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Anne Viensouk Keothavong (born 16 September 1983) is a British professional tennis player. She is a former long-standing British number 1, however due to injury, she is currently British number 3, behind Elena Baltacha and Katie O'Brien and is ranked 153rd in the world (as of 6 July 2010) So far in her career she has won a total of 17 International Tennis Federation singles titles, 4 ITF doubles titles and reached a career-high singles ranking of world No.48 (achieved 23 February 2009). She has also reached the semifinals of 3 International tournaments on the main tour and the semifinals of one Premier tournament.

In terms of Grand Slam success, Anne's best result so far came at the 2008 US Open, where she reached the third round. She beat Alexa Glatch, 6–2 6–2, in the first round and followed this up with a 6–2 3–6 6–4 victory over No.25 seed, Francesca Schiavone, a woman ranked 60 places above her. She faced world No.6, Elena Dementieva, in round three and was defeated, 3–6 4-6. Anne has also managed to reach the second round of Wimbledon on two occasions: in 2004 and 2008. In 2004 she beat Nicole Pratt, 6–3 6–1, in the first round and lost to Maria Sharapova, the No.13 seed, in straight sets, 4–6 0–6, in round two. The 2008 tournament saw her beat Vania King, 4–6 6–2 6–3, in round one but she went on to experience a second round loss to Venus Williams, 5–7 2–6.

Anne was born in Hackney in London, to parents who had fled from their wartorn home country of Laos in the 1970s. Her father, Somsak, is an employee in a bank and encouraged all of his children to play short tennis from an early age. Her mother's name is Vathana and she has two brothers: James, who is a tennis umpire , and Mark. Keothavong's younger sister, Lena, also played tennis on the ITF tour briefly with limited success. Anne attended Kingsland High School and earned seven GCSEs and an A-level in maths.

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