Infobox Tennis player
playername = Anna Smashnova
country = ISR
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
height = height|m=1.57
weight = convert|53|kg|lb st|abbr=on|lk=on
January 1, 1991
retired = July 2007
plays = Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
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)
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 playerfrom 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.
Smashnova began playing at the age of 6. She became the # 1 junior in the
Soviet Unionat the age of 10. She was the top girls' junior player in Russiafor 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/
RolexWatch Female Rookie of the Year. At the 1994 French Openshe upset world # 5 Jana Novotna, 6–4, 6–2. At the US Open in 1994 she upset world # 14 Lori McNeil6–2, 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 Armyin 1997.
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 Kournikovain straight sets. She defeated top-seed Dominique van Roostin 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 Classicat Auckland, New Zealand.
A week later, on
January 12, Smashnova won her second tournament in a row, upsetting top-seed Tamarine Tanasugarnto win the Canberra Classic women's tennis tournament.
In March 2002 she upset world # 13
Meghann Shaughnessyof the US at Indian Wells, 4–6, 6–3, 6–1. In April she upset world # 7 Justine Heninof 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 Clijstersof Belgium, 5–7, 6–4, 7–5, and world # 14 Daniela Hantuchovaof Slovakia 1–6, 6–2, 6–3.
June 16, 2002, Smashnova defeated defending champion Iroda Tulyaganovausing her superior speed to win the $170,000 Wien Energie Grand Prix. In August she beat world #13 Elena Dementievaof Russia 6–2, 5–7, 7–6(2) in San Diego.
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 ShanghaiOpen. 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 Rubinof 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 Koukalovain 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 Tennistournament in New Havenwith 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 Petrova6–3, 6–3 in Moscow.
Anna won her ninth career title on
May 22, 2004, in Vienna. In the final she beat Alicia Molik6–3, 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 Lorenzoin the 2005 Australian Open4–6, 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 Classicwomen'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 Mullerby the double bagel scoreline, 6–0, 6–0.
Smashnova holds the record for most ties played in
Fed Cupcompetition - 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.
ingles finalist (1)
*2006: Forest Hills (lost to
* [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]
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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