Davis at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships
|Full name||Lauren Davis|
|Residence||Boca Raton, Florida, United States|
October 9, 1993 |
Gates Mills, Ohio, United States
|Height||5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)|
|Turned pro||January 2011|
|Plays||right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Coach(es)||Roger Anderson, USTA Player Development Program|
|Prize money||US $1,041,191|
|Career titles||0 WTA, 7 ITF|
|Highest ranking||43 (21 July 2014)|
|Current ranking||57 (13 April 2015)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2014)|
|French Open||2R (2012)|
|US Open||1R (2011, 2013, 2014)|
|Highest ranking||295 (26 May 2014)|
|Current ranking||309 (2 February 2015)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||1R (2014, 2015)|
|French Open||2R (2013)|
|US Open||1R (2011, 2013)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|US Open||1R (2014)|
|Last updated on: 2 February 2015.|
Lauren Davis (born October 9, 1993 in Gates Mills, Ohio) is a professional American tennis player. Known for her aggressive backhand, quickness, and clay-court ability, she has won seven singles titles on the ITF tour in her career.
- 1 Personal life
- 2 Tennis career
- 3 Playing style
- 4 ITF finals (7–3)
- 5 Performance timelines
- 6 Top 10 wins per season
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Born in Gates Mills, Ohio, Lauren Davis began playing tennis at age nine. Upon turning 16, she left her hometown for training at the Evert Tennis Academy. Davis's parents both work in the medical profession, with her mother being a nurse and her father a cardiologist working in Wisconsin.
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. She officially turned pro in 2011.
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. In the second round, she lost to compatriot Christina McHale in straight sets.
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. 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.
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. 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. Following an early exit at the French Open, she advanced to the quarterfinals of the Aegon International, losing to Madison Keys.
Davis reached the semifinals of the ASB Classic in Auckland, her greatest success in a WTA tournament at the time, where she lost to Venus Williams. Following the conclusion of the early hard-court season, she entered the Family Circle Cup in Charleston.
Playing on clay, one of her best surfaces, she avenged her loss to Eugenie Bouchard at the previous year's Australian Open, defeating her in straight sets. She then advanced to the third round against Mona Barthel, who withdrew from the match while down a set. She exited the tournament in the quarterfinals.
Davis is known for her powerful backhand and her speed around the court. In describing her game, Mary Joe Fernandez noted, "What Lauren Davis lacks in size she definitely makes up for in her speed, quickness, competitiveness and heart."
During extended rallies, Davis hits deep ground strokes to move opponents backward, often setting up her backhand as a finishing shot. She will usually take the ball on the rise near the service line. During their 2014 meeting, Victoria Azarenka repeatedly lost points while attacking Davis's backhand up the middle of the court—including on match point—allowing Davis to create angles.
Davis is also noted for her aggression while receiving. At the 2015 Family Circle Cup, she returned a 102-mph serve from Eugenie Bouchard with a backhand winner. She often attacks short balls with approach shots from her forehand and volleys near the net.
In contrast to some of her American peers, who are often perceived as being uncomfortable on clay, Davis is recognized for her skill on the surface. Following her second-round win at the 2015 Family Circle Cup, WTATennis.com labeled her performance "a clay-court masterclass." While discussing the surface, Davis noted, "I think clay really works for me, because I'm pretty fast. I can slide really well and I can make a lot of balls, so it really works for me." Davis has named hard court as her other favorite surface. She is rather short in stature for a tennis pro, which she compensates for with power generated from her legs and core.
ITF finals (7–3)
|Runner-up||1.||June 14, 2010||Mount Pleasant, United States||Clay||Petra Rampre||3–6, 2–6|
|Winner||1.||October 4, 2010||Williamsburg, United States||Clay||Līga Dekmeijere||6–0, 6–0|
|Winner||2.||October 25, 2010||Bayamón, Puerto Rico||Hard||Madison Keys||7–6(7–5), 6–4|
|Winner||3.||June 27, 2011||Buffalo, United States||Clay||Nicole Gibbs||5–7, 6–2, 6–4|
|Winner||4.||July 11, 2011||Atlanta, United States||Hard||Alexis King||1–6, 6–2, 6–2|
|Winner||5.||January 16, 2012||Plantation, United States||Clay||Gail Brodsky||6–4, 6–1|
|Runner-up||2.||January 30, 2012||Rancho Santa Fe, United States||Hard||Julia Boserup||0–6, 3–6|
|Runner-up||3.||September 17, 2012||Albuquerque, United States||Hard||Maria Sanchez||1–6, 1–6|
|Winner||6.||September 24, 2012||Las Vegas, United States||Hard||Shelby Rogers||6–7(5–7), 6–2, 6–2|
|Winner||7.||February 4, 2013||Midland, United States||Hard (i)||Ajla Tomljanović||6–3, 2–6, 7–6(7–2)|
Singles performance timeline
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||1R||A||1R||3R||2R||0 / 4||3–4|
|French Open||A||A||2R||1R||1R||0 / 3||1–3|
|Wimbledon||A||A||A||1R||3R||0 / 2||2–2|
|US Open||A||1R||Q2||1R||1R||0 / 3||0–3|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–2||1–1||0–4||4–4||1–1||0 / 12||6–12|
|WTA Premier Mandatory Tournaments|
|Indian Wells||A||1R||2R||1R||4R||0 / 4||4–4|
|Miami||Q1||Q2||Q1||3R||2R||0 / 2||2–2|
|Madrid||A||A||A||Q1||1R||0 / 1||0–1|
|Beijing||A||A||A||2R||0 / 1||1–1|
|WTA Premier 5 Tournaments|
|Dubai||A||A||Premier||0 / 0||0–0|
|Doha||Premier||A||A||A||Premier||0 / 0||0–0|
|Rome||A||A||A||Q2||1R||0 / 1||0–1|
|Canada||A||A||Q2||2R||1R||0 / 2||1–2|
|Cincinnati||A||A||Q1||2R||0 / 1||1–1|
|Tokyo||A||A||A||A||Premier||0 / 0||0–0|
|Wuhan||Not Held||0 / 0||0–0|
|WTA Finals Reached||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
Women's Doubles performance timeline
|Grand Slam tournaments|
Mixed Doubles performance timeline
|Grand Slam tournaments|
Mixed Doubles partners: NM Nicholas Monroe
Top 10 wins per season
|1.||Victoria Azarenka||No. 4||Indian Wells, United States||Hard||2nd Round||6–0, 7–6(7–2)|
|2.||Eugenie Bouchard||No. 7||Charleston, United States||Clay||2nd Round||6–3, 6–1|
- Lauren Davis at the Women's Tennis Association
- "On The Rise: Lauren Davis". WTATennis.com. 2015-04-11. Retrieved 2015-04-12.
- Baum, Greg (January 19, 2011). "Stosur monsters young American but for tennis mob it's just business". The Age. Retrieved March 20, 2014.
- Gerstner, Joanne (May 28, 2012). "U.S. women perfect in Paris". ESPN. Retrieved March 20, 2014.
- "French Open: Jersey native Christina McHale advances to third round". The Star-Ledger. May 31, 2012. Retrieved March 20, 2014.
- Ackerman, McCarton (February 11, 2013). "Davis wins Dow Corning Tennis Classic title in marathon final". United States Tennis Association. Retrieved March 20, 2014.
- "No. 3 Safarova top seed remaining at Bell Challenge". United Press International. September 13, 2013. Retrieved March 20, 2014.
- "Davis records biggest win of her career". BNP Paribas Open. March 7, 2014. Retrieved March 8, 2014.
- "Gates Mills' Lauren Davis wins first-round match at Sony Open tennis tournament". The Plain Dealer. March 19, 2014. Retrieved March 20, 2014.
- "2014 results". CBSSports.com. Retrieved June 26, 2014.
- "2015 results". CBSSports.com. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
- Fernandez, Mary (2010-12-19). "Mary Joe Fernandez: Lauren Davis shows off strong potential". USA Today. Retrieved 2015-04-09.
- "Eugenie Bouchard upset by American at Family Circle Cup". USA Today. 2015-04-08. Retrieved 2015-04-09.
- Rey, Joshua (2010-12-12). "Davis, Morgan capture 18s singles titles at Dunlop Orange Bowl". USTA.com. Retrieved 2015-04-09.
- Aguilar, Anita (2014-03-08). "Indian Wells: Davis d. Azarenka". Tennis.com. Retrieved 2015-04-30.
- Robinson, Douglas (2012-05-30). "American women a perfect 10 at French Open". USA Today. Retrieved 2015-04-09.
- "Davis Stuns Bouchard In Charleston". WTATennis.com. 2015-04-08. Retrieved 2015-04-09.
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