Elitsa Kostova

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Elitsa Kostova
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Kostova at Biarritz, 2021
Country (sports) Bulgaria
ResidenceKardzhali, Bulgaria
Born (1990-04-10) 10 April 1990 (age 32)
Haskovo, Bulgaria
Height1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)[1]
Turned pro2006
Retired2021
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachRadu Popescu
Prize moneyUS$ 637,567
Singles
Career record439–383 (53.4%)
Career titles6 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 130 (12 September 2016)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian OpenQ2 (2012, 2018)
French OpenQ2 (2017, 2020, 2021)
WimbledonQ2 (2015, 2017, 2021)
US OpenQ3 (2016)
Doubles
Career record168–185 (47.6%)
Career titles7 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 154 (26 October 2015)
Team competitions
Fed Cup16–18 (47.1%)

Elitsa Kostova (Bulgarian: Елица Костова) (born 10 April 1990) is a former professional Bulgarian tennis player.

On 12 September 2016, she reached her highest WTA singles ranking of No. 130, achieved on 12 September 2016, her best doubles ranking is world No. 154, reached on 26 October 2015. Playing for Bulgaria Fed Cup team, she has a win–loss record of 16–18.

Career[edit]

At the $25k tournament in Wellington, New Zealand, held in November 2010, Kostova, ranked 254 in the world, achieved her greatest victory in her career. She defeated world No. 42, Jarmila Groth, in the semifinals in two sets. In the final, she lost to world No. 241, Erika Sema, in three sets.[2]

Kostova won her first match in a WTA Tour main draw by beating Alizé Lim at the 2014 Bucharest Open, after coming through the qualifying competition. At the 2015 Rio Open, she reached her first WTA semifinal in doubles along with Hsu Chieh-yu. They lost to defending champions, Irina-Camelia Begu and María Irigoyen, in straight sets.

In July 2016 came her biggest win when she won the final of the Europe Tennis Center Ladies Open in Budapest against fellow Fed Cup teammate Viktoriya Tomova.

At the 2018 Ladies Championship Gstaad she reached the second round, which she has reached on seven occasions on the WTA level going back to 2014, but lost to Marketa Vondrousova.[3]

She retired in 2021 with her last match played at the Belgrade Ladies Open losing to eventual finalist Arantxa Rus.

Grand Slam performance timeline[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# DNQ A NH
(W) winner; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (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.

Singles[edit]

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 W–L
Australian Open A Q2 A A Q1 A Q1 Q2 Q1 Q1 Q1 0–0
French Open Q1 Q1 A A Q1 Q1 Q2 Q1 A Q2 Q2 0–0
Wimbledon Q1 Q1 A A Q2 Q1 Q2 Q1 A NH Q2 0–0
US Open Q2 Q2 A Q1 Q1 Q3 A Q1 Q1 A A 0–0
Win–loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Career statistics
Year-end ranking 148 224 264 219 252 132 205 214 193 210 316

ITF Circuit finals[edit]

Singles: 25 (6 titles, 19 runner–ups)[edit]

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$80,000 tournaments
$50/60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (2–11)
Clay (4–8)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Apr 2008 ITF Antalya, Turkey 10,000 Clay Netherlands Michelle Gerards 2–6, 6–2, 6–7(3)
Win 1–1 Jun 2008 ITF Alcobaça, Portugal 10,000 Hard United Kingdom Amanda Carreras 3–6, 6–2, 6–2
Loss 1–2 Dec 2008 ITF Vinaròs, Spain 10,000 Clay Switzerland Conny Perrin 4–6, 2–6
Win 2–2 Nov 2009 ITF Le Havre, France 10,000 Clay (i) Germany Sina Haas 6–0, 6–4
Loss 2–3 Feb 2010 ITF Albufeira, Portugal 10,000 Hard Italy Evelyn Mayr 4–6, 4–6
Loss 2–4 Jul 2010 ITF Mont-de-Marsan, France 25,000 Clay Czech Republic Petra Cetkovská 2–6, 2–6
Loss 2–5 Jul 2010 ITF Les Contamines, France 25,000 Hard Czech Republic Andrea Hlaváčková 5–7, 6–0, 4–6
Loss 2–6 Nov 2010 ITF Wellington, New Zealand 25,000 Hard Japan Erika Sema 2–6, 6–3, 4–6
Loss 2–7 Dec 2010 Bendigo International, Australia 25,000 Hard Hungary Tímea Babos 6–3, 3–6, 5–7
Loss 2–8 Feb 2011 ITF Vale do Lobo, Portugal 10,000 Hard Belgium Alison van Uytvanck 4–6, 6–4, 2–6
Loss 2–9 Jul 2011 Open Pozoblanco, Spain 50,000 Hard Greece Eleni Daniilidou 3–6, 2–6
Loss 2–10 Aug 2011 Empire Slovak Open, Slovakia 50,000 Clay Austria Yvonne Meusburger 6–0, 2–6, 0–6
Loss 2–11 Aug 2011 ITF Koksijde, Belgium 25,000 Clay Netherlands Kiki Bertens 2–6, 1–6
Win 3–11 Oct 2011 ITF Dobrich, Bulgaria 25,000 Clay Romania Elena Bogdan 7–6(6), 6–2
Loss 3–12 Nov 2011 ITF Benicarló, Spain 25,000 Clay Spain Garbiñe Muguruza 6–7(3), 7–6(4), 3–6
Loss 3–13 Apr 2013 ITF Dijon, France 15,000 Hard (i) Germany Kristina Barrois 3–6, 5–7
Loss 3–14 Nov 2013 ITF Newbraunfels, United States 50,000 Hard Georgia (country) Anna Tatishvili 4–6, 4–6
Win 4–14 Jun 2014 Open Montpellier, France 25,000 Clay Ukraine Sofiya Kovalets 7–5, 6–1
Loss 4–15 Nov 2014 ITF Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt 25,000 Hard Russia Margarita Gasparyan 3–6, 0–6
Loss 4–16 Feb 2015 Open Andrézieux-Bouthéon, France 25,000 Hard (i) Russia Margarita Gasparyan 4–6, 4–6
Win 5–16 Jul 2016 Budapest Ladies Open, Hungary 100,000 Clay Bulgaria Viktoriya Tomova 6–0, 7–6(3)
Loss 5–17 Sep 2017 Henderson Open, United States 60,000 Hard Bulgaria Sesil Karatantcheva 4–6, 6–4, 5–7
Loss 5–18 Mar 2018 ITF Pula, Italy 25,000 Clay Turkey Başak Eraydın 4–6, 1–6
Win 6–18 Jun 2019 ITF Santa Margarita, Spain 25,000 Hard Australia Arina Rodionova 7–5, 6–3
Loss 6–19 Jun 2019 ITF Přerov, Czech Republic 25,000 Clay Ukraine Anhelina Kalinina 1–6, 6–4, 1–6

Doubles 21 (7 titles, 14 runner–ups)[edit]

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$80,000 tournaments
$50/60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (1–9)
Clay (5–5)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (1–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Nov 2009 ITF Équeurdreville, France 10,000 Hard (i) France Kinnie Laisné France Elixane Lechemia
France Constance Sibille
4–6, 3–6
Win 1–1 May 2011 ITF Zagreb, Croatia 25,000 Clay Poland Barbara Sobaszkiewicz Croatia Ani Mijačika
Croatia Ana Vrljić
1–6, 6–3, [12–10]
Win 2–1 Jun 2012 ITF Zlín, Czech Republic 25,000 Clay Bosnia and Herzegovina Jasmina Tinjić Paraguay Verónica Cepede Royg
Brazil Teliana Pereira
4–6, 6–1, [10–8]
Loss 2–2 Apr 2013 ITF Dijon, France 15,000 Hard (i) Russia Marina Shamayko Italy Nicole Clerico
Italy Giulia Gatto-Monticone
4–6, 2–6
Loss 2–3 May 2013 ITF Casablanca, Morocco 25,000 Clay Poland Sandra Zaniewska Germany Justine Ozga
Germany Anna Zaja
4–6, 2–6
Win 3–3 Sep 2013 Open Saint-Malo, France 25,000 Clay Argentina Florencia Molinero Liechtenstein Kathinka von Deichmann
Germany Nina Zander
6–2, 6–4
Loss 3–4 Dec 2013 ITF Madrid, Spain 25,000 Hard Russia Evgeniya Rodina Netherlands Demi Schuurs
Netherlands Eva Wacanno
1–6, 2–6
Loss 3–5 Jun 2014 Bredeney Open, Germany 25,000 Clay Belgium Ysaline Bonaventure Germany Kristina Barrois
Germany Tatjana Maria
2–6, 2–6
Loss 3–6 Jun 2014 Open Montpellier, France 25,000 Clay Chinese Taipei Hsu Chieh-yu Spain Inés Ferrer Suárez
Spain Sara Sorribes Tormo
6–2, 3–6, [10–12]
Loss 3–7 Dec 2014 Ankara Cup, Turkey 50,000 Hard (i) Ukraine Oleksandra Korashvili Georgia (country) Ekaterine Gorgodze
Slovenia Nastja Kolar
4–6, 6–7(5)
Loss 3–8 Sep 2015 ITF Sofia, Bulgaria 25,000 Clay Czech Republic Kateřina Kramperová Georgia (country) Sofia Shapatava
Ukraine Anastasiya Vasylyeva
2–6, 2–6
Loss 3–9 Sep 2015 ITF Dobrich, Bulgaria 25,000 Clay Czech Republic Kateřina Kramperová Georgia (country) Sofia Shapatava
Ukraine Anastasiya Vasylyeva
2–6, 0–6
Loss 3–10 Oct 2015 ITF Rock Hill, United States 25,000 Hard Argentina Florencia Molinero Bosnia and Herzegovina Ema Burgić Bucko
Mexico Renata Zarazúa
5–7, 2–6
Win 4–10 Jul 2017 Open Contrexéville, France 100,000 Clay Russia Anastasiya Komardina France Manon Arcangioli
France Sara Cakarevic
6–3, 6–4
Loss 4–11 Aug 2017 ITF Chiswick, Great Britain 25,000 Hard United Kingdom Katy Dunne Romania Laura-Ioana Andrei
Germany Julia Wachaczyk
5–7, 5–7
Loss 4–12 Aug 2017 Mençuna Cup Artvin, Turkey 60,000 Hard Russia Yana Sizikova Brazil Gabriela Cé
India Ankita Raina
2–6, 3–6
Win 5–12 Oct 2017 ITF Óbidos, Portugal 25,000 Carpet Russia Yana Sizikova Italy Georgia Brescia
Italy Alice Matteucci
w/o
Win 6–12 Sep 2018 Budapest Ladies Open, Hungary 60,000 Clay Norway Ulrikke Eikeri Hungary Dalma Gálfi
Hungary Réka Luca Jani
2–6, 6–4, [10–8]
Loss 6–13 Nov 2018 ITF Toronto, Canada 60,000 Hard (i) Poland Maja Chwalińska Canada Sharon Fichman
United States Maria Sanchez
0–6, 4–6
Win 7–13 Feb 2019 ITF Trnava, Slovakia 25,000 Hard (i) Romania Elena Bogdan Slovakia Michaela Hončová
Ukraine Ganna Poznikhirenko
7–5, 7–6(5)
Loss 7–14 May 2019 ITF Santa Margarida, Spain 25,000 Hard United Kingdom Samantha Murray Georgia (country) Sofia Shapatava
United Kingdom Emily Webley-Smith
4–6, 5–7

Fed Cup participation[edit]

Elitsa Kostova debuted for the Bulgaria Fed Cup team in 2008. Since then, she has a 10–12 singles and a 6–6 doubles record (16–18 overall).

Singles (10–12)[edit]

Edition Round Date Location Against Surface Opponent W/L Result
2008 Z1 PO 2 Feb 2008 Budapest (HUN)  Hungary Carpet (i) Gréta Arn L 2–6, 1–6
2009 Z1 RR 4 Feb 2009 Tallinn (EST)  Estonia Hard (i) Maret Ani L 2–6, 2–6
6 Feb 2009  Croatia Petra Martić L 2–6, 1–6
Z1 RPO 7 Feb 2009  Bosnia and Herzegovina Sandra Martinović L 4–6, 6–0, 2–6
2010 Z1 RR 5 Feb 2010 Lisbon (POR)  Slovenia Hard (i) Maša Zec Peškirič W 7–5, 6–1
2011 Z1 RR 2 Feb 2011 Eilat (ISR)  Poland Hard Magda Linette W 6–4, 4–6, 7–6(7–5)
4 Feb 2011  Israel Julia Glushko L 0–6, 2–6
Z1 RPO 5 Feb 2011  Latvia Līga Dekmeijere W 6–3, 6–3
2012 Z1 RR 1 Feb 2012 Eilat (ISR) Estonia Estonia Hard Margit Rüütel W 6–2, 6–1
3 Feb 2012  Austria Patricia Mayr L 3–6, 3–6
2013 Z1 RR 8 Feb 2013 Eilat (ISR)  Luxembourg Hard Laura Correia W 6–1, 6–3
2014 Z1 RR 4 Feb 2014 Budapest (HUN)  Portugal Hard (i) Michelle Larcher de Brito L 6–4, 2–6, 6–7(3–7)
6 Feb 2014  Turkey Çağla Büyükakçay L 6–7(3–7), 1–6
Z1 RPO 9 Feb 2014 Luxembourg Luxembourg Anne Kremer W 6–3, 6–7(7–9), 7–6(9–7)
2015 Z1 RR 4 Feb 2015 Budapest (HUN) Portugal Portugal Hard (i) Maria João Koehler W 6–2, 6–1
5 Feb 2015  Belarus Olga Govortsova L 2–6, 3–6
6 Feb 2015  Georgia Sofia Shapatava W 6–3, 7–6(7–4)
2016 Z1 RR 3 Feb 2016 Eilat (ISR) Hungary Hungary Hard Dalma Gálfi W 7–5, 6–2
4 Feb 2016 Latvia Latvia Diāna Marcinkēviča W 2–6, 6–3, 6–3
5 Feb 2016  Belgium Ysaline Bonaventure L 3–6, 6–3, 3–6
2017 Z1 RR 8 Feb 2017 Tallinn (EST) Israel Israel Hard (i) Julia Glushko L 3–6, 5–7
10 Feb 2017 Estonia Estonia Anett Kontaveit L 1–6, 3–6

Doubles (6–6)[edit]

Edition Round Date Location Against Partner Surface Opponents W/L Result
2009 Z1 RR 4 Feb 2009 Tallinn (EST) Tsvetana Pironkova Hard (i)  Estonia Maret Ani
Kaia Kanepi
L 1–6, 6–4, 2–6
6 Feb 2009 Tsvetana Pironkova  Croatia Jelena Kostanić Tošić
Petra Martić
L 6–7(3–7), 1–6
Z1 RPO 7 Feb 2009 Tsvetana Pironkova  Bosnia and Herzegovina Mervana Jugić-Salkić
Sandra Martinović
L 4–6, 6–3, 3–6
2010 Z1 RR 5 Feb 2010 Lisbon (POR) Biljana Pawlowa Hard (i)  Slovenia Andreja Klepač
Maša Zec Peškirič
W 6–1, 6–2
2013 Z1 RR 7 Feb 2013 Eilat (ISR) Isabella Shinikova Hard  Netherlands Arantxa Rus
Bibiane Schoofs
W 6–2, 7–6(7–5)
9 Feb 2013 Isabella Shinikova Slovenia Slovenia Tina Rupert
Andreja Klepač
W 6–2, 6–3
2014 Z1 RR 6 Feb 2014 Budapest (HUN) Isabella Shinikova Hard (i)  Turkey Çağla Büyükakçay
Pemra Özgen
L 7–5, 1–6, 5–7
7 Feb 2014 Viktoriya Tomova  Belarus Ilona Kremen
Iryna Shymanovich
W 4–6, 6–3, 7–5
2015 Z1 RR 6 Feb 2015 Budapest (HUN) Dia Evtimova Hard (i)  Georgia Oksana Kalashnikova
Sofia Shapatava
L 3–6, 2–6
2016 Z1 PO 6 Feb 2016 Eilat (ISR) Isabella Shinikova Hard Georgia (country) Georgiav Oksana Kalashnikova
Sofia Shapatava
L 2–6, 6–4, 4–6
2017 Z1 RR 8 Feb 2017 Tallinn (EST) Sesil Karatantcheva Hard (i)  Israel Julia Glushko
Shelly Krolitzky
W 2–6, 6–3, 7–5
9 Feb 2017 Sesil Karatantcheva  Serbia Bojana Marinković
Dejana Radanović
W 6–1, 6–3

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Профил на Елица Костова" (in Bulgarian). tennis.bg. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
  2. ^ "Elitsa Kostova's Biography". International Tennis Federation. Retrieved 2010-11-11.
  3. ^ "Vondrousova coasts past Kostova into Gstaad quarters".

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