WTA Players

Agnes Szavay

HU Hungary
Date: 
Thursday, December 29, 1988
Birthplace: 
Kiskunhalas, Hungary
Residence: 
Budapest, Hungary
Height: 
5' 7" (1.71 m)
Weight: 
139 lbs. (63 kg)
Plays: 
Right-handed (double-handed backhand)
Turned pro: 
2004

Ágnes Szávay (born December 29, 1988) is a tennis player Hungary. She is currently the country's highest ranked tennis player. She won her first career WTA-level tournament in Palermo on July 22, 2007.

Background

Szávay was born in Kiskunhalas, Hungary and grew up in Soltvadkert, Hungary. She started to play tennis at the age of six, with her parents acting as her first coaches and managers. Currently her coaches are József Bocskai and Zoltán Kuharszky.Her fives years younger sister,Blanka is a professional tennis playar as well and is considered to be equally talented as her sister.

2007

Agnes won her first career WTA-level tournament in singles, in Palermo on July 22, 2007. The win pushed her into the top 40 of the rankings, at #37, for the first time. She also won one tournament in doubles, the Tier III Budapest Grand Prix, with Vladimíra Uhlí?ová.

On August 25, 2007 Szávay reached the final of the Tier II WTA 2007 Pilot Pen Tennis tournament in New Haven defeating players such as Daniela Hantuchová, Alona Bondarenko and Samantha Stosur. She lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova in the finals after withdrawing due to a back injury although she was leading 6–4, 0–3 . At the conclusion of this tournament, she was ranked #31, her highest-ever ranking.

After her loss in the final, Szávay appeared on the 2007 US Open, where she reached the quarterfinals, beating #32 seed Michaëlla Krajicek, and #7 seed Nadia Petrova. She then lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova. She also reached semifinals in doubles, with Vladimíra Uhlí?ová.

Szávay reached the final of her first tournament since the US Open, which is the Tier II China Open in Beijing. Szávay, the No. 6 seed, capitalized on the withdrawal of top-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova to reach the semifinals. She defeated Chinese player Peng Shuai 6–1, 6–2 to advance to her second Tier II final. Peng had previously defeated multiple Grand Slam champions Martina Hingis in the second round and Amelie Mauresmo in the quarterfinals. Szávay completed her run with a victory over Jelena Jankovic 6–7(7), 7–5, 6–2 to claim her first Tier II title. She led 5–0 in the first set tiebreak before losing it 9–7. In the second set, she saved a match point at Jankovi?'s 5–1 lead with a second serve ace and won 9 consecutive games, turning the match in her favor. However, it was later revealed that Jankovic suffered from a neck injury and was physically impaired in most of the third set. Szavay moved into the top 20 due to this performance, but in Seoul, she was forced to retire and end her season prematurely due to a thigh injury.

2008

Szávay travelled to the 2008 Mondial Australian Women's Hardcourts tournament in Gold Coast, Australia on December 31, 2007, kicking off her season on the 2008 WTA Tour. Szávay and Dinara Safina attained the third doubles seeding and won the tournament after defeting Yuliana Fedak and Aiko Nakamura 6–3, 6–2 in the first round, Nadia Petrova and Elena Vesnina 6–3, 6–4 in the quarterfinals, top seeds Cara Black and Liezel Huber 6–3, 6–1 in the semifinals and second seeds Yan Zi and Zheng Jie 6–1, 6–2 in the final.

While Szávay defeated Fedak in doubles, Fedak earned a lucky loser spot into the singles draw, where she met the eighth-seeded Szávay. Fedak eventually won 3–6, 7–5, 6–2.

Szavay continued her run in singles with a first round three-set loss to Ekaterina Makarova of Russia in the Australian Open although being seeded 20th.

After this start she gained back her earlier form and confidence. In Paris she defeted Olga Govortsova 6–1, 6–1, Tathiana Garbin in three sets 6–3, 4–6, 6–2 and in the quarterfinals Daniela Hantuchová 7–6, 6–1. In the semifinals she beat Elena Dementieva 6–3, 1–6, 7–5, before narrowly losing to Anna Chakvetadze in the final.

After Paris Szavay lost her momentum and continued her run with first match losses against Alisa Kleybanova 6-2, 6-3 in Antwerp, Ai Sugiyama 7-6(3), 6-0 in Doha, Akiko Morigami 6-1, 6-4 in Dubai, Akgul Amanmuradova 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-4 in Bangalore and Elena Vesnina 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 in Miami.

When the clay season started Szavay seemed to regain her earlier form. She reached the Quarterfinals both in Amelian Islands (lost against Lindsay Davenport 6-4, 7-6(3)) and in Charleston (lost again Alize Cornet 7-5, 6-4). But in these two tours she got revange for her previous first round losses. She defeted Ekaterina Makarova 6-4, 6-1 (Amelia Island), Yuliana Fedak 6-0, 7-6(4) and Ai Sugiyama 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 (both in Charleston)

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