Shvedova Lines Up Her Shots, On & Off Court
Published January 08, 2012 12:00
MELBOURNE, Australia - After a breakthrough 2010, Yaroslava Shvedova struggled in 2011, missing the first month and a half due to left knee surgery and never quite getting her range back. But after a solid pre-season the Kazakh is primed for another run at the top, and she has some new "shots" to share.
Shvedova absolutely shone in 2010, particularly on the biggest stages - she reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinal at the French Open (the first Kazakh ever to go that far at a major) and won the Wimbledon and US Open doubles titles alongside American Vania King (Kazakhstan's first Grand Slam titles). She set a career-high of No.29 in singles and cracked the Top 10 in doubles.
Although she would maintain her Top 10 doubles ranking in 2011, her singles ranking tumbled out of the Top 200 by year's end. But the 24-year-old has been preparing hard and will start her year with Australian Open qualies this week.
"I did my off-season in Buenos Aires with my new team. We worked very hard to be ready for a great 2012 in singles and doubles," Shvedova said. "I'm very happy to be in Australia this year. I missed everyone here last year."
In between training blocks, Shvedova found time for a few off-court projects in the off-season. Her official website, www.yaroslava-shvedova.com, was relaunched with the expertise of fellow WTA player Jasmin Woehr, and is now available in English and Russian for the first time. She also put together her first gallery of photos for her new and unique monthly WTA feature, Slava's Shots.
"I've always liked photography," she said. "I found I could see good photos when I looked at things but I didn't have a good camera. In 2009, I decided to buy one so I could take the photos I could see in everyday things around me.
"Maybe one day I will have a gallery!"
For now, she will have one right here. Click here for Slava's Shots, Vol. I.