Melinda Czink

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The native form of this personal name is Czink Melinda. This article uses the Western name order.
Melinda Czink
Melinda Czink 2007 Australian Open R1.jpg
Country  Hungary
Residence Budapest, Hungary
Born (1982-10-22) October 22, 1982 (age 31)
Budapest, Hungary
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned pro 2000
Plays Left-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $1,484,658
Singles
Career record 422 - 311
Career titles 1 WTA, 20 ITF
Highest ranking No. 37 (September 21, 2009)
Current ranking No. 349 (March 17, 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2004, 2009)
French Open 3R (2009)
Wimbledon 3R (2011)
US Open 3R (2003)
Doubles
Career record 125 - 146
Career titles 0 WTA, 9 ITF
Highest ranking No. 78 (May 10, 2010)
Last updated on: March 18, 2014.

Melinda Czink (born October 22, 1982 in Budapest) is a Hungarian professional female tennis player. On September 21, 2009 Czink reached her career-high singles ranking of world no. 37.

She has reached two WTA Tour singles finals. In 2005, she lost to Ana Ivanovic in Canberra. In 2009, she defeated Lucie Šafářová in Quebec City for her first WTA Tour title. On the ITF Tour, she has won 20 singles titles.

Tennis career[edit]

2000–2008[edit]

She played her first tournament at Budapest as a wild-carded in 2000. She entered the top 100 first in 2003 but slid down later. She won several single and double ITF titles, see below.

2009[edit]

She reached the top 50 and won her first title at Quebec. As fifth seed, she defeated Aleksandra Wozniak in the semifinal, 6–3, 6–3, and Lucie Šafářová in the final, 4–6, 6–3, 7–5. She also reached one semifinal and four quarterfinals during the season. At the end of the year, she played at the Tournament of Champions in Bali where, she lost to Aravane Rezaï, 3–6, 5–7, and to Sabine Lisicki, 6–2, 6–7(1), 4–6, in the round-robin stage.

2010[edit]

She started the year at Brisbane International in Australia as seventh seed. She defeated Lucie Hradecká in the first round, 6–4, 3–6, 6–3, and Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová in the second, 6–3, 2–6, 6–1. In the quarterfinals, she lost to Justine Henin, 2–6, 6–3, 6–7(5). Meanwhile, she reached the doubles final with Arantxa Parra Santonja, where they lost to Andrea Hlaváčková and Lucie Hradecká, 6–2, 6–7(3), 4–10. Next, she played the Moorilla Hobart International, where she lost to Gisela Dulko in the first round, 4–6, 2–6. In the Australian Open, she lost in the first round to Stefanie Vögele, 5–7, 7–6(5), 7–9.

2011[edit]

Czink missed the Australian Open. She won two ITF events in Dothan and Indian Harbour Beach before returning to Grand Slam play with a protected rank at the 2011 Wimbledon Championships. As the lowest-ranked player in the tournament at world no. 262, she drew tenth seed Samantha Stosur in the first round. She recorded the biggest win of her career by upsetting the Australian, 6–3, 6–4. She then beat Anastasiya Yakimova of Belarus, 7–5, 6–3. In the third round for the first time, Czink lost to the 20th seed from China, Peng Shuai, 2–6, 6–7(5).

2012[edit]

Czink began the 2012 season at the Brisbane International, but lost in the first round to qualifier Vania King in straight sets, 3–6, 4–6. Following this loss, she continued her hard-court season at the Apia International Sydney, where she won all three of her qualifying matches with wins over Silvia Soler Espinosa, Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová, and Eleni Daniilidou. In the main draw, she was defeated by Chanelle Scheepers, 4–6, 2–6 in the first round. At the Australian Open, Czink lost in her second qualifying match to Nina Bratchikova in straight sets.

Czink's next tournament was the 2012 Abierto Mexicano Telcel. In the first round, she defeated Canadian Stéphanie Dubois in straight sets, before falling to Estrella Cabeza Candela in the second round. After this, she headed to Indian Wells for the BNP Paribas Open, but was eliminated by Alla Kudryavtseva in three sets in the first round of qualifying. Melinda then lost in the second round of an ITF event in Florida.

Czink then qualified for the Sony Ericsson Open, posting wins over Patricia Mayr-Achleitner and Laura Robson. In the first round, she crushed Italy's Alberta Brianti, 6–1, 6–2, but her run was cut short by 2011 French Open champion Li Na. After this, Melinda took a break from the WTA Tour and played another ITF tournament in Florida, losing in the first round to top seed Lucie Hradecká.

Melinda continued her U.S season by qualifying for the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, South Carolina. However, she was sent crashing out in the first round by Anastasia Rodionova, 2–6, 6–2, 1–6. After this, she flew to Denmark for the e-Boks Open, defeating Maria Abramovic, Kathrin Wörle, and Amra Sadikovic to qualify. She lost in three sets to Anne Keothavong in the first round.

Melinda's next tournament was the Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem. She qualified without dropping a set, but was ousted by third seed Petra Cetkovská in the first round of the main draw. Due to her recent success, she cracked the top one 120 for the first time in over a year.

Czink then headed to her home tournament at the Budapest Grand Prix. In the first round of qualifications, she overcame French teenager Kristina Mladenovic, 4–6, 6–3, 6–4, and backed this up by demolishing Slovak Romana Tabak in the final round of qualifying. She faced fellow qualifier Mervana Jugić-Salkić in the first round of the main draw. She defeated Jugić-Salkić, 6–7(3), 6–0, 6–3, but fell in the second round to top seed Sara Errani, 4–6, 6–1, 1–6.

After this, Melinda played the 100K Open GDF Suez de Cagnes-sur-Mer Alpes-Maritimes, beating second seed Tímea Babos, 3–6, 7–6 7–4, 6–2, in the first round on the way to the quarterfinals, where she fell to wildcard Caroline Garcia in three sets. She then lost in the first round of a 50K event in France to Aravane Rezaï.

At the French Open, Melinda crushed British Anne Keothavong, 6–1, 6–2, in the first round, but was defeated by 22nd seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 6–4, 3–6, 3–6, in the following round.

2013[edit]

Czink lost in the first round of the Australian Open.

WTA career finals[edit]

Singles: 2 (1–1)[edit]

Legend: Before 2009 Legend: Starting in 2009
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Olympic Gold (0–0)
WTA Championships (0–0)
Tier I (0–0) Premier Mandatory (0–0)
Tier II (0–0) Premier 5 (0–0)
Tier III (0–0) Premier (0–0)
Tier IV & V (0–1) International (1–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 15 January 2005 Australia Canberra, Australia Hard Serbia Ana Ivanovic 5–7, 1–6
Winner 1. 20 September 2009 Canada Quebec City, Canada Carpet Czech Republic Lucie Šafářová 4–6, 6–3, 7–5

Doubles: 1 (0–1)[edit]

Legend: Before 2009 Legend: Starting in 2009
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Olympic Gold (0–0)
WTA Championships (0–0)
Tier I (0–0) Premier Mandatory (0–0)
Tier II (0–0) Premier 5 (0–0)
Tier III (0–0) Premier (0–0)
Tier IV & V (0–0) International (0–1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 9 January 2010 Australia Brisbane, Australia Hard Spain Arantxa Parra Santonja Czech Republic Andrea Hlaváčková
Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká
6–2, 6–7(3-7), [4–10]

ITF Finals[edit]

Singles: 28 (20-8)[edit]

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. June 12, 2000 Netherlands Hoorn, Netherlands Clay Netherlands Anousjka Van Exel 5-7 6-7
Winner 1. February 4, 2001 Turkey Istanbul, Turkey Hard Czech Republic Magdalena Zděnovcová 5–7 6–1 6–2
Runner-up 2. April 22, 2001 Serbia Belgrade, Serbia Clay Serbia Ana Timotić 3-6 7-5 5-7
Winner 2. September 30, 2001 United States Raleigh, United States Clay United States Ally Baker 6–3 6–2
Winner 3. October 7, 2001 United States Aventura, United States Clay Haiti Neyssa Etienne 6–4 6–3
Winner 4. January 27, 2002 United States Miami, United States Hard United States Lindsay Lee-Waters 7–5 6–2
Winner 5. February 3, 2002 Mexico Saltillo, Mexico Hard Austria Petra Russegger 6–1 3–6 6–4
Winner 6. February 10, 2002 Mexico Monterrey, Mexico Hard Ukraine Yuliana Fedak 6–3 3–6 6–1
Winner 7. February 17, 2002 Mexico Matamoros, Mexico Hard Argentina Melisa Arevalo 6–2 6–3
Runner-up 3. March 29, 2002 Mexico San Luis Potosí, Mexico Clay Spain María Sánchez Lorenzo 5-7 5-7
Winner 8. May 12, 2002 United States Sea Island, United States Clay United States Ashley Harkleroad 6–1 5–7 6–3
Runner-up 4. November 25, 2002 Australia Mount Gambier, Australia Hard France Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro 4-6 2-6
Winner 9. May 18, 2003 Sweden Bromma, Sweden Clay Croatia Ivana Abramović 6–1 6–2
Winner 10. June 22, 2003 Switzerland Lenzerheide, Switzerland Clay Austria Stefanie Haidner 6–3 6–3
Winner 11. July 20, 2003 Italy Modena, Italy Clay China Sun Tiantian 6–3 6–3
Runner-up 5. July 27, 2003 Austria Innsbruck, Austria Clay Russia Vera Dushevina 6-7 2-6
Runner-up 6. November 16, 2003 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico Hard Hungary Kira Nagy 2-6 3-6
Winner 12. November 23, 2003 Mexico Puebla, Mexico Hard Brazil Carla Tiene 6–3 6–2
Winner 13. February 1, 2004 United States Waikoloa, United States Hard Argentina María Emilia Salerni 7–6 6–2
Winner 14. November 28, 2004 Mexico San Luis Potosí, Mexico Hard Argentina Mariana Díaz-Oliva 6–0 5–7 6–3
Runner-up 7. June 28, 2005 Italy Fano, Italy Clay Estonia Kaia Kanepi 6-3 1-6 5-7
Runner-up 8. November 29, 2005 United States Palm Beach Gardens, United States Clay United States Bethanie Mattek 6-4 4-6 4-6
Winner 15. January 28, 2007 United States Waikoloa, United States Hard Romania Edina Gallovits 6–2 6–3
Winner 16. August 5, 2007 United States Washington, D.C., United States Hard Ukraine Olga Savchuk 7–5 7–5
Winner 17. September 30, 2007 United States Ashland, United States Hard United States Varvara Lepchenko 6–1 2–6 6–4
Winner 18. October 12, 2008 United States Pittsburgh, United States Hard United States Varvara Lepchenko 6–2 3–6 6–1
Winner 19. April 18, 2011 United States Dothan, United States Clay France Stéphanie Foretz Gacon 6–2, 6–3
Winner 20. May 2, 2011 United States Indian Harbour Beach, United States Clay United States Alison Riske 4–6, 6–1, 6–4

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 W–L
Australian Open 1R 2R A 1R 1R LQ 2R 1R A LQ 1R 2–7
French Open LQ 1R A 2R 1R LQ 3R 1R A 2R 1R 4–7
Wimbledon A 1R 1R 2R 1R LQ 1R 1R 3R 2R A 4–8
US Open 3R 1R LQ 1R LQ LQ 2R A LQ 1R A 3–5
Win–Loss 2–2 1–4 0–1 2–4 0–3 0–0 4–4 0–3 2–1 2–3 0–2 13–26

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 W–L
Australian Open 1R A A A A A 2R A A 2R 2–3
French Open A A 1R A A 1R 1R A A A 0–3
Wimbledon A A 1R A LQ 1R 1R 1R A A 0–4
US Open A A 1R A A 1R A A 1R A 0–3
Win–Loss 0–1 0–0 0–3 0–0 0–0 0–3 1–3 0–1 0–1 1–1 2–13

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