Alisa Kleybanova Is Russian Tennis Star

January 23, 2009

Meet Alisa Kleybanova, a Russian professional tennis player who arrived on the world stage in style after beating fan-favourite Ana Ivanovic in the third round of the Australian Open. See a video and a biography of Alisa Kleybanova here.

Kleybanova defeated Ivanovic 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-2 to earn the biggest victory of her career. She was aggressive all along and made the Serbian hottie to finish with 50 unforced errors. After the match, Kleybanova dropped on her knees and Ivanovic made a tearful exit from the arena.

“It’s just great to play one of the matches like this. It was definitely the best match in my career so far,” Kleybanova told reporters.

As a biography, Alisa Kleybanova was born on July 15, 1989 in Russia so her age is 19. She started playing professional tennis from the age of just 14 and won the first ITF tournament she entered. At the junior level, she’s a two-time Wimbledon Championships girl’s doubles champion and one-time US Open doubles winner.

Kleybanova has so far won 10 ITF singles titles, although she’s yet to win a WTA title. Her best performances have been reaching the third round of the 2008 Miami Open, quarterfinals of 2008 Antwerp and Eastbourne Opens and the fourth round of 2008 Wimbledon Championships. Her career record stands at 155-60.

She is currently ranked No. 31 in the world and will be facing Australian Wild Card Jelena Dokic in the fourth round of the Australian Open this year.

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