Fifteen years after winning her first WTA title in Bol, Vera Zvonareva has committed to play the 2018 WTA Croatia Bol Open. The former world number two from Russia took home the trophy in 2003, the last year the tournament was held before its return in 2016.
The WTA Croatia Bol Open served as a launchpad for Zvonareva’s career. She first played in Bol in 2002 when she made the quarterfinals and finished the year in the world’s top 50. The following year she defeated future Wimbledon champion Conchita Martinez to claim her first of 12 titles on the WTA tour. She ended 2003 ranked no. 13 in the world.
Zvonareva’s notable accomplishments include a run to the finals of the 2008 WTA Tour Championships in Doha, defeating defending champion Ana Ivanovic to win Indian Wells in 2009, and consecutive Grand Slam finals at both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 2010. Her accomplishments on the court also include success in doubles. Zvonareva has four Grand Slam Titles to her name, two in doubles and two in mixed doubles. She won the 2006 U.S. Open with Nathalie Dechy, and the 2012 Australian Open with compatriot Svetlana Kuznetsova. She also won the U.S. Open in 2004 with Bob Bryan, and Wimbledon in 2006 with Andy Ram.
Currently ranked 145th in the world, Zvonareva is on a comeback tour after taking two years off from professional tennis from 2015 to 2017. During that time she got married and gave birth to her first child. The 33-year-old started the 2018 season with a wildcard into the main draw of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy where she defeated this year’s Madrid runner up Kiki Bertens before falling to reigning French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the second round. Despite her early loss in singles, Zvonareva claimed the doubles title with Timea Bacsinszky. It was her first doubles final in six years.
The official entry list for the 2017 WTA Croatia Bol Open comes out in mid-May. The tournament starts on Tuesday, June 5. Singles and doubles finals take place on Sunday, June 10.