set tiebreak. Upon the conclusion of the match, he was relieved of his duties.

Williams was the third seed at the hard court tournament in Stanford, California, where she lost the final to top seeded Lindsay Davenport in a third set tiebreak. At the tournament in Los Angeles the following week, Williams lost again to Davenport, this time in the semifinals. Williams was leading 5–1 in the first set when she suffered an injury and lost the last six games of the set. She then retired from the match.

During the Olympic Games in Athens, Williams failed to defend the gold medal she won at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney as she lost to Mary Pierce of France in the third round 6–4, 6–4.

In the fourth round of the US Open, Williams lost to Davenport for the third consecutive time. Williams ended her year by losing in the quarterfinals of three consecutive tournaments — the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, the Swisscom Challenge in Zurich, and the Advanta Championships Philadelphia.

Williams started the year by losing in the fourth round of the Australian Open to Alicia Molik. She then reached the final of the Proximus Diamond Games in Antwerp, where she was attempting to win the tournament for the third time in four years. She defeated Kim Clijsters in the quarterfinals, Anastasia Myskina in the semifinals, and was up a set and a break in the final against Amélie Mauresmo before losing the match. Williams then lost in the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Women's Open.

At the NASDAQ-100 Open in Key Biscayne, Florida, Venus defeated her sister Serena in the quarterfinals before losing to Maria Sharapova. This was the first time since the 2001 US Open that Venus had defeated Serena.

On clay, Williams reached the quarterfinals of the tournament in Amelia Island, Florida, where she lost to top seeded Lindsay Davenport. In her next tournament in Charleston, Williams lost in the third round. She then won a Tier III title at the Istanbul Cup, defeating second seeded Nicole Vaidišová in the final. At the French Open, Williams lost in the third round to 15-year old Bulgarian Sesil Karatantcheva, who subsequently failed a doping test and was suspended from the tour for two years.

At Wimbledon, Williams defeated defending champion Maria Sharapova in a semifinal 7–6(2), 6–1, breaking Sharapova's serve four times. (Sharapova had lost only one service game to that point.) This marked the sixth consecutive year that at least one of the Williams sisters had reached the final, and it was Venus's fifth appearance in the Wimbledon final in the past six years. In the longest Wimbledon final in history, Williams was down match point at 6–4, 6–7(4), 5–4 (40–30) before coming back to defeat top seeded Davenport. This was Williams's third Wimbledon singles title, and this was the first time in 70 years that a player had won after being down match point during the women's final at Wimbledon. In addition, Williams was the lowest-ranked (World No. 16) and lowest-seeded (14th) champion in tournament history.

Playing for the fifth consecutive week, including Fed Cup, Williams reached the final of the tournament in Stanford, California after defeating Patty Schnyder in a semifinal 2–6, 7–6(4), 6–2. Visibly exhausted, Williams lost the final to Clijsters.

At the US Open, Williams defeated her sister Serena in the fourth round for the second consecutive time but lost in the quarterfinals to Clijsters 4–6, 7–5, 6–1, who went on to win the tournament.

Williams did not qualify for the year-ending Sony Ericsson Championships because of an injury sustained during the tournament in Beijing.

In 2005, TENNIS Magazine ranked her 25th on its list of the 40 Greatest Players of the TENNIS era.

Williams was upset in the first round of the Australian Open by Tszvetana Pironkova 2–6, 6–0, 9–7, which was her earliest loss at that tournament.

Williams was out of action from January 16 until April 30 because of injuries. After defeating Martina Hingis in the second round, she reached the quarterfinals of the J&S Cup in Warsaw, losing to Svetlana Kuznetsova. She then lost to Hingis in a semifinal of the Tier I Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome, after defeating Jelena Janković and Patty Schnyder in earlier rounds. Williams ended her clay court season with a French Open quarterfinal loss to Nicole Vaidišová 6–7, 6–1, 6–3.

Williams was one of the favorites to win the singles title at Wimbledon. She defeated fellow American Lisa Raymond in the second round after Williams was two points from defeat. Williams then lost in the third round to 26th-seeded Janković 7–6(8), 4–6, 6–4. After the loss, Williams said that she was having pain in her left wrist, although she admitted that the injury was not the cause of her loss.

Williams did not play in the US Open series or the US Open itself due to a recurring wrist injury. During her first tournament in almost three months, she reinjured her wrist at the tournament in Luxembourg and lost in the second round to qualifier Agnieszka Radwańska after defeating Ana Ivanović in the first round.

Williams started the year by withdrawing from the Australian Open because of a recurring wrist injury. This was the second consecutive Grand Slam event that Williams had missed because of injury.

Williams then won the Cellular South Cup in Memphis, Tennessee, defeating top-seeded Shahar Pe'er of Israel in the final. This was her first singles title since October 2006 and her 34th career singles title.

Williams's next tournament was the Tier I Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Florida, where she lost in the third round to top seeded Maria Sharapova 2–6, 6–2, 7–5. However, her ranking rose seven places to World No. 32.

She then started the clay court season, playing at the Tier II Bausch & Lomb Championships in Amelia Island, Florida. She beat fourth seeded Patty Schnyder before falling in the quarterfinals to the eighth seed and eventual champion Tatiana Golovin 6–2, 6–3. Her next tournament was the Tier I Family Circle Cup in Charleston, South Carolina, where she lost in the semifinals to Jelena Janković. Despite the loss, her ranking rose to World No. 22.

Williams played Fed Cup with her sister Serena for the first time in four years, in a home tie against Belgium on hard courts in Delray Beach, Florida, beating the young Belgian team 5–0. Williams won both of her singles matches.

Williams then traveled to Europe to prepare for the French Open. At the J&S Cup in Warsaw, Williams lost in the quarterfinals to Svetlana Kuznetsova 3–6, 6–3, 6–4. Two weeks later, Williams played the Istanbul Cup, defeating Tatiana Poutchek in the first round before losing to French hard hitter Aravane Rezaï in the second round 6–4, 6–4. This was Williams's first defeat in a Tier III event on the WTA Tour. At the French Open, Williams lost her third round match with Janković 6–4, 4–6, 6–1. During her second round win over Ashley Harkleroad, Williams hit a 206 km/h (128.8 mph) serve, which is the second fastest woman's serve ever recorded and the fastest ever recorded during a main draw match.

At Wimbledon in a first round match on Court 2, Williams was within two points of defeat against Alla Kudryavtseva before winning. In the third round, Akiko Morigami served for the match in the third set before Williams regrouped and won the match 6–2, 3–6, 7–5. In her fourth round match, Williams defeated second-seeded Sharapova 6–1, 6–3. In the quarterfinals, Williams defeated fifth-seeded Kuznetsova 6–3, 6–4 to reach her sixth career Wimbledon semifinal, where she defeated sixth-seeded Ana Ivanović 6–2, 6–4. In the final, Williams defeated Marion Bartoli in straight sets. Seeded 23rd and ranked World No. 31, Williams broke her own record set in 2005 as the lowest seeded and lowest ranked Wimbledon singles champion. With her fourth Wimbledon title, Williams joined Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova, and Steffi Graf as the only women to who have won at least four Wimbledon singles titles during the open era. The win also bettered her ranking to World No. 17, her first return to the top 20 in a year.

Williams then played for the U.S. in its Fed Cup semifinal tie against Russia. Williams won both her singles matches over Nadia Petrova and Anna Chakvetadze; however, the U.S. lost the tie when Williams and Lisa Raymond were defeated in the deciding doubles match.

At the Tier I Acura Classic in San Diego, Williams lost her quarterfinal match to Chakvetadze 6–7, 7–6, 6–2 after Williams double faulted while holding a match point in the second set. Nevertheless, her ranking increased to World No. 14.

At the US Open, after setting a Grand-Slam record 129 mph (208 km/h) serve in the opening round, Williams defeated Janković in the quarterfinals 4–6, 6–1, 7–6(4) before losing to the eventual champion, Justine Henin, in a semifinal 7–6(2), 6–4. Both players had health issues during the match. In the second set, Williams was treated for a stomach ache and dizziness. The tournament resulted in Williams's ranking moving up to World No. 9. With sister Serena at World No. 7, it was the first time the sisters were in the top 10 together since September 2005.

Williams then played three tournaments in Asia. Williams won her 36th career singles title at the Hansol Korea Open Tennis Championships in Seoul, South Korea, defeating fourth-seeded Russian Maria Kirilenko in the final. Despite having a heavily strapped leg, Williams then played in the AIG Japan Open Tennis Championships in Tokyo, where she lost to Virginie Razzano in the final after holding three match points. At the PTT Bangkok Open, Williams lost in the semifinals to eventual champion Flavia Pennetta 6–4, 7–6(8).

Despite officially qualifying for the year-ending Sony Ericsson Championships, Williams withdrew because of continuing problems with anemia.

Williams began the year at an exhibition tournament in Hong Kong, defeating Maria Sharapova in the final 6–4, 6–3. She also won the doubles tournament with Caroline Wozniacki.

Williams was the eighth-seed at the Australian Open. Playing in the quarterfinals at this tournament for the first time since 2003, Williams lost to fourth-seeded Ana Ivanović 7–6(3), 6–4. When asked after the match about whether the quarterfinal losses by both Williams sisters at the Australian Open marked their decline, she replied that she had heard the same talk "every single year. Serena and I, we don't have anything to prove. The way we're playing still maintains what other women are doing in tennis. We still set a very high standard. I don't get too caught up in what the next person thinks." Playing with her sister Serena in the women's doubles event at the Australian Open, they defeated the second-seeded team of Katarina Srebotnik and Ai Sugiyama in the second round but lost in the quarterfinals to the seventh-seeded team and 2006 Australian Open champions Zi Yan and Jie Zheng.

At the Tier I Qatar Total Open in Doha, Williams was upset in the third round by 18 year old Dominika Cibulková of Slovakia. Williams also played the doubles tournament in Doha as a wild card team with Wozniacki. Their first round win marked the first time that Venus had won an official WTA tour women's doubles match without sister Serena. In the second round, Williams and Wozniacki lost to the fourth-seeded Taipei pair of Yung-Jan Chan and Chia-Jung Chuang. According to the Women's Tennis Association, it was the first doubles match Venus had ever played without an American partner, having played with Serena, Chanda Rubin, Corina Morariu, and Lisa Raymond in the past.

At the Cellular South Cup in Memphis, Tennessee, Williams was the top seeded player but lost to Petra Kvitová in the first round 2–6, 6–4, 6–3 after Williams had led 2–0 in the third set.

At the Tier II Canara Bank Bangalore (India) Open, Venus and her sister Serena lost in the doubles quarterfinals to third-seeded and eventual tournament winners Shuai Peng and Tiantian Sun. In singles, Venus lost to Serena, the eventual tournament champion, in the semifinals 6–3, 3–6, 7–6(4) on Serena's second match point after Serena had saved a match point while trailing 6–5 in the third set.

At the Tier I Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Florida, Williams lost in the quarterfinals to Svetlana Kuznetsova 6–4, 6–4.

Williams returned to the tour at the Tier I Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome, where she lost in the quarterfinals to fourth-seeded Jelena Janković 5–7, 6–2, 6–3.

At the French Open, Williams was seeded eighth but was eliminated by 26th-seeded Italian Flavia Pennetta in the third round 7–5, 6–3.

Williams was the defending champion and seventh-seeded player at Wimbledon. Without dropping a set, she reached her seventh Wimbledon singles final after defeating fifth-seeded Elena Dementieva in the semifinals 6–1, 7–6(3). Venus then won her fifth Wimbledon singles title, beating her sister Serena in straight sets. This was the first time since 2003 that Venus and Serena had played each other in a Grand Slam final and was the first time since 2001 that Venus had won a Grand Slam final against Serena. Venus and Serena then teamed to win the women's doubles title without dropping a set the entire tournament, defeating Lisa Raymond and Samantha Stosur in the final. The Williams sisters have won all seven Grand Slam women's doubles finals they have played.

Williams was on the Philadelphia Freedoms team in World Team Tennis in July. She won six of the nine singles, women's doubles, and mixed doubles matches she played. Williams then withdrew from the East West Bank Classic in Los Angeles and the Rogers Cup in Montreal because of an injury to her right knee.

At the Olympic Games in Beijing, Williams was seeded seventh but lost to unseeded Li Na in the quarterfinals 7–5, 7–5. She did, however, earn a gold medal (with her sister Serena) in women's doubles, defeating the Spanish team of Virginia Ruano Pascual and Anabel Medina Garrigues in the final. It was their second gold medal as a team, having won together in Sydney, Australia in 2000.

Williams was seeded seventh at the US Open and lost to her fourth-seeded sister Serena in the quarterfinals 7–6(6), 7–6(7). Venus led 5–3 in both sets and failed to convert on two set points in the first set and eight set points in the second set.

Seeded sixth at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany, Williams lost to second-seeded Janković in the semifinals 6–7, 7–5, 6–2. Also seeded sixth at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, Williams was upset in the first round by Pennetta 6–4, 2–6, 6–4. At the TENNIS.com Zurich Open, Williams defeated Ivanović in the semifinals before defeating Pennetta in the final to claim her second title of the year and secure a position in the Sony Ericsson Championships.

At the year-ending Sony Ericsson Championships, Williams was seeded seventh. In her round robin matches, she defeated Dinara Safina, Dementieva, and her sister Serena 5–7, 6–1, 6–0 to qualify for the semifinals. Williams defeated Janković in the semifinals 6–2, 2–6, 6–3 and won the tournament for the first time by defeating eighth-seeded Vera Zvonareva in the final.

Williams ended the year ranked World No. 6.

At the JB Group Classic, an exhibition tournament in Hong Kong, Williams defeated World No. 1 Jelena Jankovic, Anna Chakvetadze, and Vera Zvonareva, thus making team Americas the Gold Group champion.

Williams was seeded sixth at the Australian Open where, in the first round, she defeated Angelique Kerber of Germany. She was upset in the second round by unseeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 2–6, 6–3, 7–5, having led 5–2 in the third and holding a match point on Suarez Navarro's serve. Venus and her sister Serena won the women's doubles title, defeating ninth-seeded Ai Sugiyama and Daniela Hantuchova in the final. This was their eighth career Grand Slam doubles title together, and they are undefeated in Grand Slam doubles finals.

Williams then won the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships. She beat Alize Cornet in the third round, defending champion Elena Dementieva in the quarterfinals, her sister Serena in the semifinals, and unseeded Virginie Razzano in the straight sets final. The win raised Williams's ranking to World No. 5, her highest since August 2003. She also became the twelfth player during the open era to win 40 professional singles titles and has won more of those titles than any other active player.

At the Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco, Williams won her second title in two weeks, defeating Flavia Pennetta in the final in straight sets.

Williams's next scheduled tournament is the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Florida, a Premier Mandatory event.

Venus has played her sister Serena Williams many times in Grand Slam singles tournaments and a few times in other tournaments. Venus leads their head-to-head series 10–9. They are the only women during the open era to have played each other in four consecutive Grand Slam singles finals.

Despite years of protesting by tennis pioneer Billie Jean King and others, in 2005 the French Open and Wimbledon still refused to pay women's and men's players equally through all rounds. In 2005, Williams met with officials from both tournaments, arguing that female tennis players should be paid as much as males. Although WTA tour President Larry Scott commented that she left "a very meaningful impression", Williams's demands were rejected.

I feel so strongly that Wimbledon's stance devalues the principle of meritocracy and diminishes the years of hard work that women on the tour have put into becoming professional tennis players.

I believe that athletes — especially female athletes in the world's leading sport for women — should serve as role models. The message I like to convey to women and girls across the globe is that there is no glass ceiling. My fear is that Wimbledon is loudly and clearly sending the opposite message....

Wimbledon has argued that women's tennis is worth less for a variety of reasons; it says, for example, that because men play a best of five sets game they work harder for their prize money.

This argument just doesn’t make sense; first of all, women players would be happy to play five sets matches in grand slam tournaments....

Secondly, tennis is unique in the world of professional sports. No other sport has men and women competing for a grand slam championship on the same stage, at the same time. So in the eyes of the general public the men's and women's games have the same value.

Third, ... we enjoy huge and equal celebrity and are paid for the value we deliver to broadcasters and spectators, not the amount of time we spend on the stage. And, for the record, the ladies’ final at Wimbledon in 2005 lasted 45 minutes longer than the men's....

Wimbledon has justified treating women as second class because we do more for the tournament. The argument goes that the top women — who are more likely also to play doubles matches than their male peers — earn more than the top men if you count singles, doubles and mixed doubles prize money. So the more we support the tournament, the more unequally we should be treated! But doubles and mixed doubles are separate events from the singles competition. Is Wimbledon suggesting that, if the top women withdrew from the doubles events, that then we would deserve equal prize money in singles? And how then does the All England Club explain why the pot of women's doubles prize money is nearly £130,000 smaller than the men's doubles prize money?

I intend to keep doing everything I can until Billie Jean's original dream of equality is made real. It's a shame that the name of the greatest tournament in tennis, an event that should be a positive symbol for the sport, is tarnished.

Venus herself became the first woman to benefit from the equalization of prize money at Wimbledon, as she won the 2007 tournament and was awarded the same amount as the male winner Roger Federer.

Williams professes to be a devout Jehovah's Witness.

On December 13, 2007, Williams received her associate degree in Fashion Design from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale with Cum Laude honors and a 3.5 GPA.

Williams is the chief executive officer of her interior design firm "V Starr Interiors" located in Jupiter, Florida. Williams's company designed the set of the "Tavis Smiley Show" on PBS, the Olympic athletes' apartments as part of the U.S. bid package for New York City to host the 2012 Olympic Games, and residences and businesses in the Palm Beach, Florida area.

In 2001, Williams was named one of the 30 most powerful women in America by the Ladies Home Journal.

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To prevent confusion and double counting, information in this table is updated only once a tournament or the player's participation in the tournament has concluded. This table is current through the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, which ended March 22, 2009.

To prevent confusion and double counting, information in this table is updated only once a tournament or the player's participation in the tournament has concluded.

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Players who have been ranked World No. 1 are in boldface.

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Rossana de los Ríos

De Los Rios at the 2008 US Open

Infobox last updated on: October 19, 2008.

Rossana Neffa de los Rios (born September 16, 1975) is a professional Paraguayan tennis player. As of October 13, 2008, she is ranked 92 on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. She was born in the Paraguayan capital, Asunción, and now lives in Miami, USA, with her 10-year-old daughter Ana Paula Neffa de los Rios and her husband Gustavo Neffa, a retired Paraguayan football player who used to play for the Boca Juniors. Rossana achieved a career high singles ranking of No. 51 in September 2001, and has been as high as No. 52 in doubles. She has played doubles with players such as Maria Sharapova, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Jelena Janković and Arantxa Sánchez Vicario.

It is also possible that Ana Paula will play for the United States as she trains there and has lived in Miami for most of her life. However, Rossana has said that it depends on whether she receives support from Paraguay.

As a 14-year-old, Rossana played just three matches and won the first match of her career on the ITF circuit in Sao Paulo. In 1990 Rossana only played twelve matches and won six of them. In May 1991, Rossana won her first ever ITF title in Francaville. The next month, she got through seven matches to reach the final in Modena, but was beaten. In September, she won her second ITF title in Lima very convincingly, without dropping a set. Her win/loss record for the year finished at 40-18. The following year in 1992, Rossana won her third career ITF title in Santa Maria Capua Vetere in October, including a win over Silvia Farina Elia. The following week she reached the final in Asunción but was defeated by fellow Paraguayan Larissa Schaerer in the final. Finished the year in Mildura where she made the final. Her win/loss record for the year concluded at 34-19. In 1993 she made the final in Caserta in June. As the world number 118, caused a big upset at the Puerto Rican Open by defeating top seed and world number 30 (at the time) Brenda Schultz-McCarthy in the first round. Win/loss record for the year finished at 20-18. Clearly more focused on her personal life off the court than on the court, Rossana won just two out of ten matches in 1994 and only played up until April.

She returned in June 1999, after a five-year absence from the tour. In just her fifth tournament back, she won her fifth ITF title in Buenos Aires- losing just nine games in five matches. Her win/loss record for the year finished at 31-9.

Was Rossana's most successful year on the WTA Tour. She won 22 out of 29 matches between March and June on the ITF circuit, but didn’t win a title. In June, Rossana easily qualified for the main draw of the French Open, losing just eleven games in three matches. In the main draw, she defeated Roger Federer's current girlfriend, Miroslava Vavrinec in the first round, and Marlene Weingartner in the second round before upsetting the world number ten (at the time) Amanda Coetzer 7–5 6–7(4) 6–4. She then fell to fellow qualifier Marta Marrero- the occasion marked the first time two qualifiers had met in the fourth round of the French Open. In July, Rossana qualified for Wimbledon before being defeated by Tamarine Tanasugarn. She then went on to win just one of her next five matches before the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Here, she defeated Květa Peschke 6–3 6–0 in the first round and Lindsay Davenport w/o. Jelena Dokić defeated her in the third round. Rossana finished the year with her return to the ITF circuit which saw her win 12 of her next 17 matches, including two finals at Miramar and Pittsburgh. Won 45 matches in total during the year, and lost 21.

She was defeated in the Quarterfinals, however. At the French Open in June, Rossana defeated Elena Likhovtseva in the opening round before losing a tight match in the second round to Petra Mandula. She then lost in the first round of Wimbledon to Jelena Dokić. In Knokke-Heist (Tier IV) in July, Rossana defeated world number 20 (at the time) Silvia Farina Elia 6–3 6–1 and reached the Quarterfinals. Two months later, Rossana recorded her best WTA Tour appearance to date, advancing to the Semifinals of Bahia (Tier II) including another win over Silvia Farina Elia, this time 6–3 6–2. Second seed Jelena Dokić put her run to an end. Finished the year with another Semifinal in Pattaya City (Tier V), losing to Patty Schnyder 7–5 0–6 6–3. Her win/loss record finished at 25-28.

Advanced to the second round of the Australian Open for the first time in January. Reached the Quarterfinals of Bogotá in February. Won just three of her next thirteen matches until the French Open in June, where she recorded a third round appearance but fell to Elena Dementieva. Advanced to the second round of Wimbledon but was defeated at the hands of Monica Seles. In September, Rossana reached the Quarterfinals of Bali (Tier III) by upsetting top seed Tamarine Tanasugarn 2–6 6–4 6–2. She was then defeated by Conchita Martínez in straight sets. In Bratislava (Tier V), Rossana stunned Francesca Schiavone in straight sets and reached the Quarterfinals. She led Slovenian Maja Matevžič 6–1 5–2 but bowed out 1–6 7–5 6–1. She won 21 matches in total during the year, and lost 30.

Rossana had a disappointing 2003 season. She didn’t reach the Quarterfinals or better in any WTA Tour tournament, but on the ITF circuit she did manage to advance to the Semifinals of Troy in October. She lost in the opening rounds of the Australian Open and the French Open, and was defeated 6–0 6–0 by Kim Clijsters in the first round at Wimbledon. She won 29 matches (18 of which were in qualifying) and lost 29 matches. In 2004 Rossana did not compete in any WTA or ITF Tournament until May due to injury. She won two matches in qualifying for the French Open in just her second tournament of the year, but lost in the final round. The following week she made the Semifinals of Allentown on the ITF circuit, as well as the final of College Park in July. She lost in the first round of qualification at the US Open in September, but rebounded with a Semifinal at Ashburn on the ITF tour and more impressively, qualified for Philadelphia (Tier II) and reached the second round before being defeated by Anastasia Myskina 6–4 7–6(0). She won 19 matches during the year and lost a total of 13. Things began well for Rossana in 2005, starting with a Semifinal appearance in Waikoloa on the ITF tour. However, a knee injury kept her out of play from February to October. Upon her return to the ITF tour, Rossana had fallen over 100 positions on the WTA Tour rankings- from #186 to #289. In her return tournament, she impressively reached the Semifinals of Pelham. In October, she reached the Quarterfinals of San Francisco. She won 9 matches out of 16 for the year.

Was Rossana's second most successful year on the WTA Tour. Although she won just five of her first nine matches, it was Indian Harbour Beach in May which saw Rossana reach her first ITF Final since Collage Park in 2004. Ranked as low as #452, she came through in qualifying, winning seven consecutive matches en route to the final. She was defeated by Edina Gallovits 3–6 7–6(5) 7–6(0) despite Rossana leading 5–0 in the final set and having six match points. Despite the loss, next week Rossana went on to reach the final in Palm Beach Gardens, beating the eighth, fourth and second seeds respectively, before losing in the final. In July she qualified for Cincinnati (Tier III) but lost to world number 26 (at the time) Katarina Srebotnik 6–3 7–6(3), after serving for the set at 5–3 in the second set. She reached the Quarterfinals in Lexington later in the month, but lost 7–6(6) 4–6 7–6(6) to Stéphanie Dubois, despite leading 4–2 in the final set. She fell in the first round qualifying of the US Open to Erika Takao, in what was her first Grand Slam qualifying match in two years.

In November, she recorded her worst loss of the year in qualifying for Pittsburgh, but reversed it the next week with an impressive win over sixth seed Aleksandra Wozniak, to record her best win of the year. She went on to reach the Semifinals. Two weeks later, Rossana claimed her first ITF title since 1999. She won the Santaluz tournament in San Diego, beating sixth seed Ivana Abramović 6–0 6–2 in the final. The win for Rossana encouraged her to compete in Australia in 2007, and resurrected her ranking to just outside the top 200. She climbed 117 ranking positions in the year, from #386 to #209 in the twelve months, and won 31 matches compared to 14 losses.

To commence 2007, Rossana suffered a first round defeat in $50K Waikoloa to start her 2007 season. In her next tournament, she reached the Semifinals of $25K Palm Desert, beating top seed Edina Gallovits 6–2 6–1. In February, she fell in the first round of $75K Midland the next week but still secured a position inside the top 200 at #193- the first time she had broken into the top 200 since 2004. In late February, she competed in Acapulco (Tier III), marking her first tier tournament since Cincinnati in July 2006. She fell in the first round in a close match to the second seed Tathiana Garbin, 4–6 6–2 6–4. In April, Rossana represented Paraguay in the annual Federation Cup. Paraguay won all four matches in their Pool and defeated Ecuador in the play-off and as a result qualified for Group 1 of the Americas Zone for 2008. In early May, Rossana recorded her 19th and 20th Quarterfinal appearances at $50K Charlottesville and $50K Indian Harbour Beach respectively. She fell to the eventual winner Edina Gallovits in both events, both times the score being 6–2 6–2. The following week, Rossana won her first ITF title in 2007 and her sixth in her career in $25K Palm Beach Gardens. As the second seed, she won five matches in the process and lost just one set, beating former top ten player Brenda Schultz-McCarthy 7–5 6–4 in the final.

Fresh from victory, Rossana quickly flew to Paris for the first time since 2004 to compete in the qualification event of the second grand slam of 2007, Roland Garros. She caused a stir by easily qualifying, easily winning three straight sets matches. Unfortunately, she lost to the 32nd seeded Martina Müller in straight sets in the first round.. Her next tournament was the $75K Přerov, where she reached the quarterfinals in singles, before losing to Sofia Arvidsson in straight sets, and reached the doubles final with her partner Edina Gallovits, where they lost to top seeds in three sets. A fortnight later she participated in the Qualifying event in Wimbledon which marked her first grass court match since 2003. She passed the first round in straight sets but lost to Anda Perianu, despite Rossana serving for the match at 5–3 in the final set. Rossana then flew to Italy and made back to back Semifinal appearances in $25K Padova and $50K Cuneo, including a win over top seed Edina Gallovits in Cuneo. She then played in $100K Biella. There, she reached the second round losing to world number 36 Agnieszka Radwańska 6–0 6–2. Rossana then played in Rio de Janeiro for the Pan American Games, representing Paraguay. As the number 4 seed, she won her first round easily, but lost in the second round to Yamile Fors of Cuba, 7–6 (6) 3–6 7–5.

After this loss, she took some time off, and her next tournament was the US Open qualifying event. There, she lost in the first round to Carla Suarez Navarro, 6–0 6–3. Next, Rossana went to the $50K Mestre in Italy. There, as the fifth seed, she won her second tournament of 2007, beating Alisa Kleybanova in the final 6–4 3–6 6–1. Straight after her victory, she went to the $100K Bordeaux but lost in the first round to the number 7 seed, Ekaterina Bychkova, despite winning the first set. The next week, Rossana claimed her biggest ITF title to date and the 8th ITF title of her career in $75K Albuquerque. The victory marked her second title in just three weeks. En route to the title in Albuquerque, Rossana won five matches- three of them in three sets- resulting in her ranking rising from #136 to #114. Rossana then made two back to back Quarterfinal appearances in $50K San Francisco and $50K Lawrenceville. She lost in the first round of Quebec City and fell in the Quarterfinals of $25K Mexico City to conclude the year.

In January, Rossana played in Australia for the first time since 2003. She won a match in qualifying at the Sydney Medibank International and the Australian Open. She represented Paraguay in the Federation Cup two weeks later, where Paraguay lost 3–0 to Puerto Rico and 3–0 to Brazil, but defeated Uruguay 3–0 and Mexico 2–0 to secure Paraguay's position in the Americas Zone I for 2009. In February, Rossana played her first main draw WTA match for the year in Viña del Mar. She defeated Carla Suarez Navarro 7–6(8) 6–4, which marked her first main draw WTA victory since Philadelphia in 2004. She also reached the second round in Bogotá and Miami, which resulted in her breaking back inside the WTA Top 100 Rankings for the first time since 2003. Rossana then reached the final of $25K Pelham and in May she qualified for Strasbourg, winning three qualifying matches. She will compete in Roland Garros and for the first time in 19 grand slams, Rossana's ranking will be high enough for her to directly enter the main draw. On Monday 23 June 2008, Rossana was beaten by Ana Ivanović in the first round at Wimbledon.Rossana then played at the Palermo tournament and defeated 5th seed Aravane Rezaï 6-4 6-1.

Key: Q1 - First Round Qualifying. Q2 - Second Round Qualifying. Q3 - Third (Final) Round Qualifying. Q - Qualified.

1R - First Round. 2R - Second Round. 3R - Third Round. 4R - Fourth Round.

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2009 Abierto Mexicano Telcel

The 2009 Abierto Mexicano Telcel was a tennis tournament played on outdoor clay courts. It was the 16th edition of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel, and was part of the 500 series of the 2009 ATP World Tour, and was in the International category of tournaments on the 2009 WTA Tour. Both the men's and the women's events took place at the Fairmont Acapulco Princess in Acapulco, Mexico, from February 23 through February 28, 2009.

The men's singles draw included David Nalbandian, the 2008 runner-up in this event and winner in Sydney earlier this year; Gael Monfils, a semifinalist in Doha and Rotterdam earlier this year; Nicolas Almagro, the defending champion; Tommy Robredo, a semifinalist in Viña del Mar and winner of Costa do Sauipe and Buenos Aires earlier this year; Carlos Moya, a two-time champion of this event; Albert Montanes; Jose Acasuso, Viña del Mar runner-up and Costa do Sauipe semifinalist earlier this year; and Juan Monaco.

The women's singles draw included two top 20 players: Dubai champion Venus Williams and Flavia Pennetta, who has reached the final of this event the last five years and won it twice. Carla Suarez Navarro, 2004 champion Iveta Benesova, Bogota runner-up Gisela Dulko, Lucie Safarova, Tathiana Garbin, and Bogota champion Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez were also in the draw.

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Casey Dellacqua

Dellacqua at the 2008 Pilot Pen Tennis tournament, playing with Nathalie Dechy.

Infobox last updated on: (22 February, 2009).

Casey Dellacqua (born 11 February 1985) is an Australian professional tennis player who currently resides in Perth, Australia. After the 2008 Australian Open, she became Australia's highest-ranked women's player. She is coached by former Australian player Nicole Pratt.

She is of Italian descent through her father and Irish through her mother.

Dellacqua attended Woodvale Primary School from kindergarten all the way up to year 7 then attended Woodvale Senior High School until she was sixteen before moving to Canberra to train with the Australian Institute of Sport. She was an active member of local tennis clubs and teams.

Her highest rankings to this point are 39 in singles (achieved on 9 June 2008) after a third round showing at the French Open and 35 in doubles (23 June 2008) after reaching the French Open final She has won 11 International Tennis Federation (ITF) singles titles and 13 ITF doubles titles. After reaching the fourth round at the Australian Open, she became the top ranked female Australian tennis player.

At the 2008 Australian Open, Dellacqua defeated former World No. 1 Amélie Mauresmo to reach the fourth round, her best result in a Grand Slam event. She has also achieved notable victories over former top 10 players Alicia Molik, Nicole Vaidišová, Patty Schnyder, and Marion Bartoli.

She reached her first WTA Tour quarterfinal in Hobart in 2008, before losing to Greek Eleni Danilidou.

Partnering Francesca Schiavone, Dellacqua was the runner-up in the women's doubles competition at the 2008 French Open. Partnering Natalie Dechy, Dellacqua made the semifinals in women's doubles at Wimbledon in 2008.

Dellacqua played in the Australian Open as a wild-card, with Lindsay Davenport as her first-round opponent. However, she was soundly beaten by Davenport, receiving much criticism after the match for her lack of fitness.

Dellacqua entered the Australian Open again as a wildcard, but was beaten by Slovenian Katarina Srebotnik in the first round. She then failed to make it past the first round in both the French Open and the Wimbledon Championships (however she did manage to win through qualifying).

Dellacqua reached the second round of the US Open when she defeated Yaroslava Shvedova in straight sets. However, she was then beaten handily in straight sets by Maria Sharapova.

Dellacqua began the year by reaching the fourth round of the Australian Open and upset 15th-seeded Patty Schnyder and former champion and World No. 1 Amélie Mauresmo but eventually lost to third seed Jelena Janković. The performance meant she surpassed Alicia Molik to become the highest ranked Australian female tennis player.

The French Open again showed Dellacqua's improved ability as she defeated the 9th-seeded Marion Bartoli and Nathalie Dechy in the first two rounds but she was knocked out in straights sets by Carla Suarez Navarro in the third round. The doubles proved to be a highlight for Dellacqua as she teamed with Italian Francesca Schiavone to reach the final despite being unseeded. The pair lost to Spaniards Anabel Medina Garrigues and Virginia Ruano Pascual 2–6, 7–5, 6–4 in a match that lasted two-and-a-half hours.

For the first round of the Wimbledon Championships, Dellacqua faced the 12th-seeded Swiss Patty Schnyder, who Dellacqua had already beaten earlier this year in the second round of the Australian Open. Although she lost the first set to her again, Dellacqua had a convincing win against Schnyder 4–6, 6–3, 6–1. In Dellacqua's second round match against French player Pauline Parmentier, Dellacqua won a tight match 1–6, 6–2, 6–3. Dellacqua faced Nicole Vaidišová in the third round but lost the match 6–2, 6–4. In the women's doubles event, Dellacqua partnered with Nathalie Dechy of France who she already partnered with at the 2008 International Women's Open at Eastbourne. They started by defeating British wildcards Anna Fitzpatrick and Anna Elizabeth Hawkins 6–1, 6–0 in the first round. They had an easy second round match easily beating Tatiana Perebiynis and Alicja Rosolska 6–3, 6–2. They won their third round match over American qualifiers Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears 6–4, 7–6(9). They won a tight quarterfinal match against Spaniards Nuria Llagostera Vives and María José Martínez Sánchez 6–2, 7–6(6), 6–4. Their Wimbledon run ended when they lost to Venus Williams and Serena Williams 6–3, 6–3. In the mixed doubles event, Dellacqua partnered with American Scott Lipsky. Dellacqua and Lipsky won their first round match against Marta Domachowska and Fernando Verdasco 4–6, 6–3, 7–5. In the second round, they upset seventh-seeds Mark Knowles and Zi Yan 6–3, 3–6, 6–4. They eventually lost to 9th-seeded Andy Ram and Nathalie Dechy.

At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Dellacqua represented Australia in the singles event along with Alicia Molik and Samantha Stosur. Dellacqua had an easy first round match against Gisela Dulko 6–3, 6–4. In the second round, she lost to 12th-seeded Belarusian Victoria Azarenka 6–2, 6–2. In the women's doubles event, Dellacqua partnered with fellow Australian Molik. In their first round match, they lost to the Italian team of Flavia Pennetta and Francesca Schiavone 6–4, 6–4.

Dellacqua had a bad start at the US Open after losing both of her first round matches in singles and women's doubles. In the singles, she was beaten by a French qualifier Julie Coin 7–6, 7–6. In the doubles event, Dellacqua entered the competition seeded 9th with Nathalie Dechy, one of the defending champions of the event. They lost to Klaudia Jans and Alicja Rosolska of Poland 1–6, 6–2, 6–3. In the mixed doubles event, she played alongside fellow Australian Jordan Kerr. They lost in the second round against Jonas Björkman and Nadia Petrova.

She then participated at the Medibank International in Sydney where she lost her first round singles match against Italian's Sara Errani. She found better success in the doubles event where she partnered with Natalie Dechy who she had played with in previous doubles matches last year. They had not lost a set coming into the semi-finals, where they beat the third seeds Kveta Peschke and Lisa Raymond. They then reached the finals winning against the world number 1's and top seeds Cara Black and Liezel Huber. However, Dellacqua and Dechy lost to Peng Shuai and Hsieh Su-wei 6-0, 6-1.

In the first round of the Australian Open, Dellacqua lost to 19th seeded Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova 7-6, 6-4. She was singled out for criticism by Australian coach Roger Rasheed for carrying excess weight and not being in match condition. She found better success in the doubles event, partnering with Francesca Schiavone with whom she reached the finals at last year's Australian Open. Coming to the event seeded they won their first round match against Petra Cetkovska and Carla Suarez Navarro. They then beat Alla Kudryavtseva and Ekaterina Makarova. They were lucky in their third round match after they got a walkover against Maria Kirilenko and Flavia Pennetta. In their Quarter-Finals match, Dellacqua and Schiavone managed to win after having a bad first set against Patty Schnyder and Anna-Lena Grönefeld 0-6, 7-5, 6-1. They lost their semi-finals match against the powerful team of Venus Williams and Serena Williams in just 58 minutes, 0-6, 0-2. Reaching the semi-finals was the furthest Dellacqua has gone at the Australian Open.

Dellaqua underwent shoulder surgery in February 2009 and is expected to be off the court until mid-2009.

To prevent confusion and double counting, information in this table is updated only once a tournament or the player's participation in the tournament has concluded.

To prevent confusion and double counting, information in this table is updated only once a tournament or the player's participation in the tournament has concluded.

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2009 Copa Sony Ericsson Colsanitas

The 2009 Copa Sony Ericsson Colsanitas was a tennis tournament played on outdoor clay courts. It was the 17th edition of the Copa Sony Ericsson Colsanitas, and was on the International category of the 2009 WTA Tour. It took place at the Club Campestre El Rancho in Bogotá, Colombia, from February 14 through February 22, 2009. This was the first year it was sponsored by Sony Ericsson.

World No. 11 Flavia Pennetta was the top-seeded player. Also in the field were 2008 semifinalist Carla Suarez Navarro, Argentine Gisela Dulko, defending champion Nuria Llagostera Vives, Klara Zakopalova, Mathilde Johansson, Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, and Lourdes Dominguez Lino.

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