Meghann Shaughnessy

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
Meghann Shaughnessy at the 2011 Australian Open1.jpg
Meghann Shaughnessy at the 2011 Australian Open
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceScottsdale, Arizona
Born (1979-04-13) April 13, 1979 (age 42)
Richmond, Virginia
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Turned pro1996
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$3,975,223
Career record378–343
Career titles6
Highest rankingNo. 11 (10 September 2001)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQF (2003)
French Open4R (2001)
Wimbledon4R (2001)
US Open4R (2003)
Career record315–185
Career titles17
Highest rankingNo. 4 (March 21, 2005)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenSF (2006)
French OpenSF (2005)
WimbledonQF (2004, 2005, 2006)
US OpenQF (2002, 2007, 2010)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour FinalsW (2004)
Mixed doubles
Career record22–21
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenSF (2001)
French OpenQF (2007)
WimbledonQF (2007)
US OpenF (2007)

Shaughnessy was coached and managed by Rafael Font de Mora for most of her career. She is the niece of Dan Shaughnessy, a Boston Globe sports columnist.[1]


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.[2] She also recorded wins over world number five Conchita Martínez, world No. 4 Monica Seles,[3] and world number two Venus Williams.[4]

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,[2] with wins over top five players Jelena Dokić and Serena Williams.[5][6] 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.[2] 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.[2]

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,[7] 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,[8] 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.

Personal lifeEdit

Shaughnessy was in a relationship with her coach Rafael Font de Mora; they met when she was 13 and she moved in with him a year later.[9][10][11] Their romantic and coaching relationship ended in 2005. However, she briefly reunited with Font De Mora as her coach during the latter part of 2006.[12]

Shaughnessy was in a relationship with Major League Baseball player Roberto Alomar from 2004 to 2006, whom she alleged had exposed her to HIV. The lawyer of Alomar's ex-wife claimed that Alomar paid $4 million in settlements to Shaughnessy and another ex-girlfriend.[13]

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)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
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)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 2 May 1999 Bol, Croatia Clay   Andreea Vanc   Jelena Kostanić
  Michaela Paštiková
5–7, 7–6(7–1), 2–6
Runner-up 2. 16 May 1999 Antwerp, Belgium Clay   Louise Pleming   Laura Golarsa
  Katarina Srebotnik
4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 3. 22 October 2000 Shanghai Hard (i)   Rita Grande   Lilia Osterloh
  Tamarine Tanasugarn
5–7, 1–6
Winner 1. 5 November 2000 Quebec City Hard (i)   Nicole Pratt   Els Callens
  Kimberly Po
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 4. 6 January 2001 Gold Coast, Australia Hard   Katie Schlukebir   Giulia Casoni
  Janette Husárová
6–7, 5–7
Runner-up 5. 4 March 2001 Scottsdale Hard   Kim Clijsters   Lisa Raymond
  Rennae Stubbs
Winner 2. 13 May 2001 Berlin, Germany Clay   Els Callens   Cara Black
  Elena Likhovtseva
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 6. 14 October 2001 Filderstadt, Germany Hard (i)   Justine Henin   Lindsay Davenport
  Lisa Raymond
4–6, 7–6(7–4), 5–7
Winner 3. 5 January 2002 Gold Coast Hard   Justine Henin   Åsa Carlsson
  Miriam Oremans
6–1, 7–6(8–6)
Runner-up 7. 13 October 2002 Filderstadt Hard (i)   Paola Suárez   Lindsay Davenport
  Lisa Raymond
2–6, 4–6
Winner 4. 5 October 2003 Moscow, Russia Carpet (i)   Nadia Petrova   Anastasia Myskina
  Vera Zvonareva
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 8. 17 January 2004 Sydney Hard   Dinara Safina   Cara Black
  Rennae Stubbs
5–7, 6–3, 4–6
Winner 5. 4 April 2004 Key Biscayne, United States Hard   Nadia Petrova   Svetlana Kuznetsova
  Elena Likhovtseva
6–2, 6–3
Winner 6. 11 April 2004 Amelia Island, United States Clay   Nadia Petrova   Myriam Casanova
  Alicia Molik
3–6, 6–2, 7–5
Winner 7. 9 May 2004 Berlin Clay   Nadia Petrova   Janette Husárová
  Conchita Martínez
6–2, 2–6, 6–1
Winner 8. 16 May 2004 Rome, Italy Clay   Nadia Petrova   Virginia Ruano Pascual
  Paola Suárez
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
  Lisa Raymond
6–1, 1–6, 7–6(7–4)
Winner 11. 15 November 2004 Los Angeles Hard   Nadia Petrova   Cara Black
  Rennae Stubbs
7–5, 6–2
Runner-up 9. 19 March 2005 Indian Wells, United States Hard   Nadia Petrova   Virginia Ruano Pascual
  Paola Suárez
6–7(3–7), 1–6
Winner 12. 18 September 2005 Bali, Indonesia Hard   Anna-Lena Grönefeld   Yan Zi
  Zheng Jie
6–3, 6–3
Winner 13. 7 January 2006 Gold Coast Hard   Dinara Safina   Cara Black
  Rennae Stubbs
6–2, 6–3
Winner 14. 5 March 2006 Acapulco, Mexico Clay   Anna-Lena Grönefeld   Shinobu Asagoe
  Émilie Loit
6–1, 6–3
Runner-up 10. 18 March 2006 Indian Wells, United States Hard   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Lisa Raymond
  Samantha Stosur
2–6, 5–7
Runner-up 11. 16 April 2006 Charleston, United States Hard   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Lisa Raymond
  Samantha Stosur
6–3, 1–6, 1–6
Runner-up 12. 6 August 2006 San Diego, United States Hard   Anna-Lena Grönefeld   Cara Black
  Rennae Stubbs
2–6, 2–6
Winner 15. 12 January 2007 Sydney Hard   Anna-Lena Grönefeld   Marion Bartoli
  Meilen Tu
6–3, 3–6, 7–6(7–2)
Runner-up 13. 20 February 2010 Memphis, United States Hard (i)   Bethanie Mattek-Sands   Vania King
  Michaëlla Krajicek
5–7, 2–6
Winner 16. 23 May 2010 Warsaw, Poland Clay   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Cara Black
  Yan Zi
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 14. 28 August 2010 New Haven Hard   Bethanie Mattek-Sands   Květa Peschke
  Katarina Srebotnik
5–7, 0–6
Winner 17. 13 February 2011 Paris, France Hard (i)   Bethanie Mattek-Sands   Vera Dushevina
  Ekaterina Makarova
6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 15. 19 March 2011 Indian Wells Hard   Bethanie Mattek-Sands   Sania Mirza
  Elena Vesnina
0–6, 5–7
Runner-up 16. 10 April 2011 Charleston Clay   Bethanie Mattek-Sands   Sania Mirza
  Elena Vesnina
4–6, 4–6


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