After taking up tennis at age three, Arina Rodionova will make her Olympic debut in Rio, partnering her sister Anastasia in the women’s doubles.
The right-hander, who was born in Tambov, Russia, was granted Australian citizenship in January 2014.
Married to AFL player Tyrone Vickery, Rodionova peaked at world no.41 in doubles in July 2015. She’s currently ranked world no.97. Rodionova last partnered with her sister at this year’s French Open where they lost in the first round to Timea Babos (Hungary) and Yaroslava Shvedova (Kazakhstan).
Their strongest performance together in the past 12 months was at the 2016 Australian Open where the pair made the quarter-finals alongside her sister before going down to Chinese pair Yifan Xu and Saisai Zheng.
Arina won the Tunis WTA Tournament in May alongside Ukraine’s Valeriya Strakhova and the Canberra 2 Tournament in March alongside Aussie Ashleigh Barty.
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- Rio 2016 will be debut.
- Quarter-finals (doubles) - 2016 WTA Stanford (Stanford, USA)
- 1st round (doubles) - 2016 French Open (Paris, France)
- Final (doubles) - 2016 WTA Tunis (Tunis, Tunisia)
- Final (doubles) - 2016 WTA Canberra (Canberra, ACT)
- Quarter-finals (doubles) 2016 Australian Open (Melbourne, Australia)
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