By MS on 6:10 AM
Residence Hyderabad, India
Date of Birth November 15, 1986
Birthplace Mumbai, India
Height 5' 8" (1.73m)
Weight 126 lbs. (57kg)
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Status Pro (2003)
Career singles titles 01:Hyderabad(2005)
Career Doubles Titles 07:
Current World Ranking:Singles 32(As of 09/01/2008)
Data As of August 2007
Win Loss Record - Singles 159-68
Win Loss Record - Doubles 96-50
Current Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Rankings - As of 5/14/2007 Singles Doubles 51 41
Ranking History Season-Ending Singles
2006-66 ; 2005-31 ; 2004-206 ; 2003-399 ; 2002-837 ; 2001-987
Career-High Singles No. 31 (October 10, 2005)
Career-High Doubles No. 23 (January 29, 2007)
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Grand Slam (singles) History W/L 07 06 05 04 03
AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2r 2r 3r - -
ROLAND GARROS 0-2 - 1r 1r - -
WIMBLEDON 1-2 - 1r 2r - -
US OPEN 4-2 - 2r 4r - -
Winner (1): 2005: Hyderabad;
2004 - ITF/Boca Raton 2-USA, ITF/Campobasso-ITA, ITF/Wrexham-GBR, ITF/London-GBR, ITF/Lagos 2-NGR;
2003 - ITF/Benin City 1-NIG, ITF/Benin City 2-NIG, ITF/Jakarta 2-INA;
2002 - ITF/Manila 2-PHI, ITF/Hyderabad-IND, ITF/Manila 1-PHI.
Finalist (1): 2005 - Forest Hills.Semifinalist (4):
2007 - Pattaya City, Hobart;
2006 - Kolkata;
2005 -Tokyo [Japan Open].Quarterfinalist (7):
2007 - Bangalore;
2006 - Cincinnati, Forest Hills, Seoul, Tashkent;
2005 - Dubai, Cincinnati.
Winner (3): 2006 - Bangalore, Kolkata (both w/Huber);
2004 - Hyderabad (w/Huber).Finalist (3):
2006 - Amelia Island (w/Huber), Istanbul (w/Molik), Cincinnati (w/Domachowska).
2007 - Bangalore (w/Santangelo);
2006 - Stanford (w/Mattek);
2005 - Cincinnati (w/Fedak), Kolkata (w/Ruano Pascual), Tokyo [Japan Open] (w/Peer).
Indian Fed Cup Team, 2003-04.
CAREER IN REVIEW :
2001 - Debuted at three ITF Circuit circuit events in India, reaching one SF (ITF/New Delhi-IND) and one QF (ITF/Pune-IND; also reached doubles final).
2002 - Played seven ITF Circuit events, winning first three pro titles at ITF/Manila 2-PHI, ITF/Hyderabad-IND (d. Amanmuradova, both finals) and ITF/Manila 1-PHI; also won first pro doubles title (ITF/Manila 2-PHI).
2003 - Made Tour debut at Hyderabad (as No.503 WC, l. 1r to E.Dominikovic), also Tour qualifying at Doha (Defeated by Blahotova); won another three ITF singles titles (ITF/Benin City 1-NGR, ITF/Benin City 2-NGR, ITF/Jakarta 2-INA); also one doubles title (ITF/Benin City 2-NGR).
2004 - On Tour, fell 1r at Hyderabad for second consecutive year (as WC, Defeated by eventual champion Pratt in 3s; later won doubles title w/L.Huber for first Tour title of career, becoming youngest-ever Indian, male or female, to win a Tour event, and the first woman from India to capture a Tour title); 1r at Casablanca (Defeated by Loit in 3s); reached nine ITF singles finals, six titles (ITF/Boca Raton 2-USA, ITF/Campobasso-ITA, ITF/Wrexham-GBR, ITF/London-GBR, ITF/Lagos 1-NGR, ITF/Lagos 2-NGR); also four more ITF doubles titles.
2005 - Breakthrough season in first full year on Tour, highlighted by first Tour singles title, two Top 10 wins and US Open 4r appearance; in fifth Tour main draw, won IndiaÆs first-ever Tour singles title at Hyderabad (d. Sescioreanu in 1r for 100th career match victory en route to final, then d. A.Bondarenko; afterwards on February 14, made Top 100 debut at No.99); runner-up at Forest Hills (Defeated by Safarova in 3s); first Tier III SF at Tokyo [Japan Open] (Defeated top seed Zvonareva in QF; Defeated by Golovin); QF two other times, at Dubai (overcame 4-0 first-set deficit to stun world No.7 Kuznetsova 6-4 6-2 in 2r, her career-first Top 10 victory; Defeated by Jankovic) and Cincinnati (Defeated by eventual runner-up Morigami); has broken national records at the majors, becoming first Indian woman to reach Grand Slam 3r in Australian Open debut (as WC, Defeated by No.7 seed and eventual champion S.Williams 6-1 6-4, having held 4-2 second-set lead), going one step further in US Open debut, reaching 4r (Defeated by top seed Sharapova); also debuts at remaining majors, at Roland Garros (Defeated by Dulko in 1r ) and Wimbledon (Defeated by No.5 seed and eventual quarterfinalist Kuznetsova 6-4 6-7(4) 6-4 in 2r); also 3r at Tier I San Diego (Defeated No.9 Petrova for second Top 10 victory en route to final, falling to Morigami in 3s; afterwards on August 8, became first Indian woman to crack Top 50, at No.48); reached career-high No.31 on October 10 (after Tokyo [Japan Open]); three doubles SF, at Cincinnati (w/Fedak), Kolkata (w/Ruano Pascual) and Tokyo [Japan Open] (w/Peer); withdrew from Bogotß w/right ankle sprain and from Rabat w/ankle injury.
2006 - Second straight Top 100 finish in season highlighted by one SF run, at Tier III Kolkata (as No.5 seed, d. No.4 seed Rezai 6-4 7-5 in QF, having trailed 4-1 second set; Defeated by top seed and eventual champion Hingis) and four QF, incl. Cincinnati (Defeated by Schnyder 7-6(7) 7-5, after holding set point during first set tie-break) and Seoul (Defeated No.8 Hingis 4-6 6-0 6-4 in 2r for first Top 10 victory of year, third of career; Defeated by Ruano Pascual 7-6 third set); 3r three times, incl. Indian Wells and San Diego (pushed Dementieva to 3s both times); 2r five times, incl. Australian Open and US Open; fell 1r 11 times, incl. Roland Garros and Wimbledon; impressive doubles results, claiming second and third career Tour doubles titles at Bangalore and Kolkata (both w/Huber; pairing is now 12-0 when playing in India, having also won 2004 Hyderabad together); three-time doubles runner-up as well, with different partners; withdrew from Rome w/low back and wrist injury.
YEAR IN DETAIL JANUARY - Solid Australian season, reaching SF at Hobart (as WC, d. No.4 seed Kirilenko en route, falling to top seed and eventual champion Chakvetadze) and 2r at Australian Open (l. to Nakamura).
FEBRUARY - Second SF of season at Pattaya City (as No.5 seed, l. to No.6 seed Dulko); another impressive week at Bangalore, reaching singles QF (as No.2 seed, l. to eventual champion Shvedova in 3s) and doubles SF (w/Santangelo); withdrew prior to 2r match vs. K.Bondarenko at Doha w/right knee injury.
Coached by her father, Imran ... Began playing tennis at age 6 ... Father, Imran, is a builder, and mother, Naseema, works in printing business; has one sister, Anam ... Likes movie Ocean’s 11 and actors Brad Pitt and Hugh Grant ... Likes listening to hip hop, including Eminem ... Also likes playing cricket and swimming ... Most admires Gandhi ... Admires Steffi Graf.
AWARDS - At Stars for Stars on March 21, 2006, collected Newcomer of the Year Award.