Vera Dushevina

Vera Yevgenyevna Dushevina (Russian: Вера Евгеньевна Душевина; born 6 October 1986) is a retired Russian tennis player.

Vera Dushevina
Вера Душевина
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Dushevina at Wimbledon, 2014
Country (sports) Russia
ResidenceKhimki, Russia
Born (1986-10-06) 6 October 1986 (age 35)
Moscow, Soviet Union
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro2003
Retired2017
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$3,204,753
Singles
Career record329–251 (56.7%)
Career titles1 WTA, 1 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 31 (4 July 2005)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open4R (2005)
French Open2R (2004, 2006, 2007, 2011)
Wimbledon2R (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)
US Open3R (2004, 2007)
Doubles
Career record196–190 (50.8%)
Career titles2 WTA, 5 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 27 (25 June 2007)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (2010, 2014)
French Open3R (2007, 2009)
WimbledonQF (2005)
US Open2R (2005, 2007, 2008, 2012)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
WimbledonSF (2014)
Team competitions
Fed CupW (2005)
Record 2–1

She won one singles title and two doubles titles on the WTA Tour. As a junior, she won the Wimbledon Championships, beating Maria Sharapova in the final, while she reached the final of the French Open losing to Anna-Lena Grönefeld.

Vera Dushevina at the 2008 US Open

Personal lifeEdit

Dushevina was born in Moscow and resides in nearby satellite city of Khimki. She began playing tennis at the age of seven under her father, Yevgeny, an engineer. Her mother, Elena, is a teacher. Beside tennis, Vera also played football and basketball.

Tennis careerEdit

Early yearsEdit

She played her first main-draw match at the 2002 Warsaw Open by qualifying, but lost to Virginia Ruano Pascual 1–6, 6–7. Her first WTA Tour match she won at the 2003 Miami Open. After qualifying, she defeated Patricia Wartusch 6–0, 6–3 but lost to fourth seed Justine Henin 3–6, 2–6 in the second round. She then won her first professional title at the ITF event in Innsbruck, Austria coming through the qualifying draw and defeating Melinda Czink in the final. In her next tournament, she reached her first WTA Tour semifinals at the Nordic Light Open, including defeating her first top-50 player, then-world No. 35 Denisa Chládková, 6–2, 6–3 but lost to Jelena Kostanić in the semifinals. She then played her first Grand Slam main-draw match after qualifying but lost to Ashley Harkleroad in the first round in straight sets. In the Kremlin Cup she upset then-world No. 28, Lisa Raymond, 6–2, 7–6, but lost to seventh seed Vera Zvonareva, 2–6, 1–6.

2005–2009Edit

Dushevina began her 2005 campaign by losing in the first round at the Canberra Women's Classic to Anna-Lena Grönefeld. At the Australian Open, she reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time, before losing to fifth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova. Along the way, she realized her first top-20 victory over then-world No. 11 Vera Zvonareva, 6–3, 6–3 in the second round. She qualified for the Open Gaz de France and Dubai Championships but fell to Dinara Safina 2–6, 4–6 in the second round and to Nathalie Dechy, 7–6, 4–6, 6–7 in the first round, respectively. She then lost four straight matches in the second round of the Miami Open and the first rounds of Amelia Island, Warsaw and Berlin. However, she bounced back by reaching the quarterfinals of the Internationaux de Strasbourg losing to eventual champion Anabel Medina Garrigues in three sets. At the French Open, she lost to 21st seed Mary Pierce. Dushevina reached her first WTA Tour singles final at the Eastbourne International as a qualifier where she finished runner-up to former world No. 1, Kim Clijsters. In the said tournament, she realized her first top-5 victory over then-world No. 3, Amélie Mauresmo, 6–4, 6–4 in the second round. However, she fell in the first round of Wimbledon to Ana Ivanovic, in straight sets. She then bounced back to reach the semifinals of the Nordic Light Open, losing to Katarina Srebotnik in two. She reached the second round of the Connecticut Open losing to Elena Dementieva. Dushevina then suffered back-to-back to losses to Shahar Pe'er at the second round of the US Open and first round of the China Open. At the quarterfinals of the Korea Open, she fell to top seed Jelena Janković, followed by a first-round loss at the Kremlin Cup to Elena Likhovtseva in three sets, respectively. She then avenged her loss to Janković at the Generali Ladies Linz, defeating her 7–6, 3–6, 6–0 in the first round, but fell to Sybille Bammer in the next.

Dushevina had a poor 2006 season. She reached in the second rounds of Auckland Open and International Women's Hardcourts losing to top-ten players Nadia Petrova and Justine Henin, respectively. She then fell in the first round of the Australian Open to Catalina Castaño in straight sets, and also fell in the second rounds of the WTA indoor event in Paris and Dubai Championships to then-world No. 2, Amélie Mauresmo, and then-world No. 4, Maria Sharapova, respectively. She suffered a back-to-back first round loss at the Qatar Open and Miami Open. Later, earned her best performance of the year by reaching the third round of the Amelia Island Championships, losing to Patty Schnyder 3–6, 5–7. At the Estoril Open, she was upset by Antonella Serra Zanetti 6–4, 6–4 in the first round. She then suffered four consecutive second-round exits at the German Open and French Open to then-world No. 1 Amélie Mauresmo, at the Italian Open to Patty Schnyder, and the Eastbourne International to Anna-Lena Grönefeld. She then fell five consecutive first-round main-draw matches, at Wimbledon, at the LA Championships, Rogers Cup, US Open, and the China Open. She reached the second rounds of the Korea Open and Japan Open, and then suffered back-to-back main-draw match to compatriot Vera Zvonareva at the Kremlin Cup and Hasselt Cup.

Two years later, she reached her second final at the Nordic Light Open, losing in straight sets to Agnieszka Radwańska. Dushevina reached the final of the Stockholm event again in 2007, losing to Caroline Wozniacki. Dushevina has won one doubles title, the Warsaw Open, playing with Tatiana Perebiynis in 2007. She was also a part of the winning Russian team in the 2005 Fed Cup, winning doubles ties in the quarterfinals and semifinals partnering Dinara Safina. Dushevina began writing a blog for Eurosport about her time on the tour in 2009.[1]

In June 2009, at the Eastbourne International, she lost in 45 minutes to Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak in the quarterfinals, 1–6, 0–6, winning only 17 of the 69 points in the match, and losing every one of her service games.[1]. Dushevina upset world No. 22, Alizé Cornet, in the first round of the Wimbledon Championships, but fell to Elena Vesnina in the second. Dushevina won her first WTA career title at the İstanbul Cup, defeating Lucie Hradecká 6–0, 6–1 in the final.

2010–2011Edit

Dushevina started 2010 by qualifying for the Sydney International where she reached the quarterfinals with wins over Casey Dellacqua and Elena Vesnina, but lost to then world No. 1, Serena Williams, in the quarterfinals. She then fell in the first round of the Australian Open to compatriot and fifth seed Elena Dementieva, 2–6, 1–6. At the Pattaya Open, she was upset in the second round by world No. 121, Ekaterina Bychkova, 6–4, 6–1. She then fell in the first rounds of Dubai Championships and Miami Masters and the second round of Indian Wells Masters.

She then reached the third round of the Charleston Open losing to eventual champion Samantha Stosur 1–6, 6–3, 1–6, but fell early in the Italian Open to Andrea Petkovic, 3–6, 0–6. In the second round of the Madrid Open, Dushevina lost the most competitive match of her career against world No. 1, Serena Williams. Williams finally won 6–7, 7–6, 7–6, after 3 hours and 26 minutes despite being 5–2 up in the final set. Dushevina had match point at 7–6, 6–5 but could not close out the match. She was also 4–0 up in the final set tie-break before losing. It was also Williams' longest match. She then fell in the first rounds of the French Open and Eastbourne International. At Wimbledon, she upset French Open champion Francesca Schiavone in the first round in three sets, but fell to eventual semifinalist Tsvetana Pironkova, 3–6, 4–6 in the following round.

She reached the back-to-back quarterfinals in the Slovenia Open and İstanbul Cup losing to Anna Chakvetadze 6–2, 3–6, 5–7 and Jarmila Groth 5–7, 2–6, respectively. She then fell in the second round of the Cincinnati Open to Jelena Janković 4–6, 6–3, 1–6. She then fell in the qualifying rounds of Rogers Cup and Connecticut Open. In the US Open she fell in the first round to Alona Bondarenko. In the Korea Open, she upset former world No. 1, Ana Ivanovic, 2–6, 6–4, 6–2 but fell in the next round to Klára Zakopalová. She then reached the third round of the China Open as a qualifier losing to Francesca Schiavone. In her final tournament of the year, at the Kremlin Cup, she was able to reach her first semifinal since winning in the 2009 İstanbul Cup, after defeating three consecutive compatriots, Ekaterina Makarova, Elena Vesnina and Anna Chakvetadze, before falling to another, Maria Kirilenko, 1–6, 1–6.

Vera started 2011 by losing in the qualifying draw of the Sydney International. At the Australian Open, she was able to pick up her first win in six years by defeating Maria Elena Camerin 6–3, 3–6, 6–1 but fell to fifth seed Sam Stosur in the next round. She also fell in the first rounds of Paris and Dubai. At Doha, she qualified and defeated María José Martínez Sánchez before she lost to Daniela Hantuchová in the second round.

2017: RetirementEdit

Dushevina announced her retirement from professional tennis on 15 August 2017 because of several injuries. She said she would like to concentrate on coaching.[2]

Significant finalsEdit

Premier Mandatory/Premier 5 finalsEdit

Doubles: 1 runner-upEdit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 2013 China Open Hard   Arantxa Parra Santonja   Cara Black
  Sania Mirza
2–6, 2–6

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles: 4 (1 title, 3 runner-ups)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Tier I / Premier M & Premier 5 (0–0)
Tier II / Premier (0–1)
Tier III, IV & V / International (1–2)
Finals by surface
Hard (1–2)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 18 June 2005 Eastbourne International, UK Grass   Kim Clijsters 5–7, 0–6
Runner-up 2. 30 July 2007 Nordic Light Open, Sweden Hard   Agnieszka Radwańska 1–6, 1–6
Runner-up 3. 3 August 2008 Nordic Light Open, Sweden Hard   Caroline Wozniacki 0–6, 2–6
Winner 1. 2 August 2009 İstanbul Cup, Turkey Hard   Lucie Hradecká 6–0, 6–1

Doubles: 11 (2 titles, 9 runner-ups)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Tier I / Premier M & Premier 5 (0–1)
Tier II / Premier (1–2)
Tier III, IV & V / International (1–6)
Finals by surface
Hard (1–9)
Clay (1–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 30 April 2007 Warsaw Open, Poland Clay   Tatiana Perebiynis   Elena Likhovtseva
  Elena Vesnina
7–5, 3–6, [10–2]
Runner-up 1. 27 July 2008 Slovenia Open Hard   Ekaterina Makarova   Anabel Medina Garrigues
  Virginia Ruano Pascual
4–6, 1–6
Runner-up 2. 22 September 2008 Korea Open Hard   Maria Kirilenko   Chuang Chia-Jung
  Hsieh Su-wei
3–6, 0–6
Runner-up 3. 20 October 2008 Luxembourg Open Hard (i)   Mariya Koryttseva   Sorana Cîrstea
  Marina Eraković
6–2, 3–6, [8–10]
Runner-up 4. 13 February 2011 Paris Indoor, France Hard (i)   Ekaterina Makarova   Bethanie Mattek-Sands
  Meghann Shaughnessy
4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 5. 25 September 2011 Korea Open Hard   Galina Voskoboeva   Natalie Grandin
  Vladimíra Uhlířová
6–7(5–7), 4–6
Runner-up 6. 25 February 2012 Memphis Cup, United States Hard (i)   Olga Govortsova   Andrea Hlaváčková
  Lucie Hradecká
3–6, 4–6
Winner 2. 3 August 2013 Washington Open, U.S. Hard   Shuko Aoyama   Eugenie Bouchard
  Taylor Townsend
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 7. 5 October 2013 China Open Hard   Arantxa Parra Santonja   Cara Black
  Sania Mirza
2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 8. 3 October 2015 Tashkent Open Hard   Kateřina Siniaková   Margarita Gasparyan
  Alexandra Panova
1–6, 6–3, [3–10]
Runner-up 9. 14 February 2016 St. Petersburg Trophy, Russia Hard (i)   Barbora Krejčíková   Martina Hingis
  Sania Mirza
3–6, 1–6

ITF finalsEdit

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments

Singles (1–0)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 27 July 2003 ITF Innsbruck, Austria Clay   Melinda Czink 7–6, 6–2

Doubles (5–1)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 29 October 2001 ITF Minsk, Belarus Carpet (i)   Anna Bastrikova   Darya Kustova
  Tatsiana Uvarova
7–5, 3–6, 6–0
Winner 2. 15 September 2002 ITF Sofia, Bulgaria Clay   Galina Voskoboeva   Laura Dell'Angelo
  Nathalie Viérin
3–6, 6–4, 6–2
Winner 3. 28 October 2002 ITF Minsk, Belarus Carpet (i)   Daria Chemarda   Olga Puchkova
  Tatsiana Uvarova
6–1, 6–4
Winner 4. 1 May 2003 ITF Cagnes-sur-Mer, France Clay   Galina Voskoboeva   Yuliya Beygelzimer
  Anna Zaporozhanova
6–3, 6–4
Winner 5. 30 November 2012 Dubai Challenge, United Arab Emirates Hard   Maria Elena Camerin   Eva Hrdinová
  Karolína Plíšková
7–5 6–3
Runner-up 6. 12 July 2013 ITF Biarritz, France Clay   Ana Vrljić   Olga Savchuk
  Yuliya Beygelzimer
6–2, 4–6, [8–10]

Junior Grand Slam tournament finalsEdit

Singles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 2002 Wimbledon Grass   Maria Sharapova 4–6, 6–1, 6–2
Loss 2003 French Open Clay   Anna-Lena Groenefeld 4–6, 4–6

Performance timelinesEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# DNQ A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)

SinglesEdit

Tournament 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 2R 4R 1R 1R A 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R Q3 A Q2 5–9
French Open A 2R 1R 2R 2R 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R LQ Q1 Q3 A 4–9
Wimbledon LQ 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R 2R 2R 1R 1R LQ Q1 A A 4–9
US Open 1R 3R 2R 1R 3R 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R A A A 7–11
Win–Loss 0–1 4–4 4–4 1–4 4–4 1–3 1–4 1–4 3–4 1–4 0–2 0–0 0–0 0–0 20–38
Premier Mandatory tournaments
Indian Wells A A A A A A 3R 2R 1R LQ Q1 Q1 A 3–3
Miami 2R 3R 2R 1R 3R A 1R 1R 1R 1R A A A 6–9
Madrid Not Held QF 2R 1R LQ A A A 6–3
Beijing Not Held 1R 3R LQ Q2 A A A 4–2
Premier 5 tournaments
Doha A 1R 1R 1R LQ 1R Not Held NP5 1R 1R Q1 NP5 1–6
Dubai Not Tier I 2R 1R 1R NP5 Q1 Q1 A NP5 1–3
Rome A 2R A 2R A 1R 1R 1R 2R LQ A A A 3–6
Cincinnati Not Tier I 1R 2R A Q1 A A A 3–2
Canada A A A 1R A A 1R LQ A A A A A 2–3
Tokyo A A A A LQ LQ 2R LQ A A A A A 2–2
Win–Loss 29–10 27–18 28–20 22–26 40–21 20–18 34–20 31–22 20–20 12–12 4–10 0–1 0–0 329–249
Year-end ranking 108 63 39 97 41 88 44 54 86 141 120 478 522

DoublesEdit

Tournament 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 1R A A 2R 3R 1R 2R 2R 3R A 1R 7–8
French Open 2R 1R 3R 1R 3R 2R 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R 1R 8–12
Wimbledon QF 2R 1R 2R 2R 2R 3R 1R 1R 2R 2R Q1 11–11
US Open 2R 1R 2R 2R 2R 1R 2R 2R 1R A A A 6–9
Win–Loss 5–3 1–4 3–3 2–3 5–4 4–4 3–4 3–4 1–4 4–3 1–2 0–2 32–40

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Vera Dushevina (12 February 2009). "Girl on Tour: Things heat up in Thailand". Eurosport, Yahoo!. Archived from the original on 16 February 2009. Retrieved 17 February 2009.
  2. ^ Теннисистка Вера Душевина завершила карьеру и сосредоточится на тренерской работе

External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Preceded by Orange Bowl Girls' Singles Champion
Category: 18 and under

2002
Succeeded by