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Anastasia Myskina

Anastasiya Myskina
Анастасия Мыскина
File:Anastasia Myskina in 2008.jpg
Country 23x15px Russia
Residence Moscow, Russia
Born (1981-07-08) 8 July 1981 (age 38)
Moscow, Soviet Union
Height Script error: No such module "convert".
Turned pro 1998
Retired 2007
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money US$ 5,606,725
Career record 355–191 (65.02%)
Career titles 10 WTA, 3 ITF
Highest ranking No. 2 (13 September 2004)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open QF (2003, 2004)
French Open W (2004)
Wimbledon QF (2005, 2006)
US Open QF (2003)
Career record 100–92
Career titles 5 WTA, 3 ITF
Highest ranking No. 15 (21 February 2005)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open SF (2005)
French Open 3R (2004, 2006)
Wimbledon 3R (2006)
US Open 1R (2003, 2005)
Team competitions
Fed Cup W (2004, 2005)
Last updated on: 29 April 2014.

Anastasiya Andreyevna Myskina (Russian: Анастасия Мыскина; IPA: [ɐnəstɐˈsʲijə ˈmɨskʲɪnə]; born 8 July 1981) is a retired professional tennis player from Russia. She won the 2004 French Open singles title, becoming the first Russian female tennis player to win a Grand Slam main draw singles title. Subsequent to this victory she rose to number 3 on the WTA ranking, becoming the first Russian female tennis player to reach the top three in the history of the rankings. In September 2004 she reached a career high of No.2, but she has not played professional tennis since 2007, and has stated she does not know whether she will return or not. Injury has prevented her from advancing for the past several years.

Tennis career


Myskina was born in Moscow, and turned professional in 2000, the year in which she broke into the WTA top 500. She won her first WTA title in Palermo in only her second appearance in the main draw of a WTA tournament. She made her debut in a Grand Slam tournament at the US Open and the Fed Cup (playing doubles). In 2000, Myskina scored first career Top 20 victory over number 17 Barbara Schett en route to a Sopot semifinal. She debuted at Roland Garros (which she would later win) and Wimbledon. She played in the Sydney Olympics and reached her first Tier I quarterfinal in Zürich, where she lost to world number 1 Martina Hingis. Myskina was plagued by injury that forced her to miss the Australian Open. As a result, she fell out of the Top 100 Rankings. She then had a solid indoors performance, reaching the quarterfinals in Leipzig (became the first Russian to beat Anna Kournikova) and to the semifinals in Moscow, her first career Tier I SF).


2002 was a breakthrough season for Myskina. She scored her first Top 10 win over defending champion Jelena Dokić in Rome, and entered the Top 20 afterwards. Myskina reached back-to-back grass court finals in Birmingham and Eastbourne, and rose to number 15 in the rankings. She won her first Tier II 2002 Brasil Open – Women's Singles title in Bahia, and another runner-up finish in Leipzig confirmed her spot in WTA Tour Championships. She finished the 2002 season in the top 15 for the first time in her career.


Myskina obtained an invite from the Hong Kong Tennis Patrons' Association to play The Hong Kong Ladies Chellenge 2003 and reached the Australian Open quarterfinals (her first Grand Slam quarterfinal appearance of six). After claiming the title in Doha and defeating friend Elena Likhovtseva in the first all-Russian final in WTA history, she cracked the Top 10. Established her place among the game elite with a win in Sarasota, Myskina also had mediocre results during the summer season were followed by a quarterfinal appearance at the US Open, back-to-back titles in Leipzig (defeating No.1 Kim Clijsters and No.2 Justine Henin) and Moscow, which was her first Tier I title. She became the first Russian woman to win the Kremlin Cup), and she made the finals in Philadelphia. Myskina qualified for the Tour Championships. She earned more than $US1 million in prize money, and finished the year in the Top 10 for the first time in her career.


2004 was Myskina's best season to date. Myskina successfully defended her Doha title, afterwards becoming the second Russian woman to break into the Top 5, the first was Natasha Zvereva, who rose to number 5 in the World in May 1989. The highlight of Myskina's 2004 season was a victory at the French Open, where she saved match points in the fourth round against Svetlana Kuznetsova, then defeated former world number 1 players Venus Williams and Jennifer Capriati, en route to a 6–1, 6–2 victory over compatriot Elena Dementieva in the first all-Russian Grand Slam final, thus making her the first female Russian to win a Grand Slam singles title. Prior to her French Open victory, she had never made it past the 2nd round at Roland Garros. Following her win in Paris, she rose to No.3 in the rankings. She reached the final in San Diego, breaking Maria Sharapova's 14-match winning streak that included Wimbledon and beat Vera Zvonareva 17–15 in a third set tie-break, saving 9 match points, winning the longest final set tie-break in WTA Tour history. She lost in the 2004 Athens Olympics semifinal to Justine Henin, having led 5–1 in the final set. She rose to a career-high number 2 in the rankings. Myskina recovered from the tough loss to win the Kremlin Cup for the second straight year, and beat number 2 Lindsay Davenport for the first time in 5 meetings en route to doing so. She finished on the top of her group at the WTA Tour Championships, and scored her second win over a world number 1 by again beating Davenport, but lost in the semifinals to the eventual champion Sharapova. Myskina led Russia to its first Fed Cup title, winning 8 out of 9 matches played, including winning all of her 3 matches in the final. Finished the season as world number 3, a career-best year-end rank for a female Russian, and won over $2 millions in prize money, having scored ten Top 10 wins during the 2004 season.


2005 brought Myskina mixed fortunes. She spent the first half of 2005 poorly, due to personal issues regarding her mother's health. Myskina surrendered her Doha and Roland Garros titles in the very first round, and became the first Roland Garros champion to lose in the opening round. Bringing an 8–10 win-loss record to the beginning of the grass court season, Myskina managed to turn it around at Wimbledon by reaching her career-first quarterfinal at the event with three comeback wins over Jelena Janković (from a 1–5 final set deficit), and over Dementieva (being 1–6, 0–3 down and facing match points in the second set tiebreak). She fell out of the Top 10 in August. She then won a tenth career title in Kolkata beating lower-ranked opponents. She did, however, beat the 2005 Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in Fed Cup semifinals, but then lost both of her matches in the final. Myskina finished inside Top 15 for the fourth straight time.


2006 was another disappointing season for Myskina. Having had several chances to return to the Top 10, she failed to convert any of them. In Warsaw, she suffered her worst defeat in terms of the rankings on WTA Tour level, falling to a wild card, Agnieszka Radwańska, then ranked No. 309. At Roland Garros, Myskina defeated 2005 quarter-finalist Ana Ivanovic in the third round before losing to the eventual champion Justine Henin-Hardenne in the fourth round.

She showed splashes of her old form during the grass season, having reached the Eastbourne final beautifully, losing to Justine Henin-Hardenne in a close final concluded in a third set tiebreak. She made the Wimbledon quarterfinals, but lost to eventual champion Amélie Mauresmo in three sets. She had solid performance at the first two Grand Slams, making the 4th round on each occasion. After Wimbledon, her game completely fall apart. Along with second straight runner-up finish at the Tier IV event in Stockholm, she did not manage to win a single match in North America, going 0–3 during the US Open Series. The downfall reached its nadir when she became the first person to lose a Grand Slam match against future World No.1 Victoria Azarenka at the US Open, having entered the event under an injury cloud carried over from New Haven. Anastasia sat out for a majority of the indoor season with a foot and toe injury, pulling out of Stuttgart and her home tournament in Moscow. She returned to play in Zürich, but lost to unknown Swiss qualifier Timea Bacsinszky, 6–3, 6–3.


Myskina only played two singles matches, having been injured. She lost both of those matches; including to Meghann Shaughnessy at the French Open, only winning a game.[1][2] As of July 25, 2007, Myskina fell to the same ranking as the wildcard she lost to, Agnieszka Radwańska, of Number 309. She also is unranked for doubles. Myskina is taking time off due to a career-threatening injury.[3][4]

Personal life

Myskina dated HC Dynamo Moscow hockey player Aleksandr Stepanov.[5]

In October 2002, Myskina had a series of photos taken for GQ magazine by the photographer Mark Seliger for a spread in the October 2002 edition of GQ, in which one approved photo of her fully clothed was published. After she won the French Open in 2004, some photographs from the shoot, in which she appeared topless, were published in the July/August 2004 issue of the Russian magazine Medved (Bear). In August 2004, she filed an $8 million USD lawsuit against the men's magazine GQ for allowing her topless photographs to appear in a Russian magazine Medved without her consent.[6] On June 19, 2005, U.S. District Judge Michael Mukasey, later United States Attorney General, ruled that Anastasia Myskina could not stop the distribution of the topless photos, because she had signed a release. Myskina had claimed that she did not understand the photo release form and that she was not fluent in English at the time.[7]

Myskina announced that she was pregnant with her first child, due in May 2008.[8] On April 28, 2008 Myskina gave birth to her first child, a boy named Zhenya (Yevgenyi). In August 2010 she gave birth to a second son[9] named Georgiy.[citation needed] On November 3, 2011 it was reported that she is pregnant with a third child, that just like the first 2, will be a son.[10] When she was interviewed about parenting with she quoted the following:

Being a mother is so different; it’s not that it’s quieter or faster, it’s just different. Being a mom is tough. You understand what’s good for you and the babies, while tennis is just a game. It’s fun because you have a different life when you step on the court but when the baby is sick you go crazy. When I lost a match it was really bad time, now I know it was a great time, so being a mom is tougher.
—Anastasia Myskina,[10]

On March 1, 2012 she gave birth to a third child, named Pavel.[11]

Major finals

Grand Slam finals

Singles: 1 (1–0)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 2004 French Open Clay 23x15px Elena Dementieva 6–1, 6–2

Olympic finals

Singles: 1 (0–1)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
4th place 2004 Athens Olympics Hard 23x15px Alicia Molik 3–6, 4–6

WTA Tier I finals

Singles: 3 (2 titles, 1 runner-up)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 2003 Moscow Carpet (i) 23x15px Amélie Mauresmo 6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 2004 San Diego Hard 23x15px Lindsay Davenport 6–1, 6–1
Winner 2004 Moscow (2) Carpet (i) 23x15px Elena Dementieva 7–5, 6–0

Career finals

Singles (10)

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. July 18, 1999 Palermo, Italy Clay 23x15px Ángeles Montolio 3–6, 7–6(3), 6–2
2. September 14, 2002 Bahia, Brazil Hard 23x15px Eleni Daniilidou 6–3, 0–6, 6–2
3. February 16, 2003 Doha, Qatar (1) Hard 23x15px Elena Likhovtseva 6–3, 6–1
4. April 6, 2003 Sarasota, USA Clay 23x15px Alicia Molik 6–4, 6–1
5. September 28, 2003 Leipzig, Germany Carpet (i) 23x15px Justine Henin 3–6, 6–3, 6–3
6. October 5, 2003 Moscow, Russia (1) Carpet (i) 23x15px Amélie Mauresmo 6–2, 6–4
7. March 6, 2004 Doha, Qatar (2) Hard 23x15px Svetlana Kuznetsova 4–6, 6–4, 6–4
8. June 3, 2004 French Open, Paris, France Clay 23x15px Elena Dementieva 6–1, 6–2
9. October 17, 2004 Moscow, Russia (2) Carpet (i) 23x15px Elena Dementieva 7–5, 6–0
10. September 25, 2005 Kolkata, India Carpet (i) 23x15px Karolina Šprem 6–2, 6–2

Runner-ups (9)

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. 16 June 2002 Birmingham, UK Grass 23x15px Jelena Dokić 6–2, 6–3
2. 22 June 2002 Eastbourne, UK (1) Grass 23x15px Chanda Rubin 6–1, 6–3
3. 29 September 2002 Leipzig, Germany Carpet (i) 23x15px Serena Williams 6–3, 6–2
4. 2 November 2003 Philadelphia, USA Hard (i) 23x15px Amélie Mauresmo 5–7, 6–0, 6–2
5. 1 August 2004 San Diego, USA Hard 23x15px Lindsay Davenport 6–1, 6–1
6. 14 August 2005 Stockholm, Sweden (1) Hard 23x15px Katarina Srebotnik 7–5, 6–2
7. 27 May 2006 Istanbul, Turkey Clay Template:Country data ISR Shahar Pe'er 1–6, 6–3, 7–6(3)
8. 24 June 2006 Eastbourne, UK (2) Grass 23x15px Justine Henin 4–6, 6–1, 7–6(5)
9. 13 August 2006 Stockholm, Sweden (2) Hard 23x15px Zheng Jie 6–4, 6–1

Doubles (6)

Wins (5)

Grand Slam (0)
WTA Championships (0)
Tier I (1)
Tier II (2)
Tier III (2)
Tier IV (0)
No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. 19 September 2004 Bali, Indonesia Hard Template:Country data JPN Ai Sugiyama 23x15px Svetlana Kuznetsova
23x15px Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–3, 7–5
2. 17 October 2004 Moscow, Russia Carpet (i) 23x15px Vera Zvonareva 23x15px Virginia Ruano Pascual
23x15px Paola Suárez
6–3, 4–6, 6–2
3. 25 September 2005 Kolkata, India Carpet (i) 23x15px Elena Likhovtseva 23x15px Neha Uberoi
Template:Country data IND Shikha Uberoi
6–1, 6–0
4. 9 October 2005 Filderstadt, Germany Hard (i) 23x15px Daniela Hantuchová 23x15px Květa Peschke
23x15px Francesca Schiavone
6–0, 3–6, 7–5
5. 7 May 2006 Warsaw, Poland Clay 23x15px Elena Likhovtseva 23x15px Anabel Medina Garrigues
23x15px Katarina Srebotnik
6–3, 6–4

Runner-up (1)

Grand Slam (0)
WTA Championships (0)
Tier I (1)
Tier II (0)
Tier III (0)
Tier IV (0)
No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. 5 October 2003 Moscow, Russia Carpet (i) 23x15px Vera Zvonareva 23x15px Nadia Petrova
23x15px Meghann Shaughnessy
6–3, 6–4

Singles performance timeline

To prevent confusion and double counting, information in this table is updated only once a tournament or the player's participation in the tournament has concluded. This table is current through the 2007 French Open, which ended on June 10, 2007.

Tournament 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 Career
Australian Open A A A 2R QF QF 4R 4R A 0 / 5 14–5 N/A
French Open A 1R 1R 1R 2R W 1R 4R 1R 1 / 8 11–7 N/A
Wimbledon A 3R 2R 3R 4R 3R QF QF A 0 / 7 18–7 N/A
US Open 2R 1R 1R 3R QF 2R 3R 1R A 0 / 8 10–8 N/A
Grand Slam SR 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 1 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 1 1 / 28 N/A N/A
Grand Slam W-L 1–1 2–3 1–3 5–4 12–4 14–3 8–4 10–4 0–1 N/A 53–27 N/A
WTA Tour Championships A A A 1R 4R SF A A A 0 / 3 3–5 N/A
WTA Tier I Tournaments
Tokyo A A A Q1 A A A SF A 0 / 2 2–2 N/A
Indian Wells A 1R A 4R 2R SF SF 4R A 0 / 5 8–5 N/A
Miami A 3R 1R 3R 2R A 4R QF A 0 / 6 8–6 N/A
Charleston A 2R 1R QF 2R A 2R A A 0 / 5 4–5 N/A
Rome A A 1R 2R QF QF 2R 3R A 0 / 5 9–5 N/A
Berlin A A Q1 2R 2R QF 2R A A 0 / 5 2–5 N/A
San Diego A A A 3R A F A A A 0 / 2 5–2 N/A
Montreal/Toronto A 1R Q2 1R 3R SF SF 2R A 0 / 7 8–7 N/A
Moscow 2R A SF 1R W W QF A A 2 / 9 18–7 N/A
Zurich A QF Q1 2R A A SF 1R A 0 / 5 9–5 N/A
Career statistics
Finals reached 1 0 0 4 5 4 2 3 0 N/A N/A 19
Tournaments Won 1 0 0 1 4 3 1 0 0 N/A N/A 10
Hard Outdoors W-L 4–4 3–7 2–3 19–11 15–8 27–10 14–8 13–10 0–1 N/A 97–62 N/A
Hard Indoors W-L 0–0 2–2 0–1 0–1 6–5 5–4 5–2 0–0 0–0 N/A 18–15 N/A
Clay W-L 5–1 6–6 1–4 12–8 11–6 12–2 3–6 8–4 0–1 N/A 58–38 N/A
Grass W-L 0–0 5–3 3–2 10–3 3–2 2–1 5–2 8–2 0–0 N/A 36–15 N/A
Carpet W-L 1–1 0–0 5–2 6–5 11–1 9–1 9–2 2–1 0–0 N/A 43–13 N/A
Overall W-L 10–6 16–18 11–12 47–28 46–22 55–18 36–20 31–17 0–2 N/A 252–143 N/A
Year-End Rank [Career Best] 65 58 59 11 7 3 14 16 1038 N/A N/A [2]

WTA Tour career earnings

Year Grand Slam
singles titles
singles titles
singles titles
Earnings ($) Money list rank
1998 0 0 0 9,152 332
1999-00 0 1 1 232,492 n/a
2001 0 0 0 144,378 75
2002 0 1 1 545,661 21
2003 0 4 4 1,025,355 10
2004 1 2 3 2,115,847 4
2005 0 1 1 873,199 13
2006 0 0 0 660,641 21
Career 1 9 10 5,606,725 47

Head-to-head record against other players

Myskina's win-loss record against certain players who have been ranked World No. 10 or higher is as follows:

Players who have been ranked World No. 1 are in boldface.


Preceded by
Justine Henin-Hardenne
ITF World Champion
Succeeded by
Kim Clijsters

See also


  1. ^ Roland Garros – The 2007 French Open – Official Site by IBM
  2. ^ N/A (2007-05-30). "Wednesday 30 May in numbers". Wimbledon. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  3. ^ N/A (2007-05-30). "Day 4 – An interview with Anastasia Myskina – Wednesday, May 30, 2007". Wimbledon. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  4. ^ Video Interview with Anastasia Myskina
  5. ^ "Women to watch at Wimbledon". BBC News. June 22, 2006. Retrieved April 23, 2010. 
  6. ^ Sandomir, Richard (August 7, 2004). "TENNIS; Myskina Sues Magazine Over Two Topless Photos". The New York Times. Retrieved April 23, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Judge says photographer can use Myskina's topless photos". USA Today. July 19, 2005. Retrieved April 23, 2010. 
  8. ^ Anastasia Myskina pregnant, no boyfriend | Anastasia Myskina
  9. ^ "Anastasia Myskina Expecting Baby No. 3". Celebrity Scoop. November 5, 2011. Retrieved December 13, 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "Anastasia Myskina pregnant with third child". November 3, 2011. Retrieved December 13, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Anastasia Myskina Welcomes Baby No. 3: Pavel". Celebrity Baby Scoop. March 13, 2012. Retrieved December 13, 2012. 

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