Begu at the 2019 Wimbledon Championships
|Born||26 August 1990|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career record||409–289 (58.6%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 22 (22 August 2016)|
|Current ranking||No. 76 (26 October 2020)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||4R (2015)|
|French Open||4R (2016)|
|US Open||2R (2012, 2014)|
|Olympic Games||1R (2012, 2016)|
|Career record||266–171 (60.9%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 22 (1 October 2018)|
|Current ranking||No. 127 (26 October 2020)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||SF (2018)|
|French Open||QF (2017)|
|US Open||3R (2015)|
|Other doubles tournaments|
|Olympic Games||1R (2016)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2017)|
|Other mixed doubles tournaments|
|Olympic Games||QF (2016)|
|Fed Cup/Billie Jean King Cup||15–10 (60.0%)|
|Last updated on: 2 November 2020.|
She started playing tennis when she was three-and-a-half years old as her aunt, former tennis player Aurelia Gheorghe, introduced her to the sport. At 14 years old, Irina took part in a one-month tour promoted by the ITF with seven other girls and eight boys, joining the likes of Grigor Dimitrov and Ricardas Berankis.
Begu recently became a brand ambassador for TENA Lady sanitary products.
In April, she entered the Andalucia Tennis Experience as a qualifier and eventually made the qualifications without losing a set. Then she defeated Alberta Brianti in the first round and followed that up with a two-sets win over Estrella Cabeza Candela to advance to the quarterfinals. She made to the semifinals after she beat 34th-ranked Klára Zakopalová in straight sets. In the semifinal, she stunned world No. 14 and former world No. 2 Svetlana Kuznetsova to reach her first WTA final, eventually losing to Victoria Azarenka in straight sets.
Begu neared her first ever WTA Tour title, reaching her second final of the year in Budapest on 10 July. The Romanian played the semifinal more aggressively than the fifth seed Anabel Medina Garrigues who allowed the youngster to break her when it counted most. Irina had previously dominated another Spaniard Estrella Cabeza Candela. Her first round brought her a win over another Spanish player, Laura Pous Tió whom she defeated in straight sets, and a second straight similar win over Ajla Tomljanović of Croatia. She eventually lost the last act against top-seeded Roberta Vinci.
In July she posted the lone upset of second-round at the Internazionali Femminili di Palermo tournament in Italy, defeating second-seeded Roberta Vinci, after eliminating another local in the first round, Maria Elena Camerin. Begu lost eventually to the fifth-seed Anabel Medina Garrigues in the quarterfinals, who was also the winner of the competition.
In the same month, Begu won the BCR Open Romania Ladies title, by defeating the Spanish opponent Laura Pous Tió in the final. Begu achieved her third consecutive win against Laura Pous Tió in 2011, after the two in Cali and Budapest. It was her fifth final of the year and her second trophy. The 50 WTA points allowed her to enter the top 50 best women players in the world, becoming also the highest ranked Romanian player.
2012: First WTA title
Ranked world No. 96, Begu won her opening match at the US Open, defeating the eighth seed, 2009 finalist and two-time semifinalist Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets. She subsequently lost to Sílvia Soler Espinosa of Spain in round two.
In September of that year, she won her first WTA title in Tashkent, beating Donna Vekic in straight sets in the final.
2014: First WTA Premier final and two WTA doubles titles
Begu started the season losing in the qualifying of Sydney and Brisbane. At the Australian Open she passed through the qualifying draw, beating Stephanie Vogt, Jovana Jakšić and Madison Brengle before losing in the main draw to Kazakh Galina Voskoboeva in three sets. In Rio, she played the qualifying rounds and reached the main draw, where she made it to the quarterfinals after beating eighth seed Vania King and Verónica Cepede Royg. She then lost to Teliana Pereira in two sets. However, she won the title in the doubles, teaming up with María Irigoyen.
At Oeiras she reached the semifinals, beating en route Kurumi Nara, Kaia Kanepi and Timea Bacsinszky before losing to eventual champion Carla Suárez Navarro. At Seoul in singles she lost in the first round to Chanelle Scheepers in three sets. In doubles she paired with Lara Arruabarrena defeating Mona Barthel and Mandy Minella in the final 6–3, 6–3, claiming her second WTA doubles title of the year. At Moscow she reached her first Premier final, beating Donna Vekić, 2nd seed Ekaterina Makarova, Tsvetana Pironkova and 4th seed Lucie Šafářová before losing to seed No. 6 and eventual champion Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. With this result, she returned to the top 40.
2015: First major fourth round, second WTA title, top 30
Begu achieved her best singles Grand Slam result at the Australian Open, reaching the fourth round for the first time before being defeated by Eugenie Bouchard in three sets. Prior to that she upset ninth seed Angelique Kerber in the first round.
As No. 13 at Charleston, she made quarterfinals after Makarova's withdrawal, losing in two tie-breaks to Angelique Kerber.
At Madrid she made the quarterfinals beating en route Kurumi Nara, Andrea Petkovic (who had to withdraw), and Barbora Strýcová before losing to Petra Kvitová. At Rome she made third-round losing in three sets to Victoria Azarenka.
Prior to Wimbledon, Begu played in Birmingham and Eastbourne, but lost in the first round in both tournaments. She then reached the third round of the Grand Slam by beating Daria Gavrilova and Lesia Tsurenko before losing to fourth seed Maria Sharapova in straight sets.
At Washington as seed 6, Begu made quarterfinals by beating Madison Brengle and Polona Hercog before losing to top seed of the tournament Ekaterina Makarova. Despite only two wins in six matches in the American season, with her US Open opener lost, Begu reached a career high as the world No. 28 ranking.
2016: First Premier-5 semifinal and third WTA title
Begu started her season in Shenzhen, beating Lara Arruabarrena in the first round. In the second round, she had to withdraw in the second set in her match against Anna Lena Friedsam due to knee injury. Begu also withdrew from Sydney. She then lost in the first round of the Australian Open to Johanna Larsson.
In March, Irina played the 2016 BNP Paribas Open, where she lost in the first round to Laura Siegemund, falling in three sets. She then played at the Miami Open, where she beat qualifier Maria Sakkari, Sabine Lisicki and Kristýna Plíšková, before losing to Madison Keys.
Begu started her clay-court season in Charleston where she was seeded No. 13. She beat Caroline Garcia, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Monica Puig (saving a match point) before losing to Angelique Kerber. After Charleston, Begu played for Romania in the Fed Cup, but lost both singles and doubles in their tie against Germany. At Rabat, Begu was surprisingly defeated by lucky loser Richel Hogenkamp in straight sets.
Begu's next tournament was Madrid where she arrived for the 2nd consecutive time in the quarterfinals of the tournament, beating Eugenie Bouchard, No. 3 seed Garbine Muguruza and Christina McHale en route. In the quarterfinals, she played against fellow Romanian Simona Halep, losing in three sets. She then played at the Italian Open and defeated Margarita Gasparyan before getting a surprising win over world No. 5 Victoria Azarenka. She then beat Daria Kasatkina and Misaki Doi en route to her first Premier-5 semifinal where she lost to eventual champion Serena Williams. Her next tournament was Roland Garros, where she beat Bethanie Mattek-Sands, CoCo Vandeweghe and Annika Beck before losing to Shelby Rogers in the fourth round.
In June, Begu began her grass-court season in Birmingham, eliminating fourth seed Belinda Bencic, before being upset in the second round by the in-form qualifier Tsvetana Pironkova in straight sets. She then lost to a resurgent Eugenie Bouchard in her first match at the Eastbourne International. Her grass-court campaign ended with a first-round loss at Wimbledon to Carina Witthöft. Prior to the Olympic Games in Rio, Begu played at the Brasil Tennis Cup, where she beat Laura Pigossi, Paula Cristina Gonçalves, Nao Hibino, Monica Puig and Tímea Babos en route to her third WTA title. At the Olympics she competed in the women's singles (losing in the first round to Nao Hibino), the women's doubles (with Monica Niculescu, they lost in the first round) and the mixed doubles (with Horia Tecău, reaching the quarterfinals).
2017: Fourth WTA title
2020: First WTA 125K series title, 12th ITF title
She continued her good form in March and won a WTA 125K series title, the Oracle Challenger Series – Indian Wells. She did not lose a set in the entire tournament and defeated Misaki Doi in the final.
Only main-draw results in WTA Tour, Grand Slam tournaments, Fed Cup and Olympic Games are included in win–loss records.
Current through the 2020 French Open.
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||A||Q3||1R||2R||1R||4R||1R||2R||2R||2R||1R||0 / 9||7–9||44%|
|French Open||Q3||A||2R||2R||1R||Q3||3R||4R||1R||3R||3R||2R||0 / 9||12–9||57%|
|Wimbledon||Q2||Q1||1R||1R||1R||2R||3R||1R||2R||1R||Q2||NH||0 / 8||4–8||33%|
|US Open||Q1||A||1R||2R||1R||2R||1R||1R||1R||2R||Q2||1R||0 / 9||3–9||25%|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||1–3||2–4||1–4||2–3||7–4||3–4||2–4||4–4||3–2||1–3||0 / 35||26–35||43%|
|Summer Olympics||Not Held||1R||Not Held||1R||Not Held||0 / 2||0–2||0%|
|WTA Premier Mandatory tournaments|
|Indian Wells Open||A||A||A||2R||2R||A||A||1R||3R||2R||1R||NH||0 / 6||5–6||45%|
|Miami Open||A||A||A||1R||2R||A||3R||4R||2R||1R||1R||NH||0 / 7||5–7||42%|
|Madrid Open||A||A||A||1R||A||2R||QF||QF||3R||2R||1R||NH||0 / 7||9–7||56%|
|China Open||A||A||1R||A||A||A||1R||1R||A||A||A||NH||0 / 3||0–2||0%|
|WTA Premier 5 tournaments|
|Dubai / Qatar Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||1R||A||A||A||0 / 1||0–1||0%|
|Italian Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||3R||SF||1R||2R||1R||2R||0 / 6||8–6||57%|
|Canadian Open||A||A||A||A||Q2||A||1R||A||1R||1R||A||NH||0 / 3||0–3||0%|
|Cincinnati Open||A||A||A||A||A||1R||2R||1R||Q1||1R||A||A||0 / 4||1–4||20%|
|Pan Pacific / Wuhan Open||A||A||2R||A||A||A||2R||2R||A||A||A||NH||0 / 3||3–3||50%|
|Tournaments||1||1||11||20||17||15||21||21||23||25||15||7||Career total: 177|
|Titles||0||0||0||1||0||0||1||1||1||0||0||0||Career total: 4|
|Finals||0||0||2||1||0||1||1||1||1||0||0||0||Career total: 7|
|Hard Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||5–5||11–7||6–10||6–8||16–13||11–12||6–15||12–16||6–9||0–3||3 / 99||79–98||45%|
|Clay Win–Loss||0–1||0–1||11–5||10–9||3–5||7–6||11–6||13–6||13–7||10–7||5–7||5–4||1 / 64||88–64||58%|
|Grass Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||0–1||1–3||1–2||1–1||2–3||1–3||1–1||0–2||0–0||NH||0 / 16||7–16||30%|
|Overall Win–Loss||0–1||0–1||16–11||22–19||10–17||14–15||29–22||25–21||20–23||22–25||11–16||5–7||4 / 177||174–178||49%|
|Win (%)||0%||0%||59%||54%||37%||48%||57%||54%||47%||47%||41%||42%||Career total: 49%|
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||QF||3R||1R||2R||1R||1R||SF||2R||1R||0 / 9||11–9|
|French Open||A||1R||2R||3R||2R||A||QF||2R||1R||1R||0 / 8||8–8|
|Wimbledon||1R||2R||1R||1R||2R||1R||A||QF||3R||NH||0 / 8||7–8|
|US Open||2R||1R||1R||1R||3R||1R||1R||2R||A||A||0 / 8||4–8|
|Win–Loss||1–2||4–4||3–4||2–4||5–4||0–3||3–3||9–4||3–3||0–2||0 / 33||30–33|
- Grand Slam performances, overall win–loss, prize money earn source
Premier Mandatory/Premier 5 finals
Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)
|Loss||2015||Wuhan Open||Hard||Monica Niculescu|| Martina Hingis
WTA career finals
Singles: 7 (4 titles, 3 runner-ups)
|Loss||0–1||Apr 2011||Andalucia Tennis Experience, Spain||International||Clay||Victoria Azarenka||3–6, 2–6|
|Loss||0–2||Jul 2011||Budapest Grand Prix, Hungary||International||Clay||Roberta Vinci||4–6, 6–1, 4–6|
|Win||1–2||Sep 2012||Tashkent Open, Uzbekistan||International||Hard||Donna Vekić||6–4, 6–4|
|Loss||1–3||Oct 2014||Kremlin Cup, Russia||Premier||Hard (i)||Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova||4–6, 7–5, 1–6|
|Win||2–3||Sep 2015||Korea Open, South Korea||International||Hard||Aliaksandra Sasnovich||6–3, 6–1|
|Win||3–3||Aug 2016||Brasil Tennis Cup, Brazil||International||Hard||Tímea Babos||2–6, 6–4, 6–3|
|Win||4–3||Jul 2017||Bucharest Open, Romania||International||Clay||Julia Görges||6–3, 7–5|
Doubles: 16 (9 titles, 7 runner-ups)
|Win||1–0||Jan 2012||Hobart International, Australia||International||Hard||Monica Niculescu|| Chuang Chia-jung
|6–7(4–7), 7–6(7–4), [10–5]|
|Loss||1–1||Apr 2012||Morocco Open, Morocco||International||Clay||Alexandra Cadanțu|| Petra Cetkovská
|6–3, 6–7(5–7), [9–11]|
|Loss||1–2||Oct 2012||Luxembourg Open, Luxembourg||International||Hard (i)||Monica Niculescu|| Andrea Hlaváčková
|Win||2–2||Jun 2013||Rosmalen Championships, Netherlands||International||Grass||Anabel Medina Garrigues|| Dominika Cibulková
Arantxa Parra Santonja
|4–6, 7–6(7–3), [11–9]|
|Win||3–2||Feb 2014||Rio Open, Brazil||International||Clay||María Irigoyen|| Johanna Larsson
|Win||4–2||Sep 2014||Korea Open, South Korea||International||Hard||Lara Arruabarrena|| Mona Barthel
|Loss||4–3||Feb 2015||Rio Open, Brazil||International||Clay||María Irigoyen|| Ysaline Bonaventure
|Loss||4–4||Oct 2015||Wuhan Open, China||Premier 5||Hard||Monica Niculescu|| Martina Hingis
|Loss||4–5||Oct 2015||Kremlin Cup, Russia||Premier||Hard (i)||Monica Niculescu|| Daria Kasatkina
|3–6, 7–6(9–7), [5–10]|
|Win||5–5||Jul 2017||Bucharest Open, Romania||International||Clay||Raluca Olaru|| Elise Mertens
|Win||6–5||Oct 2017||Tianjin Open, China||International||Hard||Sara Errani|| Dalila Jakupović
|Win||7–5||Jan 2018||Shenzhen Open, China||International||Hard||Simona Halep|| Kateřina Siniaková
|1–6, 6–1, [10–8]|
|Loss||7–6||Jun 2018||Eastbourne International, UK||Premier||Grass||Mihaela Buzărnescu|| Gabriela Dabrowski
|Win||8–6||Jul 2018||Bucharest Open, Romania (2)||International||Clay||Andreea Mitu|| Danka Kovinić
|Loss||8–7||Sep 2018||Tashkent Open, Uzbekistan||International||Hard||Raluca Olaru|| Olga Danilović
|Win||9–7||Feb 2019||Hua Hin Championships, Thailand||International||Hard||Monica Niculescu|| Anna Blinkova
|2–6, 6–1, [12–10]|
WTA 125K series finals
Singles: 1 (1 title)
|Win||1–0||Mar 2020||Indian Wells Challenger, United States||Hard||Misaki Doi||6–3, 6–3|
ITF Circuit finals
Singles: 20 (12 titles, 8 runner–ups)
|Loss||0–1||Sep 2006||ITF Bucharest 6, Romania||10,000||Clay||Alexandra Cadanţu||3–6, 6–2, 3–6|
|Win||1–1||Sep 2007||ITF Braşov, Romania||10,000||Clay||Cristina Mitu||7–6(7–2), 6–2|
|Loss||1–2||Mar 2008||ITF Ain Sukhna, Egypt||10,000||Carpet||Katarzyna Piter||6–7(7–9), 4–6|
|Win||2–2||Sep 2008||ITF Braşov, Romania||10,000||Clay||Diana Enache||4–6, 6–4, 6–1|
|Win||3–2||Sep 2008||ITF Budapest, Hungary||10,000||Clay||Laura-Ioana Andrei||7–5, 6–1|
|Win||4–2||Oct 2008||ITF Jounieh, Lebanon||50,000||Clay||Anastasia Yakimova||6–2, 6–0|
|Win||5–2||Oct 2008||Pro-Series Glasgow, Scotland||25,000||Hard||Patricia Mayr||2–6, 7–5, 7–6(7–1)|
|Loss||5–3||Apr 2010||ITF Incheon, South Korea||25,000||Hard||Lee Jin-a||4–6, 2–6|
|Loss||5–4||Aug 2010||Reinert Open, Germany||25,000||Clay||Magda Linette||2–6, 5–7|
|Win||6–4||Sep 2010||ITF Podgorica, Montenegro||25,000||Clay||Annalisa Bona||6–1, 6–1|
|Win||7–4||Feb 2011||Copa Bionaire, Colombia||100,000||Clay||Laura Pous Tió||6–3, 7–6(7–1)|
|Loss||7–5||Jun 2011||Open de Marseille, France||100,000||Clay||Pauline Parmentier||3–6, 2–6|
|Win||8–5||Jul 2011||BCR Open Ladies, Romania||100,000||Clay||Laura Pous Tió||6–3, 7–5|
|Win||9–5||Mar 2014||ITF Campinas, Brazil||25,000||Clay||Alexandra Panova||6–2, 6–4|
|Win||10–5||Mar 2014||ITF Sao Paulo, Brazil||25,000||Clay||Alexandra Panova||7–5, 4–6, 6–4|
|Loss||10–6||Apr 2014||ITF Medellin, Colombia||50,000||Clay||Verónica Cepede Royg||4–6, 6–4, 4–6|
|Win||11–6||Jul 2014||Grand Est Open, France||100,000||Clay||Kaia Kanepi||6–3, 6–4|
|Loss||11–7||Jun 2017||Southsea Trophy, United Kingdom||100,000+H||Grass||Tatjana Maria||2–6, 2–6|
|Loss||11–8||Oct 2019||Kiskút Open, Hungary||100,000||Clay (i)||Danka Kovinic||4–6, 6–3, 3–6|
|Win||12–8||Feb 2020||Zed Open, Egypt||100,000||Hard||Lesia Tsurenko||6–4, 3–6, 6–2|
Doubles: 27 (19 titles, 8 runner–ups)
|Win||1–0||Jun 2006||ITF Galaţi, Romania||10,000||Clay||Carmen-Raluca Ţibuleac|| Bianca Bonifate
|Win||2–0||May 2007||ITF Bucharest, Romania||10,000||Clay||Simona Halep|| Laura-Ioana Andrei
|Loss||2–1||Aug 2007||ITF Hunedoara, Romania||10,000||Clay||Laura-Ioana Andrei|| Diana Enache
Antonia Xenia Tout
|6–3, 4–6, 4–6|
|Loss||2–2||Sep 2007||ITF Braşov, Romania||10,000||Clay||Diana Gae|| Raluca Ciulei
|Loss||2–3||Jun 2008||ITF Craiova, Romania||10,000||Clay||Alexandra Damaschin|| Laura-Ioana Andrei
|Win||3–3||Jul 2008||ITF Bucharest, Romania||10,000||Clay||Ioana Gaspar|| Mihaela Bunea
|4–6, 6–3, [10–3]|
|Win||4–3||Jul 2008||ITF Hunedoara, Romania||10,000||Clay||Elora Dabija|| Katarína Poljaková
|Win||5–3||Aug 2008||ITF Bucharest, Romania||10,000||Clay||Laura-Ioana Andrei|| Lyudmyla Kichenok
|6–2, 3–6, [10–6]|
|Win||6–3||Sep 2008||ITF Braşov, Romania||10,000||Clay||Laura-Ioana Andrei|| Bianca Hîncu
|Win||7–3||Sep 2008||ITF Budapest, Hungary||10,000||Clay||Laura-Ioana Andrei|| Davinia Lobbinger
|Loss||7–4||Oct 2008||ITF Glasgow, Scotland||25,000||Hard||Laura-Ioana Andrei|| Stefania Boffa
|Win||8–4||May 2009||BCR Open Ladies, Romania||100,000||Clay||Simona Halep|| Julia Görges
|2–6, 6–1, [12–10]|
|Win||9–4||Apr 2010||ITF Incheon, South Korea||25,000||Hard||Erika Sema|| Misaki Doi
|Loss||9–5||Jul 2010||ITF Darmstadt, Germany||25,000||Clay||Erika Sema|| Vitalia Diatchenko
|6–4, 1–6, [4–10]|
|Win||10–5||Jul 2010||BCR Open Ladies, Romania (2)||75,000||Clay||Elena Bogdan|| María Irigoyen
|Win||11–5||Aug 2010||ITF Hechingen, Germany||25,000||Clay||Anaïs Laurendon|| Julia Schruff
|6–2, 4–6, [10–8]|
|Win||12–5||Sep 2010||ITF Podgorica, Montenegro||25,000||Clay||Mihaela Buzărnescu|| Valeria Solovieva
|5–7, 7–5, [12–10]|
|Win||13–5||Sep 2010||ITF Bucharest, Romania||25,000||Clay||Elena Bogdan|| Leticia Costas-Moreira
|Loss||13–6||Oct 2010||ITF Madrid, Spain||50,000||Clay||Elena Bogdan|| Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino
|Loss||13–7||Nov 2010||Dunlop World Challenge, Japan||75,000||Carpet (i)||Mădălina Gojnea|| Shuko Aoyama
|6–1, 3–6, [9–11]|
|Win||14–7||Feb 2011||Copa Bionaire, Colombia||100,000||Clay||Elena Bogdan|| Ekaterina Ivanova
|2–6, 7–6(8–6), [11–9]|
|Win||15–7||Jun 2011||Open de Marseille, France||100,000||Clay||Nina Bratchikova|| Laura-Ioana Andrei
|Win||16–7||Jul 2011||BCR Open Ladies, Romania (3)||100,000||Clay||Elena Bogdan|| Maria Elena Camerin
|6–7(1–7), 7–6(7–4), [16–14]|
|Win||17–7||Jul 2012||BCR Open Ladies, Romania (4)||100,000||Clay||Alizé Cornet|| Elena Bogdan
|Win||18–7||Mar 2014||ITF São Paulo, Brazil||25,000||Clay||Alexandra Panova|| María Irigoyen
María Fernanda Álvarez Terán
|6–4, 3–6 [11–9]|
|Win||19–7||Apr 2014||ITF Medellín, Colombia||50,000||Clay||María Irigoyen|| Monique Adamczak
|Loss||19–8||Jul 2014||Grand Est Open, France||100,000||Clay||María Irigoyen|| Alexandra Panova
|3–6, 0–4 ret.|
Record against other players
Begu's win–loss record against players who have been ranked world No. 10 or higher is as follows:
|Player||Record||Win %||Hard||Clay||Grass||Last match|
|No. 1 ranked players|
|Caroline Wozniacki||1–0||100%||1–0||0–0||0–0||Won (6–2, 6–2) at 2012 US Open|
|Angelique Kerber||2–4||33%||1–1||1–3||0–0||Loss (2–6, 3–6) at 2016 Fed Cup|
|Karolína Plíšková||1–2||33%||1–2||0–0||0–0||Loss (6–7(4–7), 1–6) at 2018 Indian Wells|
|Garbiñe Muguruza||1–3||25%||0–2||1–1||0–0||Loss (6–2, 2–6, 3–6) at 2017 Beijing|
|Victoria Azarenka||1–5||17%||0–2||1–2||0–1||Won (6–3, 6–2) at 2016 Rome|
|Serena Williams||0–1||0%||0–0||0–1||0–0||Loss (4–6, 1–6) at 2016 Rome|
|Maria Sharapova||0–3||0%||0–1||0–1||0–1||Loss (4–6, 2–6) at 2017 Tianjin|
|Simona Halep||0–6||0%||0–3||0–3||0–0||Loss (1–6, 4–6) at 2018 Shenzhen|
|No. 2 ranked players|
|Svetlana Kuznetsova||2–1||67%||0–0||2–1||0–0||Won (1–6, 7–6(7–4), 3–2 RET) at 2012 Fes|
|Agnieszka Radwańska||1–2||33%||1–2||0–0||0–0||Won (6–4, 6–3) at 2018 Seoul|
|Petra Kvitová||0–3||0%||0–1||0–2||0–0||Loss (3–6, 6–1, 1–6) at 2018 St. Petersburg|
|No. 3 ranked players|
|No. 4 ranked players|
|Kimiko Date-Krumm||1–1||50%||1–1||0–0||0–0||Loss (6–1, 4–6, 2–6) at 2015 Sydney|
|Francesca Schiavone||0–1||0%||0–0||0–0||0–1||Loss (3–6, 6–0, 1–6) at 2012 's-Hertogenbosch|
|No. 5 ranked players|
|Jeļena Ostapenko||2–0||100%||1–0||1–0||0–0||Won (6–3, 6–3) at 2018 Madrid|
|Lucie Šafářová||1–1||50%||1–1||0–0||0–0||Loss (4–6, 3–6) at 2015 New Haven|
|Eugenie Bouchard||1–2||33%||0–1||1–0||0–1||Loss (3–6, 1–6) at 2016 Eastbourne|
|Daniela Hantuchová||0–1||0%||0–0||0–0||0–1||Loss (6–4, 6–7(10–12), 4–6) at 2015 Birmingham|
|Sara Errani||0–2||0%||0–0||0–2||0–0||Loss (4–6, 1–6) at 2012 Palermo|
|No. 6 ranked players|
|Carla Suárez Navarro||2–2||50%||0–1||2–1||0–0||Won (7–5, 7–5) at 2017 Bucharest|
|Flavia Pennetta||0–2||0%||0–0||0–1||0–1||Loss (2–6, 2–6) at 2012 Acapulco|
|No. 7 ranked players|
|Belinda Bencic||1–0||100%||0–0||0–0||1–0||Won (6–4, 4–3 RET) at 2016 Eastbourne|
|Roberta Vinci||1–4||20%||0–3||1–1||0–0||Loss (4–6, 3–6) at 2015 Wuhan|
|No. 8 ranked players|
|Ekaterina Makarova||2–1||67%||2–1||0–0||0–0||Won (4–6, 6–3, 8–6) at 2018 Melbourne|
|No. 9 ranked players|
|CoCo Vandeweghe||1–0||100%||0–0||1–0||0–0||Won (6–7(4–7), 7–6(7–4), 10–8) at 2016 Paris|
|Timea Bacsinszky||3–2||60%||0–0||3–2||0–0||Won (6–4, 6–1) at 2018 Fed Cup|
|Andrea Petkovic||3–2||60%||1–1||1–0||1–1||Won (7–6(7–5), 6–1) at 2018 St. Petersburg|
|No. 10 ranked players|
|Julia Görges||2–1||67%||1–1||1–0||0–0||Won (6–3, 7–5) at 2017 Bucharest|
|Maria Kirilenko||0–1||0%||0–1||0–0||0–0||Loss (6–7(4–7),4–6) at 2012 Indian Wells|
Top 10 wins
|1.||Caroline Wozniacki||No. 8||US Open, United States||Hard||1st round||6–2, 6–2|
|2.||Angelique Kerber||No. 9||Australian Open, Australia||Hard||1st round||6–4, 0–6, 6–1|
|3.||Garbiñe Muguruza||No. 4||Madrid Open, Spain||Clay||2nd round||5–7, 7–6(7–4), 6–3|
|4.||Victoria Azarenka||No. 6||Italian Open, Italy||Clay||2nd round||6–3, 6–2|
|5.||Belinda Bencic||No. 8||Birmingham Classic, United Kingdom||Grass||1st round||6–4, 4–3 ret.|
|6.||Jeļena Ostapenko||No. 5||Madrid Open, Spain||Clay||1st round||6–3, 6–3|
- WTA Newcomer of the Year
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- "Player & Career overview".
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