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Samantha Stosur

Stosur (left) with doubles partner Rennae Stubbs at 2009 Australian Open

Infobox last updated on: 6 April, 2009.

Samantha Stosur (born 30 March 1984 in Brisbane, Queensland) is an Australian professional tennis player. She is a former world No. 1 on WTA Tour in doubles, together with Lisa Raymond from the United States. As of April 20, 2009, Stosur is ranked No. 31 in singles and No. 6 in doubles by the WTA.

Samantha Stosur is the daughter of Tony and Diane and has two brothers, Dominic and Daniel. At the age of six her house in Gold Coast was destroyed by a flood, causing her family to move to Adelaide. There she started playing tennis, when she was given a racquet for Christmas at the age of eight. While her parents worked long hours at the cafe they had started up, Stosur played at local courts with older brother Daniel, who later encouraged their parents to take her to tennis lessons.

The two players who inspired her as a child are Steffi Graf and Monica Seles. In her free time Stosur enjoys going to the beach, hanging out with friends, surfing, watching movies and listening to music. She currently lives in Tampa, Florida.

Stosur first played professional tennis in 1999 on the ITF circuit. She debuted on the Women's Tennis Association tour in 2000, losing in the first qualifying round of the Australian Open. In 2001 she won four straight ITF titles. In 2002 she lost in the first round at the Gold Coast event.

In 2003 Stosur won her first WTA singles matches, reaching the third round of the Australian Open. She lost in the third round to No. 7 seed, Daniela Hantuchová (6–4, 6–2). She also qualified for a WTA event in Memphis.

In 2004 Stosur reached the semifinals of the Gold Coast event, before falling to Ai Sugiyama (7–5, 3–6, 6–3). The next week she reached the second round of the WTA tournament in Hobart, then the second round of the Australian Open. She later qualified for WTA events in Acapulco, Indian Wells, Vienna and Birmingham. Stosur competed at the Athens Olympics, where she lost in the first round. She continued to play WTA qualifying events, qualifying for the Japan Open and Bali in the autumn of 2004. At the end of the 2004 season, Stosur reached the doubles final in Quebéc City, partnered with Els Callens from Belgium.

In 2005 Stosur reached her first WTA tour final at her home event in Gold Coast, losing to Patty Schnyder. She was runner-up at the Sydney event, defeating by walkover the world's No 1 ranked player Lindsay Davenport in the quarterfinal and Elena Dementieva in the semifinal before losing to fellow Australian Alicia Molik (6-7(5), 6-4, 7-5), and won her first doubles title partnering Australian Bryanne Stewart at the same tournament. Stosur lost to World no. 2 Amélie Mauresmo (6–2, 6–3) in the first round of the Australian Open, but won the mixed doubles title with Scott Draper over Liezel Huber and Kevin Ullyett.

In July she teamed up with American Lisa Raymond, winning seven WTA doubles titles until the end of the year, including the U.S. Open, the Kremlin Cup and the WTA Tour Championships. Stosur finished the year ranked #46 in singles and #2 in doubles.

In 2006 Stosur represented Australia alongside Todd Reid at the Hopman Cup, winning all of her singles matches. She then lost in the first round at Sydney, in three sets, to Czech Nicole Vaidišová (6-4, 4-6, 6-1).

At the Australian Open, Stosur made it to the fourth round in singles, falling to Martina Hingis (6-1, 7-6(8)). She and Lisa Raymond also made it to the Women's Doubles final, being defeated by Chinese duo Yan Zi and Zheng Jie (2-6, 7-6(7), 6-3).

In February, Stosur reached the quarterfinals at the Tier I event in Tokyo, beating no. 6 seed Daniela Hantuchová 7-6(5), 6-2 before falling to no. 1 seed Maria Sharapova (6-1, 6-4). In doubles, after losing at the Australian Open, Stosur and Raymond won 18 straight matches, winning titles in Tokyo, Memphis, Indian Wells and Miami. They also won in Charleston, at the French Open and the WTA Tour Championships.

On 28 August, Stosur achieved a career-high ranking of number 30, after reaching the semifinals at New Haven, where she lost to Lindsay Davenport in two tiebreakers. She finished off the year winning the doubles title at the WTA Tour Championships in Madrid, ranked #1 in doubles and a career-high #29 in singles.

Stosur and Lisa Raymond successfully defended their doubles titles in Tokyo, Indian Wells and Miami. The pair also won the German Open in Berlin. In singles, Stosur reached three quarterfinals, at Gold Coast, Tokyo and Memphis. In Rome, she defeated #1 seed Amélie Mauresmo in the second round, saving 2 match points, before losing to Patty Schnyder in the following round.

After the French Open, Stosur started showing symptoms of what would only after months be diagnosed as Lyme disease, an infection transmitted by the bite of ticks. By then her form had slumped. She lost in the second round at Wimbledon, withdrew from many tournaments on the US hardcourt circuit and lost in the first round of the U.S. Open, where she was seeded 29th, to the then ranked #96 Alizé Cornet of France. Stosur did not play any more tournaments in 2007.

Stosur was scheduled to make a comeback at the Gold Coast tournament. However, it was announced on her website that she would take an extended break to fully recover from her illness. Stosur stated that she was aiming to make a comeback in March, at Indian Wells. Her comeback was then further delayed, after she injured her shoulder in training. She had a protected ranking of 46, which she could use for 8 tournaments over 6 months.

Stosur returned playing two ITF tournaments before the 2008 Rome Masters, in May, where she was defeated in the second round by Venus Williams (6-4, 6-1). The tournament also saw the return of the doubles team of Stosur and Lisa Raymond with a second round loss. Less than a month later they were defeated in the third round of the 2008 French Open, where Stosur reached the second round of singles losing to Petra Kvitová (6-2, 6-1).

As a qualifier, Stosur entered Birmingham and was ousted in the second round by eventual champion Kateryna Bondarenko (6-3, 6-2). Stosur and Raymond were defeated in the first round, and at the 2008 International Women's Open in Eastbourne they fell in the quarterfinals to the no. 2 seeded pair of Květa Peschke and Rennae Stubbs. Stosur also played her way into the singles semifinals, defeating Caroline Wozniacki (7-6(3), 6-4) before losing to no. 8 seed Nadia Petrova in straight sets.

Stosur showed great promise at Wimbledon; while only making the second round in Singles, losing to Nicole Vaidišová (6-2, 0-6, 6-4), she made the finals of both the Ladies and Mixed Doubles. She and Lisa Raymond lost the final to Venus and Serena Williams (6-2, 6-2). The Williams sisters had just previously played against each other in the final of the Ladies Singles. With mixed doubles partner Bob Bryan, she overcame Mike Bryan and Katarina Srebotnik (7-5, 6-4) to win the title.

After losing in the final round of the Stanford qualifying draw to eventual champion Aleksandra Wozniak (6-4, 6-2), Stosur entered the event as a lucky loser after the withdrawal of Lindsay Davenport. She defeated the no. 3 seed Vera Zvonareva (6-3, 6-2) to reach the quarterfinals, where she was again defeated by Wozniak (6-2, 5-7, 6-4). In Los Angeles, Stosur beat Shahar Pe'er (6-1, 6-1) and was later defeated in the third round by Victoria Azarenka (6-4, 7-6(4)). In the doubles, Raymond and Stosur were eliminated in the semifinals by top seeds Chan Yung-Jan and Chuang Chia-Jung.

At the US Open, Stosur lost in the first round of singles to seventh seed Venus Williams (6-2, 6-3). She and Mahesh Bhupathi were eliminated in the second round of the mixed doubles competition by Rennae Stubbs and Robert Lindstedt (2-6, 6-3, 12-10). Raymond and Stosur were runners-up at the women's doubles event, losing to the top ranked team of Cara Black and Liezel Huber (6-3, 7-6(6)).

At the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, Raymond and Stosur reached their third final of the year, this time falling to Nadia Petrova and Vania King (6-1, 6-4). Stosur was also runner-up at the Hansol Korea Open Tennis Championships in Seoul, losing to top seed Maria Kirilenko (2-6 6-1 6-4) in the final. Back in Tokyo for the AIG Japan Open Tennis Championships, Stosur eliminated second seed Anabel Medina Garrigues (6-1, 7-5), but lost in the quarterfinals to eighth seed Aleksandra Wozniak (7-5, 6-3).

Stosur did not qualify for the singles competition at the Zurich Open. In doubles, she and Lisa Raymond were defeated in their first match. In her last scheduled tournament of the year, the Generali Ladies Linz, Stosur lost in the first round to qualifier Nuria Llagostera Vives in 3 sets (2-6, 6-4, 6-2). Raymond and Stosur fell in the quarterfinals to Jill Craybas and Tamarine Tanasugarn.

By the end of the year Stosur was ranked #52 on the WTA singles rankings, 110 spots above her ranking in June. In spite of missing the first four and a half months of the tour, Raymond and Stosur closed off the season as the seventh best team at the Race to the Sony Ericsson Championships, with Stosur ranked no. 14 in doubles, 156 positions higher than she was when she returned playing on the ITF circuit.

After upsetting 9th seed Ai Sugiyama, Stosur fell to Lucie Safarova in the second round of the Brisbane International. At the Medibank International, no. 1 seed Serena Williams was Stosur's first round opponent. After losing the first set and winning the second in the tiebreaker, Stosur was up 5-4 and served for the match in the third. With a 40-0 lead, she committed two double faults and missed another two match points before having her serve broken and subsequently losing the match (6-3, 6-7 (4), 7-5). Seeded 4th, the pair of Stosur and Rennae Stubbs lost to Peng Shuai and Hsieh Su-wei in the first round of the tournament.

Stosur won her opening two singles matches of the Australian Open, against Klára Zakopalová of the Czech Republic (7-6(5), 7-6(0)), and Sabine Lisicki of Germany (6-3, 6-4). She then fell to world no. 4 Elena Dementieva of Russia (7-6(6), 6-4). She also won her first doubles match partnering Rennae Stubbs against countrywoman Jarmila Gajdosova and Estonian Kaia Kanepi (6-1, 6-4). They then won their second round match against Agnieszka and Urszula Radwańska of Poland (6-1, 6-4). In the third round Stubbs and Stosur faced Venus and Serena Williams of the United States, and lost 6-4, 6-2.

At the Fed Cup Asia/Oceanic Zone competition, which took place in Perth, Stosur won all of her singles matches played during the Group I round-robin ties against Ye-Ra Lee of South Korea, Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand and Chuang Chia-jung of Chinese Taipei, besides pairing with Rennae Stubbs to defeat Chuang and Chan Chin-Wei. She then sealed Australia's victory against New Zealand in the promotional play-off beating Marina Erakovic. The Australian team, which also included Casey Dellacqua and Jelena Dokic, advanced to the World Group II play-offs, to be played in April, winning all of its twelve rubbers.

At the Dubai Tennis Championships, Stosur was defeated in the second round by thirteenth seed Zheng Jie (3-6, 7-5, 7-5). Together with Rennae Stubbs, she was ousted in the semifinals of the doubles competition by the world no.1 team of Cara Black and Liezel Huber (6-4, 6-4).

At the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, Stosur won her opening round match against Swede Sofia Arvidsson (6-1, 2-0 Ret'd), then defeated Austrian 27th seed Sybille Bammer in the second round (6-1, 6-1). In the third round Stosur defeated 2nd seed Dinara Safina, winning 9 of the first 10 games to lead 6-1, 3-0 before the Russian attempted a comeback; in the end, Stosur prevailed (6-1, 6-4). She then defeated former world no.1 and 20th seed Amelie Mauresmo 6-4, 6-4, to advance to the quarterfinals, where she faced 11th seed Victoria Azarenka and lost (6-1, 6-0). She reached the same round in doubles, losing to Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Patty Schnyder (6-7(5), 6-2, 10-8). However, at the end of the tournament Stosur's singles ranking rose from 43 to 31.

At the MPS Group Championships in Ponte Vedra Beach Stosur was eliminated in the first round by no.2 seed and eventual champion Caroline Wozniacki (6-3, 6-7(4), 6-1). She will play for the Australian Fed Cup team in Mildura, Australia against Switzerland in their World Group II playoff on 25-26 April. Stosur won the opening rubber of the tie in straight sets then sealed the victory for Australia in the third rubber with a tight 3-set victory.

An accomplished doubles player, Stosur has developed a serve-and-volley style of play. Her right-handed forehand groundstrokes, hit with heavy spin, are considered her best, as evidenced by her often choosing to hit inside-out forehands; still, Stosur plays the ad court in doubles. She is also noted for her athleticism.

Stosur's first serve, however erratic, reaches more than 112 mph (180 km/h) on regular basis; at the 2008 Hansol Korea Open final she recorded an ace at 122 mph (197 km/h), which she believes to be her fastest service to date. Nonetheless, it is her second, a high bouncing kick serve, that is usually highly rated by media and players alike.

Her favorite surface is the hard court.

As of 2009, Stosur's clothing sponsor is Lacoste. Her racquet is Babolat's Pure Storm model, and she endorses Oakley eyewear.

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

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

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

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Venus Williams

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

Infobox last updated on: April 6 2009.

Venus Ebony Starr Williams (born June 17, 1980) is a former World No. 1 American tennis player who, as of April 6, 2009, is ranked World No. 5. She has won the Wimbledon singles title the last two years and is the reigning Wimbledon and Australian Open doubles champion.

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

She is the older sister of Serena Williams.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Williams ended the year ranked World No. 6.

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

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

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

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

Williams again skipped the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, a Premier Mandatory event. She then lost in the semifinals of the Premier Mandatory Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Florida to her sister Serena 6–4, 3–6, 6–3. She then lost 6-4, 7-6(5) to German Sabine Lisicki in the third round of the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, South Carolina, where she was seeded second.

Her next scheduled tournament is the Rome Masters, where she is seeded fourth. She receives a bye on the first round.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Williams professes to be a devout Jehovah's Witness.

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

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

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

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Caroline Wozniacki

At Wimbledon girls final.

Infobox last updated on: April 20, 2009.

Caroline Wozniacki (born July 11, 1990, Odense) is a Danish tennis player. She achieved her career-high singles ranking of World No. 11 on April 20, 2009. She is the only Danish woman currently in the Top 300 on the WTA Tour.

Wozniacki is the daughter of Polish parents, father Piotr and mother Anna. Piotr Wozniacki acts as her coach.

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 in Denmark.

She speaks fluent Danish, Polish and English, and has a good understanding of Russian.

Her closest friends on tour are the Polish sisters Agnieszka and Urszula Radwanska, she is also good friends with Sabine Lisicki who also hails from Poland.

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 1–6, 6–2, 6–3. She was seeded second with Anna Tatishvili in the doubles tournament, but the pair was knocked out in the semifinals by the French-Italian pair of Alizé Cornet and Corinna Dentoni, who were seeded eighth.

In February 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 3–6, 6–2, 6–3. However, Wozniacki went on to win the girls' singles tournament, beating Slovak Magdaléna Rybáriková in the final 3–6, 6–1, 6–3.

In August, 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 and third-seeded Jie Zheng.

Wozniacki was seeded second 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, when she won the $25,000 ITF-tournament in Istanbul by beating Tatjana Malek in the final 6–2, 6–1.

Wozniacki was set to face Venus Williams on November 27 in an exhibition match in Copenhagen, but five days before 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. Williams beat Wozniacki 6–4, 6–4, ending the nine-match winning streak Wozniacki had at the time.

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

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

She obtained a wild card for the 2007 Pacific Life Open main draw and made her Tier I-debut there. She was knocked out in the second 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(7), 3–6, 6–2.

She then made the semifinals of the tournament in 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, Wozniacki participated in an exhibition tournament in Hong Kong. She lost her first match to former World No. 1 Maria Sharapova 6–2, 6–2. But she won the doubles event with her partner, the singles champion Venus Williams.

At the Australian Open, she defeated Argentine Gisela Dulko, 21st-seeded Alyona Bondarenko of Ukraine, and German Sabine Lisicki. 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 lost in the quarterfinals to fourth-seeded Maria Sharapova 6–0, 6–1.

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

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

She lost in the fourth round of the Sony Ericsson Open to Venus Williams.

Wozniacki's next tournament was the Bausch & Lomb Championships in Amelia Island, Florida, where she lost in the second round to Alyona Bondarenko 6–3, 3–6, 6–3. 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 No. 1 Sharapova 6–4, 7–6(3).

At the French Open, she was seeded thirtieth, making this the first Grand Slam tournament in which Wozniacki was seeded. In the first two rounds, she defeated Yvonne Meusburger of Austria and Anastasiya Yakimova of Belarus. In the third round, Ivanović defeated Wozniacki 6–4, 6–1.

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, Tamaryn Hendler, Katarzyna Piter, Hendler (again), and Ashley Harkleroad (the 2007 winner) 4–6, 6–4, . When she won in Liverpool in 2006, also by defeating Harkleroad, Wozniacki went on to win the Wimbledon girl's title.

On June 18, Wozniacki took her first top 5 scalp, defeating World No. 4 Svetlana Kuznetsova 6–2, 6–2 in the second round at the International Women's Open in Eastbourne, United Kingdom, before losing to Samantha Stosur in the quarterfinals.

At Wimbledon, she reached the third round but lost to second-seeded Jelena Janković 2–6, 6–4, 6–2.

She reached the semifinals at the 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 semifinals. She only lost 11 games from the quarterfinals onwards.

At the Olympics in Beijing, she beat World No. 12 Daniela Hantuchová in the second round 6–1, 6–3. In the third round, 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 in the quarterfinals 6–4, 6–0. In the semifinals, 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 21st seed at the US Open, facing players outside the top 100 in the first two rounds. She won both matches, dropping just three games in each. In the third round, she defeated World No. 14 Victoria Azarenka 6–4, 6–4. This was her 15th win in the last 16 matches. In the fourth round, she lost to second-seeded and eventual runner-up Janković 3–6, 6–2, 6–1, her fourth loss of the year to a Serbian in a Grand Slam tournament.

At the 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 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 Tier I Kremlin Cup in Moscow, she was not seeded. She beat eight-seeded 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. The following week at the Zurich Open, 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 the tournament in Luxembourg, but lost against top seeded Dementieva 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 did not lose a set during the tournament and beat World No. 64 Sofia Arvidsson in the final 6–2, 6–1.

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, she is ranked at 12 in singles and 79 in doubles. She finished thirteenth in the race for the Sony Ericsson Championships. She also won the Newcomer of the Year award for 2008.

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 Krajicek and Yuliana Fedak in the final.

At the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, the first Premier Mandatory event of the year, Wozniacki lost in the quarterfinals to eventual champion Vera Zvonareva 6–4, 6–2. Wozniacki also reached the quarterfinals of the Premier Mandatory Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Florida, where she lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova 6–4, 6–7(5), 6–1 after having defeated Elena Dementieva in the fourth round.

At the MPS Group Championships she was seeded #2. In the first round she survived a tough three set encounter against Samantha Stosur and then handily dispensed of Virginie Razzano and Daniela Hantuchova in straight sets to reach the semifinals where she survived four match points to defeat Elena Vesnina 2–6, 6–3, 7–6(5). She then faced Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak in the final, where she dropped only 3 games to win her first title of the year and her fourth overall.

At the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, South Carolina Wozniacki was seeded #5. In the first three rounds, she defeated Alla Kudryavtseva, Shuai Peng and Virginie Razzano in straight sets. She then went on to defeat top seed Elena Dementieva 6–4, 5–7, 7–5 in 3 hours to get to the final. In the final she lost 6–2, 6–4 to Sabine Lisicki. In an interview after the final Wozniacki apologized for her poor performance, saying she was tired after playing 11 matches in a row and having to rebound mentally after the 3 hour match.

Her next tournament will be at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, starting April 27.

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 Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Florida, which ended April 5, 2009.

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Elena Dementieva

Elena Dementieva at 2008 Qatar Telecom German Open

Infobox last updated on: 4 May 2009.

Elena Viatcheslavovna Dementieva (Russian: Елена Вячеславовна Дементьева, jɪˈlʲenə dʲɪˈmʲentjɪvə (help·info)); (born 15 October 1981 in Moscow, Russia) is a professional tennis player from Russia who has won two Olympic medals in singles, including the gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. She has also reached the finals of two Grand Slam events. As of 6 April 2009, she is ranked World No. 3.

Dementieva was born in Moscow to Viatcheslav, an electrical engineer, and Vera, a teacher, both recreational tennis players. She was rejected by Dynamo Sports Club and the Central Red Army Tennis Club at the age of 7 before enrolling at Spartak Tennis Club where she was coached for 3 years by Rauza Islanova, the mother of Marat Safin and Dinara Safina. She then moved to the Central Red Army Club with Sergei Pashkov when she was 11. She is now coached by her mother Vera and her older brother Vsevolod. She has homes in Monaco, Moscow and Boca Raton, Florida, and enjoys snowboarding, baseball, reading and traveling. .

She was the cover girl for Marie Claire Russia's January 2009 issue. In her interview, she confirmed that she was dating an NHL player but refused to name which player; it is believed that her anonymous boyfriend is Maxim Afinogenov.

Dementieva played and won her first international tournament, Les Petit As, in France at the age of 13. In 1997, she entered the WTA top 500. She turned professional in 1998 and entered the top 100 in 1999.

In 1999, Dementieva represented Russia in the Fed Cup final against the United States, scoring Russia's only point when she upset Venus Williams 1–6, 6–3, 7–6(5), recovering from a 4–1 third set deficit. She played her first Grand Slam main draws, qualifying for the Australian Open, French Open, and Wimbledon and receiving a direct entry into the US Open. She reached the second round at the Australian Open and French Open, made a first round exit at Wimbledon, and reached the third round of the US Open. In 2000, she entered the top 20 by winning more than 40 singles matches for the second straight year and earned more than U.S. $600,000. She became the first woman from Russia to reach the US Open semifinals, where she lost to Lindsay Davenport. At the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, Dementieva won the silver medal, losing to Venus Williams in the gold medal match 6–2, 6–4. In 2000, Dementieva was named the WTA tour's Most Improved Player.

2001 was the second straight year in which Dementieva finished in the WTA's top 20. During the year, she became the top ranked Russian player, a position previously held by Anna Kournikova since December 1997. Dementieva, however, suffered a shoulder injury in Australia. To keep playing matches, she altered her serve, adding slice and changing her motion. After her shoulder healed, her service motion stayed the same. She has double faulted as many as 19 times in a match and hit 50 mph first and second serves. In 2002, Dementieva and her partner Janette Husárová of Slovakia reached the final of the US Open and won the year-ending WTA Tour Championships. In singles, Dementieva defeated a top ranked player for the first time, beating world No. 1 Martina Hingis 6–2, 6–2 in a quarterfinal in Moscow. Dementieva reached the final of that tournament, losing to Jelena Dokić.

Dementieva played the most tournaments among year-end top ten players (27) and won US$869,740 in prize money. At the Bausch & Lomb Championships in Amelia Island, Florida, she won her first WTA Tour title, defeating Amanda Coetzer, World No. 9 Daniela Hantuchová, World No. 4 Justine Henin, and World No. 5 Lindsay Davenport. Dementieva was the lowest seed (tenth) to win the tournament in its 24-year history. She also won back-to-back titles in Bali and Shanghai, defeating Chanda Rubin in both finals. Dementieva finished the year in the top 10 for the first time (World No. 8). In addition, she reached the semifinals of the Wimbledon doubles with compatriot Lina Krasnoroutskaya, beating the Venus and Serena Williams team along the way.

Dementieva's breakthrough year was 2004. In Miami, she defeated Venus Williams in the quarterfinals and Nadia Petrova in the semifinals. Dementieva then lost to the top seeded and two-time defending champion Serena Williams 6–1, 6–1. On 5 April, she reached her highest singles ranking at sixth in the world. With fifth ranked Anastasia Myskina and ninth ranked Petrova, it was the first time that three Russians appeared in the Women's Tennis Association top 10 simultaneously.

Later that year at the US Open, after a first round loss at Wimbledon to Sandra Kleinová, Dementieva reached her second Grand Slam final, defeating Mauresmo and Jennifer Capriati en route, both in third set tie-breaks. Countrywoman Svetlana Kuznetsova defeated Dementieva in straight sets in the final, becoming the third consecutive Russian Grand Slam winner. Following the US Open, Dementieva won her first title in Hasselt and reached the Moscow finals for the second time, losing to Myskina.

In 2005, Dementieva reached six semifinals, the most important being at the US Open. She also reached the final in Charleston, losing to Justine Henin, and Philadelphia, losing to Amélie Mauresmo despite serving for the match at 5–4 in the third set. In the quarterfinals of the US Open, Dementieva defeated top ranked Lindsay Davenport 6–1, 3–6, 7–6(6) for her second victory over a current No. 1 player. In the semifinals, she lost to Mary Pierce 3–6, 6–2, 6–2. The momentum of the match with Pierce changed in Pierce's favor when, with Dementieva up a set, Pierce received 12 minutes of on-court medical treatment. Partnering Flavia Pennetta of Italy, Dementieva reached her second doubles final at the US Open.

Following the US Open, Dementieva helped Russia repeat as Fed Cup champions, beating France 3–2 in the final. All three points came from Dementieva, as she avenged her loss to Pierce at the US Open, beat Mauresmo, and then won the deciding doubles match with partner Dinara Safina. At the WTA Tour Championships, Dementieva lost all three round robin matches against Mauresmo, Pierce, and Kim Clijsters with the same score each time: 6–2, 6–3.

After losing to Kim Clijsters in an exhibition in Hong Kong, she lost in the first round of the Australian Open to Julia Schruff. But immediately following that tournament, Dementieva won her first Tier I event, the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. On the run to the title, she defeated Katarina Srebotnik, Nicole Vaidišová, and Anastasia Myskina, all in three sets. She then defeated the resurgent Martina Hingis, with Hingis saying after the match, "If she played like that all the time, she'd win Grand Slams." At the Pacific Life Open, despite double faulting 79 times in six matches, Dementieva reached the final. She defeated rising stars Sania Mirza, Ana Ivanović, and Na Li along the way. Dementieva then upset Justine Henin in a semifinal 2–6, 7–5, 7–5. The victory was her fourth three set match of the tournament, and fatigue contributed to her 6–1, 6–2 loss to Maria Sharapova in the final.

At the French Open she was upset in the third round by Shahar Peer 6-4, 7-5. On grass, Dementieva reached the s'Hertogenbosch semifinals, losing to Michaella Krajicek despite holding a match point, and the Wimbledon quarterfinals. At Wimbledon, Dementieva lost to fourth seeded Sharapova 6–1, 6–4. In August, Dementieva won the tournament in Los Angeles by defeating Jelena Janković in the final 6–3, 4–6, 6–4. En route to her sixth career title, she defeated everyone who had beaten (or, in the case of the US Open, would beat) her at the 2006 Grand Slam tournaments—Schruff in the second round, Peer in the third round, Sharapova in a semifinal (for the first time since 2003), and Janković in the final.

At the 2006 US Open, Dementieva reached the quarterfinals for the fourth time, losing to Janković 6–2, 6–1. The three games she won were all breaks of serve. Dementieva remarked afterwards, "Yeah, it is disappointing, you know. I'm getting older, and I haven't won a Grand Slam, so that's really what I'm thinking about all the time. I feel like I was in a good shape here. That's why it's sad." . She relinquished to Sharapova, who won the tournament, the distinction of being the Russian player to have won the most career prize money. Dementieva qualified for the year-ending WTA Tour Championships for the seventh straight time, the only active player to do so. She lost to all three players in her round robin group: Sharapova 6–1, 6-4; Svetlana Kuznetsova 7–5, 6-3; and Clijsters 6–4, 6–0. Her career win-loss record at this tournament fell to 3-14. She had lost her last nine matches played there.

Dementieva won two titles, reached three semifinals and five quarterfinals, and reached the fourth round at the Australian Open. After her first semifinal of the year at the Tier I Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, Dementieva suffered a rib fracture in Antwerp and was off the tour for nine weeks, leaving the top 10 in April for the first time in nearly four years. Dementieva won her fourth event back on tour at the Tier III event in Istanbul, her first career singles title on red clay. She was upset in the third round of the French Open by Marion Bartoli the following week. Three weeks later, she lost to Bartoli again in the quarterfinals of the tournament in Eastbourne, United Kingdom 6–1, 6–0. At the J&S Cup in Warsaw she lost to Venus Williams. She lost in the third round of Wimbledon to Tamira Paszek 3-6, 6-2, 6-3. During the North American summer hard court season, she reached the semifinals of the tournaments in San Diego and New Haven, Connecticut and the quarterfinals of the tournament in Los Angeles but lost early at the Tier I Rogers Cup in Toronto and at the US Open. By the end of the summer, Dementieva had fallen to World No. 20, her lowest ranking since 2002.

In the fall, Dementieva reached two successive quarterfinals in Beijing and Stuttgart. At the latter event, Dementieva defeated Amélie Mauresmo and Daniela Hantuchová before losing to World No. 1 Justine Henin in the quarterfinals. In the final of the Tier I Kremlin Cup in Moscow, Dementieva defeated Serena Williams for the first time in her career. Winning the title in Moscow returned Dementieva to the top 10 at World No. 10 for one week. Her first round loss at the Zurich Open the following week, however, caused her ranking to fall to World No. 11. 2007 was the first year since 2002 that Dementieva did not finish the year in the top 10, and did not secure a spot at the year-end Sony Ericsson Championships.

At Dementieva's first tournament of the season, the Medibank International in Sydney, she lost in the first round to Sofia Arvidsson 6–1, 7–5. She then reached the fourth round of the Australian Open before losing to eventual champion Maria Sharapova 6–2, 6–0. Dementieva then travelled to Paris for the Tier II Open Gaz de France indoor tournament. She reached the semifinals before succumbing to seventh-seeded Ágnes Szávay from Hungary 6–3, 1–6, 7–5. Dementieva then won the Tier II, US$1.5 million Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships, defeating second-seeded compatriot Svetlana Kuznetsova in the final. This was Dementieva's fourth career Tier II tournament title but her first since 2006. Along the way, she defeated Patty Schnyder, Alyona Bondarenko, World No. 2 Ana Ivanović, and Francesca Schiavone (who defeated World No. 1 and defending champion Justine Henin in the quarterfinals).

At the Tier I Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Florida, Dementieva lost in the quarterfinals to Jelena Janković. This performance caused her ranking to rise to World No. 8. At the Tier I Family Circle Cup in Charleston, South Carolina, Dementieva lost in the semifinals to compatriot Vera Zvonareva dropping her ranking to World No. 9. Dementieva was the seventh-seeded player at the Tier I Qatar Telecom German Open in Berlin but reached the final, where she lost to thirteenth-seeded Dinara Safina. Dementieva defeated fourth-seeded Janković in the quarterfinals and second-seeded Ivanović in the semifinals. Dementieva's win over Ivanović was her fourth in four career matches with her.

Her next tournament was the Istanbul Cup in Istanbul, Turkey where Dementieva was the top seed and defending champion. She reached the final but was unsuccessful in her attempt to win a singles title at the same tournament in consecutive years, which would have been a career first. Agnieszka Radwańska of Poland defeated Dementieva in the final. At the French Open, Dementieva defeated eleventh-seeded Zvonareva in the fourth round 6–4, 1–6, 6–2 but lost her quarterfinal match against Safina 4–6, 7–6(5), 6–0 after Dementieva had a match point while leading 5–2 in the second set.

At the grass court Ordina Open in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, Dementieva was the top-seeded player but lost in the semifinals to Safina 6–3, 6–2. Dementieva was seeded fifth at the Wimbledon. In the second round, she trailed Timea Bacsinszky 3–0 in the third set before winning the last six games of the match. In the fourth round, she defeated Israel's Shahar Pe'er to become the highest seeded woman left in the draw after the early round defeats of first seeded Ivanović, second seeded Janković, third seeded Sharapova, and fourth seeded Kuznetsova. In the quarterfinals, Dementieva held on to defeat Russian compatriot Nadia Petrova 6–1, 6–7, 6–3 after Dementieva failed to hold serve while serving for the match in the second set at 5–1 and 5–3. In her first Wimbledon semifinal and her first Grand Slam semifinal since the 2005 US Open, Dementieva lost to eventual champion Venus Williams 6–1, 7–6(3).

Dementieva played three hard court tournaments during the summer and was seeded fifth at all three. She began her summer season by losing to Dominika Cibulková 6–4, 6–2 in the second round of the Tier I Rogers Cup in Montreal. At the Beijing Olympics, Dementieva was down a set and a break before defeating fourth-seeded Serena Williams in the quarterfinals 3–6, 6–4, 6–3. She then defeated compatriot Zvonareva in the semifinals and Safina in the three set final to win the gold medal.

At the US Open, Dementieva was one of six players with the opportunity to be ranked World No. 1 upon completion of the tournament. Dementieva defeated Schnyder in the quarterfinals but lost to Janković in the semifinals 6–4, 6–4. Dementieva was up a break in each set but committed 42 unforced errors and lost each of her last five service games. Nevertheless, her ranking improved to World No. 4 for the first time since 2004.

At the Tier I Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, Dementieva was seeded third and qualified for the year-ending Sony Ericsson Championships with a second-round victory against Alizé Cornet. However, she was upset in the quarterfinals by Katarina Srebotnik. At the Tier II Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Dementieva was seeded fourth. She easily won her first match by defeating Sybille Bammer 6-1, 6-4, but was upset in the quarterfinals by Victoria Azarenka 7–6(6), 3–6, 6–1. Defending her title at the Kremlin Cup, Dementieva was seeded third. She defeated Katarina Srebotnik in the second round, and Nadia Petrova in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals she faced Jelena Janković. She won the first set easily 6–0 but only managed to win one game after that, losing the next two sets 6–1, 6–0. She committed 31 unforced errors in the second and third set. She won her next event though, the Fortis Championships Luxembourg, defeating Caroline Wozniacki in three sets in the final.

At the WTA Tour Championships held in Doha, Qatar, Dementieva was seeded fourth. In her first round robin match, she was lost her first match to Venus Williams, before defeating Dinara Safina in the second. After Serena Williams withdrew from the tournament, Dementieva played Nadia Petrova, and defeated her to reach the knock-out stage. In the semifinals she lost to Vera Zvonareva 7–6(7), 3–6, 6–3.

Dementieva started the 2009 WTA Tour by winning the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand, where she was the top seed. In her first match, she rallied from being down 1–5 in the first set to win in straight sets against Yung-Jan Chan of Chinese Taipei. In the second round, she defeated crowd favourite Marina Erakovic 6–2, 6–3. She then defeated fifth-seeded Shahar Peer. In the semifinals, she beat last year's runner-up, Aravane Rezai, in straight sets. She ended the tournament by defeating unseeded Elena Vesnina in the final in straight sets.

At the Medibank International in Sydney, the first Premier event of the year, Dementieva was seeded third. She defeated sixth-seeded Pole Agnieszka Radwańska in the quarterfinals and upset top-seeded Serena Williams in the semifinals 6–3, 6–1. She then won her second consecutive tournament by defeating compatriot and second-seeded Dinara Safina in the final.

Dementieva was seeded fourth at the Australian Open and was one of three players who had a chance of being ranked World No. 1 at the end of this tournament. She needed three sets to win her first round match against Kristina Barrois and defeated Iveta Benesova in the second round. Samantha Stosur of Australia had a 5–2 lead over Demientieva in the first set of their third round match before Dementieva won 7–6, 6–4. She then advanced to the quarterfinals of this event for the first time in her career by defeating Dominika Cibulkova. Carla Suarez-Navarro, who had upset Venus Williams earlier in the tournament, lost to Dementieva in the quarterfinals. Dementieva's 15-match winning streak ended in the semifinals when she lost to Serena Williams 6–3, 6–4 after Dementieva had led 3–0 in the second set.

Playing for Russia in Fed Cup in Moscow, Dementieva defeated Zhang Shuai 6–3, 6–0.

At the Open GDF Suez tournament in Paris, Dementieva advanced to her third final of the year after Serena Williams withdrew from the tournament before their scheduled semifinal due to a knee injury. Amelie Mauresmo then defeated Dementieva in the final in three sets.

At the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships, a Premier 5 event, she was seeded fourth. She defeated Sybille Bammer in the second round, becoming the 27th woman during the open era to record 500 career singles victories. She then defeated Anabel Medina Garrigues in the third round before losing to Venus Williams in the quarterfinals 6–3, 6–3.

Dementieva's next tournament was the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, which was the first Premier Mandatory event of the year. After receiving a bye in the first round, she was upset by the Czech Republic's Petra Cetkovska 7–6(2), 2–6, 6–1. At the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Florida, another Premier Mandatory event, Dementieva was seeded fourth but committed 45 unfourced errors while losing to 13th seeded Caroline Wozniacki in the fourth round 7–5, 6–4. Despite the loss, she achieved her highest career singles ranking of World No. 3. By reaching the Top 3, she became the sixth Russian to do so, after Anastasia Myskina, Nadia Petrova, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Maria Sharapova, and Safina.

She began the spring clay court season at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, South Carolina, a Premier event on the tour. She lost there in the semifinals to Wozniacki 6–4, 5–7, 7–5 in a nearly three hour match. Dementieva survived a 2–5 deficit in the second set and saved three match points on her own serve at 3–5 in that set.

At the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany, another Premier event, she beat Anna-Lena Groenefeld, Agnes Szavay and Marion Bartoli to reach semifinal where she lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 6-2. Elena and Vera Zvonareva are among the top 10 player that scheduled not to play the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome the following week, which is a Premier 5 event.

Dementieva's next scheduled tournament is the 2009 Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open at the Park Manzanares in Madrid, Spain which is a Premier Mandatory event on the 2009 WTA Tour.

Dementieva is an offensive baseline player. Her primary groundstroke is her forehand, which she hits hard and flat. In particular, her running forehand, which she rarely misses, is a key weapon for Dementieva when she's on the defensive. Dementieva is also known for her athleticism and speed around the court. Dementieva makes few net approaches except to return drop shots or to take advantage of weak returns from her opponents.

Dementieva's primary weakness is her serve, which can be inconsistent in tight situations. However, she has shown improvement in this area since 2008, committing fewer double faults and occasionally managing aces. Dementieva also squanders her chances of closing matches sometimes, resulting in a huge number of her matches having to go on to a third set.

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 when the player's participation in the tournament has concluded. This table is current through the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, South Carolina, which ended April 19, 2009.

Dementieva is the most successful Russian Fed Cup player. As of 29 April 2007, she is 19–5 in singles and 3–3 in doubles. Her record includes singles victories over Venus Williams (her first win over a top 10 player), Mary Pierce, Amélie Mauresmo, and Kim Clijsters.

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Shahar Pe'er

Infobox last updated on: March 23, 2009.

Shahar Pe'er (pronounced /ˈʃɑːhɑr ˈpeɪ.ər/; Hebrew: שחר פאר shahar pe'er, IPA: ; born May 1, 1987, Jerusalem) is a 1.71 m (5' 7") right-handed Israeli professional tennis player. Her career-high singles ranking of World #15 on January 29, 2007 makes her the joint highest-ranked Israeli singles player (together with Anna Smashnova). Her best Grand Slam singles result has been reaching the quarter-finals (at both the Australian and US Opens); she has also reached the women's doubles final (at the Australian Open).

Shahar Pe'er's playing style is that of a defensive baseliner, or counterpuncher. Pe'er is solid from both her forehand and her backhand wings. Shahar Pe'er is also known for her good footwork. Her speed to get to the ball is exceptional too. Her serve is sturdy and her volleys are reliable also. Often Pe'er will play smart, high percentile shots and force her opponents to hit errors.

Pe'er started her competitive tennis career at the age of six, and won her first title at the age of 12 when she captured the Eddie Herr International Doubles title with Nicole Vaidišová (later her vanquished foe in the 2004 Australian Open junior's final). She reached the Eddie Herr singles final as well.

In the Fall of 2001, Pe'er took first place in the Nike Junior Tour International Masters tennis tournament in the Bahamas, and soon became the youngest Israeli tennis player ever to win the Israeli women's tennis championship. It was also in late 2001, that Pe'er won the 55th annual Ericsson Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships under-14 girls' title without dropping a single set, competing with 127 girls in what is considered the unofficial world championships for youth.

In March 2002 Pe'er won the Bat Yam International singles title, and was a doubles finalist. In April, she was victorious at the Haifa International doubles event and in March of the following year, won the Aamata Cup in Thailand.

Pe'er's first major accomplishment came in the 2004 Australian Open, where she won the juniors' championship, beating her partner turned nemesis, Nicole Vaidišová 6–1, 6–4, in the final.

As a 19-year-old, Pe'er joined the Israeli military, as military service is mandatory in Israel, where she excelled in rifle marksmanship during her elementary combat training. When not abroad participating in tennis tournaments, she spends her mornings working as an administrative secretary for the Israeli military, and her afternoons practicing tennis.

Pe'er turned professional in 2004, a year during which she played both the ITF Circuit and the WTA Tour.

In 2005 Pe'er first played the main draw of a Grand Slam event, reaching the third round in both the French Open and the U.S. Open. Pe'er finished 2005 ranked 45 in the world.

In January 2006 in Canberra, Australia, she lost a marathon semi-final match (the first of her career) against Spain's Anabel Medina Garrigues that lasted 3 hours and 45 minutes, with a scoreline of 6–7(4), 7–5, 6–4. At the time it was one of the ten longest matches in WTA tour history.

In May 2006 she stunned world #15 Anna-Lena Grönefeld of Germany in the semi-finals 6–0, 6–2, and then upset world # 12 Anastasia Myskina of Russia, 1–6, 6–3, 7–6 (3) to win in the finals of a level III event in Turkey.

At the 2006 French Open, Pe'er defeated world # 8 Elena Dementieva of Russia in the round of 32, 6–4, 7–5, but lost to Martina Hingis, 6–3, 2–6, 6–3, in their fourth-round match. In August she defeated Myskina in three sets again, this time 7–6(6), 5–7, 6–4, in Montreal.

Pe'er reached the fourth round of the 2006 U.S. Open, defeating world #15 Francesca Schiavone of Italy 6–3, 6–7(3), 7–6(3) along the way, but fell to Justine Henin Hardenne, 6–0, 6–1.

Pe'er finished 2006 ranked 20th in the world, after winning her first three WTA singles titles that year in Pattaya, Prague, and Istanbul.

In an Australian warm-up to the Open, in January 2007 Pe'er defeated world # 14 Ana Ivanović of Serbia, 5–7, 6–4, 6–4. In a second warm-up tournament she beat world # 9 Patty Schnyder of Switzerland, 7–6 (3), 6–2.

At the 2007 Australian Open, Pe'er made history by becoming the first Israeli woman to reach the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam event. In the 4th round she defeated world #4 Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6–4, 6–2. In the quarterfinal she came back from 1-4 against eventual champion Serena Williams to serve for the match at 6-5, and got within two points of victory, but was eventually defeated, 3–6, 6–2, 8–6. The following week Pe'er achieved her highest singles rank to date - world #15.

In March 2007 at Indian Wells, she defeated world #11 Anna Chakvetadze of Russia 6–4, 7–6 (2), before losing in the quarterfinals to eventual winner Daniela Hantuchová. The following month at the Miami Masters, Pe'er made it to her first Tier 1 tournament semifinals. In the 4th round, Pe'er again defeated Kuznetsova, now ranked #3 in the world, 4–6, 6–4, 6–3. In the quarterfinals Pe'er defeated Tathiana Garbin easily, 6–0, 6–3. In the semifinals she was defeated again by eventual champion Serena Williams, 7–6, 6–1.

At the 2007 Rome Masters, Pe'er was defeated in the 3rd round, again by Serena Williams, 6–3, 6–3. It was her fourth career loss to Williams, and the third in 2007. After beating Kuznetsova twice earlier in 2007, she met Kuznetsova for the third time at the fourth round of the French Open. Kuznetsova won, 6–4, 6–3.

Pe'er's impressive year soured with a disappointing appearance in Wimbledon in early July. She lost 6–3, 6–2 in the third round to eventual runner-up Marion Bartoli. This was followed by three tournaments in California (Bank of the West Classic, Acura Classic and JPMorgan Chase Open) in which Pe’er was seeded, but was ousted by an unseeded player in either the first or second round. In late August, at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, Pe'er managed to pass the first two rounds, only to be ousted again by unseeded Virginie Razzano 6–4, 6–3.

Pe'er went into the 2007 US Open seeded 18th, and suffering from a chest injury. She beat Americans Meilen Tu and Bethanie Mattek, world # 15 Czech Nicole Vaidišová, and Agnieszka Radwańska from Poland to reach her first U.S Open and second Grand Slam quarterfinals. In the quarterfinals she lost in straight sets, 6–4, 6–1, to world # 6 Anna Chakvetadze.

Following her successful appearance at the U.S. Open, Pe'er again struggled. She lost in the second round at Luxembourg and at Stuttgart and fell in the quarterfinals of a Tier III event in Bangkok. Her return to center stage at the Zurich Open was again cut short with a first round loss. Finishing as a doubles runner-up in Luxembourg (partnering the Belarusian, Victoria Azarenka) helped Pe'er achieve a career-high doubles ranking of 25 on October 1.

Pe'er finished 2007 ranked 17th in the world. During the year she archived a career-high ranking for both singles (# 15) and doubles (# 25), as well as career-best performances in Grand Slam and Tier I events.

Pe'er opened 2008 with a semi-finals appearance at the 2008 Mondial Australian Women's Hardcourts where she lost to eventual runner-up Victoria Azarenka, 6–4 6–2. Week later, Pe'er lost again to eventual runner-up, this time to # 2 Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6–3 6–4.

At the 2008 Australian Open, Pe'er was seeded # 17. She lost 6–2 6–0 in the third round to # 11 Elena Dementieva. In the doubles tournament, Pe'er and her partner, Victoria Azarenka, were seeded # 12. They got to final, where they lost to Alyona and Kateryna Bondarenko 2–6 6–1 6–4. Following her first doubles Grand Slam final appearance Pe'er achieve a career-high doubles ranking of 16.

Late February, Pe'er became the first Israeli to compete in a WTA Tour event in the Arabian Peninsula when she reached the third round of the Qatar Total Open in Doha.

Pe'er had a mediocre singles performance during spring. She lost at the second round in Indian Wells, the third in Miami and the first in Berlin. At the 2008 French Open, Pe'er was seeded #17 but lost 6-2 3-6 6-1 in the first round to wild card recipient, Australian Samantha Stosur, a former top 30 player that was making a comeback from an injury. Her doubles results were much better. Together with partner Victoria Azarenka, she reached the Semi-Finals in both Miami and Berlin. In early May Pe'er achieved a career-high doubles ranking of 14.

Pe'er finished the clay season with another first round loss in Barcelona as the first seeded. Pe'er lost 5-7 2-6 to the 102nd ranked in the world, the Spanish Nuria Llagostera Vives. The start of the grass season wasn't any better, as Pe'er lost in the first round in Eastbourne to 8th seed Nadia Petrova.

In Wimbledon, Pe'er broke her record from last year and advanced to the fourth round, but lost there to Elena Dementieva. Pe'er defeated the local Wild Card, Katie O'Brien 6-3 7-5 in the first round, coming back from 0-5 down in the 2nd set, and the French Émilie Loit 6-3 6-4 in the second round. In the third round, Pe'er defeated the 9th seed Dinara Safina 7-5 (4)6-7 8-6, after a three-hours and twenty-five minutes match, the third longest ladies’ singles match in Wimbledon history. Both players were equal in the first set, until Pe'er broke at 6-5 to win the set. Pe'er broke twice to a 4-1 lead in the second set, but Safina broke back to 4-4. Pe'er had a match point at 5-4, but Safina saved it, and won the set 7-6 (4) by a tiebreaker. At the third set, both players were equal until Pe'er won the third break point at 7-6, to win 7-5 (4)6-7 8-6.. To put this win in context, between May and October 2008 Safina went 41-5, taking four titles and climbing from #17 in the world to #3; this was the only time during that period which she didn't make at least the SF stage. At the fourth round, Pe'er met the 5th seed Elena Dementieva, in a rematch of this year's Australian Open 3rd round. At the end, Pe'er lost to Dementieva for the fourth time in a row, 2-6 1-6.

At the doubles tournament, Pe'er equaled her best result from 2005, after she and Victoria Azarenka reached the quarterfinals. At the quarterfinals, Pe'er and Azarenka, the 6th seed, lost to first seeded team, Cara Black and Liezel Huber, 5-7 (4)6-7.

At the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, USA, Peer got her hardcourt season off to a bad start with a 2nd round defeat to Russian World #8 Anna Chakvetadze 3-6, 4-6. Things went from bad to worse as she was seen off in the first round at Los Angeles by world #87 Samantha Stosur of Australia 1-6, 1-6 and then continued her weak hardcourt season with a 2nd round defeat at the Montreal Open by World #33 Ai Sugiyama of Japan, 2-6, 2-6.

Peer fell ten places in the World Rankings from the start of the hardcourt season. She was dispatched in the first round of the US Open by China's Li Na 6-2, 0-6, 1-6. She had an equally poor result in Tokyo where she lost again in the first round to Flavia Pennetta of Italy, 4-6, 4-6.

Things looked slightly better towards the end of the year with a quarter final result at Seoul, (l. Jill Craybas, 2-6, 5-7) and a 2nd round defeat at the Japan Open by Jarmila Gajdosova, a lucky loser from Slovakia. But ultimately it had been a bad hardcourt season in comparison to her performance on grass and clay.

In terms of doubles the hardcourt season had been especially cruel to Peer. Alongside various partners including Gisela Dulko, Ekaterina Makarova, Caroline Wozniacki and Viktoria Azarenka she lost in the first round at Los Angeles, The Beijing Olympics, The US Open, Tokyo and the Japan Open. In fact, during the hardcourt season Peer only managed one victory - at Seoul against Chinese Taipei double, Hao-Ching Chan and Yung-Jun Chan 6-3, 6-3. The rest of the time Peer struggled with difficult three set defeats.

Pe'er started the year by playing in the ASB Classic in Auckland. Entering as the No. 5 seed, she defeated Petra Cetkovska in the first round 7–6(4), 6–2. She beat Barbora Zahlavova Strycova in the second round, 6–3, 4–6, 6–2, before falling to top seed and eventual champion Elena Dementieva 6–3, 6–1 in the quarter-finals. At the Australian Open, she lost in the first round to Caroline Wozniacki, the number eleven seed, 6–2, 7–6(5).

After this event, Pe'er played in Israel's first tie of the 2009 Fed Cup. She won both her singles rubbers, against Kateryna Bondarenko 6–3, 6–7(6), 6–3 and against Alona Bondarenko 4–6, 7–5, 6–4. In the deciding match (Ukraine won the other two singles rubbers) Pe'er teamed up with Tzipora Obziler, but they lost to the Bondarenkos, 6–3, 6–2. Israel will be now fighting for a place in World Group II in 2010 by playing in the World Group II playoffs later in 2009.

At the PTT Pattaya Women's Open, Pe'er was seeded seventh. She defeated local wildcard Noppawan Lertcheewakarn in the first round, 6–1, 6–0, and in the second round, dismissed qualifier Yulia Beygelzimer 6–4, 6–1. In the quarterfinals, she was pushed to three sets by Vera Dushevina, but prevailed 6–4, 4–6, 6–2. Pe'er's tournament ended in the semifinals though, where she lost to top seed Vera Zvonareva 6–1, 6–4.

In February, Pe'er was prevented from playing at the Dubai Tennis Championships after she was denied a visa by the United Arab Emirates, a country that does not have diplomatic relations with Israel. A number of players, among them Venus Williams, condemned the action to not grant Pe'er a visa, and WTA chief Larry Scott said that he had considered cancelling the tournament, but chose not to after consulting Pe'er. Tournament director Salah Tahlak said that Pe'er was refused on the grounds that her appearance could incite anger in the Arab country, after she had already faced protests at the ASB Classic over the 2008–2009 Israel–Gaza conflict. The WTA said that it would review future tournaments in Dubai. Due to the action, the Tennis Channel decided not to televise the event and The Wall Street Journal dropped its sponsorship. ATP player Andy Roddick chose not to defend his title, with prize money of over $2 million, to protest the UAE's refusal to grant Pe'er a visa for the event. "I really didn't agree with what went on over there," Roddick said.

Pe'er then lost in the first round of her next tournament, the 2009 Monterrey Open, to Iveta Benesova, the tournament's sixth-seed. She redeemed herself however at the BNP Paribas Open, a WTA Premier event. She started the fortnight off defeating Kateryna Bondarenko 6-2, 6-1, repeating by upsetting 10th seeded Marion Bartoli 1-6,6-4,7-5, and again upsetting the 19th seed Anna Chakvetadze 6-2, 6-4, before eventually losing to the 8th seed and former doubles partner Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 6-4. In doubles, paired with Gisela Dulko, she once again lost to Azarenka and her partner Vera Zvonareva, but not before going all the way to the tournament's final.

Pe'er's next tournament was the 2009 Sony Ericsson Open, the WTA tour's second Premier Mandatory event of the year. She won her opening match against wildcard Tamaryn Hendler 6-1, 7-6(5), but lost in the second round to fifth-seeded Venus Williams 6-3, 6-3.

Pe'er is 21-12 in Fed Cup matches for Israel in 2002-09, having won 13 of her last 16 singles matches.. She tasted victory again in 2009 beating both the Bondarenko sisters of Ukraine in Kharkiv. However, Israel fell short in the series 2-3 losing in the decisive doubles match.

A = did not participate in the tournament. LQ = lost at the tournament's qualifying.

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