Kateryna Bondarenko

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Kateryna Bondarenko
Катерина Бондаренко
Kateryna Bondarenko 1, 2015 Wimbledon Qualifying - Diliff.jpg
Bondarenko 2015 at the Wimbledon
qualifying tournament
Country (sports)  Ukraine
Residence Kiev, Ukraine
Born (1986-08-08) 8 August 1986 (age 29)
Kryvyi Rih, Ukrainian SSR (nowadays  Ukraine)
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro 2000
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $2,288,195
Career record 346–253
Career titles 1 WTA, 5 ITF
Highest ranking No. 29 (12 October 2009)
Current ranking No. 104 (24 August 2015)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (2009)
French Open 3R (2009)
Wimbledon 3R (2011)
US Open QF (2009)
Career record 171–165
Career titles 3 WTA, 3 ITF
Highest ranking No. 9 (20 October 2008)
Current ranking No. 113 (27 July 2015)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (2008)
French Open SF (2008)
Wimbledon 2R (2007)
US Open 3R (2008)
Team competitions
Fed Cup 15–9
Last updated on: 27 July 2015.

Kateryna Volodymyrivna Bondarenko (Ukrainian: Катерина Володимирівна Бондаренко, born 8 August 1986) is a professional female tennis player from Ukraine and a doubles champion at Australian Open 2008.

The younger sister of professional tennis players Valeria and Alona Bondarenko, she was born in Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine, then part of the Soviet Union. She was introduced to tennis by her parents at age 4.[1] She plays right-handed and turned pro in 2000.[2] Her career-high rankings in singles and doubles are World No. 29 and World No. 9, respectively.

She pulled off the biggest singles win of her career so far at the 2009 Rogers Cup held in Toronto, Canada, by beating Venus Williams, the third seed at that event, in three sets. She has also defeated Ana Ivanovic twice in professional matches, as well as in the 2004 Wimbledon Championships girls final; Elena Dementieva at the 2009 Toray Pan Pacific Open, Agnieszka Radwańska in the first round of the 2009 Australian Open and Li Na in the first round of the 2010 US Open.

Bondarenko is coached by her father, Volodymyr and mother, Natalia.[1]

Tennis career[edit]

2008: 1st WTA Title[edit]

On 24 January 2008, paired with her sister Alona, she won the doubles tournament at the Australian Open 2008 without seeding, defeating in the final the number 12-seeded pair Victoria Azarenka/Shahar Pe'er in three sets.

At the Paris Gaz de France tournament, she reached the singles quarterfinals beating defending champion Nadia Petrova and fellow Ukrainian Yuliana Fedak before falling to Elena Dementieva. In doubles, she partnered with her sister Alona again and won their back-to-back tour title.

She played the Proximus Diamond Games in Antwerp the week after defeating countrywoman Tatiana Perebiynis in the 1st round 7–6, 6–3. She then went out in the second round after a close match against young Russian Alisa Kleybanova 5–7, 6–3, 5–7 after suffering a left hip strain. This injury also contributed to the loss in the doubles semi final 1–6, 1–6 together with her sister and prevented her from playing in Doha.

She represented Ukraine at the Beijing Olympics, falling to Dementieva 6–1, 6–4. In doubles, she and Alona reached fourth place after they lost in the third place decider.

2009: U.S. Open Quarterfinal[edit]

Bondarenko began the year with first round losses at 2009 Brisbane International to eventual champion Victoria Azarenka and at 2009 Moorilla Hobart International losing to Magdaléna Rybáriková. At the 2009 Australian Open Bondarenko upset No.9 Agnieszka Radwańska in the first round before losing to Zheng Jie in the third round. However, she followed it up with 3 straight losses at the first round of 2009 Dubai Tennis Championships, 2009 BNP Paribas Open, and 2009 Sony Ericsson Open.

She then claimed her first victory in 2 months over Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová at the 2009 MPS Group Championships before losing to sister Alona in the second round. She then made a good run on clay considering her low ranking by reaching the third round of both the 2009 MPS Group Championships and the 2009 French Open, as well as the second round of the 2009 Warsaw Open. She then reached the second round at the grass tournaments 2009 Ordina Open, where she lost to Daniela Hantuchová, and the 2009 Wimbledon Championships, where she lost to Venus Williams.

She then reached the quarterfinals of the 2009 ECM Prague Open losing to Francesca Schiavone, after beating her sister Alona in the first round, and the second rounds of 2009 GDF Suez Grand Prix and the 2009 Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open losing to Serena Williams. She then upset Venus Williams in the second round of the 2009 Rogers Cup before losing to Agnieszka Radwańska in the following round.

In the first round of the 2009 U.S. Open, Bondarenko upset Ana Ivanovic in a tight three-set match, defending a match point 2–6, 6–3, 7–6. She then made quick work of Shenay Perry and Anastasia Rodionova in the following rounds, defeating them in straight sets. In the fourth round, she crushed Gisela Dulko 6–0, 6–0, who had defeated her sister in the second round, to reach her first Grand Slam quarterfinal where she lost to Yanina Wickmayer 5–7, 4–6. She was the first Ukrainian female tennis player to reach a Grand Slam Quarterfinal.

Bondarenko had some success in the Toray Pan Pacific Open. She won her opening round match, defeating Anna-Lena Grönefeld 6–3, 6–1 before causing a big upset in the 2nd round where she defeated 3rd seed Elena Dementieva 6–2, 6–7, 6–1. In the third round she lost to Li Na in a close three setter 6–2, 5–7, 3–6.

2010: Small Decline[edit]

Kateryna participated in her first tournament of the year Hobart passing the first round of Lucie Šafářová with 6–2, 6–7 losing in the second round to Sara Errani with a score of 6–7, 4–6. The grand slam Australian Open where was your favorite 30, past the first round by Ioana Raluca Olaru with a score of 7–6 losing 6–4 in the second round Elena Baltacha with the choir of 2–6, and 5–7 in doubles with her sister Alona Bondarenko lost the first round the pair Flavia Pennetta/Gisela Dulko with the score 4–6, 6–2, 3–6. The tournament in Dubai Katerina managed to pass the first round of Magdaléna Rybáriková with the score 6–3, 6–1, in the second round was forced to retire before of Victoria Azarenka the score 1–4. The tournament in Indian Wells could not participate equally and to Miami. The tournament in Warsaw Open has been eliminated since the first round of Alexandra Dulgheru with the score 3–6, 1–6, losing in doubles category with his score Alona pairs in front Su-Wei Hsieh/Zheng Jie with the score 5–7, 7–5, 10–8. The Grand Slam French Open, rated as the favorite last 32 first round by Julie Coin with the score 6–1, 6–2. Lost in second round at Canadian athlete Aleksandra Wozniak with the score 4–6, 1–6. In doubles Kateryna and Alona lost in the quarterfinals to favorites 12 Květa Peschke / Katarina Srebotnik with the score 4–6, 6–2, 6–3.

2011: QF 4 times, 1 SF[edit]

Bondarenko began her 2011 campaign at the 2011 ASB Classic in Auckland. Ranked No. 99, she advanced to the quarterfinals before losing to Julia Görges. She then failed to qualify at the 2011 Moorilla Hobart International, but made the doubles final with Liga Dekmeijere, losing to Italian duo Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci. At the 2011 Australian Open, Bondarenko faced Peng Shuai in the first round and lost 2–6, 6–3, 8–6.

She then participated in Fed Cup where she won both singles matches against Sweden's Johanna Larsson and Sofia Arvidsson. Kateryna then failed to qualify in Dubai and Doha. She then lost to Magdaléna Rybáriková in the second round of an ITF event in The Bahamas. Her poor form continued, as she failed to qualify in Miami and Rome. Bondarenko lost in the final round of qualifying to local girl Stéphanie Foretz Gacon at the 2011 Internationaux de Strasbourg. She lost in the first round of the 2011 French Open to Rebecca Marino.

Kateryna opened her grass court season at the 2011 Unicef Open, but lost to World No. 97 Vesna Dolonts in the first round. Her fortunes began to change at Wimbledon, where she advanced to the third round for the first time in her career. Bondarenko defeated Alizé Cornet and Sara Errani before losing to former World No. 3 Nadia Petrova. She then made the quarterfinals in Budapest, losing there to Klára Zakopalová. Her best showing of the year came in Bad Gastein at the 2011 Gastein Ladies, where she made the semifinals. Bondarenko advanced to the semis defeating Nuria Llagostera Vives, Johanna Larsson, and Carla Suárez Navarro before losing to Spaniard María José Martínez Sánchez.

After losing in the quarterfinals of the inaugural 2011 Baku Cup, she missed out on qualifying in Toronto and Cincinnati, losing to Galina Voskoboeva and Petra Cetkovská, respectively. After winning two matches to qualify for the 2011 Texas Tennis Open, she cruised into the quarterfinals where she was soundly beaten by in-form German Sabine Lisicki. At the US Open, Bondarenko won her first round against Lucie Hradecká. She lost in the second round to 2nd seed and 2010 finalist Vera Zvonareva in a tough three sets.

2012: Retirement from Tennis[edit]

Bondarenko started off her 2012 season by playing doubles in the Hobart International. She lost in the 1st round. She next participated in the 2012 Australian Open where she was beaten by American Vania King in the first round.

She lost in the 1st round in the 2012 French Open to qualifier Chan Yung-jan.

She was eliminated in the second round of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships by Ana Ivanovic, against whom she had never previously lost.

She lost in the 1st round at the London Olympics to Petra Kvitová in three tight sets 4-6, 7-5, 4-6.

She retired from professional tennis after 1st round lost at the 2012 US Open, where she was beaten by former No.1 Jelena Jankovic

2014: Return from Pregnacy[edit]

Bondarenko made her return in the qualifying for WTA Katowice, where she lost to Slovakia's Kristina Kucova 6-1 6-3.

At the French Open she lost in the first round of qualifying to Indy De Vroome 6-2 6-2.

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 Sweeen.

She lost to Katerina Siniakova 6-4 4-6 6-3 in the first round of qualifying for Bad Gastein, And in the second round of qualifying against Yulia Putintseva 6-4 2-6 6-0 at Båstad after beating Stephanie Vogt 7-5 6-4.

She managed to qualify for Baku by beating Jovana Jaksic in straight sets but she lost in the first round to Julia Glushko 6-2 2-6 7-5.

She received a wildcard into the first round of Tashkent where she fell to the top seed and defending champion Bojana Jovanovski in a tight three set match 1-6 6-4 6-1.

She won a 25k event in Monterrey by beating Ana Vrljic 6-1 7-5. A few weeks later she won a 50k event in Macon by beating Grace Min 6-4 7-5 in the final.

Last tournament of the year was 50k event in Captiva Island, where she was beaten by Julia Glushko 6-3 1-6 6-0.

2015: Back In Game[edit]

At Australian Open she lost in the second round of qualifying to Laura Siegemund 6-4 6-4

She qualifify for her first Premier-level tournament after comeback at Antwerp, where she beaten Timea Babos, Paula Badosa Gibert and Dinah Pfizenmaier. She was beaten in the 1st round by Dominika Cibulková

She lost in the second round of qualifying at Acapulco to Richel Hogenkamp 6-3 6-3 In Cincinnati she lost to world number 26.Eugenie Bouchard in straight sets.

WTA career finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (1 title, 0 runners-up)[edit]

Winner — Legend (pre/post 2010)
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Tier II / Premier (0–0)
Tier III, IV & V / International (1–0)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–0)
Grass (1–0)
Clay (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 15 June 2008 DFS Classic, Birmingham, United Kingdom Grass Belgium Yanina Wickmayer 7–6(9–7), 3–6, 7–6(7–4)

Doubles: 7 (3 titles, 4 runners-up)[edit]

Winner — Legend (pre/post 2010)
Grand Slam tournaments (1–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Tier II / Premier (1–0)
Tier III, IV & V / International (1–4)
Titles by Surface
Hard (2–2)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (1–2)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Partner Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 26 January 2008 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Hard Ukraine Alona Bondarenko Belarus Victoria Azarenka
Israel Shahar Pe'er
2–6, 6–1, 6–4
Winner 2. 10 February 2008 Open Gaz de France, Paris, France Hard (i) Ukraine Alona Bondarenko Czech Republic Vladimíra Uhlířová
Czech Republic Eva Hrdinová
6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 1. 16 January 2009 Moorilla Hobart International, Hobart, Australia (1) Hard Ukraine Alona Bondarenko Argentina Gisela Dulko
Italy Flavia Pennetta
2–6, 6–7(4–7)
Runner-up 2. 6 July 2009 GDF Suez Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary Clay Ukraine Alona Bondarenko Russia Alisa Kleybanova
Romania Monica Niculescu
4–6, 6–7(5–7)
Winner 3. 13 July 2009 ECM Prague Open, Prague, Czech Republic Clay Ukraine Alona Bondarenko Czech Republic Iveta Benešová
Czech Republic Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová
6–1, 6–2
Runner-up 3. 15 January 2011 Moorilla Hobart International, Hobart, Australia (2) Hard Latvia Līga Dekmeijere Italy Sara Errani
Italy Roberta Vinci
3–6, 5–7
Runner-up 4. 1 May 2015 Sparta Prague Open, Prague, Czech Republic Clay Czech Republic Eva Hrdinová Switzerland Belinda Bencic
Czech Republic Kateřina Siniaková
2–6, 2–6

Performance timelines[edit]


Grand Slam tournaments
Tournament 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 W–L
Australian Open LQ LQ 1R 3R 2R 1R 1R LQ 3–5
French Open 2R 1R 3R 2R 1R 1R LQ LQ 4–6
Wimbledon 1R 2R 1R 2R 2R 1R 3R 2R LQ 6–8
US Open LQ LQ 2R 1R QF 2R 2R 1R 7–6
Win–Loss 0–1 1–1 2–3 1–4 9–4 3–4 3–4 1–4 0–0 0–0 0–0 20–25


Grand Slam tournaments
Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 W–L
Australian Open 2R W 1R 1R 1R 1R 8–5
French Open 2R SF 2R QF 1R 2R 11–6
Wimbledon 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R 1–5
US Open 2R 2R 3R 1R 2R 1R 6–6
Win–Loss 1–2 4–4 14–2 1–4 5–4 0–3 1–3 26–22


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