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Kaia Kanepi

Infobox last updated on: February 23, 2009.

Kaia Kanepi (pronunciation: KEYE-ah KA-nep-i; born 10 June 1985 in Tallinn) is an Estonian professional female tennis player. Her career-high ranking is set to be World No. 20 on 23 February 2009. She is right-handed and has a two-handed backhand. Her favourite surface is clay.

Her father, Jaak (a real estate broker) and mother Anne (a homemaker) played tennis. They also have daughters Kadri, who won a tennis scholarship to study in the U.S. and Karin, a dedicated horse rider. Kaia, who always watched her parents and sisters play, discovered her love for tennis at an early age. She started playing at the age of 8. Her family has always supported her desire to play professional tennis. She reached World No. 1 on the International Tennis Federation (ITF) junior rankings before turning professional in 2000. She has won six ITF singles titles and is now the top-ranked Estonian female tennis player.

She currently lives in Haapsalu, Estonia. From the beginning of 2008, Kanepi is coached by Luca Appino.

At the end of 2006, she reached her first WTA-tour final during the Gaz de France Stars tournament in Hasselt, Belgium. She came through three qualification rounds and beat Anne Kremer, Nathalie Dechy, Eleni Daniilidou, Francesca Schiavone, and Michaella Krajicek to eventually play the final against Kim Clijsters, where she lost, 6–3, 3–6, 6–4.

At the Australian Open, Kaia struggled but defeated 28th-seeded Flavia Pennetta of Italy 7–5, 7–6, before losing to Alicia Molik 1–6, 6–3, 6–2 in the second round. At Indian Wells Masters, she defeated wildcard Kristina Brandi in the first round 3–6, 7–5, 6–0 but lost in the second round to 14th-seeded and eventual champion Daniela Hantuchová 2–6, 6–2, 6–1. At the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Florida, she stunned Patty Schnyder in the second round before losing to qualifier Vera Dushevina in the next round.

In late July, Kanepi reached the semifinals of the Bad Gastein tournament in Austria where she fell to Francesca Schiavone 6–4, 6–2. This was her third career semifinal and first of the year. Afterwards, she made her top 40 debut at World No. 40.

At the French Open, Kanepi defeated sixth-seeded Anna Chakvetadze 6–4, 7–6(2). She then defeated 29th-seeded Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-1, 6-7, 7-5 for a place in the fourth round; outplaying unseeded Petra Kvitova 6–3, 3–6, 6–1 took her to the quarterfinals, where she was finally defeated by fourth-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova 7–5, 6–2.

Kanepi was granted direct entry at Wimbledon, where she lost in the first round to sixth-seeded Serena Williams 7–5, 6–3.

At the 2008 Summer Olympics Kanepi reached the third round, defeating Flavia Pennetta and Virginie Razzano before losing to Li Na 4–6, 6–2, 6–0.

At the U.S. Open, she defeated Monica Niculescu in the first round 6–0, 6–3 but lost to Amélie Mauresmo in the second round 2–6, 6–4, 6–0.

Kanepi in September reached the quarterfinals as a qualifier of the Tier I Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, where she defeated Vera Dushevina, World No. 13 Chakvetadze, and Virginie Razzano before losing to World No. 5 Dinara Safina of Russia 6–4, 6–7(4), 6–3. She then reached the semifinals of the Hansol Women's Open in Seoul, South Korea where she was beaten by the eventual champion and top-seeded Maria Kirilenko of Russia 6–4, 3–6, 6–4.

She then made only her second final at the WTA level at the Tier III Japan Open Tennis Championships in Tokyo. She defeated Lucie Safarova, Yanina Wickmayer, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and eighth-seeded Aleksandra Wozniak before losing in the final to Danish World No. 16 and top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki 6–2, 3–6, 6–1.

She was named the Best Female Athlete of Estonia 2008 by the Association of Estonian Sports Journalists.

Kanepi reached her career-best 3rd round at the Australian Open, but lost miserably to then world number 3 Dinara Safina in straight sets. She had and epic match with Kimiko Date, former world number 4, in the 1st round in 3 sets 4-6 6-4 8-6.

She was a member of Estonian Fed Cup team in rounds played in February. Teamed with Maret Ani, the Estonian team beat Bulgaria, Croatia and Belarus. Kanepi won all single games she played (including a win over then world number 15 Victoria Azarenka). She set a new personal 196 km/h serve record in the tournament, among the best ever served by women.

Kanepi continued her year in GDF Suez Open, a WTA premier tournament, but lost in the 2nd round to Emile Loit. Weak serve and health problems were cited as reasons for the loss to lower-ranked player.

At top-level Dubai Tennis Championships (9 out of 10 of the 10 highest-ranked WTA players participated), she advanced to the third round to set up a match with the former world number 1 Jelena Jankovic. She defeated Jankovic in two sets, 6-2 7-5. Jankovic was ranked no 3 at the time. She was the highest-seeded player Kanepi had by that time defeated. Kanepi commented on her match briefly after her match: "I am really happy at the moment. My game plan was to mix my game up and it worked. My coach Luca Appino has also improved my serve." Jankovic did not agree in the post-match interview that her loss was due to Kanepi playing well, though: "This was the worst match of my career. It was a horrible day. I kept framing the ball, kept making unforced errors and could not put two balls together on the court. I didn't move properly, and I didn't see the ball properly. She didn't have to do too much. Basically, I beat myself. I don't know what happened out there. I am ashamed of this performance." Kanepi beat Elena Vesnina in the quarterfinals in straight sets with scoreline 6-3, 7-5, she was, however, denied a place in the finals by Virginie Razzano with a stunning scoreline of 1-6, 2-6.

Kanepi builds up her game around her powerful groundstrokes. Her serve is considered to be one of the strongest on the WTA tour. Kanepi frequently hits 170 km/h to 180 km/h serves. She generally serves for power and tries to hit the lines but sometimes hits a powerful body serve to push her opponents behind the baseline. But sometimes her serve can break down which affects her game.In 2008 she began to improve her volleying skills and under her current coach Luca Appino has begun to use sliced backhand more often thus making her playing more versatile.

She likes to return serves mainly with her backhand which she hits extremely flat and tries to position herself to receive with backhand but is also capable of hitting good service returns with her forehand as well. She likes to end points early but she is capable of playing long rallys and reducing her unforced error count. Overall, she is an offensive baseliner but depending on game situation and scoreboard Kanepi can play a more defensive game despite her not being as fit as some of the other top players on the WTA tour.

Kanepi is sponsored by Infortar who has the biggest share of stock in Tallink, a major ferry company in the Baltic Sea.

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Li Na (tennis)

Li Na at the 2007 Medibank International

Infobox last updated on: March 9, 2009.

Li Na (Chinese: 李娜; pinyin: Lǐ Nà; born February 26, 1982 in Wuhan, Hubei), is a Chinese professional female tennis player. She has been one of the most successful tennis players in the country's history, and has been instrumental in advancing the sport within China.

Between 1999 and 2004, Li won 20 women's singles titles: 19 ITF events and one—the first ever won by a Chinese woman—on the WTA Tour. In January 2008 she won her second WTA Tour title after a drought of over three and a quarter years.

She is noted in her playing style for quick reflexes and athleticism around the court and fast groundstrokes which she scatters unpredictably to all corners of the playing surface.

On June 19, 2006, Li became the first Chinese woman to be ranked within the WTA top 30 at No. 30. Two months later, on August 14, 2006, Li entered the top 20 for the first time at No. 20. Her highest ranking to date is No. 16.

Li also frequently enters doubles tournaments at events alongside singles, and has won two WTA doubles titles and 16 further ITF doubles events. Her early success in doubles came mostly with Ting Li; but more recently she has made a habit of forming temporary women's doubles partnerships with players with whom she has previously enjoyed a healthy rivalry through repeated head-to-head meetings in singles tournaments, notably Liu Nan-Nan, Nicole Pratt, Yan Zi and Jelena Janković, in addition to her countrywoman Peng Shuai.

Her career has been plagued by injuries that have interrupted her from playing for lengthy periods. She suffered a two-year hiatus from competition in her early 20s, lost several months at the height of the 2005 season to an ankle injury, and lost the second half of 2007 to a rib injury.

Li turned professional in 1999, and that year won three of the very first four singles tournaments she entered on the ITF Circuit, two at Shenzhen and one at Westend, Belgium. She also won all seven of the first seven ITF doubles tournaments she entered.

In 2000, she won a total of 52 singles matches on the ITF circuit, more than any other player, notching another eight tournament titles including one at $50,000 level, two at $25,000, and an unbroken run of four successive $10,000 tournament wins in March and April.

Notable individual victories in the course of the year included wins over Flavia Pennetta, Emmanuelle Gagliardi, Maria Elena Camerin, Tamarine Tanasugarn and Yayuk Basuki.

In June, after Li's world ranking had risen to No. 136 on the strength of her ITF performances alone, she gained direct entry into her first WTA Tour event at Tashkent. Despite winning the first set to love, Li lost her first WTA singles match to Anna Zaporozhanova in three sets, 6–0 4–6 1-6; but she captured the women's doubles title at Tashkent with Li Ting against Zaporozhanova and Iroda Tulyaganova.

By the end of 2000, Li had won four WTA singles matches, in addition to increasing her cumulative ITF singles title count to eleven. That year, she also won seven more ITF doubles events, six of them with Li Ting.

Li was mostly absent from the tour in 2001. She won two further $25,000 ITF singles tournaments, defeating Roberta Vinci in the final at Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam, and Liu Nan-Nan in the final at Guangzhou in July, but then played only one further match for the rest of the year, leading her ranking to fall to 303 by the year's close.

She won her fifteenth career ITF doubles tournament at Hangzhou in March.

In 2002, she came through qualifying to win her first $75,000 singles tournament at Midland, USA in February, defeating Laura Granville, Tatiana Perebiynis and Mashona Washington en route to the title, the 14th of her career. But she then played only one more match (a loss to Zuzana Ondrášková in the $50,000 event at Dinan, France that April) before suffering a complete absence from the circuit for the next 25 months. Sources vary as to the causes of this absence, with some citing "health reasons", but others asserting that she decided to take a break from professional tennis to study at university.

In May 2004, however, she returned to the circuit unranked, and won her first twenty-six successive matches of the season to notch up three further $25,000 tournament wins and another $50,000 title, increasing her career singles title count to eighteen, only to have her winning streak finally snapped by Evgenia Linetskaya in the semi-final of the $50,000 Bronx tournament that August. But at least she won her sixteenth ITF doubles tournament at the same event, the seventeenth overall doubles title of her career.

That September, she lost in the final of a $25,000 tournament to compatriot Zheng Jie, before returning to the WTA circuit thanks to the award of a wildcard entry into qualifying at the Beijing. Here, she defeated Antonella Serra Zanetti, Marta Domachowska and Nicole Pratt before losing in the deciding-set tie-break after a very close second-round main-draw tussle against newly crowned US Open Champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, during which she held match points against Kuznetsova. The final score was 6–3 6–7 (6) 6–7 (3), and the Russian afterwards praised her Chinese opponent, stating that she had felt as though she was up against a top-five player.

The very next week, Li battled her way through qualifying into the WTA event at Guangzhou (a Tier IV event at the time, though since up-rated to Tier III), then beat Vera Dushevina, Jelena Janković, Kristina Brandi and Li Ting in the main draw to reach the final, where she overcame Martina Suchá 6–3 6–4 to claim her first WTA Tour title; and in so doing, she wrote her name into the history books as the first Chinese woman ever to win a WTA event.

On the back of the ranking points accrued through this result, on October 4, 2004 she broke into the WTA Top 100 for the first time.

To cap off her most successful year as a singles player yet, she competed in two $50,000 ITF tournaments at Shenzhen, winning the first outright to bring her the nineteenth ITF singles title and twentieth overall singles title of her career, but losing in the quarter-finals of the second to lower-ranked country-woman Yan Zi, 7–6 3–6 2–6. These results elevated Li Na to World No. 80 by the close of the year, a year in which she won fifty-one singles matches and lost just four.

2005 saw Li Na finally abandoning the ITF circuit to focus solely on WTA-level events.

She began the year in January with a second-round performance (losing to Nadia Petrova) at Gold Coast and a semi-final showing at Hobart (beating Amy Frazier and Marta Domachowska but losing to fellow Chinese player and eventual tournament champion Zheng Jie), then reached the third round at the Australian Open (where she defeated Laura Granville and Shinobu Asagoe before losing to Maria Sharapova 0–6 2–6).

In early February, she reached the quarter-final at Hyderabad (losing to Russian Maria Kirilenko). But after qualifying for Doha with wins over Ekaterina Bychkova and Virginia Ruano Pascual she was narrowly beaten 5–7 6–3 5–7 by Patty Schnyder in the first round of the main draw. After a victory for the Chinese player over Ai Sugiyama in the first round at Dubai the following week, it was Schnyder once again who stopped her from reaching the latter stages of the event, this time winning 6–3 7–6.

After taking a month off from competition, Li returned at Estoril in late April, defeating Stephanie Cohen-Aloro, Nicole Pratt, Dally Randriantefy and Dinara Safina (whom she vanquished 6–1 6–1) to reach her second WTA Tour final, only to be denied the title by Czech qualifier Lucie Šafářová, who prevailed in a close three-set match 7–6(4) 4–6 3–6.

At Rabat in May, Li reached the semi-final stage, but further success proved ultimately elusive for her, as she retired hurt with a right ankle sprain from her clash against Zheng Jie with the score level at 3–3. Reaching this semi-final propelled her to a career-high world ranking of 33, but the injury she had sustained was destined to keep her out of action for the next three months.

On her return at Los Angeles in August, she fell in the first round to Anna Chakvetadze of Russia. The following week, however, at the Canadian Open, she once more beat Jelena Janković, and also defeated Maria Vento-Kabchi, before suffering her second loss of the year to Nadia Petrova at the quarter-final stage.

It was Lindsay Davenport who proved her undoing in her next two tournaments, beating her 6–4 6–4 in the first round of the US Open and 6–2 6–2 at the semi-final stage in Bali in September, but not before Li Na had avenged her previous year's defeat by Yan Zi in the second round of the same tournament, in addition to recording victories over Nuria Llagostera Vives and Alyona Bondarenko.

The following week, another highly-ranked American player, Jill Craybas, narrowly defeated Li Na in a close three-set first round match at Beijing.

On September 26, Li Na commenced her defence of her Guangzhou title; but she was prevented from completing it in the quarter-finals by eventual champion Yan Zi, who thereby edged out in front in their head-to-head record once again. This second loss in three head-to-heads against Yan proved to be Li's last match of 2005; and in her absence from the Shenzhen $50,000 tournaments where she had notched up some ranking points late the previous year, she found herself slipping further in the rankings from the high-point of 33 that she had reached in the Spring before her injury break to 56 at the year's close.

With nearly all her remaining ranking points to defend concentrated in a little over the first four months of the year, Li Na began the year faced with the challenge of equalling her strong results from the early part of 2005 in order to maintain her position in the middle reaches of the WTA Top 100.

In January, the 23-year-old Chinese entered the Australian Open and was drawn to play Serena Williams in the first round. She took the match to a deciding set by whitewashing Williams in the second-set tie-break, but failed to sustain that momentum in the final set, finally yielding the match 3–6 7–6 (7–0) 1–6 to the American.

Other early-round draws against high-ranked players towards the beginning of 2006 conspired with her recent first-round tie against Serena Williams at the Australian Open to take a heavy toll on Li's singles ranking, bringing it slipping down to No. 71 by the end of February.

At Gold Coast, she defeated Roberta Vinci in the first round only to lose to Top-20 player Flavia Pennetta in Round Two. Although she avenged this defeat in the first round at Sydney the very next week, ousting the Italian 6–4 6–1, she lost heavily to Kim Clijsters in the second round.

An easier draw on paper faced her at Pattaya in early February, but it was not to be a good week for Li, as she lost in three sets to Canadian qualifier Aleksandra Wozniak in the first round.

A second successive first-round defeat, this time to the opposition of Daniela Hantuchová, followed in Dubai, although the score-line of 6–3 4–6 6–7 demonstrated that the match was close despite the difference of more than fifty places between the two players' rankings.

A repeat match with Hantuchová in the second round at the Qatar Total Open in Doha the following week saw the Slovak this time taking a commanding lead, 6–4, 5-1; but Li saved several match points and broke back twice en route to a second-set tie-break, which she won, before running away with the third set 6–1. Although Li's next opponent in this tournament Nadia Petrova, who was destined to win the entire tournament, had the upper hand for the third time in three head-to-head contests, narrowly prevailing 6–4 6–4, the fact of Li Na reaching the quarter-final stage at Doha, after earlier beating Vera Zvonareva, spared her a further decline in her world ranking and brought it back up slightly to No. 70.

At Indian Wells in March, she started with a comfortable 6–1 6–3 win over former Top-40 player Anne Kremer of Luxembourg (despite ceding one break of service), then defeated Czech World No. 39 Iveta Benešová by the one-sided scoreline of 6–1 6–0 in Round Two. She was 6–2 5–1 up against Vania King in Round Three before the American wildcard won three successive games, forcing Li to close out the closely-tied second set 6–4, having lost her own serve twice during the set. In the fourth round, she played Russian World No. 8 Elena Dementieva for the first time, and found herself struggling to hold her own service throughout the match, as she was broken five times while breaking Dementieva's serve just twice, and was ultimately defeated 6–3 6–2, although overall she won 50 points against the Russian's 63. Still, she earned 45 ranking points from the tournament; and with none to defend from the previous March, this assured her of a rise of ten places back up to World No. 60.

The Miami draw saw her scheduled to be pitted in the second round against Maria Sharapova, the winner at Indian Wells, who in their only previous meeting had crushed her for the loss of just two games at the Australian Open in 2005. In Round One, Li easily overcame Akiko Morigami 6–1 6–2, allowing her to take home 19 ranking points. But against the Russian No. 1 she went down 2–6 4–6. In the second set, she broke Sharapova's service twice, but ultimately lost her own three times, and thus the match.

At Estoril in May, Li defended her previous year's final-round performance with a solid run of straight-sets victories, including wins over Gisela Dulko and clay-court specialist Émilie Loit, only to retire hurt at one-set all during a close-fought final against her compatriot Zheng Jie, with the score at 7–6 (5) 5–7.

With her previous year's points from Rabat cut from under her feet as the tournament was scheduled several weeks later this year and clashed with a higher-level event in which she chose to participate instead, Li Na found herself ranked at No. 61, down five places on the beginning of the year, as the defence of her results in early 2005 came to its end.

Her second injury-related retirement in two successive meetings against Zheng would not prove to prevent Li from continuing to compete over the remainder of the Spring, a period in which she had no ranking points to defend at all, and which therefore presented her with a ready opportunity to advance back upwards in the rankings.

She returned with a career-best performance at Tier I events the very next week by reaching the semi-final at Berlin. On the way there, she achieved her first ever victory over a current Top-10-ranked player as she ousted Patty Schnyder for the first time in their three head-to-head meetings, 2–6 7–6 7–6, at the quarter-final stage. But this match left her with a muscle sprain, and she subsequently suffered an uncharacteristically easy loss to Nadia Petrova in the semi-final, 1–6 0–6. Nonetheless, her performance at this high-level tournament propelled her ranking back up inside the WTA Top 40 for the first time that year, leaving her ranked #39, and also elevated her up inside the Top 20 in the 2006 WTA race to the championships.

At Strasbourg in late May, she scored a second-round victory over Top-30 player Nathalie Dechy of France, 6–3 7-6; but although she then took an early lead against rival-turned-doubles-partner Jelena Janković in Round Three, she failed to sustain it, losing to Janković for the first time in three career meetings. Her ranking improved just one place to 38th.

In her first ever appearance at Roland Garros, she toughed out hard-fought victories against perennial campaigner Amy Frazier and young Russian Anna Chakvetadze to earn herself a third round spot, then put up an ultimatey unsuccessful fight against eventual finalist Svetlana Kuznetsova, going down by a final scoreline of 3–6 6–7. She emerged from the tournament with a personal best WTA ranking of 32, as several players previously ranked comfortably above her failed to adequately defend their ranking points from the previous year.

Joining the WTA grass court season for the first time at the DFS Classic tournament at Birmingham in June, she managed another third-round finish with wins over Mashona Washington and grass-court specialist Eleni Daniilidou, both in straight sets, then lost for the third time in three meetings to Maria Sharapova, this time by a scoreline of 2–6 4–6. But her third consecutive third-round performance in tournaments where she had no ranking points to defend from the previous year was enough to lift her ranking to No. 30, which was at that time the highest ever ranking achieved by a Chinese woman.

At the same event, partnering Jelena Janković, she notched up her second career WTA doubles title, almost exactly six years on from her first at Tashkent.

An early retirement against Alyona Bondarenko in the first round of the Ondina Open at Hertogenbosch the following week curtailed her final competitive preparations for her debut appearance at Wimbledon. But with an entry ranking of 30th, she found herself seeded 27th after some withdrawals, and thus achieved another first for her country in becoming the first Chinese woman ever to be seeded for entry into a Grand Slam tournament.

Taking advantage of her hard-earned Wimbledon seeding, she cruised to the third round with comfortable straight-sets victories over respected grass-court players Virginie Razzano and recent Birmingham semi-finalist Meilen Tu to set up her second consecutive third-round Grand Slam tie against Svetlana Kuznetsova.

After two close defeats in two career head-to-heads against Kuznetsova, Li Na finally scored her first victory over the 5th-seeded Russian World No. 6 almost two years after squandering match points against her in their first encounter. To seal this breakthrough win, which was also her second career victory over a current Top-10-ranked player, Li had to fight back from a set down, but ultimately vanquished the Russian 3–6 6–2 6–3, so becoming the second Chinese player to reach the fourth round (last 16) at a Grand Slam tournament (the first having been Jie Zheng at the 2004 French Open).

She then went on to defeat 10th-seeded Czech player Nicole Vaidišová 4–6 6–1 6–3 in the fourth round, to reach her first Grand Slam quarter-final, surpassing Zheng's achievement by becoming the first Chinese player ever to reach any Grand Slam quarter-final. With 174 ranking points to her credit from this performance, and none to defend, Li rose to a new career high WTA ranking of 20 following the tournament, even though she ultimately lost her quarter-final match against Kim Clijsters in two close sets, 4–6, 5–7, despite serving for the second set at 5–2.

At the US Open later that summer, she reached the fourth round, beating Mary Pierce 4–6 6–0 6–0, before losing to the eventual champion Maria Sharapova, 4–6 2–6.

Li Na started the year by participating a Tier III event in Gold Coast, Australia where she reached the second round. The week after, she competed in Sydney (Medibank International). She defeated Francesca Schiavone in the first round, Elena Dementieva in the second saving five match points, and Katarina Srebotnik in the quarterfinal. Then, she made it to the semifinals, losing a tough match to Kim Clijsters 1–6, 6–1, 7–5, however, she rose to a career high of No.16 afterwards.

Li Na followed her strong showing at the Medibank tournament with an equally strong showing at the 2007 Australian Open, where she advanced to the fourth round. Seeded 19th, Li dispatched Elena Bovina and Lourdes Domínguez Lino in straight sets through the first two rounds leading to a matchup with number 9 Dinara Safina. The match was postponed due to rain, but Li handedly beat Safina 6–2, 6–2 to advance to the fourth round to play Swiss star, number 6 Martina Hingis. Due to the rain delay and the fact that Hingis played on Rod Laver Arena, a roofed court, on the originally scheduled day, Hingis had an extra day of rest. The match the previous day seemed to have no effect as Li took the first set from Hingis; however, Na faded as the match went on and lost 4–6, 6–3, 6–0, committing 69 unforced errors. Despite the loss, the tournament was a success for Na, as it marked the third straight time in a slam that she advanced to the fourth round or later.

At the Tier I Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, Japan, Li advanced to the second round, defeating Lilia Osterloh 6–3, 6–2, before losing to Samantha Stosur 6–2, 6–4, converting zero of 11 break points.

At the important Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, California, Li made a strong showing, advancing to the semifinals. She lost to Daniela Hantuchová in the semifinal 7–5, 4–6, 6–1. She continued her good form at the Miami Masters, losing just three games in her first two matches against Tamira Paszek and Katarina Srebotnik, before stunning fourth-seeded Kim Clijsters 4–6, 6–4, 6–2. She then lost in the quarter-finals to Anna Chakvetadze 4–6, 7–5, 6–2.

She then moved onto the green clay of Amelia Island, where she suffered a shock second round exit after receiving a first round bye to former top twenty player Karolina Šprem in straight sets 6–3, 6–3. At the Family Circle Cup held in Charleston, South Carolina, she fell in the third round to Anabel Medina Garrigues 6–4, 7–5.

After losing in a grass tune-up event in Birmingham Li has pulled out of every tournament she was to play in the summer including Wimbledon and the US Open citing a rib injury.

Li Na had not played a professional match in half a year and had resultantly slipped to 29th in the WTA rankings when she returned from her rib injury in January 2008 to compete at the 2008 Mondial Australian Women's Hardcourts in Gold Coast, Australia. In the first round, she narrowly defeated seventh seed Sybille Bammer 6–4, 4–6, 6–4. After a comfortable second round victory over wildcard Monique Adamczak, she was drawn to meet the top seed Nicole Vaidišová in the quarterfinals. Li won their encounter in straight sets, 6–3, 6–3, advancing to the semifinals where she edged past Patty Schnyder 3–6 6–3 7–5. In the final, she narrowly prevailed against Victoria Azarenka 4–6 6–3 6–4 to score her first singles title since Ghangzhou in 2004 and the second WTA singles title in her overall career.

Despite rising back up to World No. 24 following this victory, she then withdrew from the 2008 Medibank International in Syndey after suffering a right knee injury. Her failure to defend her previous year's semi-final performance at this event cost her 125 ranking points, which dipped her ranking back down to No. 30 in the rankings list for the week beginning 14 January.

Going in to the 2008 Australian Open, she had a further 140 ranking points to defend from her fourth round performance in 2007. Faced with a relatively lenient draw in the early rounds, she survived a close three-set tussle with Séverine Brémond in the first round before surpassing Maria Elena Camerin in straight sets in round two. A revitalised Marta Domachowska (who last year slipped down from the Top 100 to the bottom of the Top 200 before a late-season winning streak propelled her suddenly back up to within the Top 150) remained between her and the defence of her ranking points, and although Li Na won the first set convincingly 6–2, she faltered thereafter and finally ceded the match to her Polish opponent by a single break of serve in the closely fought deciding set.

Having slipped three places to World No. 33 by the time she entered the Tier II tournament at Antwerp in early February, she nonetheless progressed to the semi-finals with back-to-back straight-sets wins over Russian veteran Elena Likhovtseva (6–1 6–1), Slovak World No. 45 Dominika Cibulková (6–4, 6–4) and on-form Swedish World No. 66 Sofia Arvidsson (7–5 6–4). However, she came unstuck in the semi-finals against World No. 47 Karin Knapp despite having taken an early lead with a break of service in the first set, ultimately ceding the match to her Italian opponent 4–6, 6–7(5). This tournament brought her back up within the Top 30 at World No. 29.

The very next week in the Tier I 2008 Qatar Total Open, Li met Likhovtseva again in the first round, and this time, after taking the first set comfortably, was challenged to a much tougher battle, but eventually won, 6–1, 0–6, 6–4. In Round Two, she scored her second straight-sets victory in four career head-to-heads against Russian World No. 6 Anna Chakvetadze (whom she had last beaten at the French Open in 2005), saving a set point in the first set tie-break before recovering to win 7–6(7), 6–4. In the third round, she enjoyed a more comfortable victory over Israeli World No. 17 Shahar Pe'er, recovering from a 1–3 deficit in the second set to win 6–1, 6–3.

In the quarter-finals, she met her old rival and friend World No. 4 Jelena Janković, coming into the match with a winning 3:1 head-to-head record to her credit against the Serbian player. By defeating Janković 6–3, 6–4, she extended this record to 4:1 and moved into the semi-finals, where she played Vera Zvonareva of Russia, against whom she had won both of her previous encounters. Despite taking the first set 6–3, Li lost the second by the same scoreline; and although she was 3–2 up in the final set, she then ceded four successive games to her opponent to lose the match.

Her ranking having risen back to No. 23 on the strength of this performance, she was prevented from consolidating on this recovery by suffering a right knee injury which forced her to pull out of her scheduled entries into both the Tier II event at Bangalore in early March and the Tier I tournament at Indian Wells in the middle of the month. With 210 ranking points undefended from her semi-final performance at Indian Wells in 2007, her ranking is calculated to slip back down to the bottom end of the top 30 in the week beginning March 24, 2008.

She returned to action at the International Women's Open in Eastbourne, winning one round before losing to Nadia Petrova. She then contested Wimbledon, defeating Anastasia Rodionova 3-6, 6-0, 6-1 before losing 6-2, 6-4 to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

At the Beijing Olympics, Li faced world No. 3 Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia in her opening match. She disposed of her Russian opponent 7–6(5), 6–4, displaying a second victory among their five encounters. She then defeated Ayumi Morita 6–2, 7–5 in her second round match. Li advanced to the quarterfinals by beating Kaia Kanepi of Estonia, 4–6, 6–2, 6–0, in the third round. She went on to defeat one of the favourites, Venus Williams, in the quarterfinals 7–5, 7–5. Li was trailing 1–4 in the first set but then managed to strengthen her game to win in straight sets. She is also the only remaining Chinese singles player left in the women's draw, as Zheng Jie was defeated 6-4, 6-3 by Dinara Safina in the third round. Li lost her semi-final match to sixth seed Dinara Safina 7–6(3), 7–5. She then was defeated in the bronze final by Russia's Vera Zvonareva, 6-0 7-5.

At the US Open, Li faced No. 24 Shahar Peer in her opening match. After losing the first set, Li quickly took control of the match and won 2-6, 6-0, 6-1. In the second and third round, She defeated Sara Errani of Italy 4-6, 6-2, 6-0 and Ekaterina Makarova of Russia 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 respectively before falling 2008 Beijing Olympics gold medalist Elena Dementieva in the fourth round 6-4, 6-1. Li struggled with 3 winners and 28 unforced errors.

In the 2008 Porsche Grand Prix, the unseeded Li defeated No. 1 ranked Serena Williams in the second-round 0-6, 6-1, 6-4. Li became only the second Chinese player to defeat a world number one player, following Zheng Jie's victory over Ana Ivanović at 2008's Wimbledon.

Li withdrew from both the inaugural Brisbane International, where she was defending champion (as she won the title at Gold Coast in 2008), and the Australian Open because of a right-knee injury. She made her comeback at the Paris Open. In the first round, she beat Ágnes Szávay 7–6(6), 6–2. In the second round, she lost to second-seeded Jelena Jankovic 6–0, 3–6, 6–2.

In the first round of the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships, Li lost in the opening round to Russian Elena Vesnina 1–6, 6–4, 6–4.

Unseeded at the Monterrey Open, she defeated World No. 10 and top seed Agnieszka Radwanska in a first round match that lasted over two hours 7–6(5), 4–6, 6–0. In the second round, she beat Petra Cetkovska 6–3, 6–4. She advanced to the semifinals after defeating Lucie Safarova 6–3, 7–6(3). Li then moved into her fifth career tour final after beating sixth-seeded Iveta Benesova 6–3, 6–3. However, Li lost to second-seeded Marion Bartoli in the final in straight sets.

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 2008 Wimbledon in London, which will end on July 6, 2008.

Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-8 (quarter finals up to finalist).

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Kim Clijsters

Clijsters at 2006 Wimbledon

Infobox last updated on: 7 May 2007.

Kim Antonie Lode Clijsters (IPA: , listen (help·info); born 8 June 1983, in Bilzen, Limburg) is a retired Belgian tennis player. She is a former World No. 1 ranked player in singles and in doubles.

During her professional career, Clijsters won 34 WTA singles titles and 11 WTA doubles titles. She won the US Open singles title in 2005 and the WTA Tour Championships singles title in 2002 and 2003. In doubles, she won the French Open and Wimbledon titles in 2003. Clijsters was twice a singles runner-up at the French Open and a one-time runner-up at the Australian Open, also reaching two Wimbledon singles semifinals. She announced her retirement with immediate effect on 6 May 2007.

Clijsters, known as Aussie Kim, Kim Kong, Killing Kim, or Kim Possible to many fans, was recognized for her deep, powerful, well-placed groundstrokes, as well as her court-wide defense, characterized by speed and athleticism. Clijsters, along with Jelena Janković and Svetlana Kuznetsova was among the few tennis players on either the Association of Tennis Professionals or Women's Tennis Association tours who could slide (known as the straddle) on all surfaces. After being defeated by Clijsters in the 2005 Nasdaq-100 Open, Maria Sharapova implied that Clijsters' strength lies in how she always forces her opponent to hit an extra shot, that "you just have to expect that she's going to get every ball back".

Kim Antonie Lode Clijsters was born on 8 June 1983, in Bilzen, in the Flemish Region of Belgium. She is the daughter of a successful football player, Lei Clijsters, and a national gymnastics champion, Els Vandecaetsbeek. Lei Clijsters died of lung cancer on 4 January 2009. Clijsters claims to have inherited footballer's legs from her father and a gymnast's flexibility from her mother. Clijsters' younger sister Elke finished 2002 as the ITF World Junior Doubles champion and retired in 2004 after back injuries.

In November 2003, Clijsters announced her engagement to Australian Lleyton Hewitt, but their relationship ended in October 2004 . In October 2006, Clijsters announced her engagement to American basketball player Brian Lynch, who is based in Clijsters' hometown of Bree. In an interview with "Sportweekend", Clijsters stated that she was retiring to start a family. Clijsters and Lynch married secretly on 13 July 2007, at 6:00 in the morning at the Bree city hall. She was married by the mayor, with sister Elke Clijsters, Lynch's brother Pat Lynch, and both sets of parents present.

Clijsters gave birth to a daughter on 27 February 2008, at 1:35 pm at the Vesaliushospital in Tongeren, Belgium. The girl, Jada Ellie, weighed 3.035 kg and measured 51 cm. Clijsters' mother had a son Zeth with second husband Jan Goossens a few weeks after Jada Ellie was born.

Clijsters was an accomplished junior player. In singles, she finished as runner-up in the 1998 Wimbledon junior event, placing 11th in the year-end singles ranking. In the same year in doubles, Clijsters won the French Open title with Jelena Dokić, and the US Open with Eva Dyrberg, ending the season as number four in the International Tennis Federation junior doubles world ranking.

In 1999, Clijsters made her breakthrough professionally. Playing through the qualifying rounds, she made it through the main draw of Wimbledon, wherein she defeated tenth ranked Amanda Coetzer en route to the fourth round, where Clijsters lost to her childhood idol Steffi Graf. Later that summer, Clijsters reached the third round of the US Open, losing to eventual champion Serena Williams after serving for the match. In the autumn, Clijsters won her first Women's Tennis Association (WTA) singles title at Luxembourg. She followed up with her first WTA doubles title at Bratislava, partnering Laurence Courtois.

Clijsters climbed up the rankings over the next couple of years. In 2001, she reached her first Grand Slam final at the French Open, where she lost to Jennifer Capriati 12–10 in the third set. This two-hour, 21-minute match featured the longest third set in a French Open women's final. Clijsters was four times within two points of winning before Capriati prevailed. Her next important breakthrough came at the end of 2002, when she won the year-end Home Depot Championships in Los Angeles, defeating top ranked Serena Williams in the final. This was only the fifth defeat of the year for Williams and snapped her 18-match winning streak. On her way to the final, Clijsters defeated fourth ranked Justine Henin and second ranked Venus Williams, becoming just the fourth player to beat both of the Williams sisters in the same event. She also equaled the event's record for the fewest games dropped.

Clijsters won nine singles tournaments and seven doubles titles in 2003, including the WTA Tour Championships and two Tier I singles tournaments. She also reached two Grand Slam singles finals, losing at both the French Open and the US Open to Henin. At the Australian Open, Clijsters lost in the semifinals to Serena Williams 4–6, 6–3, 7–5 after Clijsters led 5–1 in the third set and held a match point at 5–2. She also lost in the semifinals of Wimbledon. Her Tier I singles titles were at the Telecom Italia Masters in Rome, where she defeated Amélie Mauresmo in the final, and at the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, California, where she defeated Lindsay Davenport in the final. On 11 August 2003, Clijsters attained the World No. 1 ranking, holding the spot for 12 non-consecutive weeks during the remainder of the year, and was the first player to be top ranked by the WTA without first winning a Grand Slam singles title. The World No. 1 ranking was at stake in October during the final of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Filderstadt, Germany. Clijsters rallied from a set down to beat Henin. The match marked only the eighth time that the top two players battled for the top ranking. Even though Clijsters won that match, she finished the year ranked World No. 2, just behind Henin.

Clijsters started 2004 by reaching her fourth career Grand Slam final at the Australian Open, where she lost once more to Henin. She then won two consecutive titles in Paris and Antwerp. While defending her Tier I title at the Pacific Life Open, however, Clijsters began to have problems with her wrist, eventually requiring surgery and forcing her to withdraw from most tournaments. She attempted a comeback towards the end of the year, winning several matches, before reaggravating the injury.

Clijsters finally won a Grand Slam singles title at the US Open. It was her first victory after reaching four Grand Slam finals previously. Clijsters defeated tenth-seeded Venus Williams in the quarterfinals 4–6, 7–5, 6–1, winning 11 of the last 13 games after Williams had led 6–4, 4–2. Clijsters also needed three sets to defeat top-seeded Sharapova in the semifinals but needed only two sets to defeat Mary Pierce in the final. By winning the US Open Series — a string of summer tournaments in North America before the US Open itself — Clijsters received a 100 percent bonus to the US$1.1 million in prize money she received for winning the US Open. Her US$2.2 million paycheck was the largest payday in women's sports history.

On 15 September, within days after her US Open victory, it was announced that the cooperation between Clijsters and her coach, Marc Dehous, would come to an end. Dehous thought that it was time to do something else.

At the year-ending Sony Ericsson Championships, Clijsters was eliminated after only two matches. She lost her first match to Pierce 6–1, 4–6, 7–6 and her second match to Amélie Mauresmo 6–3, 7–6. Clijsters said in interviews that her defeats were due to fatigue and maybe jet lag, having had a relatively short time to adjust and acclimatize before the tournament began. Although she won her third match in the round-robin tournament against Dementieva, it was considered a dead rubber.

Overall, she won nine singles events in 2005, her last one being at the Gaz de France Stars in Hasselt. She ended the year ranked World No. 2.

Clijsters started the year by winning an exhibition tournament, the Watson Water Challenge, in Hong Kong. On her way to the title she defeated Jie Zheng, Elena Dementieva, and top ranked Lindsay Davenport. Clijsters then withdrew from her semifinal match at the WTA tournament in Sydney, citing a left hip muscle strain.

At the Australian Open, Clijsters defeated former champion Martina Hingis in the quarterfinals 6–3, 2–6, 6–4 before retiring from her semifinal match with Amélie Mauresmo. Despite the loss, the ranking points she accumulated were enough to regain the World No. 1 ranking, a position she last held on 9 November 2003. She was the first tennis player, male or female, to rise from outside the Top 100 (World No. 134) to World No. 1 in less than a year. Clijsters' loss to Mauresmo in the Australian Open semifinals was due to an ankle injury. Although she had been expected to miss at least eight weeks to recover, Clijsters returned two weeks later at the Proximus Diamond Games in Antwerp. She lost the final of that tournament to Mauresmo in three sets.

Clijsters won her first title of the year at a clay court event in Warsaw, defeating Svetlana Kuznetsova in the final. At the French Open in May, Clijsters reached the semifinals without losing a set, defeating Hingis in the quarterfinals 7–6, 6–1. However, she lost to Justine Henin in the semifinals 6–3, 6–2 on her 23rd birthday. She was seeded second going into Wimbledon but was again eliminated in the semifinals by Henin.

Clijsters collected her second title of the year as the top seed in Stanford, defeating Patty Schnyder in the final. Clijsters then reached the final in San Diego, falling to second-seeded Maria Sharapova in straight sets. This was her first loss to Sharapova in five career meetings.

On 16 August, after receiving a first round bye at the Tier I Rogers Cup in Montreal, Clijsters faced Canadian Stéphanie Dubois in the second round. Having won the first set 6–1 and trailing 2–3 in the second set, Clijsters slipped and fell on her left wrist and was forced to retire from the match. On 18 August 2006, Clijsters announced on her official website that the condition of her wrist was worse than she had expected and that she would be unable to defend her title at the US Open. She also missed the Fed Cup final against Italy, which Italy won 3–2.

At the Gaz de France Stars, her first tournament in more than two months, Clijsters successfully defended her title by beating qualifier Kaia Kanepi in the final. At the year-ending WTA Tour Championships, Clijsters lost a semifinal to Mauresmo 6–2, 3–6, 6–3 after defeating Dementieva and Kuznetsova and losing to Sharapova in the round robin phase of the tournament.

Clijsters started her final year of professional tennis by winning an exhibition tournament, the Watson Water Challenge, in Hong Kong. On her way to the title, she defeated Jie Zheng, Patty Schnyder, and top ranked Maria Sharapova. Clijsters then won the Medibank International in Sydney, Australia, defeating Jelena Janković in the final after being down a match point. At the Australian Open, the fourth seeded Clijsters defeated sixth seeded Martina Hingis in a quarterfinal match before losing to Sharapova in a semifinal 6–4, 6–2.

She played her last tournament in Belgium at the Proximus Diamond Games in Antwerp, where she lost to Amélie Mauresmo in the final. At the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Florida, Clijsters lost in the fourth round to Li Na 4–6, 6–4, 6–2. In May, she failed to defend her title in Warsaw, losing in the second round to Julia Vakulenko 7–6(3), 6–3. This was Clijsters's last professional match.

On 6 May 2007, citing injuries, Clijsters announced on her official website that she was retiring from professional tennis immediately, concluding a career highlighted by her 2005 US Open singles title.

Clijsters, along with Tim Henman, Steffi Graf, and Andre Agassi, is planning to play an exhibition event on Wimbledon's Centre Court in May, with tickets priced at approximately ₤35.00. She is also scheduled to play World Team Tennis this summer with the St. Louis Aces.

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Caroline Wozniacki

At Wimbledon girls final.

Infobox last updated on: February 23, 2009.

Caroline Wozniacki (born July 11, 1990, Odense) is a Danish tennis player. She achieved her career-high rank of #12 on November 10, 2008. She is the only Danish woman currently in the Top 400 on the WTA Tour.

Wozniacki is the daughter of Polish parents (her father Piotr, and her mother Anna). As such, she is multilingual, fluent in Polish, Danish, English and also speaks Russian fairly well.

She is from a very sports oriented family. Her mother played on the Polish national volleyball team. Her father played football professionally in Germany, and they moved to Denmark when he was sold to a Danish club. Her older brother Patrick Wozniacki is a professional football player, playing for BK Frem in Copenhagen.

Her game is characterized by solid baseline play with few net approaches and few unforced errors. When under pressure she often returns high and slow, giving her time to get back in position. Her best shot is her two-handed backhand down the line. She is strong mentally and plays well on big points. Her relative weak points are a lack of snap in her forehand and a tendency to sometimes be a bit too defensive, waiting for the opponent to fail instead of hitting outright winners. Her serve is solid if not among the hardest on the tour. Her volleys need a little more work, though not a major drawback with her style of play. She is one of the few women on the tour who has some variety in her game, rather than just trying to power opponents off the court, which has won her many fans amongst tennis purists.

She has won several junior tournaments (including the 2006 Wimbledon girls' singles tournament and the 2005 Orange Bowl tennis championship), and made her debut on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour at Cincinnati's Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open on July 19, 2005, losing to the top-seeded and later champion Patty Schnyder in the first round.

In 2006, she was the first seed at the Australian Open (junior girl's singles), but lost the final to eight-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia, with the score 6–1, 2–6, 3–6. She was seeded second with Anna Tatishvili in the doubles-tournament, but the pair was knocked out in the semi-final by the French-Italian pair Alizé Cornet and Corinna Dentoni, who were seeded eighth.

In February, 2006, in Memphis, she reached her first WTA Tour quarterfinal, beating Kristina Brandi and Ashley Harkleroad in the first two rounds before losing to third-seeded Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden.

Before Wimbledon, Wozniacki won the Liverpool International Tennis Tournament beating Ashley Harkleroad in the semi-finals.

Later that year she was given a wildcard to the 2006 Wimbledon Championships senior qualifying tournament, where she was beaten in the first qualifying round by Miho Saeki in three sets: 6–3, 2–6, 3–6. However, Wozniacki went on to win the Girls' Singles tournament, beating Slovak Magdaléna Rybáriková 3–6, 6–1, 6–3 in the final.

In August 2006 she reached another WTA Tour quarterfinal, this time at the Nordea Nordic Light Open in Stockholm. She defeated top 100 players Iveta Benešová and Eleni Daniilidou before falling to eventual champion Jie Zheng (seeded 3rd).

Wozniacki was seeded #2 in the year's last major tournament, the 2006 U.S. Open - Girls' Singles. In the first round, on September 3, she won the first set against Russian Alexandra Panova, but was disqualified in the second set for verbally abusing an umpire. Wozniacki was said to have used an expletive in referring to a linesman who made a disputed call, however, on her blog, she claimed to say "take your sunglasses of " and to be mistaken for talking to the linesman when she was criticizing herself after the next point.

In her last junior tournament, the Osaka Mayor's Cup, she won the girls' singles and doubles.

Her first senior title came shortly after on October 29, 2006, when she won the $25,000 ITF-tournament in Istanbul by beating Tatjana Malek 6–2, 6–1 in the final.

Wozniacki was set to face Venus Williams on November 27, 2006 in an exhibition match in Copenhagen, but five days prior to the event, Williams canceled because of an injury. The two did, however, face each other in the Memphis WTA Tier III event on February 20, 2007. Williams beat Wozniacki 6–4, 6–4, ending the 9-match winning streak Wozniacki had at the time.

On November 30, 2006 Caroline Wozniacki was named ambassador for Danish Junior Tennis by the Culture Minister of Denmark at the time, Brian Mikkelsen.

On February 4, 2007 she won the singles title in Ortisei, Italy, at an ITF $75,000 tournament, beating the Italian player Alberta Brianti by 4–6 7–5 6–3. On March 4, 2007 she won the $75,000 ITF tournament in Las Vegas, beating top-seed Akiko Morigami 6–3, 6–2 in the final.

She obtained a wild card for the 2007 Indian Wells Masters main draw and made her WTA Tier I-debut there. She was knocked out in the 2nd round by Martina Hingis, 6–1, 6–3. The two faced each other again on April 27 in Copenhagen for an exhibition match, where Wozniacki again lost 7–6 (9–7), 3–6, 6–2.

She then made the semifinals of Tokyo in October, her first career semifinal and also the first Danish woman to reach a WTA semifinal since Tine Scheuer-Larsen in 1986 at Bregenz. Wozniacki lost to Venus Williams 6–3 7–5.

On January 2, 2008, Wozniacki participated in an exhibition tournament in Hong Kong. She lost her first match to former no.1 Maria Sharapova in straight sets 6–2, 6–2. But she won the doubles event with her partner, the singles champion Venus Williams.

At the 2008 Australian Open, she defeated Argentine Gisela Dulko (6–1, 6–1), no. 21 seed Alyona Bondarenko of Ukraine (7–6, 6–1) and German Sabine Lisicki (4–6, 6–4, 6–3). In the fourth round, she lost to fourth-seeded Ana Ivanović (6–1, 7–6).

Her next tournament was the Qatar Total Open in Doha where she reached the quarterfinals, but was crushed by fourth seed Maria Sharapova 6–0, 6–1.

Following that, she played in the Cellular South Cup, where she again made the quarterfinals, before losing comprehensively to the eventual champion, Lindsay Davenport, 6–0, 6–2.

At the Pacific Life Open she made the fourth round, losing to 2nd seed Svetlana Kuznetsova 6–2, 6–3. Earlier in the tournament she defeated the 18th seed, Russia's Maria Kirilenko in straight sets 6–2, 6–0.

She lost in the fourth round of the Miami Masters to Venus Williams.

Wozniacki's next tournament was at the Bausch & Lomb Championships, where she suffered a 3–6, 6–3, 3–6 loss to Alyona Bondarenko in the second round. At the Qatar Telecom German Open in Berlin, she fell to Gisela Dulko 6–2, 7–5 again in the second round. Her next event was in Rome at the tier one Internazionali BNL d'Italia. There, she fell to newly crowned World number one Maria Sharapova, 6–4, 7–6(3).

At the 2008 French Open, she was seeded thirtieth, making this the first Grand Slam in which Wozniacki was seeded. In her first round, she defeated Yvonne Meusburger of Austria 6–0, 6–2. Her second round opponent was Anastasiya Yakimova of Belarus. Wozniacki won this match 6–0, 6–4 to once again set up a match with Ana Ivanović, as she did in the 2008 Australian Open. Ivanović went on to knock Wozniacki out of a Grand Slam tournament for the second time this year with a 6–4, 6–1 victory.

As a warm up for the grass season, like the two previous years, Wozniacki played in the exhibition tournament Liverpool International which gains no ranking points. She won the tournament by beating Michelle Larcher de Brito 6–2, 6–0, Tamaryn Hendler 6–2, 6–2, Katarzyna Piter 6–1, 6–1, Tamaryn Hendler (again) 6–3, 6–4 and Ashley Harkleroad (the 2007 winner) 4–6, 6–4, 10–5 (super tie-break). When she won in Liverpool in 2006, also by defeating Harkleroad, Wozniacki went on to win the Wimbledon (Girl's) title.

June 18 Wozniacki took her first top 5 scalp, defeating world #4 Svetlana Kuznetsova 6–2, 6–2 in the second round at the International Women's Open in Eastbourne, before losing to Samantha Stosur in the quarterfinals.

In Wimbledon 2008, she reached the third round, but lost to second seed Jelena Janković 2–6, 6–4, 6–2.

She reached the semifinal at Slovenia Open in Portorož, losing 6–4, 6–4 to the eventual champion, Sara Errani.

At the Nordic Light Open in Stockholm she won her first WTA tournament without losing a single set, beating the top seed and world no. 10, Agnieszka Radwańska, 6–4, 6–1 in the semifinal. She only lost 11 games from the quarter finals onwards.

At the Olympics in Beijing she beat world no. 12, Daniela Hantuchová 6–1, 6–3 in the 2nd round. In round 3 she fell to world no. 7 and eventual champion, Elena Dementieva, 7–6, 6–2.

In New Haven she beat world no. 13, Marion Bartoli, 6–4, 6–0 in the quarter final. In the semifinal she beat world no. 18, Alizé Cornet, 7–5, 6–4, her 11th straight set victory in her last 12 matches. In the final she beat world no. 11, Anna Chakvetadze, 3–6, 6–4, 6–1 to win her first Tier II tournament.

She was the 21 seed at the U.S Open, facing players outside the top 100 in the first two rounds. She won both matches, dropping just 3 games in each. In round 3 she defeated world no. 14, Victoria Azarenka, 6–4, 6–4. This was her 15th win in the last 16 matches. In round 4 she lost against second seed and eventual runner-up Jelena Janković 3–6, 6–2, 6–1, her fourth Grand Slam loss of the year against a Serbian.

At China Open she lost her opening match in singles 7–6, 6–4 against her doubles partner, Anabel Medina Garrigues, but they still managed to win the doubles title, beating Chinese duo Han Xinyun and Xu Yi-Fan 6–1, 6–3 in the final. It was Wozniacki's first WTA doubles title.

In the Tier III tournament AIG Japan Open she was the top seed for the first time on the WTA Tour. She lived up to it, losing only one set on her way to the final where she beat Kaia Kanepi of Estonia 6–2, 3–6, 6–1, her third WTA singles title of the year.

In the strong Tier I tournament Kremlin Cup in Moscow she was not seeded. She beat the eight-seeded Anna Chakvetadze in the first round but in the second round she had to retire due to sickness when Nadia Petrova was ahead 6–4, 3–2. In Zurich Open the following week she still had health problems but decided to play and lost to Francesca Schiavone in the first round.

In her last WTA tournament of the year she reached the final at Luxembourg, but lost against top seed Elena Dementieva in a close three-setter; 2–6, 6–4, 7–6(4).

In her city of birth, Odense, she won the ITF tournament Nordea Danish Open on November 23. She didnt lose a single set during the tournament and beat world no. 64, Sofia Arvidsson, 6–2, 6–1 in the final.

Her final win-loss record for the year (ITF matches included, exhibition matches not included) is 58–20 in singles and 8–9 in doubles. As of November 10, 2008 she is ranked at 12 in singles and 79 in doubles. She finished #13 in the race for the Sony Ericsson Championships.

In her first tournament of the year, the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand, she lost in the quarterfinals to Russian Elena Vesnina 6–3, 0–6, 6–3.

In the quarterfinal match against Serena Williams at the Medibank International in Sydney, Williams won 6–7(5), 6–3, 7–6(3) after saving three match points when Wozniacki served for the match at 6–5 in the third set.

Wozniacki advanced to the third round of the Australian Open where she lost to Australian wild card Jelena Dokic 3–6, 6–1, 6–2.

At the Cellular South Cup in Memphis, Tennessee, Wozniacki was seeded first. In her first two matches, she defeated Dokic and Séverine Brémond in straight sets. She then beat Michaëlla Krajicek in the quarterfinals and fourth-seeded Anne Keothavong in the semifinals 6–1, 6–0. She then lost to her doubles partner Victoria Azarenka in the final in straight sets. Afterwards, Wozniacki and Azarenka won the doubles title, beating Michaella Krajicek and Yuliana Fedak in the final.

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 Cellular South Cup, which ended February 22, 2009.

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2008 French Open

Women's doubles semifinalist Alona Bondarenko

The 2008 French Open was a tennis tournament played on outdoor clay courts. It was the 107th edition of the French Open, and the second Grand Slam event of the year. It took place at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France, from May 25 through June 8, 2008.

Justine Henin did not defend her trophy due to her retirement from the sport on May 14. Henin had the potential to become the only woman in the Open Era to win four consecutive French Open titles (currently, she shares the record of three with Monica Seles). Her retirement meant that the French Open would have a new women's champion in 2008, and Ana Ivanovic, the runner-up to Henin in 2007, was the victor. On the men's side, Rafael Nadal equalled Bjorn Borg's record of four consecutive titles in the open era. Other competitions included men and women's doubles, junior singles and doubles as well as wheelchair and 'veteran' competitions.

On May 14, 2008, less than two weeks before the start of the 2008 French Open, defending champion and World No. 1 Justine Henin, announced in a press conference her immediate retirement from the sport. Four-time winner in Roland-Garros, where she defeated Kim Clijsters in 2003, Mary Pierce in 2005, Svetlana Kuznetsova in 2006 and Ana Ivanovic in 2007, Henin became the first player, at 25, to stop her career while holding the number one rank. Despite undergoing a poor run in the 2008 season, Henin was still considered to be a strong favourite for the French Open crown. Her retirement allowed WTA No. 2 Maria Sharapova to be installed as the new No. 1, and become the top seed for the tournament. Henin's last match was against Dinara Safina, who went on to have a successful French Open, reaching the final. Henin returned at the end of the women's tournament, and presented new champion Ana Ivanovic with the trophy.

The 2008 French Open saw the last appearance on the ATP Tour of former World No. 1 Gustavo "Guga" Kuerten. The 31-year-old Brazilian champion, had been awarded a wild card to play his final tournament in Roland-Garros, where he won his three Grand Slam titles in 1997, 2000 and 2001. Kuerten played his first round, and final singles match on Court Philippe Chatrier against eighteenth-seeded Paul-Henri Mathieu. Kuerten conceded the victory in straight sets after a little less than two hours on the court. A ceremony followed, where Kuerten was awarded a trophy encasing the multiple layers of the French Open's clay courts. Kuerten played his last match in the men's doubles with Sebastien Grosjean. The pair was defeated after three sets by Florin Mergea & Horia Tecau on the score of 5–7, 6–3, 6–1, ending the very final appearance of Gustavo Kuerten on the tour.

As each year since 1981, three trophies are awarded during the tournament to the players of Roland-Garros: the Prix Orange (Orange Prize), awarded by the public to the player with the most sportsmanship, the Prix Citron (Lemon Prize), awarded by both the public and a journalists' association to the player with the strongest nature, and the Prix Bourgeon (Bud Prize), given by the journalists only to the most improved player of the year. In 2008, the Prix Orange was received, for the fourth year in a row, by Roger Federer, who came first of a tally with five choices, followed by Rafael Nadal, Gustavo Kuerten, James Blake and Carlos Moya. The Prix Citron was obtained by Fabrice Santoro, who preceded Novak Djokovic, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams and Juan Carlos Ferrero in the votes. The Prix Bourgeon was given by the press to Alize Cornet, ahead of Janko Tipsarevic and Ernests Gulbis. Gustavo Kuerten, already the recipient of three Prix Orange in 1998, 2002, and 2004, was presented a special ten-year prize for fair-play, in honor of his career and his successes at the French Open.

The Sunday start saw several seeds in the women's field go out, with Nicole Vaidisova losing to compatriot Iveta Benesova, and Virginie Razzano to Klara Zakopalova. Ana Ivanovic, Serena Williams, Alize Cornet, Dominika Cibulkova and Caroline Wozniacki all advanced to the second round.

In the men's field, all eyes were turned to a clash between Paul-Henri Mathieu and former No. 1, 1997, 2000 and 2001 French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten, which saw the Frenchman winning 6–3, 6–4, 6–2, marking the closure of Kuerten's career. Third-seeded Novak Djokovic came back from a one set deficit to Denis Gremelmayr to make it into the second round. James Blake, David Nalbandian and Nicolas Almagro proceeded to the next round in straight sets, while Andy Murray needed almost three hours to beat French wild card Jonathan Eysseric 6–2, 1–6, 4–6, 6–0, 6–2. 1998 French Open winner Carlos Moya fell to qualifier Eduardo Schwank and Janko Tipsarevic lost to Nicolas Lapentti.

In the women's event, Jelena Jankovic, Karin Knapp, Agnes Szavay and Patty Schnyder all advanced, along with Venus Williams, who lost a set against Tzipora Obziler before eventually winning the match 6–3, 4–6, 6–2. Twenty-third seed Alona Bondarenko was upset by Petra Cetkovska in straight sets.

On the men's side, favorites Roger Federer, Fernando Gonzalez and Fernando Verdasco all won, as well as Tomas Berdych, who crushed his opponent Robert Smeets 6–1, 6–0, 6–0, and Tommy Robredo, who defeated 2004 French Open runner-up Guillermo Coria in four sets. Marcos Baghdatis, who had been injured since Indian Wells lost to Simone Bolelli, and 2007 French Open quarterfinalist Guillermo Canas was also upset in straight sets and three tie-breaks by Wayne Odesnik. The shock of the day came as French No. 1 Richard Gasquet announced his withdrawal a few hours before his match, due to a knee injury. Rain interrupted the play during the afternoon, causing all matches to be stopped and rescheduled to the third day.

Rain disturbed the play during the whole day, causing a late start, following which Svetlana Kuznetsova and Dinara Safina qualified for the second round. After a long interruption in the afternoon, Agnieszka Radwanska, Ai Sugiyama and Amelie Mauresmo had just enough time to advance to the next round.

In the men's singles, Nikolay Davydenko and Stanislas Wawrinka won in straight sets, whereas Juan Monaco was upset by Robin Soderling, and Mario Ancic defeated Andreas Seppi. Another rain delay eventually forced the ongoing matches to be stopped and rescheduled to the fourth day.

Seventy-four matches were programmed to compensate for the rain delays, allowing Francesca Schiavone, Elena Dementieva, Flavia Pennetta, Katarina Srebotnik, Vera Zvonareva, Anna Chakvetadze, Nadia Petrova, Maria Kirilenko, Victoria Azarenka and Anabel Medina Garrigues to advance, along with World No. 1 Maria Sharapova, who was pushed for two-and-a-half hours, but came back from being led 3–4, 15–40, in the final set by compatriot Evgeniya Rodina, only No. 103 in the rankings, to win the match 6–1, 3–6, 8–6. Ninth seed Marion Bartoli, who led Casey Dellacqua when their match was stopped on day three, eventually lost, while Sybille Bammer fell to Aleksandra Wozniak, and Shahar Peer to Samantha Stosur. Agnieszka Radwanska, Caroline Wozniacki, Ana Ivanovic, Patty Schnyder and Serena Williams all proceeded to the third round.

In the men's event, Radek Stepanek, Lleyton Hewitt, David Ferrer, Jarkko Nieminen, Dmitry Tursunov, Ivan Ljubicic, Mikhail Youzhny and Igor Andreev advanced, as well as defending champion Rafael Nadal, who survived a first set scare to eventually overpower qualifier Thomaz Bellucci 7–5, 6–3, 6–1. Meanwhile, 2003 French Open champion Juan Carlos Ferrero retired against Marcos Daniel due to a leg injury, and Alejandro Falla defeated Ivo Karlovic 3–6, 7–6(4), 7–6(6), 5–7, 6–4, after nearly four hours. Novak Djokovic, Nicolas Almagro and Andy Murray were among the first to qualify for the third round, alongside Paul-Henri Mathieu, who rallied from two-sets-to-love to overcome Oscar Hernandez in four hours and eleven minutes on the score of 2–6, 1–6, 6–4, 6–3, 6–2, and unseeded Michael Llodra, who upset Tomas Berdych in three hours and five sets 6–3, 4–6, 5–7, 6–3, 6–4.

Rain again caused some delays and interruptions during the day, but it did not prevent Venus Williams, Alize Cornet, Jelena Jankovic, Elena Dementieva, Karin Knapp, Flavia Pennetta, Dominika Cibulkova, Katarina Srebotnik, Dinara Safina, Francesca Schiavone, Victoria Azarenka, Agnes Szavay, Anabel Medina Garrigues and Svetlana Kuznetsova from qualifying for the next round. In the meantime, Amelie Mauresmo lost to Carla Suarez Navarro, Ai Sugiyama was defeated by Olga Govortsova, Maria Kirilenko was beaten by Jie Zheng, and Anna Chakvetadze became the highest seed to fall on day five, when she was upset by Kaia Kanepi in straight sets.

The men's field suffered several upsets as well, as James Blake lost to Ernests Gulbis, David Nalbandian was defeated by French wild card Jeremy Chardy, who climbed back from being two sets down to beat the Argentinian 3–6, 4–6, 6–2, 6–1, 6–2, in over three hours and Igor Andreev was upset by American Robby Ginepri. World No. 1 Roger Federer came back from losing the first set to dispatch his opponent Albert Montanes 6–7(5), 6–1, 6–0, 6–4, and advance to the third round along with Rafael Nadal, Mikhail Youzhny, Fernando Gonzalez, Jarkko Nieminen, Dmitry Tursunov, Ivan Ljubicic, Stanislas Wawrinka, Fernando Verdasco, Nikolay Davydenko, David Ferrer, Lleyton Hewitt and Tommy Robredo.

The first matches of the doubles competition were played, with World No. 1 team Liezel Huber & Cara Black, Mariya Koryttseva & Vladimira Uhlirova, and Shuai Peng & Tiantian Sun to be among the first to advance to the second round of the women's doubles.

On the men's side, Lukas Dlouhy & Leander Paes, Jonas Bjorkman & Kevin Ullyett, Daniel Nestor & Nenad Zimonjic, Mariusz Fyrstenberg & Marcin Matkowski, Marcelo Melo & Andre Sa, Jonathan Erlich & Andy Ram, and No. 1 duo Bob & Mike Bryan all proceeded to the next round, while defending champion Mark Knowles, who partnered Mahesh Bhupathi this year, was defeated in straight sets by Stephen Huss & Ross Hutchins, and 2005 and 2006 champion Max Mirnyi, who teamed with Jamie Murray, lost in three sets to Rik de Voest & Robin Haase.

On the women's side, Nadia Petrova, Maria Sharapova and Vera Zvonareva all won their second round matches. Ana Ivanovic, victor of Caroline Wozniacki, Agnieszka Radwanska, who beat Alize Cornet, and Patty Schnyder all advanced to the fourth round. They were joined by twenty-seventh seed Katarina Srebotnik, who produced the first big upset of the day by eliminating 2002 French Open champion, fifth seed and favorite Serena Williams 6–4, 6–4, and twenty-sixth seed Flavia Pennetta, who defeated 2002 French Open runner-up, eighth seed and other favorite Venus Williams 7–5, 6–3, marking the first time since Roland-Garros 2004 both Williams sisters lost on the same day.

In the men's draw, Novak Djokovic and Paul-Henri Mathieu advanced to the fourth round, along with Rafael Nadal, who breezed by Jarkko Nieminen, Nicolas Almagro, who overcame Andy Murray in almost three hours, on the score of 6–3, 6–7(3), 6–3, 7–5, Fernando Verdasco, who defeated Mikhail Youzhny 7–6(5), 5–7, 7–5, 6–1, and French wild card Jeremy Chardy, who continued his run in the tournament by upsetting Dmitry Tursunov.

In the women's doubles field, favorites Yung-jan Chan & Chia-jung Chuang, Nathalie Dechy & Elena Likhovtseva, Tatiana Poutchek & Anastasia Rodionova, Zi Yan & Jie Zheng, Dinara Safina & Agnes Szavay, Victoria Azarenka & Shahar Peer, Lisa Raymond & Samantha Stosur, Kveta Peschke & Rennae Stubbs and Katarina Srebotnik & Ai Sugiyama all proceeded to the second round, whereas defending champions Alicia Molik & Mara Santangelo were upset in their first match by unseeded Sara Errani & Bethanie Mattek.

Christopher Kas & Rogier Wassen, Jeff Coetzee & Wesley Moodie, and Simon Aspelin & Julian Knowle were among the teams advancing to the second round on the men's side, as Lukas Dlouhy & Leander Paes won their second round match. Martin Damm & Pavel Vizner were defeated in straight sets by Lukas Arnold Ker & Juan Ignacio Chela, as Arnaud Clement & Michael Llodra, who lost to Pablo Cuevas & Luis Horna, while Mariusz Fyrstenberg & Marcin Matkowski lost their second round encounter to Michal Mertinak & Jean-Claude Scherrer.

Victoria Azarenka, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Jelena Jankovic qualified for the fourth round alongside Dinara Safina, Elena Dementieva and Vera Zvonareva, at the expense of Francesca Schiavone, Nadia Petrova and Dominika Cibulkova. WTA No. 1 Maria Sharapova was again pushed in the first set by Karin Knapp, before crushing her opponent in the second, to win 7–6(4), 6–0. World No. 49 Kaia Kanepi, victor of Chakvetadze on day five, pursued her run in the tournament by upsetting Anabel Medina Garrigues in three sets 6–1, 6–7(5), 7–5, and Agnes Szavay was defeated by unseeded Petra Kvitova in three sets in the last match of the day.

In the men's field, twenty-first seed Radek Stepanek dispatched Tommy Robredo in straight sets 6–3, 6–2, 6–1, and Roger Federer advanced past Mario Ancic in little more than an hour-and-a-half, whereas his compatriot and ninth seed Stanislas Wawrinka, who led two-sets-to-love and 3–0 in the third, saw his adversary, Chilean Fernando Gonzalez make a comeback to eventually win the match 5–7, 2–6, 6–4, 6–4, 6–4, in just over three hours. Meanwhile, Lleyton Hewitt and David Ferrer battled through five sets, breaking each other repeatedly, until the Spaniard gained the final advantage, breaking the Australian at 4–4 in the fifth set, which allowed him to win 6–2, 3–6, 3–6, 6–3, 6–4. Former Top Ten member Ivan Ljubicic produced the biggest upset of the men's field thus far, coming back from a two sets deficit to defeat World No. 4, 2007 French Open semifinalist Nikolay Davydenko 4–6, 2–6, 6–3, 6–2, 6–4, and obtain his first fourth round spot in a Grand Slam event since the 2006 French Open.

In the doubles, Alona & Kateryna Bondarenko, and Anabel Medina Garrigues & Virginia Ruano Pascual won their first round matches, while Lisa Raymond & Samantha Stosur, Mariya Koryttseva & Vladimira Uhlirova, Yung-jan Chan & Chia-jung Chuang, Cara Black & Liezel Huber, Shuai Peng & Tiantian Sun, Victoria Azarenka & Shahar Peer, Zi Yan & Jie Zheng advanced to the third round. Nathalie Dechy & Elena Likhovtseva were defeated by unseeded team Sorana-Mihaela Cirstea & Aravane Rezai, second-seeded Katarina Srebotnik & Ai Sugiyama lost to Ashley Harkleroad & Galina Voskoboeva, and Iveta Benesova & Janette Husarova were beaten by Natalie Grandin & Raquel Kops-Jones.

World No. 1 doubles duo and 2003 French Open champions Bob & Mike Bryan cruised to the third round of the men's draw, along with Daniel Nestor & Nenad Zimonjic, Jonathan Erlich & Andy Ram, and Simon Aspelin & Julian Knowle. Frantisek Cermak & Jordan Kerr won one of the last first round encounters. Favorites Jeff Coetzee & Wesley Moodie were upset in straight sets by Serbian pair Janko Tipsarevic & Victor Troicki, Brazilian team Marcelo Melo & Andre Sa lost to Rajeev Ram & Bryan Reynolds, and fifteen-seeded Christopher Kas & Rogier Wassen retired against tall opponents John Isner & Sam Querrey.

Finally, in the mixed doubles competition, No. 1 seeds Katarina Srebotnik & Nenad Zimonjic breezed by their opponents to advance to the second round along with Kveta Peschke & Pavel Vizner and Cara Black & Paul Hanley. Eighth seeds Alicia Molik & Jonas Bjorkman were eliminated by Janette Husarova & Andre Sa, fourth-seeded pair Chia-jung Chuang & Jonathan Erlich lost to Olga Govortsova & Daniel Martin, and seventh seeds Lisa Raymond & Simon Aspelin to Kateryna Bondarenko & Jordan Kerr. Unseeded defending champions Nathalie Dechy & Andy Ram were upset, in the last mixed doubles match of the day, by Dominika Cibulkova & Gael Monfils.

WTA No. 2 and 2007 Roland-Garros runner-up Ana Ivanovic left no hopes to opponent Petra Cetkovska as the Serb double-bageled her way into the quarterfinals in less than an hour. Jelena Jankovic faced more difficulties as she had to battle during more than two hours against fourteenth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska to win only 6–3, 7–6(3), and secure a quarterfinal spot, along with Patty Schnyder, who defeated Katarina Srebotnik. Meanwhile, twenty-sixth seed Flavia Pennetta lost in straight sets to nineteen-year-old Spanish qualifier Carla Suarez Navarro, in her first ever Grand Slam appearance.

In the men's draw, nineteen-year-old Latvian, unseeded Ernests Gulbis was the first player to qualify for the round of eight, by defeating Michael Llodra in straight sets. He was followed by Novak Djokovic, who defeated Paul-Henri Mathieu 6–4, 6–3, 6–4, to reach his third consecutive quarterfinal in Roland-Garros, Nicolas Almagro, whose opponent, the French wild card Jeremy Chardy held set points in all three sets, but eventually lost on the score of 7–6(0), 7–6(7), 7–5, and ATP No. 2 and defending champion Rafael Nadal, who crushed compatriot and twenty-second seed Fernando Verdasco 6–1, 6–0, 6–2, in little less than two hours.

In the women's doubles, Tatiana Poutchek & Anastasia Rodionova were upset in three sets by Casey Dellacqua & Francesca Schiavone in their second round match, while Anabel Medina Garrigues & Virginia Ruano Pascual, Alona & Kateryna Bondarenko, Kveta Peschke & Rennae Stubbs, and Dinara Safina & Agnes Szavay won theirs. In the third round encounters, sixth seeds Victoria Azarenka & Shahar Peer defeated Chinese team Shuai Peng & Tiantian Sun after three sets, Cara Black & Liezel Huber beat Mariya Koryttseva & Vladimira Uhlirova, and unseeded pair Nuria Llagostera Vives & Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez upset Lisa Raymond & Samantha Stosur. Unseeded Ashley Harkleroad & Galina Voskoboeva were the fourth team of the day to advance to the quarterfinals.

On the men's side, Bob & Mike Bryan, and Daniel Nestor & Nenad Zimonjic qualified without problems for the quarterfinals, alongside Jonas Bjorkman & Kevin Ullyett, whereas ninth seeds Lukas Dlouhy & Leander Paes were eliminated by South American duo Pablo Cuevas & Luis Horna, and Australian Open champions Jonathan Erlich & Andy Ram lost to Bruno Soares & Dusan Vemic. Unseeded Belgians Steve Darcis & Olivier Rochus also secured a quarterfinal spot. Meanwhile, thirteenth-seeded Frantisek Cermak & Jordan Kerr were knocked out of the second round by Igor Kunitsyn & Dmitry Tursunov.

In the mixed doubles, Zi Yan & Mark Knowles, and Victoria Azarenka & Bob Bryan advanced past the first round. Second-seeded Kveta Peschke & Pavel Vizner proceeded to the quarterfinals, alongside unseeded teams Janette Husarova & Andre Sa, Kateryna Bondarenko & Jordan Kerr, and wild cards Virginie Razzano & Rogier Wassen. Despite their second round win in the morning, Zi Yan & Mark Knowles decided to withdraw from the mixed competition, allowing Liezel Huber & Jamie Murray to secure a quarterfinal spot.

In the women's draw, Elena Dementieva came back from the loss of the second set to defeat compatriot Vera Zvonareva 6–4, 1–6, 6–2, and reach her first quarterfinal spot in a Grand Slam since 2006. Berlin Tier I titlist, and thirteenth seed Dinara Safina saved one match point at 3–5 in the second set and overcame a 2–5 deficit in the second set tie-break, before climbing back to upset World No. 1 Maria Sharapova on the score of 6–7(6), 7–6(5), 6–2, and set up a rematch of the Berlin final against Dementieva.

After a difficult first set, Fernando Gonzalez cruised to the quarterfinals beating Robby Ginepri 7–5, 6–3, 6–1, in less than two hours. World No. 1 Roger Federer struggled during almost three hours, but eventually defeated unseeded Frenchman Julien Benneteau, by breaking in the last game of every set to win the match 6–4, 7–5, 7–5. Twenty-one-year-old, ATP No. 59 Gael Monfils was the only French player out of the five present in the round of sixteen to advance, as he upset his opponent Ivan Ljubicic on the score of 7–6(1), 4–6, 6–3, 6–2, to reach his first quarterfinal in a Grand Slam event. David Ferrer's 4–6, 6–2, 1–6, 6–3, 6–3 win over Radek Stepanek allowed him to become the last man qualified for the singles' quarterfinals.

Unseeded Russian pair Igor Kunitsyn & Dmitry Tursunov advanced, and were shortly followed by the unseeded team, Janko Tipsarevic & Victor Troicki, who upset fifth seeds Simon Aspelin & Julian Knowle in three close sets, to complete the men's doubles' quarterfinals' line-up. Unseeded South American team Pablo Cuevas & Luis Horna produced the biggest upset of the men's draw in the first quarterfinal match, by knocking out of the tournament World No. 1 duo Bob & Mike Bryan 6–3, 5–7, 7–6(1). In the second quarterfinal of the day, Bruno Soares & Dusan Vemic upset eight seeds Jonas Bjorkman & Kevin Ullyett, to advance to the semis.

On the women's side, Yung-jan Chan & Chia-jung Chuang proceeded to the quarterfinals, alongside Anabel Medina Garrigues & Virginia Ruano Pascual who beat Zi Yan & Jie Zheng, unseeded Casey Dellacqua & Francesca Schiavone, who upset third seeds Kveta Peschke & Rennae Stubbs, and Alona & Kateryna Bondarenko, who defeated ninth-seeded Dinara Safina & Agnes Szavay.

Mixed doubles sixth seeds Cara Black & Paul Hanley were defeated by Jie Zheng & Mahesh Bhupathi in their second round encounter.

In the women's singles, WTA No. 49, twenty-two-year-old Estonian Kaia Kanepi defeated unseeded Petra Kvitova 6–3, 3–6, 6–1, to advance to the quarterfinals, her best result thus far in a Grand Slam tournament. World No. 4 Svetlana Kuznetsova matched her 2007 Roland-Garros performance by advancing to the quarterfinals, easily defeating sixteenth-seeded Victoria Azarenka 6–2, 6–3. The first quarterfinal saw the highest seed remaining, Ana Ivanovic, beat tenth seed Patty Schnyder 6–3, 6–2, to reach her second consecutive semifinal at the French Open. She was joined in the afternoon by another 2007 French Open semifinalist, World No. 3 and Serbian No. 2 Jelena Jankovic, who dispatched nineteen-year-old Spanish qualifier Carla Suarez Navarro 6–3, 6–2, in little more than an hour.

After three hours of play, ATP No. 3 Novak Djokovic came out the winner of a close three-setter against nineteen-year-old unseeded Latvian Ernests Gulbis, on the score of 7–5, 7–6(3), 7–5, to reach his fifth consecutive Grand Slam semifinal. On the Philippe Chatrier central court, defending champion Rafael Nadal crushed compatriot Nicolas Almagro 6–1, 6–1, 6–1, in less than two hours, to set-up a rematch of the Hamburg Masters' semifinal, and of last year's French Open semifinal, both against Djokovic.

No. 1 seeds Cara Black & Liezel Huber defeated all-Spanish team Nuria Llagostera Vives & Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez in straight sets, in the first quarterfinal encounter of the women's doubles. On the other side of the draw, Australian Open champions Alona & Kateryna Bondarenko also advanced, beating unseeded pair Ashley Harkleroad & Galina Voskoboeva. Unseeded Casey Dellacqua & Francesca Schiavone were the third duo to qualify for the semifinals, upsetting sixth seeds Victoria Azarenka & Shahar Peer, and were followed by Anabel Medina Garrigues & Virginia Ruano Pascual, who defeated fourth seeds Yung-jan Chan & Chia-jung Chuang after three close sets and more than three hours of play.

Daniel Nestor & Nenad Zimonjic, the only seeded players remaining in the men's doubles draw, advanced to the semifinals past Belgians Steve Darcis & Olivier Rochus in straight sets, while Igor Kunitsyn & Dmitry Tursunov continued their run in the tournament and completed the semifinal line-up, by defeating Janko Tipsarevic & Victor Troicki.

In the first quarterfinal matches of the mixed doubles, unseeded team Jie Zheng & Mahesh Bhupathi defeated wild cards Virginie Razzano & Rogier Wassen, and second seeds Kveta Peschke & Pavel Vizner overcame Janette Husarova & Andre Sa. Meanwhile, first-seeded Katarina Srebotnik & Nenad Zimonjic won their second round match.

The third quarter of the women's draw was a rematch of the 2001 French Open girls' singles final, but the unseeded twenty-two-year-old Estonian Kaia Kanepi, victor in 2001, was defeated this time by her opponent Svetlana Kuznetsova, now the WTA No. 4, in little less than an-hour-and-a-half, on the score of 7–5, 6–2, allowing the Russian to reach her fourth Grand Slam semifinal, and her second at the French Open, after an appearance in 2006. Dinara Safina repeated her drama-filled performance of the fourth round as she saved one match point against Elena Dementieva at 3–5 in the second set, before climbing back and crushing her adversary in the final set to claim a 4–6, 7–6(5), 6–0 victory, secure her first Grand Slam semifinal spot, and set an all-Russian clash against Kuznetsova.

Fernando Gonzalez made a powerful start at the beginning of his quarterfinal against Roger Federer, winning the first set 6–2 in only twenty-four minutes, before the World No. 1 took back the control of the match and easily won the following sets, to end the encounter on the score of 2–6, 6–2, 6–3, 6–4, and advance to his sixteenth consecutive Grand Slam semifinal, his fourth in Roland-Garros. In the last quarterfinal of the men's singles, ATP No. 59, twenty-one-year-old Gael Monfils, winner of the Juniors competition at the 2004 French Open, became the first French player to go past the round of eight in Roland-Garros since 2001, as he upset fifth seed David Ferrer 6–3, 3–6, 6–3, 6–1, to set a semifinal against Federer, already the third encounter between the two players in 2008.

Unseeded team Casey Dellacqua & Francesca Schiavone proceeded to their first Grand Slam final by defeating Australian Open champions Alona & Kateryna Bondarenko 6–2, 6–1. In the second semifinal of the women's doubles, World No. 1 Cara Black & Liezel Huber were upset in straight sets 6–4, 7–6(2), by Anabel Medina Garrigues, who advanced to her first Grand Slam final, & Virginia Ruano Pascual, who reached her fifteenth Grand Slam final, and her seventh at the French Open.

In the mixed competition, third seeds Victoria Azarenka & Bob Bryan were the last players to qualify for the quarterfinals, by beating Vladimira Uhlirova & Mariusz Fyrstenberg, while first seeds Katarina Srebotnik & Nenad Zimonjic defeated unseeded Kateryna Bondarenko & Jordan Kerr to be the third team to advance to the semifinals. Victoria Azarenka & Bob Bryan played a second match at the end of the day, and proceeded past unseeded Liezel Huber & Jamie Murray to complete the semifinals line-up.

On "Ladies Days", Berlin champion, WTA No. 14 Dinara Safina advanced to her first ever Grand Slam final, dominating World No. 4 and 2006 French Open runner-up Svetlana Kuznetsova during nearly an-hour-and-a-half, to eventually claim victory on the score of 6–3, 6–2. Kuznetsova's loss, following Sharapova's fourth round exit, meant that the second semifinal between Australian Open finalist and Indian Wells Tier I titlist Ana Ivanovic and Rome winner Jelena Jankovic was bound to decide who would be the next World No. 1. Jankovic took the first advantage in the match, leading 4–2 when Ivanovic made a comeback and snatched the first set, extending her dominance to the midst of the second, when she saw her adversary win seven games in a row, even the score to one-set-all, and take the early advantage in the final set. Ivanovic broke back once to 3–3 but lost her serve, before breaking again to even the score at 4–4, win her serve, and take Jankovic's to finally win, after over two hours of play, on the score of 6–4, 3–6, 6–4, advance to her third Grand Slam final, her second consecutive in Roland-Garros, and be assured to become the new World No. 1 on June 9, 2008.

The first semifinal of the men's doubles, that opposed unseeded Uruguyan Pablo Cuevas & Peruvian Luis Horna to alternates Brazilian Bruno Soares & Serbian Dusan Vemic, lasted almost three hours and extended to a third set tie-break, until Cuevas & Horna took a final advantage, to score a 6–4, 6–7(6), 7–6(6) victory, and advance to their first Grand Slam final. After losing the first set to unseeded Russian pair Igor Kunitsyn & Dmitry Tursunov, second seeded Daniel Nestor, the defending champion, & new partner Nenad Zimonjic battled to take back the advantage, ultimately winning the match, and reach their first Grand Slam final together on the score of 4–6, 6–4, 6–4.

In the mixed category, Jie Zheng & Mahesh Bhupathi withdrew, consequently offering a final spot to their opponents Katarina Srebotnik & Nenad Zimonjic, who reached their third consecutive French Open final together, having previously won in 2006, and lost in 2007. The second semifinal was played in the afternoon, and saw Victoria Azarenka & Bob Bryan defeat Czech team Kveta Peschke & Pavel Vizner 4–6, 6–3, 10–8, to advance to their first Grand Slam mixed doubles final together.

The first men's singles semifinal, which opposed World No. 2 and defending champion Rafael Nadal to World No. 3 and Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic, saw the Spaniard dominating his opponent throughout two-and-a-half sets, until Djokovic made a comeback, breaking Nadal several times to extend the match to a third set tie-break. Nadal won six consecutive points in the tie-break, to finally win the encounter at his fourth match point on the score of 6–4, 6–2, 7–6(3), to advance to his fourth consecutive French Open final. World No. 1 Roger Federer made a strong start in the second semifinal that opposed him to ATP No. 59 Gael Monfils, winning the first set in thirty minutes and breaking early in the second, before Monfils fought back, and broke the Swiss to snatch the second set. Federer cruised again in the third, before the match evened in the fourth, each player saving break points, until Federer took the Frenchman's serve at 6–5, to win on the final score of 6–2, 5–7, 6–3, 7–5, after three hours of play, and advance to his sixteenth Grand Slam final, his third consecutive one in Roland-Garros, a third time against Nadal.

Tenth-seeded, all Spanish-team Anabel Medina Garrigues & Virginia Ruano Pascual competed with unseeded Australian Casey Dellacqua & Italian Francesca Schiavone for the women's doubles title. Dellacqua & Schiavone commanded the game in the first set, winning 6–2 in nearly forty minutes, before their adversaries broke to 6–5 in the second, and won their serve to come back to one-set-all. Garrigues & Ruano Pascual broke in the first game of the third set, kept their advantage up to 4–3, when Dellacqua & Schiavone broke back to 4–all. Garrigues & Ruano Pascual managed to immediately take their opponents' serve again and keep theirs to win the match 2–6, 7–5, 6–4, after two-hours-and-a-half. In becoming the 2008 French Open women's doubles champions, Anabel Medina Garrigues won her first ever Grand Slam doubles title, & Virginia Ruano Pascual, a fifteen-time Grand Slam doubles finalist, holder of eight titles, won her fifth victory at the French Open.

The final of the mixed doubles took place between first seeds Slovene Katarina Srebotnik & Serbian Nenad Zimonjic, and third seeds Victoria Azarenka, from Belarus & Bob Bryan, from the USA. After easily winning the first set 6–2 in only twenty-two minutes, Azarenka & Bryan saw their adversaries even the competition, as Srebotnik & Zimonjic held their serve to a second set tie-break, in which they even took the early advantage, leading 4–3. Azarenka & Bryan were able to break back, and win four points in a row to eventually claim victory on the score of 6–2, 7–6(5), in little more than an hour. Victoria Azarenka, already the 2007 US Open mixed doubles champion, and the 2007 Australian Open mixed doubles runner-up, & Bob Bryan, finalist of the mixed doubles competition in Wimbledon 2006, and winner at the US Open in 2003, 2004, and 2006, won their first Grand Slam title together, becoming the new Roland-Garros mixed doubles champions.

The women's singles final was played by then WTA No. 2 Ana Ivanovic, the 2007 French Open and 2008 Australian Open runner-up, assured to become World No. 1 on June 9, 2008, and thirteenth seed Dinara Safina, the Berlin Tier I titlist, in her first ever Grand Slam final appearance. Ivanovic made the strongest start in the match, taking Safina's serve in the opening game, and once more at 3–1, to open a 4–1 lead in the first set. Safina started to take back the advantage, as she broke the Serbian twice and won her own serve to come back at 4–4. Ivanovic immediately recovered her break, and eventually kept her serve at 5–4, to close the first set on the score of 6–4. Ivanovic broke the Russian for a 2–1 lead in the second set, and continued to dominate Safina up to the seventh game, where she held double-break balls at 4–2. Af the end of this long game, in which both players repeatedly took and lost the advantage, Safina ultimately kept her serve, but the Russian was unable to attack Ivanovic in the following game, and found herself serving to stay in the match at 3–5. The Serbian pressured Safina, and eventually broke her a final time, to win the match on the score of 6–4, 6–3, after ninety-eight minutes of play. Both players received their trophies from the hands of former World No. 1 and 2003, 2005, 2006, and 2007 French Open champion Justine Henin in the awards ceremony that followed, which crowned Ivanovic, a first-time Grand Slam winner, as the new Roland-Garros women's singles champion.

The men's doubles final featured second seeds Canadian Daniel Nestor, a nine-time Grand Slam doubles finalist, winner of the 2007 French Open with Mark Knowles, & Serbian Nenad Zimonjic, a two-time doubles final runner-up in Wimbledon, and unseeded South American duo, composed of Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas, No. 50 in the doubles rankings, & Peruvian Luis Horna, No. 43 in the doubles rankings, on their first ever Grand Slam final appearance separately and together. The unseeded South Americans completely dominated the seasoned champions during the final, breaking them twice in each set, never losing their serve themselves, to crush Nestor & Zimonjic in only fifty-six minutes, on the score of 6–2, 6–3, and win their first doubles title together. Pablo Cuevas & Luis Horna knocked out four seeded teams, Arnaud Clement & Michael Llodra, Lukas Dlouhy & Leander Paes, World No. 1 pair Bob & Mike Bryan, and ultimately Daniel Nestor & Nenad Zimonjic on their way to becoming the first South American team to win a Men's Doubles Grand Slam title, and the 2008 French Open men's doubles champions.

The men's singles final took place at 15:00 (UTC+1) on the Philippe Chatrier Central Court, and featured, for the third straight year after 2006 and 2007, the World No. 1 and holder of twelve Grand Slam titles, Roger Federer, and ATP No. 2 Rafael Nadal, the winner in Roland-Garros since 2005. Federer decided to serve after being given the choice, but the Spaniard immediately attacked the Swiss' serve, and broke him, winning his own service game to quickly open a 2–0 lead. Though Federer won his following serve, he was not able in the rest of the set to convert the few break points he had on Nadal's serve, or win his own service games, allowing the Spaniard to close the first set in thirty-two minutes, on the score of 6–1. Despite being broken in the beginning of the second set, Federer started to fight back, as he finally took Nadal's serve, came back to 2–2, and held to 3–3. After a long game on Federer's serve, Nadal finally broke once more, and rapidly finished the set on the score of 6–3, after forty-nine minutes. There was no competition in what would become the final set as Nadal left no chances to Federer, and the Swiss was not able to find a second breath to start a comeback, not winning any game in the twenty-seven minutes set, and suffering a bagel for the first time in a Grand Slam since a 1999 Roland-Garros first round loss to Pat Rafter. Particularly relevant to the outcome of their meeting were Federer's thirty-five unforced errors to Nadal's seven during the brief match which never allowed him to gain a foothold. Rafael Nadal claimed his fourth consecutive French Open crown, on the final score of 6–1, 6–3, 6–0, and in becoming the 2008 French Open champion equalled Bjorn Borg's record of four straight Roland-Garros titles, and extended his win-loss record at the tournament to 28–0.

Withdrawals: Andy Roddick, Tatiana Golovin, Sania Mirza, Lindsay Davenport, Daniela Hantuchova, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Richard Gasquet.

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