Anna Dmitrieva

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Anna Dmitrieva
Анна Дми́триева
Full name Anna Vladimirovna Dmitrieva
Country (sports)  Soviet Union
Residence Moscow, Russia
Born (1940-12-10) 10 December 1940 (age 81)
Moscow, USSR
Career record {{#property:P564}}
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open 4R (1967)
Wimbledon 4R (1960)
US Open 4R (1962)
Wimbledon Junior F (1958)
Career record {{#property:P555}}
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open QF (1968)
Wimbledon SF (1963), QF (1960, 1967)
Last updated on: 1 January 2010.

Anna Vladimirovna Dmitrieva (Russian: Анна Владимировна Дми́триева, born 10 December 1940) is a retired female tennis player who competed for the Soviet Union.

Anna Dmitrieva was born in an artistic family. Her father was the chief artist in MKhAT and her mother was an actress. Her father died when she was seven years old, and her mother married for the second time a popular composer Kirill Molchanov.

Anna started playing tennis at the age of 12. In less than a year she won Moscow junior championships as a member of the Dynamo team, and the next year she became also Moscow junior singles champion. At the age of 16 she was allowed to play at senior tournaments, and in a year she became champion of Moscow in singles, women's doubles and mixed doubles.

In 1958, when the USSR joined the International Tennis Federation, Anna Dmitrieva became a member of the first Soviet delegation at the Wimbledon Championships. Having entered the girls' tournament, she played extremely well and reached the finals.

In 1958–1967 Dmitrieva won the Soviet championships 18 times: five times in singles, nine in women's doubles and four times in mixed doubles. In 1959, 1961, 1962 and 1964 she won the championships in all three categories.

Dmitrieva played successfully at the international events as well. She won open championships of Czechoslovakia and Hungary (1962), Uganda (1963), Yugoslavia (1966). In 1965 she won Scandinavian Indoors championship in women's doubles and reached finals in singles. She also won women's tournament at the Queen's Club in 1963 and Wimbledon Ladies Plate in 1965. She won a number of amateur tournaments in Africa between 1964–1968 and the Games of the New Emerging Forces (GANEFO) in Jakarta in 1963.

At the Grand Slam tournaments her highest success was reaching Wimbledon doubles semis in 1963 with Judy Tegart; they lost to the eventual champions Maria Bueno and Darlene Hard. At the Wimbledon Championships, Dmitrieva also reached the quarterfinals twice in ladies' doubles (in 1960 and 1967) and in mixed doubles in 1967, when she and Alexander Metreveli played the longest game in the tournament's history against Bueno and Ken Fletcher. Dmitrieva also played in the French Open doubles quarterfinals in 1968.

After finishing her player's career in the late 1960s, Dmitrieva worked as a tennis coach for four years and then relocated to sports journalistics, becoming a reporter and commentator for the Soviet TV and radio. Today, she is the director of sports channels department at NTV Plus television network. Dmitrieva won a number of professional awards during her career as a sports journalist; in particular, she was named the best sports journalist of the Russian TV in 1997, and in 2008 she won another prize for life achievement in this field.

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