Vania King

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Vania King (金久慈)
Vania King (USA) 2011 US Open.jpg
King at the 2011 US Open
Country USA
Residence Long Beach, California, USA
Born (1989-02-03) February 3, 1989 (age 25)
Monterey Park, California, USA
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Turned pro July 5, 2006
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $3,373,483
Singles
Career record 217–208
Career titles 1 WTA, 0 ITF
Highest ranking No. 50 (November 6, 2006)
Current ranking No. 76 (July 28, 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (2012)
French Open 3R (2011)
Wimbledon 2R (2006, 2009)
US Open 3R (2009, 2011)
Doubles
Career record 243–156
Career titles 14 WTA, 3 ITF
Highest ranking No. 3 (June 6, 2011)
Current ranking No. 50 (July 28, 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open QF (2012)
French Open SF (2011)
Wimbledon W (2010)
US Open W (2010)
Tour Finals SF (2010, 2011)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (2008, 2011, 2013)
French Open F (2009)
Wimbledon 2R (2007)
US Open QF (2006)
Last updated on: July 29, 2014.

Vania King (traditional Chinese: 金久慈, simplified Chinese: 金久慈, Hanyu Pinyin: Jīn Jiǔcí) (born February 3, 1989) is a Taiwanese-American tennis player. King won both the 2010 Wimbledon Women's Doubles and 2010 US Open Women's Doubles titles with Kazakh partner Yaroslava Shvedova.

Personal life[edit]

King's parents moved to the United States from Taiwan in 1982.[1] She is the youngest of four children. Her brother Phillip was a four-time All-American at Duke University and two-time US junior champion.

Tennis career[edit]

2006–2009[edit]

In 2006 King won her only WTA singles title at the PTT Bangkok Open, a Tier III tournament. She defeated Tamarine Tanasugarn in the final. On November 6, 2006, King achieved her career-high singles ranking of world no. 50.

In 2009, she reached the mixed doubles final at the French Open alongside Brazilian player Marcelo Melo, losing to top seeds Liezel Huber/Bob Bryan.

King lost in the second round of the 2009 Wimbledon Championships to no. 15 Flavia Pennetta. She played in the ladies doubles with Anna-Lena Grönefeld, losing in the quarterfinals to eventual champions Venus and Serena Williams.

At the 2009 U.S. Open, King was granted a wild card and had her best Grand Slam performance to date. She was defeated in the third round by world no. 22 Daniela Hantuchová, 2–6, 2–6.

2010[edit]

King began the year ranked no. 80 in the world at the Brisbane International. She reached the second round of the singles tournament, losing to Andrea Petkovic, 6–4, 2–6, 1–6. In doubles, she partnered with Anna-Lena Grönefeld and lost in the first round to Bacsinszky/Garbin. King/Grönefeld fared better at the Medibank International in Sydney, where they were seeded fourth. They lost in the semifinals to Garbin/Petrova, 3–6, 5–7. In the singles tournament, King failed to qualify, losing in the first round of the qualifying tournament to top seed Ágnes Szávay, who went on to defeat Jelena Janković in the first round of the tournament.

At the 2010 Australian Open, King lost in the second round to Roberta Vinci, 6–7, 5–7. In doubles, she partnered with Grönefeld again and entered the tournament seeded 14th. They lost in the second round to Kuznetsova/Azarenka, 3–6, 6–4, 3–6.

King's next major tournament was the Memphis international in mid-February. She entered the singles tournament seeded seventh and lost in the second round to Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden, 6–3, 4–6, 2–6. In the doubles tournament, she and partner Michaëlla Krajicek were seeded third and won the tournament without dropping a set, defeating Mattek-Sands/Shaughnessy in the final, 7–5, 6–2.

King then traveled to the Monterrey Open. In doubles, she reunited with Groenefeld and reached the finals as the top seed, falling 6–3, 4–6, [8–10] to second-seeded Benešová/Záhlavová. In singles, she lost in the quarterfinals to second seed Daniela Hantuchová, 2–6, 6–2, 1–6.

At the BNP Paribas tournament in Indian Wells, King lost in the second round to second seed Caroline Wozniacki, 7–5, 2–6, 4–6. She did not enter the doubles tournament. King fared better in the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami later that month. She partnered with Julie Coin and reached the quarterfinals of the doubles tournament, before losing 3–6, 2–6 to third seeds Petrova/Stosur, who went on to become the runners-up.

King's next Premier was the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, where she reunited with Krajicek and reached the final, before falling to top seeds Huber/Petrova 3–6, 4–6. In singles, she lost to Petrova in the second round, 2–6, 1–6.

At the Madrid Masters, King paired with Chuang Chia-jung for the first time for the doubles tournament. They defeated fourth seeds Huber/Medina Garrigues, before falling in the quarterfinals to Pe'er/Schiavone, 6–7, 3–6. In singles, King lost in the first round to Karolina Šprem.

King then entered the Strasbourg International. In the doubles tournament, she partnered with Alizé Cornet and won the tournament after an injury to Lucie Hradecká forced top seeds Hradecká/Chuang to retire in the second round. King/Cornet defeated second seeds Rodionova/Kudryavtseva, 3–6, 6–4, [10–7], in the final for her 10th tour doubles title. In singles, King defeated second seed Elena Vesnina in the first round and reached the semifinals, before falling to Kristina Barrois, 6–2, 2–6, 6–7.

At the 2010 French Open, she lost in the first round to Bethanie Mattek-Sands, 2–6, 2–6. She entered the mixed doubles tournament with Christopher Kas, reaching the semifinals, before falling to Shvedova/Knowle, 4–6, 4–6. In women's doubles, she reunited with Michaëlla Krajicek and reached the second round, losing to fourth-seeded Petrova/Stosur, 4–6, 7–6, 4–6.

At Wimbledon, King won the 2010 Ladies' Doubles title in straight sets with Kazakh partner Yaroslava Shvedova. They defeated Russians Elena Vesnina and Vera Zvonareva, 7–6, 6–2, in the final.

At the 2010 US Open, King and doubles partner Yaroslava Shvedova won their second Grand Slam doubles title, defeating the second-seeded pair Liezel Huber and Nadia Petrova, 2–6, 6–4, 7–6, in the rain-delayed final.

At the Stanford Classic, Vania lost to Romanian Sorana Cîrstea, 5–7, 4–6.[2]

2011[edit]

King and Shvedova made the finals of the US Open, losing to Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond.

King made it to the finals of five other WTA tournaments in the course of the year, one in Monterrey with Anna-Lena Grönefeld and in Rome, Cincinnati, Osaka, and Moscow with Shvedova. She and Shvedova won the events in Cincinnati in August and Moscow in October.

2012[edit]

King reached the third round of the Australian Open at the start of the year, losing to Ana Ivanovic. She had defeated Kateryna Bondarenko in the first round along the way.

She reached the second round of the Mercury Insurance Open in Carlsbad in July, losing to Marion Bartoli, 4–6, 7–5, 4–6.[3]

In doubles, she reached the finals in Stanford with Jarmila Gajdošová and in Carlsbad with Nadia Petrova, but lost to Marina Erakovic and Heather Watson in Stanford and to Americans Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears in Carlsbad.

2014[edit]

At the Pattaya Open, she was defeated by Elena Vesnina in the first round 7-6 (8-6), 6-7 (5-7), 6-1.

Significant finals[edit]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Doubles: 3 (2 titles, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 2010 Wimbledon Grass Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova Russia Elena Vesnina
Russia Vera Zvonareva
7–6(8–6), 6–2
Winner 2010 US Open Hard Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova United States Liezel Huber
Russia Nadia Petrova
2–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–4)
Runner-up 2011 US Open Hard Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova United States Liezel Huber
United States Lisa Raymond
6–4, 6–7(5–7), 6–7(3–7)

Mixed doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Date Championship Surface Partner Opponent Score
Runner-up 2009 French Open Clay Brazil Marcelo Melo United States Bob Bryan
United States Liezel Huber
7–5, 6–7(5–7), [7–10]

Premier Mandatory/Premier 5 finals[edit]

Doubles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runners-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 2007 Tokyo Hard Australia Rennae Stubbs United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Samantha Stosur
6–7(6-8), 6–3, 5–7
Winner 2008 Tokyo Hard Russia Nadia Petrova United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Samantha Stosur
6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 2011 Rome Clay Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova China Peng Shuai
China Jie Zheng
2–6, 3–6
Winner 2011 Cincinnati Hard Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova South Africa Natalie Grandin
Czech Republic Vladimíra Uhlířová
6–4, 3–6, [11–9]

WTA career finals[edit]

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

Winner — Legend
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 (1–1)
Titles by Surface
Hard (1–1)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. October 15, 2006 PTT Bangkok Open, Bangkok, Thailand Hard Thailand Tamarine Tanasugarn 2–6, 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 1. September 22, 2013 Guangzhou International Women's Open, Guangzhou, China Hard China Shuai Zhang 6-7(1-7), 1-6

Doubles: 31 (14 titles, 17 runners-up)[edit]

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (2–1)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (2–2)
Tier II / Premier (1–3)
Tier III, IV & V / International (9–11)
Titles by Surface
Hard (11–13)
Grass (1–1)
Clay (2–3)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. October 1, 2006 Guangzhou International Women's Open, Guangzhou, China Hard Croatia Jelena Kostanić Tošić China Li Ting
China Sun Tiantian
4–6, 6–2, 5–7
Winner 1. October 8, 2006 Japan Open Tennis Championships, Tokyo, Japan Hard Croatia Jelena Kostanić Tošić Taiwan Chan Yung-Jan
Taiwan Chuang Chia-Jung
7–6(7–2), 5–7, 6–2
Winner 2. October 15, 2006 PTT Bangkok Open, Bangkok, Thailand Hard Croatia Jelena Kostanić Tošić Argentina Mariana Díaz-Oliva
South Africa Natalie Grandin
7–5, 2–6, 7–5
Runner-up 2. February 4, 2007 Toray Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo, Japan Hard Australia Rennae Stubbs United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Samantha Stosur
6–7(6-8), 6–3, 5–7
Winner 3. May 14, 2007 Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem, Fes, Morocco Clay India Sania Mirza Romania Andreea Ehritt-Vanc
Russia Anastasia Rodionova
6–1, 6–2
Winner 4. September 19, 2007 Sunfeast Open, Kolkata, India Hard Russia Alla Kudryavtseva Italy Alberta Brianti
Ukraine Mariya Koryttseva
6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 3. October 2, 2007 Guangzhou International Women's Open, Guangzhou, China Hard China Sun Tiantian China Peng Shuai
China Yan Zi
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 4. October 7, 2007 Japan Open Tennis Championships, Tokyo, Japan Hard Taiwan Chuang Chia-jung China Sun Tiantian
China Yan Zi
6–1, 2–6 [6–10]
Runner-up 5. February 10, 2008 Pattaya Women's Open, Pattaya, Thailand Hard Taiwan Hsieh Su-wei Taiwan Chan Yung-Jan
Taiwan Chuang Chia-Jung
4–6, 3–6
Winner 5. September 21, 2008 Toray Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo, Japan Hard Russia Nadia Petrova United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Samantha Stosur
6–1, 6–4
Winner 6. November 2, 2008 Bell Challenge, Quebec City, Canada Hard Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld United States Jill Craybas
Thailand Tamarine Tanasugarn
7–6(7–3), 6–4
Winner 7. January 11, 2009 Brisbane International, Brisbane, Australia Hard Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld Poland Klaudia Jans
Poland Alicja Rosolska
3–6, 7–5, [10–5]
Winner 8. September 14, 2009 Bell Challenge, Quebec City, Canada Hard Czech Republic Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová Sweden Sofia Arvidsson
France Séverine Beltrame
6–1, 6–3
Winner 9. February 14, 2010 Cellular South Cup, Memphis, United States Hard Netherlands Michaëlla Krajicek United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands
United States Meghann Shaughnessy
7–5, 6–2
Runner-up 6. March 7, 2010 Monterrey Open, Monterrey, Mexico Hard Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld Czech Republic Iveta Benešová
Czech Republic Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová
6–3, 4–6, [8–10]
Runner-up 7. April 18, 2010 Family Circle Cup, Charleston, United States Clay Netherlands Michaëlla Krajicek United States Liezel Huber
Russia Nadia Petrova
3–6, 4–6
Winner 10. May 22, 2010 Internationaux de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France Clay France Alizé Cornet Russia Alla Kudryavtseva
Australia Anastasia Rodionova
3–6, 6–4, [10–7]
Runner-up 8. June 19, 2010 Ordina Open, 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova Russia Alla Kudryavtseva
Australia Anastasia Rodionova
6–3, 3–6, [6–10]
Winner 11. July 3, 2010 Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom Grass Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova Russia Elena Vesnina
Russia Vera Zvonareva
7–6(8–6), 6–2
Winner 12. September 13, 2010 US Open, New York, United States Hard Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova United States Liezel Huber
Russia Nadia Petrova
2–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–4)
Runner-up 9. March 6, 2011 Monterrey Open, Monterrey, Mexico Hard Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld Czech Republic Iveta Benešová
Czech Republic Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová
7–6(10–8), 2–6, [6–10]
Runner-up 10. May 15, 2011 Internazionali BNL d'Italia, Rome, Italy Clay Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova China Peng Shuai
China Zheng Jie
2–6, 3–6
Winner 13. August 21, 2011 Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati, United States Hard Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova South Africa Natalie Grandin
Czech Republic Vladimíra Uhlířová
6–4, 3–6, [11–9]
Runner-up 11. September 11, 2011 US Open, New York, United States Hard Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova United States Liezel Huber
United States Lisa Raymond
6–4, 6–7(5–7), 6–7(3–7)
Runner-up 12. October 16, 2011 HP Open, Osaka, Japan Hard Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova Japan Kimiko Date-Krumm
China Zhang Shuai
5–7, 6–3, [9-11]
Winner 14. October 22, 2011 Kremlin Cup, Moscow, Russia Hard (i) Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova Australia Anastasia Rodionova
Kazakhstan Galina Voskoboeva
7–6(7–3), 6–3
Runner-up 13. July 16, 2012 Bank of the West Classic, Stanford, United States Hard Australia Jarmila Gajdošová New Zealand Marina Erakovic
United Kingdom Heather Watson
5–7, 6–7(7–9)
Runner-up 14. July 23, 2012 Mercury Insurance Open, Carlsbad, United States Hard Russia Nadia Petrova United States Raquel Kops-Jones
United States Abigail Spears
2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 15. September 23, 2012 Hansol Korea Open, Seoul, South Korea Hard Uzbekistan Akgul Amanmuradova United States Raquel Kops-Jones
United States Abigail Spears
6–2, 2–6, [8–10]
Runner-up 16. September 21, 2013 Guangzhou International Women's Open, Guangzhou, China Hard Kazakhstan Galina Voskoboeva Taiwan Hsieh Su-wei
China Peng Shuai
3-6, 6-4, [10-12]
Runner-up 17. April 12, 2014 Copa Colsanitas, Bogotà, Colombia Clay South Africa Chanelle Scheepers Spain Lara Arruabarrena
France Caroline Garcia
6–7(5–7), 4–6

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Australian Open LQ 1R 1R LQ 2R 2R 3R 1R 1R 4–7
French Open 1R 1R 2R LQ 1R 3R 2R 2R 5–7
Wimbledon 2R 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 2–8
US Open 2R 2R 1R 1R 3R 2R 3R 1R 1R 7–9
Win–Loss 1–1 2–3 0–4 1–4 3–2 2–4 5–4 3–4 1–4 0–1 18–31
WTA Premier Mandatory Tournaments
Indian Wells 3R 2R 2R 1R 2R 1R 3R 1R 7–8
Key Biscayne 2R 2R 2R LQ 1R 1R 2R LQ 4–6
Madrid Not Held LQ LQ 2R 1R 1–2
Beijing Not Held Not Tier 1 2R 1R 1–2
WTA Premier 5 Tournaments
Dubai Not Held 0–0
Rome 1R 1R 2R 1–3
Cincinnati Not Held Not Tier I 1R 1R 1R 2R 1–4
Canada 1R LQ 2R 1R LQ 1–3
Tokyo No Tier I LQ 3R 1R 2–2

Women's doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 SR W–L
Australian Open A A A A 2R 1R 1R 2R 1R QF 1R 2R 0 / 8 6–8
French Open A A A 1R 1R 1R 3R 2R SF QF 3R 0 / 8 12–8
Wimbledon A A A 1R 1R 3R QF W 2R 1R 3R 1 / 8 14–7
US Open A A 2R 2R 1R 1R 3R W F 3R 2R 1 / 9 18–8
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–3 1–4 2–4 7–4 14–2 10–4 8–3 5–4 1–1 2 / 33 50–31
Year-End Championship
WTA Tour Championships A A A A A A A SF SF A A 0 / 2 0–2
WTA Premier Mandatory Tournaments
Indian Wells A A A A QF 1R 1R A QF 2R 1R 0 / 6 5–5
Key Biscayne A A A A 2R 1R 1R QF 1R SF 1R 0 / 7 6–7
Madrid Not Held 2R QF SF 1R A 0 / 4 6–4
Beijing Not Tier I 1R SF SF 2R 2R 0 / 5 6–5
WTA Premier 5 Tournaments
Dubai Not Tier I A A A NP5 0 / 0 0–0
Doha Not Tier I A Not Held NP5 A A 0 / 0 0–0
Rome A A A A A A A A F 2R A 0 / 2 5–2
Montreal / Toronto A A A A A 2R 1R 2R A A 1R 0 / 4 1–4
Cincinnati NH Not Tier I A 2R W A 2R 1 / 3 6–2
Tokyo A A A A F W 1R 1R SF 1R A 1 / 6 9–5

Mixed doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 1RKU 1RMM 1RMM 0–3
French Open 1RFC FMM SFCK 1RDN 7–4
Wimbledon 2RVS 1RDM 1RJK 1RCK 1RDB 1–5
US Open QFVS 2RVS 1RMM 1RHT 1RRB 3–5
Win–Loss 0–0 2–1 2–3 0–2 4–3 3–3 0–4 0–0 0–1 11–17

KU=with Kevin Ullyett
FC=with František Čermák
MM=with Marcelo Melo
CK=with Christopher Kas
VS=with Vincent Spadea
DM=with David Martin
JK=with Jordan Kerr
HT=with Horia Tecău
DN=with Daniel Nestor
DB=with Dustin Brown
RB=with Rohan Bopanna

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