Vera Dushevina, tennis player
Vera Dushevina is a Russian professional female tennis player, Honored Master of Sports of Russia, semifinalist of two Grand Slam mixed doubles (Wimbledon 2013 -2014); winner of three WTA tournaments (one – in singles); Federation Cup winner (2005) in the national team of Russia; former first racket of the world in the junior singles rankings; winner of the junior Grand Slam singles titles (Wimbledon 2002); finalist of the junior Grand Slam singles titles (Roland Garros-2003); semifinalist of the Junior Grand Slam singles titles (Roland Garros-2002); a single winner of Orange Bowl tournament (2002).
Vera was born on October 6, 1986 in Moscow.
Dushevina began playing tennis at the age of seven. Her first coach was her father Yevgeny.
Vera changed spelling of last name in 2005 for WTA purposes (Douchevina to Dushevina).
In 2005 she reached her first WTA singles final at Eastbourne where she finished runner up to former World No. 1 Kim Clijsters of Belgium. Two years later, she reached her second at the Nordea Nordic Light Open, losing in straight sets to Agnieszka Radwanska.