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Tatiana Golovin
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Golovin at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris
Country (sports)  France
Residence New York, U.S.
Born (1988-01-25) 25 January 1988 (age 36)
Moscow, Soviet Union
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro 2002
Retired 2008 (first retire),
2019 (second retire)
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money US$ 1,923,053
Career record 165–93 (63.95%)
Career titles 2
Highest ranking No. 12 (4 February 2008)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open 4R (2004)
French Open 3R (2005)
Wimbledon 4R (2004)
US Open QF (2006)
Career record 21–32 (39.62%)
Highest ranking No. 91 (13 August 2007)
Grand Slam doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2006)
French Open 1R (2002, 2003, 2005)
Wimbledon 3R (2004)
US Open 2R (2006)
Grand Slam mixed doubles results
French Open W (2004)

Tatiana Golovin (Russian: Татья́на Григóрьевна Головина́, tr. Tatyana Grigoryevna Golovina; born 25 January 1988) is a French professional tennis player. She won the 2004 French Open mixed-doubles event, partnering with Richard Gasquet, and reached the singles quarterfinals at the 2006 US Open, losing to the eventual champion Maria Sharapova. Her career-high singles ranking is world No. 12. In 2008, she was diagnosed with lower back inflammation and was forced to stop playing competitive tennis.


Born in Moscow, Golovin spent six years at Nick Bollettieri's tennis camp in Bradenton, Florida. In her career, she was coached by former world No. 1 Mats Wilander as well as Brad Gilbert and Dean Goldfine.


2002–03: tour debut

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. In 2003, Golovin won her first WTA Tour main-draw match at Indian Wells against No. 146 Gisela Dulko.


At the Australian Open, Golovin (ranked No. 354) upset No. 14 seed Anna Smashnova in the second round and No. 23 seed Lina Krasnoroutskaya in the third round, then lost to No. 25 seed Lisa Raymond in the fourth round. It was her second Grand Slam tournament.

At Roland Garros, Golovin won the mixed doubles trophy with Richard Gasquet, as a wildcard team, defeating Cara Black/Wayne Black. At Wimbledon, she reached the fourth round, with wins over Alina Jidkova, Francesca Schiavone, and Emmanuelle Gagliardi, then lost to world No. 10 Serena Williams.

Golovin reached the semifinals at the Paris Indoors, losing to Mary Pierce, after having beaten world No. 10 Elena Dementieva for her first top 10 win. In her first grass-court main draw at Birmingham, Golovin reached her first WTA Tour singles final, which she lost to Maria Sharapova in three sets. Golovin reached her first Tier I quarterfinal in Montreal at the Rogers Cup, losing to Vera Zvonareva. Afterward, she reached the quarterfinals in Luxembourg, losing to eventual champion Alicia Molik.

Golovin was a member of the France Fed Cup team, that defeated Italy in the quarterfinal and Spain in the semifinals, then lost to Russia in the final, in which she defeated No. 5 Svetlana Kuznetsova. During the year, she debuted in the top 100 on February 16 (at No. 91), and in the top 50 on June 14 (at No. 50).

Golovin reached the final in Tokyo at the Japan Open as No. 3 seed, losing to No. 2 seed Nicole Vaidišová. She was also five-time semifinalist on four different surfaces: on hardcourt at Gold Coast, losing to Schnyder in three sets and later that year again on hardcourt at Seoul, losing to Jelena Janković in three sets; on carpet at Paris Indoors, which was her second straight semifinal there, losing the third set tie-break against Dinara Safina; clay at Charleston, where she secured her third career top-10 victory versus No. 8 Venus Williams en route to her first Tier I semifinal, falling to Justine Henin-Hardenne in two sets; and grass at Birmingham, losing to Maria Sharapova. She made her top 20 debut (at No. 18) after her semifinal appearance at Charleston.


At her first tournament of the year in Gold Coast, Golovin reached the quarterfinals, losing to finalist Flavia Pennetta in three sets. Golovin reached her third consecutive Paris Indoors semifinal, defeating Nadia Petrova in the quarterfinals. The victory over world No. 7 Petrova was the fourth top 10 win of her career. She then lost to top seed and eventual champion Amélie Mauresmo.

Golovin reached her second career Tier I semifinal at Miami, where she defeated world No. 8 Elena Dementieva in the fourth round for her fifth career top 10 victory and 100th career singles match win. In the semifinal, Golovin overcame a 5–1 deficit and four match points while down 5–3 in second set versus Maria Sharapova, pushing the match to a third set before she sprained her left ankle and retired at 3–6, 7–6, 3–4.

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Golovin at the 2007 Fortis Championships Luxembourg

Golovin's third semifinal of the season was at Stanford, where, as an unseeded player, she upset Ai Sugiyama and Anna-Lena Grönefeld on the way to losing to No. 2 seed Patty Schnyder. Golovin then reached the quarterfinals of the US Open by defeating Nadia Petrova for the second time in 2006 in the third round and Anna Chakvetadze in the fourth. She then lost to No. 3 seed and eventual champion Maria Sharapova.

Golovin reached her first final since the Japan Open Tennis Championships in 2005 at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart by defeating Elena Likhovtseva in the first round, Iveta Benešová in the second, Michaëlla Krajicek in the quarterfinals, and eighth seed Patty Schnyder in the semifinals. However, she lost in the final to Nadia Petrova.

At the Australian Open Golovin fell in the third round to 16th seed Shahar Pe'er in a three-hour match. At the Proximus Diamond Games held in Antwerp, she beat Katarina Srebotnik, fifth seed Patty Schnyder and Elena Likhovtseva en route to the semifinals, where she lost to Belgian Kim Clijsters.

On April 8, 2007, Golovin won her first WTA title at the Bausch & Lomb Championships in Amelia Island, defeating Nadia Petrova.

Later in the year, Golovin won her second career title in Portorož, defeating Katarina Srebotnik in the final. She then competed in the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, and reached the final, losing to Justine Henin. Two weeks later, Golovin lost to Henin in the final at the Zurich Open.

2008: retirement

Golovin entered the Australian Open as the No. 13 seed, her highest seeding in a grand slam. She lost in the second round to Aravane Rezaï, another French player.

At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, she had partnered with Pauline Parmentier, but the team had to withdraw due to Golovin's back injury. After missing a total of four successive months due to medical concerns with her back, she eventually pulled out of the US Open. She was diagnosed with lower back inflammation and was forced to stop playing competitive tennis indefinitely.

She appeared in the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition alongside Daniela Hantuchová and Maria Kirilenko in a pictorial titled "Volley of the Dolls".

During this time Golovin forged a career in broadcasting, working for French television.

2019–20: return to professional tennis

On September 13, 2019, Golovin announced on BeIn Sports that she had been working hard to come back to the WTA Tour next season. But that things had been progressing so well, she was considering moving her return date up to mid-October.

Personal life

Golovin was born in Moscow but moved to Paris with her parents when she was eight months old, and attained French citizenship. She speaks fluent French, English and Russian. She has two sisters, Olga and Oxana.

Tatiana Golovin is today a member of the ‘Champions for Peace’ club, a group of 54 famous elite athletes committed to serving peace in the world through sport, created by Peace and Sport, a Monaco-based international organization.

She also works for French television, as a tennis commentator.

On March 22, 2015, she announced that she was expecting a child with her partner, French rugby player Hugo Bonneval. Daughter Anastasia was born July 10, 2015. Golovin and Bonneval added a son to the family in November 2017.

Performance timelines

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Only main-draw results in WTA Tour, Grand Slam tournaments, Fed Cup and Olympic Games are included in win–loss records.


Tournament 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 SR W–L Win%
Grand Slam
Australian Open A A 4R 2R 1R 3R 2R 0 / 5 7–5 58%
French Open Q2 1R 1R 3R 1R A A 0 / 4 2–4 33%
Wimbledon A A 4R 1R 2R 2R A 0 / 4 5–4 56%
US Open A A 3R 3R QF 1R A 0 / 4 8–4 67%
Win–loss 0–0 0–1 8–4 5–4 5–4 3–3 1–1 0 / 17 22–17 56%
WTA Tier I
Indian Wells Open A 2R 2R 4R 3R QF A 0 / 5 8–5 62%
Miami Open A 1R 4R 4R SF 3R A 0 / 5 10–5 67%
Charleston Open A A A SF A QF A 0 / 2 7–2 78%
German Open A A 1R A A A 1R 0 / 2 0–2 0%
Italian Open A A 2R 1R A A A 0 / 2 1–2 33%
San Diego Open NMS A 1R 1R 3R A 0 / 3 2–3 40%
Canadian Open A A QF 2R 1R SF A 0 / 4 8–4 67%
Pan Pacific Open A A A A 1R A A 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Zurich Open A A 1R 1R 2R F A 0 / 4 5–4 56%
Win–loss 0–0 1–2 8–6 9–7 6–6 17–6 0–1 0 / 28 41–28 59%
Career statistics
Tournaments 0 4 15 22 18 19 4 Career total: 82
Titles 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 Career total: 2
Finals 0 0 1 1 1 4 0 Career total: 7
Overall win–loss 0–0 1–4 29–16 33–22 26–19 46–18 2–4 2 / 82 137–83 62%
Year-end ranking 375 345 27 24 22 13 251 $1,924,323


Tournament 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 SR W–L Win%
Grand Slam
Australian Open A A A A 2R 1R 0 / 2 1–2 33%
French Open 1R 1R A 1R A A 0 / 3 0–3 0%
Wimbledon A A 3R A A A 0 / 1 2–1 67%
US Open A A A 1R 2R A 0 / 2 1–2 33%
Win–loss 0–1 0–1 2–1 0–2 1–1 0–1 0 / 8 4–8 33%
WTA Tier I
Indian Wells Open A A Q1 1R 1R A 0 / 2 0–2 0%
Miami Open A A 1R A 1R QF 0 / 3 2–3 40%
Charleston Open A A A 1R A A 0 / 1 0–1 0%
San Diego Open A A A 2R 1R QF 0 / 3 3–3 50%
Canadian Open A A 2R 2R 1R A 0 / 3 2–3 40%
Zurich Open A A SF A A A 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Win–loss 0–0 0–0 2–3 2–4 0–4 4–2 0 / 13 8–13 38%
Career statistics
Tournaments 1 2 5 8 7 5 Career total: 28
Overall win–loss 0–1 0–2 4–6 2–8 7–6 5–5 0 / 28 18–28 39%
Year-end ranking 392 788 120 278 124 126

Significant finals

Grand Slam finals

Mixed doubles: 1 title

Result Year Tournament Partner Opponents Score
Win 2004 French Open France Richard Gasquet Zimbabwe Cara Black
Zimbabwe Wayne Black
6–3, 6–4

WTA Tier I finals

Singles: 1 runner-up

Result Year Tournament Opponent Score
Loss 2007 Zurich Open Belgium Justine Henin 4–6, 4–6

WTA career finals

Singles: 7 (2 titles, 5 runner-ups)

Grand Slam (0–0)
WTA Tier I (0–1)
WTA Tier II (1–2)
WTA Tier III, IV, V (1–2)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Jun 2004 Birmingham Classic, UK Tier III Grass Russia Maria Sharapova 6–4, 2–6, 1–6
Loss 0–2 Oct 2005 Japan Open Tier III Hard (i) Czech Republic Nicole Vaidišová 6–74, 2–3 ret.
Loss 0–3 Oct 2006 Stuttgart Open, Germany Tier II Hard (i) Russia Nadia Petrova 3–6, 6–74
Win 1–3 Apr 2007 Amelia Island Championships, U.S. Tier II Clay Russia Nadia Petrova 6–2, 6–1
Win 2–3 Sep 2007 Slovenia Open Tier IV Hard Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik 2–6, 6–4, 6–4
Loss 2–4 Oct 2007 Stuttgart Open, Germany Tier II Hard (i) Belgium Justine Henin 6–2, 2–6, 1–6
Loss 2–5 Oct 2007 Zurich Open, Switzerland Tier I Hard (i) Belgium Justine Henin 4–6, 4–6

Top 10 wins

# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score TGR
1. Russia Elena Dementieva No. 10 Open GDF Suez, France Carpet QF 6–4, 6–4 No. 135
2. Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova No. 5 Fed Cup Carpet RR 6–4, 6–1 No. 27
3. United States Venus Williams No. 8 Charleston Open, United States Clay 3R 7–5, 6–4 No. 25
4. Russia Nadia Petrova No. 7 Open GDF Suez, France Carpet QF 3–6, 7–6(9–7), 6–3 No. 24
5. Russia Elena Dementieva No. 8 Miami Open, United States Hard 4R 6–2, 6–1 No. 24
6. Russia Nadia Petrova No. 6 US Open Hard 3R 7–5, 6–7(4–7), 6–3 No. 26
7. Switzerland Patty Schnyder No. 9 Stuttgart Open, Germany Hard SF 6–1, 5–7, 7–5 No. 25
8. Russia Nadia Petrova No. 7 Indian Wells Open, United States Hard 4R 6–2, 1–0 ret. No. 19
9. Russia Nadia Petrova No. 7 Amelia Island Championships, United States Clay F 6–2, 6–1 No. 20
10. Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova No. 5 Canadian Open Hard QF 2–6, 7–5, 6–1 No. 19
11. Russia Anna Chakvetadze No. 6 Stuttgart Open, Germany Hard 2R 7–6(7–3), 6–1 No. 19
12. Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova No. 2 Stuttgart Open, Germany Hard SF 7–6(7–3), 6–1 No. 19
13. Serbia Ana Ivanovic No. 4 Zurich Open, Switzerland Hard 2R 6–3, 6–1 No. 18

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