(Pron: Rodi-o-nova) (born 12 May 1982 in Tambov
, Soviet Union) is an Australian professional female tennis player, and the current Australian No. 1 in doubles. She achieved her career high rank of #62 on 16 August 2010. She lives in Melbourne
Representing Australia at the 2010 Commonwealth Games
, Rodionova won the gold medal in both women's singles and women's doubles, and won the silver medal in mixed doubles.
She won the 2000 Russian Championships 18s in singles and doubles.
She was a finalist in Wimbledon
2003 in mixed doubles with Andy Ram
Rodionova underwent major hip surgery in September 2008 in Melbourne to treat an injury that she had carried since Wimbledon 2003.
Rodionova is an Official Ambassador for Guide Dogs Victoria
since January 2009 and regularly visits puppies in training when home in Melbourne.
Rodionova started to play tennis at age 7, but she was introduced to tennis much earlier. Her father Ivan was an amateur player so instead of toys, Rodionova had tennis balls in her pram. He coached her until 18 years old when she left Tambov, Russia and moved to Germany to practice for 3 years before returning to Moscow to live in 2003. She has resided in Melbourne, Australia with her partner Lorne Padman since 2005. Rodionova's sister Arina
has also been a professional tennis player since 2004.
In 2006, after reaching the 2nd round in the 2nd tier tournament in Los Angeles,... Read More