Yvonne Meusburger

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Yvonne Meusburger
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Meusburger at the 2013 Fed Cup
Country  Austria
Residence Schwarzach, Austria
Born (1983-10-03) 3 October 1983 (age 30)
Dornbirn, Austria
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro 1999
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $1,337,562
Career record 438–313
Career titles 1 WTA, 15 ITF
Highest ranking 37 (31 March 2014)
Current ranking 38 (7 July 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (2014)
French Open 2R (2010, 2014)
Wimbledon 2R (2007, 2014)
US Open 2R (2008, 2010)
Career record 104–102
Career titles 0 WTA, 9 ITF
Highest ranking 104 (30 August 2010)
Current ranking 729 (7 July 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (2008)
French Open 1R (2014)
Wimbledon 1R (2014)
US Open 1R (2007, 2013)
Last updated on: 9 July 2014.

Yvonne Meusburger (born 3 October 1983 in Dornbirn) is an Austrian professional tennis player.

Meusburger has won one singles title on the WTA tour, as well as fifteen singles and nine doubles titles on the ITF circuit in her career. On 31 March 2014, she reached her best singles ranking of world number 37. On 30 August 2010, she peaked at world number 104 in the doubles rankings.

Meusburger made her debut for the Austria Fed Cup team in 2003, accumulating an overall record of 8-21.

Tennis career[edit]

In July 2007, Meusburger made a surprising run to the final of the 2007 Gastein Ladies tournament. The most notable win of this run was her first round win over the second seed Émilie Loit of France. She followed it up by beating Eva Birnerová, Lourdes Domínguez Lino, and Karin Knapp. In the final, she was defeated by Francesca Schiavone in straight sets.

Meusburger made the second round of the 2010 Australian Open, French Open, and US Open. She lost to Russian Maria Kirilenko on all three occasions.

In June 2013, Meusburger entered the qualifying tournament of the Wimbledon Championships, defeating Nicole Gibbs, Tamarine Tanasugarn, and Sesil Karatantcheva for a spot in the main draw. She was drawn against fourth seed Agnieszka Radwańska and was knocked out in straight sets. Despite the loss, it was Meusburger's first Grand Slam appearance in nearly three years. The following month, she advanced to the final of the Budapest Grand Prix in Hungary, beating three seeded players en route. However, she lost in the final to third seed Simona Halep in three sets. Meusburger consequently re-entered the top 100 and overtook Tamira Paszek to become Austria's top-ranked women's player.

In July 2013, she won her first WTA singles title in Bad Gastein, defeating Andrea Hlaváčková. This win, along with a successful end to the 2013 season, meant that, at the age of 30, Meusburger's ranking moved into the world's top 50 for the first time in her career.

Ranked 49 in the world, Meusburger reached the third round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in her career at the 2014 Australian Open. En route, she defeated Chanelle Scheepers and 33rd seed Bojana Jovanovski. In the third round, she was defeated by second seed Victoria Azarenka.

Logging quarterfinal appearances in Katowice and Marrakech, Meusburger entered the 2014 French Open with confidence, recording a three-set win over French wildcard Amandine Hesse in the first round. She would progress no further; however, as she was eliminated by 2010 finalist Samantha Stosur in their second round encounter.

Meusburger continued her resurgence at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships. Having defeated Vania King at the first hurdle, she advanced to the second round but was defeated there by Li Na.

Playing Style[edit]

Meusburger is incredibly fit and an excellent mover, often outlasting her opponents during matches. She uses her compact groundstrokes to consistently hit flat groundstrokes and positions the ball well. Her weak serve has been a major hindrance throughout her career, especially against top players, whom are able to attack her serve and place her in a defensive position. However, Meusburger is an excellent returner, winning the most points for first-serve returns during the 2013 season; she was also in the top 10 for second-serve returns and return games won. Meusburger has enjoyed her greatest success on clay courts, having reached three WTA finals on this particular surface.

WTA career finals[edit]

Singles: 3 (1-2)[edit]

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (1–2)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (1–2)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 29 July 2007 Gastein Ladies, Bad Gastein, Austria Clay Italy Francesca Schiavone 1-6, 4-6
Runner-up 2. 14 July 2013 Budapest Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary Clay Romania Simona Halep 3–6, 7–6(9–7), 1–6
Winner 1. 21 July 2013 Gastein Ladies, Bad Gastein, Austria Clay Czech Republic Andrea Hlaváčková 7-5, 6-2

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Meusburger at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships
Tournament 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open Q1 1R Q2 Q2 1R 2R A Q3 A 3R 3–5
French Open 1R Q1 1R 1R 1R 2R Q2 Q2 Q3 2R 2–6
Wimbledon Q2 Q1 2R 1R Q2 1R Q2 Q2 1R 1–4
US Open Q2 Q1 1R 2R 1R 2R Q1 Q2 1R 2–5
Win–Loss 0–1 0–1 1–3 2–4 0–3 3–4 0–0 0–0 0–2 3–2 9–20

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2007 2008 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open 1R 1R 0–2
French Open 0–0
Wimbledon 0–0
US Open 1R 1R 0–2
Win–Loss 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–4

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