Thursday, 16 October 2008

Spotlight On ... Mathilde Johansson

Mathilde Johansson was originally born in Sweden, but now lives in and plays for France. She has a career-high ranking of #81 with two ITF singles titles to her name this year (in Colombia and Italy).

Her 2008 season has been largely split between the ITF circuit and the WTA Tour. She reached the second round of WTA Vina del Mar (l. to Flavia Pennetta) and WTA Budapest (l. to Klara Zakopalova, but has reached quarters, semis and finals of ITF events throughout the year. At Wimbledon this year, she qualified and put up a brave fight against Svetlana Kuznetsova in the opening round before going out in three sets.

Post-Wimbledon, Mathilde reached the second round of WTA Budapest (l. to 7th seed Klara Zakopalova) before stepping back to the ITF circuit for a while. She reached the quarter-finals of an ITF event in Biella (Italy) and won an ITF title in Petange (Luxembourg). Back on the WTA circuit, she lost in qualifying for WTA Cincinnati and the US Open. Returning to the ITF circuit, she was a quarter-finalist in Denain (France) and Athens-2 (Greece) and a semi-finalist in Sofia (Bulgaria).

She has been playing in the Grand Slam events since 2005 but has yet to make it past the second round. Those three second rounds have all come at Roland Garros, with losses to 2oth seed Maria Kirilenko, 13th seed Elena Dementieva and 5th seed Serena Williams.

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