Aleksandra Krunić

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Aleksandra Krunić
Александра Крунић
Aleksandra Krunic.jpg
Country  Serbia
Residence Belgrad, Serbia
Born (1993-03-15) 15 March 1993 (age 21)
Moscow, Russia
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
Turned pro 2008[1]
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money US$227,775
Career record 161–100 (61.69%)
Career titles 0 WTA, 7 ITF
Highest ranking No. 126 (16 September 2013)
Current ranking No. 155 (7 July 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open Q3 (2012)
French Open Q2 (2014)
Wimbledon Q1 (2011)
US Open 1R (2013)
Career record 70–49 (58.82%)
Career titles 0 WTA, 4 ITF
Highest ranking No. 89 (3 February 2014)
Current ranking No. 114 (7 July 2014)
Last updated on: 7 July 2014.

Aleksandra Krunić (Serbian Cyrillic: Александра Крунић; born 15 March 1993) is a Serbian professional tennis player, who was, as of 16 September 2012, ranked No. 126.[2] Krunić has won six ITF events — five in singles and one in doubles.[3][4]

On 25 April 2009 Krunić debuted for Serbia Fed Cup team in a doubles match versus Spain. She partnered Ana Jovanović against Lourdes Domínguez Lino and Nuria Llagostera Vives, but the match was cancelled.[5] Krunić was the runner–up of 2009 Australian Open in Girls' Doubles, along with Sandra Zaniewska. She made her WTA Tour debut at 2010 Banka Koper Slovenia Open, playing doubles with World No. 2 Jelena Janković.[6] Krunić made her WTA singles debut at the Poli-Farbe Budapest Grand Prix.

Personal life[edit]

Aleksandra Krunić was born to Bratislav and Ivana Krunić, Serbian immigrants to Russia, and has a sister named Anastasia.[7] She was born on 15 March 1993 in Moscow, Russia, she currently resides after Moscow and Bratislava in Belgrad.[8] Krunić speaks Serbian, Slovak, Russian and English fluently.

Tennis career[edit]

Junior career[edit]

Krunić picked up a tennis racquet aged seven.[7] She began training tennis at the Spartak Moscow club,[9] which spanned numerous tennis stars such as Anna Kournikova, Anastasia Myskina, Marat Safin, Igor Andreev and others. Since then Krunić has been coached by Edouard Safonov.[7][9][10] In 2006 Krunić reached the semifinals of Junior Kremlin Cup, losing to Bulgarian Dalia Zafirova 6–7(10) 6–3 6–1, who eventually fell to Ksenia Kirillova in the final.[11] The following year she won three junior events, in Podgorica, Livorno and Maia.[11] In 2008 Krunić reached the quarterfinals of European Junior Championships in Moscow and won the junior event in Budapest. She also played at the junior event in Kramfors, however withdrew from the final match against Croatian Silvia Njirić due to injury by a score of 6–3, 6–1 for Njirić.[12]

In 2009 she played the second round of 2009 Australian Open in Girls' Singles, and the final of Girls' Doubles event, partnering with Sandra Zaniewska. The two lost to Christina McHale and Ajla Tomljanović 6–1, 2–6, 10–4. She reached the second round of both Girls' Singles and Doubles at the 2009 French Open, and lost in the first round of Girls' Singles at the 2009 Wimbledon Championships. Krunić also partnered with Tamara Čurović at the Girls' Doubles event, however they lost in the first round to Tímea Babos and Ajla Tomljanović. In April 2009 she reached her highest junior ranking when she was ranked World No. 17.[13]

Although she had decided not to play juniors anymore, Krunić took part in the European Championships organized by both ITF and Tennis Europe, along with Bojana Jovanovski and Doroteja Erić in the team of Serbia.[1]

Professional career[edit]

As a member of TK Red Star, Krunić won the national club championships in 2008.[1] She was awarded with a wild card for tennis event in Prokuplje, Serbia, organized by the International Tennis Federation. On 6 July 2008 Krunić won the tournament and became the youngest ITF title winner in 2008 by winning the Prokuplje event.[9][11][14] In October 2008 she also played two ITF events in Dubrovnik.[3]

Krunić was invited by Serbia Fed Cup team coach Dejan Vraneš to join the team for the 2009 Fed Cup World Group Play-offs versus Spain. Serbia won 4–0, with two singles victories of Jelena Janković and Ana Ivanovic against Anabel Medina Garrigues and María José Martínez Sánchez.[15] Krunić debuted in a doubles match played on 25 April 2009, along with Ana Jovanović against Nuria Llagostera Vives and Lourdes Domínguez Lino. Llagostera Vives and Domínguez Lino were leading 6–2, 1–0 when the match was canceled due to rain.[5] In July, Krunić was awarded with a wild card for the Prokuplje ITF event and failed in defending her title from 2008. She was defeated by Dalia Zafirova 6–3, 7–6(3) in the final. However, partnering with Ema Polić in doubles, Krunić won her first ITF doubles title. They defeated Aleksandra Josifoska and Cristina Tancu in the final with 6–2, 7–6(3).[3] In August 2009 Krunić qualified the ITF event in La Marsa, and lost in the second round to Italian Francesca Mazzali 6–3, 6–2.[3] She then played in Velenje, Slovenia, and won her second ITF singles title, defeating Nika Ožegović 6–3, 6–1 in the final.[3] On 14 September 2009 Krunić broke into the WTA Singles Ranking List, when she was ranked number 795,[1][4] and on 18 October Krunić won her third ITF title in Dubrovnik, Croatia.[16]

In January 2010, Krunić won her fourth ITF tournament in Quanzhou, China, defeating domestic player Zhou Yi-Miao 6–3, 7–5 in the final.[17] In May, she won a singles title in Moscow and was the doubles runner–up. Krunić made her WTA Tour debut at 2010 Banka Koper Slovenia Open, playing doubles with World No. 2 Jelena Janković.[6] The two defeated Sesil Karatantcheva and Anna Tatishvili 6–3, 4–6, [10–8], and the fourth seeds Eleni Daniilidou and Jasmin Wöhr 4–6, 6–4, [10–6], but then had to withdraw from their semifinals match against Maria Kondratieva and Vladimíra Uhlířová due to an injury of Janković.

Krunić in Prague, 2011

In February 2011, Krunić was once again invited for the Serbia Fed Cup team in the World Group II rubber against Canada. She played along with Bojana Jovanovski, Ana Jovanović and Tamara Čurović against Rebecca Marino, Aleksandra Wozniak, Marie-Ève Pelletier and Sharon Fichman in Novi Sad, Serbia.[18] She lost her debut singles match against World No. 84 Marino with 6–3, 3–6, 7–5. Krunić played the final doubles match with Bojana Jovanovski, beating Fichman and Pelletier 7–6(5), 6–4 to guarantee Serbia the spot in the World Group Play Offs.[19] She will join Jelena Janković, Ana Ivanovic and Bojana Jovanovski in the World Group Play Offs match against Slovakia Fed Cup team of Dominika Cibulková, Daniela Hantuchová, Magdaléna Rybáriková and Jana Čepelová in Bratislava, Slovakia.[20] Serbia won with 3–2, after Krunić and Janković won a dramatic doubles match against Hantuchová and Rybáriková with 2–6, 7–5, 9–7. After this win, Serbia qualified for the 2012 Fed Cup World Group.

In May 2011, Krunić qualified for the ITF tournament Sparta Prague Open, reaching the semifinals before losing to World No. 19 Petra Kvitová 6–4, 6–2. On 16 May, she reached her career-high ranking of World No. 208.[2] She then played qualifications for the 2011 Wimbledon Championships, but was defeated by Maria Elena Camerin 6–2, 6–1 in the first round. Krunić then went on to defeat Natalie Grandin, Teodora Mirčić and Olga Puchkova to qualify for her first WTA singles event, 2011 Poli-Farbe Budapest Grand Prix.[21] She was leading in the first round match against Nina Bratchikova 7–5, 1–0, in the first round, when Bratchikova retired. Krunić lost her following match to the third seed Klára Zakopalová 7–5, 7–5.[22]

In February 2012, she was a part of Serbian Fed Cup team once again. She lost in singles to Yanina Wickmayer 6–1 6–0 but won in doubles with Bojana Jovanovski to claim a historic victory for Serbia.[23]

In January 2014, Krunić qualified for the PTT Pattaya Open, but lost to Nicha Lertpitaksinchai 6–3, 6–3 in the First Round.


Grand Slam singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Australian Open A Q3 Q1 Q1 0–0
French Open A Q1 Q2 Q2 0–0
Wimbledon Q1 A A 0–0
US Open Q2 Q2 1R 0–1
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–1

WTA career finals[edit]

Doubles: 1 (1–1)[edit]

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam Tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (0–1)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 28 July 2013 Baku Cup, Baku, Azerbaijan Hard Greece Eleni Daniilidou Ukraine Irina Buryachok
Georgia (country) Oksana Kalashnikova
6–4, 6–7(3–7), [4–10]

Other finals[edit]

Teams final: 1 (0–1)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Team competition Surface Partner/Team Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 3–4 November 2012 Czech Republic Fed Cup, Prague, Czech Republic Hard (i) Ana Ivanovic
Jelena Janković
Bojana Jovanovski
Petra Kvitová
Lucie Šafářová
Lucie Hradecká
Andrea Hlaváčková

ITF finals[edit]

Singles: 10 (8–2)[edit]

Finals by category
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (2/0)
Clay (6/2)
Grass (0/0)
Carpet (0/0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 6 July 2008 Serbia Prokuplje, Serbia Clay Bulgaria Tanya Germanlieva 6–4, 6–1
Runner–up 1. 12 July 2009 Serbia Prokuplje, Serbia Clay Bulgaria Dalia Zafirova 3–6, 6–7(3)
Winner 2. 29 August 2009 Slovenia Velenje, Slovenia Clay Croatia Nika Ožegović 6–3, 6–1
Winner 3. 18 October 2009 Croatia Dubrovnik, Croatia Clay Slovakia Karin Morgošová 6–0, 6–3
Winner 4. 10 January 2010 China Quanzhou, China Hard China Zhou Yi-Miao 6–3, 7–5
Winner 5. 22 May 2010 Russia Moscow, Russia Clay Russia Natalia Ryzhonkova 6–4, 4–6, 6–2
Runner–up 2. 14 May 2012 Italy Caserta, Italy Clay Peru Bianca Botto 1–6 0–6
Winner 6. 18 Jun 2012 Switzerland Lenzerheide, Switzerland Clay United States Chichi Scholl 6–3 6–3
Winner 7. 10 March 2013 Mexico Irapuato, Mexico Clay Ukraine Olga Savchuk 7–6(4) 6–4
Winner 8. 02 September 2013 Turkey Trabzon, Turkey Hard France Stéphanie Foretz Gacon 1–6 6–4 6–3

Doubles: 11 (5–6)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winners 1. 11 July 2009 Serbia Prokuplje, Serbia Clay Serbia Ema Polić Republic of Macedonia Aleksandra Josifoska
Romania Cristina Stancu
6–2 7–6(3)
Runner–up 1. 21 May 2010 Russia Moscow, Russia Clay Russia Marina Shamayko Russia Anna Arina Marenko
Russia Ekaterina Yakovleva
2–6 2–6
Runner–up 2. 14 May 2012 Italy Caserta, Italy Clay Switzerland Viktorija Golubic Poland Katarzyna Piter
Slovakia Romana Tabak
2–6 4–6
Winners 2. 18 June 2012 Switzerland Lenzerheide, Switzerland Clay Croatia Ana Vrljić Russia Ksenia Lykina
Bulgaria Isabella Shinikova
6–2 6–4
Runner–up 3. 18 March 2013 Mexico Irapuato, Mexico Clay Switzerland Amra Sadikovic Ukraine Olga Savcuk
Russia Alla Kudryavtseva
2–6 4–6
Winners 3. 22 April 2013 Tunisia Tunis, Tunisia Clay Poland Katarzyna Piter Hungary Reka-Luca Jani
Russia Eugeniya Pashkova
6–2, 3–6, (10–8)
Winners 4. 05 Aug 2013 Turkey Izmir, Turkey Hard Poland Katarzyna Piter United States Kristi Boxx
New Zealand Abigail Guthrie
6–2, 6–2
Winners 5. 14 September 2013 Turkey Trabzon, Turkey Hard Georgia (country) Oksana Kalashnikova Armenia Ani Amiraghyan
Slovenia Dalila Jakupovič
6–2 6–1
Runner–up 4. 20 December 2013 Turkey Ankara, Turkey Hard Greece Eleni Daniilidou Ukraine Yuliya Beygelzimer
Turkey Çağla Büyükakçay
3–6 3–6
Runner-up 5. 17 February 2014 Switzerland Kreuzlingen, Switzerland Carpet (i) Switzerland Amra Sadikovic Czech Republic Eva Birnerová
Netherlands Michaëlla Krajicek
1–6, 6–4, [6–10]
Runner-up 6. 21 April 2014 Turkey İstanbul, Turkey Hard Netherlands Michaëlla Krajicek Czech Republic Petra Krejsova
Czech Republic Tereza Smitkova
6–1, 6–7, 9–11

Grand Slam girls' doubles finals (0–1)[edit]

Outcome Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner–up 28.February 2009 Australian Open Hard Poland Sandra Zaniewska United States Christina McHale
Croatia Ajla Tomljanović
6–1, 2–6, 10–4

Fed Cup singles performances (0–2)[edit]

Outcome Edition Against Surface Opponent Result
Loss 2011 World Group II Canada Canada Hard (i) Rebecca Marino 3–6, 6–3, 5–7
Loss 2012 World Group Belgium Belgium Hard (i) Yanina Wickmayer 1–6, 0–6

Fed Cup doubles performances (3–1)[edit]

Outcome Edition Against Surface Partner Opponents Result
Cancelled 2009 World Group Playoff Spain Spain Clay Ana Jovanović Lourdes Domínguez Lino
Nuria Llagostera Vives
2–6, 0–1
Winners 2011 World Group II Canada Canada Hard (i) Bojana Jovanovski Sharon Fichman
Marie-Ève Pelletier
7–6(5), 6–4
Winners 2011 World Group Playoff Slovakia Slovakia Clay (i) Jelena Janković Daniela Hantuchová
Magdaléna Rybáriková
2–6, 7–5, 9–7
Winners 2012 World Group Belgium Belgium Hard (i) Bojana Jovanovski Alison van Uytvanck
Yanina Wickmayer
7–6(2), 4–6, 6–1
Runner-up 2012 World Group Russia Russia Hard (i) Bojana Jovanovski Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Elena Vesnina
4–6 0–6

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