Ekaterina Alexandrova

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Ekaterina Alexandrova
Alexandrova at the 2019 French Open
Full nameEkaterina Evgenyevna Alexandrova
Country (sports) Russia
ResidencePrague, Czech Republic
Born (1994-11-15) 15 November 1994 (age 29)
Chelyabinsk, Russia
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro2011
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachEvgeny Alexandrov[1][2]
Petr Kralert[3]
Prize moneyUS$ 6,412,198
Career record405–250 (61.8%)
Career titles4
Highest rankingNo. 15 (1 April 2024)
Current rankingNo. 18 (20 May 2024)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open3R (2020, 2021, 2023)
French Open3R (2019, 2020, 2023)
Wimbledon4R (2023)
US Open3R (2023)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games2R (2021)
Career record52–76 (40.6%)
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 58 (26 September 2022)
Current rankingNo. 67 (20 May 2024)
Grand Slam doubles results
Australian Open3R (2024)
French Open2R (2019, 2020)
Wimbledon2R (2019, 2023)
US Open2R (2019)
Fed CupW (2020–21), record 2–1
Last updated on: 20 May 2024 [4].

Ekaterina Evgenyevna Alexandrova (Russian: Екатери́на Евге́ньевна Александро́ва; Russian pronunciation: [ɪ̯ɪkətʲɪˈrʲinə ɐlʲɪksɐnˈdrovə];[5] born 15 November 1994) is a Russian professional tennis player.[4]

She has won four WTA singles titles,[4] three WTA 125 titles and seven singles titles on the ITF Circuit.[6] In February 2023, she reached her best singles ranking of No. 16. On 26 September 2022, she also peaked at No. 58 in the WTA doubles rankings.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Since 2006, Alexandrova has been living and training in Prague, Czech Republic, with her parents and two siblings, a brother and a sister. They moved after travelling to the city for a youth tournament, attracted by the local availability of tennis courts compared to Russia.[7] According to the player, the Russian Tennis Federation didn't know about her existence before 2016 and she has never been good enough to cause interest from the Czech Tennis Association in terms of citizenship switch. However, she has long been tempted by the easier life possibility with a Czech passport, especially considering travel visas, but wasn't able to implement the opportunity at a certain point — after collecting all the necessary documents she couldn't decide if another citizenship is really the right decision for her. She hasn't applied for the Czech citizenship yet.[1][8][9][10]

Alexandrova speaks Russian and Czech fluently, and also English, to a lesser extent. Her father Evgeny is her coach, and Steffi Graf was her childhood tennis idol.[1][11]


2016: WTA Tour and major debuts, WTA 125 title[edit]

Alexandrova started the year ranked No. 291 and clinched her fifth ITF Circuit title in February at the $10k event in Trnava, defeating Karolína Muchová in the final.[12][note 1]

In April, Alexandrova made her WTA singles debut at the Katowice Open where she qualified for the main draw after surviving the qualifying rounds as an unseeded player.[13][note 1] In her first WTA main-draw match, she defeated world No. 115 Klára Koukalová,[14] before falling to eventual finalist Camila Giorgi in three sets.[13][note 1]

In June, Alexandrova competed at the Wimbledon Championships, which was botht the first grass-court tournament of her career and her Grand Slam debut. At the time of the entry deadline for the qualifying draw, she was 10 ranking spots below the cutoff and ultimately gained entry after a last-minute withdrawal.[15] She qualified for the main draw after defeating Ons Jabeur in the first round and then prevailing 14–12 and 13–11 in three-set matches against Stephanie Vogt (saved a match point) and Harriet Dart, respectively. Overall, she played 108 games in just three matches.[16] In the first round, she defeated 23rd seed and former world No. 1, Ana Ivanovic, in straight sets, causing one of the biggest upsets in the tournament.[17] In the second round, she lost to Anna-Lena Friedsam.

After her Wimbledon run, Alexandrova returned to clay and reached the final of the ITS Cup, a $50k event, losing to compatriot and top seed Elizaveta Kulichkova in three sets.[18]

In August, Alexandrova participated in the qualifying competition at the US Open. She defeated Robin Anderson in the first round and lost to Viktoriya Tomova in the second round, both in three-set matches. She then competed at the Tournoi de Québec, defeating world No. 59, Julia Görges in the first round before losing to qualifier and eventual semifinalist Tereza Martincová in the second round.[19]

Entering the WTA 125 Open de Limoges as the world No. 133, Alexandrova caused a huge shock by ending the season with the biggest title of her career. En route, she defeated three local favourites: fourth seed Pauline Parmentier in the second round, second seed Alizé Cornet in the semifinals,[20] and top seed world No. 24, Caroline Garcia, in the final.[21]

2017: Top 100[edit]

Alexandrova at the 2017 Wimbledon Championships

In the 2017 season, Alexandrova continued to be a constant presence on the WTA Tour but not achieving any major success. She received direct entry into the Australian Open main draw for the first time in her career, but lost to compatriot and 30th seed Ekaterina Makarova in the first round.[22]

She made her top 100 debut with consecutive title runs a $60k events Pingshan Open and Open de Seine-et-Marne.[23] Making her first French Open main-draw appearance, she defeated Kateřina Siniaková before falling short to eventual semifinalist and world No. 2, Karolína Plíšková, in three sets.[24] At the Wimbledon Championships, Alexandrova lost to eventual champion Garbiñe Muguruza in the first round.[25]

In August, Alexandrova qualified for a Premier 5 tournament for the first time at the Rogers Cup and reached the second round, losing to world No. 6 and eventual runner-up Caroline Wozniacki.[26] At the US Open, she lost to 18th seed Caroline Garcia in the second round.

In November, Alexandrova returned to the Open de Limoges as the defending champion and lost in the quarterfinals to eventual runner-up Antonia Lottner.

2018: Maiden tour final[edit]

Alexandrova at the 2018 Wimbledon Championships

Alexandrova enjoyed a breakthrough season on the WTA Tour in 2018.

At the Australian Open, she was beaten by fellow hard hitting Madison Keys in the second round, winning just one game in the process.[27]

After some mediocre results, Alexandrova fell out of the top 100.[28] However, she managed to make the semifinals of $100k events, the Empire Slovak Open and Ilkley Trophy. Alongside a run to the final of the $100k event, the Hungarian Ladies Open,[12][note 1] she returned to the top 100.[28]

In September, she reached her first WTA quarterfinal at the Korea Open, clinching her first top-10 victory over world No. 10, Jeļena Ostapenko, in straight sets.[29] The following month, Alexandrova made an astonishing run at another WTA International tournament, the Linz Open, qualifying for the main draw and reaching her first WTA final. Sailing through the qualifying rounds with the loss of just four games, Alexandrova defeated compatriot Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in straight sets to reach her first WTA semifinal.[30] There, she recovered from a bagel in the first set and defeated former top-10 player Andrea Petkovic.[31] In the final, she lost to Camila Giorgi in straight sets, but nonetheless returned to the top 100.[32]

She ended the season by tradition at Limoges, winning the title for the second time in her career, after beating Evgeniya Rodina in straight sets.[33] This victory solidified her place in the top 100, finding herself at World No. 73 after the tournament.[34]

2019: Russian No. 1[edit]

Alexandrova at the 2019 Wimbledon Championships

In 2019, Alexandrova continued to earn more success on the WTA Tour.[13][note 1]

She began her season at the Shenzhen Open, where she lost in the second round to eventual champion and top seed Aryna Sabalenka.[35]

Playing in a WTA Tour main draw at home for the first time, Alexandrova prevailed in the qualifying rounds before reaching the quarterfinals of the St. Petersburg Trophy where she fell to Sabalenka, in straight sets once again.[36] She then set a new career-high ranking of No. 59 after a semifinal run at the Hungarian Ladies Open where she held five match points against eventual champion Alison Van Uytvanck.[37]

With her best result at a Premier Mandatory event, Alexandrova reached the third round of the Indian Wells Open by beating world No. 13 Wozniacki, in three sets.[38] She did not perform well on clay courts, except at the French Open, reaching the third round of a major tournament for the first time in her career. She beat 30th seed Mihaela Buzărnescu in the first round, before stunning 2010 finalist Samantha Stosur in the second.[39]

In the grass-court season, Alexandrova made it into the quarterfinals of the Eastbourne International and Rosmalen Championships, losing there to eventual champions Karolína Plíšková[40] and Alison Riske, respectively. A disappointing first-round exit at Wimbledon followed, losing to Kateřina Siniaková in three sets.[citation needed]

She achieved her best run in a Premier 5 tournament at the Canadian Open, reaching the third round as qualifier. After leading throughout the majority of both sets, Alexandrova fell to Serena Williams in straight sets.[41] Alexandrova also led world No. 4, Simona Halep, by a set and a break in the second round of the Cincinnati Open, but failed to sustain her high level.[42] She was defeated by 33rd seed Zhang Shuai in the second round of the US Open, a player whom she defeated in Cincinnati earlier on. Nonetheless, she became the highest-ranked Russian after this tournament.[citation needed]

Alexandrova reached her second career WTA Tour semifinal at the Korea Open, where she beat Kristie Ahn in the quarterfinals by hitting a personal-record 22 aces.[43] Another strong run came at the Premier Mandatory China Open where she stunned world No. 5, Halep, in straight sets, claiming the biggest win of her career.[44] However, she was defeated by compatriot Daria Kasatkina, again in straight sets.[45]

Defending finalist points at the Linz Open, Alexandrova rolled into the semifinals but failed to convert her match points against Jeļena Ostapenko and leading in both the second and final sets.[46] Making her main-draw debut at the Kremlin Cup, the Russian made the quarterfinals although her run was eventually stopped by the in-form Karolína Muchová.[47] For the third time in her career, Alexandrova closed out her season with a triumph at the Open de Limoges, this time lifting the trophy as the top seed.[48]

2020: First tour title, Fed Cup debut[edit]

Alexandrova started the 2020 season at the Shenzhen Open. Seeded fifth, she won her first WTA singles title beating seventh seed Elena Rybakina in the final.[49] As a result, she became the first player to win a WTA tournament in the new decade. At the Australian Open where she was seeded at a Grand Slam event for the first time, she reached the third round where she lost to seventh seed and last year finalist, Petra Kvitová.[50]

Alexandrova then represented Russia for the first time in her career, leading the team against Romania in the Fed Cup as the Russian No. 1.[51] On her debut, she led Russia to a tight 3–2 win over the home team, defeating Elena-Gabriela Ruse in straight sets[52] and Ana Bogdan in a tight three-setter,[53] helping to book Russia's spot in the inaugural Fed Cup Finals.[54] She next participated at the St. Petersburg Trophy, where she reached the semifinals losing in three sets to defending champion and eventual champion, Kiki Bertens.[55] At the Qatar Ladies Open, she suffered a first-round exit at the hands of Amanda Anisimova.[56] The WTA Tour was suspended from March through July due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[57][58]

When the WTA resumed tournament play in August, Alexandrova competed at the Palermo Ladies Open. Seeded eighth, she lost in the second round to eventual champion Fiona Ferro.[59] Seeded fifth at the Prague Open, she was defeated in the first round by qualifier Lesia Tsurenko.[60] At the Western & Southern Open, she lost in the second round to American qualifier Christina McHale.[61] The tournament was held at the USTA BJK National Tennis Center for the first time, lowering the risk of the transmission of the virus behind closed doors. At the same competition ground, she stunned the returning former world No. 1 and three-time champion, Kim Clijsters, in the first round of the US Open, after recovering from a set down.[62] However, she failed to back up her good win as she fell short to Caty McNally in round two.[63]

At the Italian Open in Rome, Alexandrova was defeated in the first round by tenth seed Elena Rybakina.[64] Seeded seventh at Strasbourg, she lost in the second round to Kateřina Siniaková.[65] Seeded 27th at the French Open, she made it to the third round in which she was defeated by third seed Elina Svitolina.[66]

At the first edition of the Ostrava Open, Alexandrova lost in the first round to eighth seed Anett Kontaveit.[67] At her final tournament of the year, the Upper Austria Ladies Linz she was seeded fourth and reached the semifinals where she was beaten by second seed Elise Mertens.[68]

Alexandrova ended the season ranked 33.[28]

2021: Olympics debut, BJK Cup champion[edit]

Alexandrova started her season at the first edition of the Abu Dhabi Open. Seeded 17th, she lost in the third round to second seed Elina Svitolina.[69] Seeded ninth at the first edition of the Gippsland Trophy, she upset top seed Simona Halep in her quarterfinal match[70] after defeating French Open champion Iga Świątek.[71] She was defeated in the semifinal by Kaia Kanepi.[72] Seeded 29th at the Australian Open, she lost in the third round to top seed Ashleigh Barty.[73]

External images
Alexandrova's first three WTA tour-level titles
image icon 1, doubles with Vera Zvonareva at the 2019 Hungarian Ladies Open (WTA 250)[74]
image icon 2, singles at the 2020 Shenzhen Open (WTA 250)[75]
image icon 3, team (RTF) at the 2020–21 BJK Cup[76]

As the top seed in Lyon, Alexandrova was defeated in the first round by qualifier and eventual champion, Clara Tauson.[77] At the Dubai Championships, she lost in a three-set first round battle to Coco Gauff after saving multiple match points and having match points of her own.[78] Competing as the top seed at the St. Petersburg Ladies' Trophy, she reached the quarterfinals where she was defeated by compatriot and eventual finalist, Margarita Gasparyan.[79] Seeded 30th in Miami, she lost in the third round to fifth seed Elina Svitolina.[80]

At the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, Alexandrova made it to the quarterfinals in a WTA Tour clay tournament for the first time in her career where she was defeated by second seed Simona Halep.[81] In Madrid, she lost in the first round to 12th seed Victoria Azarenka.[82] At the Italian Open, she was defeated in the third round by Jessica Pegula.[83] Seeded third at the Internationaux de Strasbourg, she reached the quarterfinals where she lost to fifth seed and eventual champion, Barbora Krejčíková.[84] Seeded 32nd at the French Open, she beat seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams in the first round.[85] She was defeated in the second round by eventual champion Krejčíková.

Alexandrova played only one grass-court tournament to prepare for Wimbledon. At the German Open, she stunned second seed Elina Svitolina in the second round for her second top 10 win of the year.[86] She lost in the quarterfinals to fifth seed and eventual finalist, Belinda Bencic.[87] Seeded 32nd at Wimbledon, she was shocked by qualifier Camila Osorio in the second round.[88]

Representing Russia at the Summer Olympics, Alexandrova lost in the second round to Nadia Podoroska[89] after upsetting Elise Mertens in the first round.[90]

Alexandrova lost in the opening rounds of the Western & Southern Open and the Tennis in the Land events to Jennifer Brady[91] and Irina-Camelia Begu[92] respectively. She ended a three-match losing streak at the US Open, defeating former Grand Slam finalist Sara Errani in the first round with 42 winners.[93] However, she was stunned by lucky loser Kamilla Rakhimova in the second round.[94]

She lost to Tauson for the second time in 2021 at the Luxembourg Open[95] before she retired in the final qualifying round of the Ostrava Open. After recuperating for more than a month, Alexandrova returned for the Kremlin Cup. She took the first set against top-10 player Ons Jabeur in the first round before her opponent was forced to retire.[96] The Russian then defeated Anhelina Kalinina in straight sets to reach her first quarterfinal since June.[97] She then sealed a huge upset over world No. 2, Aryna Sabalenka, in straight sets[98] before earning her third top 10 win of the tournament over Maria Sakkari when the Greek was forced to retire down 1–4 in the opening set.[99] Leading 6–4, 4–0 in the final set against Anett Kontaveit, she was unable to close out the victory and eventually lost in three sets.[100]

Alexandrova was part of the Russian team that won the inaugural BJK Cup Finals in Prague.[101] She lost the only match she competed in the week against Clara Burel, but Russia was still able to defeat France 2–1 in that tie[102] and win the title at the end of the week.[103]

2022: WTA 1000 semifinal, two titles, top 20[edit]

Alexandrova started her season at 2022 Adelaide International 1. She lost in the first round to Leylah Fernandez which is followed by a second round exit to Garbiñe Muguruza in Sydney. Unseeded at the Australian Open, she lost to Bernarda Pera in the first round. After defeating Camila Giorgi, she was defeated by Maria Sakkari in the second round of St. Petersburg. Alexandrova suffered early exits in both Indian Wells and Miami losing to Simona Halep and Victoria Azarenka, respectively, in the second rounds.[13][note 1]

Alexandrova eventually turned her underwhelming season around and reached the semifinals of the Charleston Open, defeating Allie Kiick, Zheng Qinwen, Karolína Plíšková and Magda Linette in route. She lost to the eventual champion Belinda Bencic, in straight sets. Following a second-round exit in Stuttgart to Anett Kontaveit, she reached her first WTA 1000 semifinals in Madrid as a qualifier cruising past Ostapenko and Anisimova in route. She lost to the eventual champion, Ons Jabeur, in the semifinal. However, it was followed by a second round appearance in Rome where she lost to Maria Sakkari. Seeded 30th in the French Open, she lost to Irina-Camelia Begu in the second round.[13][note 1]

She won her second tour title at the Rosmalen Open cruising past Dayana Yastremska, Anhelina Kalinina, Caty McNally, Veronika Kudermetova and Aryna Sabalenka dropping only one set.[104] Following a second-round loss to Daria Kasatkina in Berlin, she suffered a wrist injury and took a break.

She suffered some early exits after returning from injury, losing in the second rounds of Cincinnati and Cleveland. Seeded 28th in the US Open, she reached the second round where she was defeated by Lauren Davis in three sets.[13][note 1]

Alexandrova won her second title of the season in Seoul defeating Ostapenko in the final.[105] She continued her great run of form in Ostrava as she surges into the semifinals with wins over Victoria Azarenka, Daria Kasatkina and Tereza Martincová.[106] In the semifinals, she was ultimately defeated by world No. 1, Iga Świątek, in three sets. After reaching the semifinals in Ostrava, she made her top-20 debut in the WTA rankings on 10 October 2022. Seeded 15th in Guadalajara, she struggled with the high altitude as she lost to Camila Osorio in the first round.

2023: First major fourth round, Rosmalen title defense[edit]

Alexandrova started her season at Adelaide where she lost in the first round to Markéta Vondroušová in three sets. It was followed by a second round withdrawal from Adelaide International 2, after getting a first-round win over Jaimee Fourlis, in straight sets. Seeded 19th at the Australian Open, Alexandrova defeated Ysaline Bonaventure and Taylor Townsend, before falling to Magda Linette in the third round.[107]

In Miami, she reached the quarterfinals of a WTA 1000 for a second time, defeating ninth seed Belinda Bencic and Bianca Andreescu by retirement en route.[13][note 1]

She won her second grass-court title at the Rosmalen Championships as the defending champion with a win over compatriot Veronika Kudermetova.[108] She continued her good form on grass reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon for the first time at a major.[13][note 1]

2024: Second WTA 1000 semifinal, top 15[edit]

Alexandrova had a disappointing start to the season at the Brisbane International, where as the seventh seed, she had a bye in the first round, losing in her first match in the second round to qualifier Julia Riera in straight sets.[13][note 1] In his next tournament, the Adelaide International, she performed much better. There, she beat Magda Linette in the first round in a tough three-set match,[109] Veronika Kudermetova in the second round in straight sets,[110] and surprised everyone when she beat top seed Elena Rybakina in the quarterfinals in straight sets.[111] In the semifinal, she took the match to a tiebreak in the second set which she ended up losing to Jelena Ostapenko.[112] After this, she went on to the Australian Open, seeded 17th, she lost in the first round to Laura Siegemund in a three-set match.[113]

Continuing her campaign on hardcourts, now in Europe, Alexandrova participated in the Ladies Linz, where, as second seed and with a bye in the first round, she defeated qualifier Jule Niemeier in the second in straight sets, and No. 5 seed and defending champion, Anastasia Potapova, in the quarterfinals, also in straight sets.[114] In the semifinal, she beat third seed Donna Vekić in a long and even three-set match.[115] In the final, she faced wildcard and top seed Jelena Ostapenko, losing in straight sets.[116]


Alexandrova has been endorsed by Fila for apparel and shoes since 2020. She was sponsored by Lotto earlier in her career.[117] She is also endorsed by Wilson for rackets, specifically using Wilson blade range.[118]

Career statistics[edit]

Grand Slam performance timelines[edit]

(W) winner; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (P#) preliminary round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (S) silver or (B) bronze Olympic/Paralympic medal; (NMS) not a Masters tournament; (NTI) not a Tier I tournament; (P) postponed; (NH) not held; (SR) strike rate (events won / competed); (W–L) win–loss record.
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.


Tournament 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 SR W–L Win %
Australian Open A 1R 2R 1R 3R 3R 1R 3R 0 / 7 7–7 50%
French Open A 2R 1R 3R 3R 2R 2R 3R 0 / 7 9–7 56%
Wimbledon 2R 1R 1R 1R NH 2R A[a] 4R 0 / 6 5–6 45%
US Open Q2 2R 1R 2R 2R 2R 2R 3R 0 / 7 7–7 50%
Win–loss 1–1 2–4 1–4 3–4 5–3 5–4 2–3 9–4 0 / 27 28–27 51%


Tournament 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 SR W–L Win %
Australian Open 2R A 1R 1R A 1R 0 / 4 1–4 20%
French Open A 2R 2R 1R 1R 1R 0 / 5 2–5 29%
Wimbledon A 2R NH 1R A[a] 2R 0 / 3 2–3 40%
US Open A 2R A 1R 1R 1R 0 / 4 1–4 20%
Win–loss 1–1 3–3 1–2 0–4 0–2 1–4 0 / 16 6–16 27%


  • The Russian Cup in the nominations:
    • Olympians-2020;
    • Team of the Year: 2021.[119]


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