Çağla Büyükakçay

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Çağla Büyükakçay
Buyukakcay WMQ14 (12) (14605034544).jpg
Country  Turkey
Residence Istanbul, Turkey
Born (1989-09-28) 28 September 1989 (age 24)
Adana, Turkey
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Turned pro 2006
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $276,008
Singles
Career record 251–200
Career titles 6 ITF
Highest ranking 137 (26 May 2014)
Current ranking 155 (21 July 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open Q3 (2013)
French Open Q3 (2014)
Wimbledon Q2 (2013)
US Open Q2 (2012)
Doubles
Career record 128–114
Career titles 14 ITF
Highest ranking 126 (14 July 2014)
Current ranking 128 (21 July 2014)
Last updated on: 22 July 2014.
Çağla Büyükakçay
Medal record
Competitor for  Turkey
Women's Tennis
Mediterranean Games
Gold 2013 Mersin Singles
Gold 2013 Mersin Doubles
Silver 2009 Pescara Doubles

Çağla Büyükakçay (born 28 September 1989 in Adana) is a Turkish professional tennis player.

Büyükakçay has won five singles and nine doubles titles on the ITF tour in her career. On 26 May 2014, she reached her best singles ranking of world number 137. On 14 July 2014, she peaked at world number 126 in the doubles rankings.

Büyükakçay made her debut for the Turkey Fed Cup team in 2004, accumulating an overall record of 25–19.[1] She is also the top-ranked tennis player at Istanbul's multi-sports club Enkaspor.[2]

Career[edit]

Büyükakçay did not contest many junior tournaments, only playing four before competing at the senior level. After a few aborted starts, Büyükakçay played her first professional match at a 10K ITF event in Istanbul in May 2004. Losing in the qualifying draw, she would play two more tournaments during the 2004 season. She won her first ever Fed Cup match in 2005, partnering Pemra Özgen to defeat Stephanie Pace and Stephanie Sullivan of Malta. She made her WTA debut at the 2005 İstanbul Cup, but lost to Elena Vesnina in the first round. She continued to compete in 10K and 25K ITF events for the remainder of the year.

Büyükakçay began the 2006 season in Ramat HaSharon, but fell there in qualifying to Katariina Tuohimaa. She did not win a main draw match until April, when she made it to the second round of a 10K tournament in Chennai. She again played for Turkey in Fed Cup, registering a straight-sets win over Olfa Dhaoui of Tunisia. She partnered again with Pemra Özgen, this time double bageling Sigurlaug Sigurdardottir and Iris Staub of Iceland. She reached her first singles and doubles finals simultaneously in Antalya, losing the singles final but winning the doubles with Alena Bayarchyk. She continued mainly on the ITF tour but would not reach another final until September, when she made it to the final of in Istanbul. Büyükakçay continued to gain experience during the 2007 season, recording her first ever singles title in Istanbul.

In 2008, Büyükakçay won her second singles title in Gaziantep. She proceeded to enter a mix of lower and higher-level ITF tournaments with some success, including a quarterfinal appearance at a 50K tournament in Penza, going down to Julia Glushko in a tough three-set match. She ended the season on a high, capturing the doubles title with Lucia Sainz-Pelegri in Vinaros. Büyükakçay recorded her first singles title of the 2009 season in Istanbul before returning to the city two weeks later. Having been awarded a wildcard into the 2005 İstanbul Cup, she drew Lucie Hradecká and led the Czech by a set before succumbing in three sets. She did not compete in any other WTA tournaments for the rest of the year.

Büyükakçay had an exceptional 2010 season - she remained undefeated during the Fed Cup, winning three singles matches and dropping only four games in the process. She followed up her Fed Cup success the following week, winning the biggest singles title of her career at a 25K tournament in Kharkiv. She won another 25K title in Valladolid in July before returning to Istanbul to play at the İstanbul Cup. Having bowed out in the first round to Elena Baltacha, she entered the doubles draw with Pemra Özgen and reached the semifinals. It was the first WTA-level semifinal in her career - in singles or doubles. She went on to make history when she entered the US Open qualifying draw. Although she lost in the qualifying first round, it was a major achievement in that no other Turkish woman had previously entered qualifying of a grand slam. She continued on the tour and reached another final in Esperance, losing to Sacha Jones of New Zealand. Her first 2011 tournament was the Australian Open, winning one qualifying match before going down to Corinna Dentoni. She began to combine her schedule with more WTA events but did not reach another final until July, when she lost to Garbiñe Muguruza in Caceras. At the US Open, she lost in the second round of qualifying to Mandy Minella of Luxembourg. In October, she lost in the final of a 25K ITF event in Netanya, narrowly losing to Dinah Pfizenmaier in three sets. However, she did win the doubles crown with Pemra Özgen for her fifteenth doubles title.

In 2012, Büyükakçay managed to record appearances in the finals of three 25K tournaments in Moscow, Zwevegem, and Istanbul, but lost each one to Margarita Gasparyan, Anastasija Sevastova, and Richèl Hogenkamp. She experienced more success in Fed Cup play, winning three singles and one doubles match for Turkey. Büyükakçay was in touching distance of a main-draw berth at the 2013 Australian Open, but lost in the final round of qualifying to Lesia Tsurenko in straight sets. She reached the semifinals of a 25K event in Namangan but was defeated by Oksana Kalashnikova in close three-set encounter. At the French Open, she scraped past Nastassja Burnett in the first qualifying round, but was soundly beaten in the second by Arantxa Parra Santonja. She would rebound; however, when she reached the final of another 25K tournament in Moscow the following week, finishing runner-up to young Anett Kontaveit of Estonia. She maintained her solid performance for the rest of the season, picking up doubles titles in Shrewsbury, Loughborough, Istanbul, and Ankara.

Büyükakçay experienced a shaky start to the 2014 season - suffering three-set losses to Ashleigh Barty and Kateřina Siniaková in Australia. Although she advanced to the quarterfinals at a 25K ITF event in Sunderland, she only managed to win one singles match at the Fed Cup in Hungary. She was then granted wildcards into the prestigious WTA tournaments in Doha and Dubai, but was beaten in the first round of both by Kristýna Plíšková and Zhang Shuai, respectively. She began to pick up form in April, when she won her first singles title in nearly four years in Edgbaston, defeating Frenchwoman Pauline Parmentier. A week later, she advanced to her first ever WTA quarterfinal in Kuala Lumpur and at the French Open, she again came close to a spot in the main draw, but was defeated in the final round of qualifying by Aleksandra Wozniak. At Wimbledon, but was beaten in the first round of qualifying and only managed to win one match during the entire grass court season.

WTA career finals[edit]

Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Tier II / Premier (0–0)
Tier III, IV & V / International (0–1)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner–up 1. 13 July 2014 BRD Bucharest Open, Bucharest, Romania Clay Italy Karin Knapp Romania Elena Bogdan
Romania Alexandra Cadanțu
4–6, 6–3, [5–10]

ITF Circuit finals[edit]

Singles 19 (6–13)[edit]

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 21 May 2006 Antalya, Turkey Hard Greece Anna Gerasimou 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 2. 3 September 2006 İstanbul, Turkey Hard Russia Natalia Orlova 1–6, 1–6
Runner-up 3. 14 April 2007 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard Mauritius Marinne Giraud 2–6, 2–6
Winner 4. 3 June 2007 İstanbul, Turkey Hard Germany Ria Dörnemann 6–4, 6–3
Winner 5. 1 June 2008 Gaziantep, Turkey Hard Turkey Pemra Özgen 7–5, 6–4
Winner 6. 21 June 2009 İstanbul, Turkey Hard Russia Galina Fokina 6–2, 6–3
Winner 7. 9 May 2010 Kharkiv, Ukraine Hard Russia Natalia Orlova 6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 8. 30 May 2010 İzmir, Turkey Hard Austria Tamira Paszek 2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 9. 26 June 2010 Getxo, Spain Clay Spain Silvia Soler-Espinosa 0–6, 6–2, 1–6
Winner 10. 11 July 2010 Valladolid, Spain Hard Hong Kong Ling Zhang 7–6(2), 6–3
Runner-up 11. 14 November 2010 Esperance, Australia Hard Australia Sacha Jones 1–6, 3–6
Runner-up 12. 17 July 2011 Caceres, Spain Hard Spain Garbiñe Muguruza Blanco 4–6, 3-6
Runner-up 13. 29 October 2011 Netanya, Israel Hard Germany Dinah Pfizenmaier 6-7, 6-4, 1-6
Runner-up 14. 5 May 2012 Moscow, Russia Hard (i) Russia Margarita Gasparyan 3-6, 6-4, 1-6
Runner-up 15. 15 July 2012 Zwevegem, Belgium Hard (i) Latvia Anastasija Sevastova 0-6, 3-6
Runner-up 16. 2 November 2012 İstanbul, Turkey Hard (i) Netherlands Richèl Hogenkamp 4-6, 3-6
Runner-up 17. 1 June 2013 Moscow, Russia Hard (i) Estonia Anett Kontaveit 1-6, 1-6
Runner-up 18. 3 March 2014 Preston, United Kingdom Hard (i) Czech Republic Kristýna Plíšková 3–6, 6–7(4–7)
Winner 19. 31 March 2014 Edgbaston, United Kingdom Hard (i) France Pauline Parmentier 6–4, 2–6, 6–2

Doubles 21 (13–8)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score
Winner 1. 21 May 2006 Antalya, Turkey Hard Belarus Alena Bayarchyk Russia Galina Semenova
Belarus Tatsiana Teterina
6–3 7–6(3)
Winner 2. 2 Jun3 2007 Istanbul, Turkey Hard Germany Ria Dörnemann Slovenia Maja Kambic
Russia Avgusta Tsybysheva
6–2 6–4
Winner 3. 31 May 2008 Gaziantep, Turkey Hard Turkey Pemra Özgen Belarus Volha Duko
Georgia (country) Ana Jikia
2–0 RET
Winner 4. 7 June 2008 Izmir, Turkey Hard Turkey Pemra Özgen Republic of Macedonia Emilia Arnaudovska
Ukraine Yuliana Umanets
6–2 6–0
Runner-up 5. 13 September 2008 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Clay Israel Julia Glushko Italy Alberta Brianti
Slovenia Polona Hercog
4–6 5–7
Runner-up 6. 1 November 2008 Istanbul, Turkey Hard Turkey Pemra Özgen Austria Melanie Klaffner
Bosnia and Herzegovina Sandra Martinovic
4–6 7–6(5) [6–10]
Winner 7. 6 December 2008 Vinaros, Spain Clay Spain Lucia Sainz-Pelegri Spain Yera Campos-Molina
Spain Leticia Costas-Moreira
6–4 3–6 [10–7]
Winner 8. 18 April 2009 Antalya, Turkey Hard Turkey Pemra Özgen Ukraine Tetyana Arefyeva
Ukraine Anastasiya Lytovchenko
6–4 6–2
Runner-up 9. 1 May 2009 Namangan, Uzbekistan Hard Turkey Pemra Özgen Uzbekistan Albina Khabibulina
Kyrgyzstan Ksenia Palina
4–6 7–6(6) [5–10]
Runner-up 10. 12 June 2009 Qarshi, Uzbekistan Hard Turkey Pemra Özgen Ukraine Kristina Antoniychuk
Georgia (country) Oksana Kalashnikova
7–5 0–6 [6–10]
Runner-up 11. 15-Jun-2009 İstanbul, Turkey Hard Turkey Pemra Özgen Russia Galina Fokina
Russia Anna Morgina
4-6,6-4 8-10
Winner 12. 17 October 2009 Antalya, Turkey Clay Uzbekistan Albina Khabibulina United Kingdom Amanda Carreras
Italy Valentina Confalonieri
2–6 7–5 [10–7]
Runner-up 13. 30 May 2010 Izmir, Turkey Hard Turkey Pemra Özgen Brazil Maria-Fernanda Alves
Austria Tamira Paszek
1–6 2–6
Runner-up 14. 18 July 2011 Samsun, Turkey Hard Turkey Pemra Özgen Romania Mihaela Buzarnescu
Slovenia Tadeja Majeric
1-6,4-6
Winner 15. 24 October 2011 Netanya, Israel Hard Turkey Pemra Özgen Italy Nicole Clerico
Israel Julia Glushko
7-5 6-3
Winner 16. 29 October 2012 İstanbul, Turkey Hard (i) Turkey Pemra Özgen Uzbekistan Nigina Abduraimova
Kyrgyzstan Ksenia Palkina
6-2 6-1
Runner-up 17. 3 June 2013 Agri, Turkey Carpet Turkey Pemra Özgen Turkey Melis Sezer
Bosnia and Herzegovina Jasmina Tinjic
4-6 6-3 [8-10]
Winner 18. 16 September 2013 Shrewsbury, United Kingdom Hard (i) Turkey Pemra Özgen United Kingdom Samantha Murray
United Kingdom Jade Windley
4–6, 6–4, [10–8]
Winner 19. 27 September 2013 Loughborough, United Kingdom Hard (i) Turkey Pemra Özgen Poland Magda Linette
Czech Republic Tereza Smitková
6-2, 5-7, [10–6]
Winner 20. 1 November 2013 İstanbul, Turkey Hard (i) Turkey Pemra Özgen Georgia (country) Sofia Shapatava
Ukraine Anastasiya Vasylyeva
6–3, 6–2
Winner 21. 20 December 2013 Ankara, Turkey Hard (i) Ukraine Yuliya Beygelzimer Greece Eleni Daniilidou
Serbia Aleksandra Krunić
6–3, 6–3

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cagla BUYUKAKCAY". Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Branşlar > Tenis-2010 sezonunda" (in Turkish). Enka Spor Kulübü. Retrieved 2011-09-04. 

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