Grand Slam Champion Vera Zvonareva
At the age of six, Vera Zvonareva picked up a tennis racket and never looked back.
Growing up in Moscow she honed her game on courts that had carpet as the surface. Her first overseas exchange experience when she was a young girl was in London, and she shares her memories of London, the food, the culture after traveling for the first time from Russia.
Vera’s rise in Women’s tennis was rapid, her first ITF tournament win was in Georgia in 2000.
From there it was onward and upward with wins all across the world. 2010 was arguably her greatest year to date, with appearances in the Wimbledon Women’s Singles and Doubles Final and the US Open Women’s Singles Final. In total six doubles, Grand Slam doubles championships.
There was also a bronze medal in the Beijing Olympic Games in the Women’s Singles.
Vera talks about injuries and leaving the tour to get married and to start a family. Now back on the tour and as hungry as ever to accomplish great things in the twilight of her career, Vera shares about the path back from injury, managing family while traveling the world.
Currently in Dubai preparing for the season’s first Grand Slam in Melbourne, Australia Vera provides a unique and wonderful insight into what life on the tour for twenty years means and what it looks like from the inside.
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