Margarita Gasparyan

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Margarita Gasparyan
2015 US Open Tennis - Qualies - Margarita Gasparyan (RUS) (1) def. Marina Melnikova (RUS) (20795016510-2).jpg
Gasparyan at the 2015 US Open
Full name Margarita Melikovna Gasparyan
Country (sports)  Russia
Residence Moscow, Russia
Born (1994-09-01) 1 September 1994 (age 23)
Moscow, Russia
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Turned pro 2010
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Coach Elena Makarova
Prize money US$ 817,437
Singles
Career record 153–87
Career titles 1 WTA, 9 ITF
Highest ranking 41 (15 February 2016)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 4R (2016)
French Open 1R (2015, 2016)
Wimbledon 1R (2015, 2016)
US Open Q2 (2015)
Doubles
Career record 101–50
Career titles 3 WTA, 8 ITF
Highest ranking 25 (6 June 2016)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2016)
French Open SF (2016)
Wimbledon 2R (2015)
US Open 2R (2015)
Team competitions
Fed Cup 0–3
Last updated on: 13 November 2017.
2015 US Open - qualifying

Margarita Melikovna Gasparyan (Russian: Маргари́та Ме́ликовна Гаспаря́н; born 1 September 1994) is a Russian tennis player.

Gasparyan has won one singles and two doubles titles on the WTA Tour, as well as nine singles and eight doubles titles on the ITF Women's Circuit. On 21 March 2016, she reached her career-high singles ranking of world No. 41, and on 6 June she reached her best doubles ranking of No. 25.

She is considered to possess one of the strongest one-handed backhands among young Russian players. In 2015, she won both her first singles and doubles titles during the same week, a feat she achieved at the Baku Cup. She is currently coached by Elena Makarova.[1]

Playing Style[edit]

Gasparyan is noted for her extremely powerful backhand. Her forehand is stable yet is more prone to break down under pressure and cause erratic errors. Gasparyan's movement is also targeted because of her height which is often associated with poor movement in tennis.

Career[edit]

Born to an Armenian father, Melik, and a Russian mother, Lyudmyla, Gasparyan began playing tennis at age five. Her father was for a time weightlifter, her mother a biathlonist. Margarita's home club is CSKA Moscow.[2]

2010–14: Early career[edit]

Gasparyan started her pro career at the $10,000 ITF tournament in St. Petersburg in mid-March 2010, losing in the first qualification round. Her first successful appearance was in another $10,000 tournament in Minsk, reaching the quarterfinals in singles and semifinals in doubles, respectively. Her first final was in Tyumen in doubles with Natela Dzalamidze in the very end of 2011, losing 0–6, 2–6 to Darya Kustova and Olga Savchuk.

In 2012, Gasparyan won four singles ITF titles, all under the category 25K. All of her singles titles came from Russia. She was awarded a wildcard into the 2012 Kremlin Cup but lost to Lucie Šafářová in three sets.

At the end of the 2013 season, Gasparyan was called by captain, Shamil Tarpischev, to be part of the Russian team for the Fed Cup Final against Italy, on November 2 and 3. Afterwards, she won her fifth ITF title in Minsk.

The 2014 WTA Tour was for Gasparyan more productive especially by season's end in singles, while in doubles she improved as she won two major ITF tournaments out of four, one being a top-levelled tournament in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Gasparyan qualified for the 2014 Tashkent Open, but lost in the first round. She debuted at a Grand Slam when she was in the qualifying draw at the US Open. At the end of the 2014 season, Gasparyan saw good results in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, winning one tournament.

2015: First WTA titles, Grand Slam main draw debut[edit]

Gasparyan won three ITF singles tournaments and one ITF doubles tournament, former being a top-level one. She achieved her first loss in an ITF final, also a $100,000 tournament, in Trnava, Slovakia, where she lost to Danka Kovinić, 5–7, 3–6. She then decided to play on the WTA Tour.

In May, Gasparyan made her Grand Slam main draw debut at French Open, where she lost in two sets to Ana Konjuh as a qualifier. On June 29, she made her second Grand Slam main draw entry as a qualifier at Wimbledon, where she faced No. 1 seed, Serena Williams, in the first round. She broke Williams' serve early in the first set, but lost the match after yielding 11 of the final 13 games of the match.

At the İstanbul Cup, Gasparyan was drawn to face 8th seed Tsvetana Pironkova after getting past the qualifying rounds. Despite winning the first set 6–0 and having two match points, she lost the match 6–0, 6–7, 6–7. Gasparyan won her first WTA title in Baku, defeating Patricia Maria Țig in the final. She became the first one-handed backhand player to win in the 2015 WTA season.[3] As a result, Gasparyan's singles ranking rose to a career-high No. 71. Gasparyan, also with her win in the doubles event alongside title defender Alexandra Panova, climbed to No. 84 in the doubles rankings. At the Connecticut Open, she fell in the first round of qualifying to Christina McHale. She also fell in the qualifying rounds at the US Open, losing to American wildcard Jessica Pegula in straight sets.

Gasparyan then lost in the second round of the Tashkent Open to German Anna-Lena Friedsam in straight sets. However, she won her second WTA doubles title of the year there with Alexandra Panova. At the Generali Ladies Linz, Gasparyan upset 6th seed Camila Giorgi in the second round, before losing to Anna-Lena Friedsam again. At the Kremlin Cup, Gasparyan upset 9th seed Kristina Mladenovic in the second round but fell to eventual finalist Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the quarter finals. In her last tournament of the year, Gasparyan reached the quarter finals of the WTA 125K Open GDF Suez Seine-et-Marne, before retiring in the match against former Grand Slam champion Francesca Schiavone after losing the first set in a tie-break.

Gasparyan ended the season as World No. 62, her first top 100 season and winning her first WTA Singles title.

2016: Top 50, French Open doubles semifinal[edit]

Gasparyan played in Brisbane, but fell in the final qualifying round. However, due to Maria Sharapova's withdrawal, Gasparyan was awarded a lucky-loser spot.[4] However, she lost in the first round to compatriot Ekaterina Makarova. In Hobart, Gasparyan lost in the second round to Johanna Larsson.

In the Australian Open, she managed to reach the fourth round, her best to date Grand Slam performance, after upsetting 17th seed, Sara Errani, in the first round. She then fell to world No. 1, Serena Williams, in straight sets.[5]

At the inaugural St. Petersburg Ladies' Trophy, Gasparyan reached the second round, before losing to 4th seed Ana Ivanovic. In Doha, Gasparyan caused a big upset by outclassing 10th seed Karolína Plíšková in just 49 minutes. However, she failed to keep up the good momentum as she lost to Andrea Petkovic. At the BNP Paribas Open, Gasparyan defeated Olga Govortsova in the first round but lost to 9th seed Roberta Vinci in the second round despite having 2 match points.

She debuted for Team Russia at the 2016 Fed Cup against Belarus in the World Group play-offs.

After Wimbledon, Gasparyan will undergo surgery due to an injury, after which she won't be able to participate over a specific time period. Among the tournaments she will skip are the Summer Olympics, where she planned to partner with Kuznetsova in doubles.[6]

WTA career finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (1 title)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (1–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 2 August 2015 Baku Cup, Baku, Azerbaijan Hard Romania Patricia Maria Țig 6–3, 5–7, 6–0

Doubles: 4 (3 titles, 1 runners-up)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (3–1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 13 September 2014 Tashkent Open, Uzbekistan Hard Russia Alexandra Panova Serbia Aleksandra Krunić
Czech Republic Kateřina Siniaková
2–6, 1–6
Winner 1. 2 August 2015 Baku Cup, Azerbaijan Hard Russia Alexandra Panova Russia Vitalia Diatchenko
Ukraine Olga Savchuk
6–3, 7–5
Winner 2. 3 October 2015 Tashkent Open, Uzbekistan Hard Russia Alexandra Panova Russia Vera Dushevina
Czech Republic Kateřina Siniaková
6–1, 3–6, [10–3]
Winner 3. 29 April 2016 J&T Banka Prague Open, Czech Republic Clay Czech Republic Andrea Hlaváčková Argentina María Irigoyen
Poland Paula Kania
6–4, 6–2

WTA 125 Series Finals[edit]

Doubles: 1 (1 runners-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 15 November 2015 Open de Limoges, France Hard Georgia (country) Oksana Kalashnikova Czech Republic Barbora Krejčíková
Luxembourg Mandy Minella
6–1, 5–7, [6–10]

ITF circuit finals[edit]

Singles: 10 (9–1)[edit]

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponents Score
Winner 1. 25 March 2012 Moscow, Russia Carpet Ukraine Lyudmyla Kichenok 6–0, retired
Winner 2. 5 May 2012 Moscow, Russia Hard (i) Turkey Çağla Büyükakçay 6–3, 4–6, 6–1
Winner 3. 14 May 2012 Moscow, Russia Clay Russia Daria Gavrilova 4–6, 6–4, 7–6
Winner 4. 21 September 2012 Yoshkar-Ola, Russia Hard Ukraine Nadiia Kichenok 7–5, 7–6
Winner 5. 11 November 2013 Minsk, Belarus Hard (i) Ukraine Anastasiya Vasylyeva 6–4, 6–4
Winner 6. 2 November 2014 Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt Hard Bulgaria Elitsa Kostova 6–3, 6–0
Winner 7. 1 February 2015 Andrézieux-Bouthéon, France Hard (i) Bulgaria Elitsa Kostova 6–4, 6–4
Winner 8. 22 February 2015 Moscow, Russia Hard (i) Russia Karine Sarkisova 6–0, 6–4
Winner 9. 5 April 2015 Croissy-Beaubourg, France Hard (i) France Mathilde Johansson 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 1. 10 May 2015 Trnava, Slovakia Clay Montenegro Danka Kovinić 7–5, 6–3

Doubles: 13 (8–5)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 30 December 2011 Tyumen, Russia Hard (i) Russia Natela Dzalamidze Belarus Darya Kustova
Ukraine Olga Savchuk
0–6, 2–6
Winner 1. 28 January 2012 Karst, Germany Carpet (i) Russia Anna Smolina Russia Alexandra Artamonova
Russia Marina Melnikova
6–7, 6–2, [10–8]
Winner 2. 19 March 2012 Moscow, Russia Carpet (i) Russia Anna Arina Marenko Ukraine Valentyna Ivakhnenko
Ukraine Kateryna Kozlova
3–6, 7–6, [10–6]
Winner 3. 17 September 2012 Yoshkar-Ola, Russia Hard (i) Ukraine Veronika Kapshay Ukraine Irina Buryachok
Russia Valeria Solovyeva
6–4, 2–6, [11–9]
Runner-up 2. 21 January 2013 Andrézieux-Bouthéon, France Hard (i) Ukraine Olga Savchuk Switzerland Amra Sadiković
Croatia Ana Vrljić
7–5, 5–7, [4–10]
Winner 4. 18 February 2013 Moscow, Russia Hard (i) Russia Polina Monova Ukraine Maryna Zanevska
Russia Valeria Solovyeva
6–4, 2–6, [10–5]
Winner 5. 3 June 2013 Karshi, Uzbekistan Hard Belarus Polina Pekhova Ukraine Veronika Kapshay
Serbia Teodora Mirčić
6–2, 6–1
Runner–up 3. 23 September 2013 Clermont-Ferrand, France Hard Ukraine Alyona Sotnikova Netherlands Michaëlla Krajicek
Poland Marta Domachowska
7–5, 4–6, [8–10]
Runner–up 4. 8 February 2014 Grenoble, France Hard (i) Ukraine Kateryna Kozlova Georgia (country) Sofia Shapatava
Ukraine Anastasiya Vasylyeva
1–6, 4–6
Winner 6. 29 March 2014 Croissy-Beaubourg, France Hard (i) Ukraine Lyudmyla Kichenok Germany Kristina Barrois
Greece Eleni Daniilidou
6–2, 6–4
Runners-up 5. 5 May 2014 Trnava, Slovakia Hard Russia Evgeniya Rodina Liechtenstein Stephanie Vogt
China Zheng Saisai
4–6, 2–6
Winner 7. 26 July 2014 Astana, Kazakhstan Hard Russia Vitalia Diatchenko Belgium Michaela Boev
Germany Anna-Lena Friedsam
6–4, 6–1
Winner 8. 9 May 2015 Trnava, Slovakia Clay Ukraine Yuliya Beygelzimer Serbia Aleksandra Krunić
Croatia Petra Martić
6–3, 6–2

Performance timelines[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (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 medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held.
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.

Singles[edit]

Only Main Draw results in WTA Tour, Grand Slam Tournaments and Olympic Games are included in Win–Loss records.

This table is current through the 2016 Wimbledon Championships.

Tournament 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A A A 4R A 0 / 1 3–1 75%
French Open A A A 1R 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Wimbledon A A A 1R 1R 0 / 2 0–2 0%
US Open A A Q1 Q2 A 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–2 3–3 0 / 5 3–5 38%
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics A Not Held A NH 0 / 0 0–0 0%
Year-End Championships
Tour Championships Did Not Qualify 0 / 0 0–0 0%
Elite Trophy1 Did Not Qualify 0 / 0 0–0 0%
WTA Premier Mandatory Tournaments
Indian Wells A A A A 2R 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Miami A A A A 2R 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Madrid A A A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Beijing A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0 0%
WTA Premier 5 Tournaments
Dubai NP5 A A NP5 0 / 0 0–0 0%
Doha A A A NP5 2R NP5 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Rome A A A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Montreal / Toronto A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0 0%
Cincinnati A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0 0%
Tokyo A A NP5 0 / 0 0–0 0%
Wuhan NH A A A 0 / 0 0–0 0%
2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 SR W–L Win %
Tournaments 1 0 1 8 11 21
Titles 0 0 0 1 0 1
Finals reached 0 0 0 1 0 1
Hard Win–Loss 0–1 0–0 0–1 12–5 8–7 0 / 14 20–14 62%
Clay Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–4 0 / 5 0–5 0%
Grass Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–1 0 / 2 0–2 0%
Overall Win–Loss 0–1 0–0 0–1 12–7 8–11 0 / 21 20–21 49%
Year-end ranking 231 318 217 62 115 41

1 Before 2015 known as WTA Tournament of Champions.

Doubles[edit]

Only Main Draw results in WTA Tour, Grand Slam Tournaments and Olympic Games are included in Win–Loss records.

This table is current through the 2016 Wimbledon Championships.

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A 2R 0 / 1 1–1 50%
French Open A A A A A SF 0 / 1 4–1 80%
Wimbledon A A A A 2R 1R 0 / 2 1–2 33%
US Open A A A A 2R 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–2 7–3 0 / 5 7–5 58%
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics NH A Not Held A 0 / 0 0–0 0%
Year-End Championships
Tour Championships Did Not Qualify 0 / 0 0–0 0%
Elite Trophy1 Did Not Qualify 0 / 0 0–0 0%
WTA Premier Mandatory Tournaments
Indian Wells A A A A A 2R 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Miami A A A A A SF 0 / 1 3–1 75%
Madrid A A A A A 2R 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Beijing A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0 0%
WTA Premier 5 Tournaments
Dubai A NP5 A A NP5 0 / 0 0–0 0%
Doha NP5 A A A NP5 2R 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Rome A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0 0%
Montreal / Toronto A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0 0%
Cincinnati A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0 0%
Tokyo A A A NP5 0 / 0 0–0 0%
Wuhan NH A A 0 / 0 0–0 0%
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 SR W–L Win %
Tournaments 1 1 1 3 8 8 22
Titles 0 0 0 0 2 1 3
Finals reached 0 0 0 1 3 1 5
Hard Win–Loss 0–1 0–1 0–1 5–2 11–5 6–5 2 / 15 22–15 59%
Clay Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 9–2 1 / 4 9–3 75%
Grass Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 0–1 0 / 2 1–2 33%
Overall Win–Loss 0–1 0–1 0–1 5–2 12–6 15–8 3 / 20 32–19 63%
Year-end ranking 747 280 243 99 75 52

1 Before 2015 known as WTA Tournament of Champions.

Fed Cup participation[edit]

This Table is current through the 2016 Fed Cup[7]

Legend
World Group
World Group Play-off
World Group II
World Group II Play-off
Europe/Africa Group

Singles (0–2)[edit]

Edition Round Date Against Surface Opponent W/L Result Team Result
2016 Fed Cup WG PO 16 April 2016
Moscow, Russia
Belarus Belarus Clay (i) Victoria Azarenka 2–6, 3–6 Loss Loss 1–3
17 April 2016
Moscow, Russia
Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6–4, 1–6, 5–7 Loss

Doubles (0–1)[edit]

Edition Round Date Against Surface Partner Opponents W/L Result Team Result
2013 Fed Cup WG F 3 November 2013
Cagliari, Italy
Italy Italy Clay Irina Khromacheva Karin Knapp/Flavia Pennetta Loss 4–6, 6–3, 6–1 Loss 0–4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Маргарита Гаспарян: Мне очень комфортно работать с Еленой Макаровой" [Margarita Gasparyan: I really like the comfortable training with Elena Makarova] (in Russian). GoTennis.ru. 21 February 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2015. 
  2. ^ Aleksandr Kharlamov (4 August 2015). "«Она как «Феррари». Кто такая Маргарита Гаспарян" ["She is Like a 'Ferrari'". Who is Margarita Gasparyan] (in Russian). sports.ru. Retrieved 25 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "Margarita Gasparyan: Baku Champion". WTA. 2 August 2015. Retrieved 3 August 2015. 
  4. ^ "Halep & Sharapova Out Of Brisbane". Women's Tennis Association. Retrieved 2016-03-18. 
  5. ^ Clarey, Christopher (24 January 2016). "Sharapova Looks to End 17-Match Losing Streak Against Serena Williams". New York Times. Retrieved 24 January 2016. 
  6. ^ "Мыскина: хотели, чтобы на Играх сыграл дуэт Кузнецова/Гаспарян, но у Риты травма" [Myskina: we wanted Kuznetsova and Gasparyan to play doubles at the Olympics, but Rita has been injured]. www.championat.com (in Russian). 14 July 2016. Retrieved 18 July 2016. 
  7. ^ Gasparyan's Profile at Fed Cup

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