Christina McHale

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Christina McHale
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Country (sports)  United States[1]
Residence Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA[1]
Born (1992-05-11) May 11, 1992 (age 25)[1]
Teaneck, New Jersey, USA[1]
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[2]
Turned pro April 2010
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)[1]
Prize money $ 3,308,219
Singles
Career record 286-233
Career titles 1 WTA, 2 ITF
Highest ranking No. 24 (20 August 2012)
Current ranking No. 79 (25 September 2017)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (2012)
French Open 3R (2012)
Wimbledon 3R (2012)
US Open 3R (2011, 2013)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games 1R (2012)
Doubles
Career record 76–86
Career titles 2 WTA, 3 ITF
Highest ranking No. 35 (9 January 2017)
Current ranking No. 55 (25 September 2017)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
French Open 2R (2012)
Wimbledon 3R (2011)
US Open 1R (2009, 2015)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
US Open 2R (2014)
Team competitions
Fed Cup 5–5
Last updated on: 25 September 2017.

Christina McHale (/məˈkl, mæ-/ mə-KAYL, ma-; born May 11, 1992[1]) is an American tennis player. Her highest-ever Women's Tennis Association (WTA) rankings are No. 24 in singles and No. 35 in doubles.

Known for an aggressive baseline game,[3] McHale has been recgonized by The New York Times for her "booming" groundstrokes and fast footwork.[4] She has reached the third round of all four Grand Slam tournaments, and has represented the United States in Fed Cup and Olympic competitions. In September 2016, McHale won her first WTA title at the Japan Women's Open.

Early life[edit]

Christina McHale was born in Teaneck, New Jersey.[1] She is the daughter of John and Margarita McHale. Her father John is an Irish American, while her mother Margarita was born in Cuba. Her family lived in Hong Kong from the time she was three until she was eight, and she speaks a degree of Mandarin Chinese, along with fluent Spanish. In 2000, the McHale family moved back to the United States and bought a home in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. In June 2006, she graduated from Upper School of the Englewood Cliffs Public Schools as the eighth-grade valedictorian.[5]

At the age of 15, she left home to train at the USTA Training Center headquarters in Boca Raton, Florida. She was homeschooled through Kaplan Online High School since age 15. Her sister Lauren played collegiate tennis at UNC-Chapel Hill and is married to ATP tour player Ryan Harrison.

Career[edit]

McHale began professional training at the USTA Training Center in Carson, California.[6]

2009[edit]

McHale was granted a wildcard into the main draw of the Australian Open, where she lost a three-set match in the first round to Jessica Moore. She also joined the US Fed Cup team and competed against France.[7] She received a wildcard into the main draw of the US Open, where she won her first career Grand Slam match by defeating Polona Hercog in straight sets. However, she lost to Maria Sharapova in the second round.[8]

2010[edit]

In Boca Raton, Florida, McHale beat Asia Muhammad in qualifying. Soon afterwards, she earned a qualifying victory over Beatrice Capra for the French Open. She lost in the first round to Varvara Lepchenko.[9]

At the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters, McHale defeated Nadia Petrova in the first round and Ayumi Morita in the second. She then lost in the third round to the eventual winner and former world No. 1 Kim Clijsters.[10]

2011[edit]

In June, she gained her first ITF singles title, winning a $50,000 event in Italy.[11]

At Wimbledon, McHale won her second Grand Slam match by defeating 28th seed Ekaterina Makarova in three sets.[12] She lost in the second round to Tamira Paszek of Austria.[13] In the second round of the Western & Southern Open, McHale beat then-world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets.[14]

In the first round of the US Open, she earned a three-set victory over Aleksandra Wozniak. She went on to beat eighth seed Marion Bartoli in straight sets.[15] McHale exited after a third-round loss to 25th seeded Maria Kirilenko.[16]

2012[edit]

McHale kicked off her season at the ASB Classic in Auckland. She won her 1st round match over Alexandra Dulgheru 6-2, 6-3.[17] McHale lost in the 2nd round to 3rd seed Svetlana Kuznetsova 1-6, 1-6.[18] Ranked 42 at the Australian Open, she upset 24th seed Lucie Šafářová in the 1st round 6-2, 6-4.[19] She won her 2nd round match over Marina Erakovic 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-3.[20] McHale lost her 3rd round match to 13th seed Jelena Janković 6-2, 6-0.[21]

In February, McHale played in the Fed Cup tie against Belarus. She won both of her matches over Anastasiya Yakimova and Darya Kustova. In the end, The USA crushed Belarus 5-0.[22] At the Open GDF Suez, McHale defeated Lucky Loser and compatriot Varvara Lepchenko in the 1st round 6-4, 7-5.[23] In the 2nd round, she lost to Yanina Wickmayer 2-6, 5-7.[24] Playing in Qatar at the Qatar Total Open, McHale reached the quarterfinals beating Chanelle Scheepers, 12th seed Peng Shuai, and Shahar Pe'er. She was defeated in the quarterfinals by 4th seed Agnieszka Radwańska 6-1, 6-1.[25] Seeded 32 at the BNP Paribas Open, McHale got a bye to the 2nd round. She defeated Elena Vesnina in the 2nd round 6-3, 7-5.[26] In the 3rd round, she stunned 3rd seed Petra Kvitová 2-6, 6-2, 6-3.[27] McHale's run came to an end when she lost a tough three set match to 18th seed Angelique Kerber 3-6, 6-3, 6-7(4).[28] McHale wrapped up March by playing at the Sony Ericsson Open. She beat Galina Voskoboeva in the 1st round 6-3, 6-4.[29] She then was defeated in the 2nd round by 29th seed Petra Cetkovská 0-6, 7-5, 6-1.[30]

McHale started the clay court season in Charleston at the Family Circle Cup. Seeded 11, she lost in the 1st round to Aleksandra Wozniak 5-7, 7-5, 4-6.[31] She was then selected for the Fed Cup World Group Tie in Kharkiv, Ukraine. McHale won both of her rubbers over Lesia Tsurenko and Elina Svitolina.[32] [33] At the end of the Fed Cup Tie, the USA crushed Ukraine 5-0.[34] In the French Open, McHale defeated Kiki Bertens and fellow American Lauren Davis in the first two rounds before falling to defending champion Li Na in the 3rd round.[35]

McHale advanced to the third round for the fourth consecutive grand slam event in the Wimbledon Championships. She advanced over Johanna Konta and Mathilde Johansson but was defeated by 8th seeded Angelique Kerber in the third round.

McHale then participated at the Olympic tennis tournament in London where she was defeated in the first round by Ana Ivanovic. In New York at the US Open, McHale was defeated in the first round by Kiki Bertens. She then competed in the China Open in Beijing, but was defeated in the first round by Ana Ivanovic once again.[36]

2013[edit]

McHale at the 2013 French Open

McHale started her 2013 season at the ASB Classic. Seeded 7, she lost in the opening round to Pauline Parmentier 4-6, 1-6.[37] At the Apia International Sydney, she was defeated in the 1st round by 4th seed Li Na 7-6(2), 7-5.[38] McHale's slump continued into the Australian Open. Ranked 35, McHale fell in the 1st round to Yulia Putintseva 1-6, 7-6(0), 2-6.[39]

McHale then recorded her first win of the year (and first since August 2012) in Paris at the Open GdF Suez, defeating Pauline Parmentier in the first round. She subsequently lost to Marion Bartoli in the second round.[40]

McHale's next tournament was the Qatar Total Open in Doha, Qatar, where she defeated Vera Dushevina in the opening round. Following that, she went on to defeat Lucie Šafárová in the second round (marking her first back-to-back victory in 2013) before falling to Victoria Azarenka in the third round.

The following week, McHale continued in the middle east swing by partaking in the qualifying event for the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, in which she defeated Chang Kai-chen before falling to Kurumi Nara. She continued her 2013 campaign at the WTA Premier Mandatory BNP Parbias Open in Indian Wells, opening with a victory against Tsvetana Pironkova. She lost to Maria Kirilenko in the next round.

McHale started her European clay swing at the Mutua Madrid Open in Madrid Spain. She was the second seed in the qualifying event in which she advanced through to the main draw with victories over Andrea Hlavácková and Mathilde Johansson. In the main draw, McHale opened with a win against Peng Shuai, before falling to Maria Sharapova in the second round. In Rome, McHale defeated Karin Knapp in the first round, before losing to seventh seed Sara Errani in the second. It was the third time in as many meetings in which a match against Errani was decided in the third set.[40]

Her French Open campaign ended in a first round defeat, whilst Wimbledon saw an improvement, where she reached the second round and was defeated by the 15th seed and eventual champion, Marion Bartoli of France.

At the US Open, McHale reached the third round, where she faced Serbian nemesis Ana Ivanovic. After winning the first set, she served for the match at 5–4 up in the second set, but was broken, and ultimately lost the match in three sets. Despite the loss, she earned praise for her fighting performance against the former world No. 1.[41]

2014–2016[edit]

McHale reached her first WTA final in Acapulco in 2014, where she was runner-up to Dominika Cibulkova.

By 2016, she had also achieved the feat of reaching the third round in every Grand Slam tournament.[42] At Wimbledon, she pushed eventual champion Serena Williams to three sets, winning the first and briefly holding the lead in the third. In September, she won her first WTA title at the Japan Women's Open, defeating Kateřina Siniaková in three sets and said: "I don't even want to put my trophy down—I just want to hold it all the time," McHale stated after the match.[43][44]

Playing style[edit]

An aggressive baseliner, McHale is noted for her powerful forehand groundstrokes, as well as for her speed around the court.[3][4] During her second-round match at Wimbledon in 2016, Eurosport commended McHale for displaying "superb court coverage".[45] The New York Times has noted McHale's "booming" groundstrokes as one of her primary strengths.[4]

WTA career finals[edit]

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

Winner — Legend (pre/post 2010)
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (1–1)
Titles by Surface
Hard (1–1)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 2 March 2014 Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Acapulco, Mexico Hard Slovakia Dominika Cibulková 6–7(3–7), 6–4, 4–6
Winner 1. 18 September 2016 Japan Women's Open, Tokyo, Japan Hard Czech Republic Kateřina Siniaková 3–6, 6–4, 6–4

Doubles: 2 (2 titles)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (2–0)
Titles by surface
Hard (2–0)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 16 January 2016 Hobart International, Hobart, Australia Hard China Han Xinyun Australia Kimberly Birrell
Australia Jarmila Wolfe
6–3, 6–0
Winner 2. 16 October 2016 Tianjin Open, Tianjin, China Hard China Peng Shuai China Xu Yifan
Poland Magda Linette
7–6(10–8), 6–0

ITF finals (5–5)[edit]

Singles (2–2)[edit]

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (1–1)
Clay (1–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner–up 1. 22 October 2007 Itu, Brazil Clay Argentina Mailen Auroux 5–7, 2–6
Runner–up 2. 5 October 2009 Troy, United States Hard United States Alison Riske 4–6, 6–2, 5–7
Winner 1. 5 June 2011 Rome, Italy Clay Russia Ekaterina Lopes 6–2, 6–4
Winner 2. 31 January 2016 Lahaina, United States Hard United States Raveena Kingsley 6–3, 4–6, 6–4

Doubles (3–3)[edit]

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (1–2)
Clay (2–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner–up 1. May 29, 2007 Houston, United States Hard United States Kimberly Couts Bosnia and Herzegovina Helena Bešović
Norway Nina Munch-Søgaard
6–7(2–7), 5–7
Winner 1. October 15, 2007 Serra Negra, Brazil Clay United States Allie Will Argentina Mailen Auroux
Argentina Tatiana Búa
7–5, 6–3
Winner 2. June 23, 2008 Wichita, United States Hard United States Sloane Stephens Slovakia Dominika Diešková
Brazil Ana Clara Duarte
6–3, 6–2
Runner–up 2. June 8, 2009 Szczecin, Poland Clay United States Asia Muhammad Czech Republic Michaela Paštiková
Slovakia Lenka Tvarosková
1–6, 0–6
Winner 3. May 31, 2010 Rome, Italy Clay Australia Olivia Rogowska Russia Iryna Brémond
Netherlands Arantxa Rus
6–4, 6–1
Runner–up 3. October 27, 2013 Poitiers, France Hard (i) Romania Monica Niculescu Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká
Netherlands Michaëlla Krajicek
6–7(5–7), 2–6

Grand Slam performance timeline[edit]

Singles[edit]

Only Main Draw results in WTA Tour are considered.

Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 SR W–L
Australian Open 1R LQ 1R 3R 1R 2R 2R 1R 1R 0 / 8 4–8
French Open A 1R 1R 3R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 0 / 8 2–8
Wimbledon A A 2R 3R 2R 1R 2R 2R 2R 0 / 7 7–7
US Open 2R 1R 3R 1R 3R 2R 1R 2R 2R 0 / 9 8–9
Win–Loss 1–2 0–2 3–4 6–4 3–4 2–4 2–4 2–4 2-4 0 / 32 21–32
Fed Cup
Singles A F PO PO A 1R PO PO 0 / 6 4–5
WTA Premier Mandatory Tournaments
Indian Wells A 1R 3R 4R 2R 1R 2R 3R 1R 0 / 8 9–8
Miami LQ LQ LQ 2R 2R 2R 2R 2R 2R 0 / 6 6–6
Madrid A A A 2R 2R 2R 2R 3R 1R 0 / 6 6–6
Beijing A A 2R 1R A 1R LQ 1R 1R 0 / 5 1–5
Win–Loss 0–0 0–1 3–2 5–4 3–3 2–4 3–3 5–4 1–4 0 / 25 22–25
WTA Premier 5 Tournaments
Dubai A A A Premier A Pr A 0 / 0 0–0
Doha Not Held Premier QF 3R A Pr A Pr 0 / 2 5–2
Rome A A 2R 2R 2R 3R QF 3R 1R 0 / 7 10–7
Canada A A A 3R LQ LQ A 2R Q2 0 / 2 3–2
Cincinnati A 3R 3R 1R LQ 2R 1R 2R Q1 0 / 6 6–6
Tokyo A 1R 2R A A Pr 0 / 2 1–2
Wuhan Not Held 1R LQ LQ 2R 0 / 2 1–2
Career Statistics
Tournaments Played 2 9 20 21 15 21 88
Titles–Runners-up 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0 / 88 0–1
Hardcourt Win–Loss 1–2 3–6 13–12 16–12 5–8 0 / 40 38–40
Clay Win–Loss 0–0 2–3 4–6 6–5 2–5 0 / 19 14–19
Grass Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 2–2 3–4 1–2 0 / 8 6–8
Carpet Win–Loss 0–0 3–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0 / 1 3–1
Overall Win–Loss 1–2 8–10 19–20 25–21 8–15 0 / 68 61–68
Year End Ranking 218 115 42 33 68 54 64 $1,220,528

Doubles[edit]

Only Main Draw results in WTA Tour are considered. This table is current through the US Open.

Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 SR W–L
Australian Open 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 0 / 5 0–5
French Open 2R 1R 1R 1R 2R 0 / 5 2–5
Wimbledon 3R 2R 2R 1R 1R 3R 0 / 6 6–6
US Open 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R A 0 / 6 1–6
Win–Loss 0–1 0–1 2–2 2–3 1–4 1–4 0–4 2–3 0 / 22 9–22

Wins over top 10 players[edit]

# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score
2010
1. Belarus Victoria Azarenka No. 9 Charleston, USA Clay 2R 2–6, 2–2, retired
2011
2. Denmark Caroline Wozniacki No. 1 Cincinnati, USA Hard 2R 6–4, 7–5
3. France Marion Bartoli No. 9 US Open, USA Hard 2R 7–6(7–2), 6–2
2012
4. Czech Republic Petra Kvitová No. 3 Indian Wells, USA Hard 3R 2–6, 6–2, 6–3
5. Denmark Caroline Wozniacki No. 7 Eastbourne, UK Grass 1R 6–1, 6–7(7–9), 6–4
2016
6. Spain Garbiñe Muguruza No. 4 Indian Wells, USA Hard 2R 7–5, 6–1

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