Sofia Arvidsson life and biography

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Sofia Arvidsson biography

Date of birth : 1984-02-16
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Halmstad, Sweden
Nationality : Swedish
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2011-05-18
Credited as : Professional Tennis player, WTA tour,

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Sofia Alexandra Arvidsson is a Swedish tennis player. As of April 4, 2011, she is ranked World No. 84. Her highest career ranking is World No. 29.


Arvidsson began playing tennis at the age of 8 under her neighbor, a tennis coach. Her father, Yngve is a policeman and her mother, a piano teacher.

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

Sofia began 2010 in Auckland qualifying, she was beaten in the opening round by Julia Schruff. Next was the Australian Open qualifying, where Sofia qualified after three tough wins (including saving a match point against Marta Domachowska). In the main draw Sofia beat Jarmila Groth before losing to Daniela Hantuchová. Sofia Arvidsson has once again been 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. Arvidsson then made the quarter finals at $100.000 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 #2 seed Melanie Oudin in the quartefinals and Anne Keothavong in the semifinals to reach the finals. She ran out of gas and fell in an hour to Maria Sharapova in the final. Sofia made two second round finishes in the US Clay tournament of Ponte Vedra Beach and Charleston. Arvidsson was invloved in Swedens Fed Cup world group 2 playoff against China, where she beat Shaui Zhang and lost to Shuai Peng, Sweden won the tie. Arvidsson made the finals at two ITF tournament, in Ystad she was the tournament winner, and in a bigger tournament in Bronx sofia was runner up to Anna Chakvetadze, Arvidsson had mixed success in WTA tournament but did however reach two further quarter finals in the year in Strasbourg and Memphis. Sofia's last tournament of the year was in Poitiers where she was runner up in 2009, she has once again made the final to be played on Sunday.


Coached by Ola Kristiansson
Started playing at age 8 when neighbor, a tennis coach, introduced her to the game
Baseliner whose favorite shot is backhand; favorite surface is hardcourt
Full name is Lena Sofia Alexandra Arvidsson
Father, Yngve, is a policeman; mother, Lena, is a music teacher; has a younger brother, Fredrik, who is working and wants to be a policeman
Favorites include the movie Shawshank Redemption, sushi, all kinds of music and TV series Desperate Housewives
Likes to watch football and handball
Relaxes by hanging out with friends, shopping, watching sports and movies, and doing Sudoku
Idol when growing up was hockey player Eric Lindros; tennis players most admired are Jonas Bjorkman and Thomas Johansson
Best memory to date was first title in Memphis in 2006.

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