(; born January 25, 1988) is an inactive Russian-born French professional tennis player. She is best known for her explosive forehand, which was said to be one of the best at the time. She notably won the 2004 French Open
mixed doubles event with Richard Gasquet
, and reached the singles quarterfinal at the 2006 U.S. Open
, losing to the eventual champion Maria Sharapova
. The -year-old's highest singles ranking to date is 12. However, just as she began experiencing success, in 2008, she was diagnosed with lower back inflammation and was forced to stop playing competitive tennis indefinitely.
Golovin spent six years at Nick Bollettieri
's tennis camp in Bradenton, Florida
. She is currently coached by former World No. 1 Mats Wilander
, having previously been coached by Brad Gilbert
and Dean Goldfine
Tour debut (2002–2003)
Golovin made her ITF
Circuit debut at Cagnes-sur-Mer
(France) in 2002. She played in three more ITF events (including one semifinal) later that year, but she failed to qualify for the French Open.
In 2003, Golovin won her first WTA Tour
main draw match at Indian Wells
against No.146 Gisela Dulko
(losing in the second round to Italian Francesca Schiavone
). Golovin lost in the first round at Miami
and Roland Garros
. She also played in four ITF Circuit events.
At the Australian Open
, Golovin (as... Read More