Mihaela Buzărnescu

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Mihaela Buzărnescu
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Buzărnescu at the 2018 French Open
Country (sports)  Romania
Residence Bucharest, Romania
Born (1988-05-04) 4 May 1988 (age 30)
Bucharest, Romania
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro 2004
Plays Left-handed (two-handed backhand)
Coach Mihai Buzărnescu
Prize money US$1,408,051
Singles
Career record 393–206 (65.61%)
Career titles 1 WTA, 22 ITF
Highest ranking No. 20 (6 August 2018)
Current ranking No. 23 (12 September 2018)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (2018)
French Open 4R (2018)
Wimbledon 3R (2018)
US Open 1R (2017)
Doubles
Career record 297–150
Career titles 1 WTA, 34 ITF
Highest ranking No. 30 (6 August 2018)
Current ranking No. 30 (6 August 2018)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (2018)
French Open QF (2018)
Wimbledon QF (2018)
Last updated on: 5 August 2018.

Mihaela Buzărnescu (born 4 May 1988) is a professional tennis player from Romania. Buzărnescu has a career high WTA singles ranking of No. 20, achieved on 6 August 2018. She has a career high WTA doubles ranking of No. 30, achieved on 6 August 2018.

Buzărnescu has a Ph.D. in sports science.[1]

Career highlights[edit]

Junior success[edit]

Buzărnescu played her first professional match in 2004.[2] She then won the junior doubles title at the 2006 US Open with Ioana Raluca Olaru. Seeded No. 2, they defeated the top-seeded pair of Sharon Fichman and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the final.[3]

Injuries and hiatus[edit]

Shoulder and knee injuries (the latter prompting two surgeries) forced her off the pro tour for years, long enough that she went back to school,[4] graduating a doctorate at the National Academy of Physical Education and Sport in December 2016.

Entry into top 100 and first WTA final[edit]

In October 2017, Buzărnescu got to the semifinals of the 2017 Linz Open. In 2018, she reached two WTA finals in Hobart and Prague.

2018 season: first WTA titles[edit]

At the Internationaux de Strasbourg, Buzărnescu surrendered a lead in the singles semifinals against Slovak Dominika Cibulková, eventually losing the match in three sets.[5] She showed more consistency in the doubles, winning the tournament (her first WTA title) with compatriot Raluca Olaru in straight sets against Nadiia Kichenok and Anastasia Rodionova.[6]

Buzărnescu then played her first French Open, which was also the first Grand Slam tournament she was seeded. She defeated Vania King in the first round for her first Grand Slam win. Afterwards she also won versus Rebecca Peterson. Against No. 4 seed Elina Svitolina in the third round, Buzărnescu won the match in straight sets. This was Buzărnescu's biggest career victory and one of the tournament's bigger upsets. She faced No. 13 seed Madison Keys in the fourth round where she lost in two sets.

As the 2018 grass court season began, Buzărnescu reached the quarterfinal of the Nature Valley Open in Nottingham, losing to Naomi Osaka. She also played in the doubles tournament with British partner Heather Watson losing in the final. At the Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham, she once again defeated No. 2 seed Elina Svitolina before losing to eventual champion Petra Kvitova in the semi-finals.

Buzărnescu then played for a third consecutive week at the Nature Valley International in Eastbourne. She reached the last 16 before losing to Jelena Ostapenko. However, she reached the doubles final with partner Irina Begu.

On August 5th, 2018 Buzărnescu captured her first WTA singles title winning the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic with a 6-1 6-0 victory over Maria Sakkari in the final.

Junior Grand Slam finals[edit]

Doubles: 1 (1 titles)[edit]

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 2006 US Open Hard Romania Raluca Olaru Canada Sharon Fichman
Russia Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
7–5, 6–2

WTA career finals[edit]

Singles: 3 (1 title, 2 runner-ups)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (1–0)
International (0–2)
Titles by Surface
Hard (1–1)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–1)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Jan 2018 Hobart International, Australia International Hard Belgium Elise Mertens 1–6, 6–4, 3–6
Loss 0–2 May 2018 Prague Open, Czech Republic International Clay Czech Republic Petra Kvitová 6–4, 2–6, 3–6
Win 1–2 Jul 2018 Silicon Valley Classic, USA Premier Hard Greece Maria Sakkari 6–1, 6–0

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

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–1)
International (1–2)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (1–1)
Grass (0–2)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 May 2018 Prague Open, Czech Republic International Clay Belarus Lidziya Marozava United States Nicole Melichar
Czech Republic Květa Peschke
4–6, 2–6
Win 1–1 May 2018 Internationaux de Strasbourg, France International Clay Romania Raluca Olaru Ukraine Nadiia Kichenok
Australia Anastasia Rodionova
7–5, 7–5
Loss 1–2 June 2018 Nottingham Open, United Kingdom International Grass United Kingdom Heather Watson Poland Alicja Rosolska
United States Abigail Spears
3–6, 6–7(5–7)
Loss 1–3 June 2018 Eastbourne International, United Kingdom Premier Grass Romania Irina-Camelia Begu Canada Gabriela Dabrowski
China Xu Yifan
3–6, 5–7

Top 10 wins[edit]

Season 2018 Total
Wins 3 3
# Player Rank Event Surface Round Score
2018
1. Latvia Jeļena Ostapenko No. 6 Qatar Total Open, Doha, Qatar Hard 2nd Round 6–1, 6–3
2. Ukraine Elina Svitolina No. 4 French Open, Paris, France Clay 3rd Round 6–3, 7–5
3. Ukraine Elina Svitolina No. 5 Birmingham Classic, Birmingham, UK Grass Quarterfinals 6–3, 6–2

ITF finals (55–23)[edit]

Singles (22–7)[edit]

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000/$80,000 tournaments
$50,000/$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (6–4)
Clay (14–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (1–1)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 13 June 2004 Piteşti, Romania Clay Romania Liana Balaci 6–3, 7–6(7–4)
Winner 2. 20 June 2004 Brașov, Romania Clay Argentina Andrea Benítez 6–3, 7–5
Winner 3. 28 May 2006 La Palma, Spain Hard Croatia Nadja Pavić 6–3, 6–7(4–7), 6–3
Runner-up 1. 13 May 2007 Rabat, Morocco Clay Russia Yuliya Kalabina 1–6, 1–6
Winner 4. 8 June 2008 Piteşti, Romania Clay Hungary Pálma Király 6–0, 6–3
Winner 5. 22 June 2008 Bucharest, Romania Clay Italy Federica Di Sarra 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 2. 28 March 2010 Antalya, Turkey Clay Ukraine Valentyna Ivakhnenko 3–6, 0–6
Winner 6. 15 August 2010 Oneşti, Romania Clay Romania Ionela-Andreea Iova 6–0, 6–1
Runner-up 3. 22 August 2010 Bucharest, Romania Clay Romania Ingrid-Alexandra Radu 5–7, 6–1, 3–6
Winner 7. 29 August 2010 Balş, Romania Clay Romania Alexandra Cadanţu 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 4. 11 December 2010 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard Russia Marta Sirotkina 0–6, 0–6
Winner 8. 21 May 2011 İzmir, Turkey Hard United Kingdom Naomi Broady 7–5, 6–4
Winner 9. 10 July 2011 Craiova, Romania Clay Italy Annalisa Bona 6–2, 3–6, 6–4
Winner 10. 17 July 2011 Zwevegem, Belgium Clay Netherlands Bibiane Schoofs 3–6, 6–2, 6–4
Winner 11. 13 September 2014 Bucharest, Romania Clay Romania Simona Ionescu 6–3, 2–6, 6–1
Winner 12. 30 March 2015 Port El Kantaoui, Tunisia Hard France Lou Brouleau 6–0, 6–1
Winner 13. 6 April 2015 Port El Kantaoui, Tunisia Hard Slovenia Natalija Sipek 6–1, 6–0
Winner 14. 16 August 2015 Westende, Belgium Hard France Océane Dodin 6−1, 6–1
Runner-up 5. 22 November 2015 Zawada, Poland Carpet (i) Serbia Ivana Jorović 2–6, 2–6
Winner 15. 12 December 2015 Cairo, Egypt Clay Russia Valentyna Ivakhnenko 6–0, 6–3
Winner 16. 18 June 2017 Hódmezővásárhely, Hungary Clay Montenegro Danka Kovinić 6–2, 6–1
Winner 17. 24 June 2017 İzmir, Turkey Hard Japan Eri Hozumi 6–1, 6–0
Winner 18. 9 July 2017 Getxo, Spain Clay Mexico Renata Zarazúa 6–2, 6–2
Winner 19. 16 July 2017 Versmold, Germany Clay Austria Barbara Haas 6–0, 6–2
Runner-up 6. 5 August 2017 Woking, United Kingdom Hard Italy Jasmine Paolini 4–6, 6–1, 4–6
Winner 20. 17 September 2017 Biarritz, France Clay Switzerland Patty Schnyder 6–4, 6–3
Winner 21. 29 October 2017 Poitiers, France Hard (i) Belgium Alison Van Uytvanck 6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 7. 11 November 2017 Tokyo, Japan Hard China Zhang Shuai 4–6, 0–6
Winner 22. 19 November 2017 Toyota, Japan Carpet (i) Slovenia Tamara Zidanšek 6–0, 6–1

Doubles (34–22)[edit]

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000/$80,000 tournaments
$50,000/$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (7–7)
Clay (26–14)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (1–0)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winners 1. 6 June 2004 Constanţa, Romania Clay Romania Gabriela Niculescu Romania Bianca Bonifate
Romania Diana Gae
6–4, 6–3
Winners 2. 13 June 2004 Piteşti, Romania Clay Romania Gabriela Niculescu Argentina Andrea Benítez
Uruguay Estefania Craciún
6–4, 6–4
Runners-up 1. 9 April 2005 Mumbai, India Hard India Sanaa Bhambri Chinese Taipei Chan Chin-wei
Russia Julia Efremova
2–6, 1–6
Runners-up 2. 7 July 2006 Båstad, Sweden Clay Romania Magda Mihalache Argentina Erica Krauth
France Aurélie Védy
6–2, 4–6, 4–6
Runners-up 3. 25 August 2006 Moscow, Russia Clay Russia Evgeniya Rodina Russia Maria Kondratieva
Russia Ekaterina Makarova
6–4, 4–6, 1–6
Runners-up 4. 13 April 2007 Split, Croatia Clay Romania Antonia Xenia Tout Poland Olga Brózda
Poland Natalia Kołat
2–6, 1–6
Winners 3. 20 April 2007 Hvar, Croatia Clay Poland Magdalena Kiszczyńska France Émilie Bacquet
Serbia Karolina Jovanović
6–4, 6–2
Runners-up 5. 27 April 2007 Bol, Croatia Clay Sweden Nadja Roma Czech Republic Iveta Gerlová
Czech Republic Lucie Kriegsmannová
3–6, 5–7
Winners 4. 11 May 2007 Rabat, Morocco Clay Austria Melanie Klaffner Italy Silvia Disderi
Algeria Samia Medjahdi
6–1, 6–4
Runners-up 6. 3 August 2007 Bucharest, Romania Clay Romania Monica Niculescu Romania Sorana Cîrstea
Romania Ágnes Szatmári
W/O
Runners-up 7. 18 August 2007 Penza, Russia Clay Ukraine Veronika Kapshay France Sophie Lefèvre
Romania Ágnes Szatmári
1–6, 2–6
Winners 5. 12 September 2007 Sofia, Bulgaria Clay Poland Magdalena Kiszczyńska Brazil Joana Cortez
Brazil Teliana Pereira
6–4, 6–7(2–7), [10–4]
Winners 6. 30 September 2007 Batumi, Georgia Hard Serbia Vojislava Lukić Russia Vasilisa Davydova
Russia Marina Shamayko
6–2, 6–4
Winners 7. 8 June 2008 Piteşti, Romania Clay Romania Laura-Ioana Andrei Romania Simona Matei
Italy Valentina Sulpizio
7–5, 3–6, [10–2]
Winners 8. 22 June 2008 Bucharest, Romania Clay Romania Laura-Ioana Andrei Italy Benedetta Davato
Italy Valentina Sulpizio
6–4, 4–6, [10–6]
Runners-up 8. 5 July 2008 Toruń, Poland Clay Russia Anastasia Pivovarova Poland Olga Brózda
Poland Magdalena Kiszczyńska
6–4, 4–6, [2–10]
Winners 9. 25 July 2008 Kharkiv, Ukraine Clay Georgia (country) Oksana Kalashnikova Ukraine Kristina Antoniychuk
Ukraine Lesia Tsurenko
6–1, 6–4
Winners 10. 12 June 2009 Bucharest, Romania Clay Romania Elora Dabija Romania Laura-Ioana Andrei
Romania Ioana Gaspar
1–6, 7–5, [10–5]
Winners 11. 10 October 2009 Belek, Turkey Clay Czech Republic Kateřina Vaňková Portugal Magali de Lattre
Morocco Fatima El Allami
6–1, 6–1
Winners 12. 15 November 2009 Le Havre, France Clay Russia Marina Melnikova France Amandine Hesse
France Alizé Lim
6–2, 7–6(7–4)
Winners 13. 22 November 2009 Cairo, Egypt Clay France Laura Thorpe Oman Fatma Al-Nabhani
Russia Galina Fokina
6–4, 6–0
Runners-up 9. 28 March 2010 Antalya, Turkey Clay Australia Alenka Hubacek Ukraine Yuliya Beygelzimer
Greece Anna Gerasimou
W/O
Winners 14. 4 April 2010 Antalya, Turkey Clay Bulgaria Dalia Zafirova Czech Republic Veronika Chvojková
Czech Republic Martina Kubičíková
7–6(7–1), 7–5
Winners 15. 30 April 2010 Vic, Spain Clay Romania Cristina Stancu Poland Olga Brózda
Poland Barbara Sobaszkiewicz
7–5, 3–6, [10–7]
Winners 16. 13 August 2010 Oneşti, Romania Clay Romania Laura-Ioana Andrei Romania Camelia Hristea
Bulgaria Biljana Pavlova
7–6(9–7), 6–2
Winners 17. 20 August 2010 Bucharest, Romania Clay Romania Laura-Ioana Andrei Romania Diana Enache
Romania Camelia Hristea
6–1, 6–3
Winners 18. 18 September 2010 Podgorica, Montenegro Clay Romania Irina-Camelia Begu Russia Valeria Solovieva
Ukraine Maryna Zanevska
5–7, 7–5, [12–10]
Runners-up 10. 16 October 2010 Kharkiv, Ukraine Clay Russia Marina Shamayko Ukraine Anna Piven
Ukraine Anastasiya Vasylyeva
4–6, 4–6
Winners 19. 7 May 2011 Wiesbaden, Germany Clay Australia Karolina Wlodarczak Germany Dejana Raickovic
Netherlands Ghislaine van Baal
6–7(4–7), 6–3, [10–6]
Runners-up 11. 21 May 2011 İzmir, Turkey Hard Croatia Tereza Mrdeža United Kingdom Naomi Broady
United Kingdom Lisa Whybourn
6–3, 6–7(4–7), [7–10]
Winners 20. 3 June 2011 Florence, Italy Clay Slovakia Zuzana Zlochová Italy Nicole Clerico
Italy Valentina Sulpizio
6–3, 6–4
Runners-up 12. 8 July 2011 Craiova, Romania Clay Romania Elena Bogdan Romania Diana Enache
Netherlands Daniëlle Harmsen
6–4, 6–7(5–7), [6–10]
Winners 21. 22 July 2011 Samsun, Turkey Hard Slovenia Tadeja Majerič Turkey Çağla Büyükakçay
Turkey Pemra Özgen
6–1, 6–4
Winners 22. 10 September 2011 Saransk, Russia Clay Serbia Teodora Mirčić Czech Republic Eva Hrdinová
Ukraine Veronika Kapshay
6–3, 6–1
Runners-up 13. 16 September 2011 Zagreb, Croatia Clay Croatia Maria Abramović Portugal Maria João Koehler
Hungary Katalin Marosi
0–6, 3–6
Winners 23. 1 October 2011 Telavi, Georgia Clay Romania Elena Bogdan Georgia (country) Ekaterine Gorgodze
Italy Anastasia Grymalska
1–6, 6–1, [10–3]
Runners-up 14. 19 February 2012 Surprise, United States Hard Russia Valeria Solovieva United States Maria Sanchez
United States Yasmin Schnack
4–6, 3–6
Winners 24. 9 July 2012 Zwevegem, Belgium Clay Germany Nicola Geuer Netherlands Kim Kilsdonk
Netherlands Nicolette van Uitert
7–6(7–5), 1–6, [10–4]
Winners 25. 13 September 2012 Mont-de-Marsan, France Clay Switzerland Timea Bacsinszky Brazil Teliana Pereira
Bulgaria Aleksandrina Naydenova
6-4, 6-1
Runners-up 15. 30 March 2015 Port El Kantaoui, Tunisia Hard Ukraine Olena Kyrpot Portugal Inês Murta
Norway Melanie Stokke
1–6, 5–7
Winners 26. 30 March 2015 Port El Kantaoui, Tunisia Hard Ukraine Olena Kyrpot Republic of Ireland Jennifer Claffey
Liechtenstein Kathinka von Deichmann
6–4, 6–2
Winners 27. 20 April 2015 Pula, Italy Clay Romania Irina Maria Bara Italy Corinna Dentoni
Italy Claudia Giovine
6-3, 2-6, [10-4]
Winners 28. 26 October 2015 Saguenay, Canada Hard (i) Poland Justyna Jegiołka Canada Sharon Fichman
United States Maria Sanchez
7–6(8–6), 4–6, [10–7]
Winners 29. 16 November 2015 Zawada, Poland Carpet (i) Poland Justyna Jegiołka Germany Kim Grajdek
Russia Ekaterina Yashina
6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 16. 3 September 2016 Mamaia, Romania Clay Romania Irina Maria Bara Slovakia Vivien Juhászová
Czech Republic Kateřina Kramperová
6–7(3–7), 6–2, [7–10]
Runner-up 17. 16 September 2016 Bucha, Ukraine Clay Moldova Alexandra Perper Russia Valentyna Ivakhnenko
Russia Anastasiya Komardina
3–6, 1–6
Winners 30. 23 October 2016 Saguenay, Canada Hard (i) Romania Elena Bogdan Canada Bianca Andreescu
Canada Charlotte Robillard-Millette
6–4, 6–7(4–7), [10–6]
Winners 31. 29 October 2016 Tampico, Mexico Hard Belgium Elise Mertens United States Usue Maitane Arconada
United Kingdom Katie Swan
6–0, 6–2
Runner-up 18. 13 November 2016 Waco, United States Hard Mexico Renata Zarazúa Netherlands Michaëlla Krajicek
United States Taylor Townsend
Walkover
Winner 32. 13 May 2017 Dunakeszi, Hungary Clay Romania Irina Maria Bara Romania Daiana Negreanu
Romania Oana Georgeta Simion
1–6, 6–1, [10–3]
Runner-up 19. 29 July 2017 Prague, Czech Republic Clay Ukraine Alona Fomina Russia Anastasia Potapova
Ukraine Dayana Yastremska
2-6 2-6
Runner-up 20. 6 August 2017 Woking, United Kingdom Hard Poland Justyna Jegiołka Romania Laura-Ioana Andrei
Czech Republic Petra Krejsová
6–4, 2–6, [9–11]
Winner 33. 17 September 2017 Biarritz, France Clay Romania Irina Maria Bara Spain Cristina Bucșa
Australia Isabelle Wallace
6–3, 6–1
Runner-up 21. 24 September 2017 Saint Malo, France Clay Romania Irina Maria Bara Latvia Diāna Marcinkēviča
Chile Daniela Seguel
3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 22. 28 October 2017 Poitiers, France Hard (i) Germany Nicola Geuer Switzerland Belinda Bencic
Belgium Yanina Wickmayer
6–7(7–9), 3–6
Winner 34. 15 December 2017 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard Russia Alena Fomina Netherlands Lesley Kerkhove
Belarus Lidziya Marozava
6–4, 6–3

Singles performance timeline[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. 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.

Only WTA Tour main draw (incl. Grand Slams), Olympics and Fed Cup results are considered.[7]

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A Q2 A A A A Q2 1R 0–1
French Open A Q2 A A A A A 4R 3–1
Wimbledon A Q2 A A A A Q2 3R 2–1
US Open Q3 Q1 A A Q1 A 1R A 0–1
Career Statistics
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 5–3 5-4
WTA Premier Mandatory tournaments
Indian Wells Open A A A A A A A 1R 0–1
Miami Open A A A A A A A 1R 0–1
Madrid Open A A A A A A A 1R 0–1
China Open A A A A A A A 0–1
WTA Premier 5 tournaments
Dubai / Qatar opens[2] A A A A A A A 3R 2–1
Italian Open A A A A A A A 1R 0–1
Canadian Open A A A A A A A 2R 1–1
Cincinnati Open A A A A A A A A 0–0
Wuhan Open A A A A A A A 0–0
Career statistics
Year End Ranking 155 248 891 260 377 72

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