88 Facts About Anne Keothavong


Anne Viensouk Keothavong was born on 16 September 1983 and is a British former tennis player.


Anne Keothavong reached the semifinals of six WTA International tournaments, and the semifinals of one Premier tournament.


Anne Keothavong was born in Hackney in London, to parents who had fled from their wartorn home country of Laos in the 1970s.


Anne Keothavong's mother's name is Vathana and she has two brothers: James, who is a tennis umpire, and Mark.


Anne Keothavong played her first match on the ITF Junior Circuit in February 1996, at age 12, and her last in August 2001.


Anne Keothavong reached a total of three semifinals and ten quarterfinals.


Anne Keothavong played her first professional match on the ITF Women's Circuit in April 1998, at age 14, when she fell in the first round of qualifying for a $10k tournament in Birmingham.


Anne Keothavong's final ranking of the year was world No 702.


In 2000, Anne Keothavong played ten ITF events, losing in the qualifying stages in one, round one in three others, the second round four times and the quarterfinal in the $50k tournament in Cardiff.


Anne Keothavong beat Eva Martincova in round one of qualifying before losing to Yuka Yoshida.


Anne Keothavong then reached the quarterfinals of her next tournament, the $10k event in Tipton.


Anne Keothavong faced Janet Lee in round one and lost.


Anne Keothavong's world ranking at the end of 2001 was No 268.


Anne Keothavong started slowly the new season; she played in 13 ITF tournaments and did not pass the second round in any.


Anne Keothavong attempted to qualify for the Eastbourne International and was again beaten in the first round.


Anne Keothavong next competed in the main draw of Wimbledon where in the first round, she lost to Virginie Razzano.


Anne Keothavong won the first in Bath beating Hannah Collin in the final.


Anne Keothavong was victorious in London when she defeated Yvonne Doyle but lost in the third final in Glasgow to Selima Sfar.


Anne Keothavong competed in three more $25k tournaments that year and reached the semifinals in two of them.


Anne Keothavong's final ranking of 2002 was world No 233.


Anne Keothavong then headed to the Australian Open in order to attempt to qualify and she again lost in the first round to Sandra Klosel.


Anne Keothavong finished the year with a singles ranking of world No 177.


Anne Keothavong was beaten in the first round of qualifying by Stephanie Gehrlein.


Anne Keothavong came up against world No 56, Maria Sanchez Lorenzo in the second round and lost in three sets.


Anne Keothavong headed to the main draw of the Eastbourne International, a Tier-II event, and faced No 8 seed, Magdalena Maleeva, and was again beaten in three sets.


Anne Keothavong did not play again that year and finished with a ranking of world No 175.


Anne Keothavong won the first two by beating Veronika Chvojkova and Claire Peterzan, respectively, and lost the third to compatriot, Melanie South.


The first of the two tournaments in Bath was the only time Anne Keothavong competed with her sister Lena in doubles on the ITF Circuit.


Anne Keothavong was then given a wildcard into the main draw of the Birmingham Classic where she lost to Laura Granville in the first round.


Anne Keothavong reached one more $25k final this year, in Lagos, where she lost to Petra Cetkovska in three sets.


Anne Keothavong's year-end ranking for 2005 was world No 239.


Anne Keothavong started her 2006 season by losing in the first round of qualifying for the Brisbane International, the final round of qualifying for the Hobart International and the second round of qualifying for the Australian Open.


Anne Keothavong then entered the $25k tournament in Sunderland where she beat four compatriots; Melanie South, Rebecca Llewellyn, Sarah Coles and Katie O'Brien in straight sets to reach the final where she was beaten by Elise Tamaela.


Anne Keothavong was beaten by Laura Granville in the semifinals, Eleni Daniilidou in round one, Vera Dushevina in the first round and Karolina Sprem in the first round respectively.


Anne Keothavong then returned to the ITF Circuit playing $25k tournaments and won one more title, in Prerov.


Anne Keothavong reached two semifinals and a quarterfinal in Jersey.


Anne Keothavong ended the season with her world ranking at No 168.


Anne Keothavong did this by defeating Sara Errani in the first round, Sunitha Rao in round two and Tzipi Obziler in the quarterfinals.


Anne Keothavong then attempted to qualify for the Australian Open and won her first match against Jorgelina Cravero before losing her second to Monica Niculescu.


Anne Keothavong then fell in the first round of qualifying for the French Open before reaching another $50k final.


Anne Keothavong then lost to the eventual champion, Venus Williams, in the second round.


Anne Keothavong then defeated Sania Mirza in the first round before giving Marion Bartoli a tough time in round two in a match which she eventually lost in three tight sets.


Anne Keothavong won the match and then went on to beat Francesca Schiavone in the second round in three sets.


Anne Keothavong began her 2009 season by launching her official website before heading to Auckland where she reached the semifinals.


Anne Keothavong then competed in the Hobart International where she faced a tough draw in round one against world No 25, Agnes Szavay.


Nevertheless, Anne Keothavong came through without too much difficulty, beating Szavay in two sets.


Anne Keothavong lost to Virginie Razzano in the second round.


Anne Keothavong then headed to the main draw of the Australian Open for the first time in her career where she came up against Anna Chakvetadze, who was the 17th seed.


Anne Keothavong lost in a controversial match where a mistake by the umpire allowed Chakvetadze to serve first in the final set, an advantage which should have gone to Keothavong.


Anne Keothavong was the fourth seed in her next tournament, the Cellular South Cup, and she followed up on this seeding by reaching the semifinals of a WTA event for the second time in 2009.


Anne Keothavong defeated Maria Elena Camerin, Michelle Larcher de Brito and No 5 seed Marina Erakovic on the way to being demolished by top seed Caroline Wozniacki in the semifinals.


Anne Keothavong then endured three consecutive first round defeats in the Indian Wells Open, the Miami Open and a $100k ITF tournament in Tourhout, Belgium, where she was forced to retire due to a viral illness.


Anne Keothavong faced No 7 seed, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, in round one, American veteran Jill Craybas in the second round, qualifier Ioana Raluca Olaru in the quarterfinals and was beaten by eighth seed Alona Bondarenko.


Anne Keothavong began her grass court season on home turf with a victory over Sofia Arvidsson in the first round of the Birmingham Classic before losing to eventual semifinalist, Sania Mirza, in round two.


However Anne Keothavong did manage to claim victory in her other two singles ties against players from Belarus and the Netherlands.


Anne Keothavong then returned to the tour at the Dow Corning Tennis Classic in Michigan in the 100k event.


Anne Keothavong battled past Ivana Lisjak in three sets before only dropping two games in a drubbing of Daniilidou.


Anne Keothavong then faced Marta Domachowska and went down in three sets after she won the first.


At the Cellular South Cup in Memphis, Anne Keothavong reached the semifinals, on her return to the main tour.


Anne Keothavong then fell in three sets to Sofia Arvidsson in the semifinals, after battling back from a set down lost she lost the decider.


Anne Keothavong then competed in two Premier tournaments, the Indian Wells Open and Miami Open.


Anne Keothavong crashed out in round one in both tournaments, to Anna Chakvetadze in three sets, after winning the first to continue her losing record against her in Indian Wells.


Less than a week after her loss in Miami, Anne Keothavong bounced back in a $75k event in Monzon, Spain.


Anne Keothavong reached the quarterfinals after beating two Asian players, Yurika Sema in straight sets and Tamarine Tanasugarn in three after losing a tight first set.


Anne Keothavong bowed out to Maria Elena Camerin, in straight sets.


Anne Keothavong then moved on to Torhout, Belgium for a $50k event.


Anne Keothavong made it to the semifinals after taking out Shapatava, Kristina Antoniychuk and Valerie Tetreault, in straight sets.


Anne Keothavong entered the Luxembourg Open using a protected ranking and reached the semifinals after beating Virginie Razzano, Patty Schnyder and Iveta Benesova but was beaten by Roberta Vinci, preventing Anne Keothavong from making her first WTA Tour final.


At the beginning of the year in Australia, Anne Keothavong reached the second round of the Auckland Open losing to Kateryna Bondarenko, and the second round of the Australian Open, where she qualified, losing to 30th seed Andrea Petkovic in three sets.


Anne Keothavong then played several ITF Circuit events with limited success.


Anne Keothavong then entered the French Open where she lost a closely fought match in the first round to Vesna Dolonc.


Anne Keothavong then moved onto grass in her home country and won a round at the $100k event in Nottingham, before losing to Stephanie Dubois.


At Eastbourne, Anne Keothavong entered the qualifying round, defeating eighth seed Alize Cornet and Sorana Cirstea before losing in the final round to Mirjana Lucic.


At Wimbledon, Anne Keothavong defeated fellow Brit Naomi Broady in the first round before losing in the second round to No 8 seed and eventual champion, Petra Kvitova.


Anne Keothavong had little success during the US Open Series, but the majority of her successes for 2011 came during the European hardcourt series towards the end of the year.


Anne Keothavong won the $75k event in Barnstaple, defeating Marta Domachowska in the finaland she won the doubles event with Eva Birnerova.


Anne Keothavong then won the singles title in the $50k event in Ismaning, defeating Yvonne Meusburger in the final and again winning the doubles title as well, this time with Kiki Bertens.


Anne Keothavong played her first event of the 2012 season at the Auckland Open where she was the top-seed in the qualifying tournament.


Anne Keothavong defeated Australian wildcard Emily Fanning in the first round, and followed this with a victory over Varvara Lepchenko.


Anne Keothavong went straight into the main draw at the Australian Open, but had to retire due to illness from her first-round match, after losing the first set to Mona Barthel.


Anne Keothavong lost in straight sets to Melinda Czink in the first round of the French Open.


Anne Keothavong made a disappointing start to 2013, losing in the first round qualifier in the Australian Open to Grace Min.


Anne Keothavong reached her first WTA Tour final with doubles partner Valeria Savinykh, surprisingly reaching the doubles final of the Brasil Tennis Cup.


Anne Keothavong played her final match of her career at the Wimbledon Championships, losing in the first round to teenager Garbine Muguruza, in straight sets.


In December 2016, Anne Keothavong was selected as the new captain for the Great Britain Fed Cup team, replacing Judy Murray.


Anne Keothavong was involved in controversy in 2017 when Ilie Nastase, captain of the Romania Fed Cup team, used obscene language towards her and the British team during a match.


Anne Keothavong was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 2021 New Year Honours for services to tennis.


Anne Keothavong rarely has a match where she serves no aces at all, and in her second round match at the 2008 US Open she served a total of seven aces.