Aryna Sabalenka

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Aryna Sabalenka,
Арына Сабаленка
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Country (sports)  Belarus
Residence Minsk, Belarus
Born (1998-05-05) 5 May 1998 (age 20)
Minsk, Belarus
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Coach Dmitry Tursunov
Prize money $2,010,871
Official website arynasabalenka.com
Singles
Career record 149–85 (63.68%)
Career titles 2 WTA, 1 WTA 125K, 5 ITF
Highest ranking No. 11 (8 October 2018)
Current ranking No. 12 (22 October 2018)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (2018)
French Open 1R (2018)
Wimbledon 2R (2017)
US Open 4R (2018)
Doubles
Career record 29–41 (41.43%)
Career titles 1 WTA 125K, 1 ITF
Highest ranking No. 58 (10 September 2018)
Current ranking No. 58 (8 October 2018)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (2018)
US Open 3R (2018)
Team competitions
Fed Cup F (2017)
Last updated on: 24 September 2018.

Aryna Siarhiejeŭna Sabalenka (Belarusian: Арына Сяргееўна Сабаленка; Russian: Арина Сергеевна Соболенко, Arina Sergeyevna Sobolenko, born 5 May 1998) is a professional tennis player from Belarus. She rose to prominence after leading the Belarus Fed Cup team to a runner-up finish in 2017 with Aliaksandra Sasnovich, despite both of them being ranked outside the top 75 at the time. Sabalenka won her first two Women's Tennis Association (WTA) titles in 2018 at the Premier level Connecticut Open and the Premier 5 level Wuhan Open. She has a career-high WTA ranking of No. 11 in the world, which she achieved in October 2018.

Sabalenka is a native of Minsk. She was unheralded as a junior and relatively unknown before her Fed Cup success as a teenager. Following the 2017 Fed Cup, she began having more success on the WTA Tour, reaching four finals in 2018 to go along with eight top ten victories. Sabalenka has a very aggressive style of play, often accumulating high numbers of winners and unforced errors. With her height, she also has a very strong serve.

Early life and background[edit]

Sabalenka was born on 5 May 1998 in Minsk, the capital of Belarus. Her father Sergey was a hockey player. Aryna started playing tennis by chance. She said, "One day, my dad was just driving me somewhere in the car, and on the way he saw tennis courts. So he took me to the courts. I really liked it and enjoyed it and that's how it was. That's how it started." She began training at the National Tennis Academy in Belarus when it opened in 2014.[1][2]

In 2015, the Belarusian Tennis Federation persuaded Sabalenka and her team to focus on playing low-level professional events instead of junior tournaments, even though she was still eligible to compete at the junior level at the time.[3]

Junior career[edit]

Sabalenka had a late start on the ITF Junior Circuit, instead competing on the U14 and U16 Tennis Europe tours at a younger age.[4][5][6] She did not compete in the main draw of any ITF events until 2013 at the low-level Grade 4 Tallink Cup in Estonia at the age of 15. She ultimately never played in the junior Grand Slam tournaments, or any of the other high-level Grade A and Grade 1 events. Without the higher point levels from these bigger tournaments, she had a career-high ranking of just No. 225.[7]

Sabalenka won her first ITF title in doubles at the lowest-level Grade 5 Alatan Tour Cup in Belarus in late 2013 with compatriot Vera Lapko as her partner. In 2014, she excelled at Grade 4 events. She reached her first singles final at the Estonian Junior Open in June and won her first singles title at the MTV Total Junior Cup in Finland in October. At the end of the season, Sabalenka defended her Alatan Tour Cup doubles title, this time with compatriot Nika Shytkouskaya, and also won the singles title. She only played in one tournament in 2015, the European Junior Championships. As a Grade B1 event, this was the highest level junior tournament she played in. She lost in the second round to top seed Markéta Vondroušová.[4][7]

Professional career[edit]

2012–16: Top 200, Fed Cup debut[edit]

Sabalenka began playing on the ITF Women's Circuit in 2012, even before she played on the ITF Junior Circuit. Her first five tournaments were in her hometown of Minsk and spread out over two years, but she did not win a main draw match in any of them. She won her first professional match at the very end of 2014 in Istanbul. The following season in October, she won her first two titles in back-to-back weeks in Antalya, both at the $10K level. Sabalenka also won a $25K title the last week of the year.[8] This title put her into the top 300 of the WTA rankings for the first time at the start of 2016.[9] That year, she made her Fed Cup debut in April, losing her only match.[10] She also won her two biggest titles to date at the $50K level. The first in Tianjin[11] boosted her into the top 200 in May and the second in Toyota[12] in November helped her finish the year ranked at No. 137 in the world.[8][9]

2017: Fed Cup heroics, WTA 125K title, top 100[edit]

Sabalenka at the 2017 Washington Open

Despite some early season success in Fed Cup, Sabalenka had a quiet start to the year otherwise. She played in her first WTA main draw in February as a qualifier at the Dubai Open;[13] however, she did not win her first WTA match until Wimbledon in July. In her Grand Slam debut, she again reached the main draw through qualifying and defeated Irina Khromacheva in the opening round.[14] Sabalenka followed up this achievement with another WTA win over No. 34 Lauren Davis at the Washington Open, the previous year's runner-up at the event and the highest-ranked player she had defeated at the time.[15]

After losing in qualifying at the US Open, Sabalenka reached her first ever WTA semifinal at the Tashkent Open, defeating 3rd seed and world No. 53 Tatjana Maria along the way.[16][17] A few weeks later, she entered the Tianjin Open as the 119th-ranked player in the world, but managed to reach her first WTA final.[18] There, she faced her childhood idol Maria Sharapova, but ultimately lost in two close sets. With this performance, she rose to No. 76 in the rankings, cracking the top 100 for the first time.[19][9] After losing a tight Fed Cup final to the United States,[20] Sabalenka finished the season by winning the biggest title of her career at the Mumbai Open, a WTA 125K event.[21] The title cemented her at No. 73 at the end of the year.[22]

2018: Breakthrough season, Premier 5 title, top 20[edit]

After playing relatively few WTA events in 2017, Sabalenka utilized her higher ranking to play exclusively on the WTA Tour in 2018.[23] She reached two quarterfinals to begin the year,[24][25] but lost her opening round match at the Australian Open to top-ranked Australian and world No. 18 Ashleigh Barty.[26] She then won her first matches at a Premier tournament with a third round appearance at the Indian Wells Open before the early-year hard court season came to a close, including a victory over No. 19 Svetlana Kuznetsova.[27][23]

Sabalenka began the clay court season by reaching a second career final at the Ladies Open Lugano, where she finished runner-up to No. 20 Elise Mertens.[28] This success also put her in the top 50 for the first time.[9] However, she did not won another match the rest of the clay court season, including a first round defeat to No. 22 Kiki Bertens at the French Open.[29] Sabalenka had stronger results on grass, playing in tune-ups all three weeks before Wimbledon. She made it to the quarterfinals at the Rosmalen Grass Court Championships and the final at the Premier-level Eastbourne International. At the latter event, she won five consecutive three set matches, including three over top 20 opponents and her first top ten victory against defending champion and world No. 7 Karolína Plíšková.[30] Sabalenka lost the final to world No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki.[31] For the third consecutive Grand Slam event, she went out in the first round at Wimbledon.[32]

During the North American hard court summer season, Sabalenka continued to rise through the rankings.[9] At the two Premier 5 tournaments, she reached the third round at the Canadian Open and the semifinals at the Cincinnati Open. In the former, she avenged her previous loss to world No. 2 Wozniacki for the biggest win of her career, hitting 64 winners during the match.[33] In the latter, she recorded two more top ten wins over No. 8 Plíšková and No. 5 Caroline Garcia before losing to world No. 1 Simona Halep.[34] Just a week later, Sabalenka won her first WTA title at the Premier-level Connecticut Open with wins over world No. 9 Julia Görges in the semifinal and Carla Suárez Navarro in the final.[35] Playing a fourth consecutive week, she closed out this part of the season with her best result at a Grand Slam tournament to date, making it to the fourth round at the US Open. In particular, she upset world No. 5 Petra Kvitová in the third round before losing to the eventual champion Naomi Osaka. She was the only player to win a set against Osaka in the tournament.[36][37]

After the US Open, Sabalenka earned her first No. 1 seed at the Tournoi de Québec, but lost her opening match.[29] Nonetheless, she followed this up by winning the Premier 5 level Wuhan Open, the biggest title of her career. During the event, she upset No. 6 Elina Svitolina in the second round and did not drop a set in any of her last four matches.[38][39] The following week, Sabalenka reached the quarterfinals of the China Open, a run that included a win over defending champion and No. 4 Caroline Garcia for her eighth top ten victory of the season.[40] This success in China helped her climb to No. 11 in the world.[9]

National representation[edit]

Fed Cup[edit]

Early appearances[edit]

Sabalenka represented Belarus at the Junior Fed Cup in 2014, with the team finishing in 6th place.[41] She then made her senior Fed Cup debut for Belarus in April 2016, losing a dead rubber doubles match against Russia. Nonetheless, the Belarusian team led by Victoria Azarenka and Aliaksandra Sasnovich won the tie to qualify for the top-tier World Group the following season for the first time in their history.[10]

2017: Surprise runner-up in World Group debut[edit]

The Belarus Fed Cup team made their debut in the World Group and ultimately reached the final, despite being the underdogs in all three ties.[42][43] Little was expected from the team because they were without their veteran leader Azarenka, who missed the first two ties on maternity leave and the last because of a custody battle.[44] Without her, Belarus was led by Sabalenka and Sasnovich, neither of whom had ever been ranked above No. 76 by the time of the final.[9][45] However, they did have the advantage of playing all of their ties at home in Minsk.[42][43]

The quarterfinal tie against the Netherlands in February and the semifinal tie against Switzerland in April both played out in the same way. While Sabalenka lost her opening matches to their opponents' respective top-ranked players of Kiki Bertens and Timea Bacsinszky, Sasnovich was able to give Belarus a 2–1 lead in each instance.[46] Sabalenka then clinched both ties, with wins over Michaëlla Krajicek and No. 54 Viktorija Golubic respectively.[47][48] She was only ranked No. 125 at the time of the semifinal, with no career WTA match wins outside of Fed Cup.[49]

"I've never felt so much emotion in a match. When you play at home and you are down 0–1 and you have to win and you fight with yourself... I just started crying because it was such an important match."

—Sabalenka on her Fed Cup rubber win over Stephens.[50]

On the opening day of the final against the United States, Sabalenka upset the reigning US Open champion and world No. 13 Sloane Stephens to level the tie after Sasnovich lost her first rubber to No. 10 CoCo Vandeweghe.[51][50] The next day began with Sabalenka losing to Vandeweghe, before Sasnovich again leveled the tie by defeating Stephens. Sabalenka and Sasnovich were then selected for the decisive doubles rubber for the Fed Cup crown, but the duo were defeated by Vandeweghe and Shelby Rogers.[20]

Despite finishing runner-up, Belarus's Fed Cup success helped popularize women's tennis in Belarus, and vaulted Sabalenka and Sasnovich into international prominence. Sasnovich said, "When we played the quarterfinals and semifinals in Minsk, a lot of people were coming to see our matches. They finally saw tennis in life, and it’s like a popularization... I want my country to improve even more in tennis, because I think we can have even more from Belarus."[52]

2018: Avoiding demotion[edit]

Belarus was unable to repeat their 2017 Fed Cup success in 2018. Their quarterfinal tie was held in Minsk against Germany. Although Sabalenka won both of her singles rubbers, Sasnovich and Vera Lapko lost each of theirs to set up a decisive doubles rubber. Sabalenka and doubles specialist Lidziya Marozava were selected for the match, with Sabalenka playing on short rest directly after her last singles match. After taking the first set against Anna-Lena Grönefeld and Tatjana Maria, they ultimately lost the rubber and the tie.[53]

Their next tie was again contested in Minsk as part of the World Group Play-offs, with Slovakia competing to take Belarus's place in the World Group the following season. Sabalenka and Sasnovich each split their two singles rubbers, with Sabalenka being upset by Viktória Kužmová.[54] Doubles specialists Lapko and Marozava were chosen for the final rubber and the pair won the match to keep Belarus in the World Group for 2019.[55]

Playing style[edit]

Sabalenka is an aggressive baseliner.[56] She has a powerful serve and her game is built around going for groundstroke winners. She has said "I hope all my shots can be strong, but my serve, I feel is the best."[1] Her groundstrokes are often hit very flat.[57] Although she has the ability to hit a lot of winners, they are often accompanied by a lot of unforced errors. In her first career top ten victory against Karolína Plíšková, she hit 40 winners and 39 unforced errors.[57] Her second career top ten victory against Caroline Wozniacki was similar, featuring 64 winners and 54 unforced errors.[33] Her coach Dmitry Tursunov credits her improvement in the summer of 2018 on developing better shot selection. He said, "The major thing is she stopped trying [to] hit a winner with every shot."[58]

Sabalenka prefers playing on grass and hard courts. She commented "This year [in 2017] I played for the first time on grass courts [during Wimbledon]. And I really liked it. I enjoyed my game on the grass courts, the feeling of grass, that's nice. I think my game is suited for grass and for hard courts."[1] On clay, she made both the singles and doubles finals at the 2018 Ladies Open Lugano.[59]

Sabalenka frequently accompanies her shots with loud grunting. She has said, "Honestly, I don’t even hear myself when I am playing." However, she hopes that her grunting doesn't disturb her opponents.[60] At the Australian Open, the home crowd mocked her habit in a match against Australian Ashleigh Barty.[26]

Coaches[edit]

Sabalenka had worked with Khalil Ibrahimov for two years up until early 2018. At this point, she began working with former Swedish professional tennis players Magnus Norman and also Magnus Tideman.[61][62] Dmitry Tursunov became her primary coach in time for the grass court season in 2018.[63]

Personal life[edit]

Sabalenka studies at the Belarusian State University in a sports-related program.[2] Her tennis idols growing up were Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova.[60]

Significant finals[edit]

Premier Mandatory/Premier 5 finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (1 title)[edit]

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 2018 Wuhan Open Hard Estonia Anett Kontaveit 6–3, 6–3

WTA career finals[edit]

Singles: 5 (2 titles, 3 runner-ups)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (1–0)
Premier (1–1)
International (0–2)
Finals by surface
Hard (2–1)
Clay (0–1)
Grass (0–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Oct 2017 Tianjin Open, China International Hard Russia Maria Sharapova 5–7, 6–7(8–10)
Loss 0–2 Apr 2018 Ladies Open Lugano, Switzerland International Clay Belgium Elise Mertens 5–7, 2–6
Loss 0–3 Jun 2018 Eastbourne International, United Kingdom Premier Grass Denmark Caroline Wozniacki 5–7, 6–7(5–7)
Win 1–3 Aug 2018 Connecticut Open, United States Premier Hard Spain Carla Suárez Navarro 6–1, 6–4
Win 2–3 Sep 2018 Wuhan Open, China Premier 5 Hard Estonia Anett Kontaveit 6–3, 6–3

Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (0–0)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Apr 2018 Ladies Open Lugano, Switzerland International Clay Belarus Vera Lapko Belgium Kirsten Flipkens
Belgium Elise Mertens
1–6, 3–6

WTA 125K Series finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (1 title)[edit]

Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Nov 2017 Mumbai Open, India 125K Hard Slovenia Dalila Jakupovic 6–2, 6–3

Doubles: 1 (1 title)[edit]

Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Nov 2017 Taipei Open, Taiwan 125K Carpet (i) Russia Veronika Kudermetova Australia Monique Adamczak
United Kingdom Naomi Broady
2–6, 7–6(7–5), [10–6]

ITF finals[edit]

Singles: 8 (5 titles, 3 runner-ups)[edit]

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000/$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Sep 2015 ITF Antalya, Turkey 10,000 Hard Romania Daiana Negreanu 6–3, 7–5
Win 2–0 Oct 2015 ITF Antalya II, Turkey 10,000 Hard Romania Nicoleta Dascălu 6–4, 6–7(4–7), 7–5
Loss 2–1 Dec 2015 ITF Navi Mumbai, India 25,000 Hard Austria Barbara Haas 6–7(2–7), 6–7(6–8)
Win 3–1 Dec 2015 ITF Pune, India 25,000 Hard Russia Viktoria Kamenskaya 6–3, 6–4
Loss 3–2 Feb 2016 ITF Perth, Australia 25,000 Hard Australia Arina Rodionova 1–6, 1–6
Win 4–2 May 2016 ITF Tianjin, China 50,000 Hard Serbia Nina Stojanović 5–7, 6–3, 6–1
Win 5–2 Nov 2016 ITF Toyota, Japan 50,000 Carpet (i) Australia Lizette Cabrera 6–2, 6–4
Loss 5–3 Mar 2017 ITF Shenzhen, China 60,000 Hard Russia Ekaterina Alexandrova 2–6, 5–7

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

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Apr 2015 ITF Heraklion, Greece 10,000 Hard Serbia Tamara Čurović India Sharrmadaa Baluu
Chinese Taipei Lee Pei-chi
6–4, 3–6, [2–10]
Win 1–1 Oct 2015 ITF Antalya, Turkey 10,000 Hard Slovakia Vivien Juhászová Turkey Ayla Aksu
Bosnia and Herzegovina Anita Husarić
6–1, 6–3

Source: ITF profile[8]

Fed Cup participation[edit]

Singles[edit]

Edition Stage Date Location Against Surface Opponent W/L Score
2017 Fed Cup
World Group
Quarterfinal 11 February 2017 Minsk, Belarus Netherlands Netherlands Hard (i) Kiki Bertens L 6–3, 6–7(6–8), 4–6
12 February 2017 Michaella Krajicek W 7–6(7–5), 6–4
2017 Fed Cup
World Group
Semifinal 22 April 2017 Minsk, Belarus Switzerland Switzerland Hard (i) Timea Bacsinszky L 4–6, 5–7
23 April 2017 Viktorija Golubic W 6–3, 2–6, 6–4
2017 Fed Cup
World Group
Final 11 November 2017 Minsk, Belarus United States USA Hard (i) Sloane Stephens W 6–3, 3–6, 6–4
12 November 2017 CoCo Vandeweghe L 6–7(5–7), 1–6

Doubles[edit]

Edition Stage Date Location Against Surface Partner Opponents W/L Score
2016 Fed Cup
World Group Play-offs
Play-offs 17 April 2016 Moscow, Russia Russia Russia Clay (i) Olga Govortsova Daria Kasatkina
Elena Vesnina
L 4–6, 2–6
2017 Fed Cup
World Group
Final 12 November 2017 Minsk, Belarus United States USA Hard (i) Aliaksandra Sasnovich Shelby Rogers
CoCo Vandeweghe
L 3–6, 6–7(3–7)

Performance timelines[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Singles[edit]

Tournament 2015 2016 2017 2018 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A Q2 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
French Open A A Q1 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Wimbledon A A 2R 1R 0 / 2 1–2 33%
US Open A Q2 Q1 4R 0 / 1 3–1 75%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 1–1 3–4 0 / 5 4–5 44%
WTA Premier Mandatory tournaments
Indian Wells Open A A A 3R 0 / 1 2–1 67%
Miami Open A A A 2R 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Madrid Open A A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
China Open A A Q1 QF 0 / 1 2–1 67%
WTA Premier 5 tournaments
Dubai / Qatar Open A A 1R A 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Italian Open A A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Canadian Open A A A 3R 0 / 1 2–1 67%
Cincinnati Open A A Q2 SF 0 / 1 4–1 80%
Wuhan Open A A A W 1 / 1 6–0 100%
Career statistics
Tournaments played 0 0 5 21 26
Titles 0 0 0 2 2
Finals 0 0 1 4 5
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 12–8 43–20 0 / 26 55–28 66%
Win %  –   –  60% 68% 66%
Year-end ranking 548 159 78 $1,323,651

Doubles[edit]

Tournament 2016 2017 2018 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
French Open A A A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Wimbledon A A 2R 0 / 1 1–1 50%
US Open A A 3R 0 / 1 2–1 67%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 3–2 0 / 2 3–2 60%

Record against other players[edit]

Record against top 10 players[edit]

Sabalenka's record against players who have been ranked in the top 10 (as of October 12, 2018):

Player Record Win% Hard Clay Grass Last Match
Number 1 ranked players
Czech Republic Karolína Plíšková 2–0 100% 1–0 0–0 1–0 Won (2–6, 6–3, 7–5) at 2018 Cincinnati
Spain Garbiñe Muguruza 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 Won (7–5, 6–4) at 2018 Beijing
Denmark Caroline Wozniacki 1–1 50% 1–0 0–0 0–1 Won (5–7, 6–2, 7–6(7–4)) at 2018 Montréal
Russia Maria Sharapova 0–1 0% 0–1 0–0 0–0 Lost (5–7, 6–7(8–10)) at 2017 Tianjin
Romania Simona Halep 0–2 0% 0–2 0–0 0–0 Lost (3–6, 4–6) at 2018 Cincinnati
Number 2 ranked players
Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 Won (6–4, 6–3) at 2018 Indian Wells
Poland Agnieszka Radwańska 1–0 100% 0–0 0–0 1–0 Won (6–3, 1–6, 6–3) at 2018 Eastbourne
Russia Vera Zvonareva 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 Won (6–3, 7–6(9–7)) at 2018 US Open
Czech Republic Petra Kvitová 1–1 50% 1–1 0–0 0–0 Won (7–5, 6–1) at 2018 US Open
Number 3 ranked players
United States Sloane Stephens 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 Won (6–3, 3–6, 6–4) at 2017 Fed Cup
Ukraine Elina Svitolina 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 Won (6–4, 2–6, 6–1) at 2018 Wuhan
Number 4 ranked players
France Caroline Garcia 3–0 100% 3–0 0–0 0–0 Won (5–7, 7–6(7–3), 6–0) at 2018 Beijing
Australia Samantha Stosur 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 Won (6–3, 6–2) at 2018 New Haven
United Kingdom Johanna Konta 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 Won (4–6, 6–3, 6–4) at 2018 Cincinnati
Slovakia Dominika Cibulková 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 Won (7–5, 6–3) at 2018 Wuhan
Japan Naomi Osaka 0–1 0% 0–1 0–0 0–0 Lost (3–6, 6–2, 4–6) at 2018 US Open
Number 5 ranked players
Italy Sara Errani 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 Won (6–1, 6–3) at 2017 Tianjin
Canada Eugenie Bouchard 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 Won (6–4, 6–3) at 2018 Hobart
Number 6 ranked players
Spain Carla Suárez Navarro 2–0 100% 2–0 0–0 0–0 Won (7–6(7–2), 2–6, 6–2) at 2018 Wuhan
Number 7 ranked players
Switzerland Patty Schnyder 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 Won (7–5, 6–4) at 2016 Toyota
United States Madison Keys 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 Won (6–3, 6–4) at 2018 Cincinnati
Switzerland Belinda Bencic 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 Won (6–3, 6–2) at 2018 New Haven
Number 9 ranked players
Germany Julia Görges 2–0 100% 1–0 0–0 1–0 Won (6–4, 7–6(7–3)) at 2018 New Haven
United States CoCo Vandeweghe 0–1 0% 0–1 0–0 0–0 Lost (6–7(5–7), 1–6) at 2017 Fed Cup
Switzerland Timea Bacsinszky 0–2 0% 0–2 0–0 0–0 Lost (6–7(2–7), 6–7(5–7)) at 2018 Tianjin
Number 10 ranked players
Netherlands Kiki Bertens 0–2 0% 0–1 0–1 0–0 Lost (2–6, 1–6) at 2018 French Open
Total 24–11 68.57% 21–9
(70%)
0–1
(0%)
3–1
(75%)

Wins over top 10 players[edit]

Season 2017 2018 Total
Wins 0 8 8
# Player Rank Event Surface Round Score ASR
2018
1. Czech Republic Karolína Plíšková No. 7 Eastbourne International, United Kingdom Grass Quarterfinals 6–3, 2–6, 7–6(7–5) No. 45
2. Denmark Caroline Wozniacki No. 2 Canadian Open, Canada Hard 2nd Round 5–7, 6–2, 7–6(7–4) No. 39
3. Czech Republic Karolína Plíšková No. 8 Cincinnati Open, United States Hard 2nd Round 2–6, 6–3, 7–5 No. 34
4. France Caroline Garcia No. 5 Cincinnati Open, United States Hard 3rd Round 6–4, 3–6, 7–5 No. 34
5. Germany Julia Görges No. 9 Connecticut Open, United States Hard Semifinals 6–4, 7–6(7–3) No. 25
6. Czech Republic Petra Kvitova No. 5 US Open, United States Hard 3rd Round 7–5, 6–1 No. 20
7. Ukraine Elina Svitolina No. 6 Wuhan Open, China Hard 2nd Round 6–4, 2–6, 6–1 No. 20
8. France Caroline Garcia No. 8 China Open, China Hard 3rd Round 5–7, 7–6(7–3), 6–0 No. 16

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