Ekaterina Makarova

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Belgian Wickmayer Does the Makarova in Estoril Final - Tennis-X.com
1s Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin, received a small jolt on Sunday when Begiums' top player, Yanina Wickmayer, beat Ekaterina Makarova 7-5, 6-2 for the Estoril Open title in Portugal. Wickmayer reached her first tour final on grass last June,...
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18 Spaniard Anabel Medina Garrigues held off Russian Ekaterina Makarova 6-2, 5-7, 6-0; No. 24 Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak outlasted Romanian Monica Niculescu 6-4, 4-6, 6-3; No. 28 Austrian Sybille Bammer topped France's Nathalie Dechy 6-3, 7-6 (7-1);...
Safina beats Kuznetsova, bags title - Hindu
At Oeiras, unseeded Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium captured her first WTA Tour title on Saturday by beating Russia's Ekaterina Makarova 7-5, 6-2 in the women's final of the Estoril Open. At Rome (WTA Italian Open): Final: Dinara Safina bt Svetlana...
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Women: Quarterfinals: Ekaterina Makarova bt Maria Kirilenko 5-7, 6-2, 6-2; Anna-Lena Groenefeld bt Sabine Lisicki 6-2, 6-0 retired; Shahar Peer bt Jarmila Groth 6-2, 0-6, 6-3. Second round: Maria Kirilenko bt María Emilia Salerni 6-3, 6-0; Ekaterina...
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The women's final was able to be completed before conditions worsened, with Belgian Yanina Wickmayer upsetting Russian sixth seed Ekaterina Makarova 7-5, 6-2. 'I'm really happy to have won my first WTA Tour title, I've worked hard for it,' said the new...
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ESTORIL, Portugal, May 8 (UPI) -- Ekaterina Makarova advanced to her second WTA Tour final in as many weeks Friday with a solid victory in the clay-court Estoril Open in Portugal. Makarova, who played in the final last week in Morocco,...
Three upsets in Estoril quarterfinals - United Press International
Kirilenko was beaten 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 by Ekaterina Makarova, who broke Kirilenko's serve six times. Makarova, seeded sixth, dropped serve just once in the decisive second and third sets. She is looking for her second consecutive WTA finals appearance....
Kirilenko wins at the Estoril Open - United Press International
Also, Russian Ekaterina Makarova, the No. 6 seed, slipped past Hungarian Melinda Czink, 5-7, 7-5, 7-5; third-seeded Sorana Cirstea of Romania beat Estonia's Maret Ani, 7-5, 6-2; fourth-seeded Sabine Lisicki of Germany topped Russian Elena Bovina, 6-4,...
Dementieva, Jankovic Cruise; Blake, Fish Sent Packing In Paris - AHN
18 seed Anabel Medina Garrigues also went the distance in eliminating Ekaterina Makarova 6-2, 5-7, 6-0. In men's play, the upset axe came down hard on American James Blake, who lost to unseeded Leonardo Mayer 7-6 (6), 7-5, 6-2....

Ekaterina Makarova

Infobox last updated on: September 29, 2008.

Ekaterina Valeryevna Makarova (Russian: Екатерина Валерьевна Макарова, born on June 7, 1988) is a professional Russian tennis player.

She began playing tennis when she was six years old and joined the senior women's circuit at the age of fifteen.

After first cracking the World Top 250 in May 2005, when she was still sixteen, she suffered varied results and stasis in her ranking over the following eighteen months, failing to advance significantly on her early promise until the 2007 season, which saw her leap up from outside the Top 250 to just outside the Top 100. Her career high WTA world ranking to date is #48, achieved on June 23, 2008.

Although she has not yet achieved much main-draw success on the main WTA Tour outside Grand Slams, she has won one ITF $25,000 title and two $10,000 titles, and has reached the third round at two Grand Slams, one $75,000 ITF semi-final, two $50,000 semi-finals, two $50,000 quarter-finals, three $25,000 finals, and three $25,000 semi-finals.

In June 2003, just two weeks after her fifteenth birthday, the young Russian was wildcarded into the main draw of the first ever ITF tournament she entered, a $10,000 event at Elektrostal, Russia. She won two matches but lost a three-setter in the quarter-finals to Ukrainian Olga Savchuk, 6–3 3–6 0–6.

Another wildcard the following week into the main draw at the $10,000 event at Balashikha, also in Russia, failed to bear fruit; but a couple of months later she entered the qualifying draw for her first $25,000 tournament at Zhukovsky, Russia, and succeeded in qualifying for the main draw with two back-to-back three-set victories, including a win against compatriot Anna Lapushchenkova in the qualifying round, 6–4 6–7 6–3. She was then comfortably beaten in the first round of the main draw, however, taking just three games against her little-known Romanian opponent.

Makarova did not play again for the remainder of the year, and ended it ranked a nominal 9999th on the computer, but returned to action towards the end of March 2004 at a $10,000 event in Cairo, Egypt, where she came through four rounds of qualifying with ease before reaching the second round of the main draw. The following week, in the second successive $10,000 tournament played at the same venue, she was defeated in the fourth and final round of qualifying.

She next entered herself for a $10,000 contest at Antalya, Turkey towards the end of May, and as a direct entrant, still aged fifteen, but now ranked World No. 886, she battled all the way through to the final and won her career first title for the loss of just one set in her second round tie against Margalita Chakhnashvili of Georgia, and having only once previously reached a quarter-final in her short career.

Appearing at her next $10,000 tournament at Felixstowe, Great Britain in July, ranked World No. 764, she lost in three sets to an Irish player in the first round.

But at Târgu Mureş, Romania, in August, she claimed her second $10,000 title without dropping a set, for the loss of just eighteen games in five full matches played.

Wildcarded into the main draw of only the second $25,000 event in which she had ever competed at Moscow late that month, world ranked 595th, she lost in the first round to a player from Belarus ranked over 300 places above her, in three close sets, 4–6 6–4 6–7.

But the following week at Balashikha, she managed to come through qualifying for another $25,000 competution, and succeeded in taking her first ever main draw match at this level to reach the second round before losing there to compatriot Elena Vesnina 3–6 5–7.

Back at Moscow in time for the annual Tier I WTA event held there in mid-October, world-ranked 535th, she was awarded a wildcard into the qualifying draw, and proceeded to justify it with successive victories over the first two Top-100-ranked players she had ever played, Ukrainian World No. 93 Tatiana Perebiynis (whom she was leading 2–6 6–4 4–0 before Perebiynis retired) and Polish World No. 83 Marta Domachowska (whom she defeated in two close sets, 7–6 6–4). In the qualifying round, however, she was denied entry to what would have been her first ever WTA main draw by a future Top 5 star, then ranked World No. 88, in the form of her compatriot Anna Chakvetadze.

On the back of this heartening performance, her ranking surged upwards to 412th in time for the next ITF $25,000 draw she entered at Minsk, Belarus at the end of October. She came through qualifying in straight sets, then reached her career-first quarter-finals at $25,000 level or above in the main draw before losing to upcoming Belarussian World No. 318 Ekaterina Dzehalevich, 2–6 1–6.

She did not play again for the rest of the year, but had compiled a win-loss record of 27-7 (including qualifying draws) and brought her ranking up from nowhere to 381st in just nine tournaments entered, two of which she had won.

Starting the new year in February in Great Britain, she entered qualifying for $25,000 tournaments at Sunderland and Redbridge in successive weeks. At Sunderland, she qualified with comfortable wins over Belgian Caroline Maes and British player Melanie South, but then lost a tight three-setter in the first round of the main draw to British World No. 119 Elena Baltacha, 6–3 6–7 3–6. At Redbridge, she again came through qualifying with ease, and proceeded to reach as far as her career-first $25,000 semifinal before losing again to Baltacha, this time by the more decisive scoreline of 4–6 2–6.

Returning to play next at St. Petersburg, Russia in late March, world ranked No. 328, Makarova entered another $25,000 draw, and again came through qualifying, before beating World No. 205 Kathrin Woerle of Germany, emerging fellow-Russian talent Alla Kudryavtseva, and Estonian Margit Rüütel in the main draw to reach her second successive semi-final, in which she lost to her compatriot, World No. 145 Ekaterina Bychkova, 6–7 2–6.

She took another month off from competition before entering qualifying for a $75,000 tournament for the first time in her career at Cagnes-sur-Mer, France at the beginning of May. After slogging out two closely competitive three-set matches in the first two rounds of qualifying, she won her qualifying match with relative ease, 6–2 6–0, then scored back-to-back straight-sets victories against three successive players in the main draw to reach the semi-finals in only her first main draw appearance at $50,000 level or above. Her vanquished opponents included World No. 133 Anastasiya Yakimova of Belarus in the main draw second round, whom she drubbed 6–0 6–1, and World No. 104 Julia Schruff of Germany in the quarter-finals, whom she defeated 7–5 6–2. But it was again to be Ekaterina Bychkova, now world-ranked No. 134, who would stop her at the semi-final stage, toughing out a 6–2 5–7 6–1 victory.

Makarova's ranking was thus advanced again to a then career-best World No. 246. Her run of breakthrough successes was not to be sustained over the summer, however, as she lost first in mid-June, in the first round of the $25,000 tournament at Gorizia, Italy to a low-ranked qualifier, in three sets; next in early August, in the first round of her first ever $50,000 tournament (to which she gained direct entry) at Rimini, Italy to Estonian rising-star Kaia Kanepi, 2–6 2-6; again in early September, in the second round of qualifying for the US Open to World No. 122 Shikha Uberoi of India, 5–7 6–3 4-6; and once more in late September, in the first round of qualifying for a Tier IV WTA tournament at Portorož, Slovenia, to a little-known low-ranked Slovenian player, in three sets.

Returning to Moscow in mid-October for the annual Tier I fixture there world-ranked 256th, she enjoyed her third career victory over a Top-100-ranked player in the first round of qualifying as she defeated Michaela Paštiková of the Czech Republic 6–2 6–1, but then in the second round of the qualifying draw she lost to World No. 58 Iveta Benešová, 1–6 4–6.

Retreating to the ITF circuit the following week, world-ranked 264th, she entered the qualifying draw for a $50,000 tournament for the second time in her career at Saint Raphael, France, and this time succeeded in qualifying, with three-set wins over World No. 273 Margalita Chakhnashvili of Georgia and World No. 215 Lucie Hradecká of the Czech Republic, before reaching the second round of the main draw, where she was overcome by Virginie Pichet of France, 1–6 2–6.

A week later, as a direct entrant into a $25,000 event at Istanbul, world-ranked 242nd, she lost to Swiss player Timea Bacsinszky, 3–6 5–7 in the first round.

The last tournament she would play that year would be a $75,000 event held in mid-December at Dubai, where, her ranking having slipped back to 258th, she received a wildcard into the main draw but then lost in the first round to her then lower-ranked compatriot Yaroslava Shvedova 5–7 0–6.

She finished a season marked by ups and downs with her ranking unchanged from before the event at Dubai, but up 123 places for the year, and with a healthy-looking 24-12 win-loss record, although on analysis in the first five months of the year she had won 18 matches for the loss of just four, whereas in the period from June to December inclusive she won only six matches and lost eight.

Returning to action in the qualifying draw for the $75,000 contest at Ortesei, Italy in February, world ranked 270th, Makarova came through all three qualifying rounds in straight sets to reach her third main draw at this level, but could not advance past World No. 112 Eva Birnerová of the Czech Republic in the first round of the main draw, losing to her 2–6 1–6.

The following week, she had to qualify again for the lower-level $25,000 event at Capriolo, Italy, and managed this despite a tough three-set battle against a low-ranked Italian in the first round of the qualifying draw. In the main draw, she defeated World No. 152 Kathrin Woerle of Germany in Round One before losing to a Romanian player ranked just outside the Top 200 in the second round.

Early in March, ranked 285th, she tried her hand at qualifying for the Tier II WTA event at Qatar, but lost in three sets in the first round of the qualifying draw to a lower-ranked German player.

Towards the end of that month, as a direct entrant to a $25,000 ITF tournament at St. Petersburg, Russia, she defeated her compatriot Vesna Manasieva 6–2 7–5 in Round One, and World No. 187 Petra Cetkovská of the Czech Republic 6–2 6–4 in Round Two, but then lost to Italian Alberta Brianti in the quarter-finals, 3–6 2–6.

By the time that she next competed in mid-April, at a $25,000 contest held in Biarritz, France, her ranking had fallen back to World No. 299. In the second round, she met World No. 132 Tatiana Poutchek of Belarus, and fought out a very even match against her, but ultimately lost 6–7 (5) 6–4 4–6.

At the end of April, entering a $25,000 event at Torrent, Valencia, Spain ranked 295th, she enjoyed her best performance of the year yet in reaching her career-first final at $25,000 level or above with notable wins over World No. 222 Oxana Lyubtsova of the Ukraine in Round Two, 6–1 6–1, and again against Petra Cetkovská (now ranked 181st in the world) in the semi-finals, 7–5 4–6 6–2. But she lost in the final to on-form Italian World No. 168 Romina Oprandi, 1–6 3–6.

Nonetheless, her previous year's performance in reaching the semi-final of a $75,000 tournament at the same time of the year had earned her considerably more ranking points, and she found her ranking slipping back to World No. 312 by the middle of May, a deficit of 66 places on her position twelve months earlier.

For the second successive year, the summer brought her relatively poor results, although she would manage to win a few more matches than she had done the previous year.

She began by losing within the first two main draw rounds of her next three competitions, all of which were at $25,000 level - the first at Monzón, Spain in mid-May (where she lost to American World No. 286 Diana Ospina in three sets, 4–6 6–3 4–6, in Round Two); the second at Gorizia, Italy in mid-June (where she lost to Czech World No. 195 Barbora Strýcová, 2–6 2–6, in Round One); and the third at Fontanafredda, Italy at the end of June (where she had to come through qualifying to the main draw, then toughed out a 6–1 6–7 7–6 first round win over Australian World No. 255 Monique Adamczak before losing in the second round to World No. 246 Margalita Chakhnashvili of Georgia for the first time, 3–6 6–0 3–6.

In the latter part of July, she then decided to attempt to qualify for a couple of $50,000 tournaments. First, at Vittel, France, she came through into the main draw despite two very tight three-set matches against lower-ranked opponents, but then lost in two close sets to French World No. 151 Stephanie Cohen-Aloro in the first round of the main draw, 6–7 5–7. The following week, at Pétange, Luxembourg, she was defeated in the qualifying round by a lower-ranked German player in three sets, and despite being awarded entry to the main draw as a lucky loser, she immediately lost her first round match to World No. 54 Anastasiya Yakimova of Belarus, 5–7 2–6.

In mid-August, she was awarded direct entry into the main draw of another $50,000 tournament at Rimini, Italy, but lost in the first round to Romanian World No. 205 Simona Iulia Matei, 2–6 3–6.

The following week, ranked World No. 286, she enjoyed her first run beyond the second round of any main draw in four months at a $25,000 tournament held in Moscow, winning through to the final for the second time at this level in her career with a succession of straight sets victories over lower-ranked opponents, including her upcoming compatriots Vesna Manasieva in the quarter-finals and Anna Lapushchenkova in the semi-finals. But it was another emerging Russian youngster, Evgeniya Rodina, who would claim the title in the final, defeating her 7–6 (4) 6–3.

In September, awarded direct entry into the $75,000 tournament at Denain, France, she survived a close three-set battle in the first round against a similarly-ranked Spaniard, then put up a strong challenge against Romina Oprandi, now ranked 62nd in the world, in Round Two, but ultimately lost 0–6 6–4 4–6.

At Bordeaux the following week, world-ranked 270th, she found herself having to qualify for entry into her second successive $75,000 draw, but managed it without losing a set, notably defeating compatriot Ekaterina Ivanova in the qualifying round, 6–2 6–3. But in the first round of the main draw she lost in three sets to French World No. 57 Émilie Loit, 6–3 3–6 2–6.

At Nantes in early October, as a direct entrant into a $25,000 event, she reached the semi-finals with wins over French World No. 181 Virginie Pichet (6–2 1–6 6–1), British player Amanda Keen (6–2 6–1) and emerging German talent Sabine Lisicki (6–0 5–7 6–1), but then lost in the semi-finals to a little-known player from Belarus called Iryna Kyryanovich, 4–6 6–7.

Although the ranking points attained at Nantes had improved her ranking to World No. 253, in her next four tournaments she would win only one main-draw match, recording mostly unremarkable losses in the second-round of qualifying for the $50,000 event at Saint Raphael, France in mid-October, in the first round of the main draw of the $25,000 contest at Podolsk, Russia the following week (losing 6–7 6–3 4–6 to her compatriot Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova), in the second round of a $25,000 fixture at Minsk, Russia in early November, and in the first round of a $25,000 event at Opole, Poland a week later (losing 6–7 (5) 2–6 to Czech World No. 107 Zuzana Ondrášková).

But in the last week of November, world-ranked 268th, she decided to try to qualify for a $75,000 tournament again at Poitiers, France, and succeeded with wins over Darya Kustova of Belarus (7–6 7–5) and, in the qualifying round, World No. 233 Iryna Kuryanovich, against whom she avenged her recent semi-final defeat by taking her out 6–2 6–3. In the main draw, she advanced to the second round by first beating Croatian World No. 173 Sanja Ančić, but then lost to 72nd-ranked fellow-Russian Ekaterina Bychkova in Round Two, 6–7 1–6.

The following week, at Milan, Italy in early December, world-ranked 251st, she attempted to qualify for a $50,000 tournament main draw, but was defeated in the qualifying round by then lower-ranked Olga Govortsova of Belarus, 3–6 4–6. Although awarded main draw entry as a lucky loser, she immediately lost to Italian World No. 253 Giulia Gabba in three sets.

Makarova did not play again that year, and ended it world-ranked 264th, a marginal slip of 11 places year-on-year. She had clocked up a win-loss record of 41-24 after entering many more tournaments than she had done the previous year. Overall, however, her results had been inconsistent, with a few notable strong runs to the last four of lower-level ITF draws, but a lot of early disappointments, many of her wins confined to qualifying tournaments, and no evident breakthrough in comparison to the previous year.

Makarova began her 2007 season in mid-January with a first-round loss in three sets to a fractionally lower-ranked player from the Czech Republic, Olga Blahotova, in a $25,000 event at Tampa, Florida.

Staying in Florida the following week to play the $25,000 tournament at Fort Walton Beach, she advanced to the quarter-finals after defeating higher-ranked Vilmarie Castellvi of Puerto Rico, 6–4 7–5 in Round Two, but then lost to a lower-ranked qualifier from Slovakia, Jana Juricova, who would go on as far as the final.

In mid-February, world ranked a career-best-equalling No. 241, she entered the qualifying draw for the $75,000 event at Midland, Missouri, and comfortably defeated Australian Lauren Breadmore and American Diana Ospina in straight sets before losing in the qualifying round to resurgent former Top-20 Dutch star Brenda Schultz-McCarthy, 3–6 7–6 6–2.

The following week, she lost in straight sets in the first round of a $50,000 tournament at St. Paul, Minnesota to upcoming American Madison Brengle. And a week later she fell in the first round of qualifying for the Tier III WTA event at Memphis, Toronto to German Angelika Bachmann after a close three-set match, 7–6 (1) 6–7 (8) 4–6.

At Minsk, Belarus in mid-March, she entered a $25,000 event and defeated both Akgul Amanmuradova of Uzbekistan and Evgenia Grebenyuk of Russia in straight sets to reach the quarter-finals, where she lost for the second time in three matches to Iryna Kuryanovich, 1–6 5–7.

At Moscow in early April, world-ranked a career-best 238th, she enjoyed arguably her most successful result on the circuit since her $75,000 semi-final performance in 2005 in capturing her career-first title at $25,000 level, with victories over Evgenia Grenbenyuk in the semi-finals, 6–1 6–4, and Evgeniya Rodina in the final, 6–4 6–7 (6) 6–3.

The following week, she made it to the quarter-finals of another $25,000 tournament at Putignano, Italy, where she defeated Nika Ožegović of Croatia in Round One and Italian Nathalie Vierin in Round Two before ceding a three-set victory to Estonian Maret Ani, 6–4 4–6 2–6.

In the middle of the month, at Civitavecchia, Italy, ranked a new career-high 214th, she lost in the first round of a $25,000 contest to former Top-150 German Sabine Klaschka, 4–6 5–7.

Then at the end of April, she came through qualifying into the main draw of a $50,000 contest at Torrent, Valencia, Italy, without dropping a set, and reached the quarter-finals of the main draw with wins over Arantxa Parra Santonja of Spain, 7–5 6–7 6–3, and World No. 139 Sara Errani of Italy, 7–5 6–4. But she was squarely defeated in the quarter-finals by upcoming Romanian World No. 164 Ioana Raluca Olaru, 2–6 1–6.

The following week, she attempted to qualify for the Tier IV WTA tournament at Estoril, Portugal, and reached the qualifying round after dealing a straight sets defeat to World No. 123 Renata Voráčová of the Czech Republic, but then faced Arantxa Parra Santonja for the second successive week in the qualifying round, and this time lost to her 6–7(3) 3–6.

After taking the rest of May off from competition, she next returned to action at a $25,000 tournament in Moscow early in June, and won through to the final, defeating fellow-Russians World No. 235 Ekaterina Afinogenova 2–6 6–4 7–5 in the quarter-finals, and World No. 237 Alisa Kleybanova 7–5 6–4 in the semi-finals, before losing to upcoming Russian youngster Anastasia Pivovarova in the final, 3–6 5–7.

At the end of that same week, Makarova entered the qualifying draw for a Grand Slam for only the second time in her career to date, and for the first time since September 2005. It was to be the qualifying draw for the French Open at Roland Garros; and she knocked out Japan's World No. 145 Erika Takao in the first round of the draw, 6–2 6–2, but was defeated again by Olaru (now world-ranked 122, and well on her way to the Top 100) in the second, 1–6 5–7, so stopping two hurdles short of the main draw.

She jetted off to Zagreb, Croatia in time for the $50,000 tournament taking place simultaneously with the French Open, and, as a direct entrant, reached the semi-finals, defeating Belgian World No. 151 Caroline Maes in the second round after Maes retired 2–3 down in the first set. But Hungarian World No. 157 Kyra Nagy stopped her in the semi-finals, 7–5 6–2.

Makarova proceeded to skip the warm-up tournaments for the grass-court season, but nonetheless decided to enter qualifying for The Championships, Wimbledon at the start of July, where, world-ranked 179 following her recent unprecedented early summer successes, she reached the qualifying round, her best performance yet at a Grand Slam, after defeating World No. 113 Lilia Osterloh in two straight tie-breaks in the second round of qualifying. But then she lost in the qualifying round to Czech World No. 152 Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová.

Although she had managed to travel to Cuneo, Italy in time for a $50,000 tournament held there simultaneously with The Championships, Wimbledon, she lost 4–6 5–7 in the first round against Eva Birnerová of the Czech Republic, in her second successive loss to the Czech player, who was by now ranked World No. 97.

A week later, world-ranked 165th, she entered the qualifying draw for a $100,000 tournament for the first time in her career, at Biella, Italy, but lost in the qualifying round to lower-ranked Australian Christina Wheeler in three sets, despite having earlier enjoyed a notable victory in the first round of the qualifying draw against former Top 100 star Antonella Serra Zanetti, 7–5 7–6.

As July turned to August, she decided to enter the qualifying draws for a succession of higher-level WTA tournaments. At first, this decision did not appear to be working out to her advantage, as she lost in three sets in the first round of qualifying for the Tier I event at San Diego to World No. 124 Czech veteran Hana Šromová, 3–6 7–5 3–6.

But the following week, she did at least manage to qualify for the Tier II tournament at Los Angeles, California, following back-to-back straight-sets wins in the qualifying draw over world No. 106 Akgul Amanmuradova, 7–5 7–6 (8) and American World No. 95 Bethanie Mattek, 6–2 7–5. In the main draw, however, she was foiled at the first step by World No. 13 Elena Dementieva, 3–6 1–6.

Retreating to the $50,000 level the following week, she directly entered the main draw at Bronx, New York, and won through to the quarter-finals with straight sets wins over her compatriot, World No. 97 Ekaterina Bychkova, 6–3 7–6(4), and Ukrainian World No. 178 Mariya Koryttseva, 6–2 6–4. But she was confronted in the quarter-finals by American World No. 122 Ahsha Rolle, to whom she lost 4–6 6–0 5–7.

In September, ranked at a new career-high of World No. 156, she entered her third straight Grand Slam qualifying draw of the year at the 2007 US Open, and surpassed her previous best result set at The Championships, Wimbledon earlier that summer by winning three straight rounds to gain entry into the main draw. Her successively vanquished opponents were British rising star World No. 228 Melanie South, whom she defeated 4–6 6–1 6–4 in the first round, Chinese World No. 255 Sun Shengnan (6–4 7–6(3)), and, in more comprehensive fashion, French World No. 117 Stéphanie Foretz (6–2 6–1). She then proceeded to rise to the occasion of her Grand Slam main draw début by serving three-sets defeats to German World No. 124 Julia Schruff in the first round (6–1 0–6 6–2) and 28th seeded Japanese World No. 30 Ai Sugiyama in the second round (6–4 4–6 6–2). But she faced the steepest challenge of her career to date in the third round in the form of a head-to-head with Belgian reigning World No. 1 Justine Henin, and could take home only two games from the second set of their encounter, and none in the first.

Catapulted upwards to World No. 112 on the tail of this breakthrough Grand Slam run, the young Russian found herself gaining direct entry into a $100,000 ITF tournament at Kharkov, Ukraine the following week, but faced Ukrainian World No. 21 Alyona Bondarenko in the first round, and lost to her 5–7 3–6.

At the end of the month, she entered qualifying for a Tier II WTA tournament at Luxembourg, and reached the qualifying round with wins over World No. 146 Nika Ožegović of Croatia (6–2 6–2) and World No. 93 Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland (6–1 2–6 6–3). But in the qualifying round she faced Alona's improved sister, World No. 45 Kateryna Bondarenko, and lost to her 4–6 1–6.

In mid-October, world-ranked No. 111, she entered the qualifying draw for the customary annual Tier I event at Moscow, but lost at the first stage to resurgent former Top-ten star Alicia Molik of Australia in three sets, 2–6 6–4 2–6.

A week later, she retreated again to the ITF circuit, and reached the semifinals of the $50,000 event at Saint Raphael, France after dishing out a double bagel to World No. 182 Ekaterina Dzehalevich in Round Two and then prevailing in a close three-set battle against Israeli World No. 88 Tzipora Obziler, 6–4 1–6 6–2, in the quarter-finals. But in the semi-finals she met Stéphanie Foretz again, and this time it was the French player who dominated their encounter, winning it 6–1 6–2 in a virtual mirror-image of her previous loss to Makarova.

In the last week of October, as a direct entrant into a $100,000 ITF tournament at Bratislava, Slovak Republic, ranked 110th, she defeated World No. 84 Anne Kremer of Luxembourg in two tie-breaks in the first round, before losing a very close three-setter to American Lilia Osterloh in the second, 6–1 5–7 4–6.

She played only one more tournament that year, a $50,000 ITF fixture at Minsk in mid-November, where, world-ranked at a new personal best of No. 107, she reached only the second round before World No. 188 Ekaterina Dzehalevich avenged her recent double-bagelling at the Russian's hands, upsetting her 2–6 6–3 6–2.

Makarova finished a year of much more progressive attainments world-ranked 110th, a gain of 154 places on her position twelve months previously, and with a 48-26 win-loss record to her credit, having again played a very full season on the circuit.

Makarova began the new year in the southern hemisphere by attempting to qualify for the Tier II event at Sydney, Australia in mid-January. Despite conquering American World No. 69 Laura Granville in the first round of qualifying for the loss of just three games, she could only manage four games herself against resurgent Ukrainian World No. 96 Tatiana Perebiynis in the second round.

Moving on to the Australian Open, where she obtained direct entry to the main draw for the first time in her career at any Grand Slam thanks to her newly elevated world ranking, she scored her career-first win over a current Top 20-ranked player in Round One as she took out World No. 19 Ágnes Szávay of Hungary, 3–6 6–4 7–5. Then in the second round she made short work of Austrian World No. 70 Yvonne Meusburger, defeating her 6–3 6–1. But in the third she lost 1–6 6–7(8) to World No. 14 Nadia Petrova.

Nonetheless, in scoring her second successive Grand Slam third round finish, she had succeeded in breaking into the World Top 100 for the first time in her career at No. 80 on February 4, 2008 in the wake of this event.

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Selima Sfar

Infobox last updated on: March 7, 2009.

Selima Sfar (born July 8, 1977 in Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia) is a Tunisian female professional tennis player. She turned professional in 1999 and has been ranked as high as 75th in the world (July 16, 2001). She has experienced most of her success in ITF tournaments, winning eleven singles tournaments and seventeen doubles tournaments. As of March 2, 2009, she is 190th in the WTA singles & 83rd in the WTA doubles rankings.

Selima has been able to receive wildcards for Middle Eastern tournaments in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. At the Dubai tournament in 2001, she reached the quarterfinals, beating Silvija Talaja and Barbara Schett before being defeated by Nathalie Tauziat in three sets.

Selima has represented Tunisia in the Fed Cup, going 41–24. She also competed in the 1996 Summer Olympics, losing in the first round to Brenda Schultz-McCarthy and the 2008 Summer Olympics, losing in the first round to Caroline Wozniacki. Sfar holds the records for the Tunesian in the Fed Cup with the most wins, the most singles wins, the most doubles wins, the most ties played, and the most years played.

At the 2008 Wimbledon Championships, Sfar and her partner Ekaterina Makarova reached the quarterfinals of the doubles competition, where they were defeated by Lisa Raymond and Samantha Stosur.

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2008 Western & Southern Financial Group Masters and Women's Open

Men's singles champion Andy Murray being presented with the Masters trophy

The 2008 Cincinnati Masters (also known as the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters and Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open for sponsorship reasons) was a tennis tournament played on outdoor hard courts. It was the 107th edition of the Cincinnati Masters, and was part of the ATP Masters Series of the 2008 ATP Tour, and of the Tier III Series of the 2008 WTA Tour. Both the men's and the women's events took place at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, near Cincinnati, Ohio, United States, with the men playing from July 26 through August 3, 2008, and the women from August 9 through August 17, 2008.

The men's field was led by World No. 1, French Open and Wimbledon runner-up and Cincinnati Masters defending champion Roger Federer, ATP No. 2, French Open, Wimbledon and Canada Masters winner Rafael Nadal, and Australian Open titlist Novak Djokovic. Other top seeded players were ATP No. 4, Pörtschach and Warsaw titlist Nikolay Davydenko, Valencia and s'Hertogenbosch winner David Ferrer, Andy Roddick, James Blake and Andy Murray.

The women's draw featured Paris, Eastbourne and Montreal semifinalist, Standford finalist Marion Bartoli, Eastbourne runner-up and Wimbledon quarterfinalist Nadia Petrova, and Estoril, Barcelona winner Maria Kirilenko. Also competing were Strasbourg finalist, French Open and Wimbledon mixed doubles runner-up Katarina Srebotnik, Amelia Island quarterfinalist Amelie Mauresmo, Aleksandra Wozniak, Ekaterina Makarova and Tamira Paszek.

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2008 Wimbledon Championships

The two singles champions, Rafael Nadal and Venus Williams.

The 2008 Wimbledon Championships was a tennis tournament played on outdoor grass courts. It was the 122nd edition of the Wimbledon Championships, and the third Grand Slam event of the year. It took place at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, London, England, United Kingdom, from June 23 through July 6, 2008.

Spanish player Rafael Nadal won the first Wimbledon title of his career; the first Grand Slam tournament he had won other than the French Open. Nadal defeated five-time defending champion Roger Federer in the final in what some regard as one of the greatest matches of all time. In the women's singles, Venus Williams claimed her fifth title, and first win over her sister Serena in a Wimbledon final (she had lost the previous two). The performances of Britons Andy Murray in the men's singles and Laura Robson in the girls' singles were able to arouse significant interest from the home crowd.

Following the completion of the 2007 Championships, the new fixed roof was put in place, in time for the 2008 Championships. The retractable section of the new roof is scheduled to be completed for the 2009 Championships.

There were allegations in a dossier that several matches, including eight at Wimbledon, were under suspicion of being fixed by professional gambling syndicates after bookmakers noted unexpected spikes in betting patterns. The dossier, released on the Sunday prior to the first day of play, had been commissioned by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), Women's Tennis Association (WTA), International Tennis Federation (ITF), and four Grand Slams earlier in the year, and was compiled by bookmakers. An official said, "If you look at a tournament, you might see one match for £23,000 , one for £27,000, one for £36,000 and one for £4.5m. It doesn’t take a genius to work out that something is going on in the last one." Betting on Wimbledon matches was popular in 2007, with over £420m wagered on bets.

To help deal with any potential gambling problems, the All England Club restricted access to player's changing rooms this year, allowing only the player and their coach permission. It was hoped that this would make communication between gamblers and players more difficult. Match fixing became a prominent issue in the media after the 2007 Orange Prokom Open, where the then World No. 4 Nikolay Davydenko came under suspicion of colluding with gamblers, and gambling company Betfair took the unprecedented step of voiding all bets on a match of his with Martin Vassallo Arguello.

The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, the sport club that plays host to the Championships, came under fire from animal activists for using marksmen to shoot down dive-bombing pigeons. The marksmen were ordered to use hawks to scare them away, but when some failed to do so, the marksmen killed them, which led to the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) group releasing a statement admonishing the practice and subsequently, referring to the Animal Welfare Act 2006, contacting the Metropolitan Police.

Several players complained about the pigeons distracting them during play, and because of the inefficient nature of the hawks, rapid action was sought on the Sunday evening before the tournament began. The marksmen were hired by the All England Club and, armed with rifles, shot several birds. When the media broke the story on Monday, a spokesman for the All England Club defended the club's approach, saying that, "The hawks are our first line of deterrent, and by and large they do the job. But unfortunately there were one or two areas where the hawks didn't deter the pigeons, so it was deemed necessary to take a harder approach." By Tuesday however, the Metropolitan Police wildlife crime unit had been alerted to the practice by PETA, after allegedly infringing the Animal Welfare Act 2006. Bruce Friedrich, vice-president of PETA, wrote in a letter to the All England Club chairman Tim Phillips, that the birds did not represent "a demonstrable risk to public health and safety", and the activity was therefore in violation of the Act. A Wimbledon spokesperson subsequently announced that they had reneged on their policy, and that the All England Club would no longer shoot pigeons.

A similar, but more inconspicuous, incident also occurred on the Sunday evening before the Championships. A swarm of bees descended upon the area surrounding the All England Club; this caused the clearing out of the players' lawn (where competitors gather after play) and a temporary cessation of some interviews. Further disruption was caused because organizers had to alter the overnight queuing system, in order to protect people. This was the first time that bees had caused disruptions at the All England Club. Some media outlets reported that the bees deserted the grounds after around 90 minutes, whilst others claimed that a similar resolution to the pigeon problem was sought, with the bees being professionally exterminated.

The British public were left with some palpable success, as London-based Laura Robson became the first British girl to win the Girls' juniors competition since Annabel Croft in 1984. Robson, aged 14 and the youngest player in the Girls' juniors, had to beat players aged up to 18, the maximum age allowed for entry in to the juniors. She garnered considerable media attention, and, with a large crowd gathered to watch both her semi-final and final matches (the latter of which was on Court One), she called it an "overwhelming experience." British based gambling company Ladbrokes slashed her odds of winning Wimbledon before 2020 from 50/1 to 20/1. In the seniors, 2007 mixed doubles champion Jamie Murray could not replicate his triumph of the previous year with new partner Liezel Huber after his 2007 partner, Jelena Jankovic, opted not to play in order to concentrate on the singles competition. Murray & Huber were able to reach the semifinals.

In the seniors singles competition Scot Andy Murray made the most significant impact, becoming the first Brit since Tim Henman in 2004 to reach the quarterfinals. Murray, often castigated in the British media for his surly manner, won the crowd's affections with his five-set victory over Richard Gasquet (for further details on this match, see the Day 7 summary). In the UK, the Murray-Gasquet match was watched by over 10m people, and in his native Scotland more than 50% of the potential viewing public watched the match. Chris Eaton from Surrey, the ATP No. 661, began his campaign in qualifying, succeeded in doing so, and then beat ATP No. 114 Boris Pashanski, causing a huge surprise. No British women made it beyond the second round, although Anne Keothavong was the first British woman to directly qualify to the main draw since 1998.

The first day of the competition saw World No. 1 and five-time Wimbledon winner Roger Federer breeze by his opponent to reach the second round, alongside Marcos Baghdatis, Fernando Gonzalez, Feliciano Lopez, Andreas Seppi, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Novak Djokovic, Stanislas Wawrinka, Fernando Verdasco and David Ferrer. 2007 Wimbledon quarterfinalist Tomas Berdych was pushed in a five-setter by ATP No. 78 Evgeny Korolev, but eventually prevailed on the final score of 4–6, 6–1, 6–4, 3–6, 7–5, after three hours of play, while former World No. 1 and 2002 Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt survived a close, three-hours-and-a-half-long five-setter against Robin Haase, winning 6–7(4), 6–3, 6–3, 6–7(1), 6–2. Recent French Open semifinalist Gael Monfils was forced to withdraw before his first match due to a shoulder injury contracted during his Nottingham Open semifinal against Ivo Karlovic. Karlovic was himself upset later in the day by qualifier Simon Stadler, while thirty-second seed Michael Llodra retired against Mario Ancic due to a left arm injury. Canadian wild card Frank Dancevic produced the biggest upset of the day knocking out former finalist David Nalbandian in straight sets, and in a mere ninety-six minutes.

In the women's singles, French Open champion and new World No. 1 Ana Ivanovic easily defeated her first round adversary, and was followed in the second round by Nicole Vaidisova, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Agnieszka Radwanska, Agnes Szavay, Alona Bondarenko, Amelie Mauresmo and 2007 Wimbledon runner-up Marion Bartoli, as well as two-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams, who was tested against Roland-Garros quarterfinalist Kaia Kanepi, before winning the match on the score of 7–5, 6–3, and sixth seed Anna Chakvetadze, who won her first round encounter 2–6, 6–1, 8–6, saving all four match points her opponent Stephanie Dubois held against her. Many women seeds fell on the first day, such as Virginie Razzano, who lost to Evgeniya Rodina despite winning the first set with a bagel, Dominika Cibulkova, who fell to Jie Zheng, Alize Cornet, who was defeated by Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Maria Kirilenko, who lost to Vera Dushevina, and Patty Schnyder, who was upset by Casey Dellacqua.

The men's doubles competition saw no seeds advancing but Australian Open runners-up and Wimbledon defending champions Arnaud Clement & Michael Llodra were forced to withdraw before their first match, because of Llodra's left arm injury, which had already caused his retirement in the singles earlier in the day.

In the women's doubles competition, French Open mixed doubles champion Victoria Azarenka & partner Shahar Peer proceeded to the next round.

In the men's singles, Queen's Club champion, 2006 and 2007 Wimbledon runner-up Rafael Nadal scored his first win, securing a second round spot along with Jarkko Nieminen, Nicolas Kiefer, Tommy Robredo, Richard Gasquet, Paul-Henri Mathieu, Radek Stepanek, Gilles Simon, Nicolas Almagro, Mikhail Youzhny, James Blake, two-time finalist Andy Roddick, and twelfth seed Andy Murray, who overcame 'The Magician' Fabrice Santoro 6–3, 6–4, 7–6(5), in little more than two hours, while twenty-fifth seed Dmitry Tursunov battled during nearly four hours before claiming a 6–4, 6–7(8), 7–6(7), 3–6, 7–5 win over 2007 Queen's Club finalist Nicolas Mahut. ATP No. 116 Benjamin Becker provided the biggest upset of the tournament thus far with a 6–4, 6–4, 6–4 win over fourth seed Nikolay Davydenko, whose first round exit was the fifth in seven Wimbledon appearances, and Croatian Ivan Ljubicic was upset in a close five-setter by 72nd-ranked, Austrian Jurgen Melzer, on the final score of 6–4, 7–6(7), 4–6, 2–6, 6–3.

On the women's side, defending champion Venus Williams proceeded to the next round past British hope Naomi Cavaday, alongside Flavia Pennetta, Caroline Wozniacki, Sania Mirza, Sybille Bammer, Maria Sharapova, Francesca Schiavone, Victoria Azarenka, Vera Zvonareva, Nadia Petrova, Shahar Peer, Daniela Hantuchova, Jelena Jankovic, Roland-Garros runner-up Dinara Safina and 1999 Wimbledon champion Lindsay Davenport, in her first appearance since 2005. Twenty-third seed Katarina Srebotnik was knocked out of the tournament at the end of an almost-four-hours-long thriller, in which she held four match points, before her opponent, WTA No. 102 Julia Goerges eventually won on the score of 4–6, 7–6(8), 16–14.

In the men's doubles, South Africans Jeff Coetzee & Wesley Moodie won their first round match, as well as Australian Open champions Jonathan Erlich & Andy Ram, who completed their encounter after it was stopped by bad light on Day 1, on the final score of 5–7, 4–6, 6–3, 6–3, 11–9, and Lukas Dlouhy & Leander Paes, who after five sets of play eventually claimed a 4–6, 6–0, 6–3, 4–6, 6–3 victory. Polish tenth seeds Mariusz Fyrstenberg & Marcin Matkowski were upset in straight sets by Rohan Bopanna & Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi.

In the women's draw, eleventh-seeded 2000 and 2002 Wimbledon doubles champions Serena Williams & Venus Williams advanced past their first round adversaries in less than an hour.

World No. 1 and defending champion Roger Federer, Stanislas Wawrinka, Lleyton Hewitt, Feliciano Lopez, Marcos Baghdatis, David Ferrer, Fernando Verdasco and Tomas Berdych advanced to the next round of the men's top half of the draw, alongside twenty-ninth seed Andreas Seppi, who overcame Frenchman Florent Serra at the end of a close five-setter, on the final score of 6–3, 6–7(4), 6–2, 6–7(5), 6–4. The shock of the day came as former World No. 1, 2000 US Open and 2005 Australian Open champion, and now 75th-ranked Marat Safin took out ATP No. 3, 2007 Wimbledon semifinalist and reigning Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic in straight sets, winning 6–4, 7–6(3), 6–2, after two hours of play. Twenty-first seed Juan Carlos Ferrero also left the tournament, retiring due to a neck injury in the third set of his second round against Halle doubles champion Mischa Zverev, and fifteenth seed and French Open quarterfinalist Fernando Gonzalez lost a close encounter to Italian Simone Bolelli, on the score of 7–6(8), 7–6(7), 3–6, 7–6(4).

In the women's singles, Elena Dementieva won her first round, and Nicole Vaidisova, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Serena Williams, Agnes Szavay, Anna Chakvetadze, Amelie Mauresmo, Agnieszka Radwanska and 2007 Wimbledon runner-up Marion Bartoli won their second round matches. New World No. 1 and French Open winner Ana Ivanovic was pushed to the limit, as she saved two match points in the three-hours-and-twenty-minutes thriller that opposed her to WTA No. 97 Nathalie Dechy, and of which she came out the victor on the score of 6–7(2) 7–6(3), 10–8. Twenty-eighth seed and Australian Open doubles champion Alona Bondarenko retired against qualifier Barbora Zahlavova Strycova due to a right leg injury, and twentieth seed Francesca Schiavone lost in three sets to Anabel Medina Garrigues, despite holding three consecutive match points in the deciding set.

In the men's doubles, World No. 1 team Bob Bryan & Mike Bryan proceeded to the second round, along with Brazilian pair Marcelo Melo & Andre Sa, who won their first round encounter in five sets 6–3, 3–6, 4–6, 6–4, 6–1, Jonas Bjorkman & Kevin Ullyett, Frantisek Cermak & Jordan Kerr and Julien Benneteau & Nicolas Mahut. 2007 US Open champions and fifth seeds Simon Aspelin & Julian Knowle were upset in four sets by Kevin Anderson & Robert Lindstedt.

World No. 1 team and defending champions Cara Black & Liezel Huber, Iveta Benesova & Janette Husarova, Kveta Peschke & Rennae Stubbs, Ai Sugiyama & Katarina Srebotnik, Lisa Raymond & Samantha Stosur, Zi Yan & Jie Zheng and Dinara Safina & Agnes Szavay were among the teams advancing past the first round of the women's doubles event. Meanwhile, eighth seeds Shuai Peng & Tiantian Sun were upset in three sets by Catalina Castano & Kaia Kanepi, fourth seeds Yung-jan Chan & Chia-jung Chuang fell to Akgul Amanmuradova & Darya Kustova, and in the last match of the day, fourteenth seeds Alicia Molik & Mara Santangelo lost in three sets to Tatiana Perebiynis & Alicja Rosolska.

Among the seeds advancing to the third round in the bottom half of the men's draw were Nicolas Kiefer, Andy Murray, Richard Gasquet, Dmitry Tursunov, Paul-Henri Mathieu, Gilles Simon, Mikhail Youzhny, who prevailed at the end of a three-hours-and-a-half-long five-setter against ATP No. 201, qualifier Stefano Galvani, on the score of 4–6, 6–4, 6–3, 3–6, 6–3, and Radek Stepanek, who came back from being down two-sets-to-love to defeat Serbian Viktor Troicki 6–7(1), 6–7(3), 6–3, 6–1, 6–2. Second seed, four-time French Open champion, two-time Wimbledon finalist Rafael Nadal had to battle during three hours against Roland-Garros quarterfinalist Ernests Gulbis, before claiming a 5–7, 6–2, 7–6(2), 6–3 victory, and also proceed to the next round. Meanwhile, twenty-third seed Tommy Robredo fell in straight sets to Tommy Haas, twenty-fourth seed Jarkko Nieminen lost in a close match to Marin Cilic on the score of 6–4, 3–6, 6–3, 6–7(6), 7–5, French Open quarterfinalist Nicolas Almagro was upset 6–3, 3–6, 5–7, 6–1, 6–2 by Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, and 2003 Australian Open runner-up, and now 94th-ranked Rainer Schuettler eliminated ninth seed James Blake after a five-set-marathon, 6–3, 6–7(8), 4–6, 6–4, 6–4. Sixth seed Andy Roddick fell before the third round for the first time in eight appearances, as the two-time Wimbledon finalist was knocked out of the tournament by ATP No. 40 Janko Tipsarevic, 6–7(5), 7–5, 6–4, 7–6(4).

In the women's singles, defending champion Venus Williams advanced to the third round, alongside Caroline Wozniacki, Dinara Safina, Shahar Peer, Jelena Jankovic, Victoria Azarenka, Elena Dementieva and Nadia Petrova. Thirty-second seed Sania Mirza was taken to three sets by WTA No. 101 Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, and eventually lost 6–0, 4–6, 9–7, while thirteenth seed Vera Zvonareva fell to recent 's-Hertogenbosch winner Tamarine Tanasugarn, Austrian Sybille Bammer lost in three sets to Shuai Peng, tenth seed Daniela Hantuchova was upset by Alisa Kleybanova, and twenty-second seed Flavia Pennetta was knocked out by Ai Sugiyama. 1999 Wimbledon champion Lindsay Davenport decided to withdraw from the tournament before her match against Gisela Dulko, due to a knee injury. WTA No. 159, Russian Alla Kudryavtseva produced the biggest upset of the women's field thus far, as she upset compatriot, former World No. 1, 2004 Wimbledon winner, reigning Australian Open champion, and third seed Maria Sharapova in straight sets, on the score of 6–2, 6–4.

In the men's doubles, Christopher Kas & Rogier Wassen, Daniel Nestor & Nenad Zimonjic and Max Mirnyi & Jamie Murray advanced to the next round, whereas Czech pair Martin Damm & Pavel Vizner fell, after four sets, to Travis Parrott & Filip Polasek, and fourth seeds Mahesh Bhupathi & Mark Knowles lost to Philipp Petzschner & Alexander Peya. Ninth seeds Lukas Dlouhy & Leander Paes were among the first teams to reach the third round, along with Christopher Kas & Rogier Wassen, who advanced for the second time in the day, when they received a walkover.

On the women's side, French Open champions Anabel Medina Garrigues & Virginia Ruano Pascual cruised to the second round, along with Bethanie Mattek & Sania Mirza, and Serena Williams & Venus Williams were the first pair to advance to the third round. Australian Open champions Alona Bondarenko & Kateryna Bondarenko withdrew from the competition, due to the right leg injury which had already forced Alona Bondarenko to retire in her singles match on the previous day, and twelfth seeds Svetlana Kuznetsova & Amelie Mauresmo also chose to withdraw.

Rain interrupted play for about an hour and a half during the early afternoon in what was the first rain delay of the 2008 Championships.

World No. 1 and five-time Wimbledon winner Roger Federer cruised to the fourth round of the men's singles, along with Lleyton Hewitt, Feliciano Lopez, 2006 semifinalist and 2007 quarterfinalist Marcos Baghdatis, and thirteenth seed Stanislas Wawrinka, who was leading two-sets-to-love when his opponent Mischa Zverev retired. Twenty-second seed and Nottingham finalist Fernando Verdasco knocked out eleventh seed and 2007 Wimbledon quarterfinalist Tomas Berdych, crushing the Czech in the third set to win 6–4, 6–4, 6–0, in little more than an-hour-and-a-half, 2004 Wimbledon semifinalist Mario Ancic edged fifth seed and 's-Hertogenbosch titlist David Ferrer after more than three hours of play, on the final score of 6–4, 6–4, 6–7(5), 7–6(3), and former World No. 1 and now ATP No. 75 Marat Safin continued his run in the tournament, taking out twenty-ninth seed Andreas Seppi in four sets 7–6(5), 3–6, 7–6(3), 6–4.

In the women's singles, Nicole Vaidisova, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Anna Chakvetadze, Agnieszka Radwanska and Agnes Szavay advanced to the fourth round, alongside two-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams, who defeated 2006 champion Amelie Mauresmo 7–6(5), 6–1. Meanwhile, unseeded American Bethanie Mattek upset defending finalist and eleventh seed Marion Bartoli in straight sets. The shock of the day was produced by 2006 Australian Open and 2006 Wimbledon doubles champion and wild card Jie Zheng, as the WTA No. 133 knocked out of the tournament World No. 1, French Open champion and 2007 Wimbledon semifinalist Ana Ivanovic in straight sets, on the score of 6–1, 6–4.

Among the teams advancing to the men's doubles' third round were top ranked Bob Bryan & Mike Bryan, Frantisek Cermak & Jordan Kerr, Marcelo Melo & Andre Sa, Julien Benneteau & Nicolas Mahut, Jonas Bjorkman & Kevin Ullyett and Australian Open champions Jonathan Erlich & Andy Ram, who overcame Stephen Huss & Ross Hutchins after five sets 6–7(3), 6–4, 3–6, 6–3, 6–4.

In the women's doubles competition, World No. 1 team and defending champions Cara Black & Liezel Huber, Kveta Peschke & Rennae Stubbs, Victoria Azarenka & Shahar Peer, Lisa Raymond & Samantha Stosur and Dinara Safina & Agnes Szavay proceeded to the third round, while fifteenth seeds Iveta Benesova & Janette Husarova were taken out in straight sets by Vania King & Alla Kudryavtseva, and second seeds Ai Sugiyama & Katarina Srebotnik lost on the score of 2–6, 6–3, 11–9 to Raquel Kops-Jones & Abigail Spears.

In the men's singles, 2006 and 2007 Wimbledon runner-up Rafael Nadal advanced past German twenty-seventh seed Nicolas Kiefer in straight sets, 2007 Wimbledon semifinalist Richard Gasquet edged compatriot, twenty-eighth-seeded Gilles Simon after four sets and little more than two hours on the score of 6–3, 6–3, 6–7(3), 6–3, and unseeded Serbian Janko Tipsarevic matched his 2007 Wimbledon performance, as he qualified for the fourth round in defeating twenty-fifth seed Dmitry Tursunov in straight sets 7–6(1), 7–6(3), 6–3. Twelfth seed Andy Murray lost one set to his opponent, former ATP No. 2 Tommy Haas, but eventually won the match after two-hours-and-a-half of play, on the final score of 6–4, 6–7(4), 6–3, 6–2, nineteen-year-old Croatian Marin Cilic defeated fourteenth seed Paul-Henri Mathieu, and Mikhail Youzhny prevailed at the end of a four-hours-and-fourteen-minutes-long five-setter against Radek Stepanek, on the score of 7–5, 6–7(5),6–4, 6–7(4), 6–3.

On the women's side, Elena Dementieva and Venus Williams advanced to the fourth round, alongside second seed Jelena Jankovic who fought back from being led one-set-to-love, to defeat thirty-first seed Caroline Wozniacki 2–6, 6–4, 6–2, and twenty-first seed Nadia Petrova, who upset 2007 US Open and 2008 French Open mixed doubles champion and sixteenth seed Victoria Azarenka in straight sets and two tie-breaks 7–6(11), 7–6(4). Australian Open doubles runner-up Shahar Peer and French Open singles runner-up Dinara Safina battled during three-hours-and-twenty-five-minutes, with Peer dominating up to the midst of the second set, when the Russian came back, saving one match point, and Safina dominating up to the end of the third set, when Peer came back, breaking her adversary one final time to claim a 7–5, 6–7(4), 8–6 victory.

Top ranked Bob Bryan & Mike Bryan came back from a one set deficit to defeat thirteenth seeds Frantisek Cermak & Jordan Kerr, and reach the quarterfinals of the men's doubles. Daniel Nestor & Nenad Zimonjic, Max Mirnyi & Jamie Murray advanced to the third round, while South Africans eleventh seeds Jeff Coetzee & Wesley Moodie were upset in straight sets 7–6(2) ,6–2, 7–6(3), by unseeded Feliciano Lopez & Fernando Verdasco, and fifteenth seeds Christopher Kas & Rogier Wassen lost to Philipp Petzschner & Alexander Peya.

2008 French Open champions and fifth seeds Anabel Medina Garrigues & Virginia Ruano Pascual, thirteenth seeds Bethanie Mattek & Sania Mirza, ninth seeds Zi Yan & Jie Zheng cruised to the third round of the women's doubles, while top ranked Cara Black & Liezel Huber advanced to the quarterfinals.

Almost all seeds in the mixed doubles advanced to the third round, among which Pavel Vizner & Kveta Peschke, Simon Aspelin & Lisa Raymond, Mike Bryan & Katarina Srebotnik, Andy Ram & Nathalie Dechy, Daniel Nestor & Chia-jung Chuang, Julian Knowle & Yung-jan Chan and Kevin Ullyett & Ai Sugiyama. Nenad Zimonjic & Tiantian Sun lost in straight sets, however, to Lukas Dlouhy & Nicole Vaidisova, Mark Knowles & Zi Yan were upset by Scott Lipsky & Casey Dellacqua, Mahesh Bhupathi & Sania Mirza fell to Igor Andreev & Maria Kirilenko, and Leander Paes & Rennae Stubbs were knocked out by Jonas Bjorkman & Alicia Molik.

Middle Sunday in Wimbledon is traditionally a rest day, without any play, and this was the case in 2008. The seventh day of the competition, consequently, was Monday, June 30.

Five-time Wimbledon winner, defending champion and World No. 1 Roger Federer advanced to the tournament's quarterfinals for the seventh time in ten participations past former World No. 1 and 2002 Wimbledon titlist Lleyton Hewitt after less than two hours of play, on the score of 7–6(7), 6–2, 6–4, while second seed, 2006 and 2007 finalist Rafael Nadal left no hopes to seventeenth seed Mikhail Youzhny, as he defeated the Russian 6–3, 6–3, 6–1. 2004 Wimbledon semifinalist and ATP No. 43 Mario Ancic was led two-sets-to-love by Nottingham finalist and twenty-second seed Fernando Verdasco, when he started a comeback, winning the third set, and overcoming Verdasco's 4–1 lead to take the fourth, to ultimately win the match, after the two players repeatedly broke each other in the one-hour-and-half-long fifth set, on the final score of 3–6, 4–6, 6–3, 6–4, 13–11, after nearly four hours of play, and set a rematch of the 2006 Wimbledon quarterfinal against Federer. Thirty-first-seeded Feliciano Lopez climbed back from being led two-sets-to-one, and saved three match points, the third one with an ace on his second service, to finally beat tenth seed, 2006 semifinalist and 2007 Wimbledon quarterfinalist Marcos Baghdatis after almost four hours of play, 5–7, 6–2, 3–6, 7–6(4), 8–6. In the first fourth round match involving two unseeded players, ATP No. 94 and 2003 Australian Open runner-up Rainer Schuettler dominated ATP No. 40, victor of Andy Roddick, Serbian Janko Tipsarevic 6–3, 3–6, 6–4, 7–6(4), and in the second one, 2001 Australian Open runner-up and 2007 Wimbledon doubles champion, ATP No. 145 Arnaud Clement outplayed nineteen-year-old Croatian, ATP No. 55 Marin Cilic, in straight sets 6–3, 7–5, 6–2. Former World No. 1 Marat Safin eliminated a third consecutive seed in the tournament, as he beat Rome Masters finalist Stanislas Wawrinka for the first time in three encounters, on the score of 6–4, 6–3, 5–7, 6–1, to match his best result in Wimbledon, a 2001 quarterfinal. Eighth seed, 2007 Wimbledon semifinalist, Frenchman Richard Gasquet entirely dominated his adversary, twelfth seed, British Andy Murray during two sets, and up to the end of the third one, when he served to win the match, before Murray broke the Frenchman back and won the set's tie-break, eventually taking back the control of the encounter, racing through the fourth set and breaking early in the fifth to win, in almost complete darkness, at 21:30 (UTC+1), after four hours of play, on the score of 5–7, 3–6, 7–6(3), 6–2, 6–4, and, reaching his first Grand Slam quarterfinal, complete the round of eight line up.

The women's competition saw top seeds continue to fall, as WTA No. 60 and 's-Hertogenbosch titlist Tamarine Tanasugarn knocked out second seed Jelena Jankovic 6–3, 6–2, in a mere seventy-five minutes, to advance for the first time in her career to the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam event, and Eastbourne titlist and fourteenth seed Agnieszka Radwanska took back the control of her match, after scoring only one game in the second set, to defeat her opponent WTA No. 4 and 2007 Wimbledon quarterfinalist Svetlana Kuznetsova 6–4, 1–6, 7–5. Kuznetsova and Jankovic's losses, together with the defeats of Ivanovic and Sharapova earlier in the tournament, meant that none of the top four seeds reached the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam for the first time in the Open Era. The 133rd-ranked Jie Zheng also continued her run in the tournament, defeating fifteenth seed Agnes Szavay 6–3, 6–4, and progressing to become the first women's wild card entry to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals. Defending champion Venus Williams advanced to her ninth quarterfinals at Wimbledon in twelve appearances, past 42nd-ranked Russian Alisa Kleybanova, and her sister Serena Williams dispatched compatriot WTA No. 69 Bethanie Mattek in straight sets 6–3, 6–3. Eighteenth seed Nicole Vaidisova recovered from the loss of the first set to win the second in a tie-break, and eventually overcome her opponent eighth seed Anna Chakvetadze after two hours of play, on the score of 4–6, 7–6(0), 6–3, Russian twenty-first seed and recent Eastbourne runner-up Nadia Petrova easily defeated compatriot and victor of Maria Sharapova, 154th-ranked Alla Kudryavtseva 6–1, 6–4, in little more than an hour, and Elena Dementieva, the highest seed remaining in the draw, crushed Israeli twenty-fourth seed Shahar Peer 6–2, 6–1.

In the men's doubles, ninth seeds Lukas Dlouhy & Leander Paes proceeded to the quarterfinals, alongside Australian Open champions Jonathan Erlich & Andy Ram, who defeated sixteenth-seeded Frenchmen Julien Benneteau & Nicolas Mahut 4–6, 6–7(4), 7–6(3), 6–3, 6–4, and second seeds Daniel Nestor & Nenad Zimonjic, who beat fourteenth-seeded Max Mirnyi & Jamie Murray in straight sets. Meanwhile, Brazilian twelfth seeds Marcelo Melo & Andre Sa decided to withdraw from the tournament, giving a walkover to unseeded Kevin Anderson & Robert Lindstedt, and Feliciano Lopez & Fernando Verdasco's withdrawal allowed eight-seeded team Jonas Bjorkman & Kevin Ullyett to complete the quarterfinals' line up.

On the women's side, sixteenth-seeded pair Lisa Raymond & Rennae Stubbs beat third seeds Kveta Peschke & Rennae Stubbs to reach the quarterfinals, along with sixth seeds Victoria Azarenka & Shahar Peer, who defeated tenth seeds Dinara Safina & Agnes Szavay, unseeded Ekaterina Makarova & Selima Sfar, who upset ninth-seeded Chinese pair Zi Yan & Jie Zheng, two-time champions Serena Williams & Venus Williams, who knocked out fifth seeds and French Open champions Anabel Medina Garrigues & Virginia Ruano Pascual, and thirteenth seeds Bethanie Mattek & Sania Mirza.

In the mixed event, fourteenth seeds Martin Damm & Shuai Peng obtained a walkover to the third round as their unseeded opponents withdrew, while unseeded team of French Open mixed doubles champion Bob Bryan & partner Samantha Stosur dispatched sixteenth seeds Jordan Kerr & Kateryna Bondarenko, unseeded Belarusians Max Mirnyi & Olga Govortsova beat fifteenth seeds Jeff Coetzee & Vladimira Uhlirova, and defending champion Jamie Murray and partner Liezel Huber also advanced. Czech team Pavel Vizner & Kveta Peschke were the first pair to advance to the quarterfinals, as their scheduled third round adversaries thirteenth seeds Simon Aspelin & Lisa Raymond decided to withdraw.

On 'Ladies Day' in Wimbledon, seventh seed, four-time winner and defending champion Venus Williams easily defeated 's-Hertogenbosch titlist, WTA No. 60 Tamarine Tanasugarn in straight sets 6–4, 6–3 for the seventh time in seven meetings, to advance to the semifinals. Fifth seed Elena Dementieva, the highest seeded player remaining in the draw, survived a comeback by opponent and compatriot, Eastbourne runner-up Nadia Petrova, as the twenty-first seed climbed back from being down one-set-to-love, 1–5, to win the second set in a tie-break, forcing Dementieva to raise her level of play to eventually claim a 6–1, 6–7(6), 6–3 victory, and advance to her first semifinal appearance in Wimbledon, against Venus Williams. Sixth seed, two-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams needed only fifty-one minutes to dispatch her quarterfinal opponent, fourteenth seed, recent Eastbourne winner, nineteen-year-old Agnieszka Radwanska 6–4, 6–0, and proceed to her fifth Wimbledon semifinal in nine appearances. In the last quarterfinal of the women's event, Chinese wild card, 133rd-ranked Jie Zheng, upset eighteenth seed Nicole Vaidisova after three sets and nearly two hours, on the score of 6–2, 5–7, 6–1, to continue her run in the tournament and reach her first ever Grand Slam semifinal in a singles draw, to meet Serena Williams. Zheng, who had already set a record for the furthest progression by a women's wild card at Wimbledon, also became the first Chinese player to reach the singles' semifinals in a Grand Slam tournament.

In the men's doubles event, ninth-seeded Lukas Dlouhy & Leander Paes knocked out Australian Open champions, Isreaeli third seeds Jonathan Erlich & Andy Ram 6–3, 6–3, 6–3, to reach the semifinals. They were joined by second seeds Daniel Nestor & Nenad Zimonjic, who needed four sets to beat unseeded Kevin Anderson & Robert Lindstedt 7–6(5), 6–4, 6–7(5), 6–3, top ranked Bob Bryan & Mike Bryan, who defeated unseeded Marcel Granollers & Santiago Ventura 7–6(3), 6–2, 6–0, and eight seeds Jonas Bjorkman & Kevin Ullyett who prevailed over unseeded Philipp Petzschner & Alexander Peya after four hours and five sets, on the score of 7–6(5), 4–6, 6–3, 6–7(5), 6–2.

Mixed doubles fourth seeds Paul Hanley & Cara Black advanced to the third round, while defending champion Jamie Murray & partner Liezel Huber proceeded past sixth-seeded Julian Knowle & Yung-jan Chan to the quarterfinals of the event, alongside ninth seeds and 2007 French Open champions Andy Ram & Nathalie Dechy, and second seeds Daniel Nestor & Chia-jung Chuang.

For the second time of the competition, rain perturbated the play in Wimbledon, stopping all ongoing matches in the morning, and once more for an hour in the early afternoon, allowing the play to resume only around 16:30 (UTC+1).

Five-time Wimbledon winner and defending champion, World No. 1 Roger Federer scored his sixth straight win over ATP No. 43 Mario Ancic since the Croatian won their first encounter in the first round of the 2002 Wimbledon Championships, the last match to date Federer lost at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, as the Swiss ace defeated his opponent 6–1, 7–5, 6–4, in less than two hours of play, and advanced to his record-setting seventeenth consecutive Grand Slam semifinal. In the second quarterfinal of the day, which decided of Federer's opponent, ATP No. 75, former World No. 1 Marat Safin secured his seventh career semifinal spot in a Grand Slam event, the first since he won the 2005 Australian Open, as the Russian came back from a one set deficit to beat thirty-first seed, Dubai runner-up Feliciano Lopez, on the score of 3–6, 7–5, 7–6(1), 6–3. In the first quarterfinal of the bottom half of the draw, 2006 and 2007 Wimbledon finalist and ATP No. 2 Rafael Nadal completely dominated his opponent, twelfth seed Andy Murray, in less than two hours, defeating the British in straight sets 6–3, 6–2, 6–4. The match between Rainer Schuettler and Arnaud Clement to decide of the last semifinalist, Nadal's opponent, was stopped due to darkness right after Clement evened to score to one-set-all.

In the women's doubles competition, sixteenth seeds, 2001 Wimbledon doubles champion Lisa Raymond & partner Samantha Stosur came out the winners of the first of the four quarterfinals matches, defeating unseeded pair Ekaterina Makarova & Selima Sfar 6–4, 6–3. Two-time Wimbledon doubles champions and semifinalists in the ongoing singles event, eleventh-seeded Serena Williams & Venus Williams outplayed thirteenth-seeded duo of American Bethanie Mattek and Indian Sania Mirza on the score of 6–4, 6–3, to secure a spot in the semifinals. The third match of the day saw top ranked and defending champions Cara Black & Liezel Huber overcome Australian Open runners-up and Wimbledon sixth seeds Victoria Azarenka & Shahar Peer 7–5, 7–6(4), to advance to a semifinal against Raymond & Stosur. In an encounter between unseeded teams, Frenchwoman Nathalie Dechy & Australian Casey Dellacqua prevailed over Spanish duo Nuria Llagostera Vives & Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez 2–6, 6–7(6), 6–4, to meet the Williams sisters, and complete the semifinals line up.

In the mixed doubles event, fifth seeds Kevin Ullyett & Ai Sugiyama proceeded past Jonas Bjorkman & Alicia Molik to the quarterfinals, along with top seeded Mike Bryan & Katarina Srebotnik, who defeated fourteenth seeds Martin Damm & Shuai Peng 7–6(4), 6–2, and unseeded Bob Bryan & Samantha Stosur, who upset fourth-seeded Paul Hanley & Cara Black. Meanwhile, defending champion Jamie Murray & partner Liezel Huber defeated second seeds Daniel Nestor & Chia-jung Chuang in the first quarterfinals match of the event.

Rain delayed play again, stopping all matches for a short time in the mid-afternoon, and once more for a longer period in the late afternoon. Play resumed at around 18:00 (UTC+1).

The men's last quarterfinal, stopped before the night on Day 9, resumed on the score of 6–3, 5–7, to see ATP No. 94 Rainer Schuettler win the third set's tie-break, ATP No. 145 Arnaud Clement win the fourth's after a rain delay, and the two former Australian Open runners-up battle through the fifth set, with Clement first holding a match point on the German's serve, Schuettler breaking but immediately being broken back, the rain stopping the play at 6–6, 40-all on the Frenchman's serve, and, eventually, Schuettler breaking Clement right after the play resumed and win, on his third match point on the score of 3–6, 7–5, 6–7(6), 7–6(7), 8–6, after five hours and twelve minutes played on two days, and reach his second Grand Slam semifinal, setting up a clash with Rafael Nadal. The match became historically significant as the second longest men's singles match in terms of time played, in Wimbledon history, the longest remaining a 1989 second round match between Greg Holmes and Todd Witsken, which lasted five hours and twenty-eight minutes.

The first semifinal of the women's singles saw four-time winner and defending champion, seventh seed Venus Williams dominate her opponent Elena Dementieva during the first set, winning it 6–1 in thirty-eight minutes, before the Russian fifth seed fought back in the second, breaking Williams right after losing her serve to even the score, and holding to a second set tie-break. The American then left no chances to Dementieva, breaking her repeatedly to win the tie-break 7–3, and claim a 6–1, 7–6(3) victory, after nearly two hours of play, to advance to her thirteenth Grand Slam final since the 1997 US Open, her seventh in Wimbledon. The second semifinal between two-time champion, sixth seed Serena Williams and wild card, WTA No. 133 Jie Zheng followed the same pattern as the first, with Williams dominating her opponent in the first set, winning it 6–2, and the Chinese fighting back in the second, taking the match to a tie-break after holding a set point on Williams's serve. Williams, though, kept her edge on Zheng, winning the tie-break 7–5, to claim a 6–2, 7–6(5) victory, and proceed to her eleventh Grand Slam final since the 1999 US Open, the fourth in Wimbledon. Venus and Serena Williams's wins marked the first time since Wimbledon 2003 the two sisters would meet in a Grand Slam final, the seventh time overall, with Serena having won five of their six previous Grand Slam final meetings, including the two played in Wimbledon, in 2002 and 2003.

In the first men's doubles semifinal, which lasted more than three hours, being interrupted several times by rain delays, World No. 1s and 2006 Wimbledon champions Bob Bryan & Mike Bryan battled a close match against eighth-seeded 2002, 2003 and 2004 champion Jonas Bjorkman & partner Kevin Ullyett, but the top-ranked Americans lost all three tie-breaks played against their adversaries, allowing Bjorkman & Ullyett to win on the score of 7–6(3), 5–7, 7–6(5), 7–6(9). The win meant Bjorkman would reach his fifteenth Grand Slam doubles final since the 1994 French Open, Ullyett would reach his third one since the 2001 US Open, and the pair would reach their first Grand Slam final together. The other semifinal, between ninth seeds Lukas Dlouhy & Leander Paes and second seeds Daniel Nestor & Nenad Zimonjic was stopped due to darkness as the latter led 7–6(4), 4–6, 6–1, 3–3.

The quarterfinals of the mixed doubles event continued, and saw all-Russian, unseeded pair of Igor Andreev & Maria Kirilenko upset all-Czech pair and third seeds Pavel Vizner & Kveta Peschke in straight sets 6–3, 6–4, to reach their first Grand Slam semifinal together. In the second quarterfinal of the bottom half of the draw, unseeded team of men's doubles No. 1 Bob Bryan & former women's doubles No. 1 Samantha Stosur defeated ninth seeds and 2007 French Open mixed champions Andy Ram & Nathalie Dechy 6–4, 6–2, to join Jamie Murray & Liezel Huber in the semifinals. Finally, top seeds Mike Bryan & Katarina Srebotnik took three sets to beat their quarterfinal opponents, fifth-seeded Kevin Ullyett, who had just won his men's doubles semifinal, & Ai Sugiyama, Srebotnik's usual partner in women's doubles, on the score of 6–3, 3–6, 6–3, to set-up to a clash with Andreev & Kirilenko, and complete the semifinals line up.

The first semifinal of the men's singles was the eleventh encounter between World No. 1 and defending champion Roger Federer, and former World No. 1, now 75th-ranked and victor, earlier in the tournament, of ATP No. 3 Novak Djokovic, Russian Marat Safin, whose appearance in the semifinals was the first in a Grand Slam since he won the 2005 Australian Open, where he defeated Federer in the semifinal. The Swiss broke Safin in his first service game, racing through the first set to take it 6–3, before the Russian raised his level of play, and both players went on keeping their serves to a second set tie-break, which Safin eventually lost 3–7, letting Federer take his two-sets-to-love advantage to pressure him, and eventually break in the last game of the third set to claim a 6–3, 7–6(3), 6–4 victory, in less than two hours. The win meant Federer would reach his sixteenth Grand Slam final, and his sixth consecutive one in Wimbledon, already equalling Bjorn Borg's record of runs at the tournament, from his first win at the 1976 Wimbledon Championships to his lost final, after having won five consecutive ones, to John McEnroe at the 1981 Wimbledon Championships. The second semifinal opposed ATP No. 2, French Open and Queen's Club Championships winner, and defending finalist Rafael Nadal, to unseeded, 2003 Australian Open runner-up Rainer Schuettler, ATP No. 94, who finished his semifinal against Arnaud Clement only on the previous afternoon, after three-hours-and-a-half of play. Nadal raced early to a 4–0 lead, taking the first set 6–1, before Schuettler started to fight back, breaking the Spanish and dominating him through the second set, keeping his serve until 5–4, when serving to even the score to one-set-all, Nadal broke him, eventually winning the set in a tie-break 7–3, and keeping his edge on the German up to the end of the third set to win, in little more than two hours, on the score of 6–1, 7–6(3), 6–4. The win allowed Nadal to advance to his seventh Grand Slam final, his third consecutive one in Wimbledon, and set-up his eighteenth meeting against Roger Federer, the sixth in a Grand Slam final.

The second men's doubles semifinal, between ninth seeds Lukas Dlouhy & Leander Paes and second seeds Daniel Nestor & Nenad Zimonjic, and which was stopped by the night on Day 10 as the latter were leading 7–6(4), 4–6, 6–1, 3–3, resumed, to see the Czech Dlouhy and the Indian, 1999 Wimbledon champion Paes break their opponents and win the fourth set, taking the match to a fifth one, in which 2002 Wimbledon doubles runner-up Nestor & 2004 and 2006 runner-up Zimonjic made the difference, ultimately clinching a 7–6(4), 4–6, 6–1, 4–6, 8–6 victory, to face Jonas Bjorkman & Kevin Ullyett, and try, for Nestor, to finally complete a career Grand Slam and for Zimonjic, to win his first ever Grand Slam title.

The semifinals of the women's doubles took place, first confronting 2000 and 2002 champions and eleventh seeds Serena Williams & Venus Williams, to unseeded Frenchwoman Nathalie Dechy & Australian Casey Dellacqua, with the Williams sisters, who lost no set since the beginning of the competition, dominating their opponents throughout the encounter, winning the match 6–3, 6–3, after only an hour of play and advance to their third doubles final in Wimbledon, having won the two first ones. That win also marked the second time since the 2002 Wimbledon Championships Serena and Venus Williams would be facing each other in the singles final, and be present together in the doubles final. The top half of the draw's semifinal took place between top ranked, recent Birmingham and Eastbourne winners and defending champions Cara Black & Liezel Huber, and sixteenth-seeded 2001 doubles champion Lisa Raymond & partner Samantha Stosur, with the latter taking the early advantages in each set, breaking the World No. 1s four times during the encounter and eventually knocking them out of the tournament on the score of 6–3, 6–3, in little more than an hour, to reach their fourth Grand Slam final together, after the 2005 US Open, the 2006 Australian Open and the 2006 French Open.

In the first semifinal of the mixed event, top seeds Mike Bryan & Katarina Srebotnik entirely dominated their unseeded opponents Igor Andreev & Maria Kirilenko to win the match on the final score of 6–4, 6–2, after little more than an hour, and proceed to their first Grand Slam final together. The win allowed Mike Bryan to advance to his fourth Grand Slam mixed final, his second in Wimbledon after finishing as the runner-up in 2001, and Srebotnik to advance to her eighth Grand Slam mixed final, her first in Wimbledon. Twelfth-seeded defending champion Jamie Murray & partner, women's doubles No. 1 Liezel Huber made the strongest start of their semifinal against unseeded Bob Bryan & Samantha Stosur quickly taking the first set 6–2 in twenty-one minutes, before Bryan & Stosur started to fight back, taking the second set to a tie-break, easily winning it 7–1, and extending their domination in the third set, eventually taking the match 2–6, 7–6(1), 6–4, to reach their first Grand Slam mixed doubles final together. The final would be Bob Bryan's sixth, the second in Wimbledon, after a 2006 loss, and Stosur's second, after the 2005 Australian Open. The win marked the second time in the year Bob Bryan and Katarina Srebotnik would face each other in a Grand Slam mixed doubles final, having already confronted at the French Open, set-up the first ever meeting in a Grand Slam final of Bob and Mike Bryan, and marked the first time, with Stosur's win, a player would be present in both the doubles and the mixed doubles final of Wimbledon since Cara Black in 2004.

The final of the women's singles competition started at 14:00 (UTC+1) on the Centre Court of the Wimbledon's All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. WTA No. 6 and sixth seed, 2002 and 2003 Wimbledon Champion Serena Williams and WTA No. 7 and seventh seed, 2000, 2001, 2005 and 2007 champion Venus Williams met for the third time in a Wimbledon final, and for the seventh time overall in Grand Slam finals, with Serena winning five of the six previous encounters. Serena made the stronger start, breaking her sister in her first service game, and quickly took a 4–2 lead, as Venus struggled with her return. The momentum of the first set then shifted, when Venus started to play more aggressively, breaking Serena to even the score, and breaking her again in the last game to win the set 7–5 after fifty-three minutes. Venus struggled again with her serve in the beginning of the second set, saving a break point in her first service game, She was broken in her second, but broke back to 2–2. Both players then held their serve up to 5–4, when Serena found herself serving to stay in the match at 15-40, saving the first match point, but losing the second on an unforced error to give Venus the break and a 7–5, 6–4 victory after one hour and eleven minutes of play. The win allowed Venus to defend her title and was her fifth Wimbledon title, her seventh Grand Slam title overall.

The men's doubles final followed the women's singles' one on Centre Court. The eighth-seeded team of ATP doubles No. 21 and former World No. 1 and three-time Wimbledon doubles champion Jonas Bjorkman & current ATP doubles No. 14, partner Kevin Ullyett, the oldest pair in the field, both aged thirty-six, met the World No. 2 duo of Daniel Nestor, a Wimbledon 2002 runner-up & Nenad Zimonjic, a finalist at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in 2004 and 2006. Both teams remained close through the first two sets, with neither pair breaking the other, and each set going to a tie-break, the first won 14–12 by Nestor & Zimonjic, the second 7–3 by Bjorkman & Ullyett. The second seeds proved more efficient in the third set, winning their only break point and holding their advantage to the end to take a two-sets-to-one lead. The fourth set resembled the third, with Nestor & Zimonjic converting their two break points, while their opponents were unable to attack them on their service games. Nestor & Zimonjic won the match 7–6(12), 6–7(3), 6–3, 6–3, after more than two-hours-and-a-half of play, making them the 2008 Wimbledon champions. The victory marked Nestor & Zimonjic's first as a team in a Grand Slam tournament, after finishing as the runners-up of the French Open. It also allowed Nestor to become the twenty-first player in tennis history and the eleventh in the Open Era to complete a career Grand Slam, after winning previously at the 2002 Australian Open, the 2004 US Open and the 2007 French Open. He is also the third male player to complete a career Golden Slam, as Nestor also won the Gold Medal at the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics.

The last final of the day to be played on the Centre Court was the women's doubles'. Eleventh-seeded two-time winning pair of Serena Williams & Venus Williams, who had just won the women's singles crown, met sixteenth-seeded Lisa Raymond, & 2002 champion Samantha Stosur, also in course to play the mixed doubles final in the tournament. The Williams sisters proved to be as dominant through the final as they were during the whole competition, in which they lost no set and knocked out several seeded teams, among them French Open champions Anabel Medina Garrigues & Virginia Ruano Pascual, as Serena & Venus broke twice in each of the sets, saving three break points in the first set, and not facing a single one in the second, to claim the 2008 Wimbledon doubles title after a mere fifty-eight minutes of play, on the score of 6–2, 6–2. The doubles title was Serena & Venus' third in Wimbledon, and the seventh overall together, since the 1999 French Open. The win also marked the third time the sisters won the doubles title of Wimbledon while one of them won the singles title, and the second in which they won the doubles while both of them played the singles final.

The final Sunday, featuring the men's singles final, saw Rafael Nadal win the first Wimbledon title of his career and fifth Grand Slam tournament. No. 1 seed and five time champion Roger Federer was aiming to equal William Renshaw's record of six consecutive Wimbledon titles (1881–86), and edge ever closer to Pete Sampras's record of 14 Grand Slam titles, of which Federer had 12. Nadal, the No. 2 seed and four-time French Open champion was Federer's challenger for the third consecutive year, and was aiming to become the first man since Björn Borg to win the French Open and Wimbledon in the same year. Nadal's countryman, Manuel Santana, the last Spaniard to have won the Wimbledon title (in 1966), said Nadal could take inspiration from Spain's victory in the recent European Championships, which Spain had last won in 1964.

Rain and lightning delayed the final, scheduled for 14:00, until 14:35 (UTC+1). The final itself was a fragmented affair, with two rain delays hindering the possibility of an uninterrupted final. However, the playing time made it the longest final in Wimbledon history, at four hours and 48 minutes.

In the mixed doubles' final, the Bryan brothers, Bob and Mike, met each other in the second siblings final of this year's tournament. The unseeded Bob and Samantha Stosur won the match in straight sets, 7–5, 6–4 against the first seeded Mike and Katarina Srebotnik, after one hour and one minute.

Withdrawals: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Juan Monaco, Carlos Moya, Tatiana Golovin, Gael Monfils.

Below are the lists of the wildcard awardees entering in the main draws and in the qualifying draws.

In 2008 the All England Club awarded £11,812,000 in prize money to competitors at The Championships.

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Evgeniya Rodina

Infobox last updated on: May 28, 2008.

Evgeniya Sergeyevna Rodina (Russian: Евгения Сергеевна Родина, born 4 February, 1989) is a Russian professional tennis player who was born on February 4, 1989. She achieved her career-high ranking of #87 on July 7, 2008.

Rodina has made strong progress up through the world rankings to reach a career high of World No. 120 by the end of 2007, and has won four career ITF singles titles to date, of which one has been at $50,000 level and the other three all at $25,000.

Rodina began her career on the ITF circuit with the assistance of a wildcard into the first round of the main draw of a $25,000 tournament at Moscow in late August 2004, when she was just fifteen and a half years old, and justified the award by taking a set from upcoming fellow-Russian star Elena Vesnina though she lost the match in three.

Further wildcards into two successive $10,000 events at Dubrovnik, Croatia that October gave her the opportunity to win her first and second main-draw ITF matches without ever having had to qualify for an ITF event, though she lost in the second round on both occasions.

These two results were sufficient to put her onto the tail end of the rankings board at World No. 1138 by the end of the year.

After taking a six month break from competition, she was granted a further wildcard directly into the main draw of a $10,000 event at Cavtat, Croatia in late April, 2005, a couple of months after her sixteenth birthday, and this time won two rounds before losing in the quarter-finals.

At the end of that same week, she at last entered a $10,000 qualifying draw on the merit of her ranking alone, and proved her capability by qualifying and then winning four rounds of the main draw without dropping a set, only to lose in the final to a little-known player called Vanja Corovic of Serbia and Montenegro.

Her next significant breakthrough followed in mid-August, as she came through qualifying into a $25,000 draw for the first time at Moscow, and defeated Oxana Lyubtsova in the main draw on the way to a quarter-final defeat by upcoming fellow-Russian star Vasilisa Bardina.

The following week, she was wildcarded directly into a $25,000 draw at Balashikha, also in Russia, and bettered her career-best result set the previous week by battling through to the semifinals, after knocking out competent Israeli player Yevgenia Savransky in the quarter-finals, before she was once again defeated by Bardina in straight sets.

On her next attempt to qualify for a $25,000 tournament, at Tbilisi, Georgia in September, she lost in the qualifying round to Kristina Antoniychuk of the Ukraine in straight sets, but was allowed into the main draw as a lucky loser, only to face Bardina for a third time in the first round. Despite winning a set from her fellow-Russian for the first time, she lost the match in three.

Wildcarded into a $50,000 main draw at Batumi, also in Georgia, at the end of that month, she reached the second round then lost to another emerging compatriot Alla Kudryavtseva.

The next week, in early October, she was favoured with yet another wildcard into a main draw, and this time it was to be her first WTA tour main draw, although she had never even entered qualifying for an event above $25,000 calibre previously. Nonetheless, she rose to the occasion by defeating experienced compatriot Tatiana Panova in Round One and Hungarian talent Melinda Czink in Round Two to reach the quarter-final stage at her début WTA event, but then lost a tight three-set clash to her compatriot Ekaterina Bychkova.

The ranking points accrued by this recent run of results were sufficient to afford her direct entry into the main draw of the next $25,000 contest she entered, which took place at Minsk in Belarus, early in November. In this instance, she won through to the quarter-finals, but was stopped a round short of her career-best performance at this level by emerging star Agnieszka Radwańska of Poland.

In mid-November she was forced to fight through qualifying to enter the popular $25,000 event at Pruhonice in the Czech Republic, and succeeded in defeating future top-50 star Dominika Cibulková of Slovakia and Masa Zec-Peskiric of Slovenia to achieve this end. But in the first round of the main draw she lost in two close sets, 4–6 4–6, to Czech player Michaela Paštiková.

She did not play another match for the next three months, but ended the year ranked World No. 323, evidencing an auspiciously rapid start after her first full year on the ITF circuit.

Returning to competition towards the end of February, she gained direct entry into a $50,000 tournament at St. Paul, Minnesota, and won her first-round tie before losing a close three-setter to American Ahsha Rolle, 6–2 4–6 3–6.

In her next two $25,000 tournaments, she endured early losses, but on returning from a month's break early in May to compete in a $25,000 event at Antalya-Manavgat, Turkey, she reached the quarter-finals after beating Aurélie Védy of France in a close three-set second-round clash, but then was demolished 1–6 1–6 by on-form Italian star Romina Oprandi.

The following week, she gained entry into the qualifying draw of her first $75,000 tournament at Jounieh, Indonesia, and won through all three qualifying rounds in close three-set matches against little-known opponents to score her career-best qualifying achievement yet, but finally succumbed to compatriot Alla Kudryavtseva in the first round of the main draw in an even closer contest, 6–7 6–4 4–6.

In July, she suffered another relatively early loss in the main draw of a $25,000 tournament at Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, as she was trounced by unheralded Ukranian Galyna Kosyk in the second round 0–6 2–6.

But in August she returned to form by breezing through into the finals of a $25,000 tournament at Moscow and then vanquishing upcoming compatriot Ekaterina Makarova in a closely-fought final, 7–6 6–3, to win the first ITF title of her career at any level.

The following month, she qualified for her second $75,000 draw, and this time came away with two main-draw victories also to extend her winning streak to ten, at the expense of Jorgelina Cravero of Argentina and Aleksandra Wozniak of Canada. In the quarter-finals, she faced experienced Peruvian veteran Kristina Brandi; and the match went down to the wire with a third-set tiebreak, but it was Brandi who emerged victorious, 6–2 1–6 7–6.

The very next week, she won through qualifying into a $50,000 event at Ashland, Kentucky, and defeated Varvara Lepchenko of Uzbekistan in the second round of the main draw before losing to future Top-20 star Ágnes Szávay of Hungary in the quarter-finals.

As a direct entrant into the main draw of her next $50,000 tournament the following week, in early October, she was stopped in the second round by Ahsha Rolle, who this time defeated her easily for the loss of just two games.

Back in action again the week after at a $50,000 event at San Francisco, California, she lost in three sets at the first hurdle to American Neha Uberoi.

After returning to Russia, she reached another $25,000 quarter-final at Podolsk at the end of that month before losing to compatriot Eugenia Grebenyuk 2–6 5–7.

But the very next week, at the start of November, she turned the tables on Grebenyuk in the quarter-finals of a $25,000 tournament at Minsk, dismissing her 6–2 6–2, and then narrowly defeated compatriot Anna Lapushchenkova 7–6 7–5 at the semi-final stage, before sealing a comprehensive straight-sets tournament victory with a 6–4 6–3 win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the final, to take her career ITF singles title tally to two.

Later that month at Přerov in the Czech Republic, she cruised to the semi-finals of another $25,000 event before losing to prominent British player Anne Keothavong 6–7 2–6 in what would be the Russian's last match of the year.

Despite a few hiccoughs along the route, Rodina had ended the year ranked 90 places higher than she began, at World No. 233, and had compiled an outstanding win-loss record for the year of 34-12.

In January she entered qualifying for a WTA Tour event for the first time in her career, her only previous WTA appearance having been thanks to a main draw wildcard. But far from being a minor-level WTA event, it was a Grand Slam that she chose to tackle first at WTA qualifying level, and more specifically the Australian Open. In the first round of the qualifying draw she comfortably defeated American star Angela Haynes 6–3 6–0. But then she lost in the second to another American, Bethanie Mattek, 4–6 1–6.

After taking the next month off from competition, she entered qualifying for the Tier III tournament at Bogotá, Colombia in mid-February, and reached the qualifying round with two victories over South American players, before losing a close match to a little-known Spaniard, Estrella Cabeza-Candela.

A week later, she entered qualifying for another Tier III event in the Americas, this time at Acapulco, Mexico. But she was drawn against strong German player Greta Arn in the first round of qualifying, and ceded to her a close three-setter, 5–7 6–4 2–6.

Returning to the ITF circuit in March, she suffered a close first-round loss to Darya Kustova in the $25,000 event at Minsk before winning through to the finals at Moscow with victories over fellow-Russians Oxana Lyubtsova and Alisa Kleybanova, but then lost a very close final to upcoming star Ekaterina Makarova, who thereby avenged her defeat at the hands of Rodina in the finals of another $25,000 event at Moscow the previous August.

Staying with $25,000 events in April, she lost a very close first round match to Australian Casey Dellacqua 7–6 6–7 3–6 at Biarritz, France, but the following week won through to the semi-finals at Calvià, Spain, with a three-set quarter-final victory against Czech star Petra Cetkovská, 6–4 3–6 6–4, only to lose her semifinal tie to Spanish player María José Martínez Sánchez in straight sets.

Late that month, she stepped back up to the $50,000 level at Torrent, Spain, but lost in the second round to Estonia's Maret Ani.

Travelling to the Lebanon in May for the $75,000 tournament at Jounieh, she was upended in the first round by a little-known player from Slovakia, Zuzana Kucova, 1–6 4–6.

The following week, she reached the quarter-finals of a $50,000 tournament at Saint-Saint-Gaudens, France with wins over Margalita Chakhnashvili of Georgia and Joanna Sakowicz of Poland, but was then demolished by veteran campaigner Tatiana Perebiynis of the Ukraine, who allowed her only one game in the match.

Towards the end of the month, she entered qualifying for a Grand Slam for the second time in her career, this time at the French Open, and defeated Hana Šromová of the Czech Republic in the first round, but then lost a very tight three set match to emerging Uzbek star Akgul Amanmuradova, 6–4 6–7 4–6.

In June, Rodina tried again at Wimbledon, but despite defeating her experienced compatriot Galina Voskoboeva in the first round of qualifying, she then lost rather easily to an upcoming Belarussian success story in the form of Olga Govortsova, 1–6 2–6.

After another month's break, she returned to action in late July at the $75,000 ITF tournament at Pétange, Luxembourg, and made it through to the quarter-final stage before losing to Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 6–7 1–6.

In mid-August, she reached the quarter-finals of another $50,000 event at Bronx, New York with wins over Swedish star Sofia Arvidsson and Dutch campaigner Elise Tamaela, but then lost a very close quarter-final to Austrian Yvonne Meusburger, 6–2 3–6 6–7.

The very next week, she entered qualifying for her fourth straight Grand Slam of the year, and this time won two rounds at the expense of Elena Baltacha of Great Britain and Hana Šromová, but was defeated in three sets in the qualifying round by Olivia Sanchez of France, 6–4 1–6 4–6.

In September, as a direct entrant to the $100,000 tournament at Kharkov, Ukraine, she reached the quarter-final after notching up a straight-sets victory over another top British player, Katie O'Brien, in the first round, but then lost to veteran Anne Kremer from Luxembourg in the quarter-finals, 4–6 1–6.

At the end of the month, she achieved a career-first at Tashkent, Uzbekistan in qualifying for a WTA main draw, by successively defeating both Marta Domachowska of Poland and her Russian compatriot Anna Lapushchenkova in straight sets. Although it was only a Tier IV event, these were both strong opponents to encounter in a qualifying draw; and she capitalised on her achievement by ousting upcoming Chinese star Zhang Shuai in the first round of the main draw, 6–3 7–6. But then she faced emerging top-flight player Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in Round Two, and ceded the match to her in two close sets, 4–6 3–6, so failing to equal her career best result set at the same event two years previously, although on that past occasion she had entered the tournament thanks to the award of a wildcard and did not encounter such tough second-round opposition.

Later the same week, she entered qualifying for the Tier I event at Moscow, and toughed out three-set victories against compatriots Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Anastasia Pivovarova before ultimately losing a similarly close three-setter to Australian former top-ten star Alicia Molik, 7–5 3–6 4–6, in the qualifying round.

Towards the end of the month, Rodina returned to the ITF circuit once more at Podolsk, Russia, and this time fought past Galyna Kosyk in a three-set quarter-final to avenge her crushing defeat at her hands back in July 2006. At the semi-final stage, she ousted Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in another three-set tussle, but in the final she comfortably defeated Anna Lapushchenkova, against whom she has never yet lost, to earn her third career ITF singles title, and third at $25,000 level.

In early November, she entered a $50,000 tournament at Minsk, Belarus, and after edging past a litte-known fellow Russian in Round One she successively defeated Viktoriya Kutuzova of the Ukraine 7–6 6–3, Aravane Rezaï of France 6–4 6–3, and Ekaterina Dzehalevich of Belarus 6–2 4–6 6–4, to reach her career-first $50,000 final, having never previously made it past the quarter-finals at or above this level of event. Ironically, the final proved to be her easiest match of the tournament, as she virtually bulldozed Romanian Sorana-Mihaela Cirstea for the loss of just one game each set, to take home her career-first $50,000 title. ´ The next two weeks were to prove less successful for Rodina. She first encountered Ekaterina Bychkova in the first round of the $50,000 event at Deauville, France, and was edged out by her 6–4 2–6 5–7. Next, after gaining direct entry into the main draw of the $100,000 event at Poitiers, France, she ran into Stéphanie Foretz and was defeated by her 3–6 2–6.

In December, however, she entered the $75,000 tournament at Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and enjoyed further success, with another victory over Anna Lapushchenkova in the second round, followed by the avenging of her previous defeat to Alla Kudryavtseva in the quarter-finals, though it was to be another close three-set match between them, 7–5 5–7 6–3. These victories took her to her career-first $75,000 semi-final, where she met Yuliana Fedak of the Ukraine, and vanquished her in two close sets, 6–4 6–4. But in the first $75,000 final, she was faced with the challenge of playing erstwhile Top-25 star Maria Kirilenko; and though the first set was close, it was to be Kirilenko who eventually ran away with the match, 7–5 6–2.

Nonetheless, this performance lifted Rodina to a career-high ranking of World No. 120 on December 17, a position she maintained at the end of the year, which had seen her surge upwards by a further one hundred and thirteen places.

Back in Australia a couple of days before the start of January 2008, she again tried her luck at qualifying for events on the WTA Tour, but suffered a rare bleak run of results as she lost in the first rounds of qualifying in all three tournaments she entered, falling to Julia Schruff of Germany at Gold Coast (1–6 5–7), to Yaroslava Shvedova at Hobart (5–7 6–2 1–6), and to Junri Namigata of Japan at the Australian Open (1–6 3–6).

But with few ranking points to defend from that time of year in 2007, she had slipped only three places on the WTA rankings list to World No. 123 by the start of February; and even a further first-round loss to Estonian star Kaia Kanepi (3-6 4-6) at the first tournament she played that month, the Tier III event at Viña del Mar, Chile, was enough to drop her ranking only to 127th by the last week of February.

In late February, she reached the second round of the Tier III tournament at Memphis, Tennessee by defeating former Top 100 player (but then World No. 158) Anastasiya Yakimova of Belarus in Round One, before losing heavily to Lindsay Davenport, 1-6 1-6. The following week, early in March, she reached the second round of a $50,000 ITF event at Las Vegas with a 6-1 6-4 win over Varvara Lepchenko before losing to Chinese World No. 87 Yuan Meng 2-6 2-6 in the second round.

A reprieve from this disappointing run of finishes was just around the corner, however, as at the annual Tier I event at Indian Wells held over two weeks in the middle of March she successfully came through two tough rounds of qualifying by defeating resurgent former Top 50 star Sesil Karatantcheva of Bulgaria (7-5 6-2) and World No. 117 Rossana de los Ríos of Paraguay (6-3 6-2), and then went on to defeat wildcarded fellow-Russian Anastasia Pivovarova (6-4 6-3) and French World No. 26 Virginie Razzano (6-0 6-7 6-2) to reach the third round of the main draw, before losing to Spanish World No. 31 Anabel Medina Garrigues (3-6 5-7). Her string of four victories at this tournament, albeit two in qualifying, was sufficient to lift her to a new career-high ranking of World No. 102 in the week beginning March 24. In the French Open, her first direct entry into a Grand Slam Main Draw, she took on the top seed and her compatriot, Maria Sharapova on the Philippe Chatrier Court, the largest court at Roland Garros. Rodina fought gamely and made a good account of herself, before Sharapova won 6-1, 3-6, 8-6.

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Alisa Kleybanova

Infobox last updated on: November 17, 2008.

Alisa Mikhaelovna Kleybanova (Russian: Алиса Михаиловна Клейбанова, born July 15, 1989) is a Russian professional tennis player. Her highest WTA world ranking to date is No. 26, achieved on February 23, 2009.

Kleybanova made her senior tennis début in 2003 aged just fourteen, and won the very first ITF tournament she entered.

To date her career-best achievements have been reaching the fourth round at two Grand Slams (The Championships, Wimbledon, 2008) and (The Austrailan Open, 2009) as a direct entrant, and two WTA Tour Tier II quarter-finals (Antwerp, 2008; Eastbourne, 2008) as a qualifier. Additionally, she has reached one Tier I third round (Miami, 2008) as a qualifier, and one Tier IV quarter-final (Fes, 2008) as a direct entrant. At other WTA Tour events, she has yet to progress beyond the second round of the main draw; but her WTA career is still young, and she has battled successfully through qualifying to enter one Grand Slam and several further WTA main draws aside from her five notable main draw successes described above.

At the higher levels of the ITF circuit, she has reached one $100,000 quarter-final, two $75,000 quarter-finals, one $50,000 final and one $50,000 semi-final. In addition, at the lower levels, she has won seven $25,000 titles and one $10,000 title outright, and has reached two further $25,000 finals and another three $25,000 semifinals.

She has also experienced success in the juniors; she won the 2003 Wimbledon Championships girls' doubles with Sania Mirza, aged 13. Three years later, she won the same competition with fellow rising Russian star Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. She also won the girls' doubles at the 2005 US Open with Czech Nikola Franková.

Many critics have cited that Kleybanova's style of play is the modern day version of American Lindsay Davenport.

In August 2003, aged just fourteen years and one month, Kleybanova entered qualifying for her first ITF $10,000 event at Mollerusa, Spain, and came through all three qualifying rounds into the main draw without dropping a set, then proceeded to progress through to the final and win the title at her very first attempt, having ceded just one set in the whole tournament in her second-round match.

In the two weeks following she was awarded special entry into the main draws of two further $10,000 tournaments held in Spain, at Madrid and Lleida, and reached the final of the first and the quarter-final of the second.

These three tournaments were the only ones she played all year, but her results were sufficient to place her on the ranking computer at World No. 623 by the year's end.

She next played at Tampa, Florida in January 2004, where for the second time in her short career she came through three straight rounds of qualifying without dropping a set; and in the main event she reached the quarter-finals before losing to World No. 223 American Kelly McCain 1–6 3–6.

Audaciously wildcarded into the main draw of a Tier I WTA event at Indian Wells in March, an extreme upward move from the $10,000 ITF tournaments to which she had hitherto been confined, she defeated World No. 58 Jelena Kostanić of Croatia in three sets in the first round, 2–6 6–0 7–5, but lost to Israeli World No. 19 Anna Smashnova in the second, 4–6 0–6.

In April, awarded discretionary junior entry into the main draw of her first $25,000 ITF fixture at Jackson, Massachusetts, she won through to the final, defeating Chinese World No. 155 Peng Shuai 6–4 7–5 in the quarter-finals, but then lost at the last hurdle to her ascending Russian compatriot, then World No. 201 Evgenia Linetskaya, 6–4 2–6 4–6.

Kleybanova was propelled upwards to World No. 316 following these performances although she had still only played six tournaments on the tour in her career. However, despite this early promise, she did not win another match in four further tournaments entered that year, losing on two straight tiebreaks in the first round of qualifying for the Tier V event at Budapest, Hungary in late April to Spaniard Paula Garcia, returning in September for a $50,000 contest at Biella, Italy where she was awarded junior entry into the first round of the main draw but lost to a little-known Austrian, and subsequently losing in the first rounds of two $25,000 tournaments held at Oporto, Portugal the following week and then in November at Raanana, Israel, where she was beaten 1–6 4–6 by emerging Israeli talent World No. 193 Shahar Pe'er.

Having failed to defend her ranking points picked up in the tournaments she played in the latter half of 2003, she found her ranking sliding to World No. 364 by the end of 2004.

In March, the Russian teenager was favoured with a wildcard into the main draw at Indian Wells for the second year running, but this time she lost in the first round to World No. 95 Anne Kremer of Luxembourg, 4–6 4–6.

Her ranking having plunged to 520th following her failure to defend her points picked up at Indian Wells a year earlier, she was wildcarded into the qualifying draw instead of the main draw for the Tier I event at Miami, Florida that immediately followed, and at first defeated World No. 91 Séverine Beltrame (nowadays known as Séverine Brémond), but then lost in the second round of qualifying to German Julia Schruff, 1–6 3–6.

By the time she next competed in July, she had lost nearly all her ranking points and plummeted to World No. 730. This was sufficient to gain her entry to the qualifying draw for a $25,000 tournament held at Felixstowe, Great Britain; and she successfully came through qualifying, but lost in the second round of the main draw to World No. 228 Jarmila Gajdošová of Slovakia.

In August, ranked 618th, she entered qualifying for two successive $25,000 events in China - the first at Wuxi, where she qualified but lost in the second round of the main draw to World No. 325 Miho Saeki of Japan; and the second at Nanjing, where in the first round of qualifying she had to withdraw with the score level at one set all against a little-known Chinese player.

Travelling to Moscow at the end of the month, ranked 530th, she entered qualifying for a further $25,000 event there, and enjoyed not only by far her most successful performance of the year to date but also the best of her career, as she came through three rounds of qualifying and then won the entire tournament. Her vanquished opponents included Galyna Kosyk of the Ukraine, whom she defeated 4–6 7–5 6–0 in the second round of qualifying, Italians Giulia Gabba, Sara Errani and Karin Knapp, all of whom she defeated in straight sets, Margalita Chakhnashvili of Georgia, whom she beat 0–6 6–4 6–2 in the semi-finals, and fellow-Russian Vasilisa Bardina, whom she ousted in the final 6–2 6–2.

Wildcarded into the qualifying draw for the annual Tier I WTA fixture at Moscow in early October, her ranking having leapt back up to World No. 384, Kleybanova double-bagelled American former Top 40 star Alexandra Stevenson in the first round of qualifying, but then lost a close three-set match to Bulgarian World No. 41 Sesil Karatantcheva in the second, 6–1 1–6 3–6.

As a direct entrant to a $25,000 ITF event at Makinohara, Japan the following week, she battled past Japanese World No. 192 Seiko Okamoto 7–5 4–6 7–3 in the first round and World No. 349 Ayumi Morita 6–2 3–6 6–4 in the semi-finals, but otherwise did not drop a set in claiming her second career $25,000 title.

This result elevated her world ranking to a personal-best World No. 294 by the time of her entry into her next $25,000 draw at Sutama, Japan early in November. On this occasion, she won the whole tournament without losing a single set, defeating Japanese World No. 199 Shiho Hisamatsu 6–3 7–5 in the final to take her third $25,000 title and fourth career ITF tournament victory.

In December, now world-ranked 243rd, she tried her hand at qualifying for a $50,000 tournament at Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, but was defeated in three sets in the qualifying round by a lower-ranked player from Taipei. However, she entered the main draw as a lucky loser, and knocked out Japanese World No. 110 Saori Obata in the first round, 6–3 7–6(4), before losing to World No. 225 Tiffany Dabek of the USA in Round Two, 5–7 4–6.

The year ended for her with a win-loss record of 28-8 and a world ranking of 244th.

The Russian sixteen-year-old began 2006 by attempting to qualify for the WTA Tier IV Pattaya Open, Thailand, but lost in the first round of the qualifying draw to American World No. 125 Bethanie Mattek.

Then in April, having skipped Indian Wells, she was awarded a wildcard into the main draw at Miami, but was defeated in the first round by French World No. 47 Virginie Razzano, 5–7 4–6.

In May, she retreated again to the ITF $25,000 level in Italy, playing back-to-back tournaments at Caserta and Campobasso. She reached the final in the first of these, recording four straight sets wins including victories over Sanja Ančić of Croatia in the quarter-finals and World No. 241 Alizé Cornet of France in the semifinals. But at the last hurdle she lost to World No. 270 Mandy Minella of Luxembourg, 2–6 4–6. Then the following week at Campobasso, she gained her revenge over Minella by defeating her in the final 2–6 6–3 6–3 to pick up the fourth $25,000 title of her career, having earlier again put out Ančić in the semi-finals.

On the strength of these two tournaments, she entered the World Top 200 for the first time in her career.

In late July, world-ranked 198th, she attempted to qualify for the Tier IV WTA event at Budapest, Hungary, and for the first time in her career succeeded in qualifying for a WTA main draw, after defeating Spanish World No. 117 María José Martínez Sánchez in the qualifying round. But Spanish World No. 107 Laura Pous Tio defeated her 6–3 6–4 in the first round proper.

A month later, ranked 193rd, she attempted again to qualify for a $50,000 event at Bronx, New York, but was defeated in straight sets by a slightly lower-ranked opponent, Natalie Grandin, in the first round of the qualifying draw.

She followed up this disappointment by attempting to qualify for a Grand Slam main draw for the first time at the US Open at the end of August, and progressed to the qualifying round with wins over Thai World No. 115 Tamarine Tanasugarn (6–3 6–1) and Japan's World No. 224 Shiho Hisamatsu (5–7 6–3 6–3), then lost to German World No. 130 Sandra Kloesel, 3–6 3–6.

Returning to Moscow in early October, she tried again to qualify for the annual WTA Tier I event there, but this time lost in the second round of qualifying to her compatriot World No. 84 Vasilisa Bardina, 4–6 5–7.

She next played in early November, where as a direct entrant into the first round of a $75,000 ITF tournament at Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, she had reached 4–6 7–6 1–1 against American World No. 44 Shenay Perry before her opponent retired. But in the second round, she lost in straight sets to Canadian World No. 130 Stéphanie Dubois, 5–7 4–6.

Her ranking having slipped to World No. 262 by the middle of the month following her failure to defend her $25,000 tournament victories a year previously, she nonetheless gained direct entry into a $50,000 event at Lawrenceville, Georgia, and easily surpassed her previous career-best record at this level of tournament by reaching the semi-finals with back-to-back straight sets victories over Americans World No. 129 Ahsha Rolle and World No. 104 Bethanie Mattek and Argentine World No. 115 Clarisa Fernández. But it was to be an American star of the future, Julie Ditty, then ranked only 297th, who would oust her 6–1 6–2 in the semi-finals.

At the end of November, ranked 238th, Kleybanova entered another $50,000 draw at San Diego, California, and beat Ireland's Kelly Liggan 6–2 6–2 in the first round before losing to upcoming compatriot Ekaterina Afinogenova 3–6 3–6 in the second.

She did not play in December, and ended the year ranked World No. 262. Although this was down 18 places from the start of the year, the marginal loss was primarily a consequence of her choosing to focus on higher-level challenges at the expense of her previous year's points attained at $25,000 events; and the useful experience she had gained in the process would serve as an effective springboard into higher echelons of the WTA World rankings in future years. Her win-loss record for the year was 20-10.

Starting the 2007 season relatively late at a $25,000 ITF event at Minsk, Belarus in early March, world-ranked 239th, Kleybanova could only reach the quarter-finals before losing in three sets to British World No. 222 Amanda Keen, 7–5 4–6 2–6, having had to struggle through two three-sets victories over lower-ranked players Lina Stanciute of Lithuania and fellow-Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to reach even that far.

At Moscow at the end of March, she entered another $25,000 tournament, and this time reached the semi-finals without dropping a set after her quarter-final opponent World No. 232 Nika Ožegović of Croatia retired at 1–4 down to the Russian teenager. But in the semi-finals she was defeated by another young Russian, World No. 199 Evgeniya Rodina, 4–6 6–7(4).

In Moscow again two months later, she reached her second successive $25,000 semi-final, this time losing to a compatriot, World No. 224 Ekaterina Makarova 5–7 4–6.

By the middle of July, Kleybanova's WTA world-ranking had slipped to 273rd. Deciding nonetheless to continue at the $25,000 level into the early summer, she reached a quarter-final at Rome in mid-July before losing in straight sets to a lower-ranked Austrian called Patricia Mayr.

But the following week, still in Italy at Monteroni d'Arbia, she won her fifth career $25,000 title and first of the year, after defeating World No. 195 Darya Kustova of Belarus 2–6 6–2 6–4 in the semi-finals, and Estonian World No. 223 Margit Rüütel 6–1 7–5 in the final.

A week later, she decided to step up to the $75,000 level for the first time that year, and gained direct entry to an event of that calibre at Rimini, Italy. Having battled past both her first two opponents by the identical scoreline of 6–3 2–6 6–2, including Ukrainian World No. 174 Mariya Koryttseva in Round One, to reach her career-first $75,000 main draw quarter-final, she then found herself engaged in a very close battle with Swiss World No. 133 and former Top 100 player Emmanuelle Gagliardi, which the Russian eventually lost 6–7(6) 6–4 4–6.

Back in Moscow again in late August, buoyed by her recent successes to World No. 208, she reached another $25,000 semi-final, defeating Kristina Antoniychuk of the Ukraine 4–6 6–3 6–3 in the quarter-finals before losing to fellow-Russian upstart Anastasia Pivovarova 3–6 3–6.

In the next two weeks, she entered two further $50,000 tournaments. In the first, at Moscow, she lost a close three-set match in the first round 6–7(3) 7–6(4) 4–6 to compatriot Anastasia Poltoratskaya, whom she had easily beaten in the first round of the $25,000 touranment the previous week. Then at Mestre, Italy, she reached her career-first $50,000 final with back-to-back defeats of World No. 202 Jenifer Widjaja of Brazil (6–0 0–6 6–3), World No. 191 Ivana Lisjak of Croatia (6–4 6–0), and Czech players World No. 144 Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová (6–2 6–2) and World No. 119 Renata Voráčová (6–4 6–1). But she was denied the title by World No. 150 Rossana de los Ríos of Paraguay, who took the final 6–4 3–6 6–1.

This performance lifted Kleybanova to a ranking of 195th, just below her personal best set in the summer of 2006, in time for entering her first $100,000 ITF draw at Bordeaux, France the very week after. Here, she scored successive three-sets defeats over French World No. 86 Pauline Parmentier (6–7(2) 6–2 6–4) and Spanish former Top-100 star, now World No. 141, Laura Pous Tio, 2–6 6–0 6–4. But she lost in the quarter-finals to World No. 68 Alizé Cornet of France, 5–7 4–6.

Playing her fifth straight tournament in five weeks at Lecce, Italy in the middle of September, world-ranked a career-best 184th, the young Russian captured the sixth $25,000 ITF title of her career. Having lost the first set of her first round tie against Czech player Andrea Hlaváčková in Round One, she then reeled off ten straight sets for the loss of only seventeen more games to claim the tournament, beating formerly Top-50-ranked Spaniard Marta Marrero in the final 6–1 6–0.

Arriving back in Moscow for the annual WTA Tier I event held there in October, world-ranked 163rd, she was defeated in the first round of the qualifying draw by Ukrainian World No. 130 Tatiana Perebiynis.

A week later, she found herself back at Lawrenceville, Georgia for a $50,000 event, and knocked out American World No. 92 Ashley Harkleroad 7–6(4) 2–6 6–3 in the first round, but was defeated in the second by a much lower-ranked American wildcard Alexa Glatch, 6–7(5), 2–6.

In the last full week of October, still in Georgia, at Augusta, she virtually breezed through a $25,000 draw for the loss of just seventeen games, eight of them taken from her by just one of her five opponents, Argentine Clarisa Fernández, in the quarter-finals. Notable among her squarely vanquished opponents was American World No. 244 Madison Brengle, whom she beat 6–0 6–2 in Round Two. It was the seventh $25,000 ITF title Kleybanova had won in her short career, and the third of that year.

Elevated to a new career-best world ranking of 153rd in time for her direct entry into a $75,000 draw at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in early November, the Russian scored victories over World No. 180 Sunitha Rao of India (6–2 6–1) and World No. 112 Aleksandra Wozniak of Canada (7–6(3) 1–6 6–2) to reach the quarter-finals, but then lost a topsy-turvy three-setter to her 92nd-ranked compatriot Olga Poutchkova, 6–0 1–6 4–6.

A week later at La Quinta, California, she reached the quarter-finals of a $50,000 ITF event, beating American World No. 151 Abigail Spears 7–6(4) 6–2 in Round Two before losing to another American player, World No. 176 Raquel Kops-Jones, 4–6 1–6, in the quarter-finals.

Kleybanova did not play in December, but ended the year world-ranked down just a few places from her recently set career best at 156th, and with a strong 41-13 win-loss record to her credit. Although she had scored many of her main draw match wins at the ITF $25,000 level which she had already conquered several times back in 2005, she had also broken new ground at higher levels of competition in the second half of the year.

Kleybanova began the 2008 season early by entering qualifying for the WTA Tier III tournament at Gold Coast, Australia in late December 2007. She qualified for the main draw of a WTA event for just the second time in her career so far, some seventeen months after reaching the Tier IV main draw at Budapest in July 2006. Her vanquished opponents were World No. 97 Tatiana Perebiynis, whom she defeated 7–5 6–2 in the first round of qualifying, World No. 121 Yuan Meng of China, whom she beat 6–3 5–7 6–2 in the second, and former Top-50 Chinese star Zheng Jie, whom she ousted 6–2 4–6 6–1 in the qualifying round. But in the first round of the main draw she faced Swiss World No. 16 Patty Schnyder, and lost to her 1–6 3–6.

In mid-January, she followed this up by entering qualifying for the Australian Open, and came through relatively comfortably to the first Grand Slam main draw of her still-young career with straight-sets wins over Canadian World No. 166 Marie-Eve Pelletier, Czech World No. 116 Iveta Benešová, and French World no. 136 Olivia Sanchez. In the first round of the main draw, she defeated Chinese World No. 45 Peng Shuai 7–5 4–6 9–7. But in Round Two she had to face World No. 6 Anna Chakvetadze, and lost to her 3–6 4–6.

Nonetheless, in reaching the second round of a Grand Slam as a qualifier, Kleybanova had earned 91 ranking points, sufficient to raise her World Ranking to a new personal best of 112th.

The next tournament for which she entered herself was another high-level WTA event, the Tier II fixture at Paris in early February. She won the first two rounds of qualifying, defeating her compatriot World No. 127 Galina Voskoboeva 6–4 6–4 in the first and a Belgian outsider in the second, but then lost to Czech World No. 70 Klára Zakopalová in the qualifying round. She emerged from this experience ranked just six places higher at World No. 106.

The following week, undeterred, she attempted to qualify for another Tier II WTA tournament at Antwerp, Belgium, and this time succeeded, after defeating World No. 206 Ekaterina Dzehalevich 6–3 7–6(4) in the second round of the qualifying draw, and Swedish World No. 67 Sofia Arvidsson 4–6 7–5 6–3 in the qualifying round. In the first round of the main draw, she stunned World No. 18 Ágnes Szávay of Hungary 6–2 6-3; and in the second she edged out World No. 38 Kateryna Bondarenko of the Ukraine in an extremely close match, 7–5 3–6 7–5, to reach her career-first WTA-level quarter-final, where she met World No. 1 Justine Henin for the first time. Although the Russian teenager lost 4–6 3–6, she was assured of taking home enough ranking points from this event to reach into the World Top 100 for the first time in her career; and in practice she landed at World No. 82.

In late February she entered the qualifying draw for the Tier II event at Dubai and defeated World No. 60 Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland 6-3 6-3 in the first round before losing a very close three-set battle in the second round of qualifying to rising World No. 123 Monica Niculescu of Romania despite winning more games than her opponent in the overall match, 6-7 6-2 5-7.

In early March, her ranking having slipped just a couple of places to No. 84, she entered qualifying for the Tier I tournament at Indian Wells, having failed by only one place to attain direct entry, but unexpectedly fell at the first hurdle in three sets to Japanese World No. 186 Rika Fujiwara, 6-3 1-6 5-7.

Towards the end of the month, she persevered in attempting to gain entry to events of Tier I calibre at Miami, and this time succeeded, scoring back-to-back comfortable straight-sets victories over Hungarian World No. 127 Greta Arn and resurgent former Top 50 star Mashona Washington of the USA, for the collective loss of just nine games in two matches. In the main draw, she defeated World No. 44 Olga Govortsova of Belarus (6-3 6-7(6) 6-2) then unexpectedly one-sidedly thrashed World No. 15 Nicole Vaidišová of the Czech Republic to reach the third round, where she lost to on-form World No. 20 Vera Zvonareva of Russia 1-6 4-6. The sixty-five ranking points accrued from this performance lifted her world ranking to a new career high of No. 70.

At Wimbledon in June, Kleybanova played in three events: Ladies' Singles, Ladies' Doubles (with Dominika Cibulková of Slovakia, and Mixed Doubles (with Sonchat Ratiwatana of Thailand). In Ladies' Singles, she made it to the fourth round, her best career Grand Slam tournament result, losing 6-3, 6-4 to the reigning Wimbledon champion and number seven seed Venus Williams. On the way, she defeated unseeded Tzipora Obziler of Israel 6-4, 6-0 in the first round, beat number ten seed Daniela Hantuchová of Slovakia in the second round, and overcame unseeded Ai Sugiyama of Japan 6-4, 6-4 in the third round. She retired in the first round of Ladies' Doubles and lost in the first round of Mixed Doubles.

Kleybanova defeated Sofia Arvidsson in the first round of the Australian Open 7-5, 7-5. Kleybanova then defeated Stephanie Cohen-Aloro in the second round 6-1, 3-6, 6-2. Kleybanova defeated the number 5 seed Ana Ivanovic 7-5, 6-7(5), 6-2 to advance to the 4th round. Kleybanova was later defeated by the Australian Wild Card Jelena Dokic 5-7, 7-5, 6-8.

Kleybanova lost in the second round of Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships to Ana Ivanovic who she beat at the Australian Open.

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Nadia Petrova

Nadia Petrova at the 2008 U.S. Open

Infobox last updated on: November 10, 2008.

Nadezhda Viktorovna Petrova (pee-TROH-vuh; Russian: Надежда Викторовна Петрова (help·info); born June 8, 1982, Moscow, Russia) is a professional tennis player from Russia.

Petrova's career high ranking is World No. 3, a ranking she achieved after beating Justine Henin in the final of the Qatar Telecom German Open held in Berlin in May 2006. She has reached the French Open semi-finals twice in her career, once in 2003 and again in 2005. She is currently ranked World No. 9.

Petrova was born in Moscow. Her parents were both very athletic - her father Viktor was a leading hammer thrower, while her mother Nadezhda Ilyina won a bronze medal at the 1976 Montreal Olympics in the 400 meter relay. Both her parents are still athletics coaches. As a child, Nadia did a lot of travelling around the world with her parents. She eventually settled in Egypt, where she trained with Mohammed Seif and her parents.

As a junior, Petrova won the 1998 French Open, beating Jelena Dokić in the final. The same year she finished runner-up at the prestigious year-ending Orange Bowl to Elena Dementieva and she also finished runner-up at the junior 1999 US Open to Lina Krasnoroutskaya. In May 1998, she played her first WTA tournament at the J&S Cup as a wildcard entrant. She beat Sandra Kleinová in the first round 6–3, 1–6, 6–4 before losing to Joannette Kruger. She also received a wildcard for her home event in Moscow, the Kremlin Cup, where she picked up her first top twenty win over Iva Majoli. By the end of 1999, Petrova had reached the top 100.

In 2000, she reached the third round of the Australian Open and the quarter-finals of the Miami Masters, beating Julie Halard-Decugis for her first top ten win before losing to Lindsay Davenport. She finished the season at No. 50, a then-career high. She reached the fourth round of both Roland Garros and the U.S. Open in 2001 and her ranking hit a high of No. 38 during the season. Unfortunately, her 2002 season was marred by injuries causing her ranking to drop out of the top 100.

Ranked No. 76 in the world, she reached the semi-finals of Roland Garros, beating former World No. 1's Monica Seles and Jennifer Capriati to become the third lowest-ranked player to reach the semi-finals there. Her ranking rose to a career high of No. 30 after this showing. She also reached the semi-finals of 's-Hertogenbosch, Zurich and Philadelphia, losing to Justine Henin-Hardenne on two of those occasions. She entered the top twenty for the first time after a third round showing in the Rogers Cup and by the end of the season had reached No. 12. To end the season, she reached her first Sony Ericsson WTA Tour final in Linz, losing to Ai Sugiyama 7–5, 6–4.

Petrova continued her success during this year, reaching her second final at Gold Coast, losing once again to Ai Sugiyama 1–6, 6–1, 6–4. She was the victim of an upset in the first round of the Australian Open to Anikó Kapros, losing 6–3, 6–3.

In March 2004, she finally hit the top ten at No. 9 after reaching the semi-finals of the Miami Masters. She beat Maria Kirilenko, Émilie Loit, Alicia Molik and Nathalie Dechy on the way before losing to Elena Dementieva 6–4, 6–2, who would lose the final to Serena Williams. She followed it up superbly at the Bausch & Lomb Championships, reaching the semi-finals there also, beating second-seeded Serena Williams before losing to Lindsay Davenport. After this, her ranking elevated to a new career high of No. 7. However, she dropped out of the top ten in May after failing to defend her semi-final points at Roland Garros, losing to Marlene Weingärtner in the third round 6–3, 6–2.

At the 2004 U.S. Open, she pulled off the biggest win of her career by defeating Justine Henin 6–3, 6–2 in the fourth round. Henin was the World No. 1 then and also the defending champion. It was Petrova's first ever victory over a reigning World No. 1. She lost in the quarter-finals to eventual champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 7–6, 6–3. Nadia reached three more semi-finals during the fall season at Bali, Linz and Philadelphia. She finished the season at No. 12, the same place that she finished the 2003 season.

Her 2005 season did not start off brilliantly, retiring in the quarter-finals at both Gold Coast and Sydney. However, she reached the fourth round of the 2005 Australian Open, losing to the eventual champion Serena Williams, 6–1, 3–6, 6–3. She reached the semi-finals at the Open Gaz de France, losing to Amélie Mauresmo and the fourth round at Indian Wells, being beaten by Mary Pierce.

Petrova reached her third career final at the Qatar Telecom German Open in May, beating Klára Zakopalová, Mary Pierce, Amélie Mauresmo and Jelena Janković to get there, before losing to Justine Henin-Hardenne. Thanks to this showing, her ranking rose back into the top ten at No. 9, where she stayed for the next two years before dropping out in May 2007.

At the French Open, she repeated what she did two years previously by reaching the semi-finals there once again. She beat only one top thirty player en-route, that being twelfth-seeded Elena Bovina. She lost in the semi-finals to Henin 6–2, 6–3, but her ranking rose one place to No. 8, one place off her career high. A few weeks later at Wimbledon she reached her first quarter-final there before losing to Maria Sharapova 7–6, 6–3, who lost in the semi-finals to Venus Williams, the eventual champion. After Wimbledon, she reached five straight quarter-finals at Los Angeles, Toronto, U.S. Open, Luxembourg and Filderstadt. She lost to Clijsters, Mauresmo, Sharapova, Grönefeld and Mauresmo again at these events.

At the PTT Bangkok Open, a Tier III event, she reached her fourth career final, once again losing, this time to Nicole Vaidišová 6–1, 6–7(5), 7–5. Two weeks later, Petrova finally won her first title at the Generali Ladies Linz held in Linz, Austria. She beat Sofia Arvidsson, Sybille Bammer, Květa Peschke and in the final Patty Schnyder 4–6, 6–3, 6–1, meaning she was now 1–4 in career finals.

Her successful season meant she qualified for the WTA Tour Championships in Los Angeles, United States. She went 1–2 in the round robin stages, losing to Lindsay Davenport 6–2, 7–6 and Patty Schnyder 6–0, 5–7, 6–4, but created a stunning victory over Maria Sharapova 6–1, 6–2. However, many people feel that Sharapova tanked the match, having already been guaranteed a place in the semi-finals.

Petrova kicked off her 2006 season by reaching the semi-finals at the ASB Classic, a Tier IV event. She was the top seed and retired in her semi-final match against Marion Bartoli, trailing 3–6, 6–4, 2–1. She also retired prior to her quarter-final match in Sydney. At the 2006 Australian Open, Petrova reached the quarter-finals losing to fourth-seed Maria Sharapova. She also reached the quarter-finals at the Open Gaz de France and the semi-finals at the Proximus Diamond Games in Antwerpen. At the Dubai Duty Free Women's Open, she fell in the first round to Maria Kirilenko 6–4, 6–1.

At the Qatar Total Open held in Doha, Petrova picked up her second title by beating second-ranked and top-seeded Amélie Mauresmo in the final 6–3, 7–5. The victory took her back up to No. 7, equalling the career high she achieved back in 2004. She followed it up with a quarter-final showing at the Miami Masters, losing to Mauresmo 6–3, 6–1.

In Amelia Island, Petrova began her unstoppable run that would take her to three titles, winning fifteen straight matches. Here at the Bausch & Lomb Championships, she defeated Francesca Schiavone in the final 6–4, 6–4 to pick up her third title in the past six months. One week later, she won her second straight title and fourth overall at the Family Circle Cup, beating Alyona Bondarenko, Lucie Šafářová, Catalina Castaño, Anna-Lena Grönefeld and capping it off with a victory over Patty Schnyder 6–3, 4–6, 6–1. It was her first ever Tier I title win and caused her ranking to hit the world's top five for the first time, at No. 4. She next entered the Qatar Telecom German Open in Berlin, winning both her third title and second Tier I in a row. It was her fifth title overall. In the final, she defeated Justine Henin-Hardenne 4–6, 6–4, 7–5. With this win, she ascended to her career high of No. 3 in the World. Her clay court winning streak put her as a firm favourite for the 2006 French Open title.

However, on May 30, 2006, Petrova was defeated in the first round of the French Open by Akiko Morigami 6–2, 6–2. This was considered a major upset that may have been caused by an ankle injury Petrova suffered during training shortly before the tournament. She then withdrew from Wimbledon and did not win a match in the U.S. Open Series, going 0–3. At the 2006 U.S. Open, Petrova was upset in the third round by the 27th seeded Tatiana Golovin. She reached the quarter-finals at Beijing, losing to Jelena Janković 6–4, 4–6, 6–2.

At the Tier II tournament in Stuttgart, Petrova won her first tournament title since the Tier I German Open in May 2006. She beat Anna-Lena Grönefeld, Daniela Hantuchová and Svetlana Kuznetsova 6–1, 1–6, 6–4 in a thrilling semi-final match, and then beat Tatiana Golovin 6–3, 7–6 in the final. The win resulted in her ranking rising back into the top five. Petrova then continued her return to form by reaching the final of the Kremlin Cup, a Tier I tournament in Moscow, by defeating Czech Nicole Vaidišová 6–0, 4–6, 7–6(3). In the final, Petrova was beaten by another Russian, Anna Chakvetadze 6–4, 6–4.

After a week off to recover from minor injuries, Petrova played in the Tier II tournament in Linz where she was the defending champion. As the second seed, Petrova dropped just nine games in her three matches to reach the final. Petrova received a bye into the second round where she defeated Israel's Shahar Pe'er 6–1, 6–1. Petrova then defeated Samantha Stosur 6–1, 6–3 and fourth seeded Nicole Vaidišová 6–1, 6–2, before losing to top seeded Maria Sharapova 7–5, 6–2 in the final.

At the WTA Tour Championships in Madrid in November 2006, Petrova lost two of her three round robin matches and failed to advance to the semifinals. Her lone victory was over top ranked Amélie Mauresmo 6–2, 6–2. This was her second victory over a reigning World No.1. She finished the year at No. 6, her best year-end ranking thus far.

Petrova began the year by teaming with Dmitry Tursunov to represent Russia as the top seeds in the Hopman Cup, an exhibition in Perth, Australia that ran from December 30, 2006, through January 5, 2007. Russia won the cup, defeating Spain in the final three matches to none.

After her success there, it was time for Petrova to start her WTA Tour season. She played her first tournament of the year at Sydney, but was forced to pull out in her first match, down 6–2, 4–2 to Ana Ivanović. This left her with little preparation for the Australian Open, where she dropped just eight games to reach the third round before falling victim to Serena Williams, the eventual champion, after holding a 5–3 second set lead.

At the Open Gaz de France in Paris, Petrova picked up her seventh tour title and first of the season by beating Lucie Šafářová 4–6, 6–1, 6–4. In the earlier rounds she had beaten Martina Müller 6–1, 6–2, Dinara Safina 6–3, 6–2 and Amélie Mauresmo 5–7, 6–4, 7–67. The victory over Mauresmo was her third victory over the Frenchwoman in their previous four meetings. She followed it with a quarterfinal at the Proximus Diamond Games, losing in straight sets to Anna Chakvetadze.

Her next tournament was the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, where after a first round bye she beat Gisela Dulko 6–3, 6–4 and survived a third round scare against dangerous American Laura Granville, eventually prevailing 4–6, 6–3, 6–0. However, she was forced to retire in her fourth round match against Tatiana Golovin, trailing 6–2, 1–0.

Petrova reached the quarterfinals at the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Florida, losing to Justine Henin. Petrova then reached the final at Amelia Island, but failed to defend her title, losing to Tatiana Golovin 6–2, 6–1.

She played the Fed Cup for Russia, beating Anabel Medina Garrigues in her only singles match 6–3, 6–4 in Russia's 5–0 win over Spain. She was scheduled to play another match but pulled out.

Petrova began her red clay court season at the J&S Cup in Warsaw, Poland as the fifth-seeded player. In the second round, she was upset by Italian player Mara Santangelo 6–3, 6–3.

At the Qatar Telecom German Open in Berlin, Petrova was defending a title for only the third time in her career, but she once again failed to rise to the occasion losing to Svetlana Kuznetsova 7–6, 6–4. Before this meeting she had beaten Séverine Brémond 6–4, 6–2 and Elena Dementieva 6–3, 6–3. She then played in the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome as the fifth seed, where she retired in her third round match with Elena Dementieva while trailing 4–3.

She was the eleventh-seeded player at the French Open and was the first big upset of the tournament when she lost to Květa Peschke 7–5, 5–7, 6–0. After the loss, she claimed that the low back pain which had forced her to retire from her match in Rome was still bothering her. It was her second consecutive first round loss at the French Open because of injury.

Petrova kicked off her grasscourt season at the Tier II event held at Eastbourne. She was the third seeded player at the event, and lived up to her seeding by advancing to the semifinals. After a first round bye, she beat Nathalie Dechy 7–5, 7–5 and Sybille Bammer 6–76, 7–5, 6–4. However, she retired in her semifinal match against second-seeded Amélie Mauresmo after losing the first set 6–4. Her success at this tournament consolidated her return to the top ten.

In the third Grand Slam of the year at Wimbledon, Petrova faced little resistance in her first two matches, beating Vania King 6–0, 6–1 and Sania Mirza 6–2, 6–2. In the third round, she beat Spaniard Virginia Ruano Pascual 6–3, 7–6 to set up a fourth round clash with Ana Ivanović, which she eventually lost 6–1, 2–6, 6–4. However, it was the first time Petrova had reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam since the 2006 Australian Open.

In the 2007 Fed Cup tie against the USA on July 14/15, Petrova played a pivotal role in securing the victory for her team. While losing on the first day against Venus Williams, she won her singles match against Meilen Tu on the second day and then teamed up with Elena Vesnina to beat Williams and Lisa Raymond in the decisive doubles rubber.

Petrova began her summer hardcourt season at the Acura Classic held in San Diego, United States. She beat compatriot Elena Bovina in the second round and Katarina Srebotnik in the third round before falling to Patty Schnyder 6–4, 6–4. In the Srebotnik match, Petrova had several match points in the early stages of the tiebreak but lost them all before eventually winning it 12-10.

At the JPMorgan Chase Open, Petrova reached her third final of the year by defeating Virginie Razzano in the quarterfinals and then receiving a walkover into the final when Maria Sharapova withdrew from their match. In the final, she lost to Ana Ivanović 7–5, 6–4, dropping her to 1–2 in tour finals in 2007 and 7–8 in her career. She continued her good form in Toronto, losing to Justine Henin in the quarterfinals.

In the final Grand Slam of the year at the U.S. Open, Petrova was the No. 7 seed. She easily went through to the third round, beating Timea Bacsinszky and Anastassia Rodionova in straight sets, before coming up against the in-form Ágnes Szávay who beat her 6–4, 6–4. The loss meant that she had not gone past the fourth round of any major tournament all season, the first time since 2002.

She began her indoor season at the Fortis Championships held in Luxembourg as the fourth seed, and thus received a first-round bye. However, she was sent home surprisingly early by Belarussian teenager Victoria Azarenka 6–2, 6–1. Her next tournament was the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix held in Stuttgart, where she was the defending champion. She reached the quarterfinals, but retired against Jelena Janković being down 5–1 in the second set, having won the first.

Although she was scheduled to play Linz, she pulled out because of a left hip injury, putting an end to her disappointing season. She finished the year ranked fourteenth in the world, her lowest year-end ranking in five years.

For the start of the 2008 season, Petrova entered the Mondial Australian Women's Hardcourts tournament at Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. She was the second seed in the tournament, but was knocked out by Tathiana Garbin 5–7, 7–5, 6–3 in her opening match. Things did not get any better at the Medibank International, where she fell to Sybille Bammer in the first round. The losses meant that she had started her season with a 0–2 record.

Despite her poor start to the year, Petrova kicked off the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of 2008 well, ending Nicole Pratt's single career with a 6–3, 6–1 defeat in front of her home crowd. She then beat Anne Kremer 7–5, 7–5 and compatriot Ekaterina Makarova 6–1, 7–68, blowing a 5–1 lead in the second set before eventually prevailing. Her run came to an end in the fourth round against Polish upset artist Agnieszka Radwańska, who bundled Petrova out 1–6, 7–5, 6–0. Petrova held a 6–1, 3–0 lead and looked on form for an easy victory. In the third set, she won just four points. Nevertheless, Petrova had moved one round further than her third round loss to Serena Williams last year and therefore gained some points, and also levelled her season record to 3–3.

As the defending champion at the Open Gaz de France in Paris, France and the fifth seed, Petrova was knocked out in the first round by Kateryna Bondarenko 7–64, 3–6, 6–4. Petrova allowed a 4–2 third set lead to evaporate, and even held break points for 5–2. The loss will see her world ranking move down to No. 14 in the world.

Her bad form continued in the Middle Eastern tournaments; at the Qatar Total Open in Doha, Qatar, she retired in her first round match against Anabel Medina Garrigues down 6–2, 1–2 and at the Dubai Tennis Championships she lost to qualifier Katarina Srebotnik 6–4, 6–4 in the first round.

At the 2008 Miami Masters she lost to Zheng Jie for the first time in six meetings when she retired trailing 2-1 in the first set. Her record for the year is now 3-7, with all of her wins coming at the Australian Open.

At the Qatar Telecom German Open she lost to Maria Kirilenko in three sets. At Roland Garros to conclude the claycourt season she lost in the third round to 4th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 6-1.

To kick off her Wimbledon campaign she competed in the International Women's Open, where she defeated Australian Samantha Stosur in the semifinals (this was the first final she had made since the Bank Of The East Classic in 2006). In the final she lost to Agnieszka Radwańska 6-4, 6-7(11), 6-4.

She next competed at Wimbledon where she defeated Victoria Azarenka 7-6(11), 7-6(4) in the third round. In the fourth round she faced unseeded Alla Kudrayatseva who just came off a win over 3rd seed Maria Sharapova, Petrova won 6-1, 6-4. In the quarterfinals she lost to 5th seed Elena Dementieva 6-1, 6-7(6), 6-3.

At the Rogers Masters in Montreal, Petrova lost in the third round to Dominika Cibulková 7-6(2), 6-2. Petrova's next event was the Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open in Cincinnati, USA. As the second seed, she defeated Maria Kirilenko 1–6, 6–2, 6–1 in the semifinals, before defeating Nathalie Dechy 6–2, 6–1 to win her first WTA title of the year and her eighth in total.

At the US Open, she reached the third round as the nineteenth seed, before losing to sixteenth seed Flavia Pennetta 4–6, 6–4, 6–3. After this, she reached the semifinals of her next two tournaments, the Commonwealth Bank Tennis Classic in Bali and the Toray Pan Pacific Open, a Tier I event, in Tokyo. She went one round better in Stuttgart, at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, where she lost to Jelena Janković 6–4, 6–3 in the final. At the Kremlin Cup, she lost in the quarterfinals to defending champion Elena Dementieva, and followed this up with a first round loss in Zurich, and another quarterfinal exit, in Linz. Playing for a fourth consecutive week, she won the Bell Challenge, a Tier III event in Quebec City, defeating Bethanie Mattek in three sets in the final. She concluded her season by playing one match at the 2008 WTA Tour Championships, where, replacing Serena Williams as an alternate in the final round robin match, she lost to Dementieva 6–4, 4–6, 6–4.

Petrova was seeded tenth at the Australian Open in Melbourne. She lost to seventh-seeded Vera Zvonareva in the fourth round 7–5, 6–4.

Petrova has also had success in doubles, reaching a career high of No. 3 in the doubles rankings. She has twelve doubles titles, eight of them with Meghann Shaughnessy including the prestigious year-ending WTA Tour Championships in 2004, where they beat Cara Black and Rennae Stubbs in the final 7–5, 6–2. She also has victories at the Tier I events in Moscow, Miami, Berlin, Rome and Montreal, with all but the Montreal title being with Meghann Shaughnessy and the aforementioned other one being with Martina Navrátilová. In 2002 and 2003, she also reached the finals of three Tier I events with Jelena Dokić.

When asked why she had a losing head-to-head against Tatiana Golovin, Petrova said that Golovin probably only beat her in the past "because of luck." As Eurosport UK commented, Petrova seemed unsure as to why she could not defeat the "most Russian of French players." Golovin defeated Petrova in the 2007 Amelia Island final, improving her win-loss record against Petrova to 5–1.

Playing with Svetlana Kuznetsova at Wimbledon 2007 Petrova hit a volley which hit her opponent, Liezel Huber, in the throat, causing the South African to fall to the ground screaming and crying. Although the incident was almost certainly accidental on Petrova's part, Huber took offense at Petrova when the two Russian players came round the net and shouted at Petrova to go away. After a doctor was called, play resumed, with Kuznetsova and Petrova losing to Huber and Cara Black, who would eventually win the title.

To help interpret the performance table, the legend below explains what each abbreviation and color coded box represents in the performance timeline.

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 22 March 2009.

This timeline is valid as of October 15, 2008.

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