Meghann Shaughnessy (born April 13, 1979 in Richmond, Virginia) is a retired American tennis player. She achieved a career-high singles ranking of world No. 11 in 2001, and won six WTA Tour titles. Her best doubles ranking was world No. 4. She won 17 WTA Tour doubles titles, including the WTA Championships. She is best known for her serve, which was one of the most powerful on tour, and has produced as many as 22 aces in a match.
Meghann Shaughnessy at the 2011 Australian Open
|Country (sports)||United States|
|Born||April 13, 1979|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career titles||6 WTA, 6 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 11 (10 September 2001)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||QF (2003)|
|French Open||4R (2001)|
|US Open||4R (2003)|
|Career titles||17 WTA, 2 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 4 (March 21, 2005)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||SF (2006)|
|French Open||SF (2005)|
|Wimbledon||QF (2004, 2005, 2006)|
|US Open||QF (2002, 2007, 2010)|
|Other doubles tournaments|
|Tour Finals||W (2004)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Australian Open||SF (2001)|
|French Open||QF (2007)|
|US Open||F (2007)|
Shaughnessy made her debut on the WTA Tour in 1996 in Budapest and broke into the top 100 in 1998. In 2000, she won her first WTA singles title in Shanghai, defeating Iroda Tulyaganova in the final, and breaking into the top 50. In her breakout year of 2001, she achieved a career-high singles ranking of No. 11, won the second singles title of her career in Quebec City, and reached the finals of Hamburg and her home tournament in Scottsdale, Arizona. She also recorded wins over world number five Conchita Martínez, world No. 4 Monica Seles, and world number two Venus Williams.
In 2002, Shaughnessy began the season by reaching the final of Sydney, and recaptured her career-high No. 11 ranking. She also reached the quarterfinals or better of four other tournaments that year, with wins over top five players Jelena Dokić and Serena Williams. In 2003, Shaughnessy had another strong year, finishing the season in the top 20 for the second time in her career. She captured her third career singles title in Canberra and also had strong Grand Slam results. She defeated Nuria Llagostera Vives, Ľudmila Cervanová, Klára Koukalová and Elena Bovina to reach her first Grand Slam quarterfinal at the Australian Open, and she reached the round of 16 at the US Open. Shaughnessy also scored an upset over world No. 2 Venus Williams, in the round of 16 of the NASDAQ-100 Open in Miami. In 2004, she produced sub-par results, finishing just inside of the top 40, with only one top five win, over Anastasia Myskina in Dubai. However, she obtained the best doubles results of her career, winning seven tournaments with partner Nadia Petrova, including the WTA Tour Championships in Los Angeles.
In 2005, Shaughnessy struggled with injuries and consistency. Her year began with a right leg injury, which forced her to withdraw from the Australian Open doubles competition, and from a tournament in Hyderabad, India. However, she showed signs of recovery in February, reaching the final of Memphis, defeating Nicole Vaidišová in the semifinals. The match featured Shaughnessy serving 22 aces in a 7–6, 7–6 win. After Memphis, Shaughnessy struggled with back injuries for the duration of the spring, not reaching another semifinal until June at the Ordina Open in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.
By July, Shaughnessy's ranking had dropped so low that she was forced to qualify for the Palo Alto tournament. She qualified, and then surprised fifth seed Vera Zvonareva in the first round, before losing to Daniela Hantuchová in the second round. A back injury forced her to withdraw from tournaments in Carlsbad, California and Los Angeles. As a wildcard in New Haven, she defeated No. 9 seed Nathalie Dechy for the first time in ten attempts, before losing to doubles partner Anna-Lena Grönefeld in the second round. In the opening round of the US Open, Shaughnessy led 16-year-old Sesil Karatantcheva 6–3, 5–2 and held two match points, before losing 6–3, 5–7, 5–7.
However, on March 24, 2006, Shaughnessy beat No. 3 seed Justine Henin 7–5, 6–4 in the second round of the NASDAQ-100 Open in Miami. She then won a WTA-level event in Rabat, beating eighth seeded Martina Suchá in three sets. It was her fourth tour title. She became the first American to win a WTA-level title as well as the first to reach a WTA final in 2006. Shaughnessy afterwards reached the second round at Istanbul, beating third seeded Anna Chakvetadze in the first round. She then fell in the first round in the French Open to top-seeded Amélie Mauresmo, 4–6, 4–6.
The next year, she faced the previous year's runner-up, Svetlana Kuznetsova, in the second round of the French Open. Shaughnessy raced into a 5–0 lead in the first set, and in the sixth game held three set points on Kuznetsova's serve. However, Kuznetsova saved them all, won the game and recovered to clinch the set on a tie-break, before winning the second set 6–3.
Shaughnessy then concentrated on doubles, and regularly partnered with fellow American Bethanie Mattek-Sands. The pair reached the doubles finals of the 2011 Indian Wells Masters, by successively defeating Alisa Kleybanova & Yan Zi, Raquel Kops-Jones & Abigail Spears, Liezel Huber & Nadia Petrova and Victoria Azarenka & Maria Kirilenko, but lost to Sania Mirza and Elena Vesnina in the finals.
Shaughnessy was romantically involved with her coach Rafael Font de Mora since before she turned 18. Their romantic and coaching relationship ended in 2005. However, Shaughnessy re-united with Font De Mora as her coach during the latter part of 2006. Shaughnessy stated that she was in an intimate relationship with Major League Baseball player Roberto Alomar from 2004 to 2006, also claiming that he did not inform her whether or not he was HIV positive during their relationship. Alomar's former wife's lawyer claims that Alomar paid $4 million in settlements to her and Shaughnessy.
WTA career finalsEdit
Singles: 10 (6–4)Edit
|Legend (pre/post 2009)|
|Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)|
|WTA Tour Championships (0–0)|
|Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)|
|Tier II / Premier (0–3)|
|Tier III, IV & V / International (6–1)|
|Winner||1.||22 October 2000||Shanghai, China||Hard (i)||Iroda Tulyaganova||7–6, 7–5|
|Runner-up||1.||4 March 2001||Scottsdale, United States||Hard||Lindsay Davenport||2–6, 3–6|
|Runner-up||2.||6 May 2001||Hamburg, Germany||Clay||Venus Williams||3–6, 0–6|
|Winner||2.||23 September 2001||Quebec City, Canada||Carpet (i)||Iva Majoli||6–1, 6–3|
|Runner-up||3.||12 January 2002||Sydney, Australia||Hard||Martina Hingis||2–6, 3–6|
|Winner||3.||11 January 2003||Canberra, Australia||Hard||Francesca Schiavone||6–1, 6–1|
|Runner-up||4.||19 February 2005||Memphis, United States||Hard (i)||Vera Zvonareva||6–7(3–7), 2–6|
|Winner||4.||21 May 2006||Rabat, Morocco||Clay||Martina Suchá||6–2, 3–6, 6–3|
|Winner||5.||26 August 2006||Forest Hills, United States||Hard||Anna Smashnova||1–6, 6–0, 6–4|
|Winner||6.||16 June 2007||Barcelona, Spain||Clay||Edina Gallovits||6–3, 6–2|
Doubles: 33 (17–16)Edit
|Legend (pre/post 2009)|
|Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)|
|WTA Tour Championships (1–0)|
|Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (5–5)|
|Tier II / Premier (6–6)|
|Tier III, IV & V / International (5–5)|
|Runner-up||1.||2 May 1999||Bol, Croatia||Clay||Andreea Vanc|| Jelena Kostanić
|5–7, 7–6(7–1), 2–6|
|Runner-up||2.||16 May 1999||Antwerp, Belgium||Clay||Louise Pleming|| Laura Golarsa
|Runner-up||3.||22 October 2000||Shanghai||Hard (i)||Rita Grande|| Lilia Osterloh
|Winner||1.||5 November 2000||Quebec City||Hard (i)||Nicole Pratt|| Els Callens
|Runner-up||4.||6 January 2001||Gold Coast, Australia||Hard||Katie Schlukebir|| Giulia Casoni
|Runner-up||5.||4 March 2001||Scottsdale||Hard||Kim Clijsters|| Lisa Raymond
|Winner||2.||13 May 2001||Berlin, Germany||Clay||Els Callens|| Cara Black
|Runner-up||6.||14 October 2001||Filderstadt, Germany||Hard (i)||Justine Henin|| Lindsay Davenport
|4–6, 7–6(7–4), 5–7|
|Winner||3.||5 January 2002||Gold Coast||Hard||Justine Henin|| Åsa Carlsson
|Runner-up||7.||13 October 2002||Filderstadt||Hard (i)||Paola Suárez|| Lindsay Davenport
|Winner||4.||5 October 2003||Moscow, Russia||Carpet (i)||Nadia Petrova|| Anastasia Myskina
|Runner-up||8.||17 January 2004||Sydney||Hard||Dinara Safina|| Cara Black
|5–7, 6–3, 4–6|
|Winner||5.||4 April 2004||Key Biscayne, United States||Hard||Nadia Petrova|| Svetlana Kuznetsova
|Winner||6.||11 April 2004||Amelia Island, United States||Clay||Nadia Petrova|| Myriam Casanova
|3–6, 6–2, 7–5|
|Winner||7.||9 May 2004||Berlin||Clay||Nadia Petrova|| Janette Husárová
|6–2, 2–6, 6–1|
|Winner||8.||16 May 2004||Rome, Italy||Clay||Nadia Petrova|| Virginia Ruano Pascual
|2–6, 6–3, 6–3|
|Winner||9.||25 July 2004||Los Angeles, United States||Hard||Nadia Petrova|| Conchita Martínez
Virginia Ruano Pascual
|6–7(2–7), 6–4, 6–3|
|Winner||10.||28 August 2004||New Haven, United States||Hard||Nadia Petrova|| Martina Navratilova
|6–1, 1–6, 7–6(7–4)|
|Winner||11.||15 November 2004||Los Angeles||Hard||Nadia Petrova|| Cara Black
|Runner-up||9.||19 March 2005||Indian Wells, United States||Hard||Nadia Petrova|| Virginia Ruano Pascual
|Winner||12.||18 September 2005||Bali, Indonesia||Hard||Anna-Lena Grönefeld|| Yan Zi
|Winner||13.||7 January 2006||Gold Coast||Hard||Dinara Safina|| Cara Black
|Winner||14.||5 March 2006||Acapulco, Mexico||Clay||Anna-Lena Grönefeld|| Shinobu Asagoe
|Runner-up||10.||18 March 2006||Indian Wells, United States||Hard||Virginia Ruano Pascual|| Lisa Raymond
|Runner-up||11.||16 April 2006||Charleston, United States||Hard||Virginia Ruano Pascual|| Lisa Raymond
|6–3, 1–6, 1–6|
|Runner-up||12.||6 August 2006||San Diego, United States||Hard||Anna-Lena Grönefeld|| Cara Black
|Winner||15.||12 January 2007||Sydney||Hard||Anna-Lena Grönefeld|| Marion Bartoli
|6–3, 3–6, 7–6(7–2)|
|Runner-up||13.||20 February 2010||Memphis, United States||Hard (i)||Bethanie Mattek-Sands|| Vania King
|Winner||16.||23 May 2010||Warsaw, Poland||Clay||Virginia Ruano Pascual|| Cara Black
|Runner-up||14.||28 August 2010||New Haven||Hard||Bethanie Mattek-Sands|| Květa Peschke
|Winner||17.||13 February 2011||Paris, France||Hard (i)||Bethanie Mattek-Sands|| Vera Dushevina
|Runner-up||15.||19 March 2011||Indian Wells||Hard||Bethanie Mattek-Sands|| Sania Mirza
|Runner-up||16.||10 April 2011||Charleston||Clay||Bethanie Mattek-Sands|| Sania Mirza
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