Anna Smashnova

Infobox Tennis player
playername = Anna Smashnova


nickname =
country = ISR
residence = Herzelia, Israel [ [http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/players/playerprofiles/Playerbio.asp?PlayerID=190361 Sony Ericsson WTA Tour ] ]
datebirth = birth date and age|1976|07|16
placebirth = Minsk, USSR
height = height|m=1.57
weight = convert|53|kg|lb st|abbr=on|lk=on
turnedpro = January 1, 1991
retired = July 2007
plays = Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
careerprizemoney = US$2,244,152
singlesrecord = 401–302
singlestitles = 12 WTA, 7 ITF
highestsinglesranking = No. 15 (February 3, 2003)
AustralianOpenresult = 3r (1995, 2003, 2005)
FrenchOpenresult = 4r (1995, 1998)
Wimbledonresult = 3r (2000)
USOpenresult = 3r (1994)
doublesrecord = 31–45
doublestitles = 0
highestdoublesranking = No. 275 (July 10, 2006)
updated = August 28, 2007

Anna Smashnova ( _ru. Анна Смашнова, _he. אנה סמשנובה; born July 16, 1976, in Minsk, USSR, now Belarus) is a former professional tennis player from Israel. She retired from professional tennis after Wimbledon 2007.

Smashnova, who has been noted as having a great last name for a tennis player, [ [http://www.buzzle.com/editorials/1-12-2002-9229.asp 2002 tennis kics off ] ] reached her career-high singles ranking of World # 15 in 2003. She was in 13 finals, and won 12 of them. In addition, she won a girl's Grand Slam championship. She speaks three languages: Russian, English, and Hebrew.

Tennis career

Smashnova began playing at the age of 6. She became the # 1 junior in the Soviet Union at the age of 10. She was the top girls' junior player in Russia for four years in the late 1980s, and won the girls' Soviet Union youth championship in 1989 at the age of 14.

Her family moved to Israel in 1990, after Freddy Krivine, one of the founders of the Israel Tennis Centers, invited her to immigrate. Smashnova then trained at the Israel Tennis Centers. [ [http://www.tennis.org.il/EItcChampions.html ITC Champions] ] In 1991, she won the girl's singles title at the French Open.

After turning pro in 1994, Smashnova was named "Tennis" Magazine/Rolex Watch Female Rookie of the Year. At the 1994 French Open she upset world # 5 Jana Novotna, 6–4, 6–2. At the US Open in 1994 she upset world # 14 Lori McNeil 6–2, 6–4.

She made it to the 4th round of the French Open in both 1995 and 1998 -- her best results, to date, in Grand Slam competition. She graduated from American International High School, outside Tel Aviv, in 1995, and completed her mandatory service in the Israeli Army in 1997.

At the 1996 Australian Open she upset world # 15 Natasha Zvereva, 6–2, 4–6, 7–5. She won her first top-level WTA tour singles title in 1999 at Tashkent.

She won her second career title on July 24, 2000, winning the Sanex Trophy in Belgium. Unseeded in the tournament and ranked only 88th in the world, Smashnova made headlines in her semifinal match by beating former world No. 8 Anna Kournikova in straight sets. She defeated top-seed Dominique van Roost in the final with an impressive display of precise baseline play.

Smashnova had a huge breakthrough in 2002, winning 4 titles and beating 11 players ranked in the top-20, including Jelena Dokic, Justine Henin, and Kim Clijsters. On January 5, 2002, Smashnova won her third WTA Tour title when she defeated Tatiana Panova 6–2, 6–2 in the ASB Classic at Auckland, New Zealand.

A week later, on January 12, Smashnova won her second tournament in a row, upsetting top-seed Tamarine Tanasugarn to win the Canberra Classic women's tennis tournament.

In March 2002 she upset world # 13 Meghann Shaughnessy of the US at Indian Wells, 4–6, 6–3, 6–1. In April she upset world # 7 Justine Henin of Belgium 6–7(6), 6–3, 6–4 in Miami, and world #9 Jelena Dokic in Charleston, 6–1, 6–3. In May at the Berlin Open she upset world #3 Kim Clijsters of Belgium, 5–7, 6–4, 7–5, and world # 14 Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia 1–6, 6–2, 6–3.

On June 16, 2002, Smashnova defeated defending champion Iroda Tulyaganova using her superior speed to win the $170,000 Wien Energie Grand Prix. In August she beat world #13 Elena Dementieva of Russia 6–2, 5–7, 7–6(2) in San Diego.

On September 15, 2002, Anna collected her fourth WTA title of the year by thrashing Anna Kournikova 6–2, 6–3, in the finals of the Shanghai Open. According to "The New York Times" account of the contest, Smashnova "was precise and controlled throughout the match, hitting perfect winners in stride... Kournikova didn't score a point until the third game of the first set when Smashnova hit a shot wide. 'She was like a wall today, hitting everything back', Kournikova said."Fact|date=August 2007

In October she beat world # 13 Chanda Rubin of the US in Zurich, 6–3, 6–3. She played in the 2002 WTA Tour Championships, and lost in the first round to World # 1 Serena Williams. On December 7, 2002, Anna married Claudio Pistolesi, her former coach (whom she later divorced), and played for a period of time as "Anna Pistolesi" and "Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi."

She won the 2003 Idea Prokom Open in Poland, beating Klara Koukalova in the finals 6–2, 6–0. Five days later Smashnova eliminated Karolina Sprem, 6–3, 1–6, 6–4, in the Nordic Light Open semifinal in Helsinki. She went on to win her second straight tournament by defeating Croatian Jelena Kostanic, 4–6, 6–4, 6–0, in the final.

Smashnova began the Pilot Pen Tennis tournament in New Haven with one of the most impressive victories of her career. She defeated Anastasia Myskina, ranked #8 in the world, 6–3, 6–7 (2–7), 6–4, and Vera Zvonareva, ranked #14, 0–6, 7–6(5), 6–2. In October 2003 she defeated world # 13 Nadia Petrova 6–3, 6–3 in Moscow.

Anna won her ninth career title on May 22, 2004, in Vienna. In the final she beat Alicia Molik 6–3, 3–6, 6–2. In October she defeated world # 14 Ai Sugiyama 6–3, 7–6(3) in Germany.

Smashnova won he 1st round match-up against Maria Sanchez Lorenzo in the 2005 Australian Open 4–6, 6–0, 6–0. The Israeli shone against Tamarine Tanasugarn, who was dispensed 6–2, 6–2 in the 2nd round. Smashnova could not keep up with Venus Williams (seeded eighth) in the 3rd round, as she bowed out 3–6, 0–6.

In July 2006, Smashnova won her 12th tour title at Budapest, maintaining a 100% winning record in WTA Tour finals – a record she held alone for players who had won double-digit titles. That was wrecked in August 2006, when she lost in the final of the Forest Hills Tennis Classic women's event to Meghann Shaughnessy.

In March 2007 Smashnova publicly announced on Israeli radio that she would retire from professional tennis after Wimbledon 2007. [ [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3375900,00.html Smashnova to retire - Israel Culture, Ynetnews ] ] As it turned out, she lost in the first round to German Martina Muller by the double bagel scoreline, 6–0, 6–0.

Fed Cup

Smashnova holds the record for most ties played in Fed Cup competition - 73. She is 43-30 in Fed Cup competition for Israel from 1992-2006, including 7–3 on hard courts in singles. [ [http://www.fedcup.com/teams/player.asp?player=20001576 Fed Cup - Player Profile ] ]

tyle of play

Smashnova was a baseliner, who was most at home on clay courts. She compares her style to that of the Spaniard Arantxa Sánchez Vicario -- minimizing mistakes, running down every possible ball, and being mentally tough.

Titles (19)

ingles (19)

ingles finalist (1)

*2006: Forest Hills (lost to Meghann Shaughnessy)

External links

*wta|id=190361|name=Anna Smashnova
*FedCupplayerlink|id=20001576
* [http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/biography/Smashnova.html Jewish Virtual Library bio]
* [http://www.jewsinsports.org/profile.asp?sport=tennis&ID=80 Jews in Sports bio]

References

Persondata
NAME = Smashnova, Anna
ALTERNATIVE NAMES = Анна Смашнова; אנה סמשנובה
SHORT DESCRIPTION = Israeli tennis player
DATE OF BIRTH = July 16, 1976
PLACE OF BIRTH = Minsk, USSR
DATE OF DEATH =
PLACE OF DEATH =


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