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Anna Chakvetadze

Anna Djambulilovna Chakvetadze (Анна Джамбулиловна Чакветадзе; born March 5, 1987, Moscow) is a Russian professional tennis player (with Georgian roots). On September 10, 2007, she reached her career-high professional singles ranking of World No. 5. As of September 15, 2008, she is ranked World No. 13.

She began playing tennis at the age of eight after being introduced to the sport by her mother, Natalia. She travels for tournaments with her father. She speaks both Russian and English.

Career

Chakvetadze hit her peak of World No. 5 in 2007 after a semifinal appearance at the US Open. Also in that year, she reached the quarterfinals at the Australian Open and the French Open, both of which were career bests for those events. Four of her seven career singles titles also occurred in 2007.

2001-2006

Junior tournaments

In 2003, she made it to the final of the Junior Championships at Wimbledon before falling to Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium 6–4, 3–6, 6–3. The same year, she won the International Bavarian Junior Challenge, defeating Marta Domachowska of Poland 7–6, 6–5. Her record as a junior was 67-19 in singles, and 22-14 in doubles. Her highest world ranking as a junior was #22 achieved in December 2003.

Professional tournaments

Chakvetadze debuted on the ITF circuit in November 2001, losing in the first round in Minsk, Belarus. In July 2002, she won her first ITF doubles title in Istanbul, teaming with fellow Russian Irina Kotkina.

At the 2004 U.S. Open, Chakvetadze won three qualifying matchers to reach the main draw of her first Grand Slam singles tournament. In the second round, she defeated World No. 3 Anastasia Myskina 7–6(3), 6–3 before losing in the third round to Eleni Daniilidou. With this result, she became tied for the second fastest player to defeat a world top 10 in WTA history, tying Serena Williams. She broke into the top 100 in the WTA rankings on September 13, reaching World No. 91. She reached the top 50 on June 6, 2005, coming in at World No. 44.

On September 25, 2006, Chakvetadze won her first WTA singles tournament at the Tier III event in Guangzhou, China, defeating Spain's Anabel Medina Garrigues in the final. Two weeks later, she won her second WTA tournament at the Tier I Kremlin Cup in Moscow even though she was unseeded, beating Elena Dementieva and Nadia Petrova en route to the title. These wins helped boost her ranking to World No. 16.

2007

Chakvetadze started the year by winning the Tier IV Moorilla Hobart International in Australia, her third WTA tournament title. She defeated fellow Russian Vasilisa Bardina in the final. At the Australian Open, where she was seeded twelfth, she defeated eight-seeded Patty Schnyder in the fourth round before losing in the quarterfinals to top-seeded Maria Sharapova 7–6(5), 7–5.

In February, Chakvetadze reached the quarterfinals of the Open Gaz de France in Paris, where she lost to Amelie Mauresmo 7–6(5), 7–5. She then competed at the Proximus Diamond Games in Antwerp, where she lost in the semifinals to Mauresmo 6–3, 3–6, 6–2. On February 19, she made her top 10 debut on the WTA rankings, at World No. 10. At the Tier I Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, California, she lost in the fourth round to Shahar Pe'er 6–4, 7–6. She then reached the semifinals of the Tier I Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Florida, where she was defeated by World No. 1 Justine Henin 6–2, 6–3.

Chakvetadze then played four tournaments in Europe on red clay courts. Chakvetadze lost in the quarterfinals of the Tier II J&S Cup in Warsaw to Jelena Jankovic, the second round of the Tier I Qatar Telecom German Open in Berlin, and the second round of the Tier I Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome. At the French Open, Chakvetadze lost to second-seeded Sharapova in the quarterfinals.

Chakvetadze won her second title of the year, and first grass court title, in 's-Hertogenbosch, with wins over Daniela Hantuchova and Jankovic. At Wimbledon, however, she was defeated in the third round by 31st-seeded Michaella Krajicek in three sets.

Chakvetadze then played five tournaments during the North American summer hard court season. At the Tier III Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open in Cincinnati, Ohio, Chakvetadze was the top-seed and won the title, defeating Akiko Morigami in the final. Chakvetadze won her second consecutive tournament the following week at the Bank of the West Classic in Palo Alto, California, the first tournament of the US Open Series. She defeated Sania Mirza in the final. That was her ninth consecutive match victory and resulted in her ranking rising to World No. 6, the highest of her career. At the Acura Classic tournament in San Diego, her 12-match winning streak ended when she lost in the semifinals to top seeded Sharapova for the third time this year 6–3, 6–2 after Chakvetadze had defeated reigning Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in the semifinals 6–7(5), 7–6(3), 6–2. Two weeks later at the Tier I Rogers Cup in Toronto, Chakvetadze retired from her second round match after losing the first set to Virginie Razzano. At the US Open, Chakvetadze was the sixth seed and reached the semifinals of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time, losing to Svetlana Kuznetsova 3–6, 6–1, 6–1.

Chakvetadze was the defending champion at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, but lost her second round match to Dinara Safina 7–6, 6–2.

Chakvetadze became the sixth player in 2007 to qualify for the year-ending Sony Ericsson Championships. She reached the semifinals of that tournament by winning two of her three round robin matches, defeating Serena Williams and Jankovic before losing to Henin 6–1, 7–6(4). She then lost her semifinal match with Sharapova 6–2, 6–2.

2008

At the Australian Open, Chakvetadze lost in the third round to Maria Kirilenko 6–7(6), 6–1, 6–2. She then helped defending champion Russia win its first round tie against Israel in the Fed Cup by defeating Tzipora Obziler 6–4, 6–2.

Chakvetadze was the top-seed at the Tier II Open Gaz de France in Paris. She defeated Amelie Mauresmo in the quarterfinals, Marion Bartoli in the semifinals, and Agnes Szavay in the final to win her seventh career singles title. She is now 7–0 in tournament finals.

At the Tier I Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Florida, Chakvetadze lost in the third round to Sabine Lisicki.

At the French Open, sixth-seeded Chakvetadze lost in the second round to Kaia Kanepi 6–4, 7–6(2).

Chakvetadze was seeded eighth at Wimbledon. She defeated Stephanie Dubois in the first round 2–6, 6–1, 8–6 after Chakvetadze saved two match points at 5–3 and an additional match point at 5–4 in the third set. Chakvetadze won her second and third round matches in straight sets but lost in the fourth round to eighteenth-seeded Nicole Vaidisova 4–6, 7–6(0), 6–3.

Chakvetadze played five tournaments during the North American summer hard court season. She was the second seeded player and defending champion at the Tier II Bank of the West Classic on the campus of Stanford University in California. She lost, however, to Bartoli in the quarterfinals 6–3, 6–4. The following week, she lost in the third round of the East West Bank Classic in Los Angeles to Sybille Bammer. Seeded sixth at the Tier I Rogers Cup in Montreal, Chakvetadze lost in the third round to tenth-seeded Bartoli 4–6, 7–5, 7–6(4). She then lost in the final of the Pilot Pen Tennis tournament in New Haven, Connecticut to Caroline Wozniacki. Chakvetadze was seeded tenth at the US Open but lost in the first round to Ekaterina Makarova.

Home invasion and robbery

On December 18, 2007, Chakvetadze's home was burgled. Six invaders tied up Chakvetadze and beat her father, Djambuli. The six men left with over U.S.$300,000 worth of goods and cash.

WTA Tour singles finals (8)

Wins (7)

Legend
Grand Slam (0)
WTA Championships (0)
Tier I (1)
Tier II (2)
Tier III (3)
Tier IV (1)
Titles by surface
Hard 5
Clay 0
Grass 1
Carpet 1
No. Date Tournament Name Tournament Location Surface Opponent in Final Score in Final
1. September 25, 2006 Guangzhou International Women's Open Guangzhou, China Hard Anabel Medina Garrigues 6–3, 6–4
2. October 15 2006 Kremlin Cup Moscow Carpet Nadia Petrova 6–4, 6–4
3. January 12 2007 Moorilla Hobart International Hobart, Australia Hard Vasilisa Bardina 6–3, 7–6(3)
4. June 17, 2007 Ordina Open 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass Jelena Janković 7–6(2), 3–6, 6–3
5. July 22, 2007 Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S. Hard Akiko Morigami 6–1, 6–3
6. July 29, 2007 Bank of the West Classic Stanford, California, U.S. Hard Sania Mirza 6–3, 6–2
7. February 10, 2008 Open Gaz de France Paris Hard (i) Agnes Szavay 6–3, 2–6, 6–2

Runner-up (1)

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments 0
WTA Championships 0
Tier I 0
Tier II 1
Tier III 0
Tier IV & V 0
Runner-ups by surface
Hard 1
Clay 0
Grass 0
Carpet 0

No. Date Tournament Name Tournament Location Surface Opponent in Final Score in Final
1. August 23, 2008 Pilot Pen Tennis New Haven, Connecticut, U.S. Hard Caroline Wozniacki 6–3, 4–6, 1–6

Singles performance timeline

To prevent confusion and double counting, information in this table is updated only once a tournament or the player's participation in the tournament has concluded. This table is current through the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, which ended on September 21, 2008.
Tournament 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 Career SR Career Win-Loss
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A 2R 2R QF 3R 0 / 4 8–4
French Open A A 3R 2R QF 2R 0 / 4 8–4
Wimbledon A A 1R 3R 3R 4R 0 / 4 7–4
US Open A 3R1 3R 4R SF 1R 0 / 5 15-5
Win-Loss 0–0 5–1 5–4 7–4 15-4 6–4 N/A 38-17
SR 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 17 N/A
Year-End Championship
WTA Tour Championships A A A A SF 0 / 1 2–2
Current WTA Tier I Tournaments
Doha Not Tier I 2R 0 / 1 0–1
Indian Wells A A 3R 4R 4R A 0 / 3 6–3
Miami A A 1R 4R SF 3R 0 / 4 8–4
Charleston A A A A A 2R 0 / 1 0–1
Berlin A A 1R 3R 2R 2R 0 / 4 3–4
Rome A A 2R 1R 3R SF 0 / 4 5–4
Montréal / Toronto A A A SF 2R 3R 0 / 3 5–3
Tokyo A A A A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1
Moscow LQ 1R2 1R W 2R 1 / 5 8–4
Former WTA Tier I Tournaments
San Diego Not
Tier I
A QF QF SF Not
Held
0 / 3 9–3
Zurich A A 1R A A Not
Tier I
0 / 1 0–1
Career Statistics Career Total
Tournaments Won 0 0 0 2 4 1 7
Year End Ranking 374 84 33 13 6 N/A

  • A = did not participate in the tournament
  • SR = the ratio of the number of tournaments won to the number of tournaments played.
  • LQ = lost in the qualifying rounds.
  • 1She won three qualifying matches during the 2004 US Open.
  • 2She won three qualifying matches during the 2004 Kremlin Cup in Moscow to reach the main draw.

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