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Raquel Atawo

Raquel Atawo
  • Residence: San Jose, CA, USA
  • Date of Birth: 08 Dec 1982
  • Birthplace: Fresno, CA, USA
  • Height: 5' 6" (1.68 m)
  • Weight: 140 lbs. (64 kg)
  • Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
  • Status: Pro (2004)

Abigail Spears

Abigail Spears
  • Residence: Colorado Springs, CO, USA
  • Date of Birth: 12 Jul 1981
  • Birthplace: San Diego, CA, USA
  • Height: 5' 9" (1.75 m)
  • Weight: 168 lbs. (76.2 kg)
  • Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
  • Status: Pro (October 2000)
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Biography

After some up-and-down results their first few years as a pairing, California residents Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears first proved to be a team to be reckoned with in the summer and fall of 2012.

Five-time winners on the ITF Women's Circuit between 2008 and 2009, Kops-Jones and Spears captured their first WTA title at Estoril in 2009. However, it would be over two years before they were victorious again - at Québec City in 2011. They secured their first Premier title in July 2012 at Carlsbad, highlighted by a semifinal upset of then-World No.1s Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond.

During the 2012 Asian swing, Kops-Jones and Spears were triumphant in consecutive weeks at Seoul and Tokyo, then were victorious again a couple of weeks later in Osaka. They eventually fell just one win short of qualifying for the WTA Finals in Istanbul. Their 2013 season was highlighted by titles in consecutive weeks in their home state of California at Stanford and Carlsbad. They collected their fifth Premier-level title and their first WTA title on grass in 2014 at Birmingham and won Cincinnati later that summer. The fall saw them qualify for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global for the first time.

Kops-Jones and Spears are known as one of the WTA's more aggressive duos.

"When I was little I would serve and volley because I had no patience and always wanted to finish the point," Spears said. "Some learn it at an early age and some learn it kind of later, but both of us have always played aggressively. We both like to come into the net in singles, too. We have fun with it."

TEAM STATS
2015 Record: 11-9
Career Record: 160-109
Career Record On Hard: 110-68
Career Record On Clay: 23-29
Career Record On Grass: 21-11
Career Record On Carpet: 6-1
Career Grand Slam Record: 26-23

2015 HIGHLIGHTS
WON (1): 
Doha; R-Up (1): Sydney

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
WON (11):
2015 - Doha; 2014 - Birmingham, Cincinnati; 2013 - Stanford, Carlsbad; 2012 - Carlsbad, Seoul, Tokyo, Osaka; 2011 - Québec City; 2009 - Estoril; R-Up (7): 2015 - Sydney; 2014 - Dubai; 2013 - Seoul; 2012 - Brisbane, Doha; 2011 - Carlsbad; 2009 - Birmingham

KOPS JONES' INDIVIDUAL DOUBLES STATS
WTA Titles: 13
Career-High Ranking: No.10

SPEARS' INDIVIDUAL DOUBLES STATS
WTA Titles: 15
Career-High Ranking: No.10

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