Anastasija Sevastova

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Anastasija Sevastova
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Sevastova at the 2016 US Open
Country (sports)  Latvia
Residence Vienna, Austria
Born (1990-04-13) 13 April 1990 (age 27)
Liepāja, Latvia
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned pro 2006
Retired May 2013-2015; Active
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $ 3,060,746
Singles
Career record 342–185 (64.9%)
Career titles 2 WTA, 13 ITF
Highest ranking No. 15 (23 October 2017)
Current ranking No. 15 (23 October 2017)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 4R (2011)
French Open 3R (2017)
Wimbledon 2R (2017)
US Open QF (2016, 2017)
Doubles
Career record 50–47
Career titles 0 WTA, 4 ITF
Highest ranking No. 105 (11 September 2017)
Current ranking No. 105 (11 September 2017)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (2010, 2011)
French Open 2R (2010)
Wimbledon 1R (2010, 2011)
US Open 2R (2011)
Team competitions
Fed Cup 15–8
Last updated on: 11 September 2017.

Anastasija Sevastova (born 13 April 1990) is a professional tennis player from Latvia. Having retired in 2013 due to recurring injuries, Sevastova returned to competition in 2015 and became known for her campaign at the 2016 US Open, where she defeated third-seeded Garbiñe Muguruza as well as Johanna Konta en route to her first ever Grand Slam quarterfinal. She is ethnic Russian.

Career[edit]

In 2007, she qualified for the İstanbul Cup where she won her first career WTA match against Anastasiya Yakimova in the first round. She then lost to fifth-seeded Alona Bondarenko.

In August 2009, she qualified for the main draw of the US Open and won her first match in a Grand Slam by defeating Tamarine Tanasugarn.

2010[edit]

In March 2010, Sevastova got one of the biggest wins of her early career by defeating world No. 9 Jelena Janković in the first round of the Monterrey Open and then reached the semifinals.

Sevastova played at the Estoril Open and in her first match defeated top seed Ágnes Szávay in three sets. In the final of this tournament, she beat Arantxa Parra Santonja in straight sets. It was her first WTA final and her first WTA title.

2011[edit]

At the Australian Open, Sevastova upset the 21st seed Yanina Wickmayer in straight sets, before losing in the fourth round to world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets.

2013[edit]

Due to ongoing injuries and illness, Sevastova announced her retirement from the sport in May 2013.[1]

2015 – Return to professional tennis[edit]

In 2015 January, Sevastova returned to professional tennis, receiving a wild card into the $10K tournament in Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt.

In the first half of the year, Sevastova won four ITF tournaments.

In the Brasil Tennis Cup, Sevastova reached her first WTA semifinal since 2013 in Pattaya.

At the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, Sevastova upset Karolína Plíšková in the second round and eventually lost to eventual champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in three sets.

2016: First Grand Slam quarterfinal[edit]

During the summer, Sevastova reached two finals: in Mallorca and Bucharest, losing to Caroline Garcia and Simona Halep respectively.

At the US Open, Sevastova stunned Garbiñe Muguruza in the second round in straight sets, then followed with wins over Kateryna Bondarenko and No. 13 Johanna Konta, reaching her first Grand Slam quarterfinal.[2] She was defeated in the quarterfinals by Caroline Wozniacki. She gained with the new ranking of No. 32, eclipsing the previous high ranking of No. 36 on 31 January 2011.

2017: Second WTA title; Second Consecutive US Open Quarterfinal[edit]

Sevastova began her season at the Shenzhen Open and at the Hobart International, where she lost in the first round to Kristýna Plíšková and Shelby Rogers. She also reached the doubles semifinals at the latter, partnering Mandy Minella. She then reached the third round of the Australian Open, beating Nao Hibino and Kristína Kučová before losing to Garbiñe Muguruza.

Sevastova reached semifinals at two Premier 5 events - Dubai Tennis Championships and Mutua Madrid Open. In Madrid she had her second Top 10 win in 2017, beating world No. 3 Karolína Plíšková in straight sets. At the French Open Sevastova won against Annika Beck and Eugenie Bouchard, before losing to Petra Martic in the third round. Two weeks later Sevastova claimed her first WTA title since 2010, winning Mallorca Open, where she had reached final the previous year.

At Wimbledon Sevastova won her first round match against Yulia Putintseva. In the second round she lost to Heather Watson. Following Wimbledon, Sevastova reached to No. 17 WTA ranking in the singles, which was a new career-high for her.

Sevastova followed Wimbledon with two quarterfinal appearances at the Bucharest Open and Swedish Open.

The US Open Series proved to be unsuccessful for Sevastova. She lost in the second round of the Rogers Cup and the third round of the Cincinnati Open. However, Sevastova made it to her second consecutive US Open quarterfinal. She won her first three rounds easily in straight sets. She stunned five time grand slam champion and former World Number one Maria Sharapova in the fourth round. Sevastova lost to eventual champion Sloane Stephens in the quarterfinals.

Playing style[edit]

Sevastova is known as a tactical all-round player who uses varied shots to win points. She possesses consistent and accurate groundstrokes, with both wings capable of producing winners. She possesses an accurate serve that can reach 110mph (177 km/h), but her second serve isn't as strong. She also moves around the court well and her footwork is good as well. She personally states that her backhand is her favourite shot. Possibly her biggest asset is her variety and resilience on court. She approaches the net a lot to finish points, and some of her best shots are her drop shots and slices, which are very difficult to retrieve. She is also known to fight for every point and can endure lots of longer rallies. This was obvious in her win over Garbine Muguruza at the 2016 US Open.

Endorsements[edit]

She is sponsored by Yonex for her racquets and clothing. She uses the Yonex Ezone DR 98 racquet.[citation needed]

WTA career finals[edit]

Singles: 4 (2 title, 2 runner-ups)[edit]

Winner – Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (2–2)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–0)
Grass (1–1)
Clay (1–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 8 May 2010 Portugal Open, Estoril, Portugal Clay Spain Arantxa Parra Santonja 6–2, 7–5
Runner-up 1. 19 June 2016 Mallorca Open, Mallorca, Spain Grass France Caroline Garcia 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 2. 17 July 2016 Bucharest Open, Bucharest, Romania Clay Romania Simona Halep 0–6, 0–6
Winner 2. 25 June 2017 Mallorca Open, Mallorca, Spain Grass Germany Julia Görges 6–4, 3–6, 6–3

Doubles: 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)
Finals by Surface
Hard (0–0)
Grass (0–1)
Clay (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 25 June 2017 Mallorca Open, Mallorca, Spain Grass Serbia Jelena Janković Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan
Switzerland Martina Hingis
w/o

ITF Finals[edit]

Singles: 23 (13–10)[edit]

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 11 July 2006 Garching, Germany Clay Bosnia and Herzegovina Sandra Martinović 7–6(7–5), 3–6, 2–6
Winner 1. 6 August 2006 Bad Saulgau, Germany Clay Croatia Josipa Bek 6–1, 6–0
Winner 2. 20 August 2006 Bratislava, Slovakia Clay Slovakia Klaudia Malenovská 4–6, 6–0, 6–3
Runner-up 2. 13 May 2007 Antalya, Turkey Hard Serbia Vojislava Lukić 3–6, 6–7(3–7)
Runner-up 3. 24 June 2007 Fontanafredda, Italy Clay Poland Anna Korzeniak 5–7, 0–6
Winner 3. 22 March 2008 Noida, India Hard India Sunitha Rao 6–2, 6–1
Winner 4. 1 June 2008 Galatina, Italy Clay Spain Estrella Cabeza Candela 6–4, 6–4
Winner 5. 27 July 2008 Les Contamines, France Hard Argentina Agustina Lepore 6–4, 3–6, 6–3
Runner-up 4. 25 August 2008 Katowice, Poland Clay Slovakia Lenka Wienerová 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 5. 7 September 2008 Brno, Czech Republic Clay Czech Republic Zuzana Ondrášková 4–6, 6–3, 2–6
Winner 6. 29 March 2009 La Palma, Spain Hard Slovakia Kristína Kučová 4–6, 6–1, 6–1
Winner 7. 3 May 2009 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard Czech Republic Eva Hrdinová 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 6. 12 July 2009 Zagreb, Croatia Clay Czech Republic Sandra Záhlavová 1–6, 6–7(4–7)
Runner-up 7. 2 July 2012 Versmold, Germany Clay Germany Annika Beck 3–6, 1–6
Winner 8. 15 July 2012 Zwevegem, Belgium Hard (i) Turkey Çağla Büyükakçay 6–0, 6–3
Winner 9. 30 July 2012 Trnava, Slovakia Clay Croatia Ana Savić w/o
Winner 10. 1 February 2015 Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt Hard Japan Yuuki Tanaka 7–5, 6–3
Winner 11. 15 February 2015 Trnava, Slovakia Hard (i) Hungary Réka Luca Jani 6–1, 7–6(7–3)
Winner 12. 11 April 2015 Ahmedabad, India Hard India Ankita Raina 6–4, 7–6(7–5)
Winner 13. 3 May 2015 Wiesbaden, Germany Clay Czech Republic Tereza Martincová 6–1, 6–3
Runner-up 8. 17 May 2015 La Marsa, Tunisia Clay Switzerland Romina Oprandi 3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 9. 12 July 2015 Bursa, Turkey Clay Turkey İpek Soylu 5–7, 6–3, 1–6
Runner-up 10. 15 May 2016 Trnava, Slovakia Clay Czech Republic Kateřina Siniaková 6–7(4–7), 7–5, 0–6

Doubles: 5 (4-1)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponents Score
Winner 1. 31 August 2008 Katowice, Poland Clay Slovakia Lenka Wienerová Poland Karolina Kosińska
Poland Aleksandra Rosolska
5–7, 6–3, [10–3]
Runner-up 1. 3 May 2009 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard Slovakia Kristína Kučová United Kingdom Naomi Cavaday
Ukraine Lesia Tsurenko
2–6, 6–2, [9–11]
Winner 2. 31 January 2015 Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt Hard Austria Melanie Klaffner Norway Caroline Rohde-Moe
Japan Midori Yamamoto
6–4, 6–4
Winner 3. 13 February 2015 Trnava, Slovakia Hard (i) Austria Anna Maria Heil Slovakia Michaela Hončová
Slovakia Lenka Juríková
6–4, 6–3
Winner 4. 20 September 2015 Saint-Malo, France Clay Slovakia Kristína Kučová Russia Maria Marfutina
Russia Natalia Vikhlyantseva
6–7(1–7), 6–3, [10–5]

Performance Timeline[edit]

Current through 2017 Western & Southern Open

Singles[edit]

Grand Slam tournaments
Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 W–L
Australian Open A A Q1 1R 4R A Q1 RT A 2R 3R 6–4
French Open A A 1R 1R 1R A Retired A 2R 3R 3–5
Wimbledon A Q1 1R 1R 1R A Retired A 1R 2R 1–5
US Open A A 2R 2R 1R Q3 Retired Q1 QF QF 10–5
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 1–3 1–4 3–4 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 6–4 9–4 20–19
WTA Premier Mandatory Tournaments
Indian Wells A A A 3R 2R A Q1 RT A Q2 2R 3–3
Miami A A A A A A Q1 RT A Q1 2R 0–1
Madrid Not Held A A A A Retired A A SF 4–1
Beijing Not Tier 1 A QF A A Retired A 1R 3–2
WTA Premier 5 Tournaments
Doha NT1 A Not Held/NP5 A A RT NP5 1R NP5 0–1
Dubai NP5 A 2R 2R NP5 Retired A NP5 SF 6–3
Rome A A A A A A Retired A A 2R 1–1
Canada A A A A A A Retired A A 2R 1–1
Cincinnati NP5 A A A A Retired A Q1 3R 2–1
Tokyo A A A A 1R A Retired Not Premier 5 0–1
Wuhan Not Held Retired A 1R 0–1
Career statistics
Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Career
Tournaments 1 0 9 16 18 1 3 0 4 20 20 90
Titles / Finals 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 1 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 2 1 / 1 2 / 4
Overall W–L   1–1     0–0     5–9   24–16 12–18   0–1     2–3     0–0     5–4   21–20 35–19 105–91
Win % 50% 0% 36% 60% 40% 0% 40% 56% 51%
Year-end Rank 267 194 83 45 94 181 110 35

Record against other players[edit]

Record against Top 10 players[edit]

Sevastova match record against players who have been ranked in the Top 10, with those who are active in boldface.

Opponent Highest ranking Matches Won Lost Win % Last match
Serbia Jelena Janković 1 3 2 1 67% Won (4–6, 6–1, 6–2) at 2016 Mallorca Open SF
Serbia Ana Ivanovic 1 2 1 1 50% Lost (3–6, 3–6) at 2016 Australian Open R64
Russia Maria Sharapova 1 2 1 1 50% Lost (6–7, 7–5, 6–7) at 2017 China Open R1
Belgium Justine Henin 1 1 0 1 0% Lost (3–6, 4–6) at 2010 Wimbledon Championships R128
United States Venus Williams 1 1 0 1 0% Lost (5–7, 2–6) at 2016 Taiwan Open QF
Denmark Caroline Wozniacki 1 3 0 3 0% Lost (3–6, 4–6) at 2017 Dubai Tennis Championships SF
Czech Republic Karolína Plíšková 1 3 2 1 67% Won (6–3, 6–3) at 2017 Mutua Madrid Open R32
Czech Republic Petra Kvitová 2 3 2 1 67% Lost (7–5, 1–6, 3–6) at 2011 Aegon International R32
Spain Garbiñe Muguruza 2 3 1 2 33% Lost (4–6, 2–6) at 2017 Australian Open R32
Russia Vera Zvonareva 2 1 0 1 0% Lost (2–6, 3–6) at 2010 Indian Wells Masters R32
China Li Na 2 2 0 2 0% Lost (2–6, 3–6) at 2011 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix R32
Poland Agnieszka Radwańska 2 2 0 2 0% Lost (5–7, 4–6) at 2011 Dubai Tennis Championships R32
Romania Simona Halep 2 8 3 5 38% Lost (4–6, 3–6) at 2017 Western & Southern Open R16
Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova 2 3 0 3 0% Lost (7–5, 1–6, 3–6) at 2015 Kremlin Cup QF
Australia Samantha Stosur 4 4 2 2 50% Won (6–1, 4–6, 6–3) at 2017 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix R32
United Kingdom Johanna Konta 4 4 2 2 50% Won (6–3, 7–5) at 2017 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix R16
Slovakia Dominika Cibulková 4 1 1 0 100% Won (2–6, 6–1, 6–2) at 2010 China Open R32
Japan Kimiko Date-Krumm 4 2 1 1 50% Lost (5–7, 1–6) at 2015 75 000 Dubai ITF R32
Italy Francesca Schiavone 4 1 0 1 0% Lost (6–77, 4–6) at 2016 Wimbledon Championships R128
Canada Eugenie Bouchard 5 3 2 1 67% Won (6–3, 6–0) at 2017 French Open R64
Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová 5 2 1 1 50% Won (6–4, 6–2) at 2016 Qatar Total Open SF
Russia Anna Chakvetadze 5 1 0 1 0% Lost (3–6, 6–4, 4–6) at 2010 100 000 Bronx ITF QF
Czech Republic Lucie Šafářová 5 2 0 2 0% Lost (2–6, 4–6) at 2017 Taiwan Open R16
Italy Sara Errani 5 1 1 0 100% Won (7–64, 6–3) at 2016 Bucharest Open QF
Ukraine Elina Svitolina 5 1 0 1 0% Lost (3–6, 6–77) at 2013 125 000 Cali ITF R32
Italy Flavia Pennetta 6 1 1 0 100% Won (6–3, 6–2) at 2011 BGL Luxembourg Open R32
France Marion Bartoli 7 1 0 1 0% Lost (1–6, 3–6) at 2009 Family Circle Cup R32
Italy Roberta Vinci 7 1 1 0 100% Won (6–2, 7–5) at 2017 Western & Southern Open R32
Russia Ekaterina Makarova 8 1 0 1 0% Lost (3–6, 2–6) at 2016 Connecticut Open R16
Germany Andrea Petkovic 9 1 1 0 100% Won (6–3, 6–4) at 2017 Volvo Car Open R32
Total 62 24 38 38.71% * Statistics correct as of 30 August 2017

Wins over top 10 players[edit]

# Player Rank Event Surface Round Score Rank
2010
1. Serbia Jelena Janković No. 9 Monterrey, Mexico Hard 1R 5–7, 6–4, 6–4 72
2. Australia Samantha Stosur No. 8 Beijing, China Hard 1R 2–6, 7–6(7–5), 7–5 55
2016
3. Spain Garbiñe Muguruza No. 3 US Open, New York City, United States Hard 2R 7–5, 6–4 48
2017
4. United Kingdom Johanna Konta No. 7 Stuttgart, Germany Clay 2R 6–3, 7–5 26
5. Czech Republic Karolina Pliskova No. 3 Madrid, Spain Clay 2R 6–3, 6–3 22

References[edit]

External links[edit]


Awards
Preceded by
Sinta Ozoliņa
Latvian Rising Sportspersonality of the Year
2009
Succeeded by
Artjoms Rudņevs