Kateryna Bondarenko

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Kateryna Bondarenko
Катерина Бондаренко
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Country (sports) Ukraine
ResidenceKiev, Ukraine
Born (1986-08-08) 8 August 1986 (age 35)
Kryvyi Rih, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro2000
Retired2012–2013
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachAlona Bondarenko (sister)
Prize moneyUS$ 4,178,416
Singles
Career record460–355 (56.4%)
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 29 (12 October 2009)
Current rankingNo. 208 (26 July 2021)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (2009, 2016, 2018)
French Open3R (2009)
Wimbledon3R (2011)
US OpenQF (2009)
Doubles
Career record233–242 (49.1%)
Career titles4
Highest rankingNo. 9 (20 October 2008)
Current rankingNo. 99 (26 July 2021)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenW (2008)
French OpenSF (2008)
Wimbledon2R (2007)
US Open3R (2008)
Other doubles tournaments
Olympic GamesSF (2008)
Team competitions
Fed Cup23–11 (67.6%)
Last updated on: 26 July 2021.

Kateryna Volodymyrivna Bondarenko (Ukrainian: Катерина Володимирівна Бондаренко; born 8 August 1986) is a tennis player from Ukraine. She was the doubles champion in 2008 at the Australian Open, partnering her sister Alona Bondarenko. Kateryna is the younger sister of professional tennis players Valeria and Alona.

She plays right-handed and turned pro in 2000.[1] Her career-high rankings in singles and doubles are world No. 29 and No. 9, respectively.

Her best Grand Slam performance in singles was reaching the quarterfinals at the 2009 US Open.

Over her career, Bondarenko has defeated top ten players Elena Dementieva, Sara Errani, Ana Ivanovic, Garbiñe Muguruza, Li Na, Agnieszka Radwańska, Roberta Vinci, and Venus Williams.

Biography[edit]

Bondarenko was born on 8 August 1986 in Kryvyi Rih, Ukrainian SSR (nowadays Ukraine) to father, Vladimir, and mother, Natalia. She was introduced to tennis at age four by her parents. She has two sisters, Valeria and Alona, both used to play on the WTA Tour. Her favourite surface is hardcourt.[2][3] In September 2011, Bondarenko married Denis Volodko. Their first child, Karin, was born in 2013. Bondarenko gave birth to her second child in 2019.

Tennis career[edit]

2008: First WTA title[edit]

Bondarenko began season at the Hobart International where she lost in the first round to world No. 144, Anna Lapushchenkova. At the Australian Open, she lost in the first round to world No. 69, Aravane Rezaï, 6–7, 2–6.[4] However, on 24 January 2008, paired with her sister Alona, she won the doubles tournament at the Australian Open without seeding, defeating in the final the No. 12-seeded pair Victoria Azarenka/Shahar Pe'er, in three sets.[5]

After that, she played for Ukraine in the tie against Belgium in the 2008 Fed Cup World Group II. She lost her first match to Yanina Wickmayer and won her last match defeating Tamaryn Hendler. Ukraine defeated Belgium 3–2.[6] At the Open Gaz de France, she upset fifth seed and defending champion Nadia Petrova in the first round, in three sets,[7] and she defeated qualifier and compatriot Yuliana Fedak, 6–0, 6–3.[8] In the quarterfinals, she lost to fourth seed Elena Dementieva in straight sets.[9] In doubles, she partnered with her sister Alona, and they won the tournament defeating Czech pair Vladimíra Uhlířová/Eva Hrdinová in the final, 6–1, 6–4.[10] Bondarenko then played at the Proximus Diamond Games in Antwerp, where she beat qualifier and compatriot Tatiana Perebiynis and young Russian Alisa Kleybanova. During the match, she suffered a left hip strain. In doubles, partnering up with her sister Alona, they lost in the semifinals to second seeds Květa Peschke/Ai Sugiyama, 1–6, 1–6. Kateryna's injury prevented her from playing at the Qatar Open.

Bondarenko returned at the Indian Wells Open. Seeded No. 30 and getting a first-round bye, she was upset in the second round by world No. 216, Jie Zheng, 6–2, 6–4.[11] At the Miami Open, she defeated Pauline Parmentier, 6–1, 6–3, in the second round, she lost to tenth seed Elena Dementieva, 0–6, 4–6. Playing for Ukraine again at the 2008 Fed Cup World Group Play-offs, Ukraine faced Italy. Bondarenko played one rubber, but she lost to Sara Errani. In the end, Italy defeated Ukraine 3–2.

She began clay-court season at the German Open where she beat world No. 45, Tamira Paszek, 6–4, 6–3.[12] but lost in the second round to 7th seed and eventual finalist Dementieva 1–6, 2–6.[13] At the Italian Open, Bondarenko defeated world No. 53, Tathiana Garbin. Then she lost to sixth seed Anna Chakvetadze, 6–3, 6–7, 0–6.[14] Playing at the Internationaux de Strasbourg, she lost in the first round to world No. 93, Petra Kvitová.[15] At the French Open, Bondarenko lost in the first round to 13th seed and eventual finalist Dinara Safina, 1–6, 3–6.[16][17][18] However, in doubles, she and Alona reached the semifinals where they lost to Casey Dellacqua/Francesca Schiavone, 2–6, 1–6.[19]

Bondarenko began grass-court season at the Birmingham Classic. Seeded 12th, she defeated world No. 92, Anne Keothavong, 6–3, 6–2 in the first and qualifier Samantha Stosur, 6–3, 6–2 in the second round.[20] In the third round, she beat lucky loser Melinda Czink, in three sets.[21] In her second quarterfinal of the year she beat world No. 52, Petra Cetkovská, 7–6, 6–2 to reach her first WTA semifinal[22] where she defeated world No. 64, Marina Erakovic, 6–3, 6–2 to reach her first WTA singles final.[citation needed] In the final, Bondarenko defeated world No. 85, Yanina Wickmayer, to win her only WTA singles title.[23][24] The week after, she played at the Ordina Open where she lost in the first round to qualifier and eventual champion, Tamarine Tanasugarn, 3–6, 3–6.[25] At the Wimbledon Championships, Bondarenko defeated qualifier Rika Fujiwara, 1–6, 6–4, 6–3.[26] In the second round, she lost to fourth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova, 2–6, 3–6.[27]

Bondarenko began the US Open Series at the Stanford Classic where she beat world No. 72, Ashley Harkleroad, but lost in the second round to world No. 32, Dominika Cibulková.[28] At the LA Championships, she lost in the first round to world No. 122, Meng Yuan, in three sets.[29] Seeded seventh at the Nordic Light Open, she lost in the first round to world No. 77, Camille Pin, 4–6, 6–7.[30] Bondarenko represented Ukraine at the Beijing Olympics. She lost in the first round to fifth seed and eventual gold medalist Elena Dementieva, 1–6, 4–6. This was the fourth time that year that Bondarenko has lost to Dementieva. In doubles, she and Alona reached the semifinals where they lost to second seeds Serena Williams/Venus Williams, in three sets.[31] In the bronze medal match, they lost to Chinese pair Yan Zi/Zheng Jie 2–6, 2–6,[32] and ended in fourth place. Bondarenko lost in the first round at the US Open to fourth seed and eventual champion Serena Williams, 1–6, 4–6.[33] In doubles, she and Alona lost in the third round to tenth seeds and eventual finalists Lisa Raymond/Samantha Stosur.[34]

Bondarenko qualified for the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix defeating Lucie Hradecká in the final round of qualifying, 6–2, 6–2. She beat world No. 15, Flavia Pennetta,[35] in the second round, she lost to sixth seed Venus Williams, 4–6, 2–6.[36] At the Kremlin Cup, Bondarenko lost in the first round of qualifying to Aravane Rezaï, 0–6, 6–3, 1–6. At the Zurich Open, she lost in the final round of qualifying to Monica Niculescu, 1–6, 1–6. Playing her final tournament of the year, the Generali Ladies Linz, she lost in the first round to fifth seed Nadia Petrova, 6–3, 3–6, 1–6.[37]

Bondarenko ended the year ranked No. 63 in singles and No. 10 in doubles.

2009: US Open quarterfinal[edit]

Bondarenko began her season at the Brisbane International. She lost in the first round to second seed and eventual champion Victoria Azarenka 0–6, 2–6.[38] Next, she played at the Hobart International. She lost in the first round to world No. 57, Magdaléna Rybáriková.[39] In doubles, Bondarenko partnered with her sister Alona. They reached the final which they lost to Gisela Dulko/Flavia Pennetta, 2–6, 6–7.[40] At the Australian Open, Bondarenko upset ninth seed Agnieszka Radwańska in the first round, 7–6, 4–6, 6–1.[41] In the second round, she beat world No. 90, Lourdes Domínguez Lino, 7–5, 7–5. In the third round, she lost to 22nd seed Zheng Jie, 2–6, 2–6.

2012: Retirement from tennis[edit]

Bondarenko started off her 2012 season by playing doubles at Hobart. Partnering with Anastasia Rodionova, she defeated Shuko Aoyama/Irina Falconi in the first round, 6–2, 0–6, [10–6]. In the quarterfinals, they upset top seeds Lucie Hradecká/Anabel Medina Garrigues, 7–6, 3–6, [10–6]. In the semifinals, they lost to third seeds Chuang Chia-jung/Marina Erakovic in the super tie-breaker. Bondarenko next participated at the Australian Open. In the first round, she lost to world No. 66, Vania King.[42]

She played for Ukraine in the Fed Cup tie against Italy. She lost both of her matches to Sara Errani and Francesca Schiavone. Italy defeated Ukraine 3–2.[43] Seeded sixth for qualifying at the Qatar Open, she qualified beating Alizé Lim and 13th seed Casey Dellacqua, in straight sets, respectively. In the first round, she beat fellow qualifier Vera Dushevina, 7–5, 6–2 before she went over world No. 23, Flavia Pennetta, 6–4, 6–2.[44] In the third round, Bondarenko lost to world No. 31, Monica Niculescu, 6–7, 4–6.[45] Playing qualifying at Dubai, she was beaten in the second round of qualifying by Aleksandra Wozniak, 6–7, 6–3, 6–1. Seeded second for qualifying at Indian Wells, Bondarenko lost in the first round of to Paula Ormaechea, 6–7, 4–6. Seeded top in qualifying at Miami, she defeated Mirjana Lučić in the final round of qualifying, 4–6, 6–2, 6–4.[46] In the first round, she beat fellow qualifier Urszula Radwańska, 3–6, 7–6, 6–4. In the second round, she lost to 20th seed Daniela Hantuchová in a tough match, 7–6, 2–6, 6–7.[47]

Bondarenko began clay-court season at the Charleston Cup. In the first round, she defeated world No. 84, Olga Govortsova.[48] In the second round, she lost easily to fourth seed Vera Zvonareva, 1–6, 1–6.[49] At the Porsche Grand Prix, Bondarenko reached the final round of qualifying where she lost to Anna Chakvetadze 3–6, 6–7. Still entering the draw as a lucky loser, she lost in the first round to qualifier Gréta Arn, 6–7, 3–6.[50] At the Italian Open, she retired in the first round of qualifying, trailing 7–6 to Anastasia Rodionova. At the Brussels Open, she lost in the first round to tenth seed Nadia Petrova.[51] Playing at the French Open, Bondarenko lost in the first round to qualifier Chan Yung-jan, 1–6, 6–7.[52]

She played only one grass-court tournament to prepare for Wimbledon. At the Rosmalen Open, she upset second seed Sara Errani in the first round in three sets.[53] In the second round, she lost to world No. 53, Kim Clijsters, 2–6, 1–6.[54] At Wimbledon, she beat world No. 82, Kimiko Date-Krumm, in the first round[55] but was eliminated in the second by 14th seed Ana Ivanovic, 6–3, 7–6.[56] Bondarenko had led their head to head 2–0.

At the Swedish Open, she defeated qualifier Carina Witthöft in the first round, 6–2, 7–6.[57] In the second, she lost to seventh seed Mona Barthel, 2–6, 5–7.[58] Representing Ukraine at the Summer Olympics, Bondarenko lost in the first round to sixth seed Petra Kvitová, in three sets.[59]

Playing qualifying at the Cincinnati Open, she lost in the final round of qualifying to Eleni Daniilidou, 3–6, 6–7. At the New Haven Open, Bondarenko was defeated in the first round of qualifying by Anastasia Rodionova, 7–6, 6–2. At the US Open, the final tournament of her career, she lost in the first round to 30th seed and former world No. 1, Jelena Janković, 1–6, 2–6.[60]

Bondarenko then retired from the WTA Tour due to being pregnant.

2014: Return from pregnancy[edit]

She made her return in the qualifying for the Katowice Open, where she lost to Kristína Kučová from Slovakia in two sets.

At the French Open, Bondarenko lost in the first round of qualifying to Indy de Vroome. She made a quarterfinal at the $10k event in Budapest, Hungary and also at the $25k event in Kristinehamn, where she won the doubles partnering Cornelia Lister from Sweden. She lost to Kateřina Siniaková in three sets in the first round of qualifying for Bad Gastein, and in the second round of qualifying against Yulia Putintseva at Båstad after beating Stephanie Vogt in two sets.

Bondarenko managed to qualify for Baku by beating Jovana Jakšić, in straight sets, but she lost in the first round to Julia Glushko, in three sets. She received a wildcard into the first round of the Tashkent Open where she fell to the top seed and defending champion Bojana Jovanovski in a tight three set match. She won a $25k event in Monterrey by beating Ana Vrljić, 6–1, 7–5. A few weeks later she won a $50k event in Macon by beating Grace Min in the final in two sets. Her last tournament of the year was a $50k event in Captiva Island, where she was beaten by Julia Glushko in three sets.

2015: Back in game[edit]

Bondarenko about to serve at the 2015 Wimbledon Championships

Bondarenko began season by playing qualifying at the Australian Open but lost in the second round to 22nd seed Laura Siegemund, 4–6, 2–6.

After the Australian Open, Bondarenko played qualifying at the Diamond Games. She qualified for her first Premier-level tournament since coming back to the WTA Tour by defeating Dinah Pfizenmaier in the final round of qualifying, 6–1, 6–1.[61] In the first round, she lost to sixth seed Dominika Cibulková, 1–6, 2–6.[62] At the Abierto Mexicano Telcel, she lost in the second round of qualifying to sixth seed Richèl Hogenkamp, 3–6, 3–6. She then played qualifying at the Monterrey Open where she lost in the final round of qualifying to fourth seed Tímea Babos.

Bondarenko began clay-court season at the Charleston Open. Seeded 15th in qualifying, she qualified by defeating Beatriz Haddad Maia in the final round, 6–3, 7–6. In the main draw, she had her first WTA Tour win since she returned from retirement by beating Alison Riske, 6–4, 4–6, 6–1.[63] In the second round, Bondarenko lost to seventh seed and eventual finalist, Madison Keys, 2–6, 1–6.[64][65][66] Bondarenko qualified for the Porsche Grand Prix by beating Alexa Glatch in the final round of qualifying, 0–6, 6–4, 6–4. In the first round, she lost to Lucie Šafářová, 6–7, 4–6. At the Prague Open, she lost in the second round of qualifying to sixth seed Danka Kovinić, 3–6, 4–6. However, in doubles, Bondarenko partnered up with Eva Hrdinová. They reached the final, losing to Belinda Bencic and Kateřina Siniaková.[67] At the Madrid Open, Bondarenko lost in the first round of qualifying to 14th seed Marina Erakovic. In the qualifying for the French Open, she lost in the final round to Alexa Glatch, in three sets.[68]

She began grass-court season by playing qualifying at the first edition of the Nottingham Open. She lost in the first round of qualifying to compatriot Olga Savchuk, 1–6, 2–6. At the Birmingham Classic, Bondarenko qualified by beating 13th seed Yanina Wickmayer in the final round. In the first round of the main draw, she was defeated by Zarina Diyas, 7–6, 7–6.[69] Seeded tenth for qualifying at Wimbledon, Bondarenko was defeated in the second round of qualifying by Elise Mertens, 6–4, 7–6.

In the first round of the Bucharest Open, she lost to Shahar Pe'er.[70] Seeded fourth for qualifying at the İstanbul Cup, Bondarenko qualified by beating Hiroko Kuwata, 6–3, 6–2, and Nastassja Burnett, 3–6, 6–3, 6–0. In the main draw, Bondarenko upset top seed Venus Williams, 6–4, 7–6,[71] and in the second round Mona Barthel, 6–3, 4–6, 6–2.[72] In the quarterfinals, she lost in a close match to compatriot and eventual champion, Lesia Tsurenko.[73] At the Baku Cup, Bondarenko beat qualifier Valentyna Ivakhnenko in the first round, 6–1, 6–2.[74] In the second round, she retired trailing 0–3 to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova due to a right lower leg injury.[75]

Bondarenko started US Open Series by playing qualifying at the Stanford Classic. Seeded second, she qualified by defeating wildcard Caroline Doyle 6–0, 6–0 and sixth seed Petra Martić, 6–3, 3–6, 6–3. In the first round, she lost to eighth seed and compatriot Elina Svitolina, 6–4, 4–6, 5–7.[76] Bondarenko qualified for the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, beating 19th seed Lara Arruabarrena 6–1, 6–4 and Jana Čepelová 6–3, 6–0. In the first round, she lost in a tough match to world No. 26, Eugenie Bouchard, 6–7, 6–7.[77] Seeded 6th for qualifying at the US Open, Bondarenko made it through qualifying to qualify for the main draw defeating 18th seed Nao Hibino in the final round of qualifying, 6–1, 6–1. In the first round, she beat world No. 78, Yulia Putintseva, 6–0, 6–3.[78] In the second round, Bondarenko lost with a fight to second seed Simona Halep, 3–6, 4–6.[79] This performance made her re-enter the top 90 in the rankings.

After the US Open, she turned to the Asian swing. At the Japan Open, Bondarenko upset top seed Carla Suárez Navarro in the first round 6–4, 6–4.[80] In the second round, she beat Jarmila Gajdošová 6–1, 3–6, 6–4.[81] In the quarterfinals, she lost to eventual champion Yanina Wickmayer 6–3, 3–6, 4–6.[82] Seeded third for qualifying at the Pan Pacific Open, Bondarenko qualified defeating sixth seed Nao Hibino in the last round of qualifying 6–3, 6–4. In the first round, she lost to sixth seed Suárez Navarro 6–7, 2–6.[83] Seeded 15th for qualifying at the China Open, Bondarenko made it through qualifying by beating fourth seed Heather Watson in the final round of qualifying, 6–3, 6–4. In the first round, she defeated Barbora Strýcová 6–3, 6–2.[84] In the second round, she lost to 14th seed Madison Keys 6–3, 1–6, 0–6.[85] Her final tournament of the year was the Tianjin Open. In the first round, Bondarenko lost to eventual finalist Danka Kovinić 4–6, 1–6.[86]

Bondarenko ended the year ranked No. 88.

2016[edit]

Bondarenko at the 2016 US Open

She started her 2016 year by playing qualifying at the Brisbane International and qualified for the main draw by beating Naomi Osaka in the final round of qualifying 7–6(7), 4–6, 6–4. In the first round, she lost to world No. 40, Madison Brengle, 4–6, 6–4, 4–6.[87] Bondarenko played qualifying at the Hobart International. She lost in the first round of qualifying to Pauline Parmentier 2–6, 2–6. At the Australian Open, she defeated world No. 67, Ajla Tomljanović, in the first round 7–6, 6–3.[88] In the second round, she earned her first win over 23rd seed Svetlana Kuznetsova 6–1, 7–5 to reach the third round for the first time since 2009.[89] In the third round, Bondarenko lost to 12th seed Belinda Bencic, 6–4, 2–6, 4–6.[90][91]

Playing qualifying at the Dubai Championships, Bondarenko beat Anastasija Sevastova in the first round, 6–3, 6–3. In the second round of qualifying, she lost to Tsvetana Pironkova, 6–2, 6–1. Bondarenko qualified for the Qatar Open defeating María José Martínez Sánchez, 7–6, 3–6, 6–3 and ninth seed Evgeniya Rodina, 6–2, 7–5. In the first round, she defeated world No. 40, Annika Beck, 6–4, 6–4.[92] In the second round, Bondarenko lost to third seed Agnieszka Radwańska, 4–6, 4–6.[93] At the BNP Paribas Open, she qualified for the main draw beating Paula Kania 6–0, 6–4 and 19th seed Lourdes Domínguez Lino, 6–4, 6–0. In the first round, she defeated world No. 46, Alison Van Uytvanck, 6–2, 6–7, 6–2.[94] In the second round, she rallied to upset 24th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 6–2, 6–7, 6–4.[95][96] She beat compatriot and world No. 36, Lesia Tsurenko, 3–6, 6–4, 7–6, to reach the fourth round for the first time at the Indian Wells Masters.[97] In the fourth round, Bondarenko lost to world No. 1, Serena Williams, 2–6, 2–6.[98][99] Nevertheless, this was her best performance at Indian Wells. At the Miami Open, Bondarenko lost in the first round to world No. 36, Daria Kasatkina, 2–6, 6–1, 2–6.[100]

Bondarenko began clay-court season at the Charleston Open. In the first round, she upset 16th seed Misaki Doi, 4–6, 6–3, 6–1.[101] In the second round, Bondarenko lost to qualifier Kristína Kučová, 6–0, 3–6, 3–6.[102] Seeded seventh at the İstanbul Cup, Bondarenko defeated world No. 98, Olga Govortsova, in the first round 5–7, 6–3, 6–4.[103] In the second round, she lost again to qualifier Kristína Kučová, 3–6, 6–1, 5–7.[104] At the Madrid Open, Bondarenko lost in the first round of qualifying to Kateřina Siniaková, 6–4, 2–6, 2–6. Her final tournament before the French Open was the Internationaux de Strasbourg. In the first round, she beat world No. 54, Heather Watson, 6–3, 0–6, 6–1.[105] In the second round, Bondarenko lost to 7th seed Elena Vesnina 4–6, 5–7.[106] At the French Open, Bondarenko upset seventh seed Roberta Vinci in the first round, 6–1, 6–3.[107][108] In the second round, she lost to world No. 39, Annika Beck, 6–4, 3–6, 5–7.[109][110][111]

Bondarenko began her grass-court season by playing qualifying at the Birmingham Classic. She lost in the final round of qualifying to fifth seed and grass court specialist Tsvetana Pironkova, 7–5, 6–4. At the Eastbourne International, she qualified beating Carina Witthöft 7–6, 6–2, and Anett Kontaveit, 7–5, 1–6, 6–4. In the first round, she defeated world No. 38, Yulia Putintseva, 6–2, 4–6, 6–4.[112] In the second round, Bondarenko upset sixth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova 2–6, 6–4, 7–5.[113] In the third round, she lost to 12th seed and eventual champion Dominika Cibulková, 6–7, 3–6.[114] At Wimbledon, Bondarenko lost in the first round to 27th seed CoCo Vandeweghe, 2–6, 6–7.[115]

She began the US Open Series by competing at Stanford and lost in the first round to world No. 156, Urszula Radwańska, 4–6, 5–7.[116] Bondarenko qualified for the Rogers Cup beating Xu Yifan 6–0, 6–1 and wildcard Bianca Andreescu, 6–2, 6–1. In the first round, she lost to 14th seed Karolína Plíšková, 6–3, 2–6, 5–7.[117] Bondarenko qualified for the Western & Southern Open defeating wildcard Sofia Kenin, 6–1, 6–2 and wildcard Jamie Loeb, 3–6, 6–3, 6–2. In the first round, she lost to world No. 37, Kristina Mladenovic, 6–7, 3–6.[118] Playing qualifying at the Connecticut Open, Bondarenko defeated wildcard Julia Elbaba in the first round of qualifying, 6–3, 6–2. In the second round of qualifying, she retired trailing 1–3 to Nicole Gibbs. In doubles, she and her partner Chuang Chia-jung reached the final where they lost to second seeds Sania Mirza/Monica Niculescu 5–7, 4–6.[119] At the US Open, Bondarenko defeated Hsieh Su-wei in the first round, 6–0, 7–5.[120] In the second round, she beat world No. 61, Zheng Saisai, in a tough match 5–7, 7–6, 7–5.[121] After the match, a fan jumped onto the court trying to engage Bondarenko, but ends up getting arrested.[122] In the third round, Bondarenko lost to world No. 48, Anastasija Sevastova, 4–6, 1–6.[123]

At the Japan Open, she lost in the first round to world No. 75, Louisa Chirico, 4–6, 5–7.[124] Bondarenko qualified for the Pan Pacific Open defeating eighth seed Aleksandra Krunić in the final round of qualifying 6–0, 6–2. In the first round, she lost to Anastasija Sevastova, 7–6, 6–3.[125] At the Wuhan Open, Bondarenko lost in the second round of qualifying to sixth seed Alizé Cornet, 2–6, 1–6. Her final tournament of the year was the China Open. She lost in the first round of qualifying to Xinyun Han, 6–2, 6–7, 4–6.

Bondarenko ended the year ranked No. 70.

2017: First WTA singles title since 2008[edit]

Bondarenko began the season by playing qualifying at the Brisbane International. She made it to the final round of qualifying where she lost to Asia Muhammad. However, she made it into the main draw as a lucky loser. In the first round, she lost in a thriller to eighth seed Roberta Vinci.[126] Next, Bondarenko played qualifying at the Apia International Sydney. She qualified defeating Naomi Broady in the final round of qualifying.[127] In the first round, she was defeated by fellow qualifier Christina McHale.[128] At the Australian Open, Bondarenko lost in the first round to 21st seed Caroline Garcia.[129]

In February, Bondarenko competed at the Qatar Open. She lost in the second round of qualifying to Christina McHale. At the Dubai Championships, she won her first singles match of the year defeating qualifier Aryna Sabalenka in the first round.[130] In the second round, Bondarenko won when fifth seed Garbiñe Muguruza retired at 4–1 in the opening set due to a left achilles injury.[131] In the third round, she lost to tenth seed and eventual finalist Caroline Wozniacki.[132] Playing at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Bondarenko was defeated in the first round by Julia Görges.[133] At Indian Wells, she lost in the first round to Wang Qiang.[134] In Miami at the Miami Open, she won her first-round match over wildcard Paula Badosa Gibert.[135] In the second round, she lost a tough three-set match to twenty-sixth seed Mirjana Lučić-Baroni.[136]

Bondarenko began her clay-court season at the Charleston Open. She lost in the second round to seventh seed Kiki Bertens.[137] In Germany at the Porsche Grand Prix, Bondarenko was defeated in the first round of qualifying by Anett Kontaveit. At the Morocco Open, Bondarenko lost in the second round to seventh seed Lauren Davis.[138] In Madrid, Bondarenko was defeated in the first round of qualifying by Océane Dodin. At the Italian Open, she lost in the first round of qualifying to Varvara Lepchenko. Playing in her final tournament before the French Open at the Nürnberger Versicherungscup, she was defeated in the first round of qualifying by Alexandra Cadanțu.

2020[edit]

Bondarenko kicked off her 2020 season at the Shenzhen Open. She reached the quarterfinal round where she lost to Kristýna Plíšková.[139] At the Australian Open, she was defeated in the first round by Australian wildcard Arina Rodionova.[140]

In February, Bondarenko competed at the Thailand Open where she lost in the first round to fifth seed and eventual champion, Magda Linette.[141] At the Mexican Open, she was defeated in the second round by seventh seed and eventual champion, Heather Watson.[142]

Grand Slam performance timelines[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# P# DNQ A Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS P NH
(W) Won; (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, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic/Paralympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (P) postponed; (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 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 SR W-L Win%
Australian Open A Q3 Q1 1R 3R 2R 1R 1R A A Q2 3R 1R 3R A 1R A 0 / 9 7–9 44%
French Open A A 2R 1R 3R 2R 1R 1R A Q1 Q3 2R 1R 1R A A Q1 0 / 9 5–9 36%
Wimbledon 1R 2R 1R 2R 2R 1R 3R 2R A A Q2 1R 1R 1R A NH Q2 0 / 11 6–11 35%
US Open Q2 Q1 2R 1R QF 2R 2R 1R A A 2R 3R Q2 1R A 2R A 0 / 10 11–10 52%
Win–Loss 0–1 1–1 2–3 1–4 9–4 3–4 3–4 1–4 0–0 0–0 1–1 5–4 0–3 2–4 0–0 1–2 0–0 0 / 39 29–39 43%

Doubles[edit]

Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 ... 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 W–L
Australian Open A 2R W 1R 1R 1R 1R A 2R 1R 2R A 1R 2R 11–10
French Open A 2R SF 2R QF 1R 2R A 1R 1R 2R A 1R A 12–10
Wimbledon 1R 2R A 1R 1R A 1R A 1R 2R 1R A NH A 2–8
US Open 2R 2R 3R 1R 2R 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R A A 1R 6–12
Win–Loss 1–2 4–4 14–2 1–4 5–4 0–3 1–4 0–1 1–4 1–4 2–4 0–0 0–2 1–2 31–40

Junior Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (title)[edit]

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 2004 Wimbledon Grass Serbia and Montenegro Ana Ivanovic 6–4, 6–7(2), 6–2

Olympics[edit]

Doubles: 1 (runner–up)[edit]

Result Year Location Surface Partner Opponents Score
4th place 2008 Beijing Hard Ukraine Alona Bondarenko China Zheng Jie
China Yan Zi
2–6, 2–6

WTA career finals[edit]

Singles: 2 (2 titles)[edit]

Legend (pre/post 2010)
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Tier II / Premier (0–0)
Tier III, IV & V / International (2–0)
Finals by surface
Hard (1–0)
Grass (1–0)
Clay (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Jun 2008 Birmingham Classic, UK Tier III Grass Belgium Yanina Wickmayer 7–6(7), 3–6, 7–6(4)
Win 2–0 Sep 2017 Tashkent Open, Uzbekistan International Hard Hungary Timea Babos 6–4, 6–4

Doubles: 11 (4 titles, 7 runner-ups)[edit]

Legend (pre/post 2010)
Grand Slam tournaments (1–0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 / WTA 1000 (0–0)
Tier II / Premier / WTA 500 (1–1)
Tier III, IV & V / International / WTA 250 (2–6)
Finals by surface
Hard (3–4)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (1–3)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Jan 2008 Australian Open Grand Slam Hard Ukraine Alona Bondarenko Belarus Victoria Azarenka
Israel Shahar Pe'er
2–6, 6–1, 6–4
Win 2–0 Feb 2008 Paris indoor, France Tier II Hard (i) Ukraine Alona Bondarenko Czech Republic Vladimíra Uhlířová
Czech Republic Eva Hrdinová
6–1, 6–4
Loss 2–1 Jan 2009 Hobart International, Australia International Hard Ukraine Alona Bondarenko Argentina Gisela Dulko
Italy Flavia Pennetta
2–6, 6–7(4)
Loss 2–2 Jul 2009 Budapest Grand Prix, Hungary International Clay Ukraine Alona Bondarenko Russia Alisa Kleybanova
Romania Monica Niculescu
4–6, 6–7(5)
Win 3–2 Jul 2009 Prague Open, Czech Republic International Clay Ukraine Alona Bondarenko Czech Republic Iveta Benešová
Czech Republic Barbora Strýcová
6–1, 6–2
Loss 3–3 Jan 2011 Hobart International, Australia International Hard Latvia Līga Dekmeijere Italy Sara Errani
Italy Roberta Vinci
3–6, 5–7
Loss 3–4 May 2015 Prague Open, Czech Republic International Clay Czech Republic Eva Hrdinová Switzerland Belinda Bencic
Czech Republic Kateřina Siniaková
2–6, 2–6
Loss 3–5 Aug 2016 Connecticut Open, United States Premier Hard Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung India Sania Mirza
Romania Monica Niculescu
5–7, 4–6
Loss 3–6 Feb 2020 Mexican Open International Hard Canada Sharon Fichman United States Desirae Krawczyk
Mexico Giuliana Olmos
3–6, 6–7(5)
Win 4–6 Mar 2020 Monterrey Open, Mexico International Hard Canada Sharon Fichman Japan Miyu Kato
China Wang Yafan
4–6, 6–3, [10–7]
Loss 4–7 Jul 2021 Poland Open WTA 250 Clay Poland Katarzyna Piter Kazakhstan Anna Danilina
Belarus Lidziya Marozava
3–6, 2–6

WTA 125K series finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (runner-up)[edit]

Result W–L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Mar 2018 Indian Wells Challenger, United States Hard Italy Sara Errani 4–6, 2–6

ITF Circuit finals[edit]

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments

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

Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Dec 2002 ITF Pune, India 10,000 Hard Turkey İpek Şenoğlu 6–1, 6–1
Loss 1–1 Aug 2003 ITF Gdynia, Poland 10,000 Clay Austria Daniela Kix 7–5, 5–7, 3–6
Loss 1–2 Aug 2003 ITF Oulu, Finland 10,000 Clay Australia Monique Adamczak 3–6, 4–6
Loss 1–3 Apr 2004 ITF Bari, Italy 25,000 Clay Ukraine Alona Bondarenko 6–2, 2–6, 4–6
Win 2–3 Dec 2006 ITF Dubai, UAE 75,000 Hard Belarus Ekaterina Dzehalevich 6–1, 6–3
Win 3–3 Nov 2010 ITF Bratislava, Slovakia 25,000 Hard (i) Russia Evgeniya Rodina 7–6(3), 6–2
Win 4–3 Oct 2014 ITF Monterrey, Mexico 25,000 Hard Croatia Ana Vrljić 6–1, 7–5
Win 5–3 Oct 2014 Classic of Macon, U.S. 50,000 Hard United States Grace Min 6–4, 7–5

Doubles: 10 (3 titles, 7 runner–ups)[edit]

Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 May 2001 ITF Olecko, Poland 10,000 Clay Ukraine Valeria Bondarenko Slovakia Martina Babáková
Czech Republic Lenka Snajdrova
2–6, 2–6
Loss 0–2 Sep 2001 ITF Mostar, BiH 10,000 Clay Slovenia Mojca Mileta Germany Maria Jedlickova
Slovakia Lenka Tvarošková
4–6, 4–6
Win 1–2 Dec 2002 ITF Pune, India 10,000 Hard Uzbekistan Akgul Amanmuradova India Sania Mirza
India Radhika Tulpule
6–3, 7–6(1)
Loss 1–3 Aug 2003 ITF Oulu, Finland 10,000 Clay Latvia Irina Kuzmina-Rimša Austria Nicole Melch
Austria Yvonne Meusburger
3–6, 6–4, 1–6
Loss 1–4 Nov 2005 ITF Deauville, France 50,000 Clay (i) Ukraine Alona Bondarenko France Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro
Tunisia Selima Sfar
3–6, 1–6
Win 2–4 Mar 2006 ITF Orange, U.S. 50,000 Hard Ukraine Alona Bondarenko Canada Stéphanie Dubois
United States Lilia Osterloh
6–2, 6–4
Loss 2–5 Dec 2006 ITF Dubai, UAE 75,000 Hard Ukraine Valeria Bondarenko Croatia Jelena Kostanić Tošić
Bosnia and Herzegovina Mervana Jugić-Salkić
3–6, 0–6
Loss 2–6 Sep 2007 ITF Kharkiv, Ukraine 100,000 Hard Ukraine Alona Bondarenko Ukraine Mariya Koryttseva
Belarus Darya Kustova
6–7(10), 3–6
Win 3–6 Jun 2014 ITF Kristinehamn, Sweden 25,000 Clay Sweden Cornelia Lister Belgium Ysaline Bonaventure
Poland Sandra Zaniewska
w/o
Loss 3–7 Oct 2014 ITF Tampico, Mexico 50,000 Hard Russia Valeria Savinykh Croatia Petra Martić
United States Maria Sanchez
6–3, 3–6, [2–10]

Top 10 wins[edit]

# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score
2007
1. Serbia Ana Ivanovic No. 5 Stuttgart Open, Germany Hard 2R 6–2, 1–6, 6–3
2009
2. Poland Agnieszka Radwańska No. 10 Australian Open Hard 1R 7–6(9–7), 4–6, 6–1
3. United States Venus Williams No. 3 Canadian Open Hard 2R 1–6, 7–5, 6–4
4. Russia Elena Dementieva No. 4 Pan Pacific Open, Japan Hard 2R 6–2, 6–7(3–7), 6–1
2010
5. China Li Na No. 9 US Open Hard 1R 2–6, 6–4, 6–2
2012
6. Italy Sara Errani No. 10 Rosmalen Open, Netherlands Grass 1R 5–7, 6–3, 6–4
2016
7. Italy Roberta Vinci No. 7 French Open Clay 1R 6–1, 6–3
2017
8. Spain Garbiñe Muguruza No. 7 Dubai Championships, UAE Hard 2R 4–1 ret.

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