Tatiana Golovin (Russian: Татья́на Григóрьевна Головина́, tr. Tatyana Grigoryevna Golovina; born 25 January 1988) is a Russian-born French retired professional tennis player. She won the 2004 French Open mixed-doubles event, partnering with Richard Gasquet, and reached the singles quarterfinals at the 2006 US Open, losing to the eventual champion Maria Sharapova. Her career-high singles ranking is world No. 12. In 2008, she was diagnosed with lower back inflammation and was forced to stop playing competitive tennis indefinitely.
|Residence||New York, U.S.|
|Born||25 January 1988|
Moscow, Soviet Union
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 12 (4 February 2008)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||4R (2004)|
|French Open||3R (2005)|
|US Open||QF (2006)|
|Highest ranking||No. 91 (13 August 2007)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|French Open||W (2004)|
Born in Moscow, Golovin spent six years at Nick Bollettieri's tennis camp in Bradenton, Florida. In the latter part of her career, she was coached by former world No. 1 Mats Wilander, having previously been coached by Brad Gilbert and Dean Goldfine.
Tour debut (2002–2003)Edit
In 2003, Golovin won her first WTA Tour main-draw match at Indian Wells against No. 146 Gisela Dulko (losing in the second round to Francesca Schiavone). Golovin lost in the first round at Miami, Strasbourg and Roland Garros. She also played in four ITF Circuit events.
At the Australian Open, Golovin (as No. 354, with wildcard) upset No. 14 seed Anna Smashnova in the second round and No. 23 seed Lina Krasnoroutskaya in the third round (on her 16th birthday), before falling to No. 25 seed Lisa Raymond in the fourth round. It was just her second Grand Slam tournament and fifth tour event she entered, and afterwards, on February 2, she rose to No. 136 in the WTA ranking.
At Roland Garros, Golovin won the mixed doubles trophy with Richard Gasquet, as a wildcard team, defeating Cara Black/Wayne Black. They became the youngest champions in 23 years (16 for Golovin, 17 for Gasquet). At Wimbledon, she reached the fourth round, with wins over Alina Jidkova, Francesca Schiavone, and Emmanuelle Gagliardi, before falling to world No. 10 Serena Williams.
Golovin reached the semifinals at the Paris Indoors, losing to Mary Pierce, after having beaten world No. 10 Elena Dementieva for her first top 10 win. In her first grass-court main draw at Birmingham, Golovin reached her first WTA Tour singles final, which she lost to Maria Sharapova in three sets. Golovin reached her first Tier I quarterfinal in Montreal at the Rogers Cup, losing to Vera Zvonareva. Afterwards, she also reached the quarterfinals in Luxembourg, losing to eventual champion Alicia Molik.
Golovin was a member of the France Fed Cup team, that defeated Italy in the quarterfinal and Spain in the semifinals, before falling to Russia in the final, in which she defeated No. 5 Svetlana Kuznetsova. During the year, she debuted in the top 100 on February 16 (at No. 91), and in the top 50 on June 14 (at No. 50).
Aged 17 years and eight months, Golovin reached the final in Tokyo at the Japan Open as No. 3 seed, losing to No. 2 seed Nicole Vaidišová, aged 16 years and five months. Golovin retired with a left achilles tendinitis, trailing 7–6, 3–2. She was also five-time semifinalist on four different surfaces: on hardcourt at Gold Coast, losing to Schnyder in three sets and later that year again on hardcourt at Seoul, losing to Jelena Janković in three sets; on carpet at Paris Indoors, which was her second straight semifinalthere, losing the third set tie-break against Dinara Safina; clay at Charleston, where she secured her third career top-10 victory versus No. 8 Venus Williams en route to her first Tier I semifinal, before falling to Justine Henin-Hardenne in two sets; and grass at Birmingham, losing to Maria Sharapova.
Golovin also reached the quarterfinals at Linz losing to Ana Ivanovic. She achieved a career-best performance at Roland Garros, reaching the third round as No. 17 seed, before falling to No. 12 seed Elena Bovina, and reaching an equal-best performance at the US Open, losing as No. 23 seed in the third round to No. 15 seed Nathalie Dechy in three sets. Golovin also made back-to-back fourth round appearances at Tier-I hardcourt events in Indian Wells and Miami, losing to No. 5 Elena Dementieva in three sets at both events.
She made her top 20 debut (at No. 18) after her semifinal appearance at Charleston.
At her first tournament of the year in Gold Coast, Golovin reached the quarterfinals, losing to finalist Flavia Pennetta in three sets. She then lost in the first round of the Australian Open to Italian Mara Santangelo. Golovin reached her third consecutive Paris Indoors semifinal, defeating Nadia Petrova in the quarterfinals. The victory over world No. 7 Petrova was the fourth top 10 win of her career. She then lost to top seed and eventual champion Amélie Mauresmo.
Golovin reached her second career Tier I semifinal at Miami, where she defeated world No. 8 Elena Dementieva in the fourth round for her fifth career top 10 victory and 100th career singles match win. In the semifinal, Golovin overcame a 5–1 deficit and four match points while down 5–3 in second set versus Maria Sharapova, pushing the match to a third set before she sprained her left ankle and retired at 3–6, 7–6, 3–4. She made her return to the WTA Tour at Roland Garros, falling in the first round to Zheng Jie. Golovin went 2–1 in France's 3–2 Fed Cup World Group I Play-off victory over the Czech Republic.
Golovin's third semifinal of the season was at Stanford, where, as an unseeded player, she upset Ai Sugiyama and Anna-Lena Grönefeld on the way to losing to No. 2 seed Patty Schnyder. Golovin then reached the quarterfinals of the US Open by defeating Nadia Petrova for the second time in 2006 in the third round, and Anna Chakvetadze in the fourth. She then lost to No. 3 seed and eventual champion, Maria Sharapova. After a first-round exit in Luxembourg following the US Open, Golovin reached her first final since the Japan Open Tennis Championships in 2005 at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart by defeating Elena Likhovtseva in the first round, Iveta Benešová in the second, Michaëlla Krajicek in the quarterfinals, and eighth seed Patty Schnyder in the semifinals. However, she lost in the final to Nadia Petrova.
Golovin started 2007 at the Hopman Cup in Perth. She won her first singles match, defeating American Ashley Harkleroad, and pulled out of the mixed-doubles match with partner Jérôme Haehnel, citing an ankle injury. She then defeated Australian Alicia Molik, but lost to Nadia Petrova. Her first event of the WTA season was the Medibank International held in Sydney. In the first round, she beat Peng Shuai before falling to the top seed Amélie Mauresmo in the second round.
At the Australian Open Golovin fell in the third round to 16th seed Shahar Pe'er in a three-hour match. Her next event was the Paris Indoors, where she lost in the third round to Justine Henin, who was playing her first tournament since her divorce. At the Proximus Diamond Games held in Antwerp, she beat Katarina Srebotnik, fifth seed Patty Schnyder and Elena Likhovtseva en route to the semifinals, where she lost to Belgian Kim Clijsters.
In the Tier I Indian Wells Masters, Golovin was the 13th seed. In the first round, she beat Aiko Nakamura, and then defeated Samantha Stosur. During her fourth-round match-up against Nadia Petrova, the Russian retired, allowing Golovin to set up a match with surprise quarterfinalist Sybille Bammer. Golovin was the heavy favourite for this match but lost it. On April 8, 2007, Golovin won her first WTA title at the Bausch & Lomb Championships in Amelia Island, defeating Petrova on green clay.
At Wimbledon, Golovin lost in the second round to 16-year-old, unseeded Tamira Paszek. This was considered to be a major upset. Golovin attracted attention from the media and Wimbledon officials by wearing bright red undergarments – prompting a check of the "predominantly white" rule. At the Acura Classic in California, she lost to top seed Sharapova in the third round. Golovin returned to action at the Rogers Cup in Toronto where she reached the semifinals, eventually losing to Jelena Janković. She entered the US Open as the No. 17 seed, but was upset in the first round by American wildcard Ahsha Rolle.
Later that year, Golovin went on to win her second career title in Portorož, defeating home favourite Katarina Srebotnik in the final. She then competed in the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, a tournament that had eight of the world's top-10 players in the field. She equalled her previous year's finish, reaching the final before losing to Justine Henin. A fortnight later, Golovin had the chance to avenge her loss to Henin at the Zurich Open. This was her first final in a Tier-I tournament, however Henin defeated her once again.
Golovin started the 2008 season representing France at the Hopman Cup, where the team was facing Taiwan, Serbia and Argentina in their group. Golovin was victorious in singles, winning all of her matches. She had partnered Arnaud Clément for the doubles matches, and the team had a 2–1 record there. As a result, France finished second overall.
Her next event was the Tier II tournament in Sydney, where she beat Tzipi Obziler to advance to round two. However, she was defeated by Jelena Janković, whom she had beaten by retirement just a week ago at the Hopman Cup.
Golovin entered the Australian Open as the No. 13 seed, her highest ever seeding in a grand slam. She got past compatriot Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro in her opener, but lost in the second round to another fellow French player, Aravane Rezaï.
Golovin was then scheduled to represent France in the Fed Cup team competition versus China before going on to defend her semifinal points in Antwerp. However, due to yet another injury for Golovin, this time to her back, she was forced to pull out of both competitions. A small consolation in this time period was the fact that, due to Nadia Petrova failing to defend her title at Paris in 2007, she climbed a spot to a career-high ranking of No. 12.
Golovin entered the Tier III tournament at Memphis in March. However, she lost in the first round to Bethanie Mattek. In April, she competed on the $100k Cagnes-sur-Mer tournament, but ended up falling in the second round to Maret Ani. Next, she suffered another early exit in May, losing in the first round of the Tier-II Berlin tournament to Caroline Wozniacki.
At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, she had partnered with Pauline Parmentier, but the team had to withdraw due to Golovin's back injury. After missing a total of four successive months due to medical concerns with her back, she eventually pulled out of the US Open. She was diagnosed with lower back inflammation and was forced to stop playing competitive tennis indefinitely.
As of 2018, still retired from professional tennis, Golovin has forged a career in broadcasting, working for French television.
Grand Slam finalsEdit
Mixed doubles: 1 (1–0)Edit
|2004||French Open||Richard Gasquet|| Cara Black
WTA career finalsEdit
Singles: 7 (2–5)Edit
|Legend - Titles|
|Grand Slam tournaments (0)|
|WTA Championships (0)|
|Tier I (0)|
|Tier II (1)|
|Tier III (0)|
|Tier IV (1)|
|Runner-up||1.||13 June 2004||AEGON Classic, Birmingham||Grass||Maria Sharapova||6–4, 2–6, 1–6|
|Runner-up||2.||9 October 2005||Japan Open Tennis Championships, Tokyo||Hard (i)||Nicole Vaidišová||6–74, 2–3 ret.|
|Runner-up||3.||8 October 2006||Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, Stuttgart||Hard (i)||Nadia Petrova||3–6, 6–74|
|Winner||1.||8 April 2007||MPS Group Championships, Amelia Island||Clay||Nadia Petrova||6–2, 6–1|
|Winner||2.||22 September 2007||Banka Koper Slovenia Open, Portorož||Hard||Katarina Srebotnik||2–6, 6–4, 6–4|
|Runner-up||4.||7 October 2007||Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, Stuttgart||Hard (i)||Justine Henin||6–2, 2–6, 1–6|
|Runner-up||5.||21 October 2007||Zurich Open, Switzerland||Hard (i)||Justine Henin||4–6, 4–6|
Singles performance timelineEdit
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|WTA Tour Championships||A||A||A||A||A||A||0–0|
|WTA Premier Mandatory/Premier 5 tournaments|
|Indian Wells Open||2R||2R||4R||3R||QF||A||9–5|
|Pan Pacific Open||A||A||A||1R||A||A||1–1|
- A – did not participate in the tournament
Golovin was born in Moscow but moved to Paris with her parents when she was eight months old, and attained French citizenship. She speaks fluent French, English and Russian. She has two sisters, Olga and Oxana.
Tatiana Golovin is today a member of the ‘Champions for Peace’ club, a group of 54 famous elite athletes committed to serving peace in the world through sport, created by Peace and Sport, a Monaco-based international organization.
She also works for French television, as a tennis commentator.
- Twitter: Tatiana Golovin
-  Archived February 13, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
- "Sharapova survives after Golovin injury; Roddick ousted at Nasdaq". USA Today. 31 March 2006. Retrieved 3 July 2011.
- "Golovin wins first WTA title at Bausch & Lomb". ESPN. 8 April 2007. Retrieved 3 July 2011.
-  Archived July 1, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
- "Golovin out of Olympics". Skysports.com. 9 August 2008. Retrieved 3 July 2011.
- Golovin, Hantuchova, Kirilenko in SI swimsuit issue Archived 2009-02-15 at the Wayback Machine Tennis.com, February 11, 2009
- Bishop, Greg (June 5, 2012). "Retired at 24, Tatiana Golovin Has Press Box View of French Open". The New York Times.
- "Peace and Sport". Peace-sport.org. Retrieved 3 July 2011.