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King at the 2011 US Open
|Country (sports)||United States|
|Residence||Boynton Beach, Florida, USA|
February 3, 1989 |
Monterey Park, California, USA
|Height||1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)|
|Turned pro||July 5, 2006|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career titles||1 WTA, 0 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 50 (6 November 2006)|
|Current ranking||No. 90 (8 August 2016)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2012)|
|French Open||3R (2011)|
|Wimbledon||2R (2006, 2009)|
|US Open||3R (2009, 2011)|
|Career titles||15 WTA, 4 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 3 (6 June 2011)|
|Current ranking||No. 32 (11 July 2016)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||QF (2012, 2016)|
|French Open||SF (2011)|
|US Open||W (2010)|
|Other doubles tournaments|
|Tour Finals||SF (2010, 2011)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Australian Open||1R (2008, 2011, 2013)|
|French Open||F (2009)|
|US Open||QF (2006)|
|Last updated on: April 4, 2016.|
Vania King (traditional Chinese: 金久慈, simplified Chinese: 金久慈, Hanyu Pinyin: Jīn Jiǔcí) (born February 3, 1989) is an American tennis player. King won both the 2010 Wimbledon and 2010 US Open women's doubles titles with Kazakhstani partner Yaroslava Shvedova.
- 1 Personal life
- 2 Tennis career
- 3 Significant finals
- 4 WTA career finals
- 5 Singles performance timeline
- 6 Women's doubles performance timeline
- 7 Mixed doubles performance timeline
- 8 References
- 9 External links
King's parents moved to the United States from Taiwan in 1982. She is the youngest of four children. Her brother Phillip was a four-time All-American at Duke University and two-time US junior champion.
In 2006 King won her only WTA singles title at the PTT Bangkok Open, a Tier III tournament. She defeated Tamarine Tanasugarn in the final. On November 6, 2006, King achieved her career-high singles ranking of world no. 50.
King lost in the second round of the 2009 Wimbledon Championships to no. 15 Flavia Pennetta. She played in the ladies doubles with Anna-Lena Grönefeld, losing in the quarterfinals to eventual champions Venus and Serena Williams.
King began the year ranked no. 80 in the world at the Brisbane International. She reached the second round of the singles tournament, losing to Andrea Petkovic. In doubles, she partnered with Anna-Lena Grönefeld and lost in the first round to Timea Bacsinszky and Tathiana Garbin. King and Grönefeld fared better at the Medibank International in Sydney, where they were seeded fourth. They lost in the semifinals to Garbin and Nadia Petrova. In the singles tournament, King failed to qualify, losing in the first round of the qualifying tournament to top seed Ágnes Szávay, who went on to defeat Jelena Janković in the first round of the tournament.
At the 2010 Australian Open, King lost in the second round to Roberta Vinci. In doubles, she partnered with Grönefeld again and entered the tournament seeded 14th. They lost in the second round to Svetlana Kuznetsova and Victoria Azarenka.
King's next major tournament was the Memphis international in mid-February. She entered the singles tournament seeded seventh and lost in the second round to Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden. In the doubles tournament, she and partner Michaëlla Krajicek were seeded third and won the tournament without dropping a set, defeating Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Shaughnessy in the final.
King then traveled to the Monterrey Open. In doubles, she reunited with Groenefeld and reached the finals as the top seed, falling to second-seeded Benešová/Záhlavová. In singles, she lost in the quarterfinals to second seed Daniela Hantuchová.
At the BNP Paribas tournament in Indian Wells, King lost in the second round to second seed Caroline Wozniacki. She did not enter the doubles tournament. King fared better in the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami later that month. She partnered with Julie Coin and reached the quarterfinals of the doubles tournament, before losing to third seeds Petrova and Samantha Stosur, who went on to become the runners-up.
King's next Premier was the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, where she reunited with Krajicek and reached the final, before falling to top seeds Liesel Huber and Petrova. In singles, she lost to Petrova in the second round.
At the Madrid Masters, King paired with Chuang Chia-jung for the first time for the doubles tournament. They defeated fourth seeds Huber and Anabel Medina Garrigues, before falling in the quarterfinals to Pe'er and Francesca Schiavone. In singles, King lost in the first round to Karolina Šprem.
King then entered the Strasbourg International. In the doubles tournament, she partnered with Alizé Cornet and won the tournament after an injury to Lucie Hradecká forced top seeds Hradecká/Chuang to retire in the second round. King/Cornet defeated second seeds Rodionova/Kudryavtseva in the final for her 10th tour doubles title. In singles, King defeated second seed Elena Vesnina in the first round and reached the semifinals, before falling to Kristina Barrois.
At the 2010 French Open, she lost in the first round to Bethanie Mattek-Sands. She entered the mixed doubles tournament with Christopher Kas, reaching the semifinals, before falling to Shvedova and Julian Knowle. In women's doubles, she reunited with Michaëlla Krajicek and reached the second round, losing to fourth-seeded Petrova and Stosur.
King made it to the finals of five other WTA tournaments in the course of the year, one in Monterrey with Anna-Lena Grönefeld and in Rome, Cincinnati, Osaka, and Moscow with Shvedova. She and Shvedova won the events in Cincinnati in August and Moscow in October.
In doubles, she reached the final in Stanford with Jarmila Gajdošová and in Carlsbad with Nadia Petrova, but lost to Marina Erakovic and Heather Watson in Stanford and to Americans Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears in Carlsbad.
In singles action in 2013, King lost in the Guangzhou final to Shuai Zhang. King lost in the second round of the French Open and in the first round of the other three Slans. In doubles that year, her best finish was a finals loss in Guangzhou.
She partnered with Barbora Strýcová in Florianópolis, and they made it to the semifinals before being defeated by Anabel Medina Garrigues and Yaroslava Shvedova. She was eliminated in the first round in Indian Wells, and the second round in Miami, but made it to the final in Bogotá, partnering Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa.
Partnering Jie Zheng of China, she made a quarterfinal appearance in Madrid, losing to Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci. Then followed a series of first-round losses, including Roland Garros and Wimbledon.
In singles, she made the semifinals in Shenzhen, but had to concede a walkover. She made a first-round exit at the Australian Open at the hands of Carla Suárez Navarro. At the Pattaya Open, she was defeated by Elena Vesnina in the first round. A series of first-round defeats followed in Rio de Janeiro, Florianópolis, and Indian Wells.
She made the second round in Miami and Charleston, but it was not until April in Bogotá that she found some form and made it to the semifinals. She went down in the first round in both Roland Garros and Wimbledon, but she did make the quarterfinals in Washington, D.C..
King missed the first three Slams of 2015 due to injury. She lost in the first round of singles and the second round of doubles there in Flushing. The highlight of her year came on hard courts in Waco, where King and Nicole Gibbs won in November, defeating Julia Glushko and Rebecca Peterson 6-4, 6-4.
Grand Slam finals
Doubles: 3 (2 titles, 1 runner-up)
|Winner||2010||Wimbledon||Grass||Yaroslava Shvedova|| Elena Vesnina
|Winner||2010||US Open||Hard||Yaroslava Shvedova|| Liezel Huber
|2–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–4)|
|Runner-up||2011||US Open||Hard||Yaroslava Shvedova|| Liezel Huber
|6–4, 6–7(5–7), 6–7(3–7)|
Mixed doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)
|Runner-up||2009||French Open||Clay||Marcelo Melo|| Bob Bryan
|7–5, 6–7(5–7), [7–10]|
Premier Mandatory/Premier 5 finals
Doubles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runners-up)
|Runner-up||2007||Tokyo||Hard||Rennae Stubbs|| Lisa Raymond
|6–7(6-8), 6–3, 5–7|
|Winner||2008||Tokyo||Hard||Nadia Petrova|| Lisa Raymond
|Runner-up||2011||Rome||Clay||Yaroslava Shvedova|| Peng Shuai
|Winner||2011||Cincinnati||Hard||Yaroslava Shvedova|| Natalie Grandin
|6–4, 3–6, [11–9]|
WTA career finals
Singles: 3 (1 title, 2 runner-up)
|Winner||1.||October 15, 2006||PTT Bangkok Open, Bangkok, Thailand||Hard||Tamarine Tanasugarn||2–6, 6–4, 6–4|
|Runner-up||1.||September 22, 2013||Guangzhou International Women's Open, Guangzhou, China||Hard||Shuai Zhang||6–7(1–7), 1–6|
|Runner-up||2.||August 7, 2016||Jiangxi Open, Nanchang, China||Hard||Duan Yingying||6–1, 4–6, 2–6|
Doubles: 33 (15 titles, 18 runners-up)
|Runner-up||1.||October 1, 2006||Guangzhou International Women's Open, Guangzhou, China||Hard||Jelena Kostanić Tošić|| Li Ting
|4–6, 6–2, 5–7|
|Winner||1.||October 8, 2006||Japan Open Tennis Championships, Tokyo, Japan||Hard||Jelena Kostanić Tošić|| Chan Yung-Jan
|7–6(7–2), 5–7, 6–2|
|Winner||2.||October 15, 2006||PTT Bangkok Open, Bangkok, Thailand||Hard||Jelena Kostanić Tošić|| Mariana Díaz Oliva
|7–5, 2–6, 7–5|
|Runner-up||2.||February 4, 2007||Toray Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo, Japan||Hard||Rennae Stubbs|| Lisa Raymond
|6–7(6-8), 6–3, 5–7|
|Winner||3.||May 14, 2007||Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem, Fes, Morocco||Clay||Sania Mirza|| Andreea Ehritt-Vanc
|Winner||4.||September 19, 2007||Sunfeast Open, Kolkata, India||Hard||Alla Kudryavtseva|| Alberta Brianti
|Runner-up||3.||October 2, 2007||Guangzhou International Women's Open, Guangzhou, China||Hard||Sun Tiantian|| Peng Shuai
|Runner-up||4.||October 7, 2007||Japan Open Tennis Championships, Tokyo, Japan||Hard||Chuang Chia-jung|| Sun Tiantian
|6–1, 2–6 [6–10]|
|Runner-up||5.||February 10, 2008||Pattaya Women's Open, Pattaya, Thailand||Hard||Hsieh Su-wei|| Chan Yung-Jan
|Winner||5.||September 21, 2008||Toray Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo, Japan||Hard||Nadia Petrova|| Lisa Raymond
|Winner||6.||November 2, 2008||Bell Challenge, Quebec City, Canada||Hard||Anna-Lena Grönefeld|| Jill Craybas
|Winner||7.||January 11, 2009||Brisbane International, Brisbane, Australia||Hard||Anna-Lena Grönefeld|| Klaudia Jans
|3–6, 7–5, [10–5]|
|Winner||8.||September 14, 2009||Bell Challenge, Quebec City, Canada||Hard||Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová|| Sofia Arvidsson
|Winner||9.||February 14, 2010||Cellular South Cup, Memphis, United States||Hard||Michaëlla Krajicek|| Bethanie Mattek-Sands
|Runner-up||6.||March 7, 2010||Monterrey Open, Monterrey, Mexico||Hard||Anna-Lena Grönefeld|| Iveta Benešová
|6–3, 4–6, [8–10]|
|Runner-up||7.||April 18, 2010||Family Circle Cup, Charleston, United States||Clay||Michaëlla Krajicek|| Liezel Huber
|Winner||10.||May 22, 2010||Internationaux de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France||Clay||Alizé Cornet|| Alla Kudryavtseva
|3–6, 6–4, [10–7]|
|Runner-up||8.||June 19, 2010||Ordina Open, 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands||Grass||Yaroslava Shvedova|| Alla Kudryavtseva
|6–3, 3–6, [6–10]|
|Winner||11.||July 3, 2010||Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom||Grass||Yaroslava Shvedova|| Elena Vesnina
|Winner||12.||September 13, 2010||US Open, New York, United States||Hard||Yaroslava Shvedova|| Liezel Huber
|2–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–4)|
|Runner-up||9.||March 6, 2011||Monterrey Open, Monterrey, Mexico||Hard||Anna-Lena Grönefeld|| Iveta Benešová
|7–6(10–8), 2–6, [6–10]|
|Runner-up||10.||May 15, 2011||Internazionali BNL d'Italia, Rome, Italy||Clay||Yaroslava Shvedova|| Peng Shuai
|Winner||13.||August 21, 2011||Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati, United States||Hard||Yaroslava Shvedova|| Natalie Grandin
|6–4, 3–6, [11–9]|
|Runner-up||11.||September 11, 2011||US Open, New York, United States||Hard||Yaroslava Shvedova|| Liezel Huber
|6–4, 6–7(5–7), 6–7(3–7)|
|Runner-up||12.||October 16, 2011||HP Open, Osaka, Japan||Hard||Yaroslava Shvedova|| Kimiko Date-Krumm
|5–7, 6–3, [9-11]|
|Winner||14.||October 22, 2011||Kremlin Cup, Moscow, Russia||Hard (i)||Yaroslava Shvedova|| Anastasia Rodionova
|Runner-up||13.||July 16, 2012||Bank of the West Classic, Stanford, United States||Hard||Jarmila Gajdošová|| Marina Erakovic
|Runner-up||14.||July 23, 2012||Mercury Insurance Open, Carlsbad, United States||Hard||Nadia Petrova|| Raquel Kops-Jones
|Runner-up||15.||September 23, 2012||Hansol Korea Open, Seoul, South Korea||Hard||Akgul Amanmuradova|| Raquel Kops-Jones
|6–2, 2–6, [8–10]|
|Runner-up||16.||September 21, 2013||Guangzhou International Women's Open, Guangzhou, China||Hard||Galina Voskoboeva|| Hsieh Su-wei
|3-6, 6-4, [10-12]|
|Runner-up||17.||April 12, 2014||Copa Colsanitas, Bogotá, Colombia||Clay||Chanelle Scheepers|| Lara Arruabarrena
|Winner||15.||January 9, 2016||Shenzhen Open, Shenzhen, China||Hard||Monica Niculescu|| Xu Yifan
|Runner-up||18.||June 19, 2016||Aegon Classic, Birmingham, United Kingdom||Grass||Alla Kudryavtseva|| Karolína Plíšková
Singles performance timeline
|WTA Premier Mandatory Tournaments|
|Beijing||Not Held||Not Tier 1||2R||–||–||1R||–||–||–||1–2|
|WTA Premier 5 Tournaments|
|Cincinnati||Not Held||Not Tier I||–||1R||1R||1R||2R||–||–||1–4|
|Tokyo||Not Tier I||LQ||–||3R||1R||–||–||–||2–2|
Women's doubles performance timeline
|Australian Open||A||A||A||A||2R||1R||1R||2R||1R||QF||1R||2R||A||QF||0 / 9||9–9|
|French Open||A||A||A||1R||1R||1R||3R||2R||SF||QF||3R||1R||A||0 / 9||12–9|
|Wimbledon||A||A||A||1R||1R||3R||QF||W||2R||1R||3R||1R||A||1 / 9||14–8|
|US Open||A||A||2R||2R||1R||1R||3R||W||F||3R||2R||3R||2R||1 / 11||21–10|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||1–1||1–3||1–4||2–4||7–4||14–2||10–4||8–4||5–4||3–4||1–1||3–1||2 / 38||56–36|
|WTA Tour Championships||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||SF||SF||A||A||A||A||0 / 2||0–2|
|WTA Premier Mandatory Tournaments|
|Indian Wells||A||A||A||A||QF||1R||1R||A||QF||2R||1R||1R||A||QF||0 / 8||7–8|
|Miami||A||A||A||A||2R||1R||1R||QF||1R||SF||1R||2R||A||QF||0 / 9||9–9|
|Madrid||Not Held||2R||QF||SF||1R||A||QF||A||0 / 5||8–5|
|Beijing||Not Tier I||1R||SF||SF||2R||2R||A||A||0 / 5||6–5|
|WTA Premier 5 Tournaments|
|Dubai||Not Tier I||A||A||A||NP5||A||A||A||0 / 0||0–0|
|Doha||Not Tier I||A||Not Held||NP5||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 0||0–0|
|Rome||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||F||2R||A||1R||A||0 / 3||5–3|
|Montreal / Toronto||A||A||A||A||A||2R||1R||2R||A||A||1R||A||A||0 / 4||2–4|
|Cincinnati||NH||Not Tier I||A||2R||W||A||2R||A||A||1 / 3||6–2|
|Tokyo||A||A||A||A||F||W||1R||1R||SF||1R||A||A||A||1 / 6||9–5|
Mixed doubles performance timeline
|Grand Slam tournaments|
KU=with Kevin Ullyett
FC=with František Čermák
MM=with Marcelo Melo
CK=with Christopher Kas
VS=with Vincent Spadea
DM=with David Martin
JK=with Jordan Kerr
HT=with Horia Tecău
DN=with Daniel Nestor
DB=with Dustin Brown
RB=with Rohan Bopanna
TB=with Tomasz Bednarek
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