Anna Chakvetadze

Born Mar 5, 1987
Nationality Russian Federation Russian Federation

Russian Anna Djambulilovna Chakvetadze was born in Moscow on March 5, 1987 to her father Djambuli (Georgian) and mother Natalia (Ukrainian). She began to plat tennis when she was 8 after her mother introduced her to the sport. It was her father, however, who accompanied her to competitions.

In 2003, Chakvetadze turned professional. December of that year, she became the world’s top 22 junior where she recorded 67-19 in singles. In November 2001, the Russian-born athlete had her first taste in ITF circuit in Belarus. After snagging an ITF title, she became a member of the ATP.

Chakvetadze’s first experience of a Grand Slam tournament was in 2004 during the U.S. Open. In that event, she beat Anastasia Myskina, then World No. 3, making her the second fastest player to beat a World Top 10. Tying with her in the same record is top seed Serena Williams. She permeated through the Top 100 WTA rankings when she grabbed the No. 91 spot. The year after, in 2005, she became World No. 16 and won her first and second WTA titles.

Her encounters in 2007 with top seed Maria Sharapova were not successful since Sharapova beat her in the quarterfinals of both the Australian and French Opens. She reached her first semifinals for a Grand Slam event at the U.S. Open but lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova 3-6, 6-1, 6-1. At the Sony Ericsson Championships, en route to the semifinals, she managed to defeat tennis superstars Serena Williams and Justine Henin. Her way to the finals was however, again hampered stopped by Maria Sharapova.

In 2008, Chakvetadze became World No. 6 sandwiched between the Williams sisters, Serena as World No. 5 and Venus as World No. 7.

Chakvetadze has a record of 212-100 and has seized 7 WTA titles and 1 ITF title to date.

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