Lauren Davis

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Not to be confused with Lauren Davies.
Lauren Davis
Lauren Davis 2, 2015 Wimbledon Championships - Diliff.jpg
Country (sports)  United States
Residence Boca Raton, Florida, United States
Born (1993-10-09) October 9, 1993 (age 22)
Gates Mills, Ohio, United States
Height 5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)
Turned pro January 2011
Plays right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Coach(es) Roger Anderson, USTA Player Development Program
Prize money US $1,283,719
Career record 168–108 (60.87%)
Career titles 0 WTA, 7 ITF
Highest ranking 43 (21 July 2014)
Current ranking 82 (5 October 2015)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (2014)
French Open 2R (2012)
Wimbledon 3R (2014)
US Open 2R (2015)
Career record 14–24 (36.84%)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking 147 (31 August 2015)
Current ranking 206 (5 October 2015)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (2014, 2015)
French Open 2R (2013)
Wimbledon 2R (2015)
US Open 2R (2014)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
US Open 1R (2014)
Team competitions
Fed Cup 1–1
Last updated on: 11 October 2015.

Lauren Davis (born October 9, 1993) is a professional American tennis player. Known for her aggressive backhand, quickness, and clay-court ability, she has won seven singles titles on the ITF tour in her career.

In July 2014, she reached a career-high singles ranking of world No. 43 in the Women's Tennis Association (WTA).[1]

Personal life[edit]

Born in Gates Mills, Ohio, Lauren Davis began playing tennis at age nine. Upon turning 16, she left her hometown for training at the Evert Tennis Academy.[2] Davis's parents both work in the medical profession. Her mother is a nurse and still resides in Gates Mills, and her father a cardiologist working in Wisconsin.[1]

Tennis career[edit]

Junior career[edit]

Davis made her junior debut via wild card at the 2008 US Open, losing to Ajla Tomljanović.

After a third-round appearance in a Grade 1 tournament in Carson, California, she won her first junior tournament at a Grade 3 tournament in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, defeating Brooke Bolender in three sets. She finished 2009 with a quarterfinal appearance at the US Open, before a third round loss at the Dunlop Orange Bowl.

Davis reached one quarterfinal in the first four months, before reaching the final of the Easter Bowl, losing to Krista Hardebeck. She again lost in the final of the tournament, this time the 51st Trofeo Bonfiglio to Beatrice Capra. In November 2010, she went on an 18-match winning streak, winning the Grade 1 tournaments, Yucatán World Cup and the Eddie Herr youth tournament, as well as the Grade A Orange Bowl tournament. She finished the year a career high world number three on the junior tour.

She ended her junior career after a third-round appearance at the 2011 Australian Open.


Davis was awarded a wildcard into the 2011 Australian Open, where she lost her first Grand Slam appearance against fifth-seeded Samantha Stosur in the first round.[3] She officially turned pro in 2011.


In the 2012 BNP Paribas Open, she defeated Petra Martić in the first round, and then lost to Nadia Petrova in the round of 64. Davis lost in the first round of the 2012 Sony Ericsson Open to Vera Dushevina.

Davis made it through the qualifying rounds to get her into the main draw of the 2012 French Open, where she won her first main draw Grand Slam match against 30th seed Mona Barthel in straight sets.[4] In the second round, she lost to compatriot Christina McHale in straight sets.[5]


Davis reached her second career quarterfinal at the Hobart International, losing to Sloane Stephens. In February, she won the USTA Dow Corning Tennis Classic title, defeating Alja Tomljanović in the final.[6] She replaced an injured Victoria Azarenka at the Miami Masters, where she defeated Madison Keys in the second round. Her furthest advance for the remainder of the year was a quarterfinal appearance at the Bell Challenge, where she lost to Lucie Šafářová.[7]


At the Australian Open, Davis beat Julia Görges to advance to the third round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time. There, she was defeated by Eugenie Bouchard. At the BNP Paribas Open, Davis defeated world number 4 Victoria Azarenka in the second round, marking her first victory over a top-10 player and a Grand Slam champion.[8] She then defeated Varvara Lepchenko, but withdrew in the fourth round due to illness. At the Sony Open in Miami, she won her first-round match with Zhang Shuai, and lost in the second round to Ana Ivanovic.[9] Following an early exit at the French Open, she advanced to the quarterfinals of the Aegon International, losing to Madison Keys.

At the 2014 Wimbledon Championships, Davis upset Flavia Pennetta in straight sets, advancing to the third round of the tournament for the first time. She ended the year ranked world no. 57.[2][10]


Davis reached the semifinals of the ASB Classic in Auckland, her greatest success in a WTA tournament at the time, where she lost to Venus Williams.[11] Following the conclusion of the early hard-court season, she entered the Family Circle Cup in Charleston.

Playing on clay, one of her best surfaces,[1] she avenged her loss to Eugenie Bouchard at the previous year's Australian Open, defeating her in straight sets. She then advanced to the third round against Mona Barthel, who withdrew from the match while down a set. She exited the tournament in the quarterfinals.[11]

Playing style[edit]

Davis swinging a backhand

Davis is known for her powerful backhand and her speed around the court.[1] In describing her game, Mary Joe Fernandez noted, "What Lauren Davis lacks in size she definitely makes up for in her speed, quickness, competitiveness and heart."[12]

During extended rallies, Davis hits deep ground strokes to move opponents backward, often setting up her backhand as a finishing shot.[13][14] She will usually take the ball on the rise near the service line. During their 2014 meeting, Victoria Azarenka repeatedly lost points while attacking Davis's backhand up the middle of the court—including on match point—allowing Davis to create angles.[15]

Davis is also noted for her aggression while receiving. At the 2015 Family Circle Cup, she returned a 102-mph serve from Eugenie Bouchard with a backhand winner.[13] She often attacks short balls with approach shots from her forehand and volleys near the net.[14]

In contrast to some of her American peers, who are often perceived as being uncomfortable on clay,[16] Davis is recognized for her skill on the surface. Following her second-round win at the 2015 Family Circle Cup, labeled her performance "a clay-court masterclass."[17] While discussing the surface, Davis noted, "I think clay really works for me, because I'm pretty fast. I can slide really well and I can make a lot of balls, so it really works for me."[17] Davis has named hard court as her other favorite surface.[1]

ITF finals (7–3)[edit]

Singles (7–3)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (4–2)
Clay (3–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. June 14, 2010 Mount Pleasant, United States Clay Slovenia Petra Rampre 3–6, 2–6
Winner 1. October 4, 2010 Williamsburg, United States Clay Latvia Līga Dekmeijere 6–0, 6–0
Winner 2. October 25, 2010 Bayamón, Puerto Rico Hard United States Madison Keys 7–6(7–5), 6–4
Winner 3. June 27, 2011 Buffalo, United States Clay United States Nicole Gibbs 5–7, 6–2, 6–4
Winner 4. July 11, 2011 Atlanta, United States Hard United States Alexis King 1–6, 6–2, 6–2
Winner 5. January 16, 2012 Plantation, United States Clay United States Gail Brodsky 6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 2. January 30, 2012 Rancho Santa Fe, United States Hard United States Julia Boserup 0–6, 3–6
Runner-up 3. September 17, 2012 Albuquerque, United States Hard United States Maria Sanchez 1–6, 1–6
Winner 6. September 24, 2012 Las Vegas, United States Hard United States Shelby Rogers 6–7(5–7), 6–2, 6–2
Winner 7. February 4, 2013 Midland, United States Hard (i) Croatia Ajla Tomljanović 6–3, 2–6, 7–6(7–2)

Performance timelines[edit]

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 1R A 1R 3R 2R 0 / 4 3–4
French Open A A 2R 1R 1R 1R 0 / 4 1–4
Wimbledon A A A 1R 3R 2R 0 / 3 3–3
US Open A 1R Q2 1R 1R 0 / 3 0–3
Win–Loss 0–0 0–2 1–1 0–4 4–4 2–3 0 / 14 7–14
WTA Premier Mandatory Tournaments
Indian Wells A 1R 2R 1R 4R 2R 0 / 5 5–5
Miami Q1 Q2 Q1 3R 2R 1R 0 / 3 2–3
Madrid A A A Q1 1R Q2 0 / 1 0–1
Beijing A A A 2R 2R 0 / 2 2–2
WTA Premier 5 Tournaments
Dubai A A Premier A 0 / 0 0–0
Doha Not Held Premier A A A Premier 0 / 0 0–0
Rome A A A Q2 1R Q2 0 / 1 0–1
Canada A A Q2 2R 1R 0 / 2 1–2
Cincinnati A A Q1 2R 1R 0 / 2 1–2
Tokyo A A A A Premier 0 / 0 0–0
Wuhan Not Held Q1 0 / 0 0–0
WTA Career Statistics 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 Total
WTA Tournaments played 0 3 6 18 20 14* 61*
WTA Titles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
WTA Finals Reached 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
WTA Overall Win–Loss 0–0 0–3 4–6 13–18 21–20 11*–14* 49*–61*
Year-end ranking 437 319 94 72 57
*As of 4 July 2015.

Women's Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 1RLDL 1RCM 0–2
French Open 2RMML 1RMML 1RCWC 1–3
Wimbledon 1RMP 2RKN 1–2
US Open 1RNG 1RGM 2RRV 1–3
Win–Loss 0–0 0–1 0–0 1–2 1–4 1–3 3–10

Women's Doubles partners: CM Christina McHale GM Grace Min LDL Lourdes Dominguez Lino MML Megan Moulton-Levy MP Mónica Puig NG Nicole Gibbs RV Renata Voráčová CWC Chan Chin-wei KN Kurumi Nara

Mixed Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 0–0
French Open 0–0
Wimbledon 0–0
US Open 1RNM 0–1
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–1

Mixed Doubles partners: NM Nicholas Monroe

Wins over top 10 players[edit]

# Player Rank Event Surface Round Score
1. Belarus Victoria Azarenka No. 4 Indian Wells, United States Hard 2nd Round 6–0, 7–6(7–2)
2. Canada Eugenie Bouchard No. 7 Charleston, United States Clay 2nd Round 6–3, 6–1


  1. ^ a b c d e Lauren Davis at the Women's Tennis Association
  2. ^ a b "On The Rise: Lauren Davis". 2015-04-11. Retrieved 2015-04-12. 
  3. ^ Baum, Greg (January 19, 2011). "Stosur monsters young American but for tennis mob it's just business". The Age. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  4. ^ Gerstner, Joanne (May 28, 2012). "U.S. women perfect in Paris". ESPN. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  5. ^ "French Open: Jersey native Christina McHale advances to third round". The Star-Ledger. May 31, 2012. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  6. ^ Ackerman, McCarton (February 11, 2013). "Davis wins Dow Corning Tennis Classic title in marathon final". United States Tennis Association. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  7. ^ "No. 3 Safarova top seed remaining at Bell Challenge". United Press International. September 13, 2013. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Davis records biggest win of her career". BNP Paribas Open. March 7, 2014. Retrieved March 8, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Gates Mills' Lauren Davis wins first-round match at Sony Open tennis tournament". The Plain Dealer. March 19, 2014. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  10. ^ "2014 results". Retrieved June 26, 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "2015 results". Retrieved April 9, 2015. 
  12. ^ Fernandez, Mary (2010-12-19). "Mary Joe Fernandez: Lauren Davis shows off strong potential". USA Today. Retrieved 2015-04-09. 
  13. ^ a b "Eugenie Bouchard upset by American at Family Circle Cup". USA Today. 2015-04-08. Retrieved 2015-04-09. 
  14. ^ a b Rey, Joshua (2010-12-12). "Davis, Morgan capture 18s singles titles at Dunlop Orange Bowl". Retrieved 2015-04-09. 
  15. ^ Aguilar, Anita (2014-03-08). "Indian Wells: Davis d. Azarenka". Retrieved 2015-04-30. 
  16. ^ Robinson, Douglas (2012-05-30). "American women a perfect 10 at French Open". USA Today. Retrieved 2015-04-09. 
  17. ^ a b "Davis Stuns Bouchard In Charleston". 2015-04-08. Retrieved 2015-04-09. 

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