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Alina Vladimirovna Zhidkova (Russian: Алина Владимировна Жидкова; born 18 January 1977) is a former professional tennis player from Russia.

Alina Jidkova
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Jidkova at the 2009 Kremlin Cup in Moscow
Country (sports) Russia
ResidenceBoca Raton, Florida, U.S.
Born (1977-01-18) January 18, 1977 (age 42)
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)

BiographyEdit

Born in Moscow, then part of Soviet Union, she was one of many players that have been training at Nick Bollettieri's academy in Florida. She beat Serena Williams in straight sets in 2004 Linz tournament. Aside from Williams, she has career victories against many notable players, including Jelena Janković, Mary Pierce, Chanda Rubin, Samantha Stosur, Daniela Hantuchová, Amanda Coetzer, Meghann Shaughnessy, Mirjana Lučić-Baroni, and Amy Frazier.

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.

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.

She retired from professional tennis at the end of the 2010 season, and later worked as a coach for Galina Voskoboeva and Ksenia Pervak.

AchievementsEdit

  • 1996 - First ITF circuit doubles title
  • 1997 - First pro singles title at ITF Culiacan (MEX)
  • 1998 - Won ITF/Coatzacoalcos-MEX
  • 1999 - Won ITF Miami and ITF Peachtree City (both USA)
  • 2001 - Won ITF Pittsburgh (USA)
  • 2002 - Won $50,000 ITF Louisville (USA), first tour semifinal at Memphis (def. world No. 17 Amanda Coetzer for first top-20 win)
  • 2004 - Defeated Serena Williams in the second round at WTA Linz
  • 2005 - Won women's doubles at Acapulco (with Tatiana Perebiynis)

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