Lauren Davis

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Lauren Davis
Lauren Davis at the 2013 US Open.jpg
Davis at the 2013 US Open
Full name Lauren Davis
Country  United States
Residence Gates Mills, Ohio, United States
Born (1993-10-09) October 9, 1993 (age 20)
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Height 5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)
Turned pro January 2011
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $695,393
Career record 139–73
Career titles 7 ITF
Highest ranking 43 (July 21, 2014)
Current ranking 43 (July 21, 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (2014)
French Open 2R (2012)
Wimbledon 3R (2014)
US Open 1R (2011, 2013)
Career record 10–17
Career titles 0
Highest ranking 295 (May 26, 2014)
Current ranking 674 (June 23, 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (2014)
French Open 2R (2013)
Wimbledon 1R (2014)
US Open 1R (2011, 2013)
Team competitions
Fed Cup 1–0
Last updated on: June 23, 2014.

Lauren Davis (born October 9, 1993 in Gates Mills, Ohio) is a professional American tennis player.

Davis has won seven singles titles on the ITF tour in her career. On July 7, 2014, she reached her best singles ranking of world number 44. On May 26, 2014, she peaked at world number 295 in the doubles rankings.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Davis's parents both work in the medical profession, with her mother being a nurse and her father a cardiologist working in Wisconsin.[1]

Tennis career[edit]

Junior career[edit]

Davis made her junior debut via wild card at the 2008 US Open, losing to Ajla Tomljanović.

After a third round appearance in a Grade 1 tournament in Carson, California, she won her first junior tournament at a Grade 3 tournament in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, defeating Brooke Bolender in three sets. She finished 2009 with a quarterfinal appearance at the US Open, before a third round loss at the Dunlop Orange Bowl.

Davis reached one quarterfinal in the first four months, before reaching the final of the Easter Bowl, losing to Krista Hardebeck. She again lost in the final of the tournament, this time the 51st Trofeo Bonfiglio to Beatrice Capra. In November 2010, she went on an 18-match winning streak, winning the Grade 1 tournaments, Yucatán World Cup and the Eddie Herr youth tournament, as well as the Grade A Orange Bowl tournament. She finished the year a career high world number three on the junior tour.

She ended her junior career after a third round appearance at the 2011 Australian Open.


Davis was awarded a wildcard into the 2011 Australian Open, where she lost her first Grand Slam appearance against fifth-seeded Samantha Stosur in the first round.[2]


In the 2012 BNP Paribas Open, she defeated Petra Martić in the first round, and then lost to Nadia Petrova in the round of 64. Davis lost in the first round of the 2012 Sony Ericsson Open to Vera Dushevina.

Davis made it through the qualifying rounds to get her into the main draw of the 2012 French Open, where she won her first main draw Grand Slam match against 30th seed Mona Barthel in straight sets.[3] In the second round, she lost to compatriot Christina McHale in straight sets.[4]


Davis reached her second career quarterfinal at the Hobart International, losing to Sloane Stephens. In February, she won the USTA Dow Corning Tennis Classic title, defeating Alja Tomljanović in the final.[5] She replaced an injured Victoria Azarenka at the Miami Masters, where she defeated Madison Keys in the second round. Her furthest advance for the remainder of the year was a quarterfinal appearance at the Bell Challenge, where she lost to Lucie Šafářová.[6]


At the Australian Open, Davis beat Julia Görges to advance to the third round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time. There, she was defeated by Eugenie Bouchard. At the BNP Paribas Open, Davis defeated world number 4 Victoria Azarenka in the second round, marking her first victory over a top-10 player and a Grand Slam champion.[7] She then defeated Varvara Lepchenko, but withdrew in the fourth round due to illness. At the Sony Open in Miami, she won her first-round match with Zhang Shuai, and lost in the second round to Ana Ivanovic.[8] Following an early exit at the French Open, she advanced to the quarterfinals of the Aegon International, losing to Madison Keys.

At the 2014 Wimbledon Championships, Davis upset Flavia Pennetta in straight sets, advancing to the third round of the tournament for the first time.[9]

Playing style[edit]

Davis swinging a backhand

Davis is noted for her powerful backhand, as well as for her footwork around the baseline.[1] Her tendency is to play aggressively and go for winners. She is rather short in stature for a tennis pro, which she compensates for with power generated from her legs and core. She prefers playing on clay and hard courts.[1]

ITF finals (7–3)[edit]

Singles (7–3)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (4–2)
Clay (3–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. June 14, 2010 Mount Pleasant, United States Clay Slovenia Petra Rampre 3–6, 2–6
Winner 1. October 4, 2010 Williamsburg, United States Clay Latvia Līga Dekmeijere 6–0, 6–0
Winner 2. October 25, 2010 Bayamón, Puerto Rico Hard United States Madison Keys 7–6(7–5), 6–4
Winner 3. June 27, 2011 Buffalo, United States Clay United States Nicole Gibbs 5–7, 6–2, 6–4
Winner 4. July 11, 2011 Atlanta, United States Hard United States Alexis King 1–6, 6–2, 6–2
Winner 5. January 16, 2012 Plantation, United States Clay United States Gail Brodsky 6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 2. January 30, 2012 Rancho Santa Fe, United States Hard United States Julia Boserup 0–6, 3–6
Runner-up 3. September 17, 2012 Albuquerque, United States Hard United States Maria Sanchez 1–6, 1–6
Winner 6. September 24, 2012 Las Vegas, United States Hard United States Shelby Rogers 6–7(5–7), 6–2, 6–2
Winner 7. February 4, 2013 Midland, United States Hard (i) Croatia Ajla Tomljanović 6–3, 2–6, 7–6(7–2)

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 1R A 1R 3R 2–3
French Open A 2R 1R 1R 1–3
Wimbledon A A 1R 3R 2–2
US Open 1R Q2 1R 0–2
Win–Loss 0–2 1–1 0–4 4–3 5–10

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 1R 0–1
French Open 2R 1–1
Wimbledon 0–0
US Open 1R 1R 0–2
Win–Loss 0–1 1–2 0–1 1–4


  1. ^ a b c d Lauren Davis at the Women's Tennis Association
  2. ^ Baum, Greg (January 19, 2011). "Stosur monsters young American but for tennis mob it's just business". The Age. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  3. ^ Gerstner, Joanne (May 28, 2012). "U.S. women perfect in Paris". ESPN. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  4. ^ "French Open: Jersey native Christina McHale advances to third round". The Star-Ledger. May 31, 2012. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  5. ^ Ackerman, McCarton (February 11, 2013). "Davis wins Dow Corning Tennis Classic title in marathon final". United States Tennis Association. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  6. ^ "No. 3 Safarova top seed remaining at Bell Challenge". United Press International. September 13, 2013. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Davis records biggest win of her career". BNP Paribas Open. March 7, 2014. Retrieved March 8, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Gates Mills' Lauren Davis wins first-round match at Sony Open tennis tournament". The Plain Dealer. March 19, 2014. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  9. ^ "2014 results". Retrieved June 26, 2014. 

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