31 Facts About Alisa Kleybanova


Alisa Mikhailovna Kleybanova is a Russian former tennis player.

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Alisa Kleybanova has experienced success in the juniors; she won the 2003 Wimbledon Championships girls' doubles with Sania Mirza, aged 13.

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Alisa Kleybanova won the girls' doubles at the 2005 US Open with Czech Nikola Frankova.

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Alisa Kleybanova played six tournaments on the tour and ranked No 364 by the end of 2004.

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Alisa Kleybanova's ranking having plunged to 520 following her failure to defend her points picked up at Indian Wells a year earlier, she was wildcarded into the qualifying draw instead of the main draw for the Tier-I event at Miami that immediately followed, and at first defeated world No 91, Severine Beltrame, but then lost in the second round of qualifying to German Julia Schruff.

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Alisa Kleybanova came through qualifying draw at a $25k tournament held at Felixstowe, Great Britain, but lost in the second round of the main draw to world No 228, Jarmila Gajdosova.

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Alisa Kleybanova reached the final in the first of these, recording four straight sets wins including victories over Sanja Ancic in the quarterfinals and world No 241, Alize Cornet, in the semifinals.

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Alisa Kleybanova followed up this disappointment by attempting to qualify for a Grand Slam main draw for the first time at the US Open, and progressed to the qualifying round with wins over world No 115, Tamarine Tanasugarn, and world No 224, Shiho Hisamatsu, then lost to world No 130, Sandra Kloesel, in straight sets.

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Alisa Kleybanova began the 2008 season early by entering qualifying for the Tier-III tournament at Gold Coast, Queensland in late December 2007.

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Nonetheless, in reaching the second round of a Grand Slam as a qualifier, Alisa Kleybanova had earned 91 ranking points, sufficient to raise her ranking to a new personal best of 112th.

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Alisa Kleybanova won the first two rounds of qualifying, defeating fellow Russian world No 127, Galina Voskoboeva, in the first and a Belgian outsider in the second, but then lost to world No 70, Klara Zakopalova, in the qualifying round.

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Alisa Kleybanova emerged from this experience ranked just six places higher at world No 106.

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Alisa Kleybanova retired in the first round of ladies' doubles and lost in the first round of mixed doubles.

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Alisa Kleybanova began her 2009 season at the Brisbane International where she upset sixth seed Kaia Kanepi in the first round but lost in the second round to Tathiana Garbin.

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Alisa Kleybanova was defeated in the second round at the Sydney International by Alize Cornet.

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Alisa Kleybanova's run ended in the fourth round where she lost to Australian wildcard Jelena Dokic.

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Alisa Kleybanova lost a hard fought three setter to Justine Henin in the third round, despite having been near match point numerous times.

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Alisa Kleybanova fell in three sets to Jelena Jankovic in her first match, but blew past Ana Ivanovic in her second match.

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At the Malaysian Open, Alisa Kleybanova won her first WTA singles title, defeating world No 7, Elena Dementieva, in the final in straight sets.

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Alisa Kleybanova went off on a better note at the Sydney International by upsetting No 5 seed Francesca Schiavone and prevailing over Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez.

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At the Indian Wells Open, Alisa Kleybanova went on to reach the fourth round where she lost to world No 1, Caroline Wozniacki.

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Alisa Kleybanova had to withdraw from the French Open due to illness and was thus replaced by Anastasia Pivovarova.

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Alisa Kleybanova underwent treatment in Italy, her last tournament of 2011 being played in Rome.

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Alisa Kleybanova launched her comeback at the Miami Open as a wildcard into the main draw.

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Alisa Kleybanova made her official comeback in 2013, stating that she had not been ready in Miami the previous year.

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Alisa Kleybanova took the singles title with a two-set victory over Natalie Pluskota, after winning three matches to qualify and four others in the main draw, to total eight.

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Alisa Kleybanova then played for the Springfield Lasers in World TeamTennis, playing mostly doubles.

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Alisa Kleybanova made her comeback to the WTA Tour at the Rogers Cup held in Toronto, Canada, under a protected ranking.

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Alisa Kleybanova played her first Grand Slam tournament since recovering from cancer at the US Open.

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At the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Alisa Kleybanova recorded her first top-ten victory in over three years when she upset former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, in straight sets in the second round.

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Alisa Kleybanova won the title by beating the top seed Lina Gjorcheska in the final, in straight sets.

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