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Sania Mirza getting married! - Oneindia
Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza has crashed out of French Open women's singles event after losing in straight sets to Kazakhstan's Galina Voskoboeva but she has won a game at home. The news is doing the rounds that she is going to marry a Hyderabadi guy...
Sania Mirza knocked out of French Open singles - Indian Express
Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza crashed out of French Open women's singles event after losing in straight sets to Kazakhstan's Galina Voskoboeva in Roland Garros on Tuesday. Sania went down 4-6 6-7 (3) in a contest lasting a little over an hour and a...
Sania Mirza set to marry a Hyderabadi! - World News
Hyderabad: Tennis star Sania Mirza is set to marry a Hyderabadi guy. Sania, who is facing severe injuries and declining career, now wants to settle by the beginning of next year. Sohrab Mirza is a Hyderabad based businessman and Sania is reportedly...
Sania to open her French Open campaign against Voskoboeva - Hindu
Paris (IANS): India's Sania Mirza has been drawn to play Kazakhstan's Galina Voskoboeva in her opening round of the French Open. The two players have met only once, in hard courts of San Diego in 2005, where Sania currently, ranked 91, beat Voskoboeva,...
Kuznetsova shines at rain-hit Roland Garros - The Standard
Kuznetsova, pictured, next plays either India's Sania Mirza or Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan. Rain had earlier interrupted play at Roland Garros for two hours. Kuznetsova, runner-up in 2006, had already broken twice to race to a 5-1 lead before rain...
Djokovic, Serena advance on day 3 of French Open; Sania bows out -
In a huge blow for Indian fans, Sania Mirza bowed out in two tight sets to bring the curtains down on the Indian challenge in the singles draw. Novak Djokovic looked in fine nick in his first rounder that was cut short as a result of Lapentti's pulling...
Sania-Chuang in pre-quarters of Madrid Masters - Press Trust of India
Madrid, May 12 (PTI) Sania Mirza and her Taipei partner Chia-Jung Chuang moved to the doubles pre-quarterfinals of the euro 3500000 Madrid Masters after defeating wildcards Ma Emilia Salerni and Silvia Soler Espinosa in straight sets....
No problems for Jankovic and Djokovic - Hindu
Sania Mirza made her exit from the tournament with a 6-4, 7-6(3) first round loss to Kazakhstan's Galina Voskoboeva. And, there was a further blow for India as World No.1 junior Yuki Bhambri announced his withdrawal from the junior event,...
Sania-Chuang ousted from Madrid Open - Times of India
16 May 2009, 1520 hrs IST, PTI MADRID: Sania Mirza and Chia-Jung Chuang fought valiantly but lost a tough semi-final battle to crash out of the euro 3500000 Madrid Open, going down in straight sets against third seeds Kveta Peschke and Lisa Raymod....
Paes-Black in second round of mixed doubles - Press Trust of India
They will next take on the winners of the match between Dominika Cibulkova/Filip Polasek and Sybille Bammer/Lukasz Kubot. Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi are also in the fray and they will open their campaign against Nathalie Dechy of France and...

Sania Mirza

Sania Mirza at the Hyderabad Open in 2006

Infobox last updated on: February 16, 2009.

Sania Mirza (Dakhni: سانیا مِرزا), (born 15 November 1986), is an Indian tennis player.

Mirza was born to a sports journalist Imran Mirza and Nasima in Mumbai. She was brought up in Hyderabad. Mirza began playing tennis at the age of six, turning professional in 2003. She was trained by her father, as well as her other family members. She went to Nasr school in Hyderabad and later graduated from St. Mary's College.

In April 2003, Mirza made her debut in the India Fed Cup team, winning all three singles matches. Mirza won the 2003 Wimbledon Championships Girls' Doubles title, teaming up with Alisa Kleybanova of Russia.

Mirza is the highest ranked female tennis player ever from India, with a career high ranking of 27 in singles and 18 in doubles. She holds the distinction of being the first Indian woman to be seeded in a Grand Slam tennis tournament. Earlier in 2005, she had become the first Indian woman to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament at the 2005 U.S. Open, defeating Mashona Washington, Maria Elena Camerin and Marion Bartoli. In 2004, she finished runner-up at the Asian Tennis Championship. In winning, with Mahesh Bhupathi, the Mixed Doubles event at the 2009 Australian Open, she became the first Indian woman to win any grand slam event.

In 2005, Mirza reached the third round of the Australian Open, losing to eventual champion Serena Williams. On February 12, 2005, she became the first Indian woman to win a WTA singles title, defeating Alyona Bondarenko of Ukraine in the Hyderabad Open Finals. As of September 2006, Mirza has notched up three top 10 wins; against Svetlana Kuznetsova, Nadia Petrova and Martina Hingis. At the 2006 Doha Asian Games, Mirza won the silver in the women's singles category and the gold in the mixed doubles partnering Leander Paes. She was also part of the Indian women's team that won the silver in the team event.

In 2006, Mirza was awarded a Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian honour for her contribution to Tennis.

Mirza had the best results of her career during the 2007 summer hardcourt season, finishing eighth in the 2007 U.S. Open Series standings. She reached the final of the Bank of the West Classic and won the doubles event with Shahar Pe'er, and reached the quarterfinals of the Tier 1 Acura Classic.

At the 2007 U.S. Open, she reached the third round before losing to Anna Chakvetadze for the third time in recent weeks. She fared much better in the doubles, reaching the quarterfinals in mixed with her partner Mahesh Bhupathi and the quarterfinals in the women's doubles with Bethanie Mattek, including a win over number two seeds Lisa Raymond and Samantha Stosur.

She represented India at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, in the women's singles and doubles events. In singles, she retired in the round of 64, while she was trailing 1-6, 1-2 against Iveta Benešová of Czech Republic. She teamed up with Sunitha Rao for the doubles event. They got a walk-over in the round of 32, but lost to Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova and Dinara Safina by 4-6, 4-6, in the round of 16.

Mirza received an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from MGR Educational and Research Institute University in Chennai on 2008-12-11.Her niece, Sonia Baig Mirza, studies there.

Mirza reached the quarter-finals at Hobart as No.6 seed, where she lost to Flavia Pennetta in three sets. She reached the third round at the Australian Open as No.31 seed, where she lost to No.8 seed Venus Williams 7-6(0) 6-4, having led 5-3 in the first set. She was runner-up in the Australian Open mixed doubles partnering Mahesh Bhupathi. Sun Tiantian and Nenad Zimonjić) won the final 7–6(4), 6–4.

She withdrew from Pattaya City because of a left adductor strain.

Mirza reached the 4r at Indian Wells as No.21 seed, defeating No.9 seed Shahar Pe'er en route, but lost to No.5 seed Daniela Hantuchová.

At the 2008 Wimbledon Championships, as No.32 seed, Mirza was defeated by qualifier Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, 6-0, 4-6, 9-7, having had several match points.

Mirza fell in the 1r at 2008 Beijing Olympics when she retired in her match against Iveta Benešová because of a right wrist injury.

Throughout 2008, Mirza was plagued by a slew of wrist injuries, requiring her to withdraw from several matches and the Roland Garros and US Open Grand Slams.

Sania picked her maiden Grand Slam title in the 2009 Australian Open. Partnered with Mahesh Bhupathi, she won the mixed doubles title beating Nathalie Dechy (France) and Andy Ram (Israel) 6-3, 6-1 in the final in Melbourne. She then entered the Pattaya Women's Open Tournament in Bangkok where she reached the finals after a string of good performances. She lost the finals to Vera Zvonareva 7-5, 6-1. She made the semis in doubles in the same tournament.

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As a Muslim, she has garnered criticism from some Orthodox Islamic groups, as her attire allegedly did not conform to Islamic dress codes. According to one report published September 8, 2005, an unnamed Islamic scholar had issued a fatwa, saying that her attire is contrary to what is permitted by Islam. A further report published the next day on this fatwa elaborated that Mirza was unfazed by the comments. Large numbers of Muslim clerics protested her attire, accusing her of being a "corrupting influence on the youth." She has been widely attacked and vilified in Islamist circles, including a cleric named Haseeb-ul-hasan Siddiqui who said "The dress she wears on the tennis courts…leaves nothing to the imagination, She will undoubtedly be a corrupting influence.". Islamist groups such as Jamiat-ulema-e-Hind allegedly threatened to disrupt her tennis matches, following which the Calcutta police had to tighten security measures to protect her. Mirza's doctor received threatening letters demanding that he cease to treat her since she was allegedly dishonoring Islam. Mirza, a Muslim from Banjara Hills, also attracted a response from the Major Shia Organization in India, The All-India Shia Muslim Personal Law Board. The Board disapproved and cancelled the edicts issued by some Muslim clerics on dresses worn by Mirza while playing, and asked them not to meddle in the sports arena.

In 2006, some newspapers reported that Mirza declined from playing with an Israeli tennis player Shahar Pe'er for fear of violent protests from India's Muslim clerics and their opposition to the existence of Israel. However a year later (i.e. in 2007), she teamed up with Pe'er for the 2007 WTA Tour of Stanford, California. Mirza said in January 2008 that she considered quitting the sport because of undue controversy surrounding her actions. Mirza was pictured resting her feet during a press conference at the 2008 Hopman Cup, with an Indian flag in close proximity. She faced possible prosecution under the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act after a private citizen complained. Mirza protested that, "I love my country, I wouldn't be playing Hopman Cup otherwise", and said that she meant no disrespect. On February 4, 2008, Mirza said that she would stop appearing in tennis tournaments held in India, starting with the 2008 Bangalore Open the following month, citing the series of controversies and upon advice by her manager.

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Mahesh Bhupathi

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Infobox last updated on: February 2, 2009.

Mahesh Shrinivas Bhupathi (Telugu: మహేష్ భూపతి ; born 07 June 1974 in Chennai, India) is a professional tennis player. He is married to Shvetha Jaishankar Bhupathi, an Indian model whom he met at a party. He turned professional in 1995, and in 2001, he was awarded the Padma Shri. He is among the best doubles tennis players in the world with 11 grand slam titles to his credit including mixed doubles. In 1997, he became the first Indian to win a Grand Slam tournament (with Rika Hiraki in Mixed Doubles). Bhupati is an alumnus of University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) at Oxford, MS, U.S.A.

In 1999, Bhupathi won three doubles titles with Leander Paes including Roland Garros and Wimbledon. He and Leander became the first doubles team to reach finals of all four Grand Slams, the first time such a feat has been achieved in the Open era and the first time since 1952. On April 26 that year, they became the World No. 1 doubles team. Bhupathi also won the US Open mixed doubles with Ai Sugiyama of Japan.

In 2006, Bhupathi teamed with Martina Hingis in the Australian Open mixed doubles competition. Entering the tournament unseeded and as wildcards, the first-time pair defeated four seeded opponents along the way, while only dropping a single set throughout. Bhupathi and Hingis defeated the sixth-seeded team of Daniel Nestor and Elena Likhovtseva in straight sets, 6–3 6–3, to capture the championship. It was the sixth mixed doubles Grand Slam for Bhupathi, and a first for Hingis. By winning Australian Open, Bhupathi completed a career Grand Slam in mixed doubles.

In 2007, Bhupathi and Czech Radek Štěpánek reached the 2007 Australian Open men's doubles event's quarterfinals. He teamed with Štěpánek at the 2007 French Open to make the doubles semifinals, defeating dual-year defending champions Jonas Björkman and Max Mirnyi in the quarterfinals. The team lost to the eventual champions Mark Knowles and Daniel Nestor. After Wimbledon Bhupathi teamed along with Pavel Vízner to win the 2007 Canada Masters defeating the top-ranked doubles team Bob and Mike Bryan en route. After this victory, he won a tournament in New Haven with Nenad Zimonjić. At the 2007 U.S. Open, he and Zimonjić paired in doubles. After the U.S. Open, the team that beat Bhupathi and Štěpánek in the French Open semifinals, Mark Knowles and Daniel Nestor, split. Bhupathi was to become the new partner of Mark Knowles while Zimonjić will partner Nestor, but back surgery means he is now expected to be out until the end of the year.

In 2009, Bhupathi and doubles partner Sania Mirza won the mixed doubles title at the Australian Open, beating Nathalie Dechy (France) and Andy Ram (Israel) 6-3, 6-1 in the final in Melbourne. The ace Indian pair thus made up for the disappointment of last year's final when they were beaten by Tiantian Sun and Nenad Zimonjic. With this win, Bhupathi's count in mixed doubles Grand Slam titles swells to seven.

Mahesh Bhupathi has donned Indian colors numerous times for the Davis Cup as well as other international fixtures including Asian Games.

Mahesh Bhupathi has played 46 matches for India in the Davis Cup (from 1995 to 2006), winning 28 and losing 18. Out of the 28 matches that he won, 20 of his victories came in doubles matches.

In 2006, Bhupathi won the doubles championship with Leander Paes at the Asian Games in Doha.

From the pinnacle of 1999 to depths of 2006, the relationship between two top Indian players, Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi has fluctuated, turning from great to bad to worse. The two forged a formidable partnership in the late 90s and steeply climbed the ladder of the doubles rankings. They played so well as a team such that it prompted the then top Australian doubles pair of Mark Woodforde and Todd Woodbridge (known as the Woodies) to predict that they expected Bhupathi and Paes to take their place in tennis doubles after they left the scene. Together with Paes, Bhupathi featured in several memorable grand slam matches, Olympic matches as well as Davis Cup matches for India. Their pairing was so strong and reliable that it was normally a scoreline of 1-0 in any Davis cup clash even before the first single was played, meaning that the doubles match on the second day would be in India's favour. From such a high, the relationship between the pair gradually deteriorated and reached a point of no communication. The exact cause or causes for the rift has never been known so far though various factors like ego clashes, each player garnering more attention than the other have been rumoured over the years. Just after winning the 2006 Asian games, both of the players announced that they would never play again together. In spite of the cold relationship between them, they decided to play together in the Beijing 2008 Olympics for a possible medal chance in the doubles event. Bhupathi had initially shot a letter to the AITA stating that he did not want to play with Paes in the Olympic games preferring Bopanna instead as his partner.

Bhupathi had said, "Leander and I are best option for India but we need to go with some kind of preparation. We need to build a team. It's not about past performances. Rohan Bopanna and I are better prepared as a team", The AITA responded by saying that it would not change the doubles team pairing and that it was up to Paes and Bhupathi to ensure that the differences between them did not come in the way of national glory. (Reuters) However, Bhupathi and Paes decided to once again form a doubles pair, and entered the 2008 Ordina Open together to attain the second seed. They finished as Runners up in their comeback tournament. They partnered in the men's doubles event at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, but lost in the quarter finals to Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland, who went on to win the men's doubles gold medal .

Mahesh Bhupathi has also been involved in developing tennis facilities in India and along with his company Globosport he has played in a key role in developing and managing the careers of many Indian athletes including the new Indian tennis star, Sania Mirza.

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Andy Ram

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Infobox last updated on: February 23, 2009.

Andy Ram (Hebrew: אנדי רם‎, born April 10, 1980) is a professional right-handed tennis player from Israel, and the first Israeli tennis player to win a seniors Grand Slam event (mixed doubles title at 2006 Wimbledon Championships together with Vera Zvonareva).

He attained his highest doubles ranking through July 2007, # 9, on May 15, 2006. He reached 24 doubles finals and won 13 of them through 2008, mostly with partner Jonathan Erlich with whom they are known in Israel as AndiYoni.

Ram was born in Montevideo, Uruguay. His mother is Uruguayan and his father, a former professional soccer player, is Israeli, He has an older brother and younger sister. They moved to Israel when he was 5, which is when he began playing tennis. Ram trained by Ronen Moralli at the Israel Tennis Centers and Wingate Institute. It was at Wingate that he first met Jonathan Erlich, his future doubles partner. He became a professional tennis player in 1996 at the age of 16, but did not compete in a Grand Slam tournament until 2001.

In September 2006, Ram married Shiri, his girlfriend for 10 years.

In 2003 Ram won the doubles title at the RCA Championship with Croatian Mario Ančić.

With partner Jonathan Erlich, his groundbreaking achievement was their reaching the semifinals of the Wimbledon championships in 2003 as unknown qualifiers. They defeated three seeded opponents en route to the semifinals. In the quarterfinals, in a match in which neither side broke service, Ram and Erlich defeated No. 2 seeded Mark Knowles and Daniel Nestor in straight sets: 7–6 (10-8), 7–6 (7–2), 7–6 (9–7). In the semi's, Ram and Erlich - the first Israelis to ever advance to the semifinals in any Grand Slam event - lost to the defending Wimbledon champions, Jonas Björkman and Todd Woodbridge.

Ram reached the 2003 Wimbledon mixed doubles final with Anastassia Rodionova of Russia. The couple lost to tennis legend Martina Navratilova and Leander Paes.

Ram and Jonathan Erlich then won the Thailand Open in September and the Lyon tournament in October 2003. They also won first place in Indianapolis, Istanbul, India, Rotterdam, and Milan.

Ram teamed competed in the mixed doubles event at the 2004 Roland Garros with partner Petra Mandula of Hungary, and made it as far as the quarterfinals where they lost to Daniela Hantuchová and doubles ace Todd Woodbridge.

Ram and Erlich were triumphant yet again in the Lyon International Series tournament in October 2004. They defeated Jonas Björkman and Radek Štěpánek in the final with a 7–6(2), 6–2 victory.

In the 2005 Australian Open Ram paired up with Conchita Martínez of Spain in the mixed doubles event. Martinez and Ram pulled off an impressive coup in the quarterfinals, beating top seeds Daniel Nestor and Rennae Stubbs 7–5, 6–7 (3–7), 7–6 (14-12). They fell in the semifinals to Aussie pair Scott Draper and Samantha Stosur 7–5, 6–3.

Ram and Erlich won their fourth major tournament in Rotterdam in February 2005, beating Czechs Cyril Suk and Pavel Vízner for the honors.

Ram and Erlich missed the 2005 Roland Garros grand slam tournament. Ram's father had died as he was preparing to fly to France.

In August 2005, playing singles he defeated world # 56 Ricardo Mello of Brazil, 6–1, 6–4, at the New Haven International.

Ram and Erlich played in the mixed doubles competition in Wimbledon 2005. They faced Kevin Ullyett and Liezel Huber in the quarterfinals, and were eliminated 6–4, 3–6, 8–6.

They reached 8th place in the doubles race ranking at the end of 2005, and served as alternates at the Masters Cup in Shanghai.

He became the first Israeli to win a Grand Slam title in Pro's. He won the 2006 Wimbledon mixed doubles with Vera Zvonareva 6–2, 6–3 against Bob Bryan and Venus Williams. Ram also played with Zvonareva in the 2006 US Open.

In November 2006 he and Erlich defeated the world # 1 ranked Bryan brothers at the Tennis Masters Cup in China, 7–6 (2), 2–6, 6–1.

Ram and Erlich finished 2006 in the top eight, and qualified for the Tennis Masters Cup for the first time.

At the 2007 French Open, Ram, along with his partner, Nathalie Dechy, won the Mixed Doubles competition. Ram and Dechy teamed up together again to compete in the 2007 Wimbledon championships, losing in the third round to 9th-ranked Marcin Matkowski and Cara Black 6–3, 6–4.

At Cincinnati, at the ATP Masters, in August he and Erlich won, upsetting the world # 1 Bryan brothers in the final 4–6, 6–3, 13-11.

At the US Open, he played doubles with Erlich, losing in the round of 16 to the eventual winners Simon Aspelin and Julian Simon, 5–7, 6–7 (4). In mixed doubles with Nathalie Dechy he made it to the quarter finals.

At the 2008 Australian Open Ram and Erlich won the Men's Doubles Championship in straight sets over Arnaud Clément and Michaël Llodra 7–5, 7–6(4). This was the duo's first Grand Slam win after numerous ATP titles and was also Israel's first ever Grand Slam trophy in Men's Doubles. The duo also won the Masters Series event at Indian Wells, California by defeating the team of Nestor and Zimonic in the finals. After Erlich's injury, Ram was playing with other partners and won indoor titles in Vienna (with Max Mirnyi) and Lyon (with Llodra).

At the 2009 Australian Open Ram and Nathalie Dechy, unseeded at the start of the tournament, defeated two seeded pairs and reached the finals where lost to another unseeded pair, Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupati from India, 3-6, 1-6.

Ram has played on Israel's Davis Cup team in 2001-07, in 2007 winning two matches in Israel's 5–0 win over Luxembourg, and winning his doubles matches in Israel's 3–2 wins over Italy and over Chile (in which he and Erlich defeated Olympic Gold Medal winners Gonzalez and Massu).

Erlich and Ram represented Israel at Athens Olympic Games in 2004, and reached the quarterfinals. Ranked 8th overall, in the 1st round they defeated Thomas Enqvist and Robin Söderling of Sweden, 7–5, 6–3, and then beat Russians Igor Andreev and Nikolay Davydenko in the 2nd round, 6–4, 6–1. In the quarterfinals they were defeated by Germans Nicolas Kiefer and Rainer Schüttler in three sets, 6–2, 2–6, 2–6.

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Martina Hingis

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Infobox last updated on: July 4, 2008.

Martina Hingis (born September 30, 1980 in Košice, Czechoslovakia) is a retired professional tennis player who spent a total of 209 weeks as World No. 1. She won five Grand Slam singles titles (three Australian Open, one Wimbledon, and one US Open). She also won nine Grand Slam women's doubles titles, winning a calendar year Grand Slam in 1998, and one Grand Slam mixed doubles title.

Hingis set a series of "youngest-ever" records before ligament injuries in both ankles forced her to withdraw temporarily from professional tennis in 2002 at the age of 22. After several surgeries and long recuperations, Hingis returned to the WTA tour in 2006. She then climbed to World No. 6 and won three singles titles. On November 1, 2007, after suffering from injuries for much of the year, Hingis announced her retirement from tennis while admitting she had tested positive for cocaine during Wimbledon in 2007. She denied using the drug. On January 4, 2008, she was banned from tennis for two years for the cocaine offense. She has stated that she will not return to professional tennis when this ban expires.

Hingis was born to accomplished tennis players: a Czech mother, Melanie Molitorova, and a Hungarian father living in Košice (Slovakia), Károly Hingis. Molitorova was a professional tennis player, who was once ranked tenth among women in Czechoslovakia, and was determined to develop Hingis into a top player as early as pregnancy. Her father was ranked as high as nineteenth in the Czechoslovakian tennis rankings. She was named after tennis legend Martina Navratilova. Hingis's parents divorced when she was six, and she and her mother relocated around a year later to Trübbach in Switzerland. Her father, who continued to live in Košice as a tennis coach, said in 1997 that he had seen little of his daughter after the split.

Hingis began playing tennis when she was two years old and entered her first tournament at age four. In 1993, 12-year-old Hingis became the youngest player to win a Grand Slam junior title: the girls' singles at the French Open. In 1994, she retained her French Open junior title, won the girls' singles title at Wimbledon, and reached the final of the US Open.

She made her professional debut in October 1994, two weeks after her 14th birthday. She ended the year ranked World No. 87, and in January 1995, she became the youngest player to win a match at a Grand Slam tournament when she advanced to the second round of the Australian Open.

In 1996, Hingis became the youngest Wimbledon champion when she teamed with Helena Suková to win the women's doubles title at age 15 years and 9 months. She also won her first professional singles title that year at Filderstadt, Germany. She reached the singles quarterfinals at the 1996 Australian Open and the singles semifinals of the 1996 US Open. Following her win at Filderstadt, Hingis defeated the reigning Australian Open champion and co-top ranked (with Steffi Graf) Monica Seles 6–2, 6–0 in the final at Oakland. Hingis then lost to Graf 6–3, 4–6, 6–0, 4–6, 6–0 at the year-end WTA Tour Championships.

In 1997, Hingis became the undisputed World No. 1 women's tennis player. She started the year by winning the warm-up tournament in Sydney. She then became the youngest Grand Slam singles winner in the 20th century by winning the Australian Open at age 16 years and 3 months (beating former champion Mary Pierce in the final). In March, she became the youngest top ranked player in history. In July, she became the youngest singles champion at Wimbledon since Lottie Dod in 1887 by beating Jana Novotná in the final. She then defeated another up-and-coming player, Venus Williams, in the final of the US Open. The only Grand Slam singles title that Hingis failed to win in 1997 was the French Open, where she lost in the final to Iva Majoli.

In 1998, Hingis won all four of the Grand Slam women's doubles titles, only the fourth in women's tennis history to do so, (the Australian Open with Mirjana Lučić and the other three events with Novotná), and she became only the third woman to simultaneously hold the No. 1 ranking in both singles and doubles. She also retained her Australian Open singles title by beating Conchita Martínez in straight sets in the final. Hingis, however, lost in the final of the US Open to Lindsay Davenport. Davenport ended an 80-week stretch Hingis had enjoyed as the No. 1 singles player in October 1998, but Hingis finished the year by beating Davenport in the final of the WTA Tour Championships.

1999 saw Hingis win her third successive Australian Open singles crown as well as the doubles title (with teammate Anna Kournikova). She then reached the French Open final and was three points away from victory in the second set against Steffi Graf, but ended up losing 4–6, 7–5, 6–2. During the match, Hingis had infuriated an already partisan crowd by arguing with the umpire over several line calls (crossing the net in one instance), taking a bathroom break early in the final set, and twice delivering a rare underhand serve on match point. In tears after the match, Hingis was comforted by her mother as she returned to the court for the trophy ceremony. After a shock first-round 6–2, 6–0 loss to Jelena Dokić at Wimbledon, Hingis bounced back to reach her third consecutive US Open final, where she lost to Serena Williams. Hingis won a total of seven singles titles that year and reclaimed the No. 1 singles ranking. She also reached the final of the WTA Tour Championships, where she lost to Davenport 6–4, 6–2.

In 2000, Hingis again found herself in both the singles and doubles finals at the Australian Open. This time, however, she lost both. Her three-year hold on the singles championship ended when she lost to Davenport 6–1, 7–5. Later, Hingis and Pierce, her new doubles partner, lost to Lisa Raymond and Rennae Stubbs. Hingis captured the French Open women's doubles title with Pierce and produced consistent results in singles tournaments throughout the year. She reached the quarter final at Wimbledon and played great tennis but was beaten by Venus Williams in a thrilling match. Although she did not win a Grand Slam singles tournament, she kept the year end No. 1 ranking because of nine tournament championships, including the WTA Tour Championships where she won the singles and doubles titles.

In 2001, Switzerland, with Hingis and Roger Federer on its team, won the Hopman Cup. Hingis was undefeated in singles during the event, defeating Tamarine Tanasugarn, Nicole Pratt, Amanda Coetzer, and Monica Seles.

Hingis reached her fifth consecutive Australian Open final in 2001, where she lost to Jennifer Capriati 6–4, 6–3. She briefly ended her coaching relationships with her mother Melanie early in the year but had a change of heart two months later just before the French Open. Hingis underwent surgery on her right ankle in October 2001.

Coming back from injury, Hingis won the Australian Open doubles final at the start of 2002 (again teaming with Anna Kournikova) and reached a sixth straight Australian Open final in singles, again facing Capriati. Hingis led by a set and 4–0 and had four match points but lost 4–6, 7–6, 6–2. In May 2002, she needed another ankle ligament operation, this time on her left ankle. After that, she continued to struggle with injuries and was not able to recapture her best form.

In 2003, at the age of 22, Hingis announced her retirement from tennis. In several interviews, she indicated she wanted to go back to her country and coach full time.

During this segment of her tennis career, Hingis won 40 singles titles and 36 doubles events. She held the World No. 1 singles ranking for a total of 209 weeks (fourth most following Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova, and Chris Evert). In 2005, Tennis magazine put her in 22nd place in its list of 40 Greatest Players of the TENNIS era.

In February 2005, Hingis made an unsuccessful return to competition at an event in Pattaya, Thailand, where she lost to Germany's Marlene Weingartner in the first round. After the loss, she claimed that she had no further plans for a comeback.

Hingis, however, resurfaced in July, playing singles, doubles, and mixed doubles in World Team Tennis and notching up singles victories over two top 100 players and shutting out Martina Navratilova in singles on July 7. With these promising results behind her, Hingis announced on November 29 her return to the WTA Tour in 2006.

At the Australian Open, Hingis lost in the quarterfinals to second-seeded Kim Clijsters. However, Hingis won the mixed doubles title with Mahesh Bhupathi of India. This was her first career Grand Slam mixed doubles title and fifteenth overall (5 singles, 9 women's doubles, 1 mixed doubles).

The week after the Australian Open, Hingis defeated World No. 4 Maria Sharapova 6–3, 6–1 in the semifinals of the Tier I Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo before losing in the final to World No. 9 Elena Dementieva.

At the Tier I Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, California, Hingis defeated World No. 4 Lindsay Davenport in the fourth round 6–3, 1–6, 6–2 before losing to Sharapova in the semifinals.

On clay at the Tier II tournament in Warsaw, Poland, Hingis and Venus Williams reignited a rivalry in the second round that had been dormant since 2002. Williams won the match 4–6, 7–5, 6–4. At the Tier I Qatar Telecom German Open in Berlin, Hingis defeated Dementieva in the fourth round but lost in the quarterfinals to World No. 1 Amélie Mauresmo. At the Tier I Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome, Hingis posted her 500th career singles match victory in the quarterfinals, beating World No. 18 Flavia Pennetta, and subsequently won the tournament with wins over Venus Williams in the semifinals and Dinara Safina in the final. This was her 41st Women's Tennis Association tour singles title and first in more than four years. Hingis then reached the quarterfinals of the French Open, losing to Clijsters 7–6(5), 6–1.

At Wimbledon, Hingis lost in the third round to Ai Sugiyama 7–5, 3–6, 6–4.

Hingis played three tournaments during the North American summer hard court season. At the Tier I Acura Classic in San Diego, Hingis lost in the quarterfinals to World No. 2 Clijsters 7–5, 6–2. Hingis then defeated World No. 7 Svetlana Kuznetsova in the quarterfinals of the Tier I Rogers Cup in Montreal before losing the final to Ana Ivanović. Hingis's return to the US Open was short lived, however, as she lost in the second round to World No. 112 Virginie Razzano of France 6–2, 6–4.

In her first tournament since the US Open, Hingis won the second title of her comeback at the Tier III Sunfeast Open in Kolkata, India. She defeated unseeded Russian Olga Poutchkova in the final. The following week in Seoul, Hingis notched her 50th match win of the year before losing in the second round to Sania Mirza 4–6, 6–0, 6–4. At the Tier I Zurich Open three weeks later, Hingis lost to Kuznetsova in the quarterfinals 6–1, 1–6, 6–3.

Hingis qualified for the year-ending WTA Tour Championships in Madrid as the eighth seed. In her round robin matches, she lost in three sets to both Justine Henin and Mauresmo but defeated Petrova 6–4, 3–6, 6–3.

Hingis ended the year ranked World No. 7. She also finished eighth in prize money earnings (U.S.$1,159,537).

Hingis started the year by reaching the final of the Tier III Mondial Australian Women's Hardcourts in Gold Coast, Australia, losing to Dinara Safina of Russia 6–3, 3–6, 7–5. The next week at the Medibank International in Sydney, Hingis lost her first round match to Jelena Janković in three sets.

At the Australian Open, Hingis won her first three rounds without losing a set before defeating China's Na Li in the fourth round 4–6, 6–3, 6–0. Hingis then lost a quarterfinal match to Kim Clijsters 3–6, 6–4, 6–3. This was the second consecutive year that Hingis had lost to Clijsters in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open and the third time in the last five Grand Slam tournaments that Clijsters had eliminated Hingis in the quarterfinals.

Hingis won her next tournament, the Tier I Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, defeating Ana Ivanović in the final. This was Hingis's record fifth singles title at this event.

Three weeks later, Hingis lost for the second time that year to Janković in the quarterfinals of the Dubai Duty Free Women's Open. At the Qatar Total Open in Doha, Hingis lost to Daniela Hantuchová 1–6, 6–4, 6–4 in the quarterfinals after being up a set and 4–1 (40–0) in the second set. In women's doubles, Hingis teamed with Maria Kirilenko to win the title, defeating Ágnes Szávay and Vladimíra Uhlířov in the final 6–1, 6–1.

At the Tier I Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, California, Hingis again lost to Hantuchová, this time in the fourth round 6–4, 6–3. Hingis was up a service break in both sets but, as in Doha, could not hold her lead. At the Tier I Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Florida, Hingis again failed to reach the quarterfinals, losing in the third round to Agnieszka Radwańska of Poland 4–6, 6–3, 6–2.

Her next tournament was the Qatar Telecom German Open, where she lost in the third round to compatriot Patty Schnyder 6–4, 6–0. A hip injury that troubled her at the German Open caused her to withdraw from the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, where she was the defending champion, and the French Open, the only Grand Slam singles title that eluded her.

In her first round match at Wimbledon, Hingis saved two match points to defeat British wildcard Naomi Cavaday, apparently not having fully recovered from the hip injury that prevented her from playing the French Open. In the third round, Hingis lost to Laura Granville of the United States 6–4, 6–2 and claimed afterwards she should not have entered the tournament.

At the Acura Classic in San Diego, Hingis defeated Michaella Krajicek before falling to Schnyder 6–1, 6–7(4), 6–3. Hingis was leading 3–1 in the final set before losing five consecutive games. Hingis then lost to Sania Mirza in a second round match of the East West Bank Classic in Los Angeles.

Hingis's next tournament was the last Grand Slam tournament of the year, the US Open, which she had won exactly ten years ago for the first time. Hingis lost in the third round to Belarussian teenager Victoria Azarenka 3–6, 6–1, 6–0.

In her last career singles match in September, Hingis lost in the second round of the China Open in Beijing to Chinese player Shuai Peng 7–5, 6–1.

Hingis did not play any tournaments after the China Open, as she was beset by injuries for the rest of the year. However, on November 1, 2007, Hingis said at a press conference in Glattbrugg near Zürich that she was retiring permanently from competitive tennis. She admitted that she had tested positive for cocaine during Wimbledon in 2007. But Hingis maintained her innocence, saying, "I have tested positive but I have never taken drugs and I feel 100 percent innocent." She also said, "I would personally be terrified of taking drugs. When I was informed I was shocked and appalled." She is not planning to contest the positive drug test because it could take years. "Because of my age and my health problems, I have also decided to retire from professional tennis." The drug test results were released to Hingis after her third round loss to Laura Granville at Wimbledon, with both "A" and "B" urine samples failing the tests. Hingis then underwent a private drug test on a hair sample, which came back negative and, according to Hingis, is evidence that she did not use cocaine.

Hingis played an exhibition match at the Liverpool International tournament on June 13, 2008. Although this event was a warm-up for Wimbledon, it was not part of the WTA Tour. This allowed Hingis to participate without breaching the rules of her ban. In a rematch of their 1997 Wimbledon final, Hingis defeated Jana Novotná 6–3, 6–4.

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) Independent Anti-Doping Tribunal announced on January 4, 2008, that Hingis was found to have committed a doping offence. The tribunal determined that a sample provided by Hingis at Wimbledon on June 29, 2007, had tested positive for a metabolite of cocaine. The tribunal suspended Hingis from participation in any ITF or associated event for two years, beginning on October 1, 2007. In addition, the tribunal ordered her results from the 2007 Wimbledon Championships and subsequent tennis events disqualified, with the forfeiture of the ITF ranking points and repayment of prize money, totaling US$129,481, that she won at those events.

As of October 30, 2008, Hingis win-loss record against certain players who have been ranked World No. 10 or higher is as follows: Players who have been ranked World No. 1 are in boldface.

Hingis was renowned for her tactical approach to the game of tennis and for her technical skills, enabling her to produce a wide array of shots with finesse. She lacked the power possessed by many of her contemporaries; therefore, she relied on low error-rates and good shot selection to keep opponents off-balance. She often used change of direction and pace to catch opponents off guard and sharp angles to open up the court. She was also well known for her ability to break long rallies by hitting accurate drop shots and coming to the net, where she was a skilled volleyer. A signature play of Hingis was the drop shot followed by a lob, often resulting in an easy volley or overhead to finish the point. Hingis often hit the ball extremely early by standing close to the baseline (or inside it) in order to take reaction time away from her opponent.

Hingis's strongest groundstroke was her two-handed backhand, which had an extremely low error-rate and great variety. Her backhand down-the-line was among her signature shots and often the shot she chose to hit with greater pace to surprise opponents during a rally.

Hingis has dated Spanish golf player Sergio García and British footballer Sol Campbell. She had been engaged to Czech tennis player Radek Štěpánek, but split from him in August 2007.

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 end of 2007 WTA Tour.

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Nadia Petrova

Nadia Petrova at the 2008 U.S. Open

Infobox last updated on: November 10, 2008.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Marion Bartoli

Bartoli at the 2008 Pilot Pen Tennis tennis tournament, where she beat Tsvetana Pironkova, 2–6, 6–4, 7–5.

Infobox last updated on: March 9, 2009.

Marion Bartoli (born October 2, 1984) is a French professional tennis player. She has won four Women's Tennis Association titles, and was runner-up at the 2007 Wimbledon Championships. She is known for defeating 2 reigning #1s in Grand Slams, Justine Henin at the 2007 Wimbledon and Jelena Jankovic at the 2009 Australian Open.

Bartoli is known for her unorthodox and intense style of play on the court. She uses two hands on both the forehand and the backhand, and is generally classed as an aggressive and hard-hitting player. She developed her two-handed style on the advice of her father, who is also her coach. He had seen the classic 1992 French Open final in which Monica Seles defeated Steffi Graf, and immediately was inspired to teach the technique to his daughter.

Bartoli also had trouble with her forehand at the time, so when she made the switch to two hands, it greatly improved. She uses her double-fisted strokes to create sharp angles to open up the court and prefers to take the ball very early on groundstrokes and especially returns of serve, usually standing close to the baseline or even inside it during rallies. Her style of play can be most closely compared to that of Seles, who had a strong influence on Bartoli as a young player, though unlike Seles, Bartoli serves right-handed. However, she is not a very good mover and is further inhibited by her two-fisted strokes, which can make her vulnerable to fast all-court players. Bartoli is also known for her unusual serve, in which she uses her waist to generate speed. Bartoli is also unique in that she doesn't bounce the ball before her serve.

Bartoli started entering tournaments regularly at the age of 16. After a few aborted starts in 1999 and 2000 and getting to the last 16 of the Australian Open Juniors in 2001 she attacked the ITF $10,000 clay events in the spring. Winning two tournaments back to back in May (in Hatfield and Torino) ensured the French Open gave her a wildcard into her first grand slam. Purely a learning experience she lost to Catalina Castaño, who was ranked just outside the top 100. Entering the Juniors of the same event proved a harder experience for Bartoli who was in tears on court being dumped out 6–0, 6–1 by Myriam Casanova after losing the first 11 games of the match. The rest of the year comprised of entering bigger tournaments and consistently improving her ranking. The major highlight though was winning the junior US Open title, beating Ashley Harkleroad 6–2, 6–3 in the semifinal before coming from behind to edge out Svetlana Kuznetsova in three sets, 4–6, 6–3, 6–4. This victory prompted her father (Dr. Walter Bartoli) to give up his job and coach her full time. By the year's end she was the third-ranked junior player in the world and she had risen to 304 in the Women's Tennis Association rankings with a record of 28-8 in non-juniors competition with 21-4 coming on clay, 5–2 on hard courts, 1–1 on grass and 1–1 on carpet.

On the back of her US Open junior win, Bartoli received a wildcard into the Australian Open. She lost a very tight match there to Tina Pisnik 6–3, 4–6, 9–7. In the juniors, she was expected to repeat the success of the US Open but fell in the round-of-16. Following her first round exit at the French Open in three sets to Ai Sugiyama (and losing to Ashley Harkleroad in the last 16 of the final juniors Grand Slam tournament she would enter), her form heading into the qualifying of the US Open was mixed (in her four tournaments in July and August her record was 3–4). Nevertheless she beat three players ranked higher than her to qualify for a Grand Slam on merit for the first time.

In the first round the 231st best player in the world dispatched the former champion and 25th seed Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6–3, 6–1. It was Bartoli's first win over a player in the top 100 and by far the most important victory of her career. She followed that win by beating Paraguayan Rossana de los Ríos (then ranked World No. 70) in three sets before finally succumbing in the third round to another former champion, the 4th seed Lindsay Davenport 6–3, 6–1. Those results catapulted Bartoli over 100 places higher in the Women's Tennis Association rankings which she would build on to finish the year.

Her record for 2002 was 34-17 with 27-10 on hard courts and 7–7 on clay. She finished the year ranked World No. 104.

Bartoli began 2003 by immediately establishing herself as a top 100 player. She achieved this in her second tournament of the year, beating four top 100 players on her way through qualifying to the semifinals of Canberra. For the first time, she earned her place in a Grand Slam (the Australian Open) through her ranking but she drew the 11th seed Magdalena Maleeva in the first round and lost in straight sets. As a result of her increased ranking and improving results, she received a wildcard to her first Tier II event in Paris but lost in the first round to Maja Matevžič. Five weeks later, she qualified for her first Tier I event at Indian Wells, California before losing in straight sets to eighth-seeded Chanda Rubin in the second round. She repeated the trick a fortnight later by qualifying in Key Biscayne, Florida but this time made it to her first quarterfinal of a Women's Tennis Association tour event after Davenport retired in their fourth round match because of an injured hamstring.

Now a regular at Women's Tennis Association tour events, she had an indifferent clay court season with a 7–6 record heading into the French Open. She recorded her first win there in 3 attempts against her US Open opponent from the previous year de los Rios. She lost to seventh-seeded Jennifer Capriati 6–3, 6–0 in the second round. Bartoli then had her first experiences on grass in 2 years getting to the 3rd round in Birmingham and losing to compatriot Amélie Mauresmo in 's-Hertogenbosch but the now 52nd-ranked Bartoli had the misfortune at her first Wimbledon to draw the ninth seed, Slovak Daniela Hantuchová in the first round. She lost 6–4, 6–1.

By the end of 2003, Bartoli was ranked World No. 57 and her record for the year stood at 35-26. Her hard court record was 24-15, clay 8–6, grass 1–3, and carpet 2–2. Her record against top 10 players was 0–8.

Bartoli began 2004 by getting to her first Women's Tennis Association (WTA) semifinal in the season-opener in Auckland. She got to the second round of the Australian Open for the first time, losing to 22nd-seeded Patty Schnyder in three sets. Bartoli reached another semifinal in Hydrabad which briefly made her a top 50 player for the first time, but simultaneously she refound her doubles form of late 2003. Partnering compatriot Émilie Loit, they reached the semifinals of Acapulco, the quarterfinals of Indian Wells and then Bartoli won her first WTA tour doubles title in Casablanca.

After a forgettable singles clay court season (culminating in her second loss to Sugiyama at her native grand slam event) she rose back up the rankings by reaching the 3rd round of Wimbledon (losing to Sugiyama for the second successive slam). She also got to the quarterfinals of Wimbledon in the doubles, partnering Loit for the second successive grand slam (they had failed to get beyond the second round of the French Open). Bartoli got to her third singles semifinal of the year in Cincinnati before pulling out of her match with Davenport with a blister on her right hand. She reached the second round of the US Open despite being drawn against 32nd-seeded Meghann Shaughnessy in the first round. She lost to Russian Vera Douchevina in three sets in the second round.

In the absence of Amélie Mauresmo (with a groin injury) and Mary Pierce (with a shoulder problem), Bartoli received her debut Fed Cup call-up for France's semifinals against Spain. She was teamed with Loit again and helped complete a 5–0 whitewash of the Spanish team. In the final against Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova had lost both of her matches and Anastasia Myskina had won both of hers, making Bartoli's and Loit's doubles match against Myskina and Vera Zvonareva the decisive rubber. The Russian pair won the first set in a tiebreak then the second set 7–5 handing the Fed Cup to Russia for the first time. As a result, her team leader Guy Forget resigned and she did not choose by her new team leader Georges Goven to play next year (2005) of the same tournament with Loit.

She ended 2004 ranked World No. 41, having gone 30-24 over the year. Her hard court record was 23-13, with clay going 4–7, grass 3–3 and carpet 0–1.

After a promising start (semifinals in Auckland and quarterfinals in Canberra), which took her to World No. 32 and winning the second doubles tournament of her career in Pattaya City, injury disrupted the second quarter of 2005 for Bartoli. The only match she played in the clay court season was her straight sets first round loss to Shahar Pe'er at the French Open (where she was seeded for the first time, 28th). Her quarter-final run at Eastbourne (where she had to retire hurt) led her to a career-high ranking of 27 entering Wimbledon. She lost to Jill Craybas in the second round 6–1, 6–4. Highlights of the year were reaching the third round of the US Open for the second time (losing to Sania Mirza) and making her second Women's Tennis Association semifinal of the year (and fifth of her career) in Québec.

Her end of season stats were 35-26, albeit padded by a victory in a satellite tournament in Doha at the end of the year. She went 30-21 on hard courts, 0–1 on clay, 3–3 on grass and 2–1 on carpet. She was now ranked World No. 40.

In January 2006, Bartoli at 21 years of age won her first senior title at the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand, beating Vera Zvonareva in the final 6–2, 6–2. The tournament marked the first time she had beaten a top 10 player when Nadia Petrova retired in the third set of their semifinal with a leg injury. She then lost in the second round of the first three Grand Slam events of the year (losing to Roberta Vinci in Australia, Serb Jelena Janković at the French Open, and Karolina Šprem at Wimbledon - all in three sets), but she won her third career doubles title by capturing the ECM Prague Open with Shahar Pe'er in May.

The North American summer hard court season was very productive for Bartoli, getting to the third round (and in some cases that meant the quarterfinals) of five of the seven tournaments she entered including the US Open where she again lost in the third round, this time to seventh-seeded Patty Schnyder. The following week, she beat the Swiss player on route to her second final of the year in Bali where she lost to World No. 5 Svetlana Kuznetsova.

In October, Bartoli won her second Women's Tennis Association (WTA) singles title at the AIG Japan Open Tennis Championships beating Aiko Nakamura 2–6, 6–2, 6–2 in the final. This was the first ever WTA final contested by two players using two-handed strokes on both the forehand and backhand. As a result of winning the title, she broke into the top twenty for the first time. In her last event of the year, she captured the Bell Challenge in Quebec City, shutting out Olga Poutchkova in the final 6–0, 6–0.

Bartoli finished the year ranked World No. 17, her record was 45-28, her best on tour so far. That compromised of 37-17 on hard courts, 4–6 on clay, 3–3 on grass and 1–2 on carpet. She was 3–6 against top 10 players.

Bartoli began 2007 with another second-round exit at the Australian Open, this time falling to Victoria Azarenka in straight sets. She then reached the round-of-16 at the Tier I Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, California.

Bartoli then began to find her form during the clay court season, which had previously not been a successful surface for her. She reached the final of the ECM Prague Open in May, losing to Akiko Morigami. Bartoli was hindered by a hip injury during the latter stages of the Prague tournament and withdrew from the Tier I tournament in Rome as a result. After reaching the semifinals in Strasbourg, she lost to Amélie Mauresmo. Then she reached her first career Grand Slam fourth round at the French Open, defeating Elena Dementieva in the third round. In the fourth round, she was knocked out by Jelena Janković 6–1, 6–1. During this match, Bartoli injured her back.

Her form continued into the grass court season, beating Daniela Hantuchová in three sets en route to a semifinal encounter with Maria Sharapova in Birmingham, which she lost in straight sets. A week later in Eastbourne, she got to her second successive semifinal, dispatching Elena Dementieva in the quarterfinals 6–1, 6–0 before losing to World No. 1 Justine Henin 6–1, 6–3.

At Wimbledon, Bartoli made her long-awaited Grand Slam breakthrough by advancing to her first ever Grand Slam final. After a win against 16th seed Shahar Pe'er, Bartoli upset the 3rd seeded Jelena Janković 3-6, 7-5 6-3 in a match interrupted by many rain delays. Bartoli followed this by beating Michaëlla Krajicek of the Netherlands 3–6, 6–3, 6–2 in another delayed match. In her first Grand Slam semifinal, Bartoli came from behind to stun top-seeded Justine Henin 1–6, 7–5, 6–1 in one of the biggest upsets in Wimbledon history. Bookmakers had Henin at 1/33 to win and Bartoli was a 10-1 outside shot. Bartoli claimed afterwards the reason for her turnaround in the match was seeing Pierce Brosnan in the royal box and was determined to play well in front of one of her favourite actors. In her post match interview, she asked the former James Bond star if he could come back for the final the next day to see her again. However, the following day Brosnan was unable to attend due to a wedding. In the final, Bartoli lost to three-time former champion Venus Williams 6–4 6–1. Her father, who was sitting in the player's box behind Williams' father Richard, broke down and cried when she acknowledged him in her post-match remarks as being responsible for her achievements. As a result of her Wimbledon performance, she rose to a career high of 11th in the Women's Tennis Association rankings and RACE.

After withdrawing from the Fed Cup, her first foray into the US Open Series ended in a defeat at Stanford. Seeded 2nd, Bartoli faced American wildcard Lilia Osterloh in the second round and lost 5–7, 6–4, 6–3. Bartoli suffered a leg injury in the first set which had further hindered her movement; she also cited fatigue and illness as contributing factors to the loss. In San Diego, Bartoli edged past Aiko Nakamura 7–6(4), 6–1 after a first round bye, but lost to Elena Dementieva in the third round 6–4, 7–5. This loss was perhaps seen as surprising because Bartoli had won their last two meetings, including losing just one game at Eastbourne. Despite the loss, Bartoli claimed that her level of play was fine, however she lost her next match in Los Angeles to an in-form Maria Kirilenko 7–6, 6–3 after receiving a bye to the second round.

Bartoli picked up her form in Toronto, winning consecutive matches for the first time since Wimbledon. She beat Maria Kirilenko and Dinara Safina but retired in her quarterfinal match against Yan Zi when trailing 6–2, 3–0. At New Haven, she beat Virginia Ruano Pascual 6–0, 6–4 before losing to Elena Dementieva once again 6–4, 6–2.

At the US Open she reached the fourth round for the first time by defeating world No. 25 Lucie Šafářová in three sets. In the fourth round she lost to 8-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams 6-3, 6-4.

After her US Open performance, Bartoli began her indoor season at a small tournament in Kolkata, India. She was the top-seeded player but lost to Vania King. She then played at the Fortis Championships in Luxembourg, where she reached her first semifinal since her Wimbledon run by beating defending champion Alyona Bondarenko and top-seeded Anna Chakvetadze for her third top ten win of the year. However, she was then beaten by Daniela Hantuchová 6-2, 6-2. She then suffered a first round loss at Stuttgart to Agnieszka Radwańska 0–6, 6–2, 6–1 on her 23rd birthday.

Bartoli then moved to the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, the first Tier I of the indoor season. She was the fifth seed at this event and in the first round beat Alyona Bondarenko for the second time in three weeks 6–2, 7–5. However, she lost in the next round to home favourite Vera Dushevina 2–6, 6–0, 6–4. She then moved on to another Tier I event in Zürich, and reached the quarterfinals with wins over Peng Shuai and Michaëlla Krajicek. Her run came to an unfortunate end against Tatiana Golovin, when she had to retire with a knee injury whilst leading 5–4. Bartoli hurt herself during the game at 4–4, where she broke Golovin to love due to a string of unforced errors from her compatriot, and despite attempts to continue she was forced to retire and reportedly left the court in tears.

Despite her injury, Bartoli still played at the Generali Ladies Linz held in Austria. After a first round bye, she defeated homecrowd favourite Tamira Paszek in the second round, beating her 6–2, 6–1. In the quarterfinals, she was pushed to three sets by a resilient Julia Vakulenko, but eventually prevailed 6–1, 1–6, 6–4 to reach her second semifinal since Luxembourg. There she lost to eventual runner-up Patty Schnyder 7–6, 6–3, ending her hopes of reaching the WTA Tour Championships. However, after Serena Williams withdrew from the tournament due to her injury, Bartoli entered the event and played in the yellow group. While Serena had already played one match, Bartoli did not play Anna Chakvetadze. Bartoli lost 6–0, 6–0 to Justine Henin, who avenged her shock Wimbledon defeat to Bartoli, but defeated Jelena Janković 6–1, 1–0 after the Serbian retired.

Her final record for the year was 47-31, with 19-16 on hard courts, 14-7 on clay, 12-3 on grass and 2–5 on carpet. Her record against top 10 players was 4–8. Despite not having earned a single title all year, she ended the year as a top 10 player at no. 10.

Bartoli started the year by playing the Medibank International in Sydney. After only dropping one game in her first match, Bartoli lost to Francesca Schiavone in the second round 2–6, 6–3, 6–2. At the Australian Open, Bartoli was the first top ten seed to fall, losing her opening round match to Sofia Arvidsson 6–7(3), 6–4, 6–3 after Bartoli was up a break in both the second and third sets.

At the Tier II Open Gaz de France in Paris, Bartoli made it to the semifinals following easy wins over Virginie Razzano and Dominika Cibulková. However, she suffered a back injury while 6–2, 2–1 up against Anna Chakvetadze. She played on through the pain but lost the last eleven games, falling 2–6, 6–2, 6–0. In Doha and Dubai, she lost to Caroline Wozniacki and Francesca Schiavone, who went on to beat Justine Henin in the quarterfinals.

She entered the Tier I event in Indian Wells, California and got a bye into the second round. Following wins over Elena Vesnina and Angelique Kerber, she lost in the fourth round to Lindsay Davenport 7–5, 6–2. In Key Biscayne, Florida, another Tier I event, she was defeated early by Danish teen Caroline Wozniacki, 6–3, 6–1.

On clay at Amelia Island, Florida, she lost in the second round to Olga Govortsova. At the Tier I event in Charleston, South Carolina, she received a bye into the second round where she defeated Casey Dellacqua 7–5, 4–6, 6–1. However, in the third round she lost to Vera Zvonareva 6–4, 4–6, 6–1, who later made it to the final. Then at the Qatar Telecom German Open in Berlin, a Tier I event, she made the third round following an easy 6–0, 6–3 win over Lucie Šafářová. She was then defeated by Hungarian Ágnes Szávay in the third round 7–5, 7–5.

At the Tier I competition in Rome, she was seeded eighth and got a bye. In the third round, she was defeated by ninth-seeded Patty Schnyder 4–6, 6–4, 7–6(7), after leading 4–1 in the last set and holding a match point in the tiebreak. She then played the Tier III tournament in Strasbourg, as the top seed. She badly injured her wrist and withdrew while trailing 6–1, 1–0 against Chinese Peng Shuai in her first match. At the French Open, she played through injury and was defeated by Dellacqua in the first round 6–7, 6–3, 6–2.

Seeded first at Birmingham, she led 7–5, 4–4 with 2 break points, but eventually lost 5–7, 6–4, 6–0 to Petra Cetkovská. During the match, her wrist was re-injured. At the Tier II tournament in Eastbourne she once again played through injury, but crushed Sybille Bammer of Austria 6–3, 6–0. Afterwards she defeated Alisa Kleybanova 6–3, 6–3. However she lost her semifinal match to fourth-seeded and eventual champion Agnieszka Radwańska 7–5, 6–3.

At Wimbledon, she was seeded eleventh and in the first round beat Sabine Lisicki 6–2, 6–4. In the second round, she defeated Tathiana Perebiynis 6–2, 7–5. But in the third round againest Bethanie Mattek, she suffered calf and shoulder injuries whilst leading 4–2 in the first set and lost 6–4, 6–1.

On her return to hardcourts at Stanford, she was seeded sixth and easily defeated Akgul Amanmuradova in straight sets. In the second round she faced Anne Keothavong and won 6–3, 1–6, 7–5 after being down numerous times during the match. She caused a minor upset in the quarterfinals by defeating second-seeded and defending champion Anna Chakvetadze 6–3, 6–4. The win marked the first time Bartoli has won three matches in a row this year. In the semifinals, she beat veteran Ai Sugiyama 6–3, 6–3, to move into her first final since Wimbledon in 2007. In the final, Bartoli lost to the Canadian qualifier Aleksandra Wozniak 7–5, 6–3. Later she stated she was once again injured.

At the Tier I tournament in Montreal, she overcame a stomach virus to beat Melanie South in the first round 6–3, 6–7, 6–0. After a walkover in the second round, Bartoli defeated Anna Chakvetadze 4–6, 7–5, 7–6, saving three match points in the process. Then in the quarterfinals, she beat Ai Sugiyama again in straight sets. Playing with a twisted ankle, Bartoli fell to Dominika Cibulková in the semifinals 4–6, 6–4, 6–3.

At Cinncinati she was seeded first but pulled out while trailing 7–6, 2–2 to Jamea Jackson because of an abdominal strain. Then at New Haven, she defeated Tsvetana Pironkova 2–6, 6–4, 7–5. However she lost to eventual champion Caroline Wozniacki 6–4, 6–0. This was her third loss to Wozniacki this year. She also finished second in the US Open Series.

At the US Open, she was seeded twelfth and strolled through her opening rounds against Galina Voskoboeva and Virginia Ruano Pascual. She then beat former champion and 23rd-seeded Lindsay Davenport in the third round, 6–1, 7–6. She lost to 29th-seeded Sybille Bammer in the fourth round 7–6, 0–6, 6–4. Bartoli played through injury in the three hour match, reportedly having problems with her blood pressure.

In Toyko, she beat Maria Kirilenko in the first round 6–2, 6–2 but then lost to Agnieszka Radwańska in the second round 6–2, 6–3. At Stuttgart, she opened by defeating Dominika Cibulková 6–3, 6–1 but fell to resurgent Vera Zvonareva 6–2, 6–0 in the next round on her 24th birthday. At the Kremlin Cup, she retired against Dominika Cibulková. Then in Zurich, she defeated Ágnes Szávay 6–4, 6–0 before losing to Ana Ivanović 6–2, 6–4.

In her final tournament for the year, she was seeded sixth and it took seven match points to defeat Ai Sugiyama 6–4, 2–6, 7–6(8). In the second round, she defeated Petra Kvitová 7–6(4), 1–6, 6–3. In the quarterfinals, she lost a 5–1 second set lead but came through in the end against Alyona Bondarenko, 6–3, 5–7, 6–1. She ended the year with a loss to Zvonereva.

Bartoli's record for the year ended at 29–26.

Bartoli's first event during the new WTA calendar was inaugural Brisbane International. She was seeded third and in the first round crushed Monika Wejnert 6-1, 6-2. In the second round she beat Melinda Czink 5-7, 6-3, 6-1. She then beat Tathiana Garbin 6-3, 6-3. During the semi-final against Amelie Mauresmo, the latter had to retire due to injury; securing Bartoli a place in the final, which she lost to Victoria Azarenka 6-3, 6-1. Bartoli withdrew from the Medibank International Sydney due to a left calf strain during a match with qualifier Melanie South, while tied at 1-1.

At the Australian Open she was seeded 16th and started with a straightforward 6-2, 6-4 win over Melanie South. She followed this up by beating Tsvetana Pironkova 7-5, 6-2, marking the first time she made it past the second round of the Australian Open. She then came back from 3-6, 0-2 against Lucie Šafářová to win 3-6, 6-2, 6-1. Bartoli then stunned top seed Jelena Jankovic of Serbia by crushing her in straight sets 6-1, 6-4. However, she lost to seventh seeded Vera Zvonareva in the quarterfinals by 3-6, 0-6.

In Dubai she was seeded 11th, and came up against Ai Sugiyama and won 6-0, 4-6, 7-6(6), after becoming very sick in the second set, and saved 3 MPs in the last set tie break. Veteran broadcaster Peter Flemming called it "One of the most extraordinary victories I have ever seen in 25 years of broadcasting." She then defeated Francesca Schiavone 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-3 in the second round. However in the third round she retired while 5-2 down against Vera Zvonareva.

Bartoli then won her fourth career title at the Monterrey Open. Bartoli was seeded No. 2 and started with a solid 6-2, 6-4 victory over Michaella Krajicek. She followed it up with a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Magdaléna Rybáriková, winning a remarkable 20 out of 23 points of Rybarikovas second serve. In the quarterfinals, Bartoli won a tight three-setter against qualifier Vania King, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3. Bartoli advanced to her second Tour final of the year after coming back from a break in the first set to defeat No. 4 seed Zheng Jie, 7-5, 6-3. In the final, Bartoli defeated another Chinese player, unseeded Li Na 6–4, 6–3.

Her record for the year stands at 15-4.

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