Top seed Nagyova goes for Warsaw title

WARSAW, Poland, May 11 (UPI) -- Top seed Henrieta Nagyova of Slovakia is one match away from capturing the $170,000 J&S Cup claycourt event for the second time in three years.

No.1 Nagyova beats No.5 Ruano Pascual

WARSAW, Poland, May 10 (UPI) -- Top seed Henrieta Nagyova of Slovakia moved closer to her first title of the season Friday as she advanced to the semifinals of the J&S Cup tennis tournament.

Nagyova and Ruano Pascual advance

WARSAW, Poland, May 9 (UPI) -- Top seed Henrieta Nagyova of Slovakia and No. 5 Virginia Pascual Ruano of Spain each posted straight-sets victories THursday in the second round of the J&S Cup

Top seed Dementieva upset

BOL, Croatia, May 3 (UPI) -- Tathiana Garbin of Italy upset top seed Elena Dementieva of Russia, 5-7, 7-5, 7-5, Friday in a match that lasted nearly three hours in the quarterfinals of the

High seeds upset in Croatia

BOL, Croatia, May 2 (UPI) -- Second-seeded Anne Kremer of Luxembourg and third-seeded Magdalena Maleeva of Bulgaria both were upset Thursday in the second round of the $170,000 Croatian

Three seeds move up in Croatian Open

BOL, Croatia, April 30 (UPI) -- No. 4 Iva Majoli did not disappoint the native fans as she was one of three seeds to advance in the first round of the $170,000 Croatian Bol Ladies Open Tuesday

Srebotnik, Garbin advance at Bol

BOL, Croatia, April 29 (UPI) -- Eight-seeded Slovenian Katarina Srebotnik and Tathiana Garbin of Italy both won first-round matches Monday in the $170,000 Croatian Bol Ladies Open.
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Vera Zvonareva
Elena Dementieva of Russa, who is seeded fourth, returns the ball to Vera Zvonareva, also of Russia, at the US Open held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 1, 2006 in New York. (UPI Photo/Monika Graff)

Vera Igorevna Zvonareva (Russian: Вера Игоревна Звонарёва, pronounced   ( listen); born September 7, 1984) is a professional tennis player from Russia. She was introduced to tennis at the age of six and turned professional in 2000. She has reached a career high and current ranking of World No. 4. Zvonareva has won ten 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 was born September 7, 1984 in Moscow, Russia to Igor Zvonarev and Nataliya Zvonareva (Bykova). Igor played Bandy (Russian hockey) in the USSR championship with Dynamo Moscow, while Nataliya played (field) hockey and was the bronze medalist at the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games. Vera was introduced to tennis at the age of six by her mother, although no other members of her family play the game.

Zvonareva started to compete on the ITF Circuit in 1999, debuting at an ITF tournament in Tbilisi, Georgia. She won three qualifying matches there to reach the main draw before losing in the first round. The next year, she won an ITF event in Moscow, Russia without dropping a set, despite being unranked. The event was just the second event she had played in her professional career. Five weeks later, she made her WTA-level debut at the Tier I tournament in Moscow, beating World No. 148 Elena Bovina before losing to World No. 11 Anna Kournikova in the second round. In 2001, she failed to qualify for WTA events in Key Biscayne, Florida and Moscow, but reached a semifinal at the ITF Circuit tournament in Civitanova, Italy. During this time, she also showed her adeptness in juniors' competition by winning the Orange Bowl under-18s event in 2000 and 2001.

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