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Yaroslava Shvedova

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Yaroslava Shvedova, born 12 September 1987 in Moscow, Russia is a Kazakhstani professional tennis player. She has achieved a career high ranking of No. 29 as of 21 June 2010. She has won 1 WTA singles title, 3 ITF Women's Circuit singles titles and 3 doubles titles, including the 2010 Wimbledon and US Open Ladies' Doubles titles. She was taught tennis at the age of six by her father who is currently her coach. She has made two Grand Slam singles quarterfinals, at the 2010 and the 2012 French Open. In February 2007, she unexpectedly reached the final of the Sony Ericsson International, beating homecrowd favourite and No.2 seed Sania Mirza in the quarterfinals. In the final, she defeated top-seeded defending champion Mara Santangelo, to win her first WTA Tour title. This win caused her to be in the top 100 for the first time, ranked at number 78. At the 2007 Miami Masters, she came through qualifying and impressively recorded her first-ever top 20 win over future number one Ana Ivanović in the second round.

Tatiana Garbin beat her in the third round. In August 2008, she won an ITF title in Monterrey, Mexico, defeating Magdaléna Rybáriková in the final. Just over a week later, she won through the qualifying rounds for 2008 US Open, but lost to Agnieszka Radwańska in the first round. In 2009, Shvedova qualified for the main draw of Roland Garros, defeating Americans Shenay Perry in the first qualifying round and Angela Haynes, in the second qualifying round. She then beat Elena Baltacha in the final qualifying round to enter the main draw. She beat Kaia Kanepi in the first round and advanced to the third round after defeating Arantxa Rus, also a qualifier, in the second. There she lost in a close 3rd round match to former number one Maria Sharapova, returning from a long-lasting shoulder injury and then ranked 102. At the 2009 Wimbledon Championships in the first round she faced Romanian Monica Niculescu and demolished her, but lost to American teenager Melanie Oudin in the second. At the 2009 US Open, Shvedova pulled off the biggest win of her career by beating then No. 5 Jelena Janković, in a match where she saved two match points.

Shvedova experienced a good run at the 2010 Sony Ericsson Open in Miami. She gained direct entry into the main draw and won a tight first round match against wildcard Ajla Tomljanović. She then defeated 23rd seed Sabine Lisicki in the second round after she retired while trailing. In the third round, Shvedova advanced against unseeded Andrea Petkovic by winning another close match. She fell to 6th seed Agnieszka Radwańska 6–1 in the fourth round. At the 2010 Barcelona Ladies Open Shvedova defeated Anabel Medina Garrigues in the first round before upsetting 4th seed Maria Kirilenko in the second round. Next, she defeated Iveta Benešová, before falling to eventual tournament and 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone in the semifinals. Shvedova enjoyed arguably her best career result at the 2010 French Open. There, she advanced to the quarterfinals in the Women's Singles competition. Shvedova defeated 8th seed Agnieszka Radwańska, avenging her loss to her in Miami, en route to the quarters. As the last unseeded player in the tournament, Shvedova was defeated by 4th seed Jelena Janković in the quarterfinal.

In mixed doubles, Shvedova partnered with Julian Knowle of Austria to reach the final, beating doubles legends Cara Black and Leander Paes, the second seeds, along the way. They fell in a nailbighting final to sixth seeds Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia and Nenad Zimonjić of Serbia. At the 2010 Wimbledon Championships, Shvedova entered the Women's Doubles competition unseeded with partner Vania King. The two began playing together at the start of the grass court season two weeks before, and were only in their third event together. In a stunning string of upsets, Shvedova and King won the tournament, beating Elena Vesnina and Vera Zvonareva in the final. The pairing they beat in the final beat Serena and Venus Williams in the quarterfinals, and Zvonareva lost in the women's singles final. Both Shvedova and King continued their good form onto the hard courts of the 2010 US Open, being seeded 6th, the team continued to win match after match before taking a spot in their second consecutive Grand Slam final, this time facing Liezel Huber and Nadia Petrova. King and Shvedova won after the match was played over two days due to heavy rainfall.

Shvedova missed the Australian Open due to injury. She began her season at the 2011 Dubai Tennis Championships, losing in the first round to Zhang Shuai. She then suffered two most consecutive losses in Doha and Indian Wells. She then lost in the second round of three more tournaments. After losing two more matches in Rome and Madrid she entered the French Open, ranked No. 54. Shvedova lost in the first round to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, which saw her ranking drop to No. 115 as a result. She also reached the semifinals of the tournament with her regular doubles partner Vania King. She won one match at the 2011 AEGON Classic followed by a 4-match losing streak. Now ranked No. 157, she played at an $50K ITF event in The Bronx, where she reached the final. She lost to Italian Romina Oprandi after retiring early in the second set. She then lost in the first round of qualifying of the 2011 US Open. At the 2012 Rolands Garros Championship, Shvedova qualified into the main draw. There, she defeated Mandy Minella, Sofia Arvidsson, and Carla Suarez Navarro.

In the fourth round, she beat defending champion Li Na to advance to her second grand slam quarterfinal. This is Shvedova's biggest win in singles. She will play 4th seed and reigning Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the quaterfinals. In doubles, she has also reached the quarterfinals with Vania King. Shvedova was born to father Vyacheslav and mother Nurzia, who used to be a professional runner - the winner of the International Association of Ultra Runners 100 Kilometer World Challenge in 1992. Shvedova has one brother named Pavel who is a student. She began playing tennis at age 8 when her father introduced her to the sport in Chernogolovka near Moscow. Although she was born in Russia and continues to live and train in Moscow, Shvedova changed her nationality from Russian to Kazakhstani in 2008 as part of that country's attempts to boost its sports profile.

See more of Yaroslava at: www.yaroslava-shvedova.com

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