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Maria Yuryevna Kirilenko ( born January 25, 1987) is a Russian professional tennis player of Paternal Ukrainian Heritage. Born in Moscow, she won her first WTA Tour title in 2005, defeating Anna-Lena Grönefeld 6–3, 6–4 in the China Open. Kirilenko reached #18, her career-high singles ranking, on the WTA tour in July 2008. She is a good friend of Maria Sharapova. She is affectionately called Makiri. She won the junior event at the 2002 Canadian Open, as well as the 2002 US Open junior tournament. In December 2004 she played in a tennis exhibition in Tampa, Florida to raise money for the Florida Hurricane Relief Fund.
Martina Hingis (born September 30, 1980 in Košice, Czechoslovakia) is a retired professional tennis player who spent a total of 209 weeks as World No. 1. She won five Grand Slam singles titles (three Australian Open, one Wimbledon, and one US Open). She also won nine Grand Slam women’s doubles titles, winning a calendar year Grand Slam in 1998, and one Grand Slam mixed doubles title.
Hingis set a series of “youngest-ever” records before ligament injuries in both ankles forced her to withdraw temporarily from professional tennis in 2002 at the age of 22. After several surgeries and long recuperations, Hingis returned to the WTA tour in 2006. She then climbed to World No. 6 and won three singles titles. On November 1, 2007, after suffering from injuries for much of the year, Hingis announced her retirement from tennis while admitting she had tested positive for cocaine during Wimbledon in 2007. She denied using the drug. On January 4, 2008, she was banned from tennis for two years for the cocaine offense. She has stated that she will not return to professional tennis when this ban expires.
Nicole Vaidišová (born April 23 1989) is a Czech female tennis player.
Vaidišová has been playing tennis since she was six years old. She is a student of Nick Bollettieri and trains at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Her serve is considered her biggest weapon. As of April 6, 2009, Vaidišová is ranked World No. 58. On August 9, 2006, at the age of 17 years, three months, and two weeks, she became the 12th-youngest player in WTA Tour history to be ranked in the top 10. She achieved a career-high ranking of World No. 7 on May 14, 2007.
Vaidišová is a face of Reebok and has been featured in their “I Am What I Am” and “Run Easy” campaigns. She also endorses Citizen Watch Co., Ltd and its Eco-Drive design. An avid reader, Vaidišová is part of the “Get Caught Reading Campaign” to encourage people to read more. She has taken part in other philanthropic causes, such as becoming an ambassador for PlayPumps International, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing clean drinking water to African children. She is represented by Olivier van Lindonk of IMG.
As of March 2009, she is coached by her stepfather, Ales Kodat, who replaced David Felgate
Daniela Hantuchová (born April 23, 1983) is a Slovak professional tennis player. She turned professional in 1999 and had her breakthrough year in 2002, when she won her first Tier I tournament and ended the year in the top ten.
She is currently coached by Albert Portas. Her WTA Tour mentor in the “Partners for Success” program was Martina Navratilova, who was her doubles partner for a brief period in early 2005. As of April 13, 2009, Hantuchová is ranked World No. 40 in singles.
Ana Ivanović ( born November 6, 1987, in Belgrade, Serbia, then Yugoslavia) is a former World No. 1 Serbian tennis player. As of April 13, 2009, she is ranked World No. 7 by the Women’s Tennis Association. She is the reigning French Open singles champion and was the runner-up in singles at the 2007 French Open and the 2008 Australian Open.
Anna Sergeyevna Kournikova (born June 7, 1981) is a semi-retired Russian professional tennis player and model. Her celebrity status made her one of the best known tennis players worldwide. At the peak of her fame, fans looking for images of Kournikova made her name (or misspellings of it) one of the most common search strings on the internet search engine Google.
Although also successful in singles, reaching #8 in the world in 2000, Kournikova’s specialty has been doubles, where she has at times been the world’s number one-ranked player. With Martina Hingis as her partner, she won Grand Slam titles in Australia in 1999 and 2002. Kournikova’s major-league tennis career has been curtailed for the past several years, and possibly ended, by serious back and spinal problems.
Kournikova was born in Moscow in the former Soviet Union to Alla and Sergei Kournikov; she and her mother later emigrated to the United States. Currently, she resides in Miami Beach, Florida, and plays in occasional exhibitions and in doubles for the St. Louis Aces of World Team Tennis.
Maria Yuryevna Sharapova (born April 19, 1987) is a Russian-born American-Russian professional tennis player. A former World No. 1, she was, as a result of injury-induced absence from the sport, ranked World No. 64 by the Women’s Tennis Association on April 20, 2009. Sharapova has won three Grand Slam singles titles. In 2004, at the age of 17, she won Wimbledon, defeating Serena Williams in the final. She has since won the 2006 US Open, defeating Justine Henin in the final and the 2008 Australian Open, defeating Ana Ivanović in the final.
Sharapova has represented Russia in Fed Cup, although her appearances have been controversial. She has been featured in a number of modeling jobs, including a feature in Sports Illustrated. Sharapova was the most searched-for athlete on Yahoo! in both 2005 and 2008.In July 2008, as a result of her success both on and off court, she was the world’s highest-paid female athlete.
As of October 2008, she is coached by her father, Yuri Sharapov, and former player Michael Joyce.
Elena Dementieva (born 15 October 1981 in Moscow, Russia) is a professional tennis player from Russia who has won two Olympic medals in singles, including the gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. She has also reached the finals of two Grand Slam events. As of 6 April 2009, she is ranked World No. 3.
Sorana Cîrstea (born on April 7, 1990 in Bucharest, Romania) is a Romanian female tennis player. She is currently at her career high ranking of No. 36, a ranking achieved on October 27, 2008.
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