Aleksandra Krunić

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Aleksandra Krunić
Александра Крунић
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Aleksandra Krunić at 2014 US Open
Country  Serbia
Residence Belgrade, 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)
Coach(es) Biljana Veselinovic,[2] Branislav Jevremovic[3]
Prize money US$428,337
Singles
Career record 170–104
Career titles 0 WTA, 8 ITF
Highest ranking No. 99 (20 October 2014)
Current ranking No. 99 (20 October 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open Q3 (2012)
French Open Q2 (2014)
Wimbledon Q1 (2011)
US Open 4R (2014)
Doubles
Career record 78–51
Career titles 1 WTA, 6 ITF
Highest ranking No. 89 (3 February 2014)
Current ranking No. 98 (15 September 2014)
Last updated on: 15 September 2014.

Aleksandra Krunić (Serbian Cyrillic: Александра Крунић; born 15 March 1993) is a Russian-born Serbian professional tennis player, who was, as of 8 September 2014, ranked No. 100.[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. In 2014 US Open, in her second main draw appearance at Grand Slam, Krunic won her first main draw match and then finished in top 16 at US Open, beating third seed Petra Kvitova in the process, but lost in three sets to Victoria Azarenka in fourth round.

Personal life[edit]

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 Belgrade.[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 spawned 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]

2008–2010: Beginning, Dominance on ITF Court[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 this event. She beat one wildcard, third seed, and next three were qualifiers.[9][11][14] In October 2008 she also played two ITF events in Dubrovnik, but lost both times in first round.[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. However, partnering with Ema Polić in doubles, Krunić won her first ITF doubles title.[3] She then played in Velenje, Slovenia, where she received a wildcard, 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, after beating top seed and compatriot Bojana Jovanovski in semifinal.[17] In May, she won ITF 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 and compatriot 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. In Moscow, Krunic tried to get her WTA singles tour debut, but failed to do it losing in tight three sets.

Krunić in Prague, 2011

2011–2012: WTA Tour singles debut[edit]

In February 2011, Krunić was once again invited to play 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 joined Jelena Janković, Ana Ivanovic and Bojana Jovanovski in the World Group Play Offs match against Slovakia in Bratislava. Serbia won the tie 3–2, after Krunić and Janković beat Daniela Hantuchová and Magdaléna Rybáriková in three sets, 2–6, 7–5, 9–7, rallying from 2–6, 1–5.[20] After this win, Serbia qualified for the 2012 Fed Cup World Group.

In May 2011, Krunić qualified for the ITF tournament Sparta Prague Open. By reaching the semifinals where she lost to World No. 10 Petra Kvitová 6–4, 6–2, she made improve in 2011 including poor results until Prague. 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] At US Open Krunic won first match of qualifications against Renata Voracova, but lost in second round to Karin Knapp. Next she played in Tashkent and after qualifications, Krunic won her second WTA professional match, losing just one game to Kamila Farhad. In second round she lost to Sorana Cirstea in tight two sets. Until the end of a season, Krunic didn't won any match, except double bagel win (6–0, 6–0) against Turkish wildcard and non-ranked player Naz Karagoz.

At Australian Open Krunic won first two matches of qualifiacations, but fell to Lesia Tsurenko in final round. 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 ITF in Caserata, Italy, Krunic reached final in both singles and doubles but outcome was runner-up. At French Open she lost in first qualifying round to Ons Jabeur in tree sets. In Lenzerheide Krunic won title in both singles and doubles. In Baku Krunic reached first WTA main draw of season and finished as a quarterfinalist for the first time. She beat fourth seed Andrea Hlavackova and in second round Laura Pous-Tio, but lost in three sets to eventual champion Bojana Jovanovski. At US Open Krunic didn't qualify – she fell to first seed Magdalena Rybarikova in second round. In September and October Krunic's best results were two semifinals of ITF.

2013: First Grand Slam appearance[edit]

Krunic started started a season playing automatically at the Australian Open, skipping all events to prepare. She played again against Maria Elena Camerin in Grand Slam qualifycations, after 2011 Wimbledon. And Krunic lost again, this time not in two sets, but 9–7 in third. In WTA events Bogota and Acapulco Krunic tried to qualify but didn't manage. In Irapuato, Mexico, Krunic beat Olga Savchuk for first ITF title of the year and seventh overall, dropping no set the entire tournament. On clay season, she played four ITF tournaments and best result was in Trnava, Slovakia, when she went to semifinal. There she beat top 100 player and first seed Jana Cepelova in first round, but Barbora Zahlavova Strycova was better in two sets in semifinal. At French Open she lost to Mariana Duque Marino in second qualifying round, although she won second set 6–1. Then she played in ITF in Italy and beat two qualifiers, first Tammi Patterson with 6–0, 6–0 and Tereza Martincova in two sets, but lost to Sofia Shapatova in quarterfinals. In WTA tournament in Nurnberg she didn't qualify. After missing Wimbledon, Krunic played in WTA events Budapest and Baku without qualifications. In Budapest she lost to Timea Babos and in Baku she was the only player who won set against eventual champion Elina Svitolina. In doubles in Baku, Krunic played alongside Eleni Daniilidou, and went to first WTA doubles final. In final they lost in three sets. US Open was the first Grand Slam tournament where she qualified for the main draw – she beat Carina Witthoeft, Daria Gavrilova and Louisa Chirico to do it, all in two sets. But in first round great server Coco Vandeweghe was better in two sets 6–4, 7–6. Week after US Open, she played in ITF in Trabzon, Turkey, and won her last ITF title of a season, beating Stephanie Foretz Gacon in the final. In WTA events Linz and Luxembourg she played qualifications. In Linz she qualified, but lost to lucky loser Maryna Zanevska in three sets. Krunic finished season in Ankara, again Turkey, in second round with loss to Naomi Broady. In doubles, Krunic won three ITF titles and lost in two finals during the season.

2014: Breakthrough – Top 100, US Open fourth round and first WTA doubles title[edit]

In first round of qualifications at the Australian Open, Krunic lost to Zarina Diyas in three sets. In January 2014, Krunić qualified for the PTT Pattaya Open, but lost to Nicha Lertpitaksinchai 6–3, 6–3 in the first round. Next she played three ITFs and best result was quarterfinal, where she lost to Timea Bacsinszky. In WTA event in Katowice, Krunic didn't qualify for main draw, but at least she beat former top 30 player Tamira Paszek. In Kuala Lumpur she didn't need qualifications, but in first round she lost to Karolina Pliskova in two sets. On clay, she made it to the semifinal at two ITF tournaments. At French Open and Wimbledon she failed to qualify. In Bucharest, Romania, she played WTA event. In first round she beat Alexandra Panova, but in second round she lost to world No. 3 and domestic player Simona Halep in a match full of breaks. Last prepare for US Open was in an ITF in Poland. There she lost in early round of singles, but won doubles title alongside Barbora Krejčíková.

At the 2014 US Open Krunic started campaign in qualifications. As it was last year at US Open, Krunic again qualified at the same Grand Slam tournament for her second main draw appearance. She beat Petra Martić, Denisa Allertova and tenth seed of qualifications Katerina Siniakova to qualify. In that final round against Siniakova, Krunic won 7–5, 0–6, 6–0. In the first round of the main draw she played against good friend Katarzyna Piter and won her first ever main draw match at a Grand Slam, in two sets. In the second round, 27th seed Madison Keys awaited. Although they finished the match with the same amount of points, Krunić won in three sets. Next she faced third seed and reigning Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the third round. And Krunic's fairytale run continued – she won 6–4, 6–4.[24] With that win, she was guaranted a world ranking in the top 100 for the first time. In the round of 16 Krunić lost to sixteenth seed and two time US Open finalist Victoria Azarenka, 6–4, 4–6, 4–6.[25] Eighteen time Grand Slam champion, Martina Navratilova, said of Krunić during the match "what a find she is, what an athlete". During the tournament, Krunić's compatriots Jelena Jankovic, Ana Ivanovic and Bojana Jovanovski gave her advice and support. She was nominated a "Rising star of the month", but Belinda Bencic had more votes by 5%. Also, match against Azarenka was one of ten matches nominated for Grand Slam match of the year award.

The Asian swing started for Krunic in Tashkent. Despite losing to Lesia Tsurenko in the first round of singles, Krunic managed to capture her first WTA title playing doubles alongside Kateřina Siniaková. They beat all opponents in three sets en route to the final, where they declassed Russians Margarita Gasparyan and Alexandra Panova 6–2, 6–1. In her hometown, Moscow, she beat Caroline Garcia, but lost to Tsvetana Pironkova in second round. In doubles, Krunic and Siniakova beat 1st seeds and top ten players Makarova and Vesnina in first round.

Awards[edit]

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 Q1 0–0
US Open Q2 Q2 1R 4R 3–2
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–1 3–1

Top 10 wins per season[edit]

Season 2014
Wins 1

Wins over top 10 players per season[edit]

# Player Rank Event Surface Round Score
2014
1. Czech Republic Petra Kvitova No. 4 US Open, United States Hard 3rd Round 6–4, 6–4

WTA career finals[edit]

Doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam Tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (1–1)
Titles by Surface
Hard (1–1)
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]
Winner 1. 13 September 2014 Tashkent Open, Tashkent, Uzbekistan Hard Czech Republic Kateřina Siniaková Russia Margarita Gasparyan
Russia Alexandra Panova
6–2, 6–1

Junior Grand Slam finals[edit]

Girls' Doubles (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
1–6, 6–2, 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
1–3

ITF finals[edit]

Singles: 10 (9–2)[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(3–7)
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(7–4), 6–4
Winner 8. 2 September 2013 Turkey Trabzon, Turkey Hard France Stéphanie Foretz Gacon 1–6, 6–4, 6–3
Winner 8. 20 December 2014 Turkey Ankara, Turkey Hard Uzbekistan Akgul Amanmuradova 3–6, 6–2, 7–6(8–6)

Doubles: 13 (6–7)[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(7–3)
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 Sadiković Russia Alla Kudryavtseva
Ukraine Olga Savchuk
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 Jakupović
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 Sadiković 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 Krejsová
Czech Republic Tereza Smitková
6–1, 6–7(2–7), [9–11]
Runner-up 7. 14 July 2014 Czech Republic Olomouc, Czech Republic Clay Czech Republic Barbora Krejčíková Czech Republic Petra Cetkovská
Czech Republic Renata Voráčová
2–6, 6–4, [7–10]
Winner 6. 21 July 2014 Poland Sobota, Poland Clay Czech Republic Barbora Krejčíková Ukraine Anastasiya Vasylyeva
Ukraine Maryna Zanevska
3–6, 6–0, [10–6]

Fed Cup performances[edit]

Singles (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

Doubles (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(7–5), 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(7–2), 4–6, 6–1
Runner-up 2012 World Group Semifinals Russia Russia Hard (i) Bojana Jovanovski Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Elena Vesnina
4–6, 0–6

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