Vera Zvonareva, professional tennis player
Vera Zvonareva is a professional tennis player, Honored Master of Sports. She was engaged in tennis at the age of six and turned professional in 2000. Her career high is World No. 2 by the WTA, and she is currently ranked as the World No. 16.
Vera was born on September 7, 1984 in Moscow into a family of sportsmen. Her mother – Natalia Bykova was 1980 Olympic Games bronze medalist. Her father Igor played in the national hockey championship.
At that time Zvonareva didn’t think about professional career and played tennis mostly for pleasure. But with her first victories, she had to choice, and Vera decided to devote her life to sports.
Zvonareva has won twelve WTA Tour singles titles and reached the finals of the 2008 WTA Tour Championships, 2010 Wimbledon Championships, and 2010 US Open. She also was a bronze medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Zvonareva is a player with good offensive and defensive capabilities from the baseline and also confident at the net, as shown by her good doubles record. She is known for her great fitness, speed, and instinct, owing to her excellent lateral movement, and can therefore outrun many opponents during rallies and making her one of the best movers on the tour.
In 2010 Vera took part in the Australian Open, where was rather successful and reached the 4th round.
At the beginning of 2011 Vera managed to reach the semifinal at the Australian Open.
At Tokio – 2011 Zvonareva reached the final.
She won the AO-12 in the doubles and then tried to play at the Olympics in London.