Abigail Spears

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Abigail Spears
Spears 2009 US Open 01.jpg
Spears at the 2009 U.S. Open
Country (sports)  United States
Residence Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S.
Born (1981-07-12) July 12, 1981 (age 36)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro October 2000
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Coach(es) Larry Willens
Prize money US$ 2,450,373
Singles
Career record 285–254
Career titles 0 WTA, 8 ITF
Highest ranking No. 66 (June 6, 2005)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (2005)
French Open 1R (2005)
Wimbledon 1R (2005)
US Open 1R (2004, 2005)
Doubles
Career record 502–353
Career titles 20 WTA, 21 ITF
Highest ranking No. 10 (March 2, 2015)
Current ranking No. 18 (3 July 2017)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open SF (2014)
French Open 3R (2004)
Wimbledon SF (2015, 2016)
US Open QF (2008)
Other doubles tournaments
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open W (2017)
French Open 2R (2014, 2015, 2017)
Wimbledon 3R (2017)
US Open F (2013, 2014)
Last updated on: 10 July 2017.

Abigail Michal Spears (born July 12, 1981)[1] is a professional tennis player from the United States. Spears resides in Colorado and plays right-handed.[2][3]

Biography[edit]

2000–2011[edit]

Spears turned professional in 2000.[2] Spears reached the third round at the 2005 Australian Open,[4] and the first round at the 2005 French Open, 2005 Wimbledon tournament (where she also reached the third round in the doubles tournament with Lisa McShea) and the 2005 US Open.[5][6] She reached the third round at the 2008 Wimbledon doubles tournament with Raquel Kops-Jones, and the duo bettered that result by reaching the quarterfinals at the 2008 US Open.

Spears also qualified in singles for the US Open twice.[7] Spears achieved a singles ranking of world no. 66 on June 6, 2005. Her highest doubles ranking was world no. 11 on June 24, 2013. Spears has not won a WTA singles title, but as of the end of January 2017, she has won 18 WTA doubles titles.[2] She participated in the U.S. Open doubles draw 11 times between 1998 and 2010.[7]

2012[edit]

Spears and compatriot Raquel Kops-Jones were one of the most successful doubles team of the 2012 season, winning four titles at Carlsbad, Seoul, Tokyo and Osaka. The pair also reached two other finals and also the quarterfinals of Wimbledon.

2017 - Slam Breakthrough[edit]

2017 will be Spears' farewell year on tour.[8] At the Australian Open, Spears partnered with Juan Sebastian Cabal to win the mixed doubles tournament. In the final, they defeated the second seeded team of Sania Mirza and Ivan Dodig 6-2, 6-4. The American-Colombian duo recovered from a 1-4 deficit in the second set to reel off five straight games to clinch the title. It was a revenge match for Spears, having lost to Mirza the last time Spears made it to a Slam final, losing 9-11 in the super tiebreak to Mirza and Bruno Soares at the 2014 US Open.

Significant finals[edit]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Mixed Doubles: 3 (2 runners-up, 1 title)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 2013 US Open Hard Mexico Santiago González Czech Republic Andrea Hlaváčková
Belarus Max Mirnyi
6–7(5–7), 3–6
Runner-up 2014 US Open Hard Mexico Santiago González India Sania Mirza
Brazil Bruno Soares
1–6, 6–2, [9–11]
Winner 2017 Australian Open Hard Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal India Sania Mirza
Croatia Ivan Dodig
6–2, 6–4

Premier Mandatory/Premier 5 finals[edit]

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

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 2012 Doha Hard United States Raquel Kops-Jones United States Liezel Huber
United States Lisa Raymond
3–6, 1–6
Winner 2012 Tokyo Hard United States Raquel Kops-Jones Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld
Czech Republic Květa Peschke
6–1, 6–4
Winner 2014 Cincinnati Hard United States Raquel Kops-Jones Hungary Tímea Babos
France Kristina Mladenovic
6–1, 2–0 ret.

WTA career finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (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 (0–1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. November 7, 2004 Bell Challenge, Québec City, Canada Hard Slovakia Martina Suchá 5–7, 6–3, 2–6

Doubles: 30 (20 titles, 10 runners-up)[edit]

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (2–1)
Tier II / Premier (8–5)
Tier III, IV & V / International (10–4)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent Score
Winner 1. January 5, 2003 ASB Classic, Auckland, New Zealand Hard United States Teryn Ashley Zimbabwe Cara Black
Russia Elena Likhovtseva
6–2, 2–6, 6–0
Winner 2. August 15, 2004 Odlum Brown Vancouver Open, Vancouver, Canada Hard United States Bethanie Mattek Belgium Els Callens
Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 1. February 19, 2005 Regions Morgan Keegan Championships and the Cellular South Cup, Memphis, United States Hard United States Laura Granville Japan Yuka Yoshida
Japan Miho Saeki
3–6, 4–6
Winner 3. July 24, 2005 Western & Southern Financial Group Masters and Women's Open, Cincinnati, United States Hard United States Laura Granville Czech Republic Květa Peschke
Argentina María Emilia Salerni
3–6, 6–2, 6–4
Winner 4. May 10, 2009 Estoril Open, Estoril, Portugal Clay United States Raquel Kops-Jones Canada Sharon Fichman
Hungary Katalin Marosi
2–6, 6–3, [10–5]
Runner-up 2. June 14, 2009 Aegon Classic, Birmingham, Great Britain Grass United States Raquel Kops-Jones Zimbabwe Cara Black
United States Liezel Huber
1–6, 4–6
Winner 5. September 27, 2009 Hansol Korea Open, Seoul, South Korea Hard Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan United States Carly Gullickson
Australia Nicole Kriz
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 3. October 18, 2009 HP Open, Osaka, Japan Hard South Africa Chanelle Scheepers United States Lisa Raymond
Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung
2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 4. August 7, 2011 Mercury Insurance Open, San Diego, United States Hard United States Raquel Kops-Jones Czech Republic Květa Peschke
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
0–6, 2–6
Winner 6. September 18, 2011 Bell Challenge, Quebec City, Canada Hard United States Raquel Kops-Jones United States Jamie Hampton
Georgia (country) Anna Tatishvili
6–0, 3–6, [10–6]
Runner-up 5. January 7, 2012 Brisbane International, Brisbane, Australia Hard United States Raquel Kops-Jones Spain Nuria Llagostera Vives
Spain Arantxa Parra Santonja
6–7(2-7), 6–7(2–7)
Runner-up 6. February 19, 2012 Qatar Ladies Open, Doha, Qatar Hard United States Raquel Kops-Jones United States Liezel Huber
United States Lisa Raymond
3–6, 1–6
Winner 7. July 23, 2012 Mercury Insurance Open, Carlsbad, United States Hard United States Raquel Kops-Jones United States Vania King
Russia Nadia Petrova
6–2, 6–4
Winner 8. September 23, 2012 Hansol Korea Open, Seoul, South Korea Hard United States Raquel Kops-Jones Uzbekistan Akgul Amanmuradova
United States Vania King
2–6, 6–2, [10–8]
Winner 9. September 29, 2012 Toray Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo, Japan Hard United States Raquel Kops-Jones Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld
Czech Republic Květa Peschke
6–1, 6–4
Winner 10. October 14, 2012 HP Open, Osaka, Japan Hard United States Raquel Kops-Jones Japan Kimiko Date-Krumm
United Kingdom Heather Watson
6–1, 6–4
Winner 11. July 29, 2013 Bank of the West Classic, Stanford, United States Hard United States Raquel Kops-Jones Germany Julia Görges
Croatia Darija Jurak
6–2, 7–6(7–4)
Winner 12. August 5, 2013 Southern California Open, Carlsbad, United States Hard United States Raquel Kops-Jones Chinese Taipei Chan Hao-ching
Slovakia Janette Husárová
6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 7. September 22, 2013 KDB Korea Open, Seoul, South Korea Hard United States Raquel Kops-Jones Chinese Taipei Chan Chin-wei
China Xu Yifan
5–7, 3–6
Runner-up 8. February 22, 2014 Dubai Tennis Championships, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard United States Raquel Kops-Jones Russia Alla Kudryavtseva
Australia Anastasia Rodionova
2–6, 7–5, [8–10]
Winner 13. June 15, 2014 Aegon Classic, Birmingham, United Kingdom Grass United States Raquel Kops-Jones Australia Ashleigh Barty
Australia Casey Dellacqua
7–6(7–1), 6–1
Winner 14. August 18, 2014 Cincinnati Masters, Cincinnati, United States Hard United States Raquel Kops-Jones Hungary Tímea Babos
France Kristina Mladenovic
6–1, 2–0 ret.
Runner-up 9. January 16, 2015 Apia International Sydney, Sydney, Australia Hard United States Raquel Kops-Jones United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands
India Sania Mirza
3–6, 3–6
Winner 15. February 28, 2015 Qatar Total Open, Doha, Qatar Hard United States Raquel Kops-Jones Chinese Taipei Su-Wei Hsieh
India Sania Mirza
6–4, 6–4
Winner 16. June 14, 2015 Aegon Nottingham Open, Nottingham, Great Britain Grass United States Raquel Kops-Jones United Kingdom Jocelyn Rae
United Kingdom Anna Smith
3–6, 6–3, [11–9]
Winner 17. October 18, 2015 Generali Ladies Linz, Linz, Austria Hard United States Raquel Kops-Jones Czech Republic Andrea Hlaváčková
Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká
6–3, 7–5
Winner 18. July 23, 2016 Bank of the West Classic, Stanford, United States Hard United States Raquel Atawo Croatia Darija Jurak
Australia Anastasia Rodionova
6–3, 6–4
Winner 19. February 18, 2017 Qatar Total Open, Doha, Qatar Hard Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik Ukraine Olga Savchuk
Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova
6–3, 7–6(9–7)
Runner-up 10. April 30, 2017 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, Stuttgart, Germany Clay (i) Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik United States Raquel Atawo
Latvia Jelena Ostapenko
4–6, 4–6
Winner 20. August 6, 2017 Bank of the West Classic, Stanford, United States Hard United States Coco Vandeweghe France Alizé Cornet
Poland Alicja Rosolska
6–2, 6–3

Grand Slam performance timelines[edit]

Singles[edit]

Tournament 2004 2005 SR W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open 3R 0 / 1 2–1
French Open 1R 0 / 1 0–1
Wimbledon 1R 0 / 1 0–1
US Open 1R 1R 0 / 2 0–2
Win-Loss 0–1 2–4 0 / 5 2–5

Doubles[edit]

Tournament 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 SR W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A A A 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R A A 2R 1R 3R 1R 2R SF QF 2R 1R 0 / 14 13–14
French Open A A A A 1R 2R 3R A A A A 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R 2R 0 / 11 6–11
Wimbledon A A A A 1R 1R 1R 3R 1R A 3R 1R 1R 2R QF 3R 3R SF SF 0 / 14 20–14
US Open 1R 1R A 1R 2R 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R QF 1R 1R 1R 3R 2R 1R 3R 1R 0 / 18 10–18
Win-Loss 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–1 2–4 2–4 2–4 2–3 0–3 0–1 5–2 1–4 0–4 3–4 6–4 4–4 7–4 9–4 6–4 0–1 0 / 57 49–57
WTA Premier Mandatory Tournaments
Indian Wells A A A A A 1R 1R 2R A A A 2R 2R 2R 1R 1R 2R 1R QF 1R 0 / 12 7–12
Key Biscayne A A A A A A A A A A A QF 2R 1R 1R 1R SF 1R 1R 1R 0 / 9 6–9
Madrid Not Held 1R 1R 1R 1R QF QF 2R 1R 0 / 8 5–8
Beijing Not Held Not Tier I A A QF QF QF QF 1R 1R 0 / 6 8–6

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Abigail Spears: Profile". University of California, Los Angeles. Archived from the original on June 9, 2012. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "Abigail Spears: Info". Women's Tennis Association. Archived from the original on December 7, 2010. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
  3. ^ Magee, Jerry (March 1, 2006). "Trials continue as slumping Spears' ranking plummets". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
  4. ^ Dillman, Lisa (January 21, 2005). "Nerves Have Been Her Toughest Opponent". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Abigail Spears: Stats". Women's Tennis Association. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Wimbledon 2005 Ladies' Doubles Championship" (PDF). Women's Tennis Association. p. 3. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "Women's Bios: Abigail Spears". US Open. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Spears, Cabal win mixed doubles, continue 30s theme in Oz". USA Today. Melbourne. The Associated Press. 29 January 2017. Retrieved 16 February 2017. Spears was striving to win her first Grand Slam title in her farewell year. She plans to retire at the end of this season after a career in which she was twice runner-up in mixed doubles finals with Mexican Santiago Gonzalez at the U.S. Open in 2013 and 2014. 

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