Katarina Srebotnik is a Slovenian professional tennis player. She reached her career-high singles ranking of world No. 20 on 7 August 2006. On 4 July 2011, she reached. Srebotnik was a steady top-30 player for several years. However, she had her best results on the doubles circuit, winning 39 titles, including one Grand Slam title, as well as five Grand Slam titles in mixed doubles; as junior, she was singles runner-up at the US Open. Srebotnik attained the second spot on the junior rankings in 1997 and 1998, she was mentored by Gabriela Sabatini. Srebotnik made her ITF debut in 1995, she won the ITF singles tournament in Zadar. In 1998, Srebotnik won her first Tour doubles title at the Makarska Open, became that year doubles runner-up at Maria Lankowitz. In 1999, her win at the ITF tournament in Dubai, gave her ‘feed up’ direct entry into her first-ever singles Tour event at Estoril, where she became the fourth player to win her Tour debut event by defeating Kuti Kis in the final, she broke into the top 100 on April 12, 1999 at No. 88.
Srebotnik reached the semifinals at Palermo, played in her first Grand Slam main draw at Roland Garros, losing in the second round. Srebotnik reached her first Tier I semifinal in Tokyo at the Pan Pacific, which she lost to Sandrine Testud. On 7 February 2000, Srebotnik broke into the top 50 at No. 49. She won her fourth career doubles title at Estoril, lost in the first round at the 2000 Olympics. Srebotnik and Križan won their only doubles title of 2001 at Hawaii, they reached their biggest doubles final of their career in Toronto at the Canadian Open by defeating Martina Navratilova & Arantxa Sánchez Vicario in the semifinal, they became doubles runner-up at Estoril. They qualified. Srebotnik reached a career-high doubles of No. 19 on 8 October. In 2002, Srebotnik reached the finals at Acapulco in the final, she reached the fourth round at Roland Garros, her career-best Grand Slam. She defeated Gala León García in the first round, Conchita Martínez Granados in the second and Émilie Loit in the third, before falling to No. 9 Jelena Dokić.
Srebotnik achieved her then-best win at Los Angeles by defeating No. 6 Kim Clijsters. She reached the semifinal in Luxembourg. Second appearances at the doubles season-ending championships with Krizan, losing in the first round. 2003 saw Srebotnik reaching her fourth tour final at Palermo. She won the Bogotá doubles title with Svensson, reached her second Tier I quarterfinal in Toronto at the Canadian Open, she won her second Grand Slam mixed-doubles title at this time with Bob Bryan. Her 2004 season was highlighted by reaching the semifinals at Palermo and the quarterfinals at Strasbourg and Forest Hills, she was a member of the Slovenian Fed Cup team, which suffered from a first-round loss against the U. S. team. Srebotnik was seeded third in Fes, but was upset by home-crowd favourite wildcard Bahia Mouhtassine, ranked 183 spots below Srebotnik, in the first round. At the Olympics, she lost in the second round in the first round in doubles. Srebotnik won her seventh doubles title in Tokyo at the Japan Open, but withdrew from the Pan Pacific, Bogotá, Acapulco and Indian Wells with a right elbow injury.
Her best season to date, highlighted by two singles and four doubles titles, her career-best victory over Amélie Mauresmo. Srebotnik captured her third and fourth career WTA Tour singles titles in Stockholm, she doubles titles twice. She finished runner-up at Portorož, losing to Klára Zakopalová in three sets in the final, she became runner-up in doubles with Kostanić. Srebotnik reached the quarterfinal five times, at Tier II at Antwerp, Tier I Charleston, Tier I Zurich and Hasselt, her best finish in a major was a third-round loss at Wimbledon to Maria Sharapova, but she was the only player to break the defending champion's serve before Sharapova's semifinal loss to Venus Williams. A new career-high singles ranking of No. 28 came on 7 November. In addition to Auckland and Stockholm, Srebotnik won doubles titles at Budapest and Hasselt, she reached the US Open mixed-doubles final. Srebotnik withdrew from Canberra with a left adductor strain. Srebotnik opened the 2006 season with an early exit at the Auckland Open.
Two weeks at the Australian Open she suffered a second round loss in singles but, with partner Shinobu Asagoe, she made it to the semifinals in doubles, losing to Yan Zi and Zheng Jie. Srebotnik's best singles showing until the French Open was a third round, straight set, loss at the Italian Open to Jelena Jankovic. Doubles was a different situation with titles won in Amelia Island. At
US Open (tennis)
The United States Open Tennis Championships is a hard court tennis tournament. The tournament is the modern version of one of the oldest tennis championships in the world, the U. S. National Championship, for which men's singles was first played in 1881. Since 1987, the US Open has been chronologically the fourth and final Grand Slam tournament of the year; the other three, in chronological order, are the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon. The US Open starts on the last Monday of August and continues for two weeks, with the middle weekend coinciding with the U. S. Labor Day holiday; the tournament consists of five primary championships: men's and women's singles, men's and women's doubles, mixed doubles. The tournament includes events for senior and wheelchair players. Since 1978, the tournament has been played on acrylic hard courts at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, New York City; the US Open is owned and organized by the United States Tennis Association, a non-profit organization, the chairperson of the US Open is Katrina Adams.
Revenue from ticket sales and television contracts are used to develop tennis in the United States. The US Open is the only Grand Slam tournament that employs tiebreakers in every set of a singles match. For the other three Grand Slam events, there are special scoring methods for a match that reaches 6–6 in the last possible set: in the French Open, the decisive set continues until a player takes a two-game lead, in Australia, an extended tiebreaker to 10 points is played, at Wimbledon, a tiebreaker is played only if the game score reaches 12–12; as with the US Open, those events use tiebreakers to decide the other sets. The US Open is the only Grand Slam tournament with 16 qualifiers in the women's singles draw; the tournament was first held in August 1881 on grass courts at the Newport Casino in Newport, Rhode Island. That year, only clubs that were members of the United States National Lawn Tennis Association were permitted to enter. Richard Sears won the men's singles at this tournament, the first of his seven consecutive singles titles.
From 1884 through 1911, the tournament used a challenge system whereby the defending champion automatically qualified for the next year's final, where he would play the winner of the all-comers tournament. In 1915, the national championship was relocated to the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, New York City; the effort to relocate it to New York City began as early as 1911 when a group of tennis players, headed by New Yorker Karl Behr, started working on it. In the first years of the U. S. National Championship, only men competed and the tournament was known as the U. S. National Singles Championships for Men. In 1887, six years after the men's nationals were first held, the first U. S. Women's National Singles Championship was held at the Philadelphia Cricket Club; the winner was 17-year-old Philadelphian Ellen Hansell. This was followed by the introduction of the U. S. Women's National Doubles Championship in 1899 and the U. S. Mixed Doubles Championship in 1892; the women's tournament used a challenge system from 1888 through 1918, except in 1917.
Between 1890 and 1906, sectional tournaments were held in the east and the west of the country to determine the best two doubles teams, which competed in a play-off for the right to compete against the defending champions in the challenge round. In early 1915, a group of about 100 tennis players signed a petition in favor of moving the tournament, they argued that most tennis clubs and fans were located in the New York City area and that it would therefore be beneficial for the development of the sport to host the national championship there. This view was opposed by another group of players that included eight former national singles champions; this contentious issue was brought to a vote at the annual USNLTA meeting on February 5, 1915, with 128 votes in favor of and 119 against relocation. From 1921 through 1923, the tournament was played at the Germantown Cricket Club in Philadelphia, it returned to the West Side Tennis Club in 1924 following completion of the 14,000-seat Forest Hills Stadium.
Although many regarded it as a major championship, the International Lawn Tennis Federation designated it as one of the world's major tournaments commencing in 1924. At the 1922 U. S. National Championships, the draw seeded players for the first time to prevent the leading players from playing each other in the early rounds; the open era began in 1968 when professional tennis players were allowed to compete for the first time at the Grand Slam tournament held at the West Side Tennis Club. The previous U. S. National Championships had been limited to amateur players. Except for mixed doubles, all events at the 1968 national tournament were open to professionals; that year, 96 men and 63 women entered, prize money totaled US$100,000. In 1970, the US Open became the first Grand Slam tournament to use a tiebreaker to decide a set that reached a 6–6 score in games. From 1970 through 1974, the US Open used a best-of-nine-point sudden-death tiebreaker before moving to the International Tennis Federation's best-of-twelve points system.
In 1973, the US Open became the first Grand Slam tournament to award equal prize money to men and women, with that year's singles champions, John Newcombe and Margaret Court, receiving US$25,000 each. Beginning in 1975, the tournament was played on clay courts instead of grass, floodlights allowed matches to be played at night. In 1978, the tournament moved from the West Side Tennis Club to the larger and newly constructed USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, three miles to the north; the tournam
1999 French Open
The 1999 French Open was a tennis tournament that took place on the outdoor clay courts at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France. The tournament was held from 24 May until 6 June, it was the 103rd staging of the French Open, the second Grand Slam tennis event of 1999. Andre Agassi defeated Andrei Medvedev, 1–6, 2–6, 6–4, 6–3, 6–4 • It was Agassi's 4th career Grand Slam singles title and his 1st and only title at the French Open. Steffi Graf defeated Martina Hingis, 4–6, 7–5, 6–2 • It was Graf's 22nd and last career Grand Slam singles title and her 6th title at the French Open. Mahesh Bhupathi / Leander Paes defeated Goran Ivanišević / Jeff Tarango, 6–2, 7–5 • It was Bhupathi's 1st career Grand Slam doubles title. • It was Paes' 1st career. Serena Williams / Venus Williams defeated Martina Hingis / Anna Kournikova, 6–3, 6–7, 8–6 • It was S. Williams' 1st career Grand Slam doubles title. • It was V. Williams' 1st career. Katarina Srebotnik / Piet Norval defeated Larisa Neiland / Rick Leach, 6–3, 3–6, 6–3 • It was Srebotnik's 1st career Grand Slam mixed doubles title.
• It was Norval's only career Grand Slam mixed doubles title. Guillermo Coria def. David Nalbandian, 6–4, 6–3 Lourdes Domínguez Lino defeated Stéphanie Foretz, 6–4, 6–4 Irakli Labadze / Lovro Zovko defeated Kristian Pless / Olivier Rochus, 6–1, 7–6 Flavia Pennetta / Roberta Vinci defeated Mia Buric / Kim Clijsters, 7–5, 5–7, 6–4 Men's Singles French Open official website
The French Open called Roland-Garros, is a major tennis tournament held over two weeks between late May and early June at the Stade Roland-Garros in Paris, France. The venue is named after the French aviator Roland Garros, it is the premier clay court tennis championship event in the world and the second of four annual Grand Slam tournaments, the other three being the Australian Open and the US Open. The French Open is the only Grand Slam event held on clay, it is the zenith of the spring clay court season; because of the seven rounds needed for a championship, the slow-playing surface and the best-of-five-set men's singles matches, the event is considered to be the most physically demanding tennis tournament in the world. Named in French Championnats Internationaux de France de tennis and Tournoi de Roland-Garros, the tournament is referred to in English as the "French Open" and alternatively as "Roland Garros", the designation used by the tournament itself in all languages. French spelling rules dictate that in the name of a place or event named after a person, the elements of the name are joined together with a hyphen.
Therefore, the names of the stadium and the tournament are hyphenated as Roland-Garros. In 1891 the Championnat de France, referred to in English as the French Championships, began, they were only open to tennis players. The first winner was a Briton—H. Briggs—who was a Paris resident; the first women's singles tournament, with four entries, was held in 1897. The mixed doubles event was added in 1902 and the women's doubles in 1907; this "French club members only" tournament was played until 1924, using four different venues during that period: Île de Puteaux, in Puteaux, played on sand laid out on a bed of rubble. The Racing Club de France, played on clay. For one year, 1909, it was played at the Société Athlétique de la Villa Primrose in Bordeaux, on clay. Tennis Club de Paris, at Auteuil, played on clay. Another tournament, the World Hard Court Championships, is sometimes considered the precursor to the French Open as it was open to international competitors, it was held on clay courts at Stade Français in Saint-Cloud from 1912 to 1914 after World War I, was contested there again in 1920, 1921 and 1923, with the 1922 tournament held at Brussels, Belgium.
Winners of this tournament included world No. 1's such as Tony Wilding from New Zealand and Bill Tilden from the US. In 1924 there was no World Hard Court Championships due to tennis being played at the Paris Olympic Games. In 1925, the French Championships became open to all amateurs internationally and was designated a major championship by the ILTF, it was held at the Stade Français on clay courts. In 1926 the Racing Club de France hosted the event in Paris, site of the previous French Championship on clay. After the Mousquetaires or Philadelphia Four won the Davis Cup on American soil in 1927, the French decided to defend the cup in 1928 at a new tennis stadium at Porte d'Auteuil; the Stade de France had offered the tennis authorities three hectares of land with the condition that the new stadium must be named after the World War I pilot, Roland Garros. The new Stade de Roland Garros, its Center Court hosted that Davis Cup challenge. In 1928, the French Internationals were moved there, the event has been held there since.
During World War II the tournament was held from 1941 through 1945 on the same grounds but these editions are not recognized by the French governing body, Fédération Française de Tennis. In 1946 and 1947, the French Championships were held after Wimbledon, making it the third Grand Slam event of the year. In 1968, the French Championships became the first Grand Slam tournament to go open, allowing both amateurs and professionals to compete. Since 1981, new prizes have been presented: the Prix Citron and the Prix Bourgeon. In another novelty, since 2006 the tournament has begun on a Sunday, featuring 12 singles matches played on the three main courts. Additionally, on the eve of the tournament's opening, the traditional Benny Berthet exhibition day takes place, where the profits go to different charity associations. In March 2007, it was announced that the event would provide equal prize money for both men and women in all rounds for the first time. In 2010, it was announced that the French Open was considering a move away from Roland Garros as part of a continuing rejuvenation of the tournament.
Plans to renovate and expand Roland Garros have put aside any such consideration, the tournament remains in its long time home. Clay courts slow down the ball and produce a high bounce when compared to grass courts or hard courts. For this reason, clay courts take away some of the advantages of big servers and serve-and-volleyers, which makes it hard for these types of players to dominate on the surface. For example, Pete Sampras, known for his huge serve and who won 14 Grand Slam titles, never won the French Open – his best result was reaching the semi-finals in 1996. Other notable players who have won multiple Grand Slam events but have never won the French Open i
Dinara Mubinovna Safina is a former world No. 1 Russian tennis player. Safina was runner-up in singles at the 2008 French Open, 2009 Australian Open, the 2009 French Open, falling to Ana Ivanovic, Serena Williams, Svetlana Kuznetsova, respectively, she has had success at Grand Slam events in women's doubles by winning the 2007 US Open with Nathalie Dechy. She won the Olympic silver medal in women's singles at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Safina retired in 2014 after a lengthy absence from the tour since 2011 due to an ongoing back injury, she is the younger sister of former world No. 1 men's player Marat Safin. The brother-sister pair are the first to both achieve No. 1 rankings. Safina was born in Russia to Tatar parents, her mother, Rauza Islanova, was her trainer. Her brother Marat is a former world No. 1 on the ATP Tour. Speaking of growing up in such a successful tennis family, Safina stated: "Being the little sister in such a big tennis family is not an easy situation. Maybe that's.
My father is competitive, but my parents didn't put pressure on me. I wanted to find my identity. I wanted to be something by myself, like being a big player by myself. So at the beginning I was putting too much pressure on myself, but gradually I found myself, I learned how to do better with that situation." At age 8, Safina and her family moved to Valencia, as a result Safina speaks fluent Spanish as well as Russian and English. Safina's idols growing up were Martina Hingis and Lindsay Davenport. More she has stated that she idolises Rafael Nadal. Safina is an aggressive baseliner who likes to take the ball on the rise with full power on every shot, her sharp angled forehand can force a return that she can hit with a big and heavy forehand for a winner. Her backhand can be flat and devastating, she boasts a powerful first serve. Her primary weakness is her mental toughness in Grand Slam finals, although it has improved, her emotions on court can hurt her game. A tenacious fighter, Safina made several notable comebacks, including at the 2008 French Open: down 6–7, 2–5 against Maria Sharapova, she fought off match point and won 6–7, 7–6, 6–2.
She was regarded as one of the most healthy and fit players on tour. Though an adequate lateral mover, she tends to avoid net play. Safina was coached by Glen Schaap, former coach of Anna Chakvetadze and Nadia Petrova, Željko Krajan, who worked with her during her rise to No. 1 in 2009. From May 2010, she began working with Gastón Etlis, their partnership ended after several months and in February 2011 she begun working with Davide Sanguinetti. Safina made her debut in the main draw of a WTA Tour tournament in May 2002, on clay at Estoril, where she lost in the semifinals, she won her first title of her career in Sopot, defeating two seeds – including world No. 24 Patty Schnyder – en route to the final, which she won when opponent Henrieta Nagyová retired during the second set. In doing so, she became the youngest Tour champion in four years and the first qualifier to win a title in three years, she entered the top 100 on the world rankings as a result of this win. That year, Safina made her debut at a Grand Slam, losing in the second round of the US Open to top seed and eventual champion Serena Williams.
In October, in Moscow, she defeated a top 20 player for the first time, world No. 14 Silvia Farina Elia. She finished the season as world No. 68. Safina won her second title over Katarina Srebotnik at Palermo in July 2003, she lost in the first round in her debuts at the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon, although she reached the fourth round at the US Open before losing to second seed and eventual champion Justine Henin. She made the quarterfinals in Doha and Shanghai, she beat world No. 11 Magdalena Maleeva in her best win at that point. She finished the season as world No. 54. At the Australian Open, Safina defeated a seed at a Grand Slam for the first time, upsetting 27th seed Amanda Coetzer in the second round before losing to second seed Kim Clijsters in the third round. However, she failed to make an impact at any of the other Grand Slams, losing in the second round of the French Open and the first round of both Wimbledon and the US Open, although she pushed eventual runner-up Elena Dementieva to three sets in the latter.
She made the third final of her career and first off of clay in October at Luxembourg, losing to Alicia Molik. She finished the season as world No. 44, her first time finishing in the world's top 50. Safina continued to climb the rankings in 2005. At the Australian Open, she lost in the second round to Amélie Mauresmo. However, she defeated Mauresmo in the final in Paris three weeks in order to win the third title of her career; this marked her first win over a player ranked in the top 5. Following her win, Safina remarked: "You can't imagine. I can't find words to explain. It's by far the best day of my career. I took my chances and beat a top 5 player. It's just too much in one day."Safina won her second title of 2005 in May at Prague, defeating Zuzana Ondrášková in the final. However, she lost in the first round of the French Open to Virginie Razzano, she won a match at Wimbledon for the first time losing in the third round to top seed Lindsay Davenport. After losing in the first round of the US Open to Maria Elena Camerin, Safina made three semifinals in the fall – in Luxembourg, the T
2002 French Open
The 2002 French Open was the second Grand Slam event of 2002 and the 106th edition of the French Open. It took place at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, from late May through early June, 2002. Both Gustavo Kuerten and Jennifer Capriati were unsuccessful in defending their 2001 titles. Costa won his only Grand Slam title. Serena Williams defeated her sister Venus to win her second Grand Slam title, her first French Open title, the first of four consecutive Grand Slams in what was to be called the "Serena Slam". Albert Costa defeated Juan Carlos Ferrero, 6–1, 6–0, 4–6, 6–3 It was Costa's 1st title of the year, his 12th overall, it was his 1st career Grand Slam title. Serena Williams defeated Venus Williams, 7–5, 6–3 It was Serena's 4th title of the year, her 15th overall, it was her 2nd career Grand Slam title, her 1st French Open title. Paul Haarhuis / Yevgeny Kafelnikov defeated Mark Knowles / Daniel Nestor, 7–5, 6–4 Virginia Ruano Pascual / Paola Suárez defeated Lisa Raymond / Rennae Stubbs, 6–4, 6–2 Cara Black / Wayne Black defeated Elena Bovina / Mark Knowles, 6–3, 6–3 Richard Gasquet defeated Laurent Recouderc, 6–0, 6–1 Angelique Widjaja defeated Ashley Harkleroad, 3–6, 6–1, 6–4 Markus Bayer / Philipp Petzschner defeated Ryan Henry / Todd Reid, 7–5, 6–4 Anna-Lena Grönefeld / Barbora Strýcová defeated Su-Wei Hsieh / Svetlana Kuznetsova 7–5, 7–5 French Open official website
2003 French Open
The 2003 French Open was the second Grand Slam event of 2003 and the 107th edition of the French Open. It took place at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, from May 26 through June 8, 2003. Both Albert Costa and Serena Williams were unsuccessful in their title defences, both being defeated in the semi-finals by eventual champions Juan Carlos Ferrero and Justine Henin-Hardenne respectively. Ferrero won his first Grand Slam title, defeating Martin Verkerk in the final, Henin-Hardenne, who had won the event in 1997 as a junior, won after defeating Serena Williams, who had won the previous four Grand Slam events, in the semi-final and compatriot and rival Kim Clijsters in the final in straight sets. For Henin-Hardenne, it was the first of seven Grand Slam titles, the first of four French Open titles. Juan Carlos Ferrero defeated Martin Verkerk, 6–1, 6–3, 6–2 It was Ferrero's 3rd title of the year, his 10th overall, it was his only Grand Slam title. Justine Henin-Hardenne defeated Kim Clijsters, 6–0, 6–4 It was Henin's 4th title of the year, her 10th overall.
It was her 1st of 7 career Grand Slam titles, the first of her four French Open singles titles. Mike Bryan / Bob Bryan defeated Paul Haarhuis / Yevgeny Kafelnikov, 7–6, 6–3 It was Michael and Robert's 1st career Grand Slam title. Kim Clijsters / Ai Sugiyama defeated Virginia Ruano Pascual / Paola Suárez, 6–7, 6–2, 9–7 It was Clijsters's 1st career Grand Slam title, it was Sugiyama's 2nd career Grand Slam title, her 1st French Open title. Lisa Raymond / Mike Bryan defeated Elena Likhovtseva / Mahesh Bhupathi, 6–3, 6–4 Stanislas Wawrinka defeated Brian Baker, 7–5, 4–6, 6–3 Anna-Lena Grönefeld defeated Vera Dushevina, 6–4, 6–4 György Balázs / Dudi Sela defeated Kamil Čapkovič / Lado Chikhladze, 5–7, 6–1, 6–2 Marta Fraga Pérez / Adriana González Peñas defeated Kateřina Böhmová / Michaëlla Krajicek, 6–0, 6–3 French Open official website