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Johanna Larsson


Johanna Larsson
(Sweden) Biography

Birthdate: 17-August-1988
Birthplace: Boden, Sweden
Height: 5' 9 1/4" (1.76 m)
Plays: Right-Handed
Turned Pro: 2005

She is the backbone of the Swedish Federation Cup team having an unbroken record of winning her singles and doubles matches. She has been in the team since she first played for Sweden in 2005 aged 16.

She is currently practising hard for the 2011 competition and she joins the team on 31st January for their tie against Ukraine in Helsingborg.

Born on August 17th 1988 in Boden, a small town in Northern Sweden, she is currently coached by Mattias Arvidsson.

She began playing tennis on the ITF Junior Circuit and in September 2006 she reached a career-high ranking of 79 in the world.

Towards the end of the year she developed injuries to her hamstring and had to stop playing competitively until 2007.

2008 was her breakthrough year when she won two $25,000 ITF events in Stockholm and Sutton. She made her Grand Slam debut in the French Open where she reached the second round of qualifying but failed to make the main draw, she did the same at Wimbledon but she did manage to reach the quarter final of qualifying at the US Open.

In September 2009 she won the biggest doubles title of her career winning the $75,000 event in Shrewsbury when she played with British Player Anna Smith.

She took the singles and doubles titles in the $50,000 in Barnstaple playing doubles again with Anna Smith. It was the best singles result of her career and she went on to win a $25,000 tournament in Glasgow the following week.

She started 2010 reaching the final of the inaugural tournament in Plantation Larsson in the USA and the quarter finals in Lutz.

She was in the Federation Cup Team when Sweden got promotion to the World Group 2 play-offs, maintaining her unbeaten singles record.

As an unseeded player she won a $50,000 tournament in Biberach and captured her 10th IFT singles title in Clearwater.

In her Grand Slam main draw debut at the 2010 French Open she beat Anastasija Sevastova in the first round, but failed to get any further.

She completed her successful year when she won her first WTA doubles final in Quebec. In November 2010 she was awarded "Surprise of the Year in Swedish Tennis" by Grus and Gras (clay and grass), a Swedish organisation for her impressive performance during the year.

In 2011 she was beaten in the first round of the Australian Open by Spanish player Lourdes Dominguez Lino but playing with Sofia Arvidsson they got through the first round of the doubles, only to be beaten by Yung-Jan Chan and Agnieszka Radwanska in the second round.

She arrived back at Copenhagen airport half-an-hour early then travelled back to her home in "cold Helsingborg" Sweden.

Johanna Larsson told reporters it had been really nice to be in the sunshine but wished it could have been for longer.

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