Two championship weeks and a stunning run by a qualifier make up our ballot for June's WTA Breakthrough of the Month - but who did enough to earn your votes?
WTA Staff
July 3, 2018

They each had a statement result in the leadup to Wimbledon, but will Aleksandra Krunic, Sofia Kenin or Tatjana Maria be your WTA Breakthrough of the Month for June? It's time to vote!

Have a look at the nominees and cast your vote before Thursday at 11:59 p.m. ET! The winner will be announced Friday, July 6.

June 2018 WTA Breakthrough of the Month Finalists

Aleksandra Krunic: The talented Serb joined the list of first-time WTA title-winners with a run to the trophy at the Libéma Open, saving match point along the way.

After winning three straight-set matches in her first three rounds, the No.7 seed had a flair for the dramatic in the semifinals and final. First, she saved a match point en route to upsetting two-time champion and top seed CoCo Vandeweghe in the final four, before coming from a set and a break down twice in the second set to defeat Kirsten Flipkens to seal her first title.

Read more: Krunic authors second comeback for first title in Den Bosch

Krunic became the second first-time title-winner on the WTA this season, after Naomi Osaka won the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, and the first Serb to win a singles trophy in almost three years.

Sofia Kenin: American teenager Sofia Kenin had a breakout week in Mallorca, reaching the first WTA semifinal of her career and was only stopped by eventual champion Tatjana Maria.

Her week included a milestone victory, as she upset No.1 seed Caroline Garcia in the quarterfinals for her first career Top 10 victory

The 19-year-old was contesting her third-ever match against a Top 10 player, with all three played this season, and scored her best-ever win in terms of ranking thus far in her professional career over the World No.6.

Read more: Top 100 Club: Sofia Kenin shares her can-do spirit

Kenin also posted victories against Kateryna Kozlova and Alison Van Uytvanck in the main draw.

Tatjana Maria: The German joined Krunic as a first-time WTA singles champion in Mallorca in stunning fashion.

The German hadn't won back-to-back matches all season coming into the week in Mallorca, and arrived with a 3-15 record on the season. However, none of that seemed to matter on the Spanish grass, as she first snapped a four-match losing skid with her first round upset over No.4 seed Anett Kontaveit.

She followed that up with victories over compatriot Carina Witthoeft, No.7 seed Lucie Safarova, Kenin and No.2 seed Anastasija Sevastova to claim her first WTA singles title.

Read more: Maria stuns Sevastova for first singles title in Mallorca

"I am very happy to reach my first WTA final. I could almost cry," Maria said after winning her semifinal match. "I think it's the grass, actually. I love to play on the grass. I was really prepared for this grass season to do something good.

After winning the title, she added: "It’s a great event, it’s a really nice place. You really enjoy every day, so I’m really happy I could win it here."

Who was your Breakthrough of the Month in June? Vote now!

You can also vote for your June 2018 WTA Player of the Month and Shot of the Month.


How it works:

Finalists are selected by wtatennis.com
Winner is then determined by a fan vote on wtatennis.com

Previous WTA Breakthroughs of the Month for 2018
January: Hsieh Su-wei
February: Daria Kasatkina
March: Danielle Collins
April: Ana Bogdan

May: Mihaela Buzarnescu