Lena Sofia Alexandra Arvidsson (born 16 February 1984) is a retired Swedish tennis player. In her career, she won two singles titles and one doubles title on the WTA Tour, as well as 20 singles and 13 doubles titles on the ITF Circuit. On 1 May 2006, she reached her career-high singles ranking of world No. 29. On 12 September 2011, she peaked at No. 67 in the WTA doubles rankings.
Arvidsson at the 2014 Wimbledon Qualifying
|Full name||Lena Sofia Alexandra Arvidsson|
|Born||16 February 1984|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career titles||2 WTA, 20 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 29 (1 May 2006)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2006)|
|French Open||2R (2005, 2006, 2012)|
|US Open||2R (2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013)|
|Career titles||1 WTA, 13 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 67 (12 September 2011)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2007, 2009, 2011)|
|French Open||2R (2006, 2011)|
|Wimbledon||1R (2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)|
|US Open||2R (2011)|
Arvidsson began playing tennis at the age of eight. In 1999, she combined the ITF Junior and ITF Women's Circuit into her schedule, and in 1999 made the semifinals of a $10,000 women's event in Båstad. In 2000, she made the final of Nasbypark and had her first appearances in the Fed Cup.
Arvidsson reached the finals of the junior Australian Open, losing to Jelena Janković. Her breakthrough came in the same year when she took titles in Sunderland and Stockholm (both $10,000 tournaments). She then won her third ITF title in Buchen, Germany. She stepped up her tournament game as she played qualifying at a $50,000 event in Dinan, where she qualified and defeated the world No. 146 in the main draw.
In May 2002, Arvidsson reached her first $25k final, as a qualifier, eventually losing to Barbora Strýcová. In the same year, she lifted the Bastas $25k trophy in her home country beating fellow Swede Maria Wolfbrandt in the final. Her ranking was now high enough to compete at Grand Slam level in qualifying. Her debut came at the US Open as a qualifier, where she made the final round of qualifying, losing to Brie Rippner. She made two more ITF finals in 2002, winning in Southampton ($25k) and losing in the final in Prague, which was her final event of the year.
Her ranking now 147, Arvidsson began the year in WTA events mainly in qualifying. She failed to qualify in Hobart and the Australian Open, took a step down and played the $50k event in Ortisei, making the final that she lost to Mara Santangelo.
After the beginning of 2003, Arvidsson lost in the opening qualifying rounds of the French Open and Wimbledon. She won her first Grand Slam match at the US Open, beating Olga Blahotová. Two weeks later, she took the $25k Glasgow crown and lost in the final of another $25k tournament in Jersey. She played a WTA event in Luxembourg again as a qualifier, making the second round before losing to Maria Sharapova. This was her best tournament as it was the first time she had won a WTA main-draw match. She then played the WTA event in Québec City where she made the second round of the main draw.
Arvidsson made the quarterfinals in Tokyo, Kolkata and Stockholm in 2005 before reaching her first WTA final in Québec City, losing to Amy Frazier.
Arvidsson began 2006 at the Hopman Cup alongside Thomas Johansson, beating the eventual winners in the group stages (USA). She then posted her best Grand Slam result at the Australian Open, beating Dinara Safina in round two before losing to Anastasia Myskina. She won her first WTA title in Memphis, beating Marta Domachowska in the final.
This slump continued in early 2007, before she won a Swedish tour event (Volkswagen Cup) beating Johanna Larsson. After that, she won the doubles and singles at the $50k event in St Paul. Then she returned as the defending champion to Memphis, beating Ekaterina Bychkova and Nicole Pratt on the way to a quarterfinal appearance against Meilen Tu, but lost. Arvidsson lost in the opening round of the Las Vegas $75k and Indian Wells to Michaëlla Krajicek. She qualified for Miami losing in three sets to Olga Puchkova. On clay in Estoril, she made the quarterfinals, losing to Gréta Arn in straight sets. At the end of the 2007 season, she hit back taking the $25k Nantes title in doubles, the $25k Glasgow doubles title and also the championship in singles at the $50k event in Joué-lès-Tours and the $25k event in Glasgow.
Arvidsson started the season in Auckland at the ASB Classic beating Ahsha Rolle in the first round before a straight-sets loss to top seed Vera Zvonareva. She then moved to Sydney, gaining three straight set wins in qualifying by defeating Galina Voskoboeva, Stéphanie Dubois, Tzipora Obziler and in the main draw beat Elena Dementieva, before finally bowing out against Kaia Kanepi in the second round. In her first Grand Slam tournament of the year, Arvidsson made the second round, beating No. 10 seed Marion Bartoli, before losing to Marta Domachowska. She recorded another win in the Fed Cup, beating Patty Schnyder in three sets. She then reached the quarterfinals of the Tier II Proximus Diamond Games, eliminating Meilen Tu, and second seed and world No. 6, Anna Chakvetadze, in straight sets. She eventually lost to Li Na in a high quality match. She reached her second back-to-back quarterfinal in Memphis, after two three-set wins over Séverine Brémond and Stéphanie Dubois, before falling to Shahar Pe'er in a tight three-setter. In the same tournament, she recorded her best career WTA doubles result reaching the semifinals, partnering Melinda Czink. Arvidsson won her 14th ITF singles title in Zagreb, her biggest career title on the surface of clay. A knee injury at Wimbledon interrupted her season, but she returned for the Olympics (reaching round two, losing to Elena Dementieva) and then recorded a first round exit at Forest Hills. She made the second round of the US Open and came close to beating Jelena Janković in a dramatic three-set match. She ended the year playing Swedish team tennis for Helsingsborg. Her team, which included Johanna Larsson, were the champions, remaining undefeated throughout the campaign.
Arvidsson started the year playing three tournaments in Australia, Brisbane, Sydney and the Australian Open. She lost in the first round in all three of these events. She was included in the Swedish Fed Cup team alongside Johanna Larsson, Sandra Roma and Ellen Allgurin. She posted a 2–2 singles win-loss record and 2–1 in doubles. She then headed to the United States. Illness was a factor in her lack of results, as she lost in the first round in all three tournaments, Memphis, Indian Wells and Miami. She recorded her first official win of 2009 on the ITF Circuit in Torhout, beating Kristina Barrois. Arvidsson recorded her second win of the season in Zagreb, though she lost in the second round. Four back-to-back losses followed, including losses in both the French Open and Wimbledon qualifying. At a $25k event in Kristinehamn, she reached the semifinals as the top seed. Arvidsson and Sandra Roma also made the doubles final. She won her 16th career singles title in Saguenay, Canada, and her 11th doubles title at the same event. Arvidsson then posted a semifinal finish in Barnstaple losing to Johanna Larsson, two finals followed in which she played Jelena Dokić in both, with Arvidsson taking the Joué-lès-Tours title and Dokić beating her to claim the title in Poitiers.
Arvidsson began in Auckland qualifying, and was beaten in the opening round by Julia Schruff. Next was the Australian Open qualifying, where, after three tough wins (including saving a match point against Marta Domachowska), she beat Jarmila Groth in the main draw before losing to Daniela Hantuchová. Arvidsson was once again selected to play Fed Cup for Sweden. Her singles success was mixed, losing to Wozniacki and Sevastova, but beating Anikó Kapros and Sybille Bammer. She then made the quarterfinals at the $100,000 tournament in Midland, losing to top seed Lucie Hradecká. As a qualifier and the 2006 champion, Arvidsson reached the finals of the Cellular South Cup in Memphis. She defeated No. 2 seed Melanie Oudin in the quarterfinals and Anne Keothavong in the semifinals to reach the final. She lost in an hour to Maria Sharapova in the final. She made two second round finishes at the U.S. clay tournaments of Ponte Vedra Beach and Charleston. She was involved in Sweden's Fed Cup World Group II Play-off against China, where she beat Zhang Shuai but lost to Peng Shuai. Sweden, however, won the tie. Arvidsson made the finals at two ITF tournaments: in Ystad she was the tournament winner, and in a bigger tournament in The Bronx, she was runner-up to Anna Chakvetadze. She had mixed success on the WTA Tour, but reached two further quarterfinals in the year in Strasbourg and in Memphis.
Her best performance of the year was a semifinal at Swedish Open on clay, losing to compatriot Johanna Larsson.
During her Fed Cup team competition in February in Eilat she won three straight singles matches and continued to play well in her favorite WTA tournament in Memphis, where she won the title against New Zealand player Erakovic. She participated in the Olympic Games, losing in the first round in both the singles (to Vera Zvonareva) and the mixed doubles (playing with Robert Lindstedt). She reached the quarterfinals of the Swedish Open in Båstad, losing to Mona Barthel.
Arvidsson began her 2013 season at the Brisbane International. She upset seventh seed Sam Stosur in the first round. She lost in the second round to Sloane Stephens. In Sydney at the Apia International Sydney, Arvidsson was defeated in the final round of qualifying by Galina Voskoboeva. At the Australian Open, she lost in the first round to qualifier Luksika Kumkhum.
After the Australian Open, Arvidsson went on to play at the Open GDF Suez. She suffered a first-round loss at the hands of Alizé Cornet. During the Fed Cup tie versus Argentina, she lost her first rubber to Florencia Molinero; she won her second rubber when her opponent, Paula Ormaechea, retired due to a torn ligament. In the end, Sweden won the tie over Argentina 3-2.
On 4 January 2016, Arvidsson announced her retirement from tennis.
WTA career finalsEdit
Singles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runner-ups)Edit
|Loss||0–1||Nov 2005||Bell Challenge, Québec City||Hard (i)||Amy Frazier||1–6, 5–7|
|Win||1–1||Feb 2006||U.S. Indoor Championships, Memphis||Hard (i)||Marta Domachowska||6–2, 2–6, 6–3|
|Loss||1–2||Jun 2010||U.S. Indoor Championships, Memphis||Hard (i)||Maria Sharapova||2–6, 1–6|
|Win||2–2||Feb 2012||U.S. Indoor Championships, Memphis||Hard (i)||Marina Erakovic||6–3, 6–4|
Doubles: 3 (1 title, 2 runner-ups)Edit
|Win||1–0||Sep 2010||Bell Challenge, Québec City||Carpet (i)||Johanna Larsson|| Bethanie Mattek-Sands
|6–1, 2–6, [10–6]|
|Loss||1–1||Apr 2012||Danish Open, Copenhagen||Hard||Kaia Kanepi|| Kimiko Date-Krumm
|2–6, 6–4, [5–10]|
|Loss||1–2||Feb 2013||U.S. Indoor Championships, Memphis||Hard (i)||Johanna Larsson|| Kristina Mladenovic
ITF Circuit finalsEdit
Singles: 32 (20–12)Edit
|Runner-up||1.||4 November 2000||Stockholm, Sweden||Hard (i)||Sabrina Jolk||2–4, 4–0, 2–4, 2–4|
|Winner||1.||30 September 2001||Sunderland, Great Britain||Hard (i)||Olivia Sanchez||6–3, 2–6, 6–0|
|Winner||2.||4 November 2001||Stockholm, Sweden||Hard (i)||Susi Bensch||6–1, 6–2|
|Winner||3.||3 March 2002||Sunderland, Great Britain||Carpet (i)||Syna Schmidle||7–6, 3–5 ret.|
|Runner-up||2.||12 May 2002||Edinburgh, Great Britain||Clay||Barbora Strýcová||6–4, 4–6, 6–7(2–7)|
|Winner||4.||30 June 2002||Båstad, Sweden||Clay||Maria Wolfbrandt||7–5, 6–4|
|Winner||5.||20 October 2002||Southampton, Great Britain||Hard (i)||Olga Barabanschikova||6–2, 1–6, 6–4|
|Runner-up||3.||1 December 2002||Průhonice, Czech Republic||Carpet (i)||Anna Zaporozhanova||6–4, 4–6, 4–6|
|Runner-up||4.||2 February 2003||Ortisei, Italy||Carpet (i)||Mara Santangelo||6–2, 2–6, 2–6|
|Winner||6.||28 September 2003||Glasgow, Great Britain||Hard||Tessy van de Ven||3–6, 6–4, 6–4|
|Runner-up||5.||11 October 2003||Jersey, United Kingdom||Hard (i)||Sybille Bammer||6–7(1–7), 2–6|
|Winner||7.||16 November 2003||Eugene, United States||Hard||Tara Snyder||6–4, 6–4|
|Winner||8.||30 November 2003||Prague, Czech Republic||Carpet (i)||Virginie Pichet||6–1, 6–2|
|Runner-up||6.||14 November 2004||Pittsburgh, United States||Hard (i)||Shenay Perry||2–6, 1–6|
|Winner||9.||6 February 2005||Sunderland, Great Britain||Hard (i)||Irina Bulykina||6–1, 6–1|
|Runner-up||7.||15 May 2005||Falkenberg, Sweden||Clay||Johanna Larsson||1–6, 3–6|
|Winner||10.||18 February 2007||St. Paul, United States||Hard (i)||Olga Govortsova||2–6, 6–1, 6–4|
|Winner||11.||7 July 2007||Båstad, Sweden||Clay||Liana Ungur||6–7(7–9), 6–2, 6–0|
|Winner||12.||14 October 2007||Joué-lès-Tours, France||Hard (i)||Kristina Barrois||6–3, 6–2|
|Winner||13.||21 October 2007||Glasgow, Great Britain||Hard (i)||Katie O'Brien||6–3, 6–1|
|Winner||14.||11 May 2008||Zagreb, Croatia||Clay||Séverine Brémond||7–6, 6–2|
|Runner-up||8.||23 November 2008||Odense, Denmark||Hard (i)||Caroline Wozniacki||2–6, 1–6|
|Winner||15.||27 September 2009||Saguenay, Canada||Hard (i)||Séverine Brémond||5–7, 6–4, 7–6(7–1)|
|Winner||16.||18 October 2009||Joué-lès-Tours, France||Hard (i)||Jelena Dokić||6–2, 7–6(9–7)|
|Runner-up||9.||1 November 2009||Poitiers, France||Hard (i)||Jelena Dokić||4–6, 4–6|
|Winner||17.||3 July 2010||Båstad, Sweden||Clay||Valeria Savinykh||6–3, 6–1|
|Runner-up||10.||29 August 2010||Bronx, United States||Hard (i)||Anna Chakvetadze||6–4, 2–6, 2–6|
|Winner||18.||31 October 2010||Poitiers, France||Hard (i)||Pauline Parmentier||6–2, 7–6(7–4)|
|Runner-up||11.||23 October 2011||Limoges, France||Hard (i)||Sorana Cîrstea||2–6, 2–6|
|Runner-up||12.||27 October 2013||Poitiers, France||Hard (i)||Aliaksandra Sasnovich||1–6, 7–5, 4–6|
|Winner||19.||22 February 2015||Surprise, United States||Hard||Sanaz Marand||6–2, 6–1|
|Winner||20.||28 June 2015||Helsingborg, Sweden||Clay||Malin Ulvefeldt||6–7(4–7), 6–1, 6–2|
Doubles: 16 (13–3)Edit
|Winner||1.||1 July 2000||Båstad, Sweden||Clay||Kristina Jarkenstadt|| Susanne Flipp
|Runner-up||1.||4 November 2000||Stockholm, Sweden||Hard (i)||Kristina Jarkenstadt|| Jenny Lindstrom
|0–4, 3–5, 0–4|
|Winner||2.||2 March 2002||Buchen, Germany||Carpet (i)||Claudine Schaul|| Anna Bastrikova
|Winner||3.||12 October 2003||Jersey, United Kingdom||Hard (i)||Kaia Kanepi|| Yvonne Meusburger
|Winner||4.||15 February 2004||Midland, Texas, United States||Hard (i)||Åsa Svensson|| Allison Baker
|Runner-up||2.||15 May 2004||Stockholm, Sweden||Clay||Hanna Nooni|| Nadejda Ostrovskaya
|Winner||5.||4 July 2004||Los Gatos, United States||Hard||İpek Şenoğlu|| Nana Smith
|6–1, 2–6, 6–4|
|Winner||6.||5 February 2005||Sunderland, Great Britain||Hard (i)||Martina Müller|| Dragana Zarić
|Winner||7.||18 February 2007||St. Paul, United States||Hard (i)||Antonella Serra Zanetti|| Mervana Jugić-Salkić
|7–6(7–4), 5–7, 7–6(9–7)|
|Winner||8.||6 October 2007||Nantes, France||Hard (i)||Johanna Larsson|| Melanie South
|4–6, 7–5, [10–7]|
|Winner||9.||20 October 2007||Glasgow, Great Britain||Hard (i)||Johanna Larsson|| Veronika Chvojková
|Runner-up||3.||22 June 2009||Kristinehamn, Sweden||Clay||Sandra Roma|| Hanne Skak Jensen
|Winner||10.||3 July 2009||Ystad, Sweden||Clay||Sandra Roma|| Hanna Nooni
|Winner||11.||26 September 2009||Saguenay, Canada||Hard (i)||Séverine Brémond|| Stéphanie Dubois
|Winner||12.||21 November 2009||Bratislava, Slovakia||Hard (i)||Michaëlla Krajicek|| Arina Rodionova
|Winner||13.||22 October 2011||Limoges, France||Hard (i)||Jill Craybas|| Aurélie Védy
|6–4, 4–6, [10–7]|
Grand Slam performance timelinesEdit
- "Sofia Arvidsson Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
- Balym, Todd (1 January 2013). "Samantha Stosur ousted from Brisbane International in straight sets". Retrieved 14 February 2020.
- Pye, John (2 January 2013). "Azarenka wins; Stephens vs Williams in Brisbane". Retrieved 14 February 2020.
- "Luksika stuns crowd at Australian Open on her Grand Slam debut". 16 January 2013. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
- "Open GDF Suez: Julia Goerges upset by Kristina Mladenovic". 29 January 2013. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
- "SWEDEN COMPLETES COMEBACK ON FINAL DAY". www.fedcup.com. 10 February 2013. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
- KOHLI, AKSHAY (4 January 2016). "Sofia Arvidsson announces retirement! (TWEET INSIDE)". Retrieved 14 February 2020.
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