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Alexandra Panova

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Full name: Alexandra Alexandrovna Panova
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Bio Panowa started playing tennis at the age of nine. She likes to play from the baseline and prefers the clay court according to the WTA profile. So far, she has won seven singles and 15 doubles titles in ITF tournaments.

In January 2009, Panova obtained an invitation from the Hong Kong Tennis Patrons' Association to play JB Group Classic with her compatriot Anna Chakvetadze (she replaced Maria Sharapova for injury) and Vera Zvonareva, and then she entered the Australian Open women's qualifying singles unseeded and made it to the qualifying third round before losing to unseeded Julia Schruff of Germany 6–7, 4–6.

Her first WTA title she won at the tournament in Uzbek Tashkent in 2010. On the side of Tatiana Poutschek she defeated Alexandra Dulgheru and Magdaléna Rybáriková with 6-3, 6-4.

In August 2011, Panova made her grand slam debut at the US Open by coming through qualifying. In the first round she faced the 8th seed Marion Bartoli, a match that she ended up losing 5–7, 3–6.

In February 2012 Panova made it to her first WTA final at the Copa Sony Ericsson Colsanitas, upsetting the 5th seed Gisela Dulko along the way. She lost to Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino in the final, but won the doubles championship with doubles partner Eva Birnerová in Bogotá. She then won her second doubles title of the year two months later on the side of Petra Cetkovská in the Moroccan Fès at the Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem. In May 2012, she reached in the individual position 74 of the world rankings. In the French Open, however, she retired in round one 3-6, 3-6 against Kaia Kanepi from Estonia. Also in Wimbledon her participation already finished in the opening match. Nevertheless, she was able to improve in July 2012 in the ranking in 71st place.At the US Open, Panova faced then-world No. 1 and eventual runner-up, Victoria Azarenka, in the first round and was heavily defeated, losing in straight sets and winning just one game.

In double, she moved up to # 42 in April 2013. At the French Open in 2014 she stood together with Kanepi for the first time in the second round of a Grand Slam tournament. In July, she then won at the WTA tournament in Baku on the side of Heather Watson her fourth WTA title.
Panova participated in the Fed Cup final against Italy. She lost a marathon match against Roberta Vinci in the first rubber 7–5, 5–7, 6–8. Panova squandered a 7–5, 5–2, 40–15 lead. Italy went on to win the Fed Cup tie 3–0.

Panova made a positive start to 2014 by qualifying for the main draw of the Brisbane International by defeating Katarzyna Piter, Alizé Lim and No. 3 seed, Hsieh Su-wei. In the first round of the main draw she faced Kaia Kanepi and lost in three sets.
Panova won her fourth WTA doubles title at the Baku Cup, partnering with British Heather Watson. In the final they crushed Raluca Olaru and Shahar Pe'er.
Now with Margarita Gasparyan as her doubles partner, Panova reached the finals of the Tashkent Open, losing to Krunić/Siniaková. This was Gasparyan's first WTA final in her career.

In 2015, Panova entered the main draw at the Australian Open through qualifying. She won her first ever match at a Grand Slam by beating Sorana Cîrstea in the first round. She then came up against fellow countrywoman Maria Sharapova in the second round and lost in three sets after having two match points on her serve.

Panova started the 2016 season losing in qualifying tournaments of Brisbane, Australian Open and St. Petersburg. She received her first main draw entry at the Malaysian Open, losing there in the first round. She renewed herself in Bogota, where she has been traditionally playing well. There Panova defeated the first-seeded Elina Svitolina, saving five match points in the third set after being 3–6 behind Svitolina.
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