Çağla Büyükakçay at the 2015 Wimbledon
28 September 1989 |
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Prize money||$ 636,023|
|Career titles||1 WTA, 8 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 60 (12 September 2016)|
|Current ranking||No. 85 (9 January 2017)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||1R (2017)|
|French Open||2R (2016)|
|US Open||2R (2016)|
|Olympic Games||1R (2016)|
|Career titles||0 WTA, 15 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 111 (29 February 2016)|
|Current ranking||No. 207 (29 August 2016)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|US Open||1R (2016)|
|Last updated on: 2 September 2016.|
Büyükakçay has won eight singles and fifteen doubles titles on the ITF tour in her career. In July 2016, she reached her best singles ranking of world No.67. Büyükakçay won her first title at her home tournament in Istanbul. On 29 February 2016, she peaked at world No. 111 in the doubles rankings.
She has become the first tennis player from Turkey representing in Olympics. She played at 2016 Rio Olympics.
Büyükakçay did not contest many junior tournaments, only playing four before competing at the senior level. After a few aborted starts, Büyükakçay played her first professional match at a 10K ITF event in Istanbul in May 2004. Losing in the qualifying draw, she would play two more tournaments during the 2004 season. She won her first ever Fed Cup match in 2005, partnering Pemra Özgen to defeat Stephanie Pace and Stephanie Sullivan of Malta. She made her WTA debut at the 2005 İstanbul Cup, but lost to Elena Vesnina in the first round. She continued to compete in 10K and 25K ITF events for the remainder of the year.
Büyükakçay began the 2006 season in Ramat HaSharon, but fell there in qualifying to Katariina Tuohimaa. She did not win a main draw match until April, when she made it to the second round of a 10K tournament in Chennai. She again played for Turkey in Fed Cup, registering a straight-sets win over Olfa Dhaoui of Tunisia. She partnered again with Pemra Özgen, this time double bageling Sigurlaug Sigurdardottir and Iris Staub of Iceland. She reached her first singles and doubles finals simultaneously in Antalya, losing the singles final but winning the doubles with Alena Bayarchyk. She continued mainly on the ITF tour but would not reach another final until September, when she made it to the final of in Istanbul. Büyükakçay continued to gain experience during the 2007 season, recording her first ever singles title in Istanbul.
In 2008, Büyükakçay won her second singles title in Gaziantep. She proceeded to enter a mix of lower and higher-level ITF tournaments with some success, including a quarterfinal appearance at a 50K tournament in Penza, going down to Julia Glushko in a tough three-set match. She ended the season on a high, capturing the doubles title with Lucia Sainz-Pelegri in Vinaros. Büyükakçay recorded her first singles title of the 2009 season in Istanbul before returning to the city two weeks later. Having been awarded a wildcard into the 2005 İstanbul Cup, she drew Lucie Hradecká and led the Czech by a set before succumbing in three sets. She did not compete in any other WTA tournaments for the rest of the year.
Büyükakçay had an exceptional 2010 season – she remained undefeated during the Fed Cup, winning three singles matches and dropping only four games in the process. She followed up her Fed Cup success the following week, winning the biggest singles title of her career at a 25K tournament in Kharkiv. She won another 25K title in Valladolid in July before returning to Istanbul to play at the İstanbul Cup. Having bowed out in the first round to Elena Baltacha, she entered the doubles draw with Pemra Özgen and reached the semifinals. It was the first WTA-level semifinal in her career – in singles or doubles. She went on to make history when she entered the US Open qualifying draw. Although she lost in the qualifying first round, it was a major achievement in that no other Turkish woman had previously entered qualifying of a grand slam. She continued on the tour and reached another final in Esperance, losing to Sacha Jones of New Zealand. Her first 2011 tournament was the Australian Open, winning one qualifying match before going down to Corinna Dentoni. She began to combine her schedule with more WTA events but did not reach another final until July, when she lost to Garbiñe Muguruza in Caceras. At the US Open, she lost in the second round of qualifying to Mandy Minella of Luxembourg. In October, she lost in the final of a 25K ITF event in Netanya, narrowly losing to Dinah Pfizenmaier in three sets. However, she did win the doubles crown with Pemra Özgen for her fifteenth doubles title.
In 2012, Büyükakçay managed to record appearances in the finals of three 25K tournaments in Moscow, Zwevegem, and Istanbul, but lost each one to Margarita Gasparyan, Anastasija Sevastova, and Richèl Hogenkamp. She experienced more success in Fed Cup play, winning three singles and one doubles match for Turkey. Büyükakçay was in touching distance of a main-draw berth at the 2013 Australian Open, but lost in the final round of qualifying to Lesia Tsurenko in straight sets. She reached the semifinals of a 25K event in Namangan but was defeated by Oksana Kalashnikova in close three-set encounter. At the French Open, she scraped past Nastassja Burnett in the first qualifying round, but was soundly beaten in the second by Arantxa Parra Santonja. She would rebound; however, when she reached the final of another 25K tournament in Moscow the following week, finishing runner-up to young Anett Kontaveit of Estonia. She maintained her solid performance for the rest of the season, picking up doubles titles in Shrewsbury, Loughborough, Istanbul, and Ankara.
Büyükakçay experienced a shaky start to the 2014 season – suffering three-set losses to Ashleigh Barty and Kateřina Siniaková in Australia. Although she advanced to the quarterfinals at a 25K ITF event in Sunderland, she only managed to win one singles match at the Fed Cup in Hungary. She was then granted wildcards into the prestigious WTA tournaments in Doha and Dubai, but was beaten in the first round of both by Karolína Plíšková and Zhang Shuai, respectively. She began to pick up form in April, when she won her first singles title in nearly four years in Edgbaston, defeating Frenchwoman Pauline Parmentier. A week later, she advanced to her first ever WTA quarterfinal in Kuala Lumpur and at the French Open, she again came close to a spot in the main draw, but was defeated in the final round of qualifying by Aleksandra Wozniak. At Wimbledon, she was beaten in the first round of qualifying and only managed to win one match during the entire grass court season.
Büyükakçay made a very good start to 2015. She played her first tournament of the year in Shenzhen ,where she came through qualifying to make the main draw. She defeated Lara Arruabarrena in the first round . However, in the second round, she was defeated by former world No. 2 Vera Zvonareva in straight sets. Büyükakçay made her way to Australia, where she competed to qualify for the main draw for the 2015 Australian Open. She defeated Uzbekistan's Nigina Abduraimova and Switzerland's Viktorija Golubic, but then lost to German Tatjana Maria in the final round of qualifying in straight sets.
2016: Breakthrough and first WTA title
Büyükakçay's first tournaments were the Shenzhen Open-where she lost in the second round of qualifying to Yaroslava Shvedova-and the Australian Open-where she was defeated in the first round of qualifying by Maria Sakkari. After reaching the second round in an ITF tournament in Andrezieux-Boutheon and losing in the first round of qualifying at the Dubai Tennis Championships, Büyükakçay received a wildcard for the Qatar Open. She defeated Lucie Hradecká before upsetting No.7 seed and defending champion Lucie Safarová in straight sets. In the third round, Büyükakçay lost to Roberta Vinci.
Her next tournament was the BMW Malaysian Open, where she defeated Laura Siegemund and Kai-Chen Chang before losing to eventual finalist Eugenie Bouchard. She then played at the Miami Open where she lost in the first round of qualifying to Naomi Broady. She also lost in the first round at an ITF event in Osprey. At the Volvo Car Open, she reached the first round as a qualifier (beating Julia Boserup and Ysaline Bonaventure) where she lost to Danka Kovinic. At the Istanbul Cup, she beat Marina Melnikova, Sorana Cîrstea, Nao Hibino and Stefanie Vögele en route to her first WTA. She then avenged her loss to Kovinic, beating the Montenegrin in three sets and becoming the first Turkish woman to lift a WTA title.
Prior to the French Open, Büyükakçay reached the second round of an ITF tournament in Trnava, losing to Katerina Siniakova. At the second Grand Slam of the year, she entered as qualifier (beating Elitsa Kostova, Petra Martic and Klára Koukalová en route) and became the first Turkish woman to win a Grand Slam match by beating Aliaksandra Sasnovich in three sets. She then lost to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. She started her grass court season at the Nottingham Open where she lost to Caroline Wozniacki in the first round. Her next three tournaments-including The Championships-also ended in early exits.
At the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, Büyükakçay faced Russian Ekaterina Makarova in the first round and lost in three sets. It was the first time a Turkish woman played at the Olympics.
WTA career finals
Singles: 1 (1 title)
|Outcome||No.||Date||Championship||Surface||Opponent in the final||Score in the final|
|Winner||1.||24 April 2016||Istanbul Cup, Istanbul, Turkey||Clay||Danka Kovinić||3–6, 6–2, 6–3|
Doubles: 2 (2 runners-up)
|Runner–up||1.||13 July 2014||BRD Bucharest Open, Bucharest, Romania||Clay||Karin Knapp|| Elena Bogdan
|4–6, 6–3, [5–10]|
|Runner–up||2.||26 July 2015||İstanbul Cup, Istanbul, Turkey||Hard||Jelena Janković|| Daria Gavrilova
|7–5, 1–6, [4–10]|
ITF Circuit finals
Singles 23 (8–15)
|Outcome||No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Opponent in the final||Score|
|Runner-up||1.||21 May 2006||Antalya, Turkey||Hard||Anna Gerasimou||3–6, 2–6|
|Runner-up||2.||3 September 2006||Istanbul, Turkey||Hard||Natalia Orlova||1–6, 1–6|
|Runner-up||3.||14 April 2007||Dubai, United Arab Emirates||Hard||Marinne Giraud||2–6, 2–6|
|Winner||1.||3 June 2007||Istanbul, Turkey||Hard||Ria Dörnemann||6–4, 6–3|
|Winner||2.||1 June 2008||Gaziantep, Turkey||Hard||Pemra Özgen||7–5, 6–4|
|Winner||3.||21 June 2009||Istanbul, Turkey||Hard||Galina Fokina||6–2, 6–3|
|Winner||4.||9 May 2010||Kharkiv, Ukraine||Hard||Natalia Orlova||6–4, 6–1|
|Runner-up||4.||30 May 2010||İzmir, Turkey||Hard||Tamira Paszek||2–6, 3–6|
|Runner-up||5.||26 June 2010||Getxo, Spain||Clay||Sílvia Soler Espinosa||0–6, 6–2, 1–6|
|Winner||5.||11 July 2010||Valladolid, Spain||Hard||Zhang Ling||7–6(7–2), 6–3|
|Runner-up||6.||14 November 2010||Esperance, Australia||Hard||Sacha Jones||1–6, 3–6|
|Runner-up||7.||17 July 2011||Caceres, Spain||Hard||Garbiñe Muguruza Blanco||4–6, 3–6|
|Runner-up||8.||29 October 2011||Netanya, Israel||Hard||Dinah Pfizenmaier||6–7(5–7), 6–4, 1–6|
|Runner-up||9.||5 May 2012||Moscow, Russia||Hard (i)||Margarita Gasparyan||3–6, 6–4, 1–6|
|Runner-up||10.||15 July 2012||Zwevegem, Belgium||Hard (i)||Anastasija Sevastova||0–6, 3–6|
|Runner-up||11.||2 November 2012||Istanbul, Turkey||Hard (i)||Richèl Hogenkamp||4–6, 3–6|
|Runner-up||12.||1 June 2013||Moscow, Russia||Hard (i)||Anett Kontaveit||1–6, 1–6|
|Runner-up||13.||3 March 2014||Preston, United Kingdom||Hard (i)||Kristýna Plíšková||3–6, 6–7(4–7)|
|Winner||6.||31 March 2014||Edgbaston, United Kingdom||Hard (i)||Pauline Parmentier||6–4, 2–6, 6–2|
|Runner-up||14.||27 July 2014||Astana, Kazakhstan||Hard||Vitalia Diatchenko||4–6, 6–3, 2–6|
|Winner||7.||12 September 2015||Batumi, Georgia||Hard||Alena Tarasova||6-2, 6-0|
|Winner||8.||14 November 2015||Dubai, United Arab Emirates||Hard||Klára Koukalová||6–7(4–7), 6–4, 6–4|
|Runner-up||15.||19 December 2015||Ankara, Turkey||Hard (i)||Ivana Jorović||6–7(3–7), 6–3, 2–6|
Doubles 22 (14–8)
|Outcome||No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Partner||Opponents in the final||Score|
|Winner||1.||21 May 2006||Antalya, Turkey||Hard||Alena Bayarchyk|| Galina Semenova
|Winner||2.||2 Jun3 2007||Istanbul, Turkey||Hard||Ria Dörnemann|| Maja Kambič
|Winner||3.||31 May 2008||Gaziantep, Turkey||Hard||Pemra Özgen|| Volha Duko
|Winner||4.||7 June 2008||Izmir, Turkey||Hard||Pemra Özgen|| Emilia Arnaudovska
|Runner-up||5.||13 September 2008||Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina||Clay||Julia Glushko|| Alberta Brianti
|Runner-up||6.||1 November 2008||Istanbul, Turkey||Hard||Pemra Özgen|| Melanie Klaffner
|4–6 7–6(5) [6–10]|
|Winner||7.||6 December 2008||Vinaros, Spain||Clay||Lucia Sainz-Pelegri|| Yera Campos Molina
|6–4 3–6 [10–7]|
|Winner||8.||18 April 2009||Antalya, Turkey||Hard||Pemra Özgen|| Tetyana Arefyeva
|Runner-up||9.||1 May 2009||Namangan, Uzbekistan||Hard||Pemra Özgen|| Albina Khabibulina
|4–6 7–6(6) [5–10]|
|Runner-up||10.||12 June 2009||Qarshi, Uzbekistan||Hard||Pemra Özgen|| Kristina Antoniychuk
|7–5 0–6 [6–10]|
|Runner-up||11.||15-Jun-2009||Istanbul, Turkey||Hard||Pemra Özgen|| Galina Fokina
|Winner||12.||17 October 2009||Antalya, Turkey||Clay||Albina Khabibulina|| Amanda Carreras
|2–6 7–5 [10–7]|
|Runner-up||13.||30 May 2010||Izmir, Turkey||Hard||Pemra Özgen|| Maria Fernanda Alves
|Runner-up||14.||18 July 2011||Samsun, Turkey||Hard||Pemra Özgen|| Mihaela Buzărnescu
|Winner||15.||24 October 2011||Netanya, Israel||Hard||Pemra Özgen|| Nicole Clerico
|Winner||16.||29 October 2012||Istanbul, Turkey||Hard (i)||Pemra Özgen|| Nigina Abduraimova
|Runner-up||17.||3 June 2013||Agri, Turkey||Carpet||Pemra Özgen|| Melis Sezer
|4–6 6–3 [8–10]|
|Winner||18.||16 September 2013||Shrewsbury, United Kingdom||Hard (i)||Pemra Özgen|| Samantha Murray
|4–6, 6–4, [10–8]|
|Winner||19.||27 September 2013||Loughborough, United Kingdom||Hard (i)||Pemra Özgen|| Magda Linette
|6–2, 5–7, [10–6]|
|Winner||20.||1 November 2013||Istanbul, Turkey||Hard (i)||Pemra Özgen|| Sofia Shapatava
|Winner||21.||20 December 2013||Ankara, Turkey||Hard (i)||Yuliya Beygelzimer|| Eleni Daniilidou
|Winner||22.||14 November 2015||Dubai, United Arab Emirates||Hard||Maria Sakkari|| Elise Mertens
Single performance statistics
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Year End Ranking||192||197||186||149||141||158||83|
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