Alina Jidkova

Alina Vladimirovna Zhidkova (Russian: Алина Владимировна Жидкова; born 18 January 1977) is a former professional tennis player from Russia. In her career, Jidkova won one WTA doubles title in 2005 Abierto Mexicano Telcel. She also won nine singles and nine doubles titles on the ITF Women's Circuit. On March 7, 2005, she reached her best singles ranking of world No. 51, while on August 4, 2003, she reached her best doubles ranking of world No. 50.

Alina Jidkova
Jidkova 2009.jpg
Jidkova at the 2009 Kremlin Cup in Moscow
Country (sports) Russia
ResidenceBoca Raton, Florida, U.S.
Born (1977-01-18) January 18, 1977 (age 43)
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 record458–410
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 record267–321
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

Born in Moscow, then part of Soviet Union, she started playing tennis in Spartak Tennis Club, the club which produced many future champions. Later, she moved to US and have been training at Nick Bollettieri's academy in Florida.

BiographyEdit

She beat Serena Williams in straight sets in 2004 Linz tournament. Aside from Williams, she has career victories against many notable players, including another former number 1 player Jelena Janković, Mary Pierce, Chanda Rubin, Samantha Stosur, Daniela Hantuchová, Amanda Coetzer, Meghann Shaughnessy, Mirjana Lučić-Baroni, Amy Frazier, Alona Bondarenko, Petra Martic and Vera Dushevina.

In 2005, she won WTA Mexican Open doubles title in Acapulco, partnering with Tatiana Perebiynis.

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

Personal lifeEdit

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

Retirement and coaching careerEdit

She retired from professional tennis at the end of the 2010 season. She played her last official match against Monica Puig, 2016 Olympic champion. After her retirement she worked as a coach for Galina Voskoboeva and Ksenia Pervak.

WTA Career FinalsEdit

Doubles (1-3)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 16 February 2003 Memphis, United States Hard (i)   Bryanne Stewart   Saori Obata
  Akiko Morigami
1–6, 1–6
Winner 2. 21 February 2005 Acapulco, Mexico Clay   Tatiana Perebiynis   Rosa María Andrés Rodríguez
  Conchita Martínez Granados
7–5, 6–3
Runner-up 3. 30 October 2006 Quebec City, Canada Hard   Jill Craybas   Carly Gullickson
  Laura Granville
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 4. 22 July 2007 Cincinnati, United States Hard   Tatiana Poutchek   Bethanie Mattek
  Sania Mirza
6–7(4), 5–7

ITF FinalsEdit

Singles (9-8)Edit

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 27 October 1997 Culiacan, Mexico Hard   Petia Marinova 6-3 6-0
Runner-up 2. 11 May 1998 Poza Rica, Mexico Hard   Vanessa Menga 2-6 7-6 1-6
Winner 3. 18 May 1998 Coatzacoalcos, Mexico Hard   Adria Engel 6-3 6-1
Runner-up 4. 4 January, 1999 San Antonio, United States Hard   Holly Parkinson 6-3 4-6 3-6
Winner 5. 17 January 1999 Miami, United States Hard   Helen Crook 6-2 7-5
Runner-up 6. 31 January 1999 Clearwater, United States Hard   Mirka Federer 0–6, 6–7
Winner 7. 19 July 1999 Peachtree City, United States Hard   Erika deLone 6-7, 7-6, 6-4
Runner-up 8. 16 July 2000 Peachtree City, United States Hard   Sandra Cacic 0-6 2-4 ret.
Winner 9. 11 September 2000 Hopewell Junction, United States Hard   Jennifer Hopkins 6-3 6-0
Winner 10. 9 October 2000 Miramar, United States Clay   Rossana de los Ríos 1–6, 7–6, 6–2
Runner-up 11. 27 November 2000 Tucson, United States Hard   Katalin Marosi 7-6, 4-6, 3-6
Runner-up 12. 29 January 2001 Clearwater, United States Hard   Anikó Kapros 3-6 2-6
Runner-up 13. 29 January 2001 Fresno, United States Hard   Marissa Irvin 2-6 1-6
Winner 14. 5 November 2001 Pittsburgh, United States Hard (i)   Marie-Ève Pelletier 6-4 6-1
Winner 15. 23 July 2002 Louisville, United States Hard   Saori Obata 6-3 6-4
Winner 16. 9 January 2007 Tampa, United States Hard   Olga Vymetálková 6-2 6-2
Runner-up 17. 5 June 2007 Madrid, Spain Clay   Carla Suárez Navarro 2-6 1-6

Doubles (9-21)Edit

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

External linksEdit