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Jordan Luke Rhodes (born 5 February 1990) is a Scottish professional footballer who plays as a striker for Blackburn Rovers and the Scotland national team.
He started his career at Ipswich Town and after loan spells at Oxford United, Rochdale and Brentford he joined Huddersfield Town. In the 2011â€"12 season, he was the top scorer in England with 36 league goals, breaking Huddersfield's club record for most league goals scored in a season.
In August 2012, he became English football's most expensive player outside the top flight when he joined Blackburn Rovers for £8,000,000, equalling Blackburn's record transfer fee.
Born in England, Rhodes opted to play for Scotland, for whom he had become eligible through school attendance while his father Andy Rhodes played as a goalkeeper for Scottish football clubs. Rhodes has represented Scotland at both U-21 level and as a full international.

Early life
Rhodes was born in Oldham, Greater Manchester, while his father, English footballer Andy Rhodes was playing for Oldham Athletic. Rhodes senior moved to Scotland later that year when he joined Dunfermline Athletic and stayed in Scotland until 1998 also playing for St Johnstone and Airdrieonians. There were breaks in the time Andy Rhodes spent playing in Scotland when he had loan spells at Bolton Wanderers and Scarborough. Thus Jordan Rhodes spent much of his childhood living and being schooled in Scotland. Initially he followed in his father's footsteps and played as a goalkeeper as a youngster.
Andy Rhodes joined Ipswich Town as a coach in 2004. Jordan attended Kesgrave High School in Ipswich through his secondary school years where he was scouted and recruited by Ipswich Town in 2004.

Club career

Ipswich Town
Rhodes joined Ipswich Town in March 2005 when his father joined the club as a goalkeeping coach. He scored over 40 goals for Ipswich Town under-16s, under-18s and reserve teams in his first full season at the club. He was also selected by the England under-17s team, but withdrew due to injury.
At the start of the 2006â€"07 season Rhodes suffered numerous injuries including a dislocated shoulder and being knocked unconscious. He made his debut for Ipswich in the 2007â€"08 season, coming on as a late substitute against Burnley.
On 9 April 2008, Rhodes scored his first league goal in the 73rd minute against Cardiff City and was the equalising goal in a 1â€"1 draw, after coming into the game as a half time substitute.

Oxford United (loan)
He joined Oxford United in the Conference National on a one-month loan deal on 10 October 2007. He failed to score in his four league appearances and he was recalled from his loan spell on 6 November by Ipswich as he was required for their FA Youth cup.

Rochdale (loan)
On 12 September 2008, Rhodes joined League Two team Rochdale on a one-month loan and scored twice in five league games.

Brentford (loan)
On 23 January 2009, he joined Brentford on a one-month loan deal, and made his debut the following day in a 2â€"0 defeat away at Macclesfield Town in a League Two fixture. The loan was later extended until the end of the season. He scored his first Brentford goal on his home debut in the 3â€"0 win at home to Aldershot Town. Rhodes scored his first hat-trick in 29 minutes of the first half in the 3â€"1 away win at Shrewsbury Town on 31 January, also making him the youngest Brentford player to score a hat-trick in the club's history, five days short of his 19th birthday. His loan spell was cut short after he suffered a broken toe.

Huddersfield Town
On 31 July 2009, Rhodes signed for Huddersfield Town on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee believed to be £350,000 plus a sell-on fee, becoming manager Lee Clark's sixth signing of the season. Rhodes started the season well scoring six goals in his first six games at the club. He made his debut coming off the bench in the 2â€"2 draw against Southend United at Roots Hall on 8 August 2009, where he scored Town's equaliser. He scored two goals on his home debut against Stockport County in the League Cup three days later. In his next game on 15 August he added a further two goals to his tally in a 3â€"1 win over Southampton. and then in Huddersfield's 4â€"3 away loss to Newcastle United in the League Cup second round.
On 10 October, he scored a hat-trick of headers within eight minutes in a 4â€"0 victory over Exeter City, which beat the previous record set by Dixie Dean in the 1930s. Rhodes finished the season as Huddersfield's top goal scorer with 23 goals in all competitions. He was again their top scorer in 2010â€"11, despite limited appearances, Rhodes scored 22 in total.

Rhodes began the 2011â€"12 season with 13 goals in his first 13 games in all competitions. He was also the first Huddersfield player to score back to back hat-tricks since the 1920s, the two coming against Exeter City on 15 October 2011 in a 4â€"0 away victory and then in the 3â€"1 home win over Preston North End on 22 October 2011. On 17 December, he scored all four of Huddersfield's goals in an away fixture which ended 4â€"4 against Sheffield Wednesday. He made his 100th league appearance against Chesterfield and scored.
Rhodes scored five times in a 6â€"0 win against Wycombe Wanderers, equalling the record for goals scored by a Huddersfield Town player in a match set by Dave Mangnall and Alf Lythgoe in the 1930s. After just two-and-a-half years at the club, he became the club's 8th highest goalscorer of all time.
On 11 March 2012, Rhodes was named League One Player of the Year at the Football League Awards, ahead of Charlton Athletic's Johnnie Jackson and Sheffield United's Ched Evans. On 3 April 2012 in a game against Leyton Orient he surpassed Sammy Taylor and George Brown's jointly held goalscoring record for the club with his 36th league goal of the season, as part of his sixth hat-trick of the season.
Rhodes finished the 2011â€"12 season as both the club's and the league's top scorer with 36 league goals during the campaign.

Blackburn Rovers
Rhodes joined Blackburn Rovers on 30 August 2012, for a then club record fee of £8,000,000. After being unveiled as a Rovers player the following morning, Rhodes said of his move to the Lancashire club: "I'm delighted, it's great to be here and to be part of a prestigious club."
Rhodes made his Blackburn Rovers debut on 1 September 2012 in a 3â€"3 draw with Leeds United. On 15 September, he scored twice in a 5â€"3 away win against Bristol City. On 6 November, he scored a goal on his return to Huddersfield Town in a 2â€"2 draw. On 17 November, he scored his first Blackburn Rovers hat-trick against Peterborough United in a 4â€"1 victory for Rovers.
Rhodes was named Blackburn's player of the season and he received his trophy at Ewood Park on 27 April 2013, before Blackburn's 1â€"1 draw at home to Crystal Palace. Rhodes celebrated this achievement with his 26th league goal of the season, a deft lob from an acute angle over Palace goalkeeper Julián Speroni.
He began the 2013â€"14 season in fine form, scoring consecutive braces against Barnsley and Bolton Wanderers to take his tally to nine goals after seven games in the season. By the turn of the year Rhodes had 15 league goals in 24 games, and scored the opener in a 2â€"1 away win at Leeds United. On 15 March 2014, Rhodes scored a hat-trick against his former club Huddersfield Town in a 4â€"2 away win.
On 10 July 2014, Rhodes extended his contract with Blackburn Rovers to 2019. He said of the contract extension: "I'm very happy. It is a fantastic football club and I'm very lucky to be here."
On 19 April 2015, Rhodes was selected in the The Football Manager Team of the Decade at the Football League Awards.
On 24 July 2015, Rhodes expressed his displeasure after Blackburn rejected an offer for him in excess of £10 million from Middlesbrough.

International career

Although born in England, Rhodes is eligible to play for Scotland because he attended school there for more than five years, while his English father Andy Rhodes played for Scottish clubs. In July 2010, it was reported by The Scotsman newspaper that Rhodes was being considered for selection by the Scotland national under-21 football team. He received his first call-up to the Scotland under-21 squad in November 2010, but was immediately withdrawn because Huddersfield were due to play an FA Cup replay against Cambridge United on the day before the under-21 match.
Rhodes eventually made his debut for Scotland under-21s on 24 March 2011, in a 1â€"0 loss to Belgium in Deinze. He made his home debut on 10 August 2011, in the 3â€"0 win over Norway at St. Mirren Park. He scored his first goals for Scotland with a hat-trick in a 5â€"1 win against Luxembourg at Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg City on 6 October 2011. Four days later, Rhodes scored both of the Scotland goals in a 2â€"2 draw against Austria. He also scored in Scotland's 2â€"1 victory over Netherlands in an U21 qualifier for the 2013 U21 European Championships. After scoring 2 goals against Bulgaria in only his 8th game for the side, he became the all-time leading scorer for the Scottish U21's.

Under-21 goals
Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first.

Senior team
Rhodes was included in the full Scotland squad for their match against Cyprus at the Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium in Larnaca on 11 November 2011, as a reward for his October form for Huddersfield and the under-21's. He was an 87th-minute substitute for Jamie Mackie and had a stinging shot parried by the Cyprus goalkeeper in injury time. Scotland won the match 2â€"1. Rhodes said to the press after the game, "It was never in doubt I would be sticking with Scotland. I'm Scottish through and through. I had all the jerseys as a kid and grew up watching Scotland."
Rhodes made his first start for the Scots in the friendly against Australia at Easter Road. He marked his first start for the national team with a goal, a superb header to draw Scotland level, after Mark Bresciano opened the scoring for the Australians. Scotland went on to win 3â€"1 with an own goal from Davidson and a 3rd from Ross McCormack.

Senior team goals
Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first.

Career statistics

As of match played 31 October 2015.

As of match played 29 March 2015.

Club records
Huddersfield Town:
Fastest ever headed hattrick
Successive hattricks
Joint most goals in a match: 5 goals

Blackburn Rovers:
Equal scoring record for 7 goals in 7 consecutive games held by Jack Southworth, Ted Harper, and most recently Eddie Quigley during the 1954â€"55 League season, achieved in 2012â€"13 Football League Championship game against Ipswich Town on 9 February 2013 during 1â€"0 win.

International records
Scotland under-21s
All-time leading goal scorer: 8 goals in 8 games


Football League Two Winner 2008â€"09
Huddersfield Town
Football League One play-off winner: 2011â€"12

Football League One Player of the Season 2011â€"12
Football League One Topscorer 2011â€"12: 36 goals
PFA Team of the Year League One 2011â€"12
Huddersfield Town Player of the Season 2011â€"12
Huddersfield Town Young Player of the Year: 2011
Blackburn Rovers Player of the Season 2012â€"13


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Jordan Rhodes career statistics at Soccerbase

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Angelique Kerber (born 18 January 1988) is a German tennis player.
Having made her professional debut in 2003, Kerber made her breakthrough when she reached the semifinals of the 2011 US Open, at which time she was ranked 92 in the world. She is known for her aggressive counterpunching game and left-handed shots and variety. She achieved her career high ranking of world no. 5 on 22 October 2012. On 26 August 2012, she peaked at world number 103 in the doubles rankings. She currently sits at world No. 6, and is the highest-ranked German on the WTA Tour.
Kerber has won eight singles titles and at least one title on every surface on the WTA tour, most notably her first Grand Slam title at the 2016 Australian Open, as well as winning five titles at the Premier-level tournaments of Paris (indoors), Charleston, Stuttgart, Birmingham and Stanford. Furthermore, she has won eleven singles and three doubles titles on the ITF tour during her career.

Personal life
Angelique Kerber was born in Bremen, to her Polish father SÅ‚awomir Kerber and German Polish mother Beata, and has one sister, Jessica. She started playing tennis aged three and eventually joined the junior circuit. She made inroads at events in Germany and elsewhere in Europe, but did not win a junior title before 2003, at which point she had already turned professional aged 15. Kerber speaks German, Polish and English.


2003â€"2007: Career beginnings
In 2003, Kerber obtained her first top 100 victory by defeating Marion Bartoli in the qualifying draw of the WTA German Open. In 2004, Kerber started the year by reaching the final of an ITF event in Warsaw, but lost to Marta Domachowska. She attained her first ITF title entering as a qualifier in Opole, defeating Elena Tatarkova in the final. In 2005, Kerber competed in the ITF events and qualifying draws. She reached one final in Monzon, losing to Olena Antypina.
2006 was a more successful year for the German as she reached four ITF finals, winning three of them. She was runner-up in Přerov, but then won three events in Saguenay, Glasgow and Jersey. 2006 was also the year that Kerber attained her first WTA tour main draw victory, at the Gaz de France Stars, over world number 48 Romina Oprandi. She later lost to Ana Ivanovic.
In 2007, Kerber won four ITF titles. Having defended her title in Saguenay by defeating fellow German Sabine Lisicki, she won in Las Palmas, in Turkey, and again in Přerov. She also reached three other finals finishing as runner-up. 2007 was Kerber's Grand Slam debut year. She competed in her first Grand Slam main draw at the French Open where she lost to Elena Dementieva in the opening round. She then reached her first main draw quarterfinal at the 2007 Ordina Open, before losing to eventual champion Anna Chakvetadze. At Wimbledon, she once again lost to Chakvetadze in the first round. Then at the US Open, she drew Serena Williams in the first round and lost in straight sets.

2008â€"2010: Slow and steady rise, first WTA final
In 2008 Kerber attained her first Grand Slam victory in the 2008 Australian Open by beating Maret Ani, before losing to Francesca Schiavone. She then reached the second round of the 2008 Pattaya Women's Open, the third round of the 2008 Pacific Life Open and the second round of 2008 Sony Ericsson Open. She also lost in the first rounds of the 2008 Estoril Open, the 2008 Qatar Total Open, the 2008 Qatar Telecom German Open and the 2008 French Open. She reached the second round at both the 2008 DFS Classic and the 2008 Ordina Open. She lost in the first round of the 2008 Wimbledon Championships to Elena Baltacha but went on to win back-to-back ITF titles in Spain and France. In 2009, Kerber only won three WTA main draw matches and reached the second round of the US Open as a qualifier where she lost to Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez. On the ITF tour she won a tournament in Pozoblanco, Spain, defeating Kristína Kučová in the final.

In 2010, Kerber qualified for the 2010 Australian Open where she reached her first third round in a Grand Slam by upsetting Olga Govortsova and 23rd seed Aravane Rezaï before losing to Svetlana Kuznetsova in a close three-setter. She then reached her first WTA tour final in 2010 Copa Sony Ericsson Colsanitas, losing to Mariana Duque Mariño after upsetting top-seed Gisela Dulko in the semifinal. She then reached the second round of the 2010 MPS Group Championships, losing to Varvara Lepchenko. She also reached the third round of the 2010 Family Circle Cup, losing to Daniela Hantuchová, and the quarterfinal of the 2010 Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem losing to Renata Voráčová. At the 2010 French Open she lost in the second round to Aravane Rezaï. On grass, she reached the third round of the 2010 Aegon Classic, losing to eventual champion Li Na, and the first round of the 2010 UNICEF Open, losing to Justine Henin. She played in the 2010 Wimbledon Championships, where she
made it to the third round after defeating Sania Mirza and upsetting thirteenth seed Shahar Pe'er, but lost against Jarmila Groth.

2011: Breakthrough, US Open semifinal

Kerber reached her first quarterfinal of the year at the start of the season at the Hobart International, losing to Bethanie Mattek-Sands. That led to a six-match losing streak which lasted until the Bahamas Women's Open, where she reached the final before losing to Anastasiya Yakimova. She then reached the second round in Miami, losing to Francesca Schiavone. Kerber lost in the first round of Wimbledon to 17-year-old Laura Robson.
Kerber entered the 2011 US Open ranked 92nd in the world. After defeating young American Lauren Davis in three sets, she came up against the 12th seed Agnieszka RadwaÅ„ska in round two and pulled off a shock 6â€"3, 4â€"6, 6â€"3 result to advance to the third round for the first time. There, she faced unseeded Russian Alla Kudryavtseva, winning in straight sets, and followed it up with victory in the fourth round against Monica Niculescu. Appearing in her first Grand Slam quarterfinal, Kerber surprised 26th seed Flavia Pennetta in three sets to advance to the semifinal, where she lost against the ninth seed, and eventual champion, Samantha Stosur. Kerber reached a career high ranking of world no. 34 after the tournament.
After the Asian swing, Kerber qualified for the Pan Pacific Open where she defeated Bojana Jovanovski in the first round before losing to eventual champion Agnieszka Radwanska. She then reached the semifinals at Osaka where she lost to eventual champion Marion Bartoli. She finished the year as world no. 32.

2012: First WTA title, Wimbledon semifinal and Top 5 ranking
Kerber's first tournament was the 2012 ASB Classic. She defeated Marina Erakovic in the first round; fifth seed Julia Görges in the second round; and the top seed, Sabine Lisicki, in the quarterfinal, when Lisicki retired due to a back injury. She lost her semifinal match to fourth seeded Flavia Pennetta.
At the 2012 Australian Open, Kerber was the 30th seed. In the first round, she defeated the wildcard local Bojana Bobusic in straight sets. In the second round she faced Canadian Stéphanie Dubois and defeated her. In the third round, she faced fourth seed Maria Sharapova and lost, winning only three games in the match. As a result, Kerber rose to her career high singles ranking of world number 27.
At the 2012 Fed Cup, Kerber played for Germany against the Czech Republic, teaming up along Sabine Lisicki, Julia Görges and Anna-Lena Grönefeld. Her only rubber was a singles match which she played against Lucie Hradecká. She won the tie, producing Germany's only win in the play-off.
Her next tournament was the Open GDF Suez where she was the ninth seed, and where she won her first ever WTA title. In the first round, she faced Lucie Šafářová and won in straight sets. In round two, she faced Monica Niculescu and beat her too. She then played the number one seed Maria Sharapova in the quarterfinals, beating her in straight sets. This set up a semifinal match against the unseeded Yanina Wickmayer. Kerber won and reached her second WTA final. She played second seed Marion Bartoli in the final; Kerber won the first set in a tiebreak and went on to win the match despite losing the second set.

She then entered the 2012 Qatar Total Open where she met Sabine Lisicki again, defeating her in the first round. She lost to unseeded Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova in the second round. Kerber's next tournament was the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. Receiving a bye in the first round as the 18th seed, she defeated the young Sloane Stephens in her opening match, advancing to the fourth round via default over Vania King, who withdrew, and then produced another win from behind against another dangerous player, Christina McHale. Kerber upset eighth seed Li Na in the quarterfinals before her successful week came to an end, losing to world number one and eventual champion Victoria Azarenka. Her ranking improved to a career high of number 14 as a result of that fantastic run in California. As the 14th seed at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, Kerber was expected to do well there, but was upset in her opener (having received a bye in the first round) against Zheng Jie.
Kerber's next stop was the 2012 e-Boks Open in Copenhagen where she was the second seed. In her opener, she was pushed to the limit as she struggled past Stéphanie Foretz Gacon and then defeated Anne Keothavong and fellow German Mona Barthel. After that, she defeated third seed and former world number one Jelena Janković to reach her third career WTA final, and second of the year. She won the title, beating the top seed and defending champion Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets.
Kerber represented Germany in the Fed Cup against Australia in Stuttgart, losing to world number five Samantha Stosur in her first match before beating Olivia Rogowska. Germany lost the tie, however, at 3â€"2. At Stuttgart's Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, Kerber advanced to the quarterfinals, with wins over Roberta Vinci and sixth seed Caroline Wozniacki, before losing to third seed Petra Kvitová.
Kerber reached the final of the Eastbourne grass court tournament, losing to Tamira Paszek, having served for the championship at 5â€"3 in the deciding set and missing five match points.

At the 2012 Wimbledon Championships, Kerber was seeded number eight. In the first round she defeated Lucie Hradecká. In the second round, she defeated the Russian Ekaterina Makarova. She also defeated the number 28 seed Christina McHale in round 3. In the fourth round, she won easily against the former world number one Kim Clijsters with an astonishing score of 6â€"1, 6â€"1, booking a place in the quarterfinals in just 49 minutes. In the quarterfinal, she beat fellow German and 15th seeded Sabine Lisicki in three sets, having been down 3â€"5 in the third. In the semifinal, she lost to number three seed Agnieszka RadwaÅ„ska.
At the 2012 London Olympics, Kerber was ranked number seven. She beat Petra Cetkovská in the first round, Tímea Babos in the second round and Venus Williams in the third, before losing to number one seed Victoria Azarenka in the quarterfinals. Her first tournament of the 2012 US Open Series was the 2012 Rogers Cup, where she lost in the third round to Roberta Vinci. She then played the 2012 Western & Southern Open, beating Tímea Babos in the second round and Andrea Hlaváčková in the third round. In the quarterfinals, Kerber beat Serena Williams for the first time, winning in straight sets. This snapped Williams's 19-match winning streak. Kerber then defeated Petra Kvitová in the semifinal. However, she fell to Li Na in the final in three sets. At the US Open, Kerber, seeded sixth, struggled to victory over unseeded Venus Williams in the second round. She lost in the fourth round to Sara Errani, the number ten seed from Italy.
Kerber's next tournament after the US Open was the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. She made it to the semifinals before losing to Agnieszka Radwańska. At the China Open, she was seeded sixth and made it to the quarterfinals, but retired against Maria Sharapova. At the season's conclusion, Kerber competed in her first year-end championships, where she was seeded fifth. She exited the tournament in the round robin stage, without winning any matches. She ended 2012 at no. 5 in the world.

2013: Continued success
Kerber began 2013 at the 2013 Brisbane International where she was seeded 4th. She defeated Anna Tatishvili and Mónica Puig before falling lost to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the quarterfinals. She then competed in Sydney as the second seed where she lost to Dominika Cibulková in the semifinals. Kerber reached the fourth round of the 2013 Australian Open, making this the furthest she has ever progressed in the tournament. Along the way, she defeated Elina Svitolina, Lucie Hradecká and Madison Keys. She was subsequently defeated by Ekaterina Makarova after struggling with a back injury. Kerber then lost in her first match of both the Qatar Total Open and in Dubai to Mona Barthel and Roberta Vinci respectively.

Kerber would then reach the semi-finals at Indian Wells, and the third round in Miami, losing to Caroline Wozniacki and Sorana Cîrstea respectively. Kerber then reached her first final of 2013 in Monterrey as the top seed. She lost to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in three sets.
To kick off the clay court season, Kerber represented Germany in their Fed Cup World Group play-off against Serbia. After defeating Bojana Jovanovski in her first rubber, Kerber fell to Ana Ivanovic in straight sets. This was immediately followed by a run to the semi-finals at Stuttgart, where she fell in three sets to defending (and eventual) champion Maria Sharapova. Kerber then played the 2013 Mutua Madrid Open as the 6th seed. She reached the quarterfinals after defeating Svetlana Kuznetsova but was then being defeated by Ivanovic, again in straight sets; it was Kerber's second loss against her in three weeks.At the French Open, Kerber reached the fourth round, only to be beaten there by unseeded former champion Kuznetsova in three sets.
Kerber was the 3rd seed at the 2013 Aegon International but lost to Ekaterina Makarova in round two. Kerber then made an early exit from Wimbledon where she was a semifinalist the year before, losing in three sets to Kaia Kanepi in the second round.
Kerber's US Open series campaign with a quarterfinal appearance in Washington where she lost to Magdaléna Rybáriková. She then suffered an early loss in Toronto in the hands of Slovak Dominika Cibulková. At Cincinnati, Kerber lost to Li Na in the third round. At the 2013 New Haven Open, she lost to Elena Vesnina in the second round after having a first round bye. Kerber then lost in the fourth round of the US Open to Carla Suárez Navarro. She defeated Lucie Hradecká, rising star Eugenie Bouchard and Kanepi en route.
In September, Kerber reached her 2nd final of 2013 at Tokyo but lost to Petra Kvitová in three sets. The following week at the China Open, she reached the quarterfinals where she lost to Agnieszka Radwańska. At the 2013 Generali Ladies Linz, Kerber won her third WTA title, beating two-time champion Ana Ivanovic and filled the last spot at the WTA Championships. In her second outing at the WTA Championships, Kerber did not advance past the round robin stage. She defeated Radwańska but suffered losses to Serena Williams and Kvitová. She ended the year as world no. 9.

2014: Steady ranking

Kerber's first singles event of the season was at the 2014 Brisbane International, reaching the quarterfinals. In Sydney, Kerber made the final, only to lose to Bulgarian qualifier and 107th ranked Tsvetana Pironkova in straight sets. In the fourth round of the 2014 Australian Open, she was defeated by Italian Flavia Pennetta in three sets. At the 2014 Open GDF Suez in Paris, she made it to the quarterfinals before losing to eventual tournament champion Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
Kerber played for Germany in the Fed Cup in February. She contributed to defeating Slovakia by winning both of her singles rubbers, defeating Dominika Cibulková and Daniela Hantuchová respectively. Kerber then reached the final in Doha, losing to Simona Halep. Then, at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open where she was the 5th seed, she lost to María Teresa Torró Flor in her opening match after receiving a first round bye. However, she stepped it up in Miami by reaching the quarterfinals where she lost to world number 1 Serena Williams in straight sets.
Kerber retired in her opening match against Caroline Garcia at Madrid due to a back injury. She fell early again in Rome, losing to Czech Petra Cetkovská in three sets. Kerber played one more tournament before the French Open at Nuremberg where she was the top seed. She fell in the quarterfinals to eventual finalist Karolína Plíšková. At the 2014 French Open, Kerber lost to Eugenie Bouchard in the fourth round.

Kerber reached the final at Eastbourne, losing to Madison Keys in three sets. At Wimbledon, Kerber was seeded 9th and defeated Pole Urszula Radwańska in the first round. Afterwards she defeated Heather Watson and 2013 semifinalist Kirsten Flipkens to reach the fourth round, where she defeated Maria Sharapova. In the quarterfinals she lost to Bouchard in straight sets.
In July, Kerber participated in Stanford where she was the 3rd seed. She had a first round bye and faced rising American Coco Vandeweghe in her opening match whom which she defeated in 3 sets. Then she defeated Garbiñe Muguruza and Varvara Lepchenko to reach the final, her 4th final of 2014. There she faced home favourite Serena Williams and lost despite having a lead in the first set. The following week, she played in Montreal where she was the 6th seed. She received a first round bye again. She defeated Caroline Garcia before losing to the resurging Venus Williams in a tough three setter. Kerber was the sixth seed at the 2014 Western & Southern Open and won her second round match against Makarova in straight sets after receiving a first round bye. She then lost to Caroline Wozniacki in the third round. Kerber also lost in the third round of the US Open to unseeded 17-year-old Belinda Bencic of Switzerland, after having defeated Ksenia Pervak and Alla Kudryavtseva in the first and
second rounds respectively.
Kerber next participated at the 2014 Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, where she was the top seed. She had a first round bye. She reached the semifinals by defeating Elina Svitolina and Dominika Cibulková before losing to eventual champion Ana Ivanovic. At the 2014 Wuhan Open, Kerber defeated Zarina Diyas and Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová to reach the quarterfinals. She then lost to Svitolina. The following week at the China Open, Kerber's chances of qualifying for the WTA Finals came to end when she lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova in round 3. Kerber did not qualify for the WTA Finals but entered the tournament as an alternate. Kerber finished 2014 by representing Germany in the Fed Cup final. She lost her first match to Lucie Šafářová in straight sets. In her next match, she faced fellow Top 10 Petra Kvitová, despite losing the first set tiebreak, she avoided a second set bagel by coming back to win it 6-4. She ended up losing the match when Kvitova launched her comeback from 1-4
down in the third set, to win it 6-4, giving the Czech team the title. She finished the season as world no. 10.

2015: Winning four WTA Titles
Kerber began the 2015 season at the 2015 Brisbane International, in the process reaching the quarterfinals before losing to Elina Svitolina in straight sets. She then beat Lesia Tsurenko in the first round of the 2015 Apia International Sydney and went on to reach the semifinals before losing to Karolína Plíšková. At the 2015 Australian Open, she suffered a first round loss to Irina-Camelia Begu, it was the first time Kerber lost in the opening round of a Grand Slam tournament since Wimbledon in 2011. Kerber then represented Germany in the Fed Cup where the Germans faced Australia in round 1. She lost her 1st match to Jarmila Gajdošová in 3 sets but then defeated Samantha Stosur in straight sets in her next match. At the Diamond Games, Kerber suffered a shocking straight sets loss to Francesca Schiavone in her opener. Following the loss, Kerber dropped out of the Top 10 for the first time since 2012. At Dubai, Kerber lost to Flavia Pennetta in the third round in 3 sets. The fol
lowing week in Doha, Kerber drew wild card Victoria Azarenka in the first round and lost in straight sets. In March, Kerber was seeded 13th in Indian Wells and received a first round bye. However, she fell to Sloane Stephens in her opening match. At the Miami Open, Kerber was once again the 13th seed and had a first round bye. She overcame Brit Heather Watson in the second round to face Kuznetsova but lost in 3 sets.
At the 2015 Family Circle Cup, Kerber was seeded 5th. She overcame a 4-2 third set deficit to beat Evgeniya Rodina and then cruised past Lara Arruabarrena to reach the last eight. Her run continued with a win over Irina-Camelia Begu in two tiebreak sets and a straight sets win over fellow German and defending champion Andrea Petkovic to advance to her first final of 2015 where she faced home favourite Madison Keys. She fought back from a 4-1 third set defecit to win in 3 sets, claiming her 4th WTA title and her first since Linz in October 2013. This was the equal of the biggest title of her career (2012 Paris Indoors) and her first title on clay. Kerber then played for Germany against Russia in the semifinals of the Fed Cup. She did not play on the first day, but on the second day she beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in straight sets, with the loss of one game. The win however was not enough as Germany lost in the doubles allowing Russia to advance to the final.
At the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, Kerber was unseeded and started her run by beating Alexa Glatch in straight sets. In the second round she beat Maria Sharapova in a three-set blockbuster, ending Sharapova's win streak at the tournament that started back in 2012. The win also made Kerber the second person after Ana Ivanovic to beat Sharapova on clay other than Serena Williams since 2011. She then beat Ekaterina Makarova and Madison Brengle in straight sets to reach the final where she came from a set down and 5-3 down in the final set to beat Caroline Wozniacki in three sets. This was her fifth equal to the biggest title of her career (2012 Paris Indoors and 2015 Family Circle Cup) and saw her extend her winning streak on clay to 11 matches for the season. Kerber could not keep up with this winning streak as it came to an end in the hands of Samantha Stosur in the opening round in Madrid, which Kerber lost in three sets. At the Italian Open, Kerber made it to the second round after d
efeating Alizé Cornet but lost to Begu. At Nürnberg, Kerber the second seed made it to semifinals but conceded a walkover to Roberta Vinci due to a back injury. At the French Open, Kerber was seeded 11th and easily defeated both Tímea Babos and Ajla Tomljanović in straight sets to reach round three where she faced Garbine Muguruza but crashed out of the tournament in three sets. By virtue of Eugenie Bouchard falling in the first round and not defending her semifinal points, Kerber returned to the Top 10 for the first time since February at No. 10.

Kerber began her grass court season at the Aegon Classic as the 4th seed and received a first round bye. She advanced to the quarterfinals after defeating Tsvetana Pironkova and Jelena Janković. She then overcame young Czech Kateřina Siniaková in straight sets to set up an all-German semifinal where she faced Sabine Lisicki, it was their first meeting since Wimbledon in 2012. Kerber won the match in straight sets and subsequently advanced to her third final of the season where she defeated Karolina Plíšková in a tight three-setter for her 6th career title and her first on grass. This marks the first time Kerber has won more than two titles in a season. At Wimbledon as the 10th seed, Kerber easily beat Carina Witthöft and Pavlyuchenkova to advance to the third round where she lost to eventual finalist Muguruza in three sets. The loss saw Kerber drop out of the Top 10 again.
Kerber began her summer hard court season at the Bank of the West Classic as the fifth seed. Defending finalist points, Kerber easily beat Daria Gavrilova and rising star Ana Konjuh, both in straight sets to advance to the quarterfinals. There, she faced second seed Agnieszka Radwańska whom she defeated in a three-set marathon match in two and a half hours to reach the last four. She then avenged her loss to Svitolina earlier in the year, overpowering the Ukrainian in straight sets to reach the final where she faced Plíšková again. Kerber won in three sets to collect her seventh career title. Kerber then reached the round of 16 at Toronto after defeating a pair of qualifiers Misaki Doi and Monica Puig but then fell short to Simona Halep in three sets. She was then defeated by Belinda Bencic in the first round of the Western & Southern Open in straight sets. At the US Open, 11th seeded Kerber defeated Alexandra Dulgheru and Karin Knapp in straight sets to set up a third round with
Azarenka which she lost in three sets.
During the Asian swing, Kerber reached the quarterfinals in Tokyo where she lost to Wozniacki in three sets. At the Wuhan Open, Kerber the 6th seed reached the last eight after dispatching Jelena Jankovic and Camila Giorgi. She then advanced to the semifinals after Coco Vandeweghe retired in the second set. In the semifinals, she faced Muguruza for the fourth time this season and loss in straight sets. Her current tournament is the China Open where she had a first round bye. She routinely advanced to the last eight after easily seeing off both Dominika Cibulkova and 8th seed Wozniacki in straight sets. She then succumbed to Radwanska in straight sets. Kerber then received a wildcard into the Hong Kong Open where she was the second seed. She safely advanced to the final where she faced Jankovic but ran out of steam, falling to the Serb in three sets. It was announced on 21 October that Kerber had qualified for the WTA Finals. As the 6th seed, she was drawn into the same group with Mug
uruza and fellow lefties Petra Kvitová and Lucie Šafářová. She exited in the round robin stage, managing just one win over Kvitová. Kerber ended her fourth straight year in the Top 10 as world no. 10.

2016: First Grand Slam title and world No. 2
Kerber began the year at the Brisbane International, defeating the likes of Camila Giorgi, Madison Brengle, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Carla Suarez Navarro to reach the final where she came up short to Victoria Azarenka. After defeating Elina Svitolina in the opening round in Sydney, she withdrew with gastro-intestinal illness. Kerber was the 7th seed at the Australian Open and beat Misaki Doi in the first round, having been a match point down. She then scored a triplet of straight-set wins over Alexandra Dulgheru, Brengle and compatriot Annika Beck to reach her first quarterfinal in Melbourne, completing the sweep of quarter final appearances at all four Grand Slams in the process. In the quarter finals, she avenged her Brisbane loss by beating Azarenka in straight sets, her first win against the Belorussian, to advance to her third Grand Slam semi final. In the semi finals, Kerber beat Johanna Konta in straight sets to reach her maiden Grand Slam final where she faced and defeate
d defending champion and world No. 1 Serena Williams, earning her first Grand Slam title. Kerber will rise to world No. 2 on February 1, 2016.

Career statistics

Grand Slam tournament finals

Singles: 1 (1â€"0)

Grand Slam performance timeline




External links
Angelique Kerber at the Women's Tennis Association
Angelique Kerber at the International Tennis Federation
Angelique Kerber at the Fed Cup
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Kimila Ann "Kim" Basinger (/ˈbeɪsɪÅ&lsqauo;É™r/ BAY-sing-É™r, often mispronounced /ˈbæsɪndÊ'É™r/ BASS-in-jÉ™r; born December 8, 1953) is an American actress and former fashion model who has appeared in 38 feature films. She began her acting career on television in 1976 and made her film debut in the 1981 drama Hard Country. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Lynn Bracken in the 1997 film L.A. Confidential.
Basinger came to prominence playing Bond girl Domino Petachi in the 1983 film Never Say Never Again, opposite Sean Connery, and went on to receive a Golden Globe nomination for her role as Memo Paris in The Natural (1984). She also starred as Elizabeth in the controversial erotic drama 9½ Weeks (1986), and as Vicki Vale in Batman (1989). For her role in L.A. Confidential, she also won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress and the SAG Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her other films include Final Analysis (1992), I Dreamed of Africa (2000), 8 Mile (2002), The Door in the Floor (2004), Cellular (2004), and the upcoming The Nice Guys (2016).


Early lifeEdit
Basinger was born in Athens, Georgia, on December 8, 1953. Her mother, Ann Lee (née Cordell), was a model, actress, and swimmer who appeared in several Esther Williams films. Her father, Donald Wade Basinger, was a big band musician and loan manager; as a U.S. Army soldier, he landed in Normandy on D-Day. The third of five children, she has two brothers, James Michael "Mick" and Skip, and two sisters, Ashley and Barbara. Basinger's ancestry includes English, German, French, Swedish, and Scots-Irish. She was raised a Methodist. Her relationship with her parents was tenuous, and her father's critical nature affected her emotionally from a young age. She has said, "I just couldn't please him enough. He never complimented me ever. And I saw a lot of silence. Children always read into silence as something terrible." Basinger has described herself as extremely shy and lonely during her childhood, and has stated that she faced many hardships during her school years as a result.
Basinger studied ballet from about age three to her mid-teens. By her mid teens, she grew in confidence and successfully auditioned for the school cheerleading team. When Basinger was 16, she started modeling, . At 17, she entered the America's Junior Miss Scholarship Pageant, won at the city level and was crowned Athens Junior Miss. Although she lost in the state pageant to Sue Whitted, who competed as "Georgia's Junior Miss, her beauty was profiled in the national program. She had competed at the state level for the Breck Scholarship and was featured in an ad for Breck in a joint portrait with her mother. She was subsequently offered a modeling contract with the Ford Modeling Agency. She turned it down in favor of singing and acting, and enrolled at the University of Georgia, but soon reconsidered and went to New York to become a Ford model. Despite earning $1,000 a day, Basinger never enjoyed modeling, saying "It was very hard to go from one booking to another and always have to d
eal with the way I looked. I couldn't stand it. I felt myself choking." Basinger has said that even as a model, when others relished looking in the mirror before appearing, she abhorred it and would avoid mirrors out of insecurity. Not long after her Ford deal, Basinger appeared on the cover of magazines. She appeared in hundreds of advertisements throughout the early 1970s, most notably as the Breck Shampoo girl. She alternated between modeling and attending acting classes at the Neighborhood Playhouse, as well as performing in Greenwich Village clubs as a singer.


In 1976, after five years as a cover girl, Basinger quit modeling and moved to Los Angeles to act. After appearing in small parts on a few TV shows such as McMillan & Wife and Charlie's Angels, her first starring role was in a made-for-TV movie, Katie: Portrait of a Centerfold (1978) in which she played a small town girl who goes to Hollywood to become an actress and winds up becoming a famous centerfold for a men's magazine. She then appeared in the miniseries remake From Here to Eternity (1979) with Natalie Wood and William Devane. Her feature debut was the critically well-received rural drama Hard Country (1981), which she followed up with the adventure film Mother Lode (1982), which co-starred Charlton Heston.
Basinger's breakout role was as the Bond girl Domino Petachi in Never Say Never Again (1983), where she starred opposite Sean Connery. To promote her role in the Bond film, Basinger posed for a famous nude pictorial for Playboy. Basinger stated that the Playboy appearance led to good opportunities, such as Barry Levinson's The Natural (1984), co-starring Robert Redford, for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination as Best Supporting Actress. Her most controversial appearance was in Adrian Lyne's erotic drama 9½ Weeks (1986) with Mickey Rourke, which failed at the box office but quickly acquired a large fanbase on home video. Academy Award winning writer-director Robert Benton cast her in the title role for the film Nadine (1987). Several directors cast her twice in their films, including Blake Edwards for The Man Who Loved Women (1983) and Blind Date (1987) and Robert Altman for Fool for Love (1985) and Prêt-à-Porter (1994). The highest-grossing film of her career thus far was T
im Burton's 1989 blockbuster Batman, where Basinger played the role of photojournalist Vicki Vale.
In 1992, Basinger was a guest vocalist on a re-recorded version of Was (Not Was)'s "Shake Your Head", which also featured Ozzy Osbourne on vocals, and reached the UK Top 5. That same year, she starred in the live-action/animated film, "Cool World" (directed by Ralph Bakshi), where she voiced/played Holli Would, a cartoon bombshell who longs to become a real human woman. The film marks her thus far only voice-acting role to date. In 1997, after a three-year hiatus from acting, Basinger made a comeback as the femme fatale in Curtis Hanson's neo-noir L.A. Confidential alongside Guy Pearce and Russell Crowe. She initially turned down the film twice, feeling an insecurity at returning to the screen and enjoying motherhood. The role earned her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, as well as the Golden Globe and Screen Actor's Guild Award. She holds the distinction of being the only actress who has both posed nude in Playboy and won an Academy Award. In a 2000 interview with Charli
e Rose, Basinger said that L.A. Confidential and her next project, I Dreamed of Africa (2000), (where she played Kuki Gallmann) were the most pleasurable of her career and that the cast were all there for the right reasons. She says that Vincent Pérez was the "most incredible actor she had ever worked with" and had the "biggest heart of anybody she has ever worked with."

Hanson cast her again, as Eminem's alcoholic mother in the hit film 8 Mile (2002). In 2004, Basinger starred opposite Jon Foster in The Door in the Floor, a drama with heavy sexual themes adapted from the novel A Widow for One Year by John Irving. She was next featured in the crime thrillers Cellular (2004) and The Sentinel (2006), and starred in the Lifetime original film The Mermaid Chair (2006) as a married woman who falls in love with a monk. Her 2009 film, The Informers, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2009. Her next film, The Burning Plain, was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2008 and at the Savannah Film Festival in October 2008.
Basinger's more recent work in the 2010s includes Charlie St. Cloud (2010) and Grudge Match (2013). She recently finished filming 4 Minute Mile for director Charles-Olivier Michaud, where she stars alongside Richard Jenkins, Kelly Blatz and Analeigh Tipton, and a German-Danish movie directed by Anders Morgenthaler, I Am Here. The latter work has been presented at the 2014 Hamburg Film Festival, held in September. In January 2016, it was announced that Basinger would play Elena Lincoln in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades Darker, the sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey.


Studio albums
1989: Hollywood Affair, produced by Prince; Sabotage Records
1989: The Scandalous Sex Suite EP with Prince, Warner Bros. Records
1991: Too Hot to Handle EP: Music from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (to The Marrying Man), produced by Tim Hauser; Hollywood Records

Awards and honorsEdit

Basinger has received an Academy Award, a Golden Globe award (out of two nominations), a Screen Actors Guild Award (out of two nominations), an award from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, and an award from the Southeastern Film Critics Association. For her lifetime achievements in the cinematic arts, she received the Athena Award at the Kudzu Film Festival, and has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She has also been nominated for the British Academy Film Awards, the People's Choice Awards, the Saturn Awards (three times) and the MTV Movie Awards (four times).

Personal lifeEdit

On October 12, 1980, Basinger married makeup artist Ron Snyder-Britton. They had met on the film Hard Country. Basinger filed for divorce on December 15, 1988 and it was finalized a year later. Britton later wrote a memoir titled Longer Than Forever, published in 1998, about their time together.
She met her second husband, Alec Baldwin, in 1990 when they played lovers in The Marrying Man, and they married on August 19, 1993. They appeared together in the remake of The Getaway (1994) and played themselves in a 1998 episode of The Simpsons, in which Basinger corrected Homer Simpson on the pronunciation of her last name and polished her Oscar statuette. Basinger and Baldwin have a daughter, Ireland Eliesse Baldwin (born October 23, 1995). They separated in December 2000 and divorced on February 3, 2002. In 2008, Baldwin wrote a book which dealt with the contentious custody battle with Basinger over their daughter. Basinger developed agoraphobia some time after the birth of Ireland.

Financial problemsEdit
Some family members recommended Basinger buy the bulk of the privately-owned land in the small town of Braselton, Georgia, some 1,691 acres in 1989 for US$20 million, to establish as a tourist attraction with movie studios and film festival. However, she encountered financial difficulties and started to sell parts of it off in 1995. The town is now owned by developer Wayne Mason. In a 1998 interview with Barbara Walters, Basinger admitted that "nothing good came out of it", because a rift resulted within her family.
Basinger's financial difficulties were exacerbated when she pulled out of the controversial film Boxing Helena (1993), resulting in the studio's winning a US$8.1 million judgment against her. Basinger filed for bankruptcy and appealed the jury's decision to a higher court, which ruled in her favor. She and the studio settled for $3.8 million instead.

Basinger is a vegetarian and an animal rights supporter. She has posed for anti-fur advertisements by PETA.

See alsoEdit
Bond girl
List of stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame


Further readingEdit
Britton, Ron; Markham-Smith, Ian; Hodgson, Liz (October 1998). Kim Basinger: Longer Than Forever. Blake. ISBN 978-1-85782-325-7.

External linksEdit
Kim Basinger at AllMovie
Kim Basinger at AllMusic

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Rita Sahatçiu Ora (born Rita Sahatçiu; 26 November 1990) is a British singer and actress. Her debut studio album, Ora, released in 2012, debuted at number one in the United Kingdom. The album contained the UK number-one singles, "R.I.P." and "How We Do (Party)". After reaching the peak position as a featured act on DJ Fresh's "Hot Right Now", Ora became the artist with the most number-one singles on the UK Singles Chart in 2012, with three consecutive singles reaching the top position. She was nominated for three Brit Awards at the 2013 ceremony.
Her single, "I Will Never Let You Down", became her fourth UK number one when it debuted at the top of the charts in 2014. Also in 2014, Ora featured on Iggy Azalea's single, "Black Widow", which reached number three in the US. In 2015, Ora became a coach on the fourth series of The Voice UK, and later that year, a judge on the twelfth series of The X Factor.

Early life
Ora was born in Pristina, SFR Yugoslavia (present-day Kosovo) to Albanian parents. Her mother, Vera Sahatçiu (née Bajraktari), is a psychiatrist, and her father, Besnik Sahatçiu, is an economist and a pub owner. Her mother is Catholic and her father is Muslim. Ora has an older sister, Elena, and a younger brother, Don. She was named after the favourite film star of her film director grandfather Besim Sahatçiu, Rita Hayworth. She was born as Rita Sahatçiu (surname derived from the Turkish word "saatçi" which means "watchmaker"), but her father later added Ora ("time" in Albanian) to the family surname so it could be easily pronounced.
Her family left Kosovo for political reasons, because of the persecution of ethnic Albanians initiated by Milošević's regime. They relocated to England in 1991, when she was a year old, settling in London. She grew up near Portobello Road in West London, and attended St Cuthbert with St Matthias CE Primary School in Earls Court, following which she graduated from Sylvia Young Theatre School and then St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College. She began singing from an early age.

Music career

2007â€"2010: Career beginnings
Ora began performing at open mic sessions around London and, occasionally, in her father's pub. In 2007, Ora had her first music release when she appeared on Craig David's track titled "Awkward", and then again in 2008 on "Where's Your Love", featuring Tinchy Stryder, for which she also appeared in the music video. On both tracks she was not officially credited. She featured on two songs of James Morrison's album, Songs for You, Truths for Me, as backing vocalist.
She auditioned for Eurovision: Your Country Needs You on BBC One to be the British contestant for the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 and qualified, but later withdrew from the competition after a few episodes as she "did not feel ready" and thought "that challenge wasn't for her." Her manager, Sarah Stennett (who also worked with Ellie Goulding, Jessie J and Conor Maynard), later told HitQuarters that Ora had entered the competition because at the time she felt it was her only chance at finding success. Her withdrawal followed her first meeting with her manager when she was reassured that she had genuine potential to make it as a solo artist and that performing in Eurovision would hinder rather than help her chances. Stennett got in touch with Jay Brown of the American label, Roc Nation, and told him about Ora. Brown asked Ora to fly out to New York where she met with Jay Z, the founder of the label. Ora signed with Roc Nation in December 2008, within 48 hours of her arrival to the Uni
ted States, and was one of their first signees. She signed a recording deal and a publishing deal. In 2009, she made a cameo on Jay Z's video for "Young Forever". In 2010, Ora made a cameo in the music video for "Over" by Drake. After being signed, Ora recorded an album and wanted to release it, but her label advised against it and she started to work on other material for her debut album.

2011â€"2013: Breakthrough and Ora

Throughout 2011, Ora released covers and videos about working on her debut album on YouTube. The videos caught the attention of DJ Fresh, who at that time was looking for a female vocalist for his song, "Hot Right Now". Ora featured on the single that was released on 12 February 2012, reaching number one on the UK Singles Chart. During February 2012, Ora was also the opening act on the UK concerts from Drake's Club Paradise Tour.
The first UK single from her debut album, "R.I.P." (featuring Tinie Tempah), was released on 6 May 2012. Produced by Chase & Status, the song debuted at the top of the UK Singles Chart, becoming her first solo UK number one. On 12 August 2012, "How We Do (Party)" was released and reached number one in the UK and Ireland. It was Ora's second UK number one as a solo artist, and third overall in 2012.
Whilst supporting Coldplay on their Mylo Xyloto Tour, she later announced that her debut album would be titled Ora. It was released on 27 August 2012 and debuted at the top of the UK Albums Chart. Ora was nominated for Best UK/Ireland Act, Best New Artist, and Push Artist at the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards. In September 2012, it was announced that Ora will be the opening act on the UK concerts from Usher's Euphoria Tour set to start in January 2013. Eventually, the tour was postponed due to Usher's "professional and personal commitments". From 23 October through to 30 October 2012, Ora embarked on her first headlining tour, Ora Tour, a five-date US tour supported by MTV.
"Shine Ya Light", released on 4 November 2012, became Ora's fourth consecutive top ten single in the UK, peaking at number ten. On 28 November 2012, Ora performed as a special guest at the concert held in Tirana, Albania for the 100th Anniversary of the Independence of Albania. Ora embarked on her twelve-date UK "Radioactive Tour", from 28 January through to 13 February 2013, to support her debut album. She was nominated for three awards at the 2013 Brit Awards, including the Brit Award for British Breakthrough Act.

2013â€"present: Upcoming second studio album
On 14 January 2013, Ora revealed that her second album would be clearer and have more direction than the first one. On 26 February 2013, she revealed to Digital Spy that she had been working with Dev Hynes for the second album and that the record shows a different angle to a "party girl".
On 24 May 2013, Ora was the headline act on 1Xtra Arena/In New Music We Trust stage at Radio 1's Big Weekend. On 28 June 2013, Ora performed on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury.
On 30 January 2014, she announced the lead single from her second studio album would be called "I Will Never Let You Down", produced by Calvin Harris. On 18 May 2014, the song debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, making it Ora's fourth overall single to reach the apex of the chart, and third as a solo artist.
Ora featured on Iggy Azalea's single titled "Black Widow", from her album The New Classic. "Black Widow" peaked at number four in the UK, and became Ora's first top ten song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at number three. On 14 December, Ora performed at the 2014 telecast of Christmas in Washington, filmed at the National Building Museum. On 22 February 2015, at the 87th Academy Awards, she performed the Academy Award-nominated song "Grateful", which appears in the film Beyond the Lights.
She released the song "Poison" on 28 June 2015 as the first single from her second studio album. The song debuted at number three on the UK Singles Chart, becoming her sixth top five single in the country. A new single titled "Body on Me" (featuring Chris Brown) was released on 7 August 2015.
In December 2015, Ora filed a lawsuit against Roc Nation, seeking release from the label and citing that the contract she signed in 2008 is "unenforceable", due to California's "seven-year rule."

Other ventures

An appearance in an episode of the British drama series, The Brief, was her first television role, at the age of 13. Shortly after, she appeared in the British film Spivs (2004). On 14 December 2012, Electronic Arts released a press statement announcing that Ora will be a character in The Sims 3: Seasons video game. In 2013, Ora appeared as a guest star in 90210, as well as appearing as a racer in the film Fast & Furious 6. Ora was featured on Jay Z's Made in America, a Ron Howard-directed documentary about the Budweiser Made in America Festival, which premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. In April 2014, Ora appeared alongside Korean pop star, Hyuna, in an episode of Funny or Die called "Girl, You Better Walk."
She portrayed Christian Grey's sister, Mia, in the film adaptation of the best-selling novel Fifty Shades of Grey. Ora originally approached the production hoping to contribute to the film's soundtrack, and instead was asked to audition for the role of Mia Grey by the director of the film, Sam Taylor-Johnson.

In 2010, Ora featured in a commercial for Roc Nation and Skullcandy's headphones. She appeared in two Calvin Klein campaigns, in 2010 and 2011. Ora was the face of Italian sneaker brand, Superga, in 2013. In the summer of 2013, she was chosen as the new face of "Material Girl", a clothing line designed by Madonna. She was the face of two DKNY's 2014 collections, Resort collection and Autumn/Winter collection. She's also the face of the label's fragrance, DKNY My NY, inspired by New York City. In September 2013, Rimmel announced their collaboration with Ora for a makeup collection. Ora was one of the cast members of Marks & Spencer's "Leading Ladies" campaign for Spring/Summer 2014. In 2014, Ora appeared as the face of Roberto Cavalli Autumn/Winter 2014 campaign. In January 2014, Adidas announced a designer collaboration with Ora for their line of casual sports clothing, Adidas Originals. In 2015, she was the face of Coca-Cola and Samsung Galaxy S6 advertising campaigns.

Following the departure of judge Kelly Rowland, Ora was asked to be a guest judge on the ninth series of The X Factor in the UK. She was a judge during the auditions that were filmed at the O2 Arena in London.
On 3 November 2013, Ora hosted the BBC Radio 1's Teen Awards alongside Nick Grimshaw. On 19 October 2014, Ora and Grimshaw hosted the award show for the second year in a row.
In 2015, she was a coach on the fourth series of The Voice UK on BBC One. The same year, it was confirmed that Ora and BBC Radio 1 presenter, Nick Grimshaw, signed as judges for the twelfth series of The X Factor on the rival TV network ITV, after a bidding war between The X Factor and The Voice UK. She mentored the "Girls" category and chose Louisa Johnson, Lauren Murray, Kiera Weathers and Monica Michael for the live shows. Johnson became Ora's final act in the competition after the semi-final and subsequently won the series.

Ora possesses a mezzo-soprano vocal range. Ora credited Gwen Stefani and Beyoncé as her idols and biggest influences. Ora called Beyoncé her mentor, expressing admiration and gratitude at being able to have Beyoncé give her feedback on her debut album. Her other musical influences include Freddie Mercury, Christina Aguilera, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Celine Dion, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, and Sade. Ora also stated that she was inspired by her parents' record collection which included artists such as Prince, Earth, Wind & Fire, Eric Clapton and B.B. King. Ora has mentioned her admiration for Rita Hayworth as an early inspiration for wanting to pursue an acting career.

Personal life

Ora is of Albanian ethnicity and speaks Albanian. Asked about her religion, Ora stated: "I believe in God and I’m of Muslim culture, but my parents never forced me. Above all, they raised me with the idea that I could make my own choices and have my own beliefs." She considers herself a feminist.
Her maternal grandfather, Osman Bajraktari, was a diplomat. He was the Albanian consul to Russia (then part of the Soviet Union) in the 1980s.
On 10 July 2015, Ora was named an honorary ambassador for the Republic of Kosovo by the country's president, Atifete Jahjaga, at the Embassy of Kosovo in London. Ora, who was joined at the ceremony by her parents, Vera and Besnik Sahatçiu, and former British Prime Minister and his wife, Tony and Cherie Blair, stated she was "overwhelmed" by the honour and pledged to help the youth of Kosovo.
She dated Calvin Harris from May 2013 to June 2014. She broke up with Richard Hilfiger in July 2015 after a one-year relationship.

On 23 March 2013, Ora performed as a special guest at Le Bal de la Rose du Rocher, an event organised by Karl Lagerfeld in Monte Carlo in aid of the Princess Grace Foundation. On 1 June 2013, Ora performed at the Chime for Change charity concert at Twickenham Stadium, London, which raised funds and awareness for girls' and women's issues around the world. On 7 May 2014, Ora headlined the third annual “Gabrielle’s Gala” fundraiser at Old Billingsgate Market, London, with proceeds going to Cancer Research UK.
On 15 November 2014, Ora joined the charity group Band Aid 30 along with other British and Irish pop acts, recording the latest version of the track "Do They Know It's Christmas?" at Sarm West Studios in Notting Hill, London, to raise money for the 2014 Ebola crisis in West Africa. On 14 November 2015, Ora performed during half-time at David Beckham's UNICEF charity 'Match for Children' held at Old Trafford, Manchester.


Ora (2012)

Ora Tour (2012)
Radioactive Tour (2013)
Body on Me Tour (2015)
DJ Fresh â€" DJ Fresh Tour (2012)
Drake â€" Club Paradise Tour (2012)
Coldplay â€" Mylo Xyloto Tour (2012)


Awards and nominations

2015 â€" Kosovo’s Ambassador of Honour Medal


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