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ANASTASIA IVANOVNA RODIONOVA (Russian : Анастасия Ивановна Родионова; born 12 May 1982 in Tambov
Tambov
) is a Russian-born Australian professional tennis player.

Rodionova has won nine doubles titles on the WTA tour, as well as eight singles and thirteen doubles titles on the ITF tour in her career. On 16 August 2010, she reached her best singles ranking of world number 62. On 8 September 2014, she peaked at world number 15 in the doubles rankings.

Rodionova's greatest career achievements have come in doubles, having reached the finals of the Mixed Doubles event at the 2003 Wimbledon Championships with Andy Ram and the semifinals of the Women's Doubles event at the 2010 US Open with Cara Black
Cara Black
.

Rodionova's younger sister Arina is also a tennis professional, and the two sisters have intermittently contested doubles tournaments with modest success. Their most notable achievements as a team came at the 2010 Malaysian Open and 2015 Monterrey Open , succumbing in the super tie-break in the finals of both tournaments.

CONTENTS

* 1 Biography

* 2 Career

* 2.1 2006–2007 * 2.2 2008 * 2.3 2009 * 2.4 2010 * 2.5 2011 * 2.6 2012 * 2.7 2013 * 2.8 2014

* 3 Significant finals

* 3.1 Grand Slam finals

* 3.1.1 Mixed doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)

* 4 WTA career finals

* 4.1 Doubles: 23 (11 titles, 12 runners-up)

* 5 ITF career titles

* 5.1 Singles

* 6 Performance timelines

* 6.1 Singles * 6.2 Doubles

* 7 References * 8 External links

BIOGRAPHY

Rodionova started to play tennis at age 7, but she was introduced to tennis much earlier. Her father Ivan was an amateur player so instead of toys, Rodionova had tennis balls in her pram. He coached her until 18 years old when she left Tambov, Russia
Russia
and moved to Germany
Germany
to practice for 3 years before returning to Moscow to live in 2003. She has resided in Melbourne, Australia
Australia
since 2005. Rodionova's sister Arina has also been a professional tennis player since 2004.

CAREER

Rodionova at 2004 US Open

2006–2007

In 2006, after reaching the 2nd round in the 2nd tier tournament in Los Angeles, Rodionova entered the Top 100 WTA rankings for the first time in her career. At the US Open she became one of the leading players after making it to the 3rd round (her best result in singles at a Grand Slam tournament to date). This catapulted Rodionova to 81 in the world. In doubles with Elena Vesnina she also reached the WTA tournament final in Bangalore, India
India
and she captured her 11th ITF title in Italy
Italy
in partnership with her sister Arina Rodionova. In 2007 Rodionova played a whopping 28 WTA tournaments. At the Australian Open Grand Slam she reached the 2nd round but lost to world number 2 and eventual finalist, Maria Sharapova . In Miami's Tier 1 tournament Rodionova took more games off the eventual tournament champion Serena Williams in her 2nd round defeat than any other person in that tournament. In the Estoril Open, Portugal, Rodionova won her 2nd title in doubles with Andreea Ehritt-Vanc from Romania. Together they also made the finals in Morocco. In the 1st tier tournament in Los Angeles Rodionova made the semi-finals, partnering with Tatiana Poutchek . In Guangzhou, China
China
Rodionova reached the singles semi-final but was unable to finish the match due to heat stroke. At the Tashkent Open, Rodionova once again teamed up with Tatiana Poutchek making the final, but lost in 3 sets to Ekaterina Dzehalevich and Anastasiya Yakimova . Rodionova ended the year ranked 78th place in singles.

2008

Rodionova started the new 2008 season in New Zealand, but it began unsuccessfully as she was forced to retire in the opening round due to eye problems, where she was experiencing double vision. After a short-course of treatment in Melbourne, Rodionova began preparations for the Australian Open. There she played under the Australian flag for the first time and reached the 2nd round, losing to Katarina Srebotnik. ((cn)) In the next few tournaments of Pattaya, Doha and Dubai Rodionova struggled with her vision with three 1st round defeats in singles, but made a doubles semi-final with Arina at the Pattaya Open. Then success increased remarkably, resulting in her gaining several considerable victories over the multiple top 30 players. In India
India
she defeated the number 20 in the world Sybille Bammer from Austria
Austria
on the way to the quarter-final, where she went down to Serena Williams. She carried that confidence through the USA series, passing qualification in Miami
Miami
and reaching the 2nd round and making the 3rd round in Charleston, losing to Jelena Janković .

May 2008 saw the beginning of a spate of injuries that significantly hampered the rest of her year, taking 1st round honours in tournaments that she would have otherwise performed much more brightly. Movement did not restrict her as much in doubles and she made quarter finals in a Moscow ITF, semi-finals in New Haven, 3rd round in the US Open, and semi-final in Guangzhou. However, it was clear that without major hip surgery, Rodionova's career would forever be handicapped so in September she underwent a specialised operation in Melbourne
Melbourne
and spent the remainder of the year in rehabilitation.

Rodionova underwent major hip surgery in September 2008 in Melbourne
Melbourne
to treat an injury that she had carried since Wimbledon 2003.

2009

Results were restricted significantly for the first half of the year while Rodionova strengthened her hip and built on-court fitness following the major hip operation in September 2008. She sustained a badly sprained ankle during 1st round singles at Los Angeles in July and was forced to retire. Rodionova represented Australia
Australia
at the US Open and equalled her career best 3rd round in singles before returning home to Melbourne
Melbourne
to receive intensive treatment on a heavily injured ankle and torn leg muscle. She withdrew from the tournament in Seoul to complete treatment and rejoined the WTA Tour in Tokyo, Japan. Rodionova's final tournament for 2009 was in Poiters, France
France
and she ended her season ranked back inside the Top 100 at 97.

2010

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Rodionova started the year the Brisbane Open falling in qualifying but making the doubles final. Then played Sydney fell in the last round of qualifying to Kimiko Date-Krumm , At the Australia
Australia
Open Rodionova lost to Kuznetsova 6–1 6–2, but partnered with Vera Dushevina to make the 3rd round of doubles, knocking off 5th Seeds Nadia Petrova and Sam Stosur en route. Rodionova then played numerous tournaments in Asia and Arab Emerates. Highlighted by a Quarterfinal showing at Kuala Lumpur, and 2nd round loses at Dubai and Pattaya City. Rodionova lost in qualifying at Indian Wells but qualified for the main draw of Miami
Miami
.

In doubles, Rodionova and her sister Arina Rodionova reached the finals in the 2010 Malaysian Open . The Rodionova sisters defeated top seeds Yan Zi and Alisa Kleybanova in straight sets in the second round. However, in the finals, they lost to second seeds Zheng Jie and Chan Yung-jan in a close two-setter and match tie breaker 7–6(4) 2–6 .

Rodionova's debut for the Australian Fed Cup team was in Kharkov, Ukraine
Ukraine
on 24 April 2010, where she opened the tie with an emphatic win over Alona Bondarenko , coming back from losing the first 7 games, 0–6 6–3 7–5. This gave Australia
Australia
a commanding 1–0 lead that set up Sam Stosur for 2 straight forward wins in her singles matches for a 3–0 defeat of Ukraine, securing Australia's place in World Group I for 2011. Rodionova also partnered with Rennae Stubbs to win the final rubber of doubles after Alicia Molik won her substituted singles match, giving Australia
Australia
a decisive 5–0 victory in the tie.

In the French Open, Rodionova defeated Ekaterina Makarova in the first round 6–3 6–2. Then caused an upset in the second round by defeating the 22nd seed Vera Zvonareva 6–4 6–4. However, she lost in the third round against fellow Australian Jarmila Groth 3–6 7–5 2–6.

At the Wimbledon Championships, Rodionova defeated Anne Keothavong 3–6 6–2 6–4 in the first round. She then upset the 19th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova in the second round 6–4 2–6 6–4 before falling to the 9th seed Li Na 1–6 3–6 in the third round.

Rodionova's next tournament was at the 2010 Western however, she ultimately won 3–6 6–2 7–5 in 2 hours and 17 minutes. In the first round of the main draw, Rodionova defeated Kazakh Yaroslava Shvedova 6–4 6–4. She is up against World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki in the second round. In doubles, Rodionova and Petrova advanced to the quarterfinals before losing. She then lost in the first round of the Brussels Ladies Open . At the French Open , she caused a major upset in the first round by defeating doubles partner and 26th seed Nadia Petrova in three sets. She is up against Romanian Edina Gallovits-Hall next. In doubles, Rodionova and Petrova are seeded ninth. They will play Alberta Brianti and Petra Martić . She is also competing in mixed doubles, with Mark Knowles . They lost the eventual champions Casey Dellacqua and Scott Lipsky in the first round.

Rodionova lost to Christina McHale in the first round of the Aegon Classic . At Wimbledon, she lost to Andrea Hlaváčková in the first round. In doubles, she continues her partnership with Nadia Petrova. They are currently playing in the quarterfinals.

Rodionova's first tournament back was the 2011 Bank of the West Classic , where she was defeated by Serena Williams in the first round in under 45 minutes. She partnered with Arina and lost in the quarterfinals in doubles. At the 2011 Mercury Insurance Open , she defeated Olga Govortsova in a tough three sets. She lost to 4th seed Peng Shuai
Peng Shuai
in the second round.

She then qualified for the 2011 Western "> At the 2013 Wimbledon Championships

2013

Rodionova began her 2013 season playing at the ASB Classic in Auckland . She lost in the second round of qualifying when she was forced to retire against Maryna Zanevska . In the doubles tournament, she partnered with relative-comeback Cara Black
Cara Black
and defeated three seeded teams along the way, to win her 5th WTA doubles title. At the Australian Open
Australian Open
, Rodionova was the 19th seed in qualifying, losing in the 2nd round of qualiyfing to Valeria Savinykh in three sets. It was the first time Rodionova failed to appear in the Main Draw of a Grand Slam since the 2009 Wimbledon Championships
2009 Wimbledon Championships
. In doubles, her and Cara Black lost in the third round to Nuria Llagostera Vives and Zheng Jie .

Rodionova continued on the WTA tour, winning her way through qualifying in her next two tournaments in Pattaya City and Doha . In Pattaya City , she won her first round match against