RODIONOVA Anastasia < Back  
Sport Tennis
CGA Australia   
Gender Women
Born 12 May 1982 in Tambov, URS
Height1.68 m
Weight 59 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Melbourne, VIC, AUS
Occupation Athlete, Student
Languages English, Russian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She began playing tennis at age seven.
Why this sport? Her father was an amateur player. He introduced her to tennis at a young age by putting tennis balls in her pram.
Training Regime She has her primary training base in Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
Handedness Right
General Interest
Nicknames Rodi (rio2016.olympics.com.au, 22 Jul 2016)
Hero / Idol Swiss tennis player Martina Hingis. (sonyericssonwtatour.com, 16 Sep 2010)
Injuries She had major hip surgery in September 2008 and spent the remainder of the year in rehabilitation. (rodionova.net, 16 Sep 2010)
Famous relatives Her sister Arina also plays professional tennis. Her father, Ivan, is a tennis coach. (wtatennis.com, 19 Jun 2016; rodionova.com, 01 Aug 2016)
Ambitions To compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Twitter profile, 02 Aug 2016)
Other information FAMILY AFFAIR
She will play in the doubles with her sister, Arina, at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (rio2016.olympics.com.au, 22 Jul 2016)

DISQUALIFIED
In 2007 at the Cincinnati Open she became only the second player in over 30 years of the WTA Tour to be disqualified from a match, after she appeared to hit a ball towards a group of opposition supporters in the stands after losing the first game of the third set. The ball bounced off the wall in front of the fans and remained inside the court, but the match referee defaulted her for 'unsportsmanlike conduct'. "I still don't understand why they defaulted me. I'm really upset. I've never seen in my life anyone defaulted in this situation. I had no warning. I didn't hit the ball at anybody. I didn't swear at anybody. I didn't throw my racket." (bbc.co.uk, 18 Jul 2007; espn.go.com, 18 Jul 2007)

FROM RUSSIA TO AUSTRALIA
Born in Russian Federation, she moved to Australia in 2005. She became an Australian citizen in late 2009 and began competing for the country soon after. (2xu.com.au, 11 Jul 2012; rio2016.olympics.com.au, 22 Jul 2016)