Ana Konjuh

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Ana Konjuh
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Country (sports)  Croatia
Residence Dubai, UAE
Born (1997-12-27) 27 December 1997 (age 20)
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro 2014
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Coach Antonio Veić
Prize money US$1,997,888
Official website anakonjuh.net
Singles
Career record 140–91 (60.61%)
Career titles 1 WTA, 1 ITF
Highest ranking No. 20 (31 July 2017)
Current ranking No. 255 (16 July 2018)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2016, 2017)
French Open 2R (2015, 2016, 2017)
Wimbledon 4R (2017)
US Open QF (2016)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games 2R (2016)
Doubles
Career record 12–14
Highest ranking No. 176 (24 July 2017)
Current ranking No. 274 (11 June 2018)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (2017)
French Open 2R (2016, 2017)
Wimbledon 3R (2017)
US Open 1R (2017)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon 3R (2015)
Team competitions
Fed Cup 17–2
Last updated on: 11 June 2018.

Ana Konjuh (Croatian pronunciation: [âna kôɲuːx, ǎːna-];[1][2] born 27 December 1997) is a Croatian tennis player.

A successful junior player, Konjuh won both the singles and doubles junior events at the Australian Open in January 2013 and, as a result, moved up to number 1 in the ITF junior world rankings.[3][4] Later in the year, she also won the girls' singles event at the 2013 US Open.[5][6][7] She turned her attention to the main tour in 2014, and in October of that year made her debut in the top 100, aged 16.

Konjuh won her first singles title on the WTA Tour at the 2015 Nottingham Open, becoming the youngest player to win a main-tour event since 2006,[8] she has also won one title on the ITF Women's Circuit. On 31 July 2017, she reached her career-high singles ranking of world No. 20.

Tennis career[edit]

Junior career[edit]

Aged 14, Konjuh was the runner-up at the 2012 Wimbledon Championships in girls' doubles; in December 2012, Konjuh won two prestigious junior tennis tournaments, Eddie Herr and the Orange Bowl.[9][10][11]

In January 2013, she won the singles and doubles events at the Australian Open, and became the No. 1 junior in the world.[3] She also received a call up to the Croatia Fed Cup team,[12] where she scored the biggest win of her career, defeating Poland's Urszula Radwańska, ranked No. 37 in the world, at the age of 15.[13]

In September 2013, Konjuh won the singles title at the US Open, her second singles junior Grand Slam.[5][6][7] Despite being eligible to continue playing junior tournaments for two more years, Konjuh ceased playing junior events at the end of 2013, changing her focus to competing on the main tour in 2014.[14]

Konjuh at the 2013 US Open

2014: First full tour season and top 100 ranking[edit]

Konjuh was awarded a main draw wild card for the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand, on her debut at WTA-level, she stunned the top seed and world No. 14, Roberta Vinci, in the first round in three sets.[15][16] At the Australian Open, she came through qualifying to reach her first senior Grand Slam draw, but lost in the first round to the fourth seed and eventual champion Li Na.[17]

Konjuh underwent elbow surgery on 23 January in Zagreb,[18] her recovery lasted four months, and she made her return in May by defeating Allie Kiick at the Open Saint-Gaudens Midi-Pyrénées.[19] Konjuh made it to the semifinals of the $50,000 ITF tournament in France, before losing to the eventual champion Danka Kovinić in straight sets, this run helped her up to a new world ranking high of number 189 and enabled her to enter the qualifying draw at Roland Garros,[20] but she again suffered defeat to Kovinić in the second round. She was more successful at Wimbledon, qualifying for the main draw with victories over Estrella Cabeza Candela, Laura Siegemund and Stephanie Vogt. She then earned her first career Grand Slam main draw win by defeating Marina Erakovic in the first round, and followed it up with the biggest win of her career to date, toppling former world number 12 Yanina Wickmayer in the second round. Konjuh's run came to an end in the following round, with a straight-sets loss to the former world number 1, Caroline Wozniacki.[21]

Konjuh's good form continued at the Istanbul Cup, where she came through qualifying to reach her first main draw semi-final, defeating top-40 players Magdaléna Rybáriková and Elina Svitolina en route. Her run came to an end with a defeat to Roberta Vinci. Konjuh suffered disappointment at the US Open when she lost to Urszula Radwańska in the first round of qualifying.

In October, Konjuh competed at the Japan Women's Open in Osaka and made the quarterfinals before losing to Zarina Diyas, the result saw her ranking climb to within the top 100 for the first time, aged just 16. She completed her year by competing in three tournaments in France, reaching the semi-finals of ITF events in Poitiers and Nantes, and the quarter-finals of the WTA 125 tournament in Limoges. This saw Konjuh rise to a new career high ranking of No. 84, and she completed the season ranked 90, and as the youngest player within the top 100.

2015: First WTA title[edit]

Konjuh began her year in Auckland, comfortably defeating Mona Barthel before losing to Elena Vesnina in the second round. She lost in the first round of the Australian Open to Magdaléna Rybáriková, after a string of early losses, she qualified for the main draw of the Prague Open in April, where she defeated the seventh seed, world No. 34, Belinda Bencic of Switzerland, in three sets in the first round. Konjuh then lost in the second round to wildcard Klára Koukalová. Konjuh's indifferent form continued through the clay-court season, but she earned her first main-draw win at the French Open by defeating Margarita Gasparyan, before losing to the 30th seed Irina-Camelia Begu in the second round.

In June, Konjuh competed in the main draw at the inaugural Nottingham Aegon Open and reached the quarter-finals with victories over Shelby Rogers and Casey Dellacqua, after being delayed for over two days due to poor weather, Konjuh advanced to the semi-finals by defeating Sachia Vickery, and later that day reached her first WTA tour final by beating Alison Riske. Owing to poor weather, the final was held back to Monday. Konjuh dropped the first set to Monica Niculescu, but recovered to earn victory and her first WTA Tour title, at the age of 17, she was the youngest player to win a main-tour title since Tamira Paszek in 2006.[8]

2016: First Grand Slam quarterfinal[edit]

Ranked No. 87 in the world, Konjuh began her season at the Australian Open, where she lost in the second round to Daria Kasatkina after beating Urszula Radwańska. Except for a quarter-final appearance at the San Antonio Open, she had early exits at most of her tournaments, including Indian Wells, Miami Open and Madrid Open. At the French Open, Konjuh reached the second round after beating Arina Rodionova in straight sets, she then lost to the No. 22 seed, Dominika Cibulková. After a semi-final appearance at the Bol Open, Konjuh withdrew from the Nottingham Open owing to an injury she sustained at the previous tournament, and fell from the top 100.

After early exits at the Mallorca Open and the Aegon International, Konjuh reached the second round of Wimbledon after beating Karin Knapp. She then lost to Agnieszka Radwańska in a three set thriller in which a late ankle injury halted Konjuh's chances of winning the match,[22] after her campaign, she returned to the top 100. Her next tournament was the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, where she beat Annika Beck before losing to the world No. 12, Carla Suárez Navarro. Despite losing in the second round of qualifying at the Western & Southern Open, Konjuh qualified for the Connecticut Open where she reached the second round by beating Kayla Day. She then lost to Roberta Vinci in straight sets.

At the US Open, Konjuh upset the 20th seed Kiki Bertens in the first round, she went on to beat Kurumi Nara and Varvara Lepchenko en route to her first Major fourth round. She then beat the fourth seed, Agnieszka Radwańska, in straight sets to become the youngest US Open quarter-finalist in a decade and also the first Croatian female quarter-finalist since Karolina Šprem at Wimbledon in 2004,[23] she lost to the tenth seed, and eventual finalist, Karolína Plíšková, in the quarter-finals in straight sets.[24] After the tournament ended, her ranking rose from 92 to 52, despite failing in the qualifying round in both the 2016 Wuhan Open and the China Open, Konjuh reached the semi-finals at Guangzhou and the quarter-finals at the Kremlin Cup, losing to Jelena Janković and Elina Svitolina, respectively. She ended the year as the world No. 48.

2017[edit]

Konjuh started the year at the ASB Classic, where she reached her second WTA final, beating the likes of Naomi Osaka and Julia Görges en route. She then lost in straight sets to Lauren Davis, despite her loss, Konjuh reached a career-high ranking of world No. 36. At the Australian Open, Konjuh beat Kristina Mladenovic in straight sets before losing to Daria Gavrilova.

After losing in the round of 16 of the St. Petersburg Ladies' Trophy to the top seed Simona Halep, Konjuh played at Dubai, where she thrashed Zhang Shuai in the first round. She then grabbed back-to-back upsets over the No. 12 seed, Samantha Stosur, and the No. 8 seed, Elena Vesnina, en route to the quarter-finals where she lost to the top seed, Angelique Kerber.

At Wimbledon, she defeated the world No. 9, Dominika Cibulková, but lost to the eventual finalist Venus Williams in the fourth round.

In September 2017 Konjuh underwent surgery on her right elbow.[25]

WTA Tour Finals[edit]

Singles (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (1–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–1)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (1–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 15 June 2015 Aegon Nottingham Open, Great Britain Grass Romania Monica Niculescu 1–6, 6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 1. 7 January 2017 ASB Classic Auckland, New Zealand Hard United States Lauren Davis 3–6, 1–6

ITF Circuit Finals (1–3)[edit]

Singles (1–2)[edit]

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (1–2)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 5 November 2012 Antalya, Turkey Clay Serbia Jovana Jakšić 3–6, 1–6
Runner-up 2. 27 May 2013 Maribor, Slovenia Clay Slovenia Polona Hercog 6–3, 3–6, 3–6
Winner 1. 17 June 2013 Montpellier, France Clay Russia Irina Khromacheva 6–3, 6–1

Doubles (0–1)[edit]

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 15 July 2013 Contrexéville, France Clay Croatia Silvia Njirić Argentina Vanesa Furlanetto
France Amandine Hesse
6–7(3–7), 4–6

Junior Grand Slam Finals[edit]

Girls' Singles[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 2013 Australian Open Hard Czech Republic Kateřina Siniaková 6–3, 6–4
Winner 2013 US Open Hard United States Tornado Black 3–6, 6–4, 7–6(8–6)

Girls' Doubles[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 2012 Wimbledon Grass Switzerland Belinda Bencic Canada Eugenie Bouchard
United States Taylor Townsend
4–6, 3–6
Winner 2013 Australian Open Hard Canada Carol Zhao Ukraine Oleksandra Korashvili
Czech Republic Barbora Krejčíková
5–7, 6–4, [10–7]

Grand Slam performance timelines[edit]

Singles[edit]

Tournament 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 W–L
Australian Open 1R 1R 2R 2R A 2–4
French Open Q2 2R 2R 2R 1R 3–4
Wimbledon 3R 1R 2R 4R 6–4
US Open Q1 2R QF 1R 5–3
Total 2–2 2–4 7–4 5–4 0–1 16–15

Women's Doubles[edit]

Tournament 2015 2016 2017 W–L
Australian Open A A 1R 0–1
French Open A 2R 2R 2–2
Wimbledon 2R A 3R 3–2
US Open 1R A 1R 0–2
Total 1–2 1–1 3–4 5–7

Awards[edit]

Year Award Award Category Result Ref.
2013 Dražen Petrović Award Junior Female Athlete
Won
[26][27]
Female Promise
Won
EOC Piotr Nurowski Prize European Young Athlete Nominated [28][29]

Top-10 wins[edit]

Season 2016 2017 Total
Wins 1 2 3
# Player Rank Tournament Surface Round Score AK rank
2016
1. Poland Agnieszka Radwańska No. 4 US Open, New York Hard 4th Round 6–4, 6–4 92
2017
2. United Kingdom Johanna Konta No. 10 Fed Cup, Tallinn, Estonia Hard (i) ZG I 6–4, 6–3 37
3. Slovakia Dominika Cibulková No. 9 Wimbledon, London Grass 3rd Round 7–6(7–3), 3–6, 6–4 29

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