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Svetlana Parkhomenko

Svetlana Germanovna Parkhomenko (Светлана Германовна Паркхоменко, née Cherneva, Чернева; born October 8, 1962) is a retired Soviet and Russian tennis player and tennis coach. She was the winner of the Soviet singles tennis championships in 1985 and nine times Soviet champion in women's doubles and mixed doubles. On the international level, she was the winner of the 1983 European amateur championships in women's and mixeddoubles, bronze medalist of the 1983 Universiade in women's and mixed doubles, and winner of eight WTA doubles tournaments.

Svetlana Parkhomenko
Full nameSvetlana Germanovna Parkhomenko
Country (sports) Soviet Union
 Russia
Born (1962-10-08) October 8, 1962 (age 57)
Moscow, USSR
Retired1995
Prize money$208,184
Singles
Career record124–93
Career titles3 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 72 (January 30, 1989)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (1984)
French Open1R
Wimbledon3R (1984)
US Open1R
Doubles
Career record209–79
Career titles8 WTA, 17 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 8 (January 18, 1988)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (1984)
French OpenQF (1986)
WimbledonSF (1987)
US Open3R (1987)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour FinalsSF (1986)

Parkhomenko also was the recipient of 1988 WTA Sportsmanship Award.

BiographyEdit

Svetlana Cherneva started playing tennis when she was 8 years old. Her first coach was the famous pre-war Soviet champion and coach Nina Teplyakova. In 1978, Svetlana won the singles and doubles title at European Junior Championships (she also won doubles titles in the next two years). In 1978, she also won the Soviet youth championships in singles, girls' and mixed doubles, and in 1980 in singles and girls' doubles. In 1980, she advanced with the Soviet girls team to the finals of Princess Sofia Cup.

Starting in 1981, Svetlana (from 1984 playing under her marriage name Parkhomenko) won the senior Soviet doubles championships eight times (twice in 1987). In addition, she became the singles champion in 1985 and mixed doubles champion in 1983. From 1981 she also played for the Soviet Union Federation Cup team. In total between 1981 and 1988, she played 28 rubbers for the Soviet team, mostly in doubles with Larisa Savchenko.

In 1983, Svetlana Cherneva won the European amateur championships in women's and mixed doubles and took bronze in the same disciplines at the 1983 Summer Universiade. From the same year she started playing in international professional tennis tournaments. In 1984 she won her first ITF titles is San Antonio and Delray Beach, and at the Wimbledon Championships advanced with Savchenko to quarterfinals after defeating 3rd seed Kathy Horvath and Virginia Ruzici, as well as Chris Evert and Catherine Tanvier. In the next three years Parkhomenko and Savchenko won seven Virginia Slims tournaments including four in 1987. They played three times in a row at the Virginia Slims Championships and in March 1986 advanced there to semifinals. In 1987 they reached Wimbledon semifinals after defeating world's best pair, recent Grand Slam winners Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver.

At the start of 1988 season, Svetlana Parkhomenko was ranked as high as eighth in the WTA doubles rankings. But in 1988, Larisa Savchenko broke with her to play doubles with young Natasha Zvereva. Without Savchenko, Parhomenko struggled to retain her best shape playing with other partners. She won one WTA tournament with Natalia Bykova and twice reached finals with Leila Meskhi, and at the end of the season she received WTA Sportsmanship Award.[1]

After having completely missed 1989 season, Parkhomenko returned to play at the end 1990. In 1991, she was awarded the title of Honoured Master of Sports, becoming one of the last Soviet tennis players who received this title. In 1992, she returned to the top 10 of the Russian tennis and remained there for two more years. In 1993, she played three ties for the Russia Fed Cup team, winning her doubles games against Ukrainians and Lithuanians. After finishing her playing career in 1995, she coaches at the Moscow CSKA tennis club.

Virginia Slims and WTA Tour finalsEdit

Doubles (14)Edit

Winner (8)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam (0)
WTA Tour Championship (0)
Tier IV-V (1)
VS circuit (7)
No. Date Championship Surface Partnering Opponents Score
1. 1 April 1985 Seabrook Island, USA Clay   Larisa Savchenko   Elise Burgin
  Lori McNeil
6–1, 6–3
2. 9 September 1985 Salt Lake City, USA Hard   Larisa Savchenko   Beverly Mould
  Rosalyn Fairbank
7–5, 6–2
3. 3 November 1986 Little Rock, Arkansas, USA Carpet (i)   Larisa Savchenko   Iva Budařová
  Beth Herr
6–2, 1–6, 6–1
4. 21 January 1987 Wichita, USA Carpet (i)   Larisa Savchenko   Barbara Potter
  Wendy White
6–2, 6–4
5. 9 February 1987 Oklahoma City, USA Hard   Larisa Savchenko   Lori McNeil
  Kim Sands
6–4, 6–4
6. 16 February 1987 Boca Raton, USA Hard   Larisa Savchenko   Chris Evert
  Pam Shriver
6–0, 3–6, 6–2
7. 15 June 1987 Eastbourne, Great Britain Grass   Larisa Savchenko   Rosalyn Fairbank
  Elizabeth Smylie
7–6(7–5), 4–6, 7–5
8. 29 February 1988 Wichita, USA (2) Hard (i)   Natalia Bykova   Jana Novotná
  Catherine Suire
6–3, 6–4

Runner-up (6)Edit

No. Date Championship Surface Partnering Opponents Score
1. 21 January 1985 Key Biscayne, USA Hard   Larisa Savchenko   Kathy Jordan
  Elizabeth Smylie
4–6, 6–7
2. 8 April 1985 Hilton Head, USA Clay   Larisa Savchenko   Rosalyn Fairbank
  Pam Shriver
4–6, 1–6
3. 22 September 1986 Tulsa, USA Hard   Larisa Savchenko   Camille Benjamin
  Dinky Van Rensburg
6–7, 5–7
4. 29 September 1986 New Orleans, USA Hard   Larisa Savchenko   Candy Reynolds
  Anne Smith
3–6, 6–3, 3–6
5. 18 April 1988 Singapore Hard   Leila Meskhi   Natalia Bykova
  Natalia Medvedeva
6–7, 3–6
6. 6 June 1988 Birmingham, Great Britain Grass   Leila Meskhi   Larisa Savchenko
  Natasha Zvereva
4–6, 1–6

ITF finalsEdit

Singles (3–5)Edit

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner–up 1. 16 January 1984 Delray Beach, United States Hard   Anna Ivan 3–6, 3–6
Winner 2. 27 April 1992 Sheffield, Great Britain Hard   Angie Woolcock 6–3, 4–6, 6–4
Runner–up 3. 19 October 1992 Moscow, Russia Clay   Elena Makarova 5–7, 2–6
Runner–up 4. 8 February 1993 Sunderland, Great Britain Carpet   Gaby Coorengel 6–3, 6–7(3–7), 3–6
Runner–up 5. 3 May 1993 Bracknell, Great Britain Hard   Marianne Vallin 7–6(7–3), 3–6, 1–6
Winner 6. 27 September 1993 Bracknell, Great Britain Hard   Julie Pullin 7–5, 6–2
Winner 7. 4 October 1993 Basingstoke, Great Britain Hard   Emily Bond 2–6, 6–3, 6–0
Runner–up 8. 8 November 1993 Swindon, Great Britain Carpet   Emily Bond 5–7, 3–6

Doubles (17–6)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner–up 1. 31 June 1982 Fayetteville, United States Hard   Elena Eliseenko   Pam Whytcross
  Emily Newton
4–6, 6–1, 6–7
Runner–up 2. 2 January 1984 Chicago, United States Hard   Larisa Neiland   Csilla Bartos-Cserepy
  Marianne van der Torre
w/o
Winner 3. 9 January 1984 San Antonio, United States Hard   Elena Eliseenko   Carol Christian
  Jaime Kaplan
6–1, 6–1
Winner 4. 16 January 1984 Delray Beach, United States Hard   Jaime Kaplan   Carol Christian
  Jamie Golder
6–3, 6–1
Runner–up 5. 23 March 1992 Santander, Spain Clay   Amanda Evans   Agata Werblińska
  Katarzyna Teodorowicz
3–6, 3–6
Runner–up 6. 27 April 1992 Sheffield, Great Britain Clay   Amanda Evans   Lisa McShea
  Amy deLone
4–6, 1–6
Winner 7. 11 May 1992 Bournemouth, Great Britain Hard   Amanda Evans   Amy deLone
  Tamsin Wainwright
6–3, 2–6, 6–4
Winner 8. 19 October 1992 Moscow, Russia Hard (i)   Natalia Egorova   Elena Likhovtseva
  Julia Lutrova
6–4, 4–6, 6–4
Winner 9. 1 February 1993 Newcastle, Great Britain Carpet   Natalia Egorova   Pavlína Rajzlová
  Helena Vildová
6–4, 4–6, 6–0
Winner 10. 8 February 1993 Sunderland, Great Britain Carpet   Natalia Egorova   Pavlína Rajzlová
  Helena Vildová
2–6, 6–1, 7–6(7–5)
Winner 11. 19 April 1993 Nottingham, Great Britain Hard   Natalia Egorova   Julie Salmon
  Lorna Woodroffe
5–1 ret.
Winner 12. 3 May 1993 Bracknell, Great Britain Hard   Natalia Egorova   Claire Taylor
  Lorna Woodroffe
7–6, 6–1
Winner 13. 12 July 1993 Frinton-on-Sea, Great Britain Grass   Natalia Egorova   Maija Avotins
  Lisa McShea
4–6, 6–2, 7–6(7–5)
Runner–up 14. 20 September 1993 Sheffield, Great Britain Hard   Natalia Egorova   Caroline Hunt
  Shirli-Ann Siddall
4–6, 5–7
Winner 15. 4 October 1993 Basingstoke, Great Britain Hard   Natalia Egorova   Caroline Stassen
  Lorna Woodroffe
6–2, 6–1
Winner 16. 8 November 1993 Swindon, Great Britain Carpet   Natalia Egorova   Alison Smith
  Caroline Stassen
6–0, 6–4
Winner 17. 15 November 1993 Swansea, Great Britain Hard   Natalia Egorova   Alison Smith
  Caroline Stassen
6–1, 6–3
Winner 18. 29 November 1993 Ramat HaSharon, Israel Hard   Natalia Egorova   Angela Kerek
  Olga Lugina
6–2, 6–3
Winner 19. 4 July 1994 Felixstowe, Great Britain Grass   Natalia Egorova   Caroline Stassen
  Lorna Woodroffe
6–3, 7–5
Runner–up 20. 11 July 1994 Frinton-on-Sea, Great Britain Grass   Natalia Egorova   Helen Crook
  Victoria Davies
3–6, 2–6
Winner 21. 14 November 1994 Eastbourne, Great Britain Carpet   Natalia Egorova   Shirli-Ann Siddall
  Amanda Wainwright
7–6(10–8), 7–6(8–6)
Winner 22. 6 February 1995 Sheffield, Great Britain Hard   Natalia Egorova   Amanda Wainwright
  Lorna Woodroffe
6–4, 6–2
Winner 23. 13 February 1995 Sunderland, Great Britain Hard   Natalia Egorova   Michele Mair
  Karen Nugent
7–5, 6–0

Other finalsEdit

Singles (1-1)Edit

Outcome No. Year Tournament Location Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 1983 USSR Tennis National Championship   Jūrmala, Latvian SSR   Elena Eliseenko 4–6, 5–7
Winner 2. 1985 USSR Tennis National Championship   Tbilisi, Georgian SSR   Julia Salnikova 6–7, 6–4, 6–2

Doubles (8-2)Edit

Outcome No. Year Tournament Location Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 1981 USSR Tennis National Championship   Moscow, Russian SFSR   Olga Zaitseva   Natasha Chmyreva
  Marina Kroschina
6–1, 6–1
Winner 2. 1982 USSR Tennis National Championship   Kharkiv, Ukrainian SSR   Yuliya Kasheverova   Olga Avdeeva
  Elena Eliseenko
6–2, 6–2
Winner 3. 1983 USSR Tennis National Championship   Jūrmala, Latvian SSR   Larisa Savchenko   Natasha Reva
  Julia Salnikova
6–2, 6–0
Winner 4. 1984 USSR Tennis National Championship   Tashkent, Uzbek SSR   Larisa Savchenko   Elena Eliseenko
  Julia Salnikova
6–1, 6–2
Winner 5. 1985 USSR Tennis National Championship   Tbilisi, Georgian SSR   Larisa Savchenko   Natalia Egorova
  Elena Eliseenko
7–5, 7–5
Winner 6. 1986 USSR Tennis National Championship   Alma-Ata, Kazakh SSR   Larisa Savchenko   Natasha Zvereva
  Leila Meskhi
6–2, 6–4
Winner 7. 1987 USSR Tennis National Championship   Tallinn, Estonian SSR   Larisa Savchenko   Eugenia Maniokova
  Aida Khalatian
6–3, 6–3
Winner 8. 1987 USSR Winter Tennis National Championship   Moscow, Russian SFSR   Larisa Savchenko   Natalia Egorova
  Leila Meskhi
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 9. 1988 USSR Winter Tennis National Championship   Moscow, Russian SFSR   Natalia Egorova   Larisa Savchenko
  Natasha Zvereva
6–7, 6–0, 4–6
Runner-up 10. 1991 USSR Tennis National Championship   Moscow, Russian SFSR   Natalia Egorova   Karina Kuregian
  Aida Khalatian
4–6, 3–6

Mixed (1-0)Edit

Outcome Year Tournament Location Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1983 USSR Tennis National Championship   Jūrmala, Latvian SSR   Konstantin Pugaev   Vladimir Kurda
  Larisa Savchenko
6–4, 6–3

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ WTA Awards Archived 2011-08-11 at the Wayback Machine at the WTA website

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