Çağla Büyükakçay

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Çağla Büyükakçay
Çağla Büyükakçay 1, 2015 Wimbledon Qualifying - Diliff.jpg
Çağla Büyükakçay at the 2015 Wimbledon
qualifying tournament
Country (sports)  Turkey
Residence Istanbul, Turkey
Born (1989-09-28) 28 September 1989 (age 27)
Adana, Turkey
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Turned pro 2006
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $ 636,023
Career record 320–258
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)
Wimbledon 1R (2016)
US Open 2R (2016)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games 1R (2016)
Career record 152–135
Career titles 0 WTA, 15 ITF
Highest ranking No. 111 (29 February 2016)
Current ranking No. 207 (29 August 2016)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open
French Open
Wimbledon 1R (2016)
US Open 1R (2016)
Last updated on: 2 September 2016.
Çağla Büyükakçay
Medal record
Representing  Turkey
Women's Tennis
Mediterranean Games
Gold medal – first place 2013 Mersin Singles
Gold medal – first place 2013 Mersin Doubles
Silver medal – second place 2009 Pescara Doubles

Çağla Büyükakçay (Turkish pronunciation: [ˈt͡ʃɑjlɑ byjyˈkɑkt͡ʃɑj]; born 28 September 1989) is a Turkish tennis player.

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.

Playing for Turkey at the Fed Cup, Büyükakçay has a win-loss record of 33–24.[1]

Büyükakçay is also the top-ranked tennis player at Istanbul's multi-sports club Enkaspor.[2]

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.


Çağla Büyükakçay at the 2015 Fed Cup

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[edit]

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.[3]

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[4]) and became the first Turkish woman to win a Grand Slam match by beating Aliaksandra Sasnovich in three sets.[5] 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[edit]

Singles: 1 (1 title)[edit]

Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (1–0)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (1–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 24 April 2016 Istanbul Cup, Istanbul, Turkey Clay Montenegro Danka Kovinić 3–6, 6–2, 6–3

Doubles: 2 (2 runners-up)[edit]

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 (0–2)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner–up 1. 13 July 2014 BRD Bucharest Open, Bucharest, Romania Clay Italy Karin Knapp Romania Elena Bogdan
Romania Alexandra Cadanțu
4–6, 6–3, [5–10]
Runner–up 2. 26 July 2015 İstanbul Cup, Istanbul, Turkey Hard Serbia Jelena Janković Russia Daria Gavrilova
Ukraine Elina Svitolina
7–5, 1–6, [4–10]

ITF Circuit finals[edit]

Singles 23 (8–15)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 21 May 2006 Antalya, Turkey Hard Greece Anna Gerasimou 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 2. 3 September 2006 Istanbul, Turkey Hard Russia Natalia Orlova 1–6, 1–6
Runner-up 3. 14 April 2007 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard Mauritius Marinne Giraud 2–6, 2–6
Winner 1. 3 June 2007 Istanbul, Turkey Hard Germany Ria Dörnemann 6–4, 6–3
Winner 2. 1 June 2008 Gaziantep, Turkey Hard Turkey Pemra Özgen 7–5, 6–4
Winner 3. 21 June 2009 Istanbul, Turkey Hard Russia Galina Fokina 6–2, 6–3
Winner 4. 9 May 2010 Kharkiv, Ukraine Hard Russia Natalia Orlova 6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 4. 30 May 2010 İzmir, Turkey Hard Austria Tamira Paszek 2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 5. 26 June 2010 Getxo, Spain Clay Spain Sílvia Soler Espinosa 0–6, 6–2, 1–6
Winner 5. 11 July 2010 Valladolid, Spain Hard Hong Kong Zhang Ling 7–6(7–2), 6–3
Runner-up 6. 14 November 2010 Esperance, Australia Hard Australia Sacha Jones 1–6, 3–6
Runner-up 7. 17 July 2011 Caceres, Spain Hard Spain Garbiñe Muguruza Blanco 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 8. 29 October 2011 Netanya, Israel Hard Germany Dinah Pfizenmaier 6–7(5–7), 6–4, 1–6
Runner-up 9. 5 May 2012 Moscow, Russia Hard (i) Russia Margarita Gasparyan 3–6, 6–4, 1–6
Runner-up 10. 15 July 2012 Zwevegem, Belgium Hard (i) Latvia Anastasija Sevastova 0–6, 3–6
Runner-up 11. 2 November 2012 Istanbul, Turkey Hard (i) Netherlands Richèl Hogenkamp 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 12. 1 June 2013 Moscow, Russia Hard (i) Estonia Anett Kontaveit 1–6, 1–6
Runner-up 13. 3 March 2014 Preston, United Kingdom Hard (i) Czech Republic Kristýna Plíšková 3–6, 6–7(4–7)
Winner 6. 31 March 2014 Edgbaston, United Kingdom Hard (i) France Pauline Parmentier 6–4, 2–6, 6–2
Runner-up 14. 27 July 2014 Astana, Kazakhstan Hard Russia Vitalia Diatchenko 4–6, 6–3, 2–6
Winner 7. 12 September 2015 Batumi, Georgia Hard Russia Alena Tarasova 6-2, 6-0
Winner 8. 14 November 2015 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard Czech Republic Klára Koukalová 6–7(4–7), 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 15. 19 December 2015 Ankara, Turkey Hard (i) Serbia Ivana Jorović 6–7(3–7), 6–3, 2–6

Doubles 22 (14–8)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score
Winner 1. 21 May 2006 Antalya, Turkey Hard Belarus Alena Bayarchyk Russia Galina Semenova
Belarus Tatsiana Teterina
6–3 7–6(3)
Winner 2. 2 Jun3 2007 Istanbul, Turkey Hard Germany Ria Dörnemann Slovenia Maja Kambič
Russia Avgusta Tsybysheva
6–2 6–4
Winner 3. 31 May 2008 Gaziantep, Turkey Hard Turkey Pemra Özgen Belarus Volha Duko
Georgia (country) Ana Jikia
2–0 RET
Winner 4. 7 June 2008 Izmir, Turkey Hard Turkey Pemra Özgen Republic of Macedonia Emilia Arnaudovska
Ukraine Yuliana Umanets
6–2 6–0
Runner-up 5. 13 September 2008 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Clay Israel Julia Glushko Italy Alberta Brianti
Slovenia Polona Hercog
4–6 5–7
Runner-up 6. 1 November 2008 Istanbul, Turkey Hard Turkey Pemra Özgen Austria Melanie Klaffner
Bosnia and Herzegovina Sandra Martinović
4–6 7–6(5) [6–10]
Winner 7. 6 December 2008 Vinaros, Spain Clay Spain Lucia Sainz-Pelegri Spain Yera Campos Molina
Spain Leticia Costas-Moreira
6–4 3–6 [10–7]
Winner 8. 18 April 2009 Antalya, Turkey Hard Turkey Pemra Özgen Ukraine Tetyana Arefyeva
Ukraine Anastasiya Lytovchenko
6–4 6–2
Runner-up 9. 1 May 2009 Namangan, Uzbekistan Hard Turkey Pemra Özgen Uzbekistan Albina Khabibulina
Kyrgyzstan Ksenia Ulukan
4–6 7–6(6) [5–10]
Runner-up 10. 12 June 2009 Qarshi, Uzbekistan Hard Turkey Pemra Özgen Ukraine Kristina Antoniychuk
Georgia (country) Oksana Kalashnikova
7–5 0–6 [6–10]
Runner-up 11. 15-Jun-2009 Istanbul, Turkey Hard Turkey Pemra Özgen Russia Galina Fokina
Russia Anna Morgina
4–6,6–4 8–10
Winner 12. 17 October 2009 Antalya, Turkey Clay Uzbekistan Albina Khabibulina United Kingdom Amanda Carreras
Italy Valentina Confalonieri
2–6 7–5 [10–7]
Runner-up 13. 30 May 2010 Izmir, Turkey Hard Turkey Pemra Özgen Brazil Maria Fernanda Alves
Austria Tamira Paszek
1–6 2–6
Runner-up 14. 18 July 2011 Samsun, Turkey Hard Turkey Pemra Özgen Romania Mihaela Buzărnescu
Slovenia Tadeja Majerič
Winner 15. 24 October 2011 Netanya, Israel Hard Turkey Pemra Özgen Italy Nicole Clerico
Israel Julia Glushko
7–5 6–3
Winner 16. 29 October 2012 Istanbul, Turkey Hard (i) Turkey Pemra Özgen Uzbekistan Nigina Abduraimova
Kyrgyzstan Ksenia Palkina
6–2 6–1
Runner-up 17. 3 June 2013 Agri, Turkey Carpet Turkey Pemra Özgen Turkey Melis Sezer
Bosnia and Herzegovina Jasmina Tinjic
4–6 6–3 [8–10]
Winner 18. 16 September 2013 Shrewsbury, United Kingdom Hard (i) Turkey Pemra Özgen United Kingdom Samantha Murray
United Kingdom Jade Windley
4–6, 6–4, [10–8]
Winner 19. 27 September 2013 Loughborough, United Kingdom Hard (i) Turkey Pemra Özgen Poland Magda Linette
Czech Republic Tereza Smitková
6–2, 5–7, [10–6]
Winner 20. 1 November 2013 Istanbul, Turkey Hard (i) Turkey Pemra Özgen Georgia (country) Sofia Shapatava
Ukraine Anastasiya Vasylyeva
6–3, 6–2
Winner 21. 20 December 2013 Ankara, Turkey Hard (i) Ukraine Yuliya Beygelzimer Greece Eleni Daniilidou
Serbia Aleksandra Krunić
6–3, 6–3
Winner 22. 14 November 2015 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard Greece Maria Sakkari Belgium Elise Mertens
Turkey İpek Soylu
7–6(8–6), 6–4

Single performance statistics[edit]

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 W-L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A Q2 Q1 Q3 Q1 Q3 Q1 1R 0–1
French Open A Q1 A Q2 Q3 Q1 2R 1–1
Wimbledon A Q1 Q1 Q2 Q1 Q1 1R 0–1
US Open Q1 Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2 Q1 2R 1–1
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–3 0–1 2–4
Year End Ranking 192 197 186 149 141 158 83

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Cagla BUYUKAKCAY". Retrieved 25 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "Branşlar > Tenis-2010 sezonunda" (in Turkish). Enka Spor Kulübü. Retrieved 2011-09-04. 
  3. ^ "Buyukakcay Caps Historic Win In Istanbul". Women's Tennis Association. Retrieved 2016-07-18. 
  4. ^ "Turkish delight for qualifying trio". Roland Garros. Retrieved 2016-07-18. 
  5. ^ "Buyukakcay Triumphs For Turkey In Paris". Women's Tennis Association. Retrieved 2016-07-18. 

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