Lepchenko at the 2013 Australian Open
|Full name||Varvara Lepchenko|
|Country (sports)|| Uzbekistan (2001–2006)
United States (2007–present)
|Residence||Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States|
May 21, 1986 |
Tashkent, Uzbek SSR, Soviet Union
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Plays||Left-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Prize money||US$ 3,348,124|
|Career record||435–317 (57.85%)|
|Career titles||0 WTA, 11 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 19 (1 October 2012)|
|Current ranking||No. 49 (8 February 2016)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2015, 2016)|
|French Open||4R (2012)|
|US Open||4R (2015)|
|Career titles||0 WTA, 1 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 40 (17 June 2013)|
|Current ranking||No. 234 (8 February 2016)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||SF (2013)|
|French Open||QF (2013)|
|Wimbledon||2R (2012, 2013)|
|US Open||2R (2013)|
|Last updated on: 8 February 2016.|
Varvara Lepchenko (Варвара Петрiвна Лепченко); born May 21, 1986 in Tashkent, is an American professional tennis player of Ukrainian descent. As of September 7, 2015, she is ranked No. 46 in the world. Lepchenko has won eleven ITF singles titles during her career.
- 1 Early life and junior career
- 2 Professional career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 WTA career finals
- 5 ITF Circuit Finals
- 6 Singles performance timeline
- 7 Doubles performance timeline
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Early life and junior career
Lepchenko was born into a Ukrainian-Russian family in 1986 and started playing tennis at age seven; her father Petr became her coach. She reached a junior career high of no. 244 on January 5, 2004. She turned pro in 2001.
In 2006, she reached the second round of the US Open, and later that year she reached her career high of no. 84 on October 2, 2006. She has won eleven ITF titles in her career, all in the United States. Her most recent title came in 2011, in Kansas City, Missouri. In the 2009 MPS Group Championships, as a lucky loser, she upset the 4th seed Patty Schnyder in the first round. She also reached the final of an ITF tournament in Cuneo this year.
Lepchenko reached the second rounds of the French Open and Wimbledon in 2010. She lost to Dominika Cibulková and Alona Bondarenko respectively. In 2011, Lepchenko recorded the biggest win of her career by defeating 18th seed Flavia Pennetta in the first round of the French Open.
Varvara started the year failing to qualify at Auckland and Sydney. She lost in the first round of the 2012 Australian Open to 20th seed Daniela Hantuchová 6–4, 3–6, 2–6. At the Qatar Total Open, Lepchenko advanced to the 3rd round where she lost to World Number 6 Agnieszka Radwańska 7–5, 6–1, after holding set points in the first set. Her next tournament was the Memphis International where she made the quarterfinals and lost to Italian Alberta Brianti 7–5, 6–3. After qualifying for the main draw at the Mutua Madrid Open she beat 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone in three sets 6–4, 6–7, 6–3 in the first round. She then defeated Shahar Pe'er 7–6, 6–4 and Anabel Medina 6–1, 6–7, 6–3. Lepchenko's run was ended by Agnieszka Radwańska 6–4, 6–4. After the tournament she rose to a career high number 59.
French Open breakthrough: Varvara started her 2012 French Open with a 6–2, 6–7, 6–4 win over the also unseeded Ksenia Pervak. In round 2 she upset 19 seed and former world number one Jelena Janković 7–6, 4–6, 6–4. In round 3 she defeated 14th seed 2010 French Open champion and defending finalist Francesca Schiavone 3–6, 6–3, 8–6. In round 4, she lost to 4th seed and 2011 Wimbledon Champion Petra Kvitová, 6–2, 6–1, however it was a breakthrough tournament for Lepchenko as she had never advanced further than the 2nd round of a Grand Slam tournament previously.
Her next tournament was the 2012 Wimbledon Championships, where in the first round she defeated Austrian Patricia Mayr-Achleitner 6–2 6–3. In the second round she defeated 31 seed and former top twenty player Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 7–6 6–4. Lepchenko's next match was against defending champion Petra Kvitová, where she lost in straight sets, 6–1, 6–0. Varvara Lepchenko advanced to the second round of the Mercury Insurance Open after defeating Nicole Gibbs ( 6–3, 6–1 ). She lost in the quarterfinals to Nadia Petrova, 4–6 6–2 6–7(5).
Lepchenko began 2013 by playing at the 2013 Brisbane International where she lost in the 1st round to Serena Williams 6-2,6-1; who went on to win the tournament without dropping a set. In the 2013 Australian Open Vavara defeated Slovenian Polona Hercog in the first round and lost to Elena Vesnina from Russia in the second. However she reached the semifinal of the women's doubles competition with Chinese partner Zheng Saisai. At the French Open she won the first and second rounds in straight sets to Mirjana Lučić-Baroni and Elina Svitolina. Lepchenko lost in a tough three set match to world number 8 Angelique Kerber in the third round.
In September 2007, it was revealed that Lepchenko had become a U.S. citizen and that she would represent the United States in WTA and ITF tournaments. Lepchenko and her family, whose Russian–Ukrainian heritage allegedly made them a target of persecution in their homeland, were granted political asylum by the United States. They had lived in the U.S. for more than five years when Lepchenko began representing the United States. Lepchenko represented the United States at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Lepchenko currently resides in Allentown, Pennsylvania and trains with the USTA in New York City.
WTA career finals
Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)
|Runner-up||1.||21 September 2014||Kia Korea Open, Seoul, South Korea||Hard||Karolína Plíšková||3–6, 7–6(7–5), 2–6|
ITF Circuit Finals
Singles: 22 (11–11)
|Runner-up||1.||29 July 2002||Harrisonburg, Virginia, United States||Hard||Vilmarie Castellvi||2–6 0–6|
|Runner-up||2.||24 May 2004||Houston, Texas, United States||Hard||Cory-Ann Avants||1–6 4–6|
|Runner-up||3.||7 June 2004||Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States||Hard||Diana Ospina||4–6 2–6|
|Runner-up||4.||5 April 2005||Tunica Resorts, Mississippi, United States||Hard||Edina Gallovits||3–6 6–4 3–6|
|Winner||1.||12 April 2005||Jackson, Mississippi, United States||Clay||Ahsha Rolle||6–3 6–2|
|Runner-up||5.||19 April 2005||Dothan, Alabama, United States||Clay||Milagros Sequera||6–2 2–6 4–6|
|Runner-up||6.||10 May 2005||Charlottesville, Virginia, United States||Clay||Carly Gullickson||6–4 6–4|
|Winner||2.||7 June 2005||Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States||Hard||Lindsay Lee-Waters||7–6 (7–3) 6–4|
|Runner-up||7.||18 April 2006||Dothan, Alabama, United States||Clay||Yuliana Fedak||6–4 4–6 2–6|
|Winner||3.||13 June 2006||Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States||Hard||Carly Gullickson||6–1 6–4|
|Winner||4.||4 July 2006||College Park, Maryland, United States||Hard||Camille Pin||6–3 7–5|
|Winner||5.||10 July 2007||Boston, United States||Hard||Kelly Liggan||6–2 5–7 5–0 ret.|
|Runner-up||8.||25 September 2007||Ashland, Kentucky, United States||Hard||Melinda Czink||1–6 6–2 4–6|
|Runner-up||9.||22 April 2008||Dothan, Alabama, United States||Clay||Bethanie Mattek||2–6 6–7 (3–7)|
|Winner||6.||23 September 2008||Ashland, Kentucky, United States||Hard||Carly Gullickson||5–7 6–0 6–2|
|Runner-up||10.||7 October 2008||Pittsburgh, United States||Hard||Melinda Czink||2–6 6–3 1–6|
|Runner-up||11.||30 June 2009||Cuneo, Italy||Clay||Polona Hercog||1–6 2–6|
|Winner||7.||10 November 2009||Phoenix, Arizona, United States||Hard||Sacha Jones||6–0 6–0|
|Winner||8.||28 September 2010||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Hard||Sorana Cîrstea||6–2 6–2|
|Winner||9.||2 November 2010||Grapevine, Texas, United States||Hard||Jamie Hampton||7–6 (7–1) 6–4|
|Winner||10.||9 November 2010||Phoenix, Arizona, United States||Hard||Melanie Oudin||6–3 7–6 (7–5)|
|Winner||11.||4 October 2011||Kansas City, Missouri, United States||Hard||Romina Oprandi||6–4 6–1|
|Runner-up||11.||11 October 2011||Troy, Alabama, United States||Hard||Romina Oprandi||1–6 2–6|
Doubles: 11 (1–10)
|Runner-up||1.||21 April 2003||Dothan, Alabama, United States||Clay||Julie Ditty|| Milagros Sequera
|7–5 1–6 2–6|
|Winner||1.||31 May 2004||Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, United States||Hard||Cory-Ann Avants|| Tanner Cochran
|6–2 3–6 6–3|
|Runner-up||2.||7 June 2004||Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States||Hard||Cory-Ann Avants|| Angela Haynes
|Runner-up||3.||5 April 2005||Tunica Resorts, Mississippi, United States||Clay||Edina Gallovits|| Tatiana Poutchek
|Runner-up||4.||18 April 2006||Dothan, Alabama, United States||Clay||Edina Gallovits|| Monique Adamczak
|4–6 6–3 4–6|
|Runner-up||5.||25 July 2006||Lexington, Kentucky, United States||Hard||Akgul Amanmuradova|| Chin-Wei Chan
|Runner-up||6.||31 July 2006||Washington, D.C., United States||Hard||Akgul Amanmuradova|| Chin-Wei Chan
|2–6 6–1 0–6|
|Runner-up||7.||18 September 2007||Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States||Hard||Līga Dekmeijere|| Melinda Czink
|Runner-up||8.||1 July 2008||Boston, United States||Hard||Yulia Fedossova|| Chin-Wei Chan
|Runner-up||9.||27 September 2011||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Hard||Melanie Oudin|| Alexa Glatch
|Runner-up||10.||11 October 2011||Troy, Alabama, United States||Hard||Mashona Washington|| Elena Bovina
|6–7 (6–8) 3–6|
Singles performance timeline
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
Doubles performance timeline
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
- "Player Overview – Varvara Lepchenko".
- Profile at itftennis.com
- Profile at sonyericssonwtatour.com  Retrieved September 17, 2009
- Junior profile at itftennis.com  Retrieved September 17, 2009
- Results at itftennis.com  Retrieved September 17, 2009
- "Radwańska upsets Hantuchova at Carlsbad". 17 July 2012.
- "Petrova Reaches SFs, Chan Upsets Jankovic". Retrieved 2012-07-22.
- Lepchenko Adjusts Well to Life in the U.S. Retrieved September 19, 2007
- Although Amnesty International is very critical about the Human rights in Uzbekistan it has never reported that a Russian–Ukrainian heritage was a reason for persecution there (Source: Amnesty International Report on Uzbekistan)
- Associated Press (July 31, 2012). "American Lepchenko loses in Olympic tennis". The Seattle Times. Retrieved April 5, 2013.