Yaroslava Shvedova turned pro in 2005 and played her first WTA main draw in Philadelphia. In 2006, she reached the 1st round of Wimbledon and continued to play on the ITF circuit, winning one singles title and two doubles titles. 2007 marked an exciting year for Shvedova as she broke the top 100 for the first time. In 2008, Shvedova stayed in the top 100 and reached the second round at a Grand Slam for the first time in Australia. In 2009, Shvedova reached the semifinals at Bad Gastein and Tashkent, breaking the top 50 for the first time on August 3rd. She continued her success in 2010, playing her first Grand Slam quarter final at Roland Garros. In 2012, Shvedova reached the quarterfinals at Bogota and the French Open. At Wimbledon, she achieved the first ‘golden set’ at the All England Club and the first in women’s tennis in the Open Era. She was named the 2012 WTA Comeback Player of the Year. She was named the 2012 WTA Comeback Player of the Year.
Coached by Victor Ionita. Father, Vyacheslav, is professional coach (running, tennis - has coached Yaroslava throughout her career); mother, Nurziya, was a professional runner and world champion in the 100km marathon; older brother, Pavel, is a political journalist. Started playing at age 5; started taking it seriously at age 8. Trains at National Tennis Center in Astana, Kazakhstan and at CSKA club in Moscow, Russia. Favorite surface is clay. Loves all sports activities and will try anything once. Has represented Kazakhstan since 2008 (previously RUS). Prefers to be called Slava.
Residence: Astana, Kazakhstan
Date of Birth: 12 September 1987
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Height: 5' 11" (180 cm)
Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Status: Pro (2005)