Viktor Troicki (born 10 February 1986 in Belgrade) is a Serbian professional tennis player. Viktor Troicki has Serb and Russian ethnic roots.
His paternal grandparents emigrated from Tver to Serbia in 1917.
His career high ranking is #24, achieved on 3 August 2009. He won his first ATP singles title at the 2010 Kremlin Cup, beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second round and Marcos Baghdatis in the final.
He also won an ATP doubles title with Christopher Kas at the 2010 PTT Thailand Open.
However, his biggest achievement was winning the deciding rubber in Serbia’s Davis Cup final against France in 2010.
2010: Troicki began the year by competing in the 2010 Qatar ExxonMobil Open as the 5th seed. Were he advanced to the semifinals after defeating Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-1 7-5, Olivier Rochus 6-2 6-2, and Łukasz Kubot 4-6 6-4 7-6(1) but lost to Rafael Nadal 6-1 6-3. At the 2010 Medibank International Sydney, he beat Florent Serra 7-6(5) 6-4 in the first round and lost to Marcos Baghdatis in the second round 7-5, 6-3. He then lost in the second round of the 2010 Australian Open to Florian Mayer 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(2), 6-1. On the 2010 PBZ Zagreb Indoors, he was upset by Michael Berrer 6-4, 6-3 in the Quarterfinals after defeating Rainer Schüttler 6-3, 6-2 and Mikhail Kukushkin 7-5, 7-5. He then retired against Jürgen Melzer in the first round of the 2010 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament due to an elbow injury being 6-3, 3-0 down. He then competed in the 2010 Dubai Tennis Championships where he lost to compatriot Novak Djokovic in the second round. In the 2010 BNP Paribas Open he lost in the 4th round to Tomáš Berdych 6-1, 6-3 having only played and won 1 game in the previous rounds, as he received a bye when his second round opponent Pablo Cuevas retired after 1 game and Nikolay Davydenko withdrew. In the 2010 Sony Ericsson Open he lost to David Nalbandian in a close match 3-6, 6-4, 4-6 in the second round after receiving a bye.
In the start of the clay season Troicki competed in the 2010 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters losing to 12th seed Tommy Robredo in the second round after defeating Łukasz Kubot 4-6, 6-2, 6-2. In October 2010 Viktor won his first ever ATP World Tour title in Moscow, defeating Marcos Baghdatis in final 3-6, 6-4, 6-3. On his road to title, he has also eliminated Dmitry Tursunov, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Horacio Zeballos and Pablo Cuevas.
Troicki was part of Serbia’s Davis Cup team that reached the final for the first time in their history in 2010. He was initially overlooked for the singles rubbers, but after compatriot Janko Tipsarević was beaten by Gael Monfils in straight sets Troicki was chosen to play the final singles rubber, as well as the doubles. With Serbia and France tied at 2-2, Troicki won the deciding match 6-2 6-2 6-3 against Michael Llodra to clinch Serbia’s first Davis Cup, a triumph labeled by national coach Bogdan Obradović as “the greatest sporting triumph in Serbia’s history”.
Serena Jameka Williams (born September 26, 1981) is an American professional tennis player who is a former World No. 1 and currently ranked World No. 4 in singles and No. 5 in doubles with sister Venus Williams. The Women’s Tennis Association has ranked her World No. 1 in singles on five separate occasions. She is considered to be one of the greatest women’s tennis players of all-time in a career hampered by numerous injuries. She regained this ranking for the fifth time on November 2, 2009. She became the World No. 1 for the first time on July 8, 2002.
Williams is the reigning champion in both singles and women’s doubles at the Australian Open, in singles at Wimbledon, and in women’s doubles at the French Open. Her 27 Grand Slam titles places her ninth on the all-time list: 13 in singles, 12 in women’s doubles, and 2 in mixed doubles. She is the most recent player, male or female, to have held all four Grand Slam singles titles simultaneously and only the fifth woman in history to do so. Her 13 Grand Slam singles titles is sixth on the all-time list. Williams ranks fourth in Grand Slam women’s singles titles won during the open era, behind Steffi Graf (22 titles) and Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova (18 titles each). She has won more Grand Slam titles in singles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles than any other active female player.
Williams has won two Olympic gold medals in women’s doubles. She has won more career prize money than any other female athlete in history. Serena has played younger sister Venus in 23 professional matches since 1998, with Serena winning 13 of these matches. They have met in eight Grand Slam finals, with Serena winning six times. Beginning with the 2002 French Open, they played each other in four consecutive Grand Slam singles finals, which was the first time in the open era that the same two players had contested four consecutive Grand Slam finals. The pair have won 12 Grand Slam doubles titles together.
Simona Halep (born September 27, 1991 in Constanţa, Romania) is a tennis player playing on the ITF Women’s Circuit and the WTA Tour. She is well known among tennis fans for her aggressive style of play.
Halep started playing tennis at age four, in emulation of her older brother. She has self-described her playing style as being “an aggressive baseliner, while New York Times columnist Michael Kimmelman described her as “a scrappy player from Romania, short but with potent ground strokes and a scrambler’s talent.”
2010: In January she entered the Australian Open, but lost to Stéphanie Foretz of France 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in the first round of qualifying.
She was as of April 5, 2010 ranked 166th in the world.
Her breakthrough on the WTA tour occurred during the 2010 Andalucia Tennis Experience on the clay courts of Marbella, Spain. As a qualifier, she advanced to the quarterfinals with wins over world #70 Iveta Benešová and world #36 Sorana Cîrstea. She then put up a fight against world No.16 Flavia Pennetta, but was finally beaten by the No. 2 seed 6-4, 7-6(4).
Halep then qualified for the 2010 Barcelona Ladies Open by winning 3 matches, but was defeated in the first round of the main draw by Carla Suárez Navarro 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
Halep’s impressive form continued into the 2010 Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem in Fes. Seeded first in the qualifying round, she successfully qualified by defeating Nathalie Vierin 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 and Estrella Cabeza Candela 6-1, 6-1. In the first round she defeated No. 8 seed Lucie Hradecká 7-5, 6-1. In the second round she feated Olga Savchuk 6-3, 6-1 before causing a big upset in the quarter-finals where she defeated No. 2 seed and former top 10 player Patty Schnyder 6-2, 7-6 (3). In the semi-final she defeated Renata Voráčová 7-5, 6-4 to advance to her first WTA Tour Tournament final. But she lost to Voráčová’s Czech compatriot Iveta Benešová 4-6, 2-6 in final.
In May 2010 Halep qualified for the French Open, defeating Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-4, 6-7, 6-4 in the final round of qualifying. She was defeated 7-5, 6-1 in the first round by seventh seed Samantha Stosur.
In August 2010 Halep faced Jelena Janković at the U.S. Open in the first round. Halep had a chance to win an upset victory over Jankovic but was broken while serving for the set at 5-4 in the third. In the end, Jankovic won 6-4, 4-6, 7-5.
Country: Romania Residence: Constanţa, Romania Date of birth: September 27, 1991 (1991-09-27) (age 19) Place of birth: Constanţa, Romania Height: 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in) Weight: 64 kg (140 lb) Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Sania Mirza (born November 15, 1986), is an Indian tennis player. She began her tennis career in 2003. In 2004 she was awarded the Arjuna award by the Indian Government. She is known for her powerful forehand ground strokes.
Sania Mirza is current youth icon of India. Sania Mirza created history in tennis by becoming the first ever Indian to break into the top 50 WTA rankings. Sania’s stellar play and winning personality has won her an Arjuna Award, India’s top sports honor. Sania has also appeared on the South Asian cover of TIME magazine where she was included in the publication’s list of “Asia’s 50 heroes.” Sania Mirza recently became the first Indian to be seeded number one in a WTA event. Sania Mirza only 22 has a huge fan base in India and is turning heads all over the world. Sania Mirza is celebrated and adulated for her attitude towards life, her fashion sense and her immense talent.
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Personal life: In 2009, Sania Mirza got engaged with a childhood friend Sohrab Mirza, however this engagement did not last long. Mirza married Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik on April 12, 2010. The wedding was held in Hyderabad, India while the walima reception was held in Sialkot, Pakistan. The couple plan to settle down in Dubai.
Ana Ivanovic (born November 6, 1987, in Belgrade, SR Serbia, Yugoslavia) is a former World No. 1 Serbian tennis player. As of November 8, 2010, she is ranked World No. 17 on the WTA rankings. She won the 2008 French Open and was the runner-up in singles at the 2007 French Open and the 2008 Australian Open.
Personal: Started playing tennis at the age of five after watching it on TV (a match of Monica Seles), remembering the phone number to a local tennis school and begging her parents to take her; was given a racquet for fifth birthday and immediately fell in love with the game
Mother, Dragana, is a lawyer; father, Miroslav, is a businessman; brother, Milos, is four years Ana’s junior; the whole family likes sports, but none played tennis before Ana
Best shot is the forehand; likes all surfaces
Has been part of the adidas Player Development Program since 2006 and has consequently worked on and off with coach Sven Groeneveld
Appointed Damian Prasad as fitness trainer in December 2009
Likes watching movies (especially thrillers), reading and listening to music (pop and R&B); also enjoys shopping, fashion; favourite TV shows are 24, Lost and Prison Break
Favourite food is sushi; favourite drinks are water, fresh pineapple juice and mango smoothies
Speaks fluent English, Serbian and some Spanish
Favourite places to visit are Melbourne, where she has some family, Mallorca, Paris and Rome
Self-described as strong-willed, sensitive, determined and extremely competitive
Most admires her family for all the support they give her
Admires Roger Federer for his professionalism on and off the court
Residence Basel, Switzerland Date of Birth November 6, 1987 Birthplace Belgrade, Serbia Height 6’1 (1.86 m) Weight 152 lbs. (69 kg) Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand) Status Pro (August 2003)
Junior Wimbledon runner-up 2004
Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Most Improved Player 2005
US Open Series champion 2006
Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Most Improved Player 2007
Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Karen Krantzcke Sportmanship Award 2007
UNICEF National Ambassador for Serbia
Nominated for U.S. Secretary of State’s 2007 International Women of Courage Award
AIPS Women’s Tennis Player of the Year 2008
German Tennis Magazine Michael Westphal Award 2008
Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Diamond ACES Award 2008
International Tennis Writer’s Association Ambassador of the Year 2008
Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Humanitarian Award 2009
Has won the tennisreporters.net Sexiest Female Player award for the last five straight years (2005-2009)
Finished 11th on FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2009 list
Named the best-looking tennis player of all-time by The Age newspaper
In October 2008 won Die Bild newspaper’s reader poll for “most beautiful body” in sport
In December 2008 was named “best looking” female tennis player by The Globe & Mail newspaper
Maria Yuryevna Kirilenko (January 25, 1987) is a Russian professional tennis player. Kirilenko turned pro in 2002. In 2006, she was selected to be the face of Adidas by Stella McCartney. She appeared in the 2009 Sports Illustrated…
Maria Yuryevna Kirilenko (born in Moscow on 25 January 1987) is a Russian professional tennis player. Kirilenko won her first WTA Tour title in 2005, defeating Anna-Lena Grönefeld in the China Open. Kirilenko reached 18, her career-high singles ranking, on the WTA tour in July 2008. She won the junior event at the 2002 Canadian Open, as well as the 2002 US Open junior tournament. She has reached one Grand Slam quarterfinal at the 2010 Australian Open. As of 25 October 2010, Kirilenko is ranked World No. 19.
Residence: Moscow, Russia
Date of birth: 25 January 1987
Place of birth: Moscow, Soviet Union now Russia
Height: 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight: 57.6 kg (127 lb; 9.07 st)
Turned pro: 2001
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Jelena Janković (born February 28, 1985 in Belgrade) is a former World No. 1 Serbian professional tennis player. She was runner up at the 2008 US Open and currently ranked World No. 7.
Career: The first tennis moves Jelena has learned in Tennis Club “Red star”. Into her original club, for which she oficially plays nowadays, Jelena came when she was 9 advised by her older brother Marko. After only few trainings, Jelena Jankovic started to single out from a number of talented girls for her extra talent. Then a period of hard work in Belgrade, at the time when it was almost impossible to provide all the necessary training conditions to practise tennis at the highest level. However, thanks to her family and club, Jelena has come out of that period as one of the best young tennis players in Eastern Europe. Her great performances in young category competitions were simply the introduction into her extraordinary junior competition matches.
Extrodinary talents are always recognised, even from isolated Serbia. Jelena’s talent was noticed by the most famous and best coach today Nick Bolletieri. Young girl from Belgrade has soon after that become the member of the famous Bolletieri tennis camp on Florida. From that moment her sensational raise to the world’s top, has started that culminated with Jelena’s winning the junior Australian Open in 2001. It was at that very season when the whole world recognized the hairess of Monika Seles. Eventhough she sencerely admires Monika and lesembles former tennis queen’s playing style, Jelena went her own way and started her own career. In 2001 she became second at US Open and was a finalist of prestigious Orange Bowl. That year Jelena ended as the best ranked tennis player in junior world competition and in her country she became the best young sportwoman. At the same time with junior competitions she played senior tournaments. She entered number of ITF tournaments, but her first WTA tournament was at Masters in Indian Wells.
The year of 2002 Jelena Jankovic used to transfer to senior competitions as less painfull as possible. She began that season as 361th and ended as 194th player on the world. That year she played her first ITF final and qualification matches at US Open. She will remember that period for few matches against players from the very top, nevertheless she will remember esspecially the match against number 17 on the WTA list Daja Bedanova, when she won.
In 2003 Jelena menaged to accomplish all three goals she had planned to. She entered the group of first 100 players on the world’s WTA circuit, she played matches at Grand slams and won her first senior trophy. As number 85 on the WTA list Jelena ended this season, which means she had moved towards top of the list for 109 places. At that year’s Australian Open she passed the first round , while in the second round she was defeted by Amanda Kucer. Once again she proved that she played her best at the courts on the Australian Open, which she prefered the best. It was the year she played numerous senior tournaments in Miami, Casablanca, Budapest, Rome, Shangay, Philadelphia, ect. She did well at ITF circuit, sucessfully ending the season with the tournament in Dubai where she won her first title.
Striptease First, Tennis Later Video
Success waited for Jelena in 2004. She moved 57 places on the WTA list and ended that year as 19th European tennis player, 28th on the WTA list with total of 1063 points. Out of first 30 tennis players on the world she had most played matches on the different tournaments. Among first fifty players only Check player Iveta Benesova had played more matches. The best Serbian tennis player played in 2004 at all four Grand Slam tournaments passing first rounds in Paris and London, and second rounds in New York and Melbourn. In the middle of April in 2004, as eight seed player Jelena won her first professional title in Budapest. On her way to title she won matches against Marrero, Vinci, Cervanova, Pennetta and in her final match she defeated Martina Sucha with the resoult 7:6 6:3. Also, in 2004 Jelena played one semi-final and six quarter-final matches. As total she won 39 single matches, including the one in Atens, where she represented Serbia and Montenegro as the only tennis player from our country on the 2004 Olympic Games. At the end of 2004 Jelena Jankovic was presented as the best tennis player in Serbia and Montenegro.
Jelena in the national team
For federation Cup nationl team of Serbia and Montenegro Jelena Jankovic first played when she was 16. Her first official match for national team Jelena played on April 24th 2001 on the tournament in Mursia and won against Polish player Katarina Strazi ( 6:2 6:3 ). For her country ( first Yugoslavia, then SMn ) Jelena has played thirteen matches, so far. She won 8 of those matches and lost 5. In 2004 she played 4 times and remained undefeated at the competition of the first Afro-European group of the Fed Cup.
Jelena in private
Eventhough Jelena’s biggest love and occupation is tennis she tries to make as much free time as possible to spend it with her family, friends and for her own pleasure.
Through her all career so far her family was always on the top of her priorites ( her father Veselin, brothers Marko and Stefan, and esspecially her mother Snezana, who escorts Jelena on her major world tours ). Jelena’s parents are economists and brothers are students. There are some members of her family who played tennis for pleasure but Jelena is the first one to do it professionally.
Jelena loves to travel, read and watch TV in her free time. The favourite book is “The bridge on the Drina”, ( by famous Serbian Nobel prize winner Ivo Andric ) her favourite film is “Titanic”and actor Robert de Niro.
Jelena speaks English, as well French language since she went to French diplomatic school in Belgrade. Jelena has, also, attended piano lessons. Today, Jelena is a student of a private “Megatrend” colledge in Belgrade.
Family and early life: Janković was born in Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia, as the third child of Veselin and Snežana, two economists. She also has two brothers, Marko and Stefan. She is a student at the Megatrend University in Belgrade, studying economics; however, she has put her course of study on indefinite hold as she continues to pursue her tennis career. Janković learned her first tennis skills at the Tennis Club ‘Red Star’. As a nine-and-a-half year old she was introduced to tennis by her elder brother and fitness coach Marko. She was later trained at the Tennis Academy of Nick Bollettieri. As a junior she won the 2001 Australian Open. In 2001, she started to play on the WTA Tour; she reached the second round at her first tournament at the Indian Wells Masters.
In October 2003, Janković entered the top 100 at No. 90 for the first time after winning her first ITF title in Dubai. Three months later, Janković garnered her first top 10 win against Elena Dementieva 6–1, 6–4 in the first round of the 2004 Australian Open. In May, Janković won her first WTA title, a Tier V event, in Budapest, defeating Martina Suchá in the final 7–6, 6–3. Following her win in Budapest, she reached No. 51 in the world. Elsewhere in her 2004 season, she defeated top 20 players Nadia Petrova (twice), Vera Zvonareva, Patty Schnyder and Paola Suárez. Janković finished 2004 ranked No. 28 in the world.
She was ranked World No. 1 for seventeen consecutive weeks until she was overtaken by Serena Williams on February 2, 2009. She was the year-end World No. 1 in 2008, the second player in the history of the WTA tour to do this without winning a Grand Slam title, after Kim Clijsters.
Janković has reached the singles final of the US Open and the singles semifinals of the Australian Open and the French Open. In 2007, she became the first Serbian player to win a Grand Slam Title when she won the Wimbledon mixed doubles title with British partner Jamie Murray.
She is also known for being one of the most consistent Top 10 players, entering it in early 2007 and never falling out of Top 10 ever since.