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Vesna Ratkovna Dolonc (Serbian Cyrillic and Russian: Весна Ратковна Долонц; née Manasieva, Манасиева; born 21 July 1989) is a retired Serbian tennis player, born to a Serbian father and a Russian mother.[1][2]

Vesna Dolonc
Весна Долонц
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Country (sports) Russia (2006–April 2012)
 Serbia (May 2012–2017)
ResidenceMoscow, Russia
Born (1989-07-21) 21 July 1989 (age 30)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned pro2006
Retired14 February 2017 (last match played in November 2016)
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$900,034
Singles
Career record323–219
Career titles3 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 84 (8 July 2013)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (2011)
French Open2R (2011)
Wimbledon3R (2013)
US Open1R (2009, 2011, 2013)
Doubles
Career record126–103
Career titles5 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 93 (4 February 2013)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon1R (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
Team competitions
Fed Cup1–4

CareerEdit

ITF Women's CircuitEdit

Dolonc began competing on the ITF circuit in September 2005, soon after her 16th birthday, and had risen to world No. 152 by 28 January 2008.

Despite not having yet won any tournament outright at either WTA or ITF level, between July 2006 and February 2008 she has reached the quarterfinal of a Tier IV event, $100k and $25k finals, a $75k semifinal, a $75k quarterfinal, a $50k quarterfinal, four $25k semifinals, and one $25k quarterfinal.

2005–2006Edit

In the latter months of 2005, Manasieva played just three $10k tournaments and won just one main-draw match.

But in February 2006 she won seven successive matches to come through qualifying and reach the semifinal of the $10k event at Portimão, Portugal; and that May she reached her first $10k final at Kiev, Ukraine. A further semifinal appearance followed in June at Davos, Switzerland, where she lost in straight sets to Tatjana Malek.

In July she qualified for her first $25k tournament at Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine, and reached the semi-final. At Moscow in August she reached the quarterfinal of another $25k event, losing (for the second time that year) to fellow-Russian youngster Ekaterina Makarova.

In September she qualified for a $75k event for the first time at Denain, France, but lost in the first round of the main event in three sets to Claudine Schaul.

Further success over the Autumn was largely elusive, but she finished the year ranked as world No. 393 after starting unranked.

2007Edit

The following January, Manasieva qualified for her second $75k event at Urtijëi, Italy with wins over Michaela Paštiková, Antonella Serra Zanetti and upcoming Ekaterina Dzehalevich, and posted a win over Julia Schruff in reaching the quarterfinal of the main draw, her best result yet, before bowing out again, though this time in a close three-setter, to Tatjana Malek.

In February, she reached another semifinal at $25k level, this time at Stockholm-Salk, with wins over Sorana Cîrstea and fellow-Russian Lioudmila Skavronskaia, but was then defeated in three sets by Virginie Pichet.

In May, she topped her previous best result by reaching her first $75k semifinal at Monzón, Spain, scoring a notable straight-sets win against Croatian Ivana Lisjak along the way, before being narrowly outclassed by American Lilia Osterloh in two sets.

A lean spell with relatively disappointing results followed, though she took Dominika Cibulková to three sets in their first-round tie at the $50k tournament at Cuneo, Italy, in July.

However, in August she returned to form, reaching the quarterfinal of a $50k tournament at Penza, Russia, and the semifinal of a $25k tournament at Moscow (where she lost to promising compatriot Anna Lapushchenkova).

And then in September she set a new career-best performance by qualifying for her first $100k tournament at Kharkiv, Ukraine, and battling her way all the way through to the final with victories over Yuliana Fedak, Mariya Koryttseva and Tatiana Perebiynis, and Russian veteran Galina Voskoboeva. But it was another prominent player from Ukraine, Alona Bondarenko, who would prove her undoing in a one-sided final.

The ranking points accrued from this result were sufficient to gain her direct entry into her first WTA Tour main draw at Tashkent, Uzbekistan, a Tier IV event, in October. After again defeating Voskoboeva in round one, she had few answers in the second round to Pauline Parmentier, succumbing in straight sets.

Later that month, she found she had to qualify to gain entry into a popular $50k draw on the ITF circuit at Saint-Raphaël, France, and lost in the qualifying match to Estelle Guisard of France, but gained entry to the main draw as a lucky loser, and defeated Maret Ani before losing again, this time to Alberta Brianti.

Towards the end of October she reached another $25k semifinal at Podolsk, Russia, losing for the second time to compatriot Anna Lapushchenkova, although this time in a very close three-set match.

In November she reached the quarter-final stage of a $50k tournament at Minsk but this time lost to Sorana Cîrstea in straight sets.

In December, she entered the qualifying draw for the WTA event at Auckland, New Zealand, and defeated Andreja Klepač, María Emilia Salerni and for the second time Mariya Koryttseva to reach the main draw. But then she was drawn to meet Pauline Parmentier in the first round proper, and again lost to her in straight sets.

She ended the year ranked as world No. 162, an improvement of 231 places, after compiling a healthy win-loss record of 40–19.

2008Edit

 
Dolonc at the 2011 US Open

In January, she entered her first qualifying draw at Grand Slam level, and reached the final round of qualifying with a win over María José Martínez Sánchez before losing a marathon three-setter to Sandra Klösel, 2–6, 6–3, 6–8. Although she was thus denied entry into the main draw of a Grand Slam, the ranking points accrued in her two qualifying round victories were sufficient to elevate her to a career high ranking of world No. 156.

After taking the next three weeks off, she entered qualifying for the Tier IV WTA event at Pattaya in early February, and qualified for her third career WTA Tour main draw with three comfortable straight-sets victories. In the first round proper, she trounced an unheralded local wild card for the loss of just one game, much as expected, but in round two she showed she meant business by packing off fifth-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany for the loss of only three games; and in so doing she reached her first ever WTA Tour quarterfinal. Her quarterfinal opponent was experienced compatriot Ekaterina Bychkova, whom she had never played before. Manasieva took the first set 6–4, and traded single breaks of serve with her in the closely fought second to force a tiebreak, which Bychkova took by eight points to six, bringing the match into a deciding set. Although Manasieva took an early 3–0 lead, her game then collapsed as Bychkova reeled off six straight games to take the match.

2011Edit

Dolonc qualified into the Australian Open. She won her first ever match in a Grand Slam event defeating Laura Pous Tió 7–5, 6–2. In the second round, she defeated No. 17 Marion Bartoli in three sets. Dolonc faced off against Anastasija Sevastova in the third round and lost 1–6, 3–6. At the French Open, she won her first-round match against Anne Keothavong and faced the defending champion Francesca Schiavone in the second round. In the US Open, she lost to Venus Williams in the first round.

2012Edit

 
Vesna Dolonc at the 2012 Open GdF Suez

Dolonc began the year by entering the Australian Open qualifiers seeded number one. She faced Kiki Bertens in the first round of qualifying, but retired trailing 6–0, 4–0. She lost in Roland Garros qualifying second round against Sandra Zaniewska.

Dolonc reached main draw at Wimbledon, but lost in three sets against Tsvetana Pironkova in the first round.

In July 2012, she won her second career title in Donetsk.

WTA career finalsEdit

Doubles: 1 (1 runner–up)Edit

Winner – Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (0–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Sep 2012 Tashkent Open, Uzbekistan International Hard   Anna Chakvetadze   Paula Kania
  Polina Pekhova
2–6, ret.

ITF finalsEdit

Singles (3–8)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (2–5)
Clay (1–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–2)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 28 May 2006 Kiev, Ukraine Clay   Veronika Kapshay 2–6, 6–0, 5–7
Runner-up 2. 12 September 2007 Kharkiv, Ukraine Hard   Alona Bondarenko 1–6, 1–6
Runner-up 3. 24 February 2008 Capriolo, Italy Carpet (i)   Anne Keothavong 1–6, 6–2, 3–6
Winner 1. 1 November 2008 Nantes, France Hard (i)   Stefanie Vögele 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 4. 8 February 2009 Belfort, France Carpet (i)   Lucie Hradecká 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 5. 29 March 2009 Moscow, Russia Hard (i)   Vitalia Diatchenko 6–2, 3–6, 1–4 ret.
Runner-up 6. 11 July 2009 A Coruña, Spain Hard   Neuza Silva 3–6, 1–6
Runner-up 7. 17 October 2010 Joué-lès-Tours, France Hard (i)   Alison Riske 7–5, 4–6, 4–6
Winner 2. 21 July 2012 Donetsk, Ukraine Hard   Maria João Koehler 6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 8. 6 March 2016 Mâcon, France Hard (i)   Claire Feuerstein 2–6, 6–4, 4–6
Winner 3. 8 May 2016 Győr, Hungary Clay   Anastasiya Shoshyna 6–3, 7–5

Doubles (5–9)Edit

egend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (3–7)
Clay (2–2)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 2 October 2005 Podgorica, Serbia and Montenegro Clay   Neda Kozić   Ani Mijačika
  Dijana Stojić
6–1, 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 2. 11 May 2007 Monzón, Spain Hard   Iryna Brémond   Estrella Cabeza-Candela
  María Emilia Salerni
2–6, 1–6
Winner 1. 25 August 2007 Moscow, Russia Clay   Maria Kondratieva   Nina Bratchikova
  Sophie Lefèvre
6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 3. 10 November 2007 Minsk, Belarus Hard (i)   Ekaterina Lopes   Alla Kudryavtseva
  Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
0–6, 2–6
Winner 2. 10 April 2009 Monzón, Spain Hard   Chen Yi   Alberta Brianti
  Margalita Chakhnashvili
2–6, 6–4, [10–8]
Runner-up 4. 11 July 2009 A Coruña, Spain Hard   Ksenia Milevskaya   María Irigoyen
  Florencia Molinero
2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 5. 14 November 2009 Minsk, Belarus Hard (i)   Evgeniya Rodina   Lyudmyla Kichenok
  Nadiya Kichenok
3–6, 6–7(7–9)
Runner-up 6. 25 September 2010 Shrewsbury, Great Britain Hard (i)   Claire Feuerstein   Vitalia Diatchenko
  Irena Pavlovic
4–6, 6–4, [6–10]
Runner-up 7. 2 July 2011 Cuneo, Italia Clay   Eva Birnerová   Mandy Minella
  Stefanie Vögele
3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 8. 12 February 2012 Midland, United States Hard (i)   Stéphanie Foretz Gacon   Andrea Hlaváčková
  Lucie Hradecká
6–7(4–7), 2–6
Winner 3. 18 May 2012 Saint-Gaudens, France Clay   Irina Khromacheva   Naomi Broady
  Julia Glushko
6–2, 6–0
Winner 4. 22 September 2012 Shrewsbury, Great Britain Hard (i)   Stefanie Vögele   Karolína Plíšková
  Kristýna Plíšková
6–1, 6–7(3–7), [15–13]
Winner 5. 4 November 2012 Barnstaple, Great Britain Hard (i)   Akgul Amanmuradova   Aliaksandra Sasnovich
  Diāna Marcinkēviča
6–3, 6–1
Runner-up 9. 2 August 2013 Donetsk, Ukraine Hard   Alexandra Panova   Yuliya Beygelzimer
  Renata Voráčová
1–6, 4–6

Performance timelinesEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

SinglesEdit

Only main-draw results in WTA Tour, Grand Slam tournaments and Fed Cup are included in win–loss records.

  Russia   Serbia
Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A Q3 Q1 Q3 3R Q1 2R 2R A A 0 / 3 4–3
French Open A A Q1 Q1 Q3 2R Q2 1R Q3 A A 0 / 2 1–2
Wimbledon A A Q2 1R Q3 1R 1R 3R Q1 A A 0 / 4 2–4
US Open A A Q1 1R Q2 1R Q2 1R Q1 A A 0 / 3 0–3
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–2 0–0 3–4 0–1 3–4 1–1 0–0 0–0 0 / 12 7–12
National representation
Fed Cup A A A A A A A QF WG2 A A 0 / 2 1–3
Premier Mandatory tournaments
Indian Wells Open A A A A A Q2 A Q1 A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Miami Open A A A A Q1 1R A Q1 A A A 0 / 1 0–1
China Open A A A A A A A Q1 A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Premier 5 tournaments
Dubai / Qatar Opens[1] A A A Q2 1R Q2 A A A A A 0 / 1 0–1
Cincinnati Open A A A A A A A Q2 A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Tier I Tournaments before 2009[2]
Moscow A A Q1 A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Career statistics
Tournaments played 0 1 3 4 4 10 4 10 4 0 0 40
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 1–1 3–3 2–4 0–4 6–10 2–4 8–11 2–6 0–0 0–0 0 / 40 24–43
Year-end ranking 393 162 144 131 140 111 117 103 208 445 418 36%

Notes

  • 1 The first Premier 5 event of the year has switched back and forth between the Dubai Tennis Championships and the Qatar Open since 2009. The Dubai Championships were classified as a Premier 5 event from 2009–2011 before being succeeded by the Qatar Open for the 2012–2014 period. In 2015, the Dubai Championships regained its Premier 5 status while the Qatar Open was demoted to Premier status. The two tournaments have since alternated status every year.
  • 2 WTA Tier I held until 2008 (8, 9 or 10 tournaments per year), after this split up between Premier Mandatory (4 per year) and Premier 5 tournaments (5 per year)

DoublesEdit

  Russia   Serbia
Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
French Open A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Wimbledon A A A A Q2 1R 1R 1R 1R A 0 / 4 0–4
US Open A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
National representation
Fed Cup A A A A A A A QF WG2 A 0 / 2 0–1
Career statistics
Tournaments played 0 1 5 2 2 4 3 9 1 0 27
Titles / Finals 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 0–1 2–5 1–2 4–2 3–4 3–3 4–9 0–1 0–0 0 / 27 17–27
Year-end ranking 582 202 292 160 144 158 103 124 481 647 39%

Change of surnameEdit

She changed her surname from "Manasieva" to "Dolonc" (Dolonts) when she was married to Arsen Dolonts on 1 October 2010.[3]

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit