|Intro||Russian tennis player|
|Is||Athlete Tennis player|
|Birth||3 July 1991, Samara|
Anastasia Sergeyevna Pavlyuchenkova (Russian: Анастаси́я Серге́евна Павлюче́нкова, Russian pronunciation: [ɐnəstɐˈsʲijə sʲɪrˈɡʲejɪvnə pəvlʲʊˈtɕɛnkəvə]; born 3 July 1991) is a Russian tennis player who turned professional in December 2005. An accomplished junior player, she achieved career-high ranking of world no. 13 on 4 July 2011 and is currently ranked world no. 27 by the WTA as of 16 January 2017. As such, Pavlyuchenkova is the current fourth highest-ranked Russian in the WTA.
Pavlyuchenkova has achieved the feat of making the quarterfinals at each of the four Grand Slams, reaching the quarterfinals of the French Open and US Open in 2011, at Wimbledon in 2016 and most recently at the Australian Open in 2017. She has also won eight career singles titles, her biggest coming at the Premier-level events of the Open GDF Suez and the Kremlin Cup, both in 2014.
Pavlyuchenkova has enjoyed significant success in doubles as well, reaching the quarterfinals at all four Grand Slams and winning five titles in the discipline, her biggest title coming at the 2013 Mutua Madrid Open where she partnered Lucie Šafářová.
Pavlyuchenkova was born in Samara, RSFSR, Soviet Union, to Sergey and Marina on 3 July 1991, as one of two children. Her father was a rower and her mother a swimmer. Her brother Alexander also played professional tennis for a time. Pavlyuchenkova's grandmother played professional basketball, and her grandfather was an elite umpire in that sport for USSR.
Pavlyuchenkova started playing tennis at age 6, with her parents helping her. Alexander often travels with her and provides hints for her playing.
Pavlyuchenkova first made headlines in 2006 by winning the Australian Open junior title, defeating Caroline Wozniacki in the final. She reached another junior Grand Slam final at the French Open where she lost to Agnieszka Radwańska. She then won the US Open junior title against Tamira Paszek and defended her Australian Open title in 2007 by defeating Madison Brengle in the final. Her successful career as a junior also saw her reach the world no. 1 ranking on 30 January 2006. She accumulated an overall win-loss of record of 131–23 and 87–22 in singles and doubles respectively.
Pavlyuchenkova played for the Sacramento Capitals of the World TeamTennis league in the summer of 2006. Her success in juniors enabled her to enter ITF and WTA tournaments, winning a small ITF tournament in Italy in May 2006. In October 2006, Pavlyuchenkova received a wild card into the Kremlin Cup but lost in the first round to rising Czech Nicole Vaidišová in straight sets.
She barely missed out on qualifying for the main draw of the 2007 Australian Open, losing to Julia Vakulenko in the final round of qualifying. Pavlyuchenkova then received a wildcard into Wimbledon in 2007, but was beaten by tenth seed Daniela Hantuchová in just forty minutes, winning only fourteen points. In 2008, she entered into Wimbledon as the youngest player in the ladies' singles tournament. She won her first round match against the 17th seed Alizé Cornet and went on to defeat Li Na before losing to 11th seed Radwańska. At the 2008 US Open, the first Grand Slam at which she was able to gain direct entry, she won against American Vania King in the opening round in three sets, but was defeated in the second round by then world No. 15 Patty Schnyder.
Throughout most of her early professional career, from July 2007 to September 2009, Pavlyuchenkova was coached at the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy in France.
2009–2010: Indian Wells semifinals, first two WTA titles
Pavlyuchenkova began 2009 at the ASB Classic as the 7th seed. She lost to Aravane Rezaï in second round. At the Australian Open, Pavlyuchenkova lost to Italian Tathiana Garbin in the first round in three sets. The following month at the BNP Paribas Open, Pavlyuchenkova enjoyed a breakthrough where she made her first Premier Mandatory semifinal. Along the way, she had defeated the likes of Marta Domachowska, world no. 2 Jelena Janković, Karin Knapp, Nuria Llagostera Vives and world no. 10 Agnieszka Radwańska. However, she was defeated by the defending champion Ana Ivanovic. Pavlyuchenkova made her Top 30 debut following the end of the tournament. At Miami, Pavlyuchenkova defeated Rezaï in the first round in three sets but then fell to eventual champion Victoria Azarenka in straight sets. The following week, Pavlyuchenkova made her Fed Cup debut where the Russian team faced Italy but she dropped her match to Francesca Schiavone.
At the French Open where she was seeded at a Grand Slam for the first time, 27th seeded Pavlyuchenkova advanced to the third round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time as well after defeating both Raluca Olaru and Julie Coin in straight sets before losing to World No. 1 and compatriot Dinara Safina. At the Wimbledon Championships, 31st seeded Pavlyuchenkova reached the second round before falling to Roberta Vinci. At the US Open, Pavlyuchenkova lost to eventual quarterfinalist Melanie Oudin in the first round in straight sets. Pavlyuchenkova ended 2009 as world no. 41.
Pavlyuchenkova started 2010 by reaching the last eight at the Brisbane International where she was defeated by Ana Ivanovic. At the 2010 Australian Open, she lost in the second round to fellow Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova. At Dubai, Pavlyuchenkova made it to her maiden Premier 5 quarterfinal after defeating Katarina Srebotnik, Tathiana Garbin and Daniela Hantuchová. She then fell short to defending champion Venus Williams in straight sets. At the Monterrey Open, third-seeded Pavlyuchenkova reached the final by defeating Anastasija Sevastova in the last four. In the final, she overcame Hantuchová in three sets to win her maiden career title. Pavlyuchenkova was the 29th seed at the French Open. She defeated Alizé Cornet and Jill Craybas before falling to top seed Serena Williams in three sets. She reached the third round at Wimbledon after defeating Benešová and Roberta Vinci before falling to 3rd seed Wozniacki. At the İstanbul Cup, Pavlyuchenkova advanced to the final after defeating Sorana Cîrstea and Jarmila Gajdošová and she went on to beat compatriot Elena Vesnina in the final in three sets to win her second career title.
Pavlyuchenkova continued with a good run in Cincinnati. She defeated Daniela Hantuchová and 3rd seed Elena Dementieva to advance to the third round where she defeated 13th seed Shahar Pe'er. In the quarterfinals she came back from a 1–5 first set deficit to defeat 12th seed Yanina Wickmayer to advance to her first Prmeier 5 semifinal. There, she fell to Maria Sharapova in three sets. The following week, she lost in the opening round of the Rogers Cup to Svetlana Kuznetsova in three sets. At the 2010 US Open, 22nd seed Pavlyuchenkova posted her best Grand Slam result at that time by reaching the round of 16. There, she lost to reigning French Open champion Francesca Schiavone in straight sets. Pavlyuchenkova's last tournament of the season was the Tournament of Champions in Bali. It was her debut appearance after winning two International titles throughout the year in Monterrey and Istanbul. However, she lost to Ivanovic in the first round. She finished the year in the Top 30 at no. 21.
2011: Top 20, two Grand Slam quarterfinals
Pavlyuchenkova opened 2011 in Brisbane where she was seeded fifth. Despite being pushed to three sets in two prior matches, she managed to reach the semifinals where she fell to eventual champion Petra Kvitová. She cracked the Top 20 following her good result there. The following week, in Hobart, Pavlyuchenkova was forced to retire in the opening round against Bethanie Mattek-Sands. At the Australian Open, she was the 18th seeded and safely advanced to the third round after defeating Kirsten Flipkens and Kristina Barrois before losing to Iveta Benešová in a tight three-setter.
In Fed Cup competition, Pavlyuchenkova helped Russia rally from an 0–2 deficit against France by winning her reverse singles match against Alizé Cornet and tie-deciding doubles match, partnering with Svetlana Kuznetsova. The Russian team subsequently advanced to the semifinals. At Dubai, Pavlyuchenkova had to play qualifying because of failing to meet the main entry deadline. She qualified for but fell in the first round to fellow Russian Alisa Kleybanova in three sets. In early March, she defended her title at the Monterrey Open by defeating Jelena Janković in three sets in the final. She then reached the third round of the BNP Paribas Open, losing to 10th seed Shahar Pe'er. That was followed by a 4th round loss to 8th seed and eventual champion Victoria Azarenka in three sets at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami.
Pavlyuchenkova then helped Russia advance to the Fed Cup final by defeating Sara Errani in her rubber match. She began her clay-court season at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix where she lost to 2nd seed Vera Zvonareva in the round of 16. She then defeated Zheng Jie, Marion Bartoli and Samantha Stosur to reach the quarterfinals of the Mutua Madrid Open where she lost to Julia Görges. The following week at Rome, Pavlyuchenkova would reach the third round where she lost to 3rd seed Azarenka in three sets. Pavlyuchenkova was the 14th seed at the French Open and reached her first ever Grand Slam quarterfinal after racking in wins over Yaroslava Shvedova, qualifiers Mona Barthel and Nuria Llagostera Vives and 3rd seed Vera Zvonareva. She then fell short to defending champion Francesca Schiavone in three sets.
She dropped her opening match at Eastbourne to Bojana Jovanovski. At the Wimbledon Championships, 14th seeded Pavlyuchenkova was beaten in the second round by Nadia Petrova in straight sets. Her next tournament was the Baku Cup where she lost in the quarterfinals to Galina Voskoboeva, Pavlyuchenkova struck an incredible 27 double faults during the match.
Pavlyuchenkova lost in the opening round at Toronto and Cincinnati to María José Martínez Sánchez and Flavia Pennetta respectively. She then reached the quarterfinals at New Haven but lost to Li Na. At the US Open, Pavlyuchenkova was the 17th seed and advanced to her second Grand Slam quarterfinal after defeating Anna Tatishvili, Petra Martić, Janković and Schiavone. There, she lost to Serena Williams in straight sets. At Tokyo, she overcame Arantxa Rus in th first round but was then upset by Vania King in the following round in straight sets. Pavlyuchenkova then lost to eventual finalist Andrea Petkovic in the quarterfinals of the China Open in straight sets.
Pavlyuchenkova then played the Generali Ladies Linz where she was the fourth seed but lost to qualifier Sorana Cîrstea in the second round. She then lost in the first round at Luxembourg to Rebecca Marino. In the Fed Cup, the Russian team faced the Czech Republic. Despite winning her rubber match against Lucie Šafářová in straight sets, the Russian team came up short in the end, losing the deciding doubles match. Pavlyuchenkova finished 2011 at world no. 16, it is the first time she finished a season in the Top 20.
2012: Inconsistencies, out of top 30
Pavlyuchenkova had a dire start to the year. After losing to Kaia Kanepi in the second round in Brisbane, she went to win only one match in four tournaments between Sydney and Brussels, a stretch which included the Australian Open, Mutua Madrid Open and Internazionali BNL d'Italia. She then won back-to-back matches for the first time in the year at the French Open after defeating Hungarians Gréta Arn and Melinda Czink before falling to Klara Koukalová. She dropped out of the top 30 after the French Open due to not defending quarterfinals points from last year. At the Aegon International, she lost in the quarterfinals to Koukalová once again. Pavlyuchenkova reached the second round at Wimbledon where she lost to Varvara Lepchenko in straight sets.
At the Swedish Open, she advanced to the quarterfinals after overcoming Patricia Mayr-Achleitner and Sílvia Soler Espinosa but subsequently lost to Mathilde Johansson. She then reached her first final of the year at the Citi Open where she was the top seed. She defeated Bojana Jovanovski and Czink to advance to the last eight where she overcame Chang Kai-chen. She then defeated fourth seed Vania King to reach the final. However, she was overpowered by Magdaléna Rybáriková, winning just two games in the match. After dropping her opening match at the Rogers Cup, she reached the last eight in Cincinnati. Along the way, she defeated the likes of Carla Suárez Navarro, Julia Görges and sixth seed Caroline Wozniacki. In the last four, she lost to Petra Kvitová in straight sets. Her ranking improved to no. 20 after the tournament concluded.
Pavlyuchenkova defeated Daniela Hantuchová in her opening match at the US Open where she was the 17th seed but was then upset by world no. 150 Kristina Mladenovic in straight sets. She then lost to Li Na in the second round at Tokyo. Pavlyuchenkova then dropped her opening matches at Beijing and Moscow to Polona Hercog and Yaroslava Shvedova respectively. Her ranking plummeted from 24th to 34th after her loss in Beijing. She finished the year ranked inside the top 40 at no. 36.
2013: Steady ranking
Pavlyuchenkova started her 2013 season by reaching the final of the Brisbane International, where she went down to Serena Williams. She had previously defeated sixth seed Petra Kvitová and fourth seed Angelique Kerber in the earlier rounds. She was the 24th seed at the Australian Open but lost in the opening round to Lesia Tsurenko. She then lost her opening matches at Paris and Dubai to Yanina Wickmayer and Ana Ivanovic respectively.
She then reached the semifinals of the Malaysian Open where she lost to Bethanie Mattek-Sands. After going winless in Indian Wells and Miami, she won her fourth career title by defeating Angelique Kerber in the final at Monterrey, which was her third title at the tournament as well.
At the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, she defeated fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova in the first round before losing to Kerber in straight sets. She then won her second title of the year in Oeiras, beating Carla Suárez Navarro in final in straight sets. It was her sixth career title and her first on clay. However, she could not keep up this good form, losing in the first round in both Madrid and Rome. She then beat Andrea Hlaváčková in the first round at the French Open before suffering a three-set lost to Petra Cetkovská in the following round. At Wimbledon, Pavlyuchenkova was seeded 21st but was easily ousted by Tsvetana Pironkova in the first round, winning just one game.
At New Haven, she reached quarterfinals after defeating Sorana Cîrstea by retirement and seventh seed Sabine Lisicki. There, she faced defending champion Petra Kvitová, she lost in three sets. At the US Open, she was the 32nd seed and defeated a pair of wildcards Virginie Razzano and Ashleigh Barty to advance to third round. She lost to Agnieszka Radwańska in two tight sets to. In Seoul, she reached her fourth final of the year after overcoming Francesca Schiavone in the semifinals, but lost again to Radwańska.
At the Kremlin Cup, she reached the semifinals after defeating Caroline Garcia, Maria Kirilenko and Daniela Hantuchová but then lost to Simona Halep. She competed at WTA Tournament of Champions for the second time in her career as a result of winning International tournaments in Monterrey and Oeiras. In the round robin stage, she recorded wins over Elina Svitolina and Alizé Cornet but lost to top seed Halep. Nevertheless, she advanced to the semifinals, where she succumbed to fourth seed Samantha Stosur in three sets. Pavlyuchenkova finished the year as world no. 26.
Pavlyuchenkova had a breakthrough year in doubles, partnering with Lucie Šafářová, as she reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinals in doubles at the Australian Open, and also second at the French Open. They also won the Premier Mandatory title in Madrid by defeating Cara Black and Marina Erakovic in final.
2014: Two Premier titles
Pavlyuchenkova kicked off the season at the Brisbane International. After defeating fellow Russian Alla Kudryavtseva in the opening round, she retired against fifth seed Angelique Kerber with a thigh injury. She then lost to Alison Riske in the first round of Hobart in straight sets. Pavlyuchenkova was the 29th seed at the Australian Open and defeated Teliana Pereira and Mandy Minella to reach the third round where she lost to eventual semifinalist Agnieszka Radwańska in three sets. She then won the biggest title of her career at the Premier-level Open GDF Suez. Despite being unseeded, she overcame Francesca Schiavone in her opener and three seeded opponents Carla Suárez Navarro, Kerber and Maria Sharapova to reach the final where she beat third seed Sara Errani to claim the title. It was her first title indoors as well.
She then fell to Mirjana Lučić-Baroni in the second round in Doha. At the BNP Paribas Open, Pavlyuchenkova beat Caroline Garcia in her opening match but was then stopped by Aleksandra Wozniak in three sets. This was followed by an early loss to Coco Vandeweghe in Miami.
Pavlyuchenkova beat Diāna Marcinkēviča in the first round at Porsche Tennis Grand Prix before falling to two-time defending champion Sharapova in the following round in straight sets. At the Mutua Madrid Open, she defeated Maria Teresa Torro Flor and sixth seed Jelena Janković to reach the round of 16 where she lost to Ana Ivanovic. The following week in Rome, she drew qualifier Belinda Bencic in round one and lost in three sets. Pavlyuchenkova was the 24th seed at the French Open and overcame a second-set bagel to beat Kimiko Date-Krumm in the first round but then retired against Kiki Bertens in following round.
During the grass court swing on Eastbourne, she upset top seed Radwańska in the first round before losing Ekaterina Makarova in straight sets. Pavlyuchenkova then dropped her first round match to Alison Riske at Wimbledon. She was the second seed at Båstad but suffered a surprising loss in the first round to Grace Min in straight sets.
Pavlyuchenkova reached the quarterfinals of the Citi Open after beating Virginie Razzano and Hiroko Kuwata but lost to Makarova. She then faced Venus Williams in the first round in Montreal and lost in three sets. Pavlyuchenkova then upset Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulková in the opening round of Cincinnati and went on to beat Karin Knapp to reach the round of 16 where she lost to Sharapovain straight sets. At the US Open, she crashed out in the second round, succumbing to wildcard Nicole Gibbs in three sets.
After a first round loss in Tokyo to Garbiñe Muguruza, she scored her first win over Ivanovic when she was forced to retire with a thigh injury in the opening round at the Wuhan Open. Pavlyuchenkova however lost to Casey Dellacqua in the following round in three sets. She then retired against Zhu Lin in first round in Beijing despite having won the first set due to dizziness. To finish the year, Pavlyuchenkova played the Kremlin Cup where she was the sixth seed. She defeated the likes of Ana Konjuh and Riske to reach the last eight where she beat fellow Russian Vitalia Diatchenko in three sets. She then advanced to the final after overcoming Kateřina Siniaková where she faced Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu. She won the match in three sets to capture her seventh career title and her equal biggest career title to date. She finished the year as world no. 25.
2015: Slow start, late-season surge
Pavlyuchenkova started her 2015 year at the 2015 Apia International Sydney in Sydney, Australia. In the 1st round, she lost to Peng Shuai 1–6,7–6(1),6–4. Pavlyuchenkova was the 23rd seed at the 2015 Australian Open. In the 1st round, Pavlyuchenkova lost to Yanina Wickmayer 4–6,6–3,6–3. At the 2015 Dubai Tennis Championships, Pavlyuchenkova lost in the 1st round to 17th seed and eventual finalist Karolína Plíšková 6–2,6–4.
Her results in the slam events were undistinguished but she won a further WTA title in October, at Linz, and made the finals at two tournaments; at Washington, D.C. in August, where she lost to Sloane Stephens, and at Moscow in the Kremlin Cup in October, where she lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova in the final. She also made the semi-finals at Baku, where she lost to Patricia Maria Tig of Romania, and the quarterfinals at Cincinnati and Beijing, where she lost to Simona Halep and Ana Ivanovic respectively.
She was part of the Russian 2015 Fed Cup team which challenged the Czech Republic for the title in November but was unsuccessful in her two singles matches.
2016: Third Grand Slam quarterfinal
Pavlyuchenkova started her 2016 year at the 2016 Brisbane International. She reached the quarterfinals by beating 5th seed Timea Bacsinszky and Alizé Cornet before losing to 4th seed and eventual finalist Angelique Kerber. At the 2016 Apia International Sydney, Pavlyuchenkova beat qualifier Lara Arruabarrena 6-1, 7-6(1) in the 1st round but lost in the 2nd round to 5th seed and last year finalist Karolína Plíšková 6-3, 6-0. Pavlyuchenkova was the 26th seed for the 2016 Australian Open and lost in the 1st round to American Lauren Davis .
Her results over the rest of the first half of the year were undistinguished apart from a couple of quarterfinal appearances at Acapulco and St. Petersburg and a third-round appearance at the French Open where she lost to fellow Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova. At the 2016 Wimbledon Championships, she beat Hsieh Su-Wei, Yulia Putintseva, No.11 seed Bacsinszky and Coco Vandeweghe en route to her third Grand Slam quarterfinal. She lost to Serena Williams in straight sets.
2017: Fourth Grand Slam quarterfinal
Pavlyuchenkova, seeded no. 24 at the 2017 Australian Open, defeated No. 11 Elina Svitolina and No. 8 Svetlana Kuznetsova before losing to No. 13 Venus Williams in her maiden appearance in a quarterfinal at the Australian Open.
Grand Slam tournament performance timeline
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