Christina McHale

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Christina McHale
Christina McHale Wimbledon 2012 (2).jpg
Country  United States[1]
Residence Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, U.S.[1]
Born (1992-05-11) May 11, 1992 (age 22)[1]
Teaneck, New Jersey, U.S.[1]
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 6.9 in)[2]
Turned pro April 2010
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)[1]
Prize money $1,557,548[2]
Singles
Career record 186 – 145
Career titles 0 WTA, 1 ITF
Highest ranking No. 24 (20 August 2012)
Current ranking No. 49 (9 June 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (2012)
French Open 3R (2012)
Wimbledon 3R (2012)
US Open 3R (2011, 2013)
Doubles
Career record 45–45
Career titles 0 WTA, 3 ITF
Highest ranking No. 111 (11 June 2012)
Current ranking No. 131 (9 June 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open 2R (2012)
Wimbledon 3R (2011)
US Open 1R (2009)
Last updated on: 9 June 2014.
Christina McHale
Medal record
Tennis
Competitor for  United States
Pan American Games
Silver 2011 Guadalajara Doubles
Bronze 2011 Guadalajara Singles

Christina McHale (born May 11, 1992[1]) is an American professional tennis player. Her highest-ever WTA rankings are No. 24 in singles and No. 111 in doubles. McHale has beaten numerous top WTA tour players, including two-time Grand Slam champions Svetlana Kuznetsova and Victoria Azarenka, as well as Caroline Wozniacki (ranked World No. 1 at the time), former World No. 3 Nadia Petrova, two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitová, two-time Indian Wells champion and former top 5 player Daniela Hantuchová, and 2013 Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli.

Biography[edit]

Christina McHale was born in Teaneck, New Jersey.[1] She is the daughter of John and Margarita McHale. Her father John is an Irish American, while her mother Margarita was born in Cuba. Her family lived in Hong Kong from the time she was three until she was eight, and she speaks a degree of Mandarin Chinese. In 2000, the McHale family moved back to the United States and bought a home in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. In June 2006, she graduated from Upper School of the Englewood Cliffs Public Schools as the eighth-grade valedictorian.[3]

Christina McHale currently trains at the USTA Training Center in Carson, California. At the age of 15, she left home to train at the USTA Training Center headquarters in Boca Raton, Florida. She has been homeschooled through Kaplan Online High School since age 15. Her sister Lauren is a junior at UNC-Chapel Hill, where she plays tennis for the Tar Heels.[4]

Her favorite tennis players include Andy Roddick, Serena and Venus Williams, and Rafael Nadal. She currently resides in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.[5]

Career[edit]

2009[edit]

McHale was granted a wildcard into the main draw of the 2009 Australian Open, where she lost a three-set match in the first round to Jessica Moore.

She received a wildcard into the main draw of the 2009 US Open, where she won her first career Grand Slam and WTA match by defeating Polona Hercog in straight sets. However, she lost to Maria Sharapova in the second round.

2010[edit]

In Boca Raton, Florida, McHale beat Asia Muhammad in qualifying. Soon afterwards, she earned a qualifying victory over Beatrice Capra for the 2010 French Open. She lost in the first round to Varvara Lepchenko.

At The Kennedy Funding Invitational Tournament, she defeated Melanie Oudin in three sets, and Victoria Azarenka in two. This tournament raised $475,000 to support breast cancer care facilities. McHale received a $40,000 cheque following her performance.

At the 2010 Western & Southern Financial Group Masters and Women's Open, McHale defeated Nadia Petrova in the first round and Ayumi Morita in the second. She then lost in the third round to the eventual winner and former world no. 1 Kim Clijsters.[6]

2011[edit]

At the 2011 Family Circle Cup, Christina defeated Heather Watson in the first round, eighth-seeded Alisa Kleybanova in the second round, and tenth-seeded Daniela Hantuchová in the third. She reached her first WTA quarterfinal, but lost to third-seeded Jelena Janković in straight sets.

At Roland Garros, McHale lost in the first round to Sara Errani, having led 5–0 in the final set.[7]

In June, she gained her first ITF singles title, winning a $50,000 event in Italy.

At the 2011 Wimbledon Championships, McHale won her second Grand Slam match by defeating 28th seed Ekaterina Makarova in three sets.[8] She lost in the second round to Tamira Paszek of Austria.[9] In the second round of the Western & Southern Open, McHale beat then-world no. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets.[10]

In the first round of the US Open, she earned a three-set victory over Aleksandra Wozniak. She went on to beat eighth seed Marion Bartoli in straight sets.[11] McHale exited after a third-round loss to 25th seeded Maria Kirilenko.[12]

2012[edit]

McHale kicked off her season with a straight sets win over Alexandra Dulgheru at the 2012 ASB Classic in Auckland. She lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova in the second round. At the 2012 Australian Open, she beat Lucie Šafářová in the first round and Marina Erakovic in the second, only to be defeated in the third round by Jelena Janković. She won both of her Fed Cup matches against Belarus in February, beating Anastasiya Yakimova and Darya Kustova. McHale then traveled to Doha, where she recorded wins over Chanelle Scheepers, Shuai Peng, and Shahar Peer, before falling to Agnieszka Radwańska in the quarterfinals of the 2012 Qatar Total Open.

McHale opened March with wins over Elena Vesnina and Petra Kvitová after receiving a bye in the opening round, before losing to Angelique Kerber in the 4th Round of the 2012 BNP Paribas Open. McHale wrapped up March with a win over Galina Voskoboeva, before going out to Petra Cetkovska in the 2nd Round of the 2012 Sony Ericsson Open.

McHale started the clay court season in Charleston at the 2012 Family Circle Cup, where she lost in the first round to Aleksandra Wozniak. She was then selected for the Fed Cup World Group Playoff Tie in Kharkiv, Ukraine. McHale played the opening rubber against Lesia Tsurenko, and prevailed in three sets.

In the 2012 French Open, McHale defeated Kiki Bertens and fellow American Lauren Davis in the first two rounds before falling to defending champion Li Na in the 3rd round.

McHale advanced to the 3rd round for the 4th consecutive grand slam event in the 2012 Wimbledon Championships. She advanced over Johanna Konta and Mathilde Johansson but was defeated by 8th seeded Angelique Kerber in the 3rd round.

McHale then participated at the Olympic tennis tournament in London where she was defeated in the first round by Serb Ana Ivanovic in a close match.

It was later revealed that at this time, Christina was dealing with a bout of mononucleosis, which lasted until November.

In New York at the 2012 US Open, McHale was defeated in the first round by Kiki Bertens.

McHale then competed in the China Open in Beijing, but she was defeated in the first round by Ana Ivanovic once again.

2013[edit]

McHale started her 2013 season in Auckland, New Zealand at the 2013 ASB Classic, but lost to Pauline Parmentier in the opening round. The following week, McHale competed in the 2013 Apia Sydney International, losing to Li Na in the first round, marking a seventh consecutive defeat.

McHale's slump continued into the 2013 Australian Open, falling to Yulia Putintseva in the first round.

McHale then recorded her first win of the year (and first since August 2012) in Paris at the 2013 Open GDF Suez, defeating Pauline Parmentier in the first round. She subsequently lost to Marion Bartoli in the second round.

McHale's next tournament was the 2013 Qatar Total Open in Doha, Qatar, where she defeated Vera Dushevina in the opening round. Following that, she went on to defeat Lucie Šafářová in the second round (marking her first back-to-back victory in 2013) before falling to Victoria Azarenka in the third round.

The following week, McHale continued in the middle east swing by partaking in the qualifying event for the 2013 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, in which she defeated Kai-Chen Chang before falling to Kurumi Nara.

McHale continued her 2013 campaign at the WTA Premier Mandatory 2013 BNP Parbias Open in Indian Wells, California, opening with a victory against Tsvetana Pironkova. She subsequently lost to Maria Kirilenko in the next round.

McHale made yet another early exit at her next tournament, losing to Roberta Vinci in the second round of the 2013 Sony Open in Miami, Florida.

The first week of April marked McHale's clay court opener for the season, a loss to fellow American Varvara Lepchenko in the opening round of the 2013 Family Circle Cup. The match was the only one Christina played in April.

McHale started her European Clay Swing at the 2013 Mutua Madrid Open in Madrid Spain. She was the second seed in the qualifying event in which she advanced through to the main draw with victories over Andrea Hlavackova and Mathilde Johansson. In the main draw, McHale opened with a win against Shuai Peng, before falling to Maria Sharapova in the second round. In Rome, McHale defeated Karin Knapp in the first round, before losing to seventh seed Sara Errani in the second. The match against Errani was the third time in as many meetings in which the match was decided in the third set.

Her French Open campaign ended in a first round defeat, whilst Wimbledon saw an improvement, where she reached the second round and was defeated by the 15th seed and eventual champion, Marion Bartoli of France.[13]

The US Open series saw Christina's struggles continue, as she went 0-4 with first round losses at Stanford and Washington, and losses in the first qualifying round in Toronto and Cincinnati.

Following her qualifying loss in Cincinnati, McHale fired her childhood coach Gordon Uehling. Looking for a fresh start in the lead up to the US Open, McHale began working again with USTA coaches.[14]

At the US Open, McHale reached the third round, where she faced Serbian nemesis Ana Ivanovic. After winning the first set, she served for the match at 5–4 up in the second set, but was broken, and ultimately lost the match in three sets. Despite the loss, she earned praise for her fighting performance against the former world number one.[15]

Sponsors[edit]

McHale is sponsored by Head, and currently uses their Youtek Radical IG racquet. She also has a contract with Adidas for apparel and a partnership with Buddy Fruits, a company that sells pouches of fresh fruit to eat on-the-go.[16]

WTA career finals[edit]

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

Winner — Legend (pre/post 2010)
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 (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 2 March 2014 Acapulco, Mexico Hard Slovakia Dominika Cibulková 6–7(3–7), 6–4, 4–6

ITF career finals[edit]

Singles: 3 (1–2)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner–up 1. October 22, 2007 Brazil Itu, Brazil Clay Argentina Mailen Auroux 5–7, 2–6
Runner–up 2. October 5, 2009 United States Troy, United States Hard United States Alison Riske 4–6, 6–2, 5–7
Winner 3. June 5, 2011 Italy Rome, Italy Clay Russia Ekaterina Lopes 6–2, 6–4

Doubles: 5 (3–2)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner–up 1. May 29, 2007 United States Houston, United States Hard United States Kimberly Couts Bosnia and Herzegovina Helen Besovic
Norway Nina Munch-Soegaard
6–7(2–7), 5–7
Winner 2. October 15, 2007 Brazil Serra Negra, Brazil Clay United States Allie Will Argentina Mailen Auroux
Argentina Tatiana Bua
7–5, 6–3
Winner 3. June 23, 2008 United States Wichita, United States Hard United States Sloane Stephens Slovakia Dominika Diešková
Brazil Ana-Clara Duarte
6–3, 6–2
Runner–up 4. June 8, 2009 Poland Szczecin, Poland Clay United States Asia Muhammad Czech Republic Michaela Paštiková
Slovakia Lenka Tvarosková
1–6, 0–6
Winner 5. May 31, 2010 Italy Rome, Italy Clay Australia Olivia Rogowska Belarus Iryna Kuryanovich
Netherlands Arantxa Rus
6–4, 6–1

Grand Slam performance timeline[edit]

Singles[edit]

Only Main Draw results in WTA Tour are considered. This table is current through the 2014 French Open.

Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 SR W–L
Australian Open 1R LQ 1R 3R 1R 2R 0 / 5 3–5
French Open A 1R 1R 3R 1R 1R 0 / 5 2–5
Wimbledon A A 2R 3R 2R 0 / 3 4–3
US Open 2R 1R 3R 1R 3R 0 / 5 5–5
Win–Loss 1–2 0–2 3–4 6–4 3–4 1–2 0 / 18 14–18
Fed Cup
Singles A F PO PO 0 / 3 4–3
WTA Premier Mandatory Tournaments
Indian Wells A 1R 3R 4R 2R 1R 0 / 5 6–5
Miami LQ LQ LQ 2R 2R 2R 0 / 3 3–3
Madrid A A A 2R 2R 2R 0 / 3 3–3
Beijing A A 2R 1R A 0 / 2 1–2
Win–Loss 0–0 0–1 3–2 5–4 3-3 2-3 0 / 13 13–13
Career Statistics
Tournaments Played 2 9 20 21 15 67
Titles–Runner-ups 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0 / 68 0–0
Hardcourt Win–Loss 1–2 3–6 13–12 16–12 5–8 0 / 40 38–40
Clay Win–Loss 0–0 2–3 4–6 6–5 2–5 0 / 19 14–19
Grass Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 2–2 3–4 1–2 0 / 8 6–8
Carpet Win–Loss 0–0 3–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0 / 1 3–1
Overall Win–Loss 1–2 8–10 19–20 25–21 8–15 0 / 68 61–68
Year End Ranking 218 115 42 33 $1,220,528

Doubles[edit]

Only Main Draw results in WTA Tour are considered. This table is current through the US Open.

Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 SR W–L
Australian Open 1R 1R 0 / 2 0–2
French Open 2R 1R 0 / 2 1–2
Wimbledon 3R 2R 2R 0 / 3 4–3
US Open 1R 1R 1R 1R 0 / 4 0–4
Win–Loss 0–1 0–1 2–2 2–3 1–4 0 / 11 5–11

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Christina McHale, WTA – Tennis". CBSSports.com. Retrieved January 25, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Christina McHale – Player Profile". WTA.com. Retrieved June 11, 2011. 
  3. ^ Coffey, Samantha. "Christina McHale Courts Greatness", Scholastic News Kids Press Corps, September 9, 2011. Accessed September 19, 2011. "Five years ago, Christina McHale was the valedictorian of her middle school in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Today, she is the youngest women's tennis player in the top 100 of the world."
  4. ^ "Lauren McHale". tarheelblue.cstv.com. Retrieved June 20, 2011. 
  5. ^ Stephenson, Colin. "Englewood Cliffs native Christina McHale wins first round match at the U.S. Open", The Star-Ledger, September 1, 2009. Accessed October 24, 2009.
  6. ^ Sharma, Rohit (August 13, 2010). "Clijsters teaches McHale a lesson, enters Cincinnati Quarters". TennisEarth.com. Retrieved August 16, 2010. 
  7. ^ 2011 French Open: Christina McHale Falls to Sara Errani – NYTimes.com
  8. ^ Sullivan, Tara (June 20, 2011). "Northjersey.com : Sports Englewood Cliffs' Christina McHale wins first-round Wimbledon match". The Record (Woodland Park, New Jersey: North Jersey Media Group). Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  9. ^ "Wimbledon 2011: Englewood Cliffs-raised Christina McHale loses in second round". The Star-Ledger (Newark, New Jersey: Advance Publications). June 23, 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  10. ^ "Wozniacki out early again: McHale sends world number one packing in straight sets". SkySports.com. August 17, 2011. Retrieved August 17, 2011. 
  11. ^ Martin, John (August 8, 2011). "In Yet Another Upset, McHale Defeats Bartoli". The New York Times. Retrieved September 1, 2011. 
  12. ^ McDonald, Joe (August 31, 2011). "McHale's Navy Launches At The Open". Tennis Now. Retrieved September 2, 2011. 
  13. ^ http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/scores/draws/ws/index.html
  14. ^ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2013/08/vandeweghe-mchale-make-coaching-changes/48785/
  15. ^ 2013 US Open – Young Americans Alison Riske and Christina McHale showcase talent at US Open, ESPN, 31 August 2013
  16. ^ "Buddy Fruits Teams Up with Tennis Star Christina McHale". Wall Street Journal. 20 March 2012. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 

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