Alina Jidkova

Alina Vladimirovna Jidkova (Russian: Алина Владимировна Жидкова; born 18 January 1977) is a former professional tennis player from Russia. In her career, she won one WTA doubles title, at the 2005 Mexican Open. She also won nine singles and nine doubles titles on the ITF Circuit. In March 2005, she reached her best singles ranking of world No. 51, while in August 2003, she peaked at No. 50 in the doubles rankings.

Alina Jidkova
Jidkova 2009.jpg
Jidkova at the 2009 Kremlin Cup
Country (sports) Russia
ResidenceBoca Raton, Florida, U.S.
Born (1977-01-18) January 18, 1977 (age 45)
Moscow, Soviet Union
now Russia
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Turned pro1993
Retired2010
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,128,467
Singles
Career record466–421 (52.5%)
Career titles9 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 51 (7 March 2005)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open3R (2000)
French Open2R (2002)
Wimbledon1R (2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005)
US Open2R (2006)
Doubles
Career record281–332 (45.8%)
Career titles1 WTA, 9 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 50 (4 August 2003)
Grand Slam doubles results
Australian Open2R (2003)
French Open2R (2000, 2003, 2004)
Wimbledon2R (2002, 2005, 2008)
US Open2R (2005)

Early lifeEdit

Alinka, as is her nickname, was born in Moscow, then capital of the Soviet Union, to Vladimir, an engineer and a former professional weight lifter, and Lina, a school teacher and a former 100 meter sprinter.[1] She has one brother, Dmitriy, former boxer, who now owns a construction business.[2] She spent her early years in the Spartak Moscow tennis Club, but later she moved to the United States and attended Nick Bollettieri's tennis academy in Florida.[3]

Tennis careerEdit

In 2004, she reached the quarterfinals of Generali Ladies Linz after beating Serena Williams in straight sets. Aside from Williams, she has career victories against Jelena Jankovic, Mary Pierce, Samantha Stosur, Alicia Molik, Chanda Rubin, Amanda Coetzer, Brenda Schultz-McCarthy, Amy Frazier, Petra Martic and other notable players. In 2005, she won her single WTA Tour event, the Mexican Open doubles title in Acapulco, partnering with Tatiana Perebiynis. She has also finished runner-up on three occasions.

Jidkova underwent knee surgery on 3 April 2001 for torn meniscus suffered during practice after Miami, returning to action in late April.

Retirement and coaching careerEdit

She retired from professional tennis at the end of the 2010 season. Her last official singles match played was against Monica Puig, 2016 Olympic champion. Later she worked as a coach for Galina Voskoboeva, Ksenia Pervak and Kaia Kanepi. As a coach Alina Jidkova reached with Kaia Kanepi the Quarter-Final of the US-Open in 2017.

Personal lifeEdit

Jidkova resides in Boca Raton, Florida, and is married to entrepreneur Sascha Ghods. The two married on 18 December 2010 in a ceremony in Vienna, Austria.

WTA career finalsEdit

Doubles: 4 (1 title, 3 runner-ups)Edit

Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1. Feb 2003 U.S. National Indoors Hard (i)   Bryanne Stewart   Saori Obata
  Akiko Morigami
1–6, 1–6
Win 2. Feb 2005 Mexico Open Clay   Tatiana Perebiynis   Rosa María Andrés Rodríguez
  Conchita Martínez Granados
7–5, 6–3
Loss 3. Oct 2006 Tournoi de Québec, Canada Hard   Jill Craybas   Carly Gullickson
  Laura Granville
3–6, 4–6
Loss 4. Jul 2007 Cincinnati Open, U.S. Hard   Tatiana Poutchek   Bethanie Mattek
  Sania Mirza
6–7(4), 5–7

ITF finalsEdit

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments

Singles: 17 (9–8)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 27 October 1997 ITF Culiacán, Mexico Hard   Petya Marinova 6–3, 6–0
Runner-up 2. 11 May 1998 ITF Poza Rica, Mexico Hard   Vanessa Menga 2–6, 7–6, 1–6
Winner 3. 18 May 1998 ITF Coatzacoalcos, Mexico Hard   Adria Engel 6–3, 6–1
Runner-up 4. 4 January 1999 ITF San Antonio, United States Hard   Holly Parkinson 6–3, 4–6, 3–6
Winner 5. 17 January 1999 ITF Miami, United States Hard   Helen Crook 6–2, 7–5
Runner-up 6. 31 January 1999 ITF Clearwater, United States Hard   Miroslava Vavrinec 0–6, 6–7
Winner 7. 19 July 1999 ITF Peachtree, United States Hard   Erika deLone 6–7, 7–6, 6–4
Runner-up 8. 16 July 2000 ITF Peachtree, United States Hard   Sandra Cacic 0–6, 2–4 ret.
Winner 9. 11 September 2000 ITF Hopewell Junction, United States Hard   Jennifer Hopkins 6–3, 6–0
Winner 10. 9 October 2000 ITF Miramar, United States Clay   Rossana de los Ríos 1–6, 7–6, 6–2
Runner-up 11. 27 November 2000 ITF Tucson, United States Hard   Katalin Marosi 7–6, 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 12. 29 January 2001 ITF Clearwater, United States Hard   Anikó Kapros 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 13. 29 January 2001 ITF Fresno, United States Hard   Marissa Irvin 2–6, 1–6
Winner 14. 5 November 2001 ITF Pittsburgh, United States Hard (i)   Marie-Ève Pelletier 6–4, 6–1
Winner 15. 23 July 2002 ITF Louisville, United States Hard   Saori Obata 6–3, 6–4
Winner 16. 9 January 2007 ITF Tampa, United States Hard   Olga Vymetálková 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 17. 5 June 2007 ITF Madrid, Spain Clay   Carla Suárez Navarro 2–6, 1–6

Doubles: 30 (9–21)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 21 February 1994 ITF Amadora, Portugal Hard   Anna Linkova   Teodora Nedeva
  Antoaneta Pandjerova
3–6, 1–6
Runner-up 2. 29 January 1996 Open de Saint-Malo, France Hard (i)   Pavlina Bartůňková   Ariadne Katsouli
  Bérangère Quillot
2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 3. 4 August 1996 ITF Catania, Italy Clay   Teodora Nedeva   Katia Altilia
  Laura Fodorean
6–1, 4–6, 3–6
Winner 4. 6 October 1996 ITF Langenthal, Switzerland Carpet (i)   Helena Vildová   Caecilia Charbonnier
  Andrea Schwarz
6–4, 6–4
Winner 5. 23 March 1997 ITF Victoria, Mexico Hard   Paola Arrangoiz   Karin Palme
  Graciela Vélez
5–7, 6–0, 6–2
Runner-up 6. 27 October 1997 ITF Culiacán, Mexico Hard   Paola Arrangoiz   Lucila Becerra
  Isabela Petrov
5–7, 0–6
Runner-up 7. 19 January 1998 ITF Miami, United States Hard   Aliénor Tricerri   Lilia Osterloh
  Zuzana Valeková
4–6, 4–6
Winner 8. 4 May 1998 ITF Tampico, Mexico Hard   Adria Engel   Paula Cabezas
  Vanessa Menga
7–6, 7–5
Runner-up 9. 11 May 1998 ITF Poza Rica, Mexico Hard   Adria Engel   Paula Cabezas
  Vanessa Menga
6–3, 2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 10. 18 May 1998 ITF Coatzacoalcos, Mexico Hard   Adria Engel   Paula Cabezas
  Vanessa Menga
3–6, 2–6
Winner 11. 23 November 1998 ITF Culiacán, Mexico Clay   Renata Kolbovic   Zsófia Gubacsi
  Aliénor Tricerri
6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 12. 4 January 1999 ITF San Antonio, U.S. Hard   Holly Parkinson   Kylie Hunt
  Julie Thu
6–7, 4–6
Runner-up 13. 8 February 1999 ITF Rockford, U.S. Hard (i)   Holly Parkinson   Lilia Osterloh
  Katie Schlukebir
6–7, 2–6
Winner 14. 19 September 1999 ITF Hopewell, U.S. Hard   Li Fang   Dawn Buth
  Kim Grant
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 15. 1 May 2001 ITF Dothan, United States Clay   Gabriela Voleková   Marissa Irvin
  Janet Lee
0–6, 2–6
Winner 16. 14 October 2001 ITF Hallandale Beach, U.S. Clay   Jessica Steck   Erica Krauth
  Vanesa Krauth
4–6, 6–2, 6–3
Winner 17. 12 November 2001 ITF Hattiesburg, U.S. Hard   Abigail Spears   Rika Hiraki
  Nana Miyagi
6–3, 6–1
Runner-up 18. 3 December 2001 ITF West Columbia, U.S. Hard   Abigail Spears   Amanda Augustus
  Jennifer Embry
6–0, 3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 19. 3 December 2002 ITF Boynton Beach, U.S. Clay   Lina Krasnoroutskaya   Katalin Marosi
  Samantha Reeves
2–6, 6–7
Runner-up 20. 19 October 2003 ITF Sedona, United States Clay   Rossana de los Ríos   Yan Zi
  Zheng Jie
6–7(2), 6–7(3)
Runner-up 21. 10 November 2003 ITF Eugene, United States Hard   Tatiana Poutchek   Teryn Ashley
  Shenay Perry
6–3, 2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 22. 1 December 2003 ITF Palm Beach Gardens, U.S. Clay   Tatiana Panova   Melinda Czink
  Erica Krauth
1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 23. 2 June 2008 ITF Rome, Italy Clay   Marie-Ève Pelletier   Klaudia Jans
  Alicja Rosolska
3–6, 1–6
Winner 24. 18 January 2009 ITF Boca Raton, U.S. Clay   Darya Kustova   Kimberly Couts
  Sharon Fichman
6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 25. 8 February 2009 ITF Rancho Mirage, U.S. Hard   Darya Kustova   Natalie Grandin
  Courtney Nagle
2–6, 6–7(6)
Runner-up 26. 27 April 2009 ITF Charlottesville, U.S. Hard   Angela Haynes   Carly Gullickson
  Nicole Kriz
5–7, 6–3, [7–10]
Runner-up 27. 10 October 2009 ITF Mexico City Hard   Karen Castiblanco   María Fernanda Álvarez Terán
  Frederica Piedade
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 28. 8 March 2010 Clearwater Open, U.S. Hard   Laura Siegemund   Xu Yifan
  Zhou Yimiao
4–6, 4–6
Winner 29. 19 April 2010 ITF Dothan, United States Clay   Anastasiya Yakimova   María Irigoyen
  Teodora Mirčić
6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 30. 11 October 2010 ITF Troy, United States Hard   Laura Siegemund   Madison Brengle
  Asia Muhammad
2–6, 4–6

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Alina Jidkova wins US Open Pre-Q Texas Sectional". YouTube.
  2. ^ "Alina Jidkova | Player Stats & More – WTA Official".
  3. ^ "ALINA JIDKOVA - Russian Tennis Pioneer".

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