Mashona Washington

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Mashona Washington
Mashona Washington at Bank of the West Classic qualifying 2010-07-25 1.JPG
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceHouston, Texas
Born (1976-05-31) May 31, 1976 (age 43)
Flint, Michigan
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Turned pro1995
Retired2012
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$975,863
Singles
Career record373–353
Career titles2 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 50 (November 8, 2004)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2005)
French Open1R (2005, 2006)
Wimbledon3R (2005)
US Open2R (2002)
Doubles
Career record213–207
Career titles15 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 55 (July 18, 2005)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2005)
French Open2R (2004)
Wimbledon3R (2003)
US Open3R (1998 & 2004)

Mashona Washington (born May 31, 1976) is a retired tennis player from the United States.

Her career-high singles ranking is No. 50, achieaved on November 8, 2004. On July 18, 2005, she peaked at No. 55 in the doubles rankings. Mashona retired from professional tennis in 2012, aged 36.

Biography[edit]

Washington attended high school in Michigan, moved to Delray Beach, Florida in her sophomore year, graduating from Lake Worth Christian School, Boynton Beach, Florida in 1994, and moved to Houston, Texas, in 1997.[1]

She is the younger sister of MaliVai Washington, who reached the men's singles final at Wimbledon in 1996.

Tennis career[edit]

As a junior player, Washington won the U.S. Indoor National 18s in 1992, and was a finalist at the U.S. National Hardcourt 16s and US Indoor National 16s in 1991. She turned professional in 1995.

After a slow start to her professional career, Washington's breakthrough year came in 2004 when she broke into the world's top-100 for the first time and then finished the year ranked in the top-50. She recorded her first win against a top-10 player when she defeated Maria Sharapova at New Haven, and reached her first top-level singles final in Tokyo where she lost to Sharapova.

She also came within a hair's breadth of beating Sharapova in the first round of the 2006 French Open. She served for the match at 5–2, but could not hold serve. At 5–4 in the third set, she held match points before the then world No. 4 broke back and won the final set 7–5.

In 2005, she reached the third round at Wimbledon, where Elena Dementieva beat her 7–5, 6–1.

She joined the Washington Kastles in 2008.

Mashona Washington is now a member of the Boston Lobsters since 2010.

WTA career finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (0–1)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 10 October 2004 Tokyo Hard Russia Maria Sharapova 0–6, 1–6

Doubles: 2 (0–2)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 9 October 2004 Tokyo Hard United States Jennifer Hopkins Japan Shinobu Asagoe
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
1–6, 4–6
Runner-up 2. 28 February 2008 Memphis Hard United States Angela Haynes United States Lindsay Davenport
United States Lisa Raymond
3–6, 1–6

ITF finals[edit]

Singles: 12 (2–10)[edit]

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. July 4, 1994 Indianapolis, U.S. Hard Puerto Rico Kristina Brandi 1–6, 3–6
Runner-up 2. June 24, 1995 Hilton Head, U.S. Hard United States Kori Davidson 1–6, 4–6
Runner-up 3. January 11, 1998 San Antonio, U.S. Hard Slovakia Andrea Šebová 5–7, 1–6
Runner-up 4. January 26, 1998 Clearwater, U.S. Hard Puerto Rico Kristina Brandi 2–6, 1–6
Runner-up 5. April 15, 2001 Columbus, U.S. Hard (i) France Lea Ghirardi 4–6, 3–6
Winner 1. September 30, 2001 Albuquerque, U.S. Hard United States Marissa Gould 7–5, 6–3
Runner-up 6. December 3, 2001 W.Columbia, U.S. Hard United States Samantha Reeves 1–6, 0–6
Runner-up 7. February 10, 2002 Midland, U.S. Hard (i) China Li Na 1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 8. March 28, 2004 Redding, U.S. Hard United Kingdom Anne Keothavong 3–6, 6–2, 6–7(3–7)
Runner-up 9. May 9, 2004 Raleigh, U.S. Clay United States Marissa Gould 3–6, 3–6
Winner 2. June 1, 2008 Carson, U.S. Hard United States Alexa Glatch 7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 10. June 14, 2009 El Paso, U.S. Hard Canada Valérie Tétreault 4–6, 3–6

Doubles: 26 (15–11)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. January 11, 1998 San Antonio, U.S. Hard South Africa Kim Grant Slovakia Andrea Šebová
Slovakia Silvia Uricková
4–6, 7–6(7–3), 6–2
Runner-up 1. September 27, 1998 Seattle, U.S. Hard (i) United States Lilia Osterloh Belgium Els Callens
South Africa Liezel Horn
2–6, 6–3, 3–6
Winner 2. May 7, 2000 Virginia Beach, U.S. Clay United States Dawn Buth Australia Lisa McShea
South Africa Jessica Steck
1–6, 6–3, 7–6(7–2)
Runner-up 2. November 11, 2001 Pittsburgh, U.S. Hard (i) United States Karin Miller United States Lilia Osterloh
United States Katie Schlukebir
1–6, 4–6
Winner 3. October 20, 2002 Sedona, U.S. Hard United States Jennifer Russell Venezuela Milagros Sequera
Australia Christina Wheeler
7–6(7–3), 7–5
Runner-up 3. March 21, 2004 Orange, U.S. Hard Australia Bryanne Stewart United States Jennifer Hopkins
United States Abigail Spears
3–6, 6–2, 0–6
Winner 4. March 28, 2004 Redding, U.S. Hard United States Jennifer Hopkins United States Lilia Osterloh
United States Riza Zalameda
6–2, 6–4
Winner 5. April 4, 2004 Augusta, U.S. Hard Italy Francesca Lubiani United States Julie Ditty
United States Jessica Lehnhoff
6–1, 6–3
Runner-up 4. June 3, 2005 Surbiton, U.K. Grass United States Jennifer Hopkins Japan Rika Fujiwara
Japan Saori Obata
6–4, 4–6, 2–6
Winner 6. October 7, 2007 Troy, U.S. Hard United States Angela Haynes Czech Republic Eva Hrdinová
Canada Marie-Ève Pelletier
6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 5. November 18, 2007 La Quinta, U.S. Hard United States Angela Haynes United States Christina Fusano
United States Ashley Harkleroad
4–6, 6–2, [9–11]
Runner-up 6. January 27, 2008 Waikoloa, U.S. Hard United States Angela Haynes Brazil Maria Fernanda Alves
Argentina Betina Jozami
5–7, 4–6
Runner-up 7. November 16, 2008 San Diego, U.S. Hard United States Angela Haynes United States Christina Fusano
United States Alexa Glatch
3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 8. January 25, 2009 Lutz, U.S. Clay United States Story Tweedie-Yates United States Kimberly Couts
Canada Sharon Fichman
4–6, 5–7
Winner 7. September 27, 2009 Albuquerque, U.S. Hard United States Riza Zalameda Hungary Melinda Czink
United States Lindsay Lee-Waters
6–3, 6–2
Winner 8. November 15, 2009 Phoenix, U.S. Hard Canada Sharon Fichman Canada Marie-Ève Pelletier
Georgia (country) Anna Tatishvili
4–6, 6–4, [10–8]
Runner-up 9. November 22, 2009 Toronto, Canada Hard (i) Canada Sharon Fichman Canada Maureen Drake
Canada Marianne Jodoin
3–2 ret.
Winner 9. December 20, 2009 Veracruz, Mexico Hard Slovakia Dominika Diesková United States Hsu Chieh-yu
Russia Nika Kukharchuk
7–5, 6–4
Winner 10. January 17, 2010 Plantation, U.S. Clay France Aurélie Védy Argentina Jorgelina Cravero
Argentina María Irigoyen
6–0, 6–2
Winner 11. January 24, 2010 Lutz, U.S. Clay France Aurélie Védy Brazil Maria Fernanda Alves
Argentina Florencia Molinero
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 10. September 26, 2010 Albuquerque, U.S. Hard United States Abigail Spears United States Lindsay Lee-Waters
United States Megan Moulton-Levy
6–2, 3–6, [8–10]
Winner 12. November 7, 2010 Grapevine, U.S. Hard United States Ahsha Rolle United States Julie Ditty
South Africa Chanelle Scheepers
5–7, 6–2, 6–2
Winner 13. January 15, 2011 Plantation, U.S. Hard United States Ahsha Rolle United States Christina Fusano
United States Yasmin Schnack
6–4, 6–2
Winner 14. January 22, 2011 Lutz, U.S. Clay United States Ahsha Rolle Canada Gabriela Dabrowski
Canada Sharon Fichman
6–4, 6–4
Winner 15. October 2, 2011 Las Vegas, U.S. Hard United States Alexa Glatch United States Varvara Lepchenko
United States Melanie Oudin
6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 11. October 15, 2011 Troy, U.S. Hard United States Varvara Lepchenko Russia Elena Bovina
Russia Valeria Savinykh
6–7(6–8), 3–6

Grand Slam performance timelines[edit]

Singles[edit]

Tournament 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 W–L
Australian Open A A A A A Q1 Q2 A Q1 1R Q3 2R A A A 1–2
French Open A A A A A Q1 Q2 Q1 Q1 Q1 Q2 1R 1R A A 0–2
Wimbledon A A A A Q1 Q2 1R Q2 Q1 Q1 2R 3R 2R A Q1 4–4
US Open Q2 Q1 Q1 Q3 1R 1R 1R Q2 2R Q2 1R 1R A A A 1–6

Doubles[edit]

Tournament 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 W–L
Australian Open A A A A 1R A A A A 1R 2R 1R A A A 1–4
French Open A A A A A A A A A 2R 1R 1R A A A 1–3
Wimbledon A A A A 1R A A A 3R 1R 2R 2R A 1R A 4–6
US Open A A A 3R 1R A A A 1R 3R 1R A A A 1R 4–6

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Getting to Know Mashona Washington". Newsroom. WTA. 2004-08-31. Retrieved 2009-03-19.

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