Sofia Arvidsson

Lena Sofia Alexandra Arvidsson (born 16 February 1984) is a retired Swedish tennis player.

Sofia Arvidsson
Arvidsson at the 2014 Wimbledon Qualifying
Full nameLena Sofia Alexandra Arvidsson
Country (sports) Sweden
Born (1984-02-16) 16 February 1984
Height1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro1999
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$2,093,393
Career record458–327
Career titles2 WTA, 20 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 29 (1 May 2006)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (2006)
French Open2R (2005, 2006, 2012)
Wimbledon2R (2005)
US Open2R (2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013)
Career record123–121
Career titles1 WTA, 13 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 67 (12 September 2011)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2007, 2009, 2011)
French Open2R (2006, 2011)
Wimbledon1R (2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
US Open2R (2011)
Team competitions
Fed Cup50–38

In her career, she won two singles titles and one doubles title on the WTA Tour, as well as 20 singles and 13 doubles titles on the ITF Women's Circuit. On 1 May 2006, Arvidsson reached her career-high singles ranking of world No. 29. On 12 September 2011, she peaked at No. 67 in the doubles rankings.


Arvidsson began playing tennis at the age of eight.

In 1999, she combined the ITF Junior and ITF Women's Circuit into her schedule, and in 1999 made the semifinals of a $10,000 women's event in Båstad. In 2000, she made the final of Nasbypark and had her first appearances in the Fed Cup.


Arvidsson was recognized for her talent when she made the finals of the junior Australian Open, losing to Jelena Janković. But her breakthrough came in the same year when she took the titles in Sunderland and Stockholm (both $10,000 tournaments). Sofia then won her third ITF title in Buchen, Germany. She stepped up her tournament game as she played qualifying at a $50,000 event in Dinan, where she qualified and defeated the world No. 146 in the main draw.


In May 2002, Arvidsson reached her first $25,000 final, as a qualifier, eventually losing to Barbora Strýcová. In the same year, she lifted the Bastas $25,000 trophy in her home country beating fellow Swede Maria Wolfbrandt in the final. Her ranking was now high enough to compete at Grand Slam level in qualifying. Her debut came at the US Open as a qualifier, Arvidsson made the final round of qualifying, losing to Brie Rippner. Arvidsson made two more ITF finals in 2002, winning in Southampton ($25,000) and losing in the final in Prague, which was her final event of the year.


Arvidsson's ranking now 147, she began the year in WTA events mainly in qualifying. She failed to qualify in Hobart and the Australian Open, took a step down and played the $50,000 event in Ortisei, making the final that she lost to Mara Santangelo.

After the beginning of 2003, Arvidsson lost in the opening qualifying rounds of the French Open and Wimbledon. She won her first Grand Slam match at the US Open, beating Olga Blahotová. Two weeks later, she took the $25,000 Glasgow crown and lost in the final of another $25,000 challenger in Jersey. Arvidsson played a WTA event in Luxembourg again as a qualifier, making the second round before losing to Maria Sharapova. This was her best tournament as it was the first time she had won a WTA main-draw match. She then played the WTA event in Québec City where she made the second round of the main draw.


Arvidsson made the quarterfinals in Tokyo, Kolkata and Stockholm in 2005 before reaching her first WTA final in Québec City, losing to Amy Frazier.


Arvidsson began 2006 at the Hopman Cup alongside Thomas Johansson, beating the eventual winners in the group stages (USA). She then posted her best Grand Slam result at the Australian Open, beating Dinara Safina in round two before losing to Anastasia Myskina. Arvidsson won her first WTA title in Memphis, beating Marta Domachowska in the final.


This slump continued in early 2007, before Arvidsson won a Swedish tour event (Volkswagen Cup) beating Johanna Larsson. This gave her confidence and with that she won the doubles and singles at the $50,000 event in St Paul. Then she returned as the defending champion in Memphis, beating Ekaterina Bychkova and Nicole Pratt on the way to a quarterfinal appearance against Meilen Tu, but lost. Arvidsson lost in the opening round of the Las Vegas $75,000 and Indian Wells to Michaëlla Krajicek. Then she qualified for Miami losing in three sets to Olga Puchkova. On clay in Estoril, Arvidsson made the quarterfinals, losing to Gréta Arn in straight sets. At the end of the 2007 season, she hit back taking the $25,000 Nantes title in doubles, the $25,000 Glasgow doubles title and also the championship in singles at the $50,000 event in Joué-lès-Tours and the $25,000 event in Glasgow.


Arvidsson started the season in Auckland at the ASB Classic beating Ahsha Rolle in the first round before a straight-sets loss to top seed Vera Zvonareva. Arvidsson then moved to Sydney, gaining three straight set wins in qualifying by defeating Galina Voskoboeva, Stéphanie Dubois, Tzipora Obziler and in the main draw beat Elena Dementieva, before finally bowing out against Kaia Kanepi in the second round. In her first Grand Slam tournament of the year, Arvidsson made the second round, beating No. 10 seed Marion Bartoli, before losing to Marta Domachowska. Arvidsson recorded another win in the Fed Cup, beating Patty Schnyder in three sets. She then reached the quarterfinals of the Tier II Proximus Diamond Games, eliminating Meilen Tu, and second seed and world No. 6 Anna Chakvetadze in straight sets. She eventually lost to Li Na in a high quality match. Arvidsson reached her second back-to-back quarterfinal in Memphis, after two three-set wins over Séverine Brémond and Stéphanie Dubois, before falling to Shahar Pe'er in a tight three-setter. In the same tournament, she recorded her best career WTA doubles result reaching the semifinals, partnering Melinda Czink. Arvidsson won her 14th ITF singles title in Zagreb, her biggest career title on the surface of clay. A knee injury at Wimbledon halted her season, Arvidsson returned for the Olympics (reaching round two, losing to Elena Dementieva) and a first round exit at Forest Hills.[1] She made the second round of the US Open and came close to beating Jelena Janković in a dramatic three-set match. Arvidsson ended the year playing Swedish team tennis for Helsingsborg, her team including Johanna Larsson were the champions remaining undefeated throughout the campaign.


Arvidsson started the year playing three tournaments in Australia, Brisbane, Sydney and the Australian Open. She lost in the first round in all three of these events. Arvidsson was included in the Swedish Fed Cup team alongside Johanna Larsson, Sandra Roma and Ellen Allgurin. Sofia posted a 2–2 singles win-loss record and 2–1 in doubles. She then headed to the United States. Illness was a factor in her lack of results, as she lost in the first round in all three tournaments, Memphis, Indian Wells and Miami. She recorded her first official win of 2009 on the ITF Circuit in Torhout, beating Kristina Barrois. Arvidsson recorded her second win of the season in Zagreb, though she lost in the second round. Four back-to-back losses followed, including losses in both the French Open and Wimbledon qualifying. At a $25,000 event in Kristinehamn, she reached the semifinals as the top seed. Arvidsson and Sandra Roma also made the doubles final. She won her 16th career singles title in Saguenay, Canada, and her 11th doubles title at the same event. Arvidsson then posted a semifinal finish in Barnstaple losing to Johanna Larsson, two finals followed in which she played Jelena Dokić in both, with Arvidsson taking the Joué-lès-Tours title and Dokić beating her to claim the title in Poitiers.


Arvidsson began in Auckland qualifying, and was beaten in the opening round by Julia Schruff. Next was the Australian Open qualifying, where, after three tough wins (including saving a match point against Marta Domachowska), she beat Jarmila Groth in the main draw before losing to Daniela Hantuchová. Arvidsson was once again selected to play Fed Cup for Sweden. Her singles success was mixed, losing to Wozniacki and Sevastova, but beating Anikó Kapros and Sybille Bammer convincingly. She then made the quarterfinals at the $100,000 tournament in Midland, losing to top seed Lucie Hradecká. As a qualifier and the 2006 champion, Arvidsson reached the finals of the Cellular South Cup in Memphis. She defeated No. 2 seed Melanie Oudin in the quarterfinals and Anne Keothavong in the semifinals to reach the final. She ran out of gas and fell in an hour to Maria Sharapova in the final. Arvidsson made two second round finishes at the U.S. clay tournaments of Ponte Vedra Beach and Charleston. She was involved in Sweden's Fed Cup World Group II playoff against China, where she beat Zhang Shuai but lost to Peng Shuai. Sweden, however, won the tie. Arvidsson made the finals at two ITF tournaments, in Ystad she was the tournament winner, and in a bigger tournament in The Bronx, Arvidsson was runner-up to Anna Chakvetadze. Arvidsson had mixed success on the WTA Tour, but did however reach two further quarterfinals in the year in Strasbourg and in Memphis.


Her best performance of the year was a semifinal at Swedish Open on clay, losing to compatriot Johanna Larsson.


During her Fed Cup team competition in February in Eilat she won three straight singles matches and continued to play well in her favorite WTA tournament in Memphis, where she won the title against New Zealand player Erakovic. She participated in the Olympic Games, losing in the first round in both the singles (to Vera Zvonareva) and the mixed doubles (playing with Robert Lindstedt).[1] Arvidsson reached the quarterfinals of the Swedish Open in Båstad, losing to Mona Barthel.


She played her best tennis in team competitions, beating Sloane Stephens in the Fed Cup and winning the Swedish league with Helsingborg.


She announced her retirement at age 31, citing lack of motivation.[2]

WTA finals

Singles (2–2)

Winner – Legend
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (2–2)
Finals by surface
Hard (2–2)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W-L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Nov 2005 Bell Challenge, Québec City Hard (i) Amy Frazier 6–1, 7–5
Win 1–1 Feb 2006 U.S. Indoor Championships, Memphis Hard (i) Marta Domachowska 6–2, 2–6, 6–3
Loss 1–2 Jun 2010 U.S. National Championships, Memphis Hard (i) Maria Sharapova 6–2, 6–1
Win 2–2 Feb 2012 U.S. National Championships, Memphis Hard (i) Marina Erakovic 6–3, 6–4

Doubles (1–2)

Winner — Legend
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (1–2)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–2)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–0)
Carpet (1–0)
Result W-L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Sep 2010 Bell Challenge, Québec City Carpet (i) Johanna Larsson Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová
6–1, 2–6, [10–6]
Loss 1–1 Apr 2012 e-Boks Open, Copenhagen Hard Kaia Kanepi Kimiko Date-Krumm
Rika Fujiwara
2–6, 6–4, [5–10]
Loss 1–2 Feb 2013 U.S. Indoor Championships, Memphis Hard (i) Johanna Larsson Kristina Mladenovic
Galina Voskoboeva
6–7(5–7), 3–6

ITF finals

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments

Singles: 32 (20–12)

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner–up 1. 4 November 2000 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) Sabrina Jolk 2–4, 4–0, 2–4, 2–4
Winner 1. 30 September 2001 Sunderland, Great Britain Hard (i) Olivia Sanchez 6–3, 2–6, 6–0
Winner 2. 4 November 2001 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) Susi Bensch 6–1, 6–2
Winner 3. 3 March 2002 Sunderland, Great Britain Carpet (i) Syna Schmidle 7–6, 3–5 ret.
Runner–up 2. 12 May 2002 Edinburgh, Great Britain Clay Barbora Strýcová 6–4, 4–6, 6–7(2–7)
Winner 4. 30 June 2002 Båstad, Sweden Clay Maria Wolfbrandt 7–5, 6–4
Winner 5. 20 October 2002 Southampton, Great Britain Hard (i) Olga Barabanschikova 6–2, 1–6, 6–4
Runner–up 3. 1 December 2002 Průhonice, Czech Republic Carpet (i) Anna Zaporozhanova 6–4, 4–6, 4–6
Runner–up 4. 2 February 2003 Ortisei, Italy Carpet (i) Mara Santangelo 6–2, 2–6, 2–6
Winner 6. 28 September 2003 Glasgow, Great Britain Hard Tessy van de Ven 3–6, 6–4, 6–4
Runner–up 5. 11 October 2003 Jersey, United Kingdom Hard (i) Sybille Bammer 6–7(1–7), 2–6
Winner 7. 16 November 2003 Eugene, United States Hard Tara Snyder 6–4, 6–4
Winner 8. 30 November 2003 Prague, Czech Republic Carpet (i) Virginie Pichet 6–1, 6–2
Runner–up 6. 14 November 2004 Pittsburgh, United States Hard (i) Shenay Perry 2–6, 1–6
Winner 9. 6 February 2005 Sunderland, Great Britain Hard (i) Irina Bulykina 6–1, 6–1
Runner–up 7. 15 May 2005 Falkenberg, Sweden Clay Johanna Larsson 1–6, 3–6
Winner 10. 18 February 2007 St. Paul, United States Hard (i) Olga Govortsova 2–6, 6–1, 6–4
Winner 11. 7 July 2007 Båstad, Sweden Clay Liana Ungur 6–7(7–9), 6–2, 6–0
Winner 12. 14 October 2007 Joué-lès-Tours, France Hard (i) Kristina Barrois 6–3, 6–2
Winner 13. 21 October 2007 Glasgow, Great Britain Hard (i) Katie O'Brien 6–3, 6–1
Winner 14. 11 May 2008 Zagreb, Croatia Clay Séverine Brémond 7–6, 6–2
Runner–up 8. 23 November 2008 Odense, Denmark Hard (i) Caroline Wozniacki 2–6, 1–6
Winner 15. 27 September 2009 Saguenay, Canada Hard (i) Séverine Brémond 5–7, 6–4, 7–6(7–1)
Winner 16. 18 October 2009 Joué-lès-Tours, France Hard (i) Jelena Dokić 6–2, 7–6(9–7)
Runner–up 9. 1 November 2009 Poitiers, France Hard (i) Jelena Dokić 4–6, 4–6
Winner 17. 3 July 2010 Båstad, Sweden Clay Valeria Savinykh 6–3, 6–1
Runner–up 10. 29 August 2010 Bronx, United States Hard (i) Anna Chakvetadze 6–4, 2–6, 2–6
Winner 18. 31 October 2010 Poitiers, France Hard (i) Pauline Parmentier 6–2, 7–6(7–4)
Runner–up 11. 23 October 2011 Limoges, France Hard (i) Sorana Cîrstea 2–6, 2–6
Runner–up 12. 27 October 2013 Poitiers, France Hard (i) Aliaksandra Sasnovich 1–6, 7–5, 4–6
Winner 19. 22 February 2015 Surprise, United States Hard Sanaz Marand 6–2, 6–1
Winner 20. 28 June 2015 Helsingborg, Sweden Clay Malin Ulvefeldt 6–7(4–7), 6–1, 6–2

Doubles 16 (13–3)

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 1 July 2000 Båstad, Sweden Clay Kristina Jarkenstadt Susanne Flipp
Maria Wolfbrandt
6–4, 7–5
Runner–up 1. 4 November 2000 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) Kristina Jarkenstadt Jenny Lindstrom
Maria Wolfbrandt
0–4, 3–5, 0–4
Winner 2. 2 March 2002 Buchen, Germany Carpet (i) Claudine Schaul Anna Bastrikova
Claudia Kardys
6–0, 7–5
Winner 3. 12 October 2003 Jersey, United Kingdom Hard (i) Kaia Kanepi Yvonne Meusburger
Hanna Nooni
6–3, 7–5
Winner 4. 15 February 2004 Midland, Texas, United States Hard (i) Åsa Svensson Allison Baker
Tara Snyder
7–6(7–5), 6–2
Runner-up 2. 15 May 2004 Stockholm, Sweden Clay Hanna Nooni Nadejda Ostrovskaya
Dragana Zarić
6–7(3–7), 3–6
Winner 5. 4 July 2004 Los Gatos, United States Hard İpek Şenoğlu Nana Smith
Lilia Osterloh
6–1, 2–6, 6–4
Winner 6. 5 February 2005 Sunderland, Great Britain Hard (i) Martina Müller Dragana Zarić
Katarina Mišić
6–2, 6–3
Winner 7. 18 February 2007 St. Paul, United States Hard (i) Antonella Serra Zanetti Mervana Jugić-Salkić
İpek Şenoğlu
7–6(7–4), 5–7, 7–6(9–7)
Winner 8. 6 October 2007 Nantes, France Hard (i) Johanna Larsson Melanie South
Caroline Maes
4–6, 7–5, [10–7]
Winner 9. 20 October 2007 Glasgow, Great Britain Hard (i) Johanna Larsson Veronika Chvojková
Kathrin Wörle
6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 3. 22 June 2009 Kristinehamn, Sweden Clay Sandra Roma Hanne Skak Jensen
Johanna Larsson
6–7(5–7), 2–6
Winner 10. 3 July 2009 Ystad, Sweden Clay Sandra Roma Hanna Nooni
Melanie Klaffner
6–4, 6–4
Winner 11. 26 September 2009 Saguenay, Canada Hard (i) Séverine Brémond Stéphanie Dubois
Rebecca Marino
6–3, 6–1
Winner 12. 21 November 2009 Bratislava, Slovakia Hard (i) Michaëlla Krajicek Arina Rodionova
Tatiana Poutchek
6–3, 6–4
Winner 13. 22 October 2011 Limoges, France Hard (i) Jill Craybas Aurélie Védy
Caroline Garcia
6–4, 4–6, [10–7]

Grand Slam 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.


Australian Open A Q1 1R Q1 3R 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R Q1 4–9
French Open A Q1 Q2 2R 2R 1R 1R Q1 1R 1R 2R 1R Q1 3–8
Wimbledon A Q2 Q3 2R 1R Q2 1R Q1 1R 1R 1R 1R Q1 1–6
US Open Q3 Q2 Q1 Q1 2R 1R 2R Q3 2R 1R 2R 2R Q1 5–7
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–1 2–2 4–4 0–3 2–4 0–1 2–4 0–4 2–4 1–4 0–0 13–30
Year-end ranking 167 113 176 67 63 102 64 124 52 78 41 120 271


Australian Open 1R 2R 2R 2R 1R 1R 3–6
French Open 2R 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R 2–6
Wimbledon 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 0–6
US Open 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R 1–6
Win–Loss 1–4 1–2 0–2 1–1 0–3 3–4 0–4 0–4 6–24


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