Ágnes Szávay (Hungarian: Szávay Ágnes, pronounced [ˈsaːvɒi ˈaːɡnɛʃ]; born 29 December 1988) is a former professional tennis player from Hungary. The 2007 WTA Newcomer of the Year achieved her career-high ranking of world No. 13 in April 2008.
Szávay at the 2010 US Open
|Born||29 December 1988|
|Height||1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Retired||6 February 2013|
|Plays||Right (two-handed backhand)|
|Career titles||5 WTA, 3 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 13 (14 April 2008)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2010)|
|French Open||4R (2009)|
|US Open||QF (2007)|
|Olympic Games||1R (2008)|
|Career titles||2 WTA, 3 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 22 (24 September 2007)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2006, 2009)|
|French Open||3R (2007, 2008)|
|US Open||SF (2007)|
Szávay was born in Kiskunhalas and grew up in Soltvadkert. She started to play tennis at the age of six, with her parents acting as her first coaches and managers. She worked with several coaches including Zoltán Újhidy, Levente Barátosi, Miklós Hornok, József Bocskay, Zoltán Kuharszky, Karl-Heinz Wetter and Gábor Köves. Her younger sister Blanka is five years her junior.
Szávay won her first career WTA-level tournament in singles in Palermo in July. The win caused her ranking to rise to world No. 37. She also won one doubles tournament, the Tier III Budapest Grand Prix, with Vladimíra Uhlířová.
In August, Szávay reached the final of the Tier II tournament in New Haven, defeating Daniela Hantuchová, Alona Bondarenko, and Samantha Stosur, then lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova in the final. Szávay was leading 6–4, 0–3 when she had to retire from the match because of a back injury.
Szávay reached the quarterfinals of the US Open, defeating 32nd-seeded Michaëlla Krajicek and seventh-seeded Nadia Petrova, then lost to Kuznetsova. She also reached the semifinals in women's doubles, teaming with Uhlířová.
At her first tournament after the US Open, she reached the final of the Tier II China Open. Szávay, the sixth seed, reached the semifinals where she defeated Chinese player Peng Shuai to advance to her second career Tier II final. Szávay then defeated Jelena Janković to claim her first Tier II title. Szávay led 5–0 in the first set tiebreak before losing it 7–9. In the second set, Szávay saved a match point while trailing 5–1 with a second serve ace and then won nine consecutive games. Szávay moved into the top 20 due to this result.
Szávay's year ended prematurely because of a thigh injury. In late September at the Tier IV Hansol Korea Open Tennis Championships in Seoul, she was forced to retire from her quarterfinal match with Eleni Daniilidou while tied at one set apiece. She did not play on the tour the remainder of the year.
For her achievements, she was named "2007 Hungarian Sportswoman of the Year".
Szávay began the year at the Mondial Australian Women's Hardcourt in Gold Coast. Szávay and Dinara Safina, the third seeded team, won the doubles title, defeating the first and second seeded teams in the semifinals and final, respectively.
Szávay reached the final of the Tier II Open Gaz de France in Paris. She defeated second-seeded Daniela Hantuchová in the quarterfinals and fourth-seeded Elena Dementieva in the semifinals, then lost to Anna Chakvetadze in the three-set final.
Szávay started the clay court season by reaching the quarterfinals in three consecutive tournaments. At the Tier II Bausch & Lomb Championships in Amelia Island, Szávay lost to Lindsay Davenport in the quarterfinals. Going into the Tier I Family Circle Cup in Charleston, Szávay was ranked world No. 13, her highest singles ranking; she reached the quarterfinals but eventually lost to Alizé Cornet in two sets. At the Tier I Qatar Telecom German Open in Berlin, Szávay lost to world No. 2 Ana Ivanovic in three sets.
At the 2009 French Open, Szávay was seeded 29th and upset world No. 3 Venus Williams, beating her in the third round. She was defeated in straight sets by Dominika Cibulková in the fourth round. She won the third title of her career in her hometown at GDF Suez Grand Prix defeating top seed Patty Schnyder in the final. S
Szávay reached her first quarterfinals of the year at the Open GDF Suez and then reached the quarterfinals at the Abierto Mexicano TELCEL and the Monterrey Open. In the summer, she won back-to-back titles at the GDF Suez Grand Prix and the ECM Prague Open.
On 6 February 2013, Szávay announced retirement from professional tennis due to ongoing back problems.
WTA career finalsEdit
Singles: 7 (5–2)Edit
|Winner||1.||16 July 2007||Palermo, Italy||Clay||Martina Müller||6–0, 6–1|
|Runner-up||1.||25 August 2007||New Haven, United States||Hard||Svetlana Kuznetsova||6–4, 0–3 ret.|
|Winner||2.||23 September 2007||Beijing, China||Hard||Jelena Janković||6–7(7–9), 7–5, 6–2|
|Runner-up||2.||10 February 2008||Paris, France||Hard||Anna Chakvetadze||3–6, 6–2, 2–6|
|Winner||3.||12 July 2009||Budapest, Hungary (1)||Clay||Patty Schnyder||2–6, 6–4, 6–2|
|Winner||4.||11 July 2010||Budapest, Hungary (2)||Clay||Patty Schnyder||6–2, 6–4|
|Winner||5.||18 July 2010||Prague, Czech Republic||Clay||Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová||6–2, 1–6, 6–2|
Doubles: 8 (2–6)Edit
|Runner-up||1.||8 July 2004||Budapest, Hungary||Clay||Virág Németh|| Petra Mandula
|Runner-up||2.||24 October 2005||Hasselt, Belgium||Hard (i)||Michaëlla Krajicek|| Émilie Loit
|Runner-up||3.||20 February 2006||Bogotá, Colombia||Hard||Jasmin Wöhr|| Gisela Dulko
|Runner-up||4.||3 March 2007||Doha, Qatar||Hard||Vladimíra Uhlířová|| Martina Hingis
|Winner||1.||23 April 2007||Budapest, Hungary||Clay||Vladimíra Uhlířová|| Martina Müller
|Runner-up||5.||23 July 2007||Bad Gastein, Austria||Clay||Vladimíra Uhlířová|| Lucie Hradecká
|Winner||2.||5 January 2008||Gold Coast, Australia||Hard||Dinara Safina|| Yan Zi
|Runner-up||6.||18 July 2010||Prague, Czech Republic||Clay||Monica Niculescu|| Timea Bacsinszky
ITF Circuit finalsEdit
Singles: 4 (3–1)Edit
|Winner||1.||26 September 2004||Ciampino, Italy||Clay||Stefania Boffa||6–0, 6–2|
|Runner-up||1.||1 October 2006||Ashland, United States||Hard||Aleksandra Wozniak||1–6, 6–7(2–7)|
|Winner||2.||22 October 2006||Houston, United States||Hard||Bethanie Mattek||2–6, 6–4, 6–1|
|Winner||3.||19 May 2007||Zagreb, Croatia||Clay||Nika Ožegović||6–0, 7–6(7–2)|
Doubles: 5 (3-2)Edit
|Runner-up||1.||5 October 2003||Carcavelos, Portugal||Clay||Romy Farah|| Iveta Gerlová
|Winner||1.||10 April 2005||Dinan, France||Clay||Michaëlla Krajicek|| Yuliya Beygelzimer
|Winner||2.||23 July 2006||Vittel, France||Clay||Yuliya Beygelzimer|| Mădălina Gojnea
|Runner-up||2.||1 October 2006||Ashland, United States||Hard||Ashley Harkleroad|| Milagros Sequera
|3–6, 7–5, 2–6|
|Winner||3.||18 May 2007||Zagreb||Clay||Emma Laine|| Klaudia Jans
Singles performance timelineEdit
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Summer Olympics||NH||A||Not Held||1R||Not Held||1R||0–2|
|WTA Premier Mandatory tournaments|
|Beijing||NH||Not Tier I||1R||1R||A||A||6–3|
|WTA Premier 5 tournaments|
|Dubai||Not Tier I||1R||A||A||NP5||0–1|
|Doha||Not Tier I||1R||Not Held||NP5||A||0–1|
|Cincinnati||Not Tier I||2R||A||A||A||1–1|
Grand Slam doubles performance timelineEdit
- "Elbúcsúzom... /in Hungarian/". szavayagnes.hu. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
- WTA | Players | Activity | Ágnes Szávay
- Robert Wechsler (2007). Day by Day in Jewish Sports History. KTAV Publishing House, Inc. p. 275. ISBN 978-0-88125-969-8. Retrieved 1 June 2009.
- Eaton-Robb, Pat., "Svetlana Kuznetsova wins Pilot Pen when Ágnes Szávay retires with back injury", Yahoo! News, 2007-08-25, Retrieved on 2007-09-03
- Back from the Brink in Beijing
- Mondial Australian Women's Hardcourts main draw doubles
- "WTA – Hungary´s Agnes Szavay announces her retirement from the sport". 7 February 2013.
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- Official website (in Hungarian)
| Hungarian Sportswoman of The Year
| WTA Newcomer of the Year